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A Change of “EPIC” Proportions

On October 1, 2017 Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH) will “go live” with their new electronic medical records system, EPIC. This is the system used by many healthcare facilities statewide including Fairview, Allina and our campus partners, Essentia Health. By making this transition EBCH will be able to offer better quality access, safety, and patient satisfaction with regards to medical records, allowing them to “travel” with you as you will no longer need to wait for or carry paper copies.

How might this conversion affect you as an EBCH patient?

You will need to plan some additional time for registration during your first appointment following the October 1 “go live” date. Even if you have been a patient with EBCH in the past, please bring your ID and insurance card to your next appointment as we will need to re-enter your personal and insurance information upon arrival. Please be assured that following your first visit the process will be more streamlined.

The other significant change that will affect patients is the addition of MyHealth online access to medical records, lab results and appointment information through MyHealth rather than the previously used “Patient Portage”.

If you are enrolled in the Patient Portage you will still be able to access your information through this system until December 31, 2017.

Here is the good news!

MyHealth users that are already enrolled through another healthcare facility (i.e., Essentia) should be able to merge their accounts so medical records from multiple facilities can be accessed in one convenient location.

Your medical records for EBCH will be visible for appointments starting October 1, 2017 and moving forward. If you need past medical records after December 31st, you can request them by calling our Health Information Management Office 218-365-8753.

We ask for our patients to be understanding as staff make the transition to this new system.

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Blue ribbon reward

EBCH Recognized for Efforts to Protect Patients from Influenza

93 percent of facility’s employees received influenza vaccination in 2016-17.

FluSafe - Vaccinating staff, protecting patients

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital was among 139 hospitals and nursing homes from around the state recognized today by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among facility employees during the 2016-17 flu season.

93 percent of EBCH staff, received influenza vaccinations during the past season of the Minnesota FluSafe program.  In October, EBCH uses their monthly employee recognition day know as Positive Thursday to promote the vaccination program by hosting “Shot and Beer Day”.  Members of the Patient Relations Committee go around the facility offering the influenza vaccination along with a refreshing root beer.  The facility received a blue ribbon and certificate of achievement from Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger for its efforts.

The FluSafe program aims to get 100 percent of all health care personnel at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota, except those with medical exemptions, vaccinated against influenza each season. According to state health officials, unvaccinated health care workers can potentially pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications from influenza.

Of the 149 facilities that participated in FluSafe this year, 67 reached vaccination rates of 90 percent or greater, 41 reached rates of between 80 and 89 percent, and 31 reached rates of between 70 and 79 percent.  Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital was the only facility from St. Louis County to receive blue ribbon statis.

“After seven years of FluSafe, we continue to be grateful for – and impressed by – the important steps participating facilities are taking to prevent flu through health care worker vaccination,” said Kristen Ehresmann, director of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control at MDH.

Health care facilities participating in the FluSafe program receive guidance and access to tools and promotional materials from MDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help them increase their influenza vaccination rates. The facilities record and document their vaccination rates through the state’s immunization information system, the Minnesota Immunization Information Connection (MIIC).

More information on the FluSafe program, including a list of the 2016-17 facilities earning blue, red, and white ribbons, can be found on mdhflu.com.

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Free Flu Shots

FREE flu shots will be offered at the hospital:

  • October 4 – 2:00-6:00
  • October 6 – 8:00-1:00
  • October 25 – 2:00-6:00
  • November 1 – 8:00-1:00

FREE flu shots will be offered at ISD 696 • PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES:

  • November 14 from 4-7:30 pm at Washington Elementary
  • November 16 from 4-7:30 pm in the Memorial High School

6 years of age or older. No Insurance or Medicare Cards necessary.

All opportunities for flu shots are listed on the handy EBCH Community Health Calendar.  Just search for “flu.”

 

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3D Mammograms Now Available

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital is excited to offer Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams, developed by Hologic, Inc., a worldwide leader in Women’s Health (1).  Utilizing advanced breast tomosynthesis technology, Genius exams are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.*

EBCH is committed to the fight against breast cancer.  In offering the Genius exam, our radiology department provides a more accurate tool for breast cancer screening.  If you would like to schedule a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam, or have questions about this important breast health procedure, please contact the EBCH Radiology Department at 218-365-8737.

