St. Anthony's Awarded Advanced Certification in Heart Failure Care


The Joint Commission has awarded its Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure to St. Anthony’s Medical Center. St. Anthony’s is the first facility in the St. Louis region to earn this symbol of quality.

Joint Commission experts provided a rigorous on-site review, evaluating compliance with disease-specific care standards as well as with heart failure-specific requirements. The certification recognizes heart failure programs that include either a hospital-based and hospital-owned outpatient heart failure clinic or have a collaborative relationship with one or more attending cardiology practices. By participating in the program, St. Anthony’s must use the latest scientific research developed to meet individualized patient needs.

“We are proud to be the only hospital in the area to demonstrate this level of commitment to our heart failure patients,” said Dr. Charles Carey, Medical Director of St. Anthony’s Heart Failure Clinic. “We are happy to have The Joint Commission recognize our efforts. We will work to continue to show this level of dedication to the heart failure patients of our community.”

Established in 2010 and awarded for a two-year period, The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification in Heart Failure was developed in collaboration with an external task force of experts and organizations with expertise in heart failure care, including representatives from the American Heart Association, Heart Failure Society of America and the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses.

An estimated 5 million Americans suffer from heart failure, a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the body’s other organs. Although the heart keeps working, it’s not as effective as it should be. Each year, about 825,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 275,000 will die of heart failure.

Back-to-School Drive Is Under Way

For years, our co-workers have contributed generously to those less fortunate through the annual back-to-school drive, hosted by St. Anthony’s Franciscan Outreach Team. The 2017 drive runs through Monday, Aug. 7.

School supplies collected through the Franciscan Outreach Committee's drive ill be donated to Salvation Army Jefferson County and Lemay Child & Family
Center. Back-to-school drive ambassadors are needed to assist in spreading the word and help with donations in their departments and satellite locations. For more information or to become an ambassador, contact Alissa McNace at ext. 1851, Amy Barker at ext. 1960, or Travis Paluck at ext. 2380.

Supplies needed:
Fiskar scissors
Wide or thin-line markers
Pocket folders (with brads)
Colored pencils
Glue sticks
Pencil boxes/pouches
Pens (blue, black, red ink)
Wide-rule filler paper
2” three-ring binders
Composition books (wide- and college-ruled)
Spiral notebooks (wide- and college-ruled)
Post-it notes (3x3)
Dry-erase markers
#2 pencils
Solar scientific calculators
Index cards

Items can be brought to the Endoscopy Department between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All items must be received by Aug. 7. Don't forget to take advantage of the tax-free weekend, Aug. 4-6.


Don't Forget to Complete Your Wellness Form

As a reminder, St. Anthony's will not be going on to Mercy’s benefits until January 1, 2019, which means we will continue to be on our own plans throughout 2018. Because of this, in order to receive the wellness rate for 2018’s insurance, all co-workers need to complete the wellness form and have it turned in by Oct. 2, 2017.

In order to receive the wellness discount rate for 2018, you need to see your physician for an exam between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017. Three screenings are required during this exam:

A routine physical
A lipid panel
A fasting blood glucose screening

Once these are completed, you will need to fill out the “Preventive Screening for Wellness Discount Form” and return it to the Benefits Office by Oct. 2, 2017. If all of the above requirements are met, then you will receive the wellness rate for the medical insurance in 2018. This form can be found in the following places:

A hard copy can be picked up in the Benefits Office
A printable copy can be found on the HR page of SAMCare

If you need assistance with finding the form or filling it out, contact the Benefits Office at 314-525-3495.