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  1. 1. A Publication for Friends and Supporters of Orange Grove Center Vol. 3, Issue 1 January - April 2010 Osage The The many facets of Orange Grove’s Health Care Services A look at the new mini dental clinic“Healthy living includes Meet our doctorsproductivity”Read about the staff wellness Find out why staff return to OGCprogram, and how you too canchange your lifestyle! “To recognize, support and celebrate the qualities of the individual”
  2. 2. Board of Directors THE OSAGE Page 2Dillard EdgemonPresidentMichael A. BartoChairman ContentsBill LuskVice President 4 Take a look inside Augustus McCravey Health Care ServicesSusan Gouger RouseVice PresidentThomas H. CoxTreasurer 5 Time for a change? Try Orange Grove’s Wellness ProgramDr. Bruce HutchinsonAsst. TreasurerThomas A. Caldwell 6-7 Around the GroveSecretary 8John F. GermMember-At-Large AEDs purchased thanks to recent fundingHerbert J. Haile, Jr.V.P., Building/MaintenanceJerry SummersV.P., Legal Committee 8 Fox on board as new practitionerBarton C. BurnsJohn BuhrmanLarry CashTom Cofer 9 Meet Doctors Husband and ComptonHeidi HoffeckerDaniel J. LaGraffBill LuskSharon Matthews 10-11 Why do they come back?Hugh J. Moore, Jr. Hear the stories of some of our staff who chose toAndrew “Skip” Nardo return to OGCNeal PinkstonRosie RussellRichard Sadowitz, MDS. Scott Short A quarterly publication ofAvery Smith Orange Grove Center Inc.Dr. Ben Tyber © 2009 All rights reserved. No part of thisHONORARY BOARD newsletter (verbiage or photos)T. Hicks Armor may be copied, used or reproducedT. Maxfield Bahner without written permission.Charles A. ComerMorton J. Kent Design:Mrs. Helen C. Mahn Leslie Smith, CoordinatorMrs. Emily C. McKenzie Public Relations and MarketingWilliam R. Russell lesmith@orangegrove.orgMrs. Janet Strang Photography: Dennis Wilkes OGC Art Dept. On the Cover: Tina Fox, nurse practitioner for OGC, looks into the ear of Printer: Graphic Impressions Richard Hallmark. Chattanooga, TN
  3. 3. 3Page Executive Director’s Desk From the “We boil at different degrees.” Ralph Waldo Emerson I f you had only fifteen books in your library and wanted to consider the number of ways to arrange those books on a shelf, it may appear that there are a small number of options. However, there are a huge number of possibilities in this scenario. In fact, there are over a trillion ways to arrange those fifteen books. Some people find it mind-boggling that no two snowflakes are alike. However, when you begin considering the number of water molecule combinations that can exist within one snowflake, the mathematics prove the assertion. If Orange Grove had to live by just one edict it would be that the people we serve and their families have choices in a ser- vice delivery system. Choice is a primary component of our system because it guarantees empowerment and exemplifies our respect for the people served. We trust that individuals and their families will make the decision that is ultimately best when properly informed of their choices. I wish I could say that everyone affiliated with our work truly believed in this philosophy. Unfortunately, there are people in the human service arena that have predispositions as to what is best for individuals in need of services, and they deliberately attempt to remove options. If you adhere strictly to what some, who consider themselves to be experts, say about the proper delivery of services to people with intellectual disabilities, then certain options in services would be eliminated. Some advocates would argue against Special Olympics because it is the quintessential segregated system. Some advocates argue against intermediate care because of the intensity of services and the connection of these services to facilities. Some advocates argue against sheltered employment, because of its segregated nature and the use of sub-minimum wage certificates. Orange Grove gladly welcomes these and many more service models for people to choose from. We believe that a wide array of choices should exist and that is why we offer a full gamut of services designed to create good health, independence, satisfaction, vitality, dignity, and respect. When visitors spend a day witnessing Orange Grove at work, they inevitably comment on how different we are. They say that they have never seen such a wide array of pro- grams and services in one place. We have embraced every service model known to us and even added new dimensions to well-known service systems to satisfy the unique interests of the people we serve. I suppose Orange Grove desires to be so different, because we recognize the unique qualities of the people we serve and realize we owe it to them to generate as many denominations of services as are possible. I leave you with a quote from Pope Benedict