IU Health White Memorial has achieved the Pathway to Excellence Designation

Indiana University Health White Memorial joins a premier group of organizations that have received Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

The Pathway designation is a global credential that highlights IU Health White Memorial’s commitment to creating a healthy work environment where nurses feel empowered and valued. IU Health White Memorial ‘s nurses are an integral part of the healthcare team, with a voice in policy and practice. Pathway nurses are engaged, resulting in higher job satisfaction, reduced turnover, improved safety and better patient outcomes.

As a Pathway organization, IU Health White Memorial leads the effort to enhance quality of care, patient and nursing safety and the future of healthcare delivery.

“We are proud to achieve this prestigious accreditation. Our staff has worked tirelessly to achieve this certification and it reflects our dedication to excellent patient care and services,” said Renea Smith, MSN, RN, chief nursing officer for IU Health White Memorial. “In awarding us Pathways to Excellence designation, ANNC has provided us with the opportunity to celebrate the exceptional care we provide to our patients and our commitment to the well-being of our community.”

IU Health Arnett NICU earns Level III accreditation

The Maternal and Child Health Division at the Indiana State Department of Health has granted a Three-Year accreditation to Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital as an Obstetrics Level of Care III and Neonatal Level of Care III. To achieve a Level III accreditation, IU Health Arnett must be equipped to care for complex maternal medical conditions and obstetric complications as well as infants requiring neonatal intensive care. In addition, they must be equipped and prepared to stabilize and transfer maternal and neonatal patients to the level of care appropriate to their medical condition.

Being granted a Level III care program, IU Health Arnett Hospital is committed to maintaining levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care resulting in high-quality care for women and newborns. Patients receiving care at IU Health Arnett Hospital have access to onsite 24/7 care for obstetrics and neonatology services that include highly skilled obstetricians, midwives, neonatologists, neonatal nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, lactation consultants and skilled nursing and support staff.

“We are proud to achieve this prestigious accreditation. Our staff has worked tirelessly to achieve this certification,” said Abhay Singhal, MD, medical director and neonatologist with IU Health Arnett. “We are proud to work with the Indiana State Department of Health to ensure safe and high quality care is delivered to women and newborns”

Exit stage right: New role suits labor and delivery nurse

Kristen Young studied theater in college, but after marrying and having three kids, she traded the limelight for scrubs and the chance to help new moms.

By Maureen Gilmer, IU Health senior journalist, mgilmer1@iuhealth.org

Kristen Young used to think she wanted to have a career on the stage. She loved performing and public speaking, so she decided a degree in theater would be the perfect fit for her.

Young earned that degree, but her career took a sharp turn after college. She married her college love, Mitch, and within a few years, the couple had three children.

Those kids, now ages 10, 9 and 6, are her world. But five years ago, this pastor’s wife – Mitch leads a church on the Northeastside – wondered what her next act would be.

Her youngest was 1 when Young began thinking about going back to school to follow another passion – nursing. As the daughter of a nurse, she initially resisted the idea of following in her mom’s footsteps, but then embraced the challenge.

“I went back to school with the support of my husband, with three little ones at home and a mother-in-law who made dinner once a week so I could study, and I did it.”

After a year as a student nurse at IU Health University Hospital, she started as a labor and delivery nurse at IU Health Methodist Hospital two years ago.

Already, she has collected two Daisy nominations for outstanding nursing and won a Daisy the first year she was on the job.

She knew then that she had found her calling.

“It was the best decision I’ve made and the hardest thing I’ve done ever,” she said. “But I love it. Every day I thank God that I get to come in and do my job.”

When she entered nursing school, she didn’t know for sure that she wanted to do labor and delivery, though she says she loved the nurses she had when she delivered her children.

“I was interested in the area, but I was also interested in NICU. Then I did a little bit of time in the operating room in nursing school and I really enjoyed that. I was also interested in working for Riley.”

All of her passions came together in a way she couldn’t have imagined.

When she interviewed at Methodist, she learned how as a labor and delivery nurse, she might get to be in the OR sometimes, she might do some triage and care for women who’ve had C-sections. When they told her the entire unit would soon be moving to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health when the Mother-Baby Unit opens, she knew this was the job for her.

“It’s everything that I kind of wanted that I didn’t realize could all be in one job.”

While she looks forward to the move to Riley, there is some anxiety about how patients will respond to the transition.

