Construction continues on Medical Office Building at AMH
Work is moving along on the interior of the Medical Office Building B expansion on the campus of AMH.
The building will add expanded space for pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics, psychiatry, gastroenterology and a large outpatient lab. The $8 million project will also allow room for future growth in primary care and other needed specialists.
Completion of the 41,000-square-foot addition is scheduled for later in the spring. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a further look inside the new building.
Construction continues on the interior of the Medical Office Building expansion on the AMH campus. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Foundation giving is ‘in the bag’
Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation has been chosen to be the recipient of the Schnucks “Bags 4 My Cause” program at the Godfrey Schnucks store.
For every “Giving” bag purchased during the month of February, $1 will be donated to the hospital foundation. The bags are $2.99. In addition to supporting worthwhile local causes, they greatly reduce the number of plastic and paper bags used — a big win for the environment.
For more information, call the AMH development office, 618-463-7701.
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:
AMH sleep lab earns accreditation
The AMH sleep lab has earned accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The required protocols, policies and documents for the expedited process to obtain accreditation were compiled and submitted to the AASM within 90 days. Due to the thoroughness of the documents submitted, the AASM granted immediate accreditation. A site visit survey Jan. 15
resulted in an excellent review to complete the process.
“Congratulations to our staff for an excellent job,” says Penny Krause, sleep lab manager. “Early last year we received notification that sleep labs that weren’t accredited could no longer perform sleep studies for Medicare patients. Knowing that this would create a hardship for our patients and require them to travel farther away from their homes for sleep testing, the sleep lab staff immediately began working to complete the required protocols, policies and documents. With the already excellent in-place practices of the sleep lab, what typically takes more than a year of preparation was compiled and submitted to the AASM within 90 days.”
The site visit survey involved interviews and reviews for more than eight hours with lab staff and Ajitesh Rai, MD, sleep lab medical director. Once again, the lab was given an excellent review and was granted full accreditation status to perform all in-center and home sleep apnea testing.
For more information about the sleep lab, call 618-463-7545.
Penny Krause, AMH sleep lab manager, credits staff for the sleep lab’s recent accreditation. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH campaign rings up success
Marlene Lewis, AMH development, left, is congratulated by Mark and Mary Cousley, kettle chairs for this year’s Alton Salvation Army bell ringing campaign, as AMH was the leader among large businesses for money raised. The Alton Salvation Army campaign as a whole raised more than $95,000 to help people in the local community.| Photo by Dave Whaley
Alton Memorial chef is ‘Soup-er’
Chef Earl Nicholson, right, along with Brenda Cason of Morrison Healthcare food and nutrition services at AMH, won the “Souper Saturday” competition held Jan. 27 by the Upper Alton Association at Senior Services Plus in Alton. Nicholson’s ‘Cajun Trilogy’ was one of 11 soups entered in the competition, which was a fund-raiser for the association. | Photo by Dave Whaley
BJH nurses receive DAISY Awards for caring in difficult times, assisting co-workers
Four BJH nurses were recently recognized with DAISY Awards. The DAISY Award is a national program facilitated by participating hospitals that 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 handcrafted and signed by artists among the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. Recognition is based on letters and nomination forms received from grateful patients and their families or from co-workers. The award winners are:
BJH radiology recognizes team members
It can take a team of experts to diagnose a patient, especially if the patient’s health condition isn’t visible. That’s why radiology and medical imaging professionals play a vital role in patient care, providing a noninvasive way to visualize a patient’s internal organs and anatomy.
The BJH radiology department recently celebrated National Radiologic Technology Week, which recognizes radiology technologists for being important contributors to patient care.
The team celebrated with a door-decorating contest and a game of “Where’s Chuck,” which is similar to the classic game “Where’s Waldo.” This year, the interventional radiology team won the door-decorating contest, and more than 120 team members found hidden cut-out photos of Chuck Davis, radiology executive director.
“We have fun and our department is like a big family,” says Susan Johnson, radiology education specialist. “Our Professional Research Consultants scores have also soared again this year. In 2015, the radiology department ended the year at 69 percent, but we’re currently at 76 percent excellence and climbing.”
Johnson also says the compassion and selfless work of each radiology team member doesn’t go unnoticed. Team members appreciate each other and often exchange kind words, which adds to the team’s morale.
