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Columbia Memorial Hospital | Health Compass | Winter 2022

Over the past 18 months, masks have become commonplace. We see them not only in hospitals, but also in grocery stores, schools and even outside, in crowded areas. What we don’t see as often are the smiles hidden behind those masks. We wanted to use this edition of the Compass to celebrate and honor the health care heroes who wear these face coverings day in and day out to protect themselves and our community from the spread of COVID-19. The pictures to the right represent only a small percentage

CMH Health Compass wins 2021 Gold Hermes Creative Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Nancee Long Phone: 503-338-4650 Email: nlong@columbiamemorial.org 08/06/2021 CMH HEALTH COMPASS WINS 2021 GOLD HERMES CREATIVE AWARD Spring 2020 edition featuring Family Birthing Center honored ASTORIA, Ore. – CMH was honored to be recognized with a 2021 Gold Hermes Creative Award for overall publication for the Spring 2020 Health Compass newsletter. The eight-page publication, published and designed by Coffey Communications, featured stories and information on the CMH Family Birthing Center and related services, such as Lactation and support for infant loss. It was compiled and written by Sarah Bello, marketing and communications coordinator, and included a story about Med/Surg manager Kelly Cope’s family, who have received care at CMH for generations. “The 2020 Spring Compass was a special issue because it highlighted the person-centered care women and babies receive from our Family Birthing Center,” says Nancee Long, director of communications. “Receiving an award for that specific edition emphasizes the excellent work done in supporting families across hospital departments, from the Women’s Center to the Family Birthing Center to Marketing.” There were a total of 230,000+ entries from 125+ countries that submitted materials for a Hermes Creative Award. The competition is one of the oldest and largest international creative contests in the world, sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. It recognizes outstanding work in the industry while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communications professionals. All work is evaluated solely on its own quality, creativity and resourcefulness. The award helps demonstrate the effectiveness of CMH’s Marketing Department and its ability to compete with organizations of all sizes and budgets. The full Spring 2020 Health Compass can be read at www.columbiamemorial.org/health-compass-spring-2020. A list of all Platinum and Gold Award winners can be found on the Hermes Creative Awards website at www.hermesawards.com.

Hospital inpatient cap will help reimbursement rate

Grays Harbor Community Hospital is proposing to cap the number of inpatients it serves — meaning those who are admitted and typically stay overnight or longer — at 49, a move it says could increase revenue from Medicare and Medicaid by $2.5 million to $3 million per year. The hospital says the increased revenue could help it recruit primary care doctors. It isn’t likely to mean the hospital will treat any fewer patients. The hospital has, and will still have, 140 beds. The average number of in

Aberdeen hospital's computers struck by ransomware hack attack

ABERDEEN, Wash. - A ransomware attack by hackers has scrambled data on computer systems at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, including patient health information, officials said Wednesday. The attack, which is designed to block the hospital's access to its computer systems until a sum of money is paid, was originally discovered in June. The same attack also struck Harbor Medical Group in Grays Harbor County.