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Spectrum Health United Hospital receives awards 

Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville has received the 2018 America’s Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ and was also named a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

The hospital was recognized with five-star ratings for clinical quality achievements in four categories: Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Treatment of Pneumonia for three years in a row (2016-2018); Treatment of Sepsis for seven years in a row (2012-2018); and Treatment of Respiratory Failure for two years in a row (2017-2018). Patients treated at hospitals receiving a five-star rating have a lower risk of complications during a hospital stay than if they were treated at hospitals receiving a one-star rating in that procedure or condition. 

“We are pleased to be honored by Healthgrades again this year,” said Spectrum Health United Hospital President Andrea Leslie. “We are very proud of our team for their commitment and hard work to ensure quality care and safe outcomes for our patients and their families.”

Healthgrades analyze clinical outcomes (mortality and complications) for each of 34 condition or procedure cohorts. Inclusion criteria for cohort analyses require at least 30 cases across three years of data and at least five cases in the most current year per hospital. As a result, the number of hospitals that qualified and received a rating ranged from a low of 526 rated for bariatric surgery to a high of 4,098 rated for pneumonia. Nearly 5,000 small acute-care hospitals were analyzed for clinical outcomes.

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Excellence in Education Award Winner Teacher Brett Burns


Thanksgiving week, the Michigan Lottery recognized outstanding Cedar Springs Middle School teacher, Brett Burns, who is making a significant impact in the lives of Michigan students. Selected educators will receive: $500 cash prize and $500 grant to the educator’s classroom, school or school district.

In addition, all Excellence in Education award winners will be automatically considered for the Michigan Lottery’s Educator of the Year Award and a grand prize of $10,000. The award looks for Michigan public school employees who represent the very best of the Michigan public school system. Congratulations, Mr. Burns! We are proud that you are a Cedar Springs RED HAWK Teacher!!!

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Trooper receives MADD award

Trooper James Tompkins, pictured left, of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post received the MADD award.

Trooper James Tompkins, pictured left, of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post received the MADD award.

Trooper James Tompkins of the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post received the MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) award for “Outstanding Trooper,” at a ceremony held at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills, on September 23.

MSP Lt. Colonel Richard Arnold, who presented the award to Tpr. Tompkins, remarked that Tpr. Tompkins has a strong passion for taking drunk drivers off the streets, and has led the Lakeview Post in arrests for the past four years. Tpr. Tompkins again led the Lakeview Post with 39 arrests for drunk driving.

According the 2014 MSP Drunk Driving Audit, there were 134 alcohol involved crashes, and 266 OWI arrests, in the three counties that make up the Lakeview Post area—Montcalm, Gratiot, and Ionia.

“Drunk and impaired driving remains a serious threat, and a zero tolerance approach will continue to be taken by Tpr. Tompkins and his colleagues,” commented F/Lt. Kevin Sweeney, Lakeview Post Commander.

MADD is in its 35 year of combating drunk driving, fighting drugged driving, and supporting the victims of these crimes.

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Write Michigan short story contest 

ENT-Write-Michigan-KidsBookSigningThe third annual Write Michigan Short Story Contest, the competition that drew nearly 900 Michigan writers in its second year, is back.

The contest is presented by the Kent District Library, Schuler Books and Music, and Herrick District Library.

Stories can be submitted at www.writemichigan.org through November 30. Writers of all ages can enter, with separate categories for Youth (11 and under), Teens (12-17) and Adults (18 and up). Details include a 3,000-word maximum length; $10 entry fee for ages 18 and above, free for 17 and under; Michigan residents only; all entries must be submitted online. Winners are chosen by public vote for the Readers’ Choice award and by a panel of judges for the Judges’ Choice award. Voters and judges choose winners from the top ten semi-finalists. The top honor in each category receives a $250 cash prize. Winning entries will also be published by Chapbook Press.
“Write Michigan is a wonderful opportunity for authors of all ages to get published,” said Heidi Nagel, Communications Manager at Kent District Library. “The young winners are especially excited to see their stories in print.”

