A representative from the Keene Clinic receives a check from the hospital’s Community Health Investment grant program (CHIP) to be used for upgrading the clinic’s current computer system.
Platte Valley Medical Center was once again a major sponsor in the 33rd Brighton Turkey Trot, one of the largest 5K races in the Denver/metro area. There were a total of 885 participants with twenty some representing PVMC. Besides the beautiful weather, ideal for a race, the participants enjoyed some great food, had a lot of fun and got some great exercise as well.
A very big “THANK YOU” to each of you who contributed to the Almost Home Thanksgiving fund-raiser. Not only did we raise even more than last year (2016 – $3,623; 2017 – $3,771), but because of you quite a few families had a great Thanksgiving dinner who would not have had otherwise.
Thank you so much again.
Over Halloween weekend Massage Therapist Rick Crawford (Physical Medicine Department) participated in a 100k ultra-marathon in Arizona with 800 other athletes. It was held in McDowell Regional Park, north of Scottsdale. All his hard work paid off, that is, until his feet had issues, which caused him to drop out of the race at mile 42. Overall though, he was satisfied with his results.
In the spirit of the holidays, associates in perinatal have enjoyed some fun projects. They have made a holiday bulletin board with a stocking soon to be filled with goodies for each of the units including those awesome housekeepers.
Other associates made locker magnets for their doctors, nurses, techs, anesthesiologists, managers and pediatric nurse practitioners. Their goal as a unit this year was not only to give the best care possible to their patients, but to also become closer to each another as a cohesive team on a personal as well as a professional level.
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 the story, unfortunately 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.”
A special farewell event was held Friday, December 15 for Jackie Dunkin, H.R. Director (retiring), and Laurie Johnson who is moving on to a new employment opportunity.
As a tribute to Jackie’s many years of service, John Hicks, hospital President and CEO said, “In her more than 34 years, Jackie has helped grow PVMC from around 200 employees in 1983 to nearly 800 employees today. She was with HR when the first computer systems and fax machines were installed – and look at how far we’ve come since then! As is true for many of us, our recent integration with SCL Health has provided a unique set of challenges for PVMC. Jackie has helped us navigate some very complex employee relations and benefits matters. “
“Although times have changed since Jackie first started, managing Human Resources remains at the core of our ability to survive. Jackie has always been able to delicately navigate the complex nature of employee relations. It is her gentle spirit and listening ears that have brought stability to some very difficult situations. We have deeply relied upon Jackie’s flexibility and patience to steer us through some of the more challenging times and situations. She has always put the needs of others before her own.
Thank you Jackie for your many years of service, your loyalty, dedication, and compassion for all. We wish you all the best as you move into this new chapter of your life called retirement.”
Mr. Hicks also shared some thoughts as a tribute to Laurie.
“Thank you Laurie for your untiring dedication to PVMC and the mission of positive patient encounters; this is not easy when your job is asking for payment when patients and their families would rather spend their money on vacations or buy a new TV. I especially want to thank you for keeping your vision for the transition to SCL intact; I think it was your ability to communicate that vision with your staff that kept them engaged throughout the transition.”
Harold Dupper, your former supervisor, wanted to be sure we acknowledged your good work in the Patient friendly statement project, as well as the PASC project. He said “One Call” was your vision for the PASC call center. He considered you a great staff developer. You were constantly focused on how to improve staff performance through education/training and you were great at internally recognizing and building talent.
All of us here at PVMC want to wish you well as you move into your new role there in Estes Park.
We’ve had the privilege of working with Laurie for 15+ years all combined, and it has been an excellent journey. Throughout the years, together we have gained a wealth of knowledge and developed a great working relationship as a team.
Laurie would always refer to us as her “Right and Left hand;” however, we believe it took all 3 of us to successfully manage the Patient Financial Services (PFS) department all these years.
One of our takeaways as we bid you farewell, is to continue recycling across the world, because we won’t have you around ensuring we are not placing recyclable items in our waste bins. Go Green!
