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Mobile Mammography Unit now serving Hunt
May 10, 2013 - Hunt Regional Healthcare, noted for its strides
in bringing awareness to cancer detection and treatment through
its Women’s Imaging Center and the Lou and Jack Finney
Cancer Center, “is now taking its show on the road.”
In April, the Mobile Mammography Unit, dedicated to the memory
of cancer survivor Nita “Tubby” Adkisson, began
its journey throughout the Hunt County area, bringing new
healthcare opportunities to the more than 50 percent of women
in the county who have never had a mammogram.
Since early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful
treatment, the mammogram is one of the surest ways to make
that happen, says John Ervin, director of the Imaging Center
at Hunt Regional Medical Center.
When breast cancer is caught at Stage 1, the five-year survival
rate is almost 90 percent, according to statistics from the
American Cancer Society. However, the news is not so good
when the cancer is discovered at a later stage. When it is
first detected at State 4, the five-year survival rate is
only 15 percent, the statistics indicate.
for the mobile unit were announced in December of 2012 when
the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation kicked off its Help
on Wheels campaign, with a goal of $300,000 to purchase the
state-of-the-art mobile unit .
The unit has wasted no time hitting the road, having already
visiting such locations as the Lone Oak Assembly of God,
Sam Rayburn Student Center, L-3 Communications, Hunt Regional
Community in Commerce (every first Wednesday), Caddo Mills
Elementary, Van Sickle Baptist Church and Covidian in Commerce.
To schedule an appointment persons or groups should call
903-408- 5010. It is preferred that a minimum number of 12
appointments should be scheduled in order for the mobile
unit to be sent to a specific site. Those sites may include
churches, schools, workplaces, businesses or other nearby
locations such as strip shopping centers.
When making an appointment, be prepared to give insurance
information. Those with no health insurance will be directed
to the nurse navigator at HRMC and she will direct persons
to possible payment resources. Her number is 903-408-5720.
Hospital officials note there are numerous resources available
to cover the costs.
They also point out the mobile unit is for screening mammograms.
If anyone with symptoms such as a lump, pain or discharge
should see a doctor for an order to receive a diagnostic
mammogram at the hospital.
Women age 40 or older should have an annual mammogram. Those
younger than 40 who have a strong family history of breast
cancer or other high risks should see a doctor for orders
for a mammogram at the hospital.
The initiation of the Mobile Mammography Unit comes on the
heels of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
(NAPBC) of the official designation of the HRMC Women’s
Imaging Center as a breast center. This puts HRMC on the
same level with Baylor Medical Center of Dallas and Medical
The center not only involves imaging but includes all the
services for breast cancer care, from diagnostics to surgery
The imaging center services provided to the mobile mammography
unit was a factor in the accreditation.
“It takes a woman from beginning to end when it comes
to treating and beating breast cancer. It’s the entire
package,” says Judy Quan, HRMC education coordinator.
Before being accredited the local Breast Center underwent
rigorous evaluations and reviews of its performance and compliance
with NAPBC standards. The Center will monitor compliance
with NAPBC standards to ensure quality care and undergo an
on-site review every three years.
HRH Nurses of the year announced
by Susan Spoonemore
May 8, 2013 - Two exceptional nurses from Hunt Regional Healthcare
were named 2013 “Nurse of the Year” on Wednesday.
As part of National Nurses Week, all HRH nurses participated
in the vote, which ended in a tie this year.
Madrina McMahan, RN of the Hunt Regional Medical Center Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit and Afton Smith, RN, of the HRMC Telemetry
Unit accepted their awards at a reception held at Hunt Regional
Hunt Regional Healthcare administrator, Mike Klepin, gave
praise to the two nurses as well as all HRH nurses. “I
wish there was more than one week a year to recognize what
our nurses do every day,” he said.
McMahan has been with HRMC for over 20 years. She is described
by her coworkers as a dedicated nurse who is calming and
soothing to the distressed parents of NICU patients.
Now a shift manager, Smith has been with the organization
close to five years. She is known to be the first to assist
when a patient asks for help.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on
May 12, the birth date of Florence Nightingale. It is one
of the nation's largest healthcare events, recognizing the
contributions and commitments nurses make and educating the
public about the significant work they perform.
New Foundation board members
April 30, 2013 - The Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation
Board of Trustees welcomed 7 new board members to its ranks
as they were sworn in on April 18 during the Foundation’s
quarterly board meeting.
