EMPLOYEE NEWSLETTER | OCTOBER 21, 2019
NEWS
RIVERSIDE SENIOR LIFE MEMORY CAFE

Riverside Senior Life presents... 

Memory Cafe

A memory cafe is a safe, comfortable space where caregivers and their loved ones with memory loss can socialize and enjoy one another. 

Pumpkin Painting Join us for a relaxing and fun morning of art while we paint pumpkins. 

Tuesday, October 22 | 10 to 11:30 a.m. GatheringPoint 897 W. Bourbonnais Pkwy Bourbonnais, IL 60914 

For more information or to RSVP call (815) 935-3273. 

RIVERSIDE MEDICAL GROUP WELCOMES DR. EKUA GILBERT-BAFFOE

Riverside Healthcare is pleased to welcome board-certified physiatrist, Dr. Ekua Gilbert-Baffoe. Dr. Gilbert-Baffoe will be seeing patients at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialists in Kankakee. 

Dr. Gilbert-Baffoe began her education at the University of Illinois Chicago in Chicago IL where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She then received her Doctor of Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine in Chicago, IL. Dr. Gilbert-Baffoe continued her education through the completion of a General Surgery Internship at the University of California San Francisco - East Bay in San Francisco, CA; a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX; and a Brain Injury Medicine Fellowship at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Edison, NJ.

Dr. Gilbert-Baffoe is board-certified in Physiatry by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In addition to her education, Dr. Gilbert-Baffoe is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Gilbert-Baffoe will be seeing patients at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialists located at 375 N. Wall Street, Suite P520 in Kankakee, IL. To learn more about the Dr. Ekua Gilbert-Baffoe or to schedule an appointment, please visit doctors.riversidehealthcare.org or call (815) 932-6632.

Click here to see this press release in Riverside's newsroom. 

FEATURED DOC-U-MENTARY: N'DJAMINA ROBINSON, MD, MPH

Riverside Doc-u-mentary: N'Djamina Robinson, MD, MPH 

DISASTER DRILL ON OCTOBER 24

ATTENTION: UPCOMING DISASTER DRILL

Thursday, October 24, 2019 
6:45 to 11:30 a.m. 

NOTICE TO PATIENTS, STAFF AND VISITORS 
A county wide full scale disaster drill will take place on Thursday, October 24. You may notice an increase in emergency personnel in response to an incident scenario that requires a large medical response. 

The exercise involves a collaborative county wide response from Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement as well as both Riverside Medical Center and AMITA St. Mary's Hospital. 

This is a drill. 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING. 

EMPLOYEE FLU VACCINES

Employee flu vaccinations are under way! 

As a condition of employment, all Riverside Healthcare Employees, regardless of job function, must have an annual influenza vaccination. Vaccinations are also required for Riverside Physicians, Graduate Medical Education (GME) participation, students, faculty, Riverside contracted workers and vendors and volunteers. Those employees who meet the exemption criteria (see the Influenza Vaccination Program policy in Policy Stat) must comply with the declination requirements by October 1st. Those who meet the exemption criteria will be required to wear a protective surgical mask over nose and mouth during work hours in all Riverside Healthcare locations during flu season. All others must receive the influenza vaccination by November 1st which will be provided free of charge by Employee Health. 

The Flu clinic dates and times are listed below. Flu vaccine will be available on the nursing units for the unit’s employees only. All other employees should plan on getting their vaccination at one of the scheduled clinics. 

Date

Time

Location

October 23, 2019

10am-11:30am

Hoover Bldg., Green Room

October 25, 2019

2pm-3:30pm

Risk Mgmt. Conference Room- Suite B504

October 29, 2019

10am-11:30am

Risk Mgmt. Conference Room- Suite B504

November 1, 2019

10am-11:30am

Risk Mgmt. Conference Room- Suite B504

Flu Shots for your family: If you and your family members are enrolled in Riverside’s group medical plan, preventative services and immunizations (including flu shots) are covered at 100% on all of our plans as long as you go to an in-network provider.

RIVERSIDE'S KELLY FREY PRESENTS AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Congratulations to Kelly Frey, MSN, RN, Critical Care Nurse Manager on her poster presentation titled “Simple Interventions Extraordinary Outcomes” at the ANCC Magnet Conference in Orlando Florida.

Kelly presented on the Oral Hygiene project that has reduced the number of healthcare-associated pneumonia to zero for the last three quarters.  This project improved patient care, decreased average length of stay and reduced overall healthcare costs.

There were over 10,000 nurses that attended the 2019 ANCC Magnet Conference. Kelly shared her project with these 10,000 nurses with the goal of improving care in other hospitals across the United States.

Thank you Kelly for sharing Riverside’s great work and improving the lives of patients across the country.

Click here to view Kelly's informative poster presented to conference attendees. 

RIVERSIDE INTERVENTIONAL SUITES GRAND OPENING EMPLOYEE OPEN HOUSE

Employee Open House 

Please join us for a guided, come-and-go tour of Riverside's new state-of-the-art interventional suites. 

These suites feature the region's most advaned technology that will allow our team to perform even more complex heart and interventional procedures, right here in the community. 

Tuesday, October 29 | 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

Please meet in central waiting. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR RECENTLY CERTIFIED NURSE!

Please join  Riverside Human Resources in congratulating the following nurse who has completed their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)! 

Brittney Gosewisch, 3rd Floor Telemetry

Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Thank you for elevating the level of care you provide our patients! 

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS COMING SOON!

Preparing for Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment is your annual opportunity to review, enroll in or make changes to your benefits, as well as add or drop coverage for eligible dependents for benefits effective 1/1/2020.

·        Once again this will be an “active” Open Enrollment. So you must make an election to continue your coverage.

·        Emails will be sent to all benefit eligible employees once enrollment opens with instructions to enroll thru the Infor Employee Self Service portal. 

·        A Benefit and Wellness Fair will be held November 6th from 11am to 3pm in the hospital lobby.  And we will hold a Mini-Fair for the night shift from 11pm to 1am on November 19th during the midnight meal.  There will be benefit information, insurance representatives, online enrollment help, and more!

·        Group meetings, WebEx, and individual meetings will be held to assure that you understand the great benefits that Riverside offers and to help you make the best decisions for you and your family.  Watch for the Open Enrollment Notice with the full meeting schedule and instructions for scheduling individual meetings coming out at the end of this month.

Click here for the full Benefit Newsletter 

TRICK-OR-TROT REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration is now open for Riverside's Annual Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk & Kids' Dash, presented by Riverside Orthopedic Specialists.

In addition to the run, enjoy a variety of kids activities including face painting, pre-race stretching led by one of our new Orthopedic doctors, refreshments and more!

Event Details:Riverside Trick or Trot

October 26, 2019

Riverside Healthcare Kankakee Campus350 N. Wall Street, Kankakee

Register now: https://riversidetrickortrot5k.itsyourrace.com/register/

RIVERSIDE COHORTS STARTING SOON FOR RIVERSIDE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS, LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE, EMERGING LEADERS AND LEAN FUNDAMENTALS

Riverside is committed to remaining a place where employees choose to work for their personal best, where physicians choose to practice, and where patients choose to receive their care.  In support of ongoing development, applications are now being accepted for the following cohorts:

  • Riverside Young Professionals – due 11/15/19 to HR, or,
  • Riverside Leadership Excellence Certificate  - due 11/15/2019 due to Riverside Organizational Development and Learning (ODL), or
  • Riverside Emerging Leaders Certificate due 11/15/2019 to ODL, or
  • Riverside Lean Fundamentals Certificate – due 1/13/2020 to ODL.

 Descriptions of each program follow below (application forms are attached).

  • Riverside Young Professionals (RYP) is a voluntary group that provides selected Riverside employees with exclusive and unique Riverside leadership development opportunities designed to provide a deep view of Riverside Healthcare, access to Riverside Senior Management, opportunities to network with other Riverside team members with similar interests, and participation in community service. This program meets one evening per month, starting in January 2020 and ending in June 2021. 
  • Riverside Leadership Excellence Certificate is an evidence-based 12 month program targeted at front level supervisors or managers new to leadership meeting once per month for 3.5 hrs. The program provides classes, coaching, and targeted post-class application.
  • Riverside Emerging Leaders Certificate is a 12 month program developed for individuals with the potential and interest to become a supervisor or are a new frontline supervisor beginning their leadership journey. Participants meet once/month for four hours with a focus on management skill development and coaching on Riverside policies and evidence-based leadership practices.
  • Riverside Lean Fundamentals Certificate is a voluntary program intended to provide a working knowledge of Lean process improvement methodology, participation in hands-on application of this methodology on actual Riverside processes, and chances to learn about process improvement opportunities with other Riverside team members across the organization 

Do these programs make a difference?

