1 November/December 2009 Tanny Baumann Administrator Dr. Michael Gross Medical Director Jane Gepford, RN Director of Nursing Eileen Rau DHS Board Chairperson Vickie Block Assistant Administrator Lindsey Moore Risk Manager/Human Resources Director Cathy Hackney Social Worker Katherine Hilbrandt Social Worker Amy Bierschbach Admission Coordinator Bruce Ralston Environmental Services Director On Friday, October 30, 2009 Creative Beginnings Childcare paraded throughout the facility dressed in their Halloween costumes. Some of the residents passed out candy. The Halloween Party was October 31, 2009 and staff and residents were dressed in costumes. First, second, and third prizes were awarded to staff for the costume contest. Thanks to all who participated The winners were: 1st Prize The Bridesmaids April L., Anne G., Desiree Y., and Jennifer E. 2nd Prize Shannon F. dressed as a pirate 3rd Prize Cece F. dressed as a football player. Snacks and cider were served and a fun time was had by all! Michele Bonfield Activities Director, Certified Monica Bissett Adult Day Program Director/MCF Admissions Director Aaron Wise IT Administrator Joann Nelson Hair Care Services The costume contest winners!! Pictured left to right: Cece F., Shannon F., April L. and Desiree Y. Thanks for the candy!!
2 Veteran s Day November 11, 2009 Thank you Veterans for your service to this country. 1st Annual Isabella County Memory Walk On September 26, 2009 the 1st Annual Isabella County Memory Walk was held at Island Park in Mt. Pleasant, MI. The facility held a hot dog fundraiser and donated all of the money to the walk. Along with individual donations the facility raised a total of $685.00!!! A group of students from the CMU class of Parent-Child relations created eight totes for the Memory Care Unit. The goal of the totes are to promote interaction and communication. Each tote includes at least four activities and a music CD. Pictured Left to Right: Maureen Harke, Volunteer, Dr. Pam Sarigiani, Ph.D, and Audrey Rock, Student, present the totes to the residents and staff. Family members or caregivers are welcome to contact the Activity Department if you would like to use a tote during your visit with your loved one. Mardi Gras Parade On September 18th there was an outing to the Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Mt. Pleasant. Thank you to Ralph and Linda Ingram for letting us use the beautiful vehicles in the parade! Two residents rode in classic cars during the parade. Thank you to Tonya Bondale and Ralph Ingram for driving the cars. One vehicle displayed a banner for the Isabella County Medical Care Facility, and the other vehicle displayed a banner for the Isabella County Adult Day Program. The outing was lots of fun and the weather was beautiful! Page 2
3 It has been very busy here the past few months with the kitchen project, and with follow up from the annual state survey which was the end of September. In follow up to our corrective action from the annual state survey, we have asked many of you to sign new forms, and we are very grateful to you for your cooperation. We strive to follow all of the laws and rules and we want to honor all of the resident s preferences by having the appropriate person sign the documents. Again, thank you. As you know, the facility is implementing an electronic medical record. This is a big undertaking and is very positive as it allows greater access to the medical record and improved accuracy. You may have noticed the oak cabinets that have been installed in the hallways. A laptop computer is inside the oak cabinets which will be used by the nursing assistant for charting. All of the staff are receiving education for using the computers so they will be very comfortable with the system. A laptop will also be on the medication cart for the licensed staff to use during medication pass. The computers have already been implemented on first floor and everything is going well. Everyone is doing such an excellent job and I am so very proud of their efforts to achieve success in computerized charting within a very short period of time. We are still hoping to achieve our goal of opening our new kitchen in January 2010, but there is a great deal of work to be done in the meantime. We have received most of the large kitchen equipment