Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital (SGCMH) personnel have had the opportunity to share some remarkable successes with a much wider audience.

Dr. Erika Leung, a doctor of internal medicine and geriatrics who came to SGCMH in August of 2018, and Hirschell Parker, executive director of quality and risk management for SGCMH, have both made presentations to medical associations on successful programs implemented at the hospital.

Leung, who has worked at considerably larger hospitals, was excited to see the amount of research being done at SGCMH to improve patient outcomes.

“One of the most fun things was meeting Hirschell and seeing how much work he has done for the hospital in his new position,” Leung said. “Brainstorming with him and looking at how much data the hospital has on outcome improvement and just looking at what we’ve been working on in the last few years made me want to share some of this information.”

She has gotten that opportunity.

Leung made a presentation on the research at the American Geriatric Society in Portland, Oregon, this year.

“It was an honor for us,” Leung said. “I think we sometimes think we’re little and we’re small, but we’re kind of mighty, too.”

Meanwhile, SGCMH was one of 13 hospitals selected to take part in a white paper for performance  improvement by the American Hospital Association (AHA).

In February, Parker made a  presentation in an AHA convention in Phoenix, Arizona, on the fall-risk bundle and fall-risk protocol.

“It goes back to the team,” Parker said. “It’s not us.”

“I think it’s important to focus on everybody behind it,” Leung said. “I think the credit needs to be pushed out to the nurses, the aides, the respiratory therapists, the occupational therapists, the discharge planning team, the physicians.”

See complete story in the August 7 edition of the Herald.