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Perry County Memorial Hospital celebrates Beam Signing Ceremony for new, state-of-the-art facility

Perry County Memorial Hospital celebrated the Beam Signing of its new 117,000 square foot facility on March 14, 2014. The last beam placed in the new facility was signed by PCMH board members, administration, practitioners and staff, along with several county officials. The hospital will set a new standard of quality care and will feature state-of-the-art technology, private patient accommodations and more efficient operations. Perry County Memorial Hospital has served the community for more than 60 years and will continue to provide quality, compassionate care close to home. The hospital will be funded by hospital operations, not taxpayer dollars. The United States Department of Agriculture is financing the project. The project is managed by the Nehemiah Group; the architect is Laughlin Millea Hillman and the contractor is Weddle Brothers Construction.

Joseph Stuber, President and CEO of Perry County Memorial Hospital welcomed guests to the ceremony, "The future of quality healthcare is closer than ever as we place the last steel beam of our new facility… We look forward to the opportunities the new hospital will provide our physicians, employees and the communities we serve." The new facility will be located at the intersection of Hwy. 37 and Hwy. 237 in Tell City. The project is scheduled to be completed in early 2015.

Perry County Memorial Hospital is dedicated providing high quality healthcare and exemplary customer service in the most caring, compassionate, and effective manner. To find out more about Perry County Memorial Hospital, visit: www.pchospital.org.


Perry County Memorial Hospital Announces the Arrival of the First Baby of the Year

Perry County Memorial Hospital announced today the arrival of the first baby of the year born at PCMH. Blake Ward, son of Tasha McMahan and Justin Rust of Tell City, Indiana was born on January 13, 2014. Blake weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces and was 19 ˝ inches long.
Perry County Memorial Hospital is excited to celebrate with the new baby and family. The first baby of the year received a gift basket donated by Perry County Memorial Hospital and a complimentary photo package offered by Danny Bolin Photography. Attached photo's compliments of April Bolin.


Perry County Memorial Hospital Wins Studer Group's
Excellence in Patient Care Award


Perry County Memorial Hospital received an Excellence in Patient Care award from outcomes firm Studer Group®. The hospital received the award-which was presented at the 11th annual What's Right in Health Care® conference- for its exemplary "discharge instructions" results on the HCAHPS patient survey. The What's Right in Health Care® conference took place October 21-23, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Studer Group® gives its Excellence in Patient Care awards to select partners based on various categories. Perry County Memorial Hospital's outstanding results ranked them among the highest from a database of over 850 organizations coached by Studer Group.

"Perry County's leadership team embraced the Evidence Based tools we coach such as Post Visit Calls and patient focused Discharge instructions with results that are impressive. Patients receiving care at Perry County are clearly benefitting from this great team's effort." Debbie Caskey, RN, Account Leader and Coach

"Receiving this award verifies Perry County Memorial Hospital's dedication to quality patient care. Perry County Memorial Hospital works diligently to make the hospital a better place for patients to receive care, employees to work and physicians to practice medicine," remarks Joe Stuber, President and CEO of Perry County Memorial Hospital.

About Studer Group®:
Studer Group's mission is to change the face of healthcare by creating a better place for employees to work, physicians to practice medicine, and patients to receive care. A recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, Studer Group is an outcomes-based healthcare performance improvement firm that works with over 850 healthcare organizations in the U.S. and beyond, teaching them how to achieve, sustain, and accelerate exceptional clinical, operational, and financial results. Studer Group has a scaled approach that is proven to be effective from large healthcare systems, academic medical centers, emergency departments, stand-alone community healthcare organizations to rural hospitals. Working together, we help to get the foundation right-using aligned goals, behaviors and processes as building blocks-so organizations can build a sustainable culture that promotes accountability, fosters innovation, and consistently delivers a great patient experience and the best quality outcomes over time. To learn more about Studer Group, visit www.studergroup.com.

Perry County Memorial Hospital is dedicated to providing high quality healthcare and exemplary customer service in the most caring, compassionate, and effective manner. PCMH is devoted to providing quality health care, making it the healthcare provider of choice for the community it serves. To find out more about Perry County Memorial Hospital, visit: www.pchospital.org.

