Highlighting the people, news and events that bring BJC to life
BJH | Couple gets married in hospital after groom gets lifesaving liver transplant.
CH | Husband and wife both work at CH.
BHC | Boone Hospital’s cafeteria and local farm provide fresh, organic produce.
BJC | Society is the nation’s leading philanthropic program for African Americans.
BJC, WUSM | Items find a second life at Central American health facility.
BJSPH | Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital brings nature to patients.
BJC HOSPICE | Registered nurses networking event is Oct. 13.
SLCH | Dr. Ternberg paved the way for many women in medicine.
BJC | All BJC employees must receive the seasonal flu vaccine as a condition of employment by Dec. 15, 2016.
WUSM | Research to assess how traits of autism may pass through the generations
Alton Memorial makes a difference at Diabetes Walk
AMH was well represented at the annual Metro East Step Out Diabetes Walk, Sept. 17, at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Staff manned the health and wellness tent and gave A1C screenings. Team members included, seated in front, Cathie Lehr, left, and Debbie Turpin; and standing, from left, Deb Frazier, Joni Miley, Leslie Forrester, Naomi Ward and Lisa James. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Flu shots available to BJH employees, public
BJH team members, as well as the public, will again have the opportunity to receive free influenza vaccinations at BJH and community clinics. Vaccination against the flu (or a medical or religious exemption) is a condition of employment for BJC employees. The deadline to receive the vaccination is midnight, Dec. 15.
Vaccinations are free to team members, as well as the public, thanks to a donation from the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. All vaccines are free of latex and preservatives. Vaccinations will be available for those age 6 months and older.
Team members can receive flu vaccinations in the occupational health office, located on the fifth floor of the Center for Outpatient Health. Vaccination hours are 7-10 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Nurse liaisons also will be administering vaccinations on most nursing units.
Visit barnesjewish.org/Patients-Visitors/Flu-Shot-Clinic for a schedule of vaccination clinics being hosted in the community.
BJH nurses receive DAISY Awards for compassion, commitment
Three nurses at BJH were recognized recently with DAISY Awards. The DAISY Award is a national program facilitated by participating hospitals. The award recognizes nurses who consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and compassionate care.
Honorees receive a certificate, a daisy bouquet and a “healer’s touch” sculpture hand-crafted and signed by artists from the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. Recognition is based on letters and nomination forms received from grateful patients and their families or from co-workers. Below are excerpts from the nominations.
A patient’s family was grateful for the compassionate care Debbie Chandler, 4400 ICU, provided to their family member. Although the patient couldn’t speak and could barely move, he requested to give Chandler a hug. “She made the first few days of his stay bearable and hopeful. She’s an amazing woman!” the family member wrote.
Stephanie Hollis, 14400/500, was nominated for a DAISY Award just three months after starting her job at BJH. Her nominator cited Hollis’ willingness to go the extra mile and her ever-present smile. “She should be promoted to national speaker on how to treat a patient,” the nominator wrote. “If this title doesn’t exist, it should be created just for Stephanie.”
A former patient cared for by Joanne Williams, 17400, appreciated how Williams advocated for her care and went out of her way to find the supplies the patient was most comfortable using. “She was not only a nurse, but felt like a friend I could trust,” the patient wrote.
Lipstein delivers keynote address at GSON summer graduation
It may have been overcast outside, but light, laughter and smiles filled Powell Hall in midtown St. Louis Aug. 20, as the graduates of the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, as well as their families and friends, celebrated nursing school graduation. Also attending were the graduating classes of 1991 and 1966, who were on hand to celebrate their 25th and 50th class reunions.
More than 150 students received their diplomas from GSON during the school’s summer commencement ceremony.
Steve Lipstein, BJC president and CEO, was the keynote speaker and addressed graduates with words of wisdom for their future as nurses. He asked them what kind of nurses they planned to be and asked them to use their imagination to think about what kind of impact they would have on their patients. He then asked them to think deeply about what kind of human being they want to be, what kind of impact they want to have as a nurse on their patients, their families and their community.
Lipstein reflected back to when he was in college and served as a unit secretary at a hospital where he watched nurses work so hard, defining for him how impactful the profession of nursing can be on the lives of other people. “What I saw had a big impact on me and created an indelible impression that is still with me today,” noted Lipstein. “I saw firsthand how nurses’ hard work and dedication to their career translated into the care they provided and the impact it had on outcomes for patients and their families.”
He challenged the graduates, RNs getting their advanced degrees and undergraduates who will soon be RNs, to serve as examples because they will be in a position to inspire people each day. Lipstein added that nursing students learn about human anatomy and the science behind nursing, but great nurses are those who bring humanity to work every day.
The ceremony came to a close, and the graduates beamed with pride knowing they are well prepared to make a difference, while never losing sight of GSON’s slogan: Skill, tenderly applied, works wonders. Many of the graduates have already secured positions spanning a variety of health care settings.
More than 150 Goldfarb School of Nursing graduates received their diplomas during the school’s summer commencement ceremony Aug. 20. | Photo courtesy of Kabance Photo
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Auxiliary offers $2,000 scholarships
The Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Auxiliary is offering $2,000 scholarships.
