Veterans healthcare

Mercy Health Muskegon launches healthcare program for military and veterans

MUSKEGON, MI — A new program at Mercy Health Muskegon aims to provide specialized care to military members, veterans, and their families.

Mercy Health Muskegon and Mercy Health Physician Partners staff are now trained to respond to health issues specific to the military community.

“The training included an understanding of military culture, including the nuances of the various branches of military service, major illnesses and injuries associated with military service and military deployments,” said Dr. Kristen Woods, president of Mercy Health Physician Partners. , at a conference on October 25. program launch.

Mercy Health Muskegon said the first step in adapting care was to add military-specific questions to patient registration, admission forms and medical records.

Doctors, nurses and clinicians have also been trained to understand the impact of military service on women’s health and on the military.

Specialized care will address behavioral health issues, traumatic injuries, exposure to infectious diseases, and witnessing traumatic events.

State Representative Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon, who is a U.S. Air Force veteran, called the program a “huge win” for the community.

“It really solves something that has been missing in our region for a long time,” he said.

The five military service branch flags or one American flag will also be displayed in the lobbies of Mercy Health Muskegon and Mercy Health Physician Partners hospitals.

Mercy Health Muskegon is the first Trinity Health provider to implement the Military and Veteran Healthcare Program.

More information can be found on the Mercy Health website.

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