#1 in Michigan for 8 Consecutive Quarters – Congratulations to Care Managers!

In March 2017, Mercy Health Physician Partners (MHPP) in Grand Rapids proudly ranked number one in the state for the excellent patient care provided by its care managers for the eighth consecutive quarter. The care managers received the top Michigan Primary Care Transformation (MiPCT) ranking out of 36 health care institutions. As specially trained nurses … Read more #1 in Michigan for 8 Consecutive Quarters – Congratulations to Care Managers!

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Delivers Some of the Best HIV Care in Michigan

When treating patients with HIV, one of the many goals is to get patients on medications they tolerate to achieve complete control of the infection, or what is called viral suppression.  Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Infectious Disease McAuley Program  recently surpassed the mark of having more than 90 percent of their nearly 1,000 patients achieve a … Read more Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Delivers Some of the Best HIV Care in Michigan

Mercy Health Healthcare Equipment Helps Student Finish School Year

Mercy Health Muskegon received a call from Muskegon Public Schools asking if we had a wheelchair that an elementary student could use for the rest of the school year. This girl had an accident followed by surgery on her leg, but her insurance would not cover the cost of a wheelchair. Without it, she would be … Read more Mercy Health Healthcare Equipment Helps Student Finish School Year

High School Volunteer Experience Leads to Health Care Career Plans

When she was in high school, Alessandra (Ali) Lebano, was certain that she wanted to wanted a career in health care as a physician assistant (PA). She had volunteered at the gift shop at the Hackley Campus, but for her first summer following college at Indiana University, she wanted an environment where she could actually … Read more High School Volunteer Experience Leads to Health Care Career Plans

Racial Equity Key Component to Building Talent Bridges

“If we want to change (regarding racial equity), look in the mirror,” said Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, on May 10, 2017, at the third annual Building Talent Bridges event. “Then you look inside your organization, then look at your community.” Mayor Bliss was one of several community and national leaders who presented during the … Read more Racial Equity Key Component to Building Talent Bridges

State’s First Emergency Neurological Life Support Course

What Advanced Cardiac Life Support is to the heart, ENLS is to the brain and spinal cord.  Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hosted the state’s first live Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course on Saturday, May 13, 2017. ENLS certification is a comprehensive, evidence-based program designed to help health care professionals improve patient care and outcomes … Read more State’s First Emergency Neurological Life Support Course

Above & Beyond Award Luncheon Honors Eleven Mercy Health Muskegon Colleagues

Eleven Mercy Health Muskegon colleagues — who  were nominated by their peers for exemplary service to patients and guests — were honored at the Above & Beyond luncheon in the Hackley Youngberg Auditorium on Friday, May 15. Several departments were represented, including security, receiving, nursing, case management, rehab, plant operations and laboratory. President Greg Loomis … Read more Above & Beyond Award Luncheon Honors Eleven Mercy Health Muskegon Colleagues

Muskegon Stroke Survivors and Mercy Health Colleagues Celebrate Support Group’s One Year Anniversary

Front row Diane Madej, Issa Cook Middle : Donna Pusis, Pam Six, Ming Chu, Betty German, Bernie Berntson Last : Lisa Schanhals, Sally Mack, Sarah Williams, Herb Graupner
Front row Diane Madej, Issa Cook
Middle : Donna Pusis, Pam Six, Ming Chu, Betty German, Bernie Berntson
Last : Lisa Schanhals, Sally Mack, Sarah Williams, Herb Graupner

A year ago, these stroke patients couldn’t have imagined the positive impact a support group would mean for their healing and long-term well-being. Thanks to Becky Toney, Neuro Science Nurse Navigator — whose vision for a support group became a reality a year ago — Mercy Health stroke patients along the lakeshore have a lot to celebrate. Toney describes her time with patients at the support group as “one of the best parts of my job.”

The monthly Stroke Support Group on the Mercy Health Muskegon Mercy Campus offers a way for stroke patients to support one another, learn more about their condition and see their medical care providers outside of the hospital, Mercy Health/Mary Free Bed Acute Rehab Unit and office visits. Family members are welcome, and at the one-year anniversary celebrated on May 9, many caregivers attended the celebration as well.

Amid colorful balloons, delicious food, beverages and cake, this lively group feasted on what they have come to enjoy the most: each other’s company. Here is what several support group members had to say about their experiences:

Issa Cook: “I look forward to this support group because I have made friends here. I made friends with the therapists and the nurses that took care of me at the hospital. Getting reunited with them once a month really feels good for me.”

Pam Six: “I want to thank all of the girls and Becky for all the support they have given us…and the doctors that have come. I didn’t understand what I went through until I came to the support group.”

Sally Mack: “It is amazing…a year ago I didn’t know my name or how to get dressed. I get better all the time. I think probably the most important thing I’ve learned is my ‘new normal.’ I don’t have to go back to being exactly who I was with my ‘old normal.'”

Donna Puisir: “There are people here that I know, and I didn’t realize that stroke was so common. I’m not alone. I always associated stroke with older people.”

Diane Madej: “The stroke support group is a major part of my new lifeline. My life changed six months ago, and this has been a wonderful community…and a chance to see some of the therapists who are absolutely amazing. They gave me my life back.”

Bernie Bernston: “Cathy [his wife] has had more to deal with than I have. I just pretty much hung out and my brain started healing, but she still doing all the work. So I think caregivers deserve a round of applause.”

To learn more about Mercy Health’s free stroke support group, please call 231.672.6501.

Celebratory CakeFAST BannerMercy Health colleagues who have attended the support group for one yearMercy Health Mary Free Bed Acute Rehab Unit ColleaguesNeuro Science Nurse Navigator Becky Toney and four-year stroke survivor Bernie Bernstonorigami by stroke survivor Ming ChuStroke SurvivorsSupport Group Members and their Caregivers

Mercy Health Muskegon Participates in the National Safety Stand-Down with Christman Co. and MIOSHA

On Monday, May 8, 2017, Mercy Health Muskegon, The Christman Company and MIOSHA partnered to observe the National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction. According to MIOSHA, falls are a leading cause of death for construction workers in the state and the nation. Between 2010 and 2014, 41 percent of the fatalities in Michigan’s … Read more Mercy Health Muskegon Participates in the National Safety Stand-Down with Christman Co. and MIOSHA