Beloit Regional Hospice Awarded $1,500 from MetroPower, Inc.

MetroPower, Inc. Awards $1500 to Beloit Regional Hospice’s Grief Support Program Just in Time for the New Year!

 

Beloit, Wisconsin:  Beloit Regional Hospice was delighted to learn that MetroPower, Inc. had awarded $1500 to their grief support program.  All services of the Beloit Regional Hospice Grief Support Program are available free to anyone in the community who has experienced a loss.

 

The Beloit Regional Hospice Grief Support Program includes grief support groups, seven of which are available throughout 2017.  Meeting with other people who are experiencing similar circumstances provides encouragement and support.  Coping skills and various aspects of the grieving process will be discussed.  The program also offers bereavement mailings, sent for comfort and inspiration, for a better understanding of the grieving process and to help obtain new coping skills.  For further information or to register for a group, please call (608) 363-7421 and ask for Nicole Morgan, Grief Program Coordinator.

 

This program also offers support to youth in the area who have suffered a loss through death with the Kids, Teens, N’ Grief Program that was launched in 2006, and expanded upon the formal BRH grief support program that has been in place since 1985.  Grants such as this enable the provision of these services free of charge.

 

The Kids, Teens N’ Grief Program is hosting groups in eight different schools in the area in January 2017 alone.  Please contact your child’s school or BRH directly for more information.

 

The goal of MetroPower, Inc.’s grant program is to support 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in communities where their employees live and work.

 

Beloit Regional Hospice, now a proud partner of Beloit Health System, has been a leader in quality and compassion to all those who need their care for almost 35 years.  Through teamwork they advocate for appropriate care while respecting the right of patients to choose their journey, and above all hope is always embraced at the end of life.  The non-profit organization’s mission is, “To help make each moment of  life as full and comfortable as possible,” for seriously ill individuals and families in the counties of Boone, Green, McHenry, Rock, Stephenson, Walworth and Winnebago. You can visit their website at www.beloitregionalhospice.com.  Become a BRH fan on Facebook or receive their newsletter electronically by emailing adutter@beloitregionalhospice.com.

Beloit Health System Earns The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval

Beloit Health System has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval® and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations.

 

Beloit Health System underwent a rigorous onsite review in October. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

 

“Beloit Health System is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,” said Brenda Williams, Stroke Center Coordinator. “The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further.”

 

Beloit Health System was first certified as a Primary Stroke Center in 2014.

 

“Beloit Health System has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission. “We commend Beloit Health System for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community.”

 

Established in 2003, Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is awarded for a two-year period to Joint Commission-accredited acute care hospitals. The certification was derived from the Brain Attack Coalition’s “Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (JAMA, 2000) and the “Revised and Updated Recommendations for the Establishment of Primary Stroke Centers” (Stroke, 2011).

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Overtime Rule Injuction – Update

UPDATE: 01/05/2017 –  On Tuesday, a federal court in Texas denied a request to delay further proceedings in a case challenging the U.S. Labor Department’s overtime rule. Late last year Judge Amos Mazzant suggested that eventually he would issue a permanent injunction blocking the rule. With Congress unable to fight the rule via Congressional Review Act legislation (the final regulations came to early and the window has shut), the incoming Trump Administration will need to take steps to repeal it by issuing new regulations.

So – for now, the temporary injuction remains, and the OT rule is NOT in effect. We still await a permanent ruling.

 

Small business owners were expecting some changes to take effect on December 1st when they were supposed to implement a regulation that would extend overtime eligibility to salaried employees that make less than $47,476 per year. A Texas Federal Judge granted a preliminary injection that puts the whole deal on hold.

Here in the Stateline Area, we have a lot of small businesses that would be affected by the ruling, many of which stand against it, hoping for less government regulation, not more. On the other side of the coin, there are plenty of local workers that were looking forward to a change they felt was long overdue. The Stateline Chamber has not lobbied for or against the regulation, but the US Chamber of Commerce is clearly against it.

This injunction means that we will have to wait until the New Year to see if this regulation will hold, or if the US Chamber of Commerce will get its wish, and the entire thing is flipped when the White House receives its new resident, President-Elect Trump.