We appreciated her encouragement, which pushed us to become better leaders for our associates. You have been a colleague and mentor whom we have treasured and we will miss you. We wish you boundless success with your new position in Estes Park.
Amanda and Vianey (Your Right and Left hand)
Platte Valley Medical Center was recently notified by Planetree of those selected for the hospital’s 2017 Planetree awards. Although it was a tight race, all PVMC associates nominated were selected as winners. The following associates were recognized not only by members of Platte Valley’s Planetree Steering committee but also by Planetree International for their commitment to Platte Valley’s promise of excellence in Patient/Person Centered Care.
AND THE WINNERS ARE……..
Winner of the Planetree Scholar Award,
Rosalva Vasquez, EVS
….The smile this associate has lightens up a room. Rosalva has a way of connecting with her patients and understands the importance of her role in their wellbeing. She never says no and will always goes above and beyond.
Winner of the Team Innovation Award
Ambulance Dept. Carl Cringle, Ambulance
…..From Santa to taxi service, our ambulance crew does it all Not only do they provide our community with High Quality care, they share their knowledge and expertise among other EMS departments. Being visible in the community is key and this team never lets Brighton down.
Winner of the Planetree Scholar Award, Clinical
Gene Abbott RN Manager for the GI Lab
….Team player with a sense of humor. That is how Gene is referred to by his colleagues, patients, and providers. He is a true team player always keeping his patients front and center. From preadmission, scheduling, and callbacks, his patients feel his caring in everything he does. He touches everyone he cares for in a personal way.
These winners will be presented with awards at the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation Concert Event, March 9, 2018. If you see any of these winners, give them a huge congratulation on the work they have done and continue to do for our patients and their families in this facility as well as out in the community.
Are you excited yet? The 2017 Platte Valley Medical Center Holiday Craft Fair is this Friday, December 1, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Bistro and Conference Center. All proceeds from this craft fair benefit the Platte Valley Medical Center Foundation.
We will have some wonderful vendors so please plan on coming and supporting them, as well as the Foundation. There will also be chances to win some amazing items. You can get all of your holiday gifts and even treat yourself to something special without feeling guilty (because it’s for a good cause after all!).
We will see you ready to shop on December 1!
Happiness is …
By Daryl L. Meyers
… a choice. Sounds strange, doesn’t it. But it’s true. Happiness IS a choice. It’s not some magical experience that unexpectedly “happens” to us somewhere along the way, nor is it determined by where we live, our culture, or our family heritage.
As children (and often as adults) we imagine a life that arranges itself in line with our needs or desires, but things don’t always work out according to our plans. In fact seldom do they, nor do others always agree with our wishes or demands.
We may have some great relationships, but there will also be times of disagreement and disappointment. Listening to others who care is wise, but allowing their opinions to control how we live and the decisions we make is not.
Life happens the way it happens and it’s up to us to decide how to relate to the experiences we go through. If we see circumstances or events as undermining or offensive, our happiness will disappear like mist before the morning sun.
All of us must make choices. We can fight or accept what comes our way … become better or bitter. It’s up to us. By resisting or fighting “what is,” we disempower ourselves, for … “what is … IS.” … and there’s nothing we can do about it. It’s already here. It’s already happened. Our job is not to try and change whatever’s occurred (that would be impossible), but to accept.
Although we may not be consciously aware, on some level we call to ourselves people and situations that help move us from who we think we are, to who we really are. We begin to understand a universal truth. Life doesn’t happen “to us” but “through us.” This process is gradual, ongoing and constant. How we relate to what we go through determines the measure of joy and happiness we experience.
When we embrace the darkness as well as the light; when we see the gift in every experience, regardless of the forms in which they come, we will know that all things do work together for our good. It is then, regardless of how difficult or challenging the way, that happiness will no longer be a fleeting experience, determined by whim or circumstance, or the opinions and actions of others, but will always be … all ways… a choice.
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.”
