Adventist Health News Notes

July 01, 2010 | Shawna Malvini

Top-notch Pneumonia Care in Walla Walla

Walla Walla General Hospital was recently named a top-performing hospital for pneumonia care according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The hospital achieved top status for providing treatment known to get the best results.

As a result of consistently high marks, WWGH was featured in a study by The Commonwealth Fund entitled, "Walla Walla General Hospital: Setting Staff Up for Success in Pneumonia Care."

The study describes the strategies and factors contributing to the hospital's consistent 99th-percentile ranking. Read it here:

Kiosks Streamline Cardiac Care Access in Portland, Ore.

Getting ready for cardiac care just got easier at Adventist Medical Center. The hospital recently implemented self-service registration kiosks in its Pavilion lobby. The confidential, self-registration system is designed to improve the patient experience by reducing registration wait times and enhancing confidentiality. The system also provides patients with the autonomy and empowerment they desire in maintaining personal information. User-friendly kiosks are currently being used for all outpatient cardiology patients. The next phase of the rollout will include outpatient radiology and surgical patients.

Tillamook Community Commemorates Hospital Week

Hospitals across the country celebrated National Hospital Week May 9–15, with in-house festivities for employees and staff. But Tillamook County General Hospital took a different tactic by opening its doors for the community. Local residents joined TCGH in celebrating the week by participating in Community Health Day on May 12. Community members accessed wellness screenings, including cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure checks. A free Lunch and Lecture featured a presentation by Scott A. Doherty, podiatrist.

Anderson to Lead Physician Services at WWGH

Brian Anderson is the new vice president of Physician Services for Walla Walla General Hospital, according to Monty Knittel, WWGH president and CEO. Anderson began his tenure at the hospital in 2008 via Adventist Health's two-year administrative resident program. With previous experience in administrative roles, Anderson served as vice president and CFO of Capitol Medical Center in Olympia, Wash. He was also the controller at Adventist Medical Center in Portland, Ore., and held positions at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Fla.

AMC Stroke Services are Solid Gold

Adventist Medical Center is celebrating acquisition of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. It recognizes the facility's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. To receive the award, AMC was required to maintain 85 percent compliance to core standard levels as outlined by the AHA/ASA for 24 consecutive months. These requirements include aggressive use of acute-care therapies and secondary prevention tools.