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A message from Bill Leaver to our leaders across Iowa Health System | April 2012

 

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St. Luke’s College – Sioux City Expansion Underway

As the need for health care professionals continues to grow, St. Luke’s College is preparing for the future by expanding its current facility. Construction on the second and third floors of Physician Center One on the campus of St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center is in full swing.

Mike Stiles

Mike Stiles

Phase I of the project includes new and expanded classrooms, practice labs, conference rooms, common spaces, and faculty offices. The new facilities will be ready when students start the Summer 2012 semester. Future phases will include remodeling additional space in Physician Center One for Medical Laboratory Science Education, Clinical Pastoral Education, Administration, Student Services, Library, Bookstore and space for new educational programs. These services will remain at their current location at 2616 Pierce Street in Sioux City until future phases in Physician Center One are complete.

The new classrooms and labs will facilitate learning for students in the radiology, respiratory care, and nursing programs.

“Students will have dedicated spaces for classrooms and practice labs that are specially equipped with leading technology,” says Michael Stiles, College Chancellor. “We anticipate record enrollment again this fall and this new space will provide our students with access to high quality hands on experiences in high tech classrooms and practice labs.”


Two IHS Websites Recognized Nationally

A study published in the latest edition of Journal of Healthcare Management recognized both the John Stoddard Cancer Center located at Iowa Health – Des Moines and St. Luke's of Cedar Rapids as two of the best healthcare facilities for website content. St. Luke's ranked 2nd and Stoddard ranked 7th out of the more than 4,000 websites analyzed.

The study was conducted in recognition of the need for effective websites within the healthcare industry. Using data from the American Hospital Association (AHA), the study assessed hospital websites in four key criteria: accessibility (ease of use for people with low computer skills), content (freshness, quality and amount of content), marketing (how readily and reliably information can be accessed using search engines), and technology (download speed, site structure, code quality).

From this data, the publication identified top scoring websites in content, and both sites ranked in the top ten overall.
  
According to the Journal of Healthcare Management, hospitals and health systems are playing increasingly important roles as care coordination hubs and consumer information sources.

Read the Journal of Healthcare Management article.

Access the John Stoddard Cancer Center website at JohnStoddardCancer.org

Access the St. Luke's -- Cedar Rapids website at stlukescr.org

 

Iowa Health – Des Moines Achieves Zero Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers, Receives National Research Attention

The latest issue of Nursing Management magazine will highlight the remarkable success of Iowa Health –Des Moines in achieving, and sustaining a level of zero Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPUs) over the long term.

The article, written by Toni Clark, a nurse manager for Iowa Health - Des Moines, highlights the problem and prevalence of HAPUs and the innovations implemented at the staff level to reduce their incidence to zero.


Setting an International Standard: Blank Children's Poster Accepted at International Congress of Endocrinology

An innovation developed at Blank Children's Hospital has been accepted as a scientific poster to be presented at the 15th International & 14th European Congress of Endocrinology. The Clinical Practice Guideline on Linear Growth Measurement of Children will be presented by Jan M. Foote, DNP, ARNP, CPNP of Blank Children's Endocrinology Clinic in Italy.


Trinity Bettendorf named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

Trinity Bettendorf is among the nation’s Best Regional Hospitals 2011-12, according to U.S. News & World Report, publisher of ‘Best Hospitals’. U.S. News annually publishes the Best Hospitals rankings in July. At the midpoint of the 2011-12 year, its editors recognized 247 hospitals outside major metropolitan areas, including Trinity Bettendorf, as Best Regional Hospitals. The list of hospitals is available online at www.usnews.com/bestregionalhospitals.

“The City of Bettendorf already has received national recognition as one of the top places to live and raise a family,” said Trinity President and CEO Rick Seidler. “Now Bettendorf residents can be assured their hometown hospital not only provides them access to care, but access to care whose quality is rated among the best in the country.”

“All Best Regional Hospitals are what we call ‘high performers’ in at least one medical specialty,” says Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “They are fully capable of providing first-rate care, even to most patients who have serious conditions or need demanding procedures.”

U.S. News annually evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 different medical specialties. Hard numbers stand behind its analysis in most specialties – death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Physicians’ responses to a national survey, in which specialists are asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also are factored in. 

Trinity Bettendorf officially opened its doors to patients on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004; it remains the first and only hospital in Bettendorf’s 109-year history. 


Iowa Health Home Care Agencies Rank in Top 10% Nationwide

Four Iowa Health Home Care agencies rank in the top 10 percent of home health providers nationwide according to a recent report issued by HealthInsight, a private, non-profit organization recognized as a leader in defining health care value, transparency and public reporting. Among the top-ranking agencies are Iowa Health Home Care, Des Moines; St. Luke’s Home Care, Sioux City; Cass County Home Care, Atlantic; and Trinity Home Care, Fort Dodge. In total, only eight Iowa agencies ranked in the top 10 percent of the nearly 9,000 agencies reviewed.

Iowa Health Home Care and
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Home Health Providers

Home Health Compare reported measures

National Ranking (percentile) among 8,970 agencies with 12 or more measures

Iowa Health Home Care (Des Moines)

21

97th

St. Luke’s Home Care (Sioux City)

21

95th

Cass County Home Care (Atlantic)

21

93rd

Trinity Home Care (Fort Dodge)

21

90th


HealthInsight rankings are computed using publicly reported data from CMS Home Health Compare, a report on the quality of care provided by Medicare-certified home health agencies. The data set contains agency-specific, risk-adjusted performance on 22 quality measures for more than 11,000 agencies nationwide. The current HealthInsight rankings reflect CMS data that was released January 26, 2012.

