In Celebration of National Nurses Week: Reflections by Emergency Department Nurse Kristina Forman, RN

Kristina Forman first walked the halls at Mercy Health Muskegon while in nursing school. She applied for a paid externship, which allowed her to become more familiar with a hospital setting and feel more confident about providing patient care. “My nursing externship opened my eyes to what nursing is and how amazing nurses are,” Forman … Read more In Celebration of National Nurses Week: Reflections by Emergency Department Nurse Kristina Forman, RN

Celebrating National Nurses Week: Reflections by Intensive Care Unit Nurse Rachel Edgett, RN, BSN

Nurses have been through a lot this past year. Now more than ever, they continue to be unremitting advocates for their patients. Rachel Edgett, RN, BSN, has worked in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s her entire career. What follows are her candid answers to questions about nursing, Mercy Health, and … Read more Celebrating National Nurses Week: Reflections by Intensive Care Unit Nurse Rachel Edgett, RN, BSN

Stay Safe in the Sun

By Jamie Dickinson PA-C Mercy Health Physician Partners Lakeshore Family Care Summer weather is starting to arrive in West Michigan, bringing warm temperatures, abundant sunshine and longer days to enjoy both. It’s time to get outside and get moving. According the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age … Read more Stay Safe in the Sun

First Mother’s Day Without My Mom

“Your Mom tested positive today.” Nine months into the pandemic, I got the phone call. Residents at the private senior facility where my Mom lived for the past two years were getting COVID-19 at an alarming rate. The resident nurse called and blurted out, “Your Mom tested positive today.” Her voice sounded so ho hum.  … Read more First Mother’s Day Without My Mom

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. And mental illnesses, like depression, are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the United States for those aged 18-44 years old. At Mercy … Read more May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Lacks Cancer Center and Johnson Family Cancer Center Each Earn Three-year Reaccreditation from Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center and Mercy Health Johnson Family Cancer Center. To earn voluntary accreditation, cancer programs must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered … Read more Lacks Cancer Center and Johnson Family Cancer Center Each Earn Three-year Reaccreditation from Commission on Cancer

March 2021 Mercy Health Muskegon Friends of Nursing Award Recipient Bryn Pape

Third year Internal Medicine Resident Bryn Pape was selected as our March Friends of Nursing Award recipient.  She was nominated by her coworker. “Bryn is always willing to help out, listen to concerns, take time to talk with both staff and patients, and be an integral member of an interdisciplinary team. “Recently, Bryn and I … Read more March 2021 Mercy Health Muskegon Friends of Nursing Award Recipient Bryn Pape

COVID-19 Vaccination Update (4/21/21)

The state of Michigan has now reached 6 million vaccines administered, with 44% of Michiganders having received their first dose and 29.6% of residents receiving both doses to date. We continue to receive both Pfizer and Moderna, with a total of another 29,591 vaccine doses arriving this week across our Mercy Health, St. Joe’s and … Read more COVID-19 Vaccination Update (4/21/21)

Proper Mask Etiquette for Sports

1. Ease kids back into physical activity gradually. Kids have been spending a lot more time at home and sitting at computers for school than in regular years. Relative inactivity leads to decreased cardiorespiratory fitness, muscle strength and endurance, and loss of sport-specific skills. Parents should know, that increasing the load and demand on their … Read more Proper Mask Etiquette for Sports