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Foundation Gives Back – Recently the Foundation invested $158,000 to improve the hospital and provide the care we would like to receive ourselves. From helper bars and beds that will allow patients gain a little more independence to additional beds & couches that allow cancer patient’s families to relax, the Foundation has blessed our community with a better hospital. The bars will give patients more control of their lives while saving caregivers back & lifting injuries. Superior palliative with the additional beds and couches will improve the quality of life for patients and their families during life-threatening illness. Early identification, impeccable assessment, and superior treatment with maternal-like care and comfort are crucial for recovery. Furthermore, we believe in providing five star comfort and care to those so close to ending life’s journey. As such, we encourage you to give graciously back to our community through the Foundation. Please consider the Foundation when you want to give back.
Reliable health information - Where do I go for reliable, trustworthy health information on the Web? Made possible by the National Institutes of Health/The National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus.gov offers health information that is easy to understand and can be trusted. Check it out, spend some time looking at the various features and you will be pleasantly surprised with the user friendly site. For assistance using the site contact Teresa Murdock ext. 5712 in the Medical Library. She will be happy to help you.
Centralized Scheduling Progress - Physician offices are now able to call into one direct line to schedule services and also have one direct line to fax in documentation. Central Scheduling has been created to help with patient and physician satisfaction. The department will be doing the scheduling for Radiology, Respiratory, and IV Infusion Therapy. Authorizations, insurance, and medical necessity for outpatient services will be verified and communicated back to the patients. Shamae, Rainey, Carlene, Anna-Maria, and Heather bring expertise from their different areas and are very excited to help this department excel in meeting the needs of our physician offices, patients, and hospital staff. Changes were also made in admissions with the addition of an express desk for faster registration for patients who have already been pre-registered. Admissions is also entering the different outpatient service orders.
IT Advances - New filters will help eliminate spam in your email and online searches. Five new computers on wheels are being placed in different departments that enable immediate log in and out within seconds with the touch of your employee badge, saving staff countless hours annually.
Administration – Our hospital is growing, upgrading, and advancing. With these changes, we are grateful for each of you that have helped make this progress successful. We have a talented, smart, and capable team. As each of us continues to be fully engaged in our responsibilities, we will grow in our ability to provide exceptional care for all of our patients’ healthcare wants and needs. A focus on helping our community will serve as a higher motivation. Thank you again for each of the small things you do to serve!
Several days into our annual snowmobile trip on March 7th, I was riding my snowmobile with a group of friends near Shotgun in Island Park area. Along the way I climbed and then descended a rather shear hill face apparently with a bit too much speed no realizing the steep downhill angle I had to negotiate. While I remember the ascent up the hill, the next memory I have is of two friends removing my helmet and asking me to lay still. I recall the very concerned face of my friend Janet who is a seasoned snowmobile rider of many years. I’m in my 3rd year of learning to ride.
Obviously, I had sustained a loss of consciousness that lasted around 2 minutes. My snowmobile was on its side next to me. I estimate the height of the hill at 25 feet. While I was with seven other riders, none were in direct observation of my accident. Some saw parts of it but nobody saw the whole event. Due to a lack of memory of the landing, I don’t know exactly what the mechanism of injury was. I suspect I was thrown out and away from the machine landing hard on compact snow. This was essentially a high velocity fall from a height. Examination of my helmet and clothing shows no evidence that I tangled with the machine but it is possible. My friends found me lying like a rag doll on my left side, left arm at an odd angle, moaning incoherently not responding to verbal stimuli. Soon, however, I became aware and oriented. Janet said that my first question was “where is my sled?” I had indeed been knocked out. My vision was full of sparkles for 10 minutes. After 15 minutes, I was able to ride my sled back to the Island Park Lodge where I was staying. My chief complaint was low back and left shoulder pain, which was slowly exacerbating.
I retired from 36 years with the City of Tacoma, Washington Fire Department, including Firefighter Paramedic a bit over a year ago. So after a self-assessment at the lodge I began icing my sore low back and left shoulder, as well as taking 800 mg of Advil every 8 hours. Following a rough night, I asked one of my group if she would drive me to be seen.
I arrived to find a very modern hospital with what seemed to be a new emergency room. For a 10 year period of my fire service career, I worked part time doing emergency nursing at Tacoma General Hospital E.R., and I transported patients all over the Tacoma/Puyallup/King County area with my Fire Medic Unit, so I know emergency rooms very well.
I wish to commend you on a bright, cheerful, and efficient emergency room. The triage desk person was very friendly and helpful and wasted no time in getting me straight to a treatment room and under care of my nurs Roxy. Roxy was a wonderful, happy, and skilled nurse. She took a detailed history and got the chart right out to the doctor.
Waiting for Dr. Nathan Hancock gave me a bit of time to look over the treatment room from the gurney. I was very impressed by the cleanliness of the room and the caliber of the fixed equipment. You have a very nice facility.
After a few minutes, the doctor came in and gave me an examination. It was focused and thorough. He ordered x-rays of my shoulder and low back. I was also given an injection of Valium 10mg to break muscle spasm as well as a couple narcotic pain pills. This made me very comfortable and controlled my symptoms.
The x-ray department was located next-door to the E.D., as it should be. The staff there, once again were very friendly, caring, efficient and skilled. They took several films of my shoulder and spine.
Dr. Hancock and a radiologist looked at the films and advised me that I had two compression fractures of my spine, specifically Thoracic 12 and Lumbar 2. He then ordered a CAT scan to assess the stability of the fractures and to rule out any others not seen in th x-rays.