After announcement of the ruling, the U.S.Chamber of Commerce was jubilant. “We are very pleased that the court agreed with our arguments,” said Randy Johnson, the Chamber’s senior vice president of labor, immigration and employee benefits. The rule, he said, “would have caused many disruptions in how work gets done” and “reduced workplace flexibility, remote electronic access to work, and opportunities for career advancement.”

Ross Eisenbrey, VP of the Economic Policy Institute, who helped the Labor Dept. develop the regulation, called the ruling “a disappointment to millions of workers who are forced to work long hours with no extra compensation” and ” a blow to those Americans who care deeply about raising wages and lessening inequality.”

I’m not here to state whether or not this rule is a good idea, or if the Texas Court was right in its temporary injunction. I do, however, want to make sure that our members are up to date. So, here is what we know:

Current impact of the injunction

  • Any employer who has not yet put into effect their plans to comply with the new regulation does not have to—the reason for those plans has been blocked.
  • If employers have put compliance plans into place, they will have to decide what they want to do, but the only obligation is to comply with the previous salary threshold of $23,660/year, $455/week. 
  • Until we hear otherwise, employers will not have to comply with the DOL’s regulation.

The injunction is not permanent

The court’s action is a preliminary injunction, which means it could be lifted at a later date.   The Department of Labor has also indicated their intent to appeal the decision.  However, the timeline of their appeal is unclear and it’s uncertain whether they will be able to act before the Trump administration takes office on January 20th.

When will we hear more?

Congress is weighing its options.  However, to be successful in repealing the regulation, any congressional action must be signed by the president.  Therefore, it is unlikely Congress will act before President-elect Trump is sworn in on January 20th.  So, we can expect some considerable delay here.

So – not a ton happening right now, just some more waiting in wonder. This does seem like a win for those that stand against the regulation, but we will probably have to wait at least another month to see if it will stick.

Goldie B. Floberg Center Micro-Business Receives Grant

Goldie B. Floberg Center Micro-Business receives $3,000 U.S. Bank Foundation Grant

Rockton, IL (December 2, 2016) – Goldie B. Floberg Center received a grant of $3,000 from U.S. Bank Foundation to help fund the expansion of a community partnership Vending program. The program works to provide job skills development and job placement for adults with developmental disabilities.

The goal of Goldie B. Floberg employment services is to help every person served who wants employment to find and keep community job placement which they find meaningful. The community partnership program creates small business endeavors which allow individuals to choose their own employment path, and become involved in various aspects of running a small business. The program works to provide job skills training and employment to adults age 18 to 22, not yet eligible for Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Individual Placement and Support funds, and transition to IDHS community integrated employment upon eligibility.
U.S. Bank Foundation granted $3,000 to fund the Goldie B. Floberg vending micro-business as it expands service through community partnership contracts. These seed funds will help to purchase, register, and maintain equipment. By year two, the annual program budget, including wages paid to client staff, will be sustained by the business itself.

Goldie B. Floberg Center –  In 2018, Goldie B. Floberg Center will celebrate 100 years of helping underserved children and families in the Northern Illinois community. Today, Goldie B. Floberg Center delivers the Mission “to empower and enrich the lives of all people served” to children and adults with developmental disabilities. Through programs such as small group community living services, employment services, and adult learning services, Goldie B. Floberg Center partners with the people served, their families and the community to help individuals with disabilities become fully actualized citizens and members of their community.

Lisa Carter Joins Blackhawk Bank’s Business Division

Lisa M. Carter has joined the Blackhawk Bank’s business division as an Assistant Vice President.

Lisa is a skilled banker with 15 years’ experience in Commercial and Small Business Lending, Cash Management, Private Banking, Wealth Management, Retirement Planning and Insurance.  In addition to working on behalf of privately owned companies, she has also worked closely with school districts and municipalities.  Said president & COO Dave Adkins, “Adding Lisa to our team is a win for everyone.  She has an excellent reputation for responsiveness and doing what’s right for the client.  She fits perfectly into our customer-first banking values and practices, has lived here all her life, understands the opportunities in our region and is well connected within our marketplace. She will be a valued team-member for her clients.”

Lisa’s office is located at 400 Broad Street, Beloit.  She can be reached by calling 608.299.3421 at ext. 4221, or emailing lcarter@blackhawkbank.com.

