BJC | Health Hall of Fame nomination deadline is July 28.
BJC | Nearly 700 employees across BJC participated in stroke awareness quiz.
AMH participated in a health fair, June 13, at the United Methodist Village in Godfrey. State Sen. Sam McCann, standing, center, and his office organized the health fair. With McCann are parish nurse Eileen Cheatham, standing at left; respiratory therapist Jamie Goss, standing at right; and, seated from left, diabetes educator Lisa James, parish nurse Amy Bohn and parish nurse Cathie Ketterer. | Photo by Dave Whaley
A run for the heart
The AMH Family Fun Run, June 10 at Glazebrook Park in Godfrey, Ill., included an adult 4K run. Participants included Ron Bligh, AMH receiving, wearing number 114. There were also children’s races. All proceeds from the event, conducted by the Alton Road Runners Club, benefited the AMH Heart Walk team and the American Heart Association. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Shine the spotlight
Lisa Harmon, medical imaging, was recognized last month with the first monthly “Spotlight” Award from surgical services.
“We decided that we are not an island — we need everyone to help us,” says Angie Henry, surgical services manager. “So we decided to spotlight an ancillary staff member, volunteer or anyone outside of our department who helps us through our day. Lisa was nominated because multiple OR staff members said she always has a smile on her face and is always helpful to everyone. She adjusts her schedule to help us with the OR flow and works late when we need her!”
Lisa Harmon, medical imaging, center, was recognized in July with the first monthly “Spotlight” Award from surgical services. | Photo by Dave Whaley
EMS has ‘golden touch’ in cardiac treatment
AMH’s emergency medical services (EMS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don’t receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes EMS providers for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients. EMS agencies perform 12-lead ECGs, which measure the electrical activity of the heart and can help determine if a heart attack has occurred. They also follow protocols derived from American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology guidelines.
“Alton Memorial EMS is dedicated to making our service among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program is helping us accomplish that by implementing processes for improving systems of care with the goal of improving the quality of care for all acute coronary syndrome patients,” says Jason Bowman, AMH EMS manager. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care for all cardiac patients.”
Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for two years.
“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” says James Jollis, MD, chair of the Mission: Lifeline Advisory Working Group. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can shave precious minutes of lifesaving treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals. We applaud Alton Memorial for achieving this award that shows it meets evidence-based guidelines in the treatment of people who have severe heart attacks.”
Jason Bowman, AMH EMS manager, right, accepts the Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award during the Alton Memorial Health Services Foundation’s annual Duck Pluckers Ball June 3. AMH president Dave Braasch listens at left. | Photo by Pete Basola
AMH wound care awareness
The Wound Care Center at AMH distributed a crossword puzzle for employees to fill out as part of Wound Care Awareness Week, June 5-9.
Of 38 participants who completed the puzzle, Adam Mathews, medical staff office, won $20 worth of gift cards to the café when his name was drawn by Valinda Allen, MD, Wound Care Center medical director.
Dr. Valinda Allen presents Adam Mathews, medical staff office, with $20 worth of gift cards to the café for his efforts. | Photo by Dave Whaley
Jordyn Halm earns AMH June employee honor
Jordyn Halm, Women’s Health and Childbirth Center, is the June Employee of the Month. Her co-workers say, “Jordyn is a great team player. She puts her patients first and does a great job at being their advocate.
“With the many changes in OB, Jordyn has been very encouraging during these stressful times of change,” they add. “Jordyn has also shown great leadership skills by being a preceptor for several new employees, is an active part of the UPC and is a leader on the new hypertension project. Jordyn is very dependable and a great co-worker.”
‘Awesome’ AMH 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, contact Marlene Lewis, 618-463-7701.
Recent Awesome cards went to:
Transplant Awareness Night is Aug. 24
The Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center’s Transplant Awareness Night at the Ballpark is Aug. 24. With the purchase of a special St. Louis Cardinals ticket, attendees will receive a Cardinals cap supporting organ donation. A portion of ticket proceeds will support transplant and organ donation.
To purchase tickets, visit http://m.mlb.com/cardinals/tickets/theme-tickets/transplant-awareness.
