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AbstractNewsletter of St. Vincent Hospital and Medical Center, Portland, Oregon.
THE CRESCENT St. Vincent Hospital • Portland, Oregon JCAH REVIEW Expected Soon St. Vincent Hospital has received Volume 15, Number 9, November 1971 a questionnaire from the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation. Department heads in specific areas have been asked to fill out particular sections that refer to their operation. Administration will then complete the written survey and return it to the Commission within 30 days. Sister Mary Laureen, administrator, was informed that when the Commission receives the questionnaire, they will notify the hospital of the exact date the survey will take place. She assumes this means that an on-site survey team will inspect the hospital for the two year accreditation certification early in 1972. Pathology Lab REACCREDITED The St. Vincent Pathology Laboratory was awarded a certificate of reaccreditation in November by the College of American Pathologists. Dr. Joseph C Nohlgren, director of the Department of Pathology, was informed that the laboratory had successfully met the College's standards of laboratory performance and the criteria of an intensive, on-site inspection by an examiner of the College. This is St. Vincent laboratory's second three-year certification by the Coliege's Commission on Inspection and Accredia-tion. Christmas planning at St. Vincent Hospital is already underway and several innovations have been approved for the first Christmas at the new facility. The Guild will begin soon after the first of the month to decorate the hospital from the lobby to the dining area and on all the nursing floors. Lights in the courtyard are being considered, and the traditional lighted star will appropriately top the new St. Vincent during the holdiay season. Groups already are calling to schedule caroling in the early evenings. Then on December 17 employees will be guests of the hospital for two Christmas parties. The first one will be from 2 to 4 o'clock in the morning for the night shift and the second one will follow at from 2 to 4 o'clock in the afternoon for the other two shifts. Because the physical structure of this building does not lend itself to serving a Christmas dinner as did St. Vincent Hall, administration and the department heads explored different approaches to this year's observance. Employees are invited to come to the parties and enjoy the new format that will provide added opportunities to extend Christmas wishes to others from all departments and areas of the hospital. Since Christmas is on Saturday this year, the holiday at the hospital has been officially set for Friday, December 24. The New Year's holiday also will be observed on Friday, December 31. HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM SCHEDULED FOR EMPLOYEES To help employees better understand disease prevention and care of their own health, St. Vincent is initiating a series of health education programs on a month to month basis. The initial programs are being planned in cooperation with the Washington County Cancer Society, which has been singled out by the state organization to develop a pilot program on public education. In November a film relating to cancer research was shown. This will be followed up next month with a medical lecture and question and answer session. Employees are invited to make suggestions about the format and timing scheduling of the sessions. gStpfetc iSaflj oppe Sale For the convenience of the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift, the Gift Shop is planning a special pre-Christmas sale in the lobby from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on December 9. The Gift Shop itself will be open during those hours as well. AAwnnaurdasl LHuenldc heon IOnctober FSto.Yr . Volunteers At the St. Vincent Guild's annual awards luncheon on October 27 at the University Club, 43 volunteers were presented pins. The combined total hours given by these volunteers during the year represented 24,600 hours of work. The awards were as follows: 5000 hours: Mmes. Moyt Kerr, Lawrence M. Smith 3000 hours: Mrs. Jeanne Sarver 1000 hours: Mmes. Stewart Cannon, John Doy Gray, Anita Wilson, Miss Geraldine Me Murtry. 500 hours: Mmes. Al Camosso, W. Roy Denford, Ben Ettelson, Don Evans, Allen Lawson, Denny Misner, David Shea, James Shields, Louise Westfall, Miss Freddie Fuller. 