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Greater Regional Medical Center is a state of the art, modern health care facility, with an Intensive Care Unit, Greater Regional Birthing Center, 24 hour Emergency Services, Physicians Clinics, Hospice Home and a fully equipped Surgery Department.
Greater Regional Named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital
Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston, Iowa, was recently named one of the iVantage HEALTHSTRONG Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.
“Greater Regional is proud of the leadership and efforts of our Board of Trustees, physicians and health care team who have contributed to our medical center achieving this designation,” said Monte Neitzel, CEO. “Our mission is to deliver the highest quality health care and service”.
Greater Regional Medical Center scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on the iVantage Hospital Strength INDEX™. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of US acute care hospitals, and the only one to include the country’s 1,300 CAHs.
The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America – measuring them across 66 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency. The list of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageHealth.com.
“Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving nearly 80 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people’s ability to pay,” said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.
iVantage is a leading advisory and business analytic services company applying Accelerated Healthcare Transformation™ and the VantagePoints™ platform to drive sustained, evidence-based results. The company’s unique combination of technology, content, and expert advisory services accelerates decision making for the new healthcare.
Greater Regional Adds 24/7 Fetal Monitoring Expertise
Decision support and remote web access enhances Labor and Delivery outcomes, safety and best practices
Continuing its commitment to deliver safe, quality health outcomes to the Labor and Delivery (L&D) patients of southwest rural Iowa, Greater Regional Medical Center, in Creston, has implemented PeriGen’s PeriCALM® fetal surveillance system.
“With PeriGen’s PeriCALM, the evidence-based decision support system is like having a maternal fetal expert looking over your shoulder throughout the labor process, offering reassurance and consultation when needed,” said Gwen Buck, R.N., Greater Regional’s chief nursing officer. “When we get busy handling multiple deliveries, PeriCALM’s fetal heart monitoring and alert capabilities ensure that we stay on top of all developments. We expect our outstanding quality care for newborns and their mothers to continue and PeriCALM helps assure the highest level of safety.”
With PeriCALM’s remote web access, Greater Regional on-call physicians can log onto the system’s spilt screen to instantly view the mother and baby’s fetal heart tracings in current state and over two hours. They can also access automated, real-time pattern recognition at the bedside. These capabilities allow physicians working remotely to see for themselves the same PeriCALM annotations nurses are seeing, creating more productive conversations. This dialogue empowers the Greater Regional Birthing Center team to make decisions with greater confidence, mitigating the potential for complications and risk.
The Greater Regional Birthing Center typically delivers between 150 and 250 babies annually.
“PeriGen supports Greater Regional Medical Center’s mission to provide the highest quality healthcare and service and to be our community’s provider of choice,” said Buck. “PeriCALM technology also helps us support our core values by encouraging teamwork in making it easier for physicians, nurses and midwives to view and interpret the same fetal strip data at the same time and collaborate on the patient’s care.”
Continuing, she added, “Above all, PeriCALM enhances our integrity and compassion by applying evidence-based decision support annotations to promote better outcomes – all of which demonstrates our striving for best practice, excellence and the respect we have for our patients. This ensures we’re delivering the very best care.”
“PeriCALM gives our OB staff a sense of reliability and security in the decision process by creating better communication between physicians, nurses and midwives,” said Denise Riley, R.N., OB/GYN coordinator at Greater Regional. “It ensures we’re able to maintain the high quality level we’ve established, and that our interpretation of the data is following evidence-based best practices.”
“Greater Regional Medical Center has established an outstanding reputation for its quality of care and dedication to achieving positive outcomes for its patient community spread across rural southwest and south central Iowa,” said Matthew Sappern, PeriGen’s CEO. “We are excited to bring our sophisticated PeriCALM complete perinatal system to grow with their technology needs now and into the future.”
Pictured: Dr. Dan Walker, Dr. Kristin Bolinger, Dr. Karen Krogstad, Jill Breach, ARNP—Certified Mid-wife and Dr. Lonny Miller who all deliver babies at Greater Regional Birthing Center with the new PeriCALM equipment.
Greater Regional Installs Innovative CT for Faster, Safer Exams
Aquilion PRIME’s Large Open Bore and High Table Weight Facilitates Successful Imaging of Diverse Patient Population
To make CT exams as fast, safe and accurate as possible for patients, Greater Regional Medical Center recently installed the AquilionTM PRIME CT system from Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc. Aquilion PRIME provides faster exams at as low as reasonably achievable doses, while producing high-quality images required for accurate diagnoses.
“The speed of the Aquilion PRIME enables our clinicians to obtain critical patient information for enhanced diagnoses faster than before,” explained JR Rockhold, Radiology Director. “The design of the Aquilion PRIME allows us to successfully image a range of patients, from pediatric to bariatric, to further improve patient safety and comfort in our community. Our team is proud to have the most current state of the art technology to ensure the highest quality care and service for our patients.”
The Aquilion PRIME’s large bore opening offers a more spacious feeling for patients, while a higher table weight limit expands the range of patients who can be imaged. In addition, the Aquilion PRIME comes standard with industry-leading dose-reduction software.
Greater Regional Welcomes
Greater Regional Medical Center recently welcomed Heather A. Osterbrink, MD general surgeon, to Greater Regional Medical Clinics – Surgical Specialists. Dr. Osterbrink is a board-certified general surgeon who earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Minnesota and her medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2004.She completed her residency at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Osterbrink then completed her surgery fellowship at the University of Minnesota in the Surgical Critical Care Unit. Prior to joining the surgical specialists at Greater Regional, Osterbrink worked at St. Thomas Moe Hospital in Canon City, Colorado.
“One of the things that has impressed me while I have considered this opportunity, is that everyone I’ve have talked with is proud of the excellent care provided at Greater Regional Medical Center. For me, it is exciting to have an opportunity to be a part of the team.” said Osterbrink.
Dr. Osterbrink and her husband, Ryan Osterbrink, have re-located to the Creston area.
Greater Regional Cancer Center Acquires New Technology
for Treating Cancer
New technology from Varian Medical Systems will deliver ultra-precise radiotherapy treatments with sub-millimeter accuracy
Greater Regional Cancer Center today announced it has installed an On-Board Imager® kV imaging system from Varian Medical Systems (NYSE: VAR). The On-Board Imager makes it possible for doctors to offer patients Conebeam CT IGRT (image-guided radiotherapy), an extremely precise form of treatment that utilizes multiple imaging and motion management techniques for ultra-accurate tumor targeting.
“This state-of-the-art technology will enable us to treat patients with the same advanced radiotherapy techniques used in larger metropolitan cancer centers,” said Katy Wiley A.S.R.T. (R) (T), Director. “It provides us with tremendous versatility and precision for customizing treatments according to the specifics of each patient’s case.
Varian’s robotic On-Board Imager, which is capable of real-time tumor tracking and automated patient positioning, enables clinicians to concentrate radiation doses on the tumor while protecting surrounding healthy tissue. This means that doses of radiation can be delivered quickly and with great precision which translates into fast treatments, greater patient comfort, and the potential for better outcomes.
“Radiation therapy is used today in more than half of all cancer treatments due to its unique clinical advantages,” says Wiley. “Using Conebeam CT IGRT from Varian, we have the potential to substantially improve treatment outcomes by doing a better job of protecting healthy tissue while delivering more powerful doses to cancerous tumors.”
The IGRT technology was installed during mid-September and is currently in use. Treating