We are thankful for all our health care heroes. Here’s a summary of shout outs featured in the Daily Updates from May 15-21, plus our favorite video from the past week:
Thank you to these and ALL of our awesome UofL Health team members who are doing extraordinary things during this time of crisis:
- I would like to “Shout Out” the Director Chassidy Bibbs at Mary & Elizabeth Hospital for her service excellence shown during this Covid-19 pandemic.
- I would like to recognize Terrilyn Green and the others involved with scheduling and managing the screening sites/temperature tables at the entrances. It was something that was not precedented before and they did a great job setting these up. I also know Terrilyn has been diligent about recognizing those who are working the tables and arranged breakfast for the workers today! Also wanted to thank those who are working the tables as well for their continued efforts to keep patients and staff safe during this time.
- I would like to give a shout out to Mulu, PCA who worked on 4BC Sunday night. He was pulled mid shift and took initiative to get report from each nurse to ensure his report was correct to adequately provide excellent care to his patients. 4BC can be a chaotic unit to work on and Mulu not only took care of his patients, but he also organized all of the isolation stations to be uniformed and easy for staff to grab items they need. The unit has not looked this good since it opened. Proud to have him as a part of our MEH team!
- I would like to recognize Joe, manager, Shedeana, supervisor, and the S&D teams. They are in a position that requires them to have available all needed PPE’S for the UofL Jewish Hospital Teams. They are working continuously to order, borrow, and follow up, and still have always come through. We have installed a new ordering system here which has its challenges to the S & D team. The leadership has been a great example of teamwork during these unprecedented times. Thanks for all you do both seen and not seen.
- I would like to extend a shout out to Annie Box, MSN, RN is Pre-Procedure Testing (PPT) at UofL Health-Jewish Hospital. Annie has been instrumental in assuring that all of the patients that are scheduled for invasive elective surgical procedures at UofL Health-Jewish Hospital are tested for COVID 19 and that their test results are available within the established 72-96 hour window. Annie adjusts her shifts, hours and days worked (including nights and weekends) in order to obtain COVID 19 viral nasopharyngeal test results from Quest and communicate the results to the surgical services team. Annie’s exemplary actions are a testament to the power of U and one RN’s contributions as an unsung hero.
- I would like to give a Shout Out to Brittany Adams, Critical Care Educator, at Jewish Hospital, for the wonderful job she did at creating the Prone module, setting up training and doing most of the training herself!!! This has really made a difference in the recovery of the COVID-19 patients in CCU.
- A shout out to our amazing RN and our MA’s in Fairdale. There are no words to describe the absolute pleasure and joy I feel daily to witness your kindness and compassion as you all serve with a grateful heart. It is my greatest privilege to work with you and for you as you serve the needs our of our Fairdale community. In a short sentence, YOU ROCK!
- I wanted give a shout out to the nurses on 7 East, in particular Kari, who identified a sick patient quickly, notified us, and got critical intravenous access within minutes of identifying active bleeding in a sick patient. Overall it was an exemplary moment of teamwork and we appreciate them so much!
- I had the opportunity Monday to see our hard work in action, and I was impressed! I was finally able to have a delayed outpatient knee surgery. The process and people involved made this smoother than I could have ever imagined. From Kim Rogers in the orthopedic clinic keeping me abreast the changes impacting my planned procedure, to the efficient and professional drive thru testing site Friday morning, to the concierge service I received on the day of my procedure- it worked like a well-oiled machine. The screening staff, the individual who welcomed me into the registration area, the registrar, the individual who escorted me to the second floor and pushed all the elevator buttons, the individuals who assisted me in pre-op. Ann Langford and Elizabeth Hubbard in recovery were patient and helpful to me as I did not have the family support available. The following day I received physical therapy from Jon Holland at Frazier Sports Medicine clinic and noted the effort to engage all the precautions we’ve recommended. This entire group of individuals-from start to finish-was calm, professional, and demonstrated such attentive care. I know, as a leader and provider, that maintaining this level of collective professionalism and cohesion isn’t as easy as they made it appear. Had I not known the inner workings of this process as a leader, I would have never known the stress and uncertainty these care providers have been dealing with for months. They were phenomenal, and each one played an important role. I was so grateful for the experience of seeing our work through a different lens, as it has filled me with gratitude and provided me energy to stay the course and continue working hard for our teams that work so hard for our patients.
