ERMC to hold blood drive

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive on Monday, July 25 from 12:00 to 5:45 p.m. in the Main Conference Room of ERMC. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Donating one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent and weigh 110 pounds or more. Donors are also asked to bring identification and know the names of medications they are taking.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center is located at 1500 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit RedCrossBlood.org, sponsor code ERMC. Walk-in donors are welcome.

Article posted on July 12, 2016. - Article Permalink

ERMC Foundation plans golf outing

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Friday, August 19, 2016 at Eldorado Golf Course. Golfers will enjoy 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, prizes, hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. A $10,000 Hole-in-One challenge will also be sponsored by Ackley-Peters-Haubert Insurance Services. Consumers Professional Credit Union will be sponsoring the Shoot-for-Loot hole with cash and lottery ticket prizes.

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, scholarships, support groups and school-based programs offered annually by the Medical Center. Each year, ERMC performs more than $1.6 million of uncompensated care due to patients' inability to pay or lack of reimbursement from government programs. To participate or sponsor a team, contact Lindsay Peters at 517-663-9524 or LPeters@ermchealth.org.

Article posted on July 6th 2016. - Article Permalink

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

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