AMH to hold two trivia nights — to benefit diabetes and Heart Walk 2018
AMH will conduct two trivia nights this spring to benefit two worthwhile causes. The first trivia night, benefiting the Vera Bock Diabetes Fund, will be at 7 p.m., March 23, at the Wood River Moose Lodge in Wood River, Ill. Admission is $20 per person, with tables of up to 10 people. For more information or to reserve a table, call Lisa James, 618-463-7526.
The second trivia night benefiting the AMH Heart Walk team will be at 7 p.m., April 6, at the Godfrey Knights of Columbus Hall, 1713 Stamper Lane in Godfrey, Ill. Admission is $15 per person. To register a team, contact Mary Mulrean, 618-463-7345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMH recognizes ‘awesome’ employees
If you know of an employee, physician or volunteer who deserves recognition, let AMH know by completing an “Awesome” form. Forms are available in 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:
‘Babysitting 101’ class at AMH is March 10
A “Babysitting 101” class will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., March 10, in the cafeteria meeting rooms at AMH. The cost is $30 per child.
Pre-registration is required. Call 314-454-5437 or 800-678-5437, press 3 and tell the operator “March 10 Alton Memorial Hospital.” Or you can register online at stlchildrens.org/registration.
The class, taught by an instructor from St. Louis Children’s Hospital, provides a great introduction to the basics of babysitting. A 28-page workbook, backpack and light snack are provided.
Topics include the business of babysitting, child development, safety and first aid, and fun and games.
Support Foundation with a Schnucks eScrip Community Card
Make a contribution to the Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation at no cost to you by signing up for the eScrip program at Schnucks. The eScrip fund-raising program will contribute up to 3 percent of your grocery purchase to the Foundation each time you shop and swipe your card. The more you shop, the higher the contribution.
It’s easy to do:
By using your eScrip card, you can help Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation and AMH stay current with technological advancements and reach out to members of the community with health screenings and programs.
In 2014, more than $300 was donated to the Foundation through this program.
Health Fairs scheduled for March 26-29 in Plaza Cafeteria
The second week of team member Health Fairs will take place March 26-29 in the Plaza Cafeteria (south cafeteria).
For team members enrolled in the BJC Medical Plan, attending the health fair is one step in earning a $200 year-end credit on your health insurance premium.
The Health Fairs will take place in the Plaza Cafeteria:
The fair includes blood pressure readings, body mass index measurement, total cholesterol and glucose blood tests. For more information, email EmployeeActivities@bjc.org.
New elevators coming to Center for Advanced Medicine lobby
Two public elevators are being added to the Center for Advanced Medicine lobby, serving levels one through four. They will relieve some of the volume on the main public elevators and primarily will serve patients and visitors who park in the Laclede Garage going to:
The new elevators are scheduled to open this summer.
This rendering shows the new elevators that are scheduled to open this summer in the Center for Advanced Medicine lobby.
Ed Lowes and Jack Selph announce retirements
BJSPH facilities services manager Ed Lowes and security supervisor Jack Selph have announced their retirements.
Lowes’ career with BJC started in 1990 at BJH, where he was part of the planning, design and construction team. He joined BJSPH in 2007 as manager of facilities services and in 2017 assumed responsibilities for both St. Charles County hospitals.
Selph joined BJSPH in 1993 as a security officer and was named supervisor in 2008.
Lowes and Selph have been an integral part of the BJSPH team for many years and have seen (and overseen) quite a few changes on the campus, including Siteman expansions, the addition of The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis on the third floor and the building of the BJSPH tower.
Selph officially retires April 2 and Lowes retires July 3.
Ed Lowes and Jack Selph
BJSPH’s Lonnie Walton recognized with Faces of Healing pin
BJSPH catering associate Lonnie Walton was recently recognized with the Faces of Healing pin. A donation was made in his name to the BJSP-PW Foundation.
The donor said: “I am known for complaining when things aren’t right, but I wanted to acknowledge the ones who don’t just do a good job, but an exceptional job. Lonnie has done an exceptional job in the care he provided to my loved one. Lonnie always has a smile and makes you feel at home.”
Faces of Healing honoree Lonnie Walton with foundation and community outreach director Kristin Williams, left, and vice president of finance Elizabeth Lawson, right. | Photo by Chanelle Henderson
Golf Classic coming soon
Get out your golf clubs and start warming up for the fourth annual BJSP-PW Foundation Golf Classic, May 7, at Old Hickory Golf Course.
