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Hilton Head Medical Center Makes Top 100 List
Cardiac Rehabilitation at HHMC Awarded Program Certification
Physical Rehab Clinic Awarded 3-Year CARF Accreditation
Open Heart Surgery Comes To Beaufort County
CAP Accreditation 2003
2003NursingPalmettoGold
Upshaw Joins BOG
Redler Physician Advisor
MRI Service
Love Named Medical Director
Hand Therapist Attends Symposium
HHRMC Wins Award
C2Q release
New Physicians
Hospital Promotes 3
BOOC BCBS contract
Lab JCAHO Accredited
Cardiac Rehab Recertified
Physicians Beller Gavin Tice
Hilton Head Regional Medical Center implements American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program
Outpatient Surgery Earns Accreditation
Service Awards
New Director and VP Announced
Smoke Free Campus
Lamkin Named CEO
Lamkin Named HHRMC CEO
Hospital Compare
Press Release Wound Infection Contol MRI
100K Lives Campaign
Cryotherapy at HHRMC
Erik Olson Named New Chief Operating Officer
HHRMC Donates $40,000 to Hurricane Relief Efforts
Accreditation from Joint Commission
HHRMC Supports Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity
HHRMC Partners with YMCA for Great Shrinkdown
Go Red for Women
Hastings Named CNO at Hitlon Head Regional
New Physician at Hilton Head Regional
Balloon Kyphoplasty: Help for spinal fractures
Bluechoice HealthPlan Now Accepted at HHRMC
Singleton, The New Director of Patient Financial Services
Go Red for Women Health Conference: Educating women about heart disease
Free physician reports available on HealthGrades Web Site
HHRMC Welcomes David Kastl, MD Cardiothoracic Surgeon
5 Steps to Safer Healthcare
BlueChoce Healthplan Now Accepted
HHRMC Welcomes Dr. David Kastl, Cardiothoroacic Surgeon
Primary Urgent Care Bluffton
Komen on the Go Tour
MRI Services Accredited
HHRMC Lab Earns Accreditation
Tenet Acquires Coastal Carolina
Computed Tomography Services Earns Accreditation
HHRMC Named Cardiac Specialty Center
Flu Shots
2008 Womens Heart Health Conference
Healthgrades 5 Star
HHRH MUSC HCC Affiliation
Children of Employee Scholarship
2008 Beaufort County Sr Games
HHRH Names Swearingen Market CFO
HHRH Welcomes Talbert VP Development
Hilton Head Hospital Ranked Top 5% in Nation
2009 HHRH Hires Oh, Market Physician Recruiter
American Heart Association, Hilton Head Regional Healthcare Host Conference to Help Local Women Learn about Heart Health
HHRH Sponsors Beaufort County Sr. Games
HHRH Holds Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics
Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital announced the appointment of new chief executive officers
Hospitals Announce Agreement with BCBS of South Carolina
HHH receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award
HHRH Official Healthcare Provider of Verizon Heritage
HHH cited for excellence in respiratory care
HHH Partners with Radisphere
Hospitals Offer Flu Shots
Hilton Head Hospital Awarded Two CIGNA Quality Designations
HHH receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award
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Hilton Head Hospital Ranked Top 5% in Nation
HHH Receives Clinical Excellence Award for Gastrointestinal Care
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HHH Receives Award for Heart Attack Care6/11/2013
HHH Breast Care Coordinator, Kasiak-Gambla Earns CBNC9/26/2011

 

June Kasiak-Gambla, RN, BSN, Registered Nurse and certified Breast Health Navigator for Hilton Head Hospital Breast Health Center (BHC) recently passed the Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) Examination administered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.   The Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN®) examination is aimed at testing the knowledge necessary for the nurse to practice competently in breast care. CBCN® is the only accredited certification program that is available exclusively to registered nurses, and that encompasses the entire spectrum of breast care nursing practice. This certification is a validation of an individual's knowledge of breast care.

Kasiak-Gambla, with more than 20 years of experience, is responsible for the case management, education, and navigation of Hilton Head Hospital Breast Health Center patients from detection to diagnosis of both benign and malignant breast disease.  She manages the BHC’s High Risk Program which is designed to identify and counsel women at an increased risk for breast cancer as well as offering genetic counseling and testing.  She facilitates the BHC’s monthly multidisciplinary tumor board conference, survivorship program and Hope and Healing support group.

Prior to coming to Hilton Head Hospital, she was the Breast Care Coordinator under the Breast Care Initiative Program for the Naval Hospital in Beaufort, South Carolina.  She also specialized in women’s health nursing at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Loyola University of Chicago, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois.

 

Mobile Application Now Available for HHH5/4/2011
HHH receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award1/1/2010

Hilton Head Hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines –Coronary Artery Disease Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Hilton Head Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease. 

Under the Get With The Guidelines –CAD program, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation/weight management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before they are discharged. Hospitals that receive the Get With The Guidelines -CAD Gold Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for 24 consecutive months that at least 85 percent of its eligible coronary patients (without contraindications) are discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines. 

“The American Heart Association applauds Hilton Head Hospital for its success in implementing the appropriate evidence-based care and protocols to reduce the number of recurrent events and deaths in cardiovascular disease patients,” said Gregg C Fonarow, M.D., National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “Hilton Head Hospital has achieved a high level of performance in terms of implementing these life-prolonging treatments.”

“Hilton Head Hospital is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Lori Ross, RN, VP, Clinical Process Improvement at Hilton Head Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.”

The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines –CAD program helps hospitals increase the use of and adherence to the association’s secondary prevention guidelines for coronary artery disease. Developed to assist healthcare professionals follow proven standards and procedures before patients are discharged, Get With The Guidelines –CAD can help Hilton Head Hospital reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks and death in treated patients. The program, which works by mobilizing teams in acute care hospitals to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines.

According to the American Heart Association, approximately 610,000 people suffer a new heart attack and 325,000 experience a recurrent heart attack each year. Statistics also show 1.26 million individuals are affected by CAD* each year.  Additionally, one in five deaths in the United States is caused by CAD.

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*CAD data was taken from 2009 AHA CHD Statistical Update

 

Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital announced the appointment of new chief executive officers11/13/2009
HHRH Sponsors Beaufort County Sr. Games8/1/2009
HHRH Names Swearingen Market CFO7/18/2008Hilton Head Regional Healthcare (HHRH) is pleased to welcome Angie Swearingen, Market Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to its administrative team.  

Swearingen brings many years of experience and has demonstrated a dynamic ability to provide clear strategic direction in improving the financial performance of hospitals.  

She comes to HHRH following her work as Chief Financial Officer at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, WV.    As Market CFO, Swearingen will have the financial oversight for Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, including Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital, Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center and physician offices.  

Swearingen received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Marshall University, Huntington, WV. She is a member of the Health Financial Management Association.
HHRH Welcomes Talbert VP Development7/18/2008Hilton Head Regional Healthcare (HHRH) is pleased to welcome Bradley Talbert, FACHE, Vice President, Business Development, to its administrative team.

Talbert has more than 10 years experience in hospital and health system management and most recently was Chief Executive Officer at Kindred Hospital in Charleston, SC. 

At HHRH, Talbert will oversee all network development, physician relations/recruitment and strategy development for Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital and Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center.   

Board Certified in Healthcare Management, he is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC, and a Master of Health Administration degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston.   
2008 Beaufort County Sr Games7/15/2008Hilton Head Regional Healthcare is pleased to be a presenting sponsor of The Beaufort County Senior Games. 

The Games have been set for November 3rd – November 7th.  Beaufort County residents ages 50 and over, are eligible to participate in a wide array of competitive, Olympic style events held all over Beaufort County.  Softball will be a new event for the 2008 games.   

Registration forms will be available July 14th, 2008 at numerous locations in northern and southern Beaufort County including Sun City Hilton Head and the Parks and Leisure Services Main Office.

For a complete list of locations please call 705-4021.   The main vision of the games is to inspire seniors to stay active, promote health, well-being and to provide a true sense of fellowship within the county. 

The Beaufort County Senior Games are not about winning.  The value of the games goes far beyond the glory of receiving medals.  One remembers the fun and camaraderie of the moment and the friendships that evolve.

The games also have a need for volunteers to help out with traffic control, timing of events, decorations, result postings, refreshments, etc.  If you would like to volunteer during the games, please contact Cherie Bronsky at 705-4021.

BCSGApplication08_2_3.pdf

TheSeniorGamesTorchClub3.pdf

BEAUFORTSENIORGAMES2.pdf
Children of Employee Scholarship7/8/2008The achievements of many are today being admired and recognized. Hilton Head Hospital congratulates those children of employees who have been awarded one-year college scholarships by the Tenet Healthcare Foundation.

Of the 43 scholarships awarded this year, 1 comes from Hilton Head Hospital. This outstanding student is: 

    Amanda Palmer, daughter of Lucy Palmer, University of South Carolina

Tenet Healthcare Foundation is a charitable foundation sponsored by Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Endowed by Tenet, the Foundation, directs most of its grants to help unmet health care needs in the communities served by facilities owned by Tenet subsidiaries. The Foundation also provides grants to various educational, social services, civic and humanities-supporting organizations nationwide.

The administration and staff of Hilton Head Hospital again extend their congratulations to the accomplishments of these intelligent students. Their achievements and drives for success today help to give us a brighter tomorrow.
HHRH MUSC HCC Affiliation2/22/2008Hilton Head Regional Healthcare and The Medical University of South Carolina’s Hollings Cancer Center jointly announced here today their affiliation for cancer research and treatment.

The new alliance extends the Hollings Cancer Center’s research and clinical trials network to Hilton Head Regional Healthcare’s patients throughout the Lowcountry.

As a member of the clinical trials network, Hilton Head Regional Healthcare will participate in investigator-initiated trials developed at Hollings Cancer Center, and in clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical companies. Hollings Cancer Center will work with Hilton Head Regional Healthcare to develop the infrastructure necessary to bring these trials to area patients.  

“We are excited and honored to enter into this relationship with the highly regarded and esteemed Hollings Cancer Center,” said Elizabeth Lamkin, President of Hilton Head Regional Healthcare and CEO of Hilton Head Hospital. “This alliance allows physicians to share expertise in patient care and provides access to the most up-to-date cancer treatment right here at home.”

Dr. Andrew Kraft, director of Hollings Cancer Center, said “the alliance is a true collaboration aimed at reducing cancer burdens in the region by sharing cutting-edge patient care, innovative research and outstanding professional education with our partners. The real winners are going to be the patients.”

Benefits of the affiliation include:
Patient access to the latest therapies and clinical trials regardless of the individual’s financial status;
Accelerated access for second opinions;
Patient participation in clinical trials without traveling;
Streamlined process for patients requiring care at Hollings Cancer Center;
Physician participation in disease-focused tumor boards to review cases with teams of experts;
Advanced education opportunities for physicians.

Other facilities in the clinical trials network include Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System-Gibbs Cancer Center, Palmetto Health, South Carolina Oncology Associates, Lexington Medical Center, McLeod Health, Carolina Regional Cancer Center, Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties, and Georgetown Hospital System.

About Hilton Head Regional Healthcare
Hilton Head Regional Healthcare, consists of two hospitals, an outpatient center, primary and urgent care centers and physician network located in the South Carolina Lowcountry: 93-bed Hilton Head Hospital, located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard, Hilton Head Island, SC; 41-bed Coastal Carolina Hospital, located at 1000 Medical Center Drive, Hardeeville, SC; Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center, located at 40 Okatie Center Boulevard, S, Okatie, SC.  

Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital are acute care hospitals that offer a broad spectrum of medical and surgical services for adults and children, including cardiac care and rehabilitation, cancer care and support services, women’s services, inpatient physical rehabilitation, and emergency care.  Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center provides a wide array of outpatient services including outpatient surgical services, rehabilitation services, diagnostic imaging, diagnostic cardiology, laboratory, and a primary and urgent care center and the outpatient surgical services are accredited by The Joint Commission. 
Hilton Head Regional Physician Network offers the convenience of neighborhood health care backed by the resources of the hospitals. Family practice and internal medicine physicians provide flexible office hours to meet your family health care needs at convenient locations throughout the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas. 

Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital are accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Healthcare visit www.hiltonheadregional.com      

About Hollings Cancer Center
Hollings Cancer Center offers state-of-the-art diagnostic capabilities, therapies and surgical techniques and has multidisciplinary clinics that involve surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation therapists, radiologists, pathologists, psychologists and many other specialists seeing patients simultaneously under one roof.  Multidisciplinary care is provided in disease specific clinics such as thoracic, breast, head & neck, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, hematologic, neuro, and pediatric cancers. The Hollings Cancer Center is the largest academic-based cancer program in South Carolina. 

The Hollings Cancer Center is currently a developing National Cancer Institute designated cancer center and has more than $35M in cancer research funding. More than 1,000 people are currently participating on a cancer clinical trial at HCC.  For more information, please visit www.hcc.musc.edu
2008 Womens Heart Health Conference2/10/2008Knowledge is power, and that’s what the American Heart Association seeks to give women with its Go Red for Women movement. Women in the Low Country and surrounding areas can learn about this national campaign and how to lead healthier, longer lives at the second annual Women’s Heart Health Conference on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at Hilton Head Island High School, Hilton Head, S.C.

Click here to register on-line for the conference or call 1-843-689-8245.  This conference is presented by Hilton Head Regional Healthcare and Tenet Healthcare Foundation.  

2008 Low Country Women’s Heart Health Conference
Saturday, April 26, 2008
7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fee: Free event
Location: Hilton Head High School
70 Wilborn Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Women across the lowcountry and beyond are invited to join us for the second annual Women’s Heart Health Conference. Come learn about heart disease and how to lead healthier, longer lives. Heart disease and stroke are the greatest health threats women face.  

