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Metro Health to Offer Diabetes Awareness and Management Programs

Latina-Cooking-11.11.15.imageMetro Health Hospital will host a healthy cooking for diabetes event with celebrity chef Doreen Colondres in November as the kickoff to a variety of additional awareness, prevention and management programs over the next three months.

Colondres’ Latina Cooking class will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Metro Health Conference Center, 2225 Main St. SW, in Wyoming. During this free event, Colondres will demonstrate her fun approach to healthy cooking and how to make some of her favorite healthy, low-carb, flavorful dishes.

Colondres is a cookbook author, cooking show host and chef ambassador for Novo Nordisk – a leader in diabetes care. She is passionate about fresh ingredients and traditional cuisine.

Diabetes educators will be on hand for this bilingual event that will be offered in Spanish and English. Register at or by calling 616.252.7117 to register by phone in English or 616.252.4652 for Spanish.

Other free diabetes programs will include:

  • Diabetes Support Groups on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Metro Health Southwest, 2215 44th St. SW, in Wyoming. Participants in these diabetes support groups can meet others facing similar life challenges with diabetes who understand what they are going through. For more information on this program, call 616.252.8339.
  • Diabetes Prevention Program. Metro Health offers a highly effective program for individuals who are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The program reduces risk through lifestyle changes and is led by a trained lifestyle coach. Metro Health is the only organization in the area that has achieved full recognition from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its proven success rate with this program. Participants must meet certain criteria and make a one-year commitment. This free program includes weekly meetings with a lifestyle coach for the first 16 weeks, followed by six monthly sessions. Individuals can call 616.252.8339 to learn if they qualify for the next session that begins in January. First priority will be given to those who have a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or prior gestational diabetes or have had a lab indicating slightly elevated blood glucose levels.

Metro Health’s diabetes prevention program is listed on the CDC’s registry of recognized programs. This recognition signifies Metro Health successfully implemented and fulfilled all requirements to effectively deliver a proven diabetes prevention lifestyle intervention program to individuals who have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Important Information About a Pharmaceutical Recall

Previously Released by Sanofi US:

Sanofi US is voluntarily recalling all Auvi-Q® (epinephrine injection, USP). The recall involves all Auvi-Q currently on the market and includes both the 0.15 mg and 0.3 mg strengths for hospitals, retailers and consumers. This includes lot numbers 2081278 through 3037230, which expire October 2015 through December 2016.The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery, which may include failure to deliver drug.

If a patient experiencing a serious allergic reaction (i.e., anaphylaxis) did not receive the intended dose, there could be significant health consequences, including death because anaphylaxis is a potentially life threatening condition. As of October 26, 2015, Sanofi has received 26 reports of suspected device malfunctions in the US and Canada. None of these device malfunction reports have been confirmed. In these reports, patients have described symptoms of the underlying hypersensitivity reaction. No fatal outcomes have been reported among these cases.

Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) is used to treat life threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) in people who are at risk for or have a history of these reactions. Auvi-Q is packaged with two active devices and one trainer device in a corrugate box. Auvi-Q was distributed throughout the United States via wholesalers, pharmacies and hospitals. All Auvi-Q is being recalled.

Sanofi US is notifying its distributors and customers who include doctors, pharmacies, wholesalers and other customers in the supply chain by letter, fax, email and phone calls and is arranging for return and reimbursement of all recalled products.

Customers with questions regarding this recall can go to and call 1-877-319-8963 or 1-866-726-6340 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET for information about how to return their Auvi-Q devices. Customers may also email ( Sanofi US will provide reimbursement for out of pocket costs incurred for the purchase of new epinephrine auto-injectors with proof of purchase. In addition, if you purchased Auvi-Q at a cost that exceeds the cost of your replacement device, Sanofi will compensate you for the difference, with proof of original and replacement product purchases.

Customers should immediately contact their healthcare provider (HCP) for a prescription for an alternate epinephrine auto-injector. In the event of a life threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), patients should only use their Auvi-Q device if another epinephrine auto-injector is not available, and then call 911 or local medical emergency services. Customers should contact their physician or HCP if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.

Adverse reactions or quality problems experienced with the use of this product may be reported to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program either online, by regular mail or by fax.

This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Sanofi US is committed to patient safety and the quality of Auvi-Q, and will continue to work closely with customers and regulatory authorities to resolve this issue in a timely manner.

Important Safety Information

Auvi-Q is for immediate self (or caregiver) administration and does not take the place of emergency medical care. Seek immediate medical treatment after use. Each AuviQ contains a single dose of epinephrine. Auvi-Q should only be injected into your outer thigh. DO NOT INJECT INTO BUTTOCK OR INTRAVENOUSLY. If you accidentally inject Auvi-Q into any other part of your body, seek immediate medical treatment. Epinephrine should be used with caution if you have heart disease or are taking certain medicines that can cause heart-related (cardiac) symptoms.

