Four organizations within the hospital’s service area received financial support recently from CHIP (Community Health Investment Program),the hospital’s grant program. They included: the Chapel Hill Food Pantry, Weld County Boys and Girls Club, Pennock Center for Counseling and the Fort Lupton Food Bank.
A number of our associates had the opportunity recently (November 3-6) of attending another successful workshop with Matthew Sanford. They were reminded again that simple practices like grounding your hands and feet, taking a breath before you speak or standing back to back to support your co-worker are integrative health building methods, approaches which are becoming more common at PVMC.
These are sample techniques of the mind body approach developed by Matthew Sanford. In May of this year, PVMC was fortunate to have him return for a second visit to our hospital where he spoke to the community as well as holding two workshops for PVMC associates where he explored the mind body connection. Matthew, who is paraplegic as the result of a car accident at age 13, is a passionate yoga teacher, author of the book Waking, inspirational speaker and leading voice in the integrative health movement. He is the founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions in Minneapolis, which is “dedicated to transforming trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body.”
Matthew’s message closely correlates with Planetree’s Pillars of Healing Touch and Human Interaction. His approach allows healthcare providers to enrich the quality of their own experiences as well as foster richer, more fulfilling interactions between staff, patients and their families. His workshops provided insight into these concepts, and left many desiring even more. Karen Vizyak, Director of Physical Medicine, has worked with him over the past 5 years and recognized that a team of enthusiastic PVMC associates was needed to successfully integrate these concepts into the care provided at PVMC.
Thanks to the generous support of the Hospital Foundation, this team (Karen Vizyak, Christine Salvi, Director of the Patient Experience, Joyce Dann, Perinatal Charge Nurse, Theresa Solano, Med Surg Nurse/Clinical Coordinator, Nida Tansinsin, Physical Therapist and Nicole Woods, Physical Therapist/Therapy Coordinator) flew to Minneapolis to attend a weekend workshop called “Integrating Yogic Principles into Healthcare Delivery.” Prior to the workshop, Matthew held a private session for our team to practice techniques and discuss the application of these concepts at PVMC. The workshop was attended by 20 healthcare providers from around the country who shared their desire to take better care of themselves and their patients, employing a mind body approach. In addition to Matthew’s stories and teachings, the workshop included techniques taught by Matthew, a physical therapist, a lecture by a physician on the science behind the mind body approach, and a panel discussion discussing perspectives of the caregiver and the patient.
“Matthew’s workshop was astounding and inspiring. I left the workshop with a sensation of empowerment and enthusiasm to share this experience with my fellow peers,” Theresa Solano said. The team plans to continue educating others to incorporate these simple, yet effective practices into various areas of the hospital. Associates can use them to cope with everyday stress as well as applying them during patient care to decrease anxiety and pain and strengthen the provider/patient relationship.
Christine Salvi said the workshop helped drive home the realization that healthcare providers need to turn inward and remember “the importance of taking care of themselves first and foremost before effectively taking care of others.” The team looks forward to helping PVMC associates incorporate this approach into their work and lives throughout the new year ahead!
Karen Vizyak, MSPT
Director of Physical Medicine
Congratulations to Andrea (ED) and Tyler Moore (ED) on the birth of their son, Axel Ray Moore. He was born at PVMC November 15, 2016 at 1620, weighing 6 pounds, 13.4 ounces and was 20 inches long. And how do Andrea and Tyler feel about this new “addition” to their family? “My husband and I are so in love with our little man already J !!”
By Daryl L. Meyers
Although time has moved on far more quickly than I could have imagined, childhood memories of days gone by still remain, especially those magical moments called holidays.
Who could forget the aroma of mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie for dessert? Our table was set for a king and even though we were far from well-to-do, ours was a feast indeed, leaving no doubt about our royal heritage, especially at Thanksgiving. Like others, our family wasn’t perfect, but as we gathered around this table of plenty expressing our gratitude for the simple, ordinary gifts of life, there was a deepening of appreciation for each other, and for those experiences shared in common that brought us together and kept us together as a family.
As Thanksgiving, with its turkey and all the trimmings, faded away, our community evolved into a magical land of make believe. Houses, once dark and uninviting, were now places of interest, destinations for sight-seers. There were reindeer and sleighs, elves and singing minstrels, candles, wreathes and colored lights designed to hold the attention of young and old alike. This was the Disneyland that I knew, long before there was a destination by that name. Yes, Christmas had come again and my childhood heart was filled with wonder at the beauty and magic of it all.
