December 19, 2014

St. Mary’s presenting seminar for those dealing with health problems

By Jeff Patrus|Staff Writer
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STANDISH — St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital is offering county residents with health issues a chance to get on the right PATH.

The hospital is offering a PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) seminar once a week for six consecutive Wednesdays beginning Jan. 13 and lasting through Feb. 17. The classes are scheduled to take place from 1-3 p.m. at the hospital’s West Conference Room, and are free to the public.

Pat Wren, a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator at St. Mary’s, is scheduled to present the classes along with Brooke Ryan, a certified peer support specialist at the hospital.

“It helps people deal with chronic diseases, and offers ways to deal with them on a day to day basis,” Wren said. “It helps people deal with their emotions, such as feeling tired or isolated, and helps them become their own advocate for their health care.”

She said the PATH program originally started at the Stanford School of Medicine, and only recently made its way to Michigan.

“The Michigan program is fairly new,” she said. “They just started to get it going last year.”

Wren also said people have to sign up in advance for the program, and added that if there were a lot of people interested, then the hospital would place them on a waiting list and consider scheduling additional seminar times.

For more information or to register for the PATH program, call 989-846-3430.

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