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PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT #4, OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON

(D/B/A/ NORTH VALLEY HOSPITAL)

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING 

 

 

NOTICE is hereby given per RCW 42.30.080 that the Commission of Public Hospital District No. 4, d/b/a North Valley Hospital, Okanogan County, Washington (the “District”) will hold a Special meeting on the 22nd of January, 2016 at 8:00 AM; to be held at the Tonasket Community Church located at 24 W. 4th Street; Tonasket, Washington 98855

 

Agenda Items are:

        Strategic Planning

 

PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 4 (North Valley Hospital)
OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON
        /s/  Helen Casey               
       President of the Commission

509-486-2151 ● www.nvhospital.org ● www.nvhospital.org 203 S. Western Ave., Tonasket WA 98855


Thank you to the staff at North Valley Hospital, North Valley Extended Care and our communities for making our January drive for the food bank's a great success!!!  The support netted five boxes of non-perishable food items and a check in the amount of $282.00 to the Oroville Food Bank (shown below) and the Tonasket Food Bank (shown above).  If you would like to donate to the Tonasket Food Bank please contact Norm Weddle at 509-486-1219 .If you would like to make a donation to the Oroville Food Bank please contact Jeff Austin at 509-476-3978.     You may also mail donations for the Oroville Food Bank to: Oroville Food Bank PO Box 471 Oroville, WA 98844. 

Thank you to the staff at North Valley Hospital, North Valley Extended Care and our communities for making our January drive for the food bank's a great success!!!  The support netted five boxes of non-perishable food items and a check in the amount of $282.00 to the Oroville Food Bank (shown below) and the Tonasket Food Bank (shown above).  If you would like to donate to the Tonasket Food Bank please contact Norm Weddle at 509-486-1219 .If you would like to make a donation to the Oroville Food Bank please contact Jeff Austin at 509-476-3978.     You may also mail donations for the Oroville Food Bank to:
Oroville Food Bank
PO Box 471

Oroville, WA 98844. 

Thank you to the staff at North Valley Hospital, North Valley Extended Care and our communities for making our January drive for the food bank's a great success!!!  The support netted five boxes of non-perishable food items and a check in the amount of $282.00 to the Oroville Food Bank (shown above) and the Tonasket Food Bank.  If you would like to make a donation to the Oroville Food Bank please contact Jeff Austin at 509-476-3978.  You may also mail payments to: Oroville Food Bank PO Box 471 Oroville, WA 98844. 

Thank you to the staff at North Valley Hospital, North Valley Extended Care and our communities for making our January drive for the food bank's a great success!!!  The support netted five boxes of non-perishable food items and a check in the amount of $282.00 to the Oroville Food Bank (shown above) and the Tonasket Food Bank.  If you would like to make a donation to the Oroville Food Bank please contact Jeff Austin at 509-476-3978.  You may also mail payments to:
Oroville Food Bank
PO Box 471

Oroville, WA 98844. 


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North Valley Hospital District

 

 

PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT #4, OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON

(D/B/A/ NORTH VALLEY HOSPITAL)

NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING 

 

 

 

NOTICE is hereby given per RCW 42.30.080 that the Commission of Public Hospital District No. 4, d/b/a North Valley Hospital, Okanogan County, Washington (the “District”) will hold a Special meeting prior to the Regular Board of Commissioners meeting on the 14th of January, 2016 at 5:30 PM; to be held in the Commissioners Board Room at North Valley Hospital located at 203 South Western Avenue, Tonasket, Washington 98855

 

 

 

Agenda

Long Range Focus Committee meeting

Adjournment

 

 

 

PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 4 (North Valley Hospital)
OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON
        /s/  Helen Casey               
       President of the Commission

 

509-486-2151 www.nvhospital.org www.nvhospital.org 203 S. Western Ave., Tonasket WA 98

Matteo Garcia Mendez was the first baby of the year to be born at North Valley Hospital's Family Birthing Center in Tonasket, WA. He was born at 2:08 pm on January 2, 2016 to parents Erika Guadalupe Mendez Garcia and Jose Antonio Garcia Arreola with assistance from Jackie Chambers CNM of Family Health Centers. This makes baby number six for the Garcia family. They were presented with three baskets full of gifts donated by staff members of North Valley Hospital and Extended Care. A floral arrangement was donated by Wild Rose Floral Design.

