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News Archives - 2011
 
McMurray is golf fitness certified
Steve McMurray, MPT, of The Bellevue Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department, right, works with Ryan Alley on his golf swing analysis. McMurray recently earned Level 1 golf fitness certification from the Titleist Performance Institute.
Steve McMurray, M.P.T., of The Bellevue Hospital’s Rehabilitation Services Department, has earned Level One golf fitness certification from the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI). TPI certification is a golf fitness industry standard for a variety of professionals including medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, PGA golf professionals, athletic trainers and fitness trainers.

            As a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor (CGFI), McMurray will work with golfers to find the most efficient swing for their body, using factors such as strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, nutrition, stability, power, vision and posture. “Our physical screening process will help measure your ability to generate and transfer speed and determine the most efficient energy transfer throughout your body,” commented McMurray. “I can also help isolate any physical limitations, correlate those findings into your golf swing, and prescribe a custom conditioning program.”

         With the aid of 3-D golf motion capture systems, researchers have identified the true measure of a good golf swing that is the same in all great ball strikers regardless of their unique style. They all follow the same sequence of power generation that begins in the lower body and transfers speed through their torso and into their arms and then into the club. What style that they use to complete this signature swing is completely unique to each player.
 
        TPI philosophy of the golf swing is that there are an infinite number of ways to swing a golf club but there is only one efficient way for everyone to swing and it is based on what they can physically do. TPI training and certification indicates that the golfer is dealing with someone who understands what it takes to hit the ball long, straight and safely.    

        McMurray is part of a worldwide pool of fitness professionals with the TPI certification. He is the first in the local area to receive certification at this level. He is also pursuing advanced Level 2 golf fitness certification for medical professionals. This training focuses on golf specific injury prevention and treatment and includes a detailed medical evaluation for selective functional movements that are specific to the golf swing.

            For additional information on TPI golf fitness, please visit the website www.mytpi.com.

         Those interested in setting up an appointment with Steve for a TPI golf fitness screening can do so by calling The Bellevue Hospital Rehabilitation Services Department at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4279.

The Easter Bunny Visits Bellevue Hospital

Leighann Schaffer, 2, far right, keeps a safe distance despite that fact that her siblings are comfortable sitting next to the Easter Bunny! The others include, left to right, Kayli, 4; Aidan, 10 months; and Matthew, 6. They are the children of Nicole Schaffer, Bellevue, and Nathan Schaffer, Wyoming.




Cannon Berger, age 2 1/2, is looking cool with the Easter Bunny. He is the son of Suzie and Justin Berger of Bellevue.







Samantha,  Jacqualin, and Jennifer Cooper are all smiles posing with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny’s visit was sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital, The Willows, and The Bellevue Hospital Foundation. They are the daughters of Shaun and Amber Cooper of Bellevue


Kourtney Jarrett, 8 months, daughter of Shawn and Dawn Jarrett of Bellevue
     

March Madness Challenge wrap-up
Janet Runner, Vice President for Patient Care Services at The Bellevue Hospital, right, presents two of the baskets to Shannon Hansen, left, and Darlene Stewart.

The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) Foundation’s third annual March Madness Challenge was termed a rousing success after more than $4,700 was raised for charity.
            “There were two separate contests, one involving the different hospital departments, and one involving the community healthcare businesses,” explained Kate Herring, director of TBH’s Foundation. “The hospital departments and a few of the healthcare offices conducted a basket raffle, while the community healthcare offices sold paper basketballs for donations as well as chances on raffle prizes.”
            In the basket raffle, the basket brining in the most tickets (1,520) was A Girl’s Best Friend Basket put together by TBH departments of Patient Financial Services, Health Information Management, Patient Access, and Centralized Scheduling. They will receive the traveling trophy and have designated that the funds raised will be used to plant a tulip garden on the hospital’s Walking and Wellness Trail.
            Second place with 1,026 tickets was the Cozy by the Fire basket from Administration and Human Resources, and third (445 tickets) went to the Taste of Ohio basket from the Cardiopulmonary Department.
            








The basket winners were:
  • Summer Fun – Tiffany King, Green Springs
  • Don’t Get Stressed – Karen McBroom, Clyde
  • Taste of Ohio – Mary Root, Norwalk  
  • Girl’s Best Friend – Darlene Stewart, Bellevue
  • Celebrate Wildlife – Larry Fultz, Clyde
  • Mommy and Me Easter Basket – Lovetta Johnson, Clyde
  • Cozy by the Fire – Kelly Keller, Fremont
  • That’s Amore – Christine Deppen, Fremont
  • Night on the Town – Monica Wright, Clyde
  • Get Your Pink On – Bob Hazelbaker, Bellevue
  • Pass it On Basket – Kathy Warwick, Clyde
  • I Scream, You Scream for Ice Cream – Ashley Blair, Clyde
  • Helping Hand Basket – Shannon Hansen, Bellevue  
  • Chocolates & Treats – Val Magyar, Bellevue  
  • Madness in the Air – Lisa Fisher
  • Wine and Cheese Basket – Sharon Holmer, Attica
           In the healthcare office event, the offices of Advanced Neurologic Associates raised the most money and won the event. They will designate the proceeds to be split between the TBH Women’s Mammography Fund and TBH’s Cardiac Rehab Department.  Second place went to The Willows at Bellevue and North Central Family Physicians Office took third place

The community raffle winners included:

  • Two Platinum Cedar Point Passes – Sally Neff, Bellevue
  • Golf Package for 8 at Green Hills – Michele Smith, Clyde
  • Two day passes to Cedar Point – Romiro Rosendez, Clyde
  • $20 Medicine Shoppe Gift Card – Tom Knisley, Bellevue
  • $20 Sports Hut Gift Card – Jerry Nailor, Bellevue
                

    For additional information on The Bellevue Hospital Foundation or the March Madness Challenge, contact Kate Herring at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.

  • Doc's Day at TBH
    National Doctor’s Day was celebrated at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) on Friday, March 30, with physicians being treated to breakfast and gifts of appreciation from TBH staff and administration members. Some of those taking part are, left to right, Benjamin Ball, D.O.; Kate Herring, director of TBH’s Foundation, who passed out carnations and cookies to each physician on behalf of the Foundation; John Pappas, M.D.; Susan O’Lynn, TBH Medical Staff coordinator; Kim Knight, M.D.; and Doug Hoy, M.D. The first Doctor’s Day observance occurred on March 30, 1933, and legislation made in 1991 declared Doctor’s Day a national observance each March 30.

    SPRING BRINGS SPRAINS!
    For a change, both the calendar and the weather outside seem to agree: spring has fully arrived!

                But the arrival of the nice weather might also signal a trip to a hospital emergency department or doctor’s office because of the increase in outdoor activity.

                “With the nice weather, we are now seeing patients in the Emergency Department (E.D.) with a lot more orthopedic injuries, sprains, strains, fractures, and lacerations,” noted Jeffrey Pay, D.O., head of The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) E.D. medical staff.

                “More kids are playing outside. More adults are working in the yard. More people are playing sports. It’s that time of year to watch out for sports injuries, back injuries, and foot and ankle pain.”

                Dr. Pay noted that physicians also refer to this time of year as “trauma season”. “Especially this year with the early arrival of the awesome weather, we will expect to see more injuries from bicycle, automobile, and motorcycle accidents,” continued Dr. Pay. “If I could give just one piece of advice about those types of situations, it would be ‘use helmets!’ Whether riding a bicycle on a nice family ride, or traveling 60 mph on a motorcycle, people need to use helmets!”

                Other seasonal accidents can involve camping and campfires (burns and cooking injuries), and working around trees and power tools. “We tend to see a lot of eye injuries this time of year from people working with and around trees. Again, safety goggles or eye protection is a must in these situations.”

                So when should someone seek treatment at an E.D. or doctor’s office? “If they experience any dizziness, if they are lightheaded, having cramping, chest pains, or shortness of breath,” added Dr. Pay. “Any of those symptoms should be taken very seriously. Also be aware of heat exhaustion and heat stroke when playing/working outside. Everyone – especially the elderly and those without air conditioning– needs to stay hydrated in the warmer weather, drinking at least eight glasses of water each day, and parents should always be supervising their children while they play outside.”

                Continued Dr. Pay, “And, a word of advice to those ‘Weekend Warriors” tackling those backyard softball or volleyball games…it is always a good idea to stretch for 15 minutes prior to any strenuous exercise or activity.”

                Finally, some tips from Dr. Pay for those in the farming community and/or those with allergies or hay fever: “With more farmers out in the fields, it is important to carry a cell phone or walkie talkie in order to communicate in case of an emergency, and, protective eyewear is also a good idea when working in the fields or around machinery.

                “As far as the allergy and hay fever season, those affected can seek relief through over-the-counter medications such as Claratin, Zyrtec, or other antihistamines. Look for symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, or congestion.”

