Ads and social media can give the wrong impression. They make it seem as if you need a perfect life to be happy. But the truth is, you don't have to be rich, famous or gorgeous.
When the thermometer drops, winter sports beckon. However, it’s always good to keep safety top of mind.
With nearly 40% of US adults considered obese, chances are you have a close friend or family member that is struggling with their weight. Obesity can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer. Knowing how to help a loved one can help them reach their weight loss goals, whereas a lack of awareness can sabotage their success.
With the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) classification of “widespread activity” of influenza across the state, and in an effort to protect our patients, families and associates, visitor restrictions at all Ascension Michigan hospitals across the state are now in effect.
Stress: We all experience it. Not all stress is bad, of course.
It’s that time of year again when we dig our snow shovels out of storage and exchange our shorts for snow suits. While the holiday season is certainly one of the most magical times of the year, frigid temperatures and snow-filled driveways can also make this season one of the toughest on our backs.
Nothing can ruin a sports season or a good exercise streak quite like an injury. AGH orthopedic surgeon Josh Natali, D.O., recommends these tips to stay off the sidelines:
Falls are a major concern for both older adults and young children. One quarter of older Americans falls each year. Slips and spills are the leading cause of injury in those ages 65 and older.
You may not be a member of the Sandwich Generation now, but chances are, you may be at some point in your life. The term Sandwich Generation describes the growing segment of adults who simultaneously care for an older adult (usually a parent or parent‑in‑law) and their own children.
Did you know there are about 20,500 human genes? In recent years, we’ve learned so much about how genes work and why some diseases run in families. While we can’t change our genes, knowing we have a higher‑than‑average chance of developing certain diseases can help us take steps to lower our risks.
Ascension and Allegan Healthcare Group, Inc., in Allegan, Michigan, have signed a definitive agreement for Allegan to join Ascension Michigan effective September 1, 2019.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is pleased to welcome Josh Natali, DO, to its medical staff. He is an orthopedic surgeon, who offers a comprehensive range of orthopedic care including sports medicine, general orthopedics, and total joint replacements. He will be joining Dr. Christopher Koziara at Allegan Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center.
From time to time, you may have symptoms that trigger concern or worry. It doesn’t make sense to live in fear, so here are a few tips for when you should definitely seek medical attention.
Over 175 individuals participated in the 13th Annual Strides for Health 5K held at Allegan General Hospital on Saturday, August 17, 2019. Events included a 5K run/walk and one-mile kids fun run.
Do you always tell your provider the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth? If you’re like most Americans, you probably don’t.
Allegan General Hospital’s Wound Healing Center received the 2018 Center of Distinction Award from Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal.
You probably know that a weird mole might be skin cancer and should be checked out by a provider. But do you know these other signs of skin cancer?
Do you need to see a doctor? Not sure whether to see your primary care provider, see a specialist or go to an urgent care center? Here is some guidance.
This summer, keep your family safe, happy and healthy by staying vigilant and taking appropriate action against summer bites, burns and cuts.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) and their pain management partner, Pain Management Group, are pleased to announce Spencer Bertram, DC, MD will be joining AGH’s Pain Management team on Thursday, June 27.
Do you take a multivitamin or dietary supplement? If so, you are not alone. In 2016, 71 percent of adults (more than 170 million) did, especially those age 55 and older.
The Allegan General Hospital Foundation is excited to announce the 20 recipients of its 2019 Spring Scholarships Awards. These awards are given out to graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in healthcare, as well as children of Allegan Healthcare Group employees and employees of Allegan Healthcare Group to support training and higher education studies in healthcare.
Our mobility tends to decline as we age. This decline may be due to chronic diseases or a general loss of muscle strength and flexibility from lack of physical activity. However,
mobility problems don’t just affect the elderly. About 10 percent (19 million) adults in the U.S. have mobility limitations. The most common culprits: arthritis and back problems.
If you start sneezing or coughing at the first signs of spring, you may have seasonal allergies. Here is what you can do to combat these allergies and make it through the season.
April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a time when the experts at the Allegan General Hospital’s Wound Healing Center suggest people take a moment to stand up for their feet.
