Alex Schmidt, a registered nurse in the CGH Critical Care Unit (CCU), was recently recognized in front of his friends, family and co-workers, as a recipient of the prestigious DAISY Award for extraordinary nurses. An international program, the award is presented to nurses around the world who go above and beyond for their patients and demonstrate extraordinary compassionate care.
“Alex made everything very easy for all of us to understand the process. My husband was in the hospital and on suicide watch, and Alex made sure to call me and keep me informed on the whole process from beginning to end. If there was anything my husband needed, Alex did his best to make sure he had it. He communicated very well with me while all of this was going on, and he made what could have been a very hard time for all involved, very easy. Alex won us over as CGH patients, and we will be working over the next few months to get set up with doctors there.”
The nominator concluded, “I wish I could personally thank Alex for going above and beyond for us. He is an amazing staff member, and you are lucky to have him! Please thank him on my behalf. It’s not common for me to be writing such nice things about staff members in the health field, but when I come across one, they are a diamond that deserves a little extra light!”
The DAISY Award - an acronym for “Diseases Attacking the Immune System” - was established by the DAISY Foundation in California in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of an autoimmune disease. During his hospitalization, they deeply appreciated the care and compassion shown to Patrick and his entire family. When he died, they felt compelled to say “thank you” to nurses in a very public way. The DAISY Award continues to recognize and celebrate the outstanding professionalism and compassion that nurses bring to patients and their families every day.
Other CGH nurses nominated by our patients this quarter for the DAISY award included: Erika Adams, Abby Anderson, Danielle Baker, Brittani Berge, Debby Beveroth, Emily Crossley, Diane Ebersole, Andrea Fry, Laura Hawk, Kim King, Marla Lund, Micah McNeill, Kim Moses, Heather Musselman, Michelle Nelsen, Trisha Schuck, Breah Sharp, Whitney Smith, Angela Sullivan, Jodi Thompson, Heather Trotter, Annette VanLanduit, Chelsey Vetter, Lindsay Wallace, Kathy Wescott, and Denise Zink.
If you would like to submit a nomination for extraordinary nursing care that you or a family member have received at CGH Medical Center, please visit www.cghmc.com/daisy.
Congrats to the Warriors!
Who do you want to be? For kids choosing the right costume is never more critical than on Halloween. Do you want to look cute, magical or just plain silly? Judging shines a spotlight of appreciation on all the participants costume choices.
The Coloma Township Park District, Rock Falls Youth Council, Rock Falls American Legion and Rock Falls American Legion Auxiliary will again sponsor its Annual Halloween Costume Judging Contest on Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM at the Louis J. Pignatelli Municipal Center located at 1007 Seventh Avenue in Rock Falls. Doors will open to contestants at 3:30 PM. According to a spokesman, the costume contest will be held indoors in the Orvel A. Howard Auditorium and will feature cash prizes in many categories.
The costume contest is open to all ages. The previous judged categories in the costume contest: Funniest, Historical, Most Unusual, Scariest, Most Original, Storybook Characters, Prettiest, Cartoon Characters, Movie Characters and Miscellaneous. In addition to the previous categories mentioned, there will be one $15 prize awarded to the “Best of Show”, $10 to the 1st Runner-up and $5 to the 2nd Runner-up.
Candy treats will also be given to all participants. The Coloma Township Park District and the Rock Falls Youth Council are agencies of the Rock Falls Civic Fund, which is a member of the Whiteside County United Way.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is reminding residents that after a collision with a deer, a motorist who wants the venison can keep it, but there are a few requirements.
Collisions with deer are most common in October, November and December in Illinois.
Almost all Illinois residents who hit a deer can claim the deer, so long as they meet the criteria to do so, Illinois Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Rachel Torbert said.
To claim a deer, you need to be a resident of Illinois and not be delinquent on child support payments. Officials also reminded residents that if you do claim a deer, it is illegal to resell any part of it.
Drivers who want to claim a deer need to fill out a form on the agency's website. Torbert said registering the deer is necessary, so that when it is processed, the state can determine the deer was obtained legally.
