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KVH conducts Ebola Training for hospital staff

On November 5, 2014, Klickitat Valley Health (KVH) held it’s first “basic training” course for the care of suspected Ebola Virus Disease, commonly called Ebola. Although the likelihood of encountering a suspected case of Ebola is low, the hospital has taken a proactive approach in preparing for suspected Ebola and other infectious diseases. This training would also prepare staff in the event of an environmental disaster, such as a major chemical spill.

KVH’s training has been provided by David Nice, a paramedic with EMS District #1. Additionally, David works as an instructor for the Department of Homeland Security's Center for Domestic Preparedness. He is considered a subject-matter expert in the area of putting on and taking off the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed by nursing staff and providers during the care and treatment of infectious patients.

Dr. Mark Mueller, KVH Emergency Department Director explains, "We are fortunate to have David in our community. He has provided KVH with cutting edge training in preparing for the unlikely event that we encounter a possible Ebola patient in Goldendale."

The PPE gear that KVH has ordered and stocked in-house exceeds the Center for Disease Control (CDC) standards. Ongoing training on the use of PPE and infectious care protocols are being provided to all KVH personnel.

KVH Director of Nursing


Everything you ever wanted to know about Diabetes –
but were afraid to ask!

In recognition of November’s National Diabetes Month, Klickitat Valley Health is hosting a community event to raise awareness of diabetes prevention and management. The event takes place on Wednesday, November 12 from 9:30 AM to Noon in KVH Hospital Conference Rooms A&B.

Deann Blake, KVH Diabetes Educator, explains, "We conducted a health survey last May with questions focused on diabetes, and got a great response from the community. One of the reoccurring comments was that people felt that they really didn't know much about diabetes, and wanted to learn more. At the hospital, I talk to people every day who have been diabetic for a number of years but have never had diabetes education. This tells me that getting information out to the community is vital. So we’ve organized this community event with a title says it all: Everything you ever wanted to know about Diabetes – but were afraid to ask!".

The event will feature Deann and Kjersti Madsen, Registered Dietitan, covering the basics of diabetes: risk evaluation, diagnosis and treatment options, and dietary considerations with a 'Rate Your Plate' activity designed to help participants evaluate their daily menu choices. Fitness trainers from Sole to Soul Health Center will discuss safe exercise routines, and coordinators from the Goldendale Diabetes Support Group will offer carb-friendly recipe ideas. Rounding out the event will be an audience Q&A session, light snacks, and free education materials.

Deann Blake, RN, BSN, CDE
KVH Diabetes Self-Management Program
509-773-4022 x2088


Needs assessment sets health priorities for Klickitat County

In the fall of 2013, Klickitat County participated in a Gorge-wide Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), which is a process of evaluating the health needs and assets of a community. It assists hospitals and organizations in prioritizing identified needs and developing strategies to address them.

The collaborative assessment of five counties was designed to set priorities for the region, recognizing residents of the Gorge share resources across state lines. Skyline Hospital, Klickitat Valley Health (KVH), and the Klickitat County Health Department (KCHD) contributed to the survey, and local information specific to Klickitat County was collected and analyzed. Currently, these three organizations are working together to address the county’s health goals.

The CHNA of Klickitat County surveyed a representative sample of 370 Klickitat County residents. Some of the key findings include:

• 67% report having a chronic disease
• 59% self-report being overweight
• 50% lack access to mental health/substance abuse support
• 25% don’t have adequate access to oral health services
• 25% are worried they won’t have enough food
• 14% have difficulty with transportation

These percentages which are specific to residents of Klickitat County reflect the highest percentages in the five counties surveyed. Only 2.5 percent of people surveyed had concerns about access to care, which is an improvement from the 2011 CHNA results. This is attributed to new health services KVH, Skyline and other Klickitat County health care providers have implemented in the last few years.

After completion of a CHNA, the next step is to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP will focus on two priority health needs identified in Klickitat County through the CHNA. This process will include the creation of a strategic plan to address the two identified priority needs – obesity and oral health, with implementation of this plan throughout 2015. Focus groups will be held with individuals struggling with these issues. Anyone interested in participating should contact Jeff Teal at KVH, Elizabeth Vaivoda at Skyline or Erinn Quinn at KCHD.

