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For the Health of Our Communities As a leader in health care for our communities, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is dedicated to providing information, tools, education and support for everyone committed to improving their physical and emotional health. In a world of fast-paced, overwhelming information overload, we offer programs and services you can trust as safe and of the highest quality. At Tamarac, we also provide health and wellness programs you may not find anywhere else. There’s a good reason for us to give you greater opportunities for exceptional experiences during your personal journey toward well-being. Improving the health of every single person in the communities we serve is a big goal. We’re here to make it possible.

“Our commitment to the health of our communities is a promise we mean to keep,” SHGM President, Randy Stasik, said recently. “All our Citizens deserve good health and easy access to the health care tools and expertise offered by SHGM and our area partners. We will continue to provide safe, high-quality health care to those in need and, in partnership with our area agencies, we will increase our already robust wellness and prevention programs, which support a healthy lifestyle.”

Supporting the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 Plan At the forefront of community health, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is committed to our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve. In June 2012, the Michigan Department of Community Health released the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 plan. The goal of the 4 x 4 plan is to encourage and support the efforts of every Michigander who wishes to adopt good health as a personal core value. The plan emphasizes four healthy behaviors:

• Maintain a healthy diet • Engage in regular exercise • Get an annual physical exam • Avoid all tobacco use This past fall, the Michigan Department of Community Health released grant funds to support collaborative, community-based strategies for promoting these healthy behaviors. District Health Department #10, which serves Newaygo County, was one of six lead agencies to be awarded funds. Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is proud to partner with District Health Department #10 and assist in the planning and implementation of community health efforts, including:

• Community-based wellness challenges • Worksite wellness campaigns • Airing of the HBO documentary series “The Weight of

the Nation” • Expansion of community gardens • Distribution of the state’s 4 x 4 plan media messages 2

For more information on the Michigan Health and Wellness 4 x 4 plan, visit Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial serves the Newaygo County community by facilitating the county’s Health Care Improvement Council, which is an affiliate of the Newaygo County Community Collaborative (also known as NC3). The Newaygo County Health Care Improvement Council consists of a variety of service agencies dedicated to supporting a vibrant and healthy community:

• Newaygo County Regional Education Services Association (NCRESA)

• Fremont Area Community Foundation • The Gerber Foundation • Newaygo County Commission on Aging • MSU Extension • Pine Medical Group • Community Mental Health • Newaygo County Economic Development Council • District Health Department #10 • True North Community Services • Community Garden Project • Local government For more information on the work of NC3, visit

Greater Possibilities For Health and Wellness Fitness Journey

Personal Training

Is this the year you reach your goals for improved health and wellness? Inside this guide you will find a variety of programs and services to help you achieve greater possibilities for health and well-being. At Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial, we are committed to improving the health of our communities by providing both clinical and community-based wellness programs through Tamarac, a member of Spectrum Health. Tamarac is an all-inclusive facility and offers:

Personal training is for everyone! A personal trainer will put together a series of exercises to increase strength and flexibility where you need it, use the appropriate muscles in sequence and in proper form to obtain the most benefit, and fit perfectly into your schedule. Amazing! Visit our website and read our Fitness Guide profiles to help you select a personal trainer who is just right for you.

• Ahhh, The Spa at Tamarac • Cardiovascular equipment • Child watch area • Education/conference rooms

• Fitness testing rooms • Full-amenity locker

facilities • Group fitness studio • Hot tub/sauna/steam room • Indoor walking/jogging track

• “New You” medical weightloss program

• Outdoor programming • Personal training • Retail pro shop • Social/community area

with Wi-Fi • Spinning room • Teaching kitchen • Total Control pelvic health • Two Worlds Café • Warm-water therapy pool

At Tamarac, you can create a fitness journey unique to you and your wellness goals. Your wellness team will consist of a citizen development representative, a fitness guide and a fitness technician. When you enroll as a Citizen of Tamarac, you can expect to experience: • A wellness consultation where you collaborate with your guide on the best plan for you • Medical wellness, sport performance or weight management • An equipment orientation • A FitLinxx orientation or personal training session • Encouragement, education and information throughout your wellness journey • Your Tamarac support team as your resource for experiencing greater possibilities

Personal Training Rates

60-minute Sessions Single session............................................................................... $40 Non-Citizen single session........................................................ $60 Scout package (three sessions)............................................... $115 Orienteer package (six sessions).......................................... $220 Sherpa package (12 sessions)................................................$420 30-minute Sessions Single session................................................................................$25 Orienteer package (six sessions)............................................ $115

Small-Group Specialty Classes

Small-group specialty classes are offered for those who would like to take their training to the next level and enjoy a group setting. Enjoy a six-week series (12 sessions). Choose from TRX Suspension training, kickboxing, boot camp, Bosu training and more. For more information, call Gretchen Bush at 231.924.1781. Minimum of three participants needed.............$75 per person


Diagnostic Imaging and Joint Replacement The World of Motion Joint Replacement Program at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is a place where those in pain will find relief, where those who are now limited will be able to move again and no one will walk alone.

