ERMC Farmers Market to open for the season

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Farmers Market will open for the season on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 3 to 6 p.m. Local merchants include Clark Sugarbush, Sapo de Solis, The Greenhouse Project and Mo Sweet Honey. The market, located in the ERMC parking lot on Main Street, will continue to be held each Wednesday through mid-October. The Eaton Rapids Public Library will be back offering story time and activities for children of all ages. It will also feature health information 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 16th 2018. - Article Permalink

Fight the Bite! Protect Yourself from Ticks this Summer

Ticks are one of summer’s irritations, and sometimes their bites can become serious. Residents should know how to protect themselves from illnesses spread by ticks, such as Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria and is spread through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks (also known as deer ticks). The range of the blacklegged tick in Michigan is growing, and ticks carrying Lyme disease have been found in 34 of 83 Michigan counties. Barry County has a known risk for Lyme disease, and Eaton County has a potential risk for Lyme disease. Other types of ticks are commonly found in Michigan and can spread other diseases to people.

Ticks can attach to any part of the human body but are often found in hard-to-see areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp. In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36-48 hours or more before Lyme disease can be transmitted. Because of this, doing a full-body check to find and remove ticks after spending time outdoors is important. Ticks should be removed by grasping the tick with fine-tipped tweezers as close to the skin as possible and pulling upward with steady, even pressure; detailed instructions can be found at

It is recommended that ticks removed from people or engorged with human blood be submitted for identification. Ticks that are identified as blacklegged ticks and are still alive can then be submitted to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) for Lyme disease testing. The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) can help with screening ticks and mailing them to MDHHS. Ticks can also be directly submitted to MDHHS. More information can be found at

If someone is bitten by a tick that is suspected or confirmed to be a blacklegged tick, they should call their healthcare provider. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, headache, and fatigue. Many, but not all, people will get a characteristic “bull’s-eye” skin rash. If untreated, infections can become serious. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics.

Any time someone has been bitten by a tick, they should keep an eye on their health and contact their healthcare provider if they get ill, especially with fever, headache, body aches, or rash. They should be sure to tell their healthcare provider about their recent tick bite, when the bite occurred, and where they most likely came into contact with the tick.

To avoid being bitten by ticks, there are several ways people can protect themselves:

  • Wear light-colored clothing so ticks can be spotted more easily and removed before they bite.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and tuck pants into socks or boots. Wear boots or shoes instead of sandals, especially in areas by brush or long grass.
  • Apply insect repellents with DEET to clothes and exposed skin and apply a permethrin product to clothes (this kills ticks on contact). Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use.
  • Walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass and brush at trail edges.
  • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find crawling ticks.
  • Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all body parts upon return from potentially tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
  • Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, and then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and packs.
  • Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks.

For more information on Lyme disease, visit For tick-related questions, including questions about tick submissions, please call BEDHD’s Environmental Health Division at 517-541-2615 (Eaton County) or 269-945-9516 (select 3, then 5; Barry County).

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on May 15th, 2018. - Article Permalink

ERMC nurse recognized with DAISY Award

Denise Clay, Registered Nurse (RN) at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC), received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at a ceremony held on May 5, 2018. The ceremony took place at the hospital during Nurses Week, with staff, family and friends in attendance. Clay has been an RN in Surgical Services at ERMC for eight years, and in her acceptance speech described her department as “an awesome place to work.”

Clay was nominated by co-worker Angela White, RN, whose nomination stated, “From the very first day I started working in Surgery, Denise made me feel comfortable. Her teaching, understanding, kind heart, and support made my transition that much easier. Watching her interact with patients is another reason she deserves to win this award. She is your protector and coach from start to finish. There aren’t enough words to truly express how amazing this lady is. It is an honor to work with such an amazing RN!”

This award is given by the DAISY Foundation to honor extraordinary nurses who go above and beyond to make a difference in patients’ and families’ experiences in healthcare. ERMC joins facilities all over the world in participating in this recognition program to celebrate nurses and the skilled, compassionate, dedicated care they deliver every day. In addition to the award, Clay received a bouquet of daisies, a Daisy Award pin and a handmade sculpture entitled “A Healer’s Touch.”

The DAISY Foundation was formed 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. This prompted the name of the organization, which is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. During the time Pat was in the hospital, his family was amazed by not only the clinical skill nurses brought to his condition, but by the way they delivered his care. When he died, the family wanted to say thank you to nurses everywhere for what they do for patients and families each day, and they are reaching that goal through the DAISY Foundation.

Article posted on May 9th 2018. - Article Permalink

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