Highlighting the people, news and events that bring BJC to life
BJC | Our BJC Summer Book Brigade was developed to develop new and innovative programs to address health disparities.
BJC | Health care job shadowing or career observation is an ideal way for a high school student to determine whether a job would be a good fit for the future.
AMH | Alton Memorial sleep lab helps Alton native prior to surgery.
BJC BEHAVIORAL HEALTH | Eight BJC Behavioral Health clients and their case workers turned their attention to learning how to cook and eat more healthfully.
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 | Doctors discuss tips to stay safe in hot weather and concerns about heat and heart health.
BJC | This year, the BJC “Health Hall of Fame” marks its 14th season of recognizing BJC’s own health All-Stars.
Rachelle Kinder earns June Employee Recognition honor
Rachelle Kinder, center, AMH lab, is congratulated by lab supervisor Ruth Tepen, left, and AMH president Dave Braasch after being named the Employee Recognition Award winner for June. Her co-workers say Kinder exhibits “a smile, patience, takes charge, learns, is accountable and compassionate, and displays excellent customer service.” Kinder makes sure all the lab charges are processed, and her goal is to help the lab remain a positive business for AMH. Kinder, who recently graduated and passed her coder exam, is an asset by making sure the lab receives the right diagnosis codes with test orders, says her nomination. “When I read the Standards of Excellence, a picture of Rachelle comes to mind. Alton Memorial is fortunate to employ Rachelle Kinder,” her co-workers say. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Pruetzel is Quarterly Star volunteer
Susie Pruetzel, center, receives the Quarterly Star volunteer honor from volunteer coordinator Irene McLaughlin, left, and AMH president Dave Braasch. Pruetzel has accumulated almost 1,800 volunteer hours since 2009 and is a very active White Cross Auxiliary member. “Susie is willing to do whatever is asked of her,” McLaughlin says. “She does an awesome job advertising our gift shop and auxiliary sales, as well as other events. We are lucky to have her on board at AMH.” | Photo by Dave Whaley
Eunice Smith Home seeks names of residents for history book
Eunice Smith Home is celebrating 50 years of service to Alton and the River Bend community. As part of the year-long celebration, ESH is producing a coffee table book of the history of the nursing facility and its current and former residents.
ESH is seeking the help of those who would like to see their loved one’s picture and biography included. ESH will select names to be included at a later date. Those chosen will be contacted for additional information.
Those wanting their loved one, either a former or current resident, to be considered for this book, should email the resident’s name and the submitter’s contact information to email@example.com. Names will be collected through the end of July. The book is scheduled for publication in October.
Staff recognized with Awesome cards
Recognize an employee, physician or volunteer 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 honorees 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:
Amy Schuler, second from right, an AMH performance improvement consultant, is transferring to a similar role with BJC. Some of her fellow AMH People Team members honored her June 9 with a key lime pie — her favorite. Wishing Schuler well are, from left, Jason Bowman, Penny Krause, Bob Menichino and Marlene Lewis. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Nolan retires from AMH
The AMH surgical services team held a retirement lunch June 9 for Barb Nolan, far left, who retired after 37 years at AMH. | Photo by Dave Whaley
BJH Pheresis Center team earns another 5-Star Excellence Award
Team members in the BJH Pheresis Center recently earned the Five-Star Excellence Award from Professional Research Consultants Inc. (PRC), a national health care marketing research firm. The award recognized the Pheresis Center for ranking in the top 10 percent nationally for providing excellent patient experiences.
“Receiving this award in 2014, 2015 and again this year demonstrates the hard work and commitment of all of our team members,” says Marian Dynis, BSN, MHA, BJH Pheresis Center clinical manager. “We’re honored to care for our patients and the St. Louis community.”
To celebrate their Five-Star Excellence Award from Professional Research Consultants Inc., the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Pheresis Center team had a special banner created and sported team jackets during their luncheon June 9. | Photo by Mary Williams
Call for abstracts for Oct. 20 BJH Research Conference
The 10th annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference will profile leading research on a variety of topics, much of it conducted within the Washington University Medical Center. This day-long conference is scheduled for 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 20, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center.
Abstracts for podium and poster presentations are being sought. All disciplines are invited to submit abstracts for completed qualitative or quantitative pilot, evidence-based practice and research projects. Emphasis will be on innovative approaches to improve patient outcomes.
Abstracts are being accepted until Aug. 19 and can be submitted at http://bjhne.ws/2cu. Learn more about the conference and register at this site.
Dennis Cheek, RN, PhD, FAHA, Abell-Hanger Professor in Gerontological Nursing at Texas Christian University-Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will be one of two keynote speakers. His topic will be “Integrating Pharmocogenetics into Health Care.” The afternoon keynote will be delivered by Patricia
Clay, CTRS, recreation therapy supervisor at Barnes-Jewish Extended Care, who will speak on “Joy in the Journey—Comfort, Love and Compassion through Pet Therapy.”
