WUSM | Hopkins nephrologist will lead Washington University Physicians.
BJC | We are entering another new year, an annual turning of the page that motivates many of us to commit to resolutions.
MH | Teresa Halloran, RN, PhD, has accepted the position of chief nursing officer, following a nationwide search.
BJC | BJC TODAY asks employees what they're thankful for this Thanksgiving.
BJC | BJC School Outreach employee honored with Outstanding Preceptor Award.
BJC HOSPICE | Thanks to the efforts of the Wings Party Patrol, a group of volunteers working with BJC Hospice, Esther, her family and friends were able to celebrate the joy and meaning her short life.
Ginger Beach House is a winner
Medical imaging team members won the AMH People Team’s Gingerbread House Contest with their version of a “Ginger Beach House.”
Tyler Spagnola, Jayme Spainhoward, Sylvia Markham, Lisa Harmon and Jennifer Percy contributed to the winning design, which included icing, brown sugar, cookies, pretzels, chocolate and other ingredients for a scene that feels a bit warmer than the area’s current weather.
Thanks to the other departments who entered the contest.
Tyler Spagnola holds the winning entry on the right, while Jayme Spainhoward holds the gift basket of baking items prepared by Bob Menichino as the department’s prize. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Claire Dorsey, 11, of Moro, Ill., donated more than 50 Children’s Scholastic Christmas books to AMH’s speech therapists recently. To buy the books, Claire, a sixth-grader at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Bethalto, Ill., used money donated to her by family and friends after she performed in a school production.
Claire made a similar donation last year, and the books were used in AMH speech therapy and in the ER, and some were donated to area agencies serving developmentally disabled children.
Accepting books donated by Claire Dorsey, 11, of Moro, Ill., are, from left, Debbie Turpin, AMH patient care vice president; Laura Bastin, speech therapist; Jo Ellen Corona, speech therapist; Sue Walker, manager of the AMH Human Motion Institute; Rusty Ingram, AMH business development director; and Ken Balsters, a member of the AMH board of directors and a friend of the Dorsey family. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Spa winners announced
Deb Hanko, Digestive Health Center, and Sheila Marcrum, SCU, each won spa packages as AMH’s winners in the BJC Help for Your Health breast health awareness promotion during October.
Each BJC hospital received two spa packages to award to employees who increased their own understanding of breast health and took responsibility for promoting breast health awareness.
Enjoying the Christmas buffet
Rusty Ingram, business development director, left, serves up turkey and ham during the annual Christmas buffet for employees, physicians and volunteers, Dec. 13, in the cafeteria. In addition to the meal, all employees and volunteers received a 20-ounce stainless steel tumbler and a coupon for a free drink in the café. | Photo by Dave Whaley
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:
Support Foundation with a 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.
Blood drive on WUMC campus Jan. 25; RapidPass available
A blood drive will be held 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 25, in the link at Washington University Medical Center (near the Sprint/TFC Customer Center). All employees of the medical center are encouraged to donate. To register a time for your donation, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code BJH. Walk-ins also are welcome.
New this year: Donors can shorten their donation time by using RapidPass. RapidPass offers donors a way to complete their donation questionnaire from a laptop or workstation prior to visiting a drive (not mobile-enabled at this point). Just visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass the day of the drive to answer the screening questions. You must print out the questionnaire results and bring the print out with you or be able to show it on a mobile device at the drive to avoid completing the questionnaire again.
Each person presenting at the drive will receive a $5 cafeteria coupon.
The medical center is the largest consumer of life-giving blood in the St. Louis region, and this is an opportunity for employees to support this important lifeline.
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.
BJWCH supports Crisis Nursery
BJWCH choose the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, which provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis, as this year’s holiday giving recipient. Employees chose tags off the Giving Tree in the cafeteria and purchased more than 1,500 items, including children’s clothing, toys, diapers, art supplies and personal care items.
From left, Yoany Finetti, chief nursing officer; Megan Monahan, executive assistant; and Laura Ostrander, administrative coordinator, show just a sampling of the many gifts donated by BJWCH employees to the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Employee Town Halls start Feb. 8
The senior leadership team will host employee Town Halls on 2016 highlights, 2017 priorities and the hospital replacement project, starting Feb. 8.
