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Inspiring People in Our Region: Grace Gmeindl, Outreach Liaison, Health Science Library, West Virginia University

Friday, March 14th, 2014

“I became a one-woman traveling library!”

Grace Gmeindl
Outreach Liaison, Health Sciences Library
West Virginia University, Morgantown WV

What is your position?
I am the Outreach Liaison for West Virginia University (WVU) at the Health Sciences Library.

Is there something in your own personal story that led you to do the work you do?
My father always made time to help the less fortunate in our community, so I’ve always believed in volunteer work. The Express Outreach Project Award has made it possible for me to deliver library instruction on health information to underserved regions of West Virginia. It has been a great way to counter health disparities as well as carry on the family tradition.

What do you love most about your work?
Most West Virginians are friendly and welcoming. Many had never been in a medical library before, so they were curious about my job and eager to learn. For me, it was a chance to meet new people and learn more about West Virginia. I became a one-woman traveling library! Promoting health information and setting up displays provided an opportunity to be creative and tailor to new groups outside of the library environment.

What is the biggest challenge in what you do?
Although West Virginia is quite beautiful, the mountainous terrain can make for hazardous travel during the winter and possible flooding in the spring. There are a few areas that lack cellphone /internet coverage. Some counties have daunting statistics and are overwhelmed with poverty, unemployment, obesity, and drug abuse. Fortunately, programs like the After School Program for Teens (through the West Virginia Extension Service) are making a difference.

What has been the most fulfilling part of your work in terms of getting health information out to your community?
Starting a program from scratch and building collaborations requires time and patience. Meeting teens, seniors, veterans, and other members of the community renewed my mission and raised awareness of our library. After many hours of searching for partnerships, it was very nice when people started to call and invite me to present at their events. That was a turning point.

What do you see as the biggest health concerns in the community you serve?
Smoking, lung cancer, obesity, and diabetes all seem to go hand in hand with poverty and economic status, but we are seeing better trends as we educate young people and promote health screenings across the State.

How did you first come to know NN/LM SE/A?
As a hospital librarian, I relied on DOCLINE to acquire articles needed by the physicians, nurses, and other hospital staff. I don’t think the library could have managed without them.

In what ways has NN/LM SE/A been of help to you?
The online training materials are excellent guides for planning, development, and assessment of outreach projects. The staff of NN/LM SE/A has been very helpful in answering my many questions, and I’m very grateful to them for their expertise. The required reporting forms for the outreach award provide a good way to track progress and assess outcomes.

Can you share a success story about the impact of health outreach in your community?
One patient who was about to have surgery told me that—had he not been armed with knowledge to access reliable health information—he would never have known what questions to ask his doctors. He was able to undergo major surgery with confidence in his decision.

Using tablets to teach teens worked much better than the traditional computer lab demonstration. This age group is far more comfortable learning with phones and other mobile devices, and I found them to be very receptive to sources for health information.

What advice would you give others who are interested in doing health outreach work in their communities?
Although it can take years to develop a successful outreach program, it is well worth the effort and enhances our mission to help underserved populations. Health outreach to educate or inform the target population can increase their knowledge and skills and establish beneficial connections between people and medical libraries.

If you would like to share your story or suggest another person for our “Inspiring People” feature, please email Nancy Patterson:


Beyond the SEA – March 19, 2014 – “Hospitals – Meaningful Use, EHRs, Infobuttons, Medlineplus Connect and other E-resources”

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

TIME: 12:00N – 1:00PM

The webinar offers an opportunity to learn from two differing methods of how hospital librarians and their IT colleagues are managing the “patient-education” meaningful use (MU) measure in their hospital’s electronic health record system (EHR). Currently, the measure states: “use clinically relevant information from Certified EHR Technology to identify patient-specific education resources and provide those resources to the patient.”

Whether a hospital is in Stage 1 of MU or is migrating to Stage 2 in 2014, it is important to know that while the measure changed to include contextual relevancy, the intent is still the same.

The webinar will cover EHR demonstrations and discussions of infobutton technology relative to the physician clinical decision support information access (MU Stage 2, Core Measure #5) which improves performance on high priority health conditions and the patient specific-education contextual (MU Stage 2, Core Measure #10) components. The New Hanover Regional Medical Center will operationally demonstrate Core Measures #5 and #10. The SEAHEC speaker will explain how she is marketing and promoting MedlinePlus Connect to the IT department, in the hopes it will be placed within MyChart®. (Note: MyChart is a registered trademark of Epic Systems). With another approach, Novant Health will show the functionality of Medlineplus Connect within their EHR and patient portal using a patient encounter as an example.

