Year In Review
New Radiology Team
St. Luke’s welcomed a new team of radiologists through Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. (CRL), a Minnesota-owned, physician-led radiology practice of 75 radiologists representing all diagnostic imaging subspecialties.
Accreditations and Recognitions
St. Luke’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (8 West) received a three-year reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This achievement is an indication of St. Luke’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of our patients' lives.
The Joint Commission Resources recognized St. Luke’s with a Bronze Award for The Flu Vaccination Challenge. St. Luke’s achieved recognition for its employee vaccination rate.
St. Luke’s received a Certificate of Appreciation from LifeSource and the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for “supporting the gifts of organ and tissue donation.”
Laurentian Medical Clinic laboratory was reaccredited by COLA, a national health care accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey.
St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Luke’s Home Care Services each received reaccreditation from The Joint Commission. The accreditation covers compliance with the standards and other requirements and verifies improvement activities and is designed to help hospitals continuously provide safe, high-quality care, treatment and service. The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest health care standards-setting and accrediting body.
St. Luke’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit opened the doors to its new transitional apartment. Located on 8 West, the apartment simulates a home environment, enabling patients to test their skills before returning home. Funding for the apartment was provided, in part, by St. Luke’s Foundation.
St. Luke’s formed a new Maternal Child Health Department including pediatrics, labor and delivery, nursery and Level II nursery. This new service offers continuity of care for new parents and children.
St. Luke’s launched Perspectives Dining, a new patient food service program unique in the hospital food service industry. The program allows patients to choose what they want and when they want to eat from a heart-healthy menu that meets the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Funding for this program was provided, in part, by St. Luke’s Foundation.
St. Luke’s welcomed Valentini's Deli, a convenient new option for meals and snacks located next to St. Luke’s Gift Shop. Valentini's offers a variety of different pastas each day, as well as salads, sandwiches, soups, desserts and beverages.
Construction of a new medical office building on St. Luke’s medical campus began in March, 2011, on the corner of Second Street and 10th Avenue East. It is scheduled to open in late summer of 2012. The new building will offer expanded space for offices and specialty clinic practices, including St. Luke’s Plastic Surgery Associates, St. Luke’s Pediatric Associates, St. Luke’s Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, St. Luke’s Physical Medicine & Rehab Associates, St. Luke’s Neurosurgery Associates and St. Luke’s Gastroenterology Associates.
In collaboration with the Human Development Center, St. Luke’s Pediatric Associates is carrying out a pilot project involving Depression in Children and Adolescents. The project addresses the needs of children ages six to 17 who are patients at St. Luke’s Pediatric Associates. Information from the pilot will be used to develop an integrated system of pediatric depression care management in the Duluth area. The collaboration is one of only two funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Children's Mental Health Division. It is administered and staffed by St. Luke’s Research Department, the Whiteside Institute for Clinical Research.
In 2011, St. Luke’s Volunteer Service Guild celebrated its 60th anniversary. Each month, 135 adult volunteers and 35 college students volunteered in more than 35 areas throughout St. Luke’s hospital and clinics, and 44 youth volunteered in the summer program.
St. Luke’s introduced the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System to our operating rooms and to our community. The da Vinci Si offers unique features that provide clinical benefits and efficiency in the operating room, which in turn, benefit our patients. The system can be used for myriad procedures, including prostatectomy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, coronary artery bypass, mitral valve repair and colorectal surgery. St. Luke’s is the first hospital in Minnesota to receive the da Vinci Skills Simulator, a state-of-the-art computer that acts like a flight-simulator for surgeons.
Susan Hamel accepted the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) position. Hamel, a graduate of St. Luke’s School of Nursing, is a long-time St. Luke’s employee. In her 30 years, she has served as a staff nurse and held management roles in Intensive Care and Surgical Services.
Jo Ann Hoag, who held the CNO position most recently since 2005, transitioned to Vice President, Network Development to focus efforts on health reform, outreach activities and to strengthen regional relationships.
Elizabeth Weinman, MD, St. Luke’s Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Associates, was named director of St. Luke’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Dr. Weinman joined St. Luke’s in 2004.
Nicholas Van Deelen, MD, was named Medical Director and Emergency Department Chair. Dr. Van Deelen joined St. Luke’s in 1997.