Pennock's Women's Health

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August
2014

Pennock Health Accepting Compassion Award Nominations In Preparation for Upcoming Quality and Culture Awards

Each fall Pennock Health Services celebrates exceptional quality in health care during their Quality & Culture Awards. Last year the Ethics Committee developed a new award, The Compassion Award, as a specific way to honor a special caregiver who excels not only in the practice of care, but also at the intangibles that move the patient experience from a good one to one that is extraordinary. The Compassion Award aims to identify those very special caregivers who consistently communicate in a sensitive manner, listen carefully, display empathy and instill a sense of hope.

 

Last year’s recipient, Dr. Chris Noah, grew up witnessing the close, caring relationship a physician can have with his patients. Chris’ father was a physician who practiced medicine right from the family home. While a normal circumstance for the time, it created a natural interest toward medicine in Dr. Noah’s mind. He was also able to gain some real world knowledge when he spent several summers working as a nurse’s aid at an area nursing home. “It really gave me a chance to see the very real impact that care can have on patients,” noted Dr. Noah.

 

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August
2014

Pennock Physician Network offices earn patient-centered medical home designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has once again designated five Pennock Physician Network (PPN) offices as a patient-centered medical home practice for 2014. The designation period runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

 

The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) designation means that these PPN offices are among a select group of primary care physicians in Michigan who are improving health care quality by adopting the PCMH model of care. The designated practices include: Caledonia Family Medicine, Clarksville Family Medicine, Gun Lake Family Medicine, Hastings Family Medicine and Nashville Family Medicine. Lakewood Family Health Care, which became a PPN office earlier this year, has begun the nomination process but not in time to be designated for the current designation period. Hopkins Family Medicine is not separately PCMH designated as they are included in the Gun Lake Family Medicine designation.

 

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July
2014

Matthew Viel, M.D. joins Pennock Physician Network at new family medicine practice in Delton, open house planned for August 8

Matthew Viel, M.D. has joined the Pennock Physician Network as a physician at their new Delton Family Medicine in Delton, Michigan. Originally from Kalamazoo, Dr. Viel attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then moved to California to attend medical school at Loma Linda University.

 

After graduating from medical school and earning a Master's degree in Biomedical and Clinical Ethics, Dr. Viel chose a residency program in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Having decided to focus on small town family medicine, he was drawn to their fantastic training program for rural family physicians.

 

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July
2014

3 Pennock Board Members Graduate from Intensive Michigan Health & Hospital Governance Fellowship Program

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s Excellence in Governance Fellowship is a rigorous and comprehensive governance education program designed specifically for board members. The collaborative program brings fellows together in a variety of learning formats; combining specially designed curriculum taught by expert faculty, use of interactive and virtual communication tools, as well as peer learning circles. The program involves readings, homework, work on case studies, and other group activities. The fellowship program is designed to generate new thinking, develop advanced knowledge, and enhance the overall effectiveness of board members as community stewards and leaders.

 

Each of the selected fellows participating in the program are expected to invest the appropriate time and energy into all prerequisite activities, face-to-face sessions, and online discussions throughout the nine-month fellowship. It is a commitment that involves not only time, but also the desire to grow and engage.

 

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May
2014

Penn-Nook Gift Shop donates $23,000 to the Pennock Foundation

For over 20 years, the Penn-nook Gift Shop has donated all of its proceeds to the Pennock Foundation to be used in support of the Foundation’s mission to improve the health and well-being of the communities served by Pennock Hospital. Most recently, the Foundation was the beneficiary of $23,000 bringing the total donations from the Gift Shop to $434,325. The shop’s largest and most anticipated fundraiser is the annual Christmas Gift Show, where hospital colleagues and the public can purchase unique gifts not normally found at Penn-nook.

 

This year, the gift shop chose to designate their donation to two funds within the Foundation, the Good Neighbor Fund and the Scholarship Fund. “When the gift shop came to us and asked where funds were needed most, the answer was easy,” stated Janine Dalman, Executive Director for the Pennock Foundation. “Every day, we see patients who simply cannot afford to pay their medical bills, creating a huge financial burden on Pennock Hospital and causing them to write off $7 million just last year.”

