Wellpoint Medical Center and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.
Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!
Site: Wellpointe Medical Center
Address: 1701 South Blvd. East, Rochester, MI, 48307
Room Name: Basement
Date: Tue Jan 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Blood Program Leader Name: Jessica Miller
Blood Program Leader Phone Number: 2489975805
Click here to make an appointment
The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.
Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Care Network/BCN Advatage
GM Connected Care (through Henry Ford Health System)
Health Plus (MI CHILD)
Humana Choice (PPO and Medicare)
Medicare Plus Blue
- PPO/HMO/POS & Medicare
UMR Beaumont Insurance
Please join us in observing Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week 2019! Living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis is a journey. From diagnosis and treatment to advocacy, support, and beyond, there are so many twists and turns along the road for patients and caregivers, and no one journey is identical. Each patient experiences their disease differently. More than 3 million Americans live with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, and even more family members, friends, coworkers, and others are impacted by these incurable diseases. While many individuals have heard of Crohn's and colitis, many do not fully understand these diseases (collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD). In fact, familiarity with these diseases is not as high as many other diseases with similar incidence levels.Crohn’s disease may affect as many as 780,000 Americans. Men and Women are equally likely to be affected, and while the disease can occur at any age, Crohn's is more prevalent among adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 35.
The causes of Crohn’s Disease are not well understood. Diet and stress may aggravate Crohn’s Disease, but they do not cause the disease on their own. Recent research suggests hereditary, genetics, and/or environmental factors contribute to the development of Crohn’s Disease.
The GI tract normally contains harmless bacteria, many of which aid in digestion. The immune system usually attacks and kills foreign invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms. Under normal circumstances, the harmless bacteria in the intestines are protected from such an attack. In people with IBD, these bacteria are mistaken for harmful invaders and the immune system mounts a response. Cells travel out of the blood to the intestines and produce inflammation (a normal immune system response). However, the inflammation does not subside, leading to chronic inflammation, ulceration, thickening of the intestinal wall, and eventually causing patient symptoms.
Crohn’s tends to run in families, so if you or a close relative have the disease, your family members have a significantly increased chance of developing Crohn’s. Studies have shown that 5% to 20% of affected individuals have a first – degree relative (parents, child, or sibling) with one of the diseases. The risk is greater with Crohn’s disease than ulcerative colitis. The risk is also substantially higher when both parents have IBD. The disease is most common among people of eastern European backgrounds, including Jews of European descent. In recent years, an increasing number of cases have been reported among African American populations