|Thanks to Haley and all of the people that helped and donated to our coat and food drive. We delivered 318 pounds of food to our local food bank and we’ve collected 110 coats soon to be distributed to those who need them.|
ABC news World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer is slated to begin a series of stories exploring health care costs. As noted by the Washington State Hospital Association: Health care pricing is a very difficult and confusing issue, but it’s important for patients to understand their choices and their costs. We encourage patients to learn as much as possible about their options for care and care setting, and discuss their choices with their medical team and their insurer. Furthermore, as health care consumers, we all need to consider cost when making decisions. But it’s also important to consider quality. To that end, the Washington State Hospital Association and its member hospitals provide information on both hospital pricing and quality.
Charge data is an imperfect reference because actual pricing can depend greatly on things like insurance provider and charity care. This data should not be considered a predictor of what an individual will pay.
Starting October 30th, 2013, Columbia County Health System will begin holding monthly support group meetings for families to come, visit, listen, and also learn about issues that face many elders in Booker Rest Home. The first meeting will be October 30th at 7:00 pm in the hospital cafeteria. Please come to provide input and discussion. Dawn will be showing a short video on “living with dementia” as well.
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The health of Washington’s rural residents is an ongoing concern. To address these concerns, the Washington State Rural Health Association, established in 1981, organized to collaboratively strengthen and improve the health of rural communities. Their work helps to establish policies and activities to improve health and health care services for rural residents. Currently, they are seeking input from rural residents throughout the state of Washington and selected Columbia County to host a “Rural Health Roundtable” meeting. Other communities hosting these town hall meetings include Lincoln and Garfield.
“We are excited that Columbia County has agreed to participate in a “town hall” meeting to get input from people in rural areas about health concerns,” stated John Hanson of Washington Rural Health Association. The session, called the Columbia County Rural Health Roundtable, is scheduled on Tuesday, October 22th from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Delany Building, 111 South 3rd Street in Dayton. “Questions about health care reform are on the minds of our communities. The more public awareness about what health policy means for local families and neighbors the better”, said Jon Smiley, CEO of Dayton General Hospital. Starting at 6p.m. light refreshments will be provided and all residents are invited to participate. The facilitator, Sue Deitz, Director of the eastern Washington Critical Access Hospital Network, will lead the discussion and comments from participants will be documented and provided to the Washington Rural Health Association. These sessions allow local people an opportunity to share what matters to them and what they think should be emphasized when it comes to health in rural areas.
Rural health has some unique characteristics related to the delivery of health care services because there are often limited providers, transportation is often a key issue and many of the people living in rural areas work for small employers who are not able to provide health insurance. “Living in a rural area in Columbia County provides many great opportunities when it comes to families and having good relationships—we are very fortunate to have a local hospital and physicians that provide great services,” said Jody Martin, Registered Dietitian at Dayton General Hospital. For more information please contact Jon Smiley, at (509) 382-2531.
According to Washington HealthPlanFinder, more people than ever before will qualify for financial help to pay for coverage. Depending on the individual or family’s income, they may be able to qualify for a free or low-cost health plan, or have their premiums drastically reduced by way of tax credit. For example:
• A family of 4 making less than $32,500 can qualify for free health coverage through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid);
• A family of 4 making up to $40,000 can qualify for an estimated $985 in tax credits per month; and
• A family of 4 making up to $90,000 can qualify for an estimated $436 in tax credits per month.
• Subsidies are available for a family of four making up to $94,200 a year.
Supporting Medicaid expansion and enrollment have both been high priority issues for hospitals. Providing health care—especially emergency health care—to uninsured patients usually results in a significant burden on the family, and can be costly for the hospital as well. The cost of care for the uninsured gets shifted to other paying patients. If more people have health coverage that covers the cost of health care services, and provides them with access to preventative care, the entire community is better off.
Coverage begins January 1st, 2014
Columbia County Health System has been working with Washington State Health Care Authority to site a specialist to assist with enrollment at our facility. We’ll keep you posted as to when the specialist will be here. Additionally, we plan on providing computer resources on-site as well to be used for signup.
September 26th from 4 to 6 PM we will be holding a Radiology open house and ribbon cutting event to present our upgraded CT scanner and renovated suite to the community. We will also have representatives from Alliance Imaging here to talk about the MRI Mobile Coach. Additionally, staff will be here to answer questions about DEXA and other Radiology services.
Please mark your calendars and help us celebrate this improvement to Healthcare in Dayton! We will have refreshments provided by the Touchet River Cafe.
One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented! In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Columbia Family Health System encourages your family to:
Taking small steps as a family can help your child stay at a healthy weight.
We can all use this month to raise awareness about the obesity epidemic and show people how they can take action toward a solution — both at home and in the larger community.
We all need immunizations (also called vaccines or shots) to help protect us from serious diseases. To help keep our community safe, Columbia County Health System is proudly participating in National Immunization Awareness Month.
Shots can prevent serious diseases like measles, diphtheria, and rubella. It’s important to know which shots you need and when to get them.
We will be holding a Flu Shot Clinic on 9/17 and 9/19, 9:00am – 5:00pm at Columbia Family Clinic and 9:00am – 5:00pm on 9/18 at the Waitsburg Clinic. We will be charging $27.00 cash, check, or credit on date of service; children can receive a flu shot, free of charge, anytime. If you are Medicare, there is no upfront cost, we’ll just need you to sign the roster. We will not be billing insurance during the clinic, but patients with insurance can schedule anytime.
Everyone age 6 months and older needs a seasonal flu shot every year. Other shots work best when they are given at certain ages.
If you have a child age 6 or younger, Find out which shots your child needs.
All adults need a booster shot every 10 years to help protect against tetanus and diphtheria. Find out which shots you or your teenager needs, and talk to your doctor or nurse to make sure that everyone in the family is current with their vaccinations. For more information, call or visit Columbia Family Clinic or Waitsburg Clinic.
Columbia County Hospital District Chief Executive Officer Dale E. Polla resigned on August 1, 2013 following a special executive session of the Board of Commissioners here.
Polla leaves the District after nearly nine months of service to the District. The Board of Commissioners cited several compelling factors to Polla’s resignation; including a change in the direction of District overall management, embrace of the detalls of the coming Affordable Care Act and the long-term operational health of the District.
The Hospital District has announced the retention of Jon Smiley as the interim CEO. Jon is familiar with our organization and assisted us for several months with a previous transition. He has served as the CEO of Sunnyside Community Hospital & Clinics and remains very active in the healthcare industry in various capacities. He was the longest-serving hospital CEO in the state. In addition to his leadership in hospitals, Jon has been a leader within the Washington State Hospital Association, providing excellent counsel and service to improve health care for all residents of Washington State. In 2005, Jon was awarded WSHA’s Joe Hopkins Award, given each year to an individual making great contributions to rural health care.