The department also receives compliments from patients.
“We’re optimistic that 2018 will be an even better year for us,” says Johnson. “I want to thank each radiology team member for working hard, contributing to the hospital’s mission and caring for our patients.”
The interventional radiology team won the BJH radiology department’s door-decorating contest. | Courtesy photo
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 13, 14
Mark your calendars now for the Stuff-a-Critter sale at PWH. It takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., March 13,
and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., March 14.
PWH food/nutrition team wins 24 Carrot Gold Award
The PWH cafe received the prestigious 24 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award from the St. Charles County Division of Environmental Health.
The award honors food service facilities that place a high importance on customer health and safety and exceed the necessary requirements to protect the ones they serve.
To be eligible for consideration, 24 Carrot Gold Food Safety Excellence Award winners cannot have any critical violations within the past year and no more than six non-critical violations over the same time period.
In addition, at least 90 percent of the facility’s food managers must have completed a food safety certification class. The facility must also possess a valid St. Charles County Food Establishment Permit and be in good standing with the department.
PWH’s Chris Bell serves up award-winning food at the PWH Café. | Photo by Dawn Kohrt
Town Halls start Feb. 7
The senior leadership team will host first-quarter employee Town Halls, starting Feb. 7.
Topics include a priorities update, Epic, the replacement hospital and time for Q&A. The senior leadership team looks forward to continuing conversations with team members, so be sure to bring questions to the Town Halls.
Town Halls will take place:
All Town Halls will be held in Conference Room D.
BJWCH super users huddle up to create Epic game plan
Forget the Super Bowl MVPs. The Epic super users are the real Most Valuable Players. More than 150 super users from BJWCH, WUSM, BJH and SLCH huddled up for the first time Jan. 24 at BJWCH. | 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.”
Gerritzen named to new virtual care director role
Maria Gerritzen has been named BJC virtual care director. This new role, reporting to BJC group president Sandra Van Trease, recognizes the significant and growing impact virtual care capabilities have for patients, providers and communities.
Gerritzen will serve as a liaison-leader between BJC operations and clinical activities, working closely with Washington University School of Medicine. Her goals include efficiently and effectively extending the reach of BJC and WUSM expert providers and clinicians across geography and time to:
Gerritzen will provide operational support and leadership to BJC’s virtual care initiatives, including serving as lead of the support services team and as the executive resource for the virtual care work group. The group is responsible for the oversight of BJC-wide virtual care operations, including appropriate standardization of technology and business practices, evaluation of the expansion of virtual care services, and leveraging knowledge and expertise among virtual care initiatives.
Over the past two years, Gerritzen, along with Tim Mislan, Missouri Baptist Medical Center CNO, and other colleagues on the virtual care core team, have been developing a BJC “system level” platform for virtual care that provides insights into technologies and operational efforts. They have also created venues for sharing best practices identified across BJC/WUSM’s more than 30 virtual care individual clinical platforms, such as telestroke, eICU and maternal fetal medicine. This new role formalizes efforts across BJC and WUSM. The current virtual care core team — Sam Bhayani, Mary Beth Dieckmann, Chero Goswami, Beth LeCorgne, Lisa Lochner, Jay Mandava, Brian Riordan, Ellyn Rosenblum, Keith Skaer, Mary Spencer, Jill Mantia and Ed Welker — will continue to play a critical role in 2018 virtual care initiatives.
Most recently, Gerritzen successfully led the Belleville Memorial integration office for BJC. Previously, she supported BJC initiatives such as the integration of Farmington’s Mineral Area Hospital IT platform into BJC.
Gerritzen joined BJC in 2010, coming from Anheuser-Busch, where she served in several capacities including providing leadership for process improvement and change management, as well as integration efforts during the InBev acquisition. Her previous experience also includes 10 years at the Federal Reserve.
BJC Hospice Lumina program receives grant from Sign of the Arrow
BJC Hospice volunteer Meg Smith, left, and Lumina coordinator Eileen Spinner, right, accept a grant from Sign of the Arrow’s Bethany Curtis, center, at a recent Sign of the Arrow grant luncheon. Smith nominated Lumina, a life review program, for a grant from the Sign of the Arrow, a local philanthropic organization and needlework group. “I want to thank the Sign of the Arrow for supporting our wonderful BJC Hospice program, Lumina, for the past few years,” says Spinner. The grant money will support expansion of the Lumina program for patients and families at BJC’s new hospice house, Evelyn’s House. | Courtesy photo
New neurologist joins Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Barbara Green, MD, a board-certified neurologist and multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist, has joined Midwest Neurology. With extensive experience in treating patients with MS, Dr. Green is a leader within the MS field and has dedicated her career to serving these patients.
