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Staff recognized with Awesome cards
If you know of an AMH employee, physician or volunteer who deserves recognition, let AMH know by completing an “Awesome” form. Forms are available in the hospital waiting areas and at nurses stations. A member of the leadership team will present your honoree with an “Awesome” badge sticker.
Completed forms may be dropped off at the information desk or sent to the development office. For more information, contact Marlene Lewis, development, 618-463-7701.
Recent Awesome cards went to:
In case of emergency
Emergency call stations were recently installed on AMH parking lots A, E, Upper Hatch and Olin. The stations are alarms that go directly to the security cell phone for real-time communication. The instant an emergency situation or suspicious activity arises, these devices can be used. | Photo by Dave Whaley
‘Staying Home Alone’ class at AMH is April 8
AMH will host “Staying Home Alone,” 9-10:30 a.m., April 8. This 90-minute class, taught by an instructor from St. Louis Children’s Hospital, will help parents and children determine their child’s readiness — physically, mentally, socially and emotionally — to stay home alone and help prepare the child for this experience. The course includes three workbooks, and the cost is $25 per family.
Pre-registration is required. Call 314-454-5437 or 800-678-5437.
Next ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ at AMH is March 29
AMH is taking on childhood obesity with “Kids in the Kitchen,” an event designed to teach elementary school children, ages 4-12, how to prepare healthy snacks.
Kids in the Kitchen will be held at 6 p.m., March 29, in the AMH cafeteria meeting rooms. The event provides a hands-on environment with a goal of promoting child health and wellness by empowering children and youth to make healthy lifestyle choices.
The theme will be “To Bean or Not to Bean … That is the Question.” For those concerned with allergies, peanuts and other legumes will be prepared and served at this event.
Call 800-392-0936 to register. Space is limited, and each child in attendance must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Laura Hill, MD, a pediatrician on staff at AMH, will lead the program, along with AMH food and nutrition services staff.
Two facilities engineering team members retire
Project manager James Niemeyer and senior call center representative Ruth Barber, who both worked in the facilities engineering department, recently retired. Niemeyer retired Dec. 2, after 22 years of service, and Barber retired Dec. 9 after 20 years of service.
Facilities engineering manager Mike Stachowski, left, thanks project manager James Niemeyer for his 22 years of service at Niemeyer’s retirement party. | Courtesy photos
Now retired senior call center representative Ruth Barber, second from left, is surrounded by co-workers at Barber’s recent retirement party.
Elizabeth Lawson named vice president of finance for BJSPH and PWH
Elizabeth Lawson has been named vice president of finance for BJSPH and PWH, effective March 5. Lawson joined BJC in 2014 as director of financial planning and analysis.
As vice president of finance for BJSPH and PWH, Lawson’s duties will include monitoring and directing the implementation of strategic business plans and overseeing financial operations and various ancillary support functions for both of
“We are excited to have Elizabeth join our team in St. Charles County,” says Chris Watts, president of BJSPH and PWH. “Elizabeth is a proven team leader and strategic thinker. She will be a great addition to the leadership team as we continue to grow to meet the needs of our community.”
At BJC, Lawson led the team responsible for the oversight and preparation of annual budgets and the 10-year financial strategic plan. She also prepared analysis of hospitals to be acquired and led a team to establish an entity-wide business decision support system, including standardized
“I’m excited to join the team at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals,” says Lawson. “I’ve seen the growth that has occurred in our St. Charles County hospitals recently, and I’m looking forward to keeping that momentum going and enabling our team to continue to provide exceptional care to patients, family members and the community.”
Prior to joining BJC, Lawson held several positions of increasing responsibility with Express Scripts Inc. Lawson holds a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Celebrate your new BJWCH March 27 and April 1
We’re breaking new ground at BJWCH — join the celebration as we embark on this journey together:
Both days’ events will be in BJWCH cafeteria and Conference Room D (lower level).
Hospital leadership and the project team will be available to answer questions. View architectural renderings and a model of the replacement hospital, participate in a photo opportunity and enjoy light refreshments.
Also, employees can be a part of history by bringing suggestions on items to include in the new hospital time capsule — a container holding historical records or objects traditionally included in new buildings.
