Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - May 3, 1999, Alton, Illinois
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Monday, May 3,1999www.thetelegraph.comSunRise in bankruptcy’s shadow
By PAUL MACKIE
Telegraph staff writer
EDWARDSVILLE - The company that owns SunRise Care & Rehabilitation, 1095 University Drive, appears to be suffering at both the local and national levels.
“SunRise is headed for bankruptcy,” said Violette King, president of the grass-roots group Nursing Home Monitors of Godfrey, which serves as a watchdog for care homes in the region
King’s comment is based on several news reports out of New Mexico,
Nursing home company denies financial rumors
where the Sun Health Care Group’s headquarters are located, about the financial condition of the company.
The SunRise on University Drive in Edwardsville currently has an order protecting it from the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration, which has threatened to terminate the facility’s benefits because of 41 citations during the past six months.
The injunction, however, will
expire on Friday, at which time the home could be forced to close if an agreement is not reached. A date has not yet been agreed upon for a hearing in federal court.
The threat of the home’s closing has caused much heartache recently for residents, staff and relatives of residents.
Sun spokeswoman Karen Gilliland said the home has 90 residents. Since early February, 17 have moved out,
one had a planned discharge and five have died.
“They are suffering a little empty-bed syndrome there,” King said. “And no hospital has (recently) discharged any Medicare patients to that home because the hospital could be held liable."
The suit against SunRise on University adds to the long line of battles the corporation faces. However, despite an expected loss of
$200 million in revenue this year, Gilliland said the company is "absolutely not" going bankrupt “It’s a big rumor,” she said. “We do expect a $200 million decline in revenue (nationally).”
She said the corporation, which is one of New Mexico’s biggest companies and earned $2 billion in 1997, also expects to lay off about 10,000 employees this year
“We have had cutbacks in our staff over the last four months. They’ve mainly been in the rehabilitation-
■ See SUNRISE, Page A-7
Girl Scouts forge leadership skills into Silver Award
By TONY D. MASINELLI
For The Telegraph
ALTON — Six members of Girl Scout Troop 401 were honored with the Silver Award, the second-highest achievement in scouting, during a special ceremony held at Gordon Moore Park on Sunday afternoon.
Jennifer Barnes, Darreth Carlton, Desiree Carlton, Jessica Hettick, Andrea Howard and Michelle Savage each performed more than IOO hours of work on a variety of projects, including Brownie Outdoor Skills Day, Cadet Challenge, and Leadership Pin.
“The outdoor skills day was the big project we did We each had to put 25 hours into that,” Barnes, 14, explained. “We held a camp for Girl Scouts from East St. Louis and taught them outdoor skills, like how to pitch a tent, and
the rules of camping."
To make the camp a success, Barnes and her fellow scouts brought together their varied interests and areas of expertise into a coordinated team effort,
“Everyone had certain duties that made everything run smoothly,” said Desiree Carlton, 14. “I kept the schedule and made sure all the trash was picked up when we were done. It taught me a lot about leadership."
leadership is one of the key skills that troop leaders Robin Carlton and Debbie Barnes try to teach members of Girl Scout Troop 401. Other key skills include compassion, patience, organization and responsibility.
“We want to help them set and reach goals, and we want them to realize that there is more to life,” Carlton said. “We want to help them explore
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Girl Scouts from Troop 410 of East Alton and Bethalto gathered with their families at the Rose Garden at Gordon Moore Park in Alton to receive the Silver Award, the organization’s second-highest honor. The girls, who are gathered on a bridge they built themselves for the ceremony, are, left to right, Jessica Hettick, 15, Michelle Savage, 14, Desiree Carlton, 14, Andrea Howard, 15, Darreth Carlton, 15, and Jennifer Barnes, 14.
Businesses, pupils raise funds for injured boy
By REBECCA HOPKINS
Telegraph staff writer
GODFREY — A group of concerned citizens and businesses joined the children of North Middle School in a benefit to raise funds for Jonathan Johnson, who was critically injured when he was hit by a car on Godfrey Road March 24.
Johnson suffered a severe head injury and was recently moved out of ICU to the Rehab Unit at Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital. According to Nursing Supervisor Debbie Hazlett, Johnson is responding to stimuli by squeezing a hand and communicating “yes” and “no” by blinking his eyes.
Held Sunday at the Alton-Wood River Sportsman’s Club on Godfrey Road, the event was organized by a friend of the family, Lataua Applegate. Applegate solicited donations from scores of businesses and individuals throughout the greater Alton area.
The event began at noon
and featured live music, food, raffles and an auction. Classmates of Johnson’s at North Middle School made a variety of theme baskets for
the raffle to help raise money for his recovery.
“More than 78 businesses alone have been extremely generous with donations for
both the silent auction and the food being served here today,” Applegate said. “Lots of indi-
■ See AUCTION, Page A-7
Alhambra residents are ready to celebrate community’s birthday
By ANDE YAKSTIS
Telegraph staff writer
ALHAMBRA - Residents of Alhambra will say “Happy Birthday” to their 150-year-old community in a giant -......—
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The history of the country town will come alive with three days of events, parades and a spectacular fireworks display.
“We invite the public to join
us for a big weekend of activities to celebrate the long, colorful history of our town,” said Deb Reckmann, co-chairper-son with Joe Dauderman for the town’s sesquicentennial.
- Townspeople are
proud of their history which began in 1817, when William Hinch and his family rode in a covered wagon from Kentucky and settled on the beautiful prairie land around
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Lataua Applegate, center, and Max Heinz dress up the gift basket donated by Megan Varble, 5, with a gold bow at a benefit auction for Jonathan Johnson held at the Sportsman’s Club in Godfrey Sunday. Applegate organized the fund-raiser for Johnson, who is a student at North Middle School where Heinz is principal. Megan is the daughter of Greg and Leann Varble of Godfrey.
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