To volunteer that day, contact Kristin Williams, email@example.com. Also, auction baskets are needed, so if your department would like to put together a basket, contact Williams. Can’t make it, but love to golf? For $100 you can have a 1:50 chance to win an annual membership to Old Hickory. For more information, go to www.bjcstcharlescounty.org/golf.
A big, healthy shout-out to the prostate health awareness winners at BJSPH and PWH
BJC Help for Your Health offered team members across BJC an opportunity to commit to prostate health awareness and a chance to win two St. Louis Blues tickets to the April 2 game vs. the Washington Capitals at Scottrade Center. The winners in St. Charles County were Maya King (BJSPH) and Samantha Walch (PWH).
Maya King and Samantha Walch
Still time to apply for Ronni Ducommun Scholarship
PCTs who are working on their nursing degree are encouraged to apply for the Ronni Ducommun Memorial Scholarship. It will be awarded during Nurses Week in May. The application deadline is March 30.
Ducommun was a registered nurse on the medical unit at BJSPH for more than 11 years, serving as a preceptor and mentor to many new nurses. Ducommun and her mother were killed in an automobile accident on July 4, 2017.
The BJSP-PW Foundation established the scholarship to encourage others to achieve their dreams of becoming a nurse. The annual $1,000 scholarship is available to any BJSPH or PWH employee who is a current patient care tech working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing or an RN degree.
For more information, call Kristin Williams, 636-916-9796.
PWH ED team sets new door-to-needle record
A new door-to-needle record of 14 minutes for stroke treatment was set by the PWH emergency department team in January, eclipsing the previous hospital record of 21 minutes.
The hospital’s door-to-needle goal for stroke patients is 45 minutes, meaning the stroke drug tPA is started within
45 minutes from the time the patient walks in the door.
A stroke requires the team to get the job done quickly, and tPA requires a two-nurse double check. Meghan Boitnott, RN, assisted Kenny Alsop, RN, in this process.
Dr. David Fouts and Kenny Alsop, RN, celebrate their door-to-needle record of 14 minutes. At right, Meghan Boitnott, RN, was rewarded as a lifesaver.| Photos by Meagan Goddard
Employees honored at Service Awards Banquet
Team members marking years of BJC service milestones from five years to 40-plus years were honored at the fifth annual Service Awards Banquet at the St. Charles Convention Center Feb. 9.
Employee of the Year honors belonged to Sarah Hester (PWH) and Shell Parris (BJSPH). The Leader of the Year award went to Karen Mohan.
Sarah Hester, Shell Parris and Karen Mohan
Team members with 25-plus years of service with BJC gathered for a photo following the Service Awards Banquet. | Photo by Tim Mudrovic
Have a great weekend (huddle)
On Feb. 17, BJWCH weekend staff began holding facility huddles on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
On weekdays, team members, leaders and senior leaders have been conducting tiered huddles to report on critical components to safety, quality, efficiency and cost, including volume, potential safety events, staffing and resource needs. Benefits include daily goals, addressing issues and removing barriers, understanding volume and census outlook for the day, and ensuring the hospital is set up for daily success.
“I think it’s a great idea to include representatives from each department to huddle in the morning on the weekends, just like we do during the week. It just makes sense,” says Mary Robin Lohaus, lead occupational therapist. “We will all have a better idea of what’s going on and be able to communicate important information to our team and our patients and their families.”
Deploying the weekend facility huddle is a major part of the hospital’s 2018 employee engagement action plan in ensuring team collaboration and connectedness.
From left, Diane Spence, clinical program manager; Dr. Greg Branham, chief medical officer; Jeanette Ewing, environmental services; Kaitlyn Viorel, physical therapy; Mark Menkhus, pharmacy; Mary Robin Lohaus, lead occupational therapist; Tim Boyer, facilities engineering; Megan McCarron; house supervisor; and Dr. Adam Littich, hospitalist, participate in the first weekend huddle. Mike Vitale, performance improvement, is not pictured but was in attendance. Several other staff participated by phone, including Clarice Brown, patient access; Christie Copping, laboratory; Yoany Finetti, chief nursing officer; Laura Stollard, senior clinical program manager; and Mark Strout, security. | Photo by Mike Vitale
Join the 2018 Heart Walk
BJWCH will participate in the May 12 St. Louis Heart Walk sponsored by the American Heart Association. Consider joining the fight against heart disease by becoming a walker or donating.
