Hot Off the Press!
A PUBLICATION OF GOLDEN PLAINS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL JUNE 2010 VOLUME 7 INSSUE 6
GPCH celebrates in May!
MAY WAS CELEBRATION MONTH AT GPCH! There was National
Nurses’ Week, National Hospital Week, National EMS Week,
Physician Appreciation Banquet and Volunteer Appreciation.
Photos (clockwise from top left): The Service Recovery Team
serves ice cream to employees; Volunteer Elaine Whelchel is
presented with a gift by CEO Dennis Jack; Volunteer Gover-
nor White as he might have looked in younger days; Sheree
Smirl, LVN, and Angie Moose, RN, enjoy Nurses’ Day refresh-
ments; Sherry Kramer, RN, performs for the nurses; Amy
Tucker, RN, pronounces Ed Quiros, M.D. as 2010 Physician of
the Year; and GPCH employees enjoy a picnic under the por-
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From the Desk of the CEO
Well another school year draws to a close and summer is On the building issue, things are still moving along,
upon us. Everyone will be taking vacations, kids will be hang- bonds are almost completed, targeted for next
ing at the pool, or getting up late and watching TV while we month. Also next month we should be able to start
are all working here providing the best medical care we can to requesting bids for the new hospital so we can get
all our patients. May also ends with a very sacred holiday, this project started. Our educated guess is it will
where we take time to think about the people that have given take 15 months to complete, but I really think with
their lives to protect our freedom: the freedom to worship all the competition for the project, the selected
where you want, say what you want and live like you want contractor can complete the project
(providing it doesn’t infringe on others’ rights). Thank God, sooner. Groundbreaking is this summer, hopefully
however you perceive him/her, and thank the service men and in August, and we will let you know when we set
women who have given you these rights and freedom. the official date.
DENNIS JACK, CEO
Rosa’s Hair Heads for Gulf of Mexico
Your PTO for SSN! Rosa Casas, GPCH
GPCH’s Stephanie Sloan Nutter will be off Medical Records, re-
work for the next six to eight weeks as she cently donated her hair
continues her fight against cancer. in an effort to help soak
up the oil spill in the
Looking for an opportunity to help Stepha- Gulf of Mexico. Rosa
nie? Donate some of your PTO! Contact Jen- called Channel 10
nifer Harvey in Human Resources, ext. 1200, News to find out which
to learn how to donate your PTO. hair salons were collecting hair
for the effort and learned that
Thank you, GPCH employees, for caring! Body Elegance in Amarillo was
participating. She made the
appointment and sent 13” of
National Hospital Week her hair to help clean up the ROSA CASAS
June Birthdays! Cash Winners! Gulf. Thanks, Rosa!
The following won $100: Dusty
6/3 Tammie Stone
Hackathorn, Debbie Forseth, Joel
Arnold, Sue Giesler, Halena Leonard.
Kelley Chisum does great job!
6/5 Melody Henderson $50 winners: Mike Barter, Kelley Chi-
sum, Monica Marshall, Tammy Gres- From Sherry Kramer, RN
Abel Rios, Jr.
Darrell Fisher sett, Kathy Whelchel, Sandra Hernan- GPCH’s OB Department was recently audited by the Texas
dez, Amber Hall, Cheryl Miller, Cathy
6/6 Heather Jones Department of State Health Services as they checked for im-
McWilliams, Pam Trout, Janet Van- munizations for the newborn nursery. We passed with flying
6/9 Amber Hall
Natta, Stephanie Sloan, Jamie Loven, colors! I would like to thank Kelley Chisum for a job well done.
6/10 Martina Tull Marilyn Baird, Nora Salomon, Angela
She manages and organizes the immunization program for the
6/15 Nicole Rawlins Raines, Misty Piazza & Sue Cham- nursery. This includes documentation, ordering, record keep-
6/17 Cindy Willis bers.
ing, etc. Thanks, Kelley!
6/21 Adam Dale
New employees for May 2010 are:
6/22 Kay Robins
Above & Beyond!
Dietary Remember to Nominate GPCH
Casey Barter Employees Who Go Above and
6/24 Pam Smith
6/25 Eva C. Garcia
Women’s & Children’s Beyond the Call of Duty!
6/27 Denise Sisson
Gloria Gamez Deadline: June 15, 2010
6/30 Luis Martinez
Christie Ogle Contact Georgia Hughes or Amy Hogan
for more information.
