VNA Regions To Align
Newaygo office to close
FREMONT, Mich., Oct. 28, 2022 – Effective December 1, 2022, Spectrum Health will be consolidating its home health services in West Michigan into one home health agency titled Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association.
Currently, Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association is divided into two regions, North and South. The alignment into one home health agency will help patients, staff, payors and those who provide referrals, according to Steve McNeely, home care senior director.
“Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association – North and Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association – South will consolidate and just be called Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association,” McNeely said. “Aligning to one certified home health agency will eliminate the confusion of multiple points of entry and overlapping service areas, reduce costs and more effectively support a seamless transition in care for our patients.”
Patients of Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association – North may choose to continue to receive services from Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association or transition services to another home health agency.
“For those who choose to remain with Spectrum Health, they can expect to receive the same exceptional care from their same nurses and other care providers,” McNeely said. “There will not be any interruption in services due to this consolidation. It is more of an administrative change.”
As part of the consolidation, the Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association – North will close its office located at 1 State Road, Newaygo, Mich., 49337. The office was used as a staff location and not a place where patients have been seen or treated.
Learning How To Help Prevent Suicide
Corewell Health Gerber Hospital offering free training in White Cloud
FREMONT, Mich. – Corewell Health Gerber Hospital, formally Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital, will offer suicide prevention training on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. inside the White Cloud Public Library. Corewell Health’s certified trainers will lead the free, one-hour “Question, Persuade, Refer” training designed to teach participants how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope and get help to save a life.
“There is a real need to address mental health and well-being in our communities, and Corewell Health is pleased to offer this training to anyone who wants to be empowered to help someone in crisis,” said Jennifer Kurnat, Corewell Health Gerber Hospital community health worker and trained QPR instructor. “During the training we provide statistics, myths vs. facts, warning signs/clues, risk factors and how to help someone by using the ‘Question, Persuade, Refer’ method. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion throughout the training, along with availability after the training for individual questions better addressed one-on-one,” added Kurnat.
This training is designed for parents, grandparents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, youth leaders, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and others who may be in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.
To register please call 231.924.3073 or email email@example.com.
College and Career Night Out Celebrates Post-Secondary Opportunities
More than 50 colleges, job training programs, military organizations, and community resources were represented at College and Career Night Out on September 29 at Fremont High School.
The annual event drew hundreds of students and families from across Newaygo County to learn more about post-secondary education and job training, financial aid, and more. WE CAN! Newaygo County—the local career and college access network—and Fremont Area Community Foundation partnered on the event.
Melissa Miller, Administrator of Career and College Readiness for the Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency, said that the event was designed to spark curiosity and connection regarding college and career opportunities for local students.
“With so many factors that can influence a student’s decision to pursue higher education or training after high school, this event continues to serve families by bringing numerous career and college resources and representatives under one roof,” said Miller. “Families are able to make connections, get their questions answered, and hopefully realize there are many resources to support them as they navigate this selection process.”
Attendees enjoyed pizza and were able to attend informational sessions on financial aid, choosing a college, the Promise Zone, and career preparation through apprenticeships. After informational sessions concluded, a college and career fair in the gym allowed students to speak with representatives from a wide variety of public and private colleges and universities, military branches, trade schools, and career training programs.
Representatives from Early College Newaygo County, Gerber Foundation, Michigan Works! West Central, Michigan Student Aid, Newaygo County Area Promise Zone, Newaygo County Career-Tech Center, Telamon, and the Community Foundation were also available to share more about the resources their organizations offer to students and families.
Event organizers extend their thanks to their hosts at Fremont High School, the community members and students who volunteered during the event, session presenters, and the local businesses who supported food and beverages, including Biggby Coffee, Family Fare, and Walmart.