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Brett Groneman
Works at Riverton Hospital - Intermountain Healthcare
Attended University of Utah
Lives in Saratoga Springs, UT
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Clinical Informatics Analyst RN
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Nursing Informatics, Acute care nursing, Critical care nursing
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  • Riverton Hospital - Intermountain Healthcare
    Clinical Informatics Analyst RN, 2014 - present
  • Adult ICU - Utah Valley Regional Medical Center
    Registered Nurse, 2009 - 2014
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Saratoga Springs, UT
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Tingewick, England - Dale City, VA - Orem, UT - American Fork, UT - Cedar Hills, UT - Provo, UT - North Carolina - Highland, UT
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Still looking for Waldo
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Husband.  Dad.  Informatics nurse.  Student of science. Student of religion. Indifferent mostly.  Adamant rarely.
Bragging rights
I was accepted to Duke University's Nursing Informatics program for 2012! I turned them down for the U of U.
Education
  • University of Utah
    Master's of Science - Nursing Informatics, 2012 - 2014
  • BYUI
    BSN, 2010 - 2011
  • UVU
    ASN, 2005 - 2009
  • BYUI
    Computer Science, 2002 - 2002
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One of the triumphs of the modern world is the advent of online shopping and large numbers of reviews from product owners.  It's great that they have a critical mass of buyers and reviewers so that you can see honest reviews of the things from mostly unbiased people.  I also like the ability to then compare prices across multiple retailers without having to drive back and forth across the county.  And of course, there's "Free shipping" -- which we all know isn't actually free -- it's baked into the price of the thing.  But even with that, prices are often just as good or better than brick and mortar stores.  And I don't have to go drive somewhere to get it -- it comes to my house.  

Example: if I would have been smart and looked at Amazon reviews before I purchased a hand spreader a while back (http://amzn.com/B0000BYCP7) and seen the horrible reviews, there's no way I would have wasted my money at Home Depot.  The thing was a horrible useless ball of plastic -- but can you tell that information from seeing it on the shelf at Home Depot?  Nope. 
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I always look at the reviews before I buy something.  It sounds like in your case it used to be a decent product before they changed the design and now it's junk.
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Okay humanity: Settle this trivial debate Katie and I have had for a while.
Without telling you who is on which side... when you're putting a baked potato together, which goes first: sour cream or cheese?

Fill out this one-question survey and let's settle this once and for all.
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Cheesy potatoes solves the problem.
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While most of our garden flopped year, I am very glad that for whatever reason, the strawberries decided to do much better than ever before. It's nice to be able to go out and pick a small pile of strawberries every 3 - 4 days. This is today's batch.

It makes the otherwise mediocre tasting but healthier oatmeal I'm eating for breakfast much more palatable.
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Cheese and apples is a great combination.   I learned about that when I used to take yer mother out to our favorite restaurant in SLC when we were dating.  They always served an apple and cheese plate after the meal.
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I stumbled across a website that compared prices in 1963 and "Now" (https://www.aag.com/1963-vs-now/).  I thought it was interesting.  I have no idea how accurate it is, but it's at least interesting.  Nerdy as I am, I decided to turn these data into one snapshot to see all at once.

I will note that it does seem like a number of these comparisons aren't really equitable.  A 1963 $179 television and a 2015 $1,248 television are hardly comparable side-by-side, and the $1,248 price tag may be an average for today -- but when you compare the product of a $1,248 TV with any 1963 TV, it's not really fair.  Besides ... my 2011 TV cost something around a whopping $150 and is notably much better than a 1963 TV ever was.  

House prices also are probably not reflecting the price for an equivalent house.  I have no data there.  Just a guess.

I'm sure it's hard to capture all of the details like that for how a bunch of things have changed over time.  At least the dozen eggs are still pretty much the same though :)

It's interesting to see how other items have changed compared to the income change that as the benchmark.
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Interesting , I remember a lot of those prices with fondness but that was also when we were making $0.25 an hour for babysitting.
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Nerd question:  Life insurance.

