HCHA recognized for patient safety commitment

March 26, 2015

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The Hendricks Community Hospital Association was recognized by the Minnestoa Hospital Association for its committment to patient safety. As patient safety is a facility-wide effort at HCHA, employees representing various departments gathered for a photo with the plaque HCHA received. Pictured from left to right are Bev Gillund, Elly Schmidt, Lacey Frensko, Monica Megard, Sharla Benz, Deb Hintz, Roberta Willert, Ashton Buller, Sandy Lacek, Katie Nelson, Kara Schoenfeld, Kayla Vierhuf, Sandy Carson and Falon Paluch.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its commitment to patient safety.
For the past three years, HCHA has been one of 115 hospitals actively addressing the 10 hospital acquired conditions (HACs)—pressure ulcers, falls, obstetrical adverse events, venous thromboembolism, adverse drug events, surgical site infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line associated bloodstream infections and readmissions. MHA members collectively improved safety across the board by 37 percent, prevented 12,000 patients from being harmed and saved over 93 million dollars.

For the full story, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Schmidt completes CWOCN certification

March 26, 2015

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Elly Schmidt, a Registered Nurse at HCHA, has successfully completed her training to be a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Hendricks Community Hospital Association (HCHA) is now able to offer a service that patients would previously would have had to travel for.
Elly Schmidt, RN at HCHA, has successfully completed her training through the Metropolitan State University St. Paul and is now a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (CWOCN). Her training included three months of online schooling and 150 hours of clinical training onsite at the VA and Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, SD. Schmidt, who has been employed at HCHA for the past 12 years as an RN, explained what the certification means to patients.
“Under the direction of one of the doctors, I will be able to provide specialized support to patients, residents and clients with wound care, such as pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic neuropathy ulcers; ostomy care for colostomies, urostomies, ileostomies and troubleshooting appliances. I will also be able to help both men and women with incontinence issues of bowel or bladder such as dribbling or frequency. “

For the full story, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Special Vehicle Use ordinance approved

March 26, 2015

By Tammy Mathison 
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

An issue regarding golf cart travel on CSAH 17 west of Hen­dricks that has been talked about for nine years was settled last week by the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.
During their Tuesday, March 17 meeting, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners unani­mously approved a Special Ve­hicle Use on Designated County Roadways ordinance.
The ordinance was adopted for the purpose of authorizing the operation of motorized golf carts on designated county road­ways within Lincoln County.
Roadways that are designated are to be adjacent to city limits, and that city must have a permit process in place. In order to drive on the designated roadways, the golf carts must have a current permit from that city, and obey the rules as outlined in the city and county ordinances.
At this time, the only roadway designated in the ordinance is CSAH 17 From 575 feet west of the west intersection of North­shore Drive to the west City lim­its of the City of Hendricks.
Other communities that would like county roadways to be des­ignated will need to go before the Board of County Commis­sioners.

For the full story, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Hendricks Public School students enjoy a trip to the ice

March 26, 2015

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The Hendricks Public School PTO sponsored a trip to a Brookings Blizzard hockey game last Friday night. The students had a great time and made it on the jumbo TV screen as they performed the Macarena between periods. Students pictured from left to right in front are Josie Olson, Kristina Bolish, Claire Olson, Sophie Johnson, Brianna Bolish, Amelia Dunn, Nick Brown and Ethan Hansen; behind them are Trever Tiefenthaler, Laura Sherman, Brandi Kanz and Brittany Moravetz.

