The 2015 Parkview Foundation Generosity Report was created in partnership with Ohio Northern University students.

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A Note from the Executive Director


As we reflect on the previous year, your generosity has allowed the Parkview Foundation to accomplish amazing things for patients. Your generous support through the Parkview Foundation plays an important role in Parkview’s mission to provide excellent care to every patient every day, regardless of their ability to pay.

Your generosity allows us to provide seed funding for programs that improve the patient experience throughout Parkview. Your giving enables Parkview to further invest in innovation inside the health system and brings the latest technology into Parkview clinical areas and to the patients’ bedside. Your support enables Parkview to provide excellent quality of care.

We are honored you have chosen to entrust Parkview Foundation with your gifts. Your investment touches the lives of patients, families, and Parkview coworkers in countless ways. As a not-for-profit health system, we thank you for allowing generosity to enhance the care provided at Parkview. Your generosity enables us to transform lives, positively change the communities we serve, and provide hope to patients and their loved ones.  Your gift makes a difference.  Your generosity heals.

Larry Rowland

 

 

Generosity provides cutting-edge treatment at Parkview

ECMO provides more time for organs to heal.

Your generosity is helping Parkview transform from a community hospital into a world-class destination for medical care. Treatments that once required traveling out of town to other healthcare providers are now available in our community thanks in part to your donor dollars. One example of this is Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), a heart/lung bypass procedure.

One day Bryan* received an upsetting phone call, notifying him that his brother had passed away. Shortly after Bryan hung up the phone, he started to feel a pain in his own chest. At first he thought the pain might be due to the stress of learning his brother had died; but, the pain continued well into the evening. Bryan and his wife decided to go to Parkview Regional Medical Center. After an examination, Bryan was kept overnight and then released the next day.

A few days later, the pain in his chest returned, more severe than before. An ambulance rushed Bryan to Parkview. When they arrived at the emergency room, doctors told the family that Bryan’s heart was no longer functioning. He had a 1% chance of surviving.

The doctors and Bryan’s family made the decision to start ECMO. A machine took over the function of Bryan’s heart and lungs as these organs experienced failure. He was supported by ECMO for a few days during which he opened his eyes occasionally, looking at his family and acknowledging their presence. Unfortunately, he passed away after several organs began to suffer from the stress of his heart attack. But, because of ECMO, Bryan’s family and close friends were able to have a few more precious days with him.

Bryan’s wife and family are thankful for ECMO and the Parkview team whose combined efforts gave the family the gift of time. It is through the generosity of donors that Parkview is able to perform ECMO procedures. Extensive training is required for ECMO to be available at Parkview--training made possible by generosity. Without the extensive preparation of nurses, doctors, pharmacists, respiratory therapist, and many others, ECMO would simply not be available.    Because of donors like you, patients and their families have more time for hope and healing. 

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Donors help keep memories alive for parents and families.

Memory boxes provide peace, comfort and healing.

Parents of newborn babies often collect items such as pictures, footprints, hand prints, newborn outfits and more to remember their little one’s first days. For parents who lose a baby, these items are even more precious.  Through the compassion and generosity of donors to Parkview Foundation, parents who lose a baby at Parkview receive Memory Boxes. The boxes hold the special mementos collected by family and eventually help heal family members during their time of loss.

When Jessica* lost her son at 39 weeks, the nurses caring for her gave her a Memory Box. In it, they placed the miniature birth certificate, the matching hospital bracelets that mother and son would have worn, and a disc containing pictures of the baby.

In addition to the box itself, parents are given a CD with pictures of their little one that can be made into a baby book. Research has shown that remembrance photography not only provides parents with lasting memories, it also helps affirm their identity as parents after leaving the hospital. The pictures and the memory boxes compassionately validate a baby’s life, no matter how brief.

