CCMH is celebrating our "Rock Stars of healthcare”-that’s the theme for this year’s National Hospital Week, May 10-16, 2015. It celebrates the men and women who, day in and day out, remain committed to improving the health of their communities through compassionate care, constant innovation and unwavering, unmatched dedication. This is the annual opportunity to thank the dedicated individuals—physicians, therapist, technologist, nurses, support staff, volunteers, administrators and so many more—for their commitment. It’s also a great time for us to tell the hospital story and publicly reinforce the vital role hospitals play in their community’s overall health, which extends far beyond strictly providing medical care.
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CCMH will host their annual blood drive on Thursday, May 14th from 11:30 - 3 p.m. Community Blood Bank from Kansas City is making appointments online at savealifenow.org by clicking the "Schedule an Appointment" icon and enter sponsor code CARROLLCMH.
The event will be located at CCMH in the Jefferson Park dining room. You can enter through the Senior Center doors. CCMH will be providing a shuttle service as a courtesy to take you to and from your car.
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CCMH was able to implement a Career Advancement Program for Professional Nurses through a grant with the Missouri Hospital Association. The career ladder was rolled out in April of 2014. After one year of hard work and dedication to the Nursing Profession, CCMH, our patients, and our community, I am pleased to announce that Becky Cook has successfully challenged the Career Ladder and is an RN 2!
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The Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) released this week a report that illustrates the equivalent value of the $2 billion in federal dollars that will not come to Missouri in 2014 because of the inaction by the Missouri General Assembly in 2013 to reform Medicaid. This is an initiative again during this legislative session.
The report outlines the impact if the state doesn’t extend coverage this year, taxpayer dollars from Missouri will again go to other states next year to improve their health and health care systems while the costs of the uninsured are shifted to businesses and individuals. The report illustrates that in Missouri, $2 billion equals the following:
The report goes on to quantify the value of $2 billion in common treatments and interventions:
The report is intended to educate Missourians about the importance of action by the General Assembly this year. Missouri workers, businesses and health care providers can’t afford to wait another year.
Jeff Tindle, Chief Operating Officer of Carroll County Memorial Hospital, shared the local impact of this financial struggle, "As a small rural hospital, every dollar matters. No one can afford to throw away money but this is especially true for those of us in rural America. Like or dislike the current administration, the fact is Carroll County Memorial Hospital treats patients every day that we are not able to get paid for our services and supplies rendered. Many of those patients will qualify for the Medicaid expansion program that the federal government is assisting states establish. Why Missouri Legislators are not creating a way to participate and receive these funds if puzzling to those of us trying to manage healthcare systems. The impact of these dollars not being received by Missouri are pretty amazing."