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Borgess Foundation’s 22nd annual golf outing a rousing success

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KALAMAZOO, MI – The Borgess Foundation thanks the 128 golfers who teed off to fight heart disease at the Foundation’s 22nd annual Borgess Golf for Health on Monday, July 15, 2013.

The annual outing, which was held at the Gull Lake Country Club in Kalamazoo, raised $38,208.  The proceeds from the event will support the Borgess Cardiac Rehabilitation program.

“Borgess has been a regional leader for decades in heart care,” said Tony McDonnell, Chief Development Officer, Borgess Foundation.  “Thanks to everyone – the sponsors, volunteers and golf participants – who came out to help our healers heal friends, family and neighbors who turn to Borgess Cardiac Rehabilitation.  They are highly instrumental in helping us connect and partner with patients and their families in health for their life’s journey.”

A total of 45 sponsors that represent area businesses, organizations and individuals participated in the event, including Elite Sponsor AVB.  Time and talent committed by Borgess volunteers and Gull Lake Country Club staff, along with the sponsorship and donation support, contributed to the success of the event.  NewsChannel 3 anchor Kate Tillotson served as the emcee for this year’s Borgess Golf for Health.  Chris Denick of That’s Where, who survived a severe heart attack while on a golf course and recovered in the Borgess Cardiac Rehabilitation program, was the guest golfer.

Sponsors of the 2013 Borgess Golf for Health included:

Elite Sponsor

  • American Village Builders

Critical Sponsors

  • Crothall Healthcare
  • Neurosurgery of Kalamazoo, P.C.
  • Parker Hannifin
  • Premier Radiology

Care Sponsors

  • Caron Precision, Inc.
  • Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, LLC
  • Lillibridge
  • Mall City Mechanical, Inc.
  • Miller Johnson Attorneys and Counselors
  • Tower Pinkster Titus

Hole in One Sponsor

  • Cole Buick-GMC-Cadillac

50/50 Ball Drop

  • Healthcare Performance Group

Awards Sponsor

  • Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge

Closest to Line Sponsor

  • Huffmaster Companies

Betting Hole Sponsor

  • Lentz USA Service Centers, Inc.

Longest Drive Sponsor

  • Cerner Corp.

Longest Putt Sponsor

  • Knight Watch

Wiffle Ball Sponsor

  • Michigan Blood

Pro Clinics

  • Simplex Grinnell

Closest to Pin Sponsor

  • The Surgical Group of Southwest Michigan

Tee Sponsors

  • Accretive Health
  • Airway Oxygen
  • American Metal Fab, Inc.
  • Burnham & Flower Group
  • Candescent Healing
  • Central Tile & Terrazzo
  • Eckert Wordell, P.C.
  • Grainger
  • Green Bay Packaging
  • Handorn Cabinetry
  • KNI-Southwest Michigan Imaging Center, LLC
  • Lake Michigan Credit Union
  • Laurels of Galesburg
  • MOSS Telecom
  • Drs. Nicoara & Alexandra Oprescu
  • P.K. Contracting, Inc.
  • Priority Health
  • Rathco Safety Supply, Inc.
  • Thomas E. Rossi Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Ryan
  • Trane
  • Trinity Health Group
  • Tuffy Tire & Auto Service
Contest Winners Male Female
Longest Drive Erick Nelson Michelle Braymer
Closest to the Line Greg Dobson Linda Lawton
Closest to the Pin Jeff Swafford Michelle Braymer
Longest Putt Tony Standerfer Erin Moore
Wiffle Balle Challenge Craig DeNooyer Michelle Braymer
50/50 Ball Drop Raffle Rich Felbinger


First Place Team

  • James Babel, MD; Michael Hardiman, MD; Albert Little; Eric Nelson

Second Place Team

  • Jordan Rich; Christopher Ryan; Jason Ryan, MD; Tom Ryan, MD

Random Team Drawing

  • Mike Pratt; Chris Shride; Scott Vanderleek; David Olson

Hospitals Honored for Community Wellness Efforts

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LANSING, MI — The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) today announced the winners of its 2013 Ludwig Community Benefit Award during the MHA Annual Membership Meeting. Honored were programs led by Borgess Health, Kalamazoo; Chelsea Community Hospital; Munson Healthcare, Traverse City; and ProMedica, an Ohio-based health system with Michigan hospitals in Adrian and Tecumseh. The award is named in memory of Patric E. Ludwig, a former MHA president who championed investing in the community’s overall health, and is presented to member organizations integrally involved in collaborative programs to improve the health and well-being of area residents. Each winner will receive $3,000 from the MHA Health Foundation to assist in its health improvement efforts.

