Reflections

A FEW THOUGHTS THIS WEEK FOR A VERY HECTIC TIME OF THE YEAR.

MONDAY 12/2/19

WHILE THE WORLD AROUND YOU IS SHOUTING TO GET YOUR ATTENTION TODAY, BE SURE TO MAKE A QUIET MOMENT OR TWO FOR YOURSELF. IT’S AS NECESSARY AS HAVING SOMETHING TO DRINK.

TUESDAY 12/3/19

DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE GOD DOESN’T TREAT EVERYONE THE SAME. WELL, OF COURSE HE DOESN’T! THAT’S PRETTY OBVIOUS. BUT HE LOVES US ALL THE SAME. ITS UP TO ME AND YOU TO FIGURE OUT HOW THAT WORKS.

WEDNESDAY 12/4/19

THE FATHER SENT HIS SON TO RESTORE THE BODY AS WELL AS THE SOUL OF EACH PERSON. THAT MUST BE WHAT YOU AND I ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING SINCE WE WORK HERE. NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO HERE, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE’S DAY.

THURSDAY 12/5/19

HELPING PEOPLE IN PAIN IS PART OF THE JOB HERE, NOT JUDGING WHY THEY’RE IN PAIN. SURE, WE HAVE FEELINGS, POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE, ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE TAKE CARE OF AND WORK WITH.
REMEMBER, YOU COULD BE THE ONLY ONE THAT GIVES THEM SOMETHING POSITIVE THIS WEEK.

FRIDAY 12/6/19

THE LORD DRAWS YOU CLOSER TO HIM THROUGH THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU. WHAT A BLESSING FOR YOU TO BE AROUND SOMEONE HERE AT WORK AND BE THE ONE THAT DRAWS THEM CLOSER TO THE LORD.

SATURDAY 12/7/19-

THIS IS THE DAY THAT “WILL LIVE IN INFAMY” ACCORDING TO PRESIDENT ROSSEVELT. OTHER DAYS OF INFAMY HAVE FOLLOWED. A DAY OF INFAMY IS A TRAGIC DAY THAT FOREVER ALTERS THE COURSE OF HISTORY, LIKE 11/22/63 OR 9/11/O1. WE HAVE OUR OWN PERSONAL DAYS OF INFAMY. FOR ME ONE WAS 8/25/03. DON’T LET THAT DAY DESTROY YOU BUT MAKE YOU STRONGER. IT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU WANT IT.

SUNDAY 12/8/19

IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS YET BUT ARE YOU ALREADY WISHING IT WAS OVER? TO MUCH OF THE WRONG THINGS TAKING UP YOUR TIME, ENERGY AND MONEY? WORRYING ABOUT THINGS THAT REALLY WONT MATTER MUCH NEXT MONTH? DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR OWN TIME AND ENERGY AND MONEY. LET THOSE THINGS HELP YOU HAVE THE KIND OF CHRISTMAS YOU REALLY WANT AND THAT WILL MATTER TO YOU AND THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE.

Reflections on Compassion 11.18.19

11/18/19
Monday

“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors–in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.”
Mr. Rogers

As those who are working in the helping professions (and that is really all of us) helping others is what we have felt a call to do. We give help, but we also need help and that is our goal with one another to be both a giver and receiver of help.
11/19/19
Tuesday

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
Mr. Rogers

Today’s world is filled with stress. Often people are sharing problems and we want to offer solutions, but in truth what we really need to offer is our listening ears. When in a stressful time the most compassionate thing we have to offer is to truly hear what is being said.

11/20/19
Wednesday

“Listening is where love begins: listening to ourselves and then to our neighbors.”
Mr. Rogers

Last week was Kindness day. Doesn’t that sound like a good idea, every day? One of the best teachers of kindness in the modern age has been Mr. Roger’s and while I missed cardigan day I don’t want to miss the intention of being kind to all those around me even when or maybe especially when I don’t feel like being kind.

11/21/19
Thursday

“Some days, doing ‘the best we can’ may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isn’t perfect on any front-and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.”
Mr. Rogers

How often do you feel like you’re –just getting by-, doing the best I can and recognizing you are still not doing enough – or at least as much as is needed. Don’t expect from yourself what is not possible to do, sometimes you have to cut yourself a break with your expectations. But we also need to do that with those around us. You never know what those around you are struggling with on any given day – choose to be kind to them.

11/22/19
Friday

“There is no normal life that is free of pain. It’s the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth.”
Mr. Rogers

I would not choose pain. I really don’t like it at all. But pain is a normal part of life whether it is physical pain, emotional or spiritual. Pain is what will cause us to make changes in our lives because change is challenging and never easy. Don’t wait to make the painless change, there really aren’t any – go ahead and make the changes that say you are growing and getting better.

11/23/19
Saturday

Imagine what our real neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.”
Mr. Rogers

In a world where we try not to acknowledge the people around us, we want to make a difference. Chose to make a difference and say something kind to those around you – at work, at home, at the store or in your neighborhood. Don’t wait for someone else to initiate kindness.

Sunday
11/25/19

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.
Ann Lamont

A while back I paid $90 for the repair person to unplug my refrigerator and plug it back it. That fixed it. While I suppose I was grateful that it was not worse – it was a very expensive unplug. That is what we are supposed to try first with our electronics, too and it often works. We need that same unplugging – that restart ourselves will help us also work better.

 

Reflections for the week of November 11

IN THE LIFE OF FAITH NOVEMBER IS THE MONTH WE REMEMBER OUR LOVED ONES WHO HAVE DIED.  IT IS ALSO THE MONTH THAT VETERANS’S DAY IS CELEBRATED.  OUR REFLECTIONS THIS WEEK WILL FOCUS ON OUR DECEASED VETERANS AND THE FREEDOMS THEY HAVE BOUGHT AND PAID FOR IN OUR BLESSED AMERICA.  I FOUND THESE 8 FREEDOMS IN MY CHURCH NEWSLETTER SO I’M SHARING THEM WITH YOU THIS WEEK WITH A LITTLE REFLECTION ON EACH ONE.

 

THE VETERAN HAS GIVEN US: FREEDOM OF RELIGION, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS, FREEDOM OF SPEECH, THE FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE, THE FREEDOM OF A FAIR TRIAL, THE RIGHT TO VOTE AND THE FREEDOM TO SALUTE THE FLAG

 

MONDAY 11/11/19          – TODAY IS VETERANS DAY SO WE LET OUR PATRIOTISM SHINE BRIGHTLY AND OUR FLAGS FLOW FREELY.  IT’S THE VETERAN, NOT THE PREACHER,WHO HAS GIVEN US THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION.  LIKE OTHER FREEDOMS WE CAN EASILY TAKE THIS ONE FOR GRANTED.  PRACTICE THE FAITH YOU PROFESS.  OTHERWISE ST PAUL TELLS US WE ARE A NOISY GONG AND A CLANGGING SYMBOL.  REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT GOD, OR HOW YOU LIVE OUT THAT BELIEF, IT IS YOUR GUIDE.  AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD THEN YOU PROBABLY AT LEAST BELIEVE IN TREATNIG PEOPLE WELL IN YOUR MORAL COMPASS AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR DOING THAT.  THANK YOU VETERANS FOR OUR FREEDOM OF RELEGION.

 

TUESDAY 11/12/19          -IT IS THE VETERAN, NOT THE REPORTER, WHO HAS GIVEN US FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.  LIKE OTHER FREEDOMS WE CAN EASILY TAKE THIS ONE FOR GRANTED.  REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU THINK OR FEEL ABOUT THE PRESS, BE THANKFUL THAT WE HAVE A PRESS.  REGARDLESS OF YOUR POLITICAL PERSUASION OR MORAL BELIEFS, WE’RE CALLED TO BE INFORMED AND EDUCATED ON WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND US.  WE’RE THANKFUL GOD HAS GIVEN US THE WISDOM AND INTELLIGENCE TO SORT OUR FACT FROM FICTION.  THANK YOU VETERANS FOR OUR FREEDOM OF THE PRESS.

 

WEDNESDAY 11/13/19   IT’S THE VETERAN, NOT THE POET,WHO HAS GIVEN US FREEDOM OF SPEECH.  WHAT A BLESSING TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK OUR MIND.  IT SHOULD BE DONE WITHOUT FEAR OF REPERCUSSION.  BUT WE KNOW IT COMES AT A PRICE.  PHYSICAL, POLITICAL, SOCIAL DANGERS LURK AROUND THE CORNER WHEN YOU SAY WHAT YOU FEEL.  THAT’S WHY GOD GIVES US THE GIFT OF FORTITUDE, THE COURAGE TO SAY AND DO WHAT THE MOMENT CALLS FOR.  THANK YOU VETERANS FOR OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH

 

THURSDAY 11/14/19       IT IS THE VETERAN, NOT THE MARCH OR PROTEST ORGANIZER, WHO HAS GIVEN US THE FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE.  BEING A PART OF A CROWD CAN BE A DANGEROUS THING. YOU KNOW IF YOU’VE EVER TAKEN PART IN SOME SORT OF PROTEST OR MARCH.  YOU GIVE UP SOME CONTROL TO THE SPIRIT OF THE GROUP TO BE A PART OF AN ASSEMBLY THAT HAS A MESSAGE TO SHARE AND SHOUT OUT.  THANK YOU VETERANS FOR THE FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE.

 

FRIDAY 11/15/19              IT IS THE VETERAN, NOT THE LAWYER, WHO HAS GIVEN US THE RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL.  THE FIGHT FOR JUSTICE IS AN ONGOING BATTLE.  SOME GET JUSTICE AND SOME SEEM TO BE ROBBED OF IT.  I’M GLAD I LIVE IN A COUNTRY WERE I CAN WORK TO IMPROVE AND PERFECT THIS BASIC RIGHT AS FLAWED AS IT SOMETIMES IS.  NOT EVERYONE WANTS JUSTICE.  BUT WHEN YOU DO THEN YOU KNOW YOU WANT WHAT IS RIGHT.  THANK YOU VETERANS FOR THE RIGHT TO A FAIR TRIAL.

 

SATURDAY 11/16/19       IT IS THE VETERAN, NOT THE POLITICIAN, WHO HAS GIVEN US THE RIGHT TO VOTE.  LAST TUESDAY WAS ELECTION DAY IN OHIO AND MOST ISSUES WERE LOCAL.  ABOUT 25-30% OF THOSE ELIGIBLE VOTED.  RATHER THAN FEEL BAD THAT ONLY ¼ OF THOSE ELIGIBLE VOTED, BE HAPPY THE OPPORTUNITY IS THERE AND THAT SO MANY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT.  THANK YOU VETERANS FOR THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

 

SUNDAY 11/17/19            IT IS THE VETERAN, NO ONE ELSE, WHO GIVES US THE FREEDOM TO SALUTE THE FLAG.  WHEN I SALUTE THE FLAG I FEEL I AM PLEDGING ALLEGIENCE TO MY COUNTRY WITH ALL OF ITS BLESSINGS AND IMPERFECTIONS.  I AM EXPRESSING MY COMMITMENT TO IDEALS, CORE VALUES THAT ARE IN PLACE IN SOME WAY AND IN SOME FORM.  I AM COMMITTING MYSELF TO WORKING HARD TO PUT THEM IN PLACE WHERE THEY ARE MISSING.  THANK YOU VETERANS FOR THE FREEDOM I HAVE TO SALUTE THE FLAG, TO HANG IN ON MY PORCH, TO PLANT MANY OF THEM IN MY YARD AND TO PUT IT ON MY PARENTS GRAVES.  AND THANK YOU GOD FOR THESE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE VETERANS.

