Associate Campaign Kicks Off!
How important is it for you and your family to have access to quality healthcare? Part of that is having well-trained, competent and caring healthcare professionals. Allen Hospital is lucky that we have Allen College right next door educating nurses and a variety of healthcare professionals such as radiography, nuclear medicine and lab science. When staff are educated at a local facility like Allen College, which employs excellent and experienced faculty, our hospital and community at large benefits from having those graduates available to fill open positions.
Allen College is bursting at the seams: a record 480+ students are enrolled and they need more room to grow. Allen Foundation is raising $5.5 million for a third building to add classroom, study and office space to the Allen College campus. We’ve already raised a little over $3 million, and we’re working hard to bring the other $2.5 million in. We need your help, though. When our community sees that Allen Associates believe and support our projects internally, they are more likely to contribute as well.
Allen Foundation staff and volunteers will be visiting your departments in the next several weeks to explain the project and ask for your support. Please consider supporting Allen College so we can continue to provide an excellent education for our future healthcare professionals. Look for more information weekly in the Friday Edition – if you have questions or would like to make a pledge today, contact Angie Fuller at email@example.com or ext. 3960. We appreciate your support!
P.S. Mark your calendar for October 20 – everyone who has turned in a pledge card will be invited to an ice cream sundae party in the cafeteria that day!
Lauryl Ivers Stockness
to our Spiritual Care Team
Lauryl comes to Allen with 15 years of parish experience as an ordained minister with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has recently completed her Chaplain Residency at St. Joseph’s Hospital, part of HealthEast Care System, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Lauryl is working toward board certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Chaplain Lauryl’s schedule will primarily be 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, except Wednesdays when she will work noon to 8:00 pm. Lauryl began her normal duties on Tuesday, September 7th.
To reach Lauryl’s pager, call 1373 from any hospital phone or 226-1326. Lauryl’s office is located in the Spiritual Care office suite on first floor by the B elevator. Lauryl’s extension is 3625.
Lauryl joins our other two staff chaplains Sedrick McIntosh and Butch Lewellin, along with approximately 60 Spiritual Care Volunteers, in providing for the spiritual needs of our patients.
Rotary Shoeboxes are due TODAY! If you forgot to bring yours in – that’s OK! Please bring them to the Logan Avenue info desk Monday morning. Thanks for helping with this worthy project!
New Mandatory Reporter Training Requirements
In response to new legislation enacted by the Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA), the training requirements for mandatory reporters of abuse have changed. The DIA now considers all hospital employees to be “caretakers” and, therefore, mandatory reporters of suspected abuse.
The DIA defines “Caretaker” as the following: [Iowa Administrative Code 481-52 (235E)]
Any person who is a staff member of a facility or program who provides care, protection, or services (either directly or indirectly) to a dependent adult.
Excluded from this requirement are volunteers, contracted builders, and contracted repair workers (e.g. those individuals who are in the facility for a very limited purpose).
The Net Learning module Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Dependent Adult Abuse has been updated to further describe the new regulations, abuse reporting process, and training requirements. Allen Hospital SOPs 1-D-50-1, 2-M-10-1, and 2-O-10-1 have been updated as well.
All associates must complete the new Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Dependent Adult Abuse module by 12/1/2010.
Please note: Completion of the new Net Learning module is required regardless of whether you have recently completed mandatory reporter training here or elsewhere.
This training is mandated by the DIA and we must reach 100% compliance by the end of 2010.
Please contact Professional Development with any questions.
Allen College Radiography Program Reaccredited
Allen College’s Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) program was recently awarded the ‘Maintenance of Accreditation’ for the maximum eight-year accreditation period by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the nation's premier radiography governing body. The next accreditation site visit will be in 2014.
Dr. Peggy Fortsch, dean of Allen College’s School of Health Sciences, stated "We are very pleased with the outcome of this accreditation process. The ‘Maintenance of Accreditation’ status of our radiography program assures students that our program meets JRCERT’s rigorous standards and documents the high quality of our program.” According to Allen Chancellor Dr. Jerry Durham, “The ASR faculty exemplify the work of all of our faculty to provide outstanding academic programs in nursing and health sciences. I applaud them for their continuing efforts to maintain high standards that benefit both our students and health care consumers in the Cedar Valley and beyond.”
