April 2023 - The Pulse
A Message from Allen Anderson, President & CEO
"May this Easter season bring the freshness of spring and the happiness of spending time with your family or friends. May your hearts be filled with new hope, faith, and a lot of success. I hope you have a very happy Easter!"
St. Anthony Family Fun Night
Join us for St. Anthony Family Fun Night on Saturday, April 22, 2023! St. Anthony has rented out the Carroll Rec Center swimming pool and gym from 4 P.M. – 7 P.M. for employees to bring their families to enjoy an afternoon of fun. Pizza and drinks are provided by the Staff Recognition Fund through the St. Anthony Foundation.
This event is hosted by the St. Anthony R3 Committee – a committee of St. Anthony employees focusing on staff recruitment, retention and recognition.
St. Anthony badges are required upon entry to the Rec Center.
Let's Welcome Christie Burnell, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
We are pleased to announce that Christie Burnell, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner has joined the Mental Health Services department.
Christie received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Nursing from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She then went on to earn an Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Walden University.
As psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Christie sees and evaluates patients to diagnosis and manage mental health diseases. Christie utilizes medication management strategies and positive therapeutic techniques to develop positive behavior patterns and life skills.
The 'Why' Behind the Manning Hosting Project - Celebrating Our Successes
Chad Lawson, IT Director, and Sandi Cook, Lead Clinical Analyst, took the time to reflect on the Manning Hosting Project and wrote down their thoughts now that the project is off the ground. Below is a paragraph of the article, read the entire article here.
"Some have questioned as to why St. Anthony chose to host another hospital, and at times the “why” behind the decision may have gotten lost...At St. Anthony, we believe in independence and strive to be a regional leader in healthcare. We have extended our mission to help bring “Health, Healing, and Hope” and “quality healthcare close to home” to other independent rural hospitals by providing top quality IT services, clinical knowledge, and system expertise to them at an affordable price point. This project, while incredibly difficult, aligns with the mission and values of St. Anthony, helps our neighbors, and positions ourselves as a regional leader in Healthcare and IT."
This is a GREAT reminder to celebrate our successes. Thank you, Chad and Sandi, for your reflection on this meaningful project. Also, another THANK YOU to everyone that made it happen.
St. Anthony Clinic - Carroll: Part 2, Pod 2
Over the next several months, we will be spotlighting the St. Anthony Clinics! This month, we are featuring Pod 2 in the St. Anthony Clinic in Carroll.
Pictured is Pod 2, from left: Jill Rath, Dr. Murray, Trama Vetter, Michaela Stoltenberg, and Barb Boldt.
Both providers and their nursing teams are proud of their ability to get patient seen quickly with communication regarding results and to questions to help provide best patient care. Additionally, we are very proud of patient compliance and educating patients on the need and ensuring preventative measures are met for cancer and chronic conditions screening.
Something your team does that no one realizes?
Both providers and their team members spend time before patients arrive going through charts to verify vaccinations and labs are current. This allows for a clear focus on the patient during the visit.
What is a challenge your team faces?
The challenge of rising cost of medications and tests along with insurance/formulary limitations imposed on us as providers as we try to ensure we are getting the best and most effective medications and testing for patients.
What is one of your team’s favorite things about Family Medicine:
It is a privilege to get to know our patients throughout life events, joys and trials of life, meeting patient’s family members and taking care of whole families. We care deeply about our patients and hope that always shines through in our work.
Barb Boldt and Dr. Murray see patients of all ages and are happily accepting new patients!
- Barb Boldt opened up the Westside and Manning St. Anthony Clinics in 1993!
- Dr. Murray grew up in Columbus, NE where her mom was also a family medicine physician inspiring her career path!
- Trama Vetter, Dr. Murray’s primary nurse, has been in the St. Anthony Clinic since 2013 working both in Pediatrics and Family Medicine.
- Jill Rath Float extraordinaire has been with Saint Anthony’s for 16 years and is a Certified Pediatric Nurse.
- Michaela Stoltenberg, Barb’s primary nurse, been with St. Anthony since 2020. She started initially in the orthopedic clinic and then worked in pediatrics before settling into the family medicine most recently.
