Almost Home Thanksgiving Box Donations

Every year at Thanksgiving, our associates rally together and raise money to support a Almost Home’s Thanksgiving Box Program to provide meals for 300 families in our area.

Last year we raised over $3,600, but we can probably beat that easily this year! Peggy Jarrett is taking donations through tomorrow — Thursday, November 16.  She will be in the Bistro tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to receive donations in person.

Almost Home is a nonprofit organization in Brighton helping families that are homeless or lacking sufficient resources to keep a roof over their heads.

Please consider giving, even if you can only spare a little extra. It means so much to a family to be able to have a nice Thanksgiving meal.

See this flyer for additional information or call Peggy Jarrett with any questions.

Mind Body Team Seeks Associate Teachers

It’s no longer unusual to start a meeting at Platte Valley with a few deep breaths and a stretch, to sit and chart with a sandbag on your lap, or stand back to back with a co-worker when you’re feeling stressed.  These simple techniques are part of our Mind Body Connection program, which focuses on increasing self-awareness and taking a moment to care for you, which will ultimately improve the quality of your interactions with patients and co-workers – truly a win-win situation.

Many of these concepts stem from the teachings of Matthew Sanford, a yoga teacher, writer and owner of Mind Body Solutions, a non-profit in Minneapolis.  Matthew is paralyzed as a result of a car accident when he was 13, so his experiences as a patient serve to enlighten us as providers.  He has visited Platte Valley twice, and the approach he introduced has been carried on with our Mind Body team.

In the past year, we have brought these techniques to several departments, incorporated them into meetings, presented at the SCL SHINE conference and held sessions for Hospital Week and community gatherings.  We’ve been energized by the positive responses we’ve received and the success stories we’ve heard.  Now we’d like your help to continue spreading the word!

We’re looking for associates to assist in teaching their co-workers some of these techniques.  If you went to Matthew’s workshop, you have a head start, but our team can help train you as well.  If you have an interest in this work, please contact Karen Vizyak, Physical Medicine Director at X1844 or Christine Salvi, Patient Experience Director at X3635 for more information.

Seats Open in Healthy Cooking Demo

Are you interested in learning how to prepare tasty, nutritious meals from scratch for the upcoming holiday season? Join Chef Mike and Registered Dietitian Melissa for a live cooking demo. Learn to prepare healthier holiday meals, and how to modify some of the recipes you already love. Bring your friends!

Healthy from Scratch for the Holidays: A Live Cooking Demo
Thursday November 9, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Room A
Space is limited so sign up online or by calling Evelyn at X1481.

New VP of Finance Joins Platte Valley

We are excited to announce that Sean Fadden has accepted the position of Vice President of Finance for Platte Valley Medical Center. As Vice President, Sean will be responsible for the financial operations of Platte Valley and continued integration of Platte Valley to the SCL Health family. He will be at Platte Valley full time beginning December 4.

Sean has been with SCL Health for more than five years, starting at Lutheran Medical Center as a Senior Financial Analyst. He then transitioned to a system services management role to support the implementation of a systemwide stewardship program. He most recently served as Manager of Business Analytics with the Enterprise Business Analytics team.

Sean has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the SCL Health stewardship program. His engagement and financial management support have been a key part of the success of achieving more than $146 million in stewardship savings over the past two years.   With the consolidation of the Stewardship and Decision Support teams under Sean’s leadership, the newly formed Enterprise Business Analytics team has advanced, standardized and much improved the financial reporting for the care sites.

Sean earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and economics from Salisbury University in Maryland. He is currently pursuing an MBA in finance and accounting from Regis University. He lives in Denver with his wife, Lauren, and their two dogs. He enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and house projects.

Sean is currently on his honeymoon, so unfortunately he’s unavailable for a better photo. However, he’s a friendly guy, so we’re sure he will introduce himself far and wide when he gets back. Please join us in welcoming Sean to his new role!