Opioid abuse and misuse has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. Chances are, it’s affected someone you know, perhaps even one of your children (90 percent of all drug addiction starts in teens).
The Perrigo Company Charitable Foundation announced a donation of $100,000 to Allegan General Hospital for renovations in surgical services.
Peripheral Arterial Disease, or P.A.D., is a common yet serious disease that occurs when extra cholesterol and fat circulating in the blood collects on the walls of the arteries that supply blood to your arms and legs.
Some people believe they need less sleep than the average person. While this may earn you bragging rights, it’s not good for your health. Sleep is not just the absence of being awake; it’s an active process that promotes good cognitive and physical health.
An alarming 33 percent of Americans currently suffer from cardiovascular disease. Throughout Heart Health Awareness Month, Allegan General Hospital’s Wound Healing Center, a member of the Healogics network, will work to spread awareness about how cardiovascular diseases can affect the wound healing process.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the average young adult gains 30 pounds by the time he or she turns 50.
According to a recent study, women’s hearts may be especially vulnerable to the effects of stress.
Has your foot or ankle been bothering you?
The Vein Care Clinic at Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is now able to treat patients with venous reflux disease using the VenaSeal™ closure system.
Ascension and Allegan Healthcare Group, Inc., in Allegan, Michigan, have signed a non-binding letter of intent for Allegan to join Ascension Michigan.
Mediterranean. Paleo. Keto. DASH. South Beach. Atkins. Zone. Vegan. Raw Foods. So many diets! All promise to help you lose weight, lower your blood pressure, protect against disease or reduce your environmental footprint. Not sure which diet is best? You’re in good company!
The Allegan General Hospital Foundation recently awarded its 2018 fall Nursing and Healthcare Excellence Scholarships to Allegan Healthcare Group employees and their children in support of training and higher education studies in healthcare.
Cold and flu season are just around the corner, which makes this the perfect time to remind people of the importance of washing their hands.
If you suffer from gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms, such as gas, constipation or diarrhea, you are definitely not alone. Your doctor can determine if your symptoms are warning signs of serious GI problems that require treatment.
An estimated 30.3 million people in the United States (9.4 percent of the population) have diabetes, including 7.2 million who are unaware they are living with the disease.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is pleased to welcome Christopher Koziara, M.D., M.S. to its medical staff. Dr. Koziara is an orthopedic surgeon, who offers a comprehensive range of orthopedic care including general orthopedics, foot and ankle, sports medicine, and total joint replacement.
Nearly one fourth of Americans suffer from pain annually, making pain the major driver of primary care physician visits.
Close to 200 individuals participated in the 12th Annual Strides for Health 5K held at Allegan General Hospital on Saturday, August 18, 2018. Events included a 5K run/walk and one-mile kids fun run. Participants ranged in age from as young as one in the kids fun run, up to 79 in the 5K.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) recognizes mammography as an important tool for detecting breast cancer early on, helping to save lives.
According to the World Health Organization, one third of adults worldwide have suffered from a headache in the past year.
Have you thought about the type of care and medical treatment you might want should you ever become unable to make decisions or speak for yourself?
Allegan General Hospital’s (AGH’s) Pain Management Center is pleased to announce two new providers, Khurram Khan, MD and Terrence Thomas, PA-C.
Keith Slenk, physical therapist and athletic trainer at Allegan General Hospital, discusses five common running injuries, why they occur and ways to prevent them.
AGH is accepting nominations of women who do something selfless or extraordinary for its 2018 Spirit of Women award.
Allegan General Hospital’s Emergency Room (ER) has received a Level IV Trauma Center designation from the state of Michigan.
Your Primary Care Provider (PCP) takes care of the whole you over the course of your entire life, creates a wellness plan to keep you healthy, and treats you if you get sick.
Approximately one in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. Prostate is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer. About one in 38 men will die of prostate cancer.
The Allegan Medical Clinic has recently welcomed two new providers, Dr. Nestor Halicki and Nurse Practitioner (NP), Jamie Thorpe.
A Radiofrequency Ablation is one common procedure you may hear about from our pain management provider(s).
What do you think of when you hear the term “chronic pain?” Chronic pain affects almost 100 million Americans, and is an important condition to identify and treat.
