New Surgical Equipment at ECM

State-of-the-Art Equipment Improves Surgical Services

The Sterile Processing Department at North Alabama Medical Center has recently acquired a brand new, state-of-the-art low temperature sterilizer. Sterile processing is responsible for the decontamination and sterilization of all su…

ORHC Employee of the Year

Employees Honored By CEO at Banquet

At a recent employee banquet, Ottumwa Regional Health Center honored all employees who were recognized as Employees of the Month in 2016 as healthcare heroes. Out of these employees, ORHC chose one as the Employee of the Year for 2016. “This is always an excepti…

Notes of Care | 5.23.17


Saline Staff Impacts Lives

Saline Memorial Partners with Emergency Response Agencies

The Saline Memorial Ambulance staff participated in Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) reenactment programs for local high schools in Saline County. The programs were a joint effort of multiple emergency response agencies from Saline C…

Employee of the Year at SJRMC

Chaplain Patrick Wolfe Honored for His Impact

Chaplain, Patrick Wolf was recently named the Employee of the Year at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, and from the writings of those who endorsed Chaplain Pat, one reads praise such as, “He is friendly, joyful and compassionate. He’s…

Garden Therapy at Shoals

Therapy Assistant Constructs Garden Boxes

Alana Hill, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation Unit at Shoals Hospital, got a bit of spring fever recently. In working with her patients, she heard a similar refrain: They were all ready to get home so they could tend…

Easter Cheer at ECM

A Special Visit to the Pediatrics Unit

This year, the Easter Bunny stopped by North Alabama Medical Center – ECM today to spread some cheer! The bunny dropped off a basket to Pride Tompkins, 8, who was in the pediatrics unit and visited with our staff.

Notes of Care | 5.15.17


A Drill 4 Months in the Making

PRMC Conducts a School Bus Mass Casualty Drill

On April 28th, Paris Regional joined forces with local organizations:  North Lamar School District, local emergency services, first responders and law enforcement officers to hold a drill that was in planning for over 4 months.  This drill was t…

CVMC Celebrates 119 Local Volunteers

National Volunteer Week

During National Volunteer Week, 2017 the amazing volunteers of Canyon Vista Medical Center came together to be celebrated for their dedication to the hospital and the community.  “The work you do at Canyon Vista Medical Center makes a difference in so many people’…

Kindergarteners Visit WVMC

Dayton D.A.S.H. Program

It’s not every day that a hospital gets inundated with 30 kindergarten through fifth graders, but when it does happen, it brightens up the entire hospital. Recently, WVMC was fortunate enough to host the Dayton Elementary “DASH” program. “Dayton Activities for S…

Superheroes at ORHC

National Superhero Day

Friday, April 28th was National Superhero Day and ORHC celebrated their own healthcare superheroes all week long. They asked an employee each day who is your hero?  Who inspires them to make them want to be more, do more, give more? And they got some great responses ranging fr…

Surviving a ‘Widow Maker’

NPMC Cardiac Expertise Saved a Life

During a local Veterans Memorial fundraiser, entertainer and community leader Tom Wilkins began experiencing classic cardiac symptoms – sweats, dizziness, shortness of breath and ultimately chest pain. He came to National Park Medical Center’

CVMC Supports Firefighting Efforts

110 Cases of Water Donated

With the simplest of gestures, Canyon Vista Medical Center donated 110 cases of drinking water to the Southern Arizona firefighters as they fought the Sawmill Fire.  According to local news sources, the fire doubled in size on the afternoon of April 26 and has charred 40,…

A Special Star for a Cancer Survivor

A Bond Between Patient and Caregiver

In a Cancer Center, some days can be hard, but others can be the most glorious of all. Those are the days that our staff at Willamette Valley Medical Center live for and help our patients fight for. It was on this special day that one of our amazing team members celebra…

George Loves His Patients

A Retired Military Airborne and Ranger Turned Clinic Manager

George Spriggs, RN, Manager, Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbarics at Southwestern Medical Center provides extraordinary care to his patients each day. George is one of the first to arrive to set-up, triage inpatient admits that ca…

Notes of Care | 4.24.17


PRMC Saved Blake’s Arm

Trauma Treatment After A Serious Accident

Blake Baker was in Paris, Texas from Oklahoma visiting her family on Thanksgiving Day. She and her cousin were driving around, running last minute errands, when they were in an unfortunate serious single car accident. Blake sustained a serious arm inju

Clinton Memorial Hospital Surgeon Honored

Dr. Brian Santin is Ohio State Medical Association Advocate of the Year

Dr. Brian Santin, Vascular Surgeon at Clinton Memorial Hospital, was honored as the Ohio State Medical Association Advocate of the Year. This honor is bestowed upon an individual physician who has gone above and beyond the dut

Canyon Vista Medical Center Featured

CVMC in Commercial Architecture Magazine

Canyon Vista Medical Center was featured in the March 2017 issue of Commercial Architecture Magazine! 