The scholarships are available to any St. Charles County resident who has completed 20 hours of credit in a health-related field at an approved college or university. Students who have been awarded this scholarship in the past are ineligible.
Those interested should complete the application and submit it no later than July 8, 2016. To download the application, visit http://tinyurl.com/aux-scholarship.
For more information, call Carol Conner, 636-922-9052.
BJWCH honors 11 PNDP nurses
Eleven BJWCH nurses were honored at the September 2016 Professional Nurse Development Program (PNDP) luncheon. They have a cumulative 174 years of nursing experience, 58 years of working at BJWCH and 87 years in their specialty areas. PNDP honorees included, from left, Vicky Grillo, RN; Pat Hill, RN; Donna Shelmire, RN, BSN; Tina Ducharme, RN, BSN; Heather Wilson, RN, BSN; Sharon Daube, RN; Lana Shapiro, RN, RNFA; Amy Bauer, RN, BSN, RNFA; LeAnn Schmidt, RN; and Mioara Neagu, RN, BSN. Karen Bradshaw, RN, is not pictured. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Two OR veterans retire
Rosa Johnson, surgical technologist, and Carmen Heath, lead scheduler, retired from the BJWCH operating room with 74 years of combined experience working for BJC.
Both plan to spend time with family and travel during retirement, including Heath welcoming her first grandchild in November. “I will miss the people at BJWCH,” Heath says.
“I’ll miss taking care of patients and continually learning, as well as my co-workers and doctors,” Johnson says.
“Carmen will be greatly missed. She had a great relationship with the staff and surgeons,” says Norma Fishbein, surgical services director. “Carmen was not only our scheduler, she was our gatekeeper and all-around, go-to person.
“Rosa was not only knowledgeable in urology but in many other services,” Fishbein adds. “She has a passion for what she did and was always willing to help co-workers. She also enjoyed teaching new employees or other co-workers learning the service.”
Suffian will be missed
Daniel Suffian, BJC Behavioral Health peer support specialist, died June 20.
Suffian had been the peer specialist at BJC Behavioral Health-Central since November 2014. During that time Suffian helped lead the consumer council and participated in assisting many clients in group and individual services.
Suffian started working at BJC Behavioral Health with a strong desire to help others, especially those working on recovery. His supervisor, Paul Nims, says, “Dan was a scientist, a poet, a dog lover and a foodie. He was a wonderfully imperfect man and will be greatly missed.”
CHS celebrates success
BJC Corporate Health Services held its annual Employee Recognition Celebration in December. The event highlighted teams and individuals who contributed to the success of the organization in 2015. More than 100 CHS colleagues, business partners and guests attended the event, held at the BJC Learning Institute. Attendees enjoyed an evening of fun, including a reception, dinner, music trivia and an award ceremony.
Chrystal Norfleet, MA, BarnesCare Midtown clinic coordinator, received the ICARE award for her commitment to outstanding patient care and customer service. “Chrystal embodies each of the ICARE values,” says Patrick Venditti, BarnesCare executive director. “She has the gift of making every visitor to our clinic feel like they are the most important person she will serve that day.”
Robin Zieger, senior medical assistant in BarnesCare’s physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine clinic, was named CHS Employee of the Year. Zieger exceeded all performance criteria for the award, which included customer service recognition, community service and skill-building requirements. “Robin is personable and caring with our patients,” says Angela Tripp, MD, MS. “She is reliable, hard-working and is always willing to help out her co-workers.”
Karen Miener, RN, manager, was recognized as CHS Leader of the Year. Miener manages the BarnesCare St. Peters clinic and the corporate health nurse team. In addition, she coordinates the CHS employee wellness program and has been instrumental in implementing the ICARE service program. “Karen is a great role model for our CHS clinical and administrative colleagues,” says Diane Palmer, RN, MHA, director of clinic operations. “She is dedicated to improving performance on all levels by developing and empowering her team.”
“We continue to make great strides as an organization due to the skill and commitment of our dedicated team of professionals like these award winners,” says Venditti.
Chrystal Norfleet, Robin Zieger and Karen Miener
Campus Renewal — time-lapse video shows rooftop construction
How does a million pounds of equipment make it to the roof of a building? Watch the April Campus Renewal video and listen to Annalise Regan to learn the purpose of the equipment and see it come together. Visit bjcconstruction.org.
Collecting admiration along the way
Kelly Shellogg, BJC Home Infusion patient accounts reimbursement representative, has been named the BJC Home Care Services March Employee of the Month. Shellogg, a patient accounts lead, is responsible for billing and collections for the Memorial Springfield contract.
Her nominator says Shellogg’s customer service skills are exemplary. “She treats each customer the way each of us would like to be treated, by listening sincerely and offering various solutions to the situation. Kelly holds herself to the highest degree of accountability and always makes herself available to assist co-workers with their tasks when needed. She is genuine in her desire to help others by sharing her knowledge.”
