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A place for Janeen in Janice’s Closet
November 19, 2013 - Bras for the Cause organizers presented Hunt
Regional Healthcare Foundation with a check for $91,351 on Tuesday,
Nov. 19. During the ceremony, the foundation also debuted a plaque
on the wall of Janice’s Closet, acknowledging years of support
from Janeen Cunningham, local businesswoman, philanthropist and
owner of Greenville's Calico Cat boutique.
Organizer of the first Bras for the Cause event in 2009, Janeen
has led the charge in the crusade for improving women’s healthcare
in Hunt County. Bras for the Cause funds the foundation's efforts
to help local women, including Janice's Closet, named in honor of
Janice Weldon, who died in 2010 after a lifetime of volunteering
and serving others. Located at Hunt Regional Medical Center, Janice's
Closet houses a special fitting room and provides services for women
undergoing treatment for cancer.
The door outside the room now reads, “To all women who enter
Janice’s Closet…it is thanks to Janeen Cunningham, founder
of Bras for the Cause, that this special place exists. May her commitment
to your health encourage you in your fight.”
Pictured from left to right are: Richard Carter, Hunt Regional
Healthcare CEO, Pud Kearns, Bras for the Cause organizer, Janeen
Cunningham, Alicia Wittkopf, Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation
director, and Mike Klepin, Hunt Regional Healthcare administrator.
New surgical technique represents latest
in advancements from Hunt Regional Surgery Center
14, 2013 - The colon is the sponge of the digestive system, absorbing
water, salt, and other nutrients from waste before it is eliminated
from the body. Colon diseases including colon cancer, diverticulitis
and intestinal blockage sometimes require the removal of a portion
of the colon through a colectomy. Thanks to a new and advanced surgical
procedure known as single incision laparoscopic colon surgery (SILS)
being performed at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville, patients
now have the option of minimally invasive surgery with maximum benefits.
Hailed as one of the latest advancements in minimally invasive
gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, the new SILS approach involves
a single incision made at the navel and is designed to make
surgery less invasive. HRMC Surgery Department Chair, Joshua
Trussell, M.D., is among the U.S. surgeons performing the
groundbreaking procedure, along with Joshua Hamilton, M.D.,
and newly welcomed surgeon Andrew Standerwick, M.D., who
completed his post-residency fellowship in advanced laparoscopic
bariatric surgery before joining the Hunt Regional Healthcare
Assistant Administrator for Medical Affairs, James Sandin,
M.D., says that the addition of Dr. Standerwick has been
an overwhelmingly positive move for Hunt Regional Healthcare.
“Dr. Standerwick adds to the growing strength of our
surgery department,” said Dr. Sandin, noting that the
new technique has propelled the department forward in the
field of surgery.
“This procedure represents a significant technical
step forward benefiting those patients with certain colon
diseases,” said Dr. Sandin.
According to Dr. Trussell, conventional open colectomies
account for 70-80% of colon cancer surgery in the U.S. During
the open surgery, an incision almost a foot long is made
along the abdomen, putting patients at a 20% risk for hernia.
Because the small, 3 cm incision made during the SILS procedure
is near the belly button, patients often have less scarring
after the surgery as well as less pain and a reduced chance
“The recovery time is significantly reduced. The traditional
way to do colon surgery requires a lengthy recovery time,
with 1 in 5 patients developing a hernia. This procedure
reduces those risks and also lessens the possibility of long-term
complications,” said Dr. Trussell.
Another advantage to the single-incision procedure is a shorter
recovery period for patients.
This new technique boasts an average discharge of 3.5 days,
while a traditional colectomy requires a patient to stay
in the hospital anywhere from 5-7 days. Patient medication
use is also drastically reduced compared to open GI surgery.
Comparative studies show no disadvantages of oncologic outcomes
to cases performed laparoscopically as opposed to traditional,
open surgeries. With long-term outcomes the same, or improved,
the SILS procedure is just one more way Hunt Regional surgeons
are improving the quality of life for their patients.
“Journey Into Life”
cancer survivor support group celebrates fourth anniversary
October 24, 2013 - After being diagnosed with breast cancer in
May of 2007, Melody Pierce, longtime resident of Hunt County, began
the journey all new cancer patients start after hearing those three
dreaded words: you have cancer. A life-saving surgery, chemotherapy
and radiation resulted in a very different announcement, letting
Melody know that she was cancer free.