For more information, contact Jennifer Sledge, PhD, MSW, research scientist, who co-chairs the conference, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the date for new eyewear
Need a new look for summer? Choose from hundreds of new frame styles at the eyeglasses and sunglasses show sponsored by the BJC Vision Center. The show will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., June 24, at the BJH south campus Vision Center in the Peters Building.
There will be a 25 percent discount on the price of frames (only) and a 20 percent discount on nonprescription sunglasses. Attendees may use either these discounts or VSP, and payroll deduction, cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.
Bring your most current prescription, or if you need an eye exam, call 314-362-6123 for an appointment with Mary Migneco, OD, at the south campus Vision Center, or 314-747-9454 for an appointment with Michael Lachtrup, OD, at the Vision Center in the Center for Advanced Medicine.
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 Employee of Distinction
Colleagues of Liz Eckelkamp, RN, outpatient surgery charge nurse, say she is an inspiration to every patient who she comes in contact with. She has earned an Employee of Distinction Award for her integrity and commitment to ensuring outstanding care.
If you have a co-worker like Eckelkamp who stands out as someone who makes BJWCH a special place to work, nominate him or her for the Employee of Distinction Award. Those who earn the award receive flowers, a cake, gift card, certificate, and a premiere employee parking space or bus pass. Nomination forms are available on BJWCHnet.
Celebrating Liz Eckelkamp’s Employee of Distinction Award are, from left, Kelli Thaman, recovery room manager; Eckelkamp; and Norma Fishbein, surgical services director. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Cheeseburger in paradise at BJWCH
Hosting a fun “celebrity burger bar” in the cafeteria June 8 are, from left, Mike Welker, radiology manager; Jamie Skyles, food and nutrition manager; and Steve Wirth, radiology supervisor. The bar served sliders with various toppings, including grilled onions, eggs and bacon, and peanut butter and jelly. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
NAMI Walks for a stigma-free world
Join the BJC Behavioral Health team for the 14th annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks fund-raiser May 28 in Forest Park. NAMI-St. Louis is a grass-roots organization providing support, education and advocacy to individuals and families affected by mental illness in the St. Louis area for more than 30 years.
Funds raised through the campaign help provide NAMI educational support and advocacy programs in seven areas throughout the region, including the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County, as well as Lincoln, St. Charles, Franklin, Warren and Jefferson counties.
To join BJC Behavioral Health’s team in walking to celebrate mental illness recovery, honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness, and help raise funds, combat stigma and promote awareness, register online by going to http://www.namiwalks.org/team/BJCBH. Click on “Join Our Team,” or click on “Support Us” to make a donation.
There will be a health fair, music and food trucks on site the day of the walk.
For more information, call Marilynn Hart, 314-206-3712.
NAMI Walks fund-raiser
The BJC Behavioral Health team poses for a photo at the 2015 NAMI Walk. | Courtesy photo
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.
BJC Medical Group welcomes new cardiology provider at MBMC
Lauren Rothschild, FNP-BC, has joined BJC Medical Group Cardiology.
Rothschild is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with extensive expertise in cardiology. She has more than 11 years of cardiology experience, with more than six years working in general cardiology and five years working in heart transplant. Her advanced practice degree focused on the family and cardiology, which allows her to practice cardiology throughout the patient lifespan.
Rothschild has been a member of the BJC HealthCare team since she received her associate degree in nursing from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in 2005. She then went on to receive her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2008 from Goldfarb and her master of science in nursing degree in 2015 from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
“I chose cardiology during nursing school because the heart is a part of such a complex system,” Rothschild says. “I had a great experience during a nursing school rotation on one of the cardiology floors at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and actually took my first nursing job there. I later transitioned into heart transplant and I knew when I completed my advanced practice degree that I wanted to remain in cardiology.”
Lauren Rothschild, FNP-BC, is a member of BJC Medical Group and affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center. She is joining BJC Medical Group Cardiology, 3023 N. Ballas Road, Building D, Suite 200, St. Louis. The practice can be reached at 314-996-7272.
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
Auxiliary recognizes scholarship winners
The following Auxiliary scholarship recipients were honored last week:
Donations to the Auxiliary Tribute Fund make this annual scholarship program possible. For more information, contact the CH Auxiliary office, 314-653-5634.
Morgan Dermody, left, and Jordan Klaus received CH Auxiliary scholarships, along with Leah Korte, not pictured. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Christian Hospital stroke care earns Silver Plus Award
CH has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With
The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest
To receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months, and during the same period achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.
Foundation ‘Heart of a Hero’ recognizes hard work
The following employees were awarded in May 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.
