Highlighting the people, news and events that bring BJC to life
BJC | Van Trease to dance with the St. Louis Stars.
BJC | Following is a note from St. Louis Children’s Hospital vice president Sandra Young, thanking those who recently volunteered to help with BJC’s JA in a Day.
BJC, WUSM | Items find a second life at Central American health facility.
PWH | If you want to spend some downtime with PWH emergency department patient care technician Gina Leroux-Wende, you might want to strap on a helmet and elbow pads.
AMH | Fair offers free screenings, information, speakers and more.
BJC | All BJC employees must receive the seasonal flu vaccine as a condition of employment by Dec. 15, 2016.
Part of College Avenue renamed
A segment of College Avenue was renamed Eunice Smith Memorial Drive during a brief ceremony Oct. 7. The new name is in honor of “Miss Eunice,” who donated the land on which AMH was built in 1937.
The new street name runs from the intersection with Rock Springs Drive (at the entrance to Rock Spring Park) west to Holman Street. That part of the street runs right past Eunice Smith Nursing Home, which celebrates its 50th anniversary with an open house from 1-3 p.m., Oct. 15.
Alton Mayor Brant Walker, fourth from right, joined by AMH president Dave Braasch, far left, and Eunice Smith Nursing Home staff, offers some remarks during a ceremony Oct. 7 in which a segment of College Avenue was renamed Eunice Smith Memorial Drive. The street name runs from the spot pictured at the intersection with Rock Springs Drive (at the entrance to Rock Spring Park) west to Holman Street. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Cindy Kirbach of Upper Alton Baptist Church rings a bell in honor of domestic violence victims during a memorial service held at AMH Oct. 12. At left is Bob Vandalia of the Community Faith Committee. The annual memorial service is put on at AMH by the Third Judicial Circuit Court Family Violence Prevention Council of Madison County. | Photo by Dave Whaley
AMH Awesome card recipients from the third quarter attended a reception Oct. 3 and were recognized by senior leadership. Recipients who were recognized included, front row, from left, Jamie Goss, Krista Camp, Susie Young, Shannon Dorks, Judy Sibert and Elisa Fessler; and back row, from left, Gwen Schoenemann, Travis Moore, Amy Toenyes, Randy Staton, James Pesnell and Nathan Mike. | Photo by Rusty Ingram
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, call Marlene Lewis, 618-463-7701.
Recent Awesome cards went to:
AMH helps in the community
From left, AMH president Dave Braasch; Matt Flick, Wound Care Center; and Brian Liedtke, security, do some painting at the Boys and Girls Club of Alton. AMH senior leadership and managers spent a day at the Boys and Girls Club Sept. 22, helping with painting, weeding and striping the parking lot. | Photo by Rusty Ingram
ESH thinks AMH EMS crews are ‘100 Grand Lifesavers’
AMH’s EMS crew received a surprise visit recently from Jody Baalman, Eunice Smith Nursing Home activities director. Baalman delivered a surprise basket of Lifesavers candy and 100 Grand bars signed by the staff, thanking them for all they do for the community. Baalman and her staff said, “The AMH EMS crews are lifesavers and worth a hundred grand” — so the gifts were appropriate.
“This was a big surprise to the EMS staff and a very thoughtful gesture by the Eunice Smith staff,” says Jason Bowman, EMS manager. “I’d like to thank Jody and her staff, along with the residents of Eunice Smith Home.”
From left are Jody Baalman, paramedic Aaron Darr, paramedic Harold Brooks and EMS manager Jason Bowman. | 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:
Blood drive is Oct. 26 on WUMC campus
A blood drive will be held 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Oct. 26, in the link at Washington University Medical Center (near the Sprint/TFC Customer Center). All medical center employees are encouraged to donate. To register a time for your donation, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code BJH. Walk-ins also are welcome.
Each person presenting at the drive will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card and will receive a $5 cafeteria coupon.
The medical center is the largest consumer of life-giving blood in the St. Louis region, and this is an opportunity for employees to support this important lifeline.
