Faraone joins Alton Memorial infectious disease practice
Mindy Faraone, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner, has joined the AMH infectious disease practice. She collaborates with Rafael De la Cruz, MD, a board-certified infectious disease physician.
Faraone began her career in nursing 14 years ago as a licensed practical nurse. Since then, she has completed an associate and bachelor’s degrees in nursing. She recently earned her master’s degree in nursing from Maryville University.
“My desire as a nurse practitioner is to provide competent, compassionate and patient-centered care to individuals of all ages,” Faraone says. “I believe in working professionally and collaboratively with all members of the health care team to accomplish individualized care.”
Mindy Faraone, FNP-C, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Alton Memorial Hospital and Progress West Hospital. The practice at AMH is at 4 Memorial Drive, Medical Office Building B, Suite 230.
Gastroenterology nurse practitioner joins Alton Memorial
Erica Card, FNP-C, has joined BJC Medical Group Gastroenterology at AMH. She collaborates with Ahmad Karadaghy, MD, and David Riedel, MD, who are both board-certified gastroenterologists.
Card earned a master of science in nursing degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2017. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2011.
“Gastroenterology was my first career as a nurse, and I really enjoyed getting to know my patients and their diseases,” Card explains. “GI is great because nutrition is so important in many diseases of the GI tract. I love learning about nutrition and educating people on this topic, which is another reason I decided to continue a specialty in GI.
“I believe a provider should be on a team with their patients and should work together as one to optimize their treatment,” she says. “I also believe strongly in taking time to provide education, so the patient has the knowledge to make informed decisions regarding their health.”
BJCMG Gastroenterology is in Medical Office Building B, 4 Memorial Drive, Suite 230, on the AMH campus. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 618-463-7874.
2018 Hospital Report recognizes team members for achieving major milestones
Four significant events defined 2018 for BJH and its team members: Magnet redesignation, the opening of Parkview Tower, implementation of Epic and the triennial Joint Commission visit. These and more accomplishments are featured in the 2018 Hospital Report, barnesjewish.org/2018report.
The report credits BJH team members with unwavering dedication to achieve these milestone events. Other accomplishments included in the report are:
Can’t celebrate Pi Day (3.14) without pie!
Cory Lecuru, BJSPH clinical engineering, made Pi Day (March 14) into Pie Day by bringing three delicious pies to share with co-workers. | Courtesy photo
Infusion Center expansion/remodel is complete
The BJSPH Infusion Center expansion/remodel is complete. The center capacity increased with the addition of two private rooms, like the one pictured above. Meanwhile, widened doorways, an automatic door opener and an ADA-compliant restroom increased accessibility. The Infusion Center is in MOB 2, Suite 102. | Courtesy photo
Mark your calendar for 2019 Town Hall meetings
Dates have been announced for the 2019 Town Hall meetings. All of the meetings will start at noon.
Marnell Dickson retires after 43 years of service to BJC
Family, friends and colleagues came out to wish PWH lab manager Marnell Dickson a happy retirement. Dickson served at BJC and its predecessors for 43 years.
Employee Awards Banquet provides loads o’ Irish-themed fun, March 1
Green decorations, dining and dancing highlighted the Irish-themed Employee Awards Banquet, March 1 at the Ameristar St. Charles. Employees recognized included:
BJSPH, PWH celebrate recent DAISY honorees
BJSPH’s most recent DAISY award winner is staff nurse Catherine Karle. She was nominated by a patient who wanted to recognize the exceptional care Karle provided. PWH’s newest DAISY Award winner is team lead/charge nurse Sheila Green.
Special thanks to the Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West Foundation for funding the DAISY Award program at BJSPH and PWH.
The DAISY Award is a national program facilitated by participating hospitals that recognizes nurses who consistently demonstrate excellence through their clinical expertise and compassionate care.
Staff nurse Catherine Karle, third from left, received BJSPH’s most recent DAISY award. Celebrating with her are, from left, Chris Watts, Jane Bruegenhemke, Deanna Vollmar, Carrie Seifried and Lauren Beckmann. | Photos by Kristin Williams
PWH’s newest DAISY Award winner is team lead/charge nurse Sheila Green, fourth from left. Celebrating with her are, from left, Chris Watts, Jen Barnaby, Josh Estes, Sarah Jackson and Lauren Beckmann.