Town Hall schedule:
All Town Halls will be held in Conference Room D. Employees are welcome to submit questions in advance that they’d like answered at the Town Halls. A question box will be available in the cafeteria until Jan. 27.
Martin Luther King celebration is Jan. 16
BJWCH will hold a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative celebration from noon-1 p.m., Jan. 16, in Conference Room D.
Everyone is welcome to hear remarks from Katrina Farmer, BJH and SLCH vice president of diversity, inclusion and equity, and watch a video of the acclaimed “I Have A Dream” speech that Dr. King delivered Aug. 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Cake also will be served to recognize his birthday.
‘You ain’t nothing but a Santa dog’
Support dogs like Boswell, with volunteer Dale Mara, bring holiday cheer to Siteman Cancer Center patients. Volunteers like Mara make sure a support dog visits Siteman at BJWCH each weekday. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Calendar sale benefits Clubhouse
BJC Behavioral Health-Southeast’s Friends in Action Clubhouse offers its members an opportunity to express themselves through art. Each year some of that artwork is used to produce a calendar, which is sold to raise funds for the clubhouse.
The clubhouse promotes recovery and independence by providing a nurturing community that offers wellness, social, education and employment opportunities for its members.
Calendars are available for $6 each and can be ordered or picked up at Friends in Action Clubhouse, 573-431-9620, or ordered by email, ﬁaclubhouse@bjc.org.
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.
Hospice employees, volunteer honored at VOYCE caregiver awards luncheon
More than 100 nominees from 50 organizations were honored at the VOYCE 22nd annual Caregiver Awards Luncheon in December at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel. Three of the nominees were from BJC Hospice: Angel Battle, home health aide; Tiarra Young, home health aide; and Mary Ann Virant, BJC Hospice volunteer.
VOYCE offers advocacy services to the 22,000 individuals who reside in more than 300 skilled nursing, assisted living and residential care communities in Greater St. Louis and northeast Missouri.
Staff and volunteer nominations came from skilled nursing, assisted living, residential care communities, home care providers, hospice agencies and adult day programs in the 21-county service area.
“These three nominees demonstrate excellence in person-centered care and do an incredible job caring for our hospice patients and their families,” says Barbara Westland, BJC Hospice director. “They are truly appreciated for all the hard work they do every day.”
BJC Hospice staff gather with VOYCE award nominees Tiarra Young, CNA, fifth from left; Angel Battle, CNA, sixth from left; and Mary Ann Virant, BJC Hospice volunteer, eighth from left. | Courtesy photo
Eve Eckert awarded 2016 Employee of the Year honor
Eve Eckert, RN, a care management coordinator with BJC Accountable Care Organization, received the BJC Medical Group 2016 Employee of the Year Award for her dedication to patients and the ACO care management team. As a member of the ACO team, Eckert ensures patients receive appropriate follow-up care by assisting with patients’ discharge from the hospital, providing information to help manage patients’ conditions, going over instructions and answering questions.
“When she is speaking to her patients, she talks to them with sincerity and empathy,” one of her team members says. “She also has an outstanding understanding of how the health care system works and how it can be used to serve the needs of patients.”
As a care management coordinator with a nursing background, she also helps manage patients with chronic conditions by providing education and helping patients coordinate care with other providers. “She finds educational opportunities for her patients to aid them in becoming healthier and more aware of their disease processes,” says her team member. “She won’t stop until she has found and delivered the appropriate resources to her patients and won’t hesitate to aid other team members in doing the same.”
Not only is she an excellent patient advocate, but she also is a team player and always makes herself available to others, her co-workers say. “Eve gives advice and walks us through complicated processes to help us better understand our role and better serve our patients. She brings her education and experience to every outreach, and her confidence shines through with every patient she encounters.”
BJC Medical Group welcomes new cardiology provider to the Heart Care Group
BJC Medical Group welcomes Christine Testa, ANP-BC, to the Heart Care Group. Testa is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner who will practice at both the Florissant, Mo., and Maryville, Ill., locations.
