Dignity Health North State

• Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Redding • Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital • Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta •

Congratulations to Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center in Redding’s Employee of the Month, Nutrition Services Catering Manager Victoria Bartow (pictured center). Comments about her include AWESOME and KIND (in all caps!), she’s elevated the level of professionalism, sophistication and efficiency of catering at Mercy, always willing to do whatever needs to be done, goes above and beyond, and has a warm and welcoming spirit. All good reasons for Victoria to be honored as Employee of the Month for May! #Hellohumankindness #TeamDignity
It’s almost better than a paycheck when a patient takes the time to thank a nurse, especially when that patient is a child. This card from a youngster at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Redding just reaffirms Danielle Mason’s decision to become a pediatric nurse. Danielle’s smile lit up the room when she received it. It says in part, “You mean a lot to everyone! Everyone loves you!” That love goes both ways with Dignity Health nurses like Danielle. #Hellohumankindness #TeamDignity
Hospitals literally could not run as they do without them. Volunteers at Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital were honored during a luncheon Friday afternoon at the Prescott Ballroom in downtown Red Bluff. They contribute thousands of hours of service every year. In fact, in the last 10 years, it’s been an amazing 119,811 hours. Thank you, volunteers, from Dignity Health, for all you do. #Hellohumankindness #NationalHospitalWeek #NHW
Congratulations to Michelle Andersen, a Family Birth Center nurse at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta. Michelle has been honored with the prestigious DAISY Award, given to nurses who show extraordinary care and compassion for their patients and families. The DAISY Foundation was formed about 18 years ago, and in that time has spread to all 50 states and internationally as a way to recognize outstanding nurses and the blessing they can be. #Hellohumankindness #DAISYawards
It’s never too early to start thinking about college. That was the goal College Options’ 11th annual #KinderCollege Day on Friday at Simpson University in Redding, where hundreds of kindergartners spent the morning learning about dozens of career opportunities. Dignity Health Medical Group doctors Elizabeth Taylor-Hui and Allison Tims were there to both help take some of the apprehension away from kindergartners, and perhaps spark an interest in the youngsters in a career in medicine. There was also a Dignity Health ambulance for the children to tour, and rescue equipment on display. #Hellohumankindness #DignityInTheCommunity
Administrators at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Redding were making, serving, and (ahem) eating pancakes Friday morning to celebrate the last weekday of #NationalHospitalWeek . The line was long in the cafeteria for the opportunity to enjoy free flapjacks. It was an opportunity to say “Thank you” to all the employees who contribute to the best care possible for patients and their families. #Hellohumankindness #NHW
Helping mother and baby thrive. Nurses in the Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Family Birth Center in Redding just completed their annual Obstetrics (OB) drills to help get pregnant mothers through difficult labor, for example by placing fetal scalp electrodes to monitor the infant’s health, and practicing maneuvers to relieve shoulder “dystocia” (the baby’s shoulder stuck in the mother’s pelvis) to avoid an emergency C-section. Being ready for the unexpected means healthy outcomes can be more expected. #Hellohumankindness
Dignity, Collaboration, Justice, Stewardship and Excellence. Those are the values exemplified by a Chaplain at Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, and the reason why Patty Bourne was announced as the 2018 “Values In Action” Award Winner. Patty and all the nominees were honored at lunchtime on Wednesday. Congratulations to all of them for contributing to the best patient experience possible! #Hellohumankindness #ValuesInAction
Fun in the sun, or under the shade structures, for Wednesday’s day at the beach (OK, engineering parking lot) during #NationalHospitalWeek at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Redding. A delicious catered lunch helped make up for the lack of sand and water. Dignity Health North State employees and physicians in Redding, Red Bluff and Mt. Shasta are just some of the health care providers being honored during National Hospital Week. Kettle corn and a pancake breakfast are on the menu for the rest of the week. #Hellohumankindness   #NHW
Having fun while the important work gets done! Employees at Dignity Health St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff are celebrating #NationalHospitalWeek with a Spin It To Win It Prize Wheel on Monday, and Italian Ice on Tuesday. National Hospital Week honors all employees and physicians who put patient care first. Wednesday the coveted Values In Action Award will be given out, followed by ice cream sandwiches on Thursday and fountain drinks, coffee and iced tea on Friday. #Hellohumankindness #NHW
