At a Glance
Under the new Administration of Mr. Michael Williams, Fairfield Memorial Hospital has undergone some major changes and improvements over the last three years. These improvements include implementation of new programs, equipment, repairs and upgrades to the facility and partnering with neighboring organizations, just to name a few, keeping Fairfield Memorial Hospital competitive with services of those of a larger facility.
Listed below you will find a brief history of these services and projects we are extremely excited about sharing with our community members.
Rehab Facility 2006
Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s new freestanding outpatient clinic for Rehab Services and Cardiac Rehab Departments was dedicated in July 2006. This facility was named in memory of two former hospital physicians for their years of service. The Rehabilitation Center provides comprehensive services for varying diagnoses from the pediatric through the geriatric populations. These services include physical, occupational and speech therapies, along with monitored activities for our Cardiac Rehabilitation patients. Our staff members are well-trained certified employees, which are present at all times throughout their exercise regimen. For more information regarding our PT/OT/ST services, please click here. For more information regarding our Cardiac Rehab department please click here.
Fairfield Memorial Hospital purchased the GE 1.5 MRI machine in 2009. The MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is used to provide good contrast between the different tissues of the body, such as muscles, brain, heart and cancers, which uses no radiation. The MRI studies are done with powerful magnetic fields to produce the images of the body. We offer same day, next day service with proper authorization five days a week.
PAC system 2009
In 2009, Fairfield Memorial Hospital purchased the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications System) for the Radiology Department. This system allows electronic images and reports to be transmitted digitally, which makes the process of reading film studies in a more efficient manner. By using the PACS, the manual process of filing, retrieving or transporting film jackets and reports are eliminated and storage is more consolidated and as a result, a cost saver.
In May of 2010, the Foundation was established to support Fairfield Memorial Hospital in its mission to meet the healthcare needs of the community. The Foundation is a qualified charitable 501(c)3 entity, which allows your donation to be eligible as a tax deductible gift. Fairfield Memorial Hospital invests in the Foundation by providing for operating expenses, which allows your entire contribution to support hospital needs. Our separate Board of Directors provides oversight for the foundation’s work, ensuring stewardship of its resources. Your gift to the foundation is an investment in the health of our community, and an investment for life. Visit the foundation page here.
FLIP Program 2010 (Fairfield Life Improvement Program)
FMH along with Upper Midlands Rural Health Network & the Diabetic Education Center is a program provided by a 3-year grant. The program includes Diabetic Education & Nutritional Counseling Services for our community for patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This program will generate an electronic registry from our local physicians, which will allow us a list of names to choose from to implement the Chronic Care Model. It is our goal to assist in the improvement of our community for diabetes and cardiovascular disease through education, patient follow up care, awareness of risk factors and early detection. We strongly believe this program will make a difference for improvement in so many lives in the community regarding diabetes, cardiovascular disease as well as heart attacks and strokes.
Blue Granite Medical Center 2010
Our local Rural Health Center provides additional medical services for patients in our community who do not already have a family physician. Wendy Lykes is the Nurse Practitioner providing excellent medical care, along with our talented and dedicated nursing staff. Appointments are recommended but walk-ins are invited to stop in if needed to be worked in where available. Our patients mean a lot to us and this facility is another form of Fairfield Memorial Hospital reaching out into our community. Hours of operation are Mondays thru Fridays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Blue Granite Medical is located in the Medical Office Building, lower level, behind the hospital on Moultrie Street.
The Fairfield Memorial Hospital Foundation came into being in May of 2010 and actually sponsored its first Christmas GALA in December 2010. This event is an annual fund raiser and was the thirteenth GALA for the hospital. The $9,000 proceeds from the 2010 GALA will go toward the purchase of a new nurse call system for our inpatient floor. Our hosts for the 2010 GALA were Mr. and Mrs. Roger Herring of Ridgeway, S.C. Their home, "The Ivy Veranda", was built in 1905 by Dr. James H. Team and became a part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Mr. Herring is a former Ridgeway Town Councilman and Mrs. Herring is the Honorable Mayor of Ridgeway. This was one of the most beautifully decorated homes in our GALA history!
Infusion Center 2010
FMH Infusion & Oncology Center provides blood transfusions, platelets, IV fluids, antibiotics, & Iron. In addition to these services, FMH Infusion Center provides Zometa for patients with osteoporosis, & Remicade for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Crohn’s disease. Wound Care Services are also provided at Fairfield Memorial Hospital.
Screening Van / Community Events / Industry 2010
Fairfield Memorial Hospital Screen Team goes out in the community to perform screenings at local churches, businesses and industries in the area. These screenings may include blood pressure checks, cholesterol and blood sugar checks, Body Mass Index readings to check for overweight or obesity, and provides education material regarding a good many health issues. It is imperative to stress the importance of maintaining a healthy blood pressure, blood sugar and body weight, just to name a few.
For more information regarding these services, please telephone Mary Lynn Kinley, Public Relations, at 635-0274 or Lynn Hewitt Douglas, Patient Care Coordinator, at 635-0217. Please feel free to leave a detailed message on their voicemail should they not be available at the time of your call. It is Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s pleasure to serve our community in any way we can.
