Erica Cotton Honored with July DAISY Award

Nurse Erica Cotton works on the 7th Floor at the Mercy Campus. A patient recently nominated Erica after receiving medical care at Mercy Health Muskegon. Erica’s patient spoke highly of Erica’s bedside manner. What follows is an excerpt of the nomination form for Erica: Erica was always kind, compassionate and competent. Her personality was refreshing … Read more Erica Cotton Honored with July DAISY Award

Mercy Health Physician Partners West Michigan Internal Medicine Joins Northside Practice in North Muskegon

David Folkmier, DO, and Michael Krohn, DO, of Mercy Health Physician Partners West Michigan Internal Medicine, along with their staff, will join Mercy Health Physician Partners Northside, located at 2006 Holton Road in Muskegon. This change will take place on October 7, 2019. Mercy Health Physician Partners Northside opened in November 2018 and offers patients … Read more Mercy Health Physician Partners West Michigan Internal Medicine Joins Northside Practice in North Muskegon

Bishop Walkowiak Visits Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus

On Friday, August 2, Bishop David Walkowiak celebrated Mass in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel on the Campus of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. The Mass marked the conclusion of a 10-week ministry internship conducted for seminarians who are preparing for ordained Catholic priest parish ministry. Mercy Health wishes the seminarians well as they continue their … Read more Bishop Walkowiak Visits Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Campus

Knowing the Difference Between a Case of the Blues and Clinical Depression

Rushing to meetings and gatherings with friends and family, taking the kids from place-to-place, meeting deadlines, cleaning the house…some days it feels like it goes on and on. At one time or another, almost everyone has felt stressed by demands at work or at home. Stress can take a toll on how you feel both … Read more Knowing the Difference Between a Case of the Blues and Clinical Depression

Human Resources Honored with HR Team of the Year

The human resources teams of Trinity Health – Michigan received the Overall Excellence / HR Team of the Year Award for taking care of its employees and improving the health and economy of communities throughout the state. Crain’s Detroit Business published its list of HR Awards in a special section spotlighting excellence in recruiting, hiring, … Read more Human Resources Honored with HR Team of the Year

Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Announces Michelle Rabideau as ATHENA Award Finalist

Michelle Rabideau, CFRE, finalist for ATHENA award.

Michelle Rabideau, CFRE, president, Saint Mary’s Foundation, is one of four finalists for 2019 ATHENA Award. She is being recognized by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce for her leadership in the professional field, her mentorship and support of opportunities for women, and her contributions of time and talent to the community. With more than 20 years’ experience in fundraising, Rabideau has raised more than $75 million during her tenure at Saint Mary’s Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.

According to the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s website, the ATHENA Leadership Award is annually presented to an outstanding leader who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. In addition to the recipient, several finalists, including Rabideau, will also be recognized at the awards celebration on September 19, 2019:

  • Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, City of Grand Rapids
  • Sandi Frost Steensma, President & CEO, Kennari Consulting
  • Sandra Gaddy, CEO, Grand Rapids Women’s Resource Center

The recipient of the Grand Rapids Chamber 2019 ATHENA Award is Peggy Murphy, shareholder, Hungerford Nichols CPAs +.

“Throughout her entire career, Michelle has mentored other women by learning who people truly are so she can connect them with opportunity, encouraging them every step of the way,” Kim McLaughlin, vice president of Marketing and Community Engagement, Wolverine Building Group, who helped nominate Rabideau.

In her statement to the committee, Rabideau speaks of her own continual personal growth plan as means to inspire others to grow:

“Personifying the highest level of excellence in my profession looks like living into my values every day and striving to fulfill my mission for the greater good. This means having a true sense of your being and your purpose. Not an easy thing to do. This takes stumbling, learning, listening, taking risks, being vulnerable and open to what is being presented to you in life. It’s all about how you respond and how you then give it back.”

Rabideau has been recognized as one of “50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan” and has earned the Benjamin Franklin Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional.

Nana’s Run Raises More Than $300,000 to Support ALS Patients and Families

Members of Saint Mary’s Foundation, clinical and hospital leaders of Mercy Health meet with ALSA- Michigan Chapter reps and Cassandra DeVos for a check presentation from the Nana’s Run event.

In its sixth annual event, Nana’s Run raised $326,100 to support those affected with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a fatal, progressive neuro-degenerative disease. The 5K run/walk was held in downtown Grand Rapids on May 4, 2019, with more than 1,500 people participating.

On July 25, 2019, Nana’s Run Co-Chair Cassandra DeVos presented funds to both Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences and the ALS Association – Michigan Chapter during a check presentation at Mercy Health’s Hauenstein Neuroscience Center.

Nana’s Run, presented by the Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation, was established to honor the legacy of Char “Nana” VanderLaan, the mother of Pamella DeVos and grandmother of race co-chairs Cassandra DeVos and Sydney DeVos Reames. Nana passed away in 2014 from complications of ALS.

On average, an ALS patient may require the use of nearly 30 different types of equipment during the duration of the disease.

Thanks to support from Nana’s Run, the ALS Clinic at Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences has been able to meet immediate medical, emotional and social needs of patients through the following:

  • A supply closet for ALS patients so all patients have access to essential equipment.
  • Transportation for patients who have limited mobility with specialized medical and non-medical transportation to and from the ALS Clinic.
  • The development of the AMRAMP Reuse program at Mercy Health, which installs ADA-compliant ramps for ALS patients at no cost to the patient or their family.
  • Neuro-palliative and social support are provided to patients and their families, helping them cope with the many changes that come with ALS.
  • Lend-a-Voice Technology Program is offered to patients, which provides them with assistive technology devices for augmentative communication and environmental control that helps restore independence as they experience a loss of motor skills.

Since the event’s inception in 2014, Nana’s Run has raised more than $1.8 million in support of clinical care, research, and programs and has helped local ALS patients access necessary care closer to home. Learn more about the run at www.nanasrun.com.

Making Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Diabetes: The Ron Rich Story

At their second meeting, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist and Diabetes Educator Julie Walters thought she had failed her patient, Ron Rich. Weighing 300 pounds, Rich (now 63), had struggled for years with pre-diabetes. He was taking medication to prevent type 2 diabetes, but his A1C had been fluctuating wildly. At one point, it was 12. The … Read more Making Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Diabetes: The Ron Rich Story

Federal Grant to Prepare More Nurse Practitioners for Rural Communities

Thanks to a $2.8 million federal grant awarded to Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON), more nurse practitioners will be delivering health care to people living in rural or underserved areas in Michigan. The four-year Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Grant, supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of … Read more Federal Grant to Prepare More Nurse Practitioners for Rural Communities