HEALTH NOTEBOOK: Dot Foods donation to benefit medication assistance program

Posted: Dec. 18, 2012 12:41 pm Updated: Jan. 15, 2013 1:15 pm

The Dot Foods Charitable Committee recently presented a check to Quincy Catholic Charities on behalf of the Quincy Medical Group Healthcare Foundation Bridge the Gap to Health Race.

Proceeds from the $10,000 donation will go toward funding the Quincy Catholic Charities MedAssist program. MedAssist leverages medications from pharmaceutical companies for families who meet income guidelines but do not have prescription coverage.

New name, logo

Rothman Index has switched ownership and is undergoing a name and logo change. Blessing Hospital began using this index, which simplifies a patient's medical records, in June 2011. The system has expanded and is more widely used in hospitals of all sizes.

The Rothman Index helps hospital staff members by creating easy-to-read graphs that highlight subtle changes which can be missed with multiple hospital shift changes. With the charts, a caregiver can easily see a patient's condition over the course of hours and days.


The Caring Cup

Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary has opened The Caring Cup, a coffee bar inside the main entrance of Hannibal Regional Medical Group near the concierge desk. Money from purchases goes toward the Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary. The menu offers an array of beverages such as lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, flavored coffees and hot chocolate. Customers may also purchase a variety of gourmet muffins. Hours of operation are 8 to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.



Julie Leverenz, vice president of strategy and planning for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Leverenz has joined 8,500 other health care executives in this distinction. Candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional and community involvement. Fellows must be recertified every three years.


Healthy habits

Saint Dominic and Saint Francis schools celebrated the completion of the Heptathlon of Healthy Habits on Dec. 11 during a final ceremony. Miss Illinois Megan Ervin and six-time Olympic medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee presented the participants with Heptathlon of Healthy Habits T-shirts and spoke about how to continue incorporating wellness throughout their lives.

Throughout the heptathlon, Quincy Medical Group instructed students on physical activity, reading, avoiding distracted driving, healthful eating, giving to the community, individual spirit and recycling. An expert from each category led a weekly assembly, and students were responsible for completing a personal tracking booklet.

Hannah McNeff, the community wellness coordinator at QMG, said the program let students take charge of their own personal wellness.



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