Job and Rowley Bring Years of Community Involvement to Board

It takes more than bricks and mortar to make a hospital. It takes nurses and technicians who take the time to comfort patients and family members, health care providers who go out of their way to make sure patients have the information they need to make decisions about their health care, and volunteers who assist patients and visitors when needed. It also takes having the diagnostic and surgical technology to treat patients and perform the latest and greatest procedures. Knoxville Hospital & Clinics has all it takes to be the great hospital and clinics serving the Knoxville, Pleasantville, Melcher-Dallas, and surrounding communities.

In order to continue with the greatness and meeting the growing needs of our patients and their family members, in the past year Knoxville Hospital & Clinics has added Dr. Dan Rowley to the medical staff; with the assistance of the KHC Foundation has purchased new patient amenities and beds; and installed state of the art C-arm technology.

In August, Dr. Dan Rowley returned to the community that he grew up in and the hospital where he was born, to join the other health care providers at KHC. It doesn’t happen every day that a hospital is fortunate enough to have a local boy come home to practice medicine and KHC considers itself one of the lucky ones. Dr. Rowley graduated from Knoxville High School in 1995, Iowa State University with a Bachelors of Science in genetics in 1999, University of Iowa with his medical degree in 2005, and Mercy/Mayo Family Medicine Residency in 2008. Dan is married to wife, Kate, and has one daughter, Anna. His parents are Larry and Rose Ann Rowley of Knoxville.

Since the redevelopment of the Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Foundation six years ago, the Foundation continues to play a large role in the purchase of hospital equipment and expansion. In October, the third annual Knoxville Hospital & Clinics Foundation Gala was held. Proceeds raised from the event totaled over $10,000 and will be used to help fund future equipment purchases and expansion. In 2008, the Foundation gave KHC over $45,000 that was applied to the purchase of new patient amenities and patient beds.

One task that KHC has implemented to improve inpatient satisfaction scores is the upgrade of many patient amenities, such as better than average comfort items such as soaps, lotions, toothbrushes, tissues, water pitchers, and robes, giving patients and visitors the feel of being treated like guests in a hotel. In addition, every afternoon warm cookies are served to the patients that are able to have them and their guests.

“We understand a higher comfort level for our patients improves their rest and recovery,” said Ann Helwig, CEO at KHC. “We are committed to raising the patient satisfaction scores throughout our organization and I appreciate the foundation’s assistance in helping us meet the comfort needs of our patients.”

Comfort is one of the most important satisfaction factors during a patient’s hospital stay. KHC, with the help of the KHC Foundation, recently purchased ten new Styker Secure II patient beds for the Medical/Surgical department.

Secure II is a full-featured Med/Surg. bed that helps provide a patient surface that not only meets patient’s needs, but also the needs of the staff that care for them. Features of the bed such as – a retractable bed frame to help keep patients close to their belongs and intermediate siderail positions which effortlessly adjusts from full lower position for complete access, full upper position for patient security and intermediate positioning to assist with patient entry and exit – help deliver convenience, flexibility, and an unmatched level of safety for both patients and staff.

Patient falls are among the top concerns of hospitals today. The bed exit system on the new patient bed will accurately sense body positioning by constantly tracking the patient’s center of gravity.

In addition to the structure and features of the new bed, the mattresses on the beds are top of the line. The Isoflex mattress is used to reduce or relieve pressure that the weight of a patient’s body exerts on the skin as it presses against the surface of the bed. This type of mattress also helps prevent and treat skin ulcers caused by pressure.

“In my rounding with the patients, many of them have commented how nice and comfortable the new beds are,” said Gloria Reed, Director of Nursing at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. “Patient comfort is very important to a patient during their hospital stay and I am happy that we are able to impact their stay in a positive way.”

In January, KHC purchased the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm which gives surgeons clear views of even the smallest anatomical structures during surgery.

The OEC 9900 Elite C-arm, a fluoroscopy device that uses x-rays to reveal real-time imagery of a patient’s internal structure, enables surgeons to see into the body as never before. This clearer imagery will make a real difference in decision-making situations during vascular, orthopedic, spine, pain management, and general surgical procedures. In addition to general surgical procedures, the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm will be used for orthopedic and pin placement procedures, and epidural injections.

The OEC 9900 Elite has exceptional image quality and versatility that addresses a vast range of clinical, surgical, and vascular applications wherever you need them – it is superb in the ER, OR, or surgical imaging or interventional setting.

“The purchase of the OEC 9900 Elite C-arm brings a huge potential for growth within our organization,” said Ann Helwig, CEO at KHC. “Many surgeons are familiar with the OEC 9900 Elite and it is our hope that having this piece of equipment on site will attract additional surgeons to come and perform surgeries at KHC. The equipment is very user friendly and is the top of its line. I am very proud to be able to provide this type of equipment for our physicians and staff.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Rowley to our medical staff at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics. Our medical staff is committed to our patients and has made it their priority to provide all patients with the best health care,” said Helwig. “We were also very fortunate last year, with the help of the Foundation, to purchase new technology to serve our patients. Individuals in the Knoxville and surrounding communities are lucky to live close to a hospital that has both, the health care providers who are committed to providing the best service possible and the technology needed to serve our growing population of patients.”

Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, a Critical Access Hospital serving Marion County and the surrounding area, is dedicated to providing personal, progressive quality health care with compassion. For more information regarding this release and other happenings at Knoxville Hospital & Clinics, call the Public Relations office at (641) 842-1418.