Students can apply now for 2019-2020 BJSPH/PWH Auxiliary scholarships
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 BJSPH-PWH Auxiliary scholarships. This $2,000 continuing education scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in the health science field.
To be eligible, students must be a St. Charles County resident and must have completed 20 hours of credit in a human-health-related field at an approved U.S. college or university. Students who have been awarded this scholarship in the past are ineligible.
For more information, call Carol Conner, 636-795-9960.
Celebrating 50 years at BJWCH
Employees are invited to enjoy special treats April 17, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m., in the cafeteria, in honor of the 50th anniversary of BJWCH. Managers will deliver treats to their team members working off site, weekends or nights.
Makhandule is named BJWCH’s Employee of Distinction
Joan Makhandule, RN, 1 east and 2 west, earned the Employee of Distinction Award for modeling the ICARE values. She creates a positive experience for patients, knows the standards of care and escalates issues when they arise. Patients have submitted letters, describing her as “selfless, engaging, funny, helpful, energetic and kind.”
Joan Makhandule, center, with many of her co-workers, won the Employee of Distinction Award. | Photo by Cindy Weinstein
Walking for a stigma-free world
Face painting, super heroes, food trucks, music, dancing and fun. That’s what’s in store when you join BJC Behavioral Health’s team for the 17th annual National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Walks fund-raiser May 4 in Central Park-Chesterfield.
Each year this event has grown, but so has the need.
For more than 30 years, NAMI St. Louis has educated the public about mental illness, worked to eliminate stigma and advocated for funding and research into the causes and treatment of mental illness.
In 2018, NAMI St. Louis served more than 20,000 clients through presentations and trainings, educational classes, and support groups, as well as providing Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for nearly 700 police officers. The organization also designed a new presentation, “Ending the Silence,” which reached more than 2,500 middle and high school students, teaching them about the signs and symptoms of mental illness.
To join BJC Behavioral Health’s team in walking to celebrate mental illness recovery, honor those who have lost their lives to mental illness, and help raise funds, combat stigma and promote awareness, go to
https://www.namiwalks.org/team/BJCBehavioralHealth to register online.
Click on “Join Our Team” to register to walk or “Support Us” to make a donation.
For more information, call Marilynn Hart, 314-206-3712.
NAMI Walks details:
BJC Behavioral Health team members gather for a photo at last year’s NAMI Walks fund-raiser. | Courtesy photo
Corporate Health Services honors employees at year-end banquet
BJC Corporate Health Services held its 2017 Employee Recognition Banquet in November. The event showcased the award-winning teams and individuals from CHS who have contributed to the overall success of the organization.
More than 100 colleagues, business partners and guests attended the event at the Clubhouse at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. Guests enjoyed a reception, dinner, photo booth and awards ceremony.
For the first time in CHS history, the Leadership Award was presented to two individuals. Jane Myers, business manager, and Sandy Swan, program manager, occupational health and ergonomics, were recognized for their outstanding contributions and commitment to CHS clients.
“CHS has a dual focus on internal and external clients,” said Patrick Venditti, CHS executive director. “Both Jane and Sandy manage high-performing teams that exceed their clients’ expectations and position CHS for continued success. They are dynamic leaders who take great pride in their teams and their work.”
Client recognition awards were presented to Shelley Penrod, transcriptionist; Wanda Hughes, patient access representative; and Andrea Tobiasz, nurse practitioner. These special awards recognize the individuals who were most frequently mentioned during client satisfaction telephone surveys. In addition, Joseph Klipsch, facilities coordinator, received special recognition for always going “above and beyond” to take care of his colleagues.
Three individuals received awards for living ICARE service values in 2017. They included Aaron Gutjahr, exercise physiologist; Kelly Bini, occupational therapist; and Connie Kopec, EHR analyst. “Demonstrating ICARE values is key to our success in every patient and client encounter,” said Diane Palmer, RN, director of clinical operations. “Our 2017 awardees are being recognized for their commitment to these values and practices.”
