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Van McGrue Named CNO of Citizens Baptist

Grandview Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for 12th Floor In January, Grandview Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting for the 12th floor of the hospital. In 2018, Grandview obtained a Certificate of Need to construct 30 inpatient beds. Phase I of the construction is completed and Phase II should open in this March. The completion of both Phase I and Phase II of the project will bring the total liThe ribbon cutting (l-r) T.C. Brightbill, MD; James Spann; Drew Mason, censed beds for the David Wynne, MD; and, Kayla Knight hospital to 402. “Grandview continues to build its physician network and broaden its footprint in the region,” said Drew Mason, CEO of Grandview Medical Center. “We are excited to continue investing in the quality of our clinical team and physicians.”

Van McGrue has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of Citizens Baptist Medical Center. With over 25 years’ experience, McGrue has held a number of managerial roles in both private and public healthcare. She began her career in Talladega in Van McGrue 1992 at the Northeast Alabama Kidney Clinic and previously worked for Citizens Baptist Medical Center for several years in the late 1990’s. Following a decade in private healthcare administration with oversight of territories from Alabama to Georgia, as well as Tennessee, McGrue rejoined Citizens Baptist Medical Center in 2009 as the Infection Preventionist before

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being named Director of Outcomes. In this role, she was pivotal in improving reimbursement by six percent within six months following the implementation of the CDI program. McGrue later served as Management Director of Nursing for Medical Surgical where she contributed to achieving the highest improvement in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems at Citizens Baptist for the first six months of 2015. McGrue holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Jacksonville State University. She serves on the Board of the Alabama Kidney Foundation and is a member of the American Nurses Association, Association of Perioperative Nursing and Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, as well as the American Nephrology Nurses’ Association. “Van has proven herself a compassionate and dedicated nursing professional with a breadth of experience that allows her to successfully lead others through the actions she demonstrates,” said Citizens Baptist Medical Center CEO, Frank Thomas.

Almost Half of Adults Have High Blood Pressure Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure, according to a new report by the American Heart Association which found that 45.6 percent of adults were hypertensive between 2011 and 2014 under the new blood pressure guidelines released in 2017. Under the previous guidelines, only 31.9 percent of United States adults had high blood pressure during the same time frame. Paul Muntner, PhD, an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health and Vice-Chair of the American Heart Association’s statistic committee, says the increase is due to the recently updated American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association hyperten- Paul Muntner, PhD sion guideline, which lowered the blood pressure levels used to define hypertension from 140/99 mm Hg to 130/80 mm HG. While the increase in adults with hypertension may seem alarming, Muntner says the new guidelines will make people more aware of their health. The number of adults living with a cardiovascular disease also increased. The report found that at least nine percent of U.S. adults had cardiovascular disease defined by a coronary heart disease, stroke or heart failure. If hypertension is included in the list of cardiovascular diseases, the total percentage increases to 48 percent, or 121 million, of U.S. adults living with some type of cardiovascular disease in 2016. The report lists heart disease as the number one cause of death and stroke as the fifth leading cause of death in the United States in 2016.

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