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Students help kick off healthcare quality week

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By The Staff

and the winners are....

Baptist Hospital Northeast kicked off its Healthcare Quality Week celebration with an event to recognize winners of its elementary school drawing contest and middle and high school essay contest. 

The theme for a drawing contest for elementary students is: “My last healthcare experience was…….”

Winners are third place, Daniella Dimitrov, Harmony Elementary; second place, Sophia Hale, Harmony Elementary; and first place, Martie Ehly, Buckner Elementary in the kindergarten through second grade division. 

In the third through fifth grade division, winners are third place, Donovan Schneider, Buckner Elementary; second place, Elyse Portal, Harmony Elementary; and first place, Brooke Rollins, Harmony Elementary.

For the middle school essay contest, students wrote for the theme, “A career in healthcare does or does not interest me because…….”

Abigail Sheehan, a student at Oldham County Middle School earned third place and a $100 savings bond for her essay, “True Heroes”. 

An excerpt: “My heroes are my two older sisters who juggle taking care of their children and going to school to become that person that every patient looks up to, that every patient appreciates. I want to be that person; I want to make a difference in this world no matter what it takes to get there.”

Oldham County Middle School student Mackenzie Kelley earned second place and a $300 savings bond for her essay, “Dr. Dad.”

An excerpt: “He (Dad) gets his happiness out of making others feel better. He cares about the people that trust their lives with him and will do whatever it takes to make sure they lead healthy lives. I’m so proud of my dad for everything he’s done for his community. Dad isn’t a doctor because of the money or the recognition or the title Dr. before his name. My dad does this because he cares. I’m so proud of my dad. Ever since that day, I’ve desired that feeling of accomplishment of helping someone else to the level that my dad does. I want to be involved in healthcare because I want to make a difference in people’s lives just like my dad.”

Haley Snyder earned first place and a $500 savings bond for her essay, ““Bee sting or death call?” published in its entirety below. 

In the high school division, students wrote for the theme, “The definition of excellent healthcare is…”

Sarah Durnil, a North Oldham High School student, earned third place and a $300 Savings Bond for her essay. An excerpt: “If you already have a primary care physician who understands your physical and mental needs, one you know is dependable and can be trusted, you are well on your way, or may already be receiving excellent health care.”

Second place goes to Katie Taylor, a South Oldham High School student who earned a $500 Savings Bond. An excerpt: “Excellent healthcare consists of quality coverage, unhindered research, individualized treatment, and available coverage for all. Excellent healthcare is providing for the wounded Indian child, the African orphan, the poor American, and the billionaire. All at once. All with the best and most advanced healthcare possible. When excellent healthcare inhabits every crevice of our planet the world will never again be the same.”

South Oldham High School student Emily Allen earned first place and a $1,000 savings bond for her essay, published in its entirety below. 

In the poster contest division, entries from Rommi Wadlington and Mary Lynn Anthony both received honors. Their respective departments, Diagnostic Imaging and Surgical Services, will receive pizza. 

 

What is the definition of excellent healthcare?

written by South Oldham High School student Emily Allen

It’s a simple flip of a page to have Merriam Webster define “excellent” and “healthcare.” But like the sum of a complex chemical formula, those two words mean something far greater when put together; they are the words of a comforted people and those of a healthy nation.

As compared to the world of drama, there are so many roles and various jobs that must be filled to succeed when the time to shine arises. When you picture your healthcare, the doctor immediately pops into mind. Although the lead role is crucial, they certainly couldn’t perform without the “behind-the-scenes.” In a comparative role of director, the administrators in the building are there for the patients, for the “right” reasons and to offer their services to the people. In each medical office, the administrators are there to keep everything running smoothly. even if you’re unconscious and unable to speak, treatment specifically for you can be given, when the administrators look up your records and can find your medical background. Higher up on the cast list, supervisors seek out talented staff and choose only the best people to hire, and strengthen the team. And when everyone files out for the night, there is someone there, cleaning the day’s work, stopping the spread of disease and infection, and in turn, promoting the spread of security.

Although each of the supporting roles is crucial, the lead lines of the doctor and nurse cannot be forgotten. The doctor is viewed as the “star of the show” and they are certainly the most visible of the characters. We’ve all been in that vulnerable position on the doctor’s table; shivering in a flimsy paper outfit, that takes bad fashion to a new level. It’s usually a case where you’ve been dragged to the office, despite your song of “I’m fine, I’m fine.” And then come the questions. Should you tell them this? Why are they asking that? For most, it’s not a comfortable position, but they are there to help people, not always when you are sick, but to keep you healthy as well. 

Like doctors, nurses are also part of the show that the people see, like actors on a stage. They are there for everyone and everything, from wrapping a scared child in a solicitous hug, to being the one to walk into a room with a basket full of needles. They are a pivotal role in the doctor’s work and build the foundation for their patients’ trust.

