DRMC’s Ebola Preparedness

Delano Regional Medical Center stated it began aggressive preparedness procedures in the event of an Ebola outbreak in our area. These procedures include the implementation of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Ebola patient screening tool, designation of a specially prepared negative air pressure room within the hospital for any patient identified with positive screenings and an increased availability of protective equipment (including isolation suits) throughout the hospital and clinics.

DRMC’s clinical and ancillary (laboratory, radiology, respiratory and therapy services) staff are automatically educated upon hire on isolation procedures and proper use of protective equipment. However to provide increased protection of our staff and our patients, we will conduct mandatory education the week of October 27th to assure staff have a very clear understanding of the current CDC guidelines and Ebola response.

Management of the hospital participates in weekly conference calls with the Kern County Public Health Department and CDC to monitor Ebola and to keep abreast of any changes.

DRMC is also developing a plan to educate the residents in our local communities. Specific dates, times and locations will be published when they are finalized.

Delano Regional Medical Center always stands prepared for a variety of emergencies in order to care for patients and keep health professionals safe. The health and safety of our community is a priority in the event of a local outbreak of this virus.

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New Stroke Program

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Delano Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that we have expanded our stroke and emergency neurology treatment capabilities through a partnership with Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC). This collaboration will deliver the country’s best neurologists directly to the bedside of stroke patients via telemedicine. Working together, local physicians and SOC’s board certified, U.S. trained neurologists will treat patients suffering stroke or any other neurologic emergency.

“This community deserves the best care we can help provide,” Says Sherri Johnson, Chief Nursing Officer, at Delano Regional Medical Center

Specialists On Call currently provides teleneurology services to more than 300 hospitals nationwide and has conducted over 100,000 consultations via telemedicine since the company’s inception. Their experience and commitment to clinical quality has earned them both the leadership position within the telemedicine industry as well as The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.

“With stroke, time is of the essence,” commented Specialists On Call’s CEO, Dr. Joe Peterson. “We offer fast, high quality neurology care from highly trained neurologists. It’s a win for the patients, their families and Delano Regional Medical Center. We’re thrilled to be working with them and making a real difference within their community.”

Delano Regional Medical Center Becomes Tobacco Free Campus

Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) went “tobacco free” on January 1, 2014. The hospital will no longer permit employees, physicians, patients or visitors to use tobacco products anywhere on any hospital and clinic properties, including outdoor areas and parking lots.

DRMC is joining hospitals across the country that have already committed to a tobacco-free campus. As a healthcare organization we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients.

Tobacco use can cause diseases such as cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke and more.  Secondhand smoke also is linked to cancer and heart disease and according to the U.S. Surgeon General, “there is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.”

“By becoming a tobacco-free campus, DRMC is reinforcing our commitment to providing a healthy environment for all of our patients, employees and visitors,” says Sherri Johnson, RN, Chief Nursing Officer.

DRMC brought together a tobacco-free team of both tobacco users and non-users to help implement the policy and develop a program to assist employees who use tobacco and wish to quit.

DRMC’s decision to go tobacco-free requires the cooperation of the entire community as we work together for a healthier community.

Free Tobacco Cessation Program

If you smoke, quitting is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health. Tobacco use in the United States causes more than 440,000 deaths each year. Of those deaths, 170,000 are from cancer. The positive effects of quitting begin very soon after you stop using tobacco and continue long after you’ve quit.

  • Your blood pressure, pulse and body temperature which were abnormally elevated by nicotine, return to normal.
  • Carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in your blood return to normal.
  • Nerve ending start to regrow; your ability to taste and smell improves.
  • Lung function returns to normal and coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decreases.

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Health Benefits to Quitting 

  • Better breathing
  • Less coughing
  • Increased energy
  • Reduction in some medications
  • Improved taste and smell

Program Sessions:

Session 1: January 17th

Session 2: January 24th

Session 3: February 7th

Session 4: February 21st

Session 5: February 28th

Session 6: March 7th

Time: 5:00PM to 6:00PM

Location: Education Department

Press Release: Delano Regional Medical Center to Launch Patient Internet Portal

Delano, California, October 15, 2013 — Delano Regional Medical Center (DRMC) was recently awarded $300,000 from Kern Health Systems to develop an internet portal for patients.  This valuable tool will enable patients to communicate more effectively with the hospital and clinic caregivers and better manager their health care by using the internet portal.

MyDRMC Patient Portal will be launched in December, 2013 and allow hospital and clinic patients fast, easy access to their personal health information. MyDRMC is a personalized, safe, secure and completely confidential communication link between the patient and the hospital caregivers.

Through a secure Internet portal, patients can view portions of the medical record, including lab results, medications, immunizations andcurrent health problems. Patients will also be able to communicate with their caregivers, schedule routine appointments online, received appointment alerts, as well as view and pay bills.

