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Issue 13-01

January 2013

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Nurses decorate 2013 Rose Parade float

Several HCA nurses volunteered their time to help decorate a nurse themed float called “A Healing Place” featured in the 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena.

The float recognizes nurses and their qualities which are reflected in the design of the float – caring, commitment, compassion, confidence, conscientiousness and intelligence. Nurses bring these qualities to create a healing place using wisdom, skill and versatility to nurture and educate their patients to prevent illness or gently helping them heal.

Thank you to the following HCA nurses who helped contribute to the success of the float:

View of Nurses' Float 3 nurses who participated in float decorating
Nurses and their daughters Nurses' float preparations
A nurse decorating the float The 2013 Rose Parade Nurses' Float
 HCA Public Health nurses and their daughters had the opportunity to decorate a nursing themed float at this year’s 2013 Rose Parade in Pasadena. Nurses bundled up to stay warm while decorating the float in a cold warehouse, which helped to keep the flowers fresh. “A Healing Place” recognized nurses and their qualities which are reflected in the design of the float.

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Executive Secretaries host holiday event

On Dec. 11, 2012, HCA Executive Secretaries hosted a Rock ‘N’ Roll Holiday Bowl Luncheon at Tustin Lanes for HCA support staff. Various prizes were awarded to bowling team winners.

HCA Executive Secretaries pictured (top row, left to right) Marsi Hartwell, Raul Loera and Maria Montellano and (bottom row, left to right) Maggie Rawlins, Lisa Alford and  Denise Westrick hosted an event for HCA support staff at Tustin Lanes to celebrate the holidays.
HCA Executive Secretaries pictured (top row, left to right) Marsi Hartwell, Raul Loera and Maria Montellano and (bottom row, left to right) Maggie Rawlins, Lisa Alford and Denise Westrick hosted an event for HCA support staff at Tustin Lanes to celebrate the holidays.
 

Team winners of lunch courtesy of the Director are pictured (left to right) Irma Plascencia, Cattien Nguyen and Ana Palma.
Team winners of lunch courtesy of the Director are pictured (left to right) Irma Plascencia, Cattien Nguyen and Ana Palma.

Game one bowling team winners received trophies and movie tickets presented by Lisa Alford. Pictured (left to right) are Maggie Rawlins, Irma Plascencia, Pam Gutierrez, Rena Murillo and Lisa Alford.
Game one bowling team winners received trophies and movie tickets presented by Lisa Alford. Pictured (left to right) are Maggie Rawlins, Irma Plascencia, Pam Gutierrez, Rena Murillo and Lisa Alford.

Game two bowling team winners received trophies and prizes presented by Lisa Alford. Pictured (left to right) are Lisa Alford, Julie Nguyen, Maria Montellano, Imelda Castaneda, Susanna Ganey and Denise Westrick.
Game two bowling team winners received trophies and prizes presented by Lisa Alford. Pictured (left to right) are Lisa Alford, Julie Nguyen, Maria Montellano, Imelda Castaneda, Susanna Ganey and Denise Westrick.

2012 Rock ‘N’ Roll Holiday Bowl Lunch participants pose for a group photo at Tustin Lanes.
2012 Rock ‘N’ Roll Holiday Bowl Lunch participants pose for a group photo at Tustin Lanes.

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Compliance Analyst receives CHC Certification

Compliance Analyst receives CHC Certification The Office of Compliance is pleased to announce that HCA Compliance Analyst Caroline Matthew, CHC, is now certified in Health Care Compliance.

This nationally recognized certification indicates achievement of competency in compliance and ethics. To be eligible for the Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)® Examination, candidates must fulfill the requirements in Work Experience and Continuing Education.

Caroline’s experience in medical records, hospital compliance and privacy combined with her compliance duties at HCA helped her to qualify for the exam. At least 1,500 hours of work experience in a health care compliance-related position is needed in addition to 20 CCB credits of continuing education received in the 12‑month period preceding the date of the exam.

In December 2012, Caroline completed the HCCA Compliance Basic Academy where industry leaders offered intensive training on a variety of topics including:

If you have compliance questions or concerns, feel free to contact Caroline or any other member of the Office of Compliance.

Compliance Hotline (866) 260-5636-The HCA Compliance Program offers a confidential telephone hotline to vice your concerns about any situation that may conflict with Compliance Program principles. You may call the hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the number shown above.

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PH Lab hosts holiday gingerbread decorating event

The Public Health Laboratory decided to change things up a bit in planning their 2012 holiday celebration. Potlucks, although easier on everyone’s wallet, have been too routinely done and going out to celebrate was simply not an option for the group.