I know employee sponsored life insurance is usually much less expensive, so I’ve opted in on that deal.  My question is, what’s reasonable for a non-employee sponsored life insurance premiums?  

To compare numbers:

Employee accidental death and dismemberment: $500,000 coverage = $245.96 annual premiums

Some ad I got in the mail from a company that’s associated with my credit union:  $500,000 coverage = $600 annual premiums.  Does that sound reasonable?

What secret am I missing in the life insurance world?  

And no, I know of no upcoming murder conspiracies.
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I just found out that I actually do have more coverage on Katie than I remembered I had.  She's got $225K and I've got $725K of coverage between AD&D and optional life insurances through work.  I thought I only had $25K on Katie and that's definitely not enough in my book.  I don't know if $225K is enough, but it seems closer to what seems more reasonable.  

My life insurance premiums aren't nearly as cheap as yours Dad. But who knows what coverage you have, so we might not be comparing apples to apples.  
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I'm listening to "The Checklist Manifesto" audio-book by Atul Gawande when I'm in the car.  The whole time my mind is yelling "This! Yes! THIS!  EVERYBODY LISTEN UP! THIS!!"  It drives me absolutely nuts how far behind healthcare is with process improvement and human factors engineering.  

I've been ranting to poor Katie​ about this stuff for years.  No, seriously -- if you ask her, she can now almost rant the rants herself :)  It's about the only topic I can get going on and discuss (or um, monologue) for hours and hours. I now have an audio-book to back me up :) And now that I'm hearing an audio-book deliver my rants back to me (with notably improved prose), the topic is driving me even more crazy! Science has obviously made such great progress in healthcare delivery -- and now the solutions to stop the new emerging big killers (human errors/mistakes/omissions/commissions) are relatively simple compared to what's been accomplished already ... but we keep not creating and implementing those solutions... 

If you want to read a good book about what keeps me up at night, enjoy.  And then I'll give you a lecture on how we fix it with it.  And then it'll drive you nuts for the rest of your life too until it is fixed.
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I wish my library had this book (in audio or digital) as the only one it has is "Being Mortal" which was a wonderful book!! 
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Because Christmas. That's why.
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That is yum! 
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An interesting comparison of her peanut IgE lab values before and after Oral Immunotherapy (OIT).

[Spoiler: They're improving!]
Since I know there are a number of people who follow this who are knowledgeable about and interested in the peanut IgE labs, this one is for you: Quick recap of our girl’s story: Severe peanut allergy. Told in no uncertain...
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big difference!
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A few days ago while the kiddos were playing in the basement, I dusted off the ol' laser pointer and shone it downstairs onto the basement floor until I heard the playing stop, followed by a "What is THAT?!"  

The light disappeared.  That was it  ...for a while.

Today, at dinner, we were discussing the events of the day, and I told Katie that I heard on the news that one of the red dots escaped from the red dot zoo.  They say that the dots show up in people's houses once in a while, but are very shy.  They like to tickle, but are also very good at hiding.

...And sure enough, my kiddo had in fact SEEN a red dot in the basement and told us all about it!

We asked her if we should name the red dot.  "Yeah" she said, "I want to name it, Sky Blue!"  

"...Sky Blue the red dot?"  

"Yup!" 

Good enough for me.  

I plan on the saga of Sky Blue the red dot lasting for a while.  They're only four years old once... :)
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BYU fan!
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I learned something new about my dreams as one of my little people felt it appropriate to abruptly yell out in the 4 am hour.  Suddenly I was brought back from my intense conference room discussion of something that seemed important at the time -- back to my semi-prone and horizontal position in bed.  As I laid there (the little person now quiet again), I realized in that little window between dreaming and awake that my dream was playing some score of appropriately-intense music for the dream setting.  I kept playing the music in my mind and realized that (to my memory) I've never heard this music before.  

And with all of the critical acclaim and expertise of my 1/3 alert mind, I decided that it was pretty good music too.