This year the BJWCH team has been moved under a BJC umbrella team on the website, so that fund-raising amounts roll up to one organization. The BJWCH fund-raising goal is $6,500. Everyone who registers and donates $25 by April 5 will receive a BJWCH Heart Walk shirt.
BJWCH has six team captains: Elissa Karbarski, Stacy Arney, Janice Davis, Barb Lamb, Verona Gregory and Jenny Rohring.
From left, Trish Lollo, Barb Lamb, Verona Gregory and Jamie Skyles help kick off the Heart Walk at a Feb. 16 luncheon. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Celebrating an outstanding Joint Commission survey
From left, Katie Yacovelli, surgical technologist; Emily Goode, CRNA; and Candace Graham, surgical technologist, enjoy popcorn at The Joint Commission celebration. | 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.
Trivia supports Wings pediatric program
Do you love trivia? If so, gather a group of friends or co-workers together for Magellan’s 16th annual trivia night benefiting the BJC Hospice pediatric program, Wings. Proceeds from the event will go toward grief and camp programs for children.
Trivia takes place Feb. 24 at the Machinist’s Hall off St. Charles Rock Road. Doors open at 6 p.m.; trivia begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $160 per table or $20 per ticket.
For more information, contact Patti Kasperski, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-387-5133.
For more information about the Wings program,
Dr. Mungikar joins BJC Medical Group
Prajakta Mungikar, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician, has joined BJC medical group. Dr. Mungikar is on staff at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital and is accepting new patients.
Dr. Mungikar completed her medical training at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2016. She received her medical education at Deccan College of Medical Sciences in India.
Dr. Mungikar is passionate about providing primary care because this specialty allows her to focus on many different aspects of her patients’ health.
“I strive to give the best possible care to my patients,” Dr. Mungikar says. “I focus on preventive care and education to keep my patients well informed on their own health and goals.”
As a primary care provider, Dr. Mungikar helps her patients manage and treat chronic conditions including asthma, allergies and high blood pressure. She also provides preventive care through annual wellness visits and immunizations for adults.
Prajakta Mungikar, MD, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is on staff at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital. BJC Medical Group at St. Peters is at 201 BJC St. Peters Drive, Medical Office Building 3, Suite 200, St. Peters, Mo. Call 636-916-9615 for an appointment. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
‘Use A Lift: Get A Gift!’
BHC’s safe patient handling committee created the “Use A Lift: Get A Gift!” campaign to encourage patient care staff to use mechanical lifts in the care of their patients.
All staff who used a lift during the campaign were able to enter their names in a drawing for a $25 gift card. Drawings were held every two weeks for three months.
Gift cards were donated by Michael Szewczyk, MD.
Team members demonstrate use of a mechanical lift. | Courtesy photos
Bethany Blattel, RN, BSN, displays a “Use a Lift: Get a Gift” gift card.
Valerie VanHouten earns Clinical Excellence Award
Valerie VanHouten, RD, LD, was selected as Morrison Healthcare’s Pinto Region Clinical Excellence Award recipient for 2018. Morrison Healthcare recognizes one registered dietitian (RD) from each region.
These RDs are nominated by their peers and managers for exemplifying Morrison’s cultural beliefs of providing excellent nutrition care.
Morrison employs almost 2,000 RDs in 17 regions at more than 40 hospitals. Being selected as the regional winner also puts VanHouten in the running for the national winner of the award, which will be decided in a few months.
Christian Hospital lobby renovation project begins
In preparation for the lobby renovation project, the following changes have been made:
The blood lab in the lobby registration area moved to a temporary location Feb. 23 in the lab on the first floor, down the hall from the Gift Shop.
On March 2 registration and the main entrance relocated from the lobby to a new temporary location that can be accessed through the Imaging Pavilion entrance. The Imaging Pavilion entrance is just east of the lobby doors. The main entrance doors have been barricaded, and directional signage is in place for patients, visitors and staff.
Celebrating 115 years: Lab has always played a vital role at Christian
The CH lab, pictured in the 1950s at the Newstead location, has always played a vital role in the day-to-day operations of the hospital throughout its 115-year history.