Paris Air Evac Lifeteam

Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, April 7th the Paris Air Evac Lifeteam held it’s official Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting. A year ago, Paris Regional Medical Center Administration made an easy decision to bring Air Evac onto it’s campus. Since then, a new helicopter hanger, heli

Healing 6 Years of Pain at NPMC

“Why Go Anywhere Else?”

After spending 6 years in knee pain, Skip Lanier took action and visited Dr. Troy Birk at the Orthopoedic Center of Hot Springs. Dr. Birk and his team at National Park Medical Center’s Bone and Joint Institute performed knee replacement surgery. “

Sewing PJs for Hospital Patients

Students in the fashion merchandising class at Florence High School sewed pajama pants for ECM Hospital’s Pajamas for Patients program. The student’s teacher heard that the pajama supply was low, so she presented the project to her class. The class took the project on as a way to giv…

Family Fest!

Ottumwa Regional Health Center Celebrates with the Community

Ottumwa Regional Health Center sponsored the Health Walk at the recent Family Fest! held at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, IA in March. This was a family-centered event and featured many educational and entertainment component

Notes of Care | 4.10.17


Relay for Life

Shoals Raises Money and Honors Memories

Shoals Hospital has spent the month working toward a raising money for Relay for Life. Their goal was to raise $5,000 for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Shoals has been a Relay for Life participant for years, contributing thousands of dolla…

Notes of Care | 3.27.17


Excellent Care at ECM

A Heart Attack Survival Story

When Bill Norvell felt sick, he drove himself to ECM Hospital. He was having a heart attack. Bill spent 5 days in the intensive care unit and says he received excellent care from the moment he walked in the doors. Dr. Lango put four stents in his heart to open blocked coronar…

An RN Goes Above & Beyond at CVMC

Even A Patient’s Beloved Dog Received Extraordinary Care

Michael Cowan and his dog, Flower, have a lot to say and so much to be thankful for when it comes to the extraordinary care they received from Ashlee Manning, RN. Mr. Cowan wasn’t feeling quite right one evening and drove himself to the…

Taking Care of Our Own

A CMH Team Member Becomes a Patient

Trenda Medley has worked at CMH for thirty-seven years, and is currently in Patient Access/Registration. Trenda was admitted to Med Tele through the ED in early February, and shared with us the excellent care you all showed her while she was here. She wrote: “Tha…

Daffodil Days at National Park

Support for the American Cancer Society

National Park Medical Center is celebrating Daffodil Days in support of the American Cancer Society!  Every year, NPMC employees cut, assemble, sell and distribute daffodil orders in recognition of the event.  Why the daffodil?  Because as the first f…

Notes of Care | 3.13.17


Extra Attention Saved a Life

A KershawHealth Nurse Went the Extra Mile

Nurses at KershawHealth go above and beyond. Becky Yarborough made the extra effort and put in the extra time to call and check up on her patient after a visit, and again to retrieve her patient’s records during a lunch break – two actions that ultimat

Celebrating 65 Years Together at PRMC

A Heart-Melting Anniversary

Earl and Wanda Waters were not expecting to celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary at Paris Regional Medical Center. Earl was admitted as a patient to our Rehab Unit just a few short days before his wife Wanda. The day Wanda was transferred to our Rehab floor, just so ha…

ECM Cares for Tiny Teagan

Care Close to Home Made All the Difference

Little Miss Teagan Rae was ready to enter the world! She came five weeks early, weighing only 4 pounds. Teagan was treated in the special care nursery at the Women’s Pavilion at North Alabama Medical Center-ECM for 10 days. Her parents, Tracy and Chad B…

Recognition for Saline Memorial

A Patient Testimonial

“Dr. Jason Smith performed the same surgery I had by a different doctor three years ago. With my previous surgery, it was days before I could walk with any degree of confidence. After my surgery with Dr. Smith, I am so happy and am in minimal pain and able to walk pretty well.…

Carolina Pines Welcomes a New Surgeon

Dr. Badve Joins CPRMC

Caroline Pines Regional Medical Center Welcomes Dr. Siddharth Badve. Dr. Badve completed his Orthopedic residency (Master in Surgery, Orthopedics) from the University of Mumbai at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai, India and earned…

