Volume 2, Issue 15 - May 14, 2009
New Daily Advertising
Look on the front page of the Lexington Herald-Leader for a Saint Joseph Health System ad daily. Several rotating ads will appear in this spot to promote our latest advancements in medicine, upcoming events and recruitment efforts. This daily advertising will allow promotion of multiple services on an ongoing basis, and strengthen the Saint Joseph Health System brand across central Kentucky.
Saint Joseph Health System's ads will be the only advertising on the front page, and marks the first time the paper has allowed any advertising in this premium front page location.
Below are a couple of Saint Joseph Health System's ads that were the first to run on the front page of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Check the paper every day!
Copy (second ad): Saint Joseph Health System has always been at the forefront of health care. Now look for us on the front page, too. The award-winning hospitals of Saint Joseph Health System will keep you informed of the latest advancements in medicine on a daily basis, here on the front page.
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Saint Joseph Health System employees are invited to complete the Employee Climate Assessment from Monday, May 18 - Friday, May 29. This anonymous online survey is your assessment of our organization and your department manager. Your valuable feedback will be used to assist the leadership team with identifying opportunities for improvement in the organization. Please take just a couple of minutes to complete the survey online.
Online Survey Instructions:
· Please go to the following Web site: www.healthstreamsurveys.com
· Please begin the survey and follow the instructions as indicated.
Computers will be available at each facility to use in completing the survey. Please check with your Human Resources department for the location of available computers. Also, each facility has some GREAT PRIZES planned for those employees who complete the survey! Listen for prize details in your Daily Line-Up meetings. Thanks in advance for your feedback!
At Flaget Memorial Hospital, you will notice some changes in the cafeteria in an effort to support the system's "Go Green" initiatives. New environmentally-friendly disposable containers are available; however, there will be a charge for each container if you choose this option. You will also notice new, reusable cups to complement the reusable plates and silverware already in use. Way to GO GREEN!
An effort of the Working Green, Living Green Team!
WellSpring Opens in Berea
WellSpring is the name of a new gift shop at Saint Joseph - Berea that opened May 13. It will be distinguished by new choices of merchandise to encourage better health and wellness. The goal for the new gift shop is to serve as a resource center for patients, visitors, employees and volunteers. It will offer items and information to help customers manage challenges to their health and well-being as a step in creating the optimal healing environment. WellSpring features a fountain, plants and soothing music which create a relaxing atmosphere. Items will continually be added to the store's merchandise selection.
WellSpring opened on the heels of the new Balance Wellness Center at Saint Joseph - Berea, which offers exercise equipment and weights as well as resources for good nutrition and lifestyle balance 24 hours a day.
New Service Offered at Saint Joseph - Berea Rehab
Saint Joseph - Berea physical therapist Lori Howard has just received her certification in ASTYM treatment. It's a rehab process that effectively treats chronic tendon disorders, scar tissue and fibrosis. The goal of ASTYM treatment is to stimulate the body's healing response, resulting in the resorption and remodeling of scar tissue and the regeneration of degenerative tendons. Diagnoses which respond well include: tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis, plantar fasciitis, back pain, and many more musculoskeletal problems. Saint Joseph - Berea's Rehab is now accepting patients with valid prescriptions.
New Cafeteria Night Hours at Saint Joseph Hospital
Beginning Monday, May 18, the cafeteria at Saint Joseph Hospital will extend its hours. It will now be open for third shift employees from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The grill will stay open until 8 p.m. These new operating hours will remain as long as the cafeteria is utilized during these extended hours.
Capacity Alert Update for Saint Joseph Hospital & Saint Joseph East
The capacity alert Guidelines for Bed Capacity was created at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East with the intent to help implement steps to address and expedite patient flow when bed capacity is limited.
summary, the criteria used for determining
The capacity alert status will soon be paged overhead when Saint Joseph Hospital/Saint Joseph East is within the guidelines of either Yellow or Red status. Example: "Attention all hospital staff and physicians, we are currently at Yellow Patient Capacity Alert."
In addition, Capacity Alert Poster boards (pictured above) will be displayed in all patient care areas to alert hospital staff and physicians of the status.
