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Our guest for lunch this week was Pat Rosen from Oakland County CARE House. They are the Child Abuse and Neglect Council of Oakland County, which serves the immediate needs of neglected and abused children in our community, while also reaching out with advocacy and prevention programs aimed at breaking the cycle of abuse and neglect.

CARE House is organization which attacks child abuse on three fronts. First, there’s prevention — officials try to intervene for youngsters at risk before they suffer from abuse. Specialists work with families, teaching basic parenting and nurturing skills. They educate adults on recognizing the signs of abuse and how to report the incidents. The organization also helps the victims of abuse through individual and group therapy. The third area is intervention, where counselors work with non-offending family members to give them support and advice on how to protect their children from an abusive relative.

CARE House is building a new, larger facility on Woodward Avenue, adjacent to their current facility. Pat extended the invitation for Xemplars to tour their facility during one of their monthly open house luncheons. For more information, call her at (248) 332-7173.

Our guest speaker for lunch this week was Botsford Hospital President and CEO, Dr. Paul LaCasse. Paul told us that the leading causes of trauma are motor vehicle accidents, falls, and assaults. Moreover, trauma (or injury) is the leading cause of death among Americans under 44 years of age. He told us that the "golden hour" refers to a time following traumatic injury during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death. It is well established that the victim's chances of survival are greatest if they receive care within a short period of time after a severe injury. Local medical control authorities require ambulances to transport all severely injured trauma victims to the closest Trauma Center (Level I or Level II).

In February of this year, Botsford Hospital was verified as a Level II Trauma Center by the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This achievement recognizes Botsford’s dedication to provide optimal care for injured patients and makes Botsford the first Level II Trauma Center serving the western portion of Oakland County. Services now include:

  • In-house Trauma Team available 24/7
  • Ability to open a Operating Room within 1 hour
  • Surgical Intensive Care capabilities
  • CAT Scan availability 24/7, within 30 minutes of need
  • Trauma Surgeon at the bedside within 15 minutes

Whenever possible, Xemplars should try to stay out of the Emergency Room. But when you really need it, you can't do better than the skilled doctors, support staff and latest in medical technology that the Botsford Hospital Trauma Center has to offer. We are very fortunate to have this advanced facility in our community.

Our guest speakers this week were our two City Managers, Steve Bock and Vince Pastue. Xemplars were given an update on the state of the two cities, and a forecast for the future.

Vince Pastue told us that Farmington sees these difficult economic times impacting City finances and operations for the next five to seven years.  Farmington dealt with its current year budget deficit by reducing personnel, obtaining wage and benefit concessions from all employee groups, utilizing cash reserves to retire debt over next six years, and increasing the millage rate by 1.18 mills to 15 mills. The city anticipates further taxable value declines over the next two years but does not foresee the need to increase millage rate.

In the City of Farmington Hills, Steve Brock said "Tough fiscal times are bringing tough cut-back measures.  We've reduced expenses by 7 mils to match our revenue reduction due to property tax decline.  All without layoffs, so far. The City Hall Revitalization just about complete, with Rededication set for Weds Nov 17 at 5pm.  All "green" and looking good!"

Our guest for lunch this week was Lynn Breuer from ElderCare Solutions of Michigan, a division of Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit that is dedicated to provided Geriatric Care Management to the Jewish and non-Jewish community alike. Care Managers act as Life Managers partnering with Seniors and their families to help the Seniors plan well, age well and most importantly, live well.

Care management is simply a formal name for the coordination of resources and services to assure that older adults and others requiring assistance at home receive appropriate and continuous support to meet their individual needs. A care manager identifies needs, determines a plan for short or long-term care, arranges for delivery of services and monitors those services to assure continuity of care.The Care Managers are available 24/7 for crisis intervention as well. For more information, visit their web site at www.eldercaresolutionsofmi.org.

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