Lane earns ethics certification
Bruce Lane, right, BJC risk management vice president and a member of the BJH ethics committee, receives his certification certificate from Dr. Kim Carmichael, BJH Medical Ethics Practicum program director, at the ethics committee’s September meeting. Lane completed the practicum in clinical ethics, which includes about 8-10 hours a month of attending courses, meetings and case consultations, as well as researching and reading on clinical ethics topics. The BJH Medical Ethics Practicum is unique in the United States, says Dr. Carmichael. The program is accepting applications. More information is available at ethicspracticum.com | Courtesy photo
BJH emergency medicine team serves community
BJH emergency medicine residents, fellows and physicians recently participated in a nationwide emergency medicine day of service to learn more about the St. Louis community.
The event is called EM Day of Service, which is an opportunity for emergency care providers to volunteer to address a community need. Emergency residency programs throughout the country participated.
Emergency care providers at BJH volunteered at Kingdom House, a nonprofit that helps the economically disadvantaged achieve independence.
“We had a great time and were able to accomplish a number of tasks at Kingdom House,” says Phil Chan, MD, emergency medicine chief resident at BJH. “We stocked a number of donations in their food pantry and organized clothing donations in their thrift store. We also did some light gardening and cleaned their grounds.”
Dr. Chan also says the event was a learning experience that gave participants a better perspective of the community. “Kingdom House helps the very same underserved population that we often see in the emergency department,” he says.
A large team of emergency care providers at BJH recently participated in a national day of service at the nonprofit Kingdom House. | Courtesy photo
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Auxiliary offers $2,000 scholarships
The Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Auxiliary is offering $2,000 scholarships.
The scholarships are available to any St. Charles County resident who has completed 20 hours of credit in a health-related field at an approved college or university. Students who have been awarded this scholarship in the past are ineligible.
Those interested should complete the application and submit it no later than July 8, 2016. To download the application, visit http://tinyurl.com/aux-scholarship.
For more information, call Carol Conner, 636-922-9052.
BJWCH protects the community from the flu
BJWCH improved the health of the community Oct. 9 by providing 2,770 free flu shots. Thanks to BJH and BJWCH pharmacy and nursing, as well as BJWCH facilities engineering and environmental services, for making the event successful. The free flu shot clinic was made possible by funding from The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Liway Arceo receives a free flu shot from Lisa Roberts, RN. | Photo by Cindy Weinstein
What a Great Catch at BJWCH
Congratulations to the most recent Great Catch Award winners including, from left, Nicole Johnson; Karen Laposha, pharmacy; Vickey Beehn, RN; and Lana Shapiro, RN. The Great Catch Award recognizes employees who report a “near miss” incident that prevented or minimized harm to a patient or contribute an innovative idea that improved a patient care process. | Photo by Roxane Harbaugh
BJWCH employees are ‘Super Heroes of Safety’
Employees strengthened their safety knowledge and had some fun at the “Super Heroes of Safety Fair” Oct. 7.
In addition to important safety information, employees enjoyed refreshments, games and prizes.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s the super heroes of safety including, from left, Kim Patrick, health information management; Cathy Carroll, infection prevention specialist; and Marsha Ryan, health information management. | Photo by Cindy Weinstein
Suffian will be missed
Daniel Suffian, BJC Behavioral Health peer support specialist, died June 20.
Suffian had been the peer specialist at BJC Behavioral Health-Central since November 2014. During that time Suffian helped lead the consumer council and participated in assisting many clients in group and individual services.
Suffian started working at BJC Behavioral Health with a strong desire to help others, especially those working on recovery. His supervisor, Paul Nims, says, “Dan was a scientist, a poet, a dog lover and a foodie. He was a wonderfully imperfect man and will be greatly missed.”
CHS celebrates success
BJC Corporate Health Services held its annual Employee Recognition Celebration in December. The event highlighted teams and individuals who contributed to the success of the organization in 2015. More than 100 CHS colleagues, business partners and guests attended the event, held at the BJC Learning Institute. Attendees enjoyed an evening of fun, including a reception, dinner, music trivia and an award ceremony.
Chrystal Norfleet, MA, BarnesCare Midtown clinic coordinator, received the ICARE award for her commitment to outstanding patient care and customer service. “Chrystal embodies each of the ICARE values,” says Patrick Venditti, BarnesCare executive director. “She has the gift of making every visitor to our clinic feel like they are the most important person she will serve that day.”
Robin Zieger, senior medical assistant in BarnesCare’s physical medicine and rehabilitation and sports medicine clinic, was named CHS Employee of the Year. Zieger exceeded all performance criteria for the award, which included customer service recognition, community service and skill-building requirements. “Robin is personable and caring with our patients,” says Angela Tripp, MD, MS. “She is reliable, hard-working and is always willing to help out her co-workers.”