Since 1986, Borgess Health in Kalamazoo has provided free diagnostic breast health services to hundreds of uninsured, low-income women. This largely has been made possible by the Borgess Tree of Love campaign, which allows donors to contribute in honor of individuals who are then represented by pink lights on holiday trees at four Borgess facilities. Prospective patients for the Borgess program are identified though the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP); a regional event called Pink Saturdays; and physician referrals. The Borgess Tree of Love program seeks to provide access to high-quality diagnostic services and treatment to as many women as possible by communicating the availability of the program and the importance of breast care health. From January 2011 through January 2013 alone, the program provided 492 women with diagnostic mammography services — four of whom were diagnosed with cancer. The partnership with the BCCCP provides access to an expedited Medicaid application process that allows timely treatment when needed. For more information, contact Lew Tysman, external communications specialist, Borgess Health, at (269) 226-7282.

Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital nurses recognized at recent nursing awards

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Paul Spaude, President & CEO, Borgess Health, Gwendolyn Finney, MS, BSN, RN, CCM, CLCN, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital; Carol Howland, MSN, RN, CNE, BC, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

DOWAGIAC, MI – They are among the superheroes who don’t wear capes.

Gwendolyn Finney, MA, BSN, RN, CCM, CLCN, and Holly McDonald, RN-BC, were recognized at the annual Friends of Borgess Nursing (FOBN) Endowment Fund Awards Dinner Tuesday, May 7, at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University. The dinner celebration saluted the nurses who do heroic deeds every day by honoring recipients of the Rising Star Award, Excellence in Clinical Practice Awards, Nursing Leadership Awards, Sisters of St. Joseph Legacy Award and Friends of Borgess Nursing Certification Grants.

Finney received a 2013 Friends of Borgess Nursing Certification Grant. She joined Borgess-Lee at the age of 16 as a medical secretary and later became a phlebotomist. She is currently the hospital’s Utilization Review Case Management and is experienced in the Occupational (Factory) setting, Lead Nurse/Supervisory in the Clinic setting, and other nursing practices.

Paul Spaude, President & CEO, Borgess Health, Holly McDonald, RN-BC, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital; Carol Howland, MSN, RN, CNE, BC, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

Finney received a dual bachelor’s degree in nursing and community/social services from Siena Heights University, and a MA in Organizational Leadership, also from Siena Heights. She also has completed an Executive Management Certificate Course from the University of Notre Name. Finney is Board Certified for Certified Case Management (CCM), and has also attained Board Certification for Legal Nursing (CLNC).

McDonald is one of three Borgess Health nurses to receive the Excellence in Clinical Practice 1 Award. She joined Borgess-Lee as a floor RN on the Medical Surgical Telemetry unit in March 2010 and is currently a charge nurse. McDonald also serves in a training and “super user” role for the hospital’s electronic medical record system.

In February this year, McDonald attained the Medical Surgical Certification through the American Nursing Credentialing Center. She graduated in December 2009 from Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac.

Photo caption #1 (left to right): Paul Spaude, President & CEO, Borgess Health, Holly McDonald, RN-BC, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital; Carol Howland, MSN, RN, CNE, BC, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

Photo caption #2 (left to right): Paul Spaude, President & CEO, Borgess Health, Gwendolyn Finney, MS, BSN, RN, CCM, CLCN, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital; Carol Howland, MSN, RN, CNE, BC, Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

Borgess recognizes its outstanding nurses

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KALAMAZOO, MI – They are the superheroes who don’t wear capes.

Borgess Health honors its exceptional nurses for 2013 with the Friends of Borgess Nursing (FOBN) Awards.  They will be recognized at the annual FOBN Endowment Fund Awards Dinner at 5 p.m., Tuesday, May 7, at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University.  Since the first awards dinner in 2007, $198,000 has been raised for the endowment fund which has recognized 76 Borgess nurses and community advocates with awards and scholarships.

The dinner celebration will recognize the nurses who do heroic deeds every day by honoring recipients of the Rising Star Award, Excellence in Clinical Practice Awards, Nursing Leadership Awards, Sisters of St. Joseph Legacy Award and Friends of Borgess Nursing Certification grants.  The event will also pay tribute to The Surgical Group of Southwest Michigan, recipient of the 2013 Borgess Lamplighter Award honoring individuals and organizations dedicated to supporting nurses at Borgess.

2013 Borgess Friends of Nursing Award Recipients

Borgess Lamplighter Award

The Surgical Group of Southwest Michigan

Rising Star Award

Tera Cruz, RN

Excellence in Clinical Practice 1 Award

Kathy Coopmans, BSN, RN – Borgess-Pipp Hospital

Holly McDonald, RN-BC – Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

Dorothy Matlock, ADN, RN – Borgess Medical Center

Nursing Leadership Award

Lois Van Donselaar, MSN, RN

Sisters of St. Joseph Legacy Award

Kathy Grueter, MSN, MA, RN

Certification Grants

Amy Bennett, BSN, RN

Judy Cooper, BSN, RN

Paul Hoffman, BSN, RN

Deb Jorae, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Tim Nicaise, BSN, RN

Gwendolyn Finney, MS, BSN, RN, CLCN

Recertification Grant

Linda Brown, MSN, RN, ONC

Scholarly Grant

Paul Hoffman, BSN, RN and Tim Nicaise, BSN, RN

“The Friends of Borgess Nursing Awards Dinner supports nursing education, research and certification that enable our nurses to enhance and redefine their critical role within health care,” said Tony McDonnell, Chief Development Officer, Borgess Foundation.  “Our nominees and recipients are to be congratulated for aspiring to, and achieving, success in their professional and personal endeavors.  They are, indeed, super!”

For information on the Friends of Borgess Nurses or to make a donation, contact the Borgess Foundation at (269) 226.8100 or visit foundation.borgess.com.

Borgess Tree of Love Gives Area Women Lifesaving Gift

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KALAMAZOO, MI – The spirit of giving was truly embraced during the recent holiday season.  Women with low incomes in southwest Michigan are the welcome recipients, thanks to many community donors who support diagnostic mammography services at Borgess Health.

The Borgess Tree of Love 2012 campaign, which is sponsored by the Borgess Foundation, reached more than $71,000.  The fall campaign, which was led by Laurene Mann, MD, Premier Radiologist, Borgess Health Breast Imaging and Intervention, exceeded its campaign goal of $60,000 and was proudly supported by more than 530 area donors.

“One out of every eight women – our mothers, sisters, daughters, coworkers, friends and neighbors – will develop breast cancer during her lifetime,” said Tony McDonnell, chief development officer, Borgess Foundation.  “When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 98 percent.  Yet, one in five women in southwest Michigan cannot afford lifesaving breast cancer detection and diagnostic mammography services.  The Tree of Love campaign helps these women beat the odds.”

Borgess Foundation major sponsors for the campaign included the following organizations and individuals:

Cole Automotive Group; Dr. Richard and Kathy Dirrenberger; Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman PLLC; Stephen E. Jefferson, MD; Joanne and Jack Lawrence; Miller Johnson, Attorneys and Counselors; Caroline S. Novak; Premier Radiology; John Rhoades; The Surgical Group of Southwest Michigan; The Tyler Little Family Foundation; and the William F. Van Domelen Foundation.

Since 1985, $435,000 has been given by donors to support the Borgess Tree of Love campaign so that countless women receive free diagnostic mammography services to identify breast cancer.  The campaign also provides an opportunity for donors to honor employees, colleagues, family and friends.

The Tree of Love campaign continues to welcome donors.  Tax-deductible donations may be made at treeoflove.borgess.com.  Donor forms are also available for mail-in contributions by calling (269) 226.8100.

The Tree of Love campaign also continues to be the beneficiary of other fundraising events.  The next event will take place at CJ’s Pub, located at 1027 Schuster in Kalamazoo.  The establishment will hold its annual breast cancer dart tournament at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.  For information, call (269) 343.4577.

 

Put the Borgess Tree of Love on Your List This Season

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KALAMAZOO, MI — The season of giving is officially here, and the Borgess Tree of Love still seeks gifts of hope and healing. Community donations to this vital fundraising campaign have assisted thousands of area low-income women without health insurance with free mammograms and diagnostic mammography services.

