Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 28, 2013

Body&Soul Newsmakers: 12/28/2013

The American Red Cross of Northwest Michigan received a $6,750 grant from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation to support a new Drowning Prevention Initiative.

In the past year, there were 12 deaths due to drowning in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties, nearly a 70 percent increase over the five-year average.

The “Be Water Smart, Drowning Prevention Initiative” is a Red Cross collaborative effort to reduce childhood drowning by using community partnerships, volunteers and relationships with local aquatics facilities currently serving as Red Cross training providers. The initiative will focus on educating children, caregivers and the general community in both water safety and lifesaving skills.


Munson Medical Center Infectious Disease specialist Karen Speirs, DO, FIDSA, was recently elected as a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America.

Fellowship honors those who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession. In addition to being an Infectious Disease physician at Munson, Dr. Speirs serves as the medical director for the Infectious Disease Department at the hospital and is president-elect of the Munson Medical Center Medical Staff. She will assume the role of president in June 2014.

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