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            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has scheduled an orientation day for teenagers interested in becoming VolunTeens at the local facility. The program is for students 14-18 years old.

            The orientation is set for Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 9:30 a.m. until Noon. Those interested need to pick up, complete, and return an application. Applications are available by calling Volunteer Coordinator June Washburn at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4408.

            VolunTeens will be trained in how to use the wheelchairs, how to greet visitors, and how to assist in special events and activities, including clerical assistant, Gift Shop personnel, greeter, receptionist, and waiting room attendant.

            VolunTeens can also become eligible for a scholarship from TBH after volunteering a set number of hours through their junior/senior years in high school.

            Interested teenagers can contact Volunteer Coordinator June Washburn at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4408 for an application packet or additional information.





            Winners were selected on Friday in the 7th annual Bellevue United Selective Fund Community Raffle. Committee members randomly drew the winners from a barrel of tickets during the final BUSF reporting meeting held at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH).

            In total, the raffle raised $4,340 for the BUSF Drive. The raffle was organized by TBH’s Marketing Department and all of the prizes were donated by the businesses listed below.

            The prize winners are:

  • 3-Minute Shopping Spree to Hogues IGA, donated by Hogues IGA and The Bellevue Hospital – Leslie Benton, Port Clinton.
  • 2016 season pass for Green Hills, Woussickett and River Cliff Golf Courses, donated by The Crockett Family – Rose Sartor, Bellevue.
  • Two “all access” passes to Bellevue High School athletic and cultural events donated by Bellevue City Schools – Pam Verhoff, Bellevue.
  • $300 in Chamber Checks donated by Croghan Colonial Bank – Saebel Robles, Fremont.
  • Healthy Living Basket, donated by Firelands Federal Credit Union – Linda Netcher, Bellevue.
  • Couch Potato Basket, donated by Firelands Federal Credit Union – David Dominy, Bellevue.
  • Pizza a month one year, donated by East of Chicago Pizza – Bill Brugnone, Bellevue.
  • Six-inch sub sandwich a week for a year, donated by Subway – Todd DeWitt, Bellevue.
  • Fall Tailgate Basket, donated by First National Bank – JoAnn Ventura, Sandusky.
  • Great Wolf Lodge overnight package, Sandusky & Wisconsin Dells, donated by Great Wolf Lodge – Tami Trenor, Norwalk.
  • Two rooms of carpet cleaning and discounted flooring, donated by Stanley Steemer and North Coast Carpet and Flooring (two of these prizes) – Chris Stamp, Amcor Corp., and Sherri Wilhelm, Monroeville.
  • Family Rec Center pass and Family Pool Pass for 2016, donated by the Bellevue Rec Department – Ashley Zieber.
  • Two rooms of carpet cleaning donated by Adrian’s Masterclean – Jerry Nailor, Bellevue.
  • Designer Sunglasses donated by Advanced Family Eyecare – Pam Verhoff, Bellevue.
  • Pie a month for a year, donated by Copper Top Bake Shop – Tanhan Hicks, Bellevue.
  • Ohio State Gift Basket donated by the Bellevue Beverage Center – Mandi Artino, Bellevue.
  • $125 Best Buy gift card donated by The Willows (two of these prizes) – Gary Wharton, Elyria, and John David, Bellevue.
  • $100 Gift Certificate to Bellevue Meats donated by International Metal Hose – Pat Westhoven.
  • $100 total in gift cards to Bellevue restaurants, donated by Home Savings and Loan – Pam Biddington, Bellevue.
  • $50 Bassett’s gift card donated by Bassett’s – Jessica Myers, Norwalk.
  • Four Oil Changes donated by Myers Automotive – Kathy Ruggles, Norwalk.
  • Weekend Mini Van Rental donated by Myers Automotive – Brooke Higgenbotham, Amcor Corp.
  • Hair Care Basket & Gift Card, donated by Buckeye Styles, Clyde – Jim Davis, Bellevue.
  • Gift Card and Basket, donated by Bellevue Medicine Shoppe – Valerie Bumb, Bellevue
  • Gift Cards for Darden Restaurants, donated by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation – Dennis Boyer, Bellevue.

            The BUSF committee publicly thanked all of the sponsors for their generous donations to the 7th annual Community Raffle.


Upcoming Events


            Once again it’s time to sponsor the annual Lights of Love at The Bellevue Hospital. Donations are now being accepted to purchase a Light of Love in honor or in memory of a loved one.
        The 30th annual event is a time when individuals, families, and/or businesses may lovingly remember those special individuals who have touched their hearts or to honor individuals or others.
“The cost of each light is $5 and all proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s charitable projects,” Dennis Sabo, Foundation Director, said.
            The Lights of Love trees will be on display in the south entrance hallway at The Bellevue Hospital beginning the first week of December and continuing through the holiday season. The trees will feature white lights changing to red “Lights of Love” bulbs, as purchases are made in honor or memory of a loved one. 
            Lights of Love may be purchased at any time throughout the holiday season. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation. Forms are available at TBH’s Gift Shop, by contacting TBH Administration at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4200, or online at
           Donations may be made to the Lights of Love program, for each $5 a Light will Light up with Love.  Participants may also order their Lights of Love by enclosing a check or money order and the following information: name, address, city, state, zip, how many lights ordered (at $5 each),  and in honor or memory of whom. Send payment and information to TBH Foundation, 1400 W. Main St., Bellevue, OH 44811.

            The first “Early Bird” drawing was held for The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s 2016 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The Early Bird drawing was held on Nov. 16 and the winner of $750 was Michael Celia, Huber Heights, OH. Early Bird winning tickets are returned to the drum after each drawing.
            Celia is the second winner in the current raffle. Todd Mills from Fremont, OH won the “Loyalty Club” drawing of $750 on Oct. 1. His name was drawn from all previous ticket holders who purchased a ticket during the month of September.
            Two more “Early Bird” drawings are slated for Dec. 14 ($500) and Jan. 14 ($250).
            The sixth annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle is being sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation, in cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. Grand prize in the raffle is a new Corvette, or $50,053 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Feb. 15, 2016, at 5 p.m. at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.
            As of Nov. 23, only 240 tickets remain to be sold for this year’s raffle. Last year, the raffle sold out on Dec. 22.
            The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 15, 2016 will be for the new Corvette or $50,053 in cash. Four other cash drawings include $2,000 for second place, $1,500 for third place, $1,000 for fourth place, and $500 for fifth place.
            For additional information on the raffle, for a complete set of rules, or to be placed on the mailing list for next year’s raffle, contact The Bellevue Hospital Marketing Department at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4899, or visit

Blankets donated to TBH

The Green Springs/Republic 4H Club members recently donated handmade blankets to be used for younger patients admitted to the Surgery and Medical/Surgical areas of The Bellevue Hospital. The approximately 30 members of the “Kids, Pigs & Udders” 4H Club recently presented the blankets to the hospital staff. Pictured from left to right are Jordyn Humbert, Maddy Norman, Wyatt Humbert, Karly Humbert (holding blanket), and Angela Miller.


