Clusters of Severe Respiratory Illness Associated With Enterovirus D-68
This morning, CDC held a media briefing on clusters of respiratory illness in children caused by enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), which was first seen in California in 1962. About 100 types of enteroviruses are known and it is estimated that 10-15 million infections occur annually in the United States. Enterovirus infections are more likely to occur in the fall and children and teens are more likely to be infected. The majority of persons with enterovirus infections have mild symptoms, but it can cause a rash illness with fever, or aseptic meningitis.
Two clusters of severe respiratory illness in children were described on this morning’s call, and an MMWR article describing clusters in the Kansas City and Chicago areas – Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with Enterovirus D68 — Missouri and Illinois, 2014 – was released today. Age ranges for cases in these two clusters was 6 weeks to 16 years with a median of 4-5 years. Over 50% of the affected children had a history of asthma. No deaths and no neurologic symptoms have been observed in children with illness due to EV-D68. The strain of EV-D68 that caused these illnesses is not a new strain, but it is fairly uncommon.
CDC stated that this situation is evolving quickly. Other clusters of respiratory illness among children in 12 other states are being investigated, with testing for EV-D68 in progress at CDC laboratories. The full spectrum of symptoms caused by EV-D68 is not known. EV-D68 is believed to be transmitted mainly by contact with respiratory secretions of an infected person. No specific treatment is currently available. General talking points regarding EV-D68 sent out by CDC this morning are attached.
-This information was provided by the Department of Health
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Notice of Cancelled Board Meeting
At the regular board meeting held on August 14th 2014, the commissioners announced the cancellation of the regular board meeting for Thursday, September 11th 2014.
The next regular board meeting will be held on Monday, September 29th 2014 at 7PM in the Administration Board Room, North Valley Hospital, 126 S. Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket WA 98855.
Hospital District's Long-Range Focus Committee Seeks Community Member to Add to Committee
The North Valley Hospital District has created a Long-Range Focus Committee that meets once a month to assist in a variety of long range issues for the hospital district.
The LRFC is committed to what is best for our Hospital District as a whole, through the development of long range focus, and the continuous re-evaluation of long range focus. This committee serves as a tool for the Hospital's Board of Commissioners and Senior Leadership Team when doing 1-3 year (or longer) strategic planning.
The function of the LRFC is to examine what is changing in healthcare, and how NVHD can be proactive in adhering to those changes while meeting the needs of the communities we serve. The committee will focus on the future of NVHD (such as; what is needed to remain viable, replacement of workforce as the baby boomers retire i.e.; succession planning) and focus on how these issues might be resolved.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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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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