CH earns PRC Excellence Awards
CH and NWHC have been cited for Excellence in Healthcare Awards, based on data from patient surveys compiled by Professional Research Consultants (PRC), a national health care market research firm.
PRC 2016 Patient Perception Excellence in Healthcare Awards based on scores of “Excellent” from patients for services provided include:
PRC noted that CH and NWHC’s focus on excellence is making both better places to work, practice medicine and be treated.
The following areas earned First Quarter 2016 patient perception “Excellent” rankings:
American Red Cross blood drive is June 22
CH is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host blood drives open to employees and the general public. Stop by and give blood to help save lives. Walk-ins are welcome; appointments have priority.
The drive is scheduled from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 22, in the Christian Hospital Detrick Building Atrium. You can register by emailing Sandy Roy, firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to www.redcrossblood.org (use the sponsor code: christianhospital).
December Employee of the Month teaches his ‘magic’
Jerry Pearson, BJC Home Care Services clinical application specialist, often saves the day when software doesn’t cooperate with the needs of Home Care field staff, earning him December Employee of the Month honors.
Recently, Pearson researched a way to teach a field nurse how to transfer a photo of a patient’s wound to the physician office while still being compliant with HIPAA, thus providing faster care. By teaching the technique to the field nurse, he made sure possible future occurrences can be handled directly by the nursing staff.
“Jerry has taught me so much over the years,” says another nominator. “He is willing to teach me how to make corrections myself or for staff in my area, instead of just fixing the error and then the next time having to call him again. The staff finds that this saves them time, knowing how to correct common glitches rather than waiting for help.”
Pearson’s lessons aren’t the only reason staff members like to interact with him. He has the ability to make them smile at every interaction. “He has a great sense of humor and can make me smile even over the phone,” a nominator says. “He always finds time to help and does it with a kind and helpful spirit that enables the staff to prevent future frustrations.”
January Employee of the Month seeks out solutions
Karrie Vantiegehem, Alton Home Care staff nurse and team lead, “understands the endless needs of field staff and the follow up they have each day,” says one nominator. “Her smile is contagious and her positive attitude is one that is admired by many.”
Vantiegehem is the BJC Home Care Services January Employee of the Month.
It’s not just that Vantiegehem understands how the team operates, but also how she offers her help whenever it’s needed. She has offered to take on shifts when the field staff is overloaded and has also taken administrative on call on the weekends, answering calls and helping staff get schedules adjusted quickly. She does all of this with a focus on meeting patients’ needs. Vantiegehem faxes labs, writes orders, returns patient calls and orders supplies to make sure each patient is cared for. The staff comments daily on how helpful she is.
This past year, Vantiegehem learned the ICD 10 changes and attended Oasis education to bring back to the staff.
“She wants to be a part of safe, quality care,” says her nominator, “so she works hard to do all she can to help out. She remains positive no matter how challenging the day, will help with any task and offers herself when she sees a need.”
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.
Sewall provides extraordinary care
Alicia Sewall, a nurse in the CVR, earned MBMC’s most recent DAISY Award. She was nominated by a patient who said, “I was in the hospital for three nights and received extraordinary care from Alicia. She possesses the unusual combination of professionalism and true warmth. She made a tense situation very comfortable for my wife and me with her smile and good cheer.
“Her clinical expertise saved me from a host of additional problems. My wife and I have experienced many interactions with medical professionals. Alicia is at the top of the list because she is a true professional who provided us with extraordinary, competent and compassionate care.”
MBSH awards 2016 Medical Staff Scholarships
The MBSH medical staff has awarded two area graduates $1,000 scholarships toward their pursuit of professional medical careers. This is the fifth year that the MBSH medical staff has provided medical scholarships to local students. This year’s recipients are Brianna Marie Flowers, Bourbon High School; and Paige Garrett, Sullivan High School.
Brianna was motivated and encouraged by her mother, a paramedic, to pursue a career in medicine. She completed 100 hours of medical-related job shadowing and many medicine-related classes to prepare her to begin her training at Saint Louis University. She received recommendations from her educators for her excellence in educational pursuits, as well as her positive personality and involvement in many extracurricular activities. Several medical professionals also expressed their wholehearted support for her and the interest she showed while in a preceptor program.
Paige Garret participated in the off-campus FLEX program, which allowed her to job shadow in many hospital departments. Through this experience, she recognized her interest in becoming a registered nurse or possibly a nurse anesthetist or physician assistant. Paige successfully completed many medicine-related classes to prepare her for her future studies at Columbia College. She was also involved in many extracurricular activities throughout her high school years. Her teachers called her highly motivated, hardworking and enthusiastic. She consistently demonstrates a positive attitude. Paige also received recognition for her motivation and interest in the medical field during her job shadowing.
“We congratulate Brianna and Paige for receiving the 2016 Medical Staff Scholarships and sincerely wish them success in their medical education,” says Lisa Lochner, assistant administrator/medical staff director. “We hope that in the future these young ladies will become professional health care providers in our local community.”
