Ask an OB-GYN- What is a pre-pregnancy care checkup?

Ask an OB-GYN, Series I, Blog 1- What is a pre-pregnancy care checkup?

The goal of a pre-pregnancy checkup is to evaluate and discuss issues that may affect your pregnancy before you conceive. This can increase your chances of a normal healthy pregnancy and baby.  During this visit, your OB provider will ask about your diet, lifestyle habits, medications, personal and family health history and about past pregnancy issues you may have had.  If you are not up to date on your Papanicolaou test, also called a Pap test or Pap smear, this visit would be a good time to have one. This is a great tool to check for infections that could adversely affect your pregnancy or chances of becoming pregnant.  This visit should be scheduled anytime you are planning a pregnancy or have health issues and not preventing pregnancy.  Feel free to bring your partner, so their family health history can be discussed as well. –Dr. Douglas Lawson, Board-certified OB-GYN

Board-certified OB-GYN, Dr. Douglas Lawson

Dr. Douglas Lawson is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist practicing at the My Linton Clinic Women’s Health Center. As an OB-GYN, he supports women’s health with innovative approaches to care. Specializing in the woman’s reproductive tract, pregnancy, and childbirth with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Lawson also believes that healthy people build strong communities. He believes that moving toward healthy is easier with knowledge. As a service to the community, he has volunteered to write a series of blogs, “Ask an OB-GYN”, where he answers common OB-GYN questions and shares his expertise in women’s health and wellness to our communities.

Dr. Lawson graduated from Indiana University’s School of Medicine, completed his residency at Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

To make a pre-pregnancy appointment with Dr. Lawson call

New Blog Series, Ask an OB-GYN

Greene County General Hospital’s believes that healthy people build strong communities.

To honor our commitment to our communities, GCGH’s My Clinics offer a range of women’s health and wellness services at the Women’s Health Center, located in the My Linton Clinic.

Board-certified OB-GYN, Dr. Douglas Lawson

Dr. Douglas Lawson is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist practicing at the My Linton Clinic Women’s Health Center. As an OB-GYN, he supports women’s health with innovative approaches to care. Specializing in the woman’s reproductive tract, pregnancy, and childbirth with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Lawson also believes that healthy people build strong communities. He believes that moving toward healthy is easier with knowledge. As a service to the community, he has volunteered to write a series of blogs, “Ask an OB-GYN”, where he answers common OB-GYN questions and shares his expertise in women’s health and wellness to our communities.

Dr. Lawson graduated from Indiana University’s School of Medicine, completed his residency at Providence Hospital and Medical Centers, and is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

Ask an OB-GYN

Series I, Pre-Pregnancy

In this first blog series, Dr. Lawson answers the most commonly asked pre-pregnancy questions. If you have a question that you would like answered by an OB-GYN, please email gcgh@mygcgh.org and he may include the question in a series.

Care Before Pregnancy

  1. What is a pre-pregnancy care checkup?
  2. Who should have a pre-pregnancy checkup?
  3. Why is a healthy diet important for a healthy pregnancy?
  4. Can being overweight/underweight affect my pregnancy?
  5. Should I take a vitamin supplement?
  6. Can my lifestyle affect my pregnancy?
  7. Can my medical conditions affect my pregnancy?
  8. What do I need to know about the medications I am taking and how they might affect my pregnancy?
  9. How can infections affect my pregnancy?
  10. What if I had problems with my last or other pregnancies?
  11. How important are my and my partners family history?

Stay tuned for answers to these questions!

Greene County General Hospital Announces Chief Medical Officer

Greene County General Hospital is thrilled to announce Dr. Frederick Ridge as Chief Medical Officer. The position of Chief Medical Officer was created out of GCGH’s continuous pursuit to provide excellent patient care. As GCGH works to improve quality, patient safety and satisfaction, the position is necessary to ensure our medical policies and procedures are held to the highest standards and best practices.

Currently, Dr. Ridge also serves as GCGH’s appointed Chief of Staff. GCGH chose Dr. Ridge as Chief Medical Officer because his experience and understanding of rural health care as a physician serving our communities for decades will better serve the organization. Dr. Ridge’s has a history with rural health in Greene County as he and his wife started and maintained Indiana’s 12th rural health clinic in the early 1990s before folding their practice into the Greene County General Hospital system in 2017.

In his new role, his experience and passion for improving the health and wellbeing of our region provides the organization support needed to continuously improve the quality of care patients expect. Dr. Ridge’s responsibilities include drafting and approving policies and procedures on behalf of the organization and working to improve the care and health of patients though local, state and national policy review. Dr. Ridge has been a delegate to the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, and to the state Indiana State Medical Association, Indiana Academy of Family Physicians and Indiana Public Health Physicians’ Association, having served terms as president of all three state societies in the past.  He remains active in these organizations and will represent GCGH to ensure the concerns of patients from Greene County and rural Indiana are addressed.

