Kentwood dentist office to offer free dental services to veterans

For the 4th consecutive year, Partners in Dental Care is offering free dental care to Veterans who served and are currently serving our country.

KENTWOOD, Mich. — With Veterans Day approaching, a Grand Rapids dentist office is once again offering free service to veterans.

Partners in Dental Care in Kentwood is hosting it’s “Serving Those Who Served” event on Friday, Nov. 6.

“It’s been a popular event and that’s why we bring it back every year,” said Dianne Groendyk, Treatment Coordinator at Partners in Dental Care. “Just like past years, it’ll be first come, first serve.”

This year’s event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The dental services that will be offered free of charge include cleanings, fillings and extractions.

There will also be a registered nurse available on site for medical screenings and to answer any health-related questions veterans may have.

“We ask that veterans come to the office and pre-register on the 6th,” added Groendyk. “They can let us know at registration whether they want to see a doctor or a hygienist for a cleaning. We will take them in cue as far as order of which they came.”

Everybody will be required to wear a mask and to socially distance while waiting.

“If we are at full capacity, we will ask people to wait in their car and then we’ll call them on their phone to let them know when we’re ready to see them,” said Groendyk.

This is the fourth consecutive year Partners in Dental care has honored area veterans with this event.

“Our Veterans have sacrificed a lot,” said Groendyk. “Dental hygiene is important to healthy living, so this is our way to give something back to them.”

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Boston Market, Chili’s, Planet Fitness and more offering free food, other services in Massachusetts on Election Day

Election Day is causing some added stress to many across the country but free food might add a bit of positivity to the day.

Companies are offering free food, workouts, massages and other deals regardless if you get that “I voted” sticker.

See below for a full list of companies in Massachusetts offering freebies on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is offering free Bluebikes rides. They will be available in Arlington, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Everett, Newton, Somerville and Watertown. Customers just need to download the Bluebikes app and then choose “Adventure Pass” for unlimited two-hour rides on Election Day.

Boston Market is offering a late night deal because “Election Day could stretch well into the evening and beyond.” Customers can get a free slider after 9 p.m. on Election Day.

Chili’s is offering the Presidente Margarita in-restaurant or To-Go for $5. Customers will also get a limited-edition sticker to show your support for the “Margarita Party.” Costumers who share a photo on social media of them enjoying the Presidente with #PresidenteForPrez will be entered for a chance to “Live Like a Presidente for a year.” This includes Margarita Party merch, free Chili’s for a year, your own margarita machine and Chili’s margarita drinkware.

DoorDash won’t have any delivery fees for orders of at least $15 on Election Day. Users just need the promo code “VOTE.” DashPass subscribers that already benefit from free delivery will get 10% off, up to $5, with the code DPVOTE.

Jimmy John’s is celebrating National Sandwich Day, which is also on Nov. 3, with a free sandwich. Customers can buy one 8 inch or 16 inch sandwich using the code “SAVEON2” online or in the app to get 50% off any sandwich. The deal lasts until Nov. 8.

Lyft is offering 50% off one ride up to $10 to any polling location or dropbox. Customers just need to use the code 2020VOTE. It also includes bikes and scooters in select cities.

McDonald’s is giving away new bakery items for free, saying Halloween shouldn’t be the only day to treat yourself. The offer lasts from from Nov. 3 through Nov. 9.

Planet Fitness is helping customers “work off election stress” with a free workout and hydromassage. The offer lasts from Nov. 3 through Nov. 8.

Subway is offering a free sandwich when customers buy two.

Uber is offering 50% off roundtrip rides to and from the polls. It also applies on bikes and scooters.

Wendy’s is offering a free Classic Chicken Sandwich with any purchase through Nov. 8.

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Health and Human Services closed standalone vaccine office, merged it amid restructuring

The claim: The U.S. government’s  vaccine safety office was closed.

The deadly spread of COVID-19 has triggered a blame game on social media amid the election season.

On Oct. 25, the group Occupy Democrats claimed on Facebook that the Trump administration in 2019 “quietly closed a vaccine safety office, hindering efforts to trace the long-term safety of a COVID vaccine. This is a shocking disregard for the health and wellbeing of Americans. If at this stage, you still think Trump cares about you, you’re not smart enough to vote.”

More: Fact check: Neither Biden nor Trump is calling for mandated COVID-19 vaccines

Origin of the vaccine office claim

The claim stems from reorganization within the Department of Health and Human Services that affected the National Vaccine Program Office.

In March 2019, less than a year before the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., HHS Secretary Alex Azar spelled out the changes in a letter to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who is ranking member on the Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service, and Education.

