AMH in Riverbend Relay For Life
AMH took part in the annual American Cancer Society Riverbend Relay For Life June 15 at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. AMH radiation oncology and medical oncology staff volunteered at the event.
The AMH team stayed cool while handing out free gifts at the relay. | Photos by Dave Whaley
Dennis Herbert won the raffle for the Bob Gibson autographed jersey when his ticket was drawn shortly before 9 p.m., June 15. The raffle raised more than $200 for the American Cancer Society.
Dr. Gregory Vlacich, left, AMH radiation oncology medical director, accepted a trophy from Relay organizer David Watts in appreciation of AMH’s $2,500 sponsorship of the annual event.
Beth Johnson earns AMH June employee honor
Beth Johnson, medical care unit, is the AMH June Employee of the Month.
Johnson has been a unit clerk and patient care tech for several years. Her co-workers say, “Beth not only does her own job well, but assists others with their jobs at the drop of a hat. Beth is complimented by the staff for triaging calls and saving steps for the nurses and techs on the floor when she can. She does an excellent job training new staff and is always willing to share her knowledge when needed.
“Beth is the super user for the call light system and also has recently agreed to take on helping with observations charges with EPIC. Beth is a vital member of the MCU team and is very deserving of the Employee of the Month Award.”
On the run for heart health
AMH’s Dr. Tim Kisabeth and Deb Golenor were among the participants in the Alton Road Runners 4K run/walk June 9 at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey, Ill. Proceeds from the run will benefit the AMH Heart Walk team and the American Heart Association. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Nursing skills refresher
AMH held nursing skills sessions recently in the café meeting rooms. Myra Anderson, infection control, explains the “5 Moments of Hand Hygiene” at her station. More than 200 inpatient nurses, PCTs, and respiratory therapists participated in the event.| Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH has ‘Awesome’ employees
If you know of an 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:
Happy retirement, Dr. Ahmed!
Dr. Noor Ahmed, a plastic surgeon on staff at AMH, talks with Debbie Turpin, AMH vice president of patient care services, during Dr. Ahmed’s retirement party, June 21. Dr. Ahmed was on staff at AMH for 41 years and was the first physician to offer plastic surgery services in the Alton area. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Advanced practice conference to offer clinical updates in inpatient adults
A conference to be held Aug. 17 on the Washington University Medical Campus will offer nurses and other clinicians a full day of critical updates in adult acute care.
Speakers at this daylong conference include BJH and WUSM clinical experts, including advanced practice nurses, pharmacists and physicians. Angelleen Peters-Lewis, BJH vice president of patient care services and chief nurse executive, will deliver the keynote address: Addressing Health Disparities and Providing Culturally Competent Care in Clinical Practice.
Topics include (pharmacology hours available):
Register at http://bjhne.ws/2cs. The cost is $150 or $200 after Aug. 1. Student cost is $90 or $120 after Aug. 1.
For more information, contact Jill Malen, 314-262-2595 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Practice Excellence is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
iPCT participants graduate at Barnes-Jewish; new classes begin this month
Eight BJH team members graduated in May from a unique program that trained them to become patient care technicians. The iPCT (the “i” stands for inexperienced) students spent five weeks engaged in classroom instruction and on-the-job training under the guidance of a nurse.
This session’s graduating class and their assignments include: Rachel Brennan – 2100; Emily Israeli – 16400; Perry Jackson – 6900; Kevin Coleman – psychiatry; Mia Hurst – 11500; India Everett – 12800; Ruby Underwood – 10800; and Voreece Smith – 5900.
Israeli took advantage of the program after working as a parking valet for BJH. She had a lot of encouragement along the way, and now plans to pursue a career in nursing.
Despite being the daughter of a BJH nurse (Debbie Israeli) and the granddaughter of a nurse who worked at the former Jewish Hospital, Israeli obtained a degree in finance.
“I thought I’d pursue a career in hospital administration,” says Israeli, “but I’ve always been a little jealous of RNs. Now I feel like I’m making a difference.”
Training consists of a minimum of 75 classroom hours and 100 supervised clinical hours that comply with standards set by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services. The training exceeds that delivered in traditional, external programs by providing training in phlebotomy (blood draws) and 12-lead EKG.
iPCT participants are paid during training hours, but they must purchase their own scrubs. The program was launched in response to an ongoing shortage of qualified patient care technicians.
The program is open to any BJH team member with one year of employment and a positive work record. To apply to the iPCT program, log on to myBJCnet, click on myCareer, and enter Inexperienced Patient Care Tech in the Search Jobs box. The next class begins this month, so interested team members should apply now to allow time for the interview process.
