News

GGH Hope House presents a 4-week series on grief
Gibson General Hospital’s Hope House Senior Enrichment Program presents “The Journey of Grief,” a 4-week video series that covers the elements of grief and a healthy approach to grieving.

The series will be presented at Gibson General’s Hope House, 402 N. Third Ave., Princeton, on four consecutive Mondays in April from 2-3:30 p.m.

- April 7 – The Journey of Grief and the Definition of Grief
- April 14 – The Dimensions of Grief
- April 21 – The Needs of Grief and the Ceremonies of Grief
- April 28 – The Normal Reactions of Grief and The Significance of Grief

The series is designed to provide insight and comfort to those who are grieving a loss, those who are helping others cope with grief, or those who would like to learn more about the grieving process. Following each session Betty Dillingham, a licensed clinical social worker, will review specific points of the video session and offer time for questions and discussion.

The series is free, open to the public and no registration is required. For more information, please call Betty Dillingham, ACSW, LCSW, at (812) 385-9287.



Gibson General Hospital earns “Top Performer” recognition from the Joint Commission

Gibson General Hospital today was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America.

Gibson General Hospital is one of 1,099 hospitals in the U.S., and one of 30 Indiana hospitals, earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance.

Hospitals are recognized as Top Performers for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions. The clinical processes focus on care for heart attack, pneumonia, surgery, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and inpatient psychiatric services, as well as immunization for pneumonia and influenza. Ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The number of Top Performer organizations increased by 77 percent from last year and represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data.

Gibson General Hospital and each of the hospitals named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must: 1) achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures; 2) achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and 3) have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above. A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice.

"Gibson General Hospital and all the Top Performer hospitals have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to quality improvement and they should be proud of their achievement,” says Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “We have much to celebrate this year. Nearly half of our accredited hospitals have attained or nearly attained the Top Performer distinction. This truly shows that we are approaching a tipping point in hospital quality performance that will directly contribute to better health outcomes for patients.”

“We understand that what matters most to our patients is safe, effective and patient-centered care. That’s why we have made a commitment to Joint Commission accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based medicine. Gibson General Hospital is extremely proud of its distinction as a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” says Emmett Schuster, president and chief executive officer, Gibson General Hospital.

In addition to being included in today’s release of The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, Gibson General Hospital will be recognized on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website (www.qualitycheck.org).

For more information about The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures program or to download a copy of the “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, visit www.jointcommission.org.


GGH now providing the latest in bone health assessment

Gibson General Hospital has recently installed a Hologic Discovery Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) system to offer bone density screenings for osteoporosis.

Hologic Discovery is the most advanced DXA system available, and provides superb image quality with advanced diagnostic tools to support early detection and treatment of osteoporosis. The system can also be used to identify the presence of abdominal aortic calcification, which is a significant indicator of heart disease and stroke.

“DXA scanning is fast, easy and considered the gold standard when it comes to screening for osteoporosis, and now it is available close to home,” says Deborah Neufelder, RT(R), RDMS, RVT, director of radiology at Gibson General Hospital.

Osteoporosis is a growing healthcare crisis affecting millions of men and women worldwide. It is estimated that 50 percent of women and 30 percent of men will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their lifetime. Fortunately, osteoporosis is detectable and treatable and testing is safe and non-invasive.

“Routine bone density screening can identify those at the greatest risk before a debilitating injury occurs,” said Neufelder. “If osteoporosis is discovered, it is much easier to treat when diagnosed early.”

To learn more about osteoporosis, visit the National Osteoporosis Foundation at www.nof.org, and ask your doctor about the importance of bone density screening. To schedule your next bone density screening at Gibson General Hospital, call (812) 385-9248.

GGH Sleep Diagnostics Center Receives AccreditationGibson General Hospital’s Sleep Diagnostics Center has been awarded a 5-year accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Gibson General Hospital’s Sleep Diagnostics Center on fulfilling the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Sam Fleishman, AASM president. “The Sleep Diagnostics Center is a significant resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”                       

To receive accreditation, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance.  Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

Gibson General Hospital’s Sleep Diagnostics Center opened in July 2006 to provide local screening, diagnosis, treatment, counseling and education for those with sleep disorders. Led by sleep medicine specialist Dr. Siddharth Jani, the Sleep Diagnostics Center is located on the hospital’s third floor.

“We are very proud of our Sleep Diagnostics Center staff for achieving this voluntary accreditation,” said Emmett Schuster, President & CEO of Gibson General Hospital. “Accreditation shows our strong commitment to providing patients with sleep disorders the highest level of care available.”

