Board Meeting Notice
The January 29, 2015 Regular Board of Commissioners meeting will be held at the Tonasket City Hall Council Room; 209 S. Whitcomb Ave. Tonasket, Washington 98855 at 7:00 PM.
Flu virus on the rise in the US
The United States experiences epidemics of seasonal flu each year, and right now all of CDC’s influenza surveillance systems are showing elevated activity. Influenza-like-illness (ILI) has been over baseline for the past several weeks, virological surveillance shows a lot of flu is circulating, and the hospitalization surveillance system shows increasing hospitalizations rates, especially in people 65 years and older. Also, the surveillance system that tracks mortality shows that the country is in the midst of this season’s flu epidemic. During influenza seasons, ILI increases first, and then hospitalizations increase, and then increases in deaths occur, so what is being observed is a typical pattern for the flu season.
Click here to read the full article from CDC website.
It's important to help stop the spread of the flu. Influenza (most commonly referred to as the 'flu'), is a respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses infecting the nose, throat and lungs. Commons signs of the flu are fever, cough, and body aches.
*Not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
To prevent the spread of the flu virus you need to avoid public areas, wear a mask in public if you must go out, wash your hands, and most importantly get vaccinated!
More information on Influenza
2015 Wellness Courses
Our Wellness Courses in 2014 were a huge success! We offered regular wellness courses on topics like diabetes, lung health, healthy lifestyles, heart health and more. We have decided to continue offering FREE monthly wellness courses on a variety of health topics to our surrounding communities. The presenters for our courses are all healthcare professionals affiliated with North Valley Hospital District who are experts on their health related topics.
We are in the process of finalizing our 2015 Wellness Course schedule, which is available on our website. You can register online, or by phone.
Click here to view the Wellness Courses or to register for a class.
Linda Michel, CEO of North Valley Hospital District Resigns at December 11th Board of Commissioner Meeting
It is with great sorrow that we announce the resignation of our CEO, Linda Michel. She has been integral in preserving this hospital district. She spent the last four years building a new culture for our facility that is patient centered and focused on customer service, and our district is unrecognizable to the shell it was when she found it. She formulated a new Senior Leadership Team, restructured the organization and accomplished paying off what seemed like an insurmountable debt to the county. This is a tragic day, and this loss and grief is surely felt by every single one of our employees.
Click here to read her resignation letter.
CEO gives presentation at Board Meeting on the Affordable Care Act and how it will impact our facility
You can view the presentation slides by clicking on the image above.
NVHD educates and trains staff to be prepared for Ebola
Tonasket, November 2014: With the arrival of Ebola Viral Disease to the United States, North Valley Hospital District is responding quickly with a mandatory education and training session for our nearly 230 member staff. Although the chances of Ebola reaching the Okanogan County is unlikely, we feel that it’s very important to circumvent the problems that the Texas hospital incurred with staff being unprepared to handle patients with Ebola and want to mitigate any risk there may be to our staff and community. North Valley Hospital is in constant contact with the Okanogan County Public Health Department who have been in regular communication and receiving updates from the CDC. While this situation requires extensive preparation, there is no reason to believe that there will be widespread Ebola transmission in the United States.
Click here to read the full press release.
Notice of Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held pursuant to RCW 70.44.060(6) on the 13th day of November, 2014, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the 2015 Budget. Any interested party may present their comments in writing prior to or at the time of the public hearing. The hearing shall be held at the Commissioner Board Room at North Valley Hospital located at 203 S. Western Ave., Tonasket, WA, commencing at 7:00PM on the date set forth above.
Click here to view the 2015 Proposed Budget.
NVH Imaging Center Earns ACR Accreditation
North Valley Hospital’s Imaging Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.
The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
Telehealth Resource for Diabetes
Community Wellness can help you better understand and manage diabetes through our comprehensive diabetes education program taught by registered nurses and dietitians who are certified in diabetic education.
North Valley Hospital and INHS bring you this FREE Diabetes Support Group through Telehealth the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:00PM. It's held at North Valley Hospital in the Board Room in the Verbeck Building. No prior registration is required, and the group is facilitated by Phil Gleason, Registered Nurse.
Click here to view the flyer.
Press Release: North Valley Hospital Improves Patient Safety With Hand Hygiene Program
Tonasket, April 7,2014: In 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a global campaign called SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands. WHO set aside May 5thas a day to focus on improving hand hygiene in healthcare to demonstrate the world’s commitment to patient safety. This annual initiative centers on urging all healthcare workers to clean their hands thoroughly before and after patient contact. The program promotes the role of hand hygiene in helping prevent potentially life threatening Hospital Acquired Infections.
In our little corner of the world, North Valley Hospital stepped up to deliver a hand hygiene program developed by our Infection Control Nurse, Marcia Naillon, RN. Naillon adopted the program “Gel In, Gel Out” and educated all the patient care and support staff in proper hand hygiene and the requirement to use antibacterial gel when you enter and exit a patient room. This program applies to maintenance staff entering a patient room to work on a piece of equipment, physicians, nurses, housekeepers and all other support staff.
Click here to read full press release.
North Valley Hospital Recognized For Improving Patient Safety
SEATTLE--North Valley Hospital, Tonasket WA., has a lot to be proud of in their work to make patients safer and helping reduce the cost of care. This improvement was recognized in a quarterly progress report from the Washington State Hospital Association(WSHA) as part of North Valley Hospital's work in the Partnership for Patients Initiative.
"Partnership for Patients is a national effort to help hospitals work together to improve quality," said Linda Michel, CEO. "We are excited to see that our work is paying off and that we are making noticeable improvements. This is going to be an ongoing effort and while the numbers may vary from quarter to quarter, we believe we are on a path of continuous improvement."
Click here to read the full press release.
Get Up To $500 Off Your Hospital Bill
North Valley Hospital is now offering a tax discount to customers who live within the North Valley Hospital District. You can get up to a $500 discount each calendar year for the amount you pay on property taxes to our hospital district. That credit can be applied to your or your dependants account balances. We developed this program as a way to show our gratitude to the people in our community who help support the hospital district.
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In The Media
Did you miss us on Healthline on 92.7? Well now you can listen to all of our shows when it's most convenient for you. Just click on the radio to the left and it will take you to our "In The Media" page where we have all of our radio shows available to you.
North Valley Hospital Districtprovides personalized care, prompt service, and always looks to exceed our customers’ expectations. We value each and every one of our customers, and appreciate you choosing North Valley Hospital as your healthcare provider.