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75% of employees experience or witness bullying at work. Bullying happens everywhere… on phones, in homes, at work, and at schools.
Bullying is health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators. Understand more why bullying is bad, where bullying occurs, and most importantly how you can stop bullying.
A Toxic Environment
Bullying creates a toxic environment where healthy behavior is discouraged. Those who get bullied often feel anxious, dreading to go to work, school, or even home because of the potential threat of random attacks from someone they know, whether it is hurtful words, loud yelling, inappropriate pranks, or physical aggression.
We all can become bullies if we don’t watch ourselves. Ask yourself, “Is my treatment toward this person helping them or harming them?” A bully enjoys tormenting others. Do you? If so, recognize that this is not okay. Stop.
Everyone should be treated with respect.
There are reasons that children, and adults, don’t report bullying. Reasons for this include:
- Feelings of weakness
- Being called a “snitch”
- Stiff retribution from the bully
- People disregarding signs of abuse
- Supporting the bully’s negative behavior
- The bully is in a position of authority
Be careful about what you post online, and teach others to do the same. The internet is a place where people often feel safe to say things they would never say in person. Many sites allow people to message each other anonymously, and this has increased internet trolling.
92% of teenagers go online every day which increases the chances for internet bullying. Generally, teenagers do not have the emotional capacity to deal with severe bullying, so their social media activity should be openly discussed with parents.
If you have ever watched “the Office” television show, you probably have seen Jim prank Dwight, and sometimes Dwight sabotages Jim. In the very first episode, Dwight opens his drawer to find his stapler encased in jiggly green jello. While it seems funny, in real life, Jim’s behavior would be considered bullying because he is causing work interference.
Bullying is four times more common than any other type of workplace harassment. It is abusive if
- sabotaging work
- verbal abuse (yelling, hurtful comments, and ignoring).
Establishing a Safe Haven
Children and adults should never dread living in their own home because of a bully in the family. Your home should be a place of safety, not fear, but even if your home is bully-free, parents should still openly communicate with their children. Encourage them to talk and ask them questions about how they are doing.
Parents can make a big difference to their children. “Research tells us that children really do look to parents and caregivers for advice and help on making tough decisions. Sometimes 15 minutes a day talking can reassure kids that they can talk to their parents if they have a problem” (stopbullying.gov).
Stop bullying by addressing bully behavior head on with a simple, direct “stop. This is not okay.” Record documentation of abuse and what you have been doing to address the problem. If bullying continues, speak with a superior or with Human Resources.
As a community, we should all remember that bullying is not acceptable behavior. Discourage this behavior by teaching our family and peers to love and support one another through our example and open dialogue.
To schedule a presentation against workplace bullying for your business, call Madison Cares, or for more helpful resources visit their website at mymadisoncares.com.
Madison Memorial Hospital Earns 2017 Qualis Health Quality Award
Madison Memorial Hospital earned the Award of Excellence from Qualis Health for the hospital’s “Quality-Driven Medication Reconciliation” program.
“Medication safety is crucial during times of care transition,” said Mikel Barr, RN, Director of Quality at Madison Memorial.
“But when a patient is admitted to the hospital, it is not uncommon for their primary care physician to be uninvolved with their care. In cases like these a patient may experience interruptions in medications for chronic conditions, variations in the dosage of those medications, or even be prescribed new medications. These changes can result in flare-ups of the chronic condition, may affect the patient’s ability to recover from the acute condition for which they were hospitalized, or cause dangerous drug interactions.”
To address this disconnect, Madison Memorial Hospital piloted an innovative medication reconciliation program, with the aim of improving patient safety by preventing adverse drug events, and reducing hospital readmissions.
At the focus of the program, certified pharmacy technicians complete a medication reconciliation review with patients and families on admission. Their goal is to fully communicate with patients and families so that the patient has a clear understanding of the medications they should be taking when they leave the hospital or move to the next level of care.
As a result, Madison Memorial has reduced its number of medication reconciliation errors significantly, with the effect of reducing the number of adverse drug events from 30 in 2015 to 12 in 2016, and readmissions from 92 in 2015 to 70 in 2016.
Qualis Health is one of the nation’s leading population health management organizations, and it distinguished Madison Memorial Hospital along with other medical organizations throughout Idaho for continued improvement in healthcare quality and outcomes.
Award recipients were recognized during a ceremony at the Idaho Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference in Boise, Idaho. Kelly McGrath, MD, MS, Qualis Health Idaho Medical Director, presented the awards.
The awards recognize those who demonstrate outcomes to the three broad aims outlined in the National Quality Strategy:
• Better healthcare (for individuals)
• Better health (for populations)
• Reduced costs through improvement
Lab Tech Week – Lab Test
Follow your lab test from blood draw to the results at Madison Memorial Hospital. A Special thanks to Laboratory for preparing this video, and each of our awesome employees working in Madison Memorial Hospital Laboratory!
To our valued patients,
The following message is intended for those of you that purchase insurance on Idaho’s health insurance exchange (www.yourhealthidaho.org), especially those of you who subscribe to Blue Cross Qualified Health Plans (insurance on the exchange and individual plans). This message does not pertain to those of you who participate through your employer’s Blue Cross group plan or Blue Cross managed Medicare. Open enrollment on the health insurance exchange ends on January 31, 2017. At this point, we are not sure if there is going to be a repeal or if a repeal and replace is waiting in the wings. Either way, we want to share some things we have learned regarding health insurance sold on the exchange that affects our communities:
- If you were enrolled on the exchange in 2016, you may have been automatically renewed under the same insurance plan you had last year. If you are happy with that plan, carry on. If not, please contact your insurance broker to review alternatives available to you. Even though you automatically renewed, you still have until 1/31 to select your plan.
- If you subscribe to a Blue Cross Qualified Health Plan, and you live in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties, you are automatically part of the Mountain View insurance network. If your Primary Care Provider practices in Madison County, you have two options: find a new Primary Care Provider practicing in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties who participates in the Mountain View insurance network, or select a different insurance product sold on the health insurance exchange that has your provider in network. If you stay with Blue Cross insurance sold on the exchange, you can be referred to Primary Care and Specialty (e.g. surgeons) Providers practicing in Madison County that are members of the Mountain View insurance network. However, that referral must be approved by Blue Cross. If you see a provider that is not in-network based on the county where you live, you may/will be subject to the Blue Cross out-of-network deductible of $50,000.
- Madison Memorial Hospital is a “back-fill” hospital for the Mountain View insurance network. This means you can have all the services offered by Madison Memorial Hospital, and not be subject to the $50,000 Blue Cross out-of-network deductible even if you live in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties.
- If you subscribe to a Blue Cross Qualified Health Plan, and you live in Madison County, you are automatically part of the Hometown East insurance network. If your Primary Care Physician practices in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties, you have two options: find a new Primary Care provider practicing in Madison County who participates in the Hometown East insurance network, or select a different insurance product sold on the health insurance exchange that has your provider in network. If you stay with Blue Cross insurance sold on the exchange, you can be referred to Primary Care and Specialty (e.g. surgeons) providers practicing in Bonneville or Jefferson Counties. However, that referral must be approved by Blue Cross. If you see a provider that is not in-network based on the county where you live, you may/will be subject to the Blue Cross out-of-network deductible of $50,000.
- Madison Memorial Hospital is in-network for the Hometown East insurance network. This means you can have all the services offered by Madison Memorial Hospital, and not be subject to the $50,000 Blue Cross out-of-network deductible.
This is what we know for now, and we hope this information will be of assistance to you as the open enrollment period on Idaho’s health insurance exchange comes to a close for 2017.