Testa received her master’s degree in nursing in 2006 from Emory University. Before expanding her skills as a nurse practitioner, Testa worked in a variety of settings for six years, including four years in cardiology. Since becoming an advanced practicing nurse, she has worked in primary care and, most recently, in perioperative services at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Testa is excited to continue focusing on cardiology because she is passionate about helping patients manage their cardiovascular disease and teaching them how to achieve optimal cardiovascular health.
“The core of my practice centers on treating each patient as a unique individual,” Testa says. “Each person’s goals for health and disease management are unique. I work with the patient to create treatment plans that reflect realistic, attainable goals.”
Christine Testa, ANP-BC, is a member of BJC Medical Group of Illinois and is affiliated with Christian Hospital. She practices at both locations of the Heart Care Group. In Missouri, the office is at 1225 Graham Road, Suite 2310, Florissant, Mo., and can be reached at 314-953-6300. In Illinois, the office is at 6810 State Route 162, Suite 102, Maryville, Ill., and can be reached at 618-288-4076. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Kelly Padzoria named 2016 Manager of the Year
Kelly Padzoria, practice manager for BJC Medical Group at Lake St. Louis, earned a BJC Medical Group Manager of the Year Award for her dedication to improving patient care and the office structure. Since Padzoria joined the practice in February 2015, it has seen immense growth in patient satisfaction survey results, which are now consistently positive.
Padzoria has focused on the impact the office staff and operations have on the patients. One of her first actions was to review the providers’ schedules and reorganize them so that the providers had time to care for more patients each day.
Her team describes her management style as very much “hands on,” ensuring the highest standards for office operations and patient service, while also delegating various responsibilities to her employees, allowing them to take ownership.
“Kelly doesn’t hesitate to shift gears to work the front desk, while also effectively dealing with patient concerns and acclimating a new provider,” one employee says.
Padzoria has been integral to the ongoing discussions concerning vision and strategy for BJC Medical Group practices in the St. Charles County region and how to better serve the growing population there. As such, she remains a critical component in BJC Medical Group’s current and continued success.
Boone Medical Group – Centralia welcomes new provider
Boone Medical Group welcomes Alaina Wyatt-Durk, DNP, FNP-BC, to Boone Medical Group – Centralia. Wyatt-Durk is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and joins Cathy Cody, MD, at the Centralia practice. Wyatt-Durk provides general primary care services to patients of all ages and is accepting new patients.
Wyatt-Durk received her doctor of nursing practice, specializing in family practice, from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2016. Previously, she worked for more than 10 years in a variety of specialties, including orthopedics and surgery. With this background, she brings a unique set of interests, including health promotion, prevention and education, as well as exercise, nutrition and orthopedics.
“With my background in exercise science, combined with 10 years of orthopedic experience and my nursing education, I always encourage my patients to lead a healthy and active lifestyle with hopes of preventing chronic illness,” Wyatt-Durk says.
She also enjoys being a resource to her patients. “Quality care means listening to all of my patient’s concerns and figuring out the best individualized care plan,” she says.
Alaina Wyatt-Durk, DNP-BC, is a member of Boone Medical Group and practices at Boone Medical Group – Centralia. The practice is located at 1021 E. Highway 22, Centralia, Mo., and can be reached at 573-682-5588. For more information, visit boonemedicalgroup.org.
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.”
Caring staff members make holidays brighter
Caring runs deep at CH, especially when it comes to patients and the community CH serves. Thanks to the generosity of CH staff, the holidays were made a little brighter for many:
As one example of the generosity of CH staff, CH Cultural Awareness Team members donated presents for the CH Employee Help Fund to distribute to a CH employee and family who needed a little extra help this holiday season. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Christian Hospital social workers achieve professional growth
Congratulations to CH case management social workers Chala Walsh, Amanda Bantle and Shelley Moses for their recent professional growth accomplishments.
Walsh and Bantle are the first CH case management team members to be part of the BJC Care Coordination Professional Development Program (CCPDP).
