Laboratory

Q. Who are your patients? A. Outpatients, inpatients, nursing home residents,

assisted living residents, home health and hospice patients. In 2011, we

processed 87,000 tests, a big jump from 55,000 in 2010.

Q. What are your services/specialties? A.We provide diagnostic help to our

primary care providers in the areas of hematology, chemistry, coagulation,

microbiology, body fluid analysis, and blood bank.

Q. Who’s in your department (names and titles/positions)? A. We have three

full-time technologists: Maryann Blem, MT ASCP, lab manager; Robert Durkee, MT ASCP, head tech; Andy Carroll, MLT; other staff includes, Diane Higbie, MLT ASCP, part-time tech and Katie Hensley, is a full-time phlebotomist.

Q. One really interesting thing that people should know about your department? A. Our equipment is up-to-date and includes X-pand Chemistry, Sysmex Coagulation, ABX Pentra Hematology, BioMic Microbiology, Immunoassay Stratus, Fingerstick Pro-time machine, drug screen and urine automatic analyzers. This year, we are changing our blood bank testing methodology to the “Gel” system. Before patients are given blood, it must be tested to determine if it’s compatible. The “gel” system is more state-of-the-art and standardized, designed to be even more accurate.

Q. Where are you located and when are you open? A. The lab is in Blue Mountain Hospital. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. We are also on call nights and weekends.

Radiology

Q. Who are your patients? A. Anyone needing medical imaging.

Q. What are your services/specialties? A. X-ray, fluoroscopy, MRI, CT,

ultrasound and Dexa scanning.

Q. Who's in your department? A. Dan Goldblatt, Radiology director; four radiographers; one ultrasonographer; and one who does both.

Q. What are some interesting things that people should know about your department? A. We have state-of-the-art imaging equipment, we are open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for outpatients and we offer 24-hour emergency imaging.

Q. Where are you located and when are you open? A. We are located upstairs in Blue Mountain Hospital. We are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for outpatients.

Mammography

Q. Who are your patients? A. Women age 40 and older for screening mammograms. Men or women of any age, who have problems (pain, lumps, etc.) in the breast area.

Q. What are your services/specialties? A. We do screening and diagnostic mammograms. We also provide breast ultrasounds on biopsies.

Q. Who's in your department? A. Jennifer Goldblatt, mammographer is the only employee in this department.

Q. What are some interesting things that people should know about your department? A. We have a state-of-the-art digital machine (acquired in May 2008), open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday; also open one Saturday each month.

Q. Where are you located and when are you open? A. We are located upstairs in Blue Mountain Hospital.

Physical Therapy

Q. What are your services/specialties? A. The Physical Therapy Department at Blue Mountain Hospital helps people improve function and mobility. We provide services through our outpatient clinic, as well as services to inpatient and swing bed patients at the hospital, home health patients, and residents at the nursing home.

Q. Who's in your department? A. Sarah Russ, PT, directs the department. She also provides patient care. Jan Mead, PT, LAc, is a Physical Therapist and Licensed  Acupuncturist. Jan has advanced training in myofascial release techniques. Kaona Martell, Physical Therapist, joined our staff in February 2011. Kaona has special training in vestibular issues (body position and movement) and women's health. Olivia Cornell is our Clerical Coordinator who is crucial to the smooth operation of our department.

Q. What is the physical therapy department's purpose? A. The Physical Therapy Department's purpose is to provide services for reduction of pain and increase in function to help you or a family member enjoy a more active life, or return to your normal activities after a surgery or injury.

Q. How can someone contact the department? A. Our phone number is 541-575-4157.

Respiratory

Q. Who are your patients? A. People with pneumonia, and lung

diseases such as COPD and asthma, etc. The department also serves patients with cardio-pulmonary health issues with diagnostic testing.