In 2005, CH installed the “lab of the future” with the St. Louis region’s first fully automated in-hospital chemistry and immunoassay robotic system. The lab still plays a key role in diagnoses.
“We provide our endocrinologists with patterned test results, which are used to help evaluate a person with autoimmune disorders that affect many tissues and organs,” says Cathy Storey, lab director for the north region. “Christian Hospital leads the way for brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) testing for congestive heart failure. In fact, we contribute to 75 percent of all diagnoses made at CH.”
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
Memorial speech-language pathologist earns board certification
Heather Lazarides, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, CKTP+, speech-language pathologist (SLP) at MHB, recently earned board certification in swallowing disorders.
While certification is voluntary, it is becoming the standard for identifying an SLP who is an expert in dysphagia, or swallowing disorders. Qualifying for certification, SLPs need to meet a series of requirements including a clinical practice specializing in swallowing disorders; accruing continuing education hours in swallowing disorders; and distinguishing oneself via research, administrative, and/ or educational accomplishments.
Lazarides’ journey to obtaining her BCS-S took about five years, including additional work, leadership activities, community involvement and education.
Certification is a rare accomplishment for SLPs, with Lazarides being one of only seven in Illinois and the only one outside of Chicago (Missouri has only three). Lazarides is professionally licensed in both Illinois and Missouri.
“It’s a well-respected designation within our field, and I hope it benefits Memorial, BJC and my patients,” she says. “I’ve also been trained to be a BCS-S mentor for other SLPs working toward this designation, so I can also help SLPs achieve this certification.”
Natalie Ketrow earns February honors
Natalie Ketrow, Memorial IT senior customer support technician, has been named the February Employee of the Month.
“When I call the help desk and Natalie answers the phone, I just know that she will be able to assist me. She is pleasant and knowledgeable, and her customer service skills are exemplary,” says a colleague.
Ketrow has been employed at Memorial for 18 years. Her responsibilities include troubleshooting and solving a wide variety of day-to-day computer issues when employees call the IT help desk.
“Natalie is a go-to person for Memorial IT. She’s always on top of things. Since we started the merge with BJC IT processes, she has had a constant focus to improve the process and ensure best practices are followed,” says IT operations manager John Jester.
Ketrow says the most rewarding part of her job is the opportunity to know so many of the people who work at Memorial. She loves being a resource and helping everyone navigate changes.
Patient transport hands out first Helping Hands trophies for 2018
Outstanding teamwork and dedication to patient safety helped launch the MHB cardiac cath lab team and the MHE diagnostic imaging team into first place for this month’s Transport Helping Hands award.
Each month, the Helping Hands trophy is awarded to the patient care unit that’s recognized by transport team members as the most helpful and efficient in the patient transport process. This assistance increases patient safety, efficiency in other departments where patients are scheduled and satisfaction of patients waiting for transport services.
“Without the support, communication and efficiency of these units, we would not have been able to provide the exceptional health care and compassionate service to our patients that we did,” says Kevin Crill, patient transport director.
In January, transport at both facilities combined to complete more than 12,500 tasks.
The cath lab team at MHB receives the team’s Transport Helping Hands award. | Photos by Kevin Crill
The diagnostic imaging team at MHE celebrates the team’s Transport Helping Hands award.
Breast HealthCare Center gets grant for breast screenings
Alissa Nicks, right, and her husband, Corie, left, founders of Alissa’s Hope, present their third annual gift of $5,000 to Tanya English, program manager of the Breast HealthCare Center at MBMC. The funds are used to provide free breast screenings, diagnostics, ultrasounds and biopsies to underinsured and uninsured women, especially younger than age 45, who aren’t covered by other grants. | Courtesy photo
‘Knitwits’ donate hand-crafted items to MBSH oncology department
The Knitwits, a crafting group made up of members and friends of Sullivan’s First Presbyterian Church, recently presented the MBSH oncology department with six bags filled with hand-crafted items.
Group members make knitted and crocheted shawls, lap robes and “lapghans” as part of their Prayer Shawl Mission. Over the past eight years, they’ve donated 465 items to organizations throughout the community, including 62 shawls to the MBSH oncology department.
“We’re very grateful for the thoughtfulness of these ladies in making the personal gifts for our patients receiving treatments,” says Terry Brown, RN, oncology nurse. “Every patient is touched by the kindness shown by these ladies from the First Presbyterian Church.”