XVI at a gathering of youth with disabilities at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers. “God has blessed you with life and with differing talents and gifts. Through these you are able to serve him and society in various ways. While some people’s contributions seem great and others’ more modest, the witness value of our efforts is always a sign of hope for everyone. Sometimes it is challenging to find a reason for what appears only as a difficulty to be overcome or even pain to be endured. Yet our faith helps us to break open the horizon beyond our own selves in order to see life as God does. God’s unconditional love, which bathes every human individual, points to a meaning and purpose for all human life.” Kyle Hauth, Executive Director
  4. 4. PULSE POINTS: Health Care Services UpdateRick Rader, M.D. Page 4The American poet Emerson offered that, “The first wealth is health.”Even in these perilous financial times one can easily appreciate thevalue of that observation.Health Care Services at Orange Grove has been proactive in facingthe future and has achieved several significant milestones in the lastquarter. We are delighted to announce that:Dr. Betty Husband, an internist with many years of emergency medicineexperience, will be joining us as our new medical director on January1. As an ER physician, Dr. Husband had many patients with intellec-tual and developmental disabilities, and her interest in caring for thispopulation on a full-term basis began to brew. She feels that treatingpatients with special needs is a return to the real roots of medicine, andshe is excited about joining the Orange Grove health care team.Dr. Kristin Compton will be joining Orange Grove as our Director ofDental Services. Dr. Compton is one of five fellowship trained dentists Stephanie Hawk, nurse for ICF/MR, administers a flu shot to a patient.in the area of adult developmental dentistry. She is a graduate of theUniversity of Louisville Dental School and received her post-graduate Orange Grove was interviewed by USA Today as a model for a cen-training at the Underwood and Lee Clinic, a dental center specializing ter that both advocates and protects their clients and staff in the area ofin adults with developmental disabilities. health promotion. The Tennessee Department of Health was very sup- portive, cooperative and proactive in collaborating with us during ourWe are delighted that Dr. Compton will be spearheading our dental ser- preparation for this vaccination activity.vices with support from a grant made possible by the Tennessee Coun-cil on Developmental Disabilities. Both Dr. Compton and Dr. Husband The Orange Grove medical clinic is now accepting and providing for aappreciate the oral-systemic health connection, and will be consulting new wave of patients into the clinic. Thanks to Tina Fox, our nurse prac-with others to provide the best collaborative health care. titioner, for her diligence, commitment and skills in helping to stream- line the activities in the clinic. Tina is a true reflection of the goals and mission of both Orange Grove and health care. Health Care Services Director, Lynn Porter, is working on adding a der- matology clinic to the other specialty clinics already being offered. The clinic will be under the clinical supervision of Dr. Randy Heisser, a fam- ily physician consultant at Orange Grove. While the above activities are impressive, they reflect both a philosophy, as well as a practice that is best described by Health Care Director Lynn Porter as being, “More than a clinic, we are a fully integrated center that understands, appreciates, and promotes the benefits of wellness as a way of life for both our patients and our staff.”Jeanette Hames (left), Dental Clinic Manager, and Chris Reece, demon-strate toothbrushing techniques.Through several gifts provided by TVA, BlueCross BlueShield ofTennessee, and Dr. Mack Worthington, we have acquired two newcardiac defibrillators, and upgraded a third unit. These units will beplaced strategically throughout Orange Grove to provide an extraneeded measure of support for our first response to any cardiac events.Lynn Porter has initiated a training regimen to insure that the OrangeGrove staff can properly access and apply this lifesaving technology. Health Care Services staff, picture left to right: Juliet Moore, Debbie Mc-Health Care Services was instrumental in first advocating for our cli- Gowan, Cheryl Setzer, Marg Neely, Tracy Wilkerson, Holly Massey, Re-ents as being a “priority population,” and securing adequate numbers becca Davis, Penny Smith, Tina Fox, Phyllis Vanallman, Cynthia Lane, andof H1N1 vaccines. In addition to our clients receiving the injections, Lynn Porter, seated.our staff (direct care staff and health care providers) has had the op-portunity to receive this protection.
