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Mission Health System issued a challenge to all employees to submit an idea that would be an innovation to create a better process, make a process safer for patients or that would be more cost effective. More than 80 ideas were submitted and two were selected.

Angel Medical Center’s Lori Smith, director of radiology, was selected for her innovation of a system-wide automated temperature monitoring for all refrigerated supplies. Some supplies must be kept at a constant temperature for safety and Smith’s innovation assures that that will occur.

Smith’s idea was announced at a system-wide recognition dinner and she was awarded a check for $250 from president and CEO of Mission Health, Dr. Ron Paulus.

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After enough years of moving and helping lift patients, healthcare workers often wind up being in need of medical care themselves.

Southwestern Community College instructor Susan Kimel, PT, estimates that half the healthcare professionals with whom she’s worked over the past 30 years have suffered either lower back or shoulder pain from assisting patients.

Avoiding those types of work-related injuries is why Kimel, Diane Page, PT, and other SCC faculty members launched a safe patient handling class this fall. The course introduced students to the proper techniques for using mechanical lifting equipment to move patients rather than relying solely on the workers’ strength.

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Last month, several SCC students and faculty participated in the 14th Annual Health Careers Education Awareness Conference at UNC Asheville.

The event was hosted by the Mountain Area Health Education Center’s Department of Heath Careers and Diversity Education.

Students and faculty from 18 different schools gathered together to attend the Interactive Career Fair for a variety of informational sessions about health career opportunities.

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November is Home Health Month, recognized nationally as a month in which to honor Home Health employees and their dedication to providing this much-needed clinical service.

WestCare’s Home Health team has served patients throughout the five westernmost counties in Western North Carolina for 30 years, with staff members traveling daily as far as the North Carolina/Georgia border and into the most rural and mountainous areas of the region. The team, which now consists of 59 employees including registered nurses, physical therapists, certified nursing assistants, social workers, case managers, and home care companions, brings many years of clinical skill into the homes of patients who cannot leave home to receive treatment, may have difficulty doing so, or need to remain in a familiar environment. Home healthcare provides relief to family caregivers and can also eliminate the need for patients to have prolonged stays in hospitals or to become residents of nursing homes or other skilled nursing facilities.

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