Bonner General Health Receives Qualis Health Award of Excellence in Healthcare Quality for the Third Consecutive Year

Bonner General Health received the Qualis Health Award of Excellence for their Antibiotic Stewardship program that works to prevent the overuse, misuse, and abuse of antibiotics.

Bonner General Health received a Qualis Health Award of Excellence in 2017 for “Code Stork” their emergency cesarean section protocol, and in 2016 for their Telestroke program.

Qualis Health celebrates organizations that transform healthcare delivery for their communities make a real difference for their patients and their families.

Mental Health First Aid Courses to be taught at Northwest Hospital Alliance Critical Access Hospitals: Shoshone Medical Center to Host in June

‘Mental Health First Aid’ Training to be held on Thursday, June 14, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Location: Shoshone Medical Center Community Outreach Center: 9 Country Club Lane, Pinehurst, ID 83850

This training is approved for 7.25 continuing education contact hours for registered nurses.

Who Should Attend: Healthcare professionals, law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS personnel and people who have a person with mental health issues or crisis in their personal or professional life.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-trainingtickets-45543583083

Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will have a mental health problem in any given year. The National Council for Behavioral Health certifies trainers throughout the nation to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Material fee for the training manual is $16.95. * One hour lunch break on your own. Space is limited – Register Early

Questions: Contact Sue Hill Crowley 208-769-3279 or shcrowley@nic.edu

Participants completing the full eight-hour training are certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Directions to event: Shoshone Medical Center Community Outreach Center: 9 Country Club Lane, Pinehurst, ID 83850. Pinehurst I-90 Exit 45, go South to 4 way stop in front of Watt’s Appliance. Make a left and make a right past bank to enter into Pinehurst Golf Course parking lot. Outreach Center is the large, green 2-story building past the flag pole at the back of the parking lot.

Northwest Hospital Alliance: April Nursing Grand Rounds

Topic: The Cost of Being Human: A Discussion About Human Trafficking
On Tuesday, April 10 staff from Kootenai Health will present Nursing Grand Rounds on human trafficking.

The presentation will include:

  • Discussion on the prevalence of human trafficking
  • Recognizing physical and psychosocial indicators that a person may be a human trafficking victim
  • Description of what a sexual assault examination entails and your role in supporting an individual through the examination

Location: Kootenai Health Resource Center – Cedar Room and via IVC at Benewah Community Hospital, Boundary Community Hospital, Bonner General Health, and Shoshone Medical Center

To RSVP email nursingrsvp@nic.edu. Include your name and the location you plan to attend. Questions call Erlene Pickett at 208-769-3278

Mental Health First Aid Courses to be taught at Northwest Hospital Alliance Critical Access Hospitals: Benewah Community Hospital to host in April

On Tuesday, April 3, Benewah Community Hospital will host a training on Mental Health First Aid’ which teaches individuals how to help those experiencing mental health challenges or crises.

Who Should Attend: Healthcare professionals, law enforcement, fire fighters, EMS personnel
and people who have a person with mental health issues or crisis in their personal or
professional life.

Mental health challenges – such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance use – are
shockingly common in the United States. In fact, more than one in five American adults will
have a mental health problem in any given year. The National Council for Behavioral Health
certifies trainers throughout the nation to provide Mental Health First Aid courses to prepare
their communities with the knowledge and skills to help individuals who are developing a mental
health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-first-aid-training-hosted-by-benewahcommunity-hospital-tickets-43571717179

Material fee for the training manual is $16.95

Questions: Contact Sue Hill Crowley 208-769-3279 or shcrowley@nic.edu

Participants completing the full eight-hour training are certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Northwest Hospital Alliance: February Nursing Grand Rounds

Topic: Choking on a No Code Status: Discussions on Advance Directives and Moral Distress in Healthcare.

On Tuesday, February 13 staff from Shoshone Medical Center and Kootenai Health will present on Choking on a No Code Status: Discussions on Advance Directives and Moral Distress in Healthcare.

The presentation will include:

  • Understanding advanced directives (purposes, limitations, scopes of practices)
  • The Review processes involved in discussing advanced directives and treatment plans with patients and family
  • Discussion on implications of moral distress in the healthcare field

Location: Shoshone Medical Center and Kootenai Health – Classroom 2 and via IVC at Benewah Community Hospital, Boundary Community Hospital, and Bonner General Health.

RSVP: e-mail nursingrsvp@nic.edu. Include your name and the location you plan to attend.

