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Got News? St. Joseph July 2011 Send it to CONNECTED Rachel_C_Peine@ssmhc.com or interoffice mail it to PR and Marketing. INSIDE: Survey Results! p. 2 News for the Employees of SJHC, SJMP and SJHC-W Who Will Get the Pie? p. 2 Pit Master Revealed! p. 3 SSMHC Ranks New Well-Being Initiative Assist, Dig, Block! p. 4 Did You See Firecrackers? Top in Nation! A memo from Sr. Mary Jean Ryan, FSM, CEO SSM Health Care p. 5 I am delighted to announce that we are embarking on a system-wide well-being initiative as part of an SSM commitment to invest in your health. We’re still working out the details, but over the coming months you’ll be hearing SJHC Receives much more about it. I think you will be pleased at the positive Lifeline Award! benefits this initiative will offer you and how it will address SSM Health Care is SSM St. your own unique needs. recognized in a Thomson Joseph There will be fun activities, contests, incentives and Reuters study among the Health celebrations to promote SSM’s commitment to your well- top fifth of health care Center being. It will help you better understand your own current organizations from across recently health status and identify things you can do to become even the country. The “Thomson qualified healthier. This on-going effort will help you take better care Reuters’ The 100 Top for the of yourself over time by doing the things that will make a Hospitals” program recognizes American difference for you. organizations that achieve the Heart As- Is there something you’ve been meaning to do to improve highest national scores based sociation’s your health, but you’ve put it off because it never seemed on nine separate measures Mission: Lifeline Bronze like the right time? Perhaps this initiative will help you move of hospital performance — Quality Achievement Award. forward. Do you know your cholesterol levels? Do you have an operational, clinical and The award recognizes annual physical exam? Knowledge is the first step to change. financial — that affect patients St. Joseph Health Center’s I also want to make you aware that as part of our effort as well as the quality of care commitment and success in to create a healthier workforce, two new policies will go into in the community. implementing a higher effect immediately: SSMHC is listed in the standard of care for heart 1. Beginning July 1, 2011, SSM Health Care facilities in top quintile with 56 other attack patients that effectively Missouri will no longer hire people who use tobacco products. systems including nationally improves the survival and care Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in this known Cleveland Clinic, Mayo of STEMI (ST Elevation country, and nearly half a million people die every year from Foundation, Kettering Health Myocardial Infarction) patients. it. This policy applies only to the hiring of new employees and Network and others. Hospitals that receive this not to current employees. It also applies to volunteers and The results of the annual award have demonstrated employed physicians, because they are part of our workforce. study are in this week’s for 90 consecutive days that Why Missouri? Missouri law allows this policy by health care issue of Modern Healthcare at least 85 percent of eligible providers, and we will encourage legislation in the other states magazine. You can check it STEMI patients (without where we operate so we can adopt similar policies there. SSM out under the “recognition” contraindications) are treated joins many other corporations and health-care organizations in tab at www.modernhealthcare. within specific time frames adopting this policy. com, or look for a copy of the upon entering the hospital 2. In addition, we will make flu shots mandatory for all magazine in the SJHC library. and discharged following the employees, employed physicians and volunteers (except those American Heart Association’s Employee Forum individuals who are exempt for medical or religious reasons) beginning this fall. This policy applies to all employees, recommended treatment Employees can find guidelines. employed physicians and volunteers whether or not they answers and ask questions Thank you to everyone who