Health Care Home

What is a health care Home?

A health care home or patient centered medical home is an enhanced way of delivering health care.   It is an advanced team approach to focus on you as a whole patient not just one aspect.  This team approach can be very helpful for people with difficult and challenging health needs.  This team approach of care delivery helps patients coordinate services they receive from specialists, therapists, and other services to better manage their health.  Health care home teams will help to coordinate all aspects of care.

Team approach:

The health care home team includes you, your provider, a health coach, as well as other health care professionals and staff at our clinic.  Your team will also include trusted family and/or friends who you have chosen to play a role in your health care.   Your health coach will help you develop a care plan that addresses your needs and will coordinate your care with any specialists you may see.

Is Health Care home right for me?

You could benefit if you have:
• Chronic and/ or multiple illness
• Unstable or newly diagnosed illnesses
• Multiple medication
• Special health needs

What are the benefits?

  • Your health care team or individual health coach will help you find specialty care or community services when needed and will make updates to your care plan with you.
  • You and your primary care provider discuss your treatment options together and coordinate care with other specialists who care for you.
  • You receive improved ability to communicate and make appointments with your health care team.
  • You take charge of your health by assuming responsibility for aspects of your care.
  • You will develop a relationship of mutual respect & trust with all team members as a platform for success.
  • Your cultural and religious beliefs are valued. When possible, your preferences for treatment and care are met.
  • You are given information to help you learn more about your ongoing health concerns and address issues sooner, resulting in less ER visits and hospital stays.
  • Your primary care provider makes sure you understand your treatment choices.

How Can i get the best care?

  • Become more involved with your health care:
    • Bring a list of your top questions or concerns to discuss at every visit
    • If you have a chronic condition, ask that your care plan is communicated with other medical providers, nurses or other people involved in your health care.
    • Be open and honest about your health habits. Your primary care provider is here to help you, not judge you.
    • Ask for something to be repeated if you do not understand it.
    • Ask your primary care provider to write down the next steps.
    • Ask how to get care after clinic hours
    • Ask to meet the staff that will be working with you.
    • Let your health care home team know how you are doing.

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Welcome to OAHS Dr. Ristvedt

Sarah Ristvedt, MD 6-2016

National Men’s Health Week

National Men's Health week 2016 web
Take action to be healthy and safe and encourage men and boys in your life to make their health a priority. Click the image above to learn about steps men can take each day to improve health.

 

POSITIVE NEWS ON THE MAMMOGRAPHY FRONT: 3D™ MAMMOGRAMS REDUCE CALL BACKS

According to a new study published in the prestigious JAMA Oncology Journal, 3D™ mammograms increase breast cancer detection, cut false positives and reduce stressful and costly call backs for women. The large, multi-year study evaluated three years of 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ screening results and follow-up data from 23,958 women. Results found that using 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams for breast cancer screenings can lead to sustained and improved health outcomes for women.

This is the first evidence demonstrating that the benefits of screening with 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams can improve over time, and shows that 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams can reduce the number of women called back for unnecessary follow up appointments each year.

The study also found that 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams increase the breast cancer detection rate when compared with traditional 2D mammography, catching cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.

OAHS Director of Radiology April Staehling, explains why the findings are important.   April’s Audio

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Clinton Clinic Schedule – June

Clinton Schedule June

OAHS named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience

WCA_ABH_2016Ortonville Area Health Services has been announced as one of America’s 100 Best Hospital for Patient Experience by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. This evidence based designation is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on Medicare data weighed according to the preference of women in a 2016 national survey of 1,000+ female respondents.

“Women are the Chief Medical Officer for the household, making upwards of 90% of all healthcare decisions. Considering she bears the responsibility of making these incredibly important decisions, the Women’s Choice Award offers a trusted solution by identifying the hospitals that have proven superior patient experience. Finally, a source that shares her values and priorities is available,” said Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award.

The list of award winners, including Ortonville Area Health Services represents hospitals that create an extraordinary patient experience for women and their families by providing exceptional care.

“Being recognized as one of the top 100 hospitals for patient experience speaks volumes to the work our Providers and Staff do here at Ortonville Area Health Services” Said OAHS CEO David Rogers. “This recognition reaffirms our commitment to provide exceptional, patient-centered care to each and every person we care for.”

The America’s 100 Best Hospitals scoring process is unique in that it is the only national list that focuses on what matters most to women when choosing a hospital. For 2016, the most important considerations were patient’s willingness to recommend, doctor and nurse communications, staff help, pain management, cleanliness and explanation of medications, in that order.

The qualification process begins with scores derived by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for each hospital in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) database. Our national survey of women determines which questions in the HCAHPS survey, completed by patients after discharge, are most important to them in determining their satisfaction with their hospital stay. A weight is given to each of the most important questions.

The responses to those questions, weighted accordingly, results in a numeric score for each hospital reporting valid HCAHPS data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  The scoring is totally objective and uniform. The best 100 scores in each of the four hospital bed size categories (less than 100 beds, 101-250 beds, 251-400 beds, and over 400 beds) determine the recipients of the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Outstanding Patient Experience award.

For more information on the 2016 America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/100s-best/

2016 Sanford Health Network Scholarship Recipient

Jennifer Weber
Jennifer Weber, pictured here with Dr. Al Ross and OAHS CEO David Rogers, was recently awarded a $2000 Sanford Health Network Scholarship through Ortonville Area Health Services. Jennifer is the daughter of Steve Weber and Christi Boyle and  lives in Odessa, MN. In high school she was involved in band, jazz band,  pep band, drama, stage crew, church events, mission trips, 4 H, local EMT class and blood drive.  Jennifer works as a dietary aide and CNA at Northridge Residence and plans to attend South Dakota State University this fall for pre-nursing. After graduation she would like to return to Ortonville.

National Women’s Health Week

Womens health Week

Ortonville Area Health Services in celebration of National Women’s Health Week handed out flowers to all adult women this week in hopes to empower women to make their health a priority by getting preventative screenings done, getting active, eating healthy, paying attention to their mental well being and avoiding unhealthy behaviors such as smoking and texting while driving.  Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day on May 8th  and is celebrated until May 14th.  For more information on National Women’s Health Week and to take the pledge go to http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw/

Clinton Clinic May Schedule

Clinton Schedule May

Lab Promos 2016

Lab Promotions 2016