July 2021 - The Pulse
Garden View Earns National Award for Quality
Garden View Assisted Living has received the
2021 Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award, which is awarded by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. This award recognizes Garden View for the excellent care that staff provides to tenants, along with their commitment to always improving and getting better.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious award” said Kari Nuzback, RN, Director of Garden View. “This award gives special recognition to our compassionate, hard-working staff and also makes us eager to pursue the next levels of recognition, which are the Silver and Gold Quality Awards. I also want to thank our nursing supervisor, Jaycie Schwenk, RN, for spearheading this application so that Garden View and our staff could be publicly recognized for the excellent care they provide to our tenants.”
Read more HERE.
New class seeks to answer questions about chronic kidney disease
Being diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, and being faced with the possibility of needing dialysis down the road, can feel isolating and frightening. The Chronic Care Center is looking to answer some of the questions that come with this diagnosis with its new Kidney Health Education Class.
The on-demand class is tailored toward people who have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and are losing kidney function but are not yet at the point of needing dialysis. Typically, the class becomes relevant when people reach Stage 4 of kidney failure. Read more HERE.
“Our goal is to keep the kidneys where they are and prevent progression into Stage 5,” said Deb Adams, ARNP, with the Chronic Care Center, during a recent class.
Currently involved in teaching the class are Adams; Lynn Riesenberg, Director of Dialysis; Sasha Bloyer, RD, LD, a dialysis dietitian; and Alex Harmening, LBSW, and Journey Dirks, LBSW, both social workers.
St. Anthony Perioperative Services (Surgery)
Perioperative Services encompasses a number of departments—Same Day Surgery, Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), and Sterile Processing. The departments provide many services for St. Anthony patients—pain management, general surgery, orthopedics, ear/nose/throat, cardiology, podiatry, gynecology, obstetrics (s-section), electroconvulsive therapy, spine, ophthalmology, robotics and coming soon—urology!
- Same Day Surgery, Pain Clinic, Pre-Admission and PACU share staff that have the ability to float between each department. There are a total of 22 employees with a mix of full time, part time and relief personnel. Same Day prepares and discharges patients for their interventions--some days are so busy that the rooms are turned over when a patient is discharged for a new patient to be admitted. PACU provides immediate care of patients post procedure, but also assists in the care of the cardioversion patient. The Pain Clinic averages 15 patients twice a week and the Same Day Unit also provides outpatient antibiotic infusions.
- Operating Room has 16 employees with a mix of full time, part time and relief staff. They are a cohesive team who understand they are caring for patients when they are most vulnerable—during anesthesia when the patient is not able to speak up for themselves. The surgical staff has an impressive number of years of OR experience and the skill set of the circulating RNs, RN First Assistants and Surgical Techs display that expertise. The staff cover 24/7 for emergency surgical cases, including C-sections. Based on the services the OR provides, the department collaborates with many other departments such as Radiology, BMU, MSP, CCU, ER, and OB.
- Sterile Processing consists of 4 employees, 3 full time and 1 part time. They provide instrumentation sterilization services for the entire hospital, including clinics. This past year staff educated themselves on the MAKO robotics system, spine trays and in the immediate future—urology instrumentation.
Having close working relationships and respecting the work and contributions each of these departments do, directly reflects on the outstanding care that we commit to providing to each OR patient.
SDS/Pain Management, Preadmission & PACU
Front row: Shelley Ahrens, Melanie Bauer, Jessica Borkowski, Amanda Halbur. Back row: Jill Klein, Lisa Stoelk, Renee Brincks, Belinda Boell, Jayne Pietig, Ann Pugh. Missing: Tami Onken, Chelsie Downs, Ashley Lynch, Cathy Tigges, Jane Roiland, Joan Wittrock, Jenn Ellingson, Nick Menefee, Stacey Kasperbauer, Aricka Sibenaller, Paula Wittrock
Front Row: Shelby Neubauer, Amy Weisenborn, Shelley Ahrens. Second Row: Cindy Erickson, Tanya Danner, Cindy Schroeder, Billie Jo Furrer, Amy Halbur, Patty Hepp, Krista Myrtue. Back Row: Mary Brown, Mary Mikkelsen, Val Fineran, Ann Polking, Cathy Tigges, Lisa Stoelk. Missing from picture: Jennifer Carstens, Sarah Riesberg, Sandra Hooper, Whitney Lindsey
Randy Mahnke, Mindy Barringer, Susan Blanchard, Nancy Johnson
A new webpage has been created for the Social Workers/Social Services
Social Workers at St. Anthony now have a web presence here.
