Board Hires New Nurse Practitioner
The Board of Directors of the Beaver Island Rural Health Center is very pleased to announce the hiring of Sue Solle, Family Nurse Practitioner, as a new practitioner to work with Chris VanLooy, PA-C. Sue was one of six applicants (15 inquiries) and is highly qualified, bringing many years of experience and skills to complement and strengthen BIRHC's current health care services. She will be an asset to the community.
Sue and her husband, Frank, will be moving to the island around the first of October from Ewen, Michigan, in the upper peninsula, where Sue has been the solo nurse practitioner for a small rural health center for the past seven years. Both Sue and Frank have spent many years on the island previously, and are looking forward to joining the community on a permanent basis.
Sue is the daughter of Matt and Ellie Hohn. Frank is the son of Rhea Christie and the stepson of former island doctor, Joseph Christie. The board will host a community reception to welcome Sue after she and Frank are settled.
Welcome Sue and Frank
With the arrival of Sue and Frank Solle the island, besides acquiring another practitioner, will have a couple who have a long-standing relationship with the island. Like many couples, they met and fell in love on the island. Sue's family has been coming to the island since 1961, while Frank's family was here from 1968 until 1979. Frank is a graduate of the Beaver Island Community School. They have one son, Scott, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are out-of-door folks who like snowshoeing, hiking, and biking. There's an interest in sports.. Frank has been the sports writer for the Ontonagon Herald and the Daily Mining Gazette. He's also been involved in youth organizations. Sue has been involved with organizations, including being the Treasurer and Board Member of the MidWest Clinician's Network. Welcome, Sue and Frank, it's great to have you back.
Approved Minutes of Beaver Island Rural Health Center Board of Directors Meeting
GUESTS – Many attendees from the community
Call to Order, Welcome and Announcements:
II. Review, revisions to agenda
There will be one addition. Update on the truck raffle added as item V. E.
III. Minutes of the Special
to approve minutes of the
IV. Financial Report:
A. A copy of the budget as of
July 2003 was distributed. For the year, the operating loss is $13,286. Reminder
that this budget does not include any grant money from the state. Projected loss
for the year is slightly less than projected last month, and expenses were
slightly under. Motion to accept and
approve the treasurer’s report as submitted (Reed/Wojan); approved. Report
of the Special Project Fund and the Endowment Fund from CCCF was distributed and
reviewed. Special Project Fund has $35,662.33 as of
B. Requests were submitted to
both townships for assessing the full allowable millage prior to
C. A summary sheet was presented with details of the amounts of money held by BIRHC for the Lansing Delegation, the Housing Committee (soon to be the Beaver Island Community Development Corporation when they receive 501C3 status), and the Beaver Island Partnership. Pete LoDico provided an update regarding the work that is being done for housing and the efforts to raise money. There will be another benefit dinner on September 18th, and everyone is encouraged to attend. Nothing was available on the Medial Auxiliary at this time, however, recognition and thanks were given to the auxiliary for providing $2,000 in early winter for improvements to the condo, as well as funding the cost of printing raffle tickets and promotional flyers.
V. Resource Development Report:
A. Ms. Glendon provided a
brief recap of the meeting on
B. Ms. Glendon completely
reviewed the Preliminary BIRHC Capital Campaign Proposal which was distributed.
All points of the document were explained and discussed. There was discussion
about whether a reserve fund or the endowment fund should be repository for this
money. With an endowment fund, the principal cannot be invaded; with a reserve
fund, the principal can be used. Long term, the intent is that the endowment
fund will be sufficient to provide the needed extra operating funds.
Because there are so many current uncertainties regarding state funding
and operating costs for the new facility, it was recommended that monies raised
during the proposed campaign be held in a special reserve fund. Although there
was discussion about it, the issue of which type of fund (endowment vs. reserve)
does not need to be decided immediately. What does need decision is how to move
forward with the campaign. Motion to
adopt the Preliminary BIRHC Capital Campaign Proposal (Speck/Reed); approved
with a vote of 7 for and one (1),
C. Ms. Glendon recognized
many individuals and organizations who have provided contributions for the new
facility. Included are the Traudt and Gill families, in-kind contributions from
Ed Wojan, Jim Wojan, Parker Motor Freight,
D. Ms. Glendon stated that there may be $15,000 available from the state for the health center. That possibility is actively being pursued.
were expressed by President Wojan to many Board members for their tireless work
over the past several months. She
A. The two utilization reports were distributed and reviewed. Of note, the number of encounters for July 2003 compared to 2002 was down 12%; for the year to date, encounters are down 6%. With the number of visitors and the economy as it is, these decreases are not unexpected.
The Transition Manager’s Report was distributed and reviewed. As regards
staffing, Chris VanLooy has worked during the week and the health center has had
relief coverage for the weekends. That has worked well. The process to hire a
second practitioner is proceeding well, and the process approved by the board is
being followed. The arrangement with BIEMS to utilize their staff during the day
to provide clinical assistance has worked well. Not only has the arrangement
provided assistance, but it has strengthened the collaboration and relationship
between the two organizations. Billing progress continues. The plan is to
continue efforts on clean up activities and evaluate progress and status in
September. Information regarding billing will be presented at a meeting where
adequate time can be devoted to explaining it. The relationship with Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Michigan is developing. They have been asked to consider payments
on labs and x-rays that will take into account all transportation costs, talk
The status report on operational objectives was distributed. It will be reviewed
at the next meeting.
VII. Process and Timelines for
A. President Wojan asked Pete
B. To date, there are 5
applicants. They are Dr. Mark Folkening, Dr. Brad Grassmick, Eula Thomas, Nancy
Tritsch and Angel Welke; Jeff powers has withdrawn his name. Announcement was
made that any other interested persons are welcome and encouraged to apply. All
names are to be submitted by
VIII. Construction Committee
B. Barb Murphy –
Construction is on schedule. As of September 1, the building will be 48% done.
