Monday, July 12, 2010

Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week: Support for a Second Chance

Together, the Chief Adult Probation Officer and the Director of
Juvenile Court Services for Pinal County recognize the exemplary
service of their staff whose combined efforts and skills provide
investigations and supervision of offenders, child advocate services,
victim services, and detention operations to benefit this community,
its families, and its offenders.   July 18th-24th represents a
well-deserved nationwide celebration in recognition of this difficult
and often silent work.

 For over 100 years, officers have been supervising offenders to make
our communities a safer place to live. These dedicated professionals
serve crime victims and hold offenders accountable for the wrong they
have committed to our families, friends and communities. It is through
their commitment to public safety that our communities are a safer
place for everyone.

Today in Pinal County, Adult Probation manages over 2300 offenders
with caseloads averaging 70 offenders to one officer.  A snapshot of a
day at Juvenile Court Services reveals supervision of 597 juveniles
from Diversion, to Detention, to Probation, and manages 327 active
Dependency cases.  Probation staff work days and nights on school
campuses, in judicial offices and in your town.

The challenges they face are tremendous, yet they continue to make a
difference. These officers are active in their communities by creating
links between the justice system, community leaders and organization
and the public for offenders who need help re-integrating into their
neighborhoods.

They are professionals who constantly acquire knowledge of what
motivates offenders and apply that knowledge in the most effective way
possible. The work they do has become multifaceted and goes well
beyond supervision and surveillance of offenders - it has expanded to
include working with victims and community in a much more involved
capacity. All of this is done in an effort to ensure the highest level
of public safety.

These professionals provide Support for a Second Chance in their
communities and deliver on their promise to enhance public safety and
help restore juvenile and adult offenders to lead productive lives
with these pillars:

Monitoring behavior
Fearless pursuit of helping people turn make positive life changes
Results-driven management
Specialization
Technological innovation
Accountability

Community corrections professionals face real dangers in their jobs
and are often asked to risk their own safety to make sure that others
are kept safe from crime.

During this week, please help us honor and recognize the work these
professionals do each and every day of the year.

­­­­­Photo Caption: DIANE L. MCGINNIS, Director and TODD D. ZWEIG,
Chief Adult Probation Officer

Saturday, July 10, 2010

First Hospital in Arizona to Achieve Stage 6 Recognition for Electronic Medical Record


Casa Grande, Arizona –Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) is the first hospital in Arizona and the 115th hospital nationwide to achieve the Stage 6 designation of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model. Of the more than 5,000 hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics, to date just 2.5 percent of facilities have reached Stage 6 in the Electronic Medical Record Adoption Model.

This distinction honors CGRMC's accomplishments in implementing technology solutions that improve patient safety and quality of care. HIMSS Analytics developed the EMR Adoption Model in 2005 as a methodology for evaluating the progress and impact of electronic medical record systems for hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics™ Database.

Stage 6 hospitals also demonstrate a significant advancement in their IT capabilities. These facilities successfully address many of the current industry transformations, such as meaningful use criteria in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, claims attachments for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, pay for performance, and government quality reporting programs.

Rona Curphy, CGRMC President and CEO, commented, "I am proud of the hard work that Casa Grande Regional has done to achieve this designation. Implementing an effective electronic medical record requires a great deal of team work throughout an organization. This accomplishment demonstrates our dedication to providing the best care for our patients and our community. The highest level of achievement is Stage 7,
which we are already pursuing."

CGRMC implemented its electronic medical record (EMR) in March of 2007 with assistance from Cerner Corporation. Since that time, the hospital has continued to use its EMR as a tool to standardize practices throughout the organization with the ultimate goal of increasing patient safety and quality.

"HIMSS Analytics congratulates Casa Grande Regional Medical Center for leading the way toward health IT adoption," said John Hoyt, FACHE, FHIMSS, Executive Vice President of Organizational Services, for HIMSS. "Stage 6 represents a level of sophistication that only 133 US hospitals have reached to date."

About Casa Grande Regional Medical Center: Casa Grande Regional Medical Center is a 187-bed, not-for-profit community hospital providing full-service care to Casa Grande and the communities of western Pinal County. CGRMC also provides a full range of outpatient services, including Urgent Care coverage seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a 24-hour Emergency Department. CGRMC is a partner in healthcare, providing education and resources to the community. For more information, visit casagrandehospital.com 

About HIMSS Analytics: HIMSS Analytics is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). The company collects and analyzes healthcare data related to IT processes and environments, products, IS department composition and costs, IS department management metrics, healthcare trends and purchase-related decisions. HIMSS Analytics delivers high quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, healthcare IT companies, state governments, financial companies, pharmaceutical companies, and consulting firms. Visit www.himssanalytics.org/ for more information.