“We just want the best for our patients,” Young said. “But being under the Riley umbrella, there’s a lot of benefit. We deal with the sickest moms and the sickest babies in the state, and having the high-risk OB LifeLine allows us to take care of really sick patients, which means we have NICU babies frequently. The fact that we’ll be able to put mom and baby together (at Riley) is a blessing.”

Other than doing some spoken-word performances for Easter and Christmas pageants at her church, Young doesn’t get to indulge in her love of theater anymore, but her new role as a nurse suits her perfectly.

What COVID-19 means for your previously scheduled IU Health appointments

The health and safety of our patients has always been and continues to be our highest priority. We value the trust you have placed in us and our skilled physicians, nurses, and team members who provide you with the compassionate, safe and quality care you deserve. To ensure the health and safety of all our patients and team members during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’re making adjustments to some of our outpatient appointments.

What will happen with upcoming appointments?

At this time, for the safety of our patients, some appointments may be rescheduled so that our care teams can be available to patients who have immediate needs. If you have an appointment that needs to be rescheduled an IU Health care team member will contact you with more information. For those appointments that cannot be postponed, options will include virtual visits through IU Health Virtual Visits, visits by phone, as well as in-person visits. If we do not contact you to reschedule, please plan to arrive for your appointment at your scheduled time.

Don’t have an appointment in the next few days?

To allow our care team to focus on patients with appointments in the next few days, we kindly ask that patients who do not have appointments within the next 3 days to wait until closer to their appointment day before contacting us. We realize that this can feel frustrating and we are working hard to support all of our patients.

If your appointment is within the next 3 days and you have questions or would like to confirm your appointment please call your doctor’s office. Our full-provider directory can be found here: iuhealth.org/find-providers.

What COVID-19 resources are available?

As COVID-19 continues to impact a growing number of people both here in our communities and abroad, we want you to know we are here for you. To help answer your questions, we’ve created an online resource center. There, you will find helpful information from our expert doctors and clinical team members about steps you can take to prevent the spread of the virus and how to get a free screening if you begin to experience symptoms.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and rest assured that IU Health is monitoring the evolving situation to provide the best possible care for you, your family and your community.

IU Health reschedules elective surgeries, moves many visits to virtual care

Indiana University Health continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To ensure the safety of team members and conserve resources necessary to meet emerging health needs, the following guidance was given to all IU Health providers and team members:

  • Effective immediately, IU Health is rescheduling elective, non-urgent surgeries and procedures at all hospitals and facilities.
  • Primary care and specialty follow-up visits will be conducted virtually or rescheduled.
  • Well-child visits for children 2-years and older will be conducted virtually or rescheduled.
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy visits will be conducted virtually or rescheduled.
  • Health screenings and elective imaging will be rescheduled.

At this time, newborn and well-child visits for children younger than 2-years old will continue in order to complete the primary immunization series.

IU Health began informing team members and patients this morning. Work is also underway to train additional providers to use virtual visit technology.

This weekend, IU Health announced temporary visitor restrictions to protect patients and team members and prevent further spreading.

Feeling anxious? Here are 10 things you can do to calm your fears

Keep your “worry meter” in check during the coronavirus outbreak by taking care of yourself and others. “We know that one of the things that helps with anxiety and depression is when we find a way to be benevolent toward other people. It gets us outside of our own fears.”

By Maureen Gilmer, IU Health senior journalist, mgilmer1@iuhealth.org

The word pandemic strikes fear in many of us. And just like disease, fear is a contagion – quick to spread through families, communities and countries.

We’ve heard the recommendations from health professionals about proper hand hygiene and social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but how can we calm the fear and anxiety that many of us feel as the world shifts beneath our feet?

Vern Farnum, director of Spiritual Care & Chaplaincy for IU Health-Academic Healthcare Center, has some common-sense ideas for quieting our minds in the midst of this crisis.

“We have a tendency to awful-ize – to ramp things up in our minds,” he said.

That’s especially true during uncertain times when we don’t know what the next public announcement will bring.

“Do whatever you can to resist that because it usually leads to poor decision-making. Find any means of reassurance that is helpful,” Farnum said.

During times of crisis in the past, we often turned to sports, theater, concerts and other diversions to help us cope. Now those same options are not available to us. Even many houses of worship have closed out of an abundance of caution. How then can we keep our anxieties at bay?

