An update from Sabetha Community Hospital

It’s finally beginning to look like Spring. Spring is always an exciting time as new life comes all around us…new grass, new flowers, baby animals and more. Well, exciting things are happening at Sabetha Community Hospital too! Since the previous article, the Sabetha Community Hospital Board of Trustees voted to move forward with building a new hospital facility! This is exciting as we look to the future of SCH and the future of healthcare.

Have you been on the south side of the hospital lately? If you have, you may have noticed a white MRI trailer parked in our lot. We are excited to be able to offer MRI services more frequently. With an MRI on-site, our staff can get patients scheduled quicker and patients are able to stay local for their MRI needs.

Sabetha Family Practice has exciting things happening too! Sabetha Family Practice is celebrating their recent successful accreditation survey! The surveyor spent a day in the clinic going through policies and procedures and reviewing medical documentation.

The Sabetha Family Practice has received free COVID-19 home test kits from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. These kits are free to anyone who would like them, and the clinic plans to hand them out during routine visits or as requested by patients. These home kits are going to be especially beneficial to patients who do not have insurance since HRSA announced they will no longer provide free testing for individuals without insurance, leaving uninsured patients with a bill.

Like many businesses in the area and across the nation, over the last two years we have experienced staffing shortages. During some critical times, temporary traveling staff were used to fill voids in the schedule, mainly in the nursing departments. Currently, that shortage is beginning to dwindle, and we are getting local, permanent staff to fill vacant positions. We are thankful for all our staff and appreciate the dedication they have shown through some tough times over the past two years.

Within our organization, we have begun a new program honoring an employee each month. The employee is featured on the bulletin board outside the dining room. This is the first month for the Employee of the Month program and we recognized Tana Chandler. Tana is a Physical Therapy Assistant and works with both inpatients and outpatients. Tana has worked at SCH since 2020 but brought 25 years of PTA experience with her. Thank you, Tana, for all you do for our patients!

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Nearly one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson’s disease and this number is expected to rise to nearly 1.2 million by 2030. Parkinson’s disease can be debilitating making it challenging for patients to perform many activities of daily living. LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD are effective, evidence-based treatments for patients in all stages of Parkinson’s disease. The therapy department at Sabetha Community Hospital has certified staff who collaboratively work together to develop an individualized treatment program to assist patients with Parkinson’s disease improve mobility and activities of daily living, increase communication, and improve balance. For more information on this program, contact your primary care provider or the SCH Therapy Department.

Don’t forget to follow Sabetha Community Hospital/Sabetha Family Practice on Facebook! For more information or questions, please email Jennifer at [email protected]

Caring for our community.

This column is paid for by Sabetha Community Hospital.


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