Published Weekly for Associates & Volunteers of Penrose-St Francis Health Services

Feb. 7, 2011  

Note: Many associates do not regularly check their PSF e-mail. Please print this e-newsletter and make it available to your associates and co-workers. All past Penrose Pulse issues and other Centura Health newsletters can be accessed by visiting www.centuranews.org. Thank you.

Chest Pain Center - Video

“Chest Pain Centers have three main goals,” said Keathe Hanley, director of cardiovascular services. “The first is to get patients to the cath lab or surgery in a timely manner. The second is education. That includes staff, EMS and the community on how to care for themselves and their patients with chest pain. The third goal is continuous quality monitoring to ensure that all patients are treated in a timely manner and continuously look for better ways to do things.”

But what does that really mean?

Click on the link below to watch a short video of one patient’s experience.

Click to watch the video.

So, let me help you make the connection between Linda’ story and a Chest Pain Center.

• Through community education, Linda knew that she could be having a heart attack.
•  EMS quickly arrived at her home and began appropriate treatment.
• After she arrived at Penrose, the ED staff did a great job of getting her to the cath lab in a matter of minutes.
• But her care didn’t end there, she stayed within the system and had open heart surgery, followed by cardiac rehab.
• She now continues to exercise at the HLC on a regular basis.

That is what a Chest Pain Center looks like from a patient’s perspective

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Heart Month 2011

Click on the flyer for a printable version.

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A Healthy Heart

Steve Ericson has worked at Penrose for 34 years now. Most people know him as a carpenter but few know his secret to staying fit and active.

Not long ago, he was in Margaret Sabin’s office hanging some pictures for her. The works he was hanging were of Margaret’s half-marathons so the conversation quickly turned to exercise. We all know Margaret teaches boot camp class and runs, but she found it interesting to learn that Steve was a cyclists.

He considers himself a recreational, long distance rider. He and his wife and their friends regularly take part in organized rides such as the MS 150 or the Santa Fe Century. As a matter of fact, Steve has logged 13,000 miles on his bike in the past four years.

For Steve, cycling has a number of benefits: you stay in shape, it is a good way to meet people with similar interests and it gives you a reason to travel. For example, they have ridden in Lake Tahoe, the Black Hills, Texas, the Colorado high country and New Mexico, just to name a few.

Being that it is Heart Month, we think it is great that Steve is working hard to keep his body strong and his heart healthy. So, what are you doing to stay healthy?

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Calling all associates

Calling all associates “PAINTING BRIGHTER TOMORROWS” everyday!

Do you do your best everyday to “paint brighter tomorrows” for your patients and for each other?  Do you want to be a part of something fun and exciting that only happens once a year?  If the answer is yes, then we have a great opportunity for you that won’t take up much of your time.

We are searching for cost center volunteers for our 2011 Associate Campaign.  The Penrose-St. Francis Associate Campaign has helped so many people over the years, and being a volunteer allows you to be more involved in making this endeavor a success.  You do not have to personally ask for money, and you get to come to the kick-off breakfast at the Garden of the Gods club, which is always fun!  Will you help us by being a volunteer for your cost center?

 We have an extraordinary team of volunteers for most cost centers, but there are some that do not have coverage.  We would like EVERY cost center to have someone involved with this year’s Associate Campaign; ideally, 1 volunteer to 10 associates. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for the upcoming 2011 Associate Campaign this year, please call Melinda at Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation at 776-7760. 

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PSF Art Show

Believe it or not, I have found another art treasure here at Penrose hospital. One that many see every day but don’t recognize its significance.

Hidden in a conference room in construction services is this beautiful photograph. Now, I know this photo  below doesn’t do it justice, but this photo is nine feet tall and the three panels together total more than 12 feet wide. Let me recount the history of the photo for you.

The photograph, titled Mt. Sopris and the Crystal River, was taken in 1945 at the confluence of Crystal and Frying Pan Rivers between Glenwood Springs and Aspen. The photographer, Otto Roche, an early Denver commercial photographer, stopped time for many of the states most scenic locations.

In 1951, a fire demolished many of the businesses downtown, across from Acacia Park. Among them was the original “Ruth’s Oven” restaurant. In the rebuilding, the owner of Ruth’s Oven ordered an enlarged version of Mt. Sopris and the Crystal River to fill one of the walls of the restaurant. (Ruth’s Oven was located where Jose Muldoons is today.)

Mt. Sopris was printed in 1951 on black and white trans-light film base. It was hand colored with transparent oils and with watercolors, specially imported from China, at a commercial processing laboratory in Chicago.

