Highlighting the people, news and events that bring BJC to life
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Eunice Smith Home celebrates 50 years of service
Eunice Smith Home is celebrating 50 years of service to the Alton and River Bend community.
ESH, on the Alton Memorial Hospital campus, opened its doors in December 1966 and continues to be a premier provider of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services. Ellen Hatch, sister of the home’s namesake and co-founder of AMH, provided the land for the home, helping to realize “Miss Eunice’s” vision of long-term care services on campus, in addition to the care provided by the hospital.
The 50th-anniversary celebration includes 50 themed monthly events culminating in an open house Oct. 15. ESH staff members are undertaking “acts of service” for the community, such as a food drive for Alton’s Crisis Food Center in January and baby items for Parents Now in February. Each collection is to be at least 50 items and the goal of these acts is to highlight the relationship between ESH and the community for the past 50 years.
“It’s important for us to maintain our relationship as a member of this community,” says Mark Jeffries, ESH administrator. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than engaging all of our employees to give back to the community where they live.”
ESH was the first nursing home in the state to earn an “E for Excellence” award from the American Health Care Association and was most recently recognized as the best nursing home in the community for 2015 as part of the Telegraph’s “Best of the Best” awards voted on by community members.
A January food drive was one of the monthly events celebrating the Eunice Smith Home 50th anniversary. Employees collected almost 150 food items. Nick Kessinger, second from left, a daily supervisor at Crisis Food Center, accepted the delivery from, from left, Jody Baalman, Mark Jeffries and Nita Depper of ESH. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Eighth ‘Duck Pluckers’ ambulance hits the streets for AMH
AMH leaders and Duck Pluckers Ball committee members had the satisfaction of seeing an eighth “Duck Plucker ambulance” make its recent debut.
The Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation’s annual Duck Pluckers, Deer Skinners and Fish Hookers Ball was held June 4 and raised a record-breaking $97,451 toward the purchase of this new vehicle. Its back doors feature military camo, in honor of U.S. troops and in remembrance of prisoners of war and those missing in action.
To date, more than 45,000 people in the community have benefited from these state-of-the-art ambulances. Thanks to the many event sponsors, donors and attendees, 3,100 patients suffering from chest pain and 265 patients in cardiac arrest had the opportunity for a good outcome.
The 2017 event will be held June 3 at Nilo Farms. For more information, contact the AMH development office, 618-463-7701.
AMH leadership and Duck Pluckers committee members show off the new ambulance. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH offers help for the community
AMH is gearing up for the annual United Way campaign by contributing this photo to the BJC video, “Why I Choose to Give.” From left, front row, are Nathan Mike, Jason Casey, Pat Richardson, Mary Bayer, Amanda Morris and Kelly Hebel; and back row, from left, Don Wong, David Goen, Bob Thompson and Naomi Ward. BJC CEO Steve Lipstein will chair the 2016 Greater St. Louis United Way Campaign. The hospital campaign will kick off with an agency fair in the connector lobby Oct. 6 and will run through Oct. 20.
A gift to the United Way helps people in the community live their best possible lives. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH block party
AMH parish nurse Amy Bohn talks with visitors at the annual Market Street Community Block Party in downtown Alton Aug. 20. The AMH parish nurses had a display called “Rethink Your Drink,” showing how much sugar is in many beverages. New Vision, which works with people with substance use issues and maintains an office at AMH, and the AMH Center for Senior Renewal also had tables at the block party. More than 600 people came through the health fair, which was held inside a downtown church, and more than 1,000 people attended the block party. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH staff recognized with Awesome cards
If you know of an AMH employee, physician or volunteer who deserves recognition, let AMH know by completing an “Awesome” form. Forms are available in the hospital waiting areas and at nurses stations. A member of the leadership team will present your honoree with an “Awesome” badge sticker.
Completed forms may be dropped off at the information desk or sent to the development office. For more information, contact Marlene Lewis, 618-463-7701.
