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Recognized for Excellent Risk Management
The practice of Dr. Bharat Vakharia recognized - 2008-08-18 : Dr. Bharat Vakharia’s practice was recognized for excellence in Risk Management according to American Physicians Assurance Corporation’s 2008 Summer issue of Best Practices. American Physicians’ expert consultants visited 907 medical practices in 2007 to conduct on-site risk management assessments (in Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin). Of these only 83 received an “excellent” rating. Key risk management policies/systems evaluated during the on-site assessment include: tracking systems to follow-up in medical tests, referral, missed appointments, etc.; Medical record documentation; medication and allergy lists, informed consent; relaying of medical information according to policy; routine test reminders; handling of non-compliant patients; communication and on-going risk management education of physicians and staff. “All 83 medical offices that received an “excellent” rating have practices in place to address key risk management issues,” said Carla White, Senior Risk Management Consultant. “They should all be commended for their dedication to superior risk management, patient safety and quality care.”

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Welcome Dr. James Grannell
James Grannell, D.O. -- Orthopedic Surgeon Join Sturgis Hospital Medical Staff - 2008-07-31 : James Grannell, D.O. Sturgis Orthopedics Grobhiser Medical & Professional Building 600 S. Lakeview St., Ste 205 Sturgis, Michigan 49091 269.659.4210 ph 269.659.4229 fax Office hours: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday - Friday Dr. Grannell sees patients in the office all day Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and Tuesday afternoons. (open PDF for Photo and full bio)
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Not sleeping well? Get a FREE sleep health assessment
CPAP Machine and equipment checks too! - 2013-10-24 :
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Apply for
Call 651-7824 to meet with a Certified Application Counselor - 2013-10-19 :
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FAFSOM and Hospital Foundation 5K Results
Congratulations to the many winners and thanks to all who participated! - 2013-07-01 :
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BREAST FEEDING CLASSES
Sturgis Hospital Birthing Center offers free classes - 2009-07-09 : Breastfeeding has so many benefits including being the best nutrition for your baby, so join us as we discuss the skills needed to breastfeed successfully. Come explore the science and art of breastfeeding. This two hour breastfeeding class covers what you will need to know so that you can give your baby the best start possible. CLASSES MEET ONE EVENING AT STURGIS HOSPITAL FROM 6:30-8:30PM CLASSES ARE AVAILABE ON THE FOLLOWING DATES. JULY 14, 2009 AUGUST 13, 2009 SEPTEMBER 14, 2009 OCTOBER 14, 2009 NOVEMBER 18, 2009 All classes will be in the Hospital Cafeteria Private Dining Room, except the November class which is in the Hospital Classroom. CLASS IS FREE AND THE PUBLIC IS WELCOME TO ATTEND. TO SIGN UP FOR A BREASTFEEDING BASICS CLASS CALL STURGIS HOSPITAL BIRTHING CENTER 269-659-4255

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Proud to be an MHA Keystone Center hospital
Sturgis Hospital Excels in Effort to Lead Nation in Patient Safety - 2009-02-03 : Sturgis Hospital is proud to be an MHA Keystone Center hospital, which signifies our extraordinary commitment to improving patient safety and lowering health care costs. The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality, voluntarily created by Michigan hospitals in March 2003, convenes hospitals, state and national patient safety experts to launch innovative patient safety programs that improve health care quality and lower costs by reducing oversights that can lead to patient harm. Each program helps physicians, nurses and hospital staff implement evidence-based best practices to improve health care through enhanced communication, teamwork and leadership. “Through Sturgis Hospital’s involvement with the MHA Keystone Center, our staff is improving upon the high quality care that we deliver to Michiana residents, 24/7, 365 days per year,” said Rob LaBarge, CEO of Sturgis Hospital. “MHA Keystone Center hospitals are implementing groundbreaking and lifesaving interventions to reduce medical errors and health care costs, and improve the quality of patient care delivered at the bedside. Our hospital is proud to be an integral part of the most comprehensive and ambitious hospital-based patient safety improvement initiative in the country,” LaBarge said.
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HEALTH FAIR - SATURDAY, JULY 27, 9am-1pm
click here for the full list of services and partners - 2013-07-19 :
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WOUND CARE CLINIC WELCOMES DR. McCLAIN
Call our wound care specialists at 269.659.4325 (659-HEAL). - 2014-01-13 : Dr McClain is partnering with the Sturgis Hospital Wound Care clinic. He specializes in the field of podiatry and focuses on diabetic foot ulcers along with other complicated chronic non-healing wounds of the lower extremity and feet. The wound care clinic provides a thorough diagnostic appraisal of the wound/ulcer and the patient followed by carefully designed treatment plan. Sturgis Hospital Wound Care Clinic provides high-quality advanced wound care treatments that follows evidence based practices. The clinic offers the community advanced wound care modalities and team approach including physicians Dr K. Patel, Dr. Amaria, Dr. B Patel, and Dr McClain, nurses, therapist and other medical professionals. Sturgis Hospital Wound Care Clinic opened in August of 2010 and has established healing rates and healing outcomes above the national average. If you or someone you know has wounds that just won’t heal, see contact Sturgis Hospital Wound Care Clinic and schedule a consultation with our wound care specialists at (269) 659-4325 (HEAL).

