Bionic Pancreas May Give New Hope to Type 1 Diabetics

Type 1 diabetes is typically diagnosed in children and young adults. While only 5 percent of people with diabetes have this form of the disease, to achieve optimal health and wellness, the condition demands a great deal of effort on the part of the person diagnosed, and often, his or her loved ones.
In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, a hormone needed to covert sugar, starches and other food into energy. With insulin therapy and other treatments, those who have type 1 diabetes can learn to effectively manage their condition and live long, healthy lives.
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Lee Memorial Foundation holds third annual wine and beer tasting fundraiser

DOWAGIAC, MI – Some of southwest Michigan’s finest wineries and breweries will showcase their wares as the Lee Memorial Foundation hosts its annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event fundraiser, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at Blackmond’s Sesquicentennial Farm at Indian Lake.

The event will feature the following area wineries: Round Barn, Tabor Hill, Lemon Creek, Cody Kresta, Contessa, and 12 Corners.  Breweries include New Holland Brewing Company, Round Barn Brewery, Tapistry Brewery, and Saugatuck Brewing Company.  Funds raised this year continue the Lee Memorial Foundation’s capital campaign to help Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital acquire advanced digital mammography technology that will benefit women throughout [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital employees honored

DOWAGIAC, MI – Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital honored its associates for their years of service during the hospital’s annual Service Award Banquet on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Dowagiac Elk’s Lodge.

Among the associates honored was Mary Ann Kidman, a staff nurse who now works in Quality Improvement and has served Borgess-Lee for 45 years.  “In the next 10 years, I will be retiring soon, and hope to travel and enjoy time with family and friends,” said Kidman.  “I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to work at Borgess-Lee where your friends care for you.”

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Campaign supporters secure mammography equipment for Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

DOWAGIAC, MI – A $1 million fundraising campaign, launched this year by the Lee Memorial Foundation, has enabled the purchase of new digital mammography equipment for Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital.

The new equipment was recently installed in the Radiology Department at Borgess-Lee, and is now being utilized.  “We are pleased the digital mammography machine is now available for patients,” said John Ryder, chief operating officer, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital.  “Compared to film mammography, digital mammography detects more cancers in women with dense breasts and uses less radiation.  The new equipment will allow our radiologists to deliver routine mammogram results faster than ever before.”

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Laura Sova, FNP, joins Neurosurgery of Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, MI – Laura Sova, FNP, has joined Neurosurgery of Kalamazoo.

Sova has an extensive background as a nurse practitioner and registered nurse.  She most recently was a nurse practitioner with Southern Michigan Orthopaedics in Battle Creek, Mich.  Before joining Southern Michigan Orthopaedics, she served as a nurse practitioner with Critical Care Pulmonary Medicine in Battle Creek.  Sova also previously worked as an RN at Borgess Medical Center, where she served as an on-call RN in the post-operative neuro, cardiac and vascular units, as well as a staff nurse in Neuro ICU and Surgical Trauma ICU.

Sova received a master’s degree in [...] Continue Reading…

Lee Memorial Foundation sponsors 10th annual golf outing

DOWAGIAC, MI – One of the area’s biggest and most popular fundraiser golf events takes place on Friday, July 11, 2014, as supporters of the Lee Memorial Foundation tee off at the Foundation’s 10th Annual Golf Outing.

The 2014 scramble event will again be held at Spruce Ridge Golf Club in Dowagiac.  Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.  The entry fee is $50 per person.  The event includes 18 holes of golf with cart, lunch on the course, and the opportunity to win prizes for the longest drive (male and female), closest to the pin [...] Continue Reading…

Katie Moratti joins Borgess Cardiology Group

KALAMAZOO, MI – Katie Moratti, MSN, RN, AG-ACNP, has joined Borgess Cardiology Group as an adult-gerontology acute nurse practitioner.

Katie received a Master of Science in nursing degree from Walden University, and a post-master’s certificate in adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner from the University of Michigan.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.  Katie is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.  She most recently served as a critical care staff nurse at Borgess Medical Center.

Borgess Cardiology Group is part of the Borgess Heart Institute.  As southwest [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess-Lee nurses hold flower basket sale

DOWAGIAC, MI – The nurses at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital will hold their annual flower basket sale during the upcoming Dogwood Festival.

Flower baskets will be available for sale at the Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital entrance from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., Friday, May 9, 2014.  Basket sales will also be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday, May 10, 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 support nursing education [...] Continue Reading…

Physicians begin move into Borgess Health Park

BATTLE CREEK, MI – Their addresses are changing.  The care entrusted to them by patients and their families will be better than ever.

To improve service to patients and their families throughout Calhoun County, four Battle Creek physicians and their practices are moving to the new Borgess Health Park in Battle Creek.  The providers are:

William Bogan, MD, Borgess Internal Medicine, 713 Capital Ave. SW in Battle Creek, specializing in primary care, diagnosis and internal medicine;
Travis Terrell, MD, Borgess Women’s Health, 2545 Capital Ave., Suite 207, Battle Creek, providing obstetrical and gynecological care; and
Paul Walk, MD, and David Wang, MD, Borgess [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Family Medicine, Plainwell, welcomes Nadine Nehme, MD

KALAMAZOO, MI – Nadine Nehme, MD, has joined Borgess Family Medicine in Plainwell.

Dr. Nehme most recently was a hospitalist at Borgess Medical Center.  Prior to joining Borgess, she served as a hospitalist with Wenatchee Valley Medical Center in Wenatchee, Wash.  Dr. Nehme is a graduate of the University of Geneva Medical School in Switzerland, and received her residency training in internal medicine from St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.  She is board certified with the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Borgess Family Medicine & Pediatrics blends the experience of board-certified pediatricians, family and internal medicine specialists, along with licensed medical social [...] Continue Reading…