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Doctors recognized

NORMAL - The BroMenn Healthcare board of directors and administration honored the newest members of BroMenn's Quarter Century Club recently at Bloomington Country Club.

Honored were Drs. Daniel Nord, obstetrician/gynecologist; Lawrence Raines, general surgeon; and Otis Allen, plastic surgeon.

The Quarter Century Club was founded in 1999 to recognize physicians who have served on the BroMenn, Brokaw, Mennonite or Eureka Community Hospital medical-dental staff for 25 years or more. The club has 60 members.

Employees honored

NORMAL - Twenty-five year employees of BroMenn Healthcare System were among employees honored during BroMenn's recent annual service awards dinner at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, Bloomington.

Twenty-five year employees recognized were Lanh Albright, Patricia Bicknell, Clyde Cushing, Priscilla Harper, Susan Jones, Susan Kaufman, Karen Pachis, Khien Pham, Steve Pinneke, Penny Rathbun, Janetta Sherrill and Theresa Weldy, all of Bloomington; Rebecca Clemmons, Bernadine Gale and Vicki Hinkson, all Normal; Donna Banwart, Fairbury; Lynn Dietsch, Lexington; Annette Grieder, Carlock; Marilyn Hoglund, Gridley; Nancy Kaufmann, Towanda; Kathryn Macy, Heyworth; and Curtis Meyers, Downs.

Lincoln center

LINCOLN - Memorial Health System's physician network, including Family Medical Center of Lincoln, has been named an Employer of Choice by Greensboro, N.C.,-based Employer of Choice Inc.

Fewer than 25 employers nationwide earned the award. The designation follows an evaluation process that recognized Memorial Health System's "dedication to a higher level of employee relationships," according to Employer of Choice.

In addition to Family Medical Center in Lincoln, other Memorial clinics and physician offices are in Springfield, Chatham, Petersburg and Jacksonville.

Optometrist invited

BLOOMINGTON - Dr. Wilson Movic, an optometrist at 2103 E. Washington St., Bloomington, was invited to speak at the annual education meeting of the Virginia Optometric Association. The meeting was June 8 and 9 in Williamsburg, Va.

Movic's topic, "An Evidence Based Approach to Silicone Hydrogel Lenses," presented research findings about silicone hydrogel contact lenses, a new generation of soft lenses that Movic said have superior oxygen transmission properties.

Movic has been the principal investigator in more than 75 contact lens and contact lens solution studies.


VP retires

NORMAL - Patricia Thornton, a registered nurse and BroMenn Healthcare's vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer, has retired after 30 years of service to BroMenn and nursing.

Thornton began at Mennonite Hospital in 1977 as head nurse. She later was named director, then administrative director, where she was in charge of seniors programming, including long-term care. Thornton led the expansion of inpatient and outpatient services at Mennonite (later renamed BroMenn Lifecare Center), bringing the 76-bed long-term care unit up to 148 beds.

In 1996, she was named vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer, where she was responsible for nursing standards and practices, inpatient units, outpatient rehabilitation services, home health, hospice, the Diabetes Resource Center, Women's Center, pharmacy, nursing practice and clinical education.

Wireless access

BLOOMINGTON - OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is offering complimentary wireless access via laptops or other computing devices throughout the medical center campus.

The goal is improved communication with family and friends when a loved one is in the hospital, according to St. Joseph.

The system is similar to systems used at coffee shops, hotels and airports. People with laptops or other electronic devices capable of accessing a wireless connection may access the Internet to check e-mail and search Web sites.

"We are excited to offer this new service," said Mike Fiddes, St. Joseph director of information systems.

PromptCare hours

BLOOMINGTON -PromptCare, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center's walk-in urgent care clinics, will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 4.

These reduced hours are for July 4 only. PromptCare will resume regular hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 5.

PromptCare clinics are at Eastland Medical Plaza II, Bloomington, and at the Center for Health at Ft. Jesse, Normal.

Nurse featured

COLFAX - Trish Kruse, a registered nurse at Heritage Manor-Colfax, is featured in the summer issue of LTC Today.

In an article, Kruse discusses her career working in post-operative medicine, psychiatric units, institutions, private practice, pediatrics and as a certified childbirth educator. She spent five years as director of nursing in a 164-bed skilled licensed facility in Normal before taking a short leave to help Hurricane Katrina survivors in 2006 as a member of the American Red Cross of the Heartland Disaster Health Services.

Kruse works the evening shift as a floor nurse at Heritage Manor, a 55-bed skilled licensed facility in Colfax.

LTC Today, a quarterly magazine published by the Illinois Health Care Association, reports news and trends in the long-term care industry.

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