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  • “Dr. Jamil Joins CHC Medical Staff”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    CHC is pleased to welcome Mada Jamil, M.D., to the CHC Medical Staff and the CHC Quincy Clinic, formerly Quincy Intermed, at 185 East Chicago Street, Quincy.

    Dr. Jamil received her medical degree from the University of Baghdad College of Medicine and did her Internal Medicine residency program at Michigan State University/Hurley Medical Center. Dr. Jamil is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

    Dr. Jamil lives in Hillsdale with her physician husband; they have three children at home. Dr. Jamil is “excited about this opportunity and serving theQuincycommunity.”

    Dr. Jamil will be staffing the CHC Quincy Clinic.  The Quincy Clinic will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Office hours will be from9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with an hour lunch.  Former Quincy Intermed staff are now employed by CHC.  CHC Quincy Clinic participates in most major insurance plans. Appointments are being accepted as of August 1.

    The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information about CHC, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5008 or visit the CHC website at www.chcbc.com or health website at myhealth.chcbc.com


  • Shaw’s to Donate Helicopter for Golf Ball Drop

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Thanks to the generosity of local community members Jack and Susan Shaw, hundreds of golf balls will be dropped out of their helicopter on Saturday, August 27th to mark the Sue Nagle Help from Above Golf Ball Drop to benefit the Branch County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

    The ball that drops the closest to the pin or goes in the hole will win $1,000, 2nd closest will win $500 and furthest from the hole wins $250.  Golf balls will be sold for $10 a piece at The Golf Club of Coldwater, Wilber’s Furniture, Iyopawa Island Golf Course, or by calling the Shelterhouse at 278-7432.  Participants need not be present to win. 

    The Clubhouse Bar and Grill (formerly Martell’s) Restaurant, located in the club house at the Golf Club of Coldwater, will also offer a cookout dinner, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Shelterhouse.  Thank you to Jack and Susan Shaw, the Golf Club of Coldwater and ticket sponsorsMonarch Community Bankand Graphics 3.  If you’re interested in being a $50 Titanium Sponsor, please callJohn Rohloffat 278-6615.

    All of the monies raised from the event will help provide services to those that use the Naomi Davis Home, Altrusa Teen S.H.A.R.E, and Laura’s Place.  The Shelterhouse has a wide range of services for the community to take advantage of including 24 hour crisis line for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking survivors, Legal Advocacy Program for domestic violence survivors involved with the criminal or child protective services system, and the Circle of Care program for families with school age children who are homeless. 

    Donations from area individuals and organization make it possible for the Shelterhouse to offer safe refuge, encouragement, support services, food and clothing to victims fleeing domestic violence.

    The Shelterhouse headquarters is located at 220 N. Michigan Ave. in the Naomi Davis Home.  For more information about the Sue Nagle Help from Above Golf Ball Drop, call 517. 278.7432.



  • CHC Wound Healing Center Names New Clinical Nurse Manager

    Posted by Pat Thomas
    Dotty J. Eldred, RN BS, has been appointed Clinical Nurse Manager at the Community Health Center of Branch County (CHC) Wound Healing Center.  Located at370 East Chicago Streetin Coldwater, the center specializes in the treatment of chronic wounds and non-responsive conditions and offer hospital-based outpatient wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

    As Clinical Nurse Manager, Eldred will be responsible for all clinical aspects of the center including providing continuity of care for patients, integrating new therapies into care and training new personnel, reviewing and reporting on patient outcomes, and ensuring quality of care.

    A resident of Battle Creek, Eldred brings more than 20 years of experience to the center.  She started her nursing career as a staff RN & maternal/child float nurse at Battle Creek Health Systems in 1987. Eldred has held the position of Pediatrics Manager, Nurse Manager of Nursing and Accreditation Services, and Medical Oncology Research Coordinator.    

    Dotty received her associate’s degree in nursing from Kellogg Community College and her bachelor of Management Health Services from Spring Arbor University.  Dotty is currently attendingSpringArborUniversityto complete her BSN.  She holds a certificate for meds, diet & diabetic care.      