Rankings are available online at www.healthinsight.org


Best US Hospitals: 2012 Rankings

HealthGrades recently released its annual lists of "America's 50 Best Hospitals" and "America's 100 Best Hospitals." Saint Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa was an America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award recipient for 2012. 

To create the list, an independent health care ratings organization analyzed more than 150 million Medicare hospitalization records from fiscal years 1998 to 2010 for the 26 most common procedures and diagnoses, including myocardial infarction, pulmonary embolism, stroke, total knee replacement, and pneumonia. To qualify for the top 100, hospitals had to perform in the top 5% across the 26 procedures for a minimum of four straight years.

 HealthGrades 2012 Best Hospitals Report.


Allen Wound Care Center Recognized for 2011 Results

The Allen Wound and Hyperbaric Center has been awarded the Center of Distinction Award by Diversified Clinical Services, Inc. (DCS), the world’s leading wound care management company.  The Center has achieved outstanding patient outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction over 92% and a 91% wound healing rate. 

The Allen Wound Care Center is a member of the Diversified Clinical Services Network of over 325 centers, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating over two million chronic wounds.  The Allen Wound and Hyperbaric Center cared for 390 patients with specialized treatment for chronic and non-healing wounds in its first year of operation.


New Ad Campaign Launched by Iowa Health – Des Moines

Something powerful unifies all at Iowa Health – Des Moines: patients, their unique lives and the love they have for their families. It is this shared commitment that is the inspiration for their new marketing campaign – “Your Life, Our Passion.” It showcases their commitment to community and communicates that patients’ unique lives and stories truly inspire “Our Passion” to provide the latest technologies and exceptional care.

You can view the new campaign at www.iowahealth.org/yourlife. This theme has been launched in a variety of formats including print, TV, and digital as well as at key community events and activities. The campaign starts with three “unity” messages around the Iowa Health – Des Moines family. Specific John Stoddard Cancer Center and Blank Children’s Hospital ads will be introduced on Monday, April 30, 2012.


Live Healthy Iowa - Competition

More than 3000 employees of Iowa Health System are participating in the 2012 Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge which began on January 23. Participation rates in each region combined with those of all participating Iowa Health System organizations have increased more than 300 percent over 2011.

And now the fun really begins.

Each affiliate has been challenged with encouraging participants to reach their weight loss and activity minutes goals. The President's Challenge Cup will be awarded to the affiliate who leads in one or more challenge category at the end of the Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Challenge. The categories are:
Affiliate with the highest percentage of participants who complete the program
Affiliate with the highest activity minutes/participant
Affiliate with the highest weight loss/participant

Here are the current standings, by category:

Standings by Employee Participation Rate

Affiliate

Percentage of Eligible Employees Participating

Trinity Health System Fort Dodge

28.8

The Finley Hospital

25.3

Allen Hospital

24.4

St. Luke's Hospital Sioux City

17.6

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

16.5

Trinity Medical Center

16.0

Iowa Health Physicians & Clinics

12.7

Iowa Health Home Care

9.3

Iowa Health - Des Moines

9.3

 

Standings by Percentage Weight Loss

Affiliate

Percentage of Participant Weight Loss

The Finley Hospital

3.44

Trinity Health System Fort Dodge

3.16

Iowa Health Physicians & Clinics

2.65

Iowa Health Home Care

2.53

Allen Hospital

2.34

Iowa Health - Des Moines

2.11

St. Luke's Hospital Sioux City

1.90

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

1.90

Trinity Medical Center

1.64

 

Standings by Total Activity Hours

Affiliate

Activity Hours Per Participant

The Finley Hospital

45.65

St. Luke's Hospital Sioux City

42.21

Iowa Health Home Care

36.01

Trinity Health System Fort Dodge

33.58

Trinity Medical Center

29.46

Iowa Health Physicians & Clinics

28.89

Iowa Health - Des Moines

28.16

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

27.09

Allen Hospital

21.26

 

Currently, Trinity - Ft. Dodge has taken the top spot for continued participation and Finley leads in the remaining two categories. These numbers shift every week, so the race is still wide open.

Although not included in the affiliate challenge, Iowa Health System Administration employees have also taken are tracking participation and competing in the individual challenges.

Percentage of Eligible Employees Participating

Percentage of Participant Weight Loss

Activity Hours Per Participant

Iowa Health System Administration

33.10

2.78

39.12


On an individual award level, we've reached three benchmarks - the 25 day, 50 day and 75 day targets.

The hard working employees listed below have been the recipients of either an iPod shuffle or an iTunes $50 gift card. With prizes given out every 25 days, all participating employees have one last opportunity to rank as the greatest percentage weight loss winner or most activity minutes logged winner.

25 Day Individual Winners
Greatest Percentage Weight Loss-- Gary Hayes, Finley Hospital, Team - "The Weighters”
Most Activity Minutes Logged -- Deann Bybee, St. Luke’s - Sioux City, Team - “Hot Mama’s”

50 Day Individual Winners
Greatest Percentage Weight Loss-- Heather Kloberdanz, Iowa Health Home Care, Team - “Cyzdown”
Most Activity Minutes Logged -- Brad Kinman, IHS Administration, Team - “There’s An App For This”

75 Day Individual Winners
Greatest Percentage Weight Loss -- Dan Prochaska, Trinity Fort Dodge, Team - “Record Reducers”
Most Activity Minutes Logged -- Alan Jacobs, IHS Administration, Team - “Weapons of Mass Reduction”

Please acknowledge your participants for all the effort they are putting toward living well, and encourage them to keep up the good work. They are almost finished!

 


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