PCMH Studer Group Award


Linda Mathena of Perry County Memorial Hospital Achieves Renewal of Certified Diabetes Educator® Status

Tell City, IN- The National Certification of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) announced that Linda Mathena, RN, ONC, CDE of Perry County Memorial Hospital has renewed the Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) status by successfully completing the continuing education renewal option process. Candidates must meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be eligible for certification. Achieving the CDE® credential demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes.

Linda has been a registered nurse for 52 years. She is a caring and dedicated individual that has made an incredible difference at Perry County Memorial Hospital. Linda began her career at PCMH in 1976. She has a vast and diverse nursing background which includes obstetrics, medical surgical and pediatrics. Linda also worked in intensive care for 20 years, oncology for 13 years and has been the Certified Diabetes Educator® for the past 12 years. Linda is an asset to Perry County Memorial Hospital and has helped in the development of many programs and departments.

NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for health professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease. Perry County Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Self- Management Education Program includes both a Certified Diabetes Educator® and a dietician. The program is certified by the American Diabetes Association. Perry County Memorial Hospital prides itself on the partnerships it forms between the educator and the patient in managing their diabetes. For more information on partnering with PCMH and their Diabetes Self- Management Education Program please call 812-547-0145 or visit www.pchospital.org.




Perry County Memorial Hospital takes part in National Fall Prevention Week: September 22 - 28, 2013

Unintentional falls are a threat to your life, independence and health, especially if you are 65 and older. Every 18 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall and every 35 minutes someone in this population dies as a result of their injuries. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths among adults age 65 and older and according to the CDC, one in three older adults fall each year. Older adults are hospitalized for fall-related injuries five times more often than they are for injuries from other causes. Falls are NOT a normal part of aging.

Falls in older adults are a result of both personal and environmental factors. Personal factors include gait and balance, muscle weakness, limitations of daily living activities, visual problems, lack of physical activities, and the effects of prescription drugs. Individuals are encouraged to become active in an exercise program that improves strength, balance and coordination. Staying active and eating a healthy diet keeps your muscles toned and lessens the possibility of a fall. Environmental factors include potential hazards in the home such as loose rugs, the absence of railings on stairs or grab bars in the bathroom, household pets and poor lighting.
Fall Prevention programs should offset problematic re-admissions and or lower the number of avoidable Emergency Department visits, therefore impacting the healthcare reimbursement dollar. During National Fall Prevention Awareness Week, state fall prevention coalitions, health care providers, and senior service agencies across the country will hold presentations, health fairs, screenings, and workshops to raise awareness among older adults and their families and caregivers, elder care professionals, and the general public about the seriousness of falls and ways to reduce fall risk.

According to the Nov. 2010 Clinics in Geriatric Medicine 30% to 51% of falls in the hospital result with some injury, 80% to 90% are un-witnessed and 50% to 70% occur from transferring from one place to another.

Perry County Memorial Hospital has a Fall Prevention Program and an active interdisciplinary team that continuously works to ensure patient safety. In order to help promote a safe environment in the hospital setting and reduce the potential for injuries to patients, visitors and staff, the Community Patient Safety Coalition of Southwestern Indiana/Kentucky, Inc. (CPSC) established a group to address in-hospital fall prevention. CPSC is a not-for-profit organization consisting of representatives from tri-state area hospitals and healthcare providers collaborating and sharing resources to enhance patient safety issues with regard to not only fall prevention, but also surgery, laboratory services, medication, infection prevention, and transitioning to home.

Tri-State area member hospitals represented are: Deaconess, St. Mary's, St. Mary's Warrick, HealthSouth, Methodist, Gibson General Hospital, Good Samaritan, Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center, Women's Hospital, The Heart Hospital, Daviess, Perry County Memorial Hospital, Evansville Surgery Center, Surgicare and Owensboro Health. CPSC meets on a regular basis to discuss best practices in identifying high risk patients, perform assessments, and develop interventions to keep patients safe and prevent falls. While the CPSC hospitals are working to keep you safe, here are some things you as a patient can do to prevent a fall while in the hospital.
Ask hospital staff for assistance - don't get out of bed without calling your nurse.
Do not go to the bathroom alone or get up to use the bedside commode without assistance.
Ask questions about the medication you are taking and its side effects that could make you at risk for a fall.
Always follow hospital staff's instructions - your safety is their number one priority.
Ask how you can ensure safety at home.




