September/October 2012 - Shannon Medical Center
The Garden of Hope
Shannon is proud to open this month an outdoor space designed for
cancer patients and their families. Located just outside the Shannon
Oncology Center, The Garden of Hope welcomes anyone whose life has
been touched by the difficult test of cancer. It is a place where patients
may rest and relax or choose to receive their therapy while being
surrounded by nature. The garden provides a beautiful healing landscape
for patients indoors as well, as they can enjoy its beauty from the large
windows inside the oncology treatment room.
“Seeing other cancer centers with similar outdoor projects generated
interest in bringing this concept to the Shannon Oncology Center,” Dr.
David Cummings, Medical Oncologist and Medical Director of the Shannon
Oncology Center, said. “The Garden was designed to provide a unique
healing environment for patients and their families while they receive their
Among a path of warm stone and brick pavers shaped in a tear drop, rests
a garden of beautiful flowers and shrubs. The soothing sound of water and
peaceful places to sit to witness each particular spirit of the garden, play
host to a beautiful, substantial oak that provides cool shade, shelter and
strength. The garden also includes a dedicated cross guarded by three
grand, white boulders where individuals may reflect in prayer.
Two curved walls, one beginning at the oak and the other
ending at an east iron gate, sway and curve to give rise to
an angel of hope residing in the northeast corner.
“The fact that this project is now completed is a testament
to the dedication and generosity of many friends and supporters in our
community,” Dr. Cummings said. “We are grateful to all who helped bring
this project to life and helped create a lasting place of hope for cancer
patients in San Angelo and the Concho Valley.”
The Garden of Hope serves as a testament to our community’s love for
one another and a lasting contribution for individuals and families through
gifts dedicated to those who have been touched by cancer. To provide
patient and families with a place to find solace and serenity while creating
an atmosphere of healing for the mind, body and spirit, will always be the
promise of The Garden of Hope.
Contributions may be made in honor of a loved one and are available at
varying levels, beginning at $25. Personalized pavers are also available
for purchase. For more information, please contact Suzi Reynolds at
Please join us for a special tour at The Garden of Hope Open House, Friday,
September 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking is available at the Shannon
Medical Plaza, 102 N. Magdalen. The Garden sits on the north side of the
building off of Koberlin Street.
The April Daisy Award winner is Brenda Madrano, RN, 4S. Brenda was
nominated by a co-worker for going above and beyond her assigned duties. She
provided translation assistance to a patient and their family and helped navigate
them through difficult medical decisions. Congratulations, Brenda!
The May Daisy Award winner is Emily Brooks, RN, 5N. Emily was nominated
by a patient for providing attentive and knowledgeable care during their stay.
The June Daisy Award winner is Robert Felker, RN, 5N. Robert received multiple
patient nominations. They praised him for providing compassionate care.
Amber Fitzpatrick was awarded the May GEM award from Shannon Clinic.
She works in the Lab. A patient needed lab work drawn after hours and Amber
volunteered. “She was nice, wonderful, friendly and competent. It was exceptionally
nice since the patient was in a lot of pain and could not have come to the main
building without an extreme amount of discomfort.” Congratulations, Amber!
Carmen Martinez and Tammy Plowman received the June GEM
award from Shannon Clinic. They are receptionists in the Orthopedics
department. Carmen and Tammy received compliments from a patient
who needed to make a same-day appointment. The patient praised
their patience and help. Great job!
Employee of the Quarter
Betty Munoz is the Shannon Clinic Employee of the Quarter for the second
quarter. She works in environmental services at the main clinic. She assisted a
woman who was helping an elderly patient in the restroom and then walked with
the two out to their car. Thank you, Betty!
Ella Fesperman, RHIT, CCS,
CCDS and Delana Johnson, RN,
BSN, CCM, CCDS received their
Certified Clinical Documentation
Specialists credential by
passing the certifying exam. Ella
and Delana work closely with
physicians, nurses and other
clinical disciplines to ensure
accurate complete documentation
in Shannon’s medical record.
Becky Fuentes, RN, MSN,
Administrative Director of
Nursing, passed the ANCC Nurse
Executive certification exam. This
targeted exam incorporates the
latest nursing-practice standards.
Amanda Leek, RN, is now an
OCN (Oncology Certified Nurse).
Wilma Stuart, RN, PhD, NEA-BC,
Chief Nursing Officer, was
elected to a state-wide board for
the Texas Organization of Nurse
Executives. She represents District
8 which stretches from the Concho
Valley to San Antonio. Congratulations,
Shannon Medical Center received the Get With
The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality
Achievement Award from the American Heart
Association. The recognition signifies that
Shannon has reached an exceptional goal of
treating heart failure patients according to the
guidelines of care recommended by the American
Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
BS, CC, Executive
Director of Food
Services, received the 2012 Chef of the
Year award from the Concho Valley Chapter
of the Texas Chefs Association at the TCA’s
President’s Reception and Dinner in Austin.