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977.  Today there are nearly 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

GGH Home Health Services Recognized as 2012 HHCAHPS Honors™ Recipient
Gibson General Home Health Services has been named a 2012 HHCAHPS Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing home health agencies that provide the best patient experience.

This annual honor acknowledges the top 20 percent of agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the patient’s point of view. The highest performing agencies are identified and ranked by analyzing satisfaction measures covering both performance and improvement of care over a 12-month period.

The rankings are presented by Deyta, LLC, a company that measures satisfaction and quality for home healthcare and hospice agencies.

“The HHCAHPS Honors defines a new standard of excellence in the patient experience for home health agencies,” said Bill Bassett, Deyta’s vice president of home health. “Identifying the top-performers in the home health industry is our way of recognizing HHAs that are dedicated to providing high quality of care in a patient-centric approach. The resulting patient experience is a key driver of ongoing patient and agency success.”

Rankings were compiled from the HHCAHPS survey results of over 1,800 home health agencies from April 2011 to March 2012. GGH Home Health Services is one of only 15 home health agencies in Indiana, and the only agency in southwest Indiana, to have received the honor.

“This award is a direct reflection of our staff and the extraordinary, patient-centered care that they provide to their patients, and I am extremely proud of them for earning this distinction,” said Jennie Robertson, RN, director of home health services.

GGH not restricting visitors, yet
Hospital asks community to use best judgment when visiting

Jan. 18, 2012 - While communities across the country are battling the impact of this year’s flu season, cases in Gibson County remain low. For this reason, Gibson General Hospital is not yet implementing restrictions on who can visit the hospital.

“We’ve been fortunate that our community has not seen many influenza cases so far,” said Lori Phillips, vice President & Chief Nursing Officer at Gibson General Hospital. “However, we ask that visitors use their best judgment when deciding to come to the hospital, those who are sick should stay home unless they absolutely must visit.”

While the hospital is not implementing any visiting restrictions, officials encourage the public to take the following precautions to help limit the spread of the influenza virus within our hospital and community this flu season:

- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

- Get a flu shot if you haven’t already received one.

- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve, and not your hands.

- Dispose of tissues after each use.

- Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, sore throat, fever, chills, aches, runny or stuffy nose, vomiting or diarrhea.

- If you are sick and must go out, wear a mask to help prevent the spread of germs.

- Do not bring young children to visit patients, as they are more susceptible to illness.

Hand sanitizer and masks are available for visitors at Gibson General Hospital’s main entrances.

“Because we want to protect the health of our patients and community, our visiting policy could change at any moment,” added Phillips. “We’re monitoring the flu’s impact in our community daily, and we’ll adjust our procedures accordingly.”

Free diabetes seminar on Nov. 29
On Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in Gibson General Hospital’s Health & Education Room, Jim Murphy, a Type 1 diabetic, will deliver a free educational program to share his personal experience with diabetes and taking insulin to help control his blood sugar.

Murphy, a Missouri native, is a member of the Sanofi Aventis A1C Champions Program®, which is a patient-led approach to diabetes education. He will cover topics, such as the importance of insulin in the diabetes treatment plan, his personal concerns about starting insulin and misperceptions about the medication.

If you or someone you know is struggling with diabetes or has an A1C that is 7% or higher, Murphy can provide motivation to take those first steps to better blood glucose control. Diabetes patients need to know that they are not alone and there are people like Murphy who can help them along their journey.

For more information about this free seminar or to register, please call Gibson General Hospital’s Lifestyles Diabetes Center at (812) 385-9485. The event is sponsored by Lifestyles Diabetes Center and Sanofi Aventis.

American Heart Association awards Gibson General its 4th Gold Award
The American Heart Assocation (AHA) has awarded Gibson General Hospital the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) Gold Performance Achievement Award for the fourth consecutive year. GWTG-HF is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative designed to help save lives and reduce healthcare costs by ensuring that hospitals administer treatment based on the program’s proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients.

Gibson General received the gold award for completing 60 consecutive months of participation in GWTG-HF at levels exceeding core standards of care in treating patients with heart failure. The GWTG-HF program recognizes hospitals if 85 percent or more of their heart failure patients are treated and discharged according to specific guidelines set forth by the AHA and the American College of Cardiology. The hospital implemented the program in March 2007.

Under GWTG-HF, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.2 million people suffer from heart failure. The quick and efficient use of GWTG-HF tools enables Gibson General to validate the quality of care we provide heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the high recurrence of attacks.

