Winners Abound!

Our Safety Awareness Week contest has come to a close, and we have some lucky winners! Here are our three big winners:

  • Alisha Paolino, ICU/SD – Beats Headphones
  • Krystal Wyman, OR/GI suite – Kindle Fire
  • Maria Garcia, EVS – Fitbit Charge

We also had four runners-up winners who will receive a gift voucher for the SCL Logo store:

  • DeNae Alva, Nutrition
  • Marie Cindy Trujillo, MST
  • Stefania Huggins, MST
  • Allison Klein, ED

We also have three winners from the Communications Survey, who will each receive an item from the Logo store:

  • Carl Craigle, Ambulance Service
  • Kelly Van Lew, MST
  • Amanda Edrich, OB



5-Star Shares

Sharing the love makes everyone’s day easier, so we’ve decided to add a regular segment to the ICE to share positive reviews that come to us through our various digital channels. Keep up the great work and enjoy the positivity!


Certified Nurse Day

Platte Valley Medical Center recognized the unique contributions of certified nurses on Certified Nurses Day, March 19. PVMC applauds and honors the work of certified nurses everywhere. On this day, we celebrate your invaluable contributions to better patient outcomes and your steadfast commitment to nursing excellence. Thank you for going the extra mile to provide expert care in our increasingly complex world of nursing. You are an inspiration! During the celebration, the following certified nurses were honored:

  • Michele Siem, Critical Care Registered Nurse
  • Billy Nolan, Certified Cardiovascular Care Coordinator
  • Andrea Moore, Certified Emergency Nurse
  • Scott Miner, Certified Emergency Nurse
  • Wendy Colon, Certified Disaster Healthcare Professional
  • Marika Sexton, ONS, Oncology Certified Nurse
  • Jessica Cline, Certified Medical Surgical Certification, ONS Chemo/Bio certification
  • Laurie Turner, Breast Health Navigator Certification
  • Rikki Turner,  ONS, Oncology Certified Nurse
  • Dianna Read, CCRN – Critical Care Registered Nurse
  • Joy Memmen, CCRN – Critical Care Registered Nurse
  • Chris Anderson, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
  • Kathy King, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
  • Beth Thompson, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
  • Taira Garcia, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
  • Jayne Dilling, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
  • Brindi Pinkleman, Neonatal Intensive Care Certification (RNC)
  • Christine Salvi, Certified Patient Experience Professional
  • Kurt Gensert, Healthcare Administration Management Certification

“Specialty certification has always been a personal milestone for me,” says Kurt Gensurt, RN, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer. “It represents the dedication to a specific specialty that goes beyond competence, but speaks to real mastery.  By the time you’ve accumulated the required CEUs, hours of experience in the specialty, and passed a rigorous test covering the current standard of care, it really says something about you as a person and as a nurse.  I respect the credentials of someone who shows that kind of drive.  PVMC certainly values the process and I encourage everyone to consider taking the leap in their respective area(s) of practice.”

Certification validates a nurse’s specialty knowledge for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. According to data collected by the American Board of Nursing Specialties in 2016, more than 769,917 nurses in the United States and Canada held certifications. These certifications are granted by 28 certifying organizations and represent 144 different credentials. There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. Many nursing certification bodies exist to serve the full range of specialized nursing care offered in the contemporary health care system; national nurse-certifying bodies should be accredited by either the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) or the National Organization for Competence Assurance (NOCA), or both. PVMC encourages national board certification for all its nurses.

In addition, certification benefits patients and their families, validating that the nurse caring for them has demonstrated experience, knowledge and skills in the complex specialties of acute and critical care or other specialty. If you would like to learn more and qualify on a discount for certification in your specialty please click here.

Certified Nurses Day is an annual worldwide event dedicated to celebrating certification as a means to ensure high standards of patient care and to promote continuing excellence in the nursing profession. Initially proposed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the day honors the birthday of the late Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles, an international pioneer of nursing certification who designed the first comprehensive study of nurse credentialing.

Please join Platte Valley Medical Center and the nation’s national nursing certification organizations in honoring those hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done!

Students Groups Visit Platte Valley

Over the last month, two groups of special education students from School District 27J have dropped in for a tour of our hospital. The tours were very successful and greatly appreciated not only by the students, but also by their teacher and several adults who accompanied the group.

Thanks to Daryl Meyers for facilitating the tour, and to our associates for being so kind, welcoming and informative during the visits.

Emergency Codes Are Changing on April 1

When an emergency occurs, it is critical we’re informed of the situation and can take appropriate action to ensure everyone’s. That’s why all of the SCL Health cares sites, including Platte Valley Medical Center, are changing how we announce emergency codes, both overhead and in desktop and digital alerts.

Beginning April 1, Platte Valley will begin using what’s called “plain language” when communicating an emergency situation. For example, instead of using coded language such as “Code Red Room 100,” the alert will plainly state what is occurring, such as “Facility Alert: Fire Alarm, Room 100,” followed by what action to take. You can find a master list of the new codes, as well as FAQs and additional resources regarding this change on The Landing. Additionally, all associates received an e-Learning assignment through HealthStream. Please complete this five-minute course before March 31 in time for the April 1 go-live date.

The move to plain language alerts aligns Platte Valley and our fellow SCL Health care sites with industry best practices and recommendations from The Joint Commission, numerous state hospital associations, the Department of Homeland Security and others, and will aid in providing clear communication and instruction in an emergency.

You will see reminders throughout our care site this month about the change. If you have questions about the change, please refer first to our FAQ document. If you can’t find your question in the FAQ, please reach out to Wendy Colon at wendy.colon@sclhs.net or x1909.

Thank you for your partnership ensuring the safety of patients, visitors and associates.

9Health Fair Volunteers Needed

This year’s 9Health Fair is on Saturday, April 21, and we are in need of volunteers to help make this event happen. If you’d like to participate, please sign up today.

Both medical and non-medical volunteers are needed.  Non medical volunteers may be involved in traffic control, registration, height and weight measurement, or a variety of other jobs.  Medical personnel are needed to draw blood, take blood pressures, talk to participants about their health or assist with free health screenings such as cardiac risk, bone density, or lung function.  Volunteers should expect to be at the fair from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  As always, a t-shirt and great food will be provided. Plus, you can still earn wellness points for volunteering, through our new employee incentive program, RedBrick. Anyone interested in volunteering for the fair, please sign up here, or contact Peggy Jarrett at X3590.

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