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Staff recognized with Awesome cards
If you know of an employee, physician or volunteer who deserves recognition, let AMH know by completing an “Awesome” form. Forms are available in the hospital waiting areas and at nurses stations. A member of the leadership team will present your honoree with an “Awesome” badge sticker.
Completed forms may be dropped off at the information desk or sent to the development office. For more information, call Marlene Lewis, 618-463-7701.
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Daffodil sales help in fight against cancer
AMH will sell daffodils again this spring. The proceeds from the campaign will go to the Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation’s Extra Mile Fund, which provides services to oncology patients at AMH.
Products available this year include the popular bouquet of 10 daffodils for $10 or a bunch of 10 daffodils in a vase for $15. Businesses or individuals can also purchase daffodils in quantity at a savings. A case (50 bunches of 10) costs $400 and a half case (25 bunches of 10) is $200.
Checks should be made out to the Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation. The deadline for advance orders is March 3.
“Cash & Carry Days” at AMH will be noon-5:30 p.m., March 13, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m., March 14, in the AMH Beeby and Duncan wing lobbies. For more information or to pre-order daffodils, call Jeanne Truckey, 618-433-6047.
“The daffodils campaign is held to offer help and hope to AMH cancer patients,” says Eileen Cheatham, a parish nurse at AMH. “For example, patients sometimes need gas cards to get to treatments and appointments. That’s what the Foundation’s Extra Mile Fund is designed to do.”
AMH sales will benefit local patients directly. “We have a dedicated group of volunteers who enjoy working on this fund-raiser for help and hope in the fight against cancer,” adds Cheatham. “Everyone enjoys daffodils as the harbingers of spring, and our cancer patients especially look forward to them. Daffodils are the first flower of spring and a symbol of hope, representing the promise of a world free from cancer.”
Volunteers will assemble daffodils in vases and wrap bunches of daffodils for distribution to patients and staff at the AMH Cancer Care Center, Outpatient Cancer and Infusion Center, BJC Hospice of Alton, and AMH.
AMH appreciates the help of Dick’s Flowers in the campaign.
Parish nurses Amy Bohn, left, and Eileen Cheatham sell daffodils during last year’s campaign at AMH. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Scott is new café retail manager
Dave Scott is the new retail manager in the AMH café.
Scott has worked in food service for more than 10 years, including owning a restaurant and managing several restaurants and coffee shops in that time.
“Food and drink excites me, be it something as simple as shrimp and grits, the perfect shot of espresso, or a five-course meal,” he says. “Food is a great way to share an experience with others and can help to create lasting memories. I’m excited to be a part of the team at Alton Memorial and look forward to getting to know each of you.”
Pam Colley retires
Pam Colley, transitional care unit supervisor/director of nursing, recently retired after a 39-year career. At a tea held Feb. 2, Colley, center, was congratulated by many, including vice president Debbie Turpin and president Dave Braasch. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH Heart-Stroke Fair deemed a success
Jamie Goss, respiratory care, instructs a visitor to breathe while taking a pulmonary function test during the 19th annual Alton Memorial Hospital Heart-Stroke Fair Feb. 4. The fair attracted 285 visitors and was a success — thanks to all the vendors and volunteers who participated, plus Firehouse Subs of Alton, who prepared the boxed lunches, and Dr. Amit Noheria from Washington University, who gave a presentation on atrial fibrillation in the cafeteria meeting rooms. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Hart is Alton Memorial Trek Bike winner
Julie Hart, transitional care unit, won a Trek bicycle for participating in the BJC Help for Your Health “12 Days of Fitness” program during December. Eligible employees completed the fitness quiz and exercised at least 30 minutes for at least 12 days in December. One winner from each BJC hospital was chosen to win a bike.
Julie Hart, transitional care unit, gets her new bike fitted with help from John Lofton of the Trek Bicycle Store of St Louis. Hart won a Trek bicycle for participating in the BJC Help for Your Health “12 Days of Fitness” program. | Courtesy photo
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 community members with health screenings and programs.
In 2014, more than $300 was donated to the Foundation through this program.
