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Alton Memorial’s diabetes program honored by ADA
AMH’s diabetes management office has earned the prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate. The ADA believes this program offers high-quality education that’s an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
The association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education programs.
“The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services we provide,” says Lisa James, AMH diabetes educator. “And, of course, it assures consumers that they will receive high-quality service.”
Education recognition status is verified by an official certificate from ADA and awarded for four years.
Self-management education is an essential component of diabetes treatment. One consequence of compliance with the national standards is greater consistency in the quality and quantity of education offered to people with diabetes. Participants in a recognized program are taught, as needed, self-care skills that promote better management of their diabetes treatment regimen.
All approved education programs cover the following topics as needed: diabetes disease process; nutritional management; physical activity; medications; monitoring; preventing, detecting and treating acute complications; preventing, detecting and treating chronic complications through risk reduction; goal setting and problem solving; psychological adjustment; and preconception care, management during pregnancy and gestational management.
Unnecessary hospital admissions and some of the acute and chronic complications of diabetes may be prevented through self-management education.
According to the ADA, there are 29.1 million people — or 9.3 percent of the population in the United States — who have diabetes. While an estimated 21 million people have been diagnosed, 8.1 million people aren’t aware that they have this disease. Each day more than 3,900 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will first learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications — heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation.
For more information about diabetes education at AMH, call Lisa James, 618-463-7526.
‘Awesome’ employees honored
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:
Cindy Dickinson is August Employee of the Month
Cindy Dickinson, medical imaging, is the AMH Employee of the Month for August.
Since starting her career at AMH 22 years ago, Dickinson has consistently met or exceeded the standards of excellence set by the facility. “Cindy has a passion for patient care and always puts the best interest of the patient first and foremost,” her co-workers say. “Cindy consistently and frequently receives positive comments from patients who participate in discharge call surveys.”
Dickinson has been the department educator, as well as the clinical instructor, for the Southwestern Illinois College radiology students for many years. “She has been a mentor not only to countless SWIC students, but also to her fellow technologists and other co-workers. The radiologists respect Cindy for her knowledge and often seek her out to troubleshoot issues related to PACS and other clinical quality concerns,” her co-workers add.
Employee Service Center at AMH now open
Human resources team members Pam Barnes, foreground, and Jenny Bain work on the computers inside the new Employee Service Center at AMH. Computers and phone lines are available for employees to check on their benefits — plus, a suggestion box is in place for employee comments and questions. | Photos by Dave Whaley
Crystal Joy was the winner of a gift bag filled with AMH goodies that was part of a raffle for all employees who came to the Employee Service Center grand opening/open house, Aug. 2.
AMH doctors building growing
Crews from the Korte Co. are at work moving ground for the MOB B extension. The 41,000-square-foot addition is scheduled to be open in May 2018. | Photos by Dave Whaley
The usual double door entrance to the existing MOB B is now a single door with a covering. All current offices in MOB B are open for business as usual.
Transplant Awareness Night is Aug. 24
The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center’s Transplant Awareness Night is Aug. 24 at Busch Stadium.
With the purchase of a special St. Louis Cardinals “Theme Ticket,” attendees will receive an exclusive Cardinals cap supporting organ donation. A portion of ticket sales will also support transplants and organ donation.
Visit http://m.mlb.com/cardinals/tickets/theme-tickets/transplant-awareness to purchase tickets. For more information about the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center’s transplant program, visit barnesjewish.org/transplant.
Get ready for Goldfarb 2017 Homecoming event
The Barnes-Jewish College Alumni Association invites alumni to join students, faculty and staff at the annual Homecoming celebration, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sept. 29, at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College’s Duncan Campus, 4483 Duncan Ave., St. Louis.
The day includes lunch, a free T-shirt (while supplies last) and a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment and attendance prizes. Attendees will also have an opportunity take part in on- and off-site community service projects.
For more information, and to register, visit BarnesJewishCollege.edu/Homecoming.
Auxiliary awards scholarships
Vershell Brice-King, Jennifer McCullough and Crystal Webb were awarded BJSPH and PWH Auxiliary scholarships.
Each received a $2,000 scholarship. To be eligible for the scholarships, awardees have to be St. Charles County residents who have completed 20 hours of credit in a health-related field at an approved U.S. college or university.
Vershell Brice-King, Jennifer McCullough and Crystal Webb
VDI ‘Tap and Go’ now at BJSPH and PWH
Current virtual desktop (VDI) devices at BJSPH and PWH have been upgraded with the new VDI “Tap and Go” system.