For more information, contact Shaquita Banks, Shaquita.Banks@bjc.org or 314-747-4636, or LaToya Green, LaToya.Green@bjc.org or 314-747-6164.
Attending a ceremony for graduates of the iPCT program are, front row, from left, Rachel Brennan, Mia Hurst, India Everett, Emily Israeli and Lora Wasko-Alexander, program coordinator; and back row, from left, Perry Jackson, Voreece Smith, Ruby Underwood and Kevin Coleman. | Photo by Scott Ragan
Carla Menkes takes home ‘Move It Master’ title
BJSPH’s Carla Menkes was the winner of April’s Move It Challenge. She logged 2,659 “move it” minutes in April, winning a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods for her efforts.
Linda Smith and Sue Weitz also won gift cards for the participation drawings.
BJSPH team members moved a total of 15,934 minutes, and PWH participants moved 11,238 minutes for a total of 27,172 minutes.
The BJC SCC Help for Your Health Committee invited team members to participate in a four-week challenge in April to increase their “moving minutes” each day. Individuals who met their goal for the four weeks were entered into a drawing for a gift card.
Carla Menkes displays her Dick’s Sporting Goods card that she won for logging 2,659 “move it” minutes in April. | Photo by Linda Smith
Little girl delivers sweet surprise to BJWCH cancer patients
Ten-year-old Madison Wolf cheered up patients at the Siteman Cancer Center at BJWCH June 22 by bringing them Girl Scout cookies. She has donated cookies to patients for three years. She uses her own money to buy cookies and asks others to
Her proud mom and dad surprised her with a FOX2 Pay It Forward award that included a $500 gift card from First Bank.
“My mom had cancer and I like to bring a smile to people, and it always makes me happy,” Madison says.
Madison Wolf displays Girl Scout cookies that she donates to patients with cancer. | Photos by Libby Martin
Madison Wolf delivers a sweet surprise to patient Lynda Wheat at the Siteman Cancer Center at BJWCH.
Mark your calendar for Employee Health Fair
Get your biometric health screening, including blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol check, at the Employee Health Fair to be held in Conference Room D.
The fair also will feature booths with important health information and a free gift for attendees.
Don casual gear, support Pedal the Cause
Buy a sticker to wear jeans and dress casual on Fridays until Sept. 28 — and help support the BJWCH Pedal the Cause team.
The stickers cost $5 each, 7 for $25 or 14 for $50, and can be purchased with cash only at the cafeteria register.
All proceeds benefit Pedal the Cause – BJWCH “Rowdy Riders” team. Pedal the Cause gives 100 percent of donations to Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to advance lifesaving cancer research.
Caring and compassionate, Mathes helps whenever needed
Dawn Mathes, community support specialist II, is “always kind, nice and positive, no matter what the situation,” says one of her co-workers at BJC Behavioral Health-Southeast.
Mathes has been known to help fellow team members outside of regular hours, staying late or even being available when out with family and friends. She once provided step-by-step help to a co-worker via a video call.
Mathes is a mentor to staff and treats everyone, clients and co-workers, the same, her co-workers say.
For these reasons, Mathes was chosen as the May service excellence award winner at her site.
Corporate Health Services honors employees at year-end banquet
BJC Corporate Health Services held its 2017 Employee Recognition Banquet in November. The event showcased the award-winning teams and individuals from CHS who have contributed to the overall success of the organization.
More than 100 colleagues, business partners and guests attended the event at the Clubhouse at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. Guests enjoyed a reception, dinner, photo booth and awards ceremony.
For the first time in CHS history, the Leadership Award was presented to two individuals. Jane Myers, business manager, and Sandy Swan, program manager, occupational health and ergonomics, were recognized for their outstanding contributions and commitment to CHS clients.
“CHS has a dual focus on internal and external clients,” said Patrick Venditti, CHS executive director. “Both Jane and Sandy manage high-performing teams that exceed their clients’ expectations and position CHS for continued success. They are dynamic leaders who take great pride in their teams and their work.”
Client recognition awards were presented to Shelley Penrod, transcriptionist; Wanda Hughes, patient access representative; and Andrea Tobiasz, nurse practitioner. These special awards recognize the individuals who were most frequently mentioned during client satisfaction telephone surveys. In addition, Joseph Klipsch, facilities coordinator, received special recognition for always going “above and beyond” to take care of his colleagues.