March 24 trivia night benefits AMH Diabetes Walk team
The AMH American Diabetes Association Metro East Step Out Walk team will have a trivia night, March 24, at the Wood River Moose Lodge, 730 Wesley Drive in Wood River, Ill. Proceeds will benefit the team participating in the walk, which will be held June 3 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Doors open at 6 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 per person for tables of up to 10 people. To register, call the AMH diabetes management office, 618-463-7526.
AMH is Red Kettle Champion
Marlene Lewis, development manager, accepts a certificate from Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick at a lunch held Feb. 1 to celebrate the Alton Salvation Army’s 2016 bell ringing campaign. AMH was honored as the Large Business Red Kettle Champion. The campaign raised a total of $100,000. McCormick and his wife, Linda, served as chairs for the 2016 campaign. Behind Lewis and McCormick are Corps Officer Lt. Bryan Ellison, far left, of the Alton Salvation Army and Kevin Botterbush, chairman of the Salvation Army advisory board. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH Employee of the Month
Megan Flowers, inpatient pharmacy, was named the February Employee of the Month. Flowers oversees the training and education of pharmacy staff. Her nominators say she communicates well with everyone and always puts customers first, adding, “Megan is a model employee, and we are blessed to have her on our team.”
Megan Flowers, inpatient pharmacy, fourth from left, was named the AMH February Employee of the Month. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Diversity blooms into masterpiece
The staff on oncology unit 4900, and a few patients, used their hand prints to create a colorful flower on one of the bulletin boards on the floor. A quote was added to the board that says, “We are each unique and beautiful, but together we are a masterpiece.”
“The diversity of the different hand prints and the quote represents Barnes-Jewish and our patients,” says Jessica Sanders, RN, oncology unit 4900. “The board also gives our patients something to enjoy and take part in during their stay.”
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.
Food and nutrition achieves “A” rating
BJWCH food and nutrition achieved an “A” rating, scoring 99 out of 100, when the St. Louis County Department of Health performed a routine inspection of the cafeteria and kitchen Feb. 8.
The county inspects food and nutrition three times a year, and for the past three years, BJWCH has not received a score below 99. “Our team works diligently to keep patients, employees and visitors safe,” says Jamie Skyles, food and nutrition manager. “The inspector said he planned to take ‘best practices’ from our department back to the county to recommend in schools and restaurants. These include monitoring and recording of dish machine temperatures, standard work with pictures in the chemical room, and a cutting glove station by knives to ensure employee safety.”
Congratulations to the food and nutrition team including, from left, Lisa Benton, Mary Weitekemper, Tamesha Jones, Nichole Emery, Jamie Skyles and Jennifer Harmon. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Heart Walk team captains needed
It’s time to start forming teams for the 2017 American Heart Association Heart Walk, and BJWCH needs captains to lead those teams. Interested captains are invited to a kick-off luncheon, Feb. 23, in Conference Room D. Contact Heart Walk champion Elissa Karbarski, physical therapy, email@example.com, if you’re interested in becoming a captain.
Employees also can buy stickers for jeans/casual Fridays, Feb. 24-May 5. Proceeds benefit the Heart Walk. Purchase stickers at the cafeteria register for $5 per sticker or eight stickers for $35.
This year’s event will take place May 6 at Busch Stadium. Over the past six years, the AHA has funded more than $8 million in research grants at Washington University School of Medicine. The BJWCH team hopes to raise $6,000. To join or donate to the BJWCH team, visit www.metrostlouisheartwalk.org under BJC – Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.
Epic Roadshow hits BJWCH March 29
The “Epic Roadshow: Hit the Road to Epic” will travel to BJWCH March 29. The roadshow will provide staff with an overview of the benefits and capabilities of the Epic electronic health record (EHR), which will go live at BJWCH in June 2018.
The road show schedule includes:
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.”
Terrace, McCune take on new roles in BJC legal, compliance
The BJC legal services department has undergone leadership changes following the retirement of BJC senior vice president and general counsel Mike DeHaven at the end of 2016. David Aplington, formerly vice president and deputy general counsel, was named in September to succeed DeHaven.
As Aplington moved into his new role, Sally Terrace, BJC corporate compliance vice president and associate general counsel, assumed the role of deputy general counsel, and BJC associate general counsel David McCune assumed the role of vice president of compliance. Both report to Aplington.
