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Tri-State Memorial Hospital is dedicated to keeping its employees updated with important information happening across our campus. Be sure to check this page weekly to ensure you are being kept up to date.

Holiday Decoration Reminders

As we approach the holiday season, please keep the following guidelines in mind as you decorate your office and clinic spaces.

  • Decorations may not be hung from the sprinkler heads or pipes or impede the flow of water from the sprinkler system. 
  • Ceiling tiles function as a smoke barrier; items should not be hung from the ceiling tiles or grid.
  • No decorations on fire doors or on doors in fire corridors.
  • Fire doors, hallway doors, and patient room doors shall not be wrapped.
  • Decorations should not block views through windows and vision panels. 
  • No hay straw, garland, tinsel, glitter, or powder of any kind.
  • A visual inspection by the Facilities Department of all Christmas lights must take place prior to use to ensure no frayed ends or exposed wires. All cords and lights must be UL listed.  No more than 3 light strings attached in a row.
  • Do not place light strings such that they create a trip hazard. 
  • No open flames, candles, or candle warmers.
  • ALL Decorations must be non-combustible.
  • No extension cords.
  • Decorations (non-combustible) cannot cover more that 30% of any wall or door. (No decorations of any kind on a fire door or a door in a corridor.)

If you have any questions, please reach out to Bryan Skinner at bskinner@tsmh.org.

COVID-19 Hotline

Effective November 30, the Tri-State Memorial Hospital COVID-19 hotline is officially retaking calls. The COVID-19 hotline was created to best serve our community who may have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19.

·        COVID-19 Hotline External Phone #:509.769.2215

·        COVID-19 Hotline Extension for Transfer: 2216

·        COVID-19 Hotline Hours: 7:00am – 5:00pm,Monday – Friday, and 8:00 am – 5:00pm, Saturday.

We will continue to keep our employees informed and empowered with information during this time regarding COVID-19.

Thank you again for your hard work!

Campus Café Survey

As employees of Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus, it is important for us to make sure you enjoy your dining experience at the 1221 Campus Café. In order to better serve your needs, we ask you to take a few moments to fill out a survey about the Café. When filling out the survey, please be specific and provide detailed information.

CLICK HERE

Thank you for your continued support as we work to make the Café an even better experience for all!

Tri-State's Continued Response to COVID-19

Many changes are happening around Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus in response to COVID-19. We are dedicated to keeping you informed with accurate information.Please take the time to read through the entirety of this email as all of the content is pertinent.

  1. 1221 Campus Café closure: As a part of the Washington State mandate about restaurants, the café will be closing today, March 16, at 7:00 pm. All proxy access will be shut off after that time. The café will provide meal order sheets for specific departments to their directors. The order sheets will line out when to order meals for the following day. All orders are at the cost of the employee. The total is deducted from employee payroll. Please note that not all     employees will be receiving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Most departments will only be provided a lunch. Some meals will need to be reheated; this will be noted on the order sheet.
  1. Entrance closures: Within the next couple of days, you will notice that various entrances will begin to be permanently locked until further notice. For the safety of our patients and employees or staff, we are limiting our entries to only the north main entrance, radiology, and the emergency ambulance bay. As this begins to roll out, we will send out emails notifying all staff. Attached is a map outlining which doors will be closed and which ones will stay open.
  1. Dialysis entrance: Currently, the door between the Dialysis Center and the Inpatient Unit is staying permanently locked. Again, this is for the safety of our patients and staff. The patients that use the Dialysis Center are medically compromised; this closure is to limit unnecessary use of this door. The exterior door by the Dialysis Center is only to be used by dialysis patients and staff. There is signage up directing other patients to use the north main hospital entrance.
  1. Visitor limitations and screenings: Patient visitors will be limited to one visitor per day, for one hour. There will be exceptions, but as of now, this will be the guideline. When a visitor enters through one of the three entrances that we are keeping open, there will be a screening station. The visitor will have their temperature taken and will have to answer a series of questions outlined by the infection control team. If it is determined that the visitor needs to go home and self-quarantine, they will be sent away and will not be allowed to enter the building. Signage will be placed throughout the facility and the community will be informed of this change.
  1. Hotline: Within the next couple of days, all community members who have questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 will be able to call 509.769.2215. The hotline will be staffed by RN’s during the day with the possibility of it being staffed overnight as well.
  1. Virtual Visits: Dr. Rudolph has been diligently testing virtual visits with our IT department. Virtual visits will be rolled out within the next couple days to limit     patients who may have COVID-19 from coming to our facility. More information will be released as this rolls out.

