UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CENTER RADIOLOGY DEPARTMENT August/September Volume 4, Issue 20 Scatter Chatter From the Director Inside this issue: First of all I want to give budget and overall per- outpatient growth for the you a last minute reminder formance. Here are a few year. Overall it was a very Meet Your Neighbor 2 of the Annual Employee highlights of some of our good year financially for Staff Meeting scheduled for achievements. While the Radiology. Thank you all New Faces 2 August 28th starting at 5:30 final numbers are not in as for your efforts and contri- PM at the Center for Urban of this printing we are butions in 2009. We all Horticulture. The theme likely to exceed budget in know how challenging New Radiologists 3 this year is Patient Safety contribution margin 12 %. 2010 will be and I know Improvements. We’re grill- Areas that exceeded their you will all give it your Safe Patient Handling 3 ing hamburgers, veggie projected CM by double maximum effort going for- burgers, polish, and hot digits are CT, MR, Nuclear ward. dogs. There will be sev- Medicine, Mammography Patient Comments 3 Its official, the major ex- eral types of salads, fruit and Roosevelt MR. Com- pansion of the hospital is plates and refreshments. pared to the previous fiscal underway. The ground- Education 4 Please RSVP to your super- year, the total contribution breaking occurred August visor so we can be sure and margin in Radiology in- 5th. If all goes according to order enough food. Make creased by 19%. Cumula- plan, we will be under con- Employee of the Month 4 sure a stay for the social tively we experienced a struction for about 2 ½ hour after the meeting. slight increase in exam years and be in the new volume. Our annual num- June 30th marked the end department in 2012. ber of exams performed Congratulations: of our 2009 Fiscal Year. I last year was 16,781. More I welcome your feedback know that many of you are • ROOS CT Department for importantly, CT, MR, Ultra- and hope to see you at the curious about how we did getting ACR approved! sound and Nuclear Medi- annual meeting. last year in respect to cine all registered strong • Tresa Morrow , Thresia -Gene Chemplanikal, and Tina Ovuru for their 5 year anni- Safe Patient Handling versary! By now most of you are of Washington in an effort jury. This can happen to • Michael Malley, Kris Walton familiar with the ARJO lift to to ensure patient and em- caregivers of ALL ages…” and Henry Neuman for assist in moving patients ployee safety during pa- In March of 2006, Washing- passing the ARRT exam! from a wheelchair to the tient transfer from bed to ton State Governor Christine examination table or from stretcher, stretcher to ta- Gregoire signed new legis- • Bryce Bakkedahl for his the table to the wheelchair. ble, chair to bed, etc. Most lation requiring hospitals to baby girl, Laila! What you might not be on-the-job injuries occur implement a safe patient aware of are the events during these types of handling program. House which lead to the Imaging events. As stated on the Bill 1672 took effect in June, Department acquiring this Safe Patient Handling web 2006, and required hospitals device. Devices such as site, “The future of your to acquire the minimum re- the ARJO, ceiling lifts in career in healthcare relies quirement of lift equipment patient rooms, Maxislide on you being healthy and by January, 2010. The Uni- sheets, and the Hovermatt, keeping your back healthy. versity of Washington Medi- to name a few, have been Manual lifting is more cal Center formed the Safe acquired by the University likely to lead to a back in- -continued on page 3 Page 2 Scatter Chatter In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. -Robert Frost Here are clues about the next featured employee. Can you guess who it is? Meet Your Neighbor -He can speak 5 languages! -He worked for a Missionary in Thailand! Scatter Chatter’s featured employee -He worked for the United Nation World Food Program in Thailand! this month is Doreen Wilson. Doreen worked in the UWMC Ultrasound de- but she has been here ever since! and it doesn’t use radia- partment from 1983-2002 then de- tion. "Ultrasound is getting better cided to leave and become a local Outside of work, Do- every year. Imaging will increase in Sonographer traveler to make more reen enjoys boating, fishing in Puget the near future because the baby money. A year and half of working as Sound, and puttering with glass boomers