Community Connection Newsletter | August 2020 | News & Announcements
Welcome Maureen Turowicz!
By Sondra Yantz
Our new Director of Nursing, Maureen Turowicz, joins the Saginaw Samaritas campus. She comes to us with several years of nursing experience including medical-surgical, high risk labor & delivery, traumatic brain inquiry, and also as an Assistant Director of Nursing in Long-Term Care. Maureen earned her nursing degree through U of M and Baker College.
Maureen has three beautiful children Isabella, Brayden, and Joseph. She actively volunteers in her home community of Frankenmuth with her children and her special guy Chris. Maureen and her family enjoy music as all three of her children participate in the Frankenmuth Band Program and two of her children are a part of the high school marching band. The family spends much time enjoying the beauty of God’s world through boating, hiking, and traveling. Maureen and her family find caring for all God’s creatures, big and small, to be comforting. They have one dog, one cat, one snake, and a bearded dragon.
As the Director of Nursing, Maureen’s hope is to further develop and enhance an atmosphere of longevity among residents and staff alike. She will be bringing new and innovative health programs to the Saginaw campus and expanded staff education to ensure the best care for a greater population of elderly rehabilitation needs.
Please join us in welcoming the lovely Maureen. She is a wonderful addition to the team.

Senior Living Communities Get iPads from Grand Rapids-area Donors
By Jessica Scalabrino 
When Samaritas put out the word for help during this unprecedented time of need, a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids and representatives of the John Laing Group responded. Through their support all Samaritas Senior Living communities received iPads to help residents overcome isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 60 iPads are helping residents better connect with the people they love. Residents are now video-calling their loved ones and staying in touch with children and grandchildren more often. Graduations, memorial services and church services don’t have to missed, even when they are across the county or country!
They are also a source of fun – the games and brain teaser apps onboard the iPads keep minds engaged and sharp. Staff are available to assist residents in using the devices. And being good stewards of our resources, when not “checked out” by residents, iPads can help Samaritas staff access continuing education course work and trainings.
If you’ve wondered how you can help make a difference like our friend from Faith Lutheran and the John Laing Group, please reach out to Jessica Scalabrino at (313) 308-8892 to learn how you can further support seniors and their families. 
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Colon Cancer: Reduce Your Risk
Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. Tests can detect colon polyps before they become cancerous, and cancers in their early stages. 
Who should be tested? The American Cancer Society (ACS) suggests for:
  • All adults 50 years of age and older
  • People with a personal history of colon polyps, chronic inflammatory bowel disease or colon cancer
What are the tests? The ACS suggests the following tests:
  • Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT – preferred) or fecal occult blood test (FOBT)* - Yearly
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy** - Every five years
  • Colonoscopy – Every 10 years
Being tested is the best action you can take to prevent colon cancer. Call your health care provider and make an appointment today.
How can you reduce your risk?
  • Get tested.
  • Stay active. The ACS suggest at least 30 minutes of exercise five or more days a week.
  • Keep a healthy body weight. Ask your provider what your weight should be.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Limit your intake of high-fat foods and alcohol.
  • Ask your provider if aspirin therapy might help.
If you have questions about reducing your risk for colon cancer, please contact your provider.
* For FOBT, use the take-home multiple sample method.
** Using either FIT or FOBT yearly, plus flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years is better (but not required) over either of these options alone.

How can Molina Healthcare support your healthcare needs?
Molina Healthcare offers more benefits for people with Medicaid and Medicare.
Molina Medicare Complete Care HMO SNP offers comprehensive healthcare services to people who qualify for both Medicaid and Medicare. People with both Medicaid and Medicare are eligible to join a Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan (D-SNP). D-SNP offers a wide range of coverage including hospital (hospital stays, skilled nursing, hospice care, and some home health care), medical (doctors’ services, outpatient care, medical supplies and preventive services), and prescription drug coverage.
Questions? Go to or call (866) 403-8293 (TTY: 711) to learn more.
Molina Medicare Complete Care HMO SNP is a Health Plan with a Medicare Contract and a contract with the state Medicaid program. Enrollment in Molina Medicare Complete Care depends on contract renewal.
This information is available in other formats, such as Braille, large print, and audio. Product offered by Molina Healthcare of Michigan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Molina Healthcare, Inc.
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