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Healthy Living Newsletters 2012

December 16, 2012
Feeling Weak in the Legs?

Do you have a hard time getting up from the couch? Do your legs feel rubbery after playing nine holes of golf?

December 2, 2012
New MRI Service Fits Every BODY

Feeling claustrophobic or have concerns about fitting comfortably in MRI equipment? St. John River District and St. Joseph Mercy hospitals are pleased to announce that Advanced MRI now provides the only access to Open Bore MRI services in St. Clair County.

November 18, 2012
Medicare: Know Your Options

Having just completed an election cycle, you probably feel as if you've been bombarded with ideas, opinions and even some fiction about Medicare. But if you’re nearing age 65, it's crucial to know and understand some basic facts about your future health care program.

November 4, 2012
Keep Your Holiday Feasts Safe

This year, when you make preparations for Thanksgiving, you probably call on the traditional wisdom passed along to you by your mother. Among all of the family food secrets and recipes, however, you are unlikely to find helpful advice for food safety.

October 21, 2012
Annual Cancer Care Symposium Planned

St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and the Mercy Regional Cancer Center are pleased to announce the 21st Annual Cancer Care Symposium, with an update on Breast Cancer, Melanoma and Anal Canal Cancer Management.

October 7, 2012
Expect the Best...St. Joseph Mercy Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The area’s premier breast imaging center, Mercy Women’s Health Center, is pleased to announce that it has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

September 16, 2012
Mercy Regional Cancer Center Hosts Month-Long Salute to Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and its Mercy Regional Cancer Center invite women to have a better understanding of breast cancer risk, screening and treatment.

September 9, 2012
St. Joseph Mercy Welcomes New President & CEO

The Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, with unanimous support of the St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron Board of Trustees, is pleased to announce that Rebekah (Becky) Smith, RN, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron.

September 2, 2012
A Bountiful Harvest

As many backyard gardeners make plans to harvest their summer crops over the coming weeks, one garden in particular will get special attention as its bounty is destined for the tables of those less fortunate in our community.

August 20, 2012
Advance Care Directives Make Sense

Elizabeth, age 73, was told that she had no real chance of beating her pancreatic cancer and had only a few months to live. She and her family were devastated, but they carefully made plans regarding her care during those final weeks.

August 13, 2012
Irish Tea Benefits Peoples’ Clinic

Offering a beautiful array of delectable desserts, a fine blend of hearty tea and the fellowship of committed community members, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron was the proud focus of the Fifth Annual Irish Tea, held in early March 2012 during CelticFest.

July 30, 2012
Preventing Falls & Fractures

If you would like to live an active life until age 90 and beyond (and who wouldn’t?), then it’s time to start keeping your bones strong and your feet firmly planted on the ground.

July 23, 2012
Eat Good Food...Watch Proportions

If you’re concerned about nutrition, you’ve probably been doing your homework. You may even know all the good guys from the bad guys: oat bran, betacarotene, antioxidant vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids versus red meat, fats and sugar.

July 16, 2012
MAKO® Honors Two Years of Service in Southeast Michigan

For patients in Southeast Michigan, there is no better place to turn than St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH) for obtaining advanced MAKOplasty® robotic orthopedic surgery.

July 2, 2012
Drug Interactions: Seniors at Risk

Eileen’s doctor prescribed two new medications last week. Counting daily aspirin, she now takes six pills every day. That’s only average for a 74-year-old woman, but it puts her at risk of drug interactions.

June 25, 2012
Robotic Partial Knee Surgery: A Hit with Patients Near and Far

Jeanne Johnson loves working retail, but it has taken its toll on her knees.

June 18, 2012
Steering Clear of Lyme Disease

The woods you hike in this summer may be lovely, but one of the most fearsome creatures you’ll encounter, depending on where you walk, is a very small creature, a black legged tick.

June 11, 2012
Hospital Honors Volunteer of the Year
Honoring the dedication and commitment of its corps of more than 150 active volunteers, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH) celebrated the members of the Mercy Auxiliary Volunteer Organization (MAVO) during its Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner held in April 2012.