As GCGH continues to expand by adding service lines, clinics and the latest technology, the Chief Medical Officer’s role will prove vital to our success. Dr. Ridge also serves, and will continue to serve, as the Medical Director of our Rural Health Clinics, My Clinics. The GCGH family of clinics and service lines will greatly benefit from Dr. Ridge’s involvement and pledge to quality patient care. Dr. Ridge is happy to be part of GCGH’s growth, he states, “Greene County General Hospital is in the midst of several incredible innovative projects to positively position itself for the future of medicine in Greene County. I am very happy to be a small part of that and will continue to champion the care of patients as my prime concern, as I have endeavored to accomplish my entire career.”

Greene County General Hospital Announces Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Services and Clinic

Greene County General Hospital is thrilled to announce that a new orthopedics and sports medicine service line and clinic, named TeamOrtho, is coming soon. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. John Hammerstein, will join the GCGH family in August 2019. He will perform orthopedic surgical services exclusively at Greene County General Hospital as well as practice in the former Ridge Medical Center building located in front of Greene County General Hospital at 1043 North 1000 West Linton, Indiana 47441. The building is undergoing renovations to accommodate the new services.

Dr. John Hammerstein, a 1996 graduate of Indiana University and a later graduate of IU’s School of Medicine, played football for Indiana University. A starter for the final three years on the team, Hammerstein was voted team captain his senior year.

Dr. Hammerstein is currently completing an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the esteemed Andrew’s Research and Education Foundation in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He began the fellowship to broaden his orthopedics practice by gaining experience in sports medicine. While there, he is actively participating in team coverage of Division 1 football with the Auburn Tigers and overseeing local high school athletic teams.

Dr. Hammerstein is glad to be coming back to Indiana this year he says, “after growing up in small town America I have wanted to practice in a place like Greene County where patients are also your neighbors. I am looking forward to being involved in the health and well-being of the community.”

As a native of Greene County, GCGH CEO, Brenda Reetz understands the need for orthopedic services both in the hospital and at the high schools, “this is going to be a great fit for our community. Having access to local orthopedic services is valuable to our schools, athletes and non-athletes of all ages.”

As team physician for the Linton-Stockton High School football team, Dr. Frederick Ridge is happy to welcome Dr. Hammerstein back to the community. “Dr. Hammerstein worked closely with me at Premier Healthcare Ridge Medical Center. As the team physician, it has been difficult to find referrals for our injured athletes. It will be great for our community to have a local orthopedics and sports medicine center serving our patients.” 

Dr. John Hammerstein, Board-certified Orthopedics Surgeon

Greene County General Hospital’s My Clinics Accredited as Exemplary Providers and Welcomes New Nurse Practitioners

Greene County General Hospital’s My Clinics have been granted accreditation as Rural Health Clinics through a nationally recognized accreditation organization, The Compliance Team. In addition, the My Clinics have been recognized as Exemplary Providers through the accreditation.

All four clinics, My Linton Clinic, My Bloomfield Clinic, My Worthington Clinic and My WestGate Clinic have received the accreditation after an extensive quality assessment conducted by The Compliance Team. The Compliance Team is a nationally recognized accreditation organization that provides industry leading Exemplary Provider® branded accreditation services to healthcare providers based in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.

Exemplary Provider® accredited status is granted exclusively to those healthcare providers who demonstrate outstanding patient care practices and compliance to comprehensive Safety-Honesty-Caring® program quality standards as verified and validated by The Compliance Team, Inc., a Medicare-authorized national healthcare accreditation organization.

GCGH is also thrilled to welcome nurse practitioners, Cindy Douthitt, NP, Amanda Brinson, NP and Ariel Feltner, NP to the My Clinics family. Cindy Douthitt, NP is located at the My Worthington Clinic, Amanda Brinson, NP is located at the My Linton Clinic and Ariel Feltner, NP is located at the My Bloomfield Clinic. To schedule an appointment with any of the My Clinic providers call 812-847-4481.

 

 

                                                     

Cindy Douthitt, NP
My Worthington Clinic
Ariel Feltner, NP
My Bloomfield Clinic
Amanda Brinson, NP
My Linton Clinic

Greene County General Hospital Board of Trustees Approve Acquiring New Ultrasound Equipment

Greene County General Hospital’s Board of Trustees

During the November 20, 2018 Greene County General Hospital’s Board of Trustee meeting, the board approved, in a unanimous vote, to acquire new ultrasound equipment. The equipment adds additional ultrasound units to GCGH’s departments as well as provides an upgrade from the current ultrasound technology. The equipment includes two new “Resona 7” Mindray units for the Radiology Department, a portable “TE7” Mindray unit for the Surgical Department and a portable “TE7” Mindray unit for the Emergency Department. The equipment will double GCGH’s current ultrasound equipment availability and increase the scope of services to include 3D/4D ultrasound.