  5. 5. Page 5 OGC staff wellness program kicks off with fair Program effective January 2010 If you are currently making resolutions for the New Year, then you may want to consider trying Orange Grove’s new wellness program. The theme of the program is to “educate, support and promote healthier lifestyles.” Workplace Wellness was established to encourage and motivate staff to adopt a regimen of diet, exercise and healthy living. The program stresses the importance of good health practices, participation in a higher quality of life and teamwork, embraces changes, and provides a safe, supportive work environment. Healthy incentives, such as cash rewards and prizes, will be offered beginning January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010. Staff may earn up to a maximum of 100 points annually in the areas of well visit exams, weight management, preventative health, and exercise. These are inclusive of everything from nutrition classes, Lunch and Learn sessions, smoking cessation, annual medical exams, dental and eye exams, cancer screenings, maintaining a weekly health journal, health risk assessments, and exercise components, such as community health walks and classes at the YMCA, Powerhouse, or other fitness outlets. A brochure outlining the program is available in Human Resources, or will be available in January online at www.orangegrovecenter.org for each staff member to track their points. Kicking off the program was the annual Wellness Fair that was held at OGC. It featured over 20 vendors from varying local businesses and agencies. Staff were offered opportunities to sched- ule mammograms, speak with health, life and retirement insurance agents, receive rock/massage therapy, bone density and blood pressure screenings, eye and hearing exams, consult with a chiropractor, and to speak with debt management counselors and health and fitness coaches. Many in attendance also took advan- tage of the free TB test, which may soon be mandatory for all OGC staff. Photos from the Wellness Fair - Some of this year’s vendors included: BB&T and Trimble Insurance Above: Linda McKeel, of ICF/Carl Swaf- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee ford, tests her strength while visiting the Erlanger Health System Erlanger booth. Sam’s Club Siskin Rehabilitation Top right to bottom: Stone Henge Products Tanya Tipton, of ICF/Dowlen, takes a The Rush load off by enjoying foot therapy. Mutual of America Moore & King Pharmacy Sandy Guffey of ICF, Carrie Hart of ACT, Natural Solutions and Johnny Stokes of Res Hab, receive Consumer Credit Counseling free rock therapy from Fred Harrison of UT Family Practice Stone Henge Products. Workplace Wellness is sponsored by Lisa Breedlove of Children’s Services the Human Resources Department, waits patiently for the results of a chiro- and the Orange Grove Center Wellness practic test. Committee. Erica Norwood, housemanager of Res For more information, contact Daisy Hab/Ely Road ladies home, grimaces as Seard at (423) 629-1451, ext. 2407, or email to wellness@orangegrove.org. she is given a TB shot.
  6. 6. Therapy Services Page 6Nurture Garden provides hands-on therapy for individualsThe Nurture Garden was created by thePNM team as a means to provide ICF/ID individuals activities in: sensory in-tegration, range of motion, functionaluse of hands and understanding nutri-tion.Since then, the Nurture Garden hasbecome more than a tool to provide Mary Kitchens shows off baskets of tomatoes thattherapeutic supports. It promotes inde- were harvested from the garden.pendence, facilitates a work ethic, and Gerald Love plants herbs with the assistance ofencourages healthy eating habits. Lucy Stokely, OT. Training videos build staff, individual relationships Children’s Services Orange Grove Center is currently embarking on a new ven- ture that brings individuals served by the center into the hearts and minds of new employees. The project involves the production of training videos, which will be shown pri- or to the end of each employee orientation.New project teaches Orange Grove students entrepreneurial skillsbased on the fundamentals of classroom instruction and recycling Melissa Lewis is the audiovisual technician of Orange Grove’s Physical and Nutritional Management DepartmentOrange Grove Center has a new recycling loca- (PNM), and spent months filming the 14 ICF/MR (Interme-tion, but it is not where one might expect. diate Care Facilities) residences of those who are medically fragile.The center is home to the John F. Germ RecyclingCenter, and through a partnership with the City Included in the videos is a segment called, “Who am I?”of Chattanooga, operates five drop-off centers that allows the individuals served to give a brief introduc-locally. Orange Grove staff and students have tion of their personalities. Topics include their likes andtaken recycling one step further, with an in-class dislikes.recycling effort called, Global Kidz, Inc. Melissa said that this segment is to show, “Who the indi-The project is the brainchild of Lisa Breedlove, vidual is, and what their needs are.”who teaches within Children’s Services at OrangeGrove. Back in February, Breedlove