Greene County General Hospital Welcomes General Surgeon, Dr. Lucio Palanca

Greene County General Hospital is thrilled to welcome board-certified general surgeon, Lucio Giovanni “LG” Palanca, MD to the GCGH family. As a general surgeon with over 20 years of experience, Dr. Palanca will perform a broad range of surgical procedures and consultations exclusively at GCGH. Starting in September, his office will be located on the second floor of the Hospital in the Outpatient Clinic area.

His recent departure from Putnam County Hospital, where he served as the main “go to” surgeon for over 12 years, is indeed a benefit that  the Greene county community welcomes.  In addition to his many responsibilities, he also served as the cancer surgeon liaison for the American College of Surgeons in his capacity as staff surgeon of the Cancer center of the hospital.  His broad-based knowledge and skill has allowed him to provide surgical services mainly but not exclusively in the form of surgery for breast cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer and other forms of gastrointestinal and genitourinary malignancies.  He also provides all forms of laparoscopic, endoscopic and urological procedures from basic laparoscopic gall bladder removals, colon cancer surgery, and advanced hernia surgery as well as colonoscopies and upper endoscopy. These are just a few of the offerings from his vast repertoire of expertise.

Originally hailing from the Philippines, he has made Indiana his home for over 20 years and enjoys hunting and photography.  As a physician, he has received training in Urology with over 6 years at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in the Philippines.  In the US, he served as a research fellow in Urology at the University of Louisville, Kentucky and completed a surgery residency in Indiana University.  He is board certified and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Greene County General Hospital welcomes his arrival as part of the expansion of services to provide surgical access for our patients and the community as a whole, Brenda Reetz, GCGH CEO explains.

Patients are benefiting from GCGH’s growth. In the past year, GCGH has expanded its surgical service line to include orthopedic and sports medicine surgery. Other surgical offerings at GCGH include general and laparoscopic surgery, podiatry, dentistry, pediatric dentistry, endoscopy, obstetrics, and gynecological procedures.  GCGH is currently booking appointments for Dr. Palanca. Patients can call 812-847-5238 today to schedule an appointment.

GCGH Announces Greene County’s First Perinatal Navigator

Nicole Page, RN
Greene County Perinatal Navigator

Greene County General Hospital is thrilled to announce the County’s first Perinatal Navigator, Nicole Page, RN. Page will serve families of Greene County as a resource for prenatal and postnatal care as well as up through the first 18 months of the baby’s life. Funding for the Perinatal Navigator Program at GCGH came from part of a $4.6 million federal grant to the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA). The grant was awarded to the IRHA from the Health Resources and Services Administration, (HRSA) with the goal of reducing the infant mortality rate in four local counties: Dubois, Martin, Daviess and Greene. Through the program, Page will offer education, resources, guidance and support for expecting mothers and families. Her office is in the My Linton Clinic, 1210 N 1000 W, Linton, IN 47441.

 

Page is a graduate of Shakamak High School and received her RN degree from Ivy Tech. After working as a nurse at Sullivan County Community Hospital, she began her career at GCGH as a Labor and Delivery nurse. She is a Certified Lactation Consultant (CLC) and will be taking her board certification exam this fall to become an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).

 

Daviess and Dubois counties also received funding from this grant for perinatal navigators at Daviess Community Hospital and Memorial Hospital. Together, the three navigators will cover the four counties included in the grant. The grant money can be used over the course of five years.

 

In addition to the Perinatal Navigator, GCGH provides a variety of perinatal services including two board-certified OB-GYNs serving patients at the My Linton Clinic Women’s Health Center. GCGH also offers a full-service labor and delivery department staffed with several CLCs and IBCLCs. In addition, GCGH provides extensive education and support for new mothers including breastfeeding and new families support groups and a Sweet Dreams Baby Bundles program. The Baby Bundle program is an innovative way to help new parents have a healthy and successful first year at home with their babies. Expectant mothers in their first trimester can enroll in the program. After delivering at the Hospital, families receive supplies designed to help promote safety and healthy habits.

 

 

Victoria Coffey wins Daisy Award and Jill Bailey wins PETAL Award

Extraordinary Employees Recognized at Greene County General Hospital

Victoria Coffey wins DAISY Award and Jill Bailey 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.

Victoria “Tori” Coffey, RN, who works in the hospital’s Labor and Delivery unit, was the DAISY Award Winner. Nurses recognized as DAISY nominees include CharLene Mowery, RN; Judi Dillon, RN; Lisa Daughery, RN; Jacob White, RN and Bailey Lannan, RN.

Jill Bailey, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, who works as Clinical Social Worker, 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 Raeann Feutz, Sara Russell, Shelly Bedwell, Tiffany Kessler and Trish Patton.

Coffey was nominated by a patient who was appreciative of her comfort and support during an emotional situation. The patient praised Coffey for helping to make their experience as positive as it could be.

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 here.