Recent Awesome cards went to:
Learn to prevent falls Sept. 20
The seventh annual BJH fall prevention event will take place 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 20, in the Center for Advanced Medicine main lobby. Those who’d like to check their risk for falls or learn about tips to prevent falling are welcome to visit the circuit of stations.
Clinicians are encouraged to invite their patients to this event.
Stations will include:
For more information, email Traci Norris, TLN5768@bjc.org.
Going away, but not far
Bob Cannon, BJH president, left, and Timothy Eberlein, MD, head of the WUSM department of surgery and director of the Siteman Cancer Center, right, presented Trish Lollo with a special going-away present at her party in Queeny Tower Aug. 19. Lollo accepted a new leadership position with BJC as president of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. She joined BJH in 2011 and served as vice president of oncology services at the Siteman Cancer Center, as well as laboratories and radiology. | Photo by Scott Ragan
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Auxiliary offers $2,000 scholarships
The Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Auxiliary is offering $2,000 scholarships.
The scholarships are available to any St. Charles County resident who has completed 20 hours of credit in a health-related field at an approved college or university. Students who have been awarded this scholarship in the past are ineligible.
Those interested should complete the application and submit it no later than July 8, 2016. To download the application, visit http://tinyurl.com/aux-scholarship.
For more information, call Carol Conner, 636-922-9052.
Employee Town Halls start Sept. 10
Employees are invited to meet Trish Lollo, new BJWCH president, at an upcoming Town Hall hosted by the BJWCH senior leadership team.
The Town Hall schedule includes:
All Town Halls will be held in conference room D. Employees are welcome to submit questions they’d like answered at the Town Halls in advance.
Ashley Williams is Employee of Distinction
Colleagues of Ashley Williams, environmental services, say she is a “walking, talking example of our ICARE values.”
Williams earned an Employee of Distinction Award for her compassion with patients and visitors and her excellence in improving processes and keeping the emergency department spotless.
If you have a co-worker like Williams who stands out as someone who makes BJWCH a special place to work, nominate him or her for the Employee of Distinction Award. Those who earn the award receive flowers, cake, a gift card, certificate, and premiere employee parking space or bus pass. Nomination forms are available on BJWCHnet.
BJWCH president Trish Lollo and Ashley Williams celebrate Williams’ Employee of Distinction Award. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Attend the 2016 Employee Health Fair
Get your biometrics health screening, including blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol check, at the Employee Health Fair to be held in conference room D.
The health fair schedule is:
The fair also will feature booths with important health information and a free gift for attendees.
Suffian will be missed
Daniel Suffian, BJC Behavioral Health peer support specialist, died June 20.
Suffian had been the peer specialist at BJC Behavioral Health-Central since November 2014. During that time Suffian helped lead the consumer council and participated in assisting many clients in group and individual services.
Suffian started working at BJC Behavioral Health with a strong desire to help others, especially those working on recovery. His supervisor, Paul Nims, says, “Dan was a scientist, a poet, a dog lover and a foodie. He was a wonderfully imperfect man and will be greatly missed.”
CHS celebrates success
BJC Corporate Health Services held its annual Employee Recognition Celebration in December. The event highlighted teams and individuals who contributed to the success of the organization in 2015. More than 100 CHS colleagues, business partners and guests attended the event, held at the BJC Learning Institute. Attendees enjoyed an evening of fun, including a reception, dinner, music trivia and an award ceremony.
Chrystal Norfleet, MA, BarnesCare Midtown clinic coordinator, received the ICARE award for her commitment to outstanding patient care and customer service. “Chrystal embodies each of the ICARE values,” says Patrick Venditti, BarnesCare executive director. “She has the gift of making every visitor to our clinic feel like they are the most important person she will serve that day.”
