VNA Health Care was approved for a $15,000 capital fund grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley to support the purchase of the HealthStream Learning Center. The purchase of this learning system allows VNA to provide staff with 24/7 online access to evidence-based training materials that deliver consistent curriculum that is regularly updated. This will accelerate the clinical orientation process for new staff, including providers and new and transitioning nurses, support VNA’s efforts to improve patient outcomes, and help the organization decrease medical and legal risk. The system also supports VNA’s compliance with best practice related to professional development as recommended by The Joint Commission.
“The HealthStream Learning Center offers tools to identify knowledge gaps among our staff, set training goals, and compare our progress against other healthcare organizations. All of this helps to better manage our annual training initiatives,” said Kristin Fuhr, Associate Vice President of Quality, Education, & Risk Management.
VNA purchased the Healthstream Learning Center in June and began using it this month for the annual employee training required by The Joint Commission. VNA has over 400 employees who will benefit from the HealthStream Learning Center.
“We sincerely appreciate the generous support of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley in bringing this exciting project to fruition. This funding, together with funds raised during our 2015 gala event, significantly enhances the professional development of our staff team, which in turn improves our ability to provide exceptional patient care,” said Chrissie Howorth, Vice President of Philanthropy and Business Relations.
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit, tax-exempt, philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County, Illinois. Founded in 1948, the Foundation provides a simple and powerful approach to charitable giving. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have the opportunity to custom design their own named funds that reflect their charitable goals and interests. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has grown to more than $75 million in assets and has awarded more than $60 million in grants and scholarships. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.CommunityFoundationFRV.org.
VNA Health Care provides affordable health care to 65,000 women, men and children living primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties. VNA runs ten community health centers and is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.
Mayor Tom Weisner announced his intention to step down as Mayor of Aurora effective Oct. 30, 2016. Mayor Weisner explains his decision in the following statement:
“Today, I am announcing my decision to step down as Mayor of Aurora and retire within the next few weeks. I do this with considerable reluctance, as I have dearly loved my job as Mayor of this wonderful city that opened its arms to me and my wife some 43 years ago.
I have made this decision based on my sense that I cannot continue much longer to serve our city at the same level I worked to maintain over the past 11+ years.
I have been dealing with cancer most of my three terms as mayor. Despite regular chemotherapy, I have been able to fully function within our “strong mayor” form of government, which unlike most cities, includes the day-to-day management of City operations, as well as the other duties most mayors perform.
I have recently begun to feel that I cannot continue to perform at the level I expect of myself and I do not wish to remain as mayor if I can’t. For these reasons, I am today announcing my intention to step down as Mayor of Aurora, effective October 30, 2016.
Let me say that I have led a fortunate life, to date. I have had both the honor and the stimulating challenge of leading Illinois’s second largest city through the Great Recession. I am most thankful for both that honor and that challenge, for this has caused me to try to operate consistently at my very best. No doubt, I haven’t always succeeded, but as Theodore Roosevelt might say, I have been blessed to be “the man in the arena.”
Where we have been successful, I can credit an exceptional city staff that has been as motivated as it has been loyal to the cause of moving Aurora forward. From the street level to the highest management level, I have been fortunate to work with top-notch public servants.
I have also had the good fortune, over the past eleven-and-a-half years, to work with City Councils composed almost entirely of good and honest people who had had the best interests of all of Aurora’s people at heart. For that, I am most grateful.
I do not know what the future brings . . . or how long my future will be. When you think about it, none of us really does. To the extent the Good Lord will abide me, I will continue to work toward what I believe in, though in a more measured way.
Lastly, let me thank the good people of Aurora who have made me so proud of this city. It is you, who work so hard to raise a family, to provide, to abide by the law and your religious beliefs, to volunteer, to help your neighbor, and to tolerate the imperfections of government… it is you who make me feel that my life has been so worthwhile.
Thank you and God bless you for allowing me to be your Mayor.”
The next general municipal election for Mayor of Aurora is scheduled to take place in April 2017. Per state law, the City Council will be responsible for selecting an Acting Mayor from among its members to fulfill the remainder of Mayor Weisner’s current term. Legal Counsel is currently reviewing the laws and procedures for selection of an Acting Mayor and will provide further direction to the City Council at the next regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole meeting of the City Council on Sept. 6.
For additional details about Mayor Weisner’s tenure, visit www.aurora-il.org/mayorsoffice.