First time tapping in? Read this:
Remember to tap out of the workstation before you walk away. This helps protect your information and ensures patient privacy.
Have a question? Here are some frequently asked questions:
Sims is Scoop Safety Quiz winner
Marise Sims won $20 in CAB Fare for taking the Scoop Safety Quiz. Sims works in the BJSPH Breast Health and Women’s Center.
Celebrating Women in Medicine event
Among the physicians at the “Celebrate Women in Medicine” event, Aug. 7, at BJWCH were, from left, Dr. Judith Gurley, plastic and reconstructive surgeon; Dr. Julie Margenthaler, Siteman Cancer Center breast surgeon; and Dr. Aislinn Vaughan, breast surgeon. The event let female physicians connect to share ideas and resources. | Photo by Tracy Willcut
Sip some healthy knowledge
Employees are invited to a lunch and learn on the “Breakfast Benefits of Seasonal Smoothies,” from 1-1:30 p.m., Sept. 7, in Conference Room D.
Bring your lunch, enjoy samples and recipes, and learn from Jennifer McDaniel, owner of McDaniel Nutrition Therapy and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
A $2,000 grant from the BJC Help for Your Health Committee funded BJWCH’s employee garden, as well as the monthly lunch and learns that highlight gardening and healthy eating.
BJWCH radiation oncology goes live with new EMR system
BJWCH radiation oncology upgraded to ARIA, a new electronic medical record (EMR) system, Aug. 7. ARIA is the centralized system for all seven BJC radiation oncology facilities, including Washington University, making patient transfer and exchange of patient information more accessible to providers.
ARIA creates one centralized system for review of patient radiation records and improves efficiency, from treatment planning to treatment delivery.
“We’re excited about being under the same technological umbrella with all our radiation oncology facilities,” says Ellen Oza, BJWCH radiation oncology manager. “Our new EMR system was created by the same vendor as our treatment planning systems and treatment machines, creating a seamless integration between the two areas.”
ARIA interfaces with Soarian and will have a direct interface with Epic to make patient appointment transferability and documents accessible.
BJWCH patient access, social services, HIM and radiation oncology team members have been training on the new system since January.
Some of those using the new ARIA system include, back row, from left, Scott Bunch, radiation therapist; Rob Myers, Washington University oncology computing facility staff; and Janet Bradow, radiation therapist; and, front row, Ellen Oza, radiation oncology manager, left, and Jasmine Flagg, patient access. | Photo by Cindy Weinstein
Brandon to join BJC Behavioral Health
Teresa Brandon will join BJC Behavioral Health July 10 as the new director of clinical operations. Brandon will fill the position previously held by Terri Gilbert, who retired May 31 after a 43-year career.
Brandon comes to BJC from Hopewell, where she served as executive vice president of clinical operations. While at Hopewell, she led the organization to financial viability and built and opened a new children and adolescence center. She served as an expert resource for requirements related to clinical practices, licensure, regulatory, and practice issues for certification and licensure of regulatory boards and funders, and overall operations. In her role at Hopewell, Brandon also managed compliance and training, outpatient services, adult and youth services, and residential services.
Prior to Hopewell, she worked for the Department of Mental Health in compliance and system management. Brandon has also held various leadership roles for Burrell Behavioral Health in both Springfield and Columbia, Mo.
“Teresa will work closely with me to help us define the operational structure required to ready BJC Behavioral Health for the future,” says Barbi Berrong, BJC Behavioral Health vice president. “We are fortunate to have found someone with Teresa’s technical expertise, proven success, and innovation and compassion for the population
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.”
Mete, Reinbold join BJC corporate finance team
The BJC corporate finance team has two new directors, Bob Mete and Julia Reinbold.
Mete has been named director of financial planning and analysis (FP and A), filling the role previously held by Elizabeth Lawson. Lawson recently became vice president of finance at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals.
In this role, Mete will be responsible for FP and A activities, including overall budget and multi-year model coordination, cost accounting, business decision support and other ad hoc analysis activities.
Mete most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for John Volpi & Co., and has a background in the manufacturing and banking industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University–Kellstadt Graduate School. Mete reports to BJC finance vice president Larry Kayser.
Reinbold is the new finance director responsible for the shared services hospital accounting team. In this role, she will be responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for BJC’s hospitals.
Reinbold has spent most of her career at Express Scripts, where she had a variety of progressive finance leadership roles, including five years as corporate accounting director. Most recently, she served as the vice president of finance at Castlewood Treatment Centers.
