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6 w May 9, 2013 news@newslj.com , news letterj0urnal Sunday - Wednesday Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center is now accepting bids for a front office remodel. Bids will be accepted until May 31, 2013. A copy of A the remodel plans can be picked up at the I=P/_, Northern Wyoming Mental Health Center, 420 Deanna Ave, Newcastle, WY. For more information call 307-746-4456 0000,on.,ghschoo II :I Booster Club would I[  businesses for their lie After Prom Party. t I100 eventwouh , Woody s Food Center II D Pinnacle Bank Upton High School Students and the Upton Booster Club would like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations to our After Prom Party. Without your support this event would not be a success. Dogie Theatre Flowers and Things Newcastle Vision Outlaw Motors I] Ad-Pro First State Bank '5"':'1'; Office Supplies Toco Johns j: H&R Block I1 Block Hills Dentol II aT Flooring Short Stop I1, Deckers Floral & Gilts Farm Bureau Ins i " -11:: Gateway Auto Supply Weston County :: Ill News l.etter Journal Peace Officers . QPR TRAINING Thursday, May 23 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. at The Antler's Lunch will be provided What is QPR? Question, Persuade and Refer - steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. Just like CPR, QPR is an approach used to respond appropriately and effectively to someone in crisis,  : ':. ; , Most importantly, like CPR, usin8 QPR can sae iies , ....... What will QPR teach me? The common causes of suicidal behavior The warning signs of suicide How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal Learn what Weston County services are available for someone in crisis Please RSVP to Kristi Lipp at 746-5457 or ldipp0204 @ gmail.com Brought to you by the Weston County Prevention Task Force, the Preventin Management Organization of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Health Ra00e Elemient ResuFces 2209 E. Cleveland Ave., P.O. Box 40, Sundanee, WY 82729 PHONE: 30T-Z83-3500 504 Pine St., #T, P.O. Box 215, Upton, WY 82730 PHONE: 307"281-0517 For updates and current information, please go to: www.bearlodqeproJect.com the Christian Wonlen's Retreat Saturday,. June 8 Don't like needles? Neither do hospital patients. Please give blood. Log on to www.unitedbloodservices.org to make an appointment to donate blood. Former senator honored by Masons By Bob Bonnar of NLJ Former Wyoming State Senator Earl Christensen has been honored for a number of achmvements throughout the course of his life, but the most special acknowledgment may have been the one he received last week. The members of Newcastle Masonic Lodge No. 13 paid homage to the 93-year-old Christen sen during their meeting on Thursday night when his sons, Wayne and Walter, told the story of the 60-plus years that he has been a member of the organization to which they've both belonged for most of their adult lives as well. Christensen's grandson Wade is also a Mason, and was on hand for the ceremony as well. The honor of introducing Earl fell to Wayne, who was presiding over the meeting, and he detailed his father's Masonic career, which began with initiation in 1941, less than three weeks prior to his 22nd birthday. Christensen was raised to the status of Master Mason three months later, and continued to work his way up the ranks through the various offices in the local lodge. He became the Master of the Newcastle Lodge in 1948, and was named a lifetime member of the organization in 1984. The pinnacle of his Masonic career came in 1990, when he became the Grand Master of the Wyoming Lodge, and a year later he received his pin for 50 years of service to the organization. While all of this was going on, Christensen was remark- ably active in a number of other pursuits important to the people of Weston County and northeast Wyoming, and his other son, Walter, detailed those activi- ties for the present members of Lodge 13. "I hope this doesn't sound like an obituary, but these are Bob Bonnar/NLJ Grandson Wade and sons Wayne and Walter surround Earl Christensen  "Brother Dad" after a ceremony was held at Newcastle Masonic Lodge No. 13 on Thursday to pay tribute to six decades of service to the organization. just a few of things Brother Dad accomplished in his 93-some years," Walter smiled. He reported that Earl was a member of the original Board of Directors of Tri-County Electric Association in 1945, and was instrumental in starting the cooperative between Weston, Crook and Campbell counties that resulted in electric power being delivered to homes in rural areas throughout the northeast come]: of the state. He served on that board, most of the time as its chairman, until 1959. That service is of particular importance to Walter, who has spent several years on the rural electric cooperative board himself. Earl is perhaps best known to residents of Weston and Crook counties for the quarter of a century he spent in Cheyenne representing the counties in the Wyonfing State Senate. Walter explained that his father was first elected to that position in 1959, and 10 years later he became Senate president. He would continue to make the annual trip to Cheyenne for 15 years after that, finally retiring from his seat in 1984. Ear's service to other orga- nizations was also detailed during the brief ceremony, and references were made to his involvement with 4-H, his membership with the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, and the work he did as a member of a joint powers board that spearheaded the construction of a new hospital in Weston County at approximately the same time as his Senate career was winding to a conclusion. "Dad knew how to work that system in Cheyenne, and I've had a lot of people tell me that hospital prob- ably wouldn't have been built except for his involvement," Walter professed. Through all of this Christensen remained dedi- cated to the Masons and its offshoots, however, and that was the focus of the recogni- tion he received last week. "He was the Worthy Patron of Newcastle Chapter 30 of Order of the Eastern Star, and I think he has been Worthy Patron seven times. He was Worthy Grand Patron for Wyoming OES in 1962, and Potentate of Kalif Shrine in 1972. He was also Associate Grand Guardian for the Jobs Daughters in the early '70s, and a member of the Sheridan Valley Scottish Rite and Royal Order of Jesters," Walter described. Of course, none of the duties came with much in the way of financial compensation, so Earl made his living, as he had since he and his own father, J.C., worked together on the ranch north of Newcastle. In 1945, the duo purchased another spread west of town, and Earl lived there with his wife, Mae, until his recent retirement. The couple raised four children, and since were blessed with 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grand- children and one great-great- grandchild. In closing, Walter acknowledged Earl's contribu- tions to the family unit as well. "He even had time to come home once in awhile to help his wife, Mac, raise their four kids," Walter laughed after detailing his father's community service. ..... i V ' was assigned, because