(From left to right: Noreen Olma, Dianna Crevling, Julie Pitts, Cheryl Heim)
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual celebration of the laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care. Since they often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical
testing they perform every day.
In 2013 our lab performed:
31,897 Lab tests 6,141 Total Blood Draws
1,139 VA Blood Draws 613 Blood transfusions in the last 4 years
Board of Commissioners Regular Board Meeting on April 24, 2014
Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on the 24th day of April, 2014, for the purpose of receiving public comment on the proposed project of replacing all windows with the assistance of grant funding from Rural Development in the North Valley Extended Care facility located at 22 W. 1st Street, Tonasket, WA 98855
Any interested person may present their comments by making oral comments at the time of the public hearing or by submitting their comments in writing prior to or at the time of the public hearing. The hearing shall be held at the Commissioner’s Board Room at North Valley Hospital located at 126 Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket, Washington, commencing at 7:00 p.m. on the date set forth above.
April is "Donate Life" Month
Here at North Valley Hospital we are proud to be part of a culture that brings solace to donor families and provides a life-saving gift for patients in our region, and our community. The Gift of Life is an opportunity to save lives for somone with cardiovascular disease and who needs a new heart; a patient with diabetes whose pancreas has shut down; or the breath of life for someone with lung disease.
In the U.S., there are more than 120,000 people waiting on the organ transplant list, and nearly 2,000 of those waiting for the Gift of Life are our friends and neighbors in Washington State. It is an honor to be part of the donation process and to have the opportunity to participate first-hand in making this gift possible for so many.
I encourage each of you to review your own donation decision, and to talk to your loved ones about organ, eye and tissue donation. For more information, visit LIfeCenter Northwest website at www.lcnw.org.
Linda Michel, CEO
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 5th as 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.
NVH Provides FREE Wellness Courses to the Community
North Valley Hospital has started a wellness program, in the interest of improving the health and wellness of the communities we serve. These courses are all on different topics and offered for FREE once a month. The topics range from Women's Heart Health to Respiratory Health. The courses are presented by certified instructors and health care professionals employed by the hospital.
There are a limited number of spots available in each course, so it's important to register early to reserve your spot. You can register online by going to "Wellness Program Registration",
Click here for a complete list of courses.
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.
Hospital District Swears In Commissioners
North Valley Hospital District would like to welcome Theresa Hughes (displayed on left in photo above), the newest hospital commissioner for her first term as Commissioner Position 5 . Dick Larson (displayed on right in photo above) was re-elected for another term for Commissioner Position 4.
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.
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