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The Bellevue Hospital Offers New Financial Support System
The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) announces implementation of a payment process that helps patients know and understand the cost of their medical care before receiving services in non-emergency situations. As part of its financial transparency to the community, TBH acquired a new computer software tool that offers real-time cost estimates for co-pay, co-insurance and deductibles so patients can make informed decisions about their health care.
 
On Monday, Aug. 18, TBH will begin using the new computer software in the Emergency Department and Outpatient Radiology. Once the new system is tested it will be rolled out to the whole hospital within the next month.
 
“Today, many organizations require payment at the time of service and that includes hospitals,” said TBH’s Chief Financial Officer Tim Buit. “TBH has expanded its programs to provide additional support to those patients in need and to assist our patients with the opportunity to make financial arrangements prior to receiving treatment,” added Buit. “We hope this will provide patients with additional peace of mind and allow them to focus on the healing process.”
 
Added Buit, “We also are contacting insurance companies, as appropriate, to obtain pre-authorization or pre-certification. We may be calling you prior to your appointment for a 5-10 minute phone call to get your personal, insurance, and contact information. One of our goals is to cut down on any possible delays on your appointment day. We will also be able to give you the estimated cost and what, if any, your responsibility will be.”
 
Emergency Department patients will receive care regardless of their ability to pay. Likewise, for those patients who may have difficulty paying their healthcare bills the hospital provides several financial support programs including specialized Financial Counseling staff, financial screening for Medicaid and other governmental or local programs application assistance, a 10% prompt pay discount, and payment plans.
 
“This new system helps connect patients needing financial support with assistance earlier in the process. Additionally, by collecting payments at point-of-service, hospital operating costs are kept down and these savings are reinvested into the facility to pay for technology and care – all of which benefit our community,” added Buit.
 
For questions about how this affects your health care, please call 419.483.4040, Ext. 4888 or Ext. 4223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

FREE SCREENING MAMMOGRAMS OFFERED
           
           
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH), The Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, and the Northwest Ohio affiliate of Susan G. Komen are teaming together to offer 30 free screening mammograms for uninsured or underinsured participants in TBH’s service area.
            The 30 free screening mammograms have been made possible through a grant, and appointments are now being taken for either Oct. 10 at The Bellevue Hospital (1400 W. Main St.) from 7 am to 4:30 pm, or Nov. 14 at the Fultz Center for Women’s Health in Clyde (1005 W. McPherson Hwy.) from 8 am to 5 pm.
            To make an appointment for one of the free screenings, contact TBH’s Centralized Scheduling Department, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number to call is 419.483.4040, Ext. 4326.
            Callers will be asked questions designed to make sure they meet all the grant requirements. It is also preferred that participants bring a physician order to their screening mammogram appointment, but this requirement is not mandatory.   

THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL HONORS VOLUNTEERS
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 Green Emerald Restaurant in Uptown Bellevue.
            Theme for the evening was “Let Your Light Shine” and the agenda included appetizers, a welcome by Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH, a buffet dinner, and the program and awards presentation.
            All total, 8,551 hours were donated in 2013 by Volunteers and VolunTeens.
            June Washburn, TBH Volunteer Coordinator and Gift Shop Manager, gave special recognition to those Volunteers who have reached the listed cumulative lifetime milestones in 2013.
            4,500: Virginia Konst
            4,000: Ellie Beck
            3,500: Gerri Ware
            2,500: Rose Fay, Ron Miller
            2,000: Jan Adams, Bob Beck, Betty McConkey, Edna Schreiner, and Kathy Vickery
            1,500: JoAnn Cook, Biagio Fontana, Karen Hartman, LaVohn Hunter, Marge Jones, Julie Walker, Shirley Warder, and Jack Wooten
            1,000: Jeanette Hay, Elaine Hess, Tom Kutz, Mary Ann LaVine, Sue Lemmon, Alohoea Lowrey, Millie Raschke, Ed Rose, Peggy Tuttamore, and Vernetta Vallimont
            500: Alice Adams, Dee Butler, Pat Cook, Barb Davis, Buzz Dayringer, Sue Hollingsworth, Gloria Lindsley, Cat Valero, and Charlotte Waskielis
            100: Mary Kay Blair, John Harris, Linda Irons, Peg Kaufman, Laura McBride, Ruth Miller, Cindy Rich, Kelly Roach, Sue Ruffing, Wilma Seamon, Sue Steinmetz, Sharon Thayer, Elizabeth Vollmar, Steve Wagner, and David Washburn
            New Volunteers for 2013 are: Dwana Isaac, Rebecca Isaac, Sam Maynard, and Marilyn McDaniel.
For information on how to become a Volunteer or VolunTeen at The Bellevue Hospital, contact June Washburn at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4408.

Achieving 100 or more hours of Volunteer work are, front row left to right, John Harris, Sue Ruffing, Linda Irons, and Mary Kay Blair. Back row, Kelly Roach, Sue Steinmetz, and Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of TBH. Achieving 500 or more hours of Volunteer work are, front row left to right, Cat Valero, Buzz Dayringer, Dee Butler, and Alice Adams. Back row, Charlotte Waskielis, and Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of TBH. Achieving 1,000 or more volunteer hours are, front row left to right, Mary Ann LaVine, Millie Raschke, Jeanette Hay, and Peggy Tuttamore. Back row, Tom Kutz, Elaine Hess, Sue Lemmon, and Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH.
Achieving 1,500 or more volunteer hours are, front row left to right, Jack Wooten, Shirley Warder, Karen Hartman, and Biagio Fontana. Back row, June Washburn, TBH Volunteer Coordinator, and Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of TBH. Milestone lifetime achievements were presented to, front row left to right, Virginia Konst (4,500 hours of service), Gerri Ware (3,500 hours), and Ellie Beck, (4,000 hours). In the back row are TBH employees Kate Herring (Foundation Director), June Washburn (Volunteer Coordinator), and Michael K. Winthrop (President & CEO) Achieving 2,000 or more volunteer hours are, front row left to right, Edna Schreiner, Betty McConkey, Kathy Vickery, and Rose Fay. Back row, Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of TBH, Bob Beck, and June Washburn, TBH Volunteer Coordinator.
   
TBH Volunteer Betty McConkey (center) retired after 28 years of doing volunteer work at the local facility. Helping to honor her are Michael K. Winthrop, President & CEO of TBH, and June Washburn, TBH Volunteer Coordinator. Also retiring but not pictured was Julie Walker.    
 