Lisa is a member of the Rockford Network of Professional Women, WOTM, Rockford and Beloit Chambers of Commerce; she previously served on the governing board for the Athena Powerlink Program and was the Chair for Women’s Business Council / Rockford Chamber of Commerce.  She has also served on the committee for Motherhouse Crisis Nursery and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

Established in 1881, Blackhawk Bank has served individuals, families and business owners for 135 years. The Bank operates seven full service banking centers in Rockford, Belvidere, Machesney Park and Roscoe, Illinois and in Beloit, Wisconsin.  In addition, the Bank operates a Mortgage and Commercial Loan Center in Janesville Wisconsin, and a Mortgage Processing Center in Rockford, Illinois. Complete information about Blackhawk Bank can be found at www.blackhawkbank.com.

SwedishAmerican’s Puttin’ on the Glitz Fashion Show Raises More Than $50,000 for Oncology Patients and Families

SwedishAmerican’s Puttin’ on the Glitz Fashion Show Raises More Than $50,000 for Oncology Patients and Families

 

The 19th annual Puttin’ on the Glitz fashion show was a sell-out once again this year. More than 500 supporters attended this year’s event on November 11 at Giovanni’s, raising more than $50,000. Proceeds of the event benefit SwedishAmerican’s BetterLife Wellness cancer resource services.

More than 25 local television anchors, newspaper reporters, hospital professionals and community officials modeled the latest fashions from Dress Barn and Men’s Warehouse. Additionally, the second annual Commitment to Caring Award was presented to Greg and Kelly Jury for their efforts over the past 30 years to raise more than $1 million to benefit children’s services at SwedishAmerican.

“We are extremely thankful for the support of our community and are pleased to be raising funds for our oncology patients and their families,” says SwedishAmerican Foundation Director Laura Wilkinson. “Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in one way or another and this event was a great way to bring the community together and raise money for a valuable cause.”

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency.

 

About the SwedishAmerican Foundation

Established in 1981, the SwedishAmerican Foundation raises and distributes funds to advance SwedishAmerican and its mission to care for our community. This includes SwedishAmerican Hospital, its clinics and the neighborhood surrounding the hospital. The Foundation also supports local community healthcare organizations that further the mission of SwedishAmerican. An appointed board of directors oversees the assets and activities of this nonprofit, tax-exempt Illinois corporation.

SwedishAmerican Provides $250,000 Gift to University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford

SwedishAmerican Provides $250,000 Gift to University of Illinois

College of Medicine at Rockford

           

The University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is pleased to announce SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, has provided a $250,000 gift to support the College’s M1 expansion project, offering education to first-year medical students in Rockford. When the College was first created in the 1970s, it was decided that education to first year medical students would be delivered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, after which students would go to Rockford to complete the next three years of their medical training. However, beginning in the fall of 2017, first-year University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford students will begin their medical training in Rockford and will be based in the community for the entire duration of their MD training.

“SwedishAmerican is extremely excited to support the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford’s M1 program and welcome 50 to 60 first-year medical students to the Rockford area,” says SwedishAmerican President and CEO Dr. Bill Gorski. “We are extremely fortunate to have an academic medical institution right here in the community and to welcome so many young, aspiring physicians into our community with the goal that upon graduation they will live, work and care for patients in the Rockford area.”

According to a recent study commissioned by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), national demand for physicians continues to grow faster than supply.  The College’s M1 program will enhance the student experience – providing more opportunity for community engagement, increased clinical exposure, more research opportunities, greater student collaboration and interaction and no disruption for students due to relocating form Urbana-Champaign.

“The M1 program at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford is a win-win situation for all parties involved, from our students, faculty and staff to our local businesses, community members and patients,” says Regional Dean Dr. Alex Stagnaro-Green. “We are extremely grateful for SwedishAmerican’s support and look forward to partnering with them on this new program.”

In addition to bringing M1 students to the Rockford area, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford also plans to build a team-based learning classroom, an anatomy and virtual dissection lab, bring in 8-10 new faculty and staff and offer new, streamlined curriculum to its students.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency.

SwedishAmerican President & CEO Announces Retirement

SwedishAmerican President & CEO Announces Retirement

           

Dr. Bill Gorski, who for the past 16 years has been president and CEO of SwedishAmerican, a division of UW Health, will retire from his position effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Michael Born, currently SwedishAmerican’s Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer, will succeed Dr. Gorski as president and CEO.