All of these changes are to ensure safe, high-quality care for our community and our staff. We will continue to update our employees daily regarding the changes that we have within our facility about COVID-19.

Washington School Closures

By order of Governor Jay Inslee, all Washington K-12 schools will be closed due to COVID-19 precautions from March 17-April 24.  We realize that many of our employees will be impacted by this decision and Executive Council is working together to determine what measures can be taken to accommodate our affected staff, while also ensuring we provide excellent care to our patients and the community. 

In the short-term, we are asking that all staff with school-age children quickly review and activate their individual contingency plans as theyrelate to childcare support - this may include turning to friends and family for additional help, or setting up a co-op with other parents.

Employees will be updated as more information becomes available.

Tri-State Precautionary Measures: COVID-19

As COVID-19 continues to spread within the U.S., we want our employees to know that we are taking every precaution to keep our staff, patients, and community safe.

Our hospital is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local health authorities to ensure we continue delivering safe, high-quality care while limiting further spread of the virus. We want to share with you some of the ways that Tri-State Memorial Hospital is taking precautionary measures.

·        Social distancing: As a facility, we have decided to participate in social distancing until further notice. This means that we have canceled all Tri-State hosted events and closed our community room usage to the outside public – this includes outside support groups. Part of social distancing means that we are also cutting down on all non-essential meetings. If you can discuss over the phone or via email, we encourage all employees to do so.

·        Working with our community: Our infection control team is working in collaboration with both Idaho and Washington Public Health; Asotin and Clarkston school districts; local city officials; local fire departments, EMS, police, and sheriff departments;skilled nursing facilities; and, with local emergency operation authorities.Our hospital will continue to provide essential messages to the community via Facebook and Public Service Announcements.

·        Evergreen Estates: During the Evergreen Estates lockdown, we are supporting their facility in every effort necessary to ensure the safety of their residents.

·        Staying informed: Our hospital is working diligently alongside the Washington State Department of Health, Asotin County Health District, and Idaho Public Health. We are staying up-to-date on all current information as the COVID-19 situation evolves. We will continue to provide this information to our employees and the community.

With the situation rapidly changing, we encourage all employees to stay informed. You can find accurate,up-to-date information on our website, or by visiting the World Health Organization, CDC, or Washington State Department of Health. 

We take this responsibility seriously. Please know that we are deeply committed to ensuring safe,high-quality care for you and our community. Please remember, if you are reached out to by the media, direct them to Rebecca Mann, Director of Marketing & Communications at rmann@tsmh.org.

Evergreen Estates Lockdown

Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, Evergreen Estates is on lockdown.

This will remain in effect until midnight on Wednesday,April 1, 2020. This date could change depending on new information released in the future. Evergreen Estates is restricting access to only their employees and essential professionals. The lockdown is to be taken very seriously, as these precautions are set in place to protect the residents at Evergreen Estates.

As a reminder, Evergreen Estates is currently FREE from Influenza and COVID-19. If you have any family members that live in Evergreen Estates, it is asked that you seriously consider not taking your loved ones out of the building, except for needed or essential medical appointments.

Evergreen Estates will still allow emergency personnel, food and supply deliveries, and family members who need to be with their parents during end-of-life events to enter the building.

Just as Tri-State Memorial Hospital encourages all employees that are showing mild signs of sickness to stay home, it is important to remember to also avoid any contact with your parents or staff at Evergreen Estates.

March Gift Shop Sales

Please see the attached flier for March Sales and Specials at the Tri-State Auxiliary Gift Shop!

