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, call Marlene Lewis, 618-463-7701.
Recent Awesome cards went to:
An Epic match
The recent Epic go-live at AMH might have left some employees seeing double for a while, but this was no optical illusion. It almost appears as if Jeff Raftery, AMH inpatient pharmacy, left, found a long-lost brother in Ken Woodward of the Epic1 team. Raftery was even given one of the blue Epic shirts to wear for this photo. | Photo by Debbie Turpin
Holiday fun at AMH
AMH held its annual holiday buffet for employees, volunteers and physicians Dec. 19. Here are some scenes from the festivities.
Bob Menichino, Morrison’s manager at AMH, was in the holiday spirit, as he kept the rolls coming. | Photos by Dave Whaley
The event featured “Selfies with Santa,” as Carole Manley, Morrison food and nutrition services, and EMS manager Jason Bowman put in their gift requests to jolly old St. Nick.
The dessert section featured an attractive display of gingerbread houses and other seasonal delights.
Blood drive to be held on WUMC campus Jan. 24
A blood drive will be held 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 24, in the link at Washington University Medical Center (near the Sprint/TFC Customer Center). All employees of the medical center are encouraged to donate. To register a time for your donation, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code BJH. Walk-ins also are welcome.
Each person presenting at the drive will receive a $5 cafeteria coupon.
Donors can shorten their donation time by using RapidPass. RapidPass offers donors a way to complete their donation questionnaire prior to visiting a drive. Just visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass the day of the drive to answer the screening questions. You must print out the questionnaire results and bring the print out with you or be able to show the results on a mobile device at the drive to avoid completing the questionnaire again.
Washington University Medical Center is the largest consumer of life-giving blood in the St. Louis region, and this is an opportunity for employees to support this important lifeline.
PWH radiology team rivals Santa
The PWH radiology team again rivaled Santa by collecting a sleigh full of gifts for Youth in Need foster children. Jessica Alley displays some of the gifts. | Courtesy photo
Siteman St. Peters elves make holidays bright for Crisis Nursery family
The Siteman St. Peters radiation oncology team adopted a family from the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery and delivered sacks full of gifts. Getting ready to deliver some of the gifts are Jill Roth, left, and Peggy Collins. | Courtesy photo
Winners drawn for Move It challenge
The PWH/BJSPH Help for Your Health committee held a Move It challenge in October designed to increase employees’ “moving minutes” each day. Participants tracked their moving minutes and were entered into a drawing for prizes.
Holiday kudos to Katie Biermann
In November, Katie Biermann, a social worker on the BJSPH case management team, received a $250 gift card from the St. Charles Veteran’s Care Coordination group for being the community provider referring the largest volume of veterans to the group.
Knowing it was against compliance policy to keep the gift for herself, Bierman used the gift card to purchase items for “adopted families” for the holidays.
Bierman found families in need through her church’s connection with the YMCA and Sparrow’s Nest, an organization serving young, pregnant women.
BJSPH social worker Katie Bierman used a $250 gift card to purchase items for “adopted families” for the holidays. Some of the items she was able to buy are pictured here. | Photo by Katie Bierman
A bright tradition
The BJWCH team and hospital visitors enjoyed the “Festival of Lights” holiday buffet Dec. 15. Volunteer and employee activities coordinator Stephanie Cole, the food and nutrition staff, and the employee activities committee worked hard to make this annual tradition happen, and leadership team members volunteered to serve food to team members.
From left, patient care technicians Markeisha Merrill and Pam Blair, BJWCH president Trish Lollo, and patient care technician Starr Goins enjoy the Dec. 15 holiday buffet. | Photos by Kelly Pahl
Rebecca Hohn, materials management, and Pat Hill, RN, bring a buffet on wheels to busy emergency department staff Dec. 15.