100 hours: Mmes. Carter Boggs, Gordon Borgeson, Chas. B. Callahan, E. S. Clemons, Dennis Crabtree, D.B. Cudahy, Marshall Dunn, Donald Hartman, Richard Hermens, George Hodgson, Sally Hicks, Darrell Johnson, Tom Joseph, Peter Kummer, Thomas P. Lilies, Basil Miaullis, Daniel Moore, M. R. Murray, Charles Richards, C. W. Rhodes, Arthur L. Robbins, D. R. Strandberg, John C. Taylor, Don W. Walker, Fred Wimber, Miss Becky Kuhn. * * * * Work Progresses on Parking Contractors are presently putting a four-inch layer of gravel on the new parking lot being developed west of the hospital. Further work will include electrical installations, grading and blacktopping. If the weather permits work to continue as planned, the 100-car lot should be ready for use shortly after the first of the year. New Look for Emergency The covered area at the emergency entrance will soon be glass-enclosed as far out as the first columns, and a push door that closes automatically will be installed. This area will be heated enough to take the chill off the air and thus form a warm air barrier to stop the force of the cold east wind during the winter months. Annual TB Checkup Mrs. Fern Blackwood, R.N. employee health supervisor, reminds employees that tuberculosis tests are required annually by state law for those who work in hospitals. She asks for a quick response to notices sent when the tests are due. For the convenience of employees, when chest x-rays are indicated they are now done in the Department of Radiology. * * * * Infection Control Classes A group of St. Vincent employees are attending the infection control institute being presented by the Oregon State Health Division on three different dates in the East Dining .Room at St. Vincent. The remaining one will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on December 1. * * * * Red Cross Classes Started Classes to teach prospective parents how to care for their newborn are being conducted here in Classroom Six every Wednesday night through Dec. 15. CARELESSNESS IS COSTLY The severe damage to this electric bed control occurred when it was wrapped around the bed railing and the cord was pinched and cut, The controls are costly to replace, and in many cases the damage cannot be repaired. Even more serious is the danger of shock to anyone who may come in contact with the broken wires. ■ -in7 M s ' Sign Language Course A basic course in manual communication is being sponsored by the Portland Register of Interpreters of the Deaf, a non-profit organization, beginning this month. This course in sign language is a 10-week course, meeting two hours for one night a week at the Portland Athletic Club of the Deaf. For further information call Bud Sandefur at 646-1786 after 4:30 p.m. THE CRESCENT The St. Vincent Senior Guild is extending its services to assist the information desk in keeping families of surgery patients informed about when a patient is out of surgery and when he is transferred from the post operative area to his room. Mrs. Alice Denford (left) and Mrs. Betty Bradshaw coordinate planning at the table set up in the lobby. Ed i to r Phyllis Sheets; Ph o to -Ar t is t Sherry Broc kman, C o o rd in a to r -T y p e - s e t ter Barbara Simons; Printer A rn o ld Leech Crescent Reporters: Jan Anderson, Ina Beard, Carolyn Cain, Maxine Castor, Vera Christinas, Paul Coleman, Eve.lyn Clarke, Georgene Crater, Sandy Crisp, Shirley Doe, Liz Ehrsam, Rosemary Flenniken, An n Fnice, Nadia Guindi, Diane Hawes, Linda Hin dman, Iris H o xw o r th , Barbara Ishmael, Margaret Keys, Lee Kuhn, Sister Patricia Maurer, D o ro th y Mayhew, Jacquolin McClung, Helen Moffenbeier, Josephine Moran, Agnes Nyman, Diane Parypa, Doris Peterson, Thelma Radlke, Mildred Sargant, Maiy Schmid t , Ruby T a y lo i , Debbie Tosi, Sharon Vachal, Fred Van Nnys. ^UkTCfc'k'V PA C K ' I ( 7/-0 k'0 &gt;AClC»n Doris Peterson's daughter, Marti, has returned home after three months in Europe with her brother, who is stationed at Frankfurt, Germany. Mrs. Peterson is a business office employee. * * * * A 17-year employee, Dorothy Hubbard, central supply, was honored with a retirement party and dinner at the Chinese Gardens on October 14. The 11 to 7 o'clock shift also gave a party on that evening and presented her a leather bag. The following night Mary Luhrs, central supply supervisor, brought a cake and the employees came by during the night to have cake and coffee and say goodbye. * * * * The admitting personnel have received a letter from Sister Jacqueline telling about her new position. She expects to be sent on a trip to Alaska this month and on a trip to California soon. * * * * Central Supply Ora Beeman was on vacation this month. ** ** Hospital Patients Arlene Hennessey, central supply, has been at home on vacation and sick leave following an operation on her feet. Sandra Greene, admitting clerk on the 3 to 11 o'clock shift, is recuperating at home following recent surgery. After a 10-day stay as a patient at St. Vincent, Barbara Simons, public relations, is convalescing at her home. She reports that she expects to return to work the