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Recruiting Specialist Shelby Andersen reviews physician/provider employment and retention efforts at BBGH Trustee meeting

Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH) Recruiting Specialist Shelby Andersen was front and center at the Board of Trustees meeting August 28. She was on hand to provide an update on one of the strategic plan’s priorities: Identify partnership opportunities to support physician/provider recruitment and retention.

Ms. Andersen, who began her career at BBGH two months ago, focused most of her presentation on a recent trip to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) National Conference. She, GNMSS Administrative Assistant Brittany Stull, Human Resource Manager Lisa Hillyer, and Dr. Mark Chu viewed the trip as both a recruitment effort and learning experience.  The AAFP Conference is attended mostly by medical school students or physicians in their first and second year Family Physician residency program. She said the trip resulted in the group being able to capture 111 leads for future contacts, including 61 students and 46 residents. “We gathered their email addresses, mailing addresses and the medical school or residency program they were attending,” Ms. Andersen reported. She focused on five potential physicians who showed exceptional interest in practicing medicine in a rural setting, going over each candidate by name and the characteristics that made them stand out from other candidates. Ms. Andersen also reviewed the hospital’s updated recruitment packet used to give prospective candidates an insight into the culture of BBGH, the surrounding community, and current physicians/providers at the hospital in family practice and in surgical specialties. The packet also includes provider benefit information, a relocation packet, and a current hospital newsletter. Ms. Andersen reported she is developing residency program contacts as another source for candidate outreach, naming six that she has established so far. She mentioned that she and other representatives are planning to have a vendor booth at the University of Wyoming Family Medicine Residency Program September 12. After answering several questions about outreach efforts from the Trustees, as well as receiving suggestions from them, the board thanked her for her efforts and commended her enthusiasm.

In other business, the board recognized Rehab & Wellness Center Manager Tim Devlin, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, for being named the August Employee of the Month. Also recognized and welcomed to the board was new Trustee Tom Cummings, attending his first meeting. BBGH Safety Officer James Koeteman was also recognized for his leadership in the hospital’s eclipse preparedness efforts. The Trustees then welcomed new employees, including Kim Stuart, Registration; Registered Nurses Ashley Johnson, Rebecca Connealy and Debra Kromis; Katie Rodriguez, GNMSS Phlebotomist; Brianna Thompson, Restorative Aide/Rehab Tech; and Laura Bishop, Imaging and Lab Departments Office Assistant.

The board approved the consent calendar with one minor editing correction and then heard Chief Quality Officer Mary Mockerman’s monthly Quality Management and Safety report. The Safety Matters case reported by the Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety focused on a 78-year-old patient at a facility who was scheduled to undergo a cervical fusion procedure. The patient had an implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD) which was not identified due to a breakdown during the pre-op history process at the hospital. There were no long term effects to the patient. She said that current surgical pre-op, anesthesia assessment, and MRI screening policy at BBGH assures confidence that such an incident occurring here was unlikely. Ms. Mockerman then went over Infection Prevention and Control information. She said annual employee flu shots will be offered in September and October. Nebraska is not currently experiencing any influenza. West Nile Virus and a positive test for St. Louis Encephalitis has been detected in sampled mosquito pools in the state, highlighting the need for the public to make sure they are protected against mosquito bites; especially when attending football games. She went over employee workplace injuries recorded over the past six months at BBGH. Ms. Mockerman wrapped up her report by reviewing The Joint Commission Leadership Standards in Culture of Safety and Quality and in Systems that Influence Performance.

After receiving and approving a preliminary June Financial Report from Controller Nadine Dunn, CEO Lori Mazanec went over upcoming events, including the 6th Annual Alliance Grime Time Adventure Race to be held Saturday, September 16 and the BBGH Auxiliary Home Tour scheduled for Sunday, October 1 (more information will be provided as those occasions approach).

The board’s final agenda item of the evening was the unanimous approval of all credentialing requests. They adjourned at 7:58pm. The next board meeting will be held Monday, September 25 at 7:00pm in the BBGH Alliance Room. As always, the public is welcome to attend.

Box Butte General Hospital is an equal opportunity provider and employer.