Dr. Scott Markham Honored as Emergency Room Provider

MarkhamAt the 23rd annual Iowa Emergency Nurses’ Association (ENA) Conference, Dr. Scott Markham was recognized with the Emergency Provider Award. Recipients of the Emergency Provider Award are Emergency Department (ED) physicians or mid-level providers who consistently demonstrate excellence in emergency room care and they have made significant contributions to the profession of ED nurses.

Dr. Markham actively fills the roles of ED Medical Director, Trauma Medical Director, EMS Medical Director, Shelby County Coroner, and ACLS instructor. He has been instrumental in maintaining Myrtue’s Level 4 Trauma designation and encouraged the continuation of the Trauma Nursing Core Course program being taught in our rural location of Harlan. He is a strong advocate and promoter of community involvement. Dr. Markham has most recently become co-sponsor of the community Stop the Bleed campaign and is an advocate for providing Narcan to law enforcement and EMS responders.  In addition, he is a Board Member of the Shelby County Medical Corporation and the Ambulance Commission of Shelby County.

“Dr. Markham is a constant role model, mentor and patient advocate in the ER.  The ER Staff values his experience and is grateful that he shares his knowledge to improve patient outcomes.  Dr Markham is a valuable member of the ER team and is fully deserving of this award,” said Jenny Lefeber, Manager of the Emergency Department at Myrtue Medical Center.

The Emergency Nurses’ Association (ENA) mission is to advocate for patient safety and excellence in emergency nursing practice. They are the global emergency nursing resource and advocate for Safe Practice and Safe Care.

 

Behavioral Health Professional (LISW, LMHC)

Behavioral Health Department

Full-Time Position. Works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; 7:45 a.m. – 8:15 p.m. Behavioral Health Professionals serve as active participants in the clinical programs of the department, including both direct treatment of outpatients, performance of evaluation activities, provides emergency services and consultation and education. Provides need assessment. Completes Comprehensive Psychosocial Assessment to include addiction issues and Mental Status Exam. Conducts therapy sessions with client(s) and groups. Refers and collaborates with other agencies and practitioners having a joint interest in meeting needs of the client. Reviews cases to assure quality of care. Collaborates as needed with consulting practitioner in the formation of treatment plans and discharge plans. Provides crises intervention including on-call emergency services. Experience of two years or equivalent or field experience in a similar setting during educational process. Eligible to be licensed in the state of Iowa to practice as a  Licensed Mental Health Provider. A Master’s degree in Human Service field such as Counseling, Social Work or other mental health related field.

 

Shelby County Public Health Takes Holistic Approach to Mental Health and Well-being

PH WeekAbout one in every five U.S. adults experience mental illness in a given year. Additionally, one in five youth aged 13-18 will experience a severe mental disorder at some point in their lives. Despite the prevalence of mental health illness, less than half receive behavioral health care to address this important health care need.

At the forefront of today’s behavioral health concerns is an epidemic of opioid addiction, which kills 91 Americans each day, overwhelming law enforcement, health and child protective systems. This epidemic is the main factor driving the recent decline in average American life expectancy.

Shelby County Public Health recognizes the need for access to holistic care, including behavioral health support. Some Public Health initiatives that focus on mental health promotion includes:

  • Our partnership with Behavioral Health to provide Mothers and Babies Support Groups in Shelby County.
  • Collaboration with Behavioral Health to create “Lean into Life”, a local widower/widow support group.
  • Opioid Overdose Training for Law Enforcement and Responders
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Community Conference on the lifelong impact of ACES on the entire health spectrum.
  • Shelby County Wellness Alliance partnership, including the “Feel Better” component to improve holistic wellness in Shelby County.
  • Improving access to behavioral health services for people experiencing mental illness as needed.
  • Working with the newly-created Shelby County Prevent Child Abuse Council to provide education and programming that strengthen families.

With the support of Myrtue Medical Center, the Shelby County Board of Health and our community partners, Shelby County Public Health continues to advocate and promote access for mental well-being as part of a healthy lifestyle.  Working together, we can build healthier communities and eventually, the healthiest nation, changing our future for generations to come.