About 3D Mammography

In conventional 2D mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. A Genius exam includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

A Genius exam includes both 2D images and tomosynthesis scans. During the tomosynthesis-DIMENSIONAL portion of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple images. A computer then converts the images into a stack of thin layers, allowing the radiologist to review the breast tissue one layer at a time.  A Genius exam requires no additional compression and takes just a few seconds longer than a conventional 2D breast cancer screening exam.

The Hologic system is the only clinically superior breast tomosynthesis system as approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities. The system allows our radiologists to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities. This leads to better detection and greater peace of mind for our patients.

Large clinical studies in the U.S. and Europe have demonstrated the positive benefits of a Genius 3D Mammography™ exam.  The largest study to date on breast cancer screening using the Genius exam was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (2). Findings include:

  • A 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers.
  • A 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers.
  • A 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging.

The Hologic system is the first FDA-approved breast tomosynthesis system in the U.S. Hologic Genius 3D Mammography™ exams are now available in all 50 states and over 50 countries. To date, more than 8 million women have been screened with this advanced screening system – and we are proud to offer them here at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital!

*Compared to 2D Mammography

(1) Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams are available only on the Hologic Selenia® Dimensions® system.

(2) Friedewald SM, Rafferty EA, Rose SL, Durand MA, Plecha DM, Greenberg JS, Hayes MK, Copit DS, Carlson KL, Cink TM, Barke LD, Greer LN, Miller DP, Conant EF, Breast Cancer Screening Using Tomosynthesis in Combination with Digital Mammography, JAMA June 25, 2014

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60th Anniversary

60th Anniversary Celebration

Come help the hospital celebrate its 60th Anniversary on August 19th in Whiteside Park, where you’ll be able to walk through the MEGA Body Exhibit and peruse a Health Expo.

The celebration will kick off with opening remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:00 am. This family-friendly event is free and open to all as the hospital’s way of saying “thank you” for supporting us for the past 60 years. The festivities continue until 4:00 pm.

Inflatable MEGA Body

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The Medical Inflatables’™ MEGA Body Exhibit is a larger-than-life, walk-through model of the entire human body, where children and adults alike can experience the inner workings of various systems of the body, and learn that the choices we make can have a huge effect on our well-being today and in the future.  The exhibit is available through a generous donation from the Ely Health and Hospital Foundation.

Also available is a Health Expo with tables sponsored by a wide variety of local promoters of healthy living.  There will be hand-outs, giveaways, demonstrations and speakers throughout the day.

If you are interested in sponsoring a table or learning about some of the opportunities that EBCH has to offer groups and organizations interested in using this event as a fundraiser, please contact event coordinator Jodi Martin at 218-365-8739 for more details.

60th Anniversary Celebrations

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lemonade stand

Lemonade Stand Benefits EBCH

The spirit of giving is still alive and well in Ely as was demonstrated on July 14th and 15th at the home of the Jamnick family.  Six great-great grandchildren of Edward Zupancich, a founding member of the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital Board of Directors, held a lemonade stand to raise money to purchase each of the young family members a share in the hospital.

“Our grandparents (Ed and Molly) were supporters of this facility through being a board member and Molly being a hospital volunteer.  We feel that it is important for this younger generation to be part of this community we love and the community support is important. Through the community, we raised $483 and with the support of our family, we contributed the rest to make their $600 goal for each one to have a share,” said family member Theresa Harris.

The family knew of the goal set by Community Benefit and Public Relations Coordinator for the hospital, Jodi Martin, to sell 60 new shares throughout 2017 in celebration of our 60th Anniversary and used their annual “Jamnick Family Fun Weekend” as an amazing way to help the hospital reach that goal!

Shown in the photo above:  Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital CEO, John Fossum; Harrison O’Neill – grandson of Theresa Harris; Jackson Jamnick – grandson of Joe Jamnick; Madison Jamnick – granddaughter of Joe Jamnick; Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital CFO, Scott Kellerman.

