Healthcare News

1st Anniversary of Grace Health’s Space for OB/GYN

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  July 14, 2015 will be the first anniversary of the opening of Grace Health’s (GH) newly, expanded space for OB/GYN.  Within the first year, just over 3,900 people received almost 15,500 services and GH providers delivered 542 babies at Bronson Battle Creek (BBC).  Not only was GH able to provide additional access to OB/GYN services, but it was also able to start a Maternal Oral Health Initiative Program (funding provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield to start the program).  A dental hygienist meets with women during their first, second and third trimesters – focusing on keeping mom healthy, nutrition, and infant and oral health.  As of June 30, there have been a total of 209 oral health encounters. CenteringPregnancy began at GH on June 3.  Women meet with their healthcare provider and other women with similar due dates throughout their pregnancy – every month for the first 5 months and then every 2 weeks until birth.  CenteringPregnancy allows women more time with their provider to get questions answered plus they learn from other women in the group. With the additional space in OB/GYN, GH, in collaboration with many community partners, has been able to provide various classes – Breastfeeding Club, Comfort Touches, Daddy Boot Camp, just to name a few – for patients and the community.  Not only is GH providing OB/GYN services, but is also providing educational classes so patients can make informed decisions on improving their health and well-being.  

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Boot Camp for New Dads

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Grace Health in partnership with Bronson Battle Creek provided its first “Boot Camp for New Dads” on April 18 and is planning additional boot camps on Saturday, July 18 and Saturday, August 15.  The first “Boot Camp” was a successful, educational day in which 6 men attended.  Dr. Eric Macleod worked with first-time dads during this unique, one-morning workshop to help build their confidence and prepare them for the challenges of fatherhood.  Veteran dads teach expectant dads how to diaper, feed and connect with their newborn.  They also learn ways to nurture and support mom and baby.  For more information regarding “Boot Camp for New Dads” call 269-341-7723 or 800-451-6310.

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CenteringPregnancy Begins at Grace Health

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On June 3, Sonya Datta-Sandhu, CNM and Emily VanDeraa, RN led Grace Health’s first CenteringPregnancy group.  With CenteringPregnancy, women meet with their healthcare provider and other women with similar due dates throughout their pregnancy.  This first group included 9 women who are due around November.  The women spent 2 hours with their nurse midwife and nurse getting all of their questions answered plus they learned from the other women in the group by sharing their experiences.  The women also received a complimentary book regarding pregnancy.  CenteringPregnancy offers monthly visits for the first 5 months and every two weeks until the birth.  After the babies are born, the group will have a reunion and share birth stories.  Additional groups are currently forming at Grace Health.  For more information about what Grace Health and Centering Pregnancy have to offer women in our community, contact Patti Pratt, RN, at 269-441-3443.    

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1st Patient to Complete Oral Health Program

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Grace Health recently celebrated Rosa Cecilia Lara Rives’ completion of the Maternal Oral Health Initiative program and the birth of her son, Arturo.  Rosa is the first patient to complete Grace Health’s Maternal Oral Health Initiative Program from start to finish. Funding was received from Blue Cross Blue Shield to start the program (approximately 7 months ago) in Grace Health’s OB/GYN Department and is one of five programs selected in Michigan.  During her pregnancy, Rosa met with registered dental hygienists, Jessica Southerland and Staci Hard.  During the first trimester visit, the hygienists worked with Rosa on her oral care and focused on keeping her healthy.  The focus for the second trimester visit was nutrition and the third trimester visit was about infant and oral health.  To date a total of 271 women have participated in the program.    

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First Pregnant Patient Seen in New OB/GYN Facility Delivers Baby

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It has been eight months since Grace Health (GH) opened its doors to the new, expanded addition for OB/GYN.  There are many things to celebrate about the expanded space, but one special celebration happened recently when Milania Austin arrived on February 27.  Her mom, Whitney Gray, was the first OB patient seen in GH’s new space for its OB/GYN Department.  A team of providers and support staff (pictured) worked with Whitney throughout her pregnancy.  Staff appreciate the opportunity to work with patients and share this special time in welcoming a new member to their family. Not only are staff available to provide care and support to women during their pregnancy, but there are also several classes offered at GH to provide additional education.  These classes include: Breastfeeding Club and Comforting Touches Class.  New classes offered in partnership with Bronson Battle Creek – Toddler Talk, Baby Talk and Boot Camp for New Dads – are starting in March.  For more information regarding these classes or services provided visit “Classes” located on the Home page of our website (www.gracehealthmi.org) or call our OB/GYN Department at 269-441-3443.

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Health Care Center in Battle Creek Changes Name to Grace Health

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Yes, we have changed our name but that’s the only thing that is different. Just as before you, our patients, come first and remain our #1 priority. Why did we change our name? For a few reasons . . . The name, Grace Health, clarifies our identity and highlights our mission. Grace Health removes any confusion that arises between our health center and others in the surrounding area and state. Having the word “grace” as part of our name serves as a constant reminder of who we are, what we do and how we do it. It means we provide health care to you and all our patients with kindness, being thoughtful and considerate, decent, merciful and benevolent. Also, it reflects our growth since 1986 when we opened: We are a Federally Qualified Health Center. We’ve continually added services so that you can get all the health care you need with us: OB/GYN, primary health care, internal medicine, ENT (ear, nose and throat), audiology, dental care and behavioral health. We expanded and renovated our Battle Creek facility in 2006 and 2010 and opened a new OB/GYN center in 2014. Yes, we changed our name, but our heart and soul remain in service to you, our patients, and the community. We strive to improve your life and the lives of all our patients through Our services. Our partnership with you and our other patients to help you all become more knowledgeable and responsible for your own health. Our commitment to your wellness –emotional, physical and spiritual. We are the largest health care provider in Calhoun County and offer you, our other patients and the community quality, compassionate care in a warm, inviting, state-of-the-art facility.

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Health Care Tip: Whole Grains

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Whole grain foods as part of a healthy diet help you stay healthy by reducing the risk of heart disease, help to manage your weight, reducing cancer risks and reducing the risk of diabetes. Look for whole grain as the first ingredient. Whole grains can come from wheat, rice, corn, oats or other grains. Don’t be fooled by the packaging, many products say multigrain or high fiber with out being whole grain.

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