Advanced Diagnostic Services Close to Home Your joint replacement journey includes: • A team focused on your recovery • Pre-surgery classes covering all aspects of joint replacement • Individualized care plan • Efficient pain management • Home physical therapy • Bridge Program from rehab to Tamarac Read

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You don’t have to leave Newaygo County for advanced diagnostic imaging services. A physician referral is needed. Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial has the newest technology available for radiology and diagnostic imaging services— giving you greater possibilities for safe, efficient imaging in a caring environment: • 128-slice CT scanner • Digital mammography • Breast MRI • Nuclear medicine camera • Interventional radiology services • Ultrasound

Rehabilitation Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Physical Rehabilitation offers a multidisciplinary approach that includes physical, occupational and speech therapy. We offer two sites, in Fremont (call 231.942.3195) and Newaygo (call 231.652.5079), to support your therapeutic needs.

Physical Therapy • Back and neck conditions • Balance disorders/vestibular • Bladder health, pelvic pain • Chronic conditions/pain • Injuries from falls, accidents • Orthopaedic injuries, post-surgical conditions • Pediatric specialties, developmental disabilities • Stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, neurological disorders • Sports injuries • Urinary incontinence • Work-related injuries

Ongoing Community Support Groups Our support groups are designed for individuals who have experienced a life-changing health event. This is an opportunity for caregiver and individual support, education, peer contact and socializing. For stroke and Parkinson’s disease support group meeting information, call Julie Allers at 231.924.3195. Stroke Support Group meets at Tamarac the first Thursday of every month from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group meets at Tamarac the third Thursday of every month from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pediatric Rehabilitation Pediatric rehabilitation is designed for kids and their families with acquired or congenital disabling conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord or musculoskeletal system, such as delayed walking, talking or use of hands.

Conditions Treated • Developmental delay • Musculoskeletal disorders (after a fracture, sprain, strain

Speech Therapy • Pediatric language disorders • Articulation and phonological disorders • Stroke/aphasia (speech, cognitive swallow difficulties) • Traumatic brain injury (language and cognitive difficulties) • Dementia (memory difficulties) • Voice disorders and vocal abuse • Cleft lip and palate • Speech dysfluency • Neuromuscular diseases affecting communication (Parkinson’s disease, ALS, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy) • Auditory processing disorders • Dysarthria (difficulties in pronunciation)

Occupational Therapy • Chronic conditions • Pediatric and developmental disabilities • Spinal cord injuries, amputations • Stroke, traumatic brain injury, heart attack • Orthopaedic or other injuries of the hand, elbow, tendon, shoulder

• Eye injuries • Work-related and repetitive stress injuries

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• Brachial Plexus injury (injury to the nerves in the armpit area)

• Torticollis (wryneck), where the neck is crooked from positioning at birth or muscle restrictions

• Traumatic brain injury • Sensory integration disorders • Language disorders • Speech production disorders • Fine motor difficulties • Gross motor difficulties • Physical disabilities Read



Arben Mandija, PT, MSPT

Welcome Arben Mandija, PT, MSPT to Newaygo Rehabilitation. Ben has 10 years of experience along with an extensive background and training in manual therapy and temporomandibular joint disorders. Whitney Kalajainen, PT, DPT, became LSVT BIG® Certified. This certification is for a four-week exercise program for people with Parkinson’s disease. To inquire about this exercise program, call 231.924.3897.5

Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Sports rehabilitation at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial is individually designed to meet the unique needs of each patient, with an emphasis on returning to sports and the prevention of injury. You will experience an analysis with customized treatment planning by physical therapy clinicians who also specialize in sports and athletic performance. • Dartfish video analysis software • Leading-edge equipment • Indoor/outdoor training opportunities (vary with season)

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries ACL injuries can be season-ending for school athletes. The physical therapists of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial joined local coaches in providing the Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance (PEP) ACL injury prevention program through educational seminars and one-on-one training based on the Santa Monica (California) Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Research Foundation. Research found this dynamic warm-up program to be effective in significantly reducing the risk of ACL injury. “The ACL injury prevention seminar did a fantastic job of presenting the information in a way coaches can understand and implement with their athletes. I also received one-on-one attention at a few conditioning practices to show me correct form for the dynamic workout in order to prevent injuries with my athletes.” —Randy Gordon, head basketball coach at Hesperia Public Schools “Our coaches have been able to institute the PEP program into our warm-up routine for the Fremont varsity girls’ soccer program, and we plan to utilize the same program with the Grace Bible College team this fall. We received one-on-one training at our practices to learn proper technique. Our hope is that with proper stretching,


strengthening and movement techniques we will lessen the chance of knee injury for our players moving forward. We appreciate the environment at the local level on the prevention side of physical therapy.” —Erich Heger, assistant coach at Fremont Public Schools For more information on how to get your athlete, school or team involved, call Whitney Kalajainen, PT, at 231.924.3897.

