December 4, 2018
Vicki Polansky from the League of Women Voters will present “Taming the Gerrymander,” a look at redistricting reform possibilities. She has been the managing editor at Slavica Publishers since 1999. Vicki joined the League in 2017. We will meet in the Frangipani at IMU.
This Week’s News
Twelve Months of Service: Monroe County United Ministries’ Annual Christmas Baskets.
Ashley Sullivan and Natalie Blais delivered 123 pounds of food to Sandra Clothier of MCUM for the Monroe County United Ministries’ annual Christmas baskets. Ashley gave big thanks to Bloomington Rotarians and most importantly to the folks at MCUM for serving Monroe County residents. If you would like to donate all year, head over to http://mcum.org/ to see details. Most needed items include tomato sauces and cleaning and hygiene products!
Twelve Months of Service: Salvation Army Bell-ringing
Our volunteers rang the bells December 1 at College Mall. We are also signed up for December 8, 15, and 22.
Holiday Party Time!
The Holiday party will be Wednesday, December 12, starting with cocktails at 5:30 at the Country Club. Dinner will be at 6:30, with dessert about 7:30 p.m. Come visit with friends, hear jazz pianist Ellie Pruneau, and visit with our Rotary Scholar, Aubrey Seader, who will be home from England and will join us. You can make a reservation at the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y5NFSP3
December 5 Presentation: Brian Shockney from IU Health Bloomington
Glenda Murray introduced Brian Shockney, president of IU Health South Central Region, which includes the IU Health Hospitals in Bloomington, Bedford, Paoli, Morgan County, and IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians. Brian spoke first about the South Central Region of IU Health, which includes four hospitals with 364 physicians and medical providers in 11 counties. The goal of IU Health is to make Indiana one of the healthiest states. Currently two in five Indiana residents are getting their health services from an IU Health provider or hospital. The goal is to reach three in five Indiana residents. The four main areas of focus to impact change are smoking, obesity, behavioral health, and infant mortality.
Brian then discussed the new facility east of the Hwy. 46 Bypass. It will include IU Education, ambulatory services, including cardiology and women’s health, surgery, and the hospital rooms.
Currently the contractors are pouring concrete for the central energy building. The goal is to take possession of the building in mid-2021, do training for six months, and move into the buildings in late 2021. The plan is to move all patients in three days, with help from other hospitals and the National Guard.
In Q&A, Brian reminded us that the hospital property will be turned over to the city after most of the buildings have been demolished. He acknowledged there have been problems with the phone system for some of the physicians, but they have worked to fix the technical problems and have hired more people to answer the phones. The new Emergency Department will be three times bigger than the current one. In the meantime, IU Health has doubled the capacity of the walk-in clinic at Landmark. Someone asked about what will happen to the equipment in the old building. About one third will be moved to the new facility. The other two thirds will be sent to a warehouse in Indianapolis, where some will be sent to other IU facilities and some will be sent to overseas facilities.
Our December 4 Weekly Gathering
President Loren Snyder presided in the Georgian Room. Natalie Blais greeted us. Judy Schroeder led the pledge and gave a reflection, based on the words of two East Lansing High School graduating seniors. Both young women are immigrants from the Middle East. They talked of perceptions of their generation and their resolve to be the change the world needs.
Jim Capshew introduced our guests:
- Tom Goble, a retired police officer and businessman, guest of Bryce Bow
- Chelsea Campbell, student, guest of Art Oehmich
- Jim Wiltz, director of Milestones at Stone Belt, guest of Leslie Green
Susie Graham collected Happy Dollars for Teachers Warehouse.
Jim Harvey has been a member of our club about 32 years (the records are unclear). He also was a member in another state.
Loren’s medically related thought for the week: “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”
Glenda Murray, Reporter
Charlie Osborne, Photographer