Todd Mills, left, accepts his $750 check from Dennis Sabo, Director of The Bellevue Hospital Foundation.
            The “Loyalty Club” drawing was held for The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s 2016 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The Loyalty Club drawing was held on Oct. 1 and was for previous ticket holders who purchased a ticket for the current raffle during the month of September. The $750 winner was Todd Mills from Fremont, OH.
            The sixth annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle is being sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation, in cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. Grand prize in the raffle is new Corvette Stingray, or $50,053 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Feb. 15, 2016, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.
            Tickets, priced at $100 each, are now on sale to the general public at the Clyde and Fremont Steinle locations; the Bellevue Beverage Center on Kilbourne Street; Bellevue Hogue’s IGA; and at the hospital Gift Shop. Winners need not be present to win and all Early Bird winners are returned to the drum and have a chance to win again.
            As of Oct. 1, only 742 tickets remain to be sold, out of the 1,553 tickets available for the raffle.
Three other Early Bird drawings are set for Nov. 16 ($750), Dec. 14 ($500), and Jan. 14 ($250). The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 15, 2016 will be for the new Corvette Stingray or $50,053 in cash. Four other cash drawings include $2,000 for second place, $1,500 for third place, $1,000 for fourth place, and $500 for fifth place.
            For additional information on the raffle or for a complete set of rules, contact The Bellevue Hospital Marketing Department at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4899, or visit

            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) welcomes Nathan Fogt, D.O., to its active medical staff.
            Dr. Fogt is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and will begin seeing patients on Monday, Aug. 31 in TBH’s Specialty Physician Services Department.
            He received his Bachelor of Science degree Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, and his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, OH.
            He was General Orthopedic Resident and Chief Resident at St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, OH, and is certified by the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American Osteopathic Association.
            For the past 13 years, Dr. Fogt has worked for the Mercy Clinic in Defiance, OH, where he was the team physician for Defiance College and five area high schools. He was also Past Hospital Chief of Staff.
            He is a retired U.S. Army Colonel, serving time in Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Desert Storm with U.S. Army Medical Services.
            He and his wife are parents of five children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include travel, hiking, and music.
            Dr. Fogt will see patients at the TBH location and will eventually see patients in his office at 420 W. McPherson Hwy., Clyde.
            For appointments phone 419.547.9890.

            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has announced that Deven Mohan, Health Information Technology & Telecommunications system analyst, recently graduated from The University of Akron.
            He received as Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.
            At TBH, Devenworks with the Information Technology Department in overseeing the operation of the computer systems and technology.
            He is a resident of Norwalk and has been employed with TBH for three years.

            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has announced that Matt Sostakowski, Health Information Technology & Telecommunications specialist, recently graduated with distinction from Bowling Green State University.
            He received as Associates degree of Applied Business in Computer Science Technology.
            At TBH, Matt works with the Information Technology Department in overseeing the operation of the computer systems and technology.
            He is a resident of Norwalk and has been employed with TBH for one year.

            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has announced that Mandi Artino, Wellness Coach, has recently completed her Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Management.
            Artino earned her degree from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea.
            At TBH, she is the Health and Wellness Coach and also performs physician office outreach for the local hospital.
            She is the mother of two children. She and her husband, Nate, reside in Bellevue. She has been employed at TBH since 2009.

Donation of stuffed animals to benefit kids

Seven-year-old Madison Myers of Clyde, accompanied by her father, Derek, recently donated a box of new stuffed animals to The Bellevue Hospital. Madison, who was cleaning out some of her collection, will now share those stuffed animals with sick and injured children at the local hospital. Donations of NEW stuffed animals are always welcome at The Bellevue Hospital. For donation information, contact the Marketing Department at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4899.

