Crawford Memorial Hospital is preparing a big celebration for the completion of the new Oblong Rural Health Clinic.
The hospital is planning a public open house and cookout at the facility which could be open as soon as June 30.
In the meantime, the staff and CMH board also are celebrating a successful accreditation inspection and steps made to increase patient and employee safety.
Chief Executive Officer Don Annis said the new clinic, on the west side of Oblong, will offer more space and more health care providers than the current facility.
The open house will be 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17. The current clinic will June 26 and 27 so the staff can get moved in before the June 30 opening.
Annis was also pleased with the outcome of a surprise inspection by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. During their meeting Wednesday, Annis told hospital board members the four-member inspection team was "very complimentary" of CMH, as were the patients they spoke with. The hospital will be re-accredited for another three years.
"I'm quite proud of our staff," Annis said.
Also during the meeting, Safety Officer Jed Holt and Chief Nursing Officer Sandra Burtron talked about ongoing efforts to create a "culture of safety" at CMH. Goals include decreasing the number of employee injuries and illnesses, as well as increased patient safety.
As part of that, Pharmacy Director Kelly Meeks has become the first member of the Safety Committee to receive certification as a Professional in Patient Safety.
The nationally-recognized CPPS credential distinguishes health care professional who meet the competency requirements in the areas of patient safety science and human factors engineering and who demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to effectively plan and implement patient safety initiatives.
Five other members of the Safety Committee are preparing to take the certification exam.
In other business, the board learned that work is continuing on surgical wing renovations. It is believed the wing will be ready for inspection by the Illinois Department of Public Health in three weeks. In a related matter, the board approved $174,000 in change orders that cropped up during the course of the project.
With work on the surgical wing and Oblong clinic winging down, the hospital is looking at what other projects still need done. Employees recently met with architect David Johnson and representatives of American Health Facilities Development to update CMH's facility master plan. A full report will be given at the July board meeting.
Board members also learned a promotional campaign is being prepared for the Magnolia Center, CMH's long-term care unit.