News

July 15, 2016

Shoals Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Basic CMYK

(Shoals Hospital – Muscle Shoals, AL) receives full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) in June. Accreditation expires in June of 2019.

“Receiving this accreditation is acknowledgment of the work involved by the Shoals Hospital team,” said Music Gaylor, the director of Inpatient Services at the facility. “We set a goal to achieve this, and, through the combined efforts of our multi-disciplinary team, we made it happen.”

Shoals Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Rebekah Logan said it’s just one more way Shoals Hospital is working to improve the health and well-being of the Shoals community.

“We know that time is muscle when it comes to heart attacks,” she said. “Having this accreditation is peace of mind for the community that we’re going to make sure those who arrive with the signs and symptoms of a heart attack will get the best possible care.”

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. SCPC’s CPC Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive SCPC CPC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, Shoals Hospital demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no
    assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

About Shoals Hospital: Shoals Hospital was founded in 1968 by a group of physicians dedicated to serving residents of Colbert County, Alabama. As a member of the RCCH Healthcare Partners system, Shoals’ mission is to treat everyone like family, providing the peace of mind that comes from receiving extraordinary care close to home. Our website is www.shoalshospital.com. For more on Shoals Hospital, contact Michelle Rupe Eubanks, Community Relations Director, at 256-386-1808 or mreubanks@chgroup.org.

About the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care:
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) is an international, nonprofit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their efforts to create cardiovascular centers of excellence that deliver quality care and patient satisfaction in a cost sensitive environment. As the accreditation services arm of the American College of Cardiology, SCPC offers individual hospitals and hospital systems the support needed to effectively reduce variations of care and bridge existing gaps in treatment. Through its collaboration with actively engaged, multidisciplinary teams, SCPC is Taking Science to the BedsideTM and improving outcomes in the management of heart disease

For more information about SCPC’s accreditation and certification opportunities, visit www.scpc.org, or call toll-free 1-877-271-4176.

July 14, 2016

$1.4 million investment by ECM and Shoals Hospitals, provides clinical excellence while enhancing patient safety

ecm_news_image

Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, Florence, AL and Shoals Hospital, Muscle Shoals, AL recently purchased and placed into service the new Sigma Spectrum Infusion System by Baxter International. The $1.4 million investment provides automatic safeguards to reduce infusion (medication) errors while enhancing clinical efficiencies.

Internal drug libraries are one defining feature of the new “smart” pumps. The intuitive technology with drug library compliance means the pumps are consistently sending alerts to help clinicians protect against infusion programming errors. The Sigma Spectrum Infusion System automatically defaults to the installed drug library, helping care providers remain compliant with infusion therapies within the library. In addition, the drug libraries can be updated rapidly through the hospitals’ wireless network. This keeps the infusion programs up-to-date with the latest drug information.

“We continuously look for ways to provide safety measures for the care and treatment of our patients,” said Market President and ECM Chief Executive Officer, Russell Pigg. “The new technology adds a sense of security to our patients who select ECM and Shoals for their care.” Kidada Hawkins, Shoals CEO adds, “Our highest priority in selecting a new infusion/medication system was to provide the latest patient safety technology.”

Sigma Spectrum Infusion System is the only smart pump with a built in dose/rate change error prevention feature. This is extremely important with high-risk infusions since 20 high-alert drugs are associated with an estimated 80 percent of all medication error-related deaths. The system helps avoid potential overdoses or adverse events by starting patients on a medication at the lowest possible dose and increasing the dose over time until the desired therapeutic effect is achieved. Also, the new system is designed to give nurses more time for direct patient care. Auto-documentation of medication infusion history is designed to save nurses’ time spent on documentation, so their focus remains patient-centered.

June 1, 2016

Shoals Lately: June 2016

June 2016 newsletter Preview

In this issue:

  • Hospital, Nurses’ weeks fun for all!
  • June birthdays and anniversaries
  • ECM, Sommer host stroke run
  • Picnic celebrates first responders

Read this issue →

May 2, 2016

Shoals Lately: May 2016

May 2016 Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Shoals lauded for compassion, care
  • May birthdays and anniversaries
  • Lab employees celebrate week

Read this issue ?

March 3, 2016

Shoals Lately: March 2016

February-2016-Newsletter

In this issue:

  • 200 days and counting with no SSEs!
  • March birthdays and anniversaries
  • Teen volunteer applications being accepted

Read this issue →

February 11, 2016

Zika Virus Update

What do I need to know about the Zika virus?
By: Ari Frenkel, M.D.

The Zika virus is spread through the bite of a mosquito. Sexual transmission has now been reported as well. Common symptoms include fevers, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Symptoms are similar to the better known Dengue virus, although milder. Symptoms can last for several days to a week and is self limiting. It is rare that hospitalization will result from this type of infection.

The Zika virus is now making headlines due to large outbreaks as well as the reported risk to pregnant women which results in babies with birth defects. There have also been reports of Guillain Barre’ Syndrome.

As per the latest information provided by the CDC, the Zika virus has not been transmitted within the United States. Cases of Zika virus have been reported in returning travelers within the United States. Countries with reports of Zika virus transmission include Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. Zika virus is now seen in Brazil as well. In addition, cases have been reported in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and America Samoa. Other specific locations are published at the CDC’s website.

Prevention of the Zika virus simply involves measures in avoidance of mosquito bites. For more information and for the latest updates, please visit the CDC’s website.

Ari Frenkel, M.D.
Infectious Disease Specialist
ECM Hospital

February 9, 2016

Shoals Lately: February 2016

February-2016-Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Great safety record calls for celebration
  • February birthdays and anniversaries
  • Icons making their debut this quarter

Read this issue →

February 9, 2016

Shoals Lately: January 2016

January-2016-Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Shoals celebrates the holiday season
  • January birthdays and anniversaries
  • Shoals’ first blanket drive a success

Read this issue →

December 3, 2015

Shoals Lately: December 2015

December-Newsletter-15

In this issue:

  • Shoals celebrates big VBP win!
  • December birthdays and anniversaries
  • Brushstrokes program doing well
  • Santa arrives!

Read this issue →

October 1, 2015

Shoals Lately: October 2015

october-15

In this issue:

  • Shoals celebrates being No. 1 at VBP!
  • The cool kids are getting them. Get yours!
  • October birthdays and anniversaries
  • Accreditation hits the road
  • PI/IC fair set

Read this issue →