RRH News and Updates

Coming up: 2017 Health Fair

The First Annual Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Dodgeball Tournament

Call Tera Moorehead at 760-499-3825 for information regarding packet submission.

Please have your packets with all 6 waivers completed and $100 team registration fee turned in by February 3rd. All games will take place on Saturday, March 11th at the Kerr McGee Center.

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Official Rules of The First Annual Ridgecrest RegionalHospital Dodgeball Tournament

Call for Entries

Waiver Form

Things you should know about Zika

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent confirmation of Zika as a cause of microcephaly, there is pertinent information about the virus, as well as facts and guidelines from the CDC and the World Health Organization that you should know.

Click http://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html to learn more about:

  • Transmission and Risks
  • Symptoms, Testing and Treatment
  • Prevention
  • Health Effects and Risks
  • Pregnancy
  • Areas with Zika

Welcome to Ridgecrest

RRH Volunteer Opportunities

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Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is looking for energetic volunteers within our community. Our volunteer program offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable hospital workplace experience. So, whether you’re looking for work; or are simply wanting to get more involved in our community, the staff at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital works closely with you, providing you with the tools and experience you need to get ahead.

  • Experience health care environment up close

  • Build your resume while providing real life assistance

  • Learn new skills while contributing to our community

Volunteers needed as floor assistants, Emergency Department & Urgent Care Lobby assistants, assists at Butterfly Boutique, Hospice and porters. Hours are flexible.

For more information, or to apply call 760-499-3900. 

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Health Information Exchange and Patient Portal Update

  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is amongst the 88% of US hospitals implementing the health information exchange (HIE).
  • HIE’s goal is to give providers faster access to clinical information to provide safer, more timely, efficient, effective, and equitable patient-centered care that comes from faster access to patient health and treatment history.
  • A patient portal is a secure online website that gives convenient 24-hour access to personal health information from anywhere with an Internet connection. Using a secure username and password, patients can view health information such as visit summaries and labs.
  • Southern Sierra Medical Clinic now offers patient portal access and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and the Rural Health Clinic will offer patient portal access by this fall.
  • Health information exchange and patient portals are HIPAA compliant and adhere to state and federal electronic patient health information privacy standards.

For more information, go to the Health Information Exchange and Patient Portals page.
Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Earns ISO 9001:2008 Certification
Ridgecrest, CA (October, 2013)

RRH ISO Accreditation

RRH Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Unit Receives 5 out of 5 stars
Ridgecrest, CA (July 2013)

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Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Earns CAP Recertification
Ridgecrest, CA (February, 2013)

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Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

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(Ridgecrest, CA) — Ridgecrest Regional Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material, ingested by the patient, to diagnose and treat a variety of disease, including many types of cancers, heart disease, and certain other abnormalities within the body.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Receives Patient Satisfaction Awards

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital was notified by Avatar International, the organization that compiles information on our patient satisfaction surveys that we recently won 2 patient satisfaction awards:

  • 2011 “Exemplary Service – Most Improved” award for the Home Health category
  • HCAHPS Most Improved award in the medium-sized facilities category for your willingness to recommend and physician communication HCAHPS scores

Our staff strives to make RRH “the best possible place to receive patient care.” We offer our thanks and appreciation to the community for trusting us with your care and the care of your loved ones.

Jim Carr Retires after 50 years in Radiation Science

Jim CarrRidgecrest, CA (July, 2011).  The hospital is losing a long time member of the Radiology staff.  Jim Carr has worked in the hospital’s Radiology Department for 29 years serving as Radiology Manager and also as Chief Nuclear Medicine Technologist.  Jim spent 21 years in the Army before coming to Ridgecrest.  He spent most of his Army career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.  He arrived there as a Clinical and Research X-Ray Technologist.  He then served in Ethiopia before going to the Army’s Nuclear Power Plant Operators Course.  He was reassigned to Walter Reed as a Research Nuclear Reactor Operator on both the Walter Reed and the Diamond Ordnance Research Nuclear Reactors.  The Army then sent him to the Navy’s Nuclear Medicine School and reassigned him again to Walter Reed to run their Nuclear Medicine Department.

He won two Patents there while doing Clinical research, operations and teaching.  From Walter Reed he was assigned to be Chief Medical Sergeant at the hospital in West Berlin.  He then became the First Sergeant of the 5th General Hospital in Stuttgart, West Germany.  Jim retired from the Army in 1982 and came to Ridgecrest Community Hospital as Chief Nuclear Medicine Technologist.  He was promoted to Radiology Manager and held this position for 16 years before moving back into Clinical Nuclear Medicine.

