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Larry Hocking Joins WGH Foundation Board

2017-10-06

Wabash General Hospital Board of Directors, Foundation Board, and Administration would like to welcome Larry Hocking as the newest member of the Foundation Board. Mr. Hocking, his wife, Carolyn, and two sons have been farming in Wabash County for 48 years.

The Wabash General Hospital Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, whose sole purpose is to support Wabash General Hospital. This past year, the Foundation approved the purchase of a new telephone system and waiting room furniture for the hospital and the outlying offices. The Foundation also approved the purchase of gas cards for chronic care patients. The WGH Foundation raises funds through donations and bequests. The WGH Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation, so your gifts are tax deductible. If you would like to support Wabash General Hospital’s Foundation, please contact Jay Purvis at 618-263-6302.

WGH Welcomes Dr. Lauren Croft

2017-06-19

Wabash General Hospital’s President and CEO, Jay Purvis, is pleased to announce Dr. Lauren Croft will be joining the WGH staff later this fall.  Dr. Croft will start seeing pediatric patients on October 23, 2017.

Dr. Croft is the daughter of lifetime Mt. Carmel residents, Tim and Teresa Spencer.  She completed her medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Carbondale, Illinois in 2014.  She will complete her pediatric residency at James & Connie Maynard Children’s Hospital at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina in late June of this year.  More information regarding Dr. Croft’s practice will be provided closer to her start date.

President and CEO Jay Purvis said, “We are delighted to have Dr. Croft join our WGH team.  Her exceptional education and training background will be a great asset to Wabash General Hospital and the surrounding communities.”

Dr. Jennings Joins WGH

2017-05-31

Dr. Lawrence Jennings’ privately owned practice will be owned and managed by Wabash General Hospital in October, 2017.  WGH looks forward to continuing to serve all the patients of Dr. Jennings.   Wabash General Hospital’s President and CEO, Jay Purvis, stated, “Dr. Jennings’ expertise and experience in internal medicine will allow the hospital to expand the primary care services provided to our community.  WGH looks forward to having Dr. Jennings and his staff as a part of our team.” 

Dr. Jennings completed his Bachelor’s Degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois in 1976.  He then went on to complete his medical degree in 1980 from the University of Illinois School of Medicine.  After graduating with his medical degree, Dr. Jennings completed his internship and residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois, where he was chief resident from 1983-1984.  Dr. Jennings is board certified in internal medicine and is an active member of the American College of Physicians, Illinois State Medical Society, American Medical Association, and is the president for Wabash County Medical Society.  In 2016, Dr. Jennings received the Mastership Award (MACP) from the American College of Physicians.  Dr. Jennings was awarded the Best Doctors in America Award in 2009, Rural Physician of Excellence in 2008, Laureate Award in 2007 from the American College of Physicians and he also was awarded the Alumni of the Year in 2007 from Peoria School of Medicine. 

Dr. Jennings resides in Mt. Carmel.  Dr. Jennings has been providing healthcare for his community since 1984 when he opened his own practice.  When he is not providing healthcare, Dr. Jennings enjoys golfing, cooking, spending time with his family and grandchildren, and University of Illinois sports. 

Dr. Jennings and Ruth Schilling, PA-C will continue to see patients at his current office location, 1430 College Drive, Suite A, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  Please contact 618-262-5113 to schedule an appointment. 

Health & Wellness Extravaganza

2017-01-09

Wabash General Hospital will be hosting a Health & Wellness Extravaganza on Tuesday, February 28th.  The event will be held in the hospital boardroom/classroom from 11:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m.  Wabash General Hospital, along with several businesses in the community, will be displaying their products and/or services to help promote a healthier lifestyle.  Wabash General Hospital will be offering FREE blood pressure checks and bone density screenings.  Also, the lab will check your blood glucose and cholesterol levels at a discounted rate.  Payment will need to be made the day of service.  There will be a lot of giveaways and door prizes so stop by and check it out!  Everyone is invited to attend this event.  Invite your friends and family, too. 

