Let them eat cake!
AMH Sleep Diagnostics Center staff members received a cake Feb. 6 in celebration of being accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in January. From left are Rachel Hill, manager Penny Krause, Synthia Forsythe, Karon Signorino, Julie Hodge, Lynne Kloempken and Sandy Rongey. Dr. Ajitesh Rai is the medical director of the Sleep Lab. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Kassie Herrmann earns AMH February employee honor
Kassie Herrmann, medical care unit, is AMH’s February Employee of the Month. Herrmann, who formerly worked on AMH’s transitional care unit, was notified of the honor Feb. 8
Her co-workers say, “Kassie is a very competent nurse. She cares deeply for her patients, as well as the staff. She is always willing to help anybody, and she’s a great asset to this unit and hospital.
“Kassie is also a great leader and takes the initiative to make situations better. Kassie is very intellectual and proves to be an awesome RN by countering bad situations with patients before they code. She is awesome, loving and kind.”
Kassie Herrmann, medical care unit, second from right, is AMH’s February Employee of the Month. Herrmann, who formerly worked on AMH’s transitional care unit, was notified of the honor Feb. 8 by, from left, chief nursing officer Debbie Turpin, MCU manager Amy Toenyes and Sue Walker, who was Herrmann’s manager on TCU. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Alton has ‘Awesome’ employees
If you know of an employee, physician or volunteer who deserves recognition, let AMH know by completing an “Awesome” form. Forms are available in 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:
From the heart
Marc Sintek, MD, an assistant professor of medicine, interventional cardiology, at Washington University School of Medicine, was the speaker at the 20th annual Alton Memorial Hospital Heart Fair Feb. 3. Close to 200 people attended the event, which included informational booths, health screenings and a boxed lunch from Firehouse Subs of Alton.
Singing the Blues
Jennifer Lowe, registration, won two tickets to the April 2 St. Louis Blues game vs. the Washington Capitals. Lowe’s name was drawn from all employees who entered BJC’s Help for Your Health men’s health initiative in January. One employee from each BJC organization won two tickets to the game. | Photo by Jenny Bain
Leaders reach out to listen to community
Every hospital has a vision for improving community health. To refine that vision, BJH leaders want to solicit input from individuals representing the hospital’s surrounding communities.
A series of “listening sessions” have been scheduled to provide community members an opportunity to share their BJH experiences and their visions for better health care in general with hospital leadership.
BJH team members are asked to encourage their neighbors and friends to attend one of these sessions.
For more information, contact Steven Player,
email@example.com or 314-362-7705.
Sessions are scheduled for:
Four team members honored with STAR Awards
Four team members were recently honored with STAR Awards. Here’s why they were chosen to receive
Courtesy Award – Kristie Kuebler and Zachary Lore received the STAR Award for Courtesy, which recognizes an employee who consistently goes above and beyond to demonstrate care, compassion and kindness to others. Kuebler and Lore were nominated by their assistant nurse manager, Carrie Seifried.
Honoring Kristie Kuebler and Zachary Lore with the Courtesy Award are, from left, Deanna Vollmar, Kuebler, Nancy Tracy, Lore and Carrie Seifried. | Photo by Scott Beck
Makes Cents Award – Navpreet Randev was honored with the STAR Award for Efficiency, the Makes Cents Award, which recognizes an employee who best supports teamwork, growth or process by suggesting ways to make processes more effective, suggesting ways to save money or grow volume, or implementing a new program or process to make the workplace more efficient. Randev was nominated by her supervisor, Becky Ridenhour.
Celebrating with Navpreet Randev, center, are, from left, Kim Wroblewski, Ann Abad, Kristi Matschiner, Becky Ridenhour, Kelly Chu and Lauren Beckmann. | Photo by Hannah Grewach
Wisdom at Work Award – Jen Ashley received the STAR Award for Expertise, the Wisdom at Work Award, which is presented quarterly to an employee who consistently demonstrates expertise in his/her daily role. This could include learning new skills or improving current skills or going the extra mile to share one’s skills and knowledge with patients, families or other team members.Ashley was nominated by a colleague, Amy Koester.
Still time to apply for Ronni Ducommun Scholarship
Applications for the Ronni Jean Ducommun Scholarship must be completed by March 30.
