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CoMPAssioN. ATTiTUDE. REsPECT. ExCELLENCE.

In this issue:
Page 2: Two Veteran HCA Leaders Get New Responsibilities Page 4: Clinical Excellence Update Page 8: Healthy Habits Corner Page 10: Adopt-A-Family editor:
Denise Charpentier VP, Marketing/PR (816) 276-9293
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Julie Wood, MD, Elected to American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors
Julie K. Wood, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Kansas City, Mo., has been elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Family Physicians. The AAFP represents 100,300 physicians and medical students nationwide. Wood was elected to a three-year term by the AAFPs governing body, the Congress of Delegates. As a board member of the AAFP, Wood will advocate on behalf of family physicians and patients nationwide to inspire positive change in the U.S. healthcare system. Wood has been a practicing family physician for nearly 20 years. She is currently in practice as associate director of Research Family Medicine Residency Program in Kansas City, Mo., where she is especially involved in the maternity care curriculum and serves as the medical director of Goppert-Trinity Family Care, a 55-provider outpatient clinic. Wood is the physician lead for their clinics involvement in a multicenter patient-centered medical home pilot project and is especially enthusiastic about training physicians how to practice in the medical home. A member of the AAFP since 1988, Wood has served on numerous committees and commissions, including the Commission on Public Health and Science, the Commission on Health Care Services, the Commission on Membership and Member Services, and the Committee for Special Constituencies. She most recently served as chair of the Commission on Public Health and Science. A member of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians since 1988, Wood has held numerous positions on the board of directors, including a term as president. She currently serves as the chapters delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates and also serves on the Missouri AFP Education Committee. Wood also served as the chair of VIGOR (Volunteers Investigating Growth Opportunities and Restructuring), a committee to revitalize and strategically plan for the future of the Missouri AFP. Throughout her career, Wood has been active in promoting and spreading awareness concerning breastfeeding. She currently serves on the AAFPs Breastfeeding Advisory Committee and represents the AAFP to the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Wood earned her undergraduate degree and her medical degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Wood then completed her residency at Via Christi-St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program in Wichita, Kan. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has the AAFP Degree of Fellow, an earned degree awarded to family physicians for distinguished service and continuing medical education.

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Two Veteran HCA Leaders Get New Responsibilities


Division merger creates greater efficiency, multi-market operating unit
HCA, which operates 164 hospitals and 111 ambulatory surgery centers, announced that two veteran HCA division presidents are undertaking new responsibilities. Stephen E. Corbeil, who has been President of the companys Midwest Division in Kansas City since 2007, will become President of HCAs Nashvillebased TriStar Division. He replaces Larry Kloess, whose retirement was announced earlier this month. In addition, HCA veteran and longtime Delta Division President Mel Lagarde will become President of HCAs newly-named MidAmerica Division, based in Kansas City. This division includes the companys existing Delta Division (based in New Orleans) and Midwest Division operations. HCA will maintain a market presence in the New Orleans area with certain division staff based there. These transitions will begin immediately. The merger of Delta and Midwest, two of our smaller divisions, makes sense for a number of reasons, said Paul Rutledge, President of HCAs Central Group. Joining the two divisions enables us to improve efficiency while continuing to support our hospitals and creating a multi-market operating unit similar to most other HCA divisions. Steve and Mel are veteran HCA division presidents with proven track records as outstanding multi-hospital leaders, said Rutledge. Their familiarity with HCAs culture will serve them well in their new roles. As MidAmerica Division President, Lagarde, 54, is responsible for HCAs 18 hospitals and six ambulatory surgery centers in Missouri, Kansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. A 32-year employee of HCA, Lagarde served since 1995 as President of HCAs Delta Division, which at one point included HCAs operations in Austin and Corpus Christi. Prior to that, Lagarde was Chief Operating Officer of HCAs Gulf Coast Division in Texas from 1994 to 1995. He also served in various hospital leadership positions at several HCA hospitals in Georgia, Virginia and Texas. In his new role leading TriStar, Corbeil, 51, is responsible for the divisions 17 hospitals and nine surgery centers in Tennessee, Georgia and Kentucky, including seven facilities in HCAs hometown market of Middle Tennessee. Prior to returning to HCA in 2007 to become President of HCAs Midwest Division, Corbeil held several senior-level, multimarket leadership positions with Tenet Healthcare. Before that, he was CEO of HCAs Medical City Dallas Hospital from 1996 to 2000.