 

Quick Decision Turns into Great Catch

Last weekend, our friends at Hudson Fire and our own Platte Valley medics started advanced cardiac life support on a patient out in the field. Working together, they were able to return circulation, stabilize, and transport the patient to the ER. Upon arrival, Dr. Stafford quickly realized the patient was having a heart attack and needed a Cardiac Cath procedure. Since it was the weekend and our Cath Lab was closed, we arranged for a transfer to Good Samaritan. The patient was ventilated needed a critical care team, with a nurse, during transport.

“We called every nearby agency, and they were all 30 minutes to an hour away. So instead of waiting, I went (as the nurse) with Platte Valley Ambulance,” explained House Supervisor and Nurse Andrea Moore. “I made the decision to go because I wanted our patient to get to the cath lab quickly to increase chances of recovery. And because our EMS crew was so willing to do the right thing, we were able to get to Good there within a reasonable amount of time.”

Justin, Megan, Roger, Andrea and Sean’s quick actions were instrumental last weekend.

“Great teamwork and flexibility was demonstrated by many amazing associates during the care of this patient,” explains Vice President of Operations Kurt Gensert. “I am proud to work with a team who make unselfish, smart decisions every day keep our patients safe. There’s no doubt their quick actions were responsible for ensuring a safe transport.”

Congratulations to everyone involved for your quick actions.

Editor’s note: this story was brought to our attention on Monday. If you have a quick story to share about safe care, great catches, or even someone’s experience, please email your idea or news tip to: evelyn.wiant@sclhs.net.

 

Flu Vaccine Deadline is Next Tues!

Protect yourself and our patients by getting your shot. All employees, volunteers, and medical staff must receive a flu shot before October 31.

This is a firm deadline! The flu vaccine is mandatory unless you have an approved exemption. (Failure to obtain the influenza vaccine, provide proof of vaccination, or provide the signed medical or religious exemption form by October 31 will result in suspension from work starting Nov 1 for up to 3 business days. SCL Health will consider non-compliance after the 3 day suspension period as a voluntary resignation.) There are only two “approved” exemptions for the influenza vaccination:

  • a documented, severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs or to other components of the influenza vaccine
  • a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine.
  • Please contact Employee Health at x1495 as soon as possible if you have an exemption.

The seasonal flu vaccine is free for all employees. Each employee who receives the vaccination will also receive candy and a fountain drink coupon. Vaccines are now only available by going to the Occupational Health (formerly Employee Health) office between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the 3rd floor of the main hospital building. For night shift and weekend staff, the House Supervisor will be available to give the shot.

If you’d like to get your flu shot from a non-PVMC clinic, you will need to bring in proof of your vaccination in order to be compliant.

SHINE the Light on YOU!

Save the date for the 9th Annual SHINE Conference, you won’t want to miss it this year. The Front Range care sites; Good Samaritan Medical Center, Lutheran Medical Center, Platte Valley Medical Center, and Saint Joseph Hospital have come together to present this year’s SHINE event. Our theme for this year is, SHINE the light on YOU! We will focus on helping you build your professional practice through Evidence Based Practice, as well as giving you tools and resources for your own self care.

SHINE the Light on YOU!

Monday, October 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saint Joseph Hospital, Russell Pavilion
1375 East 19th Ave, Denver, CO

You can register in HealthStream using keyword: SHINE9. If you have questions please e-mail Jeremy Smith at Jeremy.Smith3@sclhs.net

Employment Openings at Platte Valley

We all know that Platte Valley Medical Center is a great place to work. We currently have no fewer than 59 open positions waiting to be filled! If you know someone in need of a job, or who wants to work at a high-performing hospital with a culture of safety and also offers a positive work-life balance, direct them to the employment page on our website, https://pvmc.org/about-us/employment/current-openings.

 

ED Director Assists with Hurricane Disaster Relief

Recently, after returning from a 21-day deployment, Wendy Colon, Director of PVMC’s Emergency Department, made an appearance on Fox 31’s “Good Day Colorado” news program where she shared her experiences involving hurricane relief efforts in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Wendy and her 36-member National Disaster Medical System team, of which she was the Commander, were deployed to Texas, and eventually ended up in Puerto Rico where she and her team provided emergency medical and mental health assistance.