3D ultrasound scans show still pictures of babies in three dimensions. 4D scans show moving 3D images of babies, with time being the fourth dimension. Brenda Reetz, CEO of GCGH, is thrilled the board approved acquiring the equipment, “keeping up with the technology in health care is challenging because it is constantly updating and living in a rural community should not mean that our patients do not have access to the most advanced technology available, we are excited to offer this upgraded system to our patients.” GCGH expects the equipment to be available to patients in about sixty days.

 

2018 Santa Train Schedule

According to the Indiana Railroad website, Twitter, and Facebook page, the Santa Train will be in Linton on Saturday, December 1st from 1:30pm until 3:30pm.  If you’re unable to visit then, it will also be in neighboring areas the same day.

Extraordinary Employees Recognized at Greene County General Hospital

 

Denise Collins wins DAISY Award and Jenifer Reed wins PETAL Award

Nurses at Greene County General Hospital are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Employees outside of nursing staff are also being honored with the PETAL Award for exceptional service.

Denise Collins, RN, who works in the hospital’s Infusion Center unit, was the DAISY Award Winner. Nurses recognized as DAISY nominees include Taylor Myers, RN, Kristen Dunkerly, RN, Denise Gambill, RN and Courtney Kennett, RN.

Jenifer Reed, who works as a Patient Care Technician in the Emergency Department, was the PETAL Award Winner. The PETAL award, standing for Performing Exceptional Tasks and Affirming Lives, is awarded to an employee nominated by patients or hospital staff. Employees recognized as PETAL nominees include Mickie Jo Anweiler, Tiffany Kessler, Sarah Elkins, Rae Ann Feutz, Megan Sparks, Jamie Cornelius and the entire Maintenance and Environmental Services departments for their work on transitioning the My Clinics.

Collins was nominated by a patient of the Infusion Center. The patient was especially appreciative to Collins and the Infusion Center staff for the outstanding and compassionate care experienced during their visits to the unit.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barns. Three times each year, a nurse is selected by Greene County General Hospital’s nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”

To coincide with the DAISY Award, the hospital created the PETAL Award to acknowledge non-nursing staff for providing exceptional service to the hospital, patients, visitors, or colleagues. The employee is also presented with a certificate at a presentation given in front of their colleagues.

DAISY and PETAL Award applications will be accepted year-round at the hospital. Both award nomination forms are also available on the hospital’s website, GreeneCountyhospital.com

 

Extraordinary Employees Recognized at Greene County General Hospital

 

Denise Collins wins DAISY Award and Jenifer Reed wins PETAL Award

Nurses at Greene County General Hospital are being honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. Employees outside of nursing staff are also being honored with the PETAL Award for exceptional service.

Denise Collins, RN, who works in the hospital’s Infusion Center unit, was the DAISY Award Winner. Nurses recognized as DAISY nominees include Taylor Myers, RN, Kristen Dunkerly, RN, Denise Gambill, RN and Courtney Kennett, RN.

Jenifer Reed, who works as a Patient Care Technician in the Emergency Department, was the PETAL Award Winner. The PETAL award, standing for Performing Exceptional Tasks and Affirming Lives, is awarded to an employee nominated by patients or hospital staff. Employees recognized as PETAL nominees include Mickie Jo Anweiler, Tiffany Kessler, Sarah Elkins, Rae Ann Feutz, Megan Sparks, Jamie Cornelius and the entire Maintenance and Environmental Services departments for their work on transitioning the My Clinics.

Collins was nominated by a patient of the Infusion Center. The patient was especially appreciative to Collins and the Infusion Center staff for the outstanding and compassionate care experienced during their visits to the unit.

The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barns. Three times each year, a nurse is selected by Greene County General Hospital’s nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree will receive a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”

To coincide with the DAISY Award, the hospital created the PETAL Award to acknowledge non-nursing staff for providing exceptional service to the hospital, patients, visitors, or colleagues. The employee is also presented with a certificate at a presentation given in front of their colleagues.

DAISY and PETAL Award applications will be accepted year-round at the hospital. Both award nomination forms are also available on the hospital’s website, GreeneCountyhospital.com

 

Greene County General Hospital Announces Discontinuing Services through Greene County Home Healthcare.

Greene County Home Healthcare, a department of Greene County General Hospital, will no longer provide services. During the September Board of Directors meeting, the Greene County Home Healthcare board voted to discontinue operations due to a strategic business decision. The last day of patient care is scheduled for November 30, 2018.

