Second Grade Students Tour ERMC
Second grade students from Eaton Rapids Public Schools, Island City Academy and Springport Public Schools visited Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) last week as part of the National Hospital Week celebration. The second grade tours are a long-standing tradition enjoyed by students and ERMC staff alike. The purpose of the tours is to give children some familiarity of the hospital so that they will be less anxious if they need care.
"The tours were revamped a bit this year to reflect the needs of the community," explained Lindsay Stevenson, ERMC Director of Marketing. "Students still had the opportunity to see the rehabilitation department and tour the radiology department as they have in past years. However, this year we decided to focus on the prevention of illness, bullying and obesity."
A dietitian prepared a healthy snack for the students to enjoy while a social worker discussed how to deal with bullying. HealthWorks Fitness Center staff members taught the second graders about the importance of fitness, and ERMC pharmacists discussed different types of medications and reviewed how children should only take medications from parents, guardians or trusted caregivers. Students also volunteered to demonstrate proper hand hygiene by using fluorescent lotion under a UVA lamp.
"I was very impressed with how much the students had already been taught about living a healthy lifestyle," stated Stevenson. "They were already familiar with nutrition principles such as MyPlate and the five food groups. They also knew a great deal about hand washing and how to deal with bullying."
For more information about the free educational programs Eaton Rapids Medical Center provides or to contact our Speakers Bureau call 517.663.9524.
Article posted on May 21st 2013. - Article Permalink
ERMC Farmers Market opens for the season
The Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Farmers Market will open for the season at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2013. Local merchants include Holbrook Garden Produce, Firefly Gardens, Clark Sugarbush and many more. The market will also feature entertainment throughout the summer, such as bands and square dancing as well as cooking demonstrations.
Registered dietitian at Eaton Rapids Medical Center Leslie Neubecker-Czubko became the driving force behind the market when she saw a need to promote healthier eating habits among hospital employees and the community while supporting local merchants.
"The idea is that the community, hospital employees, visitors and patients can purchase fresh, nutritious produce from the market and take it home for dinner," says Neubecker-Czubko. "We want our residents to support our local economy and their health by buying fresh fruits and vegetables at the market. In addition, ERMC's dietary department is using some of the locally-grown food in dishes served at the hospital."
The Farmers Market will continue in the ERMC parking lot each Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Market accepts SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) Bridge Cards and Project Fresh Coupons. Eaton Rapids Medical Center is located at 1500 South Main in Eaton Rapids. For more information call 517.663.9453.
Article posted on May 14 2013. - Article Permalink
ERMC Foundation welcomes new board member
The Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation Board is pleased to announce that Jodi Backofen has been appointed as its newest member. Backofen is a life-long resident of Eaton Rapids and works as the Chaos Coordinator at Consumers Professional Credit Union (CPCU).
"The hospital is the backbone of the community. It is important to me to keep it here and successful," stated Backofen. She brings extensive financial, marketing and event planning experience to the board.
CPCU also supports Eaton Rapids Medical Center by helping out with the Foundation Golf Outing annually. In a fun contest for the golfers, CPCU employees pin money and lottery tickets to the green of a par three hole. If a golfer pays $5, he or she can win any money or tickets on which his or her ball lands. This effort, along with a March Madness promotion, provided a great deal of funding to the ERMC Foundation last year. CPCU's total 2012 contributions added up to an impressive $1,668.
The Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation uses contributions from supporters to support technology, equipment and building improvements at ERMC. Our community benefits from the free educational programs, health screenings, counseling, support groups and school-based programs offered annually by the Medical Center.
Article posted on May 1st 2013. - Article Permalink