Terrace has served as BJC vice president of compliance since 2011. She has managed a wide range of compliance and legal issues across all areas of BJC, including developing a comprehensive compliance program.
Before joining BJC in 1999, Terrace was deputy general counsel for Washington University School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in 1986 and earned a master’s degree in public health from the UM School of Medicine in 1987. She also practiced law with the Greensfelder Law Firm in St. Louis and was in-house counsel for the former Jewish Hospital of St. Louis.
McCune has been with BJC since 1998, handling legal issues including physician transactions, acquisitions, regulatory issues and Stark law issues. He has served as the primary attorney responsible for BJC Medical Group and lead attorney for BJC’s Accountable Care Organization. He also has provided general legal support to Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Progress West Hospital and Barnes-Jewish
St. Peters Hospital, along with their foundations. He also has experience in many compliance-related areas.
McCune earned his law degree with high honors from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1995. He also received a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University.
Terrace will continue to provide support on compliance issues and will partner with McCune throughout the first quarter of 2017. Similarly, McCune will focus on a smooth transition for BJC Medical Group and his other responsibilities, and will continue to provide support as needed.
Warnhoff now director of transformation support
Eric Warnhoff has been promoted to director of transformation support, system operations. His primary focus is to lead BJC system-level redesign of care delivery systems to produce labor efficiency, reduce waste and improve quality outcomes by developing and/or re-engineering processes and systems, and successfully implementing approaches that build sustainable results through daily operations leaders and staff.
In his new role, Warnhoff will work collectively with transformation support, BJC’s health service organizations (HSOs) and shared services to align implementation approaches for BJC’s strategic imperatives, assess current state against future desired state, build relationships at all levels in the organization, gather requirements, apply systems engineering methods, and balance common corporate objectives with independent HSO needs.
Warnhoff will continue to report to Lisa Olenski, transformation support executive director, in the BJC Center for Clinical Excellence. He will play a key role in maintaining and strengthening the matrix management structure established within transformation support.
Warnhoff is a certified ASQSSBB (American Society for Quality Six Sigma Black Belt), a certified PMI PMP (Project Management Institute Project Management Professional), a certified champion HRO (High Reliability Outcomes), and holds a master of business administration degree.
Teens brighten the holidays for BJC Hospice patients
Twenty teenagers from Mary Institute Country Day School (MICDS), came together in early December to help make the holidays special for BJC Hospice patients.
The teens made more than 50 decorative trees out of magazines and, for the first time, made cards for hospice patients who celebrate Hanukkah. The trees and cards were distributed to BJC Hospice patients.
“The teens truly enjoyed giving back to the community and making the day brighter for our hospice patients,” says Marsha Shanker, BJC Hospice teen volunteer coordinator. “They did a wonderful job on the trees and cards.”
MICDS students made cards for BJC Hospice patients who celebrate Hanukkah. | Photos by Marsha Shanker
MICDS students made more than 50 decorative trees out of magazines that were distributed to BJC Hospice patients.
Medical Group employees scrub up well
BJC Medical Group practices adopted a new uniform policy to present a consistent, professional image to patients. Staff members from several BJC Medical Group practices recently showed off their
BJC Medical Group at Progress West staff members show off their new uniforms. | Courtesy photos
Associated Internists employees gather for a photo in their new uniforms.
BJC Medical Group at Lake St. Louis team members model their new uniforms.
Dr. Madan joins Associated Internists
Maanasi Madan, MD, has joined Associated Internists, a member of BJC Medical Group. Dr. Madan, board certified in internal medicine, received her medical degree in 1988 in India and earned a postgraduate degree in anesthesia in 1998. She completed additional training for anesthesiology in Great Britain in 2002. Dr. Madan completed a residency in internal medicine in 2008.
“Internal medicine gives me the opportunity to interact with people at a more personal level and allows me to cultivate physician-patient relationships,” Dr. Madan says.
Her unique background in critical care, with her anesthesiology training, helped her to develop a deeper approach to understanding and treating all aspects of her patients’ conditions.
“As a primary care provider, I strive to provide care for the whole patient,” Dr. Madan says. “I have a unique opportunity to optimize the health of my patients by linking patients, their families and specialists involved in their care to accomplish the best outcome.”