                The Bellevue Hospital Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The hospital E.D. can be reached through the main hospital phone number of 419.483.4040, Ext. 0 for the hospital operator.

    Basket Raffle ends on Monday
    The third annual “March Madness Challenge,” sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF), will officially end on Monday, April 2 with the awarding of the goodie baskets and raffle prizes on April 3.
                There are two ways community members can help: Purchase cutout paper basektballs for $1 each at your doctor’s or healthcare provider’s office, and/or purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a Cedar Point season passes and other prizes, including Cedar Point day passes, a golf outing package for eight from Green Hills Golf Course, or gift cards to local businesses. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Basketball cutouts and tickets can be purchased through 4 p.m. on April 2, with drawings conducted on April 3.
                “Our employees, and even some of our healthcare provider office staff members, have put together themed baskets that will be raffled off. Anyone can purchase a ticket to try and win one of the baskets,” noted Kate Herring, director of TBHF. “Basket tickets are two for $1. All tickets may be purchased in TBH’s Gift Shop during regular business hours.
                Once you purchase your basket tickets, just drop them into the container of the basket you are trying to win. One winner will be chosen for each basket. In addition, the container with the most tickets will win that department a basket of goodies, pins, and traveling trophy, and will allow them to designate where the proceeds will be donated.
                The baskets are being displayed in the hospital Atrium during normal business hours until 4 p.m. on April 2. Baskets include the following themes:
    · Summer Fun Basket from The Willows, includes Kalahari and Cedar Point passes.
    · Taste of Ohio Basket from the Cardiopulmonary Department, includes foods made in Ohio.
    · Don’t Get Stressed During the Madness Basket from Great Lakes Physicians, includes a one-hour massage, candle, lotion, and magazines.
    · A Girl’s Best Friend Basket from Patient Financial Services, Health Info Management, Patient Access and Centralized Scheduling, includes over 30 items.
    · Celebrate Wildlife Basket from Pharmacy, includes a bird feeder, bird seed, wildlife related items
    · Mommy & Me Easter Basket from the Take a Chance Crew, includes adults treats and goodies for mom, and matching items for a child.
    · Cozy by the Fire Basket from Administration and Human Resources, includes a Kindle, blanket, beverages and snacks.
    · That’s Amore Basket from the Emergency Department, includes everything for an Italian dinner for two.
    · Night on the Town Basket from North Central Family Physicians, includes $60 Applebees gift card, Cold Stone gift card, champagne, and much more.
    · Get Your Pink On Basket from the Lab, includes everything pink to support Breast Cancer Research, including a handmade quilt.
    · Pass it On Basket from Materials Management, includes non-perishable food items. If you can’t use them, pass them on!
    · I Scream, You Scream for Ice Cream Basket from Cardiac Rehab, includes a Cold Stone gift card and everything ice cream.
    · A Helping Hand Basket from TBH Volunteers and Four-County Young-at-Heart, includes a handmade lap quilt and other handmade items.
    · Chocolates & Treats Basket from Bellevue Care Center and Orchard Grove, includes Godiva chocolates and Pepperidge Farms cookies.
    · There’s Madness in the Air Basket from Bellevue Massotherapy, includes wine, OSU shirt, glass and perfume.
                For additional information on any of the March Madness events, contact Kate Herring at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.

    Home Health Agency honored
    The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Home Health Agency was recently honored by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) with re-certification, after being found compliant with all applicable Medicare program requirements.
     
            The survey was completed in December of 2011 and the re-certification is good for three years. TBH’s Home Health Agency was declared deficiency-free on the survey, indicating “a significant effort on the part of the administration and staff,” according to Rebecca S. Maust, Chief, Division of Quality Assurance, State Survey Director, ODH. “This is an accomplishment for which the staff at TBH Home Health can be justifiably proud.”
     
             This is the second honor for TBH’s Home Health Agency in the past few months, after HomeCare Elite ranked the local agency among the Top 25 percent of home health providers in the country for 2011. This is a compilation of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the United States. This annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies, ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement and financial performance.
     
            The 2011 HomeCare Elite also indicates those providers who are included in the Top 100 and Top 500 of providers nationwide. The data used for this analysis was compiled from publicly available information.
     
             For more information on The Bellevue Hospital’s Home Health Agency, contact Carrie Drown at 419.547.6419.

    TBH and MagReTech situation
                Today, The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) was directly across the street from a scrap magnesium fire at MagReTech, located on Sandusky County Road 177.

                The hospital staff, using information from local police, fire, and county emergency management agencies, implemented a Code Yellow disaster scenario in-house. As part of this procedure, staff set up a decontamination tent and was on stand-by for a possible hospital-wide evacuation.

                As the scene progressed across the street, with the prevailing winds blowing the smoke away from the hospital, and with the outstanding cooperation of the local and county emergency services, an evacuation was not necessary. The hospital continued with business as usual once the “all clear” was given by both the Bellevue Fire Department and Huron County Health Department at approximately 10 a.m.

                “The hospital staff prepares yearly for disaster scenarios such as today, and under the incident command model implemented this morning, staff carried out their roles properly, keeping patient safety in mind as well as the safety of the community,” said Patty Semer, Safety Officer and Vice President for Administrative Services. “We are also thankful for the coordinated efforts of all agencies involved in resolving today’s incident.”

                Semer noted that hospital staff members will be taking part in a statewide disaster drill coming up in April as part of on-going training.

    Nuclear Medicine Dept. honors
    CUTLINE: Members of The Bellevue
    Hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department include, front row left to right, Kelly Morrow, CNMT, BS, and Catherine Ackerman, RT. In the
    back are Radiologist Steven Zieber, M.D., and Marc Schoen, Diagnostic Imaging Department
    Leader.
    The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Nuclear Medicine program has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Medicine by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL). This is the first-ever accreditation for TBH’s Nuclear Medicine Department through the ICANL.

                “The staff in our Nuclear Medicine Department has worked very hard to achieve this recognition.  Our patients are treated by Nuclear Medicine Technologists and Physicians who are highly qualified in their fields, and we are very proud of all of them for this achievement,” noted Janet Runner, Vice President for Patient Care Services at TBH. “This is just another example of the high quality of care that we offer our patients, close to home.”

                Nuclear medicine is a medical specialty that is used to diagnose and treat diseases in a safe and painless way. It is a specialized area of Diagnostic Imaging that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to examine organ function and structure. The procedures often identify abnormalities very early in the progression of disease — long before some medical problems are apparent with other diagnostic tests. This early detection allows a disease to be treated sooner in its course when a more successful prognosis may be possible.

                Accreditation by the ICANL means that TBH has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICANL grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

                ICANL accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of it operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of nuclear medicine.

                Patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting
    http://www.qualitymedicaltesting.org/index.htm <http://www.qualitymedicaltesting.org/index.htm>

                For additional information on Nuclear Medicine or other diagnostic imaging services at TBH, contact department leader Marc Schoen, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4293.


    BABYSITTERS LEARN RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL’S RECENT CLASS
    Members of the most recent class of Babysitting Basics graduates are, front row left to right, Sierra Frost, Randi Buchanan, Derricka Frost, Emily Smith, Hallie Miller, Kassidie Stimmel, and Jenna Stanley. Middle row, Aurora Branco, Amber Hawkins, Kaureena Alridge, Leah Miller, Hayden Loparo, and Riley Hager. Back row, Savannah Dean, Kelli DeVanna, Skyler Reed, Olivia Baptista, Kennedy Bohannan, Sydney Didion, Tristan Bohannan, and Kaity Fought.

    A total of 21 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, Feb. 20 in the hospital’s Conference Center. 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 Sierra Frost, Randi Buchanan, Derricka Frost, Emily Smith, Hallie Miller, Kassidie Stimmel, Jenna Stanley, Aurora Branco, Amber Hawkins, Kaureena Alridge, Leah Miller, Hayden Loparo, Riley Hager, Savannah Dean, Kelli DeVanna, Skyler Reed, Olivia Baptista, Kennedy Bohannan, Sydney Didion, Tristan Bohannan, and Kaity Fought.

    The next Babysitting Basics course at The Bellevue Hospital is scheduled for Monday, June 11 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Conference Center, Building B, at the former hospital facility located at 815 Northwest Street. 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.


    Supermarket Sweep wrap-up
     
    Sandusky resident Diane Miller tosses a whole ham into her cart on the way through her 3-minute shopping spree at Hogue’s IGA store in Bellevue, after winning the shopping spree during the Bellevue United Selective Fund Community Raffle this past November. Miller’s name was randomly draw out of the barrel to take on the shopping spree! On Feb. 12, Miller embarked on her 3-minute adventure, filling nearly two carts with groceries in the time allotted. In the other photo, Miller holds up the cash register receipt for her $465.89 worth of groceries, while surrounded by the family and friends who came to cheer her one. She is an employee of The Bellevue Hospital. The shopping spree was sponsored by Hogue’s IGA and The Bellevue Hospital.

    GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Rachel Herman, Bellevue, OH
    Bellevue’s Rachel Herman, right, was the Grand Prize winner in The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Second Annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle! Her name was drawn on Valentine’s Day from among the 1,500 tickets sold for the raffle. Instead of the 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible, Herman opted to take the alternative grand prize of $50,000. Presenting the check is TBH Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Tim Buit, left, and Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH. All proceeds benefit TBH’s Foundation for women’s and children’s health programs. “I wish to thank everyone who purchased a ticket for the raffle, and special thanks to the businesses who sold tickets for us, including TBH’s Gift Shop, Steinle Chevrolet in Clyde, Steinle of Fremont, Hogue’s IGA, and the Brugnone Family and Bellevue Beverage Center,” said Kate Herring, TBH Foundation Director. The Foundation plans to kick-off their third annual raffle in the Fall of 2012.

     

    TBH receives accreditation
    The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes TBH’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

                TBH underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey where a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated TBH for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. During the survey, the team interviews staff and patients; reviews documents; examines the physical surroundings; and spends time observing how each organization delivers care.  Then the team evaluates the hospital’s overall performance against their national standards and reaches an accreditation decision.

                “We voluntarily take part in the accreditation process to guarantee that the health care we provide is the best that it can be,” Michael K. Winthrop, president and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, said. “Achieving accreditation is an accomplishment we’re proud of, and rightfully so.  It means we have made the grade, that we have been recognized for complying with national standards that promote quality care on an ongoing basis.”

                Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits over 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

    THIRD EARLY BIRD RAFFLE DRAWING IS HELD
     
    Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, presents the $250 Early Bird check to Maureen Farkas of Oak Harbor.
    The third “Early Bird” drawing for the 2012 Corvette Raffle was held at The Bellevue Hospital on Jan. 14. This second annual Corvette Raffle is being sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) in cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. Grand prize in the raffle is a 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible, or $50,000 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.

                Maureen Farkas of Oak Harbor, OH, won the third Early Bird drawing of $250 on Jan. 14 after her ticket was pulled from the drum. She becomes the fourth winner in the current raffle after Cheryl Srodes of Fremont, OH won the “Loyalty Club” $500 drawing in October, Vicki Moore of Convoy, OH won the first Early Bird drawing of $750 on Nov. 14., and David Schlessman of Huron won the second Early Bird drawing of $500 on Dec. 14.

                As of Jan. 15, less than 500 tickets remain to be sold, at $100 each. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, tickets are non-refundable, and winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, licenses and fees. A complete set of rules is available upon request from TBHF, or online at www.VetteRaffle.com

                The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2012 will be for the 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible or $50,000 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.

                Tickets are now available at The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, Hogue’s IGA in Bellevue, or the Bellevue Beverage Center. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation.

                For additional information on the raffle, for a complete set of rules, or for ticket information, contact Kate Herring, TBH Foundation director, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319, or visit www.VetteRaffle.com

    The Bellevue Hospital’s CT Scan (computed tomography) department has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This is the CT department’s second-consecutive accreditation by the ACR.
    Computed tomography (CT) is a medical imaging method employing tomography  . Digital geometry processing  is used to generate a three-dimensional image  of the inside of an object from a large series of two-dimensional X-ray  images taken around a single axis of rotation.

            The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of it practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their finding to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

                “We are very pleased with the results of the inspection,” Janet Runner, vice president of patient care services, said. “We believe that our rating and accreditation reflects the high quality and professionalism of our CT staff and services.”

                The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

                For additional information on CT or any other radiology service at TBH, contact department leader Marc Schoen, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4293.

    Charities benefit from fund-raiser
    The Willows at Bellevue and The Bellevue Hospital teamed together during this past holiday season to sponsor a Holiday Raffle, with prizes including a 50-inch flat panel television, an iPad 2, and an Xbox Kinect bundle. All of the proceeds from the raffle were given to three area charities – Bellevue Fish and Loaves Food Pantry, Sandusky County Cancer Care Fund, and the Clyde Backdoor Food Pantry. A total of $4,500 was raised in the raffle, so in turn each charity received $1,500. Taking part in the check presentation are, left to right, Larry Hay and Tom Kutz representing Bellevue Fish and Loaves; Joyce Garvey, representing the Cancer Care Fund, accepting her check from Christine Greilich from The Willows; and Andrea Stover, representing The Willows, presenting a check to Sgt. Dennis Hall from the Clyde Food Pantry. The Sandusky County Cancer Care Fund aids Sandusky County residents who are battling cancer, with aid in the form of gas cards to help defray expenses from traveling for cancer treatments. Anyone living in Sandusky County who has a cancer diagnosis is eligible to fill out an application for assistance. For more information, contact Garvey at 419.334.2720.
    Baby New Year Arrives at The Bellevue Hospital
    Baby New Year Arrives at
    The Bellevue Hospital

    A Fremont couple celebrated the birth of their son in a special way on Jan. 2, 2012, as the first baby born in The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Family Birthing Center (FBC) for the New Year!

    Chase Andrew Milton arrived at 9:36 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2 after no babies were born on Jan. 1 in the FBC. Shortly after Chase made his grand entrance, four more babies arrived, but Chase lays claim to the first baby born locally in 2012. Delivering the new bundle of joy was Gregory Karasik, D.O., a member of TBH’s active medical staff and on staff of Great Lakes Physicians.

    Parents of the new bundle of joy are Fremont residents Christa Winklea and Mathew Milton. Their baby was 6-pounds, 11-ounces, and was 19-inches in length.

    “I was a high-risk pregnancy,” explained Christa, “So I found out on Dec. 27 that I was going to have a C-section baby this time around. My appointment was scheduled for Jan 2 and when we arrived at the FBC we just assumed that some other baby was the first one of the New Year. We (Mathew and I) never thought we would be in the running for it.”

    Maternal grandparents are Sheldon Robert Winklea and Michella Ferguson, both of Fremont. Maternal great-grandparents are Nancy and Sheldon Winklea, Fremont. Paternal grandfather is Thomas Milton, Fremont, while paternal great-grandmothers are Ann Earle and Pearl Milton, both of Fremont.

    “It was also nice that Chase was born on my grandmother Pearl’s birthday, and one day after my grandmother Ann’s birthday,” noted Mathew.

    Chase will have plenty of company at home as Christa has one other daughter, Mercedes Lopez, 6, while Mathew has 3-year-old twin sons, Mathew and Cayden Milton.

    In recognition of being the first baby born at The Bellevue Hospital in 2012, Chase will receive a $200 savings bond from the hospital, free fitness classes for mom from TBH and instructor Mandi King, free yoga classes for mom compliments of TBH and instructor Karen Branco, and several gifts from the hospital Gift Shop.

    Chase also receives various gifts from local merchants, including Downtown Florist, Hogue’s IGA, Bassett’s Market, CVS, ACE Hardware, Dendinger’s, First National Bank, Woodard Photographic, The Bellevue Gazette, Churchill’s Gifts at the Sorrowful Mother Shrine, Tranzitionz Salon & Spa, and the Bellevue Fire Department.

    ONLY 500 TICKETS REMAIN IN CORVETTE RAFFLE
     The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) is hoping that “You Have Your Heart Set on a ‘Vette!”

                In cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, TBHF is raffling off a 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible, or $50,000 in cash. The drawing will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.

                As of Dec. 30, only 500 tickets remain to be sold, at $100 each. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, tickets are non-refundable, and winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, licenses and fees. A complete set of rules is available upon request from TBHF, or online at www.VetteRaffle.com

                The next Early Bird drawing of $250 will be held on Jan. 14, 2012. All Early Bird winning tickets will be returned to the drum for a chance at the top prizes.

                The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2012 will be for the 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible or $50,000 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.

                Tickets are now available at The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, Hogue’s IGA in Bellevue, or the Bellevue Beverage Center. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation.

                For additional information on the raffle, for a complete set of rules, or for ticket information, contact Kate Herring, TBH Foundation director, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319, or visit www.VetteRaffle.com

    Resident donates Beanie Babies to TBH
    Dozens of sick and injured children will benefit in the comfort of a recent donation to The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) by a local resident. Amorette Renwand recently donated a substantial portion of her childhood Beanie Baby collection to TBH after out-growing her childhood hobby. The new stuffed Teddy bears and other assorted animals will be used to comfort sick or injured children in TBH departments including the Emergency Room, Intensive Care, and the Medical/Surgical areas. Renwand noted that she had collected the Beanies for most of her life before making the donation.

