Do you know about the CARElink program at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center? This program is designed to make going home from the hospital easier by providing education and telephone support to patients and their families. The CARElink team is Meeting the Challenge of Healthcare Change by following up with patients after a hospital stay and being a valuable resource for any questions they may have. Pictured (right) are our CARElink team: Coordinator Toni O'Donnell, RN, JoAnna Squires, RN, and Shelley McKenzie, RN.
Deon Lien - WMHS Volunteer
WMHS Volunteer, Deon Lien, is meeting the challenge of healthcare change by lending a helpful and supportive hand to anyone in need. Deon’s comforting and caring personality makes her a true asset to WMHS. She often goes above and beyond her duties and truly leaves a lasting impression on those she encounters. Thank you for all you do, Deon!
Ambulation Assistants Team
A great example of innovation at WMHS is our Ambulation Assistants program that focuses on getting our patients to move as much as possible. Ambulating patients keeps them from losing strength, thereby lessening their stay and reducing their chance for readmission. This is also part of how we are meeting the challenge of healthcare change! Pictured are (from left) Ambulation Assistants Sharon Butler and Pam Dolly, and Jennifer Looker, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager 5 West/Clinical Resource Team.
WMHS Home Care Team
The WMHS Home Care team is Meeting the Challenge of Healthcare Change 7 days a week, year round. One of the ways they do so is caring for patients in their most comfortable setting, their home. By providing skilled nursing, guidance, and education, the Home Care nurses are helping our patients manage their health and preventing readmissions to the hospital. Pictured below are WMHS Home Care nurses Lisa Williams, Valorie Neidhardt, Carla Leedy, and Linda Dawson. Thank you to these ladies and everyone involved in the Home Care program for meeting and exceeding the challenge!
Theresa Stahl, RD, LDN, Dietitian
Theresa is Meeting the Challenge of Healthcare Change by improving the health of our community one bite at a time. She provides medical nutrition therapy to adults, children and families, counseling for weight loss, hyperlipidemia, eating disorders, kidney disease, food allergies and more. She also teaches Change to Win, a community nutrition and weight loss program and enjoys speaking on a variety of nutrition topics to groups in the health system and around the community.
Electronic Health Records Team - IT and Clinican Staff
Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology plays a major role in healthcare change. At WMHS, we are using this technology in meaningful ways to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of healthcare, engage patients and their families, and improve coordination between providers and maintain privacy and security of patient health information. A special thank you to our Information Technology staff and members of our clinical team for working hard to implement and utilize EHR technology in ways that assist us in Meeting the Challenge of Healthcare Change.
Glenda Billy, RN - 7 South
"I work to prevent falls and control pain. I am also working to expand healthcare education to each patient discharged."
Meeting the Challenge TV Spots Being Filmed
As part of the "Meeting the Challenge” campaign, WMHS Community Relations and Marketing are working with the local advertising agency McClarran & Williams on a series of television commercials featuring employees from all areas of the health system. The TV crew is shown (left) recording Taryn Bennett, RN, in the Wound Care Center, who is pictured in front of the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers. When the commercials are completed, they can be seen on many of our local cable channels and on the WMHS website.