BHS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DATES FOR AGE 65+ AND OLDER ADULTS ELIGIBLE FOR FIRST DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE

BELOIT, WI. (February 25, 2021) —Beloit Health System (BHS) continues to provide the COVID-19 Vaccine to adults over the age of 65. Please be aware the vaccine will be provided by appointment only. The vaccine is free of charge.

First Dose Vaccines for Ages 65+ will be offered on the following dates:
March 2 3:00pm – 6:00pm First Dose 65+
March 4 7:00am – 5:00pm – First Dose 65+
March 5 12:00pm – 5:00pm – First Dose 65+
Additional vaccine clinic dates will be announced soon.
Location: Beloit Memorial Hospital, Auditorium

If you are an established patient at BHS, you are encouraged to use the MyHealth patient portal at beloithealthsystem.org/myhealth. You may also call our dedicated vaccine phone line at 608-364-5663 to make your appointment.

As the State of Wisconsin and BHS expand the vaccination process, please continue to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands frequently and avoid group gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

About Beloit Health System
Beloit Health System is an independent community health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities we serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity and patient satisfaction.

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For more information, please visit www.beloithealthsystem.org
Megan Goggin, Manager of Marketing and Community Relations at email

mgoggin@beloithealthsystem.org

Savant Advisor Ranked on Forbes’ Best-in-State Wealth Advisors List

Jakob Loescher named No. 43 in Illinois

ROCKFORD, Ill. (Feb. 22, 2021) – Financial Advisor Jakob Loescher with Savant Wealth Management, a nationally recognized, fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, landed on Forbes’ 2021 Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list. Loescher is ranked No. 43 out of 118 Illinois-based wealth management advisors.

Loescher has been involved in the financial services industry since 2007. He is a financial advisor and employee-member of Savant; a member of its Advisory Council, an internal panel that provides input on ways to improve the client experience; and is a Team Leader of six other advisors who together serve more than 900 clients with a combined $1 billion in assets.

“I am honored to be ranked among the top financial advisors in Illinois,” said Loescher. “Through some of my own personal life experiences, I have come to understand that the one thing that matters most is the relationships we build. To that end, I deeply care about the future of each family I work with and I consider it a privilege to work as a servant leader for Savant’s clients.”

The Best-In-State Wealth Advisors list includes more than 5,000 advisors who have been ranked in their respective states by SHOOK Research. To be considered, advisors must have a minimum of seven years of experience; other factors like revenue trends, assets under management, compliance records, industry experience, and their approach to working with clients were also considered. Neither Forbes nor SHOOK received a fee in exchange for rankings. To view the complete list of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, click here.

Loescher also has previously been ranked by Forbes. For three straight years he was named one of America’s top millennial advisors.

For more information about Savant Wealth Management, visit savantwealth.com.

About Savant Wealth Management

Savant Wealth Management, formerly known as Savant Capital Management, is a leading independent, fee-only firm serving clients for 30 years with more than $9.3 billion in assets under management. Savant Wealth Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan, and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is headquartered in Rockford, IL, with locations in Bloomington, Chicago, Downers Grove, Freeport, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnshire, Naperville, Peoria, St. Charles, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; Madison and Park Falls, WI; and McLean, VA. Please see Important Disclosures at savantwealth.com.

Neither rankings and/or recognitions by unaffiliated rating services, publications, media, or other organizations, nor the achievement of any professional designation, certification, degree, or license, or any amount of prior experience or success, should be construed by a client or prospective client as a guarantee that he/she will experience a certain level of results if Savant is engaged, or continues to be engaged, to provide investment advisory services.

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Savant Adds Julie Pipitone to Rockford Team

ROCKFORD, Ill. (Feb. 18, 2021) – Savant Wealth Management, a nationally recognized, fee-only wealth management firm headquartered in Rockford, is pleased to announce that Julie Pipitone joined its team as director of talent.

In her role, Pipitone will be responsible for all aspects of talent management including staff recruitment and employee engagement. Prior to Savant, she worked in the human resources department at locally owned and global manufacturing companies. Pipitone has the Senior Professional in Human Resource and Senior Certified Professional certifications. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and certificate in human resources from Cardinal Stritch University.

“We are thrilled to have Julie as a member of Team Savant,” said Katie Calagui, chief people officer at Savant. “Her skillsets and experience will allow us to further our staff recruitment efforts across the country and enhance employee engagement throughout our 18 locations nationwide.”

