Could New Vaccine Outwit Breast Cancer?

For American women, breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, with the exception of lung cancer. In 2013, an estimated 39,620 women in the U.S. were expected to die from breast cancer, though death rates have been declining since 1989. This reduction is believed to stem from earlier detection through screening and heightened awareness, as well as treatment advancements.

Not so long ago, the standard treatment for breast cancer was a radical mastectomy, which included removal of the breast and all the lymph nodes in the armpit and underlying muscles in the chest wall. Since [...] Continue Reading…

‘Gorgeous Borgess Babies’ are winners at the Borgess Foundation’s annual golf outing

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Borgess Golf for Health welcomed 109 golfers at Gull Lake Country Club, outside Richland, on Monday, July 21, for the Borgess Foundation’s 23rd annual golf outing.

The event raised $35,733, with proceeds from this year’s event supporting the Borgess Birthing Center.  Plans for the Borgess Birthing Center include a complete renovation of two birthing floors that involve new delivery beds, comfortable furniture for the family, special newborn cribs for all rooms, expanded lactation program, advanced technology for the neonatal unit, and new flooring and wall coverings.

“Borgess has brought an estimated 150,000 or more ‘Gorgeous Borgess’ babies into [...] Continue Reading…

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 again receives heart failure care award

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

Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that provides hospital teams with the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines.  The program’s goal is to speed recovery and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.  Studies credit the program with reductions in deaths within 30 days of [...] Continue Reading…

Borgess Surgical Specialties welcomes Scott Hockenberry, MD

KALAMAZOO, MI – Borgess Surgical Specialties has added Scott Hockenberry, MD, FACS, to its surgical team.

Dr. Hockenberry most recently was a senior partner with Advanced Surgical Techniques, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio.  He also served as vice chairman in the Department of Surgery at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, and was an active trauma surgeon in the hospital’s Trauma Center.  Dr. Hockenberry obtained his medical education at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio, where he also completed his general surgery residency.  He is also a graduate of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio.

Dr. Hockenberry is a [...] 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.”

“Mary Ann has given years [...] Continue Reading…

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…