    Knifty Knitters crafting goodies for patients
    Front row left to right, Wilma Mitchell, Eleanor Orndorf, Nelcy Elder, Nancy Cunningham, Ann Stendera, Karen Hartman, and June Washburn, representing The Bellevue Hospital (TBH). Second row, Sandy Nearhood, Jo Ann Wing, Nancy Mayak, Judy Gill, Donna Meese, Juanita Patyake, Pat Oprie, Peg Boyer. Back row, Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH, Faye Langham, Lou Nitkiewicz, Jean Haren, and Judy Girard.
    A group of area knitters were honored with a luncheon at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) recently, as a thanks for all they do for TBH in the form of providing blankets for patients. The Knifty Knitters group meets at the Clyde Library every Tuesday to make crocheted blankets to donate to TBH and hospitals and organizations. This group is run by Nelcy Elder of Clyde. “This project originally started for pediatric patients but it has been so well received that patients of all ages are now benefiting from the generous donations of these ladies. Residents at The Willows at Bellevue also receive blankets from this group, which provides over 100 blankets a year to TBH,” commented TBH representative Cindy Wollenslegel who helped to honor the members of the Knitters group. “We also receive donations of quilts and blankets by The Hayes Ohio Star Quilters Guild as well as private donors,” added Wollenslegel, who noted that the Knifty Knitters are always in need of donated yarn for their projects. Anyone wishing to donate yarn can contact Wollenslegel at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4415.

    TBH is Pink Ribbon Facility
    The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has been named a certified Pink Ribbon Facility, a distinction awarded only to an elite group of healthcare facilities. By offering women digital mammograms, TBH’s Diagnostic Imaging team hopes to increase the number of local and area women who follow recommendations for regular screenings. Just this year, TBH began offering the latest in mammography screening technology, Selenia digital mammography. This full-field digital mammography combines with a new breast cushion to dramatically ease discomfort many women feel during the procedure. Showing off the award are, left to right, Cindy Allen, Cara Vickery, Kathy Maas, Courtney Bollinger, Bev Lepley, and Marc Schoen, all members of the Diagnostic Imaging department.

    A tradition of giving
    Dotty and Bill Baker, left and right, along with Dotty’s father, Earl Daniel of Bellevue, made their annual trek to The Bellevue Hospital this past week to continue a holiday tradition of giving. Each year, the Bakers, residents of Findlay, donate new Teddy bears to area hospitals to be used to comfort infants and small children during medical emergencies and procedures. This is the sixth consecutive year that these local “Santa’s helpers” have donated the stuffed bears to The Bellevue Hospital.

    Donation to TBH Foundation
    The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) recently accepted a donation from the estate of the late Dr. Elbert Lawrence. Marvin Rettig, center, representing the estate, presented the check to TBH President and CEO Michael K. Winthrop, left, and Kate Herring, Director of TBHF. “Dr. Lawrence practiced at The Bellevue Hospital for 30 years.  He had a great love of the hospital and wanted to give something back to the hospital. This was very important to him,” noted Rettig. Added Herring, “We are grateful to Dr. Lawrence and his family for remembering their community hospital.”  The funds will be used to support Foundation programs including those that benefit women and children. Those who desire information on how to donate or include The Bellevue Hospital Foundation in their estate planning can contact Kate Herring at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.

    SECOND EARLY BIRD RAFFLE DRAWING IS HELD
    The second “Early Bird” drawing for the 2012 Corvette Raffle was held at The Bellevue Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 14. This second annual Corvette Raffle is being sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) in cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. Grand prize in the raffle is a 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible, or $50,000 in cash. The drawing will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.
    Michael K. Winthrop, left, President and CEO
    of The Bellevue Hospital, presents a $500
    check to David Schlessman of Huron, OH,
    the second Early Bird drawing winner in the
    “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” raffle.



                David Schlessman of Huron, OH, won the second Early Bird drawing of $500 on Dec. 14 after his ticket was pulled from the drum. He becomes the third winner in the current raffle after Cheryl Srodes of Fremont, OH won the “Loyalty Club” $500 drawing in October and Vicki Moore of Convoy, OH won the first Early Bird drawing of $750 on Nov. 14.

                As of Dec. 15, less than 700 tickets remain to be sold, at $100 each. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, tickets are non-refundable, and winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, licenses and fees. A complete set of rules is available upon request from TBHF, or online at www.VetteRaffle.com  .

                The final Early Bird drawing will be held on Jan. 14 for $250. All Early Bird winning tickets will be returned to the drum for a chance to win the top prize.

                The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2012 will be for the 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible or $50,000 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.

                Tickets are now available at The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, Hogue’s IGA in Bellevue, or the Bellevue Beverage Center. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation.

                For additional information on the raffle, for a complete set of rules, or for ticket information, contact Kate Herring, TBH Foundation director, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319, or visit www.VetteRaffle.com 

    Senior luncheon festivities
    Participants in The Bellevue Hospital’s monthly Mature Audience Luncheon met on Thursday, Dec. 8 to celebrate the season. The 113 guests were entertained by members of the Bellevue Senior High School Choraliers, under the direction of Ashlea Bache. The kids sang and performed several seasonal songs as well as a couple of songs to be featured in their upcoming Spring Show. Participants also had an opportunity to support the Bellevue Fish and Loaves Food Pantry by bringing in non-perishable food items or donating money to the cause. A total of $107 was collected along with hundreds of food items, all donated to Fish and Loaves. The Mature Audience Luncheon group is open to the public and meets on the third Thursday of every month (second Thursday in November and December) in Building B, Conference Room, behind the site of the old hospital at 815 Northwest Street. Luncheons run from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. and include lunch and a program. For additional information call the hospital at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4899.
    Hundreds of food items were collected along with $107 in cash at the Mature Audience Luncheon on Dec. 8, with everything being donated to the Bellevue Fish and Loaves Food Pantry. Packing up some of the food items were, front row left to right, luncheon participants Merry Lerch, Bob Kirsch and Jan Kirsch. In the back row are Roy Swartz and Larry Hay, representing Fish and Loaves.
    Members of the Bellevue Senior High School Choraliers perform at The Bellevue Hospital’s Mature Audience Luncheon on Dec. 8.

    TBH Service Awards Banquet
    Honored for 40 years of service to The Bellevue Hospital was Beverly Wright, pictured with Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH.
    Honored for 35 years of service to The Bellevue Hospital were Susan Decker and Connie Powell.
     
    The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) recognized 79 employees, four physicians, 10 honorees, and two retirees for their years of service at the hospital, during the 31st annual Service Awards program.

                Michael K. Winthrop, president and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, recognized the individuals, representing a total of 1,444 years of providing healthcare services.

                Said Winthrop, “Over the past 94 years, our patients have come to expect a level of care at TBH that’s filled with caring and compassion. Together, these honorees help to provide the highest level of health care to our communities and allow us to continue the principles of caring and the tradition of excellence our hospital is built upon.”

                Employees receiving five-year service awards were: Jennifer Barnard, Patricia Bickhart, Diann Bloom, LeAnn Brugnone, Elizabeth Clark, Teresa Cochran, Paula Contreras, Melissa Cornett, Jennifer Didion, M. Elizabeth Frank, Carla Goodsite, Kelly Goretzki, Elizabeth Hansen, Joshua Hirt, Dianna Humphrey, Cathy Ihnat, Mandy Kelley, Lisa Oglesbee, Christa Pelyhes, Melissa Richards, Jodi Rucker, Debora Schaffer, Paula Smith, Jackie Wooten, Bethany Wright, Amy Wurm, and Jennifer Young.

    Receiving awards for 10 years of service:  Jodi Alafita, Courtney Bollinger, Tammy Bryant, Kathleen Courtney, Melissa Coy, Emily Decker, David Dominy, Melissa Eberle, Jack Foster, Chris Hirt, Carrie Mason, Victoria Maynard, Stacy Miller, Christina Nixon, Julie Roeder, Jennifer Rohrbacher, Sue Sampsel, Kathy Sattler, Meloney Strayer, Melinda Thomas, Cindy Wollenslegel, and Lucinda Wuersig.

                Recognized for 15 years of service:  Julia Boner, Victoria Elswick, Anthony Lombardi, Mary Lou Mittower, and Chad Reed.

                Honored for 20 years of service:  Lora Fresch, Pamela Frost, Jami Hill, Mary Jo Jacobs, Lori Keegan, Cynthia Mounts, Rebecca Myers, Deborah Phenicie, Kathy Sberna, Kathy Scheid, and Theresa Webb.

                Honored for 25 years of service:  Anita Dagg, Ruth Fries, Rise Henry, Cheryl Irons, Roberta Scheffer, Patricia Semer, and Patricia Wigton.

                Honored for 30 years of service: Susan Felder, Rachel Herman, and Monica Wright.

                Honored for 35 years of service were Susan Decker and Connie Powell.

                Honored for 40 years of service was Beverly Wright.