The Greene County Home Healthcare Board of Directors include Rae Della Craves, Jenny Crites, Beth Gillan, Kristin Crynes and April Settles.

GCGH is committed to ensuring patients have access to quality medical care and will be working with every patient to facilitate a transition to another agency of their choice. Brenda Reetz, GCGH CEO explains the transition, “Greene County Home Healthcare has developed a comprehensive transition plan for patients. They will be receiving communication and visits from the nursing staff to ensure the transition of care is as smooth as possible.”

Similarly, GCGH is meeting with employees of the Home Healthcare to discuss employment opportunities.

Greene County General Hospital Announces Discontinuing Services through Greene County Home Healthcare.

Greene County Home Healthcare, a department of Greene County General Hospital, will no longer provide services. During the September Board of Directors meeting, the Greene County Home Healthcare board voted to discontinue operations due to a strategic business decision. The last day of patient care is scheduled for November 30, 2018.

The Greene County Home Healthcare Board of Directors include Rae Della Craves, Jenny Crites, Beth Gillan, Kristin Crynes and April Settles.

GCGH is committed to ensuring patients have access to quality medical care and will be working with every patient to facilitate a transition to another agency of their choice. Brenda Reetz, GCGH CEO explains the transition, “Greene County Home Healthcare has developed a comprehensive transition plan for patients. They will be receiving communication and visits from the nursing staff to ensure the transition of care is as smooth as possible.”

Similarly, GCGH is meeting with employees of the Home Healthcare to discuss employment opportunities.

Greene County General Hospital Announces Discontinuing Services through Greene County Home Healthcare.

Greene County Home Healthcare, a department of Greene County General Hospital, will no longer provide services. During the September Board of Directors meeting, the Greene County Home Healthcare board voted to discontinue operations due to a strategic business decision. The last day of patient care is scheduled for November 30, 2018.

The Greene County Home Healthcare Board of Directors include Rae Della Craves, Jenny Crites, Beth Gillan, Kristin Crynes and April Settles.

GCGH is committed to ensuring patients have access to quality medical care and will be working with every patient to facilitate a transition to another agency of their choice. Brenda Reetz, GCGH CEO explains the transition, “Greene County Home Healthcare has developed a comprehensive transition plan for patients. They will be receiving communication and visits from the nursing staff to ensure the transition of care is as smooth as possible.”

Similarly, GCGH is meeting with employees of the Home Healthcare to discuss employment opportunities.

Greene County General Hospital Partners with Western Indiana Recovery Services to Present Town Hall Meeting Discussion Opioid Crisis

Greene County General Hospital has partnered with an opioid treatment program through Western Indiana Recovery Services located in Terre Haute, IN to present a town hall meeting to be held on September 20, 2018 at Greene County General Hospital. The town hall, featuring a panel from the Hamilton Center, will discuss the opioid crisis and how it’s effecting lives in our community.

The meeting, scheduled for September 20, 2018, will be held in the Violet Newton Conference room at Greene County General Hospital from 6 pm until 8 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Greene County General Hospital Partners with Western Indiana Recovery Services to Present Town Hall Meeting Discussion Opioid Crisis

Greene County General Hospital has partnered with an opioid treatment program through Western Indiana Recovery Services located in Terre Haute, IN to present a town hall meeting to be held on September 20, 2018 at Greene County General Hospital. The town hall, featuring a panel from the Hamilton Center, will discuss the opioid crisis and how it’s effecting lives in our community.

The meeting, scheduled for September 20, 2018, will be held in the Violet Newton Conference room at Greene County General Hospital from 6 pm until 8 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

 

Greene County General Hospital Announces Partnership with Grace on Wings

Greene County General Hospital is thrilled to announce a partnership with the faith-based air ambulance organization, Grace on Wings. Grace on Wings, based in Indianapolis, is a nonprofit organization that provides cost-effective transportation of medical patients in the United States via aviation. The GCGH and Grace on Wings partnership stems from GCGH’s Medical Director of Emergency Services, Michael Gamble, MD also serving as the Medical Director for Grace on Wings. In this role, Dr. Gamble approves and reviews flights while utilizing GCGH as a supervisory hospital for the organization.

Grace on Wings is sustained by supporter donations and a volunteer staff of professional registered nurses, respiratory therapists and paramedics. The need for long distant patient transfer has risen due to an increase in the specialization of hospitals and treatment centers. Since the cost of commercial air ambulance is an expense that most insurances do not cover, Grace on Wings volunteers provide this service at a reduced cost to those in need.

To qualify for the service a patient must be non-ambulatory, require a medical flight over 150 miles, have a physician’s order to fly, and have an accepting physician or hospice. With the assistance of donors, Grace on Wings has been able to relocate patients with stroke, trauma, cancer, sepsis, prematurity, and renal and liver failure among other ailments.