introduced She believes that new staff members need to know the hob-the program and integrated classroom training bies and daily activities of individuals in their care, becauseand entrepreneurial activities involving the recy- K. C. Conklin is assisted by of the time they will be spending together.cling of paper and other unwanted materials. The Lisa Breedlove.goal is to occupy the students’ time with learning “This is their home. This is family-style living. They shouldexperiences. She believes that giving the students be as comfortable as possible,” she said.the opportunity to recycle will lead to the development of job skills laterin life. Melissa also said the videos give new staff the base founda- tion and knowledge of the individuals with whom they will“They have done very well,” Breedlove said. “ Even the younger kids work. They act as a building block that is shown beforehave learned hand-eye coordination. I feel like we’re going to do some- the therapist teaches them more specific information aboutthing really big with this thing once we get it off the ground.” physical, occupational, speech language, physical educa- tion, and physical/nutritional therapy.Typically, an Orange Grove student must be 14-years-old to earn a wage,but younger students, despite not being paid, may recognize that the fun- The videos are driven by the needs of the individuals, mak-damentals of recycling are good for the Earth. ing them so important to Orange Grove. Each therapist evaluates the individuals that live in the 14 houses. TheAlthough Global Kidz, Inc. is still in the beginning stages, Breedlove’s therapist also approves the material that is included in thestudents have already begun recycling a sizeable amount of both paper videos to better cater to the needs of the individuals.and aluminum cans. The students also shred paper and rinse cans to berecycled. Classroom curriculum remains the same, with the typical aca- At present, the project is 50 percent complete. Melissa isdemic work combined with the new project. also working on another project called, “Harmony through the Senses,” which provides training for staff in ResidentialIt is Lisa’s hope that the project continues to expand with more resources, Services the integration of sensory programming.such as a bigger paper shredder and can crushers.
  7. 7. Page 7 Recycling Around Recycling Center becomes site for secure document destruction the Grove After 21 years in the recycling industry, Orange Grove has taken the next step in develop- ing markets and our expertise in the paper industry with document destruction. On October 1, 2009, “Better Shred Than Read” was launched. This new venture em- Center-Wide ploys seven individuals, with the potential to employ more. Services include: •Collection trucks equipped with GPS •National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) member •Secured Document Alliance (SDA) member •Paper is shredded to 5/16” (smaller than 5/8” industry standard) •Shredding process meets stringent federal specifications •HIPPA Business Associate Agreements •Closed-circuit video monitoring of all shredding •24-hour security monitoring and video storage for 90 days All staff are trained on confidentiality practices, required to pass state and federal back- ground checks, participate in random drug/alcohol testing, and are insured and bonded. In turn, our customers are guaranteed: •Locking containers at no additional charge for storage of your confidentialTVA volunteers help make September memorable documents •Scheduled collection of secure documentsLaura Smith, Doug Boone, and Alice Pollard, volun- •Allowance of web-based viewing of documents being shreddedteers from TVA, donated their time to the September to •A Certificate of Destruction of all documentsRemember Cookout and Festival. •All paper is pulped and recycled •Optimal customer service to ensure your satisfactionThey helped with the set up, break down and operationof game booths. The trio plan to bring more volunteers To help kick things off, on November 18, Orange Grove hosted “Free Shred Day.” Thiswith them next year. marketing campaign was a success, resulting in numerous local residents and businesses dropping off more than 10,000 pounds of paper to be shredded that day. Res Hab To schedule service, or to learn more about Orange Grove’s se- cure document destruction, “Better Shred Than Read,” contact Misti Gipson, Recycling Operations Co- ordinator, at (423) 493-2949 or mgipson@orangegrove.org. Above: Misti Gipson, Re- cycling Operations Coor-Campbell named Outstanding Direct dinator, helps Daisy SeardSupport Professional as she drops off a bag of materials to be shredded.Spencer Campbell, direct support staff at the Delas-hmitt Road home, won the quarterly award as Out- Right: Mark Gibson, left,standing Direct Support Professional (DSP) for the and Turnae Watson sortState of Tennessee. Spencer was nominated by a par- paper moments before itent for providing outstanding support to their son. He reaches the shredder.was presented a monetary award and certificate byEarl Foxx, Statewide Director of Direct Support Pro-fessionals Association of Tennessee (DSPAT).
