Celebrating our 2,000th Cath Lab patient — congrats to our Cath Lab Team for excellent work! It took 6 ½ years to serve 1,000 patients, but less than 2 years to treat another 1,000. This milestone is a reflection of your skill, passion, and service to our community. Way to go!
Please join us for PVMC’s annual Farmer’s Market Express on Thursdays starting, August 14th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. in the Bistro.
We will be featuring the following:
– Organic produce from Berry Patch Farms and Great Harvest Bread Company.
Please come pick up some healthy produce and meet your wellness goals for fruit & vegetable consumption as well!
Cash, check, credit card and employee badge deduction will all be accepted as payment.
The Spirit of Planetree Awards publicly honors programs and services that support extraordinary achievement in patient-/resident-centered care. Hundreds of programs and services apply for these prestigious awards annually. It is an honor to announce that Platte Valley Medical Center’s “Patients’ Voice Program (Video Series)” has been awarded FIRST place for the 2014 Spirit of Planetree program awards. We will receive this award at the Planetree Annual Conference in Chicago on October 15, 2014.
The Fit Bit is a wireless tracker that tracks steps, distance, calories burned, active minutes and monitors your sleep. These can be a very fun and interactive way to track your activity, compete with your friends and encourage you to increase your activity. We have an opportunity to get a 10-15% discount on the purchase of the trackers depending upon how many we order. There are three different styles costing from $59.95- 99.95 (before the discount). I am trying to get an estimate of how many people would be interested in purchasing a Fit Bit at the discounted price. If you would like more information about the Fit Bit, you can go to www.fitbit.com.
Please contact Peggy Jarrett at extension 3590 if you have additional questions. Please let me know by Friday, August 22 if you are interested.
It was another beautiful summer evening, fitting indeed for the occasion. Eighty-five employees with a total of 755 hours of service, were recognized and honored with gifts and words of appreciation during the recent Service Awards dinner.
To Our Dear Pet Partners Katie and Willow,
How can we say thank you for the many smiles you brought to sad faces or for the warmth and love you gave so unconditionally to our families, patients, friends, and visitors? For the difference you made in our lives and in the lives of those around us and for the happy moments you brought to those in the midst of their most difficult moments? For the laughter, love, companionship, and compassion you showed to those around you?
It is impossible to thank you enough for the time you served as Pet Partners and for all of the good you brought to others. Your service, companionship, and love will not be forgotten. You will live in our hearts always and in the hearts and memories of those you touched.
On June 3rd and 27th, the Emergency Department had their annual skills day. The day started at 8AM with lectures throughout the morning about Hazmat, HIPAA, Intraosseous insertion, to recognizing a STEMI.
The afternoon was comprised of eleven stations which included a station for staff to practice dressing in PPE (hazmat suits), a review station of interpretation services available at PVMC, a restraints demo, an Information Services station explaining functions, and charting. The morning also included Level 1, as well as HARE traction. The day ended with setting up the Decon Tent. It was an action packed day.
PVMC continues to support health related projects and programs throughout the community through its Community Health Investment grant Program (CHIP). A total of $45,313 in grant funds were distributed recently to the following organizations: Weld County High School Athletic Trainer Program, Barr Lake State Park, Brighton SDA Food Bank, Fort Lupton Recreation Center, Kidz Quiltz and Colorado Mission of Mercy.
By Daryl L. Meyers
Life presents itself in ways far different than we expect. Rarely does it follow the path our minds imagine nor should it. Conditioned by family and cultural traditions, our understanding of life and how we should live is limited, more a reflection of what others think and expect than the adventure it was meant to be.
Life can be challenging and often is, but it was never meant to be more than we could handle. No matter how steep the climb or how difficult the way, all things, even the worst imaginable, work in our best interest, when seen from a broader perspective. Life can be, should be, an experience of joy and celebration, a never-ending, ever-expanding adventure into the unknown with new horizons appearing … new heights to be conquered.