Conference to offer clinical updates in inpatient adult care
An adult acute care conference scheduled for Aug. 24 at Washington University Medical Center will offer nurses and other clinicians a day of critical clinical updates and topics in pharmacology.
Featured presentations include:
The registration fee is $150; the cost for students is $90 until Aug. 1. Register at http://bjhne.ws/2eE.
For more information, email Elizabeth.Pratt@bjc.org or call 314-747-2261.
Abstracts sought for Research Conference
Abstracts are being sought for the 2017 Multidisciplinary Research Conference scheduled for Oct. 25 at Washington University Medical Center. The submission deadline is Aug. 18. To submit abstracts or to register for the conference, go to http://bjhne.ws/2eD.
July workshops scheduled for Professional Development Program
Attend a Professional Development Program (PDP) workshop to find out more about the program.
The workshop is open to staff nurses, respiratory therapists, and therapy services and pharmacy staff.
Sessions are scheduled for 2-4 p.m., July 6, in BJSPH Room 2500D, or 8:30-10:30 a.m., July 11, in the PWH Education Room.
The first hour of each session will include a review of the PDP packet and application process.
The next hour is an open-house format for questions/answers/packet prep. Bring a list of possible points and evidence to support your work. This time is recommended for those planning to submit a future PDP packet and who want to put their packet together with PDP committee members and other applicants.
Clinical education specialist Julie Gettemeier, surgical unit charge nurse Karen Sy, and telemetry unit charge nurse Kristine Sy will lead the workshop.
Those planning to attend the workshop should review the PDP packet on the BJC SCC intranet page under Professional Practice prior to workshop time.
To sign up for the workshops, go to BJClearn.org, sign into SABA and search “BJC SCC PDP.”
For more information, contact Julie Gettemeier, 636-916-9683.
Epic update: Hardware installations are taking place
Crews are running electricity and data cabling into some areas of BJSPH and PWH. Please work with the crews and stay alert to make sure the area is safe for patients, families and employees while construction is taking place.
Contact your manager with any questions or concerns.
Save the date for September Town Halls
Mark your calendar for Town Hall meetings with BJSPH/PWH president Chris Watts. Be sure to watch
The Scoop for more information as the meetings get closer.
McCullough and Jacobs awarded Medical Staff Scholarships
Jennifer McCullough, BJSPH radiology, and LeeAnn Jacobs, BJSPH ICU charge nurse, were each awarded $2,500 scholarships on behalf of the medical staff at BJSPH and PWH. The medical staff awards the scholarships to BJSPH and PWH employees each year to support employees working toward an RN or BSN degree.
Jacobs and McCullough, both of BJSPH, join Lucrecia Remley and Tina Preston of PWH as this year’s scholarship winners.
Dress casual, support Pedal the Cause
Buy a sticker to wear jeans and dress casual on Fridays until Sept. 22, and help support the BJWCH Pedal the Cause team.
The stickers cost $5 each, 7 for $25 or 14 for $50, and can be purchased with cash only at the cafeteria register.
All proceeds benefit Pedal The Cause - BJWCH “Rowdy Riders” team, who gives 100 percent of donations to Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to advance lifesaving cancer research.
Congratulations, Great Catch Award winners
Congratulations to Linda Hanes, RN, and Mary Wack, RN, surgical services, winners of the second quarter Great Catch Awards. Employees and physicians employed or affiliated with BJWCH can be nominated for a “Great Catch” for reporting a “near miss” incident that prevented or minimized harm to a patient or an innovative idea that improved a patient care process. From left, front row, Mary Wack, RN; Liz Seitz, OR assistant nurse manager; Linda Hanes, RN; and Yoany Finetti, chief nursing officer; and back row, Norma Fishbein, director of surgical services, left; and Trish Lollo, BJWCH president, celebrate the second quarter Great Catches. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Brandon to join BJC Behavioral Health
Teresa Brandon will join BJC Behavioral Health July 10 as the new director of clinical operations. Brandon will fill the position previously held by Terri Gilbert, who retired May 31 after a 43-year career.
Brandon comes to BJC from Hopewell, where she served as executive vice president of clinical operations. While at Hopewell, she led the organization to financial viability and built and opened a new children and adolescence center. She served as an expert resource for requirements related to clinical practices, licensure, regulatory, and practice issues for certification and licensure of regulatory boards and funders, and overall operations. In her role at Hopewell, Brandon also managed compliance and training, outpatient services, adult and youth services, and residential services.
