Jamie Goss earns March employee honor at AMH
Jamie Goss, respiratory therapy, is AMH’s March Employee of the Month.
“Jamie was instrumental in respiratory therapy being successful with the go-live of Epic,” says her manager, Penny Krause. “She spent countless hours educating RT staff, ER physicians and even helped with crossover go-live.
“Jamie is always adjusting her schedule to meet the needs of the department and our patients,” Krause adds. “Jamie coordinates our Making Every Breath Count monthly community support group, and the members praise her knowledge. She takes great pride in her work and strives to provide excellent care. She always goes above and beyond her job duties. Jamie is one of those employees you can count on to do what’s right every time.”
Jamie Goss, respiratory therapy, center, is AMH’s March Employee of the Month. AMH president Dave Braasch and Goss’ manager, Penny Krause, presented the award to Goss. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Rick Cox, medical care unit, left, retired March 2 after 40 years at the hospital. AMH president Dave Braasch wished Cox well during a retirement tea in the cafe meeting rooms. | Photo by Dave Whaley
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, call Marlene Lewis, 618-463-7701.
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Next ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ will take place at AMH April 11
AMH is taking on childhood obesity with “Kids in the Kitchen,” an event designed to teach elementary school children ages 4-12 how to prepare healthy snacks.
“Kids in the Kitchen” will be held at 6 p.m., April 11, in the AMH cafeteria meeting rooms. The event provides a hands-on environment with a goal of promoting child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices, therefore preventing obesity and its associated health risks.
The theme for the event will be “What Color Is Your Food? ... Taste a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables for Better Health.”
Call 800-392-0936 to register. Space is limited, and each child in attendance must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Laura Hill, MD, a pediatrician on staff at AMH, will lead the program, along with the hospital’s food and nutrition services staff.
‘Staying Home Alone’ Class is April 7 at AMH
AMH will host “Staying Home Alone” from 9-10:30 a.m., April 7.
This 90-minute class is designed for parents and children to attend together. Taught by an instructor from St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the class helps parents and children determine the child’s readiness — physically, mentally, socially and emotionally — to stay home alone.
The course includes three workbooks, and the cost is $25 per family.
Pre-registration is required. Call 314-454-5437 or 800-678-5437, or register online, stlchildrens.org/registration.
‘Menopause Mania’ set for April 4 at AMH
Learn the facts about menopause and perimenopause during a free event at 6 p.m., April 4, in the AMH cafe meeting rooms. Geoffrey Turner, MD, AMH chief of ob/gyn, and Katie Drake Sherer, DC, MS, a chiropractor/nutritionist from Godfrey, will speak at “Menopause Mania.”
The event also includes a fashion show, refreshments, giveaways and coupons to shop in Miss Eunice’s Hat
Box (the AMH gift shop).
Gebhart receives recognition from ESGR
Members of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) recently recognized Lisa Gebhart, radiology clinical nurse manager, for supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.
ESGR is the lead Defense Department program that helps promote understanding and cooperation between employers and their National Guard and Reserve employees.
Gebhart was nominated by Maj. Emily Stuckey, U.S. Air Force critical care nurse. Stuckey worked in the BJH radiology department as an assistant nurse manager in interventional radiology and reported to Gebhart.
“Lisa is a great leader who really cares about the people who work for her,” said Stuckey before Gebhart was recognized with an award certificate and a gold pin. “I’m proud to have worked for her. I learned a lot and appreciate the experience.”
Dave Woolley of Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Maj. Emily Stuckey, U.S. Air Force critical care nurse, recognize Lisa Gebhart, radiology clinical nurse manager, center, for supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force. | Photo by Mary Williams
‘He saved my life’
Surgeon Dr. Kenneth Hacker, center, with vice president of operations Ann Abad and president Chris Watts, is a Faces of Healing recipient. The BJSP and PW Foundation received a Faces of Healing gift on behalf of Dr. Hacker from a grateful patient who thanked him for “saving my life.” | Photo by Chanelle Henderson
Students can apply now for 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.
