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:
Alton Memorial honors ‘Rock Star’ volunteers
AMH honored its real “rock stars” at the annual Volunteer Luncheon, April 19, at the Best Western Premier in Alton.
Volunteer coordinator Kathleen Turner announced that AMH volunteers worked 15,000 hours this past year, saving the hospital $362,100. “You are the true rock stars of the hospital,” Turner told the volunteers. “We are very thankful for all of you.”
AMH president Dave Braasch echoed those sentiments. “All of our volunteers are a big part of what we do,” Braasch said. “Our excellent care of our patients and families often depends in large part on all of you. We can’t thank you enough.
Cliffa VanDyke was honored with the Yearly Star Trophy, formerly the Quarterly Star award. Turner said the Yearly Star will now be announced each year at the luncheon. Each star volunteer receives a star pin that goes on their vest, along with a trophy and a $50 gift certificate for Miss Eunice’s Hatbox.
“Cliffa has volunteered at AMH for five years in the gift shop,” Turner said. “She is a special volunteer, always willing to work extra shifts and fill in where needed. She is so easy to work with, never complaining, and she always gives 110 percent. Cliffa is also quite the tap dancer!”
Receiving pins for 100 volunteer hours were: Laura Barber, Kayla Crowder, Meg Dorris, Sue Hand, Denise Heil, Sara Lilley, Glenda Link, Patty Macias, Pearl McLemore, Sharon Morehead, Marion Skundrich, Cheryl Vambaketes and Matthew Wendell.
Receiving pins for 500 hours were: Jeanne Beck, Donna Richie, Cliffa VanDyke, Donald Wagner and Nancy Wickenhauser.
Receiving pins for 1,000 hours were: Connie Bond, Jane Cerbie, Dave Plunk and Eileen Aimone.
Sue Roemer received a pin for 2,000 hours; Dick Propes received a pin for 5,000 hours; and Carl Draper’s volunteer hours are now up to 39,117.
Irene McLaughlin, left, and Susie Bechtold rock out at the sign-in table. | Photos by Dave Whaley
Cliffa VanDyke, right, is presented with the Yearly Star Trophy from volunteer coordinator Kathleen Turner.
Kathleen Turner with volunteer Carl Draper, right, who has now totaled an amazing 39,117 volunteer hours at AMH.
Medical Office Building extension opening
Work is complete on the 41,000-square-foot extension to Medical Office Building B on the AMH campus. Several SIFH HealthCare offices, Pediatrics Unlimited and a new lab are moving into the building, and the new spaces begin seeing patients in May. Leaders send a special thanks to all AMH employees for their patience with parking during construction.
Work is completed on Medical Office Building B on the AMH campus. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Patient care areas recognized for excellence in patient experience
As Angelleen Peters-Lewis, RN, PhD, chief nurse executive, put it when recognizing several patient care areas at last week’s all-managers meeting: “Nobody does it better.”
Four BJH patient care areas received prestigious Top Performer designation from Professional Research Consultants (PRC) for scoring at the 100th percentile for overall quality of care in PRC’s national client database last year.
Eleven BJH departments earned PRC’s 5-Star Award. This award is given annually to departments that score in the top 10 percent — at or above the 90th percentile — of the PRC national client database. (See complete list of recipients at right.) This is BJH’s highest number of awardees in several years.
Managers of some of the Top Performer units say leaders must make patient experience a part of everyday work, but also must embrace the feedback and support available to make improvements.
“Our patients become of part of the gyn/oncology family,” says Lori Norris, RN, nurse manager of the Women’s Chemo Infusion Center. “We celebrate their birthdays, we celebrate their milestones of treatment, and we support them when the news is not good.”
Norris also advises managers that “leader rounding is a must.”
Kris Johnson, RT (R) (CT), radiology manager, recognizes the importance of analyzing PRC data and using other resources at a leader’s disposal.
“We review PRC feedback to help guide us in determining opportunities for improvement,” says Johnson. “We also work with process improvement engineers to improve our workflows, which has helped us remove barriers that would prevent us from exceeding patient expectations.”
