After 17 years of service to PVMC, Barb Eleson decided to begin a new journey and retired in January 2015.
She was a solid presence on the ED evening shift in Admissions and was always welcoming. It would give you a warm feeling just being around her. She was kind hearted, caring, and very patient, which is why she was asked to train so many new registrars in ED Admissions. She took time to teach them and be a role model.
She was also our “Betty Crocker” … the best baker ever and we will miss not being the benefactors, as she so frequently brought treats to the ED Admissions and Nursing staff.
We want nothing but the best for her! We miss her immensely and wish her the best on her new adventures.
Reva Gee has been in the Patient Financial Services Department at Platte Valley Medical Center for 18 years as a volunteer, PBX operator, ED Admissions and Cashier. In every position she has been the one to go to. She was knowledgeable, caring and patient, and was able to explain things in a way others could understand.
Our warrior Reva decided to say good bye to PVMC recently as she will be moving out of Colorado to take care of her mom.
Thank you Reva for 18 years of dedication and service to PVMC! We will miss you and wish you well!
A retirement party was held a few weeks ago in the Lab for Anzella Cantwell who has been an employee there for approximately ten years. Staff said she was a very kind person and fun to work with. She loves gardening, reading, and loves her pets (dogs and cats). Everyone in the Lab wishes her well as she enters this new chapter in her life.
The 6th annual Foundation banquet and concert was held March 6th at the Stonebrook Manor Event Center & Gardens. Attendance was high and so were the spirits of those who enjoyed the food, entertainment and dancing provided by the Boogey Machine (music from the 70’s).
Planetree recognition and awards were another highlight of the evening. The Physician Champion Award went to Dr. Jennifer Lehman, the Caregiver Award to Josie Zuniga and the Therapy Animal Award to Pat Bisant and Jake.
Not only was it a fun event, but a profitable one as well. Over $40,000 was raised in support of hospital programs and services.
In February, from the 12th to the 15th, we had a symposium that was centered around cardiovascular and stroke education. We had 2 speakers come in from Alaska to give classes as well as several of our own local physicians. Dr. Levy (the medical director of emergency services for the city of Anchorage) and Dr. Marshall Tolbert, an interventional neuroradiologist and neuro surgeon, also from Anchorage were the out of town speakers. Local speakers included Dr. Khan, Dr. Molavi, Dr. Stees and Dr. Kakkar. Over the weekend there were 2 all day courses offered. One course was the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist review course that was taught by Neil Holtz from Emory Universities’ cath lab and then a twelve lead EKG course also taught by Neil.
PVAS Medics worked with students, March 16th, from Prairie View High School. As part of their “Citizen Medic” initiative, approximately 130 students practiced Hands-On CPR & AED training throughout the school day.
Thousands of Americans suffer from sudden cardiac death every year. The sooner a family member, friend or bystander can start chest compressions, the better the chances for survival.
The same can be said about applying an automated external defibrillator (AED). The chances are good that a person suffering from sudden cardiac death has been affected by the arrhythmia (ventricular fibrillation or v-fib), which can only be reversed through rapid defibrillation, the use of an AED.
While taking a full CPR certification course is always a good idea, a person doesn’t need to be certified to learn chest compressions and the use of an AED. In fact it only takes a few minutes!
A very big thank you goes to Mrs. Veronica Randall for inviting us, with appreciation as well to EMT, Michio Watanabe and Paramedic, Liah Collier for doing a great job as coaches for the students.
PVAS Medics also participated with Adams County Workforce, Brighton Economic Development Corporation, School District 27J and other Adams County Schools at a job fair held at the Adams County Fair and Regional Park Complex on March 5th. The students participated in learning some life saving techniques the medics use on a daily basis. With the guidance of our ambulance staff, the students did an excellent job intubating and starting IVs (on our training manikins of course)!! They also had an opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of the emergency medical field from our medics! The Brighton Police Department and Brighton Fire Rescue were also on location providing information about the emergency services they provide!
Project Health for Leon, Nicaragua 2015
By Jennifer M. Lehman, D.O.
Note: To serve others whose needs are greater than our own is a wonderful statement of who we are as human beings and is certainly appropriate for three PVMC physicians, Jennifer Lehman, Qaisar Khan and Jeff Metcalf, who recently traveled to Nicaragua on a special health care mission.
Several years ago, while in medical residency, I had the great opportunity to travel for the first time to Nicaragua with Project Health (PH) and my now dear friend and then cardiologist attending, Jack Rose, one of the founders of PH. It is hard to describe in a few words all of the wonderful things that this organization provides for the people of Nicaragua. While it is never enough, the group is invaluable to the people there.
Project Health is predominantly composed of a group of Cardiologists and Cardio-thoracic surgeons that travel biannually to Nicaragua to monitor and repair heart valve disease caused by rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever is a squeal of what most Americans know as “Strep throat,” a bacterial infection of the throat common in children ages 5 to 15. Here in the U.S. antibiotics are the standard of care and with antibiotics rheumatic fever is typically prevented. Without antibiotics, strep throat can turn into rheumatic fever, which is a systemic infection that among other things causes inflammation of the heart and its valves. Damage can be chronic and progressive and ultimately lead to complete heart failure. In developing countries it is the leading cause of death during the first five decades of life.
