March 13, 2019 
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Be Proud Livonia: St. Mary Mercy Livonia's emergency department FIRST in Michigan 
to receive  Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation

St. Mary Mercy Livonia's emergency department has been awarded Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) from the American College of Emergency Physicians.  The hospital is the first in Michigan and eighth in the nation to receive GEDA distinction, which recognizes emergency departments across the country that provide excellent care for older adults.

"All aspects of our emergency department experience have been designed with the long-term health and wellness of the aging population in mind," said Dave Spivey, president and CEO of St. Mary Mercy Livonia.  "I commend the entire emergency department team for their commitment to our patients and for being the first in Michigan to receive this distinction."

Level 1 GEDA accreditation indicates that St. Mary Mercy has put in place policies, guidelines, procedures and staff (both within the ED and throughout the hospital) that provide a coherent system, elevates care and improves clinical outcomes for older adults.  The distinction also indicates that St. Mary Mercy targets and measures specific ED outcomes for older adults and has elevated its ED operations and transitions of care both to and from the ED. 

According to GEDA, the proportion of the U.S. population over 65 years of age is projected to nearly double from 43 million in 2012 to 83 million in 2050.  Aging adults currently comprise 18% of total emergency department visits. This represents a 42% increase between 2002 and 2012 with a continued percentage increase expected for decades to come.

St. Mary Mercy has been a long-time leader in care for the older adult.  The hospital is home to Wayne County's first Senior Emergency Department exclusively
Michelle Moccia
dedicated to meeting the needs of patients age 65 and up, their caregivers and family. 
"The Senior ER works closely with local EMS, home care agencies and surrounding nursing facilities to provide a seamless transition of care for our older adult population," said Michelle Moccia DNP, ANP-BC, CCRN, GS-C, program director of St. Mary Mercy's Senior ER.  "This includes a 'Plan in a Can' program -- a portable transfer of information just in case of emergency -- that is unique to our hospital."
Once in the hospital the  Senior ER optimizes comfort and safety for seniors, while offering a peaceful setting.  This specially equipped unit has access to sophisticated care and aftercare resources.  The space includes:

  • softer lighting
  • non-skid floors
  • extra thick pressure-reducing mattresses
  • private rooms
  • clocks with larger numbers
  • hearing assistive devices and warm blankets
The Senior ER at St. Mary Mercy offers patients and caregivers access to a medical team with enhanced geriatric clinical training.  This includes board-certified, specially trained physicians, nurses, pharmacists and a dedicated geriatric social worker whose role is to assess a senior's personal medical situation and help to identify and address their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

These patients receive a review of their medication history, from which hospital pharmacists are alerted to any high-risk medications and assess medication interactions that may affect their health.  Geriatric social workers also provide a needs assessment for an older adult and their family to help them maintain independence and, if necessary, develop an alternative care plan.
Upon discharge or transfer, Senior ER staff also communicates across the hospital and the care continuum so that senior care is coordinated accurately and in a timely manner.  This includes consults with personal primary care physicians about treatment options and care plans.

An added level of service available at St. Mary Mercy includes support through an outpatient Senior Wellness Center, which offers comprehensive assessments from nurse practitioners, social workers and physical therapists.  Together, this clinical team offers seniors and caregivers recommendations for care and a list of local resources available to them.  These recommendations may address special needs, such as transportation concerns, medication assistance, financial hardship, or access to medical equipment.
More than 52,000 patients are treated annually in the 24-hour Emergency Department at St. Mary Mercy.  The range of advanced medical emergency services available to seniors in the community include angioplasty, chest pain evaluation, stroke care, diagnostic imaging on-site, electronic medical record technology and a fast track process for minor injuries and illnesses.
Bowling event raises $54,000 for 5,400 braille books for blind kids

     Seedlings Braille Books for Children raised $54,000 for 5,400 braille books for blind children at its 32nd Annual Bowling for Braille Books event at Novi Lanes in Novi on March 9.

     "Thanks to all of the sponsors, donors and bowlers who participated, we came close to reaching our goal of $60,000 for 6,000 braille books for children with vision loss," said Seedlings' Founder/Director Debra Bonde. "We are 'bowled over' by everyone's generosity."

