The Trio will be holding a concert in the Bistro on Thursday, June 27 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Make sure you catch them!
Don’t forget, tomorrow is Relay for Life Bank Day. It’s the last day for your donations to count towards the PVMC Relay team contribution, so make sure that any donations you wish to make get to Phyllis in the Bistro or Mark in the Cath Lab by tomorrow. Right now the team contribution is right around $4,000. If you forget the deadline, you can still donate, it just won’t add to our team goal.
Thank you all who participated in the FCC and PVMC Surge Drill on June 5. The scenario was a tornado that hit a large Wyoming town and they had to evacuate the hospital. The 44 patients that came by helicopter were stationed out of DIA and were simulated Wyoming hospital evacuation patients. The other 30 patients were simulated driving from Wyoming after the hospital was evacuated.
It was a very successful drill for PVMC and fun to watch. Here is a quick summary of the drill:
- We surged the hospital with 74 patients, 44 of them came by helicopter
- We surged to the Cath Lab/MI waiting area with our minor patients and set up a Fast Track Care Area
- We surged to PACU with our moderately ill patients and these patients were taken care of by the PACU staff and the Hospitalists
- We registered 74 new patients into the test system and worked out issues on how we could register patients coming in masses and quickly.
- We landed 5 helicopters with patients and one helicopter to take patients back – the helicopters we landed were:
– 2 Military Lakotas carrying one patient each
– 1 Military Black Hawk carrying 7 patients
– 2 Military Chinooks carrying 25 and 10 patients respectively
– 1 Military Chinook that returned 30 patients to DIA
In addition to the drill, the hospital carried on regular business without disruption or delay in patient care. This was a wonderful test of our surge capacity and taught us many lessons on how we would care for an influx of patients if the situation ever arose.
Mary has had a colorful and interesting nursing career, more so than many nurses and has demonstrated the true essence of what it means to be a nurse. In 1963, Mary graduated with a diploma from Mercy School of Nursing in Toledo, Ohio. This propelled her into a very interesting career path. She completed one year at Mercy hospital and then continued her path by volunteering in Peru in what she considered to be third world medicine for the next 1 ½ years.
She returned from this challenging learning opportunity to work in a Burn unit for five years. Burn unit nurses are called to this area as it takes an intelligent, compassionate, critical thinker to work with these complicated patients. Mary has shared a soft spot in her heart by working with multiple Indian tribes throughout the USA. The multiple tribes that Mary has worked with are the Navaho in Indiana, the Blackfoot in Montana and the Apache in Arizona.
Mary completed five years of service with the V.A. hospital and then settled for 20 years in Maryland where, after much searching, Platte Valley Medical Center found her and coaxed her to come to Colorado. Mary finished her final five years of her 50-year nursing career in PVMC’s Emergency Department.
She came with the intention of working for a little while and stayed for five years. She has finally decided that at age 72 she should retire so that she could continue to have fun and travel with her beloved spouse. We are sad to see her go, but are blessed to have such a wonderful nurse in our midst for these past 5 years and to have a friend for life! Happy journeys and from one motorcycle enthusiast to another, “Keep the rubber on the road!”
Your ED Family!
Exclusively in the month of June, PVMC will hold two pain-related seminars as part of our free Health Seminar Series. Attend one, attend both, but take care of your neck, back or shoulder pain this month.
Back and Neck Pain with Dr. Sharad Rajpal: Wednesday, June 19 at 6 p.m.
Where does it hurt? Come learn about pain patterns of the neck and back, and understand the difference between normal aging and degeneration. Dr. Rajpal will teach you which types of surgical or non-surgical interventions are right for your neck and back pain.
Shoulder Pain with Dr. Daniel Hamman: Tuesday, June 25 at 6 p.m.
You seem tense. Take control of your shoulder pain with Dr. Hamman’s treatment strategies for rotator cuff tears, shoulder arthritis, sprains or any overhead shoulder pain. Get informed and take action to begin your path to relief.
RSVP now at www.pvmc.org/rsvp or by calling 303.498.1481.
Don’t forget that the Foundation has two great events coming up! Painting with a Purpose , next Thursday, June 20 is a fun evening of wine, hors d’oeuvres and painting. At the end of it, you’ll have some silly memories and a beautifully self-painted canvas you can show off to your friends. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.galleryonthego.net.
The Annual High Tea will be on Sunday, August 11, but don’t wait to buy tickets, cause they’ll be gone before you know it! Have an elegant, English tea service, with a tasty lunch, shopping with local vendors and door prizes. Don’t miss the High Tea, because you may not get another chance to wear your favorite fancy hat! Get your tickets in the Foundation office for only $25.
All proceeds from these events goes towards the Women’s Services Campaign. Flyers are included for more information.
Many people with busy schedules think that finding 30 minutes for exercise is impossible, so they do nothing. In reality, a 10-minute walk can produce positive health benefits and reduce your risk for heart disease. The next time you think you don’t have time to work out, lose the ‘all-or-nothing’ mentality and take a quick 10-minute walk and reap the benefits. If you don’t have 10 minutes, try smaller increments. Here is some more information about finding time for fitness.
Mini Walk Workouts:
- If stairs are your thing, going up 3 flights and then down 3 flights on the Medical Imaging stairs takes only 1 minute.
- Walking indoors from the MOB entrance to hospital entrance by kitchen (where the card clock is) takes 1 minute 30 seconds.
- One lap around the healing garden (largest lap which includes some cement walking, some gravel) takes approx 2 minutes 30 seconds.
- Or, try this route: climb the stairs by the ED to the third floor, walk to the Admin stairs and take those down to the first floor; skirting around the tables in the Bistro, go between the lobby desk and the waiting area, and end at the elevators. It takes 3 min 30 seconds, and if you pass by the Marketing Department, (and we’re “home”) you can claim a fun prize!
You can even exercise at your desk! Here are a few exercises to do at your desk and get yourself moving more. This entire routine takes only 3 minutes!
As of May 30, we have 737 total Share A Compliments with 209 in the month of May. Share A Compliments are at a record high, with totals growing each year. Way to go everyone, keep it up!
Totals for the following years:
2007 – 466
2008 – 483
2010 – 682
2011 – 977
2012 – 1136
Remember, you can submit Share-A-Compliments electronically via email to “share-a-compliment”.
– Fresh air and exercise while on your way to work
– Automatic entry into a drawing for lots of great prizes