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March 2014

TheSource News to use from Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial

Pine Medical Group Joins Spectrum Health On March 1, 2014, Pine Medical Group of Fremont and Newaygo joined Spectrum Health Medical Group, providing area patients with expanded access to some of West Michigan’s most experienced and skilled medical specialists. More than 20 board-certified physicians and advanced practice providers will provide family medicine, general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, pediatric and primary care to patients in Fremont, Newaygo and surrounding communities. This integration will offer additional benefits to existing and new patients including a coordinated network of specialists, surgeons, researchers, nationally recognized medical experts and other Spectrum Health care providers who work as a team with Spectrum Health Medical Group primary care physicians should patients ever need additional medical resources. “We are very excited to see Pine Medical Group expand their practice by joining Spectrum Health Medical Group,” said Randall Stasik, president, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital. “They are a quality, patient-focused organization and we look forward to working together to improve the health of our community.” The former Gerber Memorial Health Services joined Spectrum Health to become Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial in May 2010. Patients benefit by continued access to skilled local specialists, and are now connected to a nationally recognized health system with an additional network of specialists, surgeons, researchers, nationally recognized medical experts and other care providers. Story continued on page 3.


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March Experience

Purchase a laser hair removal package and receive a complimentary treatment.

For more information about this service call 231.924.7800. 1401 W. Main Street, Fremont | 231.924.1600 |


New Gift Shop Items Have you been to the Gift Shop lately? If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on some great new items. New this year is beautiful art glass. If you’re in love with art glass, this is your chance to pick up some one-of-a-kind pieces at great prices. Join in the latest craze in shoe accessories, Shwings. These colorful wings attach to the laces of your athletic shoes, one for each side. At only $6.95, you can mix and match from the many styles available. Looking for the latest in tech gadgets? Try a wireless iPhone camera remote shutter or rainbow colored 5-in-1 universal adaptor cables. Back by popular demand is the hold-ur-phone device which attaches to your car dash and allows you to use your cell phone like a hands free GPS unit. At only $18.95 it makes an awesome gift too. Don’t forget to check out the new Grumpy Cat items while you’re shopping!

Pine Medical Group Joins Spectrum Health (cont.) “Spectrum Health has had an excellent working relationship with the Fremont and Newaygo area medical communities for many years,” said Seth Wolk, MD, MHSA, interim president, Spectrum Health Medical Group. “We are very happy to welcome the outstanding professionals from Pine Medical Group to join us as part of Spectrum Health Medical Group.” Spectrum Health Medical Group’s Fremont and Newaygo practices are accepting new patients and will continue providing care at 230 W. Oak Street in Fremont and 211 W. Pine Lake Drive in Newaygo. For questions on this integration, please contact Stephanie Zinn, marketing manager, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital, 231.924.1602, Spectrum Health Medical Group Family Medicine General Surgery Orthopaedic Surgery Pediatrics

230 W. Oak Street Fremont, MI 49412 231.924.4200 fax 231.924.4064

211 W. Pine Lake Drive Newaygo, MI 49337 231.652.1631 fax 231.652.2566


Greater Possibilities for Health and Well-Being

Financial assistance for Tamarac Citizenship is back. Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s (SHGM) Wellness Outreach Program is pleased to partner with the Fremont Area Community Foundation to support individuals wishing to improve their health, but unable to make the full financial commitment due to their economic status. Wellness memberships may be available to individuals who meet qualifications based on Federal Poverty Guidelines and medical need. Tamarac will accept applications during the month of March. Applicants must:

• Reside in Newaygo County

(including all SHGM service areas) • Complete an application • Provide verification of income • Provide completed referral form from medical provider • Upon acceptance, make minimal financial payments toward the enrollment fee and monthly dues Limited openings. Applications available at Tamarac.

Want to learn more or have questions? Join us for a Wellness Outreach workshop. Wednesday, March 19 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tamarac, 1401 W. Main Street, Fremont. For more information visit Tamarac or call 231.924.1780.