To be eligible, students must be St. Charles County residents and must have completed 20 hours of credit in a health-related field at an approved U.S. college or university. Students who have received this scholarship in the past are ineligible.
Scholarship applications must be post-marked by July 7, 2018. For more information, call Carol Conner, 636-922-9052.
Donate your used books to the Auxiliary’s book fair
The Auxiliary will host a book fair July 25-26 at PWH and would love to receive your used books.
So, clean off your bookshelves and bring your books (everything except text books) in to work to make room for more books.
Books can be dropped off at the BJSPH and PWH gift shops or at HealthWise at BJSPH (MOB 1, Suite 117).
Town Hall meetings scheduled
BJSPH-PWH president Chris Watts will give updates on both hospitals and BJC in Town Hall meetings during the spring and fall of 2018. Town Hall meetings also allow employees to ask questions of leadership.
Mark the spring meetings on your calendar now:
Stuff-a-Critter sale is March 26, 27
The Stuff-a-Critter sale at BJSPH takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 26, and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., March 27.
Facilities engineering handles it all
Rain, sleet, snow, water main breaks, sewer back ups, The Joint Commission — nothing can keep the facilities engineering team from providing outstanding service. The team recently received an ICARE Support Award from the pain management department. Thanks went to facilities team members for consistently working hard, especially recently as they expertly dealt with maintenance needs resulting from The Joint Commission survey and winter.
Outstanding members of the facilities engineering team include, from left, John Davis, Timothy Boyer, Timothy Knabe, Michael Mayer and Amanda Gates. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Support the Heart Walk
BJWCH will participate in the 2018 St. Louis Heart Walk sponsored by the American Heart Association.
The event will take place May 12 at Busch Stadium.
Consider joining the fight against heart disease by becoming a walker or making a donation. To join or donate to the BJWCH team, visit www.metrostlouisheartwalk.org, under BJC – Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. BJWCH’s fund-raising goal is $6,500. Everyone who registers and donates $25 by April 5 will receive a BJWCH Heart Walk shirt.
Fun activities are planned to raise money for the Heart Walk, including a raffle for two tickets to sit in the BJC box at the St. Louis Cardinals game at 7:15 p.m., June 16, against the Chicago Cubs. Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be sold in the cafeteria from noon-1 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Evening and weekend staff can purchase raffle tickets from the house supervisor. The ticket drawing will be May 11.
Employees also can buy stickers for jeans/casual Fridays until May 11. Proceeds benefit the Heart Walk. Purchase stickers at the cafeteria register for $5 a sticker or eight for $35.
Meet your BJWCH Heart Walk captains including, from left, Stacy Arney; Barb Lamb; Jenny Rohring, RN; and Elissa Karbarski. Verona Gregory and Janice Davis are not pictured. | 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.
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.”
Retirement, recognition spotlight supply chain’s depth, continuity
Even as a longtime stalwart retired from BJC’s supply chain team, an emerging talent was being profiled as a “future leader,” spotlighting the continuity and depth of expertise in the department.
J.R. Kyle, supply chain strategy director, retired this month after 38 years of service to BJC. Supply chain team members and leaders attended a March 2 retirement celebration for Kyle.
During his tenure with BJC, Kyle played a critical role in helping to transform BJC’s supply chain organization into the current Supply Plus model.
Most recently, Kyle provided leadership and direction during the Memorial Hospital integration, reviewing supplier contracts and working with the internal supply chain team to migrate an existing product formulary over to BJC’s product formulary. He also helped drive the supply chain aspect of the BJC Collaborative through his work with MidWest Service Solutions.
Meanwhile, Jessica Campbell, BJC supply chain contract coordinator, was profiled in the Journal of Healthcare Contracting. Earlier this year, the journal had asked for nominations of emerging leaders “with the energy, dedication and courage to shape tomorrow’s health care supply chain.”
Kelly Bouckaert, BJC supply chain sourcing manager, submitted Campbell’s nomination:
“Jessica has come into our sourcing group with enthusiasm, energy and a wonderful work ethic. From day one, she was looking to work hard and have an impact. When I would give her a project or task, she would not only complete it quickly and accurately, she would dig deeper and really learn and understand what she was doing and why. She is extremely analytical, which is valuable in a sourcing role that supports 15 hospitals. She is able to review and/or create data and see trends and value, and make assessments from this data that are accurate and concise. She has a good eye for pointing out discrepancies or areas to pay attention to.
