Hyperbaric oxygen tanks named Eunice and Ellen
During the week in which the Alton Memorial Hospital Wound Care Center celebrated its 10th anniversary in September, a contest was held to name the center’s two hyperbaric oxygen tanks. After much staff deliberation over all the submissions, the names Eunice and Ellen were chosen, in memory of Eunice Smith and her sister, Ellen Smith Hatch. Kelly Hebel and Susan Cappel from the hospital submitted entries commemorating these two generous women. A drawing was held to determine Susan as the official winner of an Amazon gift card. A plaque will be posted in the chamber room telling the story of these two influential women whose namesake the chambers now bear. Eunice Smith donated the property on which Alton Memorial Hospital was built in the 1930s. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is an advanced modality used in the AMH Wound Care Center for the treatment of diabetic wounds of the lower extremity, chronic bone infections, compromised skin grafts/flaps and delayed radiation injuries. Matt Flick, program director of the Alton Memorial Hospital Wound Care Center, presents Susan Cappel with an Amazon gift card. At right is Erica Brown, clinical coordinator of the Wound Care Center.
Kids in the Kitchen
McKenzie Tendick, 6, of Cottage Hills works on one of the recipes during the Kids in the Kitchen event held Nov. 4 at Alton Memorial Hospital, with some help from AMH chef Chad Crabtree. A total of 23 children, plus parents and grandparents, learned how to make some healthy snacks from the AMH Food and Nutrition Services staff. Another Kids in the Kitchen will be held early in 2016.
Time for Santa
Miss Eunice’s Hat Box at Alton Memorial Hospital held a Christmas Open House recently, and Santa was right on time. Several members of the AMH White Cross Auxiliary gathered around Santa (Bill Jacobs). In front are Donna Jacobs and Susie Pruetzel; in the back, from left, are Joyce Fleming, Irene McLaughlin, Pam Dehler, Susie Bechtold, Marla Purcell and Barb Norman.
Deb Schneider, Vicky Garvey and Trish Stemmly of Alton Memorial Hospital’s Digestive Health Center staffed one of the tables at the 15th annual AMH Diabetes Fair recently. There were 250 visitors to the fair, which included approximately 25 informational tables, health screenings, a free boxed lunch from Firehouse Subs, plus presentations from Kristine Ward, a physical therapist with BJC Home Care; and AMH dietitian Naomi Ward and chef Chad Crabtree.
Jen Snyder earns Employee Recognition Award
Jen Snyder of Alton Memorial Hospital’s Surgical Services (center) earned the AMH Employee Recognition Award for November. Presenting her the award are Brad Goacher, vice president of operations; and Angie Henry, manager of surgical services. Jen’s co-workers say: “Jen is a great team player. No matter what role she is doing, she always has a smile and does a great job. She never complains and does many different jobs. Thanks for being flexible. Your dedication is appreciated.”