Rural medical facilities such as those in Walla Walla and Columbia counties face a number of challenges, one of which is a critical shortage of doctors opting to practice in
Angela Trenti was recently featured on Blue Mountain TV to discuss our wound care program; this segment included a testimonial from one of our patients Mr. Dave Hale who discussed how both our swing bed program and our wound care program helped him. We appreciate Dave’s participation and for providing permission, allowing us to tell his story.
Thank you Blue Mountain Television for bringing your team to our facility and for spending the time to help us tell this story. Blue Mountain TV
Columbia County Health System is a 2019 Intalere Healthcare Achievement Award Winner. Cheryl Skiffington and her materials management team of Chris Davis and Matt Ott won the Supply Chain/Data Management or Supply Cost Efficiencies Award for Our Materials Management Redesign Project. Congratulations to this great team as they have worked hard to improve efficiency and decrease inventory costs through better management!
Members of our revenue cycle team participated in a high performing team building exercise; we brought our complete revenue cycle back in-house in 2018 after having outsourced it since 2010. Members of this team are both patient centered and have set high standards for themselves. Notes from the meeting indicated the characteristics of a high performing team: Mutual Respect, Resilient, Compassion, Shared goals, Trust, Can depend on each other, Confident in self and team, Growth, Smart/knowledgeable/skilled, Engaged, Efficient, Accountability/Takes ownership, Awareness of others, Resolves issues, Shared values, Passionate, High expectations, Compassionate, Shared vision, and Knows mission.
As financial pressures have forced scores of small-town nursing homes to shut down, their residents often must relocate far from their families to find care.
Many facilities are using nostalgic environments as a means of soothing the misery, panic, and rage their residents experience.
KING 5’s Amity Addrisi reports.
National Rural Health Association: The Problem: Rural hospitals are closing where patient populations are most vulnerable; rural patients and rural economies suffer.
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Talk to almost any primary care physician these days and what you’ll hear should frighten you. Many PCPs are actively looking for ways to get out of primary care, and there’s no one to replace them because medical students don’t want to go into primary care. One well-known reason for this is that PCPs are being forced to spend more time dealing with the administrative burdens of dysfunctional EHRs, measurement programs, and health plan rules than taking care of patients.
But there’s another reason that nobody is talking about, and it may be an even bigger threat to the future of primary care.
The Hidden Flaw in “Value-Based Payment” Programs ….. (click to read entire article)
Improving Healthcare Quality and Reforming Healthcare Payment Systems
It’s unlikely that the state of Washington intended to put its skilled nursing facilities on the brink of disaster when it overhauled its Medicaid system in 2016, but leaders of both LeadingAge Washington and the Washington Health Care Association (WHCA) said that’s exactly what has occurred as providers across the state try to keep their Read More
Much of Dayton General Hospital’s structure remains the same from when it was constructed in the 1960s, but the interior is vastly different, thanks to a $5.5 million renovation project
DAYTON — Shane McGuire is CEO of Columbia County Health System, which serves residents here and in Waitsburg, but he’s also an ambassador for rural health care across and outside