“Jessica works well with everyone, and in her young career, really understands how to work with all levels of management in a respectful and professional manner. She takes constructive feedback well and learns from it. She learns and understands her portfolios to the best of her ability, and she is always able to answer questions from senior leadership without hesitation. She shows that she enjoys her job, and her positive attitude is contagious to others around her. Jessica just started the BJC MBA Cohort through Webster University, again demonstrating her drive and willingness to learn and continue developing into a future leader.”
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-387-5133.
For more information about the Wings program,
Dr. Mungikar joins BJC Medical Group
Prajakta Mungikar, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician, has joined BJC medical group. Dr. Mungikar is on staff at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and is accepting new patients.
Dr. Mungikar completed her medical training at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2016. She received her medical education at Deccan College of Medical Sciences in India.
Dr. Mungikar is passionate about providing primary care because this specialty allows her to focus on many different aspects of her patients’ health.
“I strive to give the best possible care to my patients,” Dr. Mungikar says. “I focus on preventive care and education to keep my patients well informed on their own health and goals.”
As a primary care provider, Dr. Mungikar helps her patients manage and treat chronic conditions including asthma, allergies and high blood pressure. She also provides preventive care through annual wellness visits and immunizations for adults.
Prajakta Mungikar, MD, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is on staff at 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. Call 636-916-9615 for an appointment. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
‘Use A Lift: Get A Gift!’
BHC’s safe patient handling committee created the “Use A Lift: Get A Gift!” campaign to encourage patient care staff to use mechanical lifts in the care of their patients.
All staff who used a lift during the campaign were able to enter their names in a drawing for a $25 gift card. Drawings were held every two weeks for three months.
Gift cards were donated by Michael Szewczyk, MD.
Team members demonstrate use of a mechanical lift. | Courtesy photos
Bethany Blattel, RN, BSN, displays a “Use a Lift: Get a Gift” gift card.
CH Foundation selected as Schnucks Charity of the Month
The CH Foundation was selected as the Schnucks “Giving is in the Bag” Charity of the Month for March at the 1589 Sierra Vista Plaza Parkway location only.
CH honored with 2018 Arcus Award for Achievement in Health
“Drum roll, please … and the winner of the St. Louis Regional Chamber 2018 Arcus Award for Achievement in Health is … Christian Hospital.” The moment was electrifying, as the winner was announced and the award was presented March 1 at the fifth annual Arcus Awards, held at the downtown Marriott St. Louis Grand with 800 people in attendance.
In accepting the award, CH president Rick Stevens noted, “This award belongs to the North County community and the dedicated employees and physicians of Christian Hospital. Together, they have made this achievement possible, and we are truly humbled and honored that our accomplishments are being recognized.”
CH also placed in the top five for the People’s Choice Award.
Accepting the award at the event are, from left, Olaronke Akintola-Ogunremi, MD, CH pathologist; Susan Koesterer, CH/AMH chief financial officer; Rick Stevens, CH president; and Brad Goacher, CH/AMH chief operating officer. CH also placed in the top five for the People’s Choice Award. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Save the date — Christian Hospital Employee Service Awards Banquet is May 11 at Marriott St. Louis Airport
Employees receiving service awards this year for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service should mark their calendar and plan to attend the Employee Service Awards Banquet May 11 at the Marriott St. Louis Airport.
Invitations will be mailed in April to eligible employees. Employees must RSVP to attend.
As CH celebrates 115 years of caring for the community during 2018, a look to the past features the first-ever Christian Hospital Employee Service Awards Banquet, held May 16, 1957, at the Fairgrounds Hotel. | 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
Jeff Dossett named Memorial Hospital East administrator
On March 5, Jeff Dossett, MBA, PMP, CSSBB, became administrator at Memorial Hospital East.
