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Three injured in crash

Three people were injured following an accident Friday night at the intersection of M-60 and U.S. 131 in Three Rivers. State police said a semi heading south on U.S. 131 struck an eastbound vehicle on M-60 that drove onto U.S. 131 and into the path of the truck around 11 p.m. The driver of the car, 57-year-old Mark Thompson of …

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Still time to donate to Lights of Love

Three Rivers Health has issued an update on its 2014 Lights of Love campaign. Event organizers said the campaign is doing well even though the $10,000 goal has not quite been reached. Lights of Love organizers are optimistic, however, that the goal will be realized. This year’s donations will used to purchase four Ambulatory Infusion Pumps – commonly known as …

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Local assistance for health insurance

Three Rivers Health announces it has two patient navigators assisting with the second open enrollment period, which runs through Feb. 15. Federal officials anticipate HealthCare.gov — the site used by Michigan residents — will be better than last year’s version. Sixteen insurers are selling policies through the Michigan exchange for 2015 coverage, up from 12 in 2014. All insurers that …

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New Nurse Practitioner in Centreville

The St. Joseph County Health Center has hired a new nurse practitioner, a move that allows it to begin stepping up its outreach efforts. Center director Lynn Dobberteen said Jay Guikema started seeing patients Wednesday at the Centreville-based agency. With Guikema on board, nurse practitioner Tami Millard will now have a chance to lead outside events, such as health fairs, …

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Michigan Ebola update

The Michigan Department of Community Health has released new numbers on people in Michigan being observed for Ebola. There are currently five individuals being actively monitored, while nine others have completed the monitoring cycle. It was reported on Nov. 3 that 10 people were under watch for Ebola symptoms in Michigan. The MDCH and a network of local public health agencies are …

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Michigan Ebola update

Ten people in Michigan are undergoing twice-daily checks for symptoms of the deadly Ebola virus. Michigan Department of Community Health spokesperson Jennifer Smith said that all ten are seeing health care professionals twice a day to have their temperatures taken and to be checked for other symptoms. She says the individuals are being monitored based on their travel history, which …

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Ebola monitoring in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Community Health is now monitoring the health of ten people around the state for the Ebola virus. The number increased by two overnight. Officials say none of them has shown any signs of the virus, and the state will not identify which counties they are in. They declined to give any details about who the people …

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Free mammograms offered for uninsured women

As part of a project called “Pink Saturdays,” free mammograms are being offered to uninsured women aged 40- 64 during the month of October. Cost for the mammograms is funded in part by Susan G. Komen of Southwest Michigan. A mammogram can be scheduled by calling 800-873-0649. More information is available at the website pinksaturdays.org.

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Hospice Riverside Memorial Gardens rededicated

Officials from Three Rivers Health on Tuesday oversaw the rededication of the Hospice Riverside Memorial Gardens. The event marked the new location of the gardens, which are now at Riverside Cemetery. The memorial was originally created on South Main Street at the Three Rivers Health Hospice. But Hospice subsequently moved to the hospital campus off West Broadway Street. Amenities at …

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Respiratory disease hits Michigan

The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency is warning area residents concerning an outbreak of a respiratory disease known as Human Enterovirus 68, as cases of the illness have been identified in Michigan. Symptoms begin consistent with the onset of a regular cold, but quickly escalate to more serious conditions. Children with colds that quickly develop wheezing, difficulty breathing, fever, a …

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