Ducommun was a registered nurse on the medical unit at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital for more than 11 years, serving as a preceptor and mentor to many new nurses. Ducommun and her mother were killed in an automobile accident on July 4, 2017.
The Barnes-Jewish St. Peters-Progress West Foundation established the scholarship to encourage others to achieve their dreams of becoming a nurse. The annual $1,000 scholarship is available to any BJSPH or PWH employee who is a current patient care tech working toward a bachelor’s degree in nursing or an RN degree.
For more information, call Kristin Williams, 636-916-9796.
American Red Cross thanks those who gave blood
The American Red Cross thanks those who were able to give blood during the Feb. 1 blood drive at BJSPH and PWH.
Between the two hospitals, the Red Cross collected a combined 30 productive units of blood.
Watch The Scoop newsletter for information on future blood drives hosted at BJSPH and PWH.
Congratulations for an outstanding Joint Commission survey
The BJWCH leadership team celebrates after a successful Joint Commission reaccreditation survey Feb. 6-9. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Unexpected coverage issues didn’t faze Lufcy
Kelty Lufcy, BJC Behavioral Health-North senior community support specialist, found himself covering more than he anticipated while his co-worker was out for a few weeks.
What was supposed to be an easy coverage turned into a complicated situation for Lufcy. A client was transitioning to a residential care facility (RCF) and the client’s case worker believed nearly everything was in order. However, the client actually needed further assistance with scheduling appointments, completing paperwork and coordinating care.
Lufcy went out of his way to ensure customer-focused teamwork and put in extra effort to seamlessly place the client. For this reason, Lufcy was selected as the Service Excellence Award winner for September at the North site.
Decker didn’t ‘walk on by’ when seeing a need
It wasn’t her client. It wasn’t even her site. But Taylor Decker, BJC Behavioral Health-North child and family treatment case manager, was in the waiting room at another BJC Behavioral Health location when a situation arose.
Decker stepped in to ensure the safety of all involved, and plans were made for follow up.
Decker took control of the situation and followed through. She could have walked on by; instead, she did the right thing. For this reason, Decker was named the Service Excellence Winner at the North site for October.
Corporate Health Services honors employees at year-end banquet
BJC Corporate Health Services held its 2017 Employee Recognition Banquet in November. The event showcased the award-winning teams and individuals from CHS who have contributed to the overall success of the organization.
More than 100 colleagues, business partners and guests attended the event at the Clubhouse at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. Guests enjoyed a reception, dinner, photo booth and awards ceremony.
For the first time in CHS history, the Leadership Award was presented to two individuals. Jane Myers, business manager, and Sandy Swan, program manager, occupational health and ergonomics, were recognized for their outstanding contributions and commitment to CHS clients.
“CHS has a dual focus on internal and external clients,” said Patrick Venditti, CHS executive director. “Both Jane and Sandy manage high-performing teams that exceed their clients’ expectations and position CHS for continued success. They are dynamic leaders who take great pride in their teams and their work.”
Client recognition awards were presented to Shelley Penrod, transcriptionist; Wanda Hughes, patient access representative; and Andrea Tobiasz, nurse practitioner. These special awards recognize the individuals who were most frequently mentioned during client satisfaction telephone surveys. In addition, Joseph Klipsch, facilities coordinator, received special recognition for always going “above and beyond” to take care of his colleagues.
Three individuals received awards for living ICARE service values in 2017. They included Aaron Gutjahr, exercise physiologist; Kelly Bini, occupational therapist; and Connie Kopec, EHR analyst. “Demonstrating ICARE values is key to our success in every patient and client encounter,” said Diane Palmer, RN, director of clinical operations. “Our 2017 awardees are being recognized for their commitment to these values and practices.”
“The past year has been a memorable one for CHS,” said Venditti. “We’ve made significant strides in many areas, thanks to our dedicated team of professionals. The Employee Recognition Banquet is our special time to celebrate and recognize the individuals and teams that make CHS a great place to work and receive care.”
Gerritzen named to new virtual care director role
Maria Gerritzen has been named BJC virtual care director. This new role, reporting to BJC group president Sandra Van Trease, recognizes the significant and growing impact virtual care capabilities have for patients, providers and communities.
