Highlighting the people, news and events that bring BJC to life
BJWCH | Lollo joined Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2011 and has served as vice president of oncology services at the Siteman Cancer Center, as well as laboratories and radiology.
BHC | Boone Hospital Center offers special care for when pregnancy doesn’t bring new life
BJC | DeHaven, Weiss will depart BJC within the next year.
BJC | The BJC Institute for Learning and Development (BILD) is launching a new BJC Resiliency Champion Program.
BJC | Chero Goswami, Epic project program director, answers several questions about the project.
SLCH, WUSM | Dr. Robert Strunk worked to better understand asthma and its triggers.
BJC | More than 300 employees across BJC participated in stroke awareness quiz.
Alton Memorial adding pain management clinic
Thomas Brummett, MD, will open a pain management clinic on the AMH campus later this year. Alton Pain Medicine will be located in Suite 103, Medical Office Building A, 2 Memorial Drive. The office is scheduled to open by Oct. 1. For more information, call 618-463-PAIN (7246).
“Pain management deals mostly with pain coming from the spine,” Dr. Brummett says. “That includes neck pain radiating to the arms or lower back pain going into the legs. It’s been shown that 75 percent of people will experience some type of back pain in their lives, so there is a need for this.”
Dr. Brummett says treatment depends on the cause of the pain symptoms. “It varies from medication and physical therapy to injections to implanted devices,” he says. “Pain management is not yet its own separate specialty, but it will be within a few years.”
Dr. Brummett earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and his medical degree from Saint Louis University in 1980. He did a residency and fellowship in anesthesia at SLU, finishing in 1985. He is board certified through the American Board of Anesthesia and is a diplomate of the American Board of Pain Medicine. He is a member of the American Medical Association, St. Louis Society of Anesthesiology and an associate of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Dr. Brummett joined the AMH staff in 1986 and began his own pain management practice in 2006.
AMH can help with diabetes, other conditions
A proper diet is a key to living a healthier life, not only in treating existing health conditions, but also to prevent some health conditions.
AMH outpatient dietitian Naomi Ward and diabetes educator Lisa James can show you how your diet can help you avoid or decrease symptoms of diabetes, as well as complications like kidney disease, wounds that won’t heal, amputations, blindness/retinopathy, neuropathy and impotence.
Outpatient nutrition information is available one-on-one with Ward or as part of support groups led by Ward and James. “If you have a family history of diabetes, you are at risk of this disease,” Ward says.
Daytime diabetic group classes are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays in room G-252 on the ground floor of the AMH Olin Wing, along with an evening class.
Ward also sees patients with other conditions, including heart disease, renal disease, obesity, malnutrition/underweight/failure to thrive, Crohn’s disease and gout. Ward can be reached at 618-463-7742.
For more information about diabetes management, contact Lisa James, RN, CDE, 618-463-7526.
To make an appointment to meet with Ward and/or James, call 618-463-7647. You will also need a physician referral/order faxed to 618-463-7197 for nutritional counseling and/or the diabetes group classes.
Alton Memorial uses grant to make visitors, staff more ‘salt savvy’
AMH recently received a $10,000 sodium reduction grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop innovative ways to encourage healthier food choices for visitors and staff in the AMH cafeteria.
“Our goal is to create awareness of the risks of a high-sodium diet,” says Marlene Lewis, AMH development office. “We’ll help staff and visitors become ‘salt savvy’ by providing educational materials about flavoring foods using herbs, spices and salt substitutes. We’ll also provide information on local resources for organic and locally grown foods.”
One of those local resources is Grassroots Grocery, the first multiple-tiered income stream food cooperative in the Alton area. Located at 415 Ridge St. in downtown Alton, Grassroots Grocery hopes to contribute to the restoration of local agriculture, keep money in the local economy and increase access to healthy food in a low-income area that’s designated as “limited access” or a “food desert.”
