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Kearney Regional’s IT Department to Provide Services at Harlan County Health System

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Kearney Regional’s Medical Center is excited to announce a new partnership with Harlan County Health System, a critical access hospital in Alma, NE.

Kearney Regional Medical Center will be providing all of Harlan County Health System’s Information Technology (IT) services. KRMC’s Director of IT, Jerry Waddel, and his team will be providing services 24/7 and will make in-house visits when needed.

“A solid IT department is crucial for a successful organization and that’s exactly what we’ll be getting from Jerry’s team,” said HCHS CEO, Dr. Patrick Auman.

“This is the first IT partnership for KRMC and we’re looking forward to building a great relationship with HCHS. I believe that our team is ready to take on this new adventure with them,” said Waddel.

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Kearney Regional Medical Center First in Nebraska to Utilize Telecytology

Kearney Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in Nebraska to utilize Telecytology in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha (UNMC). Telecytology is the interpretation of cell samples and structure remotely using digital images. Common uses for this technology include biopsying the thyroid gland for cancer.

Patient specimens are collected using a small, hollow needle in the patient’s thyroid gland using Rapid Onsite Evaluation (ROSE).

The on-site histologist at KRMC and the UNMC doctor connect via Skype for Business. Once it is determined the sample is adequate for interpretation, it will be curried to Omaha to be fully-processed and read for diagnosis. The patient will then come back to KRMC in about five days to review their results in-person with their physician.

As feedback is immediate, inadequate biopsies are reduced and repeat biopsies are largely avoided.

The service is also available to clinic patients of Platte Valley Medical Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of KRMC.

Dr. Ana Yuil-Valdes, a Pathologist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, shared about this partnership during the C.A.R.E. (Celebration and Recognition of Excellence) Forum on June 28, 2019.

Kearney Hospitals, Public Safety Agencies Participating in Full-Scale Disaster Drill Jan. 24

KEARNEY — A multi-casualty full-scale disaster drill is planned from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, January 24 in Kearney, with specific activity set to take place at the Viaero Center, Kearney Regional Medical Center and CHI Health Good Samaritan. Please be aware of emergency vehicle traffic in these areas during the exercise.

Don’t be alarmed if you happen upon a staged disaster–emergency lights, sirens, community members dressed to resemble wounded casualties and safety and health personnel. It is only a drill.

Kearney Regional and Good Samaritan, in conjunction with other public safety agencies including Two Rivers Public Health Department, Buffalo County Emergency Management, Kearney Police, Kearney Volunteer Fire Department and Buffalo County Sherriff and Tri Cities Medical Response System (TRIMRS) are participating in this annual learning experience.

Drills test the disaster plan of hospitals and response partners, help to identify gaps, determine how best to close those gaps and provide an opportunity to share best practices. Community partnership can save lives in an actual disaster event.

About Kearney Regional Medical Center

KRMC is a 93-bed acute care hospital.  Dedicated to improving the health of our patients, Kearney Regional Medical Center delivers expert medical care that is patient focused and cost effective. Kearney Regional Medical Center’s state of the art facility offers patients sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services covering the spectrum of care.  Kearney Regional is made up of Medical, Surgical, and Intensive Care Beds as well as a full suite of Operating Rooms, Interventional Cardiology and Radiology Labs, an Emergency Department, Maternity Care Center, and full Radiology Department for diagnostic services.

Maternity Care Center Achieves Safe Sleep Champion Status

KRMC Maternity Care Center Receives DHHS Accolade
MCC Achieves Safe Sleep Champion Status as Part of DHHS Initiative

Kearney, Neb. – Kearney Regional Medical Center’s Maternity Care Center was honored in April for their designation as a Safe Sleep Champion by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) worked with the Nebraska Hospital Association, the Nebraska Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Nebraska Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative to launch the Nebraska Safe Sleep Hospital Campaign. The campaign provides evidence-based education and training to parents of newborns as well as birthing hospital staff.

“It was important for Kearney Regional to become a Safe Sleep Champion because we put a large emphasis on education for our patients and staff,” said Dani Peisiger, Director at the KRMC Maternity Care Center. “The benefits of having the formal education for the staff and patients allows us to reinforce best practices for safe sleep and helps us achieve the highest quality of care for our patients built on evidenced-based practices.”

“We chose to be a Safe Sleep Champion here at Kearney Regional because we have a true passion for these kids as if they were our own,” said Peisinger. “Through the initiative, our staff has completed Safe Sleep training and models the techniques for our patients. Our new parents see firsthand the proper way to put the baby down to sleep, how to dress baby so they aren’t too warm and what a safe sleep environment looks like. It has been beneficial to staff as well as our patients.”

