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Hunt Regional Medical Center Receives
Top Pharmacy Award
January 30, 2014 - Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville
has been named the recipient of the Complete Pharmacy Award,
presented by CompleteRx. CompleteRx is a pharmacy management
company, which provides consulting and leadership services
to hospitals across the nation. The HRMC pharmacy team was
only one of three pharmacies to receive the prestigious award.
This is the second time the hospital has received the Complete
currently manages the pharmacy at Hunt Regional Medical Center,
where it has provided in-house solutions since 2004. Each
year, the company recognizes the top CompleteRx managed pharmacies
that have demonstrated above-average company performance
in the areas of quality, regulatory compliance, patient safety,
customer satisfaction and pharmacy cost management.
Rick Burnett, chief operating officer for CompleteRx and
Garry Barnes, regional director were on site at HRMC to present
the award to Rodney Gibson, pharmacy director for the Greenville
facility and John Heatherly, assistant administrator for
Hunt Regional Healthcare.
“This is quite an honor. I’m very grateful to
our pharmacy team, which works so hard to take care of our
patients, and for the support provided by CompleteRx,”
“Pharmacy is very much a team effort and this is definitely
a team award,” he said.
David and Jan Williams rely on personal experiences
to drive their quest for quality healthcare for Hunt County
January 24, 2014 - Super Bowl Sunday brings to mind family
cookouts, afternoon parties with friends and food-covered
tables. But for Jan and David Williams, the day of the 1996
Super Bowl was anything but fun. On that day 18 years ago,
Jan received the call letting her know that she had breast
Flash forward 18 years, where the Williamses are now pillars
of the Greenville community and it isn’t difficult
to see why the couple has become a respected, dynamic force
behind multiple philanthropic groups in Hunt County. Owners
of Taylor Brothers Jewelers in Greenville, the Williamses
have offered their support once again to the Hunt Regional
Healthcare Foundation through their sponsorship of the Ninth
Annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy Gala.
Through their generosity, the 2014 gala will host a raffle
of a 3-carat diamond ring, valued at over $4000. While one
lucky winner will go home with an exquisite piece of jewelry,
it is the Williamses that feel they are the lucky ones.
“We grew up here. We love Greenville,” said Jan,
as she began recalling the events of that Sunday afternoon
almost two decades ago.
“Dr. Gray was my doctor and insisted that we take action
immediately. He was of course in his office that Sunday,
because that is a hometown doctor for you,” said Jan.
At that time, the Greenville hospital did not have a cancer
center or treatment options for women diagnosed with breast
cancer. As a result, Jan found herself traveling to Dallas
to seek treatment.
“Women don’t have to do that anymore,”
said Jan, noting that the support of women’s services
are a large part of the reason why her family has chosen
to support the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.
In addition to the FitSTEPS for Life® program, proceeds
from this year’s gala will benefit the Tubby Adkisson
Mobile Mammography Coach. The mobile unit travels on location
to local business and churches, bringing convenient, digital
breast cancer screening to the women of Hunt County.
This year’s contribution marks the second year that
the Williamses have made a jewelry donation. Last year’s
donation of a 2-carat diamond dinner ring brought in over
$5000 in one night. By selling tickets in advance, the Williamses—and
the foundation—hope to surpass that amount.
As one of the area’s only certified gemologists, family
and business-leader David has used his industry knowledge
to not only grow Taylor Brothers Jewelers, but also to advocate
for better health for Hunt County residents. A former member
of the board of directors for the hospital district, David
says his time on the board “long before the current
advancements” offers him a different perspective on
the inner workings of a healthcare facility. As someone who
has understanding from both a board member and patient perspective,
David says he thinks it is important for Greenville citizens
to recognize the transformation of care in Hunt County and
realize that it isn’t easy to take an organization
from Point A to Point B.
“People don’t realize what a large part of our
community the hospital truly is,” said David, who had
his own experience at Hunt Regional Medical Center following
a medical scare at Quick+Care that resulted in an emergency
trip to the main facility.
“I cannot tell you how wonderful it was in be in such
good care,” said Jan, remembering the incident, and
her husband’s subsequent treatment.
“They saved his life,” she said.
It is with that spirit, that the Williamses hope to encourage
their friends and Hunt County’s citizens to stand together
for better healthcare at this year’s gala, where nationally
renowned comedienne Jeanne Robertson will entertain gala
guests. The event will be held March 29 at the Sam Rayburn
Student Center in Commerce on the campus of Texas A&M
The raffle of the diamond ring will be held the evening of
the gala. Raffle tickets are priced at $10 each or six tickets
for $50 and are available for purchase at Taylor Brothers
Jewelers, from any HRHF board member or in the foundation
office located on the first floor of Hunt Regional Medical
Center. To learn more about the raffle, the gala or for sponsorship
information, visit www.laughteristhebestmedicinegala.com.
A Long Walk Home:
Hunt Regional patient regains use of legs after lengthy
January 23, 2014 - Judging by the wide smile on Amelia Bowen’s
face, nobody would guess that she has spent over three months
in a hospital room. Yet some might argue that it is her positive
outlook that has brought her this far. A patient at Hunt
Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Bowen spent 105 days
in the rehabilitation unit learning to walk again—a
miraculous recovery, following what should have been a fatal
July 1, 2013 started like a normal day for Bowen. But in
a terrifying twist while traveling down Highway 34 in Greenville,
life as she knew it changed.
“I was waiting to turn and I looked in the rearview
mirror. I saw this truck coming and I knew he was not going
to stop,” said Bowen.
