BJSPH | BJSPH clinical engineer shows children — and parents — the technology side of health care.
BJC HOSPICE | National HealthCare Decisions Day is week-long event this year.
BJC | Profession’s 100th anniversary is recognized during Occupational Therapy Month.
AMH | Each step of the way excellent for hip replacement patient.
BJC | Beware of email being sent to many BJC employees.
GSON | Widow and mother of two is only student to receive the scholarship this year, is awarded highest dollar amount available.
BJC CORPORATE HEALTH SERVICES | BJC Corporate Health Services employee set to retire after a half century of helping others.
BJC | Exercise can give your joints a ‘tune up,’ help you get the most mileage out of your joints.
Employee of the Month is a great role model
Jessica Droste, medical care unit, is the April Employee of the Month. Her co-workers say she demonstrates leadership skills and pursues opportunities to further her education.
“Her extracurricular activities include a presentation on addiction at a leadership class and serving as diabetic liaison for our floor. She values teamwork and frequently works overtime to help her co-workers. She also is a preceptor for new nurses, who compliment her as well.
“Jessica has developed great working relationships and serves as a great role model for others to emulate,” her co-workers add. “She has a positive and friendly attitude.”
Jessica Droste, medical care unit, center, is the AMH Employee of the Month for April. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Holden wins first Yaw Award
Denise Holden is the first winner of the monthly Yaw Award, which will be given by the AMH surgical services department in memory of former manager Libby Yaw, who died in 2014.
The Yaw Award will go to an employee who is patient-focused, trusted, disciplined, highly ethical, shows dignity and respect, and practices teamwork.
The nomination for Holden said that she “displays a definite outgoing attitude of a team player in all the departments of surgical services. She goes above and beyond the call of duty. Denise is a true asset to AMH.”
Denise Holden displays the cake she received as the first winner of the monthly Yaw Award, given in memory of former manager Libby Yaw, who died in 2014. With Holden are co-worker Jean Campbell, far right, plus members of Yaw’s family, including husband Greg, son Marty, daughter-in-law Rachael and grandsons Gabriel and Carson. | Photo by Dave Whaley
‘Kids in the Kitchen’ learn healthy recipes
Thirty children visited AMH March 29 for the latest installment of “Kids in the Kitchen.” The children learned recipes for five-bean salad, trail mix, black-bean pizza, peanut-butter hummus and black-bean cupcakes — thanks to the efforts of AMH chef Earl Nicholson; Laura Hill, MD; Morrison food and nutrition staff at AMH; and the AMH parish nurses.
Kids in the Kitchen participants gather around AMH chef Earl Nicholson, back row center, and Dr. Laura Hill, far right, at the conclusion of AMH’s March 29 event. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH has Awesome employees
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, call Marlene Lewis, 618-463-7701.
Recent Awesome cards went to:
AMH History Room mannequins model volunteer uniforms from years past
In honor of National Volunteer Month, the M. Ryrie Milnor History Room in the AMH Duncan Wing corridor has a new display in the alcove. Mannequins (Louise and Stephanie) are wearing a candy-striper uniform, left, and a volunteer smock from years past, and pictures on the walls depict various activities that volunteers have taken part in over the years. AMH staff and administration are grateful for the dedication that the members of the AMH White Cross Auxiliary have given to the hospital since 1938. | Photo by Jeanne Truckey
Support Foundation with Schnucks eScrip Community Card
Make a contribution to the Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation at no cost to you by signing up for the eScrip program at Schnucks. The eScrip fund-raising program will contribute up to 3 percent of your grocery purchase to the Foundation each time you shop and swipe your card. The more you shop, the higher the contribution.
It’s easy to do:
By using your eScrip card, you can help Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation and AMH stay current with technological advancements and reach out to members of the community with health screenings and programs.
In 2014, more than $300 was donated to the Foundation through this program.
Barnes-Jewish trauma services sponsors race, conference
BJH trauma services will host two events in May. The 23rd annual Trends in Trauma Conference is scheduled for May 1 and 2, and the third annual 5K Warriors Walk/Run is set for May 13.