The conference is being held as part of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, a nationwide movement to empower women to love- and save – their hearts through lifestyle choices and actions.  

The conference will feature sessions to educate women about the risk factors, symptoms and prevention of cardiovascular disease and stroke and what they  can do to lessen the risk of this disease for themselves and their families. In addition, there will be a luncheon and fashion show, free heart health screenings, vendors, refreshments and much more.  

7:30 - 9 am  Registration & Health Fair
9:00 am       Educational Sessions
10:15 am     Keynote Session
11:30 am     Educational Sessions
12:30 to 2 pm Luncheon and Fashion Show 
2:00 pm       Educational Sessions  

Conference Attire: Nice casual. Wear red to show your support for the Go Red for Women movement.  

To register for the conference, call 1-843-689-8285 or click here.  

Please note – A photographer and videographer will be on-site capturing highlights of the conference.   Register here.  

For sponsorship or vendor information, contact sponsorships contact: Carolyn Grant 843-689-8315 carolyn.grant@tenethealth.com  

Presenting Sponsor Hilton Head Regional Healthcare and Tenet Healthcare Foundation  
Healthgrades 5 Star1/7/2008

HealthGrades® study finds patient outcomes at Hilton Head Hospital among South Carolina’s best for cardiac and gastrointestinal services  

According to the Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study issued today, Hilton Head Hospital ranks among the top 10 in South Carolina for overall cardiac services and GI services. The study, analyzed patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation's 5,000 hospitals over the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.  

The study also found that Hilton Head Hospital is:  

·         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#6) in SC for Overall Cardiac Services          
·         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#8) in SC for Cardiac Surgery
·         Ranked Among the Top 5 (#5) in SC for Cardiology Services
·         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#10) in SC for Coronary Interventional Procedures   
·         Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Heart Attack
·         Five-Star Rated for Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation  

·         Ranked Best (#1) in SC for GI Services
·         Ranked Among the Top 10 (#6) in SC for GI Surgery
·         Ranked Among the Top 5 (#5) in SC for GI Medical Treatment
·         Five-Star Rated for GI Procedures and Surgeries
·         Five-Star Rated for Treatment of GI Bleed  

“I am extremely pleased with the quality cardiac care that we provide at Hilton Head Hospital,” said Elizabeth Lamkin, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “Moreover, the number one ranking for all hospitals in South Carolina for GI Services is outstanding.  My congratulations to all of the physicians, nurses and other staff who have made it possible to achieve these high marks. And, I can assure you we are pursuing the same standard of excellence in all the other areas of care which we provide.  

HealthGrades ® points out that patients admitted to the nation’s top-performing hospitals, (five-star hospitals like Hilton Head Hospital) have, on average, a 71 percent lower chance of dying than those treated at one-star hospitals across 18 procedures and conditions analyzed, according to the study.

HealthGrades is a leading online provider of information about quality on physicians and other health care services.  

“Our research shows that while the overall quality of hospital care in America is improving, the gap between the best-performing hospitals and the worst persists,” said Dr. Samantha Collier, HealthGrades’ chief medical officer and author of the study. “This persistent gap makes it imperative that anyone planning to be admitted to a hospital do their homework and seek out highly rated facilities.”  

The Tenth Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study identifies key trends in the quality of care provided by approximately 5,000 hospitals nationwide. HealthGrades researchers analyzed Medicare discharges from virtually every U.S. hospital between 2004 and 2006. Risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates were calculated and hospitals were assigned a 1-star (poor), 3-star (as expected), or 5-star (best) quality rating for 28 diagnoses and procedures from heart failure to hip replacement to pneumonia.  

Among the study’s key findings:
• Gaps persist between the “best” and the “worst” hospitals across all procedures and conditions studied. Five-star rated hospitals, such as Hilton Head Hospital had statistically significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality across all three years studied.
• Across all procedures and conditions studied, there was an approximate 71 percent lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to a 1-star rated hospital.
• Across all procedures and conditions studied, there was an approximate 52 percent lower chance of dying in a 5-star rated hospital compared to the U.S. hospital average.  

The 2008 HealthGrades ratings for all hospitals nationwide are available, free of charge, on the organization’s award-winning consumer Web site, located at www.healthgrades.com.  More than three million individuals and employees of some of the nation’s largest employers and health plans visit HealthGrades each month to access quality information about hospitals, nursing homes and physicians. HealthGrades also provides consumers and payers with detailed assessments of hospitals’ patient-safety outcomes, based on indicators developed by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

HHRMC Named Cardiac Specialty Center11/1/2007Hilton Head Regional Medical Center announced today that it has been designated a UnitedHealth Premium (sm) cardiac specialty center, reflecting national recognition of the cardiac care it provides.   

“We have always been proud of the quality care we deliver to our patients,” said Elizabeth Lamkin, Hilton Head Regional President and CEO.  “Our staff works hard to ensure that patient care is a top priority, and this recognition offers further evidence of the high standard of cardiac care we deliver every day.”

The UnitedHealth Premium designation program for cardiac care identifies hospitals and specialists nationwide that are leaders in providing cardiac care.  Hospitals are invited to apply for the designation.

“All hospitals are not the same.  Where you go makes a difference in the type and quality of the care you receive,” said Lewis Sandy, M.D., an internist and executive vice president of clinical strategies at UnitedHealthcare.  “Patients who require cardiac care need to know that they are getting quality treatment.  These centers have been selected from hospitals in our network using criteria built on nationally recognized medical standards and expert independent physician advice.” 

The UnitedHealth Premium program evaluates and recognizes specific hospital and physician capabilities.  These capabilities include their quality processes, adherence to evidenced-based approaches, compliance with nationally recognized guidelines published by clinical societies and their broad capabilities to handle cardiac illness and its treatment through a continuum of stages.  The program also measures hospital efficiency by analyzing the aggregate cost of care at an individual patient level for a complete treatment episode. 

The UnitedHealth Premium program will conduct an annual review of Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s performance against independently created criteria.

 “We look forward to continually demonstrating our commitment to quality patient care,” said Lamkin. 
Flu Shots11/1/2007

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center will provide flu shots for the community in December from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday at its Occupational Health Office located at 22 Bethea Drive on the hospital’s South Campus.

There is no cost for the flu shot for individuals with Medicare. Medicare recipients must bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state issued identification card, and their Medicare Card (Part B).  The immunization is $20 for persons who do not have Medicare.

Call 682-7341 for an appointment and walk-ins are welcome.

Directions to Occupational Health:

From Hospital Center Boulevard, turn left on LaMotte Drive (following signs to emergency department)
Make first left onto Bethea Drive 
Bethea Drive dead-ends into a parking lot where the Occupational Health department is located at 22 Bethea Drive

Computed Tomography Services Earns Accreditation7/2/2007Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s computed tomography services (CT Scan) has been awarded a three year accreditation from the American College of Radiology as a result of a recent survey for both adult and pediatric patients.

“This is a significant accomplishment for the imaging staff and radiologists,” states Jane Ouimette, Director of Imaging Services at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center. “The ultimate beneficiaries of this accreditation, however, are our patients, who are provided high quality care that is being offered by an accredited facility. This accreditation means that both staff and equipment have passed this rigorous evaluation and are positioned to provide the high quality images and reports for diagnosis of their medical condition.” 

“By demonstrating our commitment to quality and high standards of care to the American College of Radiology, we were awarded this certification. Our commitment to high quality radiology services is ongoing and does not end with this accreditation, said Ouimette.” 

The American College of Radiology awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice.  Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in their field.
MRI Services Accredited5/30/2007Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s MRI Services was recently surveyed by the American College of Radiology’s Committee for MRI Accreditation.  The Commission on Quality and Safety and has granted a three-year term of accreditation to the Medical Center’s MRI Services.   

“This accreditation demonstrates our commitment to quality patient care,” said Jane Ouimette, director imaging services at Hilton Head Regional. The accreditation program is designed to be educational in nature, and it evaluates qualifications of personnel, equipment performance, effectiveness of quality control measures, and quality of clinical images.  “It is believed that these are the primary factors that impact the quality of clinical images and the quality of patient care,” said Ouimette.  

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center offers a full range of the MRI services including radiology techniques to produce highly detailed images of the body including; Cardiac, Vascular, Breast (including breast biopsies), Neuro, and Orthopedic images. 

The American College of Radiology awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice.  Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in their field.
Komen on the Go Tour5/17/2007

  Komen On the Go™ Tour Brings Life-Saving Breast Health Information to Bluffton Community

Komen On the Go™ is a community education and outreach tour that is part of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's efforts to engage all generations in the fight against breast cancer.

 On Wednesday, June 13, 2007, the Hilton Head Regional Medical Center will host Komen On the Go™ at The Tanger Outlet Center #2. This stop along the 36-week, 144-stop nation-wide tour aims to drive all generations of Lowcountry residents toward a better awareness of breast health and breast cancer and a deeper commitment to practice healthy habits that can reduce their risk for the disease.

 The Komen On the Go™ pink trailer converts into an interactive learning center. This fun, hands on experience features computer kiosks, breast cancer educational materials, breast self-examination (BSE) guides, information on how to volunteer locally, registration cards for the Komen Charleston Race for the Cure, tips on supporting loved ones facing breast cancer and an eight-foot “graffiti wall” to share a memory or pledge their personal support in the global breast cancer movement.

June Kasiak-Gambla, RN and certified breast health navigator from Hilton Head Regional Medical Center will have an exhibit featuring information about “Hope and Healing” a new breast cancer support group and registration cards for Hilton Head Regional’s October breast cancer luncheon. She will also speak to participants about her role in coordinating the clinical, educational and support needs of breast cancer patients and their families.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 13, 2007
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

WHERE: Tanger Outlet Center #2
1414 Fording Island Rd.
Front sidewalk by flagpole

For more information, previous event photos and a complete tour schedule, visit www.komen.org/go


Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton communities for more than thirty years. The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, obstetrics, surgical services and physical rehabilitation. Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadregional.com.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure, we have invested nearly $1 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-800 I’M AWARE.

Primary Urgent Care Bluffton4/18/2007 Now Accepting New Patients, Walk-ins & Appointments

Monday - Friday 
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dr. Kamal Patel, Board Certified Family Medicine
(843) 757-9229

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center opened its new Primary & Urgent Care Center at One Burnt Church Road in Bluffton, another tribute to their ongoing dedication to serve the growing healthcare requirements of the community.

The facility is designed to meet the healthcare needs of the entire family.  You don’t need an appointment, walk-ins are welcome.  The facility offers wellness check-ups, school physicals, lab work, sports injury treatments and X-rays. 

“One of our key goals at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is to help our community access convenient and quality healthcare whether it’s on Hilton Head Island or in Bluffton.  We are doing just that with the opening of this new primary and urgent care center which is a compliment to our services provided at the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center,” said Elizabeth Lamkin, President and CEO of HHRMC.   “We’re very excited to have Dr. Patel as a member of the Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and local community, there has already been very positive feedback from his patients” said Lamkin.”  

The opening of the new Primary & Urgent Care Center has also given rise to a new Art of Care and Community initiative that will kickoff with a special piece by local artist Amos Hummell–a resident of Bluffton’s Calhoun Street Art Scene for more than 20-years. “Since we began, HHRMC has embraced and been inspired by the local community,” said Lamkin. “The Art of Care and Community initiative grew out of our desire to both better recognize our sense of local pride while nurturing the area’s artistic community.”  
5 Steps to Safer Healthcare2/26/2007 Hilton Head Island, SC – February 12, 2007 - In support of National Patient Safety Awareness Week, from March 4-10, 2007, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is supporting the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF) efforts to highlight effective communication as the patient safety tool of choice. The theme, “Patient Safety: A Road Taken Together,” emphasizes the partnership between providers, patients and their community in improving patient safety and focuses on the impact of teamwork on all levels. The theme encourages providers to listen to their patients, speak in simple teams and empower and develop an equal growing partnership. For patients, medical information is often difficult to understand. Patients who ask questions until they understand what they need to do can become partners with their doctor to manage their health. This understanding will build relationships and improve patient safety.

Mary Harrington, RN and Certified Patient Safety Officer at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center encourages the patient to learn more about what they can do to receive safer health care. Harrington recommends knowing these “5 Steps to Safer Health Care” that was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association.

1. Ask questions if you have doubts or concerns. Ask questions and make sure you understand the answers. Choose a doctor you feel comfortable talking to. Take a relative or friend with you to help you ask questions and understand the answers.

2. Keep and bring a list of ALL the medicines you take. Give your doctor and pharmacist a list of all the medicines that you take, including non-prescription medicines. Tell them about any drug allergies you have. Ask about side effects and what to avoid while taking the medicine. Read the label when you get your medicine, including all warnings. Make sure your medicine is what the doctor ordered and know how to use it. Ask the pharmacist about your medicine if it looks different than you expected.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center provides blank medication cards to its patients upon discharge. The card folds nicely to fit into a wallet or money clip. If you would like a medication record card, call (843) 689-8285.

3. Get the results of any test or procedure. Ask when and how you will get the results of tests or procedures. Don't assume the results are fine if you do not get them when expected, be it in person, by phone, or by mail. Call your doctor and ask for your results. Ask what the results mean for your care.

4. Talk to your doctor about which hospital is best for your health needs. Ask your doctor about which hospital has the best care and results for your condition if you have more than one hospital to choose from. Be sure you understand the instructions you get about follow-up care when you leave the hospital.

5. Make sure you understand what will happen if you need surgery. Make sure you, your doctor, and your surgeon all agree on exactly what will be done during the operation. Ask your doctor, "Who will manage my care when I am in the hospital?" Ask your surgeon:
Exactly what will you be doing?
About how long will it take?
What will happen after the surgery?
How can I expect to feel during recovery?