 

 

 

 

Monday

 

Start a Gratitude Journal

The heart of man is like deep water. A gratitude journal can help draw out insight that can change your life.

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out.” —Proverbs 20:5

 

If life seems a little mundane, one of the best things you can do is start a gratitude journal. There are great benefits to writing down with regularity, authenticity, and transparency the things for which we’re grateful.

 

But first you must evaluate your motivation for doing a gratitude journal. If it’s just to appease someone else—not based on your own desire to live a fuller and happier life by becoming more aware of what you have—then it likely will not have much effect on you.

 

Focusing on the relationships you have rather than the stuff you’ve acquired will have a greater impact on you. Think less, not more. Consider what your life would be without the blessings you currently enjoy. This will help you become more aware of and grateful for those blessings already present in your life.

 

A gratitude journal can help draw out insight that can change your life. It is a wonderful way to start developing a lasting attitude transformation.

 

Consider This:

What are practical ways that you could invest more energy in being intentionally thankful?

In five minutes, how many blessings can you count?

 

Take Action:

Purchase a notebook and start a gratitude journal. You don’t have to write in your journal every day, but do commit to writing at least twice a week. Try this for six weeks and see if it makes a difference in how much you appreciate the blessings of life.

 

Tuesday

 

Learning from Piglet

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” —A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” —Psalm 56:3–4

 

I enjoyed reading A. A. Milne’s stories to my children when they were young. They always rooted for Piglet, the small and timid best friend of the story’s hero, Winnie the Pooh. I liked Piglet’s mind-set most of all.

 

Sometimes it can feel like life is all about competition and rivalry. Kids are told they must work their hardest to be stronger and more successful than their peers. We are told to pursue our ambitions and not let anything stand in our way. But not everyone can end up at the top.

 

What is it that makes some people grateful for what they have while others just want more and more? What creates such a distinct sense of entitlement in some while others seem quite satisfied with what they have, even in times of adversity?

 

Gratitude can light up your world instantly. Piglet seems to live in constant anxiety, yet he is a great friend because “his heart could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” Despite his small stature and timidity, he shifts his mind-set toward gratefulness in order to conquer his fears.

 

Consider This:

In what areas of life are you more focused on rivalry and ambition than on being grateful for what you already have?

Who do you know who seems satisfied with what they have in life? Do you admire that person or believe their focus hurts them more than it helps them?

 

Take Action:

In your journal, write down the areas in your life that you think may benefit from shifting your attitude toward gratitude. Interview someone you know who seems satisfied with and grateful for life’s blessings. Ask them how they maintain a focus of gratitude.

 

Wednesday

 

Days of Thanksgiving

Adversity can cultivate an attitude of gratefulness. It helps us remember not to take life for granted.

“I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” —Philippians 4:10–11

 

Though it may seem counterintuitive, adversity can actually cultivate an attitude of gratitude within us. Adversity helps us remember not to take anything in life for granted. The American Thanksgiving Day holiday began with the Pilgrims traveling from England to America around 1620. The hopes and dreams of many were lost during or after the journey of the Mayflower. Yet they brought with them a concept—Days of Thanksgiving—that helped them to be grateful in spite of overwhelming challenges.

 

What would cause someone to cross a vast, unknown ocean in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries? Life in Europe must have been terrible for anyone to be willing to risk a perilous sea voyage and then face the hardship of making a new life in America. When you begin to see that everything you have and everyone you rely on could be lost at any moment, it becomes quite difficult to take life for granted.

 

At one point in the Bible, the Apostle Paul wrote to his friends—while chained to a jail guard—that he had “learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” He was grateful for his life and didn’t take it for granted. He thanked God for it—as should we.

 

Consider This:

What are the kinds of things you take for granted in your life?

What are some ways that you can be grateful in spite of today’s difficult situations?

 

Take Action:

Make a list of your problems and how your current attitude affects your life. In your journal, list ways that you can shift your heart’s direction toward gratitude.

 

Thursday

 

Recognition of the Good

First noticing the good in life instead of the bad creates an emotion that we experience as gratitude.

“Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as foreigners in their country. The third generation of children born to them may enter the assembly of the Lord.” —Deuteronomy 23:7–8

 

Noticing the good in life first instead of the bad creates an emotion that we experience as gratitude. In the Hebrew language the word “gratitude” is hakarat ha’tov; it means “recognition of the good” in all circumstances.

 

The story of Moses and the deliverance of the Israelites from generations of slavery in Egypt is interesting in the context of today’s Bible verse. The instruction is for the oppressed not to “despise” the oppressor but instead to shift their focus to gratitude for God’s deliverance through Moses’s leadership. The verses go on to say that eventually two former enemies may join together to worship God.

 

Regardless of the current circumstances in the Middle East, the principle taught in these verses is to be grateful even to our oppressors for the positive effect they may have had on our lives. This is not the same thing as being grateful for abuse. Rather, these verses point us toward being grateful for the good done to us even through tough circumstances. Learning to cultivate and develop this emotion in ourselves and in others can be very healing.

 

Consider This:

What are some ways that you can practice hakarat ha’tov and recognize the good in difficult circumstances?

What emotions do you experience when you think of people who have hurt you?

 

Take Action:

The story of Moses and how God uses him to deliver the Israelites from slavery (found in Exodus 2–14) is amazing. Some of it can be difficult to understand. You may need to discuss it with a friend or pastor who is well acquainted with the Scriptures in order to gain full perspective on the story. In your journal, consider ways that you can cultivate gratitude and recognize the good even in challenging circumstances.

 

Friday

 

Friendship

True friendship is a rare commodity that must be cherished with deep gratitude.

“After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.” —1 Samuel 18:1–4

 

Do you have a friend who will always stay true to you? In a day when you can have literally thousands of “friends” or “followers” on social media sites, it’s easy to have lots of acquaintances but no real friends to count on in the direst of circumstances. Today’s verse is part of the story of David and Jonathan, whose close friendship is described as making them “one in spirit.”

 

The impression we get from the story is that David and Jonathan became friends quickly. David, a shepherd, and Jonathan, the prince and heir of the kingdom of Israel, shared a bond that went far beyond the difference in their backgrounds.

 

Two of the blessings of close friendship are trust and loyalty. Jonathan’s father, King Saul, became very jealous of David’s growing popularity with the public—dangerously so. David shared this problem with Jonathan. In spite of Jonathan’s disbelief that his father could behave in such a way, he chose to trust in and help his friend.

 

David and Jonathan understood the value of their relationship. True friendship is a rare and glorious commodity. It must be cherished with the deepest gratitude.

 

Consider This:

Have you ever connected with someone in a way that made you become close friends quickly?

Are you acquainted with someone with whom you think that, given the opportunity, a close friendship could develop?

 

Take Action:

In your journal, describe 3–5 ways that you can express gratitude to a close friend, thanking them for their friendship. How could you cultivate ways to deepen and expand this relationship?

 

Saturday

 

Anger and Gratitude Don’t Mix

Gratitude can’t coexist with anger.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” —Philippians 4:12–13

 

Anger and gratitude mix together like oil and water; they are not close emotional partners. Basically, the two are opposites. Gratitude simply cannot coexist with anger.

 

Gratitude is usually expressed by giving thanks in an emotional expression of humility: “Thank you for what you have done.”

 

Anger is a reaction to a threat to your safety, a loved one, or something that you deem valuable. Its closest emotional partner is fear, and it can lead to bitterness, cynicism, and overall unhappiness. To experience true gratitude, anger must be set aside.

 

When Paul writes, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty,” he’s describing two opposite experiences—and yet he is content in each situation. His secret is relying on God to give him strength to deal with the opposites in life. Through God’s strength, we can learn to let go of our anger and embrace gratitude and thanksgiving.

 

Consider This:

Have you noticed that you can’t be grateful or thankful when you are angry?

What are some of the ways that gratitude and choosing contentment in life’s circumstances are similar?

 

Take Action:

Paul wrote the book of Philippians while in jail—talk about a difficult circumstance! In your journal, list ways that you can intentionally choose gratitude and contentment in situations where you experience strong emotions like anger.

 

Sunday

 

Choose Gratitude over a Bad Attitude

Gratitude is a shift in attitude that can renovate your world in an instant.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” —1 Chronicles 16:34

 

Sometimes my attitude toward life is quite pessimistic. I have a chronically optimistic friend who laughs and calls me “Eeyore” when I lament what I view as a negative and difficult situation. He’s always challenging my predisposition toward seeing the glass as half empty instead of half full. He challenges me to “give thanks in all circumstances,” even in dark times.

 

Gratitude is a shift in attitude that can renovate your world in an instant. Yet, at times, it seems daunting to rustle up the motivation to be grateful. With financial and relational stress, the seeming collapse of hopes and dreams, and the everyday difficulties of life, it can be hard to see abundance in your life.

 

All change begins with desire. But this isn’t about desire as a never-ending longing to be fulfilled. This is desire as the urge to engage and enlarge your vision for what your world can be. Choosing gratitude over gloominess may open your mind’s eye to possibilities you’ve never noticed.

 

Even Eeyore changed his perspective: “‘It’s snowing still,’ said Eeyore gloomily. . . .’And freezing.’ . . . ‘However,’ he said, brightening up a little, ‘we haven’t had an earthquake lately.’”

 

Well . . . it’s a start.

 

Consider This:

Is your perspective on life more optimistic or pessimistic?

If pessimistic, what are the things in your life that you feel are missing?

 

Take Action:

In your journal, reflect on your desire to shift your mental focus toward “giving thanks in all circumstances.” How would choosing gratitude over gloominess open your mind’s eye to new possibilities for your future?

 

 

Monday, October 7, 2019

Jealousy comes from counting others’ blessings instead of our own.

Jealousy never does us any good. What we think we see is never all that is real. When comparing our lives to others, we can always find those who are doing better and those who are doing worse. When we focus on our own blessings we can rejoice with what we actually have, rather than dismay over what someone else is enjoying.