Dr. Madan will provide services, including annual physical exams, chronic disease management, cervical cancer screening for women, screening for other cancers, minor skin procedures and care for acute illnesses.
Maanasi Madan, MD, is a member of BJC Medical Group on staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Associated Internists is at 3008 N. Ballas Road, Building A, Suite 227, St. Louis, and can be reached at 314-996-7800. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Dr. Collins joins Sunset Hills ob/gyn practice
Cherese Collins, MD, a board-certified ob/gyn physician, has joined OB-GYN Associates in Sunset Hills.
Dr. Collins earned her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, graduating with honors in 1999. She then completed her obstetrics and gynecology training in St. Louis in 2003, serving as chief resident in her final year of the program.
Since completing her residency and training, she has been in St. Louis in private practice, which was built on the foundation of women caring for women.
“I chose ob/gyn because it allows me the opportunity to educate and care for women through all stages of life,” Dr. Collins says. “I provide a relaxed environment to receive health care and I provide information to allow my patients autonomy when making educated health decisions.”
Dr. Collins provides care for women throughout their lifetime, with services including well-woman exams, colposcopies, LEEP procedures, general obstetrics, vaginal birth after cesarean section, management of endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome, major and minor gynecology surgery, including hysterectomy, as well as education and counseling on contraception, including birth control options and sterilization. In addition to offering ob/gyn care, she is especially interested in sexual health as it relates to women.
Cherese Collins, MD, is a member of BJC Medical Group on staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. OB-GYN Associates of St. Louis is at 3844 S. Lindbergh, Suite 235, Sunset Hills, Mo., and can be reached at 314-725-9300.
Dr. Tseng joins shared internal medicine practice at Associated Internists
Jenny Tseng, MD, is joining Catherine Hermann, MD, in a practice share as part of Associated Internists. A practice share means that two physicians will be managing their patients as a team. Though each works part time, one of them will be at the practice every weekday.
Dr. Tseng received her medical degree from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1992 and completed her residency in internal medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and the former Jewish Hospital in 1995.
Dr. Tseng brings a variety of clinical experiences, including practicing in Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s emergency department after completing her residency.
Dr. Tseng moved to the East Coast but returned to St. Louis in 2004, and she is excited to provide care for the MBMC patient population again.
“I am interested in not just the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, but also in health promotion and disease prevention for my adult patients,” Dr. Tseng says.
Jenny Tseng, MD, is a member of BJC Medical Group on staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. Her practice is at 3008 N. Ballas Road, Building A, Suite 227, St. Louis, and can be reached at 314-996-7800. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Rheumatology and Internal Medicine Associates welcomes Loreana Nelson
Loreana Nelson, FNP-BC, has joined Rheumatology and Internal Medicine Associates, a practice at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.
Nelson received her master of science in nursing degree from Maryville University in 2016. Before returning to school to advance her skills, Nelson practiced as a registered nurse in various specialties, including medical surgery and rehabilitation.
“I decided to advance my nursing career as a family nurse practitioner so that I can practice at the expert level and give my patients the best health care possible,” Nelson says. “I strive to do that through patient education on preventing illness and living a healthier lifestyle.”
As part of Rheumatology and Internal Medicine Associates, Nelson will see primary care patients, providing services including disease prevention, health promotion, chronic illness management, diagnoses and treatment of illnesses, health-risk assessments, routine checkups, screening tests, and immunizations.
Rheumatology and Internal Medicine Associates is at 3023 N. Ballas Road, Building D, Suite 500, St. Louis. The practice can be reached at 314-996-7930. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
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.”
Employee Town Hall Meetings coming in March
All employees are encouraged to participate in an upcoming Town Hall Meeting to become informed. Email questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attend a Town Hall Meeting during March at your work location:
First Friday in the Chapel
When things get stressful, CH spiritual care is there to help. The CH spiritual care staff is increasing the department’s outreach to educate, support and uplift all staff.
Attend “First Friday in the Chapel” for meditative readings and prayer in a quiet atmosphere. First Friday in the Chapel takes place at 11:30 a.m. the first Friday of each month in the CH Chapel.