Yes! In a post-training survey of participants and leaders,  98% of leaders and attendees recommend these programs as increasing skills, alignment, communication, and performance. 

One Director who had a staff member attend said: “They could go back and apply what was learned. Excellent job!!! I am thankful for what this did for our department and for my employee as a leader.”  Another shared, “As a director I have noticed the positive changes in my manager.”

Sample survey feedback included:

  • “Hit multiple areas of leadership needs, broke them apart to a process and showed how to work with and improve the process.”  
  • “The program helped a very skilled clinical person and explained and taught the difference now that one is in a leadership position. That can be a very difficult change.”
  • “I would recommend any team leader attend this training.”
  • “Learning people-reading skills to adjust my communication made a difference in how I interact with my patients and staff.”
  • “The most impactful skill I learned was self-awareness. We learned about the DISC assessment and how each individual sees and reacts differently. Even more so, I learned about myself. I love to teach. I felt the interaction with class members helped me to understand how I can impact others. “
  • “My time with Young Professionals opened my eyes to opportunities and encouraged me to reach higher. Emerging Leaders.”, I feel, helped to strengthen my leadership skills. This class offered many opportunities to self-reflect in order to grow as a leader.”

Due dates are arriving quickly--please apply if one seems a good match for you and your career goals. Up to 25 Riverside staff will be accepted into each cohort. 

PARENT-CHILD SWIM AT RHFC

Parent-Child Class introduces water safety skills for families in a friendly, social setting.

Space is limited. Register Today!

The 6-Week Session with 30-minutes of exercise and play in the water will allow your child to gain confidence and prepare for lessons.

A parent/guardian must participate in the water with the child. All participants will use the Family Changing Area. Class Meets in the Warm Water Therapy Pool.

Classes will be held every Wednesday
November 6-20 & December 4-18

6:00-6:30pm: Toddlers (3 months - 2 years)
6:30-7:00pm: Preschool (2.5 years - 4 years)

Price: $55 Members / $66 Non-Members

100 Fitness Drive 
Bourbonnais IL 60914
(815) 929-1200
www.RHFC.me 

WRAP FOR SENIORS OFFERED AT RIVERSIDE SENIOR LIFE

What is the WRAP® for Seniors Project? 

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) for Seniors Project is a free program anyone can use to get well and stay well, making life more enjoyable: 

• Identify simple tools to support healthier and happier aging

• Build on personal strengths and interests

• Feel more hopeful, confident, and engaged in your healthcare

WRAP reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and health problems. Classes are taught in three fun and meaningful sessions. 

Location

Riverside Senior Life, Independent Living Community Center 100 Westwood Oaks Ct. Kankakee Illinois

Classes 

• 1pm to 4pm on Mon. October 14, 21, & 28

• Refreshments and snacks provided

Contact 

Contact Jessica at (312) 413-4522 or jonikas@uic.edu to learn more and reserve your spot in WRAP classes 

LATIN DANCE CLASS AT RHFC

Join instructor Jolynne Keiser for Latin Dance classes on Fridays from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Oct. 18th - Nov. 15th! 

(No class Oct. 25th) 

Learn tropical Latin dances including Salsa, Cumbia, Bachata, Merengue and Cha-Cha! All levels welcome! No partner needed. 

Register at the front desk for all 4 weeks or drop in for a single class! 

4 week commitment: $38 for Members, $48 for Non-Members
Class Drop In: $12 Members, $15 for Non-Members

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

Mark your calendars for the next American Red Cross Blood Drive!

October 30 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Johnson Lecture Hall

Appointments can be made by calling Alison at 815-935-7535 ext 4794 or log onto www.redcrossblood.org

Free refreshments will be provided

EVENTS
Saturday, October 26th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Registration is now open for Riverside's Annual Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk & Kids' Dash, presented by Riverside Orthopedic Specialists.

In addition to the run, enjoy a variety of kids activities including face painting, pre-race stretching led by one of our new Orthopedic doctors, refreshments and more!

Event Details:Riverside Trick or Trot

October 26, 2019

Riverside Healthcare Kankakee Campus 350 N. Wall Street, Kankakee

Register now: https://riversidetrickortrot5k.itsyourrace.com/register/

CLASSES
EMPLOYEE EDUCATION

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.

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