   The bowlers came from throughout the region with four teams from Kennedy Industries (pictured left) in Wixom turning out to bowl on Saturday in support of Seedlings.

    Seedlings' annual bowling event is its biggest fundraiser of the year. Donations can still be made online at through June 9. Checks may also be mailed to Seedlings, 14151 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154.

    The Livonia-based non-profit, which provides free and low-cost braille books to blind children locally, across the United States and all over the world, receives no government funding. All of Seedlings' revenue comes from fundraisers, donations and grants. 
  Every $100 raised allows Seedlings to produce and distribute 10 braille books. Every $50 allows Seedlings to produce five books. Every $10 allows Seedlings to produce one book.

Seedlings' supporter Holli Kerkhof of Community Choice Credit Union in Livonia and son Benjamin (both shown in the picture on the right)  take home a raffle prize.

    Blind children are at a disadvantage when it comes to reading. For every 100 books a sighted child has, a blind child may have just five. That's because braille books are rare and typically expensive, often costing more than $100 for one book.

     Yet braille literacy is key to a successful, independent life. According to the National Federation of the Blind, 70 percent of blind adults are not employed full-time. But of the 30 percent who are, nine out of 10 are fluent in braille.

   Seedlings gives half of its books away free. The other half are sold for an average price of only $10 a book.

    Nearly 200 bowlers participated in the 9-pin, no-tap event on March 9, filling all but two of Novi Bowl's 40 lanes.

     Headlining sponsors of this year's event were Alpha USA; Bill Brown Ford; Cancilliari Construction Inc.; Canton Lions Club; Community Financial Credit Union; Financial & Portfolio Advisors; Kennedy Industries; Livonia Builders; Masco; Plymouth Lions Club; SkyOak Wealth; UPS Foundation; and Valassis.

Channel 7 Chief MeteorologistDave Rexroth, the event's celebrity bowler,is interviewed in the picture on the right, on Facebook Live by Seedlings staffers Karen Smith and Beth Bauman.  

One of the attendees has been at 31 of the 32 bowling outings.  Emcee Earnest Sanders Jr. (pictured below left) of St. Clair Shores and Seedlings Founder/Director Debra Bonde of Livonia keep things rolling.

Katelyn Kelel of Redford (pictured below right), a Seedlings board member who grew up reading Seedlings' books, prepares to bowl in Saturday's fundraiser at Novi Bowl.

Congratulations southeast Michigan. Your support for Seedlings is read around the world! 
Livonia Youth Symphony of Michigan schedules special April 13th Concert with support from Bob Hardies 

On Monday of this week Bob Hardies invited leadership of the Livonia Youth Symphony to his office to present a check for $500 to sponsor a special April 13th Concert. Mr. Carl Karoub will be conducting a group of LYSOM students playing some of their Solo and Ensemble pieces for our community enjoyment. 

You are invited to join them at Kresge Hall at Madonna University. Concert time will be 2PM.

President Jeff  Buck , Past President  Kathleen Bilger  and musician Don Bilger met up with  Bob Hardies  to accept his sponsorship and to thank him for his continued support of the LYSOM.

 This donation was in addition to his sponsorship of the 60th anniversary year of $1000. His sponsorship now totals $1500. In addition he has acquired additional support totaling $600 for the LYSoM including a $500 donation from Art Cole and $100 from Lonna Baum.

"Support for the arts is something that I feel strongly in. It all began when I was in school and attended concerts. It has stayed with me over the years and this is just one way to support the arts in Livonia," commented Hardies after he presented the donation.