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Running Strides Program Take your running to higher levels with the help of Tamarac’s Strides running program. Benefit from the expertise of runners who will coach and support you every step of the way. Stay injury free and motivated and train smart to get the results. This program is for those who are just beginning, as well as seasoned runners who want to improve their time. The next 10-week Strides program begins in February. Participants will train for a marathon, half-marathon, 25K, 10K or 5K. For more information, contact Tracey Slate at 231.924.1795. Read


2013 Select Road Races/Events



Sergeant Preston Yukon King 5K and 6-Mile Run

January 1, 2013


Frostbite 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

February 2, 2013


Spectrum Health Irish Jig 5K Run

March 16, 2013

Grand Rapids

Kent City Ridge 15K and 5K Run/Walk

March 23, 2013

Kent City

Fifth Third River Bank Run

May 11, 2013

Grand Rapids

Bayshore Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K Run

May 25, 2013

Traverse City

Lakestride Half Marathon and 5K Run

June 8, 2013


Rectifier 5K Run

June 8, 2013


Chronicle Seaway 15K Run and 5K Run/Walk

June 22, 2013


Reeds Lake 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run

June 29, 2013

East Grand Rapids

Newaygo State Park Classic 5K

June 29, 2013


Community Wellness Challenge­—“Live Well” We challenge Newaygo County to get up and move this year! We want to get 250 Newaygo County residents to join the MOVEMENT and participate in one of several community wide wellness challenges. With our guidance and encouragement, you will be able to start a walking program,

try a 5K run/walk or participate in small weekly challenges to improve your overall health. You do not have to be a Tamarac Citizen to get involved! If you are interested in participating, please contact Gretchen Bush at 231.924.1781, or email her at 7

Women’s Health Women and Stroke Stroke is a type of cardiovascular disease. It affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain either is blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it starts to die. Ignoring the warning signs or delaying emergency medical attention can result in dramatic after-stroke effects, including permanent disabilities such as the inability to communicate, to walk or to live independently. Your best chance of a successful recovery from a stroke depends on how quickly you act. Doctors have a small window of opportunity to administer medication therapy that can make a difference in how you recover, so if you think you are having a stroke, call 9-1-1 and get to the emergency room immediately.

Reducing Risk

Risk Factors

Knowing your risk and controlling what you can is the best defense against having a stroke. Several risk factors, including high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes and atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in arteries that causes them to narrow and harden), especially in the carotid arteries (arteries in the neck), increase your chances for having a stroke.

What stroke risk factors can be changed, treated or controlled? High blood pressure: High blood pressure is the most important controllable risk factor for stroke. Many people believe the effective treatment of high blood pressure is a key reason for the steep decline in the death rates from stroke. Cigarette smoking: In recent years, studies have shown cigarette smoking to be an important risk factor for stroke.

The nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke damage the cardiovascular system in many ways. The use of oral contraceptives combined with cigarette smoking greatly increases stroke risk. Diabetes mellitus: Diabetes is an independent risk factor for stroke. Many people with diabetes also have high blood pressure or high blood cholesterol and are overweight; this increases their risk even more. While diabetes is treatable, the presence of the disease still increases your risk of stroke.

Day of Dance For Your Health Plan to join us at Newaygo Middle School on Saturday, February 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for our ninth annual Day of Dance. Can’t dance? It’s time to learn—in fun classes with easy instruction for all ages and fitness levels. For those who can dance, come and show off! This free event also includes health screenings, light snacks, vendor booths and heart health education. For more information, call 231.924.7139, or check out our website:

Personal Health Navigation and Community Education Programs In each decade of life, women have special health needs and concerns. Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s women’s health services coordinator is here to help you meet those needs and address your specific concerns. We also provide educational programs for the community. To discuss these opportunities, call Brenda Dulaney-Connell, RN, MSN, at 231.924.7139.


Spirit of Women No matter their age, all women have spirit! Spirit of Women® events are designed to encourage women to take action to improve their health. Whether they attend our monthly Spirit Night series or a special event such as Day of Dance® or Girls’ Night Out®, women will find a variety of relevant health topics presented within interesting and fun experiences. Our Spirit of Women Consumer Membership program provides special discounts and signature events, incentives from area partnering businesses and a great opportunity to network with other women. For more information on becoming a Spirit of Women member, call 231.924.7139 or visit our website at

