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