Hospice employee brings joy through music
Alison Cole, BJC Hospice music therapist, has provided many moving moments, not only for hospice patients, but also for family members in grief. For her efforts, Cole was named the BJC Home Care Services February Employee of the Month.
According to her nominators, Cole has an extremely compassionate heart and goes to great lengths to provide whatever session will be most meaningful for the person involved. “Alison wants to ensure that every patient and family who wants music support will receive it,” says her nominator, “yet she also protects her boundaries so she can always give 100 percent in each situation.”
Cole attends as many grief retreats and hospice memorial services as her heavy caseload allows; visits schools, churches and families; started a music volunteer program; and allows students to shadow her.
Her skills shined at a BJC Hospice Weavings retreat grief retreat for mothers who have lost a child. Cole asked each of the 26 mothers to name gifts that their child gave to them and gifts that they gave to their child. She then created a song that included all of the responses and performed it for the moms. Many of the mothers noted that the song was the most meaningful part of their weekend.
“Alison brings joy and comfort to patients, families and participants at our grief support events. She is well respected by and works collaboratively with staff. She has a strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for the quality of her work. Alison brings so many positive things to BJC Hospice, such as her warmth, respect, kindness and humility. We are grateful to work with and learn from her,” says Andrea Tritinger, MSW, LCSW, BJC Hospice grief support coordinator.
Dr. Parra is new family and sports medicine physician in St. Charles
J. Marino Parra, MD, a board-certified family and sports medicine physician, has joined BJC Medical Group in St. Charles County.
Dr. Parra earned his medical degree in 1990 in Colombia and completed a master of health administration in 1996. Dr. Parra then moved to the United States, where he completed his residency in family medicine in Tennessee in 2009. While in his residency, he discovered a passion for sports medicine. He furthered his training with a fellowship in sports medicine in St. Louis in 2011.
Dr. Parra has experience in both family medicine and sports medicine. His primary focus is to develop a culture of education and prevention in his patients. “My philosophy of care is to practice evidence-based medicine so that
I can develop a great relationship with the patient and gain his or her trust,” Dr. Parra says.
Dr. Parra enjoys providing care for patients of all ages in his family medicine practice with a special interest in sports medicine and non-surgical orthopedics. These interests include treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions like shoulder pain, knee pain, bursitis, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries and stress fractures, and providing treatment through remedies such as trigger point injections and splinting.
Dr. Parra is fluent in English and Spanish and welcomes Spanish-speaking patients to his practice.
Dr. Parra is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. His practice is at 201 BJC St. Peters Drive, Medical Office Building 3, Suite 200, St. Peters. To schedule an appointment, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org or call 636-916-9615.
Macheca is endocrinology provider at BJSPH
Mary Kay Macheca, ANP-BC, CDE, a board-certified adult nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator, has joined the practice of Stanley Mathew, MD, and Ranjani Ramanathan, MD, endocrinologists at BJC Medical Group at St. Peters.
Diabetes education has been Macheca’s passion since she began practicing.
Macheca received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Saint Louis University. She then practiced as a diabetes clinical nurse specialist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital before completing her adult nurse practitioner post-master’s certificate program. She has been an advanced practice registered nurse specializing in endocrinology and caring for patients with diabetes ever since. She also serves on the executive advisory committee of Saint Louis University’s School of Nursing and co-chairs the nominating committee. She currently serves on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
“The most rewarding part of my practice is building relationships with patients that span many years and optimizing the health of the patients I care for,” Macheca says. “My focus is helping patients with diabetes incorporate diet, exercise, medication and glucose monitoring into their lives such that the disease becomes a part of everyday life, but doesn’t overwhelm the patient or prevent them from living a full and rich life.”
Macheca is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. Her practice is at 201 BJC St. Peters Drive, Medical Office Building 3, Suite 200, St. Peters. To make an appointment, visit at bjcmedicalgroup.org or call 636-916-9615.
Bruckerhoff joins Northwest HealthCare
Sara Bruckerhoff, NP, has joined the rheumatology practice of Ying Du, MD, at Northwest HealthCare.
Bruckerhoff earned her master of science in nursing degree at Saint Louis University. She completed her bachelor of science degree in nursing at the University of Missouri St. Louis.
Specializing in rheumatology, she will collaborate with Dr. Du to provide care for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus, bursitis, Sjogren’s syndrome, myositis, vasculitis, tendinitis, back pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and gout.
“The most rewarding part of practicing medicine is seeing firsthand when patients get better and live the life they were intended to,” says Bruckerhoff.
Bruckerhoff is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Christian Hospital. Her practice is located at 1225 Graham Road, Building C, Suite 2320, St. Louis, and can be reached at 314-953-6801.
Smith joins O’Fallon Convenient Care
Cassie Smith, FNP-BC, has joined BJC Medical Group as part of the care team at O’Fallon (Mo.) Convenient Care.
Smith, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, has been a registered nurse since 2004. She earned her master of science in nursing degree in 2014. She brings a variety of experiences and skills to the practice through her work as a registered nurse and a school nurse.