Lisa Weber wins NWHC employee referral program drawing
Lisa Weber, RN, MSN, NWHC ED assistant nurse manager, was surprised on the job Jan. 31 as the winner of a random drawing for a $100 Visa gift card, as part of the Let It $now employee referral cash incentive program held during December.
Employees were asked to refer a few people they know who are looking for jobs and are good matches with CH,
as the hospital strengthens its recruitment and retention efforts. All employees who submitted a completed employee referral form were eligible for the drawing.
From left are Mika Walter, RN, BSN, CH/NWHC ED operations manager; Lisa Weber, RN, MSN; Rick Stevens, CH president; and Brian Shaw, RN, BSN, NWHC ED patient care manager. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Janet Serra retires from case management
Janet Serra recently retired from case management after six years of dedicated service to Christian Hospital.
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
Feb. 12-18 was National Cardiac Rehab Week
MHB is offering a new cardiac rehabilitation program aimed at people with a high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. “Target Your Health” is geared to those who need guidance before they begin an exercise program on their own or advance to a program at a gym such as Memorial’s Belleville Health and Sports Center.
Target Your Health offers a monitored exercise program and plan of care addressing lifestyle changes including increasing activity, smoking cessation, blood pressure monitoring, weight management, stress management and diabetes control. The program costs $68 per month.
Clients can exercise up to three times per week, based on their diagnosis, in the cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation gym with trained staff present to monitor and assist with equipment and education. Staff members inform the client’s physician of any heart-related issues that occur.
For more information, call MHB cardiac rehabilitation, 618-257-5064.
Cardiac rehab staff, from left, Barb Masters, Shelly Doerr, Judy Tulis and Matt Kueper provide a monitored exercise program and plan of care for individuals with a high risk of cardiovascular disease. | Courtesy photo
MHE hosts its first blood drive Feb. 7
MHE hosted its first American Red Cross blood drive Feb. 7, with 19 donors presenting. According to the Red Cross, this represents 51 lives saved.
Additional drives in 2017 will include:
MH Auxilian and volunteer Mary Virgin greets those who showed up to donate blood at MHE Feb. 7. | Courtesy photo
Screenings offered for those recovering from breast cancer surgery
Debi Schneider and Kelley McClinton, MH physical therapists specializing in breast health, spoke at the MH breast health fund-raiser recently about their new screening program for women who have had breast surgery. The program identifies women who have had breast surgery and who feel that they haven’t regained full physical function.
Schneider and McClinton, who have provided post-surgical services to women for more than 20 years, say they discovered that women may come in for therapy due to range of motion, pain, lymphedema or posture issues resulting from their breast cancer surgery, sometimes years after the surgery. They realized a need to screen and educate women soon after surgery to encourage them to practice various exercises and to be aware of possible issues related to surgery that could prevent them from performing daily activities.
Their screening process evaluates pain level, posture, range of motion, incision site, possible swelling or edema, as well as any limitations the patient is experiencing. The screenings take about 30 minutes and are free to any woman who has ever had breast cancer surgery. Schneider and McClinton encourage all employees who have gone through breast cancer surgery and who feel limited as a result to consider this screening and tell family members or friends who have had breast cancer surgery about it.
MHB is offering a free program for women who have had or are about to undergo breast cancer surgery from 6-8 p.m., March 23, at the Orthopedic and Neurosciences Center, 4700 Memorial Drive, Belleville. Schneider and McClintock, along with James Clanahan, MD, medical director of Memorial’s Breast Health Center, will address questions related to breast cancer surgery and recovery.
For more information on the community program, call 618-257-5649. For more information on Schneider’s and McClintock’s screening program, or to make a screening appointment, call 618-767-3928.
Zumbathon raises more than $350 for Heart Association
More than 40 dancers participated in the Zumbathon at Belleville Health and Sports Center, Feb. 5. The event raised $354 for the American Heart Association. | Courtesy photo
Yates recognized as a patient advocate
Jordan Yates, RN, fifth floor, was a recent DAISY Award winner. A patient’s wife had this to say about Yates: “Jordan’s care of my husband and every patient I saw was a series of extraordinary snapshots. Jordan is the personification of a patient advocate. She kept my family constantly informed, had my husband’s best interests in mind, had expertise, and a winning smile and sunny attitude.