He was named Director of the Concho Valley
Chapter for the second year. He is pictured
with Texas Master Chef Ernst Gruch and
American Academy of Chef’s Chair for Texas,
Burnard Urban. Congratulations, Larry!
Shannon Medical Center and
Shannon Clinic Annual Open
It’s time for our Annual Open Enrollment. Any changes you make to your Health and/
or Dental insurance will be effective January 1, 2013 and continue until December
31, 2013. Please be watching for Open Enrollment Communications that will have
important information on your benefits and action needed.
Important Dates to Remember
October 29, 2012 – November 16, 2012: Wellness Screenings Offered
November 1, 2012 – November 30, 2012: Open enrollment Period
November 26- November 30: Wellness Screenings Offered
November 30, 2012: All enrollment forms due to Human Resources
December 3- December 7: Wellness Screenings Offered
January 1, 2013: Benefit Effective Date
This year we have designated a new location for the Wellness Screenings that
hopefully you will find convenient.
It is located in the Shannon Medical Plaza - 1st floor, at 102 N. Magdalen
Hours: 6:00-8:30 am; Mon-Fri, Beginning October 29 - November 16, 2012.
The Cardio Lab will be open Monday – Friday; Hours 1pm to 5pm or The Southwest
Medical Office Building at 4450 Sunset Drive – Monday – Friday; Hours 1pm to 5pm.
Communications will be posted with times and locations of Open Enrollment
Sessions. Please remember if you can not make an open enrollment session,
then you are always welcome to go to the Human Resources department to review
your benefits and make any changes during the open enrollment window
from November 1 to November 30. There will be complete details in your Open
Enrollment Packets that you will receive in October.
Residents of north San Angelo will soon have access to a new and expanded Shannon
Clinic location at the 2600 block of N. Bryant Ave. (next to O’Reilly’s Auto Parts).
Shannon Clinic’s North location is set to open in October!
The 18,000 square-foot facility will house Shannon Urgent Care North physicians Thomas
Bender, M.D. and Gregory Lind, M.D., Pascual Mendoza, M.D. Family Practice, and Robert
Patyrak, M.D., Pediatric Urgent Care, plus space for additional physician offices.
The clinic will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week with radiology and lab
services available on site. We invite you to drop by and see our newest addition. For more
information, call (325) 658-7561.
Meet Becca Allen, RN, Nurse Navigator,
Community Wellness Department!
Becca serves as a wellness resource for all Shannon employees and
dependents. In addition to her nursing degree, Becca received a bachelor’s of
science degree in exercise and sport sciences. She is also a certified personal
“Shannon felt it was important to create a free wellness resource for
employees and I am excited to be here and serve associates as that resource,”
Allen said. “I want people to know that it is ok to ask questions about fitness
and nutrition and that I am here to help them along their journey.”
Whether you are looking for a healthy recipe or you need some exercise tips
or routines, with her extensive knowledge and educational background, Becca
can provide help with both fitness and nutrition questions. She can point you
in the direction of proper resources or schedule a group consultation or oneon-one visit.
Did you buy that pack of resistance bands or medicine balls, but you are
unsure of what to do with them? Becca can show you. She has equipment
in her office to demonstrate how to perform exercise moves at home or at
the gym. She can also develop exercise regimens for those with diabetes,
hypertension, high cholesterol or other special needs. Or, if you have your own
diet and workout plan, but need help tracking your measurements, Becca can
help you with that as well.
“I love helping people improve their lives,” she said. “When you are exercising
and eating right, everything is better.”
Becca’s office is located in the Shannon Business
Office building. She invites you to call her at
(325) 657-8231 or email rebeccaallen@
shannonhealth.org with any questions
you may have or to set up an
Watch upcoming editions
of the Stethoscoop
and Shannon Pulse
for wellness tips and
updates from Becca.
Classes are now
available at the
teach you how to
dance yourself into
shape with the unique
sounds of Latin music.
Classes are scheduled from
6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
All experience levels are welcome!
For more info call (325) 947-0590 or
visit www.shannonhealth.com for
a complete list of the classes
offered and schedule.
Join us in the
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but really it’s a disease
that affects women throughout the entire year. One in eight women will be
diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. We invite you to unite in
the fight and join us for these exciting events as we celebrate local breast
cancer survivors, raise funds to help support local cancer patients and share
the latest information in the detection and treatment of this disease.
Monday, Sept. 24 at Bentwood Country Club
Tee Off for Ta-tas Golf Tournament
Registration/Lunch at 11:30 a.m.; shotgun start 1:00 p.m.
F O R TA - TA S
Entry fee includes lunch, food on the golf course, complimentary
beverages, player’s gift and Ta-ta fun!
