Congratulations to the Carbon County High School Seniors receiving the 2016 Dr. James & Juanita Kane Scholarship. Aspen Allen, Lori Knight and Gunnar Nelson, all of Red Lodge High School, and Alicia Crane, a Certified Nurse Assistant at Beartooth, were awarded scholarships. Rob Ringer, Chair of the Foundation Scholarship Committee, presented the awards at the Annual Meeting of the Memorial Hospital Association, the membership association that owns and operates Beartooth Billings Clinic in Red Lodge.
Beartooth Billings Clinic Foundation’s Dr. James and Juanita Kane Scholarship is presented annually to local graduating Carbon County seniors who wish to pursue studies in healthcare, as well as to one Beartooth Billings Clinic employee who desires to further their education in the field. This fund, established by Dr. Kane and his family-- and now supported by many other generous donors-- encourages area students to obtain skills in the medical profession with the goal that they will return to the Carbon County area to serve the community upon completion of their post-secondary education.
The scholarship program, and the opportunities it creates, is intended to honor Dr. James Kane for his nearly 60 year commitment to providing quality rural healthcare in Carbon County. Dr. Kane was a general practice physician who began practicing medicine in the area in 1952. Dr. Kane’s dedication to his patients and his community is exemplary.
(L-R) Aspen Allen, Alicia Crane, Lori Knight, Gunnar Nelson
Beartooth Billings Clinic recently achieved the designation of a Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, EMS for Children, recognized “Pediatric Prepared Facility.”
The Pediatric Prepared Facility Recognition is Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care, a voluntary program recognizing hospitals that have demonstrated their ability to provide advanced pediatric care for the majority of pediatric medical emergencies including illness and injury. Pediatric-Prepared Emergency Care is a partnership between hospitals, physicians, mid-levels, nurses, emergency personnel and the Emergency Medical Services for Children program at the Montana DPHHS EMS & Trauma Systems and Child Ready Montana. This system approach includes implementation of a standardized system recognizing hospitals that are able to stabilize or manage pediatric medical emergencies and trauma cases. This criterion is in compliance with new Health Resources and Services Administration performance measures. [Ann Emerg Med. 2009;] and the Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department based on the 2009 Joint Policy Statement in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics endorses the Montana Pediatric Facility Recognition Criteria.
Access to optimal emergency care for children is affected by the lack of availability of equipment, appropriately trained staff to care for children, and policies and procedures that ensures timely transfer to definitive care. Although advances have been made that promote access to emergency care for children, improved awareness of the pediatric resources available to hospitals and the development of a coordinated emergency care systems, may optimize access and outcomes for many acutely ill and injured children.
The process started in November 2015 and the review process ended February 2016. Formal Pediatric Prepared Recognition is for a period of 3 years.
In order to achieve this recognition, 116 different recognition criteria needed to be met. According to Chris Benton, Trauma Coordinator at Beartooth, “Everything from Pediatric specific care policies, procedures, staff education (Provider, Nursing, EMS, Ski Patrol), and pediatric specific equipment was reviewed. Additionally, ongoing training and education is included in our care models. With the help of the integrated team which included members of Beartooth’s staff, Ski Patrol, Children’s Center and more, we achieved a very important milestone in the care of our pediatric patient population.”
A higher level of health care is now available in Red Lodge. Patients from the surrounding region who desire certain outpatient surgical procedures can have the surgery conveniently performed at Beartooth Billings Clinic. Both surgeons and patients find many benefits in the new outpatient surgery services available at Beartooth.
Surgeons choose to perform certain elective minimally invasive procedures at Beartooth because they like the spacious sophisticated operating room, the expertise of the highly trained surgical team, and the fact that their patients don’t have to travel 60 miles before--and after--a procedure, especially when driving conditions are poor.
There are a number of reasons patients will prefer having their outpatient surgery at Beartooth as well. According to Stephanie Anderson, Outpatient Surgery Coordinator at Beartooth, “Patients will avoid the extra time and cost of driving to Billings, plus we have ample parking close to the facility. A patient will receive the personal care they are accustomed to at Beartooth, which is more difficult to find in larger hospitals. We offer flexible procedure scheduling and most patients appreciate how quickly they will be back in their own home following surgery.” Anderson noted outpatient procedures are less invasive, allowing a patient to return to their own home the same day--which generally results in faster recovery times. In some cases, a surgical procedure can be scheduled at Beartooth sooner than if it were scheduled in Billings due to availability of the facility.
The Beartooth Billings Clinic Operating Suite. made possible through the generosity of the Cory Cabral and Jim Drescher Families, was included in the original construction of the new medical facility in 2010. The ramp up phase included a rigorous certification and licensing process which requires passing strict safety and medical standards; purchasing sophisticated equipment and recruiting surgeons. Beartooth’s first outpatient surgical procedure, the removal of a mass, was performed on January 5th by John Pender, MD, Billings Clinic General Surgeon.
