The next Hospital Authority Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at Memorial Hospital and Manor.
Memorial Hospital and Manor has served the healthcare needs of Decatur County and surrounding communities for over 50 years. The 80-bed community hospital and 107-bed long-term care facility, along with Willow Ridge, a 22-bed personal care facility, is owned and operated by the Hospital Authority of the City of Bainbridge and Decatur County. Memorial Hospital and Manor's dedicated team of physicians, employees, and volunteers fulfill the motto, "Excellence in Service," through friendly, compassionate care. Memorial Hospital and Manor's ongoing efforts of recruiting outstanding physicians and staff, improving facilities, procuring state-of-the-art equipment, and promoting a healthy community exemplify its commitment to quality. Memorial Hospital and Manor is Accredited by DNV Healthcare, Inc. The Hospital Authority meets the third Tuesday of each month in the Conference Room of Memorial Hospital and Manor, unless otherwise noted.
Shirley Story Celebrates 50 Years of Service At Memorial Hospital and Manor
Shirley Story, RHIT, Director of Health Information Management, was honored with a surprise reception on December 3, 2013, to celebrate an important milestone in the history of Memorial Hospital and Manor. She is the first Memorial employee to reach 50 years of service since the hospital first opened almost 54 years ago. Shirley Story, RHIT, has been a significant central figure in the history of Memorial Hospital and Manor and the evolution of its medical records from paper card indexes to an electronic medical record during her 50-year tenure.
Mrs. Story began working at Memorial Hospital on December 1, 1963 as a Medical Records Technician. Her handwritten (in pencil) application in her personnel file listed her job objective as “anything in the typing field or will train for dictation.” Little did she know that the medical record “typing field” would take her on a career journey that would last over 50 years. When Memorial Hospital opened in 1960, the Medical Records Department consisted of one person to manage records for the 80-bed hospital. By the time Mrs. Story was hired in 1963, the department had expanded to two people, then to three in the 1970’s, and then to four employees by 1985. As the hospital grew with the addition of a 107-bed nursing home, Willow Ridge personal care facility, and over 20 hospital-employed medical providers, Mrs. Story’s responsibilities continued to grow. She earned certification as an Accredited Record Technician (ART) in 1975 by the American Medical Record Association, and later became a Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT). She was promoted to Medical Records Director soon after gaining certification. Mrs. Story now manages a staff of 17 employees in the Health Information Management Department.
Breast Cancer Experts Report Good News:
At a special Breast Cancer “Lunch and Learn” event sponsored by Memorial Hospital and Manor, a panel of four breast cancer experts presented current facts about breast cancer, along with the good news that breast cancer survival rates are increasing. More than 75 women and a few men attended the free annual event at the Kirbo Regional Center on October 16th to hear Dr. Don Robinson, Dr. Charles Walker, Dr. Richard Zlotnik, and Dr. Steve Johnson give expert advice about how to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer.
All of the doctors agreed that the most important takeaways from their presentations were for women to (1) do self-breast exams each month, (2) get annual mammograms, (3) have an annual physical with their healthcare provider, including clinical breast exams, and (4) see their healthcare provider if they notice any change in their breast appearance or feeling.