provide care to our patients. Our SSM infectious disease about the new Well-Being made this possible! experts have recommended that we do this to ensure the Initiative on an internal safest possible environment for our patients and for one forum located at: another. I appreciate your cooperation. http://corporate.ssmhc.com/ If you have additional questions, please contact your human TeamSite/HealthyWorkforce/ resources or employee health department. We will also have a default.aspx Healthy Workforce Forum on the intranet. Page 2 Exceptional Results! Relay for Life Generates Pie Talk! If you want the Look for posters of Employee Partnership Survey Results chance to throw a the leaders on the EMPLOYEE PARTERSHIP SURVEY RESULTS pie in the face of Fun Squad Bulletin one of the members Board on the ground 2010 2011 of the leadership floor. You can cast SJHC Mean Score 78.4% 78.7% team at SJHC, get in your vote for just SJHC %tile 91th 90th line! Employees are $1 per ticket or six plotting strategies Lee Bernstein, NOG COO, tickets for $5 by SJHC Part. Rate 92.9% 92.4% and collecting dollar taunts pie throwers! seeing Sheila Doyle 2010 2011 bills to buy chances or Sandra Williams SJHC-W Mean Score 79.1% 78.5% to be the pie-thrower! in SJHC Oncology Data Services As part of a fundraising (second street level - near SJHC-W %tile 94% 88% project for the American exit); Amanda Williams in SJMP SJHC-W Part. Rate 90.3% 90.6% Cancer Society’s Relay for Radiation Oncology, or stop by Life, nine leaders consented the information desks at SJMP 2010 2011 SSMSL Mean Score 79.3% 78.0% to putting their faces front and SJHC-W. and center for charity. They The leader with the most SSMSL %tile 94th 87th are: Gaspare Calvaruso, votes (money), “gets it” at SSMSL Part. Rate 97.2% 91.6% administration; Aaron 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 in Robinson, Strategic Planning; the St. Peters Room. The pie- Note: The National Average participation rate is 70% Jerry Rumph, diagnostic thrower is determined by a services; Sheryl Richards, HIM; drawing from those who Charlie Boswell Winner: Eric Dewein Mary Frey, patient care; Dr. Jim Hinrichs, chief medical contributed to the winner. If you want to participate in officer; Dr. James Beattie, SSM the St. Charles Relay for Life Cancer Care; and Dr. John Root, on July 15, contact Amanda radiology. Williams at 636-442-7370. DAISY Award Winner: Pat Schroeder From left, Dr. Jim Hinrichs, SJHC chief medical officer, Dr. Laura Sprague, Critical Care, and Eric Dewein, SJHC PACS coordinator. Congratulations to Eric Dewein, PACS Coordinator at SJHC, for winning the 2011 Charlie Boswell Award! The award is given annually for outstanding service to a person serving in a non-clinical role who exhibits the SSM From left, Erin Stopke and Dottie Merritt, team leaders for Telemetry, Pat Mission. It was started in 2006 in memory of Charlie Boswell, Schroeder, RN, Mary Frey, SJHC chief nursing officer, and Kathy Milatovic, a long-standing volunteer and member of the St. Joseph Board team leader 6 C/D. of Advisors who provided outstanding service to SSM St. Joseph Congratulations to Pat Schroeder, RN, who was chosen for the Health Center. Eric was nominated and chosen by the SJHC Daisy award for the month of June! Medical Staff. Pat showed exceptional compassion and provided exceptional Several physicians submitted remarks about Eric, including the care to a patient she recently took care of on the Telemetry unit. following nomination from Dr. Thomas Schneider, Sr., vascular “She provided emotional support and added humor to a surgeon, The Vascular Institute at SJHC. difficult situation which promoted patient satisfaction,” says “Eric is extremely competent in his field,” says Dr. Schneider. Kathy Milatovic, team leader, 6 C/D. “He is one of the hardest working SSM employees I have known Pat has been employed with SSM since February 1993. She in my 38 years. Bust most of all, Eric is always responsible at commutes to St. Charles from Troy, Illinois. She enjoys opera and any time to help solve problems and does it in a courteous painting in her free time. manner.” Thank you to all our nurses like Pat who make a difference! Page 3 Who Was Named Pit Master? NOG Security