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Satellites to hold 43-hour shoe sale

Step right up to the 43-hour shoe sale!

The Satellites Auxiliary and the UT Retirees Association in conjunction with Outside the Box Shoes will hold the sale from 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, through noon Friday, Aug. 10, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

Brand names will include Clarks, Klogs, Skechers, Merrell, Spira, New Balance, Danska, Alegria and more.

“This sale happens twice a year, and our employees are grateful for cushioning their soles every six months,” Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, said.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

Profits will benefit the auxiliary’s and association’s campus scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary promotes education, research and service programs; provides support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conducts fundraising events; and offers volunteer services.

For more information on the shoe sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

UT staff and students trained to respond to active shooter in hospital

The University of Toledo conducted an announced exercise Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon to practice de-escalation training and responding to an active shooter in a health-care setting.

The training and exercise involved approximately 75 staff and student participants at the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.

A second phase of the exercise tested the UTMC Emergency Department’s ability to respond to a surge of patients in need of critical medical care.

“It is important to regularly review our response tactics so that we are prepared for any emergency,” UT Police Chief Jeff Newton said. “In a hospital setting in particular, our colleagues need to be prepared to respond for both their personal safety and also for the safety of their patients. While we hope we never need to use this training, we are committed to being prepared.”

The training exercise is part of ongoing efforts to better prepare and protect the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and campus visitors.

To review UT’s safety procedures and plans, visit the UT Emergency Preparedness website.

UTMC to participate in active shooter training simulation Aug. 2

Staff at The University of Toledo Medical Center will practice responding to an active shooter in a hospital setting during a simulation exercise Thursday, Aug. 2.

A second phase of the exercise aims to test the UTMC Emergency Department’s ability to respond to a surge of patients in need of critical medical care.

Nurses and physicians in the UTMC Emergency Department, along with UT students and police and safety personnel, will participate in the training scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon in the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center.

Most of the training will be contained inside the building. However, officers will respond in police cruisers with emergency lights on. There also will be some transport of simulated patients to the Emergency Department.

Signs will be posted that identify that a training event is in process.

American Red Cross in need of donors for blood drive at UTMC

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at The University of Toledo Medical Center Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The organization needs more donors due to an emergency blood shortage.

“We need approximately 35 to 40 students, faculty and employees to come to the drive,” Angela O’Brien, account representative with the American Red Cross, said.

Blood donations from high school and college blood drives account for nearly 20 percent of the supply during the school year, but drops dramatically during the summer, O’Brien explained.

Blood has become a critical need by many with someone requiring a donation every two seconds in the United States, according to the American Red Cross. One donation has the potential to save up to three lives.

The American Red Cross is responsible for providing 40 percent of the nation’s blood, which comes from volunteers.

Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood with only about 10 percent of eligible individuals donating, so it is crucial that those who meet eligibility requirements register to become a donor, O’Brien said.

To learn more about eligibility requirements, click here.

Individuals planning to attend the blood drive should come prepared by eating iron-enriched food beforehand, drinking water before the day of the drive, and getting rest, O’Brien added.

Donors will need to present a valid ID on the day of the drive.

Donors can save time by using the rapid pass on their blood app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play or accessing the pass via redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.

To schedule an appointment and become a donor for UTMC’s blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code UTMED or call 1.800.733.3767.

All donors who give blood at the drive will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.

UTMC recognized for outstanding stroke care

UT Medical Center again has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for outstanding stroke care with the Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus award.

The award recognizes UTMC’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines according to the latest scientific evidence.

The hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for at least the last two calendar years. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

In addition, UTMC this year received the Target: Stroke Elite Plus award, recognizing hospitals achieving Time to Intravenous Thrombolytic Therapy less than or equal to 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA and door-to-needle time.

UTMC quality scores reach new heights

UT Medical Center has achieved record high rankings in two important questions asked in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems patient satisfaction survey.