Her team of physicians, nurses, paramedics, administrators, logistics and mental health personnel, assisted with a broad range of emergency needs resulting from hurricane Harvey, in Texas, and also in Puerto Rico and St. John (US Virgin Islands) after the damage caused by hurricane Irma.

In Puerto Rico, they was involved in repatriation work at the airport, and also opened a dialysis shelter for more than 120 dialysis patients that came from the Virgin Islands.

Together Wendy’s team along with medical personnel from other parts of the States were able to assist with the medical emergency needs and temporary shelters for thousands of residents affected by the recent hurricanes.

“This was such a rewarding experience for me and my team,” said Wendy. “Thank you all for the support that you gave me and the ED while I was gone.  I appreciated the time to be able to do this important work.”

 

St. John

 

 

Physician Directory Now Available on The Landing

Provider information for all members of the PVMC Medical Staff (Physicians and Advanced Practice providers) is now available to all PVMC Associates on The Landing in the Dept & Team Sites.  There’s also a quick link button on the right hand side of the Platte Valley Landing page.

The new “Physician Directory” gives you the ability to look for providers by name or specialty.

Information available on each provider includes:

  • CO License number
  • Specialty
  • Practice info
  • Phone number(s)
  • NPI#
  • Flu shot status
  • Specific privileges the provider has been granted
  • DEA schedules granted
  • Certifications (BLS, ACLS, Specialty Boards)
  • Photo (if available)

This directory replaces the binders of privileges on each clinical unit AND the spread sheet list of providers with/without flu shots that was available on the G: drive.

Updates are in real time so the list is always current. If you have questions, access difficulties,  or notice corrections are needed, please contact Dian Cleveland at x2205 or dian.cleveland@sclhs.net.

2018 Benefits Enrollment

Great news! Platte Valley Medical Center associates are now able to join SCL Health medical, dental, wellness and short-term disability plans for 2018. There are two benefits overview meetings scheduled in the conference center for this week:

  • Tomorrow, Wednesday October 11 from noon to 1 p.m.
  • Friday, October 13 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Additionally, the annual Benefits Fair is set for Monday, October 23, from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the conference center. The Fair is a great time to meet with representatives from the SCL Health Benefits team, and our vendor partners.

 

27 Days Remaining to Get your Flu Vaccine!

Protect yourself and our patients by getting your shot. All employees, volunteers, and medical staff must receive a flu shot before October 31.

This is a firm deadline! The flu vaccine is mandatory unless you have an approved exemption (failure to provide documentation of your flu vaccine by October 31 will result in suspension). There are only two “approved” exemptions for the influenza vaccination:

  • a documented, severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs or to other components of the influenza vaccine
  • a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine.
  • Please contact Employee Health at x1495 as soon as possible if you have an exemption.

The seasonal flu vaccine is free for all employees. Each employee who receives the vaccination will also receive candy and a fountain drink coupon. Vaccines are available on the following dates:

  • October 6, & 10 from 6:30 – 11 a.m. in Conf. Rm C
  • October 12 from 6:30 – 11 a.m. in Conf. Rm B.
  • For night shift staff, the House Supervisor will be available to give the shot

We also have a few community clinics available:

  • Walk-In Only, Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Kid’s Clinics (for children 10 or under and their families)*
    Mondays, October 9, 16, & 23, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    *appointment required for kids clinic only, call X3590 to schedule.
  • Off-Site Clinics
    Eagle View Adult Center, October 5, 8 – 11 a.m.

If you’d like to get your flu shot from a non-PVMC clinic, you will need to bring in proof of your vaccination in order to be compliant.

Transforming SCL Health for the Future

You may have seen this week’s email from SCL Health System, outlining an exciting new chapter in the story of SCL Health and Platte Valley Medical Center. Together, we are preparing for a “brand refresh,” which is a simple name for a system-wide transformation that will better support the needs and wants of our patients and associates, and highlight our regional healthcare network.

