Volume 2, Issue 15 - May 14, 2009

inCommon - Saint Joseph Health System's Electronic Employee Newsletter

Top Story

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.

In this Issue:



     Hospital             Week!

Hospital Week continues ...
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Employee Climate Assessment
May 18–29, 2009

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
· Select the city and state of your hospital.
· Select your hospital from the drop down menu “CHI Hospital” (It may automatically appear).
· Select “Employee Assessment Survey” and click continue (It may automatically appear).
· It will ask you for a password. Please enter the appropriate password below:

Flaget Memorial Hospital: KYFM2009
Saint Joseph - Berea: KYBH2009
Saint Joseph East, Continuing Care Hospital: KYJE2009
Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph - Jessamine: KYSJ2009
Saint Joseph Health System:
Saint Joseph - London: KYMM2009
Saint Joseph - Martin: KYOL2009
Saint Joseph - Mount Sterling: KYMS2009

· 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!

Green Cafeteria Products in Bardstown

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.

In summary, the criteria used for determining
Capacity Zone are:

Beds readily available

No bed in 1 or more service
with ED and/or PACU boarders
Patients waiting > 4hrs for beds

RED Zone
No beds in > 2 services
with multiple boarders in ED and/or PACU
Patients waiting > 4hrs

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.

Revised Blood Glucose Control Protocol and SQ Insulin Standing Orders
for Saint Joseph Hospital & Saint Joseph East

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.

• Basal insulin plus correction achieved <140mg in 66% of patients studied, while correction insulin alone only achieved target in 38% of patients studied.

• Use of correction insulin alone has been associated with poor patient outcomes.

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:

• Does not include insulin orders
• Is nurse driven (implemented on all patients with diabetes or those without diabetes but have glucose >150mg/dL)
• Also includes orders as: A1c, CMP, Lipid profile, consistent CHO diet, FSBG monitoring, Hypoglycemia protocol, use of Insulin pump standing orders

• SQ Insulin Standing Orders:

• Is used to start basal, meal time, and correction insulin
• To activate this, physicians write “Start SQ insulin per SJH 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:

Friday, May 15
Come down to the cafeteria and dine on hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins prepared by some of Flaget’s finest cooks! Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 9:30 p.m., fresh off the grill!

Nacho Party
Thursday, May 14
Get fiesta-ready at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday for the Nacho Party in the Cafeteria!

50s Day Cookout
Friday, May 15

Pull on your favorite poodle skirt or rolled up jeans and cruise to the 50s Day Cookout in the cafeteria on May 15 between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Non-patient care providers are encouraged to dress appropriately for the 50s! (Nice jeans are permitted.)

Walk in My Shoes
Friday, May 15
From 8:00 a.m.-12 Noon on Friday, directors and members of the executive team will shadow employees in their departments/units. Look for them in your areas!

Quiz Prizes
Friday, May 15
The winners of the Hospital Week Quiz will be announced and prizes will be awarded!

Fiesta Picnic
Friday, May 15
Celebrate with a picnic this Friday in the doctor’s parking lot. A “Fiesta Style” lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and dinner from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Hospital employees will receive their free gift at the picnic.

Karaoke Contest
Friday, May 15
The 2nd Annual Karaoke Contest will start at 11:00 a.m. on Friday with physicians and staff planning to participate. Prizes will be given to the contestants and winners of the Karaoke Contest. Video tapes of the contest will be available to purchase for $10 each. If you are interested in a copy, contact Sharon or Tonya in Public Relations next week.

Disney Picnic
Friday, May 15
Dress as your favorite Disney character and enjoy cotton candy and other good treats! Stop by the former Martin Clinic parking lot from 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Look for the tent! Don’t forget the Character Runway Expose that starts at 12:00 noon!

Pizza & Chips Party
Thursday, May 14
Pizza and chips will be served in the Human Resource Conference Room from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 7:30–8:30 p.m.

Friday, May 15
Enjoy cookout favorites from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the HR Conference Room.

Pizza Delivery
Saturday, May 16
Pizza will be delivered to departments at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

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.

Saint Joseph Hospital
Monday, May 18
7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 19
7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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:

Saint Joseph Hospital
Tuesday, May 19
7 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Cafeteria Meeting Rooms

Wednesday, May 20
5 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cafeteria Meeting Rooms

Pre-registration is recommended:
Go to www.kybloodcenter.org. On the left side of the screen, point your cursor on "find a mobile drive" and then click on "search by sponsor code." The SJH sponsor code is 034-522.