For more information about Savant Wealth Management, visit savantwealth.com

About Savant Wealth Management

Savant Wealth Management, formerly known as Savant Capital Management, is a leading independent, fee-only firm serving clients for 30 years with more than $9.3 billion in assets under management. Savant Wealth Management offers investment management, financial planning, retirement plan, and family office services to financially established individuals and institutions. Savant also offers corporate accounting, tax preparation, payroll and consulting through its affiliate, Savant Tax & Consulting.

Savant is headquartered in Rockford, IL, with locations in Bloomington, Chicago, Downers Grove, Freeport, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnshire, Naperville, Peoria, St. Charles, Sterling, and Wilmette, IL; Phoenix, AZ; Santa Fe, NM; Madison and Park Falls, WI; and McLean, VA. Please see Important Disclosures at savantwealth.com.

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BELOIT HEALTH SYSTEM EXPANDS VISITOR POLICY EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 16

BELOIT, WI. (February 15, 2021) – Beloit Health System remains here for you during the COVID-19 crisis with an emphasis on providing the very best care for the community. BHS is safe, protected and available for your medical needs. As a result of a sustained downward trend of COVID-19 hospitalization rates, the health system will be expanding our visitor policy.
Beloit Health System continues to update hours of service based on our most important factor, the well-being of our patients and staff.

Effective February 16, 2021:

– One support person per non-COVID inpatient hospitalization is permitted (11am – 8 pm)
– One support person per Emergency Department or Immediate Care visit is permitted
– One support person for patients having ambulatory surgery
– One support person for patients having an outpatient procedure
– One support person per Critical Intensive Care Unit (CICU) hospitalization is permitted per CICU policy

The following visitor policies remain in place:

– Pediatric patients: two visitors per hospitalization
– Pregnant women in labor or newly delivered: one visitor per hospitalization
– Critical Care/End of Life situations: will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Nursing Supervisor/Unit Director/Physician
– Clinic: support person permitted if needed for mobility or cognitive issues

Staff and hospital patients are not permitted to provide oversight to visitors who cannot care for themselves.  Visitors should refrain from bringing any items (e.g. person, food, beverage, flowers, etc.) to a patient, unless medically necessary. All visitors must be screened at the front entrance and pass a health screening process in order to enter the facility.  All visitors and patients will be required to wear a mask.

BHS is taking these actions because the health and safety of you, our patients and care team remain our top priority during this heightened time of COVID-19. Please use video messaging, FaceTime, Skype, and phone calls to visit with your loved ones in the hospital. If you need assistance, please call our main line
at 608-364-5011. Please visit our website for updates and more information.

As public health remains top priority, please continue to :

 Stay home when possible
 Wear a mask or face covering that covers both your nose and mouth
 Practice good hand hygiene, using hand sanitizer or soap and water for at least 20 seconds
 Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet
 Stay home when you feel unwell
 Avoid large gatherings
 Continue to follow Public Health Guidance

About Beloit Health System
Beloit Health System is an independent community health system serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. We offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities we serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity and patient satisfaction.

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If you would like more information about this release, please contact Megan Goggin, Manager of
Marketing and Community Relations at Beloit Health System at 608.363.5714 or email

mgoggin@beloithealthsystem.org

Bruce Gingrich Joins First National Bank and Trust as Vice President Agricultural and Commercial Banking Officer

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce that Bruce Gingrich has joined the bank as Vice President, Agricultural and Commercial Banking Officer.

Gingrich comes to FNBT with more than 30 years of experience in the banking industry, focusing his entire career on assessing and meeting customer needs. In his new role, he will be responsible for providing Sound Advice, enhancing existing customer relationships, managing commercial and agricultural credit portfolios, and developing new banking and loan relationships in the bank’s Rock and Walworth County markets.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gingrich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics and a Master of Business Administration degree with focus on executive management and finance. He has also completed several commercial banking courses and previously held Series 7, 63, and 24 securities licenses.

Gingrich resides in Lake Geneva with his wife Katie. Together they have three children, Elle, Hannah, and Jordan, as well as two dogs, Ned and Dixie Grace. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and boating with family and friends, and he is currently learning to play the guitar with his daughter. Gingrich is based at FNBT’s Walworth bank location at 105 State Road 67 in Walworth, Wisconsin.