The Trends in Trauma two-day conference will feature trauma experts from around the country to address topics including geriatric trauma, farm injuries and bariatric trauma. Attendees are eligible for eight CEUs and CMEs per day. The conference will be held at the Hilton Frontenac Hotel.
The 5K Warriors Walk/Run raises awareness in the community about trauma and injury prevention. All proceeds go to the BJH Trauma Survivors Network fund. The event begins at 8 a.m. in Tower Grove Park near the Sons of Rest Shelter. This year, after the race, breakfast will be provided by Chris Cakes.
Elizabeth Lawson named vice president of finance for BJSPH and PWH
Elizabeth Lawson has been named vice president of finance for BJSPH and PWH, effective March 5. Lawson joined BJC in 2014 as director of financial planning and analysis.
As vice president of finance for BJSPH and PWH, Lawson’s duties will include monitoring and directing the implementation of strategic business plans and overseeing financial operations and various ancillary support functions for both of
“We are excited to have Elizabeth join our team in St. Charles County,” says Chris Watts, president of BJSPH and PWH. “Elizabeth is a proven team leader and strategic thinker. She will be a great addition to the leadership team as we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community.”
At BJC, Lawson led the team responsible for the oversight and preparation of annual budgets and the 10-year financial strategic plan. She also prepared analysis of hospitals to be acquired and led a team to establish an entity-wide business decision support system, including standardized
“I’m excited to join the team at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals,” says Lawson. “I’ve seen the growth that has occurred in our St. Charles County hospitals recently, and I’m looking forward to keeping that momentum going and enabling our team to continue to provide exceptional care to patients, family members and the community.”
Prior to joining BJC, Lawson held several positions of increasing responsibility with Express Scripts Inc. Lawson holds a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
‘Fiesta with the besta’ at Hospital Week barbecue
BJWCH will celebrate National Hospital Week, May 8-13. The Mexican fiesta-themed barbecue will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., May 10, in the courtyard and cafeteria.
The fiesta will feature a barbecue lunch and music. View the “Can’t Stop The Feeling” Hospital Week video in Conference Room D. Barbecue also will be available in the cafeteria from 4-5:30 p.m.
Hospital Week also will feature:
Radiology and emergency department employees get ready to “dance, dance, dance,” to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” during the Hospital Week video filming April 5. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
How does your garden grow – better, with help from BJWCH
Employees are invited to a gardening lunch-and-learn, from noon-12:30 p.m., April 21, in Conference Room D. Bring your lunch and learn about planting tomatoes in your garden from D. Matt Even, a master gardener from Gateway Greening.
As a reminder, BJWCH won a $2,000 grant from the BJC Help for Your Health team to fund an employee wellness program. The grant will be used to fund a small garden located behind the hospital, near the back stairs that lead to the MOB 2 parking lot, and educational curriculum for employees.
New date, new location, same goal — a stigma-free world
Join the BJC Behavioral Health team for the 15th annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks fund-raiser May 6 in Chesterfield Central Park and Amphitheater.
NAMI-St. Louis is a grass-roots organization providing support, education and advocacy to individuals and families affected by mental illness in the St. Louis area for more than 30 years. Funds raised through the campaign help provide NAMI educational support and advocacy programs in seven areas throughout the region, including the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, as well as Lincoln, St. Charles, Franklin, Warren and Jefferson counties.
To join BJC Behavioral Health’s team in walking to celebrate mental illness recovery, honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness, and help raise funds, combat stigma and promote awareness, register online by going to http://www.namiwalks.org/team/BJCBH. Click on “Join Our Team” to register to walk. You can also make a donation or be a “virtual walker” to raise funds.
There will be refreshments, music and fun on site the day of the walk. For more information, call Marilynn Hart, 314-206-3712.