Dossett replaces Ruth Holmes, who announced last July that she’d retire in January. Holmes worked at Memorial for more than 40 years, starting her career as a staff nurse before serving as a department director, vice president and MHE administrator.
Dossett comes to Memorial from Christian Hospital, where most recently he was director of dialysis, imaging, radiation oncology and service excellence. He also had responsibility for operationalizing the Siteman Cancer Center at CH.
A certified Six Sigma Black Belt, Dossett also served as performance improvement and service line development engineer and performance improvement business process consultant for BJC information systems.
Ruggerio makes professional contributions to Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
MCC’s Anne Ruggerio, a certified rehabilitation registered nurse (CRRN) since 2012, submitted two abstracts for last year’s Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) Educational Conference and was also invited to serve a one-year term on the ARN Health Policy Committee for 2018.
Her abstract, “Thriving in a World of Change,” focused on MCC’s U.S.News and World Report’s 5-star rating and Magnet designation amid changes in Medicare regulations, private insurance, physician groups and quality improvement organizations. Her other abstract, “Antipsychotic Use in Skilled Care Facilities,”focused on the appropriate use of antipsychotics in skilled facilities.
Her role on the ARN Health Policy Committee requires her to spend time in Washington, D.C., speaking with the nation’s policy makers on patient care and nursing policies, as well as monitoring, researching and replying to policies and communicating the information to ARN members.
Ruggerio has been a member of the ARN since 2006. She has been a registered nurse for 28 years, 25 of which have been in skilled/long-term care and inpatient acute rehab.
Dr. Freeman receives Physician Excellence Award
Randy Freeman, MD, anesthesiologist on staff at Memorial Hospital, received the Matthew B. Eisele, M.D., Physician Excellence Award, Feb. 24, at the annual Medical Staff Dinner.
This award was established in 2007 to recognize a physician on staff at Memorial who exemplifies dedication to medicine, delivery of quality care and a commitment to the community.
The nominee also should inspire others to provide quality service and a high level of care; demonstrate clinical excellence, as well as caring and compassionate communication to patients, families and hospital staff; model teamwork; be responsive to the needs of patients, families and staff; support Memorial as well as its mission and values; participate on hospital and/or medical staff departmental committees; and set a positive example for others.
Dr. Freeman was chosen from among 35 nominations submitted by employees, peers, and Auxiliary and board members. Dr. Freeman has been a member of Memorial’s medical staff since 1991 and currently serves as chairman of hospital physicians and section head of anesthesia. He is a member of the bylaws, quality improvement and critical care committees, as well as the Joint Conference committee and medical staff executive committee.
Nominations said Dr. Freeman: embodies all characteristics this award represents; has devotion to the department and patients at Memorial, second to none; is a great resource for the medical affairs department; is an expert clinician who is sought after by colleagues for advice and input for the most difficult and challenging situations; is a leader on the medical staff; sets a standard of clinical excellence and dedicated leadership for his group, following with a thoughtful but understated style every day; is essential to a highly functioning operating room; and definitely is wanted in the operating room when the problem is critical.
The Matthew B. Eisele, M.D., Physician Excellence Award is named for Memorial’s first medical director. Prior to serving as Memorial’s medical director, Dr. Eisele was an obstetrician/gynecologist in the community for 22 years. He was instrumental in shaping the medical director’s role into the key position it is today — a liaison between the board of directors, medical staff and administration.
In addition to Dr. Freeman, nominees included:
Belleville Health and Sports Center raises money for AHA
As part of Heart Month activities, Memorial’s Belleville Health and Sports Center hosted a Zumbathon Feb. 25 and raised $345.50 for the American Heart Association. About 40 participants danced from 2-4 p.m.
“A great time was had by all!” says Micki Classen, BHSC manager.
The recent Belleville Health and Sports Center Zumbathon raised $345.50 for the American Heart Association.| Courtesy photo
Learn about the nutrition and lifestyle practice of Ayurveda
Certified Ayurveda practitioner and yoga instructor Michael Elliff will discuss the principles and practice of Ayurveda and developing a personalized lifestyle program from 6-7:30 p.m., March 26, at The Cancer Treatment Center Therapeutic Learning Center, 4000 N. Illinois Lane, Swansea.
