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Julie Meyer: ‘Each job is a piece of a bigger puzzle’

Posted on Apr 5, 2017

Julie Meyer:  ‘Each job is a piece of a bigger puzzle’

Those of us “behind the scenes” in healthcare sometimes feel like our jobs aren’t important because they don’t directly affect patient care. The real heroes in healthcare are the doctors and nurses who are right there in the midst of things, saving lives. And while that is true, I have come to realize more and more how important everyone’s job really is. Imagine coming to a hospital without a clean room or clean bedding? Imagine doing our jobs without the computer system these days…possible, but definitely harder! What if the equipment we needed to do our job wasn’t working or if the supplies needed to care for patients hadn’t been ordered. And can you imagine no food for our patients on the floor? What if your medical record was incomplete and it affected your future care or didn’t get coded correctly and the insurance company denied it. And the list goes on. Each person’s job is a piece of a bigger puzzle and you need all the pieces to complete the picture. So, if you do work “behind the scenes”, don’t forget how important your job is to the overall patient experience. When you do your job and do it well, you are making THE difference! read...

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Bonny Lippert: ‘Stories of my heroes’

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Bonny Lippert: ‘Stories of my heroes’

Hello my name is Bonny Lippert. I work at Jamestown Regional Medical Center and I have been treated for health care at JRMC. Here are the stories of my heroes. “Heroes” — yes plural. In 2015, my oldest sister was on the last of her life. On Aug. 18, 2015, she passed away after an on-again-off-again battle with cancer. The day before – on Aug. 17, 2015 – she had turned 58 years old. That was the day I ended up in Emergency Department. My blood pressure was through the roof. Registered Nurse Chris Lunde took care of me. He was great, kind, compassionate, calming and caring. He could even handle my sarcasm and silly, nervous humor. Chris made me stay in Emergency Department for three hours. That’s how long it took, for my blood pressure to get back to normal. Chris said I was a walking heart attack. I probably would have snuck out of the ED, but Chris made me stay and probably saved my life. read...

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James Metzger: ‘I am a CRNA’

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

“I’m scared I won’t wake up after surgery. Please don’t let me wake up before the surgeon is done. I’m afraid I’ll get sick again after surgery. Will you be there the entire surgery? I’m so scared of the pain. I just want the pain to go away.  Please take care of my child.” These are the things we hear daily. These are real fears of a patient about to undergo surgery, about to have a breathing tube put in and shipped off to a bigger facility, or about to give birth to their first child. We are Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). read...

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Dr. Rachael Renschler: ‘God told me what to do’

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Empowering and educating people. That’s why Dr. Rachael Renschler studied medicine. “I like patients to understand that they are in control of their health and that they are responsible for their health,” she said. Renschler, a podiatrist, helps remove bunions and replace ankles. A career in medicine is something she’s wanted since childhood. “I decided I wanted to be a doctor at church camp in fourth grade,” she said. “Maybe that was God telling me what to do,” she said with a smile. read...

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Sandi Myers: ‘Nothing will be the same in a year’

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

Sandi Myers: ‘Nothing will be the same in a year’

I stared my journey with JRMC in Patient Access Management almost one year ago. Throughout this year I have worked in all the departments possible; ED, Lobby, Rehab, Radiology and Clinic. I have always been a people person, I love meeting and learning about families. Making a connection with someone to make his or her day a little better or brighter makes my job worth while. Helping others is one of the simplest ways to fill our life with joy and fulfillment. Since I work in different departments within JRMC, I have also gained a new family of co-workers. JRMC’s staff works their hardest to accommodate its patients. Employees can count on each other. read...

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Cindy Tag Nygord: ‘I am the mother hen’

Posted on Mar 1, 2017

What do my shoes look like? Depends on who you ask. I’m the mother hen who kept homecare on track for years and now the pest keeping the boss on track. I’m the advance planner, the keeper of all things and the finder of others. I’m the person in awe of the dedication shown day in and day out by everyone at JRMC. I’m the aunt who couldn’t stop smiling when my nephew was born here. I’m the sister so grateful for the care, the teasing and the smiles staff gave my brother during his surgery. I’m the wife who sighed with relief when the Emergency Department doctor retrieved the metal in my husband’s eye without damage. I am the daughter who felt the support when her mother was dying. I am also the daughter who is grateful for the Rehab Department who gave purpose and joy to my Dad after this loss. I am the granddaughter who saw the compassion given to my grandmother in the ED and words of comfort when she passed later that day. read...

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