May is National Physical Fitness Month, but for many people starting an exercise routine can seem daunting especially if they have health conditions that may lead to inactivity, such as diabetes.
Most people can relate to the temporary inconvenience of neck pain that can come from a night of poor sleep. Many likewise remember the shocking discomfort of whiplash following a sport or car accident. What do you do when the basic remedies like stretching or heating fail to do the job?
April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a time when the experts at Allegan General Hospital’s (AGH) Wound Healing Center suggest people take a moment to stand up for their feet. Right now, 6.7 million Americans are living with a chronic wound, and more than two million of those are suffering from a diabetic foot ulcer.
We’ve all been on the fence wondering if we should call our primary care provider (PCP) or not. Many common accidents and illnesses may not require a visit to your PCP or the hospital. However, if you experience unusual symptoms that come on suddenly, last more than a few days, or are more severe than you would expect for the situation, seek medical attention right away.
Breakfast provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast – that’s where its name originates, breaking the fast! Without breakfast you are effectively running on empty, like trying to start the car with no gas!
Every day, you make decisions about what to eat. But how much do you really think about WHAT you’re putting in your mouth? If you’re like most people, not very much. Nutritional decisions matter when it comes to keeping us healthy and preventing illnesses. Poor food choices significantly raise our risks for developing preventable chronic diseases.
Allegan General Hospital’s Board of Trustees recently elected Nathan Hoffman and Amanda Morgan to its Board.
Are you listening to your heart? You should. It could literally save your life. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S.
The Allegan Medical Clinic has welcomed two new providers Dr. Heather Wright and physician assistant Jennifer Vance.
Throughout 2018, Allegan General Hospital’s Vein Care Clinic is offering free vein screenings.
The Fennville Medical Center has added a second physician to its staff Brenda Schloff, M.D.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States in both men and women. In addition to regular provider visits, the best way to keep stop cardiovascular disease is to know your risk factors. Throughout the year, Allegan General Hospital is offering the community free heart screenings.
Women experience changes in their bodies throughout their entire lives. Some of these changes are due to aging. Others are the result of hormonal changes during pregnancy, menopause or menstrual cycles. While it may feel awkward to mention unusual symptoms in "unmentionable" places to your provider, these changes often provide important clues to your health
The Allegan General Hospital Foundation recently awarded its 2017 fall Nursing and Healthcare Excellence Scholarships to Allegan Healthcare Group employees and their children in support of training and higher education studies in healthcare.
Allegan Professional Health Services (APHS) is pleased to announce Kenneth Forsman, MD, has been named the full-time provider and Medical Director of the Fennville Medical Center. Dr. Forsman is a board-certified Family Practice physician with over 30 years of experience.
During its Girls’ Night Out event on Thursday, October 19, Allegan General Hospital (AGH) and the AGH Foundation recognized Jillian LaJoice, Ann Chestnut and Honorable Margaret Zuzich Bakker with its 7th Annual Spirit of Women Awards.
Do you know your numbers? There are four key measurements of health you should know and track. They are early warning signs for heart disease and diabetes. Since these two diseases have few noticeable symptoms, you may not even realize you are ill — or at risk for becoming ill — until it’s too late. Keeping these numbers within a healthy range can help prevent a medical emergency, such as a heart attack.
Over 200 individuals participated in the 11th Annual Strides for Health 5K held at Allegan General Hospital on Saturday, August 19, 2017.
Allegan Professional Health Services (APHS) is excited to announce the opening of the Fennville Medical Center.
The dangers of cigarettes and other tobacco products have had health professionals sending up smoke signals for years.
This month, Jan Hays retired from Allegan General Hospital (AGH) after celebrating her 50th work anniversary.
If you are caring for elderly parents, you are not alone. More than 43 million people in the U.S. care for someone 50 or older, and nearly 15 million care for someone who has Alzheimer's or dementia.
Your skin. We often call it (affectionately, of course) your birthday suit. It's your body's largest organ, weighing in at roughly eight pounds and covering about 22 square feet.
The Allegan General Hospital Foundation is excited to announce the 24 recipients of its 2017 Spring Scholarships Awards. These awards are given out to graduating high school seniors pursuing a career in healthcare, as well as children of Allegan Healthcare Group employees and employees of Allegan Healthcare Group to support training and higher education studies in healthcare.