“My goal is to provide individualized, evidence-based care to each of my patients,” Smith says. “I believe every patient deserves to be treated with dignity, respect and the highest quality of care possible.”
In addition to providing personalized care, Smith is passionate about patient education. “I want to help people get better by helping them recognize how their lifestyle choices affect their overall health and wellness,” she says.
As a primary care provider in a convenient care setting, Smith sees patients on a walk-in basis without an appointment. She provides care for a variety of conditions including cold/flu symptoms, ear aches, sinus infections and allergies. The O’Fallon Convenient Care is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., except major holidays.
For more information about Smith or O’Fallon Convenient Care, 2630 Highway K, O’Fallon, Mo., visit bjcmedicalgroup.org or call 636-240-5454.
Basciano joins Family Care at Christian Hospital
Cody Basciano, FNP, has joined Family Care at Christian Hospital.
Basciano graduated summa cum laude in 2013 with a master of science in nursing degree from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky. Prior to that she practiced as a registered nurse in a variety of clinical settings.
She provides comprehensive health care to people of all ages, from newborn to geriatric. Her services include preventive health care, screening tests, sports physicals, immunizations, well-woman exams, Medicare wellness exams, care for many acute and chronic illnesses, incision and drainage of abscesses, and patient education.
“My goal is to provide patients with the knowledge and tools that they need to prevent disease, as well as to prevent complications from chronic illnesses that they already have,” says Basciano.
Basciano practices at 11125 Dunn Road, Professional Office Building 2, Suite 406, St. Louis. For more information or to make an appointment, call 314-653-5484.
Dr. Schoenherr joins Family Care at Christian Hospital
Matthew Schoenherr, MD, has joined Family Care at Christian Hospital.
Dr. Schoenherr earned his medical degree at Saint Louis University and completed his residency at the University of Wisconsin. He provides primary care for patients of all ages, including preventive health, care for minor injuries and illnesses, chronic disease screening and management, joint injections, contraceptive procedures (IUD, Nexplanon), biopsies of concerning lesions, and sutures for simple lacerations.
“The best way to treat a disease is by preventing it from happening, so I like to focus on preventive health. I also have a special interest in some of life’s transitions, namely adolescents and end-of-life care,” says Dr. Schoenherr. “Lastly, I believe LGBT patients are underserved and want my practice to be known for being open to all patients.”
Dr. Schoenherr is a member of BJC Medical Group and is on staff at Christian Hospital. His practice is at 11125 Dunn Road, Professional Office Building 2, Suite 406, St. Louis, and can be reached at 314-653-5484.
Epic roadshow coming to Boone
On Sept. 7, BHC will become the first BJC facility to experience an Epic electronic health record roadshow.
Titled “Hit the Road to Epic,” the roadshow event, sponsored by Health Information Partners (HIP), will provide a preview of the many great benefits a single-patient record will provide for patients and caregivers.
A team of Epic experts will demonstrate how Epic improves patient care by a documentation system that integrates and coordinates that care.
Where and when — The event will take place in conference rooms A, B and C on the hospital’s main floor. The schedule includes:
Breakout demo sessions include:
Why — “The roadshow will provide real-life documentation of patient scenarios to see how patients move in and between areas of care,” says Ken Woodward, user adoption and communications lead for HIP. “All the vast capabilities of Epic cannot be demonstrated in a few hours. But we believe the roadshow will give Boone providers and employees a great introductory tour of Epic.”
Peace, love and wound care at CH annual conference
More than 250 clinicians from throughout the bi-state area gathered at CH Sept. 13 for Woundstock 2016, an annual one-day conference designed for nurses who provide direct patient care for wounds and ostomies.
The conference includes sharing best practices, professional development, continuing education and vendor exhibits. The conference is sponsored by the St. Louis affiliate of the Wound, Ostomy Nurse Society.
The CH wound nurse team includes, from left, front, Dena Muscarella, Kathy Rogozienski and Beth Machens; middle, Cathy Danvers, Chris Baniak, Retta Sutterfield, Jan Clark and Jennifer Gerdes; and back row, Jeanette Palmer and Jacque Curtis. | Photo by Bret Berigan
CH blood drives earn award
CH recently earned the bronze level award in the American Red Cross (ARC) Champions for Life program. The award, presented at the CH community blood drive Sept. 14, recognizes CH for meeting goals for its 2015 drives. Nearly 350 people benefited from blood donated at CH and NWHC last year.
Upcoming American Red Cross blood drives are at CH on Dec. 13, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Atrium and at NWHC on Dec. 14, from 1-3 p.m., in the Community Room.
From left, Rick Stevens, CH president, and Sandra Roy, CH blood bank supervisor, accept the bronze level award in the American Red Cross (ARC) Champions for Life program from Julia Huelsmann, ARC senior account manager, and Lori Stone, ARC donor recruitment supervisor. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Christian Hospital reaches robotic milestone
CH’s robotic surgery program achieved another milestone when thoracic surgeons Nabil Munfakh, MD, and Varun Puri, MD, performed the 1,000th robotic surgical procedure Sept. 14. The achievement was a product of teamwork by surgery leadership and staff, administration, marketing, sterile central processing, and the robotic surgical team led by Ben Meydam.
