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Resident care recognition for GCMH long term care

September 27, 2015
Reinbeck Courier

GRUNDY CENTER - The Long Term Care unit of Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) has been recognized for its dedication to high quality resident care for the third year in a row. Leading Age Iowa is an advocacy and education group promoting initiatives that improve the care and safety of senior citizens. The group presented its 2015 Excellence in the Workplace award to the Grundy County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care staff at the Leading Age conference.

"Winning this award from Leading Age is a major accomplishment for our caregivers," remarks Kim Schilling, Long Term Care administrator. "This year's award recognizes the dramatic improvement our staff has made in reducing the number of medication errors. Our team accomplished a rare achievement by reducing medication errors from more than one-hundred per year to just three for the first half of 2015. This sets a new standard for our organization, and provides an example of steps that other organizations may follow as they work to improve resident safety and care."

The nomination for the Excellence in the Workplace award was based on the team approach used by Long Term Care leadership and staff to reduce the amount of errors among the hundreds of units of medication provided daily to residents. "The best part of this award is our own staff worked together to initiate new processes that resulted in safer care for our residents," says Schilling. New procedures in the pharmacy, a switch to electronic medical records for residents, and the electronic transcription process all aided the dramatic decline in medication errors. "Most importantly, the medication process was improved to limit interruptions to the nurse while he or she is providing medications," remarks Schilling. "Long Term Care manager Carla Green, our nursing team, and medication aides deserve the credit for implementing the changes that resulted in better care."

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Caregivers at Grundy County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care display the patient safety recognition award received from Leading Age, a statewide advocacy group for senior care.
Back row, left to right, Brian Swartz, Staci Petersen, Carla Green, Long Term Care Manager; Staci Schipper, and Tammi Pierce, Director of Nursing.
Front row, Nichole Onnen and Mindy Schmidt.
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The Grundy County Memorial Hospital Long Term Care unit serves up to fifty-five residents in an intermediate care facility environment. For more information, contact Schilling or hospital social worker Kristi Barnett at 319-824-3212.



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