A new board member was elected, committee reports were shared and an update on the “Equipped for the Future” Campaign were all items of business conducted by the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation on Tuesday evening.
Wright Memorial Physicians Group Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner Aaron Huffstutter was elected to serve a one-year term on the hospital foundation board of directors. A native of Trenton and graduate of Trenton High School, Huffstutter received his associate of science degree from Cox College of Nursing and Health Services, his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southwest Baptist University and his master’s degree, along with his family nursing practitioners certification, from the University of Missouri. He lives in the Laredo area and has one son. Huffstutter joined the Wright Memorial Physicians Group in October 2013.
Foundation Board Vice-President Chad Boyd announced that the 10th annual Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 13 at Riverside Country Club in Trenton. A goal of $20,000 has been established for the three-person scramble fundraiser, with the proceeds supporting the “Equipped for the Future” Campaign. Invitations will be mailed out shortly and more information can be obtained on the foundation Facebook page.
Foundation Board Member Cara McClellan reported that plans are under way for the third annual Wright Run 5k/10k on Saturday, Oct. 4. An early bird registration donation of $20 per participant is offered until May 31. Registration price increases to the regular $25 per participant in June. New features this year include post-race activities, a fun run for kids and a long-sleeved event shirt as a new option for the participants. Those wishing to register can do so on the foundation Facebook website or on Active.com and search “Wright Run.”
WMH Foundation Development Officer Matt Osterthun reported on the walking trail and memorial garden project, stating that construction will resume on the trail once spring arrives. He reported on the sale of bricks, tiles, trees, benches and sitting areas, with sales expected to increase once construction resumes.
Osterthun also reported on the “Equipped for the Future” Campaign, an initiative to raise funds for an OB Centralized Monitoring System and new ultrasound machine. He stated the campaign is off to a great start, with much interest towards the $300,000 goal. A marketing piece for the equipment campaign is nearly complete.
Hospital CEO Gary Jordan reported on customer service initiatives, 2014 projects and physician recruitment.
The Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Board will meet again on Tuesday, June 24. This will be the annual meeting of the foundation board.
by Matt Osterthun
The birth of a new baby is a true miracle. It’s a special time for family and friends to celebrate the beginning of a new life. We’ve all been in the presence of a newborn; in awe of how precious, beautiful and delicate life really is. Those little eyes, ears, fingers and toes we gush about represent the future leaders of our region and society.
At Wright Memorial Hospital, the number of new arrivals is increasing. Much of this is due to the outstanding physicians who serve our local hospital and the beautiful new facility available to the expectant parents.
The Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation recognizes the importance of the growth and development of our future generations. As a result, the Foundation is pleased to introduce the “Equipped for the Future” Campaign, a $300,000 initiative to strengthen the quality and efficiency of the OB Department of Wright Memorial Hospital by implementing an OB Centralized Monitoring System and purchasing a new ultrasound machine.
“The Wright Memorial Foundation has noticed the continuous growth in the number of deliveries in our facility and recognizes how important it is to ensure improved services in the OB Department,” said WMH Foundation Development Officer Matt Osterthun. “These vital additions to OB are much needed in terms of quality and patient experience. It’s bringing big city-like technology to the fingertips of the families in our rural region.”
The OB Centralized Monitoring System will give the doctors and nursing team the ability the monitor multiple patients at one time in one location while ensuring an even safer and satisfactory experience for both the mother and baby. Such technology also will allow the patient’s data to be stored electronically for future health care needs.
“The safe evaluation of patients during labor and delivery is the key to a successful obstetric service at any institution, particularly when it comes to high-risk pregnancies,” said WMH Physician Dr. Esgar Guarin. “The acquisition of a central monitoring system will improve safety beyond our current standards.”
The new ultrasound machine will give parents the ability to view the development of their baby in three-dimensional images versus the current two-dimensional capabilities, increasing the quality and satisfaction of the experience. The ultrasound machine also will be vital in examining the body’s internal organs, including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder. Detecting pain, swelling and infection in these organs is the common practice for the machine.
“We are an institution committed to high standards of care,” Guarin said. “Up-to-date diagnostic testing in the care of patients will keep us at the high standard that the community deserves and our parent health system expects.”
The “Equipped for the Future” Campaign is under way and tax deductible contributions may be mailed to the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation at 191 Iowa Blvd., Trenton, and additional information may be obtained by contacting Osterthun at 660-358-5706.
Since the opening of the new hospital in 2011, Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton has experienced a 30 percent increase in births.
In 2011, 155 babies were delivered at the hospital. That number increased to 194 babies in 2012, and 219 in 2013. Comprehensive prenatal care and education offered at the hospital are some of the factors contributing to the growth.
“Wright Memorial continues to expand and improve on best practices such as ensuring that each OB patient meets the national goal of no deliveries prior to 39 weeks, which improves the development of the babies being born,” Pamela Ralls, M.D., a Wright Memorial obstetrician, said. “With the move to a new hospital, we were equipped with state-of-the-art rooms for labor and delivery, and newer equipment. And, in 2013, Dr. (Esgar) Guarin and I started monthly pregnancy classes. We’ve expanded those classes in 2014 to include a more robust Pregnancy Education Seminar offered for free six times throughout the year.”
In addition, Wright Memorial has expanded its services into nearby counties. Dr. Guarin, another obstetrician at the hospital, has started a monthly OB clinic in Jamesport and in Milan.
For CEO Gary Jordan, births are an important indicator for future growth in other departments throughout the hospital.
“A strong OB department feeds into all departments of the hospital,” Jordan said. ”It brings new families into the hospital and Physicians’ Group. If they are pleased with their birth experience, they bring the whole family back for care over the years. It’s always been our goal to provide top quality care for the entire family. Many times, that starts with delivering their babies.”
