Michigan Leads Nation in Spread of COVID-19: Why it’s Spreading and How to Protect Yourself if COVID-19 is in Your Home

Medical teams are exhausted. There is tremendous strain across our health care system due to the COVID-19 response and other demands our teams face to care for seriously ill patients. CDC data shows that Michigan leads the nation in the spread of the COVID-19 virus and in the number of new COVID-19 cases. Positivity rates … Read more Michigan Leads Nation in Spread of COVID-19: Why it’s Spreading and How to Protect Yourself if COVID-19 is in Your Home

A Letter to Region 6 Communities

The health care systems within Region 6 are at a tipping point – our individual and collective resources are being overwhelmed, and we need our communities’ help to get back on track. For all Michigan Region 6 care providers, the health and well-being of our patients, their families, our communities and our team members are … Read more A Letter to Region 6 Communities

How to Talk with Family and Friends About the COVID-19 Vaccine

As health care professionals, we have a responsibility to be public health leaders in our communities. An important way to fulfill that responsibility is by respectfully sharing accurate and science-based information about the vaccine—especially with those who might be hesitant. Public discourse around COVID-19 vaccines has become highly charged, with widespread misinformation creating confusion and … Read more How to Talk with Family and Friends About the COVID-19 Vaccine

CardioMEMS Procedure for Heart Failure Patients

By Eric C. Shafer, DO Medical Director of Heart Failure Clinic Mercy Health Muskegon Approximately 6.2 million patients in the U.S. live with heart failure. What can offer these patients a better quality of life? CardioMEMS®…it is a game changer. What is CardioMEMS? CardioMEMS is a small sensor device placed by your cardiologist into the … Read more CardioMEMS Procedure for Heart Failure Patients

Muskegon Area Nurse Honor Guard Pays Tribute to Heroes Who Have Passed

When a military member dies, an Honor Guard pays tribute at the funeral by attending — in uniform — to pay respect. The Muskegon Area Nurse Honor Guard serves in a similar role – by honoring nurses who pass with a ceremony at their funeral, releasing them from their earthly duties. “Nursing is not a … Read more Muskegon Area Nurse Honor Guard Pays Tribute to Heroes Who Have Passed

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Celebrates Veterans Day

Patients, employees, visitors, and guests celebrated the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, November 11 in the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s lobby with a ceremony that paid tribute to those who have served the United States of America in the Armed Forces. The ceremony began with Joanna Bailey from the Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Spiritual Care … Read more Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Celebrates Veterans Day

“A Truly Remarkable Woman”

Nurse Practitioner Tamra “Tami” Groothuis, 45, always thought it would be too sad and too emotional to work with cancer patients. A nurse practitioner since 2005, Tami has been a registered nurse since 1998. Following her father’s battle with acute leukemia and her Stage 1 breast cancer diagnosis in 2014, she changed her mind. “I … Read more “A Truly Remarkable Woman”

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, (Nov. 10, 2021) – Mercy Health Saint Mary’s received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes achievement in protecting patients from harm and error within each respective hospital. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general … Read more Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Mercy Health Honoring Those Who Served This Veterans Day

Veterans Day is celebrated each year on November 11 to honor military veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Today, more than 130,000 medical professionals serve in the Armed Forces, and many go on to medical careers outside of the military – including within our own Mercy Health system. Dr. John VanSchagen, … Read more Mercy Health Honoring Those Who Served This Veterans Day

Recovering COVID ‘Long-Hauler’ Says Mercy Health Muskegon Got Him on His Feet Again

Craig Kovalcik, 57, is no stranger to emergency medical situations. He was a member of a combat medic unit for 13 years. But ignoring his own symptoms almost cost him his life. “I probably got COVID-19 from my dad who was diagnosed with it last November. I had a 104-degree fever for more than a … Read more Recovering COVID ‘Long-Hauler’ Says Mercy Health Muskegon Got Him on His Feet Again