Rev. Carol Ross Irwin

 

Tuesday October 8, 2019

A Prayer for Those Who Work in Catholic Health Care

Loving God, you created us with the capacity to heal, to restore and to offer peace through our role in Catholic health care ministry. Help us to be signs of love and compassion in the world today – honoring every person we meet who is in need of healing. When our burdens are heavy, renew us, remind us of the blessing of our calling and reawaken our commitment to the healing ministry. Amen.

 

Wednesday October 9, 2019

Lord, help me be a blessing today.

Help me to lessen the load of others.

Equip me to encourage, and cue me to show compassion.

Where I can,

help me walk alongside of those who need a friend, with a listening ear, and a helping hand.

Help me to not add to the burden of any person, in any way.

Allow me to voice words of sympathy, sorrow and caring.

Help me to also speak blessings, compliments, and congratulations wherever I’m able.

Give me a heart to comfort and not compare, and to serve without strife.

Lord, open my eyes to the ones who feel invisible.

Allow me to see those who aren’t seen.

May I notice those who feel unnoticed.

Lead me to love without conditions, believe the best in others, and shine your light to everyone I meet.

I pray others see Jesus in me today.

Amen

Julielefebure.com

 

 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Morning Prayer

Pick me up Lord, and hold me in Your loving arms. Protect me from the pressures of the day, and remove the heaviness from my heart. Inspire me with the knowledge that You and I together can handle anything. Amen.

 

Friday, October 11, 2019

October

Be present.

Let the day flow with grace

Expect nothing. Give thanks.

Surrender. Be Open.

Speak only kindness

Impart only love

Never forget you are not done.

Give so you may receive.

See goodness in others

 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

 

“Don’t pay back evil for evil.

Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you.

Instead pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and He will bless you for it.”

It seems unnatural to bless people who make your life difficult, but you never know the difficulty that they are facing. Choose to respond with kindness – not because they deserve it, but because you do.

Rev. Carol Ross Irwin

 

 

 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

“It is not the Joy that makes us Grateful, it is gratitude that makes us joyful.”

Joy is not based on our circumstances. Our circumstances change. Joy is based on a decision to face the world with a desire to look for blessings regardless of our momentary circumstances, and see them surrounding us.

Rev. Carol Ross Irwin

 

9/30/19

 

THIS WEEK I’D LIKE TO DO SOME REFLECTION ON CHANGE AND HOW IT CAN BE A PATHWAY TO EXCELLENCE, ONE OF OUR CORE VALUES.  MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, JUST LIKE YOU, I DON’T ALWAYS LIKE CHANGES ESPECIALLY IF THEY DON’T SEEM NECESSARY OR BETTER IN MY WORLD.  SOMETIMES I CHANGE  BECAUSE I LIKE THE CHANGE.  SOMETIMES I CHANGE  BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE A CHOICE AND I’M USUALLY KIND OF CRANKY ABOUT THAT.  AND SOMETIMES WHEN I CHANGE I’M SORT OF INDIFFERENT ABOUT IT; IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER.  HOW ABOUT YOU. YOU’RE GOING THRU ALL SORTS OF CHANGES. MAYBE SOME ARE PERSONAL, PERHAPS SOME HAVE TO DO WITH RELATIONSHIPS.  YOU CERTAINLY ARE GONG THRU A TON OF CHANGES AT WORK.  HOW ARE YOU HANDLING THAT?  IN A POSITIVE WAY, TALK ABOUT IT WITH YOUR CO WORKERS, YOUR SUPERVISOR, YOUR PARTNER OR FRIEND.  LET THEM KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, HOW YOU’RE DOING.  AND IF YOU DON’T FEEL YOU CAN BE HONEST THEN WE HAVE DEEPER PROBLEM THAN CHANGE.

 

10/1/19

 

WHEN I WAS AN ALTAR BOY A PRIEST WAS FAMOUS FOR ALWAYS SAYING “CHANGES MUST COME AND FRIENDS MUST PART, BUT THERE IS NO CHANGE IN THE SACRED HEART”.  IT’S ONE OF THOSE WHIMSICAL LITTLE SAYINGS I HAVE LOCKED AWAY IN MY CATHOLIC TRUNK OF MEMORIES.   I REMEMBER ALWAYS BEING TOLD THAT THE LORD NEVER CHANGES.  ITS LIKE CHANGING WAS A WEAKNESS OF SOME SORT BECAUSE SOMETHING WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH.  THE LORD MAY NOT CHANGE MAY ALWAYS BE THE SAME.  BUT IF YOU’RE GOD AND YOU’VE BEEN AROUND FOREVER THEN YOU’VE HAD TO BE ADAPTABLE.  YOU’VE HAD TO USE FLEXIBILITY TO GET THINGS DONE THE WAY YOU WANT THEM DONE.  YOU’VE HAD TO WORK WITH SOME PRETTY STUBBORN FOLKS, MANY INSURMOUNTABLE ROAD BLOCKS, CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WOULD MAKE A BLIND PERSON SEE STARS.  BUT THAT’S HOW GOD SURVIVES.  HE’S ADAPTABLE, FLEXIBLE, WILLING TO DO SOME GIVE AND TAKE FOR THE GREATER GOOD.   I’LL BET YOU’VE HAD THAT WORK FOR YOU IN THE PAST.  SO TRY TO BE THAT WAY AT WORK . SINCE  WE’RE MADE IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD WE CAN BE HAPPIER BY BEING THAT WAY. THE LORD IS CERTAINLY HAPPIER THAT WAY.

 

10/2/19

 

I BOUGHT A NEW MUSTANG A FEW MONTHS AGO, MY “DRIVE IT WHEN I FEEL LIKE IT CAR”.  NOW THIS CAR WAS BASICALLY THE SAME AS THE CAR I TRADED IN, JUST 5 YEARS NEWER AND A STEP UP IN THE TRIM LINE.  AS THE SALESMAN WAS GOING OVER ALL THE FEATURES OF THE CAR, I MADE SURE I WAS PAYING PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO ALL THE ELECTRONICS OF THE NEW CAR.  IT TOOK ME AWHILE TO MASTER THE ELECTRONICS OF THE OLDER CAR AND THIS NEW ONE HAD MORE.  I KNEW IT WOULD TAKE TIME AND PRACTICE TO GET THINGS DOWN.  SO WHEN HE WAS DONE I THOUGHT FOR A MOMENT AND ASKED “ SO WHERE DO I PUT THE CD IN?  HE SAID THERE IS NO CD.  I SAID “WHAT”! HE SAID THEY ARENT PUTTING CD PLAYERS IN CARS ANY MORE.  I THINK I WAS IN A MINOR STATE OF SHOCK.   HAVE CHANGES AT WORK LEFT YOU IN A MINOR STATE OF SHOCK WHERE YOU MAY SAY “I DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING”?  YOU ASK YOURSELF “SO NOW WHAT DO I DO” .  GIVE IT YOUR BEST SHOT AT TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT. IT TAKES TIME AND PRACTICE.   LET GOD,  AND THE STAFF AROUND YOU HELP YOU WITH THAT.

 

10/3/19

 

I GUESS WHEN THE SAME THING CHANGES A NUMBER OF TIMES IN YOUR LIFE ITS NO LONGER A CHANGE BUT A ROUTINE.   BY THE TIME I GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL WE HAD MOVED 7 TIMES.   SINCE I STARTED WORKING I’VE MOVED AN ADDITIONAL  10 TIMES.  NEITHER MY FAMILY NOR I  HAD JOBS THAT HAVE TAKEN ME ALL OVER WORLD OR  THE COUNTRY OR THE MIDWEST.  WITH ONE EXCEPTION ALL OF THESE MOVES HAVE BEEN WITHIN 50 MILES OF EACH OTHER.  THEY WERE FOR FAMILY REASONS, JOB REASONS OR PERSONAL REASONS.  WHATEVER THE REASON, IT BECAME SO VERY ROUTINE.  I KNOW HOW TO PACK AND UNPACK, HOW TO LOAD A TRUCK FULL OF FURNITURE AND BOXES.  I KNOW HOW TO SETTLE IN AND ALSO HOW TO UPROOT AND START SOMEPLACE NEW.  ITS ALL SO VERY ROUTINE.  AND IT ALL STARTED WHEN I WAS A YOUNG KID.   IT SEEMS LIKE CHANGE HERE AT THE HOSPITAL HAS BECOME SO VERY ROUTINE.  IT HAPPENS EVERYWHERE, TO EVERYONE.  NO MATTER HOW OLD OR YOUNG YOU ARE, IF YOUR WORKING HERE, YOU’RE NOT A KID ANYMORE.  HOW ARE ALL THESE CHANGES AFFECTING YOU?  YOUR FAMILY? YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE.  FOR ME AND FOR YOU WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO HANDLE THE ROUTINE OF CHANGE, AND TO GROW FROM IT, NOT MATTER WHERE IT TAKES US. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TALK ABOUT IT.

 

10/4/19

 

BEAR WITH ME. THIS MAY SEEM A LITTLE LONG AND RAMBLING. ONE DAY LAST WEEK I’M PLAYING BASEBALL AT WORK AND I’M OUT IN LEFT FIELD SO TO SPEAK.  I’M CATCHING FLY BALLS ONE AFTER THE OTHER SINCE I PUNCHED IN.  FIRST OF ALL I CANT ACCESS MY EMAIL BECAUSE OF PASSWORD ISSUES.  SINCE NO ONE WAS IN FROM I  T  YET,  I DID WHAT THE INSTRUCTIONS SAID AND CALLED THE 866 NUMBER.  SILLY ME!!!  SOME NICE MAN FROM INDIA TRIED TO HELP ME BUT TO NO AVAIL.  HIS ENGLISH WASN’T TOO BAD BUT MY HEARING WASN’T TOO GOOD.  AFTER I SPENT 10 HOURS, MORE OR LESS, GIVING HIM DATA HE WAS ASKING FOR AND NOT BEING ABLE TO COMPREHEND EXACTLY WHAT HE NEEDED ME TO DO, I THANKED HIM AND SAID I HAVE PATIENTS TO SEE SO I’LL TRY LATER.   I DID GET HELP VERY QUICKLY  FROM OUR I  T   WHEN THEY CAME IN.  THEY AND OFTEN OTHER STAFF ARE MY SAVIORS WHEN IT COMES TO TECHNOLOGY.  LATER THAT MORNING OUR DEPARTMENT WENT RUNNING ON AN EMERGENCY CALL THAT TURNED OUT NOT TO BE A CODE BLUE EMERGENCY.  BUT BETTER TO ERROR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION THAN TO UNDERREACT WHEN SOMEONE’S LIFE IS AT STAKE.  THEN IT WAS TIME TO HAVE ANOTHER COMPUTER ISSUE.  NONE OF MY ICONS WOULD OPEN UP.  SO    I  T   WAS ABLE TO HELP AGAIN.  BUT LIKE SO MANY OTHER TIMES, IT’S A MYSTERY OF FAITH AS TO WHY THIS HAS HAPPENED, AGAIN.  THIS IS NOT A GOOD WAY TO HAVE THE FIRST PART OF YOUR SHIFT GO.  I’M WONDERING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DO, HOW THEY FEEL WHEN THE DAY STARTS OUT AND CONTINUES THAT WAY AND WHAT IF THAT HAPPENS ALMOST EVERY SHIFT.  WHAT DID I DO? WHAT I USUALLY DO.  I GET VERY FRUSTRATED.  I START CUSSING IN A LOW VOICE BECAUSE IT WOULD BE A BAD THING FOR PEOPLE TO BE WALKING BY THE PASTORAL CARE OFFICE AND HEAR GOD’S NAME BEING USED IN A VERY UN-SPIRITUAL WAY.  I TRY TO  FOCUS ON SOMETHING ELSE, SOMETIMES.  I THINK ABOUT MAYBE ITS TIME TO RETIRE.  I THINK MAYBE I SHOULD DO SOMETHING ELSE SOMEWHERE ELSE.  SO WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS GO THE WRONG WAY.  ONE THING’S FOR SURE.  KEEPING YOUR FEELINGS PENT UP INSIDE OF YOU IS NOT A PATH TO EXCELLENCE.  FIND SOMEWAY TO LET GO SO THAT NO ONE OR NO CURVE BALL CAN KEEP YOU FROM BEING THE BEST AT WHAT YOU ARE COMMITTED TO.