Why is this important?
Our patients are transforming healthcare at a lightning-fast pace. Research shows they are looking for care from a coordinated system, and most would like to receive all of their care from one healthcare brand. Patients see the value in their local doctor or hospital belonging to a larger network, as it gives them easy access to all the healthcare services they may need in a lifetime. Additionally, when receiving care from an integrated system, patients know they can expect the same philosophies of care to be shared throughout, from their doctor’s office to the OR.
Patients want a provider who treats them as a whole person – not just their illness; who empowers them with tools and access to care, and who offers empathy in every interaction.

This “philosophy of care” sounds a lot like Planetree!
Yes, it does! This brand refresh focuses heavily on patient-centered care – how lucky we are at Platte Valley to already be familiar and comfortable with this philosophy. It will be simple for us to continue to make this part of our everyday work. The only difference now is that we have the collective power of SCL Health to guide, shape and energize this mission.
We’re taking exciting steps to build brand awareness, drive patient loyalty and make finding and engaging with us as a system a whole lot easier!

Starting in the coming weeks, and continuing into 2018, we’ll be working to present a simplified, accessible brand image that inspires new and existing patients to select us as their trusted healthcare partner, no matter where they are in their wellness journeys.

Stay tuned to the ICE for more updates. Next week, we will take a deeper look at the next steps we’ll take in this transformative journey, and when you can expect to see these changes taking place. If you have questions, please email them to evelyn.wiant@sclhs.net.

Platte Valley Welcomes Newest Medical Staff Member

Platte Valley Medical Center is pleased to welcome the newest member of its medical staff, Internal Medicine Physician Kristin Fitzgerald, D.O. Dr. Fitzgerald joined the practice of Drs. Meyer and Grubbs at Platte Valley Internal Medicine.

As an internist, Dr. Fitzgerald specializes in treating adults, providing a holistic and dynamic approach to medicine that focuses on patient lifestyle, diet, and medical management. In addition to annual physicals, and wellness exams, she can guide patients in the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes. Dr. Fitzgerald prefers to collaborate with her patients to provide an individualized treatment plan that is based on their needs and healthcare goals.

Dr. Fitzgerald received her medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and performed her residency at Michigan State University. She speaks both English and Spanish. When she’s not in the office, Dr. Fitzgerald enjoys hiking, skiing and listening to live music.

For more information, please call 303-659-5800. Dr. Fitzgerald’s office is located at 1606 Prairie Center Parkway, Suite 310, in Brighton.

Videophone for the Deaf

Platte Valley has now added a videophone, to provide interpretation services for our deaf and hard of hearing population. The videophone is located in a small booth inside the ED waiting area, to the left of the ED entrance. This videophone will allow deaf visitors and/or patients to make outside “calls” as needed at no cost to them. Videophones are familiar tools in the deaf culture, and this piece of equipment is strictly for the use of our deaf and hearing impaired patients or visitors, as part of improving communications for our deaf population. No training is required for staff, however, if the equipment isn’t working properly, please call the troubleshooting phone number located on the monitor of the videophone. If you have any questions regarding the videophone, please contact Lidia Puga at X1905.

 

Oh What a Girls’ Night Out!

Nearly 700 women attended Platte Valley’s 6th Annual Girls’ Night Out on September 14. In addition to live music, dancing, and 30 healthcare vendor booths, a highlight of the evening included a keynote speaker and several area mental health resources. The speaker, Jennifer Tracy, presented Loving ME in the Mirror and challenged women in the audience to start the conversation and talk about mental health issues. There were tears, laughter, and fun shared by droves of women who enjoyed the event! Here are some photos:

Erica, Trista and Jamie from Harmony Women’s Health Center enjoyed welcoming women into their new suite for tours.

Lots of guest swarmed the Oncology & Nurse Navigator table inside Spectrum Medical Imaging.

Lisa Hamilton with Citywide Bank gives Carol Baumgartner, Executive Director from the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation, a check for $10,000 for Women’s Services at Platte Valley Medical Center.

Women enjoyed the massage, balance testing, injury advice, and wellness information offered by Platte Valley Medical Center’s Physical Medicine Department at Girls’ Night Out.

Kathy Mills, a long-time supporter, volunteer and guest, arrived ready for a great time.

Maggie Munoz and Nickie Maillet were the first to greet our guests in the parking lot, offering free shuttles to and from the event.