The new facility is designed to develop and enhance BJWCH programs. This will further support BJWCH’s skilled staff and physicians in providing exceptional care in a comfortable, safe and healing environment for years to come.
BJWCH highlights Employee Engagement actions
The clinical and ancillary employee engagement teams held an Employee Engagement Fair March 10-13.
Employees could view employee engagement action plan display boards and learn best practices from their colleagues. They also could enter to win raffle prizes by filling out a sheet on best practices they learned about at the fair.
Orlando Carter, environmental services, learns about actions pain management is taking to enhance employee engagement. | Photos by Kelly Pahl
Josh Hesi, rehabilitation, explains engagement actions taken by rehabilitation services to Ellen Oza, radiation oncology manager.
Calendar sale benefits Clubhouse
BJC Behavioral Health-Southeast’s Friends in Action Clubhouse offers its members an opportunity to express themselves through art. Each year some of that artwork is used to produce a calendar, which is sold to raise funds for the clubhouse.
The clubhouse promotes recovery and independence by providing a nurturing community that offers wellness, social, education and employment opportunities for its members.
Calendars are available for $6 each and can be ordered or picked up at Friends in Action Clubhouse, 573-431-9620, or ordered by email, ﬁaclubhouse@bjc.org.
BJC Corporate Health Services recognizes Moore and Palmer for excellence
Karen Moore, DNP, APRN, ANP, BC, received the 2016 BJC Corporate Health Services ICARE Award. Moore, a nurse practitioner at BarnesCare, was nominated for the award by her colleagues for consistently exemplifying ICARE behaviors to patients, visitors and fellow employees. The ICARE behaviors include Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
“Karen is a dedicated clinician and a role model for our entire team,” says Tom Kibby, MD, MPH, BarnesCare chief medical officer. “She recognizes positive actions in others and is always looking to share her knowledge by teaching others new clinical skills.”
Diane Palmer, RN, MPH, director of clinical services, was awarded the 2016 BJC Corporate Health Services Leadership Award. Palmer has been a driving force in the implementation of daily huddles and several process improvement initiatives, all aimed at improving clinical outcomes and the patient experience. As a result, patient and client satisfaction scores reached all-time highs in 2016, and BarnesCare was recognized again by the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals as a model program.
A 37-year veteran of BJC, Palmer previously received the Leadership Award in 2002. “Diane’s commitment to the patients and clients we serve is second to none,” says Patrick Venditti, Corporate Health Services executive director. “The energy and enthusiasm she brings to each challenge inspire confidence and teamwork and create opportunity for our clinical teams to consistently succeed.”
Lori Schreiner named vice president of finance
Lori Schreiner has been promoted from controller into the new role of BJC vice president of finance. Schreiner will report directly to BJC senior vice president and chief financial officer Kevin Roberts.
In this role, she will expand her current responsibilities for hospital accounting by assuming responsibility for all BJC accounting, internal and external reporting, and reporting of statistical and other measurement data. In addition, Schreiner will continue to have responsibility for grants management and foundation finance, and serve as the senior finance executive for BJC Home Care, Behavioral Health and Corporate Health Services.
Schreiner’s current direct reports will continue to report to her. Mark Melliere, BJC finance director, will also report to Schreiner. Schreiner began her new role in February, and her new office is in the Center for Outpatient Health.
During Schreiner’s 20-year BJC career, she led the creation of the shared services finance team when BJC went live on PeopleSoft in 2012. She has held a number of finance leadership roles across BJC, including in Home Care, BJC Medical Group and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
This shift in responsibilities will enable Larry Kayser, BJC vice president of financial operations, to devote additional time to BJC’s financial performance and integration initiatives. This operational finance focus will provide more in-depth analysis of revenue, labor management and productivity, and other cost management opportunities. Kayser will retain responsibility for accounts payable, payroll, reimbursement, decision support, long-range financial planning, financial analysis, and preparation of the annual operating budget and multi-year model.
Schreiner is a certified public accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Missouri–Columbia.