NAMI Walks fund-raiser details:
BJC Behavioral Health’s team gathers for a group photo at the 2016 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks fund-raiser. | Courtesy photo
BJC Corporate Health Services recognizes Moore and Palmer for excellence
Karen Moore, DNP, APRN, ANP, BC, received the 2016 BJC Corporate Health Services ICARE Award. Moore, a nurse practitioner at BarnesCare, was nominated for the award by her colleagues for consistently exemplifying ICARE behaviors to patients, visitors and fellow employees. The ICARE behaviors include Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
“Karen is a dedicated clinician and a role model for our entire team,” says Tom Kibby, MD, MPH, BarnesCare chief medical officer. “She recognizes positive actions in others and is always looking to share her knowledge by teaching others new clinical skills.”
Diane Palmer, RN, MPH, director of clinical services, was awarded the 2016 BJC Corporate Health Services Leadership Award. Palmer has been a driving force in the implementation of daily huddles and several process improvement initiatives, all aimed at improving clinical outcomes and the patient experience. As a result, patient and client satisfaction scores reached all-time highs in 2016, and BarnesCare was recognized again by the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals as a model program.
A 37-year veteran of BJC, Palmer previously received the Leadership Award in 2002. “Diane’s commitment to the patients and clients we serve is second to none,” says Patrick Venditti, Corporate Health Services executive director. “The energy and enthusiasm she brings to each challenge inspire confidence and teamwork and create opportunity for our clinical teams to consistently succeed.”
New strategic planning director joined BJC March 1
Brianna Motley joined BJC as director of strategic planning March 1.
In this role, Motley will lead planning efforts across BJC, working directly with hospital presidents and shared services leaders to promote growth and effective resource utilization. In addition, she joins Christy Moore to provide day-to-day oversight of the BJC strategic planning team.
Prior to joining BJC, Motley spent more than four years with SG2, LLC, a health care consulting firm, where she most recently served as associate vice president of consulting, focused on scoping engagements with clients and leading teams through engagement delivery. She also held progressive roles with the multinational biopharmaceutical company Amgen Inc.
Motley earned her master of business administration degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.
Motley and her husband, Chris, recently moved to St. Louis from Chicago.
In her new role, Motley reports to Chris Watts, president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals and BJC vice president of planning and capital.
Hospice holds recruitment event for new hospice house
Many RNs and CNAs attended a special event at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Feb. 7 to learn about opportunities with the innovative, compassionate BJC Hospice team.
Guests enjoyed door prizes, learned about the new BJC hospice house, Evelyn’s House, opening in May 2017, and met with BJC Hospice staff.
Situated on the campus of BJWCH, Evelyn’s House will have many guest- and family-friendly amenities and comforts, including 16 private guest suites for adults, teens and children; dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms; family kitchen and café; leading edge communications and safety; and much more.
For more information about Evelyn’s House, visit bjchospice.org/evelynshouse — or, to learn about available positions at Evelyn’s House, visit bjc.org/jobs.
Heather Fleming, RN, Barnes-Jewish Hospital bone marrow transplant, right, looks at a rendering of Evelyn’s House with BJC Home Care Services recruiter Christine Kaiser. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Bell joins West End OB-GYN
Nealya Bell, WHNP-BC, has joined West End OB-GYN. Bell is a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner with more than 14 years of nursing experience with women’s health and labor and delivery.
Bell received her advanced nursing degree in 2007 from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and has been working in women’s health at an ob-gyn practice ever since. She was a labor and delivery nurse from 2003, when she received her nursing degree, until completing her advanced degree.
Bell believes that helping women plan their families, promote their well-being and advocate for their own health helps in the other areas of their lives.
“My practice strives to connect with patients on a deeper level by inquiring about what might be happening in their lives that may affect their health status,” she says. “I then work with them to find out what their priorities are for their health and educate them on their options.”
Bell offers a wide range of services, including general gynecology and obstetrics, contraception education and management, contraception implant and IUD insertion, evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding, STI screenings and treatment, and hormone therapy.