    The CHC Wound Healing Center is created in partnership with Florida-based National Healing Corporation, which accounts for 30 percent of all managed and outsourced wound centers in the nation.  The center offers highly specialized treatments including negative pressure wound therapy, bio-engineered skin substitutes, biological and biosynthetic dressings and growth factor therapies.

    Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., with offices in Tampa, Fla., and Louisville, Ky., National Healing Corporation provides management services and the latest technology and expertise in wound healing to its client hospitals to establish quality wound healing programs. The Joint Commission has awarded National Healing Disease-Specific Care Certification for wound care. Committed to health care compliance and best practice medicine, National Healing emphasizes these priorities in its extensive clinical and business training programs.  The privately-held company accounts for 30 percent of all managed and outsourced wound centers in the United States. For more information, please visit www.nationalhealing.com.

    Physicians and clinical staff at National Healing Center (NHC) managed wound centers are trained in leading edge therapeutic methods as well as updated with the latest information about the industry, policies and procedures. Working with the most sophisticated medical equipment, physicians treat patients with a dedicated support staff including registered nurse case managers. 

  • Salon Launches New Hair Care Product

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Get ready to be pampered!  Allure Salon in Coldwater is launching the new Biomega Products on Thursday, July 21 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at a special event to celebrate the launch.  During the event, the staff from the salon will be performing free shampoo and styling treatments using the Biomega Products.

    The event will also feature sampling of the New Hand Candy and Eye Kandy products.  Hand Candy is an exfoliation treatment using pieces of soap that resemble candy.  The product removes dry skin while moisturizing.  A new glitter eye makeup, Eye Kandy, will also be featured and available for application for $5 for those that attend. This glittered eye shadow is also used on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.  During the event all products featured will be discounted.

    To celebrate the Biomega product launch, the salon will also be grilling hot dogs and hamburgers.  Biomega uses natural oils and plant extracts with high levels of Omega Essential Fatty Acids, which is nature’s most powerful moisturizer.  This replicates the benefits of hair’s missing natural oils and the elements of healthy, vibrant hair.  Some of the ingredients used in the products include Hibiscus extract, Macadamia Nut Oil, Mango Seed Butter and much more.

    Allure Salon is owned and operated by Nicole Poradzisz and Jennifer Moore and is located at 461 Marshall St. in Coldwater, behind Sherwin Williams, and is accepting appointments by calling 279-7597 or walk-ins welcome.

  • Local Computer Training Center Offers QuickBooks Class

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    With 80% of the market share, QuickBooks ® software is the tool of choice among most accountants and small business owners. But popularity doesn’t always mean that it will be apparent how to best use the program.  There is much that can be learned by improving your knowledge in using QuickBooks that will save you time and money.

    On Thursday, July 14th Hudson Business Services LLC will be hosting a “QuickBooks Beyond the Basics” seminar to be held in downtown Coldwater from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m..  Class fee is $179 per session and includes a box lunch and a 200 page reference book for participants to use as a resource after the class. 

    “We are always eager to share our enthusiasm and knowledge of the program, “ stated Charlene Hudson,  “in most cases, there are prescribed ways to enter data into the program, but depending on how a business operates certain QuickBooks Preferences may need to be enabled.”

    QuickBooks training can be essential to the success of operating the program.   Located at the offices of Hudson Business Services each hands on computer class is limited to ensure high quality and individualized attention for the duration of the class. “Our hope is to continue to be the resource for the do-it-yourselfers as well as the accounting and bookkeeping professionals who recognize they will benefit from an on-going relationship with a local QuickBooks expert.”

    Hudson Business Services LLC is owned by Charlene Hudson, M.B.A. an Ohio licensed CPA, Intuit Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor and one of six-hundred national Certified QuickBooks Sleeter Group Consultants.    With more than 15 years QuickBooks experience, Charlene has served in the roles of trainer, consultant and end user.  For registration, or to obtain more information on class schedules visit www.hudsonaccountingservices.com or phone (517) 278-7576.

    ABOUT Hudson Business Services LLC

    Hudson Business Services LLC is a Coldwater; MI based business that provides accounting, QuickBooks consulting and tax services to individuals, small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the tri-state area.  With a focus on QuickBooks services and small business coaching Hudson Business Services LLC goes beyond traditional accounting services taking a proactive approach to serve clients in order to increase, preserve and sustain the worth of their business.  To register for up-coming training or learn more about the services provided visit www.hudsonaccountingservices.com or call (517) 278-7576.