The Safe Sleep Campaign starts within the hospital setting, encouraging all Nebraska birthing hospitals to become a Safe Sleep Hospital Champion. To be considered a Safe Sleep Champion, the hospital signs a pledge, creates or updates a Safe Sleep Policy, provides yearly education to hospital personnel, models safe sleep recommendations, and educates parents with evidence-based safe sleep materials in accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute 71-2103 and the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics Safe Sleep Recommendations.

About Kearney Regional Medical Center

KRMC is a 93-bed acute care hospital.  Dedicated to improving the health of our patients, Kearney Regional Medical Center delivers expert medical care that is patient-focused and cost-effective. Kearney Regional Medical Center’s state of the art facility offers patients sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services covering the spectrum of care.  Kearney Regional is made up of Medical, Surgical, and Intensive Care Beds as well as a full suite of Operating Rooms, Interventional Cardiology and Radiology Labs, an Emergency Department, Maternity Care Center, and full Radiology Department for diagnostic services.

The staff at Kearney Regional consists of more than 700 talented and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinical, and support staff.

Kearney Regional Hires New CEO

April 5, 2018

Kearney, Neb. – Kearney Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the hiring of Bill Calhoun as the new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Calhoun comes to Kearney Regional from the state of Florida where he was President of Hospital Operations for Health First, an independent healthcare system in central Florida.  Mr. Calhoun will begin his role as CEO at Kearney Regional on April 18th.

“I am thrilled to join my new colleagues at Kearney Regional Medical Center and look forward to serving the people of Kearney, Buffalo County, and our surrounding communities,” commented Calhoun.  “Initial impressions have been overwhelmingly positive and this team’s commitment to community inspired care is remarkable.”

Prior to his role as President for Health First, Bill was the President and Regional Vice President for Affinity Health System and Ministry Health Care for the Eastern Region of Wisconsin and President of Mercy Medical Center.

“We are very excited to welcome Bill to lead our team here at Kearney Regional and look forward to him merging into our already-strong culture here at KRMC,” said John Lanning, COO of Kearney Regional Medical Center.  “Bill brings a vast wealth of knowledge in the healthcare industry and has the right mindset to take Kearney Regional to newer heights while keeping what makes KRMC great, a positive culture from top to bottom.”

Kearney Regional has spent the past many months on a national search for the CEO position.  “We were fortunate to have an outstanding group of qualified applicants through this search,” stated Steve Beck, Director of Human Resources at Kearney Regional.  “To select Mr. Calhoun from such a talented pool of healthcare professionals is a testament to his abilities and background in healthcare.  We look forward to seeing Bill bring those qualities into the KRMC family.”

“Early on, I am eager to listen and see first-hand the KRMC mission in action,” added Calhoun, new CEO at Kearney Regional. “Getting to know my colleagues is important to me. I want to learn what inspires our team members and what we do well. This understanding will serve as a foundation for building upon our strengths and further developing our services.”

Bill is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and advanced training in healthcare administration from the University of Wisconsin – Superior.

“We are so excited to announce the hiring of Bill Calhoun”, said Dr. Sean Denney, KRMC Chairman of the Board of Directors. “Bill comes to us with an extensive executive experience base and lauded references.   He is consummately warm, engaging, and personable. From the moment we first met him, we knew why he came so highly recommended. His business acumen, as well as leadership skills are readily appreciable.  I have no doubt that Bill Calhoun will make all of us better, and raise the level of care provided at Kearney Regional Medical Center to a whole new level.”

Bill has been active in professional and community organizations and has served various governing boards and health foundations within the American College of Healthcare Executives, Chambers of Commerce, United Way, and Boys and Girls Club.

“I see a future that recognizes and anticipates local needs and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to excellence in all that we do. I believe there is opportunity to broaden our services and expand our reach to create improved access and convenience for those we serve.”

About Kearney Regional Medical Center

KRMC is a 93-bed acute care hospital.  Dedicated to improving the health of our patients, Kearney Regional Medical Center delivers expert medical care that is patient focused and cost effective. Kearney Regional Medical Center’s state of the art facility offers patients sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services covering the spectrum of care.  Kearney Regional is made up of Medical, Surgical, and Intensive Care Beds as well as a full suite of Operating Rooms, Interventional Cardiology and Radiology Labs, an Emergency Department, Maternity Care Center, and full Radiology Department for diagnostic services.

The staff at Kearney Regional consists of nearly 700 talented and compassionate physicians, nurses, clinical, and support staff.