DMH Patient and Public Relations Director Brenda Blitch informed the Doctors Memorial Foundation that a mandatory survey was being issued for all Acute Care Hospitals and their HCAHP Score would affect the hospital’s funding during their regularly scheduled meeting Friday, Feb. 11.


BONIFAY — DMH Patient and Public Relations Director Brenda Blitch informed the Doctors Memorial Foundation that a mandatory survey was being issued for all Acute Care Hospitals and their HCAHP Score would affect the hospital’s funding during their regularly scheduled meeting Friday, Feb. 11.



According to www.patient-centeredcare.org, The HCAHPS survey “is a nationally standardized survey that captures patients’ perspectives of their hospital care. It allows consumers, for the first time, to compare hospitals based on measures of how effectively they are satisfying patients‘ needs and expectations. The survey‘s 27 questions look beyond clinical outcomes and technical capabilities of hospitals and focus instead on aspects of the care experience that are particularly meaningful to patients, including: communication with doctors, communication with nurses, communication about medications, responsiveness of hospital staff, pain management, quality of discharge instructions, cleanliness of hospital environment and quiet of hospital environment.”



“This is their way of making sure you earn what you get paid,” said Blitch.



She explained that it would be $2,000 for the contract and additional for the surveys.



“This is done by an independent contractor to insure that there’s no way that we can tamper with the results,” said Blitch. “We’ve got the option to use mail-in surveys or by phone. We’re requesting that the Foundation consider helping with some of the expenses.”



The Doctors Memorial Hospital Foundation is preparing for their biggest fundraiser of the year, Golf Ball Drop and Golf Scramble.



The Fourth Annual Doctors Memorial Foundation Golf Scramble and Golf Ball Drop is scheduled for Friday, April 12 at the Dogwood Lakes Golf Club.



Members of the Foundation issued out names of individuals and businesses who might be enlisted to participate as sponsors or who would be willing to donate towards the event.



Tee Box Sponsors are set at $50, Hole Sponsors are at $100 and donated door prizes and gift bag items could be any price.



Team members would also be recruited at that time.



For the Four Man Scramble or Best Ball the cost is $200 per team or $50 per individual, which includes the round of golf, cart and lunch and the cash prizes are $400 for first place, $200 for second place and $100.



Mulligans are available for purchase to be eligible for door prizes and they are set at two for $10 and can be used for any stroke.



A mulligan is a free shot given a golfer when the shot before that was poorly played.



The Foundation also discussed selling tickets for the Ball Drop.



In the Ball Drop there are hundreds of numbered balls placed in a dump truck and then dropped over a golf hole. The numbered ball is closest to, or is the first into the hole, will win a guaranteed cash prize of $500.



“This is one event where you don’t have to be present to win,” said Blitch.



Tickets are $10 for one ball, $25 for three balls or $50 for seven.



Tickets will be available with any foundation member, which includes Hazel Tison, Diane Little, Roger Brooks and Blitch and at the following locations: Doctors Memorial Hospital Boutique, the First Federal formally known as the Bank of Bonifay and the Holmes County Times-Advertiser.



For more information contact Blitch at 547-8193.



All proceeds go to the Doctors Memorial Hospital Foundation.



For more information and registration forms visit the Washington County News/Holmes County Times-Advertiser’s Facebook page.



Next the Foundation discussed ways to increase Foundation Memberships/Benefits Sponsors.



“Among the most important is your membership in the Doctors Memorial Hospital Foundation,” wrote Administrator JoAnn Baker. “Your participation is critical in achieving the best possible medical care available to all who need it. Each contribution is essential in supporting our hospital’s current technology, modern facilities and enhanced services.”



Blitch explained that Foundation members receive a 10 percent discount on any non-prescription item at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy and Padgett Drugs along with a 10 percent discount on prescriptions paid for in cash, a 10 percent discount on merchandise sold at Bettye’s Boutique, in the hospital, an employee discount of $3.50 on lunches served in the hospital cafeteria on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a 10 percent discount at Hardees in Bonifay, a 10 percent discount at the Movie and Gift Depot in Bonifay and a Corporate Discount rate at the Best Western Inn and Suites in Bonifay.



For more information on benefits of being a Foundation member visit their website at www.doctorsmemorial.org/foundation.



Upcoming events include Doctors Memorial Hospital’s Heart Walk, which will be held on Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Doctors Memorial Hospital in recognition of National Wear Red Day. More information will be given as it is provided.



April 1 will be the Fifth Anniversary of Doctors Memorial Hospital and they will once again hold Customer Appreciation Day at the Hospital. More information will be given as it is provided.



The next regularly scheduled DMH Foundation meeting is set for 10 a.m. on Feb. 8 at Doctors Memorial Hospital’s Conference Rooms.



About Doctors Memorial Hospital Foundation



The Doctors Memorial Hospital Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the advancement and further the aims and purposes of Doctors Memorial Hospital. The foundation works with donors who care about the quality of healthcare in Holmes and surrounding counties to ensure that their gifts provide meaningful important support to the hospital.



The Foundation is a key partner in the hospital’s stability and growth.



This newly formed foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization governed by it’s own five member Board of Directors. They serve voluntarily and represent the local community.



Through monetary support by yearly memberships or one-time donations, the Foundation assists the hospital in purchasing necessary equipment and providing new services to better serve the community. Every dollar that is given to the Doctors Memorial Hospital Foundation stays locally, to benefit everyone who comes to Doctors Memorial Hospital for care.