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AbstractNewsletter of St. Mary Hospital, Walla Walla, Washington.
Nursing Service supervisory personnel welcomed two new Area Head Nurses to St. Mary on January 14, 1970. Miss Jeanette Elliott, left, and Mrs. Joyce Perry, right, are shown with Mrs. Beryl Herres, Director of Nursing Service, and Sister Louise Gregoire, Administrator. In order to provide better patient care through improved communication and assigned supervisory responsibility on Medical and Surgical floors, it was decided to appoint an Area Head Nurse on each floor. The Area Head Nurse will provide better communication between the nursing staff, the hospital and the physician through utilizing on her unit such methods as planning, organizing, directing, coordinating evaluating, teaching and research. Miss Jeanette Elliott, Area Head Nurse on Medical Floor, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing An oldtimer is one who can remember when the town square was a place instead of a person. There must be some reason for you to become a little better than you are. from Walla W alla College. In addition to working as a staff nurse at Portland Sanitarium and Paradise Valley Hospital, California, she has served as director of nursing, as well as administrator of nursing homes in the northwest. A graduate of Loma Linda University in California, Mrs. Joyce Perry, Area Head Nurse on Surgical Floor, has had several years experience as head nurse and supervisor in large hospitals in St. Louis, Missouri, and Memphis, Tennessee. We are happy to welcome both nurses to the St. Mary Hospital family. I like the poor old world, I do I sing its praise in ode and sonnet— It’s strange it’s not a whole lot worse With everybody picking on it. C h e e r f u l C h e r u b MEDICAL STAFF HAS NEW OFFICERS Sister Louise Gregoire, Administrator, meets with the new Chief of Staff, Dr. Robert A. Campbell, Internist. Other officers for 1970 are Vice President Arthur G. Dodds, Radiologist; Secretary Dr. Herbert Hendricks, Physiatrist; Chief of Surgery C. Balcom Moore, Urologist; Chief of Medicine Dr. Frederic Davis, Clinical Pathologist; Chief of Obstetrics Dr. Robert C. Beck, Obstetrician and Gynecologist; Chief of General Practice Dr. Robert M. Bond, General Practitioner. Clifford Straw, Business Office Manager and Accountant, has been notified that he successfully passed the examination for certification as Manager of Patient Accounts through the Hospital Financial Management Association. Twenty-two individuals demonstrated their superior knowledge in the field of management of accounts receivable and credit by passing a strenuous written examination administered at college locations throughout the country. Congratulations, Cliff! Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most hurry off as if nothing has happened. The friendly undertaker signs his letters, "Eventually yours.” NEW PERSONALITY IN PERSONNEL A strawberry blonde has replaced brunette Toni Laurella as Personnel Secretary. Virginia K. Mathis, who was hired on January 6th, is a graduate of Wa-Hi and was a member of the U.S. Navy Waves for one year. During her year in the service, she trained as a Dental Technician. She has done secretarial work in both Walla Walla and Phoenix, Arizona. "Ginny " was born in New Mexico, but has lived in many parts of the United States during her young life. She is enthusiastic about her job and is now beginning to sort out the jumble of policies and procedures which she must know as Personnel Secretary! Welcome to St. Mary Hospital, Ginny! Lady (visiting mink ran ch ): How many skins do you get from each animal? Farmer: Only one, lady. If we skin them twice, it makes them nervous. "Look who’s talking”, said the wife to the husband. "You accuse me of being extravagant, but you’re the one who bought an accident policy you never used even once”. Personal Viewpoints A sunny smile is missing from the ranks of the St. Mary Hospital family. Tony Laurella, Nursing Service-Personnel Secretary, resigned during January to accept a secretarial position in the office of Dr. Del Peterson, Superintendent of Schools. Larry Dublinski, Chief Physical Therapist, has been appointed chairman of the Employee Picnic, to be held this summer. He wants all the suggestions he can find, about what YOU would like to have at such a picnic. Also, would you be a willing worker or do you have special talents? See Larry—he wants lots of help and lots of suggestions! Congratulatons are in order for: Mr. and Mrs. Allan Mills Ewing (Mareen, R.N.), on the birth of a son, Jeffrey Gerard, on January 27. Mr. and Mrs. John Ponti, (Jean, Medical Technologist), on the birth of a son, Kerry Ray, on February 