The BJWCH food and nutrition team — including, back row, from left, Josh Zelasko, Tyler Roskam, Charles Austin, Chrisandra Money and Kayana Borney, and front row, from left, Jennifer Harmon, Shelly Hogan, Marsha Carte, Jamie Skyles and Bre’Oni Wesley — expertly provided delicious food and great service for the medical staff holiday party and the hospital-wide holiday buffet over a two-day period, while at the same time working safely around the impact of a brief facilities issue.
BJWCH supports Crisis Nursery
BJWCH chose the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, which provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis, as the hospital’s holiday giving recipient.
Employees selected tags from the Giving Tree and purchased 297 different kinds of items, including 1,048 baby wipes, 622 diapers, 128 individual bags of chips, 525 Lysol wipes, clothing, toys, books and art supplies. The hospital also donated two twin-size mattresses.
From left, Janietrice Jenkins, environmental services; Anje Avila, food and nutrition; Laura Ostrander, administrative coordinator; and Stephanie Cole, employee and volunteer support coordinator, show just a sampling of the many gifts donated to Saint Louis Crisis Nursery by BJWCH employees. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Unexpected coverage issues didn’t faze Lufcy
Kelty Lufcy, BJC Behavioral Health-North senior community support specialist, found himself covering more than he anticipated while his co-worker was out for a few weeks.
What was supposed to be an easy coverage turned into a complicated situation for Lufcy. A client was transitioning to a residential care facility (RCF) and the client’s case worker believed nearly everything was in order. However, the client actually needed further assistance with scheduling appointments, completing paperwork and coordinating care.
Lufcy went out of his way to ensure customer-focused teamwork and put in extra effort to seamlessly place the client. For this reason, Lufcy was selected as the Service Excellence Award winner for September at the North site.
Decker didn’t ‘walk on by’ when seeing a need
It wasn’t her client. It wasn’t even her site. But Taylor Decker, BJC Behavioral Health-North child and family treatment case manager, was in the waiting room at another BJC Behavioral Health location when a situation arose.
Decker stepped in to ensure the safety of all involved, and plans were made for follow up.
Decker took control of the situation and followed through. She could have walked on by; instead, she did the right thing. For this reason, Decker was named the Service Excellence Winner at the North site for October.
CHS sends off Stonerook with retirement wishes
After 25 years of greeting patients at BarnesCare’s Westport location, Donna Stonerook has retired.
“Donna has been with BarnesCare through so many changes and has remained a constant for our patients,” says Diane Palmer, BarnesCare clinical director. “So many of our patients and staff have gotten to know her over the years, and she will be missed.”
Stonerook’s colleagues celebrated her years of dedicated service with a farewell luncheon June 28.
An avid traveler, Stonerook is looking forward to an active retirement filled with international travel and volunteering for several local charities.
“We appreciate Donna’s steadfast service over the last 25 years,” says Palmer. “We wish her a long, active and healthy retirement.”
Epic earns Gold Stars recognition
At the headquarters of the Epic System Corp. in Verona, Wis., in late September, the Epic1 program was recognized for its implementation of the Epic electronic health record (EHR) at BJC Medical Group and Boone Hospital Center. Epic’s Gold Stars recognition was given at the annual Epic User Group Meeting (UGM).
Gold Stars assesses the level of EHR adoption and feature implementation by an organization across clinical and revenue cycle areas. More Gold Stars are awarded accordingly as the organization advances in its use of Epic.
The maximum number of Gold Stars that can be awarded for implementing features of Epic is 10. The BJC and Washington University School of Medicine joint implementation venture was among 17 organizations that had reached an implementation level of between eight and 10 Gold Stars. There are currently 220 organizations, worldwide, implementing Epic.
“We were honored to hear at this year’s UGM that the program received the Gold Stars recognition from Epic for the BJC Medical Group and Boone Hospital Center implementation,” says Patricia Mueth, executive director of integration on the Epic1 team. “Although it’s still early in our Epic journey, it’s encouraging to know that we met so many of Epic’s criteria and are being recognized along with our other Epic peers around the world.”
