JFL Deploys Pediatric Wagons

Children who have to stay overnight at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) will now have a new way to get around the hospital. JFL deployed a fleet of four red wagons this week to different areas of the medical center that will serve pediatric patients.

Wagons are used in scores of children’s hospitals nationwide to help provide a “kid-friendly” experience to what can be a very frightening time for a young child. The red wagon project is the brainchild of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Nurse Manager, Faye John-Baptiste, who is very excited about the “red wagon” roll out. “Children have very unique needs to feel safe, especially when they are sick, injured or in an unfamiliar environment.  Using the wagons for transport throughout JFL can provide a fun element to what can be a very scary time,” said John-Baptiste.

The Radio Flyer wagons were deployed on Wednesday to the following areas of the hospital: the Emergency Room, the Operating Room and Pediatrics.  Each wagon is uniquely labeled with a JFL license plate for easy identification.  They will be used to transport children, who are being admitted, who are going to have procedures or x-rays done, and to transport them to and from their rooms.

John-Baptiste is a strong advocate for child friendly experiences throughout the hospital, and she said these new child transports will help calm a lot of little fears.  JFL purchased the wagons from Radio Flyer, Inc.

JFL Receives Art Donations As Part Of Healing Project

The Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) is the beneficiary of a generous donation of photographs and artwork. It’s all part of the “Art at Juan Luis Hospital” project put in place by the Patient Family Council, the Artists’ Guild, and the St. Croix Senior Collaborative to bring healing art to JFL.

Twelve photographs and two pieces of art were hung in JFL’s lobby and first floor hallway by members of the three groups who also solicited the artwork. The idea for the healing art project was sparked by the concept from The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, a non-profit organization established to alleviate the impersonal and sterile hospital environment by placing beautiful photographs of nature in hospitals.  “We thought it would be beneficial to help beautify the hospital and provide a nice, healing environment for patients and their families when they go to JFL,” remarked Linda Garvin who along with local artist Elizabeth Keith, spearheaded the project.  Garvin is a member of both the Patient Family Council and the St. Croix Senior Collaborative.

The Foundation’s research indicates that art can reduce stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, reduce the need for pain medication, and a be a positive distraction for patients, visitors, and staff. “We are so grateful for these amazing pieces that have beautified and already transformed the environment within the hospital,” said JFL Public Information Officer Erica Parsons.  “We’re really thankful to the volunteers from Patient Family Council, the Artist’s Guild and the St. Croix Senior Collaborative for their hard work and efforts to bring new life to JFL, for not just the patients and visitors, but for the staff as well.”

The groups will continue to solicit more art for the hospital’s corridors, waiting areas, and offices. “Several members of our group are a part of the arts community, and this was one way that we thought we could contribute,” concluded Garvin.

The volunteers also suggest that people consider putting the hospital in their wills or trusts, granting artwork to the hospital as a part of their giving plan.  For more information, contact Linda Garvin at 340-690-3002 garvinlj@gmail.com or Elizabeth Keith 340-719-2733 elizabeth@coralcmermaid.com

JFL Kicks Off Second Wellness Program

On Monday, the Education Institute at the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL), kicked off its second semi-annual wellness program for its hospital employees, and their family members.

The JFL wellness program is called the Changing Lives through Exercise And Nutrition (CLEAN) program. The 12-week program will offer a wide variety of fitness classes, healthy cooking lessons, lifestyle workshops and massage therapy.

In preparation for the CLEAN program launch this week, JFL’s Education team hosted a Meet The Trainers kick-off ceremony on Friday, April 15, 2016 to get employees active and excited about working on their health and wellness goals.  The Simply Sophisticated Fun Troupe led the charge, dancing through the aisles and encouraging employees to get up and move.  The trainers for each component introduced themselves and explained to employees what to expect in each class.

JFL’s Education team organized the extensive program which is being used as the model for other government agencies who want to host similar programs. “Our main goal at JFL is to improve the healthcare of those we serve; we also understand that our employees are our greatest resource. Through our Wellness Program, the Education Institute strives to foster a fun, active environment that teaches employees a holistic approach to adapting healthier lifestyles” said JFL Vice President of Education Terry Lynch.  “Our theme is wellness by example, and by learning improved nutrition, exercise, and stress management behaviors employees and their family members have become positive community change agents” concluded Lynch.

Along with the improved lifestyle benefits employees will receive, biometric measurements will be taken weekly. Those measurements can be used to complete the annual Health Risk Assessment required for government employees to avoid penalties with CIGNA insurance.

The fitness classes include: Zumba (Instructor-Roberta Etienne), Yoga (Instructor-Aziyza Shabazz), Karate/Self Defense (Instructor-Elvis Pedro), Crossfit (Instructor-Gus Kalathakis) and Soca Aerobics (Instructor-Khnuma Simmonds-Esannason). Dr. Letitia Henry will facilitate the nutrition workshops, and JV Diner’s Jamal Miranda will teach the healthy cooking classes.

The program is completely free for employees and their families. It was first introduced in July 2015 and ran for 12 weeks until September 26, 2015.