On October 16th, the Lab implemented a new procedure, which will help ensure your patients’ safety. This procedure involves a second specimen for confirmation of ABO/Rh, to reduce the risk of mis-transfusion of blood. Please review the latest Patient Safety News to learn more about the process. If you have additional questions, please refer to the Patient ID for Blood Bank Specimens policy, or contact Dewayne Defee in the Lab. Please see newsletter for more information.
Thanks to all who took the time to complete our recent survey asking for your feedback regarding the employee picnic. Nearly 120 employees provided feedback! Below are the results:
The majority of respondents attended the picnic;
Of those who didn’t attend, a calendar conflict was the primary reason for not attending;
The food was the overwhelming favorite (79%) of the event (many thanks to our Nutrition Services department);
And nearly 90% of respondents said, that the picnic is a valuable event.
Many of you provided additional comments and suggestions to improve our picnic and other events. Some of you were very creative with ideas for new events. The HEAT team will now take your feedback and incorporate your suggestions as we make our plans for 2014’s employee recognition.
Congratulations to our movie ticket winner: Celena Esparza from Nutrition Services.
We appreciate your feedback. Don’t wait for another survey to come out. If you have an idea, feel free to contact any of the HEAT team members with additional suggestions.
The HEAT Team
There will be ONE ANNUAL FREE biometric screen offered.
This will count towards your 2014 wellness activities.
Dates: 11/6, 11/7, 11/9.
For: full and part time employees who wish to participate in 2014 employee wellness program. This includes spouses/partners if they are also on PVMC health insurance.
Sign up for a screening time at the main information desk in the lobby.
This is the ONLY session of free screens. There will be NO free screens offered in January 2014.
***If you just screened in September, please DO NOT repeat your screen in November. Your results will be carried over to the new program year.***
If you have concerns about attending the free screens because you will be out of town, please contact Christine Buzzell at firstname.lastname@example.org or x1844 with any questions.
With health care costs rising, Platte Valley Medical Center created Girls’ Night Out to help the community have access to care in a fun environment. From unique screenings that included peripheral arterial disease, bone density, cardiac and stroke risk testing, to one-on-one visits with primary and specialty physicians, PVMC is helping its community not only learn about new ways to improve their health, but are providing direct access to such services in a fun and unusual way. Over 500 women attended the event on October 17 and as you can see from the photos, a great time was had by all.
5K Run/Walk Race Saturday, November 23, 2013
Registration = 7-8 a.m.
Race Begins at 8:30 a.m.
Run, jog, or walk off the holiday calories while earning points under the hospital’s wellness program. Anyone can participate. It is one of the flattest, fastest courses in the Denver area and is also a qualifying race for the Boulder Boulder. Need an added incentive? This is one of the only races in Colorado that recognizes runners and walkers with age group awards.
In Person: @ the Brighton Recreation Center
By Mail: Postmarked by 11/20/2013
Early Packet Pickup:
Available 11/19 & 11/20
Congratulations to Sonja McKinney, white board superstar for the month of September. Thanks Sonja for your great work and consistent use of the white boards! Movie tickets are ready and waiting for October’s superstar. Keep using the boards to update your patients and family members and maybe next month’s winner will be you…
Thanks for all your hard work.
On Friday September 27th, Girl Scout Troop 3201 from Littleton visited Platte Valley Medical Center to bring Isolette Covers for our Special Care Nursery Patients and their families. The blankets were made to complete a service project the girls finished. These proud girls were able to tour the Perinatal Unit.
According to mom and dad, Holly (admitting) and Brandon Wintermyer, little Caleb Wintermyer, without permission from doc or parents, decided to arrive a bit earlier than originally planned. Whether he was hungry and needed a burger and fries at McDonalds or wanted to test drive a new Ford, we’re not sure, but somehow he didn’t quite make it to the hospital in time. Weighing in at 6 lbs, 2 oz, he arrived safely in the ambulance at the Bromley median near Brighton Ford and McDonalds … and as you can see, he is beautiful and doing great and … so are his parents. – Special thanks from Holly and Brandon to our ambulance crew for their expertise and training in assisting Caleb’s entry into the world … and congratulations to the new parents!
The City of Brighton Eye for Art program is pleased to announce the opening of its Moments to Remember art show at City Hall beginning Nov. 4. This is a four-month long show that will run through Feb. 7, 2014.
Moments to Remember is an open theme show. Artwork may include, but is not limited to painting, graphite drawings, photography and sculpture of various media and theme. The show is part of the city’s Eye for Art program, which allows for selected artwork from area artists to proudly be displayed throughout City Hall.
For more information on the art show or the Eye for Art program, please contact Eye for Art Coordinator Laurie Maier at 303-655-2034. Brighton is a proud supporter of the arts and culture.
To say ‘good-bye’ to those who after many years retire from our hospital family is difficult, but all of us wish them well as they enter a new chapter in their life’s stories.
…and the journey continues
Appreciation – A Time of Thanksgiving
The beautiful gifts of gratitude begin at home so today; invite a healing to happen
in your own body,
in your own consciousness,
in your own loving heart that feels blessed to be alive.