                Honored guests included Eileen Hay (39 years), Valerie Magyar (38), Karen Branco (33), Janie Riffle (33), Susan Martin (32), Margaret Natole (32), Mary Palmer-Bennett (32), Amy Reiderman (32), Cathy Ackerman (31), and Julie Jarrett (31).

                Two retirees honored were Pat L. Garder and Pat Lautner, while the physician honorees were Dr. Patrick Waters (10 years), Dr. Jonathon Gruneich (5), Dr. Theresa Ghazoul (5), and Dr. Barry Zadeh (5).

    TBH’S HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCY IS HONORED
          
    Members of The Bellevue Hospital’s Home
    Health Care Agency have helped to earn the
     HomeCare Elite Award for 2011. They include,
    left to right, Carrie Drown, Pam Fritz, Christine
     Deppen, Melanie Anslow, and Elyse Ramon.
    Not pictured, Katie Driscoll.


     The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Home Health Agency Ranked Among the Top 25 Percent of Home Health Providers in the Country
     
            TBH’s Home Health has been named to the 2011 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. This annual review identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and further highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall. Winners are ranked by an analysis of performance measures in quality outcomes, quality improvement, and financial performance.
     
            “The 2011 HomeCare Elite winners exemplify a commitment to providing their patients with optimum care while performing at the highest level,” said Nancy Buller, Senior Director of Marketing Communications at OCS HomeCare. "We congratulate TBH’s Home Health Care Aency on being one of the Top home care agencies in the country."
     
            Carrie Drown, director of TBH’s Home Health Care Agency, gives credit to the Home Health employees for helping the company to rank as one of the HomeCare Elite. She noted, “It is because of the hard work of our dedicated employees that this award was made possible. Our staff has consistently delivered quality care to all of our patients, and we will continue to proudly serve our local communities."
            
            To create the HomeCare Elite list, public data published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was used. The three domains of performance used in the evaluation were quality of care, quality improvement, and financial performance.
     
            The 2011 HomeCare Elite is the only performance recognition of its kind in the home health industry. The 2011 HomeCare Elite is brought to the industry by OCS HomeCare, the leading provider of healthcare information, and DecisionHealth, publisher of home care’s most respected independent newsletter, Home Health Line. The entire list of the 2011 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the OCS web site at
    www.ocshomecare.com.

           For more information on The Bellevue Hospital’s Home Health Agency, contact Carrie Drown at 419.547.6419.

    "5K Prostate Awareness Run/Walk A Success"

               
    Runners get set to take off at the opening
    of the Prostate Awareness 5K Run/Walk.
    From left to right are overall male winner
     John Gilbert, overall female winner
    Lisa Hoffman, Race Director Gregg Gerber,
    and overall female masters winner
     Julie Dicesare. Not pictured was overall
    male masters winner Keith Madaras.
    The second 5K Prostate Awareness Run/Walk was held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Fremont Recreation Center. There were over 120 runners and walkers taking part in the event.

               “The race went off without any problems,” noted Race Director Gregg Gerber, who is also a prostate cancer survivor. “Our committee had two goals in mind for this event. One, we wanted to provide a great race opportunity for participants. And two and most importantly, we wanted to provide information on prostate cancer and reinforce that early detection of this disease is the best prevention and the key to curing it.”

               Prior to the race, each runner was asked to wear a blue prostate awareness wrist band as a show of solidarity, and a moment of silence was observed for those who are battling prostate cancer and for those who have lost their battle to this disease.

               With a time of 18:39, John Gilbert was the overall race champion. The first female to finish was Lisa Hoffman with a time of 21:44.

               In the Masters Division, Julie Dicesare at 22:00 and Keith Madaras at 18:40 took the top female and male awards.

               The event was sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital, Fremont Memorial Hospital, North Coast Cancer Care, Heinz Company, Second Sole, The Cuyahoga Group, Firelands Area Runners Club, and Fremont Elite Runners Club.


    HOLIDAY CHARITY RAFFLE IS DEC. 20
     
               If Black Friday deals do not appeal to you and the Christmas shopping season becomes too hectic, why not try your luck at winning a big screen TV for Christmas?

                The Bellevue Hospital and The Willows are giving you that opportunity, teaming together to sponsor the Holiday Charity Raffle on Dec. 20. Top prize in the raffle is a 50-inch LG flat panel plasma TV. Second prize is a 16-GB iPad 2, while third prize is an Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle system.

                All proceeds from the raffle will be divided among three charities, including the Bellevue Fish and Loaves Food Pantry, the Clyde Backdoor Food Pantry, and the Sandusky County Cancer Care Fund.

                Tickets are priced at $2 each, or three tickets for $5 or six tickets for $10. Winners need not be present to win. Tickets are available at The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, The Willows, Bellevue Beverage Center, and Copper Top Bake Shop.

                The drawing will be held at The Bellevue Hospital at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20. For additional information, contact The Bellevue Hospital Marketing Department at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4899.

    LESS THAN 800 TICKETS REMAIN IN CORVETTE RAFFLE
    Vicki Moore of Convoy, OH
    was the first Early Bird winner
    of $750 in The Bellevue Hospital
    Foundation’s Corvette Raffle
    .
    The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) is hoping that “You Have Your Heart Set on a ‘Vette!”

    In cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, TBHF is raffling off a 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible, or $50,000 in cash. The drawing will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.

    As of Nov. 28, less than 800 tickets remain to be sold, at $100 each. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, tickets are non-refundable, and winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, licenses and fees. A complete set of rules is available upon request from TBHF, or online at www.VetteRaffle.com

    The next Early Bird drawing of $500 will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 14, with the final Early Bird drawing of $250 held on Jan. 14, 2012. All Early Bird winning tickets will be returned to the drum for a chance at the top prizes.

    The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2012 will be for the 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible or $50,000 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.

    Tickets are now available at The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, Hogue’s IGA in Bellevue, or the Bellevue Beverage Center. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation.

    LIGHTS OF LOVE PROJECT SET AT THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
    The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) Auxiliary is once again sponsoring the annual Lights of Love at TBH. Donations are now being accepted to purchase a Light of Love in honor or in memory of a loved one.

    “The 26th annual event is a time when community members may lovingly remember those special individuals who have touched their hearts,” said Ginger Gerhardstein, chairperson of the event. “Cost of each light is $5 and all proceeds will benefit TBH Auxiliary charitable projects.”

    The Lights of Love trees will be on display at TBH beginning the first week of December and continuing through the holiday season. The trees will be displayed in the Main Entrance hallway.

    Lights of Love orders can be made at any time through the holiday season. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Auxiliary. Forms are available at TBH’s Gift Shop, by contacting Ginger Gerhardstein at 419.483.6886, or you may click here to download.

    Participants can 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 Ginger Gerhardstein, 6970 C.R. 219, Bellevue, OH 44811.

    FIRST EARLY BIRD RAFFLE DRAWING IS HELD-November 14th – 1st Early Bird Drawing, $750 – Congratulations Vicki Moore of Convoy, Ohio!
    Kate Herring, Director of The Bellevue Hospital
    Foundation, watches as Michael K. Winthrop,
    President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital,
    draws the first Early Bird winner of $750 in
    the 2012 Corvette Raffle sponsored by the Foundation.
                The first “Early Bird” drawing for the 2012 Corvette Raffle was held at The Bellevue Hospital on Monday, Nov. 14. This second annual Corvette Raffle is being sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) in cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. Grand prize in the raffle is a 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible, or $50,000 in cash. The drawing will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.

                Vicki Moore of Convoy, OH, won the first Early Bird drawing of $750 on Nov. 14 after her ticket was pulled from the drum. She becomes the second winner in the current raffle after Cheryl Srodes of Fremont, OH won the “Loyalty Club” $500 drawing in October. That drawing was for anyone who purchased a ticket by Oct. 1 and who was also a ticket holder last year.

                As of Nov. 14, less than 850 tickets remain to be sold, at $100 each. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, tickets are non-refundable, and winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, licenses and fees. A complete set of rules is available upon request from TBHF, or online at www.VetteRaffle.com .

                The next two Early Bird drawings are set for Dec. 14 for $500 and Jan. 14 for $250. All Early Bird winning tickets will be returned to the drum for a chance to win the top prize.

                The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2012 will be for the 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible or $50,000 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.

                Tickets are now available at The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, Hogue’s IGA in Bellevue, or the Bellevue Beverage Center. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation.

                For additional information on the raffle, for a complete set of rules, or for ticket information, contact Kate Herring, TBH Foundation director, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319, or visit www.VetteRaffle.com

    BUSF raffle wrap-up
     Winners were selected on Friday in the 3rd 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 over $4,000 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.