May 28, 2012
Minimally Invasive Treatment for Heartburn & Indigestion
Nearly everyone knows how heartburn feels. The searing sensation in the chest, the sore throat and bitter mouth taste are no fun and can keep you from taking a bite, but they are no big worry as long as they go away within a short time and don’t return any time soon.

May 21, 2012
Hospitals Launce Advanced MRI
St. John River District Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital are pleased to announce the launch of a new diagnostic imaging service: Advanced MRI.

April 30, 2012
Keep Your Muscles Young
As you sit there on the couch, do you ever wish you could go back and start all over as an athlete? Who doesn't envy the professional athlete who signs a $250 million contract? But, we're talking about the recreational athlete who works out five or six days a week for the sake of good health.

April 23, 2012
A Full-Service Experience in an Outpatient Surgery Setting

For more than half of his career, local surgeon Krishna Valjee, MD, worked exclusively in the hospital providing a broad array of services including outpatient surgeries and procedures. That changed a little less than a decade ago, when the doctor became a partner in Lakeshore Surgery Center, LLP, in Fort Gratiot Township.

April 16, 2012
Volunteers: The Heart & Soul of
Peoples' Clinic for Better Health
Ask Martha Koerber why she started volunteering at the Peoples' Clinic for Better Health, and she's quick to point to one person: Ila Shoulders.

April 2, 2012
Is it Dementia? Or Delirium?
At 85 years of age, Gerald was active and mentally alert until he fell on his front steps and broke his hip. In the hospital for surgery, he suddenly became confused and disoriented.

March 26, 2012
Event Supports Patients in Need
The St. Joseph Mercy Foundation is pleased to announce that the Tenth Annual premiere community fundraiser "Vineyards of the World" wine tasting event to benefit the Peoples' Clinic for Better Health was held Friday, February 24, 2012.

March 12, 2012
Across the Miles: Who’s Caring for Your Aging Loved One in an Emergency?
When Debbie Rows first received a call from St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, she thought it was a simple staff courtesy telling her that her mother had recently been seen in the hospital’s emergency room (ER). She couldn’t have been more wrong.

March 5, 2012
Keeping Colon Cancer at Bay
Because she was conscientious about colon cancer screening, Annette's cancer was detected at an early stage. Now that she has been successfully treated, she knows she must be equally conscientious about keeping colon cancer from coming back.

February 27, 3012
Multi-Tasking: Is it for Seniors?

Envy is probably not the emotion seniors most feel when they see a young person at a family get-together, texting on a hand-held device while listening to music through earphones and talking.

February 13, 2012
“Vineyards of the World” Celebrates 10 Years Supporting Peoples’ Clinic

At 52 years of age, Betty takes 23 medications and suffers from a wide-range of health issues including cardiac and pulmonary problems, diabetes and arthritis.

February 6, 2012
St. Joseph Mercy’s Newest Robotic Surgery Designed to Benefit Hip Patients

In a time when other hospitals are making budget cuts and trimming services, one local hospital continues to invest in the community and the future with a new, sophisticated robotic surgery service.

January 30, 2012
Sleep Problems of Later Life

Sharon was in her late 60s when she started waking up every day at 5 a.m. She now knows that it’s impossible for her to get back to sleep so she has accepted that as the start of her day. Charles gets up at least three times every night to use the restroom. Usually, he can get back to sleep, but he rarely feels like he gets enough.

January 23, 2012
New Robot Enhances St. Joseph Mercy Emergent Stroke Care

Count to 100 and in that time two people will have suffered a stroke. That’s 750,000 strokes a year.

January 16, 2012
St. Joseph Mercy Launches Advanced Bariatric Surgery Center

In another bold move to improve the health status of the community, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is pleased to announce that Zubin Bhesania, MD, and Anthony W. Boutt, MD, have joined with the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) in providing bariatric surgical services.

January 9, 2012
Robotic Surgical Services Expanded at St. Joseph Mercy
Once again leading the region in health care technology advances, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH) is pleased to announce the expansion of the area’s only state of the art robotic surgical service.

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