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The PULSE

February 2021   Published on the First Friday of each month

In This Edition
Covid-19 Vaccine Disinformation The Plate Mission Moments Did you Know?
Leapfrog Awards an A National Health Observances Condolences Doctor, I feel funny
Department Spotlight Welcome New Staff Scholarship Opportunity

By an overwhelming majority, the winner is...The PULSE!  

The Vital Signs staff newsletter served St. Anthony well for the past 20 plus years but the time came for an update.  In addition to this new format, we asked you, our coworkers, to send us ideas for new names.  It was fantastic receiving 53 name ideas!  From there, our administrators narrowed it down to their favorite 11 and then the department managers further winnowed it down to the top 5. From there, a poll was sent to all staff. 153 votes were received!  

Thank you to Dawn Uhlenkamp and Sara Skinner for submitting the name. Results were 69 votes for The Pulse followed by 31 votes for Cross Talk, 29 for In the Know, 12 for 411 @ 311 which tied with 12 for Under the Scope.


COVID-19 Vaccination Dis-informationDISINFORMATION

St. Anthony is putting a great deal of effort into informing the public about the COVID-19 virus and the vaccinations. One of the biggest challenges we face is the keeping up with ever-changing information and how to inform the public quickly. Another challenge is stopping the spread of false information.  

As St. Anthony staff, it is up to us to maintain a professional, fact based source of information and demeanor. We refer to our professional healthcare providers for guidance as evidenced during the virtual COVID-19 vaccination town hall meeting that was held on January 18th. We also rely upon the verifiable, reliable sources of the CDC, WHO, IDPH, scientists, and doctors for factual information. 

Myths abound on social media and flourish which poses a serious risk to the success of vaccination campaigns and to public health in general. The common denominator is that baseless claims all come from using bad information. One of the ways that we can stop the never-ending stream of misinformation is by continuing to share factual information from reputable sites and verified sources. You may not be able to change someone's mind but you can do you part to share factual information for rational consideration later. 

When it comes to vaccine distribution in Carroll County, you are encouraged to refer to the COVID-19 Vaccination page on our website here. 

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St. Anthony Receives an A Grade from Leapfrog!

“We are committed to providing safe, quality care to our patients on a daily basis,” said Ed Smith, president and CEO of St. Anthony. “Being recognized by our peers and safety experts as one of the nation’s safest hospitals is not only a great honor, but also a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff at all levels.”  READ MORE HERE.  


Pharmacy StaffDepartment SpotlightPharmacy  is home base for seven full-time and five part-time staff. 

Biggest Department Challenge: Keeping up with all the various regulations.

Proud Accomplishment: We applied for and received approval to be a beta site for the new Equashield Pro robot. It is currently being constructed for use in the new cancer center pharmacy. We were the FIRST in the United States to receive this machine!

Did You Know?...Pharmacy staff looks at inpatient charts daily to review patient medications, diagnosis, and labs, and maintains a log of interventions (including pharmacy consults and items we want to follow during the patient’s stay). We check and document on all antimicrobials as part of our stewardship program. We also scrub in to make all IV medications; this includes gown, sterile gloves, shoe covers, masks, and hair covers and removing all makeup, jewelry, and nail polish before entering the hoods.

Pictured : Nici Klocke, Tiff Wiese, Sandy Thompson, Paul Dieter, Erin Monthei, Jorge Ceballos, Dave Koster. Missing: Ashley Roder, Julie Shirbroun, Katelyn Deiber, Onica Ulveling, Barry Kohnke


The PlateWatch for helpful tips, factoids, recipes, and favorite websites from our Registered Dietitians. 

Take the "What's on your plate" quiz.  Then use the fun MyPlate tools to test your knowledge, build nutrition skills, and make a healthy eating plan for you and your family. This website is a great resource for recipes, meal planning tips, and much more. There's an app for that! 

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!


We look forward to meeting our new coworkers who joined us in January. Welcome

  • Loa Boell, Secretary, Carroll Clinic
  • William Brown, Housekeeper
  • Carlee Ewoldt, Support Staff, Pain Management
  • McKenzie Pudenz, RN, Carroll Clinic
  • Jordan Raine, MRI Tech, Radiology
  • Kembir Halbur, Secretary, Mental Health Clinic
  • Nichole Thomas, RN, Surgery

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


Mission Moments

Thank you so much Matt Bonham for your extra efforts on Friday (Jan. 15). During the snow storm you assisted our patients that needed help coming for treatment. The ability to be treated that day does make a difference in their care, so thank you again.

P.S. The little lady said her chariot was so kind and sweet again today. I know exactly who she was talking about.
Lori Pietig, Cancer Services Director

In addition, a staff person who stayed at the same hotel that day added:

"A lady complimented our cancer center and how our 'maintenance guy' came to the hotel and picked her and her husband up and took them for his treatment and brought them back again." The couple wanted everyone to know how thankful they were for that. 

Our condolences for your lossCondolences
(Jan. 8 to Feb. 3)

  • Kim Warnke (Housekeeper) for the loss of her sister in law.
  • Haley Wieland (CCU) for the loss of her grandmother.
  • Stephanie Horbach (HIM) for the loss of her grandmother.
  • Claudia Halbur (Cancer Center) for the loss of her father.
  • Rose Hornick (Cancer Center) for the loss of her brother.
  • Geri Ricke (Patient Finance) for the loss of her mother in law.
  • Jill Schultes Pudenz (MSP) for the loss of her brother.
  • Colee Hayworth (Anesthesia) for the loss of her brother in law.
  • Diana Wiese (Clinic) for the loss of her mother.


Foundation

Scholarship applications are now available through St. Anthony Foundation for students pursuing a profession in a health care field.   All scholarships require students to maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average and range in amounts from $500 to $1,500. One application applies for all scholarships offered through St. Anthony Foundation. A fillable PDF application is available through email or online HERE. Completed applications must be received by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. If you have any questions, you may email or call the Foundation office at extension 5287.

In 2020, we awarded $22,000 in scholarships to 32 students. These scholarships were awarded to individuals in the six-county region, including Audubon, Calhoun, Carroll, Crawford, Greene and Sac counties. Since the beginning of the scholarship program in 2003, $154,000 in awards have helped 237 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.

Happy Birthday!

birthdayClick 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!


Did You KnowDID YOU KNOW ABOUT...?   Speaker’s Bureau

If you belong to a civic group or organization and you're looking for a great meeting presentation, the professional staff of St. Anthony Rehabilitation Services Department is available for speaking at outreach programs on a variety of subjects dealing with back care, fitness, occupational therapy, wellness, ergonomics, stress management, stretching, speech and communication, as well as other related topics.

Call St. Anthony Rehab Services at (712) 794-5000 for more information or email Jeff Aden, Rehab Services Director at jaden@stanthonyhospital.org.

Check out other DID YOU KNOWS here.


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

Laughter is the best medicine      Doctor, I feel funny! 

Feb Funny


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