Our Caring Canines Spread Cheer at Borgess Medical Center

Rebecca Yeske, RN, offers personalized care everyday to patients at Borgess Medical Center.  Some days she gets help from her little friends…three-miniature dachshunds.

“Therapy dogs can brighten the day of nearly anyone,” said Rebecca. “Patients and visitors love to say hello to Brandi, Dapper or Nudge. They are ambassadors of good will without ever uttering a word.

“We often dress them up for special occasions, like Halloween,” said Rebecca. “We can’t move quickly because of the warm reception we receive from everyone we meet.”


Rebecca Yeske and Jack Newton have 11 dachshunds and one sheltie in their kennel, Hound Bone Kennels. […] Continue Reading…

New dissolvable stent offered at Borgess Medical Center

On July 27, the first southwest Michigan patient received a biodegradable heart stent at Borgess Medical Center (after the Abbott Laboratories stent “AbsorbTM” received FDA approval).

“Absorb” is the only  fully dissolving stent available for the treatment of coronary artery disease, a disease that affects 15 million Americans.

Like dissolving suture, Absorb disappears, typically within two to three years. By dissolving after unblocking a clogged artery, the treated artery can pulse and flex naturally as demands on the heart change with everyday activities. It is designed to offer the artery opening benefits of a traditional metallic stent without some of the […] Continue Reading…

Ascension and Trinity Health add University of Michigan Health System as an equity partner in statewide Together Health Network

(Detroit, Livonia, Ann Arbor) August 4, 2016 – Ascension and Trinity Health- the founding sponsors of Together Health Network (THN) – have agreed to add the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) as an equity partner in the statewide, physician-led clinically integrated network of healthcare providers that was launched in May 2014.

Recently, Together Health Network announced that UMHS had become a participating provider in its network for purposes of providing highly specialized quaternary healthcare to individuals served by Together Health Network.  This new agreement also adds a UMHS representative to the Together Health Network Board, and will add UMHS […] Continue Reading…

Oaklawn Hospital, Borgess Form Collaborative Partnership

Kalamazoo, Michigan – Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, Michigan, and Borgess Health in Kalamazoo, part of Ascension, the nation’s largest non-profit healthcare system, have formed a collaborative partnership that will expand access to high-quality, safe healthcare for the community. This partnership furthers our shared vision of a clinically integrated system of care designed to improve care, enhance the experience for patients and care providers, and lower overall healthcare costs.

The partnership, which is effective immediately, formalizes an established relationship between the two facilities through which Borgess-affiliated emergency physicians and some Borgess specialty physicians provide services to patients at Oaklawn Hospital. This […] Continue Reading…

Borgess facilities earn Five-Star Excellence Awards

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The DeLano Clinic, the Borgess at Woodbridge Hills Surgery Center, and Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital are recipients of nine PRC (Professional Research Consultants) Excellence in Healthcare Awards.

The DeLano Clinic and Borgess at Woodbridge Hills Surgery Center are designated Overall Quality of Care Five-Star. This designation is awarded annually to healthcare facilities, outpatient service lines, inpatient units and outpatient clinics scoring in the top 10 percent of the PRC national client database for the prior calendar year. It is based on the percentage of patients who rated the facility/service line/unit as “Excellent” – the top rating on the […] Continue Reading…

Plainwell Area EMS earns EMS Recognition Award

PLAINWELL, Mich. – Plainwell Area EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Bronze Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for patients who experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). STEMI is the most deadly type of heart attack, striking more than 250,000 Americans annually, and is caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. Mission: Lifeline seeks to […] Continue Reading…

Borgess earns Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Award

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Borgess Medical Center is a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes Borgess’ commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months.  During the same period, hospitals also must achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight […] Continue Reading…

Borgess receives Gold-Plus Award for heart failure

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Borgess Medical Center is again a recipient of the Get With The Guidelines® Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

Borgess earned […] Continue Reading…

Borgess-Lee nurses hold flower basket sale

DOWAGIAC, Mich. – The nurses at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital will hold their annual flower basket sale during the upcoming Dogwood Festival Friday and Saturday, May 6-7, 2016.

Flower baskets will be available for sale at the Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital entrance from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday. Basket sales will also be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at Beckwith Park in downtown Dowagiac.

The events will feature more than 350 large hanging baskets of petunias, mini-petunias, wandering jew, ferns, fuscia, begonias and geraniums. The sales are organized by the Nursing Shared Governance Committee at Borgess-Lee to […] Continue Reading…

Volunteers honored at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

DOWAGIAC, Mich. – Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital honored 36 active health ministry volunteers during the hospital’s annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on April 13. The event recognized the contributions of volunteers during National Volunteer Week, which was observed April 10-16.

The Borgess-Lee volunteers were welcomed by John Ryder, chief operating officer, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, and Beth Cripe, development coordinator, Lee Memorial Foundation. During the 2015 calendar year, Borgess-Lee volunteers donated more than 3,100 hours of service to the hospital. Volunteer hours were accumulated in the Surgery/SCU waiting room, Oncology Department, nursing administration, the lobby desk, making cookies for bake sales, and ordering […] Continue Reading…