  • “CHC Presents Diane Todd With May Employee Of The Month Award”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    An Employee of the Month must demonstrate team work, customer services, and leadership. Diane Todd exemplifies those traits, which is why she was presented the CHC Employee of the Month Award for May.

    Diane was hired September 19, 2000, as a Medical Technologist.  She was previously employed at CHC as a phlebotomist from 1997 to 1999.  Diane serves on the Customer Service Committee, Meditech Core team, and TJC prep team.  According to her nominator, “Diane is always willing to pitch in wherever help is needed.  Her customer service is excellent and she is always a joy to work with. 

    Diane is detailed oriented and her work reflects this.  Diane has a willingness to do whatever is needed by the department or CHC.  She is a great CHC employee and is well deserving of the Employee of the Month.”

    Diane graduated from Pittsford High School in 1995 and went to Kellogg Community College for her associates degree while working part time as a phlebotomist at CHC.  Diane has been married to Richard for 13 years and together they have four children: Autumn, 11 years; Nick, 9 years; Nathan, 3 years; and Marissa, 1 1/2 years.  They currently live inNorth Adams,MI.

    Diane enjoys watching her kids sporting events, camping, biking, playing softball, and volleyball.  Her family attends the First Baptist Church of North Adams and she serves as secretary of the Interested Parents Club of North Adams-Jerome Elementary School.

    The CHC Laboratory provides a wide range of services which includes routine and STAT testing in the following areas:

              Hematology    Coagulation     Urinalysis     Chemistry    Special Chemistry 

              Blood Band     Histology         Cytology      Microbiology  Serology  Virology

    All sections of the department provide routine and STAT testing for both inpatient and outpatient populations.  The majority of the testing is processed as it is received and there is very little “batch” testing. 

    For those tests not done on site, CHC utilizes mlabs at the University of Michigan for the majority of reference laboratory services.  CHC’s Laboratory provides blood and blood products for transfusion.  These blood products are received from the American Red Cross in Lansing, Michigan.

    The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information about CHC, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5282 or visit the CHC website at www.chcbc.com or health website at myhealth.chcbc.com.  

  • “Tibbits Hosts Youth Theatre Workshop”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Got a child or grandchild interested in theatre?  If so, sign up today for a special workshop hosted by Tibbits beginning on August 8th, for two weeks.  The workshop will lead children on an artistic adventure, exploring the world of theatre and dramatic arts.  Children will grow in their acting abilities and then showcase them at the end of the week at a showcase performance.

    The workshops are for children going into grades 4th through 9th.  The workshop will begin on August 8th, with an intro session on August 5th and a final performance at 7 pm on Friday, August 19th.  Two afternoon sessions will be held Monday through Friday with students going in to grades 4, 5 or 6 meeting from 1 pm until 3 pm and students going in to grades 7, 8 or 9 meeting from 3:30 until 5 pm.

    Highlights of the workshop include mask making, voice and movement, improvisation, storytelling, and learning all aspects of theatrical production.

    Leading the workshop will be Hilary Anthony, a theater teaching artist and graduate of Western Michigan University’s Theatre Performance School.  She has been acting since the age of eight and is excited to come to Tibbits for this educational workshop for those children in our community interested in theatre.

    Cost for the workshop is $110, or $100 for Tibbits members.  Workshop includes workshop materials, t-shirt, and a ticket to a Tibbits Popcorn Theatre performance of the “Abracadabra Magic Show”.

    For more information, please contact Tibbits at 278-6029 or go to their website at www.tibbits.org and click on the Youth Link.

  • “Medical Education Awards Present at CHC”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    The annual Community Health Center Of Branch County medical education graduation reception recently honored several CHC staff members with teaching awards for the year, in addition to recognizing the achievements of the residents.  The evening reception, held at the CHC Community Care And Conference Center, named Dr. Mark Kallus, Physican Of The Year; Chad Parker, Nurse Of The Year; Dr. Chad Tyler, Resident Of The Year; And Kim Palchak, Ancillary Support Person Of The Year.

