Highlighting the people, news and events that bring BJC to life
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SLCH | Dr. Ternberg paved the way for many women in medicine.
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SLCH, WUSM | Dr. Robert Strunk worked to better understand asthma and its triggers.
WUSM, SCC | Federal grant will fund new ways of treating deadliest form of the disease.
BJC | Recommendation against nasal spray flu vaccine prompts change to BJC’s flu vaccine program; egg-free and high-dose options available.
CH | Christian Hospital’s Just Lose It challenge kicks off Aug. 20.
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 the Foundation and AMH stay current with technological advancements and reach out to community members with health screenings and programs.
In 2014, more than $300 was donated to the Foundation through this program.
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:
Annual fund-raiser on tap for Sept. 10
The AMH White Cross Auxiliary will hold its annual fund-raiser from noon-4 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Loading Dock, 400 Front St. in Grafton, Ill. Enjoy beautiful views of the Mississippi River while sampling delicious food and beverages from more than 30 area restaurants and wineries.
Last year, more than 500 people attended and almost $30,000 was raised for AMH. The Auxiliary supports various hospital projects, including education, hospital equipment, and help for people who can’t afford their prescriptions.
Tickets for the event are $25 before Sept. 3 and are available online at gogbob.brownpapertickets.com. You must be 21 to attend the event.
For more information, call 618-463-7872.
Bob Menichino, left, of Morrison food and nutrition services at AMH, speaks with Brad Goacher, AMH vice president of operations, during the 2015 Auxiliary fund-raiser at the Loading Dock in Grafton. | Photo by Tim Mudrovic
Kyle Ketterer earns August employee honor
Kyle Ketterer, ICU, earned the AMH August Employee Recognition Award.
“Kyle is the perfect example of professionalism,” says Narine Sargsyan, MD, the hospitalist who nominated Ketterer. “Kyle remains calm and professional in the most stressful situations. He effectively communicates with all physicians and staff involved in his patient care assignments. Kyle is able to multitask like no other I have seen. He is a team player; if a co-worker is struggling, he jumps in and lends a hand to assist.”
‘Babysitting 101’ class at AMH Sept. 10
A “Babysitting 101” class will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 10, in the AMH cafeteria meeting rooms. The cost is $30 per child.
The class, taught by an instructor from St. Louis Children’s Hospital, offers a great introduction to the basics of babysitting. A 28-page workbook and light snack are provided.
Topics include the business of babysitting; child development; safety and first aid; and fun and games.
Pre-registration is required. Call 314-454-5437 or 800-678-5437, press 3 and tell the operator “September 10 Alton Memorial Hospital.”
AMH job shadow day is Aug. 24
The AMH People Team will conduct a job shadow day 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Aug. 24. Each department will be asked to submit two participants — one to “shadow” and another to serve as a designated “host.”
If you’d like to shadow someone in another department or serve as host in your department, contact your manager.
The purpose of a job shadow day is to encourage interdepartmental teamwork and foster a better understanding of the contributions of each department to the hospital’s mission.
For more information, contact Marlene Lewis, 618-463-7701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good night, Irene
Irene McLaughlin retired Aug. 4 after 17 years as the volunteer coordinator at AMH. Despite her retirement, McLaughlin will remain a constant presence at AMH, both volunteering in the Miss Eunice’s Hatbox gift shop, as well as serving on the White Cross Auxiliary board.
Irene McLaughlin is congratulated by AMH president Dave Braasch during a reception held in the hospital’s cafeteria meeting rooms. | Photos by Dave Whaley
The volunteer work room, located just across from the cafeteria, has been renamed the Irene McLaughlin Volunteer Room in her honor.
Diversity Week to be celebrated at BJH Aug. 29-Sept. 2
The Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence will host BJH Diversity Week 2016 Aug. 29-Sept. 2. The goal is to increase team members’ interest in and appreciation of diversity.
The week will feature national and local speakers and offer opportunities for team members to broaden their perspectives around diversity and to connect with other team members.
Registration is encouraged for these events. To register, visit bjclearn.org and search for Diversity Week. For more information, contact Erin Stampp, email@example.com or 314-265-5478.
Goldfarb School of Nursing to help student veterans become nurses
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is now affiliated with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program, a voluntary fund-matching partnership with degree-granting universities and colleges. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides assistance toward the education of veterans (or their dependents under a transfer entitlement) to help students with out-of-pocket tuition and fees not covered by the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.
Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program is part of GSON’s effort to recruit and strengthen its commitment to help the school’s veteran student population pursue nursing careers. This program will allow student veterans to pursue their nursing education with fewer financial constraints.
“We are honored to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program,” says Adam Colvin, GSON financial aid compliance specialist. “The job market for nurses continues to grow, and by minimizing costs for veterans and their family members, we are able to make their dream a reality and help fund some of their education. This is truly a win-win situation for everyone.”
The Best Colleges ranked nursing as the third best degree for veterans.
GSON is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program up to the $5,000 level. Eligible veterans will be able to receive institutional-based aid up to $5,000 with the Department of Veterans Affairs matching those funds.
For more information about the Yellow Ribbon Program (including FAQs), visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp, or contact Adam Colvin, 314-362-9157 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about GSON, visit BarnesJewishCollege.edu.
Learn to prevent falls Sept. 20
The seventh annual BJH fall prevention event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sept. 20, in the Center for Advanced Medicine main lobby. The circuit of stations is open to anyone who’d like to check their risk for falls or learn tips to prevent falling. Clinicians are encouraged to invite their patients to this event. Stations will include:
For more information, email Traci Norris, email@example.com.
BJH gift shops to sell caramel apples
Both BJH gift shops will sell large caramel apples rolled in pecans starting Sept. 12, while supplies last.
Plaza Shop (south campus) is open 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Gift Gallery (north campus) is open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
BJH Gift Gallery will host linen trunk sale, Sept. 14-16
The linen trunk sale at BJH will feature a variety of different linens. The sale will take place 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 14-16, at the Gift Gallery (north gift shop) on the third floor of the Center for Advanced Medicine.
Cash, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. BJC employees can use their ID badges to make purchases.
All trunk sale proceeds benefit BJH.
BJH clinic gives young students school supplies
Team members in the Center for Outpatient Health ob/gyn clinic recently purchased backpacks and school supplies for their patients’ younger children. The team got the K-3 St. Louis Public Schools supplies list, purchased 105 backpacks and filled them with school supplies. To further help parents, the timely gifts were given to the children before Missouri’s sales tax weekend.
“This year we have doubled our book bag count, added fourth-graders to our list and included a positive message of encouragement,” says Stacey Parks, LPN. “Although Nellie Tolliver, RN, who started the idea, has retired, I plan to continue the ob/gyn tradition of giving back to our patients through service excellence.”
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.
Nominate a BJWCH leader
Leaders inspire and motivate us to be the best we can be. Do you know a great leader who deserves to be recognized for exemplifying the ICARE values and the BJC Leadership characteristics? Take a moment to nominate a BJWCH supervisor or manager for 2016 Leader of the Year.
The nomination form is available on BJWCHnet or in volunteer services. All forms should be submitted to Roxane Harbaugh, volunteer services, by 5 p.m., Sept. 2.
Don’t miss your pick of the summer
Stop by the BJWCH cafeteria Aug. 24 for a farmers market and taste a seasonal recipe, plus pick up the produce to make it at home. This event is sponsored by BJC Help for Your Health.
Job shadowing at BJWCH helped student choose career
Three years after being a member of the first class of the Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy, Annuja Mathivanan was back at BJWCH Aug. 15 to visit. She is now enrolled in the University of Missouri-Columbia diagnostic medical ultrasound program where, after she receives her bachelor’s degree, she plans to work on a master’s degree.
She credits BJWCH and the Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy, an elective course for high school seniors interested in health and biomedical careers, with helping her choose a career.
The Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy combines classroom learning with job shadowing at BJWCH, in partnership with Special School District, Parkway School District and BJC School Outreach and Youth Development.
Mathivanan was a student in the academy in 2013. In July 2015, she returned to BJWCH to shadow Meaghan Frank in interventional radiology. She believes that shadowing was crucial to helping her decide a major. “I knew that I wanted to work in health care, but wasn’t sure what specialty,” Mathivanan says. “The shadowing at BJWCH encouraged me to go into radiology and helped me with the interview process. I gained so much experience.”
Annuja Mathivanan, right, recently visited BJWCH to see the staff, like Herman Celestine, ultrasound, who convinced her to major in medical ultrasound. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Welcome Trish Lollo, new BJWCH president
From left, Karla Booher, patient care technician; Trish Lollo; Munzi Khan, cardiac sonography; and Mioara Neagu, RN, get acquainted Aug. 16, on Lollo’s second day as president of BJWCH.| Photo by Kelly Pahl
Suffian will be missed
Daniel Suffian, BJC Behavioral Health peer support specialist, died June 20.
