Board of Directors Approves New Name and Logo
On February 25, 2009 the Tulare District Hospital Board of Directors approved a new name and logo for our Hospital.
The logo was designed to project an image of a progressive, state-of-the-art organization. A strong and secure operation that strives for excellence and quality. At the same time the logo needs to communicate a welcoming feeling and a feeling of wellness.
The relevance of our logo is communicated by:
- Computerized chip-look = High-tech, state-of-the-art.
- The chip shapes create a star-like image that radiated from the center, symbolizing excellence, wellness and a guiding light. Light and stars also symbolize knowledge, illumination, wisdom, guardianship, hope, truth and splendor.
- The square shape and the four areas created by the radiant star-like image symbolize strength, stability and wholeness or completeness. For the American Indian Culture, four symbolizes the stages of human life – childhood, youth, maturity and old age. The chips reiterate wholeness and completeness – separate elements that come together to complete a whole.
- The white spaces that flow through the square represents an organization that has no boundaries.
- Purple balances the passion of red and the reason of blue – symbolizing temperance and considered action.
The name Tulare Regional Medical Center is more reflective of our growth. This is most evident in the Medical Tower Expansion Project. With the most advanced diagnostic and treatment equipment along with a helicopter landing pad; we will be providing regional care. On March 2, we will be the proud operator of rural health care clinic in Lindsay, nearly 30 miles East of Tulare. Selecting a name that represents the Hospital’s commitment to medical care is significant.
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Designed By: Greg Bitney, Vaneno/Bitney, Inc.
October 14, 2008
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Mobile Health Clinic at Alpaugh Unified School District and Woodville St. Francis Church
Tulare Regional Medical Center is in its third and final year of the HRSA Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant project. The hospital's Mobile Health Clinic Van makes weekly visits to Woodville on Tuesdays, and Alpaugh on Thursdays. The Mobile Clinic is staffed by Randy Barclay, Physician Assistant, who provides primary health care to the residents in these rural areas.
The Mobile Health Clinic Van has been making regular stops at St. Francis Catholic Church in Woodville since February of this year. The Mobile Clinic has been a success in Woodville, from the first month, and continues to see an increased number of patients each month.
The Mobile Health Clinic Van started making regular visits to Alpaugh Unified School District in August. Strong support from school superintendent, Robert Hudson, has contributed to the success of the Mobile Clinic in Alpaugh. The Mobile Clinic visited the school in May for Kindergarten Round-Up Day, and provided kindergarten health check-ups to students who otherwise would not have been able to sign up for school that day. Mr. Hudson is a strong advocate of providing his students and community with local access to health care, and has worked closely with Mobile Clinic staff in referring students for care.
Randy Barclay, Tulare Regional Medical Center Physician Assistant, Mobile Health Clinic Van
Robert Hudson, Superintendent, Alpaugh Unified School District
October 21, 2008
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Tulare Regional Medical Center welcomes new ER group
TULARE — A new physician group is staffing Tulare Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department.
On September 1, Tulare District Emergency Medical Associates, Inc. assumed responsibility for the hospital's Emergency Department and will collaborate with hospital administration, nursing and medical staff to ensure emergency department services are of the highest quality and are provided in a timely and efficient manner. The group consists of 13 physicians and four physician assistants. Emergent Medical Associates, the parent organization to Tulare District Emergency Medical Associates, is a leading provider of emergency care and episodic care management services to patients, communities, physician groups and hospitals throughout California.
"Our goal is to give this emergency department back to the community. We strive to provide the highest level of medical care and customer service and those improvements are already being felt," said Dr. Val Warhaft, of Tulare District Emergency Medical Associates. "We believe we've already made an impact."
Tulare Regional Medical Center officials hired Tulare District Emergency Medical Associates after careful evaluation of emergency room operations earlier this year, along with feedback from board members and community leaders, said TRMC Chief Executive Officer Shawn Bolouki.
"The consensus was that the previous ER group was not meeting the needs of the community," he said. "We're here to provide the best level of care that we can for the community and we believe that our new group will be able to do that."
Tulare District Emergency Medical Associates brings new faces to the ER, but has retained several familiar faces such as Ron Smith, M.D., a long-time Tulare resident and an experienced emergency room physician and Elis Evans, a well-respected and dedicated physician's assistant.
The new group is aggressively working to raise the level of customer service provided in the emergency room. Not only does the group constantly evaluate the department staffing to ensure that physicians can engage with patients promptly, the group has two programs proven to reduce ER wait times.
One program, called an "any patient any bed" policy, improves patient care by increasing the capacity of the ER. That's done by making sure all of the space in the ER has all the necessary resources to treat patients, Warhaft said. The second program, called "Provider is Triage" sets aside a dedicated team of medical providers and a treatment area to evaluate, treat and discharge those who have come to the emergency room with less demanding emergencies such as ear infections, fevers, minor cuts and sprains.
"Together, both programs create tremendous efficiency and reduce wait times," Warhaft said.
For information, call Linda Crase at 685-3449.
Hospital shines in care measurements
Core Measure results posted on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and CMS (Medicare) websites show Tulare Regional Medical Center outshining other hospitals in our area.
Of the two websites, JCAHO has the most current comparison which is reporting the four quarters of 2006, with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reporting the four quarters of October, 2005 through September, 2006.
On either website, anyone can compare healthcare quality for any number of hospitals.
In comparing Tulare Regional Medical Center, Kaweah Delta District Hospital and Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville for the Core Measure diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, SCIP and Pneumonia, TRMC scored better in all four areas than did the other two hospitals. In fact, TRMC scores are above the national average for quality patient care heart failure and pneumonia while KDDH and Sierra View scores are below the national averages.
"Every day, staff is doing what a hospital should do – providing the care a patient should expect," said Valle Lee, Core Measures compliance manager.
"It's a huge team effort. Nurses need to communicate with the physicians and the physicians need to communicate with the nurses," she added. Valle's job is to be out on the units, reviewing patient charts to identify Core Measure patients and to ensure staff and physicians are meeting criteria. "I'm also a constant reminder to be compliant," she said.
JCAHO and CMS developed Quality Improvement Goals (Core Measures) as part of the upcoming Pay- for- Performance initiative. This is the way they establish which hospitals are providing better care and which are not. Patients who receive care based on certain desirable evidence-bases practices are more likely to improve or avoid other medical problems. "When everything is said and done….It's all about best patient care," said Valle.