BJC Hospice Lumina program receives grant from Sign of the Arrow
BJC Hospice volunteer Meg Smith, left, and Lumina coordinator Eileen Spinner, right, accept a grant from Sign of the Arrow’s Bethany Curtis, center, at a recent Sign of the Arrow grant luncheon. Smith nominated Lumina, a life review program, for a grant from the Sign of the Arrow, a local philanthropic organization and needlework group. “I want to thank the Sign of the Arrow for supporting our wonderful BJC Hospice program, Lumina, for the past few years,” says Spinner. The grant money will support expansion of the Lumina program for patients and families at BJC’s new hospice house, Evelyn’s House. | Courtesy photo
Wallace joins Christian Hospital
Shereece Wallace, AGPCNP-BC, has joined BJC Medical Group Specialists of North County on the campus of Christian Hospital. She will work directly with Carlos Yu, MD, in neurology, assisting with patient education and follow-up appointments, performing assessments, and diagnosing and treating neurological disorders.
“The partnership between Dr. Yu and I will be unique and tailored so we, as a team, can provide the best care to our patients,” Wallace says.
Wallace, a board-certified adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner, has been a nurse since 2010. She received her master of science in nursing degree from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in 2017.
Wallace’s personal experiences inspired her interest in the brain and neurological conditions. “The human brain is fascinating and I have been at the bedside as a registered nurse and as a granddaughter while taking care of my patients and my grandmother, who suffered from neurological conditions,” she explains.
Wallace is also a volunteer for the Madison County Medical Reserve Corps. She is working toward her certification as a community emergency response team volunteer.
Shereece Wallace, AGPCNP-BC, 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, Medical Office Building 1, Suite 109N, St. Louis. For an appointment, call 314-953-8799. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
BJC Medical Group opens new primary care practice in Hazelwood
BJC Medical Group at Hazelwood, a primary care practice at 7451-A N. Lindbergh Blvd. in Hazelwood, opened Jan. 2. The primary care provider, Samara Harrell, DNP, FNP-BC, is accepting new patients. The practice is open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Harrell, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, joined BJC Medical Group in 2017. She received her doctorate in nursing practice in 2017 from Maryville University and has been practicing as a family nurse practitioner since 2013, when she received her master’s degree. Prior to completing her advanced nursing degrees, Harrell practiced as a registered nurse for 12 years.
“I chose to become a family nurse practitioner to treat patients ranging in age and in all stages of their life,” Harrell says. “This allows me to develop a strong partnership with patients, which is important because I’m very patient-focused with a deep commitment to patient education and preventive medicine.”
As a primary care provider, Harrell helps patients manage a variety of chronic conditions, such as asthma, allergies, high blood pressure and diabetes. She also offers annual wellness visits and immunizations for adults and children, including school and sports physicals, as well as well-woman exams.
The practice is located in the same suite as BJC Medical Group Convenient Care at Hazelwood, allowing patients in the area to easily establish care with a dedicated primary care provider.
Samara Harrell, DNP, FNP-BC, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Christian Hospital. BJC Medical Group at Hazelwood is at 7451-A N. Lindbergh Blvd., Hazelwood, and can be reached at 314-921-2950 for appointments. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Cooley joins Northwest ENT Specialists
Certified family nurse practitioner Amy Cooley has joined Northwest ENT Specialists at Northwest HealthCare. Cooley joins board-certified otolaryngologists Daren Kest, DO, and Gerald Moritz, MD.
Northwest ENT Specialists provides comprehensive care for adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) care, treating a wide range of head and neck disorders, such as cancers of the head and neck, dizziness, facial fractures/trauma, hearing loss/evaluation, pituitary surgery, sinus/allergy problems, snoring and sleep apnea, thyroid and parathyroid gland disorders, tinnitus, tonsillitis, voice disorders, skin cancers, and swallowing disorders.
