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Nason Hospital Will Become 100% Tobacco-Free Effective January 1, 2017

Roaring Spring, PA (November 16, 2016) - Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. Nearly 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. In an effort to provide a healthy environment and make our communities healthier, Nason Hospital is pleased to announce that on January 1, 2017 we will transition to a 100% tobacco-free campus. “Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in this country. We are a healthcare institution and our job is to save lives and make communities healthier, so becoming 100% tobacco-free not only makes sense but it is key to our mission as part of our community” said CEO Tim Harclerode.

When the tobacco-free campus policy goes into effect, no smoking or tobacco use will be permitted in any Nason offices or on any Nason owned properties including the parking lots and grounds. There will no longer be designated areas for smoking or smokeless tobacco use (including electronic cigarettes).

Patients will not be permitted to leave the hospital to smoke or use tobacco at any time. “We care about the health and well-being of our staff, patients and visitors.” said Mr. Harclerode, “Scientific evidence shows that smoking is dangerous to our health, and that many health issues are associated with secondhand smoke which affect our nonsmoking staff, patients and visitors. We believe that maintaining a tobacco-free shift sets an example to businesses, community leaders, organizations and residents of our service area.”

Becoming a 100% tobacco-free campus is a timely and important resolution for Nason Hospital. The decision to become completely tobacco-free is reinforced by Nason Hospital’s participation in the Healthy Blair County Coalition which has made it a goal to reduce tobacco use in Blair County.


About Nason Hospital
A part of the Roaring Spring community for more than a century, Nason Hospital, a LifePoint Hospital, is committed to promoting the health and well-being of communities in the Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties region of central Pennsylvania by delivering safe, high quality and compassionate care to every patient. Nason Hospital is a member of the Conemaugh Health System. Conemaugh Health System, a member of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, is the largest healthcare provider in west central Pennsylvania, serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs. Conemaugh’s 4,500+ employees and 350+ physicians are committed to excellence and repeatedly earn state and national recognition for exceptional clinical outcomes.

Nason Home Health Earns Ranking as a 2016 HomeCare Elite Top Agency Johnstown, PA (November 2, 2016)

Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite®, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For more than ten years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies across the country.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare; and sponsored by DecisionHealth, publisher of: Home Health Line, The Complete Home Health ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Coding Manual and The Home Health Coding Center.

“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment,” said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management, for ABILITY Network. “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex. The 2016 HomeCare Elite winners have demonstrated the highest-quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate Nason Home Health on being one of the top home care agencies in the country.”

“The staff at Nason Home Health has been providing care for the community since 1985,” says Tim Harclerode, Nason Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer. “They work hard to ensure high quality outcomes and patient satisfaction. We are very proud of the entire team and are grateful for their dedication to their patients.”

“We are pleased to recognize the HomeCare Elite agencies for demonstrating a commitment to improving quality patient care at low costs. The clinical best practices and data tracking skills these agencies have implemented can position them for future success in government programs such as value-based purchasing and star ratings,” said Marci Heydt, Senior Content Manager, DecisionHealth.

Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,406 agencies considered, 2,353 are recognized on the 2016 HomeCare Elite winners list overall.

The entire list of 2016 HomeCare Elite agencies can be downloaded by visiting the ABILITY Network website at abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.


About Nason Home Health

Nason Home Health is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. Members of the home health staff provide a wide range of services to patients in the familiar and comfortable setting of their own homes including skilled nursing, home health aide, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social services, tele-health and medical supplies (as per insurance coverage). A registered dietician and a certified diabetic educator are also available for consultation.

About ABILITY Network
ABILITY® Network is a leading healthcare information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare through innovative applications and data analytics. ABILITY is headquartered in Minneapolis with principal offices in Boston and Tampa. For more information visit www.abilitynetwork.com or write to resources@abilitynetwork.com.

For more information about HomeCare Elite, call 888.572.4009, write to HomeCareElite@abilitynetwork.com or visit www.abilitynetwork.com/homecare-elite.

About DecisionHealth®
For over 30 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis and tools to improve revenue cycle performance, profitability, regulatory compliance and quality patient care. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of online products, print solutions, and live training events. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in ICD-10 coding and OASIS-C2 through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1855CALLDH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.

PRESS RELEASE
March 18, 2016

NASON HOSPITAL AWARDED HOSPITAL
ACCREDITATION FROM THE JOINT COMMISSION


Nason Hospital today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Nason Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in November 2015. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides hospitals with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations,” said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Nason Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

“Nason Hospital is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Tim Harclerode, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, Nason Hospital. “Staff from across the organization continue to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.

