April 2016

This quarter, we would like to recognize Ms. Eileen Poletick from Morristown Medical Center, part of Atlantic Health System, in Morristown, NJ, and Ms. Lisa Wied and Ms. Judy Weibel from Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI.


EPoletickMs. Eileen Poletick has been working at Morristown Medical Center on and off for 25 years. She started out as a per diem staff nurse, but her current title is Research Coordinator for the Department of Orthopaedics. The title is somewhat of a misnomer, because Morristown Medical Center doesn't conduct a lot of funded Orthopaedic research; it's mostly investigator initiated studies. Ms. Poletick handles the orthopaedic surgery department's quality-reporting, using what she calls a kind of "alchemy" to combine clinical and administrative data. She enjoys having a thoughtful manager who encourages his employees to search for the answers to difficult but important questions. Her role in the AJRR data submission process is checking over the data and identifying where each data point lives. She also educates and creates awareness to the surgeons and gets them interested in working with AJRR.

Q: Do you enjoy working with AJRR staff? If yes, why?

A: Yes, I can't say enough about AJRR staff responsiveness. I ask tons of questions, and staff members always get back to me the same day. Whether I call or send an email, an AJRR staff member is always there with an answer. Level III (patient-reported outcomes) is still a work in progress, but I have a very long wish list for the project and look forward to using the platform to the fullest. I also enjoy working with the other User Group members. AJRR has a winning group of people on the Unet Advisory Board, and Joe Greene's presentation on patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) at the meeting in March was incredibly helpful to Atlantic Health System as we begin our move towards Level III data submission.

Q: What are three words to describe Morristown Medical Center?

A: Not counting prepositions, I would describe Morristown Medical Center as having the "Soul of a Community Hospital." We're a 700-bed teaching hospital, yet we still have maintained a connection to our roots and community. Our system goal is to be a trusted network of caring. Morristown Medical Center has a picture of the original hospital from over 100 years ago; it looks like a house. We've grown to consist of multiple locations, and have received a lot of recognition, such as being listed as a US News & World Report "Best Hospital" in four specialties including orthopaedics. Morristown Medical Center is accomplishing great things while staying integrated with the community.

Q: What is the best vacation you've been on?

A: Israel is by far the best vacation I've been on. Twenty years ago, my sister and I took our families to Israel and rented a van to drive around the country. The part I enjoyed most was seeing artifacts and structures that were sometimes as old as 5,000 years. In America, we usually consider 200-year-old objects in museums to be old, so this was a whole new level.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

A: I didn't get my bachelor's degree until my late 30s. Shortly after that I received my masters, and then got my doctorate in nursing practice in my 50s.

Q: If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: It's hard for me to choose just one. There are a lot of courageous women I would like to interview, like Florence Nightingale and Amelia Earhart. I would love to ask them about what motivated them and made them brave enough to take a different path in life.

Q: If you could pass on one piece of information to a new AJRR participant, what would it be?

A: Make a good friend in your Information Services (IS) department. They're the pivot point of data flow from us to the AJRR. While it's one thing to collect data, it's another thing to find out where it is. It can be located on a plethora of systems; there are data everywhere. That's why it's so important to make these connections.


Ms. Lisa Wied is the Administrative Director, Orthopaedic Center and Ms. Judy Weibel is the Director, Information Systems at Gundersen Health System. Lisa has been working at Gundersen for 15 years, while Judy will be approaching 27 years this May. They both love being able to serve their patients and staff and making a positive impact on the lives of others. Gundersen Health System is in the process of data submission, and both Lisa and Judy, along with others within the Orthopaedic Center will be responsible for various levels of the AJRR data submission (by Information Systems) and analysis (by their Orthopaedic Team).

                                        LWied                                                                                                                                         JWeibel

                                                      

 

 

 

 

Ms. Lisa Wied                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ms. Judy Weibel

Q: What do you like most about AJRR?

A: Our experience to date has been great. It's really important for us to be a part of a National Registry and have benchmarks for our Orthopaedic Department. The aspect we like most about the AJRR is that it gives us opportunities for expanded quality improvement so we can continue to provide our patients with exceptional care.

Q: If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?

A: Lisa: I would definitely want Melissa McCarthy to be cast as me. 
    Judy: I can see myself being portrayed by Julia Roberts in a movie about my life.

Q: If you could interview one person (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: Lisa: Without a doubt, I would have to choose Marilyn Monroe.   
    Judy: I would be most interested in interviewing Pope Francis.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us.

A: Lisa: My background is not in healthcare - I "grew up" in the competitive culture of office machine dealers. Serving patients has been wonderful. It's a nice change of pace! 
    Judy: I've gotten a hole in one before!

Q: If you could pass on one piece of information to a new AJRR participant, what would it be?

A: The process of implementation is extremely smooth and easy with the staff at AJRR leading you through each step. They have been very helpful and responsive during our data submission process; don't be afraid to ask any questions that you might have!

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