January 2022 - The Pulse

The Pulse

In This Edition
New VP of Quality Women's Choice Awards Foundation News Welcome to our New Co-Workers
Department Spotlight The Plate Condolences National Health Observances
Did you Know?  Target BP Initiative Medisolv visits with Sandi Cook

Congratulations to New Vice President of Quality

Bailee SchleismanBailee Schleisman, RN, BSN, MAM, has accepted the executive role of Vice President of Quality effective January 1, 2022. As St. Anthony Vice President of Quality, Bailee will provide leadership for the Electronic Medical Records, computer analysts, utilization review, infection prevention, and inpatient social workers as well as the Information Technology staff and processes, and the corporate integrity program. Read more here. 

“Bailee’s leadership and attention to patient safety during the pandemic has been invaluable,” said Ed Smith, President and CEO. “This safety mindedness will serve St. Anthony well in a larger capacity.”

*As of January 3, 2022, Barb Toohey will transition to her new role of Meditech Expanse Executive Lead. Her office will be located in the former Radiation Oncology area and her new phone extension will be 5952. Bailee will relocate into the VP of Quality office with the phone extension of 5285. 

*We welcome Kasey Greteman as the new Infection Prevention Nurse who will be at extension 5578. 

Womens Choice AwardsSt. Anthony Regional Hospital Receives Two of 2022 Women’s Choice Awards® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience and Emergency Care  

The award signifies that St. Anthony is in the top Patient Experience national rank as #6 out of 1,056 hospitals, (St. Anthony is classified as a medium hospital). St. Anthony is also in the top 5% out of 4,728 hospitals for Emergency Care and one of 477 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for emergency care in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the effort given by our staff,” said Barb Toohey, Vice President of Quality at St. Anthony. “The pandemic has created so many additional challenges, so to receive these awards under the current circumstances shows how important providing quality care for our patients continues to be for our employees.”

Read the full article here. 

Department SpotlightDialysis Department

We have 12 members in the Dialysis team: Eight nurses, two Nephrologists, one Dietitian and one Social Worker.

Our biggest challenge is care coordination with other facilities and navigating the patients multiple appointments outside of St Anthony. Reimbursement from various insurance companies has also become difficult.

Our department is proud to offer consistent competent staff providing quality and compassionate care to each of the dialysis patients. Patients and their family members express their gratitude for the care they receive at St. Anthony. 

Dialysis department has over 12 decades of experience collectively, 121 years total!!

Our staff have created a family and treatment oriented relationship with each patient due to the frequency of the in-person visits. When our patients travel to other units, they always say upon return, “I am glad to be back home with my girls!”

From left to right: Stephanie Drake, RN, Aricka Sibenaller, RN, Shelia Hahn, RN, Alex Harmening, MSW, Sasha Bloyer, RD LD, Dr. Sameer Yaseen, Lynn Riesenberg, Director, Jill Reilly, RN, Julie Schrader, RN, Liz Lucken, RN. *Not pictured, Paula Wittrock, LPN

Dialysis Team

Katie NelsonCongratulations to Katie Nelson, RN,  MSN, OCN, Nurse Navigator, for completing her Master’s Degree in Nursing with an emphasis on Leadership & Administration. Way to go! 

Kari HammerCongratulations to Kari Hammer, RN, BSN, Employee Health, for completing her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing!  So happy for you!

Target BPSt. Anthony Regional Hospital earns national recognition for efforts to reduce number of patients with uncontrolled blood pressure

The American Heart Association and American Medical Association celebrate St. Anthony for their commitment to prioritizing blood pressure control

This Participation award recognizes practices that have submitted data and committed to reducing the number of adult patients with uncontrolled BP thanks to the hard work and diligence of St. Anthony Clinic staff and Sara Roth, Emergency Department Director.

“We care about our patients. That’s why we’ve made a commitment to improve blood pressure control rates and reduce the number who have heart attacks or strokes,” said Sara Roth, “We intend to turn treatment guidelines into lifelines.”

Read the full article here.  We congratulate our staff for the effort they have put into this worthwhile project to better the health of our family, friends, and community! 

Sandi CookUtilizing clinical quality data to shape the way we care for our patients!

