October 2021 - The Pulse

The Pulse

In This Edition
2021 Iowa Hospital Hero Recipient Physical Therapy Month Foundation News Welcome to our New Co-Workers
Department Spotlight The Plate Condolences National Health Observances
Upcoming Diabetes Services Programs Visiting Med Student Did you Know? Clinical Trials Offered at Cancer Center Spirit of Collaboration Award presented

Lisa Kouri Named as a 2021 Iowa Hospital Hero!Lisa Kouri

We congratulate Lisa Kouri, Director of Materials Management and Housekeeping, for being named a 2021 Iowa Hospital Hero by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA)! Lisa, began her career at St. Anthony in 1987 as a Certified Nurse Assistant. Over the years, she worked as a messenger, surgical, and pharmacy technician as well as supply purchasing agent. This experience provided her with the unique skillset to recognize the various departmental needs at St. Anthony, and in 2002, was promoted to her current position.

The Iowa Hospital Heroes award is presented to those who have performed a heroic deed or tirelessly given of their time, talent, and expertise to improve their organization and the world around them. These leaders exemplify honesty, integrity, humility, courage, and commitment.

Click here to read more about why she was nominated and chosen for this award.  We are so proud of you, Lisa!

Department SpotlightChronic Care Center StaffSt. Anthony Chronic Care

There are five full-time staff and four part time staff in the Chronic Care Center.

We are challenged by outgrowing our space! The clinic has become very busy and it can be difficult to see inpatient and urgent referrals on the same day they are received.

We are very proud of the startup and success of our Diabetes Prevention Program. We have earned CDC certification and are a Medicare provider. The Human Resources department has identified this as a great benefit to our employees and offer it for free! Our coaches are health care professionals with Lifestyle Coach certification and guide participants on how to prevent diabetes through lifestyle change with diet, exercise and mindset. We offer two classes per year which are held at various locations in the community. It is a yearlong program but sets participants up for a lifetime of success.

Our department also offers Chronic Disease management including weight loss and pre-diabetes education. St. Anthony employees with traditional insurance from the hospital can see our dietitian for a copay.

Other services offered in the Chronic Care Center include wound and ostomy care, diabetes education offered individually and in a group setting, dietitian counseling for a variety of health conditions.

In photo, front left: Deb Adams, ARNP, CWCN, Carol Snyder, RN, Denise Glass, Receptionist, Madison Hemer, RD, LD.   Back row from left: Carrie Meyers, RN, BSN, CWCN, Deb Dieter, RN, CDCES, Janell Schoenfeld, RN, BSN, CWOCN, Cara Vogl, ARNP, BC-ADM. Missing: Sue Kanne, Receptionist; Nick Menefee, Medical Assistant

Diabetes ServicesUpcoming Programs Announced

The St. Anthony Chronic Care Center provides resources for people with diabetes, diabetes prevention resources and a variety of other services. Following is a look at some of the classes and services coming up this fall:

  • Monday, October 4: October Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support group starts meeting weekly.
  • The November Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support group starts meeting weekly on Tuesday, November 2. 
  • On Friday, November 12th, watch for a free Lunch and Learn which will be open to the public with more details to come. 
  • The December Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support group starts meeting weekly on Monday, December 6th. 

Mission MomentEach year, the Iowa Cancer Consortium presents the Iowa Cancer Champion Award to an individual or organization who has demonstrated commitment to reducing the burden of cancer in Iowa through work on policy, systems and environmental change.

Though St. Anthony Cancer Center was not selected as this year’s recipient, they let us know that we received a well-deserved nomination by Ashley Ezzio.

Ms. Ezzio wrote:

Lori Pietig, Director of Cancer Services at St. Anthony Regional Hospital (along with Dr. Mark Abraham, the cancer care team, patient finance, surgery and radiology staff) was instrumental in providing lifesaving cancer care to an uninsured Iowan. The Care for Yourself Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program provided breast cancer screening services to a participant who was ineligible for health insurance coverage. Through the screening process the individual was diagnosed with breast cancer. The Care for Yourself team immediately began looking for resources to help the individual find access to cancer treatment. All local hospitals and health systems denied the client care due to her insurance status and inability to self-pay.