Tell the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and nurses about any allergies, bad reaction to anesthesia, and any medications you are taking.

Patient Safety Awareness week is a call to action to raise awareness of the issue and encourage patient safety by highlighting the importance of asking questions, listening and learning in making healthcare decisions. For more information about the patient safety movement, visit www.npsf.org.
BlueChoce Healthplan Now Accepted2/26/2007 Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Hilton Head Regional Medical Center adds BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina as a provider.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, which provides acute care services including 24/7 emergency care, has served Southern Beaufort County of South Carolina for more than 30 years. Licensed for 93 beds, the hospital  offers the services of approximately 100 affiliated physicians and more than 50 allied health professionals.

Also included in this network are the services provided at the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center, including the Primary & Urgent Care Center and Outpatient Surgery Center.

“The addition of BlueChoice as a provider at Hilton Head Regional and Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center further extends our commitment to the community by providing more in-network options for the residents in our community,” said Todd Lockcuff, Chief Financial Officer at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.

“We’re pleased to offer an additional choice alternative to our BlueChoice members in the Hilton Head and Bluffton area,” said BlueChoice President Mary Mazzola Spivey.

BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina is a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, and both are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

BlueChoice HealthPlan has an A+ rating from A.M. Best and an Excellent Accreditation status, the highest level awarded, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

BlueChoice HealthPlan has more than 7,000 physicians in its statewide network and serves approximately 208,000 members. BlueChoice HealthPlan offers four group health plans and one individual plan for children.


Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for more than thirty years. The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation. Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.
HHRMC Welcomes Dr. David Kastl, Cardiothoroacic Surgeon2/26/2007

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is proud to welcome David G. Kastl, MD to its heart team. Dr. Kastl with more than 25 years experience specializes in adult cardiac, thoracic and peripheral vascular surgery. Prior to his appointment at Hilton Head Region, Dr. Kastl served as a cardiothoracic surgeon at East Jefferson General Hospital and Kenner Regional Medical Center in New Orleans. While at East Jefferson General Hospital, Dr. Kastl held the following positions: Chairman of the Board of Directors, Department Chairman of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, and Chief of Staff. He was also a clinical assistant professor of cardiovascular surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kastl earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma and completed residency in general surgery at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He completed a cardiac surgery and research fellowship at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health and additional residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center a part of the Pennsylvania State University. He has also earned a Masters of Business Administration. Dr. Kastl is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and American College of Surgeons.

As an accomplished surgeon, Dr. Kastl treats a variety of conditions relating to the heart, chest, and blood vessels. This includes surgical management of the heart circulation and valves plus the great vessels in the chest. He also focuses on surgical treatments for cancers of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall and has special interests in beating heart surgery, mitral valve repair and ablation of the heart arrhythmia atrial fibrillation.

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HHRMC Lab Earns Accreditation2/26/2007Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s Main Laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

The laboratory’s director, Charles Lucas, MD was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services provided.” Hilton Head Regional Medical Center Laboratory is one of more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

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

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

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HHRMC Partners with YMCA for Great Shrinkdown1/2/2007

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center has joined with the YMCA of Beaufort County to launch the Greater Lowcountry Shrinkdown, a free health and wellness program.

The Lowcountry Shrinkdown is a FREE, eight-week healthy living awareness program that targets youth and adult obesity and related diseases. Participants are provided with a Healthy Living Guide loaded weekly with information about nutrition, exercise and health education. During the Shrinkdown program, participants take part in weekly weigh-ins and counseling, as well as attend, “Health Talks,” a weekly series of lectures by wellness and medical experts that focus on topics related to health and wellness.

The Shrinkdown kicks off at 12:30 p.m., Monday, January 8th at the University of South Carolina’s south campus. The first 500 persons at this event will receive a free t-shirt.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is one of the official “Weigh-In Sites “  Every Friday during the eight-week Shrinkdown program, participants report to their designated weigh-in site to have their weight confidentially entered.

Click here for more information and to register!

www.greaterbeaufortshrinkdown.com

Singleton, The New Director of Patient Financial Services12/19/2006

With the stress of recuperating after a hospital visit, it may be overwhelming to try to decode a hospital bill. But Eddie Singleton, the new Director of Patient Financial Services at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, is ready to assist. In his new role at Hilton Head Regional, Singleton is responsible for all aspects of patient billing including acting as a liaison between Hilton Head Regional and its Regional Business Office in Atlanta.

“We want to the hospital experience to be a positive one, not just from admitting and discharge, but also including the insurance and billing process,” Singleton said. “My goal is to work with the staff, physicians and patients to ensure that the billing process at Hilton Head Regional is as efficient as possible.”

Prior to coming to Hilton Head Regional, Singleton managed the Centralized Business Office for Lexington (South Carolina) Medical Community consisting of the Gilbert, Batesburg, Leesville, Irmo, and Chapin areas. He also has specialized experience in Medicare and Medicaid billing having served several years at the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Singleton earned his Master in Business Administration from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Benedict College, both located in Columbia, South Carolina.

Call Singleton Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 843-689-8212.

Go Red for Women Health Conference: Educating women about heart disease12/19/2006

Every woman needs to know about heart disease.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, with the American Heart Association, will host the first Go Red for Women health conference in the county that will arm women with education about heart disease. The countywide conference is set for May 5, 2007 at Hilton Head High School on Hilton Head Island, SC. It will begin at 8 a.m.

Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s national call to increase awareness of heart disease – the leading cause of death for women – and to inspire women to take charge of their heart health. In addition to educating women about their #1 killer of women, the conference will also:

  • Increase awareness that having risk factors can lead to heart disease, disability and death.
  • Encourage women to take action to prevent or control these risk factors.

The day-long event will feature a keynote speaker and break-out sessions on:

  • heart healthy lifestyles for the family
  • the ABCs of diabetes
  • blood pressure – the silent killer,
  • eating healthy in fast paced world
  • questions to ask your doctor
  • managing stress and
  • anti-aging, wellness and hormone replacement therapy.

There will cooking and exercise demonstrations. Participants can take part in screenings for cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure. The conference and screenings offered will be free for women who attend. If you would like to attend or would like more information about conference registrations or sponsorships, please call 843-689-8315 or email the following information to Carolyn Grant at
Carolyn-hhmc.grant@tenethealth.com You may fax information to her attention at 843-689-8302.

Name:
Organization:
Mailing Address:
City, State, Zip:
Telephone #:
Email address:

February 2, 2007, is National Wear Red Day!

National Wear Red Day is a day when Americans nationwide wear red to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness and the fight against heart disease. Schools, businesses, community groups and individuals can join the movement by wearing red. HHRMC is pleased to sponsor Wear Red Day as part of the Go Red for Women campaign for our community. If you need ideas of how you can participate in National Wear Red Day, visit www.heart.org or www.hearttruth.gov.

Free physician reports available on HealthGrades Web Site12/19/2006Nearly 35 million people visit the HealthGrades Web site each year looking for information about health care providers, including hospitals and physicians. Nearly all licensed physicians practicing in the United States are included on the HealthGrades Web site.

Why is this important? Because more and more often, consumers are evaluating research and quality information before choosing a physician. And as part of our recently announced agreement with HealthGrades, consumers can now access Hilton Head Regional Medical Center affiliated physician reports free of charge.

Not only will you see basic information about the physicians, but additional information such as their pictures, education areas of clinical specialty and accepted insurance plans; and the ability to make an appointment online may be available for physicians who have chosen to enhance their profiles.

On the web
Visit www.healthgrades.com. When you perform a physician search by “City & State/Specialty,” a list of all Tenet affiliated physicians will appear. Simply click on the “Get a Free Report” button under their names! This is just one more way we are working to prove our commitment to quality and to our community.
HHRMC Welcomes David Kastl, MD Cardiothoracic Surgeon12/19/2006

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is proud to welcome David G. Kastl, MD to its heart team. Dr. Kastl with more than 25 years experience specializes in adult cardiac, thoracic and peripheral vascular surgery. Prior to his appointment at Hilton Head Region, Dr. Kastl served as a cardiothoracic surgeon at East Jefferson General Hospital and Kenner Regional Medical Center in New Orleans. While at East Jefferson General Hospital, Dr. Kastl held the following positions: Chairman of the Board of Directors, Department Chairman of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, and Chief of Staff. He was also a clinical assistant professor of cardiovascular surgery at Tulane University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kastl earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma and completed residency in general surgery at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He completed a cardiac surgery and research fellowship at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health and additional residency training in cardiothoracic surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center a part of the Pennsylvania State University. He has also earned a Masters of Business Administration. Dr. Kastl is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and American College of Surgeons.

As an accomplished surgeon, Dr. Kastl treats a variety of conditions relating to the heart, chest, and blood vessels. This includes surgical management of the heart circulation and valves plus the great vessels in the chest. He also focuses on surgical treatments for cancers of the lung, esophagus, and chest wall and has special interests in beating heart surgery, mitral valve repair and ablation of the heart arrhythmia atrial fibrillation.

Bluechoice HealthPlan Now Accepted at HHRMC11/29/2006 Hilton Head Island, S.C. November 27, 2006– BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina has added Hilton Head Regional Medical Center to its networks.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, which provides acute care services including 24/7 emergency care, has served Southern Beaufort County of South Carolina for more than 30 years. Licensed for 93 beds, the hospital offers the services of approximately 100 affiliated physicians and more than 50 allied health professionals. The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, cancer care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.

Also included in this network are the services provided at the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center, including the Primary & Urgent Care Center and Outpatient Surgery Center.

“The addition of BlueChoice HealthPlan at Hilton Head Regional and Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center further extends our commitment to the community by providing more in-network options for the residents in our community,” said Todd Lockcuff, Chief Financial Officer at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.

“We’re pleased to offer an additional choice alternative to our BlueChoice members in the Hilton Head and Bluffton area,” said BlueChoice President Mary Mazzola Spivey.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadregional.com.

BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina (www.BlueChoiceSC.com) is a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, and both are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

BlueChoice HealthPlan has an A+ rating from A.M. Best and an Excellent Accreditation status, the highest level awarded, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

BlueChoice HealthPlan has more than 7,000 physicians in its statewide network and serves approximately 208,000 members. BlueChoice HealthPlan offers four group health plans and one individual plan for children.
Hastings Named CNO at Hitlon Head Regional8/4/2006Hilton Head Island, SC - Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce Elaine Hastings, R.N., MSN as its new Chief Nursing Officer.

“With more than 30 years experience in nursing and operations, Elaine understands the daily demands and challenges of patient care. I am confident that Elaine will do an excellent job,” said Elizabeth Lamkin, president and CEO.

Hastings moved to Hilton Head Island from Elgin, Illinois she where served as Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer for Sherman Health Systems, a 363 bed hospital and 120 bed sub-acute facility. She held this position from 2000 to 2005.

She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Elmhurst College and a master’s degree in nursing from DePaul University.
New Physician at Hilton Head Regional8/4/2006    Hilton Head Island, SC – July 3, 2006 – Jonathan MacCabe, M.D., cardiology, has joined the active medical staff at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis and completed internship and internal medicine residency at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. MacCabe also completed fellowship training in cardiology at Tulane University and Vanderbilt University. He is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine. For more information visit www.hiltonheadregional.com.
Balloon Kyphoplasty: Help for spinal fractures8/4/2006Regular exercise and good nutrition may help you live a long, healthy life. But if you’re not paying attention to your bones, life could be very uncomfortable. Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. It can lead to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to fractures of the hip, spine and wrist.

Osteoporosis is a major threat for 28 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women, and it can strike at any age. Also, osteoporosis causes more than 700,000 spinal fractures each year in the U.S. – more than twice the annual number of hip fractures, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Some cancers may even lead to spinal fractures by weakening the bone and causing pain, says the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

At Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, physicians are using balloon kyphoplasty, a minimally invasive, orthopaedic procedure, to treat pain resulting from some spinal fractures. Left untreated, these painful fractures may result in a condition called kyphosis, or rounded back. Kyphosis, signified by a stooped posture, can compress the chest and abdominal cavity, which may result in negative consequences.

During the procedure, orthopaedic balloons are used to gently raise the collapsed vertebra in an attempt to return them to the correct position. Through a small incision, the balloon is guided through the instrument into the vertebra and is inflated to create a void or cavity in the vertebral body. Once the vertebra is in the correct position, the balloon is deflated and removed. The cavity is filled with bone cement forming an internal cast to support the surrounding bone and prevent further collapse.

The procedure typically takes about one hour per fracture and may require an overnight hospital stay. Although balloon kyphoplasty is designed to minimize potential surgical risks, there is a chance that complications could occur. Patients should discuss all possible risks with their physicians and to see if they are a candidate for the procedure.
Go Red for Women1/27/2006

Too few people realize that heart disease is the number one killer of women, more than all forms of cancer and the next four leading causes of death combined. But the good news is that heart disease can be prevented. For that reason, Go Red For Women supported locally by Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is a spirited movement encouraging women to improve their heart health while taking action to fight women’s heart disease.

 

Go Red For Women debuted in February 2004 with a goal to raise awareness of the magnitude of heart disease - one in three adult women in the United States suffers from cardiovascular disease.  It’s time for women to take action - to love and protect their hearts while maintaining healthier lifestyles.  Go Red encourages women to not only join the movement but also take simple, everyday steps to protect their hearts.

 

Go Red For Women connects with women and shares the tools and information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones. Specifically, Go Red For Women urges women to love their hearts, perform the Love Your Heart gesture and Go Red in their own fashion.  