Karen Miener, RN, manager, was recognized as CHS Leader of the Year. Miener manages the BarnesCare St. Peters clinic and the corporate health nurse team. In addition, she coordinates the CHS employee wellness program and has been instrumental in implementing the ICARE service program. “Karen is a great role model for our CHS clinical and administrative colleagues,” says Diane Palmer, RN, MHA, director of clinic operations. “She is dedicated to improving performance on all levels by developing and empowering her team.”
“We continue to make great strides as an organization due to the skill and commitment of our dedicated team of professionals like these award winners,” says Venditti.
Chrystal Norfleet, Robin Zieger and Karen Miener
Campus Renewal — time-lapse video shows rooftop construction
How does a million pounds of equipment make it to the roof of a building? Watch the April Campus Renewal video and listen to Annalise Regan to learn the purpose of the equipment and see it come together. Visit bjcconstruction.org.
Collecting admiration along the way
Kelly Shellogg, BJC Home Infusion patient accounts reimbursement representative, has been named the BJC Home Care Services March Employee of the Month. Shellogg, a patient accounts lead, is responsible for billing and collections for the Memorial Springfield contract.
Her nominator says Shellogg’s customer service skills are exemplary. “She treats each customer the way each of us would like to be treated, by listening sincerely and offering various solutions to the situation. Kelly holds herself to the highest degree of accountability and always makes herself available to assist co-workers with their tasks when needed. She is genuine in her desire to help others by sharing her knowledge.”
Hospice employee brings joy through music
Alison Cole, BJC Hospice music therapist, has provided many moving moments, not only for hospice patients, but also for family members in grief. For her efforts, Cole was named the BJC Home Care Services February Employee of the Month.
According to her nominators, Cole has an extremely compassionate heart and goes to great lengths to provide whatever session will be most meaningful for the person involved. “Alison wants to ensure that every patient and family who wants music support will receive it,” says her nominator, “yet she also protects her boundaries so she can always give 100 percent in each situation.”
Cole attends as many grief retreats and hospice memorial services as her heavy caseload allows; visits schools, churches and families; started a music volunteer program; and allows students to shadow her.
Her skills shined at a BJC Hospice Weavings retreat grief retreat for mothers who have lost a child. Cole asked each of the 26 mothers to name gifts that their child gave to them and gifts that they gave to their child. She then created a song that included all of the responses and performed it for the moms. Many of the mothers noted that the song was the most meaningful part of their weekend.
“Alison brings joy and comfort to patients, families and participants at our grief support events. She is well respected by and works collaboratively with staff. She has a strong sense of personal responsibility and accountability for the quality of her work. Alison brings so many positive things to BJC Hospice, such as her warmth, respect, kindness and humility. We are grateful to work with and learn from her,” says Andrea Tritinger, MSW, LCSW, BJC Hospice grief support coordinator.
Medical Arts Clinic welcomes new primary care provider
Andrea Fisher, FNP-C, a certified family nurse practitioner, has joined the primary care team at Medical Arts Clinic on the Parkland Health Center campus.
Fisher received her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2011 from Central Methodist University and her master of science in nursing degree from Maryville University in 2015.
As a registered nurse, she completed a critical care fellowship and provided care on the medical emergency team. She has a passion for caring for entire families and maintaining meaningful relationships with her patients. “The most rewarding part of practicing medicine is helping patients engage in their health care and developing personal relationships that foster improved health,” she says. “Relationships are key to providing my patients with the best care possible.”
As a primary care provider, Fisher sees patients of all ages with a variety of health conditions and concerns. She performs annual physicals for adults and children, immunizations, and minor skin procedures. Her special interests include diet and fitness, well-woman visits, infant and pediatric care, and chronic disease management.
A resident of Farmington, Fisher is excited about providing care for her friends and neighbors.
Andrea Fisher is a member of BJC Medical Group. She joins Medical Arts Clinic, 1103 W. Liberty, Suite 3002, Farmington. For more information, call 573-756-6751 or visit bjcmedicalgroup.org/medical-arts-clinic.
Lauren Oberle joins Medical Arts Clinic
Lauren Oberle, FNP-BC, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, has joined the primary care team at Medical Arts Clinic on the Parkland Health Center campus.