If you would like to participate in this event, or if you would like additional information, please contact our wellness clinician, Caryn Selby, PA-C at 618-263-6192.  She will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  

WGH Ranks in the Top 20 Hospitals in the Hospital Engagement Network

2016-12-15

Wabash General Hospital is pleased to announce it was one of the top 20 performing hospitals in the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN 2.0) according to the Illinois Hospital Association Scoring System.

The American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 (AHA/HRET HEN 2.0) project, a part of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) Campaign, has been in action since September 2015 pursuing the goals of reducing hospital acquired conditions by 40% and readmissions by 20% by September 23, 2016.  Throughout the course of this one-year project, the AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 hospitals have prevented over 34,000 harms and have saved nearly $300 million in associated costs.  The AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 team has supported a network of over 1,500 hospitals across 34 states through hosting virtual and in-person education events, maintaining a website with hundreds of resources and tools, providing intensive training to over 900 hospital staff who participated in the Action Leader Fellowship and maintaining a database of over 340,000 data points collected to track and trend the improvement of patient care of all applicable topics for all hospitals.  For more information regarding the AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 project, please visit www.hret-hen.org.

With this achievement, WGH was rewarded with a free attendance to the IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare held at the beginning of December in Orlando, Florida.  This conference was an opportunity to network with nearly 6,000 healthcare professionals and gain actionable ideas for our organization.  It was also an opportunity to play a part in effecting real change in health care quality and safety.

WGH RECEIVES ACUTE STROKE READY HOSPITAL DESIGNATION

2016-12-15

Wabash General Hospital has received designation as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH) form the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

"This designation ensures that all stroke patients, regardless of where they live, have access to rapid care within the narrow treatment window," said Jay Purvis, President and CEO of Wabash General Hospital. "Prior to receiving this designation, patients would have had to travel a long distance to receive assistance, losing precious time. Stroke designation for WGH now allows local access to the care needed beginning the moment they enter the hospital to the time the lifesaving drug is administered within the recommended sixty minute treatment window."

In 2009, the Illinois General Assembly passed MB2244, allowing the creation of stroke systems of care in Illinois. The law identifies hospitals capable of providing emergent stroke care and directs EMS to transport possible acute stroke patients to these hospitals. If, however, the closest hospital has not received its Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designation, EMS personnel may divert that patient to the next closest designated hospital. With this local hospital designated, it now means stroke patients can receive high quality treatment right here in their own community.

In response, the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) created its Stroke Initiative in March of 2010 to increase the number of small and rural hospitals achieving the designation.  The initiative has received international attention for its success in treating stroke patients in the rural areas of Illinois.

“In order to gain the ASRH designation, the hospital must meet specific criteria, and Wabash General Hospital has worked for several years to achieve this,” said Peggy Jones, ICAHN Stroke Consultant.  “Now that our hospitals are prepared, it is our ongoing challenge to educate the community on the signs of stroke and to immediately call 911.

 “With stroke, time is brain…Each second a patient waits to be treated denies the brain of much needed blood and oxygen. The cells and tissues in the brain begin to die, causing what can be irreversible damage resulting in disabilities like paralysis on one side of the body, loss of speech, and many other deficits,” added Jones. “Getting to an acute stroke ready hospital via ambulance allows the EMS to pre-notify the hospital of an incoming stroke patient, resulting in the fastest treatment possible upon arrival. It is not recommended that a patient having a stroke arrive by car or private vehicle.”

To receive designation, hospitals must measure their outcomes and times to treatment and are subject to random inspections by the state.
For updates on new Acute Stroke Ready Hospital designations, visit the IDPH website at http://www.idph.state.il.us/ems/StrokeCenterListing.pdf.

ABOUT ICAHN
ICAHN is a network of 55 small rural Illinois hospitals dedicated to strengthening the operations of its member hospitals through collaboration. The organization is composed of Illinois hospitals who have earned critical access hospital designation by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. ICAHN is recognized nationally for its work with rural healthcare and administers several state, federal, and private healthcare programs.

