MEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM ANNOUNCES CEO

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Elsbeth Wetherill

Executive Assistant to CEO

831-385-7233

Email: ewetherill@meememorial.com

MEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM ANNOUNCES CEO

King City, California, August 3, 2020

Effective August 1, 2020, the Mee Memorial Board of Trustees has officially named Rena Salamacha CEO of Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) of King City, California.

Rena joined Mee Memorial 11 years ago as the Director of Information Technology. Over the years, Rena has provided leadership that drives operational efficiency through process improvement, standardization and reduction of clinical variations ensuring the delivery of high quality and cost-effective care. During Rena’s tenure at Mee Memorial she has also held additional executive roles as the Chief Information Officer and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer as well as Chief Operations Officer.

Prior to joining Mee Memorial, Rena spent 9 years in hospital finance and healthcare information technology roles. Her previous experience in hospital finance and revenue cycle has been an asset to her leadership.

Rena has a master’s degree in Management and Systems with a concentration in Leadership and Strategy from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from University of Phoenix. Rena is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. She has been serving as interim CEO since November 15, 2019.

“We are excited to have such an accomplished professional at the helm of our healthcare system during this period of significant change and challenge,” said Mee Board Chair, Michael Howard, “and we are confident Rena can help navigate our medical service improvements while maintaining a high level of community trust.”

Please join the Board of Trustees in congratulating Rena in her official role.

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MEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM DESIGNATED CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITAL

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MEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM DESIGNATED CRITCAL ACCESS HOSPITAL
Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) of King City recently earned certification as a Critical Access Hospital (CAH). The several years’ long pursuit by MMHS to achieve CAH designation has been successful, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approving the hospital’s participation in the program.


“Lower patient volumes, higher expenses and changes in reimbursement are affecting hospitals of all sizes across the region and country. Achieving Critical Access Hospital status is one of the significant strategic planning steps
taken by Mee Memorial Healthcare System to address these challenges and ensure the long-term success of the hospital,” said, Mee Memorial Healthcare System CEO Rena Salamacha.

The CAH designation was created by Congress through the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 in response to a string of rural hospital closures during the 1980s and early 1990s. Eligible hospitals must meet the following conditions to obtain CAH designation:


• Have 25 or fewer acute care inpatient beds
• Be located more than 35 miles from another hospital
• Maintain an annual average length of stay of 96 hours or less for acute care patients
• Provide 24/7 emergency care services


CAH designation is designed to reduce the financial vulnerability of rural hospitals and improve access to
healthcare by keeping essential services available in rural communities. CAHs receive benefits such as cost-based
reimbursement for Medicare services, and the designation will result in more in reimbursement annually for Mee
Memorial at this critical time

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Contacto: Elsbeth Wetherill

831-385-7233

Correo electrónico: ewetherill@meememorial.com

MEE MEMORIAL SISTEMA DE ATENCIÓN MÉDICO DESIGNADO COMO HOSPITAL DE ACCESO CRITICO.

Mee Memorial Sistema del Cuidado de la Salud (MMHS) de King City obtuvo recientemente la certificación como Hospital de Acceso Crítico (HAC). La búsqueda de varios años por parte de MMHS para lograr la designación de HAC ha sido exitosa, con los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid aprobando la participación del hospital en el programa.

“Los volúmenes de pacientes más bajos, los gastos más altos y los cambios en el reembolso están afectando a hospitales de todos los tamaños en toda la región y el país. Lograr el estado de acceso crítico al hospital es uno de los pasos importantes de planificación estratégica tomados por Mee Memorial Sistema del Cuidado de la Salud para abordar estos desafíos y garantizar el éxito a largo plazo del hospital “, dijo el CEO de Mee Memorial Sistema del Cuidado de la Salud, Rena Salamacha.


