More than 200 Area Residents Attend Browning Claytor Health Center Community Celebration

Browning Claytor Health Center, a community benefit ministry of Mercy Health, recently celebrated the legacy of one of its namesake doctors, Robert Claytor, MD, with a community open house. The celebration on Wednesday, September 26 had over 200 attendees and included a barbecue, live music and an opportunity to learn about community resources. “The event … Read more More than 200 Area Residents Attend Browning Claytor Health Center Community Celebration

The Bite that Was a Blessing

A remarkable story of discovering cancer with a remarkable ending An experienced fiction writer couldn’t have come up with a plot line for a story like the one that Judy and Brian Bosscher lived in 2016. Judy was visiting residents in a home for adults with mental challenges, and she gave a hug to one … Read more The Bite that Was a Blessing

The Good Lord Brought Me Through It

Greenville Resident Carol Roy Survives Two Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms Carol Roy knew she had a thoracic aortic aneurysm that John Morris, DO, with Mercy Health Vascular Surgery was monitoring. So in 2014, when the aneurysm became larger, she was not surprised that Morris referred her to the Director of Endovascular Services at Mercy Health Saint … Read more The Good Lord Brought Me Through It

Bariatric Patient Enjoys His Favorite Hobby Again

Juan Rocha shares his 150 lb. journey In his mind, Juan Rocha stood out in a crowd, but not for any reason that he was proud of. Lacking self-confidence and suffering from several comorbidities, including diabetes and high blood pressure, Rocha was also in a lot of pain. In his youth, Rocha was thin and … Read more Bariatric Patient Enjoys His Favorite Hobby Again

Trinity Health Leaders Visit West Michigan on Gemba Visit

On Tuesday, May 8, Trinity Health’s President and COO Mike Slubowski  and Senior Vice President of Finance Cindy Clemence came to Mercy Health West Michigan to participate in a Performance Excellence Gemba Visit. Their primary purpose was to see the Trinity Health Leadership System in action. Beginning in Grand Rapids on Mercy Health Saint Mary’s … Read more Trinity Health Leaders Visit West Michigan on Gemba Visit

Beating the Odds

A burst brain aneurysm results in a remarkable recovery José Cisneros, 28, had nearly completed his 10-hour shift working on an excavation project near Muskegon. It was almost 5 p.m. when he finished lifting and placing heavy castings along a roadway and was checking their alignment. “That’s when I began to feel weird,” Cisneros said. … Read more Beating the Odds

No Victory Over Me!

Scott and Sharon Bylsma Enjoy Life Abundantly Despite ALS Retired Grand Rapids police officer and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Scott Bylsma has a strong faith that permeates his entire life. Together with his wife, Sharon, this couple is raising three children and enjoys the love of family, friends and their “tribe.” With his inviting smile … Read more No Victory Over Me!

The Top Five Ways for Women to Prevent Heart Disease

By Prerana Manohar, MD Mercy Health Physician Partners Cardiovascular The No. 1 killer of both men and women in the United States is heart disease, and nearly the same number of men and women die of heart disease each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Despite increases in awareness over the past decade, … Read more The Top Five Ways for Women to Prevent Heart Disease

TEAL*: Tell Every Amazing Lady about Ovarian Cancer

Louise O’Farrell knew she had a serious medical condition even before two of her physicians did, which is not unusual when it comes to the diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Often referred to as the “cancer that whispers,” many symptoms of this silent killer can be mistaken irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). “That’s why ovarian cancer tends … Read more TEAL*: Tell Every Amazing Lady about Ovarian Cancer

“Listen to Your Body,” Advises Lung Cancer Patient

The majority of patients who come to Mercy Health with lung cancer have been smokers, and Lyn Boland, 70, is no exception. In fact, he spent 36 years smoking until he and his wife decided they’d have greater success at quitting if they did it together. No stranger to the importance of early detection when … Read more “Listen to Your Body,” Advises Lung Cancer Patient