 

Y            Love Your Heart.  By loving your own heart, you can save it. When women learn to love their hearts, they can appreciate their health, their lives and their loved ones. If women make a promise to be heart-healthy, we can decrease the incidence of heart disease.

 

Y                  Love Your Heart Gesture.  The Love Your Heart Gesture is about taking a moment for yourself and your life each day.  It is an opportunity for women to connect with their hearts and realize the importance of taking care of them. Women can do this by simply placing their hands over their hearts, taking a deep breath and considering ways to love, honor and appreciate this vital organ everyday.

 

Y            Go Red in Your Own Fashion.  Going red in your own fashion is about finding your personal way to take part in the fight against heart disease in women.  Whether it’s visiting your health care provider, eating a healthier diet, increasing your exercise, purchasing products that support the cause, or wearing red on National Wear Red Day, you can take action to love your heart. 

 

Go Red For Women generates awareness for heart disease and helps women live heart healthy lifestyles.  It’s easier than ever for women to “go red” in their own fashion by participating in a variety of activities.    

 

Y                  National Wear Red Day.  National Wear Day is Friday, February 3, 2006.  Millions of Americans will be wearing red to show their support for women and the fight against heart disease.  Additionally, national and local monuments and buildings across the country will be illuminated in red.

 

Y                  Wear the Symbol.  The red dress is the national symbol for this movement.  The red dress pin is available free by visiting our Web site at www.goredforwomen.org or calling (888) MY-HEART.

 

The Go Red For Women movement is supported locally by Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.  Other organizations in the area that are joining the movement are Curves, Coastal Carolina Medical Center, Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, TCL Nursing Students and Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.  For more information about Go Red For Women or how you can join the movement, please call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278) or visit GoRedForWomen.org.

 

Habitat for Humanity10/26/2005
Erik Olson Named New Chief Operating Officer10/11/2005

Hilton Head Island, SC -September 13, 2005 - Erik W. Olson, of Philadelphia, Pa., has been named the new Chief Operating Officer for Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, effective October 3, 2005.

“Mr. Olson brings a wealth of healthcare management experience that will be key in helping our medical center grow and serve the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton communities. We are very happy to have Erik joining our administrative team,” said Elizabeth Lamkin, president and chief executive officer.

At Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, he will help to oversee hospital operations.

Most recently, he was chief operating officer of Roxborough Memorial Hospital, a 137-bed acute care hospital in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he was director of operations of Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, and an administrative fellow at Hahnemann, a 450-bed tertiary hospital.

Olson earned a bachelor’s of science degree in healthcare administration in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in healthcare administration in 2000 from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He was also a sergeant with the Wisconsin Army National Guard where he was responsible for soldier training and development.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadmedctr.com.
Accreditation from Joint Commission9/6/2005

Hilton Head Island, SC – September 6, 2005 – By demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s national standards for heath care quality and safety, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center participated in the Joint Commission’s new “Shared Visions – New Pathways” survey which is an entirely new approach to evaluating quality and safety in our hospital.  It is truly an audit of the actual delivery of critical services and not a review of policies.  “Shared Visions – New Pathways shifts the view of accreditation from a snapshot to a feature-length film, providing panoramic insight into the hospital’s daily operations and systems.

“We sought accreditation for our organization because we want to demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and quality care,” says Elizabeth Lamkin, president and CEO.  “We view obtaining Joint Commission accreditation as another step toward achieving excellence.”

“Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic and organization-wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care,” says Kurt Patton, executive director, Hospital Accreditation Program, Joint Commission.  “The community should be proud that Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is focusing on the most challenging goal, to continuously raise quality and safety to higher levels.”
The award of accreditation is for a three-year period ending 2007.

In addition, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s compliance with the National Patient Safety Goals was validated by the Joint Commission in 2004.  National Patient Safety Goals are a series of specific actions that accredited organizations are required to take in order to prevent medical errors such as miscommunications among caregivers, unsafe use of infusion pumps, and medication mix-ups. 

National Quality Improvement Goals allow hospitals to report on key indicators of quality of care in up to four treatment areas: heart attack, heart failure, community acquired pneumonia, pregnancy and related conditions.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadmedctr.com.
Cryotherapy at HHRMC9/1/2005

The new ice machine at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center serves a higher purpose than chilling soda.  The ice in this system is designed to treat cancer.    

 

The computerized system is used to perform a minimally invasive procedure called cryotherapy.  Physicians conduct rapid cycles of freezing and thawing to eliminate specific types of prostate cancer and small kidney tumors. Hilton Head Regional Medical staff urologist, Dr. Stephen Scionti, has already treated more than 100 patients with cryotherapy and now conducts monthly training programs at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center that attract physicians from across the country. 

“Cryotherapy is used to treat some of the worst types of prostate cancer, including cancer that resists radiation treatment,” Scionti says.  “The procedure is used to treat low, medium and high risk patients as long as they are appropriate candidates and their cancer is confined to prostate area. Each patient is unique and so is his cancer, so the choice of treatment is determined by individual characteristics and patients actively participate in the decision-making process,” he said.

Other approaches include deferred treatment, radical prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate), chemotherapy or radiation. Cryotherapy kills cancer cells by freezing them with argon gas.  Unlike more radical cancer treatments, it is a minimally invasive procedure performed on an outpatient basis.  There is usually only minor discomfort during a short recovery period.  Scionti says that freezing diseased tissue is not a new concept but one that spurred scientific investigations for 200 years.  “No one questions it’s a powerful treatment,” he says, “the challenge was harnessing its power.” 

The system Scionti uses integrates computer-guided technology with real-time ultrasound and automatically controls the freezing process.  Argon gas, used as the freezing agent, is delivered through slender probes inserted into the skin to the cancer site. Scionti’s physician training program moves from classroom to outpatient surgery where participants learn as they observe an actual procedure. 

Steve Barr, VP, Business Development at the medical center said, “The community can be proud of a medical center that draws physicians nationwide to participate in programs like Dr. Scionti’s.  It’s just as important to Hilton Head Regional Medical Center that patients can be spared from traveling outside the area to receive new medical treatments like cryotherapy.  Many of us, especially older citizens, want to be treated close to home, by local specialists, with supporting family or friends at hand.”

Press Release Wound Infection Contol MRI6/13/2005


Wound Healing Center
William (Bill) Burns, a RN and Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurse Specialist/Enterostomal Therapist (WOCN/ET) has been named program coordinator for Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s new Wound Healing Center.  The wound healing center will be located at the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center.   He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in nursing at Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and he earned his WOCN/ET certification at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Burns has well-rounded clinical experience, including pediatric, medical/surgical, critical care, rehabilitation, outpatient, and emergency nursing.   His practical experience includes a full scope of specialty care in diabetic foot care, conservative sharp wound debridement, silver nitrate application for opening closed wound margins, and other areas of practice.  Prior to joining the medical center, Burns was a clinical nurse specialist WOCN/ET and staff nurse at St. Joseph’s-Candler Hospital System in Savannah, Georgia. 

Infection Control
Janet Briggs, RN, BSN, joins the clinical quality department as its infection control nurse.  She comes to the medical center from Boston, Massachusetts where she served for four years as the infection control nurse at Caritas Carney Hospital, a 150 bed community hospital.  Prior to this position, she served for 11 years as a renal nurse at the Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center where she was responsible for total care of acute and chronic renal patients while undergoing hemodialysis.  She also served for 14 years as an in-service consultant to long term care facilities where she was responsible for development and presentation of nursing educational programs.

            Briggs earned her bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Boston University and bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology with biology minor from Suffolk University.  She is certified in Infection Control Practice and Epidemiology, and recently received two awards recognizing her professional contribution to Infection Control, including the William Rutala Award for work in Environmental Disinfection and Sterilization and a Blue Ribbon Award for excellence for an oral abstract presented at the 2004 APIC Conference. 

Imaging Services
Rebecca (Becky) Pitchford, R.T. (R) (MR) joined the imaging services department as the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Supervisor.  Pitchford has more than 15 years experience as a MRI technologist and 25 years of Radiology experience.  She earned her certification as a radiologic technologist at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida.    Prior to joining the medical center, she was a MRI technologist at MRI at Belfair, and a former Applications Specialist who taught MRI to facilities needing MRI education and instruction.  Pitchford has extensive training in many areas of MRI, including breast MRI imaging, cardiac, vascular, neurology, orthopedic, and body MRI.

Hospital Compare6/3/2005

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is participating in a new hospital quality measurement tool called Hospital Compare now available to our patients by the Hospital Quality Alliance.

 

This new web site www.HospitalCompare.hhs.gov is intended to help patients make informed choices about selecting a hospital based on quality indicators.  It marks a milestone of public accountability and a landmark of public-private partnership between hospitals like Hilton Head Regional, government agencies and other health organizations.

 

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is committed to providing quality to the patients we treat.  We encourage you to learn more about the hospital quality initiatives to ensure your safety and care in the hospitals throughout the United States.

 

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s Commitment to Quality initiative is currently enhancing the overall quality, control and productivity of our care delivery process.  We have launched a series of targeted initiatives to bring about significant improvements in quality of care and patient safety, nursing practice, medical staff governance and other important areas related to patient care.  Commitment to Quality will further our mission to deliver safe, cost-effective care to the communities and patients we serve. 

 

Working together with our physician specialists and clinical staff we will build a solid foundation of proven medical excellence and quality care in our community.

 

For more information regarding Hospital Compare and the other quality and patient safety initiatives that Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is participating in, please contact Lori Ross, VP, clinical quality improvement at lori.ross@tenethealth.com.

Lamkin Named HHRMC CEO4/25/2005

 

 

Hilton Head, South Carolina - April 1, 2005 - Elizabeth Lamkin, a University of South Carolina graduate with longstanding ties to the Palmetto State, has been named chief executive officer of Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, according to hospital board chairman Dr. Charles Lucas.

 

Lamkin brings nearly 30 years of experience in health care management to the position. Most recently, she was chief operating officer for North Fulton Regional Hospital, a 167-bed Tenet facility located in Roswell, Ga. Prior to that she was an area manager for four acute inpatient physical rehabilitation hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz. In addition, she supervised the pediatric cardiac cath lab at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston from 1980-85, and administered Richland Memorial Hospital’s Heart Center and Managed Care Division in Columbia from 1987-94.She was chief executive officer of Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston from 1994-1998.

 

Lamkin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Carolina.

 

“Elizabeth brings with her a wealth of health care experience,” said Hilton Head board chairman Dr. Charles Lucas.  “She has made numerous contributions including serving as champion for North Fulton Regional Hospital’s Performance Improvement System and overseeing the hospital’s master planning process. Her leadership and guidance of the managers and directors at North Fulton have been outstanding. She also has been very active in the community including chairing a successful city-wide women’s conference for the American Heart Association in Atlanta,” Lucas said.  “Our medical staff and employees are genuinely thrilled that she has agreed to lead our hospital.”

               

Hospital board chair-elect Paula Harper-Bethea called the selection process deliberative and thorough.  “Our community is unique in South Carolina, and our board insisted on finding the person with the skills and heart who shares our collective vision.  We are growing with leaps and bounds and our hospital must be positioned not only to serve our diverse population, but also to retain that important bond of trust that has developed over three decades of service.  Elizabeth in many ways is a product of South Carolina.  She shares our values.  She understands what this hospital has meant to Hilton Head in the past, but, more importantly, its essential role for the future.”

 

“My husband, Randy and I are excited about this opportunity, and I am honored to have been selected,” said Lamkin. “From a personal standpoint, I’m coming home, and my family still lives in Charleston.  The physicians and staff at Hilton Head are top notch. Together we will work diligently to exceed the expectations of our patients and to build on the strengths of the hospital. I am looking forward to getting back to South Carolina and to becoming part of the Hilton Head Island - Bluffton Community.”

 

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for nearly thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadmedctr.com.

 

Tenet Central Northeast-Southern States, part of Tenet Healthcare Corporation, is comprised of 19 acute care hospitals and related services in Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee.  Facilities include five hospitals in the greater Philadelphia area, two hospitals in the greater St. Louis area and five hospitals in the greater Atlanta area. 

 

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Some of the statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements.  Such statements are based on our current expectations and could be affected by numerous factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2003, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and periodic reports on Form 8-K.  Do not rely on any forward-looking statement, as we cannot predict or control many of the factors that ultimately may affect our ability to achieve the results estimated.  We make no promise to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of changes in underlying factors, new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Lamkin Named CEO4/4/2005

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – April 4, 2005 – Tenet’s Central Northeast-Southern States Region today announced that Elizabeth Lamkin will assume the post of chief executive officer at the hospital effective May 1, 2005.

 

Lamkin brings nearly 30 years of experience in health care management to the position.  Most recently, since 2002 she was chief operating officer for North Fulton Regional Hospital, a 167-bed Tenet facility located in Roswell, Ga.  Previously, she was an area manager of four acute inpatient physical rehabilitation hospitals in Phoenix, Ariz.  Her experience also includes having served as vice president of managed care and of The Heart Center at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, S.C.

 

“Elizabeth brings to this position a great deal of valuable health care experience,” says Stephen E. Corbeil, senior vice president of operations for the Tenet Central Northeast-Southern States Region.  “At North Fulton, she made numerous contributions to the hospital.  She served as champion of its Performance Improvement System and led the master planning process.  Elizabeth’s leadership and guidance to the managers and directors at North Fulton have been outstanding.  She also has been very active in the community, including chairing a very successful city-wide women’s conference for the American Heart Association in Atlanta.”

 

“I am extremely excited about this opportunity and to return to South Carolina,” said Lamkin.  “The physicians and staff at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center are top notch.  Together we will work diligently to exceed the expectations of our patients and build on the strengths of the hospital.  I am looking forward to becoming part of the Hilton Head Community.”