“The past year has been a memorable one for CHS,” said Venditti. “We’ve made significant strides in many areas, thanks to our dedicated team of professionals. The Employee Recognition Banquet is our special time to celebrate and recognize the individuals and teams that make CHS a great place to work and receive care.”
Chris Mate is new vice president of BJC IT application delivery and solutions
Chris Mate has joined BJC as vice president of IT application delivery and solutions. He will report to BJC senior vice president and chief information officer Jerry Fox.
Mate will provide executive leadership for the delivery of day-to-day application services to BJC users, business partners and customers/patients. He will lead and provide oversight for teams that design, implement and maintain IT solutions and enable changes in both corporate and clinical application environments. Mate and his team will be instrumental in simplifying BJC IT systems and executing new digital business capabilities.
Mate brings 25 years of experience in developing and managing large-scale IT systems. He joins BJC from Ameren, where he served as digital business and corporate services senior director. Prior to Ameren, he was a technology leader with PricewaterhouseCoopers, serving as a director within the company’s health care practice.
Mate has also served as the senior IT director with Ascension Health, responsible for its large-scale IT transformation program to simplify applications across 75 hospitals. Throughout his career, he has gained extensive IT systems experience in multiple industries, including financial services, health care, freight/logistics and manufacturing.
Mate earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University. He is excited about the opportunity to return to the health care industry and, specifically, to join the IT transformation effort with BJC information technology leadership.
Trivia supports Wings pediatric program
Do you love trivia? If so, gather a group of friends or co-workers together for Magellan’s 16th annual trivia night benefiting the BJC Hospice pediatric program, Wings. Proceeds from the event will go toward grief and camp programs for children.
Trivia takes place Feb. 24 at the Machinist’s Hall off St. Charles Rock Road. Doors open at 6 p.m.; trivia begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $160 per table or $20 per ticket.
For more information, contact Patti Kasperski, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-387-5133.
For more information about the Wings program,
Anne Casey is new cardiology provider at MBMC
Anne Casey, AGNP-BC, has joined BJC Medical Group Cardiology.
Casey earned her master of science in nursing degree from Maryville University in 2018. Prior to expanding her skillset, she received an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree from Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College in 2012. She has more than seven years of nursing experience in a variety of medical specialties, including the past four years in cardiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
“I have always enjoyed cardiology, even as far back as nursing school, when I did a clinical rotation in a cardiothoracic surgery unit,” Casey says. “I enjoy educating my patients and gaining their active participation in disease management to produce more positive outcomes.”
Anne Casey, AGNP-BC, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is affiliated with Missouri Baptist Medical Center. She joins BJC Medical Group Cardiology, 3023 N. Ballas Road, Building D, Suite 200, St. Louis. The practice can be reached at 314-996-7272. Learn more at bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Sheena Yap joins The Heart Care Group
Sheena Yap, FNP-BC, has joined The Heart Care Group, where she’ll work with providers specializing in cardiovascular disease. Yap will primarily practice with Melissa Kershaw, DO, at Christian Hospital.
Yap has more than 10 years of nursing experience. She received her master of science in nursing degree from Georgia State University in 2013. Since completing her advanced degree, she’s been practicing as a cardiology nurse practitioner in Atlanta.
“My nursing background has instilled in me the notion that, above all else, you must always be an advocate for your patient,” Yap says. “I strive to care for my patients as if they were my own family members, to honor their input and to treat them with kindness and respect always. I work to promote not only physical, but also mental and emotional, well-being for all of my patients.”
Yap enjoys the cardiology specialty because of the diverse patients she treats and the intricacies of the specialty. “I love working in cardiology because it encompasses so many aspects, and I’m always learning something new,” she says. “I enjoy the relationships with patients and find the work is very rewarding.”
Yap was born and raised in St. Louis and is excited to return to her hometown to continue practicing and caring for her community.
Sheena Yap, FNP-BC, is a member of BJC Medical Group. She joins The Heart Care Group, 1225 Graham Road, Suite 2310C, Florissant, Missouri. The practice can be reached at 314-953-6300. Learn more at bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Boone opens new lab draw location in Broadway Medical Plaza
When it comes to lab testing, BHC’s laboratory services team believes that comfort and convenience are equally as important as receiving timely and accurate results. Their high standards for customer service and clinical care led to the recent opening of their new lab draw location in Broadway Medical Plaza 2.
