The Adams Memorial Hospital’s Sports Clinic will be offering a 10-week “position specific” Football Academy starting on Sunday, January 15 and running through Sunday, March 19.
As such, the hospital has assembled a group of coaches who not only played after the high school level, but who were also born and reared locally in the county. Those coaches include Joel Bone and Anthony Hammond, both well known high school players at Bellmont and Adams Central respectfully, who are also now staff members at the hospital. Chris Stutzman and Matt Medina, who prepped at South Adams and Adams Central respectfully, and Nick Hall and Daniel Meyer, formerly of Bellmont, will also be leading sessions on specific positions.
The academy will be held at the Bellmont High School gymnasium and will have room for students in grade four through 11. “Our mission is to implement superior mechanics, foot work, and overall skills for all athletes in their position,” noted Bone, who is a Sport Performance Specialist with the AMH Physical Therapy Department. Bone noted that the coaches involved all have backgrounds in bio-mechanics and experience in football at an advanced level. “Our goal is to teach our acquired football knowledge to the kids in the community,” he added.
There are six different position areas that will be featured at the camp.
Bone, who was the starting quarterback on the 2008 Bellmont state championship team before moving on to play college football at Marian University in Indianapolis, is in charge of quarterbacks and the Academy will limit this position to eight applicants. Hammond is now an occupational therapist at the hospital and played both football and baseball at Trine University in Angola after being an all-conference running back and linebacker for Adams Central. He’ll be in charge of the running back position and there is a limit of 10 for these spots.
Stutzman and Hall will be in charge of wide receivers and defensive backs with a limit of 10 players. Stutzman is currently on the Adams Central coaching staff but while at South Adams was an all-conference and all-state wide receiver for several years. He was also named as an all-conference wide receiver twice for Taylor University, a member of the Heartland Conference, where he was a scholarship player. Hall currently teaches and coaches defensive backs at Bellmont where he was the 3A player of the year in 2008 as a member of the state championship team. He played Division One baseball at Oakland University.
Meyer will join Hammond with the running back and linebacker candidates. He is currently the defensive coordinator for the BHS grid team, was on the 2008 championship team, and was all-conference and all-state multiple years for the Braves before becoming a running back and linebacker at the University of Indianapolis on a scholarship. Medina has openings for 10 applicants for the offensive and defensive line position at the Academy. He was an all-conference and all-state defensive lineman at Adams Central and then was recruited by Trine University where he played on the Thunder defensive line for four years.
Students in grade four through seven will meet from 1-2 p.m. during the 10-week Academy while the eighth grade through junior in high school players go from 2-3 p.m. The cost per athlete for the Football Academy is $200. Scholarships available for financial need. Interested athletes are encouraged to make reservations early since each position has limited space available.
Reservations may be made by calling 724-2145, 589-3913, or 638-3809, extension 11031.
Women that meet the financial criteria can use the trust to cover their mammography services.
Included services are:
• Screening mammograms
• Diagnostic mammograms
• Breast ultrasounds
• Breast MRI's
• Ultrasound guided breast biopsies
Please encourage any women who could use this grant to inquire through AMH's central scheduling department at 724-2145 x11047.
Worthman Fitness Center, as part of their continued efforts in improving the health of Adams County residents and the surrounding communities, is pleased to announce that they are now offering the Healthy Eating Every Day program.
Healthy Eating Every Day (HEED) uses a unique approach to help people improve their eating habits. While public health guidelines tell people what to eat; HEED's lifestyle approach shows them how to make that happen. HEED is a behavior change program developed by Human Kinetics and the Cooper Institute that helps people improve their quality of life through better nutrition.
This personalized, habit-changing program tackles the underlying causes of unhealthy eating and introduces the tools to help people counter those causes.
In each session of the program, participants uncover a new skill that they can carry into their daily lives to make changes gradually for long-term results. These skills include the following:
•Identifying and learning to overcome triggers to unhealthy eating
•Learning to make healthy food choices at work, at home, when traveling, when shopping for food, and while dining out
•Discovering how to eat well, even when life is hectic
•Discerning the truth about nutrition information in the media
Healthy Eating Every Day also provides a personalized and sensible approach to eating well that people enjoy and can live with. Participants choose to work on any of five different goal areas, based on their needs, lifestyles and personal preferences. The program doesn't place restrictions on any foods; rather people learn to eat a balanced diet while still enjoying foods they like. Class is taught by a certified Medical Exercise Specialist and Certified Health Coach, who specializes in behavioral changes in weight management.
Adams Memorial Hospital's Healthy Eating Every Day classes will meet once a week for 14 weeks beginning February 6th and will run through May 17th. Classes will meet on Monday evenings from 6-7pm OR on Wednesday mornings from 6:30-7:30am at AMH, Decatur Room 2.
Pre-registration is required and is open now through February 6th. Cost is $10 per class and payment can be made in 2 separate increments. Space is limited so don't delay. Contact the Worthman Fitness Center at 260.724.2145, Ext. 11036 for more information or to register.
Women that meet the financial
criteria can use the trust to cover
their mammography services.
Included services are:
· Screening mammograms
· Diagnostic mammograms
· Breast ultrasounds
· Breast MRI's
· Ultrasound guided breast biopsies
Please encourage any women who could use this grant to inquire through AMH's central scheduling department at 724-2145 x11047.