Hospice holds recruitment event for new hospice house
Many RNs and CNAs attended a special event at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Feb. 7 to learn about opportunities with the innovative, compassionate BJC Hospice team.
Guests enjoyed door prizes, learned about the new BJC hospice house, Evelyn’s House, opening in May 2017, and met with BJC Hospice staff.
Situated on the campus of BJWCH, Evelyn’s House will have many guest- and family-friendly amenities and comforts, including 16 private guest suites for adults, teens and children; dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms; family kitchen and café; leading edge communications and safety; and much more.
For more information about Evelyn’s House, visit bjchospice.org/evelynshouse — or, to learn about available positions at Evelyn’s House, visit bjc.org/jobs.
Heather Fleming, RN, Barnes-Jewish Hospital bone marrow transplant, right, looks at a rendering of Evelyn’s House with BJC Home Care Services recruiter Christine Kaiser. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Dr. Farah joins the Heart Care Group
Jareer Farah, MD, FACC, has joined the Heart Care Group. Dr. Farah is a board-certified interventional cardiologist, who also holds board certifications in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. He will practice at the Heart Care Group locations in Florissant, Mo., and Maryville, Ill.
Dr. Farah treats coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, pericardial disease, valvular disease, congenital heart disease and peripheral arterial disease. He also treats arrhythmias, hypertension and high cholesterol, and offers pacemaker management.
“I take the health and the well-being of my patients personally, and I always want to do what’s in the best interests of my patients,” Dr. Farah says. “I also offer my patients the most advanced technologies available to treat heart diseases.”
Dr. Farah received his medical degree in 2001 from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. He completed his internal medicine residency at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit in 2008, where he spent an additional year as a chief medical resident. He then served as assistant professor of medicine at WSU.
Dr. Farah completed a fellowship in cardiology in 2014 at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania and an interventional cardiology fellowship in 2015 at the Universality of Cincinnati. He has been practicing as a cardiologist in Los Angeles since then.
Jareer Farah, MD, FACC, is a member of BJC Medical Group of Illinois and is affiliated with Christian Hospital. He practices at the Heart Care Group, 1225 Graham Road, Suite 2310, Florissant, Mo., 314-953-6300; and at 6810 State Route 162, Suite 102, Maryville, Ill., 618-288-4076. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Portell joins Medical Arts Clinic as primary care provider
Jason Portell, FNP-C, a certified family nurse practitioner, has joined Medical Arts Clinic on the campus of Parkland Health Center.
At Medical Arts Clinic, Portell will provide preventive care; routine adult, school and sports physicals; general pediatrics, including well-child exams; acute and chronic disease management; women’s health screenings and care; presurgical screenings; and general adult medicine.
“As a primary care provider, I can build lasting relationships to address changing health concerns patients might have, while helping them make health-conscious decisions through education and support,” he says. “I will listen to my patients’ needs and goals and provide the best information needed for them to attain those goals.”
Before earning his master of science in nursing degree from Graceland University in 2016, Portell practiced as a registered nurse, gaining experience in a variety of clinical settings including the emergency department and intensive care unit.
Jason Portell, FNP-C, is a member of BJC Medical Group. He is joining Medical Arts Clinic, 1103 W. Liberty, Farmington, Mo., Suite 2002. The practice can be reached at 573-756-6751. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org/medical-arts-clinic.
Epic roadshow coming to Boone
On Sept. 7, BHC will become the first BJC facility to experience an Epic electronic health record roadshow.
Titled “Hit the Road to Epic,” the roadshow event, sponsored by Health Information Partners (HIP), will provide a preview of the many great benefits a single-patient record will provide for patients and caregivers.
A team of Epic experts will demonstrate how Epic improves patient care by a documentation system that integrates and coordinates that care.
Where and when — The event will take place in conference rooms A, B and C on the hospital’s main floor. The schedule includes:
Breakout demo sessions include:
Why — “The roadshow will provide real-life documentation of patient scenarios to see how patients move in and between areas of care,” says Ken Woodward, user adoption and communications lead for HIP. “All the vast capabilities of Epic cannot be demonstrated in a few hours. But we believe the roadshow will give Boone providers and employees a great introductory tour of Epic.”
