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Crozer-Keystone Recognizes Laura ‘Ellie’ DiBernardo R.N. as DAISY® Award Recipient

Sent on behalf of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Crozer-Keystone Health System recently recognized Laura ‘Ellie’ DiBernardo R.N., from the Neuroscience ICU at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, as a recipient of The DAISY® Award.

The DAISY® Award is a program that recognizes excellence in nursing and was created by The DAISY® Foundation to highlight the clinical skills, extraordinary passion and care exemplified by nurses every day. Award recipients consistently demonstrate each of the following criteria: Dedicated, Autonomous, Innovative, Selfless and Extraordinary.

Ellie was nominated for The DAISY® Award by the wife of a patient at Crozer-Chester Medical Center for the compassion and comfort she provided to her husband and family during their visit. “Ellie always had a genuine shine of happiness in her manner of care for my husband, who suffered a large bleed aneurysm. I learned so much from Ellie by watching and asking questions. She responded to every concern with a wonderful teaching style,” the patient’s wife said. “Ellie never stopped taking care of my husband - asking him questions, having him grip her hands, telling him to pull her close, push her away. Ellie’s spirit is a true passion for giving of her knowledge, values and unbiased opinion – she always made me feel welcome in her space. In my opinion, Ellie gave us the true meaning of what a nurse should be to a patient and their family. She was such a positive display of kindness and compassion. I cannot say enough about the entire Neuroscience ICU team - they worked very well together and truly defined themselves as ‘the team’.”

“Ellie is a valuable member of the Neuroscience ICU team where she consistently embraces and displays our CK-CARES core values,” says Eric Diehl, Senior Administrative Director of Nursing at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “Ellie is frequently mentioned by our patients, visitors, and staff as a compassionate and competent caregiver.  I am proud that she has received this distinguished award.”

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Crozer-Keystone’s Office of Graduate Medical Education Celebrates 14th Annual Resident Research Day

Sent on behalf of Sabrina Tilghman, Graduate Medical Education Manager

On Wednesday, May 22, Crozer-Keystone Health System hosted the 14th annual Resident Research Day in the Clark Auditorium at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

This event honors the dedicated residents and fellows who have worked closely with attending physicians in Crozer-Keystone’s 7 residency programs to produce original research. A total of 50 posters were presented by residents and fellows with their faculty mentors.

“I am honored to participate in this wonderful event. The level of commitment to scientific inquiry is best showcased during resident research day,” said Sunny Fink, M.D., Designated Institutional Official (DIO). “This event continues to serve as an excellent way to celebrate the hard work put forth by both the residents and faculty mentors to advance scientific curiosity, made possible with the help of our judges.”

Congratulations to the winners in the following categories:


What Lies Beneath: The Importance of a Thorough Skin Exam” – Sarah Kleinle, M.D.  

Faculty advisor: June Elcock-Messam, M.D. (Pediatric Residency Program)

Shown in the photo (from left): Dr. Sarah Kleinle; Dr. Sunny Fink, DIO; and Dr. Darcy Hayes, Program Director

Shown in the photo: Dr. Sarah Kleinle


Implementing a Formal Billing Curriculum in a Family Medicine Residency: Pilot Project” - Isha Suthar, D.O. and Christle Guevarra, D.O. 

Faculty Advisors: Susan Somerson, CRNP, CPC and Anne Donnelly, M.D., Family Medicine Residency Program

Shown in the photo (from left): Dr. William Warning, Program Director; Dr. Christle Guevarra; Dr. Sunny Fink, DIO; and Dr. Isha Suthar

Shown in the photo (from left): Dr. Isha Suthar and Dr. Christle Guevarra


Prospective Assessment of Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) as a Biomarker for Recurrent Disease with Early Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Treated with Stereotactic Body Radiation (SBRT)” – Melissa Frick, M.D., Transitional Year

Faculty Advisors:  Samuel Jean-Baptiste, BA, Sam Swisher-McClure, M.D., Abigail T. Berman, M.D., William P. Levin, M.D., Keith A. Cengel, M.D., PhD, Stephen M. Hahn, M.D., Jay F. Dorsey, M.D., PhD, Charles B. Simone II, Stephen F. Feinberg, M.D., and Gary D. Kao, M.D., PhD

Shown in the photo (from left): Dr. Christine Giesa, Program Director; Dr. Melissa Frick; and Dr. Sunny Fink, DIO

Shown in the photo: Dr. Melissa Frick

Click here For more information about Crozer-Keystone’s residency programs.

Your Fitness Coach and Your Doctor… Working Together to Keep You Healthy

Sent on behalf of Dennis Mathias, Manager, Healthplex Sports Club

The Healthplex Sports Club Healthy Lifestyle Program offers fitness coaching and nutrition counseling to help you achieve your health and wellness goals, and live the lifestyle you want.  The program focuses on personalized workouts and nutritional programs, but what makes it different from other programs is that we maintain contact with your Crozer-Keystone doctor every step of the way.