 

Lamkin earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in health administration from the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

 

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for nearly thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadmedctr.com.

           

Tenet Central Northeast-Southern States, a region of Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC), comprises 18 acute care hospitals in Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Tennessee with approximately 4,619 beds and numerous related health care services.  The region includes Saint Louis University Hospital, a renowned academic medical center, and Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis, as well as  five hospitals in the greater Philadelphia area, four hospitals in the greater Atlanta area and seven strong community hospitals in Memphis and the Carolinas. 

 

Tenet Central Northeast-Southern States hospitals are Atlanta Medical Center, North Fulton Regional Hospital, South Fulton Medical Center and Spalding Regional Medical Center in Georgia, Saint Louis University Hospital and Des Peres Hospital in Missouri, Central Carolina Hospital and Frye Regional Medical Center in North Carolina, Graduate Hospital, Hahnemann University Medical Center, Roxborough Memorial Hospital, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Warminster Hospital in Pennsylvania, East Cooper Regional Medical Center, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and Piedmont Medical Center in South Carolina, and Saint Francis Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett in Tennessee.  Tenet’s hospitals aim to provide the best possible care to every patient who comes through their doors, with a clear focus on quality and service.  Tenet can be found on the World Wide Web at www.tenethealth.com.

 

Some of the statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements.  Such statements are based on our current expectations and could be affected by numerous factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 31, 2003, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and periodic reports on Form 8-K.  Do not rely on any forward-looking statement, as we cannot predict or control many of the factors that ultimately may affect our ability to achieve the results estimated.  We make no promise to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of changes in underlying factors, new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Outpatient Surgery Earns Accreditation1/27/2005

Hilton Head Island, SC  -- The Outpatient Surgery Center at Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center has achieved accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations as a result of its demonstrated compliance with the Joint Commission’s nationally recognized health care standards.  The Joint Commission’s on-site survey of the Outpatient Surgery Center at Bluffton-Okatie occurred in August and accreditation is effective for three years from August 12, 2004.

               

Founded in 1951, the Joint Commission is dedicated to continuously improving the safety and quality of the nation’s health care through voluntary accreditation.  Above all, the national standards are intended to stimulate continuous, systematic, and organization wide improvement in an organization’s performance and the outcomes of care.

 

Dennis R. Bruns, president and chief executive officer, Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center, spoke of his pride in a staff whose members ask what needs to be done to be accredited by the Joint Commission.  “In addition, they appreciate the educational aspect of the survey and the opportunity to interact with the team of surveyors.”  Bruns called the accreditation, “proof of an organization wide commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis.”  The outpatient surgery center located at Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center is the only JCAHO accredited Ambulatory (Surgical) Health Care facility in Beaufort County.

Smoke Free Campus1/27/2005

In an effort to provide healthy environments for its patients, guests, physicians and employees, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center will become smoke-free campuses as of March 1, 2005.

 

“Smoking is dangerous and the health risks of cigarette smoking and harm caused by secondhand smoke are well documented,” said Gary Honts, chief operating officer. “It is only appropriate that in our environment, we take the necessary steps to protect patients, employees and others who visit our campus.”

 

The hospital currently offers smoking cessation classes to support the staff that will be affected by this decision.  Classes for the general public are scheduled to begin March 8 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on the hospital’s south campus at 22 Bethea Drive.  Classes will include stress modification techniques, weight management and alternative ways to remain a non-smoker. While the class will meet as a group each time, one-on-one sessions with the instructor are available for participants who need more individualized attention. The four-session program costs $75. 

 

Each year more Americans are killed by cigarettes than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide and illegal drugs.  Smoking is associated with cancers of esophagus, larynx, kidney, pancreas and cervix.  It’s also a major cause of heart disease, bronchitis, emphysema and stroke.   Not only do cigarettes wreak havoc on the smoker’s body, second-hand smoke exposes others to at least 60 carcinogens, including formaldehyde and benzo[a]pyrene, and six developmental toxicants, including nicotine and carbon monoxide. Well over 400,000 premature deaths in the United States each year are attributable to cigarette smoking. 

 

To Register for Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s smoking cessation program, call 689-8285.

 

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for nearly thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.

 

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission o n Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadmedctr.com.

Service Awards1/6/2005

Associates and Physicians at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center are honored for their years of service.  “We are always proud to recognize Associates and Physicians who have been a part of our staff for many years. We work hard to be an employer of choice in our community,” said Dennis R. Bruns, president and CEO of the medical center.  “When we have Associates and Physicians who have worked here five years or for 20 or more years, it’s a testament of their own work ethics and a testament of the kind of work environment we strive to be. We certainly would not be the kind of facility we are without this caliber of Associates and Physicians,” he said.

 

Associates recognized for 25 years of service include Verbenna Brown, LPN, emergency department, Mary Chisholm, central sterile, Gary Honts, chief operating officer hospital administration, James Peterson, surgical services, Helen Sheats, RN, surgical services, and Jacque Viens, imaging services.  Associates recognized for 20 years of service include Ann Bowen, RN, women’s center, Jane Hay, RN, care management, Jane Laughlin, RN, ICU, Diana Riley, business office, and Joann Spiegelmann, RN, emergency department.

 

Five-year honorees are Carnel Aiken, Kelly Arashin, Gwendolyn Bucklin, Gary Clough, Barbara Conway, Virginia Davis, Giuseppe DeAbate, William Diello, Barbara Fultz, Carolyn Grant, Letitia Grant, Devashaun Hamilton, Hope Hornsby, Tammy Jones, Monica Longano, Patricia Mastrovito, Barbara Miller, Brenda Miller, Heather Mizelle, Rebecca Moore Earnestine Reed, Jennifer Rideout-Wray, Carol Romano, Billie Schanen, Caryn Snydal, William Strainer, Victoria Terrell, Carolyn Thames, Molly Tustin.

 

Ten-year honorees are Kathleen Christian, Kathleen Diello, Kathryn Elkins, Joann Koechlin, Sheri Marshall, Lynette McClain, Alan Ormsbee, Janet Peduzzi and Denise Raquet.

 

Fifteen-year honorees are Sandra Bligen, Dennis Bruns, Rosemarie Fotia, Robin Gabbert, Nancy Isreal, Barbara Kegler, Kevin Kremer, Laurel Otterstrom, Brenda Parker, Deidra Parrish, James Parrish, Patricia Reinsch, Mary Reugamer and Cheryl Smith.

 

Physicians honored for 15 years of services include Christina Gwozdz, MD, Glenn Gwozdz, MD and Thomas Lenns, MD.

 

Ten-year honorees include Alfredo Brand, MD, John Brittis, MD, Ann Gorman, MD, Charles Lucas, MD and George Warner, MD. 

 

Five-year honorees include Matthew Amara, DO, Joseph Bishop III, MD, Michael Gilbreath, MD, Harvinder Kohli, MD, Michael Mayes, MD, Charles Nivens, MD, Peter Salerno, MD, Christian Stehr, MD, Brian Trezek, MD, Debra Walland, MD and Robert Wynn, MD.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center implements American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program11/8/2004New initiative helps close treatment gap in secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and primary prevention of stroke

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center announced it has received recognition from the American Heart Association as a Get With The GuidelinesSM - Coronary Artery Disease hospital. The recognition signifies that Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is participating in the American Heart Association Get With The GuidelinesSM program. The quality improvement initiative is designed to reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks by helping hospital staff follow proven evidence based guidelines and procedures while coronary patients are in their care.

Under the program, coronary patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation and weight management counseling and referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged. These standards of care are outlined in the American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for patients with coronary artery disease.

“The full implementation of secondary prevention guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives of coronary patients,” said Kenneth A. LaBresh, M.D., member of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee. “The American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM program is designed to help hospitals like Hilton Head Regional Medical Center implement appropriate evidence based guidelines and protocols that will reduce the number of recurrent events and death in these patients.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 450,000 people suffer recurrent heart attacks each year. Statistics also show that within six years after a heart attack, about 22 percent of men and 46 percent of women will be disabled with heart failure. Within one year of an attack, 25 percent of men and 38 percent of women will die.

Research indicates that when patients are discharged from the hospital on appropriate medications such as aspirin, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and lipid-lowering medicines, a patients’ risk of a second event is reduced and lives are saved.

“Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for our cardiac patients,” said Denny Bruns, Chief Executive Officer.

Get With The GuidelinesSM is designed to help Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s staff develop and implement a secondary prevention guideline process. The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. Designed to be quick and efficient, these guideline tools will enable Hilton Head Regional Medical Center to improve the quality of care it provides cardiac patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks. Projections have shown that if the Get With The GuidelinesSM program was implemented nationwide, more than 80,000 lives could be saved each year.

The American Heart Association program, developed with support from an unrestricted educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc., is being implemented in hospitals around the country. For more information on Get With The GuidelinesSM, visit www.americanheart.org and type “Get With The Guidelines” into the search box.

Physicians Beller Gavin Tice10/8/2004

Hilton Head Island, SC – October 13, 2004 – Hilton Head Regional Medical Center welcomes the following physicians to its medical staff. 


Thomas Beller, M.D. specializing in allergy and immunology earned his medical degree from University of Miami School of Medicine.  He completed an internship in internal medicine at Parkland Health Hospital System, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and a fellowship program in allergy and immunology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University.  Dr. Beller is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.


J. Robert Gavin, M.D., specializing in orthopedic surgery earned his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School, Washington, D.C.  He completed an internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at St. Lukes/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.  Dr. Gavin is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.


Douglas Tice, M.D. specializing in orthopedic surgery earned his medical degree fromWest Virginia University School of Medicine.  He completed an internship in general surgery at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh and residency in orthopedic surgery at West Virginia University Department of Orthopedic Surgery.  Dr. Tice is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

 

New Physicians7/1/2004


Judy Baumgart, M.D., anesthesia.  She earned her medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles and completed internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and an anesthesia residency at University of California, Los Angeles.  She is board certified through the American Board of Anesthesia.

Mark R. Brady, M.D. internal medicine-Hospitalist care.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma Health Sciences Center completed residency in internal medicine at Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, NY.  He completed a pulmonary and critical care fellowship also at Winthrop University.  Dr. Brady is a Lieutenant Commander, United States Naval Reserve, Marine Corp previously assigned to Naval Hospital Bethesda.   

Katherine Price Coley, MD, obstetrics/gynecology.  Dr. Coley earned her medical degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, and was a dean’s scholar.  She completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY Weill-Cornell School of Medicine.

Frank Hart, M.D., internal medicine has returned to the active medical staff at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.  Dr. Hart was a medical staff member from 1984- 2000, during which time he held positions of president and chairman of the medical staff.   He earned his medical degree and completed an internship and residency from the University of Oklahoma Health and Science Center in Oklahoma City, OK.  Dr. Hart is board certified though the American Society of Internal Medicine.

Kristen Nelson Innes, M.D., obstetrics/gynecology.  Dr. Innes earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia.  She completed internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, TX where she was chief resident, receiving the William K. Strother award for academic achievement.

Benjamin J. Kessler, D.O., internal medicine-Hospitalist care.  He earned his medical degree from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed internship and residency at Memorial Health University Medical Center, Savannah, GA.  Dr. Kessler is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Susan B. McElroy, D.O., anesthesiology.  Dr. McElroy earned her doctor of osteopathy from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an osteopathic internship at Charles E. Still Hospital, Jefferson City, MS.  Residency training in pediatrics at University of Cleveland Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, Cleveland, OH, family practice residency at Meridia Southpointe Hospital, Warrensville, Heights, OH and an anesthesia residency at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital.  Dr. McElroy is board certified with the American Board of Anesthesiologists, American Osteopathic Board of General Practice and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

Stephen J. O’Connor, M.D., emergency medicine.  He earned his medical degree from the University of Florida, College of Medicine and completed residency in emergency medicine at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, Camden, NJ.  Dr. O’Connor is board certified with the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Kenneth Rice, M.D., emergency medicine.  He earned his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and completed an emergency medicine residency at Butterworth Hospital (now Spectrum Health/Michigan State University).  Dr. Rice is board certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Patrick J. Snowman, M.D., AAEM, emergency medicine.  He received his medical degree and completed an emergency medicine residency from Allegheny University, Medical College of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Snowman was the medical director at Gateway Community Hospital in Clarksville, TN and also a Major, U.S. Army Medical Corp, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Emergency Center in Fort Campbell, KY.  Dr. Snowman holds the honor of being named a fellow, American Academy of Emergency Medicine.

Annette Nimmer Thomas, MD, pediatrics.  She earned her medical degree from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed internship and residency in pediatrics at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC.  Dr. Thomas is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  She is board certified with the American Board of Pediatrics.

 

Hospital Promotes 37/1/2004


Patti Tolbert, RHIA, CCS has been promoted to Director of Health Information Management.  Tolbert earned her bachelor of science degree in Health information Management from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.  She started at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center as Coding Supervisor in 2003 and has held leadership positions in Health Information Management at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and Precyse Solutions, LLC in Pennsylvania.

Elizabeth Kucharczyk has been promoted to Manager, Patient Access.  Kucharczyk will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the patient registration department, including centralized scheduling, pre-registration and the timely flow of patient information through four departments.  Kucharczyk started at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center in 2000 and was most recently the team leader for centralized scheduling.

Mary Harrington, RN, BSN, was promoted to Director, Risk Management and Patient Safety.  Harrington, started at the medical center in 2002 and was the Total Joint Program Coordinator and Charge Nurse of the Orthopedic Unit.  Prior to joining the medical center, she was a Nurse Paralegal/Legal Nurse Consultant with VanGrack, Axelson & Williamowsky, P.C. in Rockville, Maryland where she managed and handled all aspects of personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases from initial client contact through settlement, litigation or trial..  Harrington earned her bachelors of science in Nursing from the University of Kansas and completed paralegal studies postbaccalaureate document from the University of Maryland University College.