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About Nason Hospital
A part of the Roaring Spring community for more than a century, Nason Hospital, a LifePoint Hospital, is committed to promoting the health and well-being of communities in the Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties region of central Pennsylvania by delivering safe, high quality and compassionate care to every patient. Nason Hospital is a member of the Conemaugh Health System. Conemaugh Health System, a member of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, is the largest healthcare provider in west central Pennsylvania, serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs. Conemaugh’s 4,500+ employees and 350+ physicians are committed to excellence and repeatedly earn state and national recognition for exceptional clinical outcomes.

The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.


PRESS RELEASE
February 11, 2016

Nason Hospital Designated Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care

Roaring Spring, PA (February 11, 2016) – In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Highmark BCBS announced that Nason Hospital has been designated as one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Nearly four million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common cause of hospitalization. This new Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on several quality measures, including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, an ongoing concern in the medical community. Compared with babies born 39 weeks or later, early term infants face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and respiratory failure, among other conditions. These babies also have a higher rate of admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Units.

In addition, hospitals that receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation agreed to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care, as well as having initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding, as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA or the Mother-Friendly Hospital program by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) through its “Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care.” The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.

Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care, an expansion of the national Blue Distinction Specialty Care program, are hospitals recognized for delivering quality, affordable specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community. To receive a Blue
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Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, a hospital must also meet requirements for cost efficiency.

“The Special Delivery unit here at Nason Hopsital is pleased to accept this maternity care designation, “says Lori A. Smith, MSN< RN< RNC, Director of Obstetrics/Nursery at Nason Hospital. “Prospective parents will find comfort knowing they have selected maternity care that delivers the highest quality care and is still affordable. The expertise of our nursing staff and providers as well as the friendliness of our community hospital is what brings our patients back for all of their childbirth experiences. Our goal is to have all babies deliver at 39 weeks or greater. “

“Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield extends its sincere congratulations to Nason Hospital for their dedication to quality, patient safety, and transparency that is required to achieve this great distinction. With consumer driven healthcare programs like Blue Distinction, and the significant effort of our partner practitioners and facilities, Highmark can now enable our members the opportunity to make wise, value-driven healthcare decisions”, said Dr. Mark Piasio, Medical Director, Provider Strategy, Highmark Inc.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies across the nation have recognized more than 650 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care. Hospitals recognized for these designations were assessed using a combination of publicly available quality information and cost measures derived from BCBS companies’ medical claims.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants. Research shows that, compared to other facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated health care facilities.

For more information about the program, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
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About Nason Hospital
A part of the Roaring Spring community for more than a century, Nason Hospital, a LifePoint Hospital, is committed to promoting the health and well-being of communities in the Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties region of central Pennsylvania by delivering safe, high quality and compassionate care to every patient. Nason Hospital is a member of the Conemaugh Health System. Conemaugh Health System, a member of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, is the largest healthcare provider in west central Pennsylvania, serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs. Conemaugh’s 4,500+ employees and 350+ physicians are committed to excellence and repeatedly earn state and national recognition for exceptional clinical outcomes.

About Highmark Health Services
Highmark Health Services is among the largest health insurers in the United States and the fourth-largest Blue Cross and Blue Shield-affiliated company. Highmark Health Services operates health insurance plans in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia that serve 5.3 million members. Its diversified health businesses serve group customer and individual health needs across the United States through dental insurance, vision care and other related health businesses. Highmark Health Services is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.highmark.com.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide health care coverage for nearly 105 million members – one in three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit bcbs.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.

About Blue Distinction Centers
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable health care. Each facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.
PRESS RELEASE
February 5, 2016

Nason Hospital welcomes new Chief Executive Officer

Roaring Spring, PA (February 5, 2016) – Timothy Harclerode, R.N., MBA, FACHE, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Nason Hospital. Harclerode will begin his new post in February. He comes to Roaring Spring from Maria Parham Medical Center in North Carolina where he served as Chief Operating Officer.

“We are confident Tim will be a good fit for Nason Hospital and for the Roaring Spring community,” says Doug Mingle, Chairman of Nason Hospital’s Board of Trustees. “Tim has great and diverse healthcare experience and a proven track record of success. He was highly recommended by all involved in this decision.”

