Sparrow News Online Edition (add. Content) - Jan. 25

January 2013 Sparrow Volunteer of the Month: Margaret Stevens

The Sparrow Women's Board of Managers and Sparrow Volunteer Services Department have named Margaret Stevens of Haslett as the January volunteer of the month.

After nurses training at Saginaw General Hospital, Margaret worked as a nurse at St. Lawrence Hospital, Lansing from 1955-1995, the last 20 years in the recovery room. After retiring, she then wanted to give to the community in some way, using her nursing skills.

A colleague of Margaret's told her about Sparrow's free blood pressure program offered at the local malls. This intrigued Margaret and she has been reading blood pressures at the Meridian Mall for 14 years.

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit expands hours, adds physician

Dr. Mounzer Kassab, M.D. Dr. Tyson Burghardt, M.D.

Sparrow, in cooperation with the Michigan State University Health Team's Department of Neurology, has expanded the staffing and hours of its state-of-the-art Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

The Unit, which monitors epileptic patients around the clock through video and brain wave monitoring, has added Dr. Tyson Burghardt, M.D., to its staff. Dr. Burghardt is an epileptologist from the MSU Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology.

He joins the Unit's Medical Director, Dr. Mounzer Kassab, M.D., Director of the Epilepsy Division at MSU.

Dozens of Patients have been treated at the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit since it opened at Sparrow in 2011. The Unit is the first of its kind in the region, providing hope for epilepsy Patients who are not responding to traditional treatment methods. About one out of 100 people have epilepsy and one-third of those people are not cured by any single medicine.

Leaders honored by Capital Area Health Alliance

Michelle Wiseman William Gifford, M.D. Kim Alexander

Sparrow leaders received top recognition at the recent annual meeting of the Capital Area Health Alliance, a coalition of organizations advocating for community health.

William Gifford, M.D., recently retired Director of Medical Education, was honored with the Physician Recruitment and Retention Leadership Award

Michelle Wiseman, Director of Sparrow Hospice and Palliative Care Services, and Kim Alexander, retired Director of Critical Care Services, were nominees for 2012 Nursing Excellence Awards.

Congratulations to all three for representing Sparrow so well during their careers.