When contacting St. Anthony, Lori Pietig took charge of this client’s personal care. She rallied her team of experts including surgeons, oncologists, financial advocates, and even genetic counselors. Their swift team work enabled the client to schedule an immediate appointment with a breast cancer surgeon who spoke their preferred language. Within a few short weeks the client underwent surgery to remove the cancer and was given access to genetic testing which revealed a hereditary gene that predisposed her and her family to cancer. Throughout the process Lori ensured her team provided culturally congruent, client centered care. Her efforts were above and beyond what her job description entails. The state of Iowa is fortunate to have such a powerful advocate and leader. For this reason, the Iowa Breast and Cervical Cancer team would like to nominate Lori and her team of dedicated staff for the Iowa Cancer Champion Award.

Lori (and team), thank you for all you do to reduce the burden of cancer for Iowans. Your impact is felt, and Iowans are grateful for you!  

Liz Orton, Outreach Coordinator

Lori Pietig, Director of St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center, honored with Spirit of Collaboration Award

Lori PietigBegun in 2007, the Spirit of Collaboration Award honors an Iowa Cancer Consortium member who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to collaborative cancer control efforts in Iowa. This year, Lori Pietig, Director of St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center in Carroll, has been selected to receive the 2021 Spirit of Collaboration Award.

Lori was nominated by Rachel Schramm, who wrote:

“I am not sure the Consortium has ever had a member quite like Lori Pietig. Being new to her position in a brand new cancer center, Lori brings a wealth of knowledge about her community and medical care and openly shares process information about her programs with others across the state - even inviting leaders and staff from other hospitals in Iowa to tour their facility and 'talk shop' about how to bring services to rural areas.

Similarly, she is not afraid of taking risks which makes her work full of innovation and growth. From a newly formed clinical trials recruitment program, to lung cancer screening, and enhanced social supports for their patients - Lori makes it look easy! She participates in nearly every meeting focused on rural work and recently became a co-chair of the Rural Cancer Workgroup. We are so thankful to have Lori in our network and look forward to many future collaborations!”

Lori became the first-ever cancer services director in the summer of 2020 and oversaw the opening of St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center on December 7, 2020. She has served St. Anthony for more than 17 years and also as director of radiology from 2013-2020. Pietig has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Bellevue University and a bachelor’s degree in medical imaging from Clarkson College. She initially chose the field of radiology due to her passion for patient care and interest in technology, specifically new equipment and interfaces, both qualities that have served her very well as cancer services director.

“Being born and raised in Carroll, I have a strong connection to the individuals the cancer center serves and the needs of our area,” Pietig said. “Our number one focus is to provide the most exceptional patient care experience while continuously searching for ways to best serve our region with treatment options. Working in a community where your friends and loved ones live can be difficult as a medical professional, because you may be with people during their most challenging time in life. Yet when we know it will be our family, friends and neighbors we are caring for at the cancer center, it becomes our life’s work to provide the best care possible.”

Lori will be honored on October 15th during the virtual Iowa Cancer Summit gathering.


We look forward to meeting our new co-workers who joined us this past month. 

  • April Bentley, Food & Nutrition
  • Jack Friel, Food & Nutrition
  • Heather Hinote, ICU
  • Steffany Janssen, BMU
  • Chad Martin, Maintenance
  • Dr. Jillianne Murray, St. Anthony Clinic
  • Esmeralda Perez, Environmental Services
  • Dr. Lindsey Pogge, St. Anthony Clinic
  • Brenna Simmons, Radiology
  • Eric Sturm, IT
  • Kailee Sturm, Food & Nutrition
  • Kadee Sybesma, Nursing Home
  • Katie Utech, Nursing Home

CondolencesOur condolences for your loss this past month.

  • Ashley Brincks (Clinic) for the loss of her father in law.
  • Amy Menson (HR) for the loss of her brother in law.
  • Jennifer Schneider (MSP) for the loss of her grandmother.
  • Cindy Barmier (Birth Place) for the loss of her brother.
  • Carlyss Heuton (Rehab Services) for the loss of her sister.

The PlateThis month, let's talk about 9 Fall Produce Picks to Add to Your Plate

The sun is setting sooner, the nights are getting cooler and wool socks are starting to sound like a good idea. This is the perfect time to celebrate the seasonal produce gems of autumn! Head to your local market and fill your basket with these fall produce picks: Pumpkin, beets, sweet potato, spaghetti squash, kale, pears, okra, parsnips, and cranberries. Visit HERE.  Who and where are some of your favorite produce stops?  

Health Observances

Chris Valentine Memorial

Dani MueggenbergCongratulations to Dani Mueggenberg, Administrative Assistant in Quality!

Dani is the newest board member for the Iowa Association of Medical Staff Services. Her position on the board of directors will begin January 1st. Dani is a Member at Large for Membership.  Thank you for your service!

Careers Here! Help us add to our team and refer your friends to our 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!

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Happy Birthday

Best wishes to our co-workers who celebrate their special day this month. Click here for the full list. 

Medical student Kyle D’mello will be doing his rotation with Dr. Canuso from October 4th-31st and he will be staying on campus.

Kyle D'melloHello, my name is Kyle D’mello and I am a 3rd year medical student from Des Moines University. I was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA and went to undergrad at the University of Iowa.

I am currently looking to specialize in emergency medicine and I hope to couples match with my girlfriend Erin, who is also a 3rd year student at DMU. Besides medicine, my hobbies include watching and playing sports. Tennis is my favorite but I watch and play basically everything! I also enjoy hanging out with my girlfriend, dog, and family, watching TV, and playing video games (when I get time). I am excited to meet you all and look forward to a fun and educational month!

We're looking forward to meeting you too! Welcome to St. Anthony!

Saving LivesSt. Anthony Foundation News

In October, you will receive a mailed invitation at your home to join in this year’s employee campaign. You do so much to care for our patients and your participation in our Saving Lives Employee Giving Campaign is one more way to show just how much you care. Your co-workers, our patients, and our community members are looking to you right now for leadership.

Areas of Focus

  • LUCAS Mechanical Chest Compression Devices
  • St. Anthony Hospice
  • SOS Fund

Gifts can be made with cash, check, payroll deduction, on our website – and new this year, you can make your gift through Venmo. Anyone who gives a minimum of $1.00 per pay period, or $25 by cash, check, or Venmo, will be entered into a drawing for one of several prizes including a month-long pass to park in the hospital parking garage. Plus, the first 100 people to return their forms for the minimum amount will receive a Starbucks Latte. Thanks a Latte!

Watch your mailbox for more information!


There are two dates left in October for you to get your flu vaccination:

  1. Thursday, Oct. 7, 9am-3:30 pm in St. Anthony Room
  2. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7am-11am in St. Clare Room

PLEASE provide documentation of vaccination if you receive it elsewhere. If you choose to decline, a declination form MUST be signed and returned to Employee Health by October 31.

St. Anthony strongly recommends the Flu Vaccine.

flu shot

PT MonthOctober is Physical Therapy Month: Helping you get stronger with each step!

Are you just coming off an injury, surgery, or just have constant pain that just won't go away? If so, Physical Therapy at St. Anthony Rehab Services may be what you need to help with the pain and discomfort, increase range of motion and help return you to the activities you've been missing.

Reasons For Physical Therapy:

  • Reduce Pain - Physical therapy is an effective way to address both acute and chronic pain by using therapeutic exercise, soft tissue and joint mobilization, and other therapy techniques.
  • Avoid Surgery - Although some surgeries are unavoidable, in many cases, physical therapy can be the first method of treatment or helps prior to surgery to improve the outcome.
  • Prevent Injury - Physical therapy can help in diagnosing areas of weakness and poor mobility that may lead to an injury.
  • Strengthening - Physical therapy can help reinforce musculature and help minimize joint pressure by strengthening the muscles associated with injury.
  • Prevent Scar Tissue Build-up - Scar tissue can develop after surgery that may cause discomfort and tightness. Physical therapy can use stretching and other manual techniques to help.

If you want pain relief, enhanced mobility, improvement of strength and flexibility, and good alignment, then physical therapy is an integral part of that healing process. Call St. Anthony Rehab Services at 794-5000 or check out our website for more info HERE. 

Did You KnowSt. Anthony Regional Cancer Center participates in clinical trials

For the first time, in conjunction with Iowa Oncology Research Association (IORA), patients can opt in to participate in clinical trial cancer treatments if they qualify. Read the full blog article here. 

While you're at it, read more about these interesting and little-know facts about clinical trials. 


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