ERMC Auxiliary plans fourth-annual Purse Bingo event

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Auxiliary will be holding the fourth-annual Purse Bingo fundraiser on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the St. Peter Catholic Church Hall. Participants will have the chance to win 20 different purses, each with a minimum value of $40. Tickets are $14 each and include general admission, 20 bingo cards and a chance to win door prizes. Food and extra bingo cards will be available for purchase.

St. Peter Catholic Church is located at 515 East Knight Street in Eaton Rapids. Tickets can be purchased in the Owl's Perch Gift Shop, located in the main lobby of Eaton Rapids Medical Center at 1500 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. Since its inception, the ERMC Auxiliary has provided volunteers and financial support to the hospital to improve the health of the community. For more information about becoming a member of the ERMC Auxiliary, please visit

Article posted on March 23rd 2016. - Article Permalink

ERMC Radiology earns ACR accreditation

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). CT scanning - sometimes called CAT scanning - is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat various medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

CT is one of many diagnostic tools available in Eaton Rapids. Radiology technologists at ERMC perform many imaging tests, including wide-bore MRI, ultrasound, digital mammography, fluoroscopy and general radiography. For additional information, call 517.663.9426 or visit

Article posted on March 15th 2016. - Article Permalink

Special Pathogen Response Network visits ERMC

When Ebola Virus Disease first emerged as a threat, all healthcare organizations took steps to prepare, detect and respond in the event an individual presented to their facility with signs or symptoms of Ebola. The steps we took to prepare for Ebola are now transitioning to incorporate new or emerging pathogens that might threaten public health.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center was designated by the State of Michigan as a Tier 4 Ebola screening hospital within the Special Pathogen Response Network. Tier 4 hospitals must have the capacity to identify, isolate and transfer patients for further care and testing at a Tier 1 hospital.

In an effort to support and strengthen each hospitals preparedness levels within this network, we had two Special Pathogen Consultants from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of EMS, Trauma and Preparedness, Special Pathogen Response Network conduct a collaborative technical site assistance visit at our facility on February 19, 2016. Others in attendance were District 1 Regional Medical Response Coalition and Barry-Eaton District Health Department representatives.

They reviewed 12 domains of our overall preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease. This included our pre-hospital transport plans, Emergency Department, infection control, personal protective equipment, and waste management. They conducted a walk-through of our transport route to the designated special pathogen assessment and treatment area. Incident command structure and resources, recent preparedness exercises, exposure monitoring, environmental infection controls, staffing, security and communications were discussed. After observing our donning and doffing process, an overall impression of our strengths along with opportunities for growth were identified.

Although there are no certifications, validations or endorsements for the completion of this site visit, the suggestions offered will promote positive growth in our preparedness efforts. We will also be eligible to receive allotted federal funds as a Tier 4 hospital.

Barb Parrott, BSN, RN
ERMC Clinical Educator/Infection Control

Article posted on February 19th 2016. - Article Permalink

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