“We are very proud to again receive the Gold Award for our commitment and success in caring for heart failure patients with the AHA’s lifesaving guidelines,” says Emmett Schuster, President & CEO of Gibson General Hospital. “We are committed to offering the highest quality, patient-centered care available for all patients, and recognition such as this reinforces that our hospital, staff and physicians are making a difference every day by improving outcomes and saving lives.”

Gibson General Hospital is one of only three Indiana hospitals, and the only critical access hospital, to be awarded the GWTG-HF Gold Performance Achievement Award.

New GGH program offers specialized physicians for inpatient care
Gibson General Hospital is pleased to announce that as of Monday, Jan. 9, a new kind of physician, a hospitalist, is on site providing care for hospitalized patients.

GGH launched the program, in partnership with an Evansville-based hospitalist group, to provide specialized care to hospital patients who do not have a physician or whose primary care physician prefers to have an on-site medical team in charge of coordinating care. Hospitalists do not have any outpatient or physician office responsibilities and can devote their full time and attention to patients who are in the hospital.

“We’re very proud of our ability to enhance the quality of care for our hospitalized patients through this program,” says Emmett Schuster, the hospital’s president and CEO. “Hospitalist programs are a growing trend in healthcare because they improve patient outcomes and speed the recovery process by providing a high level of care from admission to discharge.”

Because of their focus on inpatient care, hospitalists have more expertise in caring for complicated hospitalized patients on a daily basis. They are also more available to meet with family members, answer staff and nurse’s questions, and simply to deal with any immediate problems that may arise. In many instances, hospitalists may see a patient more than once a day to assure that care is going according to plan.

“Our hospitalists are essentially admitting physicians who spend their workdays at Gibson General Hospital and are readily available to patients,” says Daniel Brown, MD, MPH, FACOEM, the immediate past chief of staff for hospital’s medical staff. “They are able to respond quickly to test results and changes in a patient’s medical condition.”

In addition to the benefits they provide in the hospital setting, hospitalists also can improve the quality of care and patient satisfaction in physicians’ offices. Office based physicians who work with hospitalists do not have to make frequent trips to the hospital. Instead, they can concentrate more fully on their office appointments and calls. However, area physicians can choose whether or not they want a GGH hospitalist to treat their patients or if they would prefer to provide follow up care during hospitalization.

Patients who may be a little uncomfortable at the prospect of seeing a different doctor while they are in the hospital can rest assured that their personal physician will be kept in the loop. Hospitalists inform patients’ personal physicians of all major decisions made in the hospital and send them complete discharge summaries.

“The patients should view our hospitalists as an extension to their primary care physician as the two doctors will be in constant communication,” adds Schuster. “Area residents who have local doctors and have been an inpatient at other hospitals are familiar with the concept, and may even have been treated by a hospitalist that also serves GGH.”

Harrington joins Gibson General Hospital as Chief Financial Officer
Gibson General Hospital is pleased to announce that Ron Harrington has joined its administrative team as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

As CFO, Harrington leads the development of the hospital’s annual revenue and expense budget, long-range financial planning and capital budgets, performance improvement and the overall corporate budget planning process. He also oversees the hospital’s business office, fiscal services, food services, information services, materials management and medical records departments.

“I’m very excited to join the team at Gibson General Hospital,” said Harrington. “Gibson General is an innovative hospital with a rich history of commitment to its employees and this community, and I’m looking forward to helping the hospital grow and continue to be a valuable asset to Gibson County.”

Harrington, a seasoned financial operations professional, brings more than 25 years of healthcare financial management experience to the position. He joins Gibson General from Fleming County Hospital, Flemingsburg, Ky., where he served as CFO. His prior experience includes senior financial management positions in hospitals and healthcare organizations in Kansas and Texas. Harrington earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Okla.

“Ron brings a great depth of hospital financial experience to Gibson General Hospital,” said Emmett Schuster, President and CEO of Gibson General. “We’re pleased to welcome him to our administrative team, and we look forward to his guidance in enhancing our financial operations.”

Gibson General Hospital partners with IU Health for telestroke program
Patients and emergency room physicians at Gibson General Hospital now have immediate access to Indiana University Health stroke specialists thanks to a new “telestroke” partnership between the healthcare providers.