Winning the Open Division of The Bellevue Hospital Foundation Golf Outing was the Team Health foursome, left to right, Wilson Pay, Jeff Pay, Jack Hay, and Dan Hay.
 The 35th Annual Foundation Golf Outing of The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) was held on July 18 at Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde, with the event raising over $25,000 to benefit the Hospital Foundation.
            “A big thank you goes out to those who came out to volunteer. I also want to give a special mention to the Crockett Family for all they did to help the event run so smoothly,” said Kate Herring, chairman of the annual outing. “Everyone – all who volunteered to help – did a fantastic job. Also, a big thank you to the employees and volunteers of The Bellevue Hospital for all the support they give this event each year.”
            Dr. Jeff Pay’s Team Health foursome shot a 12-under-par 59 to take Open Flight honors in the outing, winning on a scorecard playoff over the second place team, North Central Family Physicians. Members of the winning team were Pay, Jack Hay, Wilson Pay, and Dan Hay.
            The Sparks Family Bariatric team shot a 12-under-par 59 to win the Mixed Flight Division. Members of the team were Ian Hilliker, Heath Maines, Dalton Florence and Brylee Orberdorf (no prize money awarded, donated back to Foundation).
            Prizes were awarded during the dinner to the following winners:
            Open Division:  First place (59) – Team Health: Jeff Pay, Jack Hay, Wilson Pay, Dan Hay; second place (59) – North Central Family Physicians. Third place (60) – Home Savings & Loan.
            Mixed Division: First place, (59) – Sparks Family Bariatric: Ian Hilliker, Heath Maines, Dalton Florence, Brylee Orberdorf (no prize money award, donated back to Foundation). Second place (60) – McKesson Team. Third place (62) – Toft’s Dairy.
            Field Prize Winners:  Closest to pin 2nd shot winners – Dylan DeWitt, Kathy Dick, and Wilson Pay.
            Longest drives – Derek Guezman, Katie Hyatt, Ian Mowery, Janet Runner, and Tony Price.
            Longest putts – Brad Reusch and Cathy Reyes.
            Poker Walk Winner: Dan Hay, full house.
            Door prize winners: Joe Buit, Samsung 50-inch TV donated by Raymond James; Nate Gonring, iPad Air donated by CDW; Jeff Risner, Catawba Island Golf Package donated by The Bellevue Hospital and Emrhein Associates; Dan Kasinec, Indians, Green Hills and Zinc Restaurant gift package donated by BAS Broadcasting, GGJ Consulting Engineers and Green Hills; and Brad Reusch, Gift Card Tree and overnight stay at the Victorian Tudor Inn, donated by The Victorian Tudor Inn, Green Emerald, NoWhere Tavern, Hogue’s IGA, Perry’s Plantation, and Stanley Steemer.
            Added Herring, “A special thank you to our Signature Sponsors, Alta Partners and Dr. Dan Herring and North Central Family Physicians; to Awards Dinner sponsor Home Savings Charitable Foundation; to Golf Cart sponsor TeamHealth; Exclusive Lunch sponsor Vantage Healthcare of Ohio, LLC; Exclusive Breakfast sponsor Mutual Health Services; Hole-in-One sponsors Cleveland Clinic, First Credit, McKesson, and Plante Moran; Putting Contest sponsor First National Bank; and Driving Range sponsor KeyBank.”
            The 36th annual Auxiliary Golf Outing is set for Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Green Hills Golf Course.
Thank you to the following sponsors:
19th Hole Refreshments: Buckeye Medical, Inc.; in memory of Dr. John Zimmerman; and Joe & Sharon Wilson.
Lunch: Commerce Bank, Michael & Gail Winthrop, Stand Energy Corporation, and The HMC Group.
Beverage Carts: In memory of D. Ross Irons, M.D., gifted by his family, and Bricker & Ecker, LLP.
Continental Breakfast: Creative Office Solutions E&M Raymond James, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 490, hpa Insurance, Janotta & Herner, McDonald’s of Bellevue, Clyde, Fremont, North Coast Carpet and Stanley Steemer, Ohio Physician Services & Tom Forster, and Precision Automotive Plastics.
Contributors: A. Schulman, ACE Hardware, Alta Partners, Anonymous, Anstead Construction, Art @ 106, BAS Broadcasting, Bellevue Society for the Arts, CDW, Christian Roberts Salon & Spa, Croghan Colonial Bank; Delta Dental, E&M Raymond James, Edward Jones of Bellevue, Edward Jones of Clyde, Emrhein & Associates, Firelands Federal Credit Union, Foos & Foos Funeral Service, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 490, GGJ Consulting Engineers, Green Hills Golf Course, Home Savings & Loan, hpa Insurance, Hogue’s IGA, Jim Renner & Press Ganey, McDonald’s of Bellevue, Clyde & Fremont, MCP Financial, Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers, Nichols, North Central Family Physicians, North Coast Carpet & Stanley Steemer, NoWhere Tavern, Perry’s Plantation, Precision Automotive, Russell’s Farm Market, The Clothes Hanger, The Toledo Mud Hens, The Victorian Tudor Inn, The Willows, and Wild Birds Unlimited.
Hole Sponsors: 92.1 The Wolf WOHF, BAS Broadcasting, Bayless Pathmark, Inc., Bellevue Care Center & Orchard Grove Assisted Living, CTM Financial Advisors, Coast Country 100.9 WMJK, Cook, Smith & Company CPA’s, Credit Management Company, Donald Smith, M.D., Eagle 99 WFRO, Fifth Third Bank, Findley Davies, Inc., Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Fitzgerald Automotive Group, Frantz Ward, LLP, Lake Shore Graphic Industries, MSUMC Life Flight, Medalist Management, Mix 102.7 WCPZ, Pain Management Group, Par Excellence Systems, Inc., ProMedica Memorial Hospital, Seneca Medical, TTX Teletronics Communications, The Medicine Shoppe, The Willows at Bellevue, Torrence Sound Systems, Twin Lakes Golf Course & Restaurant, Wadsworth Slawson, Whirlpool Corporation, and Zenith Systems.