The Grace on Wings fleet includes two pressurized Mitsubishi MU-2 turboprop aircrafts with Dash 10 engines. The aircrafts carry IV fluids and medications on-board as well as cardiac monitors, defibrillator pacers, blood pressure monitors, portable ventilators, IV fluids and other medical equipment. For more information on America’s only charity air ambulance, Grace on Wings, visit their website: graceonwings.org.

Greene County General Hospital Announces Partnership with Grace on Wings

Greene County General Hospital is thrilled to announce a partnership with the faith-based air ambulance organization, Grace on Wings. Grace on Wings, based in Indianapolis, is a nonprofit organization that provides cost-effective transportation of medical patients in the United States via aviation. The GCGH and Grace on Wings partnership stems from GCGH’s Medical Director of Emergency Services, Michael Gamble, MD also serving as the Medical Director for Grace on Wings. In this role, Dr. Gamble approves and reviews flights while utilizing GCGH as a supervisory hospital for the organization.

Grace on Wings is sustained by supporter donations and a volunteer staff of professional registered nurses, respiratory therapists and paramedics. The need for long distant patient transfer has risen due to an increase in the specialization of hospitals and treatment centers. Since the cost of commercial air ambulance is an expense that most insurances do not cover, Grace on Wings volunteers provide this service at a reduced cost to those in need.

To qualify for the service a patient must be non-ambulatory, require a medical flight over 150 miles, have a physician’s order to fly, and have an accepting physician or hospice. With the assistance of donors, Grace on Wings has been able to relocate patients with stroke, trauma, cancer, sepsis, prematurity, and renal and liver failure among other ailments.

The Grace on Wings fleet includes two pressurized Mitsubishi MU-2 turboprop aircrafts with Dash 10 engines. The aircrafts carry IV fluids and medications on-board as well as cardiac monitors, defibrillator pacers, blood pressure monitors, portable ventilators, IV fluids and other medical equipment. For more information on America’s only charity air ambulance, Grace on Wings, visit their website: graceonwings.org.

WVCF Teams Up with the Greene County General Hospital Foundation  

Due to recent real estate transactions, Greene County General Hospital and Greene County General Hospital Foundation (GCGHF) needed to move approximately 500 boxes to another facility.  During the preparation for the move GCGH Foundation Director Kyle Cross contacted Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) to see if an offender work crew could assist with the move.  Lieutenant Petty coordinated the event by generating the required documents and obtaining the necessary approval.  In a day’s time the offender work crew composed of five offenders were able to help complete the move.  The offenders were supervised by both custody staff from WVCF and staff from the Greene County General Hospital Foundation.  Registration Director Amber Greene stated the following, “Without the help of the guys this project would have taken us a lot longer.  We are grateful to have partnered up to complete this project so quickly.  Everyone has worked so hard.”

WVCF has 5 Level 1 Security Offender Work Crews.  The offenders provide free help to Sullivan, Knox, Greene, Daviess, Vigo, Vanderburgh, Clay and Parke Counties!

 

 

 

WVCF Teams Up with the Greene County General Hospital Foundation  

Due to recent real estate transactions, Greene County General Hospital and Greene County General Hospital Foundation (GCGHF) needed to move approximately 500 boxes to another facility.  During the preparation for the move GCGH Foundation Director Kyle Cross contacted Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) to see if an offender work crew could assist with the move.  Lieutenant Petty coordinated the event by generating the required documents and obtaining the necessary approval.  In a day’s time the offender work crew composed of five offenders were able to help complete the move.  The offenders were supervised by both custody staff from WVCF and staff from the Greene County General Hospital Foundation.  Registration Director Amber Greene stated the following, “Without the help of the guys this project would have taken us a lot longer.  We are grateful to have partnered up to complete this project so quickly.  Everyone has worked so hard.”

WVCF has 5 Level 1 Security Offender Work Crews.  The offenders provide free help to Sullivan, Knox, Greene, Daviess, Vigo, Vanderburgh, Clay and Parke Counties!

 

 

 

Greene County General Hospital Partners with White River Valley Elementary to Offer Telehealth Services

Greene County General Hospital’s medical clinics, My Clinics, in collaboration with the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) have partnered with WRV Elementary to offer healthcare services via telehealth technology, a first for the county. This school-based service provides students the opportunity to see a licensed health care provider without leaving school.

Telehealth is the use of telecommunication and information technology, known as Agnes Interactive, which provides clinical healthcare from a distance. When a student presents symptoms that are beyond the scope of care for the school nurse, the student will be seen by a My Clinics’ licensed provider via the Agnes Interactive software two-way video and virtual diagnostic equipment. Exams requested by this provider will utilize the interactive technology that allows a high-resolution visualization of the student’s ears, throat, and skin as well as a high-fidelity sound of student’s heart and lungs, resulting in an accurate medical assessment without the student needing to leave school.

