Citizens 11th Annual Walk For Hope is a Success

CITIZENS 11TH ANNUAL WALK FOR HOPE IS A SUCCESS DESPITE THE RAIN
FUNDS RAISED FOR MAMMOGRAMS FOR LOCAL WOMEN

On October 31, 2015, Citizens Medical Center had their 11th Annual Walk for Hope.

Proceeds will benefit local women by providing mammograms for those who cannot afford them.

Rain or shine the walk went on, and it was moved indoors into the Citizens HealthPlex. A survivor balloon release kicked off the walk, where survivors excitedly released their balloons into the rainy sky. The balloons soared despite the rain, and cheers from the crowd continued as everyone went inside to begin the survivor lap, as they were cheered on with pom-pom shaking supporters who lined the indoor track of the facility.

Over 200 Registered participants came and participated and about 50 volunteers from Citizens Medical Center and various organizations. Alcoa was a sponsor of the event and Chick-Fil-A donated sandwiches for all participants and a Pink Picnic was had indoors. Chick-Fil-A’s Cow dressed as a pink princess danced and took pictures with all ages, and everyone had fun at the digital photo booth. DJ JP of JP Productions, who volunteered his time and services, kept the crowd going with his music and as the emcee of the event.

Citizens Medical Oncologist, Dr. Fariborz Gorouhi and Citizens Radiation Oncologist, Dr. David Janssen, showed their support and wore their pink shirts proudly. They were available at educational booths for information and questions.

Dr. Yusuke Yahagi, Citizens Cardiovascular Surgeon, attended and showed his support, as well.

Pink Heels of South Texas brought their pink fire truck, and was available for signatures.

 

MIKE OLSON NAMED CEO OF CITIZENS MEDICAL CENTER

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Mike OlsonVICTORIA, TX. (October 14, 2015) Mike Olson has been named chief executive officer of Citizens Medical Center and will begin his new role on November 12, 2015.

“I am sincerely honored to have this opportunity to lead such an outstanding team of employees, volunteers and medical staff at Citizens Medical Center. I’m excited about the growth that lies ahead, and I look forward to serving our patients and the community. I appreciate all of the work that has accomplished over the past few months, and I look forward to continuing that progress,” said Olson. Since April of this year, Dr. Jeff Ackerman has been the Interim CEO of the hospital and supports the board’s decision to hire Mr. Olson, stating “Mr. Olson comes from an excellent healthcare system and will bring ideas that will help our team continue to deliver outstanding patient care. His experience and passion will be important assets to Citizens and the community in this rapidly evolving healthcare environment, and will complement the strong administration, physicians, nurses and staff already in place.”

Olson has more than two decades of healthcare leadership experience in competitive urban and rural markets in a national recognized Health System, Intermountain Healthcare, and has served as CEO of American Fork Hospital for the past 11 years. He brings a track record of success in hospital integration, volume and revenue grown and effective management team development. Mr. Olson earned his Master of Health Services Administration and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Finance. Active in his community and the profession, he is a delegate of the regional policy board of American Hospitals Association.

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About Citizens Medical Center
Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes an accredited Chest Pain Center and an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. Citizens has an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer

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Bariatric Surgery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2015

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CITIZENS BARIATRIC CENTER RECOGNIZED FOR HIGH-QUALITY CARE IN BARIATRIC SURGERY

Citizens Bariatric Center achieved MBSAQIP Comprehensive Center reaccreditation

Victoria, Texas – After a rigorous survey process Citizens Bariatric Center (CBC) proudly announces that it has once again received Comprehensive Center accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This accreditation by the MBSAQIP formally acknowledges Citizens Bariatric Center’s commitment to providing and supporting quality improvement and patient safety efforts for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients.

Citizens Bariatric Center first became a designated Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in 2006. In 2012 Citizens Bariatric Center became an MBSAQIP accredited comprehensive center after the merger of the American College of Surgeons and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

To receive accreditation Citizens Bariatric Center collects comprehensive data from all bariatric cases performed at Citizens and inputs this information into a national database for comparative analysis. The center also underwent a thorough site inspection during which all aspects of the program’s surgical processes were closely examined. Top-performing programs are designated as Comprehensive Centers and serve as examples to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided.

