Mercer Healthy Living Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:31:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mercer Health welcomes Brian Colopy, D.O. Thu, 22 Jul 2021 06:00:29 +0000 Brian Colopy, D.O., joins Mercer Health Medical Group at Southland, our primary care office located in New Bremen, as a family medicine provider. Dr. Colopy was born and raised in southeastern Ohio where he had an interest in medicine at an early age. Following his graduation in 2010 from Otterbein College, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in biochemistry with honors, he went on to complete his medical education through the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated in 2014. Dr. Colopy finished his residency in family medicine through OhioHealth in Columbus in 2017 and was board certified through the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. Prior to coming to Mercer Health, he was practicing as an attending physician in Westerville, Ohio, for four years.

Dr. Colopy is passionate about practicing family medicine and sharing life’s trials, successes and joys with his patients. His osteopathic training facilitates a unique whole person approach that seeks to understand how lifestyle and environmental factors impact his patient’s well-being. He has a specific interest in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment.

He looks forward to serving the local community as his wife was born and raised in Mercer County. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four kids, learning how to play the piano, sports, and the great outdoors. 

Dr. Colopy is now accepting patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with him, contact Mercer Health Medical Group at Southland at 419-629-2772.

Virtual Quick Care FAQs Wed, 14 Jul 2021 20:07:23 +0000 Mercer Health recently announced enhanced Virtual Care options to provide convenient access to care—when and where it’s needed—for established Mercer Health Medical Group patients and for community members who do not have a Mercer Health primary care provider.

“We began seeing patients virtually to limit exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Dr. Terpstra, Mercer Health’s Virtual Care physician advocate, said. “Most recently, we have developed a Virtual Quick Care concept. With Mercer Health’s Virtual Quick Care service, patients with or without a Mercer Health Medical Group provider can make one phone call and get an appointment quickly, if not immediately.”

What is Virtual Quick Care?

Virtual Quick Care is a type of Virtual Care visit that allows a patient to seek care quickly, in a virtual setting, with any available Mercer Health provider. Virtual Quick Care does not require a patient to have an established Mercer Health Medical Group provider. Virtual Quick Care is available Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Some patients, depending on medical history and active symptoms, may not be eligible for Virtual Quick Care and may require a traditional in-person appointment.

Who can schedule a Virtual Quick Care visit?

  • Patients with a current Mercer Health Medical Group provider, can call his or her provider office to schedule a virtual visit. In some instances, a patient may require an in-person visit.
  • Patients without a current Mercer Health Medical Group provider, can call one centralized number, 567-890-MHMD (6463) and a Mercer Health representative will help schedule a virtual visit. In some instances, an in-person visit may be required.

I have a family doctor; can I use Virtual Quick Care?

Yes. Any patient who needs care quickly, whether they have a Mercer Health Medical Group primary care provider or not, can call 567-890-MHMD (6463) for a Virtual Quick Care visit with an available provider.

What symptoms and conditions can be seen in a Virtual Quick Care visit?

Virtual visits are great for treating and discussing:

  • Colds & Coughs
  • Fevers & Flus
  • Allergies
  • Other Minor Respiratory Concerns
  • Minor Cuts, Rashes, & Burns
  • Sinus Problems
  • Pink Eye
  • COVID Consultation

Will my insurance cover Virtual Quick Care?

Many insurances now cover virtual care appointments.  Contact your insurance provider with specific questions.

It’s important to remember that Virtual Quick Care is not appropriate in an emergency. As always, the emergency department provides emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients needing emergency medical care should call 911 or go directly to the Emergency Department at Mercer Health’s Mercer County Community Hospital.

For more information on Virtual Care, Mercer Health Medical Group locations and other care options, including Doctors’ Urgent Care and Emergency Services, visit

Mercer Health welcomes Stephanie Stopher, CNP Wed, 07 Jul 2021 17:42:22 +0000 Stephanie Stopher, Certified Nurse Practitioner, recently joined our Disease Management Center team. She will see patients in the Celina office (located at the Community Medical Center) and in area nursing homes.

Stephanie grew up in Elida, Ohio, and graduated from Elida High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Ohio University and her Masters in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing.

Prior to becoming a APRN-CNP, Stephanie found her passion working as a registered nurse for 21 years in wound care, ostomy care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. She is currently preparing to sit for the WOCN (wound ostomy continence nurse) APRN certification.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys traveling and spending time with her son and her dog Mack.


Occupational Health FAQs Fri, 18 Jun 2021 14:15:17 +0000 We recently sat down with Jessica Brown, Manager of Occupational Health & Wellness, and Jodi Grover, CNP, one of our Occupational Health providers, to talk all things workplace health and wellness.

What IS Occupational Health?

When most people think about occupational health, they immediately think occupational therapy—but they’re totally different services! Occupational health is our service line that specifically focuses on all aspects of health, wellness and safety in the workplace—with an emphasis on prevention.

