Eastern Minnesota

Eastern Minnesota

Medication management helps patients feel better

According to a report by the Institute of Medicine, nearly one third of adults take five or more different medications on a daily basis, making management of medications a challenge.

Marie Thiesmann, who resides at Saint Elizabeth’s Assisted Living Apartments, understands the confusion associated with taking multiple medications. The difficulties lie not only in knowing when to take each type of medication, but how to take it.

To help her sort through this confusion, Marie enrolled in Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s (SEMC) Medication Therapy Management (MTM) program.

Bob Rouzitalab, PharmD, former pharmacy resident and coordinator of the program, met with Marie. He reviewed her health issues and current medications to ensure the correct dosage, avoid interactions, and verify the safety of adding vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter drugs.

The goal is to make sure that patients receive the greatest benefit from the medications they are taking. “I was the first to enroll in the program,” said Marie. My doctor and niece thought I would be an ideal candidate. I’ve been in and out of the hospital for the past 10 years with various illnesses, and my list of pills is long.”

After review and discussion, the pharmacist, physician, and Marie made some changes to Marie’s medication regimen – which included eliminating some prescriptions and decreasing the dosages of others. This significantly improved how she felt.

MTM helped Marie regain control of her medication management by giving her a better understanding of the purposes of each medication.

MTM services are available at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Patients who benefit most from this program are those with two or more chronic diseases who are taking four or more medications. If you are interested in learning more about the Medication Therapy Management program at Saint Elizabeth’s, talk to your primary care provider or call the pharmacy at 651.565.5527.

New SEMC Surgical Services Department opens

On September 15, SEMC hosted a community-wide open house to celebrate the surgery expansion project, which broke ground in the fall of 2008. The public accessed restricted zones that are
usually off limits, and were treated to the ultimate “show and tell” by surgery team members showcasing the latest medical technologies.

Visitors saw demonstrations of SEMC’s new high-definition laparoscopic video equipment and Picture Archiving & Communication System (PACS).

They also received a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the robust infrastructure that positions medical gases, suction systems, and medical equipment at the fingertips of the surgical team. Guests also viewed the sophisticated mechanical and air handling systems that trigger air exchanges to ensure a sterile environment.

“I have waited a long time for this day,” said Jan Wise, RN, director of surgery. “We are so grateful to our donors for making this capital improvement a reality. Contributions from organizations, foundations, individuals, and agencies added up to a project – paid in full.”

“Saint Elizabeth’s is so blessed,” said Tom Crowley, president. “The support we received from our communities was outstanding. Whether it was time, talents, or treasures, our communities gave from the heart. During a time when many facilities were placing their capital improvements on hold, Saint Elizabeth’s was able to keep moving forward. We can thank the generous spirit of our communities for that extra measure of confidence.”

Meet our surgeons...

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s Surgical Services Department provides services in the fields of orthopedics, urology, obstetrics / gynecology, ophthalmology, ENT, podiatry, endoscopy, and the full realm of general surgery.

The newly expanded department, located on the main floor, features two new operating
rooms with state-of-the-art medical, informational, and mechanical technology.

Brian Coyle, MD
Specialty: Ears/Nose/Throat (ENT)

Phillip P. Schwend, DO
Specialty: General Surgery

Kristina B. McCaughtry, MD
Specialty: Obstetrics / Gynecology

Christopher McDevitt, MD
Specialty: Ophthalmology

Matthew Eich, MD
Specialty: Orthopedics

Myron Kaminsky, DPM
Specialty: Podiatry

Michael Hirsh, MD
Specialty: Urology

To learn more about Saint Elizabeth’s Surgery Services, call 651.565.4531 or talk to your primary care provider.

Digital records up and running at SEMC

The electronic system creates cues, reminders, recommended action steps, and drop-down lists, which help providers provide optimum care. With a press of a mouse or function key, nurses and clinicians can point and click to complete much of the documentation. These value-added tools also ensure that documentation and care plans are complete.

Digital medical records provide patient information to nurses and physicians at the click of a mouse. This translates into a higher level of patient care. When Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center received an IT grant from the Minnesota Department of Health, it initiated the conversion from paper-based charting to a Meditech paperless process.

Kim Hartmann, and her core team members Julie Hirsch, Tracy Mattson, Theresa Hager, and Julie Russell built and customized Saint Elizabeth’s electronic charting system using Meditech. To date, over 100 forms, orders, care plans, progress notes, and assessments used by the nurses and ancillary departments have been converted.


Lifestyle Management Program

Lifestyle Exercise Attitudes Relationships Nutrition

LEARN is a scientifically-based, step-by-step, 12-week weight management and comprehensive healthy living program.

You will:

  • learn how to make healthy lifestyle changes through weekly coaching.
  • learn how to eat healthy.
  • learn how to increase physical activity.
  • learn to set and meet realistic, achievable goals; make informed choices; and develop new skills during individual consultation.

LEARN to make a permanent change for life.

To learn more or register for SEMC’s next LEARN® program, contact Paula Thompson, RD, LD, CDE, Director of Nutrition Services, at 651.565.5568 or paula.thompson@ ministryhealth.org


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