Moving In: Collaboration of Heart Care Services
Prairie Cardiovascular moves into new building with St. Anthony’s Heart Care Services
St. Anthony’s received approval move into the hospital. “This makes it to drive a long distance to have the
to occupy the new southeast building so much easier and convenient for our cath, but was able to have it close to
from the Illinois Department of Public patients and the cardiologists, since home.
Health in early April. Once approval we can see them and run all their tests Renovation now begins in the
was received, various St. Anthony’s in one location,” she said. “It’s really areas vacated by Cardiovascular
departments moved into the new nice.” Services, Health Information and
building throughout the month of Amir Cheema, M.D., Prairie Procedures Suites for future use by
April. Cardiovascular cardiologist, and other departments.
The new building now includes St. Anthony’s staff now conduct
Cardiovascular Services (including diagnostic cardiac caths in the
the area’s ﬁrst cardiac cath lab), new building. In addition, over
Health Information, Physicians’ 30 of Prairie’s board-certiﬁed
Lounge, Sleep Lab, Surgeons’ cardiologists who will be seeing
Lounge, Surgery Procedure Suites (for patients at St. Anthony’s have
pain management and colonoscopy been granted privileges to perform
procedures), and clinic/ofﬁce space for cardiac caths at the hospital.
Prairie Cardiovascular. Robert Stark of Efﬁngham
The Prairie Cardiovascular recently had a cardiac cath at
physicians and staff moved into St. Anthony’s and commented
their new location on April 25, with on how pleased he was with the
cardiologists seeing patients at St. service. “My cath went really
Mark Steen, M.D. (left), and Amir Cheema, M.D.,
Anthony’s on April 28. Connie well....the doctor and nurses did Prairie Cardiovascular cardiologists, pause
Rudolphi, R.N., Prairie Cardiovascular an excellent job,” he said. He during their ﬁrst day of seeing patients in the
nurse, shared what it means to her appreciated that he didn’t have new clinic space in the southeast building.
Donna Roberts named 2008 Values Award Winner
Donna Roberts, Diagnostic employee said that “Donna is
Services Tech, Cardiovascular one of those employees who will
Services, was named this year’s readily “ﬁll your bucket” with
Values Award recipient. Each her joyful attitude and positive
year, the Values Award is given to comments each and every day.”
the person who most represents “Her caring nature for her patients
the hospital’s four core values of is well deﬁned,” another person
Respect, Care, Competence and said. “Her patients come ﬁrst
Joy. A committee of previous when it comes to care. No matter
Values Award winners selected how sick the patient, Donna is
Donna from 24 nominees. always there for them.”
According to one of the Dan Woods, President and CEO (left), Cheryl Pruemer, Personnel
congratulates the winner of the 2008 Values
nomination letters, “Day in and Award, Donna Roberts, Cardiovascular Services
Services, and Tory Buhnerkempe,
day out, Donna exhibits the four (second from left), and the ﬁnalists of the award, R.N., Home Care, were
core values of Respect, Care, Cheryl Pruemer, Personnel Services (second from recognized as ﬁnalists for the
Competence, and Joy.” Another right), and Tory Buhnerkempe, R.N. Home Care, Values Award. These employees
(right), following the award ceremony on May 14.
nomination said that Donna “is exemplify the core values at
always respectful of everyone and other hospital co-workers. She St. Anthony’s by living them each
she interacts with in the department, is considerate of each physician that and every day of their service.