We help employers put safeguards in place for workplace risks utilizing injury prevention, pre-placement testing, annual surveillance programs and injury care.

To explain it in the simplest terms, we help employers make sure their employers are safe and healthy, help them keep their employees healthy, help them support their employees in improving their health and offer care for minor workplace injuries.

What exactly does that mean? What kinds of services do you offer?

We offer a wide range of health exams that are required by some employers, for example:

  • Pre-employment Physicals—to make sure an employee is healthy enough to perform a job safely
  • Fit for Duty—to make sure an employee is physically able to perform a job safely
  • Respiratory—helps to protect an employee’s health at work and ensures workplace compliance
  • Bus Driver—medical exam for bus drivers required by ODOT
  • DOT Physicals—medical exam for truck drivers to ensure both their and the public’s safety
  • Fire Fighter—to make sure fire fighters are physically able and healthy to perform their job safely

We also offer services like drug screenings, respiratory mask fit testing and audiograms, immunizations and employee wellness services. Our wellness services focus on prevention and include specifics like health fairs, wellness education, wellness challenges and more. We can customize a program for any employer.

Our healthcare providers also treat workplace/worker’s compensation injuries. This option allows quick and convenient care for non-emergency injuries, saving employers the high costs of emergency room visit for non-emergency treatment.

Who can use these services?

We can work with any employer to provide any of the services we talked about above.  Setting up an account is quick and easy–it can be done in just a few minutes.

Let’s talk more about the health fairs you mentioned.

Research shows that healthy employees are safer and more productive employees. And really it makes sense—when you aren’t feeling well, you aren’t at your best. We work with employers to customize a wellness program to meet their needs.  We usually start with a health fair where we draw labs and collect some measurements such as blood pressure, height and weight for each employee. We also have each employee complete a Health Risk Assessment which gives us data about their employees as whole—which helps us coordinate a wellness program that focuses on each workplace’s specific needs.

Why is it important for employers to focus on employee wellness?

Employee wellness is essential for an organization to thrive. It impacts the culture of the workplace as well as its productivity.

You mentioned DOT earlier—can you elaborate?

The Department of Transportation requires truck drivers to have medical clearance at least every two years, depending on the state of their health. Our providers are certified to complete these DOT clearance exams. DOT also requires drug and alcohol screenings for pre-employment, at random and some in other designated circumstances. We are trained to know the DOT requirements to collect for drug and alcohol testing.

Who can use these services?

Any employer that utilizes CDL drivers needs to meet DOT requirements. We work with an assortment of trucking companies, farming operations and construction businesses for example.

To sum it up—what are the three most important things the community should know about Mercer Health Occupational Health and wellness?

  1. Workplace safety is key and we work with any employer to help ensure safety, prevent injuries and meet OSHA regulations to avoid safety issues and fines.
  2. Our clinic is the low cost option for minor injury care. Employers can avoid the cost of emergency room visits for non-emergency injuries.
  3. We have extended hours in our Celina location from 7:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. with walk-in capability for workplace/worker’s compensation injuries. We also have a satellite office at Mercer Health Medical Group at Fort Recovery.

For more information or to set up an account, visit or contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 419-586-1220.

2021 Healthy Waves Challenge Tue, 25 May 2021 17:59:45 +0000 Mercer Health and Community Sports and Therapy Center are partnering to offer a Healthy Waves Challenge to motivate and encourage the community to be more physically active this summer. The challenge requires participants to complete 1,020 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity for from June 1 to July 12.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services site recommends that adults complete at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. Preferably, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week for substantial health benefits, such as reducing stress levels, boosting the immune system, improving sleep and preventing weight gain. Jennifer Bills, Certified Personal Trainer and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Mercer Health, recommends engaging in physical activity while staying safe and adhering to social distancing guidelines. “There are numerous ways one can stay active while also staying safe: outdoor activities such as running, walking, biking and hiking, family exercises, online fitness resources, virtual classes, relay races with kids-the options really are endless.”

Official entry forms and challenge rules can be downloaded here or at Completed entry forms must be submitted by July 20th to be eligible for prizes.

Please contact Mandy Wendel at 419-678-5247 or or Stacy Schwieterman at 419-678-5125 or for more information.

Participation in the Healthy Waves Challenge is completely voluntary. Always consult your physician before beginning any exercise program. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

What to do with your COVID-19 vaccine card Thu, 25 Mar 2021 18:18:30 +0000 You received your COVID vaccine—and you have the proof! But what should you do you do with that CDC vaccination record card after you take the obligatory vaccine selfie? Your vaccination card is dual purpose—it is a record of your immunization against COVID-19 and a reminder to receive your second dose (be sure to bring it with you to your second appointment).

While it’s not currently necessary to carry it with you, it is recommend that you keep it in a safe place where you have other important documents stored. It may also be helpful to take a photo of your card and save it on your phone as a backup.

Why may I need to show someone your card?

