1 ST ISSUE A P U B L I C AT I O N O F P I E D M O N T M E D I C A L C E N T E R
September / October 2013
MAKING THE RO U N D S
very year, over 600,000 women in the United States have a hysterectomy. There are many options for this surgical procedure, including the SILS™ method in which the hysterectomy is accomplished through an incision smaller than the diameter of a nickel in the patient’s navel.
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Piedmont Medical Center is proud to offer one of the newest advancements in minimally invasive surgery: Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS™). actually the very first physician in the Charlotte area to perform the SILS™ hysterectomy and in July 2013 he completed his 400th SILS™ procedure! According to Dr. McClelland, “This means that those 400 women left Piedmont with 800 fewer scars than they would have if this procedure weren’t an option. This is not your mother’s hysterectomy.”
Celebrating the 400th SILS™ hysterectomy and 800 fewer scars. The SILS™ minimally invasive L to R: Carol Stewart, RN; Candice Atkinson, RN; Craig McClelland, MD; Kara Tipp, RN, surgery causes less pain Director of Women’s and Children’s Services and Mary Sweeney, RN. because it requires fewer If you are considering a incisions than traditional hysterectomy laparoscopic surgery, has a quicker recovery time than open SILS™ may be an option, but it is important to surgery and may leave virtually no scar. discuss your preferences with your physician. He or she will be able to recommend choices At Piedmont Medical Center, we have four gynecological based on your individual circumstances. surgeons who are able to perform the SILS™ procedure: Dr. Christopher B. Benson, Dr. Ansley L. Hilton, Dr. Craig Discover your options: myPMCsils.com McClelland, and Dr. Joe C. Robinson. Dr. McClelland was
COEMIG: Due in part to Piedmont’s ability to offer SILS™, we were recently designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG)™ by the AAGL, an organization committed to “Advancing Minimally Invasive Gynecology Worldwide.” Receiving this designation is a fantastic accomplishment for our department of surgical gynecology and reinforces the quality of excellent patient care that we are able to provide.
SC HOSPITALS WITH COEMIG CERTIFICATION: Piedmont Medical Center
CEO CO RN E R
A message from Bill Masterton President and Chief Executive Officer
his July, I had the honor of celebrating my first anniversary at Piedmont Medical Center. My wife, Kathy, and I continue to be amazed at how much this community has to offer and how welcoming everyone has been.
across Frank Gaston Boulevard and relocate the helicopter landing pad to allow expansion to occur on that site. We will build the new addition and begin to see patients in that portion of the ER. Once transition to the new space is completed, we will begin the renovation of the current ER. Our goal is to have the completely new ER open in November of 2014.
PMC is located in one of the fastest growing counties in the state. We are committed to continuing to offer this expanding community with the very best in high quality, compassionate healthcare right here in your own backyard. I appreciate your continued support as we strive to provide you services both to treat you and keep you well.
MARKETING OF PIEDMONT MEDICAL CENTER: You may
One of the initiatives that I began when I started at the hospital in 2012 was a series of Semi-Annual Employee Forums. These meetings are for employees of Piedmont Medical Center to ask questions and make suggestions about a variety of topics related to the hospital. I also use these meetings as an opportunity to provide an update of past discussion items and any future plans as we continue to fulfill on our Mission: “To deliver exceptional healthcare to every person we have the privilege to serve.” This summer’s semi-annual report covered several key updates related to the hospital including:
RENOVATION OF THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT: We are pleased to announce that we have plans to begin renovation in September that will double the size of our current ER from 21,000 square feet to 42,000 square feet. This renovation will occur in phases. We will add parking
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have noticed increased visibility of the hospital via billboards, print ads, local cable ads, and presence on social media. This was the direct result of the first series of Semi-Annual Employee Forums I hosted in 2012 where employees shared that they believed we could do a better job of telling the story to the public of all of the quality awards we have received. We have made a lot of changes in our marketing strategy (including this community newsletter) and are excited to keep you informed as to what is going on at Piedmont! Be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter if you haven’t already.
