Geneva â€œGennyâ€ Lucas
Genny Lucas is our July featured volunteer. Genny has been volunteering at KRMC for over six years and has given nearly 1,100 hours of her time to the hospital and its patients.
Genny was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and lived there until she was seven, when she moved to West Virginia. She spent the rest of her school-age years there.
After completing high school, Genny moved to New Mexico for seventeen years before finally settling in Arizona. Genny and her husband moved to Kingman twenty-two years ago, and have made it their home ever since.
Through the course of her life, Genny has done a variety of jobs. Most notably, she spent thirteen years working as a cross-country truck driver with her husband, James. Together they were a driving team that would back each other up on the road. Working as truck drivers also gave them the opportunity to travel and see the country, which is one of Gennyâ€™s favorite hobbies.
The physicianâ€™s office staff recognized in July that goes above and beyond in providing excellent service both to their patients and to KRMC is Dr. Paul Yamaguchiâ€™s office.
Located at 1739 Beverly Avenue, Suite 102, this team consistently shows great customer service with positive attitudes and has excellent teamwork.
A tray of freshly-baked cookies from KRMCâ€™s Nutrition Services department and a banner were provided as a thank you for their great service.
Pictured from left to right: Amber Moore and Robin Morris.
Thomas McGerty, D.O.
For July, our featured physician is Dr. Thomas McGerty in our Occupational Health department.
Dr. McGerty has been with KRMC for over sixteen years working in the Occupational Health department. He and his family have been in Kingman for seventeen years. The McGertys chose to come to Kingman because they like the small town and the fact that KRMC is community-owned; and administration takes an active interest in improving patient care.
As an occupational health doctor, Dr. McGerty assesses and treats work related injuries, as well as performing pre-work placement exams and medical surveillance.
He has been a registered physical therapist since 1974, and medical doctor since 1984. He completed his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in 1987 while functioning as a medical officer in the United States Army Medical Corps.
Arizona tax rate changes
Earlier in June, HR distributed state tax-rate change forms to all employees. These forms needed to be returned to HR by June 28th.
If you havenâ€™t yet filled out your form, you will need to go to HR to pick up your next paycheck, and fill out the form then.
This rate change is state-mandated, so come on by HR and get the paperwork signed as soon as you can.
Looking to tone up for summer?
The Del E. Webb Wellness Center has an exciting offer for all employees! Join the Wellness Center in July, make a 5-month commitment, and your first month is free. Please contact the Wellness Center for more information, or go to their front desk and get signed up to use our beautiful facility.
Weight Watchers attendance still available
KRMC will pay for you to attend Weight Watchers at work! Although the new session has begun, itâ€™s never to late to join Weight Watchers. Sign up, andÂ weâ€™ll pro-rate the fees for the sessions.
KRMC will reimburse half the cost to all employees who attend at least 8 of the 10 meetings â€” thatâ€™s $60!
To sign up, attend the next meeting in the Saguaro conference room. The meetings run on Wednesdays, from noon to 12:45.
Getting to the points yet?
Donâ€™t forget to log your rewards points out on the MMSI/KRMC website:
Joining the gym or Weight Watchers? Have you eaten a Heathy Choices meal or had a massage? Put in on your reward point accumulator today! You have until December 15, 2010 to accumulate your additional 500 points needed to keep your premium reductions after December 2010.
Youâ€™ll be amazed at how much fun you will have accomplishing your reward points, and how fast you will have the 500 you need! Please call Lisa or Angela in HR at x1600 if you have any questions.
The Progressive Care Unit (PCU) of KRMC is a 24-bed telemetry-monitored unit that provides round-the-clock care for patients requiring closer observation.
PCU is for patients with a higher acuity classification, but does not meet the admission criteria for ICU/CVICU. Our highly-skilled nurses provide excellent care â€” always.
KRMC is starting a Green Committee and we are looking for volunteers! The committee will identify, recommend and implement green initiatives for the hospital, as well as evaluate FISH ideas related to â€œgreenâ€ concepts.