Gerritzen will serve as a liaison-leader between BJC operations and clinical activities, working closely with Washington University School of Medicine. Her goals include efficiently and effectively extending the reach of BJC and WUSM expert providers and clinicians across geography and time to:
Gerritzen will provide operational support and leadership to BJC’s virtual care initiatives, including serving as lead of the support services team and as the executive resource for the virtual care work group. The group is responsible for the oversight of BJC-wide virtual care operations, including appropriate standardization of technology and business practices, evaluation of the expansion of virtual care services, and leveraging knowledge and expertise among virtual care initiatives.
Over the past two years, Gerritzen, along with Tim Mislan, Missouri Baptist Medical Center CNO, and other colleagues on the virtual care core team, have been developing a BJC “system level” platform for virtual care that provides insights into technologies and operational efforts. They have also created venues for sharing best practices identified across BJC/WUSM’s more than 30 virtual care individual clinical platforms, such as telestroke, eICU and maternal fetal medicine. This new role formalizes efforts across BJC and WUSM. The current virtual care core team — Sam Bhayani, Mary Beth Dieckmann, Chero Goswami, Beth LeCorgne, Lisa Lochner, Jay Mandava, Brian Riordan, Ellyn Rosenblum, Keith Skaer, Mary Spencer, Jill Mantia and Ed Welker — will continue to play a critical role in 2018 virtual care initiatives.
Most recently, Gerritzen successfully led the Belleville Memorial integration office for BJC. Previously, she supported BJC initiatives such as the integration of Farmington’s Mineral Area Hospital IT platform into BJC.
Gerritzen joined BJC in 2010, coming from Anheuser-Busch, where she served in several capacities including providing leadership for process improvement and change management, as well as integration efforts during the InBev acquisition. Her previous experience also includes 10 years at the Federal Reserve.
Trivia supports Wings pediatric program
Do you love trivia? If so, gather a group of friends or co-workers together for Magellan’s 16th annual trivia night benefiting the BJC Hospice pediatric program, Wings. Proceeds from the event will go toward grief and camp programs for children.
Trivia takes place Feb. 24 at the Machinist’s Hall off St. Charles Rock Road. Doors open at 6 p.m.; trivia begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $160 per table or $20 per ticket.
For more information, contact Patti Kasperski, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-387-5133.
For more information about the Wings program,
New neurologist joins Missouri Baptist Medical Center
Barbara Green, MD, a board-certified neurologist and multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist, has joined Midwest Neurology. With extensive experience in treating patients with MS, Dr. Green is a leader within the MS field and has dedicated her career to serving these patients.
Dr. Green received her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. She then completed her internship and residency in neurology at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. She has been in the St. Louis area practicing neurology since 1986.
Following a 15-year general neurology practice, she developed a passion for MS, which became her mission and inspired the creation of the MS Center of Saint Louis, of which she’s been the director since 2000. At the MS Center, she has been focused on designing and expanding a new model of multi-specialty care for 2,500 patients with MS and related diseases.
Dr. Green was also elected into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2002 and has served as chair of the clinical advisory committee for the Gateway Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. Green has participated as a clinical investigator in multiple MS clinical research trials. She lectures widely to both lay and professional audiences regarding MS and its management.
“I am a committed advocate of those living with multiple sclerosis and am constantly learning new techniques and care management options,” Dr. Green says. “I enjoy getting to know my patients personally, so I can provide the best treatment options that fit their needs and lifestyle.”
Barbara Green, MD, is a member of BJC Medical Group and is on staff at Missouri Baptist Medical Center. The practice is at 3009 N. Ballas Road, Building B, Suite 207, St. Louis. To make an appointment, call 314-996-7960. Visit bjcmedicalgroup.org for more information.
‘Use A Lift: Get A Gift!’
BHC’s safe patient handling committee created the “Use A Lift: Get A Gift!” campaign to encourage patient care staff to use mechanical lifts in the care of their patients.
All staff who used a lift during the campaign were able to enter their names in a drawing for a $25 gift card. Drawings were held every two weeks for three months.
Gift cards were donated by Michael Szewczyk, MD.
