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  • HSHS Happenings 

    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.

  • 2009 Happenings
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  • HSHS and St. Anthony’s in Effingham Colleagues “Hold the Holidays” to Stay Healthy



    Sister Helen Marie Plummer (L) and Dr. Colleen Bingham (second from left), members of St. Anthony’s Board of Directors, joined Sister Monica Laws, VP Mission Integration, and HSHS President and CEO Stephanie McCutcheon as a team to “Hold the Holidays” at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital. “Hold the Holidays” is a Healthy Home campaign to encourage St. Anthony’s colleagues to stay healthy during the holidays. A three-to-five person team weighed in before Thanksgiving with one total weight recorded. During the holidays, People Services will be providing resources and information to make the “Hold the Holidays” experience as healthy as possible including tasty, low fat holiday recipes. After New Year’s, the team will weigh in again with the goal of maintaining its weight within two pounds per person. Each team member wins two hours of PTO for participating.

    Sister Helen Marie Plummer (L) and Rick Chambers (second from left), members of St. Anthony’s Board of Directors, joined Dan Woods, St. Anthony’s President and CEO, and HSHS President and CEO Stephanie McCutcheon to form a team for “Hold the Holidays.” The Board members and HSHS leadership jumped on the scales during their visit to St. Anthony’s on November 24 to show their support for hospital colleagues to “Hold the Holidays.”

    “Settings for St. Anthony’s” to Benefit Mother/Baby Home Care Program



    Dr. Jeffrey Brummer, a Family Medicine physician at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham and his wife Stacey perused one of the table settings that graced Wright’s Furniture in Dieterich, Illinois at “Settings for St. Anthony’s” on November 19. Stacey served on the committee of hospital colleagues and physician spouses that organized the “Settings for St. Anthony’s” event. More than 600 people attended this elegant fundraiser, which showcased dinner tables decorated with seasonal themes, china patterns and various displays. Local individuals, organizations and businesses sponsored and designed more than 50 tabletops.

    Julie Harmala (L), HSHS VP Philanthropy, and Therese Bellweg (R), HSHS Administrative Secretary Philanthropy, enjoyed one of the table settings with Tom Wright, Friends of St. Anthony’s Board Chairperson and President of Wright’s Furniture. This is the sixth year that the Friends of St. Anthony’s has co-sponsored the “Settings for St. Anthony’s” with Wright’s Furniture. The Friends of St. Anthony’s raised more than $16,500 through this event to benefit St. Anthony’s Mother/Baby Home Care Program. The program is a complimentary extension of a mother’s hospital stay to help ease any concerns she may have once she has left the hospital.

    HSHS Donates to Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Basket Program



    HSHS System Services Center, Shared Services and Information Services Center colleagues collected more than $1,000 and a multitude of grocery items to create 11 baskets to donate to the Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Basket program. Genny Hood, HSHS Receptionist (L), Shannen Mayfield, HSHS Medical Group Accounting Manager and Chair of the Social & Activities Committee (R), and Rose Moore, HSHS Administrative Assistant (not pictured), were instrumental in organizing the food drive.

    Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield served as the collection point for Catholic Charities Thanksgiving Basket program. More than 300 families received baskets brimming with food items and household supplies.

    St. Mary’s in Green Bay Installs New Bronze Statue of St. Mary



    Sculptors David Wanner (L) and his son Jordan Wanner of Wanner Sculpture Studio in Milwaukee designed and cast the new bronze statue of St. Mary for St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay.

    The St. Mary statue was hoisted into position at the new entrance to St. Mary’s. Carved Stone Creations of Kaukauna created the large marble base that supports the statue.



    The new statue of St. Mary is the focal point of the gardens and water feature in the drive-up area to the new main entrance of St. Mary’s.

    The statue of St. Mary that was at the former entrance to the hospital was moved to the rooftop where she overlooks the living roof garden.

    In Celebration of the Life and Memory of HSHS Colleague Ken Butler



    On November 19, HSHS held a memorial service for colleague Ken Butler who passed away in 2008. A maple tree was planted near the System Services Center in memory of Ken whom we loved dearly in life. From left to right, Jennifer Reevis, HSHS Director Human Resources, Peter Mannix, HSHS VP Strategy Development and Implementation, HSHS President and CEO Stephanie McCutcheon, Barb Butler and Imogene Sanders looked on as Sister Monica Laws, OSF, HSHS VP Mission Integration, placed the memorial plaque.

    The memorial celebration for HSHS colleague Ken Butler was held in the System Services Center main hallway.