2. Welcome Piew- Zmfilayeed, Housekeeping: Jean Marks, Richard Wallingford; Medical Records: Erma Coronado, Lorna Miller; Nursing Service: Charyl Adkins, Carleen Berg, Hulda Dugger, Je anette Elliott, Linda Haugen, Sharie Ledford, Edna Littlejohn, Marjorie Monroe, Joyce Perry, Vivian Sawyer, Necia Schumacher, Zeline Walker; Personnel: Virginia Mathis; Physical Therapy: Don Parsons; Radiology: Karyn Beatty; and Switchboard: Leonie Lariviere. s p ir it u a l JEekirattcB "Remember, man, that you are dust and unto dust you shall return”— these ancient words are a somber reminder to us as we begin the Lenten Season on Ash Wednesday. They remind us that we begin this holy season as repentant sinners seeking redemption, in a setting of self-restraint, heart searching, charity and prayer. Yet, as Christians, we look ahead to the promise of Easter morning, and the culmination of our search in the joy of the Resurrection. ja m MyeAA Jleav&i June Myers, Surgery Supervisor, who resigned from St. Mary Hospital on January 16 to move to Yakima, was guest of honor at several farewell parties before she left. On this occasion, the medical staff invited her to their annual Christmas breakfast on December 22, where Dr. C. Balcom Moore, Chief of Surgery, presented her with a gift on behalf of the surgical staff. June will be working at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Yakima. REMEMBER THIS If you work for a man, in Heaven’s name, WORK for him. If he pays you wages which supply you bread and butter, work for him; speak well of him; stand by him and stand by the institution he represents. If put to a pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness. If you must vilify, condemn and eternally disparage — resign your position, and when you are outside, damn to your heart’s content, but as long as you are part of the institution do not condemn it. If you do that, you are loosening the tendrils that are holding you to the institution, and at the first high wind that comes along, you will be uprooted and blown away, and probably never know the reason why. Leta Turney Retires Completing eight years of loyal service to St. Mary Hospital, Leta Turney, Nurse Aide, is feted at her combination birthday-retirement party on January 28, 1970. Surrounded by her coworkers who gathered to wish her well, Mrs. Turney is flanked by Mrs. Beryl Herres, Director of Nursing Services, and Sister Marciana, Patient Care Coordinator. Mrs. Turney plans some gardening and trips to see her grandchildren, but she also plans to remain somewhat active in nursing by doing private duty as a "sitter" for patients who need someone to stay with them. We all wish her many years of good health to enjoy her well-earned retirement. RESERVISTS LEARN AT ST. MARY HOSPITAL Members of the 385th Evacuation Hospital assisting at St. Mary Hospital are, back row, left to right: Captain Fred Stong, a Richland doctor; Major Paul Bunch, a Milton-Freewater dentist and commanding officer of the group; and PFC Burlingame, Clerk. Center row, left to right, are PFC James Waters, a Kennewick Fork Lift Driver; PFC Gary Griffen, a Waitsburg student at Community College; and PFC John Lytle of Milton-Freewater, a Laboratory Supervisor at Birdseye. In the front row, left to right, are PFC Frank Waters, a Pasco truckdriver; and PFC Steve Price, a Walla Walla rancher. PFC Steve Price and PFC Frank Waters assist Loraine Johnson, R.N., in putting the Emergency Room in order, following admission of a patient. PFC Gary Griffen receives a lesson from Ruth Harris, Acting Chief Inhalation Therapist, on the mysteries of the Bennett machine. C lim b *JiU *1/ 044/1 2&gt;*eat4*d Came *7*4*2. Often, your tasks will be many, A n d more than you think you can do . . . Often the road will be rugged A n d the hills insurmountable, too . . . But always remember, the hills ahead A n d never as steep as they seem . . . A n d with faith in your heart start upward . . A n d climb ’til you reach your dream . . . For nothing in life that is worthy Is ever too hard to achieve . . . I f you have the courage to try it A n d you have the faith to believe . . . For faith is a force that is greater Under the command of Major Paul Bunch, a Milton-Freewater dentist, a group of young men are receiving valuable civilian hospital experience at St. Mary Hospital. Detachment I of the 385th Evacuation Hospital (SMBL) is assigned the mission to provide medical support in the field. All of the men now working at St. Mary’s have had six months of active duty training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, as well as a two week training period at Madigan General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington. All with fulltime civilian