March 2021 - The Pulse


March 2021   Published on the First Friday of each month

In This Edition
New Pediatrician  The Plate Mission Moments Did you Know?
Deficiency-Free Survey! National Health Observances Condolences Doctor, I feel funny
Department Spotlight Welcome New Staff Scholarship Opportunity Employee Blood Draw and Wellness Screening

New Pediatrician at St. Anthony!McAuliff

St. Anthony Regional Hospital is happy to welcome Pediatrician Thomas McAuliff, D.O., to its medical staff. His service at St. Anthony Clinic began on February 15th, and will provide pediatric care for infants, children, and adolescents at the Carroll location.

“Children are a gift, in and of themselves, and it’s so important to me that we continue to serve the families of this area,” said Dr. McAuliff. “The hardest thing in life is having a sick child and I take it to heart when a parent needs help for their child.”

McAuliff comes to St. Anthony from MercyOne Pediatric Emergency Care in Des Moines where he specialized in pediatric emergency care. He completed his residency at Raymond Blank Memorial Hospital for Children and received his Doctor of Medicine from Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery.

“Being a pediatrician isn’t something that ends at 5pm,” McAuliff said. “You take it to heart, and carry it with you all day, heart and soul.”

McAuliff and his wife, Julie, have seven children from age 16 through their 30’s along with two grandchildren. His family and faith in God are extremely important to him and notes that compassion and love for others have been his guide through his personal and professional life. In his spare time, he enjoys the arts and music as well as Oklahoma State University athletics.

“Dr. McAuliff is an exceptional addition to our team and we are so excited to have him here at St. Anthony,” said Ed Smith, St. Anthony President and CEO. “Raising a healthy child involves a partnership between the child’s parents and his or her pediatrician and we look forward to the positive impact he will have on our region.”

To read more, please click HERE.

Deficiency Free

St. Anthony Nursing Home received a deficiency-free survey!

“This is a great accomplishment and testament to all of the great and hardworking staff that work at St. Anthony Nursing Home,” said Jerry Wordekemper, Director of St. Anthony Nursing Home. “Our services meet or exceed rigorous state and federal standards which is great comfort to our resident’s families.”

Well done everyone!! If you haven't already read about it, check it out here. 

Department SpotlightRadiology has 14 full-time, 2 part-time, and 5 PRN staff. 

Biggest Department Challenge: Providing coverage for CT and X-ray 24 hours a day, seven days a week

We are proud of all of various services we are able to provide in Radiology. Our modalities include CT, Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Mobile PET/CT, Ultrasound, and X-ray including Fluoroscopy. Radiology staff float to the Carroll Clinic to provide X-ray, DEXA, and Ultrasound services as well. We utilize portable X-ray when possible to limit patient movement in situations where transporting should be avoided. Mobile Fluoroscopy is provided using C-Arms in the OR setting and Pain Clinic.

Did You Know?...Radiology staff

  • Our full time staff take call on top of their scheduled 40 hour work week to ensure that we can offer their primary modality during the business day.
  • Many of our staff have multimodality certifications. This allows more flexibility when scheduling staff as they are able to float to different modalities as needed.
  • We are one of the few hospitals in our area to have a Radiologist on-site FIVE days a week (except when Dr. Soe is on vacation)!

Pictured : Back row: Jo Walker (Scheduling Specialist), Karen Leiting (CT, Mammo, X-ray, DEXA), Linda Bruch (Clinical Analyst), Haley King (CT, X-ray, DEXA), Daniel Wordekemper (X-ray), Jessica Venner (Ultrasound, X-ray), Jim Schwaller (MRI, X-ray) Middle row: Mindi Mandernach (Mammo, X-ray), Jenna Thelen (MRI, CT, X-ray), Nikole Hannasch (CT, X-ray, DEXA), Jordan Raine (MRI, CT, X-ray), Amber Schwarte (Mammo, X-ray), Conni Wyatt (Nuc Med, Ultrasound) Front row: Leisha Grindle (Director of Radiology), Corynn Irlbeck (CT, X-ray, DEXA), Renee Hackfort (Nuc Med, X-ray, DEXA, Mammo), Peggy Leiting (Ultrasound)


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!

  • VHS movies. Cost: $1.00 donation per tape to the SOS fund. Can be viewed in the Skilled Care room on the 3rd floor against the back wall over the Atrium. Contact Joyce McCurdy ext. 5465. 

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. 

Visiting Med Student

Schmidt, EliPlease welcome med student Eli Schmidt to St. Anthony Regional Hospital. He will be doing his rotation with Dr. Slattery from Wednesday, February 24th to March 19th and will be staying here at the hospital.

Hi Eli!  We're glad to have you here!

The PlateMarch is National Nutrition Month! There is no one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition and health. We are all unique with different bodies, goals, backgrounds and tastes! 

Why not learn new culinary skills to create delicious meals? Knowing culinary techniques can  help you bring out the flavor of foods without needing to add a lot of extra ingredients or calories! Learn the basics of common cooking techniques to navigate recipes and get healthy meals on the table HERE.   This is the time to upgrade your knives or get some cute cutting boards. Chop, grate, mince and grill like a pro! 

Watch for helpful tips, factoids, recipes, and favorite websites from our registered dietitians. Skills

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!

We look forward to meeting our new coworkers who joined us in February. Welcome

  • Brittany Baumhover, Food & Nutrition
  • Niorka Cintron, Garden View
  • Madison Desart, OB
  • Joette Heisterkamp, Nursing Home
  • Sheridan Juarez Guerra, Food & Nutrition
  • Bridgett Koob, Food & Nutrition
  • Codee Madden, MSP
  • Jocelyn Malloy, Housekeeping
  • Miriah Masching, Food & Nutrition
  • Dr. Tom McAuliff, Clinic
  • Nick Menefee, Food & Nutrition
  • Jennifer Obman, Rehab Services
  • Vilay Riesberg, Nursing Home
  • Arjeta Veliu, MSP
  • Ashley Wiederien, MSP
  • Alexandra Willenborg, Mental Health
  • Jamie Zimmerman, Clinic

    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!