Nealya Bell, WHNP-BC, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She joins West End OB-GYN, 1100 Highlands Plaza Drive, Suite 280, across from Forest Park. Contact her at 314-286-2620 or visit bjcmedicalgroup.org/west-end-ob-gyn.
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.”
Scholarship applications due April 27
The CH Auxiliary and Volunteer Services (AVS) is seeking applications for three $2,000 scholarships for students pursuing a career in the health care field. Applicants must be an immediate family member (child or grandchild) of a CH employee or of an active member of CH’s AVS.
Selection criteria include: school performance, educational/career plans, work/volunteer experience, and an essay. Current school transcripts and three letters of recommendation complete the application packet.
Application forms are available in the volunteer office on the first floor, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Completed application packets must be returned to the volunteer office no later than April 27. The three awardees and a family member will be invited to attend the AVS Spring Luncheon on May 16.
For more information, call Mary Trice, scholarship chairwoman, 314-313-6081.
CTD, ICU and palliative care participate in critical care nurses symposium
CH was well represented at the Greater St. Louis Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Symposium, held March 16-17 in Clayton, Mo. CH team members from the CH Center for Training and Development (CTD), ICU and palliative care team presented during the symposium.
Palliative care team members, from left, Cathy Coleman, Beverly Dotson and Bill Johnson presented at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Symposium. | Courtesy photos
CTD/ICU team members, from left, Jeremy Yates, Patty Eppel, Carrie Davitz and Charyl Mitchell presented at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Symposium.
There’s no place like Christian Hospital
Don’t miss out on the “Wizard of Oz” Employee Service Awards Banquet, a gala evening filled with great fun, delicious food and co-worker camaraderie. Invitations have been mailed to those eligible to attend this year’s Employee Service Awards Banquet, May 12, at the St. Louis Airport Marriott.
For more information, contact Sheryl McClary, 314-653-5193 or Sheryl.McClary@bjc.org.
From left, Tanya Sisk takes a picture of Dorothy (Sheryl McClary) with five-year service awardee Andrea Watkins, PCT, CMR, and the Scarecrow (Derek Mollett). Members of the Employee Activities Committee visited awardees to get photos for the upcoming Service Awards Banquet. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Initiatives and Opportunities features celebrity chef
CH hosted “Initiatives and Opportunities” for the community, April 8, featuring special guest celebrity chef Judson Todd Allen, author of “The Spice Diet,” who has been featured on The Food Network and The Steve Harvey Show.
The event also included physician lectures on cancer, urology, interventional cardiology, men’s health, endocrinology, pain management, orthopedics, breast health, ENT and cardiothoracic surgery.
Informational booths showcased hospital departments and services, as well as career opportunities. The Emerson YMCA hosted Kids Corner. The event was sponsored by the Christian Hospital Foundation.
Celebrity chef Judson Todd Allen provides a cooking demonstration during “Initiatives and Opportunities,” which CH hosted for the community, April 8. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Congratulations, winter 2017 nurse fellows
The Christian Hospital Graduate Nurse Fellowship Program’s latest class of registered nurses recently commenced.
The Graduate Nurse Fellowship, under the direction of Mary Ann Niemeyer, MSN, RN-BC, empowers RN graduate nurses with critical tools to be highly skilled, compassionate patient care professionals by building on their academic foundation. Key learning seminars, small group activities and shadowing opportunities augment the new nurses’ problem solving abilities, providing a vital link between school and the working environment.
CH’s winter 2017 nurse fellows are, from left, front row, Mary Cassenti, medical; Jennifer Caires, medical; Kathryn Guelzow, telemetry; Meredith Lane, neuro/ortho; and Shelby Donelson, oncology; middle row, Melanie Green, renal/telemetry; Xavier Foley, progressive care unit; Bridget Fitzgibbons, surgical; Jessica Mielke, surgical; Derise Carter, renal/telemetry; Kayla Flanigan, acute medical care unit; and Rachel Honnen, neuro/ortho; and back row, John Fowler, CH emergency department; Matthew Goodman, progressive care unit; and Kaylan Hosto, oncology. Sadie Turner, renal/telemetry, is not pictured. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Christian Hospital occupational therapy hosts open house April 20 in CMR
The CH occupational therapy team is hosting an open house from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 20, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the occupational therapy field. Stop by for a tour and refreshments. Competitions will be held, including grip strength, coordination testing and a Wii challenge. A drawing will be held for participants.
