Metro Health, City of Wyoming Offer Drug Take Back Service
Metro Health Hospital and the City of Wyoming once again are teaming up to help people safely dispose of unused medications and mercury thermometers.
The Drug Take Back program is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30. Residents may bring unused prescription and over-the-counter medications to the main lobby of Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Police Department will be on hand to accept medications, including controlled substances, no questions asked. A pharmacist also will be available to answer questions. Those with mercury thermometers can exchange those items for a new digital thermometer from the City of Wyoming and Metro Health.
Metro Health and the City of Wyoming partner twice a year to provide this service, done with the goal of curtailing pharmaceutical pollution in water and prescription drug abuse. The West Michigan Take Back Meds program is a joint effort between local pharmacies, law enforcement, wastewater treatment facilities and government agencies to provide safe, convenient medicine disposal.
Medications collected in West Michigan are brought to Kent County’s Waste to Energy Facility, where they are incinerated. Last fall’s event brought in 169 pounds of medication and 18 thermometers. Officials are encouraging residents to take advantage of this service.
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.
Metro Health Receives Blue Distinction® Center Designation for Hip and Knee, Maternity Care
Metro Health Hospital has been recognized for its expertise in hip and knee replacements and in maternity care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan.
The hospital received a Blue Distinction Center status for knee and hip replacement. This distinction recognizes Metro as a leader in delivering safe, high-quality specialty hip and knee care. The status was awarded based on criteria that directly impact patient results. These criteria included the surgical team’s expertise and its history of better outcomes for patients, as measured by fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions.
Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S., according to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Metro Health’s highly skilled physicians, surgeons and clinical specialists provide a wide range of orthopedic hip and knee care. With specialized training in orthopedic surgery, they are able to diagnose and treat even the most complicated orthopedic conditions.
The Spartan Stores Family Childbirth Center at Metro Health was recognized with a Blue Distinction Center+ designation for maternity care. It was evaluated on several quality measures, including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery. Early-term infants face higher risks of death and respiratory ailments, in addition to higher rate of admission to neonatal intensive care units.
The Spartan Stores Family Childbirth Center was also judged based on overall patient satisfaction and patients’ willingness to recommend the hospital to others. The center met requirements based on evidence-based practices of care. It was also recognized for maintaining programs that promote successful breastfeeding as well as requirements for cost efficiency.
“The Blue Distinction Center designation lets our members know where they can go in Michigan to receive high-quality care that meets robust clinical standards,” said David Share, MD, MPH, senior vice president at Blue Cross. “Congratulations to all of the hospitals earning these designations.”
Blue Distinction is a national designation program developed in collaboration with the medical community. It recognizes facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care safely, efficiently and cost effectively.
Metro Health to Offer Free Screenings for Peripheral Artery Disease
Metro Health Hospital will offer free screenings for peripheral artery disease, or PAD, on Saturday, April 16.
The screenings, which involve taking a person’s blood pressure in the arms and ankles, are painless and take about 30 minutes. They are available from 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 metrohealth.net/pad to register.
PAD screenings can help high-risk patients learn about the disease early enough so they can make lifestyle changes to help their circulatory system. The goal is to detect issues early enough in patients to reduce the risk of amputation.
Anyone experiencing leg cramping or pain with walking or leg pain at rest should get screened. Slow-healing wounds or sores on legs or feet also call for a screening. Those at-risk include those over 50 with diabetes, those who are obese or those who have a family history of heart disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, other circulatory problems and a family history of PAD also put patients at advanced risk. Those who are African-American and Native-American also are at a higher risk.
Donations to the Metro Health Hospital Foundation are funding the screenings.
3/1/16: Winter Weather Cancellations
Due to the snowy weather, the following Metro Health events have been canceled:
- Family Bonds Cancer Support Group
- Yolates Fitness Class
Check back for updates on other cancellations or closings.
Robin Genther Selected as Best of Metro
Best of Metro Winner
Robin has worked at Metro Health for nearly 19 years. She began her Metro career as a radiology technologist for the sports medicine team. She quickly advanced to take on the role of practice manager at Metro Health Jenison. During that time she was also involved in the management of Dr. Breitweiser’s Grandville practice and became involved in the development and management of the Metro Health Cosmetic Treatment Center. In 2006 she became the manager at Metro Health Southwest. She continues to manage Southwest and the CTC.
Robin’s Best of Metro nomination praises her commitment to providing the Best Employee Experience. “I could not ask for a fairer manager. Whether you are going to miss work for a surgery or a death in the family, she is always very kind, thoughtful and fair.”
“We work together to support each other and provide the best patient care possible,” Robin said when explaining what providing the best experiences means to her. “That also goes for the care and support we give our providers and staff. I always have an open door policy. If you need me, I am here to listen. I can honestly say I wouldn’t want to work with a different group of individuals.”
This philosophy is a key to success, especially when overseeing a building with as many different, diverse providers and services like Metro Health Southwest. “Robin always has her door open to any of the physicians’ concerns,” explains her nomination form. “She has so many physicians, physician assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners to listen to, and she is ALWAYS there.”
Being an office manager means Robin doesn’t always have direct contact with patients. However, when she does have a patient interaction, she makes sure that it is a positive one for the patient: “Robin will always do her best to listen and help patients if there are problems,” explains her nomination form.
When asked about her favorite Metro Memory, Robin thought of a time that shows how capable her Southwest team is. She described an incident where a patient had a heart attack in the Southwest waiting room. “Our providers and staff took care of that patient as if he was their own family member and didn’t give up on him until he could safely be transported to the hospital,” she said. “I felt honored watching them work and proud they were able to save the man’s life.”