ABOUT GET WITH THE GUIDELINES
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

Dr. McDaniel Receives Board Certification

2016-10-19

Wabash General Hospital’s President and CEO, Jay Purvis, is honored to announce Dr. Levi McDaniel has received his board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine.

What does it mean to be board certified?  According to American Board of Medical Specialties, “Board Certification is a voluntary process, and one that is very different from medical licensure.  Obtaining a medical license sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific.  Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty in the medical practice.” 

Dr. Levi McDaniel joins Dr. Narendra Anadkat, Dr. Thomas Selby, Diane DeStefano, ACNP, and Clay Walker, MSPAS, PA-C at the Wabash General Hospital Primary Care Office located at 1123 Chestnut Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois. 

WGH Lab Receives Accreditation from CAP

2016-09-19

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Wabash General Hospital’s Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The facility’s laboratory director, Dr. Roy W. Kirchberg was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.  WGH’s Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide. 

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. 

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years.  CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

About the College of American Pathologists

As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.  The CAP’s Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,700 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide.  Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. 

WGH Welcomes Dr. Levi McDaniel

2016-08-19

Wabash General Hospital’s President and CEO, Jay Purvis, is pleased to announce Dr. Levi McDaniel will be joining the WGH staff in September.   

Edwards County native, Dr. McDaniel completed his medical school at University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Kentucky in 2013.  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago this summer. 

Also in September, Dr. Narendra Anadkat’s privately owned practice, Wabash Primary Care Associates, will be transitioning to Wabash General Hospital’s Primary Care.  Dr. McDaniel will be joining Dr. Anadkat and Dr. Thomas Selby in the Wabash General Hospital’s Primary Care office at 1123 Chestnut Street, Mt. Carmel, Illinois.  Dr. McDaniel will start seeing patients on September 15, 2016.  Please contact 618-263-4376 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Thomas Selby is Now Accepting Patients of All Ages

2016-08-01

Dr. Thomas Selby is now accepting patients of all ages.  Please contact the Wabash General Hospital’s Primary Care office at 618-262-2277 to schedule an appointment.  Dr. Selby’s office is located at 120 Jaquess Avenue, Mount Carmel, Illinois.     

Dr. Selby completed his medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois in 2013.  He completed his Deaconess Family Medicine Residency in June of this year. 

President and CEO Jay Purvis said, “We are delighted to have Dr. Selby and his family join our WGH team.  His exceptional education and training background will be a great asset to Wabash General.”

WGH Welcomes Dr. Thomas Selby

2016-05-31

Wabash General Hospital’s President and CEO, Jay Purvis, is pleased to announce Dr. Thomas Selby will be joining the WGH staff in August.   

Dr. Selby completed his medical school at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, Illinois in 2013.  He will complete his Deaconess Family Medicine Residency in June of this year.  More information regarding Dr. Selby’s practice will be provided closer to his start date.

President and CEO Jay Purvis said, “We are delighted to have Dr. Selby and his family join our WGH team.  His exceptional education and training background will be a great asset to Wabash General.”

MARCH IS COLORECTAL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

2016-03-11

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and General Surgeon, Dr. Richard Oppeltz, at Wabash General Hospital, is trying to raise awareness of this potentially life-threatening disease.

“Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly occurring cancer in the USA and nearly five percent of Americans will develop colorectal cancer in their lifetime. At any time, over one million Americans are currently living with colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, with over 56,000 people expected to die from this disease each year," Dr. Oppeltz explains. "However, it is a preventable and very curable disease if caught early."

Because there are often no symptoms when it is first developing, colorectal cancer can only be caught early through regular screening. "The benefits of early detection and treatment are dramatic," Dr. Oppeltz says. "The possibility of curing patients after symptoms develop is only 50%, but if colorectal cancer is found and treated at an early stage before symptoms develop, the opportunity to cure it is 80% or better.  "Most colon cancers start as non-cancerous growths called polyps. If we are able to find these polyps while they are still non-cancerous, we remove them and the cancer may be prevented. Major surgery can usually be avoided, as well," Dr. Oppeltz adds.