E-mails and/or faxes related to the capacity status will be sent to office managers of surgeons and hospitalists to alert them of the need to join the hospital's efforts in expediting discharges and rapid transfers when applicable. For more information, contact Melanie Sanguigni, House Administrator at SJH.
Blood Glucose Control Protocol and SQ Insulin Standing Orders
Saint Joseph Health System is committed to achieving moderate blood glucose control of below 180mg/dL (not intense control). Based on research, use of basal insulin is recommended to help achieve target goals. However, use of sliding scale insulin (correction insulin) as solo therapy is not recommended.
In working with Dr. Villaran, KIMA, and the Lexington Clinic Hospitalists, the Blood Glucose Control protocol at Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East has been changed to reflect the recommendations of basal/bolus insulin use.
As of May 11 at Saint Joseph Hospital and on May 25 at Saint Joseph East, the revised blood glucose control protocol will be available for use. This includes:
• Blood Glucose Control Protocol:
• SQ Insulin Standing Orders:
A CME program on this research will be presented on June 25 and 26. For questions or concerns, contact Dana Graves at 859.313.1282.
Medical Volunteers Needed for Diabetes Walk
Volunteers are needed to be on the medical support team for the "Step Out to Fight Diabetes" walk at Keeneland on Saturday, May 30. The primary duty includes monitoring walkers for signs of distress or assistance needed. Volunteers are stationed at points along the route. There will be EMS and ham radio operator support. If you’re interested, please contact Karen McKnight at 859.313.4282.
Teen Volunteers Needed for Summer Program
Numerous opportunities for teens in patient-care and non-patient care placements are available at Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph - Jessamine. Volunteering is a great opportunity for your teens to obtain career experience or fulfill community service hour requirements for classes and clubs. Volunteer experience looks great on college or scholarship applications, and teens also receive the personal satisfaction of helping others.
To apply for the Saint Joseph Summer Teen Volunteer Program, or for more information, visit www.SaintJosephVolunteers.org. Teens must be 14 years old by the end of June 2009 to participate in this program. Call 859.313.1290 for additional information.
Scholarships for Students in Colleges of Nursing
The Margaret T. Stoeckinger Foundation Health Ministry/Parish Nursing Scholarship Program provides supplemental funding for tuition, books and fees for students with a documented history of service to their parish, congregation, church, synagogue, or mosque in order to enable them to attend accredited baccalaureate or graduate nursing programs.
Students can receive up to $5,000 for one year. Recipients may reapply and compete for funding for successive years. Recipients are expected to participate in some health ministry activity or project during the scholarship period. Each recipient will be invited to attend a foundation board meeting to share his/her ministry experience. The goal of the scholarship program is to encourage nursing students to explore, learn more about, and develop an interest in pursuing volunteer and career opportunities in the area of Health Ministry and Parish Nursing.
Applications are due by Tuesday, June 2. Contact Claudia Carroll, SJHS HR, for more details or a copy of the application. She can be reached at 859.313.1678 or toll-free at 1.800.755.4344, ext. 1678.
Happy Hospital Week
Hope you're having a wonderful Hospital Week! Several events were planned this week throughout Saint Joseph Health System to celebrate our employees and volunteers.
Here's what's on tap for this Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15:
SAINT JOSEPH - BEREA
JOSEPH HOSPITAL, SAINT JOSEPH EAST, SAINT JOSEPH - JESSAMINE
JOSEPH - LONDON
JOSEPH - MARTIN
JOSEPH - MOUNT STERLING
Pediatric Assessment at Saint Joseph - Berea
Dr. Peter Bernard, Chief of Staff for the University of Kentucky’s Neonatal Transport Team, has agreed to provide an in-service detailing the critical points to Pediatric Assessment. The program will be held Thursday, May 14 at 3 p.m. in the Board Room at Saint Joseph - Berea. Many staff members are already scheduled to attend; however, if you are not scheduled and are interested, please feel free to attend this informative program.
Book Fair at Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph volunteers will host a “Books are Fun” Book Fair next week in the Saint Joseph Hospital lobby by the gift shop. Cash, checks, credit/debit cards and 21-day post dated checks are accepted.