The Wright Run 5K/10K is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 5, starting at the old Wright Memorial Hospital medical office building at 618 E. First St.
There is a $25 donation per person to participate, with the proceeds going toward the walking trail project. For those who have already pre-registered for the race, packets can be picked up at the Trenton Hy-Vee Food Store on Friday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. Packets will include event t-shirts, bibs, race information and giveaways. Walk-in registrations are allowed starting from 7 to 7:45 a.m. the morning of the race, with the race beginning at 8 a.m.
Those interested in pre-registering can do so online at www.active.com and search “2013 Wright Run” or contact Matt Osterthun at 660-358-5706 for a paper registration form.
Mary Holcomb, a registered nurse at Wright Memorial Hospital, was honored as the hospital’s Employee of the Quarter for third quarter 2013. Gary Jordan, Wright Memorial Hospital CEO, presented the award to Holcomb at a ceremony held in her honor. The Employee of the Quarter Award honors an employee who provides exemplary service, going beyond the call of duty to support fellow employees or to comfort or assist patients and their families. In her nomination form, Holcomb’s co-workers said, “This employee strives to make Wright Memorial Hospital a great place to work by participating on committees and making genuine efforts to improve our processes for both the patient and the other staff. She offers great advice when asked and works as a team player. She has built a respectful relationship with the physicians and they depend on her and go to her for information and results. She gives excellent customer service to everyone with focus on the patient and family. Mary should be recognized for her positive attitude, hard work, and for making this a great place to work.” In recognition of the award, Ms. Holcomb received an Employee of the Quarter certificate, the parking space of her choice for three months, three e-store vouchers, a gift certificate to the hospital gift shop, her name posted on the Employee of the Quarter wall plaque and acknowledgement in the local media and hospital newsletter.
New board members were welcomed, updates presented on upcoming events, and long range strategic planning were all items of business conducted by the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Board on Tuesday evening.
Board President Tom Eads presided the meeting and welcomed newly-elected board members Dan Wilford of Laredo and Natha McAllister of Jamesport.
Board member Cara McClellan reported on the progress of the second annual Wright Run 5k/10k run and walk event planning. Mrs. McClellan indicated that the run will be held on Saturday morning, Oct. 5, with race day registration beginning at 7 a.m. and the race starting at 8 a.m. at the old WMH medical office building on First Street in Trenton. She reminded participants of a $25 donation per person to participate, which includes the event t-shirt and other giveaways. New features include the hiring of a timing company and a massage therapist to benefit the runners and walkers. Those that are pre-registered can pick up their shirt and packet on Friday, Oct. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Trenton Hy-Vee Food Store.
WMH Foundation Development Officer Matt Osterthun gave a report on the breast cancer awareness effort that’s to be kicked off on Tuesday, Sept 24 at 11:30 a.m. at C.F. Russell Stadium in Trenton. He indicated a short program, a balloon launch, and pink refreshments will be the focus of the 20-minute free event. Persons wanting to honor a cancer survivor or remember a loved one who has passed away due to breast cancer are encouraged to attend. Hometown Pharmacy of Trenton is a co-sponsor of the event.
Osterthun also gave an update on the walking trail and memorial garden project, which is still being held up due to formal announcement of a grant administered by the foundation to the Department of Natural Resources. Reports were also given on the sale of bricks, tiles, benches and sitting areas for the walking trail and memorial garden.
Members participated in a strategic planning with an emphasis on providing more monies to fund needed hospital equipment and technology for Wright Memorial. Osterthun indicated the constant need for equipment replacement and purchase continues to grow of importance as the health care environment changes.
WMH CEO Gary Jordan reported the financials of the hospital along with updates on physician recruitment.
The next meeting of the Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Directors is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Wright Memorial Hospital will offer various health screening for adults at a reduced rate during a three-day period later this month.
The screenings will be done from 7 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept, 25, Thursday, Sept. 26 and Friday, Sept. 27 in the hospital lab draw suite, located near the main entrance. The draws have normally been a part of the annual health fair, however, there is no health fair scheduled this year.
Screening options include a wellness panel for $125 (complete metabolic panel for glucose, calcium, proteins, electrolytes, kidney and liver tests as well as a lipid panel, CBC, iron/transferrins and Hemoglobin A1C); prostate (PSA) for $50; and thyroid (THS) for $50.
Persons wanting a wellness panel screen must fast after midnight the night before the screening. All labs and testing will be self-pay only and will not be billed to insurance providers. For more information, persons can call the hospital at 358-5713.
A balloon launch to kick off October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at C.F. Russell Stadium.
The Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation and Hometown Pharmacy have partnered to promote the importance of early detection and awareness. This approximately 20-minute event will feature a short program, a symbolic launch and pink refreshments.
For more information, persons can contact Matt Osterthun at 358-5706.
The Wright Memorial Hospital Foundation will hold its second annual Wright Run 5K/10K on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the old Wright Memorial Hospital medical office building at 718 E. First St.
Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the race is at 8 a.m. Registration is $25 per participant, which includes a t-shirt.
Men and women of all ages may participate in the run or walk fund-raising event. Proceeds from the run will benefit the walking trail project for Wright Memorial Hospital. The 2012 Wright Run raised over $10,000 for the project.
Persons wanting to register need to contact Matt Osterthun at 660-358-5706. A registration form can also be found at local businesses, including the Ketcham Community Center, Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri, American Family Insurance Agency and Hy-Vee Wine & Spirits. Registration information can also be found online at www.facebook.com/wmhfoundation.