June 2022 - The Pulse

The Pulse

In This Edition

Eric Salmonson, Vice President & CFO

Department Spotlight Foundation News Welcome to our New Co-Workers
Retirement Reception for Ed Smith Summer Interns Condolences National Health Observances
Exciting Renovations  Did you Know?  The Plate

Eric Salmonson, Vice President & CFO

Eric Salmonson has been selected as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of St.Salmonsons Anthony Regional Hospital.

As Vice President and CFO, Eric directs the organization’s financial planning and accounting practices as well as its relationship with the financial community. Additionally, Eric provides leadership for the following departments: financial accounting, patient finance, patient registration, health information management, maintenance, laboratory, food and nutrition, rehab services, materials management and housekeeping.

Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Eric currently lives in Carroll, Iowa with his wife Moriah (Bohlmann) who is a 2nd grade teacher in Denison.

He enjoys playing slow pitch softball, biking, and walking his dog, Ruby. Eric is also a member of the Carroll Area Child Care Center board of directors.

We look forward to Eric’s focused leadership and enthusiastic project collaboration in the future.

Congratulations, Eric! Eric and Moriah are pictured.

Retirement Reception for Ed Smith on Wednesday, June 29

Retirement Reception

Join us as we celebrate Ed Smith, President & CEO, as he transitions into retirement after a 34-year career at St. Anthony. There will be a retirement reception on Wednesday, June 29 from 1:30 - 3:30 in the Atrium.

Congratulations, Ed! Enjoy spending time with Vicki, your children, and three grandchildren! 

Exciting Renovations for Dialysis and The Birth Place

We are excited to be investing in two projects for the hospital and the community. In connection with the Master Facility Plan, the relocation of Dialysis from the 4th floor of the hospital to the 1st floor (old infusion area) will begin in August of 2022. The remodel of The Birth Place is expected to begin in September of 2022. Both projects have an anticipated completion date of June 2023.

The Birth Place will be relocated to the Orthopedics wing due to the construction taking place. The relocation will provide a better patient experience, quicker construction timeframe, and reduction in costs. We will be in contact with the necessary managers to discuss changes in workflow.

Get a sneak peek into the vision of the new Birth Place by watching this rendering video.

We appreciate the understanding of the staff for the difficulties encountered throughout the construction process.

We will continually provide updates on these projects. If you have questions on this project, contact Eric Salmonson.

Department SpotlightHealth Information Management 

HIM has 9 full-time and 5 part-time employees.

Here's what the Health Information Management Team has to say: 

Biggest Challenge: PAPER – we still receive a lot of paper. New forms that show up without explanation in a chart. Keeping up with changing rules and technology.

HIM is most proud of: All records in the hospital come through HIM for assembly, chart analysis, scanning, indexing, and coding. We are also very proud of our adaptability and ability to change at the drop of a hat.

Things we do that no one realizes: We submit all birth certificates to the State of Iowa electronically. All our coders code from home. All clinic records are coded by 3 coders. A large percentage of our record releases are burned to a disc that is password protected or a portal. Most requests for records are from other hospitals, clinics, attorneys, and insurance companies. HIM submits the quarterly reports to the Iowa Hospital Association.


Home employees: Jolene Riesselman, Peggy Klocke, Stephanie Horbach, Carmen Schmidt, Donna Arp, Kathleen Macke, Staci Hansen

In-house employees: Jamie Wiskus, Lisa Schelle, Amy Mensen, Nancy Opperman, Deb Owen, Mary Meiners, Mary Vivyan

Keep up the great work, HIM Team!

Every Brick Has a Story to Tell!

Memorial Brick Project

St. Anthony Cancer Center is offering the sales of memorial garden bricks to share a story.

Use this opportunity to buy a brick to: 

  • Honor your mother, father, friend or loved one
  • Remember
  • Pay Tribute
  • Celebrate a Survivor
  • Share the Spirit of Hope
  • Reflect on the Journey of Healing

If you are interested in purchasing a brick, click here to fill out the form.

