Community health alerts to your mobile device available free

When was the last time you checked to see if your child's prepackaged lunch muffins had been withdrawn from the market due to the presence of small pieces of plastic found in the product? Did you ever wonder if your daily supplement had been recalled because of possible contamination as evidenced by elevated lead levels? Perhaps you should because the consequences - if consumed - could be hazardous. But who has the time to search countless websites for recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts?

The good news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers a free service that automatically sends public health updates to subscribers by email and text message. Users get to choose the alerts they receive by selecting preferences from a list on their website. Updates referencing a number of topics from animal and veterinary health, to food and nutrition, and even women's health issues are available for delivery right to your inbox or mobile device.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center Clinical Educator and Infection Control Manager, Barb Parrott, explains the importance of staying connected in order to be your own best advocate when it comes to health care. "There are so many resources for people to access that can help them stay informed. Knowledge equips us with the tools necessary to keep us healthy and safe. Taking a moment to explore credible sources for current evidenced-based health, safety and preparedness information enhances your ability to make more informed decisions for yourself and those you love."

To begin receiving updates on public health and regulatory topics, go online to www.fda.gov and click on the link for Recalls. Select the red envelope to begin the process to sign up for recalls, market withdrawals and safety alerts. If you are interested in notification on the latest adverse medication events or to report a problem with medical products, click on MedWatch: Safety Alerts on the homepage, then follow the Subscribe link and insert your email address. Confirmation will be sent to you upon receipt.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a similar service free of charge that updates users on additional health safety topics such as contagious diseases and emergency preparedness. Log on to www.cdc.gov/other/emailupdates/ to subscribe and select the items that interest you.

Safety and managing risk is a priority when it comes to preventative and diagnostic healthcare. Today's technology makes it easy to stay informed and ready to take action if the need arises. Protect yourself and your family. Sign up for email and text alerts today.

Article posted on November 1st 2016. - Article Permalink

Three Men and a Tenor to play at Auxiliary Gala

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Auxiliary is excited to announce that Three Men and a Tenor will be back with a new Christmas show at its annual Gala on Friday, November 11, 2016. In addition to live music, this fun-filled evening at the English Inn's Medovue Hall will include dinner and a silent auction. Three Men and a Tenor is a renowned, local a cappella group twice voted Best Entertainment in Michigan by the "Michigan Meetings and Events" magazine. The ERMC Auxiliary is pleased to sponsor this great entertainment group with the mission of improving healthcare for residents of the greater Eaton Rapids area.

The evening will begin with a cash bar and appetizers at 5:00 p.m. with an ongoing silent auction that will feature some fantastic items such as hand-crafted furniture, toys, home decor, golf packages, gift certificates and much, much more. At 7:00 p.m. a complete dinner including both petite filet mignon and chicken breast will be served. Auction items will be released to the highest bidders as we enjoy one of the English Inn's fabulous desserts.

For more information on the event, tickets or table sponsorships, or if you have an item you would like to donate to the silent auction, please call Linda Fuller at 517.490.4341. Reservation forms are available in the ERMC Owl's Perch Gift Shop. All proceeds from this event go directly to the Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation.

Article posted on October 26th 2016. - Article Permalink

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 www.feedmichigan.org, 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

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