At HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, we are very proud of our colleagues and the manner in which they all go above and beyond to care for our patients and their families. Throughout the year, we recognize colleagues for their outstanding achievements and tell their stories on these pages. Enjoy.
Women and Children’s Care Nurse Sandy Kreke cares for families by meeting their needs
For over 37 years, Sandy Kreke has helped bring new life into the world through her role as an OB nurse. She has touched many lives, but recently, she went above and beyond to help a family outside her normal duties of delivery and post-partum care.
Sandy was nominated for a colleague STAR award because of the compassion and respect she demonstrated to a family in need, with the assistance of her caring co-workers. The nomination read, “Sandy was caring for a family and upon their discharge it was found the family did not have a car seat for the infant to go home in. Sandy called many places around town to find a place that offered donations of car seats for the family as they did not have the funds. She realized there was no place in town that made it available for the family to have a car seat donated, so she went to Walmart and purchased a car seat for the family. Several of her colleagues also pitched in to help with the funds.”
When asked about what she finds most fulfilling about serving at St. Anthony’s, Sandy shared, “It is the care and knowledge I get to share with the Moms during the labor and delivery and post-partum period. I probably love helping the Moms with the breastfeeding the most. It fills my heart with pure joy when we finally get that baby to latch on and nurse successfully for a Mom who has been struggling with the feedings,” she explained. “I love being an OB nurse.”
This is just one example of the many ways Sandy makes a difference in people’s lives through Respect, Care, Competence and Joy. Thank you, Sandy, for living out the Core Values each and every day!
Home Care Nurse Beth Longwell goes above and beyond in her care for patients and their families
While nurses are called upon each day to care for the health and well-being of patients, it is not every day that a nurse goes above and beyond to assist the patient’s family member in distress. But that is exactly what Beth Longwell did with the deep gratitude of that patient and her mother.
Beth was nominated for a colleague STAR award because of her actions and compassion demonstrated during an occurrence while caring for one of her Home Care patients. The thank you letter from the patient read: “…I also want to highlight one [home health] nurse in particular, Beth Longwell. She has a wonderful attitude, is very attentive to my needs and always goes above and beyond her dally duties when visiting my home. You can tell that she cares deeply for all of her patients and for this, I cannot thank her enough.
“One evening In particular highlights what I mean when I say that Beth goes above and beyond. Beth was in my home taking care of me when suddenly, my mother, who also lives with me, started having some problems breathing and we knew she needed to so to the hospital. Beth stayed with us and helped get her ready, plus she kept checking her blood pressure and oxygen levels. She was wonderful with my mother and I was so glad that she was here with us that evening. I thanked her for staying because she did not have to but she said there was no way she would have left us with everything that was happening with my mother. Beth even took the time to call the next day and asked how my mother was doing and that meant so much to me. I wanted to send a note so that you know how thankful I am to have Beth as my Home Health Nurse. She is a wonderful nurse and St. Anthony's should be proud of her work. It is my hope that she is recognized for her outstanding work. She definitely deserves any recognition you can provide.”
Beth is an example of how one person can make a difference in someone’s life through Respect, Care, Competence and Joy. Thank you, Beth, for living out the Core Values each and every day!
Respiratory Therapist Andy Habing spreads joy and lifts spirits of someone in need
As busy as life can be, it takes a special person to notice when someone is in need of encouragement. Andy Habing was able to do that for a young mother who needed a little bit of joy in her life, and was named one of our Annual I Promise award winners for his caring actions.
His nomination read, “We had a young teenage mother on Pediatrics. Her baby had been a patient for a long time. This mother had had several unfortunate things happen to her while her baby was hospitalized. She had not had many visitors. Andy noted she seemed sad and tearful when he was caring for her baby. He discussed it with me. He had me ask what kind of pizza she liked. He purchased her a Little Caesars Pizza and brought her some pop (teenager food). She had the biggest smile and her eyes lit up when I brought it to her. She was very grateful. Andy always goes above and beyond whenever he cares for his patients.”
Andy demonstrated that it doesn’t take much to bring joy to someone’s day. Thank you, Andy, for living out your Promise every day!
Medical Sonographer Holly Jansen helps team transition smoothly to new system
Changing computer systems can be a daunting and sometime frustrating task. But sonographer Holly Jansen took it upon herself to help her team transition to a new reporting system as smoothly as possible.
Holly was nominated for a colleague STAR award for leading the implementation of a new ultrasound reporting system. Her nomination read, “Holly is an awesome colleague to work with. She is an excellent technologist and does what is best for the patient and her fellow colleagues. [With implementation of this new system], she has had to coordinate between [the system’s] representatives, the ultrasound applications specialists, the radiologists and ultrasound technologists. She has handled the many questions, confusion and issues very well and always cheerfully….She keeps us updated on all the changes and tries to make it all as easy as she can. This is in addition to her regular duties as a technologist at the clinic. She is pleasant to work with and always does her best. I think she represents all the Core Values of St. Anthony’s.”
Holly demonstrated that transitions don’t need to be difficult when led with a positive attitude and attention to detail. Thank you, Holly, for living out our Core Values every day!
Respiratory Therapist Erin Hennings demonstrates care with a special touch
Erin Hennings is respected for her skills in Respiratory Therapy. But she was nominated and received a colleague STAR Award for demonstrating her caring heart with the daughter of a patient.
The nomination for Erin read, “We had a patient that was here for testing who had to wait for a physician [who was delayed in another procedure that had complications]. The patient’s daughter (an adult with Down’s Syndrome) waited patiently in the waiting room. Erin took it upon herself to take her to the cafeteria and buy her lunch (with her mother’s permission).”
Erin went out of her way to make this patient’s daughter feel extra special – just one way that Erin lives out our Core Values through her work at St. Anthony’s. Thank you, Erin!
Imaging Secretary Ann Crowley lives out the Mission with all those she encounters
In Ann Crowley’s position in Imaging, she interacts with a variety of people – some having routine tests and some facing scary diagnosis. But regardless of who she encounters, Ann always demonstrates joy and respect to those she meets, leading to many compliments from patients.
One example of the many compliments received about her from patients was a letter from a patient whose compliments about her included the following:
“I would like to take the opportunity to compliment Ann Crowley….Since I have had to use the service of the MRI/XRAY department where Ms. Crowley works, she has always exhibited courtesy and respect when coming to use this service. She is polite, helpful and willing to assist you the best way possible. She truly meets the hospital’s mission in respect, courtesy, and excellence. Thank you for having such a dedicated employee who goes above and beyond in working with people.”
Thank you, Ann, for living out the Mission and demonstrating our Core Values to all you meet!
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