St. Anthony Summer Interns

St. Anthony was awarded grant funding by the Iowa Workforce Development to sponsor a summer youth internship program. Ten students from Carroll High School, Kuemper High School, and Iowa State University were accepted into the program. Each intern has been placed in one of four different pathways: clinical care, business administration, communications, and technology. The intern program includes hands-on training and work experience in the intern’s designated pathway, career exploration, weekly college and career readiness workshops led by St. Anthony and DMACC staff, and completion of a final project that includes a deep dive into healthcare careers. The Internship program begins on June 6th and concludes July 29th.

  • Morgan Bauer, Clinical Care Intern (The Birth Place)
  • Riley Coats, Clinical Care Intern (St. Anthony Clinic)
  • Hannah Jorgensen, Communications Intern
  • Isaac Perry, Technology Intern
  • Halie Rath, Clinical Care Intern (Garden View)
  • Karsen Schoenfeld, Clinical Care Intern (Emergency Services/ Surgery)
  • Aubrie Snyder, Clinical Care Intern (Chronic Care Center)
  • Alexia Thornock, Clinical Care Intern (Emergency Services)
  • Kiley Trecker, Communications Intern
  • Maci Wittrock, Business Administration Intern

Please give these interns a warm welcome when you see them around St. Anthony!

We Will Soon Be Welcoming Dr. Ciricillo, Dr. Coffey & Dr. Osborn!

New Doctors


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

  • Mariah Fredrichsen - Nursing Home
  • Dr. Richard Goding – Orthopedics
  • Samantha Halbur – MSP
  • Gabi Hammer – Pharmacy
  • Brady Loew – IT
  • Vivian Meyers – Garden View
  • Brook Mikkelsen – HR
  • Saury Rivas – MSP
  • Baylie Schulte – Food & Nutrition
  • Morgan Schulz – Garden View
  • Tamara Sheeder – Nursing Home
  • Jasmine Turner – MSP

The Plate Make Fitness Fun for the Whole Family!

School is out for the summer, and it's time to get active! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, children who participate in exercise can develop a variety of physical, mental and social skills in fun, playful ways. Children and teenagers need 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, or most days. This might seem like a lot of time, but it adds up!

Here are 5 ways parents and caregivers can encourage active play:

  1. Balance sedentary play (such as reading together) with an activity that requires movement such as tag, jumping rope or hopscotch.
  2. Set aside time each day for active play together, perhaps tossing a ball, having a dance party or taking a walk after a family meal.
  3. Give children toys that encourage physical activity such as balls, kites, hula hoops, Frisbees and jump ropes.
  4. Plant a garden. Kids love to water plants, and they'll get excited weeks later when they see their flowers bloom or vegetables grow.
  5. Instead of catching a movie or watching TV, pick an activity that requires moving together like taking walk.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

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

  • Luanne Kustra (Social Worker) for the loss of her step-mother.
  • Onica Ulveling (Pharmacy) for the loss of her father.
  • Dr. Kyle Ulveling (Cardiology) for the loss of his father-in-law.
  • Tracy Trevino (BMU) for the loss of her mother-in-law.
  • Donna Hartl (Nursing Home) for the loss of her mother.
  • Lisa Reid (OB) for the loss of her father.

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: Learn & Ask Questions about Estate Planning - Your Legacy is Important!

Thursday, June 16, 9:30-10:00 a.m., join us to ask Doug Olson questions or learn more about Thompson & Associates. Six hospital employees have taken advantage of this opportunity just this year!

A meeting with Thompson & Associates, offered through the St. Anthony Foundation, is an estate plan review and education process.

  • It leads with your own personal values
  • You analyze your current plan, or create a plan, and include recommendations for a personalized plan that works for you and your spouse, if applicable.
  • Most people don’t realize how much they can save on taxes and transform the communities and organizations that mean the most to them
  • At the end of the process, you take your personalized plan to your attorney, financial advisor and/or accountant to establish your wishes

No cost to you! This is a service provided to the Carroll area by the St. Anthony Foundation and is open to everyone.

RSVP and make plans to attend Thursday, May 19, 9:30-10:00 am in the Hospital Boardroom. Sit in to listen and learn more about this important and unique opportunity conveniently located right here at St. Anthony!

Did You KnowDid you know that you can schedule appointments through My eChart?

It's easy! And convenient. Simply click on 'appointments' on the My eChart App or website and follow the prompts. 


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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! 


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