Improved Health for Our Community
New Programs Improve Community 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.