Step 1. Enter e-mail address, date of birth and sponsor code (034-522), then click login.
Step 2. Select the date you prefer and then select the time slot (availability of each time slot is listed).
Step 3. You can edit your time slot or confirm and that's it!

If you have any questions, contact Tim Mullins at 859.313.1508.
Photo ID is required for donations.

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
Thursday, May 28
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Outside of the Cafeteria

Pinnacle Building
Thursday, May 28
3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saint Joseph East
Friday, May 29
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Outside of the Cafeteria

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.


LEARN is Live!— Log on Now

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!

Log on to LEARN: Inside CHI Homepage (http://home.catholichealth.net)
Learn More: www.SaintJosephHealthSystem.org/LEARNInfo
SJHS LEARN Administrators: Rusty Sexton, 859.313.2617, and Brenda Harris, 859.313.1828; feel free to contact them with questions.

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.

Saint Joseph Hospital
Tuesday, May 19
2:30-4:00 p.m., Medical Library (ground floor)

Saint Joseph East
Wednesday, May 20
8:00-9:30 a.m., Education Center

Register online at www.SaintJosephHealthSystem.org (education & events calendar). For additional information about this class or other research instruction, call Laurie Henderson at 859.313.1677.


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:

Dear Friends,

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.

Governor Steven Beshear


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.

President Ken Haynes visited with Virginia Hippe (center), nutritional services, and Judith Aldridge (right), educational services, at the Employee Service Recognition Dinner on April 27. Both Virginia and Judy were honored for their 35 years of service.

President Ken Haynes celebrated with (left to right) Rhonda Knapp (ortho/neuro), Rick Cook (respiratory care), Ellen Cook (free health clinic), Clara Shelton (operating room), Chris Mays (CNO/COO), and Rosetta Tuggle (environmental services; 20 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.

Left to Right: Joyce Corbin (clinical documentation), Debra Petrey (case management), Lisa Owens (admitting/registration), Deborah Croucher (neurodiagnostics), Diana Mchenry (pre-op/post-op care), Rose Ford (general accounting), Chie Manuel (environmental services), Patricia Powers (ICU South), Karen Cooper (nursing support), Kathy Johns (health information), and Sherri Napier (school of radiology)

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)

Left to Right: Madeline Rue (CHI clinical engineering), Remedios Haldeman (nutritional services), Laura Otte (nursing administration), Diana Beckett (pre-op/post-op care), Teressa Cozine (ICU South), Ernest Smith (nutritional services) and Lisa Ison (diag. center-radiology)

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).

President Greg Gerard celebrated Ruth Walker's (left) and Emily Shaw's (right) 35 years of service.

Left to Right: Delilah Blair, Brenda Mahoney, Betty Welch and Donna Mahaffey

Left to Right: Devonda Flannery, Debra Hamilton, Bob Kilbourn and Darcy Maupin
Not pictured: Josie Addison

Anne Henderson (left) and Sonja Means (right)
Not pictured: Janie Kirby

Left to Right: Cherry Ruffing, Melissa Gentry and Joyce Rose
Not pictured: Teresa King, Kenneth Lay, Florence Martin, Shannon Strauss, Iva Addison and Janis Carpenter

Left to Right: Bill Shelton, Lorah Shackelford, Debbie Clark, Cindy Morris, Linda Gullette and Linda Loudermilk

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!



Saint Joseph - London
(photo strip on right, from top to bottom)
Brenda Birch, RN-MS
Janet Mosley, RN-ICU
Linda Brumley, RN-CTU
Karen Lovitt, RN-Telemetry
Tracy Chesnut, RN-OB
Teresa Bruner, RN-OP Services
Jennifer Parsons, RN-Cardiovascular Lab
Chasity Cooper, RN-Prep & Recovery
Lisa Estridge, RN-Observation
Margaret Hamblin, RN-Seton Home Health

Saint Joseph - Berea
Sharon Clark, RN-Surgical Services/OPS
Melissa Cosby, RN-Emergency Department
Darlene Matekovich, RN-ICU
Lori Vickers, RN-Medical Surgical unit

Flaget Memorial Hospital
Jennifer Hardin, RN-Medical/Surgical
Pat Russman, RN-Oncology/Infusion
Kelly Sherril, RN-ED

