May 2021 - The Pulse
May 2021 Published on the First Friday of each month
Barb Toohey receives the IAHQ Outstanding Iowa Quality Professional Award
The Iowa Association for Healthcare Quality (IAHQ) awarded Barb Toohey with the 2021 Quality Professional Award at the IAHQ annual conference on April 15th. Eligible IAHQ members who have demonstrated the characteristics of commitment, dedication, passion, and enthusiasm for the healthcare quality profession were nominated by co-workers, supervisors or other IAHQ members across the state for this award.
“Barb has been an invaluable source of knowledge and experience for St. Anthony as well as the community as a whole,” said Ed Smith, President and CEO of St. Anthony Regional Hospital. “This award affirms the tireless work and effort that she has always put into her endeavors and we’re very proud of her.”
Read the full story HERE.
Our Own Great Nurses Awarded
St. Anthony Regional Hospital is proud to have three of our own registered nurses: Sara Roth, Kari Hammer, and Nikki Schwering selected as recipients of the 2021 “100 Great Iowa Nurses” award. Each year, the program recognizes 100 Iowa nurses who have displayed a concern for humanity, made meaningful contributions to the profession and actively participated in leadership or mentoring roles. The virtual ceremony was held on May 2nd. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Please take a moment to read the full article including excerpts from their nominations HERE.
St. Anthony Respiratory Care
The Respiratory Department has two full-time and two PRN staff members and are working to add one more staff member.
Respiratory treatments are provided for in-patients with difficulty breathing. Smoking cessation programs are also provided and staff also help people with their personal respiratory equipment.
Respiratory care staff perform diagnostics testing such as EEGs, Sleep Studies, Home Sleep tests, and PFTs. We maintain respiratory equipment and order all respiratory supplies for the hospital and clinics.
The Respiratory Care Department is staffed seven days per week. Hours currently are 7 am to 3:30 pm, but they will change as needed for patient care.
The biggest challenge for this department is to be available for in-patients while continuing the out-patient procedures. They are always looking for new ways to assist patients with their pulmonary health.
From left: Dept. Director-Cindy Klocke, RRT, and Sunni Lee, CRT
Missing are Patrick Stevens, CRT, and Tina Gehling, RRT
Physicians joining St. Anthony Clinic this fall...
Lindsey 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.”
Jillianne 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.”
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!
- White Klog nursing shoes, size small. Worn handful of times. $15
- Multiple hunter green colored scrub jackets, short sleeve smocks, and pants. Excellent condition. Barely worn. $15 each or will bundle for a better price.
- LED curtain lights, never opened. $15
Items $15 and under...
- Child’s Franklin brand baseball glove, never used.
- Totes brand youth boys snow boots size 2, used partial season. Excellent condition.
- Remote control Thunder Tumbler car. Never opened.
- Roll up, street map car mat/carpet, excellent condition.
- Magnetic building toys, out of box but brand new.
- Ninja Turtles fold up lawn chair for toddler. Excellent condition.
Photos available for all of these items above. Please contact Bobbie Snyder at 712-790-9191
- 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.
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 March
- Isabella Armitage – Garden View
- Hannah Bush – Food & Nutrition
- Shelly Dentlinger – Coon Rapids Clinic
- Heather Kellner – Infusion Therapy
- Alexi Kunert – Nursing Home
- Meagan Ladwig – Home Health
- Carmen Malloy – Nursing Home
- Ann Polking – Perioperative Services
- Halle Simons – Garden View
- Kaitlyn Smith – Nursing Home
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!
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!
Offering a Ride
One of our patients was transferred and a family member needed a ride to be with their family member. A volunteer driver could not be found so Angelo Luis graciously took the family member to be with the patient. That is going above and beyond and we thank you for that act of kindness!
Our condolences for your loss
- Lynn Kirsch (Food & Nutrition) for the loss of her sister.
- Lisa Hausman (Quality Management) for the loss of her brother in law.
- Mandy Boeckman (Home Health, Hospice) for the loss of her uncle.
- Sherry Bolton (Medical Oncology) for the loss of her sister-in-law.
- Jeri Ramsey (Mental Health) for the loss of her father in law.