               Two “grand prizes” were offered, including a week-long stay at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Resort, donated by the Wyndham Resort, and a three-minute shopping spree at Hogue’s IGA, sponsored by Hogue’s and TBH. Winning the Disney trip was Lisa Reinbolt, while Diane Miller won the shopping spree. The other prize winners were:
    • 2012 season pass for Green Hills, Woussickett and River Cliff Golf Courses, donated by The Crockett Family – Mandi King.
    • Two “all access” passes to Bellevue High School athletic and cultural events donated by Bellevue City Schools – Skip LaBonte.
    • $300 in Chamber Checks donated by Croghan Colonial Bank – Carrie Mason.
    • Garmin GPS and travel duffel bag, donated by Firelands Federal Credit Union – Jen Wilhelm.
    • Pizza a month for a year, donated by Pizza House West (three of these prizes) – Paul Ruffing, Tranzitionz Salon & Spa, and Jim Pickering.
    • Six-inch sub sandwich a week for a year, donated by Subway – Jo Ann Ventura.
    • Cleveland Browns tickets and gift pack, donated by First National Bank – Deb Claus.
    • Great Wolf Lodge overnight package, donated by Great Wolf Lodge – Kathy Morfier.
    • Two rooms of carpet cleaning and discounted flooring, donated by Stanley Steemer and North Coast Carpet and Flooring (two of these prizes) – Jim Pickering and Jan Fulton.
    • Family Rec Center pass and Family Pool Pass for 2012, donated by the Bellevue Rec Department – Tom Crockett.
    • Two rooms of carpet cleaning donated by Adrian’s Masterclean – Jan Scagnetti.
    • Nautica Polarized Sunglasses donated by Advanced Family Eyecare – Delbert Daniel.
    • Pie a month for a year, donated by Our Town’s Brewin’ – Nancy Setzler.
    • Browns autographed photo and mini helmet donated by Verizon – Lou Anne Sitterly.
    • Wii Game System donated by The Willows – Jack Loudenslager.
    • Two Cleveland Browns tickets donated by International Metal Hose – John & Katie Driscoll.
    • $50 Bassett’s gift card and Calloway golf bag, donated by Bassett’s and Bellevue Beverage Center – Ashley Leslie.
    • $50 Sports Hut gift card, donated by the Ruffing Family and Sports Hut (two of these prizes) – Peg Plate and Holly Mittower.
               The BUSF committee publicly thanked all of the sponsors for their generous donations to the 3rd annual Community Raffle.

    TBH squash garden project
    An idea that was “sprouted” by employees and volunteers at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has yielded dividends to several local and area families through the Bellevue Fish and Loaves Food Pantry.

                TBH Dietician Patti Keller and several volunteers started the project, known as “Vittlesville,” in April of 2011. The group secured a plot of land east of TBH, then planted, cultivated, and harvested butternut squash this past September.

                Butternut squash, an easy-to-grow food that has a high nutrient profile, was selected for its value as a good source of beta carotene, along with b-vitamins, and fiber.  It keeps well and can be used raw or cooked in salads and vegetable dishes.  It is easier to handle than pumpkins and grows to a more uniform size.
                “We yielded 210 total squash weighing in at a combined 720 pounds, with the largest individual squash weighing in at 7.2 pounds,” noted Keller. “All of the squash was then donated to Fish and Loaves where it was distributed to needy families.” Keller and her crew also collected butternut squash recipes. Those recipes were shared with those receiving the squash at Fish and Loaves.

                She noted that 24 squash plants were planted in a 12’ x 24’ plot of unused ground owned by TBH. Extra watering was done during the dry months of June and July.  The rains came in August and watering was not necessary.  The extra watering in June and July yielded squash that were, on average, one pound heavier than normal squash.  

                Continued Keller, “The market value of the donated squash was just over $300 and our gardening volunteers donated over 60 hours of their time to manage the garden.” In addition to Keller, other gardening helpers were Bob Beck, Cat Valero, Mike Phenicie, Tim Walters, Joe Hoff, Mick Dwyer, Patty Semer, Candy Gilbert, and Tom Kutz. The Huron County Master Gardener Program also assisted with tilling the soil and maintaining the garden.
    Keller noted that planning for next year has already begun with eggplant and peppers being considered.

    Corvette Raffle Has First Winner
    Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, pulls the winning $500 “Loyalty Club” ticket belonging to Cheryl Srodes
    of Fremont.
    The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s (TBHF) is “You Have Your Heart Set on a ‘Vette” car raffle is well underway, with the first “Loyalty Club” drawing held on Oct. 3.

                Cheryl Srodes of Fremont was the $500 “Loyalty Club” drawing winner, having her ticket pulled from the barrel by Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH. The Loyalty Club drawing was for any previous ticket holder from last year who purchased a ticket this year by Sept. 30.

               The main raffle, held in cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, is for a 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible, or $50,000 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Steinle location on E. McPherson Hwy. in Clyde.

               This year’s raffle also features three Early Bird drawings for anyone who purchases a ticket by the Early Bird drawing dates: $750 for the Nov. 14 drawing, $500 for the Dec. 14 drawing, and $250 for the Jan. 14 drawing.

                The new website, www.VetteRaffle.com  , is for purchasing tickets on-line with a credit card. The on-line ticket link can also be found through TBH’s website at www.bellevuehospital.com  .

                Only 1,500 tickets will be sold for this year’s drawing, at $100 each. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, tickets are non-refundable, and winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, licenses and fees. A complete set of rules is available upon request from TBHF or can be found on the website.

                The first ticket drawn in the raffle will be for the 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible or $50,000 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.

                Tickets are available at The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, Bellevue Beverage Center, Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde and Fremont, or Hogue’s IGA in Bellevue. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation.

                For additional information on the raffle, for a complete set of rules, or for ticket information, contact Kate Herring, TBH Foundation director, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.            

    TBH FOUNDATION RAFFLE HAS CORVETTE AS TOP PRIZE!
               For the second consecutive year, The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) is hoping that “You Have Your Heart Set on a ‘Vette!”

                In cooperation with Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde, TBHF is raffling off a 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible, or $50,000 in cash. The drawing will be held on Monday, Feb. 14, 2012, at the Steinle location on E. McPherson Hwy. in Clyde.

                “I am excited about this year’s raffle because of the new format which includes a ‘Loyalty Club’ drawing, ‘Early Bird’ drawings, and a new website dedicated to the raffle,” said Kate Herring, Foundation Director.

                The Loyalty Club drawing is for previous ticket holders who purchase a ticket for this year’s drawing by Sept. 30. A prize of $500 will be given away on Oct. 3.

                The three Early Bird drawings are for anyone who purchases a ticket by the Early Bird drawing dates: $750 for the Nov. 14 drawing, $500 for the Dec. 14 drawing, and $250 for the Jan. 14 drawing.

                The new website, www.vetteraffle.com  , is for purchasing tickets on-line with a credit card.

                “We also thought this project would help engage the community toward focusing attention on the Foundation and Hospital and the good things we do for the residents of Bellevue and Clyde and those in our service area,” added Herring, who noted that proceeds from this year’s raffle will benefit programs and projects involving the health of women and children.

                Only 1,500 tickets will be sold for this year’s drawing, at $100 each. You must be at least 18 years of age to purchase a ticket, tickets are non-refundable, and winners are responsible for all federal, state and local taxes, licenses and fees. A complete set of rules is available upon request from TBHF or can be found on the website.

                The first ticket drawn in the raffle will be for the 2012 1LT Corvette Convertible or $50,000 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.

                Tickets for the general public go on sale Oct. 1 at TBH’s 4th annual Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show.Tickets are also available at The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, Bellevue Beverage Center, Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde and Fremont, or Hogue’s IGA in Bellevue. Checks should be made payable to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation.

                “We are most appreciative of the support we received last year during our inaugural raffle,” added Herring. “The support from our community, our businesses, our employees and our physicians was wonderful.”

                Last year, 1,300 tickets were sold with proceeds benefiting the Women’s Mammography Fund and children’s health programs. The grand prize winner was Zsolt Vicsacsan of Phoenix, AZ. He chose the cash option.

                For additional information on the raffle, for a complete set of rules, or for ticket information, contact Kate Herring, TBH Foundation director, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.

    I am a breast cancer survivor and it is a badge I wear with pride!”
     Michelle Clinger, 48, of Tiffin, “wears that badge” with so much pride that she cannot wait to share her experience and spread the word about how she believes a routine mammogram saved her life.

    Local and area residents will have the opportunity to meet Michelle and hear her story on two separate occasions: Thursday, Oct. 20 at Fremont Memorial Hospital, 715 S. Taft St., Fremont, and Thursday, Oct. 27 at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH), 1400 W. Main St., Bellevue. In addition to the two hospitals, the Sandusky County Cancer Coalition is sponsoring Clinger’s visit.

    Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 in Fremont at the Memorial Hospital Chestnut Café, with the program to follow at 6 p.m. On Oct. 27 in The Bellevue Hospital’s Conference Rooms A&B, dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program to follow at 6 p.m.

    Both programs are free and open to the public. Michael Griliis, D.O., chairman of the Memorial Hospital Cancer Committee will emcee the Fremont event, while at the Bellevue event, Steven Zieber M.D., a Radiologist on staff at TBH, will make a presentation.

    “Although my mom passed away in 1984 after complications from leukemia, there was no history of breast cancer in our family,” said Clinger, who was diagnosed with her disease in 2008 at the age of 45. “I was told by one medical professional that if I would have blown off my mammogram that year, I would have potentially faced a whole different outcome than what she thought I was going to achieve due to the fact that I had obtained my mammogram.”

    Instead, Clinger’s lump was discovered soon enough to allow her today to enjoy a normal life as a wife and mother of two. “I really believe that I would not be here right now if I had delayed getting my mammogram. Women do not need to be afraid of getting checked. I believe you can fare well and survive with today’s treatment options. I had the mastectomy and chemo and I survived and this is my message. I never even missed a day of work while going through my chemotherapy treatment.”

    Reservations are required and space is limited to 50 people per program. For the Oct. 20 Fremont event, phone 419.334.6613. For the Oct. 27 Bellevue program phone the hospital’s Centralized Scheduling Department at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4326.

    Representatives of the Bellevue Kiwanis recently accepted a check in the amount of $3,800 from The Bellevue Hospital (TBH). Accepting on behalf of Kiwanis were Amy Reiderman and Janet Scagnetti.
    Fay Wade, representing The Bellevue Hospital’s Community Services Department, presents the $3,800 check to Bellevue Kiwanis members Amy Reiderman and Janet Scagnetti.

     The check is the result of the 26th Annual Blood Analysis Program, held in May, with over 1,000 people participating.  The Blood Analysis Program offers low cost health screening for the community. Eighteen tests, including cholesterol, sugar, calcium, iron, and triglycerides, are offered as part of the event.

                “We are very pleased with the reception from the community,” said Peg Natole, with TBH’s Community Services Department. “The screening provides a low cost way to monitor health risks and also provides the Kiwanis with a method of raising money for other community events and projects.”

                “Perhaps most gratifying are the comments from the participants, who appreciate the voluntary efforts of The Bellevue Hospital and Kiwanis,” Natole continued.   “A number of people have thanked us and said that because of the Blood Analysis Program, a medical problem was detected early and greatly improved the success of the recovery.”

                Continued Natole, “In researching historical data on the Blood Analysis Program, we discovered that back in 1993 during our 7th annual event, 182 people participated and the Kiwanis realized a profit of about $200 total. We have come a very long way in both number of people taking part in the program and the amount of money we have been able to generate for the local Kiwanis. This is due in part to the great cooperation and participation by the Kiwanis members."


    TBH EMPLOYEE EARNS DEGREE
    The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has announced that Elizabeth Martin, RN, has completed her training and obtained certification as an RN First Assistant (RNFA).

    Martin is employed in TBH’s Surgery Department. She completed her schooling and training in Las Vegas and Toledo.

    Martin has been employed with TBH for the past 11 years. She resides in Bellevue with her husband, Dale, and their three children.

    VolunTeens donate time at TBH
    Several local and area teenagers have spent a portion of their summer doing volunteer work at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) as part of the hospital’s VolunTeen program for kids ages 14-17. The group recently participated in TBH’s “Wellness and Wheelchair Wash.” Washing the benches on the Wellness Trail are, foreground, Edward King, Catherine Wilson, Kirsten Albright, and in the background, Sarah Hunker, Alivia Dean and VolunTeen Coordinator Linda Irons. The group then washed and dried the wheelchairs throughout the hospital. Pictured are Dean and Wilson (seated), along with Albright, Irons, and Hunker. VolunTeens also have the opportunity to earn a scholarship their senior year in high school. For additional information on the VolunTeen Program at TBH, contact June Washburn, Volunteer Coordinator, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4408, or Irons at 419.483.0069.



    Auxiliary purchases equipment for TBH department
    The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) Auxiliary recently purchased an Arc Trainer Elliptical Exercise Machine for TBH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. The equipment purchase was made possible by profits raised from day-to-day sales in TBH’s Gift Shop. Pictured from left to right are, Denise Bullion, RN, and Hollie Alda, RN, both with TBH’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department; Michael K. Winthrop (on machine), President and CEO of TBH; and Gary Steinle, TBH Foundation Board chairman. TBH’s Gift Shop is open to the public during normal times of 8:30 a.m. To 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Gift Shop Manager June Washburn at 419-483-4040, Ext. 4408.

    Appointments to Foundation Board
    The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) Foundation Board recently added two Emeritus Trustees. The Emeritus Trustees are able to attend any and all meetings and offer input on business decisions before the Board. This brings the total of Emeritus Trustees to three on the Foundation Board. These three were chosen based on their devotion to the Capital Campaign Project that led to the construction of the new hospital facility. Pictured from left to right are Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH; Patricia Sullivan, current Emeritus Trustee; Gail Foos, newly appointed Emeritus Trustee; Kate Herring, TBH Foundation Director; and Jim Avery, newly appointed Emeritus Trustee. For additional information on The Bellevue Hospital Foundation, contact Director Kate Herring at 419-483-4040, Ext. 4319.

    A Successful 31st Annual Auxiliary Golf Outing for The Bellevue Hospital

    Members of the winning Medical Mutual/E&M Raymond James Open Flight team include, left to right, Eric Eichler, Alex Inither, Brian Mezey and Ed Andrassy.

    Members of the winning Ball Medical Mixed Flight team include, left to right, John Ball, Lisa Ball, Dave Ball and Ben Ball.             

                The 31st Annual Auxiliary Golf Outing of The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) was held on July 30 at Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde, with the event raising $17,000 to benefit the hospital auxiliary’s charitable projects.            

                “A big thank you goes out to our Auxiliary officers and members, and those who came out to volunteer, including Ginger Gerhardstein, Linda Irons, and Deb Myers. 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.” 

                The Medical Mutual/E&M team shot a 13-under-par 58 to take Open Flight honors in the outing. Members of the winning team were Ed Andrassey, Brian Mezey, Eric Eichler and Alex Inithar. 

                The Ball Medical team shot an 8-under-par 63 to win the Mixed Flight Division. Members of the team were Ben Ball, Dave Ball, John Ball, and Lisa Ball. 

                Prizes were awarded during the dinner to the following winners:            

                Open Division:  First place (58) – Medical Mutual/E&M team of Ed Andrassey, Brian Mezey, Eric Eichler and Alex Inithar (won on scorecard playoff, Hole 8). Second place (58) – Cook, Smith & Schmidt team of Rodney Cook, Robert Scholl, Rich Long and Bill Gearhart (won on a scorecard playoff, Hole 17). Third place (58) – the team of Dick Parish, Pat Dublo, Steve Parish and Wayne Jackson.
     

                Mixed Division: First place, (63) – Ball Medical team of Ben Ball, Dave Ball, John Ball, and Lisa Ball (won on a scorecard playoff, Hole 17). Second place (63) – Net Revenue Associates team of Gregg Elchert, Amy Elchert, John Cullen and Jim West. Third place (65) – Alta Partners team of Stan Kasmarcak, Cheryl Kasmarcak, Dan Kasinec and Rob Bauer.
     

                Field Prize Winners:  Closest to pin 2nd shot winners – Erich Weinlander, Cheryl Most, and Wayne Jackson.

                Longest drives – Wayne Jackson, Dorene Frost, Dan Berry, Sheila Feick, and Mike Gubesch.

                Longest putts – Tom Barth, Carolyn Farrar, and Marc Schoen.

     

                Added Herring, “We also have some special thank yous, to our Signature Sponsor, Fifth Third Bank; to Dr. Dan Herring and North Central Family Physicians for sponsoring the Awards Dinner; to Memorial Health Care System, Net Revenue Associates, and First National Bank.”

     
    The 32nd annual Auxiliary Golf Outing is set for Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Green Hills Golf Course at 8 a.m.  

    Thank you to the following sponsors:

    Signature Sponsor: Fifth Third Bank.

    Awards Dinner: Dr. Daniel Herring and North Central Family Physicians.

    19th Hole Refreshments: The HMC Group, Firelands Federal Credit Union, Plante Moran, and Joe & Sharon Wilson.

    Lunch: Bricker & Eckler Attorneys; Bellevue Eagles Aerie 490; Mike & Gail Winthrop; Cerner Corporation; Frantz Ward, LLP; Hylant Group; Key Bank; and Quadax.

    Beverage Carts: In memory of D. Ross Irons, M.D.; and ProMedica.

    Hole-in-One sponsors: Memorial Health Care System; and Net Revenue Associates.