C2Q release6/15/2004

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center  announced today that it has taken important steps to enhance quality of patient care and the practice of nursing.   Over the next 24 months Hilton Head Regional Medical Center will roll out Commitment to Quality.  This new program includes a series of targeted initiatives designed to bring about significant improvements in the areas of patient safety, nursing practice, medical staff governance, and other important areas related to the delivery of quality care. 

Commitment to Quality addresses four performance themes:

Promoting Patient Safety and Reporting Results

Supporting Physician Excellence

Improving the Practice, Resourcing and Leadership of Nursing

Facilitating Patient Flow and Care Delivery to Create Operational Efficiency.

 

According to Denny Bruns, president and CEO, “It is the mission of Hilton Head Regional  Medical Center to deliver safe, cost-effective care to the community we serve.  Commitment to Quality is designed to help Hilton Head Regional Medical Center build sustainable value for our patients, physicians, nurses and hospital staff.  Working together we can build on our solid foundation of medical processes and set the framework for our future.”

 

Key components of Commitment To Quality include:

 

Patient Safety & Reporting Results

This initiative is designed to leverage systems and management leadership to improve the safety of clinical care for patients, promote evidence-based practices and build programs to support the same. 

 

Hospital reporting systems will be redesigned to coordinate, measure and track key quality indicators and regularly communicate key performance indicators to external agencies (e.g., JCAHO, AHA, CMS).

 

Physician Excellence

This initiative, led by Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s  Department of Clinical Quality, is designed to create and implement a set of standard policies and procedures for governing medical staff.  This initiative will promote a consistent model of governance and medical staff structure that supports quality of care, patient safety and documentation of physician excellence.  

  

Nursing Excellence

This initiative is designed to make Hilton Head Regional Medical Center the Employer of Choice in nursing through a series of targeted initiatives.  Among the most significant will be developing new approaches to nursing care delivery to patients.          

 

Patient Throughput

This initiative is designed to streamline, reduce variability and coordinate daily patient flow and clinical operations to improve the care delivery process.

 

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center will study the care delivery process and work to implement operational improvements and efficiencies to manage capacity and prevent delays, promoting enhanced patient, physician and staff satisfaction.    

 

In addition to Commitment to Quality,  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center earlier announced that it will collaborate on two major industry initiatives designed to advance quality care and improve patient safety at the nation’s hospitals.  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center will participate in a voluntary quality initiative launched by the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Federation of American Hospitals.   Hospitals will collect and share with consumers the results of its performance in 10 quality measures for three medical conditions – acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), congestive heart failure and pneumonia.  In addition, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center will take part in the 2003 survey sponsored by The Leapfrog Group, a consortium of more than 140 public and private organizations that provide health care benefits.   

 

HHRMC Wins Award6/1/2004

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center

Receives Highest Honors

 

            Tenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) announced today that Hilton Head Regional Medical Center in Hilton Head, S.C., led by Chief Executive Officer Denny Bruns and his administrative team, has been selected to the company’s 2004 Circle of Excellence.

            Tenet’s annual Circle of Excellence award recognizes the winning hospitals’ accomplishments in a number of different areas and is intended to honor the teamwork, collaboration and cooperation that are required to operate a successful hospital.  Hospitals are evaluated based on factors such as high ratings for patient satisfaction, consistency of the hospital leadership team, proven success at overcoming difficult challenges, and financial performance.

            “Through the hard work and dedication of its leadership and staff, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center has become a role model for other Tenet hospitals and an essential part of the health care community in the area it serves,” said Reynold Jennings, Tenet’s chief operating officer.  “Under Denny’s leadership, Hilton Head strives to provide preeminent medical care for its patients and excellent working conditions to attract and retain the best employees.  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is thoroughly deserving of Tenet’s highest award.”

            Bruns, Chief Operating Officer Gary Honts, Chief Financial Officer Todd Lockuff, and Chief Nursing Officer BobbySue Earnhardt worked hard to improve the quality of care at Hilton Head this year.  The hospital saw admissions grow significantly along with the hospital’s services.  Hilton Head opened a new heart program, a second cath lab and also added a new MRI.  The team worked hard to keep the lines of communication open with employees.

            Tenet’s divisional and regional executives nominate candidates for the Circle of Excellence from the hospitals they supervise. Winners are selected based on both objective criteria, such as patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores, and subjective evaluations. 

            Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for nearly thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadmedctr.com.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals and related health care services.  Tenet’s hospitals aim to provide the best possible care to every patient who comes through their doors, with a clear focus on quality and service.  Tenet can be found on the World Wide Web at www.tenethealth.com.

 

Love Named Medical Director4/29/2004

G. Neil Love, M.D., Named Medical Staff Director for Medical Center

 

Hilton Head Island, SC – April 29, 2004 – G. Neil Love, MD has accepted the position of Medical Staff Director of Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.  As Medical Staff Director, Dr. Love will act as liaison between hospital Administration and between groups within the hospital’s medical staff, advise on health-related education programs by the hospital and recommend policies and procedures required by the JCAHO as they relate to the clinical practice of medicine, including performance improvement, quality assessment, utilization review and risk management programs.

 

Dr. Love, obstetrics and gynecology, is board certified in his specialty and holds the honor of being a fellow with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.   He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina and completed an internship at the University of Kentucky and a residency at the University of California, Los Angeles County Medical Center. 

 

He is an accomplished medical leader and his detailed knowledge of health care will be an asset to our medical center and medical staff.   He has been a member of Hilton Head Regional Medical Center's board of governors since 1995 and served one term as chairman of the board of governors. 

 

 

Hand Therapist Attends Symposium4/26/2004

Hilton Head Island, S.C.-April 26, 2004 - Ena Niemand, occupational and certified hand therapist at the Physical Rehabilitation Center at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center attended a four day symposium on Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand with an emphasis on tendon and nerve injuries. This symposium was presented under the auspices of the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation in Philadelphia and endorsed by the American Society of Surgery of the Hand. This is part of Niemand’s continuing education requirements to retain certification as a hand therapist. 

New Director and VP Announced1/27/2004

Hilton Head Island, SC – Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of two new directors to its leadership team, Ms. Doris L. Parks, RN, BSN, director of the Women’s Center, labor and delivery unit and Ms. Jane McKee, vice-president Physician Relations. 

 

Parks comes to Hilton Head after completing a 15-year U.S. Army Career, where she gained extensive experience and professional skills in obstetrics/gynecology, medical/surgical and clinical areas.  Parks earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Norfolk State University and her masters of science degree in Nursing from State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY.    She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN) and 82nd Airborne Association member.  She is a certified lactation consultant.

 

Jane McKee returns to Hilton Head Regional Medical Center as vice president physician relations where she will provide a personal communication link between Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and physicians in Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and surrounding regional area.  McKee earned her masters degree in business administration from East Tennessee State University and a bachelor of science degree in medical record administration from University of Tennessee.  She also earned a bachelor of business administration in marketing from East Tennessee State University.  Previously she was the director of health information management systems for both the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.

 

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for nearly thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.

 

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission o n Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, visit www.hiltonheadmedctr.com.

 

 

 

Redler Physician Advisor1/6/2004

Bruce Redler, M.D., has been selected as Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s physician advisor, which is a newly created position. Dr. Redler, 49, will collaborate with the medical center’s clinical case managers and physicians to improve patient care. He will interact with payers to help resolve reimbursement issues. In his role as physician advisor, Dr. Redler will work closely with hospital administration and clinical committees to develop clinical practice guidelines that are designed to help the medical center’s staff provide high quality patient care.

Dr. Redler will be an integral part of the medical center’s Commitment to Quality initiative. He will represent the medical center at regional and national meetings of the initiative’s collaborative study groups.

Dr. Redler, a resident of Hilton Head since 1984, earned both his bachelor of science degree in medicine and a medical degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. He completed a residency at Barnes Hospital, Washington University. He was on the active medical staff at Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics from 1984 to 1999.


During that time, he was medical chief of staff from 1996 to 1998 and was on the medical center’s governing board for four years. For the past three years he has been serving as a consultant with Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys.

Upshaw Joins BOG9/11/2003

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center announced today that Jane Upshaw, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Beaufort, has been appointed to the Board of Hilton Head Health System, L.P., the governing board of Hilton Head Regional Medical Center. 

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jane to the board,” said Bill Miles, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s chairman.  “A recognized leader in education and development, Jane brings substantial experience in program development and higher learning to the medical center’s board.”

In October 2002, Jane was promoted to chancellor at USC Beaufort after three years as the university’s dean.  Under Jane’s leadership USC Beaufort has become a four year degree institution.  The university offers six baccalaureate degrees, with six additional degrees currently waiting state approval.  She is the first woman to head a baccalaureate degree institution in South Carolina.

She is currently on the board of directors for the Greater Hilton Head Island Chamber of Commerce, Greater Island Committee, Jasper County School District Advisory Board and beginning in November will serve on the Auburn University Alumni Association Board.  Upshaw holds a B.S. and M.S. degree from Auburn University and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, part of Tenet South Carolina, is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of the Hilton Head community for nearly thirty years.  The hospital provides a number of services, including specialties in cardiac care, orthopedics, ophthalmology and physical rehabilitation.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission o n Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest accreditation agency. 

2003NursingPalmettoGold6/3/2003

Three nurses at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center are the recipients of the 2003 Palmetto Gold Award; Catherine Aitchison, Michelle Leahey and Suzanne VanVort.  The award is presented by the South Carolina Nurses Foundation to honor registered nurses that exemplify excellence in practice and commitment to the nursing profession.  This is the second year the Palmetto Gold Award, which recognizes the valuable contributions nurses make in health care settings across the state, has been presented.

 

“We are proud that three of our nurses were selected for this honor. Each one of them truly deserves this recognition for the contributions that they make to Hilton Head Regional Medical Center,” said Bobby Sue Earnhardt, chief nursing officer. “Their efforts help us provide quality care for our patients and help our Associates to give quality service. We applaud them.”

 

Aitchison, clinical educator, was recognized for nursing efforts to both the clinical staff and the community through her work on the Palliative Care Team.  She is very involved with our dying patients and their families.  Her care and concern touches everyone who deals with her in this regard.

 

Leahey, manager Orthopedic Unit and registered nurse, was recognized for the development of a comprehensive joint program and orthopedic unit at the Medical Center.   This nurse took a unit from concept to reality.  From coordinating seminars on hip or knee pain, pre-op education, tours of the unit, pain management and therapy, Leahey provides patients that are considering surgery with the information they need to make an informed decision regarding their care.  She also promotes the advancement of nursing in the facility by preceptoring any nurse interested in orthopedics.

 

VanVort, registered nurse and member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses, she is a consummate professional.  She believes that regardless of differences, nurses must remain a strong collective unit and be represented by their professional organizations.  VanVort cares for patients of all ages, cultures, socio-economic status, religions and education like she was caring for a member of her own family. 

 

CAP Accreditation 20033/3/2003Hilton Head Regional Medical Center's Main Laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

The laboratory's director, Charles Lucas, MD was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the "excellence of the services provided."  Hilton Head Regional Medical Center Laboratory is one of more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years.  CAP inspectors also examine the entire staff's qualifications, the laboratory's equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory.  This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically promote the highest standard of care for the laboratory's patients.

            The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world.  It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory assurance.  The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

Medical Center Laboratory Identified as Best Performer

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) identified the Laboratory at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center a Best Performer in their Q-TRACKS program. 

Q-TRACKS assists laboratories with determining effectiveness of laboratory policies/procedures, opening communication doors, justifying staffing resources and managing change.  Q-TRACKS monitors provide objective benchmarks against which your laboratory can measure performance, determine areas that require improvement, and implement change.

Serving the laboratory community for more than half a century, CAP has used its knowledge and commitment to excellence and quality to develop specialized laboratory benchmarking programs. The College of American Pathologists will share Hilton Head Regional Medical Center's Laboratory Best Performers summary information with all Q-TRACKS participants in an effort to improve the quality of their operations.

Open Heart Surgery Comes To Beaufort County1/2/2003Hilton Head Regional Medical Center has added open heart surgery to its scope of services.

 "This is a significant accomplishment for our hospital. We have been working on this project for several years and look forward to treating patients who require necessary open-heart procedures," said Dennis R. Bruns, CEO and President. "We cleared a lot of hurdles and legal opposition to have our own open-heart program."

In the past, patients were rushed to hospitals in Savannah, GA, or Charleston, SC, for open-heart procedures. "With this procedure offered on the island, patients and their families can receive treatment locally rather than traveling to another hospital 35 to 40 miles away in Savannah, or two-hours away in Charleston," he said. Over the last seven years, more than 800 patients have had to leave the island for open-heart surgery. Making these trips was not only burdensome for the patient, but also for their families who had to travel back and forth to hospitals to be with their family member during critical times.

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center officials recognized the need to have this procedure available on the island. Its heart center includes a team of cardiologists, nurses and other technicians trained to perform open-heart, and an eight-bed unit for hospitalization and recovery. Physicians can perform angioplasty, bypass surgery and heart valve repairs at the Heart Center. Patients and their family will receive education, counseling and other services as needed to make sure there is a smooth transition into surgery and for recovery.

The Medical Center's open-heart program is an expansion of its cardiovascular services, Bruns said. Since 1995, the Medical Center has provided cardiac catheterization, which helps to determine the extent of heart damage brought on by heart attacks and other conditions. In addition to open-heart, the Medical Center has adding a second catheterization lab to accommodate more patients.

