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.

Questionnaire results released

April 7, 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 fifth of five fields focuses on maternal and infant health.

According to the St. Joseph County 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, issues associated with teen pregnancies, teen births and poor birth outcomes ranked in the top five health concerns. More than half of community respondents indicated that teen births and teen pregnancies were a major concern.

According to the study, 41 percent of St. Joseph County’s high school students report having had sexual intercourse. Of those, 22 percent report that their first partner was three or more

years older.

In 2011, St. Joseph County’s teen birth rate of 34.6 per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19 years ranked 52nd out of 83 counties.

In addition, Title X Family Planning services are not available in St. Joseph County.

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 or in person at Three Rivers HealthTRAC.

Two arrested for meth

April 2, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Two Constantine Township men, ages 26 and 24, were charged with drug-related offenses, as well as illegal possession of a deer, following arrests made Monday.

Based on observations made last week, the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit went to a residence in the 62000 block of Brick Chapel Road in Constantine Township to investigate suspected methamphetamine production.

SCAN unit members were in the area last week to investigate a meth dump site in Mill Creek. At that time, they observed in a neighboring property items used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine.

A suspected conservation-law violation was also noticed. Investigators then executed a search warrant with the assistance of deputies from the St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office, the Constantine Police Department, Constantine Fire Department and a conservation officer from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Charges include operating and maintaining a meth lab, possession of meth, felony firearms, maintaining a drug house and illegal possession of a deer.

St. Joe County 60th in state

April 1, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

St. Joseph County was in the bottom third in the state in two health-related categories, according to results from a study released last week.

The fifth annual County Health Rankings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute were released showed St. Joseph County was 60th overall in health outcomes and 59th overall in health factors.

The study ranked 82 of Michigan’s 83 counties from most to least healthy. Ottawa County came in at No. 1, while Wayne County was 82nd.

The report ranked counties in such categories as length and quality of life, health behaviors, and social and economic factors.

Leelanau County was the second-healthiest county in the state and Clinton County was No. 3 this year.

Cass County was ranked No. 42.

Meth dump site found

March 31, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A collection of trash in Constantine Township’s Mill Creek turned out to be a methamphetamine dump site.

Members of the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit were called Friday to Brick Chapel Road and spent several hours picking debris from the water.

Sheriff’s department officials had received a tip about suspicious items found in the creek. Police determined several items in the collection are commonly used in the production of meth. Additional refuse was found on the banks of the creek.

An analysis found much of the debris contained meth residue, authorities said.

Members of the Constantine Fire Department assisted by retrieving items from the water. Some of the items were within a 100-yard distance of nesting geese and ducks, police said.

Investigators said melting snow will possibly reveal dump sites in locations throughout the county.

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