 

10/5/19

 

TGIF.    I OFTEN THINK GOD GOT THINGS MIXED UP.  SURELY HE MUST HAVE MEANT THAT WE SHOULD WORK JUST ONE OR TWO DAYS A WEEK AND HAVE 5 OR 6 DAYS  OFF TO DO WHATEVER.  BUT SINCE GOD DOESN’T MAKE MISTAKES MAYBE WE CAN BLAME IT ON WHOEVER WROTE THE CREATION STORY IN THE BIBLE.  THEY SURELY GOT IT BACKWARDS!!  WE ALL HAVE OUR DAYS OFF FROM WORK, AT LEAST WE SHOULD.  BUT IT CERTAINLY DOESN’T MEAN WE’RE RESTING OR ENJOYING FREE TIME.  THERE ARE THINGS TO DO AROUND THE HOUSE, KIDS TO TAKE CARE AND ACTIVITES TO RUN TO.  THERE ARE FAMILY COMMITMENTS, OTHER JOBS TO BRING IN EXTRA MONEY.  WHATEVER IT IS THAT OCCUPIES YOUR TIME ON YOUR DAYS OFF,  BE SURE TO CARVE SOMETIME OUT FOR YOURSELF.  ITS NOT A LUXURY; IT’S A NECESSITY.  YOU CANT ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE IF YOU’RE FRIED EVERY HOUR OF EVERY DAY OF EVERY WEEK.  YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO HAVE SOME “ME TIME”.  YOU OWE IT TO YOUR FAMILY, YOUR CO WORKERS THE PATIENTS AT THE HOSPITAL.

 

 

10/6/19

 

TODAY IS SUNDAY AND IF YOU’RE READING THIS THEN YOU’RE PROBABLY AT WORK.  I NEVER HAD TO WORK ON A SUNDAY UNTIL I STARTED AT THE HOSPITAL.  ITS ONE OF THOSE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT GOES ON 24/7, 365 DAYS A YEAR.  BUT SOMETIME DURING YOUR SUNDAY AT THE HOSPITAL, GIVE YOURSELF A FEW MOMENTS TO FIND A QUIET PLACE AND JUST DO A LITTLE REFLECTING MAYBE IN THE CHAPEL OR OUTSIDE OR JUST GAZING OUT A WINDOW. HAVE  SOME QUIET PRAYER WITH YOUR LORD WHATEVER YOU MAY CALL HIM OR HER.  THE ROAD TO EXCELLENCE IS A POWERFUL AND MOVING JOURNEY WHEN YOU CAN ACKNOWLEDGE YOU ARE NOT ON THAT ROAD ALONE.  BELIEVE AND FEEL A HIGHER POWER LEADING YOU, HOLDING YOUR HAND,  BEING THAT UMBRELLA IN THE RAIN TO PROTECT YOU, BEING YOUR SNOW TIRES IN THE BLIZZARD TO PULL YOU THRU.  YOU WILL DEFINITELY HAVE A RICHER EXPERIENCE OF EXCELLENCE.

 

 

MONDAY

 

Before listening to her young patients’ heartbeats, a pediatric nurse at the hospital would often fit the stethoscope over their ears and allow them to listen first.

 

One four-year-old boy was awed by the sound. The nurse asked him, “So… what do you suppose that is?”

The child, a regular at Sunday school, smilingly answered, “Is that Jesus knocking?”

 

God is always knocking at the door of our heart inviting us to be more loving and compassionate to one another. The choice to open that door is ours. He will not force His way into our heart.

 

“If today you hear His voice, harden not your heart!” -Psalm 95

 

 

TUESDAY

The future of success in any endeavor will go to those who communicate the best. Therefore, mean what you say, say what you mean, and speaks as correctly as possible. ”Let your speech be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer…” Colossians 4:6.

 

WEDNESDAY

No matter how eloquent our words, if we cannot speak in love, let us not speak at all. If love is not our purpose, let’s wait until it is. “Though I speak with a tongue of men and angels, but have not love, I have become a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.” 1 Corinthians 13:1.

 

 

THURSDAY

Unexpected answers and timing: that seems to be the method God most often works His will in our lives, not necessarily how we desire, but always how it brings honor and glory to Him. ”’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8.

 

FRIDAY

Are we treating symptoms instead of offering the cure: feeding the poor, and counseling the misguided, are noble and right, but not the cure. The cure is a personal relationship with Jesus. ”Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.

 

SATURDAY

Communicating: I’m not the best at it, but I learned a little: 1. Say as much as you can in as few words as you can. 2. Use your best grammar. 3. Try not to make the same point the same way. 4. Don’t use fillers—Uh, like, you know. 5. Be brief. ”Speak graciously.” Colossians 4:6.

 

SUNDAY

Be slow to respond to emotional words, for when the emotion changes so do the words. Listen for truth, not passion. You will save yourself many heartaches and troubles. “Also, do not take to heart everything people say, less you hear your servant cursing you. “ Ecclesiastes 7:21.

 

 

Reflections on Integrity

Monday

September 16, 2019

 

If they praise you, show up and do the work.

If they criticize you, show up and do the work.

If no one even notices you just show up and do the work.

Just keep showing up, doing the work and leading the way.

Lead with passion.

Fuel up with optimism.

Have faith.

Power up with love.

Maintain hope.

Be stubborn.

Fight the good fight.

Refuse to give up.

Ignore the critics.

Believe in the impossible.

Show up.

Do the work.

You’ll be glad you did.

True grit leads to true success.

Unknown author

 

Tuesday

September 17, 2019

 

Mother Teresa is credited with this quote:

I used to pray that God would feed the hungry or do this or that,

but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I am supposed to do,

what I can do.

I used to pray for answers,

but now I’m praying for strength.

I used to believe that prayer changes things,

but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.

 

Wednesday

September 18, 2019

Integrity also means whole – all together. In one piece. That is our goal as a ministry to be together. But that is also hard, because while our big picture goal may be unified- we all want to provide wonderful medical care to this community, we will disagree on how to make it happen.  Good people will have different opinions. I have said many times that if two people never disagree then one of them is lying.

How do we remain whole when we disagree? It is hard, but necessary. It involves respecting that disagreement is normal. It means acknowledging more than one way could work. It means respecting that the other person’s intentions are also good. It also means speaking up with suggestions, rather than staying quiet and going away grumbling.

Rev. Carol Ross Irwin

 

Thursday

September 19, 2019

 

How do you disagree without being disagreeable? When I was a teenager I loved to argue for the sake of arguing. Too bad my school didn’t have a debate team – I would have been a natural. But these days I don’t find it fun – yet I still disagree with people. How can you disagree without being disagreeable? Be mindful of your tone – are you raising your voice? Sounding sarcastic without meaning to? Are you getting agitated? Be in control of your own voice so that you are communicating in a way that allows your words and meaning to be heard, rather than just your tone of voice.

 

Friday

September 20, 2019

 

There is an Indian parable about 6 blind men describing an elephant. One described the ears, another the tusk, another the tail and so on. Each believed their experience was shared by everyone else. Often we do the same thing when we disagree with one another. We know our experience so well and it has much to provide in improving our ministry. But the people around us, also have experiences that make their understanding real for them.  When you disagree, listen for the truth within the other person’s viewpoint- because there is some there. Together when we share our insights we create something that works better than what any one of us can do.

 

Saturday

September 21, 2019

 

Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates:

Is it true?

Is it necessary?

Is it kind?

 

Sunday

September 22, 2019

 

Tip your server.

Return your shopping cart.

Pick up a piece of trash.

Hold the door for the person behind you.

Let someone into your lane.

Small acts can have a ripple effect.

That’s how we change the world.

 

The Contemplative Monk Website

Monday
A staff member of a hospital in Tennessee recounted this story:
I had a very unique experience. I went to draw blood from a patient who seemed to be incoherent. He shook a lot and it was very hard to get blood from him. I went to see him again the next day. As I walked into his room, something made me start humming “Amazing Grace.” The patient had not made a sound in days, according to the nurse. But, as I continued to hum, the patient became still, and then started humming with me. So, I began to sing the song to him, and he sang with me, not missing a word. I was so blessed. Sometimes, God’s grace is all you need.

Tuesday
Actress Carol Burnett got out of a cab one day and caught her coat in the door. The driver was unaware of her plight and slowly began to edge out into traffic. To keep from being pulled off her feet, the comedienne had to run alongside down the block. A passerby noticed her predicament and quickly alerted the driver. He stopped, jumped out, and released Miss Burnett’s coat. “Are you all right?” he asked anxiously. “Yes,” she gasped, “but how much more do I owe you?”

Author Rick Warren once said: “When you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others.”

Be gracious and forgiving of everyone you will encounter today.

Wednesday
May the strength of God pilot me,
the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me,
the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me, the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me, the host of God save me.
Amen.

Thursday
In every organization, you’ll find the Tate Family.
There is old man Dic-Tate who wants to run everything, while Uncle Ro-Tate tries to change everything. There’s sister Agi-Tate who stirs up plenty of trouble, with help from her husband, Irri-Tate. Whenever new projects are suggested, Hesi-Tate and his wife, Vege-Tate, want to wait until next year. Then there is Aunt Imi-Tate, who wants the organization to be like all the others. Devas-Tate provides the voice of doom, while Poten-Tate wants to be a big shot.

But not all members of the family are tough.
Brother Facili-Tate is quite helpful in many matters. And a delightful, happy member of the family is Miss Felici-Tate.
Cousins Cogi-Tate and Medi-Tate always thinks things over and lend helpful, steady hands.

