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Spectrum Health Ludington expands mobile communication

Nurses, doctors, technologists and other staff members at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital will use mobile phone technology beginning February 14th. The mobile phones are part of a technology pilot program that the Ludington Hospital and Pennock Hospital in Hastings are conducting for the Spectrum Health system.

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The phones will allow specific hospital staff users to place calls or send secure text messages to other physicians, nurses, technologists and other staff members as part of their patient workflows.

Information Services personnel at the hospital believe the use of cell phone technology for patient care will enhance internal communication and improve patient services. They say that direct patient care workers who tend to be very mobile in doing their jobs every day need solutions for mobile communications that can keep up.  

The iPhones operate on a secure, private network, use encrypted technology and are compliant with all federal patient privacy laws.

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"Love, Loss and What I wore" added to WSCC Performance series

The stage lights will be on in West Shore’s Community College’s Center Stage Theater on Sat., March 3, at 7:30 p.m. as local actresses tackle a staged reading of Nora Ephron’s and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss and What I Wore.” The play is based on the bestselling book by Ilene Beckerman.

dresses 53319 960 720            “This theatrical offering is a play of monologues and ensemble pieces about women, clothes, and memory covering all the important subjects—mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black,” said Michelle Kiessel, the show’s director.
           “This show is both funny and painful and is always heartfelt with truly endearing characters telling truthful stories that all women can relate to in one way or another,” continued Kiessel. “We are doing this as a staged reading, as was originally intended by the show’s creators, which means the actresses will carry and read from scripts.”     
           Based on Ilene Beckerman’s 1995 book of the same name, Nora Ephron, who wrote the foreword, said, “’Love, Loss and What I Wore’ is not a book about fashion; it is about what clothes really are to us, those moments when we are constantly trying to find our identities through them.”
           Audience members are invited to bring a gently used outfit which could be worn to a job interview which will be distributed to WSCC students in need.

For more information on all of the Performing Arts Series performances, go to the college’s website www.westshore.edu

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Flu season continues

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) recently confirmed the first influenza-associated pediatric death of the 2017-2018 flu season. The death involves a child from the Upper Peninsula. Nationally, there have been more than 50 influenza-associated pediatric deaths reported this flu season.
This flu season has some of the highest hospitalization rates ever recorded according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More than three quarters of the positive influenza specimens confirmed by MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories this flu season have been an H3N2 virus

vaccination 2722937 960 720“It is not too late to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive for MDHHS. “The vaccine is your best defense against the flu and will help reduce the severity of symptoms if you catch the flu despite being vaccinated. And remember, if you or your child is sick, stay home to help protect others.”
Vaccine is especially important for children, adults 65 years and older, people with underlying medical conditions, and pregnant women. During the 2016-2017 flu season, only 44.2 percent of Michigan residents were vaccinated against flu, putting Michigan in 33rd place in the country.

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