This month, let's talk about how to read those NUTRITION LABELS!
People look at food labels for a variety of reasons. But whatever the reason, many consumers would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily. The following label-reading skills are intended to make it easier for you to use the Nutrition Facts labels to make quick, informed food decisions to help you choose a healthy diet. VISIT HERE We found that the Nutrients section especially helpful.
Jessica Borkowski was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Oncology Nursing Foundation for the pursuit of her master’s degree. Hip hip hooray to Jessica for this great accomplishment and her commitment to oncology nursing!!
Did you get to meet Ericka Tank, M.D.? She is a Resident at Iowa Lutheran Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and completed a rotation with Dr. C. Quam from April 19-23. If you didn't get to meet her, you will get your chance this August when she joins McFarland Clinic in Carroll.
Originally from Manning, Dr. Tank graduated from University of Iowa College of Medicine in 2018 and is now in the Residency Program at Iowa Lutheran Family Medicine. She is recently married and enjoys outdoor recreation, traveling, reading mysteries and thrillers and spending time with her family and friends.
We look forward to working with you, Dr. Tank!
COVID-19 Vaccination Progress for St. Anthony Employees
As of April 20th, St. Anthony had 77% of staff receiving at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine (74% fully were vaccinated). Other comparable hospitals:
- Pella Regional Health Center – 57%
- Keokuk County Hospital and Clinics – 57% (Sigourney, IA)
- Jackson County Regional Health Center – 58% (Maquoketa, IA)
- Mahaska Health – 50% (Oskaloosa, IA)
- Shenandoah Medical Center – 65%
- Winneshiek Medical Center – 79% (Decorah, IA)
In comparison, we are doing pretty well but would, of course, like to see an even higher compliance percentage. This is a gentle reminder that COVID-19 vaccines are still available through Carroll County Public Health.
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.
St. Anthony Regional Hospital was named in THREE awards as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics, Patient Satisfaction, and Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that St. Anthony is in the top 6% out of 4,542 hospitals for Obstetrics, Patient Experience estimated rank is #7 out of 1,071 hospitals, (St. Anthony is classified as a medium hospital) and in the top 9% out of 4,542 hospitals for Emergency Care.
"I’d say that’s a remarkable testament for the outstanding work that all of you do every day. Thank you for your cooperation and commitment! I am so proud of you all!"
Ed Smith, President & CEO
If you'd like to read more about the criteria used to compile the stats for these awards, click HERE.
LifeServe Scholarship Opportunity for High School or College Students
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High school and college students who organize a successful blood drive in their community during high need times of the year can score $500 to put toward school! A LifeServe territory representative will work closely with scholarship students to ensure a positive experience and successful blood drive. Hosting a blood drive is also a great resume builder; offering experience in marketing, recruitment/sales, event planning, communication, time management, organization, and more!
Reach out to LifeServe at 800.287.4903 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started! Click here for more information.
We are looking at having a little fun throughout the remainder of the year with Wellness@Work! Each week will have new challenges! Monthly payouts! Think your team is the best? Well that will change as each month you will have new teammates every month! We are hoping for teams of 4 but will depend on who signs up each month.
Biggest Loser- Join the fun for eight months and your name will be entered in for the Biggest Loser. While you are having fun with your teammates each month you will also need to stay disciplined to yourself. There will be ONE Biggest Loser Winner at the end of the year to the person that has lost the most percentage in weight. *Must join all 8 months to be entered
Weigh in each month. Bring your $5 to join for that month. Teams will be randomly put together and you will be notified who your teammates are for each month.
DID YOU KNOW ABOUT...? myEchart App!
Most of us are aware of MyeChart to access our personal health information at St. Anthony Regional Hospital or St. Anthony Clinics. But DID YOU KNOW that there's a handy app for your smart phone? It's so convenient! If you didn't have it before, waste no more time and download the app today. Click HERE for Apple App Store or HERE for Google Play for the download.
Check out these fun facts about the month of May from the Old Farmer's Almanac
HOSPITAL WEEK: MAY 9-15, 2021
If you have items to submit for The PULSE, please contact Ali Bauer, Paula Lambertz, or Stacey Vonnahme. Thank you.