The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has endorsed a proposed agreement between the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging and Architectural Workshop, Inc. for additions and renovations to the COA’s facilities in the Three Rivers Community Center at 103 South Douglas Avenue in Three Rivers. County commissioners signaled their approval of the agreement with the Kalamazoo firm during their meeting yesterday (Tuesday, June 3rd). The project will address interior division, remodeling and related changes to create additional office space within the building.
Acting on a citizen’s tip, the Cass County Drug Enforcement Team arrested two Jones residents Thursday for methamphetamine, marijuana, and firearm related offenses. The two suspects are husband and wife, age 31 and 32. Two children, ages 3 and 4, were removed from the home, located in the 61000 block of South Main Street.
Chuck Frisbie has been hired as the new superintendent of the Constantine Public Schools. Frisbie, currently superintendent of the Mendon Community Schools, will begin his new duties on July 1st. The Constantine Public Schools Board of Education made it official by approving a three-year contract with Frisbie during a special meeting Wednesday evening (May 28th). According to Board President Jeff Zimont, Frisbie will spend a few days in Constantine during the month of June to work on transition tasks with Interim Superintendent David Casey. Frisbie succeeds Norm Taylor who left early this year to become superintendent of the Northview Public Schools near Grand Rapids.
Three Rivers Health has received a one-year planning grant of $84,500 from the office of Health Services Research Administration for the work that will be done to integrate mental health services into the primary care setting. That was the word from President & CEO Matt Chambers yesterday (May 29th) in his report to the Three Rivers Health Authority Board on major activities in the last 30 days. The integration work will be done in conjunction with Three Rivers Health’s two partners in this initiative, St. Joseph County Community Mental Health (CMH) and Sturgis Hospital. Chambers noted that he, Board Chairman Larry Clark, and CMH Executive Director Liz O’Dell attended the National Council for Behavioral Health conference in Boston from April 29th through May 3rd. He reported, “I had the opportunity to be a presenter, using our model of integrated primary care, and we had a great opportunity to learn from other organizations who have taken different approaches to this issue.” According to Chambers, Three Rivers Health and CMH began offering the integrated services this month at Three Rivers Health Family Care, the new building across from Three Rivers High School, and described what is being done locally as “very cutting edge.” Chambers indicated that, after the first year planning grant, Three Rivers Health will be eligible for second and third-year implementation grant funding.
“It was really done very well.” These were the words of Matt Chambers, President & CEO of Three Rivers Health, as he reported yesterday (May 29th) to the Three Rivers Health Authority Board on the first ever Relationship Centered Care symposium, an event staged on May 14th in the Lawrence Education Center at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. The symposium – titled “Good Relationships = Best Outcomes” – was co-hosted by Three Rivers Health, Borgess and Bronson Methodist Hospital. According to Chambers, “This is the first time that Borgess and Bronson have worked together to co-sponsor an educational event.” Chambers said Three Rivers Health was well-represented, both in terms of presenters and participants. He and Nancy Buscher, Vice President of Patient Care Services, were presenters and “over 30 people” from Three Rivers Health attended. Additionally, Chambers reported that, “Three Rivers Health took the lead in getting this off the ground, providing both planning and implementation resources over the last 18 months.” National speakers were featured including Dr. Anthony Suchman of the University of Rochester, described as “The Father of Relationship Centered Care,” and Mary Koloroutis, co-author of Relationship-Based Care: A Model for Transforming Practice. Chambers said the symposium attracted around 220 people, including “close to 60 physicians.”
Here’s a note from the Michigan Department of Transportation for motorists traveling on US-131 in the Kalamazoo area: There will be single lane closures on US-131 near the I-94/US-131 interchange until 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 31st. These closures are necessary for bridge demolition.