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Healthy Living Newsletters 2010

December 13, 2010
A New Option in Senior Emergency CareSM
When Connie DiDonato received a call saying her mother had been in an auto accident and was in the hospital, little did she realize that her visit to the emergency department would offer much more than needed medical care for both her and her aging parents.

November 15, 2010
Remarkable Robotic Partial Knee Resurfacing Surgery Reflects Success

Nick Slattery admits that a youth spent roughhousing and playing unorganized sports did nothing to help his knees. His 29 years of military service jumping in and out of trucks to refuel aircraft only compounded his problems.

November 8, 2010
Lilly Oncology on Canvas Exhibit visits St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

Expressions of art through the eyes of someone dealing with a cancer diagnosis can be truly inspirational. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the Mercy Regional Cancer Center are pleased to host Lilly Oncology on Canvas: Expressions of a Cancer Journey, an art exhibit honoring the physical and emotional journeys people face when confronted with a cancer diagnosis.

October 25, 2010
Can You See Well Enough to Drive?

It’s late October and many seniors in the community have either already hit the road or are planning to in the next couple of weeks. For nearly 20 years, Tom and Lucy have been retired road warriors. They live in Michigan but drive to Texas, Maryland and Florida several times a year to visit their kids and grandkids.

October 11, 2010
Robotic Telemedicine Now Aids in Diagnosis of Cancer Patients

In another bold move in providing cutting edge medical technology to its patients and physicians, St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron has commandeered the successful telemedicine stroke robot and re-imagined its purpose for broader use in sharing medical information and advice to patients in need of advanced treatment.

October 4, 2010
Linking Thumb Patients to the Care They Need: Thumb Rural Health Network Partners with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

Rheumatoid arthritis hasn’t just made Dawn Guertin’s joints ache for the past decade. The autoimmune disease has attacked her lungs, resulting in numerous critical conditions including rheumatoid lung disease, congestive heart failure and steroid induced diabetes. 

September 27, 2010
St. Joseph Mercy Opens Doors on First Senior ERSM in Thumb Region

Beginning in 2011, the first baby boomers will begin celebrating their sixty-fifth birthdays, and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron is prepared to provide the most specialized care for a growing population of seniors.

September 20, 2010
2010 Mercy - Chafty Memorial Golf Outing Supports Programs

St. Joseph Mercy Foundation is pleased to announce that the Thirtieth Annual Mercy - Chafty Memorial Golf Outing raised nearly $47,000 to support local health care programs.

September 13, 2010
Mercy Regional Cancer Center Hosts Month-Long Salute to Breast Cancer

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and its Mercy Regional Cancer Center invite women to have a better understanding of breast cancer risk, screening and treatment. A number of events are planned to support women as they work to maintain proper breast health.

August 30, 2010
Steps to Improve Your Balance

French high wire artist Philippe Petit achieved "le coup" when he pranced several times across the cable he had strung between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.Petit is 60 years old this year, and his balance may or may not be better than yours. But one thing is certain: for all of us, including high wire artists, balance declines with age, posing a significant risk to health and well being.

August 23, 2010
Remarkable Robotic Knee Surgery: Minimally Invasive Procedure Now Available at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital

St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron and its Mercy Orthopedics and Joint Center are first in the region, and only the second in the state of Michigan, to perform MAKOplasty®, a new, minimally invasive robotic partial knee resurfacing procedure used to treat early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.

August 1, 2010
Pink Ribbon Event Shines with Support

Celebrating 15 years of providing educational resources, information and an opportunity to support local women in need, St. Joseph Mercy Foundation is pleased to announce that it raised more than $20,000 during the Mercy Pink Ribbon Ladies' Day, held at Fore Lakes Golf Club on June 24, 2010.

July 26, 2010
Philip Matich, MD, Named St. Joseph Mercy Vice President Medical Affairs

On July 1, 2010, hospital clinicians, administrators and physicians on staff at St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron began looking to Philip Matich, MD, as Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA) for direction for the 56-year old, award-winning, not-for-profit community hospital.

May 31, 2010
Irish Tea Benefits People's Clinic for Better Health

The Third Annual Authentic Irish Tea, held in early March 2010 during CelticFest, was a terrific success. The tea is hosted each year by the Daughters of Isabella Chapters 419 and 452 of Emmett and Marine City. St. Joseph Mercy Foundation is pleased to announce it received $2,000 from the event to benefit the Peoples' Clinic for Better Health.

May 24, 2010
National Clinical Cancer Research Trials Provided by Local Experts at St. Joseph Mercy

Hope can be a powerful element in the treatment of cancer. Hope - coupled with access to cutting-edge cancer treatment - can lead to the cancer cures of the future.

May 17, 2010
Pink Ribbon Golf Outing Benefits Local Women in Need

It's all about you at the Fifteenth Annual St. Joseph Mercy Pink Ribbon Ladies' Day Golf Outing to benefit the Mercy Pink Ribbon Fund. Save the date for this year's outstanding women's only nine-hole golf scramble designed to support local women who lack health insurance and the financial resources to pay for their care and are in need of advanced breast cancer diagnoses.

May 3, 2010
Mercy Women's Health Center Hosts Spa Day

According to the American Cancer Society, most doctors feel that early detection tests for breast cancer save many thousands of lives each year, and that many more lives could be saved if even more women and their health care providers took advantage of these tests.

April 26, 2010
Learning to Live with Low Vision

Even in her late 60s, Patricia was working six days a week in her second-hand book store. But when her central vision began to be obscured by macular degeneration, her health, confidence and independence faded quickly.

April 19, 2010
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD): Advanced Treatment Option Available with High-Tech Diamondback 360° Procedure

Peripheral artery disease (PAD), sometimes referred to as peripheral vascular disease, affects between 8 and 12 percent of adults over age 50. It is a common circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs.

March 22, 2010
How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

Marcia did not ordinarily take vitamins, and she was somewhat taken aback when her doctor told her to "take 1,000 IU of vitamin D every day for the rest of your life."

March 15, 2010
Needs of Uninsured Skyrocket

For 57-year old Diane Cieplik of Wales Township, becoming one of the 1.1 million Michigan residents who are uninsured was not the membership she wanted when she found out that her Marine City employer was going out of business and filing for bankruptcy.

March 8, 2010
Keeping Colon Cancer at Bay

Because she was conscientious about colon cancer screening, Annette's cancer was detected at an early stage. Now that she has been successfully treated, she knows she must be equally conscientious about keeping colon cancer from coming back.

March 1, 2010
St. Joseph Mercy Eliminates Artificial Trans Fats from Menus

Obesity is on the rise and, according to the Michigan Hospital Association (MHA), is now estimated to account for between 9 percent and 11 percent of total U.S. health care expenditures.

February 22, 2010
American Diabetes Assocation Recognized Diabetes Education

For nearly 20 years, patients in the Blue Water Area have felt confident turning to St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH) for outstanding diabetes education and support services.

February 15, 2010
Will Your Knees Carry the Load?

Imagine yourself carrying 15 pound weights on each shoulder every day, all day. Imagine how you would feel when getting in and out of the car, going up and down stairs, carrying groceries.

February 1, 2010
Vineyards of the World: Wine Tasting Event to Benefit Peoples' Clinic

Travel the world tantalizing your taste buds at the St. Joseph Mercy Foundation premier fundraiser "Vineyards of the World" wine tasting event to benefit the Peoples' Clinic for Better Health.

January 25, 2010
Side Effects: What You Need to Know

We live in a drug-oriented culture. Do you have high cholesterol? There's a pill for that. Urinary problem? There's a pill for that.

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