Maria Lochran began collecting children’s books for PVMC and Salud in 2014 when she noticed the medical facilities she was visiting had adult magazines, but very little for children waiting with their parents. It was then she made the decision to take the money she received from her garage sales to purchase children’s books, which she donated, to Platte Valley Medical Center and Salud.
The first year she donated 400 books, the second year over 900 and even though she had a stroke, managed to donate another 200 books last year (contributed by Connie Haney on her behalf through a contact made by Linda Young).
A very big THANK YOU to Maria is definitely in order for remembering the children (and their parents) visiting our hospital.
In spite of the weather (cold and snowy), it was a special evening (planned by HR staff) with great music and wonderful food … fitting indeed for the occasion. Sixty associates with a total of 705 years of service were recognized and honored with gifts and words of appreciation during the Service Awards dinner,
PVMC is always pleased to see associates continue with their education in their profession of choice. Congratulations to two of our recent graduates:
Chellee Eagan (CNA on MST) graduated recently from nursing school
Back in December Tessa Turner (former CNA on MST, now a nurse) also graduated (Picture: Tessa and Mom). Whether planned in connection with her graduation or not, the new “addition” to the Turner family is definitely worth celebrating. Tessa is already working as a nurse here at PVMC and Chellee will be soon.
It’s always a great opportunity when young people from various schools in the community come to visit our hospital. Just recently 22 young people and their teachers from Brighton Adventist Academy went on a cultural arts tour of our community which included city hall, the Armory, Main Street Creatives and the art displays at PVMC.
In spite of some rainy, cold days just before, Saturday morning (May 6) dawned with clear skies and plenty of sunshine. Although still a little on the cool side, it was just right for the Fort Lupton annual May Day race.
The 5K race, hosted and organized by the Fort Lupton Recreation Center, was sponsored by Platte Valley Medical Center, United Power and the Salud Family Health Center. Funds raised from the event go towards youth and community programs organized by and held at the Recreation Center.
Although not always recognized for the patient care they provide, our nurses are among the best, most compassionate associates around. Not only do they care for the clinical needs of our patients, but are also there to listen and bring comfort to those we serve.
Just recently, during National Nurses’ Week (May 6-12), our hospital leadership and other associates had the opportunity of recognizing and honoring these special people and the services they provide.
Also during the week, all PVMC nurses were entered into a drawing for a number of gifts, including Rockies tickets, logo store gift certificates, movie tickets and massages.
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.
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!
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.
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
Four organizations within the hospital’s service area received financial support recently from CHIP (Community Health Investment Program),the hospital’s grant program. They included: the Chapel Hill Food Pantry, Weld County Boys and Girls Club, Pennock Center for Counseling and the Fort Lupton Food Bank.
A number of our associates had the opportunity recently (November 3-6) of attending another successful workshop with Matthew Sanford. They were reminded again that simple practices like grounding your hands and feet, taking a breath before you speak or standing back to back to support your co-worker are integrative health building methods, approaches which are becoming more common at PVMC.
These are sample techniques of the mind body approach developed by Matthew Sanford. In May of this year, PVMC was fortunate to have him return for a second visit to our hospital where he spoke to the community as well as holding two workshops for PVMC associates where he explored the mind body connection. Matthew, who is paraplegic as the result of a car accident at age 13, is a passionate yoga teacher, author of the book Waking, inspirational speaker and leading voice in the integrative health movement. He is the founder of the non-profit Mind Body Solutions in Minneapolis, which is “dedicated to transforming trauma, loss and disability into hope and potential by awakening the connection between mind and body.”
Matthew’s message closely correlates with Planetree’s Pillars of Healing Touch and Human Interaction. His approach allows healthcare providers to enrich the quality of their own experiences as well as foster richer, more fulfilling interactions between staff, patients and their families. His workshops provided insight into these concepts, and left many desiring even more. Karen Vizyak, Director of Physical Medicine, has worked with him over the past 5 years and recognized that a team of enthusiastic PVMC associates was needed to successfully integrate these concepts into the care provided at PVMC.