Who ya gonna call? Nurse Mentors!
The CH Nurse Mentor Hotline has been established for questions or concerns that may arise, even after orientation is over. Callers may leave a message, and an experienced nurse will follow up within 48 hours.
All messages are confidential. Call the Nurse Mentor Hotline, 314-953-8449.
NCI announces leadership awardees
North County Inc. (NCI), a regional development association, has named this year’s NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties Leadership Award honorees.
Congratulations to Jackie Bode, CH Foundation executive director, and Brian Hokamp, CH EMS chief, who were nominated and selected to receive this great honor.
Employee Health Fair 2016 going on now
The annual health fair for employees, volunteers and retirees includes blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and BMI screenings; information booths; pulmonary function testing; and flu shots. Participants also have chances to win prizes.
Remaining dates include:
Epic Roadshow coming Oct. 26
CH is a little over a year away from the Epic “go live.” The Epic Roadshow will be at CH Oct. 26, allowing staff and providers to look at the work that’s been underway for more than a year.
Christian Hospital Auxiliary Group Travel for 2016
The Christian Hospital Auxiliary sponsors group travel opportunities, with proceeds benefiting the CH Auxiliary and care at CH.
The upcoming “Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountains Show Trip” is scheduled for Nov. 14-18, 2016. Price per person — $500, double occupancy — includes motorcoach transportation, four nights lodging, eight meals, admission to “Titanic: The world’s largest museum attraction,” three dinner shows (“Soul of Motown,” “America’s Hit Parade” and “The Hatfield-McCoy Show”), one evening show (“Smoky Mountain Opry”), two morning shows (“The Smith Morning Variety Show and “Tis the Season” show), and free time in historic downtown Gatlinburg.
For more information or to request a full-color, detailed brochure and trip registration form, contact Sheryl McClary, 314-653-5193 or email@example.com.
And be sure to save the date for Niagara Falls and Toronto — June 4-10, 2017.
April Employee of the Month ‘makes coming to work nice’
Mary Gebhart, RN, BSN, home care staff field nurse, genuinely cares about her work, her patients and her co-workers, as if they were family. For example, on New Year’s Eve, when many were hurrying out the door to start the holiday, Gebhart worked late and made an extra skilled nursing visit to make sure a very ill patient got needed care. When her nominator commented that her New Year’s Eve visit was “above and beyond,” Gebhart said, “If it were my mom, I would hope someone would be there to do what was needed for her, regardless of the day.”
On a different occasion, Gebhart happened to overhear a conversation about a patient who needed attention and asked what she could do to help. Gebhart was named the April Employee of the Month.
Her nominator says Gebhart is “definitely a team player who consistently goes above and beyond with a caring attitude and a knack for being very thorough in her work and her care.”
May Employee of the Month makes breathing easier
Diane Schnable, physical therapy assistant, fought through many obstacles to get exactly what a patient needed. Because of serious lung conditions, the patient had a great deal of trouble breathing, which worsened when the patient had to walk. A motorized wheelchair would be a great solution, but was out of the question — until Schnable found someone who was willing to donate one.
After the patient began using the motorized wheelchair, the home care team noticed that the patient had discontinued the pursed-lip breathing that indicated struggles with pulling in air, the patient’s skin tone was good and the patient’s spirits were high.
Schnable was named the May Employee of the Month. “This is an amazing example of how taking the extra step can make such a difference in our patients’ lives,” says her nominator.
June Employee of the Month is ‘jack of all trades’
Ed Damazyn, pharmacy technician, is known to his co-workers as a jack of all trades due to his willingness and ability to help out with whatever his department needs — especially at times when the staff is shorthanded. He was named the June Employee of the Month.
Damazyn has gone above and beyond his normal duties as a driver for BJC Home Care Services by regularly helping out with outbound delivery tickets, pulling and stocking supplies, restocking IV supplies, and assisting with receiving duties. “Ed has been there to assist when we needed him the most,” a nominator says. “He always comes to work with an upbeat attitude and he keeps coming back with enthusiasm.”
Another nominator adds, “Ed puts our customers first by going out of his way to make deliveries, even after he has worked an exhausting eight-hour shift in the pharmacy. He exemplifies all that should be a good BJC employee.”
July employee of the month is a team player
Tracy Burke, July Employee of the Month and certificate of medical necessity (CMN) representative for BJC Home Care Services home medical equipment, uses her energy and focus to ensure appropriate documentation for BJC Home Care Services.
Burke is known as a team player and has shown commitment to the organization by volunteering to take on the second CMN representative’s workload besides her own, when that person left for another BJC position. She covered both roles while the team sought to hire a replacement.
“Tracy is always gracious in helping others, regardless of her own workload,” says her nominator. “I am excited to nominate her as Employee of the Month for BJC Home Care Services.”
Dance against breast cancer
Come Zumba for a cause. Memorial Hospital is hosting a Zumbathon-Dance Against Breast Cancer event, 2-4 p.m., Oct. 23, at Belleville Health and Sports Center, 1001 S. 74th St.