Reinbold earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Maryville University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Reinbold reports to BJC finance vice president Lori Schreiner.
Hospice holds recruitment event for new hospice house
Many RNs and CNAs attended a special event at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Feb. 7 to learn about opportunities with the innovative, compassionate BJC Hospice team.
Guests enjoyed door prizes, learned about the new BJC hospice house, Evelyn’s House, opening in May 2017, and met with BJC Hospice staff.
Situated on the campus of BJWCH, Evelyn’s House will have many guest- and family-friendly amenities and comforts, including 16 private guest suites for adults, teens and children; dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms; family kitchen and café; leading edge communications and safety; and much more.
For more information about Evelyn’s House, visit bjchospice.org/evelynshouse — or, to learn about available positions at Evelyn’s House, visit bjc.org/jobs.
Heather Fleming, RN, Barnes-Jewish Hospital bone marrow transplant, right, looks at a rendering of Evelyn’s House with BJC Home Care Services recruiter Christine Kaiser. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Convenient Care at Hazelwood now open
BJC Medical Group and Christian Hospital Convenient Care at Hazelwood opened Aug. 7 at 7451A N. Lindbergh Blvd., in the Elm Grove Shopping Center, with certified family-nurse practitioners Zandra Brown, FNP, and Latoya Woods, FNP, seeing patients.
Convenient Care at Hazelwood offers many services, with the co-pay the same as a primary care visit for many visitors. The practitioners treat cough/cold/flu symptoms; joint and minor muscle strains; minor scrapes, cuts or bruises; sore throat or earache; insect bites or rashes; sinus symptoms; eye irritation; infections; fevers under 101 degrees; and more.
For convenience, the Hazelwood location is open daily from 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Appointments aren’t necessary, and the staff accommodates patients quickly and efficiently.
To reach Convenient Care at Hazelwood, call 314-921-2882 or visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Latoya Woods, FNP, left, and Zandra Brown, FNP, staff BJC Medical Group Convenient Care at Hazelwood. | Photo by Tim Mudrovic
Dr. Ehlman joins Sunset Hills Adult Medicine
Molly Ehlman, MD, has joined BJC Medical Group’s Sunset Hills Adult Medicine, in the Missouri Baptist Medical Center outpatient facility in Sunset Hills. Dr. Ehlman is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in geriatrics. She specializes in primary care for patients of all ages.
Dr. Ehlman received her medical degree from Saint Louis University in 2013 and completed her residency and internship in internal medicine in 2016. She also completed an additional fellowship in geriatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in 2017.
“I chose internal medicine, specifically primary care, because it allows me to treat a broad range of conditions and gives me the opportunity to develop strong relationships with my patients over time,” Dr. Ehlman says. “I chose to specialize in geriatrics because I enjoy the complexity of caring for older adults.”
As a primary care provider, Dr. Ehlman provides comprehensive management of chronic medical conditions and coordination of care with specialists. She will also provide evaluation and treatment of common geriatric syndromes including, but not limited to, cognitive decline, incontinence and frailty.
“My training in geriatrics allows me to provide specialized care for older adults,” Dr. Ehlman says. “My goal is to help my patients function as optimally as possible, regardless of their age.”
Dr. Ehlman is a member of BJC Medical Group. She practices at Sunset Hills Adult Medicine, 3844 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 120, Sunset Hills. Call 314-525-0490 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.
Gift Shop blowout sale is on through Aug. 31
The CH Gift Shop team is making room for new items. Stop by to take advantage of discounted prices on select merchandise through Aug. 31. Store hours are 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 314-653-5859. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Stop by the farmers market at CH every Friday
Stop by the farmers market on the CH campus every Friday (weather permitting) for fresh fruits and veggies. The farmers market, sponsored by the CH Health Literacy Team to make healthy choices convenient for employees, is available from 7 a.m.-noon on the grassy area outside of the Surgery Center. Seasonal fresh vegetables and fruit are available for purchase with cash or check only.
Pat Collins retires after nearly 24 years
Pat Collins, PharmD, retired July 27 from the Family Care Pharmacy after nearly 24 years of service to CH and BJC.
Collins started as an inpatient pharmacist at CH in September 1993. She transferred to the CH Family Care pharmacy in the late 1990s and ultimately began floating to all of the BJC retail pharmacies as part of the CH pharmacy administration team.
During her retirement, Collins looks forward to spending time with her husband, three children and grandchildren, and traveling to visit family.
