CHI Mercy Health Mercy Medical Center is celebrating National Healthcare Week May 10 – 16
Roseburg, Ore. - A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope. From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community. That’s the message organizers are touting with the 2015 National Hospital Week theme “Where Miracles Happen Every Day.”
The weeklong event set for May 10-16 is celebrated by health care facilities across the country. “National Healthcare Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of our people,” said Kelly Morgan, Mercy’s president and CEO. “We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.”
The nation’s largest health care event, National Hospital Week dates back to 1921 when it was suggested by a magazine editor who hoped a community wide celebration would alleviate public fears about hospitals. The celebration, launched in Chicago, succeeded in promoting trust and goodwill among members of the public and eventually spread to facilities across the country.
A full slate of activities is planned for Mercy’s team this year, including a Food Truck Day Event offering both breakfast for nightshift and lunch for day shift staff. The Food Trucks are all local vendors and include: River Blendz, Old Soul Pizza, Neighborhood Smokehouse BBQ, Southgate Deli Catering and Big Foot Pepsi. Friday features cupcakes by local vendor, Jill’s Sugar Buzz Bakery.
Other events throughout the week include a special Blessing of the Hands by Mercy’s Mission team, where the hands of each staff member are celebrated and blessed for the work they do every day to care for patients and our community.
Mercy Medical Center is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Mercy started with a $12,000 gift from the Roseburg community. That is the sum the Sisters of Mercy raised to construct Roseburg’s first hospital more than 50 years after the city was founded. The 25-bed Mercy Hospital was dedicated on Feb. 22, 1909, just four months after construction began. It was built on the banks of the South Umpqua River where Douglas County Health Department now stands.
Mercy has grown into a sophisticated 174-bed medical center as it has upgraded its technology and expanded its services to ensure Douglas County residents access to state-of-the-art healthcare without having to leave town. Today more than 1,000 employees and 200 volunteers work throughout Mercy.
Two months ago, Roy Lee spent a night in the hospital. He had become so dizzy that he had fallen and injured his head.
At first, he thought he might have an inner ear problem, but after he fell his doctors discovered he had a heart problem instead. His aortic valve wasn’t pumping his blood well enough to distribute the oxygen he needed through his body.
A few years ago, Lee might have been told there was nothing doctors could do for him. At 91, he would likely have been considered too old for high-risk open-heart surgery.
Lee is lucky, however, that Mercy Medical Center recently hired cardiologist Cihan Cevik, who specializes in a relatively new procedure called a transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Cevik is the first Roseburg doctor to offer the procedure and, four weeks ago, Lee became the first local patient to receive it.
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MERCY MEDICAL CENTER LABORATORY RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FROM COLLEGE OF AMERICAN PATHOLOGISTS
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Mercy Medical Center Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
Mercy Laboratory was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Mercy Medical Center Laboratory is one of more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
“Achieving CAP accreditation is a very rigorous and involved process,” states W. J. Coulter, Mercy’s Laboratory director. “A process Mercy’s Laboratory staff willingly undertake to ensure that we are providing the highest quality of care for our community members.”
The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
About the College of American Pathologists
As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP’s Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,600 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org.