David Washburn, Mary Kay Blair, Sam Maynard, Linda Irons, and John Harris Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, Sue Steinmetz, Dee Butler, Sue Hollingsworth, Barb Davis, Alice Adams, Sue Ruffing, and Buzz Dayringer Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, Jeanette Hay, Gloria Lindsley, Cat Valero, Elaine Hess, and Peggy Tuttamore Marge Jones, Karen Hartman, Mary Ann LaVine, and Sue Lemmon
Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, Bob Beck, Kathy Vickery, Biagio Fontana, LaVohn Hunter, Shirley Warder, and Edna Schreiner Rose Fay, Volunteer Coordinator June Washburn, Gerri Ware, and Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital Virginia Konst, Volunteer Coordinator June Washburn, and Ellie Beck TBH Foundation Director Kate Herring, Sue Felder, Kevin Strecker, SamMaynard, and Volunteer Coordinator June Washburn
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) paid tribute to the many Volunteers and VolunTeens who donated countless hours at the local facility, with a Recognition Banquet held in the Clubhouse at The Willows.
            Theme for the evening was “Happy Birthday” as the Volunteers were helping TBH celebrate 10 years in the new hospital facility. The agenda included a welcome by Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH, dinner, and the program and awards presentation.
            All total, 8,022 hours were donated in 2014 by Volunteers and 436 more hours were donated by VolunTeens.
            June Washburn, TBH Volunteer Coordinator and Gift Shop Manager, gave special recognition to those Volunteers who have reached the listed cumulative lifetime milestones in 2014.
            4,800: Ellie Beck, Virginia Konst
            4,000: Gerri Ware
            3,000: Rose Fay
            2,500: Ron Miller
            2,000: Jan Adams, Bob Beck, JoAnn Cook, Biagio Fontana, LaVohn Hunter, Edna Schreiner, Kathy Vickery, and Shirley Warder
            1,500: Karen Hartman, Marge Jones, Mary Ann LaVine, Sue Lemmon, and Jack Wooten
            1,000: Jeanette Hay, Elaine Hess, Tom Kutz, Gloria Lindsley, Alohoea Lowrey, Ed Rose, Peggy Tuttamore, Cat Valero, and Vernetta Vallimont
            500: Alice Adams, Dee Butler, Barb Davis, Buzz Dayringer, Sue Hollingsworth, Sue Ruffing, Sue Steinmetz, and Charlotte Waskielis
            100: Mary Kay Blair, John Harris, Linda Irons, Peg Kaufman, Sam Maynard, Laura McBride, Marilyn McDaniels, Ruth Miller, Cindy Rich, Kelly Roach, Wilma Seamon, Sharon Thayer, and David Washburn
            New Volunteers: Marie Barr, Carol Cole, Kathy Collins, Sue Felder, Dwana Isaac, Rebecca Isaar, Cheyanna Littlejohn, Sam Maynard, Marilyn McDaniels, Dar Rich, and Kevin Strecker.
            Halo Awards were cited for the top five Volunteers by hours worked. They included Cat Valero (476), LaVohn Hunter (473), JoAnn Cook (454), Ellie Beck (433), and Sue Lemmon (419).
For information on how to become a Volunteer or VolunTeen at The Bellevue Hospital, contact June Washburn at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4408.
The Bellevue Hospital Announces Scholarship Winners
For the 14th consecutive year, recipients of scholarships given to children of The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) employees were announced during National Hospital Week, May 10-16, 2015. The Robert Regula Employee Children’s Scholarship Program honored 10 high school and college students this year.
            “The scholarships began as a way of investing in the future of healthcare and of providing an additional benefit for our employees,” said Michael K. Winthrop, president and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital. “We are pleased to again offer the scholarships to a deserving group of individuals,” Winthrop added.
            TBH awards $1,500 scholarships to eligible dependents of its full or part time employees who have worked at least two consecutive years at the hospital.  The students are to be enrolled in post high school academic programs, with a minimum of three of the scholarships reserved for students in healthcare-related fields of study. 
            Employees must first make application for the scholarship prior to March 31. The Scholarship Committee then meets to select the finalists for the award, and the recipients are announced during National Hospital Week. This year’s recipients are as follows:
Taylor Andrews, Animal Science/Pre-Vet, The Ohio State University, daughter of Cindy Andrews, Health Information Management, and Todd Andrews, Bellevue.
    Paige Collier, Pre-Exercise Physiology, Ohio University, daughter of Laura Collier, Health Info & Technology, Fremont, and Ross Collier, Vickery  
Dylan DeWitt, Sports Management, The University of Findlay, son of Amy DeWitt, Health Information Management, and Todd DeWitt, Bellevue.
.Aaron Englehart, Civil Engineering, The Ohio State University, son of Gail Englehart, Case Managment, and, Jeffrey Englehart, Republic.
Kelsey Fresch, Early & Middle Childhood Studies, The Ohio State University, daughter of Lora Fresch, Castalia, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, and Charles Fresch, Sandusky.
Danica Lombardi, Occupational Therapy, Xavier University, daughter of Tony Lombardi, Rehabilitation Services, and Amy Lombardi, Lab. They reside in Milan.
Madison Mize, Organic/General Chemistry, Miami University, daughter of Lisa Mize, Family Birthing Center, and Paul Mize, Huron
Cyleen Sharpe, Nursing, Ashland University, daughter of Deb Sharpe, Materials Management, and Steven Sharpe, Clyde.
Jacqueline Turner, Athletic Training, Ashland University, daughter of Lauren Turner, Cardiopulmonary, and Adam Turner, Bellevue.
Sophia Wilson, Nursing, Xavier University, daughter of Cherri Wilson, Family Birthing Center, and Rodge Wilson, Bellevue.


Members of the most recent Babysitting Basics class at The Bellevue Hospital are, front row left to right, Jace Wilson, Caleb Heiser, Molly Foos, Sydney Waskielis, Kailey Kilgore, Victoria Collins, Grace Biglin, and Nadea Strause. Middle row, Brett Phenicie, Jillian Stover, Cameran Cleveland, Emma Bollinger, Jadin Fazio, Sierra Hatlay, and Taylor Fisher. Back  row, Morgan Cory, Emily Wilson, Kendall Dick, Marley Ruffing, Madeline Swanbeck, Mackenzie Hawley, Makya Satterfield, and Averie Fritz.
A total of 23 local and area students have become better babysitters, the result of completing a “Babysitting Basics” all-day course at The Bellevue Hospital.
            The participants met from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday, June 8 in the hospital’s Burson Conference Rooms. The class is for potential babysitters ages 11 and older.
            The course introduced the future babysitters to the roles and responsibilities of the babysitter, including how to handle emergencies and illness, the basics of bathing, diapering, and feeding infants, playtime suggestions, and safety and nutrition.
            Each student received a certificate of completion and a handbook. Lunch was also provided for the participants.
            Members of the class included Jace Wilson, Caleb Heiser, Molly Foos, Sydney Waskielis, Kailey Kilgore, Victoria Collins, Grace Biglin, Nadea Strause, Brett Phenicie, Jillian Stover, Cameran Cleveland, Emma Bollinger, Jadin Fazio, Sierra Hatlay, Taylor Fisher, Morgan Cory, Emily Wilson, Kendall Dick, Marley Ruffing, Madeline Swanbeck, Mackenzie Hawley, Makya Satterfield, and Averie Fritz.
The next Babysitting Basics course at The Bellevue Hospital is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 (President’s Day) from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B. For additional information or to sign up for the next class, contact the Centralized Scheduling Department: in Bellevue phone 419.483.4040, Ext. 4326; in Clyde phone 419.547.0074, Ext. 4326.


Members of the Team Leadership Corps, Bellevue Mayor Don Berkey, and officials from The Bellevue Hospital pose for a group photo.
Teen Leadership Corps members help to plant fruits and vegetables in The Bellevue Hospital’s Community Garden.
            Members of the Teen Leadership Corps at Bellevue High School (BHS) recently completed a day of prepping and planting the Community Garden at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH). In its third growing season, the garden has yielded over two tons of produce and herbs over the past two years, all of which was donated to the Bellevue Fish & Loaves and Clyde Backdoor Food Pantries to help feed local and area families in need.
            Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE, with TBH’s Dietary Department, and a Master Gardener-in-training, coordinates the garden schedule for the hospital. “A total of 20 students at BHS filled nine of 18 raised gardens by putting 20-25 wheel barrel loads of compost and soil in each raised garden box,” noted Keller. “The City of Bellevue coordinated obtaining the soils from Barnes Nursery and TBH helped arrange delivery. Members of Boy Scout Troop 203 hand-made made the garden boxes, and each has been sponsored by an individual or business. All money raised from sponsorships helps to defray the materials used for the garden boxes and will help to pay for garden seeds and supplies.”

