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AbstractNewsletter of St. Mary Community Hospital, Walla Walla, Washington.
"REFLEX Volume 12, No. 6 Walla Walla, Washington June-July, Lab A dds New Cardiac Test The Laboratory at St. Mary Community Hospital has added to its long list of aids to medical diagnosis a new capability of enzyme testing in cardiac cases. If a myocardial infarction occurs, the heart tissue releases two particular enzymes into the blood stream. A Laboratory test can detect those enzymes, helping to differentiate MI from other diseases that imitate ML To make these tests, the piece of equipment in the Lab called a computing densitometer has some new additions, a fluorescent detector and an integrator attachment which scans the sample and prints out a scan analysis. “This is not a test done in emergencies — or stat,” says Stephen Erfurth, Ph.D. biochemist, “but it can be ordered by the physician to fill in pieces of a puzzle. It’s also valuable in diagnosing reinfarctions while in the hospital.” For the patient, such tests used as supplements to ECGs can indicate the increased or decreased levels of those particular enzymes in the blood and may allow for shorter stay in the intensive care unit. It’s SummePrtiicmniec —Time! In the good old summertime, thoughts turn to picnics! The St. M ary C o m m u n ity Hospital family is no exception. At press time, plans for a family p ic n ic w ere s till tentative, depending on how many employees show interest in have a fun day. Proposed date is Sunday, August 6, 1978, for all employees and their families to be guests of the hospital for a day filled with sports, games, food and prizes. A golf tournament at Veterans Memorial Course is planned to tee off beginning at 7 a.m. for all who want to swing a club. About 1 p.m. everyone will gather at a picnic spot yet to be chosen. Organized sports proposed for the day include softball and volleyball. It’s hoped that one or two or three departments will get together to form a team for each and that time will allow them to enter an elimination tournament. For the side-liners the Employees Recreational Activities Committee has proposed bingo, egg toss, kiddies’ games, horseshoe pitching, and just plain loafing. Maybe a beauty contest. On the tentative schedule a picnic supper would be served about 5 p.m., followed by awarding of prizes garnered by individuals and departments during the day. It is hoped that all employees on all shifts will be able to come at some time during the day. The Committee needs to know approximately how many people there will be — the number of persons to expect counts heavily in locating a grassy spot to picnic. Sign up sheets are available in the Personnel Office. State LPNs Elect, Plan Seminar Alys Anderson, LPN at St. Mary Community Hospital, was elected first vice president of the state association of Licensed Practical Nurses during a recent convention in Port Angeles. Alys, who works in O.B., has been on the state board as state membership chairman. She will also chairman a seminar on genetics at St. Mary Community Hospital on September 28,1978 which is expected to draw LPNs and RNs from all over the state. Faculty for the seminar will include members of the St. Mary Medical Staff, from the Genetics Counseling Service and from Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle. Two more St. Mary LPNs attended the state convention, Lillie Holbrook, who is district president of the LPN association, and Pauline Lommasson. St. Mary Service League Gift Shop Hours Monday thru Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cooperation is doing with a smile what you have to do anyway. Lunchtime Learning Noontime programs during the sum m er sc h e d u le of the Education Department offer a variety of information and ideas. All in Conference Room 3. July 6 — Film, “Mr. Finley’s Feelings” — animated cartoon on stress in daily living. July 12 — “ M acram e” presentation by Sue Erb, O.T. July 19 — Film, “Behavior Modification for Weight Reduction” by William V. Roberts, M.D. and Kirby Roberts, M.S.W. • Films are shown at 11:30 p.m., Noon, and 12:30 p.m. A round the Hospital. . . Coffee is served every day in the main lobby as a courtesy to those families waiting for surgery patients. Jeanne Raymer of Dietary is in charge of seeing the elegant new coffee cart, from proceeds of a department-head bake sale, is set in place. Professional magazines and books are being catalogued and boxed in the Education Library, and can be checked out in two-week periods. St. Mary’s E d u cation D irecto r Wilma Mytinger will also search out other library sources in the community for materials if need be. CT Building Almost Ready for Tenants A new building adjacent to St. Mary Community Hospital to house a computerized tomography scanner is nearing completion. The contractor has said construction should be completed around July 1, according to a spokesman for the CT