“Colleagues call her ‘the best.’ Every family member who visited commented on her professionalism combined with optimistic kindness. I breathed a sigh of relief when Jordan was on duty. Jordan’s level of extraordinary service, compassion and care make her an exemplary DAISY winner!”
Hofstetter recognized for her professionalism
Mandi Hofstetter, RN, ICU, second from left, received the most recent Medical Executive Committee Nurse of the Month Award. She was nominated for her work with a family making a difficult decision. “Mandi was phenomenal,” says her nominator, “very calm and very professional.” | Courtesy photo
Jackson ‘exemplifies compassion every day’
Corey Jackson, ACC patient care tech, was named November Employee of the Month.
“Corey exemplifies compassion in his work every day,” says his nominator. “From the day I started here, Corey has demonstrated the iCREATE values every shift. I love working with him because he’s not only great with his patients, but he is always willing to lend a hand to others.
“He always makes time to help with a boost, cleaning a patient or taking someone to the bathroom. Even if he isn’t directly asked for help, he asks if there’s anything he can assist with, smiling the entire time. Corey shows compassion and kindness. You can hear it in his words. He never complains and makes work an even better place to be. I think Corey deserves to have all of his outstanding hard work and dedication recognized.”
Wesley ‘is a natural leader’
Daniel Wesley, ACC patient care tech, was named December Employee of the Month.
“Daniel is the kind of employee who inspires me to work hard to better myself,” his nominator says. “He brings pleasantness to every task he performs. He is a natural leader who prioritizes his patients’ needs and safety. He accomplishes this by taking the time to get to know their story and listening to what’s important to them.
“Daniel extends his focus beyond his team of patients and provides support to all of the team members on his unit. He is aware of the ACC environment and shows this in his ability to identify a team member who could use his help or a patient requiring an immediate intervention. Daniel uses his sense of urgency, especially in RRT and code situations. He anticipates acute situations, while addressing the team and patient needs with his quick responses. I might not be able to predict what will occur during my shift, but I always know I will be equipped to provide excellent care to my patients with Daniel working by my side.”
Isomovic ‘knows what teamwork is’
Elvie Isomovic, patient care tech, was named January Employee of the Month.
“Elvie is seriously the hardest worker I know,” says her nominator. “Everyone loves her and she definitely knows what teamwork is. She is the most amazing example of how a tech and a leader should be. She takes a positive outlook on things, and her willingness to help is impeccable.
“Elvie has worked on the 5 ICU recently and she was awesome. She is so attentive to the needs of her patients. She has a valuable knack for anticipating the care of her patients before being asked. Elvie is very pleasant to work with. I personally witnessed her buzzing all over the unit lending a hand. She is a ball of energy and the patients and staff love her. Thank you for sharing her with the ICU. We will take her anytime!”
Casey Montgomery receives MVP award
Casey Montgomery, mother-baby unit, was named the Most Valuable Person (MVP) recipient for December. An MBSH employee since February 2014, Montgomery was nominated by her manager, Michelle Koons.
Koons says Montgomery takes excellent care of her patients — no matter how small. “Her willingness to rely on her assessment skills and to advocate for the best interests of her patients are just a couple of the ways that she’s a great nurse and an asset to the mother-baby unit and MBSH,” Koons says.
With the award, Montgomery received balloons, a certificate and a monetary gift.
Celebrating Casey Montgomery’s MVP award are, from left, Lisa Lochner, executive director; Laura Lewis, surgical services patient care manager; Michelle Koons, mother-baby unit assistant nurse manager; Montgomery; Carmen Bartolotta, chief nursing officer; Tony Schwarm, president; and Amy Wildhaber, quality and risk manager. | Photo by Kathy Reed
Parkland Health Center’s Faye Henderson is Star Service Team Member for January
Faye Henderson has been selected PHC’s Star Service Team Member for January. Henderson has worked at PHC and its predecessor, Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, for 20 years. She was a housekeeper at Mineral Area and then at PHC. She recently began working as a lab transporter.
In her new position, Henderson is responsible for meeting patients at the registration desk and escorting them to the appropriate testing area. She enjoys the opportunity to meet, engage with and help people on a daily basis in her new position.
