We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Easter weekend and are enjoying this sunshine and warm weather. Definitely two reasons to smile!

Here’s another, on a related note…

The new Rooftop Picnic Area adjacent to the lobby and admitting area at Elkhart General Hospital is now open. And we’re hearing that associates filled most tables while enjoying the fresh air during the lunch hour today.

You can access the picnic area through the door located off the hallway between the Elkhart General main lobby and the pavilion next to River Oaks office. This door will be unlocked from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. There’s also a ramp available from the Riverpoint Building side, says Cindie McPhie, Vice President of Operations. 

On Wednesday, the Cheery Corner Gift Shop is scheduled to reopen in its new location — the Arthur J. Decio Pavilion, across from the Patel Family Auditorium. There are celebrations planned next week, including giveaways, special sales and just general fun.

Marilyn Altman, Dixie Harris, Louise Fraszewski and Chris Lantz take a breather Tuesday while putting the finishing touches on the new Cheery Corner Gift Shop location.

“There has been a lot of work put into the project between Administration, the director of construction, the Gift Shop staff, volunteers and the Volunteer Services Department,” says Pam Sandy, Manager of Volunteer Services. “The project has been in the works for several years and everyone is just so happy it is coming to fruition.”

Gift shop hours will remain 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Next week, the Bistro is scheduled to close on Tuesday and the new Martin’s Café will open its doors, complete with grab-and-go breakfast, lunch and dinner options.  We will have MUCH more on the Martin’s Café at Elkhart General and its offerings in an upcoming story.

In other news across our health system…

If you’re training for Sunburst, Beacon associates who sign up now will receive a 20 percent discount off registration. There is no need to join under the corporate team link. Instead, go here and enter this code: BeaconDiscount2017

Upon entering the code, Beacon associates will be automatically registered for the Beacon Health System Sunburst team.

Home Care Connect at Memorial Hospital has relocated. You can now find the store at the Memorial Medical Plaza, Suite 115, says Mary Mortensen, Director of Beacon Home Care, Referral Relations.

Child Life Specialists Becky Wachs and Amy Eads are sporting a new look. Becky and Amy recently shaved their heads at The Bald and the Beautiful at Notre Dame, an event that raises money for cancer research.

Don’t forget that the 2017 course catalog for Beacon Academy is now online on our website and Intranet.

The associates at BMG Kidney & Hypertension is planning to participate in the 2017 Kidney Walk on May 13, says Mike Wruble, Practice Manager. The walk is hosted by the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana.

In recognition of National Nurses Week, the Nursing Awards Program at Memorial Hospital of South Bend is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 3 in the auditorium. The program will include the presentation of awards for the Spirit of Nursing and other special recognitions, says Pam Bloss in Nursing Administration.

The annual Service of Remembrance for all pediatric and fetal losses is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, May 7, says Perinatal and Pediatric Outreach Manager Jessica Shuppert, BSN, RN. The service will take place in the Memorial Hospital auditorium.

That’s all for now.

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