  Bellevue Mayor Don Berkey and TBH President & CEO Michael K. Winthrop both came out to speak to the students and thank them before lunch was served to the hard-working crew.
Continued Keller, “Along with filling the raised gardens, the kids planted potatoes, strawberries, squash, onions, carrots, spinach, cucumbers, black-eyed peas, and green beans. In addition, they planted marigolds on the Wellness Trail and put down cardboard in the garden for weed control. We could not have accomplished so much in so little time without these students! Their help was greatly appreciated and the garden would not be the success that it will be this year without their help. “
Keller also went on to thank the following individuals and businesses for sponsoring the garden boxes: Steinle Chevrolet-Buick, Courtney Stockmaster, JoAnn Ventura, Lakeshore Graphic Industries, Bellevue Kiwanis Club, Bellevue Rotary Club, Miller’s Drive-In, Clyde Lions Club, Whirlpool (2), Landing Point Financial Group, Quality Welding Incorporated, Dave & Sherri Wilhelm, Tom Aigler, Jerry & Gail Foos, First National Bank, North Central Family Physicians, Michael K. & Gail Winthrop. Plaques will be placed on the garden boxes with the name of each donor.

The Bellevue Hospital Receives Women’s Choice Award® As
One of America’s Best Emergency Care Hospitals
Proud of the Women’s Choice Award earned at The Bellevue Hospital are Emergency Department and hospital staff members, left to right, Nathaniel Mellot, RN; Laurie Trapp, RN; Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO; Michelle Garcia, RN, Director of the Emergency Department; Rick Salazar, RN; Jeff Pay, D.O., Medical Director of the Emergency Department; Carrie Mason, RN; Alisha Glick, RN; Victoria Gamboa, Ward Secretary; and Elizabeth Pasztor, RN.
The Bellevue Hospital is recognized for ranking in the top one percent for Emergency Care
The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award® (WCA) as America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care. This coveted credential places The Bellevue Hospital in the top 10 percent for Emergency care, which was achieved by 373 hospitals, less than 10% of the 3,800 emergency rooms that report data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Overall, TBH also ranked in the Top 1% for Emergency Care.
“We are exceptionally proud of our Emergency Department being rated nationally in the top one percent,” Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH, said. “This recognizes the effort our staff has given to provide the quality of care our patients expect from us. We take pride in the combined effort of our clinical departments, physicians, technicians, and nurses to help creative the positive patient experience that helped TBH achieve this honor.”
Emergency services (ES) account for more than 125 million hospital visits annually, and all clinicians must have expertise in caring for patients across their life span, often when their healthcare needs are urgent and unplanned. Unlike other hospital departments that interact with the same patient and families for an extended period, ES staffs typically have one patient encounter, often when anxiety and fear is at its peak.
“The Women’s Choice Award® seal delivers a powerful message to women, offering them the peace of mind that the recipient is clinically excellent and highly responsive to the patient’s experience, “notes Sharyn S Lee, RN, MS, FACEHP, President of the WCA Healthcare Division. “Awarded Emergency Services Departments must achieve high rankings on eight emergency measures including patient recommendation scores, which is unlike any other healthcare credential recognizing providers today.”
Hospitals earning the Emergency Care Award consistently rank in the top 25 percent of the 3,800 hospitals reporting on their emergency department’s performance to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The eight measures CMS publicly reports relate primarily to the amount of time taken in the ER such as time for diagnosis, medication, and admission to the hospital, and are weighted according to the priorities of women surveyed.

Of the eight measures reported by emergency departments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), women rate “door to diagnostic time” or in other words, “door to doctor,” as the most important criteria when selecting an emergency room.   The least important reported measure is the percentage of patients who left the emergency department before being seen.
A hospital can be eliminated from the award if they fall outside the 25th percentile for two or more of the eight measures, depending on their importance.  The award is also limited to those hospitals with a solid recommendation on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems.
“We have found that recommendations are an important consideration used by women in selecting a hospital for themselves and their family. By helping women know which hospitals in their area provide the best critical care, we are able to help them make better decisions, especially when it comes to emergency situations, “said Delia Passi, CEO & Founder of Women’s Choice Award®.
Year after year, the Women’s Choice Award® is the only credential that identifies the nation’s best healthcare institutions by measuring against the needs and preferences of women, when it comes to treatment and a quality hospital experience. This credential signifies The Bellevue Hospital’s commitment and passion toward an extraordinary healthcare experience for women and all patients.
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The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women make smarter choices by collectively identifying the brands, products, and services most recommended and trusted by women - those that deliver a customer experience worthy of their recommendation. Awards are based on surveys of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania on what drives the consumer experience for women versus men. As the leading advocate for female consumers, WomenCertified Inc., home of the Women’s Choice Award, created the first national award based on the ratings and preferences of women to provide them with a collective voice. Women can make their preferences heard and be part of the mission toward a million voices strong by visiting the Women’s Choice Award’s official website and joining the network.

Presenting the many award to Patricia Keller, RD, LD, CDE, are members of The Bellevue Hospital administration team. Left to right, Patricia Semer, Vice President of Administrative Services; Tim Buit, Executive Vice President & CFO; Keller; Sara Brokaw, Vice President of Patient Care Services; Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO; and Lisa Sartain, Vice President of Human Resources. Patricia Keller in The Bellevue Hospital’s Herb Garden.