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Day of Dance Wrap Up The 10th annual Day of Dance event at Newaygo Middle School was a crowd pleaser once again for the 500+ participants. The MSU Ballroom Dance Team added a special dimension to this year’s program, teaching new classes in Tango, Rumba, ChaCha and Foxtrot dance steps. The energetic P.R.I.D.E. Team of Newaygo County helped keep the crowd entertained during the closing program. One participant noted that the dances were “all great with the best assortment ever”. The giant walk-through MEGA Heart was described by one participant as “awesome” and provided a new understanding of the heart’s function and the importance of keeping it healthy. Classes were available for all ages and included energetic hip hop, Zumba, soothing drum rhythms and the gentle movements of Tai Chi. In addition, over 140 people also took advantage of the free cholesterol and diabetes screenings provided by Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. Visit to see the video.

New Board Member David T. Ottenbaker, MD, is the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Spectrum Health Medical Group (SHMG). He is responsible for providing strategic and managerial direction for the geographic regions within SHMG. Dr. Ottenbaker has been actively involved in several leadership roles including serving on both the SHMG and Michigan Medical PC (MMPC) board of directors and as chair of the MMPC recruitment committee. Prior to joining MMPC, Dr. Ottenbaker served as president of Horizon Medical Group from 1995 to 2006, when the group transitioned into MMPC. Dr. Ottenbaker earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and the Michigan State Medical Society. 5

Cabbage, Potatoes and Breastfeeding Recently I attended a basketball tournament in which my youngest son was playing. With me were my oldest daughter and her two boys. My daughter, who nurses her youngest, mentioned to me she had a plugged duct. What’s a plugged duct? A plugged duct occurs when the area around the duct becomes swollen, inflamed and becomes blocked. A mom may notice a small, hard lump, which may be red or warm to the touch. A plugged duct doesn’t cause a fever, but can be sore. Read more at

New Board Member

Barbara Geno is a lifelong resident of Newaygo County and has been married to Buck Geno Jr. since 1973. She was born at Gerber Memorial Hospital, and has relied on its services throughout her life. Spectrum Health and Gerber Memorial Hospital became critical to her care when she was diagnosed with a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2000. “I am thankful to be a cancer survivor because of the exceptional care I received from Spectrum Health, both in Grand Rapids and in Fremont,” said Barb. In 2007, Barb retired as the Newaygo County Circuit Court Director/Friend of the Court after 30 years in government service. After a short hiatus, she was elected to serve as a Newaygo County Commissioner from 2008 to 2012.

“As a community leader, I want to see that the services provided through the hospital are at the same professional level as those in the urban areas. As a patient and family member, I want to be sure that the services we receive are exceptional and responsive to our needs. As a volunteer at the hospital, I have a unique perspective on the doctors, nurses, hospital staff and, most importantly, patients and their families. The Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) allows me to bring all these interests to one table.” Barb is excited to help the Gerber Memorial Hospital PFAC assist in improving patient care and to learn how that care relates to financial reimbursement and sustainability for our rural hospitals. She also is looking forward to the anticipated building expansion, focusing on the improved emergency services. 6




Construction Update Newsletter

New Views Spectrum Health - Gerber Memorial

SAFETY SPOTLIGHT In this section of New Views, we have focused most of our attention on the safety of our workers on the project site, but just as important is the safety of patients, visitors and staff in the building. Our current project, the Emergency Addition, is almost a standalone building with little impact on the flow of patient care. Soon, though, Elzinga & Volkers will renovate the main lobby of the hospital, which will directly affect patients and visitors coming to the facility. In anticipation of this, our team and the project team from Gerber Memorial have started reviewing phasing plans and scheduling “off shift” work to maintain safe access to healthcare at Gerber Memorial.

Upcoming Milestones

»» Emergency Addition Roof Complete P »» Emergency Addition Metal Panels Complete »» Emergency Addition Drywall Complete

Executive Summary The Push is On!