Everything seems to be progressing well. On August 22nd, a shipment
of donated furniture will arrive and be stored at Welter’s storage facility.
Universal Sign in
President Wojan presented a history of dental services on
ii. A piece of paper with a draft list of considerations for a lease agreement was distributed. President Wojan asked members of the board to think about all the issues with an open mind so that we can discuss the entire matter at the next meeting. We need to decide whether Dr. White should sign an agreement/lease prior to moving into the new dental space, and, if so, what should be included in that agreement.
Other – Pete LoDico invited all to
attend the fund raising dinner for BI Housing Committee – soon to be known as
the Beaver Island Community Development Corporation – on
X. Public Comments – There
is a great deal of interest in learning more about billing; the public will be
invited to the staff presentation. Dr. White spoke about her concerns regarding
the cost of practicing dentistry in a rural community, and her need for
financial assistance. She does not
feel it is fair for her to pay the $5,000 estimated cost of a separate meter for
the dental space in the new facility. Dr.
White reminded the community that they have gained a lot from her services.
Several persons from the community and Board spoke in support of Dr. White, and
many Board members affirmed the Board’s long term commitment to the importance
of dental care as a component of overall health and wellness services.
After all who wished to speak did so, President Wojan thanked everyone for attending and participating. She also invited the public to attend all BIRHC meetings in the future.
XI. Next Meeting:
Motion to adjourn (Reed/LoDico);
We had an exciting Sunday morning at our house when it was discovered that Andrea's pet hamster had escaped sometime during the night. If you've never gone on a hamster hunt, you just don't know what you're missing. To add into the excitement was the fact that we own, not one, but two house cats - one of them being a thirty pound Russian Blue. The cats were caged and the hunt began. Under the furniture, behind books, under and behind appliances, you name it, we looked there. Being able to think like a hamster would help but none of us had that particular ability. We'd about given up when a tiny scratching noise was heard by Joe in the laundry room. Checking under and behind the freezer was tricky but didn't produce the hamster. Then Andrea thought she heard something in the family room so we trekked in there. All of a sudden a wire moved slightly behind the entertainment center and lo, and behold, guess who tweaked that wire? Now the only problem was getting her out since it's about impossible to move the entire entertainment center. Grandpa's area soft touch for grand-daughters in tears and he came to the rescue with a saw, which cut a hole in the back of the entertainment center large enough for Andrea's upper body to reach through and grab the wayward critter. The hamster has now been moved from the expensive Habi-trail plastic cage to a glass aquarium with a screened lid. Just so it wouldn't escape again, last night a coffee can full of pennies was set on top of the lid.. now if that hamster can raise that lid weighing about ten pounds I'm not going to worry about the cats eating it, heck the cats had better be careful of the escapee hamster.
Larry K. Tepe 1965-2003
Larry K. Tepe, 37, of Elkhart, Indiana, died at his parents' home on September 13, 2003 of natural causes.
He was born on December 15, 1965, in Elkhart to Dennis O. and Jan A. (Pedler) Tepe.
His parents survive along with his former wife, Krista Tepe of South Bend; a brother Steve (Jill) of Elkhart; and his grandmother, Frances Tepe of Elkhart. One brother, Gary, preceded him in death.
Larry was vice president of Tepe Sanitary Supply in Elkhart since 1990. He was a 1984 graduate of Memorial High School, where he was a vasity swimmer. He graduated from Ball State University in 1988 with a degree in business. He was a graduate of the Elkhart Leadership Academy and a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He loved boating, swimming, snow skiing and vacationing at Beaver Island.
The funeral service will be September 16th, at 10 a.m. at Hillcrest United Methodist Church. The Reverend David Cross will officiate. A private family graveside service will be held at Zion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Riley Hospital for Children or the Elkhart Community Hospice.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Larry's family.
Carl Frederick Vertican
Carl Frederick Vertican, age 80, of Kalkaska, formerly of Gaylord and long time summer island resident, died Friday, September 12, 2003.
Carl was born February 13, 1923 in Port Huron, Michigan. He was employed as a master mechanic at Holland Chevrolet in Marine City, twenty years for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the last twenty-three years as an independent oil field contractor until he finished his last pump jack in 2002.
Carl faithfully served his family and his Lord and leaves a rich legacy of his love for his family and of his love for the great outdoors of northern Michigan.
Carl is survived by his wife of 60 years, E. Annette; his three sons, Carl Jr., and Gary of California, and David of Gaylord; his daughter Carole Bearss of Virginia; 17 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister Pat Blackwell of Sebring, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16th at the Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord with interment at Otsego Lake Township Cemetery.
Contributions in memory of Carl Vertican may be made to the Vertican family through the Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Annette and her family.
Moving the Lighthouse?
It's common knowledge that Jerry LaFreniere is the proud owner of the Freesoil Museum, but did you know he's decided to add the Whiskey Point Lighthouse to his memorabilia? At least that's the rumor after seeing all the digging going on around the base of the tower. Sure looked as though they were preparing to move it light and all. It seems that the Environmental Protection Agency had a off-shoot check out the lead in the soil, a result of years of flaking lead-based paint from the tower falling upon the ground. The lead amounts were quite high resulting in the contaminated soil being dug up, barged off-island and "fresh", "clean" soil brought in. According to Jerry, the diggers have found some interesting things.. walls from the old house attached to the tower, an old gold ring, and bits and pieces of various other items. Jerry? Just exactly how ARE you going to move the tower down the road to your place? Are you going to have Marie keep the light polished and working? According to son Gerald, the deal Marie made with Jerry is that he can have the lighthouse IF he gets rid of that boiler in the front yard.