Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s Marketing and Communications Department Receives National Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Marketing

June 8, 2016 Cheyenne, WY—Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s Marketing and Communications Department recently received five national awards for excellence in healthcare advertising and marketing. In May the department was presented with three gold and two silver awards by a national healthcare marketing competition that this year included 3,000 entries from across the United States and several foreign countries. The awards were given for materials created in 2015. “The 2016 Aster Awards program contained some of the best and most creative advertising in our nation and the world,” said Melinda Lucas, Aster Awards program coordinator. CRMC’s gold awards were for a…

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Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Begins New Behavioral Health Service

April 4, 2016 Cheyenne, WY—For the first time, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) is using skilled psychiatric nurse appointments to support patients of the hospital’s Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic who are in need of medication management guidance, education regarding their illness or inter-appointment review of changing non-acute symptoms.  The new service started on December 1, 2015. As of the end of February 2016, the two skilled psychiatric nurses, who have 39 years of psychiatric nursing experience between them, had assessed and worked alongside 123 patients. The hospital’s Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic has four psychiatrists and seven licensed therapists, who are…

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Hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Receives National Attention

March 2, 2016 Cheyenne, WY— A program at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) to optimize antibiotic use has received national attention for its effectiveness, widespread acceptance among local physicians and cost savings for the hospital and patients.   CRMC’s antimicrobial stewardship program (AMS) was started in 2010 by pharmacist Dr. Nathon Parker, Pharm.D., and infectious disease physician Dr. Philip Sharp, who has since retired. It was updated in 2013 to incorporate the use of an electronic medical record and the newest guidelines and medications available and is currently managed by Parker and CRMC infectious disease specialist Dr. Hoo Feng Choo.  The…

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Local Speech Therapist Receives Advanced Certification for Treating Swallowing Disorders

February 8, 2016 Cheyenne, WY—A speech therapist at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) recently became board certified in swallowing and swallowing disorders, making her the only therapist in Wyoming with this certification. Melissa Denker was certified by the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders last month. Denker is the lead therapist for CRMC’s acute rehabilitation unit (ARU) and has been a speech therapist for 11 years, six of those at CRMC. The certification required that Denker provide at least 350 hours of swallowing treatments and evaluations to patients each year from 2013 through 2015. She was also required to…

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Cheyenne Neurologist’s Studies Linking Algal Blooms to Neurological Disease Receives New Support

January 20, 2016 Environmental Toxin May Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and ALS Cheyenne, WY – As a neurologist at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Dr. Tracie Caller sees patients with a variety of neurological illnesses. But ALS patients hold a special place in her heart. When she was a resident at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical School, she and her collaborators at Dartmouth, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont, performed groundbreaking studies, suggesting that environmental toxins in polluted lakes and rivers increased the risk of ALS. Today there is more evidence to back that theory. A new study…

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