April 2021 - The Pulse


April 2021   Published on the First Friday of each month

In This Edition
April is OT Month The Plate Mission Moments Did you Know?
Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses National Health Observances Condolences Doctor, I feel funny
Department Spotlight Welcome New Staff Foundation News Flash Local Newborn Has Coronavirus Protection 

Improve Function with Occupational TherapyOT Staff

OTOccupational Therapists (OTs) can not only help people who have disabilities but also if you have pain, injuries, and illnesses that make it hard to follow through at school or work. You'll learn how to adapt and use tools that can help in everyday tasks so you can take care of yourself, play sports, and get daily work done.

OT is a treatment that can help with fine and gross motor skills and motor planning. The therapy focuses on specific needs and begins with an assessment and set goals.

Occupational Therapy Services:

  • Individual evaluation to determine goals.
  • Customized intervention to improve a person's ability to perform daily activities.
  • Evaluations to ensure goals are being met.

Who Might Need Occupational Therapy:

Medical conditions in which occupational therapist assist with, include but are not limited to, orthopedic or musculoskeletal injuries to upper extremities, stroke, spinal cord injury, total joint replacements, arthritis, Parkinson’s Disease, cancer, lymphedema, Alzheimer or other neurological conditions, learning disabilities, developmental delays, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, ADHD, and traumatic brain injury.

Check out our webpage here!

  • Orthopedic
  • Neurological
  • Hand Therapy
  • Ergonomic & Work Reconditioning
  • Pediatric
  • Hospital Inpatients & Outpatients
  • Home Health
  • Nursing Home

Daisy Award for Extraordinary NursesDaisy Award

Nurses at St. Anthony can now be nominated by patients and co-workers to receive the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recipient will be chosen by a committee at St. Anthony Hospital to receive the award. Daisy Awards will be presented quarterly at celebrations attended by the Honoree’s colleagues, patients, and visitors. Each Honoree receives a certificate commending her or him as an "Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: "In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people." Honorees also receive a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful and meaningful sculpture called A Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. Read the full article here. 

Shown with the award certificate and hand carved sculpture are seated: Daisy Award Co-Chairs, Bailee Schleisman and Lori Pietig. Standing: Alison Bauer and Scot Ellis

Department SpotlightSt. Anthony Rehab Service Department 29 has staff members!

We're guessing a lot of us didn't know how many people are part of the Rehab Service staff. There are:PT

  • 9 Physical Therapists (PTs) and 6 Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs)
  • 3 Occupational Therapists (OTs) and 2 Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants (COTAs)
  • 4 Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs)
  • 5 Insurance Coordinators / Receptionists / Tech

Rehab staff work in Inpatient, Outpatient, Home Health, Nursing Homes, New Hope Village (Speech), Manning (PT, OT, and Speech), Audubon (OT and Speech), and Denison (Speech) hospitals. For that reason, it's nearly impossible to get all of them together for a group photo. 

We try to continue to learn and provide the best therapy possible. Staff have recent new training in dry needling, cupping, and Graston soft tissue mobilization. Some of our staff also recently completed cancer rehab courses.

Check out the Rehab Services website HERE.

Buy Sell Swap

Do you have an item for sale or swap, bake sale, garage sale etc that you'd like to share with your co-workers? List it here!

  • Hospital Furniture "Garage Sale"

    • Tuesday, April 6, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm

    • Surgery Center, 4th floor storage area. You can stop by anytime prior to sale day to check out the inventory.

    • First come, first served. Cash and carry. 

Sale items

Have an item to list? Email Paula. 
Your item will appear for one month beginning on the first Friday of the month.
No vendor sales please. 

BlogThe April blog is titled "What is Parkinson's and How Can It Be Treated".
Check it out here. 

Easter Mass

Sara and Hank


Did you get the chance to read the article in Health View titled, Local Newborn Has Coronavirus Protection ?
It features Sara Roth and her newborn son, Hank, who was born with coronavirus antibodies that were passed along to him from Sara's vaccination. Check it out here. 

tornadoTornado Preparedness

Peak severe weather season for the state is normally May through July, but storms are possible at any point during the spring, summer and fall. Ready Iowa is a great site for information about tornadoes in Iowa. The Tornado Drill assignment on HealthStream is also available anytime to refresh your memory. Be prepared!

The PlateThis month, let's talk about how eating healthy has benefits that can help individuals ages 55 and older

Eating habits change as we get older. Simple adjustments can help you enjoy the foods and beverages you eat and drink such as adding higher levels of calcium and vitamin D. 

In addition, you STILL  need to do 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity per week. 

Muscle strengthening activity should also be included at least 2 days per week.


Health Observances

Does your department have a national recognition day/week/month coming up, please send us your photos and information and we'll share it here! Thank you. 

Let us share your stories! Tell us!

