February 2022 - The Pulse

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World Cancer Day

Dr. Boes Foundation News Welcome to our New Co-Workers
Department Spotlight The Plate Condolences National Health Observances
Did you Know?  Daisy Award  H.O.P.E.S.

February 4 Established As World Cancer Day in Carroll

Mayor of Carroll, Mark Beardmore, and St. Anthony President & CEO, Ed Smith, signed a proclamation on Wednesday, February 2, 2022, marking each February 4 as World Cancer Day in Carroll.World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day was established to bring awareness to all cancers, honor past, present, and future cancer patients and extend gratitude to the healthcare workers who serve them.

In 2021, the top five cancer diagnoses at St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center were breast, prostate, lung, colon/rectal, and skin. Last year, St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center staff performed nearly 14,000 treatments and visits: 5,233 radiation therapy treatments, 3,788 infusion therapy treatments, 3,347 medical oncology visits and 1,574 lab draws, and expanded radiation therapy treatment options to include stereotactic radiotherapy. Patients have benefited from more accessibility to clinical trials and genetic testing, having a medical oncology physician four days per week, and expanded clinical support options with continued in-person support groups.

Shown in the photo bottom row from left to right: Kathy Cavitt, cancer patient; Mayor Mark Beardmore; Ed Smith, St. Anthony President & CEO; Connie Janning, cancer survivor

Top row from left to right: Stefani Yetmar RN, BSN, OCN; Cheri Theulen RN, BSN, OCN, clinical supervisor; Tracey Rohe, cancer center receptionist; Barb Toohey, cancer survivor; Dr. Randal Hess MD, Radiation Oncologist; Lori Pietig, Cancer Center Director.

To read the news release, click here.

Welcome, Dr. Boes!

We welcome Neurologist Brian Boes, MD, to the St. Anthony Regional Hospital medical staff. Dr. BoesBoes starts orientation on February 14, 2022, and will begin seeing patients on Monday, February 21, 2022, at the St. Anthony Carroll Clinic. His normal clinic hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 

Beginning in March 2022, Dr. Boes will provide services in Atlantic and Harlan every Monday; alternating between those two sites.

Dr. Boes received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Creighton University. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, and he completed his residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Welcome, Dr. Boes!

Department SpotlightEducation Services Department

The Education Services Team is represented by 3 full-time and 2 part-time staff members, along with several valued staff working outside the department, who lead a range of life support classes, Managing of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB) training, and other learning events.

The central focus of their work is to ensure that St. Anthony staff are prepared to deliver safe, high-quality care.

Orientation and Competencies – Clinical orientation programs, CNA Apprenticeship Program, medical assisting training program, Nurse Residency Program, Skills Fairs and simulation activities.

Professional Development – Continuing education for physicians, nurses, and other professionals, including Oncology Tumor Board, trauma education and simulation activities.

CPR and Life Support Education – Approximately 700 staff are enrolled in Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) BLS, ACLS, or PALS courses, where they complete CPR skills and a short online learning assignment every quarter.

Learning Technology – Online learning is self-directed and access to current, reliable information is right at our fingertips!

Community Health – New parent education programs, community support groups, community CPR, and the “Ladies Night” program, are among the programs we make available. The “Yomingo” online BirthPlace Course is offered for new parents, providing a great alternative to face-to-face classes during this time.Education Team

Healthcare Professional Students – In 2021, 227 student experiences, representing 17,901 clinical hours were provided for undergraduate and graduate students from 20 different colleges.

The Education Services team is also excited to bring more simulation-based learning to St. Anthony! It’s so important for us, as healthcare workers, to have the experience of “doing” in our learning. Using high fidelity simulation provides the next level of realism for developing problem-solving skills in a safe environment. The computer generates the patient response based on the actions of the staff in the scenario. We can also perform simulation outside the sim lab, where it can help identify gaps in processes that may impact the quality of care.

Bottom row from left: Stephanie Neumayer & Christina Woerdehoff

Middle row: Hallie Golay

Top row from left: Katie Towers & Christina Johnson

Jen Magner, Food and Nutrition, is a recent winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Award! She is a freshman at Carroll High School. This is an amazing honor, congrats, Jen!

Faye Halbur, Health Information Management Director, recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Health Information Administration from Clarkson College. Congratulations, Faye!

Extraordinary Nurse Leader, Amanda Halbur, Recognized with DAISY Award

Amanda Halbur, RN, was presented with the DAISY Award® For ExtraordinarAmanday Nurse Leaders  and a celebratory reception with family members and the department staff on February 2.

A portion of her nomination submission read: "Amanda is always going above and beyond in everything she does. In one instance, a patient of hers requested to stay on her services and pay private nursing to continue to have Amanda come. He was recently diagnosed with cancer. Amanda drove to Fort Dodge to the hospital to visit this patient on her own time, and she has visited him several times on her days off in Lake City to check in on him. This patient has continued to decline. His community had a benefit for him, and she went to his house to help him get ready and down the stairs so that he was able to enjoy all of the people going by his house for his benefit."