Robin Zieger, senior medical assistant in BarnesCare’s physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine clinic, was named CHS Employee of the Year. Zieger exceeded all performance criteria for the award, which included customer service recognition, community service and skill-building requirements. “Robin is personable and caring with our patients,” says Angela Tripp, MD, MS. “She is reliable, hard-working and is always willing to help out her co-workers.”
Karen Miener, RN, manager, was recognized as CHS Leader of the Year. Miener manages the BarnesCare St. Peters clinic and the corporate health nurse team. In addition, she coordinates the CHS employee wellness program and has been instrumental in implementing the ICARE service program. “Karen is a great role model for our CHS clinical and administrative colleagues,” says Diane Palmer, RN, MHA, director of clinic operations. “She is dedicated to improving performance on all levels by developing and empowering her team.”
“We continue to make great strides as an organization due to the skill and commitment of our dedicated team of professionals like these award winners,” says Venditti.
Chrystal Norfleet, Robin Zieger and Karen Miener
Campus Renewal — time-lapse video shows rooftop construction
How does a million pounds of equipment make it to the roof of a building? Watch the April Campus Renewal video and listen to Annalise Regan to learn the purpose of the equipment and see it come together. Visit bjcconstruction.org.
Collecting admiration along the way
Kelly Shellogg, BJC Home Infusion patient accounts reimbursement representative, has been named the BJC Home Care Services March Employee of the Month. Shellogg, a patient accounts lead, is responsible for billing and collections for the Memorial Springfield contract.
Her nominator says Shellogg’s customer service skills are exemplary. “She treats each customer the way each of us would like to be treated, by listening sincerely and offering various solutions to the situation. Kelly holds herself to the highest degree of accountability and always makes herself available to assist co-workers with their tasks when needed. She is genuine in her desire to help others by sharing her knowledge.”
Hospice employee brings joy through music
Alison Cole, BJC Hospice music therapist, has provided many moving moments, not only for hospice patients, but also for family members in grief. For her efforts, Cole was named the BJC Home Care Services February Employee of the Month.
According to her nominators, Cole has an extremely compassionate heart and goes to great lengths to provide whatever session will be most meaningful for the person involved. “Alison wants to ensure that every patient and family who wants music support will receive it,” says her nominator, “yet she also protects her boundaries so she can always give 100 percent in each situation.”
Cole attends as many grief retreats and hospice memorial services as her heavy caseload allows; visits schools, churches and families; started a music volunteer program; and allows students to shadow her.
Her skills shined at a BJC Hospice Weavings retreat grief retreat for mothers who have lost a child. Cole asked each of the 26 mothers to name gifts that their child gave to them and gifts that they gave to their child. She then created a song that included all of the responses and performed it for the moms. Many of the mothers noted that the song was the most meaningful part of their weekend.
“Alison brings joy and comfort to patients, families and participants at our grief support events. She is well respected by and works collaboratively with staff. She has a strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for the quality of her work. Alison brings so many positive things to BJC Hospice, such as her warmth, respect, kindness and humility. We are grateful to work with and learn from her,” says Andrea Tritinger, MSW, LCSW, BJC Hospice grief support coordinator.
An Epic date for providers
The Epic Roadshow, “Hit the Road to Epic,” will travel to the DoubleTree by Hilton, 16625 Swingley Ridge Road, Chesterfield, Mo., from 5-8 p.m., Sept. 29.
The roadshow will give BJC Medical Group providers an overview of the many benefits and capabilities of the Epic electronic health record system scheduled to be rolled out across BJC Medical Group in June 2017.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 5-7 p.m. Participants can attend a 60-minute provider-focused workflow demonstration from 6-7 p.m. or from 7-8 p.m.
Breakout sessions highlighting several features of the new system will be available throughout the evening. Topics will include:
As BJC strives for improved ways to provide safe patient care and to document the care provided, this is an opportunity to see how Epic tools and functionality will change the way care is delivered throughout BJC Medical Group.
