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Health Resources

An Easy Access Guide of Medical Services for Iron County & Surrounding Areas

A supplement of the Iron County Reporter

June 2013

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The Iron County Reporter is proud to present our “Health Resources Guide” to our readers and the community. This is one special issue you’ll want to keep nearby for many months, as it is chock-full of medical resource information, health service options, topics for healthy living and a directory of medical services in our local area. You’ll be able to keep on hand a comprehensive listing of specialists and health care providers, support groups and medical access programs for all ages. Be sure to support our local health care providers whenever possible—making a difference in our community by offering professional services close to home.

Health Resources Directory AmericInn (Pg 8) Located on U.S. 2, 40 E. Adams St., Iron River, MI 49935 906.265.9100 or 1.800.634.3444 Blue Diamond Therapies (pg 5) Riverside Plaza - Iron River, MI 49935 906.265.5303 Dickinson County Healthcare System (Pg 12) 1721 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain, MI 49801 906.774.1313 www. Essential Kneads Massage Therapy (Pg 4) 173 Erickson Dr., Iron River, MI 49935 906.265.5310 First Finacial Insurance Agency of Iron River (Pg 9) 426 West Genesee Street, Iron River, MI 49935 906.265.6457 Massage By Michelle (Pg 5) 25 North 5th St., Crystal Falls, MI 49920 906. 282.5075 NorthSTAR Health System (Pg 6-7) 1400 West Ice Lake Road, Iron River, MI 49935 906.265.0477 – 855.NHS.HEALTH www.

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Drs. Kim and Tony Scarlassara, D.C. We treat patients with concerns such as: • Neck Pain • Infant Colic • Ear Infections • Sciatica • Disc Herniations • Headaches • Vertigo • Back Pain • Sporting injuries • Scoliosis • Bedwetting • Pregnancy • Total Health • Asthma Board Certified, Chiropractic Physicians We accept CareCredit, Insurance, and Medicare 202 W. Adams St. Iron River, MI 49935 Phone: 906.265.9000

Members of: Michigan Association of Chiropractors, American Chiropractic Association, and International Chiropractic Pediatric Association Official Chiropractors for the UP Championship Rodeo

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Q: What’s the medical term for low blood sugar? A: Hypoglycemia. Q: What does “CPR” stand for in medical emergencies? A: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Q: What’s the itchy skin condition tinea pedis better known as? A: Athlete’s foot. Q: What arthritic disorder occurs due to increased uric acid in the blood? A: Gout. Q: How many of every 10 victims infected by the Ebola virus will die in two days? A: Nine. Q: What do doctors look at through an ophthalmoscope? A: The eye.

Northwoods Family Chiropractic (Pg 2) 202 W. Adams St., Iron River, MI 49935 906.265.9000 Potrykus Family Dentistry (Pg 10) 213 N Railroad Street, Eagle River, WI 54521 715.479.4686 www. Saigh Family Dental (Pg 11) 528 North First Ave., Iron River, MI 49935 906.265.0050 www. Tri-County Communication Services (Pg 9) US-2, Florence, WI 54121 715.528.4350 – 888.528.4350 www. Wild Rivers Realty & Associates (Pg 9) Iron River, MI 1.800.898.3164 / 906.265.7325 Crystal Falls, MI 1.866.991.9992 / 906.875.0100