Knitwits members who made gifts for MBSH oncology patients include, front row, from left, Evelyn Coffman, Sally Jo Blevins, Cheryl Burns and Terry Sappington and, back row from left, Carol Gay Schroeder, Netti Peterson, Carol Kroenung and Maria Koehn. | Courtesy photo
Johnson is February Star Service Team Member
Stephanie Johnson, a patient access representative who has worked at PHC for three years, was selected as the February ICARE Star Service Team Member.
Johnson was honored for helping team members by staying late, coming in early and picking up extra shifts — all with a smile. “She is kind-hearted and compassionate to everyone she meets. Her sweet, energetic personality will bring a smile to your face on days you don’t feel like smiling. She is a joy to be around,” says her nominator.
Johnson says she enjoys being a part of the team and working with patients and co-workers.
“I was on the phone with a patient when I heard my name announced,” Johnson says. “I didn’t know what to say to my patient! I’m happy.”
ICARE is Parkland’s patient experience service initiative. The acronym stands for Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
New Ronald McDonald Family Room now open
A new Ronald McDonald Family Room in the hospital expansion, third floor, opened Feb. 26 for all inpatients’ families. At the same time, the current facility on the fifth floor closed temporarily for renovations.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room is open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., seven days a week.
Once the fifth-floor room renovation concludes, it will serve newborn ICU patient families only. The new facility on the third floor will continue to serve all other families.
In partnership with SLCH guest services, the Family Room program is an extension of the comfort and care that Ronald McDonald House provides for families with ill children.
The rooms serve as an “oasis” for both local and out-of-town families with a child in the hospital. They allow families to escape the hospital environment, to take a break and de-stress, then quickly be back at their child’s bedside.
Each room is equipped with all of the comforts of home, including a kitchen with snacks and beverages, showers, laundry facilities, computers and television, and a quiet room.
SLCH sponsors family run/walk THROUGH the Zoo
Join SLCH and the Saint Louis Zoo for the 33rd annual Make Tracks THROUGH the Zoo, May 20. For the first time ever, participants get to run through the Zoo.
This new course takes runners and walkers past the antelope and giraffe habitats, Historic Hill, Kali the polar bear, and grizzly bears Huckleberry and Finley.
Races and prices include:
All registrants will receive a complimentary performance T-shirt and continental breakfast (while supplies last).
Register at https://www.stlzoo.org/events/calendarofevents/stlouischildrenshospitalma/.
As a proud Zoo sponsor, use promo code: BJCHEALTH2018 to receive 10 percent off your race purchase.
Taylor earns honor for taking initiative, helping families
Leah Taylor, an administrative assistant in the Pediatric Sleep Center, saw a need, took action and earned an award for her effort. Taylor was named 2017 BJC Administrative Assistant of the Year (Honorable Mention).
Families visit the Sleep Center for overnight sleep studies starting at 7:30 p.m. During the studies, lab personnel must focus on the patient’s treatment, and they need a parent’s help to keep the patient calm.
Having a sibling present could disrupt the sleep study. This limitation can pose an issue for a single parent who doesn’t have a babysitter or a friend or relative to help.
Taylor wanted to help a parent facing this need and tried several options with no luck before finding
“It feels good to help somebody,” Taylor says. “I know how I would feel if it were me and I didn’t have a sitter, and my child needed to be seen. So it feels good that there’s an option.”
Becky Orf, sleep technician, appreciated Taylor’s persistence in finding a resource.
“Leah is an asset for the Sleep Lab,” Orf says.
“She’s kind and thoughtful, and she comes up with ideas that help the parents and help the lab, so we can help the patient.”
Leah Taylor, left, and Becky Orf of the Pediatric Sleep Center at SLCH. | Courtesy photo
3D Printing Center open house is March 9
Join co-directors Shafkat Anwar, MD; Kamlesh Patel, MD; Eric Eutsler, MD; Christine Pavlak; and executive sponsors Rick Majzun and Tim Eberlein, MD, at the Medical 3D Printing Center open house, from 3-6 p.m., March 9 (remarks at 4 p.m.).
The 3D Printing Center is in Suite 4301 in The Steven and Susan Lipstein BJC Institute of Health at Washington University School of Medicine.
Light refreshments will be served.
The Medical 3D Printing Center will be an in-house resource for both pediatric and adult patient care.
Employee Gala: Save the date
The Employee Recognition Celebration will be held Saturday evening, 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.
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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