Jennifer Tracy presented Loving ME in the Mirror .

Get Vaccinated: Employee & Community Flu Clinics

Protect yourself and our patients by getting yourself vaccinated against seasonal flu. All employees, volunteers, and medical staff must receive a flu shot before October 31.

This is a firm deadline! The flu vaccine is mandatory unless you have an approved exemption. There are only two “approved” exemptions for the influenza vaccination

  • a documented, severe (life-threatening) allergy to eggs or to other components of the influenza vaccine
  • a history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome within six weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine.
  • Please contact Employee Health at x1495 as soon as possible if you have an exemption.

The seasonal flu vaccine is free for all employees. Each employee who receives the vaccination will also receive candy and a fountain drink coupon. Vaccines are available on the following dates:

  • October 2, 6, & 10 from 6:30 – 11 a.m. in Conf. Rm C
  • October 12 from 6:30 – 11 a.m. in Conf. Rm B.
  • For night shift staff, the House Supervisor will be available to give the shot

We also have a few community clinics available:

  • Walk-In & Drive Thru Clinic: Saturday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Walk-In Only, Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Kid’s Clinics (for children 10 or under and their families)*
    Mondays, October 2, 9, 16, & 23, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    *appointment required for kids clinic only, call X3590 to schedule.
  • Off-Site Clinics
    Fort Lupton Rec Center, October 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Eagle View Adult Center, October 5, 8 – 11 a.m.

If you’d like to get your flu shot from a non-PVMC clinic, you will need to bring in proof of your vaccination in order to be compliant.

REMINDER: September 9 & 10 eSummit Planned Downtime for 2017 Upgrade

ATTENTION – eSUMMIT DOWNTIME NOTICE

Saturday, September 9th
Beginning: 8:30 p.m. (2030) MT

YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED WHEN THE SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE

The downtime will last approximately 8.5 hours,
which includes recovery time.

AFFECTED SITES:
All Care Sites and Clinics

The eSummit Prod icon will not be accessible during the downtime. eSummit Shadow Read-Only (SRO) will be available and will include a coordinated downtime recovery.

The Landing will be accessible.

DON’T

  • Don’t use eSummit beginning at 2030 MT and until you are notified.
  • Don’t place any orders in eSummit including Lab, X-Ray, etc.
  • Don’t open document links in Chart Review.
  • Don’t scan documents into eSummit until the downtime is complete.

DO

  • Print out eSummit Downtime eMAR report, as needed, an hour before downtime.
  • Use Read-Only eSummit to view patient information.
  • Continue to use downtime procedures until you receive the all clear.
  • Ensure your unit has an adequate supply of downtime forms.
  • Use Lab Requisition forms.
  • Continue to use POC devices (i.e., Glucometers, iStats, etc.).
  • If a document is needed for patient care, please call the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) and ask them to page the OnBase team. Please provide TAC with the following information:
    • Patient MRN
    • Document ID number
    • Email or fax number to send document
    • Contact name and phone number if the OnBase team has questions
  • Stork End Users that document in WatchChild should refer to the “Documenting in WatchChild during eSummit Downtime” Tip Sheet.

If you have any issues, please call the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) at 855-866-8282.

A New Opportunity for Harold Dupper

After 17 years with Platte Valley Medical Center, Harold Dupper, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, will leave Platte Valley this fall and continue his financial leadership in community-based healthcare at Vail Valley Medical Center as their Chief Financial Officer.

It’s been an honor to have Harold at Platte Valley for nearly two decades. His keen financial wisdom and economic strategies have led Platte Valley through the greatest growth period in the hospital’s history. During his tenure as CFO, he provided strategic financial leadership for multiple hospital achievements, including:

