Two different monoclonal antibody treatments - for mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms in adults - are in supply at Fitzgibbon Hospital.
Collaboration between Fitzgibbon Hospital and the public health departments of Saline and Johnson counties resulted in the first doses of Covid-19 vaccine being administered Monday to front-line healthcare workers at the hospital in Marshall. Following hours of planning meetings and a flurry of preparation spearheaded by Fitzgibbon Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer Angela Igo, MSN, R.N., in the hours leading up to the Christmas holiday, the team at Fitzgibbon Hospital successfully vaccinated its first 10 workers on Dec. 28.
In fact, a neighborly act by a Kansas City metro hospital named in Harry S. Truman’s honor recently helped provide life-saving equipment for a patient at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. And medical experts at metro-area facilities agreed the medical management taking place at Fitzgibbon was spot-on.
Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall recently administered its first unit of convalescent plasma, which is an emerging therapy for treatment of patients with COVID-19. This marks the first time Fitzgibbon has used the investigational therapy. By all reports, the procedure went well.
To make a tax-deductible donation in 2020 and to take advantage of deductions in this calendar year, please contact Jackie Finnegan, Foundation Coordinator, at (660) 831-3850 or click on the “Giving Back” button found on the hospital’s website at www.fitzgibbon.org.
Breast feeding is one of the healthiest choices a new mom can make for their new baby. But what if the new mom is not able to produce enough milk? What if there are considerations that cause a mother’s milk to be unhealthy for their child. Is formula the only option for them?
Here are just a few of the measures implemented by Fitzgibbon Hospital to reassure community members while visiting for care.
On Tuesday, Aug. 4, Missouri voters will decide whether the state will expand its income eligibility standards for Medicaid, a state-run health insurance plan providing coverage for low-income Missourians.
Due to a shortage of testing supplies nationwide, we can only provide COVID-19 tests to individuals with a doctor’s order.
Fitzgibbon Hospital will be opening up to vendors by appointment only effective Monday, July 6th, 2020.
Cargill Marshall has awarded a total of $150,000 to several community agencies who were – and continue to be – on the front line of the pandemic response. These agencies include Fitzgibbon Hospital, together with the Marshall Fire Department, Saline County Health Department, Community Food Pantry and Missouri Valley Community Action Agency.
The makeshift tent outside the Emergency Department will be coming down, and all patients will be directed to a new testing station inside Fitzgibbon Hospital near Ambulatory Care.
In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to staff and other patients, Fitzgibbon Hospital has implemented a universal masking policy that requires all individuals entering the hospital to wear a mask.
When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared on March 13, 2020, the epicenter of the virus seemed a half a world away. But that’s when Fitzgibbon Hospital leaders began exploring ways to protect their healthcare workers and the community, while ensuring access to care. Members of the organization’s leadership team studied best practices of world-class institutions on the front lines of the battle, like the Bio-containment Unit at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
With the onset of the pandemic in the United States came revisions to visitation policies for nursing homes and long-term care facilities that limit exposure to their medically vulnerable residents. Policies restricting non-essential personnel mean that services such as haircuts, hair styling and pedicures also have been stopped. Enter the multi-talented TLC staff members with backgrounds in cosmetology to help out by providing these personal care services.
Video communications platforms like Skype, FaceTime and Zoom allow people to connect “virtually.” The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - the governmental agency which regulates much of how healthcare providers operate in this country – recognized the value of these communication platforms and loosened the rules around their use to provide telemedicine services.
When giving hearts intersect with new technology, you get solutions to problems you may not have realized were possible. Jason Wasson, Josh Teague and Jeremy Lucas utilize 3D Printers to help healthcare staff.
Fitzgibbon Hospital has received results from its first two positive cases of COVID-19 coronavirus for patients originating in Saline County. The results were returned this afternoon by its partner commercial laboratory and communicated to the Saline County Health Department.
While hospitals across the country are reporting supply shortages, Fitzgibbon Hospital is thankful for the many individuals in the community who have showed their support to these front line warriors by providing hand-sewn masks.
Fitzgibbon Hospital has received results from its first positive case of COVID-19 coronavirus for a patient originating in Lafayette County. The results were returned overnight by its partner commercial laboratory and communicated to the Lafayette County Health Department. At the point of testing the patient was advised to self-quarantine at home and given educational materials from the Centers for Disease Control.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, Fitzgibbon Hospital is working hard to make sure all patients, staff, vendors and guests are safe and well cared for. A cross-functional team has been meeting daily to ensure an organizational-wide approach to policies and procedures, with the needs of patients at the forefront.