Scanner Association, a group of physicians who contracted for the building and will own and operate the diagnostic equipment. The interior of the building is taking shape with areas marked off for the scanner itself, the computer processing equipment, and work areas for technologists. A new sidewalk entrance from the hospital’s south parking lot has been paved. Installation of the scanner itself will take about two weeks, General Electric suppliers have told the owners. There will also be a start-up period for adjustments. Target date for scheduling appointments for use of the scanner is August 1, 1978, the spokesman said. _____ MEMORIALS A Memorial Fund has been established by St. Mary Community Hospital to accept contributions made by individuals and organizations. Such donations may be made in memory of a loved one or in the honor of a special occasion. The Memorial Fund is used by the hospital for special needs and projects. Recent contributios to the Memorial Fund have been made in the names of Gina Manuel and the Shuham Family. Sr. Michelle Named CHA Board Member Sister M. Michelle Holland, S.P. Provincial Superior of the Sisters of Providence, and chairman of the board of trustees of St. Mary Community Hospital, has been elected to the 25- member board of trustees of the Catholic Hospital Association of the United States and Canada. The CHA recently held its seventh annual Catholic health care assembly in New Orleans. Attending from St. Mary were B. Joe Younker, Administrator, and Sister Louise Gregoire, S.P., Associate Administrator. Sr. Michelle is a frequent visitor to St. Mary from provincial administration in Spokane. She also serves as a member of the Washington State Hospital Association committee on governing boards and is chairman for region 15 of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. In 1971 she was the first woman named “Man of the Year” by the University of Notre Dame, from which she holds a master’s degree in chemistry. Credit Union Marks 10th Anniversary The SMH Employees Credit Union celebrated the first 10 years of its existence this spring. It was incorporated in May, 1968 with about 70 subscribers. The 1977 annual report showed 439 members with loans numbering 237 for a total of $197,233. Joining the board of directors of the Credit Union this year are Debbie Bays, R.N., pediatrics, and Jim Beeth, physician’s assistant. Ellen Beal, admitting supervisor, has been reelected to the board and as secretary. Officers for the 1978-79 year are Steve Sivak, radiology, president, Ron Glass, ECG-EEG, vice-president, and board members Bob Ary, maintenance, and Percy Larsen, housekeeping. Service on the Credit Committee are Barbara Ferraro, business office, chairman, Kathryn Gaffrey, director of food service, and Jackie Lieuallen, Walla Walla Clinic. Members of the Audit Committee are C atherine Swanson, credit counselor, chairman, Rosey Hamblen, purchasing and Ted Love, WSP. Patient’s Bill of Rights Sisters’ Jubilees . . . In recent years hospitals throughout the country have found it prudent to publish a patient’s bill o f rights. St. Mary Community Hospital has included in its policies and procedures the following statements o f a Patient’s Rights: ★ ★ ★ Patients are provided services in a Christian atmosphere perpetuating the belief that every individual is a person of worth and dignity created by God. Patients are never refused admission because of inability to pay. Patients are admitted regardless of race, creed or national origin. Patients are interviewed at admission by the Credit Counselor and hospital rates are explained. Physicians and nursing personnel discuss with the patient or with those concerned about his condition as well as the plan of care after discharge when needed. Proper consents are obtained for treatment or for disclosure of information within the law of confidentiality. Patients are treated with dignity and respect, and privacy is provided during care and treatment. Patient’s mail is delivered promptly and is never opened. Patient’s complaints are received by the Coordinators of Patient Care, and others. Action is taken as soon as possible. Patients are encouraged to communicate with ministers of their own faith. Patients are allowed visitors at the descretion of their physicians during visiting hours, exceptions are made according to the patient’s condition. Walla Walla Cosmetologists (hairdressers) took part in a statewide project of their association with a “Cut-a-ton” at the Eastgate Mall as a benefit for mental health resources. The local association chose to donate their proceeds to the St. Mary Community Hopsital Psychiatric Service. Here, B. Joe Younker, (left) Administrator, receives a check from Gloria Nino and Linda Etchinson, representatives of the 10 beauty salons who took part in the project. T wo of the Sisters of Providence who see to tender loving care of St. Mary Community Hospital patients as Patient Care