And of course there is another member of the family, Ampu-Tate, who has completely cut himself off from the family.
How about it – Which member of the Tate family are you?

Friday
The Holocaust is one of the most traumatic episodes of modern history, yet it has also yielded some astounding stories of bravery and faith. In France, a Jewish family was hidden by some concerned French nationals in the basement of their home. The Jewish family waited and waited for their deliverance. At the end of the war these words were found scribbled on the wall of that basement:

“I believe in the sun even when it does not shine.
I believe in love even when it is not given.
I believe in God even when he is silent.”

Use this scribble as a beautiful prayer in your daily life especially on those days when things seem to be difficult, challenging, or nearly impossible.

Saturday
The world is being engulfed in darkness, Lord, the light is fading daily. Evil is trying to consume Your beautiful creation and faithful followers but I know victory is mine and those who believe in You shall be saved. I believe in You, I trust in You and I know You have overcome. Every blessed soul that has lost their way will eventually return to You, for Your timing is perfect.
Father, allow me to be a light in this dark and gloomy world, allow me to be a blessing to others. Manifest Your power and love within me, let it ignite my soul and let it consume those I come into contact with. They will taste Your Holy presence and constantly yearn for it.
Lord, allow my actions to portray You in everything I do. May the light within me conquer the darkness. Let it pierce through those stormy clouds, that await my defeat, let it shine, let it glow and allow it to illuminate the path You have set before us. Let me to be the light in this world and towards others as well. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray, Amen.

Sunday
Dear Lord, we who are
divided
unloving
prejudiced at times
inclined to misunderstanding
intolerant
Make us instead
united
loving
open to learning
understanding and forgiving
tolerant
May your Spirit be present in us as you are in all peoples. Amen.

WOWs

Many employees go above and beyond¬† to provide excellent customer service and are rarely given a thank you!¬† Our “WOWs” give you an opportunity to shout out a thank you to a co-worker who may have gone the extra mile to provide incredible customer service!¬† If you see something, please say something so that we can recognize everyone who is working hard to promote the ministry and core values of Trinity Health System!¬† You can submit a “WOW” by calling the patient experience line at extension 8464 or by emailing wecare@trinityhealth,com.

I’d like to give a wow to our afternoon housekeeper Michael Danielson for doing such a good job cleaning our department. He is very attentive to every detail in the rooms and reports any issues. Thanks, Sharon Barbetta

While working in Outpatient today (Sunday) I registered an infusion patient, she was also here Saturday and throughout the week. Today was her last day of infusion and she brought the Outpatient Staff, any anyone else she said, a nut roll from her church to show her appreciation for EXCELLENT service!!  She wanted to show her appreciation for “the hardworking and caring staff that waited on her”…her EXACT words!! Pereta

Kasey Kowcheck,

Thank you for all you each and every day!I took a call from a very satisfied patient that you took care of in the office setting.  He said “Kodos to Kasey”.  He went on to describe the care you provided to him and how appreciative he is. Keep up the great work!  You are living the ministry.

Colleen Merriman, B.S., CNMT, ARRT(N) Nuclear Medicine Supervisor

A big WOW for ICU and Dr. Morisetty. I came in on Sept 23 and ended up in ICU on the 28th. Nurses in ICU were extremely good with patients. Nurses were great! Dr. Morisetti treated patient well. Treated her like a patient not a number on a chart. Dr.  Morisetti believed in the patient, and did not want her to go to hospice. 2 weeks ago she was discharged and able to speak. She wants to thank Trinity and the staff. Staff was great!!

We had an ER patient’s mother call today to express her gratitude for Chelsea, Andrew, Connie, Tim NA, Mary Jo and Joyce in the ER. Her young son was experiencing a mental health crisis and these employees made his life a little brighter because they were kind, caring, and compassionate.  She said they treated him like a person.  Thank you to all!

Hope-One of your patients called in to tell me about the great care you provided to her.  She said that you took care of her not only physically but also emotionally.  She said you are compassionate and professional.  Thank you for taking excellent care of our patients.  You are appreciated and you make a difference!  Colleen Merriman, B.S., CNMT, ARRT(N) Nuclear Medicine Supervisor

I received two really nice compliments this week about the Info Staff.   1. An employee was in the heart center waiting on a family member having a procedure, she told me that the Info Desk staff was wonderful, they made sure everyone had a card for the tracker board. They went around the room asking if anyone needed anything, they kept track of the family and if they came in late, the staff knew what information to give them. She told me several times what a great job you were doing.

  1. I received a really nice compliment for Lisa, this person told me how she is always moving waiting on people as they come in, escorting, sanitizing everything! This person said she never sits down, she does a great job and they wanted to tell me!

I’m very proud to work with you, everyone  truly cares about the families, the  patient and their needs. You make them feel comfortable, less anxious and keep them informed. You work as a team to make sure all bases are covered, and do it with a smile! If someone needs to tell me what a great job you’re doing, it means that your actions and behaviors have made an impact on their experience with us!

Keep up the good you do, it does make a difference!

Jaye Hockenberry

Student/Volunteer Coordinator

I wanted to send out a thank you to Jimmy Light for his assistance on Thursday, November 7th, to Mrs. Anderson and the TSON students who were doing a clinical rotation in the Emergency Department.  I know he was just doing his job but wanted to let you know that people are seeing how great he is in that capacity, including myself.  There isn’t anything he wouldn’t do for someone!  It’s always been a pleasure to work with him!

Donna D. Dubetz, MSN, RN

Customer stopped at Info Desk to compliment the phlebotomist “Jodi” the customer said  it’s hard for anyone to find a vein and Jodi did a great job and didn’t hurt her!Jaye Hockenberry

From JayeLynn Hockenberry:

I received two really nice compliments this week about the Info Staff.

  1. An employee was in the heart center waiting on a family member having a procedure, she told me that the Info Desk staff was wonderful, they made sure everyone had a card for the tracker board. They went around the room asking if anyone needed anything, they kept track of the family and if they came in late, the staff knew what information to give them. She told me several times what a great job you were doing.
  2. I received a really nice compliment for Lisa, this person told me how she is always moving waiting on people as they come in, escorting, sanitizing everything! This person said she never sits down, she does a great job and they wanted to tell me!

I’m very proud to work with you, everyone  truly cares about the families, the  patient and their needs. You make them feel comfortable, less anxious and keep them informed. You work as a team to make sure all bases are covered, and do it with a smile! If someone needs to tell me what a great job you’re doing, it means that your actions and behaviors have made an impact on their experience with us!

The Case Management Department recognizes Dr. R. Murty and his team for supporting the organization’s observation improvement initiative.

The appropriate and timely evaluation and treatment of chest pain observation patients is recognized and appreciated.

Thank you Dr. R. Murty and team!

WOW for Emergency Department Case Managers

The ED Case Managers are a group of behind the scene individuals who deserve recognition for their contributions to Trinity Health System. In addition to their duties as Utilization Management Coordinator (patient flow and status assignment), they spend hours and hours on the phone every day searching (Ohio and West Virginia) for an inpatient behavioral health facility to accept our ED patient. Once a facility is found and accepts the patient,  more time is spent (on the phone) to secure the health insurance admission approval and coordinate transportation.

When you hear the number of  “behavioral health holdovers” in the Emergency Department think of the countless hours the Emergency Department Case Manager has invested in each case, coordinating the safe and appropriate disposition of our most vulnerable customers.

THANK YOU EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT CASE MANAGERS!

The Case Management Department recognizes Dr. R. Murty and his team for supporting the organization’s observation improvement initiative.

The appropriate and timely evaluation and treatment of chest pain observation patients is recognized and appreciated.

Thank you Dr. R. Murty and team!

Wows 11/1/19

A huge WOW to everyone who donated their time and/or their candy to the Halloween Party. We had 17 departments do tables with great decorations, candy and games!!! We had 286 children sign in for the party!!! Everyone had a blast and we received so many THANKS from the people in attendance. They really appreciated have a climate controlled trick or treat.  Kids were leaving with overflowing bags of candy!!

I have a WOW for one of my staff. Janice and Carole Martin want to give a WOW to Ann Huff. Ann has been with Images/Trinity for 23 years. Janice said,  this was the first time her Mother Carole had her mammogram with Ann, as the staff member retired and is not at Images anymore. Janice and Carole think Ann is wonderful!. She said her Mother gets really nervous but felt so comfortable with Ann and it did not hurt! Thanks, Ann , your excellent patient care is valuable to Images , Trinity, and especially the patients Kristy Retton,R.T.(R)(M) Supervisor-Images

I just wanted to recognize Rob Tulenko  for going above and beyond, transport came in bragging how awesome he was because he seen transport on the elevator taking a patient to MRI who may have been a little unstable Rob noticed the signs and asked transport if they wanted him to follow them down . Rob followed the patient with the transport staff all the way to MRI. What a great nurse to care about a patient that wasn’t even his and for the transport department. Never change Rob!! Thanks for all you do! Shannon phsarce

Hi Kayla & Peretta, I happened to overhear the interaction yesterday (Saturday 10/19) with the patient that was upset about her experience with the registration process and Trinity Health System. I want you to know that you both did a great job of keeping your cool and you handled the situation professionally! Keep up the good work, I know how hard it can be sometimes!!Theresa J Clark MT (ASCP)

A BIG Thank You to Denise Carey, unit clerk on 6 tele, for always helping out and being a team player! She is always willing to stay over and go the extra mile to help her co-workers. Thanks Denise! -Nate Vanhorn

I wanted to pass along to you the praises that my staff shared about Theresa Clark. They were saying how prompt she is and is always willing to help them with any issues that they have. I wanted to share because I think she deserves a WOW. It is so nice to work with others that are team players. Thank you both for all you do. Thanks, Kim Davis, Pt Accounts Manager

I have to say that Matt  in CT deserves a huge giant wow . I was taking a pt to sono and worrying about the growing list of CT pt to go over again. I saw him bringing one back and asked who was next. He got all of them done already while I was doing all kinds of other things. I have to say he helps us a lot especially when it is super busy.  He is always great to work with but he really does go above and beyond for us, and on nights a lot of them that go to CT go to xray they “share” the pt and things get done a bit faster most times that way. but he is always out there doing all he can to help us all. and I feel like he is fantastic. Thanks Vanessa ER

Had a patients father call me this a.m. and tell what an amazing experience he had with Kayleigh Lancaster last night. He said she went “above and beyond” and said she gave “A+ care” and that “You could tell she really cares”. Just wanted to pass along a great patient experience!

