Welcome to HSHS Happenings – a photographic gallery of activities and events happening in our 13 Local Systems and HSHS Medical Group in communities throughout Illinois and Wisconsin.
Showcase for Sharing
On August 18, HSHS hosted its third annual Showcase for Sharing at the Dove Conference in Springfield. Colleagues from HSHS and all 13 Local Systems presented Best Practices. Frank Mikell, MD, HSHS Chief Physician Executive addressed Care Integration and Clinical Integration.
Colleagues from St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield presented "Increasing Transparency Through Communication."
"COPD Outcomes - From Good to Great to Exceptional" was presented by colleagues from St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.
Rob Carek, HSHS Director, Project Management Office; Michelle Smith, HSHS Director, Quality Improvement; and Robert Vautrain, MD, HSHS Chief Quality Officer prepared for their presentation entitled "Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety."
Colleagues from St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan presented "A Journey through Perioperative Services Redesign."
"Creating a Franciscan Healing Environment" was presented by colleagues from St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay.
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham Dedicates New Center for Advanced Imaging
St. Anthony’s held a ribbon-cutting on August 5 to ceremonially open the new Center for Advanced Imaging. Those participating in the event were (front row, left to right) Sister Jolinda Snyder, OSF; Sister Josepha Schaeffer, OSF; Dan Woods, St. Anthony’s President and CEO; Robin Brown, St. Anthony’s Diagnostic Imaging manager; Jim Hecht, Friends of St. Anthony’s Vice-Chairperson; Brian Swingler, L.J. Swingler & Sons, Inc.; Reverend Monsignor Leo Enlow, St. Anthony Church; (Back row, left to right) Ruben Boyajian, M.D., Medical Director of St. Anthony’s Women’s Wellness and Cancer Care Services; John Kingery, St. Anthony’s Board of Directors Member; Esat Memisoglu, M.D., Radiologist, Lakeland Radiologists, Ltd.; Arvind Patel, M.D., Radiologist, Lakeland Radiologists, Ltd.; and Jayasiri Fernando, M.D., Radiologist, Lakeland Radiologists, Ltd.
Sue Schmidt (second from right), CT Section Specialist described the advances in cancer and other disease detection that St. Anthony’s new 64-slice CT scanner offers to patients of this region during a tour at the hospital’s Center for Advanced Imaging Open House.
St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham Celebrates the Feast Day of St. Clare
Illinois State Senator Dale Righter visited with Robin Brown (left), St. Anthony’s Diagnostic Imaging manager and JoBeth Geier (center), Executive Director of the Friends of St. Anthony’s during the Center for Advanced Imaging Open House.
St. Anthony’s celebrated the Feast Day of St. Clare on August 11 with a St. Clare Fair Bake Sale and Contest sponsored by the hospital’s Spirit Committee. Proceeds from the auction and bake sale benefited the local Catholic Charities' school supplies drive. Donna Westjohn, Quality Support won the “Best of Show” Grand Prize Baker award for having entries place first or second in three out of five categories.
Holy Cross Sister Dorothy Niemann, director of Pastoral Care at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese and a councilor on the Congregation’s American Province leadership team, presented a wooden butterfly symbolizing transformation to a colleague during the annual summer missioning service in Merrill, Wisconsin. St. Joseph's was sponsored by the Holy Cross Sisters until 1986 when sponsorship was transferred to the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.
Sister Loretta Schreiber (seated), a Holy Cross Sister who serves in Health Information Services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, accepted this year’s missioning symbol, a wooden butterfly, from Sister Celine Goessel, Provincial, during the Congregation’s annual missioning service. During the service, each Sister or colleague is sent forth to continue the ministry of carrying on the Congregation’s mission.
St. Nicholas Hospital Provides Free Screenings
St. Mary's Hospital in Streator Participates in Ottawa Riverfest
St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan provided 39 free blood sugar screenings and 450 blood pressure screenings at the Sheboygan County Fair during Labor Day weekend. Eight bike helmets were also fitted and sold.
St. Mary’s Hospital participated in the Ottawa Riverfest Parade on August 1. Colleagues and their families enjoyed the fellowship as a team to support the hospital and our mission.