Twice a year since the late 80s, Project Health physicians travel to Nicaragua to monitor patients with cardiac disease of all kinds, with the majority of their patients being young and middle aged adults with rheumatic heart disease. Once a year, two very wonderful cardiothoracic surgeons come down for one to two weeks and perform open-heart surgery to repair and replace these valves. Even with the surgeons alternating and working 12-16 hour days, they are only able to perform 10-12 surgeries a week, but because of them those who benefit are given a life they would lose otherwise.
To give you an idea of the need, this year, roughly 150 people were seen for consultation for surgical consideration and at least 20% of the patients we saw will likely not survive another year without a valve replacement.
On this trip I had the great opportunity of taking Platte Valley’s very own cardiologist, Dr. Qaisar Khan, along with our phenomenal (Spanish speaking!) ER physician, Dr. Jeff Metcalf. During our time there, we aided in working with the ECHO (Heart ultrasound) clinics prior to and during surgery and in outreach clinics for general medicine in the surrounding towns, and Dr. Khan was able to perform more invasive techniques to look at the heart that require anesthesia and sedation. Dr. Khan plans to start traveling there yearly to begin performing minimally invasive techniques to repair heart valves (valvuloplasty) that will allow yet another option for the people of Nicaragua suffering from this horrible and deadly disease.
I always say, I get more than I give from doing medical outreach and this trip is no different. Nicaragua is the kind of place that you visit for a short time, but a piece of your heart stays there forever. If you would like more information on Project Health Leon, please feel free to visit the link below.
Another successful Leadership Development Institute was held for hospital Directors and Supervisors on January 13. The speaker and facilitator for the institute was Bob Murphy, a well-known leader, executive coach, author and international health care presenter from the Studer Group.
Bob’s background with over 30 years of experience has given him an edge when leading out in LEI sessions such as the one attended by PVMC staff in January. According to his resume he has worked as an EMT, phlebotomist, nursing assistant, registered nurse, department leader of emergency and trauma services, quality leader, risk manager, Chief Operating Officer and hospital CEO. He is also an attorney and is board certified in health care administration.
Community Outreach is a department directed by a very energetic individual by the name of Peggy Jarrett who has served the hospital and community for 17 years. The department is located next to HR on the 3rd floor and has a great view, much nicer by far than years ago when Community Outreach, Marketing and the Volunteer Departments were located in the basement of the old (more like ancient) Shidler building just across from the old hospital.
Her department name defines quite concisely her role as an advocate and representative of the hospital in the community. Over the years her contact with leadership and involvement with a number of organizations in Platte Valley’s service area has grown significantly and includes Brighton, Ft. Lupton, Keenburg, Hudson, Roggen and Lochbuie. At present she serves on a number of community boards and commissions including Eagle View Adult Center, Almost Home Executive Board, Adams County Health Alliance, the Senior Hub and the Brighton Service Agency Coalition.
In addition to her involvement in the community, Peggy has quite a number of responsibilities here at the hospital. She coordinates the Employee Wellness program along with Karen Southard, is the wellness coach for the employee disease management program for the hospital and for the city of Brighton. She organizes and staffs flu clinics for the greater Brighton and PVMC service area, reports on community benefits, teaches diabetic prevention, provides back up and assistance with Health Stream scores, organizes and facilitates seminars at the Eagle View Adult Center, as well as organizing and setting up hospital booths along with Kathy Mills and the Marketing Department at various fair and community events. In addition she is a member of and reviews potential grant applications for the hospital grant committee (CHIP), is a member of the Employee Assistance Fund Committee (EAF) and also has a major role as director and coordinator of the annual 9Health Fair held at the hospital. (On “the side” she squeezes in time to raise money from hospital departments in support of Almost Home’s annual Thanksgiving food basket program).
Kathy works part time for Peggy and part time in HIM. Her work for Peggy involves setting up appointments for the proHealth program, helping with the 9Health Fair and donation tracking for the Community Benefits program. She also serves as a member of the H.E.A. T. committee, assists with the flu shot program, helps with setting up booths at community events and represents the Community Outreach Department at the Brighton Non-Profit Council.
Lidia Puga is the official hospital interpreter and translator for Spanish speaking patients. As needed she translates documents from English into Spanish for staff and patients and also teaches discharge classes for Spanish speaking postpartum patients and is also a presenter on cultural diversity at new employee orientation. In addition she oversees hospital telephonic and video interpreting programs.
According to Peggy the “good news” from her department is hearing the wonderful success stories involving the hospital’s wellness program. She says, “a culture of wellness is taking hold at PVMC,” and that’s exciting.
As for Peggy and her staff, there is no “typical day” in their department. Every day is a new adventure. One thing’s for sure though … any time you need them, their doors are always open. They are ready to help you any way they can and they’ll always greet you with a S-M-I-L-E !!! J
We want to thank all of you who have recently joined, as well as those who have over the years supported PVMC’s Employee Assistance Fund (EAF) through tax-deductible payroll contributions. It is greatly appreciated especially by those employees who have benefitted since the program began some years ago.