The Healthy Lifestyle Program begins with a personal consultation with a fitness coach, who will explain the program and assess physician-guided directives or restrictions. During the consultation, we will set up your own exercise tracker to collect workout data that will be sent to your coach.

Equipped with your new plan, you can get right to work.

Plan workouts accommodate your schedule because your coach monitors progress via your fitness tracker. Your coach will review your results, send updates to your doctor, and make adjustments throughout your journey.

No scheduled training sessions are required!

We will help you and your Crozer-Keystone doctor focus on:

Weight loss, with a personalized exercise plan to generate a safe and healthy level of weight loss.

Nutrition, with a personalized program designed to help you live a well-balanced nutritional life.

Stress Reduction, with workouts and mind/body classes to reduce your stress levels and live a healthier lifestyle.

The Health Lifestyle Program uses Atlas, a heart rate training system that is monitored using a wrist tracker and a personal dashboard. The software helps increase cardiovascular activity in both asymptomatic patients and patients with medical conditions.  This technology is the core of the Healthy Lifestyle Program.

Here’s how it works:

  • Your doctor refers you to the Healthplex Sports Club Healthy Lifestyle Program, with details and directions specific to your needs and goals.
  • A fitness coach will review your health history, discuss your doctor’s input, teach you how the Atlas training program works, and set up your tracker.
  • You wear your tracker during all cardiovascular workouts, and it collects critical data, including heart rate, exercise time and calories burned. The tracker sends your data to a dashboard.
  • Your fitness coach will reach out to you via phone or email, to discuss instructions and your doctor’s input.

Nutrition consults will be individualized to your needs by Simplex Health, in collaboration with your fitness coach and your Crozer-Keystone doctor. Your insurance will be billed for the consult and ongoing visits.

The exercise program costs $45 for 90 days. This includes the expertise of your fitness coach, use of a tracker, and ongoing communication with your doctor. It also includes unlimited access to the Healthplex Sports Club, including our pool and all of the fitness classes (spinning, kickboxing, yoga, etc.) we offer every day.

Crozer-Keystone Clinical Connections Program

Sent on behalf of Joseph Maloney, Assistant Vice President, Business Development

Crozer-Keystone Clinical Connections helps medical professionals quickly and efficiently transfer patients to a Crozer-Keystone hospital or Emergency Department (ED). This service can connect you with a hospital attending provider to help expedite your patient’s transfer, bypassing unnecessary wait times. Clinical Connections is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medical transport is available for all transfers when needed.

Clinical Connections can support the following:

Emergency Department Transport: Professionals from ambulatory practices and urgent care centers can call Clinical Connections to speak directly to a Crozer-Keystone attending ED provider. Patient information will be exchanged to expedite appropriate care upon the patient’s arrival. Clinical Connections can be used for non-emergent transport to a Crozer-Keystone ED. Patients transported to the ED will be taken directly to a hospital bay on arrival, bypassing the waiting room.

Direct Admission: If the patient’s condition does not require an ED evaluation, a provider can directly admit them to a service at any Crozer-Keystone hospital – without requiring the patient to visit the ED first. This service is available daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Inter-hospital Transfer: We will facilitate the transfer of patients from any local hospital to the most appropriate Crozer-Keystone inpatient facility.

To access Clinical Connections, please call 877-243-8233.

Click here for a print-ready PDF. Please share this information and help spread the word about this new service that we are now offering. Thank you.

Register for an Onsite Biometric Screening

Next Appointment Opportunity – Tuesday, June 25 at CCMC

Sent on behalf of Employee Benefit Services

Are you enrolled in a Crozer-Keystone medical plan? A biometric screening is one of the three steps you must complete by the August 2019 due dates to earn the 2020 Wellness Participant medical premium rate, which will be $50 per month lower than the Non-Wellness Participant medical premium rate.

Register for one of the following events – don’t miss out!

Crozer-Chester Medical Center - Clark Lobby

Tuesday, June 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Delaware County Memorial Hospital - Classrooms A/C

Thursday, June 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 28 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here for the full onsite screening schedule.

Contact Health Fitness to register today! Visit https://pmh.biovia.healthfitness.com or call 800-337-8508, and select option 1. Additional resources are listed below:

Click here for program highlights

Click here to visit the Healthy Prospects website

Click here to access the online user guide and here for further instructions

Step 1: Biometric Screening - Onsite or in your physician’s office (Complete by Aug.1, 2019)

Step 2: Online Health Assessment (Complete by Aug. 31, 2019)

Step 3: Earn 60 Wellness Points (Complete by Aug. 31, 2019)

Click here for additional information

Please note, if your medical coverage goes in to effect on or after Saturday, June 1, 2019, you automatically qualify for the reduced rate and do not need to take action until 2020.