AMH also helps sponsor the Alton Main Street Farmers and Artisans Market in downtown Alton each summer. Starting June 4 and going through Oct. 15, the market is held in the parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street. Saturday hours are 8 a.m.-noon, and Wednesday hours are 4-7 p.m. The market offers fresh produce and baked goods, including coffee and breakfast items.
Morrison Healthcare manages AMH food and nutrition services and offers a wide range of food resources and expertise in the hospital setting. Morrison has developed FIT Dining Criteria encompassing sodium awareness in the foods served. Items designated as FIT meet standards for calories, saturated fat and sodium.
Bob Menichino, AMH food and nutrition services director, checks food labels along with Marlene Lewis, center, of the AMH development office and Naomi Ward, AMH outpatient dietitian. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Staff recognized with Awesome cards
If you know of an employee, physician or volunteer who deserves recognition, let AMH know by completing an “Awesome” form. Forms are available in the hospital waiting areas and at nurses stations. A member of the leadership team will present your honoree with an “Awesome” badge sticker.
Completed forms may be dropped off at the information desk or sent to the development office. For more information, call Marlene Lewis, 618-463-7701.
Recent Awesome cards went to:
AMH earns six PRC national awards
AMH won six prestigious honors at the 2016 PRC (Professional Research Consultants) National Excellence in Healthcare Conference, held this spring in Miami.
PRC’s 5-Star Awards went to:
It’s the ninth year in a row that the Human Motion Institute has won a 5-Star Award and also the ninth year in a row that AMH has been honored for its outpatient care.
Service lines that score in the top 10 percent of the national client database for the prior calendar year earn 5-Star Awards. The awards are based on the percentage of patients who rate the facility or unit “Excellent” for Overall Quality of Care questions.
“Everyone in our hospital works extremely hard to earn the respect and trust of our patients, physicians and the communities we serve,” says Dave Braasch, AMH president. “I’m proud of everyone who has contributed to earning these awards. We will continuously strive to improve the quality, safety and experience of our patients and their families. Our team’s focus is to always make medicine better.”
AMH managers and senior leaders show off the six PRC awards earned by the hospital in 2015. Front row, from left, are Pam Colley, transitional care unit; Stacey Ballard, oncology/medical imaging; Joellen Corona, Human Motion Institute; Cindy Bray, surgical care unit; Angie Henry, cardiac cath lab; and Heather Bowker, patient access; and back row, from left, are Mary Bayer, oncology/Twin Rivers MRI; Tammy Merritt, medical imaging; Debbie Turpin, patient care services vice president; Susan Koesterer, finance vice president; Dave Braasch, president; Dr. Sebastian Rueckert, vice president and chief medical officer; Cathy Storey, regional lab director; Brad Goacher, operations vice president; and Rusty Ingram, business development director. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Alton Memorial opens Joint Wellness Center
Remember all the things you used to do so easily, until your hip or knee started slowing you down? Now imagine doing those things again, with all the confidence in the world. AMH’s new Joint Wellness Center offers a team of professionals dedicated to guiding patients through the entire process of hip or knee replacement.
The Joint Wellness Center is located adjacent to the AMH Human Motion Institute on the ground floor of the Olin Wing. The initial visit takes about an hour, says Cynthia Bryant, nurse navigator for the Joint Wellness Center. “The patient will see a nurse, a pharmacy professional and a physical therapist in that time,” Bryant says.
“We cover what to expect before, during and right after surgery,” adds Sue Walker, manager of the Human Motion Institute. “We also discuss pain management, equipment management and physical therapy throughout the continuum of your recovery from the hospital all the way through outpatient physical therapy.”
“Our hope is that we can answer all of your questions before you ask them to prepare you for your joint journey,” says Angie Henry-Ford, surgical services manager.
The Joint Wellness Center saw its first patients in early June. For more information, call 618-463-7520.
The Joint Wellness Center team at AMH began seeing patients in June on the ground floor of the hospital’s Olin Wing, adjacent to the Human Motion Institute. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH Wound Care Center honored with distinction
AMH physicians, leaders and clinicians gathered recently to celebrate the Center of Distinction Award given to the AMH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center by Healogics Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.