When asked what being named Best of Metro meant to her, Robin said it meant that hard work, dedication and loyalty don’t go unnoticed. “It is a blessing to work in an environment where you feel like part of a family,” she explained. “This award isn’t just a reflection of me, but a reflection of the commitment my staff and providers have for our patients and community.”
YOU are the BEST of Metro!
2/24/2016 – Metro Health Weather Closings & Cancellations
UPDATED – 3:25 pm: Closings and cancellations for Wednesday, February 24:
Due to the weather, the following events have been postponed. Please check back for updates on closings and cancellations throughout the day.
Cancelled or Postponed Events:
- Live Healthy Seminar – Tonight’s Below You Belt: Secrets to the Pelvic Floor seminar has been rescheduled. Click here for rescheduled date and more.
- Breastfeeding Support Group at Metro Health Rockford – Cancelled
- Zumba Class – Cancelled
- Pilates Class – Cancelled
Note: Joint Replacement classes are still being held tonight. If you are unable to make it, please call 616-252-4461 to reschedule.
Metro Health Hospital, Emergency Room, Urgent Care and physician office locations are OPEN and following normal business hours.
Metro Health Emergency Department Receives National Distinction for Low Wait Times
Metro Health Hospital has made the list of the nation’s hospitals with the shortest emergency department wait times, according to Becker’s Hospital Review.
From an analysis of hospitals with more than 100 beds, Metro Health’s emergency department wait time clocked in at three minutes compared to the national door-to-diagnosis of 24 minutes. Metro Health is the only hospital in West Michigan to make the list – and one of only four in the state on the list of 44.
“Providing fast and effective service is at the core of our culture at Metro Health,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “We are proud to receive this distinction, which is just one of the many examples of our commitment to meeting the care needs of our patients.”
Metro Health’s emergency department is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians. It averages 61,000 visits each year and consistently ranks high in patient satisfaction.
Patients can visit www.metrohealth.net or text ER to 40491 to find up-to-the-minute wait times.
Emergency Drills Help Metro Health Hospital Take Next Step in Providing Expanded Trauma Care
Metro Health Hospital partnered with the City of Wyoming for emergency drills Tuesday, part of its ongoing plan to strengthen the trauma care it provides to the community.
Teams from Metro Health, AMR and the City of Wyoming collaborated on two vehicle-related trauma incidents, working to extricate car crash victims at the scene and then treat them in the emergency department. Yesterday’s drills, which started at 5:30 a.m. and wrapped up at 9:30 a.m., are part of Metro Health’s plan to attain Level 2 trauma status, a crucial step in providing the community with better options and coverage for trauma care.
The hospital has earned a provisional Level 2 designation by demonstrating it has all of the necessary services; now Metro Health must prove it can sustain those services for a year. Those services include immediate, comprehensive response to trauma that ranges from a car crash to an ankle sprain at a basketball game to falling from a standing position.
“We are excited by the increased level of care we can provide the entire community, but especially those in southern Kent County, eastern Ottawa County and northern Allegan County,” said Dr. Marc Afman, emergency room physician at Metro Health and president of Certified Emergency Medicine Specialists. “Businesses, residents and visitors to this area who need immediate care will benefit from having this specialized help only a short drive away.
“If there is a crash on nearby M-6 or an accident in a home in Caledonia, trauma help is only a few minutes away. Today’s exercise was a great help as we work to attaining full status.”
The improvement of services includes:
- A trauma surgeon – an attending physician – who is available 24 hours a day, with backup on call that is dedicated to reaching the hospital within 30 minutes
- An anesthesiologist available at all times
- An operating room dedicated to being open for immediate trauma surgeries
- Physicians and nurses specially trained in trauma care
Metro Health was recently acknowledged by Becker’s Hospital Review as having one of the shortest emergency wait times in the nation. Patients can visit www.metrohealth.net or text ER to 40491 to find up-to-the-minute wait times.
Barbara A. Mieras Joins Metro Health Foundation Board; 2015-2016 Officers Elected
Metro Health Hospital Foundation has welcomed Barbara A. Mieras to its board of directors and announced its officers for the 2015 – 2016 term.
Mieras has an extensive background in philanthropy, serving as executive vice president for advancement and president of the foundation before she retired from Davenport University in 2012. During her 28-year career at Davenport, she served in many leadership roles with the organization, including president of Davenport College prior to the merger that elevated it to university status.
“The Metro Health Foundation plays a pivotal role in providing quality health care to our patients,” said Jennifer Wilson, foundation director. “Having strong leadership in place to guide our efforts is vital in growing the foundation’s initiatives. We are delighted to welcome Dr. Mieras to our board, and to announce our new officers.”
The new executive committee will be:
- Michael Damstra, president of Carelinc Medical, chairman
- Brandon Bissell, director of marketing at Imperial, vice chairman
- Kaitlyn Disselkoen Swan, director of sales and marketing at GR Outdoor, treasurer
- Michael Garrett, president of Pinnacle Construction Group, Inc., secretary and board development chairman
- Carol J. Karr, attorney at Miller Johnson, past chairwoman
Damstra has previously served as the vice chairman while the remaining executive committee members are new to their roles.
“We thank our past board members for their dedication to building a Foundation that is able to provide grants and assistance to Metro Health and the patients it serves,” Wilson said. “We look forward to the new board continuing this legacy.”
For more information about Metro Health Hospital Foundation, please visit: http://www.metrohealth.net/foundation.
Metro Health Wayland Phone Issue
UPDATE 2/3/16 3:20 pm: Metro Health Wayland’s down phone line (269-792-3400) is back up and running, thank you for your patience!
Metro Health Wayland patients, we are currently experiencing issues with our 269-792-3400 phone number. If you call that number, there will only be a busy signal. However, if you call 616-252-3400 you will be able to get through and connect to the office. We are busily working to fix this issue and apologize for any inconvenience it may cause.