08-03-2017 School news & calendars

“Kute Kids”… THIS “KUTE KID” is… Aiyanna Forrester, 7, she loves her school and friends. She loves to dance and play ball. Most of all she loves her baby sisters, Allisa and Alayna, and teaches them everything she learns. Aiyanna is the daughter of Sarah and Josh Forrester.

August 8 job fair to recruit part-time college instructors;

LMC teachers needed in Allegan, South Haven, Benton Harbor and Niles

 Lake Michigan College will hold a Part-Time Faculty Job Fair on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Allegan Tech Center.

The college is seeking part-time instructors to teach fall semester classes, which begin September 5. Positions are available at the Allegan Tech Center, and at LMC’s South Haven, Benton Harbor and Niles campuses.

Currently there are 17 positions open in a variety of subjects. Most in the arts and sciences require a master’s degree, but some career and technical education courses can be taught by instructors with a bachelor’s degree and other field-specific credentials.

“Many of our part-time faculty are professionals with full-time jobs in their industries. We value the expertise, professional perspectives and networking opportunities these instructors bring to our students,” said Leslie Kellogg, vice-president, academic services.

Time commitments vary, but can be as little as three-to-four hours per week. Benefits for part-time faculty positions include a tiered pay scale, tuition waivers for instructors and their dependents (based on course load), Mendel Center Mainstage ticket discounts, and opportunities for professional development.

Attendees will have the opportunity to interview on-site. Candidates should bring a resume or Curriculum Vitae and should be prepared to provide college transcripts and other relevant credentials documents, such as licenses and certifications.

The Allegan Tech Center is located at 2891 116th Avenue in Allegan.

For a full list of openings and descriptions, and to apply, visit www.TeachAtLMC.com. Questions about the event can be directed to jobs@lakemichigancollege.edu or (269) 927-8132.

Third year Lakeland Health named Most Wired

 Lakeland Health has been named to the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired list, released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum. According to survey, technology is making it easier for patients and providers to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships, while new tools are helping patients become more actively involved in their care and maintaining their health.

Most Wired hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth, and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show:

76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.

When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure e-mails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.

68 percent simplify prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.

62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.

Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.

40 percent offer virtual physician visits.

More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.

“We are excited and honored to receive this recognition,” said Robin Sarkar, PhD, Chief Information Officer, Lakeland Health. “Keeping the patient at the center of all that we do, focusing on the Quadruple Aim, and active collaboration between the clinical and information technology teams was the key to achieving health IT at the Most Wired level.”

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, conducted between January 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN). The 2017 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals – more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. – examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.

Aug. 4-6 “GLAD-PEACH FESTIVAL” in Coloma celebrating 50th year. Visit www.colomapeachfest.com for more information.

Aug. 5-6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. “WWII LANDING CRAFTS RIDES” presented by Lest We Forget at Tiscornia Beach in St. Joseph. $5/person; under 12 free. Call 269-925-7176 or visit www.lestweforgetusa.org.

Sundays, Aug. 6 & 13, 2 p.m. “SAILBOAT RACES” on Paw Paw Lake hosted by Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club, 5099 Shoreview Dr., Coloma.

Monday, Aug. 7, 3:00-4:40 p.m. “REP. GRIFFIN COFFEE HOUR” at Hartford City Hall. Public invited.

Tuesdays Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29, 10 a.m.-noon “STEM CAMP ON SAILING” at North Berrien Historical Museum, 300 Coloma Ave. for students in grade 6 and up. Register by Aug. 7, stop in or call 269-468-3330.

Friday, Aug. 11 “COMMUNITY GOLF MIXER” at Paw Paw Lake Golf Club hosted by North Berrien Community Development & Coloma Watervliet Area Chamber of Commerce. $60/person, 4-person scramble. Call Chana Kniebes at (269) 468-4430 or 757-2457.

Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. “WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S” at Riverview Park on Niles Ave. in St. Joseph. For more information contact Kristin Burt at kburt@alz.org or 269-342-1482.