Ottawa Lab Earns Accreditation
St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls Supports Relay for Life
St. Mary’s Health Care – Ottawa Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection. The lab celebrated this national recognition and was congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. St. Mary’s Health Care – Ottawa laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.
Colleagues from St. Joseph’s Hospital participated in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Chippewa County held at the end of July in Chippewa Falls. This year’s team consisted of about 20 walkers who raised $3,694.53.
World Breastfeeding Week
KidneyMobile Visits St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese
A local couple left St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese with more than their newborn daughter -they also went home with a gift basket commemorating World Breastfeeding Week in August and information on the importance of breastfeeding. Making the presentation was certified lactation consultant Shirley Spaeth, a Women and Infants Center RN.
A total of 127 area residents took advantage of the free screenings offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois’ KidneyMobile during its August visit to the St. Joseph's HealthPlex. Staff from the NKFI and Renal Advantage (RAI) in Breese along with colleagues and volunteers from St. Joseph’s in Breese were involved with the visit
Meeting with Mark
Mission Integration Meeting in HSHS Division (Southern Illinois)
A number of St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese colleagues participated in the August "Meeting with Mark" in the Cafeteria. During the hour-long session, Mark Klosterman, President and CEO, St. Joseph's discussed federal and state legislation and policies; strategic goals; core measures and how quality care is measured; financial and statistical data; the recent Colleague Engagement Survey; and future plans.
Sister Monica Laws, OSF, HSHS Vice President, Mission Integration (center) met recently with Mission Integration teams from HSHS Division (Southern Illinois). St. Joseph's Hopsital's in Breese Mission Integration team members include (from left) hospital President and CEO Mark Klosterman, Sue Darr, UR, Paulette Evans, Patient Care, Jan Robert, QM, Kathryn Mines, People Services and Jene Bieri, Professional Services. The meeting, hosted by St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese, focused on how colleagues reflect our mission.
St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese Offers Audiology Services
St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur Receives Gold Seal of Approval
In September, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese began offering audiology services on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Specialty Clinic. Amanda Raynor (left), MS, CCC-A, will provide the service. She will also see patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland. Helping coordinate the program is speech therapist Susan Bickline who also sees patients at the Breese and Highland hospitals.
St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur recently received the Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality. The Joint Commission awarded St. Mary’s Disease Specific Care Certification for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). St. Mary’s became one of only five organizations in the nation to hold this honor and is the first in the nation to develop a program that combines inpatient and outpatient measures and outcomes.
St. Mary's Hospital Participates in the 25th Annual Decatur Celebration
Dr. Steven Arnold Receives Award
More than 100 colleagus from St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur marched in the annual Decatur Celebration parade and many more lined the streets to cheer them on. This year marked the 25th anniversary of the event and St. Mary’s proudly supported the community.
St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur presented Dr. Steven Arnold, Pulmonologist and Medical Director of St. Mary’s Intensive Care Unit, with the Living Our Values Award. The award recognizes and honors local physicians who exemplify the mission and values of St. Mary’s Hospital.
Summer Sizzlin' BBQ and Colleague Cook Off at the Chiara Center
HSHS colleagues enjoyed a bountiful buffet of potluck dishes at the 1st Annual Summer Sizzlin' BBQ and Colleague Cook Off hosted at the Chiara Center in August.
Members of the HSHS System Management Team manned the grills at the Summer Sizzlin' BBQ and Colleague Cook Off.
As part of the Summer Sizzlin' BBQ, culinary-inclined colleagues were encouraged to submit dishes for a Cook Off. The tasty treats were judged by a discerning panel of Sisters.
Colleagues enjoyed food, fun and fellowship on the Chiara Center patio.
HSHS colleague Teresa Higgins proudly displayed her gold medal for her award winning dish.
Larry Schumacher, HSHS Interim President and CEO, shared a moment of fellowship with HSHS colleagues during the Summer Sizzlin' BBQ.
St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay Honors Colleagues with Living Our Mission Awards
Robert Davison, MD, Radiology smiled as Tom Bayer, Chief Operating Officer, presented him with the Living Our Mission Award.
Colleagues from Critical Care Services joined Kathy Castelaz in celebrating her Living Our Mission Award.