“I am so pleased to welcome new board members Matt
Koger, Mary Jane Vance, Bonnie Dooley, Loretta Kibler, Renea
Decker, Jerry Hutton and Fred Weidmann,” said Chair
of the Foundation board Roz Lane.
Dr. Koger, a family practice physician, has been with Primary
Care Associates (PCA) since 2000. He is a member of the American
Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and the American
Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Koger lives in Greenville
with his wife and four children. In his spare time he enjoys
fishing and playing the guitar.
Dr. Mary Jane Vance is presently a consultant, author and
speaker who has been educating Texas and the nation since
1955. She recently published a book titled “Mary of
the Angels.” She currently resides in Greenville with
husband Charles Vance.
Bonnie Dooley is owner of the Copier Connection, located
at 10425 Wesley St, which she established in 1994. She lives
in Greenville with husband Tim Dooley and they have two daughters.
Loretta Kibler was the Commerce Independent School District
Superintendent from 1994-2001. Kibler has held numerous positions
on many boards in the Tri-County area including Chair of
Board for the Tri-County Special Education Shared Services,
Region 10 Advisory Council, the Texas A&M University
System and The Texas Education Agency Council of School Executives,
and many more. Kibler currently resides in Commerce. She
has two daughters and five grandchildren.
Renea Decker was a nurse at Hunt Regional Medical Center
and its predecessors for 29 years, including serving as nursing
director for the last two years before she retired. She is
also a cancer survivor and an active cancer volunteer here
Jerry B. Hutton is a Professor Emeritus for Psychology and
Special Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Hutton
is an active member of the First United Methodist Church
in Commerce and is currently member of Chancel Choir and
Foundation Board. Hutton is married to Sandra Jeane Brumlow.
They have five children and five grandchildren, and have
been Hunt County residents since 2000.
Fred Weidmann is a retired vice president for General Dynamics
Canada and a current Greenville Rotary program chair. He
lives in Greenville with his wife Cheryl and they have three
“The willingness of these individuals to serve our
community through this Foundation is something to be commended,”
said Lane. “I look forward to working together on current
and future healthcare endeavors for Hunt County.”
The HRH Foundation coordinates all fundraising activities
on behalf of Hunt Regional Medical Center, Hunt Regional
Community Hospital, and related programs and services administered
by Hunt Regional Healthcare.
Hunt Regional Healthcare has always remained true to its
goals of improving the health of the communities it serves
while providing medical excellence and compassionate patient
care through our medical facilities and outreach programs.
The Foundation strives to strengthen HRH medical programs
and staff, to upgrade facilities, to acquire new, state-of-the-art
equipment and technologies, and to address Hunt County’s
emerging healthcare needs. The same can be said for the 7
new HRH Foundation trustees.
Loretta Kibler, Dr. Jerry Hutton, Renea Decker,
Bonnie Dooley, Fred Weidmann, Dr. Mary Jane Vance, and Dr.
Matt Koger joined the Hunt Regional Foundation Board on April
Volunteer appreciation luncheon
by Samantha Henry
April 30, 2013 - In recognition of National Volunteer Week,
Hunt Regional Healthcare (HRH) hosted an appreciation luncheon
for the volunteers of the Greenville and Commerce hospital
auxiliaries last week.
“The luncheon is our way of showing appreciation to
the volunteers and to thank them for all of their hard work,”
said Jeanye Roberts, coordinator of Volunteer Services.
commemorate their years of service, the Commerce Auxiliary
awarded Ann Blohm, Nora Chessher, June Dunn, Carolyn Lockhart
and Nancy Talley five-year pins. Anita Berry, Billie Mills,
Peggy Pressley, Sharon Sanders, Betty Spitler and Mona Towne
received 10-year pins; Teddy Degelia, Don Hakala, Marcia
Hakala and Frances Sartwell received 15-year pins.
The Greenville Auxiliary awarded Betty Epps, Sandra McWhorter,
Sylvia Phillips with 50-hour pins. Billy Darnell and Sharon
Porter received 100-hour pins. Karen McClellen, Linda Nuthcutt,
Dot Warren and Mary Wilch received 200-hour pins. Beverly
Bland, Nita Groket and Linda Johnson were each awarded 500-hour
pins. Jan Lowe was recognized for her 1,000 hours; Polly
Adams and Jane Asbury received pins for 1,500 hours of service,
and Theressa Young received a 2,000-hour pin. Darlene Folks,
Helen Rhea and Luther Smith each received 2,500-hour pins;
Carolyn Smith received 3,500-hour pins, and Pearl McFarland
and Janice McWhitter received 4,500-hour pins. Lori Green
received her pin for 5,000 hours of service and Dorothy Keller
earned one for her 5,500 hours.