Thanks to the generous support of the Hospital Foundation, this team (Karen Vizyak, Christine Salvi, Director of the Patient Experience, Joyce Dann, Perinatal Charge Nurse, Theresa Solano, Med Surg Nurse/Clinical Coordinator, Nida Tansinsin, Physical Therapist and Nicole Woods, Physical Therapist/Therapy Coordinator) flew to Minneapolis to attend a weekend workshop called “Integrating Yogic Principles into Healthcare Delivery.” Prior to the workshop, Matthew held a private session for our team to practice techniques and discuss the application of these concepts at PVMC. The workshop was attended by 20 healthcare providers from around the country who shared their desire to take better care of themselves and their patients, employing a mind body approach. In addition to Matthew’s stories and teachings, the workshop included techniques taught by Matthew, a physical therapist, a lecture by a physician on the science behind the mind body approach, and a panel discussion discussing perspectives of the caregiver and the patient.
“Matthew’s workshop was astounding and inspiring. I left the workshop with a sensation of empowerment and enthusiasm to share this experience with my fellow peers,” Theresa Solano said. The team plans to continue educating others to incorporate these simple, yet effective practices into various areas of the hospital. Associates can use them to cope with everyday stress as well as applying them during patient care to decrease anxiety and pain and strengthen the provider/patient relationship.
Christine Salvi said the workshop helped drive home the realization that healthcare providers need to turn inward and remember “the importance of taking care of themselves first and foremost before effectively taking care of others.” The team looks forward to helping PVMC associates incorporate this approach into their work and lives throughout the new year ahead!
Karen Vizyak, MSPT
Director of Physical Medicine
Congratulations to Andrea (ED) and Tyler Moore (ED) on the birth of their son, Axel Ray Moore. He was born at PVMC November 15, 2016 at 1620, weighing 6 pounds, 13.4 ounces and was 20 inches long. And how do Andrea and Tyler feel about this new “addition” to their family? “My husband and I are so in love with our little man already J !!”
By Daryl L. Meyers
Although time has moved on far more quickly than I could have imagined, childhood memories of days gone by still remain, especially those magical moments called holidays.
Who could forget the aroma of mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie for dessert? Our table was set for a king and even though we were far from well-to-do, ours was a feast indeed, leaving no doubt about our royal heritage, especially at Thanksgiving. Like others, our family wasn’t perfect, but as we gathered around this table of plenty expressing our gratitude for the simple, ordinary gifts of life, there was a deepening of appreciation for each other, and for those experiences shared in common that brought us together and kept us together as a family.
As Thanksgiving, with its turkey and all the trimmings, faded away, our community evolved into a magical land of make believe. Houses, once dark and uninviting, were now places of interest, destinations for sight-seers. There were reindeer and sleighs, elves and singing minstrels, candles, wreathes and colored lights designed to hold the attention of young and old alike. This was the Disneyland that I knew, long before there was a destination by that name. Yes, Christmas had come again and my childhood heart was filled with wonder at the beauty and magic of it all.
Towards the beginning of December my parents and sister and I checked out the evergreens at a Christmas tree lot not far from our home. Even though prices had gone through the roof (75 cents), we went ahead, paid the attendant, tied the tree securely to the top of our car and headed home. Once inside, the aroma of evergreen filled the house, and before long, with the help of mom, dad and some little hands, our tree became anything but ordinary. It was absolutely beautiful … a work of art, covered in tinsel and crowned with an angel.
As Christmas Eve drew near and presents under the tree grew as well, so did the excitement of two little people, especially me. I was the youngest in the family, and even though I was very shy, I managed to get up enough courage to sit on Santa’s knee at one of the big department stores in town and tell him what I wanted for Christmas. Of course, there was no doubt in my little mind that he would deliver just as he promised.
Like other children, I too had been told of Santa’s amazing journey around the world bringing candy canes, toys, and special presents to “good boys and girls.” And since I had been a good boy … well … at least most the time, certainly Santa would remember me! Right?
And … indeed he did, even though he didn’t come exactly the way I had expected. You see, our family lived in the South and there was no snow or at least very little. That’s probably why I didn’t see any reindeer or a sleigh.
I did hear him though. One late night on Christmas Eve he arrived. He didn’t come down our chimney, but his arrival was just as exciting. With my heart in my throat and eyes as big as saucers, I could hear the sound of heavy boots coming up our basement steps. Suddenly with a “HO, HO, HO,” our basement door opened and there he was … the man in red with the white flowing beard. And me … I was electrified … unable to move. It was fantastic … unbelievable, but true! Santa had come! I was not forgotten!
Memories. How special. As my mind wanders back across the years to that time when childhood dreams and fantasies came true, I find myself wishing that I could go back to those good old days, that I could be a child again, exploring once more that place of innocence where imagination and reality were one in the same.
Is it possible? Can we go back? Could we become children again?
We may not be able to erase the years, but the child within is still there, and when given the freedom, is ready to make every holiday a celebration and each day a grand adventure.
Note: Daryl and his wife Kerstin were the hospital Santa and Mrs.Clause for over 20 years, a role apparently passed on by former family Santas.
Great news! Interpreter services are being expanded to include the PVMC sponsored clinics. There will be telephone interpreters in 200 languages available 24/7 by Certified Languages International. Spanish and ASL Video interpreters will be available 24/7 and 16 other popular languages will be available during regular business hours Monday – Friday by Stratus for the patients’ convenience. These services will be in full operation by December 15, 2016 in all of the clinics listed below.
High Plains Heart and Vascular Center
Mountain View Orthopedics
Apex Surgical Partners
Work Wellness (Fort Lupton)
Integrative Internal Medicine (Brighton and Reunion)
Eagle Ridge (Brighton, Fort Lupton, and Reunion)
For both video and telephone interpreter services, staff will need to provide the following information each time (this is not optional):
Note: Physicians and PAs will use P123456 as their number
Contracted employees will use C123456
If you have any questions or concerns regarding iPad service or issues, please contact Lidia Puga at 303-498-1905.
For all other questions, please contact Jennifer Buchloh at 303-498-3010.
By Daryl L. Meyers
Another year will soon begin … another opportunity to tell the story of the human experience on planet earth. The unknown is just ahead … a new adventure into the unexplored and unexpected. The terrain is unfamiliar and conditions could be far from ideal. To retreat to the comfortable and familiar is not an option. Movement forward is the only choice we have.
As with years past, this year too is wrapped in mystery. What it will bring will largely be determined by our choices rather than some preordained or predestined outcomes. Some have suggested this might be a year of transition, of dramatic change for the human race, a time of trouble as some theologies predict.
Visionaries from ancient times and indigenous peoples from traditions and cultures around the world share a similar view … warning of events just ahead that could be of a magnitude beyond our ability to anticipate much less prepare for.
Regardless of what lies ahead, our world, our civilization has definitely reached a crossroads in the way we live and relate to one another. Wonderful opportunities for us and our children are within our reach if we make the right choices, but if we continue moving in the direction we are now, life as we know it on planet earth will be unsustainable.
Throughout this new year, we are, once again being given the opportunity to move forward beyond the chaos and confusion around us, to push beyond the boundaries that separate us, to create a new and better world, a world of compassion and peace, a world that respects the rights of all people and gives equal opportunities to all.
This is the world our children and our children’s children deserve.
Are we willing to move beyond our differences and provide them with a better future? The days ahead and how they unfold are unknown, but they may have more to do with us and the decisions we make than we realize. We can make a difference … if we choose to.
The 5th Annual Girls’ Night Out was a great and grand success. Approximately 650 women attended this special event, which was definitely a record-breaking crowd!
Of course Girls’ Night Out would not have happened without the hard work of the GNO planning committee, the volunteers and the support of our community vendors and sponsors. Thank you once again for putting your best efforts into this wonderful event!
