Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and tomorrow afternoon from 2-3 p.m. is our BIG Valentine’s Day celebration with ice cream! At 2:15 p.m., we will present our annual Share-a-Compliment winner to the group and shower her (or him) with prizes!
The students in Miss Anderson’s and Mrs. McDaniel’s third grade classes at Bromley East Charter School have been working hard to provide PVMC patients with get well cards. The pet partner teams (Paws to Heal) and our volunteer patient advocates give the cards to patients when they visit their rooms. Our patients have really enjoyed getting the cards. They provide a bright spot in what can be a long day as a patient. It’s such a pleasure to see them giggle when they read the cards.
Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States. For patients and their families who have experienced a stroke, the emotional strain can often be overwhelming. Platte Valley Medical Center (PVMC) offers support through its Stroke Recovery Group to help patients and their families connect with others while learning about valuable community resources.
The group meets in the hospital’s conference center on the first Monday of every month from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. and is facilitated by one of PVMC’s licensed stroke rehabilitation therapists. Recovering stroke patients as well as their care givers, family members and friends are encouraged to attend. Participation is free.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Christine R. Buzzell, director of Physical Medicine, at 303-498-1844.
The materials needed for PVMC’s Incident Command Center made their move today from Conference Room C to their new location on the Garden Level. If you hear an overhead page for the Incident Command Center, remember to make your way downstairs to the new Training Center if you are required to respond.
Don’t miss out on receiving your Flexible Spending Account reimbursements. The deadline to turn in any claims from 2011 is March 31. Remember, if you don’t use it you lose it. Call Krista in Human Resources at X3577 with any questions.
It’s time to extend a warm welcome to our newest employees, Janice and Lewis, and newest volunteers, Frances, Gabi, and Ron:
Her spunky personality is not the only reason one could call Employee Health Coordinator Carol Hurdelbrink a “HAM.” The other reason would be she officially became a HAM Operator (K0CVH) in 2009. This January, Carol became the Emergency Coordinator for Adams County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) District 27. ARES is part of the Adams County Office of Emergency Preparedness and, if needed, will be deployed to respond to incidents within the county for emergency communication. As part of this title, Carol also coordinates and participates in various Emergency Management exercises throughout Adams county and surrounding counties. She also had the opportunity to provide communication during the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
“I’ve worked many years on Emergency Management programs in Adams County,” describes Carol. “In 2009, I became a HAM operator, which enabled me to do emergency communication. I did communication throughout Denver at many high profile events, such as Flu centers/Pods, MS150 bike ride, and at various runs, walks, and parades. Last fall I obtained my Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) and am now a member of the Brighton Police CERT Team. If Brighton has any type of emergency or event, we could be deployed by the Brighton Police Department to assist them.”
Congratulations Carol, way to represent PVMC!
With heart disease devastating so many families, this February, American Heart Month, is the perfect time to start or continue some easy cardio-protective nutrition strategies:
Find more valuable tips and the heart healthy DASH eating plan at: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash.pdf
Medical Imaging (MI) has a new mammography machine thanks in part to their recent Foundation donation. The new machine allows for direct digital mammography, meaning images instantly project on the technician’s screen, versus transporting cassettes to another machine for reading. This instant image allows technicians to determine immediately whether adjustments are necessary.
In addition to the upgraded equipment, MI has made some other improvements: new, luxurious chairs in the dressing room, and improved gowns to help make the experience more spa-like for patients undergoing a mammography exam. The new machine and patient comfort enhancements are all components of PVMC’s 2012 Women’s Health Initiative.
Our first wellness challenge is called Hydr8te, a four-week event to encourage you to drink more water. Water is vital for the proper functioning of our organs, especially our kidneys. It has also been shown to promote weight loss because people who drink plenty of water often feel fuller and don’t overeat at mealtimes.
Whether or not you are enrolled in PVMC’s HealthWISE program, drinking more water is always a great way to nourish your body, flush out toxins, and feel good!
The challenge starts next Monday, February 20, and is worth 15 points.
If you haven’t already registered, visit the following link and follow the prompts to register: lockton.viverae.net/ehms/login.seam
With 845 million monthly active users currently enjoying the Facebook social network, surely you are (or know someone who is) also connected. Platte Valley Medical Center has three Facebook pages: one for Platte Valley Medical Center, one for Platte Valley Ambulance Service, and our newest page: PVMC Cancer Crushers.
Platte Valley Medical Center Page – for hospital news and valuable health and event information, like us today: www.facebook.com/plattevalleymedicalcenter
Platte Valley Ambulance Service Page – like this page and take a journey into the personal side of Platte Valley Ambulance Service. Always social, professional, and special, PVAS’s posts will keep you coming back. Find them now: www.facebook.com/pages/Platte-Valley-Ambulance-Service/115744425135442
PVMC Cancer Crushers – You’ve certainly heard about our Relay-For-Life team, the PVMC Cancer Crushers. We’ve had a successful Cookies-By-The-Pound sale and fun Valentine’s Day Photo sessions as fund raisers and there will be something for everyone as a variety of events are planned over the next four months. Right now you can help by “LIKING” our Facebook fan page. Certainly no commitments or request for money, we simply want to increase our fan page presence. Although crushing cancer is also a great cause!
If you’re on Facebook, be sure to “like” all of our pages. If not, tell your friends and family about us!
We are upgrading our RISKweb system to RISKplus/W, and the changes involved are fairly minor.