Harclerode began his healthcare career as a medic in the U.S. Army. He then went on to complete a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration, both from West Virginia University. Harclerode is also a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Harclerode has been with LifePoint Health for seven years in progressive leadership roles. His recent position as COO at Maria Parham Medical Center included oversight of all clinical and support departments as well as the hospital’s quality initiatives, construction and renovation, strategic planning and capital improvements.

“I am honored to have been chosen as Chief Executive Officer for Nason Hospital,” says Harclerode. “I am excited to be working alongside a medical staff, board, leadership team and employees who are so proud of the rich tradition of Nason Hospital and so dedicated to their patients and their community. “

Harclerode says the Roaring Spring region is a perfect fit for him. “I grew up in a similar size community. My first impression of this region is that everyone is amazingly sincere and easy to talk to which will make my job so much easier. It is also clear to me that the community greatly supports Nason Hospital; all of this makes me so excited to take this position.”

Harclerode will replace Richard Grogran who has served as Nason’s Interim CEO since the hospital became part of LifePoint Healthcare in February of 2015. “Richard has done an outstanding job and we are truly grateful for his leadership and commitment to Nason Hospital and the community,” says Mingle. “We have enjoyed working with Richard and wish him the very best. We look forward to welcoming Tim and to this new and exciting chapter for Nason Hospital.”

Harclerode enjoys the outdoors and is looking forward to being closer to family including his parents and his two sons who reside in West Virginia.


About Nason Hospital
A part of the Roaring Spring community for more than a century, Nason Hospital, a LifePoint Hospital, is committed to promoting the health and well-being of communities in the Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties region of central Pennsylvania by delivering safe, high quality and compassionate care to every patient. Nason Hospital is a member of the Conemaugh Health System. Conemaugh Health System, a member of Duke LifePoint Healthcare, is the largest healthcare provider in west central Pennsylvania, serving over a half-million patients each year through the Conemaugh Physician Group and Medical Staff, a network of hospitals, specialty clinics and patient focused programs. Conemaugh’s 4,500+ employees and 350+ physicians are committed to excellence and repeatedly earn state and national recognition for exceptional clinical outcomes.

PRESS RELEASE
February 5, 2016

Nason Hospital Home Health Earns 5-Star Rating
One of only 7 Agencies in Pennsylvania

Roaring Spring, PA (February 5, 2016) – Nason Hospital Home Health has once again earned a 5 star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Nason is one of only 7 agencies in Pennsylvania to achieve this rating.

The Home Health Star Ratings offer a 1-star to 5-star rating based on a home health agency’s performance on nine quality measures, including whether patients received flu shots, how their pain is managed and if they are able to stay out of the hospital.

“We are very proud of this recognition,” says Sharon Snider, MSN, RN, Director of Nason Home Health. “Our home health nurses are very focused on our patient outcomes and on providing a continuity of care between the clinician and patient.”

In addition to this 5-Star rating by CMS, Nason Home Health has also been named a Home Care Elite Top 500 Agency, which puts Nason Home Health in the top 5% of home health agencies across the nation for quality outcomes.

CMS released the new 5-star rating system last year to make selecting home health care providers easier for consumers. According to CMS, star ratings can help consumers more quickly identify differences in quality and make use of the information when they care choosing a health care provider. The new rating system can be found at www.medicare.gov/homehealthcompare.

About Nason Home Health
Nason Hospital has been providing Home Health Services since 1985. Patients can receive a wide range of healthcare and social services in the comfort of home, including skilled nursing, home health aide services, medical social services, physical therapy, speech pathology, medical supplies, nutritional guidance and more. For more information on Nason Home Health, please call 814-224-2141 or log on to Nasonhospital.com.

Michelle Buttry, RN, BSN, CIC, has been named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Nason Hospital. Buttry has been serving as Interim CNO since April of 2015 and has worked at Nason Hospital as a nurse manager since 1993.

Buttry is a graduate of Chestnut Ridge High School and West Virginia University where she earned her BSN. She began her career as a Nurse Assistant at the National Institute of Health, Public Health Service in Bethesda, Maryland, before moving into a role as a staff nurse in the Kidney/Pancreas Transplant unit at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. Buttry then worked as a staff nurse in the Intensive care and Coronary Care units at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center before beginning her career at Nason Hospital.

In her time at Nason, Buttry has served as a nurse manager for the Medical/Surgical, ICU, Emergency Department and Cardiopulmonary Hospital staff, overseeing care planning, coordination of care and education of staff. In addition, Buttry is a Certified Infection Control Professional (CIC) and has served as Nason Hospital’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control.