Although not a competitive race, the overall fastest male finisher was Raul Borrastero with a time of 20:14. The 1st place female finisher was Laura Mason with a time of 22:02, and the 1st place youth was Sky Monsey with a time of 26:32.
There were also two lucky winners from our raffle. Michael Anderson and DiOnna Jacobo who each won 30 minute massages.
To those who might be interested, there are a limited number of race t-shirts left (sizes medium-2XL). If you would like one, please stop by and pick one up in the Cardiac Rehab gym in suite 170. They won’t be here for long!
A very big THANK YOU again to all our volunteers and race participants. Your support helps promote wellness in our community and also helps us in raising funds in support of our cardiac rehab program. At present, since we first began this race series two years ago, thanks to you we have raised over $1000.
We hope to see all of you again next year for our 4th annual Hearts 4 Hearts 5K!
In addition to her position as Director of our hospital Emergency Department, Wendy Colon was recently elected Vice President of the Colorado State Board of Nursing, the organization that oversees the requirements and regulations of the nursing profession in Colorado, which includes monitoring the licensing of nurses, nurse aides, and psychiatric technicians, as well as imposing discipline when needed. The State Board of Nursing is composed of 11 members and oversees more than 110,000 licensees.
In an effort to improve language communications, PVMC now has 8 iPads for video interpreters. The following departments will have their own iPads to use as needed for patients:
Please remember our Spanish Interpreter Lidia Puga will be your first option. If she is not available then you can use the telephone OR video interpreters. For both video and telephone interpreters you will need to provide the following information each time you use the services (this is not optional):
Note: Physicians and PAs will use P1234 as their number
We are phasing out Telelanguage services so please keep this in mind when you come across phones with their number. If you need assistance with programming the new number on the Spectralink or desk phones, or you have any questions or concerns, please call me at x1905. Thank you for your patience.
Lidia Puga, MBA, CST
Another Pediatric Advanced Life Support class (a two year certification) was held recently with EMS and hospital staff. The class used a series of simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. Brad Lehmann
After many years of service as the Foundation Director for the hospital, Marcie Demchuk made the decision recently to explore a new adventure called retirement… an opportunity as she said to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. The work she has done, however, in reorganizing the Foundation, and the fund-raising efforts she has directed that has brought millions to the hospital in support of special projects and services including a significant amount of support for the new hospital will never be forgotten. All of her friends and family here at PVMC wish her well as she begins this new chapter in her life.
Physical Medicine Roller Derby Stars
Corbyn Wierzbinksi and Nicole Woods (Physical Medicine Department) became members of the Roller Derby team for the Boulder County Bombers in March, 2015. They progressed well through the phase I and II training program and had an opportunity to try out for the travel teams in December 2015. Both made the A/B cross-overs and were able to play for the B team (Bombshells) and A team (Allstars) for the 2016 season.
They have now played in several tournaments: Besterns in Denver, May 2016; Wasatch in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 2016 where they played well enough to qualify for the playoffs in Witchita, KS in Aug 2016. They entered the tournament as 8th seed and ended up in 5th place, the best showing for their league since it was organized in 2011.
Corbyn and Nicole had four competitive playoff rounds and won 3 out of 4 of the games. One game was a win by one point and their last win was by 4 points which gave their team the 5th place title. Their latest try outs were in July 2016 and they have now qualified to play for the Allstars travel /competitive team.
Corbyn continues to play for B team and just won 1st place in the B-52 blowout tournament that was held in Longmont recently (Sept 17-18). She has also landed a place on Team Colorado and will be playing in the State Wars in January 2017.
Holiday Craft Fair
This year’s Holiday Craft Fair will be held at PVMC on Friday, December 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and yes, we will have your favorite vendors from years past. This fundraiser will benefit the hospital Foundation, and more specifically the Cardiovascular Campaign, so… place it on your calendar and plan to do some holiday shopping right here at “home.”