            Patricia Keller, RD, LD, CDE, with The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Nutritional Services Department, is TBH’s nominee for the 2015 Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award.
            The Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award has been given annually since 1996 to one Ohio caregiver who personifies a leader, gives back to the community, and routinely goes beyond the call of duty and has overcome odds to succeed. The award will be presented at the OHA Recognition Dinner in Columbus on June 9 to one of the 56 total nominees statewide.
            The hospital staff nominated Keller for the award with the following information:
            “Patricia Keller, as a registered and licensed dietitian, goes well beyond putting in eight hours of clinical support and education in practicing her profession. She considers her job her responsibility to reach into the community and make an impact on the hungry. Whether it is placing food on the table as she serves at the soup kitchen, or educating what food should be on the table to nourish the family or growing the food…Patti makes a difference. 
“After eighteen years of being a dedicated employee, Patti is known for her fortitude, dedication and thoroughness.  Because of these attributes, she was approached four years ago with an idea of spearheading a new project – a hospital garden.  With a canvas of green, Patti took on the project as a great leader would.  She researched what local food banks had available to them already, what could be reaped to provide a complete nutritionally sound meal to each family served, and what educational nutritional pieces needed to be put in place to educate those the garden would serve.  Patti has single-handedly turned the hospital garden into a garden of community. 
“We care about patients as members of our family,” begins our Mission Statement. Because of her family background of growing up and working on a farm, Patti feels comfortable in working the soil in our gardens to feed our community family. Patti has made feeding the hungry well her Mission. During the past four years, the Community Garden netted an income of approximately $8,000 from about two tons of produce donated to our local food pantry. Not only did Patti help plant, cultivate, weed, pick and package the produce from the garden, she came up with healthy recipe ideas so the families would know how to cook and use the sweet potatoes, lima beans, peas, onions and many other vegetables from the garden.  And, over 1,000 bags of fresh herbs grown and packaged by Patti and her volunteers were given to employees and community members! She also helped develop a frozen, boxed lunch program for the food pantry that now reaches over 500 families. When the Food & Drug Administration came out with the new food plate to replace the food pyramid, Patti developed the education policies.
“Perhaps the toughest department in any hospital is the nutritional service department. It is difficult to make the favorite meal of all 500 people who frequent our café each day. Instead of being daunted by this, Patti embraces it. She worked tirelessly to put together an incredibly labor-intensive project manual with information on food allergies and calorie counts for all the food items offered in our facility. Patti also helped to implement food room service for our patients, making our hospital the first one in Northwest Ohio with room service, one that has been duplicated by many other hospitals over the years. Her dedication to community members is also shown in her willingness to be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. She was part of a team to instruct area Third graders on How Things Grow, by planting and harvesting lima beans the students had grown in the classroom. She volunteers through her church to deliver communion to the sick and homebound. She made You Tube videos of cooking instruction and demonstrations for cooking with herbs. And finally, need a speaker for your group?  Call Patti!”
            Keller is a resident of Sandusky and has one son, George Clark, a resident of Boston.
A total of 74 hospital employees from across Ohio were nominated, with the winner and all nominees to be honored June 9 at a banquet in Columbus.

Foundation Board officers
The Bellevue Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees has new officers for 2015. Pictured are officers, left to right, Carolyn Farrar, Secretary; Chris Caputo, Chairman; Marie Archer, Treasurer; Gary Steinle, Vice Chairman; and Kate Herring, Director. Other board members (not pictured) for 2015 include Marcia Braun, M.D., Pete Callaghan, Rodney Cook, Alicia Crockett, Dinah Dwyer, Gregg Elchert, Christine Greilich, Dan Higgins, Jim Davis, Dan Herring, D.O., Dave Jarvis, Brad Smith, Bette Woods, Donna Hall, Pat Sullivan, Gail Foos, James Avery, and Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital.

The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) celebrated the 10-year anniversary of opening its doors to the first patient in the new hospital building, on Friday, March 13, 2015. The current hospital building opened to the public on Sunday, March 13, 2005.
            As part of the celebration, a brief ceremony was held in the hospital Atrium. Fr. Jonathan Wight from Immaculate Conception Church began with a blessing and prayer, followed by Mayor Don Berkey who read a proclamation marking March 13 as “The Bellevue Hospital Day” in the City of Bellevue. “The City of Bellevue proclaims and recognizes March 13, 2015 as The Bellevue Hospital Day, marking the day as a time of celebration for the hospital, its employees, volunteers, physicians, and boards of directors. As Mayor, I urge all members of our community to join in recognition of this significant occasion,” noted Mayor Berkey. TBH is one of the largest employers in Bellevue with 410 employees.
            Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of TBH, concluded the ceremony with a short talk about the history of the hospital, the decision to build a new facility, and looking toward March 6, 2017 when TBH will turn 100 years old. “We are all looking forward to celebrating a century of caring for the communities we serve,” noted Winthrop. “If you think today is nice, wait until we celebrate our 100th!”
            Following the ceremony, a free lunch was served for TBH staff, Volunteers, VolunTeens, medical staff, boards of directors, and invited guests. Members of the public enjoyed the same lunch for a nominal fee. The lunch menu consisted of roast beef, cocktail shrimp, green beans, mashed potatoes, pasta, several salads, cake and cookies.
            Patients at TBH on March 13 who ordered room service were presented carnations along with their order, to mark the 10-year anniversary.
            Also as part of the celebration, the hospital staff honored the first (and only!) baby born on the 10-year anniversary date in TBH’s Family Birthing Center. The “anniversary baby” was Haddie Marie Knieriemen, daughter of Megan & Derek Knieriemen of Green Springs. Haddie was delivered by Gregory Karasik, M.D. at 6:59 p.m. on March 13. She was 7-pounds, 3-ounces, and 19 1Ž2 inches in length. Haddie and her parents were presented with a gift basket filled with all things baby. Making the presentation was Emma Hoffman, 10, of Lakeside, the first girl born at TBH’s new building on March 14, 2005. She was accompanied by her mother, Jennifer Huff.
            Haddie’s maternal grandparents are Mary Herr, Findlay, and Aaron Herr, Fremont. Paternal grandparents are Todd & Sheryl Knieriemen, Green Springs. Maternal great-grandparents are Kay Herbig, Green Springs, and Reva Lehman, Fremont. Paternal great-grandparents are Betty Knieriemen, Green Springs, and Marion Peters, Port Clinton.
Fr. Jonathan Wight from Immaculate Conception Church; Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital (TBH); and Bellevue Mayor Don Berkey (left to right) were the three speakers at TBH’s 10-year anniversary of the new hospital facility. The ceremony was held on March 13. Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) (center), looks over scrapbooks from the construction of the present hospital building from 2003-05, along with Hospital Board of Trustee members Tom Barth (left) and Dean Miller. The scrapbooks also contain photos from the ribbon cutting ceremony 10 years ago. Patients ordering room service at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) on Friday, March 13 were given a carnation as part of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the opening of the present hospital building. Sylvia Coyl, with TBH’s Nutritional Services staff (left), delivers breakfast to Taylor Uhrick in TBH’s Family Birthing Center. Taylor and her husband, Jonathan, from Collins, OH, were celebrating the birth of their daughter, Skyla Christine Uhrick.
Michaele McPeek, employed in the Patient Financial Services Department of The Bellevue Hospital, enjoys the celebratory lunch and cake served to employees, volunteers, physicians, and boards of directors on March 13, the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the new hospital facility. Emma Hoffman, 10, from Lakeside, OH, holds newborn Haddie Marie Knieriemen in The Bellevue Hospital’s Family Birthing Center. Haddie was the first baby born on the hospital’s 10-year anniversary of opening the current facility (March 13, 2015), while Hoffman was the first girl born at the present facility on March 14, 2005. The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) honored the first baby born in TBH’s Family Birthing Center on March 13, 2015, the 10-year anniversary of opening the present facility. Haddie Marie Knieriemen of Green Springs was the lucky baby, being born at 6:59 pm on March 13, 2015. She is being held by her parents, Megan and Derek Knieriemen. Presenting the goodie basket to the family are Lisa Sartain, Vice President of Human Resources at TBH, and Emma Hoffman, 10, a fourth grader from Lakeside, OH, who was the first girl born at TBH’s present facility on March 14, 2005.

