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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.

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

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PLAINWELL, 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 in five women in southwest Michigan does not have insurance to cover breast cancer detection services like mammography. With this in mind, Borgess-Pipp Hospital urges support of its 2012 Borgess Tree of Love campaign.

In 1985, the Borgess Service League launched the first Borgess Tree of Love. Community donations to this annual campaign have assisted thousands of low-income women without health insurance receive 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.

In 2012, the overall Borgess Tree of Love campaign goal is $60,000. Borgess-Pipp Hospital’s support is very important to achieving this goal.

“Through the generosity of our community, we hope to see our tree truly shine with thousands of pink lights,” said John Ryder, administrator, Borgess-Pipp Hospital. “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 Borgess Foundation at (269) 226.8100, or visit treeoflove.borgess.com.

The lighting of the Borgess-Pipp Hospital Tree of Love will take place near the emergency room on Friday, November 30 at 6 p.m.

Support the Borgess Tree of Love by Celebrating the Coolest Decade Around at “The Tribute: A 50s Party”

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KALAMAZOO, MI - Turn concert night into a night to truly remember by celebrating the coolest decade at the coolest party—“The Tribute: A 50s Party.” Presented by the Borgess Foundation, the party will be held on Friday, November 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Western Michigan University Richmond Center for Visual Arts.

Partygoers will have the opportunity to enjoy 50s-style entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine tasting before the Olivia Newton-John/Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert at Miller Auditorium (concert tickets sold separately). Lori Moore will also mingle with guests and emcee a special program, which will include the remote lighting of the Tree of Love at Borgess Medical Center on Gull Road.

Sponsors include Ample Pantry, Cole Automotive Group, Gull Lake Country Club, Chinn Chinn and Carol Novak.

All proceeds from the 50s Party will directly support the Borgess Tree of Love, an annual campaign that provides lifesaving diagnostic mammography services to area low-income women. Hosted by Bob and Melissa Brown, and Pat and Jennifer Lennon, the party’s official physician champion is Dean J. Copely, MD, director, Breast Imaging & Intervention, Borgess Health.

General admission to The Tribute: A 50s Party is $50. Reserved tables for eight are $500. To purchase a ticket or learn more, call (269) 226.8100, or visit treeoflove.borgess.com.

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 helped thousands of low-income women without health insurance in southwest Michigan receive free mammograms and diagnostic mammography services. By contributing to the campaign, donors can also recognize someone important in their lives. Each honoree is represented by a light on a tree and mailed an acknowledgement card. 

Borgess-Lee To Offer Low-Cost And Free Mammograms During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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DOWAGIAC, MI - During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital will again offer mammograms for a special low price or free for those without insurance.*

“While one in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime, the survival rate is nearly 96 percent when the disease is detected early,” said John Ryder, interim administrator, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. “So if you’re 40 or older, scheduling your annual mammogram could make a lifesaving difference.”

Low-cost or free mammograms at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital will be available October 1 through October 30, Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free mammograms are funded by Borgess Tree of Love and the Susan G. Komen Southwest Michigan Affiliate.

In 1985, the Borgess Service League launched the first Borgess Tree of Love. Today, community donations to the Tree of Love campaign not only fund mammograms for low-income women without health insurance, but also support diagnostic mammography services. To learn more about the Tree of Love, including how to contribute, call (269) 226.8100 or visit treeoflove.borgess.com.

*$125 (self-pay or insured) or free for uninsured women who meet eligibility requirements.

Borgess Foundation annual golf outing a huge success

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KALAMAZOO, MI – The Borgess Foundation thanks the 132 golfers who hit the links at the Foundation’s 21 st annual Borgess Golf for Health on Monday, July 16, 2012.

The 2012 scramble event, which was held at the Gull Lake Country Club in Kalamazoo, raised nearly $36,000. The proceeds from this year’s outing will support and enhance the Critical Care Family Waiting Areas at Borgess Medical Center, where more than 25,000 critical care patient families keep vigil near their loved one for hours or days.

“These proceeds will provide a more comforting and less stressful atmosphere for families waiting in critical care areas,” said Mark Anthony, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Borgess Health. “ Borgess Medical Center has a total of 30 critical care beds, and many patients in critical care are flown in from regional hospitals for the tertiary services we provide. This makes it extremely important to provide a comfortable environment for the families of patients who often stay four days or longer.”

A total of 46 sponsors representing area businesses, organizations and individuals participated in this year’s outing, including Elite Sponsor AVB Construction. Time and talent committed by Borgess volunteers and Gull Lake Country Club staff, along with the sponsorship and donation support, also contributed to the success of the event.