Matteo Garcia Mendez was the first baby of the year to be born at North Valley Hospital's Family Birthing Center in Tonasket, WA. He was born at 2:08 pm on January 2, 2016 to parents Erika Guadalupe Mendez Garcia and Jose Antonio Garcia Arreola with assistance from Jackie Chambers CNM of Family Health Centers. This makes baby number six for the Garcia family. They were presented with three baskets full of gifts donated by staff members of North Valley Hospital and Extended Care. A floral arrangement was donated by Wild Rose Floral Design.

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North Valley Hospital District

PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT #4, OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON

(D/B/A/ NORTH VALLEY HOSPITAL)

NOTICE OF CANCELED BOARD MEETING

At the regular board meeting held on October 29th, 2015 the commissioners announced the cancelation of the regular board meeting for Thursday,

December 31st , 2015.

The next Regular Board meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7 PM in the Administration Board Room, North Valley Hospital, 203 S. Western Ave., Tonasket, WA

PUBLIC HOSPITAL DISTRICT NO. 4 OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON (North Valley Hospital)

/s/ Helen Casey President of the Commission

509-486-2151 ● www.nvhospital.org ● www.nvhospital.org 203 S. Western Ave., Tonasket WA 98855

North Valley Hospital Commissioner, Herb Wandler was sworn in by Mick Howe at the Regular Board Meeting on December 10, 2015.   Commissioner Wandler was first appointed in 2003 and continues to serve the people of Okanogan County Public Hospital District No. 4.    Thank you Herb for your dedication!!

North Valley Hospital Commissioner, Herb Wandler was sworn in by Mick Howe at the Regular Board Meeting on December 10, 2015.   Commissioner Wandler was first appointed in 2003 and continues to serve the people of Okanogan County Public Hospital District No. 4.    Thank you Herb for your dedication!!

Tonasket, WA, November 2015 On November 19, 2015, leaders from the rural health community from across the country celebrate National Rural Health Day in recognition of the tremendous accomplishments that have been achieved in rural healthcare this year. In support of this recognition, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care.   National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) has partnered with iVantage to recognize 37 Washington hospitals as having reached top quartile performance status in Quality, Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Financial Strength compared to all acute care hospitals in the nation. The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEXTM, the assessment of hospital performance in the country to include all rural providers.   North Valley Hospital (NVH), along with only 7 other Washington hospitals, ranked as a top quartile performer in the Quality-Based pillar (or category) as part of that assessment. This pillar includes patient care indicators for Heart Attack (AMI), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, andother processes of care. The 6 other hospitals to receive this state recognition were Peacehealth Medical Center, Mason General, Kittitas Valley Community, Toppenish, and Morton General Hospital.   10 Washington hospitals, including North Valley Hospital, were recognized for excellence in the Patient Satisfaction pillar also. NVH follows Medicare’s mandate to participate in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider and System (HCAHPS). 50% of their hospitalized patients receive a call from a national patient satisfaction surveyor within 42 days of being discharged.  “Would you recommend NVH to your friends and family?” was the survey question used as the marker for this recognition. From 9/1/14 to 9/1/15 97% of the patients surveyed gave a “thumbs up” answer about recommending NVH to their friends and family.   North Valley Hospital CEO, Mike Zwicker and the entire staff would like to thank its patients and family members for taking the time to answer the questions when a surveyor calls.  The data is used to identify areas to improve our patient’s experience and to support the quality care we give. These calls take about 10 minutes and come to us from Chattanooga, Tennessee and Baltimore, Maryland.   The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities“   These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals.      