National Nutrition Month

Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus employees are invited to participate in National Nutrition Month®! Each year during the month of March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics invites everyone to focus on the importance of making informed food choices, developing sound eating, and physical activity habits!  Please see the attached flyer for many exciting ways to get involved with Tri-State Wellness and National Nutrition Month®.

Lunch & Learn

Join Nicole Burch, from the University of Idaho, for a Lunch & Learn on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 12:00PM - 12:30PM. See attachment for more details.

Lippincott Procedures

As a reminder, Lippincott Procedures is available for all Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus staff members. Lippincott Procedures provides 24/7 access to step-by-step instructions showing how to perform over 1,700 procedures and is updated quarterly! You can access this resource from your desktop computer as well as from Meditech. Moving forward please use Lippincott Procedures to check procedures in addition to PolicyStat.

Please remember that Lippincott is the “best practice” guidelines for procedures!

If you have questions regarding how to use Lippincott Procedures, please use the Help information found in the question mark icon in the upper right corner of each program.  You can also contact Jessica Matoske, Clinical Nurse Educator, at jmatoske@tsmh.orgFor access issues, please contact Lippincott Customer &Technical Support available Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight,Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 4:00 p.m.-12 midnight EST at 1-844-303-4860, option 1, or email LNS-Support@wolterskluwer.com.

1221 Campus Cafe Employee Kiosk

Starting February 18, 2020, Tri-State employees will have access to the 1221 Campus Café to purchase Grab-n-Go and Beverage Cooler items that are pre-packaged with bar codes. Whole fruits are also available for purchase. Please use your Employee badge to proxy into the Café and then use the Kiosk to purchase your food and drink items. If you are unfamiliar with where the new kiosk is located, please look for the following sign.

The Employee Kiosk is available for use 24-hours a day. Unattended hours of the 1221 Campus Café are from 7:00PM – 6:00AM.  

If you have any questions, please contact Mat Morgan, at mmorgan@tsmh.org.

New Office Supply Vendor

Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus will be changing it's office supply vendor from Office Depot to Staples. This should streamline the ordering process and make it easier and more cost effective for everyone. An email has been sent to department representatives in regards to logging in and an upcoming webinar. February 17, 2020 is the go live date for this change. If you have any questions, please reach out to your director or Jessica Berghammer at jberghammer@tsmh.org.

MOAB Training

Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus is offering Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB) Training Classes. MOAB training will teach principles,techniques, and skills used to recognize, reduce, and manage, aggressive and violent behavior. As well as provide effective and compassionate methods of dealing with anxious or aggressive people.

MOAB training is a 4-hour live classroom event offered monthly. After attending one monthly training, participants will receive their initial certification.Achieving this certification will enable employees to gain personal empowerment through increased confidence and skills used during threatening situations.

Tri-State Memorial Hospital staff can sign up for MOAB through HealthStream (search MOAB in Catalog) after approval from with their Director.

2020 MOAB Training Dates Offered at TSMH:
February 3, March 26, April 9, May 7, June 22, July 20, August 24, September 10, October 19, November 12,  December 7

If you have any questions, please contact your Director or Jessica Matoske,Clinical Nurse Educator, at jmastoke@tsmh.org.

National Wear Red Day!

Friday, February 7, is National Wear Red Day® in support of Go Red for Women.

Why Go RED?

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women and approximately 1 woman dies every 60 seconds. The good news is that 80% of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Wear RED to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease and save lives!

Share pictures of your department wearing RED by sending them to info@tsmh.org. These could be featured on the Tri-State Facebook page!

For more information on this cause, please visit: www.goredforwomen.org

Valentine's Spa Specials

Starting Monday, February 3, Tri-State Clearwater Medical Aesthetics will offer Valentine’s Spa Specials. Please see below for more details!

As a reminder, Tri-State employees receive a 25% discount on spa services at Tri-State Clearwater Medical Aesthetics. Discounts cannot be combined with spa specials. The higher dollar discount will be given to the employee. For example, Botox costs $12/unit, and with an employee discount, the price would be $9.00. In this case, employees will receive their employee discount and NOT the “Valentine’s Spa Special” of $10.00 per unit.Also, discounts do not apply to the purchase of gift certificates.