As part of a broader reorganization of the department, Azar said, the National Vaccine Program Office was shut down as a separate entity in an effort to “improve the integrity and quality” of programs within the office of the Assistant Secretary for Health “and increase operational efficiencies by eliminating program redundancies and decreasing program costs.”

In this July 27, 2020, file photo, Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y.
In this July 27, 2020, file photo, Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y.

He said the National Vaccine Program Office would be merged with the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP) to form the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP). 

“This effort will provide cross-cutting, science-based, health-promoting advice and recommendations to the ASH on issues pertaining to blood and tissue safety and availability; HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases; and vaccines and immunization.”

More: Fact check: Trump’s past flu vaccinations not linked to increased COVID-19 risk

He said the changes were proposed by a ” working group of career staff” and would allow for the “more efficient management” of multiple committees currently managed separately by vaccine and HIV/AIDS offices.

In effect, the vaccine office was merged into one focused on infectious diseases.

The effect of the restructuring

The New York Times, quoting experts, said the elimination of the office left the long-term safety effort for coronavirus vaccines fragmented among federal agencies, with no central leadership.

While the office was ostensibly folded into another, it no longer really functions as it did before, said Daniel Salmon. He was director of vaccine safety at National Vaccine Program Office from 2007-12. He now directs the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

In part, people with the necessary training and background are no longer on staff.

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Compass Health Building Communities of Hope Gala Raises More Than $165,000 to Benefit Child, Youth and Family Behavioral Health Services

The virtual event, held on World Mental Health Day, brought together community members and honored client voices and stories

Compass Health’s Building Communities of Hope Gala raised more than $165,000 in support of the organization’s child, youth and family behavioral health services during a virtual event held on World Mental Health Day, Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Funds exceeded Compass Health’s goals by $15,000, as more than 250 community members gathered virtually to celebrate client voices and stories, even forming socially distant “watch parties” while the event was streamed online. Organizers attribute the support, in part, to a greater recognition of the need for behavioral health resources as the community faces the impacts of COVID-19.

“We know that this year has been demanding in many ways – in fact, the pandemic has exacerbated the medical, educational, economic and social challenges that many of our families face – making community support more crucial than ever,” said Tom Sebastian, president and CEO of Compass Health. “It was thrilling and gratifying to see our community come together, and to watch our team innovate to create a meaningful shared experience while keeping everyone safe through a virtual format.”

One of the evening’s highlights included a video presentation led by Amanda, a Compass Health team member, and her son, who was a client of Compass Health’s WISe youth wraparound services. The video revealed that Amanda was so inspired by the treatment and care that her son received, that she joined the organization as a parent partner with WISe almost two years ago. During the video, Amanda and her son also shared how Compass Health has helped them navigate changes and develop important communication and coping skills.

“It was amazing to see the impact of sharing our story,” Amanda said. “As a parent partner, I know how important it is to destigmatize mental health, and the response to the video has been overwhelming. I’m particularly proud of my son, who really wanted to share with others that they’re not alone, and that Compass Health has been such a positive force in his life.”

Presented in part by Kaiser Permanente, First Interstate Bank, Genoa Healthcare and Integrated Telehealth Solutions, this year’s fundraiser benefits Compass Heath’s child, youth and family services. The primary beneficiaries are Compass Health’s Child and Family Outpatient Programs, Children’s Intensive Services / Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe), Camp Outside the Box, Camp Mariposa, Child Advocacy Program (CAP), and Compass Health’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program.

The robust list of programs supported by this year’s Gala exemplifies the range of services offered by the 118-year-old organization. With a focus on providing a full spectrum of accessible care, Compass Health’s child, family and youth programs are designed to promote positive changes in behavior, help the child and family learn appropriate coping skills, and improve communication skills including learning to resolve conflict and manage emotions in a healthy manner. In addition to honoring the family voice and choice, clinical services such as the Child Advocacy Program offer

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Cape Cod Hospital Cutting Midwife Services

HYANNIS, MA — Cape Cod Healthcare is cutting hours at its midwifery program in half.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association has decried the decision and said its coming at a time when the hospital is seeing an increase in the number of babies it’s delivering. Starting on Nov. 16, midwives will only be available at the hospital 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, cutting their in-hospital weekday availability in half, a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Nurses Association said. With the cuts, midwives, will only be available 24 hours a day on weekends.

Patch has reached out to Cape Cod Healthcare officials and will update this story when we hear back.

From April to September, the hospital has seen a 38.32 percent increase in baby deliveries compared to the same months in 2019.