When Jessica found out that the Memory Boxes were made possible through funding support from the Parkview Foundation, she reached out to make a donation. “Without those [donations] we wouldn’t have gotten our box and there is so much in that box that we wouldn’t have,” she said. “When I found out [about the donations], I told my husband that I wanted to be able to help others going through what we had been through. I know that if I can at least help someone else go through what they’re having to go through that helps bring me some peace.”

Your generosity heals. You help keep a  memory alive, and you provide peace and comfort to families.

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The Comfort of Generosity

New bassinets and sleeper couches help families
enjoy their first moments together.


On the day a child is born, everything changes in the lives of that family. From the moment labor starts to the moment a new mom enters the delivery room, every experience is memorable. Because these moments are important, Parkview Huntington Foundation donors helped make the Family Birthing Center more comfortable for families at Parkview Huntington Hospital with simple, but important renovations.

Labor and post-labor care can last days. Before the renovations, mothers would remain comfortable in their beds, but fathers or other family members would sleep in a chair. Often, this could make for uncomfortable nights. Now, new parents sleep better and wake up happier.  There are new floors, walls and re-tiled bathrooms in every room, as well as more comfortable sleeper couches for family members to use.

Of course, the smallest family members were not forgotten in these improvements.  Newborns also have new beds of their own. For the first time in 16 years, newborn bassinets were replaced with eight brand new bassinets. The bassinets are comfortable and more attractive, with a beautiful wood grain finish and plenty of added storage space, for both parents and staff to use.

Transforming lives in the Family Birthing Center starts on day one and that means creating an atmosphere where new parents can feel comfortable and safe. Marcy Faurote, Clinical Supervisor for the Family Birthing Center, took part in evaluating the center’s needs so they could be better prepared to provide excellent care and superior comfort for the mother, baby, and rest of the family throughout their stay. Faurote says she and her co-workers are “moved every time an infant is comforted.” She also shared that everyone feels a sense of satisfaction, “when a mother thanks us for her care or her baby’s care.”

Donor generosity plays a large role in giving the staff the motivation to keep moving forward and offering the excellent care Parkview Health seeks to provide. “Generosity is a vote of confidence,” said Faurote, “that inspires us to continue to provide the best care possible.”

The generosity provided by local donors and the compassion provided by the staff work together to push the quality of care to the next level at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Although the renovations and new bassinets may go unnoticed compared to the welcoming of a new life, the memories created in each room will last a lifetime.

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Supporting the Present and Future Health of Huntington County

College students are provided an opportunity to learn and contribute.

At Parkview Huntington Hospital, current college students have been given a rare opportunity. They have been allowed to work side-by-side with Parkview professionals to gain valuable medical experience and knowledge they can use to improve the community in the future.  Students from area universities are immersed in an actual hospital environment during their undergraduate studies, and mentored by Parkview professionals.

Students receive hands-on training on a range of equipment they could use when on the job. Two important pieces of equipment they are trained to use are Parkview Huntington’s new state-of-the-art EKG and EEG units, provided by Parkview Huntington Foundation.  EKG Units are designed to monitor the heart and the EEG Units are designed to monitor brain activity. They would not be available without the many generous donations to Parkview Huntington Foundation. Both of these machines are vital to ensuring the proper diagnosis and treatment for patients. Through their generosity, donors fund the students’ experiences and their participation in this unique opportunity offered at Parkview Huntington. 

Gary Randle, Manager of Diagnostic Imaging at Huntington, says the health and care of patients have always been Parkview’s first priorities.  Randle, a former college professor, sees many benefits to immersing students in a hospital environment.  “I’m a very high proponent of clinical practice,” said Randle. “There’s nothing like doing the job.” 

Students undergo an observation period at the beginning of their semester-long experience with Parkview. They gradually grow more comfortable in a hospital environment and are able to expand their skills.  Not only does having the most current technology available to care for patients benefit those in the community, it also provides an opportunity to educate young, aspiring students looking to work in healthcare, ideally in Huntington County.