the patients, their family members, frequents the department.” Another
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Empty St. Anthony’s welcomes new Lake Land
Plates College president Scott Lensink
On April 22, a welcome reception College Board. Most recently, he
was held at St. Anthony’s for new served as Interim President for six
Lake Land College President Scott months and completed six years as
the ﬁrst three
Lensink. A number of employees vice president for academic services
and Medical at Lake Land
Staff stopped by College. He has
the reception to also served as the
in 1875, they found a growing
meet Lensink, chairperson of the
community with few healthcare
who was named business division,
resources. They found many
President of Lake Title III activity
empty plates. They found people
Land College on director, women’s
in fragile health. They healed
January 1, 2008. basketball coach
their wounds. They found empty
St. Anthony’s and director
hearts and fed them with the Holy
has a strong and instructor
Spirit. When they found hunger,
connection to of management
they fed them from their own Delbert Huelskoetter, M.D., (second from
Lake Land College left) speaks with Scott Lensink, new Lake and marketing
through their Land College President (second from programs. He
nursing program. right), joined by Bob Esker, Assistant continues to teach
Today we continue to reach Administrator (left), and Dan Woods,
The hospital has one management
and serve people with exceptional President and CEO (right).
provided clinical and marketing
care. Success is by keeping three
training space for students in their class each year to keep in touch with
things in focus. First, care that
nursing program for years, as well as students.
is personal: By being concerned
for other colleges such as Kaskaskia Some of Lensink’s community
about the patient and their family,
and Olney Central Colleges. In interests include serving on the
we let them know their story
addition, St. Anthony’s offers Coles County Historical Society
is important, and they become
scholarships to graduates interested in Depot Restoration Committee, Coles
included and engaged in their
speciﬁc healthcare ﬁelds such as those Together Board, and the East Central
healing process. They know
going to Lake Land for nursing and Illinois Development Corporation
they are loved. Second, shown
other programs. Board. He hosts international
by excellence in care: This is
Lensink has more than 25 years exchange students and volunteers
shown by our clinical care and
of experience in the Illinois higher as a coach for youth league baseball
our service. And third, being cost
education system. He has served on and football programs. Lensink has a
effective and efﬁcient stewards:
numerous task forces and committees bachelor’s degree from Northwestern
Everyone knows healthcare is
for the Illinois Board of Higher College and a master’s degree from
expensive. They want to trust that
Education and Illinois Community Eastern Illinois University.
it’s not wasteful or greed-driven.
So while the wealth and Outreach lab services pilot program initiated
resources of our nation have St. Anthony’s Laboratory she said. “We wanted to continue
grown, what also has grown is a department recently started an to provide the ease of service that
clear need for our Ministry today. outreach lab pilot program through the patients of these physicians had
Our patients and families are St. Anthony’s Diagnostic Center in previously experienced.”
grateful for how exceptional you Efﬁngham. The program provides The outreach lab pilot program
are. blood draws for patients of any is available to any physician with
interested physicians’ clinics in the their ofﬁces located in the Efﬁngham
Let’s continue to ﬁll their Efﬁngham Medical Center. Medical Center and will soon be
plates. Marj Hoene, Laboratory manager, offered to other physicians in the
explained why St. Anthony’s decided community. For more information
to initiate this service. “We knew about the outreach lab program,
there was a need for this outreach lab contact Marj Hoene, Laboratory
Daniel J. Woods service to assist the physicians located manager, at 347-1768.
President & CEO in the Efﬁngham Medical Center,”
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Storm receives Lake Land College Alumnus Achievement Award
Giving credit to the dedication, employees and alumni selected Dave community college district, is raising
compassion, sincerity and intellect from several nominees based on his his family, paying his taxes to support
of Lake Land College faculty and success and distinction in his career. Lake Land and other local entities,”
advisors for his success, Dave Storm He was nominated by Max Jaeger, added Jaeger.
has received the 2008 Lake Land former Business Division Chair Dave is a member of the
College Alumnus Achievement Award and the Vice President for Business American Institute of Certiﬁed Public
winner. Services. Accountants, Healthcare Financial
“My education at Lake Land not Management Association, Illinois CPA
only prepared me for the debits and Society, Illinois Hospital Association
credits of a business, but also the Health Finance Council, and more.
overall management of one,” Dave After graduating from Lake Land,
said. Dave enrolled at Eastern Illinois
The Efﬁngham resident is the University, where he received a
Director of Business Support at bachelor’s degree in business. Later
St. Anthony’s, where he has worked he enrolled in Southern Illinois
for 29 years. He received an associate University-Edwardsville, where he
degree from Lake Land College in received a master’s degree in business
Dave was awarded the honor Dan Woods, President and CEO, Another accomplishment Dave
presents Dave Storm, Director of
during the college’s 41st annual Business Support, with a proclamation had at Lake Land was meeting his
commencement ceremony on May 16 announcing May 16 as David Storm Day wife, Debby. They have two sons,
at the Lake Land College Field House. in honor of his achievement. Adam and Derek.
