One of the Thomson Reuters Top 100 Hospital indicators for which we do not compare favorably to the top 10% of other medium-sized hospitals is cost (expense per discharge). We must continue to look for opportunities to reduce our cost without negatively impacting quality to achieve Top 100 status. The impact of healthcare reform and the instability of the financial market further create a sense of urgency to reduce cost.
One of the areas we recently re-evaluated as part of this effort was our valet service. Allen currently provides free valet service at Valet Entrance 2 and Outpatient Entrance 8. The level of activity at both sites was reviewed, and it was noted that an average of only three cars per day are being parked for visitors and patients arriving at Outpatient Entrance 8. It was concluded that Valet Entrance 2 could easily accommodate these additional cars, and the valet service at Entrance 8 could be eliminated.
Therefore, effective September 6, valet service at Entrance 8 will be discontinued, and visitors and patients desiring to have their car parked will be routed to Entrance 2. We will keep personnel at Entrance 8 to assist with wheelchairs and way finding. The overall net reduction in staffing from the consolidation of valet service amounts to 1.6 full-time-equivalent employees. This is a small change but one that makes sense in light of our current environment and priorities.
I will keep you updated when changes of this nature are implemented. Changes involving Allen associates are never easy, but they are sometimes necessary as we work to remain strong as an organization dedicated to serving patients. As always, if you have questions regarding this change, please contact me.
Register NOW for Allen Open Forums
It is very important to register ASAP for the upcoming Allen Open Forums. Click here and register TODAY! See schedule below.
Entrance 9 (Occupational Health entrance) is not for use as an employee entrance. The Occupational Health entrance and hallway is intended only for Occupational Health patients and staff in order to protect patient privacy. In addition, the staff bathroom in the Occupational Health hallway should not be used by hospital associates unless they are working in Occupational Health, as there are patient rooms directly adjacent and across from this restroom. Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you. - Steve Cusher
Allen Gift Shop News
50% off select summer items is still running! Stop by and see us.
August 30 - Auxiliary Sponsored Senior Event at Electric Park Ballroom
September 26 and 27 - Books are Fun
October 27 and 28 - Scrubs Sale
November 22 - Masquerade Jewelry Sale
December 12 and 13 - South Bend Chocolate Sale
Fall River Excursion - Wednesday, October 12
7:30 am – Board Bus parking Lot 7a
9:30 am – Arrive in Dubuque
10:oo am – 2:00 pm – Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise
Hot buffet lunch served on boat
Musical entertainment while on boat
4:30 pm – Arrive home
$85.00 per person (pricing might change)
Space is limited, reserve your spot today. Paid reservations required by September 9.
For questions, please contact Linda Lott at Volunteer Services Office 319-235-3692.
Help Us Meet Our Bonus Budget Goal!
When we make good purchasing decisions, it helps us reach our goals in the Share Our Success incentive plan. Below is a tip to help us keep costs down and put us on track to help reach our incentive plan.
Before you buy…
check out Purchasing’s supply stash!
Departments are taking advantage of the supply stash by recycling items. If you need items like binders, folders, trays etc., please come check us out! Items are gently used and free to a good home. If you are cleaning out unused items and would like to donate them to the stash, just bring them down to Purchasing.
Recycling efforts help reduce costs and are another step towards meeting our Share Our Success Goals! For additional assistance, contact Amber Crooks at 235-3785.
We did not meet the minimum requirement for Weight Watchers enrollment,so Allen will not be starting the next session. If there is a time that Allen has 15 or more employees that are interested in the series, please let HR know and we can look into restarting the series.
Update on Green Team Garden Projects
Eagle Scout Plants Rain Garden
To earn his Eagle Scout badge, Karl Kramer chose to build a rain garden by Entrance #6 at Allen Hospital. Karl has been involved in the planning, preparation, excavating and planting the rain garden. As part of the badge requirement, he also recruited and supervised those scouts who helped him.
In July, Karl and scouts, with the guidance of Phil Schuppert, watershed specialist, and Becky Stansbery, horticulturist, dug out an area for a rain garden, placed a grate for overflow drainage, then put in mulch. Last Thursday, August 4, brick edging was placed around the rain garden to maintain its form and prevent soil erosion. Karl and three other scouts then spread another truckload of mulch in the rain garden and planted lots of bushes, flowers and ground cover for this area. It will be fun to see everything grown. Below are pictures of the scouts and the finished garden.
Wildflower Moon Crescent Garden
The wildflower garden now has some new rocks between plants to bring a more natural look to the garden. The arbor looks great and in the fall we plan to have a flower or butterfly metal sculpture behind the arbor.
Wetland (Bog) at Allen College
Flowers and grasses are growing in the wetland area. Weeds are growing too, but were pulled out last week. As the other plants get established, the weeds should get less. With all the rain, this area certainly has been a wetland.
Flower Rock Garden, Entrance #6
In late August or early September, this rock garden will be planted with hostas and other shade plants by Becky Stansbery and students from George Washington Carver School. Becky has already put brick edging around the garden and river rock in some areas. This garden also contains a memorial stone bench, given to honor one of Allen's nurses.
Steve Buckles plans to landscape an Allen Sign. There are others signs to be landscaped. Please contact Teri Ettelson, Volunteer Services, if interested. - Trish Pedersen, reporting for the Green Team Retired, now volunteer garden tech!
Tulip Ordering Deadline is Close
The August 19 deadline is approaching! Help support breast cancer services in the Cedar Valley! Click here for more information. Click here for order form. -Sponsored by the Beyond Pink Team.
Drill Team Contest Exhibition
Central Middle School
Doors open at 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 20
Admission $7 and children under 5, free
Watch some of the country's best performances when drill teams perform on Saturday. Drill teams are from Omaha, Chicago, Minneapolis, Decatur, Kansas City and Waterloo. The drill team contest originated to encourage faith-based teams, first in Waterloo, then in the Midwest, to raise standards of performance and excellence in students. It will be a spectacular show!