As Radiology Department Manager he took the Department through 5 inspections by the Joint Commission and received no deficiencies.  He also oversaw purchase and installation of new CT scanners, MRI scanners, Nuclear Medicine scanners, Mammographic equipment and numerous X-Ray and Ultrasound machines. He got national accreditation for the Mammographic and Nuclear Medicine facilities. Jim has taught Resources Management to the hospital staff and serves as the hospital’s Radiation Safety Officer.   He served on numerous hospital committees and Task Forces including as Chairman of the Hospital’s Patient Rights Task Force.

Jim and his wife Joann plan to stay in Ridgecrest and continue to travel the world.  They have two children (Michele and Kenny) and two granddaughters (Alyson and Sydney).


ANESTHESIA ASSISTED MRIs –  MRI IMPROVEMENTS AT RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL

Ridgecrest, CA  (July, 2011)  With the recent construction and install of our new MRI suite, it’s been our goals to not only improve on existing protocols but to add additional capabilities to our repertoire of services.  Since its inception in late 2010, we have already noticed improvements in patient satisfaction associated with the new, roomy accommodations, special lighting and audio/video entertainment systems.   In addition, we have begun to perform MRI of the breast, using Sentinel’s dedicated breast table and system, one of the industries best for clarity and patient comfort.  All this combined with significantly improved scan times makes our MRI experience one of the best available anywhere. 

With all that, it is with great pride and enthusiasm that I introduce you to the latest addition and improvement in MRI services.  Beginning July 25, 2011, we will be teaming up with our anesthesia department, offering anesthesia assisted MRI.  This service will allow us to scan patients that we have had to turn away in the past.  Patients that are severely claustrophobic or experience difficulty in staying still, possibly due to severe pain, will now be able to take advantage of this service.  In addition, we will be able to scan infants and toddlers, something we have never done here at our facility.  We are fully equipped with the necessary MRI compatible anesthesia machines and monitoring equipment that, when combined with the experience of our nurse anesthetists and technologists, will make your patients experience as safe and least invasive as possible.

When preparing a patient to take advantage of this service, please keep in mind that we will need an MRI order specifically stating “with anesthesia care”.  In addition and because your patients safety is our first and foremost concern, we will need your patient to be prepped accordingly by having a H& P (dictated and typed within thirty days and updated within twenty four hours of the start of the procedure), labs and possibly an EKG as well.  The results of these prerequisites will be reviewed by the anesthesia department and ultimately, the decision to use this service will be made by them.  This service will also be available for inpatients as well, thus allowing us to scan patients that up until now would not be candidates for MRI.  As I mentioned, we will begin performing this service on Monday, July 25th and then schedule outpatients every other Monday after that.  Keep in mind that most MRI exams need preauthorization so these additional requisites can be done during that process, thus minimizing delays.

We are very excited to offer this service to you and your patients.  It’s just another way that we are demonstrating our commitment to the community.  If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment, please call radiology at 760-499-3737.  And as always, thank you for your loyalty and support.

 

Charles W. Pietrangelo BS RT

Manager of Radiology Services

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

760-499-3700

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STAFF AT RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL –

 

Ridgecrest, CA  (June, 2011) – Ridgecrest Regional Hospital underwent a Hospital Patient Safety Licensing Survey this month.  The survey process was developed to determine if general acute care hospital facilities are in compliance with State Statutes.  The survey covers over 50 standards that deal with End of Life Care, Brain Death, Hospital Services, Patient Safety and Infection Control, Discharge Planning, Dietary, Immunizations and Fair Pricing.

The nurse surveyors spent 2 days at RRH conducting direct observations of hospital practices, interviews with staff, and record reviews.  After completing the survey, the team shared its results with staff at RRH.  Ridgecrest Regional Hospital did very well!

“Patient safety is a priority at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital year-round,” said Chief Executive Officer, James A. Suver.  “Congratulations to the staff of RRH for their ongoing commitment and devotion to patient safety!”

For more information about the General Acute Care Hospital Patient Safety Licensing Survey go to www.cdph.ca.gov.

 

ANESTHESIA ASSISTED MRIs –  MRI IMPROVEMENTS AT RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL

(July, 2011)  With the recent construction and install of our new MRI suite, it’s been our goal to not only improve on existing protocols but to add additional capabilities to our repertoire of services.  Since its inception in late 2010, we have already noticed improvements in patient satisfaction associated with the new, roomy accommodations, special lighting and audio/video entertainment systems.   In addition, we have begun to perform MRI of the breast, using Sentinel’s dedicated breast table and system, one of the industries best for clarity and patient comfort.  All this combined with significantly improved scan times makes our MRI experience one of the best available anywhere.

