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Pullman Regional Hospital to sponsor health track at 2015 Bootcamp

Pullman Regional Hospital to sponsor health track at 2015 Bootcamp

Pullman Regional Hospital will sponsor the newly named and revised Human and Animal Health track at the Palouse Knowledge Corridor’s Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp, to be held June 14-18 in Pullman, Wash., and Moscow, Idaho.

Hospital CEO Scott Adams hopes the sponsorship will benefit both the hospital and community.

“One of our areas of focus is innovation,” Adams said. “We want to play a leadership role in defining what innovation in healthcare looks like and feels like in our region.”

PRH will moderate a full session at the Bootcamp and will have a speaker during the Business Showcase Luncheon.

The hospital sponsored employee Ed Robertson at the 2014 Bootcamp, and was pleased with the results, Adams said.

“There’s not an institution more in need of innovation right now than healthcare,” Robertson said. “That’s a core value of Pullman Regional Hospital. It’s absolutely great to work for an organization that values innovation, and it could be a model for other organizations to grow employees and nurture an innovative thought process.”

Pullman Regional Hospital's website receives national recognition

Pullman Regional Hospital's website receives national recognition

Pullman Regional Hospital’s website has been recognized nationally by Strategic Healthcare Communications with an eHealthcare Leadership Award for Best Overall Internet Site in 2014. More than 1,000 entries were received from small and large hospitals throughout the nation. Pullman Regional’s Web site was judged in the category of Hospitals with 200 beds or less and received the award of “Distinction.”

The awards program recognizes the very best web site and digital communications efforts of a wide range of health care organizations. Websites were judged based on a standard of Internet excellence and how they compared with others in their organizations classification. This year 114 individuals familiar with health care and the Internet evaluated the entries. Awards were presented in November at a special presentation in Scottsdale, AZ.

Pullman Regional Hospital receives Top Performer Award

Pullman Regional Hospital receives Top Performer Award

Pullman Regional Hospital was recently awarded a Top Performer Award accompanied by a $5000 check by the Washington Hospitals Workers’ Compensation Trust, a subsidiary program of the Washington State Hospital Association.

The Top Performer Award recognizes members who go “above and beyond” compliance and follow best practices in Workers’ Compensation. Pullman Regional Hospital also won this award in 2010, 2012 and 2013.

Award criteria are focused on employee safety and include participating in programs that reduce employee and patient injuries and in ongoing educational and safety program activities.

Laura Barrett, director of Safety and Regulatory Compliance, said “Applying for and receiving the Top Performer award lets our community know that Pullman Regional Hospital is dedicated to both employee safety and patient safety by providing and ensuring an environment where our patients can receive first-rate medical care.”

HydroWorx Therapy Pool now available at Pullman Regional Hospital’s Summit Therapy & Health Services

HydroWorx Therapy Pool now available at Pullman Regional Hospital’s Summit Therapy & Health Services

A new state-of-the-art HydroWorx therapy pool with underwater treadmill is now available at Summit Therapy & Health Services for patients with a doctor’s referral. The pool, which was installed in November, replaces Summit’s aging therapy pool. Thanks to generous donations made by staff and community to Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign, patients are now receiving rehabilitation benefits from this pool with enhanced features, such as adjustable water levels, variable speed treadmill, and improved safety features including stairs with railings to enter and exit the pool for patients with mobility issues.

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

INBC and PSBC host Apple Cup Blood Drive competition

Cougar and Huskies fans have yet another reason to get competitive this week. This year, the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) and the Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) have teamed up host an Apple Cup Blood Drive to see which fan base can donate the most blood for Washington.

 

Along with providing one group of fans additional bragging rights, donors will have a chance to win one of two $500 Visa Gift cards. INBC's Marketing Communication Officer, Elizabeth Giles, said as of Friday, Husky fans led by 100 donations, but the Cougs still have plenty of opportunities to catch up this week.

 

U-Idaho students involved in mumps outbreak

U-Idaho students involved in mumps outbreak

An outbreak of mumps involving University of Idaho Moscow students is leading public health officials to urge students to use the upcoming holiday break to check their vaccination records to make certain they are current for the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination before they return for classes.

As of Wednesday, November 19, 10 laboratory-confirmed cases of mumps have been reported, with over 20 additional reports being investigated, including two in the Moscow community.

The MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps. Students who have not previously had mumps or who have no record of any doses of MMR vaccine should receive two doses at least 28 days apart; students who received only one dose of MMR vaccine should receive a second dose. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) and Welfare said students can check with the University of Idaho Student Health Services, their primary care provider, local public health office or a local pharmacy about receiving an MMR vaccine.

Pullman Regional Hospital invests in bacteria-killing copper to reduce potentially deadly infections

Pullman Regional Hospital invests in bacteria-killing copper to reduce potentially deadly infections

Pullman Regional Hospital  has installed copper components throughout its facility as another way of reducing hospital-acquired infections and keeping their patients safe. The hospital has become an early adopter of antimicrobial copper after studies found the age-old metal could continuously kill deadly bacteria.

Each year, 2 million people in the United States are diagnosed with a hospital-acquired infection and nearly 100,000 people die. These infections are caused by common bacteria such as E. coli, MRSA, C. diff, CRE and VRE.