“Don’t Wait!” Advises Stroke Victim

His Important Message to Others with Atrial Fibrillation “I started thinking about the WATCHMAN™ procedure since it first came on the market, a few years ago,” said Ed Herrelko, 77, Spring Lake, (pictured below).   Like 2.7 million other Americans, Herrelko has atrial fibrillation (AFib). According to the American Heart Association, AFib is a quivering … Read more “Don’t Wait!” Advises Stroke Victim

Additional COVID-19 Vaccines From State Used Quickly for Those Who Most Need It

Ensuring Equitable and Timely Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine Although 70% of senior citizens in Kent County had received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by mid-March of this year, it remained a top priority for Mercy Health Grand Rapids and the Kent County Health Department to continually provide access to those who … Read more Additional COVID-19 Vaccines From State Used Quickly for Those Who Most Need It

“Fun” Sibling Rivalry Spurs on Successful Kidney Donation During Pandemic

“We’ve always been a bit of a competitive family, always had an edge,” Shawn Zipser, 53, Traverse City, described his relationship with his two sisters and his father, Mike, 76. Local business owners, the Zipsers have always had close professional and personal relationships. When Mike was diagnosed with Stage 1 kidney cancer 15 years ago, … Read more “Fun” Sibling Rivalry Spurs on Successful Kidney Donation During Pandemic

Twenty-five Percent of Muskegon County Residents Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

COVID-19 test positivity rate continues to increase Muskegon, Mich. (March 26, 2021) – Mercy Health and Public Health – Muskegon County have announced that 25 percent of Muskegon County residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. However, community members should remain vigilant in following guidelines around social distancing and masking. “We are thrilled that such … Read more Twenty-five Percent of Muskegon County Residents Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Mercy Health Physician Partners Sparta Office Serves Northern Kent County Through Embedded Vaccine Clinics

Ensuring equitable distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine at Mercy Health Serving our communities across Mercy Health has never been more important than during the COVID-19 pandemic and COVID-19 vaccine rollouts. Ensuring that all eligible people have equal/equitable access to the vaccines is vital to slow the spread and further mutations of COVID-19 virus. “We at … Read more Mercy Health Physician Partners Sparta Office Serves Northern Kent County Through Embedded Vaccine Clinics

Pop-up and Embedded COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Serve Browning Claytor Community

Ensuring Equitable Distribution of COVID-19 Vaccine Using a one-size-fits-all approach no longer works for delivering health care, nor does it work for equitable distribution for the COVID-19 vaccine among the communities served by Mercy Health.   “We knew we had to get the vaccine into our communities,” said Andrew Jameson, MD, FACP, AAHIVS, division chief, … Read more Pop-up and Embedded COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics Serve Browning Claytor Community

“You’re an Answer to Our Prayers,” COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Tell Mercy Health

Ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccine to patients most in need. “When it comes to your health, and you have an appointment (for the COVID-19 vaccine), only to have it canceled, it rattles your cage,” said Russ Russell, 80, Grand Rapids. Russ is on kidney dialysis, which requires his leaving his home three days a … Read more “You’re an Answer to Our Prayers,” COVID-19 Vaccine Recipients Tell Mercy Health

Mercy Health Proudly Welcomes Two New Orthopedic Surgeons

Mercy Health welcomes Andrew Fras, MD, and Blake Miller, DO, both who specialize in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic trauma surgery. Miller (pictured left) and Fras provide expert care for trauma-related injuries, such as complex fractures, dislocations and second opinions, in addition to specializing in total knee and hip surgeries. Their new office is located in … Read more Mercy Health Proudly Welcomes Two New Orthopedic Surgeons

Carlos Sanchez Welcomed to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees proudly announces Carlos Sanchez as its newest trustee, effective January 1, 2021. Sanchez serves as the director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University, where his work for the center’s two signature programs, LEADeres and Ferris Emprende, is designed to serve the community … Read more Carlos Sanchez Welcomed to Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees

First Second-dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Goes to Nurse Who Experienced COVID-19 Firsthand

“I strongly support anyone who is able to receive the vaccine because of the struggles I have gone through with COVID-19,” said Daniel Fischer, BSN, RN, GERO-BC 3 Lacks, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.  “I had already contracted COVID-19 this past May and did not want to repeat that experience again.” Fischer’s firsthand experience with COVID-19 … Read more First Second-dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Goes to Nurse Who Experienced COVID-19 Firsthand