With the open-heart unit on site, patients who once had to travel miles clinging to life in an ambulance or helicopter will have the treatment necessary close to them which may increase the chance of survival. It can also make the difference between mild and severe heart damage.

State and national figures show that cardiovascular disease is prevalent in Beaufort County area.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular diseases rank as America's No. 1 killer, claiming the lives of over 40 percent of the nearly 2.4 million Americans who die each year. 61.8 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). This includes diseases of the heart, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, congenital heart defects, hardening of the arteries and other diseases of the circulatory system.

The leading cause of death in South Carolina is heart disease, according to the state Bureau of Epidemiology. In Beaufort County, heart disease ranks second to cancer disease. The Medical Center anticipates serving patients from Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties, which currently are more than an hour's drive away from an open-heart surgery center.

"Knowing that so many people in Beaufort County and other nearby counties are touched by heart disease and knowing how risky it was for people with severe heart problems to travel the extent they for treatment were reasons enough for us to have an open-heart center in the county and Lowcountry region," Bruns said.

In August of 2000, the Medical Center made its initial step toward an open-heart center. It applied to DHEC for a certificate of need for open-heart surgery. Its application was opposed by other hospitals in the region, including Beaufort Memorial Hospital in Beaufort, St. Joseph's/Candler Health Systems in Savannah and Roper Hospital in Charleston. Their appeals and challenges were rejected or withdrawn. Initial approval of the island hospital's application was granted in April 2001.

Since its approval, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center had entered into an agreement with University Medical Associates of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) for the clinical management and oversight of the open-heart surgery program. MUSC recently was named to the 2002 list of 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals and was the only hospital in South Carolina to make this accomplishment. The Hilton Head Regional Medical Center open-heart surgery program is designed to comply with all the applicable standards of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the American College of Surgeons.

The hospital plans to revamp its old intensive care unit into a heart center for patients and families. Medical Center officials project that 235 open-heart surgeries will be performed by the third year of operations.

"This center will truly be one that our community can be proud of," Bruns said. "Most of all, we want to save lives right at home."

Hilton Head Medical Center Makes Top 100 List

Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics has been recognized for achievement in quality of care for stroke treatment in the HCIA-Sachs Institute's eighth annual 100 Top Hospitals Benchmarks for Success study.

"We're proud that our facility made HCIA-Sach's Top 100 list," said Dennis R. Bruns, Hilton Head Medical Center's president and chief executive officer. "This is another example of the level of patient care and service our hospital is providing in what has been a difficult economic environment for all health care providers."

The study was based solely on objective, quantitative performance data that are consistent and complete across all U.S. hospitals, which were analyzed in groups based on size and teaching status. In addition, the study analyzed the nation's hospitals using empirical performance data from the Medicare MedPAR aggregated claims database and other publicly available sources. Seven overall measures were used to determine performance: risk-adjusted mortality index, risk-adjusted complications index, severity-adjusted average length of stay, expense per adjusted discharge, profitability, proportion of outpatient revenue, and productivity (total asset turnover ratio). All of the criteria were weighted equally in the evaluation process.

The HCIA-Sachs Institute is the research and education division of HCIA-Sachs. The institute is dedicated to the improvement of the health care industry through improved information. The Institute produces 100 Top Hospitals and clinical Research Program studies and publishes white papers that examine the impact of legislation, new technologies, and clinical breakthroughs in the health care industry.

Cardiac Rehabilitation at HHMC Awarded Program Certification

The cardiac rehabilitation program at Hilton Head Medical Center and Clinics has again been awarded program certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Certification recognizes those programs rigorously reviewed by a national board and found to meet the outlined essential requirements for standards of care.

Cardiac rehabilitation programs are designed to limit the physiological and psychological effect of cardiac illness, reduce the risk for sudden death or relapse, control cardiac symptoms, stabilize and/or improve the patient’s condition and enhance the patient’s quality of life.

Hilton Head Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Center is located on its South Campus on Bethea Drive. Services provided include four-phase inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation, ADA certified diabetes education, and nutrition consults.

The AACVPR is a national, multi-disciplinary association dedicated to the improvement of clinical proactive, promotion of scientific inquiry and advancement of education for the benefit of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation professionals and the patients they serve.

Physical Rehab Clinic Awarded 3-Year CARF AccreditationThe Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) announced that Hilton Head Medical Center’s Physical Rehabilitation Clinic has been accredited for a period of three years for its Medical Rehabilitation Programs, Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs (Adults), and Pediatric Family-Centered Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs. The latest accreditation is the second consecutive Three-Year Accreditation outcome that the international accrediting commission has awarded to Hilton Head Medical Center’s Physical Rehabilitation Clinic.

This accreditation outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization by CARF and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the standards established by CARF. An organization receiving a Three-Year Accreditation outcome has put itself through a rigorous peer review process and has demonstrated to a team of surveyors during on an on-site visit that its programs and services are of high quality, measurable, and accountable.

Hilton Head Medical Center’s Physical Rehabilitation Clinic offers Aquatic Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Industrial Rehabilitation, Pediatric Rehabilitation, Speech & Language Therapy, and Sports Medicine.

CARF is an independent, not-for-profit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services.

For additional information, contact Ena M. Niemand, OTR/L, CHT, Director of Rehabilitation at (843) 342-2989.

MRI Service

Years of foresight and months of planning finally paid off when Hilton Head Regional Medical Center began offering in-house Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) the first week of November.  Although the facility has offered MRI through contracted services with local providers, the new fixed unit provides full-service capability and availability to the community and referring physicians.

 

The new in-house unit allows faster and easier scheduling for those patients in need of the service.  “Availability is the key factor with any imaging service.  With the in-house unit we are now able to provide MRI services daily,” stated Chris Cribbs, director Imaging services.

 

MRI is a painless way to look inside the body without using X-rays.  It uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to scan the body and produce detailed pictures that may not be seen on conventional X-rays.  The pictures are then used to assist physicians in diagnosis and planning treatment. 

 

In the past, MRI exams were used mostly for head and neck studies.  Today, however, the technology is used to assess disease and injury in the spine and back, pelvis and abdomen and extremities such as knees, shoulders, ankles and wrists.  Most MR scans last about 20 to 40 minutes.  Even complex scan studies may be completed within an hour.  That’s just one reason we chose our new MR system from Philips.  Another reason is image quality.  Because this scanner is so advanced, it can capture the specific images your doctor needs to make an informed diagnosis, to plan your treatment and help you feel better.

 

The completion of the $1.9 million project allows the hospital to introduce the Philips Intera 1.5 unit featuring the ability to reconstruct up to 860 images per second, reduce acoustic noise, apply real-time interactive imaging capabilities and provide fast, high quality, whole body imaging.  To learn more about the patient benefits and diagnostic quality of the MRI, call Imaging Services department at 689-8276.

BOOC BCBS contract

The Ambulatory Surgery Center at Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center announced today that it has entered into a new contract with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina to cover services for Preferred Blue members.  The contract is a result of an operations change at the Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center that newly defines the surgical services, a stand-alone Ambulatory Center.

 

The Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center is designed to meet many healthcare needs in one convenient facility.  It includes an advanced outpatient surgery center, physician offices, diagnostic radiology, laboratory, rehabilitation and an urgent care center. 

 

“We are excited to expand the relationship with Blue Cross to cover the outpatient surgical services at Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center,” said Dennis Bruns, chief executive officer of Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.  In 2003, Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and BlueCross extended their contract keeping HHRMC in the Preferred Blue (PPO) network. “This contract is important to our community because BlueCross members will be able to receive healthcare services where they live and work, both on Hilton Head Island and in the Bluffton-Okatie area.”

Lab JCAHO Accredited

Hilton Head Island, SC – October 13, 2004 - The Laboratory at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center recently earned the Joint Commission’s National Quality Approval and accreditation based upon analysis of the laboratory’s Evidence of Standards Compliance.


The Joint Commission survey is a system process that reviews integration of functional standards. The standards guide laboratories through such CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) requirements as proficiency testing and quality control and also assist laboratories in planning and implementation for such issues as safety, management of information and performance improvement. These standards are performance focused and applicable to any clinical laboratory setting, including Point of Care Testing.


The standards can assist laboratories with risk reduction strategies and cost savings. Additionally, hospital nursing staff who may perform Point of Care Testing, will already be familiar with many of the standards applied to leadership and performance improvement

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center’s accreditation is for a period of two years from June 12, 2004.

 

Cardiac Rehab Recertified

Hilton Head Island, SC – October 4, 2004 – The Cardiac Rehabilitation programs at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and at Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center has been granted a re-certification with “unconditional approval” by the South Carolina Joint Committee on Cardiac Rehab.  The cardiac rehabilitation program met or exceeded all certification criteria but two with a total score of 150 out of a maximum of 152.  Recertification is required every three years.

                The medical director of South Carolina Medical Association made the following comments about the review; the individualized patient care plans were particularly noteworthy and gave congratulations on strong programs and excellent preparation for the certification process.

                                The Joint Committee (South Carolina Medical Association/American Heart Association, SC Affiliate) on Cardiac Rehabilitation has been designated by the SCMA to coordinate the certification of outpatient cardiac rehabilitation programs.

           A diagnosis of cardiac or pulmonary disease often brings with it questions, concerns and fears. The certified programs provide resources to answer your questions, help you make appropriate lifestyle changes and help you to increase your cardiovascular fitness level. An individualized plan of exercise, education and risk factor modifications are provided by trained and skilled staff.  For more information about the program at
Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, please call 681-5651.

100K Lives Campaign

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center announced today that it has joined the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) “100,000 Lives Campaign” as part of the hospital’s overall Commitment to Quality initiative.  The goal of this unprecedented campaign is to save 100,000 patients’ lives through the implementation of health care processes proven to prevent avoidable deaths and save lives. 


Hilton Head Regional Medical Center is one of more than 2,200 hospitals that has committed to trying to reach the program goal to save 100,000 lives by June 2006 and every year thereafter.


“This campaign goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to providing safe, quality care to every patient that comes through our doors,” said Elizabeth Lamkin, president and CEO.  “We are proud to join with other leading health care organizations to improve health care and, more importantly, save lives.”


Hilton Head Regional Medical Center, and all of the hospitals participating in the 100,000 Lives Campaign, pledges to implement some or all of the following six quality improvement measures:

1.       Deploying rapid response teams – Allow any staff member, regardless of position in the chain of command, call upon a specialty team to examine a patient at the first sign of decline.

 

2.       Delivering reliable evidence-based care for acute myocardial infarction – Consistently deliver key measures, including early administration of aspirin and beta-blockers, ACE/ARB, lipid lowering and smoking cessation counseling that prevent patient deaths from heart attack. 

 

3.       Preventing adverse drug events – Implement medication reconciliation, which requires compiling a list of all of the patient’s medications and reconcile them to ensure that the patient is given or prescribed the right medications at the correct dosages.  This is to occur at admission, discharge and before transferring a patient to another care unit.

 

4.       Preventing central line infections – Consistently deliver five interdependent, scientifically grounded steps collectively called the “Central Line Bundle.”

 

5.       Preventing surgical site infections – Reliable delivery of the correct perioperative antibiotics, maintain proper glucose levels and avoid shaving hair at the surgical site.

 

6.       Preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia – Implement five interdependent, scientifically grounded steps collectively called the “Ventilator Bundle.”  This includes elevating the head of the hospital bed by 30 degrees, which dramatically reduces mortality and length of stay in the Intensive Care Unit.

 
All hospitals participating in the 100,000 Lives Campaign will share best practices and success stories with each other and submit data to the IHI to help monitor the campaign’s progress.


The 100,000 Lives Campaign was formally launched on December 14, 2004, and has been endorsed by the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. 


The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is a not-for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world.  Founded in 1991 and based in Cambridge, Mass., IHI is a catalyst for change, cultivating innovative concepts for improving patient care and implementing programs for putting those ideas into action.  Thousands of health care providers, including many of the finest hospitals in the world, participate in IHI’s groundbreaking work. 
To learn more about the 100,000 Lives Campaign, go to www.ihi.org/ihi/programs/campaign
HHRMC Donates $40,000 to Hurricane Relief Efforts

Hilton Head Regional Medical Center employees, medical staff and board of governors has donated $40,000 to help those living in the region of the Gulf Coast directly affected by Katrina.  The donation will be split; $20,000 to the Tenet Disaster Relief Fund and $20,000 to the United Way Hurricane Katrina Response Fund.  Tenet operates six hospitals in the affected region and more than 5,000 Tenet employees and their families have been affected.

 “Hilton Head Regional Medical Center chose these two organizations first and foremost because we want to help our sister hospitals and employees rebuild their lives. We are taking this opportunity to hopefully help relieve their burden and be able to contribute to their community,” says Elizabeth Lamkin, president and chief executive officer.  “We chose the United Way because, like in Beaufort County, their programs and agencies make a measurable impact on sustaining and strengthening a community for both short- and long-term needs of individuals and families.”

The Tenet Disaster Relief Fund provides financial assistance for shelter, medical attention, clothing and other relief to Tenet employees and their dependents with an urgent need for temporary help due to natural, widespread disasters.  Tenet Healthcare Corporation in return doubles any contribution made to the Tenet Disaster Relief Fund.

HHRMC Supports Habitat for Humanity

Thirteen Hilton Head Regional Medical Center employees along with their family and friends rolled up their sleeves for several hours on Saturday, October 15, 2005 to support the Hilton Head Habitat for Humanity.  The group led by Julie Degregoria put into place a beautiful sodden lawn for a newly constructed home in the Brendan Woods area of Bluffton.  “We installed nearly ten pallets of sod and it was exciting to see a beautiful new lawn almost instantly appear. It was worth all the hard work,” said Degregoria.

