Blog Posts in 2013

  • K-9 Vests for Our Community Protectors

    October 23, the Nevada Highway Patrol’s drug interdiction K-9 was injured in a shootout on Interstate 80. Gripper was in his kennel in the back of Trooper Tim Raabe’s patrol vehicle when the shooting began. He was hit with multiple pieces of shrapnel, including one piece that is still lodged in his body. Thankfully, the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois is back on the job following his ...

  • Next Free Flu Clinic Scheduled for January 9

    A free flu shot clinic has been scheduled for Thursday, January 9, at the office of the Community Health Nurse. Walk-ins are welcome from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 102 E. Haskell Street. For those who can't attend the free flu clinic, vaccinations will be available from the Community Health Nurse during regular business hours for an administrative cost of $20 each. This is the second free clinic in ...

  • Nearly 1,000 Flu Shots!

    Last Thursday, HGH's nurses and EMS crews gave 945 flu vaccinations in four hours! Our crews were amazing and we want to thank everyone who made the emergency flu clinic such a success. The remaining flu vaccines are at the office of the Community Health Nurse, located at the corner of Haskell and Mizpah streets, at the base of the hospital campus. If you missed yesterday's clinic, please ...

  • Free Shot Clinic a Success, Vaccines Still Available

    Last Thursday, nearly 1,000 people were vaccinated against the flu in just four hours at the Winnemucca Convention Center. The free flu clinic took place by order of Dr. Tracey D. Green, the State of Nevada's chief health officer, who called for the emergency distribution of flu vaccine the day after Christmas. In all, 945 people received a free flu shot from a small army of nurses and EMS ...

  • Hospital Donation Ensures Added Protection for Area's K-9 Officers

    October 23, the Nevada Highway Patrol's drug interdiction K-9 was injured in a shootout on Interstate 80. Gripper was in his kennel in the back of Trooper Tim Raabe's patrol vehicle when the shooting began. He was hit with multiple pieces of shrapnel, including one piece that is still lodged in his body. Thankfully, the 5-year-old Belgian Malinois is back on the job following his recovery. ...

  • Poke & Peek Thrift Shop Announces Holiday Hours

    The Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary has announced holiday hours for the Poke & Peek Thrift Shop. The thrift shop, which is located at 3200 Bengochea Circle in Sage Heights, will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, and Friday and Saturday, December 27-28, for the Christmas holiday. The store will also close on Wednesday, January 1, but will be open regular hours on Friday and Saturday, January ...

  • Abundance for Our Little Ones

    There are 40 of them. Foster children. Right here in Humboldt County. And thanks to the generosity of so many, each is going to have a very Merry Christmas. Each year, Humboldt General Hospital partners with Humboldt Printers to sponsor The Abundant Tree Gift-Giving Program. Our goal is to make sure every foster child is remembered--and remembered abundantly. You can get a small glimpse into the ...

  • HGH EMS Rescue Graduates Emergency Medical Responders

    Earlier this year, more than a dozen local residents graduated as Emergency Medical Responders. Humboldt General Hospital EMS Rescue Outreach Coordinator Debbie Whittaker said 17 students passed the nationally registered EMR exam with a 100 percent pass rate. "All the students were very enthusiastic, and we were very proud to be their hosts for this training," she said. The 60-plus hour ...

  • Congratulations, Theresa

    Congratulations to Theresa Chwastek, HGH Patient Access to Healthcare Team Leader, for being recognized by the National Association of Healthcare Access Management as a “Certified Healthcare Access Associate.” In addition to overseeing the hospital’s Charity Care program, Theresa's department also provides estimated treatment costs, checks insurance coverage, provides ...

  • Festival of Trees

    The Winnemucca Host Lions Club will hold their second annual "Festival of Trees" at the Winnemucca Events Complex Exhibit Hall this weekend, from Friday, November 29, through Sunday, December 1. This year, Humboldt General Hospital decided to join the fun and our employee committee was ready to donate their time and holiday expertise! Check out this beautiful donation, put together by ...

  • HGH Heightens Security of Mother and Baby Unit

    Humboldt General Hospital's Obstetrics Department is increasing its efforts to ensure the safety of newborn infants. Beginning Monday, November 25, the hospital's Mother and Baby Unit will be locked to the public. Only those with authorization will be able to enter the department. According to OB Nurse Manager Linda Goodale, a newly installed intercom system will allow for communication ...

  • HGH Patient Access Team Leader Receives National Accreditation

    One year ago, Theresa Chwastek had never even heard of the Patient Access to Healthcare Department. Now, as the department's leader, Chwastek was recently recognized by the National Association of Healthcare Access Management for having fulfilled the requirements to become a "Certified Healthcare Access Associate." Humboldt General Hospital launched the new department in March to ...

