VIDEO: A Message of Thanks

As 2016 draws to a close, we want to thank you for all that you do every day to make a difference in the lives of our patients and communities. Please take a moment to watch this two minute video message from SCL Health President & CEO Mike Slubowski.

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Liturgies and Celebrations Open To All

prayerhandsAs an important part of our mission and faith-based identity, SCL Health is proud to offer a variety of spiritual and celebratory events throughout our care sites and system services. To keep up with the many options available to associates, The Landing now features new liturgy & celebration calendars, detailing upcoming spiritual events, such as:

  • Advent reflections
  • Bible Studies
  • Blessings of hands
  • Worship services (both Catholic and Protestant)
  • Founders’ Day celebrations
  • Grounding Ourselves reflections
  • Prayer Services

Additionally, many events from around the hospital, such as holiday parties, associate appreciation events and Veterans’ Day commemorations will be posted on the calendars alongside the spiritual gatherings.

All associates are welcome to attend any posted event. Simply click on the links below to view your care site liturgy & celebration calendar, and check back often to see what events are coming up at your site! You may also navigate to the calendars at The Landing > Mission > Liturgy & Celebrations.

Fight the Flu with Your Fork

As we move closer to the peak of cold and flu season, you are likely diligent about washing your hands, getting plenty of rest and covering your mouth when coughing to prevent the spread of germs. But did you know that the foods you eat can directly affect the strength of your immune system?

Stacy Beeson, registered dietitian at the GSMC Center for Integrative Medicine, shares some immune-strengthening foods that can set you up for success during these cold months.

Jump-start your body’s defense program by eating the below nutrients to supercharge your immune system:

Vitamin C: Increases the production of white blood cells and antibodies, which help keep your immune system strong.

  • Eat: Clementines, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, and peppers

Vitamin E: Helps your body make B-cells, which protect it from foreign invaders. It also works as an antioxidant to improve immune function, and may slow down the effect that aging has on your immune system.

  • Eat: Whole grains, nuts and oils—try adding sunflower seeds, almonds, or wheat germ to salads or casseroles, and choose olive oil in cooking and use natural peanut butter

Beta carotene: This “defender for your body” is converted to Vitamin A once consumed, which offers protection by keeping the tissues in your mouth, stomach, intestine and respiratory systems healthy.

  • Eat: Carrots, winter squash, and sweet potatoes

Zinc: This mineral increases the production of white blood cells, which keep your immune system strong.

  • Eat: Animal sources such as extra-lean ground beef, poultry, seafood and eggs. Plant sources such as wheat germ, tofu, sunflower seeds, peanuts, beans and whole-grains. Liven up salads with such powerful additions as hard-boiled eggs, sunflower seeds and beans.

BONUS: Yogurt: Contains “live and active cultures” that may help strengthen your body’s resistance to infection. These active cultures help change or repopulate intestinal bacteria to balance gut flora. This functional component may boost immunity and overall health, especially gastro-intestinal health.

  • Make sure the yogurt package says, “contains live and active cultures” rather than “may contain live and active cultures.”

Platte Valley and SCL Health Receive Community Partnership Award

CommunityPartnership_1Congratulations to Platte Valley Medical Center and SCL Health for receiving the Community Partnership award at the Brighton Economic Development Annual Awards Dinner! This award recognizes organizations who partner to further economic development goals in Brighton.

Platte Valley’s President and CEO John Hicks and SCL Health’s VP of System Communications and Community Relations Rhonda Luniak accepted the award with pride.

“This is an exciting time for healthcare in our community,” explained John Hicks upon acceptance of the award. CommunityPartnership_2“Platte Valley, together with SCL Health, is committed to creating a comprehensive system that includes a full spectrum of care and services. Our vision is to build upon our already exceptional network and become Brighton’s regional medical center of choice for decades to come.”

Economic development encompasses more than business attraction, retention, and expansion, it embraces quality of life — an overall enhancement of where we live, work, play and learn, which makes this award the perfect fit for our two well-matched healthcare organizations.