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  • McLaren Greater Lansing nurse Lisa Chopp was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional care nurses provide every day. The nomination submitted by a co-worker read, “2020 has been an unusual year in our hospital, our state, our country, and our world. Nothing about what we have experienced in these last few months has been normal. During this period, however, one person that I have noticed and welcomed as a cons...

  • As you age, your body ages; ligaments and tendons become stiff and slowly degrade. Add in osteoarthritis, where the cartilage between joints starts to wear away, and you have a recipe for pain, specifically back pain. “There are two significant issues with lower back pain,” said Dr. Douglas Bez, DO, pain management physician at the McLaren Greater Lansing Pain Management Center . “There is facet arthritis, where the cartilage that covers the ends of the joints wears out, or a patient might have disc deg...

  • Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the CDC estimates that more than 40% of U.S. adults have avoided medical care during the pandemic because of concerns about COVID-19, including more than 31% who avoided routine care. “Virtual health care is offered to patients who are unable to come into the office,” said Dr. Eric Haynes, DO, family medicine physician at McLaren Medical Groups’ Holt Family Practice. “While a virtual visit can’t replace the effectiveness of an in-person visit, it’s an alternative durin...

  • When it comes to viruses, COVID-19 has been at the forefront of our minds for more than 6 months, but with influenza season on the horizon, now is the time to start planning ahead. “Flu season doesn’t really start until mid-December,” said Holly Nieusma, DO, family medicine physician at McLaren Greater Lansing Holt Family Practice . “A flu shot lasts 9 to 10 months, so we usually encourage people to get it in early October, but we’re already starting to give the vaccine to some people this year.” The im...

  •   There’s no getting around it: COVID-19 is scary, but skipping your doctor’s visit or emergency care can be even scarier. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 41% of American say they’ve delayed or avoided seeking routine or emergency care due to concerns over COVID-19. That number is concerning for health care leadership at McLaren Greater Lansing. “Putting off care over fear of contracting COVID-19 can lead to progression of diseases,” said Linda Peters...

  • Is your upcoming stress test stressing you out? Don’t worry, McLaren Greater Lansing’s experts have the answers to your questions. A doctor will order a stress test if someone is experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, or arrythmia or if they are having surgery and the test is needed for cardiac clearance. The test is an assessment tool to see how the heart is functioning and how blood flow is getting to the heart. “A stress test will indicate how the heart works during physical activity or stress...

  • COVID-19 has changed the way we live our lives. Our community is now wearing masks, socially distancing, and finding a new normal. While COVID-19 is disrupting for everyone, it is most concerning for those with underlying health conditions, including expecting moms. Moms-to-be will experience an entirely new process in which prenatal appointments are attended alone or done virtually, hospital tours have been halted, and delivery now includes testing for the coronavirus. One Lansing-area hospital knows h...

  • McLaren Greater Lansing nurse Julie Fuller was honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation’s program to recognize the exceptional care nurses provide every day. The nomination submitted by a patient read: “Julie was a godsend during my labor. She was so personable, and she truly helped me get through the painful labor/delivery. She gave me excellent advice on how to manage my pain through breathing techniques. She kept encouraging me and told me how w...

  • Lots of things have been put on hold since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but when it comes to your health, it’s too important to put off seeing your doctor or finding a physician accepting new patients . Here’s what you need to know before you head in for your next appointment. Some things have changed, but your care hasn’t. If you haven’t been into a physician’s office lately, you’ll probably notice some things are a little different than you’re used to. The good news is , all the changes that have been...

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, medical emergencies can arise quickly. Although it’s a difficult topic to discuss, wishes for end-of-life care are an important conversation to have with family and loved ones before a medical crisis occurs. Written instructions for the treatment you would like to receive in the event you cannot speak for yourself, called advance directives, are paramount. Advance directives are crucial during a medical emergency. If you were to become ill and hospitalized, it is the hospit...