WGH observes Hospitals Week

In keeping with National Hospital Week, May 11-17, Warren General Hospital handed out lunch totes to staff members, provided medical information and distributed cookies on Friday.

“National Hospital Week, first and foremost, is a celebration of people,” Deborah Labesky, R.N. WGH care transitions and community coordinator, said on Friday. We’re extremely proud of each member of our staff and we recognize the important role they play in extending a sense of trust to our patients and our communities.”

The theme this year is “Compassion, Innovation, Dedication: The Commitment Continues.”

“A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it’s a part of the community that fosters health and represents hope,” she said. “From providing treatment and comfort to the sick, to welcoming new life into the world, hospitals are central to a healthy and optimistic community.”

She added that the WGH Auxiliary provides gifts of appreciation each year to the hospital’s employees.

Jen Bupp, with Health Information Systems at WGH, spoke about how the Affordable Care Act gave patients the right to see their own medical records.

“Some doctors offices have it (set up) already,” she said.

The new Patient and Consumer Health Portal gives people access to health information online, according to a press release from Meditech, a company that provides access to Electronic Health Records as required by the ACA.

Some of the services available include exchanging secure messages with health care providers, viewing, downloading or transmitting health summaries, requesting or changing appointments, checking lab results, reviewing active home medicines and requesting prescription renewals and access billing information.

She added that Warren General is in the process also, via myportal.wgh.org.