Training for eSummit with Epic modules will begin on April 10. A hard-copy schedule will be placed in mailboxes next week, but in the meantime you should have received Outlook calendar appointments for each training assigned to you. Each associate’s job role has been matched with training on the modules they’ll need. Please accept any Outlook appointment for training, so that your calendar will remain up to date. If you have questions, please speak with your supervisor.
By Daryl L. Meyers
We live in a world obsessed by the external. To be strong and good-looking gives us the edge in life or so we are told. And since we want to be successful, we try diets, exercise, new wardrobes, special beauty aides, even surgery in order to be “forever young.”
And the results? Mostly frustration. We still look like ourselves. There’s the tall thin models, and those a bit short and squashy. Some come with good-sized ears, with feet and noses to match. There are the thick hairy types, and the hair free models. We are the sum total of our parts, somewhat awkward and certainly very human.
If only we could be transformed by some unique renovation process, recycled, or perhaps magically changed by a visit from our fairy godmother, then everything would be okay. If only beauty could be ours, how different life would be.
But beauty can be ours if we choose it. The only beasts that exist are those our imaginations have created. Regardless of height, weight, age or gender, we are all beautiful.
Deep within the uniqueness of each personality lie rich resources of beauty. Love, joy, understanding and compassion transcend the physical and give us a beauty of character that goes far beyond any physical limitations we think we have. It is this specialness coming from within that transforms the external and makes us attractive.
No matter what the appearance, how kind or unkind Mother Nature has been, our sense of beauty takes on new meaning when we look at others and ourselves from the heart. To share a quiet moment with a friend, laugh with a child, or embrace one who is hurting with arms of love and a heart that understands, reflects a beauty of spirit that goes far beyond any external attractiveness … or lack thereof.
Recently grants were provided to two organizations – CASA, an organization that trains and provides volunteers as advocates for children in Adams and Broomfield Counties who have been abused or neglected, and Spotlight Kids Theatre, an organization that supports theater productions as an artistic outlet for adults and children who have challenged or dysfunctional backgrounds.
Colleen Dowd became a nurse in 1973. She started her career with Platte Valley on March 17, 2003 as a charge nurse on the Medical- Surgical floor, then transitioned to PACU in 2009 where she has worked ever since.
Colleen has been a patient advocate, knowledgeable resource and a caring nurse. She has served this community well and patients will remember for her caring words and helping hands. The nurses and physicians she worked with will also remember her for her dedication, hard work, humor, and passion for nursing.
The Physical Medicine Department had a little team bonding activity on February 18, we toured Denver in Banjo Billy’s private bus. The interior of the bus included couches and Christmas lights, so we were comfy as we listened to the tour guide’s historical facts and ghost stories. A great time was had by all!
What a way to ring in the New Year. Each New Year’s Day, a number of hospital employees, physicians and others gather for the annual Brighton Polar Plunge. This year several participants tried to break a record of how long they could stay in the ice bath. The winner was Shawn Wiant, Hospital Board Member. He made it for 15 minutes (and no ED visit was needed J)!! Wow!! Congratulations Shawn !!
The annual “Celebration of Service” for volunteers at Platte Valley Medical Center was held February 1. It was a fun luncheon with remarks from John Hicks, hospital President, and entertainment from the Choice City Singers. Sheryl Sorensen,Volunteer Director, gave awards to the volunteers for hours served and length of service. She also shared stories about the volunteers and how they have individually and collectively made an impact on both patients and visitors at Platte Valley.
During the luncheon, in addition to the traditional awards, the very first “Heart of a Volunteer” recognition award was presented. The recipient was Marlene Heintz, one of our long time committed volunteers who currently works at the Information Desk. Marlene has had many health challenges over the 17 years she has served as a volunteer at Platte Valley, but has remained loyal and dedicated.
We want to thank all our volunteers for their unwavering service to our hospital and are humbled to be able to honor them in this way.
Director, Volunteer Services
Over the last two years my husband has been very ill. During this time I have received tremendous support, including PTO time from everyone, boxes of food, cleaning supplies, TP … you name it … and I received it. This support came from Physical Medicine and the Ortho doctor’s office. Physical medicine made dinners and delivered them and even gave me a gift card for a significant amount to King Soopers.
I received a check from Daryl and a check from the Employee Assistance Program. Faye Sneeringer came out to help me with legal papers and as a witness.
It has been one of the hardest times I have ever gone through, but the support I received from my Platte Valley family has been above amazing. (Administration should be extremely proud of “our family”).
I do want to apologize for taking so long to get this thank you written. It has been a very emotional time for me.
I Love each and every one of our family.
Thank you from my entire being!
Deborah Windholz LMT
PVMC Physical Medicine