Progress, not perfection is what the journey is all about. It’s the good times and not so good, that meld and mold us into the special beings that we are.
Are there regrets? Missed opportunities? Of course. Who hasn’t missed the mark, fallen from the path, spoken unwisely, hurt others, yielded to temptation? None are perfect, but we’re all special. All of us are evolving … changing … becoming. Life is a process, not a destination. It provides an opportunity for us to choose and experience that which we are at the deepest level.
Patience with ourselves and others is what is needed. We are all children learning to walk. We stumble … fall … then struggle to get up. Shame and blame keep us down, but a steady hand lifting us up restores our confidence and gives us courage to try again.
When shadows gather and darkness surrounds us, it may appear we are forgotten or forsaken but this is not true. We are never forsaken or alone. The whole universe is on our side. The very Source of all that exists is there to see us through even the most difficult experiences. When we awaken to our own potential and the possibilities life has to offer, struggle will be a thing of the past. Life will be embraced as the gift it was always meant to be. Hope will no longer be an illusion, but a reality.
The Cath Lab Digest is a publication that is well respected by all of the Cath labs in the US featuring articles that are clinically relevant and timely.
Recently Mark Baker, Manager of PVMC’s Cardiac Cath Lab, was asked to serve on the editorial review board for this publication. The person that nominated Mark for the position stated that she frequently runs ideas and thoughts past Mark to get his professional opinion.
It is truly an honor to have such a well-respected member of the Cardiovascular world working with us at Platte Valley. Congratulations and Thanks to Mark for all he has accomplished as well as all he does for Platte Valley.
Peggy Jarrett, PVMC’s Community Outreach Director and long-time member on the board of directors for Almost Home, Inc., is the winner of this year’s Joe Gomez award. The Joe Gomez award is given out annually by Almost Home to individuals who exemplify the same generosity as the man the award is named after. Joe Gomez was an integral part of creating and establishing Almost Home and consistently provided aid to those in need, both through his involvement with the organization and in his personal life; often taking the homeless in to live with his family for periods of time.
Joseph Manuel Gomez was raised in a farming community in Trinidad, Colorado, and developed a passion for helping the homeless by watching his mother feed the hungry in exchange for help around the house with chores. After attending college and joining the Navy, Gomez took a job as a lab technician at Valley View Hospital where he met his wife Sue.
As active parishioners at St. Augustine’s church in Brighton, Joe and Sue assisted with marriage counseling, although Joe’s main passion was helping with the ministry to provide shelter in the church’s basement to the area’s homeless. Joe was ordained as a Deacon on June 11, 1994, and was assigned to the Parish at St. Augustine. Unfortunately, at age fifty-six, just two weeks after his ordination, on June 23, 1994, Joe passed away. Because Joe was such an important part of the beginnings of Almost Home, each year the organization honors an individual with the Joe Gomez award in memory of him and the generosity he exemplified.
Congratulations to Peggy Jarrett who has been recognized and honored as the 19th winner of this special award.
Note: Almost Home, located in Brighton, works to promote self-sufficiency and provides housing assistance for the homeless and those in need. It operates a Family Emergency Shelter, provides utility and rental assistance, and owns Hughes Station, a 120 unit low income-housing complex.
The Emergency Department would like to recognize an unsung hero,
If you’ve ever been down in the Emergency Department on a Monday or Wednesday evening, chances are pretty good that you’ve met Sue Herzog. She’s the one with the incessant grin, infectious laugh and bubbly personality. And don’t forget the baked goods!
Over the past two years, Sue has worked as a volunteer in the Emergency Department. She is an invaluable resource to patients and staff alike. Whether it’s in the form of a warm blanket or holding the hand of a scared child, Sue is always offering comfort and doing whatever possible to improve the Emergency Department experience for every patient and every visitor. Sue is always willing to jump in and help out wherever needed. She continually goes above and beyond the expectations of a volunteer and the ED staff have come to rely on her.
Thank you, Sue, for all that you do. You are priceless!