HeartBeat | The Pulse of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System | Winter 2023

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WINTER 2023
THE PULSE OF HUTCHINSON REGIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
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What We Believe In

OUR MISSION

To enhance the quality of life through integrated healthcare.

OUR VISION

To become the leading wellness-focused medical center through collaboration, efficiency & outcomes.

OUR CORE VALUES

Integrity Commitment Accountability Respect Excellence 4
I CARE

Patient Care Across the Health System

BY THE NUMBERS

WELLNESS IS MORE THAN A DESTINATION — IT’S A JOURNEY. For generations, Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System has remained a valued, trusted center of care for Reno County and beyond, providing comprehensive care for patients and families across central and western Kansas. From newborns to older adults, our team is here to support your needs and keep you moving on your journey to wellness.

271,967 LABORATORY INTERVENTIONS

ACUTE 4,148
GENERAL REHAB 206 TOTAL PATIENT DAYS
LEVEL III TRAUMA CENTER
21,466
NEWBORN DELIVERIES 467 HOME HEALTH PATIENTS SERVED 460 5,093 INPATIENT HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS
OUTPATIENT
3,743 INPATIENT & SAME-DAY SURGERIES EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT VISITS
DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING EXAMS 38,989 1,578 COVID-19 PATIENT ENCOUNTERS 5 284 HOSPICE HOUSE PATIENTS SERVED
Within 55 Miles
46,260
ENCOUNTERS
23,613

Cancer Care Across the Region CLOSER TO HOME

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HRHS, PUTTING OUR PATIENTS FIRST HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GUIING PRINCIPLE.

Last summer, Curt Thompson, M.D., was an active 61-year-old interventional radiologist who had been practicing at the Hutchinson Clinic for over twenty years. On July 19, 2022, while driving home from working out of town, he realized he was not recognizing oncoming traffic. As he related the experience to his wife that evening, he decided to consult his family physician.

AN UNEXPECTED DIAGNOSIS

The next day, everything changed after a CT and an MRI revealed that Dr. Thompson had a large mass located on his right brain. That was the day he began his brain cancer journey. “It was all so sudden. One day I’m seeing patients, and the next day I’ve become the patient,” Dr. Thompson said. Two weeks later, he underwent brain surgery with a neurosurgeon at KU Medical Center.

Following his surgery, Dr. Thompson met with radiation oncologist Dr. Shirley Butler-Xu after insisting he didn’t want to travel outside of Hutchinson for his six weeks of radiation therapy. His team of physicians at KU Med assured him he was in great hands with Dr. Butler-Xu, who completed her residency program at the University of Kansas Health Center Department of Radiation Oncology.

“There is no doubt that offering cancer care treatment in a local setting — where patients don’t need to spend time traveling to different cities — can contribute to their healing,” said Dr. Butler-Xu.

Dr. Thompson completed his six weeks of radiation treatment last October. He credits the support of his wife and the staff at Chalmers for his ability to recover. “How often do you go through brain cancer? Well, I hope to not go through it again. I wanted to get it treated well from the beginning, and we did just that. I owe a lot to Dr. Butler-Xu and her team,” he said. “I’m very pleased with the follow-up care at Chalmers Cancer Center, and I have the utmost confidence in the services they provide.”

Beaming ear-to-ear, Dr. Thompson shared he has his first grandchild on the way. He adds, “Life is precious. Enjoy every day.”

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Dr. Butler-Xu consults with Dr. Thompson
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New Grant Helps Horizons Launch Additional Lines of Care

In a post-pandemic world, a greater spotlight and emphasis has been placed on the need for quality and accessible mental health services. For this and many other reasons, Horizons Mental Health Center has experienced tremendous growth, along with much-deserved accreditations. The team has continued to push through barriers to ensure anyone seeking help is assisted.

In March 2021, Horizons Mental Health Center was awarded a $3 million grant to work toward becoming a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). In order to achieve that designation, several new services have been added to further focus on whole-person treatment and data-driven outcomes. These additions have provided new employment and growth opportunities to better care for our community and surrounding areas. These services include:

CARREFOUR CRISIS CENTER: a place where adults in a mental health crisis can go to receive intensive support. The goal is to reduce psychiatric hospitalizations and ER visits, which only add more stress to the patient in crisis. This care is available 24/7/365 so people can receive the care they need immediately.

ASSERTIVE COMMUNITY TREATMENT (ACT): ACT provides intensive services in the community to people who are at high risk of homelessness, hospitalization and incarceration due to mental illness. This team is made up of a multidisciplinary group of Horizons staff including a PA, RN, therapist, case manager and peer support specialist who are assertive in their outreach efforts to those high-risk individuals.

