Community Outreach is a department directed by a very energetic individual by the name of Peggy Jarrett who has served the hospital and community for 17 years. The department is located next to HR on the 3rd floor and has a great view, much nicer by far than years ago when Community Outreach, Marketing and the Volunteer Departments were located in the basement of the old (more like ancient) Shidler building just across from the old hospital.
Her department name defines quite concisely her role as an advocate and representative of the hospital in the community. Over the years her contact with leadership and involvement with a number of organizations in Platte Valley’s service area has grown significantly and includes Brighton, Ft. Lupton, Keenburg, Hudson, Roggen and Lochbuie. At present she serves on a number of community boards and commissions including Eagle View Adult Center, Almost Home Executive Board, Adams County Health Alliance, the Senior Hub and the Brighton Service Agency Coalition.
In addition to her involvement in the community, Peggy has quite a number of responsibilities here at the hospital. She coordinates the Employee Wellness program along with Karen Southard, is the wellness coach for the employee disease management program for the hospital and for the city of Brighton. She organizes and staffs flu clinics for the greater Brighton and PVMC service area, reports on community benefits, teaches diabetic prevention, provides back up and assistance with Health Stream scores, organizes and facilitates seminars at the Eagle View Adult Center, as well as organizing and setting up hospital booths along with Kathy Mills and the Marketing Department at various fair and community events. In addition she is a member of and reviews potential grant applications for the hospital grant committee (CHIP), is a member of the Employee Assistance Fund Committee (EAF) and also has a major role as director and coordinator of the annual 9Health Fair held at the hospital. (On “the side” she squeezes in time to raise money from hospital departments in support of Almost Home’s annual Thanksgiving food basket program).
Kathy works part time for Peggy and part time in HIM. Her work for Peggy involves setting up appointments for the proHealth program, helping with the 9Health Fair and donation tracking for the Community Benefits program. She also serves as a member of the H.E.A. T. committee, assists with the flu shot program, helps with setting up booths at community events and represents the Community Outreach Department at the Brighton Non-Profit Council.
Lidia Puga is the official hospital interpreter and translator for Spanish speaking patients. As needed she translates documents from English into Spanish for staff and patients and also teaches discharge classes for Spanish speaking postpartum patients and is also a presenter on cultural diversity at new employee orientation. In addition she oversees hospital telephonic and video interpreting programs.
According to Peggy the “good news” from her department is hearing the wonderful success stories involving the hospital’s wellness program. She says, “a culture of wellness is taking hold at PVMC,” and that’s exciting.
As for Peggy and her staff, there is no “typical day” in their department. Every day is a new adventure. One thing’s for sure though … any time you need them, their doors are always open. They are ready to help you any way they can and they’ll always greet you with a S-M-I-L-E !!! J