Nutritional Services Staff receives award
Members of The Bellevue Hospital’s Nutritional Services Department display their award. Seated are, left to right, Brenda Carbary, Rose James, Tracey Nason, Diane Darr, and Julia Boner. Standing, Kelly Ried, Diana Famulare, Nickie Kaetzel, Christine Fegley, Courtney Branco, Patti Keller, Chris Norris, Mary Pat Vollmar, Matt Missler, Linda Rohrbacher, David Dominy, Pam Eads, Kim Veach, and Alicyn Fooce.
The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Nutritional Services Department has been awarded The 2014 Gold Plate Award for food safety practices. The award is administered through the Huron County General Health District. This is the third consecutive year TBH received the award.
            The Gold Plate Award is an acknowledgement given to food services that have excellent food safety practices. This award is given annually and is based on the facility’s performance from the previous year. It is a voluntary program.
            “The staff is very, very happy. This is a big deal for them,” noted TBH Nutritional Services Leader Tracey Nason. “The staff receives extensive food service and safety training, and most of my staff has been trained in food safety through the Huron County Health Department as part of their certification process.”
            Continued Nason, “I am extremely proud of my staff for all of their hard work and effort. It takes a lot of work each day to ensure food safety when you work in our field. This award is an excellent opportunity to show the community how important food safety is to us.”
            The Gold Plate Awards are reserved for facilities that meet the following criteria:
  • Have a valid FSO or RFE license
  • Send in an application
  • Receive a score of 90 or higher
  • Have not had any warning letters are administrative hearings in the past two years
  • Have not been responsible for a foodborne outbreak in the last two years.
            Each facility starts with a score of 100 and points are then deducted for critical and non-critical violations as reported by the Huron County General Health District.
            “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our Nutritional Services Department. Being a hospital, our first concern is making sure we present the best quality food since we serve over 600 meals each day to patients, employees, and community members,” said Patty Semer, TBH Vice President of Administrative Services. “This award is also a testament that the food is prepared in a clean and healthy environment.”

On Tuesday, April 14th at 7:00pm, the Prevention Partnership Coalition will be hosting a town hall meeting on the Opiate Epidemic that is taking place in our local communities.  This event will be held at Terra State Community College’s Neeley Conference Center.  Prescription drug abuse and heroin use in on the rise across the nation and our county is not immune from this issue; locally, claiming the lives of over 30 county residents in the past 5 years.
The Bellevue Hospital is a member of this coalition.
This event will offer an panel of various speakers to discuss this topic, there will also be filming of the event through WBGUTV from Bowling Green.  Speakers will include: 
·         Sheriff Kyle Overmyer, Sandusky County Sheriff
·         Chief Tim Wiersma, Fremont City Police Department
·         Nathan Berryman, Recovering Addict
·         Judy Provenzale, Parent
·         Detective Sergeant Dean Bliss, Fremont City Police Department
·         Judge Barbara Ansted, Sandusky County Common Pleas Court
·         Danny Sanchez, Fremont City Adult Probation
·         Dr. John Wukie, Sandusky County Coroner
·         Timothy Wise, Site Director Firelands Counseling & Recovery Services

Clyde baby honored by Girl Scouts
Each March, members of the Four County Service Unit of the Girl Scouts honors the first girl born at The Bellevue Hospital’s Family Birthing Center during National Girl Scout Week. The honor this year falls upon Clyde’s newest resident, Lily Chaffee, daughter of Tesla Messer and Tobias Chaffee. Lily was born at 6:11 a.m. On Sunday, March 8, which was the first day of Girl Scout Week. Lily was 19 1/2 inches in length and 6-pounds, 13-ounces. She has one older brother and one older sister at home. In the photo, Lily is being held by her mother, Tesla, while the Girl Scouts present their goodies. From left to right are Kaity Fought, Mackenzie Gaddy, Libby Cloud, Addison Rogers, Dakota Lilly, and Rose Mira.

Feb. 20, 2015
Accepting The Bellevue Hospital’s Wellness Award are, left to right, Lisa Sartain, Vice President, Human Resources; Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO; and Paula Contreras, Human Resources Benefits Administrator. 
The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) was the recipient of the 2015 Health & Wellness Award, presented by the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented at the Chamber’s 69th Annual Awards Night on Feb. 5, 2015 in Fremont and was sponsored by the Sandusky County Safety Council.
            Accepting the award were TBH’s Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO; Lisa Sartain, Vice President, Human Resources; and Paula Contreras, Human Resources Benefits Administrator. “As a healthcare organization, we take wellness very seriously. We are increasingly incorporating wellness and healthy living into our everyday activities,” explained Winthrop. “Our staff has embraced these efforts and are always looking at new and exciting ways to make these efforts fun and rewarding!”
            The purpose of the award was to recognize employers that promote and get employees involved in healthy options and health education. “Together, we strive for better health using a wellness philosophy,” stated TBH’s nomination form. “By educating and motivating individuals, families, businesses and communities, we seek to empower people and provide direction for self-improvement in all areas of health.”
            TBH promotes health and wellness through many different avenues:
·                The hospital has been a tobacco-free facility since 2006 and offers tobacco cessation classes to employees who want to quit. Less than 4% of the TBH staff still uses a form of tobacco.
·                Nutrition classes are offered for employees; a hospital herb garden was started with harvested herbs being shared with employees; and farm markets are held during summer months at the hospital.
·                Free exercise classes are offered to employees; a fitness center reimbursement program is in place for employees; and fitness race fees are reimbursed to employees following completion of an event.
·                Vending machines and the Main Station Café offer healthy choice food options, and a Healthy Choice punch card is also used to encourage staff to make better food choices.
·                TBH offers employees a yearly full-panel blood screening, free flu shots, blood pressure checks, and educational materials.
·                Employees can fill out an on-line health risk assessment. Data from the assessments helps to plan wellness events for the staff.
·                The Walking & Wellness Trail is incorporated into events such as Poker Walks and Wellness Walks.
·                Chair massages are offered at various times throughout the year. Although the massages are free, employees “pay” for the service with canned goods that are then donated to the Bellevue Fish & Loaves Food Pantry.