           

FREE BICYCLE HELMETS AVAILABLE AT TBH
 
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH), in conjunction with the Huron County Sheriff’s Office, is offering free bicycle helmets for children ages toddler to 14 years old, through the “Helmet Smart Program.”
            According to the Huron County Sheriff’s Department, each year more than 300,000 children across the U.S. go to an emergency room for injuries sustained in a bicycle accident, with over 10,000 of those children requiring an overnight stay.
            The helmets are offered free of charge on a first come, first serve basis (one helmet per person please). The helmets can be picked up at the following dates and times. The location for all four days is TBH’s East Conference Room.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 6, 4-6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 13, 9-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 21, 9-11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 28, 3-4 p.m.
Jackie Shelley, TBH Community Services Department employee, will be fitting the helmets to each child.
In addition, Huron County Sheriff Office deputies will be looking for children wearing their helmets while bicycling, issuing a “citation of safety” and a coupon for a free ice cream cone from McDonald’s. Those who receive the friendly citation will then be entered into a drawing for a new bicycle on Aug. 31.
For additional information, contact Jackie Shelley at 419.483.4040, Ext. 6610.

VolunTeens donate time at TBH 
A group of VolunTeens at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) recently donated their time on July 17 to help at the 15th annual wheelchair wash. They also helped to weed the community vegetable garden and volunteer flower garden, and did some cleanup work on the memorial and remembrance plaques under the trees on the grounds of the facility. The group was supervised by VolunTeen Coordinator Linda Irons. Pictured at the wheelchair wash are, left to right, Dani Dean, Corinne Rogers, VolunTeen Coordinator Linda Irons, Greta Brubaker, Megan Brugnone, Kaitlin Myer, and Dillon Berkey. In the second photo, Kaylia Reesman and Madison Raifsnider work at cleaning the memorial plaques. VolunTeens work throughout the year at TBH and can accumulate hours through their senior year in high school to qualify for a scholarship. For information on VolunTeen and Volunteer opportunities at TBH, contact Volunteer Coordinator June Washburn at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4408.

PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER ADDS PHYSICIAN
 
            The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Pain Management Center recently welcomed Kaveh Nabavighadi, M.D., to its staff.
            The Pain Management Center at The Bellevue Hospital is located in Building 1, Suite C, directly behind TBH at 1400 W. Main St. The center will be open Monday through Friday.
            “Dr. N” is a pain management physician specialist and is board certified as an interventional pain anesthesiologist with experience in pain management techniques as well as conventional pain management.
            He received his medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH and his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI.
            Dr. Nabavighadi was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in the Mentor, OH area. He currently resides in Northwest Ohio. In addition to spending time with his wife, he enjoys photography, computers and programming, travel, films, cooking, and golfing.
            Patients who suffer from chronic pain, or pain that affects their quality of life and the ability to participate in normal activities can benefit from pain management. The Pain Management Clinic will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders including neck pain, back pain, headaches, arthritis pain in the neck or lower back, nerve damage or muscle spasm pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and pain from shingles.
            For appointments, please contact the office staff at the Pain Management Clinic, 419.484.5903.

LUPUS SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
 
 
The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) hosts a quarterly meeting of the Lupus Support Group. The meetings are free and open to the public. Sponsored by TBH and the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., Greater Cleveland Chapter, the Lupus Support Group’s next sessions are scheduled for Sept. 16 and Dec. 16, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Conference Rooms A&B at The Bellevue Hospital, 1400 West Main Street.
 
The Lupus Support Group is free and open to those affected by Lupus, and family members of those affected by Lupus.
 
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (lupus) affects 1 out of every 185 Americans; 90% of lupus patients are women with the majority affected being African-American.  Lupus is difficult to diagnose.  The disease turns the body’s own immune system against itself, attacking the kidneys, brain, lung, heart, gastrointestinal tract, joints, skin, or virtually any other organ.
 
            Participants at the support group will learn about lupus from a health professional and a patient, including how to live with the disease, signs and symptoms, treatments, and coping mechanisms. Informational materials will also be available.
 
            To register or for more information, contact Janisha Buck, TBH Social Services Department, at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4367

NEW PHONE SYSTEM INSTALLED AT TBH
 
            A new telephone system has been installed at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) and beginning on Thursday morning, July 17, local and area residents can expect to hear new menu options when calling the hospital, including scheduling appointments and checking the daily menu in the Main Station Café!
            The local and area main phone numbers to TBH have not changed: 419.483.4040 (Bellevue); 419.547.0074 (Clyde); and 419.639.2065 (Fremont, Green Springs, Republic).
            Residents will also hear a similar welcome message: “Thank you for calling The Bellevue Hospital and helping us keep Quality Care, Close to Home. If this is a medical emergency, please hang up and dial 9-1-1. If you know the extension of the party you wish to reach, you may dial it at any time.”
            After the main message, residents will be given a choice of several new menu options. They include:
  • To schedule an appointment, Press 1
  • For medical records and radiology imaging reports, Press 2
  • For the Human Resources Department, Press 3
  • For the Lab, Press 5
  • For the daily menu in the Main Station Café, Press 6
  • To repeat these options, Press 7
  • Otherwise, for all other inquiries, please Press 0 or remain on the line to speak with an Operator.
 
Any questions pertaining to the new phone system can be director to Kim Stults, Director of Health Information Technology & Telecommunications, at Ext. 4401.

TBH receives Donate Life Ohio Platinum Award
Chris May of Waterville, a double-lung transplant recipient, and Erica Reed, Life Connection of Ohio’s Hospital Liaison of Northwest Ohio, make a ceremonial presentation of the Donate Life Ohio Platinum Award to JoAnn Ventura and Dennis Sabo, representing TBH’s Marketing Department. May and Reed were in Bellevue on June 19 as guest speakers at TBH’s monthly Mature Audience Luncheon.

There are more than 3,400 Ohioans waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant and every 48 hours, an Ohioan dies waiting. On June 10, Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Department of Health’s Second Chance Trust Fund recognized 47 Ohio hospitals working to address this issue and save lives by participating in the 2013-2014 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. The hospitals were recognized at the 2014 OHA Annual Meeting.
“There are more than 122,000 people nationwide that await a lifesaving organ transplant,” said Lance Himes, Interim Director, Ohio Department of Health. “These hospitals participated in more than 1,300 programs to educate Ohio communities about organ, eye and tissue donation. This is nearly double the amount of participation we saw in last year’s program.”
Four hospitals received Platinum Partner status, including The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) of Sandusky County, St. Elizabeth Health Center of Mahoning County, Miami Valley Hospital of Montgomery County and University Hospitals Case Medical Center of Cuyahoga County. Platinum Partners are lauded for their exceptional donation advocacy. JoAnn Ventura and Dennis Sabo representing TBH’s Marketing Department accepted TBH’s award.
“We are so proud of our hospital champions for committing to promote this important initiative to our communities,” said Mike Abrams, OHA President and CEO. “We saw tremendous engagement from all our hospital partners who went above and beyond to support this cause.”
Hospital Champions were recognized in categories based on their size and advocacy activities:
 
