PVMC volunteers made up 72 Pediatric Activity Kits and several of our volunteers were helpers for the United Airlines Fantasy Flight that took place last weekend. A United employee started the program many years ago to help children with terminal illnesses and those who might not otherwise enjoy gifts at Christmas.
The Fantasy Flight is now enjoyed by hundreds of children throughout the United States. For the 24th year, Denver’s United Airlines’ station hosted 72 children from the Denver Metro area including kids from Almost Home in Brighton. They flew from Colorado Springs to Denver where they were met by Santa, his elves and hundreds of volunteers. Santa and Mrs. Claus met with every child and each of them got a huge bag of gifts.
One of United’s hangars was transformed into a very merry North Pole where children had helpers to assist with unwrapping and keeping track of their stash. There were stations set up where the kids could decorate cookies, play games, fill sacks with treats, a DJ with music and dancing, visits with Pet Partners and they each had their photo taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
It is truly magical to watch this event. The children deplane with escorts to a huge crowd of people cheering them and make their way to individual rooms where Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for them with “elves” to help the children haul their gifts to an area where they can tear into them. It’s total chaos but at the same time truly magical. The looks on the kids faces is priceless.
It’s that time of year again! Brighton Adventist Academy students are learning about different aspects of health care. So far this year, three students and their mentors, Carri Montgomery and Amy Meyers (Women’s and Newborn Center), have learned about Physical Therapy and Nutritional Services. The students are given the opportunity to see things that help them make well rounded career choices all while knowing they have an adult mentor that genuinely cares about them.
Pat Green (Laboratory) began working at PVMC on February 15, 1982, which to be exact is … 31 years, 9 months and 28 days of service to our patients. She began her career at Platte Valley, then Brighton Community Hospital, as a night tech, but soon became a chemistry supervisor.
Pat was responsible for ordering all supplies for the lab up until the implementation of Caduceus. She still, however, took care of all chemistry supply orders and was a wonderful resource for the rest of the lab. Pat always kept the department well stocked and ready for patient testing.
Pat had a patient and calm demeanor about her. She was always sensitive to the concerns and needs of others, always willing to assist. A phrase often used and very typical of Pat was, “Okay, let’s take a look.”
We will miss Pat, but understand this is her time … and very well deserved.
Thank you Pat for your selfless dedication to all who entered Platte Valley Medical Center. Best wishes as you journey into this new chapter of your life.
Amanda Maetzold and her husband Christopher had much to celebrate during the recent Thanksgiving holiday. Their son, Austin Owen Maetzold, weighing in at 6 lbs, 14 oz, was born at Platte Valley Medical Center on November 28 at 10:53 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. But what makes his arrival so very special is that his mother, Amanda, was also born on Thanksgiving Day … November 27, 1986.
Congratulations to the Maetzold family, especially to mom and baby Austin who will definitely have much to be thankful for throughout the years ahead whenever the Thanksgiving Day holiday comes around.
The Spirit of the Season
By Daryl L. Meyers
Though family traditions and cultural differences vary, Christmas is still observed by many as a time for remembering those special moments and special people who bring joy and meaning to our lives. It’s a celebration that has its beginnings in the past, yet shapes the present. Over the centuries it has established itself deep within the psyche of our western world. Through pageantry, poetry and song we are reminded once again of a humble birth and an extraordinary life that has influenced the course of nations for centuries.
As with Christmases past, this time of year gives us an opportunity to back away from the routine, from our professions, our responsibilities, our cares and concerns, and know again the love and warmth of family and friends. Though brief, in a sense Christmas transcends time. We enter a
landscape overflowing with sights and sounds, both mysterious and magical. Suddenly we’re children again, dancing and playing, singing and laughing, carefree and alive.
Although this is the experience shared by many, for others, unfortunately the story is different. For those who wrestle with addictions, chronic illnesses, separation, divorce, memories of friends or relatives who have passed away, or whose lives have been touched by loss in other ways, the holidays can be very difficult.
To be more sensitive to those whose loneliness and suffering is intensified during the holidays is just as much “in the spirit of the season” as anything else we might celebrate or be involved in.
To share a smile, a handshake, a tear, a hug; to reach out in love and understanding to those who know nothing but sadness and despair, who feel depressed, abandoned, lost, is to bring a new dimension of meaning to the holiday season.
By bringing hope and healing to those in need, we enrich their lives and our own. If allowed, the gift of love – the spirit of giving – could very well turn holidays into “holy days.
Seventy-six employees, their families, friends and dogs walked, ran and sniffed their way on a 5-K (3 mile) trail from the hospital that went around the ball field and back on Sunday, December 15. Out of the 76 participants, there were 43 adults, 13 kids and 20 dogs. Phyllis Kildal (Nutritional Services), 2014 PVMC Relay for Life team captain, and Mark Baker (Cath lab) put the event together.
Phylis shanghaied her family into helping with the event and Mark was the official “Santa” of the day. He had toys for all the kids who visited him. Two thousand thirteen marks the first time this event was held but everyone was very enthusiastic and so it looks like this is going to be an annual event in the future.
We really appreciate all of you who came out and joined in the fun. The total contributions for the event came to $302 – a good amount and turn out for our first 5K event.