If you have any questions, please contact the Aesthetics department at ext. 4232.

New Emergency Code Calls

To better support the safety of patients, visitors, and staff, Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus will adopt standardized Emergency Code Calls starting on February 17, 2020. The new Emergency Code Calls will help quickly communicate and mobilize resources in the event of an emergency on Tri-State Memorial Hospital’s campus!

Tomorrow, Friday, January 17, 2020, EVERY Tri-State Memorial Hospital employee (clinical and clerical) will have a HealthStream task available. This HealthStream is due by Monday, February 17, 2020. This education will ensure that all staff are familiar with and know how to call an Emergency Code Call.

Over the next month, be on the lookout for updated signage and information regarding these Emergency Code Call changes. Each employee will receive a new sticker to be placed on the back on their employee ID prior to implementation.Attached, you will find a PDF of the updated Emergency Code Calls, and below are the condensed Code explanations.

Tri-State Memorial Hospital Emergency Code Calls:

·        Code Red: Fire

·        Code Orange: Hazardous Spill

·        Code Silver: Weapon/Hostage Situation

·        Internal Triage: Internal Emergency

·        External Triage: External Emergency

·        Code Gray: Combative Person

·        Amber Alert: Infant/Child Abduction

·        Code Blue/Code Blue Dr. Seuss: Heart or Respiration Stops

·        Rapid Response Team/Rapid Response Code Stroke: Medical Needed at Bedside

If you have any questions regarding the new Emergency Code Call implementation, please contact your director.

Prevention of Influenza

Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus supports the community’s health, and this starts within our hospital. Below are a few tip and reminders for all employees:

  • The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most crucial step in protecting against influenza and its potentially serious complications.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are diagnosed with influenza, you must stay out of work seven days from the start of symptoms to prevent further spread.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Disinfect surfaces and objects that have germs, like the flu.
  • If a patient presents with influenza-like illness, offer them a mask. If they cannot wear the mask appropriately (covering both nose and mouth), or refuse, room the patient as soon as possible, and healthcare workers need to adhere to droplet precautions.

Drug Free Workplace Policy Reminder

With the passage of Initiative 502, the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana became legal in the state of Washington starting December 6, 2012; this is a state law that conflicts with federal law. According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), marijuana is considered a Schedule I illegal drug under the Title 21 United States Code Controlled Substances Act. A person may not use, possess,manufacture, or distribute the drug, even for medical reasons. Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of marijuana (including medicinal marijuana) or any other controlled substance; the Human Resources Department continues to enforce our Drug Free Workplace policy.

1.      TSMH policy regarding the random testing of employees remains in effect.

2.      TSMH policy regarding testing employees if there is reasonable suspicion to believe that an employee is under the influence of a controlled substance(or alcohol) remains in effect.

3.      TSMH policy regarding testing employees in the event of a work-related accident and/or suspecting that the work-related accident was the result of the use of a controlled substance remains in effect.

4.      A refusal by the employee to be tested can lead to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

5.      A positive test for the use of a controlled substance, including, but not limited to, the use of marijuana will result in termination.

Finally, we hope that all Tri-State Memorial Hospital staff will take this memorandum in support of our zero-tolerance policy seriously. Thank you for your attention regarding this matter, and if you have any questions about this policy, please discuss it with your Director or the Human Resources Department.

Updated Incident/Injury Reporting Policy

The Employee Incident/Injury Reporting Policy has been updated. The new policy outlines the processes that an employee will need to follow after having an incident or injury while working. The process for reporting differs based on whether you are employed at a Washington or Idaho Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus location.  The policy is linked below and has been updated on Policy Stat. Within the policy is an attachment to an algorithm/decision tree to help guide you in what needs to be completed in the event of incident or injury.

The link to the online portal to report accidents at Washington Tri-State Memorial Hospital locations has been placed on your desktop, and it is named Employee Injury or Incident. 

For incidents or injuries that occur at an Idaho Tri-State Memorial Hospital location, all forms are attached to the policy. 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Ashley Walker at aewalker@tsmh.org or at ext. 4718.

