KRMC is thrilled to welcome the following physicians to our medical team:
Orthopedic Surgeon, J. Kent Ferrari, M.D.
As a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Ferrari is an expert in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of bones and joints. He is especially skilled at treating sports injuries. During his fellowship training he worked alongside team physicians for the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Minnesota Twins.
Most recently, Dr. Ferrari served as an orthopedic surgeon at the Center for Neurosciences, Orthopedics, and Spine (CNOS) in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. He is highly skilled in latest techniques for joint replacement or partial-joint replacement in shoulders, hips, or knees. He also has expertise in arthroscopic shoulder surgery for rotator cuff or other injuries, and in arthroscopic knee surgery. Additionally he performs reconstructive ligament and cartilage surgery.
Before going into orthopedic surgery, Dr. Ferrari practiced as a family medicine doctor, which he says gives him a unique perspective as a surgeon. He uses a conservative, patient-centered approach, saying, â€œItâ€™s very important that my patients understand all their options.â€
Dr. Ferrariâ€™s office is located at Mohave Desert Orthopedics at the Medical Professional Center on the KRMC campus. For more information, please call (928) 681-8681.
Very few of my heroes have been the typical ones you think about â€” you know â€” the sports superstars, movie stars, or others who are revered in the press. Instead, I have always respected and admired the people who go about quietly doing acts of service that make an impact in other peopleâ€™s lives. They arenâ€™t looking for recognition; they simply work to help others because it is the right thing to do.
Because of my position at KRMC, I have the opportunity to hear about many special acts of service by our employees and volunteers almost every day. For many years, we have used a special program called A.C.E. (Acknowledging Committed Employees) to recognize staff members who commit â€œacts of kindness.â€
Patients and fellow employees share stories on pre-printed forms about caring service or acts that go above and beyond to meet patientsâ€™ needs. Some of those stories are posted on a large board near our cafeteria for people to read. These stories inspire and encourage all of us who want to make a difference in peopleâ€™s lives.
Just today, I received a note telling the story of one of our nurses who, when she discovered that her disabled patient lived in a small trailer with no air-conditioning, gave the patient money to buy a portable a/c unit. This example of unselfishness is not unique. I know of staff that have used their own money to buy clothes for accident victims, taken care of dogs for hospitalized travelers, and arranged a hospital wedding for a terminally ill patient. I can share hundreds of such stories that have occurred at KRMC over the years.
In my experience at KRMC and other healthcare institutions, I have come to realize that healthcare workers are some of the most compassionate people around. They provide a great service in sometimes very difficult circumstances. I hope you will join me in thanking and recognizing our quiet â€œheroes.â€ Their compassion for others makes our community a much better place for all of us.
The Golf Tournament is Back!
Back by popular demand, the KRMC Foundation Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 11th, at the Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course. There are numerous opportunities for you to get involved â€” but the slots are filling up quickly. We need to have everything wrapped up by August 1st so that we can get the promotional items ordered in time for the tournament.
Sponsorship for the golf tournament includes:
- Driver Sponsor, $5,000: Your logo appears on the sleeve of the tournament golf shirt and placement on all flyers, advertising, and prominent signÂage at the tee box.
- 3-Wood Sponsor, $2,500: Your logo appears on the tournament golf cap and placement on all flyers, advertising, and prominent signage at the tee box.
- 5-Iron Sponsor, $1,000: Your logo appears on tournament towel and placement on all flyers, advertising, and prominent signage at the tee box.
- Putter Sponsor, $300: Hole sponsorship with prominent signage at the tee box.
According to a HealthGrades report released in 2008, nearly 240,000 people died nationwide, from 2004 to 2006, because of medical errors. This alarming fact is just one reason that Kingman Regional Medical Center has been rolling out automated systems over the last few years. The purpose of these systems is to provide better communication among healthcare professionals, which in turn helps ensure that our patients can be cared for more quickly and safely.
These systems have been in place in areas such as our emergency, pharmacy, lab, and radiology departments for a while now. They allow your doctor to quickly assess X-rays, prescribe medicines, and control dosages in a way that speeds up drug delivery time and helps guard against accidental drug over- or underdoses.