The overall goal of the CCPDP is to recognize high-quality care coordination, while providing opportunities for continued professional development. Bantle and Walsh have demonstrated their excellent performance through their professional activates both inside and outside of CH.
Moses is CH case management’s first accredited case manager. Her accreditation, offered through the American Case Management Association (ACMA), shows that Moses has demonstrated a core knowledge of health care case management skills and has the ability to apply them in a clinical setting.
Congratulations to CH case management social workers, from left, Chala Walsh, Amanda Bantle and Shelley Moses for their recent professional growth accomplishments. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Spiritual care increases outreach to support staff
Life can get stressful — and the CH spiritual care department is here to help. The team is increasing its outreach to educate, support and uplift all staff.
Call 314-653-5360 to schedule a time to talk.
Help share the good news happening at CH
In addition to its popular Facebook page, CH is now on Twitter and Instagram — so follow the hospital and spread the word. And if you’ve got a great story to share via social media, contact Alex Graff, email@example.com.
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
Crouse named Memorial December Employee of the Month
His willingness to go above and beyond, as well as his positive, winning and caring personality and attitude, earned Roger Crouse, MHB lead transporter, the December Employee of the Month Award.
“He has a positive, cheerful attitude, and makes sure to smile and say hello to all who pass him in the hallway,” says Kevin Crill. “Roger is the ideal Memorial employee, co-worker, caregiver and person. I’m glad to be a part of his team.”
As lead transporter, Crouse’s responsibilities include transporting patients, checking departments daily to track work flow, ensuring equipment is available daily, rounding for visits or others who need assistance, staffing and ordering supplies. He has worked at Memorial for two years.
“Roger is very helpful to the techs when bringing patients to us in radiology,” says Penny Russell. “He gets warm blankets for the patients and has helped clean up after a patient has gotten ill.”
Crouse says his favorite part of the job is getting to meet new people frequently. His advice to new employees is to “come in every day and try to make patients and co-workers glad they saw you.”
Boxing program at Memorial Sports Center earns December honors
After only six months in operation, Rock Steady Boxing, Belleville, at Memorial’s Belleville Health and Sports Center, earned the Star Affiliate of the Month for December from the National Rock Steady Organization. Rock Steady is a non-profit program helping patients with Parkinson’s disease improve their quality of life through non-contact boxing classes.
Rock Steady Belleville currently has 35 boxers enrolled in the program, says head coach Stacie King. She and assistant coaches Denise Dill and Marsha Hohe offer four classes per week. Tuesday and Thursday classes are the most popular with 18-20 boxers typically attending.
“We love having our boxers repeat words in their loudest voice so they can activate and use their vocal cords,” says King. “Our favorite moves are doing focus mitt work with the boxers and circuit work where they are slamming balls, jumping rope, doing twinkle toes on a bench to loud, motivating music. The energy in the room is amazing!”
The coaches say they are constantly amazed by the progress people struggling with Parkinson’s symptoms make as they participate in the classes. “We have so many miracles happening in the classes every day,” says King.
For more information on the Rock Steady program for Parkinson’s disease patients, call 618-398-2778.
From left are Stacie Panek, Marsha Hohe and Denise Dill. | Courtesy photo
Labyrinth offers comfort, peace, a place to re-center
Rob Kohn, 22, was known by his family and friends as a kind and gentle soul. When he passed away unexpectedly in December 2015, his parents, Dee Dee and Andy Kohn, and brother, Michael, wanted to create a memorial to honor his memory in a way that reflected his nature.
For the Kohn family, it seemed appropriate to create a place of peace and tranquility to honor Rob and his life. Creating this place on the MBMC campus would offer the Kohns a way to reach out to other families experiencing stress and worry, and provide a place where employees could retreat to “re-center.”
Working with the Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation, the Kohn family decided to create the Robert N. Kohn Memorial Labyrinth.
“This is our way of giving back and honoring my son’s life,” says Dee Dee Kohn. “It gives our family comfort to create peaceful places for others.”
Dating back more than 4,000 years, labyrinths have been used by cultures worldwide as a place of calm where one can meditate, pray, or just become quiet and focused. The shape and winding path represent the journey to find peace.