Willie Lawrence, Jr., MD, Honored at City Council Chambers


On Sept. 1 at the City Council Chambers, Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo, Councilwoman, 5th District at Large, and the Kansas City City Council members honored Research Medical Center cardiologist, Willie E. Lawrence, Jr., MD, FACC, with Resolution No. 110676, honoring him for being named 2011 Physician of the Year by the American Heart Association. Dr. Lawrence accepted the recognition with a moving speech about the path his career has taken, the importance of the American Heart Associations work and achievements, and with personal stories of his family and how they have been touched by heart disease and stroke. An interventional cardiologist, Dr. Lawrence is the chief of the Division of Cardiology at Research Medical Center, the director of the Midwest Physician practice, Midwest Heart Associates, the founder and director of Research Medical Centers congestive heart failure program, and the medical director of the hospitals cardiac rehabilitation program.

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Best Protection Against the Flu: Vaccination


The single best way to protect yourself and others against influenza is to get a flu vaccination each year. The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than six months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease). Prevention steps the CDC recommends to help prevent the flu: Take time to get vaccinated Take preventive actions daily, including washing your hands often with soap and water, covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, staying home when you are sick

The Influenza Clinic for Research Medical Center, HCA employees and all physicians/allied healthcare professionals who work in the facility is as follows: Oct. 6 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Research Medical Center (5 West nursing station) Oct. 18 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Research Brookside Campus (Home Base) Oct. 19 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Research Medical Center (5 West nursing station) Oct. 20 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Research Medical Center (5 West nursing station) Oct. 25 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Research Medical Center (5 West nursing station) IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS: Information will be sent out regarding vaccinations for immediate family members in late October. There will be a $20 charge for family members receiving the vaccine. Please take note: A vaccination sticker will be given to everyone who receives the vaccine. When reporting to the Clinic to receive the vaccine, you must wear your identification name tag. Mask requirement for those who are unvaccinated and working within six feet of patients or other designated areas will begin at 7 a.m. on November 1. All employees will need to report to the Clinics to sign declination forms if they choose not to be vaccinated. Employees who were vaccinated elsewhere need to report to the Clinic to complete consent forms, provide verification of vaccinations and receive stickers for identification name tag. If you have questions about the vaccine, a healthcare referral service organization is available to answer calls from HCA employees. Call the toll free number at 1-888-741-5118.

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Clinical Excellence Update


Last CompetenCy Fair
The very last competency fair of 2011 is upon us. If you have not attended one of the previous competency fairs, make sure that you attend this one, as this is mandatory! Your final opportunity is on Oct.12 at the Research Brookside Campus. Registration is from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Heart FaiLure symposium


This program will provide the participant an update on heart failure care in the acute and chronic settings. This will allow the participant to apply current evidence based practice in providing care to heart failure patients and utilize tools and collaborative efforts to improve clinical outcomes. For more information, contact Tess at (816) 276-3715 or email at teresita.laoruangroch@ hcamidwest.com.

WeLCome and tHank you


It has been a very busy summer. We have had several large patient orientation sessions full of new Research Medical Center nurses. The Clinical Excellence department would like to say welcome again to all of the nurses who joined the Research team this summer and to say thank you to Brad Bryant and Laura Hyland for all of your help in orienting everyone. You made the process much smoother and more efficient. We would also like to thank those who helped us welcome our new staff throughout the year.

sCHooL at Work
Research Medical Center is happy to announce the School at Work Graduating Class of 2011.

