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.
To Your Health
Our Del Webb Wellness Center Aquatics Cruiser Club has been busy swimming laps and working towards their goal of 10,000 miles. They are up to 6,388 miles through May and need to average just 798 a month for the remainder of the year to hit 10,000.
Wanna help? Anyone can participate and itâ€™s free! Stop by the pool for details on how your laps can start counting towards the total. There is a winner every month and it could be you!
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.
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.
To Your Health
Now that summer has arrived you may be looking for a great way to stay cool and still exercise. Why not try lap swimming at the Del E Webb Wellness Center pool?
There are lanes open most times of the day for swimming, no matter what your pace or fitness level. The pool is open from 5 AM – 8:45 PM on weekdays, 7 AM – 5:45 PM Saturdays, and 9 AM – 5:45 PM on Sundays.
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.
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.
To Your Health
Youâ€™ve seen it on TV, and now you can give it a try right here in the Wellness Center. Zumba is a fun way to exercise as you dance your way to fitness. Classes are held Mondays and Thursdays at 8 AM, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 AM, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 PM.
Tai Chi and Yoga
If a more gentle and introspective workout is your style, Tai Chi is held every Monday at 10 AM; or try yoga every Saturday at 9 AM, with Vinyasa Yoga held Thursdays at 10 AM.
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.