To read the full article, click here. Congratulations, Amanda!

H.O.P.E.S. Earned Iowa Family Support Credential

The H.O.P.E.S. (Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success) program of Carroll County earned the Iowa Family Support Credential through the Iowa Department of Management and Public Health. 

“Being recognized as a superior service provider is a great achievement,” said H.O.P.E.S. Coordinator, Sara Skinner. “Our dedicated team provides education and support on a variety of topics including but not limited to pregnancy, nutrition, social skills, and school readiness for Carroll County families.”

Read the full news release here.

JennyJenny Nagl, Best Nurse

Jenny Nagl, RN, The Birth Place, was voted as Carroll County's Best Nurse. Congrats, Jenny!

Deb Adams, Best ARNPDeb

Deb Adams, Chronic Care Director, was voted as Carroll County's Best ARNP. Congrats, Deb!

 Brandi Strautman named Communications Specialist for St.Brandi Anthony

St. Anthony Regional Hospital welcomes Brandi Strautman as the communications specialist.

In this role, Brandi coordinates external and internal communication flow, manages media requests and media outreach, distributes news releases, writes content for various platforms, and implements and maintains St. Anthony's public relations. Brandi earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2016. A native of Odebolt, Brandi and her husband, Michael, reside in Carroll.


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

  • Laura Baker - Nursing Home
  • Amanda Blum - ICU
  • Emma Boes - Nursing Home
  • Britney Croghan - MSP
  • Courtney Grabill - ICU
  • Sarah Grothe - Carroll Clinic
  • Amy Halbur - Garden View
  • Marijane Handlos - Patient Registration
  • Kyra Irlbeck - Food & Nutrition
  • Madison Lingle - ER
  • Trent Loneman - ER
  • Trace Malloy - Food & Nutrition
  • Carter Smith - Food & Nutrition
  • Brandi Strautman - Foundation
  • Tess Sturm - Nursing Home
  • Macy Tiefenthaler - Garden View
  • Patrisha Wolterman - MSP

The PlateTake the MyPlate Quiz

Make every bite count

Learn how much you need from each food group. Get a personalized MyPlate Plan that's right for you, based on your age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity level. Take the quiz by clicking here

Health Observances

 CondolencesOur condolences for your loss this past month

  • Barb Fitzsimmons (Rehab Services) for the loss of her mother.
  • Shirley Heithoff (Environmental Service) for the loss of her son.
  • Gail Dentlinger (Nursing Home) for the loss of her brother.
  • Holly Venteicher (Radiation Oncology) for the loss of her mother.
  • Tina Gehling (Respiratory Therapy) for the loss of her mother-in-law
  • Marcia Schaefer (Home Health) for the loss of her sister-in-law
  • KaDee Sybesma (Nursing Home) for the loss of her father-in-law
  • Michelle Hoffman (Quality Management) for the loss of her grandmother

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. 

St. Anthony Foundation News

2022 Scholarship applications are available through the St. Anthony Foundation for students pursuing a profession in the health care field. Only one application is needed to qualify for all the scholarships offered through St. Anthony. A fillable PDF application is available through email or online HERE. Completed applications must be received by Thursday, March 31, 2022. If you have any questions, email or call the Foundation office at x5287.

These scholarships will payout after the fall semester of 2022, so students will need to be enrolled in school in the spring semester of 2023. In 2021, we awarded $51,600 to 40 students. Since the beginning of the scholarship program in 2003, $206,000 in awards have helped 276 students achieve their goal of continued education in health care.

We also want to encourage any of our staff who are enrolled in college courses to apply for the Iowa Hospital Education & Research Foundation scholarships which are valued at $3,500. Click this link to apply.

Funds Raised for TWO LUCAS Devices - We Did It!

Thank you for stepping up to the plate and providing these important medical devices to our hospital, YOUR hospital. The LUCAS machines will enable our staff to respond to Code Blues better than ever before. It wouldn’t have been possible without your support!


Did You KnowExpanse is the new Meditech update launching this summer! 

  • The go-live date is set for July 12, 2022.
  • St. Anthony team leading the project: Barb Toohey, Chad Lawson and Sandi Cook.
  • Navin Haffty team leading the project: Danielle Peppard (clinical acute lead), Autumn Rucci (ambulatory lead), Brian MacLellan (revenue cycle lead), and Karrie Ingram (project manager).
  • The teams meet with the Physician Advisory Committee every other week to discuss functionality and make decisions regarding workflow.
  • Also, shoutout to the Core Teams for their work on this project!

Check back next month for more information on Expanse!


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