FREMONT, Mich. – Corewell Health™ Gerber Hospital physician Muhib Khan, MD, will host “Let’s Talk Stroke” during the Regional Stroke Support Group held at Tamarac Health and Wellness Center on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 3:30 p.m. For those unable to attend in person, online access is also available.
At this month’s meeting, Dr. Khan will share the latest research and treatments related to stroke.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Khan join us this month,” said Shelly Klochack, community education specialist. “If you know someone who has had a stroke, or maybe care for a loved one who has had a stroke, this is a talk you won’t want to miss.”
Dr. Khan earned his medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He completed his neurology residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and completed his vascular neurology fellowship at University of Massachusetts in Worcester. Prior to joining Corewell Health, Dr. Khan served as an assistant professor of vascular neurology at Brown University Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. Dr. Khan’s clinical interests include cryptogenic stroke, advanced neuroimaging of stroke, and stroke recovery and rehabilitation.
The Regional Stroke Support Group meets on the first Thursday of the month. All are welcome to attend in person or online. Masks are optional at this event.
For more information or to receive the link to attend virtually, please contact Shelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231.924.3275.
12 Weeks To A Healthier You
Gerber Offering Free Health and Wellness Coaching
FREMONT, Mich., Jan. 9, 2023 – Community members who are looking for ways to add more fruits and veggies to their diets or learn how to remain calm and balanced under stress can now tap into Corewell Health™ Gerber Hospital’s certified health coaches to access the tools and resources needed to succeed.
Through the free Motivate program, participants can reach their best health and well-being by developing a personal wellness plan that includes an overall goal, monthly objectives and first steps to creating a healthier lifestyle.
“Our Motivate program allows participants to create a step-by-step plan that fits their individual needs and helps them reach their health and wellness goals,” said Erica Jordan, Gerber Hospital community education specialist. “Over a 12-week period, our certified health coaches will support and encourage participants as they work to make positive behavior changes that impact their overall health and wellness.”
Health and wellness coaching may be especially beneficial for those who need help managing a condition, setting realistic goals or are serious about changing lifestyle habits.
For one participant, celebrating the small victories every step of the way was a huge part of her success. “I am a healthier person today both physically and emotionally after completing this health coaching program,” she said. “I was inspired to set personal goals that brought such a feeling of satisfaction when I completed them. The small steps have helped lead me to an overall healthier lifestyle with my eating, sleeping, exercise and beyond.”
The Motivate program provides up to 12 free coaching sessions with a certified health coach, along with follow-up after six months to help provide accountability and support.
“We hope that the health coaching experience leaves participants feeling energized and confident to independently embark on new areas of health and wellness,” said Jordan.
There is no cost to participate in Motivate. Interested individuals can call 231.924.3073 or email email@example.com for more information.
Perhaps you’ve noticed that it has been awhile since one of our “Who’s Getting Married? “ articles have appeared in the pages of Near North Now.
Well, the thing is, not too many folks have signed on for upcoming nuptials lately. There is generally a little slow down during the holidays but over the past several weeks we have just 3 couples who will be finding their way into this write-up.
While one can be certain the reasons for the date of the event are as many and varied as the reasons for getting married itself, they likely don’t mean as much. Most who decide to pursue membership in the connubial couples club want to be committed to the other person. Sometimes the date is important and sometimes not so much. The hope is the reasons that brought them together can evolve into ever greater places for the couple to travel through together.
Here are the most recent applicants for legal coupleship.
Josh Beerman, Grant & Hailey Mayle, Newaygo
Desiree VanGessel, Hesperia & Kyle Gabriel, Hesperia
Candi Jarman, Bitely & Stephen Keely, Bitely
“Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own- Robert Heinlein
Kaylee Is #1
First baby born in 2023 at Corewell Health Gerber Hospital
FREMONT, Mich., Jan. 6, 2023 — The new year’s first baby born at Corewell Health™ Gerber Hospital, the new name of Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital, is Kaylee Ann Flatt, born to Newaygo residents Anastaisha Stack and Dillon Flatt. Kaylee was delivered by Lindsay Schmiedeknecht, MD at 10:29 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. She weighed 7lbs, 9 oz. and is 19.5 inches long.