Three individuals received awards for living ICARE service values in 2017. They included Aaron Gutjahr, exercise physiologist; Kelly Bini, occupational therapist; and Connie Kopec, EHR analyst. “Demonstrating ICARE values is key to our success in every patient and client encounter,” said Diane Palmer, RN, director of clinical operations. “Our 2017 awardees are being recognized for their commitment to these values and practices.”
“The past year has been a memorable one for CHS,” said Venditti. “We’ve made significant strides in many areas, thanks to our dedicated team of professionals. The Employee Recognition Banquet is our special time to celebrate and recognize the individuals and teams that make CHS a great place to work and receive care.”
Moore named vice president of BJC capital and program planning
Christy Moore has been named vice president of BJC capital and program planning. She was previously BJC strategic planning director.
As capital and program planning vice president, Moore will be responsible for creating and leading a team that identifies and analyzes strategic choices, both on a system-wide level and in partnership with individual hospitals and service organizations.
Her role includes leading strategic planning consultation, business and capital planning, market intelligence and competitor analysis, and capital budget management. In addition, she will serve as a senior advisor to BJC senior leadership and consult on health care industry trends.
Moore will report to Chris Watts, president of Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals.
“Christy is a collaborative partner who has developed excellent relationships with leaders and teams all across BJC HealthCare,” says Watts.
Moore joined BJC as a member of the strategic planning team in 2010. In that role, she supported strategic analysis and project management and served as the strategic project management point of contact for BJC hospitals and Washington University School of Medicine. In addition, she served as planning lead for system-level initiatives, including stroke planning efforts.
Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saint Louis University, a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a master’s degree in health administration from Saint Louis University School of Public Health.
Trivia supports Wings pediatric program
Do you love trivia? If so, gather a group of friends or co-workers together for Magellan’s 16th annual trivia night benefiting the BJC Hospice pediatric program, Wings. Proceeds from the event will go toward grief and camp programs for children.
Trivia takes place Feb. 24 at the Machinist’s Hall off St. Charles Rock Road. Doors open at 6 p.m.; trivia begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $160 per table or $20 per ticket.
For more information, contact Patti Kasperski, email@example.com or 314-387-5133.
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Monique Williams, MD, joins BJC Medical Group at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Monique Williams, MD, MSCI, has joined Barnes West Medical Consultants. Dr. Williams is board certified in both internal and geriatric medicine and also earned a master’s degree in clinical investigation in 2008.
Dr. Williams received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in 1999. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2002 and subsequently completed a fellowship in geriatrics at BJH in 2004. She has since held academic appointments at Washington University School of Medicine, Texas Tech and the University of North Texas, and practiced as a primary care physician.
“With experience in both academic and community health care settings, my practice integrates the optimal elements of both models of care,” Dr. Williams says. “These include keeping up to date with recent medical breakthroughs and research, as well as caring for the whole patient and truly listening to his or her needs.”
As a primary care provider for adults, Dr. Williams provides a variety of services including general internal medicine, preventive care through annual wellness visits, advance care planning, medication management, dementia screenings and care, chronic disease management, and functional assessments.
“I chose to practice internal medicine and geriatrics because of my desire to take care of adults across the age spectrum and promote healthy aging,” Dr. Williams explains.
Monique Williams, MD, is a member of BJC Medical Group. She practices at Barnes West Medical Consultants, 969 N. Mason Road, Suite 145A, and can be reached at 314-996-3434 for appointments. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Mary Schinkel, DO, joins BJC Medical Group ENT Specialists
Mary Schinkel, DO, has joined BJC Medical Group on the staffs of Alton Memorial Hospital and Christian Hospital. Dr. Schinkel is board certified in otorhinolaryngology(ENT)/facial plastic surgery. She joins Daren Kest, DO, Gerald Moritz, MD, and family nurse practitioner Amy Cooley, who all specialize in ENT practice. With the addition of Dr. Schinkel, BJC Medical Group ENT Specialists will be providing services five days a week to both AMH and CH. The physicians will now perform surgeries at both hospitals as well.
Dr. Schinkel received her medical degree in 2006 from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. She then completed a general surgery internship in 2007 and her ENT/facial plastic surgery residency in 2011.
Dr. Schinkel is passionate about her specialty and enjoys caring for patients of all ages.
“I enjoy the variety of patients I care for in this specialty,” Dr. Schinkel says. “I have had the pleasure of caring for people from the day of birth to those over 100 years old.
“The importance of a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere is very important to me,” Dr. Schinkel explains. “I strive to listen to my patients closely and provide excellent care.”