            A year after opening the Bellevue location of its Pain Management Center, The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has added a Clyde office location.
            The Clyde Office of the Pain Management Center is located at 402 W. McPherson Highway.
            Kaveh Nabavighadi, M.D., will see patients every other Tuesday at the Clyde location from 7:45-11:30 a.m.
            “Dr. N” is a pain management physician specialist and is board certified as an interventional pain anesthesiologist with experience in pain management techniques as well as conventional pain management.
            The Bellevue Office location, 1400 W. Main St., Building 1, Suite C, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
            Patients who suffer from chronic pain, or pain that affects their quality of life and the ability to participate in normal activities can benefit from pain management. The Pain Management Clinic will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders including neck pain, back pain, headaches, arthritis pain in the neck or lower back, nerve damage or muscle spasm pain, chronic pelvic pain, and pain from shingles.
            For appointments at the Bellevue or Clyde Office locations, please contact the office staff at the Pain Management Clinic, 419.484.5903.

The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) made President’s Day a memorable experience for Gerard Skowronski of St. Clair Shores, MI, as his name was drawn as the grand prize winner in the 5th annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” raffle. The winning ticket number was 0514.
As the grand prize winner, Skowronski has his choice of a brand new 2015 Corvette or $50,053 in cash.
Four runner-up winners each received cash prizes, including John Wyszczelski, Lambertville, MI, $2,000 cash; James Reinicker, Bellevue, OH, $1,500 cash; Joe Amodeo Jr., Buffalo, NY, $1,000 cash; and Jeff Vaught, Oldenburg, IN, $500 cash.
“We wish to congratulate Gerard and the other four winners,” said Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital (TBH). “We kicked-off this raffle in September of 2014 and our goal was to sell all 1,553 tickets at $100 each, a goal that we accomplished on December 15, 2014!”

Continued Winthrop, “For us, that made the raffle highly successful. It was important for us to sell and run this raffle in the right way and it was a great effort from our Foundation, Accounting Department, Marketing Department, and numerous volunteers.”
Tickets were sold to people in 46 different U.S. states (only Vermont, Maine, North Dakota, and Utah were not on the list this year), noted Kate Herring, TBH Foundation Director. “I would like to personally thank Gary Steinle of Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. They were the co-sponsor of this event. Also, thanks to the Bellevue Beverage Center, the Fremont Steinle location, Hogue’s IGA in Bellevue, the hospital Gift Shop staff, and the Foundation Board members for all the support. We could not have accomplished this massive project without all their help.”
Herring noted that all proceeds will benefit Foundation women’s and children’s projects, including the Women’s Mammography Fund, which will help supply screening mammograms for underinsured or uninsured women.

The 2016 Corvette Raffle will kick-off with Early Bird specials in September, 2015.

            The third and final “Early Bird” drawing was held for The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s 2015 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The Early Bird drawing was held on Jan. 14 and the winner of $250 was Bill Cook of Wakeman, OH. Early Bird winning tickets are returned to the drum after each drawing.
            Cook is the fourth winner in the current raffle. Mike Stanley from Richmond, KY won the “Loyalty Club” drawing of $750 on Oct. 1. His name was drawn from all previous ticket holders who purchased a ticket during the month of September. On Nov. 14, Pascal Baharis of Kill Devil Hills, NC, won $750 in the first Early Bird drawing and on Dec. 14, Jerry Schad of Ottawa Lake, MI won $500 in the second drawing.
            The fifth annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle is being sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation, in cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. Grand prize in the raffle is a new Corvette, or $50,053 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Feb. 16, 2015, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.
            The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 16, 2015 will be for the new Corvette or $50,053 in cash. Four other cash drawings include $2,000 for second place, $1,500 for third place, $1,000 for fourth place, and $500 for fifth place.
            For additional information on the raffle, for a complete set of rules, or to be placed on the mailing list for next year’s raffle, contact The Bellevue Hospital Marketing Department at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4899, or visit

            The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s (TBHF) fifth annual “Is Your Heart Set on a ‘Vette” Corvette Raffle is sold out as of Dec. 22. All 1,553 tickets were sold at $100 each.
            In cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, TBHF is raffling off a new Corvette, or $50,053 in cash. The drawing will be held on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.
            The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 16 will be for the new Corvette or $50,053 in cash. Four other cash drawings include $2,000 for second place, $1,500 for third place, $1,000 for fourth place, and $500 for fifth place.
            The public is invited to attend the drawing. Light refreshments will also be served.
            Also, one Early Bird drawing still remains, for $250 on Jan. 14.
            Results will be posted immediately following the drawings at .
            For additional information on the raffle or to be put on the mailing list for next year’s raffle, contact The Bellevue Hospital Marketing Department at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4899 or Ext. 4299.

            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) and The Ohio State University at Lima are teaming up to offer area residents a state-of-the-science smoking cessation program. The seven-week treatment program and research study will examine the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral-hypnosis program on smoking.
            This program, developed by psychologists Joseph Green, Ph.D. (professor at OSU-Lima) and Steven Lynn (professor at Binghamton University), is based on research and clinical observations of self-empowerment programs designed to help people stop smoking. Participants will also receive a free six-week supply of nicotine patches, courtesy of TBH Foundation.
            Classes will be held on Sundays including Jan. 4, 11, and 18, from 3-5 p.m. in Burson Conference Rooms A&B at TBH, located at 1400 W. Main St. in Bellevue. Two support sessions are scheduled for Sundays, Feb. 1 & 15 at 3 p.m., and the final session will be held in mid- to late-March.
            Terry Webb, a respiratory therapist with TBH and an experience tobacco treatment specialist and smoking cessation group leader, will co-facilitate the program.
            “We expect that the program will be effective in helping you stop smoking,” stated Dr. Green, a Bellevue native. “As you know, stopping smoking is not easy. Research shows that people progress at different paces and that some people require several attempts before succeeding. Although we cannot guarantee success, we believe our program gives you the ‘winning edge’ you need to achieve your goal.”
            Those who choose to participate will be asked to complete a number of personality questionnaires and details their smoking history. In addition to the nicotine patches, participants will also receive audio CD’s, a DVD they can watch at home, and several educational handouts and recording sheets. And, all those who complete the entire program and the three-month follow-up appointment will receive a $25 gas card.
            Participants will also be given the option to learn self-hypnosis and use self-empowering suggestions to achieve the goal of becoming a non-smoker.
Participants should read over the consent form and program details at
The class is limited to the first 25 participants to register. Call Terry Webb at TBH, 419.483.4040, Ext. 4244 to register or for additional information.

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