News & Information from CHS
Join us on Thursday, May 25 for the health fair!
This year’s health fair is bigger and better than ever – more booths, more activities, and it’s free! We are excited to have 27 community partners join in to make this a great event for the entire family. Click here for all the details.
Cleanest hospital rooms in Kansas are at CCH
Coffey County Hospital is recognized among the “59 Hospitals with the Cleanest Patient Rooms” by Becker’s Hospital Review. “We
are very proud of this recognition, but there is something about it
that means even more than national recognition,” said Chief Executive
Officer Leonard Hernandez. “This award truly comes from our patients—and
they matter more than anything else.” Read more.
For information about the Coffey Health Foundation golf tournament on May 20, 2017, please click here .
Once again, our lab staff will be hitting the road for Community Blood Tests. For a complete list of dates and times for tests near you, click here.
Diabetes doesn't have to be a dining dilemma, and it doesn't mean a lifetime of bland food. Join us throughout the month of April as we partner with the Coffey County Extension Office to offer "Dining with Diabetes." You'll see a variety of presentations, and even watch some great cooking demonstrations from our Registered Dietician Antonia Ahlgrim. Click here to learn more and register online.
A national healthcare publication once again named Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez to its list of “60 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.” Becker’s Hospital Review announced its annual list of innovative rural healthcare leaders on January 31. Read more.
How do zombies help support our local hospital? They take part in Coffey Health Foundation’s “Zombie Walk!” On Saturday evening, approximately 60 zombies, superheroes, and all sort of characters made their way along Third Street from Coffey County Hospital to Kelley Park and back again. At Kelley Hall, participants enjoyed games, treats, and a costume contest. Read more.
Patients and their families are taking an active role in new programs and services at Coffey County Hospital. Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Hall shared several early success stories from the Patient/Family Advisory Council during the October 24 meeting of the Coffey Health System Board of Trustees. Read more.
29, 2016) A potential change in Medicare reimbursement models could
provide a big boost to Coffey County Hospital’s bottom line in 2017. At
its August 22 monthly meeting, the Coffey Health System Board of
Trustees approved the first steps toward a potential change to Critical
Access Hospital (CAH) status. The hospital hopes to gain an estimated
$500,000 annually. Read more.
CHS Board Maintains Focus on Patient Billing Improvements
(July 28, 2016) While Coffey Health System finances continue to
improve, focus remains on improving the patient billing system. At
the July 25 monthly meeting, Trustee Rosemary Rich inquired about a new
monthly report that monitors patient billing errors. The report was
discussed at the executive finance committee meeting on July 20, with
copies sent to all trustees. It tracks sources of billing errors to
specific departments: registration, coding, internal billing, or the
hospital’s third-party billing contractor. The new perspective allows
executive leadership to address the source of errors to a far greater
degree than in the past. Identified trends can be diagnosed and
addressed. Read more.
CCMC Hosts Sports Physical Clinic August 6
making SPORTS PHYSICALS easy! Call today to book an appointment for our
Sports Physical Clinic on SATURDAY, August 6, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at
Coffey County Medical Center.
Tummy Troubles Lunch & Learn
you struggle with heartburn, acid reflux, or other stomach problems?
Learn to recognize the symptoms of common stomach ailments by attending
Coffey Health System's Lunch & Learn event at noon on Thursday,
August 4. Many
adults suffer daily with undiagnosed digestive problems. When these
problems are understood and addressed, there can be treatment options
available. Shekhar Challa, M.D. will help participants understand their
stomach problems and know when it is necessary to get them checked out. Read more.
(July 1, 2016) In her 18 years at Coffey County Hospital, Jolleen Palmer has touched countless lives and inspired her colleagues with her positive spirit and ever-present smile. The Coffey Health System staff recently elected her CHS Health Care Worker of the Year, and the award was officially presented at a luncheon in her honor on June 30. Read more.
(July 1, 2016) The 2015 Coffey Health System audit is, in many ways, a study in contrasts. While showing a decrease in net position of $2.3 million, 2015 was a significant improvement over 2014 decrease in net position of $4 million. “There are some things that are already starting to be in your favor, but unfortunately that number is still kind of ugly,” stated Certified Public Accountant Matt Morris, representing national accounting firm BKD, “but I think you are moving in the right direction.” Read more.
(June 1, 2016) The Coffey Health System Board of Trustees met twice last week—on May 23 for their regular monthly meeting and again two days later to continue ironing out the annual budget and capital purchase request. Both items were presented to the Coffey County Commission on Tuesday, May 31. Read more.
The new face at Yates Center Medical Clinic is actually quite familiar. Travis Whitesides first came to the clinic in 2012 as a student completing a clinical rotation with Jeff Sloyer, M.D. He liked Coffey Health System so much that he returned after completing his Master of Physician Assistant degree at Wichita State University. Read more about Travis.
(April 3, 2016) The Coffey Health System Board of Trustees officially adopted new meeting dates and times. At
its March 28 meeting, the board unanimously approved a permanent change
to the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. By moving the monthly
meeting back a week, the board allows more time for compilation of
monthly financial reports. Peter Allegre moved and Judy Reese seconded
this revision to the CHS Constitution. Read full article.
Colorectal cancer (commonly known as colon cancer) remains the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among men and women, and is expected to cause about 49,190 deaths during 2016. However, routine testing starting at age 50 can actually prevent many cases of colorectal cancer, or find it at an early stage. But because many people are not getting tested, only about 4 out of 10 are diagnosed at this early stage when treatment is most likely to be successful. View full infographic.