Caring for the health of Huntington County in the present and educating students for the future -- that is how Parkview Huntington Hospital and donors to Parkview Huntington Foundation help keep Huntington a great community in which to live.

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85 clinical nurses at Parkview Huntington Hospital benefit from donor support. Among them are (pictured clockwise from above): Susan Funk and Heather Cearbaugh; Beth Crist and Becky Bolinger; Beth Donley and Wendy Grooms. 2016 PHH generosity 4

Wii-Hab in the Life Bridge Program

The Nintendo Wii used for therapy purposes and more.

Many kids enjoy playing with electronic gadgets such as the Nintendo® Wii™, but individuals in the Life Bridge Senior Program at Parkview LaGrange get to have all of the fun! Participants are encouraged to play the Wii...and often. A recently installed Wii console was purchased through the generosity of donors to help senior participants increase their physical activity and social interaction. Not only has it served this purpose, but it has also brought joy back into their lives.

The Parkview LaGrange Life Bridge Senior Program was created to help senior citizens navigate life’s challenges. The program is also dedicated to helping its participants enjoy life again. With an experienced medical director, expert counselors, and skilled nurses, patients can find the help they need to get back on their feet.

Paula Ramey, a Parkview LaGrange nurse, finds the opportunities offered through the program to be extremely valuable for patients. “The activities really help many people who are facing different challenges,” she says. “A lot of good things come out of it and it’s great to help bring joy back into their lives.”

One participant treated through the program shares her dancing skills with everyone when playing the Wii. Before her husband died, she frequently danced the cha-cha with him. Grieving his death and battling Alzheimer’s herself, she finds comfort dancing with the help of the Wii. She also involves nurses and other participants by teaching them how to dance. “I think it brings back pleasant memories for her,” Paula says. “Everyone is always smiling and having a good time with it, there’s no doubt about that.”

Many of the Life Bridge Senior Program staff were unfamiliar with the Wii gaming console themselves, but they knew how beneficial it would be if utilized properly. For Parkinson’s patients who begin to lose automatic movements such as swallowing, the program’s psychiatrist suggests the boxing game on the Wii. This helps exercise the throat muscles and serves as an occupational therapy tool.

Participants find the Wii useful on a weekly basis. Although the console is used in many different ways, one thing is certain: the Life Bridge Senior Program and the Wii is helping to bring healing and joy back into the lives of older patients through increased physical activity and social interaction.


Pictured below: Participants and staff of the Parkview LaGrange Life Bridge Senior program.

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Sleeping Baby


"Sleep Baby: Safe & Snug"

Protect your little one with safe sleeping habits.

Many new mothers wish their little one came with an instruction manual to help guide their development. While no instruction manual truly exists, Parkview LaGrange Hospital does send each new mother home with a bag filled with small gifts and an important tool designed to help save a baby’s life: the “Sleep Baby: Safe & Snug” book. This storybook educates mothers on the need to practice safe sleeping habits with their infants. Each book is made available to mothers thanks to local donors through Parkview LaGrange Foundation and helps keep infants sleeping safely and snugly.

At Parkview LaGrange, nurses make it their mission to educate moms on safe infant sleep practices and possible risk factors associated with sleeping. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants one month to one year old, claiming the lives of about 2,500 babies each year in the United States. Although the sudden deaths are unexplainable, some potential risk factors are smoking, overheating from excessive sleepwear or bedding, stomach sleeping and co-sleeping.

“Knowing how high the infant mortality rate is, I know that we need to continue to be educated on the topic and share this important knowledge with our local mothers in an effort to save more babies,” said Melinda Forbes. Forbes is a birth planner at Parkview LaGrange Hospital and regularly teaches moms about the dangers of risky sleeping habits.

