Business in brief

Mercy employee completes training WILLARD Connie Foster, R.N., CHPN at Mercy Hospital of Willard, recently completed a training course to become a co-coordinator and trainer for the ANGEL program in the Northern Region of Mercy Health Partners.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

Mercy employee completes training

WILLARD Connie Foster, R.N., CHPN at Mercy Hospital of Willard, recently completed a training course to become a co-coordinator and trainer for the ANGEL program in the Northern Region of Mercy Health Partners.

The ANGEL (Advancing and Nurturing Educations Goals Embracing people with Life-limiting illnesses) program began in 2002. This two-day course is an education program designed to teach healthcare professionals about end of life and life-limiting care. Professionals who receive this training become a resource for the hospital in palliative care. They gain experience and expertise in pain and symptom management, end of life issues, advanced directives, ethical issues, grief bereavement, complementary therapies and communication during end of life issues.

"This training gives healthcare professionals tools that help patients and families deal with life-limiting illnesses," said Connie Foster. "After receiving this education, nurses are better trained to provide excellent end of life care."

Foster began with Mercy in 1993 and has served in the role as Palliative Care Nurse Coordinator since 2003. In this role she is responsible for implementation of the Palliative Care process. She works closely with other regional Palliative Care Nurse coordinators in developing Palliative Care practices. Connie developed the Palliative Care Nursing Care Plan for patients who are near the end of life. She works closely with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, chaplains and other members of the health care team to ensure patients receive optimal care at the end of life. Patients and families are the center of Palliative Care.

The ANGEL program is available to all healthcare professionals. If you are a healthcare professional and would like more information about this program, contact Paula Karr at (419) 964-5180.

Skateworld hosts teen night Fridays

SANDUSKY Skateworld in Sandusky, along with Inferno Nightclub, is presenting weekly Teen Nights from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Friday (except Jan. 26).

Skateworld is designed to be a safe, fun environment for high-schoolers and their families. It recently stepped-up its security staff and paved its well-lit parking lot.

On the inside of the facility, owners Bill and Jayme Criscione initiated an extensive remodel, creating a new rink surface and sound system. The nearly $500,000 project included improvements to the party and rink side game area.

Skateworld and the Ghostly Manor "Thrill Center" owners also made an arcade game acquisition: the extremely popular Dance Dance Revolution Super Nova the high energy dance game where players step to the beat while matching screen arrows to step arrows on a dance stage. Also added were three ice ball games.

Admission to weekly Teen Nights costs $10 per person, and is geared toward high-schoolers. Call (419) 625-0212 or visitwww.skateworldsandusky.com for additional information.

Huron County IRN meets four times

The Huron County Chapter of the International Referral Network met four times in December.

The member speakers were Chris Stang of Stein, Olsen & Stang Accounting; Michael Meinke of Bache & Associates, Inc. Insurance; and Ginger Dobbins of Letter It Embroidery.

IRN encourages business people to "network" by referring people to other members and invites any business people to visit and join.

IRN of Huron County meets at 11:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the Norwalk Elks Club. For further information call Lori Wagner at (419) 663-8711 or log ontowww.irnlink.com