PCMH performs first ACL total reconstruction surgery
Pike County Memorial Hospital's surgery department reached a very special milestone in its history - On 12/18/18 the surgical staff, along with Dr. Melander, DO, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon performed the first ACL reconstruction with an allograft (cadaver tendon) at PCMH. This ACL or anterior cruciate ligament, is located within the knee and connects the tibia (shin bone) to the femur (thigh bone). An ACL reconstruction surgery is performed by making one small incision on or around the knee and introducing a small camera or, knee arthroscopy, to visualize the ligament. The surgeon will then make other small incisions on or around the knee to successfully complete the ACL reconstruction via introduction of other instruments. The most exciting aspect of this surgery is that the surgeon actually removes the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and replaces it with donated tissue; an allograft.
"This is very exciting for PCMH. We have successfully developed a process to deliver this gold standard of care for ACL tears," said Janie White, Surgery Director for PCMH. "It's also very exciting that we will be able to offer this procedure here at PCMH. Individuals now have the opportunity to have this procedure done very close to home. Once surgery is complete then they have the physical therapy group here at PCMH to work with them for complete rehabilitation."
The ability of Pike County Memorial Hospital to be able to perform this type of procedure is a reminder that the hospital is ever growing and expanding its abilities to be able to continue to provide the most up to date services for our community.
Pike County Memorial Hospital Once Again Earns the Join Commission's Gold Seal of Approval
Pike County Memorial Hospital has once again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
PCMH underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey in August 2018. This survey is done every 36 months. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.
"Pike County Memorial Hospital is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation," said Tylie Mills, CEO, PCMH. "We will continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community."
The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children's, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.
"Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations," said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. "In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Pike County Memorial Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization."
The Joint Commission's hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.
Mills Named CEO at Pike County Memorial Hospital
Tylie Mills has been named the new Chief Executive Officer for Pike County Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Mills will replace Justin Selle the current CEO after his last day on August 3, 2018.
The PCMH Chairman of the Board Kevin Keely said, "The PCMH Board is pleased to announce the hiring of Tylie Mills as the next CEO. We are excited to have a local person that is more than capable of leading our County hospital into the future. Her experiences and education give her the leadership and knowledge that is needed in this ever changing health care business. The Board looks forward to working with Mrs. Mills to grow our services and continue the great work Justin Selle has done for PCMH."
Mrs. Mills is currently the Director of Nursing at PCMH and will transition into her new role over the next few weeks. Before her DON role she was the emergency department and EMS director for PCMH. Mrs. Mills has her bachelors of science in Nursing and her masters in healthcare administration.
Mrs. Mills said, "I am honored and excited to serve my community as the new CEO of PCMH. Ensuring high quality patient safety and care to our patients is my top priority. I plan to continue to assess our community needs and bring new services to our hospital to support the growing needs of our community. I am dedicated to becoming the choice of care for our community as well as providing a great place to work for our PMCH team."
Pike County Memorial Hospital is an award winning critical access serving the needs of the surrounding communities since 1928. To date, PCMH employs over 200 people and has continued to add services to the many programs offered at the hospital.
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