Feb 2, 2011
Neither snow, nor wind, nor dark of night…
Now, many of you are at home, maybe shoveling your way out, maybe waiting for a plow to liberate you–but that’s ok, www.ksbpulse.com is available anywhere you have an internet connection. So while you’ll have to wait to get back to the KSB network to enjoy The OC, ELMER, or the S drive, you can catch up on The Pulse from the comfort of your own home.
- Carol Gugerty, Chief Nursing Officer, is the gold-standard in patient care and employee morale. Carol arrived at work bright and early before 7 a.m. on Tuesday and didn’t leave until 9 a.m. Wednesday. She worked through the night, tracking call-offs from those who simply could not make it in to work and she managed what limited resources she had available to adequately care for our patients. Carol’s positive, can-do attitude is exactly what we all needed as the stress of the storm set in. Carol has always been an amazing leader in times like these, and she dove right in and worked hard once again yesterday. Carol isn’t one to ask for recognition, and she was quick to say, “At a certain point, everyone who is here just stays here and works, and nobody else can really make it in.”
- Val Pfoutz, Director of Intensive Care, braved challenging road conditions and made it in to KSB from her home near Franklin Grove in order to help staff the nearly-full ICU. Val stepped in and answered the call when others were stuck away from work.
- Dr. Earel Belford manned the Emergency Room and stayed in town overnight to assist with emergency department operations.
- J.D. Grant, Plant Operations, picked up and delivered employees around town in his own personal vehicle to ensure that new staff could relieve the all-night crew.
- Dr. Kurt Crowe called Dr. Joe Welty to volunteer to check-in with Dr. Welty’s inpatients since Dr. Welty lives outside of town and may not be able to make it to the hospital.
- Jamey Postlewaite, Director of Housekeeping, brought his personal snow blower into service and helped clear the sidewalks at Town Square Centre.
- The entire Plant Operations Department, for their round-the-clock coverage and snow-removal. Several Plant Ops guys stayed overnight and did everything they could to clear and control the sidewalks, parking lots, and roadways on campus. For those who made it to work today, I think we can agree that the KSB campus is the best plowed, cleared, and salted place in the county today!
- Anita Dunphy, Nursing Supervisor, was on hand to take over when Carol Gugerty finally went home this morning, and Anita worked all morning, even though she’s scheduled to be back at work tonight.
- Kathy Schafer, Director of Surgery, found herself with a schedule of surgical patients and a bit short on staffing because of the storm, so Kathy herself scrubbed in and assisted with surgeries.
- I heard of several people who were on call and realized that road conditions would threaten their ability to respond…so they came and stayed all night.
At the end of the storm (and sometimes even during it) what really matters is the best employees made KSB a safe, caring environment, even under challenging conditions.
Once again, It’s The People!