I would like to thank Doug and Erica Heilman from ER for starting an IV on a patient who is a difficult stick. They were very busy in ER and took the time to come up to the infusion center and help!!We appreciate it!! Thanks again  Sharon Barbetta

Kasey Kowcheck, Thank you for all you each and every day!I took a call from a very satisfied patient that you took care of in the office setting.  He said “Kodos to Kasey”.  He went on to describe the care you provided to him and how appreciative he is. Keep up the great work!  You are living the ministry.Colleen Merriman, B.S., CNMT, ARRT(N)

 

 

 

I would like to give you a great big shout out to Grace Lauck.  She is always so helpful and pleasant with patients and families but this week with me not feeling the best she has been so great.  She keeps track of the waiting room and all the families and patients.  She does it with a smile and never acts as if she is put out .She has a welcoming smile for everyone and just has a way about her.    When a physician comes to talk to a family and I’m busy registering or just in general for me to walk around the desk and find a family slows up the physician, and we all know they are usually running to the next patient or case.  When I call for a family and they don’t answer, Grace and Deb jump up to look for the family to help the physician to assure the physician speaks to the family.  That is such a big help.  It’s is very important to patient satisfaction that they get to speak to the physician regarding their loved one.   Their help is greatly appreciated.  I can’t say enough about them.  Patti VanDyke

I would like to submit a WOW for Harry Heidbrink in the Nutritional Services department. On Friday, 10/11/19, the Healthtouch services went down for 30 minutes. Upon re-connection, a plethora of tickets printed and Harry went above and beyond to make sure that they were all completed in a timely manner for the patients to receive. Jen Riley, General Manager

Frank Cammer was at Kroger Friday, a lady approached him and asked if he worked at Trinity.  He responded yes, what can I do for you.  She wanted him to know what a great. Experience she had as a patient earlier in the week. The words she used were kind, compassionate, and professional throughout her entire visit. Thanks, Chuck Rine Operations Manager

I was called to a patients room yesterday-J.C.- he was in the infusion center.He wanted to pay compliment to the SDS and Infusion center staff. He stated that he has come here to trinity for the last 7 years weekly to receive infusions. He wanted to pay personal recognition to the staff from both areas. He stated “I have always received great care. The staff has great attitudes as there must be a box outside the door that they leave their problems in because I know we all have bad days but the staff has never shown that.  Thanks, Sheila Mirabella, RN, BSN

Cheryl-

Thank you for providing excellent patient care in doing your part in providing a positive patient experience!  One of your patients called in to say that you “are awesome and you do a great job”.  He described how you kept him at peace for 1 ½ hrs while in the scanner.

You are much appreciated and keep up the great work!

Colleen Merriman, B.S., CNMT, ARRT(N)

Nuclear Medicine Supervisor

 

I wanted to send you this wow for Melissa (from housekeeping)

She always does such a wonderful job cleaning here at Ross Park for us and always addresses any of our concerns or needs right away. She’s never in a hurry, even when she is training. She needs to be recognized for being such an excellent member of this health system and team member to all of us. Thanks from myself and all of us here at Ross park pharmacy west.

Alexandra M Autino

 

Kasey-

Thank you for continuing to provide excellent patient care!  One of your patients from Dr Schmulevich’s office called in yesterday to tell me that you “did a great job”!  Keep up your great work!

Colleen Merriman, B.S., CNMT, ARRT(N)

Kathie P, Brent, Cindy, and Geno:

Just wanted to say thanks for a GREAT LDI last Friday.  I have gotten so much out of the last two meetings and I feel it’s bringing all of us together as a stronger team.  I know it takes a lot of work to put everything together and I just wanted to say thank you.    I am grateful to be able to say I am  part of this organization and look forward to where we are heading.  You guys are the best!!

Thanks

Gaye Lochary, RT(R)(T)

 

 

Thanks to Tom, Cheryl, Steve, Jon, Alex, Trent, Jeremy, and Kathie P:

For being at the Country Club until late Thursday night helping to set everything up and making sure it was perfect for our Leadership Development Institute on Friday. An extra thank you to the guys for Jump starting my dead car battery in the dark!!  I appreciate all that you do.

Jen Pierce

 

I just wanted to commend Jimmy Light on always being here for us.  He has helped everyone here to feel safer when we have difficult patients.  He always calls back to check on us to be sure we do not need anything further.  Every time he has been here, he has helped sick patients get into or out of their car, wheeled patients in and out of the cancer center, loaded and unloaded wheelchairs, directed traffic, helped a patient who backed into another car as he was leaving, and hugged little old ladies, and the list goes on.  Our patients are very sick and they really appreciate the help that Jimmy has offered to them as he is a bright spot in their day and ours!

Barb Steitz

 

Hope I am getting the right gal!  Just wanted to share with dietary what an asset Joe is i

your department.  Always greets everyone with a smile. Acually knows most staff by their

name and address them making us feel welcomed. It is nice to be recognized and have a warm

greeting and someone to ask “how’s your day going”.  He deserves a huge “WOW”

If you would share this with the appropriate people I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you, Brenda Albarano, RN  heart center

 

Just wanted to share with you today that Beth & I had an inpatient in Stresses today that couldn’t say enough great things about Beth.  She expressed tome how kind and gentle she was and that she actually the time to tell her what was happening step by step.  She felt at ease when she learned that Beth would be present in the room while the stress exam was being performed.  Trinity’s Best!!!

Brenda L. Albarano, RN, CCRN

 

I customer was leaving and stopped at the Gill Lobby Desk to thank Deb Sloane and tell her it’s wonderful to see a smiling face! I saw you smiling clear down the hall, you don’t want to be here but you make it better with your smile!

Jaye Hockenberry

 

My dad was a patient on 3N.  He can be a stubborn man.  As the day went on 9/26 he grew more and more grumpy, bossy, and inpatient.   Maddy Kemp RN was his nurse.   She took all of his grumpiness in stride and went above and beyond to expedite things for him.  Dad called me this AM (day after discharge) and told me to go find her and apologize for giving her such a hard time.   Maddy kept her cool and got his discharge accomplished as fast as was in her power.

(Probably because he was being such a pain!)    Maddy is an asset to Trinity and I’m glad she works here.

Sincerely,

Dana Banal

 

I’m not sure who I should send this to but a HUGE thank you for the great lunch today! Everything was great and the food choices were on spot! Thanks J

Luanne Carrol

 

Shout out to the dietary team for preparing all the wonderful food at both campuses for the employee picnic.

 

Thanks to our leadership team for serving the food at the employee picnic!

 

WoW to Shane Sanders, Geno Taglione and Missy Ciccarelli for coming in late Friday night to serve pizzas to our nightturn staff who didn’t get to attend the picnic during the day.  Also, thanks to Geno for driving to Dominos and picking up 2 large pizzas for a large family sitting in the Birth Center lobby awaiting the birth of their first grandchild.

 

Raven, NA on 6th floor, needs a wow!  She is awesome at her job. She cares about her patients and is always willing to help everyone. From the PT staff

 

Jaye, Joy, Grace and our volunteer, Mary, are really good about helping collect wheelchairs for the heart center entrance and the ER entrance.

Jimmy Light, Experience liaison

 

Trinity employee:

“Shayla Creech deserves a WOW! She took such great care of me when I was a patient.”

While this employee was telling me this, another employee heard her and said “I second that! She took great care of me too”

Way to go Shayla J

 

A Trinity employee stopped me in hallway to tell me how wonderful Trinity was to her and her husband. Her husband had a “widow maker” cardiac blockage. He coded on her at home and she initiated CPR. Our ER was amazing, Brandon and Anthony in the Cath lab helped save his life, and the staff on the floors were amazing. Her husband is home and recovery!!  Never underestimate the magnitude of what each of you do everyday!

 

In two quarters of data around our collective and individual performance of Medical Records,  I would like to highlight the improved performance in the ED. Their error rate went from 29% to 2%!!!!! WOW. Great job, Doug, Amy and Staff!!

Thank you for all the effort and hard work!

More to come!!!

Kimberly Dudich BS, RHIA

Regional Director, Health Information Management

 

Our patients wanted to Thank the following TEAM members for August 2019:

Jonathan,  Katie,  Mindy,  Cara,  Brandi,  Laureen,  Heather,  Charlie,  Connie,  “ALL”,  Marla,  Erika,  Stacey,  Tim,  Jess,  Helen,  Kimmy,  Judy,  Lisa A,  Mara,  Abby,  Page,  Judy,  Dr. Iqbal

Sharon,  Bethanie,  Dawn M,  Heather Shanley,  Christine R. NP,  Andrew,  Dani,  Anna,  Ashlee,  Chelsie,  Braylynn,  Lynn,  Joe,  Shelley,  Elisabeth,  Wes,  Carly,  Mikayla,  Dawn

Dr. Roig,  Melissa,  Piatt,  Dr. Columbus,  Donna S,  Mary Jo

Some TEAM members were named multiple times!

 

I felt it was important to pass this along, my Volunteers have been working with the Registration staff for several years now. On behave of the Volunteers, Gill Lobby staff and myself I wanted to let you and the Registration staff know that there has been a huge change in the registration process, its smoother, it’s a short wait, keeping 4 and 5 windows open in at the busiest times have made a difference and happier  customers! The complaints have gone down, the lobby is less congested along with the stress level!

Thank you Jen, and please let the staff know what a great job they are doing!

From Jaye

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

To Ron Ross –

Ron- Your patient from today called in to say what a great job you did with her.  She was claustrophobic and you help to alleviate her fears and complete the study.  Thank you for providing excellent patient care!!!!

From Jenn Pierce – A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved in helping with our ODH survey for the cath lab and open heart services.  The survey went extremely well and they complimented the staff members they interacted with during the survey.  Very proud to be a part of this Trinity Team!!!

I WOULD LIKE TO SEND WOWS OUT TO SEVERAL PEOPLE AND DEPARTMENTS. THIS PAST FRIDAY I TOOK MY DAUGHTER TO THE ER AND SHE ENDED UP HAVING APPENDICITIS. FROM THE MINUTE WE WALKED IN SHE WAS TREATED LIKE A QUEEN. EVERYONE WAS SO KIND AND CARING. FROM THE ER, TO PACU, TO OR, DR GILLMAN AND STAFF, , AND 2 NORTH. EVERY QUESTION WAS ANSWERED AND THEY TREATED HER LIKE ONE OF THEIR OWN.
I COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR BETTER CARE. I WISH I COULD REMEMBER EVERYONES NAMES BECAUSE THEY ALL DESERVE A PERSONAL WOW. ALSO TO THE STAFF AT TRINITY CADIZ. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING MY BEING ABSENT FRIDAY AND FOR ALL THAT CHECKED IN ON ME ALL DAY AND ALL WEEKEND. IT IS APPRECIATED MORE THAN YOU KNOW.
CARRIE WARD

Joy Spring, Khoa, Tom Kiger, Jamie Yeater, Laurie Labishak & Jen Riley, A BIG THANK YOU to you for your help with the recent Lab/School of MLS Open Houses this week. I appreciate all of you and what you did to make it a success. Wednesday was a bit sparse, but we had about 18 people on Thursday, most of whom had never seen a hospital lab, nor did they know of the education needed by the professionals who work here, nor had they heard of our program! Whether your part was large or small, it always takes many people to pull something like this off, and I wanted you to know your part was appreciated!
Thanks again,
Connie

Patient was here on Wednesday. Best outpatient service she has ever been to! All took an hour. I’m so impressed. You have great staff. Excellent! They gave me everything and they were pleasant and helpful. I had so many tests done and they all were good. You need to know. J.D.