If you take certain medicines, you may develop serious life-threatening side effects from epinephrine. Be sure to tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, especially medicines for asthma. Side effects may be increased in patients with certain medical conditions, or who take certain medicines. These include asthma, allergies, depression, thyroid disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

The most common side effects may include increase in heart rate, stronger or irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea and vomiting, difficulty breathing, paleness, dizziness, weakness or shakiness, headache, apprehension, nervousness, or anxiety. These side effects go away quickly, especially if you rest.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs. In the US, contact the FDA by visiting or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Metro Health Recognized as a Most Connected Hospital by U.S. News & World Report

logoMetro Health Hospital has been recognized as one of the most connected hospitals for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report.

The U.S. News Most Connected Hospitals list recognizes hospitals whose excellence in patient safety, patient engagement and clinical connectedness improves patient care. Metro Health was one of 11 hospitals to be recognized in Michigan.

“Using technology to improve the comfort and well-being of our patients has long been at the forefront of our care model at Metro Health,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO. “We remain focused on providing the best patient experience, which requires us to have the right electronic tools for our doctors, nurses and other members of our care teams.

“We were the first hospital in West Michigan to move to a fully integrated electronic medical record in 2008. We continue to invest in leading-edge technology that enhances our ability to promote health and wellness in our community.”

To identify the Most Connected Hospitals, U.S. News analyzed dozens of variables spanning three domains of medicine where electronic connectedness came to make a difference to patients. U.S. News assigned domain-specific scores and an overall score to each hospital from the most recent IT survey that the American Hospital Association administers nationwide.

Hospitals that earned at least 70 out of 75 points in the 2014 survey, or 55 out of 61 points in the 2013 survey, and also achieved national ranking or high performing recognition in the current edition of Best Hospitals, Best Hospitals for Common Care or Best Children’s Hospitals were recognized as Most Connected Hospitals. In all, 159 hospitals made the Most Connected Hospitals 2015-16 list.

Metro Health Named One of the Greenest Hospitals in America

green-hospitals-logoMetro Health Hospital has been named one of the “50 Greenest Hospitals in America” by Becker’s Healthcare Review.

Metro Health was one of six hospitals in Michigan to receive the recognition for its sustainability initiatives. Becker’s stated that Metro and other acute-care hospitals on this year’s list “are leading the industry in sustainable innovation, ecofriendly design and green improvements.”

The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team used several resources to develop this list, including Practice Greenhealth’s list of Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award honorees and Circles of Excellence. Metro is a seven-time winner of Practice Greenhealth’s Environmental Leadership Circle award, the highest honor given by the organization.

“As one of the first LEED-certified hospitals in the country, environmental stewardship has always been important to Metro Health,” said Ellen Bristol, director of public relations.  “We are extremely pleased to be recognized among the Greenest Hospitals in America, which is a testament to our continued commitment to sustainability.

“From sponsoring Drug Take Bake days to composting our cafeteria waste to using more environmentally friendly cleaning products, we are always looking for innovative solutions that will help make us a greener organization.”

Hospital inclusion was also based on Healthier Hospitals Initiative, or HHI, challenges. HHI challenges include committing to having an engaged leadership that supports sustainability efforts, offering healthier food, reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste and increasing recycling, transitioning to using safer chemicals and purchasing environmentally preferable products.

The Becker’s team also looked at hospitals that are working toward, or have received, some certification level of Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, or LEED, from the U.S. Green Building Council. Metro Health was one of the first full-service hospitals in the country to be LEED certified. In addition to maintaining its LEED accreditation, Metro Health has green achievements and initiatives including:

  • Collected and safely disposed of 893 pounds of unused or expired prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and controlled substances as part of National Drug Take Back Day events held in the spring and fall of 2015
  • Recycled 647,064 million pounds of waste generated in fiscal year 2014, or 38 percent of the hospital’s total overall waste
  • Adopted a comprehensive green cleaning program that includes the use of Green Seal-certified hydrogen peroxide cleaning products, a microfiber mop system that drastically reduces water and chemical usage, and the addition of a high-intensity germicidal ultraviolet room treatment device designed to treat the air and exposed surfaces in an enclosed area
  • Instituted a composting program for the hospital’s cafeteria and kitchen, which diverted more than 60,069 tons of food waste from landfills into reusable composting material in fiscal year 2014, which translates to 329 pounds of waste each day.
  • Signed on to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association’s Healthy Food Hospital Pledge, which is one of the first voluntary statewide campaigns to model healthy food environments in hospitals, and signed on to the Healthier Hospitals Initiative
  • Committed to Practice Greenhealth’s Greening the OR Initiative, agreeing to share best practices, identify barriers to implementation, highlight successes and strategize about mechanisms to improve implementation of programs relevant to “greening” operating rooms
  • Recognized by the Department of Environmental Quality as a Clean Corporate Citizen
  • Recognized in the inaugural year of 101 Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies and each year since