Apparently I compose music in my sleep to match my dreams.  Who knew...
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quick, write it down! Maybe you will be famous someday!
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This is where I was introduced to that satellite orbit I'd never heard of that I was talking about last night.  Kind of an interesting website if you've got a few minutes to spare. 
Launch into space with a Chrome Experiment that follows the entire 36-year- long odyssey of the ISEE-3. See its entire path as an interactive documentary, read its instruments, and view its live trajectory and position as it flies through interplanetary space. spacecraftforall.com
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Today's arrangement of verbs, adjectives, nouns, prepositional phrases ...
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Pretty much.
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So here’s the real deal with this company. First of all, overall, we had a decent experience with them. The guy who came out to work on our garage door was truly great and I have no complaints about him. He was very helpful in answering my questions about maintenance. If you’re curious why there are so many reviews, and an abnormal number of positive reviews on here, here’s how that works: At the end of the visit, the technician sat down with us when he was writing up the invoice, and during that, he flat-out asked us to write a five-star review on Google Reviews. He told us that he gets a kick-back (A restaurant gift card or something) for every five-star review on Google Reviews that mention his name specifically. So he asked us to do that. The company even has a streamlined way (direct shortcuts) to get customers to go straight to the company’s google page to write the review. So, I imagine there’s a lot of technicians who, with puppy-dog eyes, ask their customers to go write a five-star review with their name in it. Now go count how many five-star reviews have the technician’s first name in it. …And to be clear, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It probably gets their technicians to make sure they’re behaving very nicely to their customers. They certainly were for me. It would seem like that’s working. But just know that this disproportionate number of these 5-star reviews are on here for a reason beyond a whole bunch of customers just having a fantastic experience with the company. There are ulterior motives and incentives in play... The good: Like I said, the technician was very professional and very nice. No complaints. They came out the same day we called them – and he told us that they try to do that as much as possible. The bad: Our garage door opener was broken. We had them do an overhaul on our garage door after they convinced us we should get it (And truly, there’s a good chance it actually did need it). It cost $1,000 to replace all of the wheels in the track in our door, as well as change out our broken garage door opener and spring. I really don’t know how much the industry typically charges for that work, so I don’t know if that’s good or bad. The one obvious red flag problem for me was in the invoice, they charged us $500 for the garage door opener itself (A “Discount” from its usual $650 price tag). When searching online for the exact same model of garage door opener with the exact same features (Battery pack, etc.), the prices on average are $250 – 300 (Currently $225 on Amazon) and the absolute worst price I can find for that same model is $305. So did they over-charge me on the garage door opener? Absolutely. Ye be warned.
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Public - a week ago
reviewed a week ago
I just checked in. The place is freezing. The room is probably 40 - 50 degrees. I turned the heater on, but it doesn't seem to be gaining too much progress. I've put the towels over the blankets for a little bit of extra warmth tonight. Other than the temperature problems, the hotel seems fine. Nice enough staff. About what you would expect. Update: The room warmed up at night. The heater works. This might just be a one-time fluke situation.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Fun place. Horse riding. Inner-tubing. Kid activities. Archery. Floating canoes on a pond. Great food. We've had fun at our family reunion. If you are coming with small kids, you may want to bring your own kid dinner food, they serve dinner at 7 p.m., which is after our kid's bedtime. The suite has a refrigerator and microwave in the room. The other room do not. Just so you know.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
We're currently in the process of buying a house through them. Justin Schauers is our agent, and I've got nothing but good to say about him. He has been absolutely fantastic in the entire process. It's crazy how readily available he's been with our every request to see different houses. As I'm writing this, we're at the stage where we found a house, and our offer has been accepted, and now we just do all of the other pre-closing stuff. If there happens to be anything that they do mess up out of gross negligence, I'll be back to update this review. Lets just say that I'm not expecting anything to go wrong. Also, you should know that I've reviewed a hand-full of businesses here on Google. You can look at my reviews if you want. People who rate everything 5 stars or 1 star bother me. Even if I really like the business, I rarely give a 