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.
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!
Our very own Carl Craigle, er, Santa, will make his rounds once again to local neighborhoods delivering toys to children on Dec. 23. If you’d like Santa to deliver a toy to your home, call or text 720-288-2087 and check out the Platte Valley Ambulance Service Facebook page for fun photos.
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.
The pink socks movement began in healthcare, and is now growing in all kinds of industries around the world! Those who are a part of this movement (including now our PT associates) have a common belief that they can make a positive impact on the world and change it for the better. They believe in passion, empathy, caring and connection.
Members of the pink socks tribe consider themselves doers and makers who create and effect change throughout the organizations and communities of which they are a part. They believe it’s okay to lighten up and have fun and see each other as team mates working together toward a shared and common goal vs. the old paradigm of isolationism.
There’s a difference between having the socks and wearing the socks say members of the Pink Socks Tribe. They remind each other not to forget the moment those pink socks were received when someone shared a space, looked into the other person’s eyes and told them the truth – that they were awesome. And, yes they (you) are!
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.
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.
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.
Every once in a while it can be beneficial to take a break from your work day and broaden your perspective. Each week, we’ll be sharing a new TED Talk with topics that make you think. This week we feature a TED talk that explores why organizations should focus on intrinsic motivators for their employees. Click here to watch the video.
Widespread cases of the flu and respiratory viruses in the community make it necessary to implement changes to our visitation policy, which is intended to protect and ensure the well-being of our patients. Effective December 10, 2018, and until further notice, a few changes to visitation will be in place.
Visitors must meet the following requirements:
Women and Newborn Center — only siblings of the patient are allowed. No other children will be allowed.
NICU visitors must be 18 years and older.
Med/Surg and ICU visitors must be 12 years and older.
Any persons presenting with signs of illness will be asked not to enter the patient care areas.
Special considerations should be made for extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the Unit Directors or the Charge Nurse.
You can assist us in protecting our patients, visitors and staff by:
- Asking family to keep visitors to a minimum and consider the use of FaceTime or SKYPE instead of in-person visits.
- Recommending the use of hand sanitizer for their protection as well as others.
A return to routine visitation will be made as soon as possible and will be based on recommendations from physicians, infection prevention teams, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Please reach out to Heidi Hough at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Now it’s easier than ever to get information regarding the many services that Associate Occupational Health offers. On the Landing, click on Associate Services. Under the Associate Services tab, click Associate Health Services which is under the HR & Career tab. This will bring you to the Associate Health page where you can access information when you’re unsure of how to handle situations like incurring an injury or if you need to make medical leave.
Questions? Please contact Lynette Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re excited to announce the opening of the new Discharge Lounge, located in the former Medical Imaging waiting room! Now patients can enjoy coffee or tea and even a meal in a comfortable space after being discharged.
The Discharge Lounge is meant to improve the experience for patients if they have been discharged, but are waiting for medications or transportation.
The Discharge Lounge will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Questions? Contact Michele Siem at Michele.Siem@sclhealth.org.
Collection boxes for Joyful Journeys will be out until December 20. The toys collected will be given to children in Adams County. There are two donation boxes: one is at the lobby doors of the main hospital, the other is at the lobby doors between Medical Plazas 1 & 2.
Joyful Journeys Community Enrichment helps improve the lives of families by providing critical human services like food, clothes, hygiene products, baby items and school supplies for at-risk youth and their families.
They need new or gently-used children’s toys. Joyful Journeys also needs volunteers and family sponsors for the holidays. If you can’t donate toys, but would still like to help, below is a list of their other needs.