To date, the Borgess Foundation has raised $48,418 toward this year’s goal of $60,000. More than $10,400 was also garnered to benefit the Tree of Love through “The Tribute,” an exclusive, 50s-style party held on November 9 at Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center that featured live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine tasting.

One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 98 percent. However, according to national data, one in five women in southwest Michigan does not have insurance to cover breast cancer detection services like mammography.

“Through the generosity of our community, we hope to see our trees truly shine with thousands of pink lights,” said Tony McDonnell, chief development officer, Borgess Foundation. “Every single donation makes a difference. Your gift could provide a mammogram to an area woman—a relative, a friend, a neighbor—who can’t afford one, and that could save her life.”

Every $8 donation to the Borgess Tree of Love will help a woman receive a mammogram, as well as allow donors to honor or remember someone important in their lives. (Each honoree will be mailed a special acknowledgment card.) Every $80 donation will sponsor a mammogram for a woman and allow donors to honor or remember up to 10 people.

To make a donation today, call The Borgess Foundation at (269) 226.8100 or visit treeoflove.borgess.com.

Four Shining Events

Four separate Tree of Love lighting ceremonies will be held in 2012: Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital (Dowagiac) on November 29 at 5:30 p.m., Borgess-Pipp Hospital (Plainwell) on November 30 at 6 p.m., Borgess Medical Center (Kalamazoo) on December 4 at 6 p.m., and Borgess at Woodbridge Hills-North (Portage) on December 6 at 2:30 p.m.

Capture the Spirit of Giving and Save Lives in Two Ways at Upcoming Blood Drive

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KALAMAZOO, MI – Those looking to capture the true spirit of giving this season should consider donating blood at the one-day drive held at Borgess Medical Center’s Lawrence Education Center on Thursday, December 20, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Giving blood is a fast, virtually painless way to save lives,” said Tony McDonnell, chief development officer, Borgess Foundation. “At our upcoming drive, it’s also a way to help area women receive lifesaving breast cancer detection and diagnostic mammography services. With every donation of blood, Michigan Blood has pledged to donate $10 to the Borgess Tree of Love campaign.”

Borgess Medical Center is sponsoring the drive on behalf of Michigan Blood. More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions every year in the United States and Canada. As the current standard of care, hospitals overwhelmingly choose blood donated by volunteer donors to meet the transfusion needs of their patients.

Funding Better Breast Health
In 1985, the Borgess Service League launched the first Borgess Tree of Love. Community donations to the Tree of Love campaign have assisted thousands of low-income women without health insurance in southwest Michigan.

Along with helping women receive free mammography services at any Borgess facility that offers breast care diagnostics, those who donate to the Tree of Love campaign also have an opportunity to recognize someone important in their lives. Each honoree is represented by a light on a tree and mailed a special acknowledgement card.

Four separate tree lighting ceremonies will be held in 2012: Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital on November 29 at 5:30 p.m., Borgess-Pipp Hospital on November 30 at 6 p.m., Borgess Medical Center on December 4 at 6 p.m., and Borgess at Woodbridge Hills on December 6 at 2:30 p.m.

To make an appointment for the blood drive, call 1.866.MIBLOOD or go to MIBlood.org. For this year’s Tree of Love, the Borgess Foundation strives to raise $60,000. For donations or more information, call (269) 226.8100, or visit treeoflove.borgess.com.

 

Kim Loftus of Borgess Foundation Discusses the Tree of Love and “The Tribute: A 50s Party” on Local Radio Stations (UPDATED)

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On November 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Borgess Foundation will host “The Tribute: A 50s Party” to benefit the Borgess Tree of Love. Held at Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center, the party will take place just before the Olivia Newton-John/Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert at Miller Auditorium, and feature live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine tasting.

Dressed in her 50s apparel, Kim Loftus of the Borgess Foundation stopped by WKZO to speak with Lori Moore about the party.

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Kim Loftus stopped by to speak with Lori Moore again.  This time she brought some goodies that will be available at the event on November 9.

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Kim Loftus is talking Tree of Love and “The Tribute: A 50s Party with WVFM 106.5′s Ken Lanphear.

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Don’t be a square.  Celebrate the coolest decade around with Lori Moore and the Borgess Foundation.  For the 2012 campaign, the Borgess Foundation strives to raise $60,000. For more information, including how to contribute or purchase tickets to the 50s Party, call (269) 226.8100 or visit treeoflove.borgess.com.