The services provided at WRV Elementary via telehealth include diagnoses and treatment for acute illnesses such as strep throat, ear infections, rashes, and influenza as well as the treatment of minor injuries, limited laboratory testing, and the management and ongoing care of existing medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Greene County General Hospital’s Director of Nursing, Kristin Crynes, will oversee the WRV school nurse program to ensure the services offered are in compliance with Indiana Department of Education’s regulations. To participate in the program the student must have prior parent/guardian consent and fees are appropriately billed to insurance by the My Clinics.

WRV School Corporation received a grant for funding and program support from IRHA to establish the services. The IRHA launched the first telehealth clinic in 2016 in Elwood and plans to open five per year in Indiana from now through 2020.

Greene County General Hospital Partners with White River Valley Elementary to Offer Telehealth Services

Greene County General Hospital’s medical clinics, My Clinics, in collaboration with the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) have partnered with WRV Elementary to offer healthcare services via telehealth technology, a first for the county. This school-based service provides students the opportunity to see a licensed health care provider without leaving school.

Telehealth is the use of telecommunication and information technology, known as Agnes Interactive, which provides clinical healthcare from a distance. When a student presents symptoms that are beyond the scope of care for the school nurse, the student will be seen by a My Clinics’ licensed provider via the Agnes Interactive software two-way video and virtual diagnostic equipment. Exams requested by this provider will utilize the interactive technology that allows a high-resolution visualization of the student’s ears, throat, and skin as well as a high-fidelity sound of student’s heart and lungs, resulting in an accurate medical assessment without the student needing to leave school.

The services provided at WRV Elementary via telehealth include diagnoses and treatment for acute illnesses such as strep throat, ear infections, rashes, and influenza as well as the treatment of minor injuries, limited laboratory testing, and the management and ongoing care of existing medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma. Greene County General Hospital’s Director of Nursing, Kristin Crynes, will oversee the WRV school nurse program to ensure the services offered are in compliance with Indiana Department of Education’s regulations. To participate in the program the student must have prior parent/guardian consent and fees are appropriately billed to insurance by the My Clinics.

WRV School Corporation received a grant for funding and program support from IRHA to establish the services. The IRHA launched the first telehealth clinic in 2016 in Elwood and plans to open five per year in Indiana from now through 2020.

‘My Clinics’ Offers Integrated Health Care Options

Recently opened in four Greene County locations, My Clinic is now open in Linton. Operated under the umbrella of the Greene County General Hospital, the four offices have taken a ‘branded’ approach to health care, with an emphasis on conformity.

At all My Clinic locations, staff are easily recognizable as such, with all wearing the gunmetal-gray polo shirts emblazoned with the My Clinics logo designed by GCGH CEO Brenda Reetz, a former graphic designer.

The same muted colors decorate the locations, with one exception.

At the Linton My Clinic location, the sprawling offices are divided in two, with the east side sporting the familiar grays and blues of My Clinic offices in Bloomfield, WestGate and Worthington and the west half, the My Clinic Women’s Health Center, decorated in grays and greens.

“This is two clinics in one,” said Reetz. “To avoid confusion, the Women’s Health Center on the left has a green door and My Linton Clinic on the right has a gray door.”

With the addition of the specialized clinic for women, patients can now access a host of services in one location, including routine gynecological screenings and exams, annual exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, management of reproductive and gynecological issues across a woman’s lifespan, pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams, family planning and counseling, prenatal care and delivery planning, fellowship-trained providers capable of performing C-section deliveries, lactation support, blood work and other diagnostic studies, a full range of contraceptive counseling and services including IUD’s, implants and sterilization by tubal ligation, cancer screenings and the management of peri-menopause, menopause, and post-menopausal health including hormone replacement therapy.

The office is staffed by two board-certified OB/GYN doctors, Douglas Lawson, MD and Youssef Rezk, MD, MS, FACOG (Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) specializing in women’s reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth.

“Expectant moms can have regular OB/GYN checkups, we can draw complete labs for blood work, we do IUD removals, cyst removals and soon we will be offering pelvic rehab for new mothers,” Reetz said.

All four clinics employ on-site social workers who rotate between locations, electronic recordkeeping, access to GCGH’s online patient portal and text reminders for appointments.

The Women’s Health Center offers six exam rooms and one procedure room, and the adjoining My Linton Clinic family practice side boasts nine exam rooms and one procedure room.

On the family practice side, providers Dr. Gene Bourgasser, Dr. Frederick Ridge, FNP Lisa Bredeweg and FNP Jane Heidinger will be joined in August by FNP Amanda Brinson, the daughter of Dr. Frederick Ridge.