“I am so pleased to accept this promotion and look forward to building a healthier community with the support of LifePoint Health and Conemaugh Health System. Our board of directors and administration are diligently working with the medical staff and the public to determine the needs of our community. As we develop new services and improve programs our staff is committed to maintain the personalized care that we are well known for. “ Outside of the hospital, Buttry is an active member of United Church of Christ, St. Paul’s and enjoys biking, boating and fishing. She and her husband Lonnie are the proud parents of two sons, Austin and Conner.

Nason Hospital celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a celebratory luncheon at the Morrisons Cove Memorial Park on April 16, 2015. All volunteers were thanked and honored with small gifts and pins acknowledging their service hours. Mrs. Della Whysong was honored as the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. Della has been a volunteer at Nason Hospital for over 54 years! Thank you, Della, for your many years of service! Pictured is Della receiving her award from Heidi Kreider, Volunteer Director.

PRESS RELEASE
March 17, 2015

Nason Hospital Receives Echocardiography Accreditation by the IAC

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers, and physician offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. The skill of the Echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

Nason Hospital has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means that Nason Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography. When scheduled for and Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to Echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their Echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities accreditation remains a voluntary process.

Meet the New Year's Baby  Alexander Kendall Pratt
Congratulations to the Pratt Family!  Alexander Kendall Pratt  was the first baby born in 2015 at Nason Hospital.  He was born on January 2, 2015 at 7:59 am.  Parents are William and Sarah Pratt of Bedford, PA.  Alexander weighed 8 lbs 2 oz and was 20 inches long.   Alexander is the second child of William and Sarah.  He has an older brother, Will, who is 2 1/2 years old.  Baby Alexander was delivered by Dr. Diane Adams.

The family received the following gifts for being the first baby born at Nason Hospital in 2015:

$50 gift certificate to the Roaring Spring Department Store donated by
Nason Foundation
$50 gift certificate to Giant Eagle donated by Nason Foundation
A baby outfit and a stuffed toy donated by the Nason Auxiliary
Lotion for the baby's mother donated by the Nason Auxiliary
A handmade afghan donated by Linda Ritchey

PRESS RELEASE
December 16, 2014

Michelle Buttry Earns Certified Infection Control Credential

CBIC and Nason Hospital have announced that Michelle Buttry, RN, BSN, CIC, ICU, Med/Surg Nurse Manager, of Nason Hospital has earned the Certified in Infection Control (CIC) credential and has demonstrated a mastery of infection prevention and control knowledge by taking and passing this comprehensive examination. Certification is maintained through successful completion of a recertification examination every five years.

The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (CBIC) administers the exam certifying individuals as Certified in Infection Control (CIC). The purpose of the certification process is to protect the public by providing standardized measurement of current basic knowledge needed for persons practicing infection control; encouraging individual growth and study, thereby promoting professionalism among infection control professionals; and formally recognizing infection prevention and control professionals who fulfill the requirements for certification. Individuals who earn their CIC credential join approximately 5,000 practitioners worldwide who are Certified in Infection Control. The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredits CBIC’s certification program, which signifies that CBIC has met the highest national voluntary standards for private certification. signifies that CBIC has met the highest national voluntary standards for private certification. CBIC periodically conducts job analyses to assure that certification measures current practices and knowledge required for infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology.
The Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (CBIC) is a voluntary autonomous multidisciplinary board that provides direction for and administers the certification process for professionals in infection prevention and control and applied epidemiology. CBIC is independent and separate from any other infection control-related organization or association. For more information about CBIC, visit www.cbic.org.

Daniel Johnson, M.D.
PRESS RELEASE
December 15, 2014

NASON HOSPITAL FOUNDATION, MEDICAL STAFF AND EMPLOYEES DONATE TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS


For the seventh year, Nason Hospital Foundation, Nason Medical Staff, and Nason Hospital employees and volunteers presented holiday donations to the Claysburg Food Bank, the Roaring Spring Food Bank, the Martinsburg Food Bank, and the Martinsburg Ministerium’s “Cove Christmas Love.” The Nason Medical Staff made a $1,000 donation and the Nason Hospital Foundation made a $1,795 donation. With the help of Nason employees, donations were made to the Claysburg Food Bank in the amount of $580, to “Cove Christmas Love” in the amount of $2,800.00, to the Roaring Spring Food Bank in the amount of $330 and to the Martinsburg Food Bank in the amount of $380. Nason employees were able to choose which organization would receive their individual donations. Thank you to all those who donated and helped these worthwhile organizations!

