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Local cheer athletes to compete in Orlando Summit

Champion All Stars’ competitive quest has led them to ESPN Zone Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL, May 4th and 5th to compete live via webcast. “The Summit” was created solely for the best cheer teams from across the country. Only 462 teams from 43 divisions will receive bids as they take “The Climb.”

At the Cheer Power competition event in Columbus on March 24th, Champion All Stars Junior 3 team received Grand Champion Title of their division and with this title they received Varsity Jackets, Champion sterling silver rings for all 20 girls and a full paid bid to The Summit with each girl receiving $510 to pay for all competition expenses and boarding.


The Champions All-Stars are from Erie, Ottawa, Sandusky, Lorain and Huron counties. The mission of the Castalia-based group is “to stand above and a world apart in developing true professional leaders without sacrificing integrity, character or sportsmanship”.

It takes exceptional skill, stamina and determination for teams to make this climb and only 10% of teams from across the country will make the cuts. Champion Cheer Athletics has been fortunate to have three teams make it.

Follow the team on Facebook or at www.championcheerandtumblecenter.com for updates and results. Team try outs start in a couple of weeks. Call 419 502-0209 for dates and times.

Family Fun Fair at Bataan

On Saturday at Bataan Memorial Elementary School in Port Clinton the Ottawa County Family Fun Fair featured fun and food for all. Agencies from throughout the county had representatives available to provide information and answer questions.

Delightful spring days have arrived

 

The Ballet School, under the direction of Mary Ann Snider, presents The Wizard of Oz at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center this Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Mary Ann’s dance students perform this beloved story of a young girl from Kansas that gets caught in a tornado and ends up “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in the Land of Oz. The dancers are age 3 through high school. Tickets are $8 and will be available for purchase at the door.

Magruder Hospital scores high with patients

In a recent review of hospitals, Magruder Hospital stood again at the top for patients satisfied with their hospital care. Magruder ranks 30th in a report released by Becker's Hospital Review titled, "The Top 58 Hospitals Patients Rated 9 or 10 in HCAHPS."  This report placed Magruder 30th in the country and among the highest-ranked, acute-care hospitals in Ohio. 

“We are pleased and proud, but not surprised, by our ranking,” said Todd Almendinger, Magruder’s President and CEO. “Our entire staff – employees, physicians and volunteers – focus on providing the best care and services to our patients and these survey results validate that our patients believe we are hitting the high quality mark.” 

Becker’s list reflected acute-care hospitals with the highest percent of patients who rated their hospital a nine or 10 on the HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey. It is a standard survey sent nationwide to randomly selected patients age 18 and over. Patients rate several aspects of their hospital care, including the hospital staff’s communication and responsiveness, the hospital environment, pain management and whether or not the patient would recommend the hospital. A rating of nine or 10 means the hospital usually or always meets or exceeds patient expectations. 

The high score confirms what Magruder sees on its other patient satisfaction surveys. As an example, inpatient scores are at or above the 95th percentile and emergency services scores have been as high as the 98th percentile as compared to like-sized hospitals nationwide. These high scores have been consistent over the last several years.  

“I attribute our high scores to the dedication of our staff,” continued Almendinger.  “We regularly monitor our patient satisfaction and quality scores to determine how to maintain and improve our performance for patients. We listen to our patients and everyone at Magruder is in charge of this effort - it is a hospital-wide collaboration."

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