First Quarter Newsletter 2018

Happy Spring! It’s the time of year when we begin to see new growth and colorful blooms all around us. 

As I look at our company's growth over the years, I am proud of what we have achieved and I am excited about our outlook for an equally promising future. Our continued delivery of safe and highest standard of quality services to patients and clients is dependent, more than ever, on the professionalism and extra commitment of all of us. Customer satisfaction is the hallmark by which we measure our performance.

I hope that so far in 2018 you are experiencing success in your business, as well as happiness and good health.

Thank you again for embodying our core value of "Making a Difference in People’s Lives Every Day!"
You may or may not be aware that our owner and CEO is a Westpoint graduate, of which we are very proud! You may find it interesting to read the notable names in history that attended this prestigious institution. Click the link to right to read more.
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The President's Message
Spring greetings from San Antonio,Texas! I know that many of you are in locations where it doesn’t feel or look like Spring! We are honored to have you as part of our Donald L. Mooney Enterprises (DME) team and are very proud of all our employees. During spring in San Antonio, we celebrate Fiesta. Fiesta San Antonio started in 1891 as a one-parade event as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. It has evolved into one of this nation’s premier festivals with an economic impact of more than $340 million for the Alamo City. Fiesta is the Party With a Purpose and the funds raised by official Fiesta events provide services to San Antonio citizens throughout the year. That commemoration still takes place, but for more than a century, Fiesta has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures. This year we designed DME’s first ever Fiesta medal to help commemorate Fiesta. Below is a picture of the DME Fiesta medal. The “300” represents the 300 th anniversary of San Antonio; the different “hands” represent the diversity here at DME; the quote at the bottom represents DME’s CORE FOCUS (our Purpose & Passion) - “Making a Difference in People’s Lives Every Day.” Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and “Making a Difference in People’s Lives Every Day.”
In recognition of Employee Appreciation Day the corporate office enjoyed pizza for lunch and an ice cream treat in the afternoon. Everyone was encouraged to wear their craziest hat to work and the team didn't disappoint! We saw some interesting head adornments. We also provided photo props for a fun photo opportunity. Below are a few of the pictures that we captured.

Each month the corporate office team members submit kudos on behalf of another team member that has gone above and beyond their required duties. In March, Marquez Bradley, Recruiter with Virtus (DME's Direct Hire branch) and Yasmine Moubarake, HR Generalist was given Kudos by their peers.
We appreciate you!


Jonathan Bantigue
Tammy Como
Christopher Dimiceli
Michelle Dodd
Ellisa Dorrill
Alejandra Dove
Katie Downing
Jennifer Eby
Katie Frost
Kyle Gausman
Myrese Gnassounou Kpade
Kendall Gonsalves
Sherry Harney
Donna Harper
Kiesha Harris
Curtis House
Rikki Hulsizer
Lolita James
Barbara Kagan-Wlazlinski
Vanessa King
Keith McCargo
Mallory McIntire
Tracy Merriett
Chanel Mobley
Jaime Murray
Deepika Nanda
Wendie Ogle
Petra Ong
Cheryl Pettis
Arthur Ross
Caitlin Rudish
Alexandria Rueda
Angela Ruiz
Editha Sanchez
Jenna School-Joppe
Janie Seilhamer
Todd Steel
Deborah Thomas
Simone Washington


James Besaw
Felissa Burke
Susana Cardenas
Jean Clark
Tracey Dennison
Timothy Evensen
Theresa Gradillas
Angela Green
Christine Guerrero
Alyssia Hayes
Saxona Hedgar
Laura Jackson
Angela James
Steffanie Johnson
Lashante Johnson
Kadeshia Johnson
Tammy Lockhart
Zainab Mansaray
Stephanie Maskill
Caryn McAnarney
Angeleque Napier
Kenneth Noltensme
Jill Omali
Erika Perez
Michael Price
Erin Przygoda
Devin Rattray
Damon Roth
Jill Schultz
Tiffany Seick
Cathleen Stevenson
Felicia Stove
Jeannine Thoms
Cathy Thornton
San Juanita Valles
Leslie Venditto
Margaret Washington


Silvia Flores
Alfonso Robalin
Liedy Harkness
Gloria Holt
John Walker


Matthew Flores
Lancia Stewart
Anthony Keye Richter
Yolanda McIntyre
Marques Bradley
Mario Diaz


Gerry Diaz
Dan Riley
Nancy Garcia
Joanne Bishop
Jessica Bell
Ed Billman
Marc Rhoten
The MVP stands for Mobile Virtual Player. Football players can now train with a self-righting mobile training device that is controlled remotely and powered by a motor. It is able to move at the same speed that an opponent can move. The size has been engineered to duplicate the height and weight of a college or professional player. The MVP is able to simulate human motion so it can be tackled, blocked, pursued, and evaded eliminating the stress of impact and fatigue often associated with athletic training.
The MVP debuted at Dartmouth August 26, 2015 as the first moving non-human training device at their training camp. Dartmouth's coach, Buddy Teevens encouraged some of his players who were engineering students at Thayer School of Engineering to work on the MVP design. They took the challenge and produced the MVP.
Buddy Teevans is the Chairman of MVP, LLC and recently started a company to design the MVP and to work on other innovative technologies. On May 13, 2016, he testified in front of congress at the hearing held on Concussions in Youth Sports Prevention and Research.
The MVP has already proven to be successful in reducing injuries due to impacts during training; therefore, achieving the desired goal.
Valentine's Day was celebrated with a French theme and decadent heart shaped donuts with coffee, specialty creamers and juice.
Oui Oui~Magnifique!