Prior to Hopewell, she worked for the Department of Mental Health in compliance and system management. Brandon has also held various leadership roles for Burrell Behavioral Health in both Springfield and Columbia, Mo.
“Teresa will work closely with me to help us define the operational structure required to ready BJC Behavioral Health for the future,” says Barbi Berrong, BJC Behavioral Health vice president. “We are fortunate to have found someone with Teresa’s technical expertise, proven success, and innovation and compassion for the population
BJC Corporate Health Services recognizes Moore and Palmer for excellence
Karen Moore, DNP, APRN, ANP, BC, received the 2016 BJC Corporate Health Services ICARE Award. Moore, a nurse practitioner at BarnesCare, was nominated for the award by her colleagues for consistently exemplifying ICARE behaviors to patients, visitors and fellow employees. The ICARE behaviors include Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
“Karen is a dedicated clinician and a role model for our entire team,” says Tom Kibby, MD, MPH, BarnesCare chief medical officer. “She recognizes positive actions in others and is always looking to share her knowledge by teaching others new clinical skills.”
Diane Palmer, RN, MPH, director of clinical services, was awarded the 2016 BJC Corporate Health Services Leadership Award. Palmer has been a driving force in the implementation of daily huddles and several process improvement initiatives, all aimed at improving clinical outcomes and the patient experience. As a result, patient and client satisfaction scores reached all-time highs in 2016, and BarnesCare was recognized again by the National Association of Occupational Health Professionals as a model program.
A 37-year veteran of BJC, Palmer previously received the Leadership Award in 2002. “Diane’s commitment to the patients and clients we serve is second to none,” says Patrick Venditti, Corporate Health Services executive director. “The energy and enthusiasm she brings to each challenge inspire confidence and teamwork and create opportunity for our clinical teams to consistently succeed.”
Mete, Reinbold join BJC corporate finance team
The BJC corporate finance team has two new directors, Bob Mete and Julia Reinbold.
Mete has been named director of financial planning and analysis (FP and A), filling the role previously held by Elizabeth Lawson. Lawson recently became vice president of finance at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters and Progress West hospitals.
In this role, Mete will be responsible for FP and A activities, including overall budget and multi-year model coordination, cost accounting, business decision support and other ad hoc analysis activities.
Mete most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for John Volpi & Co., and has a background in the manufacturing and banking industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University–Kellstadt Graduate School. Mete reports to BJC finance vice president Larry Kayser.
Reinbold is the new finance director responsible for the shared services hospital accounting team. In this role, she will be responsible for the accounting and financial reporting for BJC’s hospitals.
Reinbold has spent most of her career at Express Scripts, where she had a variety of progressive finance leadership roles, including five years as corporate accounting director. Most recently, she served as the vice president of finance at Castlewood Treatment Centers.
Reinbold earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Maryville University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Reinbold reports to BJC finance vice president Lori Schreiner.
Hospice holds recruitment event for new hospice house
Many RNs and CNAs attended a special event at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital Feb. 7 to learn about opportunities with the innovative, compassionate BJC Hospice team.
Guests enjoyed door prizes, learned about the new BJC hospice house, Evelyn’s House, opening in May 2017, and met with BJC Hospice staff.
Situated on the campus of BJWCH, Evelyn’s House will have many guest- and family-friendly amenities and comforts, including 16 private guest suites for adults, teens and children; dedicated music and expressive therapy rooms; family kitchen and café; leading edge communications and safety; and much more.
For more information about Evelyn’s House, visit bjchospice.org/evelynshouse — or, to learn about available positions at Evelyn’s House, visit bjc.org/jobs.
Heather Fleming, RN, Barnes-Jewish Hospital bone marrow transplant, right, looks at a rendering of Evelyn’s House with BJC Home Care Services recruiter Christine Kaiser. | Photo by Kelly Pahl
Doerr joins BJC Medical Group at Progress West Hospital
Bridget Doerr, FNP-C, has joined BJC Medical Group at Progress West Hospital as a primary care provider.