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Getting acquainted with chiropractic care IRON RIVER— Drs. Kim & Tony Scarlassara are chiropractors serving Iron River and the surrounding communities. They are dedicated to chiropractic solutions to target unique needs, whether suffering from back pain, neck pain, headaches or even muscular tightness and tension. “At the first visit, we will explain the science behind how chiropractic care works, and give a full evaluation to see if chiropractic care is right for you. If there is a good fit, we can develop a plan of chiropractic care that is specific to your condition and health goals,” said the team at Northwoods Family Chiropractic. “At Northwoods Family Chiropractic, we take great pride in providing the finest chiropractic care to each and every patient. Here is some information about the different chiropractic services offered in our Iron River office.” Chiropractic Care We provide advanced spinal correction and chiropractic adjustments utilizing “state of the art” chiropractic techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic care have chiropractors been able to provide the level of help and expertise that is available today. Many of the newest chiropractic techniques are actually safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. Chiropractic care under a trained professional can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve total health or wellness. Corrective Exercises We teach our patients how to perform special “blueprint” exercises, which can help strengthen and correct the irregularities in their body that may be causing pain. Many of these corrective exercises can actually be performed in the comfort of your own home to help improve the effectiveness of your chiropractic care and spinal correction plan. In each case, targeted corrective exercises and stretches from our experienced chiropractor will help you feel good while also helping your body achieve balance and health. Lifestyle Advice Many of our patients come to see our chiropractor to address a specific

pain symptom, such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. While our chiropractor will address each patient’s specific condition with chiropractic care, we often find it helpful to “coach” our patients towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. The goal of including lifestyle advice with a chiropractic care plan is to help each and every patient achieve the fulfilling and happy lifestyle they deserve. We recognize that every single one of our patients is a whole person, and we use our expertise to help them reach total health and wellness. Nutritional Counseling What does nutrition have to do with chiropractic care? The goal of chiropractic care is to help patients achieve total health and balance with their body, and as part of that goal we provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices. Nutritional counseling by our experienced chiropractic health professionals can assist a patient on their return to optimal health. Kids Chiropractic Club All parents want to maximize their children’s health, and they should take a proactive approach in keeping children healthy. There are five major strategies that you can implement as a parent who wants what’s best for the child. First and foremost is the understanding that your child’s brain and nervous system controls and coordinates every function of the body, including the immune system, biochemistry, and hormones. After taking a proper history about your child and doing a thorough evaluation, a doctor of chiropractic will determine the extent of your child’s interference in the nervous system, which is called a subluxation, a minor misalignment of the vertebrae. Each time you child has his or her spine check they will be entered into our drawing which is held the 1st of each month. Drs. Kim and Tony Scarlassara at Northwoods Family Chiropractic are located at 202 W. Adams St. in Iron River and can be reached at (906) 2659000.

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In March, Northwoods Family Chiropractic started “Our Blue Jeans help support local charities.” Every three months, a local charity is chosen. Each staff member pays $1 each Friday to wear their blue jeans to work. Drs. Kim and Tony Scarlassara are also participating in this event by wearing blue jeans along with their employees and will be matching all donations. “This is a great way to give back to our community,” said Dr. Kim (left). The local charity chosen this period was the Windsor Center. Accepting the check from Northwoods Family Chiropractic on behalf of the Windsor Center was Dawn Pisoni (center). Pisoni plans to use the money to help support the Art Club, one of the several programs offered at the Windsor Center, giving young children a creative place to work on art projects throughout the year. For the next three months, Northwoods Family Chiropractic will be wearing blue jeans on Fridays in support of its next local charity, the Contemporary Center in Crystal Falls. (Northwoods Family Chiropractic photo)

“Public Health: Save Lives, Save Money” KINGSFORD–The DickinsonIron District Health Department recognized National Public Health Week 2013 with the theme “Public Health: Save Lives, Save Money.” “Every year in the United States, seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, chronic diseases account for a whopping 75 percent of national health care spending, yet only 3 percent of our health care dollars go toward prevention,” stated Steve Markham, director/health officer. Research shows that investing just $10 per person each year in proven, community-based public health efforts can save the nation more than $16 billion within five years. That’s a $5.60 return for every $1 invested. “We all have a role to play in making our communities healthier places, and the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is excited to help lead the way. Many small preventive steps

can add up to make a big difference in transforming a health care system focused on treatment to one that equally values prevention. “Our nation and community simply cannot sustain the current trajectory of health care spending and chronic disease rates,” said Markham. “Fortunately,weknowthatinvesting in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference.”