Spirit Nights Third Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Tamarac 2013 Spirit Nights will provide a series of discussions on a topic—with each month building on the month before. Ladies, you’re welcome to bring family members or friends to any of the programs! HEART HEALTH SERIES January 17—“Fit or Fat?” It’s another New Year. Have you resolved to lose weight again? Is it possible to be fit and maybe a bit fat? Which has greater impact on your overall health and well-being? Start your new year by learning and developing a new resolution you can stick with! February 21—Whole Hearted Health February is Heart Health Month. How healthy is your heart—physically and emotionally? What does it take to have “whole hearted health”? Learn how to develop this approach for you and your family—everyone wins! ORTHOPAEDICS AND SPORTS MEDICINE SERIES March 21—“Fortify Your Spine” “Oh, my aching back!” Do you find yourself saying this more often than you’d like? What does it take to keep the spine healthy and free of injury or pain? Join our SHGM physical therapists and staff to learn how to keep your all-important and supportive spine strong and healthy—and even better, free of pain. April 18—Sports Injury Prevention The spring season is upon us! Does the first golf game of the season cause your shoulder to throb? Is a simple game of softball causing your knees or arms to ache? Are you getting shin splints from running? Ouch! Learn how to enjoy warmweather activity without aches and pains!

May 16—Women’s Health Month Ladies, we know you’re smart, but are you smart enough to put your health and well-being first and foremost? Many of us women—whether working at home or outside the home—put our personal health and well-being on the back burner while we focus on being a wife, mother and caretaker. This program will help you focus on your well-being, in balance with the well-being of those you care about. Learn how to feed your body and your brain at this special Spirit Night event. ONCOLOGY SPECIALTY SERIES June 20—Hand in Hand June is Men’s Health Month. Ladies, invite the men in your life—fathers, husbands, sons—and learn how men and women can live “Hand in Hand” toward better health. The emphasis is on cancer prevention lifestyles and early detection screenings: Is the PSA test really the best for men and prostate cancer? Is a mammogram really the best for men in detecting breast cancer? Time for us to learn what’s best for each other—and support one another in cancer prevention and detection! Coming July 18 and August 15: programs on skin and other types of cancer, as well as surviving after cancer “Until There’s a Cure!”

Public welcome. To register, call 231.924.7139. $10 (Spirit of Women members $5) Ladies, bring family members or friends.


Youth and Family at Tamarac The Tree House A child watch facility for Tamarac Citizen families The Tree House provides activities for children ages 6 weeks through 12 years. Cost for the use of The Tree House is $4 for the first child in each family and $3 for each additional child in the family. Citizens may purchase a 30-visit punch card for $60. Children may stay up to 2½ hours per visit. For infant reservations or program hours and special events, call 231.924.1785.

Low-Impact Classes* Land-Based Classes

The following classes cater to many ability levels. We are confident you will find one to fit your needs. • Circuit • Pilates • Energize • Sculpt ’n’ Burn • Gentle Yoga • Short and Sweet



Kids’ Night Out The Tree House employees regularly host Kids’ Night Out for children 3 to 12 years of age. During this time, parents may leave Tamarac for a night out without the kids. The Tree House employees provide a fun and entertaining evening for your child. There is time for play, crafts, a light snack and a movie. For upcoming dates, call The Tree House at 231.924.1785.

Frogs Eight-Week Swim Classes for Kids (ages 4 to 8) During this class, we require one parent for each child in the pool. For more information, call Gretchen Bush at 231.924.1781. $50 Citizens, $65 non-Citizens.

Land-Based Classes* The following classes cater to many different ability levels. We are confident you will find one to fit your needs. • Pumping Iron • Cardio Blast • Sculpt ’n’ Burn • Circuit • Short and Sweet • Energize • Spinning • Functional Agility and • Yoga Strength Training (FAST) • Zumba • Pilates

*Included with Tamarac Citizenship.


Aquatic Classes

The resistive properties of water make it a perfect medium for fitness with less impact on the body. Water exercise classes are held on a regular basis in our warm-water therapy pool. Find a schedule at the Welcome Center.

• Arthritis

Aquatic Program • Aqua Fitness • Aqua Fusion

• Aqua Power • Deep Water Challenge • Hydro Blast

*Included with Tamarac Citizenship.

Private Swim Lessons For Adults and Children

Learn to swim or improve your swim strokes through one-onone instruction. We welcome all swim abilities and will help you move through each level at your desired pace. To make an appointment, call the Welcome Center at 231.924.1788. Cost for Citizens: $10 for 15-minute session $20 for 30-minute session $40 for 60-minute session

Cost for non-Citizens: $25 for 15-minute session $35 for 30-minute session $55 for 60-minute session




February is Heart Health Month. Celebrate with us at Day of Dance!

Rural FitKids 360 is available in Newaygo County! Is your child’s doctor worried about his or her weight or body mass index (BMI)? Do you have a personal or family history of type 2 diabetes? Are you concerned about the lack of healthy behaviors in your children? There is a program that can help. What is Rural FitKids 360? A 12-week healthy lifestyle program. During the program, your child will learn ways to change his or her habits, eat better and be active. Who can participate? Children ages six to 16 and their parents or support partners.

