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!


Intensive Care nurse celebrates 40 years of service

March 19, 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.

Sharon Monzyk
40 Years of Service

In 1973, Sharon Monzyk started her first day as a nurse in Boone County Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit.    

Sharon has worked in the ICU for all 40 years, caring for patients and sharing her knowledge and expertise to educate hundreds of nurses. She comes to work every day with the same enthusiasm, humor and energy that she brought with her on Day One.

To serve patients for 40 years through countless changes in health care practices and technology shows great dedication and commitment to our hospital and our community. Thank you and congratulations, Sharon!

 


Employee of the Month has historic ties to Boone Hospital

March 3, 2014

Shari Bullard is Boone Hospital Center’s Employee of the Month for March 2014. Click here to nominate someone for Employee of the Month.

When Shari Bullard first came to Boone Hospital in 1981, she was still deciding if she wanted to be a nurse or a teacher. At the time, Shari was a nurse’s aide on what was then called the Cardiac Unit, working on weekends while attending at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She had received her nurse’s aide training from a Boone Hospital class taught over the summer.

Shari was no stranger to Boone Hospital then; her mother had served here as a nurse, and her brother worked here as a respiratory therapist from 1977 through 1980, then later as a perfusionist.

Shari Bullard

Shari Bullard

“I had an early start at Boone,” Shari says. “I walked the halls of the hospital while my Mom was employed here and pregnant with me.”

After receiving her nursing degree at Lincoln University, Shari became a nurse on the Cardiac unit. In 1989, she took a new position as a medical auditor, a role she has kept ever since.

As a medical auditor, Shari ensures that patients are billed correctly for the care they receive at the hospital. It’s a job that usually requires her to explain a lot, a part of the job that she enjoys, since it allowed her to be both a nurse and a teacher.

“I always liked working with numbers and figures,” she says. “I’ve been able to use what I liked about teaching in this job, too. I get to help people in our departments understand things like charges and reimbursement.”

Shari lives on a farm in Hartsburg with her Boone baby husband, Jim, a retired firefighter where they raise some cattle. “I married the boy next door,” she says.

Jim also has family ties to Boone Hospital Center; his great-great-grandfather was a Boone County physician, Dr. F.G. Sitton, who supported the founding of Boone County Hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away before the hospital opened, but the family still has the invitation letter dated November 1921

Together they have two sons, both Boone babies: Jacob, who resides on the Bullard family century farm, and Ross, currently serving in the Army in Afghanistan.

In her spare time, Shari enjoys nature, her farm critters and being outdoors: “I’d much rather be working in the flower beds or walking in the woods. I just really enjoy the outside.”

When asked what Shari likes best about working at Boone Hospital Center, she doesn’t hesitate to reply:

“The people that work here have such dedication to patient care and to making sure that patients are taken care of in the best way.”

As our employee of the month, Shari demonstrates her dedication every day. Congratulations!


Made with love: Consider these healthy ideas this Valentine’s Day

February 13, 2014

By Kristy Lang, RD, LD, CDE

Kristy Lang, RD, LD, CDE

Kristy Lang, RD, LD, CDE

Have you ever noticed how each holiday, year round, has its own iconic sweet treat? Halloween has candy corns, Easter has Peeps, Christmas has candy canes and not to be left out of the festivities, Valentine’s Day has Sweetheart candies. Whether you like each of those sweets or not, the holiday wouldn’t feel complete until you’ve at least seen them make an appearance at the supermarket or your holiday party. Say what you wish, but Easter is not Easter until someone has made a joke about Peeps.

Not surprisingly, with each of these holidays comes a news article on how to stay healthy despite all the temptations. Most Dietitians, rightly so, will remind everyone to enjoy these treats in moderation. My motto is, “There are no bad foods, only bad portion sizes.” However, I’m going to take a slightly different approach this Valentine’s Day.

Each year, Valentine’s Day shares the month of February with Heart Month, a time we remind everyone to get their cholesterol, blood pressure and weight checked as a way to make sure their ticker keeps on ticking. And really, what better way to say “Be my Valentine” than by helping your loved keep their heart in peak condition? With that in mind, here are some ideas for both happy and healthy Valentine’s Day gifts.

  • Purchase, or make your own faux-flower arrangement out of fruit.
  • Instead of sweets, give a bottle of dry red wine, which is high in good cholesterol-boosting antioxidants and resveratrol.
  • Plan an activity as a way to spend the day or evening together. Try ice skating or hiking if you are comfortable in the cold; bowling, rock climbing or dancing if you are not.
  • Make a meal at home together. Try a dish that includes omega-3 rich salmon and greens such as kale, spinach or dark green lettuces that are packed with vitamins.
  • Trade a box of chocolates for a mug of hot cocoa. Two tablespoons of unsweetened hot cocoa has been shown to pack flavanols that may help improve blood pressure and flow. Looking for a good recipe? Try the one below.

Hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate
(makes 4 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1/16 tsp salt (pinch)
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3 ½ cups skim or 1% milk
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • ¾ tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Add the cocoa, sugar, salt and water to a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer for 2 minutes, stirring regularly to mix ingredients well.
  2. Add in the milk and cinnamon sticks and heat until hot, but just before boiling.
  3. Mix in vanilla extract and divide between mugs.

Winter weather closings for Wednesday, Feb. 5

February 4, 2014

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Boone Hospital Center is always open to serve our community, however, some of our services and clinics are closed for the safety of our patients and our staff. Here is an updated list of winter weather closings and cancellations for Wednesday, Feb. 5:

Our Wednesday night Zumba Gold class has been cancelled.

The following clinics are closed on Wednesday:

Boone Hospital Pain Management
Boone Hospital Wound Clinic
Boone Convenient Care (Columbia)
Boone Diabetes and Endocrine Center
Boone Family Practice
Boone Internal Medicine Associates
Boone Infectious Disease
Boone Primary Care
Boone Pulmonary clinic
Occupational Medicine Mid-MO
Southern Boone Family Care

Centralia Family Health Care will be open today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The following Boone Hospital services will be closed or unavailable:

Medical Records
Outpatient Cardiac Rehab
WELLAWARE Fitness Center

Closures, cancellations and re-openings will be announced on this post throughout the day.

Last update: Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10:15 AM


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