ERMC Auxiliary honors volunteer of the year

Pictured (left to right): Auxiliary president-elect Linda Fuller with Nancy Cuatt, Volunteer of the Year recipient.

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Auxiliary presented the 2015/2016 Volunteer of the Year award to Nancy Cuatt at the annual volunteer recognition dinner held on Thursday, April 21, 2016. This honor is awarded to an individual who has gone above and beyond to serve others. It is not necessarily given annually, but rather when it is deserved.

Cuatt has been an active member of the Auxiliary since 1999. She is always ready to work more than her share of shifts in the Owl's Perch Gift Shop, which is located in the main lobby of the Medical Center and operated by the Auxiliary. Cuatt often fills in for others at the last minute. She understands the importance of the shop being open regularly when advertised. In addition, she faithfully attends dinner meetings and events.

"We are so thankful for Nancy's support over the years," commented Linda Fuller, president-elect of the Auxiliary. "She has great rapport with the customers of the Gift Shop. She is a great listener and she sells more jewelry than anyone else who volunteers."

Since its inception, the 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 April 27th 2016. - Article Permalink

Eaton Rapids Medical Center offers Babysitting Class

Eaton Rapids Medical Center welcomes Babysitting Instructor, Charlene Hamilton from Cardio Pulmonary Resource Center, Inc. Classes will be held on May 16, 23 and June 6 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

This course is intended to train young adults, between the ages of 11-14, to be responsible babysitters. The students will learn emergency procedures, discipline techniques, diapering and age-appropriate activities. Pediatric (child and infant) CPR, rescue breathing and the Heimlich maneuver will also be covered, along with basic first aid skills needed while babysitting.

Upon completion of the class, the student will receive a Pediatric CPR card, a Basic First Aid card and a Babysitting Course certificate. Students must attend all three classes to obtain certification. The cost of the class is $30.00 per person. Classes fill up quickly, so please RSVP by calling Cardio Pulmonary Resource Center, Inc. at 1-800-900-2772. Eaton Rapids Medical Center is located at 1500 South Main in Eaton Rapids.

Article posted on April 26th 2016. - Article Permalink

ERMC employee receives statewide recognition

Leslie Neubecker-Czubko, registered dietitian nutritionist at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC), received the 2016 Hometown Health Hero Award from the Michigan Public Health Week Partnership at a ceremony held at the State Capitol Rotunda on April 13. This award, given annually during National Public Health Week, recognizes individuals and organizations across the state working tirelessly to maintain and improve the health of their local communities.

Neubecker-Czubko, one of four recipients in the state, was awarded for her efforts to make fresh, local produce available to everyone in the greater Eaton Rapids community, regardless of financial situation. She pursued bringing a farmers market to the hospital grounds in 2010 when she saw a need to promote healthy eating habits among ERMC patients and employees while supporting local merchants. Thanks to her, the community can purchase fresh, nutritious produce from the market on Friday afternoons during the summer months. In addition, ERMC's dietary department uses some of the locally-grown food in dishes served at the hospital.

Shortly after opening the market, Neubecker-Czubko jumped through all the necessary hoops for the market to be able to accept SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) Bridge Cards, WIC 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.

"I am incredibly grateful to have Leslie on our team," said Lindsay Peters, director of marketing and development at ERMC. "I nominated her for this award because she truly embodies our mission to care, serve and inspire. She could merely come to work, see her patients, and leave. Instead, she goes above and beyond, staying long hours to close the Farmers Market on Friday evenings and volunteer for other various wellness projects. It is evident that she is passionate about her field and dedicated to the community."

In addition to organizing the ERMC Farmers Market, Neubecker-Czubko coordinates the annual community-wide Harvest Gathering food drive. She has also helped community members sign up for MiCAFE, Michigan's Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly, a program of Elder Law of Michigan that provides benefit application assistance to seniors, helping them make ends meet and put healthy food on their table. Furthermore, Neubecker-Czubko takes time out of her busy schedule to educate many groups on nutrition and wellness. She has given healthy food presentations and cooking demonstrations to many local community groups.

Article posted on April 15th 2016. - Article Permalink

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