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Relay for Life moves to Metro Health Village

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health is proud to host Relay for Life, the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, at Metro Health Village on Friday, May 19, from noon to 10 p.m. Metro Health Village is located at 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW.

“For the first time, we’re combining the Wyoming and Kentwood relays into one,” says event committee member Laura Smith, director of The Metro Health – University of Michigan Cancer Center. “We’re looking forward to a high-energy day that brings the community together to remember loved ones and honor survivors.”

Organizers of the event hope to raise at least $30,000, all of which will go to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

“Our theme is ‘We is greater than me,’” says Julie Helm, officer manager of Metro Health Ear, Nose and Throat, who also serves on the Relay for Life committee and is herself a cancer survivor. “There’s not a person you meet that hasn’t been touched by cancer, which is why this event is so important. The involvement of so many participants and organizations underscores how the fight against cancer happens on a personal level and a community level.”

Relay for Life events traditionally consist of teams whose members take turns walking around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a member on the track at all times to symbolize that cancer never takes a break.

This year, Relay for Life of Wyoming/Kentwood also invites individuals to participate, either by registering online or simply showing up the day of the event.

“We’re privileged to welcome the community to our campus and want to be sure there are no barriers to participation,” says Floyd Wilson Jr., chief administrative officer of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health. “Hosting Relay for Life is one way we can embrace our role as the hub of community wellness.”

The day also will feature a number of booths, games, classes, and special events at Metro Health Village.

“When not walking laps, participants will have plenty of opportunities for education and entertainment,” Helm says. “And even if you’re not walking, we invite you to stop by and enjoy the happenings.”

Among them:

  • The Metro Health Mammobus will be on site all day for tours and free mammography screenings.
  • A bevy of booths will be on hand, including a photo booth, cancer education awareness booth, and relaxation station featuring yoga and massage.
  • A bounce house for kids—from 4-7 p.m.
  • A daylong silent auction—from 1-7:30 p.m.
  • A pair of Paint & Pour classes at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Learn basic art skills while painting your personal masterpiece and sipping on … grape juice (this is a hospital, after all).
  • Wyoming’s Got Talent at 7:30 p.m. Watch your neighbors get into the act!
  • A dance party with band at 9:30 p.m.

The luminaria lap, Relay for Life’s most moving tradition, will take place just before the dance party. Walkers will be guided along their path by hundreds of luminarias lit to remind those touched by cancer that they’re not alone.

The traditional survivor and caregiver reception will also take place during the event. Those interested in participating in this reception need to RSVP.

For the complete schedule of events, please visit the event’s Facebook page (Relay for Life of Wyoming/Kentwood).


Michigan OB/GYN joins Metro Health – University of Michigan Health

Following a long-standing affiliation, Michigan Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., officially joins Metro Health – University of Michigan Health as of May 1, 2017.

Formed in 1995, Michigan OB/GYN has been aligned with Metro Health from its beginning.

“After 20 years of working closely with the Metro Health system, the timing was right for us to become fully integrated as Metro Health – University of Michigan Health,” said Dr. Steven Lown, physician executive for Metro Health OB/GYN. “Because of our long-standing relationship with Metro Health, we expect this transition will be seamless for our patients. We look forward to continuing to serve our patients as Metro Health OB/GYN.”

Patients will see very little change during physical office visits. All physicians are remaining with the practice. Metro Health OB/GYN will continue to see patients at several Metro neighborhood outpatient centers. These include:

  • Metro Health Allendale
  • Metro Health Caledonia
  • Metro Health Cedar Springs
  • Metro Health Comstock Park
  • Metro Health Grand Rapids
  • Metro Health Hudsonville
  • Metro Health Jenison
  • Metro Health Rockford
  • Metro Health Southwest
  • Metro Health Village
  • Metro Health Wayland

The telephone number for Metro Health OB/GYN is 616-252-4410.

“We are delighted to have Michigan Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C., join Metro Health – University of Michigan Health,” said Mike Faas, president & CEO. “Collectively our goal is providing the best possible patient experience. The team that joins us now is outstanding in their service. Metro Health – University of Michigan Health looks forward to continuing to serve families of West Michigan in this new capacity.”


Metro Health Farm Market returns for 12th season

One of the most vibrant farm markets in West Michigan returns to the campus of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health for its 12th season beginning Thursday, May 11.

The Metro Health Farm Market expects to welcome about 35 local vendors on opening day, adding another 20 or so as the weather warms. For the 2017 season, the farm market will be open every Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine, May 11 through Oct. 12.