Epic roadshow coming to Boone
On Sept. 7, BHC will become the first BJC facility to experience an Epic electronic health record roadshow.
Titled “Hit the Road to Epic,” the roadshow event, sponsored by Health Information Partners (HIP), will provide a preview of the many great benefits a single-patient record will provide for patients and caregivers.
A team of Epic experts will demonstrate how Epic improves patient care by a documentation system that integrates and coordinates that care.
Where and when — The event will take place in conference rooms A, B and C on the hospital’s main floor. The schedule includes:
Breakout demo sessions include:
Why — “The roadshow will provide real-life documentation of patient scenarios to see how patients move in and between areas of care,” says Ken Woodward, user adoption and communications lead for HIP. “All the vast capabilities of Epic cannot be demonstrated in a few hours. But we believe the roadshow will give Boone providers and employees a great introductory tour of Epic.”
Christian Hospital endoscopy lab now in use
The endoscopy lab (formerly the GI lab) renovation and expansion is now complete, and patient procedures are being performed in the new area. The endoscopy lab, located on the second floor of the main tower, now includes 15 private bays for pre-procedure and recovery, with four larger procedure rooms with new equipment for upper and lower GI procedures and pulmonary procedures.
Staff are welcome to attend the endoscopy lab open house from 3-5 p.m., Sept. 8, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m.
The endoscopy lab team includes, front row, from left, Tom Doggett, tech; Diane Anderson, RN; Al Coffman, cardiac cath lab and endoscopy manager; Susan Burch, RN, perioperative services, cardiology and endoscopy director; Dr. Rehan Rafiq; Carol Smith, scheduling; Kristen Mollett, tech; and Amanda Hand, tech; and back row, from left, Debbie Hoffman, RN; Christina Tiberghien, RN, assistant nurse manager; Randy Graham, RN; Katelyn McGuire, RN; Jeannie Budnicki, RN; and Judi Clark, RN. Jacob Kuehnel, RN, and Dr. Olayiwola Olabegi, medical director, are not pictured. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Employee Town Hall Meetings coming soon
All employees are encouraged to participate in Town Hall meetings at their work location during September or October.
As a convenience, a condensed Town Hall video will be assigned in Cornerstone to all CH employees after the live meetings conclude for those who can’t attend one of the scheduled meetings.
Email your questions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scheduled Employee Town Hall meetings include:
Gateway Grizzlies visit devoted fan at CH
Izzy Grizzly from the Gateway Grizzlies visited CH, along with players Sam Fischer and Zach Lavy, Aug. 25. The group brought get-well wishes to a devoted fan who was hospitalized and would miss the game that day. While at CH, the trio spread goodwill to all they encountered.
On 9th-floor telemetry are, from left, Stephanie Kribs-Grabner, RN; Cameron Koester; Sam Fischer; Izzy Grizzly; Zach Lavy; James Cadle, RN; and Dr. Derrick Lowery. | Courtesy photo
Employee Mammo-thon is Sept. 28
Sign up for the Employee Mammo-thon if you’re due for a mammogram. The Mammo-thon will take place
3-7 p.m., Sept. 28, at CH and NWHC.
To register, call centralized scheduling, 314-653-4333.
Please observe designated parking spaces
As a reminder:
There are always plenty of open yellow spaces for hospital staff in the Detrick parking lot. Also, employees can use all parking areas except reserved spaces after 2:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. weekdays, and anytime Saturday and Sunday.
Shoe Roads Production is Sept. 8-9
The CH Auxiliary is teaming up with Laurie’s Shoes to provide a fine selection of better footwear with the Shoe Roads Production sale.
The sale will take place in the CH lobby:
April Employee of the Month ‘makes coming to work nice’
Mary Gebhart, RN, BSN, home care staff field nurse, genuinely cares about her work, her patients and her co-workers, as if they were family. For example, on New Year’s Eve, when many were hurrying out the door to start the holiday, Gebhart worked late and made an extra skilled nursing visit to make sure a very ill patient got needed care. When her nominator commented that her New Year’s Eve visit was “above and beyond,” Gebhart said, “If it were my mom, I would hope someone would be there to do what was needed for her, regardless of the day.”
