Winter 2016/2017 Newsletter


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Winter 2017 Health Matters A LA PAZ REGIONAL HOSPITAL NEWSLETTER Inside: New Physician in Quartzsite Cardiac Rehab Week Health Fairs


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Dear Reader, January 1 ushered in a new year and a new era at La Paz Regional Hospital as I assumed the role of CEO. I understand both the needs of the hospital and the community as a long-time resident of the Parker area. I began working at the hospital in 2009 where I was given the opportunity to develop and implement many of the innovative technologies currently in use. Along with the Board of Directors, I am looking forward to implementing our Strategic Plan for 2017-2019. Included in this plan is building a new facility for our Urgent Care, expanding Veteran’s services and reaching out to all La Paz County to meet the communities’ health education needs. Ensuring that patients receive quality healthcare, close to home, is a priority of mine as well as the Board of Directors. Healthcare is continually changing and I look forward to leading the hospital in a sustainable direction that best meets the needs of our communities. Sincerely, Kevin Brown, CEO Strategic Goals 2017-2019 • Improve Current Primary Care Services: Develop and implement a strategy to improve the operations of our existing Rural Health Clinics. Achieve organizational goals that meet community health care needs by recruiting, orienting, developing and retaining highly engaged and accountable clinical sta . • Relocate Urgent Care: Plan, maintain and develop facilities, equipment and infrastructure to achieve a safe, comfortable and e cient Urgent Care. • Expansion of Veterans Services: Continue to collaborate with the Veterans Administration to expand services for quali ed members in La Paz County. • Improve Patient Satisfaction: Achieve a culture of service excellence as demonstrated by measurable improvement in customer satisfaction across the organization. • Expansion of Telemedicine & Behavioral Health Services: Implement Telemedicine services to expand on services that are not currently provided. Contract with various agencies to improve behavioral health intake processes in both the Emergency Department and rural Health Clinics. • Charge Master Review: Develop a strategy for reviewing the Charge Master to ensure the nancial stability of the organization. Align outpatient lab prices with current competitors. • Community Outreach and Education: Ensure that all of the residents of La Paz County are continuously informed of the services provided by La Paz Regional hospital network. • Expand Insurance Networks: Ensure that we have contracted with all major insurance providers utilized by the communities that we serve. • Enhance Relationships with CRIT and IHS: Collaborate with CRIT and IHS to retain tribal members within La Paz County for medical services.


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Health Education Classes La Paz Regional Hospital has sponsored three Health Education Classes in Quartzsite and is interested in doing more! Jose Lizaragga, EMS Coordinator & Quartzsite Fire Department, presented a series of classes discussing what happens when you call 911. La Paz County is a very rural area and we have an in ux of winter visitors every year. Sometimes it is not entirely clear what happens when you call for emergency services, what constitutes an emergency and signs and symptoms to look for. If your community center or RV park would like to host a health education class, contact Melissa at 928-669-7479. We can put together a class to meet your speci c requests such as diabetes, fall prevention and cardiac care. Jose is also available to teach his class in all communities in La Paz County. New Physician in Quartzsite! La Paz Regional Hospital is excited to welcome Brett S. Gochnour, D.O. to La Paz Medical Services. Dr. Gochnour started as the full time physician for this clinic in early February. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. He is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship and residency in 2006 at Moberly Regional Medical Center in Moberly, Missouri. “Recruiting a full time physician for the Quartzsite Clinic has been a priority for me,” said Kevin Brown, CEO, “I believe Dr. Gochnour will be an asset to the Quartzsite community.” Dr. Gochnour moved to our community with his wife and three children from Idaho. He was very interested in leaving the cold and moving to the desert. His mother also spends her winters in the area. Though only recently relocated to Arizona, he is already a Cardinals fan. Other interests include spending time with family, camping, 4-H and volunteering as a Boy Scouts leader. La Paz Medical Services 150 East Tyson Road Quartzsite, Arizona (928) 927-8747


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Service Awards Congratulations to our employees who have reached these big milestones at La Paz Regional Hospital. We have such amazing dedicated sta ! Mary Prado, Monique Viloria, Kay Coronado, Zafer Genc (not pictured: Gerry Sanchez) Frances Kennedy, Rebecca Hernandez, Silvia McGuire, Judy Des Marais, Maria Martinez (not pictured: Sarah Looper, Gwen Thompson, Taryn Gilliland, Cassandra Kyer, John Larsen, Milton Smothers, Jani Herrell) Carol Hannibal, Maria Martinez Teri Forbis, Joanne Leyden, Maria Martinez (not picture: Monica Thomas)


