Fort Logan receives Level IV Trauma Center verification
The Emergency Department at Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital recently received verification as a Level IV Trauma Center. In addition, both Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center were officially designated as part of the Kentucky Trauma System at the Kentucky Trauma Symposium in Lexington Oct. 26.
In March 2008, Kentucky lawmakers passed House Bill 371 which established the initial framework of a statewide trauma system and the formation of the Kentucky Trauma Advisory Committee. The law encouraged the establishment of trauma centers and the drafting of written transport protocols for EMS providers to better define which patients require transfer to a trauma center.
Additionally, the statewide trauma system provides better, standardized education for providers - from first responders and EMT/paramedics, to nurses, physicians and even hospital administrators.
The trauma centers recognized by Stephanie Mayfield, Public Health Commissioner, as part of the Kentucky Trauma Care System include:
Level I trauma centers — UK Chandler Hospital (Lexington), Kentucky Children’s Hospital (Lexington), Kosair Children’s Hospital (Louisville), and University of Louisville Hospital
Level III trauma centers — Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center (Danville) and Taylor Regional Medical Center (Campbellsville)
Level IV trauma centers — Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital (Stanford), James B Haggin Memorial Hospital (Harrodsburg), Livingston Hospital (Salem) and Marcum & Wallace Hospital (Irvine)
The designation as a Trauma Center means the Emergency Department provides not only the hospital resources necessary for trauma care but also the entire spectrum of care to address the needs of all injured patients. Verified trauma centers must meet the essential criteria that ensure trauma care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma.
Farmers National Bank partners with Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation
Farmers National Bank has partnered with the Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation to advance health care in the region. FNB has become a premier event sponsor, providing $20,000 to the EMHCF for various fundraising events.
The Ephraim McDowell Health Care Foundation provided more than $680,000 to support regional health care needs last year. Those dollars provided medical care for patients unable to pay for their health care or medicine, cancer screenings, state-of-the-art digital mammography, and a higher level of heart care with the most sophisticated cardiac cath lab in the commonwealth, to name just a few.
“We are pleased to partner with a charitable organization that is putting the money it raises to work to benefit the health care needs of the entire region,” says Greg Caudill, president and CEO, Farmers National Bank.
Ephraim McDowell pharmacy receives award
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center’s pharmacy recently received the Institution of the Year Award at the annual Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists meeting.
The award acknowledges an institution that develops and implements state-of-the-art processes to improve patient care and contributes to the practice of pharmacy.
The McDowell team was recognized for its commitment to best practices including its innovative concierge discharge service, which offers hospitalized patients delivery of prescriptions ordered at discharge right to their room.
“We are extremely honored to receive this award,” said Joan Haltom, director of pharmacy and respiratory therapy at McDowell. “This achievement would not have been possible without our team of dedicated and highly trained individuals in our pharmacy.”
Besides filling prescriptions, the pharmacy offers over-the-counter medications, vaccinations, health and beauty aids, bandages and other medical supplies.
Medication therapy management services and anticoagulation clinic appointments are offered by appointment.
The pharmacy is on the first floor, just inside the Third Street entrance. Reserved 15-minute parking is available.