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Dickinson Memorial to launch new customer service initiative IRON MOUNTAIN—Dickinson County Healthcare System’s Board of Trustees learned about the new customer service initiative that is now under way throughout Dickinson Memorial Hospital and its affiliated medical practices. Superior Health Partners (SHP), a group of nine Upper Peninsula hospitals and BCBS of Michigan, have contracted the Baptist Leadership Group (BLG), a consulting firm based in northwest Florida, to assist. All SHP member hospitals are participating with financial support for the initiative coming from BCBS. “We know we do a lot of things right,” commented Susan Hadley, R.N., director of nursing and leader of the customer service initiative. “We have acquired a high level of medical technology, hired the best physicians and staff to use it, and have attained high quality and safety scores that have been nationally recognized. But in order to continually earn the trust and confidence of our patients and their families, we need to create an even better healthcare experience – consistently with every patient, every day, in every way – and to show them that they are at the center of everything we do.” Baptist Leadership Group is a consulting firm owned by Baptist Health Care, a community-owned, notfor-profit healthcare organization. It is nationally recognized for performance excellence and quality achievement and has consistently ranked in the 99th percentile for patient satisfaction as recognized by Press Ganey, a leader in healthcare quality improvement. One of the most important aspects of the BLG mission is to help healthcare organizations across the country improve the patient experience using

the tools, techniques and best practices they have so successfully pioneered. BLG’s tools, tactics and best practices are evidence based, outcome driven and tested and proven at their living laboratory at Baptist Health Care. They provide customized, individualized coaching that produces measurable, sustainable increases in patient satisfaction, employee engagement, quality outcomes, and profitability. BLG staff visited the sites of all participating U.P. hospitals in May and in July will conduct their first training sessions in Marquette. “We are starting from a position of strength with a very dedicated and committed staff,” commented Hadley. “We are also small enough to know our patients as our friends and neighbors; they have always been more than a medical record number while a patient at our hospital. We are committed to a culture of patient-centered excellence and are excited to learn how to exceed our patients’ expectations every day.” Across the nation, the healthcare industry is transitioning to a new model of providing care to a growing number of healthcare consumers at a time when costs are escalating and reimbursement rates are shrinking. Superior Health Partners was created in response to these challenges. This alliance of U.P. hospitals in no way diminishes each hospital’s independence, but it does seek to strengthen their ability to compete with out-of-state healthcare providers, which in recent years have systematically sought to steer specific healthcare services out of the Upper Peninsula. This ‘out-migration’ accounts for at least $80 million of healthcare funding that leaves the U.P. annually – primarily to Wisconsin.

Dickinson patient celebrates 2000th visit in cardiac rehabilitation program

Ed Koerschner (center) celebrates his 2000th visit to the Cardiac Rehab Department at Dickinson Memorial Hospital. His nurses are Judy Phelps, R.N. (left), and Shirley Dishaw-Beck, R.N. “Both my nurses are very good and have made it fun for me to exercise, which makes it easy for me to stay in the habit. The connection between the patient and caregiver is what is so special about our community hospital. I don’t come to work out, I come to a gathering of friends,” commented Koerschner.

Health Trivia Q: What hereditary blood defect is known as “the royal disease”? A: Hemophilia. Q: What organ is inflamed when one has encephalitis? A: The brain. Q: What’s most likely to occur when your diaphragm goes into spasms? A: Hiccups. Q: What does the “myo” mean in myocardial? A: Muscle.

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Massage therapy options offered in area IRON COUNTY— What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments? Here is a list of how massage can help: ~ Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion. ~ Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays. ~ Ease medication dependence. ~ Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system. ~ Exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles. ~ Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts. ~ Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin. ~ Increase joint flexibility. ~ Lessen depression and anxiety. ~ Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks. ~ Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation. ~ Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling. ~ Reduce spasms and cramping. ~ Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles. ~ Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller. ~ Relieve migraine pain. There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy

can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen. Experts estimate that upwards of 90 percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into: Decreased anxiety, Enhanced sleep quality, Greater energy, Improved concentration, Increased circulation, Reduced fatigue. Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits. Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan. Michelle Kenney, owner of Massage By Michelle, has six years experience and specializes in many different areas of massage therapy. She can customize

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to meet your needs. For more information call (906) 282-5075. Her business is located inside Adrienne’s Hair Studio and Spa at 25 N. Fifth St. in Crystal Falls. Michelle Tefft, Essential Kneads Massage Therapy, offers pain and stress reduction, relaxation and deep tissue massage and foot reflexology.

