The Rockford-Sparta girls gymnastics

March 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford-Sparta girls gymnastics team reigned supreme as Division 1 state champions after the team performance Friday at Rockford High School. The Rams had a score of 147.975 to finish ahead of Canton (146.225), Grand Ledge (141.75), Howell (140.9), Farmington (139.875), Forest Hills (139.775) and seven other schools. Rockford had three girls that competed in all four events with the bars, vault, balance beam and floor exercise. “We’re extremely strong and deep,” Rockford-Sparta coach Allison Tran said. “That’s where we kind of set ourselves apart from other teams. If we have an injury, like we do, we have to pull up No. 6 and No. 7, but they can still score for us and count. We have multiple people that can compete at this high level.” Madi Myers (37.825), Morgan Korf (37.8) and Nicole Coughlin (36.575) led the scoring for the Rams. “It’s a really strong team, we have a lot of depth,” Korf said. Also competing in other events and scoring for Rockford-Sparta were Ally Case (18.2), Megan DiLeo (17.85), Kaitie Killinger (9.2), Eve Hillman (8.80) Carly Coughlin (8.350) and Danae Loker (8.075).

Oxygen masks for pets donated to Plainfield Department

March 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Plainfield Township Board of Trustees recognized five children from a local family with a Certificate of Appreciation. Athea Deling, Xavier Deling, Xandria Deling, Kipp Deling and Mirage Deling save ten percent of their allowance for donation to a good cause. This year they researched and found many fire departments do not have oxygen masks for pets. The children gave their money to the Plainfield Fire Department for the financial donation to the fire department for the purchase of pet oxygen masks.   By BETH ALTENA A local family may be responsible for saving the life of your cat or dog after a thoughtful and generous donation to the Plainfield Fire Department. According to Kathy Ensley, Administrative Assistant to Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson, five siblings of the Deling family save ten percent of their allowance and each year donate the money to a good cause. The youngsters, Athea, Xavier, Xandria, Kipp and Mirage Deling, were recognized Monday, March 2 at the Plainfield Township Board of Trustees meeting. “They did research and found out many fire departments don’t have oxygen masks for pets,” Ensley said. “I was impressed.” She said the five children came into the department with their allowance money to give to the firefighters to purchase the masks. Firefighters worked with a local veterinary office, who found adapters that work with the human oxygen masks the department uses. Ensley said she sees in reports every year responses to fires in homes where the people are either not home or cannot get their pets out in a fire. Sadly, pets often hide when an incident, such as a fire in a home, frightens them. Chief Petersen said the woman had seen in a newspaper an incident where a dog perished in a home fire and Chief Dave Petersen said the timing of the donation is interesting. “What’s ironic is we were just talking about that,” he stated. “We responded to an assist with Alpine Township Fire Department and they were doing CPR on a dog.” Chief Petersen said the devices aren’t inexpensive at about $70 each and are available through medical supply providers. He said several times each year the township’s fire department responds to home fires where pets are present. Supervisor Jay Spencer praised the family for their kindness […]


March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

UP TO $25,000 TO BE AWARDED IN MAY   ROCKFORD, Mich., March 3, 2015 – The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) is launching a new annual grant to inspire innovation in education in the Rockford community, and will award up to $25,000 in grant funds to one deserving project this spring. Named the Founders’ Grant in honor of the visionary community members who founded the REF in 1991, the grant will award between $10,000 and $25,000 to a program that will support the organization’s mission to enhance educational opportunities in our community. This new grant will be in addition to the nearly $70,000 in grants already awarded this year. The deadline to apply is April 17 and the grant will be awarded in May. “The REF has committed to give $2 million in grants by our 30th anniversary in 2021,” said Beth Dornan, Chairperson of the REF Board of Trustees. “The new, big Founders’ Grant will help us achieve that goal, in addition to inspiring big thinking among our teachers, educators and community members.” The Founders’ Grant is available to public and private schools, teachers, administrators and other nonprofit community organizations and leaders proposing programs that will benefit the Rockford community.   Applications for grants for programs that cost between $10,000 and $25,000 must be submitted to REF by April 17, 2015. An application form and full details are available on the REF website at www.rockfordschools.org/ref. Applications will be reviewed by the REF Board of Trustees and three to five finalists identified and asked to present their programs to the Board in late April and early May. The REF will announce the grant recipient in May. “The Foundation has continued to invest in enriching educational opportunities in our community, including raising the levels of mini grants to $500 and large grants to $5,000 this year,” said Sarah Ginebaugh, REF Trustee and Grant Committee Chair. “By creating the Founders’ Grant, we hope to accelerate innovation and fund exceptional opportunities for learners of all ages in our community.” For more information about the Founders’ Grant or to submit an application please visit the REF website: www.rockfordschools.org/ref or contact REF Executive Director Jill Silverman at 616.863.6317 beginning March 9.  