The Annual, Maybe this year, Sometime every year, Whenever I feel like it, So let's do it this year Bake Sale @ 9:00 - 1:00 
@ 19514 Bainbridge

Check out some of the celebrity bakers 
who have signed up already to bring baked goods for the sale benefiting the 
Livonia Civic Chorus

Conrad Schwartz     Kathy Bilger
Alan Helmkamp     Susan Nash
Kathy Ventittelli          Dennis Nazelli
Andrea Oquist and her daughter
Laura Toy      Liz Jarvis (gluten free)
Joe Neussendorfer     Laurie Pohutsky
Kathleen McIntyre     Dan MacIver     
Virginia Bosak & the VAAL Bakers
Sister Nancy Marie Jamroz

Two orders are in for special baked goods. Jack Engebretson has ordered a Geraldine Joyner Rum Cake and is donating $100. Not to be beat, Conrad Schwartz also ordered the Geraldine Joyner Rum Cake and is donating $110.

Add your name to the list of bakers. Simply drop a dime to
Send your calendar notices to
March in Livonia
Bennett Civic Center Library all Month

March 9 - April 14
Unity of Livonia Food Drive

March 13 @ Laurel Manor Banquet Center
Livonia State of the City 
as presented to the Livonia business community
by Mayor Dennis Wright

March 21 @ 7:00 - 8:30
State Representative Laurie Pohutsky
Spring Town Hall on Ford Contamination Issue

March 23
Kirksey Recreation Center

March 29 - 30
Clue the Musical presented by 
Livonia Community Theatre @ 
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

March 31 @ 4:00
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

April in Livonia
April 5-7, 12-14
presented by Barefoot Productions

April 6 - 7
Clue the Musical by 
Livonia Community Theatre
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church

April 12 @ 6:30
Livonia Democratic Club Membership Mixer
UAW Hall on Plymouth Road 
Open to the public

April 13 @ 11:00
Brunch with Bunny at Civic Park Senior Center

April 13 @ 9:00 - 1:00
The Annual, Maybe this year, Sometime every year, Whenever I feel like it, So let's do it this year Bake Sale @ 19514 Bainbridge

April 13 @ 6:00
Rotary Club of Dearborn Heights 
Mardi Gras @ Joy Manor

April 13 @ 2:00
Livonia Youth Symphony Orchestra
Kresge Hall @ Madonna University

April 20 @ 8:30 - 2:30
Toy and Comic Books Show @ 
Livonia Elks Hall

April 26 @ 6:30 @ Burton Manor
10th Annual Anna Bonde Murder Mystery

April 26 @ 6:30

April 27 @ 6:00 @ Burton Manor
Livonia Jaycees 3rd Annual Murder Mystery

April 27
Alexander Blue House @ 
historic Greenmead Village

April 29
Livonia Rotary Club Reverse Raffle
Laurel Manor Banquet Center

May in Livonia
May 3
Clarenceville Education Foundation Reverse Raffle
Corsi's Restaurant

May 11 @ 4:00
Stop Drop & Bowl
Livonia Firefighters Charity Fund @ 

May 19
Spring Concert at Churchill Performing Arts Center

May 23 @ 7:00 - 8:45
45th Annual Livonia Prayer Breakfast
Burton Manor
June in Livonia
June 1 @ 7:00 am - 10:00
Livonia City Hall Campus
Save Our Youth Run

June 8 @ 10:00 - 2:00
Livonia's Annual Passport to Safety
Livonia Police Department
Safety stations where children learn about safety 
in a fun, family setting.

September in Livonia
September 15 @ 1:00 - 4:00
Good Old Fashioned Neigborhood Corn Roast

October in Livonia
October 3 @ 7:00
Hall of Fame 2013
Hall of Fame 2013 

United States Congress

  Local: 43155 Main Street Suite 2300B
Novi, MI  48375 

Washington: 227 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC  20515

State Senate
5400 Binsfeld
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI  48909-7536
Fax:  517-373-9228

Terry Marecki R-9th District)
7th Floor, 500 Griswold
Detroit, MI  48226

Phone: (313) 224-0946
Fax:  (313) 967-1235


Diane L. Webb (D-8th District)
7th Floor, 500 Griswold, Suite 725
Detroit, MI  48226

Phone: (313) 224-0930


Congresswoman Stevens' office staff is coming to Livonia to assist constituents having issues with federal agencies. The office will arrange temporary pop-up offices all over Michigan's 11th district, to be as accessible as possible to all her constituents.

