May 2022 - The Pulse

The Pulse

In This Edition

Allen Anderson, CEO and President

Brook Mikkelsen, Director of HR  Foundation News Welcome to our New Co-Workers
Dr. Goding Department Spotlight Condolences National Health Observances
Did you Know?  The Plate

Allen Anderson, President & CEO beginning July 1.

Let's get to know the new CEO & his family!Andersen

Allen and his wife Melissa have been married for 14 years. Professionally, Melissa is an occupational therapist.

They have a son Jonas, 10, and a daughter Aubrey, 8. Jonas loves sports and is interested in baseball, basketball, and football. He is also a junior black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys musical arts playing the piano and guitar. Aubrey loves dance and has been doing dance competitions for the past couple of years. She also plays the piano.

Outside of work/school, the Andersons love spending time as a family at their lake place, golfing, boating, swimming, and hiking - anything outdoors! They are passionate about health and exercise. Allen is a runner and tries to do 2-3 trail races per year.

We are excited to welcome Allen to St. Anthony soon!

Welcoming a Familiar Face, Dr. GodingGoding

We are welcoming a familiar face as an official part of the St. Anthony team - Dr. Richard Goding

As the hospital builds upon the St. Anthony Orthopedics program, Dr. Goding and the staff will continue to provide full-time orthopedic services to the community and west-central Iowa. 

Read the full news release here.

An exciting step for Dr. Goding and St. Anthony Orthopedics!

Brook Mikkelsen, Director of Human Resources

On Monday, May 9, Brook Mikkelsen will be starting her position as the Director of Human Resources!

BrookBrook and her husband Scott have a daughter, Aliyah (9), and a son, Alec (7). Brook and her husband stay busy supporting their kids who are involved in many sports and activities. 

Brook says, "Aliyah is in dance, takes acting and singing classes, and plays soccer, softball, basketball, and volleyball. Alec takes piano lessons and plays soccer, baseball, and basketball. We recently got a puppy this past winter - a little cockapoo named Archie. He adds another level of busyness to our lives but is definitely a part of our family now!" 

When the Mikkelsen family has free time, they have movie nights with popcorn, enjoy being outside and playing games like bags, bocce ball, and badminton, swimming, grilling, and/or relaxing by a fire in the evenings. Brook enjoys reading and exercising. 

Welcome, Brook! 

Department SpotlightGarden View

Garden View has 7 full-time, 5 part-time, and 8 PRN employees!

Here's what Garden View has to say: 

We have been challenged by staffing issues at times, but overall we seem to have pretty good staffing compared to most healthcare entities. 

We (Garden View) are most proud of the community and culture we have developed. We have happy tenants and satisfied staff which makes for great days. Garden View is fully occupied and receive calls almost daily inquiring about our program.GV

Fun Facts:

  • Our CNAs are allowed to pass tenant medications but must complete a medication manager course beforehand.
  • We have 36 apartments.
  • We are staffed 24/7 and always have a nurse supervisor on-call.

Pictured are 6 of our full-time staff members:

Back row: Jaycie Schwenk, Marissa Hoyle, Renee Greve, Amy Halbur

Front row: Kelly Kaspersen, Erin Eickman

Keep up the great work, Garden View!

We are celebrating National Hospital, Nurses & Nursing Home Week starting Monday!

The BBQ Food Truck is FREE

Choose from one of the following times for Dr. Deming's presentation: Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. Dr. Deming is also presenting at the Carrollton Event Centre at 6 p.m.

Hospital Week 

The First Annual St. Anthony Mental Health Matters 5K - A BIG Success!

The first annual St. Anthony Mental Health Matters 5k was successful as more than 90+ people braved the cold to walk and run the Sauk Rail Trail to raise awareness for mental health. After the race, participants bid on silent auction items and socialized at Whiskey Run in Maple River. Plains Area Mental Health, National Alliance on Mental Illness of Carroll, Family Resource Center, and Catholic Charities were present to provide information about their services. Overall, the race raised approximately $4,500, which will go towards the needs of mental health patients.

Round of applause for you all!

Mental Health Run

It's Finally Warming Up - Enjoy Shaved Ice & Chat with Perdue Global

Shaved Ice

Let's Get Moving!

Still trying to find a workout that isn’t ‘hard work’? Or makes you feel like a kid again? How about biking? In honor of National Bike to Work Week May 16-May 22nd below are some safety tips, ideas, and benefits for putting the “FUN” back into physical activity with biking.

  • Essential equipment to make your activity safe includes a bike and a helmet that correctly fits your head.
  • Know your route: is it a car-free area? Follow the rules of the road if not in a car-free area.
  • Consider borrowing a bike from a friend or neighbor to try before you buy. 
  • Ease into your biking activity, starting with 10 minutes a few days of the week, working up to the recommended 150 minutes of moderate activity each week or more.
  • Biking puts less stress on your joints than some other common activities such as running and walking.
  • Invite a family member or friend to join you, biking can be a great way to site see and get social! Try the Sauk Rail Trail!
  • Biking what a great way to enjoy the outdoors. If you aren’t able to bike outdoors due to the weather or other circumstances, consider indoor cycling on a stationary or recumbent bike. Lots of options at local gyms.

Let’s all get moving this month of May, spring is here!

This message is brought to you by Cara Vogl, ARNP, BC-ADM from the Chronic Care Center, Diabetes Services.


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

  • Cassidie Ahart – Denison Clinic
  • Kyra Brincks – MSP
  • Dr. Mark Collison – Carroll Clinic
  • Alexis Guinan – Food & Nutrition 
  • Kim Kobold – Nursing Home
  • Emily Koster – Food & Nutrition 
  • Brayden Schultz – Food & Nutrition 
  • Terynn Schultz – Food & Nutrition 
  • Elias Vellenueva – Food & Nutrition 

The Plate 

Spring Seasonal Produce Guide 

What's in season now? Knowing what seasonal produce is available can help you and your family incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet. And it's typically cheaper when in season!

  • Asparagus
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Herbs
  • Kiwifruit
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Pineapple
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

For a full list, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture's website here.

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

  • Haley King (CT) for the loss of her grandmother.
  • Brandi Strautman (Foundation) for the loss of her father-in-law.
  • Amy Wiskus, Quality Management, for the loss of her grandmother.
  • Kaitlin Geake, ER, for the loss of her grandfather.
  • Meagan Ladwig (Home Health) for the loss of her grandmother.
  • Shannon Anschutz (Home Health) for the loss of her mother-in-law.

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, May 19, 9:00-10:00 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 to Stacey Vonnahme at x5287 or and make plans to attend Thursday, May 19, 9:00-10:00 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 KnowGarden View has a Facebook Page

Since Garden View is our Department Spotlight this month, let's keep the recognition going! Did you know Garden View has a Facebook page? Click here to stay up to date on the latest fun at GV! They have over 5,500 people following their page - WAY TO GO!


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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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