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Medical Guide 2011

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Hospital celebrates record run By CHIP THOMPSON DN editor Only one hospital in California has been named a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospital five consecutive years, and the administration at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital took time to thank the staff for its part in the success. President Jon Halfhide said the record fifth award is especially meaningful to the hospital. “There are a lot of awards out there, but this one is objective,” Halfhide said, at a barbecue lunch for the hos- pital staff Wednesday. Based on numerical data, the Thomson Reuter award is based strictly on results, and winning it consecutively means there can be no drop off in scores across the board. “The quality you’ve achieved here, it doesn’t happen by accident,” Halfhide said during brief remarks to the staff. “Is your work a job or a calling? If it wasn’t a calling, you wouldn’t be getting the results you are.” To make sure as many staff members as possible get to share in the honor, Halfhide said nine employee forums are being held this week — National Nurses Week. Among the improvements over the last year are Dr. Riico Dotson and the Orthopedic Sports Medicine clinic, which works with high school athletes to promote injury prevention; Dr. Curtis Wong, who offers plastic surgery; and a minimally-invasive treatment for acid reflux. “They’re bringing new things to the area that help Tehama County stay on the cutting edge,” Halfhide said. The hospital is in the process of fundraising for a fetal heart rate monitoring system that will allow doctors to monitor heartbeats via smart phones. The system is in place at Mercy Medical Center in Redding and fundraising events are being planned in Tehama County for the local need. Halfhide read a statement from Catholic Healthcare West President and CEO Lloyd Dean, who was unable to attend. “You have demonstrated what CHW stands for: Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need,” Dean’s letter said. St. Elizabeth Community Hospital President Jon Halfhide addresses staff members during a luncheon to celebrate a record-setting fifth year on the Thomson Reuter 100 Top Hospital list. Daily News photo by Chip Thompson 6 2011 - Tehama County Medical Guide

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