Being a shareholder allows individuals and businesses a say in hospital business through the election of board members at our annual meeting. Shares are sold today for the same price as they were in 1957 of $100.  Become a Member and buy a share today!

 

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Summer Safety Tips

The snow is finally melted, the lakes are open and the kids are counting down the days until school is out.  That can only mean one thing…summer is almost here!

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital would like to remind you of some important health and safety tips as you are out enjoying the summer season.  The sun is extremely powerful in the summer months and can cause not only painful sunburn but is considered to be one of the main contributing factors to skin cancer as well.  According to the Skin Cancer Foundations website, “The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. In fact, one UK study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.”  Always try and wear a 30 SPF or higher sunscreen that contains both UVA and UVB protection; this is typically indicated on the label as “broad spectrum”.

Sunscreen does not last all day, think about reapplying after swimming, sweating or being out in the sun for more than two hours.  Better yet, cover up. Wearing long sleeve, light weight and color clothing along with a wide brimmed hat can add to your sun protection strategy.  Keep in mind that midday is the hottest part of the day and offers the most opportunity of heat related illness such as heat exhaustion or sunburn.  If possible, seek shade during the peak hours of 11:00 am-4:00 pm and try to plan your most strenuous tasks or outdoor activities for children in the morning or evening.

When thinking about sun protection, consider your whole body.  Wear sunglasses that provide at least 99% protection from UVA and UVB rays and, whether you are playing a summer sport or doing household chores like mowing the lawn, consider sunglasses with safety glass for added protection.  Did you know that shiny lip gloss can actually absorb light and cause painful burned lips?  Protect your lips by using a lip balm that contains a minimum of 30 SPF.

Some of the summer health and safety concerns for you and your family include items that you probably already consider year round such as diet, sleep and exercise but sometimes in the chaos created by summer we lose track of what is important for an overall healthy lifestyle.  Summer is the perfect time to give your diet a “berry boost”.  Berries such as blueberries and blackberries are abundant and in season all summer and contain antioxidants and fiber that are important to a well balanced diet.  Plenty of fluids are also a vital part of your summer diet and that means water not caffeine or alcohol which both induce the need to urinate and increase your risk of dehydration.  Sleep well, it is important that just because it is light out later that we resist the urge to stay up later.  Getting the correct amount of sleep every night, that is 7-9 hours a day for adults, is crucial to a healthy lifestyle.

Some final things to consider when thinking about summer safety are not things we think about everyday but they are no less important.  Food-borne illness dramatically increases in the summer.  Keep food safe during cookouts and camping trips by handling, preparing and cooking food properly.  When having your summer cookouts and camping trips, keep in mind the importance of safeguarding yourself against mosquito and tick-borne illness.  Wear long sleeves and long pants when you know you’ll be in areas with a lot of ticks and mosquitos.  If possible treat your clothing with permethrin and always use insect repellent.

Everyone at Ely-Bloomenson wishes your family a safe, happy and healthy summer!

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Poison Prevention

“Poison” doesn’t always just mean the usual substances we think of such as cleaning supplies, insecticides and pest control products. Poisoning can happen with things we see in our homes every day. According to the National Poison Prevention Council (the Council), “In reality, anything can be poisonous when used in the wrong amount, in the wrong way, or by the wrong person. Even medicines which are designed to help us maintain our health can be poisonous.”  That is what students learned on April 6, 2017 when students in Kindergarten through 8th grade visited Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital (EBCH) to learn a little bit about poisons and create a poster that will be submitted to the  Council’s annual contest.

Jayden & Lindi Zemke and Violet Udovich hard at work on their poison prevention postersOnce students had a chance to finish their afterschool snack and learn some of the poison prevention information it was time to go to work.  Crayons, markers, colored pencils and chalk filled the 11×17 pages that would become their artwork submissions.  The posters they created could convey one or more of the five National Poison Prevention Week themes or any of the items we talked about during our poison prevention discussion.