  8. 8. Page 8 Fox joins the staff of Health Care Services Orange Grove recently welcomed Tina Fox as its new nurse practitioner. Fox has 22 years of experience in health care, and her professional career includes working in intensive care, home health care, cardiac outpatient care and clinical consulting. Here at Orange Grove, Fox sees an average of 10 to 20 patients daily. Her respon- sibilities include identifying, evaluating, and addressing disease prevention and health promotion issues, in relation to individuals served by the center. She is responsible for diag-Left to right: Kathy Bingham, Manager of Blue nosing and treating acute,Cross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Founda- chronic and long-term,tion and Community Trust, Lynn Porter, NP-BC, health-related issues. Foxand Director of McCravey Health Care Services, educates her patients andDr. Mack Worthington, UT Family Practice, and their caregivers about pre-Tina Fox, Nurse Practitioner for McCravey Health ventative care, medical is-Care Services present one of the first AEDs that Lynn Porter, Director of McCravey Health Care Services, has a sues, and the use of prescribed playful moment with Fox (right).was purchased by Orange Grove. medications.OGC receives funding to save lives Fox finds her job both rewarding and challenging, because the individual’s developmental dis- ability may hinder them from being able to voice their health issues. She believes that sharpThe McCravey Health Care Services Depart- assessment and listening skills are key to helping the individuals in her care, in addition toment is the recipient of funding toward the pur- gathering information from the patient’s caregiver.chase of several much needed Automated Exter-nal Defribillators (AED). In 1987, the Muncie, IN, native became a registered nurse following graduation from Cleve- land State Community College. After a hiatus with her family, she went back to receive aAEDs are lifesaving devices that are used in master’s of science in nursing from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN.medical emergencies to prevent heart failure.The devices will be used by trained staff only. Prior to Orange Grove, she was employed at Parkridge, Erlanger, and Memorial Hospitals, and at Unum and Interim Home Health.AEDs will be located in the AdministrationBuilding, the Recycling Center, and in Health Her husband, Edward, is also a registered nurse, and they have three sons.Care Services. With additional funding, anothermay soon be obtained and placed in the Indus-trial Training Center. Health Care Services gets “heart smart” with new clinicGrants from the Community Trust Fund of BlueCross Blue Shield of Tennessee and Tennessee In addition to all the services offered at the McCravey Health Care Services, there is now aValley Authority, and a contribution from Dr. “Heart Smart Clinic” to monitor the function and progress of the hearts of those served byMack Worthington made this possible. the center. The clinic will serve as an educational tool toward prevention of heart disease and the de- crease in the likelihood of heart failure. The program is operated by the medical doctor on staff and the nurse practitioner, who re- evaluate everything from cholesterol levels and lipid profiles, which contain LDL, HDL, tri- glycerides, and cholesterol. They also look at the heart function through EKGs, and any at medications they may take or any co-morbidities. This procedure is scheduled every two years, and again, every three to six months, depending on client-specific needs. The Heart Smart Clinic is another pro-active health program at Orange Grove.Nurse Mary Morrison uses an EKG machine tomonitor the heart of Lew Benton.