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These employees were nominated by their fellow staff at La Paz Regional Hospital. The three categories are Manager of the Year, Clinical Employee of the Year and Support Staff Empoyee of the Year Manager Employees of the Year 2016 Shawna started working at La Paz Regional Hospital right after finishing school in 2013. She started in the Surgery Department as a Certified Surgical Technologist. In 2015, she was hired for the Director of Purchasing position. She started school again at NAU to finish her degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Support Staff a“lSwbhaeayyowsnhnodeanlptgtoooahepssesolaipfsbttaoh.”nvinedgaisnsdto Clinical April has worked at La Paz Regional Hospital for four years in the Environmental Services Department. She has lived in Parker for ten years and is originally from San Bernadino. She loves working at the hospital so she can help people. S“Ahwepah’rlsewinlsaoiyysospualslemnwaeasielayidnsnghtt.eha”ren.rde hker“nmRaoohwnsod.tnTcsdhahaerei’ipnssagaotpingeeenootodpsfsltelehonIvede.” Rhonda moved from Northeastern Montana to Havasu in June 2015. She has fallen in love with the Parker area and loves the weather. Rhonda has been a nurse for 18 years. She received her Oncology Certification in 2011 and has worked in Oncology for almost 10 years. When La Paz Regional Hospital began their search for an Oncology Nurse, she jumped at the chance to help get a new department started. She loves the hospital and says “LPRH has the friendliest employees I have ever encountered.” She especially loves that this area has NO SNOW!


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Cardiac Rehab FAQ What is Cardiac Rehab? Cardiac Rehab is a program of exercise to help people with heart disease ordered and supervised by a cardiologist. Sessions are customized to meet each person’s unique needs. What does that Cardiac Rehab Program consist of? Monitored exercise supervised by a Registered Nurse who has special training in caring for people with heart problems. Counseling and information to help promote a healthy lifestyle such as smoking cessation, heart healthy diet, home exercise program and stress management. How long does it last? Each session is beween forty and sixty minutes, two to three times a week and up to thirty-six sessions depending on the patient’s needs and goals. What makes the program at La Paz Regional Hospital unique? We are the only Cardiac Rehab Program in La Paz County serving patients from Parker, Blythe, Quartzsite, Bouse, Brenda, Salome and Ehrenberg. We are located in the Physical Therapy Department with all new equipment. We strive to give you a positive, fun experience! Studies show that exercise and socialization can reduce your risk of future heart problems. Who do I call if I am interested? Diane Brown, RN (928) 669-7484 OR ask your Cardiologist to fax us a referral at (928) 669-7482 How is it paid for? Medicare and most insurance companies pay for up to thirty-six session of Cardiac Rehab. Covered conditions usually are: new heart attack, heart attack in the last year, coronary artery bypass surgery, heart valve replacement or repair, angina, angioplasty, stent placement, heart failure, heart or lung transplant. We contact your insurance company and inform you of your insurance coverage. “Since starting Cardiac Rehab Therapy, I’ve been able to do so much more. It really helped around the holidays since I experienced less fatigue.” - Cheryl Montijo


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La Paz County Health Fairs FREE Health Screens & Breakfast! O2 Sats Cholesterol check Blood sugar check Blood pressure check Bone density scan Body Mass Index (BMI) $20 Flu vaccine $30 PSA check ealth Fai February 9, 2017 7:00am-11:00am @ the Ehrenberg Fire Station March 3, 2017 7:00am-11:00am @ the QIA Quartzsite April 8, 2017 2:00pm-5pm @ La Paz Regional Hospital La Paz Regional Hospital has hosted Health Fairs in Parker, Quartzsite, Salome and Bouse! There are still dates coming up again in Ehrenberg, Quartzsite and Parker! Mark your calendars for the upcoming dates! H /2017 rs La Paz County 2016 Other organizations participating include: American Medical Response, Arizona Children’s Association, Town of Quartzsite, Regional Center for Border Health, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Community Health Associates, La Paz County Public Health Education and Prevetion Program, Colorado River Regional Crisis Services, Arizona Western College, River Valley Home Health & Hospice, Kinder Dentist, La Paz County Career Center, Dignity Memorial, Beacon of Hope Hospice, Cenpatico, Grand Canyon University, PAACE, WACOG, Border Patrol.


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Start 2017 off right! Physical Therapy Gym Monday-Friday: 6:30am-7:30pm Saturday: 8am-12pm Sunday: CLOSED Eating a diet rich in vegetables may reduce risk for stroke, cancer, heart diseases and type-2 diabetes. Daily exercise helps ward of disease, melts away stress, give you energy and helps your balance. Losing just 5-10% of Always take your your current weight over medication as prescribed 6 months will lower your by your doctor. Ask risk for heart disease about medication and other conditions. affecting your balance. Call (928) 669-7481 for more info!



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