PERRY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES THE ARRIVAL OF DR. STEWART JENNINGS, MD TO THE TELL CITY CLINIC

Dr. Jennings offers care through all stages of life, from children to the elderly.

Tell City, Indiana - Perry County Memorial Hospital announced today the addition of Dr. Stewart Jennings, MD to the Tell City Clinic. Dr. Jennings will begin seeing patients on August 15, 2013. Dr. Jennings will provide both internal medicine for adults and pediatric care at the Tell City Clinic location. Dr. Jennings served in the United States Navy as an Electronics Warfare Technician before continuing his education to become a physician. He graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed his residency at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Jennings is board-certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.

He most recently worked at Riverside King William Medical Center, part of the 300 physician Riverside Medical Group, in Aylett, VA. Dr. Jennings' practice in Virginia received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 standards program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. Dr. Jennings also served on the Board of Directors for the Riverside Tappahannock Hospital.

Dr. Jennings and his wife Laila, along with their six children, will be relocating to Tell City. Laila is a pediatric Nurse Practitioner by training, mother and home- school teacher by choice. Dr. and Mrs. Jennings share the honor of receiving the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's Angels in Adoption Award. Dr. Jennings and his family are very active within community organizations and their church.

Dr. Jennings is accepting new patients. To make an appointment with Dr. Jennings, please call the Tell City Clinic at 812-547-3447.





PERRY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL PARAMEDICS RECOGNIZED FOR 20 YEARS OF SERVICE

PCMH celebrates employees' years of service.

Tell City, Indiana - Darrel Riley, John Kleeman and Pat Lambert, employed as paramedics with Perry Count Memorial Hospital, were recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 20 consecutive years as Nationally Registered Paramedics. This distinction is an honor held by few paramedics.

To maintain status as a Nationally Registered Paramedic, they have completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive certification program for Emergency Medical Technicians/Paramedics in America. They not only completed courses to refresh their fundamental knowledge and skills but also attended a minimum of two hours per month of additional continuing education courses to advance their knowledge on new lifesaving skills.

By maintaining their Nationally Registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, they are among the few elite EMS personnel with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.

Riley, Kleeman and Lambert were Nationally Registered as Paramedics in 1993 and have been serving Perry County since that time.

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the national EMS certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.



PERRY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL LAUNCHES NEW SYSTEM TO HELP IMPROVE HEART ATTACK PATIENT OUTCOMES

Web-based LIFENET® System Utilizes Emergent Patient Data to Help Reduce Time to Treatment in Perry, Spencer and Hancock Counties.

Tell City, Indiana - Perry County Memorial Hospital announced today the launch of a new system to help improve heart attack patient outcomes. The LIFENET System, from Physio-Control, Inc., is the first web-based data network of its kind, offering emergency medical services (EMS) and hospital teams tools to work together to help improve clinical and operational efficiencies. PCMH's use of LIFENET System has the goal of reducing time to treatment for patients in Perry County who experience a dangerous type of heart attack known as STEMI (ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction).

STEMI poses a serious threat to the heart muscle and can result in death or serious disability for the patient. The more quickly patients receive treatment, the more likely they are to have a positive outcome.
"The LIFENET System will help us reduce time to treatment for STEMI patients," said Joe Stuber, President and CEO, at Perry County Memorial Hospital. "Studies show that time from onset of symptoms to treatment is critical to improving survival and outcomes for these patients. Having this new system will enable us to better meet the guideline of treatment as recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology."

About the LIFENET System
LIFENET System is a state-of-the-art, easy to use system designed to connect EMS teams and hospital personnel with emergent patient data, and to help increase workflow so that a patient can receive treatment as quickly as possible. LIFENET enables paramedics in the field to alert hospital care teams and provide them with critical patient data so they can quickly identify STEMI patients, determine where to route them for care, and have staff prepared before the patient arrives, reducing time to treatment. This is all securely managed by a web-based system administered by Physio-Control.
EMS crews in the field use a cardiac monitor/defibrillator to obtain a 12-lead ECG, whether from a LIFEPAK® 12, 15 or third party device. The ECG report is then securely transmitted over the Internet. Hospital teams are alerted to incoming information, are able to view the patient data and share with other care teams, and engage remote clinicians for decision support through a dedicated iPhone application. The ease of communication throughout the care team helps save critical time.