Doerr, a certified nurse practitioner, received her master of science in nursing degree in 2017 from Maryville University. Before pursuing her advanced degree, she practiced as a registered nurse in a variety of specialties, including cardiovascular, pulmonology, acute care and general medicine. She became a family nurse practitioner because she is passionate about building relationships with her patients and working with patients of all ages.
“I want to make an impact in my patients’ lives by working with them to come up with a plan to achieve optimal health,” Doerr says.
Doerr provides care for conditions including asthma, diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as weight management, vitamin therapy and general adult and pediatric medicine.
Doerr is a member of BJC Medical Group. The practice is located at PWH, 20 Progress Point Parkway, Suite 108, O’Fallon, Mo. For appointments, call 636-344-2400; for more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Martin is new primary care provider in Sunset Hills
Sarah Martin, FNP-C, has joined Sunset Hills Adult Medicine at Missouri Baptist Medical Center’s outpatient facility in Sunset Hills.
Martin, a certified family nurse practitioner, earned her advanced nursing degree in 2016 and her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2008 from Maryville University. She previously practiced as a registered nurse in a variety of specialties, including intensive care and radiation oncology.
She pursued her family nurse practitioner degree because she saw the need in the community for primary care providers. “I believe strongly in being accessible and providing preventive medicine and chronic disease management in an effort to avoid acute care needs in the future,” Martin says.
Sunset Hills Adult Medicine offers primary care services to adult patients, including physicals, preventative care and chronic disease management, and strives to provide excellent care. Martin is excited to join the practice and add to this expertise.
Martin is a member of BJC Medical Group. She practices at Sunset Hills Adult Medicine, 3844 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 120, Sunset Hills. For an appointment, call 314-525-0490. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Dr. Lucco joins West End OB-GYN
Kerith Lucco, MD, FACOG, joined Jacqueline Turner, MD; Rosanna Gray-Swain, MD; Bridget Rutledge, MD; and women’s health nurse practitioners Kelly Edwards and Nealya Bell at West End OB-GYN.
A native of Edwardsville, Ill., Dr. Lucco has practiced in the San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., area for almost 10 years. “I value caring for women from diverse backgrounds, cultures, countries and languages,” she says. “I enjoy providing personalized care and educating girls and women about the amazing capacity of their bodies and how to maintain health throughout their lives.
“I love helping women plan and prepare for a pregnancy and navigate the adventure of childbirth and new motherhood in its various forms,” she says. “I also enjoy caring for young girls with gynecologic issues,” Dr. Lucco says.
Dr. Lucco provides general obstetrics and gynecology care like contraception and family planning, including preconception counseling, comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care, evaluation and treatment of abnormal pap smears, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology.
Dr. Lucco earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine in 2003. She completed her residency in ob/gyn in 2007, serving as the administrative chief resident in her last year, and completed a fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology in 2008 at the University of Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.
Dr. Lucco is a member of BJC Medical Group and is on staff at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. West End OB-GYN is at 1110 Highlands Plaza Drive, Suite 280, St. Louis. The office can be reached at 314-286-2620. For more information, visit bjcmedicalgroup.org.
Kids on Track keeps mid-Missouri’s youth active over the summer
For the sixth year, Kids on Track, a community youth program sponsored by BHC, Boone Medical Group and the Boone Hospital Foundation, is bringing the joy of physical activity to mid-Missouri children.
The Kids on Track program encourages youth, age 12 and younger, to be physically active by accumulating 26.2 miles of physical activity. They can complete the marathon at their own pace over the course of the summer by walking, running, biking or even roller skating.
This year, nine area towns are participating in the event: Ashland, Boonville, Brookfield, Centralia, Columbia, Hallsville, Macon, Mexico and Moberly. The program has come a long way from 2012, when it began in Columbia, growing and gaining popularity with children and families alike.
Each town has its own kick-off event in May where participants receive a printed “track” to record their progress over the summer. Each town also has its own finale event in August where participants receive a free T-shirt and medal for their success in being active over the summer.
To further encourage children along the way, local businesses become “Mile Sponsors.” These businesses sponsor a different mile along the 26.2 mile “track” and reward the kids for their progress.