Again the C.T. unit was close to the ER and the operator was quick, efficient, wonderful, and caring. A radiologist who I did not meet read the results and passed his assessment to Dr. Hancock. Roxy returned several times to check my pain control, take vitals, and be sure I was doing ok. She is a wonderful skilled nurse who has a ready wit, motherly reassurance and loving touch. You are very lucky to have her. She deserves a raise.
Dr. Hancock returned to tell me the fractures were stable. Then told me he would prescribe a muscle relaxant, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory and narcotic pain medicines. He also advised I follow up with my PMD in a week or so. He laid out a set of restrictions in my activity. He seems very knowledgeable and business-like.
Roxy returned with a disc of my CT and x-rays, and I assume the chart since I live in Seattle/Tacoma area. She also gave me prescriptions with a set of very detailed discharge instructions. I am sorry for the length of this letter, however, I wanted to express my sincere thanks to your staff, and compliment them on their skill, expertise, and over all mastery in the delivery of emergency care. That care provided in a well -quipped, bright, and, clean emergency department.
I hope you will pass my sincere gratitude on to the staff of you E.R. They did a great job, and are true professionals in every right.
Firefighter Paramedic Supervisor, City of Tacoma Fire Department-Retired
Lakewood, WA 98498
We are excited to open our new Centralized Scheduling Department. This new department will result in a faster, and more accurate admissions/scheduling process. Needed information on behalf of our patients and physicians will be collected beforehand. Then preregistration, authorizations, and insurance verification & benefits will be available and provided to the patient upon arrival. Patients may come directly to the express desk in admissions, reducing wait times, and provide more information. We hope that this new service will help you receive any information that you’d like, and assist you in getting to your appointment in less time.
Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. Phone: (208) 359-9800 Fax: (208) 359-6543
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– Date of Birth
– Phone Number
– Procedure and Procedure Code
– Diagnosis and Diagnosis Code
– Physician Name
– Lab Work (if needed)
– Modality Information
My very first night with our new “Baby Girl Elrod” was somewhat of a blur. I was recovering from the events of the day, still in the recovery room, no husband, no family, just me, the nurse, and “Baby Girl Elrod” who we thought would be named Adler Gayle.
With the hemorrhaging that took place I was left flat on my back, covered in orange juice puke, and unable to move. I was exhausted, on yucky morphine, and tired. Our new baby “Adler” was in our lives and we were so thankful for her to arrive safe and healthy. I felt Heavenly Father speaking to me throughout the pregnancy, be thankful for a healthy and safe baby. I thought our baby would be in trouble- but no! It was me!
At 5pm our nurse Toni introduced us to Arleigh. When I learned her name I told her that we considered naming our baby girl Arlie. We had selected Adler, Arlie, or Abbey for our baby girl before arriving at the hospital. We had decided that day upon Adler, and told her so. She said she’d never met another Arleigh.
Arleigh looked like one of my BYU-I students. So warm and kind. She immediately brought a peace to our room that was needed. Mike’s mom Lori had arrived in town to help us welcome our new baby with a nasty cold/flu. It was so scary. The hospital would not allow anyone under the age of 18 or anyone with flu-like symptoms in. So, upon hearing that news she left town and we were left with Paxton and Tilly at home with my husband and me recovering in the hospital alone.
“Adler” and I had no choice but to rely upon our nurse for help. I was a mother for the third time, in bad shape, and unable to just be a mother to our new baby. I couldn’t move, I couldn’t hold, I couldn’t feed, and I couldn’t reach my new baby. I needed care, and Arleigh was there for us. She was magic. She swept in and out of our room with ease. She was family, she was our healing and helping angel.
I wanted so badly to move. I wanted to sit up in my hospital bed so I could be a mother to my new baby. It wasn’t possible, and I think I might has asked Arleigh each time she stepped into the room if I could. Without being stern or annoyed she gently let this morphine crazed mother know it wouldn’t be possible until the doctor cleared it. I also need care. My tummy needed massaging, my scar needed to be checked. She was kind, she was careful.
I wanted so badly to hold my new baby. I had just spent the last 4 months crocheting hats and blankets for our little girl and I want to outfit her up! I couldn’t even reach my new baby let alone dress her. Arleigh stepped in to help. She found the items in my bag, dressed the baby, held her so I could see her, took a few pictures, and repeated that until all my items were tried on and found to be either too big or too small!
I wanted so badly to feed my baby. I’m not a super milk producer. I like to get started right away to see if magically my milk will come in. Lying flat on your back, unable to move side to side makes nursing hard. How was I to begin if I could not see my baby’s mouth? I was frustrated and Arleigh saved me. With such amazing ease she took hold of the baby and my breast and got us to latch! I could nurse my baby! Now, that process was not easy and required lots of repetition. But we did it. I felt good about my efforts, and Arleigh did that for us.
I wanted so badly to reach my baby. She was in her new little hospital crib and I was far away on my hospital bed. With the touch of a button Arleigh was there to bring my new baby to me so I could simply hold her. She just nuzzled in right under my arm like a little football player where her and I would rest until I would almost fall asleep. Arleigh would come get her and take her until I could really get some rest. It’s hard to see your baby out of your room. But I could not have been more comfortable with Arleigh taking my baby.
We made it through our first night together. Not only did we make it, but we were happy and rested. The next day when my husband arrived he said hello to our new baby Adler. I kept saying hello and asking for our new baby…ARLIE? What? We had decided on naming our baby Adler, but I couldn’t call her that anymore. She needed to be Arlie. She was destined to be. Nurse Arleigh saved us at my lowest point, and wouldn’t our little girl be so blessed to know she was named after the nurse who so beautifully helped welcome her into this world? I think so.
We never had Arleigh as our nurse for the remainder of our stay, but she did return to our room to say hello and we did get to introduce the new baby girl Arlie Gayle Elrod. Our family will forever love and be thankful for Nurse Arleigh.