Dave’s name has been forwarded “I stress that my early education
to the Illinois Community College “I was one of Dave’s instructors at Lake Land was the basic foundation
Trustees Association as the college’s when he was a student at Lake Land. that got me started on my career path,”
nominee for ICCTA’s Distinguished He was a good student and I thought a Dave said.
Alumnus Achievement Award. He lot of him,” Jaeger said. Congratulations to Dave Storm
will be recognized at ICCTA’s annual “Dave reﬂects one of the primary on this well-deserved honor and
meeting in Springﬁeld. objectives of the community college noteworthy accomplishment.
A committee of trustees, movement: he has stayed in his
Patient Services and
The average daily census in April years of service to accept the position
Improvements — During April, was 71.23 for acute patients and 9.33 of Supply Chain Data Director at
$1,779,613.34 in capital improvements for Skilled Care patients. In April, Hospital Sisters Health System.
were made at St. Anthony’s, including there were 855 inpatient radiology Weaver served as the Chairman of the
the x-ray system for the cardiac cath procedures and 2,582 outpatient 2007 United Way Campaign.
lab in Cardiovascular Services and radiology procedures. Eighty-two New UMR Look — United Medical
three deﬁbrillators and monitors Home Care patients were served in Resources (UMR), St. Anthony’s
purchased through Surgical Services April and there were 150 Mother/Baby Third Party Administrator (TPA)
by the Code Blue Team. visits. recently unveiled a new logo and
The cardiac cath x-ray system United Way Board look to their name. UMR administers
is a fully digital system that enables Representative — Ross Richardson, St. Anthony’s medical, dental, vision
cardiologists to capture and view Inpatient Support manager, has been and disability insurance. The new
detailed 3D images of the patient’s appointed to the United Way of look underscores the company’s
heart, allowing a fast and accurate Efﬁngham County Board, serving strength, stability, ﬂexibility, and
diagnosis and treatment of cardiac a three-year term, representing growth as the industry’s leading TPA.
disease. St. Anthony’s. He replaces To view the new look and service
The three deﬁbrillators and Mark Weaver, former Materials provided by UMR, visit the company’s
monitors were purchased for the new Management manager, who has left web site at www.UMR.com.
crash carts in the southeast building. his role at St. Anthony’s after nine
June 2008 Page 3
Employees honored for years of dedicated service
An employee celebration event and Mass kicked off St. Anthony’s
National Hospital Week activities on May 13, honoring the service of
all St. Anthony’s employees. Eighty-nine employees received service
awards in recognition of years of service for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35,
and 40 years. Barb King, Joe Conder, and Jeannie Deters (left to
right in photo) were honored for their 40 years of dedicated service.
Barb Althoff, Sandy Byers, Diana Conder, Pete Goeckner, and Kathy
Willenborg were honored for 35 years of service. Watch for more
information about service awards in a future issue of Spotlight.
Mass was celebrated in the hospital Chapel, with Father Ralph
Zetzl, O.F.M., Hospital Chaplain ofﬁciating. A cookout was held for
daytime and evening shifts of employees and a box lunch given to
midnight shift employees.
During the event, employees also were asked to complete a survey listing the hours they volunteer their talents in their
local community. This survey will help St. Anthony’s recognize and acknowledge volunteer service, as well as helping
the hospital demonstrate its commitment to the Sisters’ mission.