 

 

“I want to thank the staff on 2 Tele who have graciously welcomed me to their floor this week. I appreciate it greatly!” ~Jen Pierce

We would like to send a huge WOW to Neal Kernen as he took time to help me and Becky T as we cleaned the chapel after an unfortunate incident.  Way to go!  What a great team player!  ~Lorrie Yeager

I wanted to give a shout out to the Trinity School of Nursing Students that were on the 6th Floor on April 18th during the linen conversion. They graciously divided up the 3 patient hallways and as teams went room by room to change the linens. The students worked great as a team and the conversion went seamlessly.  We appreciate all of their hard work, and hope to see each one of them on the Trinity Team in the near future!!  -Jackie Guiddy

This WOW goes to my fellow housekeeper, Lynn Juresko.  When help was needed on midnight shift, she willingly pitched in and helped us complete the necessary work to ready the areas for continued patient care.  ~ Becky Valentine

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Thankfulness!

During this season of Thanksgiving, we’ve asked you to share why you are grateful.  We will share your responses here over the next few weeks and also in our weekly newsletters!  Feel free to continue sharing your thoughts with us!  Simply click HERE to send an email now and tell us your grateful story!

I’m grateful to have such a wonderful staff to work with, They help make a difference every day in the community.

-Kristy Retton
Mammography Supervisor

I’m very grateful to spend Thanksgiving with my son this year. Because he isn’t always around to spend the holidays with me.

 -Vicki Owens
Receptionist, WorkCare

I’m thankful for life family and to be a part of the Trinity family.

-KaQuitta Williams
Medical Assistant, WorkCare

 

I am thankful for my good health, and the good health of my close family and friends.. I am thankful to spend another holiday season with those that I love, and my first holiday season with my son. 🙂

-Jessica McKeegan
Express Care Radiology

There are many people in health care who do not receive the recognition they deserve. One amazing group of professionals who work very hard and accomplish so much are the Case Managers, Social Workers, and Bundle Navigators.  I am grateful for the opportunity to work with these fantastic

-Cynthia Fairclough
Director, Case Management Department

That God is with us every step of this journey and we are always cared for by him!

– Michael Danielson
Cleaning Attendant
TMW Housekeeping

 

I’m thankful for how the community came together to support my daughter’s benefit that we held at the end of October.  THANK YOU!

-Donnie Brown
Inventory Technician/Receiver

I’m most thankful for the parents that God gave me.
They taught me kindness, empathy, the grace of God, giving to the world and not taking from it, a good work ethic, self-reliance, the” no one owes you anything” mindset, helping other in their time of need, looking people In their eyes when talking to them,  and personal responsibility.  Most importantly the taught me RESPECT!
RESPECT for my elders.
RESPECT for authority.
RESPECT for nature.
RESPECT for my body.
RESPECT for the law.
RESPECT for the flag.
RESPECT for your country.
RESPECT for life.
RESPECT other peoples and cultures.
RESPECT differences.
RESPECT your brothers and sisters.
RESPECT your parents.
RESPECT God your faith and church.
My parents taught me that RESPECT is RESPECT period!  It doesn’t have to be earned!  Otherwise you lose the whole meaning. That is what I’m thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving but every day. My parents are both gone now but they live in me every single day.

-Thelma Cybulski
Out Patient Analyst

I’m thankful for God, loved ones, my job, co-workers, my health and the new addition to my family, my dog Jasper.

-Gale Dossett
Receptionist
School of Nursing

 

For each year  the Lord gives me with my beautiful mother after her illness. It has been only by his grace I continue to have her. For the blessing of a stable home and my family, with out them I could not do what I do today.

– Krystal Wolfe
THTC Housekeeping

 

The blessing of parents who raised me right and gave me the support I needed to do what I am doing today

– Jonathan Cortez
TMW RN Emergency Department

I recently had a back injury that causes it to be very painful to sit.  As I have a desk job, this was very problematic.  Thankfully, with help, I was able to get a stand-up desk.  I am very grateful to my supervisor, Sandy Truax, our director, Jim Dumpman, Ashely Stewart from Purchasing, her director, Jim DeMaria, as well as Trinity for making it possible for me to acquire this desk so I may continue to work.

-Hilary Hart
THS Payroll Assistant

 

I am thankful for my family, my job, my Trinity Family, and my new grandbaby, also my mother who is strong willed and taught me the same. Without any of this, it wouldn’t have made me the person I am today! Thank you all!!

-Jenny Greer
Patient Registration
Trinity Hospital Twin City

I am thankful for my coworkers and my friends.  Life on life’s terms can be hard. I felt defeated. God has blessed me through my coworkers and friends. And I may never be able to say thank you enough, I can say I am thankful for each and everyone for being messengers from God to me. THANK YOU!

-Sara Powell
Housekeeping
Trinity Health System West

God. Lord Jesus. Grace. Life.  Family, immediate & extended, and being able to spend time with them (includes animal family). Intact abilities: to love, think, know, understand, communicate, hear, see, touch, talk, empathize, etc.

-Jill Westfall
Nursing Supervisor
Trinity Health System, East

 

Second chances, My health,& my two favorite boys my boyfriend Brandon and my dog Meicco

-Alexandra M. Autino
Pharmacy Technician
Trinity Health System West

I am thankful for so many blessings in my life but the biggest one this year is the marriage of my son to an amazing young woman who brings our family so much happiness. Driving to work this morning I wanted to worry about finances or little things and I stopped and decided to count my blessings instead!!! Have a blessed Thanksgiving everyone

-Tammie Spence
MDS Coordinator

I AM THANKFUL FOR MY MOTHER AND FATHER STILL BEING HERE WITH ME AND FOR THEM RAISING ME TO KNOW THAT WHATEVER I WANT OR NEED I HAVE TO WORK FOR , AND THAT NO ONE IN THIS WORLD OWES YOU ANYTHING .💕

– Patricia Harper
Trinity ENT (Dr. Mastros & Dr. DiBiase

 

I’m thankful for how the community came together to support my daughter’s benefit that we held at the end of October.  THANK YOU!

-Donnie Brown
Inventory Technician/Receiver

I’m most thankful for the parents that God gave me.
They taught me kindness, empathy, the grace of God, giving to the world and not taking from it, a good work ethic, self-reliance, the” no one owes you anything” mindset, helping other in their time of need, looking people In their eyes when talking to them,  and personal responsibility.  Most importantly the taught me RESPECT!
RESPECT for my elders.
RESPECT for authority.
RESPECT for nature.
RESPECT for my body.
RESPECT for the law.
RESPECT for the flag.
RESPECT for your country.
RESPECT for life.
RESPECT other peoples and cultures.
RESPECT differences.
RESPECT your brothers and sisters.
RESPECT your parents.
RESPECT God your faith and church.
My parents taught me that RESPECT is RESPECT period!  It doesn’t have to be earned!  Otherwise you lose the whole meaning. That is what I’m thankful for, not just at Thanksgiving but every day. My parents are both gone now but they live in me every single day.

-Thelma Cybulski
Out Patient Analyst

I’m thankful for God, loved ones, my job, co-workers, my health and the new addition to my family, my dog Jasper.

-Gale Dossett
Receptionist
School of Nursing

TRINITY HOSPITAL TWIN CITY RECOGNIZES VOLUNTEERS FOR YEARS OF SERVICE

Dennison, Ohio – Trinity Hospital Twin City recently held their annual volunteer luncheon in the St. Francis room at the hospital.  The luncheon was organized by the volunteer officers with the assistance of Bianca Love, Human Resources & Volunteer Coordinator.  Currently the hospital has 48 active volunteers.  These individuals give of their time and talent in many areas of the hospital and work tirelessly to raise funds to support the hospital’s mission.

This year is marked by a very special occasion as two of the hospital’s volunteers received special honors.  Tana Edwards, who has volunteered for 45 years and Iris Kurschbaumer, with 40+ years were recognized for their years of service to the hospital.  In addition, Emillie Blackwood, president of the volunteer auxiliary, presented both women with awards on behalf of state government.  Both were lauded for being prime examples of model volunteers with smiles for everyone, a warm, welcoming demeanor and a spirit of helpfulness in their work.  Both women work in the hospital’s coffee bar located on the main floor.

“They are often the first impression of the hospital,”stated Teresa Gagliardi, Vice President of Hospital Operations.  “They are true ambassadors for our ministry,” stated Gagliardi.

The volunteers in attendance were asked what it meant to be a volunteer for Trinity Hospital Twin City.  The responses were both heartwarming and inspiring.  They mentioned it’s like being part of a family that you didn’t know you needed and they feel a sense of togetherness within the community.  Whether it is from one volunteer to another or when interacting with patients, visitors and staff, the volunteers feel a sense of “ownership” because of their work at the hospital.  The volunteers all agree that the mission of the hospital must continue for years to come and they want to be a part of that legacy.

Some things the volunteers do include fund raising for the hospital through bake sales, craft sales, card parties, flower sales and even selling pepperoni rolls. However, the biggest contribution comes from running the coffee bar within the hospital.  These volunteers care deeply about this hospital and everyone in it. The volunteer auxiliary will be having their “Deck the Halls” event this Friday November 8th in the Trinity Hospital Twin City St. Francis Hall and on December 6th they will be have a bake sale at both Trinity Hospital Twin City and the Dennison First National Bank.

This year’s  volunteer luncheon was dedicated in loving memory to a fellow volunteer who had touched all their hearts. Elmer (Jeep) Affolter was a model volunteer. He was someone who set the bar high of what a true volunteer was and he showed a level of dedication to Trinity Hospital Twin City that was above and beyond all others. He will be missed by not only the volunteers, but the community of Trinity Hospital Twin City.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bianca Love at 740-922-7450 ext. 2245.


Flu Info

Trinity REQUIRES ALL employees, medical staff, contract employees, volunteers and students affiliated with the Health System to receive their flu vaccination.  Participation is mandatory and must be completed by Nov. 15th Please find a date that works for you.

*******PLEASE POST IN YOUR DEPT. MORE FLU SHOT OPPORTUNITIES********

EAST CAMPUS:     Mon.-Fri.  8a-4p at WorkCare Clinic

WEST CAMPUS:

Every Wed.  7a-930a, on 4th floor

Thursday, Oct. 17th:

            7a                   OR/PACU Corridor

            730a               3rd Floor by 3 bank elevators

            8a                   Pharmacy

            830a               Teramana Cancer Center

            9a                   Arena-Sports Med.

