St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Seeking Artist Donations for Cancer Center Project

AACancerCenter_withLandscapingANN ARBOR – St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is seeking artwork from Michigan artists to decorate its soon-to-be renovated cancer center. The hospital’s art committee is opening a call for submission, asking local artists to consider donating a piece of original art to be displayed among a total of 200 to 300 pieces throughout the cancer center.

“Our vision is to include creative, uplifting artwork gifted by our local artists to support patients, friends, family and staff on their healing journey,” said Dave Raymond, regional director of planning and design at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. St. Joe’s Art Enrichment Committee is working with Pictures Plus, an Ann Arbor art and frame shop, to help curate and install the artwork.

St. Joe’s opened a call for submission after several artists inquired about donating art as a way of expressing their support for the cancer program. The hospital will also be purchasing art for the cancer center.

“This new cancer center will serve the surrounding community, and we want to give local artists a unique opportunity to create a healing environment with their art,” said Kathryn Savitskie, art consultant from Pictures Plus, who is overseeing the submission process. Continue reading “St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Seeking Artist Donations for Cancer Center Project”

Have High Blood Pressure or Diabetes? Watch Out for This

by Sara Altshul

This article was originally published on Sharecare.

They may not get as much press as your heart or brain, but your kidneys do a lot of good work. A pair of bean-shaped, fist-sized organs found on either side of your lower spine, they filter wastes and excess fluids from between 120 to 150 quarts of blood every day. During this process, they produce urine—about two quarts daily. They also release hormones that help control blood pressure, produce red blood cells and build healthy bones.

When all your organs work together properly, you’re barely aware of all the heavy lifting your kidneys do to keep you alive and well. But healthy kidneys depend on the health of your other organs and body functions. When one process is disrupted or affected by disease, the dysfunction over time can damage your kidneys; that can lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD) and eventually, kidney failure. Continue reading “Have High Blood Pressure or Diabetes? Watch Out for This”

Listen to Rob Casalou on WJR’s ‘Food for Thought’

Rob Casalou
Rob Casalou, President and CEO, Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Rob Casalou, president and CEO of Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, spoke about food insecurity on WJR’s “Food for Thought” show with hosts Dr. Phillip Knight of the Food Bank Council of Michigan and Gerry Brisson of Gleaners, including how to improve access to fresh, healthy food and the role health care can play.

Click here for the playlist or listen to the full podcast

Infused with Love

Local school tradition spreads joy to cancer patients

For two weeks straight, Laura Shaffer opened up her kindergarten classroom during afternoon recess, as students flooded in to work on a beloved community project.

They set up an assembly line, and for the next half hour, students stood and filled plastic goody bags with hot cocoa packets and candy before securing them with pink tags and twisty ties.

“The students do everything,” Shaffer said.

Students at Livonia’s Randolph Elementary School helped bag an astounding 1,696 Valentine’s care packages this February, and delivered them to local cancer patients, including those at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s infusion center.

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Santa Brings Christmas Joy to Infusion Clinic

ANN ARBOR – Patients at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor’s cancer infusion clinic received a very special visit just in time for Christmas.

Santa Claus made his rounds Tuesday morning, greeting staff, patients and family members, handing out candy canes and even sitting with patients and holding their hands while he shared a few words of encouragement.

“This time last year, I was sitting right where you are,” he told patients sitting in infusion bays.

Santa – a.k.a. William Coleman – was diagnosed with colon cancer last year and completed chemotherapy in December 2016. Having enjoyed work as Santa in Christmases past, Coleman wanted to spread some holiday cheer for others facing their own battles with cancer this season.

Thank you, Santa, for brightening our day!

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Discharge with Dignity: How a Hospital Clothes Closet Became a Labor of Love

Discharge planning assistant Jennifer Pickel sorts donated coats.

On a Tuesday afternoon Darlene Sierak and Jennifer Pickel sort through a black cardboard donation bin full of plastic bags of gently used clothing. Men’s sweatshirts, women’s blouses, jeans and khakis – each article is neatly folded and placed on a shelf labeled by gender and size.

The room in which they work is a small space – a former copy room too snug for an office – tucked away in the Patient Support Services suite at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, but impressively organized. A row of winter coats hangs on the rack against the back wall. Built-in shelves house men’s and women’s shoes, and drawers contain personal hygiene kits complete with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, tissue, body lotion and razors.

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Join St. Joe’s at Third Annual Luminary Walk – Jan. 27

Luminary WalkAre you looking for a fun outdoor activity to shake off the winter blues? Join us for St. Joe’s Luminary Walk held at The Farm on the campus of St. Joe’s Ann Arbor. This magical evening features two miles of candle-lit trails, family friendly activities, wellness goal-setting and live music. Invite your friends and family, and celebrate winter with us!

2018 Winter Luminary Walk
Saturday, Jan. 27 | 4 – 7 p.m.
The Farm at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
5557 McAuley Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 

Presented in partnership with Eisenhower Center and Saint Joseph Mercy Health System