This year there were no babies born at Platte Valley on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day! Crazy, right? But we decided to celebrate with our “holiday eve” babies:
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 !!”
You’re probably aware that Platte Valley offers an array of Childbirth Education classes through our Women’s and Newborn Center. We offer soon-to-be moms and dads some vital information on what to expect during labor, after delivery and during breastfeeding. Now, for the first time, we have added a class that teaches new dads what to expect in the first few months of baby’s life.
If you’re interested in Bootcamp for New Dads, or know someone who might be, share this class with them. Space is limited so sign up online or by calling 303-498-1481.
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.
For the third year in a row, the Women’s and Newborn Center at Platte Valley Medical Center has been awarded the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll by the Immunization Actions Coalitions (IAC). PVMC is one of 8 Hospitals in Colorado who achieved this honor and one of the only facilities to be recognized three years in a row. The criteria for inclusion is over a 12-month period, a coverage rate of 90% or greater for administering hepatitis B vaccine before hospital discharge to all newborns.
By meeting the inclusion for the IAC’s Hepatitis B Dose Honor Role, PVMC continues to protect our newborns and their families. A birth dose of HepB vaccine can prevent perinatal transmission – yet today, only 70% of U.S. infants receive the vaccine within three days of birth. That’s why the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is urging hospitals to meet the national standard of care by providing a universal birth dose of HepB vaccine.
Wow! Did you know eight babies were born yesterday? What a lucky and special thing it is to have been born on a Leap Day. Meet baby Nancy, one of our Leap Day babies, posing here with her nurse, Veronica from Postpartum.
Our Perinatal Department always has a board in our conference room that is decorated according to the Season. Each shift change, our entire department (Labor & Delivery, Post-Partum and Special Care Nursery) meets in the conference room for a Brief to hear our patient census, what the plan for the day is for each unit, and who is on our team for that shift.
I must say that I am always excited to walk into our conference room for a Brief and see the holiday and seasonal changes of Jamie Davis and Trace Dalsimer (two of our very creative RN’s on Labor and Delivery). It’s always a great start to the day! These two ladies have been putting up creative decor on this board for over three years now for anyone to enjoy who uses conference room six. I wish I had thought to take pictures of each board for they are amazingly creative! Thank you Trace and Jamie for sharing your talents and keeping us all in the spirit of the seasons!
Angela Blyth came to us a few years ago from our Medical Surgical floor with a passion to work with new moms and their babies. She has been such a positive member of our perinatal team and shows such pride for our unit and the care that we provide. She likes to personalize her care for her families by making the babies burp cloths and bringing in other items for the families to take home with them. Our families and Angela’s colleagues appreciate the pride she shows in the care and attention she provides to our unit.
Thank you Angela, you’re AWESOME!
It’s World Breastfeeding Month. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding and Work, Let’s Make it Work!” The mission of this theme is to encourage awareness of employee breastfeeding policies in companies across the world.
PMVC supports employees in providing their babies with the healthiest food nature has to offer: their own mother’s milk. During the first year after the birth of her child, the breastfeeding employee may use her break and lunch times for nursing or pumping. If additional time is needed (above and beyond normal breaks/meal time), the supervisor and employee may agree upon a plan which might include the employee using PTO. A private space is available to employees to breastfeed or express milk using a breast pump. Currently, this space is the pump room in the postpartum unit of the Women’s and Newborn Center on the third floor of the bed tower. Employees may temporarily store their breast milk in refrigerators on Hospital premises, but not in refrigerators used for patients. Employees must provide their own containers and clearly label them with their name and date. If a refrigerator is not available, employees may bring a small ice chest for storing breast milk.
After several months of planning to build a marketing strategy to promote the Women’s & Newborn Center, our first :30 television commercial is set to air this Monday on Comcast. As a hospital employee, you get to see it here first — in The ICE!
Gather your colleagues, family and friends, and enjoy the Women’s & Newborn Center “experience.” (Click on the picture to view in YouTube.)
This TV spot is one part of an overall marketing campaign to increase awareness of our Women’s & Newborn Center and position our hospital as the sole provider of the ultimate childbirth experience. Other advertising will include shopping cart ads at King Soopers on 4th & Bromley in Brighton, bus stop ads, and a Google and Facebook campaign. If you have comments or questions, please contact Charmaine Weis, director of Marketing & Communications, at x 1482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today was an exciting day in the Women’s & Newborn Center. Comcast came to film our first hospital TV commercial in the beautiful labor and deliver suites. There was a lot of commotion, but it will all be worth it when you see our hospital on TV.
When we have a finished commercial and airing schedule, we’ll share a preview with everyone. We’d like to thank those who were not only patient with the equipment, film crew, and actors, but those staff who graciously supported the production:
Entire Labor & Delivery Team who kindly shared their space, while delivering lots of healthy babies
Chef Mike Anderson
We’re excited to introduce our New Year’s baby girl, Yaneli, who was born at 12:16 a.m. on 1/1/15. Yaneli weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces. Congratulations to parents Ismael, Ana, and the entire family on the arrival of their precious baby.
December is a special time of year for our newborns and their parents. When our new moms and babies are discharged, each infant is sent home in a special holiday stocking and knit hat made by volunteers.
Judy Glover and the Tuesday Morning Quilters have been meeting for the past six years. Each year they make a beautiful quilt for their church auction. This year they offered to help us make the stockings pictured for our newborns. PVMC volunteers have been making these stockings for the past twelve years for the Women’s and Newborn Center (postpartum).
