January 2023 - The Pulse


In This Edition

Happy New Year!

Krok's Concert Welcome to our New Co-Workers Did you Know? 
Women's Choice Awards Earn & Learn Condolences
Department Spotlight National Health Observances Foundation News

 Happy New Year! Bring on 2023!

Happy New Year

Women's Choice Award Winner x3!


It is my honor to announce that we’ve earned three 2023 Women’s Choice Awards, making us one of America's Best Hospitals for patient experience, emergency care, and obstetrics.  This is a testament to our ongoing commitment to the families within our community, and we could not have achieved this exceptional recognition without the support of each of our employees.  I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing commitment to our patients and community.

So what does this award mean and how did we earn it?

In addition to meeting the highest level of healthcare criteria, we had to earn it from our community.  In fact, only the hospitals that achieve a high level of patient satisfaction criteria from their patients, are eligible to earn these awards, and we are so proud of that accomplishment. Our unwavering commitment to providing the best healthcare is our most important pledge to our community and the greatest compliment.

By carrying the Women’s Choice Award, we’re part of an elite network of healthcare facilities across America that are committed to empowering women to make smart healthcare choices. 

Please join me in taking the pledge to earn this award recognition each day – and for years to come.

Anita Becker, Vice President of Patient Services

 The Harvard Krokodiloes to Perform in Carroll!

We hope you are planning on attending the Harvard Krokodiloes Concert THIS Sunday, January 8, 2023. The show is being held at the Carroll Rec Center and begins at 3 pm.

Entry is a freewill donation, no tickets are required. Proceeds raised will be donated to the St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center.

logoThe Harvard Krokodiloes are Harvard University’s oldest a cappella singing group, founded inKroks 1946. For the past 76 years, the Kroks have been performing the music of the Great American Songbook and beyond for audiences from Cambridge to the world. The Krokodiloes pride themselves on their musical excellence and professional approach to their performance. Their fine musicianship and youthful energy, combined with their unique blend of snappy choreography and witty humor, have made them instant crowd-pleasers wherever they roam. The Krokodiloes also have a long library of recordings dating back to the inception of the group.

This event is sponsored by Availa Bank, Carol Gronstal, Commercial Savings Bank, Dr. Martin & Dee Halbur, Iowa Savings Bank, Marilyn Setzler, United Bank of Iowa, and Westside State Bank.

Find the event on Facebook under the St. Anthony Regional Hospital page!

Department SpotlightNursing Home

36 full-time, 7 part-time, 3 weekend package, and 26 relief staff make up the team.

Here's what the Nursing Home Team has to say: 

Our facility has a total of 79 beds of which 18 are in a secured memory care area. We have 50 private rooms and 15 semi-private rooms.

Biggest Challenge: Like many other departments and organizations , our greatest challenge is staffing.

We are proud of how well our team works together. Our last two DIA surveys, 2021 Deficiency Free and 2022 one minor deficiency. The state average for deficiencies is 6.8. We are also ranked a 5-star facility by CMS. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Something that not everyone realizes: We have a dedicated private room for residents that are near their end of life. The room is larger to accommodate several visitors at once and is located near the nurse's station.

Another unique thing about our facility is that we employ two beauticians who also assist with activities. This opportunity came out of COVID when no outside contractors were allowed, which meant residents couldn’t have their hair done.

Nursing Home

This photo was taken during 2022 Nursing Home Week. 

Keep up the great work, Nursing Home Team!

Earn & Learn with St. Anthony Nursing Home

Speaking of the St. Anthony Nursing Home, they are in need of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). Do you know of someone who wants to make a difference in their career, is passionate about helping others, and is a team player? Encourage them to apply at our 5-star facility! If that person becomes an employee, YOU could receive an employee referral bonus upon completion of requirements. 

Another bonus: The training required to become a CNA is paid! No out-of-pocket costs from the employee. 

Applications are due February 1, 2023. Pass along the CNA application, click here to access the online app

Questions? Contact Jerry Wordekemper at x5295.


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

  • Roger Bubke, Regional Operations
  • Amy Campbell, MSP
  • Alyssa Danner, Garden View
  • Andrew Eissens, Environmental Services
  • Mandy Huff, Food & Nutrition
  • Shae Kierscht, Surgery
  • Marie Ratliff, BMU
  • Katie Riesselman, Garden View
  • McKenna Schwertfeger, Food & Nutrition
  • Amanda Sefebart, MSP
  • Allison Streufert, Administration
  • Joy Vonnahme, MSP

John Coon - A Friend to All

John Coon, 61, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2022, unexpectedly in Omaha, Nebraska. 

John will be remembered most for hisJohn Coon everlasting love of sports and how he avidly followed the Iowa State Cyclones and Kuemper Knights. Whenever his nieces and nephews were playing a sport he was their number one fan. 

There was not a stranger he ever met and a name he never forgot. A conversation never left unspoken. If you were lucky enough to be a friend of John’s, you were a friend for life.

He was employed at here at St. Anthony in the Food & Nutrition Department and at HyVee.

Our St. Anthony family will miss John dearly. May he rest in peace. 

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

  • Barb Boldt, St. Anthony Clinic, for the loss of her husband.
  • Tanya Wanser, Home Health, for the loss of her mother.
  • Lisa Kouri, Materials Management, for the loss of her father.
  • Cathy Vonnahme, Financial Accounting, for the loss of her father-in-law.
  • Victor Ogoti, Anesthesia, for the loss of his grandfather. 

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. 

AllisonAllison Streufert, Administrative Assistant 

Our new Administrative Assistant in Administration is Allison Streufert. She provides secretarial support to Administration and supports the daily operations of the St. Anthony Foundation. Allison is a graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, and Chaffey Community College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. She is a native of Chicago, IL but now lives in Lake City with her husband, John, and their two sons ages 11 and 14.

You will see Allison's friendly face as you enter the Administration offices on the fourth floor of the surgery center building. Stop in and say hi!

Welcome, Allison!

St. Anthony Foundation News: Employee Campaign

Giving Campaign

As we begin a brand new year, we have some brand new winners for our Employee Giving Campaign!

Congratulations to the following employees who are receiving a one-month parking space in the second floor parking garage.

  • August ParkingNancy Croghan
  • September Parking - Emilee Lakner

And, congratulations to Becky Venner for winning an Iowa State University cap!

The Employee Giving Campaign is very close to reaching the goal of $36,000 to purchase Halo Bassinets for The Birth Place. Additionally, nearly $5,800 has been given to the SOS fund and more than $3,800 to Hospice. Thank you to everyone who has participated!

We still have parking spaces for October, November and December to give away, along with a St. Anthony backpack cooler bag and a University of Northern Iowa Cap.

If you haven’t returned your form, it’s not too late. Information can be found on our website by clicking here or stopping in the Foundation offices on the 4th floor of the surgery center. Attached is the full brochure.

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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Photo of the Month

St. Anthony's FIRST baby of 2023 - Briggs!

Briggs is the son of Bailey and Gabe. 


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