  • His work to help put the HUD financing in place. It’s not only still in effect today, but set the financial foundation for Platte Valley’s strategic move from central Brighton to Prairie Center.
  • Designing, building and relocating to Prairie Center in 2007. Upon opening, Harold’s visionary leadership enabled Platte Valley to open as one of the most advanced wireless hospitals in the United States. These efforts also laid the foundation for our healthcare information technology and placed us in the top 8 percent of hospitals nationally for electronic medical records (EMR) success and industry-leading information-sharing systems. Platte Valley’s EMR system was transformed again with the recent move to Epic in 2017.
  • Working with the Platte Valley Board and executive leadership to broaden our vision and strategically keep pace with the growing healthcare needs of our market to transform from a community hospital into a successful community healthcare enterprise. Harold is most proud of sharing in the efforts of multiple team members to open clinics in Reunion, Fort Lupton, Spectrum Medical Imaging, Walk Right In, and six other hospital-owned clinics in order to stay ahead of and meet the challenges of the changing healthcare landscape.

“It has been a tremendous privilege to be on the Platte Valley Team,” Harold explains. “Everyone – from the Board to front line staff – has worked together in such a collaborative way, which has made working here so meaningful. I’ve shared success with so many people and it’s been really rewarding to be a part of and to have a role in the achievements and journey of Platte Valley. I am grateful to have shared so many personal and professional experiences with my Platte Valley Teammates, I will miss and treasure each one.”

Harold will continue in his role at Platte Valley through October 4 and transition from the Platte River Valley to the Vail Valley in mid-October. We are now in the process of developing a transition plan for Harold’s work and starting the recruitment process for an interim Vice President of Finance. While we will miss Harold, we send with him our best regards for many rewarding and successful mountain community healthcare moments.

 

Girls’ Night Out Still Needs Volunteers!

We are only a week away from the 6th Annual Girls’ Night Out and we still a few more volunteers!

We will need about 100 volunteers to make this event successful. There are a variety of ways you can help. By volunteering, you will receive a free meal, be able to experience the event, and be eligible for a special door prize drawing! Additionally, volunteering at Girls’ Night Out will qualify you for 2 Wellness points in your HealthWISE account. To volunteer: register online or by calling x1481.

Guest registration is also open and there are less than 100 spots left! If you would like to attend Girls’ Night Out as a guest, you can sign up online, or by calling x1481. Tickets are $5 this year, and your donation goes directly to the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation Women’s Services Fund, and gives us the opportunity to expand women’s services in our community.

Reminder: Retirement Reception for Isabel Mestas

A retirement reception is being held for Isabel Mestas from Patient Financial Services. Please join us on Friday, September 8 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Bistro, to celebrate Isabel and her 36+ years of service to Platte Valley Medical Center. Cake and refreshments will be served.

 

Apply for the Clinical Ladder for the Nursing Professional

To Direct Care Registered Nurses,

We want to recognize, encourage and reward you — our nurses — who grow in expertise and leadership and make a difference at the bedside. Our new Clinical Ladder for the Nursing Professional program includes five levels, and the higher the level, the higher the requirements and the higher the differential.

The Clinical Ladder for the Nursing Professional includes five levels:

  • RN Level I – Novice /Advanced Beginner
  • RN Level I – Novice /Advanced Beginner
  • RN Level II – Competent
  • RN Level III – Proficient
  • RN Level IV – Advanced
  • RN Level V – Expert

For more information about the Clinical Ladder and how to apply, please attend one of the following information sessions:

  • Monday, 9/11- 5-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 9/13 – 6:30 -7:30 a.m.
  • Friday, 9/15 – 11:30 a – 12:30 p.m.

All sessions will be held in Conference Room A.

If you have questions about the Clinical Ladder program, please reach out to Michele Siem at 303-498-3005 or via her Spectralink at 303-498-6278.

 

Just a Few More Volunteers Needed for GNO!

What a better way to volunteer, than participating in the Girls’ Night Out tradition!
Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Girls’ Night Out, and we are in need of volunteers.

We will need about 100 volunteers to make this event successful. There are a variety of ways you can help. By volunteering, you will receive a free meal, be able to experience the event, and be eligible for a special door prize drawing! Additionally, volunteering at Girls’ Night Out will qualify you for 2 Wellness points in your HealthWISE account. To volunteer: register online or by calling x1481.

Guest registration is also open! If you would like to attend Girls’ Night Out as a guest, you can sign up online, or by calling x1481. Tickets are $5 this year, and your donation goes directly to the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation Women’s Services Fund, and gives us the opportunity to expand women’s services in our community.

