2015 YEAR IN REVIEW
Year in Review Showcases 2015 as a Very Positive Year
Overall 2015 was another year of positive growth and change for Dickinson County Healthcare System.
Both growth and change were seen in the area of professional staffing as new physicians were recruited (bringing the total of active medical staff members to over 90), some retired, and allied health professionals were added. New physicians included: Kristine Bobish, DO – Cardiology; Jennifer Hwang, DO – Internal Medicine; Daniel Kreider, MD – Radiology; Theodore Parsons, MD – Pathology; and Brian Shukri, DO – Radiology. Retiring physicians included: Dr. Gary Roberts – Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Bayani Manzano and Dr. Danilo Zapanta – Radiologists, and Dr. Peter Hamel – Pathology. Six new nurse practitioners / physician assistants were added in a variety of clinics. They included: Samantha Harrison, NP – Dickinson Pediatric Clinic; Aaron Lanning, NP – Dickinson Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic; Melanie Martin, NP – Dickinson Cardiology Services; Nathan Thompson, NP – Dickinson Family Practice Clinics; Cassidy Sanders, PA – Dickinson Pulmonology Clinic; and Carole Spickerman, NP – Dickinson Hematology / Oncology Clinic.
Several medical clinics were relocated or reconfigured to help make room for new physicians. Dickinson Sleep Center combined the specialty medical clinic and the diagnostic center at 1100 South Carpenter Avenue in Kingsford. The Newberg Clinic was relocated to Suite 230 of the Dickinson Medical Building, which gave more exam room space to the Emergency Department. The After Hours Clinic expanded its hours; it is now open from 10:00 am to 8:45 pm daily. And it was renamed the Convenient Care Clinic (CCC). Dickinson Dermatology Clinic relocated to Suite 205 in the Dickinson Medical Building.
The Dickinson Radiation Oncology Department was brought under the sole ownership and operation of Dickinson County Healthcare System. A more comprehensive Cancer Care Program has been established through the coordination of services under the guidance of a Cancer Patient Navigator. Dickinson owned Radiation and Medical Oncology services work together with other support departments and the medical staff to comprehensively treat cancer locally thus eliminating the need for travel away from home.
Dickinson Home Medical Equipment Services accepted the invitation of physicians in Delta County to bring their services closer to their patients. The resulting expansion took most of the fourth quarter of 2015 to complete, and the doors opened on January 4 in the lower level of the Cedar Hill Clinic in Bark River.
Nursing initiatives included the expansion of the Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU), a level of care between the Intensive Care Unit and a regular inpatient room. The need for IMCU services has increased due to a strong Hospitalist Program, which has led to the ability to keep sicker patients in their community hospital. The purchase of HAL, a mannequin that actually reacts to first responder emergency measures being applied to him, has been a wonderful addition. He is used extensively for training purposes, first responder skill maintenance and has greatly enhanced the First Responder Program throughout Dickinson Memorial Hospital.
Several other hospital-wide initiatives were completed in 2015. A Smoke-Free Campus was established on May 1, which applied to all hospital grounds and adjacent hospital property, all of the outlying Dickinson affiliated clinics, as well as all parking lots and parked cars in those lots. Smoking huts were removed, and a breath of fresh air was experienced by everyone presenting for healthcare services. The Patient Portal was expanded to include communication with all Dickinson owned medical clinics as follows: information regarding clinic visits, prescription renewal, appointment requests, and physician messaging. This computer application gives patients easy and instant secure access to their health information at any time. Internally, staff hosted the first annual Quality Improvement Fair, which gave departments throughout the hospital an opportunity to display the initiatives that they successfully implemented to improve quality and safety for their patients.
Awards and special recognitions were again plentiful in 2015. They were as follows:
The healthcare system and the community once again enjoyed a very supportive, collaborative relationship as seen in the many shared events and initiatives as follows: