Congratulations to Ryan Gerodias, winner of the 2017 Butterfly Award. Ryan was nominated by coworker, Jaelyn French for being an outstanding Tech who provides a remarkable experience for every patient. Ryan was selected as the Butterfly Award winner by leadership after going through many wonderful nominations of CNAs and care techs. Here is the full nomination for Ryan: 

The Butterfly Award is meant for the extraordinaire, the profound, the go-getters, valued champions of the Riverside Healthcare team. It is meant for those who continually provide remarkable care to our patients and do so without remiss. While the Butterfly award is an outstanding award, I write in hopes for something more in recognition of Ryan Gerodias because he is more than the Butterfly Award. When describing him as a team member, it is hard to find the words for how truly great he is. It is an honor to work with him. When team members were asked to provide instances of when Ryan has gone above and beyond, the answer across the entire team has been "He does that every day; it is hard to name one instance". When physicians involved in the cardiac cath lab team were asked if they had any input regarding Ryan, again, it was unanimous that he is remarkable at all times. Even when we ask him to do something that can wait, he always does it right away without blinking an eye and with a smile on his face. He is humble in all that he does. Ryan always jumps in to help in emergent situations and he is always two, if not more, steps ahead of the game.  Ryan has stayed late past his shift to help with difficult sheath pulls. He has done this numerous times. He does so on busy days, and when he knows that it could be a difficult pull, or when the patient may not be as cooperative. He willingly stays late to help with situations that we all tend to dread, and he stays and he does not comment in a negative way at all. On Easter weekend, a time in which family time is very precious, Ryan offered to be on sheath pull stand by for cath lab and telemetry due to high census. This not only gives peace of mind to nurses on the floor taking our patients, but ensures patient safety. He is selfless. Among all of the responses stating that Ryan is simply amazing, one of our team members stated that Ryan should be a pillar for Riverside. Some may think that we are crazed for saying this, but he really does go above and beyond life itself. His work ethic is extraordinary. Ryan Gerodias is at a minimum, the Butterfly Award. -Jaelyn French, RN

Congratulations, Ryan, on receiving the Butterfly Award!

Participate in the 2017 REACH Home Run Challenge & you could Win Cubs or White Sox Tickets!

Sign up for the REACH Homerun Challenge today! Visit the REACH portal for more information & sign-up.

Cubs- General Manager Phil Kambic VS White Sox-General Manager Kyle Benoit 

Watch the Cubs General Manager's promo video here

Objective: Team with the most home runs will win the challenge. First place team will earn 40 REACH “Healthy Habit” points. Second place team will earn 20 REACH “Healthy Habits” points.

Dates: Six week challenge. Starts June 19th through July 31st. Sign-ups June 5th through June 25th. Drawing for tickets will be Wednesday, August 2nd.

Any participant who logs 300,000 verified steps (from a wearable device linked to their REACH Portal) during the 6 week challenge will be entered to win a pair of tickets from the team they signed up for (Cubs or White Sox September Game). A winner will be selected from each team.


Cubs - General Manager Phil Kambic

White Sox - General Manager Kyle Benoit

How are runs calculated? Based on weekly team average Monday through Sunday. Riverside Analytics department reviewed data from our past walking challenge and came up with the breakdown below:

  • < 44k steps – 0 runs
  • 44k-46k steps – 1 run
  • 46k-48k steps – 2 runs
  • 48k – 50k steps – 3 runs
  • More than 50k steps – 4 runs

Runs will be updated every Monday of the challenge.

Ties will be broken by the total number of steps the assigned GM’s earn during the challenge. The GM with the most steps will serve as the tie breaker.

Participants do not have to have a wearable tracking device to participate in team challenge. They can use their phone app and manually enter the steps. However, to be entered into the contest to win tickets a wearable device must be linked to the participants REACH portal for verified steps.

Don’t have a tracking device? A Fitbit Zip can be purchased through the REACH department for $20 prior to the start of the challenge. Contact Lynn Christian @ extension 6078 if you would like one, supplies are limited.

Already have a wearable device linked to your REACH portal? Take the time to double check that your steps are uploading properly to your account.


What is the Trailblazer contest? The goal of the Trailblazer contest is to recognize our best of the best staff across all departments/areas in the health system. Staff to be recognized as Trailblazers are those staff who blaze remarkable journeys for their coworkers and our patients/residents through their exemplary consistency in living our key words and Professional Standards of Behavior. 

Congratulations to the following Riverside Trailblazers! 

Justin Beaupre (Emergency Dept) Justin has been with the ED since July, 2011. Justin’s recent and ongoing efforts include:• Financial Stewardship: when asked to research and carry out two separate Kaizen Board suggestions, Justin engaged fellow team members in the decision and chose products that would be accepted & used by our team. In one case, he did a trial prior to recommending purchase, and got product feedback. (remote controls and IV trays) • Growth/People: Justin has been a primary preceptor for our new hire nurses, both experienced ED RNs and new graduate nurses. He provides insightful and constructive feedback to the new nurse, and regularly communicates professionally with the nurse educator both verbally and in writing. He engages fully in the preceptor process and is completely invested in the future success of emergency department new hires. This promotes retention and a teamwork culture. • People: Active and thoughtful participation in Peer Review Team • Finance: Oversees schedule for several RN shifts • Quality: Justin received four Connection Cards in the month of March • Flexible & helpful, ready to go home for shift IVO, multiple radio calls came in and he offered to stay • From lab for drawing baby when lab was unable to • From Dr. Teague "Reassurance and quality care of patient with panic attack, above and beyond as usual which is par for the course for Justin. I appreciate his hard work and his continuous dedication to quality." • From Dr. Teague also "Justin did phenomenal job with a pediatric patient with a pneumothorax tonight. Assisted surgeon in chest tube placement and gave regular updates on status." 

Kyle Ehrich (Frankfort) I nominate Kyle Ehrich as a trailblazer for many reasons. She is always courteous, always smiling and greets all the patients as one of the Riverside family. She is a role model in her proficiency, taking initiatives to keep up to date on Riverside policies, procedures and protocols. She is also very effective in teaching new staff as well as being sure to share her knowledge with all staff. As our concierge, she is flexible, learning new jobs, such as registration, scheduling, digital ad campaign and more. Her volunteerism goes above and beyond, participating in all events, even at 5:30 a.m.! Without being asked, she offers suggestions, anticipates issues, and takes initiative to resolve and prevent. Congratulate Kyle for being a trailblazer!  

Jenna Goodrich (Emergency Dept) The Emergency Department’s third Trailblazer recipient is Jenna Goodrich, MSN, RN. Jenna is a member of the Critical Care Float Nursing Team, working in both ED and ICU, and has been with Riverside since July, 2016. Jenna is being recognized for the care and reassurance she gave to a patient and family while in the Emergency Department. She received a touching letter from a pediatric patient’s father. Additionally, Jenna has served as a patient advocate in avoiding the use of restraints as outlined by the words of DeAnna Booker: “Jenna, while doing restraints this week I came across a chart that Geodon and restraints had been ordered however you documented the patient was able to be redirected and calmed down by talking. I just wanted to recognize you for being a patient advocate. Great job! Thank you for your hard work!!” 

Natalee Scivally (Operating Room) Natalee is a desk facilitator who always goes above and beyond. She keeps the day staffed appropriately and is always helping with room set-ups, turn overs, and with counts. She is a huge asset to this department. Natalee does an excellent job as one of our charge nurses. She is very organized in her job. She can juggle the staff, physicians and anesthesia department to make the daily schedule run smoothly. She is good at communication and has follow-through. She is a problem solver and always looking to find a positive solution to concerns of the unit. Natalee demonstrates beyond exceptional abilities while working as charge nurse at the desk. She excels with employee management, scheduling conflicts, and is always willing to give the extra effort to appease the workflow throughout the day. Her attitude is always positive. She is constantly going beyond her list of duties to help out others. Thank you, Natalee. Natalee is always helping out. She is a great leader! She not only has to run the desk but also scrubs cases on the other days. She always goes out of her way to help. Whether it be to help turn over rooms, help move patients, or even trying her hardest to give someone the day off. In my opinion, Natalee is by far a great leader, team player, employee, coworker and most definitely a trailblazer. Natalee is always thinking of staff first. She strives to make the day go smoothly. She not only scrubs but runs the desk with expertise and commitment to staff and Riverside.

Linda Robbins (Patient Financial Services) Linda is one of the Medicaid representatives in Patient Financial Services. If you have a Medicaid question, Linda will have the answer or she will find the answer for you and educate you as well as the Medicaid team members. I see Linda working with our Analyst team, the EPIC team, our MRA team as well as the team leads to get questions answered to send out Medicaid claims the right way the first time. Linda supports the people in the department from a new employee to a veteran associate. She is an asset to Patient Financial Services. 


Applications are due to Human Resources no later than Friday, July 7  

About the William R. Dyon Scholarship 
The William R. Dyon Endowed Scholarship is for Riverside Employees who wish to develop their skills and knowledge - and supports creating the possibility of a college education for employees who may have felt a college degree wasn't possible. The fund may be used for tuition and fees for non-nursing Bachelor's degrees at Olivet Nazarene University. Funds may be used to supplement Riverside and non-Riverside tuition reimbursement, grants and other scholarships - but the award funding may not exceed the cost of tuition and fees for the semester of the award.  

Who is eligible to apply? 
Riverside Healthcare employees who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
• Have a status of .5 FTE or greater  
• Have completed their 90 day introductory period at Riverside 
• Are employed a minimum of six months in good standing 
• Are attending a non-nursing Bachelor's program at Olivet Nazarene University 

The selection of the William R. Dyon Endowed Scholarship recipients is based on several criteria, including work performance, recommendation/approval from current leader, essay and ability to demonstrate readiness for a degree. 

Apply today! 
Click here to apply for the William R. Dyon Scholarship. Please fill out the form and turn in to the Human Resources department no later than Friday, July 7. 


Back 2 School & Sport Physicals

Student physicals are required at all schools. All kindergarten, sixth and ninth graders must have certain immunizations. And, don’t forget that any athletics that start before school including summer programs may also require a sports physical.

Riverside is offering school & sports physicals for only $40.*

Appointments required, unless noted otherwise. Flexible days, times and weekends are available.

*Special $40 rate applies if patient chooses not to have insurance billed. Payment is due at time of service. Physicals include urine dip, but do not include other lab work or immunizations.

To schedule your child’s physical, please call any of these locations:

Kankakee/Bradley/Bourbonnais Area:

  • Primary Care – Bourbonnais 400 Riverside Drive, Suite 2800, Bourbonnais. (815) 935-1100
  • Primary Care – Kankakee Pavilion 375 N. Wall Street, Suite P520, Kankakee. (815) 933-0194
  • Primary Care – East Court Kankakee 1701 E. Court Street, Kankakee. No appointment necessary
  • Riverside Healthcare – FastCare Inside Walmart • Bourbonnais. No appointment necessary
  • Pediatric Specialists 475 Brown Boulevard, Suite 106, Bourbonnais. (815) 935-4907

Neighboring Communities:

  • Riverside Healthcare – Coal City Campus 5775 E. Highway 113, Coal City. No appointment necessary
  • Riverside Immediate Care – Dwight 106B Watters Drive, Dwight. No appointment necessary
  • Riverside Healthcare – Frankfort Campus 23120 S. La Grange Road, Frankfort. (815) 464-5440
  • Riverside Immediate Care – Gilman 720B S. Crescent Street, Gilman. No appointment necessary
  • Riverside Immediate Care – Manhattan 380 W. North Street, Manhattan. No appointment necessary
  • Riverside Healthcare – Manteno 395 N. Locust, Manteno. (815) 468-6870
  • Riverside Healthcare – Momence 3761 N. Route 1/17, Momence. (815) 472-3923
  • Riverside Healthcare – Monee 25711 S. Egyptian Trail, Monee. No appointment necessary
  • Riverside Healthcare – Pembroke 3400 S. Main, Hopkins Park. (815) 944-5545
  • Riverside Healthcare – Watseka Campus 1490 E. Walnut St, Suite A, Watseka. (815) 432-0250
  • Riverside Healthcare – Wilmington 105 S. First Street, Wilmington. (815) 476-5210

Look for your home mailer on how to get your spouse set up on the REACH portal. This is wellness for you... and your wallet. Please review to see how your spouse’s participation in the REACH Program can earn you additional Health Insurance Premium Credit on your 2018 Riverside Health Insurance Selection. Questions, please contact the REACH department at 815-935-7067. 


Know Your Risk for Heart Disease | $49 CT Heart Scan 

Find out if you're at risk for heart disease with a simple, non-invasive CT Heart Scan. The results from your CT Heart Scan will reveal your calcium score, or how much calcium is deposited in the arteries of your heart. The more calcium build-up, the higher your risk for developing heart disease. 

Who should get a CT Heart Scan? 

Schedule your CT Heart Scan if you are 35 years or older, have not been previously diagnosed with heart disease, do not have a pacemaker and have at least two of the following risk factors:

• Men over age 45 

• Women over age 55 

• Family history of heart disease 

• Obesity 

• High cholesterol 

• Physical inactivity 

• Diabetes 

• High blood pressure 

Call Riverside Outpatient Scheduling at (815) 935-7531 to schedule your CT Heart Scan.

CT Heart Scans are available in Coal City and Kankakee. For more information, visit riversidehealthcare.org/heart.


Go to the REACH Portal Calendar to schedule your On-Site Wellness Coaching Appointment today. Coaching takes place every Tuesday and Thursday between 11am and 2pm in the Risk Services Conference Room. 

Everyone with a wellness score of less than 80 requires coaching to receive incentives. 

Wellness Scores can be found on your REACH Portal Home page. REACH labs and your Health Risk Assessment must be completed to have an accurate score.