She is located at 173 Erickson Dr., in Iron River and can be reached at (906) 265-5310 Dodi Felger of Blue Diamond Therapies offers massage, yoga instruction and flower essences. She is located in the Riverside Plaza in Iron River or can be reached at (906) 265-5303 or info@

Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork.

Massage By Michelle (906) 282-5075 ~ Swedish ~ Pregnancy ~ Sports ~ Seated Chair Massage ~ Relaxation/Well Being MICHELLE L. KENNEY - MASSAGE THERAPIST LOCATED AT ADRIENNE’S HAIR STUDIO & SPA


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Mission Statement

NORTHSTAR Health System is a community-owned, not-for-profit organization responsible for the physical and emotional health of people living in south central Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin. Directly, and in general partnership with communities, employers, schools, and government officials, as well as select partnerships with other health care providers, we guide individuals and families in their lifelong journey toward optimal health. We are committed to providing high quality, reliable, cost-effective, total health solutions with respect and compassion. Our innovative efforts will positively impact health care delivery in our service area.


Grief Support Group

Memory & Aging Care

Hemodialysis Home Care Hospice

Nephrology Nuclear Medicine Nutrition Consulting

Behavioral/Psychiatric & Mental Health

Diabetes Education Diagnostic Imaging

Cardiac Rehabilitation Cardiology Celiac/Gluten-Free Care Chemotherapy/Oncology Chiropractic Care Computerized Tomography (CT/CTA) Coumadin Clinic

Ear-Nose-Throat Emergency Department (24 hours) EMS/Ambulance Express Care Clinic

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Inpatient Care Internal Medicine

Occupational Therapy Orthopedics Outpatient Services


Family Medicine

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI/MRA) Mammography

Pediatrics Physical Therapy Podiatry Primary Care

General Surgery

1400 West Ice Lake Road


Rehabilitation Services Respiratory Care Respite Care Social Services Speech Therapy Sports Medicine Swing Bed TeleHealth/TeleMedicine Urology Wound Care

Iron River, MI 49935

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Our progressive outlook is seen in the personal care our patients receive. At our state-of-the-art facility you receive high quality care, close to home!

NORTHSTAR Health System’s Locations

Medical Staff Anesthesiology

NORTHSTAR Health System Hospital

Tracey Nelson, FNP-PMHNP-BC NORTHSTAR Ice Lake

1328 U.S. Hwy 2 Crystal Falls, MI 49920 Medical Clinic: (906) 875-4486 Dialysis: (906) 875-4739 Rehab Services: (906) 875-4749 Laboratory: (906) 875-6661

Ray Meyers, CRNA NORTHSTAR Hospital

David Puskala, PA-C NORTHSTAR Associate (906) 265-9908

Behavioral Health/Psychiatry

Brad Schenk, PA-C, DC NORTHSTAR Ice Lake NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls

NORTHSTAR Orthopedics

Tracey Nelson, FNP-PMHNP-BC NORTHSTAR Behavioral Health

NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls

1400 W. Ice Lake Road Iron River, MI 49935 855-NHS-HEALTH

NORTHSTAR Behavioral Health 1300 W. Ice Lake Road Iron River, MI 49935 (906) 265-3936

229 W. Genesee Street Iron River, MI 49935 Medical Clinic: (906) 265-5423 Rehab Services: (906) 265-9123

3257 U.S. Hwy 2 Iron River, MI 49935 Diabetes Education: (906) 265-2153 Home Care & Hospice: (906) 265-6118

NORTHSTAR Marenisco 236 Main Street Marenisco, MI 49947 (906) 787-2000

927 Riverside Avenue Iron River, MI 49935 (906) 265-2165

NORTHSTAR Ice Lake 1300 W. Ice Lake Road Iron River, MI 49935 (906)265-9189

Ear-Nose-Throat Ray H. Cameron, M.D., PhD NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls James E. Harrison, M.D. NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls

Contacts Patient Safety or Complaints (906) 265-0474 Emergency Department

(906) 265-0412

Financial Services

(906) 265-0493

President/CEO’s Office

(906) 265-0402

Human Resources

(906) 265-0434


(906) 265-0473

Medical Records

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Gift Shop

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Volunteer Services

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Pathology John Weiss, DS.P.M. NORTHSTAR Hospital

General Surgery David Cecconi, M.D. NORTHSTAR Surgical Associates Richard Cecconi, M.D. NORTHSTAR Surgical Associates Joseph Donohue, M.D. NORTHSTAR Surgical Associates

Scott Hagle, M.D. NORTHSTAR Hospital

Steven Terrian, D.O. NORTHSTAR Surgical Associates

Marites Ansay, M.D. NORTHSTAR Riverside Plaza Bruce Benkley, PA-C NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls Nicole Bice, PA-C NORTHSTAR Hospital

Terrance Kearney, D.O. NORTHSTAR Associate (906) 265-5378 Kim Mahler, D.O. NORTHSTAR Marenisco NORTHSTAR Ice Lake


Donald Smith, D.O. NORTHSTAR Associate (906) 875-6681

Emergency Medicine

Sharisse Haniff, M.D. NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls


Rodney Swan, M.D. NORTHSTAR Genesee NORTHSTAR Marenisco

Nasseem F. Rizkalla, M.D. NORTHSTAR Surgical Associates

Family Medicine


Steve Cline, M.D. NORTHSTAR Genesee NORTHSTAR Marenisco Gregory Peyer, M.D. NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls NORTHSTAR Genesee



1500 W. Ice Lake Road Iron River, MI 49935 (906) 265-9001

NORTHSTAR Riverside Plaza

Steven Miljour, D.O. NORTHSTAR Behavioral Health

Barbara Washington, M.D. NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls

NORTHSTAR Surgical Associates


Robert Koski, D.O. NORTHSTAR Hospital

Pediatrics Marites Ansay, M.D. NORTHSTAR Riverside Plaza Tiffany Darling, M.D. NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls

Radiology John F. Maesaka, M.D. NORTHSTAR Hospital


Internal Medicine

Kevin Scott, M.D. NORTHSTAR Ice Lake

Robert Han, M.D. NORTHSTAR Associate (906) 265-9908

Wound Care

Katalin Szloboda, M.D. NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls

Nephrology J. Marc Himes, M.D. NORTHSTAR Crystal Falls John Whitney, M.D. NORTHSTAR Associate

Oncology Gustavo Morel, M.D. NORTHSTAR Hospital

Jill Nocerini, DNP, ANP-BC NORTHSTAR Hospital

If you would like help finding a doctor, please call our friendly physician referral line at (906) 265-0477.

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Electronic Medical Records transition at NorthStar IRON RIVER—NorthStar Health Sytem’s Electronic Medical Records (EMR) transition will go live on July 15, which will have direct effect on patient care. According to CEO Connie Koutouzos, each room will have a computer installed to upgrade the quality and accuracy of the care patients receive, as well as quick access for the health system staff. At the Expedition Centriq staff meeting, Robin Matchett, Robin Matchett, NorthStar Health System director of professional practice, spoke about the changes that will occur with the switch to EMR. Bar codes will be placed on patient medications, assuring that the right patient receives the right medication at the right time. Real-time documentation will allow medical staff to enter real time information, such as vitals and reactions to medication into the computer at that time, instead of at

the end of the shift. “These changes are extremely important for patient-centered care,” she said. According to Peg James, director, the switch to the EMR records will improve the availability of patient information, and will allow the medical history of the patient to be easily accessible, which will ensure accurate information. Due to the reduction of data replication, the records will be constantly up to date, making it more effective when accessing the medical data and assessing the long term changes in the patient’s care. According to the handout at the meeting, the laboratory test results will automatically become part of the patient record. The laboratory will also provide automated quality control tools to ensure the accurate readings.

