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

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

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