ACH â€“ 2010: A Year in Review
Alliance Community Hospital is kicking off the New Year by looking back at some of our most prominent achievements of the past year while anticipating many good things to come in 2011.
“We’re so pleased to have been able to maintain strength and stability as one of the area’s largest employers over the 2009 and 2010 term despite economic uncertainties and the potential negative impacts of health care reform,” said ACH CEO Stan Jonas.
He said through diligent efforts and thanks to productivity suggestions from the hospital’s leadership team and staff members, ACH has avoided any layoff situation for the past two years, as well as having successfully recruited many talented physicians in the areas of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, and Internal Medicine/Hospital-Based care.
“It’s a trend we hope to be able to continue for 2011, as well,” said Jonas.
He noted that he was pleased that the hospital could offer modest wage increases to its staff members. “ACH has been fortunate enough to offer signs of stability and hope in a time when those are rare commodities,” he said.
And it’s the staff which Jonas considers ACH’s most valuable resource, saying that it’s the colleagues of the hospital which make it such a special, unique health care facility.
“We are continuing to share our stories of compassion and extraordinary service which set us apart. We’re so proud of the incredible level of care our professionals provide here and with more empathy and sincerity than you’ll find anywhere. We’ll soon launch a viral campaign highlighting some of these incredible stories,” said Jonas.
- The establishment of the Alliance Institute of Musculoskeletal Medicine (AIMM), an entity of the Alliance Community Medical Foundation, was one of the highlights of the year. AIMM, led by board-certified orthopedic surgeon David Mungo, MD, is a comprehensive orthopedic, sports medicine and physical and occupational rehabilitation/therapy center. It offers a multidisciplinary approach to orthopedic and sports medicine and will incorporate collaborations with the Exercise Physiology and Physician Assistant programs at the University of Mount Union in the near future. Drs. Susan Galang and Michael Necci also provide care through AIMM, which will soon move into an expansive space within the medical plaza adjacent to the hospital in 2011. By 2012, patients will benefit from the one-stop options in an all inclusive health care and rehab setting unparalleled in this area.
- Also, ACH was one of only 10 Ohio hospitals to win the American Heart Association’s “Gold Fit Friendly” award for its employee wellness program, which resulted in increased fitness for the majority of its participants. Colleagues used the hospital’s Fitness Stairwell by the hundreds; this is a special section of stairs that counts colleagues’ steps through an employee badge swipe process. It contains motivational phrases and photos painted on its walls and encouraging music which is piped in through a PA system in the stairwell.
- Dr. Roger Palutsis performed his 600th minimally-invasive two-incision hip surgery at ACH in 2010. His successful outcomes have attracted patients from as far away as California and Florida for this procedure.
- The Wound Care Advantage™ program at ACH achieved the best healing rate averages in the state of Ohio.
- In addition, ACH was proud to open a hospital-based Coumadin Clinic, which helps patients who are taking the blood-thinning medicine to regulate and maintain their prescriptions with caution and precision for best results and safety. An official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the end of January.
- This past year, ACH also implemented many evidence-based medicine protocols, as well as establishing electronic medical records systems in several ACH-affiliated Physician offices, and at its Family Care NOW (urgent care) center. Though EMR has long been a mainstay in the ACH Emergency Department, the rest of the hospital and its entities will follow suit with electronic medical record-keeping in 2011.
- And as always, ACH is exceedingly proud to be the leading PLANETREE hospital in the state of Ohio, providing Alliance and its surrounding communities the finest health care services in the most soothing and tranquil healing environment possible. A “Spirit of Planetree” awards ceremony drew its largest gathering in recent memory, as did the annual ACH Colleague Celebration, which honored employees with anniversaries of employment, some of whom have worked at ACH for three decades or longer. In 2010, ACH made great strides in forwarding our Planetree programs and practices and 2011 will see even more attention paid to these initiatives.
In an effort to give back to the community ACH is so honored to serve, the hospital also hosts several annual charitable events. In 2010, these included:
1) The ACH Foundation Annual Charity Golf Classic.
2) The “Steppin’ Out for Hospice 5K Fun Run/Walk”, which drew a record 547 participants!
3) The “Friends of the Foundation” Fall Festival
These events benefit: 1) the Alliance Family YMCA, the Alliance Neighborhood Center, the Stark County Interagency on Homelessness, and the Alliance Area Development Foundation, 2) the Alliance Visiting Nurses Association/Hospice program, and 3) the Alliance Community Hospital Foundation (which supports hospital programs and services and aids patients in dire financial need), respectively, through thousands of dollars of charitable giving.
Likewise, ACH has taken an active interest in helping to beautify the community by razing some old structures at the corner of State Street and Union Avenue in order to make way for a new hospital entryway that will offer a park-like setting for visitors and passersby beginning next spring. Construction will continue throughout 2011 and 2012 for other beautification projects and medical office expansions in the next 18 months.
In addition in 2010, ACH is offered several forms of health education outreach, including:
- Hosted free, monthly “Fresh Start” smoking cessation classes
- Hosted a free “Go Pink!” Breast Cancer Awareness seminar
- Hosted monthly blood drives at the hospital, benefiting the American Red Cross
- Hosted free “Ventures in Volunteering” orientation classes
- Hosted regular, free Diabetes Support/Awareness Group Meetings, Alzheimer’s Support Group meetings
- Co-hosted a Wound Care certification course with NEOUCOM/P
- Co-hosted the “Heart and Sole” walking program in conjunction with Carnation City Mall
- Hosted first-aid and sports injury awareness seminars for athletic trainers, coaches and EMTs
- Co-hosted community disaster drills
- Provided presentations at local schools, civic organizations, and social group gatherings on flu prevention, sports injury prevention, healthy eating and exercise habits, sun safety, sleep disorders, osteoporosis risks, and may other health topics, as well as at both the Carnation Days in the Park festival and the Alliance Farmer’s Market
ACH and its affiliated sites offer a full complement of acute, long-term, home health, and specialty health care services at the hospital’s: main site, Community Care Center, Professional Office Building (housing many ACH physician offices), family practice locations (Alliance, Louisville, and Middlefield), urgent care center in Louisville (Family Care NOW), Wound Care Advantage™ center, Visiting Nurse/HOSPICE office, and its Alliance Community Medical Foundation, LLC.
With a fully-accredited lab, integrative therapy services, an award-winning orthopedic program, cutting-edge medical imaging technology, a superb and competent ER, a compassionate BirthPlace, and so much more, ACH is here for all of the members of the community at every stage of their lives.
We are ROOTED in COMPASSION and COMMITTED to QUALITY and at Alliance Community Hospital, our patients and visitors truly EXPERIENCE HEALTH CARING.