Both new and used:
- Christmas decorations
- Non-perishable food
- School supplies
- Stuffed animals
- Stockings & Stocking Stuffers
- Coats, hats, scarves, and gloves
- New, sealed or unopened hygiene products (full size or travel size)
Your donations are tax deductible, and you can request those forms from Marketing. If you have any questions, please call Charmaine at x1482 or email her at email@example.com. To sponsor a child, volunteer or for additional information about Joyful Journeys Community Enrichment, visit their website: https://joyfuljourneyscommunityenrichment.org/, call 303-667-9695, or email Tasha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will soon see a new face on our Marketing & Communications team. Today, December 4, Caitlyn Major joins Platte Valley as our Communications & Public Relations Specialist. Caitlyn has over eight years of strategic communications and marketing experience. She will be responsible for The ICE, will manage and execute our social media campaigns, develop communications strategies, and will be your primary internal communications and event promotion liaison. Caitlyn recently worked at DaVita Kidney Care where she served in a Communications Supervisor role. Please give Caitlyn a warm Platte Valley welcome when you see her!
Beginning Monday, December 3, if you need to order new marketing materials, have a redesign, or a change to an existing project (i.e., flyers, signage, thank you cards, etc.), you will be able to make that request from The Landing under the Associate Services dropdown menu: it’s called Marketing and Communications Request.
This tool (called Workfront) enables you to tell us exactly what you want, and allows you to upload any new files we’ll need to complete your project, including text, photos, and other content. This tool is used by our Platte Valley team and SCL Health Creative Services which means you will receive the very best care by an entire team of talented designers who have access to all documents previously produced on-site at Platte Valley.
In addition to Workfront, there is an entire Marketing & Communications resource center on The Landing with links to Pica9, our template and photo library tool), the SCL Health Store as well as links to other helpful resources. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Charmaine Weis at X1482 or via email.
This patient letter was received last week:
I just wanted to take a few minutes of your day and let you know how amazing your staff was for my husband’s surgery. From check in to being discharged we had a great experience. My husband was adamant about having his medical staffs’ names written down. So luckily, I can share the people that really stuck out in his care. While I didn’t meet all of them, I can attest the one’s I did truly care about their patients. So please, accept our sincere Thank You to:
- KJ, Maria, Dr. Simon, Dr. Vanek, Kim, Shoba, Josie and Becci. They’re all amazing.
Mr. & Mrs. R
Even if you were one of the diligent who did their HealthStream modules early on, you may have more to complete. Additional modules may have been added to your “To-Do” menu. Before Friday, go back and check that all your modules are complete.
If you haven’t yet completed your modules – remember, associates who do not finish the training on or before November 30 will be subject to consequences outlined in the Mandatory Training Policy.
This Friday, check off all the names on your holiday gift list with handcrafted items from local artists and artisans. Some of your favorite vendors from years’ past are returning. Shop for jewelry, home decor, children’s items, Christmas decor, accessories, handcrafted soaps and lotions, and much, much more. There’s something here for everyone on your list.
Proceeds from this fair benefit the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation.
Sizes are Ladies: XS-4XL & Mens: XS-4XL
The shirts are Poly 50, Ring Spun Cotton 25 & Rayon 25
If you would like to try on a shirt for sizing you can come by Human Resources, Monday-Friday 8AM-4PM. We will have all the sizes available as well as an order slip for you to complete and drop it in a basket. ***These are samples to try on only. The ordered shirt’s sleeves will be a royal blue.
For example, Biomedical work orders don’t go to Plant Services so when someone doesn’t specify the General Biomed or Imaging Biomed work order option, extra time and steps are added to the process.
Here are the instructions: from the Platte Valley Landing Page, click the Facilities Management Work Order Request on the left. Now STOP – Instead of immediately filling out the information on the page, look at the different categories on the top and click the link for the correct work order type.
If there is an emergency or you aren’t sure where to send it, contact Plant Services at X 1456.
Simply for being a valued associate, you have access to SCL Health Perks at Work – the free one-stop discount program available to all associates. The annual Holiday Fair started this Monday, November 19th, with a Black Friday preview.
SCL Health has worked with their vendor partners to publish their offer calendar ahead of time so associates know which dates have specific offers that may interest them. To get a sneak peek of the fair or get a head start on your shopping, activate your account today: www.perksatwork.com/login
Every year Brighton’s local homeless shelter, Almost Home, puts together Thanksgiving baskets to ensure underprivileged families can have a nice holiday meal. And each year, PVMC associates rally together and donate cash for the Meal Box Program.