Top honors for the Greenville Auxiliary went to Joyce Johnson
and Alice Parsons. Johnson received her largest pin for 13,500
hours of service, 3000 of which were just last year. Parsons’
largest pin was for 45,000 hours of service, 3,500 of which
were just this year.
As a way to give back to the community, the Greenville Auxiliary
also awards scholarships to two high school students who
are going into the medical field.
“I am very excited to say that this is the eleventh
year that we have presented the scholarships to high school
students,” said Roberts.
Alexandra Pope and Kerrie Lee Moore, both of Greenville,
were the lucky students to receive the scholarships this
year. Pope is planning to attend Paris Junior College and
then Baylor with plans to study pediatric dentistry. Moore
is headed to El Centro College in Dallas to study diagnostic
A big congratulations goes to both students for receiving
the scholarships and to all of the volunteers who give their
time to serve Hunt Regional Healthcare and its’ community
in so many ways.
Graves named Employee of the Year
April 19, 2013 - Congratulations to Valorie Graves!
She was named Employee of the Year by the DFW Hospital Council
Valorie is a valuable member of the Hunt Regional Medical
Center food service team and a favorite among staff and visitors.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention
The following information is provided by Prevent Child
April 12. 2013 - Child abuse is one of the greatest tragedies
of our times. It doesn't have to be. We can prevent it by
building communities that are committed to families and the
services they need to raise strong, healthy, and successful
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and by participating
you are joining thousands of communities, organizations and
individuals across our nation who are putting children first.
Here are 5 suggestions to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
Support the mission and vision of Prevent Child Abuse Texas:
1. Care enough to call! Call the Child Abuse Hotline if you
suspect a child is being hurt. In Texas call 1-800-252-5400.
2. Be a positive and nurturing parent or caretaker and help
other family members, friends and neighbors be positive parents
3. Make Children a priority. Make sure they are safe and
have healthy environments.
4. Allow yourself a time-out when needed. Taking care of
yourself is as important as taking care of your family.
5. Seek help if you need it. If you feel out of control or
worried about your parenting, get help.
PARTICIPATE IN CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH
Tumor Board enhances cancer treatment
at Hunt Regional
April 12, 2013 - “When a physician is baffled by a
cancer case, the difference between life and death isn't
always found in the radiology department or on the operating
table. Sometimes, it's in a conference room,” writes
Cheryl McEvoy, an editorial assistant with ADVANCE for Health
At hospitals across the nation tumor boards have become
an efficient and even life-saving part of the approach to
what physicians have found to be a deciding factor in choosing
the best course of treatment for cancer patients.
The job has its challenges, but with proper preparation,
tumor boards can be engaging and life-saving.
To enhance its cancer treatment regimen at the Lou and Jack
Finney Cancer Center of Hunt Regional Medical Center, officials
have adopted just such a board. If there were any doubts
about its effectiveness, that doubt has been erased, says
John Ervin, Imaging Center director at HRMC.
A panel consisting of oncologists, pathologists, radiologists,
surgeons, hospitalists and primary care physicians meet regularly
to discuss treatment options for cancer patients whose atypical
medical history or diagnosis prompts the need to develop
a more complex treatment plan.
The panel reviews laboratory test results, images and imaging
reports and treatment options to ensure that the most effective
treatment plan is implemented.
When board members discuss a case, they bring the national
treatment guidelines to the table, while strategizing individualized
treatment plans for each individual patient.
“No cookie cutter treatment plans here,” says
Judy Quan, HRMC education director. “It is evident
that they give a great deal of thought to each step of the
treatment plan, from diagnostics through the treatment phase
and even into survivorship.
Dr. Rebecca M. Jankowski, general surgeon at HRMC, says the
board is a valuable asset as a learning tool for those involved
in the discussions. “It’s an opportunity to review
what has gone on in a patient-treatment program, and to talk
about upcoming cases,” she said following a recent
Jankowski is a member of a team of surgeons at HRMC that
includes Dr. Josh Trussel and Dr. Josh Hamilton, who meet
regularly with the board, which is chaired by Meera Shreedhara,
the medical oncologist at the Lou and Jack Finney Cancer
“What impresses me is the confidence the physicians
have in each other and the mutual respect that is evident
during these meetings,” said Sharon Sanders, employer
relations representative for Hunt Regional Healthcare and
a member of the Tumor Board. “As a cancer survivor,
I’m certain patients facing cancer treatment can take
great comfort in knowing what transpires in these sessions,”
Multimedia presentations have become efficient and engaging
fixtures at tumor board meetings. With digital media, a single
presentation can display staging requirements, lab results
and even compare films side-by-side.
