Highlighting the people, news and events that bring BJC to life
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 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.
BJC | For the 12th year in a row, BJC and Trek Bike Co. are teaming up to offer some Help for Your Health this holiday season with another 12 Days of Fitness campaign.
BJC | The St. Louis Business Journal recognized BJC HealthCare Oct. 27 as a finalist for its 2016 Healthiest Employers in St. Louis Award.
Kids in the Kitchen
Thirty young chefs joined AMH chef Chad Crabtree for the “Kids in the Kitchen” event, Nov. 16, in the café meeting rooms. The children learned some healthy recipes for the upcoming holiday season, as well as some other helpful tips from Dr. Laura Hill, a pediatrician on staff at AMH. Along with Dr. Hill, the parish nurses and the Morrison food and nutrition staff coordinated the event. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Salute to AMH vets
AMH held a luncheon on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, to honor employees who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Some of the veterans honored include, from left, front, Don LeMoine, Dave Price, Bryan Hartwick and Samantha Berry and, second from left, standing, Aaron Valleroy. Honoring the veterans are, standing, from left, AMH president Dave Braasch, vice president Debbie Turpin and chaplain Bruce Baumberger. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Cool treat for a job well done
AMH employees were treated to Shiver’s frozen custard recently in celebration of AMH reaching its United Way campaign goal of $73,400. Congratulations to Marlene Lewis and the campaign committee for their work in helping AMH reach its goal. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH parish nurses urge patients to ‘Rethink Your Drink’
AMH parish nurses are among the champions for “Rethink Your Drink,” an Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity (IAPO) initiative.
Eileen Cheatham, an AMH parish nurse, has taken a “Rethink Your Drink” display to several area health fairs. And while it’s a message that’s often targeted at children, adults can also learn how drinking the right beverages can lead to better health.
“Sugar-sweetened beverages are the No. 1 source of added sugar in the American diet,” Cheatham says. “One study shows that the odds a child will become obese increase by 60 percent with each additional 12-ounce serving of soda per day.”
Conversely, water is calorie-free, hydrating and something on which every system of the body depends.
With sugary beverages making up 46 percent of added sugars in the American diet, IAPO partners encourage residents to drink beverages with less than 5 grams (1.25 teaspoons) of sugar per 12 fluid ounces and to cut back on drinks that have 12 grams (3 teaspoons) or more of sugar per 12 fluid ounces.
Eileen Cheatham, AMH parish nurse, shows off the “Rethink Your Drink” display she takes to area health fairs. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH staff recognized with Awesome Cards
If you know of an AMH employee, physician or volunteer who deserves recognition, let AMH know by completing an “Awesome” form. Forms are available in the hospital waiting areas and at nurses stations. A member of the leadership team will present the 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:
Using the eScrip card 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.
iPCT participants graduate; new classes begin in January
Five BJH employees graduated in November from a unique program that trained them to become patient care technicians. The iPCT (the “i” stands for inexperienced) “students” spent five weeks in classroom instruction and on-the-job training under the guidance of a nurse.
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; however, they must purchase their own scrubs.
The program was initiated earlier this year in response to an ongoing shortage of qualified patient care technicians. About 12 slots will be available in each training session.
The program is open to any BJH employee with one year of employment and a positive work record. To apply to the iPCT program, log on to myBJCnet and apply for position 1151487 in the Search Job Openings section. The next class begins Jan. 23, but interested team members should apply now.
For more information about this program, contact Shaquita Banks, Shaquita.Banks@bjc.org or 314-747-4636, or LaToya Green, LaToya.Green@bjc.org or 314-747-6164.
Five BJH employees graduated from a program in November that trained them to be patient care technicians. They are, from left, Kelly Strain, Jameria Ford, R.J. Arthur, Breanna Walker and Treveon Whitley. | Photo by Scott Ragan
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Auxiliary offers $2,000 scholarships
The Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Auxiliary is offering $2,000 scholarships.
