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Cindy Ficorelli
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06/10/2009

Genesys hosts open house for free consumer health library

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) Consumers seeking health information from reliable medical sources can find what they need for free at Genesys. A recently-opened consumer health information library offers endless resources on a variety of topics - from a specific disease or injury, to a diagnosis or treatment.
An open house of the Genesys Consumer Health Information Library will take place Wednesday, June 17, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the library, located on the ground floor of Genesys Regional Medical Center - Health Park (in Grand Blanc Township.)

Genesys is able to offer this desperately-needed service for the community from a National Library of Medicine grant.

All community members are welcome to use this library, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. A designated medical librarian will help consumers locate information - through books, take-home materials, medical journals and magazines, and carefully-selected medical websites.

The library especially will be helpful for families of patients wanting reliable information on specific medical diseases, conditions, illnesses and injuries.

Some of the resources available at the Genesys consumer library include:

Medline Plus - a database by the National Library of Medicine that covers medical conditions, diseases, injuries, medication information, interactive tutorials, a medical encyclopedia, latest medical research, directories of doctors and hospital, and much more

Online library catalog - for books, DVDs and journals that consumers can check out at no cost

Internet searches - access to online resources the Genesys Medical Library subscribes to - some of the same resources physicians use

Anatomy charts

A private AV room to watch videos and DVDs on medical subjects

According to Doris Blauet, Genesys medical librarian, "As specially-trained medical librarians, our staff know the best resources to share with our community to ensure they will obtain the most reliable information on a particular health care topic - if they want to know about a certain kind of cancer, we can send them to the best resource, if they have learned their child has allergies, we have plenty of good information to give them, if they want to become a better informed health care consumer, we can direct them to some great websites to help them. We have so many resources they can access quickly and easily."

For more information on the new Genesys Consumer Health Infomation Library, call 810-606-5265, or stop by the open house June 17.

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