Editorial: Three Cheers

May. 17, 2013 @ 11:55 PM

LeConte Medical Center

deserving of new awards

It’s not enough that we have a beautiful hospital campus to serve us. There have to be quality people working on the inside to ensure quality and competent medical care. LeConte Medical Center delivers on that count. Professional Research Consultants (PRC), a nationally known healthcare marketing research company headquartered in Omaha, Neb., presents awards each year recognizing excellent customer service among its clients.

LeConte Medical Center received a Platinum Achievement Award for imaging, laboratory, cardiology, physical therapy and registration in the category of “outpatient recurring visit.” LeConte’s achievements in this area are related to the hospital’s “Journey to Excellence – Every Patient, Every Time” initiative.

LeConte also received two Overall Quality of Care awards from PRC: a 4-star award for inpatient services, and a 5-star award for outpatient services. “No matter the specific nature of our jobs or whether we work in a hospital setting or outpatient clinic, at Covenant Health individuals, departments, member organizations and our overall health system all have the same goal: to provide remarkable patient experiences,” said Wilma Brantley, corporate director of leadership development. Congratulations to all.

Nursing home residents

receive earned citations

Sevierville is lucky to have four nursing home residents named to the annual Who’s Who in Tennessee Long-term Care.

The list includes Patty Freda, a lifelong resident of Sevier County who began her nursing career in the operating room of Baptist Nursing Hospital in 1954; Joe Craig, a resident at Sevier County Health Care Center, who played two seasons with the Washington Generals professional basketball team; Robert Moore, a resident at Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home, who received a Bronze Star for his efforts during the Korean War; and Kester Earl Knight, a resident at Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home, the son of a West Virginia coal miner who served in the Army during World War II and worked in Ohio for Ford Motor Co. for 33 years.

All of the honorees received a Who’s Who certificate of achievement during National Nursing Home Week, an event celebrating the staff, residents, volunteers and family members who contribute to the quality of life for those living in long-term care facilities. Congratulations to all four honorees. Their profiles will also be featured at www.thca.org.

Staged mock crash has

key lessons for teenagers

Teaching children how risky decisions can have consequences is a neverending effort by adults. It won’t save them all, but it will save lives and prevent tragedies. That was the aim of the mock crash event staged last week at Pigeon Forge High School.

Local officials worked with Pigeon Forge High School’s chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions to stage a wreck. Four students volunteered to be the victims. They used cars that had already been wrecked; the fake blood was provided by Ripley’s Haunted Mansion.

The spectacle included flashing blue and red lights, screaming victims, a “DOA” victim carried away covered by a shroud and a Lifestar helicopter landing in a ball field. The message, for young drivers about to enjoy a summer full of opportunities to drive, was to be responsible when they’re behind the wheel. Will it work? It has to. Some will ignore or forget the lessons. But others will remember and perhaps stop short of being impaired or doing something dumb. It was a good lesson for all. Thanks to those who staged this event.