A few ideas still within reach:

  1. Go for a walk. The fresh air and movement are good for us.
  2. Listen to music. “I’m a big rock and roll person, but sometimes I need to listen to some elevator music,” Farnum said.
  3. Practice yoga or another form of exercise at home.
  4. Meditate.
  5. Pray. The Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd
    Psalm are particularly powerful, Farnum said.
  6. Perhaps most important, stay connected with friends and family either by phone, video chat or social media. Social distancing does not have to mean social isolation, he said.
  7. Reach out to help others. Offer to go to the grocery for older people or for parents of young children, particularly those whose immune systems are compromised. “We know that one of the things that helps with anxiety and depression is when we find a way to be benevolent toward other people,” Farnum said. “It gives us purpose and meaning when we’re feeling anxious. It gets us outside of our own fears.”
  8. Maintain a normal meal and sleep schedule. Fatigue and a poor diet will negatively affect our mood.
  9. Stay informed, but don’t obsess over the news.
  10. If you get anxious, talk with someone who is a calming presence. Avoid feeding off of others’ anxieties.

Jennifer Touw, certified health and wellness coach with Healthy Results, says that while the “right amount” of worry can sharpen our focus and help us anticipate and prepare for danger, too much can make us feel anxious, out of control and even sick.

To keep our “worry meter” in check, she advises the following:

Put a name to your feelings. For example, “I’m having a moment of fear.” Follow that with a compassionate message for yourself such as “hang in there.”

Deep breathing can help trigger your relaxation response. It will give you a moment to pause and separate from anxious thoughts.

Move. If you are feeling keyed up, take a walk or go for a run.

Laugh. By all means, give yourself permission to take a break from the news and have some fun – play a game with your kids, watch a favorite TV show, laugh.

Ask for help. If you are an IU Health employee, consider connecting with a Healthy Results coach to work on stress management (317-963-WELL). If you are a patient or a family member, reach out to your physician.

These are uneasy times, but Farnum remains hopeful.

“The virus will eventually dissipate,” he said. “It will not disappear, but we will get back to a more normal routine. We will recover.”

Frankfort Pulmonary Rehab providing compassionate care

During a recent visit to IU Health Frankfort, president and CEO Dennis Murphy delivered a values-based compliment to Ann Powell and Raimie Wainscott based on a letter received from a patient signing their praises.

The letter read:

I am not much of a writer, a 66-year-old woman with an important message to share. I smoked for 50 years. I managed to stop last December (2018). Of course, not without doing much damage to the lungs. A disease called COPD. I was in the hospital at least 6 times last year. The heart does not react well with sick lungs. At times, I was very sick and frightened.

Dr. Diamond encouraged me to join pulmonary rehab at IU Health Frankfort. The best decision I have made for myself in years.

I was welcomed first by Dawn, the secretary. What a calm heart she has. Then to my surprise came two special women: Ann and Raimie. There is no doubt these ladies were there to not only teach but to comfort. That they have done!

I have been in rehab since December (2018). My breathing has improved, I haven’t been in the hospital this year (2019), and I look forward to the camaraderie twice a week. The vitals are checked first, if they aren’t satisfied, the ladies are right there watching. The workouts are provided for endurance, expansion of the lungs and for easier breathing and much more.

I cannot say enough about the program and Ann and Raimie. Not enough. To let a person with lung disease, know that there is help. The kindness, encouragement and education have pointed me in the right direction of wellness. Thanks ladies!

Thank you, Ann Powell and Raimie Wainscott, for making pulmonary rehab your purpose and for providing such compassionate care. Through our values, you are delivering the best care, designed for our patient.

Coronavirus: Under the Microscope – Pt. 2

Latest on COVID-19:

– IU Health is preparing to begin doing its own testing
– Updated visitor restrictions are now in place to protect patients
– IU Health virtual clinic for free Coronavirus screenings has been used more than 1000 times
– Top IU Health experts are in regular communication with state officials and closely monitoring all CDC guidance

