Follow Us

RACINE, WI – After thinking she would never attend school again, Jeannie Belsky Cornell enrolled at Gateway Technical College. She traded her dishwashing gloves for medical exam gloves. For the past 40 years, she’s resided in a job that she loves.

The bridge between the patient and the lab is Belsky Cornell. And phlebotomy isn’t a job for the faint of the heart. When people are searching for answers, she’s the go-to person. Underappreciated, but an essential person in healthcare.

The choices your doctor makes, the prescriptions you take, and the treatment patients receive is based on the work that Jeannie does. She assists people with some of the most grueling of conditions.

Hopefully, when people leave ‘my chair’, they feel a little less apprehensive about what is happening to them,” Belsky Cornell said.

All-day long she accesses ports to get blood samples in the laboratory at the Aurora Cancer Care of Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc.

Playing various roles in the medical field, including, medical assistant, she always finds ways to help.

Overcoming Challenges Despite COVID

Jeannie smiles behind her PPE gear

“Drawing blood from someone is a skill and takes practice.” says the phlebotomist. A requirement that is necessary, wearing a mask, brings difficulty when drawing blood.

An indicator of a negative reaction to a blood draw is based on the color of someone’s lips and facial expressions. Without the visibility, Jeannie must be extra in tune with her patients. Making a person comfortable is more complex than we think.

Keeping a sterile area has always been at the forefront. It’s a no brainer that every precaution is worth the safety of her patients. Jeannie Belsky Cornell’s hope is that people know that she’s smiling at them, even when covering up.

$
$
$

Your contribution is appreciated.

Help Our Hero

Surrounding Jeannie is a team of doctors, nurses, pharmacist, and patient coordinators. Especially, in the cancer center, there are uneasy moments. Everyday it’s the people she works with and those she helps who continue to put a smile on her face.

The golden rule to be kind is taking our hero far in her career. Simple kindness goes a long way and by practicing kindness you can honor our hero.

Read about our other hometown heroes here. If you know someone who is a hometown hero, click here to nominate them.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fire causes $175K damage to Caledonia home

CALEDONIA – An early morning fire caused an estimated $175,000 in damages to a home and injured a Caledonia firefighter on Friday. The Caledonia Fire Department was called to the home at 5617 Eagle Point Drive at 1:10 a.m. The home’s occupants reported that the fire alarms were sounding and flames could be seen at…

Kenosha woman charged with using stolen credit card

A woman who allegedly used a stolen credit card to shop at various Racine-area merchants told police her ex-boyfriend made her do it. Nicole Hurt, 47, of Kenosha, was charged Thursday in Racine County Circuit Court with four misdemeanor counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. If convicted, she faces up to three years…

Inaugural Racine HarborMarket a foodie paradise and more

The inaugural Racine HarborMarket on Thursday evening was truly a foodie paradise! Folks from all over crammed into Downtown Racine’s Monument Square to shop for fresh baked goods, produce, artisan cheeses, honey, hand-made soaps, flowers, plants and more. There were also plenty of summertime food options, including barbecue, sweet corn, fried fish and tacos. Local…

Man charged with ID theft after visit to cell phone store

A man from Brooklyn, NY, is facing almost a decade in prison for ID theft and more after he allegedly tried to exchange the SIM card in a stolen mobile phone at a local cell phone carrier store. Keene Charles, 33, was charged in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of ID theft,…

3-vehicle crash closes southbound I-94/41; Kenosha man arrested

RAYMOND – A Kenosha man faces a variety of charges after a three-vehicle collision injured two drivers and temporarily closed part of Interstate 94/41 here early Thursday. Racine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the southbound lanes of the freeway just south of Highway K at about 2:35 a.m. where they found a Honda Accord in…