Team members demonstrate use of a mechanical lift. | Courtesy photos
Bethany Blattel, RN, BSN, displays a “Use a Lift: Get a Gift” gift card.
New AMCU opens with private patient rooms
CH hosted an official ribbon cutting Feb. 1 for the hospital’s new $5 million acute medical care unit (AMCU). The celebration, in partnership with the Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, drew more than 150 people and included tours of the newly renovated and expanded AMCU.
The new unit now offers 29 private patient rooms and is the first step in converting the hospital tower to all private rooms.
The new AMCU began caring for patients Feb. 5.
Johanna Crawford, RN, BSN, manager of CH’s acute medical care unit (AMCU), holding giant scissors, along with hospital and BJC staff and leadership and community leaders, cuts the ribbon at the third-floor open house Feb. 1 to officially open the doors to CH’s new $5 million AMCU. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Mentoring for the future ...
CH president Rick Stevens was at Jennings Middle School Jan. 31, as part of the school district’s mentoring program. Stevens shared life and career experiences with the students, along with motivational words of encouragement.| Courtesy photo
Cans and bottles now recycled in Courtyard Café
CH environmental services (EVS) rolled out a new recycling initiative recently in the Courtyard Café, with new receptacles for cans and bottles to be recycled.
“Working with our waste hauler, we can now commingle aluminum cans and plastic bottles in our cardboard compactor, which can then be sorted at the facility for recycling,” says Gary Morganstern, CH EVS director. “We have placed three blue recycle containers spaced throughout the café for convenience and easy visibility.”
Morganstern notes that he and Kay Morgan, CH food and nutrition services manager, explored recycling cans and bottles last year, but the biggest obstacle was creating an accumulation area, which has the possibility of attracting insects.
A letter from a patient questioning the lack of a recycling program in the café prompted Morganstern to revisit options with CH’s waste hauler, leading to the ability to now commingle the cans and bottles with cardboard products in the compactor, making a recycling program practical.
“It was very rewarding to follow up with the patient and let them know that we do in fact listen to what people tell us, and we now have this recycling program in place,” says Morganstern. “I’ll be looking at other recycling opportunities on campus, as well, moving forward.”
CH has placed receptacles like these in the Courtyard Café for cans and bottles to be recycled. | Photo by Bret Berigan
CH Foundation ‘Heart of a Hero’ award recipient
The Heart of a Hero program recognizes physicians, nurses, housekeepers, volunteers and other hospital staff who have been nominated by patients and their families.
For more information, contact the Christian Hospital Foundation, 314-653-5162 or email@example.com.
Congratulations to Charles Grimshaw, MD, CH Orthopedic and Spine Surgeons, who was recently awarded for his commitment to providing compassionate care and dedication to excellence.
Elaine Pilkington retires after 44 years
Elaine Pilkington, supply distribution supervisor, retired Feb. 2, after 44 years of service to CH and BJC.
Sally Coleman, RN, retires after 29 years
Sally Coleman, RN, surgical services, retired Feb. 7, after 28 years of service to CH.
A new home for BJC Home Care in Sullivan
BJC Home Care Services in Sullivan, Mo., moved to a new office closer to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 21. The new office is at 113 Progress Parkway. | Courtesy photo
BJC Home Care Services holds annual awards banquet
The annual BJC Home Care Services awards banquet was held the evening of Nov. 3 at Royale Orleans. More than 100 employees attended, enjoying the Mardi Gras-themed celebration, complete with masks, feathers and beads.
In total, 26 five-year employees, 20 10-year, seven 15-year, six 20-year, 11 25-year, three 30-year, four 35-year employees and three 40-year employees were recognized. Also honored were the Team of the Year, orthopedic team; Employee of the Year, Kim Voelker, PT; and Leader of the Year, Bernie Shore, MD. The evening ended with a traditional champagne toast.
The orthopedic team took the BJC Home Care Services Team of the Year award. | Photos by Diane Straub
Memorial team provides heart health tips
Memorial Hospital participated at the Fairview Heights Fresh Thyme Heart Health Fair Feb. 10.
Niraj Shah, MD, Family Practice and Weight Management Clinic, June Gagen, RN, and Sara Reuss, RN, provided heart health tips and blood pressure screenings to customers.
