Mercy Health DAISY Award Goes to Autumn Chihak

In October 2016, Amy Laarman, Clinical Nurse OR, nominated Autumn Chihak, Main Operating Room Clinical Nurse, for a Daisy Award. The nomination reads: Over the course of two weeks, Autumn cared for a young trauma patient who experienced multiple surgeries for her injuries. The patient had multiple fractures in her torso and extremities and had … Read more Mercy Health DAISY Award Goes to Autumn Chihak

“Chemo” bags donated and delivered to 18 Lacks Cancer Center Patients

Comfort and Joy, Just in Time for Christmas On Tuesday, December 20, when many of us may have been scrambling to prepare for the holiday, Jessica Wertsch and her mother, Joni Hallberg — a surgical technologist at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s — visited Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center bearing 18 Thirty-One® bags filled with cheerful … Read more “Chemo” bags donated and delivered to 18 Lacks Cancer Center Patients

Colleagues Living the Mercy Health Mission: “Our Second Family”

“Our Second Family” By Brooke Wiles, Medical Dosimetrist – Mercy Health Muskegon Johnson Family Cancer Center A diagnosis of cancer changes everything — especially when it concerns a child. My 8-month-old son, Alexander (Zander), was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on June 12, 2015. My husband James and I were devastated. For the next five … Read more Colleagues Living the Mercy Health Mission: “Our Second Family”

Innovations in Mercy Health Muskegon ED Services Reduce Wait Times: the Vertical Unit

With so many unknowns, a trip to an emergency department (ED) tends to raise anxiety for patients: What’s wrong with me? Is my condition serious? Will I require tests? Will it be painful? Will I be admitted? How long will I be there? The good news is that since January 2016, the EDs on the … Read more Innovations in Mercy Health Muskegon ED Services Reduce Wait Times: the Vertical Unit

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Introduces Vertical Patient Model to the ED

They say numbers don’t lie. In 2015, 15 percent of the time the Emergency Department (ED) at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was trying to care for more than 200 patients per day. Earlier this year, the number of such high-volume days, wait times, and patients who left without being seen (the LWBSs) increased significantly. Something had … Read more Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Introduces Vertical Patient Model to the ED

The October 2016 DAISY Award: Sarah DePhillips, RN, BSN – ICU at Mercy Campus Muskegon

DAISY Award The October 2016 DAISY Award winner is Sarah DePhillips, RN, BSN from ICU at the Mercy Campus, Muskegon.   “Sarah always goes above and beyond, doing the little things that make patients feel better. On August 21 a patient wanted her hair cut. Sarah stayed after her shift giving the patient a haircut. The patient was grateful … Read more The October 2016 DAISY Award: Sarah DePhillips, RN, BSN – ICU at Mercy Campus Muskegon

The November 2016 Friends of Nursing Award: Charles Winslow, MD, Neonatologist and Program Lead for Muskegon’s Special Care Nursery Services

Friends of Nursing Award The November 2016 Friends of Nursing Award winner is Charles Winslow, MD, Neonatologist and Program Lead for Muskegon’s Special Care Nursery Services. Dr. Winslow was nominated by Deb Perry-Philo, RN, Director of Women’s & Children’s Services.  Deb writes: “Dr. Winslow’s engagement in, and dedication to, the development of this service has went … Read more The November 2016 Friends of Nursing Award: Charles Winslow, MD, Neonatologist and Program Lead for Muskegon’s Special Care Nursery Services

Mercy Health and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Host First-Responder Training

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital hosted a joint first-responder training session for our local EMS providers on Tuesday evening, November 29. Participants — including U.S. Army medics, area EMS and members of the Grand Rapids Police Department — received valuable insight and immediate intervention tools they can use in a trauma situation. … Read more Mercy Health and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Host First-Responder Training

CT Lung Screening Patient Credits Mercy Health With Saving His Life

“I’m Elated!” It’s not often that a cancer patient claims to feel elated after a diagnosis of lung cancer followed by surgery. But Roy Taylor credits his early intervention and excellent prognosis to the low-dose CT Lung Screening program at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center and to his outstanding Mercy Health surgeon. A smoker since … Read more CT Lung Screening Patient Credits Mercy Health With Saving His Life