Metro Health Neighborhood Outpatient Centers Recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Home by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, or BCBSM, has recognized several Metro Health practices and neighborhood outpatient centers as patient-centered medical homes, or PCMH. PCMH is a model for care that promotes partnerships between individual patients and their personal physician. The model replaces episodic care based on illnesses with a more comprehensive approach to wellness and treatment.  Each patients care is managed by a physician-led care team, which provides for all health-care needs and coordinates treatment across the health care system. The designated practices are recognized for intensified efforts to coordinate patients health care through prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services. Adult PCMH patients had a 26 percent lower rate of hospital admissions for common conditions that respond to office-based care. Family practice and internal medicine physicians at these Metro Health sites and practices have earned BCBSM recognition: Metro Health Alger Heights Metro Health Allendale Metro Health Caledonia Metro Health Cedar Springs Metro Health Community Clinic Metro Health Comstock Park Metro Health Hudsonville Metro Health Internal Medicine Metro Health Jenison Metro Health Rockford Metro Health Southwest East Metro Health Southwest Internal Medicine Metro Health Southwest Pediatrics Metro Health Southwest West Metro Health Wayland The following Metro Health Physician Hospital Organization affiliated practices have also earned BCBSM PCMH recognition: Lowell Family Medical Center Edmondson, Rouse and Schmid, PC Standale Family Physicians About Metro Health An award-winning leader in community healthcare, Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually from across West Michigan and beyond.  In addition to its 208-bed hospital, which provides a comprehensive suite of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services, Metro Health has a growing number of neighborhood outpatient centers and offices throughout West Michigan, as well as a community clinic for the underserved and a student health clinic on the campus of Grand Valley State University.  With more than 500 physicians on staff, Metro Health provides a growing number of specialty health services, including cancer treatment, heart and vascular, neurology, pulmonology and others.  Many are members of the Metro Health Medical Group.  The hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness through the work of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Live Healthy community outreach classes and educational programs and more.  Visit us at, follow us on Twitter @MetroHealthGr and like us on Facebook/MetroHealth.

Gov. Snyder, The Nature Conservancy and Michigan DNR commemorate 10-year anniversary of Big U.P. Deal in Luce County

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

In January 2005, The Nature Conservancy and several partners announced the “Big U.P. Deal” that preserved roughly 423 square miles of forest land for forestry, recreation and conservation through a unique public-private partnership. Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Rick Snyder and other dignitaries, including the conservancy’s Michigan state director, Helen Taylor, and Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh, marked the 10-year anniversary of the historic land deal with a ceremony at the Mouth of the Two Hearted River State Forest Campground. “This monumental land deal provided key environmental protection for landmarks across the Upper Peninsula, from the Porcupine Mountains in the west to Tahquamenon Falls and the Two Hearted River in the east,” Snyder said. “Michigan has set a model for responsible land management that supports healthier forests and rivers while creating more jobs and improved recreation opportunities.” Under the $57.9 million Northern Great Lakes Forest Project – nicknamed the “Big U.P. Deal” – the conservancy facilitated the DNR purchase of several conservation easements over a period of years on about 248,000 acres located throughout eight counties in the Upper Peninsula. In addition, the deal included the purchase of 23,338 acres in the Two Hearted River watershed in northern Luce County, helping to enhance an existing conservancy nature preserve. At the time the deal was announced, Snyder was serving as a member of The Nature Conservancy Michigan Board of Trustees, a position he held from 2004-2009. Managing the conservation easements under a “working lands” approach provides several benefits to a range of interests in the region. Among them, the conservancy said the easements: Keep the lands open to the public for recreation, including fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and other pursuits. Protect thousands of timber and tourism jobs. Keep the lands in private ownership and on the tax rolls, generating important revenue for local communities. Help protect some of Michigan’s most treasured landscapes. Keep valuable and environmentally sensitive forest lands habitat from fragmentation. Limit development, which keeps forest lands from being converted to non-forest uses. The easements and lands were purchased from The Forestland Group, LLC, a North Carolina timberlands investment firm, which outbid the state and bought 390,000 acres at auction in 2002 from the Kamehameha Schools Trust of Hawaii. Much of that land had been […]