3000+ REACH Drawing - complete your REACH early to win a Yeti Tumbler. Employees who earn their Level 1 (3000 points) and complete coaching, if required, by the end of each month are entered to win one of six Yeti Tumblers. Drawings will take place on the 30th of June and July.

Questions can be directed to Lynn Christian, RN, MSN, CWWPM, at lchristian@rhc.net or by calling (815) 935-7067.


Riverside Health Fitness Center $49 Employee Massage Special during the month of June!

Bring in your employee ID badge when you pay for your massage in order to get the discount. 

Employees who join the RHFC during June will get their enrollment fee waived. Visit the table in the cafeteria for on-site sign-ups on June 8 and June 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Riverside employees, enjoy a free classified ad with 5 lines for 2 consecutive days in any category in the Daily Journal!

Use your free 2017 Riverside Employee Discount Card to take advantage of this offer! Click here for a full listing of the 2017 discounts. If you have misplaced your card, please call Kaleb Miller in the Foundation Department at (815) 933-7799. 


Certification topic: Psychiatric - Mental Health Nursing 

Hosted By: Riverside Medical Center 

Date: October 10 - 11, 2017 

Location: Olivet Nazarene University, Weber Center (One University Ave, Bourbonnais, IL, 60914) 

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Speaker: Kim Hutchinson, EdD, MS, CARN, PMHCNS-BC 

Contact hours: 14 

Register Today: https://goo.gl/8hEE1B  

Riverside Nurses receive a greatly discounted rate of $263.20. To receive this discount, use code 20H-N-CR-WK-171010-IL-1 when registering. Only RMC nurses are allowed to use this code. 

As an added incentive, any Riverside Nurse who signs up by July 1, 2017 will be eligible to win a raffle prize. Please forward your completed registration to the Magnet office. 

Do not forget to apply for Nursing Excellence Funds. Provide proof of certification to the Magnet office and this class along with the testing fee up to $500.00 may be reimbursed through Nursing Excellence funds. 

Review Courses are high-quality exam preparation courses for ANCC certification exams and provide current clinical practice information for continuing education (CE) credit. Courses are based on ANCC certification exam test content outlines and can be taken in person or through distance learning. 
Wednesday, June 28th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free Men's Health Seminar by Dr. Joseph PigatoSigns, Symptoms & Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction and Male Stress Urinary Incontinence
Date: Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Registration: 6:00 p.m.Seminar Begins at 6:30 p.m.
LocationRiverside HealthcareJohnson Lecture Hall350 N. Wall StreetKankakee, IL 60901
Speaker: Joseph Pigato, M.D.
To register for this event, please call1-877-433-2873Or register online at EDCure.org/Events
Saturday, July 29th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for the Riverside Healthcare Watseka Campus Health Fair!This family-friendly event will feature a variety of activities for all ages including alife-size walk-through heart exhibit, free health screenings, food, live music and more! 
Sunday, August 6th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Overnight Breakfast Oats 'n Fruit 
Presented by Erin Walker, Riverside Medical Center Chief Clinical Dietitian 

Enjoy a tasty treat and learn how to incorporate fresh, farmers' market ingredients into your breakfast prep!
Thursday, August 24th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Heart Failure Support GroupPresented by Liz Wirth, APN, Heart Failure Clinic 
People living with Heart Failure and/or Cardiomyopathy –– and their families, friends and caregivers –– have special needs. Join us for a free Heart Failure Support Group presentation! 

August 24, 2017 | 3 to 4 p.m. 

Riverside Assisted Living & Memory Care 
85 E. Burns Road Bourbonnais, IL  60914 

For more information, call (815) 936-8655
Thursday, September 28th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Heart Failure Support GroupPresented by Liz Wirth, APN, Heart Failure Clinic 
People living with Heart Failure and/or Cardiomyopathy –– and their families, friends and caregivers –– have special needs. Join us for a free Heart Failure Support Group presentation! 

September 28, 2017 | 3 to 4 p.m. 

Riverside Assisted Living & Memory Care 
85 E. Burns Road Bourbonnais, IL  60914 

For more information, call (815) 936-8655
Thursday, November 9th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Heart Failure Support GroupPresented by Liz Wirth, APN, Heart Failure Clinic 
People living with Heart Failure and/or Cardiomyopathy –– and their families, friends and caregivers –– have special needs. Join us for a free Heart Failure Support Group presentation! 

November 9, 2017 | 3 to 4 p.m. 

Riverside Assisted Living & Memory Care 
85 E. Burns Road Bourbonnais, IL  60914 

For more information, call (815) 936-8655

To register for any of these classes, access OLIE via RIVERNET. Login to OLIE and search for the class using
the SEARCH option. In the Search Expression field type the name of the class and select the class to register.