Medicare and Annual Wellness Visits  

By Mercy Health Including a Glossary of Helpful Terms Taking time to schedule an annual visit with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) could be life-changing because prevention is often the key to living longer, healthier lives. Even if seniors are feeling well or taking very few medications, getting an Annual Wellness Visitcan help your PCP … Read more Medicare and Annual Wellness Visits  

Your Experienced Guide on a Journey Like No Other

Let’s hope you never have to meet Candy Murphey, RN. That goes for Katie Bouwhuis, RN, and Stacey Newmyer, RN, too. But if you do have to meet them, you couldn’t be in better hands. You would be one of more than 3.8 million women in the U.S.* who are receiving or have completed breast … Read more Your Experienced Guide on a Journey Like No Other

Why Mary Younger Now Feels Younger — and Healthier

Mary Younger (69) knows the temptations that contributed to her weight gain over the years — snacks, desserts, and alcoholic drinks. More specifically: “Potato chips, ice cream, and a drink before dinner.” But thanks to the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) through the YMCA — referred to Younger by her Mercy Health Physician Partners doctor — … Read more Why Mary Younger Now Feels Younger — and Healthier

When to See a Gynecologist

The care a woman needs changes as she ages, and because of this, it is important that each woman establishes regular appointments with an obstetrics and gynecology provider (OB/GYN) when she feels comfortable doing so. A woman’s OB/GYN helps her to navigate various stages of life. Dr. Maggi Forgue, an OB/GYN with Mercy Health Physician … Read more When to See a Gynecologist

An Under-the-Sea Blacklight Mural is Lessening Anxiety in the Lab!

In the laboratory at the new Mercy Health Physician Partners (MHPP) Norton Shores ambulatory campus, there is a large, surprising and colorful distraction for laboratory patients — an impressive under-the-sea blacklight mural! Fear of needles and having blood drawn is common among people of all ages and affects approximately twenty percent of the population. Laboratory … Read more An Under-the-Sea Blacklight Mural is Lessening Anxiety in the Lab!

Healthy Tips to Protect Against the Flu

Kids are back-in-school and all the fall activities are just around the corner.  Don’t let cold and flu season ruin your fun. Here are six tips to prevent catching and spreading the flu: Get a flu vaccine. Check with your doctor’s office and schedule a visit. Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap. … Read more Healthy Tips to Protect Against the Flu

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In the U.S., 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. There’re additional factors such as family history or a previous atypical biopsy that can increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Diagnosing breast cancer early is key. Here are ways to identify abnormalities:  Performing monthly self-exams Scheduling annual mammograms … Read more October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Five Health Tips for a Fresh Fall

Crisp air, colorful leaves, plaid, soups and pumpkin spice are staples signifying a new season is upon us — Fall. Think of the new season as a fresh start to incorporating some healthier lifestyle tips. Try out some of these ideas for a fantastic fall: Pick-up some fresh fall produce like pumpkins, beets, sweet potatoes … Read more Five Health Tips for a Fresh Fall