A Legacy of Faith

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rev. Paula Vander Hoven Interim Pastor, North Kent Presbyterian Church My Grandfather came to this country from Sweden at the turn of the last century. He came because he was the third son in the family and there was no hope that he would ever inherit the family farm or much of anything else for that matter. His mother had died when he was very young, and his father had remarried. Together, his father and his new wife began to fill the farmhouse with more children and the older ones left to make room for the younger ones. Grandpa was a cabinet maker in Sweden and found his way to Grand Rapids in 1903 to the furniture factories here. Grandpa Andy lived through two World Wars and one Great Depression, and he never had much that anybody could see or put their hands on. When he died at the age of 92 his three children shared $500 of what was left of his estate. But he had a deep, abiding faith in God. With his own very skilled hands he worked in the building of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, and worshipped there pretty much every Sunday of his life until they adopted a new Worship Book, and then he stayed away in protest. But he got dressed in his dark blue suit and tie at worship time every Sunday and sat in his own living room with Grandma, reading his Bible. Grandpa Andy got along fairly well in English for most things, though he spoke with a thick accent. But he always prayed in Swedish, and I remember with deep affection his mealtime prayers at the family table. I didn’t understand a word of them, but I loved the lilting sound of his voice and I knew them to be the words of man pouring out his heart to his God. Every Saturday my mother and my brothers and I would go to Grandma and Grandpa’s home on Brown Street to help with grocery shopping and chores. After we had been to the bank, and after the groceries were put away, my brothers and I would squeeze ourselves behind the small gray table in their small gray kitchen for cookies and milk. Grandma […]

Balancing High Tech and High Touch in Hospice Care

March 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Digestible sensors. Fitbits. Telemedicine. Doximity. Electronic aspirin. The pace at which technology is transforming health care is dizzying and attracting big investors. Venture capital firms pump more than $1 billion annually into health care information technology, a number that has more than tripled since 2010. Yet in an age where health care has gone increasingly high tech, hospice and palliative care providers like Hospice of Michigan may be the last great repositories of high touch medicine. Ours is a different business, explains Dr. Michael Paletta, vice president of medical affairs at Hospice of Michigan. We are not radiology, we are not vascular imaging as hospice providers, we do things that are not amenable to scan, image, program or download. So much of our practice is still to sit quietly at the bedside listening to the patients concerns. While so many other disciplines are running headlong into technology, hospice providers still have to be very connected to high touch in this high tech/high touch equation. The question remains: How do you blend the two? It started with the EMR Hospice of Michigan has always been an early adopter of technology. Paletta traces this starting point to the electronic medical record, or EMR, more than a decade ago. From medication history to current test results, the EMR gathers all clinical data and compiles it in an easy-to-access electronic form that all members of a patients care team can access. As time goes on, and more and more organizations are using them, we almost take EMRs for granted, Paletta notes. While their ubiquity is true in the acute-care hospital world, there are still a lot of hospice programs that arent using an EMR. This is an example where we are on the leading edge of an EMR at end-of-life care. Hospice of Michigan pairs its EMR with Allscripts, a suite of health care IT services that allow for scheduling, documentation, billing and other services to create an integrated health care record for each patient. When a patient or family member calls into HOMs round-the-clock telesupport center, a registered nurse can do instant triage with a patients records and help the family through an after-hours medical crisis either by providing a solution over the phone or dispatching a nurse. […]

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