Due to the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity and the inherent risks and the opportunities available to improve the health of this patient population, we recognize the need for a systematic approach to improving quality,” said Dr. S. Jeffrey Ackerman, Interim CEO of Citizens Medical Center, home to Citizens Bariatric Center. “At Citizens Bariatric Center, we believe that the MBSAQIP Comprehensive Center program serves as a catalyst that drives strong programs to get even better. We have done our part, and our patients benefit every day from our efforts.”

Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that over 1/3 or 78.6 million of all U.S. adults are obese. Morbid obesity is closely correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the health of overweight patients, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help obese patients manage or in some cases reverse these conditions.

I am very proud of the recognition the Citizens Bariatric program has received since the inception of bariatric accreditation,” said Dr. B. Dean McDaniel, medical director for the program. “This speaks volumes about the many Citizens nurses and staff members who have advanced their training in the fight against obesity. The Victoria community and surrounding area will continue to enjoy the most advanced treatment options available with the reassurance of a comprehensive, experienced team.”

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About Citizens Bariatric Center – Dr. B. Dean McDaniel introduced laparoscopic bariatric surgery to South Texas when he performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure at Citizens Medical Center in 2000. By 2003 Citizens Bariatric Center’s program was developed and fine-tuned. Dr. Craig Chang joined the program in 2003. Since that time the program has developed into a well-organized, comprehensive bariatric surgery program that has performed approximately 4,000 surgeries on bariatric patients from across Texas and the United States.

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CITIZENS MEDICAL CENTER SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT REGARDING OUTREACH LABORATORY SERVICES

Victoria, Texas, June 30, 2015 – Citizens Medical Center officials announced today that the hospital and Your Health Lab have signed a letter of intent for Your Health Lab to take over Citizens outreach laboratory services effective July 6, 2015.

According to the agreement Your Health Lab will assume ownership of most of the assets Citizens Medical Center acquired from its purchase of Regional Medical Laboratories (RML) in September 2014. These assets include clients, employees, and vehicles used for courier service in exchange for equity in the company. The intent behind this ownership transition is to reclaim some of the outreach lab business that was not retained by the hospital after the RML purchase due to billing and infrastructure support issues.

Dr. Jeffrey Ackerman, Interim CEO of Citizens Medical Center, said transitioning outreach lab services to a reputable local outreach service provider was the best solution for both the hospital and our loyal patients. “Your Health Lab will provide our patients with the best, most affordable lab care to the citizens of our community which is consistent with Citizens’ mission.”

Dr. Ackerman also said, “Cutting-edge businesses recognize when they need to change their business model to reflect market needs. We have listened to our customers and clients and feel this partnership agreement will move us in the right direction and allow us to achieve patient-focused goals.”

Further details of the agreement are pending.

Icebucket

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2015

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Victoria’s Ice Bucket Challenge, Part Two

VICTORIA – As was reported in the paper last weekend, ALS Advocate William “Bill” Hassel and his friend created a self-dunking, mouse-trap contraption that allows an eco-friendly amount of water to be used for a second Ice Bucket challenge benefitting ALS research.

The contraption will make its Victoria debut on Saturday, August 22 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Citizens Medical Center Plaza A covered parking lot – 2700 Citizens Plaza. The public is invited to sit in it and video themselves as they take part in the Challenge, then post the video on social media.

We ask a $10.00 donation to ALS research at als.net.

Citizens Medical Center graciously supplies water and ice.  Participants should bring their own towel and camera, video, cell, etc.

Come for fun and a support a good cause!

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Citizens Medical Center honored with Mission: Lifeline achievement award

July 17, 2015 — Citizens Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart. This condition requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.

“Citizens Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients who suffer a heart attack, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that goal through nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Suzanne Stone, Cardiovascular Program Manager at Citizens. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care, and I am very proud of our team and our regional EMS partners for their role in this process.”