and we will soon be ordering the smaller items such as plates, cups, silverware, and utensils. The carpeting in the third floor east dining room will be removed and replaced with wood-like appearing flooring. The carpeting has been very difficult to keep clean in that area. The dining rooms will also receive a fresh coat of paint. The landscaping is being completed at this time and it should look beautiful next spring and summer. The Activity Department has some special holiday activities planned as we try to make the holidays very special for our residents, but it is the time spent with family and friends that make the holidays complete and extra special. As we move into the holidays, I would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful, happy holiday season and a happy new year. As always, if you have any comments or concerns, please let me know. Tanny Baumann Administrator (989) November/December 2009 Page 3
4 to the following employees: October Annette S. 10/06 Madisyn B. 10/09 Sondra M. 10/12 Kelly S. 10/14 Susan W. 10/15 Cathy H. 10/16 Nicole S. 10/16 Ryan T. 10/18 Tanny B. 10/19 Betsy G. 10/19 Connie C. 10/22 Cassie K. 10/24 Jane W. 10/25 Angela A. 10/26 November Lindsey M. 11/01 Deb D. 11/02 Chelsea R. 11/05 Marcus B. 11/06 Ramona T. 11/08 Sharon H. 11/12 Justine M. 11/13 Pat S. 11/16 Miranda E. 11/17 Bonnie A. 11/18 Rochelle F. 11/18 Sherri B. 11/25 December Shannon F. 12/06 Morgan B. 12/07 Shelly M. 12/07 Chelsey C. 12/09 Rhonda K. 12/14 Rick A. 12/16 Tonya W. 12/20 Aaron W. 12/21 Jennifer R. 12/22 Cindy L. 12/24 Elisha R. 12/27 Jennifer E. 12/28 Anna G. 12/31 Jamie M. 12/31 Theresa R. 10/04/1982 Brenda B. 10/11/1988 Jennifer E. 10/14/1993 Cathy H. 10/18/1993 April L. 10/23/2002 Amber L. 10/23/2002 Anna G. 10/29/2003 Desiree Y. 10/29/2003 In In In In Memory Memory Memory Memory of.. of.. of.. of.. Happy anniversary to the following employees October October/November Ron D. 10/05/2004 Lenora L. 10/05/2004 Linnie S. 10/02/2005 Monica B. 10/27/2005 Tonya W. 10/17/2006 Danielle J. 10/23/2007 Rick A. 10/07/2008 Amy W. 10/07/2008 Patti B. 10/08/2008 November Tanny B. 11/18/1981 Sharon H. 11/23/1998 Patty V. 11/01/2004 Maria G. 11/16/2005 Kristina G. 11/29/2005 Stacy G. 11/29/2005 Cathy T. 12/26/1979 Tammy S. 12/09/1991 Joan T. 12/07/1992 Cindy L. 12/28/1998 Julie D. 12/02/2002 Rhonda L. 12/02/2002 Ashley D. 12/18/2007 Jessica T. 12/18/2007 Donations and Memorials Thank you December Andrea V. 12/01/2008 Susan W. 12/09/2008 Natasha S. 12/15/2008 Matt S. 12/29/2008 for remembering the Medical Care Facility and the Adult Day Program to continue funding the future needs of the residents. Page 4
5 The 18th Annual Western Day Facility Wide Picnic was held August 13, Western Day was a huge success and lots of fun for everyone! The day couldn't have been more perfect with the sunny, warm, weather, smell of hot dogs on the grill, and everyone s smiling faces! A big thank you to Michele Bonfield, Activity Director, for coordinating the perfect day! A big thank you to Betty Clark for providing the face painting and the Harmony Band for providing the musical entertainment. Barb S., MCF RN, winner of the quilt. A special thank you to our residents, the Activity Department, the Maintenance Department, the numerous volunteers, caring staff, visitors, guests, and the Medical Care Facility Auxiliary. The day wouldn t have been complete without you! MCF Nursing Staff Management Team Face painting is fun!!! Michele Bonfield, Activity Director, announces prize winners! MCF Auxiliary who donated the beautiful handmade quilt. Please welcome Sara Easlick, Registered Dietician, as our new Director of Nutritional Services. Sarah joins us at ICMCF with a wide variety of management and clinical experiences. She was most recently the Clinical Nutrition Manager at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint and the Regional Clinical Nutrition Manager with Morrison. Prior to that, she was the Food Service Manager in a Long Term Care facility, a Regional Restaurant Manager and a clinical dietitian in a large CCRC facility. Sarah has her Bachelor of Science degree in dietetics from Central Michigan University and completed her dietetic internship through Central Michigan University. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Nutrition.