July 2022 - The Pulse

The Pulse

In This Edition

A Farewell From Ed Smith

Department Spotlight Foundation News Welcome to our New Co-Workers
Dr. Ciricillo Dr. Dirkx Condolences National Health Observances
Purdue University Global and DAISY Partnership Did you Know? 

 A Farewell Note from Ed Smith

Dear St. Anthony Family,

As my time at St. Anthony comes to a close I write to thank all of you for what has been aReception gratifying 34 years. I don’t have any words of wisdom or profound thoughts as I look back on my career. Instead, I share my heartfelt appreciation for the privilege of working with you - St. Anthony employees, medical staff, Franciscan Sisters, volunteers, and Board members. Coworkers became friends, friends became family. St. Anthony is a family with a strong commitment to our community and region. I am proud of the excellent work we accomplished together as it’s made a difference in the lives of others.

Moving forward I am confident that St. Anthony is in great hands with the leadership of Allen Anderson as President and CEO.

It’s truly been a privilege and honor to work beside each and every one of you. You have brightened my life, and I have treasured our time together. I look forward to seeing you on the trail.


Ed Smith

 Welcome, Dr. Anthony Ciricillo! 

St. Anthony is pleased to announce Anthony Ciricillo, MD, to the medical staff. Dr. Ciricillo will be practicing family medicine with obstetrics for St. Anthony Clinic. Dr. Ciricillo will go through orientation in July and see patients following onboarding. As of now, his normal clinic hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays in Carroll and Wednesdays in Westside. 

Dr. Ciricillo received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Biology from Rutgers University. He earned his Doctor of Medicine from West Virginia University School of Medicine, and he completed his residency at Hackensack Meridian – Mountainside Medical Center.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ciricillo to St. Anthony!

Purdue University Global School of Nursing and DAISY to Sponsor St. Anthony

 An established leader in online nursing education, the Purdue University Global School of Nursing believes in supporting the recognition of admirable individuals in the nursing industry.

That’s why the school is partnering with The DAISY Foundation™ to co-sponsor select hospitals that participate in the DAISY Award® program, which celebrates the extraordinary compassion nurses provide their patients and families every day.

The Purdue University Global School of Nursing will financially underwrite a hospital’s participation in the DAISY Award program for at least three years by covering the following expenses:

  • Award cost.
  • Administrative costs of joining the DAISY Award network.
  • Program orientation, training, marketing materials and more from The DAISY Foundation.

In addition, DAISY Award honorees will receive 25% off tuition in any Purdue University Global School of Nursing program.

Purdue University Global’s first participant in this initiative is St. Anthony Regional Hospital.

“Nursing care is invaluable to the outcomes of patients, and a nurse’s calling is more than just a job,” said Scott A. Ellis, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer for St. Anthony Regional Hospital. “It is important to recognize the extraordinary work the St. Anthony Regional Hospital nurses perform in every area. We are proud to partner with Purdue University Global to recognize our extraordinary nurses with the DAISY Award.”

To read the full press release from Purdue University Global, click here

Department SpotlightHome Health & Hospice

Home Health & Hospice has 14 full-time, 2 part-time, and 2 relief employees.

Here's what the Home Health & Hospice Team has to say: 

Biggest Challenge: Caring for sicker patients and trying to avoid them being readmitted to the hospital. Also, keeping up with ever- changing conditions of participation.

HHH is most proud of: Our patient care, going above for patients and families. We have a very quick referral to admit time. Director of Home Health and Hospice, Nikki Schwering says, "I am proud of our team for adapting to the challenges and changes with COVID regarding home visits. H.O.P.E.S was able to continue to see families virtually, and they continued this for almost 2 years!!"

Things we do that no one realizes: Our nurses and aides travel 30 miles from Carroll. We see patients primarily in their homes but serve all assisted living and long-term care facilities too.

Fun Facts:

  • The Carroll County Nest is located in the Home Care and Hospice offices, which is open to any mother in Carroll County and it’s FREE. The nest is a rewards program in which parents earn points by attending prenatal and well baby visits and promoting self-care!
  • We have a nurse on call 24/7


Pictured is: Journey Stork, Lane Pudenz, Nikki Schwering, Ann Wallace

Toni King, Kelly Kramer, Mandy Boeckman, Shannon Anschutz, Mollie Cmelik, Rachael Maloney, Whitney Hinners, Renee Brincks, Sara Skinner

Missing: Terri Kramer, Meagan Ladwig, and Rylie Riesberg

Keep up the great work, Home Health & Hospice Team!