As of this morning, our Platte Valley family has donated $2,701. We are still hoping to match our donations from last year at $3,771. With only $1,070 to go, we would need less than $2 from each employee to meet our mark.
Donations are tax deductible and qualify for the Colorado Enterprise Zone Tax Credit. If you would like to take it as a tax deduction, make sure to give your name and address. Any individual who donates $40 or more will get their choice of a jar of “Peggy’s 2018 Peach jam” or a bottle of “Peggy’s 2018 Killer Bee honey.”
For more information, please contact Peggy Jarrett @ X3590 or email@example.com.
They are offering 20% off regular priced merchandise and donating 5% to the PVMC Foundation in support of our Oncology Program. Last year they were able to donate over $44,000 to 82 participating locations.
Please join for an evening of food, discounts, give-a-ways and more at 2350 E. Bridge St., Brighton, 80601, December 2 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SCL Health would like to invest in you by offering advanced training courses in nursing starting February 25, 2019. If you are an RN who is interested in advancing your career into a specialty of Emergency, Critical Care or Operating Room nursing, this program is for you.
Here’s How the Process Works
- This is a full-time program offering a mix of didactic learning and clinical preceptorship (10 weeks for Emergency and Critical Care and 24 weeks for Operating Room).
- You will be compensated for training hours and will be benefit-eligible.
- The training program comes with a two-year commitment to SCL Health.
- Interested candidates must apply via https://jobs.sclhealth.org prior to 5 p.m. MST on December 5, 2018 to be considered for the program.
For more information, please contact:
Emily Smits, Sourcing Specialist
Every year Brighton’s local homeless shelter, Almost Home, puts together Thanksgiving baskets so that underprivileged families can have a nice meal. Last year, PVMC associates donated $3,771 to the Meal Box Program, feeding nearly 189 families. Because of donations of fresh produce from local farmers and canned products from the community, Almost Home can put together a basket with all the trimmings for a family of 4 for around $20 a basket.
No donation is too small or too big. Donations are tax deductible and qualify for the Colorado Enterprise Zone Tax Credit. If you would like to take it as a tax deduction, make sure to give your name and address. Peggy will be in the Bistro to collect donations from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 11/14. She can accept cash or check. Any individual who donates $100 or more will get their choice of a jar of “Peggy’s 2018 Peach jam” or a bottle of “Peggy’s 2018 Killer Bee honey.”
For more information, please contact Peggy Jarrett @ X3590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The policy provides guidance in the event of an infant or pediatric (0-2 years) abduction from the Perinatal Unit. All infants/pediatrics (0-2 years) admitted to PVMC come under the infant/pediatric safety and security policy, which is designed to provide an effective deterrent against abduction.
Guidelines are provided for each department. Their roles and responsibilities in the event of an alarm or potential infant abduction are outlined in this policy: Infant Pediatric Abduction Policy.
Congratulations to Shari Engelhardt on her promotion to Regulatory Affairs Manager after more than eight years of dedication to Platte Valley. We thank her for all her help keeping the organization compliant with the ever-changing regulatory requirements.
She is a great resource and if you have questions for her, you can reach her at Shari.Engelhardt@sclhealth.org or X 1557.
As a thank you for Platte Valley’s sponsorship, the Ravens have given us six shirts to share with our staff.
If you have a child or grandchild that attends Riverdale Ridge and would like to have a t-shirt, email Charmaine at email@example.com. The first six people to respond will receive a Ravens shirt with Platte Valley named on the back as a sponsor.
In honor of SCL Health’s Founders’ Day, we remember the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) arriving in Kansas 160 years ago. They started a healing ministry out of love, hope, and determination. Their legacy and spirit live on today with us.
Learn a little more about the history of our health system and the philosophies it follows.
Hospitals are required to conduct a full-scale exercise to test capabilities for a surge of patients (example: mass casualty event, pandemic flu, etc.). This is important so that the medical center can identify strengths and weaknesses to improve upon in case of a real-life event. As a volunteer, you will represent a patient. There is no acting required! The only requirement is that you are willing to walk throughout the LMC hospital from one unit to another. For more information, view Lutheran’s Volunteer Q&A.