About First National Bank and Trust:
First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-focused, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust has grown to be a leading financial services institution offering products and services for consumers and businesses, as well as trust, retirement services, investment management, brokerage and insurance. We now serve nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.4 billion. We treat our customers, employees, shareholders and communities like family, with a goal of helping all our families succeed. Providing Sound Advice and delivering an exceptional experience has positioned First National Bank and Trust as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit www.bankatfirstnational.com.

First National Bank and Trust: “Give us a try. We’ll treat you like family.”

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Lights, Camera, Save! Teen Video Contest Underway at FNBT

Winner eligible for a $5,000 grand prize from American Bankers Association

Beloit, WI – First National Bank and Trust Company (FNBT) is accepting submissions for its Lights, Camera, Save! video contest. The contest, organized by the American Bankers Association Foundation, is a national competition that encourages teens to use video to communicate the value of sound money management and set their peers on a sound financial path.

“Lights, Camera, Save! gives students in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois an opportunity to harness their creativity, learn about using money wisely and communicate those lessons with their peers,” said Theresa Wendhausen, Vice President, Branding & Communications Manager at FNBT. “A strong financial education is critical to a successful future and we are thrilled to participate in a contest that reinforces that message.”

To participate, students (ages 13-18) must create a video, 30-seconds or less, on saving and using money wisely and submit a link to the video along with a completed entry form to the bank by March 1. The contest is open to filmmakers of all experience levels.

FNBT will host the first round of judging and select a winner to compete on the national level for several cash prizes, including $5,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for the third and fourth place. For the first time in Lights, Camera, Save! history, national contestants will go head to head in a bracket-style tournament on ABA’s Instagram page.

Videos will be judged on quality, message, content and criteria set forth by the contest’s official rules. To learn more about Lights, Camera, Save!, visit www.bankatfirstnational.com/lightscamerasave.

About First National Bank and Trust:
First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-focused, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust has grown to be a leading financial services institution offering products and services for consumers and businesses, as well as trust, retirement services, investment management, brokerage and insurance. We now serve nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.4 billion. We treat our customers, employees, shareholders and communities like family, with a goal of helping all our families succeed. Providing Sound Advice and delivering an exceptional experience has positioned First National Bank and Trust as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit www.bankatfirstnational.com.

First National Bank and Trust: “Give us a try. We’ll treat you like family.”

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FNBT Announces Plans to Expand Janesville Market: Loan Production Office to Open in Spring 2021

Beloit, WI, February 2, 2021 – First National Bank and Trust (FNBT) is pleased to announce plans to open a new Loan Production Office (LPO) in Janesville, Wisconsin in the spring of 2021. The new office, located at 101 East Milwaukee Street, Suite 203, will be led by Senior Vice President (SVP) and Commercial Banking Manager, Scott Bordwell, a seasoned banker with a broad background of commercial and business banking experience in the Janesville market who joined the bank in January 2020.

 

The LPO will offer a suite of competitive business lending services. Joining Bordwell at the new LPO will be Aron Bussan, Vice President Commercial Loan Officer and Stephanie Lawton, Vice President Small Business Portfolio Manager. Additionally, Dave Marshick, SVP Commercial Banking Manager who leads the commercial banking team in Beloit, and Brian Anderson, Vice President Commercial Loan Officer, will continue to be based in Beloit, but available for client appointments in Janesville.

 

“This investment into the downtown Janesville area will further strengthen our ability to support our customer and community families,” said David McCoy, President and Chief Executive Officer of FNBT. “As a truly local bank focused on family businesses, we want to help the commercial and small businesses thrive.”

 

“We are very excited to open this Loan Production Office in Janesville,” said Don O’Day, Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer. “Scott, Dave, Aron, Brian and Stephanie all have roots in this city and are active in community affairs. We are confident in their ability to reinforce our commitment to the Janesville area.”

 

FNBT’s new LPO will be open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm by appointment with a focus on lending activities. Clients will be welcome to meet with bankers to discuss deposit products and loan options, or meet with Wealth Management professionals by appointment. Deposits will continue to be accepted through online and mobile deposit services, at FNBT’s full service branch located at 2636 S US Highway 51 in Janesville or any of the bank’s 16 convenient locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois.