As many of you know, our hospital EAF program was designed to provide support to employees in emergency-type situations such as sudden death in a family, illness, or other unexpected expenses not covered by insurance or other resources.
As of March 2015, approximately $220,000 has been approved by the EAF Committee and distributed to employees needing assistance since the program began in 1998. Over the years we have never had to turn away a request approved by our Committee, but it’s possible that could happen if we do not have adequate funds.
At present (March, 2015) approximately 28% of our employees (176 out of 635) support this program, which is greatly, greatly, appreciated, however, it would be wonderful if that percentage could be increased.
For those of you not presently involved in the Employee Assistance Fund program, we would invite you to at least consider a small contribution to help other employees in need. Even a dollar or two per pay period would mean sooooo much. For those of you already contributing, if you felt you would be willing to add a dollar or two to what you’re already giving, that too would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me if you are interested in obtaining a form.
Thank you so much again for whatever support you can give towards this much appreciated and much needed program.
EAF Program Coordinator
Grants from the hospital’s Community Health Investment Program (CHIP) were distributed recently to…
On March 10th, the Emergency Department participated in their yearly filming of “Every 15 Minutes”. This is a nationwide program that is unique in its design and powerful in its impact. It provides an educational experience for everyone, especially young people, that reminds us all of the dangers associated with driving while impaired and texting.
As host, PVMC’s Emergency Department provided the clinical setting for the filming of an “almost real” movie of teens (with local teen actors) who have been in a serious car accident. One of the scenes includes an unsuccessful attempt by medical personnel to resuscitate a teenager hit by a drunk driver.
A very big “thank you” to all of those who participated in the filming of these two “Every 15 Minutes” programs – one to be shown at the high school in Ft Lupton and the other for Prairie View High School. These programs will be viewed the week before prom and have been proved successful in decreasing teen drinking and driving.
In honor of our kick off for AIDET, the Laboratory has recognized three phlebotomists who have shown outstanding Behavior Standards in demonstrating AIDET. All three recipients showed great skill in acknowledging the person, introducing themselves, providing explanations and duration, and thanking their patients. It is with great pleasure that the laboratory recognizes Sara Calzia, Emily Mullins, and Lupita Valles as our Phlebotomists with Expert AIDET Skills!
In Search of Innocence
By Daryl L. Meyers
Deep within the silence of the human heart is a desire to return to innocence, to escape, if but for a moment, the disciplined, risk free structures of our modern society, where life for many is no longer an experience of joy and celebration, but one of survival, of mere existence.
From every direction come a thousand and one voices telling us what to do, which way to turn and how to live, but only one that really matters; the still, quiet voice within that resonates in harmony with the divine. Somewhere, somehow we must find rest, some space, a place within the silence that revives and revitalizes the spirit.
Though difficult, when time is taken apart from the stress and struggle of the day, something mysterious and magical takes place. Our spirits are renewed and our lives become more focused and organized. We become children again. There is a freeing of the spirit from the trivial, from life’s distractions and illusions. Anxiety and fear are replaced by courage and appreciation. The illusions that see life as adversary give way to the beauty and wonder of life as friend.
A sense of peace and innocence replaces guilt and shame and we feel more centered, more alive, ready again to meet the joys and challenges of the day. A new level of connectedness to ourselves and others is experienced. Our return to the activities of the day has a new feel to it. Suddenly we see things from a different perspective, prepared to move beyond the limitations our families, friends and societies have placed upon us to places and heights where dreams come true, far beyond anything our minds can imagine or even begin to conceive.
When the human heart beats in harmony with the soul of the universe, new levels of understanding and a renewed sense of purpose are the results. The feeling of separation begins to fade, replaced with a sense of oneness with all that is. Out of this union, felt and experienced, comes insight and wisdom. Shadows begin to fade. Suddenly life looks different. A new perspective replaces the old paradigm. Struggle and despair give way to faith and trust. Appreciation for the beauty and wonder of life just the way it is replaces anxiety and fear. Unimpeded by the illusions of our minds and the restraints of others, a new day begins to dawn and with it a new relationship to life is born.
PVMC was host January 17th to the SE Weld County Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet. Responses from the approximate 60 chamber members in attendance were extremely positive. They raved about the food, the beautiful setting and all the services provided. During the event,
PVMC was honored by the Chamber as Business of the Year.
In the last edition of our newsletter, PROFILE (The Christmas edition), we included an article about our new Chaplaincy Volunteer Program and introduced our five volunteers. Unfortunately we didn’t have a picture of them in time for publication…but we do now.
SAVE THE DATE:
The PVMC Relay For Life Team is sponsoring their annual craft fair again this year. This is always a fun event because it doesn’t compete with all the holiday season craft fairs during the holiday season. With Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduations just around the corner the craft fair provides an opportunity to find a unique gift for your special someone.
There are still tables available and we’ve doubled the size of the tables for the original price of $30. Sign up and join the fun!
Craft Fair application forms are available at the Volunteer Services office (x1580) or through Phyllis Kildal (Bistro).