Jim Dreyer to Test Shoulder in Unprecedented Feat of Strength

August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Fighting back from a rotator cuff injury, Jim Dreyer will attempt arguably his most strenuous aquatic feat of strength to date on August 15th. The event, postponed from July 4th, will have Dreyer attempting to pull a new Lincoln MKC on a barge while swimming 3.58 miles to Mackinac Island. The total weight of his unusual cargo is approximately 16.5 tons. The swim is scheduled to start at 6:00 a.m., and will take place between just outside the swimming area of the American Legion Memorial Beach in St. Ignace and the docks at British Landing on Mackinac Island. The direction of the swim could change, depending on conditions. Pulling a vehicle to an island where cars are not allowed, may be an ironic twist, but Dreyer will be leaving with the car filled with Mackinac Island’s most famous export … fudge. The swim, called the Pfeiffer Lincoln Murdick’s Fudge Run, has the support of sponsors and swimmers of Labor Day’s Mighty Mac Swim, who collectively are responsible for raising $270,000 to date, for the revitalization of Michigan neighborhoods through Habitat for Humanity. Pfeiffer Lincoln has donated a 2-year lease on the Lincoln MKC Dreyer will be pulling on the barge. The vehicle will be raffled off at the finish line of the Mighty Mac Swim on Labor Day, a first-annual event for which Dreyer serves as Event Director. Mighty Mac swimmers have been selling raffle tickets for the car, The Original Murdick’s Fudge Company has teamed with Pfeiffer Lincoln to give away a half-pound box of fudge for every raffle ticket sold in special promotions, and Arnold Mackinac Island Ferry is conducting two “Jim The Shark Dreyer Cruises” where passengers get a free raffle ticket as part of their cruise berth, while getting up close and personal with Dreyer’s world record attempt. “I’ve been working real hard, and the shoulder is doing pretty good,” Dreyer said. “I don’t expect it to be 100%, but the most powerful muscle in your body figuratively, is your heart. The mission of Habitat for Humanity is close to my heart and larger than I, and therefore also larger than this obstacle. Pain won’t stop me. As long as the shoulder is functional, I will swim.” “Our fundraising success has […]

Spectrum Health United Hospital Unveils a New MRI Unit Offering Enhanced Patient Comfort

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams – non-invasive diagnostic imaging exams of soft tissue, bone and muscles – have become one of the fastest growing types of medical diagnostic tests in the United States. With Spectrum Health’s recent installation of a MAGNETOM® Aera 1.5T Open Bore MRI system, patients can now experience faster, more comfortable exams without leaving Greenville. “United’s new MRI scanner is the latest technology available, one of the most advanced in West Michigan. It will allow us to perform more types of scans closer to home, where people really need us most,” said Dave DeBoode, Director of Clinical Diagnostics at Spectrum Health United Hospital. Benefits of the MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T Open Bore include: Superb image quality that may be used for a wide range of medical needs – from orthopedic and sports-related injuries to breast cancer testing – and can help physicians make quicker, more accurate diagnoses. The tube-like structure of an MRI machine (where the patient lies during the imaging process) is larger and can accommodate patients up to 550 pounds. The system’s ultra-short bore (145 cm) can help to alleviate concerns of claustrophobia since many exams can be performed with the patient’s head outside of the bore. Mood lighting on the system, which can help create a calming environment for patients in the examination room.   “The new MRI unit is state of the art and it is an open magnet which allows us to accommodate more patients, said John Merchun, MD, Advanced Radiology Services, Spectrum Health United Hospital. “The newly constructed addition to the hospital that houses the magnet is both functional and beautiful. We will also be able to add new services in the near future such as breast and cardiac MRI. We are well equipped to serve the needs of the community for years to come.”   To schedule an appointment for an MRI or any other diagnostic imaging performed at United Hospital (including x-ray, Computerized Tomography (CT), ultrasound, digital mammography, nuclear medicine, breast biopsy, or bone densitometry), call 616.225.9090.    