Celebrate 2017 National Nutrition Month in March
March is National Nutrition Month, and the food and nutrition services staff is celebrating with employees. This year’s focus is “Plant Forward.”
CH’s team of registered dietitians — the essential providers of food and nutrition information — hope to empower employees to make knowledgeable decisions when choosing foods that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Join them 11 a.m.-noon, March 22, in the Courtyard Café.
A brief interactive activity will be available each week to test your knowledge, and gifts will be awarded to the top three winners. Stop by and enjoy some tasty food samples, too.
From left are Ricky Poff, executive chef; Valerie VanHouten, RD, LD; Jennifer Reimann, RD, LD; Shu Jane Yu, MS, RD, LD, CDE, CNM; Amy Feigenbaum, RD, LD; Jessica Garrison, RD, LD; Megan Holl, Morrison intern; Andria Bozzardi, MA, RD, LD; Lisa Ziliak, MS, RD, LD; and Robert Sullivan, sous chef. Kate Altenthal, RD, LD; Rita Sanders, RD, LD; Erin Jones, RD, LD; and Cassandra Glixman, MS, RD, LD, are not pictured. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Community Leaders Breakfast Meeting informs and updates
Phil Moy, MD, Washington University physician and medical co-director of Christian Hospital’s CHAP (Community Health Access Program), shared the latest methods of effective CPR in emergency situations with area business, civic and religious leaders and elected officials who gathered at the hospital’s quarterly Community Leaders Breakfast Meeting, March 10, at Northwest HealthCare.
Brian Froelke, MD, CH EMS medical director and Washington University physician and CHAP medical co-director with Dr. Moy, also was in attendance, along with Brian Hokamp, EMS chief, who provided an update on CH’s EMS program.
In addition, CH president Rick Stevens provided the at-capacity gathering with a hospital update and shared some of the unique ways CH is serving the community beyond the walls of the hospital.
Dr. Phil Moy addresses area business, civic and religious leaders and elected officials at CH’s quarterly Community Leaders Breakfast Meeting, March 10. | Photo by Bret Berigan
‘Renewing Our Vision, Strengthening Our Community’
The Christian Hospital 2020 campaign is a way for CH to share the constant improvements under way — as well as the hospital’s commitment to patients, colleagues and the community. Soon, CH will be sharing these stories of care, revitalization and innovation at ChristianHospital2020.org.
CH Foundation ‘Heart of a Hero’ recipients honored
The following employees were awarded in February for commitment to providing compassionate care and dedication to excellence:
The Heart of a Hero program recognizes physicians, nurses, housekeepers, volunteers and other hospital staff who have been nominated by patients and their families. For more information, contact the CH Foundation, 314-653-5162 or email@example.com.
Don’t miss remaining Town Hall Meetings
The Town Hall Meetings in March are wrapping up. All employees are encouraged to participate in one of the two remaining Town Hall Meetings and become informed:
Email your questions directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awardees recognized by CH board of directors
At the Feb. 24 CH board meeting, Robert Plummer, chairman of the CH board of directors, far left, and Rick Stevens, CH president, far right, recognized recent hospital awardees, from left, Christine Lombardi, CMR, High Performer Award; Martha Vonderheid, physician services, In the Spotlight Award; and Chris Bollinger, NWHC security, High Performer Award. The awardees were presented before the board and recognized for their contributions to the organization that led to their awards. | Photo by Bret Berigan
A new home for BJC Home Care in Sullivan
BJC Home Care Services in Sullivan, Mo., moved to a new office closer to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 21. The new office is at 113 Progress Parkway. | Courtesy photo
BJC Home Care Services holds annual awards banquet
The annual BJC Home Care Services awards banquet was held the evening of Nov. 3 at Royale Orleans. More than 100 employees attended, enjoying the Mardi Gras-themed celebration, complete with masks, feathers and beads.
In total, 26 five-year employees, 20 10-year, seven 15-year, six 20-year, 11 25-year, three 30-year, four 35-year employees and three 40-year employees were recognized. Also honored were the Team of the Year, orthopedic team; Employee of the Year, Kim Voelker, PT; and Leader of the Year, Bernie Shore, MD. The evening ended with a traditional champagne toast.