Dr. Schinkel treats a wide range of head and neck disorders, including tonsillar and ear infections, tongue and lip-tied conditions, cancers of the head and neck, dizziness, nasal fractures, hearing loss/evaluation, sinus/allergy problems, snoring and sleep apnea, thyroid and parathyroid gland disorders, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), tonsillitis, hoarseness and voice disorders, skin cancers, and swallowing disorders.
Mary Schinkel, DO, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is on staff at Alton Memorial Hospital and Christian Hospital. She practices at BJC Medical Group ENT Specialists on the campuses of AMH and CH. The practice can be reached by calling 314-953-6093 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
‘Use A Lift: Get A Gift!’
BHC’s safe patient handling committee created the “Use A Lift: Get A Gift!” campaign to encourage patient care staff to use mechanical lifts in the care of their patients.
All staff who used a lift during the campaign were able to enter their names in a drawing for a $25 gift card. Drawings were held every two weeks for three months.
Gift cards were donated by Michael Szewczyk, MD.
Team members demonstrate use of a mechanical lift. | Courtesy photos
Bethany Blattel, RN, BSN, displays a “Use a Lift: Get a Gift” gift card.
CH Auxiliary traces its roots to North County move
On Nov. 15, 1962, CH formally announced plans to build Christian Hospital Northwest. After extensive research and careful consideration, the hospital purchased a 17-acre tract of land just north of I-270 on the west side of Graham Road in Florissant. This site, in the heart of north St. Louis County, was easily accessible by major roadways. The community came forward to support plans to build the new hospital.
The Christian Hospital Auxiliary can trace its roots to this effort. In 1964, a group of 25 women, representing various church, civic and service organizations in the area, met for coffee at the home of Mrs. Bobby McGibbon. They were north St. Louis County residents, many them mothers of active youngsters. All were concerned about the lack of a hospital in the area.
Under the direction of Mary Marks, the Auxiliary’s first president, they spoke at numerous public events to generate interest and raise funds to build Christian Hospital Northwest. Through the years, the Auxiliary has continued to raise money to assist with funding for needed medical equipment and programs through a variety of activities, including sales featuring books, linens, shoes, scrubs and more. The Auxiliary also operates the hospital Gift Shop and Curiosity Shoppe.
Auxiliary membership is $10 per year or $100 for a lifetime membership. For more information, visit christianhospital.org/Giving/Auxiliary.
In summer 1962, Christian Hospital held a fund-raiser at the old Christian Hospital on Newstead Avenue to help finance the building of Christian Hospital Northwest. | Courtesy photo
High performers honored
The Service Excellence rewards and recognition team hosted the quarterly CH High Performers Social June 5.
Each quarter the rewards and recognition team recognizes different departments. Each department selects one high performing employee who is invited to the reception in their honor.
CH president Rick Stevens and members of the executive team greeted each honoree at the June 5 reception, which included a ceremony reading the name and reason why honoree was chosen.
The CH High Performers for the second quarter of 2018 include:
The Service Excellence rewards and recognition team hosted the quarterly CH High Performers Social June 5. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Applications for Auxiliary scholarship due Aug. 31
CH’s Auxiliary and Volunteer Services (AVS) is opening applications for three $2,000 scholarships for students pursuing careers in health care. Applicants must be an immediate family member, child or grandchild of a CH employee or active member of CH’s AVS. Selection criteria includes school performance, educational/career plans, work/volunteer experience, and an essay. The application packet should also include current school transcripts and three letters of recommendation.
Application forms are available in the volunteer office on the CH first floor, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Completed application packets should be returned to the volunteer office no later than Aug. 31. The three awardees and a family member are invited to attend the AVS Fall Luncheon on Oct. 23.
For more information, call Mary Trice, scholarship chairwoman, 314-313-6081.
CH Foundation to recognize area community leaders
The CH Foundation will honor the following community leaders at its 10th annual Legacy Leaders Dinner, Oct. 25, at Norwood Hills Country Club.
William Zweig, MD, will receive the Physician of the Year Award. This award is bestowed upon a physician who has dedicated much of his or her career to serving CH patients with compassion and expertise.
Florissant Rotary Club is the Community Vision Award recipient, recognized for being an organization that has created economic opportunities to further the North County area’s presence in the region.
Sister Karl Mary Winkelmann, SSND, will receive the Paul F. Detrick Legacy Leaders Award. This award honors an individual whose impact and commitment has left a legacy in the North County community.
The Rev. Cedric Portis, Third Presbyterian Church, will receive the Carpe Diem Award for recognizing needs in the community and choosing to “seize the day” and take action to provide necessary resources in North County.