When asked to rank the hospital on a scale of one to 10, UTMC has reached the 30th percentile nationally.

UTMC also is in the 36th percentile for patients “highly recommending” the hospital. 

The survey scores are an indicator of patient perspectives about the hospital and are used as a quality measurement by the Center for Medicare Services; the scores influence the hospital’s reimbursement rate from the center.

Staff and physicians continue to ensure patients and their families have an excellent experience when they trust UTMC with their health and healing.

“UTMC has a great story to tell, and our people are delivering a positive trend,” said Mario Toussaint, chief experience officer at UTMC. “As we continue our strategy to emphasize this care model, I expect we will see even more positive outcomes.”

The hospital receives monthly reports on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores through Press Ganey, an independent third-party survey administrator. That data will be shared monthly in the electronic UTMC newsletter so that employees can see how their efforts are contributing to the hospital’s success.

UTMC to celebrate cancer survivors June 7

The fourth annual Cancer Survivorship Celebration will be Thursday, June 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center in recognition of National Cancer Survivor Month in June.

“Each year of survivorship is a reason for joy,” said Renee Schick, manager of Renee’s Survivor Shop in the Dana Cancer Center. “We want to recognize and honor our patients and their caregivers for their strength and courage through the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”

Survivors and their guests will be treated to stories of inspiration, live music, a photo booth, refreshments and door prizes. They also will have the opportunity to participate in a collaborative mural painting with a local artist and others touched by cancer.

Experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide advice for survivors in caring for themselves during and after cancer treatment. Patients will receive information about survivorship care, options for treating lymphedema, wound care nutrition advice, and health coaching. Renee’s Survivor Shop will be open.

“The cancer journey is so different for each patient,” said Michelle Giovanoli, radiation oncologist therapy manager at the cancer center and breast cancer survivor. “We want to be a resource for continuing support as our patients and their families celebrate life beyond a cancer diagnosis.”

Nearly 200 survivors and their loved ones, along with doctors, nurses and other care providers, are expected to attend.

The event is free, but reservations are requested via eleanorndanacancercenter@utoledo.edu or 419.383.5243.

Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation celebrates 10-year anniversary

The Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a gala Saturday, May 12, at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo.

The Toledo-based nonprofit organization, founded by UT Medical Center transplant surgeon Dr. Michael Rees, has led innovation in kidney transplantation around the world, delivering pay-it-forward chains of kidney transplants and founding the Global Kidney Exchange.

More than 25 percent of the living donor kidney transplants performed at UTMC during the last decade were performed as a result of the partnership with the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation.

For more information about the gala fundraising event, which is sponsored by UTMC, visit paireddonation.org/fundraiser.

Outstanding staff members celebrated

Five employees received the University’s 2018 Outstanding Staff Awards.

More than 20 nominees were honored at a ceremony April 26 in the Thomas and Elizabeth Brady Engineering Innovation Center.

Winners this year were:

Tiffany Akeman, clerkship and curriculum coordinator in the Department of Radiation Oncology. She has worked at the University since 2010. She received a master of public health degree and a certificate in gerontological practice from UT in 2014 and 2016, respectively.

“As one of her direct and immediate supervisors, I can state that every time I go to Tiffany asking her to help with some work, she welcomes the request, accepts to do the work with a smile, gets the job done as quickly as possible, and most importantly, conveys a feeling that she is happy to do that job. This indicates to me that she loves what she is doing,” a nominator wrote. “Moreover, she is efficient, logical in her approach to any work, focused, and task-driven. She is highly detailed-oriented, student-centered and a professional. She loves to help all who are in her circle.” Another noted, “Her help in almost every aspect of my and my colleague’s daily work tasks cannot be overestimated. She is always willing and capable to help, no matter how much time and effort is required. Her ability to think through all little details makes her truly invaluable for management of any function.”

Dan Kall, law registrar in the College of Law. He joined the UT staff in 1994. He received a bachelor of science degree in computer science and a master of arts degree in liberal studies from the University in 1995 and 2016, respectively.