Fri., Oct. 18th:

            9a-930a         Laboratory

            930a-10a      Radiology/OPC

Fri., Oct. 25th  Starting on 7th floor at 6am and working down floor to floor to capture night shift and daylight until 9a.

9a                   Administration

 

Important Dates to remember this flu vaccination season!
SEPT. 30TH MANDATORY CHI KNOWLEDGE HUB EDUCATION MUST BE COMPLETED.
OCT. 1ST

 

APPENDIX A FORM EXEMPTION REQUEST MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL. SEE BELOW:
APPENDIX A TRINITY INFLUENZA VACCINATION EXEMPTION REQUEST FORM Name:______________________________________ Employee ID:_______________________ Trinity Health System is committed to improving and protecting the health and well-being of its patients, visitors, volunteers, physicians and employees. This applies to employees, physicians, volunteers, contracted personnel, students, non-employed medical staff, and vendor’s representatives who work in all Trinity facilities unless otherwise exempted due to medical or religious contraindications. I am requesting exemption for one of the following: ____ Medical (Complete Part I) _____ Religious (Complete Part II) Part I-Please indicate applicable medical contraindications to the influenza vaccine: ____ Previous severe reaction to influenza vaccine (e.g., hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of tongue or lips) NOTE: The above does not include sensitivity to the vaccine such as mild to moderate local reactions, soreness, redness, itching or swelling at the injection site, and/or slight ill feeling including upper respiratory infection or low-grade or moderate fever following a prior dose of the vaccine. ____ History of Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome (GBS) ____ Other-(please describe reaction/contraindication): Note: A severe egg allergy will not be accepted as a medical exemption as the vaccine is an egg-free vaccine. Part II-Please indicate applicable religious organization where influenza vaccination is contraindicated according to my doctrine or religious practices. I understand that my religious organization may be contacted for further clarification. Religious organization:___________________________________________________________ I certify that the above exemptions apply to my ability to receive an influenza vaccination. Trinity reserves the right to substantiate any of the above exemptions/contraindications and I agree to comply if requested with any additional supporting documentation requests. I fully understand that any misrepresentation will result in positive discipline up to and including discharge. I also understand that, if exemption is approved, I must wear surgical mask at all times while in a patient care area and within 6 feet of a patient, visitor or co-worker during influenza season. Signature________________________________________________Date:_________________ Submit completed form to Employee Health Fax: 740-264-0148

NOV. 15TH ALL STAFF MUST BE VACCINATED OR HAVE RECEIVED THEIR APPROVED EXEMPTION (APPENDIX A).

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A SEVERE REACTION TO THE FLU VACCINE?

Previous severe reaction to influenza vaccine (e.g., hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of tongue or lips)
Note: The above does not include sensitivity to the vaccine such as mild to moderate local reactions, soreness, redness, itching or swelling at the injection site, and/or slight ill feeling including upper respiratory infection or low-grade or moderate fever following a prior dose of the vaccine.
*** A SEVERE EGG ALLERGY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS A MEDICAL EXEMPTION AS THE VACCINE IS AN EGG-FREE VACCINE.

The Flu Vaccine (Everything you need to know and then some!)

Many people wrongly believe that the flu vaccine does not work or has side effects.  Outside of soreness at the site of the injection, the vaccine does not carry any notable side effects.

While the flu vaccine certainly isn’t perfect, last year for example, it was more effective against the flu at the beginning of flu season than it was against April’s flu strains.  It is more important to have partial protection than no protection.

Even if you get the flu after having received the vaccine, you still benefit from having less severe and shorter illness.  You are also less likely to have complications like pneumonia, hospitalization and dying.

WHAT IS CONSIDERED A SEVERE REACTION TO THE FLU VACCINE?
Previous severe reaction to influenza vaccine (e.g., hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of tongue or lips)
Note: The above does not include sensitivity to the vaccine such as mild to moderate local reactions, soreness, redness, itching or swelling at the injection site, and/or slight ill feeling including upper respiratory infection or low-grade or moderate fever following a prior dose of the vaccine.

*** A SEVERE EGG ALLERGY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS A MEDICAL EXEMPTION AS THE VACCINE IS AN EGG-FREE VACCINE.

 

Trinity REQUIRES ALL employees, medical staff, contract employees, volunteers and students affiliated with the Health System to receive their flu vaccination.  Participation is mandatory and must be completed by Nov. 15th Please find a date that works for you.

PLEASE POST THE BELOW ANNUAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION SCHEDULE ON YOUR DEPARTMENT

EAST CAMPUS:

MON.-FRI.    8A-4P AT WORKCARE CLINIC

WEST CAMPUS:

Will be given every Wed., 7a-930a on the 4th floor WorkCare.

TUES. OCT. 15TH  They will be given on each dept. starting on the 7th floor and working down as listed below:

7a-730a         7th floor lobby

730a-8a         6th floor lobby

8a-830a         5th floor lobby

830a-9a         4th floor lobby/Birth Center

9a-930a         3    North lobby

930a-10a      2    North lobby

10a-1030a    2nd Tele/PAT hall

1030a-11a    EEG Hall/Sleep Lab

11a-1130a    Heart Center

1130a-12p    SDS

12p-1230p   ED

1230p-1p      Ross Park/MOB/PT

*For any employee that cannot make the above date and times, there will be other opportunities announced soon.

Why do we have yearly measurements?

Why do we have yearly measurements?

Obesity is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more. It’s a greater health problem than just carrying a few extra pounds and is linked to a number of serious health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and osteoarthritis.
About a third of adults in the US are obese. While it’s true that eating more calories than you burn is what causes weight gain, sometimes people who exercise regularly and eat reasonable amounts still become very heavy.

Genetics is a factor in determining whether someone will struggle to maintain a healthy weight, as is gender. Men tend to have more muscle than women, and because muscle burns more calories even at rest than other types of tissue, men are less likely to gain weight. Plus, women tend to retain four to six extra pounds after each pregnancy. Loss of muscle mass and slowing of the metabolism is part of the again process and contributes to weight gain in both women and men.

Other factors that contribute to an individual’s likelihood of becoming obese include environmental factors- habits picked up from the people around you- and emotions. Many people overeat out of boredom or depression. Combined with a sedentary lifestyle, this adds up to excess weight that is difficult to shed.

Which is why we measure each year. You may not notice your slow weight gain, however, when you look at your numbers from one year to the next you can see if a trend has started. A trend which you may want to nip before it gets out of hand. As stated above, obesity can lead to several different complications: Type 2 diabetes. Cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, congestive heart failure, cancer, dyslipidemia, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, gynecological problems. Low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety.

This year’s Biometric Screen is 1 month away!

We will be in the Sullivan:
11/5 8-11
11/8 8:30-11
11/13 8:30-12.
And we will be at Trinity East:
11/7 8-12
11/14 8-12

Trinity Health System Announces Belmont County Expansion

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH – The leadership of Trinity Health System has been working with local physicians, healthcare and community leaders in the wake of OVMC and EORH ceasing operations. Our goal has been to minimize any potential gap in access to healthcare services for patients affected by the closures. Patients should continue to have uninterrupted access to care, employees should be given opportunities for continued employment and providers must continue to practice medicine and care for their patients. That is our goal.

“Minimizing the disruption of patient care is absolutely our priority,” said Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO for Trinity Health System. “We want to ensure that patients understand the options for health care available in our community during this difficult time, and moving forward.”

As a result of these efforts, Trinity Health System is pleased to announce that we have agreements with fourteen physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who will be continuing to serve the community as part of the Trinity Medical Group Enterprise. But more importantly, Trinity Health System has secured the former EORH Outpatient buildings located behind Riesbeck’s in St. Clairsville, Ohio. This location will provide space for primary care providers, laboratory services, radiology, physical therapy and much more. In addition, Trinity Health System will be leasing space in the Kroger Plaza in Bellaire, Ohio, for primary care providers. Both locations will eventually be open six days per week, Monday – Saturday with scheduled appointments as well as “walk in” availability. After some renovations to the space, the open date is set for October 28, 2019.

“We did have extended discussions with Alecto and Medical Properties Trust (MPT) in the hopes of finding an alternative solution to maintain some hospital operations, but were unable to discern a viable result.” said Grimshaw. “And we will continue to explore additional opportunities as we go forward that could include more providers, additional locations and new services.”
As more information becomes available, we will provide updates. As we have for over 100 years, we remain committed to serving the health care needs of patients of the Ohio Valley.

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

HARVEST OF THE MONTH – CELERY

Harvest of the Month
Amanda Goldman, MS, RD, LD, FAND
Quality and Wellness Director, CHI Food and Nutrition Services
Director of Diabetes and Nutrition Care, CHI Saint Joseph Health

October’s “Harvest of the Month” is one of the more strongly flavored vegetables. Farmers have discovered that the flavor in this plant is reduced when grown in the colder months. While some find the flavor unpleasant, others enjoy it with foods ranging from peanut butter to chicken wings. This plant is in the same family of vegetables as carrots, parsley, and parsnips. Despite being one of the most popular vegetables in America, this month’s Harvest, celery, is believed to be native to the Mediterranean region. Celery is very low in calories despite being a good source of vitamin K, riboflavin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. So, while you are on your lunch or dinner break, please be sure to sample some of the tasty menu items highlighting celery in our CHI cafes during October.
How to Buy, Store and Prepare
How to Buy and Store: Strong turgor is a great indicator of fresh celery. This vegetable should be purchased when it is crisp and snaps easily when pulled apart. The stalks should be tight to one another instead of spread out. The color should be pale to bright green without yellow or brown spots. Celery should be stored in the refrigerator in a closed container to extend its shelf-life.
How to Prepare: Celery can easily be incorporated into soups, stews, stir-fry’s, and casseroles.
Making it Kid-Friendly
Celery is a great option for kids. Celery with peanut butter is a classic school age-snack. Many children also like celery with ranch dressing for dipping.
Nutrition and Health Benefits
Celery contains the antioxidants Vitamin C and Beta-carotene. These antioxidants play many roles in the human body, such as reducing oxidative stress & inflammation, in turn reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Pectin, a soluble fiber in celery, has been shown to improve the integrity of the stomach lining. This increased integrity decreases the risk of conditions such as stomach ulcers.
Serving size:
Calories: 6 Saturated Fat: 0g
Total Fat: 0g Monounsaturated Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 1g Vitamin A: 4 %
Fiber: 0.6g Vitamin C: 2%
Protein: 0.3g Calcium: 2%
Fun Facts
Check out these fun facts about celery provided by Karen Klefot & Candice Tufano, both Diabetes Educators with CHI Saint Joseph Health Diabetes and Nutrition Care:
• The average adult in the U.S. eats about six pounds of celery per year
• There is a town called Celeryville, Ohio; It was founded by early 19th century celery farmers
• Despite rumors, celery is not a negative-caloric food; however, it is extremely low in calories per serving
*Special thanks to Jonathan Brown, Dietetic Intern from Murray State University, for assisting with writing this month’s article.

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