LIFENET System allows paramedics, physicians and nurses to focus on treatment decisions and patient care while the system works quietly in the background, both in the field and in the hospital emergency department. LIFENET is helping communities elevate heart attack care to a whole new level by enabling them to set up systems of care for reducing time to treatment for STEMI patients.

Perry County Memorial Hospital is dedicated to providing advanced, quality care to residents in our community. Even in emergency situations PCMH is equipped with advanced, reliable technology to assist in the time of need.


PERRY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

TELL CITY, IN - Perry County Memorial Hospital, the Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc. and the Perry County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary are pleased to announce the following scholarship recipients:

Deni Taylor of Branchville, Indiana, daughter of Dennis and Edna Taylor
$500 Lewis C. Lohoff Memorial Scholarship Award
Graduate of Perry Central Jr-Sr High School
Extracurricular Activities: FFA, German Club, Art Club, Students Taking Action Not Drugs, National Honor Society, Indiana High School Rodeo Association
Will attend Indiana University Southeast

PCMH Lewis C. Lohoff Memorial Scholarship 2013


Alexandra Holmes of Tell City, Indiana, daughter of James A. Holmes and Monica Holmes
$500 PCMH Auxiliary Scholarship Award
Graduate of Tell City Jr-Sr High School
Extracurricular Activities: March of Dimes, Key Club, Pep Club, Spanish Club, H.O.S.A. (secretary), Teen Advisory Group (secretary)
Will attend Vincennes University-Jasper Center and major in Nursing.

PCMH Auxiliary Scholarship 2013



Hanna Goffinet of Tell City, Indiana, daughter of David and Jane Goffinet
$500 PCMH Scholarship Award
Graduate of Tell City Jr-Sr High School
Extracurricular Activities: Senior Class President, Student Council, Renaissance Leadership/Student Steering Committee, Pep Club, Key Club, Cross Country, Track, We The Youth of Perry County
Will attend the University of Southern Indiana and major in Radiography


Brittany Fleming of Hawesville, Kentucky, daughter of Brent and Ginger Fleming
$500 PCMH Scholarship Award
Graduate of Cannelton Jr-Sr High School
Extracurricular Activities: National Honor Society, Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA)
Will attend Owensboro Community & Technical College and major in Surgical Technology


Lynsay Goffinet of Tell City, Indiana, daughter of Mark and Pamela Goffinet
$500 PCMH Scholarship Award
Graduate of Perry Central Jr-Sr High School
Extracurricular Activities: Basketball, Volleyball, National Honor Society, Key Club, FFA
Will attend the University of Southern Indiana and major in Radiography

PCMH Scholarship 2013




CELEBRATE BETTER HEARING AND SPEECH MONTH THIS MAY WITH THE AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING ASSOCIATION

(Tell City, Indiana) Since 1927, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association has celebrated Better Hearing and Speech Month each May to raise public awareness of speech and language disorders that affect 14 million Americans.

Speech and language disorders can take many forms and can limit academic achievement, social adjustment, and career advancement. An individual may be born with a speech or language disorder, or it may be caused by accidental injury or illness.

"Fortunately, most people with speech and language problems can be helped," said Jaime Hammond, MA, CCC-SLP. "Even if the problem cannot be eliminated, we can teach people with speech and language problems strategies to help them cope. People may not fully regain their capacity to speak and understand, but a speech-language pathologist can help them live more independently."
Speech-language pathologists are the professionals who treat all types of speech, language, and related disorders. They hold at least a master's degree and are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. [In Indiana, they also are licensed by the state.] At Perry County Memorial Hospital, our speech-language pathologists work to provide speech, language and swallowing treatment to acute care patients, outpatients, and home care patients ranging from infants to geriatrics.

If you or a loved one has difficulty with communicating or swallowing, please contact our board-certified speech-language pathologists at Perry County Memorial Hospital.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY HELPS INDIVIDUALS LIVE LIFE TO ITS FULLEST

Perry County Memorial Hospital Celebrates Occupational Therapy Month in April

Tell City, IN - Occupational therapy enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent-or live better with-injury, illness or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience and "best practices" that have been developed and proven over time.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on "doing" whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. It is occupational therapy's purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.