Tom Bayer, Chief Operating Officer, presented Patient Accounts colleague Greg Erickson with his Living Our Mission Award.
Living Our Mission Award Winner Rosie Hoenig was joined by fellow volunteers.
Fellow Emergency Center colleagues celebrated with Living Our Mission Award Winner Lynne Schilke.
Colleagues from the Intensive Care Unit showed their pride in Renee Thompson’s Living Our Mission Award.
Strutting for a Cure in Green Bay
Marilee Petasek, Palliative Care, St. Vincent Hospital was one of several St. Vincent, St. Mary’s, and Prevea Health colleagues in Green Bay who showed off the latest fall fashions in the Strut for a Cure event.
Annette Besaw, Radiology and Central File, St. Vincent Hospital, walks the Strut for a Cure catwalk. Proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society. Eleven Pediatric Oncology patients also modeled.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark
Ice Cream Social at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville
Colleagues and volunteers from HSHS Division (Southern Illinois) recently enjoyed HSHS Night at the Ballpark. Several HSHS colleagues visited the field prior to the game, including Bob Miller COO, Margaret Luna, Chief People Officer, Ruth Ann Goff, Radiology, and Jacob Risk, Clinical Nutrition Manager. Despite a two hour rain delay, the crowd got to see an exciting extra innings Cardinals’ win that went well past midnight.
In recognition of St. Elizabeth's 85% participation in the recent Colleague Engagement Survey, St. Elizabeth's colleagues and volunteers were treated to a special Ice Cream Social in August. Thanks to our colleagues who volunteered to scoop and serve, and thanks to all the colleagues for their participation in the survey.
Poor Ladies...Rich Gift Launch at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville
The book, "Poor Ladies...Rich Gift" was written by Tom Vernier, Administrative Consultant and long-time St. Elizabeth's Hospital colleague. It is filled with stories from the beginning of the medical services offered by the Sisters in Belleville and covers 136 years of compassionate care in fulfilling our mission.
Tom Vernier presented the first copy of the book to Sister Jomary Trstensky, OSF, Provincial Superior at the book launch and reception in August.
St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville Receives Award
Mission Integration Meeting at St. Joseph's in Highland
St. Elizabeth's Hospital Mentors were named recipients of the Bill Porzukowiak Character Award from Belleville School District 118 at a special celebration on August 17. The Mentor Program, which began in 2008 as a coordinated effort between St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville and Henry Raab School, pairs hospital employees with at-risk children at the school. The mentors eat lunch with the students, tutor them in schoolwork, and become supportive, positive role models for them.
Members of the St. Joseph's Hospital in Highland Mission Integration team met recently with Sister Monica Laws, OSF, HSHS Vice President, Mission Integration (front row left) to review how colleagues reflect and live our mission. Team members include (front row, center) Peggy Sebastian, President and CEO, St. Joseph's, Sister Marilyn McCormick, Pastoral Care, (back row, from left) Randy Schorfheide-Community Relations, Kathryn Mines-People Services, Maxine Johnson-Patient Care, Dennis Hutchison-Business Development and CFO Jim Johnson. Mission Integration teams from St. Joseph's Hospital in Breese and St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville also participated.
Benefit Fair for Colleagues in Green Bay
Fernando Chavarria Goes Beyond Call of Duty
St. Vincent Hospital colleagues signed up for door prizes, while learning about financial options at the hospital’s benefits fair.
Fernando Chavarria dropped window washing duties to rush blankets and a wheelchair to a woman having a baby in the parking lot of St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay. When he got to the car, baby Conrad had already arrived. Mother Angela was grateful to our Environmental Services colleague for going above and beyond his call of duty that day.
Fresh Produce Benefits Montgomery County WIC Families
St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, Hillsboro Area Hospital, Montgomery County Health Department, and the Montgomery County Extension Office recently sponsored a program to help more than 300 families in Montgomery County receive locally grown produce, at no cost from July 14 through August 4.
The Montgomery County Health Department provided attractive reusable bags for the produce as well as the manpower to unload and distribute the produce. The Care Volunteers from Hillsboro Area Hospital and the Junior Volunteers from the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary also assisted with packing and distribution during the program.
