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C E N T E R P O I N T M E D I C A L C E N T E R • A P U B L I C AT I O N F O R E M P L O Y E E S & V O L U N T E E R S

Health Beat

July 2012


Julie Withers from the Oncology Clinic was presented with the May DAISY Award For Extraordinary Nurses. “Julie exceeds all expectations of what it means to be an extraordinary nurse. Julie is always professional. She is able to stay calm and collected in intense, emotional situations. Her compassion for patients is beyond explanation. She always puts herself in their shoes. Being an oncology nurse Julie not only has to console a devastated patient but their scared and tearful families. Julie is able to do this by creating a trusting relationship with her patients and their families.”

Pictured Above: Julie Withers the May DAISY award winner.

Employee of the Month

Pictured Above: Carmen Robinson, CV Tech, June Employee of the Month.

Carmen Robinson, CV Tech, was the June Employee of the Month. Below is an excerpt from a nomination form from a fellow coworker. “Carmen deserves to be employee of the month because she is a dedicated, thoughtful and caring employee. She makes patients feel comfortable and at ease by always having a smile on her face. Carmen is there for all of her co-workers and is reliable. To sum it up, Carmen is awesome!”

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Chris Fineran, PCU/House Supervisor received the May P.E.E.R. award for exemplifying excellence. “There is not a better candidate. I am sure many would agree. Chris is a vital resource for Centerpoint. Working as a House Supervisor, Charge RN, Preceptor and Floor RN, he wears many hats; but underneath is all the same. He is compassionate, knowledgeable, committed and kind.”

Pictured Above: Chris Fineran the May P.E.E.R. award winner.

Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Exhibition Lilly Oncology On Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the journeys people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, was on display at Centerpoint in conjunction with Relay For Life and the celebration of Centerpoint’s Cancer Outpatient Clinics’ one year anniversary. A public exhibition showcasing the art was hosted on June 19, 2012. The exhibit, which is touring communities nationwide, showcased select pieces of art from the 2010 Lilly Oncology On Canvas competition. Launched in 2004, the Lilly Oncology On Canvas Art Competition and Exhibition invites people from the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada, who are diagnosed with any type of cancer – as well as their families, friends, caregivers and healthcare providers – to express, through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning. Winners’ prizes consist of donations made to the cancer-related charities of their choice. Art from the competition tours hospitals, cancer centers and cancer advocacy group events.

Survivor Dinner Brings Honor, Opportunity and Engagement Honoring cancer survivors is an essential part of Relay For Life. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life encouraged cancer survivors and their caregivers to attend a celebration of life and hope on June 12, 2012 at V’s Italian Restaurant. The event commemorated the lives of hundreds of residents who have survived cancer, while offering the H.O.P.E. (Honor, Opportunity, Provide, Engagement) of finding a cure. Survivors are the heart of Relay, and their caregivers are the beacons of support through the cancer journey. Relay gives communities the opportunity to honor and support those who have faced cancer.

I walked around a track today; I walked to help a disease go away. I walked because there is a need; I walked that bodies could be freed. I walked to give a small child hope; I walked to help someone cope. I walked for a husband or a wife; I walked to help prolong a life. I walked with my head held high; I walked for that one about to die. I walked excitedly not demure; I walked to help find a cure. I walked for everyone to see; I walked for you, I walked for me. 2

~ Cancer Survivor


American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life A Huge Success The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that brings together more than 3.5 million people every year to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and empower individuals and communities to fight back against a disease that takes so much. The event is designed to raise awareness about cancer and raise funds to support the Society’s vital mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, get well and by finding cures.

On June 22, Centerpoint Medical Center hosted its first Relay For Life and raised more than $46,055; exceeding the goal of $30,000. More than 345 participants and 35 teams helped make this possible, as well as countless hours spent by staff and committee members. A survivors’ lap kicked off the event at Centerpoint. Each cancer survivor completed the first lap around the track before being joined by caregivers and other participants. After nightfall, the main highlight of Relay For Life was the luminaria ceremony. Hundreds of luminaria bags dedicated to loved ones lined the grounds and were left shining bright throughout the night to remind participants of the incredible importance of their contributions. Every dollar raised goes toward fighting cancer. The American Cancer Society funds more than $120 million of cancer research each year.

Thank you to everyone who raised funds to help create more birthdays and to the following sponsors: Kansas City Star, Speaks Family Legacy Chapels, Select Physical Therapy, Building a Healthier Independence Initiative, Clarion Sports Complex, Rehab Center of Independence, Hinckleys Springs, Noodles and Co., Panera Bread Co., Chick-fil-A, and Cosentino’s Price Chopper (24 HWY).



Hotchkin Retires After 32 Years Lisa Hotchkin recently retired from Centerpoint after 32 years of service as an RN in case management. Hotchkin started her career at Independence Regional Medical Center in 1980 and has been with the organization throughout her 32-year career. (Pictured Left to Right: Laurie Knapp, RN with her sister Lisa Hotchkin, RN )

Boyd Accepts COO Job In Kentucky Andre Boyd, Associate-Chief Operating Officer ended his tenure at Centerpoint on June 22, 2012 to accept the position of Chief Operating Officer at Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, Kentucky. A reception was hosted on June 20 to congratulate Andre on his new and exciting journey. (Pictured Left to Right: Carolyn Caldwell, CEO and Andre Boyd)


Please welcome the following new employees to Centerpoint: Charlotte Benton, Registered Radiology Tech., Imaging Services Lisa Brown, RN, Women’s Services Ardreen Burnes, Patient Care Tech., Medical Oncology Susan Clark, RN, Surgery Faith Clause, RN, Women’s Services Elizabeth Craig, GN, Medical Oncology Tobi Crossland, GN, Progressive Care Unit Robyn Cunningham, RN, Women’s Services Amanda Dunkle, GN, Telemetry Angie Frost, GN, Women’s Services Kelsey Fulmer, GN, Medical Oncology Danielle Georgina, GN, Surgical Ortho Jill Gillespie, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Services Katie Goyen, Nutrition Care Asst., Food & Nutrition Serv. Kelly Gurera, Patient Care Tech., Float Pool Mike Hopper, RN, Intensive Care Unit Lorrie Hopper, RN, Emergency Services Christina James, Unit Secretary, Float Pool Patty Jones, Director, Med Onc/Surg Orth/Tele Jeffery Kaminski, RN, Surgery Stacie Kirchhoff, GN, Intensive Care Unit 4

Stephanie Kliethermes, Interventional Cardiovascular Tech., Cardiovascular Services Arielle Kramer, GN, Emergency Services Katie Lackey, GN, Progressive Care Unit Jennifer Lajam, MRI Tech., Imaging Services Charla Malaponte, GN, Emergency Services Diane Mitchell, Processing Tech., Sterile Processing Chau Nguyen, GN, Intensive Care Unit Molly Omohundro, GN, Intensive Care Unit Melissa Ruiz, Phlebotomist, Laboratory Lindsay Savoie, GN, Surgical Ortho Tiffany Schultheis, GN, Emergency Services Amy Skov, GN, Progressive Care Unit Jessica Smith, GN, Progressive Care Unit Alexandra Spring, Patient Care Tech., Medical Oncology Kristian White, RN, Intensive Care Unit Jennifer Willey, GN, Emergency Services AngelaWilliams, Cardio. Tech., Cardiovascular Services Brian Woods, ER Tech., Emergency Services Renee Zakaryan , RN, Imaging Services Carrie Ziegelmann, GN, Progressive Care Unit


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