Many locals remember Ruth’s Oven, the wonderful cakes and pies served there, and this photograph on the wall.

Following the owner’s death, the restaurant closed in 1968 and this photograph found it’s way to a local pie shop, then to a pizza parlor and then to a bar. The three rolls of film were finally rescued at a bank distress sale and ended up in the office of Dr. William Khulman. Finally, in 1987, it was donated to Penrose Hospital as part of the community’s history.

Carpenter Steve Ericson remembers building the frame and light system for the photograph and it was displayed in the hospital for many years. Those of you who have worked here for a while may remember it. About 10 years ago, it was relocated to the conference room in Pen North. The light is rarely on so, even those who meet in that room have no idea that this beautiful photograph is there.

So, I encourage you, if you ever find yourself over at Pen North and the conference room is not in use, slip in and turn on the light switch on the left side of the display. You won’t be disappointed.

This is kind of hard to see because this is a photo of a photo but this is Ruth's Oven in the 1950's. Notice our photo on the back wall.

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Cancer Center Corner

ANGELS at Work

A sea of purple. That’s how gatherings of the purple T-shirted ANGEL Network (African American Women Nurturing and Giving Each Other Life) have been described in the past. The ANGEL Network is a group of predominantly African American women who gather quarterly at Penrose Cancer Center to learn about different kinds of cancer, cancer screening guidelines and prevention. The group is very active in our community, taking educational materials about cancer to underserved areas in our community by way of health fairs, group presentations at churches, work site employee meetings and other events. Since 2001 ANGELs have taken their life-saving messages to thousands of El Paso County residents and helped launch three successful chapters in Ohio.

Saturday, 55 members and guests of the ANGEL Network and their sister organization, Juntas (“Together” in Spanish) cancer awareness advocates who focus on El Paso’s Latino community, met to learn about the benefits of proper nutrition in wellness.  The program for the day was called, “Say Yes to Eating Well to Live Well.”  The featured speaker was Dr. Kathleen Young ND, a specialist in nutrition for women’s health, diabetes and cancer. Dr. Young showed everyone how to prepare a healthy, properly proportioned plate of food to gain the optimum nutritional value, what foods are cancer fighting super foods, must haves, and those to reduce.  There was also a homemade Tuscan soup tasting and a testimonial by a colon cancer survivor.

The group is developing momentum to mentor young women and girls, a number of which were present at this quarter’s meeting. The purpose is to help them gain an early awareness of wellness and the importance of early detection and cancer prevention in hopes of reducing the number of ethnic minorities who fall victim to cancer.

The ANGEL Network will participated in health fairs and breast health promotion events at the United States Air Force Academy Clune Arena on Feb. 5th and will be at the USAFA Clinic on Feb 16th. They will provide information on HPV, cervical and Lung Cancers at the Hillside Community Center’s African American Family Health Fair.

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A Little R&R

“A Little R&R”
(Submitted by Stan Darnell, Rewards & Recognition Team)

Are you aware that there is a Rewards and Recognition Committee for Associates at Penrose-St. Francis? The Rewards & Recognition Team is committed to providing and honoring associate recognition through various programs which are driven by our core values of compassion, excellence, imagination, integrity, respect, spirituality, and stewardship and by our organization’s mission.  Some of the programs you may have heard of include:
- You Rock, where someone receives a rock as a thank you and then passes it on after two weeks to someone they want to say thank you to,
- Star Associate of the Quarter, a program that allows all associates to nominate someone who exemplifies the core value that is defined for that quarter,
- Department in the Spotlight, A great way to recognize and get to know other departments,
- Values Wristbands, a program designed get mangers and directors involved to recognize associates that they witness living our core values. 

Each month we will try to highlight upcoming events, or other important information.  This month we are highlighting HCAHPS.

What are HCAHPS?

The HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care. HCAHPS (pronounced “H-caps”), is a survey for measuring patients’ perceptions of their hospital experience. While many hospitals have collected information on patient satisfaction for their own internal use, until HCAHPS there was no national standard for collecting and publicly reporting information about patient experiences.

Why are HCAHPS important?

Patients are able to access HCAHPS scores and may use those as a tool to help decide who would be best for their care. CMS makes the information readily available to the public and also uses those scores to grade Hospitals as a determining factor for the amount of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement allotted to hospitals.

If you have any questions or would like to join the committee please contact Dee Faricy at extension 5117.

