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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.

Reminder: Respiratory Mask Testing Coming Up

Annual Respiratory Mask Testing is coming up! For your convenience, associates can attend sessions at ANY Front Range care site

Platte Valley Medical Center

  • Wednesday, April 4
  • Friday, April 6
  • Wednesday, May 9

All sessions run from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. in Conference Rooms B & C. *Testing will close for lunch from 11:50 – 12:45 each day.

If none of these dates work with your schedule and you would like to test at another SCL Health care site, click here to download a flyer with additional dates and times.

BE READY FOR MASK FIT TESTING PER OSHA REGULATIONS:

Bring your completed annual Respirator Fit Test Questionnaire to the testing session.
If you are not clean shaven every day at work, you cannot be fitted with the mask and must wear a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR).
For those of you who wear a Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR), you still need to attend one of the mask fitting sessions to be signed off for the PAPR.

If an associate had a recent pre-employment respirator fit testing, they will need to attend a scheduled session to synchronize with the annual fit testing in order for the care site to maintain compliance with OSHA.
No apparel that interferes with the respirator skin to face sealing surface.
No smoking by associate(s) for at least one hour prior to fit testing.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT TESTING SESSION:

If the questionnaire is completed prior to testing, testing will take approximately 15 minutes.
After you have passed the test, obtain your annual fit test respirator card.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO BE FIT TESTED:

Full time, part-time, and PRN Associates who may potentially be exposed to air borne diseases that require personal protective equipment of wearing the N95 respiratory mask.  Your department Manager will advise if your department is required to participate.

****If you do not complete respiratory mask fit testing by May 21, 2018 at 2:30pm, your care site will remove you from the schedule; and you will not be allowed to work. You will not be in compliance with OSHA requirements and as a consequence, may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and termination. Disciplinary action will lead to your disqualification of your 2019 merit increase (performance reviews in March/April 2019).

WHAT IS THE REASON FOR ANNUAL RESPIRATOR MASK FIT TESTING?

OSHA requires Annual fit testing to insure that the proper mask, hood, or respirator is the proper size and fit, and that the tight fitting seal is not compromised, affording reliable protection for the user to protect from potentially harmful infectious disease. It is also for the user to understand and know how to don and doff a mask properly.  A RESPIRATOR CAN’T PROTECT YOU IF IT DOESN’T FIT YOUR FACE.

TAC, IS Teams Request Your Help

IS & TAC staff, along with our medical clinic employees, are very busy preparing for the EPIC transition coming March 1.

PVMC Information Services requests help with managing resources. Our IS Team is currently short staffed at the same time the PVMC clinics are getting new hardware and going live with EPIC.  As a result, non-urgent TAC tickets may have a delayed response.

We request:

  • If you have an issue that is impacting patient care and safety, please make sure that the person experiencing the issue provides an accurate phone number where they can be reached for follow-up.  Time is being wasted while we track down physicians or people going off shift.
  • Let TAC know if you have a functioning work around for the issue
  • Communicate with your team if a TAC request has been entered to prevent duplicate calls
  • Have reasonable expectations for a response time for issues that are not impacting patient care, safety, or are not preventing you from doing your work

Your IS Team thanks you and we hope to be introducing new members soon.

PEARL Risk Using Patient Look Up Cheat Sheet

Did you know that PEARL has an auto-fill capability that can fill in a portion of your report for you, using a patient’s medical record number? This feature makes your reports faster and more accurate, since the information is fed directly from the patient’s record. So, when you’re getting ready to create a new PEARL report, make sure you have the patient’s medical record number (or P number) before you start!

Download the attached tip sheet to learn how to use this feature!

7 Medical Clinics Join Platte Valley Medical Group

As you know, we have been on a journey to transform our organization to best support our patients’ desire for healthcare services that are coordinated and connected. Here are a few changes you will begin to see within our medical clinics this year:

  1. On January 1 we joined our seven hospital-owned clinics to form Platte Valley Medical Group (PVMG). This transformation unifies our talented providers, associates and clinics under one entity. It also further connects our clinics with Platte Valley and SCL Health and better distinguishes us as a regional network of comprehensive healthcare providers. The clinics within PVMG are: Apex Surgical Partners, Eagle Ridge Medical, Harmony Women’s Health Center, High Plains Heart & Vascular Center, Integrative Internal Medicine, Mountain View Orthopedics and Walk Right In. If you are a patient of one of these clinics, you will begin to see the PVMG and SCL Health logos on items such as office visit summaries, treatment plans, billing letters, and MyChart materials. 
  2. A new Patient Portal and Billing Statements. On March 1, PVMG clinics will join Epic. Over 190 million patients have a current record in Epic, bringing our clinic patients’ medical care to a level of connectedness we’ve never been able to achieve before now. Some of the great benefits include our ability to coordinate care across the health system, which includes a unified connection to MyChart, as well as a more streamlined billing process.

When our hospital went live with Epic last June, you may recall the increased activity and disruption this transition had on patient care. If you have an appointment with any PVMG clinic in the next few weeks, you will likely see similar delays as we implement these new systems. Initially, wait times may take a little longer than usual, but the staff is well prepared and will always do their best to minimize any disruptions. Thank you for patience during this transition.

If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please feel free to reach out to Jenny Buchloh 303-498-3010 or jennifer.buchloh@sclhs.net or Charmaine Weis at 303-498-1482 or charmaine.weis@sclhs.net.

Nearly seven out of 10 in our service area prefer a medical practice associated with a healthcare system.

Thank You Soledad

We received this message from a visitor yesterday. Thank you Soledad. Your heart and your spirit are one of the reasons Platte Valley is so wonderful!

“When I was at PVMC last week I locked my keys in the my car. It was not good and I was needing to get to another meeting in Fort Collins that afternoon. I went to the front desk and Soledad was amazing at helping me out! She called around the hospital to see if someone could help me, but no luck there. She then called her family member who was a lock smith who was able to come in 15 minutes to open the door! I had told Soledad my phone and bank card were also in the car, but I would get cash to pay the lock smith once the car was open. The best thing was Soledad shared with me some beautiful chocolate cover strawberries she had been given! A true delight! While I was waiting, Soledad was getting off her shift. She came over and checked on me and offered to pay the bill should there be an issue! I assured her all was well and thanked her for her time and effort. What Soledad did not know is that my father had died the previous week and it had been a very long week for me. Her kindness was such a gift and she is the perfect ambassador for PVMC in the front lobby. I wanted to make sure you were aware of this gift of a person greeting people as they entered PVMC, she certainly was to me!

Warm Regards,

Katherine
Regional Donation Consultant – Donor Alliance

 

**If you have received a great patient compliment or story, we want to hear about it. Please share it with Evelyn Wiant at evelyn.wiant@sclhs.net or 303-498-1481.

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