Anastaisha and Dillon didn’t know the sex of the baby until about a month before delivery.
“When we had our last ultrasound, we found out the sex of the baby, but they weren’t 100% certain it was a girl,” said Stack.
Kaylee Ann was named after several family members including both grandmothers and Dillon’s brother.
“We both really liked the name Kaylee and wanted to give our daughter the middle name Ann in honor of both our moms who have the middle name Ann,” said Stack. “Dillon’s brother’s middle name is Lee, so it seemed perfect to use his middle name as part of Kaylee’s name.”
At home Kaylee joins her 5-year-old sister, Allie, who couldn’t wait to bring her baby sister home.
“We were all very anxious to meet her, and Allie wanted to bring Kaylee home the day she was born,” said Stack.
With the delivery being scheduled on the third day of January, the couple didn’t expect to have the first baby born in 2023.
“It’s crazy to think we had the first baby born at the hospital with our delivery three days into the new year. We definitely weren’t expecting that,” commented Stack.
In looking toward the future, Stack said she can’t predict what her daughter will be when she grows up, but she did mention the aspirations of big sister Allie.
“My oldest wants to be a doctor when she grows up,” said Stack. “She came to every one of my appointments to help me and the doctor.”
Partners For Our Communities
Corewell Health Gerber Hospital provides holiday donation to TrueNorth Community Services
FREMONT, Mich., Jan. 3, 2023 – Corewell Health™ Gerber Hospital recently presented a $2,000 check to Mark Kraus, community liaison and development director for TrueNorth Community Services.
“Gerber Hospital is pleased to be a partner of TrueNorth Community Services, and this donation will help them provide needed resources in our local community during the holidays,” said Drew Dostal, president of Gerber Hospital.
Kraus welcomed the additional funds for his organization during the holiday season.
“We are blessed to have such generous partners like Gerber Hospital,” said Kraus. “With this gift, we can continue providing top notch programs and services to our participants. Together, TrueNorth and Gerber Hospital will ensure our communities thrive.”
TrueNorth Community Services is a local non-profit organization that provides a wide variety of services to help strengthen communities and empower individuals through addressing rural poverty, ensuring that youth thrive and building vibrant communities.
Compassion In Action
Gerber FCU Colleagues & Members Support Newaygo County Compassion Home
Gerber Federal Credit Union employees raised a total of $2,011.96 for donation to the Newaygo County Compassion Home for the Terminally Ill. Gerber FCU Marketing Officer, Heather Wiersema (pictured 2nd from left), presented the check to Diane Rudholm (pictured 3rd from left), the Newaygo County Compassion Home Executive Director and Dr. Douglas Johnson (pictured 4th from left), the Newaygo County Compassion Home Board President.
Each year colleagues donate their own funds, collect funds and hold fundraisers such as Squeegee days in our drive-ups or Bake Sales in our lobbies to raise funds for the Compassion Home. Colleagues Patti VanDyke (pictured farthest left) and Sue Carter (pictured farthest right) organized a donation drive in October. Gerber FCU colleagues and members donated items needed to supply homes available to individuals in our community who are nearing the end of life. Danielle St. Amour (pictured 2nd from right) sells books at our Corporate branch year round to raise funds for the Compassion Home, as well as colleagues at our Fremont Main Street Branch.
Voice of Reason Turns 20
Front: Malachi Graves, Anna Moore,Charleigh Scott, Samantha Kukal, Santa, Allie Rodriguez, Brooke Ringler, Brooke Foondle & advisor Jan Tuman. Back: Sydnee Ochs, Emily Hedlund, Andrea Feldpausch, Ryleigh Balke, Aleyiah Desnoyers, Lillie Keith, Landyn McGowen, William Fehrlen, Alex Cruzan, Jared Watson, Lillian Holmes, Christian Ringler, Carson Foondle, Zane Keith & Mason Cruzan. Missing from photo: Kiara Edwards
White Cloud High School Voice of Reason celebrated their 20th anniversary hosting the "Jimmy's Kids Holiday Fun Day" with the kindergartners and first graders at White Cloud Elementary School on Friday, December 9th. Santa stopped by, bringing gifts & candy canes. It was a great event for all involved; as much fun for the little kids as it was for the bigger ones.
