If there is a “complete hospital lockdown,” employees must enter through the employee entrance by the administrative hallway, closest to the bus stop. This entrance will be the only door for employees to enter and each employee must have their badge to enter. There will be personnel at this door to sign you in so the Incident Command Center knows who is in the building. If there is a “partial lockdown,” each unit will be responsible to watch their unit for unauthorized personnel entering their unit.
Larry Stambaugh and his fiancé, Patricia Lucero, were supposed to get married Saturday afternoon, but due to some health issues Larry ended up at PVMC instead. To say he was a bit frustrated would be an understatement.
Unless Cupid worked some magic, the groom would not only be late for his own wedding, he wouldn’t be there at all. Fortunately Cupid has a number of helpers, even some right here at our own hospital. Joe Dutmer, Theresa Solano, Daryl Meyers, and a number of others decided Larry’s wedding was not going to be cancelled or postponed. Through their efforts, the wedding went as planned … just in a different location. Larry Stambaugh and Patricia Lucero were married right on time in PVMC’s Meditation Center (Chapel) and held a reception in the Bistro – another Planetree moment where patients and their needs were placed first.
For the full story, click here: http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/couple-ties-knot-platte-valley-medical-center
Congratulations to Executive Chef Mike Anderson, Cooks DeNae Valerio and Rigoberto Moto. This trio are among the 11 Nutritional Services’ employees who have passed the ServSafe Food Safety program.
The ServSafe Food Safety program is designed to heighten awareness of the importance of food safety education throughout the restaurant and food service industry. Our food service vendor, Sysco, offers classes at their main distribution center in Denver and after completing the course, certification lasts for five years.
During our recent Joint Commission survey, there were several discoveries of entries that lacked dates and/or times. So, this Issue of the Patient Safety News focuses on that very thing – dating and timing. Please take a look and see what actions have been taken to correct this, and how you play a role in helping us ensure ongoing compliance.
- Include the date, time and writer’s signature
- Be legible
- Be done in pen, not pencil
- Use a cross thru for correction of errors, then initial and date -do not use white out
- Be free of PVMC “Do Not Use Abbreviations”
Click here for the March issue: Patient Safety News Issue 43 Dating-Timing
If you see a leaf symbol posted on a patient’s door, it means they have suffered a pregnancy loss.
This leaf, with the teardrop, reflects both intense suffering of loss and hope for the future. Though fallen, the leaf maintains its vitality, symbolizing hope. It cradles the teardrop with its upturned edges creating a sense of comfort. As seasons change, so do feelings. Just as there is winter and spring, there is sadness and hope.
Please be conscious of this symbolism when providing care or services to our patients.
As part of the Planetree Retreats, participants are asked to generate ideas to make PVMC an even better place for our patients, families and staff. We are taking your suggestions and working to bring some of them to life.
One of the resounding requests has been to provide daycare options for employees. While we do not have ‘in-house’ daycare available on campus, Planetree and HR have joined forces to work with area providers who are willing to offer a discount to PVMC employees.
We hope to have an official announcement about this soon. In the meantime, if you have a commercial daycare provider you’d like us to contact, please send us your email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your continued dedication and excellence at PVMC!
The Emergency Department would like to congratulate Olga Brady for successfully passing her United States Citizen exam. Olga has shown as much dedication in preparing for this exam as she demonstrates towards patient care. We, the citizens of the United States, are fortunate to add to our membership such a genuine hardworking individual as Olga Brady.
“I am from Russia and US Citizenship means my second Birthday to me,” Olga smiles. “I found my second family in ER and everyone at PVMC is a part of a big family. I like to say when I come to work “welcome home,” because I feel as comfortable at home as I do at work. I would like to thank everyone for being very kind to me. Thank you from all my heart!”
Kelly Grant – Medical Laboratory Technician, Laboratory
Welcome New Volunteers
When you think about this analogy it becomes very clear, very quickly, how important eCareNet will become to us and our patients. Thanks to Siemens’ Soarian intuitive technology, eCareNet will dramatically help nurses and doctors provide safe care.