“The absence of midwives during weekday shifts means that expectant mothers who have chosen to be under the care of a midwife will no longer have access to those same care providers during their labor and delivery — unless a soon-to-be mother is lucky enough to go into labor either at night or on a weekend,” a Massachusetts Nurses Association spokesperson said in a statement. “Otherwise, new babies will be delivered by obstetricians.”

The nurse’s association credits the influx of pregnant woman at Cape Cod Hospital to the closure of Falmouth Hospital’s maternity ward in April. The closure forced expectant mothers in the upper Cape to travel to Hyannis for maternity services.

courtesy of the Massachusetts Nurses Association
courtesy of the Massachusetts Nurses Association

Nurses and residents argued closing the facility reduces access for expectant mothers, putting them and their children in danger. But the Falmouth Hospital Association, a part of the Cape Cod Healthcare network, argued there will be no negative impact from closing the wards in a plan submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

“Services at Cape Cod Hospital meet or exceed those which are available at the (Falmouth) Hospital, both before the proposed closure and otherwise,” the plan read.

Nurses argued the new cuts at Cape Cod Hospital raise questions on if pregnant women on the Cape will get the appropriate level of care they need, especially since the region has seen its population increase during the coronavirus pandemic as people look to relocate from more densely populated cities and towns.

“When CCHC closed the maternity unit at Falmouth, we knew we would see a significant increase in deliveries in Hyannis,” nurse Michelle Walsh said “At the very least we have been expecting to deliver 300 more babies this year. Little did we know that CCHC would make things worse by cutting patients’ access to midwives at a time when the Cape’s lone maternity unit is already understaffed and overwhelmed.”

This article originally appeared on the Barnstable-Hyannis Patch

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Quest Diagnostics and Catapult Health Provide Virtual Preventive Care Services for Employers During COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

First collaboration of virtual care provider and national laboratory provider features self-collected at-home specimen collection and mental health care support to empower diverse workforces to access health care safely

Clinical encounter also evaluates patients for risk of COVID-19

SECAUCUS, N.J., Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, and Catapult Health, the leading national provider of employer-sponsored Preventive Checkups, have formed a collaboration designed to help organizations facilitate virtual (telehealth) access to clinical services for their employees and adult dependents, with emphasis on reducing risks related to preventable chronic diseases.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated logo. (PRNewsFoto/Quest Diagnostics Incorporated)
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated logo. (PRNewsFoto/Quest Diagnostics Incorporated)

The first-of-its-kind collaboration specifically focuses on helping employers create a highly convenient and safe way for employees to access thorough and guideline driven preventive care and mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Research shows many individuals are reluctant to seek in-person health care due to fear of contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus, raising the prospect that untreated, preventable conditions will progress to more advanced disease.

“Social distancing and fear of contracting COVID-19 make it difficult for many individuals to access preventive care services from their healthcare providers. At the same time, employers recognize that at-home care, technology enabled options, including preventive care and screening, can be highly effective in enabling prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, supporting better workforce health and lower medical costs,” said Jay G. Wohlgemuth, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, and head of the company’s Employer Population Health programs. “Quest Diagnostics and Catapult Health have complementary capabilities that, together, will improve the ability of organizations to support their employees’ health by providing a patient-centric service that meets them where they are during the pandemic and beyond.”

The collaboration pairs insights from Quest’s biometric screenings offered at-home via specimen self-collection, at Quest’s Patient Service Centers, and at the worksite with Catapult Health’s new VirtualCheckup™ solution. The VirtualCheckup includes a video preventive care checkup to allow for confidential analysis and consultation with a nurse practitioner. Each checkup covers personal and family health history, Quest’s lab test and biometric data, prescription drug adherence, depression screening (PHQ-9), and concludes with the creation of a personal action plan to include referral into employer health and benefits programs. The consultation also screens for potential COVID-19 exposure, and individuals identified as at-risk may be directed to COVID-19 diagnostic testing services provided by Quest.

Health plans typically reimburse Catapult’s preventive care checkups as a covered annual preventive checkup, reducing medical costs for employers and the need for employees to visit a doctor for the checkup.

“When people skip doctor visits, the consequences can be grave in terms of poorer long-term outcomes and higher medical costs,” said David Michel, CEO of Catapult Health. “Because they sponsor much of the nation’s healthcare, employers end up absorbing these costs to a great degree. Our unique virtual care model is designed to change that by taking preventive care into employee’s homes, thereby solving for access

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Hospitals Balance Covid-19 Care With More-Lucrative Services During Latest Virus Surge

Hospitals are holding off as long as possible before halting procedures to make room for fresh waves of Covid-19 patients, a reversal from earlier this year when facilities postponed care, leading to steep financial losses and public-health risks.

