SJMAA One North Vaccine Clinic Adjusts Schedule to Take Pfizer Third Dose Walk-ins for Colleagues/Credentialed Medical Staff – Effective Oct. 7

Colleagues and Credentialed Medical Staff Members,  

To continue providing service while responding to staffing challenges and the low daily volume of scheduled users, the COVID-19 Pfizer booster/ third dose vaccine clinic on One North (near Inspirit Salon) is flexing its hours of operations as outlined below.  Also, you can either schedule an appointment using this LINK or walk-in for the third dose starting on Thursday, October 7.

New Schedule for COVID-19 vaccination:

  • The One North clinic will remain open 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., until October15
  • Beginning October 18, the clinic hours will be shortened to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
  • Beginning October 25, colleagues can walk in to Reichert Pharmacy Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Important Reminders:

COVID-19 third dose vaccine for HCWs was approved for:

  • Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • Administration at least six months after receipt of your second dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
  • Please bring your CDC vaccination card/proof of vaccination

You may also choose to get your third dose at your primary care physician’s office or a local retail pharmacy.  If you were fully vaccinated with the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, additional doses of these brands are not yet approved, but are being reviewed by regulators.

Thank you for everything you do to take remarkable care of our patients and each other.

St. Joe’s Ann Arbor STILL Needs Clinical Nurse Support

SJMAA has been asking for nursing support over the past few weeks. Thank you to everyone who has responded. However, we urgently need nurses to assist in the critical care areas. Enhanced incentives are being offered for those who help.

Temporary Incentive Offered from Sept. 24- Oct. 22:

  • Hourly RN’s – COVID Incentive, $25.00/hour
  • Exempt Nurses: the Current Exempt Policy. Confirm with your manager/HR partner for your pay structure.

The guidelines below outline the details for this program:

Athletic Development Symposium

Athletic Development Symposium
Fri, Nov 5th | 1200 Woodland Drive E., Saline MI, 48176

This full-day event is designed for adults working with the development of athletes of all ages and across all sports and performing arts. This includes and is not limited to sport coaches, physical educators, parents, personal trainers, strength coaches, and sports med clinicians.

Participants will be better equipped to address the unique needs of maturing athletes at their various stages of development to help athletes: Establish a strong athletic foundation Develop competence and confidence in a wide range of fundamental movement and sports skills Sustain success in physical activity associated with sports and performance for a lifetime

CEU ELIGIBILITY 7.5 Hours of Continuing Education BOC (Approved for Category A – 7.5 contact hours) NSCA (Eligible for Category A – 0.75 CEUs) COST $175 in advance (Register Now) $200 day-of registration (cash or check only) Lunch provided

AGENDA
MORNING
8:00 – 8:30 am – Registration & Introduction
8:30 – 9:30 am – Athletic Development: Defining an Athlete
9:30 – 10:30 am – Performance Training Application
10:30 – 11:30 am – Physical Medicine Application
11:30 am -12:00 noon –  Panel Discussion
AFTERNOON
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm – Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 1:30 pm – Community Implementation of Athletic Development
1:30 – 4:00 pm – Breakouts: Implementation with Elementary, Middle-School and High-School Aged Athletes
4:00 – 4:30 pm – Review & Post-Course Exam
4:30 – 5:00 pm – Summary Discussion
Questions? Call 734-655-8240 or email mercyelite@stjoeshealth.org
REGISTER NOW

Let’s MOVE!

Research shows that that the healthiest people in the world incorporate physical activity into their daily routines.  Moving our bodies throughout the day, especially in nature, affords us many physical and mental health benefits.  Routine daily physical activity is known to reduce the risk for a host of chronic diseases that negatively impact the quality and quantity of life of hundreds of thousands of people per year, including DM2, HTN, CVD, stroke, osteoporosis and an ever growing list of cancers.  Those who are active are at a lower risk of depression and age-related cognitive decline and being active, especially in the open air, helps build stronger immune systems and helps us sleep better.  Add to that the positive impact on stress and anxiety and the social connectedness benefits we gain when we move with others, and you can see why engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things we can do for our physical and mental health.

Did you know?

All St. Joe colleagues have access to three free livestream classes per week as well as on-demand content through our partners at MOVE Wellness in Ann Arbor.  To register for the first time, simply email office@movewellness.com from your St. Joe’s email address with the subject line:  St. Joe’s Staff, and MOVE will take it from there! 

Looking for some videos to get you started?