Attendees pay a $10 donation at the front desk and are encouraged to wear pink and invite their friends.
All guest fees collected will be donated to the fight against breast cancer.
For more information, call 618-398-2778.
Participants enjoy a previous Zumbathon-Dance Against Breast Cancer event. | Courtesy photo
Mingle and get your mammogram
Don’t be stressed about getting your mammogram. Memorial Hospital makes it easy with an evening mammogram screening event.
“Mingle and Mammogram” will take place 4:30-7 p.m., Oct. 27, at the Breast Health Center-Memorial Hospital. Participants can schedule a mammogram and enjoy light refreshments, chair massage and other giveaways. Invite a friend who may also need this screening. For more information and to register, call 618-257-5958 or 618-257-5936.
Resident joins OB team
MBMC partnered with Washington University School of Medicine and the WUSM department of obstetrics and gynecology to develop an OB community practice rotation. A model was developed that incorporates WUSM residents as part of the care team at MBMC.
The OB community practice rotation will include a six-week rotation of one third-year ob/gyn resident at a time. The resident will spend the first two to three weeks embedded in different practice settings under the supervision of a private ob/gyn physician. The resident will spend one week at a time with participating physicians and their offices and be actively immersed in the life of a private community ob/gyn physician. For the last three weeks of the rotation, the resident will be an active member of the OB inpatient care team under the supervision of the MBMC OB hospitalist.
“I’m very excited to join the team at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. It has been a true pleasure to work with the patients, physicians, nurses and the Childbirth Center staff,” says Jonathan Hirshberg, MD, MBMC’s first resident in the 2016 rotation.
Dr. Jonathan Hirshberg is MBMC’s first resident in the OB community practice rotation, a partnership with Washington University School of Medicine. | Photo by Elizabeth White
MBSH welcomes Kelly Hinson to hospitalist team
Kelly Hinson, NP-BC, has joined the MBSH hospitalist team. Hinson received his associate degree in nursing in 2009, his bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2010, a master’s in nursing in 2012 and a nurse practitioner degree in adult/gero acute care in 2015. He gained more than 25 years of experience in life support health care as a paramedic/firefighter before becoming a nurse and relief charge nurse in the MBSH emergency department, where he has worked for the past seven years.
Hospitalists are trained in internal or family medicine. They exclusively treat hospitalized adult patients and are continuously available for their care, keeping in contact with a patient’s primary care physician and specialists during the patient’s stay and after discharge for a seamless transition.
“We are delighted that Kelly is joining our hospitalists, Dr. Ayaz and Dr. Lopez, to provide excellent care to our inpatients,” says Tony Schwarm, MBSH president.
Beckmann appointed chief nursing officer and assistant administrator
Lauren Beckmann, RN, BSN, has accepted the position of chief nursing officer and assistant administrator at PHC. She replaces Barbi Berrong, who served in that position for nearly five years.
Beckmann began her role Aug. 15, following 10 years of working in several capacities at BJC, including human resources director, part of an internal consulting team, and director of patient safety and clinical performance improvement at PHC. Prior experience also includes a position at Experis Healthcare and partnering with PHC during the acquisition of Mineral Area Regional Medical Center.
An accomplished people leader and business partner, Beckmann has more than 25 years of experience in health care operations, consulting and leadership. Her experience includes continuous quality improvement, operations leadership, clinical performance improvement, health information technology and strategic planning. Beckmann has a proven record of developing and implementing business strategy, improving profits, enhancing efficiencies in workflow and driving new innovative solutions in the business. Her strengths include creativity and innovation, planning and organizing, enabling collaboration, and accomplishing goals to produce positive results.
Beckmann has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in management and organizational design/leadership from Webster University and a certificate in healthcare informatics from Southern Illinois University. She serves on the board of directors for the Healthcare Business Women’s Association. Beckmann and her husband, Joe, have two children, Kieffer and Kole, and live in Wildwood, Mo.
“We are excited that Lauren has joined us,” says Tom Karl, PHC president. With more than 25 years of experience in a variety of health care leadership roles, she brings outstanding qualifications. Lauren will be an asset to Parkland Health Center and to our community. I have great confidence in her ability to lead.”
PHC Star Service Team Member ‘is consistently kind and helpful’
Bill Mund was selected as the Star Service Team Member for August.
Mund, a housekeeper, has worked at PHC and one of its predecessors, Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, for 41 years.
The nomination from his peers reads: “Our Star Service Employee for August has been employed as a housekeeper for more than 40 years. He comes to work every day with a good attitude, is friendly, does a quality job, is consistently kind and helpful to others, and always greets those he meets in the hallway. He has an outstanding work ethic as he helps his team members keep our facility clean and sanitized.”
Mund says he likes everything about his job at PHC. “The people I work with are all nice,” he says. “It’s a good place to work.”
Progress West delivers record number of babies in July
PWH’s women’s services department had a busy July. The team had a goal of delivering 80 babies in July and finished the month with a record 84 babies delivered — eclipsing the hospital’s previous monthly record of 70 babies.