National hospital chain Tenet Healthcare Corp. pushed ahead with procedures as states permitted, such as knee and hip replacements, colonoscopies, and surgery to implant pacemakers, through recent surges in Alabama, California and elsewhere. In southeast Wisconsin, where already rising Covid-19 hospitalizations jumped 35% in the first two weeks of the month, Advocate Aurora Health continues nonessential surgery across a dozen hospitals.

HCA Healthcare Inc., one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, waited until last week to suspend some surgery in El Paso, Texas, where a coronavirus surge sharply accelerated in recent weeks. About 80% of the procedures there continue, however.

Nashville-based HCA stops surgery “as a last resort,” said Jon Foster, an HCA president who oversees 90 of the company’s 186 hospitals.

Hospitals have grown more circumspect of shutdowns through new waves of the virus after fallout from voluntary and state-ordered shutdowns in March and April. And unlike last spring, fewer states are ordering broad shutdowns, leaving it to hospitals.

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Belvedere Park Emergency Dentist Dental Extraction 24 Hours Services Launched

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Dr Abbas Haider of Emergency Dental Service Decatur announced that he is now providing dental emergency services for patients in Belvedere Park, Georgia, and the surrounding neighbourhoods.

Dr Abbas Haider of Emergency Dental Service Decatur announced the launch of a new range of emergency dentistry services for patients in Belvedere Park, Georgia. Dr Haider has over 20 years of experience in cosmetic, implant, family and emergency dentistry.

More information can be found at https://www.emergencydentalservice.com/emergencydentist/decatur-ga-belvedere-plaza-dental

The newly launched dental emergency services at Emergency Dental Service Decatur aim to provide patients in Belvedere Park with prompt and efficient dental treatment.

When dental accidents happen, emergency dental care can be extremely beneficial for one’s oral and overall health. That is why Emergency Dental Service Decatur offers comprehensive emergency dentistry solutions for patients of all ages.

In addition, the dental team help those who do not have insurance or the money to pay for their emergency treatment. They have a dental emergency line of credit service and they can also offer an affordable dental plan for each patient.

The dental clinic provides comprehensive treatment for a multitude of dental issues, including partially and fully dislodged, broken or fractured teeth, object stuck between teeth, severe toothache, root canals, lost dental crown, bleeding crowns and bridges, and many more.

The team at Emergency Dental Service Decatur also service Adair Park, Chelsea Heights, Clairemont Gateway, Decatur Heights, College Heights, Downtown Decatur, and many other surrounding neighbourhoods. They are very experienced and efficient, and they always accommodate unplanned emergency care.

Dr Haider has been providing high-quality dental care to patients in Decatur, Georgia, for the past 20 years. He is dedicated to educating, empowering and helping his patients keep their smiles healthy and beautiful.

Emergency Dental Service Decatur currently has 158 Google reviews.

One review reads: “Amazing! Dr Haider was excellent! His staff was proficient and courteous. I would give them 10 stars if I could. Don’t be fooled by the Plaza. Once inside, the knowledge and the atmosphere provided allows you to feel like you’re in a Hollywood doctor’s office. Beyond pleased!”

Interested parties can find more by visiting the above-mentioned website or accessing https://www.emergencydentalservice.com/emergencydentist/tysons-va-avanti-dentistry and https://www.emergencydentalservice.com/emergencydentist/lombard-il-smile-more-dental

Servicing Adair Park, Chelsea Heights, Clairemont Gateway, Decatur Heights, College Heights, Downtown Decatur, EverGreen Forest, Glennwood Estates, Lenox Place, Midway Woods, Oakhurst, Parkwood, Ponce de Leon Heights, Ridgeland Park, Sycamore Street, Westchester Hills, Winnona Park.

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Organization: Emergency Dental Service Decatur
Address: 3521 Memorial Drive, Suite A, Decatur, GA 30032, United States
Phone: +1-404-836-3963
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HCDE lowers tax rate, continues services to CyFair ISD

For the sixth consecutive year, the Harris County Department of Education board of trustees voted unanimously to lower the tax rate.

“During these unprecedented times, I think it is important for residents of Harris County to know that we are in this together,” said HCDE Board President Eric Dick in a press release. “Many businesses are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic. Harris County Department of Education is going to tighten its belt and lead fellow school districts by example.”

Board member Mike Wolfe was not present for the first in-person meeting held on Sept. 17.


