Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Hall of Snowflakes at CH-F

Last week, I made a visit to our Radiology Department and was delighted to find the snowflakes had made their way to the ceiling. Snowflakes have been a CH-F Radiology Department tradition for many years. Each year, the staff adds just a few snowflakes to the collection from the year before. Now over 70 snowflakes (some many years old), greet patients.

As you know, the winters can be long and gloomy in Northwest Missouri, but health needs know no season. Rain or shine, cold or warm, the staff at CH-F know that tests need run and patients need answers. The beautiful snowflakes can make your visit a little more palatable even if you had to venture out in Missouri's winter weather. 

We hope that you will enjoy the care and love given to each little piece of artwork. Each has been designed to bring a smile to a patient's face. We love how our youngest patients seem to find time to crank their necks back and take a look!

So from our house to yours, we wish you the very best health this holiday season. Should you find yourself needing to make a visit to our hospital, take a moment to admire our snowflakes and remember that winter will soon be over and the snowflakes back in storage. 

Seasons may change, but our commitment to you remains the same. 

Happy Winter Friends!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

CH-F Volunteer-Turned-Patient Comes Full Circle

Each year, when the Celebrity Waiter Dinner or CommuniTEE Golf Benefit roll around, Community Hospital-Fairfax (CH-F) is fortunate to work with a great team of volunteers. From determining the decor, to filling out the scorecards, both events are an all hands on deck kind of affair. Before each event, emails are sent,  phone calls are made and a fantastic crew is assembled that makes each fundraiser run like a well oiled machine.

One of the most important, and pleasant, phone calls made each year is to Jimmy and Leisa Paris, Fairfax residents and members of both the CH-F Celebrity Waiter Dinner and CommuniTEE Golf Benefit committee. Jimmy and Leisa are always available with a helping hand, big smiles and 14 coolers. Yes, you read that correctly. Through chance and a collector's eye, Jimmy and Leisa have assembled enough coolers to keep 300 golfers and volunteers hydrated with cold water and pop and hold enough ice for 700 plus drinks at the Celebrity Waiter Dinner.

Jimmy & Leisa (right) proudly sport their official volunteer shirts at the 2013 CommuniTEE Golf Benefit.
Along with the plethora of coolers, Leisa and Jimmy assist in many other ways. Many may not know that Jimmy and Leisa are part of a hard working team that provides the delicious steaks grilled onsite for both the golf tournament and the Celebrity Waiter Dinner. Jimmy and Leisa supervise the trimming, seasoning and grilling of over 500 steaks a year for the hospital. The smell and taste of steaks hot off the grill provided for each guest is part of what makes CH-F events so special. CH-F is so appreciative of this talented crew! One year, the hospital attempted to give Jimmy a year off. He was sure to let us know that he missed his role as grillmaster despite the added rest!

Just recently, CH-F got the opportunity to give a little back to the Paris family as they have generously given to us throughout the years. Approximately a year ago, Jimmy experienced an injury to his shoulder. When asked what tasks were more difficult after the injury, Jimmy commented that everything was more challenging. He knew he needed therapy to get back to the activities he was accustomed to doing and CH-F was his choice for therapy services.

"Use of one's shoulder is extremely important to day to day activities. We have watched Jimmy assist at hospital events and knew that he was an active, hardworking individual. We devised a therapy plan to help him regain the strength and use of his shoulder as quickly as possible," commented Shannon Pruitt, PT, Director of Therapy Services at CH-F.

Jimmy attended therapy over the course of several months. Although he may never regain the use of his shoulder that he once had, he is able to complete many more tasks than before therapy. As you can only imagine, Jimmy was not about to be left out of the CH-F golf tournament when August rolled around. He was upfront with the therapists when he told them he expected to be able play golf. Thanks to Jimmy's hard work and the therapy he received, Jimmy and Leisa hit the links in August along with their many friends from CH-F.

"Even though I often dreaded going, the therapists made each visit enjoyable. Thanks to all of them," commented Jimmy.

Jimmy and his wife, Leisa, stay dry at the 2012 golf tournament.
"Knowing our patients and being able to give back to them as they have supported us is extremely rewarding. Seeing Jimmy at the golf course was wonderful. Enjoying the steak he will cook at the Celebrity Waiter Dinner in March is even better!" Ann Schlueter, Director of Strategic Planning at CH-F.
Jimmy and his crew have a grill full at the 2012 Celebrity Waiter Dinner.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A Recipe for a Successful Me Market

What does it take to make a Me Market? 

Today, let's go over the recipe for a great health related event tailored especially for women. 

First you start with amazing volunteers: 

Many thanks goes out to these two, who put in hours worth of chair and table organization. We also have an amazing team of Development Council volunteers, plus other hospital employees who faithfully show up to events all year long to help. Whether it's setting up the 52 plus tables and chairs or helping the vendors find their booth space, our volunteers stay busy! 

The next essential ingredient is amazing healthcare professionals that provided screenings and information about important topics like health insurance and new procedures offered at Community Hospital-Fairfax:

1. Radiology Director Beth Mackey and Douglas Niemann, M.D. discuss a new procedure called Venacure that CH-F will soon be offering. Venacure is a non surgical procedure that effectively treats and diminishes varicose veins. 

 2. Home Health nurse Jeanie Mackey provided 50 blood pressure checks and 60 glucose checks at the Me Market.

3. Bonnie Erickson and April Stoner, both employees in CH-F Business Office, provided helpful information about health insurance. 

1. Madeline Hamilton, PT and Shannon Pruitt, PT informed guests about potential fall risks in homes that can lead to injury.

2. Labor and Deliver nurse Marcee Dugan handed out free samples of formula, baby lotion, diapers and more and shared information about Community Hospital-Fairfax Obstetrics Services. 

What else goes into a great event? 

1. A dash of Zumba fun! Instructor Tiffany Rhine of Rock Port took over the auditorium with her fitness routine and gave out free classes to many lucky winners! 

2. Mother daughter pair Lee and Abbie Harms take in all of the shopping together.

3. Charlie Smith, who was recently crowned America's U.S. Miss Missouri, Jr. Tween reigned at the Me Market, helping the Auxiliary collect stuffed animals for the hospital's Emergency Room pediatric patients. Charlie helped the Auxiliary collect 30 stuffed animals!

You can also add in 14,335 steps, which is what guests who turned in their steps logged while at the Me Market. They kept track thanks to pedometers that CH-F handed out to the first 200 women who attended. Cassie Hegstrom of Tarkio logged 2,337 steps and won a month's membership to Heartland Rec Center! 

And just to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves, we also gave out door prizes all day long, thanks to donated items from the vendors. We also added spice to the mix with the Enchilada Lady's lunch and helped mothers by providing babysitting with the Tarkio High School FCCLA class. 

All of these ingredients helped Community Hospital-Fairfax create the perfect day out for women. 

If you attended the Me Market, we would love to hear what thought: Click on this link to take a quick, anonymous survey about your experience:  Me Market Survey

We'll see you next year on Saturday, November 9th!