The convenient lab draw location makes it easy for patients visiting their physician’s office at Broadway Medical Plaza to have their labs drawn without driving somewhere else. The space is designed with patients’ comfort and dignity in mind, with private rooms for specialty testing.
“There’s a subgroup of tests that typically require patients to come into the hospital. These are often specialty tests or tests that must be processed very quickly after collection,” explains Drew Wilkinson, BJC laboratory services director.
The lab draw location was also designed to benefit physicians, both when referring patients and receiving results. Samples are drawn by BHC technicians and tested locally by BHC’s lab professionals.
“As we designed this new space, we were able to include a pneumatic tube system that allows us to literally send samples over Broadway,” Wilkinson says. By tube, the trip across the street takes three minutes — faster than most people could run — and allows physicians to potentially get their patients’ results before the patients have even left the building.
Patients can also have their labs drawn at BHC, which offers extended hours, including weekends, or at Nifong Medical Plaza in south Columbia. Future additional lab draw locations are being planned.
“Boone Hospital laboratory has a very highly skilled team working behind the scenes to deliver accurate, timely and high-quality lab results to our patients and providers,” Wilkinson says. “Opening this new location makes our services more convenient and accessible to our patients.”
CH Foundation golf outing is May 20
This year’s CH Foundation golf outing is May 20 at Norwood Hills Country Club. The outing includes brunch, 18 holes, beverages and snacks throughout play, and a happy hour and dinner with an auction, raffle and award ceremony for all participants. Registration and brunch begin at 9:30 a.m.; the shotgun start is at 11 a.m.
Proceeds support patient care, advancing medicine and technology, community benefit programs, community health access, staff education, and new hospital facilities and equipment.
Last year, the Foundation welcomed 240 golfers and raised more than $127,000. CH appreciates the members of the Christian Hospital family who support the foundation and this event.
For information on sponsorships or to register to play, visit www.christianhospital.org/golf. To volunteer, contact the CH Foundation, 314-653-5162 or email@example.com.
Christian Cruiser transports visitors and patients around campus
The Christian Cruiser courtesy shuttle car is available to transport visitors and patients on the CH campus.
The Cruiser runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday-Friday. Signs are located on the front parking lot, as well as the MOB 1 and PFD parking lots, to call for shuttle service.
For escorts, call CH security, 314-653-5110.
The Christian Cruiser was generously purchased by the CH Auxiliary to transport patients and visitors on the CH campus. | Photo by Bret Berigan
EMS Academy uses ambulance as classroom
The CH EMS Academy has a new training tool for students to get ambulance training within the classroom.
“To make this happen, we took a retired Christian Hospital emergency medical services (CHEMS) ambulance and stripped the compartments, cabinets, counters and seats out of the patient compartment area to reconstruct it within the EMS Academy on the third floor of the Detrick Building,” says Ian Breden, EMS instructor.
“We’re dedicated to bringing a high level of simulation to our EMS Academy students. With this resource, students can practice hands-on skills in the confined space of an ambulance prior to starting their clinical rotation out in the community. We could not have done this without the help of McGrath & Associates Inc. and our amazing Christian Hospital facilities team,” Breden adds. “They took the vision of our Academy team and turned it into reality.”
The CH EMS Academy has a new training tool for students to get ambulance training within the classroom — a retired CH ambulance reconstructed within the EMS Academy on the third floor of the Detrick Building. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Buy a chance to win an Apple watch and support CH Heart Walk 2019
CH will raffle two Apple watch series 3 models donated by the CH Auxiliary, with all proceeds from ticket sales donated to the American Heart Association in support of this year’s Heart Walk.
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased in the CH Gift Shop or through Heart Walk team captains, now through May 10.
Meghan Ragsdale, CRNA, credits her Apple watch with detecting her heart problem earlier this year.
“I had been feeling ‘off’ with some vague symptoms,” Ragsdale says. “My Apple watch alerted me to a problem with my heart. After weeks of workups and waiting, I was scheduled for a diagnostic procedure. When I became much worse in a matter of days, that procedure became expedited.