want to know more about a traveler was enough, she did not work. She likes to make fused glass their aches and pains." like the job and missed UWMC, so plates, bowls, etc. Among Doreen came back in 2004 and has her passions are eating good foods, Things Doreen likes about her job are been working here ever since. She her time off, and getting away now dealing with people. She loves the loves working here! and then. Doreen is also learning how people she works with, they are like to run the boat on her own and over family. She also enjoys the “detective Doreen was born in Oak Harbour, the 4th of July weekend went out with part of her job” trying to figure out WA, and stayed there through ele- a girlfriend and survived! what causes the abnormalities. mentary school. Then her family moved to Superior, Wisconsin, and on Doreen has two children, 21 year old "We are doing an Intergrowth to Massachusetts for her high school daughter, Corey, a full time student at study. It is imaging fetal growth and years. the University of Washington , and 25 newborn follow-ups. Only 10 sites in year old son, Max who works as ma- the world are doing this study and Doreen has a double major in Psy- chinist with his father. The Machine UWMC is one of them! We are also chology and Special Education from Shop is a family-owned business for doing biopsy with CT overlays", says Salva Regina University in Rhode Is- 120 years. Max is the 4th generation Doreen. land. She worked for a couple years to work there and the business has trying to figure out what she really been in the same location for 100 wanted to do in life. Having tried years! Both kids studied abroad, Max student teaching, she went to a career in Australia and Corey in Italy. counseling class at the UW and they suggested the field of Ultra- "Retirement without going broke" is sound. After getting her Ultrasound one of Doreen’s top goals! Once they degree at Seattle University and com- retire, they would like to travel a lot pleting her internship at the UW, the more. department offered her a job. She Doreen sees Ultrasound expanding a thought she would just stay for 1 year, lot because it is a low cost imaging Congratulations, Shaun Bornemeier New Faces for winning first Please welcome our new staff to the place in the department! Leanne Harrington-Imaging Assistant Family Open Patrick Depoe- Imaging Assistant category at the Hiwot Robi- Imaging Assistant Seafair’s Milk Brian Monson- Imaging Assistant Carton Derby! Page 3 New Radiologists Alice Ha, MD - Assistant Professor department is Psychology) in Radiol- MSK, Roosevelt Clinic effective August Anjit Nair, MD- Acting Assistant Pro- ogy effective from February 15, 2009 1, 2009 fessor, VIR effective August 27, 2009 Murray, Scott O., Ph.D. - Adjunct Greg Kicska, MD, PhD - Assistant Boynton, Geoffrey M., Ph.D. - Ad- Assistant Professor (primary depart- Professor Thoracic Imaging at UWMC junct Associate Professor (primary ment is Psychology) in Radiology ef- effective August 1, 2009 department is Psychology) in Radiol- fective from February 15, 2009 Ken Linnau, MD - Acting Instruc- ogy effective from February 15, 2009 tor/Sr. Fellow ER Trauma effective July Beauchaine, Theodore P., Ph.D. - Vacation Bulletin Board 1, 2009 then will rotate into Assistant Professor, ER Trauma October 1, 2009 Adjunct Associate Professor (primary Please send us a postcard when you go on vacation and we will post it on the Patient Survey Comments “Vacation Bulletin Board”. It will be lo- cated in the Radiology lounge. Here is the address: Here are some of the comments that “I love this clinic and staff. It is close University of Washington Medical Center patients are saying about our depart- to my work and home. Staff is always ment: friendly and knowledgable and I have 1959 NE Pacific Street “I was impressed that when I called always received excellent care here Radiology Department your department, someone took the over the years.” Box 357115 time to answer all my questions and “Staff shows care and concern and is Seattle, WA 98195 did not transfer me around.” always friendly.” Attn: Petra Lamon “Lindsey, my technician was just “Overall the check-in process was great! She told me what we were very efficient and the staff members looking at and was very nice.” very helpful.” “Bonnie Anderson was really great.” “Great Service.” Safe Patient Handling continued Handling Committee, which planned The Imaging Department has not only gress on other nursing