Christian Hospital keeps Meals on Wheels rolling to North County seniors
CH proudly prepares 23,650 meals each year in the hospital kitchen for the Meals on Wheels North County program. The effort is part of the hospital’s commitment to help senior neighbors live healthier and better nourished lives in their own home.
Meals on Wheels volunteers are a familiar sight each weekday morning at the main tower loading dock, as they pick up meals for delivery throughout north St. Louis County communities.
From left, Terry Moore, executive chef Ricky Poff, Doris Otojareri, Jaime Ridenhour and Janet Martin prepare Meals on Wheels trays in the CH kitchen. | Photo by Bret Berigan
CDC Summer Camp packets available
CH Child Development Center (CDC) Summer Camp registration packets are now available.
The Summer Camp runs June 1-Aug. 11 and is for students entering kindergarten through age 12. The program includes a variety of activities and field trips.
The CDC is state licensed and accredited, and professionally staffed with ongoing programs for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, including a full-day kindergarten. Hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
For more information, call the CDC, 314-653-5600.
Award recipients have ‘Heart of a Hero’
The Heart of a Hero program recognizes physicians, nurses, housekeepers, volunteers and other hospital staff who have been nominated by patients and their families.
For more information, contact the Christian Hospital Foundation, 314-653-5162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the following employees awarded in March for commitment to providing compassionate care and dedication to excellence:
Marty Herbst retires after nearly 39 years
Marty Herbst, transcription manager, retired April 7 after nearly 39 years of dedicated service. A retirement reception was held that day in her honor.
A new home for BJC Home Care in Sullivan
BJC Home Care Services in Sullivan, Mo., moved to a new office closer to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 21. The new office is at 113 Progress Parkway. | Courtesy photo
BJC Home Care Services holds annual awards banquet
The annual BJC Home Care Services awards banquet was held the evening of Nov. 3 at Royale Orleans. More than 100 employees attended, enjoying the Mardi Gras-themed celebration, complete with masks, feathers and beads.
In total, 26 five-year employees, 20 10-year, seven 15-year, six 20-year, 11 25-year, three 30-year, four 35-year employees and three 40-year employees were recognized. Also honored were the Team of the Year, orthopedic team; Employee of the Year, Kim Voelker, PT; and Leader of the Year, Bernie Shore, MD. The evening ended with a traditional champagne toast.
The orthopedic team took the BJC Home Care Services Team of the Year award. | Photos by Diane Straub
MHE celebrates 1,000th baby born
MHE hosted a hospital-wide birthday party April 3 in recognition of the 1,000th baby born in the Family Care Birthing Center within one year of the hospital’s opening and 101 babies born during March.
From left, Stacy Mauch, MHE obstetrics manager; Keri Hinson, assistant manager; and Donna Stephens, MHE obstetrics director, prepare for the hospital’s “birthday party.” | Courtesy photos
Just 16 days shy of MHE’s first anniversary, the 1,000th baby, a girl, was born in the hospital’s Family Care Birthing Center. The baby, daughter of proud parents Robert and Kathryn Mills of Fairview Heights, was born at 2:05 a.m. March 28.
Employee of the Month inspires her co-workers
Sherri Weeke, patient access representative, has been named March Employee of the Month.
Weeke is responsible for overseeing the patient registration staff, including staff scheduling and resolving staffing issues. Her co-workers say she goes above and beyond to see that patients, visitors and fellow employees are served in the best possible way.
“She is especially kind, understanding and knowledgeable in her daily contact with patients,” says co-worker Suzanne Kaltenbronn. “She has a can-do positive attitude, while helping her fellow employees do the same. She leads, mentors, trains, schedules and often inspires her co-workers.”