Dr. Green received her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. She then completed her internship and residency in neurology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. She has been in the St. Louis area practicing neurology since 1986.
Following a 15-year general neurology practice, she developed a passion for MS, which became her mission and inspired the creation of the MS Center of Saint Louis, of which she’s been the director since 2000. At the MS Center, she has been focused on designing and expanding a new model of multi-specialty care for 2,500 patients with MS and related diseases.
Dr. Green was also elected into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2002 and has served as chair of the clinical advisory committee for the Gateway Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Green has participated as a clinical investigator in multiple MS clinical research trials. She lectures widely to both lay and professional audiences regarding MS and its management.
“I am a committed advocate of those living with multiple sclerosis and am constantly learning new techniques and care management options,” Dr. Green says. “I enjoy getting to know my patients personally, so I can provide the best treatment options that fit their needs and lifestyle.”
Barbara Green, MD, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is on staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. The practice is at 3009 N. Ballas Road, Building B, Suite 207, St. Louis. To make an appointment, call 314-996-7960. Visit bjcmedicalgroup.org for more information.
‘Use A Lift: Get A Gift!’
BHC’s safe patient handling committee created the “Use A Lift: Get A Gift!” campaign to encourage patient care staff to use mechanical lifts in the care of their patients.
All staff who used a lift during the campaign were able to enter their names in a drawing for a $25 gift card. Drawings were held every two weeks for three months.
Gift cards were donated by Michael Szewczyk, MD.
Team members demonstrate use of a mechanical lift. | Courtesy photos
Bethany Blattel, RN, BSN, displays a “Use a Lift: Get a Gift” gift card.
Just Lose It challenges CH employees and community members to get fit
The Just Lose It (JLI) weight-loss challenge began Jan. 22 with 458 registered participants, including more than 50 CH employees. The employee Journey to Wellness challenge is now combined with JLI in an effort to provide all CH employees more resources to successfully meet their goals.
The JLI kick off, which took place Jan. 20 in the Atrium, included an orientation film for new participants and screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. Participants will be screened again at the end of the JLI session to measure health improvements.
The community has lost more than 30,000 pounds since the program was introduced eight years ago. The friendly competition challenges participants to get active, eat healthier and make lifestyle changes to improve overall health and wellness. The program includes exercise classes and workshops, guest speakers, weekly challenge weigh-ins and incentives for hitting key milestones.
Collaborative partners include the City of Florissant, City of Bellefontaine Neighbors, Ferguson Community Center, Lincoln University, Emerson YMCA, Ferguson Bicycle Shop, Christian Hospital occupational health, BJC Medical Group Convenient Care at Hazelwood and the CH Foundation.
The JLI kick off, which took place Jan. 20 in the Atrium, included an orientation film for new participants and screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. Participants will be screened again at the end of the JLI session to measure health improvements. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Christian Hospital honors Ron Foore with ‘In the Spotlight Award’
Ron Foore, environmental services supervisor, was surprised on the job Jan. 11 with the In the Spotlight Award to recognize him for demonstrating CH’s core values as he consistently goes above and beyond job expectations.
Here’s what Foore’s nomination says about him:
Pictured at the surprise award presentation are, from left, Brad Goacher, operations vice president; honoree Ron Foore, EVS supervisor; Gary Morganstern, EVS manager; and Bryan Hartwick, human resources vice president. | Photo by Bret Berigan
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
Heart Walk employee kick offs to be held this month
MHB and MHE will host employee events to kick off this year’s American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk:
Lunch will be provided and attendance prizes will be drawn at both events. In addition, the AHA’s Michelle Rich will be at both events to discuss the Heart Walk and details of being a coach. Coaches will be able to sign up using their smart phones.
For more information, contact Matthew Kueper at MHB, firstname.lastname@example.org or 618-257-5064, or Ryan Birk at MHE, email@example.com or 618-607-3006.
The St. Louis Heart Walk begins at 8:30 a.m., May 6, at Busch Stadium.
