If You See Something, Say Something

Yesterday’s incident at Platte Valley provides a reminder and opportunity for our watchfulness. Thank you again to our Labor and Delivery staff whose quick action led to swift response by our security team and the Brighton Police Department (details were sent via email yesterday).

As a reminder, weapons are not permitted in any of our facilities. If you see someone with a firearm or knife inside any of our buildings, ask them to take their weapon back outside or call security at X1461 to assess the situation. If they refuse, call 911. With everyone’s attention every day, we will ensure the safety and security of our associates, patients and visitors.

Our On-Site Security Team & Commitment to Your Safety
We have an on-site security team here to help us provide safe and compassionate care. Security is provided by our Plant Services team Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If a security incident happens during this time, please call Mai at x1451. HSS Security Services provides security Mon – Fri, 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. and 24 hours a day on Saturdays and Sundays. Our HSS officer can be reached by calling x1461.

As part of our on-going effort to ensure everyone’s safety, we conduct regular safety and security risk assessments and will soon have security coverage 24/7. HSS Security Services provides security for most SCL Health care sites, including Platte Valley. And while the start date for 24/7 coverage has not yet been determined, HSS is presently recruiting a full staff for Platte Valley. When we are ready to implement the program, more information such as security procedures, contact information, and security staff duties will be provided.

The full-time security staff will help us prepare for many emergency situations – ranging from active shooters, hostage situations, and other security challenges to threats from fires, tornadoes, floods, and even pandemics of infectious diseases.

Please know the safety and security of our associates, patients and guests is our number one priority. If you have a safety concern, please call X1461.

Almost Home Thanksgiving Box Donations

Every year at Thanksgiving, our associates rally together and raise money to support a Almost Home’s Thanksgiving Box Program to provide meals for 300 families in our area.

Last year we raised over $3,600, but we can probably beat that easily this year! Peggy Jarrett is taking donations through tomorrow — Thursday, November 16.  She will be in the Bistro tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to receive donations in person.

Almost Home is a nonprofit organization in Brighton helping families that are homeless or lacking sufficient resources to keep a roof over their heads.

Please consider giving, even if you can only spare a little extra. It means so much to a family to be able to have a nice Thanksgiving meal.

See this flyer for additional information or call Peggy Jarrett with any questions.

Mind Body Team Seeks Associate Teachers

It’s no longer unusual to start a meeting at Platte Valley with a few deep breaths and a stretch, to sit and chart with a sandbag on your lap, or stand back to back with a co-worker when you’re feeling stressed.  These simple techniques are part of our Mind Body Connection program, which focuses on increasing self-awareness and taking a moment to care for you, which will ultimately improve the quality of your interactions with patients and co-workers – truly a win-win situation.

Many of these concepts stem from the teachings of Matthew Sanford, a yoga teacher, writer and owner of Mind Body Solutions, a non-profit in Minneapolis.  Matthew is paralyzed as a result of a car accident when he was 13, so his experiences as a patient serve to enlighten us as providers.  He has visited Platte Valley twice, and the approach he introduced has been carried on with our Mind Body team.

In the past year, we have brought these techniques to several departments, incorporated them into meetings, presented at the SCL SHINE conference and held sessions for Hospital Week and community gatherings.  We’ve been energized by the positive responses we’ve received and the success stories we’ve heard.  Now we’d like your help to continue spreading the word!

We’re looking for associates to assist in teaching their co-workers some of these techniques.  If you went to Matthew’s workshop, you have a head start, but our team can help train you as well.  If you have an interest in this work, please contact Karen Vizyak, Physical Medicine Director at X1844 or Christine Salvi, Patient Experience Director at X3635 for more information.

Mental Health First Aid Classes Available

One of the priority areas that came out of the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment for PVMC was Mental Health and Substance Abuse. To help address this, SCL Health is providing the Mental Health First Aid course along with Community Reach Center. The class is free to attend for everyone and the information is invaluable as we see more issues within our community and the hospital. If you know someone in the community that would benefit from this opportunity, please pass this along to them.

These classes do have a minimum required class size, and will be cancelled if enough people do not sign up. Please consider taking this valuable class.

Upcoming Classes:

  • First Responder & Emergency Department Class: Wednesday, November 29 at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Medical Plaza 2 Conference Room. To register: http://bit.ly/2yxSPoI
  • Tuesday Dec 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in Medical Plaza 2 Conference Room. To register: http://bit.ly/2xlZRfT

About Mental Health First Aid:

  • Evidence-based training program empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to others who might be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis
  • Enhances ability to intervene in the event of a mental health emergency
  • Population health approach to behavioral health helps to raise awareness and intervention skills while reducing the stigma around mental health
  • Movement to train a greater number of individuals across the country to improve prevention efforts against anxiety,depression and other mental health disorders
  • Similar to previous efforts to increase the number of individuals with CPR/First Aid knowledge…more education = more lives saved!