Kelvin Westbrook, chair of BJC HealthCare board of directors, will emcee the event.
The evening will begin with cocktails, followed by dinner and the awards presentation. Sponsorships are available. For more information, go to www.christianhospital.org/lld or contact Mindy Copp, Mindy.Copp@bjc.org or 314-653-4410.
Evelyn’s House manager named Hospital Hero of the Month
Ann Short, RN, Evelyn’s House manager, was named the most recent Hospital Hero of the Month. Short was nominated by one of her peers through the Missouri Hospital Association for her dedication to BJC’s hospice house, Evelyn’s House.
Here’s an excerpt from Short’s nomination: “Ann is an incredible manager and goes above and beyond for the staff and the patients every day. She is flexible and always willing to listen to my updates on the patients and their needs when considering admission to the hospice house. She is very supportive of her staff and realistic on how many nurses are needed to care adequately for the patients. The feedback from the families has been very positive on how well their loved ones were cared for at the hospice house. Ann is a perfect fit for the job and always very flexible and professional when dealing with all the staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.”
“Ann is a very special person. She has a heart of hospitality,” says Stacy Olinger, BJC Home Care Services vice president. “When patients and families come to Evelyn’s House, she makes them feel as if they were at home. She provides the best in end-of-life care and is very deserving of this award. We are all proud of her.”
Ann received a certificate, pin and $100 gift card.
To recognize your own hospital hero, visit http://bit.ly/HeroThankYou.
Ann Short, center, is pictured with Stacy Olinger, RN, MSN, BJC Home Care Services vice president, and Patrick White, MD, BJC Hospice chief medical officer. | Photo by Jessica Mabb
Friends of Wings selected as Schnucks Charity of the Month
The Schnucks supermarket at 6920 Olive Blvd. selected the Friends of Wings as the latest beneficiary of the Schnucks – Bags 4 My Cause Program. For the entire month of April, every time a reusable Giving bag is purchased at this location, Friends of Wings receives $1.
Aligned with BJC Hospice since 2001, Friends of Wings funds and mobilizes people around programs and services that support every moment of the hospice journey and celebrate the love that will never end. Programs are designed to provide moments of normalcy and joy, nurture healing, preserve memories and connect people with others sharing a similar experience — an experience that for most will be the most challenging of their lives. By making these programs possible, Friends of Wings is privileged to have positively impacted the journey for thousands of individuals across the St. Louis region.
Boy Scout builds birdhouses for Evelyn’s House patients and their families
Four tall, bright and colorful birdhouses are spaced evenly across the backyard of Evelyn’s House for residents and their families to enjoy watching birds from the patio of their guest suite.
The birdhouses were built and painted by Cameron Moseley, 17, a boy scout from Troop 641, in Creve Coeur, Mo. Nathan Rain, BJC information services, is his Scoutmaster.
Moseley, a life-ranked scout, built the birdhouses as his Eagle service project. He had to apply for approval for the project from the Boy Scout Council. Once approved, Moseley received donations from BJC and Home Depot to purchase supplies. Doing research, he found that these stand-alone birdhouses, sitting on a matching wooden pole with a solid wooden base, appear heavy enough to withstand usual wind gusts. “I hope Evelyn’s House guests and families get to see a variety of birds,” he says.
Rain’s son, Andrew, 12, helped Moseley with the birdhouses, and Boy Scout committee chair Scott Moseley and his wife helped Cameron transport the birdhouses to Evelyn’s House.
“Cameron did such a wonderful job on the colorful bird houses,” says Ann Short, RN, Evelyn’s House manager. “They are ingenious with a hinged door for easy cleaning. The birdhouses will provide hours of birdwatching enjoyment for our patients and families, and we hope to see some birds nesting soon, as we see quite a few bluebirds in the area.”
From left, Andrew Rain, Scott Moseley, Cameron Moseley, Evelyn’s House manager Ann Short, RN, and Nathan Rain are pictured with the birdhouses Cameron Moseley built and donated to Evelyn’s House. | Photo by Margie Schaffer
Memorial Foundation’s golf tournament raises $72,000
Memorial Foundation held its annual golf tournament June 11 at St. Clair Country Club with 124 golfers participating.
The tournament raised $72,000 to purchase hemodynamic monitoring equipment for the ICU. This equipment measures the blood pressure inside the veins, heart and arteries and helps prevent or treat organ failure and improve patient outcomes.
Thank to all of the sponsors, golfers and volunteers who helped make this event a success.