Suffian had been the peer specialist at BJC Behavioral Health-Central since November 2014. During that time Suffian helped lead the consumer council and participated in assisting many clients in group and individual services.
Suffian started working at BJC Behavioral Health with a strong desire to help others, especially those working on recovery. His supervisor, Paul Nims, says, “Dan was a scientist, a poet, a dog lover and a foodie. He was a wonderfully imperfect man and will be greatly missed.”
CHS celebrates success
BJC Corporate Health Services held its annual Employee Recognition Celebration in December. The event highlighted teams and individuals who contributed to the success of the organization in 2015. More than 100 CHS colleagues, business partners and guests attended the event, held at the BJC Learning Institute. Attendees enjoyed an evening of fun, including a reception, dinner, music trivia and an award ceremony.
Chrystal Norfleet, MA, BarnesCare Midtown clinic coordinator, received the ICARE award for her commitment to outstanding patient care and customer service. “Chrystal embodies each of the ICARE values,” says Patrick Venditti, BarnesCare executive director. “She has the gift of making every visitor to our clinic feel like they are the most important person she will serve that day.”
Robin Zieger, senior medical assistant in BarnesCare’s physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine clinic, was named CHS Employee of the Year. Zieger exceeded all performance criteria for the award, which included customer service recognition, community service and skill-building requirements. “Robin is personable and caring with our patients,” says Angela Tripp, MD, MS. “She is reliable, hard-working and is always willing to help out her co-workers.”
Karen Miener, RN, manager, was recognized as CHS Leader of the Year. Miener manages the BarnesCare St. Peters clinic and the corporate health nurse team. In addition, she coordinates the CHS employee wellness program and has been instrumental in implementing the ICARE service program. “Karen is a great role model for our CHS clinical and administrative colleagues,” says Diane Palmer, RN, MHA, director of clinic operations. “She is dedicated to improving performance on all levels by developing and empowering her team.”
“We continue to make great strides as an organization due to the skill and commitment of our dedicated team of professionals like these award winners,” says Venditti.
Chrystal Norfleet, Robin Zieger and Karen Miener
Campus Renewal — time-lapse video shows rooftop construction
How does a million pounds of equipment make it to the roof of a building? Watch the April Campus Renewal video and listen to Annalise Regan to learn the purpose of the equipment and see it come together. Visit bjcconstruction.org.
Collecting admiration along the way
Kelly Shellogg, BJC Home Infusion patient accounts reimbursement representative, has been named the BJC Home Care Services March Employee of the Month. Shellogg, a patient accounts lead, is responsible for billing and collections for the Memorial Springfield contract.
Her nominator says Shellogg’s customer service skills are exemplary. “She treats each customer the way each of us would like to be treated, by listening sincerely and offering various solutions to the situation. Kelly holds herself to the highest degree of accountability and always makes herself available to assist co-workers with their tasks when needed. She is genuine in her desire to help others by sharing her knowledge.”
Hospice employee brings joy through music
Alison Cole, BJC Hospice music therapist, has provided many moving moments, not only for hospice patients, but also for family members in grief. For her efforts, Cole was named the BJC Home Care Services February Employee of the Month.
According to her nominators, Cole has an extremely compassionate heart and goes to great lengths to provide whatever session will be most meaningful for the person involved. “Alison wants to ensure that every patient and family who wants music support will receive it,” says her nominator, “yet she also protects her boundaries so she can always give 100 percent in each situation.”
Cole attends as many grief retreats and hospice memorial services as her heavy caseload allows; visits schools, churches and families; started a music volunteer program; and allows students to shadow her.
Her skills shined at a BJC Hospice Weavings retreat grief retreat for mothers who have lost a child. Cole asked each of the 26 mothers to name gifts that their child gave to them and gifts that they gave to their child. She then created a song that included all of the responses and performed it for the moms. Many of the mothers noted that the song was the most meaningful part of their weekend.
“Alison brings joy and comfort to patients, families and participants at our grief support events. She is well respected by and works collaboratively with staff. She has a strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for the quality of her work. Alison brings so many positive things to BJC Hospice, such as her warmth, respect, kindness and humility. We are grateful to work with and learn from her,” says Andrea Tritinger, MSW, LCSW, BJC Hospice grief support coordinator.