Forni, Allen earn Good Catch Awards
The most recent Good Catch Awards go to Cathleen Forni, PCT, 3 South, MHB, and Jeanine Allen, RN, ambulatory surgery, MHE, for making patient safety a priority.
From left are Lynn Liefer, Cathy Forni, Linda Fritsche, Sandy Bloos and Tammy Lewin. | Courtesy photos
From left are Lisa Altland, director of care management/social services and interim co-administrator for MHE; Jeanine Allen; and Pam Pearch, surgical services manager.
Griesbaum lives, breathes Memorial’s mission
Sandy Griesbaum, RN, MHB PACU, was the January Employee of the Month.
“Sandy is a living, breathing example of Memorial’s mission statement. She is the kind of nurse I would want to take care of me or my family — extremely knowledgeable and meticulously thorough, but also kind, compassionate and caring,” says a colleague.
Griesbaum has been a Memorial employee for 41 years. Her responsibilities include management of the immediate post-op phase of patient care.
“PACU nurses use Sandy as a resource for critical questions. Her attention to detail and her caring demeanor also make her an exceptional preceptor for new staff,” says her manager, Vickie Henry.
Griesbaum says the most rewarding part of her job is watching patients’ health improve, especially when their pain level decreases.
MHE Family Care Birthing Center receives Level II-E nursery designation
The MHE Family Care Birthing Center nursery has received designation from the Illinois Department of Public Health Office of Women’s Health and Family Services to operate as a Level II-E nursery with extended neonatal capabilities.
Terri Halloran, chief nursing officer, says the
Level II-E designation means the nursery is capable of providing care for infants weighing 2.75 or more pounds, premature infants at 30 or more weeks of gestation, and infants requiring extended medical support such as assisted ventilation.
“The nursery provides an opportunity for a pre-term baby or a baby born with complications to stay with mom in the community, instead of being transferred,” Halloran says. “It allows for a continuum of care in the same hospital.”
The Family Care Birthing Center in Shiloh offers private suites in which patients can labor, deliver, recover and receive postpartum care, all in the same room. For more information, visit www.memorialbirthingcenter.com/about.
The MHE Family Care Birthing Center recently received designation as a Level II-E nursery. | Courtesy photoMemorial Hospital
Belleville recognized by Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative
The Family Care Birthing Center at Memorial Hospital Belleville was recognized as one of the top birthing hospitals participating in the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) for helping in a statewide project on maternal hypertension. MHB was also one of three hospitals in southwestern Illinois to receive the Gold Award for meeting all requirements of the hypertension initiative 80-100 percent of the time.
According to the ILPQC, hypertension is one of the leading causes of pregnancy-related deaths before, during or after delivery, both worldwide and in the United States. Hospital teams participating in the hypertension initiative, which rolled out to teams in January 2016, are working to improve outcomes for women with severe hypertension through the use of appropriate medical management, discharge education and follow-up.
“A lot of work has been done around this initiative that has involved commitment and dedication from all of the Family Care Birthing Center staff. The results we’ve had wouldn’t have been possible without them. Everyone has worked so hard ensuring that they are providing the best care possible for all of their patients,” says Courtney Beebe, RN, BSN, MSN, Family Care Birthing Center patient care manager.
MHB submitted baseline data for the fourth quarter of 2015 and all of 2016 and 2017. The data showed improvement on immediate treatment and patient education.
Memorial also was chosen as one of the hospitals to present on the ILPQC monthly education call in January about the hypertension order sets providers use for pregnant women with severe hypertension. While Memorial’s order sets were approved prior to the hospital’s participation in the project, many of the hospitals in the state still are working on their order sets.
This program is a multidisciplinary project involving pharmacy, ED, OB, IT and providers. The team, which consists of Donna Stephens, FCBC director; Courtney Beebe, MHB FCBC nurse manager; Mona LeGrand, MHB FCBC charge nurse and chair of the hypertension project and member of the ILPQC advisory workgroup; Rachel Hawthorne, MHB FCBC staff nurse; Renee Junker, nurse educator; Angela Mann, nurse educator; Sarah Tucker, MHB ED charge nurse; Jessica Hill, nursing IT; Dr. Adriena Beatty; and Dr. Sekou Kelsey, meets once a month to assess progress and determine next steps.