RECENT AWARDS AND DESIGNATIONS: We are proud to
be the recipient of several quality awards and designations thus far in this calendar year, including the 2013 South Carolina Distinguished Hospital of the Year by the State Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the 2013 American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award, BCBS Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care and designation as an AAGL Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) site.
FIND THE DOCTOR THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU by visiting myPMCnetwork.com From family medicine to advanced surgical care, we provide a wide range of specialties to care for you and every member of your family.
PIE DM O N T P R I D E
Our Mission: To deliver exceptional healthcare to every person we have the privilege to serve.
iedmont Pride is more than the pride we feel for our hospital. Itâ€™s a commitment to provide the very best care and service to every person we have the privilege to serve. We are proud to be your community hospital, where we are large enough to serve you, yet small enough to know you as an individual. Our Piedmont Pride Committee consists of energetic, enthusiastic employees who volunteer their time to increase awareness within the hospital of all the wonderful things happening here and to help distribute that knowledge to the larger community. One responsibility of the Piedmont Pride Committee is to manage the monthly PMC Service Excellence Awards. Employees are nominated for these awards by patients and their families or fellow employees. On a monthly basis one person is selected as the Employee of the Month. We also honor one outstanding Nurse with the Daisy Award each month. Quarterly awards are distributed also for Leader of the Quarter and Physician of the Quarter.
Piedmont Cardiac Rehabilitation Team. L to R: Diane Debruhl, RN; Amy Hanson, Exercise Physiologist; Deb King, RN; Terrah Shene, RN; and Jeanette Sagmoe, Exercise Physiologist.
OUR HOSPITAL AWARD WINNERS: JULY EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
AUGUST EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH
JULY DAISY AWARD RECIPIENT
Megan Tilton, RN
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AUGUST DAISY AWARD RECIPIENT
Eddie Evans, RN
Progressive Care Unit
Piedmont Pride Advisory Board
LEADER OF THE QUARTER
PHYSICIAN OF THE QUARTER
Mary Le-Bliss, MD
Chief Financial Officer
One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is for hospitals to begin implementing Electronic Medical Records systems.
o comply with this requirement, Piedmont has taken steps to Improve Patient Care Through Technology (IMPACT) by enhancing our new electronic medical records system, CERNER. The application of this new system will allow us to streamline our process for patient care and more efficiently manage patient information. Though the conversion to this system is in the early stages, by the end of September patients will be able to benefit from a new online patient portal. 3
YOU’RE IN LABOR...
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Some of the most visible and valuable people at Piedmont are our Volunteers.
VOL U N TEER A U X I L I A RY
hese special people donate their time to help us deliver the highest level of service at the hospital. Nearly 125 adults and over 30 teenagers from the local community are members of our Volunteer Auxiliary. We are always looking for new members who share that same spirit of service.
summer break to work with us and by doing so have the opportunity to learn more about healthcare professions and the importance of volunteerism. We had over 30 Teen Volunteers during the 2013 summer program. This was our largest group to date!
Piedmont volunteers assist in various departments throughout the hospital and serve in a number of different L to R: Recent York Comprehensive High School graduate and USC freshman ways including keeping Morgan Tolson and Alyssa Clarkson (age 7). family members in our surgical waiting areas informed, escorting patients, delivering flowers to patient rooms and working at our reception desks to name a few. While they may volunteer for many different reasons – to learn new skills, explore careers in healthcare or simply to help others – they are all committed to our hospital’s Mission: To provide exceptional healthcare to every person we have the privilege to serve. A special part of this effort is the annual Teen Volunteer Program. These bright, young people dedicate personal time during their
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Volunteers can certainly make a huge difference, and Alyssa Clarkson proves that you can serve others at ANY age! Last month, 7 year-old Alyssa (daughter of PMC employee Angie Clarkson, RN, Clinical Quality Improvement), visited the Pediatric Unit to deliver “Get Well Soon” cards that she drew herself. Her act of kindness brightened the day of many young patients. What a great example of service and selflessness! Help Support the Volunteer Auxiliary by shopping with us! You’ll find unique items and gifts for all occasions in the Gift Shop – located at entrance to the Women’s Center.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, contact 803-329-6828.
