HealthCurrents Spring 2020
On the Cover
Library Book Hounds: Educate, engage, and empower. Library Book Hounds, a program offered by the Lincoln Township Library and Best Friends 4-H Club, provides children an opportunity to practice their reading skills in a comfortable environment with the help of a canine friend. For a full list of upcoming community events, visit lincolntownshiplibrary.org
In This Issue:
HealthCurrents Winter 2020
During the holidays,
Fernwood Botanical Gardens
offers members and guests
the opportunity to continue
a holiday tradition or start
a new one. Gather with
family and friends to create
natural holiday decorations
using fresh greens from
the gardens on site.
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The editorial content of this online publication is taken from the print version of HealthCurrents published by Lakeland. This information is not a substitute for a consultation with a personal physician.
Breathe Easier (Abigail Greaves, Respiratory Therapist)
After assistance from a Lakeland nurse, Nancey received intervention for a life-threatening condition in the nick of time.
Dr. Geronimus discussed weathering and the ways that structurally rooted biological and psychosocial processes shape health inequities in our society.
Dr. Choucair shares how his organization is working to improve conditions for health and equity
Dr. David Williams discusses institutional discrimination, individual discrimination, and structural competency.
Dr. David Williams discusses his research on ways to recognize and prevent implicit bias.
Dr. David Williams discusses his research on health inequities caused by racial discrimination.
Dr. David Williams discusses his research on the distinctive social exposures linked to racial status.
Dr. Patricia Rush discusses the impact of psychological trauma on the brain and on chronic disease and health inequities.
If you have a health need right now, then it deserves our attention right now. Whether you want to see us virtually or in person, don’t delay your care. We are ready for you.
Spectrum Health Lakeland is taking the following steps related to public events through May 31, 2020.
Cardiologist, Dennis Disch, MD, answers several of the most commonly asked questions about COVID-19.
A drive-up COVID-19 specimen collection site is open in St. Joseph at the Center for Outpatient Services for individuals who have a physician's order to be tested, Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spectrum Health Lakeland, in collaboration with Versiti Blood Centers, has begun treating COVID-19 patients with blood plasma from patients who have recovered from the disease.
The volunteer corps of the 2020 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship has donated more than $15,000 to the Spectrum Health Lakeland COVID-19 Response Fund .
Spectrum Health Lakeland continues to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community.
To help protect the health of our patients, team members, and visitors, Spectrum Health Lakeland is instituting a revised visitation policy for its hospitals.
Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph received an “A” grade and Lakeland Hospital Niles received a "B" grade in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
Whirlpool Corporation, Dow and Reynolds Consumer Products are pleased to announce a collaboration to provide much-needed respirators.
Spectrum Health Lakeland and Krasl Art Center (KAC) are partnering to develop a pop-up art and wellness exhibit to help address the behavioral health challenges faced by community members in Southwest Michigan.
Spectrum Health has taken additional action to help limit the spread of COVID-19 by announcing new hospital family and visitor restrictions.
Spectrum Health Lakeland continues to provide care for a multitude of health concerns and wants the community to know its hospitals and clinics are safely and effectively caring for all patients every day.
Spectrum Health Lakeland is among the first health systems in the state to begin offering COVID-19 antibody testing to the general public.