Oberle received her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2011 from the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College and her master of science in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in 2016.
“My practice incorporates an approach that is nursing-based, focusing on patients and their environment as a whole,” Oberle says. “I have the opportunity to partner with individuals and families to develop a health plan specific to improving their quality of life through education. The largest reward for me in family medicine is that I can provide care for a pregnant mother and her husband, monitor the pregnancy, then care for the newborn and watch him or her grow over the years.”
As a primary care provider, Oberle diagnoses and treats chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, infections and injuries. She also educates her patients on disease prevention, and positive health and lifestyle choices. Oberle was born and raised south of Festus and enjoys providing care in the area where she grew up.
Lauren Oberle is a member of BJC Medical Group. She joins Medical Arts Clinic, 1103 W. Liberty, Farmington, Suite 3002. For more information, call 573-756-6751 or 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.”
Christian Hospital high performers honored
The Service Excellence rewards and recognition team hosted a CH “High Performers Social” Oct. 4.
Each quarter, the rewards and recognition team spotlights different departments. Each department selects one high-performing employee who is invited to a reception in their honor. Rick Stevens, CH president, and members of the executive team greet each honoree at the reception, which includes a ceremony reading why each employee was chosen to attend.
Congratulations to the CH High Performers for the third quarter of 2016:
The Service Excellence rewards and recognition team hosted a CH “High Performers Social” Oct. 4. | Photo by Bret Berigan
New bone density machine in use at NWHC
Northwest HealthCare has obtained a new, upgraded DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scanner. The DEXA scanner measures bone mineral density of the hip and spine — areas of the body that are most susceptible to fractures due to osteoporosis. The new scanner has the latest advancements in osteoporosis testing, as well as an increased table weight capability to accommodate patients weighing up to 500 pounds.
A physician referral is required for the bone density testing, which is covered by Medicare and most insurance plans. The patient’s referring physician receives a complete report, including images of the DEXA scan.
For more information, call the DEXA department directly, 314-953-6027. Outpatient scheduling is available at 314-653-4333.
Karen Williams, medical imaging technologist, proudly shows off the new upgraded DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scanner at NWHC. | Photo by Bret Berigan
‘Heart of a Hero’ recognizes hard work
Congratulations to the following eighth-floor employees who were awarded in September for their dedication to excellence and commitment to providing compassionate care: Freda Hughes, Kendra Lienemann, Annie Denison, Charise Colquitt, Karen Weinman and Mandie Clark.
Christian Hospital Foundation’s Heart of a Hero program recognizes the hard work of physicians, nurses, housekeepers, volunteers and other hospital staff. For more information, contact the Christian Hospital Foundation, 314-653-5162 or email@example.com.
Facilities to host employee open house tour Oct. 26
Employees are invited to the facilities department open house tour of plant operations, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 26. The open house tour begins at the maintenance shop entrance on the first floor, adjacent to the main hospital tower receiving/loading dock.
The tour will include the boiler room, shop/control room, generator building and mezzanine with instantaneous hot water heaters, and concludes outside by the generator building at the dunking booth and picnic area, where hot dogs and refreshments will be served, and Rick Bazan, facilities manager, will be in a dunking booth.
Dunking booth chances are $2 for each throw or $5 for three throws. All proceeds will go toward this year’s Christian Hospital United Way campaign goal.
CH team lends many hands to Paraquad for volunteer project
Christian Hospital CHAP (Community Health Access Program) and EMS team members were out in force Sept. 29 to assist with Paraquad’s annual Ramp Up for Accessibility Day. More than 200 volunteers from area businesses joined together to build access ramps at the homes of people with disabilities in the St. Louis area.
The CH team was assigned to a home in Overland, where a disabled veteran and his handicapped wife couldn’t leave their home because of the lack of a ramp.
Many thanks to all who volunteered for the day:
Christian Hospital CHAP (Community Health Access Program) and EMS team members assisted with Paraquad’s annual Ramp Up for Accessibility Day, Sept. 29. | Courtesy photo
Celebrating U.S. military veterans at CH
CH, along with hospitals and service organizations across BJC, is hosting an annual Red, White and Thank You Veterans Day Celebration from 7:30-9 a.m., Nov. 11, in the Courtyard Café private dining section.
Employees who have served in the U.S. military are invited to RSVP at bjc.org/Veterans before Oct. 28.
