Coronavirus testing

St. John’s Health nurses Britt Krull, right, and Emily McGinty wait outside the COVID-19 testing tent at St. John’s Health for the arrival of patients who have an appointment for testing. The hospital recently won an award for its quick response to the coronavirus outbreak.

St. John's Health recently brought home a couple of awards from the Wyoming Nurses Association.

The first is the Collaborative Practice Award, given for its multidisciplinary response to the COVID-19 pandemic. St. John's CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre said in the press release that the hospital's quick response started with an exercise in 2019.

The Department of Homeland Security helped St. John's with a preparedness exercise last year, which is something hospitals and public health departments often do to ensure they are ready when an emergency arrives. In a fortuitous stroke of luck, the 2019 exercise focused on an emerging disease outbreak.

“We could not have foreseen what lay ahead, but the recent training and practice working together as a team was invaluable,” Beaupre said in the press release.

In addition to the team award, acute care nurse practitioner Brittany Jones received the nursing group's 2020 Nursing Leadership in Advanced Practice Nursing Award. Jones is a hospitalist at St. John's, meaning she is a primary care provider who only works with hospitalized patients.

She is the first nurse practitioner in the St. John's hospitalist group to work with high-acuity patients, those with challenging, sometimes unpredictable needs. 

“Brittany is an amazing example of the role an ACNP plays in the care of acute patients,” Director of Case Management Naomi Starcevich, who nominated Jones for the award, said in the press release. “She has the skills, training, education, and compassion that makes her an asset to our hospital and our patients."

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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