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.

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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…