When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e.g., home, school or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

By taking the full picture into account-a person's psychological, physical, emotional and social makeup as well as their environment-occupational therapy assists patients to do the following:

• Achieve goals
• Function at the highest possible level
• Concentrate on what matters most to them
• Maintain or rebuild their independence
• Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do

At Perry County Memorial Hospital, the occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants are highly skilled in treating conditions affecting individuals across their lifespan. After a thorough evaluation, our occupational therapists develop collaborative goals and work one-on-one with our patients to regain function and independence for a better quality of life. Services are available to inpatients and outpatients, or through Perry County Memorial Hospital's Home Care Program.
For more information about occupational therapy at Perry County Memorial Hospital, contact Jaime Hammond at (812) 547-0309.



PERRY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AWARDED HFAP ACCREDITATION

TELL CITY, IN - Perry County Memorial Hospital was awarded accreditation from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), an independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). It earned this distinction after HFAP conducted an extensive and objective review of the hospital's quality and safety standards.

"PCMH clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality patient care," said Michael Zarski, CEO of HFAP. "We base our decision on federal standards, as well as recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Perry County Memorial Hospital met or exceeded standards in every case."

"We're proud to achieve this prestigious distinction," said Joseph Stuber, President and CEO of PCMH. "By awarding us accreditation, HFAP has recognized our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community. In fact, quality is consistently the priority focus in our strategic plans and goals."

The HFAP is a non-profit, nationally recognized accreditation organization. It has been accrediting healthcare facilities for more than 60 years and under Medicare since its inception. Its mission is to advance high quality patient care and safety through objective application of recognized standards. Its accreditation is recognized by the federal government, state governments, managed care organizations, and insurance companies. For more information, go to: www.hfap.org.

The HFAP accreditation is a reflection on Perry County Memorial Hospital's dedication to fulfilling the organization's mission to provide high quality healthcare and exemplary customer service in the most caring, compassionate, and effective manner. PCMH is devoted to providing quality health care, making it the healthcare provider of choice for the community it serves. To find out more about Perry County Memorial Hospital, visit: www.pchospital.org. Perry County Memorial Hospital is an equal opportunity provider and employer.



NURSE PRACTIONERS PROVIDE MORE THAN 155,000 SOLUTIONS TO THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS
National Nurse Practitioner Week celebrated Nov 11-17


TELL CITY, IN - As the health care provider shortage continues to top the national agenda, it is important that the public be aware that there are more than 155,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) in the United States who provide high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered care to patients across the country.

NPs are licensed, expert clinicians with advanced education (most have master's and many have doctorate degrees) and extensive clinical training who provide primary, acute and specialty health care services. In addition to providing a full range of services, NPs work as partners with their patients, guiding them to make educated health care decisions and healthy lifestyle choices. The confidence that patients have in NP-delivered health care is evidenced by the more than 600 million visits made to NPs every year.

NPs are informed regarding the unique concerns of diverse patient populations and in touch with the needs of each individual. Through a partnership with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and Joining Forces (a White House initiative to raise awareness of the health care needs of veterans, active service members and their families), NPs are increasingly well-prepared to care for this important patient group.

National Nurse Practitioner Week, November 11 - 17, 2012 is a time to celebrate these exceptional health care providers and to remind lawmakers of the importance of removing outdated barriers to practice so that NPs will be allowed to practice to the full extent of their experience and education. Nurse practitioners are informed, in touch and involved, making them the health care providers of choice for millions and a solution to the primary care crisis in America.

Perry County Memorial Hospital is proud to employ three Certified Nurse Practitioners within our clinics; Suellen Malone, FNP-C - Tell City Clinic, Lisa Miller, FNP-C - Troy Clinic and Andrea Polk, FNP-C - Perry County Family Practice in Leopold.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the oldest and largest national professional organization for nurse practitioners (NPs) of all specialties. AANP represents the interests of approximately 155,000 nurse practitioners in the country and advocates for the active role of NPs as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, patient-centered and personalized healthcare. For more information, visit aanp.org.





