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CRMC To Buildout New Wound Care Center On Cedar

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The Cookeville Regional Finance Committee voted Tuesday night to move forward with renovations to a building that will house the hospital’s Wound Care Center. CFO Tommye Rena Wells said the estimated cost for the project will not exceed $500,000. CEO Buffy Key said the hospital has been leasing the space from a local medical facility, which needed the space to ... Read More »

CRMC 5 West Project Takes Next Steps Toward Fall Completion

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Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s 5 West renovation project has taken its next step, with facilities now being built out. CEO Buffy Key said the patient rooms in 5 West are now being built out and the improved facility is taking shape. She said the hospital is having furniture fairs now to determine what kind of furniture will be used for ... Read More »

Cookeville Mended Hearts Discontinued After 20+ Years

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Cookeville Mended Hearts Chapter 127 will end its visitation services at Cookeville Regional due to a lack of volunteers. President Blanche Smithers said Mended Hearts is a group of accredited visitors that meets with patients and their families during the process of heart surgery. She told the Cookeville Regional Board of Trustees Thursday night that after COVID stopped the organization’s ... Read More »

CRMC To Receive Consulting For Streamlined Case Management

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Cookeville Regional Medical Center will undergo consulting services from Clinical Intelligence to redesign and improve case management. CEO Buffy Key said the consultants will put processes in place to help the hospital’s Case Management Department get patients out to continuums of care as soon as a patient is ready. Key said this would be a year-long process with the potential ... Read More »

CRMC Wants To Hire American Sign Language Interpreter

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Cookeville Regional Medical Center is hiring an American Sign Language interpreter to serve increased demand. Director of Patient Experience Craig Norris said eliminating communication barriers is proven to result in increased patient satisfaction and comfort. He said studies show that better language interpretation decreases adverse medical outcomes and improves adherence to medical advice. “It’s really important that we include everyone,” ... Read More »

CRMC Will Not Postpone Surgeries Amid Low Blood Supply

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Cookeville Regional Medical Center has no plans of canceling or postponing elective surgeries amid low blood inventory across the region. Blood Assurance announced late Thursday they had asked the hospitals served across the region to postpone elective surgeries until the blood supply is replenished. Snow and cold have cancelled blood drives and kept residents from visiting the blood center. A ... Read More »

CRMC ER Wait Times Trending Up Alongside COVID, Flu, RSV Numbers

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Wait times at Cookeville Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room have trended longer with the extra volume due to flu, COVID, and RSV. White County EMS discussed the growing wait times for arriving ambulances at a County Steering Committee meeting this week. Cookeville Regional Emergency Department Director Samantha McLerran said wait times are constantly fluctuating, making them difficult to anticipate. “There ... Read More »

White County EMS Trying To Avoid Tying Up Units In Cookeville

White County EMS exploring a policy change to allow ambulances to take patients elsewhere when Cookeville Regional has long ER waits. EMS Director Mike Kerr said those picked up by ambulance have the right to choose which hospital to visit, so long as it borders White County. Kerr said CRMC wait times are often well over an hour. “We’ve got ... Read More »

CRMC’s Etter: New COVID Variants Prevalent, Expect Similar Symptoms

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New COVID-19 variants are showing up nationwide and across the Upper Cumberland. Cookeville Regional Infection Prevention Manager Stephanie Etter said the symptoms affiliated with these variants are similar to what we’ve seen before. “Just like flu changes each season a little bit, Covid is doing the same thing,” Etter said. “Fortunately, we’re not seeing severe cases like we saw in ... Read More »

CRMC Sets Visitation Restrictions Amid COVID-19, Flu Spike

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Cookeville Regional Medical Center has implemented visitation restrictions due to surging flu and COVID-19 numbers. Infection Prevention Manager Stephanie Etter said COVID-19 hospitalizations have spiked some 60 percent in the last two weeks. Etter said starting Thursday, people under 16-years-old, and anyone showing signs of illness will not be permitted to visit the hospital. “If they do visit and they’re ... Read More »