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News Archives - 2013
 
HOLIDAY CHARITY RAFFLE RESULTS
 
            The Bellevue Hospital and The Willows at Bellevue teamed up for the third annual Holiday Charity Raffle on Dec. 20.  The winners were:
            Ron Smith, Bellevue, 50-inch LG flat panel TV; Gary Haynes, Bellevue, snowblower; and Diana Missler, Bellevue, iPad mini.
            The raffle raised over $3,800 in cash for the Bellevue Fish & Loaves Food Pantry. The money will be used to purchase food for needy families.

‘EARLY BIRD’ RAFFLE DRAWING IS HELD
 
            The second “Early Bird” drawing was held for The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s SOLD OUT 2014 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The Early Bird drawing was held on Dec. 14 and the winner of $500 was Shirley Davis of Athens, TN. Early Bird winning tickets are returned to the drum after each drawing.
            Davis is the third winner in the current raffle. Jerry Hoy of Wabash, IN won the “Loyalty Club” drawing of $750 on Oct. 1. Hoy’s name was drawn from all previous ticket holders who purchased a ticket during the month of September. On Nov. 14, Cynthia Evans of Fremont, OH won the $750 Early Bird drawing.
            The fourth 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 2014 Stingray, or $50,053 in cash.
            The raffle was sold-out on Dec. 13 and because of that, the main drawing will now be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde. The public is invited to attend. One final “Early Bird” drawing will be held on Jan. 14 for $250, prior to the main raffle. The first ticket drawn in the main raffle will be for the 2014 Stingray 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 www.VetteRaffle.com

‘EARLY BIRD’ RAFFLE DRAWING IS HELD
Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, presents a $750 check to Fremont's Cynthia Evans, the winner of the first "Early Bird" drawing in the 2014 "Is Your Heart Set on a Vette" Corvette Raffle being sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation. Less than 450 tickets remain to be sold for the 4th annual event. Top prize in the raffle is a 2014 Corvette Stingray or $50,053 cash. Tickets are available for purchase at the Bellevue Beverage Center, Steinle Chevrolet-Buick in Clyde & Fremont, Hogue's IGA, and The Bellevue Hospital Gift Shop, online at www.VetteRaffle.com, or by phone toll-free at 800-850-5528.
 
            The first “Early Bird” drawing was held for The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s 2014 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The drawing was held on Nov. 14 and the winner of $750 was Cynthia Evans of Fremont, OH. Early Bird winning tickets are returned to the drum after each drawing.
            Evans is the second winner in the current raffle, after Jerry Hoy of Wabash, IN won the “Loyalty Club” drawing of $750 on Oct. 1 Hoy’s name was drawn from all previous ticket holders who purchased a ticket during the month of September.
            Two more “Early Bird” drawings will be held on Dec. 14 ($500) and Jan. 14 ($250).
            The fourth 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 2014 Stingray, or $50,053 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Feb. 14, 2014, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.
            As of Nov. 14, just 480 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. A total of 1,553 tickets will be sold for the raffle, and last year’s event was sold out days prior to the drawing.
            The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2014 will be for the 2014 Stingray 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.
            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

 
 
            Winners were selected on Friday in the 5th 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 $4,846 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 Brad Van Fleet of Bellevue, while Jim Hackenburg of Clyde won the shopping spree. The other prize winners were:
  • 2014 season pass for Green Hills, Woussickett and River Cliff Golf Courses, donated by The Crockett Family – Al Fuchs, Bellevue.
  • Two “all access” passes to Bellevue High School athletic and cultural events donated by Bellevue City Schools – Peg Plate, Bellevue.
  • $300 in Chamber Checks donated by Croghan Colonial Bank – Valerie Bumb, Bellevue.
  • Samsung Galaxy gift basket, donated by Firelands Federal Credit Union – Diane & Tom Miller, Sandusky.
  • Pizza a month for six months, donated by Pizza House West (10 of these prizes) – Gene Michel, Willard; Deb Hawkins, Bellevue; Kenneth Landoll, Monroeville; Nicole Luna-Withrow, Norwalk; Keith Smith, Norwalk; Ruth Hay, Bellevue; Ken Cleary, Fremont; Lisa Patrick, Clyde; John Miller, Bellevue; Judy Miller, Bellevue.
  • Six-inch sub sandwich a week for a year, donated by Subway – JoAnn Ventura, Port Clinton.
  • Cleveland Browns tickets and gift pack, donated by First National Bank – David Freitag, Bellevue.
  • Great Wolf Lodge overnight package, donated by Great Wolf Lodge – Pat Dahm, Monroeville.
  • Two rooms of carpet cleaning and discounted flooring, donated by Stanley Steemer and North Coast Carpet and Flooring (two of these prizes) – E. Henry Zidd, Bellevue, and John Steinmetz.
  • Family Rec Center pass and Family Pool Pass for 2014, donated by the Bellevue Rec Department – First National Bank Loan Office, Bellevue.
  • Two rooms of carpet cleaning donated by Adrian’s Masterclean – Danielle DuPont, Norwalk.
  • Banana Republic Sunglasses donated by Advanced Family Eyecare – Al Fuchs, Bellevue.
  • Pie a month for a year, donated by Our Town’s Brewin’ – Amy Zorn.
  • Ohio State goodie basket donated by the Bellevue Beverage Center – Suzanne Good, Bellevue.
  • $250 Best Buy gift card donated by The Willows – Rhonda Soper, Clyde.
  • $100 ACE Hardware gift card donated by International Metal Hose – Judy Journay, Bellevue.
  • $50 Bassett’s gift card donated by Bassett’s (two of these prizes) – Amy Keegan, Castalia, and Janis Perkins.
  • $50 Sports Hut gift card, donated by the Ruffing Family and Sports Hut (two of these prizes) – Peg Plate, Bellevue, and Kathryn Ruggles, Norwalk.
  • $100 Hogues IGA gift card from an anonymous donor – First National Bank Loan Office, Bellevue.
  • Hair Care Basket & Gift Card, donated by Buckeye Styles, Clyde – Dave Zilch, Bellevue.
            The BUSF committee publicly thanked all of the sponsors for their generous donations to the 5th annual Community Raffle.

‘EARLY BIRD’ RAFFLE DRAWING IS SLATED
 
            The first “Early Bird” drawing for The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s 2014 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle is set for Nov. 14. The drawing will be worth $750. Anyone who purchases a ticket prior to Nov. 14 will be entered into the three Early Bird drawings. Subsequent drawings for slated for Dec. 14 ($500) and Jan. 14 ($250).
            The fourth 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 2014 Stingray, or $50,053 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Feb. 14, 2014, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.
            As of Nov. 1, over half of the 1,553 tickets have been 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. A total of 1,553 tickets will be sold for the raffle, and last year’s event was sold out days prior to the drawing.
            The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2014 will be for the 2014 Stingray 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.
            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 to Open Urgent Care in Clyde 
Wearing pink hard hats in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, from left to right are Martin E. Tursky, President & CEO of Firelands Regional Health System; Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital; and Dr. Anthony Tesmond, Medical Director of the new Clyde Urgent Care Center. News media representatives and invited guests had a sneak preview of the new Clyde Urgent Care Center on Oct. 11. The new facility, a joint venture with Firelands Regional Health System in Sandusky and The Bellevue Hospital, is located at 1740 W. McPherson Hwy. in Clyde.
 
