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EMS Trends Monthly Presentation
Each month on our TeleHealth system, a FREE presentation is provided to all area EMT's. The topics are a variety of pertinent information to local squads across Nebraska. This free session occurs on the third Tuesday each month and starts at 7PM. It usually lasts about two hours.

EMS Trends is presented by CHI Health Good Samaritan in Kearney, Ne.

October's presentation will be on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 7PM. The topic is a repeat of September's topic, as there were connection issues during that session. The topic is Combines and Flowing Grain Injuries. It is especially timely as harvest is underway in the Midwest.

Also starting in October, if someone is interested in attending the EMS Trends presentation, they need to let us know in advance so that our site may be scheduled for the presentation. Please call us at 402-746-5600, ask for our TeleHealth Coordinator, Eilleen and let her know that you would like to attend. Eilleen also has voice mail so you can leave her a message any time. Please call to register no later than the second Tuesday each month.

Recorded EMS Trends presentations are available for viewing by contacting your site Tele-Health coordinator (Eilleen Berry - 402-746-5600). Please request a time to view a specific presentation. the recorded sessions are only available over TeleHealth and NOT over a computer. CHI Health Good Samaritan will honor any courses with continuing education if they are completed within 3 months of the original broadcast date. CHI Health Good Samaritan EMS TRENDS are not approved for Nursing credits or for Kansas EMS education.

Patient Portal

About the Patient Portal
Is it secure?
The Patient Portal is very secure - your information is protected with the same high level of security that all healthcare organizations are required to follow.

Information you access within your Patient Portal is protected with secure SSL encryption - the same security protocol that banks use to protect your financial information.

Any messages you send to - or receive from - your medical team exists only within your secure portal; the confidential information in those messages is never sent through potentially unsecure email.

Your Patient Portal account is password protected and linked to your verified email address.

As with any online account you manage, you will want to keep your login credentials safe by:
    1) Not sharing your username and
    2) Creating a "strong" password,
    3) Logging out of your account password with others. or one that is hard to guess. when
     you are done accessing your Patient Portal account.

What is it?
A Patient Portal is a secure online website that gives patients convenient 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an internet connection. By using a secure username and password, patients can view their health information online.

Why a Patient Portal?
Webster County Community Hospital has developed this Patient Portal for you. Your medical records, at your fingertips.

Benefits of Patient Portal
Current Features
View your health information online.
Recent visits
Lab Results
Convenient online access whenever and wherever you need it.
Fast and Free!

Get started today!
Getting started is easy, all you need is a valid email address to activate this service, and we will walk you through the rest.

Once you have received your unique PIN from Admissions, follow these easy steps to get registered!

Step 1:
Click on link provided in your verification email or go here and enter your PIN.

Step 2:
Enter your PIN and your last name, click continue.

Step 3:
Enter your personal information, click continue.

Step 4:
Enter your security information and click complete registration.
NOTE: A valid email address is required.
If you did not receive a PIN from Admissions, follow these easy steps to get registered!

Step 1:
Go to and click "Don‟t have an account? Register for free!"

Step 2:
Select "No" I do not have a PIN from my doctor‟s office.

Step 3:
Select who you are registering for (yourself or a dependent).

Step 4:
Enter your information and click continue.

Step 5:
Enter your security information and click complete registration
NOTE: A valid email address is required.
Once you have finished registering, you will receive a verification email. Click the link provided in your verification email to complete the registration process.

You now have a secure Patient Portal Account.

Someone from our Patient Portal Team will verify your account as soon as possible to grant you access to your medical records.

Patient Portal Customer Support
(402) 746-5600

Available: Monday-Friday
8:00a.m. - 4:30p.m.
(402) 746-5614

New Specialists Coming to WCCH

The Webster County Community Hospital (WCCH) is pleased to announce the addition of three new specialists who will be providing outpatient services at WCCH beginning in 2014. George Kassis, M.D. and Radu Neamu, M.D., pulmonologists, from the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, NE, and Daniel Brailita, M. D., Infectious Disease Specialist, from Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings, NE.