Tonasket, WA, November 2015

On November 19, 2015, leaders from the rural health community from across the country

celebrate National Rural Health Day in recognition of the tremendous accomplishments that have

been achieved in rural healthcare this year. In support of this recognition, iVantage Health Analytics

has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of

indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care.

 

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) has partnered with iVantage to recognize 37 Washington hospitals as having reached top quartile performance status in Quality, Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Financial Strength compared to all acute care hospitals in the nation. The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEXTM, the assessment of

hospital performance in the country to include all rural providers.

 

North Valley Hospital (NVH), along with only 7 other Washington hospitals, ranked as a top quartile performer in the Quality-Based pillar (or category) as part of that assessment.

This pillar includes patient care indicators for Heart Attack (AMI), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, andother processes of care. The 6 other hospitals to receive this state recognition were Peacehealth Medical Center, Mason General, Kittitas Valley Community, Toppenish, and Morton General Hospital.

 

10 Washington hospitals, including North Valley Hospital, were recognized for excellence in the Patient Satisfaction pillar also. NVH follows Medicare’s mandate to participate in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider and System (HCAHPS). 50% of their hospitalized patients receive a call from a national patient satisfaction surveyor within 42 days of being discharged.  “Would you recommend NVH to your friends and family?” was the survey question used as the marker for this recognition. From 9/1/14 to 9/1/15 97% of the patients surveyed gave a “thumbs up” answer about recommending NVH to their friends and family.

 

North Valley Hospital CEO, Mike Zwicker and the entire staff would like to thank its patients and family members for taking the time to answer the questions when a surveyor calls.  The data is used to identify areas to improve our patient’s experience and to support the quality care we give. These calls take about 10 minutes and come to us from Chattanooga, Tennessee and Baltimore, Maryland.

 

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities“

 

These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals.

 

 

 

Notice of Public Hearing on November 12th. 2015

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The Hospital needs your feedback and would greatly appreciate your participation!

Meeting Times and Locations:

Wednesday, September 23rd
North Valley Hospital
7:00-8:30 PM

Thursday, September 24th
Oroville Senior Center
6:00-7:30 PM


$5 Lipid - Glucose testing for the community.

8AM-4PMSeptember 20-26th


The regularly scheduled board meeting for the 24th has been moved to Thursday the 17th.

Notification of Special Board meeting with agenda


September 4. 2015

The Hospital District is no longer on fire alert.



AUG. 21.2015   09:00  Hs. PST.

The city of Tonasket has been downgraded to a level 2 fire alert. 


Aug. 20.2015  22:00 Hs. PST.

North Valley Hospital remains in operation with sufficient staff to treat emergency cases.

We are not in immediate danger and we are sheltered in-place.

On the evening of Aug 20 the county asked that we close our fire shelter at the Tonasket High School.  All evacuees are urged to go to the Red Cross fire shelter at the Brewster High School.

North Valley Hospital has opened an emergency fire evacuation shelter at the Tonasket High School. 

We can be reached at 509-496-2161



From August 1st thru August 14th North Valley Hospital District will be focusing on Breast Cancer Awareness in partnership with the Omak Stampede and the funds they annually donate to our Mammography program.


Adam Tibbs is sworn in as a commissioner of Okanogan Valley Hospital District #4 at the June 25 Board Meeting by HR Director Jan Gonzales.   Board Chair Helen Casey presides over the swearing in. 


NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING   JUNE 18, 2015

North Valley Hospital District employees attended the 78th Tonasket Founder's Day Parade!


Welcome CEO Mike Zwicker

At the last Board of Commissioners meeting, the Board appointed our new CEO/Administrator for North Valley Hospital District.


NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD MEETING   MAY 13th. 2015.

