Barnesville Hospital receives federal, state grants

Barnesville Hospital, the only 24-hour critical access hospital serving Monroe county, western Belmont county, and parts of Noble and Guernsey county, is continuing to improve services to the communities served thanks to $21,000 in federal and state grants administered by the Foundation for Healthy Communities of the Ohio Hospital Association.

The federal funds are provided through the Ohio Department of Health and its State Office of Rural Health.

In all, 33 small and rural hospitals across Ohio, designated as Critical Access Hospitals, received federal and state money totaling $693,000. The funds, from the Ohio Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) and the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex), can be used by the hospitals for quality improvement projects, to help reduce medical errors, improve networking, to comply with requirements of the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and to improve emergency medical services.

As a result of the funding, Barnesville Hospital has been able to enhance its cardiac telemetry services. For patients who have suffered heart attacks, chest pain (angina), syncope, or an irregular heart beat, cardiac telemetry monitoring is the next necessary step in recovery. Telemetry patients undergo around-the-clock cardiac monitoring for a prescribed period of time. A telemetry system utilizes a series of transmitters and antennas throughout the hospital to send an electronic signal of the patient's heart activity back to a central monitoring station. As a result of the funding, Barnesville Hospital has enhanced its existing system to a dedicated wireless medical telemetry frequency band, thus eliminating potential interference and improving patient safety.

According to Pratap K. Sour, M.D., Board-Certified Internist at Barnesville Hospital, "Telemetry recognizes potentially life-theatening arrhythmais that can be treated spontaneously with medication or more aggressively treated with automated internal defibrillator or pacemaker."

The effort, dedication, teamwork, and compassion that characterizes the entire nursing staff at Barnesville Hospital is evidenced by the highly-trained experienced Registered Nurses who provide telemetry care on the medical/surgical unit and cardiac monitoring with interpretation in the hospital's critical care unit.

For more information on Barnesville Hospital and the services provided, visit the hospital's website at www.barnesvillehospital.com or call Peggy Douglass, M.S., R.N.C., Director of Education & Outreach at (740)

425-5158.

Betty Martin, R.N., Critical Care, with Pratap K. Souri, M.D. discuss cardiac rhythm of a patient being monitored remotely.