Top Performers include:
5-Star Award winners include:
PRC’s annual awards honor health care organizations that excel in creating excellent experiences for patients, as well as making their organizations a better place to work and practice medicine.
Women’s Chemo Infusion Center | Courtesy photos
Heart Care Institute
BJH CT imaging
Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
BJSPH and PWH celebrated National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 22-28. Wearing their Lab Week T-shirts are, from left, Denise Balducci, Hetal Amin, Regina Cowin, Angela Herbst, LaTasha Brown and Kathy Morrissey. | Courtesy photo
Donate used books to the BJSPH/PWH Auxiliary’s book fair
The BJSPH/PWH Auxiliary is now collecting books for its book fair, scheduled for July 25 and 26 at PWH. Donate gently used books (except textbooks) at either gift shop or at Healthwise, BJSPH MOB 1, Ste. 117.
Students can apply now for BJSPH-PWH Auxiliary scholarships
The application period is now open for the 2018-2019 BJSPH-PWH Auxiliary scholarship. This $2,000 continuing education scholarship is for students pursing a degree in the health science field.
Eligible students must be St. Charles County residents and must have completed 20 hours of credit in a human-health-related field at an approved U.S. college or university. Past awardees are ineligible. Application deadline is July 7.
Join your BJC colleagues at the Heart Walk
Join Chris Watts, coach Tina Schob and BJC colleagues May 12 at Busch Stadium for the 2018 American Heart Association Heart Walk. Barnes-Jewish Hospital president Bob Cannon is the event co-chair.
Sign up today to take part in the walk or make a donation to support the St. Charles County hospitals team, the “Heart Beaters.”
Sign up by going to https:www2.heart.org, clicking Heart Walk and then entering “Heart Beaters” in the team page search bar. Walkers get a team T-shirt (with $25 in donations) and are eligible for fund-raising prizes from the AHA.
Click the donate button on the team page to make a donation to support the Heart Beaters.
Strike Out Cancer Night at the Rascals is May 27
Show support for Siteman Cancer Center at BJSPH by attending Strike Out Cancer Night at the Rascals, May 27. The game begins at 4:05 p.m. Cancer survivors will be honored on the field between the third and fourth innings.
Cancer survivors, their families, and all BJSPH and PWH team members and their families can pick up free tickets at Siteman or the Rascals ticket office at CarShield Field.
Or contact Kristin Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org, for tickets.
Say ‘Aloha’ to Hospital Week at May 9 barbecue
The Hospital Week “Hawaiian Luau”-themed barbecue will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m., May 9, in the courtyard and cafeteria. In addition, barbecue will be available in the cafeteria from 4-5:30 p.m.
BJWCH volunteers rock
BJWCH volunteers including, from left, Loretta Raley, Ralph Merola and Barb Bernstein, rocked around the clock at the 1950s-themed Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, April 19. | Photo by Cindy Weinstein
Walking for a stigma-free world
Face painting, superheroes, food trucks, music, dancing and fun. That’s what’s in store when you join BJC Behavioral Health’s team for the 16th annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks fund-raiser, May 5, in Central Park-Chesterfield Amphitheater. Each year, this event has grown — but so has the need.
For more than 30 years, NAMI St. Louis has educated the public about mental illness, worked to eliminate stigma, and advocated for funding and research into the causes and treatment of mental illness. In 2017 alone, NAMI St. Louis served more than 15,000 clients in seven counties in the greater St. Louis region and answered nearly 1,000 helpline calls. Since 2008, more than 5,000 law enforcement and behavioral health professionals have been trained to respond effectively to incidents involving individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, directing them to treatment.
Register at https://www.namiwalks.org/team/BJCBehavioralHealth to join BJC Behavioral Health’s team in walking to celebrate mental illness recovery, honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness, and help raise funds, combat stigma and promote awareness. Click on “Join Our Team” to register to walk or “Support Us” to make a donation.
For more information, call Marilynn Hart, 314-206-3712.
NAMI Walks details:
From left are Dr. Kelly Johnson, Olivia Korpecki and Jeanette Korpecki at the 2017 NAMI walk. | Courtesy photo
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.”
