August 2021 - The Pulse

The Pulse

In This Edition
Daisy Award Recipient Named Field of Teams Softball Tourney Estate Plans? Welcome to our New Co-Workers
Wolfe Eye Clinic The Plate Condolences National Health Observances
Department Spotlight Mission Moments Did you Know? Back to School Mental Health

Katie Nelson, First Daisy Award Recipient Named at St. Anthony

Daisy AwardKatie Nelson, RN, BSN, OCN of St Anthony Regional Hospital was surprised and honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurses at a reception that was held on Thursday, July 22nd. Homemade cinnamon rolls were served to Katie and her surprise guests of family members and staff at the St. Anthony Cancer Center along with gourmet coffee donated by Queen Beans of Carroll. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's programs to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.  Read more here. 

Pictured from left: Lori Pietig, Cancer Services Director, Scott Ellis, Vice President of Patient Services, Katie Nelson, Daisy Award winner, Cheri Theulen, Cancer Services Clinical Supervisor, and Bailee Schleisman, Infection Prevention RN. Lori Pietig and Bailee Schleisman are St. Anthony Hospital’s Daisy Award Coordinators.

*Remember that you can nominate a St. Anthony Nurse for the Daisy Award! Fill out a form at one of the kiosks in the hospital or go to

Department SpotlightAnesthesia staffSt. Anthony Anesthesia Department

There are FIVE full time staff in our department but we are hiring! Recruiting/Hiring is the biggest challenge for this department. 

We are most proud of staying up to date in order to provide the community with the most recent anesthetic techniques including the new peripheral nerve blocks and opioid free anesthetic options.

Anesthesia staff collaborates with every specialty and have been called to assist in almost every area of the facility, even the new cancer center!

We have anesthesia students visiting from Mayo, Clarkson, and Mount Marty who rotate through St. Anthony during their residencies.

Front row (L to R): Melinda Brosh & Colee Hayworth. Back row (L to R): Jordan Blackwill, Kevin Bohac, & Corey Mehlhaff

St. Anthony Eye Clinic became Wolfe Eye Clinic in Carroll

Wolfe Eye Clinic StaffSt. Anthony Eye Clinic in Carroll, Iowa, has become a new location of the Wolfe Eye Clinic family, becoming their twelfth main office location. St. Anthony Eye Clinic opened in May 1996, when Lou Ann Kiessling, MD, joined St. Anthony Regional Hospital, becoming the first ophthalmologist on staff. Twenty-five years later, St. Anthony Eye Clinic is the preeminent leader in medical and surgical eye care services in the community of Carroll and surrounding areas.

“We will continue to co-manage patients’ general eye care with local optometrists,” said Dr. Kiessling. “And now we will also have other subspecialty services to offer our patients, close to home.”    Read more here.

Photo from left: Christy Springston, Brenda Pottebaum, technician, Dr. Kiessling, and Michelle Clinton, COA.

Games begin at 11:00 am
Field of Teams

Read more here

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! 

We look forward to meeting our new coworkers who joined us this past month.Welcome

  • Cassandra Ahrens,  Nursing Home
  • Jennifer Auen, Patient Registration
  • Kayleah Blasey, MSP
  • Andrea Grossman, Surgery
  • Isabella Hedke, Food & Nutrition
  • Dakotah Lund, Nursing Home
  • Anna Scheidel, MSP
  • Jasmine Schneider, BMU
  • Sara Sweeney, The Birth Place

Christopher Zacker, Food & Nutrition

QuestionsDo you have questions about a Will or Estate Planning?

  • Are you aware of what taxes you may owe, or what you might do, to reduce the impact on your estate?
  • Have you provided for your children in a way that is good for them?
  • Have you recently been married or have someone close to you pass away?

The 3rd Thursday of every month, St. Anthony Foundation offers you an opportunity to “Ask Doug”.

Doug Olson is a representative of Thompson & Associates and provides estate plan review and education services to friends of St. Anthony. There is no cost nor obligation involved. Doug has been coming to St. Anthony for over 12 years and has helped hundreds of people review their plan and prepare for appropriate updates with their own planning attorney.

Stop in the Foundation offices, or call Trish or Stacey, to talk more about his services and schedule a time. St. Anthony Foundation is happy to offer this special opportunity to our employees and community.

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

Employee Benefits

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!

Please welcome these two students to St. Anthony!

Be sure to say hello when you see them on campus! Both will be on site from August 8th to September 5th. 

New Students

Lexi Block

Lexi will be paired with Dr. Slattery.

My name is Lexi (Albrecht) Block. I am originally from Carroll and attended Kuemper Catholic schools. After graduating from high school, I went on to play basketball at Iowa State and majored in Kinesiology Pre-Med. I am currently a 4th year medical student at Des Moines University and plan to go into family medicine. I will be submitting my application for residency programs in September and hope to attend a residency in Iowa or the Midwest.

Tess Cunha

Tess will be paired with Dr. Canuso. 