The center was cited for achieving outstanding patient outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction of 96 percent, a minimum 94 percent wound healing rate within 21 median days to heal, and other quality outcomes.
Of 512 centers eligible for the Center of Distinction award in 2015, only 221 achieved the honor. The AMH Wound Care Center has earned the award five out of the eight years it was eligible to win — the most in the Midwest.
The Wound Care Center is a member of the Healogics network of more than 708 centers, which provides access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating more than 2.5 million chronic wounds. Since 2005, the AMH Wound Care Center has offered highly specialized wound care to patients suffering from chronic wounds that haven’t healed in a reasonable amount of time. Advanced treatments include hyperbaric oxygen therapy, negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.
“Our Wound Care Center heals chronic wounds of patients who might otherwise experience an amputation or other life-threatening conditions,” says AMH president Dave Braasch. “We are proud to provide this specialized and needed service to our community.”
“We’re honored,” says Valinda Allen, MD, AMH Wound Care Center medical director. “It’s a privilege to be part of a great collaborative effort between the hospital, physicians and Healogics. Together, we are able to heal patients in our community, getting them get back to living happy, healthy lives.”
For more information about the AMH Wound Care Center, call 618-433-7066.
AMH Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center staff gather with AMH leadership to celebrate earning the Center of Distinction Award. They are, from left, front row, Kathy Kliefoth, RN; Kary Holliday, RN; Dr. Valinda Allen, medical director; Tammy Miller, office coordinator; and Tonya Ballard, safety director; middle row, Jana Lybarger, RN; Erin Vehige, Wound Care Center consultant; Dave Braasch, AMH president; Susan Koesterer, AMH finance director; Erica Brown, clinical nurse manager; Rayne Wills, LPN; and Kathy Ridenhour, RN; and back row, Matt Flick, program director; Bryan Hartwick, AMH human resources; Debbie Turpin, clinical care services vice president; Rusty Ingram, business development director; Bernice Smith, RN; Dr. Olusegun Coker; Dr. Jacob Lamb; and Brad Goacher, operations vice president. Dr. Krista Nelson is not pictured. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Students observe health care careers
A tour of the BJH inpatient pharmacy was one of many stops for more than 60 students, as they explored various health care professions June 17. Their tour also included cardiac cath, clinical nutrition, the emergency department, pathology, radiology, rehab (PT/OT), respiratory care and Washington University School of Medicine.
The tour was part of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Express Scripts and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (BESt) Pharmacy Summer Institute, which helps expose and prepare local underrepresented minority students for future careers in health care, with an emphasis on pharmacy.
BESt program founder and co-director Steven Player, PharmD, continues to lead this effort at BJH, as the BESt program moves into its ninth year.
Pharmacy supervisor Todd Wyman gives a group of high school students a tour of the inpatient pharmacy at BJH. | Photo by Mary Williams
BJH receptionist retires after 39 years of service
When fans of CBS’s Dallas television series were wondering who shot J.R. and Whole Foods Market was founded in Austin, Texas, Rose Webb was starting her career as a unit secretary at the former Jewish Hospital of St. Louis.
After 39 years of service, she has decided to retire from BJH.
During high school, Webb worked as a pharmacy technician at Jewish Hospital. She studied nursing at St. Louis Community College but didn’t finish her degree. When the medicine floor she was working on closed, Webb eventually became a receptionist in the gastrointestinal lab in the Center for Advanced Medicine.
“I wanted to get married at that time, so I didn’t return to school,” says Webb. “I don’t have regrets. I’ve enjoyed my time here as a receptionist.”
Webb says she decided to stay at BJH for so long because she liked the atmosphere and made a lot of friends.
“Although I’ve worked with Rose for only two years, it has been a blessing,” says Theresa Sieber, patient care GI/endoscopy services supervisor. “Rose is dependable, hard-working and dedicated to our patients, as well as her co-workers. She has been someone I could always depend on to help. I speak on behalf of the team when I say she will be dearly missed.”
