Report measures health of Eaton County

The Healthy! Capital Counties partnership has released a new Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The final version of the report was published on March 16, 2016. It is packed with important data, including maps on the spread of health problems in the region. The report measures factors that go beyond healthcare and dives into what causes people to be healthy (or not) in the first place.

The report highlights the health challenges prevalent in Eaton County and compares local statistics to the tri-county area and Michigan as a whole. Areas of concern include obesity, lack of physical activity, chronic disease, and poor mental health in adolescents. The report is being used many ways in Eaton Rapids. Officials at Eaton Rapids Medical Center are working to implement new services and modify existing programs to meet the needs of the community. The Eaton Rapids Health Alliance is currently working on a strategic plan, using the report as a guide.

The Affordable Care Act requires hospital organizations that seek to gain or maintain 501(c)3 status to complete a CHNA at least once every three years and develop an implementation plan to address needs identified by the assessment. The CHNA process goes beyond traditional hospital community benefit programs in that it requires the hospitals and health systems to incorporate input from specific populations, including public health experts, and encourages conducting assessments as teams with other local health care providers.

In late 2010, the four hospital systems in the Lansing, Michigan area realized that they needed to begin planning for the community health needs assessments. They reached out to the local public health departments for assistance. The health departments, besides being committed to community health assessment and improvement planning as an essential public health service, were interested in working in partnership to achieve greater improvements in health outcomes. Through several months of planning, the health departments and the hospitals reached the conclusion that working together was the best way of mobilizing resources to improve health. Thus, Healthy! Capital Counties (H!CC) was created.

"We have found that this has been a very valuable process that has led to long-term collaboration with other organizations, in addition to the strategic use of time and resources," remarked Lindsay Peters, Director of Marketing and Development at Eaton Rapids Medical Center. Hospital partners include Eaton Rapids Medical Center, McLaren Greater Lansing, Sparrow Health System and Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital. Health department partners include Barry-Eaton District Health Department, Ingham County Health Department and Mid-Michigan District Health Department. This report is the second report as a result of the partnership. To view the report, visit www.healthycapitalcounties.org.

Article posted on June 7, 2016. - Article Permalink

Second Grade Students Tour ERMC

Students tour the radiology department under the direction of Monica Mandrelle, radiologic technologist.

Second grade students from Eaton Rapids Public Schools, Island City Academy and Springport Public Schools visited Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) May 9-13 as part of the National Hospital Week celebration. The second grade tours are a long-standing tradition of at least 25 years. 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 are revamped a little each year to reflect the needs of the community," explained Lindsay Peters, director of marketing and development at the Medical Center. "Students still have the opportunity to see the rehabilitation and radiology departments as they have in past years, but recently we have decided to focus on the prevention of illness, bullying and obesity."

A registered dietitian nutritionist prepared a healthy snack for the students to enjoy and a social worker discussed bullying and kindness. HealthWorks Fitness Center staff taught the second graders about the importance of fitness, and ERMC pharmacists reviewed how children should only take medications from parents or trusted adults. Students also participated in a hand hygiene demonstration using fluorescent lotion under a UVA lamp.

For more information about the free educational programs Eaton Rapids Medical Center provides or to contact the Speakers Bureau, call 517.663.9524.

Article posted on May 23rd 2016. - Article Permalink

ERMC Farmers Market to open for the season

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Farmers Market will open for the season on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 3 to 6 p.m. Local merchants include Wooden Shoe Herb Farm, Clark Sugarbush, Hillcrest Farms and more. The market, located in the ERMC parking lot, will continue to be held each Friday through mid-October. It will also feature health information, children's activities and cooking demonstrations throughout the summer.

Leslie Neubecker-Czubko, registered dietitian nutritionist at Eaton Rapids Medical Center, became the driving force behind the market when she saw a need to promote healthier eating habits while supporting local merchants.

"The idea is that the community, hospital patients, visitors and employees 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 uses some of the locally-grown food in dishes served at the hospital."

The Market accepts SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) Bridge Cards, WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Project FRESH, Senior Project FRESH, Market FRESH Coupons and Double Up Food Bucks. These programs make fresh produce available to low-income, nutritionally-at-risk consumers through Michigan farmers markets. They are administered by the Michigan Department of Community Health, Office of Services to the Aging and the WIC program.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center is located at 1500 South Main in Eaton Rapids. For additional information, call 517.663.9453.

Article posted on May 5th 2016. - Article Permalink

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