Tamarac Sport Performance Pathway Your membership at Tamarac, the Center for Health and Well-Being, enables you to attend any of the following classes at no additional cost. They’re a great way to improve sport performance! • Cardio Blast • Extreme Circuit • FAST • Pilates • Pumping Iron • Spinning • Running Club • Yoga

Benefits of Rural FitKids 360: • Fun and free • Created and led by local health experts • Free health tests at the start and end of the program • Continuing support after the program ends Where do the meetings take place? • Fall sessions at Hesperia Elementary School • Winter sessions at Pathfinder Elementary School, Fremont • Thursdays 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join us! Please contact your health care provider or Phone: 231.924.1521

Senior Health and Fitness Month in May! At Tamarac, we have turned National Senior Health and Fitness Day into a month of activities, health screenings and education sessions to keep you moving. Join us for a classic car show, special classes and a fun social atmosphere to celebrate staying active.




April brings the Tamarac Survival of the Fittest Challenge. May is Senior Health and Fitness Month at Tamarac. June Guide Challenge starts. Get your teams ready for our annual summer recreation league. 1111

Tamarac Citizen of the Year A NEW WORLD OF


Have you been here at some time in your life? After trying to lose weight through “every diet known to mankind,” Chris Lehman, Spectrum Health Continu-Care nurse, finally realized she just couldn’t do it by herself. She needed encouragement and support. In 2009, working out at a fitness center was about the last thing she wanted to do. At the time, Chris did not realize that this was the year she’d start to turn her life around, forever.

At times during her rehab, Chris would gaze at the fitness center floor and watch people “just like her” working out. Not everyone was young, thin and running laps around the track.

It began with surgery on her left foot and ankle to repair the damage caused by the wear and tear of her flat feet and the extra pressure created by her obesity. Having to remain off the reconstructed foot and ankle for two months meant a significant lack of physical activity. Chris gained even more weight, eventually tipping the scales at 286 pounds. Her blood pressure and cholesterol numbers climbed toward chronic disease levels, such as those for diabetes, heart disease, cancer or other serious conditions.

“I try to take advantage of everything Tamarac has to offer,” Chris stated recently. She takes classes, works out in the pool and with a personal trainer at times, and loves the spinning class and walking the track with the new friends she has made at Tamarac.

Rather than start a drug regimen to combat these diseases, Chris wanted to give diet and exercise one last try. After surgery and three long months in a cast and walking boot, she began physical therapy at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s Tamarac, The Center for Health and Well-Being. 12

After trying out the equipment and receiving her “bridge” pass to Tamarac, Chris joined up, and worked with one of the fitness guides to begin her journey toward wellness. She also joined Weight Watchers to help her with her eating habits.

“Wow,” she said, “exercise and diet together really does work! My wellness journey is getting results. I’ve lowered my blood pressure and cholesterol numbers and have lost over 80 pounds. I have so much encouragement from this welcoming place.” Chris has certainly taken advantage of the greater possibilities provided her at Tamarac. She’s well on her journey to a new life of healthy activities and an inspiration to those looking to improve their overall health.

TRANSFORM YOURSELF Tamarac, a member of Spectrum Health, has created a wide range of programs to help you meet weight-loss goals and healthy lifestyles. Learn about the programs listed by visiting

Community-Based Programs Mini-Weight Loss Challenges

Do you need that extra bit of motivation to make your weightloss dreams come true? This is the program for you! Join one of our six-week partner challenges with weekly weigh-ins and a prize at the end for the biggest losers! The team with the most points wins.

Healthy Living Series

A healthier lifestyle is within reach using the right tools and getting the support you need. Join us each month to hear our wellness experts share their tools and knowledge with you.

Weight Loss for Women

Want to jump-start your weight loss and fitness routine? Prevent bone loss and increase your metabolism and muscle mass through cardio and strength exercises coupled with healthy eating habits. This series will take you through group workouts. You will also learn techniques for healthy and mindful eating, managing stress, and the ins and outs of wholesome foods.

Diet FreeTM Program

Next Steps—New in 2013

Next Steps is a 12-week exercise and nutrition program focused on behavioral modification strategies for a healthier life. The class will meet weekly for group exercise training and healthy skills development.

New You: Medical Weight Loss Program with a Team Approach Medical Weight Management New You is a 20-week behavior modification program focused on making lifestyle changes for improved health and weight management. This full meal-replacement (Health One) medical program is facilitated with physician and clinical support. We provide a health counseling program that is scientifically designed using low-calorie meal replacements. This program provides excellent results. Approximately 80 percent of clients who enter and stick with this program maintain their initial weight loss after one year. Our philosophy is that weight management is a lifelong, step-by-step process. You will be guided to a much healthier life. Be prepared for a challenge! Plan to attend a free informational session.

Tamarac is excited to offer another tool for those striving to reach beyond ordinary results. Zonya Foco’s eight-step Diet For more information or to sign up for any Free lifestyle program is led by Tamarac health educators of our weight management programs, who have expertise in weight management and fitness. The call 231.924.3073. program will include Zonya’s Diet Free materials, group support and accountability.

