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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Flint Hills Donor Newsletter (November – December 2017)

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You Can Help a Soldier Stationed Overseas

You Can Help a Soldier Stationed Overseas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Submitted October 16, 2017

Two Photos: Care Package Graphic, Canine Goggles
Cutline: Chitta is modeling a pair of protective goggles she received in a care package from Friends of CHS. Chitta, a Belgian Malinois, and her handler are stationed in Afghanistan. Chitta’s job is to search for explosives—a task made easier with eye protection.

You Can Help a Soldier Stationed Overseas
You can easily brighten the day of a local soldier stationed overseas! For the ninth year, Friends of Coffey Health System is compiling care packages to send to local troops stationed overseas, including canine units. Everyday items such as toiletry/hygiene items; snacks; playing cards; crossword/Sudoku books; gently-used magazines, CDs & books; and leftover Halloween candy are greatly appreciated by service men and women deployed overseas.

Additional names and addresses are also being sought of military personnel who are stationed overseas. If you know of someone who should receive one of these care packages, call the project coordinator Linda Booth at (620) 364-8015 or the hospital gift shop at 364-2121 Ext. 4267.
A soldier in the 1st Infantry Division (The Big Red One) wrote, “Your gifts bless us this holiday season and brought us a taste of home … one soldier even remarked that this was the only mail and gift he received this year. Thank you for making that possible and for being a blessing to so many.”
Over the past eight years, Friends of Coffey Health System have collected and sent 775 care packages. Last year alone, they shipped 179 flat-rate boxes to four different military units including four canine units. Monetary donations help to cover postage expenses and purchase additional goods. Monetary donations can be made at the hospital gift shop located at the main entrance of Coffey County Hospital. The care packages also include handwritten cards and letters from local schoolchildren.

Last year, international pet toy manufacturer Kong generously donated two boxes of chew toys recommended for military canines.
“There are so many ways to participate and help us reach even more soldiers,” said volunteer Linda Booth. “Individuals, families, churches, businesses, and civic groups can help collect items or contribute toward the postage expense. We also welcome help in putting together these care packages filled with everyday items like personal hygiene products, snacks, and books, which might not seem like much to us, but are powerful morale boosters and are greatly appreciated by the soldiers who receive them.”

Collection boxes are placed in the Coffey County Hospital gift shop, Hoover’s Thriftway, Shopko, and the Coffey County Register of Deeds Office. Schools, 4-H groups, American Legions, and other civic groups are also involved in the collection process. The volunteers will collect items until November 3.

Friends of Coffey Health System will have tables set up at Hoover’s Thriftway on October 21 and 28.
“We’re grateful to Hoover’s for working with us and making it easy for their patrons to participate,” Booth said. “Shoppers can pick up a list of requested items as they enter the store, then drop off their donations with our volunteers on their way back out.“

Donation Ideas Include:
Deodorant
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Shampoo
Conditioner
Lip balm
Sunblock (non-aerosol)
Clorox wipes
Baby wipes
Feminine hygiene products
Body wash
Laundry pods
Small coffee, tea, cocoa
Single-serve food items
Instant foods
Crackers/cheese
Protein bars, healthy snacks
Dried fruit, nuts
Microwaveable popcorn
Instant soup
Small canned meats
Fruit cups
Beef jerky
Microwaveable meals
Socks
Gently used magazines, CDs, books
Playing cards
Crossword puzzle books
Sudoku books
Writing materials, pens
Holiday cards
Water enhancers
Travel-size tissues
Lotion, hand sanitizer
Razors
Foot care items
Leftover Halloween candy

Items for canine units
Kong brand rubber balls
Canine shampoo & conditioner
Canine eyewash
Made in USA treats
Collapsible nylon dog bowls
Large rope chews
Canine grooming tools
Booties
Goggles

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.


For additional information, please contact:
Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing
Coffey Health System
801 N. Fourth, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507
tcampbell@coffeyhealth.org

Speech therapy featured at Lunch & Learn

In the October 20 installment of Coffey Health System’s Lunch & Learn series, Speech-language Pathologist Jessica Jones will demonstrate the benefits of speech therapy and services covered at Coffey Health System. The noon presentation takes place in Coffey County Hospital’s Allen Woods 2 conference room.

People who have experienced an acquired brain injury or stroke frequently encounter changes in their thinking skills, ability to use and understand language, and ability to speak. Treatments provided at Coffey Health System also affect people with developmental disorders, physical abnormalities (i.e., cleft palate, microcephaly, etc.), Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia, head/neck cancer, and more.