Notice all the riches you’ve been given:
the feet that allow you to stand,the legs that allow you to walk,
the stomach that allows you to eat,
the lungs that allow you to breathe,
the throat that allows you to speak,
the mouth that allow you to taste,
the nose that allows you to smell,
the eyes that allow you to see,
and your beating heart that allows you to love.
Honor them all.
Become present to the treasures of your life:
the opportunities that you have been given,
the ones that have effortlessly opened up for you this year.
Reflect on your family, your kids, your partner, your friends.
Look through appreciative eyes,
the eyes of what’s right,
the eyes of the divine.
Give thanks in a way that you never have before.
Allow fear, doubt, struggle and pain to melt away in the presence of this all-loving appreciation.
Thank God that you have a consciousness that is able to shift and transform in just a moment.
Thank God that you are courageous enough to take a moment to bless yourself,
to bless the universe,
to bless all those who love and guide you,
and then to bless all of the world,
Send your tears of love and gratitude to those who are in pain,
to those who are alone,
to those who are confused.
Allow the heavenly vibration of gratitude to puncture their fearful illusions and open up their hearts to what is truly divine.
Today, take this vow of deep self-love and gratitude,
knowing that when you are in the presence of this kind of love,
you – as well as all of those around you – will flourish.
Take five slow deep breaths, breathing in love, appreciation, gratitude and joy.
Know that you are never alone and you will never be alone.
We are all here surrounding you with love.
(Debbi Ford, a dynamic spiritual leader, speaker and writer, who has impacted the lives of millions, passed away just a few months ago)
A HUGE, HUGE Thank You to everyone for your generous participation in our American Red Cross wildfire relief bake sale and for your donations in support of flood victims. YOU made it possible for PVMC to donate $1,360 to help with both relief efforts. Thank you again. You’re an awesome family!
Not only are we proud of our staff and the health care services they provide our community, but we are also pleased with all they do in reaching out to other communities in need … sometimes at quite a distance. The following is a first hand … up close report from Ulla Gilliland (House Supervisor) who just returned from a medical mission trip to Peru.
My trip to PERU is an experience I will never forget. After a four-hour bus ride through the countryside we arrived at our destination. After taking our luggage to our rooms, in what was to be our home for a few days, we hiked about a mile to the makeshift clinic and dispensary. We hurried to get medications sorted and set up on a crude table. The floors were dirt, but “clean.” We were fortunate to have a roof on our building. The eye examinations were set up outside and the Peruvian physicians were in a similar building next door. Our bathroom was a bit rustic.
As we looked out into the courtyard, there were 50-75 people sitting on simple benches waiting patiently to see the doctor. They were of all ages with charming smiles. You could see the delight in their faces. They told us they could not believe Americans would come from so far to help them. The area of ChinCha, Tomba De Mora and Piscos had been devastated by an earthquake six years earlier and over a thousand people in the simple fishing villages by the sea lost their lives.
Black sand beaches once filled with families … children laughing and playing … were now the site of scattered debris and adobe walls, once homes, with stray dogs and cats, pets who no longer had homes either.
The Peruvian people with hearts full of music, joy and love, quickly became the highlight of our trip. They could not stop providing for us even though we were there to help them. We fitted over 500 pairs of glasses and treated over 1000 people with various health issues. They were so grateful for everything we did. It was a humbling experience. They have so little and are so thankful for the little they have, most of which we take for granted.
I would like to thank my co-workers for covering my shifts so I was able to go. I would encourage everyone, given the opportunity to experience a Mission trip to a third world country, to do so. It definitely puts your life in perspective!
Ulla Gilliland RN
The HEAT Team is excited to announce changes to the SHARE Program awards. Effective November 1, 2013, the program will change to give more compliment recipients the chance to win great prizes. Each time you receive a compliment (either in a SHARE card or via a SHARE email) your name will be entered into a drawing to win one of five fabulous prizes. Every two weeks, five names will be drawn from the compliments received in that two week period. The winners will be announced in the ICE (as the “Fab Five”), and be notified to report to Administration to choose the prize of their choice.
The “Fab Five” prizes are:
1) $20 Bistro gift certificate
2) Coffee coupons with snack of winner’s choice
3) Movie tickets and popcorn
4) 30 minute massage certificate
5) $20 gift certificate for the PVMC logo shop
This program will replace all current awards ($1 coupons to the gift shop, sparkling cider, and various retail gift certificates, as well as the quarterly and annual awards). Here’s to recognizing the good things that are done for PVMC’s patients and visitors, as well as for one another!
PVMC’s first annual Farmer’s Market Express was a great success! The Farmer’s Market Express featured organic products from Berry Patch Farms including tomatoes, green & lilac peppers, roasted peppers, watermelon, peaches, green, yellow wax and purple green beans, mixed zucchini and summer squash, cucumbers (two types), sweet onions, eggplant, and vine-ripened melons!
The Market also featured Sakata Farms sweet corn and green cabbage as well as Great Harvest Bread Company’s Organic Honey Whole Wheat, Tuscan Herb, Fruit Bran Muffins, Wheat Free Pumpkin Choc Chip, Organic Choc Chip Cookies, & Organic Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies!!
Employees and visitors alike came to purchase the healthy produce and meet wellness goals by eating more fruits and vegetables.
Katie Boemecke, MBA, RD