Care consultation days are Sept. 9 and Oct. 21
The Alzheimer’s Association is offering free consultations to discuss dementia and Alzheimer’s-related issues, such as caregiver stress, diagnosis questions, resources and services, coping with behaviors, and learning how to communicate with someone with dementia. Hour-long consultations are conducted by a social worker to answer questions and address concerns.
The consultations will be offered from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sept. 9 and Oct. 21, at Northwest HealthCare (lower conference room).
Appointments are required. Call 314-801-0399 to schedule your time.
* Walk-ins will be accepted, but only if time allows. Individuals are encouraged to make an appointment to guarantee a consultation.
Caregivers Conference provides support and resources
A complimentary Caregivers Conference will be held from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sept. 26, in the CH Atrium to provide support and resources to those who assist with transportation, shopping, personal needs, meal preparation, housekeeping, paperwork, medication, companionship or safety supervision.
The conference is presented by AARP Missouri Real Possibilities, Christian Hospital Auxiliary and Christian Hospital Foundation.
Seating is limited, and registration is required. Register online at https://aarp.cvent.com/MOcaregiversconf2017 or call 877-926-8300. A complimentary lunch will be served to all attendees, and free valet parking will be available.
The conference features keynote speaker Amy Goyer, who is a caregiver, consultant and author. Other speakers and highlights include: Mid-East Area Agency on Aging; VOYCE; Christian Hospital physical therapist; Memory Care Home Solutions; Christian Hospital Palliative Care; meditation/relaxation exercise; veterans’ benefits and resources; and a variety of resource information tables.
Resource table sponsorships are available at http://christianhospital.org/caregivers or call 314-653-5162.
PCT Academy graduates fifth class
The members of CH’s most recent PCT Academy were honored during a graduation ceremony, Aug. 4, in the Atrium at CH.
The 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.
CH’s most recent PCT Academy graduates include, from left, front row, Tierney Crayton, Rebecca Bazan, Jada Shaw, Miranda Murry, Stacy Mashedi and Rhonda Jones; and, back row, Tearsi Wallace, Alexandria Tate, Jamie Primas, Tina-Marie McDaniel and Grant Herter. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Child Development Center open enrollment underway
CH’s Child Development Center (CDC) is now enrolling for the fall session.
The CDC has been serving the community for more than 30 years and is state licensed, Missouri accredited and professionally staffed with programs for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years, including a full-day kindergarten.
Hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information about the CDC, call 314-653-5600.
CDC students get ready to leave for a field trip to HealthWorks Kids’ Museum St. Louis, July 19. | 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
Dr. Jennifer Neville joins Memorial Medical Group Internal Medicine
Jennifer Neville, MD, has joined Memorial Medical Group. She started seeing patients Aug. 15.
Dr. Neville is an internal medicine physician with clinical interests in preventive health, women’s health and geriatric health. She completed her medical education at Southern Illinois University and her medical residency at the University of Cincinnati.
Her office is at 310 N. Seven Hills Road, O’Fallon, Ill. In late October, her office will move to Memorial Hospital East Medical Office Building, 1414 Cross St., Shiloh, Ill. For an appointment or for more information, call 618-607-1260 or visit www.memorialmedgroup.com.
Don’t miss remaining 2017 blood drives
Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives include:
To save time, use www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to fill out your health history questionnaire before attending the blood drive.
Memorial supports eighth annual Back to School Fun Fair
MHB supported the Greater Belleville Chamber of Commerce’s annual Back to School Fun Fair. On Aug. 2, the emergency department pediatric specialist team put together 1,000 bags of school supplies to be distributed to families attending the event. In addition to a free backpack, children enjoyed fun and games, school physicals, dental exams and face painting. | Photo by Andy Nicholson
Memorial Regional Health Services submits Magnet® redesignation documents
Memorial Regional Health Services successfully submitted 2017 Magnet redesignation documents Aug. 1 to three appraisers and the Magnet Program Office at the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
MHB and MCC have been designated as Magnet®-recognized facilities since 2008, and were redesignated in 2013. The submission provides documentation for a third designation. MHE is included in the redesignation documents since one chief nursing officer oversees all nursing services at both campuses. MRHS applied for this designation as one organization with multiple locations.
Both hospital campuses held celebrations in recent weeks to acknowledge that the documents have been submitted.
MoBap pharmacists win national virtual poster symposium competition
Two MBMC pharmacists recently were recognized by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP).
