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Results released from questionaire

March 31, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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 · Comments Off 

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 · Comments Off 

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.

Man cited for careless driving

March 17, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

A 20-year-old Centreville resident was cited for careless driving after his car struck a parked vehicle Thursday morning in downtown Centreville.

Charles Parker was cited after he failed to clear ice from his vehicle’s windshield, according to the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department. The distraction was a factor in a collision with a parked vehicle in which 74-year-old Roy Buel was sitting. Buel’s vehicle was parked on Main Street near Clark Street.

Buel was taken to Three Rivers Health as a precautionary measure.

Results of questionnaire

March 14, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

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

The second of five fields focuses on Access to Health Care.

The results show leading issues among 620 respondents relate to a lack of affordable health insurance coverage, the cost of medical care and the lack of access to services.

Other data from the study show:

*Nearly one out of five St. Joseph County adults, 18 to 64 years of age, is uninsured.

*One out of six St. Joseph County adults reported not having sought out needed medical care in the past 12 months due to costs.

*One out of four St. Joseph County residents, on average per month, receive Medicaid and, if Medicaid expansion is passed, an additional 3,469 adults could become eligible.

*More than one out of two births to St. Joseph County residents were paid for by Medicaid.

*Language and cultural barriers within St. Joseph County due to growing Amish and Hispanic populations will continue to challenge these vulnerable populations and impact the healthcare system.

Snowmobile accident

March 13, 2014 by Administrator · Comments Off 

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department responded last weekend to its second snowmobile accident within a five-day period.

Deputies were called at 12:04 a.m. to Newberg Township, where a snowmobile overturned in an area near M-40 and Hoffman Street.

Sheriff’s officials said a snowmobile driven by Daniel Castellanos, age not stated, overturned as he was riding up a hill on private property. He received minor injuries but was taken to Three Rivers Health for treatment.

Investigators said Castellanos was wearing a helmet and alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

A 44-year-old Edwardsburg man was treated for minor injuries after he was involved in a snowmobile accident March 6 in Penn Township.

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