Rob’s family and friends gathered Oct. 30 to officially dedicate and open the labyrinth. Located near Ballas Road on the southeast corner of the MBMC Wellness Trail, the Robert N. Kohn Memorial Labyrinth welcomes everyone for peaceful meditation, prayer or contemplation.
The Robert N. Kohn Memorial Labyrinth at MBMC was dedicated Oct. 30. | Photo by Harold Anderson
‘Storks’ event introduces Childbirth Center renovations
MBMC hosted an exclusive movie premiere of “Storks” Sept. 28. More than 180 people joined the Childbirth Center team and enjoyed popcorn, a coloring station, a photo booth and a pre-movie slideshow highlighting the newly renovated Childbirth Center.
“We really appreciate our MoBap families spending their morning with us to celebrate the newly renovated Childbirth Center,” says David Weinstein, MD, MBMC chief of ob/gyn.
Renovations include a more spa-like atmosphere and three new labor and delivery rooms with labor tubs.
MBMC hosted an exclusive movie premiere of “Storks” Sept. 28 to introduce the newly renovated Childbirth Center. | Photo by Chris Malacarne
Employee of the Year ‘exudes compassion’
Anne Mersch, physical therapist, is MBMC’s 2016 Employee of the Year. In addition to using the words “trustworthy,” “positive,” “compassionate” and “excellent,” here’s how some of Mersch’s co-workers describe her:
She is “the most proactive individual when it comes to patient care and always has a ‘can do’ attitude.” Mersch “exudes compassion and has a quiet confidence that dictates care.” She is described by the team as “always going out of her way to provide great service to our patients and also support the therapy team.” Every day she “comes in to work with a smile on her face, and a positive attitude always helps her patients achieve their therapy goals.”
Mersch “quickly develops personal relationships with patients and is always the first to help the nurses, PCTs or fellow therapists.” She is known by her team to be “dedicated in delivering the best patient care and always putting the patients first. We are blessed to have her on our team.”
Weisguth pursues ‘best of both worlds’
Stacy Weisguth recently was honored as the medical executive committee Nurse of the Month.
Weisguth, who’s been a nurse at MBMC since 2008, completed her MSN in clinical education from UMSL in 2013 and has taught at Goldfarb School of Nursing as adjunct faculty ever since. She currently works weekends, while working on a post master’s certificate for family nurse practitioner, and plans to pursue a doctorate of nurse practice.
“She loves teaching nursing and being at the bedside, so being a staff nurse and nurse educator gives her the best of both worlds,” says her nominator, Matthew Reuter, MD. “I’ve known Stacy to be a great nurse. Her patients and colleagues enjoy her, as she is energetic and fun to be around, and physicians trust her judgment and care.”
Baker honored as a team player
Chemika Baker, orthopedics, was MBMC’s September Employee of the Month. She received several nominations from her co-workers, including:
“You can always count on Chemika to show up and do her job, plus more. When we are working together, I never have to worry. She is efficient, timely and positive. I love working with her.”
“Chemika always demonstrates professional behavior in a responsive and extraordinary manner. She is a team player and our floor is incredibly lucky to have her. She always steps up to the task and willingly helps those who need it. She shows compassion for all of her co-workers and patients.”
“Chemika is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is professional and a hard-working team player. She is always willing to help and takes extraordinary care of her patients. Chemika also brings an element of fun to her job. She makes the team smile and makes working fun. I know I can always count on her. When I see I am teamed up with her, it puts my mind at ease.”
Honoree Cotton creates a positive patient experience
James Cotton, OR tech, was MBMC’s October Employee of the Month. “He is a team player who is always willing to help out in any area of the OR,” his co-workers say. “He comes to work with a great attitude and a willingness to do whatever it takes to help patients and create a positive patient experience. James is extremely respectful to everyone. He provides excellent patient care and extraordinary patient outcomes.
“James is definitely someone who could be nominated and win every single month because he is consistently a hard worker with a positive attitude. Joyous, accepting, memorable, easygoing, sensational — these together all spell out who we are honoring: JAMES.”