Alliant Award Financial 2012

L to R: Mike Stigler, Director of Blue and Company, the parent of Alliant Management Services, with Perry County Memorial Hospital Board Secretary Grant Taylor, Chief Financial Officer Kathy Clayton, and Board Chair John Land

PERRY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RECEIVES FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE AWARD FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Louisville, KY - Perry County Memorial Hospital has been recognized for its financial performance by Alliant Management Services (AMS). For the second year in a row, the hospital earned high marks in nine measures of financial soundness to win the award. Timothy L. Jarm, Alliant President and CEO, made the presentation at Alliant's annual awards ceremony Friday, July 27, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown.

Accepting the award on behalf of Perry County Memorial Hospital, located in Tell City, IN, were Board Chairperson John Land, Board Secretary Grant Taylor adn Chief Financial Officer Kathy Clayton.

Perry County Memorial Hospital has been a member of the Alliant Management Services network for 27 years. The network includes hospitals and health systems throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina. An experienced hospital management company since 1978, Alliant Management Services offers hospitals and health systems comprehensive operational, financial and clinical resources, plus the expertise of an extensive network of experienced professionals. Alliant Management Services is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.


PCMH Scholarships 2012

L to R: Mr. Joe Stuber, Courtney Blinzinger, Samantha James, Whittney Huff, Jessica Foster, Mr. John B. Land (absent Jacob Malcomson)

Perry County Memorial Hospital Awards Scholarships
TELL CITY, IN - Perry County Memorial Hospital, the Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc., and the Perry COunty Memorial Hospital Auxiliary are pleased to announce the following scholarship recipients:

Jacob Malcomson of Cannelton, IN, son of Michelle Malcomson
$500 Lewis C. Lohoff Memorial Scholarship Award
Graduate of Tell City Junior-Senior High School
Extracurricular Activities: Pep Club and Academic Super Bowl
Will attend University of Southern Indiana and major in Business and Pre-Med

Jessica Foster of Bristow, IN, daughter of Dawn Foster
$500 PCMH Auxiliary Scholarship Award
Graduate of Perry Central Junior-Senior High School
Extracurricular Activities: Cross Country, Track, National Honors Society, Key Club, Student Council, S.T.A.N.D., and Science Team
Will attend University of Southern Indiana and major in Nursing

Whittney Huff of Cannelton, IN, daughter of Doris Michelle Huff
$500 PCMH Scholarship Award
Graduate of Perry Central Junior-Senior High School
Will attend University of Southern Indiana and major in Nursing

Courtney Blinzinger of Tell City, IN, daughter of Carl and Liz Blinzinger
$500 PCMH Scholarship Award
Graduate of Tell City Junior-Senior High School
Extracurricular Activities: Track, Golf, Swim Manager, Pep Club, Renaissance Leadership Class, and Student Steering Committee
Will attend Indiana University and major in Nursing

Samantha James of Cannelton, IN, daughter of Jane and James T. James III
$500 PCMH Scholarship Award
Graduate of Cannelton Junior-Senior High School
Extracurricular Activities: Basketball, Volleyball, Softball, Track and Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Will attend Vincennes University Jasper Campus and major in Nursing

PCMH Auxiliary Scholarship 2012

Jessica Foster, recipient of the PCMH Auxiliary Scholarship Award, with Mickey Fischer, PCMH Auxiliary President


Randall Norris

Perry County Memorial Hospital Welcomes Dr. Randall Norris, Orthopedic Surgeon, to our Outpatient Clinic
TELL CITY, IN - Dr. Randall Norris will begin an outpatient clinic here at Perry County Memorial Hospital beginning Friday, April 6, 2012.

Dr. Norris graduated from Evansville Harrison High School and then graduated from the University of Evansville in 1975. After graduating from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1979, he completed his orthopedic residency at Louisiana State University. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Norris has been providing orthopedic care since 1984.

To make an appointment with Dr. Norris, call (812)547-0145.


2011 ER Challenge Winners

Perry County Memorial Hospital Wins Emergency Nurses Challenge Third Consecutive Year, Tell City, IN
TELL CITY, IN - In celebration of National Emergency Nurses Week, Perry County Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room department was asked to compete in an Emergency Nurses Week Challenge hosted by The Emergency Nurses Association Chapter 137. The event took place Thursday, October 13 in Evansville, IN at St. Mary's Medical Center Manor Auditorium.