5/5 star rating. This is one of those rare places that I think deserves it. I can't speak for anyone else in the company because I don't know them, but Justin Schauers has been absolutely great to us. Ask for Justin. [update March 2014] First, a disclaimer: Nobody at Home Basics (or anywhere) solicited this update to my review here. This is just me talking. Even a couple of years after we bought our house through them, and the "transaction" is done, we continue to be impressed by them. I happen to be connected to Justin on Facebook (Certainly not a requirement to do business with them, FYI) and after our baby was born recently, they sent us a congrats card with a free pizza coupon and a free redbox movie code. No big deal, but it was nice. That's just one example. Years out from the purchase, I'm still happy with the home-buying process with them. And these "extras" are not necessary, but it just shows the personalized attention they give. Again, props to Home Basics, and Justin Schauers specifically.
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reviewed 2 years ago
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I've been a patient of the same physician there since I was a kid. Now I'm in my 30's and I now unfortunately need to pull the plug on my relationship with this establishment. Grievances: 1.) While the physician I've seen has historically been good at spending adequate time and covering everything (and I've publicly praised him for it), I've noticed over the last couple of years that my appointments seem to have been consistently cut short -- as in, I feel like I'm in the middle of talking to him, and then suddenly he disappears. I think he must be coming back, but then I realize that nope -- that's the end of the appointment. So much for my questions I had for him. I can forgive this happening once or twice, but this has been for probably the last 5 typical check-ups. There must have been some changes to make his practice change like this and make him feel so rushed and just disappear -- it's just too bad because I was very happy with him before. 2.) Good luck getting your medical records. They have some sort of "patient portal" -- but it's fairly useless. None of your clinical documentation goes in there. What you can see though: the data that you yourself put in there -- which is the data I don't need. With as much as people pay for healthcare and as important as the information is, I'm a big believer that everyone should have access to their medical records. Now ... I will say that there is a medical records department where you can request your records. I requested my records 3 months ago. I was told I'd be getting a phone call when they were done. I just called them again yesterday to remind them about it. Today they called me back and said they forgot but the records are now ready for me to pick up at the Lehi office (C'mon ... this day and age, can we not just put it online, or at a very minimum, just email a PDF?) during business hours. I was also told as a side-note that it was going to cost me something like $17 to get them too. "Printing fees." Seriously? Printing fees? Shouldn't me accessing my records be included in the costs of the original transactions I had with you? Here's the deal -- I'm a patient going to my physician's appointment and you're getting paid quite a bit of money for the ultimate purpose of me getting information about my health. When I request my medical records -- that very information I already paid for, you shouldn't charge me $17 more for it. This isn't the reason why I'm leaving, but it is just more ammunition to seal the deal. 3.) I recently got an email from Premier Family Medical about a new policy update regarding copayments with high deductible insurance plans. I've been on a high deductible plan for years with no problems. I get it and I'm fine with pretty much paying the whole cost with no insurance assistance before the deductible is met -- that's how it works. I've always paid their due money. But their new email says: "With our new policy on high deductible plans, you will be asked to pay a deposit of $75.00 at the time of service." Part of the reason of having a high deductible plan is to have the ability to have a Health Savings Account for the tax benefits. Those are government-auditable accounts, so you need to keep the documentation of all of the transactions to prove that they are for appropriate and approved healthcare transactions. This is usually (and most easily) done by matching insurance copayments with card transactions. Unfortunately, depending on the status of the deductible, their new "$75 deposit" policy requires you to either split one copayment into two ($75 and the rest later), or it requires a deposit of $75 which would need to be partially refunded since that is an over-payment for me most of the year. Both of those scenarios are a bookkeeping headache/nightmare with the HSA documentation. Those are my biggest 3 grievances. It's certainly not worth it to drive clear over to your office to be treated like that any more. I'll be at a place that has a real patient portal and has all of these issues resolved.
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
I don't have a whole lot to say other than that they do a great job, particularly for a community style theater. The prices are a bit up there, but I suppose that's the cost of running live theater. They really do a great job.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago