September 2022 - The Pulse
Jill Schultes-Pudenz Recipient of the DAISY Award
Jill Schultes-Pudenz, RN was presented with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at a reception with her family and co-workers last week. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform daily.
A portion of the nomination submission read: “As a mother of three premature children, I have spent many months in hospitals as a parent and advocate. I have watched many nurses care for my children, and Jill stands out above the rest because of her gentle way of getting to know her patients and their family members. My daughter was the first pediatric patient Jill cared for, and even though my 4-month-old daughter could not respond, Jill spoke to her and explained everything to her. Jill asked me about my daughter’s preferences and history. Jill had empathy and was sensitive to our history. She is a one-of-a-kind nurse!”
Pictured is Jill with her family at the award reception last week.
Thank you, Jill, for going above and beyond for patients, families, and our community!
Two Education Staff Earn Specialty Certifications
Congratulations to Christina Johnson BSN RN-C, Clinical Educator, and Christina Woerdehoff BSN, RN-C, Education Supervisor, as they have both completed specialty certifications in their fields.
Christina Johnson BSN, RN-C NICN - Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
Christina Woerdehoff BSN, RN-C CHSE - Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator
Education Services received grant funding to make ANCC certification testing available for nurses across the St. Anthony organization. Certification is recognized as a powerful achievement for nurses, validating their specialized knowledge and demonstrating their professional commitment to promoting quality care.
Make plans now to schedule certification or renewal by December 2022 to take advantage of this opportunity! Certifications, representing a wide variety of practice areas, are available. Contact Education Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Click here to view the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification page.
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Here's what the Cancer Center Team has to say:
We have grown so much these past two years. It has taken the entire team effort to expand our services which now include genetic testing opportunities and clinical trials. We are offering SBRT treatments in radiation oncology. The continued community support helps enhance our mission and to care for the patients and families we serve.
Most Proud: The majority of the Cancer Center RNs are oncology certified with two more taking the exam this year. We have had no turnover unless a staff member retired!
Biggest Challenge: Our biggest challenges are changes with insurance authorizations for treatments and finding transportation for patients that are in need.
Things we do that no one realizes: In our first year in the new Cancer Center we were able to grow our new patient referrals by 20% and had over 15,000 patient visits. We are in the process of commissioning a chemo-mixing robot. Once up and running, our Cancer Center will be the first in the nation to have this technology.
Missing from the photos: Infusion Therapy: Jane Hackfort, Sara Hocker, Courtney Sibbel, Heather Kellner, Alyssa Willenborg; Medical Oncology: Sheryl Bolton and Jeanie Boeckman; Radiation Oncology: Katie Decker, Kellie Brenny and Hope Petzenhauser; Patient Support: Krista Heuton, Angelo Luis, Melissa Schultes, Abbie Mihannah and Mindi Rotert
Keep up the great work, Cancer Services Team!
Second Annual SuperDraft Tournament a Huge Success
Softball enthusiasts participated in the second annual Carroll SuperDraft Tournament on May 14, 2022, which raised funds to provide assistance for patients seeking treatment at St. Anthony Regional Cancer Center. Recently, the Carroll SuperDraft committee presented a donation of $10,000 to directly help patients experiencing financial difficulties as a result of their illness. Our very own, Katie Decker, dosimetrist at the cancer center, along with her husband, Tad, are part of the SuperDraft Committee. Other members of the committee include Colby and Nicole McCarville, Katie and Kyle Cornelius, and Kevin Nepple.
Pictured are SARH staff with the SuperDraft Committee receiving the donation on August 25th.
Slowpitch Tournament Raises $800 for St. Anthony Hospice
St. Anthony partnered with WP Trucking to host the first annual 14" co-ed softball tournament on August 21st. Nearly $800 was raised from the event and then donated to St. Anthony Hospice.
A big thanks to Wes Pudenz for coordinating the tournament and the City of Carroll for preparing the fields.
St. Anthony put together a team to join in the fun! #TeamNoScrubs
Meet your new co-workers who joined us this past month.
- Angelica Baker - Nursing Home
- Blake Boell - Food & Nutrition
- Loa Boell - Patient Registration
- David Brickles - Maintenance
- Kristyn Fletcher - Cancer Center
- Joseph Foster - Food & Nutrition
- Brian Grundmeier - Food & Nutrition
- May Hopper - Food & Nutrition
- Emilee Lakner - Cancer Center
- Brianna Meyer - Food & Nutrition
- Brooke Petersen - Home Health
- Samantha Pick - MSP
- Kenedy Schaefer - Nursing Home
- Jennifer Stadtlander - MSP
- Brian Warnke - Maintenance
- Alyssa Willenborg - Infusion Therapy
Construction is officially underway for the new dialysis unit! The unit is relocating to the first floor where the old oncology and infusion unit used to be located.
The construction crew has placed temporary walls that will remain in place until the completion of the project.
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!
Our condolences for your loss this past month
- Trav Tonsfeldt (IT) for the loss of his grandmother.
- Katie Decker (Cancer Center) for the loss of her grandmother.
Let'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!
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Best wishes to our co-workers who celebrate their special day this month. Click here for the full list.
St. Anthony Foundation News: Employee Campaign
The 2022-23 Employee Campaign will begin soon! We have another exciting project for you to support this year, as well as options to support the Hospice department and SOS program.
Watch your mail for more information and return your commitment as soon as possible. Your financial support of these programs sends a strong message to our community. It’s a sign that we care about our mission to serve west central Iowa to the best of our abilities.
All gifts are appreciated; please participate at whatever level is possible for you. Your support is greatly valued!
Maps of the St. Anthony Campus are on our website!
We sometimes forget that some of the most basic items can be found on our website, including maps of our parking areas and of each floor of the hospital. VISIT HERE.
If you have items to submit for The PULSE, please contact Brandi Strautman.
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