Volunteers Needed for Girls’ Night Out

What a better way to volunteer, than participating in the Girls’ Night Out tradition!
Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Girls’ Night Out, and we are in need of volunteers.

We will need about 100 volunteers to make this event successful. There are a variety of ways you can help. By volunteering, you will receive a free meal, be able to experience the event, and be eligible for a special door prize drawing! Additionally, volunteering at Girls’ Night Out will qualify you for 2 Wellness points in your HealthWISE account. To volunteer: register online or by calling x1481.

Guest registration is now open! If you would like to attend Girls’ Night Out as a guest, you can sign up online, or by calling x1481. Tickets are $5 this year, and your donation goes directly to the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation Women’s Services Fund, and gives us the opportunity to expand women’s services in our community.

Join us for the Hearts for Hearts 5K

This year, the annual Hearts 4 Hearts 5K Run/Walk will be on Saturday, September 2 at 9 a.m. at Adams County Regional Park – 9755 Henderson Road  in Brighton. PVMC’s mission is to promote wellness in the community, and this race helps raise money to support our Cardiac Rehabilitation Wellness program. This year we have set a fundraising goal of $1000. Anyone who is entered into the race is automatically eligible to win a 60 minute massage from Massage Therapy services.

Participating in the 5k will earn you 2 points towards your HealthWISE account for a healthy lifestyle behavior!

To register as a race participant, click here. Participants receive a T-shirt, water and snacks. All ages are welcome.

Check In: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

Early Bird Registration: 

$27 for adults

$17 for youth (15 or younger)

Race Day Registration:

$35 for adults

$20 for youth (15 or younger)

Earn 2 Wellness Points at the Hearts 4 Hearts 5K!

This year, the annual Hearts 4 Hearts 5K Run/Walk will be on Saturday, September 2 at 9 a.m. at Adams County Regional Park – 9755 Henderson Road  in Brighton. PVMC’s mission is to promote wellness in the community, and this race helps raise money to support our Cardiac Rehabilitation Wellness program. This year we have set a fundraising goal of $1000. Anyone who is entered into the race is automatically eligible to win a 60 minute massage from Massage Therapy services.

Participating in the 5k will earn you 2 points towards your HealthWISE account for a healthy lifestyle behavior!

To register as a race participant, click here. Participants receive a T-shirt, water and snacks. All ages are welcome.

Check In: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

Early Bird Registration: 

$27 for adults

$17 for youth (15 or younger)

Race Day Registration:

$35 for adults

$20 for youth (15 or younger)

Volunteers Needed for Girls’ Night Out

What a better way to volunteer, than participating in the Girls’ Night Out tradition!
Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Girls’ Night Out, and we are in need of volunteers.

We will need about 100 volunteers to make this event successful. There are a variety of ways you can help. By volunteering, you will receive a free meal, be able to experience the event, and be eligible for a special door prize drawing! Additionally, volunteering at Girls’ Night Out will qualify you for 2 Wellness points in your HealthWISE account. To volunteer: register online or by calling x1481.

Guest registration is now open! If you would like to attend Girls’ Night Out as a guest, you can sign up online, or by calling x1481. Tickets are $5 this year, and your donation goes directly to the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation Women’s Services Fund, and gives us the opportunity to expand women’s services in our community.

Mobile Mammography Van Coming to Fort Lupton

The Mobile Mammography Van is coming to Ft Lupton!

Location: Walk Right In Clinic (next to Safeway) 1425 Dexter St. in Fort Lupton
Date: Wednesday, August 23
Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Mammograms are one of the most important health screenings women age 40 and older can have – not because they prevent cancer, but because they save lives by detecting the disease as early as possible. In fact, finding breast cancer early reduces a woman’s risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% if not more. With the convenience of Saint Joseph Hospital’s mobile mammography unit, there is no reason to miss getting a potentially life-saving mammogram.

Ease & Convenience

  • Appointments in as little as 15 minutes.
  • No physician order needed if you are age 40 or older.
  • Some of the latest technologies, including 3D digital mammography and breast density measurement, that make getting a mammogram easier while producing more accurate diagnostic results.
  • Little or no cost as most insurance plans will cover the entire cost of the screening. We accept Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance.
  • Fast results – typically back in 72 hours or less.
  • Direct access to all the services and support of Saint Joseph Hospital’s and Platte Valley Medical Center’s award-winning breast care center.

It’s Time for a Mammogram! Reserve your appointment today, call 303-857-7873.

Mindfulness & Meditation Class at Pennock Center

Wellness: Though Mindfulness & Meditation at Pennock Center for Counseling

Join us this Fall for a powerful group experience.

  • Wednesday afternoons from 12:00-1:00 p.m., September 13th, 20th, 27th, & October 4th
  • Cost: $10 per group
  • Learn to find balance and relaxation while developing a healthy outlet for self-expression.
  • Open to adults ages 18 & older.
  • No prior mindfulness or meditation experience is required.

TO REGISTER: Contact Leslie Larsen at 303-655-9065, ext. 14

World Premiere of Good Sam’s Hand Hygiene Music Video!

Good Samaritan Medical Center has published a wonderful Hand Hygiene Music Video on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter! And, perhaps coming soon to a theater near you?

To help promote hand hygiene, GSMC filmed a music video starring associates across all departments of the hospital and the vocal talent of three GSMC associates: Tim Smolens, RN, ED; Kate Spencer, RN, OR; and Steve Soller, Customer Care Center Manager. Championed by Kelley Knapek, Infection Prevention, the video features a cover of The Jackson 5’s “ABC” using hand hygiene-themed lyrics.

Stay tuned for the Behind-The-Scenes video, to be released very soon.

Earn 4 Wellness Points at the Hearts 4 Hearts 5K!

This year, the annual Hearts 4 Hearts 5K Run/Walk will be on Saturday, September 2 at 9 a.m. at Adams County Regional Park – 9755 Henderson Road  in Brighton. PVMC’s mission is to promote wellness in the community, and this race helps raise money to support our Cardiac Rehabilitation Wellness program. This year we have set a fundraising goal of $1000.

We are looking for both volunteers and race participants. But don’t worry, if you choose to volunteer you will still have time to do the run. You can sign up as a volunteer here. In fact, if you volunteer and run, you can earn up to four points towards your HealthWISE account – 2 for volunteering and 2 for a healthy lifestyle behavior!

To register as a race participant, click here. Participants receive a T-shirt, water and snacks. All ages are welcome.

Check In: 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

Early Bird Registration: 

$27 for adults

$17 for youth (15 or younger)

Race Day Registration:

$35 for adults

$20 for youth (15 or younger)

Win Tickets for High Valley Concert at the AdCo Fair

The Marketing Department has a few pairs of tickets to the High Valley concert at the Adams County Fair next Wednesday, August 2 at 8 p.m. We’d like to give these away to our associates. To be entered to win, please write 2-3 sentences about why you love the Adams County Fair, and email it to evelyn.wiant@sclhs.net. This could be a special memory from past fairs or a favorite event, category or show at the fair. The deadline to enter is Monday, July 31 at 8 p.m. We will select all winners on August 1.

High Valley is a Canadian country music duo from Blumenort, Alberta. They’re already popular in Canada, and they’re gaining great popularity here in the US; in fact, they’re Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s opening act at the Pepsi Center next week. To learn more about the band and preview their music, visit their website.

Tickets Available for Foundation High Tea Party

Air out your best floppy hat, the Foundation High Tea Party is back again! The tea is on Sunday, August 6 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. This “posh” (as the Brits say) event raises money for the Women’s & Children’s fund, and it’s a whole teacup full of fun! If you’d like to attend, you can easily purchase a ticket online. The event opens with a mimosa for the adult ladies and sparkling juice for the little ladies, followed by a fresh salad, a variety of sandwiches, and your choice of teas. Luncheon is followed with a variety of scones, cakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert. You’ll also have the opportunity to shop with a few local vendors, and have your portrait taken in the fun photo booth. Join us for this fun event!

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