After delivering their babies, mothers at Parkview LaGrange receive education during their entire hospital stay. Education from Parkview LaGrange nurses and the Sleep Baby books include the importance of not sleeping with their newborns and placing them on their back to sleep. Tummy time is encouraged, but only when an adult is awake and supervising the baby to ensure they are not in distress.

Through the generosity of donors, tools like the “Sleep Baby: Safe & Snug” book and other education efforts help mothers gain the knowledge they need to keep their sleeping babies safely and snugly at all times.

 

 

 

 

Wellness Center

Generosity and Commitment Reinvent a Life

Health and Wellness Center supports emotional and physical success for local residents

Joy Krug of Kendallville, has undergone a life-altering journey. Through determination, letting go of the past and savoring the present, Joy has developed what she refers to as the “mind-body connection.”  She believes the Parkview Noble Health and Wellness Center can help other individuals achieve a similar transformation, and generosity makes this journey possible for many Noble County residents. 

“The Wellness Center provides adjunct services to our community that can help the individual make health connections of depth, has a mission to meet individual needs, [and] has high-caliber, passionate, well-trained staff to guide and support the individual with compassion,” Krug said.  It “has a beautiful natural environment setting, exuding still calmness, and has multiple integrated programs and opportunities for individual choice to seek wellness.”

The mission of the Parkview Noble Health and Wellness Center is to give individuals a path to a healthier future through a variety of programs, giving all of their patients the chance to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Simple changes in exercise and nutrition, coupled with the support of a caring Parkview staff member who provides continual support, help patients live a healthier, fuller life.  This life-altering journey would not be possible without the generosity of Parkview Noble Foundation’s donors.

The center offers a variety of services, including health, fitness and dietary-related programs.  Reduced-cost blood tests and free blood pressure checks are also among the health services offered.  Fitness classes including yoga, Tai Chi, energy dance and Zumba, as well as specially designed programs to help those with Parkinson’s disease or other neurological conditions are available at the center.  Cooking demonstrations by professional dietitians and a diabetes support group highlight some of the other special programs available.

Through the generous donations of community members, the Parkview Noble Foundation has been able to invest in new and up to date resources and “scholarships” to cover fees for some of the individuals enrolled in programs at the Center. Because of this support, many people have come to the realization, just as Krug did, that “it was time to reinvent [oneself] – make choices rather than rely on old habits and old conditioning.  I have come to respect myself as I assume responsibility for my wellness.” 

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The Noble Needle Workers

Volunteers provide hope through handmade gifts.

Generosity has the power to heal both the giver and the receiver.  That’s certainly the case at Parkview Noble Hospital with a group of women from the community who volunteer their time and talent to produce meaningful items for those in need. 

The Parkview Noble Needle Workers have been coming together to provide hope and encouragement for patients since August 2008. They crochet, sew, and knit gifts, which are then given directly to Parkview Noble’s patients, patients’ families, and the local community. These handmade gifts are created entirely from donated materials and fabrics. 

Sally Freed, a member of the Needle Workers for the past three years, says the hope they are able to bring patients is one reason she enjoys being a part of the Needle Workers and supportive of Parkview’s mission.  She says making these items “brings a little happiness to a lot of people who need something to cheer them up.”

Another member of the Needle Workers, Anne Tipple, shares similar feelings. A member since the group’s inception, Tipple believes it helps the volunteers working in the group as well as the community.  The Needle Workers “are a great way to meet with people who have similar interests,” Tipple said.

The Needle Workers have made over 7,600 pieces. When the group began, they produced 654 items in one year.  In 2015, with added hands and more donations, that number more than doubled to 1,335 items. The type of items created varies and includes baby caps, red caps for Heart Health Awareness, purple caps for Shaken Baby Prevention, chemotherapy caps, shawls, blankets, walker bags, nursing covers, soft touch inserts for mastectomy patients, red scarves for newly diagnosed heart patients, and pink blankets for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.

Tipple believes that “Parkview Noble and Parkview Noble Foundation are great for the community. Many communities are missing something like the Needle Workers.” 

