Witnessing Outstanding Work

Week of 2/22/21

Jennifer Smikrud, RN
"Jenny went above and beyond with her willingness to participate in the Mass COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic when Julia was unable to make it. Her positive attitude is contagious. Public Health was very appreciative of her help."
Submitted by: Julia Smith

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Kathy Guenther, RN
"Kathy has gone above and beyond with her willingness and collaboration with assisting in the COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Kathy continues to check-in and makes herself available to assist in any way possible. I appreciate all she has done for our COVID-19 vaccination efforts!"
Submitted by: Julia Smith

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Environamal Services
"A huge thank you to ES and Maintenance for fabricating more shelving units and installing more lockers to improve the women's locker room. They were quick to start the project and it is really quality work. A special recognition to: Michael Hart, Wayne Bue, Tom Zillmer, Steve Spangler and all others who helped! I am proud to work with you all!"
Submitted by: Julia Smith

Week of 2/08/21

Chasity Kolve, Housekeeper
"Chasity cleaned the sink in the men's locker room after I found it splashed and stained with a very stubborn substance. Required use of extensive supplies and effort. Thank you for your quick response and diligence to get it cleaned."
Submitted by: Dr. Esteban Miller

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Tyler Myher, Security-Custodial 
"Thank you so much, Tyler for helping me out with jumping my vehicle early morning in -16 degree weather.  I greatly appreciate you!!"
Submitted by: Jessica Schaller

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Matt Honaker, Grounds Keeper - Maintenance Assistant
"When my battery died from the frigid cold Monday, Matt came to my rescue in the morning and swapped it out for me so I was able to go home and sleep! The appreciation is real, thanks to Matt I was able to safely make it home and get some sleep after a long night."
Submitted by: Brittany Davis

Week of 1/25/21

Diana Scharine, Hospitalist
"Diana is someone who truly cares about her co-workers and wants each shift to run smoothly and efficiently. She values your opinions and wants your input during shift report and team huddle. She is always checking in with the staff and wants everyone to feel comfortable with her decisions and admits.
She is an incredible asset to this hospital and the night shift team!"
Submitted by: Amy Furchtenich 

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Turae Sullivan, PCT
Turae has shown consistent compassion, encouragement, excellent care and patience while caring for a transitional care patient for rehab. I have worked with her multiple times while caring for her and she shows the same dedication day after day. Good job and keep up the excellent work!
Submitted by: Lisa Nelson

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Stacy Shramek, PCC
"Stacy went the "extra mile", literally, for a patient's family member and delivered a prescription to Walmart so it would be one less trip for the spouse. They were very appreciative of this act of excellent kindness. Thanks, Stacy for going the extra mile!"
Submitted by: Lisa Nelson

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Joy "Snookie" Dickie, Home Health Aide
"I would like to thank Snookie for all she did to help me with my Hospice patients the weekend of January 16th & 17th. She returned for a 2nd visit and shaved a patient who had never had facial hair and was actively dying and unresponsive. He had a slight smile on his face and it relieved his family. She also added a visit for a new admission and assisted me with getting her cleaned up and situated in bed. It was a busy weekend and she was a ROCKSTAR !!!"
Submitted by: Rebecca Edelson

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Matt Mueller, Anesthesia
"Matt came in and did an intubation for me on the floor on a critical patient we had to send to a tertiary center. The patient was eventually discharged home from there. Strong work Matt! I was reminded because about 30 to maybe 45 minutes before his call shift ended this morning on what was supposed to be his day off I called him in again for a critical patient thinking intubation would be needed. He placed a second line for us but didn't need to intubate. He was kind, helpful, and a great team player. Thanks again, Matt."
Submitted by: Diana Scharine

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Respiratory Care Team
"These people are saving lives as specialists in managing respiratory cases and equipment-making fine-tuning adjustments to give patients the best possible outcome. Don went into a patient's room on routine rounds who was already on BiPaP and found him in distress. He got the whole team to the bedside, assisted with intubation and airway management until the patient was transferred. This morning he got a distressed patient on BiPaP for me improving his condition and handing off to Eric and Tessa who continued to stabilize the patient's breathing. Thanks for all you do, sincerely."
Submitted by: Diana Scharine

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Coral Jones, RN; Janessa Sedelbauer, Resource RN; Luci Hutchins, Resource RN
"Shout out to Coral, who remained calm when her patient suddenly had respiratory failure. She got help to the beside stat, stayed on top of vitals, kept the patient informed, and completed tasks quickly and efficiently like putting in an indwelling catheter and putting warm compresses on the arms for a second IV line etc. Janessa, House Resource Nurse, was informed and came to the bedside right away to work on a second line and help do whatever was needed. Lucy just came on shift and came to help as well. Great team action and patient care! Thank you!"
Submitted by: Diana Scharine

Week of 1/04/21

Julia Smith, Infection Prevention RN
"Would like to thank Julia for all her hard work and incredible organizational skills in setting up and administering 200 doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine. What Julia and the team of volunteers from various departments accomplished was the administration of the first 100 vaccines and 18 hours and the second batch of 100 vaccines in four days!