Lung Association in Michigan Applauds Clean Power Plan Health Benefits

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Ken Fletcher, Advocacy Specialist for the American Lung Association in Michigan, issued the following statement in response to the Clean Power Plan announced today by President Barack Obama: “The American Lung Association in Michigan welcomes the Clean Power Plan as a vital tool for protecting Michigan residents from the burden of air pollution, including the carbon pollution from power plants that causes climate change. Nationwide, the Clean Power Plan will prevent up to 90,000 asthma attacks and 3,600 premature deaths each year starting in 2030. That’s important for Michigan’s more than 214,000 children with asthma and 798,000 older adults, who face greater health risks from air pollution and climate change.” “Today’s announcement marks a crucial step forward, but the fight against climate change is far from over. Under the Clean Power Plan, Governor Snyder is charged with developing a plan to reduce our state’s power plant carbon pollution. Taking steps to cut carbon pollution will also reduce other dangerous pollutants linked to asthma attacks, heart attacks and premature death, making the Clean Power Plan a win-win protection for our health, as well as a powerful, flexible tool against climate change.” “With clean renewable energy options on the rise, we are confident that Michigan can meet our targets more quickly than the plan requires, ensuring even greater health benefits for Michigan residents. We look forward to working with Governor Snyder to ensure speedy implementation and maximum health benefits. Anything less shortchanges our children and communities.”

Founders of Hospice in West Michigan Recall Early Days of Uniting Faith and Medical Communities to Provide Miracle for Health Care

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The year was 1978.  A Grand Rapids nurse who had been caring for a Catholic pastor struggling with cancer had returned from a trip to California with the seed of an idea destined to transform end-of-life care.  She invited Sr. M. Aquinas Weber and some of her colleagues at Aquinas College for a private showing of the video detailing the good work being done for the dying in Marin County. That video was the thing that started us, recalled Sr. Aquinas, who had just helped to launch the Emeritus College at Aquinas.  We saw the value in what they were doing in California.  She came to us with solid information about what was working in California. Palliative care is very different from ordinary nursing.  We thought, if hospice works there, why wont it work here even though the concept was foreign to us?  It turned out to be the beginning of the hospice movement. Sr. Aquinas reached out to others active in West Michigan, including Rabbi Al Lewis, who had moved to the community six years earlier to lead the congregation at Temple Emanuel.  He was immediately captivated by the concept of hospice, which seeks to provide comfort care and support for patients and families coping with a terminal diagnosis. Some of us were very concerned and talking about trying to do something, Rabbi Lewis remembered.  My congregation had a significant portion of older people, and some of them were dying pretty miserably. When all of us heard what hospice was, we all just gravitated toward it.  I think my greatest contribution was my ignorance.  I was in my 30s and had no idea of the medical politics.  I just knew I wanted it to happen here. And happen it did, as Sr. Aquinas and Rabbi Lewis enlisted the help of so many in the medical and faith communities to launch Hospice of Greater Grand Rapids the following year.  They will be honored for their contributions by Hospice of Michigan on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at its semiannual Celebration of Life and Love dinner in Grand Rapids. Each year, we shine a spotlight on those who go above and beyond in helping us achieve our mission, said Marcie Hillary, vice president of resource development and executive […]

Wolverine World Wide announces Mega Sample Sale to benefit the Heart of West Michigan United Way

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Wolverine Worldwide will host its fifth annual Mega Sample Sale on Thursday, August 27, from 8:00am to 6:00pm ET.  All proceeds will go to the Heart of West Michigan United Way to support the West Michigan community.  Last year, Wolverine Worldwide raised over $300,000 through the sale. “Wolverine Worldwide is excited to once again host our annual sample sale benefiting the Heart of West Michigan United Way, “ said Michael Bohnsack, National Sales Director for Hush Puppies and United Way Cabinet Representative for Wolverine Worldwide.  “This sale will be an amazing opportunity for our consumers to give back to the West Michigan community, while also enjoying incredible discounts on footwear and apparel for the entire family.” The sale will feature footwear for all ages from Wolverine Worldwide’s family of brands, including Bates, Cat Footwear, Chaco, Cushe, Harley-Davidson Footwear, Hush Puppies, HyTest, Keds, Merrell, Saucony, Sebago, Sperry, Stride Rite and Wolverine.  In addition to traditional sample sizes (7.0 women’s and 9.0 men’s), the sale will include a range of sizing. Footwear prices will range from $5.00 – $40.00, with apparel prices ranging from $7.00 – $35.00, offering an incredible savings of 60%-80% off suggested retail pricing. The sale will be held in tents adjacent to the water tower at the Wolverine Worldwide corporate office at 9341 Courtland Drive, Rockford, MI. In addition to the sample sale, Sprint will be onsite to introduce Sprint Direct 2 You. For media inquiries, please contact Ainslee Neitzel. 616-863-4770

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