“I was diagnosed with atrial flutter,” she says. “With the help of my wonderful cardiologist, I am now flutter free. We’ve hit a few bumps in the road, but it’s nothing we can’t handle.
“That’s why this walk is so important to me this year,” Ragsdale adds. “Heart disease and arrhythmias can happen to anyone at any age. Come join us to walk for this great cause at the wonderful Busch Stadium.”
WeCare training classes offered
WeCare is a peer support program for health care staff traumatized from a work event. WeCare training is a two-hour class and is open to everyone hospital-wide on a voluntary basis. The training will be provided by the WeCare team.
The following classes will be held in CTD classroom 4:
BJC Home Care Services holds annual awards banquet
The annual BJC Home Care Services awards banquet in December honored employees for their years of service, and annual awards were presented. Kelly Shepherd, RN, was named Employee of the Year; Angie Randall, patient care supervisor, was honored as Leader of the Year; and the Evelyn’s House staff was named Team of the Year
Employees also enjoyed a carnival-themed celebration, including dinner, drinks and dessert, at Orlando’s in south St. Louis County. The evening ended with a traditional toast, recognizing all of Home Care’s “wonderful, hard-working employees.”
The Evelyn’s House staff won the BJC Home Care Services Team of the Year award in December. | Photo by Jennifer Lang
New volunteer might look familiar
Doug Nicely, who recently retired after serving as a chaplain at Memorial for more than 18 years, has already stepped out of retirement and into volunteering as an Auxiliary patient ambassador at MHE.
Memorial Hospital to host program about Parkinson’s Disease
The Memorial rehab services team will present an LSVT® Exercise Program for Parkinson’s patients and caregivers, 6-7:30 p.m., April 25, in the Community Conference Room at Memorial’s Orthopedics and Neurosciences Center, 4700 Memorial Drive, Belleville. The LSVT system features exercises and therapy designed especially for those with Parkinson’s disease.
Therapists Heidi Hoskins, MSOT, and Maria Mathews, MSOT, will present the LSVT BIG program for increasing movement in daily living and mobility. Therapist Diana Chamberlin-Bevirt, MS, CCC-SLP, will present the LSVT LOUD program for increasing voice production and loudness.
This program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, call 833-607-3627 or visit www.mymemorialnetwork.com/events.
Memorial celebrates Certified Nurses Day
MHB, MHE and Memorial Care Center celebrated certified nurses on staff by hosting a dinner in their honor March 12.
The celebration featured recognition of the hospital auxiliary for supporting nursing certification, a presentation: “The Sky is the Limit: A Journey Through Nursing,” and recognition of nurses who earned certifications over the past year.
More than 110 certified nurses attended the event. The Memorial Nurse Professional Development Council also presented the auxiliary with a check for $1,343 from the council’s 2018 fund-raiser to support nursing certification.
Memorial ranks in the top 10 percent for certification rates compared to other Magnet® facilities in the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators. In total, Memorial has 346 certified nurses, certified in 48 different areas/specialties. Several nurses hold two or three certifications. More than half of eligible nursing staff are certified.
Certified Nurses Day is an annual day of recognition dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition and service.
At right, Terri Halloran, DNP, RN, NE-BC, patient care services vice president, presents a check from the annual Nurse Professional Development Council Fund-raiser to Auxiliary manager Erica Lebo. | Photos by Andy Nicholson
Newly certified Memorial nurses who attended the celebration dinner March 12 include, from left, front row, Jessica Fowler, MSN, RN-BC; Christina Keller, BSN, RN-BC; and Melissa Barney, BSN, RN, PCCN; middle row, Paula Dierkes, BSN, RN, ACM; Lisa Tobin, BSN, RN, CNOR; and Veda Traw, BSN, RN-BC; and back row, Joe Huber, MSN, RN, CCRN; Carrie Christ, BSN, RN-BC, ACM; and Cynthia Marcus, BSN, RN-BC.
MoBap welcomes new CNO, Patti Crimmins Reda
Patti Crimmins Reda will join MBMC as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer April 1.
Crimmins Reda began her career with BJC in 1982 as a staff nurse at the former Barnes Hospital. Throughout her tenure, she has been an innovator, collaborator and champion of patient care. Highlights of her achievements include establishing the physician referral market, developing a patient education center and providing critical care instruction at Barnes College of Nursing at UMSL and Jewish College of Nursing, the forerunner of what is now Goldfarb School of Nursing.
