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JOHN E. FORTUNA


John E. Fortuna, II age 73 of Belmont, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. John was born January 20, 1941 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of John and Nina (Griffin) Fortuna. He worked in Tool & Die and served an apprenticeship at Lear Siegler and then worked at Knape & Vogt, Auto Die and retired from General Motors on 36th St. in 2006 after 25 years. Surviving are his wife, Sally (Morris); children, John E. III and Jeannie, Jerry, Cindy (Fortuna) and Doug Ellinger; grandchildren, Lindsey and Griffin Fortuna, Riley, Ashton, and Triston Cherry; 1 step granddaughter, Megan Ellinger; mother, Nina Fortuna; sister, Joan and Bill Goss. He was preceded in death by his son Rick in 1991 and his father in 1997. The family received friends Tuesday, April 8 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services were held Wednesday, April 9. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice and Pallative Care, 4500 Breton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

 

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Give back by volunteering for hospice care


Free training program here in January and February

By Judy Reed

 

N-HospiceWould you like to make a big difference in someone’s life? Would you like to serve those in your own community? You can—and it doesn’t have to be more than one or two hours a week. But those two hours could mean a great deal to both families and individuals facing an end of life.

Spectrum Health Hospice will offer a five-week volunteer training session at Cedar Springs United Methodist Church beginning January 22. There will be five sessions, of three hours each—January 22, 29, February 5, 12 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Yvonne Elliot, Volunteer Coordinator for Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care, said they are continuing to see a rapid growth in support needed for patients and families on the north end of Kent County and beyond into Montcalm County. “As we provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to these patients through our paid staff, we see a great need for additional volunteers to ensure that all our patients are offered the same level of support regardless of their location,” she explained. “Therefore we are taking our volunteer training on the road to the Cedar Springs area to encourage volunteers to join our program that are interested and willing to support patients and families in that geographic area.”

Volunteers play a vital role in supporting the patient by providing relief for the caregiver, friendly visits for the patient, music (both vocalists and instrumentalists needed), life story review, visiting dogs, haircuts, massage therapy and much more.

Local volunteer Betty Patterson, 80, of Sparta, gets great enjoyment from giving back to the people and families she visits. “I get more back than I give,” remarked Betty. “They are nice people who welcome you into their homes and lives. They are people in a hard place.”

Betty has been working with Spectrum Hospice for six years. During that time, she’s done a variety of things with the patients and families, depending on what they need. “I baked cupcakes with a lady who could barely hold a spoon,” she recalled. “I put the bowl in her lap and helped her stir.” Betty explained that she put chocolate frosting on the woman’s fingers when it was time to frost the cupcakes. “It was a chocolate mess all over,” she said with a laugh. “We were both covered in chocolate trying to frost those cupcakes. We had fun.”

There was a man that Betty visited who never spoke a word to her, but the family told her that he enjoyed gospel hymns. So she brought a hymnal and sang him songs out of it for an hour each time. She told him that if he ever wanted her to stop, all he had to do was blink his eyes, but he never did.

Another patient of Betty’s was a war bride from Germany. “The woman had a lot of pictures, so we took a trip down the Rhine,” said Betty. “I learned a lot.”

Betty read Winnie the Pooh to one patient. With another, she just held her hand. “In the training you learn how to just be present with somebody,” she explained.

Betty said that sometimes she just relieves a caregiver that needs to sleep, or needs to go out and do some shopping. They have often exhausted family. Other times a patient has no family.

Betty is also an 11th hour volunteer—one who will visit people who are right at the end of life’s journey. And she’s happy to do it. “I’m a good Episcopalian,” she explained. “It’s part of being a Christian—you give back.” She urged anyone thinking about volunteering to give it a shot. “It’s been a wonderful experience for me,” she said.

Yvonne spoke highly of Betty and the other volunteers they have. “We are always amazed at the wonderful community that we live in. It is humbling to see the amount of truly caring people who desire to use their time and talents to support our patients and their families. It is awesome to know that there are people interested in making a difference for people facing end of life. It is a very appreciated and rewarding volunteer opportunity.”

Spectrum Hospice supports patients in a wide geographic area (one hour distance from downtown Grand Rapids). Volunteers select the geographic area that they would like to serve. Additional volunteers are especially needed for the Northern Kent and Montcalm county area.

After completing training, most volunteers donate approximately one hour of their time per week. There are others who choose to donate more as their schedule allows.

