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Hospital adds advanced nuclear diagnostic imaging and accreditation by ICANL


A new camera will aid physicians in making more informed decisions in evaluation of heart, cancer, other diseases at Spectrum Health United Hospital.

The hospital recently announced the opening of a newly expanded nuclear medicine suite, featuring the BrightView nuclear imaging system—or gamma camera—from Philips Healthcare. With the camera, staff can perform non-invasive, highly advanced diagnostic imaging that can be used for diagnosis and treatment planning.

Unlike some imaging tests, nuclear imaging allows clinicians to see how a part of the body is functioning at the metabolic level. This improved diagnostic confidence may alter the course of action and improve patient care. For instance, a patient may be able to avoid a biopsy or an invasive surgical procedure.

Nuclear imaging is an important diagnostic technology for heart and vascular conditions as well as various forms of cancer. It is also extremely useful for other common applications such as bone, pulmonary, brain, thyroid, and renal imaging.

The advanced system allows clinicians to perform a powerful type of nuclear imaging called SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) that allows visualization of activity within structures deep inside the body. SPECT is particularly useful for cardiology, brain, and some orthopedic and oncology applications. It generates 3D images whereas non-SPECT, or planar imaging, consists of 2D snapshots or moving images of physiology.

“The addition of the new nuclear medicine camera broadens our applications for nuclear medicine imaging, including the ability to use the latest technologies, such as concurrent imaging,” said Percy Mahar, Chief Clinical Officer at Spectrum Health United Hospital. “This means we can provide a higher level of diagnostic confidence for enhanced patient care.”

He added that the new nuclear medicine suite will be utilized by all areas of the hospital, including the Spectrum Health United Heart & Vascular Center, scheduled to open this spring. “Technologists will partner with the cardiologists, using the camera to detect heart disorders earlier with clearer, more defined images of the heart.”

United Hospital receives nuclear cardiology accreditation

United Hospital’s Cardiovascular Imaging Lab recently received accreditation of the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).  This accreditation means that United Hospital has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts.  This accreditation is only granted to facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including case study review.

The ICANL accreditation is considered a seal of approval that patients can expect the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of nuclear medicine.

 

 

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Get healthy with United Lifestyles


Dates UPDATED: 1/6/2012

United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering two programs this month.
Walk and Talk: Trying to lose those holiday pounds? Join Renee DeFrang, Registered Dietitian, for a weekly weigh-in followed by a 10 minute motivational talk on weight loss and a 10 minute group walk. The cost for the program is $30.  The program will be held on Wednesdays starting January 18 through February 29, 2012 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. at Greenville High School, Room 534, 111 Hillcrest, Greenville. (Park in the lot off of Yellow Jacket Drive and use the back entrance.) Registration is required. For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.
Diabetes question and answer session: United Lifestyles is offering a free question and answer session with a pharmacist on diabetes medications. The session will be on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville. Registration is required. For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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Diabetes Education


United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering a three-session Diabetes Education group class. The classes will be held on Wednesdays, beginning December 7, 2011 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville. This American Diabetes Association recognized program includes education on glucose levels, dietary guidelines, and management techniques.  Most insurances cover all or part of the class fees, with a physician’s signature. Registration is required. For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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Diabetes question & answer session


United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering a free question and answer session with a Diabetes Educator. The session will be on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville.
The diabetes educator will answer questions on diabetes prevention, risk factors and healthy lifestyle tips. A sample recipe demonstration will be provided. Registration is required.  For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.
United Lifestyles is a dedicated, multi-disciplinary team of health care partners focusing on preventing illness and disease.  The goal is to use education and preventive measures to help curb high costs of health care and promote healthy lifestyles within our communities.

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Driver Safety Program for ages 50-plus


United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering an AARP Driver Safety Program. The program will be on Monday, November 14, 2011 and Tuesday, November 15, 2011 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville.
The program is a classroom driver refresher course for drivers ages 50 and older.  The course explains the changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as we age and provides useful driving safety tips for handling these changes. This eight-hour class is held in two sessions.
The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-AARP members.  For November only the class is free to veterans and/or veteran’s spouses (with some form of military identification).  Registration is required.  For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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United Lifestyles offers Flu Clinics


United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering multiple flu shot clinics.

Friday, September 30, 2011
United Lifestyles
407 S. Nelson, Greenville
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 1, 2011
1st Congregational Church
126 Cass St., Greenville
9 to 11 a.m.

Friday, October 7, 2011
Greenville Area Senior Center
715 S Baldwin St., Greenville
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital
418 Washington Ave., Lakeview
9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Friday, October 14, 2011
United Lifestyles
407 S. Nelson, Greenville
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Montcalm Commission on Aging
613 N. State St., Stanton
9 to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
United Lifestyles
407 S. Nelson, Greenville
7 to 9 a.m. & 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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United Lifestyles offers Diabetes education


United Lifestyles, a member of Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville, is offering a three-session Diabetes Education group class. The classes will be held on Mondays, beginning October 10, 2011 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 407 S. Nelson, Greenville.
This American Diabetes Association recognized program includes education on glucose levels, dietary guidelines, and management techniques.  Most insurances cover all or part of the class fees, with a physician’s signature. Registration is required.  For more information, call 616.754.6185, ext. 100 or 800.406.4551.

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Fifth-graders participate in mini medical school


Event comes together as result of community partnerships

Dr. Jusith Amparo and Fifth Grade Students at Mini Med School

Fifth-graders at Baldwin Heights Elementary School in Greenville operated on “bodies” they made from papier-mâché and Twizzlers, on Thursday, January 20, transforming the school’s gym into a “Mini Medical School.” The Mini Med School concluded a four-week science unit focusing on the human body and its systems.

Eric Nelson and Fifth Graders at Mini Med School

Surgeons and surgical employees from Spectrum Health United Hospital assisted the students in performing mock surgeries on the replica bodies. Nursing students from Montcalm Community College, parent volunteers and additional teachers also helped.
The fifth-graders were dressed head-to-toe in scrubs, including surgical masks, gloves and shoe shields. Students were divided into groups based on a specialty area—one consisted of cardiologists, one of gastroenterologists, another of neurologists, one of orthopedic surgeons and finally pulmonologists. The groups rotated through six stations, each hosted by a surgeon, surgical professional or nurse.
At five of the stations, groups role-played specific surgeries, each within their specialty area. Each student carried out roles such as lead surgeon, anesthesiologist and surgical assistant. Types of surgeries portrayed were a heart transplant, lung transplant, appendectomy and cerebral aneurysm repair. At the sixth station, the students used a portable heart defibrillator to simulate treating a patient suffering from cardiac arrest.
Mindy Hepinstall, fifth-grade science teacher at Baldwin Heights and originator of the idea for the school, hopes this event can become an annual component of her science unit on the human body. “This has been such a rewarding experience. Not only because the students have learned so much, but because it also exposes them to careers in health care and may spark interest for some to pursue careers in health care.”
Hepinstall also acknowledged the teamwork it took to implement the Mini Med School. “I am grateful to the employees of United Hospital and for all of the support we received from the school board and teachers. Also, I can’t thank the parents of my students enough—many of them have volunteered and donated supplies to make this event a reality,” said Hepinstall.
Spectrum Health United Hospital was equally pleased with the Mini Med School. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with our local schools to help kids understand the importance of good health. Our surgeons and surgical employees enjoyed working with these kids. Seeing their determination and focus was really inspiring for us,” said Adam Post, director, surgical services, Spectrum Health United Hospital.

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