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Message from the CEO Team,

I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving and that you are getting ready for the Winter holidays. I do want to thank all of you that worked to take care of our patients and I hope that you had the opportunity to enjoy quality time for yourself and your loved ones. I wanted to let you know that November was a strong month for inpatient volume and we had solid growth in surgery volume. The Emergency Room volume was slightly down compared to budget, however, the team in the ED has done a wonderful job at reducing wait times and driving patient satisfaction up to among the highest in the company! I am also excited about the continued growth in our Physician Practices and the Fitness Center. I also wanted to thank everyone who took the CoSE survey. We had many positive comments about the facility and we have a lot of opportunities to build a remarkable organization for the community and for our team! I truly appreciate all that you do! Rod Rod Harkleroad RN, MMHC

How does a day off sound? What about a free treadmill of your choice or a new Garmin? Stay tuned for an exciting new Employee Wellness Program where the rewards are as exciting as the results! The 2017 Living Well Employee Wellness Program will begin sign-ups in late December. Keep a watch on your email and spread the word to your co-workers about this exciting program! Remember Living Well is open to each and every employee at HRMC regardless of insurance benefits!

Dr. David Kirk—Obstetrics/Gynecology joined Haywood Women’s Medical Center on September 12, 2016. Dr. Kirk received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his Internship and Residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis, TN. He has 22 years of medical experience and specializes in all areas of obstetrics and gynecology and laparoscopic surgery. His areas of special interest are minimally invasive surgery, treatment of endometriosis, and menopausal symptoms. Dr. Kirk was previously in practice in Morganton, NC.

Dr. Kirk shares: “I’m excited to be joining Haywood Women’s Medical Center to continue practicing

OB/GYN. I have lived in western North Carolina for 18 years and have spent most of my time in the mountains. I love the natural beauty and the warm and friendly people in the area. My passions in medicine are being fortunate enough to help bring a new child into the world and caring for women during the multiple stages of their lives.”

—Chef Derek Sword— “It’s not just food: it’s business. And art. And science. And nutrition. And medicine. And more.” That is the motto for the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales where our own Derek Sword trained for his career as a chef. The Johnson & Wales College of Culinary Arts is globally-recognized because they’re at the leading edge of 21st-century culinary education. Graduates learn not just to be great chefs, but to change the way the world eats. In his time here at Haywood Regional, Chef Derek is already starting to change the way we eat. From his emphasis on integrating locally sourced foods, to sprinkling our menu of Southern classics with international flair such as Greek Day, he is continually evolving the offerings at our café and event catering to be healthier, lighter, and more creative. Chef Derek is originally from Abingdon, Virginia – he then lived in Charleston for 14 years, and most recently lived in Naples, Florida for 2 years. He is glad to be back in the “North Carolina-South” with his wife and son – and is excitedly anticipating the arrival of *snow*. Derek showed an early interest in the culinary arts and learned the joy of food preparation as a child when he began spending time with his mom in the kitchen – he always loved making new creations and he liked to create special sauces. The first dish he remembers preparing was carrot raisin salad. Chef Derek gets tremendous gratification out of seeing others get enjoyment out of his food creations. He is excited to watch the hospital grow and prosper and looks forward to seeing nutrition services grow and evolve. He plans to continue expanding offerings with a focus on healthier fare and also developing gluten-free options for those who require them.

“For patients and staff alike, great meals can be the highlight of their day and that is very important to me”, said Chef Derek. In his spare time, Derek enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors, snowboarding, music, and antiquing with his wife in search of treasures.

The Pharmacy department wishes to welcome the two newest members of our growing family! Cora Mae Passwaters, born 11/13/2016 and Archer Harvey Meduri born 11/19/2016. Congratulations to Jennifer & Ian Passwaters and Emily & Josh Meduri. Tracey H. Truesdale, PharmD BCPS | Pharmacy Manager, Clinical just received her certificate for completing the “MAD-ID Antimicrobial Stewardship Training Program” from the Making a Difference in Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Program on November 18th, 2016. Tracey also was invited to speak at the Haywood Chamber of Commerce Issues & Eggs meeting on November 2nd on Antimicrobial Stewardship.