“Even though the program is targeted at youth, Kids on Track really gets the entire family moving and making better choices as a family,” says Erin Wegner, who has coordinated the program since 2012.
BHC, Boone Medical Group and the Boone Hospital Foundation are once again sponsoring Kids on Track, bringing the joy of physical activity to mid-Missouri children. | Courtesy photo
Christian Hospital part of 24-hour ride along to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease
CH president Rick Stevens jumped in a taxi cab, June 21, to join Peggy Killian, vice president of communications for the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter. The two discussed how Alzheimer’s disease strains the nation’s health care system.
But why were they in a taxi cab? Because on June 21 — the longest day of the year — Killian rode in a taxi for 24 hours to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the support and services available through the Alzheimer’s Association.
Follow her ride and stories to learn more: #ALZlongride
CH president Rick Stevens, right, joins Peggy Killian, vice president of communications for the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter, to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and the support and services available through the Alzheimer’s Association. | Photo by Bret Berigan
Foundation seeks nominations for Legacy Leaders Dinner
On Oct. 26, the Christian Hospital Foundation will host the ninth annual Legacy Leaders Dinner. This event is held to celebrate the community by honoring those who make a difference.
The Christian Hospital Foundation’s Legacy Leaders Committee is seeking nominations from physicians, nurses, administrative and other staff to recognize a CH physician, community member or organization. Current Foundation board members are not eligible.
The Foundation is seeking nominations for the following awards:
To nominate a physician, community member and/or organization, send a 300-word (or shorter) narrative by Aug. 4 to Mindy Copp at Mindy.Copp@bjc.org.
Child Development Center recognized for quality program
The Christian Hospital Child Development Center (CDC) recently passed accreditation. The CDC is among only 10 percent of licensed programs in the state awarded a certificate of accreditation from the Missouri Accreditation of Programs for Children and Youth. This certificate is granted to the CH CDC for its quality program that offers developmentally appropriate experiences in an environment conducive to children flourishing intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically.
The CDC is professionally staffed with ongoing programs for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years and includes a full-day kindergarten. Hours are 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Other features include:
For more information, call Phyllis Selke, 314-653-5600.
Farmer’s Market visits CH every Friday
The Farmer’s Market is on the CH campus every Friday (weather permitting) from 7 a.m.-noon on the grassy area outside of the Surgery Center. Seasonal fresh vegetables and fruit are available for purchase with cash or check only. The Farmer’s Market is sponsored by the CH Health Literacy Team to make healthy choices convenient for employees. | Courtesy photo
CH Auxiliary hosts MAHA District IV annual business meeting
Hospital auxiliary representatives from the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA) District IV gathered at CH May 31 for their annual business meeting. The Missouri Hospital Association’s MAHA District IV encompasses the metro St. Louis area.
Since 1964, the CH Auxiliary has raised a significant amount of money through fund-raising activities and sales at the CH Gift Shop. The CH Auxiliary has been named “Auxiliary of the Year” seven times since its formation, most recently in 2011, and CH Auxiliary president Millie Hancock was named “Auxilian of the Year” in 2014.
To become a Friend of the Auxiliary, call the Auxiliary office, 314-653-5034, or email Millie Hancock, firstname.lastname@example.org, for a membership form. Membership is $10 per year or $100 for a lifetime membership.
Sheryl McClary, CH auxiliary and volunteer services manager, addresses representatives from the Missouri Association of Hospital Auxiliaries (MAHA) District IV, who gathered at CH May 31 for their annual business meeting. | Photo by Bret Berigan
A new home for BJC Home Care in Sullivan
BJC Home Care Services in Sullivan, Mo., moved to a new office closer to Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 21. The new office is at 113 Progress Parkway. | Courtesy photo
BJC Home Care Services holds annual awards banquet
The annual BJC Home Care Services awards banquet was held the evening of Nov. 3 at Royale Orleans. More than 100 employees attended, enjoying the Mardi Gras-themed celebration, complete with masks, feathers and beads.
In total, 26 five-year employees, 20 10-year, seven 15-year, six 20-year, 11 25-year, three 30-year, four 35-year employees and three 40-year employees were recognized. Also honored were the Team of the Year, orthopedic team; Employee of the Year, Kim Voelker, PT; and Leader of the Year, Bernie Shore, MD. The evening ended with a traditional champagne toast.