“A healthy community starts with a healthy diet,” says Mike Faas, chief executive officer of Metro Health – University of Michigan Health. “Metro Health isn’t here just to treat illness. We’re here to be a complete wellness resource. Providing access to affordable, healthy food is part of our responsibility to the community.”

The Metro Health Farm Market is located on the grounds of Metro Health Hospital, 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW in Wyoming, adjacent to the Village Green.

Though best known for fresh fruits and vegetables, it also offers baked goods, homemade foods, plants and hand-crafted items. Vendors come from throughout West Michigan.

“We aim for a mix of about three food vendors to every one crafter,” says Emil Hannesson, farm market manager. “Our priority is to support sustainable local farms selling their own produce.”

One such vendor is Austhof’s Farm in Grandville, which returns to the Metro Health Farm Market for its seventh season.

“The Metro market is the place to be in the summer,” says Tamryn Austhof of Austhof’s Farm. “We love it because it delivers such a strong sense of community and such a broad variety of vendors.”

The fare is so diverse that the market publishes a weekly recipe featuring produce from vendors. The Farm Market Recipe of the Week is distributed at the on-site information booth and available on the Metro Health website.

Daily attendance at the Metro Health Farm Market averages well over 1,000. Shoppers come from the surrounding Wyoming community, as well as throughout the greater Grand Rapids area.

“Many of our customers are low income, with few options for fresh, affordable produce,” Hannesson says. “The Farm Market supports community health by making it easier for these customers to choose nutritious food.”

About one-third of customers pay using government assistance. The Farm Market accepts SNAP Bridge Cards, WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH.

The Farm Market also participates in Double Up Food Bucks, a state assistance program that helps low-income people stretch their food dollars. When SNAP shoppers spend at the Farm Market, they’re eligible for matching funds to buy Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables—up to $20 each market day.

Beyond its role as a source of fresh, affordable produce, the Metro Health Farm Market also serves as a place for the community to come together. That’s especially true when market days coincide with the following special events planned for the Metro Health Village Green:

  • Kids Day on June 15 offers a variety of fun activities for families.
  • Health and Wellness Day on July 27 invites the community to learn about ways to live healthier.
  • Sustainability Day on August 17 invites the community to learn about ways to live greener.

“If it’s about improving health—of our patients, of our community, of our environment—it’s happening here,” Faas says.


Metro Health – University of Michigan Health Hosts Drug Take Back Day on April 29

Wyoming, Michigan, April 25, 2017 – Metro Health – University of Michigan Health, in partnership with the City of Wyoming Environmental Services and the Kent County Safe Meds Program, is hosting a Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Metro Health – University of Michigan Health is proud to provide this service to the community,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Floyd Wilson, Jr. “Returning unused or expired medicines is the responsible thing to do. Proper disposal of expired or unused drugs is a matter of public safety and public health.

“When drugs are thrown away or flushed, the chemicals in them can get into our water supply and soil. Additionally, it can be dangerous for individuals to use expired medicines or creams. By providing this service to the West Michigan community, we are all working together to keep our homes and families safe.”

All drugs are accepted at this event. They do not have to be in original containers. If they are in original containers, confidential bins will be used to dispose of those containers. The Wyoming Department of Public Safety participates in the event to ensure the safe disposal of the medicines.

Additionally, the Drug Enforcement Administration requires the presence of law enforcement at events like this. No questions will be asked of anyone bringing in any type of medication at this event. Furthermore, no paperwork is required and no signatures are collected.

“We hope area families will take advantage of this free service,” Wilson said. “We appreciate the support from our partner, the Wyoming Department of Public Safety, who join us in ensuring the proper disposal of medicines.”

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health has hosted Drug Take Back Days since 2011. Since then, more than 3,712 pounds of drugs have been collected from the community. In April 2016, 384.35 pounds of drugs were collected along with 60 pounds of mercury. And, in October 2016, 366 pounds of drugs, along with one pound of mercury thermometers were collected.



Metro Health – University of Michigan Health achieves recognition as a 2017 Best and Brightest Company to Work For

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health has been named a 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the west Michigan region. The national program provides the business community an opportunity to show best practices, gain recognitions, and demonstrate why they are an employer of choice.

“We are so proud of the family that makes up Metro Health – University of Michigan Health,” said Floyd Wilson Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. “You are the ones daily putting our vision and values into practice, not only within the walls where we serve patients, but in surveys like this, where you share your experience. Collectively, we make Metro Health what it is, and as it turns out, that is one of the best companies to work for.”

Winners are placed into groups by size: 1-100 employees are classified as small business; 101-300 employees are classified as medium business; and, 301 and above are classified as large business.

