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Karen Hamad, MD - Chief of Staff

Heart MonthFebruary 2016

Heart Health Month – show your heart some LOVE! 


2016 Flu Season Update
Flu season is now well under way, and we currently have confirmed cases in our hospital. We thank you for your participation to protect our patients, your colleagues, yourself and your family. 


Physician/Patient Informed Consent Attestations 
Based on accreditation survey findings and CMS Conditions of Participation, the informed consent forms are being standardized where feasible to ensure all required components are included.   

Changes to the informed consent include

The informed consent must be completed and signed by the patient and physician prior to the procedure.

Per survey findings and action plan, the IV Moderate Sedation Informed Consent was the first to be modified (shown left).  Additional consent forms will be reviewed and modified as needed to include the risk, benefits, alternatives statement and physician signature.


Farewell to the Retter Wing …Making Way for a groundbreaking celebration
Demolition of the 1960s Retter wing finishes, paving the way for construction of a new 74,000-square-foot Rehabilitation Pavilion. The new facility will encompass the full array of Rehabilitation programs. When complete in December 2016, the 5-story Rehabilitation Pavilion will connect on two floors to the south wing of the hospital, but will have separate entrances and covered parking to meet the complex medical, rehabilitation and mobility needs of patients with brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, neurological disorders and orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions.


Mobility Tech Program Pilot Go-LIVE:
In December, a mobility tech pilot program was approved for implementation in the acute hospital.  The goal of the program is to ensure early and consistent mobilization of our patients by the most appropriate resource.  The three acute nursing units chosen for the pilot are 6ET, 8WT, and 10WT.  These units were selected based upon the clinical makeup of their patients as well as high utilization of acute physical therapy. 

The program includes replication and additional development of the mobility (rehab) tech role currently in place on 7CY.   Each unit’s mobility tech will work in collaboration with nursing and PT to ensure that all patients medically appropriate to be out of bed, are mobilized daily.  Each unit will be staffed seven days a week with specially trained mobility techs to ensure consistency of service.  

Thank you to Dr. Hamad, Dr. Stevens and Dr. Horiuchi for their support, participation and guidance in the selection of several metrics for monitoring success of the pilot program.  A dashboard will be shared at regular intervals and if positive results are achieved, we are looking to incorporate this program on other units.  

We welcome your input, observations, and recommendations to ensure the success of this pilot program. 

Maria DeCarlo, FACHE, MBA, MS
VP Rehab and Post-Acute Services


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