Compendium of Hospital & Community Partnerships
Health Coaches partner with community members to achieve health and wellness goals
A partnership between Bryan Health, Saunders Medical Center, Edge Wellness, Family Service of Lincoln, Saunders County Prevention Coalition, Three Rivers Public Health Department, and Wahoo Parks and Recreation
In 2012, with the firmly held belief that patients achieve better health outcomes when they thoroughly understand their diagnoses and treatments, leaders at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, Neb., implemented a Health Coach program. Health Coaches serve as an educational resource and a personal advocate for a patient’s overall health. The program has produced positive results, particularly in four primary areas of focus: mental health, breast health, diabetes and obesity. Inspired by measurable improvements and high levels of community engagement, the hospital plans to continue developing community partnerships that further the objective of helping people stay healthy and be well.
Rural health system partners with local fitness centers and small businesses to improve workplace wellness
A partnership between Bryan Health, Henderson Health Care, Henderson Health Care Services Wellness Center and Fox Hollow Fitness Center
When their most recent Community Health Needs Assessment revealed Henderson, Neb., and surrounding areas needed a greater focus on fitness and nutrition, leadership at Henderson Health Care Services began their search for ways to provide more wellness opportunities where people live, work and play. As part of this initiative, the rural health system, which comprises a critical access hospital, primary care, specialty clinics and more, launched a workplace wellness program for local small businesses in September 2015. The program, called Body @ Work, promotes healthy lifestyle choices, provides blood pressure checks at the workplace and offers employees discounted fitness facility memberships in partnership with two local fitness centers. Partnerships remain strong with the eight participating businesses.
Partnership enables hospital to provide local access to 24-hour health care through telemedicine
A partnership between Bryan Health, Seward Memorial County Hospital and Concordia University, Nebraska
Located just blocks from Concordia University, Nebraska, Memorial Health Care Systems (Seward, Neb.) has a larger population of young millennials than many rural health systems. To connect with its community in ways that meet the digital access needs and preferences of the younger generation Memorial Health Care Systems partnered with Bryan Telemedicine (Lincoln, Neb.) to offer virtual health care services. The partnership was part of a “convenience campaign” that focuses on making health care more accessible through same-day clinic visits, an online portal and scheduling app, and Memorial ezVisit, the telemedicine component.
Hospital partners with technology provider to engage and connect with community for better health
A partnership between Bryan Health, Jefferson County Health & Life, MEDHOST, Fairbury Public Library and Fairbury Public Schools
Fairbury, Neb.-based Jefferson Community Health & Life embraced a new model of care in 2017 as part of an organization-wide commitment to health. Central to the new model were integrated health and life services aimed at inspiring people to make healthier lifestyle decisions. In collaboration with software vendor MEDHOST, Jefferson Community Health & Life launched My Wellness Dashboard, a web-based platform that enables the hospital to better connect with members of its community through a variety of health management tools. Consumers can use the free dashboard to receive personalized health care content and track data from fitness and medical devices. Patients can access personal medical records through a connected patient portal.
Hospital partners with local high schools to prepare students for health care professions
A partnership between Bryan Health, Box Butte General Hospital and The Health Professionals Club
Since 2006, Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH) in Alliance, Neb., has fostered interest and recruitment in the health care profession through an innovative partnership with local high schools. Known as the Health Professions Club, the program began as a partnership between BBGH and Alliance High School, and today includes participation from two additional high schools in the area. The Health Professions Club aims to improve recruitment for the hospital by enabling students to gain exposure to multiple health care careers and make more informed decisions about their futures.
Community Fitness Initiative helps lower childhood obesity rates
A partnership between Bryan Health, Lexington General Health Center, Lexington Public Schools, Lexington Community Foundation and the City of Lexington
Childhood obesity is a national epidemic with alarming statistics. Children who are overweight or obese are more likely to remain so into adulthood, putting them at higher risk for chronic health conditions. Childhood obesity has also been linked to poor educational performance and higher risk for depression, according to the CDC and the National Survey of Children’s Health.
Hospital’s School-to-Work Program Aids Young Adults with Disabilities
A partnership between Bryan Health, York General Hospital, Project SEARCH, ESU6 and Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation (Nebraska VR)
Through the international Project SEARCH program, York General Health Care Services (York General) – in conjunction with several local partners – prepares and transitions young adults with disabilities into employment by providing immersive guidance and training within a real-life workplace setting. The students receive classroom instruction and serve as interns across a variety of roles within York General’s hospital and medical facilities. In addition to helping the health system become more diverse and live its values, the program helps develop candidates for positions facing a shortage of applicants.
Community Partnerships Engage Residents in Healthy Living
A partnership between Bryan Health, Merrick Medical Center, Central City Public Schools, Bader Villa, Cottonwood Estates and Dark Islanding Walking Trail Association
Faced with a higher-than-average obesity rate in its local community, Merrick Medical Center in Central City, Neb., set out to change the way residents engage in health and fitness activities. What began as a social media campaign encouraging people to share photos of their healthy activities quickly transformed into a vision to influence the overall health of the community.
Paramedicine Program Strengthens Rural Health Care System
A partnership between Bryan Health, Community Hospital, Community Hospital Foundation, McCook Clinic PC and City of McCook Fire Department
More than a third of all Nebraskans live in rural areas. Rural populations tend to be older and have limited access to local health care services. Lack of access to care and transportation often lead to costly and unnecessary ambulance services.
Hospital and School District Partner for Emotional Health
A partnership between Bryan Health, Fillmore County Hospital and Fillmore Central Public Schools
In 2015, as part of their vision for improving mental health in the local community, leaders from Fillmore County Hospital met with officials from Fillmore Central Public Schools (an elementary, middle school and high school district in southeast Nebraska) to address behavioral health issues among the student population.
Pharmacy Provides Critical Link in Rural Care Continuum
A Partnership Between Bryan Health, Pender Community Hospital and Pender Care Centre District
Access to pharmacy services is essential to health care in any community. In rural areas, losing just one pharmacy might force patients to seek pharmacy services elsewhere, often resulting in primary care outmigration and an overall impact to availability of local health care.
Hospital and Fitness Center Join Forces for a Healthy Community
A Partnership Between Columbus Community Hospital and Columbus Family YMCA
A 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified priority health needs in Columbus, Neb., and surrounding areas. A 2015 CHNA confirmed these findings. Ranking high on the list were increased incidences of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. In response, Columbus Community Hospital and Columbus Family YMCA joined forces to offer a lifecare integration solution for the community’s overall health and wellness.
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