Hammond-Henry Hospital
E- Newsletter
October 2021
From the Desk of Mark Kuhn, CEO
As we head further into Fall and the holiday season, I wanted to provide an update on recent projects and progress during the summer months.

· A Zimmer ROSA orthopedic robot system was installed in April. Dr. Stewart has used it to perform nearly 60 knee replacement procedures.

· Plans are underway to renovate the HHH laboratory in winter ’22. HHH is now seeing
annual testing volumes over 600,000/year.

· Two Nurse Practitioners (NP): Amy Darwin and Ashley Ebert, were hired for Urgent Care, and Sarah Dynes, Physician Associate (PA) has been hired for HHH Medical Group-Kewanee.

· A favorable audit was completed for the 2020/21 fiscal year.

· Over 90% of hospital employees are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and 100% of LTC residents are vaccinated. Plans are underway for booster
vaccines in November.

· Despite staffing challenges caused by COVID-19 and shortages, HHH has
had no agency staff at this time.

· HHH continues to sponsor the CNA class for area high school students, in collaboration with Geneseo High School, Annawan High School and Black Hawk College.

· In 2021 to date, over 100 students, including 23 MD/NP/PA students, have been sponsored by HHH.
 
While these are just a few of the highlights, as you can see, it has been a busy year so far. We thank the community for its support and we strive to bring excellent care to our patients and their families.
New Provider Announced at Hammond-Henry Hospital Medical Group - Kewanee
Hammond-Henry Hospital Medical Group - Kewanee is pleased to announce the addition of a new physician associate to the family practice provider group. Sarah Dynes, PA-C will join the practice this fall. Dynes grew up in Hermiston, Oregon. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Western Illinois University. After spending two years as an EMT both in Atkinson and Milan, she found her passion in health care and pursued a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Pacific University in Oregon. She has been practicing family medicine for the past three years in a rural clinic in her hometown of Hermiston. 

Dynes is excited to get started at the Kewanee clinic. She states, “I love pediatrics, but my passion is caring for patients of all ages which is why I chose to become a PA and work in family medicine. I love getting to know my patients, building relationships with them and watching them grow.”
Sarah is glad to be back in the Midwest where she spends time with her husband, son and dog on the farm. They also enjoy boating, fishing and other outdoor activities. 
 
Please join us in welcoming Sarah Dynes, PA-C to the Hammond-Henry Hospital Medical Group office in Kewanee. Sarah will begin to see patients on December 6. Appointments may be made now by calling the Kewanee office at 309-853-3677.
Secretary Vilsack, Representative Bustos Visit Hammond-Henry Hospital
On Friday, October 22, Hammond-Henry Hospital hosted U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. The pair took a tour of the emergency department, laboratory and clinic before a presentation on the hospital as a whole. Afterwards, Secretary Vilsack made a formal, national announcement to the press from the hospital. The USDA is making up to $1.15 billion available to help people living in rural communities access high-speed internet. In addition, Vilsack announced a $50 million investment in 105 rural telemedicine and distance learning projects in 37 states and Puerto Rico. Read the entire press release from the USDA USDA Press Release.