When asked what she’d say to anyone thinking about working with the Needle Workers, Freed said, “Come and join.  We are a lot of fun.”  Acts of generosity provide hope and healing at Parkview Noble.

If you want to donate materials to the Needle Workers’ cause or become involved yourself, please contact Lori VanCamp, at Parkview Noble, (260) 347-8125.

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Wabash High School Volleyball Teams Help 'Kill' Cancer

Local volleyball teams raise money for the Parkview Wabash Mammogram Charity Fund.

While many high school athletes only focus on season records and championships, Wabash High School junior varsity and varsity teams have rallied behind a cause that continues to provide hope to the community and countless women. To date, the teams have raised over $30,000 for the Parkview Wabash Foundation Mammogram Charity Fund through their “Kills for the Cure” event.

According to team coach Katie Cromer, the project was developed after the national “Dig Pink” initiative. The girls wanted their efforts to benefit those living in the Wabash community. They purchased pink uniforms for the girls to wear for the month of October and worked with the Parkview Wabash Hospital Foundation, formerly Wabash County Hospital Foundation, to establish the Mammography Charity Fund. This fund provides mammograms and additional breast cancer screening for women who are unable to pay for these lifesaving screenings.

The girls put in enormous amounts of time and effort in support of their community and women’s health. The girls make presentations to local business leaders and community organizations such as Rotary and Kiwanis, and they raise money in the form of flat donations or “pledges per kill.” The girls present a slide show including information about the night and testimonials from women who have benefited from the Mammogram Charity Fund. The team then hosts a Pink Night during the last home game of the season and decorate the gym with balloons and streamers. Donors are recognized during the game with banners hanging on the wall.

Katie is proud of the girls and recognizes the generosity they’ve received from the community. She attributes much of this success to the “continued and generous support from individuals and businesses in our community.”

These annual efforts benefit not only those who use the funds, but also the girls on the team, Katie explained. Through their efforts, the girls experience giving back to their community and gain experience in public speaking. More importantly, they raise awareness about breast cancer. Katie hopes they look back on this experience as positive and rewarding because they were able to make a difference in the lives of the women in their community through generosity. Generosity Heals.


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Piece of Mind


Giving Patients Peace of Mind at Parkview Wabash

Crash carts in Parkview Wabash Hospital help critical staff respond immediately.

Patients and their families should feel some comfort when they come through the doors of Parkview Wabash Hospital because   at any time, anywhere they can receive immediate, thorough care. Because of the excellent staff and generosity of donors, this continues to be a reality for the patients at Parkview Wabash.

Crash carts are used by doctors and nurses to help a patient in distress. They contain medical equipment, such as respiratory equipment, and devices for inserting IVs and assisting patients in breathing, medication and defibrillation. According to Cathy Wolfe, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Parkview Wabash Hospital, new crash carts are now standardized throughout the hospital. This means nurses or doctors can efficiently treat patients, wherever an emergency may occur.

At Parkview Wabash Hospital, there are a total of five crash carts in the hospital: two in the emergency department, one in the coronary care unit, one in the medical-surgical department and one in the operating room. All of the registered nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists must maintain certification in the life-saving use of the equipment and must participate in mock codes throughout the year. When a patient’s condition deteriorates rapidly, the availability and use of these crash carts may mean the difference between life and death.

It’s not uncommon for staff to work across various departments, so standardizing these carts allows staff to work with equipment that is familiar to them. “Through the standardization of the crash carts, I believe that we can respond very efficiently and effectively no matter where the patient is and provide the emergency care that is needed,” explained Wolfe. The result is peace of mind for any patient entering Parkview Wabash, because you know that you will be well taken care of, even outside of your hospital room.

“We’re very thankful [to donors who] provide the funds [through the Foundation] for this very important equipment,” Wolfe shared. “The crash carts are already in use and have helped multiple patients in emergency situations.”

