Geary Community Hospital’s Radiology Department Achieves MRI Accreditation  

Rago Radiology at GCH has been awarded accreditation in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the U.S. and a professional organization of 34,000 physicians.

“ACR Accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging said Dr Landes, Chief . Every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, Geary Community Hospital’s personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. “This is the type of goal my department strives to meet – to show that we want to provide our patients the safest and best quality possible,” said Pat Small, Director of Radiology. “Daniel Vallenavedo, who was instrumental in the MRI accreditation process, began the application in . Since then we’ve implemented additional protocols and standards required by the American College of Radiology. We are currently working on achieving accreditation in our Ultrasound and CT (Computerized Tomography) departments as well. Our mammography department is also ACR accredited.”

“This achievement is another example of our commitment to deliver high quality care to our patients,” said Joe Stratton, GCH . “It’s especially important to note this accreditation achievement is a voluntary effort on behalf of the GCH Radiology Department. We are proud they have gone above and beyond to ensure our patients are receiving the nationally-accepted standards of care.”

Image: (l-r) Pat Small, Director of Radiology, Dr. Pat Landes, Chief , Daniel Vallenavedo,  and Eric Loeb.

LaVerne Allen Nursing 2017 Scholarships Awarded

The GCH LaVerne Allen Memorial Scholarship committee is pleased to announce Ryan Coffman and Madisyn Riffel as the recipients of the 2017 LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship!

Madisyn Riffel, a 2017 graduate of Abilene High School, plans to attend Fort Hays State University in the fall to pursue a nursing degree. Madisyn currently works as a  and a  for Memorial Hospital in Abilene. “For as long as I can remember, I have always had a concern for others and tend to put their needs before my own,” said Madisyn. “I really took an interest into nursing a few years ago when I began taking biology courses. I researched the pathway and discussed my options with several family-friends who are nurses. I continue to fall in love with the rewarding task of being a caretaker, an assistant and a friend to patients.”

Ryan Coffman, a 2017 graduate of Junction City High School, plans to attend Washburn University in the fall to attain her nursing degree and eventually become a  . Ryan currently works for Geary Community Hospital as a  in the Women’s Center. Ryan stated “I was born with the desire to become a nurse. I believe it is in my genes since both of my parents have served and protected the public for  25 years each. Perhaps nursing is my way to feel the joy of public service in my heart. I looked up to LaVerne Allen, being her neighbor throughout my childhood was a learning experience. Mrs. Allen showed me compassion, love and responsibility while she was frequently looking after me. When she passed, I knew I wanted to put as much love and compassion into everything just like her.”

LaVerne Allen was a dedicated  who worked at Geary Community Hospital for 61 years. The LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established by LaVerne’s granddaughter, Amy, to honor her grandmother’s contribution to the nursing profession with the thought of helping individuals achieve their goal of becoming a  and giving back to their community.

Each recipient will receive $500 for the 2017-18 school year. Donations to the LaVerne Allen Memorial Nursing Scholarship can be made to the Geary Community  Foundation, P.O. Box 3015,

Junction City, Kansas 66441.

Geary Community Hospital Announces Agreement with Children’s Mercy Kansas City 

Geary Community Hospital is pleased to announce it will be working with Children’s Mercy Kansas City to establish a pediatric specialty clinic on the GCH campus.

“We are excited to take another step forward by formally announcing our plans to establish a pediatric specialty clinic at GCH,” said Dr. Joe Stratton, Chief Executive Officer. “This collaborative project will benefit the children and families of Geary County and the surrounding Flint Hills region.”

The 7,000 square foot clinic space will be located in the lower lever area at GCH and include twelve exam rooms, three dictation pods, two treatment rooms, height/weight rooms, restrooms, a nurses station and reception area.

Children’s Mercy physicians have seen cardiology and endocrine/diabetes patients in Junction City for several years.