The orthopedic team took the BJC Home Care Services Team of the Year award. | Photos by Diane Straub
EMS Week ‘Stroke Buster’ award presentation
To celebrate EMS week, MH chief nursing officer Terri Halloran and Southwest Illinois EMS medical director and emergency room physician Delwin Merchant, MD, presented the “Stroke Buster” award to Abbott Ambulance crew members Shannon Davis, EMT-P, and Cameron Overholtz, EMT, who made a positive impact on a patient’s care, leading to a full recovery from a stroke. The patient is back at work with almost no visible deficit.
From left are MH chief nursing officer Terri Halloran, Abbott Ambulance crew Shannon Davis and Cameron Overholtz, and Dr. Delwin Merchant at the presentation of Stroke Buster Awards. | Courtesy photo
Memorial Foundation’s inaugural golf tournament raises $65,000
Memorial Foundation held its inaugural golf tournament, June 12, at St. Clair Country Club with 120 golfers participating. Thanks to the sponsors, golfers and volunteers who made the event a success, the tournament raised $65,000 to purchase neonatal ventilators.
Participating in the Memorial Foundation’s inaugural golf tournament, June 12, are, from left, Dr. Kevin Barnett, Memorial Regional Health Services president Mark Turner, Dr. Bill Daily and Dr. James McPike. | Photo by Andy Nicholson
Employee Campaign exceeds goal
Memorial Foundation held its annual Employee Campaign, May 10-June 14. To date, pledges and contributions total $45,366, exceeding the goal of $35,000.
More than 570 employees participated and were able to designate their gifts for one of the following purposes:
Memorial Foundation has been conducting an Employee Campaign for the past 27 years, raising more than $1.7 million to support programs and services in the Memorial network.
Memorial administrators thank all who returned their pledge cards and for the generous donations.
Introducing ‘Thank a Caregiver’
Memorial’s “Thank a Caregiver” program allows patients and visitors to share their positive experiences and acknowledge employees for outstanding service.
The program, which started in May, is communicated through the patient handbook, digital signage and the Memorial website, where an online form can be submitted (http://www.mymemorialnetwork.com/thank-a-caregiver).
Mimi Luechtefeld, patient experience director, receives an email once the form is completed and ensures that the caregiver, as well as the caregiver’s manager, supervisor, director and senior leadership, receive the message. The message is also included in the gratitude patient page of the employee intranet.
Luechtefeld says the response of those recognized has been positive, and she hopes the program increases employee engagement, resiliency, sense of purpose and job satisfaction. “It reminds us all of our common purpose and that what we do does make a difference,” she says.
Memorial’s “Thank a Caregiver” program allows patients and visitors to share their positive experiences and acknowledge employees for outstanding service. | Courtesy photo
Henderson honored after saving choking woman
Roy Henderson, sterile processing supervisor, was honored as the June Employee of the Month after saving a woman who was choking.
In the cafeteria one evening, he noticed the woman was choking. She couldn’t breathe and was turning blue. She grabbed Henderson and gave him the universal sign that she was choking. He began performing the Heimlich maneuver.
After several attempts, Henderson was able to dislodge the object.
The woman is very grateful to Henderson, saying she was about to pass out when Henderson came along. He, however, was very humble about what happened.
Crittenden receives Nurse of the Month award
Katie Crittenden received the Medical Executive Committee Nurse of the Month award. Here’s what her nominating physician had to say about her:
“Katie works the weekend nights on the renal floor, which is heroic enough. Her peers recognize her as a mentor for new nurses, and she demonstrates leadership qualities. She previously worked as an assistant nurse manager but returned to the bedside to get back to patient care. Katie is recognized by the hospitalist staff and her peers for her critical thinking skills and attention to detail. Patients describe her as confident, compassionate and conscientious.”
MBSH float wins ‘Best in Parade’ at 2017 Meramec Community Fair Parade
MBSH once again participated in the annual Meramec Community Fair Parade with a float and a large group of employees and their families — ultimately winning first place in the business float category and “Best in Parade” honors.
The theme for this year’s event was “Ride into the Eclipse on Route 66!!” in celebration of the much-anticipated solar eclipse, coming Aug. 21.
