Three area agencies were successful in pulling a man from Pleasant Lake after he fell through ice Thursday morning.
The Three Rivers Fire Department, Fabius-Park Townships Fire Department and the St. Joseph County Dive Rescue team were dispatched shortly before 8 a.m. to the Fabius Township location.
Two lake residents used an extension ladder and rope to try saving the man, but they halted their effort after realizing it was too great of a risk, according to Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson.
Rescue personnel eventually pulled the man from the water and he was taken to Three Rivers Health for observation.
A Three Rivers Fire Department responder fell through the ice but was quickly rescued and uninjured.
Three Rivers Health has announced Marci Kohlhoff as the recipient of its inaugural Employee of the Quarter award.
An OB nurse, Kohlhoff is a 13-year employee and won the award based on nominations from her peers.
The employee recognition is a new initiative started in 2013 by the Three Rivers-based medical facility.
Three Rivers Health CEO Bill Russell has unveiled a strategic plan for the hospital’s future.
During the first of a series of town hall meetings, Russell last week said sustainability, quality, growth and people are critical areas on which the hospital will continue to focus. He elaborated on each area, backing up the merits of each.
Russell, who also detailed the hospital’s vision and standards, will continue the town hall meetings at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Constantine Township Library; 5:45 p.m. Thursday at White Pigeon Township Library; and 6:30 p.m. at Nottawa Township Library.
A South Bend man, who is suspected of passing out while driving, is hospitalized following a one-car incident around 1 a.m. Saturday in Florence Township.
The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Francisco Perez, 24, was driving south on Constantine Road when he passed out behind the wheel and his vehicle collided with a tree near the intersection of Roys Road.
Both airbags deployed and the vehicle sustained heavy damage. Perez was transported by Lifecare Ambulance from the scene to Three Rivers Health for further evaluation of his injuries.
Investigators said alcohol appears to have been a factor in the incident.
Eight jobs are being cut at Three Rivers Health as the result of restructuring, according to hospital CEO William Russell.
With the current economic environment in the health-care industry, Russell noted the management reduction is necessary to ensure a sustainable path for the future of Three Rivers Health.
Russell expressed his gratitude to all management leaders for their service. He also said the restructuring of management will have no impact on patient care, and all areas of the medical facility will remain covered by quality medical professionals.
Three Rivers Health is committed to the sustained well-being of its patients, families and communities through high-quality, low-cost, dynamic health care, Russell said.
A 34-year-old Elkhart man was charged with driving on a suspended license and open intoxicants after he was involved in a one-car crash last week in Nottawa Township.
Sheriff Brad Balk said Chad Ginther was driving east on Butler Road when Ginther crossed the center line, drove off the roadway and his vehicle struck a tree east of North Angling Road.
Ginther, who told police he had been drinking, was treated for minor injuries at Three Rivers Health.
Balk said charges will be sought against Ginther for operating while intoxicated, pending blood results.