With all that, it is with great pride and enthusiasm that I introduce you to the latest addition and improvement in MRI services.  Beginning July 25, 2011, we will be teaming up with our anesthesia department, offering anesthesia assisted MRI.  This service will allow us to scan patients that we have had to turn away in the past.  Patients that are severely claustrophobic or experience difficulty in staying still, possibly due to severe pain, will now be able to take advantage of this service.  In addition, we will be able to scan infants and toddlers, something we have never done here at our facility.  We are fully equipped with the necessary MRI compatible anesthesia machines and monitoring equipment that, when combined with the experience of our nurse anesthetists and technologists, will make your patients experience as safe and least invasive as possible.

When preparing a patient to take advantage of this service, please keep in mind that we will need an MRI order specifically stating “with anesthesia care”.  In addition and because your patients safety is our first and foremost concern, we will need your patient to be prepped accordingly by having a H& P (dictated and typed within thirty days and updated within twenty four hours of the start of the procedure), labs and possibly an EKG as well.  The results of these prerequisites will be reviewed by the anesthesia department and ultimately, the decision to use this service will be made by them.  This service will also be available for inpatients as well, thus allowing us to scan patients that up until now would not be candidates for MRI.  As I mentioned, we will begin performing this service on Monday, July 25th and then schedule outpatients every other Monday after that.  Keep in mind that most MRI exams need preauthorization so these additional requisites can be done during that process, thus minimizing delays.

We are very excited to offer this service to you and your patients.  It’s just another way that we are demonstrating our commitment to the community.  If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment, please call radiology at 760-499-3737.  And as always, thank you for your loyalty and support.

Charles W. Pietrangelo BS RT

Manager of Radiology Services

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

760-499-3700

 

FIFTEEN HOSPITALIZED IN RIDGECREST for INFLUENZA.

March 22, 2011 Press Release

None received recommended flu shot.

Victoria Schauf, MD, RRH Medical Staff Chief of Staff

This influenza season put 14 adults and one newborn infant into the hospital. The adults were not aged or compromised.  They ranged in age from 26 to 53 years. Among these, five went to our Intensive Care Unit and four of them required a respirator to breathe for them.  One of these people in her 30s died. A mother and her newborn infant had to be transported separately to a higher level of care than available in Ridgecrest. So did another three adults.

Thirteen patients had influenza A and among these four were confirmed as H1N1 pandemic strain.  One adult had influenza B.

These sad events were totally preventable by use of a simple flu shot which at worst could cause a sore arm.  No, the flu shot cannot cause flu.  Yes, the flu shot has been available all over Ridgecrest from last August until the present.  The flu shot is indicated yearly for all people over 6 months age.  It is part of the routine immunization schedule for all children.

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL CELEBRATES NATIONAL RESPIRATORY CARE WEEK

October 27, 2010 Press Release

The staff of Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Respiratory Therapy Department celebrates National Respiratory Care Week with a proclamation from the City of Ridgecrest.

With 24/7 staffing, the RRH Respiratory Staff is an important member of the healthcare team at Ridgecrest Regional hospital.  The Respiratory Therapists provide all necessary treatment for the management of respiratory disorders and complications, ranging from acute conditions to chronic conditions as well as respiratory care for those with heart and lung disorders.

Respiratory Therapists can be found in the Emergency Department delivering life-saving treatments, in ICU managing ventilators that breathe for critical ill patients or providing treatments to patients with pneumonia, asthma, and a variety of other respiratory disorders.  Respiratory Therapists are also on duty in the RRH Sleep Lab performing sleep studies aiding in the diagnosis of sleep apnea.

 

RIDGECREST REGIONAL HOSPITAL TO PROVIDE GUEST WIRELESS INTERNET

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital is pleased to provide complimentary wireless Internet access for our patients, visitors and guests. Below is information for the settings necessary to access the Internet wirelessly while at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

Wireless Network Configuration requirements and reference information:

  • Wireless signal – 802.11b/g
  • Virus protection – we encourage the use of virus protection to mitigate risk to personal data.
  • Encryption is not required.
  • Printers are not available via Ridgecrest Regional Hospital wireless network.
  • SSID  RRH-Guest

It is important to note that while we are providing wireless internet access, Ridgecrest Regional Hospital does not provide wireless laptops or other wireless devices to access the guest wireless network. Guests and visitors should understand how to configure their computer or device and know what hardware or software is necessary to connect to the wireless network.