Employee Badge Renewal

Next Opportunity: Wednesday, June 29 at Taylor Hospital

Sent on behalf of Human Resources

As part of Crozer-Keystone’s employee identification policy, all employee badges must be renewed in 2019. This includes all CKHS, CKHN, physicians (both CKHS and private practice), volunteers, and contracted employees. This does not apply to those hired after September 2018.

Representatives from our Human Resources department will continue offering badge renewal services throughout the month of June at Taylor Hospital. Details are listed below. Dates, times, and locations for DCMH, Broomall and Haverford Surgery Center are also listed below.

All applicable employees will need to bring their current badge and one additional form of photo ID (i.e. driver’s license). If an employee lost their badge, they will be required to pay $20.00 at the cashier’s window and present their receipt when they come to have their badge renewed.

Please direct all questions or concerns to your immediate supervisor. Thank you.

TAYLOR – Classroom C

Saturday, June 29 from 6 to 8 a.m.


Tuesday, August 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Classroom A

Monday, August 12 from 6 to 9 a.m. in Classroom C

Wednesday, August 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Classroom A

Saturday, August 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Classroom A

Saturday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Classroom A

BROOMALL – Community Room

Wednesday, September 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday, September 6 from 2 to 4 p.m.


Tuesday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 19 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Taylor’s Got Talent! Taylor Hospital to Host Community Bake Sale to Benefit Local Senior Center June 27-29

Sent on behalf of Marketing and Corporate Communications

Taylor Hospital will host a three-day community bake sale Thursday, June 27 through Saturday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the main lobby of the hospital. The event will feature hand-crafted creations by our very own Norberto Dexter “Dex” Feliciano, of Metz Culinary Management. Proceeds will benefit Schoolhouse Senior Center; a private non-profit Senior Center owned and operated by Senior Community Services, located at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Ridley Township. Click here for the event flyer.

Gentle Yoga Support Group: Wednesday, June 26

Sent on behalf of Patti Hollenback, nurse navigator

Join us for a low-impact moving and meditation class that increases flexibility reduces stress and promotes deep healing in the privacy of a small group. Classes involve stretches and seated movements that are adjusted for those with reduced mobility. No mat, special clothing, or experience is necessary. For those familiar with yoga terminology, our classes include Yoga Nidra relaxation techniques, Hatha Yoga Asanas, and the easy flow of Vinyasa Yoga, with the goal of moving towards ease of mind, body, and spirit each week. These sessions are a complimentary service provided through our cancer treatment program and offered to cancer survivors and their caregivers to help promote healing during or after treatment. Staff and physicians are also welcome to participate. Reservations are not required. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at our Broomall location. For additional information, contact Patti Hollenback, R.N. at 484-446-3644 or patricia.hollenback@crozer.org.

Perinatal Loss Support Group Meeting: Wednesday, July 10

Sent on behalf of Debi Rafferty, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator

Crozer-Keystone offers a support group for individuals and families who have experienced the loss of their baby – either during the pregnancy or in the hospital’s NICU. Led by Debi Rafferty, our perinatal bereavement coordinator, the support group meets at DCMH on the second Wednesday of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 10. If you have any questions or to RSVP, please call 610-394-4798 or email Deboraha.Rafferty@crozer.org.

Nominate Crozer-Keystone’s Next Employee of the Quarter

Sent on behalf of Susan Baker, Human Resources

Crozer-Keystone’s Employee of the Quarter award recognizes employees who day in and day out serve as excellent examples for their colleagues by providing high-quality patient care, consistently delivering outstanding performance, receiving an exceptional achievement, exemplifying our standard of production, and being a loyal employee. Show your appreciation and acknowledge an extraordinary employee by nominating him or her for the Employee of the Quarter Award. Click here to complete a nomination form. Non-management Crozer-Keystone employees from all hospitals, outpatient service sites, and Crozer-Keystone Health Network offices are eligible.

Hospital Sales for the Week of June 24

Sent on behalf of Volunteer Services

The following sales will be held this week at Crozer-Keystone locations:

CCMC – Main Lobby

Tuesday, June 25 – Stern Sports

Wednesday, June 26 – Gayle’s Goodies

Thursday, June 27 – Alvina Designs

Springfield Hospital – Main Lobby

Thursday, June 27 – Candy Time

The Gift Shops at CCMC, Springfield and DCMH accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover cards.

Taylor Hospital Gift Shop Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Taylor Hospital vending lounge, located on the 1st floor next to the gift shop, is open Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 a.m. and Friday from 2 p.m. through Monday morning at 6 a.m.

Dietary Menu for the Week of June 24

Sent on behalf of Vanessa Kukulski, Metz Culinary Management





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