Throughout the summer months, Allegan General Hospital is offering four sessions of its popular Babysitting Training Class. The class is designed for 12- to 15- year olds and prepares teens for babysitting.
The Wound Healing Center at Allegan General Hospital, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds. The fourth annual Wound Care Awareness Week is being held from June 5 to June 9.
Allegan General Hospital and the Allegan General Hospital Foundation welcomed State and local representatives, Perrigo Charitable Foundation and community members Wednesday night to celebrate the Perrigo Imaging Center.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is pleased to announce it has received MPRO’s 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Reporting and Measurement in the Emergency Room for aspirin upon arrival and EKG times.
Sleep. We all need it. But few of us consistently sleep as long — or as restfully — as we should for optimum health. In fact, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that about 35 percent of adults regularly get less than seven hours of sleep.
May 7 – 13 2017 is National Hospital Week. This is an excellent opportunity to thank all of the employees of Allegan General Hospital for their extraordinary efforts throughout the year.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) recognizes mammography as an important tool for detecting breast cancer early on, helping to save lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, screening mammograms can reduce breast cancer deaths by approximately 20 to 35 percent in women 50 to 69 years of age and approximately 20 percent in women 40 to 49 years old.
When was the last time you laughed? Laughing actually produces positive physical changes in your body that boost your health immediately and over the long term, according to the Mayo Clinic.
You may not consider yourself a gourmet cook or fine food aficionado, but what you eat and how you prepare food for yourself and your family can keep you healthy and help prevent serious disease. It can also help you and your family maintain a healthy weight, prevent chronic disease and boost your energy levels.
Vishal Saini, MD has joined the staff of Allegan General Hospital’s Sleep Center. Dr. Saini is the Sleep Center’s new Medical Director replacing Dr. Patricia Seiler, who has retired.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is proud to announce the recertification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for another three years. AGH was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.
The Allegan General Hospital Foundation recently awarded its fall educational scholarships to Allegan Healthcare Group employees and their children in support of training and higher education studies in healthcare.
There’s no place like home! After spending time in the hospital, the last thing you want to do is go back. Unfortunately, one in five patients is readmitted within 30 days of being discharged.
Allegan General Hospital’s Board of Trustees recently elected Kimberly Shriver and Jason Burchardt to its Board.
During its Girls’ Night Out event on Thursday, October 6, Allegan General Hospital (AGH) and the AGH Foundation recognized Barb Armstrong, Heidi Gilder and Nancy Heilig with its 6th Annual Spirit of Women Awards.
Everyone feels moody or has “a case of the Mondays” occasionally, but when disruptions in thought or behavior cause someone to lose his or her ability to cope with normal functions and routines, that person may be dealing with a much more serious problem than mere moodiness.
John Hendrickson, CEO of Perrigo Company plc (NYSE: PRGO; TASE) today presented a check for $650,000 to Allegan General Hospital for the purchase of a new GE Revolution CT scanner.
Close to 250 individuals participated in the 10th Annual Strides for Health 5K held at Allegan General Hospital on Saturday, August 20, 2016. Events included a 5K run and walk and one-mile kids’ fun run. Participants ranged in age from as young as one in the kids’ fun run, up to 76 in the 5K.
About three years ago, Brad Arnold had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his ankle, followed by chemotherapy and aggressive radiation. Although the treatment successfully rid Brad of cancer, it led to other health issues. For years, he lived with a large ankle wound.
If you happen to see a dog walking around AGH, visiting with patients and guests, don’t be surprised: AGH recently started a pet therapy program.
The Paula West Therapeutic Riding Scholarship is a new scholarship for the AGH Foundation. The scholarship was established in 2015 in memory of the late Paula West, an employee of Allegan Healthcare Group, after she passed away in May 2015 following an equestrian accident. Paula was an avid horse lover and her friends and family wanted to do something to create a lasting legacy that also represented Paula’s passion for the equestrian world.
