Accolades 11 October 2021
Leading and Achieving
At Ivinson, we strive to create an environment for our employees to do their best work.
We work to continuously recognize our team members and the impact they have on making Ivinson trusted partners in world-class healthcare. From the difference they make for our patients, the leadership they bring to our team and the skills they bring to our community, we celebrate each small act and big victory. Thank you for being part of the Ivinson team.
Kelsey Wine, a registered nurse in Ivinson’s PACU, has been described with one emotion by her coworkers, joy.
“She keeps her coworkers smiling and their spirits up,” PACU clinical supervisor, Megan Finkle said.
Kelsey’s bright personality has been known to light up a room. For one patient in particular, it changed her whole surgical experience. It was for that reason, Kelsey earned this quarter’s DAISY Award.
Ivinson Memorial Hospital proudly participates in the DAISY Award Program, recognizing nurses who demonstrate extraordinary compassion and skill in the care of their patients.
“I would like to nominate Kelsey as she was exceptional with my daughter before her surgery. She made her feel comfortable and that she was cared for,” Kelsey’s nomination read. “She even took the time to give her stuffed animals a bandage for their ‘IVs’. She took her time to really help keep my daughter relaxed and even make her laugh. Thank you so much for making Paige’s surgery better in our time of need! I want Kelsey to know how appreciated she is and how much of an amazing nurse she is!”
Do you know a nurse you would like to nominate? Submit a nomination here.
Achieving New Heights
During her 30 years at Ivinson, Paula Eskam, has had the opportunity to lead the development, implementation and continuous improvement of numerous projects. Recently, Paula earned her Project Management Certification from Colorado State University and she looks forward to applying that knowledge to her role as Ivinson’s Performance Improvement Coach.
Paula’s strong project management skills and ability to be adaptive and receptive to ideas has given her success as both a process owner and coach assisting leaders. She is a firm believer that those who do the work know best how to improve the work. Paula’s primary focus during these projects is to support staff as they work to provide trusted, quality care and services for our patients.
“Obtaining the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification has validated my knowledge and experience with leading projects at Ivinson. I am grateful to the tuition reimbursement program assistance with the online Project Management Certificate program through Colorado State University that prepared me for the national exam,” Paula said.
The Project Management Professional (PMP)® is the world’s leading project management certification.
Ivinson’s Andrew Ewell, DPT, is a physical therapist in our Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic and now one of three providers in the state that is certified in the McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy®. Also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), the McKenzie Method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education for back, neck, and extremity problems.
The key distinction is its initial assessment component — a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan.
“Throughout my journey with the McKenzie Method, I have seen amazing results that have allowed my patients to become pain free and return to sport or activities of daily living or being able to perform job responsibilities that they were unable to do prior to learning the necessary mechanical tools to overcome current issues and prevent future reoccurrences,” Andrew said.
Andrew who first began studying MDT in 2016, has completed the extensive course work required by MDT and recently became fully credentialed in the McKenzie Method. He is the only certified MDT provider in Southeastern Wyoming. To learn more about the McKenzie Method or to learn if you may be eligible, read this blog from Andrew here.
Creating a Process to Excellence
Ivinson’s Value Improvement Performance (VIP) Approach to Organizational Excellence Training is a program that recently launched at Ivinson and is led by Performance Improvement Coach, Paula Eskam.
The leadership development program was established to align people, processes and organizational strategy to eliminate waste and sustain improvement. Department leaders from patient care areas and non-clinical departments have participated in this 4 week long course that requires them to evaluate processes in their areas and resolve challenges using lean principals. This training helps participants identify how they can improve workflows in their areas as well as better coach and support their team members.
Thank you to all of our leaders that have completed this training to support Ivinson’s team in leading, achieving and creating.