The hospital’s float included a road with pedal cars leading up to a spinning “moon” at the front of the trailer, along with numerous road signs, hospital department signs and a billboard listing some of the hospital’s services.
MBSH walkers handed out solar glasses for the upcoming eclipse and black-and-white MBSH T-shirts to the hundreds of fairgoers.
Employees and their families gather on and around the Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital float. | Photo by David Hartwick
Grant helps MBSH purchase video laryngoscopes
When someone is having difficulty breathing, the ability of medical personnel to safely and quickly access the patient’s airway can greatly affect the patient’s outcome. In emergency situations, factors in the field can make accessing an airway especially challenging.
Thanks to funding from the Small Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP), all MBSH ambulance units now have a new tool to assist with difficult intubations: video laryngoscopes. The video laryngoscopes provide a high-quality image of the patient’s vocal cords, allowing EMS workers to see the patient’s airway and quickly and effectively guide the breathing tube into place.
“Technology is improving every day and it’s nice working for an EMS agency that provides us with the most modern equipment that helps us do our jobs better,” says Tim Leasor, MBSH paramedic. “This equipment will save lives by helping us manage difficult airways and improve patient outcomes.”
The Journal of Emergency Medical Services reported that use of video laryngoscopes produced an increase in overall success rate of field intubations from 65 percent to 92 percent.
“We’re grateful to receive the SHIP grant funding each year and are constantly looking for ways to use the funds to have the most impact on our patients,” says Natalie Counts, MBSH community health educator. “In the past, we’ve typically focused on projects within the walls of the hospital, but we recognize what a critical role our EMS department plays in our community, and we’re excited to have an opportunity to provide them with this new equipment.”
MBSH EMS staff David Box, EMT; Craig Behrens, paramedic; Danny Wegescheide, paramedic; and Amber Lock, paramedic, display their new video laryngoscopes. | Photo by Natalie Counts
Alyssa Trautman is Star Service Team Member for May
Alyssa Trautman has been selected as the Star Service Team Member for May. Trautman, a registered dietitian, has worked in the dietary department at PHC for three years.
The nomination from her peers reads in part, “Our May Star Service employee is always pleasant to talk to, positive and goes above and beyond to find an answer to something she doesn’t know. She is kind to patients and always has a smile. She provides excellent dietetic services at all times, and is always willing to help in the kitchen if needed. If she gives her word, she follows through. She is also an active member of our health literacy team.”
Trautman sees patients in the hospital and teaches a class in the Huckstep Heart and Lung Center. She says she enjoys providing education and helping solving patients’ problems.
Doctors promoted to new leadership posts in pediatrics
The WUSM department of pediatrics has named a distinguished pediatrician the department’s executive vice chair and three others as vice chairs.
The department’s head, Gary Silverman, MD, PhD, the Harriet B. Spoehrer Professor, promoted the faculty members as part of the department’s aim to improve efficiency and enhance delivery of services.
The role includes coordinating the department’s medical education activities with leading clinical researchers, other divisions and fellowship coordinators to provide a more cohesive program for early trainees to postdoctoral fellows. Dr. White also directs the SLCH residency programs.
“The executive vice chair and three vice chairs have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and the highest level of professional expertise,” Dr. Silverman says. “They will help to oversee the department’s operations and to advise me as to best practice. The department of pediatrics will benefit greatly from their contributions.”
From left are Drs. Andrew White, Alexis Elward, Sessions Cole and Mark Lowe. | Photo by Robert Boston
What’s with the festive murals on hospital walls?
Since many patients can’t go outside to enjoy Forest Park, the park is coming to SLCH in the form of murals.
Murals with a Forest Park theme brighten walls throughout the existing hospital and the new expansion.| Illustration by Elizabeth Baddeley
Car Care for Kids: Maintenance that makes a difference
Inspired by the SLCH mission to do what’s right for kids, several St. Louis auto dealers are teaming up with BG Products Inc., a supplier of high quality fluids and professional equipment, to create Car Care for Kids.
During June, July and August, auto dealers and BG are donating a portion of the proceeds from every service involving BG products to the SLCH transport team.