Stay tuned as we feature Pod 3 next month!
Second Annual Mental Health Matters 5K Run/Walk
Registration is $20 per adult. You will need to register by TOMORROW April 7, 2023, to receive a t-shirt.
Kids under 12 are free and do not need to be registered. (T-shirts for children are not available).
Just want to purchase a shirt? Contact Mindi Rotert to get an order form.
This event was created to raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental health. There will be a silent auction, booths from mental health partners, as well as snacks and drinks. Bring the whole family!
All proceeds will go towards the needs of St. Anthony mental health patients.
- Sign-in begins at 8:00 am.
- The run/walk will begin at 9:00 am.
- The starting and finishing location will be at Graham Park in Carroll, IA. There will be course markers along the path.
Along with the run/walk, there will be a Silent Auction! You are invited to place your bid on the basket or item of your choice with many to choose from!
Occupational Therapy Month
Here at St. Anthony, we have Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants who are trained to help people of all ages participate in daily living or live better with injury, illness, or disability. This is accomplished through designing strategies for everyday living and customizing environments to develop and maximize potential. Occupational therapy services typically include:
☑️ An individualized evaluation, during which the patient/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals
☑️ Customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals
☑️ Outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan
Pictured from left: Kristi Pottebaum, COTA; Melissa Anderson, OTR; Ashley Hugeback, COTA; Jaime Weitl, OTR
Back row from left: Mary Coufal, OTS ; Kelli Reis, OTR; and Chris Josko, OTR
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.
Keep up the great work, OT Team!
Meet your new co-workers who joined us this past month.
- Christie Burnell, Mental Health Services
- Michaela Fineran, Nursing Home
- Debra Landgraf, Patient Registration
- Felicia Meeves, Nursing Home
Get Referrals. Get Rewarded. $1,000 Referral Bonus!
Employee Referral Program
- Organization-wide program.
- Earn up to $1,000 for a referral that is hired into a part-time or full-time position (based on eligibility and guidelines).
- Available via paper form on FastFlow.
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!
Our condolences for your loss this past month
- Nikki Schwering, Home Health & Hospice, for the loss of her grandmother.
- Justin Wieck, St. Anthony Clinics, for the loss of his grandfather.
- JoAnn McNutt (Manning Clinic) for the loss of her brother.
- Julie Sibbel, Nursing Home, for the loss of her aunt.
- Robin Johnson, Food & Nutrition, for the loss of her sister.
- Lindsey Bornhoft, Nursing Home, for the loss of her grandmother-in-law.
Let's add to our team and refer our friends to job listings.
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!
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Best wishes to our co-workers who celebrate their special day this month. Click here for the full list.
Happy Retirement, Joyce McCurdy!
After 32 years and 10 months, Joyce McCurdy is retiring from St. Anthony. She has worked in various departments throughout the years but most recently she has been the Skilled Care Coordinator and Certified Activity Director for the skilled care patients.
When asked about her favorite memory, she said: "I have enjoyed all the people I have gotten to know and worked with over the years. I regret not haven kept a record of the nurses names that I have worked with. I really enjoyed the dances and Christmas Parties that we had at Arcadia."
What are you most looking forward to in retirement: "My spouse and I are going to build our own home on our acreage, spend more time with my grandchildren, if we go away for the weekend not worrying about making sure we get home so that I can be ready for work the next day, and getting back into bowling on a league with my spouse."
Thank you for your dedication to St. Anthony!
Construction Update: Dialysis Unit
Down to the details in the Dialysis Unit! Construction is coming along nicely, and plans are in the works to have a St. Anthony employee open-house for the Dialysis Unit in June! Stay tuned for details.
Plain Language Codes
St. Anthony has transitioned to standardized plain language Safety/Emergency Codes from color-designated Safety codes. Safety policies and overhead alert announcements reflect the changes.
As a reminder, 5200 is the internal emergency phone number for the organization.
If you have items to submit for The PULSE, please contact Brandi Strautman.
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