>Brookings Oregon News, Sports, & Weather | The Curry Coastal Pilot

News Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

News arrow News arrow Business arrow Curry General honored by psychiatric association

Print

Curry General honored by psychiatric association

Dr. Tom Dodson, of Oregon Psychiatric Association, presents award to Jan Kaplan, director of Curry County Health and Humane Services, and Tom Soule, Curry General Hospital director of nursing. The Pilot/Val Corley
GOLD BEACH – Curry General Hospital’s opening last October of a special holding room to hold people with mental issues for up to five days while their condition is stabilized, or it’s decided they need to be transferred to another facility, has earned the hospital the 2010 Oregon Psychiatric Association Access Award.

The award was presented to the hospital on Thursday by the association’s Dr. Tom Dodson of Portland, who came up with the idea for the award about three years ago.

“This award is to honor and acknowledge people who are doing good things in community access to mental health,” Dodson said before presenting the award.

Curry General was nominated for the award by Dr. Tom Welch.

“He is a psychiatrist in Portland who filled in down here for a while,” Dodson said, when the hospital was temporarily without a psychiatrist.

Director of Nursing Tom Soule accepted the award at the ceremony, attended by community leaders and representatives of the organizations involved in securing the holding room.

“We congratulate you and thank you on behalf of the Oregon Psychiatric Association for leading the incredible collaboration among professionals in your community to provide important service to patients,” Dr. Janice Veenhuizen, secretary of the Oregon Psychiatric Association, wrote in a letter to Bill McMillan, Curry Health Network CEO, in announcing the award.

“This award would not have been possible without the joint collaborative efforts of many individuals and agencies pursuing the development of a mental health hold room located at Curry General Hospital,” she wrote.

“The collaborative efforts resulted in written memorandums of understanding between Curry County Human Services, IPH Security Systems Inc., and Jefferson Behavioral Health as well as verbal agreements with local law enforcement agencies and ongoing communication with Columbia Care/Driftwood Lodge,” Veenhuizen wrote. “It is obvious that the groups of individuals involved in the collaborative effort are dedicated to improving patient access to mental health treatment in Oregon.”

The holding room, slightly larger than 80 square feet, is located directly across the hall from the hospital’s nursing station where it can be constantly monitored.

The difference between this room and other hospital rooms is that there is only a bed, eliminating anything that may cause injury, and the door locks. 

The hospital uses two types of holds for psychiatric patients – a 12-hour hold just to transfer someone to another hospital and a five-day hold to enable Curry County Human Services to investigate.

Soule, the nursing director, said the plan had been to have a tour of the room following the presentation, but the room was in use following the admission of a patient the night before.

In addition to a contract with Curry County Human Services, Curry General has a contract with Jefferson Behavioral Health (JBH), which funnels state money for mental health to five southwestern Oregon counties.

Print

Business News by Yahoo Finance

  • Investors look to earnings for market direction
    Investors attempting to determine whether U.S. equities will rebound from Friday's selloff or continue to sink will look to a deluge of earnings next week for a clearer picture of the economy. Equities lost ground after industrials Honeywell International and General Electric took hits from the strong dollar, while concerns over new trading regulations in China and Greece's place in the euro zone dented sentiment. Investors have grown concerned about the impact of a strong dollar on quarterly results, even as they remain leery of missing out on any rally. "Our markets will get kind of quiet again as we wait for some of those earnings and what is going to happen on the 24th with Greece," said Keith Bliss, senior vice-president at Cuttone & Co in New York.
  • Exclusive: Greece scrapes bottom of barrel in hunt for cash to stay afloat
    Greece will need to tap all the remaining cash reserves across its public sector -- a total of 2 billion euros ($2.16 billion) -- to pay civil service wages and pensions at the end of the month, according to finance ministry officials. Barring a last-ditch deal with its creditors, that is likely to leave no money to repay the International Monetary Fund almost 1 billion euros due in the first half of May, although Greece has said it wants to honor its debt obligations. Athens' scramble for basic funds shows how extreme the financial constraints on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have become as he tries to convince skeptical foreign creditors to extend his country new financial aid. Greece's finance ministry denied that it would need to tap remaining cash reserves to meet salary payments, without providing any figures.
  • U.S. consumer prices edge up, supporting Fed rate rise
    U.S. consumer prices increased for a second straight month in March on rising gasoline and housing costs, a sign of an uptick in inflation that should keep the Federal Reserve on course to start raising interest rates this year. March's broad-based price gains bolster the U.S. central bank's long-held view that inflation will gradually move toward its 2 percent target as the dampening effect of lower energy prices fades. "The data should allay the disinflation concerns that predominated earlier this year and, on the margin, increase the Fed's confidence that inflation will eventually move toward its target," said Michelle Girard, chief economist at RBS in Stamford, Connecticut. In the 12 months through March, the CPI slipped 0.1 percent after being unchanged in February.

Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Follow Curry Coastal Pilot headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2015 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use