All orders will be placed electronically by physicians and will travel throughout the system with the single push of a button. This process helps prevent medication errors because the computer alerts staff of patient medicine allergies before orders are even submitted. In theory, it’s like wearing a seatbelt at work for our patients’ safety.
“It’s Crunch Time”
From behind the scenes, PVMC staff and Siemens’ project pros are knee deep in development to ensure the system is ready for staff training in March. Throughout the training period, clinical users will have ample opportunity to learn the system.
“It is crunch time and we all have to step up to the plate,” Quammen Onsite Project Manager Ossie Thomas shared with the eCareNet Steering Committee last week.
Progress to Date:
- Over 100 nursing assessment forms have been modified or built from scratch;
- Over 44 Admission order sets have been designed;
- Medication testing is complete and over 1100 pre-defined meds have been uploaded into the system;
- We have preliminarily approved 60 physician order sets;
- In Radiology, over 600 orders are being tested and tracking has begun, and the Mammography build with Spanish translation is complete. Watch out for a PACS upgrade on February 23;
- In Critical Care, the software and server is installed and implementation has begun.
Key Points to Remember:
- Staff will have one single sign on to the computer, which will give anywhere anytime access to all clinical applications and the patient’s full medical record.
- eCareNet remembers and tracks workflow so that if a nurse has to log off the system and move to another computer, when they log back in their work session is still active and they can literally pick up where they left off.
- All orders are entered into the system by physicians, a process known as Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE).
Meet Kyle Agnew and the Siemens’ Project Team
Kyle recently joined the eCareNet team, replacing Nikkai Upshaw-Alexander, as the Siemens’ Project Manager. Kyle is your resource for questions related to Siemens’ Soarian software.
Siemens’ Project Team:
Front Row (l-r): Marc Leger, Jimrevenia Thompson, and Chris Zawacki. Standing back row (l-r): Steve Klein, Amoodha Ashok, Adrianne Bothwell, Kyle Agnew, Cindy Sorich, Kimberly Buck, Caryn Hall, and Carol Woods.
As PVMC moves forward in so many different ways, we speak often of the power of “high-performing teams.” It’s the essence of many of the individual projects that we are involved with as individuals and as departments.
I recently witnessed an incredibly high-performing team busy at work on one of the hospital’s core competencies, the frontline delivery of lifesaving healthcare. While the situation was dire (a pediatric patient in full cardiac arrest) and the outcome sorrowful, the group of professionals I observed should be so very proud of themselves:
Renna Foos, our long-time lead ED secretary, was at the top of her game. Like Radar O’ Riley on MASH, she’s at her best when she’s got a phone handset in either hand and coordinating two remote conversations simultaneously. I can’t imagine keeping all the orders, calls, ambulance traffic, helicopters, and staff comments clear and accurate in the flurry of the main ED desk during a trauma resuscitation of a small child. She does it routinely, not skipping a beat, with absolute efficiency, and she is remarkable for it. Outstanding.
Dr. Kirk Quackenbush, the ED physician just starting his shift seconds before and greeted with this first terrible tragedy of the day. He led this multidisciplinary team, kept his cool, and made all the right calls at the right time, even those that could only be judged in retrospect. Tremendous work.
Dr. Ron Rosen, the anesthesiologist responding to a pediatric trauma arrest. He was absolutely prepared; equipment, supplies, and competence; everything was ready and waiting when that child was rolled into the room. He did not hesitate for a moment and took definitive control of the airway as the rest of the team worked in tandem. Amazing.
Lew Perna, RN, again – someone at the top of his game. Great assessment skills, great procedural skills, full command of PALS standards, and a great communicator throughout this protracted event. Clear, cool-headed, decisive. Nicely done.
Audra Smith, RN, quietly focused and fully prepared for what was coming next. She was one step ahead throughout the event. People like her keep the “flow” moving in crisis situations and she brings unique skill and poise to the team. Thank you.
Julie Kilgore, RN, house supervisor and long-time ED nurse, the quiet scribe in this case, documenting all things said (and unsaid) during the code. Years of experience and a thorough familiarity with patients in crisis…priceless. Thank you, we depend on you year after year.
