National Immunization Awareness Month

Join the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) and communities around the nation in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month! This annual observance highlights the importance of vaccination for people of all ages, and it raises awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.

Vaccine-preventable diseases may seem like threats from the past. However, the U.S. is seeing the return of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, whooping cough, and mumps, which had once been considered eliminated. "Individuals who do not receive the recommended vaccines are at risk of getting the disease or illness. Every dose of every vaccine is important to protect yourself and others in the community from infectious diseases," says Jackie Anderson, Immunization Coordinator for the health department. Vaccination is the best defense again these serious diseases, and it's important to make sure you and your family are up to date and follow the recommended schedule.

August is a good time to make sure you and your family are up to date on vaccinations, as summer winds down and children head back to school. Getting vaccinated is an easy way to stay healthy all year round.

Talk to your doctor to find out which vaccines are recommended for you and your family. To find out what vaccines you may need, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Quizzes at for adults or for children. To make a vaccination appointment at BEDHD, call (517) 541-2630 in Eaton County and (269) 798-4133 in Barry County.

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on August 1st 2017. - Article Permalink

ERMC to hold blood drive

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in the Main Conference Room of ERMC. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. Donating one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

Donors must be at least 17 years old or 16 with parental consent and weigh 110 pounds or more. Donors are also asked to bring identification and know the names of medications they are taking.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center is located at 1500 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit, sponsor code ERMC. Walk-in donors are welcome.

Article posted on July 19th 2017. - Article Permalink

ERMC earns ISO certification

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) is the first hospital in the Greater Lansing region to be ISO 9001:2008 certified. ISO 9001:2008 is a quality management system used by performance-driven organizations around the world to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. The system was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an independent, non-governmental international organization that creates standards and specifications for products, services and systems. ISO methodologies have been adopted by almost every industry, including manufacturing, technology, food safety, agriculture and healthcare.

The certification was issued by DNV GL following an annual, unannounced accreditation survey of the Medical Center in June. DNV GL is the leading accrediting body of US hospitals integrating ISO quality compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. The accreditation program encourages hospitals to openly share information across departments and to discover improvements in clinical workflows and safety protocols. While on site for the annual three-day audit, DNV-GL surveyors validated that Eaton Rapids Medical Center abides by rules and regulations at all times by witnessing patient care and confirming that operations match policies and procedures.

"ISO certification makes us an elite hospital that meets an additional level of quality standards," said Kristine Allen, Chief Operating Officer at ERMC. "This journey has allowed us to optimize operations and enhance customer service with consistency and increased effectiveness. ISO standards help us map out and study entire processes to identify areas for improvement, reduce errors and most importantly, improve outcomes for our patients."

Article posted on July 12th 2017. - Article Permalink

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