Tune Recognized with Quality Award

Jim Tune, St. Anthony's Vice President of Quality

Jim Tune, St. Anthony’s Vice President of Quality

Congratulations to Jim Tune, St. Anthony’s Vice President of Quality. He was recently selected by the Missouri Association for Healthcare Quality (MoAHQ) as the winner of its 2014 Distinguished Quality Professional Award.

The Distinguished Quality Professional Award recognizes a professional who has exhibited exceptional skills in the following areas of health care quality: leadership, expertise and knowledge of quality principles, contributions to the health care quality profession and communication, and service as a role model for other quality professionals.

See more about this award and other quality achievements at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

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Breast Cancer Survivor is “Portrait of Hope”

Karen Studyvin: 2014 Portrait of Hope

Karen Studyvin: 2014 Portrait of Hope

Karen Studyvin, a 24-year veteran nurse at St. Anthony’s Medical Center who now serves as education specialist, has been named one of three 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of St. Louis Portraits of Hope Spokespersons in St. Louis by the American Cancer Society.

See Karen’s story.

“We are thrilled to have her as part of our 2014 Portraits of Hope class,” said Stephanie Hadfield, Community Events Specialist for the American Cancer Society’s High Plains Division. “Karen’s message is simple: she wants to make sure that the people know that the American Cancer Society is here to help.”

Karen will participate in events such as the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, share her support and experience in media spots and other activities, and speak in the community on behalf of the American Cancer Society. She’ll also serve as a mentor to others with cancer.

“My mission is threefold,” Karen said. “I want to help educate the community about all the benefits of the American Cancer Society before someone is in need of them. I want to increase donations to the American Cancer Society so they can bring an end to breast cancer for my generation and generations to come. And, I want to let anyone know that there are supporters out there: it’s not a fight they have to fight on their own.”

Each year, a team from St. Anthony’s and its Cancer Care Center participates in in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. Last year, St. Anthony’s was honored by the Society as a top fundraising team, with more than $4,000 raised by almost 40 participants.

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Spirit of St. Anthony’s Award Recipients

On September 5, three recipients of the Spirit of St. Anthony Award were honored for their outstanding philanthropic and humanitarian work in the community. The Physician Ambassadors of St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation honored Edward L. Burns, M.D., the creator of St. Anthony’s hospice program and its Medical Director of Palliative Medicine; Katherine Dunivin, a 38-year volunteer who has devoted more than 23,700 hours of her life to St. Anthony’s; and Hazelwood & Weber, LLC, a law firm that served as a key partner in establishing St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Fund. The awards celebration was part of the Physician Ambassadors annual fundraising dinner.

“These awardees represent the very essence of what is great about St. Anthony’s,” said Joseph Forand, M.D., chairman of St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation’s Physician Ambassadors. “The partnership of Hazelwood and Weber, the spirit of Katherine Dunivin and the innovative care by Dr. Ed Burns should be an inspiration to our staff and are an ongoing blessing to our patients.”

Read more about the award recipients.

Edward L. Burns, M.D.

Edward L. Burns, M.D.

Katherine Dunivin

Katherine Dunivin

Hazelwood & Weber, LLC

Hazelwood & Weber, LLC

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Grants benefit Parents as Teachers program

Check presentation at Hancock School

(L-R) Hancock Place PAT Coordinator Erin Dittrich and Laura Bub, Community Outreach Coordinator, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

Five Parents as Teachers programs serving six school districts will benefit this year from grants received from St. Anthony’s Medical Center. The school districts receiving grants this school year are Affton, Hancock Place/Bayless, Kirkwood, Lindbergh and Mehlville.

The grants will be used to fund numerous programs, including a speakers series for each district that will focus on various subjects such as emotional development, nutrition and childhood obesity.

Parents as Teachers has a mission to provide resources to help create and nourish a healthy family environment with the goal of preparing children for school and helping children achieve goals that will enable them to become productive members of the community. Parents as Teachers is a state-funded program that requires group events and parent education. Budget cuts have limited funding to these programs, which is why St. Anthony’s began partnering with local Parents as Teachers programs to keep these resources available. This is the sixth year in a row St. Anthony’s has offered these grants.

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Spreading awareness about overdose

Dr. Joe Forand, Executive Producer of "Anatomy of an Overdose" and President of the Medical Staff, talks about the film and the importance of preventing heroin deaths by stopping people from becoming addicted in the first place.

Dr. Joe Forand, Executive Producer of “Anatomy of an Overdose” and President of the Medical Staff, talks about the film and the importance of preventing heroin deaths by stopping people from becoming addicted in the first place.

On August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day, St. Anthony’s Medical Center helped to spread awareness by sharing the film “Anatomy of an Overdose” produced by First Rule Film & Broadcast and St. Anthony’s Charitable Foundation. Dr. Joe Forand was an executive producer and driving force behind the project to warn teens and young adults about the dangers of heroin addiction. Dr. Forand shared his thoughts as we presented the film to staff. You can watch the film here: http://bit.ly/VVPE5U and learn more about International Overdose Awareness Day.

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A new fine dining experience in South County

Kelsey Tucker, Nutrition Services Assistant, St. Anthony's Medical Center

Kelsey Tucker, Nutrition Services Assistant, St. Anthony’s Medical Center

St. Anthony’s Medical Center kicks off a new Fine Dining program September 15, 2014.

“Similar to room service in the finest of hotels, St. Anthony’s Fine Dining will provide our patients with the opportunity to order food from a restaurant-style menu between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., according to their specific dietary prescription,” said Joan Ferguson, Director of Food and Nutrition Services. “Our goal is to deliver those hand-crafted meals to our patients within 45 minutes from the time they were ordered.”

Bon appétit!

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Thanking our clergy

St. Anthony's Medical Center 2014 Clergy Luncheown

St. Anthony’s Medical Center 2014 Clergy Luncheon

Today (August 26, 2014) St. Anthony’s Medical Center had the pleasure of hosting a clergy luncheon for some of our local religious leaders. Our senior leadership enjoyed the opportunity to personally thank them for the work they do in our hospital and our community. So glad they could come!

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