May Employee of the Month loves Boone Hospital’s “family atmosphere”

May 5, 2014

Tori Martin is Boone Hospital Center’s Employee of the Month for May 2014. Click here to nominate someone for Employee of the Month.

When Tori Martin returned from a weeklong vacation in Jamaica, her co-workers on the Surgical Specialties unit congratulated her on the exciting news – she had gotten engaged a few days ago.

Tori Martin

Tori Martin

A little later that Monday, the unit had another reason to congratulate Tori, when it was announced that she was Boone Hospital Center’s Employee of the Month.

As a circulating nurse, Tori helps patients check in to the OR, reviews that their paperwork has been correctly completed, assists anesthesiologists, preps the patient for surgery and gets the sterile items that the surgeon and staff need during the procedure.

Tori has worked in this role for a combined total of 6 years. She received her nursing degree at Central Methodist University in Fayette. She was a Boone baby and has grown up in Columbia. Tori’s father, Ray Balulis, had worked in the Plant Operations department for 30 years. He had also been named Employee of the Month, in September 1999.

“My Dad said Boone was the only place to work,” Tori says.

Because Tori and Ray were so close, and she admired her father greatly, she wanted to work where he’d been happy for so many years – and in the place where she grew up.

Tori met her fiancé, Paul Newcom, while working together in the OR. The two love being active outdoors and enjoy travel to any place that’s warm, especially during the winter. After this year’s prolonged chilly weather, a tropical vacation was just what Tori needed.

While away, on the morning of her 30th birthday, Tori celebrated another milestone: “There was a spot on the beach where I would go every morning while we were on vacation. Paul came out to meet me at that spot, and he proposed there. It was sweet – and it was perfect for us.”

When asked what she likes about working at Boone Hospital Center, Tori says she most enjoys working with the surgeons and staff in the OR.

“We definitely have a family atmosphere,” she says. “If you ever need anything, there’s always somebody that’s willing to help you out.”

Tori also credits her supervisor, Heidi Woods, with creating a positive and supportive work environment. Tori’s peers feel the same way about her: last November, she was awarded a Boone Hospital Center Excellence in Nursing Award for Nursing Spirit, which recognizes nurses who have a positive attitude and show eagerness and enthusiasm while providing exceptional patient care.

Tori’s nursing spirit is why she has received her second award in less than a year. When asked about the timing of the announcement, she laughs and says, “I thought, ‘I need to buy a lottery ticket!’”

It just so happened that Paul did buy a lottery ticket that morning, which is extremely rare for him. But Tori assures us, “If we win a million dollars, I’ll still be here.”

Good luck and congratulations, Tori!


Our Maternal Child Health team is looking for a new member.

April 18, 2014

At Boone Hospital Center we stress the importance of building a strong team that will support, encourage and challenge you to be your best.

Cindy Bracht, Megan Perry and Jody Miller

Cindy Bracht, Megan Perry and Jody Miller

Cindy Bracht, Megan Perry and Jody Miller each play their roles within Maternal Child Health and understand the importance of working together.

“You have to have a good team base,” Jody says. “We’re a very close unit. We are like a family.”

In addition to building internal relationships, our nurses enjoy providing compassionate and thorough care to our tiniest patients and their mothers.

“We are a very happy place. Being able to be a part of someone’s starting a new family is amazing,” Jody says.

Click here to learn about how you can join the Boone Hospital team.


Public Notice: Magnet Recognition Program® Site Visit

April 8, 2014

PUBLIC NOTICE:
MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM®
SITE VISIT


  • Boone Hospital Center was designated as a Magnet organization in 2005 and 2009 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.  This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In May 2014, Boone Hospital Center is applying for re-designation.
  • Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so.  Anyone may send comments via e-mail, fax, and direct mail. All phone comments to the Magnet Program Office must be followed up in writing.

YOUR COMMENTS ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND NEVER SHARED WITH THE FACILITY. IF YOU CHOOSE, YOUR COMMENTS MAY BE ANONYMOUS, BUT MUST BE IN WRITING.

  • YOUR COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY May 10, 2014.

Address:     American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Magnet Recognition Program Office
8515 Georgia Ave., Suite 400
Silver Spring, MD  20910-3492

Fax:            301-628-5217
E-Mail:        magnet@ana.org
Phone:        866-588-3301 (toll free)


“Boone cares about employees,” says April Employee of the Month

April 1, 2014

Rubin Byishimo is Boone Hospital Center’s Employee of the Month for April 2014. Click here to nominate someone for Employee of the Month.

When Rubin Byishimo learned that he was Boone Hospital Center’s April Employee of the Month, he admits he was surprised.

Rubin Biyishimo

Rubin Biyishimo

Rubin joined Boone Hospital Center in February 2012 as a lab assistant. In his current role, he works with patients, drawing blood and collecting and processing specimens. He visits many areas of the hospital on his shift, both outpatient clinics and inpatient units.

“We’re everywhere,” he says, smiling.

Rubin enjoys his job and the teamwork and leadership he experiences every day in the Laboratory. He especially likes the flexible scheduling in his department, which allows him to take classes at the University of Missouri, where he plans to attend nursing school.

Rubin came to Columbia from Portland, Maine, where he had been living until his uncle wanted to live somewhere warmer than coastal New England. The United States is Rubin’s fourth country; he moved here in 2003 and previously lived in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was born.

“I like Columbia because it’s small, but it has good schools, the University and great health care.”

Outside of work, Rubin is a musician. He plays piano, guitar, drums and is currently learning the organ. He plays music for the African congregation at the First Baptist Church in Columbia. He also travels to visit friends and family in Maine and Ohio. And he enjoys playing soccer, a sport he grew up with. “I enjoy basketball, too, now,” Rubin says, “But soccer is my main sport.”

When asked what he liked best about working at Boone Hospital Center, Rubin says, “Boone cares about their employees.”


Randy Morrow honored for service to Boone Hospital

March 24, 2014

Randy Morrow, Vice President/COO
Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award

In 1975, Randy Morrow joined Boone County Hospital as an accounting manager. In 1993, he became the Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer/Hospital Services, a title which was changed in 2003 to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He has also served as the hospital’s Interim President on several occasions, most recently in 2013.   

It is impossible to imagine what Boone Hospital Center would be like today without Randy, and it would be nearly as impossible to name all of the contributions he has made that have helped our hospital to grow over the last four decades.     

Randy is a pillar not only for Boone Hospital Center, but our communities as well. He serves on the boards of many community organizations, including Fitzgibbon Hospital, Salvation Army, REDI and Missouri Credit Union, and is active in his church.   

Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to include everything that Randy’s colleagues and staff, past and present, had to say about him in the video below, but we think you’ll see how Randy Morrow has definitely made Boone Hospital Center an excellent place to work and to receive health care, and why we’ve honored him with our first-ever Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award.

Thank you and congratulations, Randy!


Our 2013 Leader of the Year

March 21, 2014

Earlier this month at our Service Awards Banquet, we celebrated our staff who achieved 5, 10, 15, 20 or more years of service in 2013, recognized an employee with 40 years of service, announced our Employee of the Year and Leader of the Year, and presented a special lifetime achievement award to our vice president and chief operating officer, Randy Morrow.

This week, we’d like to share some videos with you about the people who make Boone Hospital Center a special place.

Andrea Fansler, Oncology
Leader of the Year

In Andrea Fansler’s six years at Boone Hospital Center, she has a record of producing top clinical quality scores in the units she manages. She accomplishes this by working alongside her staff as a team to care for our patients. Her commitment to her employees and to high-quality patient care, and her ability to truly listen and genuinely respond to patients, families and staff set an excellent example of leadership.

Andrea was recently selected to be the service line director for our oncology services, including the Stewart Cancer Center. We think Norm would appreciate her leadership style, too.

Thank you and congratulations, Andrea!


Our 2013 Employee of the Year

March 20, 2014

Earlier this month at our Service Awards Banquet, we celebrated our staff who achieved 5, 10, 15, 20 or more years of service in 2013, recognized an employee with 40 years of service, announced our Employee of the Year and Leader of the Year, and presented a special lifetime achievement award to our vice president and chief operating officer, Randy Morrow.

This week, we’d like to share some videos with you about the people who make Boone Hospital Center a special place.

Joni Cupp, Pre-Admitting Surgical Services
Employee of the Year

Coming to the hospital for a surgery creates anxiety for many patients, especially first-timers. Fortunately, Boone Hospital Center has nurses like Joni Cupp. As a registered nurse who works in Pre-Admitting Surgical Services, Joni helps guide patients through the surgery process. She compiles a medical history and tells patients and their families what to expect before, during and after surgery.

Every day, Joni works with patients to make sure that their experience is a positive one from the start and to put their fears at ease. She embodies both the compassion and the quality that make Boone Hospital a great place to receive health care. She truly deserves to be our 2013 Employee of the Year.  

Joni’s teammates couldn’t agree more:

Thank you and congratulations, Joni!


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