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 October 17, 24 and November 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 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 September 30th 2016. - Article Permalink

Eaton Rapids Medical Center breaks ground for expansion

Left to right: Dr. Thomas Kelly, Jamie Davidson, Leonard Peters, Dr. Ashok Gupta, Mayor Steven Platte, Timothy Johnson, Marty DeBow, and Steven Peters.
ERMC Board Directors Dr. Thomas Kelly, Leonard Peters, Dr. Ashok Gupta, and Timothy Johnson break ground.

Friday, September 23, 2016 was a historic day for Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) as the beginning of construction for the expansion of the hospital was celebrated. A groundbreaking ceremony held in the afternoon was attended by several employees, board members, distinguished guests from area businesses and other hospitals, as well as interested citizens. Representatives from the Eaton Rapids City Council, the Eaton Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association were also in attendance. Programs were distributed that provided the following summary of the project:

"We are breaking ground on an expansion that will add 25,000 square feet to our footprint. Construction will soon begin on a new building that will be attached to the hospital. The addition will house the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Family Practice, Redicare, Physical Therapy, Sleep Center, and Behavioral Health departments. Dr. Ashok Gupta, Dr. Thomas Kelly, and some specialty services will also occupy the new space. The project is set to be completed in 2018."

ERMC Director of Marketing Lindsay Peters was the Master of Ceremonies who welcomed spectators to the event. Several speakers engaged the audience, including President and CEO Timothy Johnson, Board Chairperson Leonard Peters, Medical Director Dr. Ashok Gupta, and City of Eaton Rapids Mayor Steven Platte. The old soil was then turned over to introduce the fresh ground that would soon support the foundation of the anticipated building. Light refreshments followed the ceremony.

A rendering of an external view of the new building as well as a full-color floor plan are currently on display in the main lobby of the hospital. ERMC looks forward to celebrating with the public at a ribbon cutting ceremony when construction is completed and doors are opened to further service the health needs of the community.

Article posted on September 29th 2016. - Article Permalink

Hygiene products collected at ERMC for school backpack program

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) employees Antonette Guillen and Lori Althouse began collecting toiletry items in a very large Christmas stocking in December of 2014. Their goal was to supplement the Eaton Rapids Weekend Food Backpack Program organized by United Methodist Women and Eaton Rapids Public Schools. The food was distributed to eligible children in the district in which backpacks were used as inconspicuous, easy-to-carry, refillable containers for recipients in the program.

Formerly known as the Weekend Survival Kit Program funded through the American Red Cross, the Backpack Program began in 2006 and was a huge success. Unfortunately, it was cancelled in September of 2011 when funding ended, leaving approximately 160 children in grades K - 12 living in Eaton Rapids without much needed nutritional support over the weekends. Today, the program continues strictly through donations made by generous citizens, and serves children who meet federal income guidelines for free and reduced lunches.

"I first learned about the program from a member at HealthWorks Fitness Center who volunteered with homeless kids right here in Eaton Rapids," recalls Guillen. "I thought, food is great, but there are pantries and churches and food stamps to help with that, too. Who is helping with other items like toothpaste, razors, and shampoo? So, since it was the holiday, I put a huge stocking out front with a sign on it - and people started to fill it!"

Guillen, who lives in Lansing and works in the Rehab Department at ERMC, spends her day off, along with her son, Dreon, sorting the items that were collected over the course of the week, discarding any that are broken, leaking, or used. Althouse then delivers them to the school. It has become a family affair for Guillen, who feels compelled to reach out and seek participation from others through donations.

"My heart just broke when I found out how many poor and homeless teenagers there are here. Eaton Rapids is a small town. This shouldn't happen." She went on to explain how teens, especially, need to feel good about themselves and their hygiene in order to be accepted and successful - that's when the idea of collecting toiletry items began to take shape. "We are in constant need of donations including toilet paper, feminine products, sewing kits, hand sanitizers, hair brushes, lice kits and anything else that kids would need for body care. I am so grateful to everyone who has already given to the program, and the bucket will be here as long as I am allowed to keep it!" Donations can be dropped off at the HealthWorks Fitness Center on the second floor of Eaton Rapids Medical Center.

For more information about the program, or to inquire about volunteering to help stuff backpacks for distribution, please contact the Eaton Rapids McKinney-Vento Liaison, Kelly Ballor at 517.663.1313, or

Article posted on September 22nd 2016. - Article Permalink

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