Dr. George Kassis earned his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. He completed an internship at King Hussein Hospital in Al-Salt, Jordan, and a residency in internal medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, New Jersey. Kassis completed fellowships in pulmonary/critical care at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York, and at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is board certified in internal medicine and in pulmonary disease.

Dr. Radu Neamu earned his medical degree from Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timisora, Romania. He completed an internship at County Hospital Valcea and a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at County Hospital Timis, both in Romania. He completed an internal medicine residency at Hospital of Saint Raphael in New Haven, Conn., and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is board certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Daniel Brailita is Board Certified in both Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine. He received his Medical Degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Texas Tech University in Odessa, TX. Dr. Brailita completed his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas Texas where he served as Chief Fellow. He has been practicing at the Central Nebraska Infectious Disease Clinic since 2007. Dr. Brailita speaks English, Romanian, French and basic medical Spanish. Some of his hobbies include computer hardware, chess, basketball, tennis and photography. Dr. Brailita and his wife, Dora, have two children.

Check out the monthly WCCH Outpatient Schedule in the Red Cloud Chief for more information on their upcoming clinics or follow our physician schedules online at

WCCH will also be offering an Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic beginning Monday, February 3rd, 2014 and every Monday thereafter. Funding secured through South Heartland District Health Department (SHDHD) of Hastings is allowing for the participation of WCCH and surrounding facilities to partake in this great opportunity. Cindy McDowell, LMHP, from South Central Behavioral Services will be providing this service. The goal of the clinic will be to increase access to behavioral health services by integrating into the primary care setting. Services will include comprehensive counseling with the availability of telehealth for diagnostic purposes and medication management, when appropriate. WCCH is excited to offer this opportunity to the community!

A heartwarming story about how the small things do make a difference in patient care

Judy Ord was no stranger to hospitals; with two knee replacement surgeries and a recent breast cancer diagnosis, she had visited many healthcare facilities in the area searching for the right place for treatment. Naturally, Judy found herself starting to compare the facilities on aspects like quality of care and staff responsiveness. And even patient gowns.

While a patient at Lincoln Surgical Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska, Judy noticed the gown she was given was different than others she had worn. The quality of the fabric was heavier than most, and didn't feel like it was "see-through" or could fall apart at any given second. It was brightly colored and cheery, a welcome alternative to the dull gowns she was used to. It tied at the sides, helping her to feel less exposed. Perhaps most surprising of all, it was comfortable.

Judy's unusual experience with the nice patient gowns at Lincoln Surgical Hospital made her keenly aware of the gowns at other hospitals thereafter, like those given to her ailing mother, Ruth Bernhardt, at the rural Webster County Community Hospital. When her mother passed away at the end of May, Judy decided she wanted to do something special to both honor the memory of her mother and show her appreciation to Webster County Community Hospital, the facility that had taken wonderful care of her mother and had shown her so much kindness.

A creative idea sparked. Judy remembered the lovely gowns at Lincoln Surgical, so she contacted the hospital to figure out where, exactly, those special linens came from. And that's when we, Spin Linen, got the call. Judy told us her story and explained how she wanted to donate 48 Spin Linen patient gowns to the Webster County Community Hospital so that future patients would have a little something extra to warm and comfort them. To say we were touched is not a powerful enough statement. We were deeply moved and inspired, and we immediately knew that we wanted to be a part of Judy's project. We brainstormed some ideas of how we could contribute, and then had the pleasure of proposing to Judy that Spin Linen add special embroidery to each gown donated to say, "In Memory of Ruth Bernhardt." Judy loved the idea.

We had the special PerforMax gowns by Medline embroidered and delivered them to Judy's home so she could donate them to the rural hospital in person. Together, it's our hope that the comfy gowns help brighten the patients' spirits.

We are sharing this story with our customers and friends, because as each new day brings us new tasks to conquer, problems to solve, and things to accomplish, it's a warm reminder that the small things do matter and can make a difference in patient perception.

This article is being transmitted with permission from Spin Linen

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