Improved Health for Our Community

New Programs Improve Community HealthImproved Health

  • Established three new WMHS Primary Care Centers to meet the need for additional primary care practices in our community.
  • Developed a Heart Failure Clinic to monitor patients with congestive heart failure and provide interventions to help reduce the need for hospital admissions.
  • Celebrated the first anniversary of the WMHS Wound Care Center, which now averages over 700 wound and hyperbaric oxygen therapy visits each month. Access to care helps patients avoid admissions.
  • Began planning for a Diabetic Medical Home and an Anticoagulation Clinic that will open in FY13.
  • Established a local chapter of the national Save-A-Leg, Save-A-Life Foundation.
  • Added an ambulatory detoxification service for opioid-dependent patients.

New Resources Promote Nutrition

  • Expanded patients' interaction with dietitians with nutrition counseling targeted to service lines.
  • Hosted free tours of local grocery stores to assist patients with making healthy choices when shopping.
  • Received Education Recognition Certification from the American Diabetes Association for Diabetes Self-Management Training program.
  • Developed a Dining Out Guide for Healthy Choices in local restaurants.
  • Sponsored a Healthy Food and Nutrition Festival in March.
  • Rejuvenated the Bariatric Support Group that meets monthly to help patients who have had bariatric surgery or are considering it.

Community Health Needs Take Priority

  • Collaborated with the Allegany County Health Department and other community partners on a Community Health Needs Assessment and developed a Local Health Improvement Plan
  • Launched a comprehensive campaign to communicate health and wellness information and actively engage at-risk populations in healthy living:
    • Community encounters for education and screening increased from FY11 to FY12, rising from 10,754 to 17,396.
    • Screen-Free Week encouraged families to find healthy alternatives to watching TV and playing video games.
    • Mile Movers program evolved from the walking program at Country Club Mall to a community-based program supported by the Allegany County Public Library System.
    • Multifaceted campaign to promote healthier kids called 95210 implemented with community partners.
    • Mini-grants to elementary schools provided funds to facilitate healthy activities for students.
    • Healthy Community Challenge encouraged local communities to form teams to promote healthy activities.
  • Efforts increased to encourage mothers to breastfeed, including the addition of lactation consultants.
  • Worked cooperatively with other community partners to develop Make Healthy Choices Easy coalition and established its website.
  • Became a partner in Mountain Health Alliance, a regional network dedicated to increasing access to affordable comprehensive healthcare for all.

Outreach Efforts Reach Many

  • Touched many lives through the WMHS Parish Nurse Program. The parish nurses and health ministers gave 3961 volunteer hours, resulting in 38,902 outreach encounters.
  • Distributed health information to the community at various community health fairs and similar events.

Emergency Planning Efforts Continue

  • Received $30,000 in grant funds from the Hospital Preparedness Program to purchase an internal notification system, emergency evacuation chairs and other related supplies.
  • Partnered with state and local agencies on emergency preparedness drills and other activities.
  • Exercised set-up and operation of mobile hospital shelter in conjunction with annual flu vaccination clinic for employees.

WMHS Serves as Role Model for Wellness

  • Developed the Win with Wellness program to improve the health of WMHS employees that can be used as a model for other organizations. Over 1600 employees participated in an activity through Win with Wellness in FY12.
  • Opened an on-campus fitness center for WMHS employees and staff from the Allegany County Health Department.
  • Hosted a weekly Farmers' Market on WMHS Campus.
  • Named one of Interactive Health Solutions' Healthiest Companies.
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