During her retirement, Webb plans to exercise more, roller skate, donate more platelets and travel.
Rose Webb, front row, center, enjoys a few final moments with her current and past co-workers during her retirement party in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Outpatient Health. Webb’s last day at BJH was July 1. | Photo by Mary Williams
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.
What a Great Catch!
Congratulations to BJWCH’s latest Great Catch Award winners, including Sue Ross, care coordination; Tameeka Moses, surgical technologist; and Barb Yanik, RN.
The award recognizes employees who report a “near miss” incident that prevented or minimized harm to a patient or contribute an innovative idea that improved a patient care process.
Val Siemer, left, and Sue Ross celebrate Ross’ Great Catch Award. | Photos by Kelly Pahl
Laura Stollard, left, and Barb Yanik celebrate Yanik’s Great Catch. Tameeka Moses is not pictured.
Celebrating PRC scores and summertime
During a July 13 celebration honoring summer and BJWCH’s Professional Research Consultants Inc. (PRC) Excellence in Health Care Awards, employees, from left, Marsha Carter, Ray Hunter and Jeanette Ewing stopped by the “I Choose BJC” booth to share why they work at BJC. | Photos by Kelly Pahl
Jennifer Jones, pharmacy, enjoys Italian ice as part of the July 13 celebration.
Team members, including, from left, Beth Foster, Bobbi Hamilton, Sue Ross, Sue Flood, Yoany Finetti, Melinda Noonan and Lisa Taylor, are key to why BJWCH had reason to celebrate the 2016 PRC Awards for patient satisfaction, including 5-Star Awards for the emergency department, inpatient medicine/surgical services and outpatient therapy, and 4-Star Awards for inpatient services and outpatient services.
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.
Wassink joins BJC Medical Group Orthopedics in Alton
Brett Wassink, PA-C, joined the BJC Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine practice location in Alton, Ill.
Wassink received his master of science degree in physician assistant studies from Southern Illinois University in 2013.
He continued with his residency at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, managing orthopedic trauma and gaining extensive experience in the operating room and with patient consultation. Since completing his residency in 2014, Wassink has also served as a clinical coordinator at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute.
He is passionate about educating his patients and helping them make informed decisions about their health. “Practicing orthopedics isn’t just about treating an illness or pain, it’s also about educating and supporting patients to become healthier and more involved in their care,” he says. “It’s important to educate patients and give them the tools to better themselves.”
As a physician assistant specializing in orthopedics, Wassink focuses on hip and knee replacements, fracture care, musculoskeletal health and education, sports medicine, and diet and exercise education.
He also enjoys being part of a practice that serves the community in which he lives. “Our practice is made up of people from the Alton area who all seek to provide care to the community,” Wassink says. “The most rewarding part of practicing orthopedics is getting people back to what they do and love. When they can go back to their job, play their favorite sport or even just have the chance to walk again, I know I’ve been a part of something special.”
Wassink is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Alton Memorial Hospital. BJC Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is at 4 Memorial Drive, Building B, Suite 130, Alton. Call 618-463-7600 for an appointment.
BJC Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine welcomes new physician assistant
Stephanie Yniguez, PA-C, a board-certified physician assistant, has joined BJC Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
Yniguez received her master of science in exercise science, with a specialty in athletic training, in 2011 from the University of Toledo in Ohio. After two years as a certified athletic trainer, she wanted to expand her skill set and care for people beyond athletes. She then earned her master of science in physician assistant studies in 2015 from the University of Toledo.
She remains a certified athletic trainer and has found the perfect combination of her passions for sports and health care as a physician assistant with a specialty in orthopedics.
“To achieve quality care, it’s important to have patients involved with their treatment and to be a part of their health care team,” Yniguez says. “By working closely with the patient, as a health care professional, I’m able to give the best care possible to my patients.”
As part of BJC Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Yniguez provides treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including sports-related injuries. During her appointments, she meets with patients to discuss diagnosis and the many treatment options a patient may have, as well as education on preventive care.