Telestroke is an emergency telemedicine program that gives Gibson General Hospital ER physicians the ability to consult with IU Health neurologists within minutes after a patient comes in with stroke symptoms. Real-time videoconferencing and the Internet allows neurologists to interview patients and their families, perform a stroke-specific neurologic exam, and view diagnostic images and results to assist in diagnosis and treatment planning.

The high-resolution monitor and multi-directional webcam used for videoconferencing are attached to a mobile cart, allowing the neurologist to “move” around the room, as needed, to interact with patients, family members, nurses and physicians.

“We are excited to partner with IU Health to offer telestroke services to the people of Gibson County and the surrounding area,” says Emmett Schuster, Gibson General Hospital’s President and CEO. “The ability to share real-time patient information with neurologists at IU Health allows our ER nurses and physicians to immediately provide the best care possible for stroke patients, while saving valuable time in the treatment of this important medical emergency.”

Stroke, the third leading cause of death and leading cause of disability in the U.S., occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to the brain. It is a highly treatable emergency condition when treatment to restore blood flow is used within the three hours of the start of symptoms.

“When it comes to caring for stroke patients, time is of the essence in recognizing signs, symptoms and providing treatment,” says Kayur Patel, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services at Gibson General Hospital. “Telestroke enhances our capability of caring for stroke patients by immediately adding the expertise of a neurologist at the patient’s bedside and allowing the physicians to collaborate on the most advisable treatment plan.”

To ensure that stroke patients receive the care they need as early as possible, Dr. Patel recommends that everyone be aware of the five key warning signs of stroke: numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden severe headache with unknown cause.

“Anyone who discovers that they or someone they know has one or more of these signs should call 9-1-1 and get to the hospital immediately,” adds Dr. Patel.

In addition to its new telestroke program, Gibson General Hospital participates in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke program. The program provides core standards of care in treating stroke patients including aggressive use of medications, such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, deep vein thrombosis prevention, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation.

“With our telestroke program and our participation in Get With The Guidelines-Stroke, patients can be confident that they are receiving the highest quality stroke care possible ­--- right here in Gibson County,” adds Schuster.

Gibson General Hospital offers Safe Sitter® Classes
First class will be held October 1

Gibson General Hospital joins hundreds of sites across the country that offer Safe Sitter® babysitting training classes. The medically accurate program teaches 11- to 13-year-old girls and boys how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children.

“Many young babysitters do not know first aid or how to handle medical, behavioral or household emergencies that could occur while caring for children,” says Kim Drennan, RN, Gibson General Hospital’s education coordinator “This program will provide them with the necessary skills to be more confident and capable caregivers.”

The hospital’s first public Safe Sitter® class will be taught on Saturday, October 1 in the hospital’s Health & Education Room. The cost of the 6.5 hour class is $50, but scholarships are available based on financial need. “We don’t want cost to be the deciding factor in whether or not the class is taken,” adds Drennan.

Safe Sitter® was developed in 1981 by Dr. Patricia Keener, an Indianapolis pediatrician, to reduce the number of avoidable and unintentional deaths among children being cared for by adolescent babysitters. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death in children.

More than 500,000 Safe Sitter® graduates have learned how to handle life threatening emergencies. Students get hands-on practice in CPR and choking techniques, and learn how to keep themselves safe, when and how to call for help, and how to understand and deal with children of different ages. They even learn about the business of babysitting. To successfully complete the Safe Sitter® program, students must pass a rigorous practical and written test to show that they have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an emergency.

To register your son, daughter or your child’s babysitter or for more information about the Safe Sitter® program at Gibson General Hospital, please contact Kim Drennan, RN, at (812) 385-9482.

Gibson General Hospital Earns ACR Vascular Ultrasound Accreditation
Gibson General Hospital’s ultrasound service has earned accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) following an extensive review. Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal body parts to help providers diagnose illness, injury, or other medical problems.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards, following a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

“We are very proud of the Radiology staff’s commitment to excellence by achieving accreditation in another imaging modality,” said Emmett Schuster, President & Chief Executive Officer at Gibson General Hospital. “Our ACR accreditations in ultrasound, mammography and MRI show that Gibson General Hospital has the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to provide our patients the highest quality diagnostic care available.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

For more information or to schedule a diagnostic imaging procedure, please call Gibson General Hospital’s Radiology Department at 812-385-9248.



Gibson General Hospital has a new partner for after-hours teleradiology services
Beginning tonight, Gibson General Hospital will be partnering with Indiana University Health Radiology/Indiana Radiology Partners (IUHR/IRP) for after-hours teleradiology services. Seven days a week, between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., IUHR/IRP radiologists will review and provide preliminary interpretations of diagnostic images (CT exams, Ultrasound exams, and General Radiology exams) for emergency room patients.