Workplace Safety Climate Survey

Beginning today, December 13, through Friday, December 27, Tri-State Memorial Hospital is conducting an organization-wide workplace safety climate survey. Questions on the survey gauge employees’ perceptions of workplace safety and knowledge. Participating in this survey will uncover unspoken safety concerns as well as identify strengths in Tri-State’s safety policies and procedures, with an emphasis on handling emergency situations. 

The survey will be managed by the Quality Department and will be conducted online. All responses will remain strictly anonymous, and individual responses cannot be traced.

100% participation from employees will ensure that results are accurate.

Click Here for Employee Workplace Safety Climate Survey!

Thank you for devoting your time and providing candid input!

Fall 2019 Open Forum Presentation

Don Wee, CEO, reviewed the following topics during the Fall 2019 Open Forum Sessions.

Marketing/branding initiative; Key project updates; 3-Star to 4-Star to 5-Star ratings; Operational & financial updates; Q&A.

Annual Food Train

The Asotin County Food Bank is chugging into town December 2 - December 13. This fun event allows departments to bring their creativity to life by creating “train cars” to fill with non-perishable food donations. The train will start lining up outside of Administration today,Monday, December 2, 2019! We encourage you to participate by helping fill the train.

New dress code standards were implemented last year to “raise the professionalism bar” at Tri-State Memorial Hospital. In keeping with the spirit of those standards—which were designed to maintain a respectful, professional work environment—there will not be an option for wearing jeans during this event. “Payday Fridays” will remain in effect.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Ronda Ahlsten at rahlsten@tsmh.org.

December Gift Shop Sales

Please see the attached flier for December Sales and Specials at the Tri-State Auxiliary Gift Shop!

Medical Record Reminder

We are seeing an increase in documentation in the medical record referencing issues with Meditech, combining charts or accounts,complaints about employees, and process concerns.  Please remember that the medical record is a legal document,not a means of communicating breakdowns in process, corrections that need to be made, or employee behavior concerns.  If there is an issue with Meditech, an employee, a process failure, records, or accounts which need to be merged or reviewed, those issues should be communicated to the responsible department, never documented in the medical record.

Never document in the chart or speak to anyone outside Tri-State Memorial Hospital or our representatives about Incident Reports.  The Incident Report system is an internal tool used to track issues and is not documentation which is released to outside entities,including the patient. 

If you receive a complaint from a patient, do not tell them you will be filing an Incident Report. Inform them that you will alert the appropriate Director, Chief, or department of the issue, and that they can expect follow-up communication.

If you have any questions please contact, Marci Kelley,HIM Director/Privacy Officer, at mkelley@tsmh.orgor at ext. 4025.  

Conference Room Changes

Please see the attached document for changes and additions to Tri-State Memorial Hospital Conference rooms. New conference rooms,procedures for scheduling, and updates are included.  Please note on the document that the dietitians moved to the office building formerly occupied by the Foundation. The dietitian’s former office has become the new TSMH conf. room C, and Conf. room C is now TSMH conf. room D.

If you have any questions after you have read the attached information, please contact Ronda Ahlsten, Executive Assistant, at rahlsten@tsmh.org or ext. 4500.

1221 Campus Café Survey

As employees of Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus, it is important for us to make sure you enjoy your dining experience at the 1221 Campus Café. In order to better serve your needs, we ask you to take a few moments to fill out a survey about the Café. When filling out the survey, please be specific and provide detailed information.

CLICK HERE

Thank you for your continued support as we work to make the Café an even better experience for all!

Preceptor Class

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, Tri-State Memorial Hospital will offer a preceptor class.To attend the preceptor class, please complete the "Tri-State Class Registration Form" and have it signed by your Director. The "Tri-State Class Registration Form" is on the Employee blog under the Employee Education tab. 

For non-clinical employees, the class will be from 0800-1100, and for Clinical (RN's), the class will be from 0800-1300. 

For more information, please contact Jessica Matoske, Clinical Nurse Educator, at jmatoske@tsmh.org or ext. 2520. 

Influenza Vaccination Deadline

All employees are required to provide proof of the influenza vaccination or provide a completed declination form to Employee Health by Friday, November 1.

