Fabulous Five – The Lutheran Way

As a part of The Lutheran Way roll-out we launched the On-the-Spot Recognition Card Program – use these cards to recognize your colleagues that demonstrate the service behavior or for when anyone goes Above and Beyond “The Lutheran Way.”

We are excited to announce our next group of Fabulous Five Monthly Winners:

  1. Jonny Velilla, West Pines – I Promote Teamwork
  2. Frank Szakmany, PRe-Surgery – I PRomote Teamwork and Act Safely
  3. Kim Corsetina, ED – I Project a Professional Image
  4. Terri Marshall, Chemical Dependency Unit – I Promote Teamwork
  5. Maria Moss, West Pines – I Communicate Effectively

We want you to recognize each other! Fill out the On-the-Spot Recognition Cards for anyone you see representing one of our service behaviors. And hand it to that person. Everyone who receives these cards should turn them into their supervisor.

Again, thank you for all you do The Lutheran Way!  Together we inspire hope and healing by providing personalized, compassionate care with professional excellence and innovation.

Please contact sarah.ellis@sclhs.net to choose your prize.

Innovation Center Education Series

The next Innovation Education Series will be held at noon on Friday, May 5, in the Innovation Center.

The speaker, Tyson Lunsford from POPin, will talk about how POPin began, how they are helping companies solve problems, and how we can utilize this great tool more here at Lutheran.

You may have already used POPin with the Innovation Topics of the Month. Everyone is welcome to join.

Please contact Melissa Goodwin, melissa.goodwin@sclhs.net, to reserve your spot.

Heroes of Hope: A Family Tradition

Stories of cancer survivorship can be seen every year at the Heroes of Hope Run/Walk (formerly the Leaves of Hope) and National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration. Generations of families come out to Lutheran Medical Center’s beautiful Wheat Ridge campus in June to support survivors in our community and remember those who battled courageously.

For Donna Ross, this is a special time to remember the courage, strength and beauty of her mother, Judy Kraft. Judy, Donna and Jen Grabe, Donna’s daughter, had the opportunity to attend every Leaves of Hope race together since 2007.

“Leaves of Hope was my mom’s favorite event of the year,” Donna remembers, sharing their excitement of attending the race together. Judy was unexpectedly diagnosed with lung cancer after a trip to Lutheran Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Throughout her battle with cancer, Judy never missed a chance to be present at the Leaves of Hope race. “It was important for my mom to come and meet other survivors and help them feel supported.”

(Judy Craft, Jen Grabe and Donna Ross at the 2014 Leaves of Hope event)

This annual dog- and stroller-friendly event features a 5K and 10K sanctioned race, 1 mile walk, community and survivor brunch, as well as a health and safety fair with fun for the whole family. Funds raised help provide patient navigation, survivor and nurse education, genetic counseling and patient care for hundreds facing cancer issues.

Join Donna, her daughter and Patches (Judy’s dog, who has attended the last three races) as they race in Judy’s memory on Sunday, June 4, 2017, for the 10th Heroes of Hope Run/Walk and National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration. Register at lutheranheroesofhope.org.

Thank You for Your Caring Spirit

Lutheran Medical Center Foundation is proud to recognize our associates who gave through the 2016 Caring Spirit Campaign. Thank you again to all who contributed for your generous support!

Gifts from our associates, along with grant makers, supporters and grateful patients have helped Lutheran Medical Center Foundation fund more than $1 million in innovative projects and programs to improve patient care at Lutheran in 2016.

Each year we recognize our caring spirit donors by listing their names on our associate giving poster, located on the second floor of Lutheran’s main building, right next to the Lab. We hope you will take a moment to view the poster and be proud of all that we have accomplished together in 2016.

Associates can give to the Caring Spirit Associate Giving Campaign at any time during the year to support a variety of funding needs at Lutheran. Make your gift today by visiting www.caringspirit.org.


You’re Invited!

Lutheran Medical Center and SCL Health cordially invite you to a celebration in recognition of the launch of our Apprenticeship Program on Thursday, April 27 from 3 – 5 p.m.