Supervised Weight Loss Programs Big Loser Challenge

Want tough, personalized workouts, exercise and nutrition challenges, a private fitness setting and behavior modification training? Join our Big Loser Challenge and watch the pounds melt away.


More Possibilities for Chronic Disease Management National Diabetes Prevention Program PAD Screenings This is a program for individuals who are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes. It teaches individuals how to prevent or delay the disease through a 16-week structured program. The program will teach lasting lifestyle changes by providing information and offering feedback in stages to optimize behavioral changes. Program starts in January 2013. Learn more at an information session at Tamarac on May 14, 2013, from either 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The next 16-week session will begin on June 6, 2013. For more information or to sign up for an informational session, call 231.924.1866.

Diabetes Self-Management Education Gain victory over diabetes. This chronic disease can be managed. The Diabetes Self-Management Center teaches you how to control diabetes and enjoy your life. We show you how to maintain optimal blood glucose control, prevent acute and long-term complications, and promote selfmanagement. The diabetes education team includes a registered nurse and registered dietitian. Read


Enjoy the new experience at the Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Diabetes Self-Management Center’s Café Viva. Café Viva takes place in a bright, bistro-like classroom. Linen tablecloths and candlelight add ambiance and fun to your learning. Café Viva offers a “menu” of services to give you tools and information that help you achieve a high quality of life while managing your diabetes. The Café Viva menu includes:

• Introductory and follow-up classes for those who have received little or no previous diabetes education

• Refresher session for those who need a review of self-management programs

• Insulin or injectable therapy use • Analysis of how your medications work and why there might be so many

• Intensive management, insulin therapy • Intensive management, continuous glucose monitoring • Intensive management, pump therapy • Gestational diabetes education • Cooking classes • Individual coaching • Exercise classes 14

PAD screening can be arranged at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. Hospital First Floor Cardiac Rehabilitation Department 212 S Sullivan Street Fremont To register, call Brandee Chase, RN, HeartCaring coordinator, at 231.924.2810.

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial The Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center at the hospital is just minutes from most areas of Newaygo County. Our convenient location makes it easier for you to maintain your exercise program under the watchful eye of the Cardiac/ Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center professionals. Save the time and expense of longer drives to Muskegon or Grand Rapids while receiving expert care close to home. We can help you learn to take positive steps toward a healthier lifestyle through: • Nutrition counseling • Monitored exercise • Education • Stress management • Smoking cessation For more information, call 231.924.1378.



Pelvic Health Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial offers rehabilitation to help patients with pelvic control, strength, relaxation and function. Pain in the pelvic area may arise from stress, childbirth, adhesions, injury, surgery or other causes. The muscles, joints and connective tissue of the pelvis may become restricted and imbalanced and cause pain and dysfunction. Pelvic muscles, joints and connective tissue may also be stretched and weakened from childbirth, prostate surgery, aging, hormonal changes and chronic constipation.


March is Nutrition Month. An education booth each week will help you to make the healthiest choices when it comes to nourishing your body.

More Possibilities for Chronic Disease Management, Continued

New Physicians Spectrum Health Medical Group is pleased to welcome Shan E. Abbas, MD, and Ayman Haykal, MD. Each brings excellent qualifications, training and expertise to our clinical neurosciences team and provides comprehensive, highly coordinated, patient-centered care. Shan E. Abbas, MD, is a board-certified clinical neurologist and fellowship-trained epileptologist. After earning his medical degree from Dow Medical College, University of Karachi in Pakistan, Dr. Abbas completed his neurology internship and residency at University of Toledo Medical Center in Ohio, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology (EEG/epilepsy) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, ranked among the top programs in the country. Dr. Abbas’ clinical interests include exploring the biopsycho-social implications of neurological disorders and epilepsy, as well as the surgical options for the treatment of epilepsy.

Ayman Haykal, MD, is a board-certified clinical neurologist and fellowshiptrained epileptologist. After earning his medical degree from Damascus University School of Medicine in Syria, Dr. Haykal completed his internship and neurology residency at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he served as chief resident. He completed a fellowship in clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, ranked among the top programs in the country, where he served as chief epilepsy fellow. Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Specialist Clinics 230 West Oak Street Lower Level Fremont, MI 49412 For further information, referrals or appointments, please call 616.267.7900.

Specialist Care at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Oncology Team

Eric Santos, MD, the newest member of the Gerber cancer team, provides care every Monday to adults with cancer and blood disorders such as clotting and anemia. He has a special interest in lung cancers. Dr. Santos shares rotation days with Dr. Lakhani, who has been with the Cancer Care Center for six months. Read


Neurology Team

Epilepsy affects 2 million Americans. Approximately two-thirds of epilepsy patients have seizures that will be controlled with medications. The remaining one-third can often be helped with surgery. Spectrum Health has the only epilepsy center in West Michigan that provides comprehensive care for both pediatric and adult epilepsy patients. This past September, Spectrum Health expanded the inpatient epilepsymonitoring unit at Butterworth Hospital, and it is now considered one of the largest in the state. In the past year, the epilepsy team at Spectrum Health has more than doubled in size to accommodate the area’s growing population of epilepsy patients. This team includes Dr. Shan Abbas and Dr. Ayman Haykal (above). In addition to their work in Grand Rapids, these physicians provide services several Mondays each month in the Specialist Clinics of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial.


