Geary Community Hospital Receives High 5 For Mom & Baby Recognition For the 8th Years in a Row

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:  February 22, 2022

Contact: Ashley King- Director of Communications & Marketing, Geary Community Hospital, aking@gchks.org

 

GEARY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL RECEIVES HIGH 5 FOR MOM & BABY RECOGNITION FOR THE 8TH YEAR IN A ROW

Junction City, KS- Geary Community Hospital has continued its commitment to infant and maternal health by earning recognition through High 5 for Mom & Baby for the 8th year in a row, a program developed by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in Kansas.

High 5 for Mom & Baby provides resources and a framework to help Kansas hospitals and birthing centers implement evidence-based practices proven to support successful breastfeeding, improving maternal and infant health outcomes while also reducing racial and ethnic health disparities.

To obtain High 5 for Mom & Baby recognition, each facility is asked to complete a voluntary and self-reported evaluation and to follow at least five of the ten evidence-based practices:

  1. Facility will have a written maternity care and infant feeding policy that addresses all ten High 5 for Mom & Baby practices supporting breastfeeding
  2. Facility will maintain staff competency in lactation support
  3. All pregnant women will receive information and instruction on breastfeeding
  4. Assure immediate and sustained skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby after birth
  5. All families will receive individualized infant feeding counseling
  6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk unless medically indicated
  7. Practice “rooming in” – allow mothers and infants to remain together 24 hours a day
  8. Families will be encouraged to feed their babies when the baby exhibits feeding cues, regardless of feeding methods
  9. Give no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding infants
  10. Provide mothers options for breastfeeding support in the community (such as a telephone number, walk-in clinic information, support groups, etc.) upon discharge

“Breastfeeding plays a crucial role in the overall health of babies and mothers,” stated Katie Schoenhoff, Director of Programs at the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund. “Following the High 5 for Mom & Baby practices demonstrates Geary Community Hospital’s commitment to infant and maternal health by helping moms successfully initiate and maintain breastfeeding.”

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), 60% of mothers stopped breastfeeding sooner than they planned. Some factors that influence how long or if a baby is breastfed include: hospital practices, education and encouragement, policies or support in the workplace, and access to community support–which is why High 5 for Mom & Baby facilities are committed to helping women breastfeed successfully, through staff trained in breastfeeding best practices and policies to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals.

Along with the recognition of being named a High 5 for Mom & Baby facility, Geary Community Hospital also receives ongoing education and training opportunities, support and resources through a community of delivery centers, and scholarship opportunities to further staff education.

“Breastfeeding provides numerous health benefits for both infants and mothers, and we’re honored to receive this recognition from the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund for our efforts to support successful breastfeeding initiation and maintenance. As a facility committed to providing the very highest quality of care, we have found the High 5 practices and resources to not only improve health outcomes but also increase patient satisfaction,” said Terrah Stroda, CNM at Geary Community Hospital.

For more information on High 5 for Mom & Baby, contact Cara Gerhardt, Program Coordinator: coordinator@high5kansas.org or visit the website at https://high5kansas.org.

 

Geary Community Hospital

Margaret Grismer Selected as the new Interim Chief Executive Officer

3 Feb 2022 Announcements

Junction City, KS – Geary Community Hospital Board of Trustees has selected Margaret Grismer as the new Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Geary Community Hospital.

Margaret Grismer
Margaret Grismer, RN,BSN
Interim CEO
Mrs. Grismer, Derby, KS, previously served as the Interim CEO at Russel Regional Hospital, Hillsboro Community Hospital, Sumner County and CEO at Kiowa District Hospital. She has served as Vice-President of Business Development and External Affairs with an Oklahoma based Healthcare Management & Consulting firm. Mrs. Grismer is a veteran of the US Navy and US Public Health Service. She was a Navy nurse and nurse practitioner and retired after 24 years mostly serving in the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Health Services Administrator. She has more than 25 years of health executive experience including leadership roles in community hospitals.

“She has a proven track record in building trust and teamwork among leadership, working well with employed and partnering physicians, improving operating margins, increasing employee satisfaction, and ensuring each patient receives the highest quality of care. The board is confident she has the vision and passion to take Geary Community Hospital to the next level in delivering the best patient care.” Theresa Bramlage, GCH Board of Trustees, Chair.