2013-2014 Hospital Champions
Platinum Partners
The Bellevue Hospital, Small Hospital
St. Elizabeth Health Center, Community/Midsize Hospital
Miami Valley Hospital, Large Hospital
University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Transplant Center
 
Gold Partners
Adams County Regional Medical Center, Small Hospital
Akron General Medical Center, Large Hospital
Belmont Community Hospital, Small Hospital
Berger Health System, Small Hospital
Cleveland Clinic, Transplant Center
Community Hospitals & Wellness Centers – Bryan Hospital, Small Hospital
East Ohio Regional Hospital, Small Hospital
Fairfield Medical Center, Community/Midsize Hospital
Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Small Hospital
Fulton County Health Center, Small Hospital
Genesis HealthCare System, Community/Midsize Hospital
Kettering Medical Center, Community/Midsize Hospital
Licking Memorial Hospital, Community/Midsize Hospital
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Large Hospital
Mercy Tiffin Hospital, Small Hospital
Mercy Willard Hospital, Small Hospital
ProMedica Flower Hospital, Community/Midsize Hospital
ProMedica St. Luke's Hospital, Community/Midsize Hospital
ProMedica Toledo Hospital and Toledo Children's Hospital, Large Hospital
Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center, Small Hospital
Southview Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center, Community/Midsize Hospital
Springfield Regional Medical Center, Community/Midsize Hospital
St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, Community/Midsize Hospital
St. Joseph Health Center, Community/Midsize Hospital
St. Rita’s Medical Center, Community/Midsize Hospital
Sycamore Medical Center, Community/Midsize Hospital
The MetroHealth System, Large Hospital
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Transplant Center
University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Transplant Center
University of Toledo Medical Center, Transplant Center
Wilson Memorial Hospital, Small Hospital
Silver Partners
Lake Health, Community/Midsize Hospital
Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Transplant Center
 
Participating Partners
Adena Health System, Community/Midsize Hospital
Cincinnati VAMC, Community/Midsize Hospital
Doctors Hospital OhioHealth, Community/Midsize Hospital
Fayette County Memorial Hospital, Small Hospital
Marietta Memorial Hospital, Community/Midsize Hospital
Mount Carmel East, Community/Midsize Hospital
Mount Carmel St. Ann's, Community/Midsize Hospital
ProMedica Bay Park Hospital, Small Hospital
Riverside Methodist Hospital, Large Hospital
Wood County Hospital, Community/Midsize Hospital

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED
For the 13th consecutive year, recipients of scholarships given to children of The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) employees were announced during National Hospital Week, May 11-17, 2014. 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.
           
Peighton Collier, Business, University of Toledo, daughter of Laura Collier, Health Info & Technology, Fremont, and Ross Collier, Vickery.
Aaron Englehart, Engineering, The Ohio State University, son of Gail Englehart, Case Managment, and, Jeffrey Englehart, Republic.
Colin Lombardi, Pharmacy Doctorate, Ohio Northern University, son of Tony Lombardi, Rehabilitation Services, and Amy Lombardi, Lab. They reside in Milan.
Aaron McGinnis, Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo, son of Suzanne McGinnis, Case Management, and Alan McGinnis, Bellevue.
Allison McKinney, Health Sciences, Cleveland State University, daughter of Michele McKinney, Diagnostic Imaging, and Loren Gosser, Bellevue; and Bill McKinney and Marilyn Seiler, Norwalk.
Sydney Schoen, Exercise Science, Cleveland State University, daughter of Marianne Schoen, Revenue Cycle, and Marc Schoen, Diagnostic Imaging. They reside in Bellevue.
Christina Shelley, Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, daughter of Jackie Shelley, Community Service, and Martin Shelley, Bellevue.
Rachel Stout, Business Administration, Ohio Northern University, daughter of Leanne Stout, Health Information Management, and Ted Stout, Attica.
Jacqueline Turner, Athletic Training, Ashland University, daughter of Lauren Turner, Cardiopulmonary, and Adam Turner, Bellevue.
           

BECOME A VOLUNTEEN AT THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
 
 
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has scheduled an orientation day for teenagers interested in becoming VolunTeens at the local facility. The program is for students 14-18 years old.
            The orientation is set for Friday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room at TBH. Those interested need to pick up, complete, and return an application by May 23. Applications are available by request in the Hospital Gift Shop.
            VolunTeens will be trained in how to use the new wheelchairs, how to greet visitors, and how to assist in special events and activities, including clerical assistant, Gift Shop personnel, greeter, receptionist, courier, and waiting room attendant.
            VolunTeens can also become eligible for a scholarship from TBH after volunteering a set number of hours through their senior year in high school.
            Interested teenagers can contact Volunteer Coordinator June Washburn at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4408 for an application packet. Questions can also be directed to VolunTeen Coordinator Linda Irons at 419.217.5041.

KNITTING GROUPS HONORED AT TBH
 
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) recently played host to an annual breakfast for the area sewing groups that make and donate blankets for patients. Representatives were present from The Knifty Knitters and The Hayes Ohio Star Quilters Guild.
Many different areas of the hospital - as well as local nursing homes - benefit from these blankets. The project started as a suggestion through TBH’s Suggestion Committee and has grown from there. In 2013, over 180 blankets were made and donated.
Visitors and patients can request a blanket for warmth or comfort. Blankets are also shared with the Bellevue Care Center and The Willows at Bellevue.
Both knitting groups accept donations of new yarn. Those donations can be made year-round at the Clyde Public Library in care of The Knifty Knitters.
 For more information about the knitting program at TBH, call 419.483.4040 and dial or ask for Cindy Hurst (Ext. 4415) or June Washburn (Ext. 4408).
 
 
 
Members of the Knifty Knitters and The Hayes Ohio Star Quilters Guild were honored recently at The Bellevue Hospital. Members of the two groups annually donate blankets to be used by patients and visitors.
 

STULTS IS FINALIST FOR OHA AWARD
 
            Kim Stults, RN, MSN, with The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Health Information Technology & Telecommunications (HITT) Department, is TBH’s nominee for the 2014 Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award.    Stults and her husband, Michael, reside in Bellevue. They are parents of two children, Michael and Lorena.
            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 Stults for the award reads in part: “At age six, Kim was a patient at our hospital.  Her only memory - a Candystriper coming into her room and playing with her: Combining that with her interest in how the human body functions and working with people and Kim knew her life’s path. Waiting eight long years, finally turning 14 - her dream came true.  Since 1978, Kim has been a Candystriper; dietary aide; nurses aide; nurse on the Medical/Surgical Floor, Intensive Care, and Surgery; manager of Medical/Surgical, Home Health, and Social Services; director of Education, Health Information & Telecommunications, Infection Control and Employee Wellness.  From Candystriper, through earning a Master of Nursing with honors, to implementing our electronic medical record, Kim made her dream come true and improved our lives at The Bellevue Hospital.
“Throughout her life, Kim has had an intense commitment to make things better for our patients, hospital, community, and family members. To name a few items out of a substantial list, she’s been responsible for writing and receiving grants for life-saving equipment; implementing a grief support policy; improving preceptor and competency testing; initiating pain management assessment; upgrading and computerizing the surgery department systems; and leading the process to implement our electronic medical record. She is fair, honest and determined everyone will succeed. She hands out praise and is the first to accept responsibility for any errors. All of her projects are brought in, ‘On time and Under Budget.’  In all of her business practices, she is moral and ethical and always places the interest of our patients at the core of all decision-making processes.
“Patients and those in need are at the heart of everything Kim does.  She CARES for our patients by bringing a better workflow for outpatients, improving education for all employees to improve quality care, or researching the best equipment, supply or electronic device.  She signs up to donate baked goods for a fundraiser, sing in the hospital’s Holiday Choir, or decorate an employee’s office for fun.  She is an invaluable resource for almost any topic at the hospital, ‘Go ask Kim, she’ll know.’  She CARES for us as she sits in a patient’s room to explain the effects of chemotherapy, then meets with physicians to design a better way to chart, forms a team to review patient forms, and then after her workday, stays to help an employee determine the best course of treatment for their dying father. She is fierce in her protectiveness and gentle in her compassion. She’s an instant away from standing up with you, your patient or your family.  We are all a part of her family and when we need help, she’s beside us, behind us, or leading the way.  She’s always CARING for us.
“Kim’s resourceful and a tireless worker, especially for individuals with developmental disabilities and their loved ones.  She is currently a member of the Ohio Governor’s Developmental Disabilities Council.  She is active in the community and her church and holds various positions on boards and committees within her professional, community and church organizations.  Examples of her giving back over time include: being a member of the Sandusky County Collaborative Committee to help implement the American with Disabilities Act; board member at St. John’s Nursery School and the Bellevue Society for the Arts, Bellevue Board of Health Member, President of North Central Inservice Educators; coach of her child’s sports teams; and Music Booster member.  She’s also run for political office. While her professional life is very important to her, she has dedicated herself to her children and her family.  She recently welcomed her father into her home. Kim is a published author.  Her book, “Lessons from Lorena,” is about her daughter and her family’s journey from the discovery to the acceptance of Lorena’s diagnosis of autism.   Individuals reading to book will gain useful and practical knowledge benefiting them and ultimately helping them and their loved ones.” 
A total of 74 hospital employees from across Ohio were nominated, with the winner and all nominees to be honored June 10 at a banquet in Columbus.

THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL’S DIABETES
EDUCATION PROGRAM RECEIVES RECOGNITION
 
Patti Keller, RD, LD, CDE, and Denise Bullion, RN, CDE, display the recognition certificate the Diabetes Education Department received.
            The prestigious American Diabetes Association (ADA) Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Diabetes Education Program. The ADA believes that this program offers high-quality diabetes self-management education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment.
            This is the fourth-consecutive four-year recognition for TBH’s diabetes education program.
            The Association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational programs meet the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. These standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the diabetes community in 1994, 2000, 2007, and 2012.
            Programs applying for recognition voluntarily submit to a rigorous review process by experts in the field of diabetes who evaluate each program on its ability to provide patients with a comprehensive individualized education program. Programs that achieve recognition status have a staff of knowledgeable health professionals who can provide participants with comprehensive information about diabetes management.
 “The process gives professionals a national standard by which to measure the quality of services they provide,” said Denise Bullion, RN, Certified Diabetic Educator at The Bellevue Hospital. “And, of course, it helps to assure that the consumer will receive high-quality services.”
In existence for the past 20 years, The Bellevue Hospital’s Diabetes Education Program is set up for individual and group education.
Bullion also oversees the monthly Diabetes Support Group, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the hospital’s East Conference Room. Bullion also offers one-on-one diabetes education for those unable to attend any of the classes or support group meetings. There are also quarterly reviews and Lunch and Learn opportunities for diabetes education and awareness.
            According to the ADA, there are 25.8 million people, or 8.5% of the population in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 18.8 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 7 million people are not aware that they have this disease. Each day, approximately 5,205 people are diagnosed with diabetes. Many will learn that they have diabetes when they are treated for one of its life-threatening complications – heart disease and stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and nerve disease and amputation. About 1.9 million people will be diagnosed with diabetes this year. It is the seventh-deadliest disease in the United States and it has no cure. Based on death certificate data, diabetes contributed to more than 231,404 deaths in 2007.
            The ADA is the nation’s leading non-profit health organization supporting diabetes research, advocacy and information for health professionals, patients and the public. Founded in 1940, the Association has an area office in every state and conducts programs and communities nationwide.
            For more information on The Bellevue Hospital’s Diabetic Education Program, contact Denise Bullion at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4303.

PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER WELCOMES AUXIER
 
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) welcomed Heather Auxier, Certified Nurse Practitioner, to the hospital’s Pain Management Center, located at 1400 W. Main St., Building 1, Suite C, in Bellevue.
            Auxier completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the University of Toledo Medical College, and received her bachelor degree in nursing from Lourdes College in Sylvania. She also has an associate degree in nursing from Owens Community College.
            She was previously employed with the Pain Management Group (Bryan, Fremont, Napoleon Offices), In Care Health Solutions Urgent Care Facilities, and Promedica Wildwood Orthopaedic & Spine Hospital Inpatient Unit.
Auxier was born and raised in Ohio and she and her husband are parents of one daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and shopping!
Patients who suffer from chronic pain, or pain that affects their quality of life and the ability to participate in normal activities can benefit from pain management. The Pain Management Center will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders including neck pain, back pain, headaches, arthritis pain in the neck or lower back, nerve damage or muscle spasm pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and pain from shingles.
            For appointments or additional information, please contact the office staff at the Pain Management Clinic, 419.484.5903.
 

PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER OPENS
 
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) welcomed a new service on Jan. 14, when the Pain Management Center opened its doors.
            The Pain Management Center at The Bellevue Hospital is located in Building 1, Suite C, directly behind TBH at 1400 W. Main St. The center will be open Monday through Friday.
            William Hogan Jr., M.D., will see patients on Tuesdays at the Bellevue location. Dr. Hogan is board certified in both pain management and anesthesiology. He received his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, FL.
            Heather Auxier, Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP), has recently joined the Pain Management staff. She received her CNP degree from the University of Toledo Medical College and her undergraduate degree in nursing from Lourdes College.
            Patients who suffer from chronic pain, or pain that affects their quality of life and the ability to participate in normal activities can benefit from pain management. The Pain Management Clinic will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders including neck pain, back pain, headaches, arthritis pain in the neck or lower back, nerve damage or muscle spasm pain, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), and pain from shingles.
            For appointments, please contact the office staff at the Pain Management Clinic, 419.484.5903.

The Bellevue Hospital Awarded Accreditation from Joint Commission
            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. 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.
            “With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down,” Michael K. Winthrop, president and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, said. “Joint Accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving Joint Commission accreditation, for our organization, is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”
            The Joint Commission’s hospital standards address important functions relating to the care of patients and the management of hospitals. The standards are developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.
            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 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide nursing and rehabilitation center care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more at www.jointcommission.org.

         The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has been nominated for a Community Service Partner award, and the general public can vote to have TBH earn $2,500 in free advertising.
Voting is now underway for the Community Service Partner Campaign which will award a local non-profit organization $2,500 in free advertising in the Clyde Enterprise newspaper.
            Three non-profit agencies are up for consideration: The Bellevue Hospital, The Stemtown Historical Society, and The Sandusky County Communities Foundation.
            Voting will take place on the www.myownclyde.com website now through May 11. Here are the steps to take prior to voting:
1.     Prior to voting, you must complete a registration process on the website.
2.     Click on the Registration tab and follow the prompts.
3.     Once registered, you can vote once each day until May 11.
4.     The winning agency will be given $2,500 in free advertising in The Clyde Enterprise.
            The new www.myownclyde.com website allows readers, schools, community organizations, local governments and others to post their favorite photographs, such as vacation or sports photos; share upcoming events such as meetings; and even write your own blog.

National Donate Life Month is here!
The Bellevue Hospital, Life Connection of Ohio collaborate to save lives
 
The Bellevue Hospital and Life Connection of Ohio are partnering to promote the life-saving message of organ and tissue donation during Donate Life Month.
 
April is designated as National Donate Life Month. It’s a time to recognize and appreciate those who save and enhance the lives of others through organ and tissue donation, and to raise awareness about the critical need for donors. Currently, there are more than 120,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, including 3,500 Ohioans. The organ shortage continues to grow at a staggering rate, as another person is added to the waiting list every 10 minutes. Sadly, 19 people die each day before they are able to receive their second chances at life.
 
So why do people say “no” to organ and tissue donation? Below are some common myths about donation.
 
·      “Will my medical treatment suffer if I say ‘yes’ to donation?” Absolutely not. This myth is a theme on television drama shows, where many writers don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. The reality is that every effort will be made to save someone’s life, regardless of their choice to donate. The doctors and nurses working hard to save lives at hospitals are a completely separate team of people than those who deal with organ donation. If all life-saving efforts have been exhausted and a person is declared dead, it is only then that the organ procurement organization enters the picture.
 
·      “Can I still have a viewing if I donate?” Yes. The organ recovery surgery is a very careful, respectful procedure, and if an open-casket funeral was possible before donation, it should be possible afterward.
 
·      “Is my religion against donation?” Probably not. All major religions in the United States either support organ donation, viewing it as a charitable act, or leave the decision up to the individual.
 
·      “Do rich or famous people get transplants first?” Absolutely not. It might seem that way because of the amount of publicity generated when a celebrity receives a transplant, but they do not receive preferential treatment. The waiting list exists because everyone has to wait on it, regardless of wealth or celebrity status.
 
·      “Will there be a cost to my family if I donate?” No. All costs associated with donation are absorbed by the organ procurement organization.
 
·      “Am I too old – or too sick – to donate?” Not necessarily. There is no age limit for organ donation. It is important to say “yes” to donation regardless of any previous or current medical conditions, as medical professionals will determine whether donation is possible after death.
 
The truth is that one person who says “yes” could save the lives of eight people through organ donation, and enhance the lives of 50 more through tissue donation! The most important decision anyone can make in honor of Donate Life Month is to join the Ohio Donor Registry. Joining is simple – just say “yes” on your driver’s license to the question posed at the bureau of motor vehicles, or register online at www.DonateLifeOhio.org.  
 
For more information about organ and tissue donation, contact Life Connection of Ohio at 419.893.1618.

         The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) Foundation’s fifth annual March Madness Challenge was termed a rousing success after more than $3,000 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 (1,463) was Morning Delight 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 791 tickets was the Mr. Fix It basket from Patient Access Department, and third (759 tickets) went to That’s Amore, put together by the Nutritional Services Department.
            The basket winners were:
·      Summer Fun Basket – Charlotte Waskielis
·      Tranzitionz Yourself Basket – The Mossing Family
·      A Day at the Waterpark Basket – Sandy Martin
·      Ms. Does It All Basket – Tammy Leasure
·      Mr. Fix It Basket – Dennis Sabo
·      March Toward Health Basket – Shauna Middleswarth
·      Oriental Express Basket – Liz Hansen
·      Come Fly With Me Basket – Joanne Acevedo
·      Ohio Winter Survival Basket – Don Rexroth
·      That’s Amore Basket – William Lucas
·      Morning Delight Basket – Chrissy Fegley
·      March Madness Basket – Sharon Sears
·      Painless Perfection Basket – Joyce Bower
·      Taste of the North Coast Basket – Kate Herring
 
Raffle winners included:
 
·      $300 Dicks Sporting Good Card – Jackie Bartlett
·      Golf for 8 at Green Hills – Yvonne Harnden
·      Cedar Point Tickets – Jackie Bartlett
·      $30 Twin Lakes Gift Card – Amy DeWitt 
 
Winners of the Basket Challenge for Departments:
 
·      Morning Delight Basket – Administration-Human Resources-Volunteer Coordinator
·      Mr. Fix It – Patient Access
·      That’s Amore – Nutritional Services
 
Winners of the Basket Challenge for Medical Offices:
 
·      1,076 tickets - Come Fly With Me - Dr. Dan Herring
·      661 tickets - Summer Fun - The Willows at Bellevue
·      206 tickets - A Day at the Waterpark - Advanced Neurologic Associates
 
            For additional information on The Bellevue Hospital Foundation or the March Madness Challenge, contact Kate Herring at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.

TBH Foundation Board elects officers



The Bellevue Hospital Foundation Board recently welcomed three new members, including Dan Herring, D.O., Jim Davis, and Donna Hall. Pictured are the Foundation officers and new members for 2014. Front row left to right are Chairman Gary Steinle; TBH Foundation Director Kate Herring; Donna Hall; and Secretary Marie Archer. Back row, Dan Herring, D.O.; Jim Davis; Treasurer Chris Caputo; Vice Chair Carolyn Farrar; and Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital. Other members of the Foundation Board include Dr. Marcia Braun, Pete Callaghan, Rodney Cook, Alicia Crockett, Dave Jarvis, Dinah Dwyer, Gregg Elchert, Christine Greilich, Dan Higgins, Brad Smith, and Bette Woods.


TBH’S DIETARY DEPARTMENT WINS AWARD
   
 
Nutritional Services staff members at The Bellevue Hospital show off the Golden Plate certificate earned for the second consecutive year. They are, left to right, Tracey Nason, Chris Norris, Linda Rohrbacher, Julia Boner, Kim Veach, and Nutritional Services Department Director Joe Hoff.

The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Dietary Department has been awarded The 2013 Gold Plate Award for food safety practices. The award is administered through the Huron County General Health District.
            The Gold Plate Award is an acknowledgement given to food services that have excellent food safety practices. This award is given annually and is based on the facility’s performance from the previous year. It is a voluntary program.
            “The staff is very, very happy. This is a big deal for them,” noted TBH Dietary Leader Joe Hoff. “The staff receives extensive food service and safety training, and most of my staff has been trained in food safety through the Huron County Health Department as part of their certification process.”
            Continued Hoff, “I am extremely proud of my staff for all of their hard work and effort. It takes a lot of work each day to ensure food safety when you work in our field. This award is an excellent opportunity to show the community how important food safety is to us.”
            The Gold Plate Awards are reserved for facilities that meet the following criteria:
  • Have a valid FSO or RFE license
  • Send in an application
  • Receive a score of 90 or higher
  • Have not had any warning letters are administrative hearings in the past two years
  • Have not been responsible for a foodborne outbreak in the last two years.
            Each facility starts with a score of 100 and points are then deducted for critical and non-critical violations as reported by the Huron County General Health District.
            “We are very proud of the accomplishments of our Dietary Department. Being a hospital, our first concern is making sure we present the best quality food since we serve over 600 meals each day to patients, employees, and community members,” said Patty Semer, TBH Vice President of Administrative Services. “This award is also a testament that the food is prepared in a clean and healthy environment.”
 

BECOME A VOLUNTEEN AT THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL

 
 
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has scheduled an orientation day for teenagers interested in becoming VolunTeens at the local facility. The program is for students 14-18 years old.
            The orientation is set for Friday, June 6 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room at TBH. Those interested need to pick up, complete, and return an application by May 23. Applications are available in the Hospital Gift Shop.
            VolunTeens will be trained in how to use the new wheelchairs, how to greet visitors, and how to assist in special events and activities, including clerical assistant, Gift Shop personnel, greeter, receptionist, courier, and waiting room attendant.
            VolunTeens can also become eligible for a scholarship through TBH after volunteering a set number of hours during their senior year in high school.
            Interested teenagers can contact Volunteer Coordinator June Washburn at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4408 for an application packet. Questions can also be directed to VolunTeen Coordinator Linda Irons at 419.217.5041.

Basket raffle ends soon
The fifth annual March Madness Basket Raffle at The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) wraps-up on Monday, April 7. Winners will be selected on Tuesday, April 8.
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. The baskets are being displayed in the hospital Atrium during normal business hours until April 7. The basket themes this year include:
  • Tranzitionz Yourself – One hour massage & BareMinerals Make-up
  • Summer Fun – Beach Cart, Towels, Beach Chairs, Sunscreen
  • Ms. Does It All – Beach Chair, Swim Suit Cover, XOXO Watch, Garden Tools, Wine & Glasses
  • Mr. Fix It – Tool Bag, Craftsman Tools, Gloves, Milwaukee Saw, Scratch off Lottery Tickets
  • March Toward Health – Beachbody’s Insanity: The Asylum, Chocolate Shakelogy, 2 months ActiVit Multivitamin
  • The Oriental Express – Rice Cooker, Wok Set, Plates, Bowls, Chopsticks
  • Come Fly With Me - $300 Southwest Gift Card, $100 Marriott Hotels Gift Card, Suitcase
  • Ohio Winter Road Survival Kit- Collapsible Snow Shovel, Blanket, Flashlight, Coleman Rain Suit
  • That’s Amore - $50 Mon Ami Gift Certifate, $50 Olive Garden Gift Certificate, $20 Fontana Gift Card, All the fixings for gourmet Italian meal at home
  • Morning Delight – Keurig Machine, K-cups, Travel Mugs, $25 Cooper Top Bakery Gift Certificate
  • March Madness Preparation Kit – Spalding Basketball, Planters Snacks, Beer
  • Painless Perfection – One Hour Massage, First Impression Gift Card, Manicure, Pedicure & Moscato
  • Taste of the North Coast – Tre Soreele Chocolates, Great Lakes Ale, $20 Beirkeller Gift Card, $25 Twin Lakes Gift Card, $30 Beradi’s Gift Card  
            The March Madness Raffle is also available, for a chance to win a $200 Dicks Sporting Goods gift card donated by The Willows, four one-day Cedar Point passes donated by TBH, golf outing for eight donated by Green Hills, and a $30 gift card to Twin Lakes & Restaurant donated by Twin Lakes. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. These tickets are also available in the Gift Shop.
            For additional information on any of the March Madness events, contact Kate Herring at 419.483.4040, Ext. 4319.

Doctor's Day observed at TBH
Donald Smith Jr., M.D., makes his way through the breakfast buffet line during the Doctor’s Day celebration at The Bellevue Hospital
Kate Herring, TBH Foundation Director, and Michael K. Winthrop, TBH President and CEO, present gifts of appreciation to Ben Ball, D.O.
Kate Herring, TBH Foundation Director, honors Halla Bunni, M.D., and Corey Fazio, D.O., during the Doctor’s Day celebration.

National Doctor’s Day was observed on March 30 and the staff at The Bellevue Hospital recently honored their physicians with a breakfast and gifts of appreciation. The physicians were treated to breakfast, given gifts of appreciation by TBH’s Administrative Team, and given a red carnation and cookie from the Hospital Foundation. The red carnation is the official symbol of National Doctor’s Day. Eudora Brown Almond of Georgia is credited with starting the first Doctor’s Day Observance on March 30, 1933.
 
The date marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. The first National Doctor’s Day was celebrated in 1991.

Officers and new members have been named for the 2014 edition of The Bellevue Hospital Board of Trustees.

Two new members joining the Board this year are Alicia Crockett and David West, M.D. The two new members are pictured with the current officers. From left to right are Dean Miller, Chair; Nancy Beier, Treasurer; Jimmie Fitzgerald, Secretary; Ben Ball, D.O., 1st Vice Chair; West; Crockett; Tom Barth, 2nd Vice Chair; and Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO. Other members of the board for 2014 include Paul Howard, Joe Wilson, Doug Hoy, M.D., Nick Liben, M.D., James Gerken, Thomas Forster, James Hart, Dwight Hogue, and Greg Karasik, M.D.

GO is a county wide wellness initiative. Local business agencies, county parks, hospitals, the health department, schools and recreation centers have come together to create a movement for movement. Participate in any activity where you see the GO sign and receive a punch- the more punches you receive the more chances you have to win great prizes throughout the county.

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Girl Scouts honor Monroeville family
Continuing a tradition they started several years ago, members of Girl Scout Troops 72 & 122 presented goodie baskets to the first baby girl born in The Bellevue Hospital’s Family Birthing Center during National Girl Scout Week. This year’s recipient was baby girl Nataliya Chavarria, daughter of Monroeville residents Tiffany Perry and Antonio Chavarria. Nataliya received two goodie baskets from the Girl Scouts containing anything and everything associated with a newborn. Pictured are, left to right, Tiffany Perry and Nataliya, Morgan Cory representing Troop 72, and Kezia Easter, representing Troop 122. This is the second child for Tiffany and Antonio, who also have five-year-old Alexis Chavarria at home.

BUSINESS BRIEFS: TBH EMPLOYEE
IS CERTIFIED MEDICAL EXAMINER
 
            Lisa Aichholz, APRN, BC, CNP, with The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) Occupational Health Center, was recently certified as a Medical Examiner on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
            Aichholz is now authorized to provide medical examinations to commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers in accordance with a new program through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). After May 21, 2014, all CMV drivers who are required to be medically certified must be examined and certified by a medical examiner listed on the National Registry.
            CMV drivers, motor carriers, and the general public will be able to find Aichholz’s listing on the National Registry (https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov) using geographic search criteria, or by a search of name or medical profession. Aichholz is currently the only Medical Examiner serving TBH.
            As part of her certification, Aichholz must complete a required refresher course every five years, and successfully pass the Medical Examiner certification test every 10 eyars.
            A resident of New Washington, Lisa and her husband, David, have two children, Madison and Max. She has been employed with TBH for the past 19 years.

LifeCourse Training Offered at The Bellevue Hospital
 
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) will be the site of LifeCourse training, sponsored by Stein Hospice. Volunteers are needed for this event, which begins on Monday, March 10.
           
            LifeCourse consists of specialized training for patient and non-patient volunteers that explains the hospice philosophy, and equips volunteers to be comfortable reaching out to those who are making their final journey in life.
 
            The program is free to volunteers and begins on March 10 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in Burson Conference Rooms A&B at TBH. Training will continue on March 13, 18, 20, 24, and 27. Click here for a flyer.
 
            For additional information, please contact Pam Meek, Stein Hospice Volunteer Facilitator, at 800-625-5269, or by email at pmeek@steinhospice.org.

TBH HIRES NEW VICE PRESIDENT of PATIENT CARE SERVICES
The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) recently welcomed a new Vice President of Patient Care Services, Sandusky resident Sara K. Brokaw, RN, MSN.
            Brokaw comes to TBH from Mercy Regional Medical Center, Lorian, where she was Chief of Nursing.
            She initially taught elementary school after graduation from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her desire to become a Registered Nurse led her to an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Lorain County Community College. She then received her master’s degree from Walden University in Baltimore, MD.
            Brokaw began her nursing career at Community Health Partners, Lorain, as manager of the Orthopedics, Neuroscience, Spine & Stroke Center. She eventually became director of that unit, director of Care Coordination and then Administrative Director of Nursing Services. She served as Chief Nursing Officer since March of 2011.
            She resides in Sandusky with her family.
            At TBH, she will oversee employee engagement, nurse-physician relationships, patient safety & quality, and policy administration.
            TBH is one of the largest employers in Bellevue with over 400 full- and part-time employees.

Third Annual Holiday Raffle

The Willows at Bellevue and The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) teamed together this past December to sponsor the third annual Holiday Raffle to support the Bellevue Fish & Loaves Food Pantry.  A total of $5,005 was raised in the raffle and a check was presented on Feb. 19. Taking part in the presentation are, left to right, Andrea Stover and Christine Greilich (Willows), Charlotte Waskielis (Fish/Loaves Board member), Lisa Kosse (Willows), Kate Herring (TBH), Jessica Sumser, Bryleigh Linton, Brian Sims (Willows), and Fish & Loaves Board members Rev. Cathy Lawrence, Rev. Dan Howard, and Michael Alcorn.


THE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL’S RECENT CLASS
 
Members of the most recent Babysitting Basics Class at The Bellevue Hospital are, front row left to right, Gabrielle Turner, Joshua Lozano, Brooklyn Montgomery, Dakota Zerman, Grace Ocreto, and Breana Thompson. Middle row, Gabrielle Chapman, Madeline Corrado, Avery Vansickle, Emma Nelson, McKayla Englehart, Charlotte Heiser, and Alli Schnee. Back row, Mijara Quick, Aliza Quick, Chloe Cousino, Jordan Englehart, Elizabeth Zieber, Abby Yost, and Emma Knudson.
 
            A total of 20 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. 17 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 Gabrielle Turner, Joshua Lozano, Brooklyn Montgomery, Dakota Zerman, Grace Ocreto, Breana Thompson, Gabrielle Chapman, Madeline Corrado, Avery Vansickle, Emma Nelson, McKayla Englehart, Charlotte Heiser, Alli Schnee, Mijara Quick, Aliza Quick, Chloe Cousino, Jordan Englehart, Elizabeth Zieber, Abby Yost, and Emma Knudson.
The next Babysitting Basics course at The Bellevue Hospital is scheduled for Monday, June 9, 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.

Corvette Raffle winner

Michael K. Winthrop, right, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital (TBH), presents the $50,053 grand prize check to Dayton’s Gerry Hockstok, the winner of TBH’s 4th Annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” Corvette Raffle. Gerry’s name was drawn at random on Jan. 14 out of the 1553 tickets sold for the event. All proceeds benefit TBH’s Foundation. As the grand prize winner, Gerry had the difficult decision of taking either the cash or a 2014 Corvette Stingray. After several days of decision making, he decided the money was the best option and on Feb. 5, the check was presented. Tickets for the raffle were sold in 46 of the 50 U.S. states this year. The 5th annual event will kick-off in September.

