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Two retire from TR Health Board of Directors

April 8, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Two longtime members of the Three Rivers Health Board of Directors were recognized during their final meeting.

With over 25 years of combined service, Sue Potts and Pat Henderson were given an official sendoff and gifts during the board’s March meeting.

Both said they would enjoy retirement with family, friends and hobbies.

TR Health has counselors on-site

April 7, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers Health now has two certified application counselors on site to assist residents in applying for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Its counselors can help people understand, apply online and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace. They are available to answer questions and be a resource for the community.

CEO William Russell said the Certified Application Counselors are trained and certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to assist individuals and families with enrollment in health insurance including health plans offered in the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and MIChild.

Under the new Health Insurance Marketplace, residents may choose from three levels of coverage – bronze, silver, and gold. Many residents who are applying have little to no out-of-pocket monthly premiums.

Appointments may be scheduled with Debra Kinney, at 278-1145 Ext. 504, or Cathy Zinsmaster, at 278-1145 Ext. 592.

15th Annual Triple Creek Color Dash

April 3, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Three Rivers Health has announced the 15th annual Triple Creek Dash will now be called the Triple Creek Color Dash.

Starting this year, the race will start and end just outside Memory Isle Park.

Megan Rimer, race coordinator, said Three Rivers Health has joined forces with the Three Rivers Water Festival to host a 5K run and 1-mile fun run June 14.

Proceeds from this year’s event will go toward equipment used by the Three Rivers Health Inpatient Rehab, which works with patients after acute illness and injury such as stroke, trauma, amputations, brain injuries and debility.

Registration is available online at macssportstiming.com or in person at Three Rivers HealthTRAC.

Results released from questionaire

March 31, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released.

The fourth of five fields focuses on healthy behaviors.

According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, 786 St. Joseph County residents under the age of 75 years suffered a premature death between 2008 and 2010.

St. Joseph County ranked 65th among 82 ranked Michigan counties in years of potential life lost, which is 12 percent greater than the state average. These deaths are more likely to be attributed to preventable causes and are more subject to prevention and intervention strategies.

Weight control, substance abuse and lack of physical activity were identified as serious concerns by more than 50 percent of survey respondents. In addition, a high rate of tobacco usage, which was 11 percent above the national average, was recognized as a driver of poor health outcomes.

Smoking contributes to the development of several chronic conditions, including cancers, respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease and continues to be the leading cause of premature death.

Questionnaire results released

March 24, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Results of a needs-assessment questionnaire, distributed jointly by Sturgis Hospital and Three Rivers Health, have been released.

The third of five fields focuses on chronic diseases.

According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, 29 percent of the population surveyed suffers from chronic lower back pain and 28 percent reported having high blood pressure.

In addition, as many as 24 percent of the respondents reported having chronic diabetes; not receiving a cancer-screen test in the last two years; and not receiving a routine cardiac screening test in the last two years.

As a nation, 75 percent of health-care dollars goes to treatment of chronic diseases. These persistent conditions—the nation’s leading causes of death and disability—leave in their wake deaths that could have been prevented, lifelong disability, compromised quality of life, and burgeoning health care costs.

Chronic diseases – such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and diabetes – are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems and are responsible for 70 percent of all deaths.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the nation, in Michigan and in St. Joseph County.

Woman cited after accident

March 20, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A 20-year-old Fabius Township woman was issued a citation after the vehicle she was driving rear-ended another car in Lockport Township.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said Jessie Hanstine was driving east on M-60 when she failed to stop for a car turning left off M-60 into a residential driveway near Haines Road. The turning car was driven by 26-year-old Kennedy Banks, who had stopped to wait for oncoming traffic to clear before completing the turn.

Both drivers were taken to Three Rivers Health for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, investigators said.

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