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Iowa City VA Hosts Town Hall Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Martin   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:54
IOWA CITY – Senior leaders from the Iowa City VA Health Care System and the Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office will hold a Veterans’ Town Hall event from noon – 1:30 p.m. on March 12, 2015 at the Decorah Public Library, in Decorah, IA.
The town hall is designed to gain open and honest feedback from Veterans, their family members and other beneficiaries. VA also welcomes input from congressional stakeholders, Veteran service organizations, nongovernmental organizations and other community partners.
VA facilities around the country are holding town hall meetings on a quarterly basis “to improve communication with, and hear directly from, Veterans nationwide.”
“Caring for Veterans is a calling, and our first commitment is to provide Veterans and their families the timely, quality care and benefits they have earned and deserve through their service to our Nation,” said VA Secretary Robert McDonald. “As we seek continual improvement and to rebuild trust among Veterans, it is critical that we continue to listen and learn directly from those who use our system.”
The library is located at: 202 Winnebago St Decorah, IA 52101
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Genesis Nursing Homes Earn High Ratings From CMS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Cooper   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:48

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Feb. 23, 2015 -- Westwing Place at Genesis Medical Center, DeWitt, and Illini Restorative Care, Silvis, Ill., have earned 5-star overall quality ratings in the latest Nursing Home Compare ratings from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Genesis Senior Living, Aledo, earned a 4-star rating, the highest rating among Mercer County facilities.

Five stars are the highest rating a nursing home can achieve from Nursing Home Compare. The overall quality rating is based upon health inspections, staffing and quality measures.

Westwing Place earned 5 stars in health inspections and quality measures and 4 stars in staffing to achieve the top overall quality rating. Illini Restorative earned 5 stars in staffing, 4 stars in health inspections and 3 stars in quality measures. Genesis Senior Living, Aledo earned 5 stars for quality measures, 4 stars for health inspections and 1 star for staffing.

The Genesis Senior Living facilities maintained their high quality ratings at the same time nearly one third of the nation’s nursing homes received lower scores reflecting revised, tougher standards.

“We are proud of the quality of care provided every day to our residents,’’ said Glen Roebuck, executive director of post acute services, Genesis Health System. “We try to care for each resident the way we would care for our own family and loved ones and in fact, in communities where are facilities are located, our residents may be the family or friend of one of our staff.

“It takes a team of providers who truly care about quality to achieve these top ratings. To be able to earn these ratings on a consistent basis is a tribute to their skills and compassion.’’

For more information about senior living options at Genesis, go to www.genesishealth.com/seniorliving

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Moline Acupuncturist Completes Advanced Studies in Tung’s Style Acupuncture for Pain PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Stewart   
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 16:46

Moline, IL, February 24th -  Scott Stewart, licensed acupuncture practitioner, and owner of Healing Lotus Acupuncture at 4300 12th Ave. in Moline, has just completed advanced certification in Tung’s style acupuncture.

Dr. Tung’s style acupuncture is an advanced style of acupuncture developed by Dr. Tung's family, and can be traced back over 300 years.  This form of acupuncture is unique, because it uses fewer needles with greater results.  The points chosen are often distal to the site of injury, or on the opposite side of the body.  This acupuncture system is particularly effective in cases of acute & chronic pain, but also treats internal disorders as well.

For more information regarding Tung’s style acupuncture or Eastern medicine, please contact Healing Lotus Acupuncture at (309) 764-4753 and ask for Scott, or visit our website at:  www.HealingLotus.co

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Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.

4300 12th Ave

Moline, IL

(309) 764.4753

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Smiddy Sponsors Bill to Help Prevent Diabetes PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Paul Ferrero   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:24
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new three-year program to tackle diabetes will be launched in Rock Island County if legislation sponsored by state Rep. Mike Smiddy, D-Hillsdale, becomes law.
“This legislation will help not-for-profits continue their great work battling diabetes through education and exercise opportunities in our community,” Smiddy said. “Initiatives like the diabetes pilot program that work to decrease disease in our communities are ideas the state should fund and expand to help more Illinoisans.”
Smiddy is sponsoring House Bill 1514, which creates a three-year diabetes prevention pilot program in Rock Island County through a partnership with local nonprofits and the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS).  HFS will choose a provider for the task force and that nonprofit will receive Medicaid reimbursement for their effort to prevent diabetes in the community. Smiddy will push this measure through the legislative process this spring, with the hope of it becoming law and going into effect immediatly after being signed by the governor.
“By removing the financial burden the program currently places on men and women that administer this program, we can help the local nonprofit expand their ability combat this deadly disease and save lives,” Smiddy said. “The health and vitality of our community remains a priority for me, and I’ll continue to support initiatives that empower community groups to improve the well-being of our residents.”
House Bill 1514 was introduced in February and awaits consideration in a House committee.
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PV Alum Introduces the President Before Obama Signs Suicide Prevention Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Beth Marsoun   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 10:27

Earlier this month, President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Act into law.  It’s named after a soldier and member of Team Rubicon who took his own life.  Jake Wood introduced the President and gave a heart-felt message about his fallen friend.   Wood is a PV alum, a member of our Wall of Honor, and founder of Team Rubicon.

Here is the link to the signing ceremony with video of Jake  à http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/02/12/clay-hunt-act-what-president-just-signed

Here’s information about Team Rubicon.  Wood started the group, after his time in the Marines, to help bridge the gap when a disaster strikes.  They’ve volunteered in Haiti and during Katrina, among other disasters across the globe à http://www.teamrubiconusa.org/

 
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