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                                                                                                                  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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