Our Commitment to Tobacco-Free Living

by Elisabeth Vanderpool, Director of Community Health, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston

At Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, we’re committed to the health of our communities. An important part of that health is ensuring people have clean air to breathe when they visit our campuses.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is committed to tobacco-free living, and is a tobacco-free campus. This policy includes non-tobacco smoking products such as electronic cigarettes. Being a tobacco –free campus means:

  • Use of tobacco products on hospital grounds, parking lots and vehicles in parking lots is prohibited.
  • Patients and families are informed by staff of our tobacco-free campus policies whenever possible prior to use of services and upon admission.

When visiting any Saint Joseph Mercy Health System campus, you will see signage designating the campus as tobacco-free. Additionally, educational materials on tobacco use and cessation are available, and will be provided upon request.

How Loneliness Hurts Your Health

by Patrick Sullivan

Some people just need their alone time, but even the most introverted may eventually suffer health complications. “Humans are  highly social mammals,” says Stephen Pinals, MD, a geriatric psychiatrist and Chair of Psychiatry at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. “We wouldn’t have survived without our evolving social function.” Loneliness can lead to more stress, heart disease, dementia and other health problems.

Stephen Pinals, M.D.Researchers often make a distinction between objective loneliness—also known as social isolation—and subjective loneliness. “Loneliness is a subjective experience; you might feel cut off from people even though you’re surrounded by them,” says Dr. Pinals. “That’s different from objective social isolation.” Social isolation may contribute to, but not necessarily cause loneliness. It’s important to note that both loneliness and social isolation can damage your health. Continue reading “How Loneliness Hurts Your Health”

Healthy Summer Kick-Off – May 20 at St. Joe’s Canton

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Join us for our Health Kick-Off event on Saturday, May 20 from noon – 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Mercy Canton Health Center. See flier.

Meet St. Joe’s health reporter Lila Lazarus, and enter to win free Tigers and AFC Ann Arbor tickets and more!

Enjoy free family fun including:

• Arctic Edge Street Hockey
• Digital Fingerprinting
• Family Exercise Mini Sessions
• Free Bike Helmets and Fittings | Supply limited to first 200 kids
• Health Exploration Station
• Healthy Eating Zone with IHA Primary Care Physicians
• Health Screenings: Skin Cancer, Blood Pressure and More
• Meet Players from AFC Ann Arbor, Semi Pro Soccer Team
• Rock Climbing Wall
• Teddy Bear Clinic

We look forward to seeing you there!

Proud Parents of Loss: Grief and Joy at St. Joe’s

ANN ARBOR – April 4, 2016 – it was a big day. Expecting parents Amber and Josh Horwitz were going to meet their baby girl, Harper. At 39 weeks, she was ready to make her grand debut. Labor and delivery was supposed to be smooth sailing, just as Amber’s pregnancy had been.

As Amber said, “I gained the proper amount of weight. I measured perfect. My blood pressure was always perfect.”

There was no reason this birth wouldn’t be perfect, too. Continue reading “Proud Parents of Loss: Grief and Joy at St. Joe’s”

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, and serves as a reminder that this serious disease is preventable, treatable and beatable.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women in the United States and the second leading cause in men. It is expected to cause about 
50,260 deaths during 2017.

Beth-Ann ShankerGeneral and colorectal surgeon Beth-Ann Shanker, MD, shares insight about colon cancer, risk and prevention in this Q&A.

  1. How common is colorectal cancer?
    Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related death in the United States. However, early detection can impact survival.
  1. Who is most at risk? Is it genetic?
    Most colorectal cancers occur in those without a family history of the disease. However, some individuals are at higher risk. Lifestyle choices can contribute to colon cancer including smoking, being overweight and little physical activity. Other factors cannot be controlled such as a personal or family history. In addition, certain genetic syndromes are associated with a higher likelihood of colon or rectal cancer such as Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. Individuals with inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s, are also at risk.

Continue reading “March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know”

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston have been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics®, part of the IBM Watson HealthTM business.

In addition, both hospitals were named one of 10 national award winners that earned its Everest award, honoring hospitals that have achieved both the highest current performance and the fastest long-term improvement over five years. Continue reading “St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and St. Joseph Mercy Livingston named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals”

Register for 2017 Probility Ann Arbor Marathon – March 26

Photo credit: theannarbormarathon.com

ProbilityMarathonLogoSlideTake to the scenic streets of Ann Arbor on Sunday, March 26 for the 2017 Probility Ann Arbor Marathon, brought to you by Epic Races and Champions for Charity. With a variety of running events that appeal to all ages and abilities, you’ll find that the Probility Ann Arbor Marathon is your ideal early-spring race, whether you’re walking your first 5K or running your 50th marathon. Register here and visit theannarbormarathon.com for more information.


Marathon Half Marathon (Actual/Virtual) 10K 5K Deadline
$115.00 $100.00 $50.00 $45.00 Feb. 1 – March 24
$125.00 $105.00 $55.00 $50.00 Race-Weekend Registration (cash only)

See Test & Treat – April 22, 2017



St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor is pleased to host the free See, Test & Treat screening and community health education program on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Women’s Health Center. See flier or visit www.stjoesannarbor.org/see-test-treat for more information. Call 734-712-7881 to register. Continue reading “See Test & Treat – April 22, 2017”

Tobacco 21: Forging Ahead on Public Health Policy in Washtenaw County

by Elisabeth Vanderpool, Director of Community Health, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston

The city of Ann Arbor is making bold moves to prevent tobacco-related deaths. In early August 2016, the Ann Arbor City Council passed a landmark ordinance to raise the legal age of purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. The ordinance went into effect Jan. 1, 2017, and Ann Arbor joins over 170 localities in 13 states, in addition to the entire states of Hawaii and California, that have raised the tobacco age to 21. A March 2015 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the most prestigious scientific authorities in the United States, strongly concluded that raising the tobacco sale age to 21 will have a substantial positive impact on public health and save lives. The report predicts that raising the minimum age for the sale of tobacco products to 21 will, over time, reduce the smoking rate by about 12 percent and smoking-related deaths by 10 percent, which translates into 223,000 fewer premature deaths, 50,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer, and 4.2 million fewer years of life lost. Continue reading “Tobacco 21: Forging Ahead on Public Health Policy in Washtenaw County”

The Heart Matters: A Story of Enduring Love

Eva and Rev. Harlan Klein

One look at Reverend Harlan Klein, and anyone would know his heart is working fine, because after 54 years of marriage to his dearly beloved, he still wears it on his sleeve.

He was just 15 years old when he met Evangeline. She was 14.

“I stole a kiss under the street light,” Klein recalled, telling Eva, “Go on, say what happened next.”

Eva obliged, having finished this story for many a listener. “I walked away, I was going home, I turned around, he’s still standing there and I thought, ‘What is he doing?'” she explained.

“I just kissed the girl I’m gonna marry,” Klein said he told his pastor that very night. Continue reading “The Heart Matters: A Story of Enduring Love”