Health and Wellness Information
Transitional Care Management
In an effort to reduce costly hospital readmissions and to keep patients at home in their own beds, the Sleepy Eye Medical Center (SEMC) developed Transitional Care Management (TCM). TCM assist individuals in maintaining his or her prescribed health regimens and improve patient care and outcomes as he or she transitions from hospital to home. TCM provides assistance with a safe transition home for patients hospitalized with diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other chronic illnesses. It fills an important gap in healthcare delivery as they navigate through the healthcare system.
Wendy Borth, RN, TCM is the manager for SEMC TCM program and helps facilitate access to other community services and do chronic case management based on the needs of the patient and his or her care giver. “I collaborate with physicians and other members of the healthcare team to streamline the plan of care based on goals identified by the patient.”
The Transitional Care Manager guides the patient in the following areas:
• Medication review for accuracy and education
• Education about the illness to support improved self-management
• Identification of early warning signs and when to call a doctor
• Indentifying and linking with community resources
“TCM is a 30-day program where the TCM nurse visits the patient in the hospital on the day of discharge, follows up with a phone call in two working days, has a face-to-face visit with the patient’s physician and makes weekly phone calls to answer questions and assist with referrals as needed,” said Borth.
For more information about TCM contact Wendy Borth at 507-794-8436.
News, Events and Information
Polina Rivera Named 2013 Employee of the Year
Kevin Sellheim, CEO and administrator of Sleepy Eye Medical Center presents the 2013 Employee of the Year Award to Polina Rivera, RN.
In a recent ceremony at Sleepy Eye Medical Center (SEMC), Polina Rivera, RN, was named Employee of the Year for 2013. Rivera is a charge nurse on the hospital care staff and started working at SEMC in November 2011. Candidates for Employee of the Year are nominated by SEMC employees and selected based on a point system.
“Polina is an extremely dedicated and hard working nurse and well-deserving of this award,” said Kevin Sellheim, CEO and administrator, SEMC. “She is friendly and always has a smile and a cooperative attitude even at the end of a long shift. We receive nothing but positive feedback from our patients that have had care provided by Polina and she is especially good with new mothers and their babies. We are fortunate to have someone with her skills and cheerful disposition providing care at SEMC.”
Riviera resides in Redwood Falls with her husband Raymond and two sons, Caleb and Andrei.
SEMC Physicians Achieve FMCSA Certification
After May 21, 2014 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all medical examiners who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial vehicle (CMV) drivers, such as truck and bus drivers, maintain a valid certification to conduct these exams. Currently Dr. James Joyce and Family Nurse Practitioner Sue Ahlness have been certified and it is anticipated that Dr. Adam Armbruster, Dr. Harman Dhaliwal and Dr. V.K.V. Murthy will soon be certified.
To become certified, a physician or nurse practitioner must complete required training on FMCSA’s physical qualification standards for drivers, pass the FMCSA Medical Examiner Certification test to demonstrate knowledge of FMCSA’s physical qualification standards and complete refresher training every five years and recertification testing every 10 years.
“We are trained to evaluate such things as field of vision, the physical ability to get into a truck cab, change a tire or adjust a load,” said Sue Ahlness, family nurse practitioner, SEMC. “We also screen for chronic health problems such as a heart condition, insulin dependent diabetes or a history of seizures, anything that would put a driver at risk for an accident. We also discuss medications and side effects of prescribed drugs and over-the-counter drugs with the driver.”
Exam results are reported to a national database and drivers are required to carry a card showing that they have successfully completed a physical exam and are medically qualified to drive a commercial vehicle. In addition, FMCSA has established an online national registry of examiners certified to conduct physical exams.
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The third Tuesday of every month, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
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2014 Prenatal Classes
April 1, 8, 15, 2014
October 7, 14, 21, 2014
All classes start at 7:00 p.m.
• Breathing and Relaxation Exercises
To register contact Pattie Pelzel
• Labor and Delivery
• Breast Feeding