Sunday announcements, June 15

Columbian grad recognized

Ottawa County Sheriff Deputy Curtis Cochran was recognized as 2014 Deputy of the Year by Port Clinton Kiwanis Club during a ceremony May 28.

Cochran graduated from Tiffin Columbian in 2003 and from?Terra State Community College and completed the Police Academy in 2006 with an associates degree in police science.

He is the son of Bill and Kristy Cochran.

Fostoria dialysis program to expand

FOSTORIA – In response to a need to expand dialysis services locally, ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital has committed more than $1 million to create a more than 3,000-square-foot dialysis center in the Graystone Medical Building in Fostoria. Tentative completion timeline is mid-2015.

Plans for the new facility include additional treatment areas, a private area for physician consultation and education, clinical office space and expanded storage room. Other features include an isolation room, space and equipment to accommodate bariatric patients and space for future growth and program development.

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Tiffin honored for registering donors

Mercy Tiffin Hospital was recognized June 10 by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund as a Gold Partner in the small hospital category of the 2013-2014 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. Mercy Tiffin and 46 other Ohio hospitals were recognized during the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting.

“Currently, more than 122,000 people nationwide more than 3,400 of them from Ohio await a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Lance Himes, interim director of Ohio Department of Health. “By registering new donors and sharing this lifesaving message through the Hospital Champions program, Mercy Tiffin is saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait for a second chance at life.”

Mercy Tiffin Hospital raises awareness of organ, eye and tissue donation by distributing Donate Life materials in the hospital and giving out information during health promotion events and blood drives. In April, Mercy Tiffin promoted Donate Life month on Facebook, raised the Donate Life Ohio flag and hosted the “Green Chair” and Donor Quilt in the front lobby.

Fostoria hospital honors Vanaman

FOSTORIA – ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital named Renee Vanaman, of the Cancer and Infusion Center, the 2014 recipient of the Mary Jane Smith Nursing Excellence Award.

Vanaman joined the ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital team three years ago, and has more than 38 years of experience as a registered nurse. Earlier this year, she implemented a call-back form to ask patients how they feel after first receiving chemotherapy.

She also helped develop new, streamlined follow-up processes for new cancer patients in an effort to continuously improve the level of service provided.

The award was established in 1986, the year Smith retired from ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital.

Vanaman is a graduate of North Baltimore High School and St. Vincent’s School of Nursing in Toledo.

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Premier recognizes Tiffin Hospital

Premier Inc. recognized Mercy Tiffin Hospital with a QUEST Award for High-value Healthcare Citation of Merit for delivering high-quality, cost-effective healthcare June 11.

Only 61 hospitals received a citation of merit for achieving top performance in any four of the six areas measured in Premier’s QUEST collaborative, including harm, mortality, readmissions, costs, patient experience and evidence-based care.

The award was announced at Premier’s annual Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition in San Antonio.

“Participation in this collaborative reinforces our commitment to reliably deliver the best care experience to the communities we serve,” said Lynn Detterman, president and CEO of Mercy Rural Division. “We’re proud to receive a citation of merit for the QUEST Award as we continue down our path of improving patient outcomes.”

Mercy Tiffin is being recognized for exceeding the following achievements:

Reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge.

Improving the hospital experience so patients favorably rate their stay and would recommend the facility to others at least 73 percent of the time.

Reducing preventable harm events.

Obtaining a readmissions rate at least 11 percent less than expected.

Premier is a leading healthcare improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 3,000 U.S. hospitals and 110,000 other providers to transform healthcare.