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Month: September 2014

“My Little Miracle”

Mother Born Prematurely Returns 23 Years Later to Give Birth to Preemie In February 1991, Tara Holley, just 27 weeks old, was born at Memorial Hospital. Twenty-three years later, Tara gave birth to her daughter, Emily, nearly 30 weeks old. Both mother and daughter were born prematurely. Finding strength Though not born at Memorial, Emily was transferred to Memorial’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), who just like her mother 23 years earlier, was cared for by the nationally known neonatologist Robert White, M.D. “It’s been hard, but I’ve been dealing with it. Emily’s my angel,” says Tara, 23, nestling her six-week-old daughter in her arms. Life hasn’t been easy for Tara or her mother, Amanda, who lost three children, all preemies at 24 weeks gestation. Tara’s first pregnancy, her son, Nathaniel Jacob, born at 24 weeks and weighing 2 pounds, 5 ounces, in early January, died just a few days later. Tara finds strength from her daughter, who was three pounds at birth. “She’s my little miracle. My son looks over her.” Emily’s situation looked bleak when it was discovered just two days after birth she was unable to make a bowel movement. Physicians at a nearby hospital believed Emily might need to undergo a surgery to correct the problem, so she was transferred to a hospital in Indianapolis. Medical staff there instead administered a dye enema that triggered...

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The Coolest Summer Job

What was your favorite summer job growing up? We can all recall at least one summer job that we really enjoyed. Beacon Health System takes the “summer job experience” to a whole new level with our internship program. More than 10 college students enjoyed three months of learning about the intricacies of our health care system. The experience allowed interns the opportunity not only to observe the day-to-day movement of the health care environment, but also to engage with staff and perform work. While it’s important to offer young people the opportunity to gain experience, it’s also important for...

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We Got Talent

Associates showcased their amazing talents as part of the Beacon’s Got Talent event in August at Memorial Hospital. Artwork, woodwork and photography were just some of the beautiful submissions on display at the hospital’s main entrance. Thanks to the Memorial Hospital Team Building Committee for organizing the event. Great job to the following associates for showcasing their talented work: Marilyn Mussman Shirley Conrad Albert Gabaree Kristen Baker Craig Whitfield Carolyn Rahe Kristin Kabele Michelle Catanzarite Mary Harms Jennifer Ashley Christine Gandara Barbara Manning Pamela Sandy Kathy Van...

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Be Disaster Aware

Disasters can strike at any time, and the need to be prepared is vital to ensure the safety of all (you, your family, patients and colleagues). September is National Preparedness Month, and preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. Beacon Health System wants to provide the tools to help you prepare for any emergency and ensure your family’s safety. 1. Create a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when an emergency happens, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and...

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Making Beacon the Employer of Choice

 It’s not good enough for Beacon Health System to be just a good place to work. Everyone would agree that we want our workplace to be great, a place where we feel appreciated, respected and part of the team. Over the past year, in response to associate engagement surveys, Beacon has been doing a lot of things to let associates know they are valued, and that we can accomplish great things by working together. Based on the feedback from the engagement surveys, Beacon leaders have been undertaking a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at improving communication among associates,...

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