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A Heartwarming Reunion

Earlier this year Kaitlyn Green and Al Stevens, Platte Valley paramedics, helped save a 15 year-old girl’s life after she suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Last night they visited her and her family and It was a very special reunion for everyone.  You can watch the full story from Channel 7 news here.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Tomorrow

Make sure to don your ugliest holiday attire tomorrow, Dec. 19 for the Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Please join us in the bistro from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 8 – 9 p.m. and enjoy food and merriment while we celebrate the season. Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 ugliest sweaters.

Captain Ed Bevers Retires

This week saw the end of an era. After 28 years of service Paramedic Captain Ed Bevers retired from duty. Captain Bevers joined the Platte Valley Ambulance Service team in September of 1990 after moving to Colorado from Oklahoma – where he served as a police officer/paramedic for several years prior.

After his first year with PVAS, Ed was given supervisory responsibilities and has served in this crucial capacity ever since! Ed has spent most of his career serving and leading on B-shift. His people will tell you that Captain Bevers ran tight ship by insisting on only several simple rules:

1. Wear your uniform correctly
2. Run your calls correctly
3. Complete your paperwork correctly

Ed was the father figure on his shift and steadfastly advocated for and protected his crew – while they worked hard to advocate for their patients.

During his tenure, Captain Bevers has been a part of many changes – moving from a combination to an all career organization, becoming a department of the hospital, changes in equipment, vehicles, protocols, guidelines and chain of command (to name a few). He has run many calls, mentored many people and made many challenging and difficult decisions. Ed worked on the front lines and behind the scenes to continuously improve our service delivery.

Captain Bevers will always be a part of Platte Valley and we sincerely hope that he will stop by every now and then to check up on us!

Farewell to Marlene Ching

Greetings,

Tomorrow is my last day at Platte Valley.  I’m fortunate to have so many wonderful memories and experiences here at PVMC/SCL.

I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity ahead of me, but will greatly miss the people who have made my time here more enjoyable, and I count you among that group.  I sincerely hope that our paths will cross again, and thank you for helping to pave my way while here.

                                                                                     Marlene Ching

Farewell Tom Gilboy

Tom Gilboy, Creative Services Specialist, has made the decision to leave SCL Health. Many of you may not know that among Tom’s creative skills is his love of literature, writing and the fact that he is in the midst of writing two books. He has decided to leave the day-to-day grind to commit himself to finishing those two books. Tom’s last day is Thursday, December 20.

During Tom’s six years with SCL Health, he has been instrumental in the Platte Valley patient-centered journey along with his work with the Platte Valley patient advisory council.

Tom has been integral to the success of eight physician clinics, the wound center as well as many other service lines. He faithfully creates the Platte Valley quarterly community newsletter, the physician directory and many other patient care materials. We can all see Tom’s excellent design of the annual report, truly a work of art that tells such compelling stories, both in images and narrative. His creativity and energy elevate all Platte Valley community events, which most recently was experienced with Girls Night Out.

Tom brings a generosity of spirit, a warm heart and keen wit to all his work and interactions. Please join me in wishing Tom well on his future adventures and the completion of his books.

                                                                                      Charmaine Weis

Almost Home Thanksgiving Fund-Raiser

On Friday, December 7th, Peggy Jarrett and volunteer, Joanne Osborne delivered Homemade Peach jam and locally sourced honey to PVMC Associates.  In order to encourage donations to this year’s Almost Home Thanksgiving Box program, Peggy had promised a jar of her homemade peach jam or a bottle of honey from her hives for every $40 donated to the program.

The associates came through with donations of $3,275.30! and Peggy had to distribute a total of 45 jars/bottles to the associates.

Peggy’s jam is well known to most of the PVMC associates but this is the first year that her honey has joined into the holiday giving. She started keeping bees in 2015 but this is her first honey harvest of hopefully many years to come!  She originally started keeping bees because of the decline in the bee population but they are very beneficial for her flowers, vegetable garden and now with honey production.  

If you have any interest in Beekeeping, you can contact her or the Brighton Bee Club (website), which is full of very experienced beekeepers.

Farewell to Tim Brannigan

On November 12 a farewell reception was held for Tim Brannigan who for several years now has taken the lead as Director of our Information Services Department. Since his arrival at PVMC, Tim has been greatly appreciated not only for his outgoing personality,  but also for his extensive knowledge and expertise in technology.

Troy Gregorio, an associate in the department, had this to say. “Tim Brannigan has been an integral part of STSC operations at Platte Valley Medical Center. He’s ever helpful and willing to get the job done. He also knows when to be the rock when things start to go sideways. His skills and expertise in handling conflict, as well as his humor in doing so will be missed. There will be some large shoes to fill. Best wishes to both Tim and Amy as they begin their new adventure in Oregon.                                                    

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