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Well-being is not just about our mental health, but includes our physical health and both aspects combined. WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Lisa McDowell, director of lifestyle medicine & clinical nutrition at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, about their new "Lifestyle Medicine Program," which educates people on how to enhance their overall health and even reverse some health issues.

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Local health experts say that school districts that are considering offering in-person instruction during the pandemic need to be ready to implement safety measures when they re-open their doors. 

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Mental health is on a lot of people’s minds these days as we continue to try and stay healthy and strong during our current global health crisis.  We hear a lot about the “men and women on the front lines,” and that means our health care workers, doctors, and nurses who have been dealing with unprecedented health challenges in unprecedented times due to COVID-19.

September 17th is "National Physician Suicide Awareness Day."  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr Anne Dohrenwend, a psychologist who serves as St. Joseph Mercy Health System's Regional Wellness Coach for Physicians in Ann Arbor.

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The Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti has teamed up with St. Joseph Mercy Health System to provide food to outgoing patients who are recovering from COVID-19.  

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During the coronavirus pandemic, people experiencing serious health issues have been avoiding going to the doctor or the local emergency room, thinking there is not room for them or it is not safe to seek care.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Rob McCurdy, an emergency physician at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, who wants people to know it is advisable to seek treatment, even if they are not sure it is a life threatening emergency, and local hospitals are prepared to handle any kind of health emergency safely, even though they are dealing with a pandemic.


Some Washtenaw County residents are eating over half a cup more per day of fruits and vegetables thanks to a program called Prescription for Health.

St. Joseph Mercy Health System's former 24-hour emergency care facility in Saline is now a 12-hour-a-day urgent care facility.

The health system made the switch because the number of patients during off hours didn't support a 24-hour operation. 

Health system Chief Operating Officer Robin Damschroder says urgent care hours at the facility on Russell Street are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"There's also going to be phlebotomy lab draw and general x-ray services available approximately those same hours," Damschroder says.

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has been ranked among the nation's top 100 hospitals by an organization that provides information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care.

This is the sixth time St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor has made the list from Truven Health Analytics, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based firm said today.