Healthcare Center 'Well-Staffed, Staying Busy'

Healthcare Center 'Well-Staffed, Staying Busy'

Department heads at the Johnson County Healthcare Center gave their monthly reports during the recent hospital board meeting, with only minor concerns with staffing in some departments, but busy overall in the hospital, clinic and nursing home.

Chief of Staff Dr. Blaine Ruby said the facility looks to be well-staffed overall and volume of patients had been “robust.”
He touched on the trauma review of the facility, saying it had gone well and that they retained their level of certification. The state recommended they try to qualify for the next level of trauma certification.

Clinic Manager Crystal Smith said March was another good month with high volume of patients in both Buffalo and Kaycee.
The front office of the clinic is fully staffed, but she is still in the process of hiring a part-time person.

Chanda Rodriguez, Director of Home Health and Hospice, reported some staffing issues involving upcoming maternity leave, but she is fully staffed in her department with CNAs.
She also reported the contract with the county jail for health services is going well.

Director of Acute Care Mary Litzel said her nursing staff is kind of lean due to losses to other departments, but she expects staffing issues to improve in the summer.
Departments are doing well and staying busy.

There are 42 residents in the Amie Holt Care Center, and they have two openings they expect to be filled soon, according to Director of Nursing Brenda Gorm.

Finally it was reported there were 10 patients in cardiac rehab with 95 sessions during the month, and 2 pulmonary rehab patients with 12 sessions.

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