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Month: August 2017

‘We get by with help from our friends’

The Elkhart General Emergency Room nursing team recently suffered the loss of a beloved colleague and friend who had worked in the emergency room for 17 years. As soon as members of the Memorial Hospital Emergency Department heard the news, they jumped into action to provide support to their fellow Beacon nurses. They sent over pizza for the staff. They created handmade blue ribbons for the Elkhart General ER nurses to wear in remembrance of their colleague. And in a heartfelt gesture on the day of the funeral, seven Memorial ED nurses drove to Elkhart to relieve their ER...

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Shelby Morse promoted to new Beacon role

A tireless advocate for patient safety and quality, Shelby Morse, RN, MSN, Executive Director of Quality and Case Management at Elkhart General Hospital, was recently promoted to a new, system-level position as Beacon Director of Utilization and Case Management. Shelby’s responsibilities have grown and now include utilization review, case management, discharge planning and social services for both Elkhart General and Memorial Hospital. She will also continue her work at EGH related to patient safety and regulatory/accreditation topics, including the hospital’s upcoming transition from The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) to The Joint Commission. When asked about what she’s most...

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First SUNSHINE Award recipients honored

The new SUNSHINE Award recognizes associates at Elkhart General Hospital who support nurses in caring for our patients and demonstrate SUNSHINE. SUNSHINE stands for: Smiling, Understanding and Nurturing while Sharing a Helping hand In Nursing Excellence. The very first recipient of the SUNSHINE Award is Jonathan Ginther, who works in Nutrition Services at Elkhart General. “Jonathan is always smiling, happy and cheerful. He cares about both the patients and the staff. He does such a great job interacting with each and every patient he comes into contact with. When he arrives on our unit with his food cart, Jonathan is a huge, bright, sunny presence and he...

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Send us your favorite school picture

For those of us on Facebook and Instagram, our feeds have been deluged lately with images of children wearing backpacks and posing in front of their homes, with friends at the bus stop, on their beds in college dorm rooms, and beside moms who are doing everything they can to hold back tears and muster a smile for a sacred tradition. The back-to-school picture. Get ready to start looking through scrapbooks for your favorite. Of YOU. We’ll get back to that… Most kids dread the back-to-school photo. But they are taken year-after-year-after-year. There’s really no way to get out...

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Lemonade and cookies on the Decio patio

More than 60 Beacon Health System associates contributed to the creation of the Elkhart General Hospital Decio Pavilion Outdoor Patio. This is a place where associates and their families can sit outside, relax and enjoy the fresh air. On Wednesday, lemonade and cookies were served as Elkhart General leaders and associates celebrated the patio opening. Want to learn more about GEM and how you can contribute to a Beacon Health System project? Click here for more information. Yummy GEM cookies. Elkhart General Hospital President Carl Risk and Deb Madden, NP, enjoy cookies and punch on the patio. Thumbs up!...

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