NCI announces leadership awardees
North County Inc. (NCI), a regional development association, has named this year’s NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties Leadership Award honorees. Jackie Bode, CH Foundation executive director, and Brian Hokamp, CH EMS chief, were selected to receive this honor.
Bode and Hokamp are part of a group of up-and-coming professionals and volunteers, all of whom are making a significant difference in the North County area. They will all be recognized at the NCI Salutes 30 Leaders in their Thirties awards presentation, Oct. 27, at Christian Hospital’s Atrium in the Paul F. Detrick Building.
Third-floor renovation project is first step to private rooms
Shawn Gillam, BJC planning, design and construction senior project manager, seated third from right, leads a preconstruction kickoff meeting at CH Sept. 27 in preparation for the third-floor renovation project that began earlier this month. The renovated third floor will be home to the AMCU step down unit. The $5.5 million project should be completed by end of summer 2017.
The meeting included discussing the project risk assessment checklist and construction schedule. This project is the first step in CH’s conversion to private patient rooms. A similar renovation of the 10th floor will follow. A renovation of the main hospital lobby is also in the planning stages to make the hospital entrance more welcoming. | Photo by Bret Berigan
April Employee of the Month ‘makes coming to work nice’
Mary Gebhart, RN, BSN, home care staff field nurse, genuinely cares about her work, her patients and her co-workers, as if they were family. For example, on New Year’s Eve, when many were hurrying out the door to start the holiday, Gebhart worked late and made an extra skilled nursing visit to make sure a very ill patient got needed care. When her nominator commented that her New Year’s Eve visit was “above and beyond,” Gebhart said, “If it were my mom, I would hope someone would be there to do what was needed for her, regardless of the day.”
On a different occasion, Gebhart happened to overhear a conversation about a patient who needed attention and asked what she could do to help. Gebhart was named the April Employee of the Month.
Her nominator says Gebhart is “definitely a team player who consistently goes above and beyond with a caring attitude and a knack for being very thorough in her work and her care.”
May Employee of the Month makes breathing easier
Diane Schnable, physical therapy assistant, fought through many obstacles to get exactly what a patient needed. Because of serious lung conditions, the patient had a great deal of trouble breathing, which worsened when the patient had to walk. A motorized wheelchair would be a great solution, but was out of the question — until Schnable found someone who was willing to donate one.
After the patient began using the motorized wheelchair, the home care team noticed that the patient had discontinued the pursed-lip breathing that indicated struggles with pulling in air, the patient’s skin tone was good and the patient’s spirits were high.
Schnable was named the May Employee of the Month. “This is an amazing example of how taking the extra step can make such a difference in our patients’ lives,” says her nominator.
June Employee of the Month is ‘jack of all trades’
Ed Damazyn, pharmacy technician, is known to his co-workers as a jack of all trades due to his willingness and ability to help out with whatever his department needs — especially at times when the staff is shorthanded. He was named the June Employee of the Month.
Damazyn has gone above and beyond his normal duties as a driver for BJC Home Care Services by regularly helping out with outbound delivery tickets, pulling and stocking supplies, restocking IV supplies, and assisting with receiving duties. “Ed has been there to assist when we needed him the most,” a nominator says. “He always comes to work with an upbeat attitude and he keeps coming back with enthusiasm.”
Another nominator adds, “Ed puts our customers first by going out of his way to make deliveries, even after he has worked an exhausting eight-hour shift in the pharmacy. He exemplifies all that should be a good BJC employee.”
July employee of the month is a team player
Tracy Burke, July Employee of the Month and certificate of medical necessity (CMN) representative for BJC Home Care Services home medical equipment, uses her energy and focus to ensure appropriate documentation for BJC Home Care Services.
Burke is known as a team player and has shown commitment to the organization by volunteering to take on the second CMN representative’s workload besides her own, when that person left for another BJC position. She covered both roles while the team sought to hire a replacement.
“Tracy is always gracious in helping others, regardless of her own workload,” says her nominator. “I am excited to nominate her as Employee of the Month for BJC Home Care Services.”
Masters selected as AACVPR fellow
Barb Masters, RN, BSN, MSN, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation coordinator, has been selected as a fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This award recognizes outstanding service and professional achievement in a leadership role.
