Bright Ideas Winners Save DeKalb Medical over $609,946 

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The Bright Ideas employee contest has yielded some big results for the hospital. Over 409 submissions were received and the hospital will save $609,946 by implementing the top 12 projects.

The top three winners were announced at the Leadership Development Institute, April 19.

Cronin bright ideasLisa Cronin, Senior Systems Application Analyst in the Business Applications Team in IT, was the First Place winner of the contest with her idea to eliminate PTO pay outs to staff leaving before their one year anniversary. This saves the hospital about $490,505.

Brenda bright ideasBrianne Rivera, Implementation Specialist, IT, came in Second Place and is saving the hospital $37,000 with her suggestion to eliminate the CoreCare vendor and use NextGen for documenting the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit.

Boyles bright ideasCathie Boyles, R.N., Senior Clinical Analyst within the Clinical Applications Team received the Third Prize award for saving the hospital $26,000 by recommending we discontinue the use of the paper strip across toilet seats to indicate that they were sanitized. Toilets are still sanitized, but we are saving big dollars by not purchasing those strips.

Congratulations to the top three winners for their outstanding submissions! More finalists will be announced soon and their suggestions implemented.


Ndukwe bright ideasJill Ndukwe, Program Manager for Decision support  won a 2017 iPad valued at $329 in the raffle.


Affordable Care Act – Sign Up

We are hosting a second and final ACA enrollment event at N. Decatur on Thursday night, Jan. 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. in the Theatre. Find out if you can secure cost-effective insurance with this free event.

Anyone who needs health insurance can come to the event. Also, even if you are a part-time or PRN staff, you may register for this complimentary consultation. Call 404-501-WELL to register. Drop-in’s are also welcome.

If you can’t make the event, you may email David Branch, InsureGA, at to discuss the possibilities for your coverage.


Nutrition and Diabetes Educational Events

nutritionDecember 13th – 6:30- 7:30 p.m.. Health Workshop entitled, New Year, New Start: Yearly, Biannually, Monthly and Daily with Lyssa Youngblood, Registered Nurse and Diabetes Educator. Please register by calling 404-501-WELL (9355). There is no charge for the Workshop.

Ongoing: One Hour Grocery Store Tours @ Kroger (corner of North Decatur & DeKalb Industrial): Tours are by appointment. FREE if you have attended a full day diabetes education class. All others, $25 charge. Please call 404-501-1790 ext. 3 to register.  Continue reading “Nutrition and Diabetes Educational Events”

DAISY Award Winners!


DeKalb Medical is proud to honor John Latta, RN, Stephanie Kovach, RN and Jule’N Boothe, RN who received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Out of over 200 nominations, the top 3 winners were recognized for going above and beyond the 8 attributes listed on the nomination form.  These nurses were recognized by co-workers, patients, visitors and physicians for providing excellent service and showing exemplary care.

The DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses is an international program that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence our nurses bring to their patients every day.

DeKalb Medical will honor these Daisy Award winners on a quarterly basis. Everyone who experiences or witnesses an extraordinary nurse is encouraged to nominate a nurse. Click  here to complete an online nomination form.

Remember to include a description of the situation(s) involving the nurse that illustrates how he/she meets the criteria for The DAISY Award.

What’s in a Name — Name The Robot Contest

The word Teleneurology doesn’t exactly roll off of the tongue.  Help DeKalb Medical name its newest Teleneurology Robot. Enter your idea for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Teleneurology is state-of-the-art technology that gives neurologists the ability to examine and assess a patient even if they are not on campus (think telephony + neurology). Because an acute stroke is a time-sensitive emergency, rapid assessment and treatment is needed to provide our patients their best chance for recovery. The Teleneurology robot acts on behalf of a remote neurologist to help the doctor speak directly with patients and staff, review medical records and provide consultation and orders – from almost anywhere! DeKalb Medical is proud to have teleneurology robots in our North Decatur and Hillandale hospitals.

To help name this important virtual member of our staff, you can find the entry form on the Intranet here or http://dmintranet/departments/stroke