Also a thank you to all the other staff who pitched in and made this possible, including staff that came in quickly to receive the vaccine!"
Submitted by: Kim Chandler

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Melissa Wood, RN; Rochelle Kubaskie, OB Director; Luci Hutchens, RN; Erika Swenson- Mendez, HUC; Dr. Bantell
"OB had an unexpected VERY busy day. Thanks to Melissa for being such an amazing team player making sure our patient's got the best care, to Rochelle for keeping an eye on a newborn so the Mom could get extra sleep (she was so thankful), to Luci for spending a lot of time doing discharge/lactation education, to Erika for obtaining records/bili blanket process, and to Bantell for taking on an extra outpatient that doesn't Doctor with us. Everybody made a HUGE impact to make this day go smooth. You are SO APPRECIATED!"
Submitted by: Hailey Olson

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Sara McCullough, PERS Coordinator 
"Sara was at Volunteer desk last week when a direct admit patient arrived. While waiting for a nurse to escort him, Sara kept him company with a conversation. Somehow they got on the subject of their favorite snacks & the patient mentioned he liked Puffy Cheetos(not the hard ones). Today Sara brought that patient some Puffy Cheetos & another snack Sara thought he would like to try. She said his face lit up when she brought them to him. It was a kind gesture that told this patient he was important & that he matters. Thank you, Sara!"
Submitted by: Nancy Dreher

Week of 12/21/20

Nutrition Services
"Tell the nutritional services staff, cooks amazing job!!!
My cookies are DELICIOUS!!!!"
Submitted by:  A Community Member

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Nutrition Services
"Britni, Nancy and Corrin worked together to document and formalize all the special menus which apply to our Jackson County Jail food service account. They sorted through copious notes and sources to develop clear and specific menu sheets. They then organized and placed them in a binder for their team members to reference when special diet menu requests are received. Awesome teamwork and Excellence in serving those we serve!"
Submitted by: Bart Kintzinger

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Nutrition Services
"Thank you very much! A sample of the cranberry bread and strawberry bites were delicious!"
Submitted by: A Community Member
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Matt Honaker, Grounds Keeper - Maintenance Assistant
"There was a car in our parking lot that had a completely flat tire. I sent an org-wide email out to make staff aware of the car just in case it was theirs. Matt filled the tire up with air without hesitation and without knowing who's car it actually was! Way to go above and beyond, Matt!"
Submitted by: Katie Halvorson

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Respiratory Care Department
"Dr. Boardman recognized the quality of our Respiratory Care Department during a Hospitalist meeting. "We are so fortunate to have the 24/7 Respiratory Care staff working along side our team. Some rural organizations don't have that. Our respiratory team has been excellent and we are so grateful for the quality of care they provide especially during this pandemic."
Submitted by: Dr. Boardman

Week of 12/7/20

Marketing Team
"Outstanding job by our ace Marketing team - Katie / Barb / Miranda in developing the Christmas Bake Sale on line order form, promotion on social media, promotion to local press and working with the Chamber to promote it to local businesses. Awesome job in creating the online form for the public to access and submit their orders. Many thanks to Katie for receiving those and providing to Nutrition Services!
Awesome team work and much appreciated!"
Submitted by: Bart Kintzinger

Week of 11/30/20

Jen Hanson, Hospitalist NP
"Jen did an amazing job running a resuscitation on an extremely sick patient. She was able to successfully resuscitate the patient who was extremely complicated and who nurses were having a hard time getting intravenous access. Very impressive."
Submitted by: Dr. Minnihan

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Influenze Vaccination Team
"I would like to recognize Kristen Bere for her work in coordination of this year's BRMH flu clinics. Sarah Lindow, Kathy Guenther, Jessica Pintaro, Resource Nurses, Pharmacy, Nathan Bruley, and the Marketing Department.  Thank You for your assistance in keeping our workforce healthy to serve our customers!  Well Done!!!"
Submitted by: Nicole Schweitzer