Julie Degregoria
Catherine Aitchison
Jacque Moore
Cynthia Murray
Vince Guess
Carnel Aiken
Jean Magarelli
Bobby Parker
Steve Milan
Roseann Massa
Gail Roberson
Michelle Peoples
Carolyn Grant

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Tenet Acquires Coastal CarolinaTenet Healthcare Corporation (NYSE: THC) announced today that a subsidiary has completed the purchase of Coastal Carolina Medical Center, a 41-bed acute care hospital located in Hardeeville, S.C., from LifePoint Hospitals Inc. (NYSE: LPNT).  The approximate purchase price is $35 million and is subject to normal post-closing adjustments.

Coastal Carolina Medical Center serves a vibrant market with a growing population of younger retirees in Jasper County.  The area is poised to add more than 100,000 residents in the next 20 years, with much of the growth projected around Hardeeville.  The hospital is located 27 miles from Tenet’s Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.  The company intends to continue operating Coastal Carolina Medical Center as a full-service community hospital and will seek to enhance services to meet the community’s needs, in coordination with the nearby Hilton Head facility.

“Tenet’s growth strategy includes leveraging the strength of our current hospitals to grow in key markets where we already operate,” said Trevor Fetter, Tenet’s president and chief executive officer.  “This acquisition – our first in five years of an acute care general hospital –fits that strategy perfectly.  We have served the coastal areas of South Carolina for many years both at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center and at East Cooper Regional Medical Center near Charleston – two of our most successful hospitals.  We strongly believe that Coastal Carolina Medical Center will benefit significantly by partnering with Hilton Head and Tenet to serve one of the nation’s most dynamic, rapidly growing communities.”

Coastal Carolina Medical Center will become a part of Tenet’s Southern States Region and will maintain a local management team.  The hospital’s chief executive officer will report to Elizabeth Lamkin, the chief executive officer at Hilton Head Regional Medical Center.  Coastal Carolina Medical Center will continue to operate under its current name.  This strategy builds on the hospital’s existing brand equity and will streamline Tenet’s operational efficiency.  Through this integrated approach Tenet can provide comprehensive, cost-effective health care services to the Lowcountry, as that area is known. 

Stephen L. Newman, M.D., Tenet’s chief operating officer, said, “We are strategically applying our capital to build upon our current market success in a highly desirable area, and will grow Coastal Carolina’s services by linking it with our other nearby operations.  Because we know the Lowcountry area of South Carolina so well and have served it for many years, we will hit the ground running with strategies to expand and enhance services at Coastal Carolina Medical Center.”             

Coastal Carolina Medical Center opened in November 2004.  The hospital was acquired by LifePoint in April 2005.  It was the only hospital that LifePoint operated in South Carolina.  As part of the agreement, Tenet has committed to offer employment to substantially all current employees in good standing who meet its condition of employment. 

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates acute care hospitals and related health care services.  Tenet’s hospitals aim to provide the best possible care to every patient who comes through their doors, with a clear focus on quality and service.  Tenet can be found on the World Wide Web at www.tenethealth.com.

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Some of the statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements.  Such statements are based on our current expectations and could be affected by numerous factors and are subject to various risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2006, our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and periodic reports on Form 8-K.  Do not rely on any forward-looking statement, as we cannot predict or control many of the factors that ultimately may affect our ability to achieve the results estimated.  We make no promise to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of changes in underlying factors, new information, future events or otherwise.
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American Heart Association, Hilton Head Regional Healthcare Host Conference to Help Local Women Learn about Heart Health


To raise awareness among local women that heart disease is their #1 health threat, the American Heart Association and Hilton Head Regional Healthcare will host the 2009 Low Country Women’s Heart Health Conference.

Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hilton Head Island High School, 70 Wilborn Road,
Hilton Head Island, SC




The conference is being presented as part of Go Red for Women, the AHA national movement to increase awareness of heart disease and educate women about their risk of heart disease and stroke. Hilton Head Regional Healthcare is the local leader of the Go Red for Women movement.

At the event, women will learn about their risks for heart disease and how they can make lifestyle changes. There will break-out sessions on health topics such as diabetes, blood pressure and healthy eating; free screenings for cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure; a heart healthy lunch and vendor fair.  

Register online here for 2009 Women's Heart Health Conference

 

HHRH Holds Seasonal Flu Shot Clinics

Hilton Head Regional Healthcare will hold seasonal flu shots clinics at three locations.

Friday, September 18, 2009
Hilton Head Hospital
Main Lobby, 25 Hospital Center Blvd. Hilton Head Island
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Coastal Carolina Hospital
1000 Medical Center Drive, Hardeeville
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Friday, October 2, 2009
Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center (near Sun City Hilton Head)
40 Okatie Center Blvd, S. Okatie
8:00 am - noon and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

There is no cost for the seasonal flu shot for individuals with Medicare. Medicare recipients must bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state issued identification card, and their Medicare Card (Part B).  The immunization is $25 for persons who do not have Medicare, payable in cash or check only. No insurances will be accepted or filed.

Download consent forms here
CDC - What You Need Know About the Influenza Vaccination

Appointments are necessary and space is limited. Walk-ins cannot be permitted due to staffing and equipment requirements.   To make an appointment for the immunization, call 1-877-582-2737.            

 

Hospitals Announce Agreement with BCBS of South Carolina 

Jan. 5, 2010 Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital announced today that they reached a multi-year agreement with BlueCross and BlueShield of South Carolina, which became effective January 1, 2010.  The new agreement also covers eight physicians employed by the two hospitals.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to continue providing service to members of the BlueCross and BlueShield network at our hospitals,” said Mark O’Neil Jr., chief executive officer of Hilton Head Hospital. “Both of our hospitals provide residents of the Low Country with access to a wide array of quality health care services.”

Elizabeth Hammond, Blue Cross’ chief spokesman said, “We’re pleased to continue to maintain our good long-term relationship with Hilton Head Hospital, Coastal Carolina Hospital and their physicians and to have them in our network. We and all of our network partners are committed to keeping costs in check for our members in South Carolina.”

Hilton Head Hospital was ranked by HealthGrades in 2009 as being among the top 10 in South Carolina for cardiac surgery, coronary interventional procedures, gastroenterology (GI) surgery and gastroenterology medical treatment. The hospital also was recognized by HealthGrades as being in the top five percent in the nation for GI surgery. Hilton Head Hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Performance Achievement Awards –Gold for Coronary Artery Disease Gold and Silver for Heart Failure.

Coastal Carolina Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and recently became a participant in Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG), the premier hospital-based quality improvement program for the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. It empowers healthcare provider teams to consistently treat heart and stroke patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines.

 

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Hilton Head Hospital (HHH) is a 93-bed acute care hospital located at 25 Hospital Center Boulevard in Hilton Head Island, S.C.  Opened in 1974, HHH serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Okatie and surrounding counties through its team of over 600 employees, 100 physicians and 200 volunteers.  The hospital provides a continuum of services through its centers and programs, including cardiac care including open heart surgery, breast health center, obstetrics/gynecology, gastroenterology, surgical services and physical rehabilitation and wellness.  The hospital’s cancer care program is affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center.  Hilton Head Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Hilton Head Hospital, visit www.hiltonheadregional.com.

Coastal Carolina Hospital is a 41-bed acute care hospital located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Highway 278 in Hardeeville, S. C. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of Jasper and Beaufort counties since November 2004. The hospital provides acute care services including intensive care, diagnostic imaging, laboratory services, surgical services, inpatient and outpatient  physical rehabilitation, hyperbarics and wound healing, and 24-hour emergency treatment. Coastal Carolina Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Coastal Carolina Medical Center, visit www.coastalhospital.com.
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HHH Partners with Radisphere

Hilton Head Island, SC – August 16, 2010

A new partnership between Hilton Head Hospital and Radisphere National Radiology Group means faster turnaround times and greater access to specialized radiologists for patients in Hilton Head/Bluffton and the surrounding Lowcountry area. 

“Hilton Head Hospital is committed to providing superior quality and extraordinary care in a safe and compassionate environment, said Mark T. O’Neil, Jr. president and CEO. “By partnering with Radisphere, we are now able to offer our patients and physicians access to some of the profession’s leading radiologists, many of whom hold fellowships and are nationally recognized experts in their given subspecialties.”

Radisphere is an Ohio-based company which, according to Clay Larsen, Sr. VP of Client and Network Development, has the one of largest networks of specialized radiologists in the United States.  “The network provides a level of clinical service that before now had been fiscally and logistically out of reach for a majority of hospitals, especially those not located in metropolitan areas,” he said.

“Most importantly, our local patients will benefit greatly from this new arrangement,” said O’Neal, “because each patient’s imaging study, whether it’s a digital mammogram, MRI, or X-ray will be interpreted by a radiologist with the expertise and training best suited to interpret that study and with the utmost care and attention to detail.  In addition, the arrangement will be overseen by a highly qualified radiologist who lives in the area and works closely with the local medical staff.”

According to Radisphere, each of their radiologists must have three to five years of experience including academic experience and/or fellowship prior to joining their staff. Larsen said all have read at least 10,000 studies within their subspecialty, are motivated to focus exclusively on their subspecialty area, many of which have published.

As part of the arrangement, the Hilton Head Hospital has also negotiated guaranteed turnaround times, ensuring that patients will no longer have to wait long for their results, a factor that is immensely important when diagnosing rapidly advancing conditions like many cancers. “Because imaging services are near the starting point of the healthcare continuum, better quality and timely reports naturally translate to higher quality healthcare,” said O’Neil.  “Our on-going objective is to improve our overall service levels and better serve this community.”  All of these professionals, including the contracted physicians live and work in this community.

Dr. Frank Seidelmann, a co-founder of Radisphere, says his firm’s aim is to provide a higher level of service to community hospitals, which have traditionally faced obstacles when it comes to hiring and retaining radiology staff.  He points out that the issues hospitals care about today are the accuracy of results and how fast they are obtained.

Hospitals Offer Flu Shots
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2011 Hospitals Offer Flu Shots

Hilton Head Hospital and Coastal Carolina Hospital will provide seasonal flu shots for the community starting in September.  According to the CDC, influenza viruses are always changing, so annual vaccination is recommended. It will not prevent illness caused by other viruses.  It takes up to 2 weeks for protection to develop after the shot. Protection lasts about a year.

There is no cost for the seasonal flu shot for individuals with Medicare. Medicare recipients must bring a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state issued identification card, and their Medicare Card (Part B).  The immunization is $25 for persons who do not have Medicare, payable in cash or check only. No insurances will be accepted or filed.
 

The seasonal flu shot clinics will be held on the following dates and locations:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Bluffton-Okatie Outpatient Center
40 Okatie Center Blvd, South, Okatie
8:00 am – noon & 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Friday, October 7, 2011
Hilton Head Hospital
Main Lobby, 25 Hospital Center Blvd, Hilton Head
9:00 am – noon

Download consent form here - HHH Form & CDC information sheet

Other residential flu shot clinics include:

September 30                    Country Club of HH                       9:00 am – 1:00 pm   

October 4                         Port Royal Plantation                     8:30 am – 12:30 pm

October 10                        Sea Pines Community Center         1:00 pm - 4:30 pm 

Appointments are necessary and space is limited. Walk-ins cannot be permitted due to staffing and equipment requirements.   To make an appointment for the immunization, call 1-877-582-2737.            

At Coastal Carolina Hospital, flu shots are now being offered through its primary care clinic – Coastal Carolina Medical Associates, located next to the hospital at 1010 Medical Center Drive, Ste. 240, in Hardeeville. No appointments are needed and walk-ins are accepted.

The clinic is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.  For information, call 843-784-8293.

Diabetes University

HOSPITALS TO HOST PATIENT EDUCATION PROGRAM, DIABETES UNIVERSITY

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Coastal Carolina Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital are hosting Diabetes University on Saturday, November 12, 2011 for all people affected by diabetes. 

Diabetes University is a free, ½ day event that will provide valuable education for individuals with diabetes, their families, caregivers and anyone interested in diabetes.  Area physicians, hospital staff and other health care professionals will present topics related to understanding diabetes, its complications and disease management. Diabetes is among the top ten leading causes of death in both Beaufort and Jasper counties. Our goal is make sure residents have access to information that will help them lead healthier lives.

Sign up to attend these informative sessions offered in two locations

8:15 a.m. to Noon                                 8 a.m. to Noon

First Presbyterian Church                        Ridgeland School Complex (Jasper County)

540 William Hilton Parkway                      250 Jaguar Bus Loop, Located off of Old Grays Highway

Hilton Head Island, SC                             Ridgeland, SC

For more information on Diabetes University, call 877-582-2737.  Select “1” for Coastal Carolina Hospital or “2” for Hilton Head Hospital. Register by Monday, November 7th .

The American Diabetes Association serves the 30,000 people in our community afflicted with this disease with information, patient support, public awareness, and funding for research. The American Diabetes Association mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

For more information about the Diabetes University, contact Carolyn Grant at 843-784-8142 or Kelly Presnell 843-689-8245.

HHH BHC Approved by the NAPBC

Health Center in Hilton Head Island, SC, has been granted a three-year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.   Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. 

“This NAPBC accreditation validates the wonderful and compassionate commitment the Breast Health Center team has made to their patients”, said Mark O’Neil, CEO of Hilton Head Hospital.  “The Breast Health Center team, under the leadership of medical director, Dr. Virginia Herrmann, has achieved great results with such compassion and personal care that they certainly deserve this honor.”

During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.  The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.  A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.  This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education.  Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care. 

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 192,370 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20091. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.        

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

·         Comprehensive care, including a full range of services

·         A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options

·         Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

 And, most importantly,

·         Quality breast care right here at home.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org .

 

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1.  American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2009. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2009.

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