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…

Borgess CorpFit helping residents quit smoking

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – If you are one of the seven in 10 U.S. smokers who want to quit this year, you don’t have to go through it alone. The American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking® program has helped over a million people quick smoking across the country. Kalamazoo-area residents can now take advantage of the nation’s most effective smoking cessation program.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Borgess CorpFit will host an eight-week Freedom from Smoking program at the Borgess Health & Fitness Center. Freedom from Smoking shows how smokers can quit the habit in a safe, supportive […] Continue Reading…

Borgess Medical Center receives Blue Cross Blue Shield distinction for cardiac care

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has awarded Borgess Medical Center with its Blue Distinction® Center Plus designation for Cardiac Care. Borgess is among 17 hospitals throughout Michigan to earn the designation.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft and percutaneous coronary interventions episodes. A hospital must also have earned national accreditation while meeting established quality thresholds and demonstrating better cost efficiency compared to their peers.

“We are pleased to earn the Blue […] Continue Reading…

Borgess ProMed Family Medicine welcomes Barbara Hopps, MS, PA-C

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Borgess ProMed Family Medicine has added Barbara Hopps, MS, as a certified physician assistant (PA-C). She is accepting patients at the Woodbridge Hills location in Portage, 7901 Angling Road, and at the Three Rivers location, 1241 W. Broadway.

Barbara specializes in family medicine, and most recently was a physician assistant at Bronson Lakeview Outpatient Center in Paw Paw, Mich. She has been a physician assistant and an adjunct faculty member in the Family Residency Program at the Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies, which is now the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. […] Continue Reading…

Borgess Heart Center for Excellence welcomes new cardiac electrophysiologist

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Frank Chia-Hong Chen, MD, FHRS, has joined Borgess Heart Center for Excellence, Borgess Heart Institute, as a cardiac electrophysiologist.

Dr. Chen comes to Borgess from Kettering Medical Center in Kettering, Ohio, where he served as a staff cardiac electrophysiologist with the Kettering Physician Network. He previously was a staff cardiac electrophysiologist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, Minn., and was a clinical fellow in the Division of Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Chen is also a former instructor in medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. In addition, he has held […] Continue Reading…

Sirri Bearss, NP, joins Borgess Women’s Health

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Borgess Women’s Health has added Sirri Bearss, MSN, RN, WHNP, as a nurse practitioner in the Medical Specialties Building office at Borgess Medical Center.

Sirri joins Borgess from the Littleton Health Center in Colorado where she was an advance practice clinician, and also served health centers in Colorado and Nevada as a traveling advance practice clinician. She also has experience as a clinical coordinator and registered nurse at the WeCare Health Facility in Columbus, Ohio. She is affiliated with the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, as well as the American Society for Colposcopy and […] Continue Reading…

Elite Borgess Health physicians combine talents to create Borgess Vascular Institute

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Lonnie Bragg first noticed the pains in his chest in 2009 while at home. His wife, Sue, called an ambulance, and Lonnie was brought to Borgess Medical Center, where two aneurysms were discovered, including one in the groin area. He was treated and went home a week later, but returned to Borgess a few years later, where he received a new and unique vascular procedure.

Syed Alam, MD, Advanced Vascular Surgery, and Jerry W. Pratt, MD, FACH, FACC, FCCP, medical director, thoracic surgery, Borgess Heart Institute, performed a total aortic arch debranching and Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair […] Continue Reading…

Leslie Price, PA, joins Borgess Internal Medicine

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Borgess Internal Medicine has added Leslie Price, PA, as a physician assistant in the Borgess Medical Commons Building at the Woodbridge Hills location, 7775 Angling Road, Portage.

Leslie comes to Borgess from San Antonio, Texas, where she was a physician assistant in private practice. She has also held physician assistant positions at Columbus Sleep Consultants in Columbus, Ohio, and at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio. Leslie is licensed with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Kettering College of Medical Arts in Kettering, […] Continue Reading…

Borgess Lee Rural Health Clinic begins tele-medicine behavioral health services for area patients

DOWAGIAC, Mich. – Borgess Lee Medical Group is teaming up with DeLano Outpatient Clinic, a service of Borgess Behavioral Health, to offer tele-medicine behavioral health services for patients.

The tele-medicine services for children and adults are offered at the Borgess Lee Medical Group clinic in the Don Lyons Building, located across the street from Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, during one half day each week. The services connect patients in their area with a provider at the Kalamazoo-based DeLano Clinic. The tele-medicine equipment was purchased with a grant from Priority Health, a local insurance provider, and a donation from Lake Michigan Credit […] Continue Reading…