The Drill will be held at SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center 8300 West 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 on Friday, December 7 from 8 – 11:45 am. Check-in begins at 8 am with refreshments (coffee, donuts, and juice).
Interested? Contact LuJean Odle at 303.425.8547 or Lujean.firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP No later than Friday, November 30.
ED, OB, OR and Cath Lab/ CV Services have a limited supply of their department owned and color-coded scrubs that are consistently going missing. Not having enough scrubs impacts the department’s ability to serve patients and could spell consequences for employees in the future.
Department staff should come to the hospital and change into these scrubs on site. Many may not realize that they are not supposed to be worn or taken off the property, even to go to lunch. Instead, at the end of the shift, they should be removed and left with the department for cleaning.
The department heads ask that other employees wearing scrubs please avoid using these supplies and the colors associated with the specific departments:
OR – Green
ED – Grey
OB – Purple Top and Black Bottom
Cath Lab & CV Services – Dark Blue
Platte Valley would appreciate your help in getting these scrubs returned and put back into circulation.
Each year Platte Valley Medical Center sponsors the Annual Turkey Trot 5k Run/Walk Race.
The Turkey Trot is one of the largest races to the Northeast of Denver and a qualifier for the Bolder Boulder. All proceeds from the race benefit Eagle View Adult Center. All age groups can participate in the walk/run on Saturday, November 17 at 8:30 a.m. sharp at the Brighton Recreation Center.
The first 20 registrants with Platte Valley Medical Center to fill out the registration form and get it to Daryl Meyers by Friday, November 9, can have free registration. Otherwise costs range from $20 to $33 depending on age and when registrants pay. The fee includes: T-shirts, breakfast, awards, prizes, and drawings.
Contact Daryl Meyers the Chaplain/Community Relations Director at Platte Valley Medical Center at (303) 498-1590 or email@example.com.
Check off all the names on your holiday gift list with handcrafted items from local artists and craftspeople. Some of your favorite vendors from years’ past are returning. Shop for jewelry, home decor, children’s items, Christmas decor, accessories, handcrafted soaps and lotions, and much, much more. There’s something here for everyone on your list.
Proceeds from this fair benefit the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation.
Accepting new vendors. To sign up as a vendor visit: https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=76653&s=event_manager&pv=1
In 1992, President George Bush issued a proclamation designating the first week of November as “National Medical Staff Services Awareness Week,” to acknowledge and thank medical services professionals (MSPs) for playing “an important role in our nation’s healthcare system.”
Medical service professionals are the people behind the scenes who make certain the credentials of all practitioners who are caring for patients are correct and have been verified. MSPs are experts in provider credentialing and privileging medical staff organization, accreditation and regulatory compliance, and provider relations in the diverse healthcare industry. They credential and monitor ongoing competence of the physicians and other practitioners who provide patient care services in hospitals managed care organizations, and other healthcare settings.
The American Medical Association-Organized Medical Staff Section also recognizes the medical services profession in a resolution that formally acknowledges “the importance and value of medical services professionals to the healthcare organization and its physician members, and recognizes their contribution and dedication in preserving quality patient care.”
MSPs are a vital part of the community’s healthcare team. They are dedicated to making certain that all patients receive care from practitioners who are properly educated, licensed, and trained in their specialty.
For more information about MSPs and the National Association Medical Staff Services (NAMSS), visit www.namss.org.
The last flu shot clinic for employees was this morning – but if you missed it, there still might be a chance to get your shot before the deadline.
The deadline to enroll is Tomorrow, Oct. 31, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time.
Log in to Lawson > Employee Self-Service from a work computer between now and Oct. 31 to review your current elections and make any benefit changes for 2019. Your current elections (other than Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions, if applicable) will automatically carry over into 2019.
Having difficulties? Call the HR Service Center at 855-412-3701.
We will have coffee, pastries and fruit from 6:30AM-9:30AM in the front Lobby.
We will also be holding a costume contest! You will be able to vote for your favorite costume in the Bistro until 1PM.
