HOME HEALTH CREW — From front to back are Jamyne Richardson, Val Elings, Mary Johns, Gloria Griggs, Krista Keiper, Janette VanLuchene and Laura Erickson. The local Home Health crew was recently ranked in the 90th percentile nationally. Photo courtesy of Lisa Hanson, PMC
Mary Johns, RN, Pondera Medical Center’s Home Health manager, received notification from the RN Project Coordinator with the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) national campaign that the home health agency is ranked in the 90th percentile across the nation for their low acute care hospitalization rates and their oral medication management rates.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contracts with the West Virginia Medical Institute and Quality Insights to facilitate this national initiative to improve home health quality.
The Pondera Home Health Agency (PHHA) is one of over 7,000 home health agencies across the nation that participates in this campaign.
By participating, PHHA is demonstrating their commitment to quality and improved patient care to their referral sources and the entire community served by the agency.
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
Reagan Grace Aaberg has been entered into the Gerber Baby contest at www.gerber.com .
Reagan’s mother, Stacy, found the cutest, most expressive photo of her baby and entered her to win in the Gerber Generation Photo Search.
Starting Dec. 3 and ending Dec. 31, you may view and vote for Reagan.
Voting is easy. Search for Reagan’s photo by using her photo ID number, 196073, and click on the “Vote for Me” button. You will need to submit your e-mail address and then a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you. Once that e-mail is received, you must click on the provided link for your vote to be counted that day. One vote per e-mail address may be submitted per day.
One baby is awarded every month for six months. The winner of the monthly Milestone is awarded a Flip SlideHD video camera and their photo is featured on gerber.com.
After the six month contest is over, the judges of Gerber select the baby showing the most expression, charm and uniqueness. The winner of the Gerber Generation Photo Search will star in a Gerber ad and win a $25,000 scholarship.
NEW BUSINESS — Kit Finlayson and Melody Campbell will open a new store, Creative Addictions, at 5 p.m. during the Christmas Stroll on Saturday. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Plans are in the works to open a new storefront, Creative Addictions, at the former Super Dollar Store at 412 S. Main on Dec. 4, at 5 p.m.
The new business, opening just in time for the Christmas Stroll, will be run by Melody Campbell and Kit Finlayson.
Campbell tells the I-O, “There’s no way I could do something like this alone, I have the opportunity to team up with Kit (of Conrad), who will be my partner in this adventure.”
Campbell goes on to add, “She’s a wonderfully talented and gifted artist in her own right. One of her many specialties is jewelry making.