If you are interested in being a vendor, please let me know by email, Sheryl.Sorensen@sclhs.net, or by phone (303-498-1580) or fill out the online registration form with all the information needed if you would like to be a vendor. Remember all items sold need to be homemade. We have limited space so once the spaces are taken, we will close the registration.
Over 38 years ago, Faye & her husband Larry (married for just a short time) decided they wanted to get the heck out of Ohio. If they had had a covered wagon instead of a car (hopefully it wasn’t that long ago), they would have put up a sign that said “Colorado or Bust.” Upon arrival, Faye searched the newspaper ads (that’s how it was done 35 years ago) and found a job working at Platte Valley Medical Center in nutritional services, taking room service orders and helping out in the kitchen.
She left us for a few years but just could not stay away. She came back and applied for a position as the PBX operator offering to work evenings, as well as every holiday and weekend. After leaving the interview, the shifts Faye was willing to work suddenly registered with the HR staff. She was chased down in the parking lot and offered the job on the spot.
She worked in that role for about seven years when she noticed that the Business Office could use some help, so she told them about her degree in Accounting and offered her services. She said that may have been her second mistake, after the first one of offering to work every off hour.
After serving as Billing Supervisor for over 20 years, she was the “go to” person all over the hospital. If she promised to do something for you, she did it, even at the risk of staying well into the night to get it completed. It’s for sure many of you have experienced Faye’s helpful & patient service explaining the confusing world of billing. Requirements from insurance are confusing, yet Faye was able to make our patients and our staff understand how it works.
Thank you Faye for all your years of service! We wish you well in this new chapter… this new adventure in your journey.
An Ageless Tradition for
Children of all Ages
By Daryl L. Meyers
To a child life is exciting … a gift to be celebrated … an adventure just begun. The world’s a playground waiting to be explored. There’s so much to do … so much to see and nothing’s beyond reach. Today is all there is. Tomorrow does not exist.
But time and change cannot be controlled. The years go by. The child becomes an adult. Things are different now. Life is no longer the adventure it once was. One must struggle to achieve … fight to succeed. Life is serious business. Play is now a temporary escape from the harsh realities of a world to be conquered.
What happened? What went wrong? Did we miss a turn somewhere on the way to adulthood? Must growing up mean leaving behind the magical, adventuresome spirit of childhood? When we entered this world there were tears … and if we can’t enjoy the journey and play … there will be tears again.
Could it be that somewhere along the way our priorities have gotten a bit mixed up? Is it possible there’s more to life then climbing the ladder of success, getting to the top, having it all, … that maybe, just maybe, it’s the simple things in life that are of most value? Could it be that the playfulness, simplicity and carefree spirit of a child is still worth considering even for adults?
Maybe it’s time to take a second look at where we’re going. Perhaps we need to go back, revisit those early years and reclaim the childlike trust and innocence we knew so well when we were young.
The years go by in the blink of an eye, and the forms we wear change, but that doesn’t mean we need to settle for the dull or mundane or leave go of the excitement and adventuresome spirit of childhood. Life was never meant to be boring. It was meant to be a journey of joy and celebration.
To have a childlike spirit allows us to see the world from a different perspective, a world both majestic and magical that transcends and transforms our lives in ways we can only begin to imagine.
And by the way who said we had to grow up anyway? Maybe it’s okay to embrace the innocence of childhood even if our bodies are little bigger … and a little older. Maybe it’s okay to enjoy the journey, to once again experience life through the eyes of a child.
On Wednesday, August 17, Platte Valley Medical Center associates participated in the annual FCC emergency drill (a test of the National Disaster Medical System) involving a number of “injured” patients flown in by Blackhawk transport. The patients received were triaged and according to their injuries taken to the departments where appropriate medical treatment could be given.
Wow! Can you imagine a twin having twins? Well, that’s the story for Rebecca (Becca) and her husband Travis Linnebur. Becca, a nurse in our hospital’s Women’s Center, has an identical twin sister, Brianna (Bri), both of whom did a clinical rotation at our hospital a few years ago and now she has twins of her own. Addysen (5 Lbs) and Braelynn (5 Lbs, 10 oz) were born July 29, 2016. Congratulations are in order for Becca and her husband Travis.