TBH FOUNDATION GIVES AWAY NEW CORVETTE!
Phil and Joan Steinle, right, pull the winning ticket out of the barrel in the 4th annual "Is Your Heart Set on a Vette" Corvette Raffle, sponsored by The Bellevue Hospital Foundation. At left are Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of The Bellevue Hospital, and Kate Herring, Hospital Foundation Director.
         The Bellevue Hospital Foundation (TBHF) made Jan. 14, 2014 a memorable experience for Gerry Hockstok of Dayton, OH, as his name was drawn as the grand prize winner in the 4th annual “Is Your Heart Set on a Vette” raffle. The winning ticket number was 1489.
            As the grand prize winner, Hockstok has his choice of a brand new 2014 Corvette Stingray or $50,000 in cash.
            Four runner-up winners each received cash prizes, including Danny Robinson, Westlake, LA, $2,000 cash; James Kulcsar, Clinton, OH, $1,500 cash; John Goodwin, Norwalk, OH, $1,000 cash; and W. Tullo, Hasbrook Hts., NJ, $500 cash.
            “We wish to congratulate Gerry 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 2013 and our goal was to sell all 1,553 tickets at $100 each, a goal that we accomplished on December 13!
            Continued Winthrop, “For us, that made the raffle highly successful. It was important for us to sell and run this raffle in the right way and it was a great effort from our Foundation, Accounting Department, Marketing Department, and numerous volunteers.”
            Tickets were sold to people in 46 different U.S. states (only Vermont, Idaho, South Dakota and Alaska were not on the list), 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.
            Earlier in the day, the final Early Bird drawing of $250 was held, with Patrick McBride of Bowling Green, OH, the lucky winner.

TBH HONORED WITH WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) has received the 2014 Women’s Choice Award® ranking among America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics. The distinction is the only award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital, including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women. 
Awarded hospitals must provide comprehensive obstetric services and meet criteria for patient satisfaction and surgical excellence based on female needs and preferences.
The Women’s Choice Award is the first national award based on the recommendations and preferences of women.  Hospitals qualify for this highly selective annual list of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics based on a proprietary scoring process that incorporates a national, standardized survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as an analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women for patient satisfaction.            
            “We provide women seeking peace of mind for their obstetric care with a trusted third party endorsement based on hospital experiences reported by women in their community.  As one of the America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics, The Bellevue Hospital meets the toughest standards of excellence set by women,” states Delia Passi, CEO and founder of Women Certified, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. “New moms have many choices when it comes to obstetrics.  Now they can make informed decisions based on the recommendations of other moms who have experienced that hospital first hand.  Most importantly, when a woman sees the Women’s Choice Award at her local hospital, she’ll know the hospital values her experience as a critical component of care for her and her loved ones.”
            For additional information on The Family Birthing Center at TBH, phone 419.483.4040, Ext. 4683.

PAIN MANAGEMENT CENTER OPENS
 
            The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) welcomed a new service on Jan. 14, when the Pain Management Center opened its doors.
            The Pain Management Center at The Bellevue Hospital is located in Building 1, Suite C, directly behind TBH at 1400 W. Main St. The center will be open Monday through Friday.
            William Hogan Jr., M.D., will see patients on Tuesdays at the Bellevue location. Dr. Hogan is board certified in both pain management and anesthesiology. He received his Medical Degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Jacksonville, FL.
            Patients who suffer from chronic pain, or pain that affects their quality of life and the ability to participate in normal activities can benefit from pain management. The Pain Management Clinic will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders including neck pain, back pain, headaches, arthritis pain in the neck or lower back, nerve damage or muscle spasm pain, chronic pelvic pain, and pain from shingles.
            For appointments, please contact the office staff at the Pain Management Clinic, 419.484.5903.


The Bellevue Hospital (TBH) will welcome new services on Jan. 14, when the Pain Management Center will open its doors.
 
            The Pain Management Center at The Bellevue Hospital will be located in Building 1, Suite C, directly behind TBH at 1400 W. Main St. The center will be open Monday through Friday.
 
            Patients who suffer from chronic pain, or pain that affects their quality of life and the ability to participate in normal activities can benefit from pain management. The Pain Management Clinic will assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many disorders including neck pain, back pain, headaches, arthritis pain in the neck or lower back, nerve damage or muscle spasm pain, chronic pelvic pain, and pain from shingles.
 
            For appointments, please contact the office staff at the Pain Management Clinic, 419.484.5903.

Baby New Year Arrives at The Bellevue Hospital 
A Fremont couple can claim the rights to the first baby of the new year born at The Bellevue Hospital's (TBH) Family Birthing Center. Tiffany and Adam Dible are show with baby Miranda Ann Dible. Presenting the dozens of first baby gifts are, left to right, June Washburn with TBH's Gift Shop; Laurie Williams, RN, BSN, representing TBH's Family Birthing Center staff; and Michael K. Winthrop, President and CEO of TBH.

A “miracle baby” became The Bellevue Hospital’s (TBH) first baby of 2014 when she made her grand entrance on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2014.

Greg Karasik, M.D., delivered Miranda Ann Dible, daughter of Tiffany and Adam Dible, Fremont, at 7:19 p.m. on Jan. 1. Miranda will receive many gifts from local and area businesses in recognition of the happy event.

            “Miranda was a high-risk pregnancy early on,” said Tiffany Dible. The early stages of my pregnancy were not good. We were not sure I would even be able to complete the pregnancy. But she defied the odds. She is our miracle baby!”

            Tiffany’s due date was officially set at Jan. 4, but Miranda had other ideas and made her entrance about a day after her mom started having contractions. She was 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 1Ž2 inches in length.

http://www.bellevuehospital.com/Template/2014/GirlScouts.jpghospital.com/Template/2014/GirlScouts.jpgs">Maternal grandparents are Cathy Bennett, Clyde, and Michael Bennett, Fremont. Paternal grandfather is Richard D. Dahms, Fremont. Maternal great-grandparents are Henry Einsel and Mary Halbisen-Einsel, Fremont.

In recognition of being the first baby born at The Bellevue Hospital in 2014, the family will receive $200 from the hospital, free fitness classes for mom from TBH and instructor Ashley Tyler, free yoga classes for mom compliments of TBH and instructor Karen Branco, and gifts from the hospital Gift Shop.

Miranda also received various gifts from local merchants, including Russell’s Flowers, Garden Center & Gifts, Hogue’s IGA, Bassett’s Market, CVS, ACE Hardware, Dendinger’s, First National Bank, and Woodard Photographic.


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


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