Blood Drive at Saint Joseph Hospital
Health care professionals are in it for life. The least we can do is share a little of it. Join us for our upcoming blood drive:
you have any questions, contact Tim
Mullins at 859.313.1508.
Golf Ball Drop - Tickets on Sale - Win $1,000!
All Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East employees will have the opportunity to purchase Golf Ball Drop tickets for the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Golf Tournament. The Golf Ball Drop will be TELEVISED on WKYT- Channel 27 during the 11 p.m. newscast on Monday, June 15 and 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.
$5 for One Ticket or $10 for Three Tickets. Only 1,000 Golf Ball Drop tickets will be sold – So don’t miss your chance to win $1,000!
Tickets will be sold:
Saint Joseph Hospital
Saint Joseph East
All Golf Tournament proceeds go toward the Saint Joseph Free Health Clinic, Appalachian Outreach Program and Patient and Family Assistance Fund. If you have any questions, please contact Anna Taylor at 859.313.2055.
Community Health Fair in Jessamine
The Saint Joseph - Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center (SJJ) is partnering with Jessamine Christian Church to host a free community health fair on Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will offer health screenings, educational resources and medical professionals speaking on various healthy living topics. In between awareness opportunities, parents can let their children bounce on the “moonwalk” and play a round of putt-putt. All events will take place on the SJJ campus in Nicholasville. This event is free and open to the public. Call 859.245.0528 with any questions.
Get Healthy Berea Community Event
Saint Joseph - Berea, in partnership with the Saint Joseph - Berea Foundation, is presenting the first annual “Get Healthy Berea” community event on Saturday, June 6. Get Healthy Berea will provide educational opportunities and health resources, focusing on areas such as healthy eating, stress relief, green living, nutrition and health screenings. Get Healthy Berea will also feature an 8-K Trail Run/4-K Walk, 2.5-Mile Fun Ride, and 19-Mile Peytontown Ride. Proceeds will benefit the Patient and Family Assistance Fund. To register for the events, visit www.SaintJosephBerea.org. For questions, contact Greg Gerard at 859.986.6366. T-shirts commemorating the event will be available to individuals who pre-register by Friday, May 29!
Relay For Life Activities in London
The East Laurel Yard Sale to benefit Saint Joseph - London's Relay for Life team is scheduled for Saturday, June 6. Donations are appreciated and can be dropped off at the East Laurel Center, or call Kellie Proffitt for arrangements. Planning committee members are selling Luminaries for $5 each. It’s a great way to honor someone’s passing, or to celebrate their battle against cancer. Contact Candice Fox at 606.877.6133 for details.
The Relay For Life event will be held at the Optimist Center on Friday, June 19. Please join us in our fight for a cure. If anyone is interested in participating on the Saint Joseph - London Team, please contact Candice Fox at 606.877.6133.
Relay for Life Update in Martin
To date, Saint Joseph - Martin has raised $2,731.60 for Relay for Life; this total is 23% of the team's goal of $12,000. Relay for Life will be held Friday, June 12 at Archer Park. So far, 20 walkers are registered. If everyone raises their $100.00 that will be $2,000 bucks! Please contact Mary Martin or Robin Bartrum if you want to join the Relay for Life team.
Current fundraisers include the CHED/Pharmacy Father's Day Basket raffle (buy your ticket in Registration) and a Yankee Candle Sale in Physician Billing. More fundraisers are planned; watch for details.
You can access LEARN from the home page of Inside CHI, several rows below the HR/Payroll Connection site (under “My Tools”). You need to create a password and review learning assignments and due dates.
Get in the habit of checking this site frequently for LEARN assignments. You also need to visit HR/Payroll Connection frequently to check your payroll and PTO time for accuracy. Did you know that if you do not log in to the site, your login and password will be inactivated after 180 days for HR/Payroll Connection and LEARN? Please begin the habit of checking HR/Payroll Connection and LEARN every pay period!
on to LEARN: Inside CHI Homepage (http://home.catholichealth.net)
Basic Medical Library Information Skills Class
Get hands-on experience in using Saint Joseph Health System’s medical information resources, including the Virtual Medical Library. This course is open to anyone interested in using these resources for work, study or research. Also, it's a good way to learn about resources for consumer health and patient/family information.