On Thursday, March 21st from 9:30 - 5:00 at 15218 Farmington Road.

 If you are having an issue relating to immigration, the Internal Revenue Service, Medicare, the Social Security Administration or Veterans Affairs, please stop by to chat with her team to see how they may be of assistance.

Robotics competition heats up with a successful
tournament  showing in Belleville.  Livonia up next.
The Livonia Public Schools filled the following story detailing the successful Robotics tournament this past weekend:

The Livonia Warriors and Livonia's second-year rookies The Tyros Team competed this past weekend in Belleville in a FIRST Robotics District Competition. 

The Tyros Team has been named appropriately as Tyros, which means "young soldiers" in Latin; the team is made up of ninth graders from all over the district! 

The battles were tremendous! Both teams entered the elimination matc hes strong. 

The Warriors were eliminated after two fights in the quarter finals. The young Tyros team did fantastic work in passing the quarter finals and the semi-finals to face the biggest and strongest robots at the district event. 

They were eliminated in second - two out of three matches landing in 2nd place as Finalists. 

The Livonia Warriors also won a District Award in Imagery and an honorable mention award in the Pits for Safety! 

Congratulations to both The Livonia Warriors and The Tyros Team for work well done! 

Please save the date for our next competition at Churchill High School on April 5 & 6.

Ian Clemens Foundation Scholarship available.
Deadline April 13

Don't miss your opportunity to apply.....

The Ian Clemens Foundation Scholarsh ip applications are still being accepted. All applications must be received via USPS and postmarked by April 13th. 

This scholarship is open to all 2019 graduating high school student in the Livonia Community that are pursuing an engineering degree at any accredited public Michigan university. 

For more information click here.

Livonia based non-profit invites you to a fund raiser hosted by the Michigan Construction Leadership Council
To register simply click on this image:

St. Mary Mercy Livonia to Host Free Diabetes Workshop Beginning in March

St. Mary Mercy Livonia will host Diabetes PATH (Personal Approach Toward Health) on Tuesdays beginning March 19 through April 23, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., in Classroom 11 of the hospital.  This free workshop will teach participants how to handle the challenges of diabetes, manage their symptoms and communicate more effectively with physicians and family members.

To register or to learn more about the program, please call 734-655-8955 or register online at under "Classes and Events."

Plan Now for the 45th Annual Livonia Prayer Breakfast

Livonia Prayer Breakfast This year's Prayer Breakfast - the 45th annual event -  is  set for 7-8:45 a.m., Thursday, May 23 at Burton  Manor.

In addition to local musical talent, this year's breakfast will honor area veterans and first responders in prayer and music. Community and religious leaders joining the program include  Livonia Chamber of Commerce President Dan West, Livonia Mayor Dennis Wright, Pastor Don Sperling of  Clarenceville United Methodist Church, Sister Nancy Jamroz of  Madonna University and Dr. Scott McKee, senior pastor  of Ward  Church.

Delivering the featured message  at this year's breakfast will be  Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor emeritus of The Moody Church and award-winning author. 

Dr. Lutzer  served as the senior pastor at Moody for 36 years. He holds a bachelor's in theology from Winnipeg Bible College, a master's in theology  from Dallas Theological Seminary, a master's in philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law.
Tickets - which include a full breakfast and program - are $20 for adults and $17 for students. 
Tickets can be purchased online on Eventbrite ( a service fee will be added for online purchasing) or by mail with a check payable to Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast sent to: Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast, Inc.  Attention: Sally Butler, 18858 Mayfield, Livonia, MI 48152. Tickets must be purchased by April 26. 

For more information visit or call Sally Butler at 248-476-9427.

The Livonia Prayer Breakfast is a version of the National Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, D.C. Inaugurated in 1953 by some members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, these events are now held in many states and cities throughout our nation.

The Livonia Prayer Breakfast was initiated in 1975 by an ecumenical group of citizens and continues as a voluntary spiritual communion. Its focus has  been on bringing inspirational speakers to communicate positive, faith-filled principles that will inspire people to think globally and act locally

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Blessings in a Backpack

Bowling for Charity with Livonia firefighters