HCHA continues expansion process

March 19, 2015

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U.S. Congressman Collin Peterson and USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer were special guests at the Expansion Celebration and Groundbreaking at the Hendricks Community Hospital Association on Oct. 17, 2014, pictured with HCHA board members, administration and city officials. HCHA has reached the next step in the expansion process, which is to put the project out to bid.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

Hendricks Community Hos­pital Association (HCHA) has reached the point in the expan­sion process of putting the proj­ect out to bid.
According to HCHA Ad­ministrator Jeff Gollaher, the project is anticipated to take about two years to complete. He is encouraging local con­tractors and subcontractors to work with general contractors who will be submitting bids for the project. An ad in this week’s issue of the Hendricks Pioneer contains the informa­tion needed for those who are interested in submitting a bid. The bids will be opened pub­licly on April 8.
The project will encompass the entire campus facility, with changes being made throughout.
Changes include the moving of the dietary and laundry de­partments from the north end of the campus closer to the nursing home as the majority of those services are to that department.
A hallway connecting the Lin­coln Lane Villa to the nursing home will also be constructed for the convenience of those residents.

For the full story, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Kiwanis host waffle feed to support community projects

March 19, 2015

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The Kiwanis held their annual waffle feed on Saturday, March 13, with the proceeds going toward many projects, such as providing books to young students, and other community related projects the Kiwanis supports.

Approvals; HeART discussion at Council

March 19, 2015

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

The Hendricks City Council had a few approval items on their Monday, March 16 agenda.
The first was the approval of the renewal of a contract with Otter Tail Power Company. The contract is a 20-year contract, which is what the city had with Otter Tail previously. The con­tract was renewed by unani­mous consent.
The second approval item was a resolution for a two-year tax abatement for the Hendricks Housing Authority. The Coun­cil set a fixed dollar amount of $855.03 to be abated for each of the two years. The approval of the abatement will help with the funding applications for the ren­ovation of Westview Apartments by showing the city’s commit­ment to the project. The abate­ment resolution was approved by unanimous consent.
The next approval item was the approval of the liquor license for the April 18 Chili-Beer Festi­val sponsored by the Hendricks Community Club.

For the full story, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

Hendricks Public School students share history with Kiwanis

March 19, 2015

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HPS eighth grade American History students and their teacher John Barthalow visited the Hendricks Kiwanis on Monday, March 16. The students have been learning about the Great Depression and shared a skit about boxcar boys with the Kiwanis.

Pops Concert featured decades of music

March 12, 2015

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The third through 12th grade choir sang several songs during the Pops Concert on March 5.

By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
Working their way through the decades, the Hendricks Public School band and choirs, along with the Community Band, played and sang a variety of selections from the 1950s right up through the hits of today at their first Pops Concert under the direction of Mrs. Donna Hamilton.
In addition to lending her soprano to the choir, senior Nicole Mathison was the emcee for the evening, introducing the numbers and providing some interesting history behind some of them.
The Community Band started off the evening with Bill Haley and the Comet’s “Rock Around the Clock.” The 3-12 grade choir followed with The Tokens’ “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
The trip through the 1960s included the familiar hits of “Louie, Louie,” “I Get Around” and “Yellow Submarine.”

For the full story and more photos, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.

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In addition to singing in the choir, senior Nicole Mathison was the emcee for the Pops Concert.

Chili cook-off and craft beer festival fundraiser

March 12, 2015

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By Tammy Mathison
hendrickspioneer@gmail.com

 
As a means to help raise funds for the proposed campground improvements, the Hendricks Community Club is sponsoring a chili cook-off and craft beer festival on Saturday, April 18.
The proposed improvements will include the addition of four “primitive” cabins, which will feature electricity for air conditioning and baseboard heat, but no water, bunk beds and a queen –sized bed, a good-sized front deck and a fire pit. They will be located in the old Deer Park area. Overflow parking is also in the plans as well as the construction of new restroom/shower facilities.
The City of Hendricks is applying for an Outdoor Recreation Grant to assist with the funding of the campground improvements. The grant is one that requires at least half of the funds for the project to come from the applicant. To improve the chances of getting the grant, the more support the City can show for the project, the better. Several local organizations have pledged financial support, including the Community Club.
The planned fundraiser is over and above what the HCC has pledged.
The event, which is being hailed as a “first annual” event, will be held at the Hendricks Campground from 2-5 p.m.

For the full story and more photos, read this week’s Hendricks Pioneer.