Due to the economic struggles and stresses of the season, they wanted to do something different and fun, yet economical for everyone. A committee was formed and through a creative meeting of the minds, the idea for a gingerbread house contest was created.

All year long, the lab collectively recycles and saves the money earned for holiday celebrations. This year, they were able to purchase the gingerbread house kits and have a party without a cost to attend.

The gingerbread house rules were simple: up to four people per team, everything had to be edible and the gingerbread houses had to be built in the lab (during breaks and lunches). After several days of frosted tables, sticky door knobs and the smell of candy and gingerbread, all seven houses were completed and ready for display.

A panel of three neutral judges were selected – Donna Fleming, Susan Attinger and Dr. Matthew Zahn, who took their jobs very seriously. After careful consideration and deliberation, the judges chose winners for each of the seven categories. Yes, everyone was a winner and surprisingly, every house was unique.

The big question the committee had faced was what to do with these gingerbread houses after the party. The answer was quite clear and unanimous. They donated them to Orangewood Children’s Home where they would bring joy and brighten someone’s day. Orangewood gladly accepted all seven of their gingerbread houses and found homes for them in different areas.

The festivities turned out to be a fun collaboration among friends and coworkers while also giving a little back during the holiday season.

Gingerbread houses on display
HCA’s Public Health Lab hosted a 2012 holiday gingerbread decorating event for staff. Teams of four set out to decorate their houses knowing that everything used had to be edible and time spent on decorating could only be done during breaks and lunches. Seven unique houses were created and each won in seven different categories. After the event, the gingerbread houses were donated to Orangewood Children’s Home to be enjoyed by the children housed there.
Gingerbread houses on display Gingerbread houses on display
Gingerbread houses on displayGingerbread houses on display  

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2013 Point-in-Time Count of the Homeless

2013 Point-in-Time Count of the Homeless Every two years, the County of Orange and its non-profit partners conduct a single day count of the County’s sheltered and unsheltered homeless population. On Saturday, January 26, 1,000 volunteers will count the homeless from approximately 5-9 a.m. on the streets throughout the county.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help with the count, please visit the project website at http://pointintimeoc.org/volunteer_job.htm. A short training session is required prior to the day of the count. For additional questions, please send an email to info@pontintimeoc.org.

The project is undertaken to preserve over $16 million in annual federal funding for homeless programs and services, and serves as a means for leveraging additional funding from other government and private sources for needed homeless services, and provides data to inform decision making on better service planning and delivery including Orange County’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. To learn more about the Ten Year Plan or the Commission to End Homelessness, please visit www.ocpartnership.net/our_services_coc_board.htm.

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New HCA website

HCA’s new public-facing website is live! The new website provides great tools like mega menus for easy navigation, program specific calendars that automatically feed into a general HCA calendar, and a countywide brand that will be visible throughout all County of Orange websites. The process began in March 2012 and went live on January 2, 2013.

HCA staff will have the opportunity to attend web training in the coming months to learn how to edit a program webpage. If you have bookmarked any HCA or other County webpages, you will need to resave them using the new web address.

Check out the new website and tell us what you think!

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Eat Healthy - Be Active logoSet realistic weight loss goals the healthy wayPhoto of apple, tape measure and calendar

Each New Year, many people resolve to lose weight and eat healthy. Many times these resolutions are often followed for several weeks then notoriously forgotten. To help keep you on the right track, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends avoiding fad diets, being realistic and specific when setting weight loss goals and consulting a physician before adopting an exercise plan.

Build a support network of family and friends to try new healthy recipes with you or to be your workout buddy. Having a support network can help you to focus on positive results rather than temptations and also help motivate you to stick with your plan.

For more information to get a jump start on setting goals for a healthy New Year, visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website at www.eatright.org, where you can find resources including nutrition fact sheets, a good nutrition reading list and nutrition information.

You can also visit Public Health Services Deputy Agency Director David Souleles’ blog which includes both personal and work related experiences as he chronicles his journey through eating healthy and being active. Share your personal health and physical activity tips, as well as your challenges and successes, with David and your co-workers.

HCA’s internal WorkingWell initiative provides a foundation for the Agency to protect and promote the health of our employees and support our efforts toward creating a healthier tomorrow, starting with our staff. Visit the WorkingWell intranet website at http://intranet/workingwell for more information, resources and tips leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

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"Orange County is Facing AIDS ..." banner

World AIDS Day – “Getting to Zero”

World AIDS Day, observed annually on December 1st, is a day to reflect and remember those who have lost their lives and those who are still living with HIV or AIDS. The 2012 theme focused is on “Getting to Zero: Zero new infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths.”