Dolly Cimarelli works on patient registration, which will be another location patients will see a change due to the transition to Electronic Medical Records.

Come and Stay at the AmericInn Located on U.S. 2, 40 E. Adams Street Downtown Iron River, MI (906) 265-9100 or Toll Free: 1-800-634-3444

Rallying for ICCU Peg James (right) and Michelle Thomson presented Jolene Spoke (center) of the Iron County Cancer Unit with two checks Aug. 13. Thomson represented the Iron River Country Club Ladies Twilight League, which runs a Rally for a Cure event each summer, with proceeds of $1,500 designated this year to the local cancer unit. James, on behalf of NorthStar Health System, donated another $500 to the cancer unit. (NHS photo)

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NorthStar expands concussion testing IRON RIVER—NorthStar Rehabilitation, which has tested West Iron County and Forest Park athletes for concussions for the last two years, is ready to expand its outreach to other school districts. NorthStar is offering its ImPACT test (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) to other districts. ImPACT, said the company, is the most widely used and scientifically valudated computerized concussion evaluation system. It was developed to assist qualified practicioners make return-to-play decisions. The 20-minute test has become a standard used for the management of conussions from ages 10 on up. The neurocognative assessment can help objectively evaluate an athlete’s postinjury condition and track their recovery for safe return-to-play decisions. In 2012, NorthStar did baseline tests on 311 athletes. It also did 13 follow-up tests on athletes who had a concussion after the baseline tests. So far in 2013, it has done baseline


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John Waite, Agent Baseline concussion testing for high school athletes at NorthStar Health Systems involves computerized tests. If the student is later injured, results from a new test are compared to the first.


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tests on 325 athletes. Tests were done at Forest Park on April 30 and on May 8 at West Iron County. The tests are done free of charge to the athletes. Besides the cognitive test, NorthStar also performed balance tests with its Biodex balance systems, which is another tool for physicians as they assess whether an athlete can return to play safely. If an athlete is concussed and needs a return-to-play assessment, they should contact the Northstar Rehabilitation department at 265-9123 or 875-4749 to set up a repeat test and assessment. NorthStar offers both physical and occupational therapy, therapists with many years of experience treating neuro or orthopedic problems. Clinics are located in both Iron River and Crystal Falls. The sports medicine clinic is free of charge for the initial assessment of the injured athlete on Mondays from 8 to 9 a.m. at both locations. Recently, NorthStar has also started an aqua therapy program for those who require less stress on the joints, which water can provide.



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Dental health is important

Kim Plummer’s senior fitness classes are designed for the older community and their exercise needs.

What do you think when you hear ‘senior fitness’? IRON RIVER—For some, it might mean a gentle exercise performed in a non-competitive environment and for others it might want to mean a not so mild “senior” movement. We need to be very careful not to lump the older adult population all together and assume that they are all the same, because the reality is that older adults are much more diverse than younger adults. Instead of thinking of a chronological age to the label “senior” --- “senior fitness” should be thought of as a functional, purposeful and healthier lifestyle fitness program. We need to stop assuming what an older adult can and cannot do based on age alone. It is the level of fitness that is of prime importance, rather than age. If you’re looking for a fitness program but not sure where to start, try joining a group class that is tailored to your level. Group classes reduce the risk of boredom and plateaus. Incorporating some form of movement

in your daily routine can bring positive effects to your mind and body. NASM Certified Personal Trainer Kim Plummer offers two fitness classes thru the Windsor Center. These classes have been on-going for the past year. For the more active individual, the first class, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:45 a.m., would be recommended. It has low impact aerobics, with modifications for individuals who like a fitness challenge, along with strength training using hand weights and bands. The second class, on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m., would be for the more sedentary lifestyle individual or someone with physical handicaps and/or injuries. The class focuses on strengthening and stretching muscle, which improves balance and mobility. Senior fitness classes are designed for the older community and their exercise needs. For more information, contact Kim Plummer at 906-284-1106.