So, if you’ve been putting off that coolant system fluid exchange, wait no longer. Your car will feel better and the kids at SLCH will, too. Visit StLouisChildrens.org/CarCare for participating dealers and more information on Car Care for Kids.
French advances to director of pediatric rheumatology
Anthony French, MD, PhD, an associate professor of pediatrics, has been named director of the Washington University School of Medicine division of pediatric rheumatology.
Dr. French, also an associate professor of pathology and immunology and of biomedical engineering, succeeds Andrew White, MD, the James P. Keating, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, who recently was named vice chair of medical education for the department of pediatrics.
“I work with a great group of clinicians and physician-scientists, who provide outstanding clinical care to children with rheumatic diseases and immune deficiencies,” says Dr. French, who treats patients at SLCH. “Our division also has a strong research base focused on understanding the pathogenesis (the manner of a development of a disease) and treatment of these disorders. I am excited about building an even more robust division with national recognition as leaders in the field of pediatric rheumatology.”
A 1997 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. French is noted for his research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, on the role of natural killer cells in combating recurrent viral infections.
Dr. French serves as co-director of the university’s Oliver Langenberg Pediatric Physician-Scientist
Training Program, and has served as director of the pediatric rheumatology fellowship program for the last nine years.
An elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Society of Pediatric Research,
Dr. French completed his pediatric residency in 2000 at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. Three years later, in 2003, he finished his fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at WUSM before joining the faculty.
Celebrating 60 years for Velma Hunt, emergency unit
SLCH will celebrate Velma Hunt Day, July 11. That’s 60 years after her first day at the hospital.
A reception in her honor will be held noon-1 p.m. in the SLCH board room, third floor, room 3S-36.
Staff are welcome to stop by and wish Hunt well on her special day. Cake and punch will be served.
The celebration will continue in the emergency department later that afternoon and evening.
Wilson’s question results in change benefiting families
Shelia Wilson, psychology, noticed something wasn’t right and spoke up. She saw an embarrassed mother
tell her child she couldn’t afford to purchase food for the child at the Children’s Specialty Care Center (CSCC) food kiosk.
Wilson posted a comment to Children’s Chat,
asking how the situation could be fixed. “It’s hard to watch from an institution that I know gives back so much to the community,” she wrote. “Why can’t we have reasonable food prices for our families at the CSCC?”
Within 48 hours, Wilson’s suggestion resulted in a more affordable option: a children’s happy sack meal. It includes a sandwich, snack chips, juice and a healthy treat, all for $3.99.
The previous option was a $5.29 sandwich
without chips or a drink. The small-scale foodservice operation has its limitations due to limited space and customer counts.
Wilson’s reaction to the change? “That is amazing,” she says. “I want to thank everyone involved for making a more affordable option available for kids. Our families are thrilled to have this new option, and the cost is very reasonable. And I’m thrilled, too.
Diebling moves to new HealthSouth role
TRISL CEO Tara Diebling has been named CEO of HealthSouth’s Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, beginning Sept. 17. Cardinal Hill is a 232-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Lexington, Ken.
“During Tara’s leadership tenure with TRISL, she has proven her dedication to patients and staff members, while upholding our company’s beliefs in delivering quality health care in the most appropriate, safe, patient-centered environment,” says Troy DeDecker, HealthSouth regional president. “In addition, she has served as a resource and defined the true meaning of being a partner with leaders and staff at BJC HealthCare and Washington University.”
Diebling will continue to oversee the rehabilitation hospital, as well as the upcoming opening of 35 rehabilitation beds at Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, which will increase TRISL’s market presence to 131 beds. In the meantime, a national search is underway to name a new CEO.
Happy 104th birthday, Johnnie
It was an exciting day at VNRC Jan. 18, as Johnnie Rivere celebrated her 104th birthday.
Rivere, a resident at Village North since 2005, lives independently in her own apartment. She loves to smile, sing and talk with people about a variety of subjects. She plays cards and enjoys eating out at restaurants.
She says there’s no secret to being 104, but she does say that she has lived her life treating people the way she would want to be treated.
Village North threw a birthday celebration for Rivere, complete with friends, a piano player playing her favorite songs, balloons, a champagne toast and plenty of cake.
Johnnie Rivere celebrates her 104th birthday at Village North Retirement Community.
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