GIVING GREATER MEDICAL ACCESS The recruitment of new providers at Gerber Memorial is a key goal of our strategic plan. The following new clinicians reflect our progress in this goal. Jim Hilbrand, PA-C Grant Medical Office Alina McDermed, DO Specializing in sports medicine, Grant Medical Office

Jim Hilbrand, PA-C Grant Medical Office

Alina McDermed, DO Grant Medical Office

Wendy Alvesteffer, PA-C Grant Medical Office

Robert Gunnell, MD Grant Medical Office

Nehal Lakhani, MD, PhD Oncologist, Cancer Care Center

Tina Tanner, MD Hesperia Medical Center

Jennifer J. Koetje, PA-C Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Jeffrey Decker, MD Cardiologist, Specialist Clinic

Wendy Alvesteffer, PA-C Grant Medical Office Robert Gunnell, MD Grant Medical Office Nehal Lakhani, MD, PhD Oncologist, Cancer Care Center Tina Tanner, MD Hesperia Medical Center Jennifer J. Koetje, PA-C Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Jeffrey Decker, MD Cardiologist, Specialist Clinic Shana Selesky, PA-C Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Office Read


Hospitalists Hospitalists are physicians who coordinate your care while you are in the hospital, in the event your primary care physician does not come to the hospital. Your hospitalist will see you on a regular basis and communicate with your specialist and your personal physician. Continu-Care Home Health Our home health agency, Continu-Care, has expanded its service area to all of Newaygo County, as well as Oceana and Muskegon counties. This will allow patients living in more remote areas to be cared for at home when possible. Read


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Shana Selesky, PA-C Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Office

Baby Style Want to learn how to keep your baby safe? Do you know how to give your baby a massage? Join Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial for a class that teaches parents about safe sleep, infant safety, CPR and infant massage. For more information, call 231.924.1344. Read


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Mind, Body and Spirit New! TRX Flow Six-Week Course Using TRX training straps, we combine Pilates and yoga poses to strengthen and stretch your limbs, creating a strong and defined body. Read

$75 for Citizens for the six-week series. To register, call Gretchen Bush at 231.924.1781. More

Tai Chi Tai Chi for Health— Beginner

Eight-week series Mondays: March 11 to April 29/May 6 to June 24 Time: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Charge: $20 for Citizens and $30 for non-Citizens To register, call 231.924.3195. Consists of 12 basic movements of the sun style, with gentle, agile steps of forward and backward movements that gracefully transition from one move to another. This provides more mobility, which is very helpful to people with arthritis. Includes powerful Qigong exercises to improve breathing, and facilitate relaxation and healing. The upright stance is easier for beginners and older people to learn. The great artistic depth holds student interest.

Tai Chi for Health— Intermediate

Eight-week series Mondays: March 11 to April 29/May 6 to June 24 Time: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Charge: $20 for Citizens and $30 for non-Citizens To register, call 231. 924.3195.


Focuses on nine new movements that further the process of learning and practicing tai chi as a means to improve overall health and help you cope with arthritis and fibromyalgia symptoms. Reaching a more “intermediate” level is not essential, but the benefits of tai chi are cumulative over time as you keep practicing.

Tai Chi for Health— Super Intermediate

Eight-week series Mondays: March 11 to April 29/May 6 to June 24, 2013 Time: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Charge: $20 for Citizens and $30 for non-Citizens To register, call 231.924.3195. For students who have reached comfortable levels of practice with the 12 basic movements, reverse of the 12 movements, the nine intermediate movements and the reverse of the nine movements. Includes practice of the five elements of Qigong and enhanced depth training for increasing and strengthening one’s chi.

Aqua Tai Chi

Every Friday, December 2012 to March 2013, from noon to 12:45 p.m. The supportive properties of water can help individuals who are balance-challenged and those in chronic pain. Tai chi is a gentle form of martial arts in the internal style. In the water, it becomes even gentler on the body. The water can also provide added resistance, which improves strength. The benefits are cumulative over time if you keep practicing.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day Celebration Date: April 27, 2013 Time: 10 a.m. to noon

Each year, at 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of April, tens of thousands of people in hundreds of cities and over 70 nations come together ... to breathe together ... to provide the world a healing image of our planet and our people. Be a part of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2013. Read


Spa Services Enhance your well-being in a place that melts away stress and refreshes your mind, body and spirit. At Ahhh, you’ll experience a world of rest and relaxation, soothing treatments by expert therapists and the holistic attention you deserve. Public welcome. Located inside Tamarac. To schedule, call 231.924.7800.

