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County commissioners approve new health center location

The St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners has approved moving forward on a location for the new Covered Bridge Healthcare. The matter was fielded Tuesday during the commission’s regular meeting. The Board of Directors of Covered Bridge Healthcare Center of St. Joseph County last month accepted a Health Resource Services Administration grant to allow the federally qualified health center to …

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Three Rivers Health reports positive February

At the March meeting of the Three Rivers Health Board of Trustees, hospital officials reported a net income of more than $17,000 for February. CEO Bill Russell said the hospital continues on firm ground financially thanks to the support, excellence and leadership from employees, senior staff and the board, he noted. Also, the board announced Three Rivers Health is actively …

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First flu death of the year reported

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is reporting the first flu associated death this year, as the number of flu cases caused by Influenza A, H1N1 strain, increase. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is now reporting widespread flu activity throughout the state. Widespread means that outbreaks of influenza or increases in influenza-like illnesses are being reported, and …

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Chickenpox cases reported in St. Joseph County

Seven cases of chickenpox have been reported to the health department’s St. Joseph County office this past week. In January, the Michigan Disease Surveillance System confirmed seven cases in Hillsdale County; most of these cases involve school-age children. According to Michigan law, all students are required to be immunized with two doses of Varicella vaccine or have had a history …

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GRIEF SUPPORT SYSTEM GROUP TO MEET AT THREE RIVERS HEALTH

Three Rivers Health Hospice is inviting you to join their care group for a 7-week grief support program called “Journey of the Heart.” This is an opportunity for those who are grieving the death of a loved one to come together and support one another. You can come to a safe space to share the stories of your loved ones, …

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Grant awarded to local groups

St. Joseph County was chosen for a pilot program through the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards. The group was recently awarded a $4.2 million grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support 12 initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for seniors. According to officials from the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services of St. …

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