Questions call Erlene Pickett at (208) 769-3278

Day Egusquiza Provided Utilization Management Training in North Idaho

Nationally known speaker and trainer facilitated a Utilization Management Training on Tuesday, May 16 at Bonner General Health. The training included a combination of formal classes and interactive sessions as well as case scenarios from Idaho hospitals. Topics included: The Key Elements Necessary to Be Successful With Payer Rules, Documentation Guidelines and Ongoing Provider & Nursing Education.

Day Egusquiza is President of AR Systems, Inc. She has over 30 years experience in health care reimbursement, hospital business office operations (20 years in an Idaho hospital), contracting and compliance implementation. Nationally recognized speaker on continuous quality improvement (CQI), benchmarking, redesigning, reimbursement systems and implementing an operational focus of compliance- both in hospitals and practices. She has been on the AAHAM National Advisory Council, HFMA National Advisory Council, is a past President of the Idaho HFMA Chapter & recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Northwest Hospital Alliance Conference on Navigating Patients Through Care Transitions and Improving Continuity of Care a Huge Success

Bringing together some of the best thinkers in health care transitions and patient centered care, the conference speakers and topics provided opportunity for attendees to explore how to connect and improve continuity across the continuum of care. “This continuity of care benefits our patients and helps us to improve the use of health care resources,” said one attendee.

Keynote speaker, Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, spent the first day of the conference with us teaching the multidisciplinary group of attendees how to use his nationally known “Coleman Model” of patient centered care transitions. The model is known as one of the best evidence based care transitions guidelines. Coleman’s credentials include: Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado. He is the Director of the Care Transitions Program, and also serves as the Executive Director of the Practice Change Leaders.

Nationally acclaimed speaker, Allison Massari, was our keynote speaker on day two of the conference. Through her talk, “Transforming Patient Lives: The Art of Person Centered Care,” she shared her inspiring story of being burned alive in a car accident, and how the tender care of her nurses and care givers meant so much through her treatment and recovery.

Piri Ackerman Barger, from UC Davis spoke on Exploring Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Nursing and Nursing Education. In this talk Piri discussed aspects of culture and how it relates to perceptions and impacts care.

One participant exclaimed, “The entire content of this conference rivaled those I have traveled many miles to attend. All of the speakers brought unique and valuable information that can be integrated into daily work, improve patient experience and outcomes.”

Another said, “The level of speakers for this conference is impressive. Thank you for bringing this to our community. I appreciated all topics and learned that North Idaho is on the right path to better continuity of care for our patients in our communities. ”

Conference participants learned strategies and were given practical tools to enable them to:

  • Reduce avoidable hospital readmissions
  • Focus on patient centered care
  • Decrease medication errors
  • Improve patient outcomes
  • Increase self-efficacy of patients and family/caregivers
  • Identify the relationship between compassion, kindness, and patient satisfaction
  • Improve continuity of care by empowering patients and their families to be their own healthcare advocates

The conference was well attended by many different multi-disciplinary members of the Northwest communities including: Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, case managers, care navigators, discharge planners, social workers, therapists, and administrators representing hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health, palliative care, and hospice organizations.

We are so appreciative of our conference sponsors!

Hospice of North Idaho • Valley Vista Care • Kindred at Home •Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Mountain Valley • Pacific Source • Life Care Centers of North Idaho • North Idaho Advanced Care Hospital and Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest • Yellowstone Insurance

Navigating Through Care Transitions Conference April 19 and 20, 2017

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Improve continuity of care while empowering patients to be their own healthcare advocates.

Conference Agenda

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Transitions of care is one of the biggest topics in healthcare today. The Navigating Through Care Transitions: Improving Continuity of Care Conference will bring together the multidisciplinary team for a dynamic and interactive event to learn models of care and innovative processes leading to improved outcomes across the continuum of care and appropriate use of healthcare resources.

This two-day event will provide participants with the tools to:

  • Reduce avoidable hospital re-admissions
  • Focus on patient-centered care
  • Decrease medication errors
  • Increase self-efficacy of patients and family/caregivers
  • Improve patient outcomes
  • Identify the relationship between compassion, kindness, and patient satisfaction
  • To improve continuity of care by empowering patients and their families to be their own healthcare advocates.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. SIGN UP TODAY!

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By clicking on the registration button you will be taken to our Eventbrite registration page for easy online registration and online payment. There is a service fee for paying and registering online.

* For a reduced service fee, you can register online and select the option to pay by check. Once you have selected the number of tickets and choose to checkout- under payment methods- select pay by check. Mail your check to: The Northwest Hospital Alliance, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814.

Early-Bird Registration Rate (ends 03/01/17) Extended to 04/18/17!: $499
Early-Bird Group Registration Rate (3 or more from the same facility): $480
Onsite Registration Rate (begins 04/19/17): $600

The exciting line-up of topics and presenters focus on patient-centered care and transitions through the complex continuum of care.