When wall board starts to be hung, there is usually a little lull in overall activity on the project as the drywallers take up a lot of space on the project site…but this is not the case at Gerber Memorial! The trades are firing on all cylinders to complete work in and around the new emergency addition. On the first floor, D9 Systems is busy installing gypsum wall board and sound batt insulation. To save time on the project, we actually have two different crews working from opposite corners of the building. With finishing being installed, the building is starting to come alive. Meanwhile, crews from River City Mechanical and Highpoint Electric focused their attention on completing work in the basement and large lower level mechanical rooms.

On the exterior of the building, we are preparing to restart excavation and site work for the new ambulance drive and parking lots that surround the new ED. The winter did not do us many favors and a couple lasting reminders of the season are the large piles of snow that need to be moved and the slick frost under our feet. Luckily, we have anticipated both of these issues and have contingency plans in place to work around each one. Mother Nature may continue to hit us with nasty weather in March, but we are ready to fight back.

- John Parker, Project Manager

Project Progress Photos

QUALITY CONTROL Before covering up piping in the walls, trades like River City Mechanical use compressed air to test for leaks. Air is pumped into sections of pipe and a gauge monitors the pressure over time. If air pressure drops

Sound batt insulation installed at interior partition

during the test, there is likely a leak in the system. If pressure is maintained, the piping is tight. As you can imagine, it would be a huge headache for us to find out we have a leak after the walls are complete. These tests are a requirement on large commercial projects, but it is a good practice for plumbing projects of any size.

Corridor wall board partially hung

Above ceiling mechanical rough-in being installed

Two Week Look Ahead ED Addition: The wall board crews, or D9 systems, have certainly established their presence on-site and will continue to do so in the next few weeks. They will continue hanging wall board throughout the space and finishers will mobilize to the site to begin finishing the wall board in preparation for the painters. Dimension Four Painting will follow behind the wall board finishers applying primer and the first coat of paint. E&V Firestop Solutions will work alongside the painters, sealing off above ceiling through-wall penetrations. Down on the lower level, River City Mechanical and HighPoint Electric will continue their rough-ins as well as tie up above ceiling rough-ins on the main level. - Jordan Gougeon, Asst. Project Manager

Project Progress and Major Milestones

Lobby Complete ED Complete Endo Pre/Post Complete ED Enclosed ED Groundbreaking North Parking Lot Complete

AHU-1 main valves and pump installed in the lower level

Did You Snow ?

From January 28 to February 1, 1977, a massive snowstorm with winds of up to 45 miles per hour struck Buffalo, New York. Previous storms had already left packed snow on the ground; even Lake Erie was frozen. The result was intense cold, zero visibility and strong drifts. Three airplanes on the tarmac at the Greater Buffalo International Airport in Cheektowaga were waiting to take off when the blizzard hit. One idled for five minutes, which resulted in the nose wheel freezing, preventing the plane from turning around. Since the limited visibility blocked the pilots from seeing the airport traffic controllers on the ground, it took several hours with radio communication to bring the three airplanes back to the terminal. The storm cemented the city’s reputation as the blizzard capital of the country. By the time it ended, 199.4 inches (16.6 feet) of snow had been dumped - the record snowfall in one storm for that season.

1977 Buffalo Blizzard

Endo Pre-Post Start

Schedule of Events. March 6. Blood Drive 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the hospital. For more information call 231.924.1102. March 8. Snowshoe Hike 10 a.m. at Branstrom Park in Fremont. To register call Tracey Crowley at 231.9241884. March 13. Enjoy Eating Right 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Tamarac. For more informaiton call 231.924.1600. March 15. Spectrum Health Irish Jig 9 a.m. at East Grand Rapids High School. March 18. Weight of the Nation booth by District Health Department #10 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Tamarac. March 19. Wellness Outreach Workshop 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Tamarac. For more information call 231.924.1780. March 20. Parkinson’s Disease Support Group 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Tamarac. For more information call 231.924.3195. March 21. Kids’ Night Out - Under the Big Top 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tamarac Tree House for Citizens. Cost is $12 per child. For more information call 231.924.1785. March 22. Kent City Ridge Run 5k and 15k 9:30 a.m. at the Kent City High School

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The Source - March 2014  

The monthly Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial newsletter.

The Source - March 2014  

The monthly Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial newsletter.