All proceeds benefit the Cancer Empowerment & Resource Center at
Shannon. For more information or to register, call (325) 944-8575.
Monday, Sept. 24 at Bentwood Country Club
Not a golfer? Join us for the Bra Drop! Open to anyone, and you do not have to be
present to win. The bras that land closest to the target will split the cash prize.
Buy your chances now until time for take-off!
Buy one bra for $10 for one chance to win the cash prize.
Buy three chances for $25 and receive a $25 gift certificate to Grigsby’s
Boutique, plus a chance to win another $1,200 in gift certificates from Grigsby’s.
Tickets may be purchased at Grigsby’s (2019 Knickerbocker Rd) or at the Tee Off
Tournament on September 24. Bra drop will follow tournament play that day.
Saturday, Oct. 6 at Shannon Women’s and Children’s
Hospital, 201 E. Harris
Shannon’s Fifth Annual Pink Ribbon Run
Registration 7 a.m.; 1-mile walk 8 a.m.; 5k and 10k 8:30 a.m.
Help us top last year’s 800 participants as we raise money for a great cause!
Proceeds benefit Shannon Women’s Imaging Center and its programs. For
more information, call (325) 657-5064 or visit www.shannonhealth.com to
conveniently register online.
Thursday, Oct. 18 at tBentwood Country Club
Pretty in Pink Shopping Night
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Pretty in Pink
Sip pink cocktails as you browse merchandise from local vendors at this pinkthemed event. Michelle Snuggs, M.D., chief radiologist at Shannon Women’s
Imaging Center, and her staff will be on hand to answer any questions about
breast cancer awareness, detection and prevention. Door prizes will be given
away by all vendors so join us for a fun, pink-filled evening! Admission is free.
For more information, call (325) 657-5064.
Thank you for Supporting
AB-Tex Beverage, Pepsi
Academy Sports & Outdoors
Accurate Business Machines
All About Signs & Graphics
American Glass & Mirror
AmeriPride Linen and Apparel
Angelo Retina Associates
Angelo State University Recreation
Angelo Water Service
Arctic Glacier Inc.
Armstrong Backus & Co.
Aylor Landscape Services Inc.
Baptist Retirement Community
Big Country T’s
Big Lake Services
Bill Caldwell Electric
Blue Line Drilling
Boots & Coots Services
Bryant Better Hearing
Bus drivers: Beth Buck, David &
Carol, Randy and Zack Turner
Cheddar’s Casual Café
Christoval 4-H Shooting Team
Christoval Vineyard & Winery
Chuck and Eddie Bane
Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc.
College Hills Animal Hospital
Concho Valley homepage.com
Concho Valley Perfusion Inc.
Connie & Jesse Smith
Crooked Cross Ranch
Curt J. Sievert
Dean Foods Southwest Dairies
Deanna & Stanley Mayfield
Debra & Lee Friend
Detail Company Adventures
Dian Graves Owen Foundation
Dr. Michael Johnson
Duncan Mechanical Service Inc.
E&P Wireline Services
Filter Technology Company Inc.
First Financial Bank - San Angelo
First Service Insurance
Friend Bits & Spurs
Gerry & Lisa Kasberg
Glazer’s Wholesale - Coors Light
Goodfellow Airforce Base
Hawkins Battery & Golf Cars
Holiday Inn Express
Holmes Murphy & Associates
House of Chemicals Inc.
J & E Electric Inc
J & T’s Welding LLC
Jackson Walker LLP
our record Breaking Shoot
John L. Henderson
Johnson’s Funeral Home
Jordan Wire Rope
Ken Schlaudt Custom Homes LLC
Kerry & Kay Bruton
Kiser Carpet LLC
Lane Weather Mart
Lieber Painting, Inc
Lisa Copeland Strickland
Lockton Companies LLC
Lonestar Cheeseburger Company
Mayfield Paper Company
Med-Trans Air Medical Transport
Medtronic Spinal & Biologics
Mesquite Contract Pumping
Mike Smith, Auctioneer
Nabors Well Services LTD
Navitus Health Solutions
O’Connell Robertson & Associates
Oil Dog Pipe Rentals LP
Otis Elevator Co.
Palmer Feed & Supply, Inc.
Pioneer Termite & Pest Control Inc.
Porter Henderson Implement Co.
Rafter C Construction
Regay & Louis Hall
Safety Kleen Systems Inc.
San Angelo Claybird Association
San Angelo Colts Baseball Club
San Angelo Country Club
San Angelo Electric Motors
San Angelo Standard Times
Scott & White Health Plan
Secured Document Shredding
Sendero Drilling Co. LLC
Shannon Medical Center Volunteers
Shannon Sporting Clay Committee
Shantell McKillop Attorney
Sheffield Rental Inc.
