Being Well Blog

“We know you well” means we not only know what it takes to keep you healthy, but that we actually get to know each other. No other group of doctors can do that like we can, because only the North Ottawa Medical Group is made up of doctors employed by North Ottawa Community Health System. We’re your neighbors, fellow parents at the school, coaches to your kids, and as much a part of this community as you are.

We want you to be healthy, and we want you to get to know us a bit better, so this blog will provide you with health and wellness information as well as fun ways to learn about who your home-town Medical Group doctors are. After all, being well is more than just great care. To the North Ottawa Medical Group, it’s also about building genuine personal relationships.

Feel free to browse the information below or choose from one of the categories found in the left margin.

Sports Medicine Moves to Urgent Care

May 12, 2017

NOMG’s Sports Medicine practice will be moving from it’s current location on the hospital’s main campus at Harbor Dunes Health Center, 1445 Sheldon Road to NOCHS Urgent Care location at 1091 S. Beacon Blvd. The office will be open to see patients on February 1, 2017.

Sports medicine physician, Brett Martin MD, came to West Michigan and joined NOCHS to establish the practice in late 2015. Since his arrival, the practice has been growing steadily, building strong relationships with the public school athletic programs and supporting our community’s highly active residents.

This move to a more central location, and embedded within the urgent care will be more convenient for patients, and enable Dr. Martin to more closely and immediately collaborate with the urgent care staff in caring for patients who come in with injuries or flareups related to chronic conditions. It will also enable NOCHS to leverage Dr. Martin’s expertise in overseeing the sports physicals program already in place at urgent care.

This move puts the sports medicine practice closer to NOCHS’ rehabilitation center, which is also at the South Beacon location, just steps from his office within NOCHS’ Urgent Care. Patients can now go directly to rehabilitation from his office or the urgent care for immediate service.

This move introduces a new model of care for athletes, weekend warriors or industrial athletes in our community. Patients will be seen for routine/scheduled appointments or be seen for an acute injury on a walk-in basis in the same convenient location.

Dr. Martin continues to except new patients into his practice. Appointments can be made by calling 616.844.4502.

Local People Caring For Local People

May 12, 2017

“One of the most altruistic dreams we see in medicine is that of kids who want to grow up and be hometown doctors. And here it really happens,” says Connie Gnegy, Executive Director of Physician Practices at NOCHS.

NOCHS has steadily and thoughtfully increased its primary care capacity over the last four years. That’s not easy to do. “Filling an opening takes about 18 months,” says Connie. “We are working very far in advance to fill this community’s care needs. People want to come to this community. They want to work where they live, and make a difference by serving their neighbors. You might even notice that more and more of our physicians are hometown folks returning to their roots.“

How much capacity do we have? North Ottawa Medical Group was started in 2012 with three physicians. Now we have 31 practicing professionals, and we’re not done growing. “Our plan is to have enough new providers to cover an additional 11,000 patients by the end of 2017,” says Connie. “That’s a 50 percent increase over last year.”

We’ve done more than just hire physicians. We have also dramatically expanded our team to include mid-level providers (such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants). How does this benefit our patients? You can get in to see a mid-level much faster than a physician. A midlevel provider can prescribe, treat, diagnose and educate. They collaborate intensively with the physicians so that you get the care you need when you need it. Think of it as a merge ramp into primary care rather than a stoplight. We help you access care faster and more smoothly.
You can get to know our team members with the photos and information on the next page. We look forward to meeting you, and becoming your local care provider.

If you’re looking for routine care for you and/or your family, please contact Family Medicine at (616) 846-2640. If you’re an adult who has more complex care needs, please contact Internal Medicine at (616) 844-4701.

Helpful Tips for Parents to Teach Their Kids About Emergencies

May 11, 2017

Adults know that ambulance lights and sirens usually mean an emergency of some sort. However, we also understand that the ambulance is on its way to help.

For kids, emergency vehicles can be much more scary. From a child’s perspective, they’re huge, and loud, and they have lots of frightening lights. While we hope an emergency situation never happens, they do. So it’s important for kids to get past their fear, and understand how to interact with ambulances and EMS staff.

“It’s very common for us to get 911 calls from kids, or to find kids at home when we respond to a call,” says Tom Stanley, director of NOCHS EMS in Grand Haven. “Parents can help their kids feel less afraid and more confident by teaching them some basic facts about emergency medical services.”

Here’s what NOCHS EMS recommends.

  • Emphasize help. Any time you see or hear an ambulance, remind your kids “someone is on the way to help.”
  • Explain the scary stuff. The bright yellow coats, horns, and flashing lights intimidate kids. Explain that those are safety precautions so that other people see and hear paramedics (especially in the dark) and can get out of the way.
  • Teach them about 911. Explain that calling this number will bring immediate help if someone is unconscious, or bleeding badly, or unable to communicate. (And make sure they understand it’s only for emergencies!) Kids should also understand that an ambulance, fire truck or police car will come to the house quickly when they call 911, and they need to let people in to help.
  • Discuss road etiquette. When you pull over for a fire truck or ambulance, explain what you are doing and why. Help kids understand that they should always get out of the way, even if they are on bikes or walking, so that the responders can get where they are going quickly and safely.