Appleton Area Health 1 of 8 Minnesota Hospitals CALS Certified
Appleton Area Health has joined an elite group of hospitals and is 1 of 8 to receive the designation as a Comprehensive Advance Life Support (CALS) facility. CALS is a program designed to provide training in lifesaving emergency medical care and includes extensive print and electronic training material, interactive education, and hands-on skills training. CALS prepares participants to deal with trauma and cardiac events as well as medical, obstetrical, pediatric, and neonatal emergencies. The program is designed for healthcare teams working in rural areas or settings where resources such as specialists and specialized equipment may not be available. CALS uses a team approach, providing uniform training to all participants regardless of their scope of practice and advocates a systems-based approach that links healthcare institutions and providers at all levels and stages of emergency care in a continuous network of support for patients.
Appleton Area Health has been recognized as a leading CALS hospital having met the stringent criteria for staff training, up-to-date technology and commitment to the CALS principals.
Pictured L-R: Trisha Olson RN, April Borstad LPN, Elizabeth Charles FNP, Crystal Turner RN, Marcia Kells FNP, Ranita Schmitt DON, Dr. Bajwa, Josie Hauck RN, Ann Gihls CALS Program Executive Director, Kris Payn RN, Penny Hormann FNP, Dawn Sulflow RN, Lori Andreas CEO
AAH Recognized for Exemplary Performance in Health Care Transformation
The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium (NRACC) has recognized Appleton Area Health - Clinic for exemplary performance in health care transformation.
This award is given to facilities that have focused on wellness activities and quality of care to improve the health and wellness of their patient population. AAH was recognized for their exceptional performance in preventative care, mental health care, follow-up care post-hospitalization, and patient satisfaction survey results.
Preventative care activities include; increasing Annual Wellness Visits, vaccinations, and preventative screenings, as well as follow-up care for patients with chronic conditions and post-hospitalization care.
AAH integrated primary care and behavioral health services in 2019, resulting in increased access to mental health care, and increased screening to identify mental health needs.
Lastly, AAH patient satisfaction scores showed that 97% of patients would recommend the AAH Clinic to family and friends.
“AAH is committed to providing the best possible care to our patients and we are proud to have received this award. This is a testament of the exceptional care that our providers and our nursing staff provide. We will continue to strive to be a leader in quality healthcare,” stated Lori Andreas, CEO.
Appleton Area Health Makes Commitment Toward Quality Improvement for Care Center Residents
Appleton Area Health has enrolled with Superior Health Quality Alliance (Superior Health) to participate in the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Collaborative. Together, and along with other nursing home facilities, they will work to improve health outcomes for their residents by working to meet goals established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Over the next five years, Superior Health, Appleton Area Health and nearly 900 other nursing homes will work together to improve nursing home quality, decrease opioid misuse and improve behavioral health, increase patient safety and improve care transition quality.
By joining this initiative, Appleton Area Health demonstrates a commitment to continued improvement in the quality of health and health care for the residents they serve. To learn more about Superior Health’s Nursing Home Quality Improvement Collaborative visit http://superiorhealthqa.org/nursinghome