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From the monthly archives: June 2010

While you can order a brisket or pulled pork sandwich or a barbecue plate, what sets Denison’s Old Mining Camp apart are the innovative things Darrell and Rebecca Harris come up with to utilize their smoked meats.

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These delicious sandwiches look as good as they taste. Stuffed with flavorful spices, every ingredients brings something to the table. Rosemary olive oil, garlic, salami and the roasted chicken fit nicely between slices of your favorite artisan bread.

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With our Safe Place Infant Abduction System we protect our youngest patients more effectively, monitoring infant and pediatric patients assigned to the Women and Children Center. Kids will be kids, and the system is designed to alert the staff when our curious and energetic pediatric patients get to close to an exit, when new parents wander too close to exit doors, or if security bands are tampered with or removed without authorization. These actions trigger a complete lock down of the unit to include the elevators.

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Anxiety and nervousness sometimes play a role in a dog’s behavior while it’s at the groomers, but Lamb’s persistence and consistency help ease new clients. “No muzzles here. Love, patience, and patience work 98 percent of the time. We like for a groomer to have the same dog each time, which helps them get comfortable and easier to handle. Biting is an occupational hazard, but we don’t keep aggressive dogs here.”

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With a consistent flooring color palette as a foundation, the designers created a neutral palette of base wall colors and a different set of accent colors for each floor. Finding one’s way in a large building such as a hospital can be difficult and place-making can create “visual landmarks” or architectural elements that are easily identifiable among typically repetitive corridors.

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For caregiver communication, technology is the nurse’s friend. A sophisticated patient call system has features that allow patients to better convey their requests to the nurse. The nurse-call hand-held device has message options. The patient can press either a general request button or need-specific button for pain medication, water or toileting requirements. The call system has specific tones to alert the staff. Long gone are the days of the “call bell.” When life-threatening emergencies occur, nurses have only to press a nearby button to activate the hospital’s emergency response team.

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TMC: The Big Move

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The hospital moves patients from one floor to another every day, and ambulances transport patients regularly, but moving an entire hospital all at once was clearly out of the ordinary. TMC treated the move as if we had been hit with a significant disaster and had to do a full patient evacuation.

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Faithful to our vision, embracing our objectives of safety, compassionate care, and efficiency, we met our goal: operating rooms designed for patient safety in a staff-friendly futuristic environment. This was accomplished by high-level integration systems, shelving suspended from the ceiling to house equipment for surgical cases, high-definition video, flat-panel monitors, state-of- the art LED lights with cameras, computers, automated medication delivery systems, in-room video monitoring and direct access communication to a secure station.

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TMC: Pharmacy

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Almost every patient admitted to TMC will receive at least one medication during their stay. In fact, we dispense approximately 1.6 million doses of medication annually. That’s almost 4,000 doses a day.

And with over 3,000 different medications in TMC Pharmacy Department, you can understand why our motto is “Think Patient Safety First.” It is [...]

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The primary focus of Environmental Services is cleaning the facility, which is an around-the-clock responsibility. At any given time, EVS Techs, as they are called, can be found cleaning anything from a patient room to a public restroom and lots of flooring in between. Although the types of areas to be cleaned vary widely, the goal remains the same, to provide a clean environment that is safe from an infection-control perspective and one that is aesthetically appealing.

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