WESTERN PLAINS, MONTH – Teamwork takes place in the Ozarks every day. From baseball fields and rodeo arenas to family farms and classrooms, the people of the Ozarks use teamwork around the clock to work and play. The concept of teamwork also extends to the professional world, particularly in the field of health.
Celebrated annually on March 30, National Physician’s Day is a time to highlight the dedication and medical talent of physicians across the country. On this Doctors Day, Ozarks Healthcare commemorates the teamwork that is used between local doctors to treat and bring patients to a better quality of life. Although some of the collaborative efforts between physicians may not always be apparent to the naked eye, there is always communication between physicians and their staff to ensure prompt and effective care. When seconds count in healthcare, it’s this kind of teamwork that can save lives.
Ozarks Healthcare physicians from all departments agree that communication between physicians and all levels of staff is at the forefront of successful teamwork in healthcare.
“Communication between providers is the most important aspect of providing excellent patient care,” said Dr. Kendell Clarkston, hospital director at Ozarks Healthcare. “This sharing of information between doctors, nurses, practical nurses, dietary services and others is essential to provide transparent, efficient and best practice care in our hospital. This reduces errors and keeps everyone on the same page regarding the patient’s treatment plan. »
Weekly and often daily “huddles” are a part of life at Ozarks Healthcare, from hospital wards to outlying rural health clinics. Huddles may not be as common in large healthcare systems, but according to Dr. William McGee, Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Ozarks Healthcare, the entire healthcare system benefits greatly from being sufficiently small to communicate so closely.
“Providers rely heavily on the assessments, professional skills and intuition of our staff to convey to us the areas of patient care that need to be addressed,” McGee said. “These lines of communication are vital as we review and act on large volumes of data. Our nursing department has daily “caucuses” as they respond to the immediate and upcoming needs of their patients. This form of information sharing frequently includes physicians and administrative staff.
The bond between physicians at Ozarks Healthcare also plays a role in the full spectrum of patient care within the healthcare system. Because of their proximity to each other and their reliance on each other’s expertise, Ozarks Healthcare physicians know when and how to best lean on each other.
“It’s rare that on a day when I’m at work, I’m not in communication with my fellow physicians to discuss the needs of one of my patients, or I might discuss the needs of theirs,” McGee said. . “It doesn’t just happen when the sun is up – it can happen at any time. It’s comforting to know that you can reach out to your colleagues at any time and have a thorough and insightful discussion about an issue you may be having with one of your patients.
Having unity in healthcare means being on the same page with the use of certain platforms and technologies. In an ever-changing world of technology, physicians at Ozarks Healthcare are constantly reviewing the best forms of communication and discussing what improvements can be made for the most effective patient care.
“When a patient sees a specialist, they may leave with referrals to one, two or sometimes three other providers as the specialist’s assessment determines other areas of need that need to be addressed to enable a full return to health. “McGee said. “We providers communicate with each other through multiple means, such as phone calls, e-communications, team bedside reviews, specialty conferences, and always the ‘curbside chat’ when physicians meet in corridors. »
The electronic health record (EHR) system used by Ozarks Healthcare providers and staff, also known as MEDITECH Expanse, recently won top honors from KLAS Research, a leading research company on information technologies (IT) in the field of health. Medical providers and staff can see what has been done for a patient from the time they enter the Ozarks Healthcare emergency department, receive hospital care, undergo surgery, and complete follow-up appointments, in a simplified electronic system. Additional outpatient services, such as Ozarks Healthcare Wound Care, have also been added to the Ozarks Healthcare EHR, simplifying physicians’ approach to recording and reading patient medical histories.
“Due to the nature of their disease, some of our patients may be seen by other physicians to treat other conditions associated with chronic wounds, such as diabetes and limited physical mobility,” said Dr Magdy Giurgius. , general surgeon and provider at Ozarks Healthcare Wound. Careful, says. “We rely on data from our physician colleagues to better diagnose and treat the overall well-being of our patients. Our consistent use of our EHR is part of the teamwork we use every day to lead our patients to healthier lifestyles.
Ozarks Healthcare’s diverse group of more than 60 physicians and 30 mid-level providers has hundreds of years of collective experience around the world. This means that global passions for healthcare come together every day in the Ozarks to care for the Ozarks Healthcare community.
“For a community our size, I’ve never seen such a concentration of expertise and specialty in one place,” McGee said. “Not only can we practice at such a high level the medicine we love in a facility equipped with the latest medical technology; we also get to see the results of these efforts. A healthy community is more prosperous, vibrant, productive, innovative, culturally rich and a better place to live.
Teamwork is ingrained in the culture of Ozarks Healthcare. In fact, it is one of the seven core values of the health care system. In addition to teamwork, responsibility, superior service, integrity, compassion, enthusiasm and respect are values that all employees are committed to integrating into their roles at Ozarks Healthcare.
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