Many employers, especially in healthcare, require proof of immunization against all vaccine preventable diseases (examples include MMR, Tdap, Hib, annual influenza). While proof of vaccination is not required to travel in the U.S., it may be necessary to show in some places while traveling internationally.

Also, as researchers continue to learn more and as COVID-19 variants evolve, booster shots may be recommended. In that event, your vaccine card will be a helpful reference to know which brand and which vaccine lot you received.

Is my card my only record of vaccination?

The organization that administered your vaccine—whether it was Mercer Health, Mercer County Health District, a pharmacy or another facility—will have record of your vaccine on file. The state of Ohio also maintains a vaccine record database. In the event that you need proof of vaccination, you would need to go through the formal process to request documentation. Keeping your vaccine card readily available would be a quicker, more convenient option.

If you would like record of your immunization entered into your Mercer Health medical record and MyChart account, contact your primary care provider’s office to notify them of your vaccination.

What if I lose my card?

If you do lose your card, contact the organization that administered your vaccine doses.

Effective March 29, Ohioans ages 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Information about upcoming vaccine clinics and how to register is available at If you have questions or concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to reach out to your primary care provider.

Mercer Health welcomes Courtney Albers, PA Thu, 07 Jan 2021 21:41:46 +0000
Courtney Albers, a Marion Local High School graduate, attended both undergrad and the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program at University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Prior to becoming a PA-C, she worked on an inpatient floor at Lutheran Hospital and also worked at Elmwood Assisted Living, where she realized her passion of working with the geriatric population. Courtney is part of the MHMG Pro Drive Nursing Home Team & is a returning Mercer Health employee – she worked in our patient access department prior to attending PA school! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dogs, Libby and Emmie.
Mercer Health welcomes Marisa Spoltman, PA Tue, 05 Jan 2021 18:57:37 +0000 Marisa Spoltman, PA, recently joined Mercer Health Medical Group at Celina Pro.

Marisa was born in Mercer County and was raised on her family farm in Maria Stein. She is a 2014 graduate of Marion Local High School. Following her graduation in 2017 from the University of Dayton, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in pre-medicine and a minor in psychology, Marisa attended Kettering College. She earned her Master’s Degree in physician assistant studies and graduated in the summer of 2020.

Marisa is engaged to be married in December 2021. She and her future husband plan to reside in Maria Stein. In her spare time, Marisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing cards (especially euchre), swimming and biking. She looks forward to treating the citizens of Mercer County and helping them achieve their best health potential.

To schedule an appointment with Marisa, please call 419-586-3113. For more information about Mercer Health Medical Group, please visit

Mercer Health welcomes Julie Westgerdes, APRN-CNP Tue, 01 Dec 2020 08:00:43 +0000 Julie Westgerdes, APRN-CNP, recently joined Mercer Health Pediatrics.

Julie grew up in Vincennes, Indiana. She received her bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 2008. While working at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital as a nurse, she attended University of Cincinnati where she received her MSN in 2012. As a pediatric nurse practitioner, Julie worked at The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in cardiothoracic surgery and on the cardiac step down unit.

Julie, her husband Lee and their one-year-old daughter Eliza live in Coldwater. Julie loves to spend time with family and friends, go to Purdue football games, see Broadway shows in Cincinnati and go for long walks.

Julie is now seeing patients at Mercer Health Medical Group Pediatrics, located at the Galleria in Celina. She will also provide care to newborns at Mercer Health’s Childbirth Center and to pediatric inpatients. To schedule an appointment with Julie, please call 419-586-7940. For more information about Mercer Health Pediatrics, please visit

Be Antibiotics Aware | Antibiotic Awareness Week 2020 Wed, 18 Nov 2020 11:30:45 +0000 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance, the spread of superbugs, and protect patients from side effects from antibiotics. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and throughout the year, CDC promotes Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use.

The Be Antibiotics Aware initiative educates the public about when antibiotics are needed, when they are not, how to take antibiotics appropriately, and potential side effects of antibiotics.

CDC encourages patients and families to:

  • Get the facts about antibiotics. Antibiotics do not work on viruses, such as those that cause colds, flu, bronchitis, or runny noses, even if the mucus is thick, yellow, or green. When antibiotics aren’t needed, they won’t help you, and the side effects could still cause harm.
  • Ask your healthcare professional about the most appropriate treatment for you or your loved ones’ illness. If antibiotics are not needed, ask about the best way to feel better while your body fights off the virus.
  • If you need antibiotics, take them exactly as prescribed. Talk with your healthcare professional if you have any questions about your antibiotics.
  • Talk with your healthcare professional if you develop any side effects, especially severe diarrhea, since that could be a Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile or C. diff) infection, which needs to be treated immediately.
  • Do your best to stay healthy and keep others healthy by cleaning hands by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze; staying home when sick; and getting recommended vaccines, such as the flu vaccine.

CDC encourages patients and families to use the educational resources and learn more about Be Antibiotics Aware by visiting