Saint Joseph East
Lori Barry, RN-ICU
Marchelle Isaac, RN-CCH
Lynette Laine, RN-Telemetry                         
Teri Partin, RN-ED
Julie Spears, RN-PACU
Connie Wilson, RN-OR

Saint Joseph Hospital
Christy Bottoms, RN-2 East
Kim Bybee, RN-Radiology
Tiffany Calvert, RN-4A
DeeAnne Carlson, RN-ICU South
Alisha Clark, RN-4IC
Shirley Davidson, RN-Cath Lab
Ellen Durrenburger, RN-CCH
Lindsey Edwards, RN-ICU North
Jessica Fields, RN-3B
Gladys Gimenez, RN-6 Oncology
Anna Goodlett, RN-EP
Chrystal Hackney, RN-ED
Phillip Scott Hedge, RN-HISSU
Edwina Jo Hensley, RN-5A
Maggie Howard, RN-CCU
Brian Merrick, RN-CTVU
Rebecca Ramsey, RN-Radiology
Valerie Roseman, RN-5B
Tamara Smallwood, RN-CCU
Jeanette Smiley, RN-PreOp/PostOp
Amanda Wilson, RN-3E



Saint Joseph Hospital & Saint Joseph East
'Kentucky Nurse Excellence Award' Nominees

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

Daisy Award Winner

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.

Unit Manager of Cath Lab/EP Lab, Saint Joseph Hospital

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

Comments from Shannon Evans' Nomination Form

“Shannon has grown in her position to not only be a great nurse but a respected leader in the Cath Lab. I have personally witnessed her in action from dealing with staff and physician issues to comforting families of patients to giving chest compressions on the stretcher on the way to Cardiac Surgery. I am proud to be her manager. She is respected by all departments and levels of staff.” –Ed Jutt, director of the Saint Joseph Heart Institute

Shannon’s dedication to her profession does not stop when she leaves the hospital. On her way to Key West for vacation, Shannon and her friend & fellow nurse Teresa McKenney saved a man’s life on an airplane. The man had no color or pulse. The two nurses used a defibrillator on the man and kept him stable until the plane made an emergency landing. Read more about their emergency in the sky in the May issue of Common Thread (watch your home mailboxes).

The Daisy Award is a national program that is currently in place at Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph - Berea and Saint Joseph - Mount Sterling, and just recently at Saint Joseph - Martin, Saint Joseph - London and Flaget Memorial Hospital. The award recognizes registered nurses who provide a remarkable patient and family experience. To receive this honor, a recipient's nomination form must be filled with stories and examples of how the nurse has performed in extraordinary ways. To learn more or to nominate someone, visit www.SaintJosephNurses.org, or look for Daisy Award brochures and nomination boxes throughout your hospital.

A Look Back

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.

Flaget Memorial Hospital employees Tracey Bickett, Human Resources, and Ben Wiederholt, VP of Mission Integration, accepted the Best Places to Work in Kentucky award on behalf of the hospital.

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.

Christine Barger, outpatient surgery, dipped her fruit in the chocolate fountain at the Nurses Week reception at Saint Joseph - London.

Health information employees Janet McDaniel (left) and Kim Sargent (right) loaded scrumptious food onto their plates with President Ginna Dempsey (center) during Saint Joseph - London's Nurses Week reception.

Health information employees (from left) Sue Sergent, Angie Smith and Janet McDaniel browsed through the giveaways during Saint Joseph - London's Nurses Week reception.

Bill Thomson (left), radiology, grabbed a daily planner that was available to staff at Saint Joseph - London's Nurses Week reception.

Employees from the operating room, Glenn Isaacs, Rebecca Burnette (front), Kim Burkhart (right) and Heather Baker (cardiovascular surgery, back) took a break from surgery to enjoy the festivities at Saint Joseph - London's Nurses Week reception.

Nutritional services employee Margie Rednour served icy cold root beer floats to employees during Saint Joseph - London's Nurses Week reception.

Supplemental staff member Amanda Napier (center) shopped for giveaways during Saint Joseph - London's Nurses Week reception.

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.

Nursing assistants Heather Agee and Karen Stewart enjoyed staff photos on posters created by each nursing unit at Saint Joseph - Berea.