The decision to move forward with repairing the current clinic building was announced on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Even better news: the cost estimate is down to under $88,000. Work begins on Feb. 29. CEO Leonard Hernandez made a public announcement to the Waverly community at the WHS basketball game on Feb. 26.
(February 26, 2016) Registered Nurse Krista Cubit was happy taking care of patients at Coffey County Hospital, but it wasn’t her first love.
“I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for long-term care because it is kind of the underdog of healthcare,” Cubit said. “It’s not the limelight nursing position that every new grad wants to go into, but I think serving our elders is a huge part of what our society is obligated to do.”
This passion led to a job change in February. Read full article.
(February 22, 2016) When Waverly Medical Clinic was closed in December for flooring replacement, it was expected to take two or three weeks. With a growing list of structural issues and mounting repair costs, the clinic is still closed. The Coffey Health System Board of Trustees spent much of its February 15 meeting focused on fiscally responsible solutions for maintaining clinic care in Waverly. Read full article.
(February 22, 2016) Only 15
emergency departments in the nation have faster door-to-exam times. On
average, our patients are examined by a healthcare professional within a
mere four minutes of arrival – the fastest in the state. Only 44
hospitals in the country break the five-minute mark! We are also
at number 16 for the shortest average length of stay. Our patients are
admitted or transferred within 116 minutes. The national average
admitted ED patient length of stay is 273 minutes.“Every minute
counts in the emergency department, so to see our ED among the top in
the country should bring great comfort to our community,” said Chief
Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “Treating patients quickly and
efficiently in the emergency department is a top priority in all
hospitals, but it carries an added importance in rural hospitals where
our most critical patients are often transferred to larger hospitals.
Our patients should know that they are in the best of hands.”The
times were gathered between October 2013 and September 2014 and are
published in Hospital Compare’s Emergency Department Care Measures
dataset. Becker’s Hospital Review published the rankings at
Becker's Hospital Review Names Leonard Hernandez to "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know"
(February 9, 2016) A national healthcare publication named Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez to its list of “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.” Becker’s Hospital Review announced its annual list of innovative rural healthcare leaders on February 8. Read full article.
Hernandez Presents 10 Things to Know About CHS
(February 8, 2016) The popular “Food & Facts” program returns to Coffey County Hospital on February 19.
appreciate everyone’s patience during this nine-month absence,” said
Director of Marketing Tracy Campbell. “We are excited to start off with a
presentation by our new Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez, and
are busy lining up presentations for the rest of the year centered
around the programs and services offered within Coffey Health System.” Read full article.
Board Hears 2014 Audit Report
(January 25, 2016) The January meeting of the Coffey Health System Board of Trustees brought the long-awaited 2014 audit report. While the picture wasn’t pretty, the good news is that there were no unexpected surprises. Read full article.
Dermatology Returns to Coffey County Hospital
(January 11, 2016) Driving out of town to see a dermatologist? Coffey County Hospital has great news for you! Nurse Practitioner Alexandra Heeren is accepting patients in Burlington on the fourth Thursday of each month. She arrives on January 28. Read full article.
Flooring Replacement Begins at Waverly Clinic
(December 11, 2015) Waverly Medical Clinic is briefly
closed to allow the replacement of floors throughout the building. Repair work
began on Friday, Dec. 11, and is expected to take two weeks.
regret the inconvenience this causes our Waverly patients,” said Coffey Health
System Chief Executive Office Leonard Hernandez, “but we found that a brief
closure was going to be the best option for replacing the floors safely and
efficiently. We look forward having the new and improved Waverly Medical Clinic
back to full speed for 2016 and years to come.”
calls and medical orders will continue to be processed during normal clinic
hours. While repair work is underway, CHS welcomes Waverly patients at its other
sincerely apologize for the late notice, and welcome our Waverly patients at
our clinics in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, and Yates Center,” Hernandez said.
CHS Attains Strong Numbers for October
(November 23, 2015) The good news from the Coffey Health System Board of Trustees meeting is that financial numbers continue to trend in the right direction. Even better news for CHS employees is that there will be no reduction in discretionary leave (D.L.) accrual as was previously discussed. Based upon the positive financial trend, Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez recommended that D.L. accrual remain at the current rate. He encouraged the board to consider the importance of maintaining an attractive benefits package for retaining and recruiting staff. Read full article.
Trustees Hear Progress Reports, Welcome New CEO
September 21 was a day of firsts for Coffey Health System: it marked Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez’s first day on the job as well as marking his first meeting with the CHS Board of Trustees. “We had a good day. I got the chance to visit with some of the managers and executive team and walk around freely a little bit,” Hernandez said. “Thank you all for the welcome and everything that has taken place, and now we are ready to go to work.” Read full article.
Leonard Hernandez Appointed Chief Executive Officer
Leonard Hernandez was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Coffey Health System on Monday, August 24. Hernandez
is currently the CEO at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington,
and brings more than 20 years of healthcare leadership experience. He
begins work on September 21. The board of trustees voted to accept the selection committee’s recommendation during a special meeting on Monday, August 24. Read full article.
We are seeking volunteers for our new patient/family
advisory council. This council will be made up of CHS patients, family
members of patients, and employees. The goal of the council is to
provide a forum that allows patients and families to have direct input
and influence on policies, programs, and practices at CHS. Read full article.
For more information or archived news releases, contact Director of Marketing & Public Information Officer Tracy Campbell at (620) 364-4507 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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