MOBILE CRISIS UNIT: This multidisciplinary team actively provides services to those in crisis where they are located. Sometimes transportation is not available during a crisis, so this mobile team gets to the patient, instead of the patient trying to get to our facility. The goal is to solve the crisis and then further assist or set up additional resources.

CO-RESPONDER TEAM: The Horizons team or facility are not always the first people called. In many situations we must work with law enforcement when providing the needed care to people in the community. This team coordinates with the Hutchinson Police Department to provide such support to individuals who have interactions with law enforcement that are a result of a mental crisis. This team allows us to respond quicker to people who are experiencing challenges with their mental health.

Horizons continues to strive toward being the behavioral clinic of choice through their increased outreach initiatives that provide greater access to resources and care. People often need the greatest help when in a crisis situation. These new services allow the Horizons team to reach people more quickly and in a greater variety of ways.

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*https://mhanational.org/sites/default/files/2023-State-of-Mental-Health-in-America-Report.pdf

KANSAS RANKS LAST IN THE NATION WHEN IT COMES TO ACCESSING MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES *

OVER 50 MILLION ADULTS IN AMERICA — OR ABOUT 20% — EXPERIENCED A MENTAL ILLNESS *
18% OF ADULTS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS IN KANSAS HAVE NO INSURANCE, COMPARED WITH 11% NATIONWIDE *
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Spotlight on Excellence

Spotlight on Excellence

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

WE CELEBRATED MANY IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND AWARDS THIS YEAR. HERE ARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2022:

WE CELEBRATED MANY IMPORTANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND AWARDS THIS YEAR. HERE ARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2022:

We know that having cardiac care access close to home helps save lives and saves our patients’ valuable time and money. We’re proud to share that Hutchinson Regional Health Systems has received several awards from the American Heart Association, including the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Center Gold Plus recognition, the Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® –Stroke quality achievement award and the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Achievement Award.

We know that having cardiac care access close to home helps save lives and saves our patients’ valuable time and money. We’re proud to share that Hutchinson Regional Health Systems has received several awards from the American Heart Association, including the Mission: Lifeline® STEMI Center Gold Plus recognition, the Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® –Stroke quality achievement award and the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Achievement Award.

An ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is known to be more severe and dangerous than other types of heart attacks. Each year, more than 280,000 people in the U.S. experience this type of heart attack, caused by a complete blockage in a coronary artery. Nearly 40% of people who go to the emergency room with acute coronary syndrome are diagnosed with a STEMI. Like all heart attacks, this requires timely treatment to restore blood flow as quickly as possible.

An ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is known to be more severe and dangerous than other types of heart attacks. Each year, more than 280,000 people in the U.S. experience this type of heart attack, caused by a complete blockage in a coronary artery. Nearly 40% of people who go to the emergency room with acute coronary syndrome are diagnosed with a STEMI. Like all heart attacks, this requires timely treatment to restore blood flow as quickly as possible.

To further improve cardiac health outcomes for, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center will be embarking on a project to upgrade one of its three cardiac catheterization laboratory suites in 2023. Aubrey Nuss, RN, BS, ACNO, director of cardiovascular services and patient care supervisors, says there was a need to reinvest in the cath lab after 14 years of service to ensure the future of cardiac care at the hospital. “As a nonprofit hospital, our focus is reinvesting in our ability to improve the health of Hutchinson and the surrounding communities,” said Nuss.

To further improve cardiac health outcomes for, Hutchinson Regional Medical Center will be embarking on a project to upgrade one of its three cardiac catheterization laboratory suites in 2023. Aubrey Nuss, RN, BS, ACNO, director of cardiovascular services and patient care supervisors, says there was a need to reinvest in the cath lab after 14 years of service to ensure the future of cardiac care at the hospital. “As a nonprofit hospital, our focus is reinvesting in our ability to improve the health of Hutchinson and the surrounding communities,” said Nuss.

Another consistent focus in the cardiovascular catheterization lab is infection prevention. There have been intensive continued efforts on staff and patient education to decrease the risk of groin and pacemaker infections.

Another consistent focus in the cardiovascular catheterization lab is infection prevention. There have been intensive continued efforts on staff and patient education to decrease the risk of groin and pacemaker infections.

As of January, it has been 64 months since a groin infection and 26 months since a pacemaker infection.

As of January, it has been 64 months since a groin infection and 26 months since a pacemaker infection.

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Reigning in Rehabilitation

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center’s

prestigious Top Performer Award for the fourth consecutive year. Rankings were determined by a reporting system

Assessment Instrument, a key indicator

Inpatient Rehabilitation facilities. The patient care that is effective, efficient,

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehab Unit is listed among the top 10 percent of rehabilitation facilities in the nation, earning the prestigious Top Performer Award for the fourth consecutive year. Rankings were determined by a reporting system using indicators contained in the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Assessment Instrument, a key indicator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ reporting tool for Inpatient Rehabilitation facilities. The goal of the rankings is to recognize high-performing facilities for quality patient care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.