  9. 9. Page 9 Kristin Compton, DMD I grew up in Pikeville, KY, a very small town in eastern Kentucky. I graduated from Alice Lloyd College in 2003 with a bachelor of science in Biology, and a minor in Chemistry. I then moved to Louisville, KY, where I attended dental school at the University of Louisville, graduating in 2007 with a DMD (Doctor of Medical Dentistry). I then pursued my passion of working with special needs patients, and obtained a fellowship in special needs dentistry to gain post-graduate training. My fellowship is the only one in the country for special needs patients, and I am one of only six graduates from this program. I have experience treating patients including, but not limited to, Down’s syn- drome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X syndrome, Angelmann’s syndrome and Prader-Willi syndrome. My patient’s intellectual disabilities have ranged from mild to severe/profound, and I have treated patients both in the clinic and the operating room. My fellowship also included several rotations in extended medical areas including genetics, pediatric medicine, and neurology. I completed this Fellowship in July 2008. I have since been employed by Kool Smiles (general dentistry for kids) as an associate dentist, and am extremely excited to become a part of the Orange Grove Center family. I am a member of the Louisville Dental Society, American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry. I have participated in Special Olympics activities, including MedFest, a screening for Special Olympics athletes for any dental disease, including urgent treatment Dr. Compton specializes in special needs dentistry, and is one of needs. only six in the country to complete a special fellowship in the field. I am not married, and have no children, but I do have a 6-year-old Jack Russell named Lexie. Betty Husband, MRO-C I was born and raised in Meridian, Mississippi. My parents valued education. I knew from junior high school that I wanted to be a doctor to help others. Both of my parents had medical conditions that required frequent doctor visits. Both were in wheelchairs. I am familiar with the obstacles that must be overcome on even routine errands. I attended Meridian Community College then graduated with my bachelor of sci- ence in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University. I attended the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson, MS. Then I completed my internal medicine residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. I had moonlighted for an emergency room group during residency. They hired me directly after completing my residency. I practiced emergency room medi- cine for the next nine years. I moved to Chattanooga in 1999 to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains. I primarily practiced at Parkridge, and later at Athens Regional Hospital. I also practiced at Memorial, Memorial Northpark, Skyridge, and Skyridge West. Dr. Husband has practiced in emergency rooms throughout In 2007, I transitioned to day shifts and occupational medicine at Erlanger’s Chattanooga. Workforce. A secretary there introduced me to her brother-in-law on a hunch we were a good match. Nine months later in August 2008 Thomas and I were mar- ried. Nine months after that we had a beautiful baby boy, Brandon. He’s six months old. His smiles and laughs make all the sleepless nights worthwhile. I enjoy walking the great local trails with them, with my pedometer at my side! I was impressed on my first tour of Orange Grove. I am pleased to be joining such a well-run organization filled with so many caring workers.
  10. 10. Page 10 This section is devoted to staff who left Orange Grove for employment outside of the center, and returned to us because of their love of the individuals we serve. Cox says she would not want to work anywhere elseThe beginning of Claudette Cox’s Orange in Ooltewah. She took her post in October 1982, working four daysGrove experience was in September 1970, the first year her per week until May 1986. Cox was away five years, and when shedaughter, Donna, entered as a 7-year-old. Cox’s first ten years began returned on July 14, 1986, her husband, Tom, had also come on boardas a volunteer with Transportation, making name tags for every rider. as a member of the board of directors.It was not long before Emily McKenzie, who was “My heart remained here. My daughter was herethen the social worker and nursing director, per- as a service recipient, and she was in the residentialsuaded her to come on board as a social worker program. I missed the OGC family atmosphere,”assistant. Cox accepted, and worked in the Social she said. “I called Mr. Cook, and asked if there wereServices Department for around five years. In 1976, any openings. He put me right on board as a fill-inshe switched to the position of accreditation clerk, for the switchboard operator.”collecting documentation for OGC to apply for ac-creditation. An opening in the Industrial Training Center in 1987 marked her return to social work. In 1995,Her career ladder progressed into administrative she transferred to Community Supports, but afterassistant to Michael L. Cook, Executive Director. five years, with the assistance