(L-R): Gary Walker, Ernest Reese, Debra Law, Nadine Brown and Vickie Tarr

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Join the American Cancer Society in the Battle Against Breast Cancer
Research Medical Center and Research Brookside Campus will join the fight against breast cancer on Oct. 29 by participating as a flagship sponsor in the American Cancer Societys Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a non-competitive walk that will be held at Liberty Memorial. Stephanie Graff, MD, Ginny Gordanier and Carolyn Tessler, coordinators for the Research Making Strides team, have a goal of recruiting 100 walkers for a day of funraising for this very important cause. An estimated 5,000 women in Kansas and Missouri will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and nearly 1,100 will die from it. The disease affects our wives, mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, daughters, friends and colleagues, which is why Research Medical Center, as part of HCA Midwest Health System, has made a commitment to join the fight against breast cancer during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. We all know someone touched by breast cancera patient, a family member, a friend, explains Stephanie Graff, MD, medical oncologist with Research Medical Center. This walk gives our Research Medical Center family the opportunity to walk along side them, offering our support. I hope youand your family and friendswill join us. As the nations largest non-government supporter of breast cancer research nationwide, the American Cancer Society has funded $323 million in breast cancer research grants since 1972 and has been an important part of nearly every major breast cancer research breakthrough of the past century. Funds raised through this event will support this critical breast cancer research and support programs and services the society provides to improve the quality of life and chances of survival for cancer patients right here, in our community. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is about passion, prevention, and survival; and its about remembering those for whom the cure did not come soon enough. making strides against Breast CanCer oCtoBer 29 LiBerty memoriaL Registration starts at 8 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m. www.makingstrideskansascity.org For more information on how to join Researchs Making Strides team, contact Ginny Gordanier at (816) 276-6701 or ginny.raney@hcahealthcare.com or Carolyn Tessler at (816) 276-3704 or carolyn.tessler@hcamidwest.com. For more information on American Cancer Society programs or for cancer-related information, call 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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Events

october 3: Wear Pink Day. Join us in the cafeteria during lunch to learn about Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. october 12: Living with Diabetes, @ Research Medical Center, Rooms 3-4, 6:30-8 p.m. october 13: Third Quarter Employee of the Month/ Retirement Reception @ RMC cafeteria, 3-4 p.m. october 21: breast Health: Prevention and Risk Reduction @ Research Medical Center, Classrooms 3-4, 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. To register, call (816) 276-9650. october 27: Volker Awards banquet @ Hyatt Regency Crown Center. october 29: Making strides Against breast Cancer @ Liberty Memorial, 9 a.m. november 5: Research Royal Rebound @ The College basketball Experience. Call (816) 276-4218 for more information.

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Research Medical Center nurses contribute to the hospitals leadership in patient safety.
Research Medical Center (RMC) received the Missouri Award of Excellence for Patient Safety in 2011 for our frontline staff collaboration with Risk Management in Nursing and Quality Peer Review. RMC received the Missouri Award of Excellence for Patient Safety in 2009 for our implementation of Just Culture. Nurses at RMC reduced the fall rate to meet our hospital goal of less than 3 per 1,000 patient days. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) national benchmark rate for complications/ patient safety is 1 percent or less. We are less than 1 percent. A new radiation safety program was implemented to decrease exposure to patients and healthcare professionals. Implementation of a patient suicide prevention program is underway. RMC completed its Institute for Safe Medication Practices assessment. Positive patient perceptions of safety increased from 2009 to 2010. The positive results of RMCs effort to create a culture of safety is evident in the increase of occurrence reporting above the HCA rate of greater than 14 per 1,000 adjusted patient days. This score is an indication that staff feels comfortable in reporting safety events.