“IU Health is widely recognized for its quality and leadership in healthcare, and we are excited to be partnering with IU Health Radiology/Indiana Radiology Partners for our after-hours services,” says Emmett Schuster, Gibson General Hospital’s president & CEO. “While we’ve long provided high-quality radiology services, we’re looking forward to the added benefit that this partnership will provide to our community.”

IUHR/IRP consists of 13 board-certified radiologists who are based out of IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. The radiologists are not on site, but due to teleradiology capabilities, digital patient images and paperwork will be transmitted to IUHR/IRP through the hospital’s Picture Archival and Communications System (PACS). After the radiologist’s review, the initial interpretation will be available to the ER physician via fax. The following day, a radiologist from Southern Indiana Imaging Consultants, Gibson General’s daytime radiology provider, will peer review the results for the final report.

"As with many hospitals, a radiologist is not staffed during the overnight hours. Teleradiology has helped to improve patient care and satisfaction because we do not need to wait on a radiologist to come in to review the information,” says Debbie Neufelder, Director of Radiology at Gibson General Hospital. “IU Health Radiology/Indiana Radiology Partners provides us with an expert group of radiologists with subspecialty expertise for our after-hour interpretations.”


American Heart Association awards Gibson General its 3rd Gold Award

Gibson General Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) – Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for the third consecutive year. In addition, Gibson General was recognized as a participating hospital in AHA’s GWTG-Stroke program.  GWTG is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative designed to help save lives and reduce healthcare costs by ensuring that hospitals administer treatment based on the program’s proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure and stroke patients.

Gibson General received the gold award for completing 48 consecutive months of participation in GWTG – Heart Failure at levels exceeding core standards of care in treating patients with heart failure. The GWTG – Heart Failure program recognizes hospitals if 85 percent or more of their heart failure patients are treated and discharged according to specific guidelines set forth by the AHA and the American College of Cardiology. The hospital implemented the GWTG – Heart Failure guidelines in March 2007.

Under GWTG-Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

Gibson General implemented the GWTG-Stroke guidelines in April 2010. In order to earn its status as a participating hospital, Gibson General had to complete three months of participation at 85 percent adherence to the AHA’s stroke care guidelines. The guidelines include aggressive use of medications, such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, deep vein thrombosis prevention, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.2 million people suffer from heart failure and 700,000 people suffer from stroke each year. The quick and efficient use of GWTG tools enables Gibson General to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure and stroke patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of attacks.

“We are proud of our hospital’s commitment to implementing lifesaving standards and protocols for heart failure and stroke care," says Emmett Schuster, President & CEO of Gibson General Hospital. “Our focus is to offer the best possible care available and improve outcomes for all patients, whether it is for the common cold or a cardiovascular event.”



ER nurse earns national certification
Gibson General Hospital is pleased to announce that Robin Stephens, RN, CEN, an emergency room (ER) nurse, has earned national recognition as a Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN).

To obtain certification, Stephens passed the CEN examination administered by the National Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing. Emergency nursing incorporates a wide spectrum of patient care that requires highly specialized skills and extensive knowledge, as well as the unique ability to care for all ages of patients who have illnesses or injuries ranging from the very minor to life-threatening. The CEN examination evaluates the nurse’s knowledge in the areas of clinical pathophysiology, patient care management, professional issues, environment, toxicology, shock, trauma, and medical emergency care.

“The CEN credential is a confirmation of Robin’s commitment to quality, patient-centered emergency care,” said Penny Culp, RN, ER nurse manager at Gibson General Hospital. “It is a challenging exam and I am very proud of her accomplishment.”

Stephens, who has worked at Gibson General Hospital for the past eight years, also holds certifications as a pediatric emergency nurse, a trauma nurse and a sexual assault nurse examiner. Gibson General Hospital’s ER nursing staff has two CENs, nine certified pediatric emergency nurses, 10 certified trauma nurses and three certified sexual assault nurse examiners.

“The certifications by our ER nurses reflect the staff’s commitment to ensuring that the highest quality emergency care is available to our community,” said Emmett Schuster, President and Chief Executive Officer at Gibson General Hospital. “Patients who come to our ER can rest assured that they are being cared for by a compassionate nursing staff that has the expert knowledge to treat their emergency situation.”