units. and implemented the UWMC Safe the ARJO lift, we have Maxislide More information is available on the Patient Handling Program. With fi- sheets (those blue slider sheets), PCS Web (you should have an icon on nancial help from the State of Wash- slider boards, and a Hovermatt. Max- any hospital computer desktop). ington, lifting devices were pur- islide sheets are available in all mo- Please protect your back and use the chased. The most difficult part of insti- dalities. You can even use the Maxis- available equipment. This technolo- tuting this program, however, has lide sheet in conjunction with the gist has found using the ceiling lifts been getting the staff to USE the slider board. The ARJO lift is stored in makes portable abdomen exams equipment once it was acquired. SW232B. The key to unlock it is at the much easier. Once you have included Some of the staff appear to be reluc- front desk. The Hovermatt is stored in using the lifting devices into your rou- tant to use the equipment if they feel SW247. It is especially helpful in mov- tine, you will find it doesn’t take any that it would be quicker to manually ing patients laterally from stretcher to longer than a manual lift, and your move the patient as they always have. table. It also makes sliding an x-ray back will thank you. Please, before assisting with patient detector under patients much easier. repositioning task, take the time to For those of you doing portable x-ray think about getting the equipment you exams, ceiling lifts are available, es- -Judy Wheel need and the appropriate level of as- pecially in 5 East and 5 Southeast. The Radiology Lead Technologist sistance. installation of ceiling lifts is still in pro- Education: University of Washington Medical Center Radiology Department 1959 NE Pacific Street Radiology Annual Meeting-August 28th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Box 357115 Seattle, WA Center for Urban Horticulture. 98195 Medical Literacy in-service– Sept 16th from 12:00pm-1:00pm at ROOS Phone: 206-598-6200 Radiation Concerns in PET, SPECT, and CT-September 29th from 12-1pm in Fax: 206-598-7690 E-mail: email@example.com the Nuc Med Conference room (NN203) CPR classes– TBA Please Call Petra 598-6983 Free CE Credits– http://hls.gehealthcare.com Call Petra for code World Class Staff, World Class Imaging Free CE Credits– http://theonlinelearningcenter.com Call Petra for code Patient Education website: www.uwradiology.edu Suggestions: email Petra Lamon firstname.lastname@example.org Radiology website: www.rad.washington.edu This newsletter is on the web: http://depts.washington.edu/pacshelp Excellence in Action-Employee of the Month I would like to recommend Freweini I would like to recognize Freweini. Freweini always has a smile on her Wubneh in Radiology at Roosevelt She is always very friendly and help- face! She has made a great difference Clinic as "Employee of the Month". ful. She always does everything with a to the workflow in MRI and I know the Healthcare has so many wonderful happy face. She is good with patients technical staff appreciate her, as I do. people who not only care about the and to be around. -Susan Swisher patients, but take pride in the quality -Uma Chand of work they do each day. It's very inspiring to work with those who look Freweini is a caring, kind, thoughtful, for the best in every day and with employee. She always gives a hun- every patient. Even on the most chal- dred and ten percent. She is ex- lenging days, those who can still smile tremely knowledgeable and helpful as they leave and say "good night and working in CT and MRI. What makes look forward to working with you to- Freweini special is that she is very morrow" is inspiring to me. Freweini observant of what the patient's needs has been such a person since the day I are as well as what the technologist started working at the UW. She is so requires. I am so thankful to have the much more deserving than words can opportunity to work with her. express on any award. I've been very -Cindy Thapa fortunate and inspired by working with Freweini for nearly 4 years now. I Freweini is very hard worker and wish to publicly thank Freweini for her friendly. She is great with the patients amazing commitment at the UW. and always smiles. -Aaron Guzik -Aster Kifle The Radiology Schedulers won 3rd place for the “Album Cover” art contest at the UWMC Summer 50th Birthday celebration! Congratulation, Schedulers! You did a wonderful job and so creative!