The Hospital Pulse

The Pulse –

Raining Babies from Heaven –

Madison Family Maternity Center made a record number of nine deliveries in a day this week. Shaunna sends a special thanks to each employee in the Family Maternity Center, and those in the related departments that helped make our services smooth. She was also glad that Madison Memorial Hospital has a second Mother Baby Unit, and a second Neonatal Intensive Care Unit fully equipped to take care of our community’s needs in instances like this.

Employee Contributions –

Did you know that in 2013 the hospital employees donated $17,573.22 to Madison Memorial Hospital Foundation?

Your generous contributions help the Foundation purchase the baby grand piano last year. Just this month the Foundation is donating a total of $28,750 with the following projects:
Madison Memorial Hospital Teddy Bear Clinic1. Two Meditronic I-Pro Continuous Glucose Monitors for the Diabetes Education Program to help patients maintain their blood sugar levels.

2. Patient Communication Boards for all patients rooms to improve care and providing information for the patient, their families, and the healthcare team.

3. Coloring books and other children supplies that will be given at our teddy bear clinic.

4. A project in nursing administration to improve all clinical areas.

The hospital is also completing their wellness program with an auction. Each participant earns wellness dollars for completing their health screening, and doing other healthy habits. This program has helped me, and other employees take a closer look at their overall health. Being young, I initially questioned the wellness program. However, I am glad I participated. The health screening showed that I needed to improve my thyroid, and helped me to discover some food intolerance. Madison Memorial Hospital has the responsibility to take care of our community’s health. As your employer Madison would like you to focus on your personal health as well.

 Employee recognition –

– Rachel Gonzales ranked in the top 50 CEO’s for rural hospitals. 
– Sharon Pirente received a national certification for Fundraising



3 Valentine’s Tips

3 Valentine’s Tips –

Did you know that being in love is powerful enough to lower one’s blood pressure, reduce depression, and speed the healing of an injury? Each of us are in different situations. Nonetheless, this Valentine’s Day I have prepared a few tips that may increase your health with additional information found by clicking on the red words:

1. Express Love For Someone
2. Understand Someone Better
3. Eat with Someone Tonight

Elmo, Chocolates, FlowersAn honest expression of love leaves an imprint on the heart. Whether it be your playful love poem of fondness, a sincere love song, or a gentle slow dance in the kitchen. Maybe you need to stop by Madison Gift Shop to find a gift for someone special, anyone that you love. Most importantly, find a way to express your love today.

Respect and understanding can be the turning point for a deeper relationship. How well do you understand your lover? Everyone in this world is different. Understood differences can help you separate the responsibilities in a marriage with respect and fairness. The following free online tests may help you ask those basic questions to help you understand yourself and those around you. Take at least one of these today by yourself or with a friend or a lover.

1. 5 Love Languages
2. Type A vs. Type B Personality
3. Big 5 Personality
4. Myers Briggs
5. Personality DNA
6. Right Brain vs. Left Brain

I tend to like the people that I eat with. On this day of love, don’t eat alone tonight. On a recent survey where Madison County ranked #1 in Health, it also showed that we have a higher number of fast food joints, and a higher obesity rate than the national average. The Paragon Cafe, adds more value to your meals with a salad bar, grill, and a dinner special. For valentine’s night the special is a prime rib/shrimp dinner for those of you who would like a full dinner, or other options for a light dinner. Regardless, eat with someone tonight.

Happy Valentine’s Day! May you experience more love and joy this day and the days to come!

 Prepared by Lucas Handy




Perception, our Reality –

A different take on an old line from a poem by Sir Walter Scott:  “Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to PERCIEVE”.

The word “deceive” has been replaced by the word “perceive”.

What is the difference?  Really, not a great amount when the perception is not the truth of the situation.  An erroneous perception communicated to another becomes a deception.

When it comes to our customers, patients and their families, their perception is their truth, and we must always honor that.    However, so often, when it comes to our co-workers, our perception is false.  One of the goals in our MMH Values is Respect and Caring. That value contains this statement:  “Respect one another for who they are by celebrating positive attributes…Consistently demonstrate a ‘we’ attitude striving to build relationships through cooperative efforts”.   It is so very important in our workplace to honor, respect, and care for each other.

When you are offended, put off, or otherwise annoyed by a perceived action/inaction of a co-worker, communicate that directly to that co-worker first.  Give them the opportunity to explain their perception of the situation before you create a “deception” by communicating your “perception” to others.


If you want to find joy and fulfillment at work, get to know each other; give your co-workers the benefit of the doubt and expect the same from them in return.  Mutual Trust, Respect, and Care are paramount to your happiness and success at MMH!



“When You Know A Fellow” by Edgar A. Guest (1881-1959)


When you get to know a fellow, know his joys and know his cares,

When you’ve come to understand him and the burdens that he bears,

When you’ve learned the fight he’s making and the troubles in his way,

Then you find that he is different than you thought him yesterday.

You find his faults are trivial and there’s not so much to blame

In the brother that you jeered at when you only knew his name.


You are quick to see the blemish in the distant neighbor’s style,

You can point to all his errors and may sneer at him the while,

And your prejudices fatten and your hates more violent grow

As you talk about the failures of the man you do not know,

But when drawn a little closer, and your hands and shoulders touch,

You find the traits you hated really don’t amount to much.


When you get to know a fellow, know his every mood and whim,

You begin to find the texture of the splendid side of him;

Then his faults won’t really matter, for you’ll find a lot to praise.

You begin to understand him, and you cease to scoff and sneer;

For with understanding always prejudices disappear.

You begin to find his virtues and his faults you cease to tell,

For you seldom hate a fellow when you know him very well.


When next you start in sneering and your phrases turn to blame,

Know more of him you censure than his business and his name;

For it’s likely that acquaintance would your prejudice dispel

And you’d really come to like him if you know him very well.

When you get to know a fellow and you understand his ways,

Then his faults won’t really matter, for you’ll find a lot to praise.


Prepared by Tonia M. Watson

Human Resource Director

Madison Memorial Hospital


Rachel Gonzales CEO!

Madison Hospital CEO Recognized in Top 50

Top 50 CEO’s –

Recently, Rachel Gonzales, the current CEO at Madison Memorial Hospital, was recognized in the top 50 rural hospital CEO’s in Becker’s Healthcare Report. Becker’s is the source of cutting-edge business and legal information for healthcare industry leaders. The following paragraph is found in their report:

Rachel Gonzales, RN. CEO of Madison Memorial Hospital (Rexburg, Idaho). Mrs. Gonzales became CEO of Madison Memorial Hospital, which is situated about 310 miles east of Boise and 240 miles north of Salt Lake City, in April 2012. Last year, she received the Medical Professional of the Year award from the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce and was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 120 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.

Some of Rachel’s strengths have been teamwork and collaboration for better patient outcomes on all levels of healthcare. She has helped inspire teamwork for better patient experiences from house keepers to the partnering with University of Utah Medical Hospital and their specialists. She has been leading Madison with positive collaboration for better healthcare results. Thank you Rachel for your compassionate teamwork and leadership!

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