Masters conducted evidence-based research and developed standards for glycemic controls in exercising patients after finding that not even the Illinois Society for Cardiac Rehabilitation had such protocols. Her research and guidelines were accepted and published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Prevention. Diabetic patients have benefited from her research and some have managed to reduce or eliminate their medication.
Resident joins OB team
MBMC partnered with Washington University School of Medicine and the WUSM department of obstetrics and gynecology to develop an OB community practice rotation. A model was developed that incorporates WUSM residents as part of the care team at MBMC.
The OB community practice rotation will include a six-week rotation of one third-year ob/gyn resident at a time. The resident will spend the first two to three weeks embedded in different practice settings under the supervision of a private ob/gyn physician. The resident will spend one week at a time with participating physicians and their offices and be actively immersed in the life of a private community ob/gyn physician. For the last three weeks of the rotation, the resident will be an active member of the OB inpatient care team under the supervision of the MBMC OB hospitalist.
“I’m very excited to join the team at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. It has been a true pleasure to work with the patients, physicians, nurses and the Childbirth Center staff,” says Jonathan Hirshberg, MD, MBMC’s first resident in the 2016 rotation.
Dr. Jonathan Hirshberg is MBMC’s first resident in the OB community practice rotation, a partnership with Washington University School of Medicine. | Photo by Elizabeth White
Administration team washes cars for United Way
The MBSH leadership team spent several hours Oct. 6 providing valet car washes for employees to support the Franklin County Area United Way.
After employees registered online, Natalie Counts picked up their keys and a $10 donation, dropped off the cars by the maintenance building for the administration team to scrub, then returned the shiny clean cars back to their original parking space.
A total of $190 was raised for the Franklin County Area United Way through this first-time event. The car-washing team included Tony Schwarm, MBSH president; Lisa Lochner, administration executive director; Carmen Bartolotta, chief nursing executive; Amy Wildhaber, regulatory and clinical compliance manager; Kathy Reed, human resources manager; and Natalie Counts, community health educator.
From left, Kathy Reed, human resources manager; Tony Schwarm, MBSH president; and Amy Wildhaber, regulatory and clinical compliance manager, team up to wash an employee’s car to raise money for the Franklin County Area United Way. | Photo by David Hartwick
Food truck helps raise funds for Franklin County United Way
MBSH employees enjoyed breakfast and lunch from the Ring of Fire food truck on the hospital’s grounds Oct. 7, and the Franklin County Area United Way benefited from the sales.
From biscuits and gravy to omelets and more for breakfast, as well as a variety of barbecue sandwiches and plates for lunch, the meals quickly sold out, with more than a dozen employees at a time in line to place their orders. In total, more than 150 meals were sold, benefiting the Franklin County Area United Way with $75 in proceeds.
“We hope to have the Ring of Fire food truck come back with their great food for future fund-raising events,” says Kathy Reed, human resources manager.
Employees and visitors place their orders for lunch at the Ring of Fire food truck Oct. 7. | Photo by David Hartwick
Cardiac rehab gets new stress testing equipment
MBSH’s cardiac rehab department recently acquired new Mortara/Quinton Q-Stress cardiac stress testing equipment, which is designed to solve common challenges associated with stress testing.
The equipment’s features include a 24-inch touchscreen monitor and 12-lead interpretation for adults, adolescents and children; standard capabilities for image software and Epic electronic medical records connectivity; and a source consistency filter that removes noise and maintains ECG/EKG integrity. It is a wireless hookup, eliminating any unnecessary cables from the machine to the patient, and comes equipped with automatic blood pressure monitoring.
“I’m excited that our new, innovative equipment has arrived,” says Mike Whitaker, outpatient diagnostic services manager. “It is truly state-of-the-art and will contribute to the excellent health care we offer our patients at Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital.”
Mike Whitaker, outpatient diagnostic services manager, demonstrates the cardiac rehab department’s new equipment for conducting stress tests. | Photo by David Hartwick
Cheryl Gruver receives Caring Spirit Award
Cheryl Gruver, an MBSH employee since January 2000, was the Caring Spirit Award recipient for August.
Gruver was nominated by co-worker Linda Cuneio, who says Gruver is a breath of fresh air and continuously goes beyond what’s expected of her. “She is always checking on her co-workers to see if they need any help. No matter how busy she is or what she’s doing, she is always thinking of others,” Cuneio says. “She is so dedicated to her job that she knows it backward and forward.