Congrats to Jane Bruegenhemke, PWH women’s services nurse manager, and her team on a great month.
From left are parents Matthew and Kari Skyles with big brother Mason and baby No. 80, Brody, and delivery nurse Cori Adler, RN. Brody is the grandson of Jill Skyles, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals. | Photo by Janie White
From left are Janie White, charge nurse; Jody Tharp, assistant nurse manager; Dr. Loria Lindsey; Cori Adler, RN; and parents Tiffany and Joseph Butler with Joshua Butler, baby No. 84 for PWH women’s services. | Photo by Scott Beck
NEST Foundation representatives visited SLCH Sept. 20. They may live in the U.S., but they haven’t forgotten those in need in their homeland. Their organization helps children with disabilities living in India.
One of the NEST Foundation’s representatives shared with SLCH the challenges these children face and more information about his group’s efforts. Mohammed Shaji Mokkath says India’s population is 1.3 billion people, the second largest in the world behind China.
“No national social welfare programs exist, and state programs have limited budget and reach for such a huge population,” he says. “Consequently, those with disabilities often have nowhere to turn for help. As people from your hospital know, that adversely affects the entire family.”
NEST USA and NEST India help children with any type of disability. “We fund medical care, home care, therapy, counseling, medicine and equipment, like customized wheelchairs,” Mokkath says. “With such limited help from the government, groups like ours provide critically needed support.”
The group chose to visit SLCH because one of the founding member’s four children were treated at the hospital. “The care, cure and love the hospital and staff is providing led him to invite us to visit,” Mokkath says. “We met with Gary LaBlance, your vice president. We appreciated his time and help. He walked us everywhere, explaining A-Z about the facility and the wonderful things the entire team does every day. We value this relationship.”
From left are Mohammed Shaji Mokkath, Nirar Basheer, Faisal KP, Safwan, Gary LaBlance, Salim Bava, Yacoob Batha and Muhammed Kamal. | Photo by John Twombly
Blue jean Fridays, prizes highlight SLCH United Way drive
The United Way campaign continues through Oct. 30. Here’s what you need to know.
Prizes for giving:
Weekly giveaways include Fitbits and Bluetooth wireless speakers. Blue jean Fridays means: Every Friday in October you can wear blue jeans with any SLCH logo shirt approved by your manager.
How to give:
1. Log on to myBJCnet and click the campaign banner to contribute.
2. You decide where your gift is allocated and whose lives you change.
3. At your location, visit mobile donation stations.
For more information, see your United Way department representative or a member of the United Way campaign team: Tom Altland, LaToya Daughrity, Jeff Filipiak, Amy Hunter, Beth Millas, McKallie Quirk, Ellyn Rosenblum and Angie Zielinski.
United Way campaign team members include, from left, Michele McKee, LaToya Daughrity, Tom Altland, McKallie Quirk, Ellen Rosenblum, Angie Zielinski and Beth Millas. They recently toured Epworth Children and Family Services in Webster Groves. | Photo by John Twombly
Mary Scheid retires
Mary Scheid, RN, 8 East general medicine, retired Sept. 1 after 48 years of service.
By late high school, Scheid knew she wanted a career helping people. One of her friends worked as a nurse at SLCH, and another friend was in the St. Luke’s Hospital nursing program.
Scheid started working at St. Luke’s in fall 1965. Her pediatric rotation was in the old SLCH building on Kingshighway.
“I loved working with children and their families,” Scheid says. “The head nurse, Charlene Cooney, asked me if I would like to come work on 3A after I graduated, and I said I would love to work at Children’s. That was pretty much my job interview.”
After working as a staff nurse and assistant head nurse on 3A, Scheid went part time while raising her three children. “The flexibility in hours was great to raise my family and still continue to work,” she says. “My kids’ pediatrician, Dr. George Sato, would see me on the weekend and say, ‘You’re having a little escape from your kids to take care of our kids.’ He was just another reason to love SLCH.”
When her youngest entered high school, she increased to two 12-hour shifts a week on 9 East, which later became 8 East. She also worked PRN on the Answer Line/After Hours nurse line for about nine years while continuing to work 24 hours a week on 8 East.
Although she will miss caring for patients and her “work family,” Scheid says, “I’ve been privileged to work with amazing co-workers. I have seen our doctors, nurses and PCTs, and other team members do wonderful things to care for and help our patients and families. I’m so proud to be a part of this.”
“I would see Mary every morning after getting in around 5:30,” says Mona Hargrove, supply distribution.
“She always has a smile and a warm greeting, no matter how busy things get. You can imagine how those babies and kids benefit from a person like that.”
Mary Scheid, RN, center, is joined by her general medicine colleagues at her reception Sept. 1, including front row, from left, Audrey Kiser, Michelle Humphreys, Donna Gardner and Stephanie Willyerd, and back row, Todd Griffin, Doug Jokerst, Kristina Braswell, Gayle Cote, Mary Scheid, Cecilija Vidovic, Nikki Wilson, Leah Buckman and Mark Heisohn. | Photo by John Twombly
Attend the annual Employee Health Fair
Highlights of the annual Employee Health Fair include:
All sessions take place on the 11th floor at the following times:
For more information or to volunteer, call Marsha Flowers, food and nutrition services, 314-454-4249.