    Continental Breakfast: Kim Knight, M.D.; and Alliance One. 

    Contributors: ACE Hardware, Aero Filter, Alta Partners, Anonymous Donor, Ashley Adams & Tastefully Simple, Ballreich Potato Chip Co., Bellevue Society for the Arts, CDW, CVS Caremark, Christian Roberts Salon & Spa, Cintas Corporation, Cold Rush, Copper Top Bake Shop, E&M Raymond James & Associates, Jeff Easton, Firelands Federal Credit Union, First National Bank, Bellevue Eagles Aerie 490, Ganz, GGJ, Inc., Gordon Food Service, Green Hills Golf Course, Heathland, Hogue’s IGA, Home Savings & Loan, Pat Lautner, Mix 102.7, North Central Family Physicians, Old Fort Bank, Pepsi, Perry’s Plantation, Russell’s Farm Market, SASS Salon & Spa, Schindler Elevator, Sports Hut, Stand Energy, Standard Textile, The Bellevue Hospital, The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, The Clothes Hanger, The Willows at Bellevue, Toledo Mud Hens, Toshiba, Tranzitionz Salon & Spa, Triple S Tires, Unum, Walmart of Fremont, and Woodard Photographic. 

    Hole Sponsors: Alta Partners, Buckeye Medical, Caranfa Ford, Dr. Joseph & Jill Colizoli, Cook, Smith & Schmidt CPA’s, Craneware, First National Bank, Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Gluten Free Sonny Marie’s, Great Lakes Emergency Medicine Physicians, S. Joseph Hinkle II & Key Bank Foundation, Healthland, Human Arc Corporation, Janotta & Herner Inc., Kellermeyer Company, Lake Shore Graphic Industries Inc., Matt Mutual Financial Group, North Coast Cancer Care Inc., Northwest Ohio Shared Services, Par Excellence Systems, Pepper Construction, Pharmacy Systems Inc., RS Office Solutions, Dr. Bo & Sharon Reeves, Seneca Medical, Signalysis Inc., St. Vincent Life Flight, Mobile Unit, The Willows at Bellevue, and Zenith Systems LLC.


    TBH EMPLOYEE EARNS DEGREE
    The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has announced that Dee Dee Feasel has completed her training to become a Registered Polysomnography Technologist.

    Feasel is employed with TBH’s Sleep Disorders Center, located at 1265 W. Main St., Suite B, next to Buckeye Medical. She completed her training in Westlake.

    Feasel has been employed with TBH for the past four years. She resides in Tiffin with her husband, Chad, and their three children.

    TBH EMPLOYEE EARNS DEGREE
    The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has announced that Dawn Bova, RN, has completed her Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

    Bova is employed in TBH’s Pre-Admission Testing Department. She is a member of both the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the American Holistic Nurses Association.

    Bova has been employed with TBH for the past 20 years. She resides in Bellevue with her husband, Barry, and their four children.

    Parking lots at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) will be resealed (weather permitting) beginning on Friday, July 15 and continuing through Sunday, July 17.

    During this resealing process, parking will be prohibited in certain areas and the traffic flow will be altered as work progresses. The resealing schedule includes:
    Friday, July 15: West side of South parking lot (south of Main Station Café), Cardiopulmonary/Emergency Department (ED) parking lot Northeast of Patient Entrance, North ED lot, ED entrance & driveway and Ring Road from ED ambulance entrance to U.S. 20 West entrance/exit.
    Saturday, July 16: Northeast and East lots, exit drive to 302, Patient Entrance drive, ED ambulance drive and Ring Road from 302 exit to U.S. 20 West entrance/exit.
    Sunday, July 17: West lots, Loading Dock/ED ambulance exit drive, Medical Office Building lots, 302 entrance and Ring Road from 302 entrance to ED ambulance entrance.
    Visitors are asked to please pay attention to traffic cones that will signal no parking or no traffic areas.
    For additional information, contact Mick Dwyer, Environmental Services Director, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4400.

    Over two dozen members of the Gold Wing Road Riders group participated in a Teddy Bear Run to The Bellevue Hospital (TBH).
     The motorcycle riders, most of them affiliated with Bellevue Chapter K-2, Ohio Region D of the Gold Wing Riders, brought with them new stuffed animals to be used to comfort sick or injured children at the local hospital facility. Cyclists came from seven different area communities and also brought with them Ronald McDonald, who also helped to spread some cheer during his visit. Here, the group poses in TBH’s Atrium before hitting the road to continue their charitable works.



    Once Again, The Bellevue Hospital in
    Top 5% Nationally for Patient Experience

    The Bellevue Hospital Receives Outstanding Patient Experience Award from HealthGrades for the 4th Consecutive Year  
    Daniel Herring, D.O., Chief of Staff at
    The Bellevue Hospital; Mark Pifer, O.D.,
     Hospital Board President; and Michael K.
    Winthrop, President and CEO, display the
    Outstanding  Patient Experience
    Award for 2011 from HealthGrades.

    For the fourth consecutive year The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has been recognized for its superior patient experience outcomes and has received the 2011 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. And this puts TBH in a very elite group. TBH is the only hospital from Ohio and one of only 42 hospitals to be in the Top 5% in the U.S. four years in a row.
     
                “I am so pleased that the collective efforts of our Employees, Medical Staff, Volunteers and Board of Trustees, to provide a positive patient experience at The Bellevue Hospital, is recognized by the patients we are privileged to serve,” said Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH.
     
             “To be recognized four years in a row is remarkable and doesn’t happen by chance.  Our team works hard each and every day to see that those who receive care at TBH – often under difficult and stressful circumstances – are treated in a most professional, competent and caring manner. As more hospitals strive to improve the patient experience in their respective facilities, it is significantly more difficult to stay at the top. The Bellevue Hospital Family is a ‘Championship Team’ and rightfully deserves to stay at the top!”
     
             Finalized Winthrop, “As our Mission Statement proclaims, ‘We CARE for patients as members of our family.’ We are very pleased to both achieve our mission and be recognized for our efforts.”
     
                An analysis of patient surveys at U.S. hospitals by HealthGrades found that The Bellevue Hospital was ranked in the top 5%, and as a result, received the 2011 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. The surveys were given to patients shortly after their discharge to ascertain their experience on a range of issues, from communication with doctors and nurses to cleanliness and pain management.

               The Bellevue Hospital was the only recipient of the HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award in the four county area (Huron, Erie, Sandusky, Seneca).
     
                “There are a select group of hospitals that have made a top-to-bottom commitment to providing their patients with an outstanding patient experience as part of their overall commitment to quality,” said Rick May, MD, a HealthGrades vice president. “Members of their community should take pride in knowing that, should they need it, there’s a hospital in their area that puts patients first.”
     
                The surveys are standardized and issued to patients after leaving the hospital as part of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


    For the 10th consecutive year, recipients of scholarships given to children of The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) employees were announced during National Hospital Week, May 8-14, 2011. 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:

     

    Evan Goretzki, Recreational Therapy, BGSU-Firelands, son of Kelly Goretzki, Medical/Surgical Department, and Jeffrey Goretzki, Sandusky.

     

    Samantha Magyar, Nursing, Ashland University, daughter of Valerie Magyar, Health Information Management Department, and Bill Magyar, Bellevue;
    Chelsea McPeek, Microbiology, The Ohio State University, daughter of Michaele McPeek,  Patient Financial Services, and Mike McPeek, Bellevue.
    Amber Oglesbee, Cyber Defense, Baker College, daughter of David & Lisa Oglesbee, both from the Emergency Department. They reside in Fremont.
    Amanda Pensiero, Doctor of Medicine, The Ohio State University, daughter of Denise Pensiero, Environmental Services, and Christopher Pensiero, D.P.M., Bellevue.
     
    Devin Schoen, Pre-Physical Therapy, Owens Community College, daughter of Marianne Schoen, Revenue Cycle Director, and Marc Schoen, Diagnostic Imaging Department, Bellevue.
    Christina Shelley, Biology, University of Notre Dame, daughter of Jackie Shelley, Community Services Department, and Marty Shelley, Bellevue. Megan Smith, Early Childhood Education, University of Toledo, daughter of Tina Smith, Emergency Department, and John Smith, Monroeville.

    Mariah Strayer, Communication Disorders, BGSU-Firelands, daughter of Meloney Strayer, Surgery Department, and John Strayer, Bellevue.
     
    Samantha Trapp, Nursing, Lorain Community College, daughter of Laurie Trapp, Emergency Department, and Mike Trapp, Bellevue.  

                         

    AUXILIARY SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED


                The Bellevue Hospital Auxiliary has also announced their scholarship recipient for 2011:

                The Robert W. Peters Scholarship in Memory of Amanda R. Peters was awarded to Bellevue Senior High School graduate Brianna Wolfe in the amount of $2,000.

     
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