Thu, 09 Jun 2011 12:23:16 -0400
Anne BallentineVice President - Communication & Public RelationsWheaton Franciscan Healthcare (WF)
400 W. River Woods ParkwayGlendale, WI 53212
Ms. Ballentine:For publication on my blog,
,I'm reporting about claims made by you and others about yourorganization's Save-A-Life first aid training program. I'd appreciate your answers to some related questions.
As I explainedin my letter yesterday to WF president and CEO John D. Oliverio,in a series of e-mails to writer
Lee Cary earlier this year, you claimed that since 2001 many thousands of students in the Milwaukee PublicSchools (MPS) and the School District of Brown Deer (BDSD) participated in your organization's Save-A-Lifeclasses. For example, in a January 7, 2011 e-mail to Mr. Cary, you wrote:
Annually, the largest number of presentations done by SAL Milwaukee are to the Milwaukee Public Schools. Approximately 6,000 students were trained in 2007.
In a January 10 follow-up e-mail, Mr. Cary asked you to provide him with the names of the Milwaukee Schoolswhere the 6000 students were trained. In a January 18 reply e-mail, you included a chart listing approximately adozen MPS schools where the training supposedly took place. However, as I explained to Mr. Oliverio,inresponse to my recent FOIA requests (one of which was based on your chart), both MPS and BDSD wereunable to locate any records associated with any such program from any years.
Here's why I'm writing you. In response to another FOIA request, I obtained a series of recent e-mails youexchanged with Dana Mortellaro who,according to BDSD's website,is employed by in the Physical
Education/Health Department. According to your first e-mail on April 5, you initiated the correspondence at thebehest of Gloria Singleton-Young who,according to your website, is the
coordinator of your organization's Save-A-Life program. You wrote:
I understand from Gloria Singleton-Young at Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph that you have beeninvolved in facilitating the Save a Life program coming in to Brown Deer Middle School to dotraining. Business Journal reporter Corri Hess would like to verify that BDMS uses the program and doesn't pay for it, etc. Would it be ok if she contacts you? If so, can I give her your e-mail and phone number? (414-371-6900) Unfortunately, someone has raised questions about the programand this reporter is just verifying that we do what we say we do. If you would like to discuss therequest, you may call me at 414-465-3605 or 414-331-5345.
Later that day:
From: Dana Mortellaro[ mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 2:29 PM To:Ballentine, Anne C <Anne.Ballentine@wfhc.org>Subject: RE: Save a Life programDuring the 2010-2011 school year, Save a Life curriculum has been presented to six sections of 7thgrade health at Brown Deer Middle School free of charge, and also one section of 8th grade healthy living at Brown Deer Middle School, free of charge. The information presented has been referenced numerous times throughout the school year as we discuss a variety of health related topics.Thank you,Dana M.