BRIGHTON — Platte Valley Medical Services continues to invest in time-sensitive services for its patients, CEO John Hicks told community members during the hospital’s annual meeting Thursday night.
Hicks said PVMC has one of the most comprehensive cardiac care programs in the North Denver Region. The hospital continued to expand its offerings for cardiac patients this year, including the expansion of vascular services with Scott Ziporin, MD, and the Oct. 1 expansion of the cardio cat lab hours to meet the demands of the community.
Hicks also told community members the hospital has been designated as a Primary Certified Stroke Center this year. He also provided some education on strokes, saying most of the time, strokes are caused by a clot in the brain, and that intervention for a stroke needs to happen quickly.
“Most of the time, people say ‘take an aspirin and we’ll see you in the morning,’” he said. “If you take an aspirin and we see you in the morning, the effects of your stroke are most likely permanent.” he said.
Foundation Executive Director Marcie Demchuk said the hospital is half way through its Women’s Services Campaign, whose goal is to raise $500,000. Demchuk said the foundation is at 5 percent of their goal, and Spokeswoman Charmaine Weis said the campaign has enabled the hospital to hire a nurse navigator.
“That nurse navigator will help that patient through diagnostic testing and if any further follow up needs to happen,” she said. “The nurse navigator actually walks the patient through the entire process and if, unfortunately, it leads to a cancer diagnosis, the oncology nurse navigator takes over.”
The hospital is also gearing up for its second annual Girls Night out, slated for Oct. 17, which already has more reservations than the number of those who attended the event last year.
Over the last few years, hospital employees have been implementing a national mandate to convert patient records to an electronic format. Hicks said there are seven stages to implementing these electronic health records.
“Platte Valley Medical Center just certified at Stage Six,” he said. “Just to give you an idea, only 8 percent of the hospitals in the United States are at Stage Six.”
Vice President of Finance Harold Duppar said the emergency will be fully electronic as of Sept. 24 and that physicians will be able to perform their own documentation instead of having the nurses do it.
“It’s a big phase, its a big step for us but it creates a lot of enhancements from a safety perspective and enhances communication between the caregivers and the providers,” he said.
Duppar said the next stage, Stage 7 will focus on the health information exchange and the patient portal, where the hospital’s patients could access their records.
This year, the hospital became a Primary Certified Stroke Center, received its accreditation from the Joint Commission, received its College of American Pathology certification for the laboratory and anticipates being named a top performer when the results are announced next month.
Even more changes are in store for PVMC next year. The hospital will be working towards receiving certification as a Chest Pain Center, working to towards receiving the highest level of the Plain Tree designation and looking looking to expand services to Reunion.