From the CEO, Fred J. Meis
Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year celebration and were able to spend some time with family and friends. It is hard to believe we are beginning a new year but “2016” has arrived. As we are moving into a new year it is worth a look back over “2015” and some accomplishments made during the year. The Long Term Care project was completed for the most part with a few minor exceptions and turned out great allowing for a new restorative area for our residents and office space for our staff plus a new conference room. The solarium also has a new fireplace and new furniture and seating area. We also added a new IT area to serve the new long term care addition. The completion of this project was made possible with the help of the Kearney County Medical Foundation who helped with the financing. In “2015” we also completed the installation of the facility wide water filtration system. The transition to Healthland Centriq was also a huge undertaking this past year and continues to be updated as we move forward. As of this writing Long Term Care is still awaiting their annual state survey. It appears the state is running behind on the surveys but I am sure they will come sooner or later to complete the survey.
To date Kearney County Health Services is in good financial shape as we move into “2016.” We have stronger reserves than we have had for many years. We are looking forward to the addition of Dr. Andy Craig as he joins our Medical Staff team this year and has already worked in the clinic at various times. This will give us a full Medical Staff here at KCHS. We continue to hire nurses and nurse aides as we are able and will continue to fill out our staffing in Long Term Care and Acute. This continues to be a challenge. The CEO search continues as well. In the meantime I will continue on as the CEO.
~ Fred J. Meis, CEO
Employee of the Month
January - Lindsay Olson (Business Office)
Lindsay Olson was chosen as the January Employee of the Month! She works in the Business Office. She has been employed at KCHS for 3 years. Lindsay was nominated for Employee of the Month because she shows professionalism at Kearney County Health Services. Lindsay is always friendly and cheerful. She greets patients, residents, visitors, and coworkers with a smile. Lindsay helps patients and visitors get to where they need to be and visits with them along the way. Moreover, Lindsay goes out of her way to help coworkers. Lindsay is kind, caring, and has positive attitude. Congratulations Lindsay for being chosen as the January Employee of the Month! Thank you for all that you do for the patients, residents, and staff at KCHS.
Stay Connected - WiFi Available at KCHS
For the convenience of our residents, patients and their visitors, KCHS launched wireless internet service (WiFi). The complimentary wireless access is available throughout the KCHS campus including LTC resident’s rooms, LTC solarium and dining room, hospital patient rooms and lobbies. To use the service, open your wireless device and a login screen will appear. Since the service is password protected, visitors will need to obtain the password. The nurses staff will be glad to assist you.
Welcome New Employees!
Christine Bochart, RN - Acute Care