5/6/2015  - US Representative Dan Newhouse stopped by North Valley Hospital during the first tour of his district since his swearing in in January. Mr. Newhouse toured North Valley Hospital and Extended Care and met with staff and senior leadership.  We were honored to have Dan listen to our issues and be a voice for North Valley Hospital in Washington DC!

US Representative Dan Newhouse shakes ED Coordinator Katrina Kindred's hand during a tour of North Valley Hospital Emergency Department.  Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb is in the background. 




Kids Design An Ad. 

A supplement to The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle, of April 22, 2015

Occupational Therapy Month

Recording of Healthline talk from KOMW radio.

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Tonasket VA Rural Health Clinic

“Open Enrollment” & “I.D. Cards”

If you are a Veteran and want to apply for Veteran Benefits, or you have not received your Veteran I.D. card please join the Tonasket VA Rural Health Clinic for our “Open Enrollment.”

Come meet your Tonasket VA Clinic staff and Okanogan Counties new Veteran Service officer Eric Fritts.

Location: North Valley Hospital VA Clinic,   203 South Western Avenue Tonasket, WA 98855

Date and Time: Friday, May 29 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please call the Tonasket VA Clinic at 509-486-3107 to schedule a time to have your picture taken for your I.D. Card.  You will need to bring specific identification with you to your appointment.

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. Lab Week is a time to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the US every year. At North Valley Hospital our laboratory professionals work together to maintain and improve our high standards of patient care. Did you know that laboratory test results comprise about 70 percent of a patient’s medical record? Lab professionals play a critical role in providing answers that guide the cures for an almost limitless range of diseases. Please join the North Valley Hospital to celebrate and recognize National Laboratory Professionals Week. Take a moment to thank the outstanding professionals that serve you through our laboratory.

 


Press Release: North Valley Hospital's new GE System will enable scanning of even the most challenging patients in the North Okanogan

February 2, 2015 – With the convergence of low dose technology, image quality, and speed found in GE Healthcare’s Optima660 CT scanner, North Okanogan physicians are now able to diagnose even the most challenging patients.  This innovative technology can help enable clinicians to diagnose more patients whom have trouble holding still due to faster scan times and at the same time still achieve hi quality images while using the low-dose scanning capabilities. 

“As diagnostic imaging has grown to become an important part of patient care, our goal of keeping radiation to a minimum has become more important”, says Shane Pyper, North Valley Imaging Center’s Manager.

Today, more than 70 million computed tomography (CT) scans are done per year in the U.S. with tremendous clinical value in helping physicians to provide a fast and definitive diagnosis across a wide range of applications.  CT is a non-invasive and expedient way to look inside the body at organs, soft tissues, vascular structures and bones using x-rays to generate very high resolution images of the body.  It does this by rotating an x-ray source and detector around the patient as the patient is moved through the device.

The wide coverage and increased detectors of the Optima660 CT allows healthcare providers to scan organs such as the brain, heart, liver and pancreas, in faster rotation times which will reduce breath hold times for patients. Also, the speed of this new technology allows providers to gather information about function as well as anatomy.

 Tonasket’s Optima660 CT comes equipped with ASiR, GE’s low dose technology which routinely reduces dose up to 40% with the same image quality0.  Furthermore, clinicians can help reduce patient anxiety with the Optima660 CT as:

  • The scanner is 50% quieter than previous generation CTs
  • Optima660 CT provides soft ambient lighting and personalized gantry displays
  • It can comfortably accommodate more patients with a longer scan table that has a 500lb weight capacity.

The Optima660 CT delivers high definition imaging across the entire body, helping physicians make a confident diagnosis across all applications. 

The CT system was installed in December 2014 and is currently scanning patients.

 * Trademark of General Electric Company

In clinical practice, the use of ASiR may reduce CT patient dose depending on the clinical task, patient size, anatomical location and clinical practice. A consultation with a radiologist and a physicist should be made to determine the appropriate dose to obtain diagnostic image quality for the particular clinical task.

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 hereto read the full press release. 

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.

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. 

Click here for more information.

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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.



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