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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.

Four charged with drug offenses

March 27, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Four college students were charged with drug-related offenses following a traffic stop Monday night in Constantine Township.

According to Michigan State Police, the vehicle was stopped around 9:30 p.m. on U.S. 131 near North River Road for speeding. Its driver, a 19-year-old from Wolcottville, told officers they were returning from Kalamazoo after purchasing marijuana. The marijuana was located and the four were subsequently charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

In addition to the driver, two Indiana men, ages 22 and 19 years, and a 19-year-old man from Benton Harbor, were charged. All four posted bond and were released with an April court date.

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.

Another meth arrest

March 21, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Methamphetamine-related charges were filed against a Constantine Township man Thursday.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department said the arrest was the culmination of an investigation that took place over the course of several weeks. The suspect was arrested after a search warrant was executed by narcotics investigators from the St. Joseph County Area Narcotics unit.

The arrest took place at a residence on Riverside Drive near Blue School Road.

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

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.

Child-safety-seat check

March 20, 2014 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

A child-safety-seat check is being offered later this month in Three Rivers.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at the Fabius-Park Fire and Rescue station on Broadway Road, west of U.S. 131.

Organizers of the event said the children who use the seat must be present during the free inspection.

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