“While MyDRMC patient portal is not a replacement for personal contact, it is a vital tool to improve communications between the patient and their caregivers,” says Sandra Bakich, Director of Information Management at DRMC.

Patients can access the portal from home once they have registered for an account and established a secure username and password.

“Our goal is to keep patients informed and involved in their health care every step of the way.  MyDRMC will enable our patients to always get the best medical care we have to offer, from anywhere and at any time,” stated Bahram Ghaffari, President, DRMC.

MyDRMC is just another way the hospital, partnering with Kern Health Systems, is fulfilling their health leadership role in local communities.

Delano Regional Medical Center is a fully accredited acute care hospital with five satellite clinics serving the city of Delano and surrounding communities.

Press Release: Delano Welcomes First Baby of 2013

Dimitri Cudal Castellanos arrived at Delano Regional Medical Center on January 1st at 2:30 a.m. and was officially crowned Delano’s First Baby of 2013.   The son of Romalyn Cudal and Javier Castellanos, he weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

Baby Dimitri has three big sisters that are anxiously awaiting his arrival at home.  He has also created some excitement at the hospital since his mommy is  an employee at Delano Regional Medical Center.

Local merchants and DRMC provided Dimitri and his parents a room full of gifts to celebrate the birth.  The gifts included baby furniture, clothes, blankets, diapers and more.

Mom and Dad were delighted when they learned their son was Delano’s first baby of 2013.  “Thank you to everyone who gave our baby these gifts,” said the parents.

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Press Release: DRMC Honors its patients on national patient recognition day

February 7, 2013 – Delano Regional Medical Center honored patients in tangible ways on National Patient Recognition Day, February 7th .

“Patient well being, loyalty, and satisfaction are continually cited as a top concern among healthcare providers,” says Bahram Ghaffari, Executive Director.  Further, “National Patient Recognition Day is a golden opportunity for our management team, physicians, nurses, technologists, technicians, ancillary personnel, and volunteers to demonstrate that patient needs go beyond the technical aspects of medical care.  It also includes empathy, accuracy, and encouragement,” said Mr. Ghaffari.

At DRMC we believe National Patient Recognition Day is a chance to examine and demonstrate our commitment to patient care, consumer advocacy, and patient-inspired best practices and outcomes. “Most healthcare observances focus on healthcare personnel,” said, Sherri Johnson, RN, Chief Nursing Officer. “National Patient Recognition Day is a chance to honor the patients we serve.”

Founded in 1995, and celebrated the first week (seven days) in February and officially recognized on February 7, National Patient Recognition Week recalls the mindset to put care before capitalism, so we don’t forget our reason for being, caring for those in need of medical and health care.

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Photo:  Ester Tugade, DRMC Nutritional Services Coordinator, with DRMC patient Nicasiso Alejandro.  Patients were treated to flowers, cards, and a dessert prepared for their specific dietary needs.

What is a Hospitalist?

The high cost of medical care and demands from an aging population have forced many changes in the health field.

Many physicians and hospitals today use hospitalists to care for patients when they are admitted to the hospital. The hospitalist communicates with the primary physician, but handles the patient’s care during time spent in the hospital.

Because the hospital is the primary site of their practice they are usually able to spend more time with patients than would the  regular physician making “rounds” of all of his patients on his lunch hour, or on his way home after office hours.

Who are hospitalists?

Hospitalists complete med school and usually specialize in internal medicine, family practice or pediatrics. They might be members of a medical practice, or they may cover for one or several physicians independently. They might even be former students of your physician if s/he has taught in a local medical school. Physicians looking to reduce their workload may choose to become a hospitalist and give up their regular practice.

Hospitalists may sometimes be hired to handle on-call services for your physician after hours or weekends and holidays. So you may have contact with them if you need assistance after hours.

Who follows up?

Usually the only time you would be seen by the hospitalist is during and ER visit or hospital stay. Most do not provide follow-up care or have their own practice.

Be Proactive

To ensure you have the best care, you should always carry a list of :

  • your current medications
  • allergies
  • medical conditions and on-going treatments
  • physicians names and phone numbers.

At Discharge

If you visit the emergency room or are admitted to the hospital, ask for a complete discharge summary upon discharge to take to your physician. Insist that the hospitalist communicate with your physician regularly as well as any consultants s/he calls in to see you. After you have been discharged, make sure to call for a follow-up appointment with your physician. Take with you any new or changed medications, and any other new orders for diet, therapy or follow-up care.

What about home health care?

If you need home health care such as a visiting nurse or therapist, be sure the hospitalist orders the care and that your physician is notified so s/he can attend to oversight of this care. The hospitalist won’t continue to give orders beyond the initial order.

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Healthier Holiday Recipes

Happy Healthy New Year’s Menu

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Women’s Health Day, Saturday, Oct. 27th