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Mendota Community Hospital's Emergency Department Goes Electronic
November 21, 2013
On September 17th, 2013 the Emergency Department at Mendota Community Hospital went “live” with Meditech (Medical Information Technology, Inc). This software based system is from Massachusetts. Meditech is a medical information system that is installed in healthcare facilities throughout the world. MCH began implementing Meditech’s healthcare information system back in 1997. We began integrating modules into individual departments with the latest being the Emergency Department Management (EDM) module. EDM started with the nursing documentation go-live in February of 2013 and the physician documentation with physician order entry on September 17th, 2013.

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Emergency Management Training, Infant Abduction Drill (Code Amber)
November 14, 2013
On Thursday November 13, 2013 with the help of Mendota Police Department the hospital tested their Infant Abduction Policy. Testing this plan helps Mendota Community Hospital meet the Illinois Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness requirements while providing valuable training for staff. The hospital is required to have community partners involved in testing and training of Emergency Operations Plans. Achieving good results in the event of an Infant Abduction (Code Amber) situation requires strong team work and good communication both internally and externally. Incident Command was established in the hospital and Mendota Police and Hospital Incident Command Team worked together. Police also used canine units to assist in the search. After the drill a critique of the event was held to learn areas that need improvement.

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Diabetes Awareness Month
October 24, 2013
November is Diabetes Awareness month. Being AWARE of your diabetes risk is good but taking preventive measures is better. Let’s start with the statistics of diabetes in the United States as they were calculated in the latest study in 2011 and released by the Center for Disease Control: Diagnosed with diabetes: 25.8 million Undiagnosed diabetes: 7 million Pre-diabetes: 79 million 35% of those over 20 years of age have pre-diabetes 50% of those over 65 years of age have pre-diabetes

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