Coordinators this year celebrate 50 years as members of the Sisters' Community. Above, Sister Marciana Dufresne is greeted by Dr. James E. McClellan, pulmonary medicine, during a reception for the Jubilarians attended by many hospital employees. Welcome, New Employees Housekeeping: Linda Hindman, Lori Sporleder, Mary Arquette, Zetta Bollinger; Nursing Service: Marie Walker, Mary McCoy, Calvin Wallace, Jennifer McEvoy, Steve Bacon, Elizabeth Krahlman, Margaret Hills, John Bradway, James Terry Woodland, Loretta Wade: Community Relations: Richard Kindle; Laboratory: Martha Doane, Sally Hooker, Janet Moran; Medical Records: Candace Seale; C. P. & D.: Shirley Mauer, Christina Casey; Radiology: Valerie Baffney. The year 1978 also marks the Jubilee year for Sister Mildred Marie Brenner (right) shown here chatting with Aline Burnette, data processing. The two Sisters were also honored at a mass at the hospital, and liturgy and a reception at St. Patrick’s Church. May I, Please? Says Suzy Q. Etiquette In days gone by, there were “etiquette” columns by Emily Post, Amy Vanderbilt and the tike. The Reflex doesn’t claim to be “Dear Abby," but here are some questions that have come up across the coffee table. Q. “There seems to be such a crush getting on and off the elevators on the lobby side. What can be done about it?” A. First of all, from 6 a.m. until noon, elevators two and three now open on the service area for patient traffic to and from surgery. Next, wait for elevator passengers to get off before trying to get on. That’s normal courtesy. Also, you might consider using the stairs. Q. “There aren’t many gum-chewers in the hospital, but I’m a person who is driven wild by jaw-cracking and I don’t want to get another person mad at me. How should I tell the person?” A. Let your supervisor do it. He or she will take the lead in setting the standards for professional appearance and courtesy in the hospital. Q. “Why do some people come over so strong on the phone?” A. Most likely because they are thoughtless, in a hurry or annoyed at something else that happened just before the phone rang. Good phone manners include a light, pleasant tone (hopefully with a smile in the voice), and plenty of use of the “magic words”; Please, Thank You, May I, Could You Please, I Would Appreciate It. Toting up 1977 figures, St. Mary Community Hospital served 147,078 meals and had 659,507 pounds of laundry processed. Perform a death-defying act. Exercise regularly American Heart Association rfo WE RE FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE Fire Drills Test Employee Mettle Do you know where the fire alarm nearest your work area is? Do you know where the nearest fire extinguisher is? To test the readiness of hospital personnel to cope with the hazard of fire, drills are held at unscheduled times within St. Mary Community Hospital. Such drills are required by law, four times a year on each shift. Personnel must respond according to the fire plan for each department, says the hospital Safety Committee. Rules for response are emphasized in an orientation film: 1. See to the safety of patients. 2. Turn in fire alarm at nearest location. 3. Notify Switchboard exact location of fire. 4. Assist in putting out fire. A demonstration of the different types of fire extinguishers used within the hospital is conducted annually by the Fire Marshall for all hospital employees. Chaplain’s Corner Hospital Chaplain Fr. Barry Freyne is in Ireland visiting his mother. He forwarded to the Reflex these words from James K eller, fo u n d e r of The Christophers: Hope looks for the good in people instead of harping on the worst. Hope opens doors where despair closes them. Hope discovers what can be done instead of grumblingabout what cannot. Hope draws its power from a deep trust in God and the basic goodness of mankind. Hope “lights a candle” instead of “cursing the darkness”. Hope regards problems, small or large, as opportunities. Hope pushes ahead when it would be easy to quit. Hope puts up with modest gains, realizing that “the longest journey starts with one step”. Hope accepts misunderstandings as the price for serving the greater good of others. Hope is a good loser because it has the divine assurance of final victory. “In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33). St. Mary Community Hospital Surgery hours added up to 4,172 during 1977, according to the hospital annual report. During those hours there were 2,776 surgical procedures and 314 day care surgical procedures. The REFLEX Published monthly by St. Mary Community Hospital, 401 West Poplar Street, Walla Walla, Washington 99362. B. JOE YOUNKER Administrator RIC KINDLE Community Relations Director ELEANOR S. KANE Publications Editor ST. MARY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL 401 West Poplar Street Walla Walla. Washington 99362 Nonp ro fit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Walla Walla, WA 9 9 3 6 2 P E R M IT NO. 53