Cooley received her master of science in nursing degree from Maryville University in 2017. Prior to pursuing her advanced practice degree, Cooley practiced as a registered nurse in a variety of specialties, including caring for patients with ENT conditions at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
“I like to treat the whole patient, instead of only focusing on their condition or disease,” Cooley explains. “I also emphasize education to my patients because I want them to have a complete understanding of their disease, treatment and outcome.”
Amy Cooley, FNP-C, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Christian Hospital. Northwest ENT Specialists is at 1225 Graham Road, Suite 1340C, Florissant, and can be reached at 314-953-6093.
Shoe joins BJC Medical Group
Sherri Shoe, PA-C, has joined CH Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons.
Shoe has more than 16 years of experience as a physician assistant in orthopedics. She received her master of medical science degree in the physician assistant program at Saint Louis University.
Shoe has always been active and played many sports, so her interest in orthopedics was driven by her personal experiences.
“I’ve had sports injuries and have had surgery as a result,” she explains. “It was very hard for me to be restricted from activities I enjoy, and this is the perspective I take when treating my patients. I want to help them improve with either medical or surgical treatment so they can be as active as possible.”
Shoe collaborates with the orthopedic surgeons in the practice, assisting with evaluation of patient options after an injury, as well as patient education and follow-up appointments after a surgery.
Sherri Shoe, PA-C, is a member of BJC Medical Group. She joins CH Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons, 11125 Dunn Road, Medical Office Building 2, Suite 301, St. Louis. For an appointment, call 314-953-8250. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Dr. Keary Husain joins Alton Surgery team at AMH
Kareem “Keary” Husain, MD, FACS, has joined Chris Aldridge, MD, and Kaycee Eyers, FNP-C, at Alton Surgery.
Dr. Husain, who is board certified in both general surgery and surgical critical care, has been an assistant professor of surgery at WUSM for the past seven years. He has extensive experience in all aspects of general surgery, and his areas of interest include acute and critical care surgery, as well as trauma.
“I knew I wanted to be a physician at a very young age because I considered my father, a world-renowned child psychiatrist, to be my hero, but I fell in love with surgery while I was a medical student in Detroit,” says Dr. Husain. “The ability to solve problems, be a craftsman and make an immediate positive difference in peoples’ lives captured me.”
Dr. Husain earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., before going to medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. He completed his general surgery residency and surgical critical care fellowship at WUSM.
“I’m excited to bring my many years of experience and unbridled enthusiasm and passion for my work to the Alton community and am very much looking forward to helping take excellent care of my patients,” Dr. Husain says.
Dr. Husain is a member of BJC Medical Group and is on staff at Alton Memorial Hospital. He joins Alton Surgery, 4 Memorial Drive, Medical Office Building B, Suite 230, Alton, Ill. The practice can be reached at 618-462-3191. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Lyons joins BJC Medical Group in St. Peters
BJC Medical Group welcomes Brittany Lyons, FNP-BC, to the practice in St. Peters. Lyons, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, received her master of science in nursing degree from Maryville University in 2016. Prior to completing her advanced practice degree, Lyons practiced as a nurse for seven years in a variety of specialties including surgery, orthopedics, and labor and delivery. She also served as a clinical adjunct faculty member at Saint Louis University, training nurses during their maternal child health clinical.
“I love providing care for people in all stages of life,” Lyons says. “There is something special about caring for an entire family because it provides a setting to address the health care needs of the family as a whole.”
As a primary care provider, Lyons offers a variety of services primarily focused on same-day care for patients experiencing acute symptoms such as colds, coughs and the flu. Lyons also provides preventive care through health promotion and patient education, as well as routine care including vaccinations, physicals and chronic illness management.
Brittany Lyons, FNP-BC, 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, Mo., and can be reached at 636-916-9615. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
‘Use A Lift: Get A Gift!’
BHC’s safe patient handling committee created the “Use A Lift: Get A Gift!” campaign to encourage patient care staff to use mechanical lifts in the care of their patients.