Weeke says the most rewarding part of her job is the relationships she builds with her staff. As a nine-year MH employee, her advice to new employees is, “Be yourself and don’t be afraid to ask questions.”
Annual Book Bazaar is May 3-6
The 59th annual Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Book Bazaar will take place May 3-6. The bazaar features books, cookbooks, magazines, paperbacks, textbooks, cassettes, old books, CDs and DVDs, movies, games and puzzles, and new and unusual books.
Free parking is available at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 115 West B Street, Belleville.
For more information, call 618-257-5545 or visit email@example.com.
February DAISY winners showed compassion
Dialysis team members Karen Andrus, RN, and Sue Ragsdale, RN, earned the February DAISY Award.
Here’s what a patient’s wife had to say about them: “My husband came to the ER, and by the time we got to the dialysis unit, I had a major meltdown. These nurses not only took care of my husband, but they took time to listen to my rundown of his medical issues.
“They sat me down and fed me, once they realized I was diabetic and hadn’t eaten since breakfast.
They comforted me and offered me compassion. They made sure I was calm enough and okay to drive home. If not for them, I may have had to go to the ER myself.”
Karen Andrus, RN, center left, and Sue Ragsdale, center right, earned the DAISY Award for February. | Courtesy photo
MoBap Trivia Night is April 28
MBMC Trivia Night is April 28 at Spazio, 12031 Lackland Road. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and trivia starts at 7 p.m.
The cost is $160 for a table of eight, and all proceeds benefit the United Way of Greater St. Louis.
To purchase a table, contact Carolyn Tichenor, Carolyn.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employee of the Month went ‘above and beyond her duty as a caregiver’
Patti McCarthy, a nurse in the Breast HealthCare Center, earned March Employee of the Month honors.
McCarthy helped a patient and her husband as they waited for more than 30 minutes for their ride. She also brought them a snack and drink and stayed with the couple until their ride arrived and they were safely on their way. She then called the couple’s long-term care facility to make sure that they would have a relative with them the next time they visited the Breast HealthCare Center.
“Patti went way above and beyond her duty as a caregiver,” says her nominator. “Compassion, respect, accountability, efficiency for safety, and teamwork for excellent care equals excellence in patient care.”
Patti McCarthy, fourth from right, earned March Employee of the Month honors for providing excellent care. | Courtesy photo
Missouri Baptist Sullivan celebrates Doctors Day
MBSH celebrated National Doctors Day March 30 by treating its medical staff to a breakfast buffet including omelets, Belgian waffles with fruit toppings, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, pastries, and juice. Tammy Campbell, massage therapist at the MBSH Therapy & Wellness Center, provided soothing chair massages.
Charles Almond, MD, and his wife started Doctors Day in 1933 in Winder, Ga. They marked the day by sending cards and placing flowers on the graves of deceased doctors.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush designated March 30 as a national observance to recognize the tireless efforts of physicians and nurse practitioners in improving the health of people in their communities.
“We appreciate the dedication and commitment that our medical staff providers have at our hospital and in our community,” says Tony Schwarm, MBSH president. “We were happy to celebrate this special day with them.”
Dr. Jennifer Barbin, left, and Dr. Ravi Saripalli stop by for breakfast on National Doctors Day, March 30. | Photo by David Hartwick
Donna Short is Star Service Team Member for March
Donna Short was named the Star Service Team Member for March. Short, who currently works at Parkland-Bonne Terre, has worked as a housekeeper at PHC and one of its predecessors, Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, for 16 years.
As part of her job, Short makes sure the emergency department is clean, and she starts her day early to prepare the Cancer Center for its daily patient schedule. The nomination from her peers reads in part, “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role and works hard each day keeping oncology and the ER clean. She is friendly and helpful to all visitors and staff. She is always willing to help out in any part of the building. She brings a pleasant demeanor and a sweet smile with her every day. We are very happy to have her on the Bonne Terre team!”
Short says it’s satisfying to see the results of her hard work. “When I get finished and look back at what I’ve done, I feel like I’ve accomplished something,” she says.