Q. What are your services/specialties? A. Diagnostic testing for

respiratory and cardio-pulmonary health issues; treatments for

respiratory problems, including breathing treatments and s

upplemental oxygen; assists with all births at the hospital; and part of the trauma activation team at the ER.

Q. Who's in your department? A. Norine Moulton, respiratory

therapist and department manager; Clay Arnell, respiratory therapist

Q. What is something interesting that people should know about your department? A. People are impressed with the equipment we have. The hospital has been very supportive in providing the department with state-of-the-art, upgraded equipment. It's a rewarding place to work.

Dietary

 

Q. What is a registered dietitian? A. A registered dietitian offers your most credible, objective nutrition information and is trained in the use of nutrition to prevent and control disease.

Q. Who are your patients? A. Working with inpatients and outpatients, Jacobs advises people with a variety of health issues such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease, as well as those who want to stay healthy.

Q. What are your services/specialties? A. Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), an individual plan of healthy eating based on the individuals's needs and medical history; nutrition advice in free diabetes classes offered three times a year at the hospital; adult weight management class once a year; and Healthy N Fit day camp for kids.

Q. Who's in your department? A. Kim Jacobs, registered

dietitian; Carol Coombs, certified dietary manager; cooks: Gina Barry, Brandy Lambeth, Alice Ammon, Marcia Taylor and Jill Brown

Q. One thing people should know about the Dietary Department? A. Any Thyme Cafe offers delicious and healthy meals for

inpatients, staff and visitors to the hospital.

Home Health

Q. What is home health? A. Home Health is part of the Blue Mountain Hospital District. We provide in-home care for those people who are homebound, which is when it is very difficult to leave the home, or simply cannot leave the home. We have a wide variety of patients who we serve in the county and our goal is to help them return to the state they were in before needing our service. Our specialties include: Registered Nurses, Physical Therapist, Nursing Aides, and Social Worker. There is no age limit for home health. Most typically we receive referrals from doctors, but that is not the only way one can be on home health. If you feel you, or someone you know would benefit from Home Health please do not hesitate to call.

Q. Other services? A. We also specialize in foot care, ear irrigation, as well as wound management at the office. Stop by for more information.

Q. Where is home health located? A. We are located at 743 W. Main Street in John Day (across from McDonald’s). You can reach our office at 541-575-1648.

 

Hospice

Q. What is hospice? A. Blue Mountain Hospice is also an agency attached to the BMH district. We provide the support needed to patients and families who are experiencing loss. People who qualify for hospice are those who have been diagnosed from a physician with a terminal diagnosis, with a life expectancy of 6 months or less. The specialties that we have to offer are registered nursing, social worker, nursing aides, chaplains, volunteers as well as a 24/7 availability from the nurses.

Q. What is hospice’s main goal? A. Our goal is to help the family makes this time in their life as easy as possible and to provide the support that they need. We offer bereavement counseling for those who are grieving a loss of loved one, and although this is never the best time in one’s life, we strive to make it more comfortable.

Q. Where is hospice located? A. We are located at 743 W. Main Street in John Day (across from McDonald’s). You can reach our office at 541-575-1648.

Nurses and CNAs

Registered Nurses:

Barb Northington

Nancy Crisler

Sylvia Dowdy

Becky Brown

Nancy Jimenez

Karen Westmoreland

Joanne Hansen

Melissa Delgado

Brian Gaskell

Holly Ford

Tom White

Gail Klodzinski

Piper Stout

Mary Brooks

Jodi Ritter

Julie Witty

Shauna Andrews

Les McLeod

Doris Harper

Janelle Moulton

Mindy Voigt

Marsha Delaney

Unit Secretary: 

Sherrie Dobyns

Certified Nursing Aids:  Vanessa Dubois

Tammy Cartner

Tawnia Gregg

Krista Harper

Jill Brown

Linda Chandler

Jessie Elliot

Denel Wise

Jan Dickens

Kayln Burrill

Barb Zak

Vanessa Boss

 

 

 

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