June 2021 - The Pulse


June 2021   Published on the First Friday of each month

In This Edition
World Blood Donor Day Buy Swap Sell Welcome to our New Co-Workers
Men's Health  National Health Observances Condolences
Department Spotlight Did you Know? The Plate

World Blood Donor Day: June 14

LifeserveEvery year countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

There are multiple St. Anthony employees who have donated GALLONS of blood through LifeServe.   Their selfless donations have made a huge difference in the lives of others. 

LifeServe Blood Center will be conducting one of their bi-monthly drives on June 14th here at St. Anthony. If you've never donated blood before, this would be a great time to start. Visit here to determine your eligibility, create an online account, and schedule your donation time. 

Let's Bring Awareness To Men's Health

June is Men's Health Awareness Month, an annual observance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and treatment among men.

Statistics show that men die almost five years earlier than women and part of that reason is that men make half as many physician visits for preventative health care than women. Men also have a higher death rate for cancer, heart disease, and suicide.

When To See A Doctor:Wear Blue

  • Annual check-up
  • Illness
  • Medication prescription or refills
  • Vaccinations
  • Dietician needs
  • Mental health

Let's join the awareness and support our men and boys #ShowUsYourBlue. Wear BLUE® Day is Friday, June 18th. As Father's Day approaches on June 20th, encourage the men in your life to schedule a wellness check. 

Department SpotlightSpiritual CareSpiritual Care Department

Spiritual Care Department has one full time and one part-time chaplain. However, there are many volunteers, Eucharistic ministers, and local clergy who generously give their time and talents to serve the patients and residents of St. Anthony Regional Hospital. We are grateful for their service.

The biggest challenge for the department has been finding a second full time chaplain. This means that it is difficult to cover all areas of the hospital, yet we keep making it work. Our volunteers assist us to carry out the mission of St. Anthony Regional Hospital.

Throughout the pandemic, Fr. Schott and Chaplain Angelo have maintained the ministries. Some churches had to stop for months, but we were able to offer Eucharist and Mass to the patients and residents. Mass was streamed live and Eucharist was offered in a safe way.

We are on-call 24/7 so if you have any emergencies, there is always a chaplain to serve at a moment’s notice. We serve as hospice chaplain as well. Not only do we cover the whole hospital, we visit people in their homes and other nursing home facilities. Lastly, we serve in many communities, such as leading funeral services and worship services.

Buy Sell Swap

Do you have an item for sale or swap, bake sale, garage sale etc that you'd like to share with your co-workers? List it here!

For Sale:

  • Razor Ripstick dlx Mini – New! Asking $50 obo. Call Stacey at 712-830-5080. Photos available. 

  • Farm fresh eggs!! Selling for $2 a dozen or $3 for an 18 pack. Contact Barb Fitzsimmons at (712) 790-0778

Have an item to list? Email Paula. 
Your item will appear for one month beginning on the first Friday of the month.
No vendor sales please. 

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! 

We look forward to meeting our new coworkers who joined us in MarchWelcome

  • Jamie Feauto - MSP
  • Madison Friedrichsen - Nursing Home
  • Megan Gangestad - The Birth Place
  • Jayden Heinrichs - Food & Nutrition
  • Megan Klocke - Patient Registration
  • Roberta “Ruth” Kuchel - Environmental Services
  • Alexander Loew - Central Distribution
  • Ashley Lynch - SDS
  • Isabel Rodriguez - Food & Nutrition
  • Claudia Schroeder - Food & Nutrition
  • Julia Suntken - Carroll Clinic
  • Danette Vennink - Carroll Clinic
  • Rachel White - Food & Nutrition

    birthdayHappy Birthday

    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!

Our condolences for your lossCondolences
(May 1-31)

  • Cindy Schroeder for the loss of her sister.
  • Barb & Jeff Boldt for the loss of their niece.
  • Janae Heller for the loss of her grandfather.
  • Sylvia Sporrer for the loss of her brother-in-law.
  • Erin Monthei on the loss of her grandmother.

The PlateHow Can I Make Fitness Fun for the Whole Family?

Since school is out, some families may be in search of ways to encourage active play for their children this summer. Parents can model healthy habits by finding fun ways to be active in their daily routines and making activity a household priority. Visit THIS SITE for some helpful ideas and guidelines. Regular physical activity is just as important to a healthful lifestyle as smart eating. 

Fitness Fun

Amber RupiperPlease welcome Amber Rupiper, Physician Assistant student who began with Dr. Svensson on May 19th.

Hello! My name is Amber Rupiper and I am a PA student at St. Ambrose University. I am a Carroll native and grew up on a farm outside of Roselle. I graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in 2015 and went on to receive a BA in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Grand View University. I am the daughter of Keith and Roxane (Hinners) Rupiper. In my free time away from studying, I enjoy taking on various types of art projects and spending time with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. In the past, I was a CNA on the med/surg floor here at St. Anthony and I am very excited for this opportunity to be back home to continue my education!

COVID-19 Vaccination Progress for St. Anthony Employees

As of May 25th, St. Anthony has 78% of staff receiving at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and 79% are fully vaccinated.

Destiny Simons, who works in the Carroll Clinic location, tells her COVID-19 story that she shared during the panel discussion in May. (4:50 start)

Our co-worker in the Denison Clinic, Ana Garcia Patino explains why she chose to get a COVID-19 vaccine...

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

Physicians joining St. Anthony Clinic this fall...

PoggeLindsey Pogge, D.O.

“I am excited to start my practice in Carroll and I look forward to being a part of the St. Anthony team. I enjoy family medicine because it allows me to serve everyone in the family.”

Dr. Pogge is anticipated to begin orientation on September 13th. 

MurrayJillianne Murray, D.O.

“I enjoy being in Family Medicine because it allows me to care for the entire family. I believe it is a privilege as a physician to care for my patients, and I am passionate about serving them with the best of my knowledge and abilities.”

Dr. Murray is anticipated to begin orientation on September 27th.


The proceeds of this year's St. Anthony Golf Classic on June 28th will be directed toward improvements in the St. Anthony Mental Health Department. St. Anthony offers one of the few inpatient and outpatient mental health programs in the state of Iowa, which also means it serves the entire state - at a time when there is an increased need for treatment.

As patients’ needs have changed over the last 30 years, so has the need to look at ways of improving safety in the unit for both patients and staff. The patient room doors have been a concern and recent circumstances have drawn attention to the need to escalate the replacement of these doors. The new doors will be able to swing both in and out so that staff will be able to get to the patients faster if needed. They will also be installed with ligature-resistant hinges. Additionally, the outdated carpeted floors need to be replaced with a laminate or vinyl flooring for infection control reasons and the outpatient office is in need of remodeling. With three full time providers, the flow of the office makes it difficult to check-in patients efficiently. The function of the new office will provide more confidentiality for patients and space to assist patients with their paperwork privately.

2021 St. Anthony Foundation Healthcare Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to these students! We wish them well on their future endeavors!

Did you knowDID YOU KNOW...?   

St. Anthony has a Cancer Rehab Program! It is designed to help people with cancer maintain and restore their physical well-being before, during, and after cancer treatment. In the past year, members of St. Anthony Rehab Services became certified to offer this vital program as a component of the St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center. Check out their new webpage 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! 

June Funny

If you have items to submit for The PULSE, please contact Ali Bauer, Paula Lambertz, or Stacey Vonnahme. Thank you.