“Dan goes above and beyond in answering questions, finding solutions, and maintaining a sense of calm during stressful situations, including finals and class scheduling. Dan not only partners with other staff members and faculty, but he provides students with a ‘compass’ to guide us through our academic pursuits. Dan never fails to answers calls and emails, even on breaks and weekends, to make sure that students feel supported,” one nominator wrote. “Dan inspires those around him to strive for their own personal best and models that through his own actions. Dan is professional, kind, empathetic and knowledgeable. For many of us, he has served as a mentor and counselor when we are trying to navigate through a difficult time with courts’ schedules and final grades.” “Dan Kall demonstrates personal commitment to the College of Law by his dedication on weekends, holidays and evenings to keep students up to date on grade postings. He is always quick to respond to any and all concerns that students have,” another noted.

Renee Mullins, custodial worker in the Savage & Associates Business Complex. She has worked at the University since 2015.

“Renee has great ideas to motivate and help her coworkers. If there is an issue in the building, like a needed repair or if you see a better way to achieve quality work, she alerts her manager. Renee has really single-handedly turned this high-profile building into one the students, professors and employees can be proud of,” a nominator wrote. “Renee has a notebook with all events and activities in her building so she does not forget a detail. All her closets are neat and tidy. Even her trash container is clean; she stated that she keeps it clean because students and guests see it in the hall and it reflects on her cleaning. She comes in early, stays late, works through lunch if needed all because she loves The University of Toledo.”

Lucy Salazar, custodial worker in the Collier Building on Health Science Campus. She started working at the University in 2010.

“Her responsibilities include the first floor which encompasses our lobby, large lecture halls, restrooms and other first-floor classrooms. I am so pleased to be able to nominate Lucy because she goes above and beyond her duties, and is a shining example of someone who takes great pride in her work, strives to do her best, and understands the importance of her role, realizing that the first impression visitors may have of our campus is when they enter the Collier Building,” a nominator wrote. “Lucy acknowledges everyone she sees. She is warm and kind and has a smile that resonates warmth and caring. She understands the importance of her work and takes it to heart. I wish there were more employees like Lucy in every department so our students, patients, staff and faculty could witness someone who genuinely cares about the work she does.”

Jeannie Stambaugh, secretary in the Department of Economics. She joined the UT staff in 1989. She received an associate’s degree in secretarial technology from the University in 1980.

“Jeannie is the heart and soul of the Economics Department, and she has been for decades. Jeannie is the main reason for the collegiality within the department. She radiates positive energy and enthusiasm every day. Her interactions with everyone, always, are unequivocally friendly and helpful. Jeannie has established a rapport with all 12 faculty in the department and with all the students. Jeannie demonstrates extraordinary personal commitment because this is not a job to her; we are her second family,” a nominator wrote. “She comes in every day with her long list of tasks to do and then manages to complete the tasks while being interrupted every 15 minutes by a faculty member, student, delivery, phone call, and she somehow gets it all done. Our department would literally come to a standstill without her. Jeannie goes so far beyond her ever-expanding responsibilities in her care and concern for everyone who enters her office.”

President Sharon L. Gaber, left, posed with the 2018 Outstanding Staff Award recipients, from left, Lucy Salazar, Tiffany Akeman, Jeannie Stambaugh, Renee Mullins and Dan Kall.

Satellites to hold book fair May 9-11

Stop by the Satellites Auxiliary’s Collective Goods Spring Book Fair, which will take place Wednesday, May 9, through Friday, May 11, in the Four Seasons Bistro Atrium at UT Medical Center.

The sale will be held Wednesday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The book fair is just in time for Mother’s Day. There will be more than 400 books for all age groups and all categories,” said Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary.

Profits will benefit patient programs, such as plush toys for pediatric patients, the UTMC Heart Walk team, and the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center Survivor Celebration.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

For more information on the sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.