The Fox Valley Park District is seeking adult performers (age 16 and up) for its fall adult thriller Wait Until Dark, with auditions set for 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at the Prisco Community Center.
“We’re inviting actors and actresses to portray a variety of characters,” said Kyle Donahue, performing arts manager. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve been onstage before – no experience necessary! Just bring your special talents. We always welcome quirky, imaginative people – they are who make these productions great.”
For auditions, candidates should prepare a monologue and be ready to read from the script.
Wait Until Dark is a suspense thriller and Broadway hit based on the story of Susy Hendrix, a blind housewife who unwittingly possesses a doll filled with illicit drugs. Harry Roat, a brutal and sophisticated criminal, coerces two small-time thugs into helping him con Susy into giving up the doll. A battle of wits ensues, building to a dramatic final scene that is hauntingly memorable.
Cast rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Sept. 6, with four performances scheduled on Oct. 21, 22 and 23.
For more information, visit the Fox Valley Park District Performing Arts Facebook page or call 630-859-8606.
The Fox Valley Park District is a dynamic and growing park district that serves a diverse population of more than 233,000 people. Recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Agency, Fox Valley holds the nation’s highest honor as a two-time Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation management. Serving the communities of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora, the District maintains 164 parks and 48 miles of interconnected regional trails amid 2,500 acres of parkland. Sharing the shores of the Fox River, our communities are united by the District’s commitment to promote vibrant, healthy lifestyles through fun and safe recreation opportunities that are environmentally and fiscally responsible. The Fox Valley Park District … Where Fun Begins!
2016 Aurora Downtown Career Fair
Friday, September 23rd
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Waubonsee Community College,
Aurora Downtown Campus (18 S. River St., Aurora)
To register, please visit:
We look forward to seeing you!
Two additional ramps will remain closed as work continues on the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project
Two ramps connecting the eastbound Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88) to southbound Farnsworth Avenue and southbound Farnsworth Avenue to westbound I-88 in Aurora reopened today, August 23. The ramp closures were necessary to accommodate work on a new bridge and interchange improvements for the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project.
Construction on the Farnsworth Avenue Interchange Project is ongoing as work continues to build the new bridge and interchange reconstruction scheduled to be complete in 2017. Electronic message signs will be put in place in advance to alert drivers to new traffic patterns. Traffic shifts and ramp closures are necessary to provide a work zone and safely accommodate traffic.
The Salvation Army of Aurora is looking for new Advisory Board members who would like to engage, empower and evaluate our programs and services provided to those in need in our community. For over 130 years, The Salvation Army has provided basic human services like food, shelter and clothing as well as programs such as ESL classes, children’s character building and camps, Zumba for women, and Men’s ministry for free. As we build on our past…the future holds more opportunities for community engagement such as a capital campaign and new building project. We need your compassionate heart, creative mind and your sphere of influence to help us meet our goals. For more information please visit our website at www.salarmyaurora.org. We would love to have you participate in our Board Orientation and Strategic Planning meeting on Saturday, September 10th at the Holiday Inn Express, 2424 W. Sullivan Rd, Aurora from 8 am – 12 noon. Breakfast & Lunch provided. Please contact Beverly Peterson at email@example.com or 815-222-1773 for more information.
VNA Health Care is hosting “VNA Uncorked”, a wine tasting fundraiser, on Friday, September 30 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at its main location at 400 N. Highland Avenue in Aurora. The event includes a ‘wines-around-the-world’ tasting theme with cheese pairings. Rob Lehner, a certified sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers, is a featured presenter. Guests may bid on a silent auction of wine and wine-themed gift baskets and purchase raffle tickets for a wine-cork pull raffle. Tickets are $50 each and may be purchased at www.eventbrite.com by searching for VNA Uncorked or call (630) 978-2532, ext. 8567 to purchase over the phone. Proceeds from VNA Uncorked support the Aurora Community Heart Clinic at VNA and VNA’s Wellness Program.
VNA Health Care provides affordable health care to over 61,000 women, men and children living primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties. VNA runs ten community health centers and is nationally ranked as a top performing health center as a result of patient outcomes such as prenatal care, adolescent weight screening and counseling, vascular disease treatment, blood pressure control, healthy birthweights, and asthma care. VNA’s combination of convenience (by appointment or walk-in), patient-centered technology and expert care delivered with respect and compassion have led to these results. VNA is accredited by The Joint Commission.