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WAL K W I TH A D O C
A walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle.
id you know that walking has the lowest dropout rate of any kind of physical activity? It is a very accessible form of exercise especially in our area where parks and walking trails such as the Piedmont Medical Center Trail at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center located at Riverwalk, are readily accessible. Walking has many benefits: • Helps reduce risk for coronary heart disease • Regulates stress and boost overall energy • Improves blood pressure and blood sugar levels • Helps maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity • And much more!
We are thrilled to partner with “Walk with a Doc,” a non-profit organization that strives to help the community take steps to better their health. This program is held once a month at the Piedmont Medical Center Trail at Riverwalk for a walk with a featured physician and is a great opportunity to ask questions Elizabeth Zimmerman, MD about your health and enjoy the camaraderie of others in your community! Dr. Elizabeth Zimmerman, a Family Practice Physician in York, SC led our inaugural walk on September 14th. Join us for Walk with a Doc the second Saturday of the month at 8 am. First time registers will receive a free t-shirt and pedometer.
Registration is FREE. Call 803-329-1234 and choose option 2 or online at myPMC.com/events to register.
PA R K S , R E C R E AT I O N & T O U R I S M
WE LCO M E O U R N EW PH Y S I C I A N S
r. Angela Morrison joined James Hubbard, DO, and Glenn Raymond, MD at Carolina OB/GYN in July. She is a board-certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology who is able to provide women with general and specialized care through all stages of life.
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r. Leann Rettell recently joined Eric Johnson, MD, at Piedmont Family Practice at Rock Hill. She provides comprehensive family medicine services for all age groups and is especially interested in preventive medicine for women and children.
For additional information about Dr. Morrison and Carolina OB/GYN, visit
For more information about Dr. Rettell and Piedmont Family Practice at Rock Hill, visit
LIF ELI N E
We would like to share some kind words from patients following a visit from our EMS crews to their home:
TO PARAMEDIC STEVE NEWLIN AND EMT-I JAMES KIMBRELL: “My husband and I are in our seventies. On Saturday, June 8th, I called 911 for emergency help regarding my husband. This is the first time I have ever felt the need to get help such as this. I want you to know the two men who came to my home were not only attentive and caring, they made me feel calm during this stressful situation. Thank you for your service.” – Carol Landin
TO PIEDMONT ER, MEDICS AND HOSPITAL STAFF: “I have the greatest thanks and the deepest regards to Piedmont’s ER staff, Medics, the hospital staff and everyone involved in my care during my stay there as a cardiac patient. I have only the deepest praise for everyone at Piedmont Medical Center. Thank you everyone.” – Elizabeth Jones
N U RS I N G NO O K
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Your care heals patients, comforts families and provides encouragement to all whom you touch. ment expansion and the Education Department’s new Simulation Lab.