The addition of the holiday knitted hats is new this year. Volunteers make hats, booties and blankets for all the newborns at our hospital throughout the year.
Director of Volunteer Services
Note: Although the Nutritional Services staff were the overall winners, we thought you might enjoy the story behind one of the contestants in the hospital-wide Christmas decorating contest (The Women’s and Newborn Center).
Our story: It was the night before Thanksgiving when Angela (Blyth) and I (Veronica Buck) decided that we wanted to participate in the decorating contest, but we didn’t know what we wanted to do. After we left Thanksgiving morning, Angela went shopping and Veronica went to sleep. Before Angela went to sleep for the day, however, she sent me a text saying that maybe we should do a snow-momma and a snow-baby. I thought that was a good idea and asked what all she thought we would need so that maybe we could do some of it Thanksgiving night at work. She didn’t know what we could use, and since it was Thanksgiving night and we had limited supplies we thought of everything that we might need and gathered what we could. We decided to get together Saturday sometime to finish our creation. When we started putting everything together it didn’t turn out how we had expected it to at all. Angela came into work Sunday night to help carry it in and put some finishing touches on it. We both feel that it turned out super cute and couldn’t be happier.
On Friday September 27th, Girl Scout Troop 3201 from Littleton visited Platte Valley Medical Center to bring Isolette Covers for our Special Care Nursery Patients and their families. The blankets were made to complete a service project the girls finished. These proud girls were able to tour the Perinatal Unit.
Congratulations to the most recent Share-A-Compliment winners: Julie Eddy (Women’s Center) 4th quarter 2012 (third from left); Raul Garcia (Plant Services) 1st quarter, 2013 and the annual winner for 2012, Cynette Lovato (HIM).
We all like to hear good news, especially during the holidays. Well, today a little celebrity arrived at Platte Valley Medical Center. Bob and Melissa Torbet are the proud parents of a shining star; their first child, born at 12:00 p.m. on 12/12/12.
Jack Glenn Torbet weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was delivered naturally. Jack is all the more special because his parents have been trying to have a child for 15 years; in fact, they were told there was only a 1 in 750,000 chance that they would get pregnant.
Jack is named after his two great-grandfathers, Melissa’s grandfather, Jack, who was born on December 12 and Bob’s grandfather, Louis Glenn, who passed away on December 12.
Bob and Melissa are life-long residents of the area. Bob grew up in Brighton and Melissa in Fort Lupton.
Jack was delivered by Dr. Maureen Fleming of Alcott Women’s Center.
Tune in to the ICE every two weeks for Planetree Perspective shorts. Each edition will include one or two short stories of great Planetree service from around our hospital.
We tend to think of labor and delivery as a happy joyful place but nurses also care for patients who have lost an infant. When parents lose an infant, they are losing their dreams and hopes of the future. It is a devastating time. One of the labor and delivery nurses recognized a need for bereavement support and put together a program to provide bereaved parents with mementos of their lost child including making molds of the infant’s hands and feet, providing locks of hair, special pictures, and other ways to remember their child. This program will mean that families who have experienced the loss of an infant have physical reminders of their baby for always. It is a small comfort during a painful time.
In celebration of Certified Nurses’ Day, in the last issue of The ICE we acknowledged several PVMC nurses who have achieved certification in their areas of expertise. Now we get to recognize the efforts of our Women’s and Newborn Center team. When you encounter these wonderful nurses, please let them know how much you appreciate the hard work and dedication they demonstrate by achieving and maintaining their certifications:
Certification is a process by which a nongovernmental agency validates, based upon predetermined standards, an individual nurse’s qualifications for practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing. Nursing certification recognizes knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience in areas beyond the scope of RN licensure. Patients and families, employers, and nurses all benefit from certification.
This is an exceptional achievement and serves as a validation of our nurses’ commitment to career development and dedication to patient care.
Congratulations to Maria and Enrique on the birth of Brighton’s First New Year’s Baby! Their son, Joaquin Rodriguez Gomez, arrived on 1/1/12 at 2:51 a.m. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. The Lochbuie family went home with many gifts sponsored by PVMC and the Platte Valley Family Pharmacy.
For families who have lost a baby to miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death, we are pleased to announce a brand new support group at PVMC. HUGS (Helping Understand Grief with Support) is facilitated by Perinatal Nurse Misha Weller, RN, who lost her own child to SIDS 15 years ago. She started the group as a personal mission to help families find comfort and let them know they are not alone in their journey.
“A lot of people don’t have anyone to talk to who really understands what they’re going through,” Misha explains. ”It affects their quality of life. My goal is to offer a peer support group to help families.”
The group, for English and Spanish families, meets in the Meditation Center the first Wednesday of every month, from 7-8 p.m. For more information, please call Misha directly at (303) 498-3505.
PVMC’s Special Care Nursery (SCN) nurses were recently touted for their love of their patients and their families. The Brighton Standard Blade featured the unit in a full-page article on February 9, calling it “A Love Story…PVMC Special Care Nursery staff has a heart for babies and their families.”
To read the full article, visit: http://www.thebrightonblade.com/content/love-story-pvmc-special-care-nursery-staff-has-heart-babies-and-their-families.
If you see a leaf symbol posted on a patient’s door, it means they have suffered a pregnancy loss.
This leaf, with the teardrop, reflects both intense suffering of loss and hope for the future. Though fallen, the leaf maintains its vitality, symbolizing hope. It cradles the teardrop with its upturned edges creating a sense of comfort. As seasons change, so do feelings. Just as there is winter and spring, there is sadness and hope.
Please be conscious of this symbolism when providing care or services to our patients.