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A Birthing Center With You in Mind

Choosing where to deliver your baby is no easy decision. The Labor and Delivery Unit at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center received its sixth consecutive “High 5 for Mom and Baby” designation, recognizing the unit’s commitment to infant and maternal health by assisting new mothers to successfully initiate and maintain breastfeeding.

To achieve the designation, the Labor and Delivery Unit was required to complete a voluntary and self-reported evaluation and follow a series of evidence-based practices. Included among those practices was a requirement to maintain staff competency in lactation support, provide all pregnant women with information and instruction on breastfeeding, assure immediate and sustained skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth, and practice “rooming in,” which allows mothers and infants to remain together for the first 24 hours.

In 2022, 467 babies were delivered at the Birthing Center at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center.

Whether your pregnancy is routine or high-risk, you’ll find a team of dedicated professionals monitoring you and your baby’s well-being every step of the way.

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A Strong Foundation

A Strong Foundation

In September 1972, on the tail end of the miraculous fundraising campaign and merging of two hospitals, one of Hutchinson's influential leaders, W.D.P. Carey, made this proclamation, “We’re here on the occasion of telling the world that Hutchinson is a first-class city made up of first-class people we’ve met the challenge and are the victors.”

In September 1972, on the tail end of the miraculous fundraising campaign and merging of two hospitals, one of Hutchinson's influential leaders, W.D.P. Carey, made this proclamation, “We’re here on the occasion of telling the world that Hutchinson is a first-class city made up of first-class people we’ve met the challenge and are the victors.”

This statement still rings true today and it has allowed the Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation (HRMF) to thrive for almost 50 years. People are at the heart of every successful campaign, appeal and donation made. From employees to patients to people near and far, we all have a story of how the healthcare system has provided care to each of us or someone we know. It is that same philanthropic spirit that drives the foundation’s initiatives today.

This statement still rings true today and it has allowed the Hutchinson Regional Medical Foundation (HRMF) to thrive for almost 50 years. People are at the heart of every successful campaign, appeal and donation made. From employees to patients to people near and far, we all have a story of how the healthcare system has provided care to each of us or someone we know. It is that same philanthropic spirit that drives the foundation’s initiatives today.

To date, HRMF has reinvested over $25 million back into the healthcare system, while contributing to other community causes. Whether it was structural additions, technology advancements or scholarships awarded, the foundation has been a key player in seeing the projects to completion through funding.

To date, HRMF has reinvested over $25 million back into the healthcare system, while contributing to other community causes. Whether it was structural additions, technology advancements or scholarships awarded, the foundation has been a key player in seeing the projects to completion through funding.

As the foundation once again moves toward growth in both its giving goals and donor participation, it has been infused with new leadership by naming Jessica Flax as the foundation director. With years of development experience and local Hutchinson roots, Flax is no newcomer to growing businesses and working with community members to ignite engagement.

As the foundation once again moves toward growth in both its giving goals and donor participation, it has been infused with new leadership by naming Jessica Flax as the foundation director. With years of development experience and local Hutchinson roots, Flax is no newcomer to growing businesses and working with community members to ignite engagement.

As a primary supporter of the hospital's major initiatives and future success, the Foundation’s mission to create awareness, build donor relationships and tell of the remarkable happenings at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is the driving force in creating a sustainable future for this region's healthcare system.

As a primary supporter of the hospital's major initiatives and future success, the Foundation’s mission to create awareness, build donor relationships and tell of the remarkable happenings at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center is the driving force in creating a sustainable future for this region's healthcare system.

From our deep historical roots to today's charge to support the innovative ways we provide high quality, local care the Foundation is thriving with more ways than ever that donors can have an impact. It’s a great time to participate in a truly life-giving organization where, together, we can enhance the quality of life for our community.

From our deep historical roots to today's charge to support the innovative ways we provide high quality, local care the Foundation is thriving with more ways than ever that donors can have an impact. It’s a great time to participate in a truly life-giving organization where, together, we can enhance the quality of life for our community.

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Foundation Gifts Over the Years

(1990 - 1999) $2.5 Million donated to Medical Center projects

(2000-2009) $7.3 Million donated to Medical Center projects

(2015) $6 Million donated to the remodel and upgrade of the emergency room

(2016) $4 Million donated to the construction of the new intensive care unit

(2018) $2.7 million donated to purchase the region’s most advanced MRI equipment

(2020) $2.67 million donated to remodel the new orthopedic unit

(2021) $1 million plus donated to revamp the birthing unit

(2018-2022) $850,000 in patient bills covered by the foundation

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