COVID-19 Vaccination Update (3/31/21)

A rise in COVID-19 cases this spring underscores the importance of vaccinating as many adults as possible to curb the impact of the pandemic in our communities. All adults age 50 and older are eligible as well as those 16-49 with pre-existing conditions/disabilities, and starting April 5 anyone over 16 is able to receive the … Read more COVID-19 Vaccination Update (3/31/21)

Is it safe to travel yet?

It’s spring and summer is approaching. Many of us enjoy traveling and planning summer vacations. While this year is different from last – we know more about COVID-19, how to protect ourselves and the vaccine is becoming more available – it’s important to remember that traveling still increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. … Read more Is it safe to travel yet?

Safer Ways to Enjoy a Meal from Your Favorite Restaurant

Recently, many more states and cities have begun to allow indoor dining once again, albeit with restrictions such as capacity limits and table spacing requirements. While this is certainly good news for the restaurant industry, including local business and workers, as well as customers looking to enjoy a meal at their favorite dining spot, it’s still important to be mindful … Read more Safer Ways to Enjoy a Meal from Your Favorite Restaurant

Mercy Health and UHS Announce Plans to Build Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital

Havenwyck Hospital, an affiliate of Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS), was issued a state Certificate of Need (CON) Proposed Decision on March 29, 2021, tentatively approving development of a new inpatient behavioral health hospital with 60 adult inpatient beds. The proposed facility will include space for the development of 24 additional inpatient beds for geriatric … Read more Mercy Health and UHS Announce Plans to Build Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital

“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

World Health Day 2021 Reflection, Wednesday, April 7

By Julie Behm Carter, Vice President, Mission Services – St. Mary’s Health Care System, Athens, Georgia When I send Christmas cards and birthday cards to friends and family, I often close by wishing them a happy, healthy year.  On this World Health Day, I find myself thinking about what it means to have a healthy … Read more World Health Day 2021 Reflection, Wednesday, April 7

West Michigan Vaccine Clinic Expands Vaccine Availability to All 16 and Older

Additional non-clinical volunteers are needed to support this effort. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 30, 2021 – The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place, operated by Kent County, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health in collaboration with Vaccinate West Michigan is expanding vaccine availability to all 16 and older, immediately. The clinic operates by appointment only. … Read more West Michigan Vaccine Clinic Expands Vaccine Availability to All 16 and Older

West Michigan Vaccine Clinic Anticipates Busiest Day Yet and Provides Parking Tips

Grand Rapids, Mich., March 28, 2021 – The West Michigan Vaccine Clinic at DeVos Place, operated by Kent County, Spectrum Health and Mercy Health in collaboration with Vaccinate West Michigan, is expecting to provide 12,000 vaccinations on Monday, March 29, 2021. While the clinic has special capacity to provide 20,000 vaccinations, it has been limited … Read more West Michigan Vaccine Clinic Anticipates Busiest Day Yet and Provides Parking Tips

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

Women’s History Month: Highlighting Hospital-Based Farm Trailblazer Amanda Sweetman

You don’t have to be a member of a farming community to admire Amanda Sweetman. Anyone associated with health care can appreciate her passion to join people on their path toward better health. In her work as the regional director of Farming and Healthy Lifestyles for Trinity Health Michigan, her vision and passion for creating … Read more Women’s History Month: Highlighting Hospital-Based Farm Trailblazer Amanda Sweetman