The scholarships are available to any St. Charles County resident who has completed 20 hours of credit in a health-related field at an approved college or university. Students who have been awarded this scholarship in the past are ineligible.
Those interested should complete the application and submit it no later than July 8, 2016. To download the application, visit http://tinyurl.com/aux-scholarship.
For more information, call Carol Conner, 636-922-9052.
Head and neck cancer screening at BJWCH identifies those at risk
Based on results of the 2016 community health needs assessment, BJWCH has identified screening for cancers of the head and neck as a health need in south and west St. Louis County.
In November, the Siteman Cancer Center and BJWCH provided two free events. The Nov. 5 and 6 screenings included a private exam where a Washington University otolaryngologist checked the patient’s ear, nose, throat and neck area for signs of cancer.
The results included:
All patients at moderate to high risk will be contacted by the Washington University Ear, Nose and Throat Center for a follow-up visit.
The Siteman Cancer Center and BJWCH are grateful to Brian Nussenbaum, MD, his staff and the physicians who worked with the marketing team to make this program possible.
Dr. Mira Patel examines a patient at the head and neck cancer screening at BJWCH. | Photo by Libby Martin
BJWCH congratulates Chastity Johnson, Employee of Distinction
Colleagues of Chastity Johnson, sleep medicine center, say she shows a commitment to the ICARE values of excellence and accountability. She has earned an Employee of Distinction Award for taking a leadership role in her department and on the hospital employee engagement committee, and for seeking continuous improvement and taking on additional responsibilities.
If you have a co-worker like Johnson who stands out as someone who makes BJWCH a special place to work, nominate him or her for the Employee of Distinction Award. Those who earn the award receive flowers, cake, a gift card, certificate, and premiere employee parking space or bus pass. Nomination forms are available on BJWCHnet.
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.
BJC Medical Group welcomes new provider at Christian Hospital
Kerri Smith, ANP-C, a certified adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, has joined BJC Medical Group Specialists of North County. She joins Charles Olagbegi, MD, and Rehan Rafiq, MD, two board-certified gastroenterologists, along with providers specializing in endocrinology and neurology.
Smith has more than 23 years of nursing experience in a variety of settings, primarily in surgery and recovery.
She also spent seven years caring for gastroenterology patients undergoing colonoscopies and other procedures. She earned her master of science in nursing degree from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2015 and is excited to continue practicing in gastroenterology.
“Each patient is unique,” Smith says. “I’m passionate about providing care that encompasses the mind, body and spirit of each individual, along with up-to-date, evidence-based care.”
Smith is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Christian Hospital. BJC Medical Group Specialists of North County is at 11155 Dunn Road, Professional Office Building 1, Suite 109N, St. Louis. For more information, call 314-953-8799 or visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
New provider joins Midwest Neurology
BJC Medical Group welcomes Melanie Huff, ANP-C, a certified adult-gerontology nurse practitioner, to Midwest Neurology at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. She joins board-certified neurologists Barry Singer, MD, and Mark Tullman, MD.
Huff practiced as a combat medic in the U.S. Army before gaining experience in a variety of settings. She earned her master of science in nursing degree from Maryville University in 2016, received her multiple sclerosis nurse certification in 2015, and has seven-plus years of experience providing care for neurology patients in the St. Louis area.
“I’m passionate about working with patients affected by multiple sclerosis,” Huff says. “Our practice has top providers in MS care, and we stay current on the latest developments in treatment and care of patients.”
Huff will help patients manage chronic conditions and provide education on new medication therapies.
Huff is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with MBMC. Midwest Neurology is at 3009 N. Ballas Road, Building B, Suite 207, St. Louis. For more information, call 314-996-7960 or visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
BJC Medical Group welcomes new provider at BJSPH
Dianna Ohlman, DNP, FNP-C, a certified family nurse practitioner, has joined the primary care providers at BJC Medical Group at St. Peters.
Ohlman received her doctor of nursing practice from the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 2015. She has been a family nurse practitioner since 2007, when she received her degree from Saint Louis University. Ohlman has experience in a variety of settings, including providing primary care services at St. Peters Family Medicine and Barnes Care.