On a different occasion, Gebhart happened to overhear a conversation about a patient who needed attention and asked what she could do to help. Gebhart was named the April Employee of the Month.
Her nominator says Gebhart is “definitely a team player who consistently goes above and beyond with a caring attitude and a knack for being very thorough in her work and her care.”
May Employee of the Month makes breathing easier
Diane Schnable, physical therapy assistant, fought through many obstacles to get exactly what a patient needed. Because of serious lung conditions, the patient had a great deal of trouble breathing, which worsened when the patient had to walk. A motorized wheelchair would be a great solution, but was out of the question — until Schnable found someone who was willing to donate one.
After the patient began using the motorized wheelchair, the home care team noticed that the patient had discontinued the pursed-lip breathing that indicated struggles with pulling in air, the patient’s skin tone was good and the patient’s spirits were high.
Schnable was named the May Employee of the Month. “This is an amazing example of how taking the extra step can make such a difference in our patients’ lives,” says her nominator.
June Employee of the Month is ‘jack of all trades’
Ed Damazyn, pharmacy technician, is known to his co-workers as a jack of all trades due to his willingness and ability to help out with whatever his department needs — especially at times when the staff is shorthanded. He was named the June Employee of the Month.
Damazyn has gone above and beyond his normal duties as a driver for BJC Home Care Services by regularly helping out with outbound delivery tickets, pulling and stocking supplies, restocking IV supplies, and assisting with receiving duties. “Ed has been there to assist when we needed him the most,” a nominator says. “He always comes to work with an upbeat attitude and he keeps coming back with enthusiasm.”
Another nominator adds, “Ed puts our customers first by going out of his way to make deliveries, even after he has worked an exhausting eight-hour shift in the pharmacy. He exemplifies all that should be a good BJC employee.”
July employee of the month is a team player
Tracy Burke, July Employee of the Month and certificate of medical necessity (CMN) representative for BJC Home Care Services home medical equipment, uses her energy and focus to ensure appropriate documentation for BJC Home Care Services.
Burke is known as a team player and has shown commitment to the organization by volunteering to take on the second CMN representative’s workload besides her own, when that person left for another BJC position. She covered both roles while the team sought to hire a replacement.
“Tracy is always gracious in helping others, regardless of her own workload,” says her nominator. “I am excited to nominate her as Employee of the Month for BJC Home Care Services.”
Employees learn about new rehab devices
Employees explored the Bioness Technology Exhibit on campus Aug. 18. The exhibit showcased new rehabilitation technology, including devices to aid patients with walking and hand disabilities.
Employees also viewed a device that both Memorial Care Center and Memorial Hospital Belleville plan to add this year. The device is intended to evaluate and improve abilities in individuals with disabilities resulting from traumatic injuries and movement disorders, as well as improve performance in competitive athletes.
Employees explored a rehabilitation technology exhibit on campus Aug. 18. | Courtesy photos
Matt Kueper throws first pitch
Matt Kueper, Memorial Belleville clinical exercise physiologist, was chosen to throw out the first pitch at American Heart Association Night at Busch Stadium July 21.
Kueper, who has been a key leader and team captain for the Heart Walk at Memorial, was chosen for the honor by qualifying for the Heart Walk Team Captain Challenge and having his name randomly drawn from among all qualifying team captains. Cardinals outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker caught the pitch.
Matt Kueper, Memorial Belleville clinical exercise physiologist, was chosen to throw out the first pitch at American Heart Association Night July 21 at Busch Stadium. | Courtesy photo
Resident joins OB team
MBMC partnered with Washington University School of Medicine and the WUSM department of obstetrics and gynecology to develop an OB community practice rotation. A model was developed that incorporates WUSM residents as part of the care team at MBMC.