St. Anthony’s alumni gather to reconnect and celebrate Hospital Week
Dr. Ruben Boyajian presents on Women’s Wellness and Breast Care Services
More than 50 former employees and retirees attended the Alumni
Social held May 14 in the hospital Auditorium. Alumni were treated
to a continental breakfast and welcomed by Dan Woods, President and
Women’s Wellness – Breast Care Presentation
Ruben Boyajian, M.D., Medical Director, Women’s Wellness
and Breast Care Services, gave a presentation on the initiative
St. Anthony’s has undertaken to advance Women’s Wellness Services
to the region. The mission of St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness
– Breast Care program is to provide care to women with an emphasis
on breast care, from prevention, screening, and diagnosis to treatment
and follow-up care in a consistent, compassionate and timely manner
and in accordance with the hospital’s core values of Respect, Care, Anne Bourgeois shares some photos with Ruben
Competence and Joy. Dr. Boyajian shared his knowledge of breast Boyajian, M.D., at the Alumni Social held during
cancer prevention, detection and treatment and the steps taken by the National Hospital Week.
hospital to provide increased care and comfort for mammography and
cancer patients, including:
• Forming a Women’s Wellness – Breast Care Task Force.
• Creating Task Force teams focused on improving services, increasing cancer and mammography education, and
drafting the above mission statement.
• Naming Dr. Boyajian the Medical Director of Women’s Wellness and Breast Care Services.
• Setting a goal of reducing the time from detection to diagnosis to less than ﬁve working days.
Future steps include the addition of a nurse navigator to assist women through the screening/diagnosis process, as well
as the implementation of digital mammography.
The Alumni group meets periodically throughout the year to socialize with former co-workers, learn about new
hospital services, new medical equipment, and construction projects, and participate in St. Anthony’s activities.
Jody Puckett, Community Relations manager, explained, “These ladies and gentlemen were such an integral part of
St. Anthony’s when they were employed here, and they still are important members of our hospital family.”
Names are always being added to the St. Anthony’s Alumni group. If you know of a former employee or retiree of
St. Anthony’s who would like their name added to the mailing list, please have them contact Terriann Tharp, Community
Relations Associate, at 347-1453.
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Friends of St. Anthony’s express appreciation to their supporters
On May 14, the Friends of St. Anthony’s took time during Hospital Week
to recognize and appreciate those who have contributed to the Friends during
2007. Included in the recognition were those who donated to the 2007 Annual
Appeal. With a lead gift of a $100,000 grant from the Hospital Sisters, the
Friends surpassed its goal of $125,000 by raising over $251,000 for The
Dan Woods, President and CEO, and Carol Gapsis, Pastoral Care manager
thanked donors at the event for their contributions which will allow the Friends
of St. Anthony’s to create a Healing Garden for patients, family members and
employees to enjoy on the hospital grounds. A conceptual drawing of The
Healing Garden was displayed during the event. Plans are to break ground for
Donna Niemerg, Development Associate,
The Healing Garden in late summer. explains the planned layout of The Healing
Garden to John Kingery, chairperson of
St. Anthony’s Board of Directors.
Spirit Committee sponsors photo contest and ice cream social
The Spirit Committee celebrated National Hospital Week by conducting a employee
photo contest and sponsoring an ice cream social on May 16 to conclude a week of
Hospital Week activities.
Entries to the photo contest followed the theme of St. Anthony’s four core values of
Respect, Care, Competence, and Joy. Employees could submit up to three photos, one
for each of the categories of landscape/nature, people, and animals. The winner of the
three categories and the Best Overall (pictured below) each won a $25 Wal-Mart gift
During the ice cream social, employees were asked to help “ﬁll an employee’s
bucket.” Employees were given the opportunity to write thank you notes to another
employee on posters at the event.
And the winners are....
