Congratulations to two John Stoddard Cancer Center team members - Lauren Calhoun and Greta Lange - for receiving an UnityPoint Health - Des Moines ACE award! The ACE awards recognize outstanding achievements of UnityPoint Health - Des Moines employees. Below are the nomination letters written for each receipient and are just one example of the great care they both provide!
Lauren Calhoun, Powell 3, IMMC
Nominated by: Steven Faux, Laboratory, IMMC
I have not personally met Lauren Calhoun, but what I've seen and heard makes her very deserving of an ACE award. I recently attended the funeral of a friend's mother. While at the service, it came time for family and friends to come forward and share memories. Lauren came forward and began speaking compassionately about the deceased and her family. I was amazed to find out that Lauren had only known the family for a short time as she cared for my friend's mother while on Powell 3 during her six-month battle with cancer. I later asked my friend and his family about Lauren, and they told me that although they received great care by all the staff of Powell 3, Lauren went above and beyond. She not only cared for the wife and mother, but gave the family support as well. As I thought of what Lauren said and what the family later shared, all I could think is what a great example of our CORE values this young lady exhibited and how well she represents our organization.
Greta Lange, Outpatient Nutrition, John Stoddard Cancer Center
Nominated by: Mandi Koerselman, Outpatient Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics
Greta Lange is the outpatient JSCC Dietitian. She receives many thank you notes and kind words of recognition for the compassionate care she provides onsite (one-on-one visits/group classes) and offsite (support groups/community education events). She has been working with a laryngeal cancer patient with total laryngectomy, trach placement and undergoing radiation. The patient decided that he did not wish to have a feeding tube placed. After two to three weeks of radiation, the patient began experiencing thick secretions and severe pain with swallowing, making it impossible to tolerate solid food. The patient lives on a very limited budget and was unable to purchase nutritional supplements. Greta found a program for patients who require either oral supplements or tube feedings, but lack insurance coverage or financial resources. Greta filled out the form, obtained written approval from the physician and submitted the form. Within a week, the patient received 144 bottles of Ensure. He and his wife couldn't have been happier. The patient gained five pounds in the first week of having the supplements! His wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer and may also benefit from the supplements. Greta has started a "tube-feeding bank," which includes donated supplies. This has been very successful for patients without insurance coverage. She always receives donations just in time to meet patients' needs. It has truly been a blessing to have patients willing to share with others.