Like the playwrights working with drama, there are always people with their lives dedicated to improving technology in the medical field, similar to designing more effective lighting on the stage. You only have to look as far as any hospital to observe the myriad of innovations; artificial hearts, precise operating machines, more accurate MRI equipment, and everything beyond the imagination. They are all put in place to ameliorate the well-being of patients and those whose lives depend on treatment. 

Among the many roles, medical researchers, lab technicians and teachers continuously reach greater advances in health and technology, making it possible for our healthcare to improve. As a result, the understanding of drugs and procedures is growing, consequently increasing the key trust between patient and doctor.

Even if the hospitals offer state-of-the-art technology and have a supportive team of staff, healthcare cannot be truly excellent unless it is extended to everyone, rich and poor. Excellent healthcare means healthcare that includes everyone, not just a percentage of Americans who can afford it. Excellent healthcare doesn’t mean free, because to offer any great service like this, a monetary price must be paid. However, a system must be found to keep costs reasonable, because healthcare is not a benefit, it is a right that everyone deserves. You could look at it this way: if you yourself have healthcare, but your ill neighbor does not, how can you benefit from their lack of treatment, spreading the disease and possibly losing their job? Then, suddenly, your tax money is going to support them, just because the money wasn’t there to see a doctor. 

The answer is that no one wins; that our country can be strong if and only when every citizen receives some form of a healthcare plan. There at the door, the insurance providers are the greeters ready to guide everyone to their seat, and find a place for everyone to enjoy the show.

The definition of excellent healthcare isn’t as easy as opening up a dictionary and heading to the “e” section. Its definition is found in medical offices across the country and in the lives of patients, whose life and well-being are determined by their care. 

Excellent healthcare has been achieved only when the patient goes home that night, knowing that they’ve had the best of care, and when the doctors, nurses and staff turn off the lights and leave work for their own families and lives, that they go home knowing they have done everything possible. When this state of superlative care is reached, and healthcare becomes something accessible to everyone of every financial status, then, truly, excellent healthcare has been achieved.

 

Bee sting or death call?

written by Oldham County Middle School student Haley Snyder

Haley was running through her backyard after a great day. The sky was painted pink and orange as the sun set. She could smell the strong aroma of cut grass all around her.

“Haley, time for dinner!” her mom yelled out the door.

“Okay, Mommy!” she yelled back.

I hope we have my favorite, she thought as she ran inside. I’m so hungry! I can’t wait until tomorrow! I’ll be six and it’ll be my second day of first grade!

As Haley grabs the door handle, her hand is filled with pain like burning fire. Screams fill the air. Her mother raced out of the house with a panic-stricken face. She checked her daughter’s hand that Haley was clutching to her chest. There were three red whelps on her palm. 

What happened?

Her mother knew immediately. These were marks of wasp stings. There had been three wasps on the doorknob that her daughter hadn’t seen. Haley had been stung before, so her mother knew what to do.

She carried Haley inside and set her down on her bed. She ran and got the Benadryl from the medicine cabinet. After she made sure Haley swallowed it, she walked out to get the breathing machine. When she came back in, Haley was sitting down by the trash can.

“Mommy, I threw up,” Haley whimpered as her mom walked in the room. “I’m scared!”

What’s going on? Something isn’t right!

“It’s okay baby. How about we go to the doctor and make sure you’re fine,” her mom replied soothingly.

Her mom was scared, too. Haley was losing color in her face fast and she didn’t know what. She drove her to the ER as fast as she could, trying to comfort her as much as she could.

Haley was frightened now, and her mom’s alarmed face did not help her hope. Her mom was her rock, but then it felt as though she was crumbling.

“What are they gonna do Mommy?” Haley asked her mom as they walked into the ER.

“I don’t know baby. They’re going to make you better, though,” responded her mom, her voice cracking with worry.

Nurses led them to a room as soon as they could. Doctors came in to examine her. They were all asking her questions, trying to figure out what was wrong so they could help her. 

When the doctors diagnosed the problem, they quickly brought in medicine. It tasted bad and Haley hated it, but the nurses told her it would make her feel better.

I want this pain to go away, I want to feel better, I want a normal birthday tomorrow!

Haley had never felt a pain as bad as the one she felt that day. However, it went away shortly after she took the medicine and then she was able to go home.

I was that little girl. That hurt was anaphylactic shock. If those doctors hadn’t hurried, I would have died that night. I have to watch where I walk and stay away from wasps but I’m alive and I’m 12 years old now. Those doctors saved my life and it’s because of them that a career in healthcare interests me. I want to save a life like they saved mine. I want to save a mother’s world from crashing. I want to keep that father from breaking down. I want to give that brother his big sister to look out for him. I want to keep that family together. 

I want that little girl to be able to turn six, and seven and eight and nine, and on from that. i want people to know her name not because she died suddenly, but because she did great things. That’s what I want, and that’s what a career in healthcare can give me.