Construction It was a battle to the Director Hired Updates! finish, but in Welcome the end, Rich to Rosemarie Lewis Harris, who (Engineering) recently began prevailed her new position with his as director of Cajun security for the teriyaki North marinated Operating Group. Her office is flank steak SJHC President Gaspare Calvaruso (middle) declares Rich located at SJHC. The new Telemetry wing on 3B. over Chef Lewis (Engineering, on left) the winner over Chef Paul Harris comes to SSM from 3B — TELEMETRY Paul Rogers’ Rogers (on right). St. Louis Children’s Hospital The Telemetry staff moved buttermilk with experience in safety, into their new space next to marinated dijon flank steak in the first-ever SJHC Pit Master security and law enforcement The Family Birthplace on July 5 Grill-Off! and skills in leading change, and the first patients are being Both Rich and Chef Paul cooked head-to-head in a one-hour daily operations and building seen on the unit July 6. grill-off. Employees blindly sampled both entrees, and in the end exceptional teams. She is a The unit is being totally Rich had the majority of the votes. Rich won a smoker, rubs, graduate of the FBI Academy, upgraded and renovated — sauces and a cookbook, and his winning entree will be featured serves as a member of new monitoring system, new in Odilia’s Cafe this Friday, July 8! the Missouri Police Chiefs’ flooring, bathrooms, nurses Congratulations to both chefs who participated in this battle! Association and is a national station and more. The large, trainer for the Anti-Defamation spacious, private rooms can St. Charles Kiwanis Club Donates League. be used for overflow from The Toys for Young ER Patients Changes in Family Birthplace, if necessary. Once the move is complete, The St. PET/CT in St. 2B (the current telemetry unit) will be closed. Options are Charles Kiwanis Club Charles County being explored for use of that Effective June 6, SSM Cancer area. donated 150 Care now has a dedicated The staff had an open house handmade mobile PET/CT coach that with cake and punch to toy cars and services all SSM entities in celebrate the opening on July helicopters, St. Louis and St. Charles 5. made by counties. St. Joseph Medical ED ROOF, PARKING LOTS club member Park transitioned from a fixed You might have seen George PET/CT to the mobile unit and workers on top of the Dallmeyer, PET/CT services to St. Joseph emergency department roof to SSM St. Hospital West have been over the past several weeks. Joseph Health expanded. They have been replacing the Center and Please note that the roof, and it has taken longer SSM St. Joseph number to schedule a PET/ than expected because of the Hospital West CT at SJMP has changed. wet weather we’ve had this From left, SJHC President Gaspare Calvaruso, Sherry for young Gerke, director, SSM St. Joseph Foundation; George Appointments can be made for spring. We are excited to share patients who Dallmeyer, member, St. Charles Kiwanis Club; Mary SJMP and SJHW by calling that the roof will be completed come to the Frey, SJHC chief nursing officer; and Bruce Sowatsky, in just one week! Emergency president, St. Charles Kiwanis Club. Centralized Scheduling On June 27, workers began a Department. 636-949-9600 or two-phase overlay of the MOB2 Dallmeyer makes toy cars and helicopters by starting with a 800-263-1177 parking lot. The first phase will 2x4 and fellow Kiwanis Club members help him assemble, paint be the east half of the lot and and decorate the cars. The entire process took about two months Fax Orders then 3-4 days later, the west from start to finish. 636-947-5611 half will start. And after that? The St. Charles Kiwanis Club has donated toy cars and The ED parking lot will get an helicopters to all the children’s hospitals in St. Louis as well as General Questions overlay. We apologize for any the other adult hospitals in St. Charles County. 