March 2022 - The Pulse

The Pulse

In This Edition

National Social Worker Month

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Foundation News Welcome to our New Co-Workers
Department Spotlight The Plate Condolences National Health Observances
Did you Know?  Meet the PAC of Expanse!

Employee Appreciation

Celebrating National Social Worker Month

March marks National Social Worker Month, and St. Anthony Regional Hospital is lucky to have eight social workers in six different departments!

  • Dialysis – Alex Harmening, MSW
  • H.O.P.E.S. – Sara Skinner, MSW
  • Hospice – Journey Stork, LMSW
  • Inpatient Mental Health – Mindi Rotert, BSW & Alex Willenborg, Child, Adult, & Family Services Degree
  • Hospital Discharge Planners – Melissa Schultes, LBSW & Abbie Mahannah, BSW
  • Nursing Home – Luanne Kustra, LBSW

Click here to read the full blog.

Education Services Team Certified Carroll County Ambulance Service in NRP

“The Carroll County Ambulance Service crew members were engaged and wonderful to work with,” said Christina Johnson, RN, BSN, Clinical Nurse Educator at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. “The crew proved to have the skills and knowledge required to stabilize and care for infants if a situation were to arise outside of the hospital.”

The goal of offering the neonatal resuscitation program for CCAS staff was to equip them to provide the safest and best care to newborns and infants born outside of the hospital. 

Read the full press release, here. Way to go Education Services!

Department SpotlightEmergency Department

RN & Technician Staff: 12 full-time, 2 part-time, 2 weekend package, and 2 relief

We are challenged by flexing and bending at the drop of a hat.

We are most proud to be serving our communities needs while maintaining a high-level quality ofED care.

We assist with anything and everything! For example, monoclonal antibodies, triaging a wide variety of phone calls (that are not ED related), social work, facilitating other departments during high acuity (changes in patient conditions, communicating with providers), getting medications from the pharmacy after hours, getting supplies for other departments after hours, facilitating interfacility transfers from other places, and much much more.

We pride ourselves in being jacks of all trade and masters of none………and we love margaritas J

Back: Melissa Wallace, Jennifer Schmitz, Cory Thompson, Christian Debban

Front: Caitlin Cook, Kaitlin Geake, Susan Kock, Sylvia Sporrer, Eva Patterson, Brittany Boell

Missing: Tammy Roetman, Lisa Hartwigsen, Jamie Wuebker, Jennifer Jorgensen, Marci Runneberg, Marinna Van Houten, Wendy Baker, Dan Becker

Not pictured Techs: Madi Lingle, Olga Haro, Trent Loneman, Caden Stageman, Aleva Vaughn, Harley Hartman, Bri Wuebker, Rebecca DeWitt, Brittany Klocke

Expanse has a PAC! Let's meet them.

The Physician Advisory Committee (PAC) was formed in November and currently meets with the Expanse Project Team every other week. The project team brings new Expanse functionality before this group and they provide feedback as well as the final review for clinical content development, which includes order sets and physician documentation. PAC members serve as Physician Super Users, subject matter experts, and the decisions they make assist us in building a better system for our clinicians and patients! Thank you PAC members for all you do!

Physician Advisory Committee (PAC) Members

  • Lindsey Pogge, DO- St. Anthony Clinic, Family Practice

  • Shelley Diehl, PA-C—St. Anthony Clinic

  • Mark Abraham, MD—McFarland Clinic, General Surgery

  • Nicole Cummings, DO—McFarland Clinic, Family Medicine

  • Kyle Ulveling, MD—Iowa Heart and Chief Medical Officer at SARH

  • Amy Canuso, DO—Psychiatrist St. Anthony Mental Health and Chief of Staff St. Anthony Medical Staff

  • David Nystrom, DO—VA Clinic and Emergency Medicine with Acute Care, Inc.


Check back next month for more information on Expanse!

Happy Retirement, Cindy Klocke!