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Coffee at Penrose

Did you know that if you bring in your own coffee mug to the Penrose Hospital cafeteria you get a 10 percent discount on your coffee? Help us decrease the amount of disposables that we are putting in our landfills and save money at the same time!
Fun Fact:
Good news for our health conscious coffee lovers!  Coffee can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. Drinking a single cup of coffee that has been brewing for 20 minutes provides the body with 300 phytochemicals which act as antioxidants and stay in the body for up to a month. Also, plain black coffee provides 0 calories!!
Cool Beans!

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The Valentine's Day Dilemma

The Valentine’s Day Dilemma
By Angela Bouska, dietetic intern

When walking into any grocery store, it’s hard to miss the red and pink aisle dedicated to Valentine’s Day. It’s the first sign that the health and weight conscious month of January is behind us.  But is Cupid really trying to burst our New Year’s resolution bubble or is there something on that aisle that we can treat ourselves to without feeling overly guilty? The answer to this Valentine’s Day dilemma may be found in chocolate. Over the past few years, chocolate, especially dark chocolate has been touted as being heart healthy. This cannot be true, or can it?
Surprisingly, several studies have shown that chocolate does seem to be beneficial for heart health. Chocolate contains stearic acid and antioxidants including flavonoids, zinc, selenium, and vitamin E.  Although stearic acid is a saturated fat, much of it is converted to a monounsaturated fat in the body, and it has been shown to have a neutral or positive effect on blood pressure. The antioxidants in chocolate also show benefits in reducing blood pressure and reducing cellular damage. All of the antioxidants found in chocolate are in a greater concentration in dark chocolate as compared to milk chocolate with the exception of vitamin E. A recent study revealed that daily chocolate intake slightly lowered both the systolic and diastolic blood pressures in individuals with high blood pressure, but no effect was seen in individuals with blood pressure in the normal ranges. Another study which followed non-diabetic individuals who had a prior heart attack showed that consuming any kind of chocolate at least twice a week resulted in a lower risk of cardiac mortality. It’s important to note that the individuals who consumed chocolate at least two times per week also reported leading a more active life, so it cannot be determined whether it was the chocolate, physical activity, or the combination that lead to this group’s lower risk of cardiac mortality. Numerous other studies demonstrate the heart protective effects of chocolate, while still others report chocolate to have a neutral effect on heart health.

Despite the positive relationship between chocolate and heart health, we shouldn’t all start popping chocolate pills. While chocolate in moderation may be beneficial for the heart, calories still count, and obesity is a major risk factor for a heart attack. The amount of chocolate used in the majority of studies ranged from 40 to 50 grams. This is equal to about ten Hershey’s Kisses Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate® and 200 calories or equal to six Dove Dark Chocolate Promises® and 252 calories.

Dark chocolate is fine as a treat every once in a while. To better enjoy your chocolate, eat it slowly, let it melt in your mouth, and savor it. If you want the chocolate flavor with fewer calories, baking chocolate is great for dipping fruit. This will contain fewer calories, more fiber, and antioxidants which are all conducive to heart health.

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Parking at Penrose - Update

Did you know?
Consuming an extra 100 calories a day, without changing your exercise routine, could result in a weight gain of one pound per month?

But wait…

You could burn approximately 200 calories a day by simply taking an extra few minutes before and/or after work to walk to and from the ASC parking lot (it is less than a mile). With a deficit of 200 calories a day, you could lose five pounds in three months.

Spring is not far off so find a friend to walk with. It will make the short walk that much more enjoyable.

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Strive News (Formerly HIIP)