This is one of many heart health programs MH is offering in February.
Sara Reuss, RN, left, and June Gagen, RN, share heart health information Feb. 10 at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.| Photo by Cheryl Singsank
Cardiologist puts his heart into his practice
Muhammad Ansari, MD, is bringing several free heart-related presentations to the community during American Heart Month, including:
The presentations are scheduled for:
Dr. Ansari has a love for teaching and provides many “teaching moments” to hospital staff as well as the community.
MBMC recognized as Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence
The National Consortium of Breast Centers has recertified the Breast HealthCare Center at MBMC as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence. The designation, based on the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers, is the program’s highest level of recognition. The Breast HealthCare Center has earned this elite designation for the second year in a row and is one of only two breast centers in Missouri to achieve this recognition.
“The Breast HealthCare Center participated in this voluntary program because we are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients,” says Geoffrey Hamill, MD, medical director of the Breast HealthCare Center. “This award recognizes the excellence of our multidisciplinary team of physicians, who provide the highest level of breast care for our community, while reaching a level of national excellence.”
As part of the certification process, breast centers submit multidisciplinary quality metrics — for such areas as imaging, breast surgery, pathology, medical and radiation oncology, patient satisfaction, and survival rate — for two data periods. There are 36 measures in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers program; the Breast HealthCare Center was required to submit 29 and scored over the mandatory 25th percentile when compared nationally in each category.
Several members of the Missouri Baptist Medical Center Breast HealthCare Center clinical team celebrate the news that the center was recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence for the second year in a row. | Photo by Elizabeth Neidrauer
Toys will help kids in MBSH ED
MBSH emergency department staff members accept four boxes of stuffed toys from students with the Sullivan High School Beta Club. The toys are meant to comfort children in the ED, making their hospital experience less frightening. | Photo by David Hartwick
2018 Auxiliary officers inducted
The MBSH Auxiliary chose leadership for 2018 at the business meeting Jan. 30. New officers include, seated, from left, Pat Blanton, treasurer; Freda Haase, president; and Mary Miller, secretary; and standing, from left, Carol Kroenung, historian, and Judy Reed, vice president. | Photo by David Hartwick
Practice manager retires after 23 years at Sullivan Medical Clinics
Gayle Weber, Sullivan Medical Clinic practice manager, retired after 23 years of service. She began her career as the practice manager for the Union, Mo., medical clinic of Glen Calvin, MD, later managing the St. Clair, Mo., practice of Thomas Jackson, MD, and Mary Bjornstad, NP, and the MBSH Specialty Clinic and Medical Office Building in Sullivan.
The Specialty Clinic has 27 providers who come from St. Louis to offer specialty care services ranging from allergy and immunology to vascular surgery. The Medical Office Building has eight physicians and five nurse practitioners offering family practice, internal medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, ob/gyn and pediatrics.
“Gayle has been a tremendous asset to the management of our medical clinics,” says Christine Gaskill, regional practice administrator. “We will certainly miss her pleasant style of working with the providers and staff.”
Frey joins Sullivan Medical Clinics as office manager
Lynn Frey is now the practice manager at Sullivan Medical Clinics, part of MBSH and BJC Medical Group. She takes over for Gayle Weber, who retired after 23 years with BJC Medical Group.
Frey, a 1989 graduate of Lincoln University, served as director of clinics for Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City for more than 25 years.
“We are very pleased to welcome Lynn to our clinic management team. She comes well prepared to take on the leadership role of our clinic’s operation,” says Christine Gaskill, regional practice administrator.
Team members keep spirits up during Epic go live
During Epic go-live week at PHC, the mood was festive, as employees on all shifts enjoyed treats such as candy and granola bars — and lots of chocolate — from the “We Care” cart. The heart-shaped stress reliever balls were almost as popular as the chocolate.
Donna Ellison, patient access, left, and Kathy Ferguson, emergency department nurse manager, enjoy a quick break. “The staff is working hard,” Ferguson said. “They’ve been awesome!” | Photo by Meg Reiner
PHC president Tom Karl makes the rounds.| Photo by Tristan Ervin
From left, Terri Schmidt, ICARE coordinator and “We Care” cart hostess, takes a moment to pose with co-workers Debbie Miniex, Jamie Kin and Cathy Sullivan, all from the housekeeping department.| Photo by Chris Westrich
SLCH NICU move has World’s Fair theme
With great care, coordination and monitoring, patients were moved to the new SLCH newborn intensive care unit (NICU) Jan. 27.