Our social workers are here to help our patients, advocate for them, and make their hospital stay easier. This is another tool they can use to reach them.
It's important for all of us to keep the webpages up to date. If you have any changes for your page, please contact Administration.
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!
We look forward to meeting our new coworkers who joined us in June
- Melinda Brosh, Anesthesia
- Maddison Burr, Nursing Home
- Haley Butler, Mental Health
- Sheila Hahn, Dialysis
- Brenna Hodne, Mental Health
- Jacey Hoffman, Lab
- Molly Kasperbauer, Garden View
- Caitlin Main, Food & Nutrition
- Josie Paulsen, MSP
- Eric Salmonson, Business Finance
- Macy Schwering, Food & Nutrition
- Kristi Stork-Pudenz, Carroll Clinic
- Kateln Winnett, MSP
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!
Click 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!
Patient Finance CARES!
We are so proud of Heather Van De Walker and her work with the CARES program. We had an elderly patient who was getting a bill for her self -administered drugs that Medicare does not pay for. Heather contacted this patient about the CARES program and got her to come in to help her apply for MCD and the CARES program. She was 100% eligible and the billing was resolved! The patient was so grateful for this charity program and we have established a great working relationship with her to help her with her needs. ( submitted by Becky Venner: June 2021) Learn more about CARES here.
For Sale: Richway Amethyst Bio Mat (Therapy mat of light, heat, and crystal.) Used once. Retails for $1650, selling for $900. Please call (712) 830-3645.
Our condolences for your loss
- Ashley Brincks (Clinic) for the loss of her father.
- Diane Baumhover (Cancer Center) for the loss of her mother.
- Taylor Wallace ( Food & Nutrition ) for the loss of her grandmother.
- Ann Wallace (Home Health) for the loss of her mother-in-law.
- Renee Minnehan (Clinic) for the loss of her mother-in-law.
- Ann Sweeney (Lab) for the loss of her mother.
- John Sweeney (Clinic) for the loss of his mother-in-law.
- Shelia Dentlinger (Physical Therapy) for the loss of her father.
- Amanda Halbur (SDS) for the loss of her mother-in-law.
- Ann Pugh (SDS) for the loss of her brother.
- Erin Monthei (Pharmacy) for the loss of her grandfather.
- Jim Schwaller (Radiology) for the loss of his mother.
- Maggie Gosch (Food & Nutrition) for the loss of her grandfather.
- Connie Meyer (Food & Nutrition) for the loss of her sister.
This month, let's talk about how to explore produce with kids (or finicky adults)!
Research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics revealed that the majority of children in the U.S. don't meet the daily recommended intake of 2½ cups of vegetables and 1½ to 2 cups of fruit. Many children are picky eaters, and a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that picky eaters tend to avoid vegetables.
VISIT HERE to read some fantastic ideas for how you can plan a fun trip to the grocery store or farmers market with your child to spark some interest in fruits and vegetables. Allowing children to have a say in what produce is picked can be helpful in encouraging them to eat it once you get home.
Let's all make a conscience effort to try harder to get more fruits and yes, vegetables into our daily diets.
COVID-19 Vaccination Progress for St. Anthony Employees
As of June 23rd, St. Anthony had 80% of staff receiving at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine (81% fully were vaccinated).
This is a gentle reminder that COVID-19 vaccines are still available through Carroll County Public Health.
Visit this site to understand more about the benefit of mRNA vaccines, and how you gain protection without ever having to risk the serious consequences of getting sick with COVID-19. Check out these myths and facts HERE.
****Contact the Auxiliary in the Gift Shop at #5259.
St. Anthony Foundation News
The 23rd Annual St. Anthony Golf Classic was held on Monday, June 28th at the Carroll Country Club.
Proceeds from the event will benefit our Mental Health Department. We want to give a special thanks to the committee as they organized a great event and thank you to the St. Anthony staff that helped during the day!
As you can see, a record amount of $77, 362 was raised this year!
Volunteers Needed for State Baseball Tournament
Please email John Perrin at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer your help at the state baseball tournament in Carroll at the end of July. He is compiling the volunteer list.
DID YOU KNOW...? Dry Needling is performed at St. Anthony Rehab Services!
Functional dry needling (FDN) is a therapeutic treatment procedure that utilizes thin, solid filament needles to deactivate and desensitize trigger points in muscles.
Check out this short video of Chris Woerdehoff, PT, explaining the procedure and how it helps patients. https://youtu.be/RnRuRlRhz5k, or webpage.
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