636-498-7901 inconvenience. Page 4 SSM Protects Mobile Devices Against Loss of Patient Data Assist, Dig, Block! Employee-owned mobile devices such as smart phones and tablet-type devices such as the Apple iPad are increasingly being integrated into the health-care environment. Mobile devices have the potential to streamline and strengthen health-care delivery and business processes. However, if the devices are lost or stolen, the information on the mobile devices could present serious security risks to SSM Health Care and our patients. Recognizing this risk, SSM has implemented a new policy covering mobile device security. A new four-digit password is now required on every mobile device receiving work-related email, calendar and contact information. Users of the mobile devices will be required to change their passwords on a regular basis. So here’s how it will work: for mobile-device users that receive SSM email, calendar, and contact information on their personally owned mobile device, an electronic subscriber agreement will be sent to your SSM email account. If the terms of the agreement Team St. Joseph: From left, Rachel Hensley, Marie Castulik, Jessica Boyet, are accepted (by clicking on the Accept button), you will be Ellen Radar, Sarah May, Jena Meierant, Debbie Billing, and Don Billing. required to enter a four-digit password the next time you access SSM St. Joseph Health Center was well represented at the 2nd your mobile device. The password will be required each time a Annual Vision St. Charles County Volleyball Tournament on device times out. If you wish to opt out of this security service, Saturday, June 18, at the Professional Firefighters of Eastern you would simply click the Decline button within the subscriber Missouri Hall in St. Peters. agreement and you will stop receiving SSM business-related Although the team didn’t place this year, they gave it their email, calendar and contact information on your mobile device. all and had fun in the process! Thank you to everyone who Passwords will ensure the security and confidentiality of SSM participated! patient and business sensitive information. For more information contact your local Information Systems help desk or the Customer Response Center at (314) 644-7345, or, view the online course at the link provided below. Remember, Patient Satisfaction keeping sensitive patient and company data secure is everyone’s responsibility. Spotlight! SSM Cancer Care: Employee Congratulations to the following departments that achieved a 90% or greater Patient Satisfaction Score Mammogram Day a Huge Success! for the month of May. Keep up the great work! On May 24, more than 180 SSM Health Care – St. Louis female employees participated in employee mammogram day across our SJHC Behavioral Health Acute Care Unit - 98% network. With an increase of 41 percent over last year, each SSM Breast Care facility saw a full schedule. Outpatient CT Scan - 99% Director of SSM Breast Care, Sandy Cobb, said, “We heard Outpatient Cardio - 99% several times during recruitment that employees were grateful Outpatient Ultrasound - 99% for making it easy to schedule their annual screening. Many had Outpatient Radiology - 99% said they had been putting it off for months and, in some cases, years.” SSM DePaul Health Center Baselines* Total Mammograms 3 84 Komen Race for the Cure Recap SSM St. Clare Health Center 1 27 More than 530 SSM Health Care – St. Louis walkers, includ- SSM St. Joseph Health Center 1 22 ing 80 survivors, made strides to defeat breast cancer at the SSM St. Joseph Medical Park 0 6 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® on Saturday, June 11. SSM St. Joseph Hospital West 0 17 The 13th annual race drew more than 64,000 total participants SSM St. Mary’s Health Center 0 26 to downtown St. Louis. Team SSM Cancer Care had representatives from all over Total 5 182 the SSMSTL network. View photos of the SSM Cancer Care team *First-time mammogram at flickr.com/ssmhealthcarestlouis! Page 5 Lab Team Donates Old Scrubs Smile for These Firecrackers! Many of you got a surprise visit from SJHC’s very own “firecrackers” (Mary Frey, chief nursing officer, and President Gaspare Calvaruso) on Friday, July 1. They traveled with Fun Squad members and handed out candy to employees who were smiling! Remember a simple smile can brighten someone’s day! Thank you, Fun Squad, for the candy! Recycling Medical Waste at SSMSTL The Radiology department donates their old scrubs. From left, Debbie At home, you probably recycle paper, plastics and aluminum to Boyd, Karen Thompson, Mary Strain, Carla