 

 

Borgess Tree of Love Gives Area Women Lifesaving Gift

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KALAMAZOO, MI— Embrace the spirit of giving, and give someone a free mammogram. That’s the message behind this year’s Borgess Tree of Love. And it is an important one.

“One out of every eight women—our mothers, sisters, daughters, coworkers, friends, neighbors—will develop breast cancer during her lifetime,” said Tony McDonnell, chief development officer, Borgess Foundation. “When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 98 percent. However, one in five women in southwest Michigan cannot afford lifesaving breast cancer detection and diagnostic mammography services.”

Funding Better Breast Health

In 1985, the Borgess Service League launched the first Borgess Tree of Love. Community donations to the Tree of Love campaign have assisted thousands of low-income women without health insurance with free mammograms and diagnostic mammography services.

Radiologists use diagnostic mammography to evaluate abnormalities (such as a lump, pain, changes in breast size or shape, or previous cancer) previously detected in a screening mammogram. Women who don’t have the resources to cover the initial screening mammogram often don’t have the means to afford further evaluation in the event an abnormality is detected.

“How can you heal from cancer when you’re worried about finances?” said Peggy, a 55-year-old, self-employed woman and patient who directly benefited from the Tree of Love campaign. “I feel so blessed, like I won the lottery. Because of Borgess, my life has been so much different.”

Thanks to the Tree of Love, women just like Peggy can receive free mammography services at any Borgess facility that offers breast care diagnostics. By contributing to the campaign, donors also have an opportunity to recognize someone important in their lives. Each honoree is represented by a light on a tree and mailed a special acknowledgement card.

Four separate tree lighting ceremonies will be held in 2012: Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital on November 29 at 5:30 p.m., Borgess-Pipp Hospital on November 30 at 6 p.m., Borgess Medical Center on December 4 at 6 p.m., and Borgess at Woodbridge Hills on December 6 at 2:30 p.m.

On November 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Borgess will also host “The Tribute: A 50s Party” to benefit the Tree of Love. Held at Western Michigan University’s Richmond Center, the party will take place just before the Olivia Newton-John/Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert at Miller Auditorium, and feature live entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine tasting.

For the 2012 campaign, the Borgess Foundation strives to raise $60,000. For more information, including how to contribute or purchase tickets to the 50s Party, call (269) 226.8100 or visit treeoflove.borgess.com.

Photo Caption: Laurene Mann, MD, Premier Radiologist, Borgess Health Breast Imaging. Dr. Mann is the 2012 Physician Champion for the Borgess Tree of Love Campaign.

Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital Seeks Donations to Help This Year’s Tree of Love Shine

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DOWAGIAC, MI— One out of every eight women—mothers, sisters, daughters, coworkers, friends, neighbors—will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is nearly 98 percent. Unfortunately, according to national data, one out of every five women in Cass County does not have insurance to cover breast cancer detection services like mammography. With this in mind, the Lee Memorial Foundation urges support of its 2012 Borgess Tree of Love campaign.

In 2011, the Lee Memorial Foundation launched the first Borgess Tree of Love program in Cass County. Community donations to this campaign have assisted dozens of low-income women without health insurance receive free mammograms and diagnostic mammography services at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital.

Radiologists use diagnostic mammography to evaluate abnormalities (such as a lump, pain, changes in breast size or shape, or previous cancer) previously detected in a screening mammogram. Women who don’t have the resources to cover the initial screening mammogram often don’t have the means to afford further evaluation in the event an abnormality is detected.

In 2012, the Lee Memorial Foundation plans to raise $7,500 to support the Tree of Love campaign. “Through the generosity of our community, we hope to see our tree truly shine with thousands of pink lights,” said Karen Judd, chair, Lee Memorial Foundation Board of Trustees. “Every contribution counts. Your donation could provide a mammogram to an area woman—a relative, a friend, a neighbor—who can’t afford one, and that could save her life.”

Every $8 donation to the campaign will help a woman receive a mammogram, as well as allow donors to honor or remember someone important in their lives. (Each honoree will be mailed a special “tribute” card.) Every $80 donation will sponsor a mammogram for a woman and allow donors to honor or remember up to 10 people. To make a donation or learn more, call the Lee Memorial Foundation at (269) 783.3083.

The lighting of the Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital Tree of Love will take place in Farr Park on Thursday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m.