“I love working around people. I’m happier now than I’ve ever been in my life,” she says. “You are never too old to learn.”
The nomination from Henderson’s peers reads in part, “The January Star Service employee has come to the lab from housekeeping and has been a great asset. She works well with the lab staff by completing tasks quickly and always with a smile. She is kind to our patients as she takes them to the next department so they don’t have to wait any longer than necessary. She doesn’t tell the patients where to go or point, but she kindly walks them. If our patients need a drink of water, she gets it for them right away. She helps keep the front draw room clean and well supplied. Because she keeps our work area well stocked, the phlebotomists are able to give their attention to the patients and not be distracted by looking for supplies. We enjoy her pleasant personality and are very grateful we have her on our lab team.”
Henderson says she was in disbelief when she was first told she had been named Star Service Team Member.
“I thought there had been a mistake,” she says. “I was overwhelmed. This is a great honor.”
Heart Center earns national excellence honor once again
The SLCH Heart Center met clinical qualifications to maintain its status as an Optum Congenital Heart Disease Center of Excellence.
SLCH is one of just 25 centers nationally with sufficient patient volume and experience to meet the Optum criteria. The Heart Center has been a Congenital Heart Disease Center of Excellence since 2011.
“It’s great to be recognized for everyone’s hard work,” says Anna Lawrence, RN, charge nurse. “Everything we do is for these patients — they’re so resilient. Day in and day out, they’re worth fighting for.”
“Thanks to everyone who provides care and service to our patients for their dedication and expertise,”
says Shelley Perulfi, RN, director. “It takes a team, and we’re fortunate to have an amazing team.”
Optum’s network is developed through a detailed clinical evaluation process that recognizes only medical centers and clinics that meet strict guidelines for clinically superior care, including:
Baby Asah receives care in The Heart Center. From left are Brett Kaatmann, NP; Drs. Sandeep Arya and Katie Mowers; and Katie Davis, RN. | Courtesy photo
Time clocks to be replaced
About 35 time clocks will be replaced with new, improved InTouch time clocks in February.
The go-live will take place Feb. 21-24.
How do you buy this new shirt for SLCH Spirit Day?
The first Friday of every month — beginning March 3 — is Employee Spirit Day. On these Fridays, staff can wear jeans with their spirit T-shirts.
Show your love of SLCH by purchasing the employee spirit T-shirt for $20. For each T-shirt purchased, $12 will support the new Guardians Fund, SLCH’s area of greatest need. The fund supports everything from outreach programs to child life initiatives, and from research to equipment.
The Foundation team will be selling the T-shirts quarterly throughout the year. The next selling event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., March 2, near the dining room at SLCH.
Staff can purchase spirit T-shirts by credit card, personal check, cash or payroll deduction.
For more information, contact Julie McCausland-Richey, annual giving manager, Julie.McCausland-Richey@bjc.org or 314-454-2231.
TRISL honored as ‘Partner in MS Care’
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has recognized The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis and TRISL outpatient physical therapist Cathy Luhman, PT, MSCS, as a Partner in MS Care. The honor acknowledges TRISL’s dedication to providing optimal care and support to people living with MS.
Luhman is a multiple sclerosis certified specialist. Her work providing the highest level of care to patients with MS was instrumental in securing the recognition for TRISL.
The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis’ Cathy Luhman, physical therapist, second from left, and Brendan Tanner, therapy operations director, right, accept the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Partner in MS Care recognition from Rebecca Fehlig, left, and Suzanne Carron of the MS Society. | Courtesy photo
Happy 104th birthday, Johnnie
It was an exciting day at VNRC Jan. 18, as Johnnie Rivere celebrated her 104th birthday.
Rivere, a resident at Village North since 2005, lives independently in her own apartment. She loves to smile, sing and talk with people about a variety of subjects. She plays cards and enjoys eating out at restaurants.
She says there’s no secret to being 104, but she does say that she has lived her life treating people the way she would want to be treated.
Village North threw a birthday celebration for Rivere, complete with friends, a piano player playing her favorite songs, balloons, a champagne toast and plenty of cake.
Johnnie Rivere celebrates her 104th birthday at Village North Retirement Community.
| Courtesy photo