Metro Health Will Host Free Hunters Screening

As West Michigan hunters head back to the woods, Metro Health Hospital will host a free Hunters Screening on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Metro Heart and Vascular and trauma services team members will be on hand for the session, which runs 7:30-11:30 a.m. in the main lobby of the hospital at 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW. Various screens will be done to determine risk for heart attacks and other cardiac issues.

“Hunting is a lot more than just sitting in a tree stand, so it’s important to check up on your health before heading after that buck,” Dr. Matthew Sevensma said. “Walking miles to your tree stand and then hauling back that perfect deer can really stress your body if you are unaccustomed to the exertion.

“While you don’t need to be in peak physical condition, you will want to be sure your body can handle the level of activity necessary to keep you safe while you are out in the field.”

Sevensma advised:

  • Avoid hunting alone
  • Let a friend or relative know where you are hunting and when you expect to be back
  • Bring a cell phone in case of emergencies
  • Practice tree stand safety
  • Know the symptoms of a heart attack: shortness of breath, cold sweats and chest pressure or pain

Space is limited and registration is required for the screening, which will include a number of tests, including:

  • An EKG to determine cardiac risk
  • Cholesterol test
  • Body mass index
  • Blood pressure screen
  • Glucose test, which requires an eight-hour fast in advance

For more information or to register, call 616.252.5963 or visit Additional information on hunter safety is available at

Metro Health Hospital Holds Free PAD Screening on Oct. 10

Metro Health Hospital will offer free screenings for peripheral artery disease on Saturday, Oct. 10.

PAD screenings are quick, painless and non-invasive. They involve taking a person’s blood pressure in the arms and ankles. The screenings take approximately 30 minutes and are available 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Metro Health Hospital. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 616.242.4880 or visit to register.

Individuals suffering from leg pain may have PAD or other circulation issues that should not be ignored. PAD can be a devastating diagnosis and can result in limb amputation. Screenings can help detect the disease in high-risk patients early enough to allow them to make necessary lifestyle and diet changes to improve their circulatory system. The goal of screening patients is to decrease the need for amputation.

Patients should seek a PAD screening if they are experiencing leg pain when walking that ceases once they stop moving. Another indicator of PAD is having wounds or open sores that have difficulty healing. Patients at high risk include those who are over the age of 50 with diabetes, those who are obese, have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, other circulatory issues or family history of PAD. Smokers are also at a higher risk, as are African Americans and Native Americans.

Funding for the screening is provided by donations to the Metro Health Hospital Foundation.

Drug Take Back Day

Drug-Take-Back-9.26.15.imageMetro Health Hospital and the City of Wyoming can help households dispose of unused medications safely and properly on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Metro Health and the City of Wyoming again will provide a Drug Take Back service between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Area residents are encouraged to bring unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to the main lobby of Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

The Wyoming Police Department will be on hand to anonymously accept medications, including controlled substances, with no questions asked. A pharmacist will be available throughout the event to answer questions about medications. Mercury thermometers may also be exchanged for a new digital thermometer from the City of Wyoming and Metro Health.

Growing concern over pharmaceutical pollution in waterways and prescription drug abuse has led cities nationwide to develop drug take back programs. The West Michigan Take Back Meds program is a joint effort between local pharmacies, law enforcement, wastewater treatment facilities and government agencies to provide residents with safe, convenient access to proper medicine disposal. Medications collected in West Michigan are transported to Kent County’s Waste to Energy Facility, where they are incinerated.

Metro Health and the City of Wyoming partner twice a year to provide this service to the community. In April, the Drug Take Back Day event took in a record 724 pounds of prescription and over-the-counter drugs and 50 mercury thermometers.

The City of Wyoming also offers a prescription drug drop-off service 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Department of Public Safety, 2300 DeHoop Ave. SW.