The daily themes for National Poison Prevention Week include:

  1. Children Act Fast…So Do Poisons
  2. Poison Centers: Saving You Time and Money
  3. Poisonings Span A Lifetime
  4. Home Safe Home
  5. Medicine Safety

Ella Nappa hard at work on her poison prevention poster

Lindi Zemke shows off her finished poster

Judith Ann Meador with her finished product

Jayden Zemke with his finished poster

Frank Udovich III shows us his poster submission


Hospital staff took care to assure the posters will arrive by the May 15, 2017 deadline.  Prizes are awarded in three divisions: kindergarten through 2nd grade, 3rd through 5th grade and 6th through 8th grade.  The winning selections from each division will have their poster transformed to include the National Poison Prevention Week dates, the artist name, the Poison Helpline phone number and the Council’s address and website.  The winning posters are then published and distributed nationally and will be available during the 2018 National Poison Prevention Week Campaign, which takes place annually during the third week of March.

This event was put together by Ely-Bloomenson as a community benefit to teach Kids about the dangers of poison while having a little bit of fun.  We are trying to use this year in celebration of our 60th Anniversary as a catalyst to provide more community benefit opportunities that involve children.  We believe that when they have opportunities to visit the hospital for fun things it might just make it a little less stressful when they need to visit us for an emergency.

This is the first event of this kind that Ely-Bloomenson has held in some time and is just one of many events planned for 2017.  There are several events currently in various planning stages with our big 60th Anniversary celebration scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Whiteside Park, where EBCH, with funding assistance from a generous donation from the Ely Health and Hospital Foundation, will present the Medical Inflatable™, MEGA Body Exhibit and Health Expo.  Event information will follow throughout the summer but mark your calendar now and be sure not to miss this exciting event.  The MEGA Body Exhibit will be open to the public and totally free to attend as the hospital’s way of saying “Thank you” for 60 years of supporting local, independent health care for Ely and our surrounding service area.

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carbon monoxide danger

Beware of Carbon Monoxide Danger

Each winter we see these little villages pop up all over our frozen lakes here in Ely and the surrounding area. It’s ice fishing time again!!  Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital would like to remind you of a colorless, odorless danger that sends between 8,000-15,000 people to hospitals annually and can sink your chances at catching the “Big One” –

Carbon Monoxide

According to the Minnesota Department of Health website Carbon Monoxide is often known as the “silent killer” because initial symptoms are flu like and include; nausea, dizziness, weakness, intense headache and shortness of breath.  These symptoms are often missed or ignored until eventually the victim losses consciousness and is unable to escape to safety.

NEVER use camp stoves, charcoal grills, fuel burning lanterns or generators inside your fish house.  Heating equipment should be inspected often and in good working order.  It is also a good idea to install a Carbon Monoxide detector and NEVER ignore the alarm.

Ely-Bloomenson would like to remind you that winter is a particularly dangerous time for Carbon Monoxide poisoning and your ice house is not the only house at risk.  In your home have your furnace inspected annually by a qualified technician.  Also, never leave your vehicle idling in a closed garage.  Back your vehicle out and be sure that the exhaust pipes are clear of ice and snow.

This winter safety reminder is brought to you by your friends at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital.

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Don’t be SAD

Who hasn’t said “I have the winter blahs!!”  I know I have.  We sometimes feel that way here in Northern Minnesota when we’ve been shoveling for days, the temperature hasn’t been above zero and we haven’t seen the sun for a week.

Well, what if it’s more than just the winter “blahs?”

According to the Mayo Clinic website, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in season.”  SAD typically affects people beginning in the late fall through winter and although less common can affect people during spring and summer.

Common symptoms for winter onset SAD can include irritability, trouble getting along, over sleeping, hypersensitivity, change in appetite, and weight gain.  Spring and summer onset symptoms include depression, weight loss, poor appetite, trouble sleeping, and high anxiety.

It is recommended that you see your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: changes in  your sleeping and eating habits, feeling hopeless, thoughts of suicide, or turning to alcohol for comfort or relaxation.

Treatments for SAD can include psychotherapy, light therapy, antidepressant medication, or holistic alternatives such as melatonin, acupuncture, or yoga.  As always, consult your doctor before beginning any form of treatment.

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