CRYSTAL FALLS—In October, during National Dental Hygiene Month, the Dickinson-Iron Dental Center in Crystal Falls reminded area residents that oral health is an important part of overall health. Detecting disease early is the key to saving lives, and when it comes to life-threatening conditions such as oral cancer, diabetes, eating disorders and more, help with early detection may come from an unlikely source: a registered dental hygienist. “Signs and symptoms of a number of diseases can appear in the mouth before they show up in other parts of the body,” said Katherine Jones, a dental hygienist at the Dickinson-Iron Dental Center. “We look closely for these signs and symptoms during our patients’ regular oral health examinations.” Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, has been recognized as a risk factor for serious illnesses and conditions such as heart disease, respiratory ailments and the delivery of pre-term, low birth weight babies. Studiesinvestigatingtherelationship between periodontal disease and health problems suggest that primary bacteria found in the mouth when periodontal disease is present can enter the blood stream and spread throughout the body. These bacteria can infect the heart as well as other body organs and cause inflamed coronary arteries and blood clots, in addition to changes in blood pressure and heart rate. An estimated 80 percent of American adults have some form of periodontal

disease. “The majority of them don’t realize they have it. In the early stages it’s usually painless, and people aren’t aware they have a problem,” Jones said. “We recommend that patients have their teeth professionally cared for by a dental hygienist every six months to keep gum disease in check,” Jones said. The Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health confirmed the importance of oral health to general health. It noted: --The mouth is a mirror of general health and well-being. --Signs and symptoms of many lifethreatening conditions first appear in the mouth. --Although good oral health can be achieved, significant disparities exist in the nation’s oral health (e.g., 80 percent of cavities still occur in 25 percent of children). --Preventable oral diseases still afflict a majority of Americans. Dental caries (tooth decay) is the single most common childhood disease; it’s five times more common than asthma. If serious diseases are detected or suspected, dental hygienists advise patients to obtain a conclusive diagnosis from a physician. Oral health is integral to total health, and dental hygienists’ primary role is to optimize patients’ health status and recommend a home-care regimen that works to minimize related problems and promote overall health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the DickinsonIron Dental Center at (906) 875-6133.

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2013 HEALTH RESOURCES, Iron County Reporter, Page 11

Dental office offers new technology in braces

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IRON RIVER—Saigh Family Dental offers Fastbraces Technology to patients and answers a couple questions about the new braces. Are the new technology patented braces more comfortable than the old braces? It seems so. University research has shown “lower sensitivity” compared to the conventional braces tested and “the lowest frictional forces.” This may be because the patented braces used at Fastbraces typically work with just one orthodontic wire, start to finish, whereas old technology braces usually require a series of wires and tightening procedures. In addition, the wire used at Fastbraces is heat-activated and, although it applies low forces, it uprights the root of the tooth from the beginning of the treatment and thus helps move the tooth safely, quickly and comfortably. Are there any risks at Fastbraces compared to traditional braces? No. There are no more risks of

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tooth or root problems than those associated with traditional braces. In fact, university research has shown very positive results. We believe this is due to the fact that at Fastbraces we move teeth with the patented braces technology gently with low forces. A special square nickel-titanium wire is activated by

the heat of the mouth. It uprights the whole tooth in the natural mouth temperature in one stage in about a year and in some cases in just a few months. For more information contact Saigh Family Dental at 528 N. First Ave. in Iron River or call (906) 2650050.