Nichole Adair
Ashley Ard
Gisel Blunt
Dannyel Bryant
Christine Castillo
Susan Cecrle
Gayle Cheeks-Harrell
Sandra Coutain
Romie Dimalanta
Daphne Etienne
Marianne Freedman
Justina Gonzales
Timothy Hackler
Loriean Hall
Frank Hill
Jasimen Jones
Angela Lee
Jesus Lovett
Thaddeus Mamienski
Donovan Marlin
Brenda Ness
Alice Ngoma
Joan Perez
Scott Reinhart
Christopher Reyes
Sabrina Schmid
Tracy Scott
Ronda Sutton
Kelsey Tatone
Tammy Warren
Vickie Williams
Teairrra Young
Debra Zinsmeyer

Frances Rios
Valerie Vazquez
Gerry Diaz
Jenny Ritchie

Alicia Saenz
Silvia Flores
David Beeson

Nancy Garcia
Mr. Mooney
Carolina Frias



Abigairl Gonzalez, CNA


Pablo Frontaura, Dietician/Cook


Silvano R. Alberto, CNA

Linda Valdez, Staffing Coordinator holds the Employee of The Month certificate and gift card for Silvano Alberto, CNA. Silvano was unable to attend our awards ceremony because he was diligently working.
Check out the Nerdy Nurse Website Written by Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN award winning author, blogger, national speaker and a highly influential social media personality.
How To Make Ahead and Freeze Smoothie Kits
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Jalapeno Cilantro Corn Salad
Watch the MVP In Action In The Video Below

This year so far we have had two holidays fall on the same day! Check out the story with the link above.

Reasons for Aggression
There are many reasons why patients can become aggressive. For example, some people are just quick to anger and tend to behave in a hostile or aggressive manner, no matter where they are: home, work, or the hospital.
In other cases, patients can become aggressive due to their situation: they may feel a loss of control over themselves or their medical condition, and combined with other emotions such as fear and anxiety can lead to anger or aggression.
It is also possible that a physical condition or mental health issue has led a patient to behave aggressively.
How to Identify a Potentially Aggressive Patient
Aggressive behavior may start suddenly or build up over time. Medical caregivers must be aware of the signs of aggression and manage the situation to prevent patients from injuring themselves or others.
There are many ways to recognize a potentially aggressive patient:
·          Know the patient’s history; if the patient has been combative or aggressive in the past, pay attention to why and what was done in that situation.
·          The patient is in restraints; find out the reason why.
·          The patient is being treated for drug or alcohol withdrawals.
In some cases, aggression builds slowly, and this can give you time to prevent the situation from becoming more serious. Here are some signs or behaviors to observe in a patient:
·          Change in tone of voice, screaming, use of profanities
·          Clenched fists, fidgeting
·          Physical changes: sweating, red faced, rapid breathing.

Drone Racing League
The Drone Racing League (DRL) was founded in 2015 and launched publicly in January 2016. Their inaugural race race was across the US and was featured on ESPN.
The league has received $12 mm in Series A funding and has had many other big name investors join the league to develop programs for TV and beyond. In 2017 they closed on additional funding and expanded into China.The DRL hosted five professional races during it's first season with performances at the Miami Dolphins HardRock Stadium, the Hawthorne Mill in LA, a lab in NY, a paper mill in Hamilton, OH and an auto plant in Detroit. It was broadcast in over 40 countries during the 2016 season on SkySports and ESPN, to name two well known broadcasting companies. They had an audience of over 75 million fans watching both online and on TV. Jordon "Jet" Temkin from Ft. Collins, CO won the inaugural Championship earning him a contract for $100,000 and becoming the first professional drone pilot. He also earned an automatic place in the DRL's 2017 season. Jordon defended his championship in 2017 by beating out fellow pilot Gab707 in the last heat of the final. He now holds the title of the world's fastest drone racer

Could we see Drone Racing competitions during a future Olympics?
How to Defuse the Situation and Stay Safe
There are many things you can do to defuse a situation before it becomes violent. There may be times you feel comfortable handling things, but there may also be instances where you need help, and if this is the case, err on the side of caution and seek assistance.
There are several ways to calm a patient, such as:
·          Listen to what is bothering your patient, and get someone who can help if their problem is beyond your scope of care.
·          Acknowledge the patient’s concern, just let them know they are being heard.
·          Keep a physical distance between you and the patient.
·          Speak softly but firmly, demonstrate control over the situation.
·          Look at the patient, but avoid intense eye contact or staring the patient down.
During your orientation at a new facility, it is your responsibility to discover the facility’s official procedures on dealing with an aggressive patient and obtaining immediate assistance.
It is very important to remember that incidents of aggression or violence does not reflect on your ability to handle your job duties effectively.
Maintaining vigilance and caring for the patient is the duty of the caregiver, although dealing with violent behavior from patients or receiving injuries is not.

DME is committed to the safety of every employee, if you have any concerns regarding your safety, contact your facility supervisor, as well as the DME Human Resources Department at 210-566-9995. If you are calling after hours, our on-call coordinator will be able to assist you.

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QUOTABLE: "Whatever you hold in your mind on a consistent basis is exactly what you will experience in life" - Tony Robbins