Clyde, OH October 11, 2013—Firelands Regional Medical Center and The Bellevue Hospital are pleased to announce a joint venture between the two hospitals which will bring Urgent Care services to Clyde, Ohio. The new Urgent Care will serve the healthcare needs of residents in the Clyde, Bellevue, Fremont, and surrounding areas. Located at 1740 W. McPherson Highway, it is anticipated that the new Urgent Care will be open to patients by January, 2014. 
 
“We are pleased to bring this service to the Clyde community and are excited over the opportunity to work together with The Bellevue Hospital. By doing this as a joint venture the communities served benefit since they are already familiar with both hospitals’ long standing reputations for providing top quality healthcare services,” shares Martin E. Tursky, President & CEO of the Firelands Regional Health System. “The Urgent Care will continue that reputation of providing the highest quality care possible in a new state-of-the-art facility.” 
 
“This joint venture is a positive step for everyone involved– for Firelands Regional Medical Center, for The Bellevue Hospital, and mostly for the communities we serve. Patients will now have access to prompt quality care that is a lower cost alternative to emergency care when doctor offices are closed,” explains Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of The Bellevue Hospital. 
 
“We plan for the Urgent Care to be open daily from 11 am – 9 pm, and 10 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, with the possibility of expanding hours as needs indicate,” Winthrop added. The new site, which is across from Clyde-Findlay Area Credit Union, will also provide x-ray and lab services. 
Anthony Tesmond, DO, medical director of the new Urgent Care in Clyde, explains that Urgent Care services are provided to individuals who need to be seen promptly by a healthcare provider. “These are usually patients that are unable to get an appointment with their own physician, need to be seen after normal office hours, don’t have a primary care physician or may be visiting the area and need urgent care,“ explains Dr. Tesmond “Additionally, we can provide services to patients including diagnostic studies that might not be available at their physician’s office. For instance, having the ability to offer imaging allows the providers at the Urgent Care to diagnose and render initial treatment for patients with fractures and other musculoskeletal injuries. We will also have the ability to treat a wide variety of common illnesses and injuries.” 
 
If the patient is more critical, or has life-threatening conditions such as chest pain or stroke, the Emergency Rooms at either The Bellevue Hospital or Firelands Regional Medical Center will continue to serve these needs as would other ER providers in the area. 
 
Dr. Tesmond, who is also the Medical Director for the Firelands Physician Group Urgent Cares in Sandusky and in Vermilion shares, “It’s exciting to be able to expand from a single clinic (Sandusky) into two clinics (Sandusky and Vermilion) and now into a third (Clyde). This growing network allows us to bring Urgent Care to surrounding communities where there is a definite need for these services.” Dr. Tesmond goes on to explain, “The role of the Urgent Care is to treat the patient and then have the patient follow-up with his/her Primary Care Physician. As a result, primary care physicians have become comfortable in referring patients to Urgent Care when they deem it appropriate. We have a good working relationship with area physicians.” 
 
Janotta & Herner is the design/builder for the Urgent Care facility project. Ground was broken at the 1 . acre site on July 8, 2013 and construction has been underway since that time. The facility is a 3,600 square foot medical office building, of which 80% will be used for the Urgent Care service. Future plans for the remaining 20% of the 1740 W. McPherson facility may include other healthcare services; however no definite plans have been established at the present time. 
 

Dr. D. Ross Irons Memorial Run/Walk 5k - Car Show and Health Fair

2013 5k results
The inaugural Dr. D. Ross Irons Memorial 5K Run/Walk was held on Oct. 5 at The Bellevue Hospital. Nearly 100 runners and walkers took part in the event. The four race champions were, for women, Colleen Valko, Bellevue, First Female, 21:37 and Dawn Bean, Tiffin, Masters, 25:02; and for men, Jeff Smith, Columbus, First Male, 18:44 and Lee Booze, Bellevue, Masters, 18:57. Winners of the Dr. D. Ross Irons Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Oct. 5 were, left to right, Dawn Bean, Tiffin, Female Masters, 25:02; Jeff Smith, Columbus, First Overall Male, 18:44; and Colleen Valko, Bellevue, First Overall Female, 21:37. Not pictured, Male Masters winner Lee Booze, Bellevue, 18:57.


 

Other results:

FEMALES
20-29: Abbey Rowland, Bellevue, 25:56; Courtney Fox, Bellevue, 27:41; Bryleigh Linton, Fremont, 32:21.
30-39: Michelle Garcia, Bellevue, 25:11; Renee Baughman, Tiffin, 25:17; Hollie Alda, Bellevue, 26:40.
40-49: Jill Simpson, Fremont, 27:49; Linda Waters, Sandusky, 28:08; Johnna Young, Norwalk, 30:03.
50-59: Joann McFadden, Norwalk, 28:44; Jill Colizoli, Bellevue, 31:36; Victoria Hammons, Clyde, 35:54.
60-69: Nancy Welfle, Norwalk, 28:46; Kathy Capodice, Sandusky, 43:03; Jan Fulton, Bellevue, 58:46.
70-over: Johanna Moore, Sandusky.

MALES
20-29: Gabe Alda, Bellevue, 22:00; Ian Richie, Clyde, 27:02.
30-39: Brian Decker, Bellevue, 21:38; Matt Weasner, Clyde, 25:13.
40-49: Dennis Fox, Bellevue, 29:03; Patrick Waters, Sandusky, 29:09; Jeff Richie, Clyde, 29:12.
50-59: Chuck Perry, Green Springs, 23:24; Chris Granata, Clyde, 27:09; Ohlen Brock, Bellevue.
60-69: Denny Welfle, Norwalk, 25:45; Russ Bondy, Bellevue, 26:47.
70-over: Steve Vrable, Huron, 37:54.

 

 

 


‘LOYALTY CLUB’ RAFFLE DRAWING IS HELD
 
            The “Loyalty Club” Early Bird drawing was held for The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s 2014 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The drawing was held on Oct. 1 and the winner of $750 was Jerry Hoy of Wabash, IN. All Early Bird winning tickets are returned to the drum after each drawing.
            Hoy’s name was drawn from all previous ticket holders who purchased a ticket during the month of September.
            The fourth 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 2014 Stingray, or $50,053 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Feb. 14, 2014, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.
            Approximately 900 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. A total of 1,553 tickets will be sold for the raffle, and last year’s event was sold out days prior to the drawing.
            The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2014 will be for the 2014 Stingray 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.
            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

TBH to host Classic Car, Motorcycle, Truck Show
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) Foundation’s sixth annual Dr. Elbert Lawrence Classic Car, Motorcycle & Truck Show will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5. The event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. at The Bellevue Hospital, located at 1400 W. Main Street in Bellevue. Proceeds from the event will benefit healthcare programming for women and children.
            Classic car, motorcycle and truck owners are invited to attend a day filled with nostalgic vehicles, food, prizes, and fun. The vehicles will be on display in the south parking lot area.
            Also on Oct. 5, a Health & Craft Fair will be held in the hallways of the hospital, with dozens of local and area vendors on display. And, the fourth annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle will also kick-off on Oct. 5 with public ticket sales. Top prize in the raffle is a 2014 Corvette Stingray or $50,053 in cash.
            The day will begin with the Dr. D. Ross Irons Memorial 5K Run/Walk at 8 a.m. The course will be flat, out and back. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m. and is $25 (does not include shirt). All proceeds will benefit TBH’s Women’s Mammography Fund which supplies screening mammograms for uninsured or underinsured individuals.
            For more information or to register your vehicle, contact Kate Herring, TBH Foundation director, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.

 
            For the 12th consecutive year, recipients of scholarships given to children of The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) employees were announced during National Hospital Week, May 12-18, 2013. 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:
           
Lauren Baker, Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Toledo, daughter of Lisa Baker, Emergency Department, and Wendell Baker, Clyde.
Shannon Ball, Occupational Therapy, University of Findlay, daughter of Karen Ball, Lab, and Dr. Ben Ball, Bellevue.
Natalie Bova, Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, daughter of Dawn Bova, Cardiac Rehab, and Barry Bova, Bellevue.
Morgan DeWitt, Biology/Pre-Med, University of Findlay, daughter of Amy DeWitt, Health Information Management, and Todd DeWitt, Bellevue.
Charles Elswick, Pharmacy Doctorate, Ohio Northern University, son of Victoria Elswick, Emergency Department, and David Elswick, Castalia.
Mariah Strayer, Mental Health Counseling, BGSU-Firelands, daughter of Meloney Gill, Surgery, Green Springs, and John Strayer, Bellevue.
Colin Lombardi, Pharmacy Doctorate, Ohio Northern University, son of Tony Lombardi, Rehabilitation Services, and Amy Lombardi, Lab. They reside in Milan.
Morgan Mize, Chemistry/Pre-Med, The Ohio State University, daughter of Lisa Mize, Family Birthing Center, and Paul Mize, Huron.
Amber Oglesbee, Cyber Defense, Baker College of Flint, 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

TELESTROKE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTED AT TBH

 

Michelle Garcia, RN, CEN, with The Bellevue Hospital's (TBH) Emergency Department, displays the E-Care Mobile Cart used for stroke patients. The new telestroke program at TBH began in mid-June.
 
            “Time is brain.”
            That is the motto of healthcare providers concerning stroke patients. The quicker help can be administered to a stroke patient, the more likely that patient is to make a nearly full recovery.
            On June 18, The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) joined forces with ProMedica Toledo Hospital to implement a “telestroke program” at the local facility. Working in conjunction with Toledo Hospital’s Primary Stroke Center, TBH medical staff employees now have the ability to electronically set up a “live remote” to Toledo neurologists using a state-of-the-art E-Care Mobile Cart.
            “This is yet another layer of care we can offer to a stroke patient,” said Kelly Joseph, ProMedica Regional Stroke Coordinator. “Patients who come in to TBH and present with acute neurological symptoms can be connected face-to-face with Toledo Hospital neurologists to determine the proper care for the patient, and where that patient needs to be, whether transported to another facility or admitted right there in Bellevue.”
            Joseph explained that it takes nine minutes or less for this process to occur once a patient presents to the Emergency Department with stroke-like symptoms. “So far, we have done over 230 telestroke procedures. This is a best-practice level of care that is helping to save lives,” added Joseph. “The neurologists can access the E-Care Mobile Cart data through their iPad, iPhone, or computer. This helps to take the burden off the Emergency Department doctors as well, knowing that they have stroke experts just a face-time call away.”
Joseph also noted that many more stroke patients can be helped if they would simply reach out for help once symptoms of a stroke are noted. “Too many times people sit at home and think ‘the pain will go away’ or ‘the numbness will go away.’ Then three days later, they finally make it to a medical facility. By that time, it is probably too late to reverse any stroke affects,” said Joseph.
She said to use the FAST exam when trying to decide if you are exhibiting stroke symptoms: Facial weakness; Arm weakness, especially on one side of the body; Speech changes or difficulties; and Time, the last time the patient was well since interventions are best achieved within a 12 hour timeframe from the last known “well time.”
 
            Michelle Garcia, RN, CEN, Leader of TBH’s Emergency Department, explains that a “stroke alert” will be paged overhead at TBH when a patient presents with stroke-like symptoms. “This is not just for the Emergency Department. Any Registered Nurse or physician in any department may page an alert if a patient has sudden neurological changes.”
            Garcia noted that once an alert is paged overhead, a healthcare team will assemble, including a CAT Scan technician, Lab phlebotomist, Lab tech, Cardiopulmonary tech, and ER nurses. “All of our nurses in the ER have received NIH stroke scale certification through the American Stroke Association,” added Garcia.
She noted that with any stroke patient, the first 12 hours are the most critical. The E-Care Cart is mobile and can be taken to any department in the hospital, saving valuable “time and brain.” The cart is also checked each morning with a live call to Toledo Hospital to make sure everything is in working order. To date, Toledo Hospital has set up E-Carts in Maumee St. Luke’s Hospital, Fostoria Hospital, and now TBH.
To date, Toledo Hospital has set up E-Carts in Maumee St. Luke’s Hospital, Fostoria Hospital, and now TBH.
For additional information on TBH’s telestroke program, contact Michelle Garcia at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4685.

PATIENT HITS MILESTONE VISIT IN TBH’S CARDIAC REHAB
 
Robert Swartzmiller, center, holds up a certificate commemorating his 1,000th visit to The Bellevue Hospital's Cardiac Rehab Department. Making the presentation are Denise Bullion, RN, CDE, left, and Hollie Alda, RN, right.

 

            The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Cardiac Rehabilitation staff recently helped a local resident celebrate a wellness milestone.
            Robert Swartzmiller was honored for being the first Cardiac Rehab patient to hit the 1,000-visit milestone. Swartzmiller began coming to Cardiac Rehab after suffering a heart attack in 2005. He has been coming three times a week ever since.
            “Patients enter what we call the Phase II Rehab Program right after a heart incident,” explained Denise Bullion, RN, CDE, with the Cardiac Rehab Department. “That involves setting up a program and diet suggestions and monitoring their progress. Then they enter the Phase III Program, like Bob has done, which focuses on maintenance and wellness.”
            The typical one-hour rehab session may find Phase III patients riding a stationary bicycle, using the treadmill, the recumbent equipment, and/or the Arc Trainer machine, which was donated to the department by TBH Volunteers. “It is hard to believe that the girls (in Cardiac Rehab) have put up with me for over 1,000 visits,” quipped Swartzmiller. “But for me, coming here gives me focus to exercise and to get out of the house. I always tell people, ‘Don’t let that Lazy Boy chair attack your butt.’ Get up and move.”
            Bullion and the Cardiac Rehab staff members threw a small “party” for Swartzmiller recently, giving him a certificate to recognize his 1,000th visit, along with a card good for 12 free Cardiac Rehab sessions. Swartzmiller and his wife, Judy, reside in Bellevue. They are parents of four children and five grandchildren.
            “We are happy that Bob continues to come here to stay on track with his health. He is also an inspiration to all of our patients who are just starting through the program. They can see that something good can come out of the rehab process,” added Bullion. She noted that patients pay a nominal $5 fee per visit to use the equipment.
            For additional information on any of TBH’s cardiac services, contact Bullion at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4303.

 


TBH HIRES NEW HUMAN RESOURCES VICE PRESIDENT
 
The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) recently welcomed a new Vice President of Human Resources, Bellevue resident Lisa M. Sartain, SPHR.
            Sartain comes to TBH from Autolite in Fostoria, where she was Director of Human Resources. While at Autolite, she was responsible for three manufacturing sites located in Ohio, South Carolina and Mexico, as well as a corporate location in Lake Forest, IL. 
            Prior to that, Sartain was Human Resources Manger at Solae, LLC in Bellevue, Director of Human Resources at Discount Drug Mart in Medina, and Director of Human Resources at Norwalk Furniture Corporation in Norwalk.
            She has a Master’s of Labor Relations and Human Resources from Cleveland State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Production and Operations Management from Bowling Green State University.
            Sartain is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society of Human Resources Management and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, National and Cleveland Chapters.
            At TBH, she will oversee policy development, employee relations, strategic planning, organizational development, and policy administration.
            Sartain and her husband, Gerald, have been married for 26 years. They reside in Bellevue.
            TBH is one of the largest employers in Bellevue with over 420 full- and part-time employees.

 



         The 33rd Annual Bellevue Hospital Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, July 27, at Green Hills Golf Course in Clyde.  Registration and continental breakfast begins at 7 a.m., with the shotgun start at 8 a.m.
 
         As of June 21, there are openings for 13 more teams for this year’s outing.
 
         Participants will enjoy a full day of golf, food, fun and prizes and will have a chance to win various contests throughout the day. Of course, the true winners are the patients and community members who will benefit from the proceeds of this event.  Last year’s outing raised over $18,000 for the Foundation’s many projects.
 
         For those who do not golf and wish to help support the Foundation’s charitable efforts, opportunities are available to contribute through a hole sponsorship, underwriting of events or contests, and/or contributing door prizes. Fifth Third Bank is signature sponsor of the outing for 2013.
 
         The event includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, a pig roast dinner, refreshment carts, lunch, 19th hole refreshments, unlimited practice range balls and a 20-percent discount at the pro shop. All this is included in the $110 individual entry fee. Additional dinner-only tickets are $20 each.
 
         A pre-tournament competition will be held prior to the shotgun start of the scramble, including a contest to sink a 60-foot putt with $5,000 on the line! There will also be a raffle for an Apple product, compliments of E&M Raymond James, and a Samsung 40-inch LED Flat Screen TV, compliments of CDW.   
        
         Individual hole prizes will be awarded, along with numerous door prizes. Mixed and open divisions are available for the scramble competition. Minimum handicap is 45 for the open division (only one player 8 or less) and 50 for the mixed division (only one player 8 or less and mixed division teams must have at least one woman golfer).
 
         The number of teams is limited to 36. Deadline to register is July 19. To register, or for additional information, phone 419.483.4040 (Bellevue); 419.547.0074 (Clyde); or 419.639.2065 (Fremont, Old Fort, Green Springs and Republic). Dial or ask for Kate Herring at Ext. 4319.

Fisher-Titus Medical Center and The Bellevue Hospital Launch Affiliation with the Country’s No. 1 Heart Hospital, Cleveland Clinic  

NORWALK (June 18, 2013) Fisher-Titus Medical Center and The Bellevue Hospital today announced an affiliation with Cleveland Clinic's Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. The affiliation will bring world-class heart care to area residents and provide greater access to Cleveland Clinic’s academic, clinical and research best practices in cardiovascular and thoracic care.  

“While each organization remains independent, the affiliation with Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute strengthens all elements of heart and vascular medicine and thoracic surgery to provide the highest level of cardiovascular and thoracic care to the six-county region served by Fisher-Titus and The Bellevue Hospital,” said Patrick J. Martin, president and CEO of Fisher-Titus Medical Center.  

The affiliation is the result of a comprehensive study and assessment of the current level of cardiovascular and thoracic services available to residents in the two hospitals’ service areas, according to both Martin and Michael K. Winthrop, president and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital.    The study, which began over one year ago, revealed a need for expanding these services to provide a higher level of care for area residents in their own communities.  Since then, leadership teams from both hospitals have been working with Cleveland Clinic officials to develop a program to meet those needs. 

“This is another great example of the long-standing relationship between our two independent community hospitals working together on initiatives to benefit our patients and communities,” said Winthrop.  “In the past, Fisher-Titus and The Bellevue Hospital have worked together to recruit specialty physicians in pediatrics, urology, neurology, and plastic surgery who serve patients in both our service areas and at both our hospitals. This new affiliation provides us the opportunity to bring word-class heart and vascular care and a comprehensive thoracic surgical program to our patients.”  

The two hospitals serve a combined six-county region which includes Erie, Huron, Lorain, Richland, Sandusky and Seneca counties.  This affiliation brings these communities four new physicians and Cleveland Clinic’s best practices and reputation in heart and vascular care, including:

  • A heart program that has achieved the U.S. News and World Report’s No. 1 ranking for 18 consecutive years.
  • An internationally renowned vascular surgery and endovascular program that offers comprehensive services for carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms, poor circulation to the legs, and all types of vascular disorders, including peripheral artery disease and atherosclerosis.
  • Comprehensive thoracic surgical services for the treatment of diseases of the lung and esophagus, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung failure, and esophageal cancer.

“New treatment techniques and technologies for cardiovascular and thoracic diseases are emerging rapidly, and this affiliation will make the latest advancements in care much more accessible to patients of Fisher-Titus and The Bellevue Hospital,” said Bruce Lytle, M.D., chairman of the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic. “In addition to our physicians on the ground in the hospitals, we’ll be working collaboratively to continually improve the quality of cardiac, vascular and thoracic care available in North Central Ohio.” 

Cleveland Clinic will provide training and protocols on dealing with all types of medical situations while integrating the newest technologies and innovations. Cleveland Clinic will also be sharing “best practices” related to the various sections within cardiology, vascular surgery and thoracic surgery. Local patients will have greater access to surgical clinical trials, treatment protocols and additional research opportunities offered through Cleveland Clinic at the two local hospitals. 

Working with Fisher-Titus and The Bellevue Hospital, Cleveland Clinic will hire and employ a physician team initially including two cardiologists, a vascular surgeon and a thoracic surgeon who will work in the hospitals and live in the communities they serve. These physicians will begin seeing patients in September 2013. 

“The Cleveland Clinic physicians will augment and complement the physicians who are currently providing heart and vascular care to area patients, and will work with clinical support teams employed at Fisher-Titus Medical Center and The Bellevue Hospital,” said Suzanne Inglis, assistant vice president of nursing at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. 

About Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Fisher-Titus Medical Center, a 99-bed non-profit community hospital, provides comprehensive medical services including hospital care, outpatient and diagnostic services, transitional care, long-term care, assisted living, and home health care for 70,000-plus residents in Norwalk, Huron County and the region. With a dedicated and talented staff of employees and an outstanding team of physicians representing 35 medical specialties, Fisher-Titus has earned numerous national recognitions for clinical quality and patient care. The Medical Center is accredited by Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) and also is a Fully Accredited Chest Pain Center, a Primary Stroke Center and a Level 3 Trauma Center. Over the past decade the Medical Center invested $200 million in capital equipment and facility expansions, became the nations’ first all-digital smart community hospital in 2010 and was named among Healthcare’s “Most Wired” in 2012. For more information, visit www.fisher-titus.org. Like us at www.facebook.com/fishertitusmedicalcenter.  

About The Bellevue Hospital

The Bellevue Hospital is a locally owned, not-for-profit hospital, committed to offering patients the most advanced technology and medical treatment possible while providing the highest level of personal care in our beautiful hospital.  The Bellevue Hospital is located at 1400 West Main Street in Bellevue, Ohio and is one of the largest employers in the city of Bellevue with over 400 employees. The Bellevue Hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission, Mammography Quality Standards Act and the American College of Radiology and certified by the American Diabetes Association and American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation. In 2012 the hospital was recognized with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award by HealthGrades and was ranked in the Top 5% of hospital nationwide for the fifth year in a row, and the only hospital in Ohio to receive the award for the past five consecutive years.  The Bellevue Hospital proudly continues its 96-year tradition of Caring for the Communities We Serve.  Visit us at www.bellevuehospital.com and like us at www.facebook.com/TheBellevueHospital

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org.  Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.


BABYSITTERS LEARN RESPONSIBILITIES AT
THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL’S RECENT CLASS
 
Members of the most recent Babysitting Basics class at The Bellevue Hospital are, front row left to right, Sarah Molget, Lauren Shaver, Sydney Fournier, Aidan Wilson, Kaylin Erdmann, Mya Waldecker, Carleigh Spero, and Annie Keenan. Middle row, Kailyn Wohlgamuth, Ivy McElfresh, Rachel Miller, Crystal Gallatin, Aleynah Henry, Sage Garcia, Olivia Thomas, Shae Sheffer, and Haley Hammer. Back row, Hannah Miller, , Adrienne Lucius, Anne Linke, Kolten Henry, Deven Garcia, Tessa Linke, Taylor Weyer, Kayla Strause, and Taylor Michaels.
A total of 26 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 10 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 Sarah Molget, Lauren Shaver, Sydney Fournier, Aidan Wilson, Kaylin Erdmann, Mya Waldecker, Annie Keenan, Carleigh Spero, Kailyn Wohlgamuth, Rachel Miller, Ivy McElfresh, Aleynah Henry, Crystal Gallatin, Sage Garcia, Olivia Thomas, Shae Sheffer, Haley Hammer, Hannah Miller, Adrienne Lucas, Anne Linke, Kolten Henry, Deven Garcia, Tessa Linke, Taylor Weyer, Kayla Strause, and Taylor Michaels.
The next Babysitting Basics course at The Bellevue Hospital is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 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.

 

KASHMER IS FINALIST FOR OHA AWARD
Cathy Kashmer, CVT, CHEP, center, with The Bellevue Hospital's (TBH) Cardiopulmonary Department, is TBH's 2013 nominee for the Ohio Hospital Association Health Care Worker of the Year Award. Cathy was presented with the nomination and gifts of appreciation on May 14 by, left to right, Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH; Patty Semer, Vice President, Administrative Services; Tim Buit, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer; and Janet Runner, Vice President, Patient Care Services.
 
            Cathy Kashmer, CVT, CHEP, with The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Cardiopulmonary Department, is TBH’s nominee for the 2013 Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award. A total of 62 hospital employees from across Ohio were nominated, with the winner and all nominees to be honored June 11 at a banquet in Columbus.
            Kashmer and her husband, Earl, reside in Clyde. Cathy has one daughter, Erika, and two grandsons, Peyton and Parker.
            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 who gives back to the community, routinely goes beyond the call of duty and has overcome odds to succeed. The award is presented at the OHA Recognition Dinner at the OHA annual meeting.
            The nomination of Kashmer for the award reads in part: “Cathy Kashmer is a natural leader, a patient advocate, a bright and courageous employee who always puts her patients first. She’s an individual who looks for ways of improving the patient experience while challenging herself to be the best. She can direct of hospital full of people during a disaster, drill or actual event, and takes time to hold her patient’s hands when they are scared.  Physicians compliment her and Joint Commission Surveyors commend her.  The Bellevue Hospital is proud of her and her representation of our facility.
“Cathy started working as an Echocardiology/Vascular Technician at The Bellevue Hospital, January 1992.  Her letter of reference stated she was an “extraordinarily bright individual who takes on new information and new tasks easily.  She is not afraid to work long hours.  She is also capable of handling difficult patients, amazingly gifted in her technological capabilities, competent to substitute in a variety of positions, friendly, teaches and educates expertly, and even handles insurance problems, including Worker’s Compensation.
“Throughout the next 20 years, Cathy has not only proven the reference letter, but has excelled and expanded her skills.  She continued her education; advanced her abilities as clinical instructor; took on new programs, such as Emergency Preparedness, and now chairs the program; managed grants; joined the Safety Committee; and started Freedom from Smoking classes.  She continues to adapt her schedule to patients needs; gives talks to organizations, groups, businesses and schools on Disaster Planning or cardiac risks; serves on the Northwest Ohio Emergency Preparedness Committee assisting in planning drills, rewriting policies, and coordinating efforts of four counties emergency response organizations with our hospital. She leads by example but you’re going to have to walk fast to keep up.
“Cathy developed a new department schedule and method of scheduling patients allowing Cardiopulmonary to expand hours and reduce overtime.
 “In 1992, Cathy was asked to be on a Safety Code Committee.  Soon, she was responsible for the Code, then all of the codes, then the Disaster Committee. That led her to planning drills, becoming the Incident Commander, then involvement in the Ohio Emergency Preparedness Program.  She is self-taught and knowledgeable enough that during the last Joint Commission visit, the surveyor praised Cathy, her expertise, and commended the program.
“Cathy gives disaster-planning programs to everyone from elementary students to the local seniors at the Mature Audience Luncheon, coordinating with local organization such as the American Red Cross. 
            “She attends meetings and conferences with area and regional Emergency Preparedness agencies, often on her own time, helping to develop better ways to communicate and to provide necessary supplies and services during a disaster.
“Throughout her career, Cathy has self-educated by taking night/weekend classes and conferences, reading, and using her own time and money when needed.  At her core is an iron-willed determination to do whatever is needed to problem solve by doing the right thing.”
 
 
THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL HONORS VOLUNTEERS
Volunteers with milestone service hours include, left to right, Rose Fay, 2000 hours; Geri Ware, 3,500 hours; Virginia Konst, 4,000 hours; Ellie Beck, 3,500 hours; and Gail Frederick, 2,000 hours. Not pictured, Lucy Mirtes, 3,000 hours; Ron Miller, 2,500 hours; and Betty McConkey, 2,000 hours.

 
Volunteers in the 1,000-1,500 hour category are, front row left to right, Jeanette Hay, Sue Schmidt, Karen Hartman, Peg Tuttamore, Julie Walker, and Edna Schreiner. Back row, Bob Beck, Biago Fontana, Elaine Hess, Alohoea Lowery, LaVohn Hunter, Shirley Warder, JoAnn Cook, Vernetta Vallimont, and Millie Raschke. Not pictured, Jan Adams, Marge Jones, Kathy Vickery, Tom Kutz, and Jack Wooten.

 
Volunteers in the 100-500 hour category are, front row left to right, Gloria Lindsley, Sue Ruffing, Mary Ann LaVine, Mary Kay Blair, Kathy Smith, and Dee Butler. Back row, Delbert Daniel, Cat Valero, Kim Veach, Sue Lemmon, Pat Cook, Sue Steinmetz, Rosemae Hammill, and Linda Irons. Not pictured, Alice Adams, Phyllis Barnhart, Buzz Dayringer, Ed Rose, Barb Davis, Sue Hollingsworth, Peg Kaufman, Ruth Miller, Theresa Taggart, Sharon Thayer, Lorraine Tuttamore, and Charlotte Waskielis.

 
From left to right are TBH Volunteer Coordinator June Washburn, Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of TBH, new VolunTeen Shannon Schneider, guest speaker Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963, and new Volunteer Dar Rich. Not pictured were the other new Volunteers and VolunTeens: John Harris, Kelly Matthews, Laura McBride, Laure Peiffer, Kelly Roach, Wilma Seamon, Tara Starkey, Elizabeth Vollmar, Steve Wagner, Dillon Berkey, Robin Coffelt, and Jasmine Hossler.

 

 
Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963, shows off one of her original gowns she was awarded through her clothing allowance after being crowned Miss America in September of 1962. Originally from Sandusky, Jackie was the guest speaker at The Bellevue Hospital's Volunteer Recognition Banquet.
 
            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 at the Meilenstein Hall on Southwest Street.
            All total, 10,477 hours were donated in 2012.
            Guest speaker for the event was Sandusky native and Miss America 1963, Jackie Mayer. Just seven years after being crowned Miss America, Jackie suffered a massive stroke that left her unable to speak. She had to learn to walk and talk all over again. She shared her inspirational story with the 100 assembled guests.
            “I was just a normal, chubby little girl who liked to play football with the boys,” said Mayer about her upbringing in Sandusky. “My parents always supported us and taught us to believe in God, so I knew that I could do anything. I firmly believed in the quote from Abraham Lincoln: ‘I will study and get ready and perhaps my chance will come.’”
            Her chance did come. She was attending Northwestern University when her roommate, Miss Minnesota, convinced Jackie to enter beauty pageants as a way to get scholarships to continue her education. So in June of 1962, Jackie entered and won the Miss Vacationland title, followed by winning Miss Ohio in July. She then earned the right to compete for Miss America in September.
            “Don’t take this the wrong way, but I had a premonition that I was going to win. I told my pageant coach that afternoon. Of course, my dad was not so convinced because I had not won any of the preliminary awards. He told my brother not to bother flying in from Arizona for the finals. My brother was so mad at my dad after that!”
            Continued Mayer, “It truly was a dream come true when they announced my name and put that crown on my head (she brought the crown with her to show those in attendance). I then traveled the country and was proud to represent America, Ohio, and especially, Sandusky.”
            But just seven years later on the day after Thanksgiving, Mayer’s life changed. “I woke up and knew something was wrong. Everything on my right side was numb and I could not utter a sound. They rushed me to the hospital and remember, back in 1970, they did not have all the fancy drugs and rehab services that they have today for stroke patients.”
            Mayer told the hushed audience that she could clearly think, but not speak or communicate, becoming a prisoner in her own body. “You people – you volunteers at The Bellevue Hospital – you have all seen stroke patients. It is terrifying to both the patient and their family. After a few days of panic, the doctor and minister came to see me and they told me that I was going to live. A peaceful feeling came over me at that point and I knew that God was giving me the will to come back.”
            With the help of her infant daughter and toddler son, Jackie over the next seven years learned to walk and talk and tie her shoes. “My daughter and I learned to speak together. My son taught me how to tie my shoes. I had to start over from scratch. Now, I have a mission to go and help other people. Other than my kids and grandkids, helping others is the greatest pleasure in my life. I can relate to stroke patients because I have been down that same corridor.”
            She urged the TBH Volunteers to become “lights for those who live in darkness” and “give of yourself to others so they will have a better life to live” before concluding with a quote, from Woodrow Wilson: “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.”
            Jackie graciously stayed and chatted with audience members following the presentation, showing off one of her Miss America gowns and allowing the guests to “try on her crown” for photos!
            Prior to the presentation, June Washburn, TBH Volunteer Coordinator and Gift Shop Manager, gave special recognition to those Volunteers who have reached the listed cumulative lifetime milestones in 2012.
            4,000: Virigina Konst
            3,500: Ellie Beck & Gerri Ware
            3,000: Lucy Mirtes
            2,500: Ron Miller
            2,000: Rose Fay, Betty McConkey, and Gail Frederick
            1,500: Jan Adams, Bob Beck, Biago Fontana, Karen Hartman, Marge Jones, Edna Schreiner, Kathy Vickery, Julie Walker, and Shirley Warder.
            1,000: JoAnn Cook, Jeanette Hay, LaVohn Hunter, Tom Kutz, Alohoea Lowery, Millie Raschke, Sue Schmidt, Peg Tuttamore, Vernetta Vallimont, and Jack Wooten.
            500: Alice Adams, Phyllis Barnhart, Pat Cook, Delbert Daniel, Buzz Dayringer, Rosemae Hammill, Elaine Hess, Mary Ann LaVine, Sue Lemmon, Gloria Lindsley, Ed Rose, and Kim Veach.
            100: Mary Kay Blair, Dee Butler, Barb Davis, Sue Hollingsworth, Linda Irons, Peg Kaufman, Ruth Miller, Sue Ruffing, Kathy Smith, Sue Steinmetz, Theresa Taggart, Sharon Thayer, Lorraine Tuttamore, Cat Valero, and Charlotte Waskielis.
            New Volunteers for 2012 are: John Harris, Kelly Matthews, Laura McBride, Laura Peiffer,  Dar Rich, Kelly Roach, Wilma Seamon, Tara Starkey, Elizabeth Vollmar, and Steve Wagner.
            New Volun-Teens for 2012 are: Dillon Berkey, Robin Coffelt, Jasmine Hossler, and Shannon Schneider. Volun-Teens contributed 503 hours in 2012 and they also have an opportunity to earn a scholarship during their senior year in high school.
For information on how to become a Volunteer or VolunTeen at The Bellevue Hospital, contact June Washburn at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4408.

 
 
HOSPITAL MOVES TO ALL NEW ELECTRONIC MEDICAL RECORD

Natalie Frankart, RN, with The Bellevue Hospital's (TBH) Medical/Surgical Department, and Kim Stults, RN, MSN, TBH's Director of Health Information Technology & Telecommunications Department, go over information on the electronic tablet with patient Richard Lindenberger of Fremont. TBH is making the switch to Electronic Medical Record on Monday, May 6. 

 
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) is in the final phases of a multi-million dollar project implementing an Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for patients at the local healthcare facility.
            “This is the single-largest investment ($6 million) since opening this facility in 2005,” noted Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH.
            TBH is working with McKesson Paragon out of Charlotte, NC, for the conversion to the EMR. The switch to EMR was mandated to hospitals through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. Hospitals not complying by 2015 will face strict enforcement penalties. TBH started the conversion process over two years ago and “goes live” with the switch on Monday, May 6.
            “This conversion will impact all of our patients in every aspect of their care, beginning with the Registration process,” said Kim Stults, director of TBH’s Health Information Technology & Telecommunications Department. “It will not only affect our patients, but each department at the hospital as well. One of the main things we have stressed for the past two years is ‘patience.’ We have asked our employees to be patient through this process, and now we ask our patients for the same consideration as we begin the conversion.”
            Electronic protection of the EMR has been a priority. “We have implemented various safeguards including encryption, fingerprint ID, and password protection, and we will continue to monitor and safeguard the EMR,” said Stults.
 
            Stults said there are three notable changes TBH patients will see when coming to the facility after May 6:
  • The first time visiting after May 6, nurses will obtain a detailed patient profile/history including current medications that will then be stored electronically. Once the history is complete, the nursing, clinical and physician staff need only update each visit to TBH.
  • Patients will now electronically sign all admission consent forms, the Privacy notice, and Medicare admission documents, similar to signing a credit card transaction.
  • Wristbands with bar codes will be given to all inpatient and outpatient customers.  Wristbands will be scanned (code scanners will scan the wristbands) for patient identification and medicine administration.
               “The conversion to the EMR will also benefit our physicians,” continued Stults. “They will have increased remote and in-house access to their patients’ information, which in turn will enhance the continuum of care.”
               For questions pertaining to the conversion to EMR, please contact Kim Stults at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4401.

Knifty Knitters at TBH

Representatives of the The Knifty Knitters of Clyde and the Hayes Ohio Star Quilters of Fremont recently gathered at The Bellevue Hospital for a breakfast in their honor. Members of the two groups work tirelessly during the year to knit blankets for patients at the local healthcare facility. Both groups are always looking for donations of new, clean yarn to use in their creations. Anyone interested in donating yarn, or for information about the program, please contact Cindy Wollenslegel in The Bellevue Hospital's Centralized Scheduling Department at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4415.

MARCH MADNESS CHALLENGE RESULTS
         The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) Foundation’s fourth annual March Madness Challenge was termed a rousing success after more than $5,122.63 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 (1,435) was Laughter is the Best Medicine put together by TBH Departments including Administration, Human Resources, and Volunteer Services. They will receive the traveling trophy and have designated that the funds raised will be used
            Second place with 1,025 tickets was the Girls Just Want to Have Fun basket from Patient Financial Services and Patient Access, and third (864 tickets) went to the Games for All Ages, put together by the Take a Chance Crew representing six different TBH departments.
            The basket winners were:
·      Work-A-Holic  - Ramona Romo, Fremont
·      Snack Attack – Kate Herring, Bellevue
·      Friday Night Is Pizza Night – Audrey Bell, Bellevue
·      Games for all Ages – Elizabeth Vollmar, Bellevue
·      Laughter is the Best Medicine – Crystal Scheid, Norwalk
·      Summer Fun in North Central Ohio – Christine Greilich, Bellevue
·      Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Linda Rohrbacher, Bellevue
·      Fight Like a Girl – Debbie Wood, Bellevue
·      Pampered Pets – Bethany Goad, Bellevue
·      Couples Retreat – Beth Weber, Tiffin
·      Cinco De Mayo – Suzie Fay, Bellevue
·      Wine and Cheese Party – Bruce Dinse, Norwalk
            In the healthcare office event, the offices of Advanced Neurologic Associates raised the most money and won the event.  Second place went to The Willows at Bellevue and North Central Family Physicians Office took third place
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            The community raffle winners included:
·      Kindle HD – Jenna Silcox, Bellevue
·      Four day passes to Cedar Point – Stacy Wright, Bellevue
·      $100 Toys-R-Us gift card –Monica Navarro, Castalia
·      $50 Applebees Gift Card – Sue Ruffing, Bellevue
            For additional information on The Bellevue Hospital Foundation or the March Madness Challenge, contact Kate Herring at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.

 


Doctor's Day

National Doctor's Day is celebrated each year on March 30. At The Bellevue Hospital (TBH), the medical staff was honored this week with a special breakfast and presentations. Susan O'Lynn, TBH Medical Staff Coordinator (standing, left), and Kate Herring, TBH Foundation Director (standing, right), present carnations, cookies, and gifts of appreciation to four members of TBH's medical staff. They are, left to right, Hala Bunni, M.D., Steven Zieber, M.D., Greg Karasik, M.D., and Daniel Herring, D.O. The carnation is the official flower of National Doctor's Day.


Girls Scouts make presentation

A tradition was carried out by local Girl Scouts on March 12, when several representatives presented a basket of goodies to the first girl born in The Bellevue Hospital's Family Birthing Center during National Girl Scout Week. Meah Uhrick, daughter of Bellevue's Taylor Bilton and Jay Uhrick, was the lucky recipient. She was born March 11 at 10:44 a.m., was delivered by Greg Karasik, M.D., and was 7-pounds and 20-inches in length. Meah has a big brother, Cameron, and a big sister, Kaitlyn, at home. Her paternal grandparents, James and Jerrilea Uhrick, and paternal great-grandmother Thelma Kryling, are also from Bellevue. Meah is being held by her mother, Taylor, in the photo, surrounded by members of the Four County Service Unit: Kaity Fought, Rachel Shanaman, Pamela Reighard, Hannah Koechley, Dakota Lilly, and Libby Cloud. The goodie basket contained toys, diapers, wipes, and most importantly, Girl Scout cookies! National Girl Scout Week runs March 10-16, 2013.


MARCH MADNESS CHALLENGE UNDERWAY
Last year's March Madness Challenge winner for health care providers was the team at Advance Neurologic Incorporated. Michael K. Winthrop (front row left) and Foundation Director Kate Herring (front row right) presented goodies and the trophy to the winning team. Front row left to right, Winthrop, Robbin Frantz, Karastin Rudolph, Benita Nichols, Jennifer Grimm, Bridgett Jones, and Herring. Back row, Dr. Brendan Bauer, Kari Krupp, Pat McNea, Laurie Sloan, Dr. Nicole Danner, Jon Bolding, and Becky Borroughs.
Last year's March Madness Challenge winner for departments at The Bellevue Hospital include, front row, Darlene Stewart, Mary Lou Mittower, Vickie Maynard. Back, Foundation Director Kate Herring, Shannon Hansen, Karen Branco, Manda Burkett, Sally Neff, Lavin Schwan, Holly Mittower, Michaele McPeek, Robin Lukas, Stacy Wright, Amy DeWitt, Cindy Andrews, Karen McBroom, and Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital.
         The shot-clock is “winding down’ as you visit your doctor’s office, health care provider, or counseling center during the month of March. And if the staff “passes” you and asks if you want to purchase a “basketball,” say yes and “hit a three” for charity!
            That’s because the fourth annual “March Madness Challenge” is officially underway.
            Led by “team captain” The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) Foundation, the event is now underway throughout the city and neighboring physician offices.
            “The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s Medical/Professional Committee spearheads this project, to focus on giving, especially from our medically-related businesses, healthcare providers, and grateful patients,” said Kate Herring, TBH Foundation director.  “During March Madness, from March 12 to the men’s college basketball national championship game on April 8, we are asking that you join our team and help raise funds for TBH’s Cardiac Rehab Department or the Women’s Mammography Fund.”
            According to Herring, 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 Kindle HD donated by The Willows, four one-day Cedar Point passes donated by TBH, a $100 Toy-R-Us gift card and a $50 Applebees gift card, both donated by an anonymous donor. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Basketball cutouts and tickets can be purchased through April 8, with drawings conducted on April 9.
            While this contest is taking place out in the community, inside The Bellevue Hospital, various departments are also battling in the March Madness Challenge.
            “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 Herring. “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 April 8.
            For additional information on any of the March Madness events, contact Kate Herring at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.

Fish & Loaves

The Willows at Bellevue and The Bellevue Hospital recently made a $2,000 donation to the Bellevue Fish & Loaves Food Pantry,  money raised during the annual Holiday Raffle held in December. Taking part in the presentation are, left to right, Tom Kutz (Fish & Loaves), June Washburn (TBH), Charlottle Waskielis, Ken Felder and Ron Smith (Fish & Loaves), and representing the Willows, Brandon Dresser (Food Operations), Melanie Woodland (Guest Relations) and Gary Cheek (Plant Operations). A $2,000 donation was also made to the Clyde Backdoor Food Pantry out of proceeds from the same raffle.

Teen Pulse donates to TBH

Members and advisors of the Bellevue Immaculate Conception Church “Teen Pulse” Youth Group gathered at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) this past weekend to make a donation of activity boxes for children who are admitted to the local facility. The Teen Pulse members gathered items such as coloring books, markers, card games, books, and numerous other activities, consolidated the items into activity boxes, and donated 15 of the packs to TBH. Pictured are, front row left to right, Halle Brown, Heidi Brubaker, Michaela Fox, Hannah Koechley, and Rose Schaefer. Second row, Sheryl Lemaster, Danny Ivory, Justin Widman, Bryan Hickey, Aaron Price, and Tate Schoen. Third row, Blake Kryling, Cory Schindley, Kevin Smith, James Hickey, Matt Missler, and Brenda Hickey. Back row, Eliot Brubaker, Curt Reineck, Liz Widman, and Lori Mays. The activity boxes will be used for children admitted to TBH’s Medical/Surgical Floor and Intensive Care Unit.

BABYSITTERS LEARN RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL’S RECENT CLASS
Members of the newest graduates of The Bellevue Hospital’s Babysitting Basics Class are, front row left to right, Waverly Perry, Madilyn Warner, Rayven Whyde, Kaley Dick, Sydni Baker, and Cassidy Nichols. Middle row, Breana Warner, Emma Friend, Riley Mohr, Payton Vogel, Kirstyn Paul, Gabby Hilt, Carley Hotz, and Alicia Hamons. Back row, Tori Farrell, Madison Givens, Ella Little, Hailey Warnter, Alivia Hamons, Sammy VanDoren, Skylar Mynarsky, and Erin Borer.
           A total of 22 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. 18 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 Waverly Perry, Madilyn Warner, Rayven Whyde, Kaley Dick, Sydni Baker, Cassidy Nichols, Breana Warner, Emma Friend, Riley Mohr, Payton Vogel, Kirstyn Paul, Gabby Hilt, Carley Hotz, Alicia Hamons, Tori Farrell, Madison Givens, Ella Little, Hailey Warnter, Alivia Hamons, Sammy VanDoren, Skylar Mynarsky, and Erin Borer.

The next Babysitting Basics course at The Bellevue Hospital is scheduled for Monday, June 10, 2013 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.

TBH FOUNDATION GIVES AWAY NEW CORVETTE!
 
Carolyn Farrar, right, Vice Mayor of Clyde, OH, draws the winning ticket in the 2013 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. At left is Kate Herring, Director of The Bellevue Hospital Foundation, while at center is Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital.
Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital (left), presents a check to Dean Brandenburg of Potterville, MI, the winner of the 2013 “Is Your Heart Set On A Vette” Corvette Raffle. Brandenburg chose the $50,000 cash option, then donated a sizeable amount of his winnings back to The Bellevue Hospital Foundation.
The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) made Valentine’s Day a memorable experience for Dean Brandenburg of Potterville, MI, as his name was drawn as the grand prize winner in the “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” raffle.
            As the grand prize winner, Brandenburg had his choice of a brand new 2013 Corvette Convertible 1LT or $50,000 in cash. He chose the cash option and then made a sizeable contribution back to the Foundation from his winnings!
            Four runner-up winners each received cash prizes, including Mike Bleke, Franklin, IN, $2,000 cash; David Meier, Milton, WI, $1,500 cash; James Bratton II, Roanoke, VA, $1,000 cash; and Andrew Freeman, Belleville, MI, $500 cash.
            “We wish to congratulate Dean 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 2012 and our goal was to sell all 1,500 tickets at $100 each, a goal that we accomplished!
            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 40 different U.S. states, including Hawaii, and also in Canada, 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.
            “And we especially thank Dean for his generous contribution back to the Foundation,” finalized Herring.
 

EARLY BIRD RAFFLE DRAWING IS HELD
 
           The third “Early Bird” drawing was held for The Bellevue Hospital Foundation’s 2013 “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. The drawing was held on Jan. 14 and the winner of $250 in the drawing was Don Deeble of North Fairfield, OH. All Early Bird winning tickets are returned to the drum after each drawing.

            The “Loyalty Club” winner of $750 was Kathryn Campbell of Brentwood, TN. Her name was drawn on Oct. 1 from all previous ticket holders who purchased a ticket during the month of September, while the first Early Bird winner of $750 was George Tolas of Mt. Pleasant, MI. and the second early bird winner of $500 was Duke Hermes of Sandusky, OH.

            The third 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 2013 1LT Corvette Convertible, or $50,000 in cash. The grand prize drawing will be held on Feb. 14, 2013, at the Clyde Steinle location on U.S. 20 West.

            As of Jan. 14, less than 475 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 . A total of 1,500 tickets will be sold for the raffle, and last year’s event was sold out days prior to the drawing.

            The first ticket drawn in the raffle on Feb. 14, 2013 will be for the 2013 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 

 
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