WCCH Purchases New Endoscope
The WCCH surgery department was able to purchase a new Olympus Endoscopy unit which is used as a diagnostic and screening tool of the colon and upper gastrointestinal tract.
This new endoscopy unit provides our physicians with updated technology to help diagnose and treat abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract as well as screening for colon cancer. The previous unit had become obsolete and replacement parts were not guaranteed if they needed repair.
Most insurance companies will now pay for a "screening colonoscopy" under their preventative benefits. If you are age 50 or older, check your insurance plan and contact your family physician to see if a screening colonoscopy would be beneficial for you. Dr. Michele Durr, one of our physicians, performs both upper and lower scopes on a routine basis here at the Webster County Community Hospital.
The WCCH Foundation has partially funded the purchase of this new unit with funds that were collected from the 2012 annual campaign. Help support the Foundation by purchasing raffle tickets for a chance to win 2 Season Husker Football Tickets (more information inside)!
Pictured below are (from left to right): Edana Wiese, Renae Snyder, and Dr. Michele Durr with the new endoscopy unit.
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.
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