Mark Turner, Memorial Regional Health Services president, left, and Robert Mueller, chairman of the Memorial Foundation’s board of directors and tournament chair, display the amount of money raised by this year’s golf tournament. | Photo by Andy Nicholson
Deanna Giddings-Davis is Outstanding CNA of the Year
Deanna Giddings-Davis was honored as the “Outstanding Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) of the Year” for her work at Memorial Care Center (MCC), where she has provided patient care for the past eight years.
Giddings-Davis was surprised with the award at a recent luncheon for the Certified Nursing Assistant Educators Association–Southern Illinois Region. She was accompanied by Carrie Christ, MCC nursing director, who nominated Giddings-Davis for her work at MCC.
Giddings-Davis’ career as a CNA spans more than 23 years. She originally wanted to be a nurse like her mother, who was a pediatric nurse for 40 years, including some years at Memorial. Giddings-Davis’ mother recommended she try being a CNA first and she enjoyed the direct patient care so much, she had no desire to pursue a nursing degree.
Giddings-Davis says what she finds most rewarding is how much her patients look forward to her care and the difference she makes in their recovery. “I have always felt that this is what I should be doing,” she says.
Cassidy Hoelscher, MCC administrator, said the award is very well deserved.
Maureen Small ‘puts patients and families first’
Maureen Small, MHB 2N/2NE monitor tech, has been named Employee of the Month for May.
“Maureen has great relationships with her team, patients and families. She always keeps a positive attitude and puts patients and families first,” says one colleague.
Small has been a monitor tech for more than 12 years and a patient care tech for 20 years. She is responsible for patient care, telemetry monitoring and IMCU monitoring.
She says caring for patients is the most rewarding part of her job.
“Maureen’s skills and expertise are directly responsible for saving lives over the years,” says Amy Hamilton. “In her role as a patient care tech, Maureen makes her patients feel safe and secure in her presence as she rounds with a purpose and responds quickly to their needs.”
Amanda Pruett earns Employee of the Month for June
Amanda Pruett, IS support analyst in MHB’s pharmacy department, has been named Employee of the Month for June.
“She is always willing to take on extra responsibilities, such as making the pharmacy technician schedule every month, and works hard to ensure we aren’t short-staffed. She is always willing to help her co-workers,” says one colleague.
Pruett has been with Memorial for 19 years. She is responsible for maintaining the Omnicell and MCare systems, as well as performing pharmacy tech duties such as triaging phone calls.
She says the most rewarding part of her job is helping others when they have issues or questions, which helps avoid delaying patient care.
Award winners honored during Nurses Week
During Nurses Week, MBMC honored the recipients of the annual Nancy A. Ross, RN, Excellence in Nursing Awards. Congratulations to all of the winners, who were recognized for their commitment to providing excellent care to MBMC’s patients. | Photo by Randall Hyman
Skaggs exemplifies MoBap’s core values
Tricia Skaggs, therapy services program assistant, was the January Employee of the Month.
“Tricia has been a part of the therapy team for years,” her colleagues say. “She exemplifies MoBap’s core values of excellence, teamwork and efficiency. We have been so lucky to have her as part of our team — and we all work better and more efficiently because of her.”
Gausling goes above and beyond for patients, co-workers
Nanci Gausling, laboratory, was the February Employee of the Month.
“Nanci always goes above and beyond for both patients and co-workers,” her nominators say. “She always has a smile on her face and arms wide open to help. I have seen Nanci display the same behavior in the café or hallways to our patients and guests.
“Nanci is a very caring and giving person who will always go above and beyond to help others, even if it means the sacrifice of herself. We wish there were more ‘Nancis’ around, because to me she is the true meaning of what MoBap stands for.”
DAISY winner Hamm is the definition of iCREATE
Tricia Hamm, interventional radiology, recently was honored with a DAISY Award. A co-worker nominated her for making a patient’s birthday special.
“We didn’t know it was the patient’s birthday, but when Tricia found out, she went out of her way to find a birthday cake, balloon, candy and a card.
“With a long hospital stay, it’s the little things like this that make a big difference,” her nominator says. “Tricia is the definition of our iCREATE values and a welcome addition to interventional radiology. She is a wonderful resource for our new nurses.”
Wilson is caring, efficient
Naketia Wilson, a cook in Mayfield’s Café, was the March Employee of the Month.
“Naketia is great at his job!” his nominator says. “He is very polite and caring to employees and guests in the cafeteria. His efficiency during the lunch rush is truly amazing. He is careful and thorough with every order. Naketia always seems happy to serve and assist with his customers’ needs.”
DAISY winner Christ is extraordinary
Jenniefer Christ, general medicine, earned the most recent DAISY Award.
