Christopher Hill, D.O. has been appointed Medical Director of Allen Hospital’s Emergency Department. Dr. Hill is well trained for this position, having received his medical education at Des Moines University of Osteopathic Medicine. He then served as Chief Resident of Emergency Medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, New York. This is a Level II Trauma Center with over 100,000 annual visits. Dr. Hill is frequently complimented by patients for his compassionate care, and I just received another letter praising Dr. Hill for the care provided to her husband.
Parag Sampat, M.D., an Allen Hospital Hospitalist, has been appointed Chief Medical Information Officer. This position will be key as Allen moves towards implementation of the new Epic Information system, which is slated for implementation by December 2012. Dr. Sampat will serve as a liaison with
Allen staff physicians as we move to physician order entry. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and he has a keen interest in improving quality of care through better information systems and communication among providers. During his residency, he focused on evidence-based medicine. More recently he has been a participant in the Iowa Health System Leadership Academy.
I am very pleased that Dr. Hill and Dr. Sampat are taking these important leadership positions here at Allen Hospital and hope that you will congratulate them on their recent appointments.
A patient’s wife wrote me a wonderful letter that stated in part, “We were so impressed with Dr. Hill; Dr. Grittmann; Nikki Haan, RN; Abbie Schwarck RN; and Sharon Kuhlmann in admissions. They are all assets to your facility and the community. They were professional, kind and considerate, knowledgeable…” I wanted to pass on this wonderful feedback.
Have a wonderful July 4th with your family and friends.
Allen Hospice opened their doors June 1, 2011. Dr. Russell Adams serves as the Medical Director over the hospice team. With more than 15 years’ experience in making moments matter, the Allen Hospice team is ready to help those patients who choose quality of life. For questions or referrals, call #3702 . Allen Hospice is located within the Allen Home Care department in the Professional Building at 212 W. Dale.
l to r: Sam Junker, RN; Jodi Rogers, Clinical Director; Patti Shultz, Clinical Mgr; Shannon Roder, Volunteer Coord/Admin Support; Emily Allaire, Social Worker; Harry Wach, Chaplain/Bereavement Coord.
Allen Associate Picnic
Thursday, July 21
Starting at 11:30 am.
Your health matters to Allen, so Chef Matt will prepare a healthy picnic luncheon for us in July. In the meantime, we are interested in how you stay healthy.
How do you stay physically fit?
Do you have a workout buddy (or buddies) from Allen?
What do you do and how do they motivate you?
What activities do you engage in to maintain good health?
We are interested in hearing your story. In 150 words or less, tell us about your succcess, transformation or everyday health behaviors that have proven successful and motivate you to maintain good health/physical fitness. Of course, we'll want to snap individual or group shots to go along with the stories.
Here is a story for you:
In January, I started the Farrell’s program in Cedar Falls and it has changed how I look at my health and well-being. I feel so much better – I lost weight and body fat, toned up and most exciting, lowered my cholesterol 53 points. I am so excited about the program that I talk about it to a lot of coworkers, and after hearing about my success, Kristin Wentworth from AHEC decided to give it a try. Although most days we work out at different times, once or twice a week we end up in the same class and it’s been a lot of fun working out together, encouraging each other, giving each other tips and ideas, and sharing our success. It’s great knowing that when one of us has had a rough workout and has some soreness, we both know EXACTLY how the other is feeling. And while we empathize with one another, we still push each other to work out to Level 10 the next day! - Angie Fuller
Click here to tell us your story. Deadline is July 18, and watch for some selections in upcoming Friday Editions.
WE WANT YOU!
Five team captains are needed for the associate picnic games. Each team captain will be required to recruit three additional team members to compete in three events (one focused on strength, one focused on endurance, one focused on balance) from 11:30am - 12:15pm on Thursday, July 21 as part of our picnic. Please email Kristin Wentworth at LessorKL@ihs.org if you are interested.