he Retired Nurses Celebration is an annual event sponsored by the RECENT GRADUATES IN current Piedmont Medical NURSING JOIN PIEDMONT Center nursing leadership hirty three new nurses team to honor our retired and nursing residents nurses. There is food, fun, have joined the nursing fellowship, and a brief presenstaff at Piedmont Medical tation educating them about Retired Nurses Celebration. L to R, Barbara Frix, Geraldine Reece, Sam Strickland, Center. They are dispersed new technologies and services Jean Strickland, Karen Dircks, Ina Oates, Pansy Yates, Sara Slough, Betty Jenkins, throughout the hospital offered at PMC. Each year, Carlene Gibson and Jean Bleue. departments in Labor Nursing Directors from PMC and Delivery, Medical speak briefly about individual Surgical, Emergency Department, Critical Care, Orthopedics, departments and current information in the field of Nursing. Oncology, Nursery, and Observation. This year’s nurse resiThis year we were honored to have eleven retired nurses join dency class is highly energetic and has a variety of backgrounds. the celebration. They learned about ultrasound usage with Ten have BSN’s and the group represents graduates from IV insertion, intraosseous infusion techniques, and new York Technical College, the University of South Carolina, Mercy methodology for administering IV infusions. They were Hospital, Cabbarus College, and Appalachian State University. also treated to a brief “State of the Hospital” address by Ursula In 2012, 32 new graduates in nursing joined Piedmont Medical Lawrence, RN, MSN, our new Chief Nursing Officer. Ursula Center with an impressive retention rate of 29 continuing to highlighted many new things happening in Nursing at PMC including our new electronic charting, the Emergency Departworking here.
I N TEN S I VE SH A RE...
When Trina Perry’s lower back and knees began giving her problems, she became concerned about her health.
hen faced with joint and back pain and high blood pressure, Trina Perry knew that something had to change. She decided that the best tool for her weight loss would be bariatric surgery and in December 2011, she opted for weight loss surgery with one of our skilled surgeons at Piedmont Medical Center. In the first few months after her bariatric surgery, she had to learn to adjust to eating smaller portions of food but over time and with assistance from her doctor, she was able to make the new diet work for her. Trina began exercising more and a year and a half later, she says that her cholesterol and blood pressure have improved. Earlier this year she even completed her first 5K and is hoping to participate in many more in the future. “I walked it,” she says. “But it was the first time I’ve ever even considered doing anything like that!” If you’re considering weight loss surgery, you may benefit from attending one of our free, informational seminars. Held twice a month, the seminars provide potential patients with an overview of the surgical weight loss journey. They learn about the health benefits, risks, and patient stories, as well as what to expect before, during and following bariatric surgery.
To sign up for our next seminar, visit pmcsurgicalweightloss.com or call 803-329-1234 and choose option 2.
I N TH E N EW S
Stay connected with Piedmont Medical Center happenings, news and updates.
FORT MILL MEDICAL CENTER INFORMATION AND THE CERTIFICATE OF NEED APPLICATION
here has been a lot of discussion in the news in recent months about our Certificate of Need (CON) application to build a hospital in Fort Mill. The Administrative Law Judge heard the appeal in April and early May in Columbia, and we were appreciative of the opportunity to tell our story. We expect to be notified about the judge’s decision in early October. Of course, there has also been a lot of news coverage about the Governor’s decision to veto the funding provided to DHEC that allows them to administer the CON program. As we understand it, this will not affect the Fort Mill Medical Center decision, but we continue to remain well informed about the issue as it relates to pending and future CON applications.
CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3 COMES TO YORK COUNTY
iedmont Medical Center is proud to be a community partner for Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a research study conducted by the American Cancer Society. This study is now accepting volunteers who are willing to commit to being a part of the 20-30 year study by completing a survey at home every 2-3 years. Volunteers must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer).
For more information or to set up an appointment to participate, visit cps3yorksc.org or call 1-888-604-5888. 7
CA LEN DA R O F E V E N T S EVENTS
QUIT SMART! Smoking Cessation Counseling Scheduled one-on-one, $10 per one-hour session. Call 903-985-4651 to set up a time.
