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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland To Host Community Program On ‘Impact Of Depression On Families’

Free Program Held in Observance of Mental Health Awareness Month

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland’s (SJMO) Department of Behavioral Medicine will host a free community education program entitled, “Impact of Depression on Families,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in the hospital’s Franco Communications Center Baber Conference Room, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac. 

The program is held in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month.

The evening will include a panel discussion and question-and-answer period.  Panelists include J. Scott Allen, MD; John Vetrano LMSW; and Mary Aldrich, MSN, Nurse Educator.  The group will offer statistics on the incidence of depression in families and resources for those who seek assistance.

Light refreshments will be served. The public is invited free of charge.  Free parking is available in the north parking lot adjacent to the SJMO Medical Office Building.

For further information, call Patricia Carpus, 248-858-3618.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

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