Mother Nature provided us with a beautiful (and cold!) beginning to 2017, and we’re happy to start off the year with another informative and engaging issue of Wellness.
Gracing our cover this month is Dr. Richard Warmbold, who recently retired from his position as president of the Hurley Foundation after 25 years. I’m proud to call him a friend and wish him only the best in his retirement. My City writer, Allison Rosbury, talked with Richard about his esteemed career at Hurley.
The focus of this issue is children’s health, and we explore a variety of topics with articles by local health professionals, as well as the American Cancer Society. Be sure to read the feature about a great nutrition program for Flint area kids at Hurley Children’s Center. Poor nutrition is a national epidemic, and I hope the upcoming changes in our nation’s healthcare system will address this very important issue. Also interesting is a piece on Sirona Health & Wellness, a facility providing birthing services outside of the hospital environment. And, our writer, Cheryl Dennison, offers a piece about Flat Head Syndrome – I didn’t know this existed and her infant grandson is being treated for it. She also caught up with a Swartz Creek man who is a champion blood donor – such a great thing to do for his fellow human beings. I always resolve to donate blood twice a year, and am sorry to say that I always fall short. If you’re able, make a commitment to give blood in 2017 and beyond.
I want to thank our contributing writers for their commitment to Wellness. In addition to their informative articles, we continue our popular “Inside the O.R.” series. It’s exciting for us to bring you up close with local surgeons performing high-tech procedures. For our fall issue, I was able to observe five surgeons at work; this month, we profile five procedures performed by local leaders in their fields. I’ll be back in the O.R. observing more fascinating – and frequently performed – procedures for the spring issue of Wellness.
I’m hoping that by springtime, our new government, along with the medical community, will be well on their way to ending our country’s current health insurance nightmare. Americans deserve affordable, accessible and quality health care – I believe it is a right for all.
I wish you a safe, happy and healthy New Year.