Monthly Archives: November 2009

November 18 – Free Light Hearted Living Cooking Demonstration

Filed under Borgess Health, Events, Light Hearted Living

Learn heart healthy cooking tips at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the Borgess Health & Fitness Center. Celebrity Chefs, Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell and Kalamazoo Gazette Food Editor Bill Wood will prepare recipes for taste-testing from the new Borgess Light Hearted Living Cookbook. Call 269.226.8135 to register. The cookbook will be for sale at the demonstration and is available to order online at


Filed under Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital

The Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary encourages the community to support its ongoing charitable efforts by holiday shopping in the newly renovated and fully stocked gift shop or enjoying a delicious treat from the bake sale in Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital’s main hallway on Wednesday, December 9.   

“For many years, the Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has staffed the gift shop at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. Proceeds from our gift shop, as well as the Auxiliary’s ongoing bake sales, help fund the purchase of important medical equipment,” said Joy Strand, administrator and chief operating officer, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. “We remain grateful for this group’s dedication and generosity, and ask the community to consider supporting this valuable organization this holiday season.”

Strand, along with current Auxiliary members, recently met for an annual meeting at Round Oak Restaurant. In addition to enjoying food and refreshments, participants had the opportunity to hear about the latest hospital news and developments from Strand, as well as learn from Ann Turner, nursing director, who provided information on the variety of services offered through the hospital’s education department. The nonprofit organization also elected the following officers for 2010:

  • Barb Moses, President
  • Nancy McKay, Vice President
  • Pat Mather, Secretary
  • Treasurer, Marge Kirsch


Filed under Events, Flu

Borgess Lee Medical Group will offer the community vaccinations for the seasonal flu and H1N1 virus on Saturday, November 7, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who Should Get a Seasonal Flu Shot?

  • Children between the ages of 6 months and 19 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People 50 years of age and older
  • People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions
  • People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • Health care workers
  • Anyone with household contacts of persons at high risk for complications from the flu
  • Out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated)

Who is Now Eligible for the H1N1 Flu Shot?

  • Health care and emergency medical service personnel
  • Pregnant women
  • People who live with or provide care for children younger than 6 months of age
  • People 6 months to 24 years of age
  • People 25 to 64 years of age who are higher risk for H1N1 flu complications because of an underlying health condition or compromised immune system

 The flu shot clinic will be located at Borgess Lee Medical Group’s Adult and Pediatric Walk-In Clinics at 520 Main Street. Costs for the vaccinations are as follows: $30 for the seasonal flu and free for the H1N1 flu (shot and Flu Mist nasal spray will be available). H1N1 Flu Mist is an option for healthy persons between the ages of 2 and 49 (who are not pregnant). For those who are eligible, Medicare and Medicaid will cover the cost of the seasonal flu vaccine.

Novel H1N1 Influenza
 Novel H1N1 influenza (“swine flu”) is a new flu virus causing illness in people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get vaccinated for the seasonal flu (non-H1N1), as well as the H1N1 flu virus.

Borgess Gardens to hold open house November 12

Filed under Borgess Health, Events, Innovation

First new skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in decades offers unique, personalized, state-of-the-art rehabilitation care

Borgess Gardens, a $17 million, 65,850 square foot, 101-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, will hold a public open house at 6:30 pm, Thursday, November 12, at 3057 Gull Road, north of the Borgess Health & Fitness Center on the Borgess at Nazareth campus.
Borgess Gardens is the area’s first new nursing home in more than 20 years. It will replace the current Borgess Nursing Home, 537 Chicago Avenue, Kalamazoo. Borgess Nursing Home residents will be transferred to Borgess Gardens on Wednesday, November 18.
Borgess Gardens includes three buildings, an 81-bed main building and two freestanding, self-contained residential cottages for 10 persons each. Borgess Gardens offers private rooms and state-of-the-art rehabilitation care on a 9.6-acre site that was donated by the Congregation of St. Joseph. 
“A $5.5 million gift from Bill and Julia Van Domelen, the largest in the history of Borgess Health, was the catalyst for making Borgess Gardens possible,” said Paul Spaude President and CEO, Borgess Health.
“Bill and Julia Van Domelen, long time residents of the Kalamazoo area, are advocates for providing individuals the opportunities to reach their full potential,” Spaude said. “Through their loving relationship with the Sisters of St. Joseph, their community and Borgess Health, the Van Domelen’s have made a tremendous impact on the lives of vulnerable citizens. We greatly appreciate their generous donation and their trust in our services.”
Borgess Gardens is an Eden Alternative® certified facility.
“The Eden Alternative® concept means the new facility is a natural, vibrant living environment for residents, patients and staff,” said Bart Carrel, administrator of Borgess Gardens. “We call it a ‘Habitat for Healing,’ where people can continue to live and learn. Eden accredited facilities offer environments that are filled with plants, animals, nature images and a variety of social activities.
“While Borgess Gardens will serve long-term care residents,” Carrel said, “we will also offer specialized rehabilitation services for short-stay patients, including those recovering from surgery, injury or certain medical conditions, such as stroke. Our ultimate goal is to provide short-term therapy (up to three months) to help patients heal and regain their strength before returning home.”
Individuality and the opportunity to be members of distinct households within Borgess Gardens are key aspects of the facility’s design. Most resident rooms are private and the 81-bed main building within Borgess Gardens is divided up into four small, caring, communities. The two residential cottages also emphasize individual, personalized care.
“Residents have the opportunity to enjoy four separate courtyard gardens and four ‘great rooms,’ each with a fireplace, large screen television and an attached kitchen area for serving breakfast,” Carrel said. “Instead of one large dining area, we offer two smaller restaurant-style dining rooms for lunch and dinner.”
The two self-contained, residential cottages will each serve 10 residents in unique, personalized methods, according to Carrel.
“Residents of the cottages have private rooms with group dining, living and den areas and each cottage also has an attached garden,” Carrel said.
“All these features are designed to foster relationship-centered care and ‘communities’ instead of the traditional model of care,” Carrel said. “Our design will help area residents live in a facility that reflects their individual routines and life activities. The model strives for normalcy of daily life while providing strong clinical care and other services. Residents will have privacy, dignity and respect in a supportive setting. Borgess Gardens places an emphasis on an environment that is: intimate, personal and resident-centered.”
Borgess Gardens will continue to provide compassionate, quality; innovative and cost effective long-term care services to area residents. These services will include: rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and assistance with activities of daily living, mental health services, and end of life care.
Some other distinctive elements of Borgess Gardens include:

  • A spacious therapy area.
  • State-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment.
  • A kitchen area to help patient’s re-learn meal preparation, self-care and other daily living skills.
  • Seamless care transition where patients have immediate access to Borgess Medical Center, Borgess
    Visiting Nurse & Hospice, long-term acute care services at Borgess-Pipp Hospital or other entities as needed.
  • Proximity to Borgess Health & Fitness Center and Borgess Spine, enhancing the ability to work with professionals who specialize in rehabilitation.

For additional information on Borgess Gardens, please visit

Borgess holds first pediatric disease-specific Shared Medical Appointment in the US

Filed under Borgess Health, Innovation, ProMed

This fall, ProMed Pediatrics at Woodbridge held the first disease-specific Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) for pediatric patients and their families in the United States. 

The SMA, specifically dealing with pediatric asthma, brought together patients who were in the 5th through 11th grades and their parents.  Together with a pediatrician, they discussed the disease, treatment options and how to cope with asthma, all in a relaxed and comfortable setting.

Practical knowledge is increased when everyone in the room shares the same condition. Compared with conventional physician appointments, SMAs provide more time for questions and discussion of concerns.  The patient and family members learn when others in the group raise questions that they had not thought about.  There is also comfort in knowing that they are not alone.

“In the Pediatric Asthma SMA, patients and parents can learn from one another, as well as the pediatrician, about how to control their asthma,” said Thomas Akland, DO, ProMed Pediatrics.  “They have the benefit of the physician being present in the room for the entire hour-and-a-half appointment.”

Parents expressed their appreciation for this model of care.  One mother observed that her son was more willing to talk about his asthma than he ever had been at home, because he was comfortable with his peers.

Hundreds of patients have expressed satisfaction and appreciation for Borgess SMAs.  In the first eight years of the SMA program, shared appointments were offered for patients with diabetes and adult physicals. The program continues to grow and now holds SMAs for COPD patients and Well Baby physicals. 

ProMed Pediatrics on Westnedge, Kalamazoo, will be starting the first Shared Medical Appointment for Well Baby physicals, ages 2-6 months.  To learn more, please call 269.381.3500.

For more information on SMAs, please visit our website at

November 12 – Experience Bariatric Cooking with Chef Abby Aceves!

Filed under Events

Specializing in Latin American and Spanish cuisine, Chef Abby Aceves will prepare samples from the different stages of the bariatric diet. A registered dietitian will also be available to discuss different stages of the post-op diet.

Join us on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 6-7 p.m.
Borgess Health & Fitness Center, Classroom 4
Space is limited. To register, call 226.8135.

Borgess Volunteers Kick Off 24th Annual Tree of Love Campaign

Filed under Borgess Health, Events, Women's Health

The 24th Annual Tree of Love campaign is now underway at Borgess Health. This annual campaign allows donors to purchase lights to display on a pink light holiday tree in honor of loved ones. The proceeds are used to help provide breast cancer screening services for uninsured and underinsured women under the age of 40 at Borgess Medical Center.

Donations of any amount are sought. For a minimum donation of $5 you can help provide mammograms for breast cancer screening. This year’s goal is to raise $25,000. More than $220,000 has been raised in the past two decades to help countless women under the age of 40. 

Tree of Love is sponsored by the Borgess Volunteers. The campaign not only supports women’s breast cancer screening services it also serves as a special and meaningful way for individuals and businesses to recognize, memorialize, or honor a friend, colleague or family member.

Breast Cancer affects many members of our community. In the United States, one in eight women, during their lifetime, will develop breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women and affects approximately one million women worldwide.

For more information, please call 269.226.8100 or 269.226.4882 or visit