Patient Satisfaction - May 2011
Congratulations to these Allen departments who hit their stretch goal for patient satisfaction scores. Each department is studying their patient satisfaction surveys and identifying ways to give patients and their families the very best care. Click here for Poster 1 and click here for Poster 2.
To Users of Parking Lot P-8a & P-8b
The parking lot P-8b and the drive isle in P-8a are slated for a large amount of concrete replacement starting July 5th. This concrete work will take some time to replace. Up to a month based on the weather. A few sections can be done at a time. Users of the P-8b lot will need to use the lot P-7a west of the fire station.
The associate’s parking area P-8a & P-8b will have new signage added to help delineate the appropriate parking areas. A blue line will run east – west that matches the associate signs that will be located in between the first set and the second set of pole lights leading north. At the end of the lines at the curbs will be signs mounted on posts that point to visitor parking and the associate parking. Other signs will be added to light poles to aid in parking as well. The Women’s Health Center will have allocated parking for patients close to the east entrance at their curb and east of the entrance by the pole light directly east of the this east entrance. Lines will be painted for this area.
Please be patient as these improvements will take some time. If there are any questions or concerns please send me an e-mail. - Terry Flynn, Director of Plant Services (firstname.lastname@example.org)
||Allen EAP Newsletter
The 3rd Quarter EAP Newsletter is out and it includes an array of valuable information for Allen associates. Click here to read.
TB Test Reading Reminders
Many feel the hardest part of having TB tests completed is remembering to return to have the test read. An easy way of remembering is to schedule a reminder in your cell phone. Thanks to Joe Kobliska for making this suggestion! Great idea!
Movie Saturday, July 30
Doors open at 7:45 am and movies start at 8:30 am.
Limit six tickets per associate. $2.50 per ticket. You must show your associate badge to purchase tickets.
Ticket sales at Crossroads Theater only! No sales at Allen Hospital.
Hope Blooms for Breast Cancer
Order your tulips and daffodils by August 19 for fall planting. Tulip sales support breast cancer services in the Cedar Valley.
Click here for more information. Click here for order form.
Sponsored by the Beyond Pink Team.
New Green Team Project:
Rain Garden at Entrance #6
Yesterday, June 30th, Karl Kramer, a Eagle Scout, met with Phillip Schuppert, a Watershed Specialist of the Black Hawk Soil and Water Conservation District, Becky Stansbery, Horticulturist at Young Green House, (at George Washington Carver School), and Terry Flynn, Plant Services Director, at Entrance #6, to coordinate plans for a rain garden.
Karl will direct construction of the rain garden to earn his merit badge.
In the picture, standing, left to right are Karl, Becky, Phil and Terry. This is the fourth project for the Green Team garden project.
The bog (project #1) has been planted (in front of Barrett Hall), and the plants are growing . The crescent garden (project #3) is complete, including weather-proofing the arbor and large rocks are being placed. NEEDED: More unique rocks to place in the Moon Crescent Garden. Any of you may bring from your fields or home decorative rocks to place in the crescent garden. Rocks soften and bring out the beauty of the flowers and grasses. Just go ahead and put any rocks that you bring into the garden. A rock flower garden (project #3) is being planted on the opposite side of the doctor's entrance #6. Project #5 to be done by another Eagle Scout will be benches set along the Allen sidewalk, and #6 is landscaping the Allen signs. Anyone interested in helping Steve Buckles with the sign landscaping, let Teri Ettelson know at Community Resources. Thank you again for everyone's help and support for these projects. My e-mail is changed to email@example.com. - Trish Pedersen, Green Team member
4th of July Fun and Fireworks
RiverLoop Expo Plaza, Saturday, July 2
6:00 pm - 12:00 midnight - Music, Food, Family Activities
Fireworks begin at 10:00 pm
Cedar Falls Star Spangled Sky
Monday, July 4
Food, beverages, music and inflatable games
Click here for more details.