The ASR program, which enrolls about 30 students each year, transferred from Allen Memorial Hospital to Allen College in 1996. Under the sponsorship of Allen College, 100% of ASR graduates have passed the national certification examination on first attempt. In addition to the ASR program, Allen’s School of Health Sciences also offers programs in nuclear medicine technology, diagnostic medical sonography, and medical laboratory science.
Jean Trainor Inducted into Hall of Fame
Allen Hospital board treasurer Jean Trainor was inducted into the Cedar Valley Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame on September 9. Jean is president and CEO of Veridian Credit Union, Iowa’s largest credit union and one of the largest credit unions in the nation. Jean was nominated for her exceptional ability to mentor and develop people and her tireless work to include persons with disabilities into the mainstream of life. You can read more about Jean’s induction in the Courier on Sunday, September 12.
Just a Friendly Reminder
Make sure that if your printers are low in ink or your fax machine is low in ink – to change the toner. Forms printed from the intranet or forms faxed to the floors that become a part of the legal medical record need to be legible.
Thank you all for insuring that the medical record forms are of good quality and are legible.
Last Chance to Win Great Prizes!!!!!!!
Check out the exciting raffle items for the annual Allen Hospital Golf Raffle to benefit the Allen College Building project. There are over $6,000 worth of prizes which includes a beautiful diamond necklace from Roth Jewelry and a flat-screen TV. To purchase tickets, stop by the Allen Foundation office or the Allen College Administration office. Watch for additional sales at the Allen Cafe. Click here to see a listing of all the prizes.
Thank you for your support!
Breast Conference - Park Place Event Centre
Monday, October 4, 2010
3:30 - 5:30 pm Mini Health Fair
5:30 - 6:00 pm Buffet Meal
6:00 - 9:15 Conference
Registration can be completed online after September 6 at www.allencollege.edu until September 24.
To help raise funds for the 2011 Heart Walk (which benefits the American Heart Association), we will be hosting a SALSA CHALLENGE on Tuesday, September 14 in the Allen Cafeteria from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.
$5.00 to enter your salsa
$2.00 to sample all salsa
$1.00 to buy your favorite recipe
Deadline to enter salsa in the challenge is September 10. Contact Heidi DuCharme at 235-3944.
A Note from Paulette Herold
"The fruit cobbler and toppings were delicious and so appreciated. Thank you! Just another way Allen deserves the honor of Number One Employer!"
Upcoming Auxiliary Events!
Books Are Fun Book Fair
Monday, September 27 from 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, September 28 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Pink Ribbon Event
Friday, October 1
New Pink Ribbon items available including "Fight Like a Girl" Line
Thursday, October 28
Friday, October 29
South Bend Chocolate Company Sale
Monday, November 29
Tuesday, November 30
All events will be held in Meeting Room #5.
Reminder: P12 ( the Valet Lot) is reserved specifically for patients and visitors. Allen associates are not to park there. Please follow the rules as valets need that space. You are subject to a fine if you do park there.
Maples Clean Up
Read flyer on event date and items you can or cannot bring.
Click here to find out about the Cedar Falls Energy & Environmental Fair and free hazardous materials drops off. Accepted items list.
Click here to find out about the City of Waterloo Fall Citywide Clean-up Buck Day.
Purchase or Rain Barrel or Compost Bin at disounted prices. Read more.
Learn how to compost at a seminar on September 30. Read more.
Fall Leadership Conference - October 26, 2010
An opportunity for high school students to gain fundamental leadership skills. It also serves as opportunity for students to learn how to get involved in the community. Read more.
St. Paul's YUMMMY Beef n' Noodle Dinner - September 18 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm
All you can eat homemade Beef n' Noodles, Coleslaw, Boiled Potatoes and Dessert. Adults - $7.00, Children under 3 - $3.00. Join us for food and fellowship at 207. W. Louise Street, Waterloo, IA.
St. Paul's is still looking for donations of coats, hats, mittens for our Cedar Valley children that are in need. Please call 232-4790 to schedule a drop off.