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Annual Report: Health & Public Service

March 22, 2010

Area hospitals tout advances

Improvements keep care on cutting edge

ANDERSON­, Ind. — Better technology is only part of the picture when it comes to improving health care in Madison County. Here’s a look at what’s new and improved at the county’s three hospitals.

Community Hospital

President and CEO Dr. William VanNess II said the hospital’s cardiac care has improved with the addition of a coronary interventionist who practices at Community through a partnership with Indiana Heart Hospital. That has allowed Community to treat more serious narrowings of heart arteries.

It often allows people suffering chest pain to have treatment within what VanNess called “the gold standard” of 90 minutes.”You’ll stop the heart attack and stop any damage to the heart muscle,” he said.

Community also has implemented a new system called Vocera that allows doctors, nurses and staff to communicate around the hospital with one another through hands-free devices.

VanNess said Community has upgraded its MRI for improved imaging, and made it more comfortable for people with claustrophobia. Big goggles and earphones let the patient watch TV or videos while the procedure is taking place. MRIs also can now be done with a quick-acting, short-term anesthesia.

Community has opened a wound-care clinic and an anti-coagulation clinic, and VanNess said the hospital’s research center continues to help bring phramaceuticals and devices to market. “We’re continuing to grow and we’re very excited about that,” he said.

Saint John’s

Medical Center

Saint John’s Health System President Tom VanOsdol cited three key areas where the hospital has made advances in the past year — electronic health records and medication bar coding, joint replacement and care at the Saint John’s Cancer Center.

VanOsdol said prescriptions are now enetered electronically by doctors, so that errors are “engineered out of the system. Saint John’s is farther advanced than 99 percent or so of the other hospitals our size throughout the country” in computerizing prescription entries.

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