All Metro employees were asked to complete a survey earlier this year.  Feedback helped provide Metro with this distinction. Through the survey, you identified areas where Metro is excelling, and in some of these areas, we are doing better than surrounding companies in west Michigan. The areas where we are outshining other area businesses also receiving this recognition include:

  • Employee Achievement and Recognition: the extent to which the organization recognizes and rewards performance by individuals, teams, and an organization.
  • Communication and Shared Vision: the effective exchange of information from senior leaders to employees, and the platform given to employees to communicate opinions, ideas, issues and concerns.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: the way the organization is open and inclusive to people of differing human qualities, promotes a tolerant work environment, and considers multiculturalism to be a competitive advantage.
  • Work-Life Balance: the extent to which the organization and its management recognize the need for personal balance for employees by implementing programs to accommodate those needs.
  • Community Initiatives: the organizations commitment to improving the local community while providing the encouragement and time for employees to participate in a meaningful way.

Community Initiatives and Diversity and Inclusion were our highest scoring areas in the survey.


Dr. Peter Hahn selected to serve on national board for presidential award

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Y. Hahn, has been selected to serve on the Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is the only presidential award for organization performance excellence and innovation. Named for former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige, this award was created by Congress to recognize role-model businesses, establish criteria for improvements, and share best practices. When formed in 1987, it was designed to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. businesses. The scope has been expanded since then. In 1999, health care and education were added, and in 2007, nonprofit/government organizations were added. As of 2016, 113 awards have been presented to 106 organizations.

As a member of this Board, Dr. Hahn joins an elite group of senior leaders and experienced management professionals from across all sectors of the U.S. economy, including manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education, government, and nonprofit. This group will determine the recipients for the 2017 awards. Up to 18 awards are given annually.

Because of his involvement as an Examiner, he will receive recognition for his service from the Secretary of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Congratulations, Dr. Hahn!

Weather Closings: January 12, 2017

The following classes have been cancelled for Thursday, January 12:

  • Beginners and Intermediate Yoga
  • Financial Wellness: Understand Your Credit Score and Save Money


Dr. Adam Kilkenney Recognized as Physician Best of Metro

Adam Kilkenney, DO
Primary Care Physician

Dr. Kilkenney is a Primary Care Physician at Metro health Hudsonville and has been with Metro for a little over four years. He received his DO degree from Michigan State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008 and he completed both his internship and residency at Metro Health Hospital.

In addition to his busy role treating patients at Metro Health Hudsonville, Dr. Kilkenney has been involved in a number of committees during his time with Metro. He served on the Physician IT Committee and is currently serving on the CIN Quality Committee.

When asked what the Best Patient Experience means to him, Dr. Kilkenney responded by saying, “[It] means treating patients, our staff and our colleagues as individual people, not just a number on a list, but also taking the entire system, both Metro and the larger community into account.”

Dr. Kilkenney’s nomination form describes how he goes above and beyond to provide the Best Patient Experience. “Dr. Kilkenney gives his time to make sure his patients are taken care of. He truly delivers compassionate care consistently – calling patients personally… or going to the main hospital after office hours to meet an admitted patient to discuss a difficult diagnosis.” The nomination also describes him as “a great listener… who balances what needs to be done and what the patient wishes to have done, always taking the patients perspective into consideration.”

Dr. Kilkenney has also been recognized as providing the Best Employee Experience. His nominator commented on his “easy-going personality” and described him as “very approachable and will take the time to sit down, listen and explain.”

When asked what being selected as Physician Best of Metro means to him, Dr. Kilkenney said “it’s an honor to know that even still relatively new in my career, what I am trying to do for my patients is recognized.”

When Dr. Kilkenney was asked about one of his favorite Metro Memories, he mentioned running the Metro Way 5k with his wife and kids and how much he appreciates the effort behind putting on an event that encourages healthy activity in our community.

Dr. Kilkenney and his wife, Catie, have been married for 12 years and have two children, Owen 6 and Molly 3. They enjoy spending time together as often as possible. They enjoy building with Legos and getting outdoors.

Congratulations Dr. Kilkenney!
You are the Physician Best of Metro


Amy Ivie Recognized as Best of Metro

Amy Ivie
Best of Metro Winner

Amy Ivie has worked at Metro Health for 22 years. She works in the Intensive Care Unit, ICU as a Licensed Practical Nurse, LPN. She began her career at Metro Health as a Patient Care Tech on Tower 4, at the original Metropolitan Hospital. She has also worked as an LPN on the IV team, but has been in her current position in the ICU for the past 14 years.