Colorectal surgeons are experts in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of colon and rectal problems and play an instrumental role in the effective screening, prevention and treatment of colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that patients treated by colorectal surgeons are more likely to survive colorectal cancer because of their advanced training and the large number of colon and rectal disease surgeries they perform.

ASCRS Screening Guidelines
The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS), which is dedicated to advancing the treatment of patients with diseases affecting the colon, rectum and anus, supports the following colorectal cancer screening guidelines:
• A colonoscopy (a test that allows the physician to look directly at the lining of the entire colon and rectum) every 10 years or a barium enema (x-ray of the colon) every 5 to 10 years are acceptable alternatives.
• For people at average risk of getting colorectal cancer, a digital rectal examination and fecal occult blood test, which screens for hidden blood in the stool, are recommended annually beginning at age 50.
• Flexible sigmoidoscopy (a test that allows the physician to look directly at the lining of the lower colon and rectum) is recommended every 5 years at age 50 or older.
• People at increased risk for colorectal cancer include those with a personal or family history of colorectal polyps or cancer, those with a personal history of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer, and those with chronic ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.
• Increased risk patients may need earlier and more frequent screening depending upon the recommendation of their healthcare provider.

Prevention Tips
Dr. Oppeltz notes that in addition to timely and regular screening for colorectal cancer, people may be able to lower their risk of getting the disease by:
• Avoiding foods that are high in fat.
• Eating plenty of vegetables, fruits and other high-fiber foods.
• Exercising regularly and maintaining a normal body weight.
• Not smoking and drinking alcohol only in moderation.

For more information on colorectal cancer screening, prevention and treatment, call Wabash General Hospital’s General Surgery’s office at 618-263-6190
 

What is a Concussion? By Dr. Karsten Slater

2016-03-02

Concussions are a big topic in the news today. From class action lawsuits to "tell all" movies, the NFL has its share of headlines and criticism. For those who don't live in the realm of professional sports, concussions may be a fearful or even confusing subject.

Several of the following are common questions asked about concussions:  What is a concussion?  Is my child at risk for a concussion?  My child does not play football, but can they still get a concussion?  How long will they be out of sports?  Can Concussions be prevented?

Here are a few basics about concussions:

  • A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury.  It is usually self-limiting, but may have some long-term effects.  Although the data is limited and research is ongoing as to the long-term effects of concussion, there is a correlation with repetitive concussions and long-term cognitive deficits.

  • A concussion is diagnosed according to clinical findings and should be done so by a licensed medical professional trained in the diagnosis and management of concussions.

  • There are many symptoms associated with a concussion.  The most often reported symptoms are headache, dizziness, insomnia, light or sound sensitivity, exercise intolerance, sluggishness, difficulty concentrating, irritable mood and memory loss.

  • Concussions can happen in any sport or even in physical education class.  The incidence is higher among full-contact sports.

  • Approximately 70% of concussions among student athletes occur from player-to-player collisions.  Then, approximately 17% of concussions occur from player-to-surface strikes, i.e. hitting head on the floor, wall or equipment.

  • Once a concussion is suspected, the athlete must be removed from play and will not be allowed to return to competition until released by a medical professional.

  • If an athlete is not fully recovered and returns to sport too soon, he/she is at increased risk of another concussion, which is more likely to result in greater brain injury, long-term deficits or, in a small percentage of cases, death.

  • A concussed athlete should undergo neurologic and cognitive testing to determine the resolution of the concussion, and then follow a return-to-play protocol.

  • Concussions are not treated with medicine; however, some symptoms may be managed with medication.

  • The primary treatment of concussions is brain rest.  Sleep is encouraged.  When awake, the patient should remain in a dimly lit area free from loud noise.  Electronics should be avoided as the level of stimulation can worsen symptoms or slow down recovery.

  • Imaging of the head or brain is not usually ordered for concussions unless there is suspicion for bleeding in the brain.  Imaging may be ordered if symptoms are not resolving after 1-2 months in order to rule out other causes of the symptoms.

  • While most concussions resolve in 1-2 weeks, some may continue longer.  Symptoms that continue longer than a few weeks are considered post concussion syndrome. Symptoms may take months or even over a year to resolve.