Supporting a healthy Earth with ‘Planet BJC’ swap meet
On April 20 (the Friday before Earth Day), team members at the BJC Learning Institute and BJC @ The Commons shopped at the Planet BJC: Book and DVD Swap Meet. The books and DVDs were donated by employees as a way to bring new life to their spring cleaning finds. Hundreds of recycled books and DVDs will now be reused in new homes.
Event organizers contributed leftover items to Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Women’s Safe House, which are all United Way agencies.
The following team members who browsed the selections won participation prizes:
Start collecting your donations for the second Planet BJC event that will take place the week before Earth Day 2019.
Employees at the BJC Learning Institute show their support for Earth Day during the Planet BJC: Book and DVD Swap Meet. | Photo by Tim Mudrovic
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.
For more information about the Wings program,
McCarthy joins Associated Internists as nurse practitioner
Lindsey McCarthy, FNP-BC, has joined Associated Internists, where she’ll collaborate with the physicians in the practice.
McCarthy has been a family nurse practitioner for more than four years. She received her master’s degree in nursing in 2013 from Maryville University. She previously practiced for four years as a registered nurse focused on individualized patient care and education.
“I chose the primary care specialty because I enjoy caring for patients’ diverse health care needs over the course of their lifetime,” McCarthy says. “I enjoy building meaningful relationships with my patients. I strive to learn about my patients and what motivates them. It’s my goal to deliver effective care and treat patients the way that I would want to be treated.”
At Associated Internists, she will provide services including same-day or next-day care for minor illnesses and injuries, such as urinary tract infections, back and neck pain, upper respiratory infections, and gastrointestinal illnesses. She also will provide disease management for hypertension and diabetes, nutrition counseling, pre-surgical clearance, and patient physicals.
Lindsey McCarthy, FNP-BC, is a member of BJC Medical Group. She practices at Associated Internists, 3008 N. Ballas Road, Building A, Suite 227, St. Louis, and can be reached at 314-996-7800. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Austin joins Alton oncology team
Benita Austin, ANP-BC, has joined the BJC Medical Group oncology team at Alton Memorial Hospital. Austin joins Osama Qubaiah, MD, and the AMH Cancer Care Center and Infusion Center team.
She has more than 25 years of nursing experience with extensive knowledge in palliative care, adult medicine, medical oncology, leukemia and stem cell transplantation, cancer genetics counseling, and neurology and dementia. Austin received her master’s degree in nursing from Saint Louis University School of Nursing and a certificate in adult medicine from the former Jewish Hospital College of Nursing and Allied Health.
At the AMH Cancer Care Center and Infusion Center, Austin will provide clinical care, as well as counseling and education for her patients. The practice offers treatment options including chemotherapy, immunotherapy and surgery.
Benita Austin, ANP-BC, is a member of BJC Medical Group. Her practice is at 4 Memorial Drive, Medical Office Building B, Suite 132, Alton, Ill. The practice can be reached at 618-463-7323. For more information, visit altonmemorialhospital.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.
CDC Summer Camp packets now available
CH CDC Summer Camp registration packets are now available. The Summer Camp runs June 1-Aug. 10 and is open to children ages 5-12 years. The program includes a variety of activities and field trips.
For more information, call 314-653-5600.
‘Christian Hospital Pharmacy Cookbook’ to benefit Heart Walk
The CH pharmacy is selling the “Christian Hospital Pharmacy Cookbook” for $15 each to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk on May 12. Recipes are compiled by pharmacy staff.
Stop by the inpatient pharmacy on the ground floor, Room G119, to buy your cookbook, or contact Shelley Cuervo, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-653-5057, to purchase a cookbook.
Designated motorcycle parking
Reminder: The designated motorcycle parking area on the old heliport pad adjacent to the Detrick Building parking lot is open for employees to park their motorcycles.
Your Best Medicine with Brittany Washington
Brittany Washington has been with CH for one year as a cashier in the Courtyard Café.
In your job, how do you provide the community with your best medicine?
My job gives me the opportunity to interact with a lot of people, especially since I open in the morning. It gives me an opportunity to start the day with positive energy and give it to the people who come through my line.
What is your favorite thing or the most rewarding thing about your job?
My favorite thing is the Child Development Center and the support I get. I’m breastfeeding my 9-month-old daughter over there, and they’re very supportive of that. I’ll continue as long as she’s nursing. I love the support I get.
Why do you choose to work at Christian Hospital?
I choose to work at Christian Hospital because, my first day here, I got really positive energy from all the people I work with in the café. When they found out I was pregnant, that support continued even though they barely knew me, and that was very helpful! I still get that support today. I love that energy and the positive environment that I’m in today.
Occupational therapy takes A.T. Still medical students behind the scenes
The CH occupational therapy (OT) team hosted an informational luncheon in the comprehensive medical rehab unit (CMR) April 12 for medical students from A.T. Still University — Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, who are performing clinical rotations at CH. The luncheon celebrated Occupational Therapy Month and included a tour of the OT department and an interactive quiz to test the students’ knowledge of OT.
The medical students live in the St. Louis area as they complete their two-year rotations at CH. During the first year, they do required four-week rotations in ob/gyn, pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, surgery, radiology and anesthesiology. After the required rotations are completed, the students do eight weeks of electives. Each year, an additional 15 third-year students begin their two-year rotations at CH.
Medical students from A.T. Still University — Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine take part in a luncheon hosted by the CH occupational therapy (OT) team. | Photo by Bret Berigan
PCT Academy graduates latest class
CH held a graduation ceremony in April in recognition of the PCT Academy’s latest class, including Laura Mullen, Anna Obrock, Christy Hartmann and Iona Murray.
CH’s PCT Academy was introduced in 2016 to address common issues in patient care tech (PCT) staffing — namely, dealing with turnover, finding quality team members and meeting state credentialing requirements.
The CH PCT Academy is designed to create a pathway from the entry-level PCT position to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. It also aims to improve the community by providing jobs, helping student nurses attain career goals and serving as a pipeline for future nurses and other health care professionals.
For more information on the CH PCT Academy, contact Jeremy Yates, Jeremy.Yates@bjc.org.
PCT Academy graduates, from left, Laura Mullen; Anna Obrock; staff educator Jeremy Yates, RN; Christy Hartmann; and Iona Murray. CH held a graduation ceremony April 11 in their honor.| Photo by Bret Berigan
CH Child Development Center celebrates 33 years of service
It was all fun and games April 20 as the Christian Hospital Child Development Center (CDC) celebrated 33 years of service to employees and the community with a birthday party.
The CDC is state licensed, Missouri accredited and professionally staffed with programs for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years and includes a full-day kindergarten. Hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday.
The CH Child Development Center celebrated 33 years of service to employees and the community with a birthday party April 20.| Photo by Phyllis Selke
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
Lacy Otten is April Employee of the Month
Lacy Otten, social services supervisor, was named the April Employee of the Month.
“She is accountable and provides answers to questions enthusiastically and in a timely manner,” says one colleague. “She shows compassion and gets the job done.”
Otten has been a Memorial employee for three and a half years. She works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to assist in coordination of discharge plans, including nursing home and rehab placements, home care referrals, linkage to community resources and financial resources, and more. She is also the social services supervisor for both hospitals.
She says the most rewarding part of her job is working with such a great group of social workers, nurses, physicians and all other ancillary staff, and helping families and patients as they transition into various stages of their lives.
“Lacy is a trusted member of the care coordination team and has developed trusting relationships with staff, managers and leaders at both MHB and MHE,” says Lisa Altland, care coordination director.
Otten recently passed her American Care Management (ACM) certification exam and is now an accredited case manager-social worker. The ACM is specifically for care managers working in health care systems and with care transitions.
Panel informs community about Parkinson’s services
Memorial staff presented a “Parkinson’s Panel” program to a group of 45 community members April 26. Participants received information on rehab services’ LSVT Big and Loud program, Memorial’s Belleville Health and Sports Center’s Rock Steady Boxing Program, and a local Parkinson’s support group from Programs and Services for Older People (PSOP).
For more information, contact Cheryl Singsank, communications and marketing, 618-257-5649 or email@example.com.
From left, back row, Jodi Gardner, Maria Matthews, Stacie King and Diana Chamberlin-Bevirt; and, front row, Heidi Hoskins, Micki Classen and Chelsea Rippelmeyer presented a “Parkinson’s Panel” program to a group of 45 community members April 26. | Photos by Andy Nicholson
Rock Steady Boxing client Sharon Blanquart, left, spars with coach Stacie King.
Breast HealthCare Center gets grant for breast screenings
Alissa Nicks, right, and her husband, Corie, left, founders of Alissa’s Hope, present their third annual gift of $5,000 to Tanya English, program manager of the Breast HealthCare Center at MBMC. The funds are used to provide free breast screenings, diagnostics, ultrasounds and biopsies to underinsured and uninsured women, especially younger than age 45, who aren’t covered by other grants. | Courtesy photo
MBSH hosts Breast Cancer Awareness 101 presentation
Sadaf Summer Chaudhry, MD, gave a Lunch and Learn presentation at MBSH April 24 to raise breast cancer awareness. Dr. Chaudhry shared interesting facts about breast cancer, such as:
She also discussed options women have for discovering breast cancer, noting that mammography has helped reduce breast cancer mortality in the United States by nearly one third since 1990. She said the American College of Radiology and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that women with average breast cancer risk get yearly mammograms starting at age 40.
MBSH offers the latest screening equipment, including 3D mammography, which allows physicians to examine breast tissue one layer at a time, making it easier to find smaller cancers sooner. Early diagnosis often means less extensive treatment and better outcomes.
Dr. Chaudhry also recommended four things women can do to help prevent breast cancer:
“We appreciate Dr. Chaudhry taking the time to raise awareness to women about breast cancer,” says Travis Little, MBHS radiology manager.
From left, Lisa Lochner, MBSH executive director, introduces Travis Little, MBSH radiology manager, and Dr. Sadaf Summer Chaudhry, radiologist. | Photo by David Hartwick
Emergency services adds ventilator to ambulance equipment
MBSH has purchased a combination CPAP/BIPAP/ventilator. This will greatly enhance MBSH paramedics’ ability to treat the most critical airway-compromised patients.
“I’m proud of the commitment and continued support that BJC and Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital provides,” says paramedic Tim Leasor.
Paramedics Tim Leasor, left, and Chris Tucker display the new combination CPAP/BIPAP/ventilator on an MBSH ambulance. | Photo by David Hartwick
Mary Brann is Star Service Team Member for March
Mary Brann, RN, was selected as the ICARE Star Service Team Member for March. Brann, a registered nurse on the medical/surgical floor and in the emergency department, has worked at PHC for two years.
Excerpts from her nomination read, “Our ICARE Star Service Employee for March is kind, caring and patient. She goes above and beyond to help her co-workers, no matter what zone or facility she is assigned. She somehow is always where you need her to be in an emergency. I think she sets an example on how teamwork should be approached.”
Brann says she loves the people she works with. “I feel like we’re a team,” she says. “I love working here.”
ICARE is PHC’s patient experience service initiative. The acronym stands for Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
Who else took home top honors at the Employee Gala?
In addition to Mary Blackwell, who took home the President’s Award, other SLCH Employee Gala award winners include:
Leadership Award winners, from left, are Tracy Stieren, RN, intensive care services administration program manager; Melissa Lynch, human resources director; and Jill Mechler, patient experience/guest services manager. | Courtesy photos
Newborn ICU team members accepted Quality Awards on behalf of two committees: runner-up for unplanned extubation reduction and first place for central line-associated bloodstream infection reduction. From left are Dr. Alexis Elward, Rick Majzun, Maggie Wolf, Chris Hessler, Debbie Linck, Alyssa LaValle, Becky Peters, Mandy Blaise and Dr. Sesh Cole.
The other Quality Award first-place winner was presented by, from left, Dr. Alexis Elward and Rick Majzun to Ali Cohen, Leanne Neicamp and Sierra Wood, accepting on behalf of the surgical site infection reduction team.