“When most people think about spending time with friends and family, plans usually consist of eating, drinking, and communicating,” Jones said. “When these areas have been affected, people lose the ability to participate in things they love.”

Attendance and lunch are free. Seating is limited, so register today by calling Virginia DuBuke at (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174. Evening callers may leave a voice-mail including their name, telephone, and the number of people wanting to attend. Reservations are also taken online at www.coffeyhealth.org.

The Lunch & Learn series is a community service of Coffey Health System.

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.


Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing & Public Information Officer
Coffey Health System
801 N. 4th, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507
tcampbell@coffeyhealth.org
www.coffeyhealth.org

 

Shoptober starts this Sunday, October 1st

Who would like to win $250 in Chamber Bucks just in time for Christmas?!

Here is what you will need to do to enter:

Pickup up a Shoptober card! This card will have all of our participating businesses listed.

Starting on October 1st, visit your choice of businesses listed and receive a sticker. Receive an extra sticker for making a purchase at the business. (Total 2 stickers per business maximum.)

Get 25 stickers on your card, and return to the Chamber of Commerce by Friday, October 27th to be entered to win.

Winner will be drawn at the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, October 31st at 6PM following trick-or-treating for the kiddos downtown Burlington from 4-6PM. The winner will receive $250 in Chamber Bucks that can be spent at most businesses in our county!

Ready To Win!

1) Shoptober cards are available at the following locations: 

  • Coffey County Chamber
  • Coffey County Housing Authority
  • Any Coffey County Library Branch

2) Print your own
Simply click on the image below to print your own Shoptober card.

Registration Opens for CHS Women’s Health Conference

Coffey Health System’s annual Women’s Health Conference reaches its silver anniversary this year. The conference will be at Burlington High School on Wednesday, October 11. A social hour with appetizers begins at 5:30 in the commons area. Presentations begin in the theater at 6:30 p.m.

The Women’s Health Conference combines lifesaving information with a fun atmosphere. Women of all ages are welcome. Admission is free, but advanced registration is required. Call (620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174 or register online at www.coffeyhealth.org. “Goody bags” are available for the first 300 women registered.

“This event has grown exponentially over the years, and we are planning some special treats to celebrate our twenty-five year milestone,” said Director of Marketing Tracy Campbell. “Our keynote presentation will be a panel discussion with breast cancer survivors who will share their stories and offer suggestions for ways we can all be supportive of someone who is battling cancer.”

A brief presentation will review the many services and physicians who make up Coffey County Hospital’s Specialty Clinic.

Participants will also learn about the latest developments in the fight against breast cancer from Mammography Technologist Mary Ann Magnuson.

“One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, so it is vital that women understand the importance of mammography and that they know the facts about breast cancer,” Magnuson explains. “We encourage women of all ages to know their family history and learn about risk factors of breast cancer, so we’re going to focus extra attention on those factors.”

The event also features informational booths from local businesses and organizations. The hospital auxiliary, Friends of Coffey Health System, will have a special booth to receive donations for their annual military care package project.

“We are excited to once again partner with the auxiliary to send care packages to female soldiers stationed overseas. We invite everyone to bring a little something to brighten holidays,” Campbell explained. “Things that we take for granted are actually great luxuries to female soldiers in foreign lands. Items such as travel-sized toiletries or lotions, hair bands, lip balm, or socks are greatly appreciated.”

Visit coffeyhealth.org for more information about the Women’s Health Conference and the military care package project.


Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing & Public Information Officer
Coffey Health System
801 N. 4th, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507
tcampbell@coffeyhealth.org
www.coffeyhealth.org

Kansas Hospital Association Honors Steve Hopkins

Kansas Hospital Association Honors Steve Hopkins

The Kansas Hospital Association honored Steve Hopkins, New Strawn, with the Trustee of the Year Award for his service to Coffey Health System. Hopkins was nominated for his selfless dedication as treasurer of the CHS board from 2014-2015 and, especially, as chair from 2015-2017.

“As everyone knows, healthcare is one of the most demanding, complex, and rapidly changing of industries. Let me take this opportunity to commend all hospital trustees for their dedication to Kansas hospitals and the health of Kansans,” said KHA Board Chair Scott Taylor. “This award honors nine hospital trustees who provided an exemplary contribution through their leadership and governance.”

Hopkins put in countless hours during his term as chairman. He worked at home reviewing the Constitution and Bylaws; was present nearly every weekday through leadership transitions; and readily made himself available—day and night—for meetings with the board or merely to provide advice and support to staff.

