‘Patient-centered’
T SHAPIRO Terry Shapiro

Ivinson Memorial Hospital was recognized for providing outstanding extended care this month when it received the Recognition of Quality Excellence Award.

Mountain-Pacific Quality Health — a nonprofit dedicated to improving patient care — presented the award to IMH’s Extended Care Facility, which was one of 10 Wyoming nursing homes to receive the honor.

The facility provides recovering patients with sub-acute short-term care, giving them a chance to regain their strength before leaving the hospital, said Chris Hogan, the facility’s director.

“We try to set it up as more of a home setting,” Hogan said. “So, they get dressed, they come to the dining room to eat — you know, kind of getting out of the room, getting out of that sick mode.”

Recipients of the excellence award are decided by data collected from patient assessments. These assessments take into account patients’ functional improvement, pain management and whether patients are discharged into the community, back into a hospital or into a nursing home.

“So, this reward actually comes from patient specific data that shows their improvement and we do very well,” Hogan said.

She added having the Extended Care Facility in IMH itself was a huge benefit to its patients.

“Especially for patients that come from our hospital, they’re able to just move up to the third floor to continue their rehab,” Hogan said. “We do get referrals from Colorado and Cheyenne, but it’s primarily for the residents of Laramie. It’s a good service that they can get without leaving town to get it.”

The patient-centered staff also contributes to the success of IMH’s Extended Care Facility, Hogan said.

“We have a great staff,” she said. “They’re attentive (and) they work toward goals that patients have set.”

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