As part of continued efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), effective June 4, Fitzgibbon Hospital has adopted a 1 visitor policy. Providing quality patient care to our community remains the focus of everything we do.
Several tents will be going up near the exterior entrances to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall to help facilitate screening of patients and visitors prior to entering the facility and to serve as temporary triage areas to evaluate patients who are referred for further testing including COVID-19 testing.
Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall has appointed Nancy Harris as Chief Financial Officer. Harris, who has served as Director of Financial Services since 2012, is succeeding Angela P. Littrell, CPA, MBA, who will take the reigns as President and CEO effective Feb. 14, 2020.
The Board of Trustees at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall has announced that Angela Littrell, CPA, MBA, who currently serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, will be succeeding Darin Haug, D.O., as President and Chief Executive Officer during the first quarter of 2020.
The nurses, radiation therapists and other staff are passionate about their patients and the opportunity they have to walk with them through the very challenging fight with cancer. Their reassuring presence reminds patients that they are not in the fight alone. Here’s a chance to learn more about the compassionate staff at the Fitzgibbon Community Cancer Center.
The Cancer Center will mark its tenth year of operation with an event at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15.
You’re not mistaken. You are starting to see pink pop up around town. That’s because pink is the color signifying breast cancer awareness.
Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the United States authority for the implementation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) recently announced that Fitzgibbon Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Re-Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility.
Women who receive mammography services at Fitzgibbon Hospital can be confident they are receiving the highest level of image quality and safety in their examinations, as the hospital recently was awarded accreditation for an additional three years by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
In support of the flooding relief efforts in Brunswick, Mo., Fitzgibbon Hospital has donated supplies from Grand River Medical Clinic for use in a makeshift medical relief center operated by Brunswick native Trent Link, FNP-BC. Link is working with city officials in a local church to provide hydration and other medical care to volunteers who may become dehydrated or injured during their work. Link is a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at Fitzgibbon Hospital and lives in the Brunswick community.
Fitzgibbon Hospital announces that Deborah Herrmann, M.D. has joined the staff of Marshall Family practice, providing an outlet for her patients in the Sweet Springs and surrounding areas to continue to see their family’s doctor.
For most people, buying health insurance ensures their access to healthcare. But one of the most important roles Fitzgibbon Hospital plays, along with other Missouri hospitals, is serving as a safety net for anyone who needs medical care – even those who can’t afford their care.
Children who are admitted to Fitzgibbon Hospital will have a new way to pass the hours due to the donation of a new portable gaming system. The GO Kart (Gamer’s Outreach Kart) is a portable, medical-grade video game kiosk that enables hospital staff to easily provide bedside recreation to children who are unable to leave their rooms in hospitals.
“I woke up, and my arm was limp like a noodle,” said Heying. “I couldn’t use it at all. It was just hanging there. When I tried to make coffee, I had to lift my hand and set my arm on the counter.”
“Our patients and community can be proud of the fact that Fitzgibbon Hospital achieved this honor alongside just eight other hospitals in the state. Those eight are all larger health systems that include Mercy, Mosaic Life Care, Saint Luke’s Health System, SSM Health, Truman Medical Centers and University of Missouri Health Care,” said Jones.
The grief recovery program at Fitzgibbon Hospital will last eight weeks and will be repeated regularly throughout the year. This is not a “drop in” program, meaning that the group that is formed in session one will remain intact for the full eight weeks with no new additions. Once the eight week cycle is complete, a plans will begin to begin a new group.
Stacey Winter, M.A., RD, has been named the new administrator for The Living Center, a long-term care facility on the campus of Fitzgibbon Hospital and operated by Fitzgibbon Health Services Inc. Winter is a resident of nearby Alma, Mo., and has worked in Saline County for nearly 20 years.
More than 12,000 people were treated in its Emergency Department, nearly 69,000 outpatient procedures were performed, and more than 200 new lives were brought into the world at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall during its last fiscal year.
The Living Center is leading the way in reducing the use of some types of medications and recently received recognition by the Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence (MoLANE) for their efforts.
The Living Center is leading the way in reducing the use of some types of medications and recently received recognition by the Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence (MoLANE) for their efforts.
Fitzgibbon Mary Montgomery Hospice performed significantly higher than other agencies in the 30-mile territory it covers. And many of the indicators were ranked significantly higher than the national average.
Fitzgibbon Hospital and Marshall Women’s Care announce the birth of the first baby born in 2018! Landon Joseph Thomas was born on January 2 at 4:56 p.m. to Chasitie Payton and Tyler Thomas.
The staff at Fitzgibbon Hospital and The Living Center have conducted an annual food drive during the holiday season as a way of giving back to our community.