Pictured in the first photo are: Pastor Mary Hendricks, representing the Martinsburg Ministerium for Cove Christmas Love; Lorie Smith, Nason Hospital Human Resources Director; and Linda Smith, representing the Martinsburg Food Bank.

Pictured in the second photo are: Pastor Jim Neatrour, representing the Claysburg Food Bank; Lorie Smith, Nason Hospital Human Resources Director; and Pastor Mark Halliday, representing the Roaring Spring Food Bank..Pictured are Pastor Kaye Hute, representing the Roaring Spring Food Bank; Pastor Jim Neatrour, representing the Claysburg Food Bank; Lorie Smith Nason Hospital Human Resource director; Linda Smith, representing the Martinsburg Food Bank; and Pastor Scott Schul, representing Cove Christmas Love.Pictured are Pastor Kaye Hute, representing the Roaring Spring Food Bank; Pastor Jim Neatrour, representing the Claysburg Food Bank; Lorie Smith Nason Hospital Human Resource director; Linda Smith, representing the Martinsburg Food Bank; and Pastor Scott Schul, representing Cove Christmas Love.Pictured are Pastor Kaye Hute, representing the Roaring Spring Food Bank; Pastor Jim Neatrour, representing the Claysburg Food Bank; Lorie Smith Nason Hospital Human Resource director; Linda Smith, representing the Martinsburg Food Bank; and Pastor Scott Schul, representing Cove Christmas Love.
ottie Ebersole Recognized for 30 Years of CCRN Certification

Lottie Ebersole at Nason Hospital recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession. Since 1984 she has consistently maintained CCRN certification offered through AACN Certification Corporation. Lottie is one of 524 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for 30 years of continuous certification.
CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care. As a result, the CCRN credential is highly regarded as recognition of advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. There are currently more than 68,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide who specialize in the care of adult, pediatric and/or neonatal patient populations.

Nason Hospital Earns ‘Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®’ Recognition from The Joint Commission November 18, 2014

Nason Hospital today announced it has been recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States. Nason was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2014 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Pneumonia and Surgical Care. Nason is one of 1,224 hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2013 Top Performer distinction.

The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions, including heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, stroke, venous thromboembolism and perinatal care, as well as for inpatient psychiatric services and immunizations.
Daniel Johnson, M.D.
This is the second year Nason Hospital has been recognized as a Top Performer. Nason was also recognized in 2011 for its performance on accountability measure data for Pneumonia and Surgical Care.

To be a 2013 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2013 accountability measure data, including:

• Achieving cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;
• Achieving performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there were at least 30 denominator cases; and
• Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Nason Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Nason Hospital is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Deb McGraw, VP Nursing/Patient Care Services. “Nason is proud to be named a Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our entire hospital staff.”

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx.

Daniel Johnson, M.D.
PRESS RELEASE
November 14, 2014

Nason Home Health Named as Prestigious 2014 HOSPICE HONORS Elite Recipient

Nason Home Health has been named a 2014 HHCAHPS Honors Elite recipient, a prestigious award recognizing home health agencies that continuously provide quality care as measured from the patient’s point of view.

Established by Deyta, this prestigious annual honor recognizes home health agencies that continuously provide the highest level of satisfaction through their care as measured from the patient’s point of view.

Deyta used the Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) survey results from more than 1,800 partnering home health agencies contained in its HHCAHPS database with an evaluation period of April 2013 through March 2014. Deyta identified HHCAHPS Honors recipients by evaluating performance on a set of twenty satisfaction indicator measures; omitting qualifying, leader, and demographic questions. HHCAHPS Honors recipients include those agencies scoring above the Deyta National Average on at least eighty-five percent, or seventeen, of the evaluated questions. Deyta holds a special recognition, HHCAHPS Honors Elite, to honor home health agencies scoring above the Deyta National Average on one hundred percent, or all nineteen, of the evaluated questions.

PRESS RELEASE
Nason Hospital Home Health Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite

Nason Hospital Home Health today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line.

“The 2014 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality care in their home health communities and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements,” said Mary Oakes, Senior Vice President of Post-Acute at National Research. “We congratulate Nason Hospital Home Health on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare in order to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum. The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management lead to success,” said Marci Heydt, Product Manager for the post-acute care business group of Decision Health.
About National Research Corporation
For more than 30 years, National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRCIA and NRCIB) has been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Today, the company’s focus on empowering customer-centric healthcare across the continuum extends patient-centered care to incorporate families, communities, employees, senior housing residents, and other stakeholders.