 Dr. Dirkx, Orthopedics

Dr. Michael Dirkx, General Orthopedics, isDirkx now scheduling and seeing patients in the clinic at St. Anthony Orthopedics. Additionally, Dr. Dirkx will be providing call coverage for Dr. Goding one weekend per month.

Dr. Dirkx is currently practicing in Spencer, Iowa where he specializes in robot-assisted total joint replacement, general orthopedics, and hand surgery.

We are excited to have Dr. Dirkx providing coverage for us and look forward to working with him.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dirkx, call St. Anthony Orthopedics at 712-794-5536.

Pulmonary Services

St. Anthony is excited to partner with The Iowa Clinic to offer pulmonology services!

Through this partnership, St. Anthony will have access to board-certified pulmonologists who will hold clinics in Carroll on the first Friday of each month. In addition to having clinic, this partnership gives patients access to their physician that is on-call to use as a resource. The pulmonologists will be available for in-person consults in our hospital when they are here on-site for clinics.

To schedule an appointment call: 515-875-9550

The first clinic is today, July 1.



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

  • Allen Anderson - Administration
  • Kyle Duaban - Lab
  • Raegan Ellis - Food & Nutrition
  • Colleen Hecht - Lab
  • Zak Hinzmann - Anesthesia
  • Kelli Kendall - Food & Nutrition
  • Sister Simi - Nursing Home
  • Kacee Kuhns - Food & Nutrition
  • Emma Larson - The Birth Place
  • Marlove Manez - Lab
  • Sister Jetty - Nursing Home
  • Dana Morris - The Birth Place
  • Gage Nielsen - Food & Nutrition
  • Ivette Ortega - Patient Registration
  • Hailey Ostrander - Nursing Home
  • Cynthia Slocum - Nursing Home
  • Kylee Tessman - Emergency Room
  • Macy Thomas - CCU
  • Hayden Thooft - Nursing Home
  • Cullen Venner - Central Distrubution
  • Kaylyn Wiederin - Food & Nutrition
  • Kassidy Wuebker - Nursing Home

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!


CondolencesOur condolences for your loss this past month

  • Karen Leiting (Radiology) for the loss of her brother-in-law.
  • Leah Daniel (MSP) for the loss of her sister-in-law.
  • Cindy Horvatich (SDS) for the loss of her brother.

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: 24th Annual Golf Classic - A Success!

A record-setting year with $91,415 raised! 

The 24th annual St. Anthony Golf Classic held on Monday, June 27, 2022, at the Carroll Country Club, raised a record-breaking $91,415. Additional funds were received after the conclusion of Monday’s event which raised the amount from what is pictured. In honor of the recent retirement of St. Anthony President and CEO, Ed Smith, proceeds from this event created the Ed Smith Staff Recognition and Retention Fund. The need for this initiative was realized during the past two years of watching St. Anthony staff work through challenges brought on by a pandemic. This fund will be used to provide encouragement and appreciation for St. Anthony employees.

A big thank you to all of the volunteers who made the golf outing a BIG success! 

2022 Golf Committee

Golf Committee

Pictured from left, first row: Dani Steinkamp, Brandi Strautman, Josh Axman, Allen Anderson, Ed Smith, Trish Roberts, Kenidy Christensen and Jake Buelt, co-chairs; Hannah Jorgensen, Kiley Trecker and Janelle Lenz Schreck.

Second row: Stacey Vonnahme, Paula Lambertz, Dr. Thomas Parrish, Eric Salmonson, Kyler Ludwig, Chase Prebeck, Kurt Baumhover, Derek Drees, Mike Tigges, Ali Bauer, Tim Lawler and Brent Baumhover.

Did You KnowMeeting Rooms 2 & 4 have been renamed

Meeting Room 2 is now St. Rose and is located across from the cafeteria on the second floor of the hospital.

Meeting Room 4 is now St. Bernard and is located on the third floor of the hospital. 


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