Even though the physicians collaborate and communicate on
a routine basis as they care for their patients, there is
a special continuity and dynamics to the tumor board discussion
forum, says Quan.
“Radiology brings images, pathology brings photos,
and all doctors bring their knowledge and expertise. It is
not unusual for primary care physicians or OB/GYN physicians
who are involved in the patient’s care to also attend
and participate in tumor board. The goal is for each medical
provider involved in the patient’s care to be included
in the round table discussions, said Quan.
The learning experience offered by tumor board is so significant
that they recently received approval for CME credit for one
tumor board per month, through Baylor ‘s CME program
for regularly scheduled series.
The current goal, according to Quan, is to affiliate with
the Commission on Cancer (CoC). Those standards require at
least one surgeon, pathologist, radiologist and medical oncologist
to attend, plus other site-specific specialists when appropriate,
but a number of other hospital staff members -- from family
physicians to hospice -- often elect to participate.
Awareness Month 2013
by Samantha Henry
March 28, 2013 - “Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow”
is the theme of this year's Alcohol Awareness Month (April), highlighting
the important public health issue of underage drinking.
Founded by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependencies,
Inc. (NCADD) in 1987, Alcohol Awareness Month serves to increase
awareness of alcohol and alcoholism as a chronic, progressive disease.
According to NCADD, over 6,500 people under 21 die annually from
alcohol-related injuries involving underage drinking and thousands
more are injured. Alcohol also happens to be the number one drug
of choice for America’s young people, even more than tobacco
or illicit drugs.
“Teens often don’t consider the long-term effects of
drinking alcohol,” said Sherry Sheffield, Behavioral Health
Unit Director at Hunt Regional Medical Center. “As someone
still growing and developing the consumption of alcohol should be
NCADD considers reducing underage drinking critical in securing
a healthy future for America’s youth. This requires a cooperative
effort from parents, schools, community organizations, business
leaders and government agencies.
In addition to social and psychological damage caused by alcohol,
there are also physical health risks. Although alcohol isn't the
only cause of liver disease, it is one of the major ones. According
to the American Liver Foundation, even moderate amounts of alcohol
can have toxic effects when taken with over-the-counter drugs that
Long-term alcohol abuse is also linked to some serious heart problems
and can also lead to nerve damage.
An integral part of Alcohol Awareness Month is Alcohol-Free Weekend,
which is the first weekend in April. For the days of April 5-7,
NCADD extends an invitation to all Americans to participate in three
alcohol-free days and to use that time to learn about alcoholism
and its early symptoms.
If you are concerned for yourself or for a loved one, a doctor can
help you determine if there is a problem with alcohol, how serious
it is, and what can be done about it. If there is an underlying
emotional or mental problem behind the use of alcohol, a doctor
is also best able to determine how to deal with this problem.
Medical Center doctors to award scholarship
March 26, 2013 - Applications are now being accepted for a scholarship
awarded annually to a graduating Hunt County high school senior
who plans to pursue a college degree in the healthcare field.
The R. Irvin Morgan Scholarship honors the late Dr. Morgan, who
was chief of pathology at Hunt Regional Medical Center (HRMC) for many years. The award is funded annually by the hospital
Dr. Moushira Ebrahim, chair of the scholarship committee and current
pathology director at HRMC says "We are excited to help students
fulfill their dreams of working in healthcare".
The annual scholarship is valued at $2,000.00 to assist with the
payment of college tuition and fees.
Applications and other information about the scholarship have been
made available to the counselor of every senior high school in Hunt
County. The award is limited to Hunt County high school seniors.
The application deadline is Friday, April 19, 2013. Applications
and letters of recommendation must be submitted to Alicia Wittkopf,
Director of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation at HRMC by 5
p.m. that day. Late applications will not be accepted.
Students, parents, or school officials who have questions about
the scholarship may contact Debbie Ottwell, Administrative Assistant
for the Foundation at 903-408-1068.
Organ donor program
March 26, 2013 - While most people are aware of organ donations,
other types of donor programs are not as well known. Many people
who are unable to be organ donors at death are able to
be tissue and/or eye donors, and thousands are helped every day
by these donations.
