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Hospital staff honored

On Thursday, Mar. 27, DeQuincy Memorial Hospital hosted a City Luncheon at the JCE Center in DeQuincy.

Mike Ashford, CEO/Administrator of the hospital, gave a presentation on "Our Contribution to the Local Economy." He also presented information on the recent accreditations from The Joint Commission and COLA.

The Joint Commission provides expert advice and education to the hospital and improves the quality of patient care. There are over 25 critical access hospitals in the state, and only nine have received this accreditation.

COLA is an organization whose purpose is to promote excellence in laboratory medicine and patient care. COLA also provides education and support to the Lab and can help ensure accurate test results.

Ashford also discussed the importance of the Emergency Room and how critical it can be to stabilize patients to be transferred to larger hospitals in a cardiac event, seizures, motor vehicle accidents, among other emergencies.

He presented information and photos of the new Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit and the new Outpatient Physical Therapy department. Both services are a huge asset to the hospital and to the community.

Ashford added that the hospital strives to provide the highest level of care, and will continue to offer a wide range of services to the City of DeQuincy and the surrounding areas. The hospital staff was recognized for their hard work and accomplishments. The hospital administration also recognized the community and the physicians for their continued support throughout the years.

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