Dr. Pearson named medical director of CP Center
The department of neurology, division of pediatric neurology and SLCH recently announced the appointment of Toni Pearson, MD, as Cerebral Palsy (CP) Center medical director.
Originally from Australia, Dr. Pearson earned her medical degree from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, completed residencies in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia, and Montreal Children’s Hospital, Montreal, Canada, as well as a residency in child neurology and a fellowship in movement disorders at Columbia University,
Before coming to SLCH, Dr. Pearson was a pediatric neurologist and assistant professor of neurology and pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai, New York City.
Hart honored for completing STL diversity fellowship
Terrie Hart, human resources business partner, completed the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative 2015-2016 Fellows Program.
This year is the 10th anniversary of BJC/SLCH’s partnership with the program. SLCH and BJC remain committed to continuously developing leaders and a diverse population. The program focuses on:
Hart says the experience was rewarding. “It has re-energized me and inspired me to be more intentional about my career and leaving a legacy of more inclusion for others,” she says.
Congratulations to Corey Harris, sterile processing manager, and Angie Woods, patient access manager, on their 2016-2017 nominations to the program.
Doctors win Young Investigator Awards
Audrey Odom, MD, PhD, WUSM associate professor of pediatrics and molecular microbiology, and Timothy Wencewicz, WU assistant professor of chemistry in arts and sciences, are the recipients of inaugural ACS Infectious Diseases Young Investigator Awards.
The award is given to early-career researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of infectious diseases. They were honored at a symposium Aug. 23 at the American Chemical Society’s fall national meeting in Philadelphia.
Dr. Odom’s National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded laboratory studies metabolism of the malaria parasite with the goal of developing new malaria therapies and diagnostics.
Dr. Wencewicz’ lab performs research on antibiotic drug discovery, natural product biosynthesis and siderophore-mediated iron acquisition in pathogenic bacteria.
Millie Miller retires
Millie Miller, RN, same day surgery, retired Sept. 22 after 44 years of service.
Miller started as a nurses aid in 1972 after nursing school. At the time, “family-centered care” meant taking home parents’ laundry and doing it, taking children to the circus or baseball games, strolling in Forest Park or simply watching the children so parents could go out to dinner for the evening, she says.
“A lot has changed,” says Miller, “but not the determination of doing what’s right for children.”
Miller says she’ll miss staff who mentored and supported her, including during her time working with Sunday pre-admission tours, the 454-KIDS Answer Line and community education.
After giving her job her all, she’s looking forward to spending time with her husband, her three sons and their wives, and her four grandchildren.
Ann Burtelow retires
Ann Burtelow, clinical information systems, retired after nearly 30 years at SLCH.
Burtelow had been an elementary school teacher prior to having children, but entered the nursing profession when her children were older. She started working at SLCH in 1985 as a staff nurse on the surgery floor.
When her husband was transferred to Rochester, N.Y., in 1987 she left for two years. When the family returned to St. Louis, Burtelow was rehired on the same floor.
“After I came back, I volunteered to help with a project on our floor to get all the care plans computerized,” Burtelow says. “Our unit, 8 East, was the pilot unit for the computer project. That volunteer role changed my career.”
Soon after, a new patient care information systems department emerged. Burtelow was one of the department’s first employees. Her first assignment was to help get all of the other inpatient care plans throughout the hospital online. “This was the beginning of my role in clinical information systems,” she says. “Back then, in 1992, I was one of two department employees. Now we have more than 20.”
Burtelow advises new staff to be flexible. “There are so many paths a nurse can take in a career,” she says. “Always be open to new ideas.”
TRISL honored as ‘Partner in MS Care’
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has recognized The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis and TRISL outpatient physical therapist Cathy Luhman, PT, MSCS, as a Partner in MS Care. The honor acknowledges TRISL’s dedication to providing optimal care and support to people living with MS.
Luhman is a multiple sclerosis certified specialist. Her work providing the highest level of care to patients with MS was instrumental in securing the recognition for TRISL.
The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis’ Cathy Luhman, physical therapist, second from left, and Brendan Tanner, therapy operations director, right, accept the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partner in MS Care recognition from Rebecca Fehlig, left, and Suzanne Carron of the MS Society. | Courtesy photo
Happy 104th birthday, Johnnie
It was an exciting day at VNRC Jan. 18, as Johnnie Rivere celebrated her 104th birthday.
Rivere, a resident at Village North since 2005, lives independently in her own apartment. She loves to smile, sing and talk with people about a variety of subjects. She plays cards and enjoys eating out at restaurants.
She says there’s no secret to being 104, but she does say that she has lived her life treating people the way she would want to be treated.
Village North threw a birthday celebration for Rivere, complete with friends, a piano player playing her favorite songs, balloons, a champagne toast and plenty of cake.
Johnnie Rivere celebrates her 104th birthday at Village North Retirement Community.
| Courtesy photo