She enjoys providing care to patients of all ages. “I enjoy the preventive aspects of family medicine, as well as caring for the ill and injured,” she says. “I enjoy guiding patients of all ages, including entire families, toward a healthier lifestyle.”
Ohlman will treat and help patients manage chronic conditions and illnesses and perform Department of Transportation physicals and school and sports physicals.
Ohlman is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. BJC Medical Group at St. Peters is at 201 BJC St. Peters Drive, Medical Office Building 3, Suite 200, St. Peters. For more information, call 636-916-9615 or visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
New provider joins Barnes West Medical Consultants
BJC Medical Group welcomes Kathy Martin-Bredahl, DNP, FNP-BC, to Barnes West Medical Consultants.
Martin-Bredahl is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with more than 30 years of experience. She received her master of science in nursing degree from the Frontier School of Nursing in Kentucky in 2009 and earned her doctorate in nursing in 2013 from the University of Alabama. She practiced at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine before joining Barnes West Medical Consultants. She diagnoses, treats, manages and improves chronic health conditions for adult patients.
“My health care philosophy is to provide quality care to all of my patients by listening to their needs and encouraging them to play an active role in their health care,” Martin-Bredahl says. “I promote healthy lifestyle changes to help my patients achieve their goals.”
Martin-Bredahl is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. The practice is at 969 N. Mason Road, Suite 160, St. Louis, Mo. For more information, call 314-996-3434 or visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
BJC Medical Group opens new practice, welcomes new provider in Wentzville
BJC Medical Group has expanded its ob/gyn services to Wentzville. On Oct. 5, BJC Medical Group at Wentzville opened with board-certified ob/gyn Nikol McDonald, MD, as the primary provider. On Nov. 1, Jolene Borders, WHNP-BC, a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner, joined the practice.
Borders has more than 19 years of experience practicing medicine and providing care to patients. She received her master of science in nursing degree from the University of Missouri–St. Louis in 2010. Women’s health has been her passion ever since her first nursing job in high-risk pregnancy.
“I chose women’s health because it presents the unique opportunity to not only improve a woman’s individual health, but can also empower her to positively impact the health of her family, community and future generations,” Borders says. “I want my patients to always feel comfortable talking openly about their concerns, and I strive to create an environment of compassion and mutual trust.”
Borders provides education and counseling on contraception and preconception, screening and management of cervical cancer and STDs, preventative health education, well-woman exams, diagnosis and treatment of acute gynecological illness, and breast health exams.
Borders is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Progress West Hospital. Her practice is at 801 Medical Drive, Suite 400, Wentzville. For more information, call 636-327-3100 or visit bjcmedicalgroup.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.”
CH veterans honored with special gathering
Activities were held across BJC last month to recognize those who have provided military service. CH hosted a special Veterans Day breakfast, Nov. 11, in the Courtyard Café to recognize CH employees and volunteers who are U.S. military veterans.
The following CH U.S. military veterans registered for the event: Tracey Bowman, Randy Brady, Daniel Frey and Gerard Linker, surgery; Tracy Mahoney, Mindy Meyer and Cathy Wagner, surgical services; Greg Lattrace, Ted Pratt and Claude Williams, plant operations; Crystal Tate and Eric Huff, CH emergency department; Mika Walter, NWHC emergency department; Randall Cheatham and Richard Graham, lab; Chris Counts and Dave Lurk, clinical engineering; James Farmer and Brian Hokamp, EMS; John Ford, respiratory care; Thomas Grogg, nursing resources; Bryan Hartwick, human resources/administration; James Hendrix, volunteer; Shante Mitchell, food and nutrition; Andrew Pitts, cardiac services; Michael Pool, materials; Joyce Shively, ICU; Joyce Jackson, operating room; Carolyn Young, patient accounts; Elma DeProw, case management; and Claribell Trochuck, 9T.