Sandi Cook, RN, BSN, Clinical Application Analyst, and veteran St. Anthony nurse, has witnessed a lot of ups and downs in the decade-long journey from meaningful use to Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

Medisolv (Quality Reporting Software) recently chatted with Sandi over Zoom to discuss the latest bumps in the road, the tried-and-true lessons she’s learned over the years, and how MIPS data helped St. Anthony uncover some surprising truths about our patient population. Read the full discussion here. Thank you, Sandi, for your on-going efforts! 

Extraordinary Nurse Leader, Deb Adams, ARNP, Recognized at St. Anthony Regional HospitalDeb Adams

Deb Adams, ARNP, Director of the Chronic Care Center was honored with The DAISY Award® For Extraordinary Nurse Leaders at a celebratory holiday gathering that was held on Friday, Dec. 17th with other St. Anthony Nurse Leaders. She received a certificate, Daisy Award pin, daisy bouquet, and a hand carved stone statue sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch". The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day.

Read the full article here. Congratulations Deb!


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

  • Cory Bald - Environmental Services
  • Carlie Barger – MSP
  • Sarah Boell – Nursing Home
  • Megan Brincks – MSP
  • Rebekah Eik – Enviro Services
  • Andrea Gehling – Nursing Home
  • Kasey Greteman – Quality Management
  • Reiley Irlbeck – Nursing Home
  • Kerry Kennebeck – Patient Registration
  • Avery Rotert – Food & Nutrition
  • Michelle Smith – Food & Nutrition
  • Jacob Stork – Food & Nutrition
  • Kora Thomsen – MSP
  • Nicole Wiederin – MSP

The Plate17 Winter Foods That Are SUPER Good for You

All winter superfoods pack a serious nutritional punch and are just waiting to be worked into your favorite cold-weather recipes. They deliver ample amounts of vitamins and minerals with antioxidant power, is linked to the prevention of a disease, or is thought to offer several health benefits. 

Never thought of cooking with kale? You might once it's been called a "superfood" instead of a plain ol' leafy green vegetable.

Check out the full list here and make an effort to reach SUPER mode eating.

Super Winter Foods

Health Observances

 CondolencesOur condolences for your loss this past month

  • Ann Fitzpatrick (Human Resources) for the loss of her mother in law.
  • Krista Myrtue (Surgery) for the loss of her grandmother.
  • Jennifer Carsten (Surgery) for the loss of her father in law.
  • Morgan Axman (Birth Place) for the loss of her grandmother.
  • April Bentley (Food & Nutrition) for the loss of her grandmother.
  • Amanda Halbur (Same Day Surgery & Home Health) for the loss of her father.

Get Your Booster

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

We have raised over $32,000 for the LUCAS Devices and over $45,000 for the entire Employee Campaign. A BIG thank you to everyone who has contributed! One of the goals for this campaign was to get a gift from every manager to show that our leaders have stepped up to the plate for this project. As of last week, we have 100% participation among our MOM and Admin group!

However, we are still nearly $8,000 short of our goal and it’s not too late to make this project a reality. If you haven’t made a gift and want to, we are continuing to accept gifts through payroll, vacation hours, Venmo, cash or check.

One of the most recent donations we received from an employee, came with this note, “I have seen the LUCAS device in use in the Emergency Department and I am impressed at how much physical relief they give to the medical team running a code. I believe the LUCAS device will be a great benefit to SARH.”

Employee Campaign

FSPA releases a new book, "The Way in the 21st Century"

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have released a new book called "The Way in the 21st Century" by Elizabeth Allen, that provides practical, everyday tips for living Franciscan values, regardless of your faith or religious tradition.

bookToo often we are set apart from one another based on our differing beliefs and backgrounds. Too often we are divided by labels, yet there is a collective wisdom that unites us much more than what separates us. In this guidebook you’ll explore the universal values of reflection, presence, simplicity, humility, peacemaking, stewardship and service in the context of the 21st century. Welcoming people of all religions, cultures and spiritual traditions, this is a timely message for everyone. With common language and practical and tangible ideas, "The Way in the 21st Century" offers a values-based approach to life that leads to a fuller existence, a life of greater meaning and purpose and a better world.

The book is currently available on Amazon. 

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Laughter is the best medicine      Doctor, I feel funny! 


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