Dr. Joe Smith, the pediatrician on-call who managed to drop his other competing obligations to respond and join this team. His thinking was methodical, communication was clear and specific, and his demeanor calm and focused. He rounded out the medical specialties available in rapid response. Thanks for being there.
There are still others: Owen McKeough and Jeanette Nelson, ED technicians responsible for so many things in situations like this, the least of which is assuring that all the right equipment is ready and available for just such a tragedy. Marlys McDonald and Chris Bowlin, respiratory therapists managing the ventilator and associated procedures. Michele Siem, RN lending a hand from an adult critical care perspective. Wendy Colon, orchestrating transport, clinical and logistical issues surrounding the case. Platte Valley EMS led by paramedic Nadine Birkholz, EMT-P and Jen Grimm, EMT, both doing exemplary pre-hospital work, resuscitation, and transport. Great job and thank you!
And still others: multiple imaging staff members, admissions staff, pharmacists, social workers, and laboratory technicians. We depended on you and you were there, thank you!
And I know I’m forgetting still others who directly and indirectly contributed on this special patient. I apologize in advance if I haven’t called you out by name.
The point is clear: we do tremendous things collectively when we bring our shared skill and expertise together in a well-rehearsed and coordinated fashion. We are an organization brimming with great teams, large and small. None go unnoticed.
This year, PVMC will have two teams involved with the annual “Relay for Life” fight against cancer campaign. As part of the campaign, Mark Baros will take photos of any employees who are willing to participate in a fun, festive “purple glove” dance. It’s a great way to honor anyone who’s been touched by cancer. It will only take a few minutes of your time. Please advise OR Nurse Amy Hunt at email@example.com with the best times and dates to take the photos within your department.
In addition, we also want to take a group photo of all cancer survivors who are currently PVMC employees. Please contact Phyllis Kildal in The Bistro this week if you will join us in this special photo.
On Jan 21st several of the ICU staff attended an education program for CRRT (Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy). This is a therapy for patients who require a specific type of dialysis. On Sunday, January 30th, we provided this service for our first patient at PVMC.
On Jan 24th several ICU staff attended IABP (Intra aortic balloon pump) training. We have two balloon pumps at PVMC and they are used for patients with heart damage and require the balloon pump to make it easier for the heart to work. We have inserted balloon pumps on a few patients, but had to transfer them out for further care. This is a therapy that we are able to provide to patients that do not need to be transferred for things like open heart surgery.
On January 28th, the ICU staff decided they all wanted to “dress up” their scrubs for the day. On the 28th we held “Glam Day.” The staff wore shiny necklaces and earrings; some wore bracelets or fancy watches. They enjoyed themselves so much they have designated each Friday with a theme. On February 4th, we participated in Wear Red for Women and Heart Disease, and February 18th we will wear valentine-related attire (red, pink, heart prints, etc). If you are interested in any of our other themes, come to the ICU and view our calendar.
When a new mom leaves the hospital she not only goes home with a brand new baby she also gets a delicious dinner as well. The Foundation, along with Nutritional Services, is providing this service to help new parents survive their first night at home. The first night is always is busy and challenging; PVMC just wants to help a little more by offering this meal. Since the program began, more than 450 meals have been distributed. So far, this Planetree effort has received excellent reviews!
Kirk Quackenbush, MD — Chief of Staff
Matthew Flaherty, MD — Vice Chief of Staff
Layne Bracy, MD — Primary Care Department Chair
Scott Vanek, MD — Surgical Care Department Chair
John Herlevich, MD — Perinatal Clinical Section Chair
Fred Williams, MD — Medical Staff Quality Committee Chair
Eric Robbins, MD — Credentials Committee Chair and Member-at-Large
Tillman Farley, MD — Immediate Past Chief
Steven Brizendine, MD — Chief Hospitalist
The officers were elected in November 2010 and will serve a three-year term. Medical Staff leadership is time consuming; Administration and the Medical Staff Office thank all the officers for their commitment.
One of the latest evidence-based practice projects for the MSP unit is specialty certification. Medical Surgical Certification is proven to enhance professional credibility, career advancement, quality of work, nurse satisfaction, and patient care.
