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 March 6, 13 and 20 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at ERMC.

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 February 17th 2017. - Article Permalink

Children's Special Health Care Services

Sometimes traditional health insurance isn't enough. Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families. It pays specialty medical bills for certain diagnoses and services, covers co-pays and deductibles if clients have insurance or Medicaid, and provides specialty coverage if they do not have health insurance.

For one local family, the program has been a critical part of paying needed healthcare. "Our daughter Adele was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, meaning that her hip was out of its socket and needed surgery and even a body cast to correct it. We were worried about how we were going to pay for her care since we have a high deductible of $4,000," explains Anne Barna, of Mason, MI. "Children's Special Health Care Services covered the surgery, her hospitalization, and doctor's visits connected to the surgery. They even paid for equipment that she needed once she was released from the hospital. While we did have to pay a fee to join the program based on our income, it was so much less than our deductible that it was a no-brainer," explains Barna. Knowing that they had coverage meant that they could get the care Barna's daughter needed.

The Barry-Eaton District Health Department serves as an advocate for this state program, providing assistance for CSHCS to eligible residents of Barry and Eaton counties. CSHCS helps to coordinate and pay for hospital and outpatient medical specialty care. Help may also be available for travel expenses related to a child's medical care. BEDHD works with families on accessing services to ensure the very best care.

More than 2,000 diagnoses are eligible for CSHCS coverage including asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, liver disease, club foot, deformed limbs, spina bifada, certain vision disorders, paralysis or spinal injuries, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, insulin-dependent diabetes, muscular dystrophy, certain heart conditions, epilepsy, kidney disease and many, many other conditions.

For more information call (269) 945-9516 ext.4696, for Barry County, and (517) 541-2696 for Eaton County. You can also visit for more information.

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on February 14th 2017. - Article Permalink

ERMC seeks nominations for DAISY Award

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) is seeking nominations for the 2017 DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The DAISY Award is an international program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day. ERMC is proud to be a DAISY Award Partner, recognizing a nurse with this special honor each year during Nurses Week, celebrated May 6-12. Nominating a nurse for the award is a great way to thank them for providing exceptional care.

Khristina Coker, RN became the first recipient of this honor at Eaton Rapids Medical Center in 2016. Healthcare facilities all over the world in participate in this recognition program. Honorees are presented with a certificate, daisies, a DAISY Award pin and a hand-carved stone sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch."

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 hospital or visit Article posted on February 7th 2017. - Article Permalink

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