- I would like to give a shout out to my coworkers in the Nursing Professional Development Department. This teams has worked timelessly throughout this pandemic to assure staff had the most up to date information to help them provide the safest and highest quality care to patients and families, while keeping themselves safe. I could not ask to work with a better team!
- I would like to recognize Pamela Gillman at Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. Pamela has taken on staffing the patient/visitor/staff screening tables along with her other duties. We are grateful to have someone on our leadership team that is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure operations run smoothly for the facility. Thank you, Pamela!
- I want to give a shout out to Scott Laster for making our hospital, UofL Peace, light up green! It looks amazing!
- Shout out to Stephen Dewitt and the entire engineering team at Peace Hospital. From installing all of our new signage & decals to lighting up our facility green for compassion (in addition to their “day jobs”) they continue to work “behind the scenes” to keep our facility safe, secure and operating! Thank you all for showing up every day with positivity and perseverance! You are appreciated!!
- I would like to give a shout out to dietitians LeeAnn Crush, Elizabeth Riddle, and Lauren Wright who purchased Chick-fil-A for the Mary & Elizabeth ICU nurses. LeeAnn organized lunch to recognize the nurses for their hard work during this time. Such a positive thought shows that these dietitians represent true teamwork in acknowledging their peers for the difficult job they are doing. Such a wonderful representation of our Clinical Nutrition group!
- I would like to give a shout out to Dan Desilvey with material management at U of L Shelbyville. He has been a true star when it comes to getting the staff the PPE and supplies needed to care for our patients. He is timely with requests and always offers different solutions when available. He is very reliable and will always provide follow up of any task asked. He has provided the leadership team and the staff with the comfort in knowing we have the supplies we need to safely care for our patient. He always goes above and beyond for our team.
- Shout Out to all the staffing coordinators at UofL Hospital. They work tirelessly and under difficult and stressful conditions to ensure that staff are sufficiently placed and all floors are balanced and set up for success. They tolerate a lot of agitated staff outbursts and navigate through the politics to ensure the staff are where they need to be. Thank you for all that you do.
- A shout out to the Cath Lab, Invasive Cardiology and EP teams at JH for signing up to reacquaint or learn new areas of patient care in preparation for the possible surge of Covid 19 patients. Not only was this a walk outside their normal work flow, many came back with a renewed spirit and deep appreciation for what others do in other areas of the hospital. Their willingness to do step out of their comfort zone to be of assistance show dedication not only to our organization but to the community of which we serve. Also thanks so much to those units who helped train them.
- I’d like to give a shout out to the best manager! Michelle Meiman has made sure we had all the supplies we needed daily ! She communicates daily what’s going on with covid-19. Most importantly- she is always there for us ! Our department would not run smooth without her!
- Our incredible team at UofL Physicians Primary-Care Cedar Grove are working hard daily to meet our patient needs through telehealth visits and now in office appts. We are the #PowerofU
- I would like to recognize Miles Brinley, Mike Martin and Austin Pait from Sterile Processing. These 3 employees have been responsible for the retrieval, sterilization and delivery of N95 masks throughout Jewish Hospital. They have also been sterilizing the masks from University of Louisville. I consider these 3 employees heroes as they stepped up without hesitation to help our hospital system in a time of crisis. Sterile Processing is a “behind the scenes” department that is routinely looked over. Without their dedication, compassion and care, the mask situation would be far worse. Thank you gentlemen! You make me proud.
Are you seeing co-workers turn into health care heroes during this time of crisis? Give them a “shout out” so we can all recognize their extraordinary actions. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name, department and how they are making a difference. Be sure to note “Shout Out” in the subject line.