Frenz earns DAISY Award
A patient and family member recently nominated Mary Frenz for a DAISY Award. “I received such excellent care from Mary Frenz,” the patient said. “She was never too busy, always friendly and eager to answer any questions. I received such great care from everyone I came in contact with, but I can’t praise Mary highly enough.”
Added a family member, “There are so many wonderful things to say about Mary. She is the most caring, compassionate nurse and person I’ve ever met. Mary gets things done, she cares, and she takes care of us! She is a person who will forever have a place in my heart. We could not do this without her.”
MoBap helps improve region’s care for heart attack patients
When a heart attack occurs, time is critical. Through the Heart Lifeline AllianceSM program, local emergency services and facilities activate MBMC’s STEMI (heart attack) team prior to a patient’s arrival — saving time and heart muscle.
For the eighth consecutive year, MBMC hosted its annual STEMI educational symposium. More than 235 attendees, including emergency department physicians, health care professionals from area hospitals and EMS professionals, participated in the one-day CME/CE event, “STEMI 2016: Heart & Soul,” Oct. 30.
The keynote speaker, Kirk Garrett, MD, MSc, cardiology associate director for the Center for Heart and Vascular Health at Cristiana Care Health System, spoke about acute heart failure mechanical support. Stuart Higano, MD, and Gregory Beirne, MD, both of MBMC, along with George Kichura, MD, of St. Louis Heart and Vascular Cardiology, provided their expertise on cardiovascular treatments and prompt patient care. Embracing the soul of “STEMI 2016: Heart & Soul” was guest speaker Marc Anderson, founder and executive director of the M2 Foundation, who addressed mindfulness and resiliency in the face of time-critical situations.
Three groups were recognized for excellence in treating heart attack patients: Parkland Health Center, the Monarch Fire Protection District and Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.
Since 2008, more than 500 patients have benefitted from the Heart Lifeline Alliance.
Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital receives recognition for excellence in treating heart attack patients. | Photos by Harold Anderson
Parkland Health Center is recognized for excellence in treating heart attack patients.
Therapy and Wellness Center and firefighters play Santa for Sullivan area kids
Staff at the MBSH Therapy and Wellness Center gather with Sullivan Fire Department firefighters and patient Caleb Pryor around the center’s Christmas tree. The firefighters had stopped by to pick up toys collected there for the Meramec Community Mission Toy Drive, an annual community-wide effort to provide toys for children who otherwise might not receive presents at Christmastime. Berri Stroup, MBSH resource assistant, kneeling, coordinated the MBSH Therapy and Wellness Center collection. | Photo by Curtis Estrada
St. Anthony’s students sing carols at Missouri Baptist Sullivan
Students from St. Anthony’s School in Sullivan serenaded patients and staff at MBSH recently. The more than 40 students, faculty and parents shared holiday cheer as they sang holiday songs throughout the hospital. “We were excited that the students took time during this busy season of the year to sing carols for our patients,” says Jessica Stroup, med/surg, CCU nurse manager. | Photo by David Hartwick
‘Amazing attitude’ wins Winick star status
Alfreda Winick, medical/surgical lead unit secretary, was selected as the Star Service Team Member for November.
During her 23 years at PHC, Winick has also worked in materials management, human resources, radiology and as assistant secretary to the medical/surgical manager.
The nomination from her peers reads in part, “Alfreda is nothing less than amazing. Her attitude is wonderful and she always helps the nurses and doctors in any way that she can. She is thorough and detail-oriented and is prompt with any task that’s needed. She communicates well and is always so organized. She is friendly on the phone and in person and stays positive, even through the roughest of days.”
Winick says she loves her co-workers, adding, “I also like helping patients and meeting new people.”
Star honoree Dealy goes ‘above and beyond’
Marie Dealy, RN, BSN, was selected as the Star Service Team Member for December.
Dealy, a risk management consultant, has worked at PHC and its predecessor, Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, for 39 years. She has experience working as a staff nurse, nurse manager, quality coordinator and risk manager.
