RPMH preps for survivors’ luncheon

Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital (RPMH) is gearing up for their annual Breast Cancer Survivors’ Luncheon this Friday, with early numbers showing a large crowd coming together for the cause.An early preview of the event was given as part of the Administrator’s Report given by Donna Boatright during the Nolan County Hospital District Board of Directors’ meeting held on Monday night, October 22 at RPMH. As of Monday night, over 50 reservations have been received for the Friday luncheon.The guest speaker at the gathering will be Charlotte Brooks, who is a breast cancer survivor herself. The luncheon is just one way the hospital is bringing awareness to the disease, as they continue their second year of the Field of Pink initiative, where pink stakes are placed on the lawn outside of the hospital to raise funds for breast cancer research.The Field of Pink is just one way that the hospital’s Community Outreach Team works together to help empower all staff members. Coming up, a food drive will be held, with a goal to collect 1,000 cans of food for the RPMH food bank.Also included in the report, RPMH has been able to conduct patient satisfaction surveys through a free, immediate response program. The survey is on a laptop--making it mobile, which allows patients to easily complete if they choose.Already, 254 responses have been given, with a majority of the feedback noted as positive for several departments. The real-time data gives the hospital a chance to praise specific staff as well as learn how to improve other areas.In addition, Boatright noted that as open enrollment for Medicare continues, she hopes to inform citizens on the facts by offering community education through a partnership with administration from the hospital in Perryton.The hospital is additionally planning an event to coincide with their upcoming policy to make RPMH a smoke-free campus starting on January 1, 2013. In November, the hospital will take part in the Great American Smokeout.The event will take the place of the monthly Lunch and Learn seminar; last month’s seminar was presented by Dr. Ellen Walthall, who is the new chief of medical staff. Walthall was in attendance at the meeting to give the Medical Staff report to the board, which included an update on the past seminar held on cancer screenings and prevention. She also shared that a recent CPSI presentation was held, which helps with documentations and enhances physician compliance.