year thousands of people from Clay, Riley, Cloud, Ottawa, Marshall, Republic
and Washington counties use Clay County Medical Center's many services.
Last year the hospital's Radiology Department performed over 8,500 procedures,
the Outpatient Clinic logged nearly 3,400 patient visits, the Emergency
Department served over 3,000 patients and inpatients spent a total of
4,200 days in the Medical Center.
of the many resources necessary to deliver these services to the community
is continuing education. In order to ensure that patients receive quality
care, each state and/or profession sets forth continuing education requirements
for health professionals. For example, in Kansas, nurses must complete
30 hours of continuing education every two years in order to stay licensed
Sets a Higher Standard
Clay County Medical Center has set a higher standard that goes beyond
providing quality care and focuses on delivering the best care. Registered
nurses at CCMC receive certifications in specific disciplines such as
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support
(PALS), Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC) and Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP).
For example, registered nurses that work in the Emergency Department receive
hands on training and certifications in TNCC, ACLS, PALS and NRP. Nurses
that work in the Mother and Baby area, receive training that includes
NRP, advanced fetal monitoring and a S.T.A.B.L.E. program.
the Best Care
According to the Director of Nurses, Leana Hamilton, the staff at CCMC
knows that the more knowledgeable they are in their discipline, the better
care they can provide to their patients. "The hospitals commitment to
provide staff with clinical knowledge and skills that exceed state education
requirements ensures that patients receive the best care from the best
caregivers," Hamilton said.