    Girls Day Out with St. Joseph’s in Breese

    Celebratory Clergy Dinner at St. Joseph’s in Breese



    Director of Physical Therapy, Lynn Rinella, PT, and Director of the Women & Infants Center, Helen Essenpreis, RN, promoted the women’s health services of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese with booths, literature, giveaways and raffles at recent events including a regional bridal fair in Mt. Vernon and a local “Girls Day Out.”

    The theme of this year’s Pastoral Care Week observance at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese was “Supportive Presence: Where there is life, there is hope.” In recognition of the “supportive presence” of local religious leaders, the hospital hosted a Celebratory Clergy Dinner.

    System Health Information Managers Functional Conference



    On November 4 & 5, System Health Information Managers convened at the Chiara Center in Springfield for a Functional Conference. Back row: Kahla Boe (SMS), Gina Ott (SJCF), Cathy Moroney (SMD), Linda Tamburini (SMD), Delores Richter (SJB), Jodi Kaftan (SMGB), Kim Withouse (SEB), Heather Shankland (SJS), Teri Phillips (SAE), and Eddea Kamp (SJH). Front row: Lynn Gullicksrud (SHE), Debbie Buckman (SVGB), Dale Catron (HSHS ISC), Donna Adams (SFL), Kerry Taylor (SVGB), and Denise Reitmeyer (SNS).

    Tim Luetke-Wenning, Administrative Resident from Germany, Sister Monica Laws, OSF, HSHS VP Mission Integration, Greta Dietrich, HSHS Functional Analyst, and Lucy Acheson, HSHS Staff Development Coordinator participated in the Functional Conference at the Chiara Center in Springfield.

    St. Joseph’s in Breese Provides Gifts for Newborns

    St. Joseph’s in Chippewa Falls Receives Award



    Members of the Auxiliary at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese recently presented bright red holiday stockings and tiny knitted caps in pastel colors to the Women and Infants Center staff. The hats will be included in gift baskets for new mothers. Newborns will go home in the Christmas stockings throughout the holidays.

    St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls was named a 2009 Summit Award Winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc. The award recognizes top-performing facilities for customer satisfaction and is regarded as the health care satisfaction industry’s most coveted symbol of achievement. St. Joseph’s is one of two hospitals in Wisconsin to receive this prestigious honor in the Inpatient Service category and one of just 32 hospitals nationwide to win in this category. St. Joseph’s colleagues seated from left to right are: Joan Coffman, C.O.O.; Jennifer Luther, inpatient RN; Debbie Lauer, Home Health/Hospice Director; LeeAnn Estes, inpatient unit secretary; Mallory Zimmer, inpatient RN; Nancy Prissel, lab histotechnician; and, standing from left to right, Dr. Rodney Ganey, Press Ganey founder; Steve Ronstrom, HSHS Divisional President and CEO (Western Wisconsin); Dave Fish, President and C.E.O. of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Rick Siegrist, President and CEO of Press Ganey; Sheila Kvapil, inpatient LPN at St. Joseph’s Hospital; and Dr. Irwin Press, Press Ganey founder.

    H1N1 Vaccination Clinic at St. Mary’s in Decatur

    World COPD Day at St. Mary’s in Decatur



    Staff and volunteers of St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, in partnership with the Macon County Health Department, held an H1N1 Vaccination Clinic at the hospital in November.

    St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur and several community partners celebrated World COPD Day 2009 by holding a “Language of Lungs” health fair and raising awareness about the disease. It was the first event of its kind in Decatur.

    Pillow Talk at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay



    First graders in Green Bay’s Aldo Leopold Elementary School teamed up with 4th and 5th grade buddies, their parents and teachers to choose bright print fabric, cut it out and stitch it into 50 pillowcases. During Thanksgiving Week, the students walked over to St. Vincent Hospital to donate their handiwork, some of it with personal “get well” wishes attached, to their peers in the hospital’s Regional Pediatric Center. Child Life Specialist Ashley Zimmerman told the children that their colorful gifts help cheer up sick children who love the added color in their rooms. “It was actually kind of special,” said Aaron Latour, 9, a 4th grader. Aaron (L) and 1st grader William Moren, 6, proudly displayed a sample of their work.

    Green Bay Aldo Leopold Elementary School 1st, 4th and 5th grade buddies displayed their pillowcase project.

    Isn't She Lovely?


    St. Vincent Hospital’s exterior curtain wall replacement project – our gleaming new window walls – won an award for “going green” in the 2009 Mayor’s Committee for a Cleaner & More Beautiful Green Bay held November 5. This highly efficient HVAC design will result in projected energy savings of $75,000 annually, with approximately $50,000 realized in Focus on Energy rebates.



    Angie Dunfee Hall
    Communications Manager