First Place Landscape/Nature First Place People First Place Animals
Submitted by Lynne Spalding Submitted by Shari Lankow Submitted by J.J. McDonald
Submitted by Cindy Mitchell
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Hospital Week offers opportunity to thank Auxiliary for their service
St. Anthony’s Memorial The Auxiliary is a volunteer
Hospital honored Auxilians at the organization committed to
Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon promoting and advancing the
and Annual Meeting held May 15 welfare of St. Anthony’s Memorial
at the Keller Convention Center. Hospital through public relations,
Auxiliary President Nancy services to the hospital, and
Joslyn and Membership Services fundraising activities. Volunteers
Chairperson Lois Repking serve in many capacities, such as
presented service awards to the mail deliveries, escorts, waiting
Auxilians. In addition, Ruben room receptionists, cashiers in the
Boyajian, M.D., Medical Director, Gift Shop, and provide various
Women’s Wellness and Breast fundraising activities throughout
Care Services, gave a presentation the year.
on the initiative St. Anthony’s has The Auxiliary Executive Committee for the
For more information
undertaken to advance Women’s about the Auxiliary and their
Wellness Services to the region (see Secretary/Treasurer; Lois Repking, activities, contact Donna Niemerg,
Alumni Event article, page 4). Membership Services; Nancy Joslyn, Development Associate, at 347-1854.
During the Annual Meeting, President; Donna Zerrusen, Guest
elections were held to select Amenities; Rosemary Vonderheide, Bernie Niemann
ofﬁcers for the Auxiliary Executive Special Events; and Rose Boggs,
Committee. The members elected and Immediate Past President. Not retires after 28 years
installed as the Executive Committee pictured: Darlene Moriearty, Vice- Bernadette (Bernie) Niemann
for the 2008-2010 term are (as President. recently retired after 28 years of
pictured left to right) Lorrie Blumer, service to St. Anthony’s.
Bernie began working for
Medical Staff member and fund drive worker. St. Anthony’s in 1979 as an
Achievements He is active in teaching athletic
training to students, holds clinics in the
administrative secretary. In 1985,
she transferred to Cardiology and
EIU training room, attends all home assumed the secretarial duties of the
Karl Rudert, D.O., was recently and away football games as part of department. Bernie will continue
presented with the Eastern Illinois the ofﬁcial support staff, attends most to work relief in Cardiovascular
athletics 2008 Glen Hesler Award home basketball games, volunteers to Services.
as the EIU Panther Club kicked off see athletes in the training room one On May 6, a retirement tea
its 2008 spring fund drive over the or two nights a week while frequently
weekend. was held for Bernie in the hospital
offering additional visits when needed.
Auditorium for hospital family.
He often calls parents of student-
athletes to explain injuries regarding St. Anthony’s wishes Bernie well
their son/daughter, expedites further on her retirement and thanks her for
medical needs and sets up additional her many years of dedicated service.
tests or orthopedic surgeon referrals.
The Glen Hesler Award is the
most prestigious honor that the
athletic department bestows upon an
EIU Athletic Director Ken Baker individual each year at the Panther
(left) presents award to Dr. Rudert. Club Fund Drive. It’s named for Glen
Hesler, a long time benefactor for the
Dr. Rudert was presented the University, a distinguished alumnus
award by current EIU athletic director and a former football player in the
Ken Baker at a reception at Lincoln 1920’s. Hesler loved Panther Athletics
Springs Resort just outside Charleston. and its coaches. He raised money to
Dr. Rudert has been a supported of the support EIU student-athletes, attended
EIU Panther Club since 1993 giving events and worked to help increase
to the club both ﬁnancially and by the public’s perception of Panther Bernie Niemann shows off her cake
donating his time. He is a former Athletics being ﬁrst class. during her retirement tea.