Towards the beginning of December my parents and sister and I checked out the evergreens at a Christmas tree lot not far from our home. Even though prices had gone through the roof (75 cents), we went ahead, paid the attendant, tied the tree securely to the top of our car and headed home. Once inside, the aroma of evergreen filled the house, and before long, with the help of mom, dad and some little hands, our tree became anything but ordinary. It was absolutely beautiful … a work of art, covered in tinsel and crowned with an angel.
As Christmas Eve drew near and presents under the tree grew as well, so did the excitement of two little people, especially me. I was the youngest in the family, and even though I was very shy, I managed to get up enough courage to sit on Santa’s knee at one of the big department stores in town and tell him what I wanted for Christmas. Of course, there was no doubt in my little mind that he would deliver just as he promised.
Like other children, I too had been told of Santa’s amazing journey around the world bringing candy canes, toys, and special presents to “good boys and girls.” And since I had been a good boy … well … at least most the time, certainly Santa would remember me! Right?
And … indeed he did, even though he didn’t come exactly the way I had expected. You see, our family lived in the South and there was no snow or at least very little. That’s probably why I didn’t see any reindeer or a sleigh.
I did hear him though. One late night on Christmas Eve he arrived. He didn’t come down our chimney, but his arrival was just as exciting. With my heart in my throat and eyes as big as saucers, I could hear the sound of heavy boots coming up our basement steps. Suddenly with a “HO, HO, HO,” our basement door opened and there he was … the man in red with the white flowing beard. And me … I was electrified … unable to move. It was fantastic … unbelievable, but true! Santa had come! I was not forgotten!
Memories. How special. As my mind wanders back across the years to that time when childhood dreams and fantasies came true, I find myself wishing that I could go back to those good old days, that I could be a child again, exploring once more that place of innocence where imagination and reality were one in the same.
Is it possible? Can we go back? Could we become children again?
We may not be able to erase the years, but the child within is still there, and when given the freedom, is ready to make every holiday a celebration and each day a grand adventure.
Note: Daryl and his wife Kerstin were the hospital Santa and Mrs.Clause for over 20 years, a role apparently passed on by former family Santas.
Great news! Interpreter services are being expanded to include the PVMC sponsored clinics. There will be telephone interpreters in 200 languages available 24/7 by Certified Languages International. Spanish and ASL Video interpreters will be available 24/7 and 16 other popular languages will be available during regular business hours Monday – Friday by Stratus for the patients’ convenience. These services will be in full operation by December 15, 2016 in all of the clinics listed below.
High Plains Heart and Vascular Center
Mountain View Orthopedics
Apex Surgical Partners
Work Wellness (Fort Lupton)
Integrative Internal Medicine (Brighton and Reunion)
Eagle Ridge (Brighton, Fort Lupton, and Reunion)
For both video and telephone interpreter services, staff will need to provide the following information each time (this is not optional):
- Caller’s full name (you can provide first name and initial of last name if you wish)
- Department Accounting Unit # (please ask your supervisor for the number if you’re uncertain)
- Employee ID # (This is your Kronos emp. #)
Note: Physicians and PAs will use P123456 as their number
Contracted employees will use C123456
- Patient’s Name
- Patient’s MR #
If you have any questions or concerns regarding iPad service or issues, please contact Lidia Puga at 303-498-1905.
For all other questions, please contact Jennifer Buchloh at 303-498-3010.
By Daryl L. Meyers
Another year will soon begin … another opportunity to tell the story of the human experience on planet earth. The unknown is just ahead … a new adventure into the unexplored and unexpected. The terrain is unfamiliar and conditions could be far from ideal. To retreat to the comfortable and familiar is not an option. Movement forward is the only choice we have.
As with years past, this year too is wrapped in mystery. What it will bring will largely be determined by our choices rather than some preordained or predestined outcomes. Some have suggested this might be a year of transition, of dramatic change for the human race, a time of trouble as some theologies predict.
Visionaries from ancient times and indigenous peoples from traditions and cultures around the world share a similar view … warning of events just ahead that could be of a magnitude beyond our ability to anticipate much less prepare for.
Regardless of what lies ahead, our world, our civilization has definitely reached a crossroads in the way we live and relate to one another. Wonderful opportunities for us and our children are within our reach if we make the right choices, but if we continue moving in the direction we are now, life as we know it on planet earth will be unsustainable.
Throughout this new year, we are, once again being given the opportunity to move forward beyond the chaos and confusion around us, to push beyond the boundaries that separate us, to create a new and better world, a world of compassion and peace, a world that respects the rights of all people and gives equal opportunities to all.
This is the world our children and our children’s children deserve.
Are we willing to move beyond our differences and provide them with a better future? The days ahead and how they unfold are unknown, but they may have more to do with us and the decisions we make than we realize. We can make a difference … if we choose to.