Mena Regional Health System recently recognized the Emergency Department for being selected as the iCARE STAR Department of the Quarter. During the fall, there was a lot of news coverage about several cases of Ebola in the United States. The MRHS Emergency Department shifted into high alert. In addition to treating all types of emergent injuries and illnesses, this department underwent intensive training in preparation for the potential introduction of the Ebola Virus into the Mena and Polk County area. Staff and leadership assembled equipment, performed daily simulations and drills, and developed policies and practices in the unlikely change that a patient with the Ebola Virus was admitted to the department. The staff accomplished this challenge with professionalism and a high-level of skill. The ED is now well prepared to handle any type patients with highly-infectious illnesses. As the iCARE STAR Department of the Quarter, the Emergency Department received the traveling STAR Department trophy, a pizza party and a plaque that will be displayed on the iCARE wall in the hospital.
Pictured above are Abby Wheeler, RN; Rhonda Tanter, RN; Rick Billingsley, Interim CEO and CNO; Tony Tackett, Director of Emergency Department; Clay McDowell, RN; and Laura Allen, CFO.