 

Greene County General Hospital Visits Andrews Institute Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

A team of administrative, rehabilitation , surgical and orthopedic staff from Greene County General Hospital traveled to Gulf Breeze, Florida this week to receive training at the esteemed Andrews Research and Education Foundation where TeamOrtho physician, Dr. John Hammerstein is completing a Sports medicine fellowship. This September, Dr. Hammerstein will begin performing surgical orthopedic and sports medicine services exclusively at Greene County General Hospital and in the TeamOrtho Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center located in the former Ridge Medical Center building in front of Greene County General Hospital at 1043 North 1000 West in Linton. The Andrews Institute welcomed GCGH by coordinating a site visit to discuss orthopedic surgery, rehab services and sports medicine outreach.

Dr. Hammerstein is finishing an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship at the Andrews Research and Education Foundation. After years of practicing as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hammerstein began the fellowship to broaden his 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.

The Andrews Institute hosted the GCGH team and coordinated educational sessions, discussions and a campus tour. As part of launching TeamOrtho, GCGH aligned with the Andrews Institute to learn operational techniques, policies, and sports medicine outreach strategies. Educational opportunities such as this site visit will provide TeamOrtho with a foundation of exceptional orthopedic patient care techniques and athletic training strategies. This month TeamOrtho presented athletic training contracts to several local schools.

To make an appointment with Dr. Hammerstein at TeamOrtho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center call 812.847.3381

Ask an OB-GYN- Can Being Overweight/Underweight Affect My Pregnancy?

Ask an OB-GYN, Series I, Blog 4- Can Being Overweight/Underweight Affect My Pregnancy?

Continuing from Blog 3, “Why is a Healthy Diet Important for a Healthy Pregnancy,” this post discusses the importance of healthy weight during pregnancy.

As I stated in my last blog, obesity in pregnancy is now one of our most concerning problems in obstetrics. In fact, maternal obesity is now considered one of the most commonly occurring risk factors seen in obstetric practice. Obesity is a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that health may be adversely affected. Maternal obesity increases your risk of complications which may be an issue for the baby. Women who are obese have higher rates of pregnancy related heart failure, hypertension, preeclampsia, preterm delivery, gestational diabetes, large for gestational age baby (macrosomia), increase labor dysfunction, increase c-section rates, and higher rates of hemorrhage after the baby delivers. A baby born to an obese mother also has an increased risk of birth defects, especially neural tube defects (spina bifida) and studies confirm that maternal obesity increases stillbirth rates. Losing weight prior to your pregnancy may help reduce some of these risks.

Being underweight in pregnancy is also an issue as it may be associated with vitamin/mineral deficiencies and an increase chance of delivering a small for gestational age baby (IUGR). Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a term used to describe a condition in which the fetus is smaller than expected for the number of weeks of pregnancy. Another term for IUGR is fetal growth restriction. Severe growth restrictions put the baby at risk for preterm delivery as well as other complications.

An evaluation of your diet and current body mass index (BMI) is a good way to see if you are overweight or underweight prior to conception of your pregnancy. –Dr. Douglas Lawson, Board-certified OB-GYN

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

Farmer’s Market Opens

This weekend, be sure to buy fresh food, meet friends, and enjoy lunch at the City Park too! After much discussion, Linton’s Farmer’s Market will officially open Saturday, May 18th at 9AM, and it will again be located next to the tennis courts in Humphreys Park this year. Officials decided to return the market to the park at the same location this year after some debate about moving the market to a different venue.

This year’s Farmer’s Market promises to offer more fresh foods, friends, music, and more.

The market will offer a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as freshly baked goods, and handmade items. Make it part of your Saturday morning routine, as the market closes at 1PM each Saturday until the last date in Fall, which will be September 28th.

Ask an OB-GYN- Why is a Healthy Diet Important for a Healthy Pregnancy?

Ask an OB-GYN, Series I, Blog 3- Why is a healthy diet important for a healthy pregnancy?

A healthy diet prior to pregnancy is important to maintain the proper nutrients needed for your baby’s organs to form correctly. In addition, if you are already anemic due to deficiencies in things such as iron or vitamin B12, anemia will usually worsen during pregnancy. Correcting that beforehand is very helpful.

Obesity in pregnancy is now one of our most concerning problems in Obstetrics. Obesity increases your risk of complications which may be an issue for the baby. Women who are obese have higher rates of pregnancy related heart failure, hypertension, preeclampsia, preterm delivery, gestational diabetes, large for gestational age baby (macrosomia), increase labor dysfunction, increase c-section rates, and higher rates of hemorrhage after the baby delivers. A baby born to an obese mother also has an increased risk of birth defects, especially neural tube defects (spina bifida) and studies confirm that maternal obesity increases stillbirth rates. Losing weight prior to your pregnancy may help reduce some of these risks.