RMC nurses lead the endeavor to secure nursing magnet status and advance the practice of nursing.
Research Medical Center is well along its Journey to Magnet Excellence with the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Nursing at RMC meets or is better than national magnet standards in several key areas according to licensed bed size: Decreased RN turnover Decreased RN vacancy RN Average Length of employment RNs with bachelor of nursing degree RN decision-makers with graduate degrees RN decision-makers who are advance practice RMC meets or exceeds magnet scorecard criteria for the following: Nursing professional framework shared governance model Nursing professional practice model synergy model Nursing theorist model Patricia Benner Novice to Expert Nursing clinical recognition program Research College of Nursing is working in partnership with the Research Medical Center Quality and Risk Departments to instill a culture of patient safety with nurses in-training. Six performance improvement projects are underway to improve care and to teach students the PDCA process so they can contribute to process improvement when they begin their nursing practice. RMC has standardized the on boarding process for new nursing graduates and Licensed Independent Practitioners. RMC has created competency metrics for nurse preceptors using evidenced based tools and strategies for teamwork (TeamSTEPPS).

Research Medical Center is among the best for nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.
RMC is above the mean in registered nurse hoursto-patient days ratio as compared to hospitals participating in the Magnet Status Database for Nursing Quality Indicators.

RMC nurses are leaders of teams to improve patient satisfaction.


The quality of Research Medical Centers nurses is an important reason why the hospital consistently exceeds national quality standards.

At 70 percent, Research Medical Center is the second best performer overall within HCA Midwest Health System for HCAHPs RMCs pain management score improved by 12 percent in the second quarter of 2011.

Joint Commission-Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center: Research Medical Center (RMC) is a Joint Commission-certified Advanced Heart Failure Center. RMC was the 8th hospital in the nation to be awarded this certification and was the first in Kansas and Missouri. ACTION Registry-GWTG-Gold: This award recognizes Research Medical Centers commitment and success in implementing the highest standards of care for coronary artery disease patients. Get With the GuidelinesTM-Heart Failure-Gold Plus: Research Medical Center is one of 93 hospitals in the nation to receive this award, which recognizes our commitment and success in implementing the highest standards of care for heart attack patients. Get With the GuidelinesTM-Stroke-Gold Plus: The award recognizes Research Medical Centers commitment and success in implementing the highest standards of care for stroke patients. RMC was one of just 33 hospitals nationwide to receive Triple Gold recognition by the American Heart Association in 2010. 100% compliance with CMS core measure metrics for Heart Attack (AMI) and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). Research Medical Centers average door-to-balloon time to open up clogged arteries in heart attack patients is consistently among the best in the area, the state and the nation. We meet the average national standard of 90 minutes or less 100 percent of the time, and our average time for 2011 year-to-date is 61minutes. Low number of hospital-acquired conditions: RMC total of 4 for the second quarter of 2011. No post-operative deep vein thrombosis in first quarter 2011.

No mortality for abdominal aortic aneurysm in first quarter 2011. The national benchmark is 1 percent or less. Our overall hospital mortality rate is 2.3 percent compared to the national average of 2.6 percent. Our overall hospital complication rate is 5.10 percent versus the national average rate of 7 percent. No surgical site infections for HIP and hysterectomy. Our blood stream infection rate is 0.2 versus state average rate of 0.9. Our MRSA nosocomial infection rate is below the national benchmark of 1.3. Our C-difficile infection rate is below national benchmark of 0.8. Avoidance of pneumothorax post surgery at RMC is better than other hospitals within hospitalcompare.gov Compared to other hospitals in hospitalcompare.gov, RMC has less excessive bleeding post surgery. Avoidance of infection following surgery at RMC is better than other hospitals in hospitalcompare.gov RMC care of cancer patients in six cancer indicators is better than the national rate. According to a prevalence study, the national incidence of pressure ulcers is 3 percent. RMCs rate is 1.7 percent.

