Mercy Walworth Hospital Receives Accreditation

Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was recently granted full chest pain center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).

Hospitals that receive SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. SCPC, an international not-for-profit organization, focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

“We are extremely proud of achieving accreditation as a chest pain center,” says Javon Bea, President and CEO of Mercy Health System. “It has been a rigorous process and our team has been working hard to meet this elite mark of excellence. This is yet another example of how we continue to raise the bar for the health and well being of our community.”

For patients, this means that Mercy Walworth Hospital meets strict criteria aimed to:

  • Reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treat patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitor patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

For more information about Mercy’s new chest pain accreditation or Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center visit MercyHealthSystem.org.

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Better Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes in Both Sexes, Study Finds

Javon Bea DiabetesBetter Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes in Both Sexes, Study Finds

From the health library at MercyHealthSystem.org:

“Lifestyle changes and medicines are equally effective in preventing men and women with pre-diabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes, a new analysis finds.

Previous research has shown that lifestyle changes, such as a healthier diet and regular exercise, and use of medicines to lower blood sugar levels can delay or prevent the onset of full-blown diabetes in people with pre-diabetes.

However, it wasn’t known what effect, if any, gender might have on the effectiveness of these interventions, the researchers from Austria said…..read more @ HealthDay News

Better Diet, Exercise Can Prevent Diabetes in Both Sexes, Study Finds

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Mercy Walworth physician assistant receives credential

Mercy Walworth physician assistant receives credential

Javon Bea – Mercy Health System

LAKE GENEVA, WI – Jeremy Houtakker, certified physician assistant in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine at Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center, is one of only 108 certified physician assistants in the nation to earn a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Houtakker was awarded a CAQ in orthopaedic surgery, a distinction earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements and then passing an exam in the specialty. He is one of only 16 certified PAs in Wisconsin and 530 certified PAs nationally, to earn a CAQ since the program’s inception in 2011.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (262) 245-0535.

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Winter travel safety tips from the CDC

Winter travel safety tips from the CDC

Javon Bea – Mercy Health System: Stay safe this winter when you travel. Great tips and ideas from the CDC

Be prepared to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards.

When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.

  • Avoid traveling when the weather service has issued advisories.
  • If you must travel, inform a friend or relative of your proposed route and expected time of arrival.
  • Follow these safety rules if you become stranded in your car.
    • Stay with your car unless safety is no more than 100 yards away, but continue to move arms and legs.
    • Stay visible by putting bright cloth on the antenna, turning on the inside overhead light (when engine is running), and raising the hood when snow stops falling.
    • Run the engine and heater only 10 minutes every hour.
    • Keep a downwind window open.
    • Make sure the tailpipe is not blocked.

Above all, be prepared to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. If you have pets, bring them inside. If you cannot bring them inside, provide adequate, warm shelter and unfrozen water to drink.

No one can stop the onset of winter. However, if you follow these suggestions, you will be ready for it when it comes.

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Mercy named certified joint replacement center by The Joint Commission

Mercy named certified joint replacement center by The Joint Commission

Javon Bea Mercy Health System

JANESVILLE, WI – Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center was certified by The Joint Commission for total hip and knee replacement. Mercy is the only hospital in Rock County with total hip and knee replacement certification from The Joint Commission.

This certification means the Mercy Regional Joint Replacement Center at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center meets requirements in compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the hip or knee replacement patient population, and collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the hip or knee replacement patient population.

“This certification demonstrates our commitment to continually raising the bar for the health of our orthopaedic patients,” says Javon R. Bea, President/CEO of Mercy Health System. “We strive to always provide exceptional care defined by impeccable clinical outcomes, patient safety and patient experience.”

Sue Ripsch, CNO/Vice President of Mercy Health System, said the surveyor was highly complimentary regarding Mercy’s program and the extensive work completed to achieve this status. “The surveyor stated our patients were very positive about their inpatient experience at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center and also about their preoperative clinic experience at Mercy. The surveyor also observed that the employees she interacted with were very positive and proud of this program. This certification was accomplished through the hard work of a multidisciplinary team at the hospital and the ambulatory setting. Their dedication and hard work is much appreciated!”

