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Four cases of listeriosis in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has been collaborating with local health departments on a multistate foodborne outbreak of listeriosis. Rebecca Burns, director of the Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency, said listeriosis is a bacterial infection that causes fever and muscle aches, often preceded by gastrointestinal symptoms. Twelve people in six states have been infected with the outbreak …

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Library offering literacy packages to newborns

The Three Rivers Public Library Earlier this month launched a program called “Born to Read in Three Rivers.” Babies born at Three Rivers Health will receive a sturdy board book, growth chart and informative materials on the importance of talking, singing, reading, writing and playing for the development of a child’s early literacy skills. Caryn Wilson, the library’s children’s librarian, said …

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Sturgis and Three Rivers welcome first babies of 2016

St. Joseph County’s newest residents – the first born in 2016 at Three Rivers Health and at Sturgis Hospital – were born Jan. 2. Damian Paul Bucher made his arrival at 5:33 a.m. Saturday. He weighed more than five pounds and was more than 18 inches long. Damian joins three sisters; his parents are Three Rivers residents Ryan Bucher and …

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Hospital board provides financial update

Three Rivers Health Board of Trustees reported a net income of more than $145,000 for October and net income in excess of $314,000 for the year to date. The financial update was provided during the hospital’s recent board meeting. In addition, preparation continues for the 2016 operating and capital budgets, and the Studer Groups Leadership Evaluation Manager program continues on …

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Three Rivers Health Board announces Income and New Services

At its November meeting, Three Rivers Health Board of Trustees reported net income of $145,103 for October and net income of $314,480 for the year. In addition, preparation continues for the 2016 operating and capital budgets, and the Studer Groups Leadership Evaluation Manager program continues on course. The board also announced that the new 6 bed orthopedic unit is up …

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THREE RIVERS HEALTH WELCOMES NEW PHYSICIAN – JAMES MASKILL, DPM

Three Rivers Health is pleased to announce the additon of James Maskill, DPM, to the Three Rivers Health Medical Staff. Dr. Maskill will be seeing patients at Three Rivers Bone & Joint. Prior to joining Three Rivers, Dr. Maskill completed fellowship training with New England Foot and Ankle Specialists, where he specialized in complex hindfoot and forefoot reconstruction, total ankle …

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Inspectors: Tough conditions for workers at state hospital

Inspectors are recommending a buddy system, more training and protective sleeves after finding “workplace violence” among employees who deal with patients at a state psychiatric hospital in Kalamazoo. The Kalamazoo Gazette says Michigan workplace inspectors learned that workers have suffered bites, fractures and concussions. The Oct. 21 report says there was a serious violation of failing to have a workplace …

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Registration streamlined at Three Rivers Health

Three Rivers Health has introduced a new kiosk to improve the registration process for patients arriving for unscheduled outpatient testing. Hospital officials said the kiosk is a patient-queue system. When patients enter the hospital for outpatient testing, they can check into the kiosks then wait for their telephone’s last four digits to appear on two television screens in the lobby. …

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Three Rivers Health Board prepares next year’s budget

At its October meeting, Three Rivers Health Board of Trustees reported preparation of the 2016 operating and capital budgets have begun. Also, the finalized 2016 operating plan was presented for review in the format of the Studer Groups Leadership Evaluation Manager. Once reviewed and approved, these LEMS will be used for the leader’s performance evaluations at the end of 2016. …

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Blood drive at Three Rivers Health

In partnership with the American Red Cross, Three Rivers Health will hold a blood drive Thursday, November 5, 1:30 to 7:15 p.m. in the Three Rivers Health Cafeteria, 701 S. Health Parkway, Three Rivers, Mich. The public is invited to join Three Rivers Health employees and volunteers in donating blood at the event. To schedule an appointment, log onto redcrossblood.org (sponsor code: 3rivers) …

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