“I approach healthcare leadership from the eyes of a care giver and clinician. Being a Kansan native, my passion is serving our rural communities in the delivery of ‘hometown personalized care’. My immediate goal will be to secure a clear vision of a sustainable healthcare path forward to deliver top quality care by local dedicated staff.” Margaret Grismer, Interim CEO, Geary Community Hospital.

Mrs. Grismer has a Master’s from University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a Bachelor of Science from Bethel University, MN.

“As a seasoned executive, Mrs. Grismer brings not only impressive experience, but also a new and energizing vision to Geary Community Hospital”, said Thomas Craig, M.D, Chief of Staff at Geary Community Hospital. “Her extensive experience and operational management in community hospitals will help build up our foundation and allow us to continue to serve our community. The board clearly made an excellent choice.”

Geary Community Hospital

35% Settlement Press Release

15 Jan 2021 Announcements

For Immediate Release
Date: January 12, 2021
Contact: Ashley King- Director of Communications, Geary Community Hospital, aking@gchks.org

Junction City, KS – Geary Community Hospital announces that they will offer a one-time settlement to any past due accounts with both the hospital and its associated clinics. Any bill received before January 1, 2021 is eligible for this program. Community members will work with either the hospital or an outside collection agency to take advantage of a thirty-five percent (35%) reduction of their bills. The
settlements must be paid by April 30, 2021.

“The hospital recognizes that part of our mission to promote the well-being of those we serve, and this was the best way for the financial side of the house to get involved with doing exactly that,” says Richard Lewis, Chief Financial Officer. “We know that there are residents of Geary County that depend on GCH to take care of them, and this is our way of giving back,” agrees Frank Corcoran, CEO.

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, keep an eye on your mailbox for this offer letter, or call 785-210-3349 to discuss your options with a hospital representative.

35-year medical career ends where it started

29 Oct 2020 Announcements

Originally published in The Junction City Union.

Dr. Marc FeltsWhen Dr. Marc Felts walks out of Geary Community Hospital on Oct. 31, he will shut the door on a 35-year chapter of his life. He will retire from the same place he started his medical career in 1985, about 175 miles from the small town of Phillipsburg where he grew up.

While looking forward to retirement he approaches it with a little trepidation and touch of guilt. He served most of his time in the emergency department at GCH where he treated and got to know thousands of patients and their families; the past six years he was in family practice.

There was a time, not all that long ago, he said when doctors didn’t retire.

“There’s a little bit of a stigma behind that if you quit to early,” he said. “The old horse and buggy doctors went until they keeled over.”

But times change and the profession is seeing more physicians and providers retiring. He plans on staying in the area and anticipates remaining involved in the hospital in some capacity but there are things to do, people to see, and places to go.

On his list, in no particular order, are trips to see his daughters and brother, travelling with his father, playing tennis and pickleball and reading.

“I don’t tend to get bored,” he said. “I don’t sit around.”

Start to finish at Geary Community Hospital

Felts did his pre-med at Kansas State University then went to medical school at the University of Kansas. During his residency in Salina he started moonlighting in the emergency room at GCH.

“I got to know everybody over here, and I was comfortable and set up practice after I graduated,” he said. “I was in family practice for the first three years, but also covered the emergency room, usually 62 hours on the weekends.”

The workload has changed a bit over the years. In those days they were seeing about 6,000 patients a year in the ER, today they average 15,000. The ED doctor would also deliver the babies, including all of those from Fort Riley, he said.

After he was in family practice at GCH for three years, he moved into the emergency room full time — that’s where he stayed for the next 27 years. Periodically he had recruiters call and tell him about other opportunities. He doesn’t hesitate when pointing to the reason why he never considered moving on —he was happy here and saw no reason to leave what had become a family.

“I was surrounded by a smaller community; surrounded by people who were mentors,” he said. “Dr. Charles Bollman, Dr. Ron Mace, Dr. Tom Craig among others. It was a solid medical staff. It was progressive.”

