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Hospital Receives $595,455 Grant From Helmsley Charitable Trust X-Ray Initiative

Patients at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital will soon benefit from studies using the latest in x-ray technology made possible through a grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust has awarded Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital $595,455 for a fixed digital x-ray machine with fluoroscopy and a mobile digital x-ray machine, part of a $14.2 million initiative to upgrade x-ray technology at 49 rural hospitals in the Upper Midwest.

“We are very proud and excited to receive this incredible grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust,” said Michael Coyle, Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital CEO. “These funds will allow us to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and expanded services to Ely and our entire service area. We are very grateful for this opportunity.”

Walter Panzirer, a Trustee for the Helmsley Charitable Trust, said the initiative represents the organization’s latest multi-site initiative to improve the quality of healthcare available to rural residents in Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wyoming.

“Our goal has always been to improve access to exceptional medical treatment for those who live in rural America,” said Panzirer. “To that end, rural hospitals need to remain viable and have the latest equipment to ensure their patients can receive essential, quality healthcare services locally. This initiative is just one of many that strives to improve healthcare outcomes throughout the Upper Midwest.”

Panzirer said critical access hospitals in the seven-state region are hampered by outdated equipment. Over the last four years, the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare Program has awarded more than $30 million in grants to 82 hospitals in the Upper Midwest to purchase state-of-the-art computer tomography (CT) scanners.

The Helmsley Charitable Trust’s latest initiative addresses out-of-date x-ray technology that underserves patients and jeopardizes the health of physicians and x-ray technicians, according to Panzirer.

The $14.2 million in grants will allow replacement of a total of 87 pieces of equipment, including: 32 fixed x-ray devices with an average age of 16 years; 48 portable x-ray devices with an average age of 28 years; two fixed fluoroscopy devices averaging nine years; and five portable C-arms with an average age of 16 years.

“With one particular grant to a rural North Dakota hospital, the trust is replacing an x-ray device that has been in service since 1967,” Panzirer said. “Technology has advanced so much, even over the last decade, that these grants, allowing for the purchase of advanced x-ray devices, will provide incredible benefits for medical workers and their patients for the foreseeable future.” 

About The Helmsley Charitable Trust

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health and select place-based initiatives. Since 2008, when Helmsley began its active grantmaking, it has committed more than $1.8 billion for a wide range of charitable purposes. Helmsley’s Rural Healthcare Program funds innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to emergency medical care, bring the latest medical therapies to patients in remote areas, and provide state-of-the-art training for rural hospitals and EMS personnel. To date, this program has awarded nearly $380 million to organizations and initiatives in the Upper Midwest states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Minnesota Iowa and Montana. To learn more, visit www.helmsleytrust.org.

 

 

 

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Community Health Needs Assessment Findings

Every few years, the hospital participates in Community Health Needs Assessments and the results, which are used to identify local health priorities and establish an action plan to improve overall community health, are made available to the public.

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New Pharmacy Hours

Beginning March 9, 2019 new pharmacy hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm,
Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Ely Community Pharmacy is happy to announce that beginning March 9, 2019 they will be extending their hours to better meet the needs of the community!

In an effort to provide the best service possible and to help customers navigate the uncertainty that has come with the pending Shopko Pharmacy closure we strongly encourage you to:

  1. Ask Ely Community Pharmacy to contact Shopko and have your prescriptions transferred to Ely Community Pharmacy
    OR
  2. Contact Shopko and request that your prescription information be transferred to the pharmacy of your choice.

It is important that you do this as soon as possible to avoid any delays in your prescription refills that may happen following the full closure of the Shopko Pharmacy when your prescription profiles will no longer be easily accessed.

If you have any questions please contact Ely Community Pharmacy at 218-365-8788.

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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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