“She is also a favorite among patients, being a familiar face to them and a friendly one at that. Most peoples’ favorite thing is not going to the doctor, but I think to some just seeing Cheryl makes it more of an enjoyment than a chore. She will laugh or cry with you — whatever you or the patients need at that moment,” Cuneio adds. “Cheryl really is a caring spirit.”
Stephanie McCulloch receives Most Valuable Person Award
Stephanie McCulloch, an MBSH employee since June 2012, is the MVP Award recipient for September.
The MVP (Most Valuable Person) Award has replaced the Caring Spirit Award.
McCulloch was nominated by three different co-workers. Tammy Bartholomew, DNP, Steelville Medical Office, says McCulloch’s persistence, follow-through and initiative contribute to excellent care for patients. Colleen Pepper, Wound Care Center, says McCulloch always has a smile on her face, is professional, has a positive attitude, communicates well with staff, patients and other departments, and is always willing to go the extra mile. Megan Turnbough, NP, MOB/Wound Care, says McCulloch is an amazing employee who always goes above and beyond, is knowledgeable in her job and wonderful to her patients.
Beckmann appointed chief nursing officer and assistant administrator
Lauren Beckmann, RN, BSN, has accepted the position of chief nursing officer and assistant administrator at PHC. She replaces Barbi Berrong, who served in that position for nearly five years.
Beckmann began her role Aug. 15, following 10 years of working in several capacities at BJC, including human resources director, part of an internal consulting team, and director of patient safety and clinical performance improvement at PHC. Prior experience also includes a position at Experis Healthcare and partnering with PHC during the acquisition of Mineral Area Regional Medical Center.
An accomplished people leader and business partner, Beckmann has more than 25 years of experience in health care operations, consulting and leadership. Her experience includes continuous quality improvement, operations leadership, clinical performance improvement, health information technology and strategic planning. Beckmann has a proven record of developing and implementing business strategy, improving profits, enhancing efficiencies in workflow and driving new innovative solutions in the business. Her strengths include creativity and innovation, planning and organizing, enabling collaboration, and accomplishing goals to produce positive results.
Beckmann has a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in management and organizational design/leadership from Webster University and a certificate in healthcare informatics from Southern Illinois University. She serves on the board of directors for the Healthcare Business Women’s Association. Beckmann and her husband, Joe, have two children, Kieffer and Kole, and live in Wildwood, Mo.
“We are excited that Lauren has joined us,” says Tom Karl, PHC president. With more than 25 years of experience in a variety of health care leadership roles, she brings outstanding qualifications. Lauren will be an asset to Parkland Health Center and to our community. I have great confidence in her ability to lead.”
PHC Star Service Team Member ‘is consistently kind and helpful’
Bill Mund was selected as the Star Service Team Member for August.
Mund, a housekeeper, has worked at PHC and one of its predecessors, Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, for 41 years.
The nomination from his peers reads: “Our Star Service Employee for August has been employed as a housekeeper for more than 40 years. He comes to work every day with a good attitude, is friendly, does a quality job, is consistently kind and helpful to others, and always greets those he meets in the hallway. He has an outstanding work ethic as he helps his team members keep our facility clean and sanitized.”
Mund says he likes everything about his job at PHC. “The people I work with are all nice,” he says. “It’s a good place to work.”
Progress West delivers record number of babies in July
PWH’s women’s services department had a busy July. The team had a goal of delivering 80 babies in July and finished the month with a record 84 babies delivered — eclipsing the hospital’s previous monthly record of 70 babies.
Congrats to Jane Bruegenhemke, PWH women’s services nurse manager, and her team on a great month.
From left are parents Matthew and Kari Skyles with big brother Mason and baby No. 80, Brody, and delivery nurse Cori Adler, RN. Brody is the grandson of Jill Skyles, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals. | Photo by Janie White
From left are Janie White, charge nurse; Jody Tharp, assistant nurse manager; Dr. Loria Lindsey; Cori Adler, RN; and parents Tiffany and Joseph Butler with Joshua Butler, baby No. 84 for PWH women’s services. | Photo by Scott Beck
Employee forums are Oct. 26 and 27
Senior leaders will share priorities, followed by a question-and-answer session at 10 a.m., Oct. 26, and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Oct. 27, in the third-floor auditorium. Snacks will be provided.