     The Resident of the Year is chosen by the entire employee staff and physicians at CHC as the resident who is top in his or her class and is willing to go the extra mile for patients.  The remaining awards are chosen by the residents as people who stood out through the year.

     Chad Tyler, D.O. and Gary Ward, D.O. are graduating from their residency program this year.  At the reception,Dr. Lauren Vogel, Director of CHC Medical Education, presented a graduation program to Dr. Tyler and Dr. Ward.  The 2011/2012 resident will include current residents Timothy Miller, D.O.; Molly Parker, D.O., and Chris Johnson, D.O.; and incoming residents Jon Robertson, D.O.; Nilesh Nangrani, D.O.; and Juan Velazquez, D.O.       

     The Community Health Center of Branch County’s Medical Education program is approved for nine residents.  The hospital offers osteopathic residency training in family practice.  Rotations include teaching in general medicine, general surgery, emergency medicine, family practice, pediatrics, and obstetrics.

     The family practice residency is three years long and includes the Family Practice emphasis internship year. CHC follows the ACOFP model which integrates five months of pediatrics, four months of obstetrics, eight months of internal medicine, six months of surgery and emergency medicine, four months of family practice and five months of electives. Residents attend assigned patients in the Family Medicine Clinicfour half days weekly. 

    Daily lectures are held and include journal club, FP text review, ECG instruction, colposcopy, behavioral medicine, and tumor board in addition to specialty lectures in obstetrics, medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and family practice. Family practice-emphasis interns attend the MSUCOM full day educational symposium monthly.

     The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and accredited by The Joint Commission. For more information on the Hospice Duck Race or Hospice Services, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5282, visit the CHC website at www.chcbc.com or myhealth.com.

  • One Day Workshop To Benefit Tibbits

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    In association with Tibbits’ Summerstock Theatre’s production of "The Full Monty", Integrative Somatics Institute is sponsoring a one day workshop titled Moving From Fate Into Destiny to be presented by nationally known teacher, Lorena Williams of Stillpoint Illinois. Lorena is a psychotherapist and spiritual director from the Chicago area. She has developed programs combining her passion for theatre and film with her over 30 years of clinical practice to bring issues of personal transformation into clear focus.

    So ask yourself, when your back is to the wall, what do you do? And, what can you do? This workshop will provide an opportunity to develop a fresh perspective on this dilemma. Whether one is wrestling with these issues and the stakes are high or perhaps are interested in a more meaningful theatre experience, this event will provide a unique chance to look a little deeper into the meaning behind the art and perhaps give some personal insights.

    "Theatre provides opportunities to experience challenging life events without the pinch of having to actually go through them," says Ms. Williams. "And when theatre addresses difficult situations we may really be facing, we have the time and detachment to reflect on them in a way that better informs our strategies and choices. I have found theatre and film can possess much deeper meaning than mere entertainment if we are willing to go beyond the surface. Once we have done that, we begin to appreciate the wellspring of wisdom they offer us."

    The workshop will take place Saturday, July 9th from 10am to 5pm at Integrative Somatics Institute, 73 West Chicago Street in downtown Coldwater, just next to the back stage door of the Tibbits. Later that evening students will attend the Tibbits Opera House production of “The Full Monty” and afterwards have an opportunity to meet the production company for a talkback at the theatre. The experience will be capped off with a wine and cheese event at Integrative Somatics Institute.

    Registrations before June 24th will be $170.00, after June 24th, $185.00. Registration includes the workshop, the performance and the wine and cheese event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the restoration project of Tibbits Opera House. For more information or to register contact Lauri Rowe at 517.227.0475 or email laurijean.rowe@gmail.com MasterCard and Visa accepted


    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Having a baby takes lots of planning and preparation.  In order to assist new moms with planning before the baby arrives, the Obstetric Department at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is excited to announce the addition of the Special Touch Delivery program.  The Special Touch Delivery team at Cameron’s Birthing Center helps expectant moms navigate every step of the journey.  Participants make three specialized, one-on-one visits with members of the obstetric team (two visits before delivery and one after delivery) to learn in-depth information about:

    • Nutrition
    • Breastfeeding education
    • Forming a personalized birth plan
    • Pain control options
    • Tour of the unit
    • Vaccinations and much more

    “We established this program as a way to proactively help our community members,” said Cameron OB Clinical Coordinator, Tonya Alleshouse, R.N.  “When a woman comes in to have a baby, we only have her for 48 hours and that just isn’t enough time to provide all of the information a new mom needs.  We want our moms to feel very comfortable in their new roles as parents when they go home.” 

