November 3, 2014 | Volume 3, Issue 45

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Becoming KentuckyOne: Be Here Now 

The first concept your leader will be sharing with you this month to help us achieve our desired KentuckyOne culture is Be Here Now. Practicing this concept will help us to always provide safe, quality care and exceptional service. Be Here Now means freeing our minds, being fully present with people and activities and staying focused in the moment. We are constantly faced with distractions, but by making a decision to Be Here Now and to be at our best—we can treat our patients, our families and our colleagues with reverence, integrity, compassion and excellence. 

Ruth Brinkley on Being Here Now
As president and chief executive officer of KentuckyOne Health, I admit that it is often challenging to be fully present in all of my interactions. Since embarking on the culture journey and participating in the training, I have made a conscious effort to practice the Be Here Now concept—to center myself, limit the multi-tasking, and to be more fully engaged in the moment. It is important to resist the urge to look down at my phone to check my email, and stay connected with the people around me and to model our core values.  

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Senior Leadership Change for Saint Joseph Hospital, Central and Eastern Market 

As KentuckyOne Health’s organizational structure continues to evolve, we are assessing the market leader position for the central and eastern region. John Smithhisler, who has served as central and eastern market leader since 2013 and also served as president of Saint Joseph Hospital since 2012, has decided to leave the organization as a result of the position assessment. His last day will be Nov. 28. Effective Nov. 29, Sue Downs, president of Flaget Memorial Hospital, will succeed John and become interim president of Saint Joseph Hospital. 

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Time to Enroll in Benefits for 2015 

Annual enrollment for 2015 employee benefits is open through Nov. 14. Enrollment takes place online through the My Healthy Spirit home page; click on the Benefits tab and select “Benefits Enrollment.” Enrollment tip: Please remember that you will receive the highest level of coverage for your CHI Medical Plan if your physician is part of KentuckyOne Health Partners. Click here to read more about the advantages of a clinically integrated network. 

Comparison charts, cost estimators, videos and other information are available on the My Healthy Spirit page. You also may call the HR/Payroll Connection Support Center at 1.888.450.9450, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. 

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Have You Weighed In? PCA Survey Extended 

You still have time to voice your thoughts through the Performance Culture Assessment “pulse” survey (click here). The brief online questionnaire has been extended through Friday, Nov. 7. Your participation will help us refine our culture-related goals.  

Also: If a facility achieves 70 percent participation when the survey closes, all employees at that facility will be entered into the final drawing for 100 employee recognition pointsClick here to see the 25 employees who will each receive 100 points from the Oct. 29 random drawing. 

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Ebola: Screening Employees Returning to Work 

While the potential for us to have a confirmed case of Ebola is unlikely, we want to ensure we work together to monitor the Ebola virus situation. To keep our employees and patients safe, employees returning from travel in Africa should contact their local employee health office prior to returning to work. Employee health will complete a phone screening and will either provide a release, or will refer the employee to their manager for instruction prior to reporting to work.

New Ebola Educational Resource for Clinicians Available in LEARN 

A comprehensive educational resource on the Ebola virus disease, developed by the CHI Clinical Services Group, is now available in LEARN. The 30-minute course describes how the disease is transmitted and spread, and identifies symptoms, screening, treatment, isolation techniques and safety precautions for staff.  

The course also details proper use of personal protective equipment, providing instructions on the safest way to don and remove specialized equipment; instructions for health care workers who think they may have been exposed to the disease; and the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, issued Oct. 20, which institutes stronger safety standards for health care workers. Careful review of the course is recommended for clinical staff. 

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Recognition Sweepstakes Focus: A Month of Thanksgiving 

In this month of giving thanks, we want to encourage a spirit of appreciation. The online recognition program gives all KentuckyOne employees a simple way to say “thanks” to co-workers anywhere in the organization. And special for this month, we are offering weekly sweepstakes drawings; you’re automatically entered when you give or receive peer-to-peer recognition. Ten employees will be randomly selected each week to receive 100 points each!  

Take a moment to recognize someone for jumping in to help a patient, staying late for a report or volunteering for a special event. You’ll be showing your appreciation — and you might even pocket some points. Click here to go to the recognition website.  

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It's Time to Vote! 

