SGCMH Staff Receives “2018 Rural Health Champion Award”

8/17/2018

The staff was awarded in two categories: Individual Champion and Team Champion

Ste. Genevieve, MO. Congratulations to Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital staff, winners of the 2018 Missouri Rural Health Champion Award for their work, individually and as a team on promoting opioid stewardship in our organization and community.

Laura Fowler, RPh-Director of Inpatient Pharmacy will be recognized for her efforts with the Individual Rural Health Champion Award and, the Opioid Stewardship Committee headed by Matthew Bosner, MD, Chief of Medicine will be awarded the Team Champion Award. They will be acknowledged by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services at the state Rural Health Conference and will each receive a plaque in recognition of their accomplishments.

According to statistics, Ste. Genevieve County is in the epicenter of opioid saturated counties in Missouri. Dr. Bosner, Laura and the committee reviewed state and county prescribing trends related to opioids and decided to be a catalyst for change.

“Our primary goal is to reduce the quantity of prescriptions, quantity of tablets per prescription by our providers, and promote awareness and education of opioids within our community, patients and providers,” stated Dr. Bosner.

The objectives specifically address the Triple Aim approach to quality healthcare - better health, better care, and lower costs. Following the objectives, the committee developed a number of projects to decrease opioid misuse and abuse by patients who are prescribed opioids.

The team implemented up to ten different projects and measurable objectives. The Opioid Stewardship Committee has been able to collaborate with different community entities to facilitate stewardship and engage patients in remote areas of the county. Projects include interventions to decrease opioid prescriptions, community education about opioids, and implementation of measures to make Narcan readily available to patients. Also, an inpatient medical stabilization program for opioids and alcohol has been established at Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital.

“The Opioid Stewardship Committee has been dedicated to meet a specific need with our rural community,” commented Laura. “The achieved goals are evidence of how our team has made a specific measurable impact.”

For more information on the 2018 Rural Health Champion Award visit http://www.stegenevievehospital.org/about_us/qualityawards_and_honors/awards_and_honors.aspx.

Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital is a critical access, rural community hospital. We put people first by providing excellent, personalized, and compassionate healthcare.

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