New Technology at Ottumwa Regional Health Center

Renovated Digital X-Ray Suite and 3D Mammography

A busy open house was held in the Imaging Department at Ottumwa Regional Health Center on Wednesday, February 1st to showcase a newly renovated digital X-Ray suite and new 3D mammography machine as well as an updated look throughout the department.…

Barcodes for Patient Safety

KershawHealth Implements a System for Safety

An added medication safety feature, barcodes on patients’ wristbands are what tell nurses and doctors what medication to provide, how much, and when to administer it. Every medication that comes through the pharmacy is barcoded, so not only is it sa

A Radio Interview for CMH

Clinton Memorial Celebrated 12 Years By Talking Medicine

The Clinton Memorial Hospital Wound Treatment Center celebrated its 12th anniversary on Valentine’s Day! They celebrated by hitting up the local radio station and hanging out for the morning program to talk about wound care, medical in…

Collecting Undergarments for Southwestern

Alice Coombs Raises Money to Meet the Need

Hospital volunteer Alice Coombs, raised $221 through her RV club, to purchase undergarments for the children at Southwestern Behavioral Health. Each year, Alice serves as host-of-the-month and chooses a charitable cause within the community. The chap

Reaching Goals Together at Saline

Working Together to a Healthy Weight

A support group is helping people stay accountable to reach their weight loss goals. Three months since gastric sleeve surgery, Shannon Scrivner is at Saline Memorial Hospital each week learning about new meal plans; however, she is also there for the weight lo

Notes of Care | 2.20.17


Caring in a time of need

Canyon Vista nurses go above and beyond the call of duty

Last month, Canyon Vista Medical Center cared for a developmentally delayed patient. She had consumed medication that was not hers and needed a full work up but was quite scared of being in a new environment surrounded by new people. RN Amy and Fl

Keeping the Beat

Heart Surgery with Care

As a band director, Joey Krieger knows a thing or two about rhythm, but it was his heart that stopped keeping the beat. Krieger needed a quadruple cardiac bypass. He says he considered taking his surgery out of the Shoals, however, he stayed right here at home and was treated w…

A New Specialist at Carolina Pines

Welcome Dr. Cheppalli!

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center welcomes Dr. Suresh Cheppalli. Dr. Suresh Cheppalli completed his orthopedic residency in India and further studied in the United Kingdom and Australia as a part of advanced residency training. He is a member of the Royal College of S…

National Hearts and Heroes Day

Paris Personnel Learn Preparedness

Recently, Paris Regional Medical Center Director of Safety and Business Continuity, Jason McClaren, and Lynnette Watkins MD, COO/CMO, Cezar Mahdi (Pharmacy), and Mary Woods (Security) traveled to Tyler, TX to join other organizations for National Hearts a…

Ottumwa Regional Health Center Employees Give Back

Celebrating employee community involvement.

The Employee Engagement Program at Ottumwa Regional Health Center celebrates employee involvement in the communities they serve. In 2016, ORHC employees logged over 8,500 hours of their own time for a variety of activities including ORHC sponsore

The Gift of a Good Book

Educators donate children’s books to Canyon Vista Medical Center.

Every year a dedicated group of professional women educators from the Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma take up a collection of new children’s books to donate to all the babies born in the month of February at Canyon…

Meet Lelaida!

Warm meals from warm hearts.

Meet Lelaida from National Park Medical Center’s Food and Nutrition Services department. Chances are, if you have eaten a meal in the NPMC cafeteria in the past 11 years, you’ve met Lelaida! She’s pretty famous around the hospital for always rememb

A Speedy Delivery at ECM

Brianna Thompson Delivers Second Baby

Brianna Thompson made it to the hospital and up to Labor and Delivery just before giving birth to her son Braydon, but didn’t have time to wait on the physician. “She was in full labor when she arrived and here he came,” said RN Nurse Manager, M

Shoals Hospital Rehabs Randy

Randal Regained His Ability to Walk After a Devastating Injury

Randal, or Randy, as he became known as a patient at J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation on the campus of Shoals Hospital, fell down a flight of stairs in his home, which resulted in a spinal cord injury. After initial recovery from surgery at ECM,…

Say Hello to Mia Jade!

Mia Was the First Baby Born at Shoals in 2017

Mia was actually delivered in the ambulance, on the way to the hospital! Talk about a grand entrance! Her mother, Destiny Phillips, says the ambulance driver had to pull over in a church parking lot to help deliver the baby. Mia entered the world around 2:10 a…

Something to Celebrate!

