The previous CEO of a Wisconsin healthcare system who mentioned he was excited to get COVID-19 as a result of it meant having the ability to see his grandchildren once more died final month of problems brought on by the virus.
Rexford ‘Ford’ Titus, 74, was thought-about a titan of healthcare within the state, having led as president and CEO of ProHealth Care till his retirement in 2010 after 42 years.
He handed away on November 16 in AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc, a hospice he opened, after telling his grandchildren that he had been wanting ahead to seeing them once more for the vacations.
‘We have been on the telephone speaking about how he was so excited, not essentially excited…however excited to have COVID so he couldn’t have COVID,’ his granddaughter Ali Dickinson informed CBS 58 of her final dialog with Titus.
‘So he may see his grandkids once more this winter.’
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Rexford ‘Ford’ Titus, 74, died of problems brought on by COVID-19 on November 16 within the Wisconsin hospice he had opened. He had informed grandkids he was excited to have been contaminated with the virus because it meant that he might need been in a position to see them once more over the winter
Titus began his profession in Wisconsin in Waukesha Memorial Hospital, spending 42 years within the state as he led a serious enlargement within the area.
The Florida native moved there in 1969 from Xavier College in Cincinnati and fell in love with the Badger State, his grandchildren mentioned.
He rose to chief govt of Waukesha Memorial Hospital in 1987 and chief govt of ProHealth in 2002.
‘When he bought to Wisconsin, despite the fact that he wasn’t born and raised there he simply actually cherished the world of Waukesha and past,’ mentioned Ali. ‘He wished to take that and simply actually emphasize it.’
‘I believe the perfect recollections I’ve with our Poppy, is every time we’d go to their home in the summertime.’ added one other granddaughter Jessica Dickson. ‘He cherished boating and he cherished listening to Jimmy Buffet out on the boat.’
They mentioned that Titus had regarded the opening of AngelsGrace Hospice, the place he was being handled when he died, as his proudest achievement.
‘He simply actually wished to take care of folks, as we talked about, however particularly at your later levels of life,’ mentioned Ali.
‘He wished to certain that folks have been feeling welcomed and honored and current. So it was imaginative and prescient to create Angels Grace Hospice. That was erected within the early 2000s, he was so happy with it. And that was really the place he spent his previous few days.’
‘I simply need everybody to stay just a little bit extra like Poppy. He cherished life, he cherished making connections. He cherished the chance to share kindness and hope with different folks,’ Ali continued.
‘If you step outdoors your private home, simply please select kindness.’
Titus had regarded the opening of AngelsGrace Hospice, the place he was being handled when he died of coronavirus on November 16, as his proudest achievement, his grandchildren mentioned
Titus is survived by his spouse Bobbe who additionally examined constructive with coronavirus however has since recovered.
In accordance with his obituary, underneath Titus’ 42-year management, ProHealth grew to incorporate three hospitals, 26 well being facilities, house well being care, assisted and unbiased residing communities, in addition to his prized Angels Grace Hospice.
He additionally served because the chair of quite a few foundations and organizations together with the Waukesha County Group Basis, the Waukesha County Technical School Basis and the Wisconsin Hospital Affiliation Data Middle.
Ford Titus, pictured, labored with ProHealth for 42 years, overseeing its enlargement
He was acknowledged for his management in 2001 with the Waukesha County Enterprise Alliance’s Don Richards Award.
‘It’s a noble, noble enterprise,’ Ford as soon as mentioned about his profession in an interview with Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
His demise comes as Wisconsin comes near 400,000 constructive coronavirus circumstances.
There have been 399,708 complete confirmed circumstances and three,562 deaths.
There are a complete of 17,741 sufferers presently hospitalized for COVID-19 within the state, 397 of whom are in ICU.
As of Wednesday, the final time knowledge is obtainable, Wisconsin’s constructive take a look at charge seven-day common is 13.7 %.
On Thursday, Gov. Tony Evers requested the federal authorities to prioritize Wisconsin when it comes time to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.
He made his case in a letter to Division of Well being and Human Providers (HSS) Secretary Alex Azar.
‘Wisconsin is uniquely dealing with challenges that different states should not,’ Evers mentioned.
‘Whereas different governors are working to show the dial as case surges, our statewide mitigation efforts have been struck down, enjoined and are presently the topic of ongoing litigation.’
Wisconsin is edging nearer to 400,000 constructive coronavirus circumstances as of Friday
Loss of life charges are additionally rising with complete deaths reaching three,562 on Thursday
The seven-day constructive common by particular person climbed dramatically via November
Evers has not been profitable in implementing emergency public well being orders because the state’s conservative-leaning Supreme Courtroom has constantly struck them down.
As as end result, Evers requested that Azar to allocate first shipments of doses to Wisconsin and in portions giant sufficient to vaccinate all 450,000 members of the state’s well being care workforce.
Evers additionally despatched a letter to the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation on Thursday wherein he referred to as in them to approve extra federal funding for the pandemic earlier than it expires on the finish of the yr.
There have been greater than 14.1million coronavirus circumstances in the USA because the begin of the pandemic and 276,400 deaths.