If you experience problems accessing the Internet over the Ridgecrest Regional Hospitals wireless network, hospital staff cannot assist in making changes to your device or network settings or perform any troubleshooting on your device.

Please note the following items:

  • As with most public wireless networks, the Ridgecrest Regional Hospitals wireless network is not secure. Therefore, it is possible other wireless users can intercept information being sent and received from your device. Consequently, you should take the usual prudent precautions regarding transmission of confidential personal, credit card or banking information.
  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital will not be responsible for any personal information that is compromised.
  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital will not be responsible for any damage caused to your hardware or software due to electric surges, security issues or consequences caused by viruses or hacking.
  • Your internet traffic will be monitored as part of the Ridgecrest Regional Hospitals network management process. You must use the Ridgecrest Regional Hospitals wireless network in a responsible manner, and in compliance with federal, state, and local laws; including, but not limited to, not transmitting or receiving illegal or harmful material, committing fraud, or downloading copyrighted material. Violators are subject to having their wireless access at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital revoked.
  • Restriction and/or monitoring of a minor’s access to the Ridgecrest Regional Hospitals wireless network are the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Thank you for complying with the guidelines above.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Announces New Technology

May 12, 2010 Press Release

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) will now offer a PET/CT imaging system through a recently completed agreement with Alliance HealthCare Services. This system integrates a positron emission tomography (PET) scanner with a multi-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner and is capable of 2D and 3D imaging. It has a larger bore that can accommodate all patient studies or sizes. This state-of-the-art PET/CT system provides physicians with more imaging sensitivity, speed, resolution, and diagnostic confidence when treating cancer patients as well as other clients.

“Bringing new technologies to the valley has always been an integral part of our role as healthcare leaders,” said Jim Suver, Chief Executive Officer.  “As we near completion of the final regulatory requirements, our patients can look forward to access to services which currently are not available in the valley,” continued Mr. Suver. “Less time on the table means faster results and greater patient comfort,” said Charles Pietrangelo, Imaging Services Manager.

Positron emission tomography is a tool that uses special imaging cameras and a radioactive type of sugar to produce pictures of the function and metabolism of cells in the body. Computerized tomography is an X-ray technology that generates a detailed view of the anatomy or structure of organs and tissues in the body. The CT scan can show the dimension of blood vessels, lymph nodes, and organ systems. Together, a PET/CT scan utilizes both technologies while using a single machine. It provides a picture of function (PET), a picture of anatomy (CT), and a merged picture of both the body’s metabolism and structure.

“The PET/CT we selected, a General Electric Discovery ST, is another example of RRH commitment to innovation and technology for early disease detection, supporting physicians in improved diagnosis and treatment,” said Jim Suver, chief executive officer at RRH. “With its larger bore size (70cm) and shorter tunnel length (100cm), physicians have more flexibility in positioning larger patients and for better radiation therapy planning, and [it] helps claustrophobic patients,” who find lying inside a scanner tunnel uncomfortable, explained Mr. Suver.

The GE Discovery ST is manufactured by GE Medical Systems of Waukesha, Wisconsin. GE Medical Systems is a global leader in medical information and technology.

To schedule a scan, call 1.866.533.4296.

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Announces the Addition of Hospice Care Services

May 4, 2010 Press Release

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Home Health Agency is now offering Hospice Care. RRH received licensing from the State of California Department of Public Health several weeks ago, to be a hospice care provider in our community. The Home Health Agency began seeing patients today and anticipates an additional Hospice certification sometime in the near future.

The addition of hospice care to its current home health services will allow our hospital’s Home Health Agency to extend care to patients battling a terminal illness.  Hospice care is an option when the physician expects that the patient may have six months or less to live if the patient’s disease process follows the usual progression.   Patients may receive hospice care for longer than 6 months if the patient’s terminal medical condition is slowly declining over time.

Hospice is a special form of care developed to ensure patients are able to live life as fully and completely as possible at the end of their lives.  “The goal of hospice is to allow patients to be as comfortable and pain-free as possible so they can enjoy the remainder of their lives in the comfort of their own homes” says Sally Kennedy, home health agency administrator at Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.

“With hospice care, patients don’t have to be restricted to the confinement of four walls, but have freedom to live their remaining days in whatever way they see fit” says Ms. Kennedy.  “That’s what hospice is about – living and cherishing those precious moments you have for as long and as comfortably as possible.  That’s what we want to bring to our patients and community.”

Hospice requires physician certification, so if you or a family member has a diagnosis that is terminal, talk to your physician about your desired wishes.

For more information, please contact Ridgecrest Regional Hospital Home Health and Hospice at (760) 499-3617.

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