Franks Attends Valley Hi Meeting, Probably His First

Perhaps the best manager working for McHenry County is Valley Hi Administrator Tom Annarella.

The Northwest Herald has an article today about scabies at the nursing home.

It was stimulated by County Board Chairman candidate Jack Franks the Northwest Herald admits in a comment:

Some comments under the NWH article about scabies at Valley Hi.

Some comments under the NWH article about scabies at Valley Hi.

The article seems to blame the scabies outbreak on the administrator for having too few employees.

Somehow Franks managed to connect a public health problem with contract negotiation issues involving nursing staff when he attended what was probably his first Valley Hi Operating or County Board Valley Hi Committee meeting.

No one has ever suggested that Franks was not a union-supporting Democrat.

All one has to do is follow the money by looking at his campaign contributions.


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Franks Attends Valley Hi Meeting, Probably His First — 12 Comments

  1. Oh Jack F, you just don’t know how to
    Say or do the right thing at the right time.

    But actually, keep it up so people will begin to
    See the REAL Jack.

  2. I am sitting here at JFK reading the Northwest Herald and I realize that Andrew Gasser’s letter to the editor is not available digitally?

    Is the Northwest Herald helping Jack Franks?

    After viewing the graphic it sure looks that way to me.

  3. You can sign up online for a digital version, which apparently JFK doesn’t have or get a hard copy ?

  4. STOP THE CORRUPTION GRAVEY TRAIN AND VOTE MIKE WALKUP!

    TIME TO VOTE OUT JACK FRANKS, HE IS A SMOOTH TALKING POLITICIAN WHO’S LEGACY IS NOTHING MORE THAN A BOATLOAD OF EMPTY PROMISES!

    CHANGE THE LEADERSHIP, CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT!

    TIME FOR JACK FRANKS TO BE BOOTED FROM PUCLIC OFFICE NOW!

    HEY JACK, THE WORD ON THE STREET IS THAT NYGREN AND COMPANY JUST OPENED A RETIREMENT POPCORN ROOM, JUST SO ALL OF YOU LOSERS CAN COMMISERATE OVER THE LOSS OF YOUR JOBS!

    BETCHA, GORDY SAVED A SEAT FOR YOU AND MAD MIKEY….LOL….

  5. The little liar will attempt to grab any issue and use it to his advantage. If there is no issue, the NWH will help him make it up. Wake up folks! Both the little liar and McCaleb are cut from the same cloth.

    The little liar just received $5,000 from Joshua Scheinfeld. This was the second time Scheinfeld has put money on the little liar. The same Joshua has contributed more than $75,000 to Rauner. Read this story: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-02-20/business/chi-medical-marijuana-investment-20140220_1_chicago-firm-lincoln-park-katten-muchin

    Think there may be an ulterior motive?

    There is way toooo much money being put in political campaigns by outsiders. Need to have a referendum on restricting political contributions to only go to people you can vote for – eliminate all pacs, all unions and all corporate outsiders – individual contributions only with a limit of $100 per per person per candidate per election.

  6. Who brought the scabies into Valley Hi? Does Valley Hi use E-Verify or does the County comply with the wishes of the Democrats: No use of E-Verify? Why did Border Patrol raise a red flag about scabies?

    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/scabies/page2_em.htm

    The life cycle of the scabies mite starts when the female tunnels (burrows) into the skin and deposits her eggs. Larvae hatch from the eggs within three to 10 days and molt to become nymphs. Nymphs mature into adults that deposit additional eggs and live approximately four weeks. Burrowing and movement of the mites cause intense itching due to a type of allergic reaction to mite proteins. If the person has never been exposed to scabies before, he or she may not show symptoms until four to six weeks after the initial infestation. Individuals who have been exposed in the past usually show symptoms within a few days.

  7. The scabies infestation has nothing to do with too few employees – it has to do with having the wrong employees.

  8. Has nothing to do with the employees,
    They are just trying to do their best with
    A HUGE WORKLOAD on every shift.

    It’s literally BACKBREAKING work usually
    For minimum wage.

    An outbreak like this strains the employees
    To the MAX & that effects everone there.

    Then a career politician steps in, makes
    The outbreak public & creates MORE
    Pressure & chaos.

    Jack Franks did that for political
    Reasons, what an IDIOT.

  9. As someone that works in the Senior Care industry, has attended VH board meetings and visited residents at VH, I can say that Tom Annarella runs one of the best nursing homes in the area.

    When I am asked for a referral, VH is at the top of the list.

    Watchdog is right.

    The staff there work very hard and the pay is not great.

    An outbreak of a disease like that can take a efficiently staffed facility and add a tremendous amount of extra work.

    I know all too well how hard it is to find good help, even on a temporary basis.

    This sounds like one of those situations where you could run heavy on staff in anticipation of the unlikely event of a catastrophe (raising the overall cost of delivering service), or deal with the issue as best you can when the time arises.

    Good luck to Tom, the staff and residents of VH

  10. Jack showing his only real skill.

    Showing up for OPTICS and staying away from anything that looks like work.

    He reminds me of Maynard G. Krebbs

  11. The staff at VH is in constant flux which is typical in this industry.

    RN’s and LPN’s are constantly shifting jobs looking for better pay or better shifts.

    I worked in this industry during the Summer in my first job after High School.

    I was also on the VH Operating Board for two years.

    Recently, this situation has been exacerbated by the Centegra hiring blitz which has opened up 500 new jobs in our area.

    Staff at VH have been working tirelessly to try to keep enough people working there.

    Unfortunately, the scabies outbreak required additional staff time doing extra cleaning and patient care.

    This led to some dissatisfaction which was capitalized upon by Mr. Franks.

    The two issues are entirely unrelated.

    There is no way to keep scabies out of these facilities.

    If someone comes in, they may be asymptomatic and still be able to pass on the insects to others.

    Unless you want to strip search everyone who comes in and de-louse them, there is no way to guard against it.

    Following confirmation of the outbreak, which was relatively minor, the entire facility was shut down and will just be reopening probably on Sunday.

    I would hope that everyone appreciates this situation for what it is, and does not run off with the latest attempts by Mr. Franks to gin up a non issue into something else.

    There is literally nothing to see here.

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