Photo Caption: Heidi Gailey, Pharmacist

Saturday, July 3, 2010

CGRMC Auxiliary Awards Five $1,000 Scholarships

Casa Grande, Arizona – The Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC)
Auxiliary is pleased to announce this year's five scholarship recipients. Each year,
the hospital Auxiliary awards five $1,000 scholarships to area residents who are
pursuing education in the field of human healthcare. This year, fifteen applications
were submitted from individuals 17-60 years of age representing seven different
healthcare careers. Of these fifteen, the following five students were selected to receive
a scholarship: Jenna Blaylock, a graduate of Coolidge High School, pursuing a degree
in nursing; Sabrina D'Souza, a graduate of Casa Grande Union High School majoring
in pre-med at the University of Arizona; Dorthea Garcia attending CAC for a degree
in nursing; Ryan Johnson, a graduate of Casa Grande Union High School, attending
school to become an EMT/paramedic; and Mayra Perez, graduate of Maricopa Unified
High School, pursuing a degree in nursing.

The CGRMC Auxiliary promotes and advances the hospital through volunteerism
and fundraising. In addition to the scholarship program, each year the Auxiliary
donates approximately $70,000 to the hospital in the form of equipment to benefit
patient care initiatives. The funds for these donations come from the Auxiliary's
annual golf tournament on the last Friday of October, as well as from vending
machine and vendor sales at the facility. For more information on the Auxiliary or
CGRMC's volunteer program, please contact (520) 381-6571 or the hospital's website
casagrandehospital.com.

CGRMC Auxiliary Awards Five $1,000 Scholarships

Casa Grande, Arizona – The Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC)
Auxiliary is pleased to announce this year's five scholarship recipients. Each year,
the hospital Auxiliary awards five $1,000 scholarships to area residents who are
pursuing education in the field of human healthcare. This year, fifteen applications
were submitted from individuals 17-60 years of age representing seven different
healthcare careers. Of these fifteen, the following five students were selected to receive
a scholarship: Jenna Blaylock, a graduate of Coolidge High School, pursuing a degree
in nursing; Sabrina D'Souza, a graduate of Casa Grande Union High School majoring
in pre-med at the University of Arizona; Dorthea Garcia attending CAC for a degree
in nursing; Ryan Johnson, a graduate of Casa Grande Union High School, attending
school to become an EMT/paramedic; and Mayra Perez, graduate of Maricopa Unified
High School, pursuing a degree in nursing.

The CGRMC Auxiliary promotes and advances the hospital through volunteerism
and fundraising. In addition to the scholarship program, each year the Auxiliary
donates approximately $70,000 to the hospital in the form of equipment to benefit
patient care initiatives. The funds for these donations come from the Auxiliary's
annual golf tournament on the last Friday of October, as well as from vending
machine and vendor sales at the facility. For more information on the Auxiliary or
CGRMC's volunteer program, please contact (520) 381-6571 or the hospital's website
casagrandehospital.com.

CGRMC to conduct a nutrition class

Casa Grande, Arizona – Casa Grande Regional Medical Center (CGRMC) is
conducting a class on Heart Healthy Nutrition on Saturday, July 10, 2010, from 2
p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Discovery Room at the hospital. This session will focus on
following the American Heart Association's recommended dietary guidelines
including information on how to choose healthy fats, as well as how to increase
fiber and decrease sodium in your diet. Participants will also receive information
on heart smart shopping, label reading, healthy cooking, dining out and meal
planning. This class is free, but space is limited. To register, please contact
Jackie Huston at 520-381-6416 or by email at jhuston@cgrmc.org.

This class is part of a series of nutrition classes to be held on the second
Saturday of each month. The goal of the series is to provide participants the
knowledge and tools to make better food choices to improve their health. All of
the classes will be taught by a Registered Dietitian. Future topics include "The
Healthy Weigh to Weight Loss," "Diabetes Overview," and "Nutrition for Cancer
Patients." For more information, please call CGRMC Dietitian Jackie Huston at
520-381-6416.