Every Hancock County Hospital Staff Member Now CPR-Certified, Enhancing Facility’s High-Quality Care

Co-workers at Hancock County Hospital have always taken pride in delivering high-quality health care for the community, and their latest example shows the lengths to which all will go to serve their families, friends and neighbors.

This summer, everyone who works for the hospital – 54 staff members in 10 departments – earned CPR certification. The CPR certification included how to operate an automated external defibrillator.

The training was conducted by two certified CPR instructors who are also Hancock County Hospital staff members: Phyllis Dossett, director of clinical services, and Shaunda Brooks, a registered nurse.

 “We have a great team at Hancock County Hospital,” said Greg Neal, the hospital’s president. “It doesn’t matter in what capacity you are employed because everyone is willing to help when needed. This is shown by the eagerness of the staff to be CPR-certified.”

The American Heart Association says CPR provided immediately after a sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.

 “The 54 staff members of Hancock County Hospital will have a positive impact in the delivery of health care wherever they are located,” Dossett said. “If someone were to suffer a sudden heart attack, our staff members can put their CPR certification to use.”

Open since 2005, Hancock County Hospital has been a valuable resource to the community. It has 10 inpatient beds and five more in the emergency department. The hospital has a 16-slice CT scanner, X-ray and laboratory services, ultrasound and respiratory therapy. Occupational, speech and physical therapy are also available at the hospital.

Physicians staff the emergency department 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The CPR certifications complement the Wellmont CVA Heart Institute’s recent donation of four 12-lead EKG machines to Hancock County Ambulance Service. Neal said all of the efforts by hospital co-workers and the heart institute ensure that the quality of life in Hancock County remains high.

“Hancock County Hospital is focused on the delivery of superior health care with compassion and improving the health and safety of our community,” Neal said. “The passion the staff shares in achieving CPR certification is indicative of the high-quality care delivered at our hospital.”