Robert and Shirley Singley Celebrate 68 Years of Marriage at ORHC

Celebrations can happen anywhere and a 68th wedding anniversary should certainly be cause for celebration, even in a hospital! Robert and Shirley Singley didn’t plan on Robert being a patient on ARU on this special day, but after a…

Paris Regional Medical Center RN Recognized in the News

Sheri Ashford Has a Heart for Service

This is Sheri Ashford, RN. Sheri is one of our Case Managers in the ER. Sheri was recognized recently in the local newspaper not once, but twice, over the past few weeks for her efforts in the Lamar County Humane Society here in Paris, TX. Sheri is a true animal lover.…

Saline Memorial Nurses Go Above and Beyond

Sonja Davis, RN Selected as Bariatric Champion

Nurses work hard every day to ensure their patients are well taken care of. Here at Saline Memorial, our nurses go above and beyond to not only medically treat our patients, but to treat them like family.
Sonja Davis, RN, was selected as a bariatric champ

Tim Is a Ray of Hope

KershawHealth Rehab Therapist Encourages Patients

A ray of encouragement, Tim Hornsby works harder and cares more than most rehab therapists out there. Having been there himself, he understands what it is like to have no hope, no will to live. Because of this, he is able to give hope and encourageme…
First Baby of the New Year

The First Baby Born in 2017

Madison Makes 2017 Special

Baby Madison Kairi was born at 1:01am on January 1, 2017 – the first baby born at Clinton Memorial Hospital in the New Year. Madison is pictured with proud parents Jennifer and Phillip.…

Shoals Takes Patient Safety Seriously

All Employees Foster a Culture of Safety at Shoals Hospital

Fostering a culture of safety at Shoals Hospital is a top priority, and all employees, regardless of department, take that role very seriously. Stephanie took steps to remove inappropriate medication from a patient’s room that had bee…

Not One, But TWO New Knees!

Victoria Breen Was Motivated by Her Granddaughters and Her High Heels

When Victoria Breen’s knee pain kept her from shopping and spending time with her family, she knew it was time to take action. She chose National Park Medical Center’s Bone and Joint Institute for her knee replaceme…

Southwestern Medical Center Makes It A Happy Holiday

SWMC Team Members Donated Gifts and Food

You can’t beat the generosity of Southwestern Medical Center team members! This holiday season they provided Christmas gifts and stockings to the children hospitalized at SWMC’s Behavioral Health Center. Team members also generously donate…

Caring for Ray Hayes, Right Here at Home

He wears the ring. And he’s determined to live to see his grandson wear it too.

Ray Hayes, The Citadel class of 1952, and Russell Watkins, The Citadel class of 2017, share the double bonds of family and fidelity to the Corps of Cadets. But when the 84-year-old Hayes suffered an intestinal obstructio…

Willamette Valley Medical Center Stuffs the Bus

Food and Toy Drive Success

Willamette Valley Medical Center has a committee of volunteer employees who support community events and put on 2 individual events each year, including a Girls Night Out in May and a Toy and Food Drive in December. This past December, WVMC hosted its annual Stuff the Bus Fo…

Healing the Wound

The Wound Healing Center at ECM Restored Mikel’s Quality of Life

Mikel Testerman, of Cherokee, is just one of many success stories from the ECM East Wound Healing Center. Mikel developed a sore on his right foot, due to lower extremity circulation issues. “I was sent to ECM to receive a stent…

Ottumwa Regional Health Center Celebrates

Breakfast with Santa

Ottumwa Regional Health Center recently held the annual Breakfast with Santa for employees and their children. Over 75 children and their families ate a hearty breakfast, then enjoyed several activities, including decorating cookies, face painting and making ornaments.…

A Patient Delivers a Personal Thank You

Richard Orth Came Into CVMC to Say Thanks

A recent patient of Canyon Vista Medical Center, Richard Orth came into CVMC to say that his experience in the hospital was amazing. He mentioned that he had great care from the ED to the floor and reported “everyone was top shelf” at Canyon Vist…

A Retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel is Impressed

Jerry Orr Was Treated Like He Was the Only Patient at Southwestern Medical Center

Jerry Orr, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, was tired of the numbness and swelling in his legs. An ultrasound revealed Jerry had chronic venous insufficiency. The veins in his legs weren’t working properly,…
treat wars

Treat Wars at Ottumwa Regional Health Center

Employees Competed in an Annual Baking Competition for Charity

ORHC Staff held the 3rd Annual Holiday Treat Wars! Employees broke out the baking pans and came up with some seriously good desserts! The competitors were fierce this year and there was no shortage of trash talking before the event! Wou…
Carolina Pines