Because of the success of these systems, KRMC is beginning the next phase â€” a three-year project to more fully integrate automation and accident-prevention into all parts of patient care, from admission to treatment to discharge. And since the technology uses a standardized format, your medical records will be easily available to other doctors and in other hospitals â€” and those hospitals will be able to share information with KRMC.
In June, Professional Research Consultants recognized the KRMC emergency department with two National Excellence in Healthcare awards. Professional Research Consultants (PRC) is in its 30th year of providing marketing research for hospitals across the United States.
The KRMC emergency room received a Platinum PRC Achievement Award for its dramatic improvements in patient satisfaction. The platinum award is PRCâ€™s highest recognition of hospitals nationwide for achievement in improving care according to patient perceptions.
Advances in modern imaging technologies have saved countless lives by detecting serious disease at earlier, more survivable stages. At KRMC, our patients have access to some of the most sophisticated medical imaging technology and expertise in the region. We have many imaging capabilities, some of which include:
KRMC was one of the first hospitals in the state to offer digital mammography testing for screening and diagnosing breast cancer. This technology is seen as the biggest advancement in mammography in 30 years because the digital tests are clearer and more accurate than conventional mammography.
Recently, I attended the open house of the new Joan & Diana Hospice Home with several hundred other guests. This beautiful new hospice home was built entirely with funds donated by the community and will serve the terminally ill who need end-of-life care. It is a real tribute to the can-do spirit of the Kingman community.
The guests visiting the Hospice Home were also offered the opportunity to tour some of our services at the hospital such as our Cancer Center, Cardiac Cath Lab, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center, and Sleep Disorders Center. I had told my Director of Public Relations, Jamie Taylor, that I didnâ€™t think many people would want to take the extra time to do this â€” boy, was I wrong. I was surprised and pleased at the number of people who elected to take the extra tours.
On Saturday, March 6th at 4:00 p.m., the KRMC Foundation held a ribbon cutting and open house for the Joan & Diana Hospice Home.
Located at 812 Airway Avenue on 1.7 acres donated by the Lingenfelter family, the 9,850-square-foot home will provide hospice services to those individuals who are dying from a terminal illness but do not have a caregiver, or live too far out of town to obtain hospice service. Much of the furnishings and artwork in the home were donated by the Becker family.
Over 200 guests were treated to special appetizers from KRMC Nutritional Services catering, and music provided by pianist Lorraine Hunt, while they toured the beautiful new facility.
Kingman Regional Medical Center recently signed on three radiologists from the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. They will join with current KRMC radiologist, Dr. Warren L. Mays to provide comprehensive radiology services at KRMC.
Radiologists are skilled physicians who are experts in the interpretation of medical images such as X-rays; MRI, CT, and nuclear medicine scans; mammograms; and sonograms. They are specially trained to identify injury and disease in any of the bodyâ€™s systems, whether bone, tissue, organs, or blood vessels.
Radiology is a very competitive field in medicine. Those who gain entrance in the field are often at the top of their medical school class. Only the best of the best are accepted at the prominent Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Weâ€™re proud to introduce KRMCâ€™s skilled radiology team.
â€¦A valuable community resource
Many people in our area are not aware that Kingman Regional Medical Center is a teaching hospital. As such, we provide residency training to doctors specializing in family medicine. While training here, these doctors provide medical care to people of all ages at KRMCâ€™s Family Medicine Residency Center.
Residency is a stage of medical training for doctors who have already completed medical school. During their residency, they receive in-depth experiential training serving patients while working under the supervision of a licensed physician.
At KRMC, there are ten family medicine residents practicing under the supervision of three licensed physicians. Since they specialize in family medicine, the resident doctors provide a full array of medical services to people at every stage of lifeâ€” from infants to the elderly.Â In addition to treating illness and injury, they also provide immunizations, laboratory services, well-woman health checks, vasectomies, skin biopsies, EKGs, arthritis injections, and osteopathic manipulation.