Careers Here! Careers

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!

Job Openings

Happy Anniversary to our fellow employees who celebrated milestone years of employment at St. Anthony.
We hope their careers here have been fulfilling!
Check out the Service Awards booklet for 2020 here. You'll be able to read about some of our great co-workers! 

Deb Owen, Cathy Tigges, Jean Boeckman, Susan Weitl, & Darlene Rueter


Mission Moments

Thanks go out to Matt Bonham, Chad Lawson, Lisa Kouri and their teams for all the hard work they have done and continue to do each and every day in and around the hospital. 

Thanks especially for the work done in the moving of the COVID unit and reopening of the bridge in early February. That was a great day of celebration for all of the hard work and mitigation efforts put forth by so many on our team and by so many in our community!

Let’s continue to celebrate our wins together as a team in our efforts to fight COVID.

Scott Ellis, VP of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer

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Our condolences for your lossCondolences
(Feb. 3 to Mar. 3)

  • Tracy Venteicher (F&N) for the loss of her grandmother.

  • Peggy Klocke (HIM) for the loss of her brother in law.

Mission MomentMultiple teams work together for this Mission Moment

canesDuring the week of March 1st,  Lori Pietig, Oncology Services Director, received a donation of some beautiful handmade canes to distribute to patients in need, and sent out an email alert to other managers to let them know. 

Simultaneously, Deb Burnett, Mental Health Unit Director, became aware of a patient who needed a cane since she was not able to return to her home. Within moments, one of the canes was given to her. She said that it made her feel “special” and “so happy”. Deb said it was apparent that she had not felt either of those things for a while and smiled when she talked about it. 

Tom Schroeder from Maintenance was then called and came up right away and cut the cane down to the correct height. The patient was able to go to her new home with a cane that was beautiful, just her size, and made her feel special! 

Thank you to Deb Burnett for sharing this wonderful mission moment.

Blogs and newsletters St. Anthony offers a blog page and subscriber newsletters to inform and educate. 

Recently, Lori Pietig, Oncology Services Director, authored a blog post that was published via the Iowa Cancer Consortium that is also shared on the St. Anthony blog page HERE.  In addition, Chronic Care Center often sends diabetes education or healthy eating tips in the form of an emailed newsletter that users can subscribe to HERE.

If you'd like to submit an educational blog post or items for the newsletter from your departments, please contact Paula Lambertz at ext. 5231.

FoundationScholarship applications are now available through St. Anthony Foundation

Available for students pursuing a profession in a health care field.   All scholarships require students to maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average and range in amounts from $500 to $1,500. One application applies for all scholarships offered through St. Anthony Foundation. A fillable PDF application is available through email or online HERE. Completed applications must be received by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. If you have any questions, you may email or call the Foundation office at extension 5287.

In 2020, we awarded $22,000 in scholarships to 32 students. These scholarships were awarded to individuals in the six-county region, including Audubon, Calhoun, Carroll, Crawford, Greene and Sac counties. Since the beginning of the scholarship program in 2003, $154,000 in awards have helped 237 students achieve their goal of continued education in health care.

We also want to encourage any of our staff who are enrolled in college courses to apply for the Iowa Hospital Education & Research Foundation scholarships which are valued at $3,500. Click this link to apply.

Annual Employee Blood Draw and Wellness Screening

Employees participating in the St. Anthony Wellness Discount Plan must participate in the Annual Blood Draw and Wellness Screening. For 2021 only, spouses are optional. Employees who participate in the St. Anthony Wellness Program may also attend. Annual Fasting Blood Draws and Wellness Screenings will be in the St. Clare and St. Francis Rooms on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, March 23rd: 6:00 am - 9:00 blood dropam
  • Thursday, March 25th: 6:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Saturday, March 27th: 8:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Tuesday, March 30th: 6:00 am - 9:00 am


Employees AND spouses (if you are on the family plan) participating in the Health Insurance Wellness Discount Plan are required to complete the following:

  • Blood Draw – employee required, spouse is optional in 2021 (Due March 2021)

Call Human Resources at: 712-794-5111 or e-mail Amy Osborne to schedule a time. Please do not inquire at the St. Anthony Lab.

The spare change collected in the money boxes at the cafeteria cash registers are designatedFriendship Fund for the Friendship Fund. This fund provides gift certificates to some of our cancer patients to purchase fuel at one of the six locally owned gas stations partnered in this program. Social workers, nurse managers and the nurse navigator in the cancer center watch for patient and family circumstances where financial support is beneficial. Our hope through this program is to brighten many patient’s days with a small gift from their friends at St. Anthony.

In 2020, we brought in $434.53 to the Friendship Fund with the average per month being $36.21. In December 2020, we raised $82.79. Overall, since the program was started in 2016, we have raised $2,159.41. Thank you to everyone who contributes in small or big ways to the Friendship Fund!

Did You KnowDID YOU KNOW ABOUT...?   Lost & Found

Did you know St. Anthony has a Lost and Found? We oftentimes find car keys, sunglasses, jewelry (earrings, necklaces and rings), gloves, hats, reading glasses, hearing aids and more in our hospital and would love nothing more than to reunite them with their owners. If you believe you may have lost or found something at St. Anthony, call Admissions at #5251 to claim an item or submit a lost item.  

Check out these 50 Incredible DID YOU KNOWS 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! 

Daylight saving time in Iowa will begin at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 14, 2021

March Funny

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