CH hosted a special Veterans Day breakfast, Nov. 11, in the Courtyard Café to recognize CH employees and volunteers who are U.S. military veterans. | Photo by Bret Berigan
2016 Holiday Party
CH is offering employees and volunteers a chance to enjoy fellowship with co-workers and some holiday comfort foods at the annual holiday parties. Tickets will be distributed by managers and must be presented for the meal.
The schedule includes:
Security team rallies around fellow officer
Prostate cancer awareness is at an all-time high with the security teams at CH, NWHC and Alton Memorial Hospital, as 34 officers and five dispatchers on the force rally behind officer Al Catching during his prostate cancer treatment.
In a show of support, the men grew beards or goatees during November and are wearing blue-ribbon prostate cancer pins that say, “No one fights alone.” The team also pitched in to give Catching several gift cards for gas and restaurants during his daily radiation treatments that will end in mid-December.
“We wanted to do something to show Al that we all care about him and that we’re all here for moral support,” says Capt. Brian Liedtke, north region security team supervisor. “This has really brought our work family even closer together.”
“I’m truly blessed and I want to thank everyone,” says Catching. “It’s great to have people like this who’ve got your back. I get choked up every time I think about it. I just take a day at a time and advise all men to get screened for prostate cancer, because you never know until then.”
Surrounding Al Catching, seated, are, from left, Tyrone Tate, Ryan Faulkner, Paul Blankley, Ty Cottingham, David Goins, Floyd Woods, Ron Maggart, Elvin Ledet and Brian Liedtke. | Photo by Bret Berigan
CH celebrates Perioperative Nurses Week
Surgical services celebrated Perioperative Nurses Week, Nov. 6-12, with activities that included an appreciation brunch featuring a local pancake artist, a rounding snack chair within the departments, and a pizza lunch and gift bag.
From left, Cathy Wagner, assistant nurse manager; Katie Sievers, evening charge nurse; and Janet Hinrichs, administrative assistant, make the rounds with the rounding snack chair. | Courtesy photo
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
Graf helps others function as efficiently as possible
Cheryl Graf, information technology communications systems analyst, was honored as the Employee of the Month. Her responsibilities include setting up and maintaining all communication devices.
Graf, an MH employee for 15 years, says the most rewarding part of her job is making sure all employees have what they need to function at their jobs as efficiently as possible.
What advice would she give to new employees?
“Ask for help when you need it, ask questions, understand we are all here to help one another, and get involved,” she says.
Freedom From Smoking program open to Memorial employees
Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it’s easier with the right help. The American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program offers options, resources and support to quit for good.
New sessions start next month at MHE. Choose between 9-10 a.m. Saturdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 18; or 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 12-Feb. 23.
The regular fee for eight sessions is $75, but the fee for MH employees is just $25. Those who complete all eight sessions receive a $25 rebate.
Participants will learn: how to know if they’re really ready to quit; how medications can increase their success; lifestyle changes to make quitting easier; how to prepare for their quit day; coping strategies for managing stress and avoiding weight gain; developing a new self-image; and how to stay smokefree for good.
Payment is required in advance and is non-refundable. Availability is limited. Make online reservations at www.memhosp.com/events or call 618-257-5649 by Jan. 3.
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.
Dr. Draper appointed MBSH emergency department medical director
Richard Draper, DO, FACEP, CPE, has been appointed MBSH emergency department medical director. He comes to MBSH with more than 17 years of experience as an emergency department director.
Dr. Draper received his medical degree at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed his residency and internship at Lakeside Hospital in Kansas City. He served as medical director at Lee’s Summit Community Hospital, Lee’s Summit, Mo. He was also a staff physician at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Mercy Hospital-Lebanon, Lebanon, Mo., and a locum tenens physician for Weatherby Health Care in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dr. Draper also was chair of emergency medicine at Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal, Mo.
Dr. Draper is board certified in emergency medicine and emergency medicine/undersea and hyperbaric medicine. He is also a certified professional in health risk management through the American Society for HealthCare Risk Management and a certified physician executive in medical management through the American College of Physician Executives. He also holds a diploma through the American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians and a master black belt in Lean Six Sigma through Vanderbilt University.