Both Adams Woodcrest in Decatur, IN and Adams Heritage in Monroeville, IN have been recognized as 2016 recipients of the Bronze Commitment to Quality Awards for their dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care initiatives.
The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), the leading association for long term and post-acute care. The program honors providers that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for seniors and persons with disabilities.
"It's an honor to be recognized for the hard work and quality of care our team provides every day," said Adams Woodcrest Administrator Craig Prokupek. "We are committed to providing high-quality, person-centered care to our residents and their families. We will never stop improving."
Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which is the foundation of the metric-based AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.
The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers' expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, AMH may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver Achievement in Quality Award.
The awards will be presented during AHCA/NCAL's 67th Annual Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee, October 16-19, 2016.
Seniors needing a helping hand to get their life back to normal have a new resource with the Senior Life Connections program recently started through the Adams Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Unit.
AMH Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Bradtmiller noted it is not uncommon for senior citizens to have symptoms such as being depressed, having unresolved grief, being anxious or nervous, fears of isolation or loneliness, anger, low self-esteem, personality changes, and difficulty in coping with physical or health changes.
"Senior Life Connections is a helping hand for those who need to get their life back on track. Our trained professionals can offer the proper guidance and attention a person needs for an improved lifestyle as well as overall better health," she said.
All services rendered are completely confidential and include group, individual, and family therapy as well as medication management for the patient. The care given to patients is coordinated with their primary care physician as well so the doctor can continue to work with the patient after the patient is done with the program. Currently, treatment is scheduled for three hours a day for three days a week. Bradtmiller said most patients are in treatment between six to 12 weeks and added "our goal is to help patients safely return to the optimal style of living. Senior Life Connections treatment fosters true healing and hope is just around the corner for our patients." Bradtmiller said problems dealt with in Senior Life Connections are not unique to just senior citizens. "Many problems like depression, anxiety, the loss of a loved one, and declining physical ability are not normal at any age," she stressed.
The treatment team for the Senior Life Connections includes a medical doctor, nurse, program director, primary therapist, and clerk and they all work together to benefit the patient, family members, and the family doctor. A Senior Life Connections brochure quotes an anonymous former patient who said "Senior Life Connections has helped me so much in my life where I thought there was no help. They are great people who care, are concerned, are loving, and are always there for you. I have been in therapy before, but never like this." For more information about how to seek guidance to cope with life's challenges, people are encouraged to call 724-2145, ext. 13430.
Our Rehabilitation Department will be featured on 21 Alive Insight on the fourth Tuesday of every month for the next eight months.
Check it out on 21 Alive's website.
New Adams Woodcrest administrator Craig Prokupek is certainly not experiencing his first rodeo when it comes to taking over the top position for the facility owned by the Adams Health Network.
Prokupek’s entire work career has centered around directing nursing facilities and he comes to the Decatur-based operation after having been the administrator of the Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla since 1999. Prior to that, he had been with Miller’s Merry Manor in Fort Wayne and LaGrange from 1989-1999 after getting his first administrator’s job in a privately-owned skilled nursing facility in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1982.
“Adams Woodcrest is a great place to be for me. Just in the short time I’ve been here, it is very evident that you can tell the team here works well together and is very caring. Their priority is caring for residents like they are family members,” he remarked. Prokupek said “it’s really a blessing that Adams Woodcrest is part of a hospital-based organization, especially one that has local ownership is and not one directed by a corporation. Just take a look here. The campus is very beautiful. Who wouldn’t want their home to look this nice? I believe that Adams Woodcrest is a great addition to the community and serves our community with great compassion and involvement.” He said he was drawn to Adams Woodcrest by former interim director Jim Cross.
“I’ve been friends with Jim for over 20 years and he had been an interim administrator in numerous places during that time, including the past year or so at Adams Woodcrest. He encouraged me to apply for the position and said I’d never find a better place to be. It’s a new challenge for me to move on and is one I’m very much looking forward to having,” he said.
A key to the success of Adams Woodcrest is its ability to provide a continuum of care for its residents. “We have it all right here on campus whether a resident is looking for nursing care, independent care, or assisted living. Then being so close to the hospital with the facilities there, it just adds another dimension to our ability to provide the level of care our residents need,” he added.
A 1980 graduate of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, with a degree in history and business administration, Prokupek was an administrator in training from 1980 to 1982 at Rock Island Nursing Center in Rock Island, Illinois. While learning the ropes of being an administrator there, he assisted in the day-to-day operation of a 172-bed privately-owned skilled nursing facility. His next two positions, in South Dakota and with Miller’s Merry Manor in LaGrange he also directed the day-to-day operations for skill nursing facilities. In 1993, Prokupek became a senior administrator with Millers providing not only direct oversight to a 77-bed skilled nursing facility but he also supervised and mentored administrators at three other Miller campus locations.
While an administrator at Sacred Heart, he oversaw an organization that started initially as just a nursing home but underwent significant growth including independent living duplexes, the St. Paul’s Dining addition, 36 assisted living apartments and eight Medicare suites. He oversaw a process that received Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants to increase services and Sacred Heart consistently achieved high resident and employee satisfaction surveys as well as being in the U.S. News and World Report “Top 100” multiple times. Today, that facility provides a full continuum of care for 227 residents ranging in status from skilled nursing, short-stay and outpatient rehab, memory care, assisted living and independent living.”