Advocate Eureka Hospital
Advocate Eureka Hospital is a critical-access hospital that has a medical staff of more than 100 physicians and offers a full suite of cardiac, surgical and rehabilitation therapy services. As one of only 48 hospitals in the nation recognized in 2017 with an Energy to Care Award for its sustainability work, Eureka Hospital is an established clinical and community leader.
Caring for their community
Eureka, IL, sits 18 miles west of Peoria and 26 miles southeast of Bloomington. Those distances are just great enough to create a barrier for many people in the community who need help with pain management.
That’s why nurses in the Surgical Services department at Advocate Eureka Hospital got behind a push for expanded services at their hospital.
“The availability of pain management in town had been spotty over the years, yet patients were asking regularly about where to get help,” said charge nurse Joy Jirousek, BSN, RN. “It’s definitely a need in our community.”
Administration and front-line nurses strategized on how to bring pain management services to the hospital, knowing it needed to be hospital-based and hospital-owned. Twenty-five-bed Eureka Hospital would need to create the program from the ground up. To design their model, Jirousek and other nurses traveled to another pain clinic to access best practices for procedures and workflow.
“Because it is something new for our hospital, we had to create everything,” Jirousek said. “At the nurse level, we are designing the forms, documentation, process and the flow. Ensuring the best for our patients.”
“It really is a big deal for the town. I think it will make a tremendous difference for our patients, many of whom are older,” she said. “A lot of the people in the community don’t have the ability or the resources to go to Bloomington or Peoria. It makes sense to have the services where people need them.”
Jennifer Steinhausen, MSN, RN, nurse manager of Clinical Operations for Inpatient, Clinic and Surgical Services, said the clinic will also help alleviate reliance on opioids. “We need to do what we can to stem the opioid crisis in our communities,” she explained. “With pain management, we can provide alternative therapies and prescriptions, while monitoring closely those patients who may still be prescribed opioids.”
Jirousek agreed. “If we can treat the underlying cause of their pain or provide some relief, then we can limit pain medicine and its dependencies.”
With the addition of pain management, Eureka Hospital nurses expect a synergistic increase in the use of related services, helping the hospital to flourish. The pain management program will rely on the services of the hospital’s radiology department and physical therapy services.
“By rounding out the great services our hospital provides to the community, we can do what is best for our patients, families and neighbors,” Jirousek adds.