This Month in Rochester History

Courtesy of Remembering Rochester In June 1966, leaders of the Rochester community gathered to celebrate the cornerstone laying for the suburban unit of Crittenton Hospital on University Drive. The first full-service hospital to serve the area was welcomed and eagerly anticipated by citizens who were accustomed to traveling to Pontiac, Mount Clemens or Detroit for their acute health care needs. Thus, when Crittenton Hospital of Detroit announced plans to build a suburban unit, village and … [Read more...]

Grieving at Christmas

Christmas shopping is one of those things that we all get frustrated with and complain about but, in reality, having to do Christmas shopping reveals the fact that we have people to love and people to love us right back. What are we to do though if a dear one is missing from our shopping list this year? Missing from the list because he or she has moved on from this earth? Instead of a tangible gift that we choose from a store, the gift we give is simply our grief. It's costly--just as a … [Read more...]

Local Artist Gerry Post Passes

Local artist Gerald "Gerry" Gust Post passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015 at the age of 82. A post on the Rochester-Avon Historical Society Facebook page read: "Many of you are probably familiar with the art work of Gerry Post. It can be seen on our cover photo, in the collection at Crittenton Hospital, posters in the Rochester Hills Public Library or in city hall. It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to Gerry." The visitation and funeral service will be held at Modetz Funeral … [Read more...]

Crittenton Hospital and Ascension Health Michigan Agreement Finalized

Back in February, Rochester Media reported that "The Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Board of Trustees selected Ascension Health Michigan to be the new owner of the hospital pending a six-month due diligence and strategic planning process to work out the details of the transaction." As of today, Crittenton is officially part of Ascension Health Michigan. Via a statement released on Monday, Robert Henkel, CEO of Ascension Health in St. Louis, “We look forward to welcoming the associates, … [Read more...]

Rochester Area Neighborhood House Gets a New Residence

Rochester Area Neighborhood House, a nonprofit organization, has announced the acquisition of a permanent, local facility that will house client services. The new facility was acquired from Crittenton Hospital. Generous anonymous donors underwrote the initial purchase. Kathy Losinski, Chair of the Board of Directors, commented, “We are so excited for Neighborhood House to have a house of its own! It means that we will have a facility that can provide more effective services and expand our … [Read more...]

Crittenton Hospital Sold to Ascension Health

Crittenton Hospital The Crittenton Hospital Medical Center Board of Trustees selected Ascension Health Michigan to be the new owner of the hospital pending a six-month due diligence and strategic planning process to work out the details of the transaction. A letter of intent was signed on December 31, 2014. “We conducted a very thorough vetting process and determined that as part of Ascension Michigan, Crittenton has the opportunity to continue as a thriving community asset well into … [Read more...]

Shop the Gift Shops of Rochester

Did you know Rochester has three area gift shops run mostly by volunteers and have a nonprofit status? While they have limited hours compared to regular retail stores, they offer the Rochester holiday shopper a chance to visit a small, hometown gift store. Proceeds support the nonprofit. For Friends on your Holiday List, Stop by the Library Located on the ground level of the Rochester Hills Public Library, this small shop has an array of gifts, cards, and collectables. “The mission of … [Read more...]

‘Petticoat Surgeon’ play to debut at Rochester College

Our local history comes to life starting tomorrow when Rochester College debuts the play - Petticoat Surgeon: The Life of Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, dramatized by Dr. David Keller. Born in Avon Township (Rochester Hills) in the midst of the Civil War, Bertha overcame the prejudices against women physicians to become a world-renowned surgeon, teacher, and researcher who practiced medicine for more than 60 years. The founder of the American Medical Women's Association, Bertha was inducted into … [Read more...]

Registration Opens for Demonstration Alley at Medical Main Street’s INNO-VENTION 2014

According to s recent press release, registration is now open for life science and health care companies who want to showcase their innovative products and technologies at Demonstration Alley as part of INNO-VENTION 2014 – a Medical Main Street Conference. Conference organizers have expanded Demonstration Alley for the 2014 health care and life science event. They are looking for exhibits that have a demonstrable “wow” factor. INNO-VENTION 2014 is set for Oct. 21-22 at the Suburban Collection … [Read more...]

Local surgeon first in world to perform latest knee replacement design: Crittenton to broadcast live surgery globally Thursday

This week, Crittenton Hospital’s Chief of Orthopedics and Surgery will replace a patient’s knee. But it’s certainly not the first time Jeffrey DeClaire, M.D., of DeClaire LaMacchia Orthopaedic Institute has done this procedure. In fact, DeClaire was the first surgeon in the world to perform a bicruciate retaining total knee arthroplasty with a Vanguard XP-Total Knee System. And according to the press release, DeClaire currently holds the record when it comes to these surgeries—with 130 on … [Read more...]