The county-wide education agency launched a “Because We Care” initiative distributing hand sanitizer, masks, and food supplies to residents. Dick also said they reinvested in teachers and their staff by increasing the minimum wage to $13.50. Their plan is to raise that to $15 in 2021.

“We’re also using record low bond rates to reinvest approximately $50 million in adult education,” Dick said, “including music therapy and additional services.”

Some of those services may feel the pinch of local districts budget cuts next year when fallout from the coronavirus expenditures are realized. No school districts have announced any cuts for the next school year, but HCDE staff is prepared to meet the challenge should it occur.

“I’m a little bit worried about school districts budgets next year,” said Carie Crabb, senior director of school-based therapy services for HCDE.

“We’ve lived through budget crunches and crises before. It happens pretty regularly in education. We’ll figure it out,” she said.

That meant picking up additional tasks and hours to meet the needs which lasted for a couple of years until things were back on track again.

“We’re pretty lean as we are, but if we have to reduce the number of therapists, we look at our processes and how we can make things more efficient to get the same amount of work done with fewer people,” she said.

While those services are subsidized by HCDE, they come at a rate much cheaper than what districts would pay for it in the market.

Currently Cypress Fairbanks ISD is the largest district with the most HCDE therapists at work for the district.

Crabb said they’ve been serving CFISD continuously with no break in service since 1978.

“Our business model is pretty efficient. I serve as the director and I have nine managers and we oversee more than 150 therapists who serve 33 school districts,” she said.

The management team stays on top of the best practices for their profession and any changes in the law which occur almost annually.

“If districts were left to do it on their own, it would take considerably more personnel. Our districts count on us to do this,” Crabb said.

Therapists are trained in the medical environment to work in hospitals and clinics. In a school district, the difference is enormous between an educational and medical model.

Therapists became necessary with the passage of the 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act.

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sbe Announces Exclusive Collaboration with Celeb-Favorite DOGPOUND Gym and Fitness Services | News

NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — sbe, the leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning brands, today announced a multi-faceted global partnership with leading luxury wellness and lifestyle brand, DOGPOUND. The initial rollout will commence on October 21st, 2020 and will be highlighted by the launching of a customized fitness program at renowned sbe properties SLS South Beach and SLS Brickell.  This will be closely followed by the addition of Mondrian Doha and other sbe properties as the partnership expands internationally.

A favorite among celebrities and supermodels from around the world, this will be the first hotel partnership for DOGPOUND, providing sbe guests with exclusive access to a dynamic array of virtual training sessions, previously only available to DOGPOUND clients. In the initial launch phase, DOGPOUND’s expert fitness trainers will coach sbe guests through virtual one-on-one fitness training sessions in the comfort of their sbe hotel rooms. Tailored to each guest’s fitness level and equipment access, the DOGPOUND trainers offer a bespoke approach to training that will include key stretches, bodyweight moves, and an overall, well-rounded fitness experience.

We’ve noticed a significant rise in requests for health and wellness services at sbe properties and sought out a partner that aligned with our consumer’s luxury lifestyle and could provide the best-of-the-best,” said sbe Chief Business Officer Philippe Zrihen. “DOGPOUND has a cult following as one of the most innovative and trendsetting companies in the lifestyle fitness space. As our guests look for new ways to stay healthy, this partnership provides them with remarkable, results-driven personal training and a wellness-focused community at the touch of a button.”

In the coming year, sbe and DOGPOUND will expand the virtual workout program to additional properties with potential for even more unique fitness opportunities or additional avenues of collaboration.

“This is a first for our company and we jumped at the chance to bring our private training sessions and nutritional programs to global travelers through a partnership with sbe, a luxury brand we’ve long admired,” says DOGPOUND Founder and CEO, Kirk Myers. “Since each workout is catered to the individual, no session is the same, meaning sbe guests can return to their hotel room day after day, week after week, for a completely new experience. We’re providing access to some of DOGPOUND’s top trainers so sbe guests can CRUSH IT from anywhere in the world.”

sbe’s collaboration with DOGPOUND further advances the hospitality group’s health and wellness platform in response to growing interests among lifestyle consumers – 80 percent of whom are more engaged with their health than they were prior to the pandemic, according to a recent survey by Slingshot. Providing a full-service approach to wellness, sbe already partners with leading fitness companies Therabody to provide deep muscle therapy amenities, and Goldsheep for branded activewear, with more collaborations expected to be announced.

“Wellness is no longer a nice-to-have when guests are picking their preferred hotel, it is a must-have. DOGPOUND is a natural complement

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