In the 1990s through early 2000s, Crimmins Reda was influential in implementing the service line model at BJH, where she championed the cardiovascular, cardiothoracic and cardiopulmonary division at Washington University School of Medicine. She also worked to secure Magnet® designation for BJH and was named the director of patient care for critical care and emergency
As the current executive director of the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart and Vascular Center and the TeleICU, Crimmins Reda co-leads the Critical Care Collaborative Consortium (C4) and has been integral in the implementation of the TeleICU platform, which now monitors more than 200 critical care beds throughout BJC.
As CNO at MBMC, Crimmins Reda will maintain her BJC TeleICU role.
Crimmins Reda says she is “a nurse focused on taking care of people, really good care of people,” and she looks forward to the challenges and opportunities in delivering excellent patient care at MBMC.
Bradbury ‘consistently goes above and beyond’
Facilities coordinator Laura Bradbury was named the December 2018 Employee of the Month.
“In the past several months, Laura has been called upon to assist HR in the creation and changing out of new employee badges and planning the Veterans Day celebration,” says one of her nominators. “She took on both of these projects, in addition to her full workload, cheerfully, and without complaint. Laura was fast, efficient, and her results were excellent.
“I personally worked with Laura on the Veterans Day celebration and she took the lead, performing the lion’s share of the workload and making sure each task was completed. It went extremely well and drew many compliments, in large part thanks to Laura. She goes above and beyond and doesn’t hesitate to jump in whenever needed, to help other departments get the job done.”
Her nominators agreed that Bradbury consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty and does so with an incredible attitude, constantly living the iCREATE values.
Donaway is ‘the go-to person for all nursing staff’
Michelle Donaway, a nurse in the Wound Healing Center, was named the January Employee of the Month.
“Michelle has been with BJC for more than 30 years. She joined the MoBap team in March 2015 when she became part of the founding team for the Wound Healing Center,” her nominator says. “Michelle has demonstrated the iCREATE values by exuding integrity, pushing excellence in herself and her team members, and holding herself and others accountable to do what’s best for our patients. She has memorized the 479 pages of the Wound Center policy manual and is the go-to person for all nursing staff when there’s a question.
“When I mentioned to Dr. Ludwig that I would like to nominate her for the Employee of the Month, he said, ‘Absolutely! She deserves it 100 percent.’”
Ambassadors help purchase new ‘zoo-bus’ exam table
The MBSH Ambassadors provided the funds for a new pediatric exam table for the Cuba Medical Office. The table resembles a child-friendly zoo bus with animals peeking out the windows, intended to help make pediatric patients feel more comfortable.
The MBSH Ambassadors promote and host several fund-raising events to help with equipment purchases at the hospital and its medical clinics. The most recent event was the annual fund-raiser dinner in February. Next up are the annual spring and summer golf tournaments.
Throughout 2018, the Ambassadors provided more than $22,000 toward the purchase of equipment and computer software at the hospital.
“We really appreciate the Ambassadors’ support to provide the new exam table for our clinic,” says pediatrician Tammi Cooks, MD. “Our young patients seem to be at ease with the new kid-friendly table in the examination room.”
Showing off the new pediatric exam table at the Cuba Medical office are, from left, patient services representative Lisa McCulloch, pediatrician Dr. Tammi Cooks, and medical assistant Levada Gruenloh. | Photo by David Hartwick
Danny Parmley is Star Service Team Member for March
Danny Parmley, facilities management, was selected as the ICARE Star Service Team Member for March. He has worked at PHC for 20 years.
“Danny is an example of someone who lives and breathes the PHC values,” his nominator says. “He remains calm, kind and friendly when interacting with everyone. He takes ownership of any task he is asked to do and does it well. He takes the time to listen and responds with kindness to any facility management issue in the department.”
Parmley says receiving the award is humbling. “I’m very grateful,” he says. “I just like serving people. To me, that’s just what it’s about.”
This is the second time Parmley has been honored with the award; the first was in 2007.