The hospital team was to consist of 5 bedside staff RN's. Questions were based on Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) and Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) review style questions. Representing PCMH were Lucy Ubelhor, Nicole Miles, Bessie Collins, Amber Shearn and Melissa Monnahan. Perry County Memorial Hospital competed against local hospitals, including Owensboro Medical Health Center, St. Mary's Medical Center, Deaconess Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Henderson, KY, and Regional Medical Center, Madisonville, KY. The Perry County Memorial Hospital team did an outstanding job and walked away, again, with first place. Second place went to Methodist Hospital in Henderson, KY and third place went to St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville, IN.

Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Chapter 137 is a local branch of a professional organization promoting unity of the local emergency department nurses and enhancing educational opportunities within the Tri-State area.


Gilbert Field

Perry County Memorial Hospital Welcomes Dr. Gilbert Field to Perry County Surgical Associates, Tell City, IN
TELL CITY, IN - Perry County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Gilbert Field has joined our staff and began seeing patients on Monday, July 18th at Perry County Surgical Associates, Tell City.

Dr. Field is originally from Detroit, MI. He obtained a Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology from Arizona State University graduating Cum Laude. He received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 1996 from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency at St. John Oakland Hospital in Warren, MI where he was awarded Surgical Resident of the Year in 2000 and 2001.

Most recently, Dr. Field worked at St. Vincent Frankfort Hospital in Frankfort, IN and served as the Hospital Chief of Staff in 2011, Vice Chief of Staff in 2010 and Chief of Surgery in 2007. Dr. Field taught at St. Louis University from 2004 - 2005 was an adjunct Professor of Surgery, Dept of Trauma Surgery. In 2001, Dr. Field began practicing medicine at Scott Air Force Base as an attending surgeon. He worked as a Trauma Surgeon for special operations, operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. In 2005, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

Board Certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Surgery, Dr. Field is also a member of the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Field will provide a full range of general surgery services including laparoscopic surgery of the gallbladder, advanced laparoscopic techniques for hernia repair, comprehensive breast care for benign/malignant diagnosis, endoscopic procedures of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract, colon cancer surgery and surgical biopsy and excision of skin cancers.

For an appointment, please call Perry County Surgical Associates at (812) 547-0333.

Perry County Surgical Associates is located at 148 13th Street, Suite B, Tell City, IN.


Perry County Memorial Hospital Receives American Diabetes Association Recognition
TELL CITY, IN - Perry County Memorial Hospital received an on-site audit on May 9, 2011 from the American Diabetes Association in reference to our Diabetes Self-Management Program. The auditors reported to the Decision Subcommittee of the Education Program Recognition Committee on May 24, 2011, recommending that the program contines with recognition.
To promote quality education for people with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) endorses the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education. To support this goal, the ADA Education Recognition Program (ERP) assesses whether applicants meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self Management Education. The Standards are designed to be flexible enough to be applicable in any health care setting, from physicians' offices and HMOs to clinics and hospitals. The ADA ERP is one of three and the most experienced Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) deemed certifying bodies for Diabetes Self Management Training.
Perry County Memorial Hospital has a Diabetes Self Management Education Program approved by the American Diabetes Association and staffed by a certified diabetes educator and dietician. A physician order is needed to participate. To schedule an appointment, contact Outpatient scheduling at (812) 547-0145 for an appointment. Most appointments are scheduled on Wednesdays, but arrangements can be made for other days.
For more information, contact Linda Mathena, RN at (812)547-0157 or visit www.pchospital.org.


PCMH new hospital

Perry County Memorial Hospital Announces Construction of New Facility
TELL CITY, IN (July 1, 2010) - To serve the community's growing medical needs, Perry County Memorial Hospital announces its plans for construction of an approximately 117,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. The $46 million project is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2012.

The new facility will continue to serve the same tri-county area as the existing hospital: Perry and Spencer counties in Indiana and Hancock County in Kentucky. Located six miles from the current hospital location in Tell City, the new building will be located on 38 acres near the intersection of Highways 37 and 237.

Costs for the new facility will be funded by hospital operations, not taxpayer dollars. To the extent possible, hospital officials are committed to utilizing local businesses and individuals throughout the project.