Spectrum Health Appoints Chief Operating Officer for Hospital Group

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Spectrum Health has selected Gwen G. Sandefur, MHSA, as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Spectrum Health Grand Rapids. Sandefur assumed her new role on August 3. “We are very pleased to have Gwen in position to provide leadership and coordinate operations for inpatient and outpatient aspects of the hospital facilities and service lines in Grand Rapids,” said Christina Freese-Decker, president, Spectrum Health Hospital Group. “Her skills and experience will be invaluable as we work together in our mission to provide seamless, high quality health care in the communities we serve.” Specifically, the new COO will lead day-to-day operations for Spectrum Health Grand Rapids and oversee the development and implementation of long-range plans, goals and objectives for the organization. Sandefur has extensive experience in health care administration, most recently serving as the executive vice president/chief operating officer, St. Mary’s Health and president, St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville, Ind., a member of Ascension Health. Previously, she served as senior vice president, strategic development and regional operations, St. Mary’s Health System/Seton Health Corporation. Prior to joining St. Mary’s Health, Gwen worked for St. Vincent Health, Indianapolis, Ind. Sandefur earned her Master of Health Services Administration from the University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Science in Public Health from Indiana University. Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 12 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 181 ambulatory and service sites; 1,300 physicians and advanced practice providers, including 1,100 members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a health plan with about 654,000 members. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer, with 23,000 employees. The organization provided $294.6 million in community benefit during its 2014 fiscal year. Spectrum Health is the only health system in Michigan to be named one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems® by Truven Health Analytics for 2015. This is the fourth time the organization has received this recognition.  

Great Lakes Hospital for Animals Achieves High Level of Veterinary Excellence

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Great Lakes Hospital for Animals has achieved the highest level of veterinary excellence following a thorough evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Great Lakes Hospital for Animals earned AAHA accreditation after a rigorous review of the hospital’s practice protocols, medical equipment, facility and client service. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited. Accredited hospitals are the only hospitals that choose to be evaluated on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations, ranging from patient care and pain management to staff training and advanced diagnostic services. AAHA-accredited hospitals are recognized among the finest in the industry, and are consistently at the forefront of advanced veterinary medicine. AAHA standards are continuously reviewed and updated to keep accredited practices on the cutting edge of veterinary excellence. Pet owners look for AAHA-accredited hospitals because they value their pet’s health and trust the consistent, expert care provided by the entire health care team. At AAHA-accredited practices, pet owners can expect to receive the highest quality care from well-trained, professional veterinary teams. Only the top small animal hospitals in the United States and Canada have achieved accreditation by the Association. To maintain accredited status, Great Lakes Hospital for Animals must continue to be evaluated regularly by AAHA. Great Lakes Hospital for Animals is celebrating their 27th year of accreditation this year. In appreciation they will be hosting a Community Open House on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.   Be sure to stop by and check out the many fun activities planned for the entire family, including the four-legged, furry members. There will be tours, face painting, a reduced cost microchip clinic, a pets and people photo booth and more. Several local organizations will be at the event, including Rachael Gray from 105.3 HOT FM, West Michigan Therapy Dogs, Happy Tails Dog training and Crash’s Landing.   All the events are FREE with the exception of the microchip clinic ($20.00 per microchip placement). Great Lakes Hospital for Animals is asking those in attendance to consider bringing a gift for the cats of Crash’s Landing. (Paper towels, trash bags, bleach, Science Diet cat food, etc…) For more details on the event or to see Crash’s Landing’s complete wish […]

Cedar Springs Chase Bank robbed at gunpoint

August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Kent County Sheriff Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating a bank robbery that occurred today, Friday, August 14, 2015, at 9:40 AM at the Chase Bank located at 7 N. Main, Cedar Springs. A suspect robbed the bank at gunpoint of an undisclosed amount of money and fled westbound toward the White Pine Trail. The suspect is described as a skinny black male, short hair, with a small amount of facial hair on his chin We are releasing pictures from the bank surveillance video and asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff Department at 616-632-6357 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.  

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