Nutritional Service Manager Pam Brooks and Nurse Shelley Lundgren were handing out fresh fruit and lessons on a healthy diet in the Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center cafeteria in Redding Tuesday. A table was piled high with watermelon, grapes, strawberries and other tasty treats, to help employees celebrate #NationalHospitalWeek . It’s a time to honor everyone who works in hospitals for all they do to care for patients and their families. It’s out to the “beach” (OK, a parking lot) for a catered lunch on Wednesday. #Hellohumankindness #NHW
It’s not always fun and games in a hospital, but it was in a conference room at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta Monday. A carnival kicked off National Hospital Week, with games like ring toss and cornhole (check out President Rodger Page’s form!) #HospitalWeek is an opportunity to thank all the dedicated people in health care for what they do: physicians, nurses, administrators, therapists, food service workers, volunteers and many more. There will be events every day this week at Mercy Medical Centers in Redding and Mt. Shasta, and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff. #Hellohumankindness #MyHospital
Orange was a predominant color at Clair Engle Park in the City of Shasta Lake Saturday. Dignity Health had a major presence at the Third Annual Live for your Heritage Health Fair, with interactive displays where fairgoers could learn the right way to wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs, get their blood pressure checked, learn the warning signs of stroke, see how much fat is in a typical hamburger or hot dog, and more. Dignity Health is grateful to share knowledge to help the people of the North State make healthy choices. #Hellohumankindness #DignityintheCommunity #HeritageHealthFair
Nurses Rock! Figuratively and literally at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, where nurses enjoyed hand-painted rocks to get National Nurses Week started on Friday. There were the rocks, Nursing Olympics, Minute to Win It games, and more. The American Nurses Association says the public has rated nursing as the most honest and ethical profession for the past 16 years. With all the work nurses do, it’s only fitting to take one week each year to celebrate them and the vital roles they play in health care. National Nurses Week ends on May 12th, Florence Nightingale's birthday. #Hellohumankindness #NationalNursesWeek
Here they are: the first three DAISY Award winners at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center in Redding. DAISY stands for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, named after a 33 year old patient who died from an auto-immune disease in 1999. It was started because of the wonderful and compassionate care he received from nurses during his hospitalization. The three nurses honored at Mercy this week are Ali Russell, RN BSN (Family Birth Center), Jonah Agarrado, RN BSN (float nurse working in Orthopedics), and April Forward, RN (float nurse on the Cardiac Telemetry floor.) They each receive a certificate, a DAISY award pin, and a hand-carved stone statue entitled “The Healer’s Touch.” Nurses are nominated for the awards that will be given out quarterly. #Hellohumankindness #DaisyAward
This is one of three pediatric cardiac monitors bought through the generosity of the women you see behind it. They’re members of the Catherine McAuley Circle at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center in Redding. (There are similar chapters at Mercy Medical Center Mount Shasta and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff.) The Redding group got together for lunch on Wednesday to celebrate! Each member donates $1,000 annually, and they decide what equipment to purchase. Three refrigerated blood transport units were also acquired this year. For more information, call Mercy Foundation North at 530.247.3424
About 350 local athletes had their skills on display at the Tehama County Special Olympics in Red Bluff Tuesday, where Dignity Health’s Ruth Ann Rowen was proud to participate by distributing items like sunscreen, lip balm and more. Any why not? #Hellohumankindness aligns perfectly with mission of the organization for athletes with intellectual disabilities: “Special Olympics works to spread compassion and acceptance in a way that can unite the world. Our goal is to awaken everyone – and every community - to each person’s common humanity.” Congratulations to all the athletes! #SpecialOlympics #DignityInTheCommunity
How would you like to be part of caring for people with a life-limiting illness, their families and caregivers? Dignity Health Mercy Hospice in Redding and St. Elizabeth Hospice in Red Bluff need volunteers to help with a patient’s emotional, social, spiritual and physical needs. Some of the ways volunteers can help include companionship, reading aloud, listening, talking, joking, clerical work, answering the phone, running errands, sitting quietly, writing letters, personal hygiene, and more. Volunteers do not provide medical services, bathe the patient or perform heavy household chores. Extensive training is provided. If you’d like to find out more, call 530.245.4070. #Hellohumankindness #Volunteer
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