The month of November is considered National Hospice and Palliative Care month, and alongside this observance, it is also National Family Caregivers Month. National Family Caregivers month seeks to raise awareness of family caregiver issues as they provide care to their loved ones, often times sacrificing their own personal needs in the process. The month was first instituted during the NFC Month Proclamation by former President Barack Obama in 2012.
Hospitals and clinics around the United States observed National Rural Health Day this past Thursday, Nov. 16. The annual observance focuses on telling the stories of healthcare delivery in rural settings where options for care are significantly less than metropolitan areas. For Saline County and our neighboring counties, managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
For over 50 years, the Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary Ambassadors have hosted a Holiday Bazaar to raise funds for Fitzgibbon Hospital. The event has changed in its makeup and its location through the years, but it is always a great time for a good cause!
Rev. Richard DeFord, BCC, Chaplain for Fitzgibbon Hospital and Fitzgibbon-Mary Montgomery Hospice has received dual board certification from the Association of Certified Christian Chaplains (ACCC) and the Spiritual Care Association (SCA).
The community will get to see this new, powerful health record system at a free event planned on September 6 at the Martin Community Center.
Fitzgibbon Hospital is prepared to support Marshall, the surrounding communities and the influx of people coming to view the solar eclipse during the weekend of August 19 through eclipse day on August 21. Plans in place include additional physician and staff availability in the Emergency Department and other hospital services areas.
Increasing access to the latest technology without leaving our community is the goal of recent upgrades to the radiology department at Fitzgibbon Hospital. A new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner was installed at the facility in June. This unit joins the new CT scanner which was installed at the end of 2016.
Fitzgibbon Hospital’s sleep lab has received accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. While the sleep lab has continually provided quality care through its sleep studies both on-site and administered in the home setting, the formal accreditation – together with the requirement to name a specialized medical director who is board-certified in sleep medicine - followed new regulations implemented by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services regional contractor earlier in 2017.
Fitzgibbon Hospital received eight awards at the recent Show-Me Excellence Awards for Healthcare Marketing on Thursday, June 22, at the Lake of the Ozarks. The annual Show-Me Excellence Awards are held each June at the Missouri Association for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Conference (MAHPRM).
The National Alzheimer’s Association will hold an organizational meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12 in the classroom suite on the second floor of Fitzgibbon Hospital. The free, informational meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.
Fitzgibbon Hospital, in conjunction with Marshall Police Department, the Saline County Medical Reserve Corps and the local Emergency Planning Coalition conducted a critical incident drill during the evening hours on Monday, June 13.
Stapleton Family Farms in Saline County has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to Fitzgibbon Hospital.
When organizations collaborate, the community wins. This is a perfect description of what is happening after Fitzgibbon Hospital established an educational partnership with some of the community’s youngest students enrolled at the Missouri Valley College Viking Learning Academy.
People suffering from chronic pain or inflammation have a powerful partner in the fight, thanks to new laser therapy available at Fitzgibbon Hospital. With laser therapy, there is very little risk and virtually no side effects.
The Fitzgibbon Auxiliary Ambassadors held their annual banquet on Monday, April 17, at St. Peter Catholic Church. One of the highlights of the evening was the check presentation to Fitzgibbon Hospital. All of the proceeds raised over the past year go toward equipment and programs which improve patient care across the Fitzgibbon Hospital organization.
Safety is of utmost importance for Fitzgibbon Hospital which includes the safety of both patients and employees alike. The possibility of an armed violent intruder was the subject of a recent training event held at Fitzgibbon Hospital by Mitigation Dynamics, a consulting, protection and training firm from Lee’s Summit, Mo.
In conjunction with last week’s annual Health Fair, Fitzgibbon Hospital unveiled its completely redesigned website. The website is mobile responsive, which adapts automatically to device size, whether you are viewing the site on a desktop computer, tablet or mobile device.
Fitzgibbon Hospital received the Outstanding Business for 2016 award from the Saline Medical Reserve Corps at a banquet held April 25 at the Saline County Health Department.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) recently recertified Marshall Family Practice as a level three (highest level) designated Patient Centered Medical Home.
Angela Igo, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Chief Nursing Officer for Fitzgibbon Hospital, was named as the Missouri Organization of Nurse Leaders (MONL) “Leader You Should Know” for the month of April.
Fitzgibbon Hospital recently updated its Community Investment Report for fiscal year 2016. The report, summarizing its yearly community benefit and economic investment data, underscores the valuable role it plays in the community.