But Melody’s journey did not end there. Although she had
been physically healed, she longed for a full recovery, both mentally
and emotionally. So began her search for support in the area. She
sought a group with which she could share, cry, laugh and compare
stories. However, much to her disappointment, she found that there
were no such support groups or programs available for local cancer
survivors and their caregivers.
training with the American Cancer Society, Melody approached Hunt
Regional Medical Center in Greenville and the Texas Oncology group,
proposing such a group. With the sponsorship of the two organizations
and a location to meet secured, the “Journey Into Life”
support group held its first meeting on Sept. 19, 2009 with Melody
Pierce as director and twelve members attending.
Today, Journey Into Life continues its growth with over 40 core
members. The group meets on the third Thursday of each month at
6:30 p.m. in the Texas Oncology waiting room and is open to all
cancer survivors and their caregivers. The group’s casual
atmosphere provides a positive resource of comfort from people who
understand and have been through the journey themselves. The group
has adopted the motto, “On our Journey Into Life together,
we do not have to make the trip alone.”
For more information, contact Melody Pierce at 903-455-8633.
Hunt Regional Community Hospital receives
Commitment to Quality and Excellence Award
October 10, 2013 - Hunt Regional Community Hospital in Commerce
has received the Commitment to Quality and Excellence Award
from TMF® Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality
Improvement Organization for Texas.
Commitment to Quality and Excellence Award recognizes critical
access hospitals in Texas that are publicly reporting performance
data to promote transparency and improve health care in their
communities. To receive the award, hospitals must report
on one or more quality measures specified by the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
“We believe in making this information available to
allow our community to make informed decisions about their
health care,” said Hunt Regional Healthcare Administrator
“This step illustrates our hospital’s commitment
to patients and to continually improving the quality of care
we provide,” said Klepin.
Hospital-reported data is available on Hospital Compare,
a website that displays how well hospitals provide care to
patients. The information is intended to assist consumers
in making decisions about where to access their health care.
“TMF is proud to recognize Hunt Regional Community
Hospital for equipping individuals in rural areas with the
kind of health care information available to those in larger
cities,” said Susan Purcell, RN, Director of Quality
Improvement, Patient Safety Initiatives for TMF. “This
commitment to quality improvement is an investment in improving
the future of health care in Texas.”
Patient Care is now Good to Go after
discharge from HRMC
October 4, 2013 - It is every provider’s goal to make
sure the transition from hospital to home is as smooth as
possible. Part of that transition includes making sure patients
and their family members understand all discharge instructions.
To ensure patient understanding, Hunt Regional Medical Center
at Greenville has implemented a new system, the Good to Go®
communication tool, which records caregiver and patient conversations
at discharge. Using an Apple iPad, the tool captures the
discharge instructions as they are given in real life. Each
nurse can now be seen at the patient’s bedside at discharge
with an iPad in hand.
After the Good to Go® program records the care instructions,
patients have the opportunity to re-listen at any time through
a telephone, computer or any device that has internet access.
This convenient feature allows patients to re-visit the teaching
and clarify any questions or confusion that may linger regarding
their post-hospital care. Additionally, the patients can
authorize family members, friends or other care providers,
enabling them to listen to the recorded instructions as many
times as needed for 30 days.
Along with vocal instructions, the communication tool can
also capture and share patient education documents in various
disciplines including nursing, respiratory therapy and physical
therapy. There are also tools that show patient follow-up
appointments and new medications.
Good to Go® is currently being used on Tele West and
Tele East at HRMC. Hunt Regional hopes to expand Good to
Go® throughout the hospital in the months to come.
Patients can access Good to Go® online by clicking the
Good to Go® logo on the left side of the HRH home
Annual Bras for the Cause kicks off in royal style
August 21, 2013 - For four years, local philanthropists and
volunteers have donned glue guns and taken on the role of seamstresses,
designers and bra wranglers in hopes of raising awareness—and
money—for breast cancer. Now in its fifth year, Bras for
the Cause coordinators are preparing to roll out the red carpet
for prospective volunteers and are launching this year’s
event in royal fashion with a regal-themed kick-off event at
Unlike many fundraisers which feed into larger, national organizations,
the money raised at Bras for the Cause is used to serve the needs
of women battling breast cancer right here in Hunt County. This
year’s event will help to fund Janice’s Closet, a special
fitting room located at Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville
for women undergoing treatment for cancer. More than 200 women have
already been helped by Janice’s Closet, which provides mastectomy
bras, prostheses, wigs, compression garments, treatment gowns and
other services free of charge to women in need of financial assistance.