All staff who used a lift during the campaign were able to enter their names in a drawing for a $25 gift card. Drawings were held every two weeks for three months.
Gift cards were donated by Michael Szewczyk, MD.
Team members demonstrate use of a mechanical lift. | Courtesy photos
Bethany Blattel, RN, BSN, displays a “Use a Lift: Get a Gift” gift card.
Just Lose It challenges employees to get fit
The employee “Journey to Wellness” challenge is combining with the “Just Lose It” challenge to give all CH employees more resources to successfully meet their goals. Join this friendly competition to get active, eat healthier and make the lifestyle changes you’ve been putting off.
Call 314-747-WELL (9355) or 877-747-WELL on or before Jan. 12 to register for the competition. Indicate whether you’re an employee or volunteer.
If you’ve been in the competition before, go to occupational health to officially register and get your packet.
If you haven’t been in the competition before, you must attend a kick-off meeting (about 15-20 minutes) to be officially registered for the challenge. Attend one of the following meetings:
The $20 registration fee for CH employees will be paid by the CH Health Literacy Team.
Pat Morris retires after 25 years
Pat Morris, volunteer office coordinator, retired Dec. 21 after 25 years of service. A retirement celebration to honor Morris was held in the volunteer office.
Nancy Heafner, RN, retires after 15 years of service
Nancy Heafner, RN, case manager, retired Dec. 15 from case management after 15 years with BJC. Here, Heafner celebrates her milestone with CH president Rick Stevens at her retirement party. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Joe Brooks, LPN, retires after nearly 14 years of service
Joe Brooks, LPN, Wound Care Center, retired Dec. 28 after nearly 14 years of service to CH. A retirement celebration was held for Brooks in the Wound Care Center.
Community Leaders Breakfast focuses on Siteman Cancer Center
Timothy Eberlein, MD, Siteman Cancer Center director and Washington University School of Medicine chairman of surgery, was the keynote speaker at CH’s Community Leaders Breakfast Dec. 15.
Area leaders gathered in the CH Atrium to hear Dr. Eberlein share Siteman’s plans for its continued commitment to North County, including the Siteman Cancer Center being planned for the Northwest HealthCare campus.
The meeting is hosted quarterly by CH president Rick Stevens and brings area business, civic and religious leaders and elected officials together with hospital leadership, key staff members, clinicians and physicians.
Dr. Timothy Eberlein, Siteman Cancer Center director and Washington University School of Medicine chairman of surgery, addresses the audience at CH’s Community Leaders Breakfast Dec. 15. | Photo by Bret Berigan
‘Embracing the Dream – The Beloved Community’ MLK Celebration Luncheon
The CH Foundation is hosting its first “Embracing the Dream – The Beloved Community” Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Jan. 12, in the Detrick Building Atrium. The event will be a celebration of hope and healing for the community. Marc Morial, National Urban League president, will be the keynote speaker for the event, and Carol Daniel, KMOX news anchor, will host.
The Drum Major for Service Award will be presented at the celebration to honor an unsung individual who has given his or her time, talents and treasure in service of justice and equality. The award is inspired by the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., describing the “Drum Major Instinct” in a sermon more than half a century ago to the congregation in Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church: “If you want to say I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice; say that I was a drum major for peace; I was a drum major for righteousness … We all have the drum major instinct.”
Scholarships will also be awarded at the celebration to one student from each of the Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Normandy and Riverview school districts, and Trinity Catholic High School. A scholarship will also be awarded to a nursing student from St. Louis Community College.
Individual reservations for the celebration are $30, and table reservations for eight are $240. Sponsorships are also available. The celebration includes lunch and complimentary valet parking. Proceeds from the event benefit the Christian Hospital Foundation’s scholarship fund.
For more information, visit ChristianHospital.org/MLK-Celebration or contact Mindy Copp, 314-653-4410 or Mindy.Copp@bjc.org.