And the event Winners were:
First Person In: Ken Whitehead
Second Person In: Denise Sinnott
Third Person In: Lily Schlachter
Best Dressed Dog: Coco (owner –Alisa & Kathy Mills)
Best Costume (child): Alisa Mills
Best Dressed Adult: Phyllis Kildal
Brownie Troop 2649, ages 7 and 8, were recent visitors to our hospital, but not as patients. They came to sing to our patients and staff on Med/Surg/Peds, ICU, and the Women’s and Newborn Center. Not only did they sing Christmas carols to the great delight of our patients, but they also left boxes of candy that they made to be shared with patients who were able to enjoy them. It is always such a treat to have the children come during the holidays. They put smiles on everyone’s faces.
Note: Although the Nutritional Services staff were the overall winners, we thought you might enjoy the story behind one of the contestants in the hospital-wide Christmas decorating contest (The Women’s and Newborn Center).
Our story: It was the night before Thanksgiving when Angela (Blyth) and I (Veronica Buck) decided that we wanted to participate in the decorating contest, but we didn’t know what we wanted to do. After we left Thanksgiving morning, Angela went shopping and Veronica went to sleep. Before Angela went to sleep for the day, however, she sent me a text saying that maybe we should do a snow-momma and a snow-baby. I thought that was a good idea and asked what all she thought we would need so that maybe we could do some of it Thanksgiving night at work. She didn’t know what we could use, and since it was Thanksgiving night and we had limited supplies we thought of everything that we might need and gathered what we could. We decided to get together Saturday sometime to finish our creation. When we started putting everything together it didn’t turn out how we had expected it to at all. Angela came into work Sunday night to help carry it in and put some finishing touches on it. We both feel that it turned out super cute and couldn’t be happier.
Names have now been drawn … and we have winners.
The Share-A-Compliment winners for December 1-15, 2013 are:
Shelly Carr, Lab
Dr. Husain, Medical Staff
Melda Musick, OB
Brindi Sorenson, OB
Yolanda Zapien, MSP
To select your special gift, please call Nickie in Administration (1601).
A retirement breakfast was held recently for Doctors Debbie Green and Fred Williams during which they were recognized and honored by their peers for their years of service to our hospital and community.
(Note: Dr. Green is retiring from the hospital Medical Staff, but is not retiring from her practice in Ft. Lupton) Dr. Green has been on staff for 32 years providing excellent care for her patients not only in our new hospital, but in the old hospital on Egbert Street as well as the original hospital known as Brighton Community Hospital. She has worked in our hospital ED, supporting patients with a broad range of health issues, delivered more than her share of babies, most of whom are now grown and have started their own families. (According to some accounts, she is said to have the world land speed record for getting from Ft. Lupton to Brighton in order to get to a delivery in time).
Debbie has contributed significantly to the growth of the medical staff. Serving as Chief of Staff, as a Department Chair, has served on Peer Review for years and has always supported our on-going efforts for physician education.
Dr. Williams began working in our hospital ED in 1997 after being recruited by Cheryl Bentley. When he began, the ED had only four beds and one nurse. Over the years, his leadership has been integral to the development of our Emergency Department physician team. Through his influence he has helped bring good experienced physicians to our hospital. Fred has served as Chief of Staff for two terms, two terms as Peer Review Chair, and has been a valued mentor for the Medical Staff Office (specifically me!).
(The following a typed version of a letter from a patient who would like to remain anonymous.)
To All Concerned:
I want to say a big thank you to the staff on the 2nd floor Med/Surg Unit.
I came in on Thanksgiving Day afraid, stressed, hurting like I had never experienced. I was embarassed to have to come in by ambulance and fearful. The ED staff were superb, warm, reassuring and aware of my situation. They protected my privacy.
My nurses, Laura, Jessie and Jamie were !!! No true words to describe the care, compassion, warmth and personality that are just part of their natural selves. While my stay was of physicial nature, the emotional stress I was going through was unsurpassed.
These angels listened, wiped my tears and gave me hugs and reassurance. The nursing assistants were never too busy to make you feel special. Shakera even took a couple minutes to sit with me and talk about my crocheting hobby.
As a veteran acute care nurse, I can only hope that I gave even 25% of the quality of care that I received from these true angels.
Thanks to all of you.
(Name to remain private)
It’s become a common occurrence for us to receive glowing letters like the one shared above. It’s not lost on me that each and every patient letter is a personal reflection on us personally, as well as a hospital culture. I think the holidays are a nice time to pause and remember the extensive (and memorable) impact our interactions with patients and family have on a daily basis (in this case, Thanksgiving Day).
To be sure, we have much to be proud of over the past year, but ultimately it’s the small things that most patients remember when they share their perspective on their experience at PVMC. I want to take the opportunity to recognize and thank each of those mentioned here, but also to acknowledge the many over-and-above acts of kindness and empathy that play out in our hospital each day. Thank you and congratulations to the “angels” mentioned here as well as those whose acts go quietly unrecognized every day of the year. You make a tremendous difference in the lives of those we serve!
From food to jewelry, hand creams to hats … and much, much more; there’s no doubt that the annual volunteer craft fair was anything but a success. The amount raised, $1,670, will go towards the hospital Foundation Women’s Service Campaign. Congratulations to all the “sellers” and “buyers” who were involved in this special event.