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Sturgis Hospital Foundation 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, August 13, 2011 -- REGISTER NOW! - 2011-06-21 : To register go to www.SignMeUp.com Date: Saturday, August 13, 2011 Time: 8:00am Location: Sturgis Middle School Cross Country Course, 1400 E. Layfayette, Sturgis Fees: Individual $25.00 until July 30th then $27.00; Family of 3 or more $50.00 must be immediate family -- separate registration form needed for each person. Pick-up: Packet pick-up and late registration available same day on site between 6:30am-7:45am Awards: Awards given to the tiop 3 male and female overall walkers, and 3 deep in each age catagory: male and female 14 and under; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70 and up. Course: Well groomed cross country course that winds through woods and fields. Contact: Amy Allan at amyjallan@gmail.com About this event: Sturgis Hospital invites you to participate in it's 1st 5k Run/Walk in conjunction with its Health Fair at the Medical Commons. The proceeds from the walk will go to support the Hospital Foundation Special projects.
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NAMED TOP AGENCY ONCE AGAIN!
Sturgis Home Health Care - 2011-10-26 :
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TOP 100 HOSPITAL
Sturgis Hospital Recognized - 2009-10-19 : STURGIS HOSPITAL HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS A COMMUNITY VALUE TOP 100 HOSPITAL BY CLEVERLEY + ASSOCIATES [Sturgis, MI –– October 2009] Sturgis Hospital was recently recognized as a top-ranked Community Value Provider by Cleverley + Associates (Columbus, OH). Cleverley + Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies, released the findings as part of its new publication: State of the Hospital Industry — 2009 Edition. “This report affirms our continuous commitment to provide the highest quality primary and secondary health care to the communities we serve by exercising responsible stewardship of our resources,” says Rob LaBarge. “This is the third year we have been ranked among the nations top 100 hospitals.” See pdf news release for more info.
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Bigger is Better --- NOT!
when it comes to safe and high-quality surgical care - 2010-08-18 : Smaller hospitals can provide safe and high-quality surgical care comparable to larger counterparts July 27, 2010 Louisville, Ky. – Smaller, rural hospitals may be quicker and more efficient at implementing surgical safety initiatives than their larger, urban counterparts, and are capable of providing a standard of surgical care that is at par with major hospitals that provide a comprehensive array of care services, according to an 18-month series of studies led by researchers from the University of Louisville Department of Surgery. "The quality and standard of care in rural and small-town America is an important issue that gets a lot of attention in the mainstream media these days, and research efforts to measure and enhance surgical quality have largely omitted smaller town hospitals that care for a very high proportion of the American population," said Hiram C. Polk, M.D., former chair of the University of Louisville Department of Surgery, and the Ben A. Reid, Sr. Professor of Surgery at UofL. "These studies sought to address some of these previously unaddressed issues." The results of these studies were published in the July issue of the American Journal of Surgery. The investigators used the surgical safety tool "the expanded surgical time out" as a template by which to collect their data, Polk said. This is a method by which all participants in a surgical procedure, including, in some cases, the patient, take a moment to clarify critical details about the procedure that is about to take place. "The basic surgical time-out includes identifying the correct patient, correct surgery and correct site," said Susan Galandiuk, M.D., professor of surgery at UofL and senior investigator on the first study, which served to define the current culture regarding surgical safety and quality initiatives. "The expanded time-out looks at preoperative timing and choice of antibiotics and discontinuation of postoperative prophylactic antibiotics, additional criteria for diabetics or other ill patients, or factors that come into play if a surgery will last longer than two hours, such as measuring core temperature, monitoring blood glucose level and a clear decision about continuing beta blocker drugs postoperatively if they have been used preoperatively." The availability of blood for transfusion in a surgery and any special instruments needed also were helpful to include on the checklist, Galandiuk said. The studies looked at how quickly the smaller hospitals – four in Kentucky and one in Indiana – adopted quality improvement measures, as evidenced by the implementation of surgical time-out; whether surgical specialists were committed to accepting the quality and safety parameters outlined in the expanded surgical time-out checklist; and how the payment structure may affect quality and safety measures. Major surgeries examined included hip and knee replacements, hysterectomy, colon resections, and hernia repairs. In all, 2,300 surgeries were examined. The researchers found that all specialties had extremely high rates of adherence to timely administration of prophylactic antibiotics within the recommended one hour before surgery. "We also found that, although almost one quarter to one third of patients were awake during the surgical time-out, surgical time-out was implemented in more than 97 percent of all cases among the different subspecialties," Polk said. The researchers also found that all specialties successfully avoided hypothermia in most cases, and gynecologists, especially, made appropriate choices regarding antibiotics in a majority of cases. "Our research showed that clinicians in these rural hospitals showed an extremely high standard of care to their patients, equal to that given at urban and tertiary counterparts," Polk said. "The hospitals' willingness to commit to participating in these studies with the goal of better patient care should be commended as well." Approximately 40 percent of Americans get their surgical care in centers that are not large, urban or tertiary care facilities and the willingness and ability of these institutions to implement quality and safety measures is incredibly important, Polk said. "These studies, looking at representative sites in Kentucky and Indiana demonstrated that these facilities can have the resources necessary, human and otherwise, to provide high quality, safe surgical care, and the commitment to doing so," he said. Source: University of Louisville