There are currently 10 nurses attending the 12-week certification review course, which is held every other week for two hours on the unit. Facilitated by MSP Director Sheila Sherman, the nurses are attending classes during their own time and the goal is to have at least six certified each year.
This commitment from staff is one of many new and exciting accomplishments that have taken place in MSP over the past year.
Way to go Linda Depriest, Gentry Mansur, Theresa Solano, Daniella Reyes, Julie Longo, Hope Anderson, Debra Lefort, and Lara Vasquez. You are an example of dedication to your profession and to improving the quality of care for our patients!
Crews met Saturday to honor former Platte Valley Ambulance Services colleague Anthony Archuleta, who died last year in a Texas aeromedical helicopter crash. They named their newly redesigned Ambulance #4 “Nugget,” because that’s how Anthony routinely addressed co-workers. The ambulance has been publicized nationally for its unique safety features, which include many unique improvements in patient and provider safety. Anthony was an original member of the group that recommended many of the safety concepts that are featured on this vehicle almost six years ago. Ambulance collisions kill an American EMT every week.
The PVMC Foundation’s primary fundraising event for 2011 is a concert by FACE! FACE is a nationally recognized all-vocal rock band that creates a rock-music phenomenon that has to be seen to be believed. The event will take place Friday, March 4, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Heritage Todd Creek. Proceeds from the event will support the many programs and services of PVMC!! For additional information, contact Marcie Demchuk, Foundation executive director at x3635 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The intranet is your central source for current forms. Please check the intranet first when searching for a form. Recently, the Joint Commission cited PVMC for utilizing outdated forms. Form control is essential to improving the Joint Commission’s findings related to appropriate form use. Contact Becky Farrell at x1659 or email@example.com with any questions.
If you were here at 5:15 p.m. on February 2, you undoubtedly knew about the broken sprinkler in the link between the main hospital and Medical Office Building (MOB). Within minutes of bursting, water from the ceiling pooled into the link, pharmacy, and physical medicine department. Although there was a definite odor in the air from rancid water in the pipes, there was no gas leak and it was business as usual the next day.
Thanks to everyone who responded, especially the Environmental and Plant Services’ Teams. Their speedy action has minimized water damage in the building.
The restoration work is almost complete, including water extraction, dry out of the drywall, decontamination, touch-up painting, and pipe insulation. Additional heating devices are also being installed in the link between the hospital and MOB.
During a disaster or event, the Incident Command Center (ICC) will open to coordinate personnel, equipment and supplies.
How will you know the ICC is open?
You will hear an overhead page: “the Incident Command Center is open, Director’s please respond.”
What do you do?
Directors will report to Conference Room C, unless another area is designated as the ICC. All other staff should await further information that will be forthcoming from their director as they return from the ICC.
Who do you call?
During the incident if you have any immediate needs, questions or concerns, direct them through the ICC instead of the House Supervisor so that resources available to the ICC can be utilized to meet your needs.
Phone numbers for the ICC are on the hospital phone list in the outlined box. This list is accessed via the phone list link on the Intranet. The ICC and Operations numbers (3701, 3703 and 3704) will always be answered when the ICC is open. If you have further questions regarding the Incident Command Center or our Emergency Operations Plan, please contact PVMC’s Trauma/Emergency Management Coordinator Wendy Colon at x1906 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Planetree Retreats have been a huge success! Participants are taken on a patient-centered journey during this inspirational and motivational island-themed retreat. Each retreat will take place in the Conference Center from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Upcoming retreat dates:
June 21st, 2011
July 14th, 2011
August 5th, 2011
These retreats are scheduled throughout 2011and will be on-going, with the goal of having every PVMC employee participate.
To register for this wonderful care-changing experience, first talk to your supervisor to pick a date that works well with your schedule, then log into Healthstream to sign up. If you have any questions about the retreat please contact us at email@example.com.
By: Christina Torres
Though there may have been a few who had a little difficulty extinguishing the fire during the Fire Extinguishing Safety Demonstration put on by the Fire Department recently, everyone passed and all had a good time. There were even some winners from the prize drawing contest: