Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 2, 2010

Well-Being Newsmakers: 12/02/2010


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---- — Evelyn Richardson, RN, BSN, recently joined Healthcare Coordinates, LLC, as an RN patient advocate. This nursing specialty offers guidance, education and advocacy to help patients find their way through the health-care system.

Richardson has more than 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, including medical-surgical, public health, home health and clinical quality assurance.

She is the former care manager for the elderly and disabled and Care Connections supervisor for the Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan, and currently serves as president of the Grand Traverse Pavilions Foundation Board.

Richardson currently is accepting new clients and can be reached at 632-5106 or healthcarecoordinates@gmail.com.

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Dental student Jaime Richards and pediatric resident Dr. Samuel Blanchard, both of Cadillac, have each been awarded $2,500 from the Ardis-Lueder Northern Lower Michigan Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established with a gift from Dr. Michael Lueder, who credited the late Dr. Charles Ardis with establishing the fund to provide scholarships for dental students from Wexford, Missaukee and Osceola counties to help them complete their education and return to the area to practice dentistry.

It is funded through the Cadillac Area Community Foundation.

Richards is a first-year dental student at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Blanchard will finish his pediatric dentistry education in December at U-M and receive a certificate and a master's degree.

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Patrick H. Friedli, MD, has opened Grand Traverse Primary Care, 701 W. Front St., Suite 201.

Friedli formerly practiced at West Front Primary Care. The new clinic shares space with Grand Traverse Surgery.

Friedli attended medical school at Wayne State University and served as chief resident during his residency at MidMichigan Regional Medical Center. He is board-certified in family medicine, and currently serves as medical director of Munson Medical Center's Healthy Weight Center.

For more information, call Grand Traverse Primary Care, 346-4010.

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Eileen Dunn, of Grand Traverse County, and Diantha Naftali, of Leelanau County, are Munson Hospice Volunteers of the Year. Joyce Runberg, of Beaver Island, received the Peter M. Strom Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Ceremonies honoring Munson Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers were held Nov. 6.

Dunn completed her volunteer training in 2005; Naftali completed training in 1997. Runberg has been a member of the hospice team since 2008.

For information on the volunteer program, call Judy Goodrich, 935-8485.