Dr. Alison Baker gives Brianna Flowers her scholarship certificate. | Photos by David Hartwick
Paige Garrett receives her scholarship certificate from Dr. Alison Baker.
Staff celebrate Red Nose Day at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
The MBSH patient registration department recognized Red Nose Day, May 26, to show their support of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of Franklin County.
The purpose of Red Nose Day is to bring attention to the 660,000 children in foster care and the overburdened foster care and child welfare systems that need help from volunteers. With a CASA volunteer, a child is half as likely to stay in the foster care and child welfare system and is much more likely to find a safe, permanent home.
To learn more, go to www.franklincountycasa.com or call 636-583-4422.
The MBSH patient registration staff celebrate Red Nose Day May 26. | Photo by David Hartwick
Mom delivers crocheted baby caps to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
Katy Newbold delivered dozens of colorful crocheted baby caps to the MBSH mother baby unit recently.
She started crocheting the baby caps to share with the hospital’s newborns. Her son Jaxon came with her to drop off the caps because he was born in the unit nearly three years ago. MBSH welcomes personal touches, like Newbold’s, to make MBSH a place for families to feel at home.
Holding donated, crocheted baby caps are, from left, Emily Parker, PCT; Angela Decker, RN; Jaxon Ivie, held by his mother, Katy Newbold; and Alyssa Courtney, RN. | Photo by David Hartwick
PHC staff are superheroes
PHC’s materials management team dressed as superheroes during Hospital Week. They are, from left, Gary Mitchell, Melissa Helm, Brandi Sassman, Tony Robbs and Jim Gillespie. | Photo by Cody Lawson
Free valet parking for ER patients, families at PHC-Farmington
As part of the strategic plan for PHC’s ER construction project at its Farmington location, the hospital has implemented complementary around-the-clock valet parking for emergency patients.
For the convenience of emergency patients, families and visitors, the valet staff will park and deliver cars throughout the construction process, 24 hours a day, seven days a week — free of charge.
The entrance to the emergency department on Liberty Street and the valet parking station are clearly marked. Patients and visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when entering the ER drop-off area.
For emergency patients and visitors who choose not to use the valet parking service, a free shuttle is running between the main parking lot and the ER entrance, as well as the hospital’s main entrance. The shuttle operates 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the Farmington location.
During the construction process, PHC officials plan to keep the community apprised through various communication means. Patients and visitors can check for current information at parklandhealthcenter.org or on Facebook.
The ER expansion will add 6,300 square feet to the existing emergency department, including 11 additional patient treatment rooms, waiting room space, and an enclosed walkway that will connect the main hospital entrance to the emergency department waiting area. In addition to the newly constructed space, 2,950 square feet of existing space will be modified as part of this expansion project.
The opening of the expanded facility is scheduled for spring 2017.
Those interested should complete the application and submit it no later than July 8, 2016. To download the application, visithttp://tinyurl.com/aux-scholarship.
45 years of service: Cooper, Hardy share their thoughts
Betty Cooper and Alberta Hardy have each worked for 45 years at SLCH. They had the most service of anyone recognized at the hospital’s annual employee gala in April.They share what keeps them going:
Eight RNs honored with annual awards during ceremony
SLCH’s Nurses Week concluded with the announcement of the annual Nancy A. Ross, RN, Nursing Award winners:
Three SLCH employees earn scholarships to pursue education
The Missouri Hospital Association awarded scholarships to Missouri hospital employees pursuing education in projected high-demand medical fields. Three award recipients from SLCH received $2,500 —Melissa Cooper, pediatric ICU; Jackie Patterson, therapy services; and Sonja Seldon, 12th floor neurosciences.
“Patients might not remember what a nurse has said or done to help them, but they remember how the nurse gave them hope, love, encouragement, strength and kindness when they needed it most. The effect that nurses had on my life drives me to pursue the nursing profession,” she says.
She has already realized her dream of earning a college degree and becoming a nurse.
The three winners submitted applications and letters of recommendation.
For more information about applying for 2017 scholarships, contact human resources, 314-286-0910.
A mouse in the garden
Staff and a family dedicated a Mickey Mouse statue in the Olson Family Garden in May. Mickey was the favorite cartoon character of a longtime Heart Center patient who passed away, Patrick Longenecker. Patrick’s family directed his tribute to SLCH and the garden. | Courtesy photo
Children’s Hospital OR team celebrates ‘Red Nose Day’
Red Nose Day was celebrated worldwide in May. The SLCH OR team celebrated May 26. “Red Nose Day” is a campaign dedicated to helping children and having fun. Proceeds benefit children and young people in the U.S. and some of the poorest communities in the world.
The SLCH operating room team celebrates Red Nose Day. | Photo by John Twombly
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.
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