Foust, Marissa Stockamp, be environmentally friendly. But in your home away from home, Michelle Kunkle, and Bob Patterson. at SSM Health Care – St. Louis (SSMSTL), recycling our medical waste saved nearly a half million dollars (including $105,358 at As the SJHC lab team began the transition to their new scrub SSM St. Joseph Health Center) in 2010. It also kept 19,270 pounds uniform color, lab transcriptionist Debbie Boyd suggested that of material out of landfills. the department collect and donate the “old color” scrubs to a Working with a company called SterilMed, SSMSTL Contract and worthy cause. Supply Chain Management last year reprocessed 62,000 formerly The lab team enthusiastically embraced the idea and a large single-use medical devices, including 11,000 compression sleeves box of “gently used” royal blue scrubs was donated to and pulse oximeter probes, plus nearly 5,000 operating room Dave Billing (Pharmacy) to use on his next mission trip. devices. The lab team also held a food drive in conjunction with Reprocessing does not pose a safety risk. A 2008 U.S. National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and a large box Government Accountability Office report indicated no additional of food and personal care items was sent to the Joplin relief health hazard from reprocessed disposables. effort. SterilMed also helps SSMSTL reclaim and recycle metal Thank you to the lab team for their generosity and carrying and plastic from used devices that can not be reprocessed. out the SSM mission! For example, plastics are ground - “pelletized” - and sold to manufacturers to create new products. Precious metals, including platinum and gold, are separated, treated and sold to specialty vendors to manufacture other high-value items. July Cafe Specials February While the payback from home recycling is usually of the “do good, feel good” variety, how does medical waste recycling save Simply To Café Specials Salad Go: Roast Turkey Cobb SSMSTL all that money? Deli Special: Moroccan Spiced Chicken Salad Pita “It’s 50 percent cheaper to buy reprocessed devices than new Simply To Colada Sweet Shot: PinaGo: ones,” explains Gary Peters, director of operations for Supply July 7: *Salad: Colorful Tuna Pasta Chicago Chili Cheese Dogs Salad Chain Management. “SterilMed can safely reprocess our devices July 8: Shrimp Fried Rice & Egg Roll Bar *Deli Special: Jamaican Jerk up to three times, after which they are ground up and shredded July 11: ChickenPotato Bar Baked Wrap for other recycled uses.” *Sweet Lajola Chicken Flat July 12: Shot: Black Forest Cake You may have seen SterilMed’s recycling bins on nursing “Food for the Soul - A July 13: Chicken Quesadilla and ancillary units. SterilMed collects the contents of filled 14: National Black History July Celebration ofMacaroni Day bins and packages them to the company’s Minneapolis plant. Month” July 15: Deluxe4: Super Cheese with Bacon Feb. Grilled Bowl Specials The company performs functionality checks. An item that July 18:8:Cola Chicken Breast Feb. Kafta with Spicy Olive passes testing undergoes a tightly controlled Food and Drug July 19: Sweet Chili Couscous Salad Sauce and Chicken Administration-cleared sterilization process. July 20: Feb. 10: SouthCream Soda Day National Ice African Corn There are about 100 hospital items that can be reprocessed, July 21: Chowder Bar Fish Fry but oximeters (measuring blood oxygen saturation) and Feb. 14: Chocolate Fondue July 22: Pork, Red Pepper & Asparagus Stir Fry Feb. 17: Soul Food Day compression sleeves (to keep blood from pooling and clotting in July 25: Taco Salad Bar Feb. 21: Presidents’ Day limbs) are the leading two. July 26: Tangy Specials Rice Bowl Chicken “SSM Health Care is a good steward of the environment, we’re Feb. 22: Chicken Zanzibar July 27: wild Mushroom Risotto saving money, and it’s making an impact,” says Peters. “But Feb. 24: Boer ChickenBar Pie July 28: Wing Ding Pot with Stuffed Pastry we need our nurses’ and clinicians’ continued commitment to July 29: Beef Stronganoff recycle items rather than throw away.” Feb. 25: National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day Odilia’s will be featuring a Heart
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