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Certificates of Excellence

March 19, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency’s Board of Health has released its “Certificates of Excellence” in food service for the year 2013.

The 97 recipients in the three-county region represent food establishments that were able to meet stringent criteria during the year.

The 32 St. Joseph County locations that received Certificates of Excellence included schools in Burr Oak, Centreville, Colon, Constantine, Sturgis, Three Rivers and White Pigeon.

Restaurants that received Certificates of Excellence were Mama Mia’s Pizza in Burr Oak; Harvey House and Piper’s Grinders Galore in Constantine; and Jimi Jo’s Ice Cream, Mike’s Pizza and Subs, Piper’s Grinders Galore and Wal-Mart Subway in Sturgis.

Certificates are awarded only if the facility has had no Priority or Priority foundation items, and no more than three core items cited during their onsite inspection.

According to Rebecca Burns, environment health director, priority items and priority foundation items are essential items that, if found to be in violation, could result in

foodborne illnesses.

Core items are non-priority or priority foundation items that relate to general sanitation and/or maintenance.

Man cited for careless driving

March 17, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A 20-year-old Centreville resident was cited for careless driving after his car struck a parked vehicle Thursday morning in downtown Centreville.

Charles Parker was cited after he failed to clear ice from his vehicle’s windshield, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. The distraction was a factor in a collision with a parked vehicle in which 74-year-old Roy Buel was sitting. Buel’s vehicle was parked on Main Street near Clark Street.

Buel was taken to Three Rivers Health as a precautionary measure.

Stevens spearheading fundraiser

March 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A 15-year-old Leonidas teen is spearheading a fundraiser this weekend to support the Great Lakes Burn Camp.

Shyannah Stevens, with some help from members of the Leonidas Fire Department, is overseeing a pancake breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Leonidas Grange Hall.

All donations will go toward the camp that hosts teenagers who are burn victims. The one-week camp takes place every August at Pretty Lake in Kalamazoo County’s Texas Township.

A Mendon High School freshman, Stevens has mowed lawns, collected bottles and cans, staged a hog roast and made scarfs, bracelets and necklaces over the past four years to help raise more than $2,000 for the camp.

The grange hall is at 30970 King Road, just west of the blinker on M-60 in Leonidas.

Results of questionnaire

March 14, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released.

The second of five fields focuses on Access to Health Care.

The results show leading issues among 620 respondents relate to a lack of affordable health insurance coverage, the cost of medical care and the lack of access to services.

Other data from the study show:

*Nearly one out of five St. Joseph County adults, 18 to 64 years of age, is uninsured.

*One out of six St. Joseph County adults reported not having sought out needed medical care in the past 12 months due to costs.

*One out of four St. Joseph County residents, on average per month, receive Medicaid and, if Medicaid expansion is passed, an additional 3,469 adults could become eligible.

*More than one out of two births to St. Joseph County residents were paid for by Medicaid.

*Language and cultural barriers within St. Joseph County due to growing Amish and Hispanic populations will continue to challenge these vulnerable populations and impact the healthcare system.

Salary reduction

March 13, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sturgis Hospital has announced a temporary, 5-percent salary reduction that took effect at the start of this week.

Union representatives agreed to the action last Wednesday, according to hospital officials.

It is effective for the next eight biweekly pay periods. The reduction applies to all 350 employees, including management.

Hospital officials said a decline in patient volume beginning last fall led to the cost-saving measure.

Sturgis Hospital President and CEO Rob LaBarge said the medical facility has experienced a steady decline in patient volume since November 2013, though causes for that trend have not been identified.

Through the salary reduction, officials anticipate a savings of about $100,000 per month, LaBarge said, noting staff reductions and elimination of positions were other options considered.

The hospital’s annual salary and benefits totaled just under $25.5 million, or 58 percent of expenses, during fiscal year 2013.

Snowmobile accident

March 13, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department responded last weekend to its second snowmobile accident within a five-day period.

Deputies were called at 12:04 a.m. to Newberg Township, where a snowmobile overturned in an area near M-40 and Hoffman Street.

Sheriff’s officials said a snowmobile driven by Daniel Castellanos, age not stated, overturned as he was riding up a hill on private property. He received minor injuries but was taken to Three Rivers Health for treatment.

Investigators said Castellanos was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

A 44-year-old Edwardsburg man was treated for minor injuries after he was involved in a snowmobile accident March 6 in Penn Township.

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