“We are excited to have such a highly qualified physician in this leadership role for our emergency department,” says Tony Schwarm, MBSH president. “With his extensive experience and background, he will be able to lead our emergency department’s efforts to make medicine better in our community.”
Health fair serves MBSH employees
MBSH employees were offered a variety of free health screenings at the annual Employee Health Fair, Nov. 18. This benefit helps employees learn about their personal health risks and gather important information necessary to complete their annual health risk assessment.
A group of nine BJC Help for Your Health professionals administered blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and cholesterol screenings. A new test this year was the A1C, which screens employees who have abnormal blood sugar results or are diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Following the screening process, a Help for Your Health professional reviewed the individual results and presented cafeteria meal discount coupons to each participant.
BJC community health services Help for Your Health professionals at the MBSH Employee Health Fair Nov. 18 included, seated, Mimi Rende, left, and Colleen Ford-Kennedy, and standing from left, Tammy Mooney, Angie Soltysiak, Diane Zych, Nancy Toivonen, Donna Fischer-Faust and Marge Merjavy. | Photo by David Hartwick
Rhonda Wood receives Most Valuable Person-MVP Award
Rhonda Wood was named MBSH’s MVP recipient for October.
She was nominated by her co-worker, Shawna Terry, who says, “Rhonda has truly been a blessing to our department and community. She always gives 110 percent anytime she’s here. There are so many hats she must wear daily, and she does it with a smile.”
Wood has served as a nurse mentor for Terry and several other nurses in the surgery department.
She joined MBSH in August 1980.
With her award as MVP, she received balloons, a certificate and a monetary gift.
Averi Budde Foundation donates AED equipment to Sullivan School District
The Averi Budde Foundation presented an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Sullivan School District at the Sullivan Community Health Fair, Nov. 5, on the Sullivan Elementary School campus. The AED is intended for use by MBSH school-based clinic nurse Tambra Sellers to use in resuscitation efforts, should anyone suffer a sudden cardiac arrest at the school.
The Averi Budde Foundation has provided other AEDs located near the school’s athletic areas, but this one will be centrally located for emergency situations near the classrooms.
The non-profit Averi Budde Foundation was founded in 2007 to create awareness of pediatric congenital heart disease (CHD) and to raise funds to support a cure. The organization has donated more than $165,000 to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, MBSH and other institutions for CHD awareness and research.
The Foundation was established after the birth of Averi Rose Budde and her twin, Adison Paige Budde, on May 25, 2007. Prior to birth, Averi was diagnosed with several heart defects. At 3 days old, she underwent the first of five open-heart surgeries.
Due to the experience with Averi’s team of nurses, her family wanted to “give back.” The Averi Budde Foundation was originally formed to provide nursing scholarships to SLCH cardiac nurses for continuing education, to provide financial support to Camp Rhythm and to provide short-term support to SLCH heart families in need. Over the years, it has grown to include advocating for research and funding, purchasing AEDs for area schools, and providing pulse oximetry equipment for labor and delivery units to aid in earlier detection of CHD in newborns.
Today, Averi is a happy, energetic 9-year-old who enjoys participating in gymnastics and playing with her twin sister, Adison.
“We are thrilled to have access to the AED for emergency situations closer to our classroom area,” says Sellers. “We really are indebted to the Averi Budde Foundation for filling this urgent need in the school.”
From left, Sharon Dixon of the Averi Budde Foundation presents an automated external defibrillator to Tambra Sellers, MBSH school nurse, and Dr. Matthew Zimmerman, collaborating physician, at the Sullivan Community Health Fair, Nov. 5. | Photo by David Hartwick
PHC physicians give back to community and to co-workers
The PHC medical staff recently contributed $5,000 to the United Way of St. Francois County. The check was presented on behalf of the physicians by Jamesy Smith, DO, PHC chief of staff, to Clay Whitener, executive director of United Way of St. Francois County.