The orthopedic team took the BJC Home Care Services Team of the Year award. | Photos by Diane Straub
Memorial offers electronic prescriptions on discharge
Memorial clinical informatics and pharmacy have teamed to offer electronic prescriptions to all inpatients and outpatients upon discharge. This new service is available to all admitted patients upon discharge, including patients discharged from the emergency department. (The service does not include controlled substances.) This effort is meant to improve patient satisfaction and ease the transition from hospital to home.
For more information on this new service, contact Kim Karn, RN, BSN, clinical informatics manager, email@example.com or 618-767-2245.
Memorial’s Family Care Birthing Centers earn statewide recognition
The Family Care Birthing Centers at MHB and MHE were recognized as one of the top 105 birthing hospitals participating in the Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative (ILPQC) for their help in a statewide project on maternal hypertension.
MHB submitted baseline data for the fourth quarter of 2015 and all of 2016. MHE has submitted data since the hospital’s opening in April 2016.
Memorial’s FCBC team also was chosen to present on the ILPQC monthly education call in January about the hypertension order sets they use for pregnant women with severe hypertension. Memorial’s order sets were approved prior to participating in the project. Many other Illinois hospitals still are working on their order sets.
This FCBC hypertension program is a multidisciplinary project involving the Memorial pharmacy, emergency department, obstetrics, IT and care providers. The team holds monthly education and strategy meetings.
Team members include Donna Stephens, FCBC director; Courtney Smith, MHB FCBC nurse manager; Stacy Mauch, MHE FCBC nurse manager; Mona LeGrand, MHB FCBC charge nurse, chairman of the hypertension project and member of the ILPQC advisory workgroup; Teresa Vanhoose, MHE FCBC staff nurse; Rachel Hawthorne, MHB FCBC staff nurse; Renee Junker, nurse educator; Angela Mann, nurse educator; Sarah Tucker, MHB ED charge nurse; Lauren Durocher, MHE ED staff nurse; Jessica Hill, nursing IT; Hiral Patel, pharmacy; Andriena Beatty, DO; and Sekou Kelsey, MD.
From left are Jessica Hill, Mona LeGrand, Courtney Smith, Stacy Mauch, Angela Mann and Lauren Durocher. | Courtesy photo
Memorial staff wear blue for colorectal screening awareness
Memorial team members participated in Wear Blue Day, March 3, to promote the importance of colorectal screenings. In addition, GI lab staffers Janice Walton and Denise Burns recently joined the Metro East Coalition on Colorectal Cancer through the American Cancer Society. As part of the coalition, they will coordinate efforts to increase employee and community awareness of the importance of colorectal screenings.
The GI lab team suits up in blue. | Courtesy photo
Singh is a ‘shining light’ for patient’s family
Saranjit Singh earned the most recent DAISY Award at MBMC.
Her nominator noted Singh’s exceptional care of a family member who had been diagnosed with a serious medical condition. “From the moment Saranjit walked into the room, she was a shining light. She was so thorough, attentive, helpful and just ‘present.’ Anything we threw at Saranjit, she handled with compassion, patience and attentiveness. She was always calm, caring and exceptional.
“My entire family thanks you and your staff, especially Saranjit, for doing what you do each and every day. She does it so effortlessly and with such class. You are very fortunate to have her.”
McVey’s dedication is ‘impeccable’
Caitlin McVey, rehab tech, was named February Employee of the Month. This is what a colleague had to say about her: “Caitlin has a great attitude — she comes to work upbeat every day. Her dedication to her job and her patients is impeccable. Her cheerfulness and positivity make our work area a great place to be.
“Caitlin has gone above and beyond — she is even willing to help the nursing staff with transfers. She knows her patients. She motivates them and keeps their spirits high. Caitlin takes pride in her work and gets the job done well. She is such a pleasure to work with.”
Caitlin McVey displays her Employee of the Month certificate. | Courtesy photo
Dill’s hard work doesn’t go unnoticed
Cathy Dill, RN, NICU, earned a Medical Executive Committee Nurse of the Month Award.
