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    On August 11, 2020, Bill DuRussel, 73, of Munger, underwent carotid endarterectomy surgery at a mid-Michigan hospital to clear out a carotid artery. Seven hours later, he had a stroke and was rushed by ambulance to the Intensive Care Unit at McLaren Flint. Since he had just had surgery, Bill wasn’t eligible for tissue plasminogen activator (tPA).  Dr. Mahmoud Rayes , an interventional neurologist at McLaren Flint, instead performed a mechanical thrombectomy on Bill, which removed the blood clot blo...

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    As an active business owner, Bernadette Strickland, 75, of Plymouth, found it out of the ordinary to wake up in the middle of the night with her body leaning to one side. But she felt so incredibly tired, she decided to go right back to bed. Later on that spring day, Bernadette traveled up north to the Petoskey area with her husband. “My husband found me to be very quiet during the drive, which is unusual for me,” said Bernadette. “He knew combined with the other symptoms; something was definitely off. ...

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      “For me, with having the cancer in my left breast, I definitely wanted to miss the heart and that was something they were able to do with proton therapy.” Women are often told to know their breasts. That includes knowing what they look like and feel like by doing  self-exams  regularly. Melissa Brown did just that, and in sticking to this routine, she found a lump. That discovery led to test results that were positive for  stage 3 breast cancer . “Hearing that I had been diagnosed ...

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    Proton therapy is one of the most advanced treatment options available to cancer patients. One of the first questions that cancer patients often have when offered this innovative treatment option is, ‘Does my insurance cover it?’ For Veterans who are receiving VA health care benefits , that answer is often yes. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) , following the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO) model policies for radiation oncology services, has identified that proton therapy deliv...

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      Did you know that there are more than 86 different sleep disorders? While some are common and some are very rare, they all affect the quality of sleep you get.   If you think you may have a sleep disorder, the first step is to talk with your primary care provider. If your primary care provider agrees, you may be referred to the  McLaren Sleep Diagnostic Center  for a sleep study.   “Fatigue, restless sleep, snoring, frequent waking, and daytime drowsiness are all symptoms of s...

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    The walls of the  McLaren Proton Therapy Center  are inviting, not only to the cancer patients who walk those paths every day, but also to local artists. The artwork hanging on the walls has transformed the feeling patients experience as they routinely receive cancer treatment. “We’re always looking for ways to engage our community,” said Michele Leclaire, executive director of Buckham Gallery . “It’s part of our mission: ‘...to enrich the cultural life of [the Buckham Gallery’s] surrounding c...

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    With everything going on in the world, let alone our bi-annual time change in March and November, it may be hard to establish healthy sleep habits. But it is more important than ever to make sure you are practicing good sleep hygiene. Healthy sleep habits, or good sleep hygiene, is important for physical and mental health and overall quality of life. “If you aren’t practicing good sleep hygiene, it may cause insomnia, frequent waking, and daytime drowsiness,” said Joe Kierzowski, RPSGT, lab manager...

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    March 16, 2021 marks the first anniversary of the McLaren Fenton 24/7 emergency room on Owen Road caring for patients. Who knew the opening would coincide with a global pandemic and the immediate need for high-quality health care for the residents of Fenton and surrounding communities? The ER offers telestroke technology, comprehensive imaging including a CT scanner, X-rays, and ultrasound, as well as capabilities for emergency department laboratory services. Staff includes board-certified eme...

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    In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, McLaren Flint is proud to honor those women who have blazed trails and made a difference in the health field. We start with one of our own.   Margaret McLaren, RN Margaret McLaren, RN served as the Superintendent of the Women’s Hospital in Flint for 28 years. She was instrumental in obtaining the funding to construct a new hospital at a new location. Once completed, the hospital at 401 South Ballenger Street was named McLaren General ...

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    COVID-19 survivor Charles Carpenter, a 75-year-old Grand Blanc resident, has conquered one challenge after another over the past eight months. His last obstacle is getting his lungs strong enough to stay off portable oxygen. Carpenter’s COVID-19 story started in June 2020 when he had to be hospitalized due to the illness. He spent nearly six weeks in an area hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU) before improving enough to be transferred to Select Specialty Care, located at McLaren Flint. After a week of ...