More data brings better results

New drugs, new medical devices, new ways to treat old ailments — they are all subject to intense research and scrutiny before being approved for general use, and Community Hospital is a part of that process. More than three dozen clinical trials are typically under way at Community Hospital at any given time, and in this issue of Pulse we provide an inside look at how they come about.

Medical professionals, naturally, serve on a special board that reviews the research proposals. But you might be surprised to learn that laypeople — librarians, clergy, lawyers, and others who don’t have clinical backgrounds — are also integral to the process. In one of our articles, we’ll introduce you to the community members who serve on Community Hospital’s Institutional Review Board.

We’re also shedding some light on how you can help prevent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA),  an infection that’s usually associated with healthcare environments but is becoming more prevalent in community settings.

This issue also takes you to our Emergency department, where we’ve instituted a new effort called Code Purple. Overcrowding and delays have become a nationwide problem in emergency rooms, and this is our way of reducing waits and increasing patient safety and satisfaction.

Finally, we’d like to introduce you to our employee of the year, Bliss Croonquist, whose work exemplifies our commitment to providing the best care from the best people.

We hope you enjoy this issue and we welcome your comments.

Steven Packer, MD

President/CEO