Research Medical Center nurses are continuing the charge to verify and adopt high standards of care from national accrediting organizations.
Accreditations 2011: received accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, renewed hospital Joint Commission accreditation, preparing to recertify the Advanced Heart Failure Center and Primary Stroke Center with the Joint Commission, and beginning to prepare for diabetes accreditation. RMC is participating fully in the Centers for Disease Control national survey of maternity practices and infant care. RMC is the only adult hospital in KC, Mo. to participate in the Leapfrog survey. The national survey assesses hospital performance based on four quality and safety practices that are proven to reduce preventable medical mistakes and are endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF). This data is publicly reported.

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Healthy Habits Corner


Comprised of members of various departments, the Healthy Habits Committees goal is to support and encourage employees who want to live healthier and happier lives through physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth. Healthy Habits has championed many grassroots initiatives since its inception in 2008. Research Medical Center was awarded the American Heart Associations Gold Fit-Friendly Company award in 2009, 2010, and 2011 which recognized Research Medical Center for providing physical fitness and healthy eating options for employees, and for promoting a culture of wellness. Ideas for future Healthy Habits initiatives can be forwarded to Jan Horton. of making a positive change. Session 3 had the beginning weigh-in on Oct. 3, with final weigh in on Dec. 28. Look for more information on the Intranet or contact Susan Hendrickson. The total weight lost for the summer session was over 200 pounds with 27 active participants. See below for additional results:

(L-R): Susan Hendrickson, Sarah Bierma, Sarah Fike, Tiffany Hatfield, Sarah Bay, Jackie DeSouza.

tHe WeLLness garden


The Wellness Gardens will have an additional seven garden beds this fall, which will be shared gardeners from the community. Please let Sue Funk know if you or your unit or department are interested in having a garden. In order to receive a garden bed, you will need to sign a commitment to keeping the garden up during the growing season. Any questions about the Wellness Gardens can be sent to Sue Funk at Ext. 4664 or sue.funk@hcamidwest.com.

meltaways (nicu): 19 pounds with a top individual who lost nearly five percent 2 north: 21 pounds with a top individual who lost six percent brookside buffs: 43 pounds with a top individual who lost nearly 10 percent Pharmacy: 34.4 pounds with a top individual who lost eight percent 3 north: 15 pounds with a top individual who lost three percent eating disorders unit: Lost seven pounds with a top individual who lost six percent

HeaLtHy HaBits promotes pHysiCaL aCtivity


The Healthy Habits Committee encourages 150 minutes of moderate physical activity each week as part of the American Heart Association Physical Activity Guidelines. In many cases, the easiest path to physical activity is a regular walking program. Cool, crisp fall weather is a great time to walk the outdoor walking trail beginning by the Wellness Garden and Fruit Trees west of Outpatient West. If you are ready to take it to the next level, you might be interested in several local walk/ runs. A comprehensive schedule of events throughout the region can be found at www.mararunning.org.
Submitted by: Jan Horton, Sue Funk, Susan Hendrickson and Cheri Hampton

tHe Biggest Loser summer session resuLts


The winning team for the summer session was the ICU afternoon shift. Sarah Bierma lost 12 percent and was the Biggest Loser, while Sarah Bay came in a very close second, losing 11.8 percent. The ICU team consisted of Sarah Bierma, Sarah Fike, Tiffany Hatfield and Sarah Bay. Bay said the competition and the small team support helped them excel at their goal of getting healthy. The award ceremony was held on Sept. 21 with awards given to the top two winners and the winning team. According to the winning team, all said the lack of healthy eating options during the afternoon shift negatively impacted them. Several ideas to increase the healthy options for the afternoon shift staff was discussed with the goal

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Research Royal Rebound to Feature Top 10 Sweepstakes


With the 9th Research Royal Rebound just around the corner, a new feature has been added to the Nov. 5 event at the College Basketball Experience at Sprint Center. Its a Top 10 Sweepstakes. Attendees can purchase one or more $100 tickets and your name is entered for a chance to select from one of 10 prize packages each valued at $1,000 or more. All 10 prizes will be given away to the 10 names drawn. The prizes include:

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Vacation in the USA We all could use a vacation with this one-week stay at RCI condo Get Away Wanna get a way on this one-week stay at La Quinta, Calif. condo? Golfers Delight Tee em up and hit em straight during these rounds of golf at a variety of regional courses like Loch Lloyd, Osage National Resort and Indian Hills Wine for a Year Stock up your personal wine cellar with 52 bottles of wine for even the most discriminating tastes. It even includes some wine tastings Kansas City Staycation Kick back and relax without the burden of travel, while staying at several area hotels, including The Raphael and the Sheraton Overland Park Kansas City Restaurant Sampler Dinner is on us with gift certificates to a variety of Kansas City restaurants, including P.F. Changs, Oklahoma Joes and Le Fou Frog Enjoy the Arts and More at attractions like the Lied Center, Powell Gardens and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Just for Kids Dont forget the kids with gift certificates to various youth-oriented attractions such as the Kansas City Zoo, the Coterie Theatre and the Paul Mesner Puppets Pamper Yourself Look out for number one with gift certificates to several self-indulgent experiences, including Bolero Salon & Spa, Beauty Brands and Jadore Home & Garden Sports and Entertainment Are you a sports fan? Do you like to go out and have fun? Then this is the package for you.

Winners must be present to win or designate someone to select their prize. The purchase of a table or ticket to attend the Rebound does not include entry in the Sweepstakes.

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News Briefs
rick brown, md, joinS midweSt heart aSSociateS
Rick Brown, MD, FACC, has joined Midwest Heart Associates and the medical staff of Research Medical Center and Research Belton Hospital. Dr. Brown has 13 years experience providing care for cardiovascular patients in the Kansas City area. Dr. Brown practices as an invasive, non-interventional cardiologist. Clinical skills include pacemaker and device implantation, nuclear cardiology, transthoracic/transesophageal echocardiography, isation, advanced lipid management, and preventive cardiology. Dr. Brown received his medical degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center where he also completed his internal medicine residency and cardiovascular fellowship. The addition of Dr. Brown will allow Carrie Totta, MD, to serve the Cass/Harrisonville community on a fulltime basis. Dr. Totta will also provide back-up for Dr. Brown in the Belton area. This deployment will enhance cardiovascular services and quality for both markets.

jeSSica mowry, md, joinS brookSide family medical grouP


Jessica Mowry, MD, has recently joined Brookside Family Medical Group. Specializing in obstetrics, including prenatal care, labor management, postpartum and newborn care, Dr. Mowry provides the full scope of medicine for the entire family. She received her medical degree at the Medical School for International Health - Ben Gurion University in Israel and served her residency through the Research Family Medicine Residency program.

venuS buckner and Sara delautour PreSent at ebP SymPoSium


Venus Buckner, RN, BSN, and Sara DeLautour, RN, BSN, presented Creating a Peer Council at the EBP Symposium: Healthy Work Environments, an event hosted by the University of Kansas Hospital.

Adopt-A-Family
The Holiday Season is fast approaching. Our economy is stable but fragile and hopefully our 401Ks have stabilized (at least some). Without your help, many of our Research Medical Center co-workers and their families will experience a very meager holiday season this year. We are appealing to your heart as much as your pocketbook when we ask for your help. Your generosity and bountiful spirit made it possible for many Research Medical Center families to enjoy and celebrate holidays past. Last year over 25 Research Medical Center families benefited from the collective generosity of 25 departments and physician partners. Many thanks! We are now planning Research Medical Centers 2011 Adopt-A-Family program. If you and those in your department are interested in helping our families, including those who work at the Research Brookside Campus, contact your supervisor, department director, unit chaplain, or the Pastoral Care department at 276-4120. All interested departments and individuals must respond by November 11. This will allow ample time to collect gifts and food. Distribution will be Friday, Dec, 16, at the main campus. If you are a Research Medical Center employee who would like to be considered for adoption, you may pick-up a nomination form in the Pastoral Care office, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nomination forms need to be completed and returned to the Pastoral Care office by November 11. All family adoptions are managed confidentially.

