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My Town: Kent County Health Department introduces new spokesperson

My Town: Kent County Health Department introduces new spokesperson

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent County Health Department has a new spokesperson.

WOOD TV 8 reporter Steve Kelso will take over as marketing and communications manager for the agency beginning April 6.  Kelso has worked at WOOD TV8 for 15 years as a reporter, assignment editor and chief photographer.

“Steve has an impressive resume, including two decades of experience covering the news in our region,” said Adam London, Kent County Administrative Health Officer. “I am confident that he will help take our communications and public information to an even higher level. He is a great storyteller and will be a great asset to public health.”

My Town: Michigan Community Dental Clinics celebrates South Clinic expansion

My Town: Michigan Community Dental Clinics celebrates South Clinic expansion

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Michigan Community Dental Clinic’s South Clinic location is expanding, thanks to a donation from the Delta Dental Foundation. The Kent County Board of Commissioners [recently] approved accepting a donation of more than $66,000 from the Delta Dental Foundation to purchase two more dental chairs. South Clinic also added another dentist to their team in January 2015. This expansion and adding an oral surgeon underscores the need for Medicaid dental services for many residents in Kent County.

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

My Town: Become a hero by giving blood during Red Cross Month

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross reminds eligible blood donors that it doesn’t take a cape or super powers to be a hero. By donating blood, donors can become a hero for patients in need.

Red Cross Month is dedicated to the everyday heroes who support the Red Cross mission by giving blood, volunteering their time, learning lifesaving skills or making a financial contribution.

The need for blood is constant. The Red Cross depends on blood donor heroes in communities across the nation to collect enough blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide. Donors with all blood types are needed, particularly those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

To learn more about donating blood and to schedule an appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

My Town: Challenges for blind and visually impaired explored during Feb. 20 workshop

My Town: Challenges for blind and visually impaired explored during Feb. 20 workshop

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The ability to see is something that most people take for granted. Vision loss can be devastating as common tasks such as cooking, the ability to drive and reading the mail become difficult. This can take an emotional toll on a person. The Kent County Disaster Mental Health and Human Services Committee is planning a blind and visually impaired workshop on Friday, February 20, 2015. This interactive workshop is designed to increase awareness of accessibility differences among people who are blind, visually impaired and sighted. Implications for emergency preparedness and response will be explored at the workshop.

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

My Town: Mail-in cancer tests, produce programs get state funding

LANSING, Mich. – Making fruits and vegetables more readily available, cancer screenings by mail, health coaches and exercise programs are just several of the local initiatives getting funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health.

The MDCH recently announced 44 projects are getting approximately $1.34 million, including a dozen projects in West Michigan.  The grants include:

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

My Town: 12 tips to stay safe in this extreme cold

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division are sharing their top tips to stay safe in this extreme cold.

"As we saw last winter, these arctic blasts can create hazardous situations," said Capt. Chris A. Kelenske, Deputy State Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and commander of the MSP/EMHSD. "Citizens are encouraged to monitor local weather reports and follow the appropriate steps to stay safe during these extremely cold and potentially life-threatening temperatures."

Exposure to these subzero temperatures could potentially cause frostbite and hypothermia, as well as create hazardous driving conditions.

To stay safe during cold weather:

My Town: New director on the job at troubled hospital

My Town: New director on the job at troubled hospital

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—  The Michigan Department of Community Health hopes a new director will usher in a new era for a Kalamazoo hospital, under investigation for alleged abuse of patients.

Jill Krause's first day at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital is Jan. 7.   Krause has more than 21 years of experience in behavioral health, most recently serving as the director of the adult mental illness division of Network180 in Kent County.

“As a department, we are committed to providing quality care to the patients at Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital,” said Tim Becker, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Community Health. “We continue to make important progress in ensuring the safety of our patients and staff, and I am confident that Jill’s experience and leadership will help us carry this momentum forward.”