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
Memorial Belleville nurse cheers cardiac patients with gifts from the heart
For each of the two previous holiday seasons she’s been a nurse on the MHB cardiac floors, Kelsey Yates has given personally made ornaments to the patients on 2 North and 2 Northeast.
This year she wasn’t scheduled to work on Christmas Day, but she came in to deliver 40 ornaments.
Yates’s manager, Lindsey Wilson, remarked that Yates takes the time to get to know every one of her patients and their families.
“Everyone needs someone to lean on, and I hope I can be that someone when people don’t have anyone else, especially during difficult times in the hospital,” says Yates. “I hope something as small as an ornament brings cheer to someone on Christmas day.”
Kelsey Yates made and delivered 40 ornaments to patients on Christmas day. | Photo by Lindsey Wilson
MHB staff truck holiday cheer to those in need
MHB respiratory care, radiology, CT/MRI and nuclear medicine employees adopted four families at Smithton grade school. They collected turkeys, hams, drinks, nonperishables, clothes, toys and gift cards. Two trucks were needed to deliver all of the items.
MHB 1C holiday party helps others
Donna Boushard, MHB 1C interim nurse manager, typically holds a holiday party every year for staff. This year, the staff decided to throw a holiday party to help a local family who recently lost their home and belongings to fire.
The staff purchased gifts for Darneshia Williams and her five children, whose Fairview Heights home burned down Dec. 8. Boushard and her staff provided lunch and dessert, and Santa stopped by to play with the kids.
MHB 1C team members held a holiday party to help a local family who lost their home and belongings in a fire. | Photo by Andy Nicholson
Herbst’s attitude helps patients, co-workers
Breast HealthCare Center staff nurse Bridget Herbst was named the October Employee of the Month. Her nominators say Herbst has an upbeat attitude that inspires both her patients and her teammates.
“She is reassuring and consoling to her patients at a time when her patients are nervous and scared,” her nominators say. “Bridget calms them and she understands how frightening this must be for them. She extends a safety net for them to fall into for comfort and support. Bridget is efficient and extraordinary on our unit. She is a joy to work with!”
Progressive care unit team wins first Nursing Quality and Safety Award
MBMC has introduced a new award to go to a department that has implemented and sustained a quality initiative. The first winner is the PCU, which hasn’t had a central line-associated bloodstream infection since February 2014, despite all of the unit’s patients having central lines. | Photo by Elizabeth Neidrauer
Dr. Geoffrey Hamill honored at MoBap Board Dinner
Geoffrey Hamill, MD, was honored at the 2017 Board Dinner, in recognition of his numerous contributions to MBMC. A donation was made in his honor and presented at the dinner.
The contribution will underwrite breast screenings, ultrasounds and biopsies for underinsured and uninsured women.
It was noted at the dinner that the donation was “a fitting tribute for a physician who has been instrumental in women’s health through better mammography screening.”
In recognition of Dr. Geoffrey Hamill’s numerous contributions to MBMC, a donation was made in his honor and presented at the 2017 Board Dinner. From left are Randy and Veronica McDonnell, Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation chair, and Janet and Dr. Geoffrey Hamill. | Photo by Elizabeth Neidrauer
Lipstein honored with research fund
BJC CEO Steve Lipstein was honored at the 2017 MBMC Board Dinner when the Foundation unveiled the Steven H. Lipstein Patient-Centered Outcome Research Fund at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. This fund is dedicated to research at MBMC with a focus on outcomes that lead to better patient care. From left are Lipstein, MBMC board chair J. Clifford Eason and MBMC president John Antes. | Photo by Elizabeth Neidrauer
Wheeler is November Employee of the Month
Respiratory therapist Angie Wheeler was named the November Employee of the Month.
Here’s what her nominator says about her: “A patient’s daughter made it a point to call the operator to get in touch with me because she was moved to tears by the compassion that Angie showed her and her parent.”
The daughter needed help with her parent. “Angie was the only one who stopped and asked if she needed help. Angie didn’t make them feel that she had better things to do, she was right there with them the whole time. Angie showed huge compassion and respect.”
