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My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list

My Town: Local Hospitals named to America’s 50 Best Hospitals list

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HealthGrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals, this week released its list of America’s 50 Best Hospitals™ for 2015.  Holland Hospital is one of only five Michigan hospitals to earn the 50 Best Hospitals designation. [Spectrum Health's Butterworth and Blodgett hospitals also made the list.]

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or super powers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

My Town GR Central: Adult Comedy Improv Grief Workshop on Jan. 31

My Town GR Central: Adult Comedy Improv Grief Workshop on Jan. 31

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Those dealing with the loss of a loved one who want to find their laugh again are encouraged to attend this free healing workshop.

Make your reservation soon for an opportunity to share stories, laugh and enjoy new friends with emotional support and understanding, for you are not alone.

This free workshop takes place on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 2 p.m. to 4pm at the Grand Rapids Civic Center located at 30 N. Division Ave. RSVP at (818) 731-6793 or e-mail help@healing-improv.org   

For more information, visit  www.healing-improv.org.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

My Town: Hospitals get new funding to help newborns survive and thrive

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—Several West Michigan hospitals are getting funding to help ensure newborns have a better chance at surviving and thriving at home.

The Michigan Department of Community Health is awarding $10,000 to each birthing hospital to help employees identify and connect families in need to home visiting programs, including the Maternal Infant Health Program and the Children’s Special Health Care Services program.

“Michigan’s birthing hospitals have the unique opportunity help link newborns and their families to important support services as they transition home,” said Nick Lyon, director of the MDCH. “Connecting Michigan families to these resources is crucial to reducing infant deaths, improving the health of babies at birth, during their first year of life, and throughout early childhood.”

My Town GR Central: Sip in the City and help those with cystic fibrosis

My Town GR Central: Sip in the City and help those with cystic fibrosis

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- "Sip in the City" and help the Friends & Families of Cystic Fibrosis during this benefit Friday, Dec. 19 at Bar Divani.

Ticket holders can enjoy fine food and beverages along with local art and entertainment during this event, which runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.  A portion of the proceeds will go to FFCF.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at www.sipsinthecitygr.com.  Bar Divani is located at 15 Ionia Ave. SW.