The ACCP held a virtual poster symposium competition in which poster finalists were required to give a five- to eight-minute Skype presentation, as well as participate in a seven- to 10-minute question-and-answer session with the judges. In all, 230 abstracts were presented during the symposium.
Katie Tellor of St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a pharmacist at MBMC, won the Best Poster Award for “Evaluation of Warfarin Requirements in Hospitalized, Obese Patients Admitted with a Therapeutic INR.” One of her poster co-authors was Anastasia Armbruster, another MBMC pharmacist.
Winners have been invited to present their research at the 2017 annual meeting, to be held Oct. 7-10, in Phoenix.
Miranda Amsden and Jesse Loker are June Great Catch winners
Miranda Amsden and Jesse Loker earned the most recent Great Catch Award. The two sterile processing employees noticed a potential issue and promptly brought it to the attention of their leaders.
Janet Belpulsi is MHA Hospital Hero
Each month, a Hospital Hero of the Month is selected by the Missouri Hospital Association. The most recent winner was MBMC’s own Janet Belpulsi, GI lab. Her nominator says she has “great compassion and caring for every patient. She is an angel here on earth.”
Chris Yoest steps down from MBSH board of trustees
Chris Yoest recently stepped down from the MBSH board of trustees after 14 years of service. Yoest had served on the board through the years when the original hospital was replaced with the current, up-to-date facility.
A longtime businessman in the Sullivan area, Yoest was a valuable addition to the board of directors, says Tony Schwarm, MBSH president.
“The hospital has received a tremendous benefit over the years from Chris’ business insight related to local issues,” Schwarm says. “We thank him for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Mike Hoffman, left, MBSH board chairman, presents a plaque to board member Chris Yoest for his years of dedicated service. | Photo by David Hartwick
Peebles is ballgame ticket winner
Longtime Sullivan employers MBSH and Fidelity Communications held a friendly competition throughout June in an effort to make health care even better in the community. Employees of both businesses were encouraged to pledge their support toward expanded and improved health care equipment at MBSH.
Fidelity Communications donated four tickets to Cardinals baseball games for a drawing among participating employees at the company with the highest percentage of employees pledging.
At the end of June, both businesses had a good response for the first-time competition. A total of 7.7 percent of Fidelity Communications’ 220 employees made pledges, while 13.5 percent of MBSH’s 400 employees pledged toward the cause. Altogether, 71 employees contributed. MBSH was the ballgame ticket winner, and Gayle Peebles, MIS/HIM manager, was the drawing winner.
The support doubled what was raised during the hospital’s employee fund-raising campaign last year. “On behalf of the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital ambassador board (fund-raising team), I want to sincerely thank each employee for participating in this year’s campaign,” says Lisa Lochner, MBSH executive director. “When all of the pledges are received, there will be $10,000 to improve or expand health care at MBSH for our community.”
“We were glad to participate in the competition that will enhance health care at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and benefit a lot of people in our community,” says Kathy Ruwwe, Fidelity Communications human resources director.
Three representatives from each business will be selected from among the participating employees to serve on a committee to listen to hospital department presentations on equipment needs. The committee will then determine the allocation of the funds collected by the campaign.
Purchase helps Sullivan maintenance team keep on truckin’
The MBSH maintenance staff gets their money’s worth out of their trucks. The department recently purchased a new service truck — a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado with automatic transmission and four-wheel drive. While not brand new, it’s a significant upgrade over the last truck — a 1999 Chevy.
The MBSH Auxiliary bought the old truck in late 1998. Following many years of reliable service to the hospital, it had more than 180,000 miles on the odometer and was showing significant wear. A replacement was needed before serious mechanical issues cropped up.
The 2014 Silverado became available locally with a little more than 5,600 miles on the odometer. Administration approved the purchase.
“We’re pleased that we were able to get the truck,” says facilities manager Jerrod Schlueter. “The old truck served us well, but it was time for an upgrade.”
The maintenance staff poses with their new (to them) Chevrolet Silverado service truck. | Photo by David Hartwick
Austin Tharp is Star Service team member for July
Austin Tharp is the ICARE Star Service Employee for July. Tharp, a floor finisher in housekeeping, has worked at PHC for five years.
Tharp says he enjoys working at PHC. “Everyone is so nice, and we work in good surroundings,” he says. “After you work here a while, it feels like family.”
The nomination from Tharp’s peers reads in part, “Our Star Service Employee for July cares about patients, visitors and co-workers. He is always willing to help any time someone is in need. He maintains a positive attitude and lives our ICARE journey every day.