Winners will be honored during an Awards Ceremony taking place on Saturday, March 21 at Schuler Books & Music. Susan Dennard, author of the young adult Something Strange and Deadly series, will present the keynote.

Participating libraries are offering writing workshops for adults, teens and children. Details can be found at www.writemichigan.org/events.html.

For more information, visit www.writemichigan.org.

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High School receives award

Cedar Springs High School recently received their MI HEARTSafe Schools award. Pictured (L to R) is Kyle Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent Administration and School Support Services for Michigan Department of Education; Tracy Zamarron, MSN RN, Supervisor, Community Nursing Education, School Health Advocacy Program and former Cedar Springs School Nurse; Raquel Ahern, RN Spectrum Health, Cedar Springs School Nurse; Ron Behrenwald, Cedar Springs High School Principal; James K Haveman, Director of Michigan Department of Community Health.

Cedar Springs High School recently received their MI HEARTSafe Schools award. Pictured (L to R) is Kyle Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent Administration and School Support Services for Michigan Department of Education; Tracy Zamarron, MSN RN, Supervisor, Community Nursing Education, School Health Advocacy Program and former Cedar Springs School Nurse; Raquel Ahern, RN Spectrum Health, Cedar Springs School Nurse; Ron Behrenwald, Cedar Springs High School Principal; James K Haveman, Director of Michigan Department of Community Health.

Cedar Springs High School is one of 40 schools from the state of Michigan and one of only five in Kent County to receive the new MI HEARTSafe Schools designation, which recognizes schools that are prepared to respond to cardiac emergencies.

The Michigan Departments of Community Health (MDCH), Education (MDE), Michigan Alliance for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death of the Young (MAP-SCDY) and the American Heart Association (AHA) gave out the awards for the first time late last month. Between 1999 and 2009, there were 3,134 young individuals between 1 and 39 years of age who died of sudden cardiac death in Michigan. Of those, 246 were between 5 and 19 years of age.

Governor Rick Snyder, MDCH, MDE, MAP-SCDY, AHA, and many community partners are committed to reducing the number of sudden cardiac death in our youth. The recognition of the first MI HEARTSafe Schools is another forward step in the effort to do so.

Public Act 12 of 2014 requires all schools (grades kindergarten to 12) to have a cardiac emergency response plan in place by July 1, 2014. Michigan schools that already have an existing cardiac emergency response plan and have taken additional steps to be prepared for a cardiac emergency applied for the new MI HEARTSafe Schools designation beginning in November 2013. This designation recognizes those first 40 schools that have taken steps above and beyond to prepare to respond in the event of a cardiac emergency, and is awarded for a period of three years.

In order for a school to receive a MI HEARTSafe designation, it must perform at least one cardiac emergency response drill per year; have a written medical emergency response plan and team; have current CPR/AED certification of at least 10 percent of staff; have accessible, properly maintained and inspected AEDs with signs identifying their location; and ensure pre-participation sports screening of all student athletes using the current physical and history form endorsed by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.

Schools that meet all of the requirements will be able to apply for the MI HEARTSafe School designation each year.

Besides Cedar Springs, the other schools in Kent County that received the award were Innovation Central High School, Kent Career Technical Center, Kent Transition Center, and Kent Vocational Options, all in Grand Rapids.

For more information about the MI HEARTSafe Schools program, visit www.migrc.org/miheartsafe.

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Spectrum Health United Hospital receives award

Formally acknowledged for pollution prevention program


Spectrum Health United Hospital was awarded the 2013 “Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading health care membership community that empowers its members to increase their efficiencies and environmental stewardship while improving patient safety and care. The Award is one of the organization’s Environmental Excellence Awards given each year to honor outstanding environmental achievements in the health care sector.