At 1PM there will be cookies in the Bistro and the costume contest winners will be announced. The top 3 costumes win a prize.
*Please remember costumes must be appropriately discrete for a professional hospital setting. Please be conservative in patient care areas.
Work is underway to import attachments to the old policies, but if you don’t see what you need in Policy Tech, reader access to our old Cerner System will be available under the Performance Improvement Department link for a few months.
Be sure to complete your HealthStream modules to learn how to navigate the system.
Please reach out to Sabrina Apodaca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-498-1551 with any questions.
Click Here for a step by step tutorial to access your personal Policy Tech account.
All Platte Valley Policies have been imported to the Policy Tech system. On November 1st, you can get to policies through a link on the left side of the PVMC Landing right under the green box; it will also be under applications.
Be sure and complete your HealthStream modules to help you navigate in the System.
If you are logged in to the network go to
You won’t need to log in again.
You can search by site.
Use the three dots under your name to set your search so it looks like this to find all PVMC documents by searching for any word in the title or body of the text.
Work is underway to import attachments to the old policies, if you don’t see what you need in Policy Tech, reader access to our old Cerner System will be available under the Performance Improvement Department link for a few months.
Note: All PVMC policies have – PVMC at the end of the title; only those and System-wide documents apply to us. Policies from other hospitals do not apply to PVMC.
Questions? Please reach out to Sabrina Apodaca via email or at 303-498-1551.
That means all clinics and offices in Medical Plaza 1 or Medical Plaza 2 must call 911 if there is an emergency.
We are hoping to work with Emergency Medical Services to make their arrival as quick as possible.
With construction in full force on the 3rd floor, patients have begun to ask questions and have concerns about the noise.
Please remember to give communication cards with earplugs to each patient on your unit to minimize their frustration. Each team should have cards to pass out, but if you need more, connect with Marketing (x1481).
Here’s some scripting which may help you:
‘‘While you’re here in the hospital, you may hear loud construction noise at times. This is because we’re doing a lot of renovations and are building 28 new patient rooms on our 3rd floor.
Here’s a card with more information as well as some ear plugs to help reduce the noise and discomfort. Please let me know if there’s anything else I can do to make your stay the best it can be.’’
We have additionally added more signage on the third floor for visitors and will continue to send out information about the project.
- Review your 2019 Benefits Guide to better understand what’s changing in 2019 and to learn more about the benefits available to protect your health, well-being, and financial security.
- Make the most of ALEX®, your personal online benefits counselor. ALEX can help you evaluate your benefit options and costs so you can decide which plans will best meet your needs in 2019.
- You can also attend a Benefits Fair to get answers for your benefits-related questions. Our benefit program partners will be on site at the fairs to provide assistance.
Log in to Lawson > Employee Self-Service from a work computer between now and Oct. 31 to review your current elections and make any benefit changes for 2019. Your current elections (other than Flexible Spending Account (FSA) contributions, if applicable) will automatically carry over into 2019. However, you are encouraged to review the IMPORTANT section below for additional considerations.
If you have questions about this year’s benefits, or if you need help enrolling, please contact the HR Service Center at 855-412-3701 (toll free) or 303-813-5250, or email SO-HRSupport@sclhealth.org. Representatives are available 24/7 now through Oct. 31.
Come get your free vaccine in the Conference Room from 6:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
All employees, volunteers, and medical staff must receive a flu shot before October 31.
Unless you have an approved exemption to the flu vaccine, you must get it. There are only two “approved” exemptions for the influenza vaccination:
• a documented, severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs or to other components of the influenza vaccine;
• a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine.
Please contact Employee Health at x1495 by October 3 if you have an exemption.
Look for times and dates to be announced in the future.
You will still be able to get produce from Kristin’s Farm Stand at their other farmer’s market locations.
To connect with Kristin’s Farm Stand visit www.kristinsfarmstand.com/
This year – books, electronics, home goods, kids’ gifts, and more will be available for a great price and good cause. All proceeds benefit the PVMC Foundation. Stop by Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Conference Rooms A & B.