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11.16.17 SPOKES Notes

SPOKES Notes written by Roger Morgenstern

On Nov. 16, we welcomed Dr. Peter Y. Hahn, chief medical officer at Metro Health, who has been intimately involved with Metro Health’s recent alliance with University of Michigan Health. He provided several key points.

  • Metro Health is celebrating several milestones in 2017—75 years since its founding, 10 years since it moved to its Health Village in Wyoming along M-6 and one year since its affiliation with U-M Health. “Change has really been the only constant,” Dr. Hahn said.
  • Hahn said patient choice is important in health care, as in many industries. He acknowledged his peers at Spectrum and Mercy Health and said Metro Health “can be the Apple in an industry of Microsofts….West Michigan deserves strong health care organizations…I think of it as the fine arts, with each organization having specialized talents.”
  • He said the cultures of University of Michigan Health and Metro Health are similar and “the partnership has been fantastic.”
  • Playing off the organization’s promotional tagline of “It’s Happening Here,” Dr. Hahn provided an overview where the new combined organization is growing, including pulmonary health, comprehensive stroke care (including cerebral vascular care) as well as skin cancer.

News and notes

  • George Trowbridge got to surprise his guest, WGVU Radio and TV host Shelley Irwin, with more than just a front row seat at lunch. He presented Shelley with a Paul Harris Fellowship. George said of Shelley “I can’t think of someone else who has done so much for the community.” He said she was the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club’s first female president and is still very involved, as well as being a tri-athlete and a non-stop supporter of Grand Rapids and West Michigan. The Fellowship means a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary International Foundation will be made in Shelley’s name.
  • President elect Chelsea Dubey, doing a fine job filling in for President Renwick, welcomed our newest member, Aquinas College President Kevin Quinn.
  • It was just about standing room only for the meeting, with a great showing by our Interact students attending their monthly meeting. Jamie Crosby helped highlight and introduce Interact members from Union and Ottawa Hills high schools.

The annual Senior Neighbors Christmas Luncheon at Kuyper College is Dec. 19. Several shifts with various responsibilities are available for volunteers.  Contact Dawn Smith or James Eliassen if you’d like to participate.

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