Search MOVE Wellness on YouTube.  These two are favorites among health care workers:

Exercises to Prevent Back Pain

Strategies for Sitters

St. Joe’s Ann Arbor & Livingston Time Capsule

Last Friday, the Senior Leadership and Colleague Support Team launched the Time Capsule Event – From Sept. 24 to Oct. 15, colleagues can respond to one of the following with a brief comment (75 to 100 words):

  1. If you could sit down with a future colleague in the year 2050 to share a comfortable cup of  tea, what would you tell them about these past 18-months?  What words of encouragement might you offer? 
  2. If you were to tweet about these past 18-months, what would you say? 
  3. Reflecting on the past 18-months, what has been most meaningful to you and/or what are you most proud of? 
  4. Is there anyone that you would like to recognize internally within the organization for truly embracing our Mission during this time, and/or is there someone you would like to recognize outside the organization for offering support? 
  5. What would you tell the future generation of your family (i.e. grandkids, great nieces/nephews, etc.) about this time? 

Where to send your thoughts…

Livingston/Brighton responses should be sent to SJMLTimeCapsule@stjoeshealth.org

Ann Arbor responses should be sent to SJMAATimeCapsule@stjoeshealth.org

*Please ensure all submissions are respectful and adhere to our Mission and Values. We also request that you limit your responses to no more than 100 words.

Words of Encouragement for Today’s Colleagues Requested

With your Time Capsule submission, please share any words of encouragement for our colleagues today, and let us know if you give us permission to share those thoughts in an upcoming @ St. Joe’s News.  Also, if you are comfortable, please let us know if your Time Capsule submission may be shared as well.

COVID Third Dose Pfizer and Flu Vaccine One North Clinic Opens Oct. 4

SJMAA Colleagues and Credentialed Medical Staff Members,  

On October 4, the One North vaccine clinic at SJMAA will reopen to provide third dose Pfizer COVID and influenza vaccinations for colleagues and credentialed medical staff only.  We anticipate the clinic will run for four weeks.

No appointments are needed for flu shots, but appointments are necessary for the third dose of the Pfizer vaccine. 

If it has been at least six months since you were fully vaccinated with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you may choose to receive your third dose at SJMAA’s vaccine clinic at the One North Area (near Inspirit Salon) along with your flu shot. Please bring your CDC vaccination card. (Colleagues and providers from SJMAA, SJML and SJMC who have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer are welcome to receive their third dose.)

  • The One North clinic will be open Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • On October 8, the clinic will NOT be providing third dose COVID vaccinations; however flu vaccination will be available

Colleagues/ credentialed medical staff members that received their second Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination at least six months ago, may schedule their third dose of Pfizer at One North by using this link (https://www.stjoeshealth.org/booster)

As mentioned above, there is no appointment needed to receive the influenza vaccine and colleagues can walk in during posted hours. Colleague/ credentialed medical staff members who schedule and receive the COVID-19 vaccine, while they are in the monitoring area can also receive their influenza vaccine at that time.

You may also choose to get your third dose at your primary care physician’s office or a local retail pharmacy.  If you were fully vaccinated with the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, additional doses of these brands are not yet approved, but are being reviewed by regulators.

SJMAA Vaccinators Still Needed ASAP:

The shifts for vaccinators will be Monday through Friday from 6 – 10 am; 10 am – 2 pm and 2 – 6 pm. (Colleague vaccinations will begin at 6:30 am.)

We still have several openings for the following roles:

  1. COVID vaccinators
  2. Influenza vaccinators (collaborating with two additional employee health influenza vaccinators)
  3. Monitor (BLS certified)
  4. Team Captain (BLS certified and able to care for a vaccination reaction)

Scheduling for shifts will be through Amion. To view the open shifts please use the scheduling site Amion.com. The login is RHB2021.

If you can help us fill these shifts, please send an email to aaicsmcovidresourcepool@stjoeshealth.org with the date, time and role you would like to fill. Paul Meek and Diane Jones will manage the scheduling and will respond to your email as soon as possible.

St. Joe’s Oakland Offering New Monthly Bereavement Support Group

OAKLAND – St. Joe’s Oakland is proud to announce that we are starting a new monthly bereavement support group, “Passages in Grief.” These sessions will be held virtually on the third Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and will be hosted by Colleen Lambert, Certified Clinical Therapist. All are welcome to join.

To join the 11 a.m. meetings, please use the following:

To join the 6:30 p.m. meetings, please use the following:

The topics planned for each month are listed below.

  • October 20, 2021: “Opening to the Presence of Our Loss”
  • November 17, 2021: “Exploring Your Feelings of Loss”
  • December 15, 2021: “Embracing the Uniqueness of Your Grief”
  • January 19, 2022: “Nurturing Yourself”
  • February 16, 2022: “Understanding the Six Needs of Mourning”
  • March 16, 2022: “A New Normal”
  • April 20, 2022: “Seeking Reconciliation Not Resolution”
  • May 18, 2022: “Grief Stone Remembrance Activity”

Father Tim Dombrowski – Remembering a Life of Service, Kindness

The passing of Father Tim Dombrowski on September 22, 2021 leaves us saddened, yet our hearts are lightened by his profound legacy of kindness. Father Tim joined the St. Joe’s family in 1977 and officially retired in 2017, yet stayed involved with the institution and people he dearly loved. He contributed to our success in many ways, presiding regularly at Masses in our chapel and offering the Sacrament of the Sick to countless patients in every unit of the hospital.

Those who wish to celebrate Father Tim’s gifts of compassion can attend the memorial, details are below, or also leave a message of comfort for Father Tim’s family by calling 877-231-7900 or by signing the guest book at www.borekjennings.com

Thank you, Father Tim for your life of service that made our world a brighter, gentler place.

Visitation & Funeral Service

The Catholic Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, September 27 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish, Ann Arbor.  Visitation will be prior to mass, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Memorial donations in Fr. Tim’s memory can be made to the Rehabilitation Project of Camp Ozanam and the CYO camps of the Archdiocese of Detroit, c/o Bishop Robert Fisher, 12 State St., Detroit, MI 48226. 

For Father Tim’s full obituary, read here.

SJMAA, SJML United Way Update

The United Way is fighting poverty by bringing people, resources, and organizations together to ensure everyone, regardless of their income, has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

If you have not already given, please help be part of the solution by donating to the 2021 United Way drive using these convenient virtual methods:

  • The New United Way Pledge QR Code.

Please note that directions are:

1.) The Usernameis yourEmployee ID Number.

2.) The Password isyour Last Name (not case sensitive.)

EVS Colleagues Teresa Hayes and Susan Romaya Recognized in Dual BeRemarkable Award Ceremony

OAKLAND – In a fitting kickoff to Environmental Services Week, two EVS colleagues were recognized on Monday in a dual BeRemarkable Award ceremony. Teresa Hayes was selected for March’s BeRemarkable Award, while Susan Romaya was chosen for July’s award. Both colleagues were honored for their kindness and compassion toward patients, and for serving as part of the larger care team.

Teresa was nominated after leaders at St. Joe’s Oakland received a letter from a patient family. In the letter, a patient’s sibling wrote to share how Teresa’s kind words inspired her: “Throughout her stay, [my sister] often communicated what a great job all your staff were doing during these extremely difficult times. However, there was one person whom she has mentioned multiple times over the last few months since she left the hospital. She told me that on the day before she was to be released, she mentioned to Teresa Hayes, the housekeeper, that she would be leaving. Teresa said, ‘I’ve been watching you and I just know you’re going to do great.’ Those kind words meant the world to [my sister]. She hadn’t realized that not only your medical staff, but all of your staff, including the housekeepers, had been watching over her, protecting her… being her advocate.” The letter also shared that Teresa’s words had become her sister’s mantra as she continued her recovery.

Susan was nominated by a fellow colleague, who shared how she goes above and beyond to make patients feel cared for and special. The colleague wrote, “Susan Romaya takes excellent care of her work areas, yet also of the people who work in those areas. She has filled a void for the residents who are here away from home with her motherly persona. The residents really appreciate her. She brightens up the residents’ lounge with excellent cleaning, decorating for them and encouraging them on their path.

In addition, Susan’s nominator discussed the parties she holds for residents, stating, “Susan also holds special events for the residents which she ‘caters’ for them food she prepares herself and pays for out of pocket. She sets up the tables with her own lace cloths, fancy serving trays, etc.” The colleague added that Susan makes work more enjoyable for the entire team, and is appreciated by the team’s leaders.

Congratulations to both Teresa and Susan, and thank you for demonstrating how all colleagues can be a vital part of the care team. The empathy and engagement you show with patients and residents makes a real difference in their experience, and we are grateful for you.