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 www.metrohealth.net, follow us on Twitter @MetroHealthGr and like us on Facebook/MetroHealth.
Mrs. Lorraine Catherine Cheslock of St. Ann’s Home, Grand Rapids, Michigan, formerly of Rockford, age 94, passed away on the evening of Thursday, August 13, 2015. Lorraine was born to Frank and Anna (Szturmowski) Napierala on Sunday, November 7, 1920, in Grand Rapids, and had been a lifelong resident of the area. Lorraine is survived by her loving daughters, Barbara (Albert) Mekkes and Susan Peck; grandchildren Marie (Chad) Uzarski, Michael Mekkes, Nathan (Taylor Greenfield) Peck, Steven (Alicia) Peck, Adam Cheslock, and Jonathan Peck; and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Edward J. Cheslock on April 25, 1992; infant granddaughter Catherine Mekkes; two great grandchildren; sisters Victoria Napierala and Dorothy Lazoski; and brother Robert Napierala. The Mass of Christian Burial for Lorriane will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at St. Ann’s Home, 2161 Leonard Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. There will be a one hour visitation prior to Mass. Fr. Darrel Kempf will be presiding. Interment will be in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com
Larry Lee Chrisman, age 79 of Ada, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Larry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Carolyn; his children, Rick Chrisman (Brenda), Linda Fontes, Laurie Ball (Patrick), Lisa Schichtel (Matthew), and Kim Charron; twenty-two grandchildren, Brad Chrisman, Katie O’Rourke, Stacey Chrisman, Mallory Chrisman, Andrew Chrisman, Megan Chrisman, Melissa Kam, Mary LaFramboise, Paul Shemanski, Nicole Ball, Joseph Ball, Lindsey Johnston, Kelly Ball, Madeline Ball, Matthew Schichtel, Elizabeth Schichtel, Jack Schichtel, Maggie Schichtel, Rory Charron, Jaime Charron, Natalie Charron and David Charron; and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his grandson Stephen Shemanski Jr. Larry is also survived by his two sisters, Delores Allen and Glenda Didion, and his brother Ron Chrisman. He was preceded in death by his parents Godfrey and Minnie Chrisman and his brothers Wayne Chrisman, Lyle Chrisman and Kenny Chrisman. There was a time of visitation from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2015, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford. A Rosary was offered at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial for Larry was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Saint Patrick Parish, 4351 Parnell Ave NE, Ada, MI 49301. Fr. Mark Peacock will be presided. There was also a time of visitation one hour prior to the service at Saint Patrick Parish on Tuesday. Burial took place in Saint Patrick Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Saint Patrick Catholic School, 4333 Parnell Ave NE, Ada, MI 49301. Pederson Funeral Home pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mr. William Scott Dickson, Sr. of Oakfield Township, Michigan, passed away on the evening of Saturday, August 15, 2015, in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born to Larry and Judith (Easterday) Dickson on Wednesday, June 7, 1967 in Allegan, Michigan, but had been a longtime resident of Pierson. Bill was a true outdoorsman—he loved being in the woods, hunting, or on the lake, boating and fishing, and when those frigid winters froze the lake over, one could find him more than content, with a line dropped down the hole waiting for his catch of the day. He enjoyed his day’s work in the yard and then relaxed in the evening by a bonfire, just as the stars began to show through the ethereal light of a warm and perfect Michigan night. As a handyman, there was never a job, too big or too small; always lending a hand to those that needed it. He will always be remembered as a wonderful father, proud grandfather, dear brother and friend. The love he held for his family and those close to him, was truly beyond measure. Bill is survived by his loving children, Miranda (Jason DeVries) Heyer, Tiffany Dickson, William (Kimberly) Dickson, Jr., Samantha Mills, and Steven Mills; adored grandchildren, River, Jayden, Jordyn, J.R., Keanna, and Rocklyn; brothers Paul and Larry (Pattie) Dickson; and sisters Bessie (Joe) Miller, Brenda (Rick) Watts, and Monica Dickson. He was preceded in death by his parents. The memorial service for Bill will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2015 at the New Life Baptist Fellowship Church, 6252 Burlingame Ave. S.W., Byron Center, MI 49315. Pederson Funeral Home Pedersonfuneralhome.com
Mr. Lloyd Gene Flanagan, Sr. of Lowell, Michigan, age 74, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2015. He was born to Percy and Lena (Root) Flanagan on Monday, October 7, 1940, in Belmont, Michigan, and had been a lifelong resident of the Lowell area. Lloyd enjoyed many things in life, but his true passion and lifeblood was farming, and he would be at his most content and in utter glory, riding his tractor, a 656 International Harvester. Lloyd was a loving and devoted husband, wonderful father, proud grandfather, and dear friend. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by family, friends, and all who knew him. Lloyd is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen (Goldner); loving children Lloyd (Andrea) Flanagan, Jr. and Marilyn (Wayne) VanOss; grandchildren Michelle VanOss, Nathan (Nicole) VanOss, Jason (Dawn) VanOss, and Amanda (Troy) Linebaugh; four great grandchildren; and “special friends” Jake Seaman, Ryan Fisk, and Shannon Fisk. He was preceded in death by his parents; and son David Lloyd Flanagan on January 9, 2015. There will be a gathering of family and friends to celebrate Lloyd’s life, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the family farm, located at 10975 4 Mile Road NE, Lowell, MI 49331. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution in Lloyd’s name to the American Diabetes Association, 1550 E. Beltline Avenue SE, Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Pederson Funeral Home www.pedersonfuneralhome.com