If the winter training session will not work with your schedule, contact Yvonne to be placed on a notification list for future volunteer trainings. For more information or application materials please contact Yvonne Elliott at 616-391-4240 or via email Yvonne.elliott@spectrumhealth.org.

 

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2013 Suzanne Christensen Volunteer Award


Pictured from left to right:  Shelly Westbrook, Foundation Director Sadie Springsteen, Volunteer – 2013 Suzanne Christensen Award Recipient  Tina Freese-Decker, President

Pictured from left to right:
Shelly Westbrook, Foundation Director
Sadie Springsteen, Volunteer – 2013 Suzanne Christensen Award Recipient
Tina Freese-Decker, President

Spectrum Health Foundation United & Kelsey Hospitals presented the 2013 Suzanne –Christensen Volunteer Award on Wednesday, November 13.

A volunteer appreciation luncheon was held in honor of the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals volunteers and Kelsey Hospital Guild members. The luncheon was held to thank hospital volunteers and guild members for their kind and caring dedication to Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital’s patients and staff.

The 2013 Suzanne Christensen Volunteer Award was presented at the luncheon. The Suzanne Christensen award is given annually to a recipient who has demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospital community through volunteerism or other significant goodwill. It is with great excitement and honor to announce that Sadie Springsteen was this year’s recipient.

Sadie has been volunteering at United Hospital since July 2012 and supports United Lifestyles and the Foundation. Sadie has exhibited true dedication, enthusiasm and a giving heart. United and Kelsey Hospitals sincerely appreciate the work that Sadie does and congratulate her on this noteworthy honor.

Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals currently has 25 Guild members and 74 active volunteers who serve in 15 departments. The volunteer services program has expanded this year to include volunteer safety assistants and additional greeter positions at United Hospital. At Kelsey Hospital, a new outpatient surgery hostess volunteer is providing a therapeutic distraction to family members who are waiting. The volunteers at the hospitals selflessly give of their time, talents and efforts. The hospitals would like to thank Sadie and the many other devoted volunteers of the hospitals for their spirit of volunteerism and support.

 

 

 

 

 

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Spectrum Health United Hospital named one of Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Great Community Hospitals


Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, Michigan was recently listed as one of Becker’s Hospital Review “100 Great Community Hospitals”.
“We are proud of the efforts of our providers and employees who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Tina Freese-Decker. President, Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals. “We appreciate their hard work and commitment to excellent patient care.”
Becker’s Hospital Review has published its list “100 Great Community Hospitals.” This list recognizes community hospitals dedicated to high-quality care and service to the community. The hospitals have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs, and are often located in rural areas as the only hospitals in their communities. Whether independent or part of a larger health system, the following hospitals have worked to continually provide the quality of care and expeThe Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected community hospitals based on rankings and awards from iVantage Health Analytics, Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters), Healthgrades and The Joint Commission. Nominations for the list were also considered.

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Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center Opens


Public Sneak Peek Scheduled for Saturday, June 2

 

On Tuesday, May 8, the Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center officially opened its doors to existing and new patients.

In this completely renovated facility, nationally recognized specialists from West Michigan Heart and the Spectrum Health Medical Group will provide comprehensive heart & vascular services from prevention and diagnosis to treatment.

The United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center is directly connected to the Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids. Patients have the convenience of seeing many of the specialists from the Meijer Heart Center, close to home.

“The opening of the Spectrum Health United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center is extremely exciting,” said Percy Mahar, Chief Clinical Officer for Spectrum Health United Hospital. “Not only does it expand upon current medical services we can provide our patients on site, it is also the first project to be completed as part of the entire United For Health expansion and renovation project.

“This opening is an opportunity to see first-hand how United For Health will allow patients the ability to receive a higher level of coordinated care, here at United Hospital.”

A community sneak peek will be held on Saturday, June 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. In addition to the United Hospital Heart & Vascular Center, attendees will also have the opportunity to view Phase 1 of the new Stanley and Blanche Ash Emergency Department. For additional information on the sneak peek, contact 616.225.6421.

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United Hospital rated in 100 Top Hospitals


An annual study released this week by Thomson Reuters recognized Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville as being among the 100 best hospitals in the country. The designation was based on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability.

Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville was named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®.