Caring for Rebecca Chastain and Baby Harrison

Carolina Pines Provides Care in a Close-Knit Community

Rebecca Chastain is a proud and happy new mom. Her husband, Ben, is also filled with joy as they embark on a new chapter of life with their firstborn child, Harrison. While parenting will involve many decisions, the couple’s choice to have the…
Community Medical Hospital

Community Medical Center Nurses Honored

Jack Lowney Receives the The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

Community Medical Center Nurses are being honored with The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday. The first…
Paris Regional Medical Center

April’s Positive Outlook

Paris Regional Medical Center Used Hyperbaric Therapy

The number 12 has become somewhat of a superstitious sign for April. Her story began back in 2012 when she moved to Paris, TX. On the 12th day of living in Paris she decided to join a friend for a night out. At 12 midnight, as they were driving home, Ap…
Clinton Memorial Hospital

A Life-Saving Experience at Clinton Memorial Hospital

David Recovers After Surgery to Repair Gastric Bleeding

In October, David was transferred to Clinton Memorial Hospital with symptoms of severe gastric bleeding. His family was advised that he would need surgery but was told that he may not make it through. His wife, Louise, and daughter, Tracy, ha…
National Park Medical Center

National Park Medical Center Stroke Champions

ED Nurses Macy and Angie are Recognized for Their Brain-Saving Efforts

National Park Medical Center Emergency Department Nurses, Macy and Angie, received “Stroke Champion” Awards in recognition of their brain-saving efforts in Stroke care. Their quick thinking and dedication t…
St. Mary's

Advanced Diagnostics and Treatment Saves Lives at Saint Mary’s

Jim Huml Received Great Cardiac Care

Over a decade ago, Jim Huml had major heart surgery. So when he recently experienced discomfort in his chest, his primary care physician recommended that he schedule an appointment with Dr. Sastry Prayaga, cardiologist with Saint Mary’s Regional Health Sys…
Shoals Hospital

Emergency Department Nurses Week

Shoals Hospital Celebrates

October 9-15 is Emergency Department Nurses’ Week, and the team at Shoals Hospital celebrated with pizza lunches, doughnut breakfasts, and a variety of gifts from others in the community whose lives have been touched by our staff. ED Nurse Manager Jan Hannah sai…
Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital

The Candy Man

25 Years of Bringing Joy to ECM Hospital

For more than 25 years, Larry Stanfield brought joy to the nurses and doctors at ECM hospital by delivering candy to each floor. Nurses lovingly refer to him as the “Candy Man.” The Candy Man was in the halls of ECM again recently, but this time, he wa…
student athletes

Caring for Student Athletes

Preparing for the Upcoming Sports Season

Ottumwa Regional Health Center recently held their annual free sports physical clinics for area student athletes at three locations in their service area. Over 150 students from grades 7-12 lined up to receive their physicals, along with over 40 communit
Community Medical Center Reward

A Memory Lives On

The Legacy of Rodger Thompson

On Monday, October 31, Sarah Peterson, a second-year student in the Radiologic Technology program at the Missoula college was awarded the Rodger Thompson Scholarship, worth $1,000. This scholarship is awarded in memory of Rodger Thompson, a beloved technologist w

A Little Joy in a Dark Time

A Worried Patient Received the Kindest Care

Caring hearts always seek ways to help others, and that was the case recently on 6 West at Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital. A group of nurses identified several needs of a patient who was transitioning to a new home. The move was frightening, and the nurses so

A Happy Place to Eat

Julia Stewart Makes the Cafeteria a Friendly Place

Not a day goes by that the cafeteria of KershawHealth isn’t buzzing with activity. It’s up to the staff to make the environment a welcoming and happy place to eat, and one woman in particular does just that. Julia Stewart has worked with Kersha

Nothing Stops Donna Bron

Donna Bron Survives Two Artery Blockages with Help from Saline Memorial Hospital

From the outside looking in, Donna Bron is an unlikely candidate to have a heart condition. Being 5’9’, 120 pounds and an avid marathon runner, she never expected to have a life-threatening heart condition. Howe
Southwestern Hospital

All in the Family

A Story of a Father and Daughter’s Recovery

In June of 2012, Abby Navarro hyperextended her left knee playing basketball and tore her ACL, a major stabilizing ligament in the knee joint. She also injured her meniscus, a piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the thighbone and 

Making the Shoals Hospital Senior Care Center Feel Like Home

When Life Got Difficult, Shoals Was There

Ms. Lottie Jones was experiencing some increased confusion, generalized weakness and was not able to perform her activities of daily living. Upon recommendation of her grandson, Ryan McKinney, who is also a registered nurse, she was admitted to the Shoal

A Light Fright Turned Delight

The story of a young patient’s hospital Halloween.

