Springport Medical Clinic starts Tiny Library

Tammy Alward, the receptionist at the Springport Medical Clinic, implemented a Tiny Library for the Springport community! Children can visit the clinic and exchange books for free. Eaton Rapids Medical Center employees and the Eaton Rapids Friends of the Library donated books to get the program started.

If you have any gently used books you would like to contribute, drop them off at the clinic or call (517) 857-4500. Springport Medical Clinic is located at 400 E. Main Street Suite 200 in Springport, Michigan and is open Monday- Tuesday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Wednesday-Thursday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Article posted on April 3rd, 2019. - Article Permalink

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Is your child excited to start kindergarten this fall? Families are encouraged to attend Kindergarten Round Ups at their child's school to prepare! An important part of preparing for kindergarten is making sure kids are up to date on their immunizations. The Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) wants to make sure that every child is protected before entering school in the fall.

Why is it important to vaccinate children when they enroll in school? "Immunization is the single most important way parents can protect their children, classmates and the entire community from serious disease," said Jackie Anderson, RN, BEDHD's Immunization Coordinator. Thanks to vaccines, most of these vaccine-preventable diseases have become rare in the United States. However, when schools have low vaccination rates, these diseases can make a comeback. When this happens children can become very sick, leading to missed days of school and missed worked for parents. To prevent outbreaks from occurring in schools and places where children congregate, a high percentage of children must be immunized. To protect all students enrolled in school, children who do not receive the required immunizations may be excluded from school if an outbreak occurs.

Before the first day of school a child entering kindergarten must have:

  1. 4 doses of DTap (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis)
  2. 4 doses of Polio
  3. 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  4. 3 doses of Hepatitis B
  5. 2 doses of Chickenpox (Varicella)

In addition to the required immunizations, the following immunizations are highly recommended:

  1. Influenza (flu)
  2. 2 doses of Hepatitis A

If your child has not yet received all of the immunizations required for school entry, don't wait! Take action now to get them protected before school begins. Make an appointment with your child's doctor, or call the health department's immunization clinic at 517-541-2630 in Eaton County or 269-798-4133 in Barry County. If you are not sure if your child is up to date, please contact their doctor or the BEDHD immunization clinic to review their records.

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on March 20th, 2019. - Article Permalink

ERMC first and only hospital in Greater Lansing area to receive CMS five-star rating

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) recently received a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS' Hospital Compare website reports quality measures for 4,573 hospitals in the nation. Patients and families are able to access and compare quality metrics, patients’ experiences, payment and value of care, unexpected complications, and more. ERMC was one of 293 hospitals to earn the highest possible rating.

A five-star rating demonstrates that an organization has a deep commitment to quality and safety, and reflects a high standard of care provided by all staff in a hospital.

“It’s an honor to have this validation,” said Tim Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eaton Rapids Medical Center. “We have a great team here, and I can’t thank our staff enough for making us a five-star hospital.”

This rating is based on as many as 57 different quality measures. The measures are grouped into seven outcome categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. Together, these categories form an overall hospital rating, which is ranked on a scale of one to five stars. To view ratings and learn more, visit medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center has been an independent, not-for-profit community hospital since 1957. The hospital provides emergency, surgical, inpatient, outpatient, and primary care for patients of all ages. For ERMC, this ranking is one more step toward their vision of becoming the hospital that patients trust, physicians prefer and staff members love.

To learn more about Eaton Rapids Medical Center, click here.

Article posted on March 13th, 2019. - Article Permalink

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