As we integrate the Behavior Standards into our everyday interactions, it’s important to remember to say thank you, and congratulate each other as we improve. Here in The ICE, we want to acknowledge employees who are Living the Standards. This example is from a Share-A-Compliment written about Daniella Reyes and Dr. Carey Cuprisin. This months standard is:
I conduct myself professionally and I’m accountable for my actions.
I take responsibility for my work and follow through with all tasks.
I show respect by active listening, showing empathy, being considerate.
I support and recognize positive qualities of providers and staff.
I came to work on time.
I follow the PVMC dress code.
I wear my name badge at all times while working.
I hold in confidence all private information and interactions.
I use my cell phone appropriately and professionally.
“My mother-in-law had a recent visit to the emergency room. She has Alzheimer’s, and becomes very disoriented in unfamiliar places. Daniella was great! She actively listened to my mother-in-law, and her caregivers to determine the type of care that would be needed. Dr. Cuprisin was in and out of the room in a very timely manner, and he had a real “I care” attitude. He explained her diagnosis in terms we could understand, and gave great suggestions for her speedy recovery. This care that Daniella and Dr. Cuprisin provided made this visit as pleasant as an emergency visit can be.”
Who do you know that is doing a great job living this month’s standard? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org today with an employee’s name, some examples, and we’ll do the rest.
The recent announcement of our pending affiliation with SCL Health has brought forth some great questions. Since we’ve merely just begun the process to evaluate what an agreement might look like, it’s way too early to know the answers to specific questions that may arise. In each weekly The ICE newsletter, however, we’re going to do our best to answer them.
This week’s question is:
Will PVMC employees have to reapply for their jobs?
Answer: We’re not anticipating that PVMC employees will need to reapply for their jobs, especially since PVMC will remain a separate corporate entity. As we consider combining our benefits program with SCL Health’s, there may be new insurance and benefit forms to fill out, but it is unlikely that process would begin right away.
In the upcoming months there will be teams from PVMC and SCL Health coming together to talk about how our two organizations might blend. It’s important to note that we will have as much of a say in future changes as SCL Health and, when new information is available, it will be shared. If you have a question, please feel free to call Nickie Maillet at X1601 or submit your question online.
Similar to The ICE employee newsletter, SCL Health has its own web-based news page. Check it out, here’s a link to the announcement about PVMC and SCL Health. While you’re there, take a look around. There’s even a video about CEO Mike Slubowski’s rock band “Blind Date.”
It’s time to celebrate Lab Week, April 19-25, 2015
Lab Week is a celebration of the laboratory professionals who play a vital role in every aspect of health care. Since they often work behind the scenes, few people know about the critical testing they perform every day. Lab Week is a time to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around the country who perform and interpret more than 10 billion laboratory tests in the US every year.
Please join me in celebrating your laboratory colleagues for being a vital part of Platte Valley Medical Center.
To my Clinical Laboratory Team, “Thank you for the dedication you bring to the profession and for making a Difference in the lives of others.”
April is Occupational Therapy Month. During this time we celebrate the skills and commitment of our occupational therapists, Renee Gross, Janelle Ruff and Chasity Starman, as well as OT’s across the nation.
Occupational Therapy, often called OT, is the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with physical, mental, or developmental conditions.
Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the patient/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities (occupations), particularly those that are meaningful to the patient.
In the outpatient setting, occupational therapy also works to improve a person’s functional abilities after injury, surgery, or simply when difficulties are identified. A person may have difficulties writing and using their hands following a wrist fracture or stroke, for example. Outpatient occupational therapy also is beneficial to children who are experiencing developmental and sensory troubles. Patients and therapists work together to determine what is most important to the patient.
An occupational therapist must earn a Master’s degree or a Doctoral degree in occupational therapy, and be licensed in order to practice. They also must pass a National Certification Examination administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Occupational Therapy is a challenging, fascinating, and rewarding job combining creativity and problem solving with the ability to make practical and meaningful changes in a person’s life. Here at Platte Valley Medical Center, we appreciate and celebrate the efforts of Renee, Janelle and Chasity, and those of OTs all over the nation.