Donahue is Great Catch Award winner
ACC nurse Katie Donahue received the latest Great Catch Award for her actions in keeping her patients safe.
Large blanket warmer for MBSH Cancer Infusion Center
A generous donation from the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3781-Meramec Valley allowed the MBSH Cancer Infusion Center to purchase a more spacious blanket warmer. A warm blanket can comfort and soothe patients undergoing treatment, but the center’s small warmer couldn’t keep up with increased demand from higher patient volume. The new warmer keeps 20 blankets readily available for patients receiving treatments.
“We are extremely grateful for the generous support provided by the Eagles that made it possible to obtain this much-needed piece of equipment for our Cancer Infusion Center,” says MBSH executive director Lisa Lochner.
The Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital Cancer Infusion Center’s Lisa Nelson, RN, left, and Terry Brown, RN, are pictured by the center’s new blanket warmer. | Photo by David Hartwick
Megan Branson promoted as MBSH’s new emergency department manager
Megan Branson, RN, BSN, was named manager of the MBSH emergency department. She has been the ED stroke coordinator for the past two years, successfully leading it to receive the state’s Level 3 Stroke Center designation.
A graduate of Lincoln University, Branson is currently working on her master’s degree in health care leadership and management.
Natalie Sparkman is November Star Service Team Member
Natalie Sparkman has been selected as the ICARE Star Service Employee for November. Sparkman, a finance project manager, has worked at PHC for two years.
Her nomination reads, in part, “She goes above and beyond to explain and educate staff members on their financial issues and/or responsibilities. She is more than willing to be flexible and work around others’ schedules, as well as having a very quick response time. She takes her work very seriously and is a team player. She wants everyone to succeed and will do her best to help others reach their desired outcomes. She lives the ICARE values in her everyday work life and is very deserving of the employee of the month recognition.”
Sparkman says she enjoys the variety of her job. “I encounter different questions and different things to work on every day, and I enjoy that. I also like the people I work with. I am very grateful for everybody.”
ICARE, PHC’s patient experience service initiative, stands for Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
Submit your pet photos for the new Pet Center TV
A Pet Center TV monitor is located next to the Purina Family Pet Center (on the second floor).
Share a picture of yourself and your pet, plus your family, at email@example.com. Photos will appear on the monitor.
Ericka Seidel and her dog, Barkley, appear on the Pet Center TV monitor. Seidel works in child life services. | Courtesy photo
These staff are ‘Guardians of Childhood’
During the Guardians ad campaign roll-out this past fall, staff nominated employees who exemplify a Guardian of Childhood. Award winners received a free Guardians T-shirt and gift card.
The winners are:
From left are Ann Schultz, RN; Susan Icenogle, RN; Amber Hinterthuer, RN; Judith Stenzel, RN; and Dr. Kelly Chilson. | Courtesy photo
Christine Carr, left, and Barbie Ricken, RN. | Courtesy photo
Watson honored for ‘compassion for patients and families’
Laura Watson, RN, Heart Center, earned a DAISY Award, which recognizes extraordinary nurses.
Watson worked many hours to understand the language needs of a family who spoke a dialect of their native language that’s rarely used in St. Louis.
The family was overwhelmed — not only with their sick baby, but because of an unclear understanding about what was going on due to language barriers. As a mother, Watson felt empathy for the patient’s mother and knew clear communication was necessary.
Watson learned that the family understood another language and worked with an interpreter to provide daily bedside updates on their baby’s plan of care.
Her nominator, Trish Ruszkowski, RN, Heart Center, says Watson’s dedication to this family is just one small example of her compassion for patients and families.
Laura Watson, second from right, received the Daisy Award. Those on hand included, from left, Sarah Tigges, RN; Shelley Perulfi, RN; Beth Rumack, RN; Peggy Gordin, vice president and chief nurse executive; and Trish Ruszkowski, RN. In front is Dr. Avihu Gazit. | Courtesy photo
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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