A message from Bill Leaver to our leaders across Iowa Health System | January 2012


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Cedar Rapids Internists P.C. Joins St. Luke's Hospital

Internists P.C. (IPC), an internal medicine specialty clinic with seven physicians and a staff of 41 joined St. Luke's Hospital in early January.

For several years, Internists P.C. and St. Luke's have been discussing developing a new physician-hospital partnership that could better serve the physicians, hospital and community in an era of change and health care reform.

"Both Internists P.C. and St. Luke's see closer integration of physician and hospital services as the future of health care," said Donald Paynter, M.D., Internists P.C. physician leader. "We believe this partnership better positions IPC, St. Luke's and the community for whatever changes come out of national health care reform. This partnership will also improve our ability to retain and recruit internal medicine specialists to Cedar Rapids in the foreseeable future."

"We believe this partnership will strengthen our philosophy of physician integration to improve patient care," said John Sheehan, St. Luke's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "We look forward to working even more closely with IPC to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care. This new collaboration is just one more step in pulling both hospitals and the physicians together to better serve our community."


St. Luke's – Sioux City Online Campaign Benefits Siouxland Families in Need

St. Luke's has announced a donation of 600 diapers following a recent online diaper drive aimed at benefiting local families in need.

For every "Like" St. Luke's received on its Facebook page, the hospital promised to donate a diaper to the Crittenton Center and its efforts to empower Siouxland families. The campaign, the first of its kind in Sioux City, ran for one month.

The campaign brought 300 new "Likes" to the St. Luke's Facebook page, but St. Luke's doubled the gift and provided 600 diapers to the Crittenton Center.

Founded in 1895, Crittenton Center currently offers more than 20 programs and services to area children and families. Crittenton Center aims at strengthening families through a wide range of high quality, family focused, child-centered and community based programs.


Unique Introduction of Hospitalists at Allen Hospital – Waterloo

Allen Hospital is working to make Allen hospitalists more familiar to staff, patients and families. One of the initiatives is a new 20" x 70" poster, which will hang in five public hospital hallways that patients, families and visitors use most often. The idea is to introduce the concept of hospitalists before they even reach patient rooms, put friendly faces with names and reinforce their teamwork approach by introducing them with a team poster. Dr. Russell Adams (center) leads the Allen hospitalist team. Dianne Schultz, R.N. (not pictured) is executive director of medical services for Allen Hospital and the hospitalist services.

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The Anna Blank Building at Blank Children's Hospital Fulfilling a Mission More Than 60 Years in the Making

When construction on the Anna Blank Building at Blank Children's Hospital was completed in the 1950s, the facility was intended to be a place for physicians to treat children with developmental issues. Today, more than 60 years later, the Anna Blank Building has come full circle as the home of Blank Children's Developmental Center.

"The leaders of Iowa Health – Des Moines recognized a need in the Greater Des Moines area and all of Iowa for a center where children with developmental disorders—both physical and emotional—could be diagnosed and treated," says David Stark, FACHE, president of Blank Children's Hospital. "The Blank Children's Developmental Center is the first of its kind in the state; it's a multidisciplinary facility that gives patients and their families a one-stop care experience."

David Stark

David Stark

The Anna Blank Building hosted a variety of tenants throughout the decades, but the structure sat vacant for eight years prior to last year. Renovation of the building began in 2011, and the $3 million project will conclude with the grand opening of the Blank Children's Developmental Center in late February. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony involving community and hospital leaders and major donors, the physicians and staff of the Blank Children's Developmental Center will embark on their mission of caring for a special group of patients.

Candidates for diagnosis and treatment at the Blank Children's Developmental Center include children with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida and other developmental disorders. Newborns with hearing or eyesight deficits and toddlers with gait abnormalities may also receive diagnosis and treatment at the Blank Children's Developmental Center.

"A multidisciplinary design team visited similar centers throughout the country to gather ideas for the layout of the Center," Stark says. "The three-story, 10,500-square-foot facility is decorated in kid-friendly colors with motivational artwork.


Blank Children's Hospital Welcomes Home Dr. Noble

For Nate Noble, D.O., returning to Des Moines to help lead the new Developmental Center at Blank Children's Hospital was more than an opportunity to work at a one-of-a-kind facility in Iowa—it was a chance to return to his professional roots in a city he and his wife love.