The week of Halloween, our six-year-old-daughter Delilah was diagnosed with pneumonia and had to be hospitalized. She was admitted to WVMC on a Tuesday, and as the days ticked by, we realized 2014 would be the first time our little girl would

Solving the Puzzle of Health

One woman’s story of struggle and recovery.

Jean Harbison hadn’t been feeling well and grew a bit puzzled about her health. At a visit with her primary care physician, she discussed with him some of the symptoms she was experiencing. Jean’s caregiver then referred her to Dr. Dai-Yuan Wan

High School Students Break for Breakfast

Supporting Cancer Patients One Breakfast at a Time

Every year, we host an annual breast cancer awareness event called Brake for Breakfast. Our goal is to reach as many women in our community as we can with a message of early detection and education about breast cancer screening guidelines, mammogra

Caring for Tricia Meinhold, Right Here at Home

Tricia Felt Like She Was On Her Last Legs — Or at Least Her Last Knees

The very active, very busy vice president for the student experience at Coker College had suffered increasing knee pain for two years, and it was affecting both her work and her life. The boundless energy on the job and great enjoyme…

Capital Medical Center is Awarded for Patient Safety

Capital Medical Center Received the Washington State Hospital Association’s 2016 Achieving Best Care Award

Capital Medical Center received the Washington State Hospital Association’s 2016 Achieving Best Care Award for success in a broad variety of patient safety measures. This is a refl…

Canyon Vista Medical Center Nurse Awarded

Kristen Lovitt Received the 2016 DAISY Award for Nursing Excellence

Congratulations to Kristen Lovitt, RN, Canyon Vista Medical Center recipient of the 2016 DAISY Award for nursing excellence. Nurses are nominated for the award by peers, patients and families. A patient who nominated Kristen w…

Family Fun Day at Shoals Hospital

On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, Shoals Hospital Hosted its First Family Fun Day

The event included a classic car and truck show, inflatables for the kids, members of our local first responders, and more than two dozen hospital and healthcare-related facilities provided informational booths. Furth…

Sharon Hospital Walks for Suicide Prevention

The Sharon Hospital Community Helped Raise Funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Our Senior Behavioral Health staff, along with the Sharon Hospital community, joined hundreds of others to walk and raise funding in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (A…

Stroke Victim Survives

Mark, a Retired Army First Sergeant Gets Treated for a Stroke

“I just can’t thank Southwestern Medical Center enough.” – Mark Winburn, Stroke Victim When Mark Winburn woke up from a nap, he knew immediately something was terribly wrong. “I couldn’t move,” Mark remembers. “My ent…

A Life Saving Decision

Mike Sandels Was in the Right Place at the Right Time

In November 2014 Mike Sandels had his second heart attack. He just happened to be walking by the WVMC emergency room on his way to undergo a CT Scan in Radiology. Mike said, “After experiencing nausea and profuse sweating I decided to immediately w…

Capital Medical Center First in Washington to Offer Robotic-Guided Spine Surgery

The Mazor Robotics Renaissance® Assists the Orthopedic Spine Surgeons and Neurosurgeons

A new, minimally invasive surgical option is now available at Capital Medical Center for patients needing spine surgery, including spinal fusion, vertebroplasty, and scoliosis correction. The Mazo…

Oscar the Fruit Loop Eating Lemur

Service Animal Detects Low Blood Sugar

Paris Regional Medical Center recognizes the need for patients to be able to receive quality care while accommodating their need to stay with their service animal in our facility. PRMC employees were recently “thrown for a loop”, a Fruit Loop to…
Four Legged Lover

Connecting With A Four-Legged Baby!

KershawHealth nurse cares for couple’s furry friend.

Leann cared for an oncology patient who was admitted to the hospital. The patient and her husband were very concerned about the care of their dog while in the hospital. They had no family to help with their beloved pet. Leann did not hesitat…

Ottumwa Makes a Difference For Heckart Family!

Ottumwa speech therapy team restore Henry Heckart’s confidence.

Henry Heckart is your typical four-year-old boy — boisterous, curious, and confident. It’s hard to believe he ever struggled with speaking, but his parents Desiree and Cody Heckart were concerned. “We worried about…

Life Saving Care for Katherine Buford

St. Mary’s staff help Katherine Buford stay active.

