A New Lease on Life

A bariatric patient’s reflection on life after surgery Chris Burch, 32, went from weighing 350 pounds to weighing 202 pounds, thanks to bariatric surgery. This article reflects on the past year and the profound difference surgery has made in his life. An Unhealthy Lifestyle Obesity ran in my family. In high school, I weighed 220 … Read more A New Lease on Life

Fortune Favors the Bold

No more plus-sized clothing for Alissia Smith After losing 151 pounds, Alissia Smith, 29, has this to say about her bariatric surgery: “My life is definitely better. Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with my life.” Her dramatic change began in September 2020 when bariatric surgeon Brian Gluck, DO, performed her surgery. She has gone from a … Read more Fortune Favors the Bold

The 2022 Trinity Health Browning Claytor Community School Drive

This year’s Browning Claytor school drive was unique. For years, Trinity Health Saint Mary’s has sponsored a backpack giveaway event that was well-received by the community. However, this year, the items given away and how they were distributed were different, but equally successful. Trinity Health Browning Claytor partnered with two local K–8 schools in the … Read more The 2022 Trinity Health Browning Claytor Community School Drive

Welcome Home: New Nurse Recommends Trinity Health Muskegon Externship

When seeking a degree in higher education, it never hurts to check out internships and externships that may be available. What’s even better is if students are paid for them. Danielle Najdowski, RN, agrees that getting paid is preferable. A recent nursing school graduate, Najdowski has personal experience with getting paid for her clinical nursing … Read more Welcome Home: New Nurse Recommends Trinity Health Muskegon Externship

Welcome Home: Nursing School Graduate Finds Trinity Health Externship Leads to Employment

When seeking a degree in higher education, it never hurts to check out internships and externships that may be available. What’s even better is if students are paid for them. Zachary Chvala, RN, agrees that getting paid is preferable. As a recent nursing school graduate, Chvala has personal experience with getting paid for his clinical … Read more Welcome Home: Nursing School Graduate Finds Trinity Health Externship Leads to Employment

Arthritis Treatment: Q/A with Andrew Fras, MD

Andrew Fras, MD, Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Dr. Fras received his medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his residency at McLaren Flint, and his fellowship in orthopedic trauma was completed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Q: What exactly is arthritis and how does it develop? Dr. Arthritis is … Read more Arthritis Treatment: Q/A with Andrew Fras, MD

Urinary Tract Infections: What women need to know

In practice since 2019, Trinity Health Obstetrics and Gynecologist, Sara Muszynski, MD, is no stranger to the annoying condition of having a urinary tract infection (UTI). She is happy to share her expertise with the many women who have — and will — get them in their lifetimes. This is what she wants all women … Read more Urinary Tract Infections: What women need to know

Trinity Health Saint Mary’s Hosts Flag-signing Event for Transplant Games

The Donate Life Transplant Games flag made a stop in West Michigan on June 28 to promote the games and draw attention to the need for more organ, eye, and tissue donors. Trinity Health Saint Mary’s hosted the special event during which Team Michigan members — transplant recipients, donor family members, living donors, and supporters … Read more Trinity Health Saint Mary’s Hosts Flag-signing Event for Transplant Games

For the Good of the Patient

Maximo (Max) Cervera (60) is well known in Trinity Health’s Saint Mary’s Emergency Department (ED) and on the inpatient unit of the hospital. He lives with end stage renal disease (ESRD) and has been a regular patient for at least three years. Under usual circumstances, patients with ESRD receive dialysis several times a week in … Read more For the Good of the Patient