As Donate Life Month approaches in April, Hunt Regional Medical
Center continues its commitment to better the lives of its citizens
through its participation in the Leadership Circle donor program
through the Transplant Services Center at UT Southwestern.
In 2011, Hunt Regional (Greenville and Commerce) was one of the
top 20 tissue and eye donor hospitals among the 178 hospitals served
by the Transplant center which is in its 10th year of the Leadership
According to Susan Fredrickson, outreach representative with Transplant
Services Center, HRMC is “continuing its great work this year,
and is being included in activities observing the upcoming month.
“It is a privilege to work with Hunt Regional Medical Center
and its many great employees,” said Fredrickson. Hunt Regional
and the local community are great partners with us in helping to
meet the local, national and international need for tissue and eye
The number of tissue donations from Hunt County alone (nine) provided
more than 500 transplants over a four-year period, including skin,
bone, heart valves, cartilage and veins.
There were 27 ocular donations which provided 47 ocular and cornea
transplants. Thirty seven of those returned to Hunt County.
“People just don’t realize how far a single tissue donation
can go,” said Kim Mulder, Emergency Department director, who
oversees the tissue donor program at HRMC.
While a number of families make their desires known prior to any
event or situation that results in the potential donations, Mulder
said law requires hospitals to approach the family about donor or
Transplant Services Center is a full service Tissue and Eye Bank
providing a comprehensive selection of tissue allografts to hospitals
and surgery centers throughout North Texas, across the United States
and around the world.
For other questions about TSC or tissue and eye donation, call
Fredrickson or any of the other Outreach Representatives at 214-645-8361,
or visit their website.
Wittkopf heads Hunt Regional Healthcare
March 7, 2013 - Alicia Wittkopf, a member of the advancement staff
at Texas A&M University-Commerce for the last five years, has
been named director of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation and
are excited to have Alicia on board to provide leadership for our
Foundation,” said Richard Carter, CEO of Hunt Regional Healthcare,
a growing regional healthcare organization with hospitals in Greenville
and Commerce and programs elsewhere in the area.
“The Foundation has played an increasing role in providing
resources to help strengthen our healthcare programs,” Carter
said. “We are building a regional organization that has taken
the lead in providing healthcare of the highest quality to the people
we serve, and the Foundation is a big part of that,” Carter
The Foundation has generated nearly $3,000,000 in gifts since it
began seeking philanthropic support in 2005.
Wittkopf joined the A&M-Commerce fundraising staff in 2007.
She was promoted to Director of Advancement Services in 2010 where
she coordinated the stewardship program, prospect management, endowments
and scholarships, annual programs, donor recognition and related
She also served as a liaison to the A&M-Commerce Foundation.
She began her new role at HRH on February 25.
A long time resident of Hunt County, Wittkopf holds a B.S. degree
in biology from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She and husband
Gabe, a Commerce firefighter/EMT, are the parents of Allie(10) and
“There are many healthcare needs to meet and just as many
opportunities to provide solutions,” Wittkopf said. “Our
healthcare foundation will take the lead in continuing to make that
As an example, Wittkopf cited the Foundation’s current initiative
to bring life saving mobile mammography to Hunt County where only
about 50 percent of women receive regular screening mammograms.
“We will look to Alicia for leadership and new ideas to help
the Foundation make a difference in patient’s lives,”
said Roz Lane of Greenville, Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation
Board Chair. “We have every confidence that she will excel,”
The new director succeeds retiring, Jack B. Gray. He joined Hunt
Regional Healthcare to mobilize the foundation which had been dormant
for many years.
The public is invited to a meet and greet reception for Wittkopf
on Tuesday, April 2nd in the Hunt Regional Medical Center Weaver
Conference Room and on Wednesday, April 3rd in the Hunt Regional
Community Hospital Education Room. Call 903-408-1064 for more information.
Neonatal ICU opens at Hunt Regional Medical
March 5, 2013 - Hunt Regional Medical Center has taken yet another
step forward in serving Hunt County and North Texas citizens with
its recently opened Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Babies born prematurely or who suffer an illness, with few exceptions,
can now remain in Greenville instead of being transferred to Dallas
or other hospitals to receive life-saving care. That also means
the parents can interact with their babies throughout the local
hospital stay without having to travel back and forth to the Metroplex.
three months of rigorous training, policy development and equipment
installation and/or adjustments, the unit opened on Feb. 1. It didn’t
take long to realize the need for the NICU. In the first month there
were 18 admissions. Of those, 8 would have had to have been transferred
to Dallas, said Dr. Asif Khattak, Neonatologist and the Director
of Neonatology Service.