According to the West Michigan Take Back Meds website, 20 percent to 60 percent of prescription medications go unused and are eventually disposed. A 2002 analysis by the U.S. Geological Survey of 139 streams across 30 states found that 80 percent of waterways tested had measurable concentrations of prescription and nonprescription drugs, steroids and reproductive hormones. For more on West Michigan Take Back Meds, visit

Chris Rivers Selected as Best of Metro

Christine RiversCongratulations!
Chris Rivers
Best of Metro Winner

Chris has worked at Metro Health for 18 years as an RN ENT/Eye Clinical Specialist on the surgery team. While she has been at Metro for 18 years, that is part of a much larger career as an RN in surgery for 37 years – “and I still love it as much as I did 37 years ago,” she proudly exclaims.

As a surgical RN, providing the Best Patient Experience is a large part of what Chris does. “Chris puts her patients at ease using humor,” explains her nomination form. “She is always ahead of the game and works well with the operating room assistants and is very specific with her needs for her patient during surgery.” When asked about providing the Best Patient Experience, Chris views the Metro Way through a team lens: “Providing the Best Patient Experience, Best Employee Experience, Best Physician Experience and Best Community Experience is what being part of the ‘Metro family’ is all about – we are ALL Metro’s Best!”

With an attitude like that, it is easy to see how her nomination form could be filled with glowing remarks about how Chris provides the Best Employee Experience. “She is mindful of the feelings of her colleagues; she provides constructive criticism and leaves you with feelings like ‘I can do this,’” the form explains. “She makes staff feel as if their skill set is needed and that they are an asset to this surgical team.”

When asked about her favorite Metro Memory, Chris didn’t have to look back over that 18 year career to find a moment. For her it was that day she was awarded as Best of Metro. “It ROCKED,” she exclaimed. “It was an awesome surprise. It was extra special having my husband and close non-work friends also present!!”

When asked what being named Best of Metro meant to her, Chris jokingly said that it meant she could stop “brownnosing” – a quick glimpse of the humor she uses to put her patients at ease. On a serious note, she said she valued being appreciated and recognized by her peers, leaders and the whole surgical services department. “It’s priceless,” she said. “It was an awesome and emotional experience for me.”

Congratulations, Chris!
YOU are the BEST of Metro!

Metro Health Hospital Receives National Award for Heart Attack Care

B15122_ACTION_PLAT_200 copyMetro Health Hospital again has received a national award for its exceptional care in treating heart attack patients – this time, it’s platinum.

The hospital was recognized with a 2015 Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry ACTION Registry “Get with the Guidelines” program, or GWTG. This is Metro Health’s first Platinum Award from the program, which has recognized the hospital with a Silver Award each of the past four years.

ACTION Registry GWTG is a national standard of quality for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk heart attack patients. The Platinum Award recognizes Metro’s commitment and success in implementing this higher standard of care for heart attack patients according to levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association clinical guidelines.

The guidelines include administering aspirin upon arrival and discharge, timely restoration of blood flow to the blocked artery and cardiac rehabilitation. Metro Health consistently met or exceeded performance standards for eight consecutive quarters to be eligible for this award.

In an effort to deliver excellent care to all heart-attack patients, Metro Health:

  • Uses standardized admission orders for all patients experiencing chest pains and related symptoms that would indicate a heart attack
  • Provides smoking cessation information to all patients upon admission, whether they smoke or not
  • Uses standardized discharge instructions

Metro Health Neighborhood Outpatient Centers Recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Home by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Wyoming, Michigan, Aug. 17, 2015 – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, or BCBSM, has recognized several Metro Health practices and neighborhood outpatient centers as patient-centered medical homes, or PCMH.

PCMH is a model for care that promotes partnerships between individual patients and their personal physician. The model replaces episodic care based on illnesses with a more comprehensive approach to wellness and treatment.  Each patient’s care is managed by a physician-led care team, which provides for all health-care needs and coordinates treatment across the health care system.

The designated practices are recognized for intensified efforts to coordinate patients’ health care through prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up services. Adult PCMH patients had a 26 percent lower rate of hospital admissions for common conditions that respond to office-based care.

Family practice and internal medicine physicians at these Metro Health sites and practices have earned BCBSM recognition:

  • Metro Health Alger Heights
  • Metro Health Allendale
  • Metro Health Caledonia
  • Metro Health Cedar Springs
  • Metro Health Community Clinic
  • Metro Health Comstock Park
  • Metro Health Hudsonville
  • Metro Health Internal Medicine
  • Metro Health Jenison
  • Metro Health Rockford
  • Metro Health Southwest – East
  • Metro Health Southwest – Internal Medicine
  • Metro Health Southwest – Pediatrics
  • Metro Health Southwest – West
  • Metro Health Wayland

The following Metro Health Physician Hospital Organization affiliated practices have also earned BCBSM PCMH recognition:

  • Lowell Family Medical Center
  • Edmondson, Rouse and Schmid, PC
  • Standale Family Physicians