Great things are happening!
It's an exciting time at Curry Health Network, where the healthcare system is thriving, adding new technologies, services, locations and staff -- all of which work together to provide greater health and wellness services to our communities.
In the 2020 fiscal year, CHN invested nearly $1 million in capital equipment to upgrade its facilities with state-of-the-art technology. Some of the improvements include new inpatient beds, Smart IV pumps, PAPRs, laboratory microscopes and analyzers, boilers, bedside ultrasound, portable telemetry boxes, ventilators, and computers in our surgery and inpatient departments. Curry Health Network also has plans to upgrade its CT scanner and Nuclear Medicine camera so that our providers have a clear picture of their patients' health.
Growth has been an important focus and a notable success for Curry Health Network in recent years, beginning with the construction of new hospital in 2017, and continuing through the opening of the specialty clinic in Brookings, and new physical, occupational and speech therapy services in both Gold Beach and Brookings. In 2019, CHN opened the first satellite emergency department in the state of Oregon, which is staffed around-the-clock with emergency physicians, trauma- and critical care-trained Registered Nurses and other personnel so care is always available. Other recent accomplishments include the availability of same-day office visits in Brookings for non-emergency care, where providers treated over 5,000 patients since 2020, and the launch of behavioral health consultation, diabetes education and nutrition programs.
Quality of care is the top priority at Curry Health Network, achieved daily by the hard work and dedication of the medical community, providers and the organization's 315 employees who collaborate to provide the best patient experience possible. With successes like the overwhelmingly positive patient feedback about experiences in our COVID-19 vaccine clinics where we've administered 9,084 doses through April 19, the effort of the entire team means better health and wellness in and for our communities.
Service is essential to any healthcare network, and Curry Health Network continues to improve and expand on offerings available to the communities it serves. Curry County was one of the first three rural communities in Oregon to receive rapid PCR testing in the fight against COVID-19. Because of the pandemic, CHN quickly adapted to offer telehealth services to provide quality healthcare to patients remotely. Curry Health Network was also the first in Curry County to offer vaccines on a weekly basis in all three cities in the county.
Because every health network is only as good as its people, CHN continues to add staff and providers. Most recently, Curry Health Network hired two new family medicine providers, Dr. Tyler Ferris, and Pamela Namenyi, FNP, who will join the network this summer. Experienced orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Bruce Perry, will also join CHN in August 2021
Look for more articles in the weeks to come detailing the news and ongoing commitment of Curry Health Network as it continues to grow to better serve patients, and help people in our communities thrive in health and wellness.
L to R: Carolyn McCain, CHRO; Richard Battey, MD, CMO; Sunnie Day, Quality Director; Cameron Marlowe, CFO; Ginny Williams, CEO; Kristina Martin, CIO; Isaac Hodges, SNO; Meghan Brace, CNO; Ron Neet, Facilities Director.