Several members of the medical staff nominated Dill for this honor, noting that she consistently delivers excellent care to the babies and families she cares for — and that her hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. One physician said she “always smiles and goes above and beyond to provide excellent care for the baby and kindness to the parents.”
Cathy Dill, fourth from left, earned the most recent Medical Executive Committee Nurse of the Month Award. | Courtesy photo
MBSH works hard to offer high quality care
MBSH recently participated in a quality initiative through Vizient and the Partnership for Patients led by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. This initiative, known as the Hospital Engagement Network, set a goal to reduce hospital-acquired conditions. MBSH was able to reduce infections related to urinary catheters, decrease the rate of infants born before 39 weeks and decrease the number of pressure ulcers.
“Hospitals across the country are always looking for ways to improve care and outcomes for their patients, and MBSH is no exception,” says Samantha Alu, MBSH patient safety/quality improvement specialist. “Even though MBSH is a small rural hospital, we meet and at times surpass the same requirements as larger facilities. We are constantly reviewing our processes and health outcomes to ensure all of our patients are receiving high quality care.”
The recent initiative is just one of several efforts that MBSH directs at offering patients safe, high-quality care, says Alu. In addition to participating in national and statewide initiatives that monitor MBSH performance, offer comparable national and statewide data, and provide educational opportunities, MBSH works closely with BJC internal safety and quality resources.
“We are continually reviewing our performance on clinical quality measures and their impact on patient care and outcomes,” she says.
Alu encourages staff and visitors to review the MBSH safety and quality internal scorecard, which is posted on the Service Excellence Board by the cafeteria and on the Hospital Compare website.
MBSH offers wellness programming on hospital TVs
Patients can now watch programming by the Wellness Network on MBSH televisions. Among the new channels available are The Patient Channel, a 24-hour television network offering more than 50 programs on up-to-date medical information, and The Newborn Channel, which provides information on baby care for new parents. These channels are available in English and Spanish.
“We are pleased that we can add these health education channels to benefit our patients. They’ll aid in the healing process, and from what they learn, patients will be able to make wise health choices,” says MBSH chief nursing executive Carmen Bartolotta.
Adam Schmeerbauch, The Wellness Network field service technician, works to install equipment to include wellness programming at MBSH. | Photo by David Hartwick
Meramec Valley Eagles donate $6,000 to MBSH Cancer Treatment Center
Members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3781 — Meramec Valley recently presented a check for $6,000 to the MBSH Cancer Treatment Center. The Eagles raised the funds at their Winter Bingo event, Feb. 11, at the Eagles hall.
“We are truly grateful for the overwhelming support of the Eagles and local community who are partnering with us to make the best health care possible in our hospital,” says MBSH president Tony Schwarm.
Members of the Meramec Valley Eagles present a $6,000 check for the MBSH Cancer Treatment Center. The Eagles raised the funds at their recent Winter Bingo event. | Photo by David Hartwick
Donna Short is Star Service Team Member for March
Donna Short was named the Star Service Team Member for March. Short, who currently works at Parkland-Bonne Terre, has worked as a housekeeper at PHC and one of its predecessors, Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, for 16 years.
As part of her job, Short makes sure the emergency department is clean, and she starts her day early to prepare the Cancer Center for its daily patient schedule. The nomination from her peers reads in part, “She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role and works hard each day keeping oncology and the ER clean. She is friendly and helpful to all visitors and staff. She is always willing to help out in any part of the building. She brings a pleasant demeanor and a sweet smile with her every day. We are very happy to have her on the Bonne Terre team!”
Short says it’s satisfying to see the results of her hard work. “When I get finished and look back at what I’ve done, I feel like I’ve accomplished something,” she says.
Dozens of donors come forward
Congratulations and thank you to those who volunteered and participated in the Be the Match bone marrow registry drive.
Nearly 70 staff members attended the SLCH-sponsored event March 3. By providing a swab sample, they committed to saving a life.
Patients with blood cancers like leukemia and severe sickle cell disease depend on the Be the Match registry to find a potential cure from a donor.