“As a health care professional, I think the most rewarding part of my job is seeing the positive outcomes from helping patients return to activities that they enjoyed the most prior to their injuries,” she says.
Yniguez is a member of BJC Medical Group and BJC Medical Group Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, which has three locations across the St. Louis metro area: On the campus of Alton Memorial Hospital at 4 Memorial Drive, Building B, Suite 130; in Edwardsville at 8 Sunset Hills Professional Center; and on the campus of Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 1040 N. Mason Road, Medical Office Building 1, Suite 102. All three locations can be reached at 618-463-7600. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Boone receives second Excellence in Eye Donation Award
BHC has been awarded Saving Sight’s 2015 Excellence in Eye Donation Award, recognizing partner hospitals for achievements in providing the gift of sight to those needing a transplant last year.
In 2015, BHC staff helped facilitate 30 eye donations, resulting in 38 individuals receiving restored sight through cornea transplants. Overall, the hospital achieved a
54 percent consent rate for eye donation.
The Excellence in Eye Donation Award was created in 2014 to recognize hospitals that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to eye donation. Hospitals in Saving Sight’s service area of Missouri, Kansas and Illinois that achieved an eye donation consent rate exceeding
45 percent with at least 10 donors during the 2015 calendar year receive the award. Fewer than 15 percent of Saving Sight’s partner hospitals were recognized with a 2015 Excellence in Eye Donation Award. This year marks the second time BHC received the honor.
“We applaud Boone Hospital Center for empowering others to give the gift of sight and for striving to create a culture that supports donation,” says Tony Bavuso, CEO of Saving Sight. “Thanks to the generosity of eye donors and their families, and the staff at Boone Hospital Center, more people than ever before were able to receive a sight-saving cornea transplant last year.”
Monica Smith, MSN, RN, NE-BC, BHC vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer, accepts the hospital’s second Excellence in Eye Donation Award. | Courtesy photo
Boone Medical Group, BHC expand services to Glasgow
Boone Medical Group and Boone Hospital Center opened a new primary care location in Glasgow, Mo.,
April 11 with family nurse practitioner Melinda Hart, FNP-BC.
Hart is the full-time provider on site, with Paul Schoephoerster, MD, providing care part time. Hart uses evidence-based practice to provide the best quality care for each patient. “I want each patient to feel that whatever they need, no matter how big or small, I’ll make sure their needs are met,” Hart says. “Their health care will be customized to fit their lifestyle and their needs.”
A native of Glasgow, Hart has lived in mid-Missouri throughout her education and training. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Central Methodist University in 2005, Hart practiced at BHC and physician offices in Fayette, Boonville and Marshall, Mo. She received her master of science in nursing from Graceland University in Independence, Mo., in 2013 and has since been serving the Cooper County area.
“We are excited to add primary care services in Glasgow, making it easier for residents to access quality care close to home,” says Jim Sinek, BHC president.
BHC’s affiliation with Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Mo., will also give patients a close-to-home option for hospital care. “Our relationship with Fitzgibbon Hospital is ideal for this clinic,” Sinek says. “If patients can be treated at Fitzgibbon and are more comfortable with that location, the transfer of care will be easy and seamless. And if they want or need to be treated at Boone, we are just down the road.”
Boone Medical Group – Glasgow, 108 Market St., Glasgow, Mo., can be reached at 660-338-5909. Providers are members of Boone Medical Group and are affiliated with Boone Hospital Center. For more information, visit boonemedicalgroup.org.
Members of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce join in the official ribbon cutting for Boone Medical Group – Glasgow with Dr. Paul Schoephoerster; Melinda Hart, NP; and Amanda Martin, practice manager; first, second and third from left, and Jim Sinek, BHC president, fourth from right, and Shauna Harrison, regional administrator, third from right. | Courtesy photo
‘Heart of a Hero’ recognizes hard work
The following employees were recently awarded for their dedication to excellence and commitment to providing compassionate care:
Christian Hospital Foundation’s Heart of a Hero program recognizes the hard work of physicians, nurses, housekeepers, volunteers and other hospital staff. For more information, contact the Christian Hospital Foundation, 314-653-5162 or email@example.com.
ePRISM software implemented in cath lab
Representatives from the BJC Center for Clinical Excellence (CCE) recently implemented ePRISM software in the cardiac cath lab at CH. ePRISM is a web-based software in which patient data is entered at the time of the procedure and recommendations are given to the physicians.
