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Peter Y. Hahn Joins Metro Health as Chief Medical Officer

Dr. HahnMetro Health Hospital has appointed Dr. Peter Y. Hahn as chief medical officer.

Hahn brings almost two decades of leadership to his new role, which includes overseeing more than 500 Metro Health physicians. He also provides leadership to medical education and serves as the chief clinical quality officer for the organization. As a practicing interventional pulmonologist and intensivist, he will also see a limited number of patients.

Before joining Metro, Hahn was vice chief of staff and medical staff president-elect at Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro, Oregon. He also served as chair-elect of the hospital’s board of directors, chair of quality management and chair of its Patient Safety and Multidisciplinary Review committees.

Hahn was director of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and medical director for specialties for the Tuality Medical Group. He was also president of the Oregon Society of Critical Care Medicine and founded and led the Northwest chapter for the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. Before his work in Oregon, Hahn spent 14 years at Mayo Clinic, eight of which were as a staff physician. Dr. Hahn was a Mayo Foundation Scholar and the recipient of the Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award.

“I am happy to announce Dr. Peter Y. Hahn has joined Metro Health as chief medical officer,” said Mike Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health. “We are pleased to welcome him to the West Michigan community and are looking forward to tapping his significant expertise. Peter’s extensive knowledge and experience will certainly be an invaluable resource for Metro’s medical staff and patients.”

Hahn has twice been named a “Top Doc in Pulmonary Medicine” by Portland Monthly Magazine. He has published extensive work and has lectured and presented on numerous health care topics. He has also served in national and regional leadership roles for many health care and related organizations.

He is trained in health-care-delivery improvement and is certified as a physician executive, in medical management and in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. Hahn holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business and a Doctor of Medicine from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Hahn completed his residency and fellowships in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine and sleep medicine, all at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Hahn is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, American College of Physician Executives, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology and World Association of Bronchology.

A native of Okemos, Michigan, he is in the process of relocating to the Grand Rapids area.

Metro Health Farm Market Returns for 11th Season

The Metro Health Farm Market is back for its 11th year, opening Thursday, May 12.

The weekly market – open rain or shine – will again feature fresh produce, plants, flowers, jams, jellies, baked goods, homemade items and more from a variety of local vendors. It is free and open to the public. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday through Oct. 13 in Metro Health Village, 5900 Byron Center Ave. SW.

Aside from the array of offerings each week, the market also will host some special summer events:

  • June 16 is Kids Day. Children can explore a fire truck, take part in a scavenger hunt, work on crafts and participate in other activities. The first 200 kids to visit the market’s information booth will receive a free gift.
  • Health and Wellness Day is July 28, offering family-friendly activities, free health screenings and a chef cook-off challenge.
  • Sustainability Day is Aug. 25, with fun, educational activities for the entire family.

The market will again accept Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh/Market Fresh Coupons. The coupons are part of a State of Michigan program that encourages eating healthy fruits and vegetables by offering to residents on food assistance coupons redeemable at farmers markets. The market will also offer Double Up Food Bucks to shoppers using their Michigan Bridge Card.

As a continuation of Health and Wellness Day on July 28, Metro Health will again offer a 5K family fun run. This year the event will expand to include a 10K event. This event is open to all ages and abilities, including walkers, runners and everyone in between. A discounted entry fee of $25 is available for those registering by June 30. Free kids races for ages 3-14 will be available. For more information and to register, go to www.metrohealth.net/5K.

Metro Health first hosted a farmers market in 2006 when the hospital was still located in the city of Grand Rapids. The market began as a biweekly initiative to encourage employees to live healthier lifestyles. Since then, it has grown into a community-wide event that attracts hundreds of visitors each week.

Dr. Alan Petkus Selected as Best of Metro

Congratulations!
Alan Petkus
Best of Metro Winner

Alan PetkusDr. Petkus has worked at Metro Health for 25 years! He is a Ph.D microbiologist and started at Metro as the Technical Director of Microbiology in the Metro Health Laboratory. Through the years his role has evolved to become Technical Director of Microbiology and Chemistry Labs.

Dr. Petkus’s nomination form praises him for providing the Best Employee Experience: “He is the most professional supervisor I have ever had, but beyond that, he is also a wonderful mentor.” The nomination goes on to describe his management philosophy in which every moment is a “teachable moment” for his employees. When an employee approaches him with an issue, he encourages them to use critical thinking skills to come to a solution on their own. “Dr. Petkus has fostered this skill in all of his employees,” explains the nomination. “And we are far stronger laboratorians for it.”

Having a Ph.D microbiologist available in the lab is a rare benefit for a hospital the size of Metro Health. Dr. Petkus regularly makes himself available to physicians to assist them in questions or issues they have in ordering or interpreting the many tests and services the lab provides, all part of how he provides the Best Physician Experience. “The Best Physician Experience for support services is really exemplified in forming relationships with the physicians that allow them to more effectively and successfully utilize the support services available at Metro,” explains the nomination. “And Dr. Petkus is incredibly successful in this endeavor.”

In Dr. Petkus’s approach to providing the best experiences, it is clear that he sees how they all fit together. “An integrated healthcare team comes together to provide for the health of the patient. Employees are encouraged to grow in their professions and actively contribute to the team. Discussions with the physicians help the supporting departments keep abreast of the changing needs in the health field. When these areas are met…the employees, physicians, patients and the community reap the benefits of the partnership.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

When asked about his favorite Metro Memory, like many past Best of Metro winners, Dr. Petkus reflected on the move to the new hospital. “We had a blank slate to work with for the construction and layout of the new lab,” he explained. “The technical staff had great ideas and input in helping create the state-of-the-art lab that we have today.”

When asked what being named Best of Metro meant to him, Dr. Petkus said that the award was truly a reflection of the quality results produced by the many talented members of the technical staff in the lab. “Receiving this award reinforces the practices that are done to provide the Best Patient Experience.”

Congratulations, Dr. Petkus!
YOU are the BEST of Metro!

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

Congratulations!
Robin Genther
Best of Metro Winner

Robin Genther_BOMRobin 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.”

Congratulations, Robin!
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.