The nomination from her peers reads in part, “Marie is a long-term employee who provides consulting services in the area of risk management. She is easy to work with and very good when dealing with customer concerns/complaints. She goes above and beyond in her role. Many people rely on Marie’s expertise.”
Dealy says she appreciates that her job gives her the opportunity to make a difference for people in a positive way. “Risk management can have a positive impact on patients and their families, staff, physicians and the organization as a whole,” she adds.
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
Tom Connally receives distinction
Tom Connally, clinical engineering, received the monthly President’s Award from Joan Magruder,
After his department received a call that patients couldn’t see the Olympics on their TVs, Connally made a special trip from home to fix the problem so nobody would be inconvenienced.
“Tom did it all with a sweet attitude and was glad to make sure our patients got to enjoy the program,”
says Carol Christian, pediatric ICU, who nominated Connally. “I told him that was very nice, and he said he wanted to make sure the families were taken care of — after all, it’s the Olympics! What a guy.”
If you believe someone deserves the monthly President’s Award, submit a High Five nomination.
Celebrating Tom Connally’s honor are, front row, from left, Keith Mueller, Rob Janas, Connally, Joan Magruder, Keith Skaer, Cindy Winfrey and David Cook; and back row, from left, Steve Kannady, Carl Brookshier, Kelvin Wilke, Larry Vancil and John Boehne. | Courtesy photo
Patient donates $6,600 to hospital
SLCH patient Murelle Plotner, 17, donated $6,600 to the SLCH dialysis/pheresis department.
The proceeds came from the annual Haunted Halloween Bash in St. Joseph, Ill., near Champaign. It’s more than double the sum Murelle and friends raised last year for the hospital.
“I’ve been here all my life,” Murelle says of SLCH. “It’s nice to be here with all my friends and family.”
“Murelle and her family are an important part of our team and family,” says Colleen Waters, RN, dialysis/pheresis manager. “For Murelle to think of us is huge.”
Many families have strong emotional ties to the hospital. They want to extend their support to those who played meaningful roles in their care.
To refer a grateful family to the SLCH Foundation, contact Whitney Kohlmeyer, 314-305-7119.
Patient Murelle Plotner, 17, third from left, with nurses from the dialysis/pheresis team, including, from left, Monica Hughey, Kira Geile, Lyndsey Saunier, Stacey Bader, Kelly Schlechte and Colleen Waters. | Courtesy photo
Children’s Hospital patients get special toy delivery
Last month, SLCH patients received a special stuffed animal delivery from John Carlton, SLCH facility services mechanic. Carlton rigged a radio-controlled monster truck, which pulled a toy delivery wagon. Patients, families and staff enjoyed seeing the driver — a teddy bear wearing a Darth Vader mask.
Carlton wanted to help patients and families because they touch his heart. “It’s all about trying to lift spirits and have fun, especially for kids who can’t leave their room or don’t have many people visiting,” Carlton says. “It’s been a big hit so far, so I hope to do this at other times during the coming year.”
Baby Ellie, age 15 months, and her mother enjoyed receiving a stuffed animal from John Carlton, SLCH facility services mechanic. | Photos by John Twombly
John Carlton rigged a radio-controlled monster truck, which pulled a toy delivery wagon. Patients, families and staff enjoyed seeing the driver — a teddy bear wearing a Darth Vader mask.
Making holidays special at SLCH
To celebrate the holidays, SLCH emergency unit staff participated in an ugly sweater day. From left are Kristi Dewulf, Melissa Cather, Erin Arcipowski and Ken Smith. | Photo by John Twombly
Jill Wiethuchter receives distinction
Jill Wiethuchter, child life services, received the monthly President’s Award from Joan Magruder, SLCH president.
Wiethuchter helped a terminally ill patient who couldn’t take a Make-A-Wish trip due to declining health. Wiethuchter thought about what could be done for the child.
She knew the patient was a football fan, so she contacted a nonprofit organization started by a player from the patient’s favorite team. Before long,
the patient received video messages from several of the team’s players, along with an autographed football.
“Through Jill’s compassion for this patient, this family knows that their child is truly cared for and thought of as an individual, not just a patient,” says Becki Moss, child life services, who nominated Wiethuchter.
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