Amy’s nomination highlights her ability to provide the Best Patient Experience: “Amy always provides excellent care to the patients and their families.” The nomination describes her as very compassionate, helpful and patient: “Amy is always willing to go the extra mile and do something extra for her patients, like wash and fix their hair.” The nomination goes on to describe a touching story of a patient who was concerned about going home without warm clothes. Amy bought him a sweatshirt and sweatpants so he wouldn’t have to worry about being warm when he was discharged. “That is providing the Best Patient Experience.”

Amy has also earned a reputation for providing the Best Employee Experience, which is key when she supports the RN staff. “When Amy is on, the RN staff knows that their patients will be cared for…and their call lights will be answered,” explains her nomination form. Amy is willing to work extra shifts because “her patients and coworkers are so important to her.” She even “bakes banana bread and shares produce from her garden!” The nomination describes these as ways that “she supports her fellow employees.” Amy’s kindness speaks volumes.

Amy’s approach to providing the best experiences is simple: “treat others as you want to be treated.” She believes that if we take the time to get to know someone “[we] can learn a lot from our patients and coworkers. That’s what makes coming into work fun, enjoyable and rewarding,” she explained. “Even on the not so good days.”

When asked about her favorite Metro Memory, Amy remembered the day she found a pair of shoes for a patient to take home because he did not have any for the cold weather. “I found a pair in the patient’s exact same size. When I got to the patient’s room to show him, his eyes lit up as if it were Christmas morning and he was receiving a brand new pair of shoes. That moment melted my heart.”

When asked what being named Best of Metro means to her, Amy said she was honored and grateful, “I believe this validates that we can make a difference, but that I couldn’t do it without my coworkers and the many others that I encounter everyday…that make Metro a great place to work.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Amy.

Congratulations, Amy!
YOU are the BEST of Metro!

Metro Health, University of Michigan launch new affiliation for healthcare

tw-profileMetro Health and the University of Michigan have joined together to provide high-value, compassionate care to the west side of Michigan.

Today, Metro Health and the University of Michigan will embark on an affiliation that builds upon the strengths of the world-class U-M academic medical center and a very successful community-based health system. Together the two organizations will focus on bringing increased health care innovation to west Michigan and beyond.

Metro Health leaders expect the affiliation will allow them to continue to build on the organization’s culture, attention to high-quality, patient-centric care and expert care teams.

“This is a transformational day for health care in west Michigan,” said Michael Faas, president and chief executive officer of Metro Health. “Our affiliation with the University of Michigan will help ensure our patients and the people of west Michigan continue to have access to great quality care and choice when they consider their health care needs. U-M and Metro Health doctors will work alongside each other to provide the latest, most advanced and most innovative care to patients.”

U-M and Metro Health already have worked together since 2009 when U-M began providing radiation oncology at The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village. Since then, clinical relationships have developed in pediatric cardiology and pediatric endocrinology.

“Our ability to work together in other areas paved the way for this affiliation,” said Marschall Runge, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for medical affairs, dean of the U-M Medical School and CEO of the U-M Health System. “We are excited to further expand U-M services in west Michigan and to provide access to the highest quality care available to more Michigan residents. Working together, we will improve the health of our patients and our communities.”

The affiliation will enable Metro Health to further expand its research capabilities, primary care and specialty services, as well as use of complex medical technology.

Physicians, executives and community members from west Michigan will continue serving on Metro Health boards and committees, working closely with University of Michigan leaders.

“Truly, today marks the beginning of a new chapter in Metro Health’s history – one that builds on the incredible legacy which began in 1942 when 23 osteopathic physicians opened Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital,” Faas said. “I can think of no better way to honor our founders than to ensure Metro Health is able to grow and continue serving patients for years to come.”

About Metro Health: An award-winning leader in community healthcare, Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually from across West Michigan – and beyond. In addition to its 208-bed hospital — which provides a comprehensive suite of inpatient and outpatient healthcare services — Metro Health has a growing number of neighborhood outpatient centers and offices throughout West Michigan, as well as a community clinic for the underserved and a student health clinic on the campus of Grand Valley State University.

With more than 500 physicians on staff, Metro Health provides a growing number of specialty health services, including cancer treatment, heart and vascular, neurology, pulmonology and others. The hospital is committed to promoting health and wellness through the work of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation, Live Healthy community outreach classes and educational programs and more.

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About University of Michigan Health System: At the University of Michigan Health System, we create the future of healthcare through the discovery of new knowledge for the benefit of patients and society; educate the next generation of physicians, nurses, health professionals and scientists; and serve the health needs of our citizens. We pursue excellence every day in our three hospitals, 40 outpatient locations and home care operations that handle more than 2.1 million outpatient visits a year.

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