Week of 11/23/20

Lori Fox, Pharmacist
"Pharmacy has recently undergone an upgrade in our employee prescription software which requires a lot of new processes which we are not acquainted with. Lori came in on her time off to set things up and walk us through how to deal with these changes.  She definitely went above and beyond with this. Much appreciated."
Submitted by: Gary Szymanski

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Janie Tande, Executive Assistant to the CMO, Medical Staff Coordinator 
"In Janie's absence, I had to address several Medical Staff Services processes. Some of the processes I had not done in many years and some I had never done as they were new processes for MSS. Janie had most of her processes written out with step by step instructions. And even more impressive, Janie built the Access database to complete a workflow following data entry which assisted with the forms, documents, and reports I needed - the database is amazing!
Thank you Janie for making it easier for me when I had to step in to help!"
Submitted by: Carrie Farnsworth

Week of 11/16/20

Chris Barnett, Home Health Aide
"I made a visit with a hospice patient today and his wife. His wife commented about the extraordinary care that Chris provided for her husband. She could not say enough about how knowledgeable Chris was in making the patient comfortable in bed. She provided the most excellent care for this gentleman, and it has been greatly appreciated!"
Submitted by: Kevin Newell

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Angie Liska, PCC
"WOW! Angie is amazing. She has been able to manage and adapt to changes with COVID-19 testing. She takes initiative with trouble-shooting and discovering solutions for those problems. She is an expert with WEDSS, Cerner, and Marshfield Labs. I appreciate Angie's willingness to answer my questions and show me lab processes and procedures. Angie is a great asset to BRMH."
Submitted by: Julia Smith

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Dr. Miller
"When speaking with a patient's wife, she expressed sincere gratitude for the time that Dr. Miller spent updating her on her husband's condition via phone. She stated that Dr. Miller explained things to her in a way that was very easy to understand and that he didn't make her feel rushed, even though he called her late at night and she knew he had been here for a long shift. She was very appreciative of the care her husband has been provided here and stated "The whole system is working."
Submitted by: Michelle Goetting

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Barb Goldsmith, Nutrition Services Senior Assistant
"I wanted to recognize Barb in Nutritional Services for going above and beyond. She had mentioned COVID patients having concerns about their food being cold, so she offered to split up the trays into two sets of carts so we were able to focus on the COVID patients, and she offered to pass the trays to the non-COVID patients. I felt this displayed great teamwork."
Submitted by: Bart Kintzinger

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Kellie Murphy and Diane Elvaker, Social Workers
"I want to give a huge shout out to Diane Elvaker and Kellie Murphy, who have both been putting in extra hours while we are short-staffed in our department to help out with discharge planning and coverage for crises that arise in the ED. These two have such a positive attitude, go-getter spirit and have been consistently going above and beyond what is expected of them. I am so grateful they joined the BRMH team. THANK YOU!"
Submitted by: Michelle Goetting

Week of 11/9/20

Rose Olson, Homecare-Hospice Home Health Aide
"I spoke with a man today whose wife recently passed away under Hospice care. He shared about how wonderful al of or staff were, but he specifically mentioned Rose for the wonderful job she did. He said that Rose was extraordinary and he had adopted her as part of their family, although he didn't have any adoption papers! He couldn't say enough good things about the care that she provided! Thank you Rose for providing such excellent care for our patients!"
Submitted by: Kevin Newell

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Emergecny Department
"I would like to recognize the following people for their excellent team work down in the ED tonight. Kailee from Registration, Carl from the ED and April from Radiology. We were absolutely swamped with rescues coming in and patients waiting to be seen. They pitched in wherever they could to lend a helping hand. It was so very much appreciated. It is awesome to see this kind of teamwork when there is so much going on. Thanks to you all from all of us in the ED."
Submitted by: Brenda Hentsch 

Week of 11/2/20

Mike Steinfadt, RN
"All rooms were full and Mike stayed past his shift to help settle an urgent patient. Thank you so much, Mike!"
Submitted by: RyAnne Inglett

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Kelly Bagniewski, DI CT-X-Ray Tech
"Kelly lent a hand cleaning rooms and escorting discharged patients out during a very busy night in the ER. Thank you so much for your help, Kelly!"
Submitted by: RyAnne Inglett

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Carl Lash, ED Director
"Carl helped out during a busy shift in the department, taking report and escorting admits upstairs. He even bought us supper. He is the definition of servant leadership!"
Submitted by: RyAnne, Mike, Brenda and Mary

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