“Of those 18, all have gone home,” he said.
Richard Carter, CEO of Hunt Regional Healthcare said the need
for the NICU has “been evident for some time and we are very
fortunate to have a physician of the quality of Dr. Khattak to initiate
“Our goal is to provide medical care of the highest quality
by the best providers without having to drive to Dallas. We are
very proud to offer this new service on behalf of our community
and the surrounding regional area, Carter said.
Opening of the unit raised HRMC from a Level 2 neonatal care unit
to the top rating of Level 3, Khattak said.
Neonatal care depends on the gestation period at the time of delivery,
explained Janet Grandfield, manager of the HRMC nursery. A baby
born at 28 weeks would remain in NICU at least until it has reached
the normal 38- 40-week gestation period, she said. Other stays would
depend on the outcome of an illness.
Grandfield said she was most pleased with the new service because
of the help for the parents who can be with their new-born child
and provide nurturing.
Developing the NICU involved hiring 12 Nurse practitioners, all
new to HRMC, preparing the space in the maternity center, obtaining
new equipment, writing policies, training the staff and developing
a collaborative work agreement between Physician and Nurse Practitioners,
said Dr. Khattak. Protocols and collaboration with the Pharmacy,
Lab, Radiology, OT/Speech and other departments also had to be established.
Currently room can be made for up to 12 beds in the existing space
of what is known as the Truett and Margaret Crim Maternity Center,
although future physical expansion could be a possibility, Dr. Khattak
Dr. Khattak says he has been pleased with the overall operation
of the unit and impressed with the commitment by the hospital administration.
Dr. Khattak said Dr. Hassan Farooq, who had been a fellow resident
at Texas Tech University, convinced him to come to Greenville.
The father of four says his ultimate goal is to bring a “mini
Baylor” here. “I want to provide evidence-based quality
care right here in Greenville.” He says very early in his
education it became apparent he was destined to take care little
Before his arrival in Hunt County Dr. Khattak was chairman of
the Department of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Neonatal
unit at Baylor Irving for six years. He had spent nine years as
attending Neonatologist at Baylor University Medical Center and
was also the Medical Director of Neonatal Transport Team as well
as the Chairman of Neonatal Research Committee.
He has published several research papers in the field of Neonatology
and is currently involved in a large randomized controlled trial
testing a therapy to reduce central lines associated infections
in extremely premature babies.
HRMC Cardiopulmonary Department Receives
February 28, 2013 - The Hunt Regional Medical Center Cardiopulmonary
Department has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in
Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal
Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Accreditation by the IAC means that the department has undergone
a thorough review of its operational and technical components by
a panel of experts. The IAC grants accredidation only to those facilities
that are found to provide the highest quality patient care, in compliance
with national standards through a comprehensive application process
including detailed case study review.
HRMC Mock Disaster Drill
28, 2013 - Emergency Medical Technicians Joel Covey and Michael
Casey remove a “patient” from their ambulance who will
be taken to the decontamination shower next to the emergency department.
It was part of a mock disaster drill taking place a week ago in
local and 19 other area hospital. The drill involved what was classified
as an act of terrorism in which there were reports of contamination
of some food supplies delivered in North Texas. Hundreds of persons
in the area were sent to medical centers throughout the region.
Numerous deaths were reported.
Results of the drill will be assessed and critiqued for future improvements
to dealing with such disasters that will be handled by hospital
personnel, fire departments, police, state troopers, centers for
disease control, emergency services and ham operators.
Alicia Todd and James Mcdowell, in full hazardous
materials suits, rinse down the “patient.”
Susan Van Hooser (foreground) compares notes as
the drill gets under way. Pictured behind her are facilities manager
Keith Buckman, purchasing agent Billy Robinson, Travis Potter, Human
Resources and, standing, Mike Klepin, HRMC administrator
Hospital Foundation’s 8th Gala
raises $130,000 to fight cancer
February 4, 2013 - More than $130,000 was raised Saturday night
(Feb. 2) to fight cancer in the Hunt County area.
The Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation will use the funds to help
underwrite a mobile mammography unit that will “fight cancer
in the field”. Gala funds also will continue to underwrite
the FitSTEPS for Life® program that helps rehabilitate and extend
the lives of people touched by cancer. FitSTEPS is offered at Hunt
Regional Medical Center without charge to qualified
The purpose of mobile mammography is to take the service directly
to the community.