    The Special Touch Delivery program offers the opportunity to get information and assistance in a relaxed and personalized atmosphere from a knowledgeable staff.  It also gives them the time to have their questions and concerns addressed.

    Cameron’s Birthing Center has 15 registered nurses providing over 130 combined years of experience in assisting area parents.  These professionals are all neonatal certified, certified in the stability program, and have all completed a breastfeeding class to better assist mothers and babies as they prepare to go home.

    For more information on the Special Touch Delivery program or Cameron’s obstetric services, call (260)665-2141, Extension 2280.


  • “Extraordinary Nurses Recognized at CHC”

    Posted by Pat Thomas

    Two nurses at the Community Health Center of Branch County were recently honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform everyday.

    Marion Labadie, RN and Katrina Young, RN were the recipients of the award.Marionis the Nurse Director of the Emergency Room at CHC and Katrina is a nurse in the ER. According to one of her nominators, “Mariongoes far above and beyond when caring for her patients and has so much compassion, always making the patient and family more at ease.” Another one ofMarion’s nominators said, “Marionis a team member, in the trenches with her nurses and co-workers. She values her employees and tries to increase the level of care and compassion to her co-workers.” Katrina has been nominated for the award three times. She was nominated by both her peers and patients. Patients nominated her for the care and compassion she provides. Many of Katrina’s peers said, “Katrina has key nursing skills” and “She is very efficient in the way she provides care.”

    A nurse is selected by CHC nursing administration to receive the DAISY Award. At a presentation given in front of the nurse’s colleagues, physicians, patients, and visitors, the honoree receives a certificate commending her or him for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.” The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.” The honoree is also given a special sculpture called a Healer’s Touch, hand-carved by artists of the Shona Tribe inAfrica.

    The not-for-profit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, CA, and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known, but not uncommon, auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired this unique means of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

    Bonnie Barnes, President and Co-Founder of the DAISY Foundation said, “When Patrick was critically ill, our family experienced first-hand the remarkable skill and care nurses provide acutely ill patients every day and night. Yet these unsung heroes are seldom recognized for the super-human work they do. The kind of work the nurses at the Community Health Center of Branch County are called on to do every day epitomizes the purpose of the DAISY Award.”

    Chief Clinical Officer at CHC, Mary Rose said, “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in the DAISY Award program. Nurses are heroes everyday. It’s important that our nurses know their work is highly valued, and the DAISY Foundation provides a way for us to do that.”

    The Community Health Center of Branch County is a non-profit acute care hospital providing access to safe, comprehensive, high quality healthcare services and accredited by The Joint Commission.  For more information about CHC, please call the CHC Marketing Department at 517-279-5008 or visit the CHC website at www.chcbc.com or health website at myhealth.chcbc.com.  

  • New Business In Downtown Coldwater

    Posted by Justin Lopshire

    Randy Leviton is finally getting his wish after many years of hard work – creating a facility that not only will train and assist those who want to get back into the workforce, but will help provide them with support to assist in making them better and more employable for the future.

    SNC located at 117 W. Chicago Street (next to Dally Tires) opened its doors on June 1, 2011. At this location SNC will be training individuals to repair computers including networking, software Microsoft Office, web and graphic design.

    SNC is part of Damascus Road Ministries whose goal is helping people get jobs and be productive individuals for their families and the community in which they live. In addition to the new location in Coldwater, this group is currently working inSt. Joseph. They will be working with Work First in identifying and locating individuals needing training and employment.

    Randy Leviton is a native of New York and has been living in Coldwater the past thirteen years. And Randy has bigger plans for his Coldwater operations. He is working to open a 100 bed facility to help those unfortunate enough to not have a home In addition Randy is looking at opening a restaurant as well as a soup-kitchen for the area.

    SNC will be open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or may be reached by calling 517-677-1168 or e-mailing at info@snccoldwater.com. Randy invites all to stop by to learn more what this new business and training area has to offer.