A healthy human body is designed to fight off germs when it encounters them. If you could see inside your body, you’d witness a battle raging everyday, as your immune system seeks to protect you from the harm these invisible little critters seek to inflict.
So why not help your body by giving it a few less battles to fight?
One of the easiest ways to keep those pesky germs at bay is actually as simple as soap and water: it’s hand washing. But it’s not just necessary after using the restroom, for germs lurk on common household items you might not even think of:
Cell Phones and Tablets: According to a 2013 British study, researchers analyzed 30 tablets and phones and compared them to a toilet seat. The tablets had up to 600 units of staphylococcus ( a big word for bacteria that causes severe stomach sickness) the phones resulted in up to 140 units, but the toilet? Less than 20 units. Solution: clean your screen regularly and keep it out of the bathroom. You can play “Candy Crush” some other time. And wash your hands often.
Carpet: The average human sheds approximately 1.5 million dead skin cells every hour. (That fact alone sounds like the making of a horror movie, doesn’t it?) Bacteria thrives on dead skin cells. Those cells find their way to the carpet, where they mingle with things like pet dander, pollen, and tiny food particles. Approximately 200,000 bacteria live in each sq. inch of your toilet which is almost 700 times more than a toilet seat. Solution: Carpets require a deep cleaning at least once a year to reach the base of the carpet and get that which a vacuum misses. And wash your hands often.
Keyboard: After swabbing only 33 keyboards in a London office, researchers found that that a computer laptop carries up to 5 times the germs of a toilet seat. Solution: Clean surfaces and wash your hands often.
Purses and Backbacks: A purse or backpack is…wait for it…three times dirtier than a toilet seat. With regular use, a handbag is up to 10 times dirtier, especially the handles. Solution: Keep all bags up and off the floor. Wash cloth bags regularly and use disinfectant wipes for plastic, vinyl or leather bags.
Every year, the Cottonwood Fire Department presents an award to the Cottonwood business that provides the safest environment for its staff and customers. The smiling face receiving the award this year is none other than our own Laura Robinson, the director of Quality Management for Spectrum Healthcare. It was presented to Spectrum at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce January meeting and we couldn’t be prouder.
Thank you to the dedicated men and women of the Cottonwood Fire Department, and thank you to Laura and to every one of our Spectrum Team for making Spectrum not only a great place to work, but a safe place.
Spectrum Healthcare isn’t a name or a logo or a building; it’s about people. Our organization is filled with dedicated employees whose commitment to their patients is unmatched. And to honor them each year, an Employee of the Year is selected by their peers. Listed below are the nominations for 2015:
Amy Stanley, Member Services Administrator Amy has been with us for almost three years. She started as the Medical Office Manager and become the Member Services Administrator earlier this year. Amy handles all member complaints, grievances, and appeals with a smile.
Reasons for Nomination: **Utilizing highly effective practices to inspire and lead others to contribute constructively to the agency; Proactively identifying and resolving challenges that interfere with program activities; Outstanding job performance; Supporting the agency and the Verde Valley in ays the exceed expectations and result in unexpected positive outcomes; Displaying unwavering courtesy, cooperation, and respect toward coworkers, consumers, and community contacts.**
Bonelle Woodard, Service Supervisor; Oversees the Call Center and Front Desk Staff
Reasons for Nomination: “I have nominated Bonelle in the past. She and Mimi are my “go to girls.” She’s touch and knowledgeable. She gets the job done. She juggles home life and soccer schedules like a lot of us do…but she’s number one with me.”
“Bonelle is the best supervisor; always there to to talk to when needed. Very understanding, always there to help anytime.”
Corinne Bailey, AR Specialist (primary care) Corinne has been with us since 2012 and works in the accounting department where she is part of the team that handles billing and credentialing for primary care.
Reasons for Nomination: **Proactively identifying and resolving challenges that interfere with program activities; outstanding job performance; displaying unwavering courtesy, cooperation and respect toward coworkers, consumers and community contacts.**
Darrah LeBarge, Recovery Specialist Darrah has been with us since August 2014 and is part of the SMI Team where works as a Recovery Specialist providing support to clients.
Reasons for Nomination “She is very good with all clients and always there when you need her.”
Eric Brandenburg, Help Desk Clerk Eric is the voice on the other end of the phone whenever you need help with IT issues. He has been with us since January 2014 and is in the process of taking over new employee training from last years Employee of the Year Winner, Kim Thursby.
Reasons for Nomination “Eric has always been gracious and kind o me whenever I have any computer needs. He is awesome and I very much appreciate him.”
Linn Montjoy, Adult Intensive Care Manager Lead Linn has been a part of our SMI Team for almost two years. He as made Intensive Care Manager Lead earlier this year and works with some of our highest need clients In addition to his work schedule, he is making plans to start working toward his Master’s Degree.