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Help is HEAR! See Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor in Sturgis
Dr. Christopher Smith now seeing patients in Sturgis - 2013-01-25 :
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Dr. Vakharia and Dr. Verma pass the test!
Both are now certified in sleep study medicine - 2012-03-06 : Sturgis Hospital Medical Staff members Bharat Vakharia, M.D. and Ashish Verma, M.D, have successfully earned their Board Certification in Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). ABIM works to enhance the quality of health care by certifying internists and subspecialists who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for excellent patient care. Board Certification demonstrates to the public that physicians have met the highest standards of internal medicine and its subspecialties. Board Certification is voluntary and includes an exam that tests a physician’s ability to diagnose and treat patients with a broad range of conditions. Millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders. To learn more about sleep disorders including snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, sleep deprivation, and restless legs syndrome contact the Sturgis Hospital physician referral line 269 659-9853 or go to www.sturgishospital.com.

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Sturgis Hospital is one of only 323 hospitals in the World
and 308 in the United States to carry a Stage 6 designation - 2012-03-08 : Sturgis Hospital is one of only 323 hospitals in the World and 308 in the United States to carry a Stage 6 designation The Hospital has achieved the Stage 6 designation of the HIMSS Analytics Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model. This distinction honors our organization’s accomplishments to implement technology solutions to improve patient safety and quality of care. For more information log on to sturgishospital.com.
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Hospital Mammography ACR accreditation
attests to the quality of our laboratory practices - 2012-03-12 :
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Welcome Dr. Suresh Potluri
Specialist in Urology - 2012-04-09 :
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Sturgis Medical Group Welcomes New Doctors
Accepting New Patients -- call 651-4744 or 651-1471 - 2012-09-17 :
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How to have The Happiest Baby!
learn the 5 S's and the Cuddle Cure - Next event Jun 17 - 2013-11-29 :
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Community Health Needs Assessment
For St. Joseph County - 2014-01-23 :
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Safe Sleep Tips for You and Your Baby!
March 4, 2014 - 6-7pm call 467-3150 to register - 2014-02-15 :
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Community Baby Shower - Help those in need
May 31, 2014 - 2014-05-05 :
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NEW! ER Medical Group Starts June 1st
EMPG offers expert medical care and expert customer care - 2014-05-30 :
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Hospital HEALTH FAIR - Saturday, July 26th
Lots of free and low costs tests! - 2014-07-18 :
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When you need insertion and management of PICC lines
we make it convenient for you! - 2014-09-11 :
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Despite Ebola risk being small, hospitals are prepared
Michigan Hospital Association recommendations for saftey - 2014-10-24 :
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Hospital Visitor Policy
FLU season restrictions in effect - 2015-01-05 :
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Governor Snyder's 4x4 Healthy Michigan Plan
What does it mean to you? - 2015-03-20 :
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New Baby Doctor on Board
Welcome Dr. Majkrzak - 2015-05-26 :
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2015 Holiday Hours for AM&PMcare Offices
in Sturgis and Constantine - 2015-11-17 :
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Health Fair gets New Name, New Date and New Partner!
Check it out...Sat., March 19th 9am-1pm at SMS - 2015-11-30 :
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At Sturgis Hospital, you will find qualified, caring health professionals. From the moment you enter, throughout your stay, and upon your discharge, you will be treated as our guest. As part of our Mission to provide "ever-improving quality health care" we believe in the philosophy of continuous quality improvement.