If documentation is not provided by November 1, the employee will be unable to return to work until documentation is received.

If a staff member declines the influenza vaccine, they will need to indicate the specific reason for the declination (simply stating personal or medical will not suffice; this is for better tracking purposes).The influenza declination form is attached. Staff who decline for any reason will be required to wear a mask the entire time while in a Tri-State Memorial Hospital facility (excluding breaks and lunches). Wearing a mask is required from November 1 to March 31 (or past March 31 if public health declares a more prolonged flu season).

Again, the deadline is this Friday, November 1. If a staff member would like to receive an immunization from Employee Health, they need to make an appointment with Ashley Walker, Employee Health Nurse, by calling extension 4718 or emailing aewalker@tsmh.org.

If someone has received that vaccine but was not able to get the sticker at the time, they are welcome to stop by and get a sticker at Ashley Walker's office located at Human Resources.

Influenza Policy - https://tristatehospital.policystat.com/policy/6964265/latest/

Festival of Trees

On Friday, November 22 & Saturday, November 23, 2019, Tri-State Hospital Foundation will be hosting the 35th Annual Festival of Trees at the Lewiston Elks Lodge! Please join us by volunteering or attending this exciting event. 

FESTIVAL OF TREES 2019 SCHEDULE

Friday, November 22
4:00PM – 8:00PM – Tree viewing and holiday shopping too!
6:00PM – Remembrance Ceremony (Memorial Tree of Lights)

Saturday, November 23
6:00PM – Gala Auction, Dinner, and Dance


To receive more information, visit:
www.TriStateFestivalofTrees.org.

To volunteer, please Click here.

Fall 2019 Open Forum

Please join Don Wee, CEO, on the following dates for an employee open forum session to review the following:

• Marketing/branding initiative • Operational and Financial updates • Key project updates • 3 Star to 4 Star to 5 Star ratings • Q&A

All employees are welcome to attend one or more sessions!
November 4, 2019 12:00PM Conf. Room A/B
November 5, 2019 7:00AM & 5:00PM Conf. Room A/B
November 18, 2019 5:00PM Conf. Room A/B
November 19, 2019 3:00PM Conf. Room A/B
November 20, 2019 12:00PM Lewiston Family Practice

Clarkston's 33rd Annual Light Christmas Parade

It’s that time of year again to ring in the Holidays with Clarkston’s 33rd Annual Lighted Christmas Parade!

This year, the parade will take place on Saturday, December 7, at 4:30PM.

Tri-State Memorial Hospital has long enjoyed participating in this “kick off the holidays” event, and we are looking for volunteers to help with the creation of a “Christmas Memories” entry this year. We will also need people to walk the parade route and share candy with the kids--young and old. Tri-State Memorial Hospital won 1st place last year in the commercial division—we know how to represent!

The Lighted Christmas Parade is a FUN, community event to get into the holiday spirit while representing our wonderful organization. Krichelle Riedle has graciously offered to take the lead on this project and has scheduled the first planning meeting for Wednesday, October 23, at 12:00PM in Conference Room A.

Anyone is welcome to attend and participate; we hope to see you there!

W.H.A.T. Club- Employee Giving Campaign

The W.H.A.T. Club employee giving opportunity allows you to help support Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus in providing the highest quality healthcare to our patients and enhancing the working environment for our employees. The generosity of hospital employees is one way our community can see that Tri-State Memorial Hospital cares!

The 2020 W.H.A.T. Club campaign will run from October 7th through November 11th. You can donate via payroll deduction by selecting a level of giving of $2 or more per pay period.You may also join the W.H.A.T. Club by giving a one-time gift or donating PTO in place of a monetary donation.

Each enrollee receives a “TSMH gives” badge charm and an additional gift for those donations of $4 or more. All donations will need renewing on an annual basis. Renewing allows you to evaluate your giving yearly and make any necessary changes and provide current contact information.

If you would like to remain at the same level of giving,please forward this email stating “RENEW” to foundation@tsmh.org and be sure to note any changes to your personal information.  Otherwise, please use the attached form or online form to enroll and/or change your giving amount.  The online form is available at www.TriStateWHATClub.org.

