The first days of summer, outside activities, and school vacation may be reason enough for celebration in June. However, we should also celebrate our successes with our Covid vaccination clinics, our Covid testing site, and our reduced number of Covid inpatients. We encourage everyone to continue to opt to be vaccinated, as vaccinations are a patient safety priority. As we embark on a year of recovery, we look to retool and recapture opportunities to be the model for what community healthcare ought to be. Our collective confidence should propel us forward as we focus on clinical and programmatic performance. A sense of confidence is infectious and can move behaviors and competencies forward as we continue to create capacity and secure our position as a regional top provider for our many services.
With the first half of 2021 in the rear view mirror, I encourage all our associates to focus on optimizing our capacity as we gain new patients from new markets. The latest in our ambulatory outreach efforts is our new Wrightstown location. Doylestown Health is making it easier for residents of the Wrightstown area to access specialty health services. This new outpatient center features a range of services including: Neurology, Urology/Female Urologic Disorders, Vascular Surgery, and Colorectal Surgery.
Thanks to a $2.5 million gift from the family foundation of Angela and Dick Clark and their daughters, the Women’s Diagnostic Center at Doylestown Hospital will be named the Clark Center for Breast Imaging upon its relocation to a modernized, expanded suite next year. Plans to expand and relocate the center were announced in January when Doylestown Health was awarded a $1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP). Slated to open next spring, the Clark Center for Breast Imaging will offer improved space and more room for new technologies and help meet the rising demand for breast imaging and diagnostic services for both men and women in the community.
Growth is a critical component of our future success. In addition, our quality planning includes fundamental operational performance changes and system redesigns to secure our position.
I can think of no better team than the Doylestown Health team of associates, physicians and volunteers to continue to lead the way as prime examples of hard work and dedication which you all so valiantly portrayed during this past year+ while shining bright as we navigated through the Covid 19 global pandemic.
Health System Highlights
Nurses Recognized for Excellence
Several DH nurses were nominated for and three were awarded Nursing Excellence Awards by the Gwynedd Mercy University Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions. The Nursing Excellence Awards Program provides awards to nurses working in Bucks and Montgomery County communities who have been nominated by their colleagues. These awards are intended to recognize those nurses who have provided extraordinary service to patients, families and our community.
COVID Patient Returns to Thank Care Team
A 51-year-old former COVID patient recently returned to DH to thank his team of caregivers from the ICU for saving his life. He's doing well now, and wanted to share his gratitude with the nurses, physicians and therapists who cared for him. The group met outside of the Cardiovascular and Critical Care Pavilion to exchange hugs and smiles.
Golf Classic Raises $114,000
The 30th annual Doylestown Health Foundation Golf Classic raised more than $114,000 for Doylestown Health and its Teen Volunteer Scholarship Program. The event was held June 7 at the Jericho National Golf Club in New Hope. Created in 1991, the event has raised more than $1.5 million in support of several services and programs at Doylestown Health, including the Cancer Institute, critical care, the Emergency Department, MRI services, the Wound Care Center, and the VIA Maternity Center.
Doylestown Health Cardio-Oncology Program – Managing the Heart Health of Cancer Patients
At the beginning of 2020, Doylestown Health colleagues came together over the immediate need for a cardio-oncology program. As Dr. Sangrigoli put it, "There are so many new oncology medications coming out that are wonderful for patients but that do have the potential for cardiotoxicity, especially when coupled with radiation in some settings." Health professionals from Doylestown Health Cardiology, Breast Surgery, Pharmacy, Nursing and Urology, plus counterparts from Alliance Cancer Specialists and Penn Medicine Radiation Oncology, have been meeting monthly—albeit virtually, due to the pandemic—to review the latest studies, recount patient experiences and write their own standards for cardio-oncology care. The group has written guidelines to help identify which patients are at high risk for cardiac complications based on their cardiovascular risk factors, the particular chemotherapy they are receiving or symptoms they manifest during treatment.
The resulting Doylestown Health Cardio-Oncology Program is one of only a handful in the region and the sole provider in the local area. The program strives to improve the cardiovascular health of patients with cancer and cancer survivors through education, training, research development and interdisciplinary collaboration. John Mitchell, Doylestown Health Vice President, Cardiovascular and Surgical Services, explains, "This program really serves as a conduit of communication between departments, providing a multidisciplinary approach to treating a patient."
Pivot Back toward “Normal”
How many times over the last year and a half have you thought are things ever going to go back to normal? Well exciting news, effective June 1 we are taking another step towards the new normal. As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to decrease, we will be implementing the following as a part of getting back to normal for our patients and visitors. Please be advised additional changes will occur in the next couple of weeks and months as the environment post-pandemic starts to unravel.
- All entrances will return to normal hours pre- COVID-19
- Visiting hours return to normal pre- COVID-19
- 2 Visitors at a time allowed, subject to change throughout the day
- End of life patients allowed 4 or more visitors
- Handouts, Pamphlets, Magazines etc. can resume being handed out
- Staff: All associates must continue to mask in patient care areas and public places throughout the hospital
- Fully vaccinated departments in non-patient areas may remove mask while within department walls
- Visitors: Masks must be worn by patients and visitors regardless of vaccination status in healthcare environment
- Meetings may be held in person, if staff is vaccinated and the meeting consists of less than 12 people
- Meetings for unvaccinated staff must continue to be via Zoom or Phone
- Break Rooms: All unvaccinated staff must continue to wear masks at all times and cannot eat if others are eating in the breakroom
- Waiting Rooms: All waiting rooms will be opened
- Furniture will be returned, but continue to keep spaced apart
- Playrooms cannot be open at this time
- Continue to promote social distancing wherever logistically possible
- Enhanced unit will close as COVID-19 patients continue to decrease and we will begin dispersing COVID-19 patients throughout the hospital based on level of care
Food & Beverage
- Eating permitted in designated areas
- Fresh Inspirations Cafeteria will fully re-open
- Self-serve soup and salad bar will resume
- Comfort carts are still permitted in end of life rooms, families of end of life patients are the only visitors permitted to eat in patient rooms
- Water fountains – water bottle fillers available but water drinking function is unavailable
- Available offsite at Drive-Thru testing center without a physician order
- July 14th Community Biometrics @ Health Connections at Shoprite 4-6pm
- July 21st Walk with a Doc 8-9am @ William Neis Park
- Virtual Educational Seminars
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 271 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.