The process of CHNA and CHIP are essential to our community, as these allow Klickitat County residents’ views of their health to be represented in policy changes and planning. It provides guidance so appropriate health resources can be maximized to improve the health of our communities.
You may access the complete Community Health Needs Assessment through the websites of KVH, Skyline Hospital or KCHD.

For more information or questions about the CHNA or CHIP process, call Debi Budnick, KCHD Public Health Educator at (509) 493-1558.

Award Winning Diagnostic Imaging at KVH

06/04/2014: KVH Diagnostic Imaging Earns ACR Accreditations

Klickitat Valley Health’s Diagnostic Imaging Department has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation for both its Digital Mammography and Computed Tomography (CT) by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

KVH recognizes these advanced medical technologies as an important asset for patients and is proud to offer ACR Accreditation to the Goldendale community. Digital Mammography uses a low-dose X-ray system to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. CT scans use specialized X-ray equipment to produce cross-sectional images of the body, providing detailed information to diagnose, plan treatment for, and evaluate many conditions in adults and children.

“There’s nothing more meaningful than keeping our neighbors, friends, and families healthy and happy by offering high tech CT and Mammography modalities. As a part of our truly caring Diagnostic Imaging team, I know we’re positively impacting lives in the community,” says Diagnostic Imaging Manager Greg Smith.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, and quality control procedures are all assessed before accreditation is granted.

Greg Smith
KVH Diagnostic Imaging Manager


2014 Diabetes Survey

04/23/2014: KVH Health Survey Needs Community Participation

For most people, the word brings to mind fear, frustration, guilt, and even depression.

The good news is research shows that efforts to reduce risks are resulting in significant decreases of type 2 diabetes-related complications such as heart attacks, strokes, and kidney failure.

Today we have improved screening and medicines, and a big push to educate patients on how to take better care of themselves. During May, Klickitat Valley Health will be conducting a Community Assessment Survey as a part of the Diabetes Education Program.

Deann Blake, KVH Diabetes Educator, explains, "This survey is not just for folks with diabetes, but for the entire community. Many of us have been affected by the disease, either within our own family, or through the experiences of friends and colleagues. Our goal is to have the widest range possible of survey responses from the community. That will allow us to better understand the extent of the disease locally, and help us reach those who need services but may not be getting them. To put it simply: we’ve got questions - and we know this community has some answers!"

The survey is brief, confidential, and takes just minutes to complete. Survey participants can also enter for a chance to win healthy prizes, courtesy of local groups and businesses. Prizes include a month membership to Sole2Soul Health Center, a free therapeutic neck massage, a 10 swim Pool Pass, and a free nutritional consultation. The Community Assessment Survey will be available at the following locations during May: Sole2Soul Health Center, Goldendale Senior Center, Goldendale Pool, the Family Practice Clinic and KVH Hospital. Surveys will also be available at the Family Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, May 17, and can be filled out online through the KVH website at www.kvhealth.net.

Take a moment to help improve Community Health – answer the KVH Diabetes Survey during May.

Deann Blake, RN, BSN, CDE
KVH Diabetes Self-Management Program
509-773-4022 x2088


KVH's Deann Blake Achieves Certified Diabetes Educator Status

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) announced that Deann Blake, RN, BSN, employed at Klickitat Valley Health, achieved Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators. Achieving certification status demonstrates that Deann possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently there are over 17,870 diabetic educators nationwide who hold NCBDE certification.

Deann has been with Klickitat Valley Health since October, 2013. She comes from Providence Health System where she worked the last five years as an educator for disease management programs, specifically diabetes. She has been a part of the Goldendale community and KVH in the past and recently moved back to the area. "After years in the 'big city', I'm delighted to be back in Goldendale” she explains. “I look forward to helping people with diabetes gain knowledge and confidence in self-care behavior changes, and am focused on developing support networks for patients, their families and the community."

Diabetes Education at KVH is an American Diabetes Association recognized program, helping patients with a new diagnosis or change in their diabetes receive comprehensive information about disease management and self-care. Developed as a 5-class program, patients learn answers to the often confusing questions regarding diabetes and self-sufficiency, dietary and lifestyle changes, and family related issues. Classes can be arranged either one-on-one or in small groups, and family members are strongly encouraged to participate. Patients can sign up for the program through their primary care provider or the Family Practice Clinic.

Deann Blake, RN, BSN, CDE
KVH Diabetes Self-Management Program
509-773-4022 x2088


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