  • Concussions cannot be prevented; however, concussion rates can be decreased by changes in rules of play, better sportsmanship, better techniques, improved protective gear, etc.

Wabash General Hospital has five full-time athletic trainers to work with our student athletes.  Our trainers are skilled in the recognition, testing and return-to-play progression needed to adequately manage concussions. They work with school administrators and local physicians to integrate the care of all the student athletes. An action plan has been developed or is being developed in all the schools serviced by our athletic trainers in conjunction with school, state and medical guidelines.

Wabash General Hospital has partnered with our local high schools to provide the ImPACT program to their athletes.  The ImPACT is a concussion management tool that helps in determining when a concussed athlete is ready to return to sports play. A baseline test is performed on all athletes at the start of school or during summer sports activities. If an athlete is concussed, then a post-concussion test will be administered and compared to the athlete's baseline.  This provides a tool for the physician, parents and coaches to monitor the athlete's progress as he/she recovers. Once the athlete's scores return to baseline and they are symptom-free, they begin a 5-step return to play protocol that makes sure they do not have a return of symptoms with progressive activity testing.  Once they have completed the 5-step progression, then they are released back to full sports activity.

For more information or good online resources on concussions, check out the following websites.

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine: www.amssm.org/Publications.html (click on the hyperlink for official position statement on "Concussion in Sport" from 2012)

National Library of Medicine/National Institute of Health: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/concussion.html

Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/concussion/basics/definition/con-20019272

WGH STARTS 3D MAMMOGRAPHY

2016-01-22

Wabash General Hospital is delighted to announce that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved WGH’s Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) system.  This allows WGH to conduct 3-dimensional mammography, which is the most exciting advancement in mammography in over 30 years.                          

Successful treatment and survival rates for breast cancer patients are dramatically affected by early detection of breast cancers.  While digital mammography is still one of the most advanced technologies available today, it is only a 2-dimensional picture of the breast.  The breast is a 3-dimensional object composed of different structures, such as blood vessels, milk ducts, fat and ligaments.  All of these structures, which are located at different heights within the breast, can overlap and cause confusion when viewed as a 2-dimensional, flat image.  The confusion of overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal.  3D Mammography is a new technology in the fight against breast cancer that allows doctors to examine the breast tissue one layer at a time.  A good analogy for 3D mammography is like thinking of the pages in a book.  If you look down at the cover you cannot see all of the pages, but when you open it up, you can go through the entire book page-by-page to see everything between the covers. 

A 3D mammography exam is very similar to a traditional mammogram.  Just as with a digital mammogram, the technologist will position you, compress your breast under a paddle and take images from different angles.  During the 3D mammography part of the exam, the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds.  Your doctor is then able to view your breast tissue in one millimeter layers.  Instead of viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue one page or “slice” at a time.  There is no additional compression required with 3D mammography, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view. 

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact WGH’s radiology department at 618-263-6361.

For the third quarter straight, Wabash General Hospital Receives Five-Star Rating from CMS

2015-12-03

The Hospital Compare star ratings relate to patients’ experience of care.  The ratings are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers Systems Survey (HCAHPS) measures that are included in Hospital Compare.  HCAHPS has been in use since 2006 to measure patients’ perspectives of hospital care, and includes topics like:  how well nurses and doctors communicated with patients, how responsive hospital staff were to patient needs, how clean and quiet hospital environments were, and how well patients were prepared for post-hospital settings.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Hospital Compare database with new patient experience survey results, and the number of hospitals receiving a five-star HCAHPS summary rating is down significantly since the last update in July. 

When the first ratings were announced in April, 251 hospitals earned the highest available ratings of five stars.  When the information was updated in July that number shot up to 336.  Now, just 207 hospitals out of 3,539 across the United States earned a five-star HCAHPS summary star rating.  As we have seen in recent survey results, it is common for hospitals to move in and out of different star ratings based on its survey results during that time period.  Wabash General Hospital has continued to remain a five star rated hospital over all three quarters. 

