Trinity Health Foundation supports Trinity Health employees.
PRIDE is Trinity Health’s employee giving program, and Trinity Health employees may designate funds to PRIDE from their paychecks. PRIDE has two purposes:
- To assist employees facing a hardship situation for themselves or an immediate family member
- To assist with facility and equipment upgrades and enhancements
Last year, PRIDE funded:
- 31 employee hardship requests
- 2 facilities/equipment requests
In total, PRIDE awarded more than $93,000 last year!
Here are quotes from some of the employees who benefited from the PRIDE Fund:
“I have been an employee since 2004. After my husband suffered 3 strokes within 18 hours, it was a very stressful time. Between his stay in the hospital and all of his follow up appointments I was physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially exhausted. The money we got from PRIDE helped pay the mortgage while he was recovering and I was helping him get adjusted. It was very much appreciated to get help from PRIDE. My family and I really do Thank All of You.”
“I have been employed with Trinity since 2011. PRIDE is a program that I have participated in the past and not thought much of the little bit coming out of each paycheck. Well that little bit adds up to be a lot for someone like us when going through a hardship. I had to take an extended time off work due to my child’s illness, and the generosity of the PRIDE program helped to lessen the financial burden. Thank you to all Trinity staff who contribute to it.”
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you; when I opened the envelope, I was overcome with tears. I never expected that much help in a million years. Trinity is a place that heals both the physical and mental body. You just don’t know how much stress you have lifted off me. Me and my children are extremely grateful. I’m so happy to be a part of this Trinity family.“
Staff Education and Training
Trinity Health Foundation provided funding for staff members to participate in educational activities,conferences, and training opportunities. As staff members enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities, they provide better care to those we serve and help improve health and wellness in our region.
“I was given the privilege to go to the National Emergency Nurses Association Conference in Pittsburg. The Trinity Health Foundation was an amazing benefit to help me out financially, as well as professionally, to get to go to the conference. I took over 20 sessions and networked with ER nurses from around the nation. Some of the sessions that I attended included: pediatrics, trauma, special populations, and leadership topics. I learned an astounding amount of information and brought back information to the department to help improve care for the patients of Trinity. I have already presented at a ward conference for the ER on pediatric care as well as caring for the special needs child. Thank you, Trinity Health Foundation.”— E. M., RN
Behavioral Health Care
The Trinity Health Foundation provided funds for an individual in this department to travel to Fargo for the 4th Annual North Dakota Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Conference. The objective of this conference is to provide participants with the knowledge necessary to provide up-to-date and appropriate care of patients on the spectrum, including differential diagnoses and co-morbid conditions, neurocognitive function and disorders associated with ASD, and genetic and etiologic factors. The concepts learned included choosing the best evidence-based practice for treatment and successful implementation of interventions in daily life. The information gained from this conference will enable the members of the Autism Diagnostic Team to expand their knowledge to better assist children and their families.
“Trinity Health Foundation paid for the tuition for my attendance to the “Mental Health Care Update, 2018” in Minnesota. The information included evidence based practice in psychiatric care for Adolescents and Adults. I am a 32-year veteran of nursing, but new to mental health. I use all the information I gained daily while working in my department. The mental health field is evolving daily, with new DSM 5 diagnosis and pharmaceutical treatments. I have shared a 400-page syllabus with my coworkers, which enhances patient care.”— J. S-A., RN, BSN
Funding was provided for Trinity Health Western Dakota Radiology Department to buy mammography training materials. Since mammography is regulated by the State of North Dakota, it is imperative that all new technologists learning mammography have this educational material.
A physical therapist received training to be able to appropriately assess and treat the male population with pelvic floor dysfunctions. This branch of physical therapy, which is relatively new and under-represented in many rural communities, assists men and women with incontinence and/or pelvic pain using conservative techniques.This therapist is now able to expand her caseload while also being able to provide a more well-rounded approach to all orthopaedic patients.
Trinity Health Foundation funded a pediatric therapist to attend the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) Advanced Training in Richmond, Virginia. The ESDM is the only comprehensive early intervention model that has been validated in a randomized clinical trial for use with children with autism. A research study published in the journal Pediatrics showed that children who received ESDM therapy showed greater improvement in cognitive and language abilities and adaptive behavior and had fewer autism symptoms than did children referred for interventions commonly available in their communities. Trinity Pediatric Therapy programs are serving many children in Minot and the surrounding area diagnosed with autism. Autism is affecting 1:42 boys and 1:189 girls. This training has provided the tools for Trinity Health's Pediatric Therapy to provide the most effective patient outcomes for young children with autism.
Trinity Health Foundation provided funding to support Trinity staff members from the Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy departments to attend an educational conference addressing pediatric feeding and swallowing. Our Feeding Team will focus on the deficits of premature infants through adolescents with feeding disorders, food aversions, and swallowing problems. This educational opportunity has increased knowledge and skill regarding management of swallowing and feeding needs of preterm infants and sick infants in the NICU, treating infants with feeding difficulties post-discharge from the hospital, weaning tube-fed babies, understanding typical and atypical progression of oral motor skills, addressing sensory-behavioral feeding issues, choosing bottles/
cup/spoons, and more. This education supports the Pediatric Therapy team, greatly enhancing Trinity Health’s ability to provide the gold standard of care for children with feeding difficulties, increasing patient outcomes and patient/parent satisfaction. Trinity Health Pediatric Therapy staff members are pleased to bring this new education to their current patients.
Central Processing Technicians
The Foundation provided funds for the purchase of text books for the Central Processing Unit (CPU) Technicians to use as a study reference so they can obtain their certification as a Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST). A CPU Tech is a medical professional who specializes in cleaning, preparing, packaging and sterilizing the instruments and equipment used in surgical procedures. Healthcare facilities must meet strict guidelines when it comes to cleanliness and sterilization. When employees are properly trained and certified, a facility is better able to serve its patients and provide the best care possible.
Other departments receiving funding for staff education and training included:
- Exercise Physiology
- Kenmare Dietary
- Pastoral Care
- Speech Therapy
- Diabetes Education
- Case Management
- Progressive Care Unit
- Nutrition Services
- Clinical Excellence and Patient Safety
- Clinical Documentation Improvement
- Osteoporosis Clinic