May 2024 - The Pulse

The Pulse

LogoGeared up to celebrate Hospital Week! 

The St. Anthony Hospital Week Committee has spent significant time preparing a fun week May 12-18! 

Check the carousel monitors and email for daily updates and more information.

Big thanks to the committee members: Alicia J. Perry, Amy J. Osborne, Brook M. Mikkelsen, Christina M. Johnson, Hallie M. Golay, Jackie A. Mancini, Janell J. Schoenfeld, Julie A. Clancy, Lisa M. Balsley, Matt W. Kimpson, Nancy J. Croghan, Stefani R. Yetmar

 3rd Annual Mental Health Awareness 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, May 4, 2024
9:00 am
Carroll Middle School

Click here to register for the event!

shirtThis annual event was created to raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental health. There will be a silent auction, booths from mental health partners as well as snacks and drinks. Bring the whole family!

All proceeds will go towards the needs of the mental health community. 

  • Registration will begin at 8:00 am.
  • The run/walk will begin at 9:00 am.
  • The starting and finishing location will be at Carroll Middle School in Carroll, IA. There will be course markers along the path.
  • Silent auction will close at 10:30 am with winners announced at that time. 


logoWe Are One St. Anthony - Blue Chips

Some things in life and at work are much more important than others. We call those important items Blue Chips. Getting the most from life requires each of us to take the time to understand what is important to focus on and what is not. We call this having a Blue-Chip mindset. Because our mindset affects the choices we make from moment to moment, this understanding gives us a tool to choose activities - the Blue Chips - that will help us achieve our goals and objectives. This applies to our personal lives and work lives. Having a Blue-Chip focus at work may help us find time to focus on other Blue Chips in our lives.

Blue Chip

Additional Happenings During Hospital Week:

Shelves of Grace Donation Drive

Donation tables will be set up in the Atrium all week long.

Shelves of Grace is a hospital-based program dedicated to improving the lives of the families we serve by assisting with nutritional gaps, hygiene product needs and transportation challenges.

Shelf stable items needed include: rice, pasta, sauce, canned tuna & chicken, soup, canned vegetables & fruit, cereal, Ensure, juices, Jell-O

Household Items: dish soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets, toothpaste, body soap, lotion *free and clear detergents and soaps preferred. 

Baby Items: wipes, diapers, onesies, blankets, bibs

Cash is also accepted.


ACS May Baskets

We are pleased to announce that we will be doing a Relay for Life “May Basket” fundraiser again this year! This event has been a great success in the past to raise money for the American Cancer Society to help patients and families in our community.

Relay For Life May Basket Silent Auction details:

  • The silent auction is Tuesday, May 14th in the St. Anthony Atrium, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • All departments are encouraged to donate a basket, which can take the form of items in any type container! Use your imagination!
  • Please bring baskets to the Atrium between 7:00 - 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 14.
  • If you have a registered Relay For Life team, the proceeds from your auction items will go to your team!

This event is open to the public.

For questions, please contact Steph Neumayer at ext. 5068


AlexiTreasuring Talent: Alexi "Grapes" Kunert

Alexi has been with St. Anthony for 3 years. She is currently working in our Clinic.

Alexi always makes her co-workers smile and they are grateful that she is willing
to help in the department & with patients in any way.

Two fun facts about Alexi: She will be getting married soon, and her nickname is ‘Grapes’!

Thank you Alexi for all that you do and for being a part of our St. Anthony team!

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 Reflection from the desk of Chaplain Angelo

Healthcare is messy. From bodily functions to working relationships to insurance reimbursementsAngelo and many other things not mentioned here. It can be maddening. So why do we keep coming at it? Sure there are other options, but before you go look, let’s dig deeper.

Let’s go back to the origins of St. Anthony Regional Hospital. Carroll people needed healthcare and Fr. Kuemper heard their call. Fr. Kuemper had to convince the burgeoning town that a new hospital had to be built, considering that there was another hospital already. However, he felt that a Catholic hospital would be able to address the whole person. He had volunteers go to people’s homes to ask for money. “Although money was scarce during this time and some parishes did not grant permission to solicit, the group raised $6,000.” So money was hard to come by in the past, so why is it different today?

Who was going to staff the hospital? Well, we know that it would be the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The Sisters did not have the latest tools or technology in medicine, so they adapted and were resourceful. For instance, they had a garden and an animal farm, to which they plucked vegetables and butchered the meat, cooked it, and then served it to the patients and families.

All of them could have walked away and be done with it, but they did not. They kept at it everyday despite of the challenges because their faith and mission was to go towards the brokenness and suffering and to help alleviate it. And isn’t that why we went to healthcare in the first place?

So, it was messy yesterday as it is messy today and it will be messy tomorrow. However, what called Fr. Kuemper and the FSPA in the past is the same what calls us today and in the future; to care and heal the soul, body, and community.

In short, healthcare is messy, but it is that mess that beckons us to go towards it. We can make it better for the sake of others. And I hope that this work enriches us and makes us want to keep coming back.

-Chaplain Angelo Luis


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

  • Kennady, MSP
  • Aaron, CCU
  • Lashell, Environmental Services
  • Madison, Emergency Dept
  • Angelina, Carroll Clinic
  • Molly, Nursing Home
  • Hallie, MSP
  • Addison, Food & Nutrition
  • Fatyma, Patient Registration
  • Jorden, Radiology/CT
  • Tammie, Nursing Home

 Our condolences for your loss this past monthCondolences

  • Dr. Brian Boes, Clinic, for the loss of his mother.
  • Sinjin Smith, Anesthesia, for the loss of his grandfather-in-law.
  • Stacy Heithoff, SDS, for the loss of her grandfather.
  • Caitlin Cook, ED, for the loss of her mother.
  • Bailee Schliesman, Quality, for the loss of her infant niece. 
  • Alyssa Willenborg, Cancer Services, for the loss of her grandfather.


Linda Bauer celebrated her retirement with coworkers earlier this week! Happy last day, Linda!


St. Anthony Foundation News: Nursing Home Bus

About one year ago Chaplain Angelo spearheaded the initiative to raise funds to purchase a multi passenger, wheelchair accessible bus that can be used for the St. Anthony Nursing Home, Garden View, Orchard View and our senior services residents. After a well-run marathon, a duck race, a bake sale, several memorial gifts, a gift from the Carroll County Foundation and other special gifts, we are approaching the GOAL!

If you would like to contribute to the bus fund, payments accepted are cash, credit card, check or Venmo. Any amount is honored and welcomed. Click here to make a payment online or visit the Foundation office on the 4th floor of the Surgery Center.

Visual of a prospective bus.



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