“Dr. Gorski has been an incredible CEO for SwedishAmerican focusing on quality healthcare, greater access, and community service and need,” says SwedishAmerican Board Chairman Dan Ross. “I have been impressed with Dr. Gorski’s steady demeanor and vast knowledge and understanding of healthcare and its many stakeholders as he has led Swedes to great achievement in a time of dynamic change. In addition, he has built a deep and broad management team who are ready and able to succeed him.”

Dr. Gorski and his wife Sue moved to Rockford in 1977, as he began his residency in family practice at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford. Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Gorski joined the Five Points Family Medicine practice where he served thousands of patients over the next 20 years.

Five Points was one of the original practices that came together to create the SwedishAmerican Medical Group in 1994, and Dr. Gorski was named the Medical Group’s first president, serving in that role from 1994-2001. He later served concurrently as SwedishAmerican’s Chief Medical Officer in 2000 and 2001. He was named CEO in 2001, following Dr. Bob Klint.

“It has been the honor of my professional life to serve as the President and CEO of SwedishAmerican Health System,” Dr. Gorski said. “Together we have built the largest and most preferred health system in our region. Most importantly, we have done so while always remaining true to our mission, vision and values, and in so doing honoring the trust that our patients place in us.”

Under Dr. Gorski’s leadership, SwedishAmerican has achieved numerous awards and recognitions for quality healthcare outcomes, high patient and employee satisfaction, successful physician recruitment and relationships, market leading volumes and preference, and solid financial growth. Major capital expansions and technology investments totaling more than half a billion dollars have been added to the Health System.

On the SwedishAmerican flagship hospital campus in downtown Rockford, a four-story heart hospital opened, modern emergency room expanded, East State Street outpatient concourse and Charles Street lobby were built, renovations in surgery and patient floors completed, and new physician office towers including the Renaissance Pavilion and Ninth Street Center were built and occupied.

The acquisition and renovation of a community hospital medical center in Belvidere with a focus on cost effective ambulatory services, and 24-hour emergency care started serving patients in 2010. The SwedishAmerican Regional Cancer Center opened in 2013 in conjunction with the internationally recognized University of Wisconsin Health and served as a catalyst for SwedishAmerican’s merger with UW Health in 2015. In addition, major outpatient facilities, physician offices, and home health care were provided in communities across Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle Counties.

Dr. Gorski has led SwedishAmerican in mutually beneficial partnerships with local agencies and independent physicians. In the area of mental health, SwedishAmerican and Rosecrance have worked cooperatively to provide behavioral health in our region with SwedishAmerican investing more than $5 million annually in inpatient behavioral health services.

During Dr. Gorski’s tenure, SwedishAmerican continued neighborhood redevelopment through fund raising and project coordination by its Foundation. Twenty-six new homes have been constructed, and another 120 houses and two apartment buildings have been renovated in the hospital neighborhood. This past year, SwedishAmerican and its Foundation rehabbed and opened a Strong Neighborhood House in conjunction with Rockford Police Department and in cooperation with local agencies including the United Way.

A native of Naperville, Dr. Gorski received his bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College in Ohio in 1973, where he was elected to Phi Betta Kappa national honor society and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati.

A frequent public speaker, Dr. Gorski is currently on the Transform Rockford Steering committee, a member of the Board of Alignment Rockford, member of the Rockford Area Economic Development Council, past chairman of the Rockford Health Council, as well as a member of numerous community boards. He has chaired successful local fund raising campaigns for Rockford Public Schools, United Way, and Rock Valley College Foundation.

He and his wife, Sue, have been married 44 years. They have four adult children and three grandchildren with a fourth on the way. They plan to remain in Rockford as Dr. Gorski will provide consulting assistance to incoming President & CEO Dr. Born and the SwedishAmerican and UW Boards on special projects, as well as remain active in the community.

 

About SwedishAmerican

A division of UW Health, SwedishAmerican is dedicated to providing excellence in healthcare and compassionate care to the community. The organization serves residents of 12 counties in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin through a dedicated and caring staff, a major acute care hospital and a free-standing outpatient cancer center in Rockford, a medical center in Belvidere, a network of 30 primary care and multi-specialty clinics and the region’s largest home healthcare agency.