A trustee who worked closely with Hopkins during this time stated, “Being able to do that is one thing; being willing to do that is quite another. Steve came in with an open mind and without a personal agenda, assuring every step of the way that the hospital and the community were the top priority. He made it our priority to see that CHS is here for the long-run.”

In January 2017, Hopkins’ term as chairman ended, and he was elected to once again serve as treasurer. He chairs the Executive Finance Committee.

“Steve was chairman during a difficult time in our history, but with his guidance and vigilance Coffey Health System has turned a corner toward a bright future,” said Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “I’ve known many exceptional trustees in my career, and I can’t imagine anyone more deserving of this award.”

He was presented the Trustee of the Year Award at the KHA annual convention on September 7 in Wichita.


Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing & Public Information Officer
Coffey Health System
801 N. 4th, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507
tcampbell@coffeyhealth.org
www.coffeyhealth.org

Coffey County Hospital Receives New Certification and Quality-Based Accreditation

Coffey County Hospital marked two significant milestones this summer: achieving certification as a Critical Access Hospital and national accreditation from DNV GL Healthcare. Accreditation assures that Coffey County Hospital meets or exceeds all patient safety standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The hospital received official confirmation from CMS on August 17.

“This is truly a touchstone for Coffey County Hospital, as it marks the first time we have achieved both certification and accreditation in our 63-year history,” said Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “Our staff has worked hard to meet the goal of providing Coffey County and the surrounding area with a fully accredited health system, and I am very proud of their achievement.”

This accreditation applies not only to Coffey County Hospital, but also to Sunset Manor, the hospital’s long-term care unit located in Waverly.

Unlike other accrediting agencies, DNV GL takes hospital accreditation much farther by integrating the internationally recognized ISO 9001 Quality Management System. Coffey County Hospital has three years from the date of its accreditation to achieve compliance with ISO 9001, the world’s most trusted quality management system. ISO 9001 is used by performance-driven organizations around the world to advance their quality and sustainability objectives.

DNV GL’s accreditation program involves annual hospital surveys, instead of the typical three-year cycle. Hospitals are also encouraged to openly share information across departments and to discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols.

“We have taken an entirely different approach to accreditation, and hospitals are really responding,” says DNV GL – Healthcare CEO Patrick Horine. “Since accreditation is a must-have credential for just about every hospital in this country, why not make it more valuable and get more out of it? That’s where ISO 9001 comes into play, and turns the typical ‘get-your-ticket-punched’ accreditation exercise into a quality transformation.”

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body, helping businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities, and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services. Within healthcare, DNV GL customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, managing infection risk, management system certification, and training. DNV GL’s 16,000 professionals operate in more than 100 countries.

“The DNV GL program is consistent with our long-term commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Hernandez. “The ability to integrate ISO 9001 quality standards with our clinical and financial processes is a major step forward for Coffey Health System as a whole.”

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.


Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing & Public Information Officer
Coffey Health System
801 N. 4th, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507
tcampbell@coffeyhealth.org
www.coffeyhealth.org

Coffey County Hospital Earns Mammography Accreditation

Coffey County Hospital Earns Mammography Accreditation

Coffey County Hospital’s mammography department earned a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology in late July. Accreditation assures that staff, equipment, processes, and image quality at Coffey County Hospital meet the ACR’s stringent requirements for patient care.

“Our mammography staff works very hard all year to provide the best quality service possible, and this accreditation reflects their commitment to our patients,” said Coffey Health System Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez.
Coffey County Hospital has four certified mammography technologists: Lynn Bolen, Melinda Chiroy, Jeanne Gerrelts, and Mary Ann Magnuson.

“Statistics show that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer,” Hernandez said. “This statistic drives our mammography team to maintain a high degree of excellence, with the ultimate goal being early detection for our patients. I couldn’t be more proud of this very high accomplishment,” Hernandez said.

Coffey Health System encourages annual mammograms beginning at age 40. Women with a family history of breast cancer should visit with their physician about earlier mammograms.

About Coffey Health System
Coffey Health System offers a wide range of healthcare services in Coffey and Woodson Counties. In addition to Coffey County Hospital, five physician clinics serve patients in Burlington, Gridley, LeRoy, Waverly, and Yates Center. The CHS continuum also includes Coffey County Emergency Medical Services; The Meadows, CCH Home Health Agency, and CHS Rehabilitation & Wellness Services in Burlington; and Sunset Manor long-term care in Waverly.


Tracy Campbell
Director of Marketing & Public Information Officer
Coffey Health System
801 N. 4th, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-4507
tcampbell@coffeyhealth.org
www.coffeyhealth.org

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