If you hit a deer and it’s badly injured but not dead, you’ll need to call local law enforcement. It is illegal for anyone other than law enforcement to kill a deer that has been involved in a traffic accident.
For residents who meet the requirements, there is no limit to the number of deer they can claim. If the driver involved in the accident does not take possession of the deer before leaving the scene, any resident who is not behind on child support can take the deer.
Anyone claiming a deer has up to 24 hours after an accident to do so.
The claim form for a deer is available at the IDNR website or by phone at 217-782-6431. Claims should be made no later than 4:30 p.m. the next business day.
Last year, there were 15,636 motor vehicle crashes involving deer in Illinois.
In 2018, 144 law enforcement officer died in the line-of-duty according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Concerns of Police Survivors, known as C.O.P.S. is organization helps provide resources to help the officer’s family and co-workers deal with the loss. On Wednesday, Culver’s in Rock Falls donated a portion of their sales to C.O.P.S. Several area law enforcement members were on hand to help out at the event. Our Tammy Nehrkorn spoke with Kris Schmidt on Wednesday night…….
National C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today, C.O.P.S. membership is over 15,000 families. Their members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, in laws, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers who have died in the line of duty according to federal government criteria. For more information please visit:
Morrison Elementary School to host Community Blood Drive Monday, November 4
Morrison, IL - Morrison Elementary School will host a community blood drive from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Monday, November 4 at 520 N. Genesse St., inside Cafeteria
What: Morrison Elementary School Community Blood Drive
When: Monday, November 4, 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Cafeteria, 520 N. Genesse St., Morrison, IL
Appointments: To donate, please contact Denise Batterton at (815) 772-2153 ext. 5214 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 1515 to locate the drive.
5500 Lakeview Parkway | Davenport, Iowa | (563) 359-5401
Donor Eligibility Criteria: Potential donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission form available through www.bloodcenter.org) and weigh more than 110 pounds. A photo I.D. is required to donate. For questions about eligibility, please call the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center at (800)747-5401. Donors who last gave blood on or before 9/9/19 are eligible to give at this drive.
About Blood Donation: Blood donation is a safe, simple procedure that takes about 45 minutes to one hour. Individuals with diabetes or controlled high blood pressure may be accepted as eligible donors.
ABOUT MVRBC: Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is the provider of blood and blood components to more than 100 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. In your area, MVRBC is the exclusive provider to Genesis Health System, Morrison Community Hospital, UnityPoint Health - Quad Cities, CGH Medical Center.
Kris Noble from The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce was in studio Tuesday morning. She stopped into WSDR to talk about numerous events and chamber activities coming up. The Professional Women's Network has a self defense demo and luncheon coming up October 22nd at Bethel Reformed Church.
Planning is well in the works for the upcoming holiday season as well, plus many dates to note between now and then.
Listen for all that is happening below!
The Sauk Valley Area Chamber of Commerce’s (SVACC) Professional Women’s Network committee announced that they will be hosting a Women’s Self Defense Demo & Luncheon on Tuesday, October 22 at Bethel
Reformed Church, 230 E 23 rd Street, Sterling, IL.
Learn the basics of self-defense, taught by Master Jane Dillon, owner of Legacy Martial Arts in Sterling. Master Jane is a 4 th degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and has been training for 16 years.
“We are excited to host this luncheon,” said Professional Women’s Network co-chairs,Nicole Bollman (CGH Medical Center) and Charlotte Dunne (Illinois American Water). “We are supporting a local business woman and learning what every woman should know, how to defend herself.”
Cost for the lunch is $12 for chamber members, $15 for non-chamber members. Cost includes the demo and a potato bar lunch, provided by Creative Cuisine.
Registration is needed by Friday, October 18. Register online at www.saukvalleyareachamber.com/events or call 815-625-2400.
An optional hands-on women’s self-defense class will also be held on Tuesday, October
22 at 5:30 pm at Legacy Martial Arts, 21 E. Third Street, Sterling. The cost for this is an
additional $5. Exercise attire is recommended for this class.
