• Mental Health First Aid Course at Zeeland Community Hospital Now Offering Expanded Education Credits

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    September 05, 2019
    ZEELAND, Mich., September 4, 2019 –  Mental health needs are a high priority for this community and Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital is dedicated to providing education and resources to help increase access to information and treatment.
    In response to the need in our community, Zeeland Community Hospital are partnering with the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) of West Michigan to offer an Adult Mental Health First Aid course on Thursday, September 19 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee for the class is $25 and includes lunch and a workbook.
    “The hospital and MHF has been offering quarterly sessions of this community program for the past three years,” stated Jodie Reimink, community health programs coordinator, Zeeland Community Hospital. “We are thrilled to share that we are now able to offer eight contact hours of continuing education credits for licensed nurses, pharmacists and social workers. This is an outstanding opportunity for these health professionals to continue learning about how to manage mental health concerns in our community.”
    The target audience for this class includes law enforcement officers, hospital emergency department personnel, school counselors, teachers, faith community leaders and other primary point of contact individuals. These groups are on the front lines when it comes to handling individuals with mental health concerns. The class will teach risk factors, warning signs, and information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance abuse.
    For more information and to register, visit spectrumhealth.org/classes-events or call 616.748.2834.
    Spectrum Health, a not-for-profit, integrated health system, is committed to improving the health and wellness of our communities. We live our mission every day with 31,000 compassionate professionals, 4,200 medical staff experts, 3,200 committed volunteers and a health plan serving 1 million members. Our talented physicians and caregivers are privileged to offer a full continuum of care and wellness services to our communities through 14 hospitals, including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, 230 ambulatory sites and telehealth offerings. We pursue health care solutions for today and tomorrow that diversify our offerings. Locally-governed and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, our health system provided $483 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2018. Thanks to the generosity of our communities, we received $30 million in philanthropy in the most recent fiscal year to support research, academics, innovation and clinical care. Spectrum Health has been recognized as one of the nation’s 15 Top Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics®, part of IBM Watson HealthTM.

    Ashley Kiekintveld, Communications Specialist
    (616) 772-4644

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