The SLCH expansion will open in August. | Courtesy photo
Join SLCH May 21 at the 2017 Make Tracks for the Zoo. The Zoo is celebrating the 32nd year of this family-oriented walk/run.
Here’s what you need to know:
After the race, join SLCH for Just Like You at the Zoo, 8:30-5 p.m. Children can enjoy activities that teach them why it’s important for people — and Zoo animals — to take care of their bodies. Children collect animal cards at four stations throughout the Zoo. After the cards are collected, they win a prize. Register at the Make Tracks Start/Finish Line, or at the Zoo’s North and South Entrances.
For more information or to register for the race, visit stlzoo.org/maketracks.
Celebrating 60 years for Velma Hunt, emergency unit
SLCH will celebrate Velma Hunt Day July 11. That’s 60 years after her first day at the hospital.
Details will be announced soon.
Velma Hunt, emergency unit, receives a dozen roses — one for every five years of service — from event emcee John Ulett during the 2017 SLCH Employee Recognition Celebration April 1. | Courtesy photo
Six Flags passes now on sale
Six Flags passes are now on sale at the Small World Gift Shop through Sept. 3.
Daily admission passes are available for $46.99 each, and season passes are $64.99 each.
No parking passes are available.
Kids say the darnedest things about construction
The SLCH expansion, which is scheduled to open in August 2017, will provide more private patient rooms for patients and families.
The construction also has been a welcome distraction for kids at the hospital. Here are just a few of their comments:
The SLCH expansion will open in August. | Courtesy photo
Dr. Mark Lowe returns to Washington University as pediatrics leader
Mark Lowe, MD, PhD, a noted physician with expertise in pediatric gastroenterology, has been named vice chair of clinical affairs and strategic planning of the department of pediatrics at WUSM. He began his new position April 1.
Dr. Lowe returns to WUSM, where for nearly two decades he distinguished himself as a successful physician and researcher.
He comes from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he was a vice chair, interim chair and professor of pediatrics, as well as a professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, and director of the division of pediatric gastroenterology. He also held the Carol Ann Craumer Endowed Chair for Pediatric Research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
At WUSM, his alma mater, Dr. Lowe’s newly created faculty position will be focused on expanding pediatric outpatient programs to satellite facilities throughout the region, restructuring ambulatory clinics, and improving access to and facilitating better communication among pediatricians. He also has been named a professor of pediatrics.
“The most important reason to expand the pediatric outpatient program is to make our excellent physicians more accessible to children in the region,” says Dr. Lowe, who will treat patients at SLCH.
“Currently, families travel to the main hospital or to the Specialty Care Center in Town and Country. For some families, travel to either location is difficult and a possible obstacle to the care their children require. The strategic location of new satellite facilities will allow more children to receive efficient, patient-centered and high-quality care from the outstanding specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.”
Dr. Lowe will continue his research, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), on childhood gastroenterological disorders. His studies have delved into poor growth in infants; chronic pancreatitis; and rare gastroenterological diseases in children. He is a leading international expert on the pancreatic enzyme lipase and its molecular role in dietary fat absorption.
“Dr. Mark Lowe is a remarkable physician, scientist, mentor and educator who has rightfully earned a worldwide reputation in pediatric gastroenterology,” says Gary Silverman, MD, PhD, the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor and head of the WUSM department of pediatrics. “Based on Dr. Lowe’s prior experience here and his community-based specialty skill set, he was the perfect fit for this new position designed to specifically meet the needs of our ambulatory program and community outreach mission.”
Dr. Lowe began his academic career at WU, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1973. He earned his doctorate in biochemistry in 1977 from the University of Pennsylvania before accepting a five-year position at the NIH. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami in 1984.
Dr. Lowe completed his fellowship and residency at SLCH and then joined the faculty at WUSM, where he remained until 2003, when he went to the University of Pittsburgh.
“I am excited to land at Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to help improve the health of children in our region,” Dr. Lowe says.
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.
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