Bagheri joins Alton Internal Medicine
Megan Bagheri, FNP, has joined Alton Internal Medicine. Begheri, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, received her master of science in nursing degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2014.
Bagheri has a variety of clinical experiences ranging from working as a telemetry unit charge nurse at Christian Hospital to serving the Maryville community as a nurse practitioner. She is known for her strong clinical skills and natural ability to develop positive relationships with patients.
“Providing multidisciplinary care is a great challenge and means going beyond expectations for our patients.
I believe personal experiences are valuable when guiding patients through difficult health care times and are important when creating a rapport with our patients,” Bagheri says.
At Alton Internal Medicine, she will provide services for adults, including annual exams, well-woman exams, sports physicals, treatment of minor illness and management of chronic conditions, such as hypertension. She has a special interest in cardiac care, asthma, anxiety and migraines.
Megan Bagheri, FNP, is a member of BJC Medical Group and practices at Alton Memorial Hospital. The practice is at 2 Memorial Drive, Alton, Ill., and can be reached at 618-474-1723.
Murphy joins Town and Country Perinatology
Emily Murphy, WHNP, will join maternal-fetal medicine specialist Michael Paul, MD, and women’s health nurse practitioner Megan Sipes at Town and Country Perinatology.
Murphy, from Springfield, Ill., started her nursing career as a labor and delivery, postpartum and antepartum nurse at a level 4 perinatal center. She moved to St. Louis in 2009 and joined Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s labor and delivery team in 2011.
“Having worked and trained alongside Dr. Paul for the past five years in labor and delivery, I feel privileged to be growing and developing my skills with him,” Murphy says. “He does procedures and treats patients like no one else in St. Louis will. His patients are in great hands, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Town and Country Perinatology provides care for high-risk pregnancies such as multiple births, preterm labor and cervical incompetence. The providers are highly trained and experienced in maternal-fetal medicine, and they deliver at MBMC.
Emily Murphy, WHNP, is a member of BJC Medical Group and practices at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. The practice is at 3009 N. Ballas Road, Suite 254C, St. Louis, and can be reached at 314-996-6800.
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.”
EMS Academy graduate comes full circle
CH hired its first graduate of the Christian Hospital EMS Academy Aug. 8. Emergency medical technician Matt Garcia is among the first group of EMTs hired in several years as part of a new initiative to team an EMT with a paramedic on each CH EMS ambulance used for non-emergent patient transfers.
“I was in grad school at the University of Missouri St. Louis for a public administration master’s degree and there were a lot of police officers and firefighters in my classes. I thought each of those fields is an exciting and hands-on way to be involved in serving the community, and that’s when I made the decision for a career transition that led me to the EMS Academy here at Christian Hospital,” says Garcia, who completed the academy in November 2014. He had worked for another local ambulance service before joining the CH team. “I always wanted to come back to CH to work and this opportunity has made it possible.”
After recognizing a demand for emergency medical services (EMS) courses, CH developed its EMS Academy for those interested in starting or furthering their EMS education. Since opening in 2013, more than 70 courses have been offered to students at the academy. The CH EMS Academy offers an elite EMT and paramedic training program providing a challenging yet rewarding curriculum for students looking to advance in the field. The program is focused on equipping students with the knowledge and resources needed to be successful on the job.
CH EMS is one of the busiest ambulance services in Missouri with about 40,000 calls a year for 911 and transport services, demonstrating CH’s commitment to serving and providing quality care to patients in the community. CH’s EMS service is both state- and nationally recognized and in 2014 was named No. 1 EMS provider in the nation by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and EMS World.
Matt Garcia is the first emergency medical technician hired after graduating from CH’s EMS Academy. He began working at CH Aug. 8. | Photo by Bret Berigan
CH holds Summer Blues Fest employee appreciation event
The Summer Blues Fest employee appreciation event is scheduled for midnight-2 a.m., 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., Aug. 30, at CH and 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Aug. 31, at Northwest HealthCare, with evening and night shift delivered.
Legacy Leaders Dinner scheduled
The Christian Hospital Foundation will host the eighth annual Legacy Leaders Dinner Nov. 3 to celebrate the community by honoring those who make a difference.
This year’s honorees include:
The award recognizes an organization or community member who has created economic opportunities to further the North County area’s presence in the region.
