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‘Managing Workplace Stress’ Seminar
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland And Automation Alley Still Have Spaces Available For ‘Managing Workplace Stress’ Seminar

Public Event Includes Speakers, Yoga Demonstration, Health Screenings

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) and Automation Alley announce that reservations are still available for their joint seminar on “Healthy Habits for Managing Workplace Stress,” scheduled for Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at the Automation Alley headquarters, 2675 Bellingham, Troy.

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, light breakfast and health screenings, including blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and stress/depression (self-assessment). The program will begin at 9 a.m. with a welcome, followed by speakers who will discuss how to transform unhealthy workplace habits into healthy ones that will benefit an individual’s body, mind and spirit.

Speakers and their topics include:

  • Tom Rifai, MD, Medical Director, Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management Program, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, “Nutritional and Metabolic Health”;
  • Ramesh Madhavan, MD, DM, Medical Director of Telemedicine, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, “The Relationship Between Stress and Heart Disease”;
  • Donald Deering, PhD, behavior modification coach and specialist affiliated with the Department of Behavioral Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, “Managing Stress and Depression”;
  • Jeff Sanford, CPE, Humantech, “Is Your Office Layout Stressing Your Body?”; and
  • Donna Raphael, Registered Yoga Teacher and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland associate, yoga and stretching demonstration.

Following the program at 11 a.m., health screenings will again be offered, and 10-minute chair massages will be available. The seminar ends at 1 p.m.

Admission is free, and the public is invited. Registration is required. To register, call 800-427-5100 or e-mail name and contact information to

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.

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, seven 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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