Reasons for Nomination Linn works tirelessly for the SMI Team, routinely putting in long hours and always available to help his fellow team members. He has shown loyalty to Spectrum, despite being offered opportunities elsewhere. He is getting ready to work on his Masters Degree in addition to working at Spectrum. He is a rockstar!”
“Linn is one of the hardest working Care Managers we have on staff. He even comes in early and leaves late. He is an excellent team player and always willing to help co-workers, even if it’s just lending an ear or making an observation His hunches are usually right on when it comes to client’s treatment needs. He is passionate about his work and his clients. He walks his talk, thus being a good role model for clients who are struggling with the mental health and substance abuse issues. Is is an honor to work with him.”
**Eliminating obstacles to achieving the Agency’s mission; outstanding job performance; Developing and utilizing strong constructive and productive relationships that benefit the agency; displaying unwavering courtesy, cooperation and respect toward coworkers, consumers, and community contacts; supporting the agency and the Verde Valley community in ways that exceed expectations and result in unexpected positive outcomes.
Lynda Parker, Child and Family Care Manager. Lynda has been part of the Kid’s Team since 2013. She works closely with the Department of Child Services and also handles out of area placements for some of our higher need kids.
Reasons for Nomination “She is great at her job an always willing to help when needed.”
Mimi Evans, Customer Service Representative Mimi was hired in 2011 as a receptionist. She currently spends most of her time at the front desk on the main campus where her professional and calming demeanor serve her well as she greets and checks in clients and answers questions from both clients and staff.
Reasons for Nomination “Mimi is amazing. There is not enough space to tell everyone how wonderful Mimi is to the clients. Mimi is kind and concert to clients an always willing to go above and beyond to help them.”
“Outstanding job performance; supporting the agency and the Verde Valley community in ways that exceed expectations and result in unexpected positive outcomes; displaying unwavering courtesy, cooperation and respect toward coworkers, consumers, and community contacts.”
Renee Smith, Child Intensive Care Manager Renee has been with Spectrum since 2013. In her role as an Intensive Care Manager on the Kids Team, she spends a lot of time out in the community working with her clients at school, at home, and in the community.
Reasons for Nomination:
“Renee is always helpful to her clients and their families. I have seen her great dedication and style calm the unruliest of situations. Her smile and calmness are never too far behind.”
Rob Petsche, Children’s Clinical Program Director Rob was hired as an Adult Therapist in 2013. Recently, he was promoted to Children’s Clinical Program Director where he oversees the work of the Kids’ Team (who provide therapy and care management to our clients 18 and younger)
Reasons for Nomination
“Rob has alway been a valuable employee at Spectrum. He has always been willing to jump in and help whenever needed. Taking on this new leadership role has been no exception. Rob has been a strong leader that has advocated for his team and for our clients. He is willing to go out of his way to work several early mornings and long nights to take care of what needs to be done. He is a model of Access to Care and what we try to be at Spectrum. He is one of the first cars here in the morning and the last to leave in the afternoon…or late night.”
Shawn Evans, Facilities Custodian Shawn started work the day of our 2013 Holiday Party. He jumped right in to help and hasn’t stopped since. No doubt you have seen him around painting, moving furniture, or overseeing repairs on all campuses.
Reasons for Nomination
**Eliminates obstacles to achieving the Agency’s mission; outstanding job performance; developing and utilizing strong, constructive and productive relationships that benefit the agency; displaying unwavering courtesy, cooperation, and respect toward coworkers, consumers and community contacts.**
Susan Huntington, Customer Service Representative For just over 4 years, Susan has been part of our customer service team. If you have been down to the lower level of Building C lately, she is likely the first person you see as you walk in the door.
Reasons for Nomination
“This employee has helped me without ever complaining in moments notice in the office or constant phone calls from me when in the field to resolve matters in a timely matter. Susan deals with consumers that come in upset or frustrated when staff are not available in a pleasant manner and does not complain. Susan provides a warming front line to our services and creates a pleasant atmosphere as the first impression on our consumers. When a patient problem arises, Susan goes above and beyond to try to resolve the issue. I highly respect Susan as one who can handle the pressure of her job and not complain.”
Susan Patricia Morris, Medical Assistant (psychiatry) Susan has been with Spectrum since 2013. She is part of the MA Team at the Medical Building. Susan works on the Psychiatry side, triaging clients, taking vitals, and serving on the “front lines” of client care.
Reasons for Nomination
“She is incredibly sweet and caring. She always brings a smile to my face. When working with clients she is very precise and knows the clients well. I believe she is a wonderful asset to Spectrum.”
Good Luck to ALL of our wonderful nominees. You might nominated for Employee of the Year, but your dedication makes our patients the real winners! Thank you for all you do.