The OB community practice rotation will include a six-week rotation of one third-year ob/gyn resident at a time. The resident will spend the first two to three weeks embedded in different practice settings under the supervision of a private ob/gyn physician. The resident will spend one week at a time with participating physicians and their offices and be actively immersed in the life of a private community ob/gyn physician. For the last three weeks of the rotation, the resident will be an active member of the OB inpatient care team under the supervision of the MBMC OB hospitalist.
“I’m very excited to join the team at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. It has been a true pleasure to work with the patients, physicians, nurses and the Childbirth Center staff,” says Jonathan Hirshberg, MD, MBMC’s first resident in the 2016 rotation.
Dr. Jonathan Hirshberg is MBMC’s first resident in the OB community practice rotation, a partnership with Washington University School of Medicine. | Photo by Elizabeth White
Laboratory accredited by College of American Pathologists
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the MBSH laboratory, based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s accreditation programs.
Laboratory medical director Rhonda Cooke, MD, was advised of the recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The MBSH laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
“We are pleased with the excellent recognition received through the CAP accreditation program,” Dr. Cooke says.
“The ongoing hard work and diligence of our laboratory was definitely confirmed by this recent survey,” adds Cherie Monzyk, laboratory manager.
The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP laboratory accreditation program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal to, or more stringent than, the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, CAP serves patients, pathologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.
The laboratory staff gathers around Cherie Monzyk, lab manager, seated, center, displaying the department’s CAP accreditation certificate. | Photo by David Hartwick
David Hartwick receives Caring Spirit Award
David Hartwick, an employee since 1991, earned the Caring Spirit Award for July.
Hartwick was nominated by Lisa Lochner, assistant administrator. Lochner notes that Hartwick is extremely conscientious in all of his work.
“He makes sure that when he starts his day MBSH is ready for the day as well. David is the historian, photographer, administration front-desk greeter and much, much more — and he handles it all with grace and a positive attitude,” Lochner says. “MBSH is fortunate to have such a capable, unselfish and positive employee.”
MBSH donates first-aid kits to Spring Bluff School
MBSH recently presented 30 first-aid kits to Spring Bluff School for use in the school’s classrooms.
Natalie Counts, MBSH community educator, learned about the need at the school and worked through the hospital to purchase the basic kits.
“We’re happy that we were able to help out the school by providing the kits,” Counts says.
Displaying some of the first-aid kits MBSH donated to Spring Bluff School are, from left, Jeannie Jenkins, superintendent; Matt League, assistant principal; Rhonda Barringhaus, health aide; and Natalie Counts, MBSH community educator. | Courtesy photo
Mike Sullivan is Star Service Team Member for June
Mike Sullivan has been selected as the Star Service Team Member for June. Sullivan has worked at PHC for 41 years, including his years at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, which joined PHC last year.
Sullivan currently serves as shuttle driver, and many patients and visitors recognize him as the friendly face in the PHC mini bus, driving patients and visitors between the parking lot and the front entrance of the hospital. Previously, Sullivan served for 23 years as a courier and 17 years in the maintenance department.
“Our Star Service employee for June is a 41-year employee who goes above and beyond for every customer he comes in contact with,” says his nominator. “He is always cheerful, helpful and truly cares about our patients and visitors. He doesn’t hesitate to go above and beyond on a daily basis to see that patients’ and visitors’ needs and concerns are met promptly. He is adaptable to the changes that occur frequently and always does so with a smile. He brings joy to those around him and has been particularly helpful during the relocation of the Huckstep Center.
“He is a front door for Parkland Health Center, as he meets and greets our patients, visitors and guests on a daily basis. His commitment to our Journey to Excellence comes from his heart and shines for others to see.”
“I like meeting people,” says Sullivan. “I meet some real neat people in my job.”
