Two months ago, Roy Lee spent a night in the hospital. He had become so dizzy that he had fallen and injured his head.
At first, he thought he might have an inner ear problem, but after he fell his doctors discovered he had a heart problem instead. His aortic valve wasn’t pumping his blood well enough to distribute the oxygen he needed through his body.
A few years ago, Lee might have been told there was nothing doctors could do for him. At 91, he would likely have been considered too old for high-risk open-heart surgery.
Lee is lucky, however, that Mercy Medical Center recently hired cardiologist Cihan Cevik, who specializes in a relatively new procedure called a transcatheter aortic valve replacement.
Cevik is the first Roseburg doctor to offer the procedure and, four weeks ago, Lee became the first local patient to receive it.
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MERCY MEDICAL CENTER LABORATORY RECEIVES ACCREDITATION FROM COLLEGE OF AMERICAN PATHOLOGISTS
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Mercy Medical Center Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
Mercy Laboratory was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Mercy Medical Center Laboratory is one of more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
“Achieving CAP accreditation is a very rigorous and involved process,” states W. J. Coulter, Mercy’s Laboratory director. “A process Mercy’s Laboratory staff willingly undertake to ensure that we are providing the highest quality of care for our community members.”
The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
About the College of American Pathologists
As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP’s Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,600 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org.
Mercy Medical Center Starts Volunteer Veteran Visitation Program
Mercy’s Volunteer Veteran Visitation program is a unique opportunity for United States military veterans to honor and thank their fellow servicemen and women, who are receiving care at Mercy Medical Center. By serving in this special role, volunteer veterans are given the opportunity to connect with veteran patients by sharing military experiences and explaining some of the benefits available to veterans.
There are many benefits for both patients and the veteran volunteer, including:
Benefits to the Veteran Patient:
• Acknowledges that our hospital honors them for their service
• Ensures that veteran patients feel special and are thanked for service to our country which they may never have felt before.
• Opportunity to learn more about benefits that they did not know were available to them.
• Opportunity to enjoy a time during their hospitalization to share memories and stores with a fellow veteran and briefly forget about their illness.
• Family members get to share in the stories that they may not have heard before.
Benefits to the Veteran Volunteer:
• A renewal of the brotherhood/sisterhood between two comrades and those who did not return
• An opportunity to hear unspoken concerns that might be addressed while the veteran is hospitalized
• Enhances the volunteer’s feeling of value to the hospital
• Enjoyment of seeing the patient “light up” during a visit
Mercy and Mercy’s Volunteer Services also benefits from this unique program. According to Michelle Kronner, director of Mercy’s Volunteer Services, “Through our Veteran Visitation program we are able to provide a valuable service that serves both veteran patients and veteran community members with a desire to serve. It also encourages new volunteers to join our team and that is always welcomed.”
For more information about Mercy’s Veteran Visitation program, or other volunteer opportunities at Mercy, please contact Michelle Kronner at 541-677-4465 or firstname.lastname@example.org