Courtney Beebe, Family Care Birthing Center patient care manager, left, and Mona LeGrand, FCBC charge nurse-quality representative, display a banner that highlights the unit’s quality award. | Photo by Andy Nicholson
Acute rehab earns Nursing Quality and Safety Award
The acute rehab team was recognized with the December Nursing Quality and Safety Award for the team’s work around catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). The acute rehab team is vigilant in assessing HOUDINI criteria for urinary catheter removal. As a result, the team has maintained a utilization ratio well below the national average and has been CAUTI-free since 2015. | Courtesy photo
Employee of the Month ‘displays excellence in everything she does’
Staff nurse Ellen Vogel was the December Employee of the Month. Here’s what her nominators say about her:
DAISY Award Winner took the time to care
Neuro nurse Bonnie Ly earned the most recent DAISY Award. She was nominated by a patient’s family member, who was touched by Ly’s kindness.
“When I went to visit my relative, she told me about this nurse sitting by her bed — talking to her, letting her talk and cry. Bonnie deserves a huge hug and thank you for being there. She told me that it made her feel so good knowing that someone cared and took the time to be with her.”
MEC Nurse of the Month is ‘outstanding’
Acute rehab nurse Lauren Moran won the most recent MEC Nurse of the Month Award. Moran was nominated by several physicians, who noted:
Newborns at MBSH get red hats for Heart Month
In recognition of February as American Heart Month, American Heart Association (AHA) volunteer Carolyn Regan recently dropped off dozens of little red hats for newborns in MBSH’s mother baby unit.
The AHA distributes red hats, lovingly knitted by volunteers, for babies at all hospitals throughout the United States. The “Little Hats, Big Hearts” campaign is intended to raise awareness of America’s No. 1 killer: heart disease, as well as congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the world. Each year more than 40,000 babies are born with a congenital heart defect.
After the hats are presented to a newborn, the parents are encouraged to post a photo of their little one wearing the red hat on social media tagged #LittleHatsBigHeartsSTL. More information is available at www.heart.org/littlehatsbighearts or www.myamericanheart.org.
Showing off the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” caps are, from left, Sarah Sturm, RN; Carolyn Regan, American Heart Association volunteer; and Alyssa Courtney, RN. | Photo by David Hartwick
Mace joins board of trustees
MBSH welcomed Randy Mace as a member of its board of trustees at the January board meeting.
Mace is the president of Mace Supermarket, Cuba, Mo. For the past 48 years, Mace Supermarket has been a successful community grocery store, currently employing 71 individuals.
In addition to his new position on the MBSH board, Mace serves on the board of First State Community Bank of Sullivan and Owensville and is a member of the South Central Regional Advisory Council of Great Circle. Mace is also a member of the Cuba Chamber of Commerce and has been a board member of the Cuba Public Schools Health Advisory Board, the Cuba Industrial Development Authority, and the Cuba Airport Board.
Mace has been active in his community for many years. He was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” twice and received the “Pioneer Award” for business from the Cuba Chamber of Commerce. He has been a member of Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Club of Springfield for more than 35 years and was designated as the Missouri Sheriff’s Association Corporate Citizen of the Year. The Rolla Police Department presented him the Civilian Service Award, and he received a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Assistance from the Civil Air Patrol. Mace is a member of and volunteer for many other organizations.
Mace grew up in Missouri, graduating from Rolla High School in 1977, then attending Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. He lives in Cuba with his wife, Lynn. They have two sons and two granddaughters.
Mace’s broad experience in local business management and community involvement makes him an asset on the hospital’s board of trustees.
Community Connection event draws 105 community members
More than 100 community members attended the MBSH Community Connection event Jan. 20 at the Sullivan 6 Cinema, hosted by MBSH New Vision Medical Stabilization Service.
In exchange for bringing in two canned food items per person, attendees were able to watch the movie Jumanji, complete with free popcorn and a drink. More than 325 pounds of food were collected and distributed to the Meramec Community Mission and the Bourbon Christian Thrift Center and Food Pantry.
All attendees also left with a medication disposal pouch and instructions for safely disposing of unused and expired prescription medications, as well as information on substance abuse resources.
MBSH partners with New Vision Medical Stabilization to provide an inpatient service for adults with drug, alcohol and related health concerns. The service accepts appropriate adults, who are currently using or are experiencing acute withdrawal symptoms from certain drugs, for a medically supervised hospital stay for inpatient stabilization.
