Worland Area News 11-13-18

Written by on November 13, 2018

Washakie Medical Center (WMC) was awarded a 2018 Hospital Quality Excellence Award by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health during this years’ Wyoming Hospital Association Annual Meeting and Convention in Casper.
To earn the award, hospitals had to meet six categories of criteria, including antibiotic stewardship elements, patient and family engagement activities, care coordination elements and leadership qualities. Awardees also had to exhibit strong leadership support for providing quality care.
WMC is one of seven hospitals honored during this year’s Wyoming Quality Health Care Conference and has received the award for the past three years.
Quote, “This award is more of a reflection on the quality of our employees here. It recognizes the commitment of our team members to quality and excellence for the overall patient experience.” End quote, said LeGay Naseath, chief nursing officer at Washakie Medical Center.
WMC is also growing specialty services for the community, allowing patients to receive high-quality care without driving long distances. Two of those specialties include cancer as well as foot and ankle care with the recent additions of oncologist Samuel Abuerreish, MD, and podiatrist, Geoffrey Kraemer, MD.

A Big Horn Basin Hospital may be partnering with Billings Clinic. Wendy Corr from our Cody News Desk with the story.
Powell Valley Healthcare is considering the idea of becoming an affiliate of Billings Clinic.
At a special meeting last Monday night, the Powell Valley Healthcare Board of Trustees voted unanimously to explore an affiliation with the Billings-based health care organization. That’s according to an article in the Powell Tribune.
Powell Valley Health Care Board President R.J. Kost said he believes this is affiliation could open the door for new ventures in the future, but no immediate changes are in the works. Leaders from both the Billings Clinic and Powell Valley said it could take a year to work out the details of what the potential partnership would look like.
Although no final decisions have been made, board members from Powell Valley Health Care expressed their enthusiasm for the idea, which would allow for local residents to get more of their medical care closer to home, and would streamline patient care.

The University of Wyoming’s top education official says its plan to improve the College of Education will need $18 million to $20 million in initial funding to overhaul the state’s system of producing teachers.
The Laramie Boomerang reports Ray Reutzel, the institution’s dean of education, says the overhaul also would require $1 million annually in recurring funds.
Reutzel says the biggest adjustment his college needs is to make its students more ready to teach in Wyoming’s classrooms.
A major part of the plan is the get rid of the conventional student teaching system in favor of yearlong internships at school districts.
As part of Reutzel’s college’s future curriculum, aspiring teachers will work with virtual simulators that put them in difficult teaching situations. The university’s Board of Trustees launched the Education Initiative in 2014.

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