Staff who volunteered for the bone marrow drive included, from left, Liz Greco, Amanda Hall, Madeline Sartorius, Abby West, Erin Furmanek, Christy Luster, Marisa Russo and Katherine von Brecht. | Courtesy photo
Rodemann has ‘positive and calming manner’
Ashley Rodemann, social work, based in the pediatric ICU, received the monthly President’s Award from Joan Magruder, SLCH president.
Pediatric ICU nurses and staff commended Rodemann for her positive and calming manner in a stressful environment.
Even when her own child was sick at home, she cared for the needs of others. For example, she handled arrangements for a patient’s family members who had nowhere to stay and needed care for their other child. She also found hotel stays and discounts for another family.
“We couldn’t function without Ashley,” says Kimberly Gorman, RN, pediatric ICU, who nominated Rodemann. “She is a friendly face helping families, while also helping out nurses. She always wants the nurse to feel involved in the patient/family social issues, and we appreciate her time and effort.”
If you feel someone deserves the monthly President’s Award, submit a High Five nomination.
Pediatric ICU team members join Ashley Rodemann, center, at her award presentation. They are, front row, from left, Dr. Mary Hartman, Dr. Amanda Emke, Rodemann and Dr. Nickie Kolovos; and back row, from left, Dr. Matt Goldsmith, Dr. Julie Bubeck-Wardenburg, Dr. Jay Malone, Dr. John Lin and Dr. Jose Pineda. | Courtesy photo
Duncan provided ‘safe and consistent care’
Susan Duncan, RN, 8 East general medicine, received the monthly President’s Award from Joan Magruder, SLCH president.
Duncan cared for a patient with behavioral health challenges requiring a sitter. The patient respected and trusted Duncan, so Duncan volunteered to work additional days to lessen disruptions for the patient.
“Susan volunteered to take care of this patient and never complained about it,” says Katherine Gorga, RN, general medicine, who nominated Duncan. “Thanks to her efforts, this patient with unique needs received safe and consistent care with a structured plan for each shift.”
Two nurses earn Lifesaver Awards for patient safety
Karen Colt, RN, newborn ICU, and Christina Hagan, RN, float pool, are the latest winners of the Lifesaver Award for outstanding patient safety.
Radio Rounds details
SLCH introduces Radio Rounds, a free weekly podcast (digital audio file) series from Washington University pediatric specialists at SLCH.
Each podcast is about 10 minutes long and focuses on topics relevant to pediatricians and health care providers caring for children.
New podcasts are added each week. Listeners can go to StLouisChildrens.org/RadioRounds, or subscribe to the series on iHeartRADIO or iTunes.
Podcasts currently available include:
To request a topic for Radio Rounds, email Jennifer.Pickett@bjc.org.
Epic Roadshow details
Live demos and hands-on breakout sessions will be held April 10-12 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC).
The main inpatient demonstration will take place 10-11:30 a.m. and noon-1:30 p.m. in the EPNEC Auditorium.
The ambulatory surgical provider demo will be 7-8 a.m., and the ambulatory medical provider demo will be 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Breakout sessions will be offered 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.hipepicinfo.org/roadshow for a detailed schedule of times and locations for breakout sessions.
Longtime influential figure at SLCH dies at 85
Frederick Peterson, MD, a professor of clinical pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, died March 2 in his sleep at a nursing home in Chesterfield, Mo.
A 1957 graduate of Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Peterson began his professional affiliation with the university as an intern and ultimately became professor of clinical pediatrics in 1992. Dr. Peterson was a longtime influential presence at SLCH and also maintained a private practice for more than three decades.
He was instrumental in helping to establish the Community Office Practice Experience (COPE), which provided medical residents training with practicing physicians. He received numerous awards, including the WUSM Faculty Achievement Award in 1992.
“Dr. Fred Peterson was a dedicated pediatrician, teacher and mentor who will be missed by his many patients and their families and by his colleagues,” says F. Sessions Cole, MD, the Park J. White Professor of Pediatrics, assistant vice chancellor for children’s health and director of the division of newborn medicine. “He contributed to the School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital through his teaching, his leadership and his commitment to children.”
Dr. Peterson is survived by his brother, William Peterson, of Tallahassee, Fla.
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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