Melanoma Awareness

Summer weather has arrived in Michigan. With the warm temperatures, come more hours of sun. While the sun has many health benefits when enjoyed safely, it can also be very dangerous.  Dr. Jill Onesti, surgical oncologist with Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center, part of the Cancer Network of West Michigan, recently shared with the West … Read more Melanoma Awareness

Just the Boost She Needed

Michelle Gephart is thrilled to have “kicked 2019 out the door.” In fact, she is still cleaning out her freezer of meals that friends gave her…they’re reminders of her diagnosis of breast cancer. Now just weeks following her last radiation treatment, she is grateful for the expert medical care she received and is looking forward … Read more Just the Boost She Needed

Mercy Health, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, Michigan Medicine Form Cancer Network of West Michigan

A new initiative to integrate cancer care services in West Michigan will soon give patients broader access to advanced, state-of-the-art, comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and support across leading health care institutions. The Cancer Network of West Michigan, a joint venture between Mercy Health and Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, leverages the combined resources and … Read more Mercy Health, Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, Michigan Medicine Form Cancer Network of West Michigan

Life-Saving Procedure Offered at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center Featured on ABC’s Medical Drama The Good Doctor

Juliet Dragos, news anchor for WZZM 13, recently had rare access into an operating room at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. However, Dragos wasn’t being prepped for surgery – she was preparing a story about a new life-saving medical procedure performed by Jill Onesti, MD, FACS, surgical oncologist at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center. The procedure … Read more Life-Saving Procedure Offered at Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center Featured on ABC’s Medical Drama The Good Doctor

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

Inspired by God and Cancer

Grand Girlfriends Funds Grant to Purchase Books that Explain Cancer to Children Mothers and grandmothers are often the main caregivers in their families. What happens when they must step back from this role due to a cancer diagnosis, and in turn undergo dramatic changes? “I kept saying to everyone, ‘It’s still me,’” said 12-year cancer … Read more Inspired by God and Cancer

The Healing Touch of a Handmade Gift

Volunteers create unexpected gifts for Mercy Health Patients In Grand Rapids and Whitehall, two independent groups of volunteers — the Mercy Knitters and the ladies from Beads, Beauty & Beyond — meet each week to bring comfort to strangers on a difficult journey. Although the members of these groups have never met, they share a … Read more The Healing Touch of a Handmade Gift

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Awards Three-Year Accreditation to Mercy Health Comprehensive Breast Center

Mercy Health’s Comprehensive Breast Center (CBC) in Grand Rapids has once again achieved Three-Year Full Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons, which acknowledges our commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of our patients with breast disease. This is our second re-accreditation survey since 2011 and is based on compliance with 29 standards. … Read more National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Awards Three-Year Accreditation to Mercy Health Comprehensive Breast Center

Pancreatic Cancer Patient is Back to Making Waves After Whipple Procedure

Craig Bergman isn’t likely to forget December 17, 2015, any time soon. “When someone tells you that you have cancer, it’s like being punched right in the stomach. And when they say it’s pancreatic cancer, you think the worst, that it’s a death sentence.” Remarkably, the same day that 45-year-old Bergman got this traumatic news, … Read more Pancreatic Cancer Patient is Back to Making Waves After Whipple Procedure