GGH Nurse Practitioner is accepting patients
Gibson General Hospital is pleased to welcome Wendy Tuley, RN, FNP-C, a nurse practitioner specializing in family medicine to its medical staff. A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who is prepared, through advanced education and clinical training, to provide preventive and acute healthcare services to patients.

Tuley, a Princeton native and resident, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Southern Indiana. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to joining Gibson General Hospital, she was a nurse in Deaconess Hospital’s trauma and neuro/medical surgical intensive care units. In the past, she worked in the emergency room at the former Wirth Regional Hospital in Oakland City and at the old Holiday Manor Convalescent Center. Tuley has more than 16 years of nursing experience in emergency, critical care and geriatric medicine.

“We are very excited that Wendy has joined Gibson General Hospital to further meet the family medical needs of our patients,” said Emmett Schuster, president and chief executive officer at Gibson General Hospital. “With her extensive experience, training and community ties, she is a welcome addition to our quality medical staff.”

Tuley has opened a family medical practice at Gibson General Hospital, Suite 2209, and will share an office with Dr. Christopher May, family medicine, and Dr. Mark Carpenter, general surgery. She will provide general medicine services to patients of all ages. Call (812) 385-9254 to schedule an appointment.



GGH earns MRI accreditation
Gibson General Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting the ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

“We are very proud of the commitment of our MRI staff for achieving ACR accreditation,” said Emmett Schuster, President & Chief Executive Officer at Gibson General Hospital. “This accreditation confirms that Gibson General Hospital’s Radiology Department has both the expertise and state-of-the-art equipment that allows us to provide the quality patient care that we are dedicated to bringing to our community.”

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

For more information or to schedule a digital screening mammogram, please call Gibson General Hospital’s Radiology Department at 812-385-9248.



Stock promoted to Director of Rehabilitation Services
Gibson General Hospital is pleased to announce that J.D. Stock, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, has been promoted to Director of Rehabilitation Services for STAR-ONE Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation. Stock joined the hospital in 1998 and most recently served as Physical Therapy Manager.

“We are excited to bring J.D. into the hospital’s leadership circle as he has displayed a strong commitment to our rehab staff and patients over the past 12 years,” said Emmett C. Schuster, President & CEO at Gibson General Hospital. “With his combined clinical and management skills, we are confident that he will continue the success of our rehabilitation program and the high quality care that STAR-ONE is known for in the community.”

Stock holds a master’s in physical therapy from the University of Evansville and a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Kentucky. He is also an orthopedic certified specialist and a certified strength conditional specialist.

Gibson General’s STAR-ONE Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation offers inpatient and outpatient therapy services at Gibson General Hospital and outpatient therapy at its Multi-Specialty Health Center in Ft. Branch. Call 812-385-9250 to schedule an appointment.


More parking available at GGH

Beginning Monday, September 20, a new parking lot will be available for people using the emergency room (ER) or outpatient entrance.

The parking lot, located across from the hospital’s ER at the corner Sherman Drive and 4th Avenue, provides 20 additional parking spaces providing patients quick access to admitting/registration, laboratory, radiology, surgery and ER services.

Gibson General Hospital worked with the City of Princeton when planning the parking lot in order to design a lot that provided the best traffic flow, didn’t inhibit existing traffic and met the specifications required by the City. “Princeton’s transportation department was extremely helpful in assisting us to create a parking lot that would best benefit our patients and the City,” said Terry Tice, Director of Facility Services at Gibson General Hospital.

“Gohmann Asphalt and Construction Inc., based in Haubstadt, has done a great job in helping us get this much needed lot finished,” added Tice.



Gibson General Hospital Honored for Clinical Performance
Gibson General Hospital has been recognized for its clinical performance by Alliant Management Services (AMS) at its annual awards ceremony Friday, July 30 at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Louisville.

As a recipient of the Clinical Performance Award, Gibson General Hospital scored high marks in six clinical measures associated with high quality patient care, including Emergency Department turnaround time.

Accepting the award on behalf of Gibson General Hospital, located in Princeton, IN, were Board 2nd Vice Chairperson Larry Johnson, Emmett Schuster, CEO and Chief Financial Officer Susan Havers.

Gibson General Hospital has been a member of the Alliant Management Services network for 21 years. The network includes hospitals and health systems throughout Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina. An experienced hospital management company since 1978, Alliant Management Services offers hospitals and health systems comprehensive operational, financial and clinical resources, plus the expertise of an extensive network of experienced professionals. Alliant Management Services is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky.