The new, enlarged NICU includes 40 private beds and connects via a skywalk to labor and delivery in Parkview Tower, joining spaces for mothers and newborns, including babies requiring critical care in the NICU.
The move theme was the 1904 World’s Fair, in honor of the event held across the street in Forest Park. In addition to a ribbon cutting, SLCH hosted several other fun activities for employees and families.
“World’s Fair” was the theme of the newborn ICU move to the expansion. Standing near the ribbon are, from left, Anne Donze, Judy Gaebler, Linsie Chiles, Mary Jo Butler, Dr. Sessions Cole, Chonita Krause, LaToya Daughrity, Genella Dalys and Maggie Wolf.| Photos by Tim Mudrovic
Linsie Chiles and Mary Joe Butler wear nursing uniforms from the time of the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.
From left are respiratory therapists Yvonne Wheeler-Neal, Terri Boden, Joey Egan and Megan Williams.
Daisy Award winner makes time to help co-workers
Sharolyn Penneau, RN, 10th floor, earned the Daisy Award for extraordinary nursing.
Colleagues say Penneau goes out of her way to help others. When she works as a charge nurse and, at the same time, handles her own assignments, she has a lot on her plate. Still, she always makes time to help her co-workers.
“It means a lot knowing Sharolyn is more than willing to help me when she has so much going on,” says Baileigh Scott, RN, 10th floor, who nominated Penneau. “She should know how much she is appreciated and what an asset she is to our team.”
Staff members support SnowFlake Village
Thanks to all SLCH staff who served as volunteers or donors for SnowFlake Village in December. More than 300 patients’ families received donations, all together worth $425,422. Child life services manages the annual event. | Courtesy photo
Team provides ‘blessing bags’ to homeless
The perioperative services team recently donated 60 “blessing bags” of living essentials to the homeless population. From left are Michelle Wamser, Genie Swanston, Natasha Bates (front), Julie Schneider, Kim O’Hanlon, Sherry Montford, Karen Herkenhoff and Carol Gallaher. “It’s brought a lot of joy to us to help others,” says Swanston, the drive organizer. | Courtesy photo
Mark Dwyer named TRISL CEO
Mark Dwyer has been named chief executive officer of The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, effective Oct. 11. Dwyer replaces Tara Diebling as she moves to her new role as CEO of HealthSouth’s Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.
Dwyer, who began his career in rehabilitation as a physical therapist, has served in a variety of rehabilitation leadership roles throughout his 30-year career. Most recently, he served as the director of rehabilitation services and sports medicine at an acute care hospital in Kansas. On top of his responsibilities as a health care leader, Dwyer served as an adjunct instructor and lecturer for physical therapy students in the university setting.
“His strong rehabilitation leadership knowledge, coupled with his experience in direct patient care as a physical therapist, makes Mark a perfect fit to lead the staff at The Rehabilitation Hospital of St. Louis,” says Troy DeDecker, president of the central region for HealthSouth. “In addition, his commitment to patient care and achieving exceptional results will help our hospital return patients back to the community safely and at their most optimal levels of independence. We are grateful to have him as part of our team.”
Dwyer earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and a master’s degree in health services administration with a concentration in outcomes from Kansas University. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Happy 104th birthday, Johnnie
It was an exciting day at VNRC Jan. 18, as Johnnie Rivere celebrated her 104th birthday.
Rivere, a resident at Village North since 2005, lives independently in her own apartment. She loves to smile, sing and talk with people about a variety of subjects. She plays cards and enjoys eating out at restaurants.
She says there’s no secret to being 104, but she does say that she has lived her life treating people the way she would want to be treated.
Village North threw a birthday celebration for Rivere, complete with friends, a piano player playing her favorite songs, balloons, a champagne toast and plenty of cake.
Johnnie Rivere celebrates her 104th birthday at Village North Retirement Community.
| Courtesy photo