Blackwell receives President’s Award at Employee Gala
The annual SLCH Employee Gala took place April 21 at the Chase Hotel. The “Epic” event provided a chance to celebrate and recognize outstanding staff.
Mary Blackwell, 12th floor, a patient care tech, earned the annual President’s Award. The honor recognized her compassionate care for all patients and families, and her support of colleagues.
Her nomination included glowing comments from 20 colleagues.
One nurse said, “When I see Mary is my tech, I know I’m going to have a great day.”
Another said, “Words can’t put into meaning what Mary brings to our floor. She loves what she does and loves the kids.”
Mary Blackwell, 12th floor, speaks after receiving the President’s Award. | Courtesy photo
Treats coming for hospital week
National Hospital Week is May 6-12. SLCH will celebrate all employees’ dedication and teamwork in doing what’s right for kids.
Here’s what’s planned:
Safety Stop special offer through May 15
SLCH’s four Safety Stop locations are offering $5 bike helmets and safety gear (regularly $11) through May 15. SLCH Safety Stop can also help make sure your child is wearing the appropriate safety gear and that it fits properly.
Call 314-454-KIDS (5437), then press 3 to make an appointment. The child must be present at the appointment, and appointments must take place by May 15.
SLCH deliveries now going to BJH North dock
The SLCH dock at 4942 Parkview Place, 63110, is now closed for good.
All deliveries now go to the BJH North dock, which is at 4540 Forest Park Ave., 63108.
Now that the new BJH Parkview Tower has opened, Parkview Place serves additional vehicle traffic.
Using the new BJH dock keeps trucks from interfering with traffic on Parkview. This leads to better patient access for the Parkview Tower, Schoenberg and Center for Advanced Medicine facilities.
All material previously delivered to the SLCH dock should be redirected to the BJH North dock. SLCH planned for this transition for the past year.
James Lee, surgery department coordinator, mourned
James Lee, the coordinator of international scholars and patients in the department of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, died April 7 in St. Louis following a brief illness. He was 59.
Lee began working for the university in 2006 as a liaison between the department and international scholars, fellows and patients’ families. His duties included helping residents and fellows manage visas, translating for Spanish-speakers, providing orientations and scheduling assistance, and generously assisting with a range of other issues. Lee also served as a concierge for patients’ families.
“James did the work of three or four individuals,” says Timothy Eberlein, MD, the Bixby Professor and head of the WUSM department of surgery and director of Siteman Cancer Center. “Despite his workload, he always made the time to offer a friendly hello in the hallway or support a colleague. He also formed close friendships with the people he helped. His knowledge of government regulations regarding visas and immigration law was herculean. He was a real force for our department and our partner institutions in attracting international visitors to the medical school campus. Without a doubt, James was loved by all. He definitely made us all better.”
Lee’s dedication led to him being honored in 2011 with the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. Previously, Lee worked at Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s International Health Office; taught for St. Louis Public Schools; and taught English in Spain. An Iowa native, he graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa, in 1980.
Lee is survived by his spouse, Ednald Yves; his brother, Patrick Lee (Brenda Lee); sister, Melinda Williams; and several nieces, nephews and great nieces.
Memorial contributions may be made to the James Lee International Research Fellow Fund at Washington University School of Medicine; Department of Surgery Business Office; 660 South Euclid Ave., Mailstop 8109-29-9600; St. Louis, MO 63110. Make checks payable to Washington University.
SLCH sponsors run/walk THROUGH the Zoo
Join SLCH and the Saint Louis Zoo for the 33rd annual Make Tracks THROUGH the Zoo, May 20. For the first time ever, participants get to run through the Zoo.
This new course takes runners and walkers past the antelope and giraffe habitats, Historic Hill, Kali the polar bear, and grizzly bears Huckleberry and Finley.
Races and prices include:
All registrants will receive a complimentary performance T-shirt and continental breakfast (while supplies last).
Register at https://www.stlzoo.org/events/calendarofevents/stlouischildrenshospitalma/.
As a proud Zoo sponsor, use promo code: BJCHEALTH2018 to receive 10 percent off your race purchase.
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.
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