Governor Beshear Honors Saint Joseph's Nurses
Governor Steven Beshear penned the following letter to the nurses of Saint Joseph Health System in appreciation of their invaluable and immeasurable service. The letter was sent last week in honor of Nurses Day and Nurses Week celebrations.
To the Nurses of Saint Joseph Health System:
On behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, I am pleased to recognize your many contributions at Saint Joseph. The dedication you show every day in treatment and assistance is essential to patient care, and I commend you for the hard work and compassion you display.
As we approach National Nurses Day, it is an especially appropriate time to honor the individuals who devote their hours to healing the sick, working with families, and providing a number of services that go unrecognized. Kentucky certainly appreciates your hard work and devotion to caring for the ailing citizens of the Commonwealth. I hope you are aware of the inspiration your actions cause, and I would be proud to receive care from any of you. Best wishes for another year of exceptional care.
Employee Service Recognition Dinner in Lexington
Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph - Jessamine held their annual Employee Service Recognition dinner at the Crowne Plaza hotel on Monday, April 27. Four hundred and forty one employees were recognized for their years of dedicated service and were allowed to bring one guest to the event. In total more than 300 people were in attendance for the buffet dinner and ceremony.
Employees with more than 25 years of service were individually recognized and received a certificate from President Ken Haynes. Two employees celebrated 40 years with Saint Joseph Hospital: Tony Pecoraro of CHI Information Technology and Ernestine Harris (pictured above with President Ken Haynes) of Environmental Services.
YEARS OF SERVICE
YEARS OF SERVICE
Not pictured: Agnes Jordan (3E cardiac unit), Linda Presley (cardiac cath lab), Debbie Ochenkoski (medical ICU) and Kazimiera Kolatorowicz (nutritional services)
Barbara Branson (women's care center) was also recognized for her 30 years of service and is pictured with President Ken Haynes.
YEARS OF SERVICE
Not pictured: Peggy Sutton (cardiovascular), Gina Simpson (laboratory), Megan Switzer (medical staff services), Craig Sprester (nursing administration), Karen Garcia (operating room), Patricia Ruby (patient accounting) and Robert Brummer (materials management)
YEARS OF SERVICE
Not pictured: Kimberly Stevens (ICU South), Sheila Bowman (3 med/surg unit), Susan Hart (administration), Deborah Davidson (breast care center), Nancy Hicks (case management), Ralf Townsend (CHI information tech), Nyra Grange (day care center), Rosetta Tuggle, (environmental services), Naomi Thomas (ICU North), Sue Mattingly (laboratory), Janice Riddle (laboratory), Savada Smothers (neuro/neurolog. unit), Dolly Hamlin (ortho/neuro unit), Carol Grigsby (pre-op/post-op care), Wanda Ratliff (pre-op/post-op care), Kathy Bishop (radiology) and Vianna Gibson (radiology)
Employee Service Recognition Dinner in Berea
Saint Joseph - Berea held its annual Employee Service Recognition luncheon on April 27. Forty-one employees were recognized for their years of dedicated service. Employees were individually recognized and received a certificate from President Greg Gerard. Four employees celebrated 30 years of service: Brenda Mahoney (med/surg), Donna Mahaffey (patient accounting services-switchboard operator), Betty Welch (pharmacy) and Delilah Blair (quality). Two employees celebrated 35 years of service: Emily Shaw (surgery) and Ruth Walker (ICU).
YEARS OF SERVICE
YEARS OF SERVICE
YEARS OF SERVICE
YEARS OF SERVICE
YEARS OF SERVICE
YEARS OF SERVICE
Not pictured: Karen Andrews, Robin Childress, Harold Cole, Kathy Hahn, Kathy Lakes, Sarah Saylor, Elberta Smith, Patty Sturt, Mitchell Taylor, Greta Thompson, Christy Anderson and Malinda Mills
Kentucky Nurse Excellence Awards
Nurses throughout Saint Joseph Health System were nominated this year to represent their hospital at the 28th Annual Kentucky Nurse Excellence Banquet in Shepherdsville, Kentucky on May 8. The statewide recognition banquet included dinner, a motivational speaker and presentations of the Nursing Excellence Awards. The nurses chosen have demonstrated excellence in their nursing field that renders them deserving of the Nursing Excellence Award. Congratulations to the following nurses!