ICARE, PHC’s patient experience service initiative, stands for: Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
Dr. Winder to be honored posthumously at Foundation’s annual celebration
The fourth annual Parkland Health Center Foundation Celebration will take place 5:30-7 p.m., April 11, at Weingarten Vineyard. Tickets, which include dinner and soft drinks, may be purchased in advance for $25 per person at parklandhealthcenter.org/foundationcelebration. Tables of six or eight also are available.
A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Joyce Buchheit Excellence in Health Care Award. The prestigious annual award was created in 2016 to recognize an individual who has contributed significantly to the advancement of health care in the region. This year’s award will be presented posthumously to Richard Winder, DO.
Dr. Winder was well-known in the region. When he moved to the Farmington area in 1976, he began a general practice. During his medical career in Farmington, he was instrumental in setting up the women’s clinic for the St. Francois County Health Department and establishing the St. Francois County Ambulance District.
He was also director of medical education for interns and residents at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center. Most recently, Dr. Winder served as medical director of the Mineral Area Regional Medical Center emergency department until his retirement in 2012.
Dr. Winder’s significant contributions to health care in the region spanned a 36-year career. Dr. Winder died in July 2018. His widow, Maxine Winder, will receive the award on his behalf.
Joyce Buchheit, the award’s namesake, is a member of the PHC Foundation board of directors and a past member of both the BJC board of directors and the PHC board of directors.
Past recipients of the award include Edward DuMontier, MD (2016), George Oliver, MD (2017), and Carol Coulter, RN (2018). All of the recipients are well known in the community and have served the medical needs of the community for a combined total of 165 years: Dr. Dumontier, 1989-2019, 30 years; Dr. Oliver, 1959-2019, 60 years; Carol Coulter, 1979-2018, 39 years; and Dr. Winder, 1976-2012, 36 years.
In addition to providing many philanthropic gifts to the hospital, the PHC Foundation gives an annual grant to Meals on Wheels for Special Diets, the Landrum-Hirsch Scholarship for a Mineral Area College nursing student, and the Steve Lipstein scholarship for a St. Francois County high school senior entering college and majoring in the medical field.
Katie Leger, Amy Sexauer earn DAISY Awards
Pediatric ICU nurse Katie Leger and interventional radiology nurse Amy Sexauer each earned a DAISY Award for nursing excellence.
After a patient took medication, Leger noticed some side effects. She informed physicians of the problem, which they fixed.
“Katie provided safe care for her patient and researched the matter to solve the problem,” says Leger’s nominator, pediatric ICU nurse Katie Pearman.
Sexauer comforted a patient scared by a procedure. Sexauer’s kindness inspired the patient to become a nurse.
“Amy affects lives every day with her kindness and empathy,” says Sexauer’s nominator, interventional radiology nurse Kristy Brown.
Katie Leger, pediatric ICU, right, receives the DAISY award from Peggy Gordin, SLCH acting president and patient care services vice president. | Photos by John Twombly
Amy Sexauer, interventional radiology, left, receives her honor from Peggy Gordin, SLCH acting president and patient care services vice president.
Keep the kids safe this spring with Safety Stop promotion
It’s the time of year again to dust off your kids’ bikes and scooters and inspect their helmets.
Properly fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by 75 percent. And safety pads can protect kids’ tender elbows and knees.
SLCH Safety Stop can make sure your child is wearing the appropriate safety gear and that it fits properly. Safety Stop is also running a $5 helmet and safety gear special until May 15.
To learn more about the special offer and the services offered at Safety Stop, go to
TRISL team celebrates anniversary with ice cones
In celebration of its one-year anniversary in St. Charles County, TRISL supplied complimentary Kona Ice cones to all employees, visitors, patients and families at BJSPH and PWH July 6.
“We would like to share our gratitude with the community, as well as our business partners at BJC HealthCare, for contributing so much to the success of our first year serving patients with high quality, top notch acute rehabilitation,” says Mark Dwyer, TRISL CEO. “Our team looks forward to many more successful years to come.”
TRISL in St. Charles County has cared for more than 525 patients during its first year in operation.
TRISL admissions team members Angela Jones and Rafael Munoz enjoy Kona ice cones in celebration of TRISL’s one-year anniversary in St. Charles County. | 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