Thank you Cindy Klocke for your 20+ years of service! Cindy started at St. Anthony in October of 1999. Nurse Leaders celebrated with Cindy on February 10th during the monthly Nurse Leader Meeting. In true Cindy fashion, she slipped out quietly. 


Easter Lillies

Thank You

Here are the official results of the February blood drive:

  • 32 registered to donate
  • 7 first-time donors
  • 27 were able to donate
  • 30 units of blood collected
  • Up to 90 lives saved or sustained!!


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

  • Dr. Brian Boes - Carroll Clinic
  • Avery Campbell - Food & Nutrition
  • Julia David - Food & Nutrition
  • Macy DeBower - Emergency Dept
  • Madeleine Domer – Food & Nutrition
  • Owen Ferneding - Food & Nutrition
  • Elizabeth Gingery - Food & Nutrition
  • Karsyn Lampe - Food & Nutrition
  • Riley Mauro - Food & Nutrition
  • Richard Oringa - Food & Nutrition
  • Kaci Peter - Nursing Home
  • Amy Schulte - Nursing Home
  • Leah Talent - Food & Nutrition
  • Dawn Uhlenkamp - Carroll Clinic

The PlateCelebrate a World of Flavors!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2022 campaign focus is "Celebrate a World ofFood Flavors". It's important to educate yourself and make good choices when it comes to healthful eating.

Tips on Healthy Eating:

  • Include healthy foods from all the food groups.
  • Hydrate and drink plenty of water.
  • Learn how to read the nutrition labels.
  • Take time to enjoy your food.

To celebrate National Nutrition Month, here's a link that offers a variety of tips, ideas on great food options, and cultural traditions.

Health Observances

 CondolencesOur condolences for your loss this past month

  • Renee Minnihan (Carroll Clinic) for the loss of her husband.
  • Deb St. Peter (Nursing Home) for the loss of her father.
  • Emily St. Peter (MSP) for the loss of her grandfather.
  • Jean Boeckman (Med Onc) for the loss of her aunt.
  • Sara Riesberg (Surgery) for the loss of her grandfather-in-law.
  • Carlys Heuton (Rehab Services) for the loss of her sister-in-law.
  • Kelly Kaspersen (Garden View) for the loss of her mother.
  • Joyce Masching (Lab) for the loss of her husband.
  • DeRae Schroeder (Denison Clinic) for the loss of her father-in-law.
  • Lisa A. Stoelk (Financial Accounting) for the loss of her father-in-law.
  • Bailee Schleisman (Quality Management) for the loss of her grandmother.
  • Cory Thompson (ED) for the loss of his grandfather.
  • Toni King (Public Health) for the loss of her father-in-law and aunt.
  • Allison King (OB) for the loss of her father-in-law.
  • Chad Lawson (IT) for the loss of his grandmother.

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

2022 Scholarship applications are available through the St. Anthony Foundation are due March 21, 2022. Only one application is needed to qualify for all the scholarships offered through St. Anthony. A fillable PDF application is available through email or online HERE. Completed applications must be received by Thursday, March 31, 2022. If you have any questions, email or call the Foundation office at x5287.

These scholarships will payout after the fall semester of 2022, so students will need to be enrolled in school in the spring semester of 2023. In 2021, we awarded $51,600 to 40 students. Since the beginning of the scholarship program in 2003, $206,000 in awards have helped 276 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.

Amazon Smile Donation

This is a reminder to shop locally first, however, if you shop on Amazon, choose St. Anthony Foundation for your Amazon Smile donation!

How to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app.

1. Get the app

Download or update to the latest version of the Amazon Shopping app on your phone. You can find it in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android.

2. Join AmazonSmile

Simply sign up by selecting your favorite charity (you can change this at any time).

3. Turn on AmazonSmile

Open the app and find ’Settings’ in the main menu (). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

Did You KnowSt. Anthony Has Monthly Blogs!

Catch up on our monthly blogs posted on the St. Anthony website. March's topic is kidney health. Read it 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! 


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