Nutritional Services is located on the first floor of the hospital next to the lobby area. Associates within the department have the opportunity to experience work in many different areas… as cashiers, cooks, dishwashers, baristas, as well as tray delivery to our patients.
Our responsibilities include meal planning and preparation, purchasing, delivering, and cleaning. Although the type of work we do varies, our goal is to create a pleasant dining experience for all our guests and patients. Providing great customer service and food quality are essential to our department.
Even though a majority of our associates work in the kitchen and the bistro, our tray delivery and dishwasher personnel can be seen throughout the hospital.
We have many customers, which include patients and their families as well as our hospital staff. In the Bistro, we mainly prepare and provide meals for our associates, patient families, and guests from the community. Through our Room Service line, we provide good nutritious meals to our patients and at times their families as well.
Our earliest shift starts at 4:00 am in the morning. We begin the day by putting away all the food items that have been delivered before a majority of our staff arrives. Next we have several associates who prepare the food for our breakfast and lunch service in the Bistro, after which around 7:00 a.m. our Room Service line begins tray production. We continue to serve meals throughout the day and also provide catering to several departments as needed. Around 6:30 p.m. we begin to slow down for the day and move into clean-up mode.
Our staff understands the importance of proper nutrition as an essential role in the healing process. Many of our patients do not have much of an appetite. We try to meet their meal requests, however, in any way we can to promote healing. Usually, meals are the only part of the hospital experience that patients understand and can have some control over. We try to balance our menu between healthy options to promote healing and providing patients with foods they are familiar with and enjoy eating.
Nutritional Services associates and their roles:
Hannah Murphy, Director
Mike Anderson, Executive Chef
Virginia Wyatt, Office Assistant
DeNae Alva, Bistro Lead
Jeanine Cirillo, Supervisor
Barbara Baltazar, Nutrition Aide
Jessica Bernal, Nutrition Aide
JoDe Brown, AM Grill Cook
Maria Covarrubias, Nutrition Aide
Sally Cunningham, AM Cold Prep
Imelda Flores, Nutrition Aide
Alyssa Fopma, Cook
Aspen Griffin, Cook
Swanette Jamenez-Loew, Cook
Janice Koning, Nutrition Aide
Kayleigh Labbe, Nutrition Aide
Max Lee, Nutrition Aide
Diane Lugo, Nutrition Aide
Brooke Moore, Nutrition Aide
Teresa Palacios, Nutrition Aide
Richard Perez, Nutrition Aide
Talara Ries, Cook
Jermaine Reyes, Cook
Joe Ramos, Nutrition Aide
Cristina Salinas, Nutrition Aide
Brittany Thyfault, Nutrition Aide
Regina Vega Barrio, Nutrition Aide
Perla Villagrana, AM Patient Phones
Gregg Wilkins, Purchasing
Julie Windmeyer, Cook
FYI: We recently set a new record for the number of patient trays delivered in one day… 157!
It was a wonderful evening with great music and wonderful food … fitting indeed for the occasion. Sixty-six employees with a total of 735 years of service were recognized and honored with gifts and words of appreciation during the Service Awards dinner June 9.
Among them was our own President and CEO, Mr. John Hicks. He has served our community and hospital for over 20 years, the longest of any PVMC president. Even on a national level, very few come even close to matching his years of service.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house was held recently for the new pharmacy (Platte Valley Pharmacy), located near the front entrance of the new Medical Office building.
The old space was 2700 sq/ft and the new is 3200. While it seems much larger, most of the additional space is behind the counter and in the storage rooms. By creating a one of a kind curved fixture concept and displays, we were able to take all of the merchandise out of the middle of the space and move it to the walls. By so doing, we have doubled our gift merchandise area and brought in a new floral vendor. The Pharmacy continues to grow due to its increased visibility.