“While we have given to the United Way in past years, the physicians at Parkland Health Center are pleased to be contributing an increased amount this year in response to the growing needs in our community,” Dr. Smith says. “Because the United Way of St. Francois County helps to fill such a broad spectrum of needs in our local area, we feel that it is an excellent organization for us to support.”
In addition to the United Way, the physicians have also contributed to the backpack program in various elementary schools in St. Francois County, as well as to the Pregnancy Resource Center and the Parkland Health Center Foundation. The physicians also sponsor the annual Christmas party for PHC staff members and their families.
The physicians at PHC recently contributed $5,000 to the United Way of St. Francois County. Dr. Jamesy Smith, PHC chief of staff, right, presents the check on behalf of the medical staff to Clay Whitener, executive director of the United Way of St. Francois County. | Courtesy photo
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
TV spots capture magic of childhood moments
Three new “Guardians of Childhood” TV ads launched last month on local TV and online. They highlight the impact donations have on the lives of sick children.
The commercials touch on simple pleasures:
The spots, which feature real patients and hospital staff, will air through December.
“This campaign is an invitation to the St. Louis community to come together and become a ‘Guardian of Childhood’ by donating to St. Louis Children’s Hospital,” says Jackie Ferman, marketing and communications director.
“As a non-profit, many of the programs we’ve developed are funded solely through donations,” Ferman adds. “The commercials highlight the importance of these programs, the power of donations and the impact they have on protecting the magic of childhood.”
Phyllis Lannon earns monthly President’s Award
Phyllis Lannon, guest services information desk, earned the monthly President’s Award.
Lannon helped a senior who appeared disoriented and confused. Lannon, finishing her shift, accompanied the individual to various areas, looking for someone the individual was supposed to be with, but they couldn’t find anyone.
An emergency unit nurse stopped by the front desk looking for the individual, to be reunited with family members in the EU. Lannon brought the individual back to the nurse, who thanked Lannon for saving the day.
“My hat’s off to Phyllis!” says Patricia Huntley, guest services, who nominated Lannon for the award. “Wow, here’s a wonderful example of safe care and exceptional service.”
If you believe someone deserves the monthly President’s Award, submit a High Five nomination.
SLCH Zoo TV channel launches
The SLCH TV Zoo Channel (Channel 24) launched last week. Now, children and their families staying overnight can watch zoo animals 24/7.
The channel is the result of a new collaboration between San Diego Zoo Global, the Saint Louis Zoo and SLCH.
Funded through a gift by businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, San Diego Zoo Kids is a closed-circuit television broadcast channel that provides family-friendly, animal-oriented programming that’s entertaining and educational. The channel is available on TV monitors in every patient room, as well as in waiting areas.
San Diego Zoo Kids debuted in 2013 at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. Since then, it has been installed in 79 other children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses in 24 states and three countries.
SLCH held an official launch of the new channel in the first floor lobby, where patients and families saw a few small animals from the Saint Louis Zoo and enjoyed refreshments afterward.
An SLCH patient meets a chinchilla from the Saint Louis Zoo. | Photo by Lisa Jenkins, LJ Photography
SLCH honors veterans
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, SLCH and BJC honored employees who are military veterans for their commitment. They served their country, and now they serve patients and communities.
The SLCH luncheon was one of several Veterans Day celebrations across BJC for more than 300 veterans. The event was coordinated by the office of diversity, inclusion and equity, as well as human resources.
Celebrating Veterans Day at SLCH are, front row, from left, Terrie Hart, human resources; Joan Magruder, SLCH president; Matthew Conley, facility services; Quinton Chaney, public safety; Sandra Young, human resources vice president; Robert Rubenstein, SLCH Foundation; Jenn Elias, human resources; Karen Beasley, human resources; and Shea Love, public safety; and back row, from left, John Tanton, public safety; John Vosler, laboratory; Kenneth Franklin, public safety; Richard Hudson, public safety; and Daniel Thompson, public safety. | Photo by John Twombly
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