For more information, contact the Christian Hospital Foundation, 314-653-5162 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jenny Rieker honored for her professionalism
Jenny Rieker, CHAP advanced practice paramedic, was surprised on the job Aug. 5 with the “In the Spotlight” Award to recognize her for demonstrating CH’s core values as she consistently goes above and beyond job expectations.
Here’s what Rieker’s nomination notes about her:
From left, Tom Saggio, patient care director; Jennifer Cordia, chief nurse executive; Jenny Rieker, CHAP advanced practice paramedic; and Rick Stevens, CH president, celebrate Rieker’s In the Spotlight Award. | Photo by Bret Berigan
‘Heart of a Hero’ award recipients honored
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 CH Foundation, 314-653-5162 or email@example.com.
The following employees were honored in July for commitment to providing compassionate care and dedication to excellence:
April Employee of the Month ‘makes coming to work nice’
Mary Gebhart, RN, BSN, home care staff field nurse, genuinely cares about her work, her patients and her co-workers, as if they were family. For example, on New Year’s Eve, when many were hurrying out the door to start the holiday, Gebhart worked late and made an extra skilled nursing visit to make sure a very ill patient got needed care. When her nominator commented that her New Year’s Eve visit was “above and beyond,” Gebhart said, “If it were my mom, I would hope someone would be there to do what was needed for her, regardless of the day.”
On a different occasion, Gebhart happened to overhear a conversation about a patient who needed attention and asked what she could do to help. Gebhart was named the April Employee of the Month.
Her nominator says Gebhart is “definitely a team player who consistently goes above and beyond with a caring attitude and a knack for being very thorough in her work and her care.”
May Employee of the Month makes breathing easier
Diane Schnable, physical therapy assistant, fought through many obstacles to get exactly what a patient needed. Because of serious lung conditions, the patient had a great deal of trouble breathing, which worsened when the patient had to walk. A motorized wheelchair would be a great solution, but was out of the question — until Schnable found someone who was willing to donate one.
After the patient began using the motorized wheelchair, the home care team noticed that the patient had discontinued the pursed-lip breathing that indicated struggles with pulling in air, the patient’s skin tone was good and the patient’s spirits were high.
Schnable was named the May Employee of the Month. “This is an amazing example of how taking the extra step can make such a difference in our patients’ lives,” says her nominator.
June Employee of the Month is ‘jack of all trades’
Ed Damazyn, pharmacy technician, is known to his co-workers as a jack of all trades due to his willingness and ability to help out with whatever his department needs — especially at times when the staff is shorthanded. He was named the June Employee of the Month.
Damazyn has gone above and beyond his normal duties as a driver for BJC Home Care Services by regularly helping out with outbound delivery tickets, pulling and stocking supplies, restocking IV supplies, and assisting with receiving duties. “Ed has been there to assist when we needed him the most,” a nominator says. “He always comes to work with an upbeat attitude and he keeps coming back with enthusiasm.”
Another nominator adds, “Ed puts our customers first by going out of his way to make deliveries, even after he has worked an exhausting eight-hour shift in the pharmacy. He exemplifies all that should be a good BJC employee.”
July employee of the month is a team player
Tracy Burke, July Employee of the Month and certificate of medical necessity (CMN) representative for BJC Home Care Services home medical equipment, uses her energy and focus to ensure appropriate documentation for BJC Home Care Services.
Burke is known as a team player and has shown commitment to the organization by volunteering to take on the second CMN representative’s workload besides her own, when that person left for another BJC position. She covered both roles while the team sought to hire a replacement.
“Tracy is always gracious in helping others, regardless of her own workload,” says her nominator. “I am excited to nominate her as Employee of the Month for BJC Home Care Services.”
Memorial employees honored, Employee of the Year named
More than 425 Memorial Hospital, Memorial Care Center, Memorial Medical Group and Belleville Health and Sports Center employees were honored at this year’s Employee Recognition Dinner May 6 at Fischer’s Restaurant in Belleville, Ill. Linda Fritsche was named Employee of the Year out of 12 candidates recognized as Employee of the Month throughout the year. Fritsche, a registered nurse, has worked at Memorial for 21 years.
She has been described as a fantastic advocate and resource for her co-workers. She is a team player and remains calm during stressful situations. She works to build strong relationships with patients and is always willing to lend a hand. Her nomination noted that she “has a strong desire to meet the needs of patients and ensure their care is reflective of our vision.”