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Life, Live it Well Screening Events


Health Screenings are once again being offered to full-time and part-time HCA employees this year. An up to $500 healthcare reimbursement account (HRA) is available to all full-time and part-time employees who complete a health screening, a personal health assessment (PHA), and any required follow-ups. Screening events are available until Oct. 21, or you may schedule an off-site location if you cannot find an event that is convenient to you. To schedule a screening, log in to www.HCARewards. com and click H2U under the Health & Wellness section. Select Step One: Schedule a Health Screening. All available screening event appointments will be listed. You may also select the off-site location button to schedule a screening at a Lab Corps location. The following screening events will be held on the Research Medical Center main campus in the Learning Resource Center on B-level: Oct. 4 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Oct. 4 1-5 p.m. Oct. 6 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6 1-5 p.m. Oct. 13 6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Please remember that you must fast for at least nine hours prior to your screening appointment time. You will receive an email when your results are available. You can then return to the H2U Wellness Path and select Step Two: Take the Personal Health Assessment. The system will guide you through the PHA and notify you of any required follow-ups. You will earn $250 in your HRA for completing a screening event by Oct. 21 and the PHA by November 30 (you must complete both). You will receive $100 in your HRA if your results are within normal parameters or you complete a requested follow-up with your physician. You will receive $150 in your HRA if there is no evidence of nicotine in your blood or are willing to complete a nicotine cessation program through H2U. If you have any difficulties accessing your account at H2U, you may call them directly at 1-800-771-0428. If you have questions about the wellness program, you may contact Cheri Hampton in Human Resources at (816) 276-4669 or cheri.hampton@hcamidwest.com.

Employee of the Month


Mark rotert, rN iNteNsive care uNit
Congratulations to Mark Rotert, RN, Intensive Care Unit, for being selected Employee of the Month for September. Nomination comments by his co-workers include: Mark is very compassionate about his job and the patients he serves. He is very knowledgeable and very helpful with his patients family members. Hes a wonderful young man and employee. Hes a knowledgeable resource and preceptor in the ICU. Mark is always friendly and respectful in all interactions with patients, families and peers. He goes above and beyond to support his peers and serves his patients well.

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internationaL Credit union day


Join us in the Research Medical Center Cafeteria on Thursday, October 20th, 2011, from 11:00am to 1:00pm to celebrate International Credit Union Day. Purchasing a new vehicle, making home improvements, or refinancing? Dont miss out on record low interest rates! Auto or home equity loan rates as low as 2.75% APR.* Contact Madeline at (816) 276-9403 or Dwight at (816) 276-9404 for more details.
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HoLiday CLosings and speCiaL Hours


Healthcare Community Credit Union will be closed in observance of the following holidays: Columbus Day - October 10 Veterans Day - November 11 Thanksgiving - November 25 Christmas - December 26 New Years - January 2

CHristmas in oCtoBer
Savers Rejoice! On October 10th your Christmas savings will be transferred to your share account. Dont have a Christmas Club Account? Now is the perfect time to start one! Make deposits through direct deposit or at any of our branches. Not enough time to saveno worries. Healthcare Community Credit Union has Visa Platinum Credit Cards with rates as low as 5.75 APR*% to make your holiday shopping easier.

Note: Special hours on November 26 - 9 a.m. noon

Code of Conduct
reminder
The 2011 Code of Conduct Refresher and 2011 Annual Safety and Security Quiz is required to be completed by all employees of Research Medical Center, Research College of Nursing, Midwest Oncology Support Services and Midwest Perfusion, (including those hired in 2011) by Dec. 15, 2011 or they risk being suspended or terminated from employment.