 

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April
2014

Hastings Orthopedic Clinic partners with Pennock Health Services
to launch the new Advanced Orthopedic and Pain Institute

Hastings Orthopedic Clinic and Pennock Health Services announced today that they are joining together to create a new department at Pennock focused on orthopedics and pain assessment treatment. With an emphasis on strengthening community-based care for Barry County residents, the new Advanced Orthopedic and Pain Institute will launch on May 1 at the current location of the Hastings Orthopedic Clinic at 840 Cook Road, just west of Pennock Hospital.

 

While Hastings Orthopedic Clinic has long partnered with Pennock to provide the highest quality orthopedic care for their patients, this new collaboration affords opportunities to provide the most efficient and effective patient care from initial assessment through to successful rehabilitation all from a single organization. “This marriage of orthopedic and pain services combines the clinic capabilities with the resources of the hospital and is a positive change for our patients,” stated James Horton, Jr. D.O., orthopedic surgeon and Medical Director of Orthopedics. “Our goal is to create a seamless circle of care for our patients.”

 

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FEBUARY
2014

Pennock Hospital Board of Trustees Announce Decision
to Build a New Hospital and Medical Arts Building

HASTINGS, Mich. — Pennock Health Services announces plans to build a 49-bed hospital and medical arts building (physician offices and outpatient services) on property owned by Pennock at the corner of M-37 and M-43 in Rutland Township. Pennock had begun working toward a new hospital in 2007 when the Board of Trustees made the decision to hold on the project for re-evaluation in 2013. They stated current economic instability and the unknown implications of Health Reform as the reason.

 

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October
2013

Lakewood Family Health Care to Join Pennock Physician Network

HASTINGS, Mich. —Lee Stuart, M.D., Brian Swanton, M.D., and Laurie Braker, M.D. are pleased to announce that Lakewood Family Health Care will join the Pennock Health Services Family in January 2014. All three physicians will continue to provide quality care to their patients at the current office at 4294 Laurel Drive in Lake Odessa. This partnership allows the integration of all patient health information and history, providing seamless service access across the entire range of healthcare services available through Pennock Health. For more information, please contact Lakewood Family Health Care at 616-374-7660.

 

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October
2013

Women’s Health First Joins the Pennock Physician Network

HASTINGS, Mich. —Laura Doherty, M.D., Laura Kota, M.D., and Robert Valice, M.D. are pleased to announce that Women’s Health First has joined the Pennock Health Services family. Located at 1108 W. State St., in Pennock’s State Street Center, Women’s Health First offers a complete range of gynecological and obstetric services in conjunction with Pennock Health Services. Women’s Health First physicians also offer robotic assisted gynecological surgeries at Pennock using the da Vinci® Surgical System. This partnership allows an integration of your health history, providing seamless service access across the entire range of healthcare services available through Pennock Health. For more information, you can contact Women’s Health First at 269-945-8080.

 

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September
2013

Pennock unveils da Vinci® robotic surgical system

HASTINGS, Mich. — Pennock Health Services is hosting an open house on Thursday, September 26, 2013 to unveil their new da Vinci surgical robot. The open house will take place from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Pennock Conference Center with demonstrations, refreshments, and information available to guests. During the reception, guests will be encouraged to test-drive the da Vinci robot in order to achieve a true first-hand experience. Pennock physicians who are certified in robotic surgeries will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be an opportunity for guests to tour the newly renovated patient areas at the hospital. The Pennock Conference Center is located on the west side of Pennock Hospital at 1009 West Green Street in Hastings.

 

 

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FEBRUARY
2013

Grief Workshop Provides Tools for Survivors

HASTINGS, Mich. — Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one is invited to an eight week workshop beginning on April 3, 2013 at 6:30pm. Beginning Again: Tools for the Journey through Grief is sponsored by Pennock Hospice and facilitated by Mary Haigh, MSW, Bereavement Coordinator and Amy Young, BSW, Spiritual Care Coordinator.

This unique workshop allows participants to identify where they are in the grief process, determine how past losses and family messages impact grieving, and lean numerous ways to manage stress associated with grief. Each participant will receive a ninety-page manual that contains resources and tools specifically designed to help people resume daily activities with a sense of purpose and hope. Beginning again workshops will be held Wednesday evenings April 3rd through May 22nd, 2013 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. This is a free workshop sponsored by Pennock Hospice. Manuals will be provided to all participants at no charge.

Pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register, contact Mary Haigh, MSW at 269-948-2425. Pre-registration deadline is March 29, 2013.

 

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January
2013

Pennock Color by Discipline

HASTINGS, Mich. — As a part our commitment to provide the best possible care and service for our patients and guests, we have initiated our new Color by Discipline Uniform Program.


We realize that if you are a guest at the hospital, are a patient, or are visiting a patient, it can be very difficult to differentiate between the different healthcare colleagues that you come in contact with. We believe that our new Color by Discipline Uniform Program will provide clear distinction between colleagues from different areas and help you to feel more confident in distinguishing one colleague from another.


We are always looking for ways to make your experience at Pennock Health Services the best it can be. And, as always, each and every one of us at Pennock are happy to help with any questions you may have, so if we don’t ask you first – make sure to ask us!

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April
2012

Barry County Youth Leadership granted $1,500 gift from Pennock

HASTINGS, Mich. — The Pennock Foundation Board of Directors recently granted $1,500 to support the Barry County Youth Leadership Summit. The Youth Leadership Summit brings together teens from the Hastings, Delton Kellogg, Thornapple Kellogg, Maple Valley, and Lakewood school districts to tackle issues such as prejudice, bullying, alcohol and drugs that are affecting teens. The goal of the summit, sponsored by the Youth Advisory Council of the Barry Community Foundation, is to empower youth to have an impact in their schools and communities as they raise awareness about these crucial teen issues.

“We are pleased to be able to provide this grant to benefit the youth summit,” said Janine 1009 West Green Street Hastings, MI 49058 (269) 945-3451. Dalman, executive director of the Pennock Foundation. “It is our hope that this program will encourage students to make healthy decisions and influence their peers to do the same.” Since its inception in 1986, the Pennock Foundation has granted more than $4.1 million dollars to improving health care in local communities. The mission of the Pennock Foundation is to improve the health of our community and provide on-going financial support for Pennock Health Services and health related outreach. For more information about the 501 (c)(3) Pennock Foundation, please contact Janine Dalman at (269) 945-3651 or via e-mail, jdalman@pennockhealth.com.

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april
2012

Pennock Health Services’ new Gun Lake Medical Center set to open

HASTINGS, Mich. — Construction of the $850,000 Gun Lake Medical Center has been completed and the new facility is set to open for business on Tuesday, April 17. Gun Lake Medical Center is located just east of Patterson Road on State Road M-179 and is the new home of Gun Lake Family Medicine, which had been located about three miles south of their new location.


In addition to the current medical staff of Larry Hawkins, M.D. and nurse practitioner, Sarah Verburg, the practice has added a new primary care physician, Amy Curry, D.O. The addition of Dr. Curry will allow the practice the ability to see more patients and help meet the growing health care needs of the area. As Bob Davis, Executive Director of the Pennock Physician Network stated, “The need for quality health care continues to grow in this area. Bringing a new physician to the community will help
Pennock meet this demand.”


The new facility will also offer the Wayland, Gun Lake, Yankee Springs and surrounding communities increased services including an expanded lab, x-ray, drive-thru pharmacy and other diagnostic services. “The expanded office design and complementing services will support efficiencies for care delivery and enhance the plan for a Patient-Centered Medical Home,” noted Davis.

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april
2012

Pennock PPN Welcomes Amy Curry, D.O. to Gun Lake Family Medicine

HASTINGS, Mich. — Dr. Amy Curry has joined the staff of Gun Lake Family Medicine, at the new Gun Lake Medical Center, as a primary care physician. Dr. Curry’s addition to the current medical staff of Larry Hawkins, M.D. and nurse practitioner, Sarah Verburg, will allow the practice the ability to see more patients and help meet the growing health care needs of the area. As Bob Davis, Executive Director of the Pennock Physician Network stated, “The need for quality health care continues to grow in this area. Bringing a new physician to the community will help Pennock meet this demand.”

Dr. Curry completed her undergraduate education at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan and received her Masters in Education from the University of Vermont. She attended Medical School at Michigan State University. Dr. Curry is board certified.
Gun Lake Family Medicine is currently taking new patients at their new office at 12851 West M-179 in the new Gun Lake Medical Center. They are able to accept most insurance plans. For more information or to make an appointment, you can contact the office at 877.377.7322.

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