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Saint Mary’s College of California for undergraduate school. While there, I was a member of the division I rowing team and graduated with a degree in biochemistry in 2015. I worked as an EMT-B for 3 years in the Bay Area and as a scribe in an emergency department for one year. Upon entrance into Des Moines University, I was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy and aspire to have a career in Navy medicine.

Mission Moments

How the OR staff supported a co-worker during a time of uncertainty. 

At the beginning of April, Corey Mehlhaff, CRNA, was having a lot of upper neck, back and extremity pain. It became so intense he was unable to sleep due to the pain that occurred when he would lay down. Thinking he had a herniated disc, he was rocked to his core when he found out it was a spinal cord tumor. He immediately began to worry about his wife and children and their future if he did not survive the surgery required to remove it, as well as what the future would hold for his future working in anesthesia. Once they found out, the OR staff immediately began asking what they could do. Even though Corey was hesitant to accept help, a meal train was started to bring meals to his family. Perioperative staff members from all areas including SDS, OR, PACU, sterile services, and anesthesia signed up to provide a meal and covered all weekday meals for approximately 4 weeks. Corey states having these meals provided was wonderful help for his elderly in-laws who were caring for the children while he and his wife Melinda were away at Mayo for consults, surgery, and initial recovery. Taking this one necessary thing off their daily agenda removed so much stress for them, as well as for Melinda and Corey, as they didn’t have to worry about this one basic need. It was taken care of for them and allowed them to focus on all the other things they needed to at this time in their lives. 

We are proud of the way these people lived the mission of St. Anthony. We are also relieved to report that Corey is on the mend and back to doing his CRNA duties.  

Our condolences for your lossCondolences
(July 1-31)

  • Mary Klocke (Food & Nutrition) for the loss of her brother in law.

  • Diane Odendahl (Quality Management) for the loss of her brother.

  • Donna Erps (Dietary) for the loss of her father-in-law. 

  • Carter Danner (Dietary) for the loss of his grandmother. 

  • Tracy Venteicher (Dietary) on the loss of her father-in-law.

The PlateAugust is "Kids Eat Right Month" 

When children (or adults) skip lunch, they may be more likely to have trouble concentrating in the classroom, lack energy for sports and overeat on low-nutrient, after-school snacks.

Whether children eat lunch at home, enjoy a school-provided lunch or pack a lunch box, the goal is a nutrient-rich meal to fuel their brains and bodies for the afternoon. The trick is providing a lunch that packs a nutritional punch and appeals to your child. 

VISIT HERE  to try the ideas to create lunches your child will eat rather than trade, throw away or bring back home. We love the idea of fruit or veggie kabobs! 

Let's try harder to get more fruits and vegetables into our daily diets. 

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Look who was recently recognized on their alumni page!

Meet Nicole Schwering, Nikki SchweringNursing BSN FlexPath, 2021

Dedication, resilience, achievement. Capella nursing alumna Nicole Schwering brings these qualities to her role as director of St. Anthony Home Care, Hospice and Public Health Services in Carroll, IA.

Her accomplishments were recognized this year when Ms. Schwering was named one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses for 2021, a program that recognizes nurses who go above and beyond in their role as health care professionals, leaders and nursing mentors.

And in a year that has been challenging for many in health care, Ms. Schwering has stood out as a leader in the profession, earning her BSN from Capella while raising four small children.

"It’s never too late to advance your degree. I’m glad that I chose FlexPath as it helped me balance my work, home and school life!"

Why earn a bachelor’s in nursing? “I was hoping to learn,” Ms. Schwering says, “and also grow my leadership and management skills while finding ways to improve clinical outcomes.”

She encourages those looking for their next step: “It’s never too late to advance your degree. I never thought I would be able to go back to school, but Capella was great to work with, and with the FlexPath option I was able to work at my own pace.”


Relay for Life 2021

Back to School Mental PrepMental Prep

This fall back to school is going to feel a little bit different. It's important to make sure your child is mentally prepared.

Since school is one of the most important places to learn and grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally, you want to assure your child that it's ok if they need a transition period and focus on keeping a healthy outlook.

Mental Health Tips To Ease the Transition to the School Year:

  • Be aware and supportive.
  • Be optimistic.
  • Practice some mindfulness.
  • Stick to a normal daily routine.
  • Stay connected with your child.
  • Disconnect from negative news.

Did You KnowDO YOU KNOW...?  What the symbols on the Surgery Center represent? How about the 32 foot tall St. Anthony frieze?

"And if ever Anthony had big sandals, it's at the Surgery Center of St. Anthony Regional Hospital & Nursing Home in Carroll, Iowa. In a gigantic exterior frieze nearly 32 feet tall (Anthony's feet are more than three feet long!), the art depicts yet another pose: Cuddled in Anthony's arms, the Child's chubby hands are in prayer. While the award-winning frieze appears to have been carved from the side of the building, it was created in four sections that weighed at least 11,000 pounds each."   Check it out on our website HERE! 

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