jobs, once a month these young men "put on their whites” and come to St. Mary to assist and learn in such areas as Emergency Room and Central Supply, Inhalation Therapy and X-Ray. The 385th has also supplied medical services at the last two Boy Scout Jamborees; one world wide and the other of national scale, at Farrugut, Idaho. SPECIAL THANKS The following letter was received by the hospital administration recently, from Mrs. L. Emery Karst of Salem, Oregon: "On Christmas evening I was in need of some supplemental formula for my breastfed baby. After checking all the pharmacies in town, in desperation I called St. Mary’s. "You couldn’t have been more helpful. Everyone I talked with — Mr. Samuel in Emergency, the switchboard operator and the nur-ing supervisor—were both concerned and knowledgeable. You helped —willingly and quickly. "Then, when my husband went to pick up the formula, you had it waiting with a Christmas corsage. "Thank you so much! In this day and age it is comforting to find an institution made up of individuals who care.” Never argue with your doctor— he has inside information. Than knowledge or power or skill . . . A n d many defeats turn to triumph I f you trust in God’s wisdom and will . . , For fa ith is a mover o f mountains . . . There’s nothing that God cannot do . . . So start out today with faith in your heart . . A n d climb ’til your dream comes true! IT e l en S t e in e r R ice Mrs. Anna Deccio, C.S. Aide, orients PFC John Lytle and PFC James Waters to the Central Supply Department. PROFESSIONAL NURSE WEEK FEB. 1 TO 7 Medical and Surgical floors went all out to recognize Professional Nurse Week. A colorful and beautifu lly lettered poster, which features the Nightingale Pledge, greeted visitors as they stepped off the surgical floor elevator. The poster was made by artist Darlene Glasgow, a Unit Clerk on that floor, carrying out the ideas of the fourth floor employees. Medical floor personnel worked together in a real team spirit to produce another kind of work of art—even to enlisting the services of their spouses. Their miniature hospital ward features two patients —one having had chest surgery and the other a fracture case, complete with traction. Every piece of linen, clothing and bandages was made by the women personnel, a cooperative husband made the bedside furniture, and the orderlies made most of the equipment including tiny oxygen tanks and tubing; intravenous standards, bottles and tubing, traction pulleys, bars and ropes; The tiny hospital ward is complete in every detail, including real blood in the transfusion, a call light that really works, and true-to-life traction. The only thing that third floor personnel couldn't figure out, was how to get real oxygen into those tanks. and even an underwater seal attached to chest tubes. Both floors are to be congratulated for their unique ideas and teamwork! LAST CHANCE! TAX DEFERRED ANNUITY If you want to join the Tax Deferred Annuity Program and take advantage of this benefit, you must submit a "Request for Confidential Information" card to the Personnel Director by February 28. This is a once-a-year chance! St. Mary Hospital Auxiliary G I F T S H O P North Entrance—Main Floor Open Monday through Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturdays: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. THE NIGHTINGALE PLEDGE I solemnly pledge myself before God and in the presence of this assembly, to pass my life in purity and to practice my profession faithfully. I will abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, and will not take or knowingly administer any harmful drug. I will do all in my power to maintain and elevate the standard of my profession, and will hold in confidence all personal matters committed to my keeping, and all family affairs coming to my knowledge in the practice of my calling. With loyalty, will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care. Fourth floor Registered Nurses, left to right, Rosalie Demaniew, Patty Seeliger, and Florence Monahan, review the Nightingale Pledge, which every nurse learns, sometime during her training period. What some people discover they have saved for a rainy day is a picnic. One thing that will bring a man to his knees is crabgrass. The REFLEX Published monthly by St. Mary Hospital, 5th and Poplar Streets, Walla Walla, Washington, 99362. SISTER LOUISE GREGOIRE, F.C.S.P., Administrator SHARON WILLIAMS Personnel D ire c to r ......................Editor St. Mary Hospital 5th and Poplar Walla Walla, Washington 99362 Third floor Registered Nurses, left to right, Mildred Hickman, Jeanette Elliott, Sister Mac-ciana, and Pearl Hanford are justly proud of the "creation" by the medical floor personnel.