Dr. Nate Noble

Nate Noble, D.O.

Dr. Noble graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University and performed his residency in pediatrics at Blank Children's Hospital.

Dr. Noble went on to perform fellowships in developmental- behavioral pediatrics and clinical genetics at the University of Iowa, but the fondness he and his wife felt for Des Moines caused them to vow to one day return to Iowa's capital city to raise a family; in Jan. 2012, they made good on their promise.

Dr. Noble evaluates, diagnoses and follows children with developmental-related conditions in order to help them reach their full potential in life.

"I'm excited to provide much-needed clinical services to the families of central Iowa," Dr. Noble says. "As an Iowa native, it's gratifying to practice at a facility that gives families a comprehensive point of entry for the care of children with special health care needs."


Trinity joins National Spirit of Women Network to Enhance Local Women's Health Education

Trinity Regional Health System has joined the Spirit of Women Hospital Network, a national coalition of hospitals and health care facilities in 95 U.S. communities that inspires women's health and wellness. Trinity is one of two Spirit of Women hospitals in Iowa, including St. Luke's Sioux City, and one of eight in Illinois.

Utilizing a variety of means, including educational events, national awards and promotion of research, Spirit of Women hospitals address health topics such as menopause, cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, healthy pregnancy and many others.

Rick Seidler

Rick Seidler

"Throughout the day, most women are busy juggling multiple jobs from getting their kids to and from school to balancing their list of errands with their job responsibilities," said Trinity President and CEO Rick Seidler. "The Spirit of Women program gives them easy access to the knowledge and tools that are vital to making informed health care decisions for themselves and their families."

For a one-time membership fee of $10, Spirit of Women members will have access to free lectures on women's health topics, advance notice of upcoming workshops, screenings and special events, a free e-newsletter and members-only discounts on activities and area merchants.

"Joining Spirit of Women is about more than just joining a club," said Jane Wiggins, Director of Women's Health for Trinity. "You're becoming part of a support system for women of all ages, helping to improve your health, nurture your well-being and enrich your lifestyle."

As a Spirit of Women partner hospital, Trinity plans to conduct a wide variety of events throughout the year including educational and recreational activities, health screenings, workshops, mentoring opportunities and support groups.


Methodist - Illinois Receives Exceptional Legacy

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Debbie Simon

A 93-year old patient who was cared for in her last days at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria has left an unrestricted gift in excess of $600,000 to the Methodist Medical Center Foundation.

Myrtle Walter was a retired nurse. Although she had never worked at Methodist, she knew what good care entailed and was very appreciative of the kindness she received from the doctors and nurses at Methodist. Myrtle never married and had no living relatives. She chose to leave her entire estate to the hospital, and she made those arrangements and signed the trust document while she was an inpatient. "Methodist made a difference to Myrtle during her last days," said Methodist President and CEO Debbie Simon, "and now Myrtle has made a difference for the hospital."


Iowa Health System Has New Partnership with VHA

Iowa Health System is now a partner member of VHA, a network of thousands of not-for-profit hospitals that work together to improve their clinical and economic performance. Some of the new services and resources that Iowa Health System now has access to include:

Supply chain management tools and processes

  • Iowa Health System will be working with Novation, VHA's supply contracting company to access their broad contract portfolio of supplies, pharmaceuticals, capital equipment, and purchased services.

  • Iowa Health System's relationship with VHA will allow IHS to realize savings and value through Novation while maintaining the flexibility for IHS to contract directly with vendors.

Innovative, adaptable, and sustainable methods of improving clinical performance

  • VHA's online clinical portal provides 24/7 access to data analysis and benchmarking, more than 100 best practice blueprints, and ongoing education and coaching from experts.

National and regional networking opportunities

  • Iowa Health System will seek to learn from other members, share successes and best practices, and collaborate.

We are working closely with VHA to develop an implementation timeline that will be shared with the appropriate stakeholders. As a first step in the area of supply chain, data comparisons are being conducted on purchases to prioritize opportunities.

This is an exciting development for Iowa Health System. Our partnership with VHA will help ensure long-term success in providing quality health care for the communities we serve.

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