Fritsche’s job includes managing a team and assuming the duties of charge nurse. She says the most rewarding part of her job is working as a team to care for patients and seeing their progress to discharge. “I have worked on 2 Center since the unit opened and have enjoyed working with staff and many diverse patients,” she says.
Other Employee of the Year finalists included: Betty Suemnicht, Brent Williams, Karla Swift, Shena Bills, Linda Sterr, Magdalena Peery, Missy Thurlow, Jennifer Hill, Jake Smith, Jill Doss and Jessica Cantwell.
In addition to Employee of the Month awards, employees were recognized for years of service. Paula Schlecht and Mary Wetzel were honored for 45 years of service. Ten employees were honored for 40 years of service, including Debbie Alberter, Gordon Arras, Nancy Buckley, Oscar Gain Jr., Ann Hampel, Susan Holcomb, Ruth Holmes, Debra Juenger, Marlene Luechtefeld and Marilyn Preston. Employees were also honored for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.
Datillo, Krause honored for going above and beyond
Karla Datillo, an ICU nurse, recently earned a DAISY Award after a patient’s family nominated her for helping to arrange an ICU wedding ceremony for a patient and the patient’s longtime significant other.
Datillo arranged for a cake, photographer and room decorations, helping to make the occasion memorable.
“Karla went the extra step to make a difference, on top of the excellent medical care she delivers,” according to the nomination.
Shira Krause, a labor and delivery nurse, earned a DAISY Award recently. Here’s what the new mom who nominated her had to say:
“When people hear about my delivery experience, they often comment on how scary that experience must have been. I’ve thought about it and while it should have been, I don’t remember being scared. The extraordinary care Shira gave me is the reason why I felt secure. That’s something that I can never thank her enough for.
“Shira also took time during her shift to answer calls from my family members. That gave so many people peace of mind and a chance to rest before coming back. Even if it meant staying past her shift, she stayed with me until the next wave of family arrived. I cannot say enough wonderful things about this amazing nurse. Thank you, Shira, for going above and beyond!”
Tournament is a winner for MBSH patients
MBSH Ambassador Board members thank Marty and Jan Busch for organizing the recent Clarence Busch Memorial Golf Tournament at the Sullivan Country Club that raised funds to benefit MBSH patients. From left are Marla Levinson, Ken Reeves, Jan Busch, Matt Dieckhaus, Marty Busch, Terry Brown, Lisa Lochner, Tony Schwarm and Cheri Schuette. | Photo by David Hartwick
Mike Sullivan is Star Service Team Member for June
Mike Sullivan has been selected as the Star Service Team Member for June. Sullivan has worked at PHC for 41 years, including his years at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, which joined PHC last year.
Sullivan currently serves as shuttle driver, and many patients and visitors recognize him as the friendly face in the PHC mini bus, driving patients and visitors between the parking lot and the front entrance of the hospital. Previously, Sullivan served for 23 years as a courier and 17 years in the maintenance department.
“Our Star Service employee for June is a 41-year employee who goes above and beyond for every customer he comes in contact with,” says his nominator. “He is always cheerful, helpful and truly cares about our patients and visitors. He doesn’t hesitate to go above and beyond on a daily basis to see that patients’ and visitors’ needs and concerns are met promptly. He is adaptable to the changes that occur frequently and always does so with a smile. He brings joy to those around him and has been particularly helpful during the relocation of the Huckstep Center.
“He is a front door for Parkland Health Center, as he meets and greets our patients, visitors and guests on a daily basis. His commitment to our Journey to Excellence comes from his heart and shines for others to see.”
“I like meeting people,” says Sullivan. “I meet some real neat people in my job.”
When his award was announced, Sullivan says, “I was kind of dumbfounded!”
Progress West delivers record number of babies in July
PWH’s women’s services department had a busy July. The team had a goal of delivering 80 babies in July and finished the month with a record 84 babies delivered — eclipsing the hospital’s previous monthly record of 70 babies.
Congrats to Jane Bruegenhemke, PWH women’s services nurse manager, and her team on a great month.