Examples of elective surgical procedures that can be performed at Beartooth include removal of lumps, fatty tumors, breast biopsy of superficial mass, excision of Skin Cancer spots, open hernia repair, hemorrhoid banding and removal of hemorrhoids (hemorrhoidectomy). The patient’s general health and other conditions may affect the ability of the procedure to be done at Beartooth. Patients who are thinking of having an elective surgical procedure should ask their doctor or surgeon if the procedure could be done at Beartooth. For more information, contact Stephanie Anderson, RN, Outpatient Surgery Coordinator, at 406.446.0560.
In photo, Stephanie Anderson, RN, Outpatient Surgery Coordinator (left), and John Pender, MD, General Surgery, Billings Clinic perform the first outpatient surgical procedure in the OR at Beartooth Billings Clinic.
Beartooth Billings Clinic (Beartooth) in Red Lodge was recently named one of the iVantage “Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals” (CAHs) in the United States.
“Beartooth is proud of the efforts of the physicians and staff that have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Kelley Evans, CEO. “Our organization’s vision is to be a national leader for integrated rural health care excellence; receiving this designation indicates that we are on track and doing the right thing for our rural patients. Each and every member of our staff is to be commended for their work toward this vision”
Beartooth scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX™. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of US acute care hospitals, and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America – measuring them across 62 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. The list of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageHealth.com.
“Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving nearly 80 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay,” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.
iVantage is a leading advisory and business analytic services company applying Accelerated Healthcare Transformation™ and the VantagePoints™ platform to drive sustained, evidence-based results. The company’s unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare.
For more information on the iVantage Top 100 designation, contact Maggie Karas, Community Relations Coordinator, at 406.446.0616.
Beartooth Billings Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Bill George, recently received his Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Hospice & Palliative Medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), in a joint venture with the American Board of Internal Medicine and eight other ABMS specialty boards. read more ...
Beartooth Billings Clinic Wins National Rural Health Award
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is proud to announce its 2012 Rural Health Award recipients. These organizations and individuals will be honored April 19 during NRHA’s 35th Annual Rural Health Conference, to be held in Denver.
“We’re especially proud of this year’s winners,” says Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO. “They have each already made tremendous strides to advance rural health care, and we’re confident they will continue to help improve the lives of rural Americans.”
Beartooth Billings Clinic of Red Lodge, Montana will receive the Outstanding Rural Health Organization Award.
In November of 2010, the former Beartooth Hospital and Health Center became Beartooth Billings Clinic and opened doors on a new facility in Red Lodge, Montana. The noteworthy qualities of this effort were not limited to the simple fact of a striking new facility, or the new equipment, or far-reaching benefits of the new electronic medical record. Rather, how this all came about was what made for an award-winning story.
First, planning for a much-needed new facility began in 1998. Twelve years of crafting the best possible partnership with a tertiary medical center 63 miles away (Billings Clinic) resulted in the best of both worlds: A management agreement that offered the integration of a physician clinic, with outstanding technology and administrative support, all while allowing Beartooth to remain independent and community-owned.
Second, financing for the new facility was made possible through a remarkable feat of community fundraising. In a rural Montana county slightly larger than the state of Delaware, with a population of less than 9,000, the Capital Campaign to construct a new facility provided leverage for obtaining a USDA loan. In 2 ½ years, the communities of Carbon County raised over $3 million for a new healthcare facility, and the hospital staff secured an additional $1 million in grants.
"Our success," says Foundation Director Sarie Mackay "is based on the fact that trust, interaction, and participation are what build healthy communities. Carbon County—and Red Lodge in particular—is a place where Montanans can share a vision and come together to make a difference."
In the short time since Beartooth Billings Clinic opened its doors, its staff of 120 healthcare professionals has welcomed numerous Critical Access Hospital management teams who seek to create a similar model that links primary care, outpatient services, beneficial partnerships, and quality. Beartooth Billings Clinic CEO Kelley Evans comments, “While it is a great honor for Beartooth Billings Clinic to be recognized in this way, this is an award to be shared by all the Critical Access Hospitals in Montana and across the United States who are so dedicated to their communities.”
Other nationwide recipients include: Crete Area Medical Center, Nebraska – Rural Health Quality Award; Access Health / Blessing Hospital, Illinois – Outstanding Rural Health Program; Joanne Cochran, PhD, of Chambersburg, PA – Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care; Tyler Hughes, MD of McPherson, KS –Rural Health Practitioner of the Year; Therese Zink, MD, Zumbrota, MN – Distinguished Educator of the Year; Timothy D. McBride, PhD, of St. Louis' Washington University – Outstanding Researcher Award; Laci Rector, a University of Colorado dental student, will receive the Student Leadership Award; and finally, Charles Jantzen, a student at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, will receive the Student Achievement Award.
NRHA’s upcoming Annual Rural Health Conference in Denver is the largest gathering of rural health professionals in the nation. John Snow Inc. provides scholarships to the student awardees to participate in the event.
“Every year, rural Americans come together to gain education and raise awareness on behalf of the 62 million Americans who live in rural areas and desperately need access to affordable health care,” says NRHA's Morgan.
NRHA, a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans, has a nationwide membership of 22,000 individuals and organizations.
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