Protecting a young child’s teeth is very important because dental decay or cavities is one of the most common healthcare concerns for children. This is why the pediatric providers at the Allegan Medical Clinic have begun providing fluoride varnish for all children 0 – 3, who have teeth, during well child visits.
In honor of National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) to provide the community CPR Anytime Personal Learning program at no cost. During this free 45 minute course, individuals will learn the core skills of hands-only CPR and receive a free kit to take home with them, which includes an inflatable Mini Anne CPR manikin, DVD and a skills reminder card. The CPR Anytime kits were generously donated to the Hospital from an endowment through the American Heart Association.
Allegan General Hospital’s Sleep Center recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
April is National Foot Health Awareness Month and a time when the experts at Allegan General Hospital’s Wound Healing Center suggest people take a moment to stand up for their feet. According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, the average person takes 10,000 steps each day which adds up to more than three million steps per year.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) and the Allegan General Hospital Foundation are happy to welcome Jenifer Garcia as the new Executive Director of the Foundation.
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) announced Allegan General Hospital’s Psychological Medicine office has once again earned accreditation for three years. This latest accreditation is the third consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, has awarded to Allegan General Hospital’s Psychological Medicine Office
During its Girls’ Night Out event on Wednesday, October 14, Allegan General Hospital (AGH) and the AGH Foundation recognized Marcia Beare, Dr. Marcia Liepman and Dawn Sherman with its 5th Annual Spirit of Women Awards.
The Allegan General Hospital Foundation is excited to announce the 15 recipients of its spring scholarships awards. These awards are given out to graduating high school seniors and employees of the Allegan Healthcare Group, to support training and higher education studies in health care.
During National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) to provide the community CPR Anytime Personal Learning program at no cost.
Allegan General Hospital is pleased to announce its new Emergency Medicine partnership with Emergency Physicians Medical Group (EPMG), who will be staffing the hospital’s Emergency Room (ER) effective December 1, 2014.
Allegan General Hospital is pleased to welcome Pediatrician Dr. Sara Franzen to our medical staff. Dr. Franzen is a board certified and joins the pediatric team at the Allegan Medical Clinic.
With the growing number of women impacted by pelvic health conditions each year, Allegan General Hospital partnering with Allegan Professional Health Services has launched a new Pelvic Wellness Center that will offer a unique centralized approach to care and one-to-one patient education.
Allegan General Hospital has been named for the fifth consecutive year to Modern Healthcare’s annual Best Places to Work in Healthcare list. According to Modern Healthcare, this award honors workplaces throughout the healthcare industry that empower their employees to provide patients and customers with the best possible care and services.
As many as six million diabetics will have a foot ulcer that may result in chronic non-healing wounds and, in extreme cases, lead to amputation. Tragically, those cases are hardly isolated.
Allegan General Hospital is proud to announce the opening of its new Cancer Care and Infusion Center. The center, which opened its doors in June 2014, was designed to maximize patient comfort and safety.
Cassie Cammenga, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (CPNP), has joined the staff of the Allegan Medical Clinic.
12-Month Registry Data Show 74% of GERD patients were able to stop taking and remain off PPIs at 12-month follow up after Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories.
For the second year in a row, the AGH Foundation reached a new record in its annual Scholarship Award disbursement.
For the fourth year in a row, Allegan General Hospital has been named by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare.
Allegan General Hospital’s Board of Trustees recently elected Edelio Coipel to its Board. Edelio Coipel is the Senior Manager of Employee Relations at Perrigo Company in Allegan.
Everyone needs a primary care physician. Why? Because building a relationship with a primary care physician (PCP) helps ensure that you get the best possible health care and keep you healthy as you age.
During its An Enchanting Affair event on Thursday, October 10, Allegan General Hospital and the AGH Foundation recognized four amazing women with its Spirit of Women Awards.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) is proud to announce the certification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) can now provide treatment for individuals suffering from painful varicose veins.
Over 400 individuals, a new record, participated in the 7th Annual Strides for Health 5K held at Allegan General Hospital on Saturday morning, August 17, 2013.
Allegan General Hospital (AGH) welcomes Matthew Stephen Ralph, D.O. to its medical staff. Dr. Ralph is a general surgeon.
Allegan General Hospital has completed their first Community Health Needs assessment and the results are now available.