SLCH vice presidents also will bring employee forums to clinical areas beginning at 8 p.m., Oct. 26.
Catering employee earns first Unsung Hero Award
Monica Cleveland, food and nutrition services, is the first recipient of the department of pediatrics Unsung Hero Award.
The award, presented by Gary Silverman, MD, PHD, SLCH pediatrician-in-chief, came as a complete surprise to Cleveland.
“We started this award to recognize people who quietly and professionally do a great job every day,” Dr. Silverman says. “You can tell she wants to be here. She’s a pleasure to be around, and she’s the ultimate pro.”
Cleveland had no idea she was going to be honored. “My boss asked if I could go to a seminar; I had no idea what it was all about. When we got there, they had reserved seats for us in the front row,” Cleveland says.
“We saw Dr. Silverman deliver his annual ‘State of Pediatrics’ speech to hundreds of Washington University and SLCH employees, mostly doctors. Toward the end, he announced the new Unsung Hero Award.
“I feel everyone deserves an award,” Cleveland adds. “We all do a wonderful job, so I was so surprised for him to acknowledge me.”
Cleveland’s motivation for serving others is simple. “Life can be tough. We’re all in this together,” she says. “Being positive for each other makes this a better environment for everyone.”
Monica Cleveland was recognized by Dr. Gary Silverman with the first department of pediatrics Unsung Hero Award. | Photo by John Twombly
Nurses advance their practice by becoming certified
Christine Johnson, vascular access, recently became certified as an asthma educator. She believes the certification is important for several reasons: “It’s important to become certified as a nurse because it helps us to develop our nursing practice,” Johnson says. “It also pushes us to stay up-to-date on the latest evidence-based practices. And it gives us validation as specialty nurses.”
She encourages other nurses to consider certification. “I recommend getting certified. Our certification shows our families, patients and peers that we’re committed to our nursing practice in our specialty,” she says. “The commitment includes obtaining continuing education credits over a couple of years.
These can be obtained at conferences or through webinars. Conferences are great places to learn new techniques, treatments and practice standards.”
Congratulations to the following individuals, who are newly certified in their areas of specialty. Their new certifications are listed after their name: Emily Ahmad, CAE, 7 East; Janice Tatkow, CPEN, float pool; Caroline Peterson, CCRN, Heart Center; Amy Huddleston, CNOR, operating room; Seana Allen, CCRN, pediatric ICU; Jessica Wallace, CCRN, pediatric ICU; India Blevins, CNP-T, transport team; Andrew West, CNP-T, transport team; Bert Hicks, CNP-T, transport team; Stephanie Douglas, CNP-T, transport team; Noriko Fairchild, VA-BC, vascular access; Christine Johnson, VA-BC, vascular access; Cindy Byrd, VA-BC, vascular access; Dani Loftus, VA-BC, vascular access; Jennifer Hoermann, VA-BC, vascular access; Jodi Chambers, VA-BC, vascular access; and Carolyn Schenck, CPHON, hematology/oncology clinic.
Newly certified nurses at SLCH include, from left, Caroline Peterson, Heart Center; Christine Johnson, vascular access; and Jessica Wallace, pediatric ICU. | Photos by John Twombly
Employee garage repairs underway
The SLCH employee garage, nearly 25 years old, needs repair. The project involves two phases:
Work will begin on the upper floors in the northeast stair tower to determine the timeframe for closing the entire stairway.
At this point no parking spaces are affected, but future work could result in some spaces being closed temporarily.
For more information, contact Keith Mueller, facility services, 314-454-2288.
Attend the annual Employee Health Fair
Highlights of the annual Employee Health Fair include:
All sessions take place on the 11th floor at the following times:
Annual Veterans Day Celebration Luncheon is Nov. 11
All military veterans who work at SLCH/BJC are invited to this year’s celebration luncheon, which will take place 12:30-1:30 p.m., Nov. 11, in SLCH HR Training Conference Room, 3N-11.
For reservations or more information, call Shea Love, public safety, 314-454-2867, or Jenn Elias, human resources, 314-286-0905.
Oct. 31 Halloween festivities set for Children’s Hospital staff, patients
Organized by food and nutrition, the staff costume contest begins at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 31, in the café, lower level. Staff are welcome to dress up in kid-friendly costumes (no masks please).
Festivities for patients Oct. 31 include:
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