Free Fitness Fridays are back at Eaton Rapids Medical Center

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) is pleased to offer Free Fitness Fridays to everyone over 13 years of age during the summer months at HealthWorks Fitness Center. HealthWorks is open to the public free of charge every Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and includes the use of all workout machines, classroom equipment, towel service, and locker facilities. Free Fitness Fridays coincide with the ERMC Farmers Market schedule, which is open 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. every Friday, May 20 to October 21.

The program comes at time when local residents are trying to digest the results published in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) regarding the prevalence of obesity in our area. The study reports that this physical condition results from poor diet coupled with limited physical activity, which elevates risk for serious health issues. The percentages of adults (33.8%) and adolescents (15.8%) in Eaton County who reported being obese in 2015, were both above the state averages. It is also concerning that there has been an 11.8% increase in adult obesity, as well as a 1.1% increase for teens, since the 2012 CHNA results were made public.

"Our goal is to promote health, wellness, and fitness in our community." Kevin Trudell, HealthWorks manager, encourages everyone to take a holistic view of personal healthcare. "We offer healthy food choices in our farmers market, and we include education about healthy eating options. What is lacking for total health care is the activity part. So we are offering free access to our facility one day a week all summer long to encourage whole body wellness."

Guests may inquire about signing up for Free Fitness Fridays at the front desk on the second floor of the hospital. Students age 13 to 17 must have a guardian accompany them during their first visit in order to sign paperwork enabling them to participate.

Article posted on June 27th, 2016. - Article Permalink

ERMC nurse receives inaugural DAISY Award

Khristina Coker, a registered nurse (RN) at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC), was awarded the DAISY Award for nursing excellence at a ceremony held at the hospital last week. Coker, who joined the Medical/Surgical Unit two years ago, was the first recipient of this honor at Eaton Rapids Medical Center.

ERMC joins healthcare facilities all over the world in participating in this recognition program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. Coker was presented with a certificate, daisies, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch."

In her nomination, Laura Launstein, rehabilitation manager at ERMC, states "While treating patients, I am confident that if I need any assistance, Khristina will be there, willing to help and always with a smile. We had a particular patient that had been in the hospital for many weeks. Khristina was always a positive influence for this patient and encouraged her to continue working toward recovery. She was very supportive of all therapy goals and assisted this patient in working toward independence, even though it meant spending more time with this patient. Khristina has an amazing, positive attitude with everything she does. She never makes patients or coworkers feel that they are an interruption of her work, but rather that they are the important part of her work."

"We are so excited to be part of this prestigious program that recognizes what we do for our patients and families every day," remarked Kris Allen, RN, vice president of clinical services at ERMC. "Khristina's ability to influence patients through compassion embodies the spirit of this award."

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes, who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. DAISY is an acronym for diseases attacking the immune system. During Pat's eight-week hospitalization, his family was awestruck by the care and compassion his nurses provided-not only to Pat-but to everyone in his family. One of the goals they set in creating a Foundation in Pat's memory was to recognize extraordinary nurses everywhere who make an enormous difference in the lives of so many people by the work they do every day.

To nominate a nurse for this annual award, fill out a nomination form in the main lobby of the Medical Center, located at 1500 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids.

Article posted on June 24th 2016. - Article Permalink

Does your doctor know your five wishes?

Five Wishes is a guide to help individuals plan for medical treatment they do or do not want in the event that they are unable to make critical decisions for themselves. Similar in intent to a Durable Power of Attorney, or DPOA, Five Wishes allows patients to designate an advocate who would be responsible for making health care decisions while attempting to honor any personal, spiritual, and emotional wishes previously recorded. The document has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, and in national magazines. It meets legal requirements in 42 states, including Michigan, and is offered in 27 languages.

"Both the Five Wishes and DPOA forms are easy to use and give step-by-step instructions and tips," reports Natalie Johnson, Patient Access Manager at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC). "They are technically the same, but Five Wishes goes into a little more depth. In Michigan, there is no need for a notary to authorize the signatures, but there are some limitations as to who can be witnesses. The completed documents are valid with any health care provider in the state, and once submitted become a permanent part of a patient's medical record."

Five Wishes is effective for all situations involving care, custody, and medical treatment in which a person is determined to be unable to choose for him or herself, with few legal limitations. In contrast, Advance Medical Directives and some Living Wills restrict designated advocates to decision-making only if the patient is terminally ill.

Johnson encourages everyone to be proactive when it comes to managing their health care at any life stage, and especially when considering future medical procedures. "Inpatients and individuals who schedule surgery at the hospital are automatically offered these forms." Consider informing loved ones about your five wishes before a medical emergency or serious illness occurs. Forms are available at ERMC.

Article posted on June 14th 2016. - Article Permalink

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