EXPECTANT PARENTS TOUR / FREE 8
Sept. 8 • 1 pm & 21 • 2 pm 21 8 21
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Oct. 6 • 1 pm & 19 • 2 pm PMC Women’s Tower
MAMMOS TO MIDNIGHT
Oct. 11 • 8 am - Midnight PMC Women’s Tower Diagnostic Center • Screening Mammograms • Free Heel Bone scans for Osteoporosis • Guest Speakers • Light Refreshments
YOUNG PARENTS TO BE
Sept. 24 • 6 pm • $25.00 24 24 PMC Annex
OLD TOWN ZOMBIE CRAWL 5K AND FUN RUN to benefit The Heart2Heart Foundation
Oct. 26 • 3 pm Sponsored by: Piedmont Medical Center
PMC NIGHT – YORK FOOTBALL
Sept. 3, 26 • 2 pm 26 3 26
Inaugural Walk: Sept. 14 • 8 am
Piedmont Medical Center Trail at the Rock Hill 5 Outdoor Center (Located at the Riverwalk Development)
HEALTHY HEART RISK ASSESSMENT Sept. 19 • 7:30 am • $39.95 Oct. 17 • 7:30 am • $39.95 PMC Women’s Tower Resource Center
Sept. 8 / Oct. 6 • 3 pm PMC Women’s Tower
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Sept. 8 / Oct. 13 • 3 pm PMC Women’s Tower
Oct. 21 • 6:30 pm • Free PMC Doctor’s Dining Room
Sept. 3 / Oct. 1 • 7 pm PMC Doctor’s Dining Room Sept. 5, 19 • 5:30 pm
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PMC Women’s Diagnostic Center
DIABETES Support Group 53
Sept. 5 / Oct. 3 • 6 pm PMC Women’s Tower
SPINAL CORD INJURY Support Group 8 10 8 10
Sept. 10 / Oct. 8 • 5:30 pm PMC Women’s Tower
EMPTY ARMS Support Group
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Sept. 16 / Oct. 21 • 7 pm PMC Women’s Tower Conf. D
MENDED HEARTS Congestive Heart Failure
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Visit myPMC.com/pulse for a listing of all current events and more details.
Sept. 3 / Oct. 1 • 6 pm PMC Women’s Tower
BEYOND BREAST CANCER
LOOK GOOD FEEL BETTER – HELPING WOMEN WITH CANCER
PARTY FOR THE GIRLS
Oct. 5, 19 • 2 pm PMC Women’s Tower
Sept. 8 / Oct. 6 • 2 pm PMC Women’s Tower
Sept. 16 / Oct. 7 • 6 pm PMC Women’s Tower
US TOO - PROSTATE CANCER
SIBLING BOOT CAMP
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Sept. 21 • 8 am-Noon 21 Imaging Center at Baxter Village
Sept. 7, 21 • 2 pm 21 7 21
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INFANT MASSAGE CLASS
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Sept. 16 / Oct. 21 • 7 pm PMC Women’s Tower
SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS Support Group
Oct. 1, 24 • 4 pm PMC Women’s Tower Conf. D
Sept. 12 / Oct. 10 • 12:30 pm Piedmont General Surgery CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION Associates, Rock Hill Sept. 7, 21 • 8:30 am Sept. 12, 24 / Oct. 22 7 21 7 21 Oct. 5, 19 • 8:30 am 24 22 24 22 6 pm • Women’s Tower 12 Oct. 10 • 6 pm 5 19 5 19 PMC Women’s Tower Lancaster County Courthouse
WALK WITH A DOC / FREE
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Every Tuesday 10 am-11 am PMC Women’s Tower 2nd Floor Perinatal
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BREASTFEEDING Support Group
TOTAL JOINT – HIP & KNEE
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Sept. 9 / Oct. 7 • 7 pm PMC Women’s Tower
FREE SUPPORT GROUPS
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Sept. 27 • 7:30 pm 27 27 York Comprehensive HS Stadium York Comprehensive VS. Rock Hill
SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM PRE-SURGERY SEMINAR / FREE 1
Sept. 24 / Oct. 22 • 6:30 pm PMC Doctor’s Dining Room
Registration is required for all events except for support groups. To register, please call 803-329-1234, and press 2 or visit myPMC.com/events
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