Gibson General Hospital earns second American Heart Association Gold Performance Achievement Award
On July 29, 2010, Gibson General Hospital was presented its second consecutive Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) – Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. GWTG is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative designed to help save lives and reduce healthcare costs by ensuring that hospitals administer treatment based on the program’s proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients.

Gibson General Hospital earned the gold award for completing 36 consecutive months of participation in GWTG at levels exceeding core standard levels of care in treating patients with heart failure. The GWTG program recognizes hospitals if 85 percent or more of their heart failure patients are treated and discharged according to specific guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The hospital was awarded the gold award in 2009 following 24 consecutive months of exceeding these aggressive standards.

Under GWTG-Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged. Gibson General Hospital has successfully implemented these quality measures since March 2007.

“We are very proud to be recognized again for our continuous efforts to build on our success in treating heart failure patients with this valuable program,” said Emmett Schuster, president & CEO of Gibson General Hospital. “Our participation in Get With The Guidelines demonstrates a very strong commitment to improving our care and long-term outcomes for these patients.”

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.2 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show each year more than 57,000 people will die of heart failure.

GWTG-Heart Failure helps Gibson General Hospital’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable Gibson General Hospital to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.

The hospital’s Gold Award was included in the July 2010 "100 Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report.



Gibson General Health Foundation receives grant to start new breast cancer screening program
Gibson General Health Foundation has been awarded a $2,470 grant from the Indiana Breast Cancer Awareness Trust (IBCAT) to help Gibson General Hospital implement the “Aiding Women at Risk Earlier (A.W.A.R.E)” breast cancer screening program.

The A.W.A.R.E. breast cancer screening program was created to provide free digital screening mammograms to women in Gibson and Pike counties. To qualify for the program women must be considered low-income; uninsured or underinsured; aged 55 and older; or be considered in an ethnic minority group.

“Unfortunately, there are many women in our area who cannot afford an annual mammogram,” said Sherri Stokes, executive director of the Gibson General Health Foundation. “With the support of the Indiana Breast Cancer Trust, we can now expand our outreach to women who need to be screened, but have no means of receiving this potentially lifesaving service.”

The IBCAT grant is funded through the sale of pink ribbon license plates in Indiana. For each $40 plate sold, $25 is donated to the trust. IBCAT’s mission is to increase awareness and improve access to breast cancer screening and diagnosis throughout Indiana. Since 2005, IBCAT has awarded over $885,000 in grants, providing screening mammograms to more than 6,000 Hoosier women.

For more information or to find out if you qualify for assistance, please call Diane Cowling, Gibson General Hospital Radiology Department, at (812) 385-9251.



JD Stock earns doctorate of physical therapy degree
Gibson General Hospital is proud to announce that JD Stock, PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS, physical therapy manager for STAR-ONE Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation, has completed his doctorate of physical therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Kentucky.

He completed a post-professional transition DPT program, intended for practicing physical therapists that graduated with their bachelor’s or master’s degree in physical therapy. It allows these professionals to continue in their educational experience and advance their degree to that of the doctorate in physical therapy.

Stock has worked at Gibson General Hospital as a physical therapist for 12 years. In addition to his DPT degree, he is also a certified strength conditioning specialist and an orthopedic certified specialist.

The American Physical Therapy Association has endorsed Vision 2020, a vision for the physical therapy profession that states by the year 2020 physical therapy will be provided by physical therapists who are doctors of physical therapy. Earlier the profession was pursued as a bachelor’s and more recently a master’s degree; now the far majority of physical therapy programs in the United States have transitioned to the doctorate physical therapy degree.

Gibson General’s STAR-ONE Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation offers inpatient and outpatient therapy services at Gibson General Hospital and outpatient therapy at its Multi-Specialty Health Center in Ft. Branch. Call 812-385-9250 to schedule an appointment.



Gibson General offers a PTSD support group
Gibson General Hospital will offer a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) support group beginning Tuesday, May 11. The group will meet in the hospital's 5th Floor Conference Room from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

"PTSD occurs when someone experiences a life-threatening or life-changing experience that is so distressing or harsh that the memory will not go away," says Melody Anderson, MSW, LCSW, a social worker at GGH and the group's leader. "Sometimes, the experience is so intense that individuals find they cannot get past it to move on with life."

Symptoms of PTSD include: reliving the event or experience; avoidance of reminders of the event or experience; feeling a need to be "on guard"; increasingly lower self-esteem; depression, anxiety and panic; pain, low energy and stomach problems; drug or alcohol abuse; self abuse or thoughts of suicide.

Anyone ages 18 years and older is invited to attend support group meetings, which are covered by most insurance companies.