IU Health Implements Updated Temporary Visitor Restrictions

<p>Due to a rise in the number of reported cases of flu and other respiratory viruses, IU Health is limiting visitors at some of its healthcare facilities to prevent further spreading, and to protect patients and staff.</p>
<h2>Facility and Start Date</h2>
<ul><li>IU Health Ambulatory Surgery Centers* – Jan. 20</li><li>IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital – Dec. 13</li><li>IU Health Bedford Hospital – Dec. 30</li><li>IU Health Blackford Hospital – Dec. 13</li><li>IU Health Bloomington Hospital – Dec. 30</li><li>IU Health Jay Hospital – Dec. 13</li><li>IU Health Methodist Hospital – Dec. 20</li><li>IU Health Morgan – Dec. 30</li><li>IU Health North Hospital – Dec. 20</li><li>IU Health Paoli Hospital – Dec. 30</li><li>IU Health Saxony Hospital – Dec. 20</li><li>IU Health Simon Cancer Center – Dec. 20</li><li>IU Health Schwarz Cancer Center – Dec. 20</li><li>IU Health Tipton Hospital – Jan. 6</li><li>IU Health University Hospital – Dec. 20</li><li>IU Health West Hospital – Dec. 20</li><li>Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health – Dec. 20</li></ul>
<p><em><strong>*Only the following locations are limiting visitors:</strong> Ball Outpatient Surgery Center, Beltway Surgery Center, Beltway Surgery Center – Spring Mill, Eagle Highlands Surgery Center, East Washington Surgery Center, Glen Lehman Endoscopy Suite, Indiana Endoscopy Center – Methodist, Indiana Endoscopy Center – Avon, Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, Meridian South Surgery Center, Multi-Specialty Surgery Center, ROC Surgery Center, Saxony Surgery Center and Senate Street Surgery Center</em></p>
<h2><strong>Visitor restrictions* include:</strong> </h2>
<ul>
<li>Only spouses, significant others, parents or legal guardians (18 or older) will be allowed to visit and be on the patient unit (exceptions can be made for end-of-life-situations).</li>
<li>Siblings and children younger than 18 years will not be permitted on patient units.</li>
<li>Patients with flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a surgical or isolation mask.</li>
<li>Patients will not go off their unit, except for testing or therapy; at Riley in Indianapolis, evening visits for inpatients may be arranged in the Child Life Zone.</li>
<li>Visitors who have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills or muscle aches, will not be allowed to visit patients.</li>
<li>Visitors and parents should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the building.</li>
</ul>
<p><em>*IU Health recognizes the role that family plays in a patient’s recovery. Exceptions to the policy may be made under special circumstances.</em></p>

Chiropractor And Acupuncture: Which One To Choose?

When it comes to choosing between chiropractor and acupuncture, people often get confused. Before you make a choice between these two, you have to know about chiropractor and acupuncture properly. First of all, the chiropractic is a procedure that works directly on your nervous system via the spine. But the acupuncture work ton your nervous system to cause some changes in the organ function and circulation of blood. Besides this, there is also similarity between them. The chiropractor and acupuncture can adjust and manipulate the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Both of these procedures are used for treating the problems throughout your body.

Chiropractor vs. acupuncture

When it comes to choosing between chiropractor and acupuncture, it can be confusing for you. Though both of these treatments are used for relieving the pain, acupuncture is popularly recognized as the pain management technique for the physical rehabilitation.

Chiropractic treatment mainly involves a hands-on approach to the examination, diagnosing and treatment of the patient experiencing pain. Have you ever heard of the term spinal manipulation? It is one of the common forms of therapeutic treatment which helps in restoring back the mobility of the joints. This is done by applying some controlled force. The chiropractors are highly trained people who can help you in having a better health by relieving your from pains.

On the other hand, the acupuncture is considered as an alternative medicine. It involves in stimulating some of the points in your body with the help of metallic needles. These needles are inserted into the skin and then they are manipulated by hands. It is mainly used for regulating the flow of energy in your body.

Which one is better?

The chiropractor and acupuncture serves different purposes. Both are quite helpful in relieving pains and help you in relaxing. But it is the procedure of the treatment that differs.  Both are quite effective. Whereas the acupuncture tends to be a bit more expensive, chiropractic treatment are much more affordable. The average cost of acupuncture may vary from $50 to $150 while the cost of the chiropractic treatment may cost you around $20 to $75. The exact amount depends on different factors.

If you have painful back conditions which are not getting cured due to any medicines, then the problem can be musculoskeletal and this can be treated with the help of North OKC chiropractic treatment. The chiropractors used various hands-on techniques to help the patients with their issues. On the other hand, if you feel that you are low in energy and feeling stressed or exhausted, then it is better to choose the acupuncture. It can help you in a smooth flow of the energy throughout your body.

Conclusion

So, if you are confused between chiropractor and acupuncture, you can choose based on your problems. Moreover you can sit with both the pregnancy chiropractic specialist and acupuncture specialist to talk about your problem. In case, your problem can be solved by them, they will assess your issues further and diagnose them. Once it is done, you can choose whether your will need a chiropractic treatment or acupuncture.