“Growing in Junction City has been a priority for Children’s Mercy. Thanks to the generous support of donors, we are able to begin growing sooner than anticipated. Some of the new services we will be adding first through telemedicine potentially include developmental and behavioral services, gastroenterology, neurology and rheumatology,” said Dr. Stacy Doyle, Vice President, Ambulatory Services at Children’s Mercy.

“Children’s Mercy specialists have traveled to the Junction City area for many years and the need for a more substantial and permanent presence has become clear,” said Stratton. “Our population of children has grown and the demand for services has increased the last few years. The establishment of additional clinics here at GCH will elevate the level of pediatric specialty expertise and enhance the continuum of pediatric healthcare available to children locally and in this region of the state.”

The four major project partners are Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Geary Community Hospital, the R2B4 Bramlage Family Foundation and the Geary Community Healthcare Foundation. “The R2B4 Bramlage Family Foundation and the Geary Community Healthcare Foundation have been committed to making lives better for kids and families in Junction City for many years,” said Stratton. “Their support brings an opportunity for us to really move forward and provide new services to the area that are not available anywhere in this region.”

Construction on the project will begin in the next few weeks with a projected completion date of spring 2018.

GCH Sleep Lab Earns Re-accreditation

The Geary Community Hospital Sleep Lab recently attained reaccreditation through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)

The GCH sleep lab team proudly presents their reaccreditation certificate. L-r: Kevin Watson, James Reynaud, Latoya Muhammad and Redo Purnell.

“AASM accreditation is a voluntary process for the assessment of sleep programs and is the gold standard by which the medical community and the public can evaluate sleep medicine services,” said Joe Stratton, GCH Chief Executive Officer. “Geary Community Hospital’s sleep lab has been accredited since 2005 but this renewal serves as an reminder to our patients, families and referring physicians that we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care at Geary Community Hospital.”

GCH operates a two bed lab that performs polysomnography’s, split night studies, MSLT’s, titration studies and home sleep testing.

“Sleep labs have become more prevalent in the healthcare world,” said Julie Vines, Director of Sleep Lab at GCH. “There are over 80 different types of sleep disorders ranging from difficulty sleeping at night to problems with excessive daytime sleepiness. A sleep disorder can affect your overall health, safety and quality of life. Sleep deprivation can affect your ability to drive safely and increase your risk of other health problems.”

The AASM has accredited sleep centers since 1977, and today there are more than 2,500 AASM-accredited sleep facilities. Through regular review and revision of the AASM Standards for Accreditation, the AASM has ensured that the requirements continue to incorporate the latest advances in sleep medicine and meet the needs of patients and referring physicians.

GCH Radiology Receives Mammography Chair

The Geary Community Hospital Rago Radiology Department received a mammography chair from Rhonda Sharp, owner of The Mane Thing and Headlines. Throughout the month of October The Mane Thing and Headlines run a breast cancer awareness campaign called “Color for a Cure.”  For every hair color service at both salons, a portion of the proceeds is donated toward the “Color for a Cure” campaign. Those proceeds are used to purchase equipment through the Geary Community  Foundation related to breast health and wellness, such as the mammography chair.

“After visiting with Pat Small and patients among the community, it became aware to me that this chair is a valid need in our GCH Radiology Department,” said Jolana Montgomery-Matney, Executive Director of the Geary Community  Foundation. “This was a great opportunity to designate “Color for a Cure” campaign funds toward the chair and meet the needs of our GCH patients and families. It’s also a prime example of the several services the Geary Community  Foundation provides. We keep up to date on the community health and connect the dots between our patient’s needs and generous donors among the community.”

“This chair is very special to have, it is helpful for our patients and improves their experience here at GCH,” said Joe Stratton, GCH chief executive officer. “Some of our patients cannot stand for very long and can make the mammogram difficult to conduct. The adjustable mammography chair allows patients to sit comfortably and have their exam completed effectively.”

Image:  (l-r) Pat Small, Director of GCH Radiology, Rhonda Sharp, Owner of The Mane Thing and Headlines and Jolana Montgomery-Matney, Executive Director of the Geary Community Foundation.

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