Recognized by Modern Healthcare as the largest patient satisfaction measurement firm in the U.S., National Research is dedicated to representing the true voice of patients and other healthcare stakeholders. This integration of cross-continuum metrics and analytics uncovers insights for effective performance improvement, quality measurement, care transitions, and many other factors that impact population health management.

National Research is headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information, call 800-388-4264, write to info@nationalresearch.com, or visit www.nationalresearch.com.

About DecisionHealth®
For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com

NASON HOSPITAL SIGNS LETTER OF INTENT TO BE ACQUIRED BY LIFEPOINT HOSPITALS

Potential partnership will allow hospital to strengthen healthcare delivery in Roaring Spring and surrounding communities


PRESS RELEASE
September 12, 2014

Roaring Spring, Penn. (September 12, 2014) – The Nason Hospital Board of Directors today announced it has signed a letter of intent to be acquired by LifePoint Hospitals®, a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare close to home. The acquisition would provide resources for the hospital to strengthen its operations and enhance the services offered to communities in Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties. As part of the proposed acquisition, Nason Hospital would join Conemaugh Health System, which was recently acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare, LifePoint’s joint venture with Duke University Health System.

“Our board has been seeking a strategic partner that could help us strengthen our hospital and ensure that we are offering the services that our communities need today and into the future,” said D. Stephen Martz, chairman of the Nason Hospital board of directors. “We chose LifePoint because it shares our commitment to quality healthcare and offered us a unique opportunity to join Conemaugh Health System. As part of LifePoint, we will have the financial, operational and clinical support we need to succeed. As part of Conemaugh, we will be part of a growing regional health system that will help us enhance the services we provide our patients.”
The letter of intent is a non-binding agreement that authorizes Nason Hospital and LifePoint to move forward with necessary steps to pursue the proposed acquisition. Following due diligence and a negotiation process, Nason and LifePoint would enter into a definitive agreement. This agreement would be subject to review by the Attorney General of Pennsylvania and the Blair County Orphans’ Court before being finalized.

“We are excited at the prospect of welcoming Nason into the Conemaugh system,” said Scott Becker, CEO of Conemaugh Health System. “We look forward to exploring this potential partnership further in the weeks to come and examining how we can combine our resources to improve healthcare delivery across west central Pennsylvania.”

Becoming a part of LifePoint will give Nason Hospital access to financial resources and support to improve quality care, recruit and retain needed physicians and preserve healthcare services in the communities it serves. Additionally, proceeds from the transaction will retire Nason’s financial obligations and fund a locally governed charitable foundation.
The LifePoint acquisition offers many benefits to the Roaring Spring community as well. When it is finalized, LifePoint will become a local taxpayer, providing an important source of new tax revenue to support the local economy.

“We are delighted to sign this letter of intent with Nason Hospital and move forward with exploring how the hospital could join the LifePoint and Conemaugh families,” said LifePoint Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William F. Carpenter III. “LifePoint and Nason have a shared commitment to making this community healthier. We see significant opportunities to advance the medical services available in this community.”


About Nason Hospital

A part of the Roaring Spring community for more than a century, Nason Hospital is committed to promoting the health and well-being of communities in the Blair, Bedford and Huntingdon counties area of central Pennsylvania by delivering safe, high quality and compassionate care to every patient.

About LifePoint Hospitals

LifePoint Hospitals® is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates more than 65 hospital campuses in 21 states. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier®,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the Company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, can be found on its website, www.LifePointHospitals.com. All references to “LifePoint,” "LifePoint Hospitals," or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.

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Lottie Ebersole Recognized for 30 Years of CCRN Certification

Lottie Ebersole at Nason Hospital recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession. Since 1984 she has consistently maintained CCRN certification offered through AACN Certification Corporation. Lottie is one of 524 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses for 30 years of continuous certification.
CCRN certification is one of the most advanced professional credentials that can be achieved by a nurse in the field of acute and critical care. As a result, the CCRN credential is highly regarded as recognition of advanced knowledge and clinical expertise in the care of acutely and critically ill patients and their families. There are currently more than 68,000 CCRN-certified nurses practicing worldwide who specialize in the care of adult, pediatric and/or neonatal patient populations.