Strive News Feb 7-13

2011 HEALTH SCREENING                                                              
STRIVE for Platinum Health…New Outcomes Based Incentive Program (PSF Associates).                                 
At the health screening biometric results will be evaluated and each participant will meet with a health coach. All PSF associates will have the opportunity to be awarded with monetary amounts for being healthy in the following categories: 1) Body Mass Index 2) Blood pressure 3) Cholesterol Ratio 4) Tobacco/Nicotine free. Points will be awarded based on the following categories in each biometric: healthy = 25 pts, moderate = 10 pts, risk = 0 pts. Points will equal to dollar values. If you are healthy in all 4 categories (100pts), you will be considered at “Platinum Health” and you will choose the incentive of $200 or a PAL DAY off!                   
Avast ye’ Maties! Register to Participate in the screening:  Registration is REQUIRED due to paid outcomes and high volume.  Please go to www.healthcalc.net/penrose log in and click on the “New Program” link to follow directions to take the HRA between Jan 17-Feb 20. Once you complete the HRA you will then be able to click on the link to register for the screening.  Register quickly as appointments will fill up fast! Please allow for 30-60 minutes for the health screening.
You must be FASTING for the health screening :  In order to gain accurate lab results, you must be fasting. No food within 10 hours of appt, drink plenty of fluids, no alcohol within 24 hours, no coffee, no gum/mints, no vitamins can be taken the morning of the screening, but regular scheduled medications are ok!
Wed, Feb 23 9 – 11 a.m. SFMC/Conference rooms 1-3                                              
Thurs, Feb 24 8-10 a.m. SFMC/Conference Rooms 1-3                                                                          Fri, Feb 25      7-11 a.m.  SFMC/Conference Rooms 1-3
Tues, March 1 8-10 a.m. PH/E-Tower Aerobics Room
Wed, March 2  7-11 a.m. PH/E-Tower Aerobics Room
Thurs, March 3 8 a.m.-12 p.m. PH/E-Tower Aerobics Room
Fri, March 4  7-11 a.m. PH/E-Tower Aerobics Room    

All full time and part time Penrose-St. Francis Employees are eligible for the monetary benefits. At this time, per diem associates are eligible if they work 500 hours within fiscal year 2011 (July 1, 2010-June 30, 2011). Also, Corp 95 Centura employees (IT, Revenue Management, Centura Lab associates) may qualify for the incentive.  Unfortunately, Namaste, Medallions, Vascular Center of Colorado, PAML, Rocky Mountain Cancer Center and all contracted workers are not eligible for the incentive. If you would still like to attend the health screening, please call 776-7494 in order to be put on a waitlist.
Come tone, tighten, and trim with the HIIP Staff trainers every Tuesday!  This short 30 minute class will get you up and moving and give you tremendous results.  Come experience this energetic class that will incorporate a full body workout and send you out the door with with the energy you need to get through the rest of your day.  The class will incorporate basic exercise moves and help you build muscle and endurance. 
Every Tuesday 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.  thru February 15th
PH Wellness Center Aerobics Room

Massages for 2011 have begun!  We will not be sending out the massage schedule via email.  To sign up,  
please call Jenna at 776-7494 to schedule your relaxing massage today!

Please register for orientations via HealthCalc on My Virtual Workplace or call 776-5839, ext. 2
PH Wellness Center- February 8th at 4:00 p.m.
Anyone over 40 years old must have a physician’s form signed giving permission to use the Wellness Centers.

PH Walking Club: Every Thursday at 7:15-7:50 a.m. outside of valet.
Contact Michelle Somers x5034
SFMC Walking Club:  Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. meet outside 1st floor/valet entrance. If temperature is below 30 degrees- cancelled. Contact Rox x11064

Click on the flyer for a printable version.

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HLC First Quarter Classes

HLC Wellness Classes:  through March 31, 2011

Please call the following number for additional information or to register for any of the classes listed below. All classes require pre-registration / cancellation a minimum of 24 hours prior to the class. A $20 no show fee will be billed to the employee if registration is not cancelled 24 hours prior to the class. All wellness classes are held at the Penrose Health Learning Center, 1644 Medical Center Point (Union and Templeton Gap) unless otherwise noted. Our operating hours are from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call  719-776-3600.  
Cardio Kickboxing - This class will teach the basic techniques of kickboxing including punching, kicking, and other moves.  Class is held in a cardio-exercise format with focus on developing and maintaining cardiovascular endurance, balance and coordination.
Wednesdays, February 23 through March 16
5:00 - 6:00 pm
Cost: $30

NEW! Family Time for Wellness - Do you ever wish you could find a little more time for family activities that are wholesome for everyone?  Have we got the class for you and your kids!  Join us for this fun and innovative 4-week series that includes exercise, cooking, nutrition information and a very innovative "craft" session (for you guys...this includes work with duct tape!). Great for all ages and abilities.
Thursdays, February 17 through March 10
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Cost:  $40/4-week session

NEW!  Spirituality as Good Medicine:  Finding Soul in Everyday Medicine
Spirituality and its attending links to purposefulness, hope, and well-being is increasingly catching the attention of  patients, healers, and employers. A significant body of research has emerged which suggests a strong link between ones' beliefs and values and the healing process.  It also creates some remarkable discussion around the role of spiritual and the existential as they relate to causes for illnesses.   Come hear of these remarkable applications which make up the heart of healing.
Wednesday, February 9
5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Cost: $5