The new Critical Access Hospital will include three operating rooms and two endoscopy rooms. Other features include comfortable, private patient rooms with bathrooms, spacious waiting areas, a dedicated ER entrance and ample parking. From the inside out, the new hospital will promote a healthier lifestyle for the community with the addition of a walking path around the exterior grounds of the facility.

"It is our ongoing mission to improve the health of our community," said Joe Stuber, President and CEO. "This building project will allow us to continue providing quality care to those in need, as well as offer us the opportunity to recruit new physicians and medical staff."

The hospital's services will remain the same:
- Radiology
- Emergency Department
- Home Care Services
- Laboratory
- Obstetrics
- Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
- Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
- Sleep Laboratory
- Surgery and Endoscopy
- Swing Bed Program
- Cancer Treatment/Oncology
- Inpatient Services
- Community Education and Outreach

The existing partnership between the hospital and Perry County to operate Emergency Medical Services will continue.

The architectural firm Laughlin Millea Hillman Architecture, LLC was chosen as the design firm for the project. The company has offices in Louisville and New Albany and has designed the new Harrison County Hospital, as well as additions to Floyd (County) Memorial Hospital, and a medical office building and ambulatory surgery center for Baptist Hospital East in Louisville.

Founded in 1950, Perry County Memorial Hospital is a full-service healthcare facility located in Tell City, Indiana that serves Perry and Spencer Counties in Indiana and Hancock County in Kentucky. Hospital services include inpatient, outpatient, in-home and emergency. PCMH is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. For more information, visit www.pchospital.org.


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HIGH-RESOLUTION SCOPES AT PERRY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

TELL CITY, IN - Perry County Memorial Hospital is now utilizing High-Resolution Colonoscopes with Narrow Band Imaging technology to perform colonoscopies. These scopes will aid physicians in detecting small growths in the colonic wall called polyps. High-resolution colonoscopies assist in the detection of polyps by providing much better visualization of the mucosa lining in the internal wall of the colon. Narrow Band Imaging is a technology that isolates two specific bandwidths of light that are absorbed by the vessels in the mucosa at a greater density than the surrounding tissue, aiding the physician in detecting any early changes in vascular patterns.

These colonoscopies represent state-of-the-art technology that enhances the physicians' ability to detect and prevent colon cancer in patients. Colon cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Fortunately, if detected early, the removal of polyps is easy and painless during a colonoscopy. If not removed, these small growths can become cancerous tumors. Perry County Memorial Hospital believes these new scopes and the technology they offer are an important tool in the local fight against colon cancer and are another example of the hospital's commitment to providing the latest technology to its patients.

The High-Resolution Colonoscope purchases for Perry County Memorial Hospital were made possible by the Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation. The total cost for 2 High-Resolution Colonoscopes was $58,680.00. This is not the first equipment purchase by the PCMH Foundation. Birthing Room Furniture was purchased by the PCMH Foundation in 1992 for $10,262.00, a Blood Gas Analyzer in 1993 for $24,000.00, Portable X-Ray Machine in 1994 for $22,464.00, a Stablette & Two Isolettes in 1995 for $23,135.00, a Cardiac Monitoring System in 1996 for $17,155.00, a Camtec Converta Litter & Olympus Colonoscope in 1997 for $22,400.00, a Tele-radiology Computer & Digitizer in 1998 for $25,000.00 and in 1999, a Laproscopic Scope, Electric Cautery Device and Computer for $26,500.00. In the year 2000, $25,379.00 was spent by the PCMH Foundation to purchase Sonosite 180 Hand Carried Ultra Sound & Laparoscopic Instruments. An Obstetric Central Monitoring System was purchased in 2001 for $26,355.00 and in 2002, a Mechanical Ventilator Approx. was purchased for $26,000.00. In 2003/2004, Pulmonary Function Testing was purchased for $44,109.00 and in 2005, a Gastroscope was purchased for $24,000.00. From 1992 - 2009, the Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation as purchased $404,439.00 worth of equipment to better serve our community.

The Perry County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc. exists to support Perry County Memorial Hospital's mission of providing quality healthcare to our community now and for future generations. The Foundation is a not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, making gifts tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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