When his award was announced, Sullivan says, “I was kind of dumbfounded!”
Progress West delivers record number of babies in July
PWH’s women’s services department had a busy July. The team had a goal of delivering 80 babies in July and finished the month with a record 84 babies delivered — eclipsing the hospital’s previous monthly record of 70 babies.
Congrats to Jane Bruegenhemke, PWH women’s services nurse manager, and her team on a great month.
From left are parents Matthew and Kari Skyles with big brother Mason and baby No. 80, Brody, and delivery nurse Cori Adler, RN. Brody is the grandson of Jill Skyles, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals. | Photo by Janie White
From left are Janie White, charge nurse; Jody Tharp, assistant nurse manager; Dr. Loria Lindsey; Cori Adler, RN; and parents Tiffany and Joseph Butler with Joshua Butler, baby No. 84 for PWH women’s services. | Photo by Scott Beck
The top five reasons staff choose to work at SLCH
“We want you, and we want to keep you.”
That was the theme of an effort that led to a distinctive “word cloud” that appeared on free T-shirts all staff received last spring during National Hospital Week.
The word cloud came about because a clinical employee committee, the professional standards council, wanted to learn why people choose to work at SLCH. They gathered feedback from clinical departments, thinking the answers could prove useful in retaining staff.
So what are employees’ top 5 reasons for choosing to work at SLCH?
Check out the Aug. 29 Children’s Chat and leave a comment describing why you like working at SLCH, and you’ll be automatically entered into a drawing for one of three $25 SLCH cafe gift cards. The entry deadline is Sept. 20; winners will be announced Sept. 26.
The professional standards council asked why staff choose to work at SLCH. | Courtesy photo
Car Care for Kids: Maintenance that makes a difference
Inspired by the SLCH mission to do what’s right for kids, several St. Louis auto dealers are teaming up with BG Products Inc., a supplier of high quality fluids and professional equipment, to create Car Care for Kids.
From August through October, auto dealers and BG are donating a portion of the proceeds from every service involving BG products to the SLCH transport team.
So, if you’ve been putting off that coolant system fluid exchange, wait no longer. Your car will feel better and the kids at SLCH will, too.
Visit StLouisChildrens.org/CarCare for participating dealers and more information on Car Care for Kids.
Heart Center’s Rachel Simon-Lee earns local honor
Rachel Simon-Lee, Heart Center, was accepted into the FOCUS St. Louis emerging leaders program for fall 2016.
At SLCH, Simon-Lee produces Heart Center surgical videos used for teaching.
Her community service is one factor that sets her apart as an emerging leader. Here, Simon-Lee answers three questions about herself:
Q: What do you like about your job?
A: I like working for an organization that has a heart for people. I also like serving on BJC’s Diversity and Inclusion committee. I want to help us become the best we can be for everyone — employees and patients alike.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your time off the job?
A: I’m a volunteer athletic coach for Kingdom House. They provide programs and services that help the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independence, self-sufficiency and a path out of poverty. I coach kids age 8 and younger in tee ball and basketball, and we practice once a week. I’m also a member of the Young Professionals Board of Epworth Children and Family Services in Webster Groves. They help children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment. I have also volunteered for the St. Louis Effort for AIDS, helping with its annual fund-raiser and community education efforts.
Q: If there’s one thing you could change about St. Louis, what would it be and why?
A: I moved to St. Louis in 2003 and love all that’s good about this place. But I wondered why it was so important for someone to say, for example, they lived in Florissant instead of St. Louis.
I’m from Nashville, where I grew up in a consolidated city and county. Unified government isn’t a perfect solution, but better cooperation in addressing regional needs must happen here.
Also, the measures that segregated St. Louis created health and wealth disparities, and the city regressed. We need to seek a more unified, equitable future.
Federal official visits SLCH
The Hon. Ann Marie Buerkle, a registered nurse appointed by President Obama as a commissioner at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), recently visited SLCH to learn more about the hospital’s injury prevention efforts.
