December 2022 - The Pulse


In This Edition

A Holiday Message

A Child is Born Welcome to our New Co-Workers Did you Know? 
Anita Becker Community Star Condolences
Department Spotlight National Health Observances Foundation News

 Happy Holidays! May this holiday season bring an abundance of happiness and peace to you and your loved ones. Thank you for your continued commitment to St. Anthony and to the people we serve. 


Anita Becker, Vice President of Patient Services 

Anita Becker, Vice President of Patient Services, started in November and is making her rounds to get to know St. Anthony and the staff. When you see her, be sure to introduce yourself.

Anita has over 30 years in the healthcare sector, most recently as Interim Hospital Administrator and Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu, Hawaii. She served as Chief Nursing Officer at Physicians Medical Center in Houma, LA, and Director of Critical Care Services in Slidell, LA.

She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Nursing Administration from Samford University. Her Master of Science in Nursing was earned at Chamberlain College of Nursing and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University.Beckers


Anita and John, her husband, moved to Carroll from Hawaii. John and Anita have 4 children, one beautiful grandson and one not-so-tiny Great Dane named Annabelle. Currently, their children are in Colorado, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and California. Favorite hobbies include travel, time spent with family and reading a great book!

 The Employee Christmas Celebration is TODAY!


Donuts with Santa: Saturday, December 10th

Donuts with Santa

Department SpotlightMental Health Services

16 full-time, 4 part-time, 2 weekend package, and 2 relief staff make up the team.

Here's what the Mental Health Services Team has to say: 

In 2019, we combined our inpatient and outpatient mental health units as combined Mental Health Services. We work together to provide stellar service to our community and beyond.

Biggest Challenge: Just like everywhere else, we have staffing challenges. However, our biggest challenges are finding resources for our patients. Many roadblocks come up if we are trying to find placement for a patient or getting them into see a mental health provider.

We are proud of how well our team works together. Each day we face a new challenge that makes us bring ideas to the table and come up with solutions.

Something that not everyone realizes: The amount of planning that goes on for our patients. We assist people with getting insurance, new providers, case managers, psychological testing, rent assistance, finding a placement, filling out court reports, finding clothes or shoes, and different resources that are available in their communities.. the list really goes on and on.

Interesting fact: We have a crisis line available 24 hours a day.

Did you know?  One of the ways we strive to end the stigma of mental health is to bring awareness to the community. Last year, was the first annual Mental Health Matters 5K, and we were blown away by the support that was given to our patients.

John Ryan at Carroll Broadcasting interviewed Dr. Amy Canuso about seasonal affective disorder. Listen to the podcast episode by clicking here.


Back Row: Alex Willenborg, Jennifer Konz, Maddie Badding-- Front Row: Mindi Rotert, Kembir Halbur, Karen Nepple, Deb Burnett, Lori Snyder, Dr. Amy Canuso

Keep up the great work, Mental Health Services Team!

Continuing a Christmas Tradition: A Child Is BornA Child is Born

St. Anthony is sharing the message of Christmas with the community and visitors in a very big way again this year. The message proclaims “A Child is Born” and illuminates the windows of the surgery center’s fourth floor.

The greeting, which affirms St. Anthony’s Catholic heritage, is designed to spread goodwill to all.

Magic? Maybe! Each letter is a giant stencil, and the maintenance crew places one stencil per window on the 4th floor of the surgery center. The office lights stay on to illuminate the message for all to enjoy.

As you are driving around looking at Christmas lights this year, be sure to make St. Anthony a stop on your list. 


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

  • Anita Becker- VP, Patient Services
  • Tonya Zimmerman - Carroll Clinic
  • Teresa Snyder -  Carroll Clinic
  • Jamie David - Nursing Home
  • Robyn Wilson - Lab
  • Marie Riphin - Housekeeping
  • Kalley Henkenius - Lab
  • Skarlett Allen - Nursing Home
  • Amber Brown - Food & Nutrition
  • Linkin Kramer - Food & Nutrition

Giving Back: A Success

The St. Anthony Social Services and Pastoral Care Departments sponsored a food and book drive last month. Multiple tables in the Atrium were FILLED with generous donations. Pantry items were delivered to the Carroll County Food Pantry - Community of Concern and the book to New Opportunities.

Thank you to all who donated. These items will greatly benefit the people in need within our communities. 

Food Drive

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

  • Diane Odendahl, QM, for the loss of her brother
  • Janet Hoffman, Patient Finance, for the loss of her mother
  • Joyce Masching, Lab, for the loss of her brother
  • Carrie Meyer, Chronic Care, for the loss of her grandmother
  • Justin Wieck, Clinic, for the loss of his father-in-law
  • Matt Loneman (Food & Nutrition) for the loss of his father

St. Anthony Secret Angels

Please help us continue our Christmas tradition and bring the Nursing Home residents Christmas cheer!

All presents will be purchased from local Carroll shops!  Each department will receive an envelope to collect cash donations. All donations are due back to the Nursing Home by Tuesday, December 6th.

Questions – Call Angie at 794-5289 or

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

Happy Birthday

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

Lori PietigLori Pietig, Community Star

⭐Lori Pietig, Director of Cancer Services at St. Anthony, was named a Community Star! ⭐

Lori is the co-chair of the Iowa Cancer Consortium's Rural Cancer Workgroup.

As the Director of Cancer Services, Lori oversees the day-to-day operations of the cancer service line at St. Anthony. This includes Infusion Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and support services.

Lori says, "Connecting our patients and staff to the resources needed to provide outstanding patient care and the best outcomes is a top priority. Serving as a co-chair with the Iowa Cancer Consortium’s Rural Workgroup has helped connect not only our cancer center to like centers but also to resources that were not available in the past. This has given me the opportunity to be a voice for our patients and the exceptional care that rural hospitals provide on both a state and national level."

St. Anthony Foundation News: Employee Campaign

Giving Campaign

Giving Parents Peace of Mind:

Delivering the Best Birth Days

Our St. Anthony Family is on the way to doing it again!  This year’s employee giving campaign is over halfway to our goal!  We hope to raise enough to purchase 10 Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleepers for the new St. Anthony Birth Place.  As of November 30, 105 employees have given nearly $19,500!  Additionally, we have given over $4,300 toward our SOS fund and more than $3,000 to Hospice

If each of us would consider giving from our hearts to support this project, we can reach our goal of $36,000.  If you haven’t returned your form, it’s not too late. Information can be found on our website at or call or stop in the Foundation offices on the 4th floor of the surgery center.

On December  7, we will begin drawing for several prizes, including the HIGHLY PRIZED parking spot on the second floor of the parking garage.  Your donation in any amount will enter you into the drawing.

Make an online donation here. 

Venmo @StAnthony-Foundation. Last 4 digits to verify the number are 8660.

Did You KnowSt. Anthony Branded Documents Available on the Intranet

St. Anthony branded letterhead, PowerPoints, MEMO templates, and the logo are all available on the Intranet. Using updated branded St. Anthony materials keeps our image the same across the organization. If you ever have a question on branding guidelines, contact Brandi Strautman at ext. 5242.


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Laughter is the best medicine

 Doctor, I feel funny!   

 Cmas Funny

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