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Transitions of Care- the Scope of the Problem of poor Quality Care Transition

A six-prong multi-faceted approach to improving quality and safety (that includes meeting the patients at their level, engaging family caregivers, aligning financial incentives, improving cross setting collaboration and communication, building professional competencies and ensuring accountability. 

Don’t reinvent the wheel- Dr. Coleman will share tools and resources available in the public domain.

Stump the doctor to discuss real life scenarios and come up with solutions. 

Eric A. Coleman, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He is the Director of the Care Transitions Program, aimed at improving quality and safety during times of care “handoffs”. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Practice Change Leaders. Dr. Coleman was recognized with a 2012 MacArthur Fellowship for his work in bridging innovation and practice through enhancing the role of patients and family caregivers in improving the quality of their care transitions.

Known for the “Coleman Model”, Dr. Coleman is a national speaker and facilitator helping groups to develop and hone their own patient centered transitions of care work.


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Transforming Patient Lives: The Art of Person-Centered Care
Allison Massari takes her audience on a journey, offering tools to rise above any obstacle, and find peace, purpose, and happiness despite turbulent times. She explains, “The power of what you do goes far beyond the technical part of your job. You are healing the places medicine cannot touch. In fact, YOU are the medicine.” As an advocate for both patient and healthcare provider, Allison’s powerful understanding of the essential nature of patient-centered care fortifies audience members, offering applicable tools for managing change, adversity, and the everyday challenges of being human.

Allison is on the “Best Keynote Speakers” List. Named One of the Top 10 Best Speakers in North America for Motivation – M&C Magazine.


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Piri Ackerman-Barger, PhD, RN, is an assistant clinical professor at the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. She is an expert at teaching methodology in health sciences, social determinants of health, collaborative practice and organizational change. A much sought after speaker, in this talk Piri will tie in aspects of equity, diversity and inclusion and how it relates to perceptions and impacts care.her chronic disease programs.

Who Should Attend:

The conference is open to anyone engaged in improving health care quality and transitions of care.
This includes: Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, case managers, care navigators, discharge planners, social workers, therapists, and administrators representing hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing, rehabilitation, home health, palliative care, and hospice organizations.

Lodging:

The Coeur d’Alene Resort
115 South 2nd Street, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Special Room Rates:

Lake Tower $159.00
Park Tower $ 139.00
North Wing $119

Individual reservations can be made by calling the Resort’s reservation desk at 888-965-6542. 
To secure these special rates, you must reserve by March 9, 2017.

Check- In: 4:00 p.m. and Check- Out: 12:00 Noon.

The room rates are subject to State & Lodging Tax and Surcharge.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to the Northwest Hospital Alliance.
By email: nwhospitalalliance@gmail.com
By regular mail: Northwest Hospital Alliance, 2003 Kootenai Health Way, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Cancellations received by close of business on Friday, March 30, 2017 will receive a full refund, minus a $30 administrative fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after Friday, March 30, 2017.

 

KOOTENAI HEALTH REAFFIRMS MAGNET® STATUS – THE GOLD STANDARD FOR NURSING EXCELLENCE

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) granted Kootenai Health Magnet recognition for the third time; Kootenai has held Magnet status since 2006 and is one of only two Magnet hospitals in the state of Idaho. Magnet designation is the highest and most prestigious international distinction a health care organization can receive for nursing excellence.

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. To be recognized as a Magnet hospital, health care organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy review process demanding widespread participation from leadership and staff.

“Receiving re-designation as a Magnet hospital requires the teamwork of nearly every department in the organization and is a strong representation of our culture of excellent patient care,” Joan Simon, Kootenai Health Chief Nursing Officer, said. “We are proud of the hard work and compassionate care our staff delivers every day.”

Magnet recognition has been shown to provide specific benefits to hospitals and their communities, such as higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help, and receipt of discharge information and higher job satisfaction among nurses.

“We are honored and excited to receive Magnet status,” Jon Ness, Kootenai Health CEO, said. “This achievement is a validation of the professionalism, teamwork, and compassionate patient care Kootenai Health is known for.”

Northwest Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit Resources

The Northwest Hospital Alliance recently hosted the Northwest Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit. The Summit was meant to be a launch to form a regional, if not statewide, effort toward developing Antimicrobial Stewardship Plans for facilities, but more than that, to work as a unified community to change the way antibiotics are thought of and prescribed – a cultural shift.

The purpose of this one-day event was to provide participants with the tools they need to plan and develop an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program within their own facility, as well as to establish a collaborative work group to implement a regional Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Initiative. Visit the Summit’s Webpage for event handouts as well as other Antimicrobial Stewardship resources.