  • Increasing Infant Security

    Humboldt General Hospital’s Obstetrics Department is increasing its efforts to ensure the safety of newborn infants. Beginning next week, the hospital’s Mother and Baby Unit will be locked to the public. Only those with authorization will be able to enter. A newly installed intercom system will allow for communication between staff and guests. Thanks to everyone for their patience with ...

  • Humboldt General Welcomes New Family Practice Physician

    Dr. Robert Westling has joined the medical team at Humboldt General Hospital. The family practice physician will split his time between his own medical clinic and the Walk-In Clinic, where he serves patients Thursday through Saturday. It's a perfect setup for the doctor who says full spectrum family care is his passion. "I love solving mysteries," said Dr. Westling. "I want to ...

  • HGH Financial Assistance Exceeds Half Million Dollar Mark

    Eight months ago, Humboldt General Hospital set out to give away $1 million in financial aid. Now, officials say they're more than half way there. As of the October 31 meeting of the Humboldt County Hospital District Board of Trustees, the hospital has given away $583,798 in medical expense as part of an expansion to the Charity Care Program that kicked off last spring. March 1, the hospital ...

  • Lowry, HGH Invite Locals to Meet Bighorns During Open House

    Local residents are invited to meet some up-and-coming pro basketball players at Lowry High School next week. Tuesday, November 19, the Reno Bighorns will face off against the Idaho Stampede during a preseason exhibition game in the school's old gym. Prior to the game's tip-off, however, local residents are invited to an open house in the school's newly refurbished training rooms where ...

  • Beef Up the Blood Supply!

    We invite you to join the community blood drive at the Winnemucca Convention Center and help “Beef Up the Blood Supply” at the same time. Hours are from noon to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 13. All donors will be treated to beef sliders courtesy of the Humboldt County Cattlewomen. Cookies and juice will also be available. To schedule an ...

  • Building a Friendship

    Students at French Ford Middle school and residents of Harmony Manor are working together to bridge the gap between today’s youth and older adults. Students in Lila Wilkin's fifth-grade class make monthly trips to Harmony Manor to visit with residents and to do fun crafts and activities. Mrs. Wilkin said some of the students were initially very reserved about taking part in the activity, ...

  • Lab Prices Going Down

    We rely on feedback from our community to more completely fulfill our mission of being helpful and caring for those in need. Truly, we have come to know how important it is to listen. That’s why our ears perked up over the past several months as local residents indicated that our lab prices might need some adjustment. We commissioned a pricing study from LarsonAllen, LLP, and discovered that ...

  • Community Invited to Donate Blood During November Drive

    Local residents are invited to "Beef Up the Blood Supply" in November by giving blood. The Humboldt Hospital Auxiliary along with United Blood Services in Reno will host its annual Community Blood Drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 12-13, at the West Hall of the Winnemucca Convention Center. All donors will be treated to the usual juice and cookies as well as complimentary ...

  • 'ROVER' Program to Reach Out to Veterans in Winnemucca

    The Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS) Veterans Outreach "ROVER" Program will travel through northern Nevada in November to share information about benefits and services available to United States veterans. On Wednesday, November 6, the program will come to Winnemucca from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Winnemucca Armory (735 W. Fourth Street). Veterans and family members can make an ...

  • Students, Seniors Kick Off New Year of Intergenerational Activities

    Students at French Ford Middle school and residents of Humboldt General Hospital's long-term care facility have begun a new year of bridge building between today's youth and the elderly. Following in a tradition begun by teacher Maryjo Dufurrena, Lila Wilkin's fifth-grade class is now making monthly trips to Harmony Manor to visit with residents and to do fun crafts and activities. The ...

  • Area Youngsters Invited to Trick or Treat at Harmony Manor

    This Thursday, October 31, area youngsters are invited to go trick or treating at Harmony Manor. Residents at Humboldt General Hospital's Skilled Nursing Facility, located at 118 E. Haskell Street, will be ready with plenty of candy beginning at 4 p.m. Children are invited to come in costume and bring their candy bags. For more information, please call Harmony Manor Activities Director Robin ...

  • HGH Halloween

    Halloween night, crews with Humboldt General Hospital's Emergency Medical Services Rescue will hand out free goodies to remind area children to have a safe Halloween. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, October 31, area youngsters are invited to drop by the ambulance station located adjacent to the hospital to pick up a Halloween goodie bag. Additionally, the HGH EMS Rescue ATV will be cruising ...

  • Thank You, RT

    October 21-27 was Respiratory Care Week, a week set aside to recognize respiratory therapists for their hard work and dedication. The respiratory therapists at Humboldt General provide a wide range of respiratory care to patients with complex respiratory disorders and other extensive medical complexities. Our respiratory therapists add value and expertise to the interdisciplinary team through the ...

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