“Jenniefer is extraordinary,” her nominator says. “She was warm and inviting from the very beginning. She is incredibly knowledgeable. She communicated with us thoroughly and clearly every step of the way. She advocated for my spouse.”
Richard was ‘front and center’ during Epic go-live
Molly Richard, peri-operative services, was the April Employee of the Month.
“Molly has been the one constant in our department,” her nominator says. “In her capacity as an educator, she provided support in all facets of the transition to Epic, for both local and system needs. Her positive attitude helped many on this journey. Her focus was both patient-centered and staff-centered.
“As go-live became a reality, Molly was front and center during its most crucial time, from the very first weekend and to the immediate days that followed. She continued to share her knowledge, skill and attitude within peri-operative services to make our transition to Epic successful.”
DAISY winner Byrne was comforting and kind
Mary Byrne, a nurse in the ICU, earned the most recent DAISY Award.
“Mary Byrne has gone above and beyond to make a significant impact on the lives of others,” says her nominator, whose relative was in Byrne’s care.
“I probably ‘bothered’ Mary about 15 times that day. She always had a smile on her face. She was so comforting and so kind.
“She would answer about a million questions. (I was high maintenance.) But she never complained. She was always kind and attentive.”
Ultimately, the family member passed away. “Mary gave me a hug,” her nominator says. “I was inconsolable. But somehow, Mary had a way to make me feel better. Her kind words and strength gave me comfort.”
Kids-on-Track holds halfway walk at Heartland Farms
Children participating in this summer’s Kids-on-Track program gathered June 14 at Heartland Farms in Bourbon, Mo., to celebrate their progress. Despite the ominous-looking skies as storms moved in, the group was able to check off another mile toward their goal of a full marathon by walking across the farm.
Providers from BJC Medical Group of Sullivan and MBSH are encouraging children 18 and younger to “get up and get active” this summer, rather than being “couch potatoes,” by completing a marathon (26.2 miles). At various mile markers along the way, participants receive gifts and prizes from local business sponsors to celebrate their progress.
All of the 69 children registered to participate this summer are on track to complete a marathon by Aug. 18.
“We are pleased with the response and participation again this year,” says Tambra Sellers, RN, MBSH school partnership nurse.
After completing the mile path at Heartland Farms, participants enjoyed refreshments.
The Kids-on-Track finale is scheduled for 10 a.m., Aug. 18, at Sullivan High School, where the kids will complete the last mile of their journey. “We hope all of the participants will come together that morning and celebrate their accomplishment of completing the full marathon,” says Sellers.
For more information about the program, call 573-860-6000.
Marathon walkers gather for a group photo at the Kids-on-Track Halfway Point Walk at Heartland Farms in Bourbon. | Photo by David Hartwick
New Hope purchases iPad Air 2 with Employee Campaign funds
Funds from the 2017 Employee Campaign allowed MBSH to purchase an iPad Air 2 for the hospital’s New Hope Behavioral Health Center. The center frequently conducts telemedicine appointments with patients, and the iPad Air 2
has Wi-Fi capabilities that will work more efficiently than the center’s old equipment.
“With our new iPad, the telemedicine experience for our patients will be greatly enhanced,” says Kandis Schmelz, New Hope Behavioral Health Center manager, who thanked the Employee Campaign committee for selecting the center’s request for 2017 funds.
The 2017 Employee Campaign was a friendly competition between MBSH and Fidelity Communications to raise funds to purchase much-needed medical equipment for hospital departments. Nearly $8,500 was raised. Managers presented their needs to a committee of representatives from both organizations, who selected items to be purchased with the funds raised.
In 2018, the competition is between the hospital, BJC Home Care Services and Fidelity. “We are looking forward to another year of collecting funds to cover the needs of more much-needed medical equipment,” says Lisa Lochner, MBSH executive director.
With the new iPad are, from left, Bobbi Jean Busse, Fidelity Broadcasting billing and traffic clerk; Teresa Reeves, MBSH compliance/quality metrics coordinator; Kandis Schmelz, New Hope Behavioral Health Center manager; Brittany Breen, social worker; and Gayle Peebles, IS/HIM manager. | Photo by Stacey Tyree
MBSH Specialty Clinic receives new procedure chair
The MBSH Specialty Clinic recently received a new Midmark procedure chair through the support of the Hospital Ambassadors. The Ambassadors raise funds to enable hospital departments to obtain equipment outside of the department’s budget allotment. The Ambassadors approved the purchase of the procedure chair, which cost nearly $12,000.
