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Red Med Box Program Nets 587 lbs. of Meds

Red Med Box Program Nets 587 lbs. of Meds

In the first three months of 2012, the Red Med Box program collected 587 lbs. of out-dated and unwanted medications from local residents. This collection total represents approximately 250,000 pills.

According to Sheriff Richard C. Fuller III, "This is a tremendous result in such a short period of time. With the Red Med Box, we have made disposal of unwanted medications both safe and convenient. And most importantly, we are making sure these drugs don't end up in the wrong hands."

The Red Med Box program was inaugurated October 27, 2011 at four police departments in Kalamazoo County. Each department has a secured drop box in the police department lobby and is available during normal business hours. Red Med Boxes are located at:

1. Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy. Suite A, Kalamazoo
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm  269.337.8101

Bronson Workshop Offers “PATH” to Manage Chronic Illness

Eighty percent of older adults suffer from at least one chronic health condition, and 50% have at least two, according to The Centers for Disease Control. While curing these conditions isn’t always possible, patients can learn methods to manage their illness and live healthier, happier lives.

A free, six-week, Personal Action Toward Health (PATH) workshop will provide education and support to help participants manage pain; cope with emotions and stress; improve communication with care givers and healthcare providers; make informed decisions about nutrition and exercise; and properly use medications – all  in a supportive group atmosphere. The workshop will be facilitated by certified diabetes educators from Bronson Methodist Hospital.

Anyone with a long-term health condition, or who cares for someone with a long-term health condition is welcome to attend. Snacks will be provided, and workshop graduates will receive a $10.00 gift certificate.

Health care reform assessed from employer's view in WMU talk

Health care reform assessed from employer's view in WMU talk

KALAMAZOO--A view of health care reform from the employer's perspective will come into sharper focus this month when a visiting health economics expert speaks at Western Michigan University as part of the Werner Sichel Lecture Series.

Anne Crumlish, a principal and health care actuary at Aon Hewitt's health care and benefits practice based in Atlanta, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. Her presentation, titled "Health Care Reform Legislation ... The Employer's Perspective," is free and open to the public.

Crumlish manages a wide range of consulting engagements related to broad health and welfare benefits with a focus on strategy, design and financial management of benefit programs. She is a key member of Aon Hewitt's national health care reform team, serving as a health care reform expert on compliance, financial and strategic issues for numerous clients across the country.

Penn scholar to address rationing health care at WMU talk

A bioethics scholar from the University of Pennsylvania will address the rationing of health care in a presentation later this month at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Art Caplan, the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Director of the Center for Bioethics and the Sidney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at Penn, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Room 2008 of the Richmond Center. His talk, titled "The Inevitability of Rationing and How to be Fair About It," is free and open to the public.

Though some argue that rationing health care can be avoided, Caplan uses demographics to prove this is simply wrong and will take up practical questions. He will explore how rationing should be handled, who should be in charge and what principles they should follow.

Kalamazoo County Joins McLaren Health Plan’s Medicaid Service Area

Kalamazoo County Joins McLaren Health Plan’s Medicaid Service Area

News Release:

Flint, Mich. - As part of McLaren Health Plan’s ongoing growth and expansion, the health plan Medicaid service area will include Kalamazoo County on Jan. 1, 2012.

Kalamazoo County residents will now have the opportunity to enroll in an award-winning Medicaid plan that offers many free benefits, including no copayments on office visits, prescriptions, hospital and ER visits, eye exams and glasses, and podiatry services.

Additionally, McLaren Health Plan Medicaid members can enroll in McLaren Moms, a support program for pregnant members, and have access to a host of other free programs.

“We invite Kalamazoo County residents to experience the care and personal attention we give to each of our members,” said Kathy Kendall, President and CEO of McLaren Health Plan.