2016 saw great growth of services and medical staff at the independent, 501c3 not-for-profit community hospital
While the opioid addiction epidemic, mental health concerns and cancer prevention are health topics that are often in the news headlines, one health issue receiving attention recently is the increase in antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, often referred to as “superbugs.” Superbugs are becoming more prevalent as they adapt to the over-prescription of antibiotics.
Brunswick, Mo. - Grand River Medical Clinic announces the arrival of Brooke Schreckhise, Family Nurse Practitioner. Schreckhise will work in conjunction with Sandi Moser, FNP, to deliver primary care to Chariton County residents. In addition to these advanced practice nurses at Grand River Medical Clinic, physicians Lorenzo Romney, D.O., and Sonal Brizendine, M.D., also treat patients at the rural health clinic which follows the Patient Centered Medical Home model of care.
For 50 years, the Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary Ambassadors have hosted a Holiday Bazaar to raise funds for Fitzgibbon Hospital. The event has changed in its makeup and its location through the years, but it is always a great time for a good cause!
It was a surgery 45 years in the making. But the results were worth the wait. Randy "Griff" Pickett recently traveled from south Kansas City, Mo., for a life-changing orthopedic surgery at Fitzgibbon Hospital. The surgery not only gave him a new knee, but it also lengthened his left leg by almost four inches, relieving him of a disability he had endured for the last four decades.
Fitzgibbon Chiropractic is now open inside the Fitzgibbon Medical Clinic with Kylie Heying, DC as the Chiropractic Physician. The new service added by Fitzgibbon Hospital will be a valuable compliment to Marshall Family Practice and Marshall Women's Care, as they work to treat holistically to treat the whole person.
Military veterans are accustomed to being honored on Veteran’s Day each year with breakfasts, lunches and other activities throughout the day. This year, local veterans will receive a free chili dinner at the 2016 Fitzgibbon Hospital Auxiliary Ambassadors Holiday Bazaar. The even will be held on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Martin Community Center. The bakery and vendor booths open at 3 p.m., with the children's area opening at 4 p.m.. The bazaar will conclude at 8 p.m.
Fitzgibbon Hospital is one of only a dozen Missouri hospitals recently recognized as HealthCare's "Most Wired" Hospitals for 2016. The recognition was announced earlier this month in Chicago at the American Hospital Association's Health Forum.
What happens when you take three incoming senior high school students and give them a chance to acquire on-the-job training during the summer while their teenage peers are playing video games and sleeping the day away?
Urinary incontinence is an uncomfortable problem that needlessly affects the lifestyle of millions of American women. Many women see it as "just part of living life" after the birth of a child or as a natural part of aging.
Jared Romney, D.O., has joined the medical staff at Fitzgibbon Hospital as part of the team of doctors providing care to hospitalized patients.
Since being awarded the Baby-Friendly Hospital designation in December of 2014, Fitzgibbon Hospital continues to be one of only four hospitals in the state of Missouri to meet the stringent requirements.
To ensure the services it provides are responsive to the health needs of its community, Fitzgibbon Hospital has completed its second comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment as required under the Affordable Care Act.
Fitzgibbon Hospital announces the addition of Dr. Clinton Pickett, an orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in hand surgery, who will begin seeing patients on Tuesdays, starting Jan. 26, 2016, in the Marshall Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinic on the second floor of Fitzgibbon Hospital.
The Fitzgibbon Auxiliary Ambassadors held their annual banquet on Monday, April 18, at St. Peter Catholic Church. This year marked the 50-year anniversary of the Fitzgibbon Auxiliary Ambassadors, which raises funds through The Gift Shop, an annual bazaar, bake sales, garden “shopping”event, book fairs and other events.
Cancer affects millions of Americans every year, and the employees of the Ceres Barge Line Company of East St. Louis, Ill., are no exception. When Vince Schu and wife Julie were faced with a battle agianst cancer, Vince approached the Barge Line Company with an idea to manufacture a giant pink-colored barge that would float on our nation’s rivers to serve as a tribute to those affected by cancer and help raise funds for cancer research.
Fitzgibbon Hospital has conducted a health fair in Marshall for more than 26 years. The 2016 Health Fair will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. on Friday, April 22, in the Fitzgibbon Hospital atrium.
Jason E. Gault, D.O., M.B.A., is a board-certified general surgeon who joins Fitzgibbon after spending the last five years at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, serving as the chair of the Department of Surgery from January 2011 until September 2015.
Fitzgibbon Hospital has announced the addition of two new providers specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine who will begin seeing patients on Mondays, starting January 4, 2016, in the Marshall Orthopedics and Sports Medicine clinic at Fitzgibbon Hospital.