The Pulse - August 2023

The Pulse


SIDS Walk for the Future Ranked Top in the Nation for Nurse Communication Condolences National Health Observances
Let's Get Biking! Thank you for your service during RAGBRAI Foundation News Welcome to Our New Co-Workers

Gratitude for Your Service During RAGBRAI

Thanks to you!We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and recognition to each and every one of you who generously offered your services during the RAGBRAI event. Your dedication and commitment to providing exceptional healthcare support during this time has not gone unnoticed.

Your selfless contributions played a vital role in ensuring the well-being and safety of the participants, volunteers, and visitors who attended the event. Your professionalism, expertise, and compassion were evident in every interaction, making a positive impact on the overall experience for all involved.

We recognize the extra effort and long hours you made to be a part of this significant community event. Your unwavering commitment to our mission of providing outstanding care to those in need truly exemplifies the values that St. Anthony Regional Hospital holds dear.

On behalf of the entire hospital administration, we extend our deepest gratitude to each one of you for going above and beyond to support the RAGBRAI event, both here at St. Anthony and in your neighborhoods and communities. Your contributions have made a difference in the lives of many, and we are proud to have such an exceptional team of providers and staff.

Thank you once again for your unwavering commitment and outstanding service.


Allen Anderson, President & CEO Eric Salmonson, Vice President & CFO Eric Hammer, Vice President of Regional Operations Anita Becker, Vice President of Patient Services
Bailee Schleisman, Vice President of Quality Jerry Wordekemper, Senior Services Administrator Brook Mikkelsen, Human Resources Director Trish Roberts, Foundation Director

 Becker's Hospital ReviewSt. Anthony: One of the top hospitals in the nation for nurse communication

Becker's has compiled a list of the best hospitals in the nation for nurse communication in each state using Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems data from CMS. 

CMS shares 10 HCAHPS star ratings based on publicly reported HCAHPS measures. The nurse communication star rating combines data from three HCAHPS survey questions and summarizes how well patients feel that their nurses explained things clearly, listened carefully to the patient, and treated the patient with courtesy and respect.

The star rating is based on survey data collected from hospital patients from July 2021 through June 2022. The figures are from CMS' Provider Data Catalog and were released April 26. Asterisks denote that CMS included a footnote about the organization's data, which are summarized below.   See how St. Anthony compares to other Iowa hospitals and the nation, here. 

Free Children's Health Clinic Offered on August 15th!

Free Kids Health Clinic

Let's Get Biking!

If you're still trying to find a workout that isn’t ‘hard work’ or one that makes you feel like a kid again, then how about biking? The 36,000+ people who recently rode through our area on RAGBRAI can't be wrong!

If you'd like some safety tips, ideas, and benefits for putting the “FUN” back into physical activity with biking, click here.  Summer is far from over so maybe you can add biking into your fitness goals!

Let's Bike

SIDS walkJoin The Birth Place and the Iowa SIDS Foundation for the 24th Annual Walk for the Future 2023! 

The 24th annual Walk for the Future will be held on Saturday August 26, 2023 in 7 locations across the state. This annual walk is a statewide family event for SIDS and SUID families to meet or connect, communities to show support, and for each of us to remember and celebrate the lives of Iowa babies. This is an opportunity to support families while creating advocacy for SIDS, SUID and safe sleep. Funds raised at the annual walk are used for the daily operation of the Iowa SIDS Foundation, such as grief resources for newly bereaved Iowans, educational materials and presentations to Iowa healthcare and childcare providers, and to support SIDS/SUID research. 

The Birth Place is hosting a Walk for the Future alongside the Iowa SIDS Foundation on August 26, 2023, at Swan Lake State Park in Carroll. Registration begins at 8 AM with the Family Walk to follow at 9 AM. 

How to Register:

Option 1:  Register and make payment online by visiting HERE. 

Option 2: Complete and submit a registration form to the Iowa SIDS office. Forms may be requested by email from Ashleigh Wiederin,

Option 3: On or after August 7th, walkers can also register on-site on the morning of the Walk.

Note: Pre-registration is highly encouraged! Prior to 8/6, the cost is $25 for adults and 
$10 for children. On or after 8/7, each registration does increase to $30 for adults and       
$15 for children. Pre-registrations also reserves a walk shirt in your preferred size.


Meet your new co-workers who joined us this past month. 

  • Morgan Bauer – BMU
  • Bianca Cadwell – MSP
  • Corazon Cagas – Food & Nutrition
  • Jena Dirks – BMU
  • Emily Erickson – HR
  • Piper Fineran – Food & Nutrition
  • Grace Kimpson – MSP
  • Brooke Klocke – MSP
  • Codee Madden – MSP
  • Abby Maynard – Food & Nutrition
  • Jessica Schellhorn – Cancer Service
  • Brittany Wiskus – Food & Nutrition

Back to School Healthy Breakfast Tips for Your Family

Breakfast is ready

Here are a few tips and tricks that can help your family get off on the right foot. Check it out here. 

By Krista Heuton, RD, LD

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!

 Our condolences for your loss this past monthCondolences

  • Staci Hansen (HIM) for the loss of her Husband.
  • Taylor Green (Garden View) for the loss of her Grandmother.
  • Jack Olberding (Nursing Home) for the loss of his Mother.
  • Cheri Theulen (Cancer Center) for the loss of her Daugher In Law

CareersLet'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!

View Job Openings

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.

Happy Birthday

Best wishes to our co-workers who celebrate their special day this month. Click here for the full list. 

Happy Birthday

St. Anthony Foundation News: St. Anthony Gala


The FIRST annual St. Anthony Gala is set for Saturday, November 18, 2023 at The Carrollton Event Center. A dedicated committee of leadership staff are diligently working on the event logistics and details. This fundraising event will feature live and silent auction items, raffle, and entertainment. You can participate and support the event, whether it’s through donations, sponsorships, or purchasing auction items. More details to come!

Proceeds raised from the 2023 gala will be used for St. Anthony Emergency Department renovations and improvements related to safety and security for staff and other patients. There also is an opportunity to expand outpatient ER services to better accommodate patients who come for infusions such as IV antibiotics or hydration fluids. Additional safe space is also needed to house acute mental health patients who stay in the ER until suitable placement can be located; which can be a week or more due to the serious shortage of mental health beds in the state of Iowa. This gala represents our commitment to exploring alternate avenues of fundraising that will help facilitate significant improvements.

Did You KnowThe Birth Place Remodel is Nearing Completion!

The Birth Place remodeling project is in its final stages! It is hoped that an open house and chamber of commerce ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in early September. Watch for information to be emailed as soon as plans are finalized. 


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

Photo of the Month     

This is a photo of the RAGBRAI crowd on July 24th looking east from the Breda clinic.  (Can you spot the St. Anthony RAGBRAI tshirt in the crowd?)

RAGBRAI in Breda

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