“We commend Citizens Medical Center for this achievement award, which reflects a significant institutional commitment to the highest quality of care for their heart attack patients,” said James G. Jollis, MD, Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group and President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. “Achieving this award means the hospital has met specific reporting and achievement measures for the treatment of their patients who suffer heart attacks and we applaud them for their commitment to quality and timely care.”

Citizens Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for the quick and appropriate treatment of STEMI patients by providing emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries when needed. Eligible hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to receive the awards.

Severe Obesity is a Disease

DID YOU KNOW?

Once primarily seen as a behavioral and environmental problem, obesity is now viewed as a complex disorder and a major health risk factor linked to diabetes, increased cardiovascular disease (CVD), stroke, cancer, hypertension, and early death. Source: American Heart Association Overweight & Obesity – 2013 Statistical Fact Sheet

It is not a character defect, or simply lack of will power. It’s a medical condition that affects almost 20 million Americans, and it’s the greatest health care problem in the United States today. People with obesity are at a greater risk for conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and heart problems. Excess weight impacts your health, your self-esteem, and your relationships.

Diet and exercise are ineffective in severe obesity. Chances are good you’ve been down that road before. You’ve done “yo-yo” dieting which only hurts your body and increases your feelings of hopelessness. Each diet failure makes you feel like a failure.

But there is hope.

Citizens Medical Center Receives: “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement”

Icon - Gold Plus StrokeAward demonstrates Citizens Medical Center’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

Victoria, TX. October 23, 2015. Citizens Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Katrin McDonough, Citizens Stroke Center Coordinator. “Citizens Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”

Citizens Medical Center has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

“We are pleased to recognize Citizens Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”
For providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

For patients, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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About Citizens Medical Center

Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes an accredited Chest Pain Center and an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. Citizens has an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a 24/7 emergency department, advanced Level III Trauma facility and onsite medical helicopter, a primary stroke center, imaging and surgery centers, sleep study center, Women’s Pavilion with labor and delivery, a recognized center of excellence for bariatric surgery, advanced pediatrics including the area’s only Neonatal Transport Service, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness, urology and daVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options, a home health agency, and has a long history of providing continuing education for physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers and the community. To learn more about Citizens Medical Center or to find a physician, go to www.citizensmedicalcenter.org.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap.

 

New Board Officers Elected at Citizens Medical Center

New Officers, Dr. Tanya Seiler, Russell Marshall and Ben Galvan, bring considerable experience and leadership

Victoria, TX. October 22, 2015. Citizens Medical Center announced today that its board of directors elected new officers, which include Dr. Tanya Seiler as Chairwoman of the Board, Russell Marshall as Vice Chairman of the Board, and Ben Galvan as Secretary.

Citizens’ current Chairman of the Board of Directors, Donald Day, board Secretary, Dr. Andy Clemmons, and board member, Jennifer Hartman, have resigned.

The board accepted their resignation with gratitude and thought that a new slate of board officers would be best for the hospital and the board with the recent hiring of the hospital’s new Chief Executive Officer, Mike Olson. Olson will begin his new role as CEO of Citizens Medical Center on November 12th.
The Victoria County Commissioners will appoint new board members to replace Day, Clemmons and Hartman.

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About Citizens Medical Center
Citizens Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital known for compassionate patient care, clinical expertise, and bringing advanced medical services to the South Texas region since 1956. Today, Citizens is a 338-bed acute care hospital with over 1,200 employees. Citizens Medical Center is recognized for its outstanding cardiology program which includes an accredited Chest Pain Center and an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. Citizens has an accredited Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and has a 24/7 emergency department, advanced Level III Trauma facility and onsite medical helicopter, a primary stroke center, imaging and surgery centers, sleep study center, Women’s Pavilion with labor and delivery, a recognized center of excellence for bariatric surgery, advanced pediatrics including the area’s only Neonatal Transport Service, state-of-the-art rehabilitation and fitness, urology and daVinci robotics minimally invasive surgery options, a home health agency, and has a long history of providing continuing education for physicians, nurses, other healthcare providers and the community. To learn more about Citizens Medical Center or to find a physician, go to www.citizensmedicalcenter.org.

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