“He works hard to maintain a clean environment and is respected by his co-workers. He always has a smile and a kind word for those he sees in the hallways. He is dependable, focused and loves his job.”
ICARE is PHC’s patient experience service initiative. The acronym stands for the following values: Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
Boulware honored for doing what’s best for families
Lindsay Boulware, Dental Clinic, received the monthly President’s Award from Joan Magruder, SLCH president.
When the Dental Clinic team found a dental abscess in a patient needing urgent surgery, Boulware coordinated services so the patient was treated and ready for surgery within two days.
A similar effort in which Boulware managed to block time for a patient — coordinating with other services and physicians to treat the patient — saved a family from an extra visit to SLCH, a 34-hour drive roundtrip.
“Lindsay did what was best for these two families and got the teamwork going to meet their needs,” says Angie Woods, patient access/dental operations, who nominated Boulware.
Denton goes above and beyond in supporting parents
Salisa Denton, RN, newborn ICU, received a Daisy Award from Peggy Gordin, patient care services vice president.
Denton cared for an extremely premature infant who eventually died. Denton was an ongoing source of support for the parents and provided positive memories for them.
“She went above and beyond,” says Jennifer Becker, RN, newborn ICU, who nominated Denton. “The parents offered compliments and gratitude for the positive energy, smiles and support they received. Even on such a difficult day, the parents could not say enough good things about their baby’s care.”
Family Room celebrates 10 years
The Ronald McDonald Family Room celebrated its 10th anniversary in July. All five volunteers pictured have served since day one. From left are Anne Strong, Joan Perotti, Delores Schiermeier, Jo Ann VanDeven and Carol Craddock. | Courtesy photo
Davis provides superior patient care every day
Devonne Davis, RN, operating room, received a Daisy Award from Peggy Gordin, patient care services vice president.
In the process of helping multiple operating rooms get ready for their cases, Davis solved a problem that ensured safe care was delivered to a patient.
“Devonne provides superior patient care every day and is an outstanding co-worker,” says Anna Rogers, RN, operating room, who nominated Davis.
Car Care for Kids: Maintenance that makes a difference
Inspired by the SLCH mission to do what’s right for kids, several St. Louis auto dealers are teaming up with BG Products Inc., a supplier of high quality fluids and professional equipment, to create Car Care for Kids.
Until the end of August, auto dealers and BG are donating a portion of the proceeds from every service involving BG products to the SLCH transport team.
So, if you’ve been putting off that coolant system fluid exchange, wait no longer. Your car will feel better and the kids at SLCH will, too. Visit StLouisChildrens.org/CarCare for participating dealers and more information on Car Care for Kids.
Bianchi provides exceptional service to patients and families
Lyn Bianchi, transplantation, received the monthly President’s Award from Joan Magruder, SLCH president.
When a baby was critically ill in the OR after a difficult transplant, Bianchi, the baby’s transplant coordinator, came in from home to meet with the family and offered emotional and other support during the difficult time.
Unfortunately, the patient didn’t survive the operation, and Bianchi volunteered to help prepare the baby in the bereavement room. She stayed with the family to support them as they said their final goodbyes.
“Lyn consistently provides exceptional service to her patients and families,” says Michelle Nadler, PNP, transplantation, who nominated Bianchi. “She’s one of the most selfless, caring and compassionate nurses
I know, and it’s a privilege and honor to work with her.”
Transplant team members celebrating with Lyn Bianchi, back row, third from right, include, from left, front row, Tara Loveless, McKallie Quirk, Crystal Buesking, Jamie Backowski and Jenny Wolff; and, back row, Sharon Wheeler, Rhea Oelbaum, Sue Hogenmiller, Michelle Nadler, Kristen Jasper and Krystal Fulton. | Courtesy photo
Diebling moves to new HealthSouth role
TRISL CEO Tara Diebling has been named CEO of HealthSouth’s Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, beginning Sept. 17. Cardinal Hill is a 232-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Lexington, Ken.
“During Tara’s leadership tenure with TRISL, she has proven her dedication to patients and staff members, while upholding our company’s beliefs in delivering quality health care in the most appropriate, safe, patient-centered environment,” says Troy DeDecker, HealthSouth regional president. “In addition, she has served as a resource and defined the true meaning of being a partner with leaders and staff at BJC HealthCare and Washington University.”
Diebling will continue to oversee the rehabilitation hospital, as well as the upcoming opening of 35 rehabilitation beds at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, which will increase TRISL’s market presence to 131 beds. In the meantime, a national search is underway to name a new CEO.
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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