COVID Information: Review our current visitor policies or visit the COVID-19 Resource Center. *For everyone’s safety, masks are required at all times in our facilities. Thank you.

Local Businesses Donate Personal Protective Equipment to Kearney Regional Medical Center; Visitors Limited to Preserve PPE

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Kearney Regional Medical Center is increasing its stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) to prepare for an influx of COVID-19 patients and ensure the continued safety of its staff members.

As of Friday, March 27th, all direct patient care employees will be wearing a surgical mask or other PPE depending on their type of patient care.

The Supply Chain at Kearney Regional Medical Center has been working diligently for weeks to purchase maximum supplies of PPE.

In the past two weeks Kearney Regional Medical Center and Platte Valley Medical Group have also received donations of surgical masks, N95 masks, and industrial-produced hand sanitizer from: Lowes (national donation), Nebraska National Guard Armory, Fastenal, Kappa Ethanol, Kirk Melson Plumbing, Jimmi Ann Anderson, Delux Manufacturing, and Green Light Contracting.

At this time, homemade surgical masks are not being accepted as they have not been approved by the CDC for direct patient care use. Homemade mask effectiveness is currently being studied by students at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Any business that may have a bulk supply of medical equipment such as: surgical masks, N95 masks, eye protection, medical grade disposable gloves, and scrubs that they would like to donate should contact Outreach and Community Development Coordinator Trish Olson at tolson@kearneyregional.com or 308-455-3881.

Examples of businesses that may have access to such supplies include: dental clinics, tattoo parlors, nail salons, manufacturing companies and construction companies.

Visitors are also being limited as of Saturday, March 28th to help preserve PPE and limit any unnecessary risk for infections. No visitors will be allowed at the facility with the exception of: one support person per laboring mother in the Maternity Care Center, one parent per pediatric patient, one caretaker per outpatient surgery patient for discharge instructions and transport, or other extenuating circumstances. All visitors will be masked and will be asked to stay in the patient room.

For more information, please visit KearneyRegional.com/COVID19.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

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With screening, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are also highly treatable if caught early. That’s why on-time screening is essential and lifesaving.

Here to talk about this is Dr. Gopi Vasudevan, Gastroenterologist at Platte Valley Medical Group.

When you should be screened

All men and women without a family history of colorectal cancer should begin colorectal cancer screenings at age 45, according to the American Cancer Society.

If you have certain risk factors, you may need to be screened earlier than 45. Speak with your trusted healthcare professional about developing a screening plan for you. They can recommend how and when you should be screened.

Risk factors, including genetics and family history 

The majority of colorectal cancer patients do not have a family history or genetic connection to the disease. This is when the cancer occurs by chance and is often called “sporadic cancer.”

However, in some families, we see more cancer than we would expect. About one in four patients have a family history of colorectal cancer that could suggest a genetic and/or hereditary factor.

A family history of colorectal cancer, that is, an immediate family member (parent, brother, sister) or multiple family members with colorectal cancer or polyps, puts you at an increased risk for the disease.

Screening methods

The most common method for Colorectal Cancer Screening is an annual colonoscopy: a simple and safe procedure in which your doctor uses a long tube with a light and camera to detect precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) in the colon or rectum. Polyps can be removed during the procedure if found before they turn into cancer and when treatment works best.

Common symptoms

Colorectal cancer first develops with few, if any, symptoms. It’s vital to talk to a doctor if symptoms do appear. These may include:

  • A change in bowel habits including diarrhea, constipation, a change in the consistency of your stool or finding your stools are narrower than usual
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort such as cramps, gas, or pain and/or feeling full, bloated or that your bowel does not empty completely
  • Finding blood (either bright red or very dark) in your stool
  • Weakness or fatigue, can also accompany losing weight for no known reason, nausea or vomiting

Colorectal cancer symptoms can also be associated with many other health conditions. Only a medical professional can determine the cause of your symptoms. Early signs of cancer often do not include pain. It is important not to wait before seeing a doctor. Early detection can save your life.

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KRMC Asks Community for Coloring Pages to Spread Cheer for Doctors’ Day 2020

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Kearney Regional Medical Center is asking the community to help spread some extra cheer during this unprecedented time.

Parents are asked to visit kearneyregional.com/doctors-day-coloring to download a coloring page for their child(ren) to color. They can then upload it back on the same website. All submissions will then be printed off and hung around the campus on Doctors’ Day, Monday, March 30th.

Community members can also leave well wishes on the website that will also be shared.

All coloring pages and messages should be uploaded by midnight on Saturday, March 28th.

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Safety Measures in Place for the Welfare of Patients, Staff and Our Community

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Kearney Regional Medical Center has been closely monitoring and preparing for the novel coronavirus outbreak since the beginning of March.

In response to all local, state and federal recommendations, we are enacting an abundance of precautionary measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our area and ensure the safety of our patients, staff and the broader community.

A Frequently Asked Questions section has been added to our website as an evolving resource.

All sick/unwell persons are asked to please call before visiting our facility (Platte Valley: 308-865-2263, KRMC: 308-455-3600).

Anyone that suspects they are infected with COVID-19: please take the assessment on our website.