United Hospital is the only small community hospital (under 100 beds) to receive this elite honor and recognition within the region. In total, 918 small community hospitals were included with the nationwide survey. Of those surveyed, only 20 were selected as award recipients in this category, of which one is Spectrum Health United Hospital. Additionally, this award places United Hospital in the top 2 percent of approximately 5,500 hospitals in the nation.

This distinction is awarded because of the Thomson Reuters’ annual study that examines changing performance levels in U.S. hospitals and objectively identifies hospitals based on their overall performance.

“It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to excellent quality, safety and patient satisfaction. To be named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation reaffirms our mission and vision to improve the health of the community and be a leader for health,” said Tina Freese-Decker, President, Spectrum Health United Hospital.

“This award is the result of the dedication and teamwork of our medical staff and employees. Their commitment to excellence and compassion shines for every patient, every day.”

The Thomson Reuters study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information – Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

• More than 186,000 additional lives could be saved.

• Approximately 56,000 additional patients could be complication free.

• More than $4.3 billion could be saved.

• The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.

 

 

 

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Perspective series to provide insight into health care experience


First session March 22

 

Be an engaged health care consumer! By taking an active role with the health care team, patients and families can impact the quality of health care experiences, their health status and overall life.

Leading the national trend of engaging patients and families by putting them at the center of care, Spectrum Health announces a new health care education series led by its Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFAC). The Perspectives Series offers participants an opportunity to gain insight into health care from the perspective of current and former patients and families.

The first Perspectives Series session will occur live at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College on March 22, 2012 at 7 p.m.

The event will be broadcast to several locations throughout the region including Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital, Spectrum Health United Hospital, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital and the Widdicomb Building. Preregistration is required. Please call 616.776.9626 or visit http://perspectiveseries.eventbrite.com to register.

 

 

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United Hospital ranked as one of nation’s best


An annual study released last month by Thomas Reuters recognized Spectrum Health Grand Rapids and Spectrum Health United Hospital as being among the 100 best hospitals in the country based on measures of overall organization performance, including patient care, operational efficiency, and financial stability.
Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville was named one of Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®.
United Hospital is the only small community hospital (under 100 beds) to receive this elite honor and recognition within the region.  In total, 924 small community hospitals were included with the nationwide survey. Of those surveyed, only 20 were selected as award recipients in this category, of which one is Spectrum Health United Hospital.
This distinction is awarded because of the Thomson Reuters’ annual study that examines changing performance levels in U.S. hospitals and objectively identifies hospitals based on their overall performance. The winners were announced in the March 28 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.
“It is extremely gratifying to be recognized for our ongoing commitment to superior quality and patient satisfaction at lower costs as compared to the majority of other hospitals in the nation. To be named one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation reaffirms our mission to bring the absolute best medical care possible to the communities we serve,” said Paul Bonis, President, Spectrum Health United Hospital. “This award belongs to our physicians and staff as a result of their dedication and commitment to excellence and compassion for every patient, every day.  I would also like to thank Spectrum Health and our community for their outstanding allegiance and support, without which awards like this would not be possible.”
The Thomson Reuters study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.
To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,914 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information – Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.
If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in these 100 Top Hospitals award winners:
Nearly 116,000 additional patients would survive each year.
More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
Expense per adjusted discharge would drop by $462.
The average patient stay would decrease by half a day.
If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater. For more information, visit www.100tophospitals.com.

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Happy New Year, baby!


Photo courtesy of WOODTV.com. Trevor and Danielle Lowis hold their son, Trenton.

Some proud parents in our area rang in the New Year in a special way last weekend—by having a baby.
Danielle and Trevor Lowis, of Sparta, welcomed the first baby in Kent County at Spectrum Health Butterworth at 12:17 a.m. January 1. Their son, Trenton Austin Lowis weighed in at seven pounds, eight ounces.
Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville proudly announced their first newborn delivery of 2011 was born 26 hours later, on January 2. Nora Mae Johnson was born at 2:57 a.m., Sunday, January 2nd at the Spectrum Health United Hospital Obstetrics Unit.  Her parents, Larissa Mae and Kevin Emil Johnson, reside in Greenville. Nora is the couple’s first child.

Kevin and Larissa Johnson with their daughter, Nora Mae.

Nora was 7 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20-½ inches long. She was delivered by Dr. Kelly Wiersema, MD after a short labor and delivery, totaling four hours from beginning until Nora’s arrival.
The Post congratulates both the Lowis and Johnson families on their special additions!

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