Voice of Reason, which began in 2002, is a community service group which is made up of high school students who choose to volunteer in their school and community. This year 23 students are participating.
What’s In A Name?
Corewell Health Gerber Hospital Releases Most Popular Baby Names for 2022
FREMONT, Mich., December 16, 2022 — Corewell Health™ Gerber Hospital (formerly Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial) has released the top baby names for 2022, with Charlotte and Asher taking first place for most popular girl and boy names among the 391 babies born between January 1 and December 15, 2022.
Top girl names include Charlotte, Alayna/Alaina, Amelia/Emilia and Kinsley, followed by Lillian, Natalie, Octavia and Abigail.
Asher is the top boy name given by parents in 2022, followed by Adriel, Alexander, Bentley/Bentlee, Braxton, Daxtyn/Daxton, Edward and Eli.
Seasonal Depression (SAD)
By: Jennifer Derwin, LMSW, Case Manager, Melissa Gomez, Peer Support Specialist Newaygo County Mental Health
During September, the Northern Hemisphere begins in slow march towards the shortest day of the year. The day-by day loss of light, as well as ever-colder weather and the stress of the holidays (of sadness after the holidays have ended) can devastate us emotionally.
"Most of us experience the winter blues more or less to a degree," Angelos Halaris, M.D., Ph.D., a psychiatrist at the Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, told weather.com. "We suffer from what's called cabin fever — a low mood, not too much energy to get anything done; we're looking forward to March and April when hopefully spring will be in the air."
It may seem like the only option for those suffering from depression during the winter is to suffer through until the spring. That’s not only untrue but can be harmful as well.
Research on SAD reports that reduced serotonin, which helps regulate mood, and producing too much melatonin, which increases sleepiness, both seem to be factors that attribute to SAD. Both of these help maintain the body’s daily rhythm, but when they cannot adjust to the seasonal changes in day length it begins to affect sleep, mood and behavior. Add in the lack of Vitamin D because of the decreased daylight in the winter which can further hinder serotonin activity.
Similar to Major depression, seasonal depression can be treated quite effectively. In fact, here are some ways that could help:
In Severe cases, Antidepressant medication, prescribed by your doctor, can be helpful.
Some specific signs and symptoms of winter-pattern seasonal depression include:
Seasonal depression is a real thing. Seasonal depression is not only classified as a medical mood disorder by the National Institute of Mental Health, but there is also a wealth of research on the subject. Seasonal depression is most common from late fall to early winter.
As with all mental illnesses, each person can experience different symptoms and each of us is unique in how we can manage and cope. Treatments for SAD can be provided by your primary care provider or mental health specialist. Treatments include; light therapy, psychotherapy, antidepressant medications and Vitamin D supplements.
If you are experiencing symptoms of SAD, you can reach out to Newaygo County Mental Health for assistance by calling (231) 689-7330. Together we can trudge through this season.
Newaygo County 4-H Council, with Mapping Solutions, has announced the release of the recently published Newaygo County 2023 Plat Book. It is available through the MSU Extension – Newaygo County office and from various stores and businesses throughout the county.
The cover of the plat book has traditionally been selected through a 4-H photo contest. 4-H youth, ages 5 – 19, are asked to take photos highlighting the beauty of Newaygo County. This year’s winner is Fawn Muraske, of the Bibs and Boots 4-H Club of White Cloud. Fawn had been a 4-H member for 13 years involved in a number of projects including poultry, beef, goats, sheep, dogs, expressive arts, photography, clothing and textiles, and horticulture. She is now a 4-H volunteer with the Newaygo County 4-H Dog Club and Bibs and Boots 4-H Club.
This spiral-bound plat book features the standard landownership map pages showing townships and ranges within the county, including property boundaries for all rural parcels over 5 acres or more. It also includes information regarding the Newaygo County 4-H and MSU Extension programs, a current government directory, School Districts maps, Soils maps, various municipality, and lake maps and much more.
For more information about the Newaygo County Plat Book, contact the MSU Extension – Newaygo County office at 4747 West 48th Street, Suite 107 in Fremont or by calling 231-924-0500.