Smithfield Herald

Hospital marked 2014 milestones in care

It was a year of building at Johnston Health: an inpatient wing in Clayton, a heart-stenting program in Smithfield and initiatives on several fronts to improve quality and patient care.

Here’s a list of 2014 accomplishments:

The partnership: In February, Johnston Health finalized a partnership with UNC Health Care. As part of the deal, UNC Health Care invested $57.6 million in return for a 35 percent stake.

Clayton construction: Among other things, the partnership provided $50 million to build the three-story inpatient wing at Johnston Health Clayton. The full-service hospital opened Jan. 14. More than 3,000 people applied for the 175 new jobs.

PCI: In June, Johnston Health won state approval to expand its cardiac services to include percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI for short. After months of preparation, the cath lab staff on Jan. 5 helped cardiologists place the first stents in Johnston Health patients. The lifesaving procedure opens blocked or narrowed arteries, thus restoring blood flow to the heart.

Foundation: Through gifts and pledges, the Johnston Health Foundation raised $299,000 for capital projects and, through annual giving, another $243,000 for the endowment and funds benefiting patients.

New programs: The Duke Endowment awarded a $350,000 grant to Johnston Health to start a community paramedic program. By combining the efforts of local agencies such as EMS and Johnston County Mental Health, the program will help chronically ill patients manage their care after leaving the hospital. Also notable, the staff and volunteers at the SECU Hospice House planned and hosted the county’s first bereavement camp for children.

Enhancing cancer care: Patients will benefit from the cancer care committee’s ground work to earn national accreditation. Among the initiatives this year: the services of a patient navigator, a nutrition and wellness program, and broader support from the Angel Fund.

New physicians: Johnston Health continued to improve access to health care by recruiting physicians. The 2014 class includes three internists, a neurologist, five primary-care doctors, an orthopedist and nine hospitalists. Thirty-seven other physicians and specialists joined the medical staff without the hospital’s recruiting assistance.

Lean impact: Employees took part in 16 Lean events aimed at reducing inventory, getting rid of wasted steps and making better use of space. The value of these process improvements is about $467,000.

Raising the bar: The Joint Commission named Johnston Health a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, specifically in heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Also notable, the Early Learning Center earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Patient engagement: Johnston Health launched an advisory committee focusing on engaging families and patients in health care decisions.