Spa Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Spa Week March 11 through 16 Watch for upcoming events and activities.

For an appointment, call 231.924.7800. 1401 W Main Street Fremont, MI 49412

Acupuncture Face Lift Class January 17, 5:30 p.m. Space is limited. Call to register at 231.924.7800.

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Day Spa Services • Acupuncture • Body treatment • Dermal filler • Facial • Massage

• Couples massage • Pedicure • Reflexology • Reiki

Laser Services • Skin rejuvenation—Laser light beam

gradually reduces facial veins, rosacea (facial redness), sun spots, age spots. • Spider leg vein treatment—Safely and effectively treats unsightly leg veins, most of which disappear immediately. Revel in how this treatment restores the youthful appearance of your legs. • Acne treatment—Activates your body’s natural acne-fighting defenses and reduces the severity of current and future breakouts. • Hair removal—Safe and effective process reduces unwanted body and facial hair.

Products Available for Purchase • Avene • jane iredale • Biotone • Latisse • Eminence Organic • Nectifirm Skin Care • OPI • Glytone

Medical Aesthetics • Botox • Laser acne treatments • Laser hair removal • Leg vein therapy • Microdermabrasion • Permanent makeup application • Physician-grade glycolic and salicylic peels

• Radiesse® • Skin rejuvenation—facial veins, wrinkles, rosacea, sun spots


New cancer care comfort service. Details to follow. Read


Greater Possibilities To Look And Feel Your Best

Acupuncture at Ahhh, The Spa at Tamarac

Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and has been practiced in the East for thousands of years. More and more people are discovering the benefits of this complementary treatment. Commonly Treated Conditions • Cancer and cancer recovery symptoms • Digestive disorders • Ear and throat disorders • Joint and muscle pain • Men’s sexual dysfunction • Obesity • Stress, anxiety and depression • Women’s reproductive dysfunction To schedule an appointment, call Ahhh, The Spa at Tamarac, at 231.924.7800. 19

Opportunities to expand services throughout Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial have never been more apparent. Resources for increased knowledge and tools are readily available within Spectrum Health System. Renowned specialists and talented employees maintaining the highest health care standards and levels of expertise are now our advisers and colleagues. Ahhh, The Spa at Tamarac: 231.924.7800

Medical Records: 231.924.1360

Anesthesia: 231.924.1306

Occupational Medicine: 231.924.6095

Cancer Care Center: 231.924.1305

Outpatient: 231.924.3300

Cardio/Pulmonary: 231.924.1322

Patient Registration: 231.924.1369

Central Scheduling: 231.924.7778

Pharmacy: 231.924.1328

Childbirth Education: 231.924.1344

Physician Offices

Continu-Care Home Health Services: 231.652.5377 or 800.968.1331

• General/skilled nursing/

private-duty home health

• Maternal/child home care Customer Service Advocate: 231.924.1138 Diabetes Self-Management Center: 231.924.1866 Diagnostic Imaging: 231.924.3300 Discharge Planning: 231.924.1478 Educational Services

• Cardiac rehabilitation: 231.924.1378 • Food/nutrition: 231.924.1377 • Gerontology: 231.924.1186 • Women’s health: 231.924.7139

Emergency Department: 231.924.3300 Endoscopy: 231.924.1612 Family Birth Center: 231.924.1302 Fund Development: 231.924.1102 Gift Shop/Coffee Shop: 231.924.1368 Human Resources: 231.924.1383 Laboratory: 231.924.1363

• Grant: 231.834.5995 • Hesperia: 231.854.6415 • Internal medicine and pediatrics: 231.924.1800

• Midwifery: 231.924.1212 • Obstetrics and gynecology: 231.924.1212 Rehabilitation: 231.924.3195

• Aqua therapy • Occupational therapy • Physical therapy • Speech therapy • Sports medicine

Specialist Clinics: 231.924.1305

• Allergy and asthma • Cardiology • Ear/nose/throat • Foot care • Hematology • Nephrology • Neurology • Oncology • Ophthalmology • Plastic and reconstructive surgery • Podiatry • Pulmonary • Sleep disorders • Urology • Vascular medicine

Surgical Services: 231.924.3300

• Breast surgical services −− Lumpectomy/mastectomy −− Breast health navigator • Cataract surgery • General surgery • Orthopaedic surgery • Outpatient surgery • Plastic and reconstructive surgery

Tamarac, the Center for Health and Well-Being: 231.924.1600

• Diet Free weight-loss program • Fitness center • Group classes • New You medical weight loss • Rehabilitation • The Tree House child watch area • Total Control exercise program for incontinence

• Two Worlds One Cafe • Warm-water therapy pool Volunteer Coordinator: 231.924.1350 Women’s Health Services: 231.924.7139

Winter/Spring 2013 Community Wellness Guide  

Enjoy Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial's Community Wellness Guide. Learn about all the upcoming events at Tamarac, new providers and much mor...