For more information, please contact Melody Anderson, MSW, LCSW, at 812-385-9218.



New CFO joins Gibson General Hospital
Gibson General Hospital is pleased to announce that Susan M. Havers joined its staff as vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) on December 7, 2009.

As CFO, Havers will lead the development of the hospital’s annual revenue and expense budget, long-range financial planning and capital budgets, performance improvement and the overall corporate budget planning process. She will also oversee the hospital’s business office, fiscal services, food services, information services, materials management and medical records departments.

“I’m very excited to join the team at Gibson General Hospital,” said Havers. “Gibson General has been committed to its employees and this community for more than 100 years, and I look forward to helping the hospital grow and continue to be a valuable asset to Gibson County.”

Havers, a seasoned financial operations professional, brings more than 19 years of healthcare financial management experience to the position. She joins Gibson General from Morgan Hospital and Medical Center (MHMC) in Martinsville, Ind., where she served as vice president of managed care & fiscal services and CFO. Prior to her tenure with MHMC, Havers served in various senior financial management positions in hospitals and healthcare organizations in Virginia, Ohio and Vermont.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Trinity College, Burlington, Vt., and her MBA from the University of New Hampshire. Havers is also a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

“Susan’s skills and extensive experience in healthcare financial management and in-depth knowledge of healthcare accounting and reimbursement issues will be a valuable to Gibson General,” said Emmett Schuster, President and CEO of Gibson General. “We’re excited to have her on our administrative team.”


Gibson General Hospital receives perfect score in FDA mammography inspection
Gibson General Hospital’s mammography program was recently recertified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during its annual Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) inspection, achieving a perfect score for the second consecutive year. Certification means that a mammography facility has met the MQSA requirements for providing quality mammography.

The MQSA inspection assures that the technologists, who take the mammograms; the radiologists, who read them; and the medical physicists, who test the equipment, are all in compliance with their qualifications, continuing education and experience. It also ensures that proper policies and procedures are in place and that all machines are operational and in compliance with standards. The objective of the MQSA is to support continuous improvement in mammography services.

This is the second quality inspection Gibson General Hospital has undergone since implementing digital mammography equipment in February. Shortly after installation, the hospital received a three-year reaccreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR), the national accrediting body for all quality mammography sites. ACR accreditation and FDA MQSA certification are the “gold seals” for mammogram safety and quality.

“We are very proud of our mammography staff’s commitment for meeting such high quality standards in order to provide our patients with the best care possible,” said Emmett Schuster, President and CEO at Gibson General Hospital. “This second consecutive perfect score shows that our staff is dedicated to ensuring that they have the skills and processes in place to offer high quality digital mammography services.”
For more information or to schedule a digital screening mammogram, please call Gibson General Hospital’s Radiology Department at 812-385-9248.


Gibson General Hospital adds wireless, high-definition surgical equipment to OR
Gibson General Hospital (GGH) has recently installed a wireless, high-definition (HD) “visualization system” in its operating room, upgrading from standard digital imaging equipment to a full HD camera and monitor.

The state-of-the-art equipment, from Stryker Corporation, enables physicians to see better and maneuver instruments more easily during minimally invasive, camera-assisted laparoscopic surgeries. With this system, surgeons use a wireless endoscope, a slender instrument used to examine an inner part of the body, to allow the anatomy and operation to be viewed on the HD video monitor. Both still and video pictures of surgeries may be taken to document procedures.

“This high-definition video system brings an unprecedented level of resolution and visual accuracy to the operating room,” said Dr. W. Satar, chief of the hospital’s medical staff. “Our surgeons benefit from the spectacular image quality and, more importantly, our patients benefit by having advanced minimally invasive surgical care close to home.” Minimally invasive surgery is much less traumatic than conventional open surgery, as the surgeon only requires very small incisions in the patient’s body to successfully perform an operation. Benefits to the patients include quicker, more accurate surgeries, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery times.

The addition of the new surgical technology is one of the many investments GGH has made over the past few years, including expanding its emergency room, installing electronic medical records and upgrading its radiology suite with digital mammography, a 64-slice CT scanner and a 1.5-tesla MRI scanner.

“The installation of this state-of-the-art surgical equipment reaffirms Gibson General Hospital’s commitment to providing our patients with the highest level of healthcare available,” said Emmett Schuster, GGH president & CEO. “We’re doing this by providing our physicians with the latest technology and resources to ensure that they can provide high quality patient care, right here in Gibson County.”