Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 28, 2010

Well-Being Newsmakers: 10/28/2010


---- — Munson Healthcare's Smith Family Breast Health Center recently received American College of Radiology accreditation in stereotactic biopsy, the last step in the facility's quest to become a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

The center is now fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. The accreditation process involves evaluations in each of these modalities by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

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Senior Helpers of Northern Michigan, a local in-home care provider, recently received national accreditation from Home Care Pulse Certification, a program dedicated to the measurement of client and caregiver satisfaction scores.

The Home Care Pulse Certification requires an agency to be reviewed monthly and includes the evaluation of areas such as loyalty, benchmarking improvements, client and employee interviews, caregiver performance, caregiver morale, agency incentives and caregiver rewards, among others.

Senior Helpers specializes in in-home and companion care for area seniors. Services and care are available from just a few hours a couple of days a week, to round-the-clock, live-in care as needed. For more information, visit

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General surgeons Klaus Kutschke, M.D., and Vinson Ulep, D.O., are the first surgeons in northern Michigan to offer Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

TIF uses the innovative EsophyX® device to correct the anatomical irregularity that allows stomach acids to travel up the esophagus, causing the burning and irritation typically felt by patients with GERD.

The procedure is performed through the mouth and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural anatomy to prevent reflux.

Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery time and no visible scar.

Kutschke and Ulep practice at 315 Oak Grove St. in Manistee.

They are accepting new patients and their office can be reached at 723-7766.