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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2015
11 Feb


Patient Safety Awareness Week is right around the corner - March 8-14.  The theme for 2015 is "United in Safety".  The focus of this year's campaign is patient engagement and emphasizing the relationship between healthcare facility, the patient and their families.

Why is patient safety so important? Learn more about this hot topic by reviewing our top blog posts focused on patient safety:

GHHS "Tell Me More” program
09 Feb

As we learned in a previous post, the national Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) office established the National Solidarity Day for Compassionate Patient Care in 2011 to promote provider-patient relationships based on caring, personalization, and mutual respect as a means to improving healthcare outcomes.

02 Feb

I would speculate most of us know someone that was admitted to a hospital and had something go wrong.  In the mid 1970’s one of my classmate’s father entered the hospital for surgery.  He ended up catching a disease that not only killed him, but the family parrot.

Is compassion missing in healthcare?
19 Jan

The usual deadline for my blog submission was coming up again and I was drawing a blank. Then a co-worker of mine suggested I write about how compassion has left healthcare. When I asked her to elaborate, she told me about the time her niece went to the hospital with severe adnominal pain. The emergency room doctor, while professional, didn’t show much if any empathy towards her niece. Then he recommended that she stay overnight with admissions wanting a $5000 deposit.

Baby boomers staying in their homes
14 Jan

Startling statistics on the growing number of baby boomers turning 65 years old:

10,000 per day!

Yes, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 from now until 2029! This means that every 1 in 5 Americans will be age 65 or older. Those are some concerning numbers when you factor in the Federal Government has no plan on how to deal with this in regards to healthcare.

Healthcare uniform staples - Scrubs, lab coats and bodycams?
12 Jan

Due to the amount of instability in people these days, I understand the relevance and importance of the introduction of bodycams as part of the uniforms for our law enforcement agencies. This technology will give added protection to them as they work with a more insecure environment.   

Today I Will Weight Management Campaign — St. Mary’s Health, Evansville, IN - Ten Adams
07 Jan

With the rise of patients as consumers who have a choice of where they “purchase” their healthcare, there is renewed interest in healthcare marketing.  Mark Shipley, strategy director and co-founder of Smith & Jones, said in a statement: "Patients today are often referred to as healthcare consumers because they are as informed and self-directed in their care decisions as any retail shopper. To become relevant to this new breed of consumers, organizations will need to translate their brand messaging for smaller audiences at different stages of the decision process."

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
22 Dec

With the holiday season in full force, the An Apple A Day team decided to slow down and reflect on our favorite holiday traditions…….

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!
24 Nov

As Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for feasting and reflection, the An Apple A Day Team each reflected on what they are thankful for this holiday season…

I am thankful for my growing family with the addition of our dogs Gracie and Noah. While they might drive my husband and me crazy with their occasional shoe chewing and counter surfing, our house would not be a home without them!Amy Henry

10 Nov

What sort of leadership does the nursing profession need? The discussion of transactional vs. transformational leadership is part of any Industrial/Organizational Psychology curriculum.  Translated to a practical application, transformational leadership (which is based on engagement between the leaders and followers) is a highly effective strategy for improving workplace satisfaction, promoting a positive attitude and reducing nursing staff turnover.  It works especially well in what can be a complex, high-stress environment such as healthcare.*  

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Think back to your most recent visit to a hospital or doctor’s office. Did the nurse who took your pulse and blood pressure wash her hands before touching you?  How often are his or her scrubs laundered and sanitized?

I received a call from one of our salesmen the other day.  He asked, “Do we make any ugly scrubs for any of our customers?”

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I’ve been working in the customer service department for over 14 years, and it seems like there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t learn something new.

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