No Tax Payer Support for more than 25 Years

Rexburg Hospital has 25 Years of Success with No Tax Support –

As our community is well aware, Madison Memorial Hospital is a public hospital owned by Madison County and operated by the Hospital’s Board of Trustees. Madison Memorial provides needed health care services in Rexburg, as well as Madison County and surrounding communities. While the hospital is a county owned facility, it has been operated in a manner that has required no tax payer support for more than 25 years. The hospital has not obligated Madison County and its taxpayers to any debts.

One of the most important features of any community hospital is its Emergency Department. The Hospital staffs its Rexburg Hospital 25 bestEmergency Department with a physician who is physically present in the Emergency Room 24 hours per day, seven days per week. This physician is trained and has experience in performing emergency medical services. However, the Emergency Room patient is often in need of more specialized medical care which would be performed by physicians who are trained in fields like obstetrics orthopedics or surgery. To provide access to these specialized services, the Hospital maintains an “On-Call” roster of physicians who are available on a 24/7 rotating basis who will come to the ER and provide specialized coverage.

Given the limited number of specialty physicians available in the community, some physicians are concerned about the overall amount of time devoted to on-call obligations each month. The hospital entered into negotiations to acknowledge the burden that call duties impose on our physicians. Madison Memorial has measures in place to ensure timely access to high-quality emergency care to the residents of Madison County.

Hospital officials are charged with the ongoing negotiation of contracts that ensure the efficient operations of the hospital. Like any contract negotiation, these discussions with our physicians had their challenges. The ultimate goal for these negotiations was continued coverage in the emergency department for our patients.

As with any contractual matters of significance, the Hospital consulted with its attorneys and retained a health care consultant to provide expertise in complying with all applicable standards. After careful review we are confident that no federal, state or local laws or regulations have been violated by Madison Memorial Hospital.          

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Debbie

Missing Nurse Deb

Life is More Precious Because of Nurse Deb

In memory of Nurse Deb – at the passing of one of our dear nurses, her colleagues decided to add a display with some of her many beautiful quilts and photos. Below are a few of the memories and regards for Deb and her family from those she served with.

Debbie's Display

“She was so much fun to work with. Her family will be in my prayers.” Rhea

“She taught me so much at my first job as a nurse. Wonderful lady.” Tara (Nurse)

“This is such sad news. Deb was part of what made Madison so special.” Anna (Nurse)

“I worked with her from the time she started until I retired. And knew her when we lived in Ashton many, many years ago. She was tops. Man, oh, Man will she be missed. Sad…” Juanita (Nurse)

“Loved her so and will miss that smile and sparkle in her eyes!” Jenny Lou

“May God bless her family and be with those at Madison. I loved knowing Deb. Amazing gal!” Kyle (Nurse)

Deb's Quilts

“I loved the times I worked with her. She is simply wonderful and unforgettable. An excellent nurse and a great mentor.”
Martha (Nurse)

“I love this woman with all my heart!” Heidi (Nurse)

Life is more precious because of nurses like Deb who love and care for those around her. Thank you Debbie, we will miss you.

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Wellnesss in Body, Spirit, & Mind

– Wellness in Body, Spirit, and Mind – 

Jeans Day

The wellness committee at Madison found that an occasional Jean’s Day increases employee morale. Hence tomorrow, Friday (the last day of January), you may find many of Madison employees working in their jeans.

Winters in Madison County can be long and cold, which may result in depression, vitamin D deficiency, and weight gain. Our goal at Madison is to not only have a healthy employee workforce, but to have a healthy community. Hence Madison has designed a wellness program for this.

If you have any ideas that you’d like to share with us to help boost the Madison Wellness Program please answer the question below, then submit it.   

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Flu shot this year???

 

Flu shot this year???

 

People have lots of excuses—none of them good—for not getting vaccinated

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Flu season is now in full swing, and it’s turning out to be a bad one, especially in the South, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet more than half of Americans said that they planned to skip the flu shot this year, according to a nationally representative survey of 1,595 adults conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

The good news is that it’s not too late to be vaccinated, since infections tend to peak by March. But don’t dawdle: It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to work, so the sooner you get vaccinated, the better.

Here are five common excuses people in our survey gave us for skipping the vaccination last flu season—along with our doses of reality.

Excuse: I’m worried about side effects or getting flu from the vaccine (33 percent)

Reality: Side effects are uncommon and usually mild. They include soreness or redness at the injection site, body aches, and a low fever lasting a day or two, according to the CDC. Vaccination cannot cause flu illness.

Excuse: I don’t get the flu (24 percent)

Reality: Just because you haven’t had the flu in the past doesn’t mean you won’t get it. The CDC estimates that the flu caused 31.8 million illnesses in the U.S. last year, and it recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.

Excuse: I believe in building my natural immunity (24 percent)

Reality: The body’s immunity against the flu declines over time, and the flu virus is capable of changing from year to year. Whatever protection you picked up in the past may not fight flu strains circulating now. Hence the need for annual vaccination.

Excuse: The vaccine is ineffective (20 percent)

Reality: During the 2012-13 flu season, vaccination saved millions of Americans from getting sick and 79,000 from being hospitalized, says the CDC. If you get vaccinated and still come down with the flu, you’ll probably have a milder case and less chance of serious complications.

Excuse: I don’t like getting shots (16 percent)

Reality: Lying down for the shot may help you relax. If necessary, ask your doctor if you qualify for the nasal-spray vaccine.

Read more about the flu vaccine and the best ways to treat symptoms.

—Doug Podolsky

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Infection Control

We are dedicated to keeping our patients, visitors, and staff healthy.  In order to do this the following visitation restrictions apply to everyone during the flu and RSV season:

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    If you are feeling under the weather, or even have a cough please do not come in to visit your ones until you are better.

  2. If you have children under the age of 18, please do not bring them to visit patients.

Those in the hospital generally have a weak immune system which makes them more susceptible to sickness. Visits may help the patient feel loved, but also carry a risk of infection as portrayed in the following examples:

 

 Sally feels healthy but has a slight cough. Her sister just had a baby at MMH.  Unbeknownst to Sally, her cough is caused from RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), and does not cause adults like Sally much problem. However, this virus can be detrimental to the baby. Even to the point that the baby could actually die. Sally decides to wait until her cough is gone to visit her new nephew.

 

Another example is when Billy, a 6th grade student wants to comes visit his friend Ashley.  Billy feels healthy, except for a scratchy throat. His scratchy throat is actually the start of influenza. Because Billy is a child and it is flu season, the hospital discourages him from live visits. Instead Billy sends Ashley a get well message on facebook. Lucky for Ashley, she is does not come into contact with Billy’s influenza, and become more ill. Nor does Billy come into contact with more sicknesses because he already has the flu.  

 

There are special circumstances that will be considered, on an individual basis as exceptions to the visitation restrictions, but they will be reviewed the physician, nursing staff and with the visiting people before being allowed to visit. Thank you for helping us increase the health of our loved ones, and our community.

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