Follow the MBSH Facebook page for information on future Community Connection events.
Hospital representatives provide information at the New Vision Medical Stabilization movie-food drive event. | Photo by Lisa Lochner
Stroup demonstrates chair exercises at local church
MBSH Therapy and Wellness Center personal fitness trainer Berri Stroup demonstrated a variety of chair exercises for senior adults at First Assembly of God Church in Sullivan Jan. 10. Twenty-five people participated in the exercises, which are easily modifiable to meet an individual’s specific needs.
“Chair exercises are beneficial in keeping a person active and mobile,” says Stroup. “However, walking is still very important and should be done if possible.”
Stroup says for those who are unable to walk, chair exercises can enhance daily living, improve balance and reduce falls. “Alternating between chair workouts and walking is advantageous, too,” Stroup says. “It keeps your muscles in working order for more strenuous activity.”
Stroup says those who aren’t able to exercise in their home or outdoors might want to consider a membership at a facility like the MBSH Therapy and Wellness Center, 216 W. Main St. “Encouragement from others working out can give you the boost you need to keep moving over the winter,” she says.
For more information, call 5723-468-1340.
MBSH Therapy and Wellness Center personal fitness trainer Berri Stroup, left, demonstrates chair exercises with Sally Farrell. | Courtesy photos
Participants perform chair exercises at First Assembly of God.
Teresa Stricklin is Star Service Team Member for January
Teresa Stricklin, RN, was selected as the ICARE Star Service Employee for January. Stricklin, a nurse in the intensive care unit, has worked at PHC and Mineral Area Regional Medical Center for a combined total of 23 years.
Excerpts from her nomination read: “She is compassionate to every patient who comes through the doors. She is always smiling and projects a positive attitude that adds to the department. She is very helpful to her co-workers and is always willing to assist, most times when not even asked. She is dependable and can always be counted on. Patients love her when she is their caregiver. She has that extra touch that so many who are sick need.”
Stricklin says the people she works with and the people she cares for are the best part of her job, calling her co-workers “my ICU family” and her patients “awesome.”
“I like being able to help someone,” she says. “If I can help one person, I feel I have accomplished something.”
ICARE is Parkland’s patient experience service initiative that stands for: Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
Foundation seeks Joyce Buchheit award nominations
The PHC Foundation is seeking nominations from the PHC family, as well as the community, for the third annual Joyce Buchheit Excellence in Health Care Award. The purpose of the annual award is to recognize an individual who has contributed significantly to the advancement of health care in the region.
For details and to obtain a nomination form, visit https://www.parklandhealthcenter.org/foundation. Completed nomination forms must be received by Feb. 9. The award will be presented at the Foundation’s annual celebration, April 5, at the Grand Oaks Hall.
“This is the first time we have opened nominations to the community,” says Carla Crocker, Foundation coordinator. “In past years, we have requested nominations from our own staff, board and foundation board, and I look forward to involving the community in this important process.”
Questions may be directed to Crocker, Carla.Crocker@bjc.org or 573-760-8523.
Joyce Buchheit, the award’s namesake, is a member of the PHC Foundation board of directors. She also has served on both the PHC board of directors and the BJC board of directors. Past recipients of the award include Edward DuMontier, MD, and George Oliver, MD. Both recipients are well known in the community and have served the medical needs of community members for a combined total of 85 years.
Save the date for Employee Gala
The Employee Recognition Celebration will be held April 21 at the Chase Park Plaza. All SLCH staff are invited to bring a guest at no cost.
The celebration is held to:
More details about the celebration, including RSVP instructions, will be announced this spring via email and Children’s Chat.
Rockelle Wallace, surgical services, earns distinction
Rockelle Wallace, central sterile processing at the Children’s Specialty Care Center, earned the monthly President’s Award. Her attention to detail allowed a surgical case to proceed as scheduled.
“Rockelle has an exceptional eye for detail,” says Matthew Scheftner, central sterile processing, who nominated Wallace. “Even under deadline pressure, she goes the extra mile to do what’s right for kids.”
From left are Dr. Daniel Nieva, Sarah Paino-Hernandez, Heather Denochick, Rockelle Wallace, Vicki Rhomberg and Julie Bruns. | 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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