All services currently remain operational with enhanced safety operations including:

Patient/Guest Safety

  • Screening all patients with scheduled appointments, elective procedures and emergency visits for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Implementing temporary visitor restrictions to keep current patients and staff safe read more >>
  • Enhancing our cleaning and disinfecting policies to meet or exceed CDC recommendations
  • Limiting employee travel and enacting remote-work policies for non-essential personnel
  • Cancelling all community classes/education events until further notice
  • Working with local EMS to follow proper emergency screening protocols and admissions processes
  • Discharging all ER patients not needing in-patient hospitalization home to prevent infection risk

Staff Safety

  • Keeping staff informed through regular departmental and all-staff education including a weekly presentation by our Infection Prevention Coordinator and regular updates with our Medical Director
  • Limiting staff such as dietary aides, EVS workers in patient rooms with existing respiratory problems
  • Providing proper personal protective equipment (known as ‘PPE,’ including N-95 masks, gloves, etc.) to staff in high exposure areas
  • Helping coordinate resources for our healthcare workers including daycare, pet care, etc.

Public Safety

  • Following the guidance of all local, state and national health and medical authorities
  • Participating in regular communications with Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Two Rivers Public Health Department, Buffalo County Emergency Management, and many other entities
  • Making preparations for any necessary community triage scenarios and evaluating different care delivery models
  • Following CDC guidelines for testing protocols and evaluating all other options to receive more testing supplies and increasing turnaround time

We are thankful to our community for their understanding during these unprecedented times. We are #BetterTogether.

 

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Happy Healthcare HR Week

From new employee hiring to payroll completion to employee benefits and more, our HR team members are the ones who handle it all. During Healthcare HR Week, we celebrate our Human Resources department for the many ways they care for KRMC.

A special thank you goes out to our HR team for their contribution and hard work! #HCHRWeek

Now, let’s get to know our HR team:

Steve Beck, SHRM-SCP & SPHR– Steve has been with KRMC since the beginning and serves as the hospital’s Chief Human Resources Officer. In his role, he not only oversees our HR department, but also Business Office, Risk, HIM, Credentialing, and the Lean Process Improvement. Steve is responsible for developing and executing human resource strategy in support of the strategic direction of the hospital that will benefit not only the organization, but staff members alike.

Dani Ramsey, SHRM-CP – Dani has been with KRMC for over 6 years and currently serves as the Benefits & Training Manager- overseeing benefit plans and non-clinical training. In benefits, she helps monitor our benefit plans, making sure that employees have comprehensive benefit programs available, and oversees leaves (FMLA, Short Term/Long Term, and Work Comp). With training she is in charge of our MCN program and working on our leadership development program for both our leadership team and staff alike. Dani also helps with staffing for assigned departments and dealing with complex employee relation items.

Sara Fecht – Sara has been with KRMC for 4 ½ years as a Nutrition Tech, HR Intern, Nursing Services Admin Assistant, and is currently serving as a HR Generalist. In her role, Sara focuses on staffing for assigned areas of the facility- which involves recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding employees for these areas. She also works closely with managers and staff dealing with items as they come up within their areas. Sara also oversee all of our student programs (shadows, clinical, and rotations) and is the first point of contact for building the relationship with the colleges and universities in the state.

Indra Rowedder– Indra has been with KRMC for 3 years and works as an HR Generalist on the HR Team. . In her role, Indra  focuses on staffing for assigned areas of the facility- which involves recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding employees for these areas. She also works closely with managers and staff dealing with items as they come up within their areas. Indra also works closely with our KRMC’s wage and comp program and annual reviews of compensation for employees.

Cindy Pinero – Cindy has worked with KRMC for 4 years and serves as our Payroll Coordinator. In her role, Cindy makes sure that our payroll process runs smoothly and that employees get their checks each week! On non-payroll weeks, Cindy is instrumental in running reports to make sure that our managers have the information they need to make important decisions regarding their department- such as budget, staffing, and productivity.

Chelsee Page – Chelsee has been with KRMC for almost 3 years, first as our HR Intern, before moving into our Benefits assistant role! Chelsee is the front line for employees and questions they may have regarding their benefits. She deals with the day to day items, including presenting at New Employee Orientation, approving benefit submissions, and working through weekly reports. Chelsee also plays an instrumental part in tracking certifications for the facility.

Heather Kirk – Heather is our newest team member who started in February 2020! Heather works as our Recruiting Assistant and helps with all things as it is related to recruiting and onboarding. Heather helps set up interviews, send new hire paperwork, and meets with all new employees before they begin their employment at the facility. Heather also plays a vital part in making sure that our New Employee Orientation runs smoothly every other week!

Dana Kreutzer – Dana joined our HR team in October 2018 and works as an Accounting & Payroll Specialist. In her role, Dana performs a lot of the behind the scenes reporting that goes along with payroll- working closely with our Payroll Assistant and our Controller in Wichita. Dana also plays an integral part in our retirement program, making sure that employees are set up in the system and updated when they make changes to contributions. Dana also works closely with our Accounting team in Wichita helping with reporting.

Teresa Wall – Teresa has been with our HR team for one year as our Employee Health RN. She works closely with employees making sure they are up to date on their vaccines, monitoring employee injuries, and implementing programs for our staff. Teresa works closely with our leave programs, tracking employee’s time away from work and reviewing restrictions and releases from staff.  Teresa also plays an important role in making sure that new clinical staff to the facility are orientated to organization policies and procedures through New Employee Orientation.

Taylor Daly – Taylor has served as our HR Intern 9 months! During her time with KRMC Taylor has helped with our recruiting, training, and student programs. Taylor has added great value to our team by helping with special requests and day to day tasks in the department.