Saturday, Aug. 12, 12 noon “TRENT MCKINNEY MEMORIAL WATERVLIET WRESTLING GOLF OUTING” at Pipestone Creek Golf Course, 6768 Naomi Rd., Eau Claire. 4-man scramble/ $65 per person includes cart & steak dinner. Registration deadline August 4. Prize drawings, silent auction, 50/50 raffle. Contact Travis McKinney (269-308-1177) or Nicole McKinney (269-308-1176).

Saturday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m. “RIBBON CUTTING AT SOME THINGS DIFFERENT” by Watervliet Coloma Area Chamber of Commerce; located at 404 N. Main in Watervliet. Live music and refreshments.

Sunday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m. “GRAND CITY SHOW SKIERS” on Paw Paw Lake at the Paw Paw Lake Yacht Club, 5099 Shoreview Dr., Coloma. Free admission. Food available from PPLYC for donation. Sponsored by Paw Paw Lake Association.

Monday, Aug. 14, 1-6 p.m. “BLOOD DRIVE” at Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet. Conducted by Michigan Blood. Sponsored by the hospital auxiliary. Must be 18 or older to donate.

Aug. 14-19 “BERRIEN COUNTY YOUTH FAIR” in Berrien Springs. For more information, visit www.bcyf.org or call the Fair Office at 269-473-4251.

Thursday, Aug. 17, 6:00-8:30 p.m. “QUARTER AUCTION” fund-raiser for Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet Auxiliary at Coloma FOP Lodge, 3470 Angling Rd., Coloma. $5 admission; at the door or call 468-8301. Auction items valued at $10 to $200.

Aug. 18-20 “WHS CLASS OF 1962 REUNION” Friday at Arclight Brewery; 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Fairfield Inn, Watervliet; Sunday breakfast at Mill Creek Charlies on M-140. Call Marsha Stennecke Cole at 269-463-3712.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 9 a.m.-noon “TOUCH-A-TRUCK” at Rodgers Lake, 58620 Sink Rd., Dowagiac. Hands-on event provided by Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Open to public, free, RSVP required at www.pokagonband-nsn.gov/form/touch-truck-registration.

Saturday, Aug. 19, 11 a.m. “WATERVLIET PUBLIC SCHOOLS 40 YEAR CLUB” annual meeting at Watervliet Middle School, 450 E. St. Joseph Street. Social hour at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon. $15/person reservation due by July 30. For more info call Marsha Stennecke Cole 269-463-3712 or Donna Gillard Curtis 269-463-6680.

Friday, Aug. 25 “2017 NORTH BERRIEN PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST” deadline for submissions. For more information, contact North Berrien Historical Museum at 269-468-3330 or Kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

Sep. 7-10 “ANTIQUE ENGINE & TRACTOR SHOW” at Michigan Flywheelers Museum. Admission $7/adult; children 12 and under free. For information visit www.michiganflywheelers.org or call 269-639-2010.

Saturday, Sep. 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Sep. 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. “COLOR OUR WORLD WITH QUILTS” presented by The Niles Piecemakers Quilt Guild at Brandywine Elementary School, 2428 South 13th St., Niles. Quilts on display, door prizes, vendors, quilt raffle, silent auction and food. Admission/ $5.

Saturday, Oct. 21 “ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW” fund-raiser by Lakeland Hospital Watervliet Auxiliary at Watervliet Middle School.

Mondays, 7 p.m. “PUB THEOLOGY” at Arclight Brewery. Public is invited to join in discussions. Hosted by St. Paul’s United Church of Christ.

Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. “STORY HOUR” at Coloma Public Library. A free weekly program for toddlers and preschool-aged children, it does not require sign-up. Call 269-468-3431 for information.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday “SUMMER PROGRAMS” at the Hartford Public Library. 11 a.m. for baby thru 6 years old, and 1 p.m. for 7 years old and up. Visit their website at www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org for more details.

Thursdays, 6 – 10 p.m. “Trap shooting” at the Coloma Rod & Gun Club.

Second Thursday of each month, 3 – 5 p.m. “BERRIEN COUNTY PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUP” at Lakeland Healthcare Frederick S. Upton Education Center rooms 5 & 6, 1234 Napier Ave. For info, contact Michigan Parkinson Foundation at 800-852-9781 or bcpdsupport@aol.com.

Third Monday of each month, 3 – 6 p.m. “FOOD BANK” at Central Assembly of God, 6801 Ryno Rd., Coloma.