It was the middle of winter in northwestern Arkansas. Ice and snow had moved in, blanketing the area and creating a rare but beautiful scene there where the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains meet. Normally, Katharine Buford, would enjoy the “…

Missoula Food Bank Receives Community Volunteers

Community workers bond over Honey Nut Cheerios.

The entire staff of Home & Community Based Services (12 social work case managers, five RN case managers, three support staff, and one supervisor) volunteered at the Missoula Food Bank on Tuesday, August 30, as part of our annual team-building day. W…

Caring For William Newsome, Right Here At Home.

Carolina Pines doctors make Pee Wee feel right at home.

Pee Wee had a big problem.
William Newsome, a towering 6’6” Hartsville native affectionately known as “Pee Wee” since childhood, looked up while working at home and felt dizzy. The same sensation kept repeating itself, and he knew som…

Saline Memorial’s Volunteer Honors Wife

Retired eye doctor honors wife’s memory as volunteer at Saline Memorial.

One of the newest volunteers at Saline Memorial Hospital doesn’t seem so new. In fact, he is continuing the legacy of his late wife, who spent more than a decade behind the front desk assisting patients and visitors alike.…

Kevin Thompson Calls National Park Staff Family

Specialized rehab gets Kevin Thompson back on his feet.

With more than nine years as a cardiac catheterization patient, Kevin Thompson was no stranger to heart care. But when he was told in his early 40s that his condition required open heart surgery, he faced a level of uncertainty. Kevin now says th…

Mary Grigsby Celebrates Her 97th Birthday at ECM

The first baby born at ECM returns to celebrate her birthday.

We recently held a wonderful 97th Birthday Bash for ECM Hospital! Joining us was the first baby born at our current location (opened 73 years ago), Mary Frances Grigsby, who naturally is now 73 years young. Mary Fran had her photo made with C…
Woman Holding Smiling Baby

Jen Goodwin’s Dreams Became a Reality

The Team at Saline Memorial Helped Jen Realize Her Dream of Becoming a Mom

Jen Goodwin didn’t let a serious spinal-cord injury change her lifelong plans of becoming a mom. Her arms and legs were paralyzed in an accident in 2007, and she didn’t think pregnancy was a viable option for her. But on Moth…
Standing in front of Emergency Sign

Sharon Hospital Provides Care with Kindness

Dr. Santos and ER Nurse, Tina Provide Compassionate Care to Patient with Dementia

I just returned to work from the Sharon ER where ER nurse Tina and Dr. Santos tended to my mother. My mother has dementia and she came to the ER as a result of an unwitnessed fall. I wish to commend Tina and Dr. Santos for thei…
Before and After

A National Park Medical Center Hero

Jean Foxworth Was Selected As One of the Top Five in the National Ansell Health Heros Award

National Park Medical Center’s Jean Foxworth was selected as one of the top five in the national Ansell Health Heroes Award. Jean has been a nurse at NPMC for more than 40 years. She has served in many roles from…
Men Shacking Hands

Joint Camp Made Ed’s New Knee Worry Free

Joint Camp at Southwestern Medical Center Makes Takes the Worry Out of Knee Replacement Surgery

Ed White wasn’t a bit concerned about having knee replacement surgery at Southwestern Medical Center this past December. That’s because he attended Joint Camp, a service provided to help patient…
Hospital Construction

Capital Medical Center Expansion

Capital Medical Center Breaks Ground to Expand Surgical Department

Capital Medical Center in Olympia, WA, has begun an $18 million expansion and renovation of its surgical department to better serve the needs of patients. When the project is completed in the summer of 2017, the hospital will have…
Rehab with Peanut

Peanut Rehabs at Shoals

After a Long Stay in the JW Sommer Rehabilitation Unit, Charles Harris Regained His Independence

Charles “Peanut” Harris arrived at our J.W. Sommer Rehabilitation Unit unable to scratch his nose or to care for himself in even the most basic ways. After more than 78 days of inpatient therapy, he…
Woman Speaking About Care

Caring for Patients is the Most Meaningful Job

KershawHealth’s Hettie Fund Talks About Her Experience

Hettie Fund, environmental services assistant, talks about how meaningful her job is when caring for patients. A humble and hard-working woman, she never meets a stranger and always has a smile on her face. She is always happy to excee…
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Bob Weighs in on His Weight Loss Journey

Bob Lost Nearly 100 Pounds At a Price He Could Afford

I’ve had weight problems my whole life. I got to the point where I started having medical issues: Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, aches and pains in my legs, breathing disorders. If you’re extremely overweight, that’s the beginning of the end.…
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Clinton Memorial Hospital CMO Becomes a “Secret Shopper”