In Orange County, 11,327 people have been diagnosed with HIV; 6,820 persons are still living with the virus; and nearly 2,000 are estimated to be infected without knowing it.

During the first week of December, the Health Care Agency displayed messages from the HIV Planning Council and its committees, service providers, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS as part of the Facing AIDS campaign at its 17th Street location.

The Facing AIDS campaign is part of a national effort to reduce stigma and promote HIV testing. Facing AIDS messages on display varied from “Facing AIDS to give hope” to “I Am Facing AIDS and living a better life.” Visitors and staff who saw the display shared the impact it had on them. One visitor said, “It’s nice to see the amount of support there is in Orange County.”

Eliminating stigma about HIV, encouraging everyone to know their HIV status, and making sure people living with HIV have access to medical care and medications are all important steps in “Getting to Zero” in Orange County. To learn more about Orange County’s plan to address HIV, read the Orange County Comprehensive HIV Plan.

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Purchasing hosts holiday door decorating fundraiser

When HCA Purchasing moved into their new building October 2011, they started a new tradition of decorating their office doors and windows for the holidays. The first year was such a success that they were asked to do it again.

For 2012, they added to the festivities by including a Santa photo booth and bake sale. The event was a success and raised $502 for United Way with half coming from donations to each staffer’s individual donation box outside their office. 

The donations allowed visitors to help determine which window or door they liked best. The event was well attended by not only HCA personnel, but also by other businesses within the building located at 200 W. Santa Ana Blvd. across from the Old Orange County Courthouse. Purchasing is committed to the United Way campaign and staff are already discussing plans for this year’s event.

Santa and his elves were available for photos during the event. Pictured (left to right) are Annie Pham, John Martinez and Cathy Chang.
Santa and his elves were available for photos during the event. Pictured (left to right) are Annie Pham, John Martinez and Cathy Chang.

Happy Holidays from Santa and HCA Purchasing. Pictured (sitting, left to right) are Lara Seto and Roland Tabangin. Pictured (first row, left to right) are Judy Urbanos, Sandra Anaya, Diana Perez, Ana Figueroa and Patrick Clark. Pictured (second row, left to right) are Edith Knott, Roy Aragon, Leila Garcia and Mike Macias. Pictured (top row, left to right) are Nahed Girgis, Cathy Chang, John Martinez as Santa, Annie Pham and Anthony Ontiveros. Not pictured is Walt Cadena. 
Happy Holidays from Santa and HCA Purchasing. Pictured (sitting, left to right) are Lara Seto and Roland Tabangin. Pictured (first row, left to right) are Judy Urbanos, Sandra Anaya, Diana Perez, Ana Figueroa and Patrick Clark. Pictured (second row, left to right) are Edith Knott, Roy Aragon, Leila Garcia and Mike Macias. Pictured (top row, left to right) are Nahed Girgis, Cathy Chang, John Martinez as Santa, Annie Pham and Anthony Ontiveros. Not pictured is Walt Cadena. 

A bake sale was also held during the holiday door/window decorating contest which featured nachos and eggrolls to name a few. Pictured (left to right) are Ana Figueroa, Judy Urbanos and Edith Knott.
A bake sale was also held during the holiday door/window decorating contest which featured nachos and eggrolls to name a few. Pictured (left to right) are Ana Figueroa, Judy Urbanos and Edith Knott.

Congratulations to Cathy Chang, 1st place winner of the Purchasing holiday door/window decorating contest for her “Pooh and Friends” theme.
Congratulations to Cathy Chang, 1st place winner of the Purchasing holiday door/window decorating contest for her “Pooh and Friends” theme.

2nd place winner is “Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen” by Lara Seto. Sandra Anya’s “Charlie Brown Christmas” received an honorable mention.
2nd place winner is “Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen” by Lara Seto. Sandra Anya’s “Charlie Brown Christmas” received an honorable mention.
Judy Urbanos received an honorable mention for her “Snowman Village” themed window. Designed by Diana Perez and Roy Aragon is a “Marshmallow Winter Wonderland” themed display.
Judy Urbanos received an honorable mention for her “Snowman Village” themed window. Designed by Diana Perez and Roy Aragon is a “Marshmallow Winter Wonderland” themed display.

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February Health Observances

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What's UP is a newsletter for employees of the County of Orange, CA, Health Care Agency.

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Deanne Thompson
Anne Fialcowitz

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