In Hunt County, which has among the highest incidence rates for
cancer in Texas, only about one of every two eligible women receives
an annual mammogram.
“Early detection of breast cancer is critical to the survival
rate,” said W.D. Hilton, Jr., former chair of the Foundation
board. Hilton is chairing a Foundation campaign that is currently
underway to reduce the incidence of breast cancer locally through
early detection of the disease.
His co-chairs for that effort are Foundation trustees Larry Green,
Jr., and Bill Rolston.
Hilton said that the Foundation board has made great strides in
reaching the fundraising goal, and that the mammography unit has
already been purchased and should be operational by late April.
The mobile mammography van, which has a price tag of $400,000,
was named last week in memory of the late Nita “Tubby”
Adkisson, Greenville civic and business leader for more than a half
century and a key Foundation volunteer for many years.
“The Foundation’s 8th annual Laughter is the Best
Medicine comedy gala set new attendance and fundraising records,”
said event co-chairs Peggy Cole and Marsha Fincher.
A crowd of more than 340 packed the ball room at the Sam Rayburn
Students Center at Texas A&M Commerce.
ticket sales, and a charity raffle for a $3,000 diamond dinner ring
produced a fundraising record as well. The ring was donated by David
and Jan Williams of Taylor Bros. Jewelers.
crowd was wowed by comedic pianist Dale Gonyea and Dr. Don Newbury,
emcee for the third consecutive year. Gonyea tied East Texas culture
into his wide-ranging comedy routine.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the
annual Harold Curtis Friend of the Foundation Award to philanthropist
Norma Mitchell and Dr. and Mrs. James Sandin.
“Both recipients are so deserving,” said Foundation
board chair Roz Lane, who was joined by the late Mr. Curtis’
daughter Leah Curtis in making the presentations.
“We established an award in Harold’s memory because
of his 50-year relationship as legal counsel for the hospital,”
said Jack Gray, Director of the Foundation. “He was a leader
in establishing the Foundation to fund health care improvements
in our service area,” gray said, “and we wanted to annually
honor people with his sense of commitment to supporting quality
Hunt Regional Healthcare CEO Richard Carter said that the results
“The Gala has become a tremendous tradition for the Foundation
and the community,” Carter said. “The funds the Foundation
has brought in from so many generous businesses and individuals
has made a huge difference in moving Hunt County healthcare from
good to great.”
Contributions to the Gala have increased every year since it started
A Big Thanks to
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Foundation Gala Will Help Save Women’s Lives
January 11, 2013 - The Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation’s
2013 Gala in Commerce on February 2 is all about saving women’s
“Even though early detection of breast cancer saves lives,
only 50 percent of women in Hunt County receive the annual mammograms
they need” said Foundation Chair Roz Lane.
“Our goal is to improve that number significantly by bringing
mobile mammography to Hunt County and making digital exams more
accessible” she said.
When breast cancer is detected at the first stage in its development,
the 5-year survival rate is almost 90 percent. However, if it isn’t
discovered until it has reached Stage 4, the five-year survival
rate drops to 15 percent.
The 2013 Gala is part of a major push by the Foundation to raise
at least the $300,000 necessary to acquire a mobile mammography
unit fitted with state-of-the-art digital technology. The van will
travel throughout the county on a regular schedule to make mammograms
accessible to the aged and infirm as well as taking the service
to communities and major employment work sites throughout the Hunt
Regional Medical Center service area.
Gala seats remain available, but it is always a sellout, and seating
is extremely limited. The evening of entertainment includes an opening
wine reception, a gourmet dinner and a night of comedy featuring
satirical pianist Dale Gonyea. Humorist Don Newbury will make his
third encore appearance as the emcee.
Gonyea is an Emmy winner and Clio nominee, and his song-spoof “I
need your help, Barry Manilow,” was nominated for Comedy Record
of the Year.
Seats are priced at $75 each and may be reserved by calling the
Foundation office at 903/408-1064.
The Gala will begin at 6 p.m. February 2 at Texas A&M University-Commerce’s
Sam Rayburn Student Center.
“This service will really make a difference in people’s
lives,” said Jack Gray, director of the Foundation.
In addition to underwriting the mobile mammography program, Gala
proceeds will continue to support FitSTEPS for Life®, a cancer
rehab and therapy program that extends and enhances the lives of
those touched by cancer. It is offered at Hunt Regional Medical
Center without charge to participants.