Out of the 207 five-star hospitals, only 12 hospitals in Illinois received this rating and only 9 in Indiana.  WGH is one of three hospitals within a 100 mile radius of Mount Carmel to receive this rating, and one of two critical access hospitals within a 100 mile radius to receive this rating.

For more information and to see other area hospitals’ rankings, you can visit www.medicare.gov.

WGH BOARD APPROVES HOSPITALIST CONTRACT

2015-09-29

At Wabash General Hospital’s Board of Directors meeting on September 28, 2015, the Board approved to enter into a three year contract with Wabash Inpatient Associates, LLC to provide hospitalist services to WGH beginning October 1, 2015.

Wabash Inpatient Associates, LLC includes the following board certified internal medicine physicians:  Dr. Narendra Anadkat, Dr. S. B. Jani, Dr. Lawrence Jennings, and Dr. Ketan Vyas.  Instead of each physician providing inpatient care at the hospital for their own patients, the physician on call for Wabash Inpatient Associates, LLC will be readily available for hospitalized patients 24 hours per day/7 days per week/365 per year.  This will improve patient care for our hospitalized patients.

Dr. Justin Miller Receives Board Certification

2015-08-25

Wabash General Hospital’s President and CEO, Jay Purvis, is honored to announce Dr. Justin Miller has received his board certification from American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, which now makes all three of WGH’s surgeons board certified.

What does it mean to be board certified?  According to American Board of Medical Specialties, “Board Certification is a voluntary process, and one that is very different from medical licensure.  Obtaining a medical license sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific.  Board certification demonstrates a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty in the medical practice.”

Dr. Julko Fullop, Orthopaedic Surgeon, received his board certification in July 2007 from the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  General Surgeon, Dr. Richard Oppeltz, received his board certification from American Board of Surgery in October 2014.

WGH thanks all of our surgeons for their hard work and dedication to our organization.

Foundation and Employees Donate Bags to Oncology Patients

2015-07-27

At the beginning of July, Wabash General Hospital's employees generously donated enough funds to purchase 121 Utility Totes from Thirty One to give to our oncology patients to carry back and forth between chemo treatements.  On July 22nd, WGH's Foundation approved to purchase lotion, mouthwash, Chap Stick, hand sanitzer, slipper socks, and lemon drops to fill each bag with.  Parkview Christian Church Women's Sewing Ministry also donated blankets for each patient.

If you would like to support WGH's Foundation, please contact Jay Purvis at 618-263-6302.

 

WGH Receives Five-Star Rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

2015-04-24

With just over 3,500 U.S. hospitals receiving ratings from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), only 251 hospitals received the highest rating of five-stars, including Wabash General Hospital.  1,205 hospitals received four-stars, 1,414 hospitals received three-stars, 582 received two stars and 101 hospitals received the lowest ranking of one star.  Only two other hospitals in the tri-state area received a five-star rating, but Wabash General was the only critical access hospital in the tri-state to receive the five-star rating.

For the first time CMS introduced star ratings on Hospital Compare, the agency’s public information website, to make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care they deliver.  The Hospital Compare star ratings relate to patients’ experience of care at almost 3,500 Medicare-certified acute care hospitals.  The ratings are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers Systems Survey (HCAHPS) measures that are included in Hospital Compare.  HCAHPS has been in use since 2006 to measure patients’ perspectives of hospital care, and includes topics like:  how well nurses and doctors communicated with patients, how responsive hospital staff were to patient needs, how clean and quiet hospital environments were, and how well patients were prepared for post-hospital settings.

The surveys are provided to a random sampling of patients within two days after they have been discharged from a hospital and must be completed within 42 days.  These ratings continue to move the health care system toward the Affordable Care Act call for transparent, easily understood and widely available public reporting.

For more information and to see other hospitals’ rankings, you can visit www.medicare.gov.

In Case of an Emergency

2015-03-18

Wabash General Hospital would like to remind the community to just dial 911 if they have an emergency and need an ambulance.  If you have billing questions regarding WGH’s ambulance service, please call 618-263-6402.  Feel free to call the hospital directly at 618-262-8621 if you have any other questions.