Join us for refreshments, networking and program remarks as we celebrate the approval and registration of the Certified Nurse Assistant apprenticeship by the U.S. Department of Labor, Colorado’s first registered apprenticeship in a hospital setting.

Grant Wicklund, Lutheran Medical Center President and CEO, and Lutheran and SCL Health leadership will highlight this unique and flexible training program that is an innovative approach to growing the talent pipeline.

Please RSVP by April 26, 2017.

Communication, Communication, Communication

Limited time. Unlimited information. Demands on our time that seem to have no limits. Everyone seems to struggle with how to manage our time and still accomplish all we need to get done. For most of us, that is true at work and at home.

Since we can’t manage time – it is limited to 24 hours a day, after all – we look for better ways to manage our energy and find balance in our lives. One of the biggest challenges in the workplace is how to better communicate with each other. Whether it is information critical to caring for patients, what’s on the Café menu today, or the many ways we celebrate each other, there is a lot of information and limited ways to share it.

There are newsletters – hospital-wide, department-wide, and nursing-wide – and there are huddles, 1-minute messages, meetings and so many other ways to share successes, best practices, volunteer-sponsored sales and more.

We’re excited to bring you a new, fast and easy way to communicate with your coworkers and leaders. You might have heard some people talking about Workplace by Facebook already. You can use it on the computer or your phone. You sign up for it using your work email. And while it is an app by Facebook, and it works a lot like Facebook, it is completely separate from your personal Facebook account, if you have one. There is no connection to any of your personal Facebook information.

We are piloting this new technology at Lutheran – our nursing staff has already been using it. Eventually, it will be rolled out system wide, and I invite any of our associates to begin using it right now. It’s a great way to create groups, chat with coworkers and leaders, upload photos, post articles, create and post live videos, and much more. Check out the Lutheran Marketplace group, where you can buy and sell goods to other associates.

To get all the details on how Workplace can work for you or your team, click here. Remember, it is like any other work-based application and the rules related to appropriateness and HIPAA will apply to all communications.

If you’re interested in birth options at Lutheran, there is a panel discussion coming up next week. You can learn more about options like midwives, pre-conception counseling and genetic testing, integrative wellness options and more. Click here for the details.

Have a great week,

Let’s Communicate! Workplace by Facebook is Now Open to LMC Associates

Some of you may have heard about a new communications tool we’re piloting at Lutheran called Workplace by Facebook. This application will empower all of our associates to become more engaged with their leaders and colleagues, get connected to important information and to accomplish this from any device they choose.

Your Workplace by Facebook login is based on your work email. This account is completely separate from your personal Facebook account. There is no connection to any of your personal Facebook information.

Account creation requires all users to authenticate the account through their work email address.

We encourage you to experiment and collaborate with features like:

  • Upload a photo of yourself
  • Joining groups that you’re interested in
  • Using chat to connect with fellow associates or leaders
  • Creating your own groups for collaboration
    • Groups can be
      • ​Open (All associates can see the contents of group)
      • ​Closed (All associates can find and request to join, only members can see content)
      • ​Secret (No associates can see or find the group, members are by invite only, master administrators will have access to these)
  • Use the Lutheran Marketplace group to sell goods to other associates
  • Experiment with other features like, chat, group chat, video chat and even streaming live video.

Please treat this application as you would any other work based application for appropriateness of communications. Additionally, this is not a tool to discuss a specific patient’s care. Do not include any HIPAA or protected information in any of your conversations or posts.

You can sign up for your account here: sclhs.facebook.com.

Also, the mobile apps are a great way to use this tool and receive notifications of associates’ chats and important information and updates from your groups.

Mobile Apps:

Search your app store or use these links below.


Workplace: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/workplace-by-facebook/id944921229?mt=8

Work Chat: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/work-chat-by-facebook/id958124798?mt=8

Android (Google Play)

Workplace: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.work&hl=en

Work Chat: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.facebook.workchat&hl=en

The 3 Cancer Tests You Need to Know

Preventing Cancer Through Screenings

In the battle against breast, cervical and colorectal cancers, screening and early detection are our most powerful weapons. Research shows the tests used to check for these cancers—mammograms, Pap tests and colonoscopy—can detect them in their earliest stages, when the chance of being cured is very high.

Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women (after skin cancer). A mammogram, which is an X-ray of the breast, can detect tumors before they can be felt or cause symptoms.

Juhi Asad, DO, a breast cancer surgeon at Lutheran Medical Center, says women should decide when to start having mammograms after a discussion with their primary care physician. “It will depend on your family history and your personal risk factors, such as postmenopausal obesity, reproductive history and history of abnormal breast biopsies,” she says.

She adds that breast cancer surgery has greatly improved in recent years. “We now have many more options for achieving a natural cosmetic result, including nipple-sparing mastectomy and less invasive lumpectomy that preserves the shape of the breast,” she says.

Gynecological Cancers

Gynecological cancers affect the female reproductive organs, including the cervix, ovaries, uterus, vagina and vulva. In the case of cervical cancer, Pap tests, which look for precancerous cells, and the vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes most cervical cancers, have been highly effective in reducing the incidence and death rates.

Glenn Bigsby, DO, a gynecological oncologist at Lutheran, notes that there are no effective screening tests for the other gynecological cancers. “That’s why it’s so important for women to stay alert for any potential symptoms, including bloating, cramping or changes in the menstrual cycle,” he says. “The most important one is bleeding after a woman has gone through menopause—that is considered cancer unless proven otherwise.”

Dr. Bigsby performs robotic hysterectomy to treat advanced uterine cancer. “Traditional hysterectomy used to involve at least a three-day hospital stay and up to six weeks of recovery,” he says. “Now patients usually go home the next day and resume normal activity in two weeks.”

Colorectal Cancer

Cancers of the colon and rectum remain a leading cause of cancer deaths, but they don’t have to be. Experts estimate that if everyone started regular screening tests at age 50, at least 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be avoided.

The most effective test for colorectal cancer is colonoscopy, in which the doctor uses a thin, flexible tube to check for cancer or polyps (precancerous growths). During colonoscopy, the doctor can remove most polyps and some cancers in their earliest stages.

Treatment options have improved for advanced colorectal cancer, as well, says Eben Strobos, MD, a colorectal cancer surgeon at Lutheran who specializes in robotic surgery.

“Lutheran has the most advanced medical robot available, the da Vinci Xi® Surgical System, which allows the surgeon to view the surgical site at a high magnification and remove any cancerous tissue through tiny incisions while sparing healthy tissue,” he says. “Patients generally leave the hospital within three days and have excellent long-term outcomes.” l

Genetic counseling is available at Lutheran. A physician’s referral is needed for this service. Call 303-425-8191 for more information.


Support Donate Life Month and National Healthcare Decisions Day

Lutheran Medical Center Supports Donate Life Month, with several activities planned:

  • Friday, April 14 – Display Table in the Hospital Lobby with Advance Care Planning Materials, for National Healthcare Decisions Day
  • Sunday, April 16 – National Healthcare Decisions Day
  • Thursday, April 20 – Display Table in the Hospital Lobby for National Donate Life Month
  • Friday, April 21 – Blue/Green Day – Associates wear blue/green in honor of Donate Life Month; Information will be distributed throughout the hospital units.

Click here for a flyer.

Rosa Memoria Now Available

The Lutheran Medical Center Foundation is proud to offer the Rosa Memoria™, or rose of memories, again this year for a donation to support Lutheran Hospice.

This beautiful rose was specially cultivated and trademarked for Lutheran Hospice and Lutheran Medical Center Foundation. Especially adaptable to Colorado’s cold winters, dry summers and high altitudes, the Rosa Memoria can grow to five feet tall with fern-like evergreen leaves and dark purple hips providing year-round color.

Roses can be reserved for a donation to support Lutheran Hospice by visiting www.2017roses.kintera.org. Plants will be distributed on May 13 – additional details will be provided with your donation confirmation.

Don’t wait! Supplies are limited and your donation must be received by Friday, May 5.