The Partner for Change Award recognizes health care facilities that continuously improve and expand upon their mercury elimination, waste reduction, recycling and source reduction programs. At a minimum, facilities applying for this Award must be recycling 15 percent of their total waste, have reduced regulated medical waste, are well along the way to mercury elimination, and have developed other successful pollution prevention programs in many different areas.

“This award proves that Spectrum Health United Hospital is committed to eliminating mercury, reducing waste, recycling and preventing pollution, among other environmentally preferable practices,” said Laura Wenger, RN, Executive Director, Practice Greenhealth. “Practice Greenhealth is pleased to recognize them for these efforts.”

As evidenced in a recent Health Care Research Collaborative study, “Can Sustainable Hospitals Help Bend the Health Care Cost Curve?” introducing environmental sustainability measures in hospitals not only results in significant savings, it won’t increase operating costs.  The implications are clear — given the return on investment, all hospitals should adopt and expand their sustainability programs.

“We are proud to positively impact our environment” said Tina Freese-Decker, President, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals. “Our sustainability efforts have enabled United Hospital to be better stewards of our resources, environment and costs, all in an effort to provide better value and high quality care for our patients.”

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards were presented in Boston, MA, at CleanMed, Thr premier national environmental conference for leaders in health care sustainability.

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Airman and crew receive airmanship award

Capt. David Skelonc

A Cedar Springs man and his crewmates were recognized last week by the Eighth Air Force for their handling of an aircraft emergency.

Capt. David Skelonc, of Cedar Springs, and the crew of SLAYR 21, from the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D., were presented with the 2010 Ira C. Eaker Outstanding Airmanship Award during an awards ceremony last Thursday, March 3, in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Air Force said that Capt. Travis Thorpe, Capt. Dustin Faircloth, Capt. Phillip Demeter, Capt. Ian Barta, Capt. David Skelonc, 1st Lt. Corrine Hester and 1st Lt. Alex Brewster demonstrated outstanding airmanship while handling a significant B-52 in flight emergency on Oct. 26, 2010.

The mission occurred while deployed to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, in support of a Pacific Air Forces Command continuous bomber presence mission. On takeoff, just seconds after the aircraft had broken ground, there was a loud bang and a catastrophic failure of one of the aircraft’s engines. An engine failure at this phase of the flight is dangerous because the aircraft is at its heaviest with fuel and ordnance, is low to the ground, and has not yet accelerated to a safe cruising speed. Reacting quickly, according to their training, the crew retracted the gear, kept the flaps extended for additional lift, and started engine inoperative climb procedures to 10,000 feet.

Analyzing the situation, it soon became apparent that there was more trouble than originally thought. An additional engine had failed and the crew found themselves with two engines out on the same wing. The Andersen AFB tower relayed that there were multiple aircraft parts on the runway indicating that the engine had disintegrated. SLAYR 21’s wingman, SLAYR 22, executed a rejoin and noticed that the last one third of one of the engines was missing.

The SLAYR 21 crew then performed multiple controllability checks to determine if the aircraft could be landed. Confirming that landing the aircraft was possible, the crew then finalized coordination on the landing procedures. During the approach, the crew noticed that yet another engine was having problems in that it was unresponsive and stuck at a high-thrust takeoff power setting. The crew discontinued their approach and reentered the holding pattern to evaluate how to deal with this additional problem.

The crew then executed another controllability check to determine how the aircraft would fly with this highly asymmetrical thrust. The crew noted the controllability impacts and conducted crew resource management procedures to mitigate the landing risks and began a 20-mile approach. Noticing severe drift during landing flare that threatened to put the aircraft off of the runway, they quickly shut down the engine stuck at the high power setting. The crew completed a safe landing and stopped straight ahead on the runway, saving the B-52.

The Ira Eaker award was one of two awards given out that evening.

“We are extremely proud to extend our congratulations to all of the winners; as always the competition was tough and truly reflected the outstanding accomplishments of our maintenance professionals and the airmanship of our warriors throughout the ‘Mighty Eighth,’” said Maj. Gen. Floyd Carpenter, Eighth Air Force commander.

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