Liz Covington of the Lab (left) conferred with Maya Hilton of Beauty Control at the Nurses Day Vendor Fair at Saint Joseph - Berea.

Johnna Caudill, RN (left), and Karen Stewart, NA (right), looked over the KODA display at the Nurses Day Vendor Fair at Saint Joseph - Berea.

Ruth Walker, RN (left), and Brenda Marcum, RN (right), enjoyed a complimentary breakfast for nurses in the Boardroom at Saint Joseph - Berea.

The final event of Nurses Week at Saint Joseph - Berea was a traveling ice cream social May 8. Pictured here (from left) are Jennifer Hamblin, Ruth Walker, Johnna Caudill and her daughter, Claire, making sundaes in the emergency department.

A patient care services party on the deck, sponsored by the Saint Joseph - Berea Retention Council, was held May 7 during Nurses Week. Pictured are Betty Durham, Mary Durham, Edna Pingleton and President Greg Gerard.

VP of Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer Pat Patton (center) and President Greg Gerard (right) visited with patient care staff during a party on the deck at Saint Joseph - Berea to celebrate National Nurses Week.

Johnna Caudill (left) helped herself to some punch during a party on the deck at Saint Joseph - Berea to celebrate National Nurses Week.

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.

Chief Nursing Officer/COO Chris Mays (above, center) and President Ken Haynes (back, right) visited with nurses and thanked them for their contributions during the Nurses Week reception at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Pictured (from left) are Clinical Nurse Specialists and Nurses Week Party Planners Marge McMillan, Billie May, Dana Graves, Debbie Kitchen, Debbie Griffith and Vice President of Patient Care Deb Spencer.

Kerry Leach (left), unit manager of dialysis, and Brenda Overstreet (right), a clinical manager on oncology, played a trivia game created by Sherry Simmons in pre-op/post-op that focused on preparing patients for surgery. Players chose a rubber duckie from a pond and won whatever prize was listed on the bottom.

CTVU nurses Dwanett Jarrells (left) and Sherry Quinn (right) enjoyed breakfast and browsing through the vendor fair during the Nurses Week reception at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Tracey McFarland (right), a med-surg clinical educator, walked around the Nurses Week vendor fair at Saint Joseph Hospital, stopping to chat with a representative (former employee Tish Cobb) from Arbonne.

During the Nurses Week vendor fair at Saint Joseph Hospital, Paula Keally from Nursing Informatics promoted the latest updates in PowerChart and the Nursing Web site, www.SaintJosephNurses.org.

Saint Joseph Martin's Visit with Kathy Sanford

Kathleen Sanford, Chief Nursing Officer for Catholic Health Initiatives (center), visited Saint Joseph - Martin May 7 to speak with staff and tour the hospital. During Nurses Week, she also spoke at Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph - Jessamine, which was video conferenced to other hospitals throughout the system. She is pictured above with Saint Joseph - Martin President Kathy Stumbo (left) and Billie Turner (right), VP of Clinical Services/CNO.

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.

Nurses lined up to enjoy cake and punch May 6 at Flaget Memorial Hospital's Nurses Day celebration.

A special cake was made for the nursing team at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

President Bruce Klockars drew names for prizes during the Nursing Celebration at Flaget Memorial Hospital. Also pictured are Shirley Hopper (sitting), Nursing Administration, and Norma Goss, Care Coordination/Utilization Management.

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.

Cheryl Canchola (left), HIM; Delisa Arnold (center), OB and SNU; and Tim Littlejohn, IT, awaited their fate at the Relay for Life "Pie in the Face Extravaganza" at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

Pat Russman (left) and Lori Farley (right) of oncology "thanked" their director, Rick Vancise, for all of his support!

Relay for Life team member Rick Vancise, outpatient services, attempted to clean up the mess Pat Russman and Lori Farley made when they squished a pie in his face (and on top of his head).

Ricky Reiter, infection control, didn't seem to mind getting creamed with a pie. It was for a good cause! All of the proceeds from Flaget Memorial Hospital's "Pie in the Face Extravaganza" May 7 went toward Relay for Life.

Laura LaRue, ED, “pied” Sue Downs, VP of Patient Care Services. Laura won the bid to pie Flaget's new acting COO!

Karl Lusk, chaplain, enjoyed cake at the CHI Birthday Celebration which was held in conjunction with the pie throwing fundraiser at Flaget. CHI celebrated its 13th anniversary May 1.