Casting your ballot is an important part of the political process and one that CHI and KentuckyOne Health encourages all eligible employees to participate in on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. In fact, KentuckyOne allows non-exempt employees to take time off to vote in local, state and federal elections when their work schedules do not permit appropriate time for such activities.  

All employees should be able to vote either before or after regularly assigned work hours. However, when this is not possible due to work schedules, department leaders are authorized to grant a reasonable period of time, up to four hours, during the workday to vote. Time off for voting should be paid from the employee’s available PTO bank.  

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KentuckyOne Health Breast Care at SJE Completes $1 Million Expansion and Renovation 

KentuckyOne Health Breast Care at Saint Joseph East officially dedicated its $1 million expansion and renovation project completed this October. The project was funded in part by the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. It includes new technology that makes Saint Joseph East the first hospital in Kentucky to offer the Affirm 3D-guided stereotactic breast biopsy.  

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Free Massage Events for Employees 

The KentuckyOne Health Wellness Committee, in conjunction with “Celebrate Your Spirit,” is providing FREE massages to all employees. “Celebrate Your Spirit” is the theme of this quarter's Healthy Spirit focus. It is all about preparing to enjoy the upcoming holiday season in a healthy, stress-free way.  

Learn about the Healthy Spirit wellness program for this year and get a sneak peek at next year’s program too. Participation can earn you up to $500 in 2015. We will have information to help you be healthy, along with some fun give-a-ways and FREE MASSAGES! 

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Halloween Fun in Brown Park 

Halloween trick-or-treating began a little early on Oct. 28 for an estimated 1,500 children who enjoyed Halloween in Brown Park in Louisville. The event offered local children the opportunity to visit the KentuckyOne booth to receive a Halloween pail and candy as they walked through the lighted and decorated park. KentuckyOne mascot "K Man" was a very popular attraction with the kids who wanted to shake his hand or give him a high-five. Medical Center Jewish East has sponsored this event for the past 13 years.   

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OLOP Substance Abuse Program at Louisville Schools to be Featured on Salem Radio Body Talk 

Cristi McAlister, director of business development at Our Lady of Peace, and Michelle Sircy, counselor specialist with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS), will be interviewed on an upcoming episode of Body Talk, set to air on Salem Radio, 970AM WGTK, on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 8:30 a.m. On air, they’ll discuss the $1.47 million grant that Our Lady of Peace received from the Office of the Attorney General to establish an After School Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) for adolescents. 

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Headlines from Across KentuckyOne 

Renovation and Expansion of Emergency Dept. at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital Begins 

Two-factor Authentication Required for Remote Access to Citrix Applications 

Annual Pancake Breakfast and Saint Joseph London Health Fair Set for Election Day Nov. 4 

Lunch & Learn on Nov. 5 to Focus on Healthy Habits for Better Hearing and Balance 

Southern Indiana Brothers Present Donation to James Graham Brown Cancer Center 

Pumpkin Decorating Contest Fun in Bardstown 

Saint Joseph Berea Employees Get Creative with Pumpkins 

Pink-a-BOO! Events Held Across KentuckyOne for Breast Cancer Awareness 

Donate Your Old Electronics, Support Those Less Fortunate at a Recycling Event Nov. 8 

Education Fair to be Held at Saint Joseph Hospital Nov. 13 for Those Thinking about Continuing their Education  

Read News from Your Facility

Upcoming Events 

Annual Pancake Breakfast & Health Fair in London Nov. 4 

Lunch & Learn: Habits for Better Hearing, Balance Nov. 5 

Yoga Class at Medical Center Jewish Northeast Nov. 5 

Recycle Your Electronics Event in Louisville Nov. 8 

Walk with a Doc in Bardstown Nov. 8 

Walk with a Doc at Parklands Nov. 8 

Yoga Class at Medical Center Jewish Northeast Nov. 12 

Education Fair at Saint Joseph Hospital Nov. 13 

Walk with a Doc at Iroquois Park Nov. 15 

26th Annual Evening with the S*T*A*R*S Nov. 15 

Yoga Class at Medical Center Jewish Northeast Nov. 19 

Walk with a Doc at Shawnee Nov. 22 

Yoga Class at Medical Center Jewish Northeast Nov. 26 

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