The progress he has seen has been in the hospital offerings such as the Women’s Center and an expanded emergency department. And in medical treatment and medicine.

“The quality of medicine overall, I believe is better,” he said. “When I started medical school, we were using pork insulin, we didn’t use human insulin. We were actually using a different species of insulin that they derived from pork, and there were a lot of problems with that. if you want to look at diabetes, all the different medications … we had only a few in those days. Medication was probably the single biggest advance.”

There are also new ways to treat illness, and advancements in surgical techniques, which has led to shorter hospital stays in some cases.

Despite the progress in medical care, Felts said his frustration over the past three decades has not been on the medical side.

“The biggest challenge is people that don’t have insurance or cannot afford medical care,” he said.

Working in the emergency department he frequently saw patients who ended up there because it was the only place to go to enter the medical system.

“We don’t realize sometimes just what percentage of people have no access to medical care,” he said. “It would seem that in a country as wealthy as we are, that you can at least provide some basic health care for the average person. It’s been shown that if you can do preventive measures it actually saves the whole society a lot of money in the long run because you eventually have to take care of those problems whether you want to or not.”

For instance, he said, somebody who has diabetes and has not received treatment will eventually have severe complications. By law the hospital cannot turn that person away. The treatment will then be more expensive than if they had received preventative measures early on.

“I’m not advocating anything politically here, I’m just saying it’s so frustrating sometimes to try to get a very simple thing done for a patient,” he said. “You have so many roadblocks in your way. Sometimes it could just be a simple antibiotic, or a medication that they can’t afford that they definitely need.”

For all the frustrations there are numerous rewards, which he sees every time he can help a patient. Sometimes he’ll hear from them later and occasionally he’ll have a memory of someone one and wonder how they are doing. He said he believes his sense of satisfaction is shared by everyone in his profession.

“You look back on your career and you hope you’ve made some positive impact on society or the plight of human beings as a whole,” he said. “I hope I made a difference. Probably the most rewarding thing is you care about somebody and they end up doing better. You’ve made that positive impact, and you can sleep at the end of the day.”

At the end of the day he also knows it is time to pass the mantle to the next generation. What makes his leaving easier on him, is knowing that Dr. Jason Butler is on staff, he said.

“He started practice couple of months ago and I would not have done this, I do not believe, if I didn’t know that there was a competent and personable physician coming in, like Jason,” he said. “I truly mean that. In fact, I have been telling everybody, you can blame my retirement maybe on him.”

Charles S. Bollman Surgery Center is dedicated

29 Oct 2020 Announcements

Originally published in the JC Post.

Dr. Charles S. Bollman was beloved!

Charles S. Bollman Surgery CenterThat key word was among the many used by Geary Community Hospital Trustee Beth Clark to describe the late surgeon during the virtual dedication ceremony for the Dr. Charles S. Bollman Surgery Center at the hospital. Bollman passed away in 2019, but during his career spent 43 years as a surgeon at GCH.

Clark told the audience at the dedication ceremony which was watched by among others, Bollman’s family members in Florida, that Charles Bollman was a great surgeon, kind, humble, caring, quiet and unassuming. “Charles was beloved.” Clark added Charles would always fix it. “We trusted him and he never ever let us down.”

Video tributes were played during the ceremony.

Lois Fegan noted that Bollman was deserving of having the surgery center named in his honor. For his years of dedicated service to the hospital and surrounding community. I think he would have been humbly honored.” Fegan called Bollman a great mentor adding that he kept current on new procedures, made their job interesting and the hospital very progressive.

Mark Edwards noted that Bollman was a lifelong learner. “He especially loved to learn about new surgical procedures. I can remember many times that he would talk about all the challenges and all the new skills that he was seeking when he would go to conferences. Edwards added. ” Charles loved our hospital. He served it with compassionate enthusiasm and a genuine love of people. His presence will remain with us by renaming this surgical center in his name. It’s a much deserved honor.”

Bollman came to GCH in 1974 after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He performed thousands of general surgery cases during his tenure at Geary Community Hospital.

There was a ribbon cutting for the surgery center at the conclusion of the ceremony.

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