Missioning for Brenda Jeffers
Orthopedic Center of Illinois Hosts Reception
On August 20, a Liturgy celebrating the Installation and Missioning of Brenda Recchia Jeffers, PhD, RN, new Chancellor, St. John's College - Department of Nursing was held at the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Springfield. Bob Ritz, President and CEO, St. John's Hospital, Aggie Hayner, Chairwoman, St. John's College Board, Brenda Jeffers and Larry Schumacher, HSHS Interim President and CEO shared a moment of fellowship before the Liturgy celebration.
Colleagues from the HSHS Medical Group and St. John’s Hospital attended a reception hosted by the Orthopedic Center of Illinois in August to further build the relationship with a leading Springfield orthopedic group. Pictured from left to right are Kara Hitchings, Practice Manger for Priority Care; John Watson, MD of OCI; Craig Miller, Division Operations Director, Springfield Referral Division; and Dr. Rick Rolston, President and Chief Executive Officer of the HSHS Medical Group.
Fill the Magic School Bus
Back to School Store
Colleagues from St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan collected more than 500 school supplies for the “Fill the Magic School Bus” school supply drive. Supplies were dispersed among Sheboygan County schools for those children in need.
Colleagues from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay filled donation boxes to stock the Back to School Store. Students spent the day shopping for items they both needed and liked for school.
St. Joseph's in Chippewa Falls Completes Emergency Department Renovation and Expansion
On August 24, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls offered “sneak peeks” of the portion of its $6.7 million Emergency Department renovation and expansion project that opened to patients the following day.
In one of the new treatment rooms, St. Joseph’s President and CEO Joan Coffman, center, shared fellowship with, from left to right, Dave and Mary Olson and Betty and Keith Coleman.
St. Joseph's in Chippewa Falls Celebrates 125th Anniversary at Picnic
At the recent colleague/family picnic at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, people gathered on the front lawn of the hospital in formation of the numbers 1-2-5 for a special photo commemorating the hospital’s 125th anniversary.
Joyce Gajewsky, People Services Specialist at St. Joseph’s Hospital, gave free baseballs and footballs to Keegan and Adeline Peterson, the son and daughter of Hope Peterson, a nursing assistant at the hospital.
Western Wisconsin Colleagues Participate in Pilgrimage
A 50-member group of colleagues and friends of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls and Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire recently returned from a four-day pilgrimage to Springfield, Illinois. The group enjoyed a dinner hosted by the Sisters and enjoyed tours of the Motherhouse grounds and historical sites.
Rita Oberweis, Social Services Director at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, visited with Sister Charitas Prince, a Chippewa Valley native who has ties to St. Joseph’s and Sacred Heart hospitals.
Celebrating the Feast Day of St. Clare in Green Bay
At St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, “St. Clare” paused for a photo with the statue of St. Francis.
On August 11, “St. Clare” handed out treats to colleagues at St. Vincent Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay. At St. Vincent Hospital, "St. Clare" visited with Sally Luehring, Executive Director, Regional Cancer Center, and Gary Rogaczewski, Director, Imaging Services.
Stephen Carlson Named President of St. Joseph's Hospital's Medical Staff
Charlotte Sloan Receives Certification
Stephen Carlson, MD was named President of St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Medical Staff for a one-year term that began July 1 and ends June 30, 2011. Dr. Carlson is a family practice physician at Marshfield Clinic Chippewa Center and joined the Chippewa Falls hospital’s medical staff in 2000.
Charlotte Sloan of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls recently received certification as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse by the National Board for Certification in Hospice and Palliative Care. The certification validates her qualifications and knowledge in the specialized area of hospice and palliative care.
Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s Partner on Broadband Grant
Sacred Heart Hosts Summit to Discuss the Future of Health Care & Technology
On August 18, Dave Fish, HSHS Senior Advisor, Advocacy (second from left) was included in the list of speakers at a press conference to announce the $32 million federal broadband “Stimulus” grant for improvements in five Wisconsin communities including the Chippewa Valley. From left to right: Ed Kassing, Fire Chief, Eau Claire Fire and Rescue; Dave Fish; Rep. Kristen Dexter (68th Assembly District); Jerry Bishop, Chief Information Officer, Chippewa Valley Technical College; Rep. Jeff Smith (93rd Assembly District); John LeBrun, Information Services Manager, City of Eau Claire; Daren Bauer, Network Engineer - Technical Services, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire; David Mortimer, grant team member, HSHS Division (Western Wisconsin).