Ayurveda is a dietary and lifestyle practice that places great importance on the maintenance of health through proper exercise, yoga, nutrition/cooking methods, meditation and individually designed herbal regimens.
The program is free, but registration is required, call 618-257-5649 or visit www.mymemorialnetwork.com/events.
Learn about colorectal health
Gastroenterologist, hepatologist and advanced endoscopist Yazan Abu Qwaider, MD, AGAF, will discuss colorectal health from 6-7:30 p.m., March 22, at the Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center at Memorial Hospital Belleville, first floor community conference room.
Topics include cancer prevention, risk factors, screening, signs and symptoms, and treatment.
The program is free, but registration is required, visit: www.mymemorialnetwork.com/events or call 618-257-5649.
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 celebrates American Heart Month
Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, remains the leading global cause of death, with more than 17.9 million deaths annually. That number is expected to increase to more than 23.6 million by 2030. Just in the United States, 2,300 individuals die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of one death every 38 seconds.
During American Heart Month (February), the MBSH cardiac rehab staff hosted a number of activities to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and lifestyle changes that can improve heart health and lower risk:
“We had a great response from our patients throughout February in participating in our Heart Month activities,” says Mike Whitaker, outpatient diagnostic services manager. “Everyone who took part is more aware of lifestyle changes that will improve their heart health.”
From left, Denise Ettinger, Dr. Asim Ayaz, Devon Schlottach and Mike Whitaker display the box of Conversation Hearts used for Game Day during Heart Month. | Photo by David Hartwick
MBSH speech therapist attains national certification
Megan Bigley, speech and language pathologist at MBSH’s Therapy and Wellness Clinic, recently earned a new national certification. In addition to her state license to practice speech therapy in Missouri, Bigley earned her Certificate of Clinical Competency (CCC), commonly known in the speech therapy world as earning one’s “Cs.”
The CCC is a national certification from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Now that Bigley has “earned her Cs,” she is allowed to use the professional credentials CCC-SLP, aligning her with an internationally recognized standard of excellence.
To earn the certification, Bigley had to complete a year of clinical fellowship and 1,260 supervised hours of treatment. She must also complete yearly continuing education to maintain her certificate, along with education she receives to maintain her state license.
Bigley is eager to learn about many different areas of speech therapy, such as the Lee Silverman Voice Technique (LSVT), an interdisciplinary, multi-therapist treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease; myofascial release or soft tissue mobilization for dysphagia management; and continued education in the work she already does for patients with autism.
Bigley is also trained and certified in VitalStim® treatment, which is used to treat swallowing disorders.
For more information on speech therapy services, call 573-468-1340.
CPR and AED training offered through MBSH school partnership
More than a dozen Sullivan High School students are now better prepared to help in a real-life emergency. Danny Wegescheide, MBSH paramedic, recently conducted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training for the students.
The training was offered free of charge at the Sullivan Fire Department through the school nurse partnership program that MBSH has with the school.
More than a dozen students completed the course and became certified during the morning and afternoon sessions. Wegescheide taught the students how to perform lifesaving CPR techniques on mannequins. He also showed them the proper use of an AED. “I was glad to work with the students to show them proper procedures when administering CPR and using the AED,” Wegescheide says.
“We appreciate the Sullivan Fire Department allowing us to conduct our classes in the department’s training room, and we appreciate Danny Wegescheide sharing this valuable education with the high school students,” adds the school partnership program’s Tambra Sellers, RN.
MBSH paramedic Danny Wegescheide instructs Sullivan High School students in CPR. | Photo by Stacey Tyree
Johnson is February Star Service Team Member
Stephanie Johnson, a patient access representative who has worked at PHC for three years, was selected as the February ICARE Star Service Team Member.
Johnson was honored for helping team members by staying late, coming in early and picking up extra shifts — all with a smile. “She is kind-hearted and compassionate to everyone she meets. Her sweet, energetic personality will bring a smile to your face on days you don’t feel like smiling. She is a joy to be around,” says her nominator.