Podiatrist Keith Turlington, DPM, sees patients in the Specialty Clinic on Tuesdays, and was pleased with the new versatile procedure chair.
Kathy Hamel, Specialty Clinic PSR lead, says, “We are extremely grateful for the new chair funded by the hard work and generosity of the Hospital Ambassadors. It is easily adjustable through motorized power for each patient’s comfort, not needing manual adjustments by the provider that the old exam table required.”
Kathy Hamel, Specialty Clinic PSR lead, left, and Dr. Keith Turlington, podiatrist, display the new procedure chair. | Photo by David Hartwick
Laura Lindsey is Star Service Team Member for June
Laura Lindsey, RN, BSN, has been selected as the ICARE Star Service Team Member for June.
Lindsey, a charge nurse in the emergency department, has worked for BJC for 13 years, including several years as an intensive care nurse at Missouri Baptist Medical Center and the past 10 years in PHC’s emergency department.
“Our Star Service employee for June is a wonderful charge nurse who leads the emergency department with a smile and confidence,” her nominators say. “She is always open and honest with co-workers, patients and family members. She is able to keep calm in a crisis and keep things running smoothly. She is a great leader!”
Lindsey says she was surprised and humbled to receive the award, noting that there’s much to like about her job. “l like the fast pace and the challenges,” she says. “And I love my co-workers — they are like a second family to me.”
ICARE, Parkland’s patient experience service initiative, stands for Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
Making it easier to nominate others for their excellence
A new High Five nomination icon popped up on SLCH computer screens last week.
Now it’s easier to nominate a colleague for a High Five award for outstanding care or service.
Click the icon, and you’ll see the online nomination form.
Thanks to Deanna Carter, 12th floor, who suggested the icon after seeing a High Five graphic and link on the SLCH/BJC Workplace network.
The High Five recognition program is open to all frontline SLCH staff members (managers and above are not eligible). It recognizes individuals for going above and beyond their normal duties to ensure patients and families receive safe care, effective care and exceptional service.
Winners also earn recognition for creating an exceptional work environment and meeting or exceeding professional standards associated with their role.
SLCH scholarship winners include former patient
An SLCH patient was one of two winners of the 2018 Jane Spoehrer Memorial Scholarships of $5,000 each. Both scholarship winners volunteer at the hospital.
The SLCH Friends established the Jane Spoehrer Memorial Scholarship in 1987. Spoehrer was a dedicated SLCH volunteer for more than 30 years, starting in 1955. She also held many positions on the SLCH Friends board.
Annual Jane Spoehrer Memorial Scholarship winners Jessica Parker, second from left, and Eve Robinson are flanked by Sally Lemkemeier, far left, and her sister, Susan Elliott, daughters of Jane Spoehrer. | Photo by John Twombly
Car Care for Kids: Maintenance that makes a difference
Inspired by the SLCH mission to do what’s right for kids, the St. Louis Auto Dealers Association and BG Products Inc., a supplier of high quality fluids and professional equipment, are proud to partner to provide maintenance that makes a difference for kids
This June, July and August, participating dealerships and BG Products are donating a portion of the proceeds from every service involving BG products to the SLCH Transport Team.
If you’ve been putting off getting your car ready for summer, wait no longer. Want a fuel system with that oil change? How about new brake fluid with those brake pads? The more love you give your car today, the more love kids at SLCH will feel tomorrow.
Visit StLouisChildrens.org/CarCare for a list of participating dealers and to learn more about Car Care for Kids.
Mark Dwyer named TRISL CEO
Mark Dwyer has been named chief executive officer of The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, effective Oct. 11. Dwyer replaces Tara Diebling as she moves to her new role as CEO of HealthSouth’s Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.
Dwyer, who began his career in rehabilitation as a physical therapist, has served in a variety of rehabilitation leadership roles throughout his 30-year career. Most recently, he served as the director of rehabilitation services and sports medicine at an acute care hospital in Kansas. On top of his responsibilities as a health care leader, Dwyer served as an adjunct instructor and lecturer for physical therapy students in the university setting.
“His strong rehabilitation leadership knowledge, coupled with his experience in direct patient care as a physical therapist, makes Mark a perfect fit to lead the staff at The Rehabilitation Hospital of St. Louis,” says Troy DeDecker, president of the central region for HealthSouth. “In addition, his commitment to patient care and achieving exceptional results will help our hospital return patients back to the community safely and at their most optimal levels of independence. We are grateful to have him as part of our team.”
Dwyer earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and a master’s degree in health services administration with a concentration in outcomes from Kansas University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
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