On August 24, representatives from HSHS, Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals in Western Wisconsin, as well as leading technology companies from around the world met for a day-long information session at Sacred Heart Hospital. Among those in attendance were Bill Montgomery, HSHS Chief Information Officer; MEDITECH President Howard Messing; and Siemens Medical Solutions USA Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Donald W. Rucker, MD. Forums and presentations addressed the future of technology and its role within health care reform, electronic medical records “meaningful use,” and innovative clinical technologies. In addition, special tours were offered of Sacred Heart’s iMRI and iCT Smart Operating Suites, as well as the hospital’s newly completed $40 million Center for Imaging.
Sacred Heart Hosts Annual Family Picnic Featuring Local Foods
Siblings Log Over 10,000 Hours with Sacred Heart’s Volunteer Partners
On August 5, Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire held its annual Family Picnic, which was attended by colleagues, retirees, physicians, volunteers and their families. As a regional health care organization, Sacred Heart Hospital supports family farms and locally-produced agricultural products. In fact, much of the food provided at the Family Picnic was produced in the Chippewa Valley which helps to preserve our environment, support our local economy, and encourage sustainable agriculture.
Each and every one of Sacred Heart’s more than 300 active volunteers is an integral member of the hospital’s health care team and mission. In support of that mission, Volunteer Services looks at the generous contributions of two sisters, Alice Sundin (right) and Bernice Jensen, who together have logged over 10,000 hours of service to our hospital, patients, visitors and colleagues. At 92 years young, Alice began volunteering in 1991 and has since provided over 7,750 hours of clerical support for multiple departments throughout the hospital. Then, in a move to be closer to family, Bernice, now 94 years young, came to Eau Claire and began volunteering in 2002 where she has since logged more than 2,700 hours. It is with this same level of dedication that Sacred Heart Hospital’s volunteers contribute more than 44,000 service hours each year in support of the mission of the Hospital Sisters.
Packers Coach Hosts Benefit Bowl-A-Thon
Scholarships Awarded at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay
Packers running backs coach Edgar Bennett (far left), hosted a bowl-a-thon this summer, and was joined by family and friends of St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. Proceeds benefited the Angel Fund, which helps children with cancer and bone marrow failure.
For the 30th year, St. Vincent Hospital awarded scholarships to colleagues in pursuit of health care degrees totaling $8,000 in 2010. Sharing fellowwhip at the luncheon were, from left, Bonnie LoCascio, donor; Lynne Schilke, St. Vincent Emergency Center/Scholarship Recipient; Sister Jonette Devlin, and Marilyn Barnett, donor.
St. John's Welcomes Father Gerald Zienaa, OFM
St. John's Hospital in Springfield Offers Screenings at the Illinois State Fair
St. John’s Hospital in Springfield welcomed Father Gerald Zienaa, OFM to the Spiritual Care department. Father Gerald will be a Sacramental Chaplain and serve the needs of patients, families, visitors and staff.
More than 100 St. John’s Hospital colleagues provided health screenings at the Illinois State Fair. Screenings offered included: body fat, blood pressure, stroke assessment, bone density, heart risk and cholesterol. More than 2,600 blood pressures were given and 1,274 cholesterol screenings with interpretations were done.
Grand Opening St. John's Health Center on North Dirksen
HSHS Medical Group President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Rick Rolston welcomed our Hospital Sisters to the grand opening of the newest Priority Care location, inside St. John’s Health Center on North Dirksen in Springfield.
The new site will primarily be served by three providers new to the HSHS Medical Group, including Dennis Adams, MD; Gerard Bitar, MD; and Colleen Kelly, PA. Dr. Bitar did the honors and cut the ribbon at the new practice flanked on the left by Rick Rolston, MD, President and CEO, HSHS Medical Group and Springfield Alderman Frank Lesko and on the right by Dr. Adams and Colleen Kelly.
Angie Dunfee HallCommunications Managerahall@hshs.org 217-492-9168