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LeConte Medical Center Named Among “100 Great Community Hospitals” in the U.S.
Mark Your Calendars!
Covenant Health Hospitals Receive “A” Grades in Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Ratings
Making a Splash in our Community
Now Accepting Appointments for 3D Mammography at LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center
Patient and Family Partnership Councils
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LeConte Medical Center has been included on a 2016 national list of “100 Great Community Hospitals” compiled by Becker’s Hospital Review.
The Becker’s editorial team selected community hospitals around the country based on rankings and awards from a variety of healthcare organizations, including iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, CareChex, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Leapfrog Group. Hospitals on the list have earned recognition from one or more of these organizations.
Becker’s defines a community hospital as one with fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs. “The hospitals on this list are spread across the country, some not far from major metro areas and some in rural communities. Regardless of location or whether they are affiliated with a major system, these hospitals are vital parts of their respective communities,” said Becker’s in a press release.
“We are pleased that our hospital has been recognized by yet another national organization,” said Jenny Hanson, LeConte’s president and chief administrative officer. “Our hospital staff strives for excellence in quality clinical care, patient safety, and the patient experience.” She added that LeConte Medical Center is becoming well known for facilities and services that are “above and beyond.”
“We offer excellent diagnostic technology, such as our 64-slice CT scanner. We have a cardiac cath lab, four surgical suites, and two endoscopy suites,” she noted. LeConte Medical Center also is home to the Dolly Parton Birthing Unit, the Dolly Parton Center for Women’s Services, and the only hospital-based sleep disorders center in Sevier County. Thompson Cancer Survival Center-Sevier is also located on the campus. The medical center has been nationally recognized for its attractive facilities and comfortable patient care environment.
As a member of Covenant Health, the hospital is able to offer direct access to specialists and services throughout the region’s largest healthcare system. “Our patients have access to advanced care and medical innovations close to home,” Hanson said. “We’re well-equipped to serve the needs of our growing community.”
“We are proud of the quality of care and the staff dedication at LeConte and at hospitals throughout the Covenant Health system,” said Mike Belbeck, Covenant Health executive vice president of operations. “It’s always gratifying to have their hard work and a heartfelt commitment to excellence recognized on a national level.”
Becker’s has published a version of the list annually since 2011. Becker’s Hospital Review offers up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Each issue of Becker’s Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs. The full list of 100 Great Community Hospitals can be found at http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/100-great-community-hospitals-2016.
Lambert’s Uniform Sale
July 19 & 20
7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join LeConte volunteers for this special benefit sale featuring uniform scrubs, shoes, and other accessories. The sale will be held in the hospital classrooms. Parking available in Lot A.
Evening of Elegance: Days of Wine and Roses
Saturday, Aug. 13
Join the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation for its annual formal fundraiser held at the Sevierville Convention Center. For more information or to reserve your tickets call (865) 446-9628.
Five Covenant Health Facilities Earn Top Safety Ratings
LeConte Medical Center, Fort Loudoun Medical Center, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Methodist Medical Center and Roane Medical Center have received “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Scores, ranking the hospitals among the safest in the U.S.
“Patient safety and a constant focus on the quality of care we provide are top priorities for Covenant Health,” said Mike Belbeck, executive vice president of operations. “We are pleased that five Covenant hospitals received Leapfrog’s highest scores, and we will continue to focus on patient safety as part of our ongoing commitment to excellence in all aspects of patient care.”
“Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization focused on the quality and safety of American health care. The group’s Hospital Safety Score assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Scores are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with hospitals as well as information about two of the most common infections, C. diff and MRSA.
“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores are one of many measurement tools that give us useful information about our hospitals’ performance. Along with other publicly available reports, these tools can offer patients and consumers helpful information related to hospital care,” said Jim VanderSteeg, Covenant Health president and CEO.
To see the full scores and to access consumer-friendly tips related to hospital safety, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also follow The Hospital Safety Score on social media and download the free Hospital Safety Score app for mobile devices.
LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center is pleased to now offer 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis. With standard mammography – or 2D mammography – the detection of breast cancer can be made more difficult by the limits of the “flat” imagery. These limitations allow some breast cancers to hide behind healthy tissue, while normal tissues, stacked on top of each other, may create a shadowy or cloudy image which can appear to be cancer.
With 3D mammography, the images of the breast are taken in slices which present a more three-dimensional visual of the breast. The radiologist can see all around and between the breast tissues with greater clarity than ever before.
Digital breast tomosynthesis uses a low-dose, short X-ray sweep around the compressed breast with only nine low-dose exposures. This technique is designed to provide crisp and distinct images that do not overlap one another, which represents a limiting factor in standard 2D mammography. However, the dosing of this unique technique is equivalent to that of the 2D mammography while providing a higher level of quality imaging.
Similarly, the screening routine for 3D mammography is no different than for 2D. Preparation tasks such as not wearing deodorant or jewelry are the same, as is the positioning of the breast during the actual exam. The differences relate only to the quality of the finished images.
Because of this higher quality imaging, 3D mammography is also beneficial for women with dense breasts. Women with dense breasts are between four to six times more likely to develop breast cancer; however, for these women, cancer detection can be more challenging—especially with the limitations of traditional mammography. Now, this unique three-dimensional screening provides the same clinical applications as traditional mammography for any type of breast, including dense breasts, but with more defined images which may help to detect cancer earlier.
Currently, 3D mammography is covered by Medicare and some other insurances – but not all. To ensure coverage, you should check with your insurance provider. If insurance coverage is not available, the upfront cost is $80 – split as two separate fees: a $35 fee from LeConte Medical Center and a $45 radiology fee. You have a choice between choosing 3D or 2D mammography for your screening. LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center is one of several Covenant Health Breast Centers of Excellence to begin offering this advanced screening tool.
To schedule your 3D mammogram appointment, call LeConte Comprehensive Breast Center at (865) 446-8000.
Where the conversation and the care connect
Covenant Health and LeConte Medical Center are excited to announce the creation of a new patient and family-centered advocacy council aimed at enhancing the delivery of care for all involved. When the voices of patients, loved ones and clinicians can all be heard, the conversation – and the care – become connected.
This 12-person council is now forming and applications for external (patient/family members) and internal (hospital) members are currently being accepted. Every application will go through a review process and, if selected, an interview session will be scheduled to determine the right fit for the overall group dynamic.
Council members will meet regularly to discuss local healthcare issues – and work collaboratively on projects of significant impact to the hospital and community care needs.
If you would like to learn more about the process and/or to receive an application, please call 865.446.7500 or visit www.lecontemedicalcenter.com/application to fill out an application online. Participation is completely voluntary and council members will not receive monetary compensation for their time.
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