Pediatric Room 2010
In 2010, Diamond Moore, a Fairfield Central High School student, decided to donate her time and efforts in coordinating a special room for her Senior Year Project. Her vision was for us to have a room just for children in hopes they would feel relaxed and not scared should they have to be admitted. The bright, fun colors in the room, encouraging sayings painted as a border around the room, a painted on chalk board on the back of the door, stuffed animals and games was the scene for this Pediatric Room. On the patients door upon entrance from the hallway was the focus of this project, which reads: “Be the change you want to see in this world”.
Computers on wheels, COWs, were purchased for the Med/Surg floor. These mobile carts provide our nursing staff easy access to our information system, diagnostic procedures/ equipment and an efficient way to assist our patients for their continuum of care, which also helps provide better access for the nursing staff while with their patients at the point of care.
Facelift of the hospital 2010
Fairfield Memorial Hospital underwent changes in 2010 to give the facility a warm, fresh, and inviting new look. These changes include brighter colors in the patient’s rooms, to a fresh coat of paint on the walls, to new flooring in the hallways and lobby area, to a new station for the volunteers to welcome our guests, to handrails down the hallways for patients and visitors to use if needed.
New parking lot for employees 2010
The wooded area behind the Administration buildings, located on the side of the Emergency Department Entrance, was cleared for a parking lot for the employees of the hospital. As well as for the daytime employees, the well lighted parking lot is close to the facility and safe for second and third shift employees.
The Benefit Bank 2010
A program uniquely designed to reach people and assist in receiving help they need for medical benefits, making them aware of programs that can help them.
Fiscal Services Relocation 2011
Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Fiscal Services Department was relocated to the Medical Office Building on Moultrie Street.
This cost effective technology benefits the patient, psychiatrist, family members and remote facilities. Telepsychiatry allows the patient to seek immediate assistance and evaluation without the psychiatrist being onsite. A face to face consultation can take place between Psychiatrist and patient via televideo equipment reducing the risk of the patient and removing the geographical barriers for patient access and medical care.
Telemedicine, which means “medicine across distance”, was initiated in the 1950s. Telemedicine bridges the gap between the patient in one area and the physician miles away in another area, which is considered a tool for care delivery. This successful tool enhances and often assists in expanding service delivery through teleconferencing and/or televideo.
Creating a fresh look for the hospital web site 2011
To ensure Fairfield Memorial Hospital is keeping up with the competition, a fresh, new look was created for our website. The website provides updated information regarding our inpatient and outpatient services, noting special events and upcoming screenings in the community, information on our local physicians, and shares in the lives of our employees in the workplace. There are sections for patient questions, education and registration. Under the “I want to” section is where most links can be found to answer the majority of questions asked, posting comments, and inquiring about payments, donations, education, etc.
SC Mission 2011
Volunteers from surrounding medical offices, specialists, hospitals and organizations came together as one to present a day & a half of medical, dental and eye vision care for the homeless & uninsured patients. The event took place at the Columbia Coliseum on August 5th & 6th, 2011. Over 2,000 patients were served with medical attention, dental repairs, new eye glasses and free medications. Please go to uway.org and look for volunteers for local upcoming events.
"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, (name of organization) has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend (organization) for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.” "With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Michael Williams, Administrator. “Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”
The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
New Call system for Med Surg
Fairfield Memorial Hospital, though small in comparison, maintains a very active Medical floor very similar to a Medical floor in any large hospital. Hospital staff is constantly moving, from room to room, bedside to bedside, department to department. More than ever, today’s patient care staff must maximize efficiency in order to deliver quality patient-focused care. This requires an easy-to-learn, easy-to-operate, and easy-to-expand and interface intuitive communication system that can be customized to fit the needs of a busy rapidly changing medical floor.
Our hospital, like many other quality healthcare organizations, is regulated and accredited by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and by the Joint Commission. Both of these regulatory bodies require healthcare organizations to provide a communication system which allows patients to “call” for assistance and allows caregiver staff to “call” into the patient’s room. The system must also demonstrate a functional light system that essentially “guides” caregiver staff to the patient room where assistance is needed. This system must also provide an emergency signal that is easily accessible to anyone involved in a crisis situation.
Today’s high-functioning communication systems allow staff to communicate with one other staff member, several staff members at once, or place a “call” to a patient. Today’s systems are reliable, high-functioning communication systems that use Ethernet and Echelon technology to provide rapid and efficient transfer of information and integrate with current electronic healthcare documentation systems. These systems allow healthcare staff to be quickly and easily located to assist patients or other caregivers, allow patients to call for assistance thereby providing patients with confidence and the security of knowing that someone will be available quickly if needed. This allows for not only more efficient patient care, but safer, high-quality patient care, increased patient satisfaction and optimal productivity.
Upper Midlands Partnership with Access Health and Duke Endowment for grant
In partnership with Upper Midlands Rural Health Network, their mission is to support communities in creating & sustaining coordinated data-driven provider networks of care that provide medical homes & ensure timely affordable, high-quality healthcare services for low income uninsured people in South Carolina.
Housekeeping details: Gas regulator for hospital
Changed sewage system
These are just a few things that have been updated at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Two of our main priorities are continuing to keep our patients comfortable and safe.