of Dr. Rick Rader, sheShe worked diligently typing all documents for the transferred to her current position in Compliance.beginning of Individual Program Plans for all indi-viduals served by the center. By August 14, 1981, “OGC is a fabulous place to work, and when youCox became overwhelmed with working long hours get out in the work world, there are so many moreand weekends. She resigned due to exhaustion from Cox enjoys a moment outdoors with her fringes here at OGC. The conditions are so pleasant.long hours, and little intentions at the time of further daughter, Donna. I would not want to work anywhere else until I re-employment outside the home. tire, which could happen at any time, since I am past retiring age. I enjoy my work and all the people IAs she enjoyed home life, exercise classes at the Y, freedom to travel work with at OGC,” Cox said.abroad and to visit relatives, and volunteering in the community, a newopportunity presented itself. She was lured by a close friend, Dr. David “OGC is the place from which I want to retire. I have many friendsSmith, who asked her to be the office manager for his dental practice here, and the work is suited for me personally,” she said.Old friends, positive experiences led Bergenback to return to OGC’s classroomsMary Lou Bergenback has spent a total of nine With the public school experience behind her,years on the staff of Orange Grove’s Children’s Bergenback says she made good friends withServices. In her first five years, she recalls teachers, parents, and therapists. She sayshaving a “great classroom” of “seven sweet she developed self-confidence, because herstudents with cerebal palsy, and two dedicated school’s principal regarded her as an expert onassistants,” according to Bergenback. multi-handicapped children.When she began teaching at OGC, she says she As a result, she was able to share her knowl-had a wonderful mentor named Debbie Sneed, edge and experience that she acquired at OGC.who was a teacher within the Hamilton County This includes instructing her assistants on howSchool system. She left for Hamilton County to lift and position children, and training themSchools, which she says pays better. When she in behavior modification. She also shared in-learned of an opening at Sneed’s school, the formation with them about autism. In addi-desire for better pay and working with her old tion, started the Foster Grandparent Programfriend again led her to leave Orange Grove. at her school, a program that remains active Bergenback works on a class assignment with Leroy to date.During the time Bergenback was employed at Robinson.Hamilton County, she subbed at OGC during Bergenback says she prefers to work at OGCthe summers to stay in touch with my friends. A friend on staff told her because there is more support from the principal, Darcy Owens, whoabout an opening in one of the classrooms. She reviewed her personal taught at the center for many years before becoming the principal. Shediary, and realized how unhappy she was in the public school system. understands how challenging teaching can be.“My main complaint was not having enough assistants to carry out “We are fortunate to have Jann Davis as the social worker for Chil-the children’s educational plans,” she said. “When I decided to return dren’s Services, because she schedules our annual meetings with par-to OGC, I came to fill out my application. I walked through the front ents and therapists,” she said. “At Hamilton County, I had to scheduledoor and said out loud, “Honey, I’m home!” I don’t plan to teach any- my own annual meetings, and it was time consuming.”where else.”
  11. 11. Page 11 Jenkins’ heart is with Board of Directors Orange Grove Teresa Jenkins is a recogniz- D illard Edgemon was elected the 2009-2010 president of the board of directors in May able face and name around 2009, and has served on the Orange Grove. board for 12 years. In 2001, she worked as Edgemon is a native of Mc- head baker in Nutrition Minn County, and attended the Services, a job she held University of Chattanooga. He for nearly four and a began his business career with half years. In 2005, the Tennessee American Water Jenkins was forced to Company, and served 44 years in make a career move various positions with the Ameri- when cost of living can Water System throughout the Jenkins says OGC is where she is changes affected her eastern United States. supposed to be. ability to remain on staff. She decided to Upon retirement, he headed the open a day care, but Southern Regional Office locat- within two weeks, her heart led her back to Orange Grove. ed in Charleston, WV, where he was president of American’s op- “I missed the clients,” Jenkins said. “My heart is here!” erating companies in Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia During her absence, she also realized that Orange Grove was and West Virginia. better suited for her. She had enjoyed working in Nutritional Services under Tracy Glenn, and had hoped to return to that department. When she came back, unfortunately, her old po- sition had been filled. She accepted a position as a personal assistant under Odell Tiller, working for one to two months with an individual who was employed at Komatsu. H eidi