“This is a collaborative project between the physicians and nurses in the cardiac cath lab,” says Rachel Miller, RN, MSN, CPN, quality patient care consultant with the CCE. “ePRISM is a web-based program that provides cardiac cath physicians with real-time feedback and recommendations to minimize complications during the procedure.
With ePRISM, patient information is integrated with research-based models to identify risk of complications such as kidney injury, bleeding and mortality.
“The software has been successful in improving patient outcomes,” Miller adds. “Leadership team members in the Christian Hospital cath lab are excited about ePRISM launching, and the staff have been instrumental in developing how to incorporate ePRISM into their workflow.”
ePRISM was first launched at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2013, with demonstrated significant improvement in reducing acute kidney injury and bleeding, while improving appropriate use documentation. After discussion at the BJC Cardiac Cath Clinical Expert Council (composed of cardiac cath physicians from across BJC), expansion of the program to more cath labs was endorsed and subsequently approved by hospital presidents. The CH cath lab is the second hospital to go live in the expansion. (Alton Memorial Hospital went live in March 2016.) The remaining hospitals to implement ePRISM are Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Boone Hospital Center.
From left are Rachel Miller, RN, CCE; Stephanie Sumpter, RN; and Al Coffman, RN, CH cardiac cath lab manager, during the ePRISM implementation. | Photo by Bret Berigan
New pharmacy residents start one-year rotation
Post-graduate year-one pharmacy practice residents Kaitlin Krisik and Tiffany Kiehna recently began their yearlong training at CH.
Krisik graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy with her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2016. Kiehna graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy with her doctor of pharmacy degree in 2015.
These licensed pharmacists will complete five-week rotations throughout the hospital this year in internal medicine, integrated care, comprehensive pharmacy services, administration, information technology, antibiotic stewardship, critical care, outpatient oncology and emergency medicine.
Longtime volunteer will be missed
Nancy Lee Venable, 85, a CH volunteer for 48 years, died earlier this year after a short illness. Venable began volunteering in 1966 at the Pink Elephant, the CH Auxiliary’s former thrift shop in Berkeley, Mo.
When CH Northeast opened in 1975, Venable began volunteering at the hospital. During her 48 years of service, she could be found throughout the hospital, but most recently in the surgical services ambulatory and post-anesthesia care units.
From her stories of working as a speech pathologist before her volunteer days, to wearing her iconic skeleton jumpsuit always on the day before Halloween, to making patients and families feel welcome, Venable is missed.
New CH president gets warm welcome
All employees and volunteers were invited to a welcome reception July 14 to meet new CH president Rick Stevens, who started at CH June 27. At left, Stevens greets members of the food and nutrition services team. Over the past several weeks, he’s been rounding to meet staff and meeting with community leaders and area residents in the course of his duties. | Photo by Bret Berigan
CH welcomes medical students for two-year rotations
Medical students from the A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine recently began clinical rotations at CH. For the next two years, these third-year students will live in St. Louis and complete their rotations at CH. This year they will complete required four-week rotations in ob/gyn, pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, surgery, radiology and anesthesiology. After the required rotations are completed, the students will do eight weeks of electives. Each year an additional 20 third-year students will begin their two-year rotations at CH.
A.T. Still University medical students doing clinical rotations at CH include, from left, front row, Alicia Cho, Janey Garcia Oviedo, Anjali Desai, Bhavik Patel, Kathryn Harvey, McKenzie Tate, Amanda Schumacher, Jennifer Schanzle and Mya Stayton; and back row, Ian Roslawski, Rachel Steiner, Benjamin Acton, Aleksander Tartakovsky, Chase Baxter, Christopher Torkilsen, Bryan Koenig, Matthew Piazza, Andrew Wylie, Hannah Vetter and Carl Bohm. | Photo by Bret Berigan
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.”