Completed forms can be sent via email to foundation@tsmh.org, delivered to the foundation mailbox in the mail room, or dropped by the foundation office at 1215 Evergreen Court, Ste. 1 in Evergreen Estates. 

Thank you again for partnering with your fellow employees by joining the W.H.A.T.Club!

Book Fair- Tri-State Auxiliary

Monday, October 7, the Collective Goods Book Fair benefiting the Tri-State Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be held in Conference Rooms A/B. Be sure to stop by any time between 8:00AM - 3:00PM! Employee payroll deduction will be an option for charges of $10.00 or greater.

2019-2020 TSMH Influenza Vaccine Policy

Flu season is almost upon us and Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus has made a few changes to the Influenza Vaccine Policy! The full policy has been updated on Policy Stat and is attached to this email to ensure that everyone has ample time to comply with the changes. Please review the highlighted sections as these are changes in the policy.

Updates:

·        All employees will be required to provide proof of the influenza vaccination or provide a completed declination form to Employee Health by November 1, 2019.  If the documentation is not provided by November 1, the employee will be unable to return to work until documentation has been received.

·        If a staff member declines the influenza vaccine they will need to indicate the detailed reason for the declination. (Simply stating personal or medical will not suffice, this is for better tracking purposes).

·        Staff who decline for any reason will be required to mask the entire time while in a TSMH facility (excluding breaks and lunches). The masking would be required from November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020(or later if public health declares a longer flu season).

Skills Lab Flu Shot Clinic

When:

·        October 16th - 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

·        October 17th - 6:30 am - 12:00 pm

Where:

·        The Old CFO Office By Conference Room A and B

·        The Employee Health Lab in HR

·        2 Rovers will be going around to all locations on Campus

**For locations outside of the main campus, the vaccines will be delivered to your facility during the week of Skills Lab.  Please refer to your Director for information on when it will be distributed at your location. If you are unable to come to the Skills Lab Flu Shot Clinic,Tri-State Family Practice will also be having a Community Flu Shot Clinic on October 9 & 10 from 8:00AM – 6:00PM.  If you receive the vaccine from somewhere other than Employee Health (Skills Lab Flu Shot Clinic), please bring Employee Health a copy of your vaccine administration.  Your employee health file will need to be updated and you will received a sticker for your badge.  Other clinics and/or appointments outside of Skills Lab will be setup based on needs and availability of Employee Health. **

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Walker, BSN, with Employee Health at aewalker@tsmh.org or at ext. 4718. Thank you for your continued dedication to keeping our patients and staff protected!

Lucky Friday 13 Raffle Winners

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the AuxiliaryLucky Friday 13 Raffle!

·        Rooster's Restaurant- Cindy Lawen

·        Foot Detox- James Aaseby

·        Happy Day Restaurants- Sally Desmone

·        Matt's Grill- Michelle A.

·        Sinaloa Mexican Restaurant- Jonathan Scott

·        Baskin Robbins- Jesse Erickson

·        Utopia Nails- Helen Hogden

·        Picnic Tote and Wine- Maryssa Myers

·        Clarkston Golf & Country Club- Meret Feleke

·        Tri-State Gift Shop- Becky Davis

·        Riverport Brewing Company- Maryssa Myers

·        Pat’s Garden Center- Amber Cameron

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Lippincott Procedures

Lippincott Procedures is now available for all Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus staff members. Lippincott Procedures provides 24/7 access to step-by-step instructions showing how to perform over 1,700 procedures and is updated quarterly! You can access this resource from your desktop computer as well as from Meditech. Moving forward please use Lippincott Procedures to check procedures and use PolicyStat for company policies.  

Click on the link below to access the introductory courses on how to use Lippincott Procedures!

https://kvgo.com/lippincott-solutions/LPintro

If you have questions regarding how to use Lippincott Procedures, please use the Help information found in the question mark icon in the upper right corner of each program.  You can also contact Jessica Matoske, Clinical Nurse Educator, at jmatoske@tsmh.org.  For access issues, please contact Lippincott Customer &Technical Support available Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight,Friday 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 4:00 p.m.-12 midnight EST at 1-844-303-4860, option 1, or email LNS-Support@wolterskluwer.com.

