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Hospital Introduces New Logo

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital is pleased to unveil a new brand identity, including a new logo.

After months devoted to the development of a new brand look and feel—which included research and multiple discovery sessions with key stakeholders and community members – Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital arrived at a logo that felt truly representative of the facility, its employees, and the community it serves.

The new logo is a reflection of the hospital’s legacy and future: The facility’s initials appear to be cut from an abstract take on the region’s landscape, with layers radiating from the horizon. It’s a look that’s both fresh and invigorating as well as conveying of the solid dependability patients can expect from the organization.

“We are thrilled with our new look,” says Michael Coyle, CEO of EBCH. “Our patients know Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital as a place where they and their loved ones can receive skilled and genuine care. We hope our updated look conveys our warmth toward and commitment to the people we serve. EBCH is and always has been your local, independent resource for the best possible care from the most compassionate people.”

Community members can rest assured that EBCH is not changing ownership or management; the facility will continue to offer the same personalized care it always has.

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New CEO for Hospital

Michael Coyle has been hired to be the new CEO of Ely Bloomenson Community Hospital. Mr. Coyle has been in the healthcare industry for the past 25 years, most recently as CEO at Coteau des Prairies Healthcare System in Sisseton, South Dakota, a 25-bed critical access hospital which operates multiple clinical locations and a 64-bed Long Term Care facility.

Mr. Coyle started his healthcare career as a volunteer EMT in Tracy, Minnesota, followed by working at the Tyler Healthcare Center as the Director of Wellness Services.  While in Tyler, Mr. Coyle completed his EMT-Paramedic education and began to work as a Critical-Care Paramedic for North Memorial Ambulance Service.  Mr. Coyle returned to hospital administration as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Murray County Medical Center in Slayton, Minnesota.  After completing his MBA from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota, Mr. Coyle spend the next 6 years in Atkinson, Nebraska, as the CEO of West Holt Medical Services.

Mr. Coyle is originally from Tracy, Minnesota, and is married to Amy, with one son, Josh, who is currently attending Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Michael and Amy both enjoy outdoor activities such as running, canoeing, hunting and attending cultural events. “My wife and I are very excited to relocate back to Minnesota and become part of a thriving community with lots to offer. Our goal is to help the Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital grow, be an essential part of the community and become the healthcare provider of choice in the region,” stated Coyle.

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Dr. Savereide

Dr. Savereide, General Surgeon

We are pleased to welcome General Surgeon Dr. Robert L. Savereide to the staff at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital. Dr. Savereide is skilled in a wide variety of common surgical procedures including: (but not limited to) Appendectomy, Breast Procedures, EGD & Colonoscopy, Gallbladder, Cholecystectomy, Herniorrhaphy, Thyroid surgery, Splenectomy, Bowel surgery, Venous access, Skin lesions and much more.

If you need a procedure, please remember that as a patient it is your choice where you have that procedure done. So why not choose Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and recover close to home?

For more information on Dr. Savereide and the surgical procedures that will be performed at EBCH contact our Surgical Department at 218-365-8793.

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New Anne

Meet Anne, Our New CPR Mannequin

Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and the Community Liaison Committee would like to thank everyone who donated to our 2017 “Retire Anne” fundraiser.  Through generous donations from our amazing community we were able to purchase over $10,000 of new training material and equipment.

Our new equipment has just arrived and includes not only a new Resusci Anne® but several additional items such as; manuals for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support training, new adult and child CPR training manikins, a new IV training arm and a pediatric simulator.

Since 1960, Resusci Anne® has been the preferred CPR training manikin of healthcare professionals and trained more than 400 million people in critical lifesaving skills. Our new Anne will be training Ely-Bloomenson staff for years to come.

Again, thank you! From Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital and the Community Liaison Committee.

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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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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:  Past 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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