 

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EMS Cots

Donated EMS cots provide hope for both patients and paramedics.

Time works against first-responders when they face critical medical situations. For emergency medical technician (EMT) Jessica Cordes, sometimes the severity of a patient’s injury can challenge her and her team members. Challenges can also come from trying to navigate the physical environment to reach an injured or ill patient.

These physical challenges can pose risks for medical teams in their attempts to reach and treat the patient on the scene. Many older cot models used in ambulances require paramedics and EMTs to lift and push both the cot and patient into the emergency vehicle, which can strain their backs and sometime cause serious injury. But, thanks to the generosity of local donors, Jessica and her team members at Parkview Whitley now have electronic cots that help them better respond to individual medical needs while keeping patients safer and more comfortable.

The new cots offer complete automatic lift, so paramedics don’t have to bear the weight of both the cot and patients. Automatic loading from the cot to the truck takes the weight off Jessica’s back so she doesn’t risk developing injury as often. Jessica was extremely thankful when the new Ferno EMS cots arrived.

“That’s the thing with medics; we have to deal with the heavy lifting and resultant injuries,” she explained. “These cots help carry the weight so we don’t have to do as much heavy lifting which means our career is little more prolonged.”

Support from donors through Parkview Whitley Foundation helps Parkview Whitley Hospital employees continue to provide exceptional care to patients. This support can frequently be seen through the purchase of new technologies like the electronic EMS cots. And, this support has given Jessica hope for a longer career as a paramedic. She is grateful for the safety and comfort the new cots offer her and the patients she sees. She is sure that other paramedics like her are just as appreciative.

Generosity heals at Parkview Whitley when it benefits patients, staff, and the community. Preserving the health of caregivers so they can provide safe, lifesaving care for patients is one way Parkview Whitley Foundation donors are changing communities for the better.


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The Comfort of Generosity

New infant warmers care for
Whitley County's smallest patients.

How many new generations and new lives had their start at Parkview Whitley Hospital? For many in Whitley County, the family birthing center has been the setting for first breaths and first memories of newborn children and grandchildren.

With a growing community, more babies are delivered at Parkview Whitley each year, and thanks to community support, the family birthing center continues to be well-equipped to welcome each birth with open arms and sufficient resources.

Donors to Parkview Whitley Foundation recently made possible the purchase of a new infant warmer. When multiple babies are born in a short window of time, having multiple warmers is vital in providing the appropriate care for our smallest patients.

“Every newborn born in the family birthing center uses a warmer for what could be a number of reasons,” said Stacy Frank, Parkview Whitley Family Birthing Center Manager. “With the steady increase in the number of deliveries here at Parkview Whitley Hospital, there was a clear need for additional equipment.”

The warmer counts the minutes for the required Apgar newborn assessment, provides warmth and heat to the babies, helps with the stabilization of the infant, is used for oxygen, suction, and neonatal resuscitation, and has the ability to provide phototherapy when needed.

“[Donors to] the Foundation have been a great resource for the facility,” shared Stacy. “The Foundation [and our donors] have the best interest of the patient in mind. We had the highest census in hospital history during 2014 and 2015, so there have been many days we have been very grateful for the warmer. ”

Some say it takes a village to raise a child, and in this case, Parkview Whitley Foundation donors are a vital part of that village. Their gifts find their way into the rooms of new mothers and fathers, side-by-side with caregivers, making priceless memories and positive experiences possible for Whitley County families. 

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Thank you to these Ohio Northern University staff and students for their contributions during the creation of the 2015 Parkview Foundations Generosity Report:
Dr. Katherine R. Fleck, APR; Dr. Alisa Agozzino, Ph.D, APR; Alexa Lammers; Ashlee McDonnell; Blake Lundy; Evan Bader; Hannah Peterson; Ian Meyer; Kirk Stein; Kyle Handley; Megan Cottongim; and, Sam Craven.