Johnson says she enjoys being a part of the team and working with patients and co-workers.
“I was on the phone with a patient when I heard my name announced,” Johnson says. “I didn’t know what to say to my patient! I’m happy.”
ICARE is Parkland’s patient experience service initiative. The acronym stands for Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
New garden on seventh floor opens for families
The new rooftop garden (seventh floor) opened March 5.
The garden is for inpatient families only. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
The Olson Family Garden (eighth floor) closes this month for a new walkway installation and will open later this spring.
For more information, call facility services, 314-454-2700.
The new rooftop garden (seventh floor) opened March 5.
Remembering pediatric intern Ari Berlin
Ari Nachum Berlin, MD, a pediatric intern at SLCH and a 2017 graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, died Feb. 23 in St. Louis, after a 2 ½-year battle with pancreatic neuroendocrine cancer. He was 27.
“Ari was a brilliant, strong and courageous medical student and doctor,” said Lisa Moscoso, MD, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics and associate dean for student affairs at WUSM. “So many in our community were inspired by his intelligence, compassion, drive and determination to be an excellent physician. He did so quietly, never bringing attention to himself. Ari was an incredible gift to our medical school and will be missed.”
Dr. Berlin grew up near Boston. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2012 at Rice University and his medical degree last year at Washington University.
He met his future wife, Hallie Morris, MD, while both were WUSM students. The couple married Jan. 7, 2017, and worked together for a brief time at SLCH. Dr. Morris is a fellow in newborn medicine, and Dr. Berlin began his internship at the hospital in July 2017.
Dr. Berlin was diagnosed with cancer while in medical school. While his cancer never went into remission, his treatments allowed him to continue his education and begin his training at SLCH.
“Ari loved his work at Children’s, and it meant so much to him that his spot as an intern was there for him to come back to,” Dr. Morris said. “He felt it was a privilege to be at work, when he was well enough to be there. Being around people energized him, and he was a natural with patients the few rotations he was able to do. He was just an amazing person and incredibly brave through everything.”
Dr. Berlin is survived by his wife; his parents, Kenny Berlin, MD, and Marsha Ross-Berlin, DMD; a brother, Josh Berlin; a sister, Jessie Berlin; and his grandmother, Maxine Berlin.
Teams celebrate spirit day
The first Spirit Day of the year was March 2. Team members can wear the Spirit T-shirt and jeans the first Friday of each month. The Foundation will sell Spirit T-shirts throughout the year.
Those celebrating Spirit Day in health information management include, from left, Nikki Handlang, Kathy Tiernan, Sherry Grogan, Rob Roemer, Kim Wyman, Jennifer Lawrence and Ruth Comer. | Photo by Claire McKee
The facility services/environmental services team shows their spirit. From left are Kim Bass, Kimberly Milton, Kelli Butts, Quiana Ashley, Ashley Blakeslee, Marie Combs and Lesley Williams. | Courtesy photo
Breakfast on the Bridge is thank you to staff
Maggie Wolf, newborn ICU director, and Dr. Sesh Cole, newborn medicine director, join the fun at Breakfast on the Bridge, held on the bridge connecting SLCH and BJH, to thank Women and Infants Center staff. | Courtesy photo
Staff get into character for pediatric ICU move
Pediatric ICU team members dressed as Disney characters for their move in early March to the new eighth floor.
All scheduled department moves to the new SLCH expansion are now complete.
Those dressing up for pediatric ICU move day included, front row, from left, Brittany Prange (Sleepy), Natalie Krost (Grumpy), Dr. Jon Lin (Doc) and Jill Phoenix (Happy); and back row, Mouseketeers Kristen Hunter and Kayla Kuehn, Amie Ireland and Cassie Humphrey (Tweedledum and Tweedledee), and Mouseketeer Kaitlyn Hahs. | Courtesy photo
Former patient is victorious again
The SLCH team cheers for Noah Elliott, 20, a past Siteman Kids patient. Elliott earned the snowboard cross bronze medal in the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Patients in art therapy worked with local artists to paint the banners. Elliott’s victory over cancer came a few years before his bronze medal. | 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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