WIC program also about children’s dental health KINGSFORD—WIC (the Women, Infant and Children nutrition program) is a food and nutrition program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Michigan Department of Community Health. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department delivers WIC services and benefits to our residents. WIC provides supplemental food, offers professional nutrition education and makes referrals to community resources based on health screening and assessments of need. Nutritious foods are provided to supplement and help improve the diet. For example: --Women and children may receive milk, cheese, eggs, juices rich in Vitamin C, cereals rich in iron and dry peas/beans or peanut butter, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads or tortillas. --Breastfeeding women who do not receive formula from WIC may also receive tuna fish as well as extra cheese, juice and beans. --Starting at six months of age, infants are eligible to receive infant cereal and baby foods in jars. Breastfed infants receive double the amount of baby food. --For infants who are partially breast-fed or not breast-fed, WIC provides iron-fortified formula. --Fresh produce is provided to many WIC participants through Project Fresh, a farmer’s market nutrition program. WIC participants are issued a Michigan Bridge card, which can be used at any of the WIC-authorized

retail stores throughout Michigan. The Bridge card looks like and is used like a debit or credit card. Children under three years of age who are enrolled in the Health Department’s WIC program will also be eligible for the Varnish Michigan Babies Too program. The goal of this program is to provide fluoride varnish to children who are at high risk for dental decay. Project services include: a caries risk assessment, parent oral health education, an oral screening and a fluoride varnish application on all exposed teeth. The screening and varnish application will be completed by registered nurses, all of whom have completed training in these procedures and have received certification to apply the varnish. The children are eligible to receive up to four fluoride varnish applications per 12 month period. As part of this project, the Health Department has contacted local dental offices and has developed a list of all dental providers in the area. Children with identified concerns on screening will be referred to these local providers. Families with children enrolled in MI-Child and Healthy Kids will be given a list of providers who accept this insurance. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to assist in promoting the dental health of children in this community,” said a spokesperson. For more information or an appointment for the WIC program, call the Health Department at 906779-7212 or 906-265-4173.

2013 HEALTH RESOURCES, Iron County Reporter, Page 12

Dickinson Home Health launches new “Hospital to Home” program IRON RIVER



IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson Home Health recently launched its new Hospital to Home program, which seeks to ease the transition from hospital care to independent care for patients who need a little extra help to remain safe and healthy in their home environments. The new program provides one free follow-up home visit to at-risk, nonhomebound patients discharged from Dickinson Memorial Hospital in order to provide successful transition from hospital to home. A home health nurse will focus on medication reconciliation, home safety and community referrals as needed. The new program will function as follows. -At the time of discharge from the hospital, the patient will be assessed to determine his or her eligibility for the follow-up home visits using a checklist of specific criteria. -Eligible patients will receive a visit prior to discharge from a nurse, discharge planner or social worker who will explain the program to them and their family members. -Upon patient acceptance, hospital staff will complete a referral sheet and contact Dickinson Home Health. -Within 48 hours, staff from Dickinson Home Health will contact the patient to establish an appointment for their home visit. -The home health nurse will spend approximately one hour in the patient home reviewing and reconciling patient medications, assessing the home environment for basic safety concerns, providing information for referrals to outside agencies that may be of benefit to the patient and answering any concerns the patient may have once he or she has arrived home from the hospital. -All information obtained during this home visit will be recorded on the Home Visit Record sheet to be included in the patient’s medical record, and a copy of it will be sent to the patient’s physician. “Certainly patients have been fully assessed while they are still in the hospital to determine if they can be discharged home,” explained Susan Hadley, R.N., director of nursing. “They are

A home health nurse will focus on medication reconciliation and more.

also given detailed instructions as part of their formal discharge. But that time of transition as they leave the hospital can be confusing to many, and both patients and family are not always ready to hear what they need to know in order to take care of themselves successfully once they get home. So we are looking forward to working closely with home care nursing staff to complete and improve our discharge process.” “Patients look forward to going home after a hospital stay,” commented Tina Zarcone, R.N., manager of Dickinson Home Health. “Once they are home, however, the full realization sets in that they are now responsible for their care, and many times family members are involved to help complete the cycle of care that the patient needs to fully recover. Questions arise that they may not have thought about while still in the hospital. “The visit provided through the Hospital to Home Program is has a very specific purpose,” continued Zarcone. “The nurse does not provide any kind of skilled care. This home visit is designed to help transition the patient more fully back home and to help guarantee he or she has all the information needed to remain safely at home through their recuperative process.”

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