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      Trauma Team DevelopmentRefreshing & Learning New Skills

      Refreshing and learning new skills! Several members of the Kimball Health Services clinical staff took part in a Rural Trauma Team Development Training course presented by UCHealth on Thursday, March 11 at Kimball Health Services. We are proud to have such a highly trained and dedicated staff!

      Rasha Riad FNPRiad Earns Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification

      Kimball Health Services presented Rasha Riad, FNP with flowers in recognition for receiving her certification as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP)!!!!! Rash will continue to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner in our Pine Bluffs & Kimball Clinics as well as an ENP in our hospital emergency department. Congratulations Rasha!!!!

      Employee or the month Jess WebbCOVID Response Manager is KHS Employee of the Year

      It’s often said that stressful situations can bring out either the best or the worst in people. For Kimball Health Services Clinic Director Jessica Webb, it’s been a case of the best

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      It’s often said that stressful situations can bring out either the best or the worst in people. For Kimball Health Services Clinic Director Jessica Webb, it’s been a case of the best.

      Webb, who wears multiple hats at KHS including clinic director and outpatient services manager, had the title of emergency preparedness coordinator added to her duties in March. That was about the time the first cases of COVID-19 began popping up in Kimball.

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      Early on, about the only change the public noticed with hospital operations was the addition of a US Army tent for processing COVID tests. But inside the building, Webb and many other KHS staff were busily gearing up for a challenge they’d trained for, but never really experienced first-hand.

      Those challenges included setting up a negative pressure rooms to evaluate suspected COVID patients, requiring PPE (personal protective equipment) training for the medical staff to safely care for patients, increasing the emphasis on infection prevention, managing medical supply shortages, establishing a COVID hotline to discuss possible symptoms, and setting up a new telehealth service so patients could talk to their health provider from home for visits that don’t require in-office care, and offering COVID swab testing just east of the hospital to those in a line of cars that sometimes stretched down the street.

      “It has definitely been a busy and challenging year, especially with the multitude of changes that happen almost daily,” Webb said.

      So busy and challenging, in fact, that one day KHS tested 40 patients and over half of them were COVID positive.

      Many times it was Webb or fellow nurse Laura Bateman who called those patients with their test results and advice on how to proceed, whether it was self-quarantining, managing mild symptoms or in rare cases, returning to the hospital to be transferred to a COVID unit at another facility.

      Webb’s work was recently recognized by her peers and the members of the hospital’s Employee Outreach Committee, who voted for her to receive the KHS Employee of the Year award. The committee gives the award after comparing employee of the month nominations submitted by staff throughout the year.

      “I am nominating Jess for her leadership and dedication to making sure that everything is being taken care of during this crazy time with COVID-19,” read the award nomination from Donovan Cashler, a member of the hospital’s Information Systems Department. “She has had a lot dropped onto her plate but continues to make sure KHS is prepared and things are handled.”

      With a modesty that’s typical of her personality, she deflects credit for the award to others who are a part of the COVID response team at KHS.

      “I feel multiple people have stepped up to make it work throughout the year especially Mike Downey (purchasing), Troy Kurz (facilities), Jen Greenwood (laboratory), Cheryl Delaplane (nursing) and the other department heads that have been willing to change processes as we go. It feels good to be recognized for all the hard work we’ve done this year,” Webb said.

      But at the same time, Webb recognizes there’s more to do.

      “Even as the cases begin to slow, we will continue to test patients,” Webb said. “We’re working our way down the age groups with scheduling vaccination appointments as more vaccine becomes available.”

      “Although the COVID-19 vaccine is the best protection against the virus, it’s just one layer of protection,” she added. “Please keep wearing a mask, washing your hands and staying socially distant to help put this thing behind us.”

      KHS Ramping Up COVID Vaccinations

      COVID-19 Vaccination

      ​A stream of cars will be a common sight on Friday mornings at the Kimball Health Services North Campus as patients line up for new COVID-19 vaccinations as they arrive from the state.

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      ​A stream of cars will be a common sight on Friday mornings at the Kimball Health Services North Campus as patients line up for new COVID-19 vaccinations as they arrive from the state.

      The drive-thru clinics will continue every Friday morning for the foreseeable future, according to Jess Webb, emergency preparedness coordinator and clinic manager at KHS.

      Vaccinations so far have focused on the state’s designated Phase 1A group—health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities and staff. With those mostly completed, KHS is now focusing on Phase 1B, starting with those 75 and older.

      “Right now we are getting shipments of vaccine weekly but the numbers vary,” Webb said. “We will be calling patients at the beginning of each week when we know how many doses we’ll be getting.”

      The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is free to the public and is to be given in two doses, 28 days apart. A total of 90 initial doses were given in two drive-thru clinics in Kimball December 31 and January 5. Those 90 people will receive their second dose on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

      Another 60 initial doses will be given the following Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

      The drive-thru approach has worked well, as long as people call either Panhandle Public Health or the KHS Clinic for a vaccination appointment.

      “So far it’s been a very efficient way to vaccinate patients,” Webb said. “We received really positive feedback about how smoothly our first two drive-thru clinics went and how happy they were with the experience.”

      Anyone who wants vaccinated can call Panhandle Public Health District office at 308-262-5764 or the KHS COVID Hotline at (308) 235-1951 to be added to the list. When vaccines are available, appointments will be scheduled and people will get a phone call days ahead.

      Patients use main door (west) & visitor access restricted

      Kimball Health Services continues to take measures to keep our patients and staff safe.  With concerns over COVID-19 we have updated our visitation policies.  Patients are limited to having one designated visitor for the full length of their stay at the hospital.  

      Guidelines for visitors include:

      • Wearing a mask at all times while in the Kimball Health Services building. 
      • Visitors must be over the age of 18 years
      • No pets/animals will be allowed
      • Visitation will be limited to one of the following time periods each day 9am-11am, 2pm-4pm, 7pm-9pm.
      • Visitors will be asked to self-quarantine when they are not at the hospital and to follow current CDC and Public Health directives (including restricting travel, avoiding groups larger than 10 people).
      • If the patient is receiving outpatient services, it is expected that their visitor will arrive and leave with the patient, and stay in the treatment area while in the building.
      • Visitors will be screened on entry to Kimball Health Services.  

      Visitors will be asked to sign an agreement to wear a mask when possible, wash their hands frequently, monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and follow other safety guidelines when outside of the hospital.

      We also ask that all patients enter the hospital and clinic through the main door on the west side of the building.  All other entrances are locked and visitors are not allowed at this time.  If you need to go to the emergency room - you may ring the bell at the ER door for admission.   Our North Campus location is also restricting access to visitors at this time.  If you need assistance with your bills, please call the Patient Accounting Office at 308-235-1990.  For assistance with medical records, please call Medical Records department at 308-235-1968.   Thank you for your cooperation. 

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