R. Hoffecker recently joined the board of directors at Orange Grove Center. Hoffecker is a shareholder at Baker, Donelson, Eventually, Jenkins would settle into her current position as Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, assistant coordinator of the Recreation Department. In this PC. role, she does everything from assisting with athletic events, such as Special Olympics, to daily gym and pool activities. She specializes in litigation and trial appellate practice in everything “I applied and I absolutely know that’s where I’m supposed from medical malpractice long-term to be,” she said. “I just love it. I guess that’s why I work and administrative health care, to so hard.” personal injury and property damage claims and defense of governmental tort and civil rights. Goines’ passion to help people brought her back In 1996, Hoffecker received a Juris Michelle Goines, a supervisor in ITC, has been with Orange Doctorate from the University of Grove a total of three years. Tennessee College of Law, and a bachelor of arts from Maryville Col- Her first year and a half, she supervised 13 men and women lege in 1990. She was admitted into the United States District Court of the in the ITC production room next to Nutrition Services. She Eastern District of Tennessee in 1997, and in Tennessee a year earlier. was responsible for keeping record of the attendance and distributing production work for each individual. She also She has a repertoire of winning defense verdicts in cases that have been tried. assisted with each individual’s special needs. Hoffecker has also lent her knowledge of the court system to legal publications, contributing to Baker Donelson Litigation News and Tennessee Law Review, The mother of two decided it was time to further her educa- where she was also once a staff member. tion by returning to college to pursue an associate degree in nursing at Chattanooga State. This would call for her to She has had the honor of making presentations to the Defense Counsel Panel leave Orange Grove in order to devote herself full-time to meeting for one of the largest privately owned nursing home chains in the her studies. country, and to the New York State Health Facilities Association in regards to nursing home litigation. Goines returned to Orange Grove three months later, and now supervises an area of ITC where the men and women Hoffecker is a member of the Chattanooga, Tennessee, American and Federal package and assemble a variety of products through con- Bar Associations, Defense Research Institute, Tennessee Defense Lawyer As- tracts with local corporations. sociation, and the Ray L. Brock, Jr. and Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court. “I have a passion to help people, and want to make a differ- ence in someone’s life,” Goines said.
  12. 12. THE OSAGE Nonprofit Org. U.S. Postage C NN C O PAID Chattanooga, TNA publication of Permit No. 770ORANGE GROVE CENTER615 Derby StreetChattanooga, TN 37404(423) 629-1451(423) 624-1294 (fax)www.orangegrovecenter.orgRETURN SERVICE REQUESTEDShowcasing our far-reaching impact in thespecial needs arena. A United Way The osage orange (background), or the hedgeapple, is a woody shrub with green fruit that was found in abundance Member Agency around the location of the original Orange Grove SchoolTo correct or change mailing information, call (423) 308-1160. on Main Street in Chattanooga and for which the school was named.Golf Tournament nets over $20,000 for the Tyber Building FundThe second annual Jackie Tyber Memorial Golf Tournament brought in $20,560 toward the completion of renovations to the TyberBuilding. This year’s tourney was attended by fewer participants, and remarkably brought in close to last year’s total.Fifty-four players competed for a three-year lease on a 2009 BMW 328i, courtesy of BMW of Chattanooga, a 4-day/3-night Trump TajMahal vacation, and TaylorMade golf accessories.A silent auction drew a portion of the total proceeds at $1,326, with items for bid, including autographed memorabilia from Vols coachBruce Pearl and UTC’s Russ Huesman, a one-night stay at the Chattanooga Choo Choo/Holiday Inn, beverage packages courtesy ofAthens Distributing, gift certificates for cooking classes, massages, and many other items donated by local businesses.Sponsors for the event were The Children’s Dental Center of Atlanta and Chattem, and food was provided by The Acropolis Four StarsGrill. Budweiser of Chattanooga and Coca-Cola Bottling Company graciously supplied beverages throughout the event.Special thanks to all everyone who donated items for the silent auction, and to Roper Corporation for their donation of a stove, whichwill be used in an Orange Grove group home. Extra special thanks to Dr. Ben Tyber, who returned to serve as chairman for the event,and to our staff and each of our individuals who volunteered their services for the day.Larry Sample, Gerald Simmons, Mark Fus- Scott Ossewaarde (left), and son, Matthew, Participants wait patiently for the shotgunco, and Ken Robertson enjoy a day away front) didn’t play, but (left to right) Ed Car- start to begin the competition.from work at the center. penter, Randall Farrell, Steve Patterson, and Kevin Redman represented Roper Corp.