Memorial employees honored, Employee of the Year named
More than 425 Memorial Hospital, Memorial Care Center, Memorial Medical Group and Belleville Health and Sports Center employees were honored at this year’s Employee Recognition Dinner May 6 at Fischer’s Restaurant in Belleville, Ill. Linda Fritsche was named Employee of the Year out of 12 candidates recognized as Employee of the Month throughout the year. Fritsche, a registered nurse, has worked at Memorial for 21 years.
She has been described as a fantastic advocate and resource for her co-workers. She is a team player and remains calm during stressful situations. She works to build strong relationships with patients and is always willing to lend a hand. Her nomination noted that she “has a strong desire to meet the needs of patients and ensure their care is reflective of our vision.”
Fritsche’s job includes managing a team and assuming the duties of charge nurse. She says the most rewarding part of her job is working as a team to care for patients and seeing their progress to discharge. “I have worked on 2 Center since the unit opened and have enjoyed working with staff and many diverse patients,” she says.
Other Employee of the Year finalists included: Betty Suemnicht, Brent Williams, Karla Swift, Shena Bills, Linda Sterr, Magdalena Peery, Missy Thurlow, Jennifer Hill, Jake Smith, Jill Doss and Jessica Cantwell.
In addition to Employee of the Month awards, employees were recognized for years of service. Paula Schlecht and Mary Wetzel were honored for 45 years of service. Ten employees were honored for 40 years of service, including Debbie Alberter, Gordon Arras, Nancy Buckley, Oscar Gain Jr., Ann Hampel, Susan Holcomb, Ruth Holmes, Debra Juenger, Marlene Luechtefeld and Marilyn Preston. Employees were also honored for five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service.
Nurses’ care results in double DAISYs
Rachel Riddle nominated Taylor Gasich for a DAISY Award recently, but both nurses’ actions in the incident were so compassionate, that they each received an award.
A family member of one of Riddle’s cardiovascular recovery (CVR) patients needed help. The CVR staff was very busy, so Riddle walked over to PCU to ask for assistance. Gasich volunteered without hesitation.
The two nurses worked together to help the patient’s loved one.
“I was so moved and impressed that she immediately volunteered to help a family member of my patient, whom she had no connection to whatsoever,” Riddle said in her nomination. “This was well above and beyond Taylor’s job description and came from a place of compassion and care, which is why I firmly believe she deserves a DAISY Award.”
The award committee felt both nurses displayed extraordinary compassion, resulting in a double-DAISY Award ceremony for both Gasich and Riddle.
Rachel Riddle, left, and Taylor Gasich received DAISY Awards for their compassion toward a patient’s family member. | Photo by Hanna Botney
MoBap honors Mersch for putting patients first
Annie Mersch, physical therapy, is the May Employee of the Month. Her nomination cited her compassion for her patients:
“She is extremely responsive and always shows up early for her shifts to ensure that she’s ready to start her day. Annie really gets to know her patients’ medical background to get a better understanding of what they’ll need for physical therapy. Patients really enjoy spending time with her because they can sense that she is truly looking out for them.
“All of Annie’s care and dedication puts the patients first and helps get them out of the hospital as a soon as possible. Since starting in the ICU, I’ve been able to see great outcomes because of Annie. She really communicates well with staff and patients, while putting care first and above all.”
Celebrating Annie Mersch’s Employee of the Month award are, from left, Mike Kelly, operations vice president; Mitchell Botney, MD, chief medical officer; Amy DeSart, finance vice president and chief financial officer; Mersch; Patricia Robertson, emergency/rehab services director; Candy Donato, human resources vice president; and John Antes, president. | Photo by Hanna Botney
MBSH sleep disorders lab can help you get a good night’s sleep
MBSH reminds employees that they, their families and friends can get a good night’s sleep with help from the MBSH sleep disorders lab. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, you’re not alone, says Mike Whitaker, outpatient diagnostic services manager.