Buerkle spoke with representatives from trauma services, marketing/communications, and child health and advocacy.
Among the services she reviewed are:
Moe Schmid, RN, MSN, trauma services manager, says the commissioner was impressed with SLCH. “She was impressed with what we do both here in the hospital and out in the community,” Schmid says. “She said she looks forward to hearing about the wonderful things that we will do in the future.”
SLCH quarterly healing and remembrance service is Sept. 10
Bereaved families and staff are invited to SLCH’s quarterly healing and remembrance service.
The service will take place 10:30 a.m.-noon, Sept. 10, in the SLCH Auditorium (third floor). A light lunch will be provided.
For more information, call 314-454-2005.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park tickets coming soon
For those who purchased tickets to SLCH Employee Day at Six Flags, Six Flags Holiday in the Park tickets will be delivered directly to departments before Oct. 1. These tickets will be good only for the Six Flags Holiday in the Park experience.
More than one million lights will adorn the park and set the stage for a magical holiday celebration. Amid the many festive decorations and displays located throughout the park, guests can take in one of the live, holiday-themed shows, visit with Santa in his cottage, enjoy some of their favorite holiday treats and experience street entertainment.
In between the holiday festivities, guests can enjoy some of their favorite rides or warm up by one of the many crackling fires located throughout the park. Holiday in the Park takes place select days, Nov. 25-Jan. 1.
For more information, visit sixflags.com/stlouis/special-events/hip/overview or call Kristin Day, 314-454-4476.
Tri My Best Triathlon is Sept. 18
The Tri My Best Triathlon is just around the corner. The event will take place 8 a.m.-noon, Sept. 18,
at the Washington University Danforth Campus Athletics Complex.
If you want to serve as a volunteer or cheerleader, look for the link to the volunteer form in the Aug. 15 Children’s Chat.
SLCH’s Carol and Paul Hatfield Cerebral Palsy Sports program is organizing the adaptive
“Tri My Best” triathlon. A triathlon involves swimming, biking and running.
All participants have motor disorders affecting their ability to move. Most have cerebral palsy and started training over the summer at Camp Independence. Others have spina bifida and spinal cord injuries.
For many this will be their first time swimming, cycling and running/walking/pushing a wheelchair in one event. But, with assistance and cheerleaders, they can succeed and experience the feeling of accomplishment.
This event will be adapted for the athletes with shorter distances than a community triathlon.
So far 41 participants have registered.
They will use:
For more information, email Jennifer Miros, email@example.com.
TRISL honored as ‘Partner in MS Care’
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has recognized The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis and TRISL outpatient physical therapist Cathy Luhman, PT, MSCS, as a Partner in MS Care. The honor acknowledges TRISL’s dedication to providing optimal care and support to people living with MS.
Luhman is a multiple sclerosis certified specialist. Her work providing the highest level of care to patients with MS was instrumental in securing the recognition for TRISL.
The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis’ Cathy Luhman, physical therapist, second from left, and Brendan Tanner, therapy operations director, right, accept the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partner in MS Care recognition from Rebecca Fehlig, left, and Suzanne Carron of the MS Society. | Courtesy photo
Happy 104th birthday, Johnnie
It was an exciting day at VNRC Jan. 18, as Johnnie Rivere celebrated her 104th birthday.
Rivere, a resident at Village North since 2005, lives independently in her own apartment. She loves to smile, sing and talk with people about a variety of subjects. She plays cards and enjoys eating out at restaurants.
She says there’s no secret to being 104, but she does say that she has lived her life treating people the way she would want to be treated.
Village North threw a birthday celebration for Rivere, complete with friends, a piano player playing her favorite songs, balloons, a champagne toast and plenty of cake.
Johnnie Rivere celebrates her 104th birthday at Village North Retirement Community.
| Courtesy photo