ERMC participates in 26th annual Michigan Harvest Gathering

The Michigan Harvest Gathering, an annual state-wide campaign that raises food and funds for Michigan's emergency food response, is celebrating 26 years of statewide hunger relief. In its first 25 years, the campaign raised over 54 million meals to help those in need! Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) has coordinated the Harvest Gathering food drive for the Eaton Rapids area for several years and will hold the local 2016 drive from October 25 to November 8.

Non-perishable food and personal hygiene items collected will be donated to Heart & Hands, the local food bank in Eaton Rapids. Collection barrels will be located at Eaton Rapids Medical Center, Eaton Rapids Middle School, Greyhound Intermediate School, Eaton Federal Savings Bank, Island City Academy, Island City Assisted Living, Ross & Associates Realtors, Eaton Rapids Senior Center, Laura DeLong Realty, Meridian Magnesium and Mark's Place.

Desired items include canned meals, boxed dinners, dry pasta, cereal and infant formula. Non-food items such as soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, disposable diapers and feminine hygiene products are appreciated as well. According to, 16 percent of households are struggling to put food on the table.

For more information, contact Leslie Neubecker-Czubko, ERMC Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at 517-663-9453.

Article posted on October 19th 2016. - Article Permalink

ERMC Receives Accreditation from DNV GL

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) announces the successful completion of its new accreditation process from DNV GL - Healthcare.

By earning accreditation, ERMC has demonstrated it meets or exceeds patient safety standards (Conditions of Participation) set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DNV GL's accreditation program is the only one to integrate the ISO 9001 Quality Management System with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.

"The DNV GL program allows Eaton Rapids Medical Center to add another layer of quality standards that separate us above other hospitals in the Tri-County area," explains Kris Allen, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Eaton Rapids Medical Center. "We are committed to annual surveys that create a culture of hardwired quality excellence every day with every patient, every time."

Eaton Rapids Medical Center has three years from the date of its accreditation to achieve compliance with ISO 9001, a quality management system used by performance-driven organizations around the world to advance their quality and sustainability objectives.

"We have taken an entirely different approach to accreditation, and hospitals are really responding," says DNV GL - Healthcare CEO Patrick Horine. "Since accreditation is a must-have credential for just about every hospital in this country, why not make it more valuable, and get more out of it? That's where ISO 9001 comes into play, and turns the typical get-your-ticket-punched accreditation exercise into a quality transformation."

DNV GL's accreditation program, called NIAHO (Integrated Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), involves annual hospital surveys - instead of every three years - and encourages hospitals to openly share information across departments and to discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols.

About DNV GL - Healthcare

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body. We help businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services.

Within healthcare, we help our customers achieve excellence by improving quality and patient safety through hospital accreditation, managing infection risk, management system certification and training.? The DNV GL Group operates in more than 100 countries. Our 16,000 professionals are dedicated to helping our customers make the world safer, smarter and greener.

For more information about DNV GL hospital accreditation, visit

Article posted on October 12th 2016. - Article Permalink

Free health and safety event planned for October 15

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) and the Hamlin Township Fire Rescue are once again teaming up to combine two free family events on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hamlin Fire Station. It is the third year the organizations have worked together on the Fire Prevention Open House & Health Fair.

The Hamlin Township Fire Prevention Open House has been a long-standing tradition in recognition of National Fire Prevention Week. The event will feature many vendors, activities and food at no charge. Visitors can participate in fire extinguisher demonstrations, spray a fire hose, learn how to crawl through a smoke-filled house and climb inside emergency response vehicles.

"Our Open House & Health Fair has always been well-received by the community, and this year we have added several new experiences," stated Francis D'Huyvetter, Deputy Chief at Hamlin Township Fire Rescue. "We will have a simulated bedroom fire and a vehicle extrication demonstration. Our hope is that the demonstrations will give the community an understanding of the services we provide. We will also have a bounce house for the kids this year, which I am sure will be enjoyed by many."

Eaton Rapids Eye Care will be offering free vision screenings, Advanced Audiology will be providing free hearing screenings and Capital Area Safe Kids will be on site to inspect car seats. Eaton Rapids Medical Center will offer free cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body composition screenings, along with children's games and giveaways. Vendors at the event will include Eaton Area EMS, Barry Eaton District Health Department, Eaton Rapids Public Library, Eaton Rapids Senior Center, Eaton Rapids Family Dentistry, Eaton County Sheriff's Department, 811 Miss Dig and Eaton County 911.

"We are proud to once again partner with the Hamlin Township Fire Rescue on the Fire Prevention Open House & Health Fair. This is a great free event for families and a wonderful opportunity to teach children crucial health and safety information that can save lives," remarked Lindsay Peters, Director of Marketing at ERMC.

Hamlin Township Fire Rescue is located at 6463 S. Clinton Trail in Eaton Rapids. For additional information on this event, please call (517) 663.9524 or visit

Article posted on October 5th 2016. - Article Permalink

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