changes need to come from the people who are doing it," Sindlinger reported. Department-level meetings began, with a list of issues and action plans created so that everyone could be heard. Sindlinger said it was good to hear the ideas come in from the staff- from common-sense things to why hasn't anyone mentioned these before. "Feedback was good. People were glad they were being talked to and being heard. And their suggestions were being taken seriously," she noted. Some of the concerns were easy to fix, and others were not. Communication, training and feedback were among the largest matters addressed. Communicating was the easiest to correct, Sindlinger stated, especially with tools such as email, communication binders and posting meeting minutes for everyone to see. In general the staff indicated they would like more education and training, and also indicated a desire to work with personnel from different departments. In response, WCHS offers quarterly trainings along with ongoing webinars. "Without education and training we can't provide the service and the quality, we just can't," added Sindlinger. Several of the training sessions have been directed toward what is work appropriate, how to delegate time and using construc- tive states of power rather than destructive force. Tag lines are used among the staff to encourage each other. In six months the facilitators will meet again to see where the action plan is and what progress has been met. Discussions will center around what has gone right, what has gone wrong, and what needs to be adjusted with the goal of results being seen within two years of the first engage- ment survey. "We are going to do this every other year for the unforeseeable future. Doing it any sooner is not going to yield any type of dif- ference, because there is so much work to do in-between. To get a lasting change, it takes time. We don't want temporary Band-aids, we want a long-term fix," she declared. WCHS recognized for infection prevention Weston County Health Services was rec- ognized April 17 by Mountain-Pacific Quality Health-Wyoming and Wyoming Department of Health for achieving excellence in infection prevention, at the Third Annual Infection Prevention Conference in Casper. WCHS achieved ZERO Central Line As- sociated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI) /Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) in 2012. All 27 Wyoming Prospec- tive Payment System and critical access hospitals are committed to reporting at least one unit to the National Healthcare Safety Network, the Center for Disease Control's national health care acquired infection data- base and to implement research-based best practices. Wyoming is the only state that has all CAH and PPS hospitals reporting these numbers, which reflects their dedication to providing the best patient care possible. "Our staff has been working very diligently with this project," said Angela Phillips, RN, Infection Control preventionist. "We have been tracking daily central lines and catheters within the hospital and asking, 'is this catheter necessary for patient care?' 'Does it meet the guidelines set forth by the CDC?' I am very proud of the achievements accomplished by our staff and physicians. Teamwork, dedication and great communica- tion made this award possible." The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services set the 2013 National Prevention Target for a 50 percent reduction in CLABSI and a 25 percent reduction in CAUTI. All Wyoming hospitals have exceeded both goals. WCHS along with other Wyoming hospitals demonstrate their dedication to reducing health care-associated infections, exceeding national goals for CLABSI and CAUTI reduction and for achieving ZERO CLABSI/CAUTI/BOTH. communication, relationships with their managers and receiving feed- back and direction from them, as well as their feeling of whether or not they are respected in their workplace. Recognizing that an organization needs more than just engaged employees to succeed, before the survey was given out WCHS began training for the approxi- mately 25 managers so they could learn skills to motivate and train employees in the proper manner. Beginning in July of 2012 and continuing through June of 2013, monthly manager trainings have been held off site to give administrators the knowledge' and skills to be effec- tive. After they are completed, quarterly meetings will continue each year, Sindlinger explained. Beginning in January, the director began informing the WCHS Board of Directors of the information being learned through the survey, however the process was just beginning. Sindlinger explained that a survey needs to include about 50 to 80 questions that cover a complete range of topics related to employee engagement. The pieces of the puzzle for engagement around high performance include engage- ment with the organization, managers, strategic alignment and competency. The results were broke down by department and then even further by the amount of time employees had been with the facility. "Once we got the results, we met as an admin team to discuss how we are going to attack this task. We decided the directors would act as facilitators to help the departments work through the issues," she said. As facilitators, the directors did not work with their own departments, to give an objective set of eyes. They brain-stormed about how different questions could have been perceived and what caused the answers. A final list of about 150 items -- about one suggestion per employee -- was compiled. "Some of the things were corrected before the ink dried on the page. Everything else we could conceivably work on Airport from page 1 ............................................................................................................................................................. , great improvement that would bring more landings into the airport," he said. Though the airfield manager was not looking for an answer to the proposal that evening, Mayor Greg James did reveal that the council had already considered budgeting for the airstrip. "We have already figured it into our preliminary budget. We haven't finalized that and won't until June, but at this point we are not intending to take it out," stated James. The mayor said $75,000 for the airport has been included in their budget draft for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, but is not guaranteed since nothing has been approved yet. "We obviously can't commit that number for certain until the budget is approved in June but I really don't see any reason to take it out or any- thing that we would need to do to take that out of the budget," he proclaimed. Streeter offered that even though budgets are tight, they won't be getting any looser anytime soon in the future. After stating hiscase on the state and federal coffers tight- ening the belt on funding, he did thank the council for taking , the initiative in budgeting for future airport projects. Though the mayor expressed that nothing will be allocated and is not fully committed until budget approval, from the looks of things, the FAA could be contacted and informed that the city of Newcastle is on board.