Susan McGuire , Employee Health Nurse
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency.” And Susan McGuire, Employee Health Nurse, is a genuine hero because of her persistence in ensuring the health and safety of the entire Des Peres Hospital organization – nearly 700 employees, physicians, students and other contract staff.
While it is her responsibility to keep precise track of the usual Employee Health list of items, such as PPDs and vaccinations, Susan takes these responsibilities to higher level of ownership. The hospital’s 96% compliance level with this year’s employee flu vaccination initiative is the direct result of Susan’s tenacity.
Susan is committed to service, making courtesy calls to ensure that our employees who are injured at work are all right and satisfied with the care they have received. She makes herself available beyond what is expected of her, frequently coming in on off shifts to ensure the needs of weekend and night shift employees are met.
We benefit on many levels and in many areas from her consistent, optimistic professionalism, as she leads the hospital’s Safe Patient Handling program, and is involved in Infection Control, Workers’ Compensation, New Employee Orientation, American Heart Association activities, Healthy At Tenet, and the Versant Program. She also readily volunteers for off-site events, such as providing flu shots to the City of Des Peres. She keeps track of so many things, and never, ever misses a beat, all while keeping a smile on her face.
A nurse with more than 33 years of experience, Susan has been with Des Peres Hospital since March 2007. She is a consummate professional, and has recently earned a Masters of Science in Nursing Research, Cardio-Pulmonary Nursing, from Saint Louis University.
Heart health is very important to Susan, and her regular dialogue with staff always includes instructions for staying healthy. She is constantly getting people “on board” (as she says) to stay healthy and take care of themselves, so that they are here for a long time. For example, she has managed several 16-week “Trim Down” sessions for employees, and organized a Weight Watchers group for employees of the hospital. She also spearheaded the hospital’s submission for the American Heart Association’s Fit-Friendly Companies program. Des Peres Hospital made the 2011 St. Louis area Fit-Friendly Company Honor Roll at the Gold level.
Susan’s integrity is evident in her daily habits. She truly practices what she preaches. She is an excellent nurse and an inspiring person to work alongside. Susan is truly a Tenet Hero.