We look forward to meeting our new coworkers who joined us in MarchWelcome

  • Briana Beckman-Food & Nutrition
  • Travis Brooks-Food & Nutrition
  • Jennifer Burr-Nursing Home
  • Jennifer Eberle-MSP
  • Whitney Hinners-Home Health
  • Daniel Hoffmann-Food & Nutrition
  • Marissa Hoyle-Garden View
  • Mackenzie King-Nursing Home
  • Cindy Kirsch-Food & Nutrition
  • Tonya Kragel-Nursing Home
  • Molly Lohrmann-Nursing Home
  • Abigail Mahannah-Social Services QM
  • Rachael Maloney-Home Health
  • Angela Potthoff-Nursing Home
  • Sara Wordekemper-Mental Health Clinic

Careers Here! Careers

St. Anthony is one of the largest employers in the Carroll area with more than 700 skilled and dedicated staff. YOU can help add to our team by forwarding the careers link to others who may be a good fit. Thank you!

Job Openings

birthdayHappy Birthday

Click here for this month's birthday list that is available on the St. Anthony Intranet. 

Shout out to all our coworkers on your special day!

Mission Moments

Sweet treats from a thoughtful co-worker

cookieCathy Tigges (Surgery) baked over 400 cookies for staff in the hospital, nursing home, Garden View and the clinics in mid-March!  We thank her for her thoughtfulness and are grateful for the sweet treats! Anytime she wants to reward us with her baking talent is fine with all of us!  

Our condolences for your lossCondolences
(March 4-31)

  • Katie Smith (Physical Therapy) for the loss of her father in law.
  • Denise Muhlbauer (Clinic) for the loss of her sister.
  • Leah Daniel (Med/Surg/Peds) for the loss of her uncle.
  • Dr. Marky (Clinic) for the loss of her mother.
  • Lori Warner (Food & Nutrition) for the loss of her mother.
  • Paula Wittrock (Dialysis) for the loss of her father in law.
  • Nici Klocke (Pharmacy) for the loss of her grandfather.
  • Melinda Turner (Sterile Services) for the loss of her grandmother.

FoundationCarroll County and our Cancer Center benefits from a thoughtful couple 

Donald and Leana Kalkhoff of Templeton recently left $1.18 million to four Carroll County organizations, $295,000 each to Sacred Heart Church, St. Anthony, New Hope and Manning Regional Healthcare Center. Leana, 87, died June 2, 2020, and Donald, 89, died Nov. 26, 2020. They didn’t have any children.

When Trish Roberts, Development Director at St. Anthony, found out about the gift, she sat down with Ed Smith, President and CEO, Keith Sporrer, nephew and trustee for the family, and Jordan Janson, Edward Jones advisor, to learn more about the Kalkhoffs. Keith and his wife, Michele, were caretakers for Donnie and Leanna. Donnie died the morning of Thanksgiving Day and Michele died that evening. Keith lost two important people in one day.

“Keith has been affected by cancer,” said Trish Roberts, who added the contribution will go to the St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center. “He believed this is something they would really want to support. They were very careful in how they spent their money and that is why they were able to do this.”

Read more about this thoughtful family and their donation HERE.

Pop Tabs for a Causepop tabs

Your help is requested for a fund raising project by the local 4H County Council and the ISU Extension office. 

Pop tabs are being collected in memory of Jacy McAlexander who died from cancer as a teenager. The St. Anthony Auxiliary Coffee Shop has a bucket to collect your pop tabs until the end of April and the proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House facilities.  Please add your pop tabs for this worthwhile project. 

Parking Reminder:parking

We all know our patients come first when ensuring they have parking close to the building and we want to make sure our patients and visitors have the premium spots. Please remember:

  • Employees should not park in the ground floor parking ramp unless you are a Physician parking in a designated parking spot.
  • ARNP, CRNA, DNP & PA provider parking is reserved on the street to the West of the parking ramp. 
  • If overnight staff want to park in the parking ramp, they may park on the upper parking ramp along the NORTH or WEST edges of the lot.
  • Employees should not park in the ramp before 5:00 p.m. or after 8:00 a.m. This is subject to change once COVID restrictions are loosened for visitors.

Did You KnowDID YOU KNOW ABOUT...?  Employee Perks!! 

Did you know St. Anthony has a full list of perks that only employees can use? It's true! Our INTRANET has lots of things  you may have forgotten about so take a moment and refresh your memory, but don't forget to check out THESE PERKS. I know we're going for some car wash tokens right away!

Check out these fun facts about SPRING!


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In addition,  HealthView is published quarterly with various educational and informational topics. 

Laughter is the best medicine      Doctor, I feel funny! 

I feel funny

If you have items to submit for The PULSE, please contact Ali Bauer, Paula Lambertz, or Stacey Vonnahme. Thank you.