“We are grateful to all of this year’s golf participants, along with our volunteers, Gull Lake Country Club, and the numerous businesses and individuals who sponsored the event, contributed prizes and made donations,” said Tony McDonnell, chief development officer, Borgess Foundation. “Everyone’s involvement helps us connect and partner with patients and their families in health for their life’s journey.”

Sponsors of the 2012 Borgess Golf for Health included:

Elite Sponsor

AVB Construction
Candescent HealingCritical Sponsors

Crothall Healthcare

Premier Radiology

Neurosurgery of Kalamazoo, P.C.

Care Sponsors

Caron Precision, Inc.

Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, LLC

Kalamazoo Emergency Associates, PLC

Laurels Health

Life EMS Ambulance, Inc.

Lillibridge

Mall City Mechanical, Inc.

Miller Johnson Attorneys and Counselors

Pacific Companies

Tuffy Auto Service Centers

Longest Putt Sponsor

Accretive Health – Kalamazoo

Closest to Line Sponsor

Huffmaster Crisis Management

Betting Hole Sponsor

Lentz USA Service Centers, Inc.

Longest Drive Sponsor

Esper Electric

Wiffle Ball Sponsor

Michigan Blood

Closest to Pin Sponsor

The Surgical Group of Southwest Michigan

TEE SPONSORS

American Metal Fab, Inc.

Burnham & Flower Group

Central Tile & Terrazzo

Cerner Corporation

Green Bay Packaging

Handorn Cabinetry

Home Helpers

Knight Watch

KNI-Southwest Michigan Imaging Center , LLC

Lake Michigan Credit Union

J. Patrick Lennon Trust

Miller-Davis Company

MOSS Telecom

Priority Health

Thomas E. Rossi Insurance Agency, Inc.

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Ryan

SimplexGrinnell

Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge

Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics Inc.

Trane

Treystar

Trinity Health Group

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORS

Borgess Bone & Joint Institute

Cole Buick-GMC-Cadillac

Klosterman’s

Life EMS

Pepsico Foodservice

Rathco

HOSPITALITY BAG CONTRIBUTORS

Borgess Health

Borgess Health and Fitness Center

Klosterman’s

The Seasons Gift Shop at Borgess Medical Center

Tuffy Auto Service Centers

CONTEST WINNERS

Longest Drive: Joe Brogger, Kate Tillotson

Closest to the Line: Joe Gesmundo, Sarah Lovell

Closest to the Pin: Greg Moerman, Susan McDonald

Longest Putt: Rick Wordell, Donna Roach

Wiffle Ball Challenge: Mark Powers, Tonya Homister

FIRST PLACE TEAM

James Babel, MD, Michael Hardiman, MD, Albert Little and Eric Nelson

SECOND PLACE TEAM

Tom, Sean, Jason and Kevin Ryan

RANDOM TEAM DRAWING

Brian George, Mary LaChance, Donna Roach and Susan Wayde

Friends of Borgess Nursing Dinner Pays Tribute to Nursing Excellence

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KALAMAZOO, MI – The Sixth-Annual Friends of Borgess Nursing Endowment Fund Awards Dinner honored the nursing excellence of today and tomorrow, including recognizing James Wierman, DO, FACP, with the prestigious Lamplighter Award.

2012 Borgess Friends of Nursing Award Recipients

Borgess Lamplighter Award

James L. Wierman, DO, FACP – Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

Rising Star Award

Erica Danov, BSN, RN – Borgess Medical Center

Excellence in Clinical Practice I Award

Judy Cooper, BSN, RN – Borgess Medical Center

Margaret Woollet, ADN, RN – Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

Doreen Hilton, BSN, RN – Borgess-Pipp Hospital

Mary J. Smith, RN – Borgess VNA Home Health & Hospice

Shannon Wixson, BSN, RN, CDE – Borgess Medical Group

Excellence in Clinical Practice II Award (tie)
Nan Meyers, MSN, RN, CNRN – Borgess Medical Center

Susan Kay Ryan, MS, RNC-NIC – Borgess Medical Center

Nursing Leadership Award

Janet Bierlein, BSN, CPHQ, CSHA, CHC, CCEP  – Borgess Medical Center

2012 Friends of Borgess Nursing Certification Grants

Danyell Burrus, ADN, RN – Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

Caroline Kusa, ADN, RN – Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

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

Mary Tumbleson, ADN, RN – Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

Margaret Woollet, ADN, RN – Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

Desiree Cortes, BSN, RN – Borgess Medical Center

Brook Mishler, BSN, RN – Borgess Medical Center

Maggie Paynich, MSN, RN – Borgess Medical Center

Held on May 9 at the Fetzer Center on the campus of Western Michigan University, the Friends of Borgess Nursing Awards Dinner raised important funding to sustain nursing education, research and certification. To date, $198,000 has been raised. For more information, or to make a donation, call (269) 226.8100 or visit foundation.borgess.com.