**The first 50 Tri-State staff members to click and browse Lippincott Procedures (from desktop or Meditech) will have their names entered into a drawing for 10 coffee cards. The winners will be announced Thursday, September 12!

2019 Skills Lab

The 2019 Skills Lab Assessments will be held on October 16-17, 2019 in Conference Rooms A/B. The sign-up sheets will be available outside of Ronda Ahlsten’s office starting on September 23, 2019. Please remember to show up at least 15 minutes before your allotted time and check in at the check in table. If you sign up for a time and do not show up it will be considered a no call/no show (see attendance policy).

Below you will find a link to the TSMH Employee Blog-Employee Education page. On the right side of the page, click on “2019 Skills Lab- Skills Sheets”, where you can find a drop down tab which includes your specific skill sheet.  

TSMH Employee Blog- Education Link

All required HealthStream modules will be assigned to you in HealthStream by September 17. Please print your completion certificates and turn them in during skills lab.

If you have a return demonstration of the following, you must review the information contained in Policy Stat/Lippincott Procedures (Lippincott available on Sept. 9) ahead of your skills day and be familiar with the content in order to demonstrate your skills.

1.      Foley Cath insertion and care

2.      Port-a-cath and Central line access/care

3.      Restraints

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 Skills Lab please contact Jessica Matoske, Clinical Nurse Educator, at jmatoske@tsmh.org or at ext.2520.

September Gift Shop Sales

Please see the attached flier for September Sales and Specials at the Tri-State Auxiliary Gift Shop!

Lucky Friday 13 Raffle

VISIT THE AUXILIARY GIFT SHOP TO SEE THE 13 GREAT ITEMS FOR THIS YEAR'S RAFFLE!

RAFFLE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD SEPTEMBER 1 - SEPTEMBER 13.

Winners will be chosen on September 13, at 3:00PM. Winners will get to choose their prize. Raffle tickets will be sold in the Auxiliary Gift Shop & on selected days outside the 1221 Campus Cafe. Tickets can be purchased for $1.00.

CASH AND CHECK ONLY, CHECKS MADE PAYABLE TO TRI-STATE AUXILIARY

Phone Directory Usage

Each desktop includes a Phone Directory icon. Please use this when locating the extensions, faxes, and direct numbers for departments,clinics, employees, and providers. You can also use Outlook to search for the appropriate extension (see attached for directions on how to do so).

Moving forward, please do not call the Switchboard for the above information. If you need assistance, please reach out to your co-workers or Director.

If a patient calls and you do not know their desired extension, place them on a brief hold until you can locate the correct extension number instead of transferring them to the Switchboard. This will avoid patients becoming frustrated from multiple transfers.

If you find an error on the Phone Directory, please place a HelpDesk ticket for IT.

Shred Bins & Confidential Materials

Tri-State Memorial Hospital & Medical Campus has placed shred bins throughout campus to ensure the proper disposal of confidential patient information. Once these bins are full, a contracted company comes to destroy the contents before it leaves the property.

Please remember that these shred bins should be used for confidential material ONLY and not as recycling bins.

The cost of disposing the material in these bins is much greater than general trash and at this time Tri-State Memorial Hospital has chosen not to recycle office paper. For a reminder on what qualifies as confidential patient documents, please review the attached file.

ICU Door Closure

As a reminder, ICU door #32 is locked as of Monday, July 22. During the transition of Door #31 having a proximity reader installed, Door #30 by respiratory therapy will be unlocked during business hours. Please speak with your Director if you have any further questions.

CAUTION: Wet Floors

A friendly reminder that wet floor signs are placed throughout our facility for the safety of our patients and you, our employees!

Please do not remove these signs unless you are the one that placed the sign originally. If you are the person removing the sign, double-check to ensure the floor is completely dry.

If a wet sign is in place, please take caution when entering the room as wet floors are slippery.  Help us keep everyone safe from falls!