Beloit Regional Hospice Gives Spirit of Caring Award

 

Ribfest Organizers Honored with Spirit of Caring Award at Most Successful Hospice Gala Yet.

 

 Beloit, Wisconsin:  Beloit Regional Hospice’s 12th Annual Doves and Diamonds: Celebrate Hospice Gala continued the event’s long tradition of year-over year growth.  The beautifully renovated Eclipse Center was transformed into a glittering wonderland as the greater Beloit community came together to raise funds for this deserving organization.

“Beloit Regional Hospice has been serving those with a serious illness and their families in this community for nearly 35 years, and that is due to the tremendous support of many individuals and businesses in the Stateline area,” said Director Natasha Weberg.

Beloit Regional Hospice and Beloit Health System staff and volunteers were pleased to present the Spirit of Caring Award to the organizers of another community fundraiser, the Beloit Ribfest, this year.  Ribfest had its seventh annual competition this year which included eighteen teams of cooks, a mouthwatering rib and sauce competition and an estimated nearly 500 attendees.  The event raises money for two organizations in the community, the Beloit Domestic Violence Survivor’s Center and Beloit Regional Hospice.  This year the organizer’s presented each organization with a check for over $7,000.  Therefore, Beloit Regional Hospice chose the organizers of this event for this year’s Spirit of Caring Award.  The organizers included Ribfest founder and master of ceremonies Brian Mark of Brian Mark Funeral Homes, Bill Lock and Jim Agate of the Rock Bar and Grill, Tom Finley of Finley Buick GMC, Bill Flanagan of Beloit College and the Beloit Daily News.

The support of the community in making the event a success is tremendous.  From the many organizations who sponsored the event to the members of the Doves and Diamonds Committee who spent countless hours planning and soliciting silent auction items, the event could not exist without the community.

Beloit Regional Hospice presents the Spirit of Caring Award to a member or members of the community who have dedicated themselves to furthering the hospice philosophy and ensuring that all those facing the end of life in the Stateline area have access to the care they need and deserve.

For almost 35 years Beloit Regional Hospice staff and volunteers have been leaders in quality and compassion who seek to serve all who want and need their care.  The 2016 merger of Beloit Regional Hospice with Beloit Health System allows for more access and a better continuum of care for the Stateline community.  Through teamwork they advocate for appropriate care while respecting the right of patients to choose their journey, and above all hope is always embraced at the end of life.  The non-profit organization’s mission is, “To help make each moment of remaining life as full and comfortable as possible,” for terminally ill individuals and families in the counties of Boone, Green, Rock, Walworth, Stephenson, McHenry and Winnebago. You can visit their website at www.beloitregionalhospice.com.  Become a BRH fan on Facebook or receive their newsletter electronically by emailing adutter@beloitregionalhospice.com.

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Photo Caption:  From left, Adena Dutter, Jim Agate, Bill Flanagan, Bill Lock, Erica Pennington, Matt Finley, Brian Mark and  Natasha Weberg.

Beloit Health System Welcomes Nancy Moe Johnson, PA-C

Beloit Health System welcomes Nancy Moe Johnson, PA-C,  to the Gastroenterology Team, in the Beloit Clinic, under the collaboration of Dr. Tsu-Hon Wang and Dr. John Johanson.

 

Nancy Moe Johnson completed her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nancy has past experience, training and certifications in the role of an EMT and provider of massage. Nancy has worked in Federally Qualified Healthcare Centers with integrated medical and mental health primary care models, serving patients of varying cultural and demographic backgrounds.

 

About Beloit Health System

Beloit Health System is a healthcare organization providing care for the residents of southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Beloit Health System offers residents inpatient and outpatient services including the area’s most innovative heart and vascular program, a Level III Trauma Center, advanced orthopedics, cancer care, and the region’s first comprehensive health and wellness campus at NorthPointe in Roscoe, Illinois. Beloit Health System includes: Beloit Hospital, Beloit/UW Cancer Center, Occupational Health, Sports and Family Medicine, NorthPointe Health and Wellness Campus; the assisted living facilities located at NorthPointe Terrace and Riverside Terrace; Beloit Regional Hospice; and a network of doctors and advanced practice professionals providing care at the Beloit Clinic, Westside Clinic, Clinton Clinic, Darien Clinic and Janesville Clinic. Visit us online at beloithealthsystem.org.