Dr. John Hollon Was Admitted to the Hospital and Had an Amazing Experience

Dr. John Hollon, our chief medical officer, unintentionally became (in his own words) a CMH “secret shopper” two weeks ago. After coming in with symptoms of lower abdominal and lower back pain, it was discovered that he h…
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Paulette Has the Special Touch

Paulette Wortham at Paris Regional Medical Center Sings to Patients

Many of us in healthcare understand it takes a special person to care for those in psychiatric care. Paulette Wortham, PT tech at Paris Regional Medical Center, has the exact special touch it takes to communicate with her patients…
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Canyon Vista Medical Center Shows Support

In the Wake of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting, the CVMC Team Encouraged Orlando Regional Medical Center Staff

While watching the news about the nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, Terrie Depoy, a certified surgical tech at Canyon Vista, immediately had a feeling of compassion for the healthca…
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When a Stroke Strikes

Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital Staff Provided Care and Attention in One Family’s Time of Need

The signs of a stroke are serious business, especially if your family has a history of this serious disease. Melinda Sparks immediately knew something was wrong with her husband and wasted no tim…
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Caring for Laura Crouch, Right Here at Home

The Hands That Heal, The Ties That Bind

Being the mother of the bride is no small task. Like all moms, Hartsville native Laura Crouch wanted her daughter’s big day to be perfect. So much so that Laura put off seeing a doctor as the wedding approached, even though she was having trouble breathing. The r…

Ottumwa Regional Health Center Volunteers for RAGBRAI

Volunteers from ORHC Treated Riders at the First-Aid Station and in the ER

Ottumwa recently hosted a stopover for the 43rd annual RAGBRAI ride across Iowa event. If you’ve never heard of RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa), it’s an annual seven-day bicycle ride across th…
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Saint Mary’s Saved a Life Close to Home

The State-of-the-Art Facility and Astute  Team of Specialists Saved James from a Life-Threatening Heart Attack

As he awoke one morning, James Brown knew something was wrong. He stirred his sleeping wife next to him and said in a struggling whisper, “I need to get to the hospital.” At that m…
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Community Medical Center Performs Earliest-Recorded Blood Transfusion

Dr. Bardett Fausett Performed the First Successful Blood Transfusion in Ethan at 17 Weeks

At 17 weeks old, in utero, Ethan Roach’s heart was failing. His red blood count was at 9 when it should have been somewhere between 45 and 50. The only way that he would continue to live and thrive in the womb…
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PATIENT SAFETY: IT’S MORE THAN JUST CHECKING BOXES

Making checklists work: KershawHealth excels as South Carolina experiments with surgical checklists

KershawHealth, Capella’s newest hospital, was featured on the cover of Modern Healthcare magazine the week of January 25, a result of the outstanding work they’ve done to improve care thr…
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ATTENTION AND DILIGENCE SAVED A LIFE

Don exemplified our commitment to treat everyone like family.

Recently, Don encountered an elderly couple who arrived at the Ambulatory Care Unit in the early hours of the morning. He greeted them and made sure they were introduced to the nursing staff. Don happened to be working in the ACU waiting a…
Saving Lives

IT’S OUR HOSPITAL

Pride in ownership leads to national quality recognition

Willamette Valley Medical Center (McMinnville, OR) is nationally recognized for its high quality care, thanks to its outstanding staff who are dedicated to providing amazing care, every time. The 88-bed hospital is one of just 117 hospit…
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THIRTY YEARS LATER

A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY FOR MELISSA AT NORTH ALABAMA MEDICAL CENTER – ECM

Thirty-something years ago this past weekend, Debbie Grissom headed to ECM to deliver her baby girl, Melissa. With the help of ECM Labor and Delivery nurse Robin Price, all went well. Little did Debbie know that her daughter woul…
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ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST PLACES TO WORK IN HEALTHCARE

Employees and physicians enjoy serving at SWMC

Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton, Oklahoma, has made remarkable strides since joining the Capella Healthcare family of hospitals as one of its four legacy hospitals in 2005. Celebrating its 108th year of service to the community in 2016, SWM…
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GETTING A PATIENT BACK ON HIS FEET

Putting patients first at Clinton Memorial Hospital, so that they can get back to doing what they love.

Before his vascular surgery with Dr. Brian Santin, Thomas wasn’t even able to mow his own grass, because the backs of his legs would lock up, and his feet were always cold. Now, he’s back to his da…
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