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      KHS Host Blood Drive January 17

      December 31, 2019 by Nicole Snyder

      Save lives by donating blood this New Year!  Kimball Health Services is hosting a blood drive on Friday, January 17 from 2:30 to 5:30 pm at the Kimball Hospital.  Appointments suggested, walk-ins always welcome.  Go online to bloodhero.com or call 307-638-3326 to make appointment.
      Save three lives in one hour by donating blood.  Invite a friend to make the most of a moment with you and give to your community!

      United Blood Service is now Vitalant. To learn more about out Vitalant, please visit www.vitalant.org/ourbrand

      Foundation 9-Pin No-Tap Bowling Tournament Set to Begin January 11

      Bowlers of all skill levels are invited to try their hand for a good cause the Kimball Hospital Foundation 9-Pin No-Tap Bowling Tournament, set to begin Jan. 11 at the Kim Bowl and continuing the following weekend.

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      Bowlers of all skill levels are invited to try their hand for a good cause the Kimball Hospital Foundation 9-Pin No-Tap Bowling Tournament, set to begin Jan. 11 at the Kim Bowl and continuing the following weekend.

      In the 9-pin no-tap format, the bowler gets credit for a strike even if he or she knocks down just nine pins.  This year’s tournament features a new prize format, not only awarding cash prizes on a 1 of 6 ratio, but adding a $50 bonus cash award for the high scoring man and woman in each session.  Sessions will be Saturday at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.  There will be 10 sessions altogether over the two weekends.

      Proceeds from the tournament will go toward a new heart defibrillator/monitor for use in the emergency room at Kimball Health Services.

      The $1,000 bonus cash prize fund is being sponsored by Regional West.  To enter, contact the Kim Bowl at (308) 235-4301.

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      Brooke Daum is KHS Employee of the Year

      A talented physical therapist assistant who’s brought a new treatment aspect to Kimball Health Services is the KHS Employee of the Year for 2019.

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      Brooke Daum is KHS Employee of the Year

      Brooke Daum, KHS Employee of the Year for 2019

      A talented physical therapist assistant who’s brought a new treatment aspect to Kimball Health Services is the KHS Employee of the Year for 2019.

      Brooke Daum, PTA, CLT, is a physical therapist assistant and certified lymphedema therapist.   Her work in the hospital’s physical therapy department, particularly with its new lymphedema program, has won praise from her colleagues at KHS.

      “Brooke has done an amazing job with the new lymphedema program,” wrote KHS Clinic Nurse Dustin Brauer in nominating Daum for employee of the month last January. “She has increased her patient load and the patients are seeing great results.  She always has a smile on her face and great energy.  She is a great asset to our facility.”

      The hospital’s Employee Outreach Committee reviews employee of the month nominations submitted by staff throughout the year and selects the employee of the year by secret ballot.  This year’s results were announced at the hospital’s recent Christmas party and recognition dinner. 

      As Daum explains it, there’s no cure for lymphedema--the swelling of a body part, most often an extremity such an arm or leg.  The condition causes one or more of a patient’s arms or legs to become swollen due to a buildup of lymph fluid. This often occurs in people who’ve had a surgery during which their lymph nodes were damaged or removed.

      Daum’s treatments aim at reducing the swelling and controlling the pain associated with it. 

      “Bringing the lymphedema program to Kimball is very exciting, as there is only a small number of practicing therapists in the greater area,” Daum said. “A typical therapy session consists of manual lymph drainage, followed by compression bandaging. A patient’s first group of treatments may last a few weeks or months until as much fluid as possible is drained. From there, a patient will do follow-up treatments as they feel they need.”

      Daum’s employee of the year award includes an award certificate, $50 in gift certificates from a local business, eight hours of paid time off, an employee of the year pin and a framed photo in the hospital. 

      Pine Bluffs Health Clinic Open House - January 10

      The Pine Bluffs Health Clinic is 3 years old! Come help us celebrate on Friday, Jauary 10th from 3 to 5 pm at the Pine Bluffs Health Clinic.  Meet our providers and staff, join us for hors d'oeuvres and birthday cake, check out our facility and see what the Pine Bluffs Health Clinic is all about... from the inside-out!  The Pine Bluffs Health Clinic is located at 117 E 4th St., Pine Bluffs, WY 82082.  Call (307) 245-3666 for more information.
       

      Kimball nurse graduates quality improvement program, shares a local perspective

      A Kimball Health Services nurse is among the first 20 graduates of a new program focusing on improving the quality of care delivered by Nebraska’s hospitals.

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      Kimball nurse graduates quality improvement program, shares a local perspective

      KHS Director of Quality and Case Management Laura Bateman of Kimball (center) was one of 20 graduates of the Nebraska Hospital Association’s new Quality Improvement Residency Program. 

      A Kimball Health Services nurse is among the first 20 graduates of a new program focusing on improving the quality of care delivered by Nebraska’s hospitals.

      Laura Bateman, RN-BSN, director of quality and case management at KHS, says the year-long residency program by the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) helps hospital quality leaders in the state better understand the role of quality and performance management.  According to NHA, the Quality Improvement (QI) Residency Program provides a collaborative learning environment focused on mentoring and networking for hospital quality personnel to develop empowered statewide leaders. For her part, Bateman says the course gave her the chance to learn from others and in turn share quality improvement projects in Kimball with her counterparts across the state. For example, during Bateman’s eight-year tenure as director of quality improvement at KHS, she and other hospital leaders have worked hard to expand patient services and improve patient care by heading off diseases and conditions before they become more serious. “We’ve moved preventative care – vaccinations, use of medications, testing – to a wider range of patients by addressing it in the clinic setting,” Bateman said.  “We’re touching more patients sooner in the disease process and hopefully helping them avoid an acute admission to the hospital.”   

      Offering additional services and expanding the clinic’s hours from 7 am to 6 pm are other examples of quality improvement KHS has made in the last several years, Bateman said.  Others include increasing the availability of general surgery, dermatology, dietary services and cardiac care.  More recently, the hospital has grown its “swing bed” transitional care program, invested in improved digital imaging equipment and expanded its outpatient treatment room services, including Dr. Timo Quickert’s non-narcotic pain clinic and new reconstructive plastic and hand surgery services by Dr. Bill Wyatt. 

      “Each service line that we provide requires a team approach from admissions, billing, purchasing, nursing, medical staff and ancillary services to happen,” Bateman said.  “The safety of our patients and staff are of utmost importance, and I look forward to continuing to help foster a safe, effective environment for patient care.”

       

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