From left are parents Matthew and Kari Skyles with big brother Mason and baby No. 80, Brody, and delivery nurse Cori Adler, RN. Brody is the grandson of Jill Skyles, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals. | Photo by Janie White
From left are Janie White, charge nurse; Jody Tharp, assistant nurse manager; Dr. Loria Lindsey; Cori Adler, RN; and parents Tiffany and Joseph Butler with Joshua Butler, baby No. 84 for PWH women’s services. | Photo by Scott Beck
Thanks to staff for helping patients enjoy summer camp
Each year, staff and physicians from the hospital volunteer to attend or transport patients to the hospital’s summer camps. Medical professionals from SLCH are present 24 hours a day at SLCH camps. Staff make sure that campers take any necessary medication.
Through funding from the SLCH Foundation, the hospital sponsors several medically safe camps for kids, at no cost:
All SLCH-sponsored summer camps have received the nationally recognized American Camp Association (ACA) Accreditation. The designation means the camps meet more than 300 nationally recognized health, safety and program quality standards.
Want to volunteer? If you’re interested in having fun and helping kids at an SLCH summer camp in 2017, contact Deb Quarrels, 314-454-6145.
Vaccine protects you, kids from three serious diseases
SLCH occupational health reminds employees that, with just one vaccination, you can protect yourself against three serious diseases, one of which is common.
The vaccination also helps protect your children, grandchildren and patients.
You can catch two of these diseases from someone’s coughing or sneezing. The other disease enters the body through a cut.
To protect yourself, obtain the Tdap vaccination through occupational health and safety, 314-454-6092,
by Nov. 30.
Tdap stands for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
Why is vaccination necessary? Since vaccination began, reports of cases for tetanus and diphtheria have dropped by about 99 percent and for pertussis by about 80 percent.
This vaccination has been required for all SLCH staff hired since 2014.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Summertime fun: Dialysis team stages pajama party
Dialysis/infusion/pheresis staff staged a pajama party for their patients and joined the fun. Everyone wore PJs, and the kids watched a movie and enjoyed
a rolling popcorn bar.
The team and unit management had agreed on wearing “work appropriate” PJs just for the special event.
“The kids had a lot of fun, and both staff and patients/families enjoyed the spirit of the event,” says Stacy Sedlack, child life services. “Everyone
participating in something together created a sense of fun and camaraderie in an appropriate manner.”
Kids experiencing a lifetime of disease and endless hospital visits experienced the kind of joy “normal” kids get to experience. Best of all, their families could share in their joy.
Pajama party participants included, from left, Lyndsey Saunier, Stacey Bader, Amy McCallister, Stacy Sedlack and Ashley Jarden. | Courtesy photo
Children’s Direct reaches milestone of 100,000 calls
Children’s Direct provides 24/7 telephone and online access to SLCH services and Washington University pediatric specialists. Since the service began in 2010, the team has handled more than 100,000 calls.
“We make a difference here because our team is dealing with people’s lives every day — and sometimes it’s truly a matter of life or death for a patient,” says Anna Barklage.
“We’re like the concierge for the hospital. We’re the first stop doctors go to — we connect them to who they need to be connected with,” says Lauren Haukap, RN. “We help with the referral so they can get the best care for their patients as quickly as possible.”
“We’re the contact person for the whole referral process, from beginning to end,” adds Erin Ridgeway, RN, BSN. “We’re involved until that patient leaves the hospital. When people call wondering how to access a hospital service or program, we’ll help them with whatever they need. And if we don’t know the answer, we’ll find out.”
From left, the Children’s Direct team includes Erin Ridgeway, RN, BSN; Lauren Haukap, RN, BSN; and Anna Barklage. | Photo by John Twombly
Tri My Best Triathlon is Sept. 18
The Tri My Best Triathlon is just around the corner. The event will take place 8 a.m.-noon, Sept. 18, at the Washington University Danforth Campus Athletic Campus.
If you want to serve as a volunteer or cheerleader, look for the link to the volunteer form in the Aug. 15 Children’s Chat.
SLCH’s Carol and Paul Hatfield Cerebral Palsy Sports program is organizing the adaptive “Tri My Best” triathlon. A triathlon involves swimming, biking and running.
All participants have motor disorders affecting their ability to move. Most have cerebral palsy and started training over the summer at Camp Independence. Others have spina bifida and spinal cord injuries.
For many this will be their first time swimming, cycling and running/walking/pushing a wheelchair in one event. But, with assistance and cheerleaders, they can succeed and experience the feeling of accomplishment.
This event will be adapted for the athletes with shorter distances than a community triathlon. So far 41 participants have registered.
They will use:
For more information, email Jennifer Miros, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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