Fitness Center News: - Aquatics welcomes new lifeguards: Craig Gibson, Elisabeth Trantham and Holden Thomason. - Massage Therapy welcomes Brenda Gibson, Certified Massage Therapist - Susan Wilkins received her StarFish Instructor Certification in October 2016 - The Aquatics Department is once again hosting the Tuscola Swim Team for the 2016-2017 season Haywood Regional Hospice & Palliative Care is hosting the Memory Tree at the Homestead starting Dec 1st— anyone is welcome to hang an ornament in honor of or in memory of a loved one—stop by! Welcoming Shelby Cannon to the Marketing and Communications team!

Nov 2016 Wed Nov 30

Red Cross Blood Drive (HRMC Fitness Center)

Dec 2016 Thurs Dec 1

Canton Christmas Parade – 6pm (HRMC Float—Need riders/walkers)

Sat Dec 3

Tinsel Trikes for Haywood Diaper Bank 10:00am—Noon—Fitness Center

Mon Dec 5

Waynesville Christmas Parade – 6pm (HRMC Float—Need riders/walkers)

Thurs Dec 8

Baby’s First Christmas (Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center)

Thurs Dec 8

Employee Family Photos with Santa—5:30pm—7pm—Fitness Center

Fri Dec 9

Folkmoot Fa La La + Pie + Craft Show—Folkmoot Center (HRMC Sponsor)

Thurs Dec 15

Vitality Seminar for Staff—12pm—Clinical Learning Building

Wed Dec 21

Christmas Tea for Employees/Volunteers—Café

Hundreds of staff and families enjoyed the fall festivities at our event on Oct 23rd. BBQ, inflatables, trunk or treat, kids costume content, face painting, balloons, photo booth, cornhole, music, dancing, and prizes! We hope to make this an annual tradition!

Favorite Original:

Favorite Scary:


Materials Management

Favorite Funny: Pharmacy

From Project Chair—Kim Rathbone: There are going to be 44 children who are unable to go to their family homes this Christmas (will be staying at Broyhill through the holiday). You can help, if you choose, by: Coming to Administration and adopting a child from our Angel tree on the door (the door coming into my office) – this can be done by an individual or a department. Each tag is numbered so please check out the tag with me before you leave. Return the gifts with the tags by December 15. [Unwrapped] 

Donating money or gift cards.

Donating items such as playing cards, chap stick, candy, etc. for the Christmas stockings. I have a box in my office where those items can be placed.

Thank you for helping make the children’s holiday special. Feel free to call me if you have any questions!!!! | x8210

Thank you to everyone who provided donations of supplies for the firefighters who are still battling 11 area wildfires— involving more than 2500 firefighters and other personnel. We will continue to collect supplies as long as needed with drop-off locations in the Café and Fitness Center.

Join us for a holiday parade and share your holiday spirit with your coworkers—sign up via the EventBrite sent to your email or call Julie @ x8883 for more information (RSVP needed for float riders) Canton “Silver Bells” Parade Thurs Dec 1st—6pm Float #50—Blackwell Dr Waynesville “Christmas Past Christmas Present” Parade Mon Dec 5th—6pm Float #61—Hazel St

UPDATE FROM HUMAN RESOURCES Do you know any top-notch direct care RNs, Surgical Techs, or Coders who would make great additions to the Haywood Regional Medical Center staff? If so, you could earn a $500 referral bonus! Here’s how it works: Refer a potential employee to Shannon Sorrells in HR by completing a referral recommendation form no later than five business days after the candidate has applied. The form must be initiated by you. (Available in HR office and Intranet: Printable Forms/HR)

The bonus will be paid only in the event that the candidate is hired into a FT position. When the new employee successfully completes 90 days of employment, you as the referring employee will receive the first installment of $250. When the new employee successfully completes 6 months of employment, you will receive the remaining $250. Let’s work together to continue to staff Haywood with the very best and brightest!!

~ Thanksgiving Celebration ~

HRMC Employee HealthBeat Newsletter - Nov 2016  
HRMC Employee HealthBeat Newsletter - Nov 2016