Sleep problems affect an estimated 70 million Americans, Whitaker says. They contribute to lost productivity, medical expenses and sick leave. Sleep disorders also are associated with a number of health issues, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, cancer and high blood pressure.
Sleep apnea commonly goes undiagnosed. “At least
9 percent of women and 24 percent of men are affected,” he says. “Out of those who are getting unsatisfying sleep, as many as 80 percent go undiagnosed.”
Common symptoms of sleep disorders include:
If you suffer from any of these symptoms and live in the Sullivan area, the MBSH sleep lab provides a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere and state-of-the-art testing using computerized diagnostic equipment. “Our testing is supervised by a registered sleep technologist and interpreted by a physician with specialized training in sleep medicine,” Whitaker adds.
For more information about the sleep lab and sleep disorders, call 573-468-1148.
David Higgason, polysomnographic II tech, displays a variety of CPAP equipment at the MBSH sleep disorders lab. | Photo by David Hartwick
Vickie Horton is Star Service Team Member for May
Vickie Horton, executive assistant, has been selected as the Star Service Team Member for May. Horton has worked at PHC for 44 years, including her years at Bonne Terre Hospital, one of PHC’s predecessors. Horton began her career in 1972 as an evening-shift unit secretary at Bonne Terre Hospital. She has served as executive assistant in administration since 1986, working with four different hospital presidents.
“Our Star Service employee for May always wears a smile and has a positive attitude each and every day,” says her nomination. “She is kind and sincere and offers invaluable support to Parkland leadership, as well as showing kindness and offering assistance to any employee, board member or guest from the community. She is never too busy to lend a hand, answer a question or offer guidance. She is detail-oriented, follows through on what is asked of her and juggles many tasks with ease and grace.”
Horton says she enjoys her job, especially dealing with people. “It’s a good feeling to help somebody,” she says. “I like my work family. This is your family when you are away from home.” She also enjoys working for BJC HealthCare.
The award came as a shock, she says. “I was so surprised! It totally caught me off guard.”
Those interested should complete the application and submit it no later than July 8, 2016. To download the application, visithttp://tinyurl.com/aux-scholarship.
Joan Smith promoted
Joan Smith, RN, PhD, NNP-BC, who most recently worked as an advanced practice clinical scientist at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and SLCH, has been named director of improvement, implementation and research at SLCH.
Smith has extensive experience in clinical improvement science and is recognized nationally as an expert neonatal advanced practice provider. She has associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing from Maryville University, as well as a master’s degree in nursing and a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
She says the most interesting part of her work is merging her clinical expertise with her research and improvement/implementation training to systematically examine systems and processes that directly affect patient care.
“This means I work with and learn from frontline clinicians — the experts — who understand the care delivery process and are best equipped to figure out how to improve the process of care over time,” Smith says. “The goal is to help clinicians deliver the very best care possible by making sure the right thing to do is the easy thing to do. Because this approach requires systems thinking, an approach beyond the individual level of care, I will see many departments and disciplines and recognize the important contributions that all employees have in improving our care delivery.”
Hurst earns safety credentials
Kelly Hurst obtained both his Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP) certifications.
Hurst joined SLCH in 2015 in his current role as environmental health and safety manager. He has a bachelors’ degree in exercise science from William Jewell College, as well as a master’s degree in education from Drury University.
Attend Employee Appreciation Day at Six Flags
Join your SLCH colleagues and friends Aug. 20 at Six Flags–St. Louis for SLCH Employee Appreciation Day.
Tickets are on sale now through Aug. 10.
Season pass holders:
Season pass holders need to bring their season passes to human resources to receive meal tickets and a parking pass.
Season ticket holders are not eligible to receive the additional free Holiday in the Park ticket.
For more information, call Kristin Day, 314-454-4476, or the main HR line, 314-286-0935.
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