Movie star appearance

VA ribbon cutting

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System will host a 4th-floor ribbon cutting ceremony noon-1 p.m. March 4 at the Fort Wayne campus.

The event for the new, modernized inpatient fourth floor will include a tour of the new inpatient care areas on the campus at 2121 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne.

Actress to speak at Aging & In-Home Services meeting

Aging & In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana, Inc. announced that the featured speaker at its 45th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony will be actress, Alzheimer’s-advocate, New York Times bestselling author and family caregiver Kimberly Williams-Paisley. The event is scheduled for Oct. 23 at Parkview Mirro Center.

Williams-Paisley appeared as the young bride in the comedy feature film series “Father of the Bride” and “Father of the Bride Part II.” Other film and then television roles followed, including the co-starring role of Dana on the ABC TV comedy series “According to Jim” and Peggy Kenter on the hit drama “Nashville.” Most recently, Williams-Paisley co-starred opposite Kurt Russell in the “Christmas Chronicles” for Netflix and will appear in the film’s sequel.

n addition to her acting work, Williams-Paisley is an accomplished writer with her first full-length book “Where the Light Gets In” landing on the New York Times best-seller list in 2016. The memoir highlights the impact of her mother’s diagnosis of dementia and explores how she and her family coped with the illness, care and the emotional then physical loss of her mother, Linda. Following her caregiving experience, Williams-Paisley has become a spokesperson for the Alzheimer’s Association.

At the 45th Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, Williams-Paisley will share her experience as a caregiver while navigating her additional roles of wife to country singer-songwriter Brad Paisley and mother to their two children. A book signing is open to attendees after the event; books will be available for purchase.

For more information about sponsorship, table or ticket purchases contact Megan Clouse at mclouse@agingihs.org.

Parkview Noble, Huntington make Top 100 list

KENDALLVILLE — Parkview Noble Hospital and Parkview Huntington Hospital again each have been named a 2020 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020.

Both Parkview hospitals made the list in 2019.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our hospital’s team of engaged, committed and compassionate leaders, co-workers and physicians,” said Gary Adkins, president, Parkview Noble Hospital. “This is the second year in a row and the third year since 2016 that Parkview Noble has been recognized by the Chartis Center for Rural Health as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country. This is a great tribute that when everyone within a system works together, it makes all of us better.”

“It is such a pleasure to receive this important recognition again,” said Juli Johnson, president, Parkview Huntington Hospital. “Our hospital team members take great pride in providing world-class care for every patient, and Top 100 recognition is a great reinforcement of all their hard work, patient advocacy and teamwork.”

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Using 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Rural & Community Hospitals nationally.

“The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital award program reminds us that rural providers haven’t lost touch with their mission and are committed to delivering better quality, better outcomes and better patient satisfaction. It’s a pleasure to be able to not only recognize this year’s recipients, but our larger group of top 100 alumni as we celebrate 10 years of The Hospital Strength INDEX,” said Michael Topchik, national leader, the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

The list of this year’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals as well as the INDEX methodology can be found at www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.

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