Monday, January 25, 2016

JCH Recently Named Guy Spangler as the New Emergency Room Manager

Guy Spangler, New Emergency Room Manager at JCH

Guy Spangler began his career in the medical field with a job in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in 1986.  While working in EMS, he decided to advance his education by enrolling in Barnes Hospital School of Nursing.  After graduating from nursing school in 1991, Guy began his nursing career at Barnes Hospital Cardiothoracic ICU and eventually transferred to the Emergency Room.  Throughout his career, he has worked in Trauma Centers as well as small community hospitals.  Guy spent 5 years with Arch Air Medical Service as a Flight Nurse and Medical Supervisor before accepting a position at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Missouri as Assistant Manager of the Emergency Department.  After 9 years as Assistant Manager, Guy was promoted to the Manager of the Emergency Department, where he spent the last two and a half years.

                “I have always enjoyed working in smaller hospitals and really love the “family atmosphere” that a community hospital has. JCH has that family atmosphere that I was looking for.”  Guy’s philosophy as stated: “I am a true believer that positive Patient Satisfaction is key to a successful department.  We already have a wonderful staff in the Emergency Department that also shares this philosophy.  I want our patients to leave our Emergency Department with a good and positive feeling.  I invite our community to come to the ER and see for yourself.”   

                Guy presently lives in Brighton with his wife Jennifer and their 3 children.  Jennifer is the President of Altonized Community Federal Credit Union in Alton and their children attend Southwestern schools. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

JCH Scored by CMS as Among Safest Hospitals in the Region for Surgical Procedures

Jersey Community Hospital (JCH) recently earned a score of a 1.5, which was the best among all hospitals in this region. The best score a hospital could achieve in the Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program is a score of 1 with a 10 being the worst score possible. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ranks HAC nationally, including 125 hospitals in Illinois.  JCH performed as one of the top 5 Illinois hospitals by achieving one of the lowest scores and becoming a top performer by preventing hospital acquired conditions. 

Julie Smith, RN, MSN, Director of Patient Care and Infection Prevention explains “Infection prevention is a daily goal at JCH. I am so proud of the excellent work by our staff.” 
Public reporting of HACs is an important way to educate consumers and the public on hospital performance and demonstrates CMS’ commitment to ensuring the accuracy and transparency of data that are publicly available.

The Affordable Care Act established the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program to improve the safety of patients who are admitted into a hospital.  CMS began reducing payments to hospitals that rank in the worst quartile when compared to other hospitals with respect to hospital-acquired conditions.  These condition include:

  • Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI)
  • Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)
  • Surgical Site Infections

The HAC results also include the Patient Safety Indicators (PSI-90) score given by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This score includes eight different measures including pressure ulcers, hospital caused pneumothorax, and surgical complications. AHRQ is designed to improve outcomes and quality of healthcare, reduce cost, address patient safety and medical errors and broaden access to effective services. In 2017, the measures will expand to include MRSA and C. Diff. infections.

Additionally, CMS recently released a report naming JCH as one of the top 10 cleanest hospitals in the state of Illinois.  These two recognitions are closely correlated and reinforce the hard work of JCH physicians and staff in creating an excellent facility that meets the healthcare needs of our community.