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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

Kansas Department of Commerce recognizes CHS as regional award winner

Kansas Department of Commerce recognizes CHS as regional award winner

Coffey Health System is among 19 businesses throughout Kansas recognized as regional winners in the Kansas Department of Commerce Governor’s Award of Excellence program. A plaque and letter from Governor Sam Brownback were presented at the CHS board meeting on July 24.

KDOC representative Barbara Anderson read Brownback’s message, which read, in part, “This award is an acknowledgement of your business’s outstanding contributions to your community, the state economy and the people of Kansas. I offer you my sincere congratulations. Every year, Business Appreciation Month gives us a chance to recognize businesses and entrepreneurs for their leadership which keeps our state and local economies strong…For that, we cannot thank you enough.”

Each year, the Commerce Department uses the month of June for its annual celebration of Kansas businesses and the contributions made to their communities and the state economy. Businesses are nominated in one of four categories: manufacturing/distribution, service, retail, and hospital/non-profit.

Coffey County Economic Development Director Stacy Haines nominated CHS for its role in the community.

“At a time when many rural hospitals are struggling and/or closing, this recognition showcases the strength and quality of our hospital and what an amazing asset Coffey Health System is as we recruit new industry and residents to our county,” Haines said.

The detailed nomination outlined the commitment of CHS and its employees to supporting local school programs and developing community leaders.

“This process shed a new light on our staff, and I couldn’t be more proud to be part of this team,” said Chief Executive Officer Leonard Hernandez. “Our people are also coaches, mentors, volunteers, church leaders, school board members, and city council representatives. Our various departments and facilities work with area schools to support programs that give area youth opportunities to broaden their horizons and bridge generations.”

The nomination highlighted leadership roles in professional organizations, and included 26 state and national awards earned by CHS and individual staff members in the past five years.

CHS’s economic impact to the region was also an important factor. With an annual operating budget of $24 million and nearly 300 employees, the organization generates an estimated $30 million economic impact to the community.

“We are very fortunate to have Coffey Health System in our community. Not only does CHS provide stellar medical services, but it also supplies well paying jobs and gives back to our community,” Haines said. “They are well deserving of this award as a major employer and community asset for Coffey County.”

There were 19 regional winners and 44 merit winners for the Governor’s Award of Excellence. A complete list of Regional Winners of the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence follows:

  • Southeast Kansas
    • Coffey Health System
    • Systech Environmental Corporation
    • Home Town Health Care
  • Southwest Kansas
    • Home Lumber Company
    • Kearny County Hospital
  • Southcentral Kansas
    • Winfield Public Library
    • Reedy Ford, Inc.
    • Mid Kansas Cooperative
  • Northeast Kansas
    • Clay County Medical Center
    • Inclusion Technologies, LLC
    • Valerie’s Gifts & Such
    • Webcom Resources
  • Northwest Kansas
    • A Fairpoint Knight
  • Eastcentral Kansas
    • Daylight Donuts of Kansas City
    • AnswerPro Limited
  • Northcentral
    • Rooks County Health Center
    • Crop Production Services
    • Central Veterinary Services, PA
    • Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Finalists for the Governor’s Award include:

  • Boot Hill Distillery
  • Cereal Ingredient, Inc.
  • CertainTeed Corporation
  • Community National Bank & Trust
  • United Telephone Association/United Wireless Communications, Inc.

“Business Appreciation Month gives the Commerce Department the opportunity to show its support, recognition and gratitude for the businesses who work hard to excel in the state of Kansas,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave. “These businesses that have been selected as winners of the 2017 Business Appreciation Month represent the dedication of Kansas workers, the resounding infrastructure that these businesses are built on and the level of support created by the state of Kansas, for every type of business.”


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

Lunch & Learn June 9 | Organ donation: learn the facts, save a life

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Submitted: June 2, 2017

By: Virginia DuBuke, Coffey Health System marketing assistant

Organ donation: learn the facts, save a life

Nearly 500 Kansans await lifesaving transplants. Tens of thousands more need life-enhancing tissue or cornea transplants each year. Just one donor can save as many as eight lives and directly improve the lives of up to 50 others. Are you registered?

Midwest Transplant Network will present the June 9 installment of Coffey Health System’s Lunch & Learn series at noon in the Coffey County Hospital conference room. MTN is dedicated to increasing awareness and education about the need for organ, tissue and eye donation.

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.


For additional information, please contact:
Virginia DuBuke
Marketing Assistant
Coffey Health System
801 N. Fourth, Burlington, KS 66839
(620) 364-2121 Ext. 4174
vdubuke@coffeyhealth.org

Paid Job Training For People 55+

SER Jobs for Progress, Inc., Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)

SER SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and focuses on the needs of mature workers, the community and employers. SER SCSEP prepares eligible mature workers for unsubsidized jobs through training at community based organizations. The eligible worker will receive a stipend while he or she is in training with the goal of getting unsubsidized employment.

Discover today what SER-SCSEP can offer you:

  • Services tailored to each individual
  • Second career training opportunities
  • Training at community based organizations
  • Training with flexible schedules
  • Receive On the Job Training
  • Receive a paid stipend while participating

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • 55 years or older
  • Be unemployed & need further training to perform jobs available in the area
  • Meet family income requirements (Limit of 125% of Poverty Guidelines)
  • Be a resident of the county where the program is managed by SER
  • Authorized to work in the US

Provide acceptable source documents to prove age, income for the last 6 or 12 month (including family size), residency and employment authorization.

Participant Recruitment Application (click here)

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Honors Gold Award Recipient From Waverly

Suzanne Fehr

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2017

Media Contact:
Darcy Gray
(888) 686-6468
dgray@gskh.org

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Honors Gold Award Recipient From Waverly

EMPORIA — Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will be honoring nine 2016-17 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients during special ceremonies this weekend, including a Gold Award recipient from eastern Kansas.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, comparable to the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. The Gold Award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through Take Action projects that have a sustainable impact in their communities and beyond. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who join the armed forces enter one rank higher than other recruits, and they qualify for exclusive scholarships.

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement, and the young women who earn this award exemplify leadership in all of its forms,” said Liz Workman, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. “They saw a need in their communities and around the world, and took action. Their extraordinary dedication, perseverance and leadership are making the world a better place.”

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland’s Recognition Breakfast & Annual Meeting will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at Emporia State University’s Visser Hall. The 2016-17 Gold Award recipient from eastern Kansas who will be honored is:

• Suzanne Fehr, a 2016 graduate of Waverly High School. She wanted to give people around the world a way to locate the final resting place of family members, ancestors and loved ones in Coffey County. She created a website showing directories for Coffey County cemeteries, and she also made a display case and kiosk for a physical directory.

Other Girl Scout Gold Award recipients being honored this weekend include: Alexandra Adkins of Wichita, Maureen Botros of Wichita, Melanie Cotton of Logan, Ericka Hiser of Wichita, Elizabeth Kemper of Montezuma, Emily Lowe of Kirwin, Shawna Mendenhall of Concordia, and Shayna Snavely of Concordia.

About Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland
Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland serves more than 14,500 girls and adults in 80 Kansas counties through its operational headquarters in Wichita, Kan., and regional offices in Salina, Hays, Emporia and Garden City. Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts is the leading authority on girls’ healthy development and is the pre-eminent leadership development organization for girls. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.

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