11-21-2019 School news & calendars

WINNING POSTERS… Watervliet Middle School Student Council red ribbon poster contest winners: (from the left) Back row – Alyssa Brown, Kisstenna Smith, Marissa Lowell, Morgan Lowell; Front row – Keziah White and Dimetric White.

Watervliet Public Schools Calendar of Events

Saturday, November 23 MS Basketball – All teams at Comstock Tournament, Comstock High School: 7th & 8th Grade Maroon, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 7th & 8th Grade White, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Monday, November 25 MS Boys White Basketball at Coloma, 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 26 Elementary School Picture Retakes; 7th Grade Boys White Basketball, Home vs. Lakeshore & 8th Grade Boys White Basketball at Lakeshore, 5:00 p.m.; 7th Grade Boys Maroon Basketball, Home vs. Lakeshore & 8th Grade Boys Maroon Basketball at Lakeshore, 6:00 p.m.; Fall Choir Concert, HS auditorium, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 27 1/2 day ALL BUILDINGS; Fellowship of Christian Athletes, HS, 7:00 a.m. Thursday, November 28 – Friday, November 29 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

PANTHER OF THE MONTH… These Watervliet North School students have been awarded Panther of the Month for October 2019. They were nominated by various staff members for their hard work, positive attitude and more! Pictured are: (from the left) Back row – Annabelle Barnard, Caroline Weber, Bella Tomlinson and Isabella Clark; Front row – Trinity Reese, Brooklyn Smith and Hailey Adams. Congratulations to all Panthers of the Month – keep up the good work!

Lakeland hospitals achieve A’s in patient safety

Lakeland Medical Center and Lakeland Hospital Niles recently achieved an ‘A’ in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Spectrum Health Lakeland’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. “Year after year we strive to create a culture of safety for our patients,” said Kendall Troyer, MBA, vice president organizational excellence and quality, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “Receiving an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group is a testament to the important work our team members are doing to improve health care quality and safety every day.” “‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.” To see Lakeland’s full grade, and how other health systems in the region are performing, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

PANTHER OF THE MONTH… Watervliet North School has awarded Kaylee Bartee (left) and Marihya Cox Panthers of the Month for October 2019.

Lakeland Ear, Nose and Throat welcomes new providers

Lakeland Ear, Nose and Throat is pleased to welcome physician assistant, Jasmine Gillett, PA, and audiologist, Heidi Schmeltzer, CCC-A, to the care team. Gillett and Schmeltzer will see patients alongside Paul Judge, MD, Aaron Lanning, NP, and Dennis Thompson, MD, with practice locations in Niles and St. Joseph. Gillett earned a Master of Science in Physician As