By way of experiences such as these, hospital librarians and their leadership can understand the importance and value of increased librarian involvement with EHR implementation and optimization.

Robert (Bob) Pietrzykowski, RRT
Coordinator, Inpatient Clinical Documentation Team
New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Wilmington, NC
New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) is a teaching hospital and a tertiary care center for a seven-county area. NHRMC offers specialty medical and surgical care and is one of 10 trauma centers in the state certified at Level II or above.

After a 20-year career as a respiratory therapist Mr. Pietrzykowski transitioned to the Project Team to build and implement Epic EHR at NHRMC. Currently Bob is the Application Coordinator for the Inpatient Clinical Documentation team, responsible for building and maintaining inpatient documentation tools used by physicians, nurses and other ancillary healthcare providers.

Donna Flake, MSLS
Library Director, SEAHEC Medical Library
Wilmington, NC
Ms. Flake successfully worked with the IT department of New Hanover Regional Medical Center to embed links for the SEAHEC digital library resources inside the hospital’s EHR. Donna spearheaded a library campaign fund, which has generated over $300,000. She received the MLA Mark Hodges International Service Award in 2009. Donna partners with medical libraries internationally and has published articles and made academic presentations to global audiences.

Mary Wallace Berry, MSLS
Manager, Library Services
Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center – Charlotte, NC
Novant Health is an integrated healthcare system headquartered in North Carolina with facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

Ms. Berry is a Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and received the Medical Library Association Technological Innovation Award in 2007. Throughout her career, Mary Wallace has been a strong supporter of emerging technologies and access to information at the point of care. In 2011, Mary Wallace reached out to the physicians and information technology professionals developing the ambulatory EHR at Novant Health. Through her input, Medlineplus Connect was integrated as the patient information component of the Epic EHR.

What do you need to join these conferences?

• A computer (with Flash installed)
• A telephone

How do I connect?
Go to this URL:

• Enter as a Guest
• Sign in with your first and last name

Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone or call 1-800-605-5167 and enter the participant code 816440 when prompted.

NLM and NN/LM Offices are Closed, March 3, 2014

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The NLM and NN/LM SE/A offices are closed, Monday, March 3, 2014 due to the inclement weather in the Baltimore and Washington area where our offices are located.


HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative’s “Spring 2014 Offer” Available to all MAR and SE/A Hospitals

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014



PRINCETON, NJ (February 24, 2014)—Participation in the HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative, a cost-effective consortium, is expanding beyond the MAR to include the entire SE/A Region. All hospitals and healthcare facilities in both regions are invited to participate in the Spring 2014 Offer, available beginning March 3.

“This groundbreaking expansion will allow more hospitals to afford the most current, highest-quality electronic resources, translating into the potential for better patient care,” said Project Manager Robert Mackes, MLS, AHIP. “From New York to Florida, we warmly invite all medical facilities along the East Coast to contact us and order their 2014 resources by leveraging group purchasing power.”

Formed under the umbrella organization Health Sciences Library Association of New Jersey (HSLANJ), the GLI is known as the first consortium of its kind in the nation, providing access to the latest medical electronic resources. All price negotiations are handled by the HSLANJ GLI. Participation has swelled to more than 100 MAR hospitals over the past 12 years of the GLI’s existence.

Currently, the Spring 2014 Offer features more than 450 resources from 12 vendors, at a cost savings of 15-60% off regular pricing.

To receive a copy of the offer, please contact Mackes at 570-856-5952 or The deadline for participation is April 25. For more information on the HSLANJ GLI, including FAQs and testimonials from current participants, see

The HSLANJ Group Licensing Initiative is funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00003-C with the University of Pittsburgh, Health Sciences Library System. This project is also funded in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

UPDATED – NN/LM SE/A offices are closed, Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

The NN/LM SE/A offices are still closed, Friday, February 14, 2014 due to the inclement weather in the Baltimore area where our offices are located.

The National Library of Medicine is open today with a delayed opening of two hours.