If you are willing to help research and implement green ideas, we would love for you to join us. Our first committee meeting is scheduled on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 2:00 in the Cholla conference room.
A representative from Waste Management will be joining us to discuss Kingman recycling options. If you are interested in participating on the Green Committee, please contact Cami Yarush at ext. 1609.
Green Tip for July:
Consider using phosphate free, eco-friendly dishwashing detergent. Phosphates are difficult to remove from waste water and often end up in rivers and lakes. They increase algae growth, which depletes oxygen supply, choking lakes and streams and suffocating other aquatic life.
Inside KRMC, Volunteer Vision
Reports of a large brown bear on the campus of KRMC have put smiles on many of the faces of the patients, staff and visitors. If you see the bear in red tennis shoes, please report the sighting to the volunteer department, as this bear can cause you to smile and wave until your arm falls off. The staff at KRMC cautiously call this big hairy beast Kare Bear, due to its caring demeanor and educational qualities.
In 2008 the Volunteer/Auxiliary purchased the KRMC Kare Bear as the Hand Hygiene mascot. Kare Bear can be seen putting smiles on the faces of the children at Little Minnows, the elementary schools and the annual KRMC Kidsâ€™ Day. Kare Bear and its handler teach kids about proper hand washing, brushing their teeth, getting a good nightâ€™s sleep, eating healthfully, playing hard and safely, wearing sun screen, and much more.
KRMC volunteer Georgia McGee has very graciously offered to be the KRMC Kare Bear. She and Scott Kern travel the community promoting health and happiness. If you are interested in a visit from the KRMC Kare Bear, contact Scott Kern at the Foundation/Public Relations office at 681-8656.
KRMC recently rolled out its new Healthy Choices Wellness Program after eight months of planning. Program Director Lisa Dreer, PHR, CCP, KRMCâ€™s Benefits and Compensation Analyst, says that â€œ617 employees have participated in the Health Assessment portion of the program, which is 58% of the hospitalâ€™s 1,074 eligible employees.â€
Lisa also indicates that the percentage of employees participating in this initial roll-out of the program equals the numbers of similar programs in their third or fourth year. The comprehensive program entails an initial health assessment, blood tests, health coaches and an exercise program to get employees moving. An incentive to participate in the program provides employees with a discount for their health insurance benefits.
Less than a month old, the Wellness Program has already shown how valuable a benefit it is, especially for one employee, Tina Dunn. Tina is a 12-year employee with KRMC and works as an AHCCCS biller in Patient Financial Services.
What is this EMR (Electronic Medical Record) everyone keeps hearing about? It is a group of computer applications that will provide the foundation for sharing information about our patients.
The input of patient data such as documentation, vital signs, medication administration, orders, results and transcribed reports into systems opens many doors. A few of them are:
- Consistent charting using standard formats and content.
- Provision of alerts and prompts based on embedded rules, which can be in the form of reminders, clinical alerts related to lab values, recommended forms of treatment all based on our P&Pâ€™s, evidence-based best practice, diagnosis, etc.
- Providing one point of entry into the patientâ€™s chart.
- Providing mobile, remote access to patient information any time, anywhere, on a need-to-know basis.
- Generation of reports, not only from numerical data, but from clinical, textual data.
In the weeks to come, these projects will kick off and you may see activity or be invited to attend a meeting. There will also be multiple communication channels for you to learn more about the EMRâ€™s.
A naming contest is underway and the winner (of an iPod) will be announced soon! Stay tuned each month for more information.
The Quality Management department would like to recognize Lisa Murphy, Patient Relations Representative. Lisa recently completed a Patient Advocacy Certificate Program.
This continuing education program at Cleveland State University is an intensive course of study in patient advocacy. Lisaâ€™s course work covered 10 core competencies defined by the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy (SHCA) including bioethics, customer service, conflict resolution, complaint management, and crisis intervention, as well as several others.
By completing this program she has demonstrated her dedication to improving the healthcare experience for KRMC patients and families. We are proud of Lisaâ€™s initiative in obtaining this unique certification. When you see her making patient rounds, give her a big smile and thumbs up! Congratulations, Lisa!