Reetz and the My Clinics staffers are actively seeking patient feedback. Patients wishing to provide feedback may do so via telephone, email, the GCGH website or their Facebook page.

By Patti Danner, Staff Writer Greene County Daily World

‘My Clinics’ Offers Integrated Health Care Options

Recently opened in four Greene County locations, My Clinic is now open in Linton. Operated under the umbrella of the Greene County General Hospital, the four offices have taken a ‘branded’ approach to health care, with an emphasis on conformity.

At all My Clinic locations, staff are easily recognizable as such, with all wearing the gunmetal-gray polo shirts emblazoned with the My Clinics logo designed by GCGH CEO Brenda Reetz, a former graphic designer.

The same muted colors decorate the locations, with one exception.

At the Linton My Clinic location, the sprawling offices are divided in two, with the east side sporting the familiar grays and blues of My Clinic offices in Bloomfield, WestGate and Worthington and the west half, the My Clinic Women’s Health Center, decorated in grays and greens.

“This is two clinics in one,” said Reetz. “To avoid confusion, the Women’s Health Center on the left has a green door and My Linton Clinic on the right has a gray door.”

With the addition of the specialized clinic for women, patients can now access a host of services in one location, including routine gynecological screenings and exams, annual exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, management of reproductive and gynecological issues across a woman’s lifespan, pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams, family planning and counseling, prenatal care and delivery planning, fellowship-trained providers capable of performing C-section deliveries, lactation support, blood work and other diagnostic studies, a full range of contraceptive counseling and services including IUD’s, implants and sterilization by tubal ligation, cancer screenings and the management of peri-menopause, menopause, and post-menopausal health including hormone replacement therapy.

The office is staffed by two board-certified OB/GYN doctors, Douglas Lawson, MD and Youssef Rezk, MD, MS, FACOG (Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) specializing in women’s reproductive health, pregnancy and childbirth.

“Expectant moms can have regular OB/GYN checkups, we can draw complete labs for blood work, we do IUD removals, cyst removals and soon we will be offering pelvic rehab for new mothers,” Reetz said.

All four clinics employ on-site social workers who rotate between locations, electronic recordkeeping, access to GCGH’s online patient portal and text reminders for appointments.

The Women’s Health Center offers six exam rooms and one procedure room, and the adjoining My Linton Clinic family practice side boasts nine exam rooms and one procedure room.

On the family practice side, providers Dr. Gene Bourgasser, Dr. Frederick Ridge, FNP Lisa Bredeweg and FNP Jane Heidinger will be joined in August by FNP Amanda Brinson, the daughter of Dr. Frederick Ridge.

Reetz and the My Clinics staffers are actively seeking patient feedback. Patients wishing to provide feedback may do so via telephone, email, the GCGH website or their Facebook page.

By Patti Danner, Staff Writer Greene County Daily World

Greene County General Participates in “Sculpture in Public Places” Program

There is a new addition to the Greene County General Hospital family, a sculpture located on the southwest grassy area of the hospital’s main entrance. GCGH was selected to host the fifth and final sculpture for the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, located in Solsberry, “Sculpture in Public Places” program. The Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum has, for the last eight years, offered a “Sculpture in Public Places” which involves five organizations; the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library, the French Lick Casino, Eastern Greene Elementary School, The Owen Valley Winery, and now GCGH, displaying a sculpture on their property.

The GCGH sculpture faces what will be the walking trail that has been planned to extend from the hospital to Humphry’s Park. Brenda Reetz, CEO of GCGH, who was instrumental in planning the location of the sculpture, welcomed the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, “we are thrilled to support the sculpture trails and offer this to our community. When choosing a spot, we were mindful of the future walking trail and wanted a place that the public would be able to enjoy it the most.”

The sculpture trails program will rotate sculptures bi-annually between each location. The program ensures that each location is without risk or restoration upkeep and offers fresh new art installations on the bi-annual schedule. Kyle Cross, Director of the Greene County General Hospital Foundation, submitted a grant to the Greene County Foundation to cover the costs associated with the program.

Greene County General Participates in “Sculpture in Public Places” Program

There is a new addition to the Greene County General Hospital family, a sculpture located on the southwest grassy area of the hospital’s main entrance. GCGH was selected to host the fifth and final sculpture for the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, located in Solsberry, “Sculpture in Public Places” program. The Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum has, for the last eight years, offered a “Sculpture in Public Places” which involves five organizations; the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library, the French Lick Casino, Eastern Greene Elementary School, The Owen Valley Winery, and now GCGH, displaying a sculpture on their property.