The Whiteside Forum will host guest speaker Stan Mitick in the Program Room of the Odell Public Library at 307 S. Madison St. Morrison, IL on Thursday October 24, 2019 starting at 6:30pm. Mr. Mitick will talk to us about his career that spanned 62 years working for General Electric Appliance Controls here in Morrison as well as operations in Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Iowa and Connecticut. Those 62 years included: 44 years as an Engineer and in Engineering Management and 18 years in Technical and Engineering Support.
In addition to his many years at GE, Mr. Mitick is a veteran of WWII and served as a pilot in the Army Air Corps in Europe and was stationed in Germany after the war with the occupation forces. He and his wife Ruth (a native of Morrison) are long time Morrison residents and are involved in many civic outreach activities and have also traveled extensively. General Electric was in Morrison from July 1, 1949 and closed on September 12, 2010, but is still one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world.
Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear Mr. Mitick speak and to ask questions about Morrison history, World history, Global economics and how the future is unfolding. All Whiteside Forum events are free and open to the public.
The 2019 National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, held at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI, was
another exciting and memorable event for Illinois 4-H’ers. The Illinois 4-H dairy judging team placed 5th high
team overall out of 19 teams from throughout the nation. Illinois team members included: Payton Erbsen,
Lanark; Lane Heinzmann, Carlyle; Briley Lenkaitis, Eldorado; and Zachary Paul, Worden, IL. The team also
placed 5th high team in placings only and 7th high team in oral reasons.
Briley Lenkaitis placed 15th top individual overall and received an “All-American” plaque. In addition, she
placed 12th in oral reasons, 12th in Guernsey, and 14th in Brown Swiss breed. Payton Erbsen took home 21st
top individual award and received an “All-American” plaque plus he placed 11th in the Holstein breed.
Zachary Paul received the 4th place top individual ribbon in the Guernsey breed and was 15th individual in the
On a “top 10” team basis by breed, Illinois placed 3rd in Guernsey, 4th in Holsteins, 7th in Jerseys, and 8th in
Brown Swiss. The Illinois 4-H team was sponsored by the Illinois 4-H Foundation and River Valley Dairy of
Tremont, IL. In addition, the team jackets were sponsored by The Equity of Effingham, IL. The team was
coached by Dave Fischer, University of Illinois Extension 4-H Dairy Program Coordinator.
The Illinois 4-H dairy cattle judging team placed 5 th high overall at the 2019 National 4-H Dairy Judging
Contest held in Madison, WI during the World Dairy Expo. Pictured (left to right): Dave Fischer, coach; Zach
Paul, Worden; Lane Heinzmann, Carlyle; Payton Erbsen, Lanark; and Briley Lenkaitis, Eldorado, IL.
Sterling Police charged Cassandra A. Urrutia, age 30, of Sterling at 5:52 a.m. on 10/12/19 on a Lee County warrant for failure to appear – aggravated assault. She was transported to the Whiteside County Jail.
Linda L. Foss, age 65, of Sterling was charged at 4:38 p.m. on 10/12/19 in the 500 block of West Third Street with possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was given recognizance bond.
The charges are merely an allegation and all parties are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The First United Church of Dixon sent a large crew to work at Dixon Habitat on Saturday, October 12th. The crew completed the interior painting and made final preparations for the concrete work on the driveway. Those who volunteered included: Woody Lenox, Reed Nelson, Greg Kingry, Dick Giltner, Kevin Stach, Harvey Williams, Bob Morgan and Charlie Taets.
The Illinois Chapter of C.O.P.S. …which stand for Concerns of Police Survivors will be at Culver’s in Rock Falls on Wednesday, October 16th. Regional Media’s Tammy Nehrkorn and Andrew Paxton spoke with Kris Schmidt about this fundraiser…….
National C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today, C.O.P.S. membership is over 15,000 families. Our members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, in laws, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers who have died in the line of duty according to federal government criteria. For more information please visit:
Congrats to the Comets for winning their Homecoming Game!
Congrats to the Mustangs!