La designación de HAC fue creada por el Congreso a través de la Ley de Presupuesto Equilibrado de 1997 en respuesta a una serie de cierres de hospitales rurales durante los años ochenta y principios de los noventa. Los hospitales elegibles deben cumplir las siguientes condiciones para obtener la designación de HAC:

Tener 25 o menos camas para pacientes hospitalizados con cuidados agudos

• Estar ubicado a más de 35 millas de otro hospital

• Mantener una estadía promedio anual de 96 horas o menos para pacientes de cuidados agudos

• Proporcionar servicios de atención de emergencia las 24 horas, los 7 días de la semana

La designación de HAC está diseñada para reducir la vulnerabilidad financiera de los hospitales rurales y mejorar el acceso a la atención médica al mantener los servicios esenciales disponibles en las comunidades rurales. Los HAC reciben beneficios tales como el reembolso basado en el costo de los servicios de Medicare, y la designación dará como resultado un mayor reembolso anual de Mee Memorial en este crítico momento.

MEE MEMORIAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM AWARDED GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL

Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) of King City has once again earned the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission. This rigorous, thorough evaluation is an internationally recognized symbol of excellence. MMHS earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.  

MMHS underwent a rigorous, virtual survey June 2nd – June 5th, 2020 as part of an initial Critical Access Hospital survey. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted virtual observations and interviews. 

“MMHS is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, a premier healthcare quality improvement and accrediting body,” said Rena Salamacha, CEO. “Our entire hospital staff continuously strives to work together to develop and implement approaches that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.” 

“We thank the offices of Senator Anna Caballero and Congressman Jimmy Panetta; with a shout-out specifically to John Assini who worked tirelessly to make Mee Memorial a priority.” 

The Joint Commission was established to make health care safer for patients and helps hospitals meet goals to elevate their performance and excel at meeting patients’ needs. The Commission’s state-of-the-art standards set expectations for performance that are reasonable, achievable and surveyable. Standards are developed with input from health care professionals, providers, subject matter experts, consumers, and government agencies (including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus and reviewed by the Board of Commissioners.

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MEE MEMORIAL SISTEMA DEL CUIDADO DE LA SALUD APROVADO CON EL SELLO DEL PREMIO DE ORO

Mee Memorial Healthcare System (MMHS) de King City ha obtenido una vez más el Sello de aprobación de oro de La Comisión Conjunta. Esta evaluación rigurosa y exhaustiva es un símbolo de excelencia reconocido internacionalmente. MMHS obtuvo la aprobación del Sello de Oro® de la Comisión Conjunta al demostrar el cumplimiento continuo de sus estándares de desempeño. La aprobación es un símbolo de calidad que refleja el compromiso de una organización de brindar atención segura y efectiva al paciente.

MMHS se sometió a una rigurosa encuesta virtual del 2 al 5 de junio del año 2020 como parte de una encuesta inicial de acceso crítico al hospital. Durante la revisión, un equipo de inspectores expertos de La Comisión Conjunta evaluó el cumplimiento de las normas hospitalarias relacionadas con varias áreas, incluyendo el manejo de emergencias, el entorno de atención, la prevención y el control de infecciones, el liderazgo y el manejo de medicamentos. Los inspectores también realizaron entrevistas y observaciones virtuales.

“MMHS se complace en recibir la acreditación de La Comisión Conjunta, un importante organismo de acreditación y mejora de la calidad de la atención médica”, dijo Rena Salamacha, CEO. “Todo el personal del hospital se esfuerza continuamente para trabajar juntos para desarrollar e implementar enfoques que tengan el potencial de mejorar la atención a los pacientes en nuestra comunidad”.

“Agradecemos las oficinas de la senadora Anna Caballero y el congresista Jimmy Panetta; con un agradecimiento muy especial a John Assini quien trabajó incansablemente para hacer de Mee Memorial una prioridad “.

La Comisión Conjunta se estableció para hacer que la atención médica sea más segura para los pacientes y ayuda a los hospitales a cumplir los objetivos para elevar su desempeño y sobresalir en la satisfacción de las necesidades de los pacientes. Los estándares de vanguardia de la Comisión establecen expectativas de desempeño que son razonables, alcanzables y evaluables. Los estándares se desarrollan con el aporte de profesionales de la salud, proveedores, expertos en la materia, consumidores y agencias gubernamentales (incluidos los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid). Están informados por la literatura científica y el consenso de expertos y revisados ​​por la Junta de Comisionados.