"Shaving Policy" infractions bring in donations
Last year at the suggestion of Lt. Jon Borgman the Sheriff’s Office initiated a No Shave Fundraiser during October and November when officers who sprouted facial hair were fined for violating the “shaving policy”. Money collected from the fines was distributed to worthy local causes.
This year the SO once again launched the fundraising activity allowing others in the office to join the bearded guys with donations of their own.
Over 30 employees took part and to top it off the Bitely Homecoming Parade Committee also donated by awarding the Sheriff’s Office the Judges’ Choice Award in the 2018 Bitely Homecoming Parade.
When all was said and done the initiative garnished $1675.00 which will be distributed to the local Families Against Narcotics (FAN) program and the Kevin and Ashley Kolk family.
The recipients were chosen from suggestions made by the deputies.
Sheriff Bob Mendham: The Kolk Family was chosen due to Ashley’s medical struggles and the desire to help a member of our Law Enforcement family and
FAN, because of the ongoing opioid crisis in our county and the terrific work they do to help those addicted.
Sheriff Mendham expressed his appreciation to all who participated in this worthy program.
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial named a Top Rural Hospital in U.S.
FREMONT– For the third time in four years, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial was named a Top Rural Hospital by The Leapfrog Group in a national ranking that focuses on safety and quality outcomes.
The Leapfrog Top Rural Hospital recognition is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors U.S. hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.
Gerber Memorial was one of 118 U.S. hospitals in 24 states to receive Leapfrog’s Top Hospital recognition, and one of 17 in the Top Rural Hospitals category. In addition to 2018, Gerber Memorial was recognized as a Top Rural Hospital in 2015 and 2016.
“Being recognized as a Top U.S. Rural Hospital for the third time since 2015 is a reflection of our commitment and our culture of excellence. Our hardworking, dedicated staff put the safety and wellbeing of patients and the families we serve front and center every day,” said Randy Kelley, president, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital. “The credit goes to the entire staff at Gerber Memorial, who aim to go above and beyond for our patients from the time a patient walks through our front door to their discharge and follow-up care.”
Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than 6 percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Newaygo County and beyond requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible.”
To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018, announced Tuesday, Dec. 4, is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.
Family Clinic Moves to Multispecialty Clinic
FREMONT–Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital will be moving two of its practices this month.
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial pediatric practice will be moving from the Multispecialty Clinic at 230 W. Oak Street to 204 W. Main Street in Fremont starting on Monday, Dec. 10.
Gerber Memorial Family Medicine-Fremont will relocate from its current home at 204 W. Main Street to the Multispecialty Clinic at 230 W. Oak Street during the move.
Patients at both clinics are being notified by letter of the move.
Betsy Welsh, MD, Julie Norris, MD, and Rebecca Collaer, MD, as well as Sarah Degen, PA-C, will relocate to the new pediatric clinic, which will be called Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Pediatrics and Walk-In Clinic.
“Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s pediatric team is very excited about our move to our new home,” said Welsh.
“Moving to Main Street reflects our commitment to providing exceptional patient care to our families and to our youngest patients. This new space offers spacious exam rooms and natural light so that children can feel more comfortable during their visit.” Gerber Memorial pediatric team’s new home on Main Street is the current location of Gerber Memorial’s Family Clinic and Convenient Care Walk-In Clinic. The walk-in clinic will remain at that location. The clinic serves patients of all ages during its hours - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Gerber Foundation announced that their scholarship applications are now open for students graduating in May 2019 and planning to continue their education.
Scholarships are available for all high school seniors in Newaygo County, including home school students. A separate scholarship is available for students graduating from one of 12 Newaygo County Career Technical Center programs. Students may apply for only one of the available scholarships.
Scholarships are also available for students with a GPA of 2.00-3.70 at Holton HS, Muskegon HS, Muskegon Heights HS, and Ravenna HS in Muskegon County or Hart HS, Pentwater HS, Shelby HS, and Walkerville HS in Oceana County.
The Foundation will award up to $350,000 in scholarships in 2019.
Information about each scholarship can be found on the Foundation’s website at www.gerberfoundation.org. Students may initiate their application athttps://gerberfoundation.smartsimple.com. The deadline for application is February 28, 2019. For questions, please contact the Gerber Foundation at 231.924.3175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.