Spring Creek Resorts, Pierre, South Dakota
Standby Power Support Systems
Steve Prewit - “Go Big or Go Home”
Surety Title Co.
Terry & Liz Edwards
The Turner Collection
Tom’s Tire World
U S Foodservice Inc.
Web TPA Inc.
Wes Sykes Taxidermy
West Central Wireless
West Office Supply
West Texas Fire & Industrial Supply
White Wing Company-Blake Leggett
Zesch & Pickett Insurance
All Volunteers & Supporters
Regay & Louis Hall
Thursdays: Breastfeeding Community Gathering, 11 a.m. to noon,
Women’s & Children’s Family Room on the third floor Shannon Women’s &
Children’s Hospital, 201 E. Harris. For more info, call (325) 481-6326.
Sept. 4 & 20, Oct. 2 & 18: Cancer Survivorship Classes, 1st
Tuesday: noon to 1 p.m., 3rd Thursday: 5:30 p.m., Cancer Empowerment &
Resource Center at Shannon. For more information, call (325) 657-5590.
Sept. 6: Cancer Warriors Men’s Support Group, Survivor Sisters
Breast Cancer Support Group, 5:30 p.m., Cancer Empowerment &
Resource Center at Shannon, 102 N. Magdalen. For more info, call
Sept. 22: Cheyenne’s Rally, Rowdy’s Rocking Bar & Grill, Downtown
San Angelo. Benefitting your local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. For
more info, please call (325) 949-6977.
Sept. 24: Tee Off for Ta-tas Golf Tournament, lunch at noon; shotgun
start 1:30 p.m., $125 per player, 4 person team. Bentwood Country Club.
For more info, please call (325) 944-8575.
Sept. 27: Access to Breast Care for West Texas Kick-off Event,
5:30 p.m., Fort Concho Commissary. For more info, call (325) 486-6478.
Oct. 4: Cancer Warriors Men’s Support Group, Survivor Sisters Breast
Cancer Support Group, 5:30 p.m., Cancer Empowerment & Resource
Center at Shannon, 102 N. Magdalen. For more info, call (325) 481-2065.
Carl J. Schwaighofer has lived
in San Angelo for 17 years. He
is retired from Ethicon where he
worked as a Principle Quality
Assurance Engineer. He also
worked as a professional
photographer for 10 years.
The pride of his life is his son,
Benjamin, who is studying for
his Ph.D. in mathematics at
the University of North Texas
His hobbies are woodworking, indoor and outdoor
home projects, photography and computer work.
His fellow Volunteers benefit from his computer
expertise as he is always “handy” for consultation
when technological problems arise.
Carl has been a Shannon Volunteer for two years
and has already been credited with 4,000 hours!
His assignments include Emergency Room p.m.
(including weekends), Front Desk p.m. and Patient
Visitation. He readily admits that his volunteer
service is his opportunity to give back to society. As
he puts it, “I try to bring a smile to the patients and
visitors I deal with at the hospital.” His unwavering,
tireless dedication and unquestionable commitment
make him a definite asset to the Volunteers and
Oct. 6: Shannon’s Fifth Annual Pink Ribbon Run, online registration
at www.shannonhealth.com. Day-of registration 7 a.m.; 1-mile walk 8 a.m.;
5k and 10k 8:30 a.m., Shannon Women’s and Children’s Hospital. For more
info, call (325) 657-5064.
Oct. 7: Walk to Remember, 2:30 p.m., begins at City Park (corner of
Twohig & Magdalen). Hosted by the White Rose Bereavement Support Group
at Shannon. For more info, call (325) 657-5098.
Oct. 13: Heart Walk, benefiting the American Heart Association.
Sept. 13 &14: Scrub Sale, Legacy I & II
Oct. 3: Board Meeting
Oct. 11 & 12: Fashionista Clothing Sale,
Legacy I & II
Oct. 23: Brown Bag Lunch, Legacy I
For more info, visit www.heartwalk.org.
Oct. 18: Pretty in Pink Shopping Night, Doors open at 5:30 p.m.,
Bentwood Country Club. For more info, call (325) 657-5064.
Oct. 19: Generation Gray: Strategies for Preventing Hospitalizations in
At-Risk Populations, Lunch presentation by Heloise, “Healthy Hints for Care
Providers & Family Members,” Angelo State University C.J. Davidson Center. For
more info, email [email protected].
Oct. 20: Extra Life 24-hour Gaming Event, 8 a.m. or the best date for your
schedule! Play your favorite video game and help your local Children’s Miracle
Network hospital. Sign up www.extra-life.org. For more info, call (325) 481-6160.
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Oran H. Berry, III
Emmette Flynn, MD
Len P. Mertz
Virginia Noelke, PhD
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exceptional healthcare for our family,
friends and neighbors.