The GCGH sculpture faces what will be the walking trail that has been planned to extend from the hospital to Humphry’s Park. Brenda Reetz, CEO of GCGH, who was instrumental in planning the location of the sculpture, welcomed the Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum, “we are thrilled to support the sculpture trails and offer this to our community. When choosing a spot, we were mindful of the future walking trail and wanted a place that the public would be able to enjoy it the most.”

The sculpture trails program will rotate sculptures bi-annually between each location. The program ensures that each location is without risk or restoration upkeep and offers fresh new art installations on the bi-annual schedule. Kyle Cross, Director of the Greene County General Hospital Foundation, submitted a grant to the Greene County Foundation to cover the costs associated with the program.

Clinic Transition FAQ’s

Greene County General Hospital is dedicated to providing our communities with quality health care. At this time we are opening four clinics under Greene County General Hospital’s management: My Linton Clinic, My Bloomfield Clinic, My WestGate Clinic, and My Worthington Clinic. These clinics, formally managed by Greene County Health Inc., will serve patients beginning June 19th, 2018. We understand that patients have questions regarding this transition so we compiled a list of our top frequently asked questions. If you have further questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment with one of the clinics, please call 812-847-8906.

Top Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Where will each of the My Clinics providers be located?
  • My Linton Clinic– Dr. Gene Bourgasser, Dr. Frederick Ridge, Jane Heidinger,NP; Lisa Bredeweg,NP;
  • My Linton Clinic Women’s Health Center– Dr. Youseff Rezk, Dr. Douglas Lawson, and in private practice, Dr. Elizabeth Mateos (Both clinics located at 210 N. 1000 W. Linton, IN 47441)
  • My Bloomfield Clinic– Dr. Owen Batterton, Dr. Josh Cullison (located at 55 N. Judge Street Bloomfield, IN 47424)
  • My WestGate Clinic– Autumn Nonte, NP (located at 1985 E. Freedom Drive Newberry, IN 47449
  • My Worthington Clinic– Angela Barnett (Kenworthy), NP and Linda Swango, NP (located at 102 E. Main Street Worthington, IN 47471)

 

  1. If my provider is a Greene County Health Inc. provider where do my records go?
  • The records will stay with the Greene County Health Inc.

 

  1. Do I need to transfer my records if I want to be a patient of the My Clinics?
  • My Clinics will be able to access your patient records once you establish as a patient in one of the My Clinic locations.

 

  1. What will the hours of My Clinics be?
  • Monday-Friday. My Linton Clinic– 7am-7pm. My Bloomfield Clinic– 7am-7pm. My WestGate Clinic– 7am-7pm. My Worthington Clinic– 7am-7pm. We do not accept walk-ins

 

  1. After June 19th, 2018 what numbers do we call for the My Clinics?
  • My Linton Clinic– 812-847-5304, My Bloomfield Clinic– 812-384-3508,  My WestGate Clinic– 812-863-4250, My Worthington Clinic– 812-875-2000

 

  1. What if I have an existing appointment?
  • Your appointment will remain the same. If you have an appointment with Dr. Bourgasser, the appointment will be rescheduled to My Linton Clinic.

 

  1. Who will the My Clinics billing statement come from?
  • Greene Co. General Hospital- My Clinics

 

  1. Do I have to complete new paperwork for the My Clinics?
  • Yes and we will make this process as easy as possible for you.

 

  1. I do not have a primary care provider. Does it matter?
  • No

 

  1. What type of insurance does the My clinics accept?
  • We accept most insurances. Medicare Part A and C, Medicaid, CHIP, Any Job-Based Coverage, COBRA, TRICARE, and VA health coverage. Some other kinds of coverage qualify. If you need assistance obtaining health insurance, please call PACE’s expert team of Navigators for more information at 812-890-2322

 

  1. I do not have insurance, is this an issue?
  • We do have a navigator that can help you find insurance. PACE’s expert team of Navigators work out of the Hospital’s Business Office and are ready to help. The Business Office is located at 1206 N. 1000 W, Suite C. Navigators work regular office hours but have the flexibility to work off-hours to accommodate your busy schedule. To schedule an appointment call Pace Navigator directly at 812-890-2322

 

  1. What is the payment policy?
  • We have an established payment plan policy- financial assistance policy is located on our website.

 

  1. How do I get my prescriptions refilled?
  • Call the providers office and please allow 24 hours for refills.

 

  1. How do I get disability/FMLA forms completed?
  • Schedule an appointment. The cost to fill out forms is $20.

 

  1. Who do we call for questions about bills we have from Greene County Health Inc.?
  • Please call 812-847-7005

 

  1. Who do I call if I have questions for my provider after hours?
  • Please call your provider’s clinic

 

  1. Who do I pay if I have an outstanding bill from Greene County Health Inc.?
  • Contact Greene County Health Inc. at 812-847-7005