Being underweight in pregnancy is also an issue as it may be associated with vitamin/mineral deficiencies and an increase chance of delivering a small for gestational age baby (IUGR).  Severe growth restrictions put the baby at risk for preterm delivery as well as other complications.

An evaluation of your diet and current body mass index (BMI) is a good way to see if you are overweight or underweight prior to conception of your pregnancy. –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 pregnancy appointment with Dr. Lawson call

Greene County General Hospital Announces Visitor Restrictions Due to an Increase in Inpatient Influenza Cases

Greene County General Hospital has implemented a temporary visitor restriction after an increase in inpatient influenza cases. The restrictions will protect patients, staff, and visitors from unnecessary exposure to the highly contagious respiratory virus.

 

Effective immediately, visitation will be restricted as follows:

  • No visitors who have had fever, cough, vomiting, or diarrhea in the previous 24 hours
  • No visitors under the age of 16 (Siblings who are not exhibiting flu symptoms will be allowed to visit new babies, however, children may be screened for illness before being allowed to visit.)

 

These restrictions are for visitation only, and do not apply to patients receiving services or attending scheduled appointments.

 

In addition, all visitors are asked to wash or sanitize hands frequently while at the hospital. Hand sanitizer dispensers are available throughout the hospital, in patient rooms, and in restrooms. Hand hygiene is the best and easiest way to control infection, whether at the hospital, or at home.

 

All GCGH employees receive a mandatory, annual flu vaccine to protect patients and staff. Anyone who has not received a flu vaccine can still benefit from its protection. Flu shots are accessible at primary care physician offices, at all My Clinics locations, drug stores, and the Greene County Health Department. A list of primary care providers is available by clicking here.

 

 

Dr. Mathias Mount and Eleanor C. Mount Scholarships

2019 Scholarship Opportunities!

Greene County General Hospital will award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1062.00. The scholarships are awarded in memory of Dr. Mathias Mount and Eleanor C. Mount. The scholarship recognizes the past service of Dr. Mount, a longtime family practice physician from Bloomfield. Seniors enrolled in a Greene County high school and interested in pursuing a career in healthcare are eligible to apply.

Click here for an application: Dr. Mathias Mount Memorial Scholarship Application Packet 2019

Applications can be mailed to:

Greene County General Hospital

ATTN: Administration

1185 N. 1000 W.

Linton, IN 47441

Applications must be received by April 1, 2019

The scholarship winners will be announced in May

To apply for the Physicians of Greene County Scholarship click here

Physicians of Greene County Scholarship

2019 Scholarship Opportunity!

Greene County General Hospital will award a $500 Physicians of Greene County Scholarship. This scholarship is in recognition of the physicians of Greene County. Greene County high school students and college students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare are eligible to apply.

Click here for an application: Physicians of Greene County Scholarship Application

Applications can be mailed to:

Greene County General Hospital

Attn: Administration

1185 N 1000 W

Linton, IN 47441

Applications must be received by April 1, 2019

Scholarship Winner will be Announced in May

To apply for the Dr. Mathias Mount Memorial Scholarship click here

Ask an OB-GYN- Who Should Have a Pre-Pregnancy Checkup?

Ask an OB-GYN, Series I, Blog 2- Who should have a pre-pregnancy checkup?

If you are planning a pregnancy within the next year, it is a great idea to have a pre-pregnancy visit to meet your Obstetrician and have a pre-pregnancy evaluation. During the first 8 weeks of pregnancy, major developments are occurring with your baby. Most of the organs and body systems have begun to form.  Since most women do not realize they are pregnant until they are typically 6 weeks pregnant, by the time you are seen for your first prenatal visit, problems that could have been avoided have possibly begun. Having those problems evaluated before conception may help prevent problems during the pregnancy and may help prevent poor outcomes such as miscarriage. –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

Extraordinary Employees Recognized at Greene County General Hospital

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.

Daisy winner, Connie Bedwell, LPN and Emergency Department Director, Troy Gaither

Connie Bedwell, LPN, who works in the hospital’s Emergency Department, was the DAISY Award Winner. Nurses recognized as DAISY nominees include Sarah Chapman, RN, Jacqi Suthard, RN, Jackie Goodwin, RN, CharLene Mowery, RN, Jenna Brown, RN, Blair Cazee, RN, Megan Smith, RN, June Herndon, RN and Jodi Gaither, RN.

Christine Smith, who works as an Administrative Assistant to the Primary Care Clinic, 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 Jodee Wade, Renee Bellman, Deanna McKain, Katie Ludwig, Angel Keene, Jennifer Lash, Raeann Feutz, Saralee Bledsoe, and Alysia Sullivan.

Connie Bedwell was nominated by the Respiratory Therapy team because she continuously strives to be a patient advocate while helping everyone around her. In her nomination they wrote, “if we were to define the perfect nurse, Connie Bedwell would be it. She is the Florence Nightingale of Greene County General Hospital.”

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

 

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.