Panther Club Board of Directors
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Occupational Therapy expands
The Physical Rehabilitation Employees & Volunteers
department has expanded their
lymphedema service due to increasing Diagnostic Imaging
demand. Lymphedema is the swelling Kacie Beals
in the arms, legs, hands, or feet due to Jeremie Hutchens
abnormal accumulation of protein-rich Emergency Services
edema ﬂuid in the affected area. Virginia Cooper
The lymphedema service was Michael Rees
started in January 2007 with one
therapist certiﬁed in manual lymph
(Left to right) Ashley Knapp and Mary Lou Esker
drainage and complete decongestive
Heather Emel, OTR/L-CLT, demonstrate
therapy (MLD/CDT), Heather Emel, Laboratory
the E-LINK exercise system to Kate
OTR/L-CLT. Ashley Knapp, OTR/ Weber, R.N., Cardiac Cath staff Lisa Cornell
L-CLT, recently joined Heather in nurse, during a recent celebration Danica Hebert
performing lymphedema therapy. of Occupational Therapy Month. Medical Care
St. Anthony’s has four occupational
Additionally, a third therapist is therapists on staff, two currently
expected to go for training in the certiﬁed in lymphedema therapy. Laurie Hubbartt
coming months. Kiley Whitten
The MLD/CDT technique • Sports injuries
is non-invasive and incorporates • Chronic venous insufﬁciencies
manual lymph drainage, compression • Amputee edema
• Rheumatoid arthritis Skilled Care
bandaging, skin care, and therapeutic Chelsea Icenogle
exercise. Completion of this program • Fibromyalgia
• Complex regional pain syndrome Kimberly Volk
(generally two to three weeks in
length, depending on the severity of St. Anthony’s Physical
the swelling), typically results in 50% Rehabilitation department offers
volume reduction, providing edema MLD/CDT service from 7:30 a.m. to
relief to patients who suffer from a 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A Women and Children’s Care
variety of ailments, including but not physician’s order is required to receive Jamie Niemerg
limited to: treatment for lymphedema. For more Volunteers
• Cancer treatments (radiation, information about the lymphedema Judy Colburn
lymph node removal, surgery, etc.) service or other physical rehabilitation Jeremy Dixon
• Post-traumatic or post-surgical services St. Anthony’s offers, contact Regina Figueroa
swellings Denise Hahn, Physical Rehabilitation
• Chronic cellulitis manager, at 347-1277.
St. Anthony’s X-Ray goes digital offering faster service, higher quality
St. Anthony’s Diagnostic Services imaging room was installed in the put a ﬁlm cassette behind the patient,
recently installed a digital radiography emergency room in July 2007. take the x-ray, take the ﬁlm cassette
system in the primary x-ray room, Robin Brown, Diagnostic Imaging out and run it, then put another
making it a pure direct digital imaging manager, explained how the new cassette behind the patient if the image
room. As a digital imaging room, the system is a vast improvement on the didn’t turn out,” Robin said. “Now
system has a portable digital plate previous ﬁlm cassette system. “The we just have to reposition the panel
which is placed under the area to be new direct digital system is faster after looking at it immediately to see
imaged, digitally capturing the image by capturing the image within two if the image turned out, which is much
and immediately sending it to the seconds, allowing physicians to more comfortable for our patients,
PACS system, rather than waiting for a make a quicker diagnosis to begin especially those with broken bones.”
ﬁlm cassette to be run through a digital treatment,” she explained. “In For more information about
reader. addition, the digital acquisition panels St. Anthony’s digital imaging system,
This is the second digital imaging can be reused repeatedly. With our contact Robin Brown, Diagnostic
room at St. Anthony’s. A digital previous system, we would have to Imaging manager, at 347-1310.
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St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Destination → Efﬁngham
publishes Spotlight monthly Did You Know...
for employees, medical staﬀ
members and other hospital In Fiscal Year 2007 (June 2006-July 2007). St. Anthony’s provided the
family members. following in Community Beneﬁt Costs:
• Unpaid Cost of Medicare Patient Services ............................$8,190,336
Comments, article suggestions,
and professional achievements • Unpaid Cost of Medicaid Patient Services ...............................4,430,718
should be forwarded to – FY 2007 Illinois Hospital Assessment Proceeds (Net)....... (2,763,142)
the Community Relations • Christian Care Costs (Charity Care) .........................................1,020,259
department at 347-1436.
• Services for the Broader Community ..........................................586,215
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital
• Total Community Beneﬁt Costs.........................................$11,464,386
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