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Susan G. Komen Awards Firelands Regional Medical Center with Community Grant

Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio recently awarded Firelands Regional Medical Center with a Community Grant award in the amount of $37,350. This is a collaborative grant award with Cancer Services of Erie County.

Firelands Regional Medical Center will use their portion of the grant to reduce late-stage diagnosis and mortality from breast cancer in Erie County by increasing minority and elderly breast self-awareness education and engagement and reducing financial barriers to screening, diagnostic, treatment, and support services.

Since 2012, Firelands has worked with Komen Northwest Ohio to increase mammography screening in Erie County through the SPICE (Support, Prevention, Intervention, and Community Education) program. In addition to financial assistance with the cost of screening, diagnosis, and treatment, Firelands has used community interventions such as church group educational sessions, distribution of print educational materials, and mail reminders to increase mammography screening. In order to produce a greater impact on health behaviors, and thanks to funding by Susan G. Komen of Northwest Ohio, Firelands will implement the use of Community Health Workers to provide breast self-awareness education and engage individuals, particularly minority and elderly women, in screening mammography.

Research by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on minority and underserved communities indicates that intervention by a Community Health Worker results in significantly greater improvements in mammography rates than other interventions. Community Health Workers are not healthcare professionals, but are part of the natural supports of the community. Community Health Workers share language, ethnicity, geography, race, age, and/or disease condition with the target population. For this project, Firelands will engage two Community Health Workers: one to engage the minority population, and one to engage the senior citizen population. These women will be peers and breast cancer survivors. The Community Health Workers will work within their social networks to identify individuals who have avoided screening mammography, to engage them in the screening process to create intent to act, and to provide a natural bridge to the health care system.

“By using the Community Health Worker model to engage those most at risk, specifically elderly and minority women, the Komen funding will help to reduce breast cancer mortality rates in Erie County,” says Firelands Regional Medical Center Director of Community Outreach, Angela Brickner, “As a result of collaborating on this grant with Cancer Services of Erie County, area breast cancer patients will receive financial assistance for transportation, nutrition, prescriptions, and child/elder care in order to receive treatment. We are so grateful to the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio for providing the funding to address a salient issue impacting families in our community.

Because of Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio, more women will receive essential screenings and more lives will be saved.”

The 2016 Foundation for Firelands Legacy Society Recognition Event Honors Three Couples

In late 2016, Lee and Sandra Jewett provided a gift to The Foundation for Firelands that like many of their actions throughout the years is truly more than a gift, but rather, is a true investment in the future of Firelands Regional Health System and of the community. Lee and Sandy, through their gift, are providing a lasting legacy gift that will benefit families, friends, and loved ones for years to come. This gift raises them to the Diamond Level of The Foundation for Firelands Legacy Society, recognizing cumulative giving at more than one million dollars.

Because after all, family and community is what matters most to this extraordinary couple.

Sandra Jewett has been a devoted mother and wife, tending to the welfare of her husband, sons and grandchildren and to her friends throughout the years.

To this day, Sandra continues to be a quiet, humble icon of style and grace in our community, having gotten her start at the well-known Caryl Crane’s store years ago. Her friends describe Sandra as very well-dressed, the consummate gardener, fabulous mother, and someone who does everything “perfect” – one friend commented that the grass in Sandra’s yard always looked like it had been cut with scissors.

Lee joined Cedar Point in 1963, a career move that would allow him to take on various planning and design roles for the next 38 years. Nearly everywhere you look at Cedar Point, Lee’s creativity is apparent.

He was the project manager for the revolutionary IMAX Theatre in 1975.

He assisted with the design and construction of the Corkscrew roller coaster in 1976, the Gemini in 1978, and the Magnum XL200 in 1989. 

Perhaps none had a greater impact than the design of the Corkscrew in 1976. Lee wanted to build a roller coaster in which park guests could walk right underneath the elements of the ride.

This "spectator involvement" was the first of its kind and set the industry standard for parks around the world to follow for years after.

Under Lee’s direction, the park built the Raptor, the Mantis, the Millennium Force, and the Top Thrill Dragster. Two of these rides (The Millennium Force and the Top Thrill Dragster) are ranked in the top ten BEST roller coasters in the world. If you look on Wikipedia, even today, the Millennium Force and the Top Thrill Dragster are ranked in practically every category that roller coasters are ranked in, from the tallest, to the steepest drop, to the fastest, and so on.

Lee was also involved in the layout and design of Soak City Waterpark and improvements and additions to the park’s hotel and guest accommodations. And, as the park grew into a larger, national company, Lee was charged with assessing corporate acquisitions and bringing them up to the Cedar Fair standard including Valleyfair in Minnesota, Dorney Park in Pennsylvania, Worlds of Fun in Missouri, Knotts Berry Farm in California and Michigan Adventure in Michigan.

Perhaps, one of the most iconic design elements Lee placed throughout Cedar Point was the cupola. As a tribute to this timeless element, a cake in the shape of a cupola was presented to the Jewetts at the 2016 Legacy Society Recognition Event.

While Lee gave countless hours to Cedar Point and its sister parks, he always found time to give back to his hometown.

Lee Jewett joined the Sandusky Memorial Hospital Board of Directors in 1982. During his tenure since that time, Lee has served Firelands Regional Health System on the hospital’s Executive Committee, the Facilities & Planning Committee, the Garden District Committee, and the Marketing Committee. Lee became an Emeritus Board Director for Firelands Regional Medical Center in 2010, and serves today as a Board Director for The Foundation for Firelands. Lee continues to identify needs within our organization, with ideas for equipment or other services that will improve the delivery of healthcare to our community.

The Foundation for Firelands Legacy Society Lifetime Achievement Award 

The Foundation for Firelands Legacy Society Lifetime Achievement Award was created this year to recognize Legacy Society members whose contributions of time, talent and treasure to Firelands Regional Health System have significantly benefited the health and wellness of our community. 

Through their leadership, these individuals have positively impacted and contributed to the growth of Firelands Regional Health System over time and have set the living examples that influence others to steward the health and vitality of our region.

This year’s recipients are Mel Stauffer and Bill Springer.

Bill Springer joined the Good Samaritan Hospital Board of Directors in 1972 and Mel Stauffer joined the Good Samaritan Hospital Board of Directors in 1973. 

In the mid-1980's, both Mr. Springer and Mr. Stauffer were involved in the consolidation of the Good Samaritan Hospital and the Sandusky Memorial Hospital, resulting in the formation of Firelands Community Hospital, and were also involved in the acquisition of Providence Hospital by Firelands Regional Health System.

The Foundation for Firelands is pleased to announce the establishment of the MJ Stauffer Annual Giving Society. The nearly 100 charter members of this society have demonstrated the Mr. Stauffer’s unwavering commitment to the health of our community by investing in Firelands. Members of this society are being inducted at two levels, the Gold Level recognizes those individuals who have contributed $1,000 or more and $5,000 or more at the Platinum Level.

In tribute to Bill Springer’s exemplary four decades of service to improving the health of our community, an etched glass display will be placed in the main corridor of Firelands Regional Medical Center.

Funds Raised at Fashion Week Bring 3D Mammography

Because of the generosity of thousands of individuals in the last seven years, funds raised at Fashion Week, Sandusky Style are now being used to help purchase state-of-the-art 3D mammography equipment for Firelands Center for Breast Care. To learn more about how donations helped to purchase this item and about how tomosynthesis is changing the way breast cancer is detected, watch the video here.

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