Fitting In Fitness - Fitting In Fitness will help individuals who just cannot seem to make it to the gym or to group classes at the end of their day. Exercises that can be done practically anywhere will be demonstrated and practiced, including some resistance band activities. The class will also allow participants to practice monitoring their own heart rate and to determine what level of exercise is right for them. Participants will be given a "barriers to exercise" quiz that will allow the person to identify what really is getting in the way of their physical activity.
Wednesday, March 16
5:00 - 6:00 pm

Join The Health Learning Center Gym - Did you know that a one month membership at the HLC gym is equal to one class option through Colorado Springs Utilities? Join us for one or more months and get your workouts kick started under the guidance of our fitness experts. Call the registration number for an exercise intake appointment.
By appointment only. Contact 776-3600 to schedule your intake to initiate your membership
Cost: $46/month

Individual Fitness Assessment - Measure your fitness levels against the national averages and note areas in which you excel and potential areas of need. A sub-max VO2 treadmill test as well as evaluations for flexibility, strength and strength endurance will be performed. Results will be reviewed and discussed with a fitness expert to help direct you in your future fitness goals.
By appointment only. Contact 776-3600 to schedule your appointment.

NEW! Be An Informed Medical Consumer - Understanding what your primary care provider is trying to achieve when attempting to control your blood pressure and cholesterol.
Thursday, February 24
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost: $20

YogaStretch - YogaStretch will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and a final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.
February 7 through 28
March 7 through 28
9:00 - 10:00 am
Cost:$30/4 week session value
        $40/5-week session value

NEW! Celebrate Your Health: Eating for a Healthy Heart - Come and enjoy vegetarian cuisine while learning the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.
Thursday, February 10
5:30 - 6:30 pm

Aquatics Classes - The Penrose Health Learning Center in cooperation with Colorado Sports and Spine. A structured class 2-3 times per week concentrating on range of motion, overall strengthening and general cardiovascular conditioning. All Aquatics classes are located at 1625 Medical Center Point (Union and Templeton Gap).
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 12:30-1:30 p.m.5:00-6:00 p.m.8:30-9:30 a.m.
11:30 - 12:30 11:30-12:30
12:30-1:30 pm
Cost: $46/month for 2x/week
         $66/month for 3x/week

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Cafeteria Menu

PENROSE HOSPITAL Breakfast & Lunch Menu 
(for more choices including Dinner, call # 776-5408) 
For SFMC menu, please call menu line at # 571-1001

Western Breakfast Skillet, Eggs Florentine & Mornay Sc., Sausage & Biscuits
Tiki Island Garlic Shrimp, Chicken Fried Steak, Baked Potato Bar,
BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Southwest Turkey Panini, Cherry Pineapple Cake.

French Toast & Syrup, Sausage, Egg, Cheese McMuffin, Chipped Beef
Chicken Fajitas, Beef Taco Bowl, Turkey Cheddar Pepper Panini,
Jalapeño Poppers, Chicken Wings, Tex Mex Chips, Blueberry Cobbler

Fruit Topped Pancakes, Sausage Gravy & Biscuit, Red Potato Fries
Coconut Curry Chicken & Vegetable, Panini Italiano, Battered Fried Shrimp
BBQ Beef Brisket, Cranberry Glazed Salmon, Homemade Apple Strudel

Denver Omelet, Waffles, Breakfast Burritos, Green Chili, Shredded Hash Brown
Grilled Turkey Bacon Swiss, Fresh Veggie Stir Fry, Beef Pepper Steak,
Country Fried Chicken, Baked Potato Bar, Corn Bread, Scotcharoo's.

Bagel Breakfast Sandwich, Green Chili Omelet, Sausage Gravy/ Biscuit, Tater Tots
Baked Orange Roughy, Grilled Rueben, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Spaghetti
& Meat Sauce, Scalloped Potatoes, Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Minnesota Baked Casserole, Chipped Beef & Biscuit, Hash Browns
Turkey Pot Pie, Ricotta Stuffed Shells & Garlic Bread, Red Hook Shrimp,
Herbed Jasmine Rice, Long Green Beans, Blueberry Cherry Cobbler.

Pancakes & Syrup, Red Potato Fries, Grits, Eggs & Sausage & Ham
Crispy Fried Chicken, Chive Mashed Potatoes, Meatball Sandwich,
Beer Battered Fish, Mac & Cheese, Fresh Baked Biscuits, Apple Dumplings.

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Deadline for submissions is Wednesday of each week. Please send submissions to Chris Valentine at christophervalentine@centura.org. For questions or more information, email or call Chris at 776-5250.