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Vaccine waiver rates up in Michigan for school-age children

Vaccine waiver rates for school-age children have increased slightly in Michigan. The Detroit News reports that Department of Health and Human Services data shows 3.2 percent of kindergartners and seventh-graders received immunization waivers in 2016 compared to 3.1 percent the year before. The immunization rate was 4.8 percent in 2014. Since 2015, the state has required parents to attend educational …

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Three Rivers Health announces employees of the quarter

Three Rivers Health is pleased to announce our Employees of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2017. The honorees are Jody Alger, Engineer Tech II, Plant Operations; Michael Bylsma, DPT, Outpatient Physical Therapy; Julianne Downes, RDN, Clinical Dietician; Dawn Kolbe, RN, Ambulatory Surgery; and Chris Menz, RT, Cardiopulmonary. Three Rivers Health Employee of the Quarter awards took plave on …

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Sleep Center receives accreditation

Sturgis Sleep Disorder Center in Sturgis recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Sturgis Hospital Sleep Disorder Center is directed by Bharat Vakharia, MD, and is located at 916 Myrtle St. Dr. Ashish Verma is also certified in Sleep Medicine. “The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Sturgis Sleep Disorder Center on meeting the high …

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Three Rivers Health Auxiliary names scholarship recipients

The Three Rivers Health Auxiliary team has announced five area recipients to receive its annual medical scholarship award. Receiving $1,000 scholarships are Andrew Coney of Three Rivers, Maegan Saunders and Brittney Baechler of White Pigeon, Erin Garbine of Sturgis and Lindsay Walker of Marcellus. The Three Rivers Health Auxiliary has continued its tradition of naming medical-scholarship award winners over the …

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CMH ousts O’Dell

Members of the Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Board of St. Joseph County terminated the agency’s executive director Tuesday. The board cited four points that its members said constitute cause for the termination of Liz O’Dell. The 68-year-old O’Dell has been with the agency more than 20 years, the past 10 as its director. Board member Kathy Pangle made …

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Three Rivers Health announces employees of the quarter

THREE RIVERS, MI – Three Rivers Health is pleased to announce our Employees of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2017. The honorees are Bonnie Broadhurst, Exercise Physiologist, Cardiac Rehab; Jeri Halon, Lab Assistant; Theresa Montmorency, MS, RD, Nutritional Services; Ed Stevens, Housekeeper II; and Mindy Williams, Housekeeper I. Three Rivers Health Employee of the Quarter awards took place …

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Mottville fire – No health-related concerns

Local health officials say there is no concern to the general population for any health-related hazards or risks associated with lingering smoke from last week’s Mottville Township fire. The fire at Green Stream Recycling began June 26 and has affected an area of about 15 acres. Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency has been in contact with the Kalamazoo district office …

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National HIV Testing Day —Tuesday June 27th, 2017

In observance of the National HIV Testing Day, The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency encourages you to get tested for HIV. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) the condition caused by the HIV virus if left untreated. This year National HIV Testing Day will take place on Tuesday June 27th, 2017. Why should …

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Three Rivers Health to offer free prostate screening

As a community service, Three Rivers Health will again be offering free prostate screening for men age 50 and older as well as those with higher risk. The screenings will take place on Saturday, April 29, from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Three Rivers Health Medical Office Building 3, Surgical Services Building, 715 S. Health Parkway. Prostate cancer is …

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Three Rivers Health names Employee of the Year

Officials from Three Rivers Health announced that Charlie Shane has been selected as the recipient of the hospital’s Employee of the Year award. The acknowledgment took place during the inaugural Three Rivers Health Employee Gala last month at A Place In Time banquet facility. Shane has been with Three Rivers Health since 1996 and currently works as an Engineering Technician. …

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