 

About First National Bank and Trust:

First National Bank and Trust Company is a family-focused, community bank headquartered in Beloit, Wisconsin. Chartered in 1882, First National Bank and Trust has grown to be a leading financial services institution offering products and services for consumers and businesses, as well as trust, retirement services, investment management, brokerage and insurance. We now serve nearly 30,000 households in 13 communities and 16 locations in Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois with assets of approximately $1.4 billion. We treat our customers, employees, shareholders and communities like family, with a goal of helping all our families succeed. Providing Sound Advice and delivering an exceptional experience has positioned First National Bank and Trust as a Stateline leader in the industry. For additional information, visit www.bankatfirstnational.com.

First National Bank and Trust: “Give us a try. We’ll treat you like family.”

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Celebrating Excellence – the 2021 Chamber Awards

Our 2021 Chamber Awards recipients are just a few examples of the excellence in our community. It’s our honor to present these awards each year. Although this year’s event was very different from previous years, it was still great to be able to recognize everyone. Shoutout to our Presenting Sponsor, RyCOM Creative for helping make it all happen.

We have the full recording of the awards webinar on our facebook page for your enjoyment. We think George Pleshkewych did a fantastic job keeping us entertained. Thank you, George!

Congratulations to our Winners:

New Business of the Year: DeeDee’s Main Street Coffee & Decor

Small Business of the Year: Jessica’s Restaurant

Large Business of the Year: Forest City Gear

Pride of the Stateline: Goldie B. Floberg Center

Community Service: Lifestyle Chiropractic

Ambassador of the Year: Johnna Held

Chamber Chamber: Ryan Rydell

Cyndy Fogerty Lifetime Achievement: Dale Adams

 

Reich Chiropractic Ribbon Cutting

On Saturday, February 6th Reich Chiropractic Clinic held their Grand Reopening and it was our pleasure to be there for a ribbon cutting. Clients, friends, family, well-wishers, and Dr. Jillian’s rugby team all turned up to show support for this legacy business.

Dr. Jillian is a 3rd generation Chiropractor in her family. The current office was once operated by her father, and her grandfather before him. Infact, this year they are celebrating their 70th year in 2021.

While the office closed for a bit of time, they used that opportunity for remodeling. If you stop by, you will find a welcoming waiting area, two adjustment rooms, and a DMT (Deep Massage Therapy) room. They are even equipped with a table specially designed to provide care to pregnant women. Dr. Jillian has also added a touching tribute to her Grandfather and Father in the hallway on your way to your treatment.

Congratulations Reich Chiropractic Clinic and Dr. Jillian. We look forward to watching your continued success in the Stateline area.

Click here to watch a recording of the Ribbon Cutting

BELOIT HEALTH SYSTEM VACCINATES OVER 900 AGES 65+ THIS PAST WEEKEND, 5,000 TO DATE

BELOIT, WI. (February 1, 2021) — Beloit Health System performed nearly 900 vaccinations to community members in the age 65+ category this past weekend, despite the challenges in the winter weather. “The BHS Team ensured that every individual who was scheduled to receive their vaccination over the weekend was taken care of. Everything went extremely smooth,” commented Sharon Cox, DNP, MSN, RN, Vice-President/CNO. BHS is most appreciative of the City of Beloit Fire Department and other volunteers that helped. Feedback related to the efficiency and organization of the process continues to be extremely positive. Since the State has deemed ages 65 and up as an eligible group, BHS has performed close to 2,500 vaccines for this vulnerable population.

“From the beginning of the COVID crisis, the Health System has been proud and humbled to take care of our Community. We have provided care for over 400 inpatients, testing for 25,000 Community members and close to 5,000 vaccinations since we started providing vaccine in late December,” stated Tim McKevett, President/CEO.

Following State guidance, BHS will continue to host additional vaccine clinics for the general public.
The vaccine clinic is by appointment only and is free of charge.

Vaccines will be offered on the following dates:
Wednesday, February 3
7:00am – 2:30pm
Wednesday, February 10
6:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday, February 13
7:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Beloit Memorial Hospital, Auditorium

To schedule an appointment, please use the MyHealth patient portal at beloithealthsystem.org/myhealth. You may also call our dedicated vaccine phone line at 608-364-5663.

BHS will continue to perform vaccination clinics as COVID-19 vaccine supply becomes available from the State. BHS remains dedicated to taking care of the Community.

As the State of Wisconsin and BHS expand the vaccination process, please continue to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands frequently and avoid group gatherings to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

About Beloit Health System
Beloit Health System is an independent community health system serving northern Illinois and southern
Wisconsin. We offer world-class facilities and services to improve the overall health of the communities
we serve with cornerstones for quality, engagement, integrity and patient satisfaction.

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