first of the year. Our Sympathy To Betty Fredricks, ECG, on the death of her father, Harold Fredricks, on October 25. To Hazel Carbel, housekeeping, on the death of her mother October 29. * * * * Intravenous Therapy Mary Alice Johnson, R.N., has returned to work after a maternity leave. Her daughter, Julie, was born May 24. During her leave the Johnsons visited friends in North Bend, Ind., and attended a couple of Notre Dame football games. Sister Margaret Mary, R.N., has returned from a Lincoln City vacation. In September Lori Miller visited her fiance in Germany, where he is stationed with the army. She also visited Paris and dined at the Eiffel Tower. * * * * Housekeeping John Sylvester's mother and aunt flew here from Bestrop, La., to visit from October 16 to 24. Opal Kirkpatrick and her husband spent three weeks in Central Oklahoma visiting her father and their daughter. They attended a reunion of relatives and friends. Margaret Rathlesburger spent her vacation at home after a trip to the beach. Debbie Tossi (left) and Linda Smith were the good witches that served the punch to cafeteria guests on Halloween. Howard Harris (left) has been named assistant director of the Department of Food Services. His former position as food production manager has been filled by Louis Prevosky (right). An Early Announcement The Red Cross bloodmobile is scheduled at St. Vincent Hospital on December 27. Employees will be contacted soon to sign up to give blood on that date. The blood-mobile again will be set up in Conference Rooms Four and Five. * * * * FOSTER PARENTS WANTED The Foster Parents Association is appealing to individuals who are concerned about the community's dependent children to provide temporary care for a child who, for varying reasons, cannot remain with his own family. There are 16 child care agencies in Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties to which children are referred. The aim of these agencies is to place the child in as loving and normal a substitute home as possible rather than to leave him in the unnatural environment of an institution. Foster parents are provided remuneration for room, board, clothing and medical expenses. The extras often come from the pockets of the foster parents themselves. Anyone interested in learning more about this program may call the Foster Parents Association, 226-1659. A representative will answer questions and direct the caller to the right agency. The Transportation Department Transportation Director Roland Burger (right) and Supervisor Kevin Zak (left) board an elevator to join two hospital employees on transportation assignments. * * * * The P a tie n t Transportation Department recently celebrated its first birthday. Since its inauguration on October 22, 1970, it has g row n ra p id ly . Transportation personnel have been able to assist every department in the hospital, usually by providing transportation for patients, supplies and equipment. Additionally, sometimes they cheerfully lend a hand with tasks th a t a re n 't even transporting activities. Another Hospital In Tunnel Level- For Disasters A packaged Disaster Hospital will soon be housed in the tunnel level here. This hospital was selected by the U.S. Department of Emergency Health Services as the site for a The service was organized by Roland Hanson, industrial engineer, as a part of the Materials Management Department with Kevin Zak as supervisor. Located on Sixth Floor at the back of the old chapel, the service started with four employees. On its first day, it received 69 calls and completed 66 of these requests. 200-bed emergency hospital because of St. Vincent's strategic location in Washington County as well as because of its capable staff. The Packaged Disaster Hospital is designed to be used in the event of such national disasters as hurricanes or floods or in case of nuclear or other military attack. It requires At the new hospital Transportation became a separate department under the direction of Roland Burger. By the end of the first year, it had grown to a strength of 11 full time and four part time employees. In the 12-month period, it received 42,827 calls and completed 97.1 percent of them. The average time per run was 14.1 minutes. 15,000 square feet to set up and 7,500 cubic feet storage space. Included in the PDH are 200 cots; five operating room suites; a portable 1,500 gallon water storage tank; a 10-kilowatt generator; x-ray equipment; laboratory, intravenous therapy and dental supplies, and pharmaceuticals to last 30 days. St. Vincent Hospital Non-Profit Org. and Medical Center u s- Postage 9205 S. W. Barnes Road PA'D Portland, Oregon 97225 P o rZ d Oregon Address Correction Requested MR JOHN FPLEY R pr o v id e n c e hts p i n f I K TSSAQIMH WA 9 8 0 ? 7