“I thought, oh my God, he is going to hit me,”
The truck did hit her, twisting the car around and causing
multiple other vehicles to collide. The accident broke both
of her legs and left her clinging to life. Initially, she
was transported by helicopter to Parkland Hospital in Dallas
where she underwent surgery to stabilize her.
“My leg almost came off completely. It only had a little
bit hanging on,” said Bowen, adding that one of her
legs was broken completely to her hip.
“The foot was dangling and they sewed it back; it was
awful” she said.
After 10 days, Bowen was ready to be closer to home and was
transported back to Hunt Regional to receive therapy.
Essentially, she had to learn to walk again.
“I had to learn everything. It took four people the
first day to move me from the bed to the chair,” said
Although a large focus of her recovery was regaining the
use of her legs, Bowen also faced a new challenge: learning
to use only two limbs.
“I had to learn how to do everything with my arms because
I couldn’t do anything with my legs,” said Bowen.
Everyday tasks became much more difficult as the strength
required of her arms drastically increased. Over her 3-month
stay, Bowen gradually regained the use of her legs through
daily therapy with the Hunt Regional rehab staff.
Now able to stand and even walk several steps, Bowen will
continue her treatment through home health therapy. Grateful
to the people who have helped her, Bowen also gives thanks
“Thank you Jesus, these people have been wonderful,”
“I am telling you, this is the best place. The Lord
put me in a good place.”
The rehabilitation center at Hunt Regional
Medical Center provides high quality,
innovative care to hospital inpatients and through its outpatient
To learn more, call 903-408-1886.
Ninth Annual "Laughter is the Best
Medicine" Comedy Gala brings popular speaker and entertainer
Jeanne Robertson to Hunt County
14, 2014 - It has been said that laughter is the best medicine.
Combining humor with the philanthropy of Hunt County’s
citizens, Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation members hope
to laugh their way to better healthcare for Hunt County at
this year’s gala, where nationally renowned comedienne
Jeanne Robertson is slated to be the featured entertainer.
The Ninth Annual "Laughter is the Best Medicine"
Comedy Gala will be held March 29, 2014 at the Sam Rayburn
Student Center in Commerce on the campus of Texas A&M
The foundation’s signature event, the gala uses laughter
to bring together supporters from across several communities
in Hunt County. This year’s event promises to be bigger
and better than ever thanks to the draw of popular speaker
and entertainer, Jeanne Robertson.
Heard daily on Sirius/XM Radio's Family Comedy Channel, Robertson
is the recipient of every top honor in the speaking profession.
Toastmasters International named her the recipient of its
1998 Golden Gavel Award, given annually to one individual
for accomplishments in leadership and communications. She
is the only female professional speaker who has received
this honor. Other recipients include Lowell Thomas, Walter
Cronkite, Earl Nightingale, Art Linkletter, Dr. Joyce Brothers,
Tom Peters, Mark Russell, Ken Blanchard and Zig Ziglar. The
National Speakers Association also named Robertson its 2012
Master of Influence.
Author of the books “The Magic of Genie,” “Mayberry
Humor Across the USA,” and “Don’t Let the
Funny Stuff Get Away,” Robertson has also produced
seven comedy DVDs and CDs. Her humor is most often praised
for being filled with reality-based stories, which illustrate
"We are very excited to bring such a dynamic entertainer
to what is already an exceptional event,” said Alicia
Wittkopf, director of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.
“The gala is an important night for healthcare in Hunt
County and is a large component of helping the foundation
support the mobile mammography and FitSTEPS for Life®
initiatives of Hunt Regional Healthcare,” says Wittkopf.
Proceeds from this year’s gala will benefit the Tubby
Adkisson Mobile Mammography Coach, which began operating
in May of 2013. 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 percent
of Hunt County women that do not receive yearly mammograms.
The gala will also help fund the FitSTEPS for Life® program,
a free fitness and counseling program designed for cancer
survivors and patients currently undergoing cancer treatment.
The program addresses each individual’s specific needs
to help improve their quality of life and survival rate.
Research shows that patients can improve their survival rates
by as much as 50 percent by exercising during and after treatment.
Tickets for the gala are priced at $100 and seating is limited.
Invitations to the event will be mailed on Feb. 17 and will
offer foundation friends the opportunity to purchase their
tickets by mail. General ticket sales will begin March 17.
A reception and silent auction will take place the evening
of the gala, along with the raffle of an exquisite piece
of diamond jewelry donated by Taylor Brothers Jewelers in
Greenville. Raffle tickets are priced at $10 and are available
for purchase at Taylor Brothers Jewelers, from any HRHF board
member or in the foundation office located on the first floor
of Hunt Regional Medical Center.
To learn more about the event or for sponsorship information,
visit the gala
It’s a girl!
January 6, 2014 - Hunt Regional would like to introduce our
New Year’s baby, Brinkley Livingston!
Brinkley was the first baby born in 2014 at the Truett &
Margaret Crim Maternity Center. She is the daughter of Jessica
and Roger Livingston.
Welcome to the world Brinkley!
Infusion Center Ribbon Cutting
11, 2013 - Hunt Regional Healthcare and the Greenville Chamber
of Commerce celebrated the ribbon cutting of Hunt Regional
Healthcare Outpatient Infusion Center on Tuesday, December
The center provides the latest in treatment techniques for
a variety of conditions including anemia, Crohn’s,
CIDP, immune deficiency, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy,
polymyositis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis and
more. Our specially trained staff delivers intravenous therapy
in a comfortable setting, 7 days a week.
The center is located in the Greenville Physician's Building
at 4501 Joe Ramsey Blvd., Suite 105. Call 903.408.3522 to
learn more about our infusion services.
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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