Bras for the Cause proceeds will also help support the Hunt Regional
Mobile Mammography Coach, which began operating in March. The mobile
unit makes scheduled visits to businesses, churches and other locations,
bringing state-of-the-art digital breast cancer screening to the
more than 65% of Hunt County women that do not receive yearly mammograms.
The mobile unit is working to improve that statistic through the
convenience of on-the-go screening, and has benefited from HRMC’s
recent accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast
Centers (NAPBC). This distinction positions HRMC’s imaging
center at the same level as Baylor Medical Center of Dallas and
Medical City Dallas.
Plans for the 2013 Bras for the Cause, scheduled for Oct. 10 at
Landon Winery, are already underway, with the addition of new categories
to fuel Hunt County’s creative minds. Last year, more than
100 bras were entered into the contest and organizers hope to see
that number double this year with entries from individuals and businesses
across the county.
Anyone interested in volunteering, sponsorship or otherwise becoming
involved in this year’s event is invited to attend the kick-off
celebration at Landon Winery on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. where
light refreshments will be served and wine will be available for
purchase. Interested parties can also learn more about supporting
Bras for the Cause by contacting organizer Janeen Cunningham at
Hospital board approves November bond election
to expand emergency services
August 15, 2013 - The Hunt Memorial Hospital District Board
of Trustees voted to place a bond election before the citizens
of Hunt County, addressing the need for emergency services
in the southern and northeastern parts of Hunt County. The
$12.3 million bond issue would allow for the construction
of freestanding emergency departments in both Commerce and
Scheduled for Nov. 5, 2013, the election proposes an estimated average
tax increase of $0.0181. With current average home values in Hunt
County at $97,016, the bond equates to an annual increase of $17.56
or an additional $1.46 per month for the average home.
In 2012, Hunt Regional Healthcare’s emergency department treated
over 50,000 patients. That number is on pace to exceed 52,000 in
2013. According to the American Hospital Association, the state
average for emergency room visits for 2011 was 386 per 1000 people.
That equates to an almost 55 percent higher volume of visits for
Hunt County’s 87,000 citizens.
The bond also calls for the renovation of patient rooms in the east
wing of the third floor of Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville,
which has not been updated since the construction of the main hospital
in 1971. Measuring approximately 100 square feet in size, the majority
of the third-floor rooms currently lack shower facilities. Increases
in the measurements of modern hospital beds have also restricted
the space available for in-room patient care. In addition, current
construction requirements mandate that acute care hospitals provide
at least 120 square feet per room. The bond package would allow
for correction of these issues.
John Heatherly, assistant administrator for Hunt Regional Healthcare,
has spoken to citizens about the proposal in forums throughout the
county, and maintains the importance of planning for the future
of Hunt County healthcare.
“It is quickly becoming difficult to meet the emergent needs
of Hunt County through Greenville alone. It is our duty to provide
quality healthcare by expanding our emergency service lines to reach
the entire county,” said Heatherly.
Hunt Regional Lab Solutions celebrates
18, 2013 - Adding to its already extensive line of services,
Hunt Regional Healthcare is proud to announce the opening
of Hunt Regional Lab Solutions. Hunt Regional Lab Solutions
provides three conveniently located “gentle draw”
stations in Greenville for Hunt County patients in need of
Patients may choose to use Hunt Regional Lab Solutions as their
preferred provider when given lab orders by their physician. Hunt
Regional Lab Solutions accepts most insurances and no appointment
Interested patients may find out more information by calling 903-408-1810.
American Cancer Society recognizes “One
for All” Relay For Life team
16, 2013 - The 2013 Hunt Regional Healthcare Relay For Life
team, “One for All,” was recognized Tuesday,
July 16 by the American Cancer Society as the number one
fundraising team during the Hunt County Relay. The team raised
almost $11,000 for the fight against cancer during the May
event, where Hunt County businesses and individuals came
together to raise over $100,000 for cancer research.
ACS representative Mark Bradford treated team members to an informal
cake reception and presented the group with commemorative plaques
from both the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and the ACS in appreciation
of their contribution.
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