Joseph - London
Joseph - Berea
Joseph Hospital & Saint Joseph East
First Row: Lori Barry, RN-ICU; Marchelle Isaac, RN-CCH; Lynette Laine, RN-Telemetry; Teri Partin, RN-ED; and Julie Spears, RN-PACU
Second Row: Connie Wilson, RN-OR; Christy Bottoms, RN-2 East; Tiffany Calvert, RN-4A; DeeAnne Carlson, RN-ICU South; and Alisha Clark, RN-4IC
Third Row: Shirley Davidson, RN-Cath Lab; Ellen Durrenburger, RN-CCH; Lindsey Edwards, RN-ICU North; Jessica Fields, RN-3B; and Gladys Gimenez, RN-6 Oncology
Fourth Row: Anna Goodlett, RN-EP; Chrystal Hackney, RN-ED; Phillip Scott Hedge, RN-HISSU; Edwina Jo Hensley, RN-5A; and Maggie Howard, RN-CCU
Fifth Row: Brian Merrick, RN-CTVU; Valerie Roseman, RN-5B; Tamara Smallwood, RN-CCU; Jeanette Smiley, RN-PreOp/PostOp; and Amanda Wilson, RN-3E
Congratulations to Shannon Evans, R.N., unit manager of the cath lab and EP lab at Saint Joseph Hospital, for being named a recent recipient of the Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses. A surprise celebration was held for Shannon and she received a certificate, a special Daisy Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture, titled "A Healer's Touch," created by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe, Africa. A banner proudly hangs in her unit announcing the honor and celebrating the nursing profession. Each week, inCommon will highlight one of the recent recipients.
Daisy Award winner Shannon Evans (center, red shirt) received a hand-carved stone sculpture, titled “A Healer’s Touch,” created by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe, Africa, during a surprise celebration thrown by co-workers and members of the executive team at SJH.
Daisy Award winner Shannon Evans and her husband
Best Places to Work in Kentucky Awards Ceremony
The Best Places to Work in Kentucky Dinner and Awards ceremony was held April 21 in the Bluegrass Ballroom of the Lexington Convention Center. Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Hospital and Saint Joseph East were recognized as work communities of choice in an elite list of the top 24 large-sized employers in the Commonwealth. Visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com for details.
Saint Joseph - London's Nurses Week Reception
Saint Joseph - London employees were invited to a reception May 5 to honor all patient care staff during National Nurses Week. They enjoyed door prizes, food and lots of fun! Giveaways consisted of pens, flashlights, iPod speakers, candy containers, drink holders, daily planners, shirts and more.
Saint Joseph - Berea's Nurses Week Events
Saint Joseph - Berea nurses were invited to a special breakfast May 6 to celebrate National Nurses Week; each nurse received a gift. Vendors set up shop to give away products and information. Nurses and all patient care staff enjoyed treats, cookies, punch and cupcakes on the deck May 7 and an ice cream social May 8.
Saint Joseph Hospital's Nurses Week Vendor Fair & Reception
A Nurses Week reception was held May 7 at Saint Joseph Hospital. Nurses enjoyed a breakfast buffet, vendor fair, door prizes and information tables.
Saint Joseph Martin's Visit with Kathy Sanford
Flaget Memorial Hospital's Nurses Week Celebration
Flaget Memorial Hospital's nurses were treated to a luncheon and a cake & punch party, complete with gifts and door prizes, during Nurses Week.
Flaget Memorial Hospital's Pie Throwing Extravaganza
On May 7 Flaget Memorial Hospital celebrated CHI's 13th birthday with cake and ice cream in conjunction with a pie throwing extravaganza! Employees paid $1 per vote on their employee of choice to receive a pie in his or her face. All vote proceeds benefited Relay for Life.