The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting body in health care. It evaluates more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. It conducts rigorous, in-depth and on-site evaluations before awarding certification. For more information about the accreditation, or to reach the Mercy Regional Joint Replacement Center, call (608) 756-6603.

Mercy named certified joint replacement center by The Joint Commission

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Mercy McHenry welcomes new family medicine physician – Javon Bea

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Mercy McHenry welcomes new family medicine physician

McHENRY, Illinois – Mercy Health System is pleased to welcome board certified family medicine physician, Syed Hassan, MD, to its staff at Mercy McHenry Medical Center, 3922 Mercy Dr. (Mercy McHenry welcomes new family medicine physician)

Dr. Hassan earned his medical degree at Baqai Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, and served his residency at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He also completed a geriatrics fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. 

His areas of special interest include diabetes, high blood pressure, senior adult health care and care for all ages. 

Dr. Hassan welcomes new patients. To make an appointment, call Mercy McHenry Medical Center at (815) 344-4499.

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Mercy Walworth Hospital offers stroke support group – Javon Bea

Javon BeaMercy Health System

LAKE GENEVA, Wisconsin – Have you or someone you love recently had a stroke? Share and receive the support of other individuals facing the challenges associated with stroke difficulties by attending Mercy Walworth Hospital’s Stroke Support Group. There is no charge for attendance. Family and friends are welcome. 

The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center, lower level conference room, Hwys 50 and 67, Lake Geneva. 

The group is lead and organized by the physical, occupational, and speech therapy department: Angela Schnobel, Hanna Herland and Karen Graham. For more information, call (262) 245-2191 or visit MercyWalworthStrokeSupport.org.

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Two hospital systems in Rockford and southern Wisconsin Javon Bea

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Two hospital systems in Rockford and southern Wisconsin have agreed to merge, creating a new nonprofit system that will have a combined $1.45 billion in revenue.

The announcement today comes after the boards of Rockford Health System and Mercy Health System unanimously signed off on the merger Oct. 23, the hospital CEOs said. The deal could be completed as early as December, pending approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. No cash was exchanged as part of the merger.

Javon Bea, president and CEO of Janesville, Wisconsin-based Mercy Health, will lead the new parent system and sit on its board.

The merged system will include five hospitals, more than 550 physicians and 80 outpatient clinics in Illinois and Wisconsin. Rockford Health System has a 396-bed hospital and a 61-bed rehab center. Mercy has hospitals in Janesville and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and a 65-bed facility in Harvard, Illinois. Mr. Bea said this partnership adds specialty pediatric and neonatal care that Mercy does not offer.

The Rockford Township-based hospital has about $450 million in revenue annually, said Kristina DeCoster, a spokeswoman for the health system. Mercy has more than $1 billion in revenue, according to its website. It has invested about $220 million in updating its facilities over the past few years, Mr. Bea said.

Hospitals are increasingly looking to get bigger as payment models move from the traditional fee-for-service to systems that rely on outcomes and reward providers for keeping people healthy. Small facilities have difficulty competing because they lack the volume to reduce per-patient costs significantly. Even Advocate Health Care, the state’s largest system, recently announced plans to merge with NorthShore University HealthSystem, the dominant health network in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

The Rockford Township-based system has been in talks with larger organizations for a while, looking for a partner to help bolster the hospital’s profitability. Winfield-based Cadence Health most recently looked into merging with Rockford, but the agreement was called off in January. Downers Grove-based Advocate Health Care, the largest hospital system in the state, was interested in adding Rockford Health to its system in 2008, though those talks ended soon after.

“What makes this partnership different is that we (Rockford Health and Mercy Health) are geographically contiguous, while the others (Cadence and Advocate) were not,” said Gary Kaatz, president and CEO of Rockford Health. “The second difference is that we are sharing the governance function in this deal and play a key role on the board.”

In previous merger talks, Rockford Health was given minimal seats on a large board of directors, Mr. Kaatz said. The new operation with Mercy will have a nine-member board of directors that includes four representatives of each system.

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