Judy Reese makes it a point to begin every meeting of the Coffey Health System Board of Trustees by recognizing individuals for their accomplishments and hard work.
“It’s important that we celebrate each success and take the time to thank the staff each month; but to look at what we’ve achieved over the course of the year is truly remarkable,” Reese said. “We see the staff overcome obstacles every day and find new and exciting ways to improve the level of care to our community.”
That level of staff dedication is bringing CHS recognition at the state and national level.
“As a board, we couldn’t be more proud of everything that’s been achieved this year,” Reese said. “But even more important are the countless accomplishments made every day—new life brought into the world, diagnoses caught early, patients recovering from illness, residents finding happiness in their new environment. This is what Coffey Health System is all about. Our staff has proven in 2018 that—without a doubt—Coffey Health System is a model for rural healthcare for years to come.”
1. Coffey County Hospital earned the coveted five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
2. Coffey County Hospital’s long-term care unit, Sunset Manor, ranked number two among 331 nursing homes in Kansas by the Kansas Health Care Association. (A later ranking placed Sunset at number three.)
3. The mammography team earned a zero-deficiency survey for a remarkable 24th consecutive year.
4. Careful financial oversight led to a significant turnaround. As of November 30, year-to-date cash was up $1.75 million from 2017.
5. The Meadows earned a zero-deficiency assisted living state survey.
6. Coffey County Medical Clinic physicians and staff earned a zero-deficiency Medical Review Officer audit.
7. Leonard R. Hernandez made his third consecutive appearance in Becker’s Hospital Review’s “50 Rural CEOs To Know.” He was also recently appointed to the American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity Board of Directors.
8. Sunset Manor resident Audra Hughes received the Ambassador of Community Involvement Award presented by the Kansas Health Care Association (KHCA). Audra was nominated by the staff at Sunset Manor.
9. Sunset Manor earned a zero-deficiency long-term care state survey.
10. Coffey Health System’s marketing staff earned two Emerald Awards from the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators for the 2017 Women’s Health Conference and the Community Health Needs Assessment Project, as well as receiving “Best in Show Award” for the Community Health Needs Assessment.
11. Orio Rodriguez was elected CHS Health Care Worker of the Year.
12. The hospital attained DNV-GL’s Critical Access Hospital National Accreditation re-certification.
13. U.S. News & World Report placed Sunset Manor among the top-rated nursing homes in the state. The publication no longer uses the “star” rating system, but our Sunset Manor colleagues earned the highest rating possible. Earlier in the year, CMS awarded Sunset Manor a five-star rating.
14. After much hard work, we successfully rolled out the 340B pharmacy discount program. As of November 30, 340B has brought in gross revenue of $663,000.
15. Coffey County EMS earned Bronze Award from American Heart Association.
16. Hospital earned HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Recognition.
17. Board chair Judy Reese received the Kansas Hospital Association’s Trustee of the Year Award.
18. Vicki Seems at Sunset Manor earned the Kansas Health Care Association’s Social Service Designee of the Year Award.
19. Coffey County Hospital earned a deficiency-free report for the Wolf Creek emergency drill from FEMA.
20. Radiology’s annual physicist inspection brought us another zero-deficiency report. The radiology team was one of three teams in the nation recognized in the “Powerful Together” contest by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.
21. For the tenth consecutive year, Friends of Coffey Health System earned the Gold Award of Excellence from the Hospital Auxiliaries of Kansas & Kansas Hospital Association.
22. Our 26th Annual Women’s Health Conference brought in record attendance at 315.
23. Coffey County Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Hall appointed to the Flint Hills Technical College Board of Trustees.
24. Telemedicine launched with stroke services in the hospital emergency room. This new technology immediately connects our patients with neurologists at Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
25. Friends of CHS collected and sent a record 200 care packages to soldiers and canine troops serving overseas.
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