The eighth annual "Laughter is the best
Medicine Comedy Gala - Treasure Your Health" featuring
Dale Gonyea was a Great Success.
A Big Thanks
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HRH Year in Review 2012
January 2, 2013 - Hello, 2013! Hunt Regional Healthcare is looking
forward to many new and exciting steps forward in healthcare in
Hunt County this year! Last year was also full of good news. Let’s
take a look back:
HRMC’s Breast Center Accredited by NAPBC
The Women’s Imaging Center at Hunt Regional Medical Center,
also known as the Breast Center, was accredited as a breast center
by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
NAPBC is a quality accreditation program under the American College
of Surgeons. This puts the HRMC center in the same accreditation
status as Baylor Medical Center at Dallas and Medical City Dallas.
The center not only involves imaging (mammography, etc.), but includes
all of the services for breast cancer care, from diagnostics to
surgery to oncology. It takes a patient from beginning to end when
it comes to treating and beating breast cancer.
HRH Foundation Laughter is the Best Medicine Gala
The HRH Foundation raised a whopping $117,000 for cardiovascular
services at the seventh annual Laughter is the Best Medicine Comedy
Gala that was held on February 4th. Held at the Sam Rayburn Student
Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce, the entertainment for
the evening was the “Rat Pack” tribute group.
LSVT BIG Comes to HRMC
In January, Hunt Regional Medical Center started offering a new
Parkinson’s therapy service called LSVT BIG.
LSVT is a treatment program that's proven to help individuals living
with Parkinson's disease, giving them new hope for improved communication
The method was developed following rigorous research funded by the
National Institutes of Health.
Wound Care Center Receives Award
Hunt Regional Medical Center physicians, leaders, and staff gathered
in May to celebrate the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Center of
Excellence award, which was given to the Wound Care and Hyperbaric
Oxygen Center. The Center has met the Center of Distinction quality
standards for two consecutive years. The Center has achieved patient
satisfaction rates over 96%, a 97% healing rate in 30 median days,
among other quality standards. The Center was awarded this honor
by Diversified Clinical Services (DCS), Inc., the nation's leading
wound care management company.
Emergency Department and Wound Care Center Celebrate Expansions
The Wound Care Center, now located in the former outpatient imaging
area of the hospital, is more than three times the size it was in
its former location. It now has two wound-healing bariatric hyperbaric
oxygen chambers instead of one.
The new ER waiting room, also more than three times its former size,
has a new triage area, security office and two large restrooms.
Hypothermia Treatment used at HRMC Saves Patient’s
On November 2, staff members at Hunt Regional Medical Center, for
the first time, used a treatment that includes cooling a patient’s
body down to prevent neurological damage.
Therapeutic hypothermia treatment was given to the Hunt County resident
using a special cooling wrap that lowered the body temperature to
89 degrees to help prevent damage caused by lack of blood flow to
the brain following cardiac arrest.
David Linder, who lives in the Lake Tawakoni area, was bowling at
DB’s Bowling Alley in Greenville when he went into cardiac
arrest. Bowling partners and DB’s personnel immediately began
CPR on Linder, who wasn’t breathing and was beginning to turn
American Medical Response personnel revived Linder’s heartbeat,
he was stabilized in the emergency department at HRMC and then moved
to the intensive care unit.
It was then determined that hypothermia treatment was an option
Linder was then transferred to Baylor University Medical Center
for further treatment and rehabilitation.
Bras for the Cause a Whopping Success
October 11th, hundreds of ornately decorated bras were displayed
in downtown Greenville for the 4th Annual Bras for the Cause event.
Votes for each bra generated funding for the event. The event benefits
breast cancer survivors in need by providing them with supplies
such as wigs and breast prostheses. The event raised a total of
$65,000 which is administered by the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.
At right, event organizers Janeen Cunningham and Pud Kearns get
ready for Bras for the Cause.
Hunt Regional Open Imaging Unveils New High-Field Open
200 people came to Hunt Regional Open Imaging to see the new high-field
open MRI that is the first of its kind in Northeast Texas.
A high-field open MRI is highly accurate and enables technologists
to obtain high-resolution MR images for virtually any patient, including
children and those who are claustrophobic or obese.
The benefits of magnetic resonance imaging are many, and new applications
are being continually developed through ongoing research. The procedure
is used for all parts of the body and is effective in the clinical
evaluation of conditions such as brain disorders, traumatic injuries,
cardiac issues and infections.
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