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St. Peters Episcopal Church donates
BORGER EMS DONATES TO AIDEN’S CLOSET St. Peters Episcopal Church in Borger made a $500 donation re-
cently to the Golden Plains Community Hospital Auxiliary. Making
Wesley Breznik with HCHD/Borger EMS presents Aiden’s Closet in the presentation on behalf of the church is GPCH volunteer, Gover-
the GPCH Women’s Center (OB Department) with clothing and sup- nor White (second from right). Accepting the donation is GPCH Vol-
plies. Accepting the donation on behalf of Aiden’s Closet is Tammy unteer Coordinator, Pam Trout, while volunteers Jana Pronger (left)
Gressett, RN. Aiden’s Closet provides clothing and supplies for de- and Naomi Fox look on.
serving newborn babies up to 18 months. Donations are always
More photos of celebrating GPCH employees!
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GPCH Rehab Exercise of the Month!
The reverse fly is a great way to target the “posture” muscles of the upper
back, including the rhomboids, the trapezius muscles and even the rear
shoulders. Use light-medium dumbbells and begin in a seated position, bent
over with arms hanging down and weights under the knees. Try not to col-
lapse on the legs but, instead, keep the back straight and the abs engaged.
Lift the arms out to the sides, up to shoulder level, squeezing shoulder blades
together. Keep the elbows slightly bent and only lift to shoulders. Lower and
repeat for one to three sets of 12-16 repetitions, with a 20-30 second rest
GPCH employees are invited to join “Tri To Make A Difference” Triathlon
Triathlon competitions have increased in popularity over the past While some fitness magazines claim 12 weeks is plenty of preparation,
several years, with a documented 30% increase in participation over most training plans for beginners are for 16 weeks. Training usually
the past five years. Reportedly, over 500,000 athletes will compete consists of progressively harder workouts usually five days a week.
in one of these swim-bike-run events this year alone. The equipment list for the first-time triathlete can be a long one: swim
goggles, swim cap, triathlon suit or wet suit (depending on tempera-
Many different types of triathlons exist: sprint triathlons (.5 mile ture), road bike (or mountain bike for first-timers), approved helmet, and
swim, 10 mile bike ride, 5K run), Olympic triathlons (.93 mile swim, a great pair of running shoes. This list can be expanded depending on
24.8 mile bike ride, 6.2 mile run), half-ironman triathlons (1.2 mile the race and the individual.
swim, 56 mile bike ride, 13.1 mile run), and ironman triathlons (2.4
mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run). It is important to note In Amarillo, the “Tri to Make a Difference” triathlon offers panhandle
that distances can vary slightly between different triathlons. For residents the opportunity not only to participate in a challenging event,
instance, some sprint triathlons require a 300 meter swim, 13 mile but to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network. All of the money
bike ride, and a 2 mile run. raised at the event benefits CMN specifically in the panhandle area.
In some larger cities like Dallas, Houston and Austin, triathlons are The race, scheduled for Sept. 11, 2010 at Lake Tanglewood, is a sprint
not only for those 18 and older. Triathlon events and training triathlon consisting of a 400 meter swim, 10 mile bike ride, and a 5K
camps/classes are available to children as young as 7 years old. run. Debra Bollin, Kendra Nicks, Misty Piazza, and Chelsea Tabor (all
College triathletes are growing in numbers as well. The Texas A&M from the Rehab Dept.) plan to participate as individuals and encourage
team holds a triathlon for community members in College Station, anyone interested in joining them to call rehab at ext. 1120.
TX to benefit their team.
Costs for the Amarillo Triathlon are $50 for individuals (including the
Training for a first triathlon takes time and money. Even those who land lovers’ division) until August 15, 2010, and $55 after August 15.
feel they are “physically fit” require months of training to prepare
their bodies for the transition from swimming to biking to running.
Where in GPCH?
One person guessed where last month’s photo was taken: Pam Trout, Account-
ing. Pam guessed the photo was of the angel statue in the rock garden by the
front door and she is right! Pam wins the $5 gift certificate to the GPCH Auxiliary
Gift Shop! Congratulations, Pam! Now, where was the photo at left taken? Re-
member, it’s somewhere in (or around) GPCH! Get your entries in by the end of
May. All correct entries will be placed in a random drawing for the winner!