Metron facility operates as largest employer in Belding area

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 1:49 pm on Friday, March 15, 2013

Spectrum Health clinical nurse specialist Jackie Iseler instructs Metron of Belding staff members, from left, Kesha Smith, Heather Feldkamp, Lydia Hopkins, Asheley Coston and Connie Haling, during training to use a left ventricle assist device. — Daily News/Cory Smith

BELDING — For more than 35 years, Metron of Belding has been a fixture of the community, with the senior facility operating as the largest employer in Belding as it continues to find new ways to reach out to the people it serves.

The largest of six Metron senior facilities in Michigan, with a maximum capacity of 128 residents and a secure unit, Metron of Belding provides short-term acute services and post-acute care to help patients resume healthy, happy and productive lifestyles.

With several programs ranging from rehab to home, orthopedic rehabilitation services, physical, occupational and speech therapy, onsite home evaluation, dementia car and longterm care, Administrator Lisette Schudel said it is the facility’s goal to reach out to anyone who may be in need.

“I keep trying to look for ways to be able to help in the community,” Schudel said. “Wherever there’s truly a need, we want to help.”

Schudel believes offering unique services such as certification to assist with left ventricular devices have Metron staying proactive, looking for ways to go beyond the cares of a standard nursing home.


Cafeteria worker Dawn Sitzer prepares a meal Tuesday morning at Metron of Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

“Metron of Belding is the only nursing home in the state of Michigan that is certified for assisting with left ventricular devices,” she said. “We’re also the only nursing facility that is certified to help patients with Huntington’s disease. It requires a lot of staff knowledge and input.”

According to Schudel, seniors at Metron can enjoy time with personal belongings in their room, television, phone privileges, Internet access and regular meal choices, all a part of the administration’s goal to create an “at home” atmosphere.

“Our goal is to try and make this as much of a home-like environment as possible,” she said. “With 150 employees, ranging from skilled to non-skilled positions, we work very hard to get people back home if it’s their choice.”

Metron of Belding was recently upgraded to a four-star facility, which is a state indicator using surveys and assessment data determining the general quality of a nursing home.

In a rating system out of five stars, Metron was previously rated at two stars just more than one year ago. Schudel credits her staff as the main reason for the positive change at the facility.

“It takes a special individual to work here, it’s not just playing games,” she said. “You’re coming in here to challenge a patient’s intellect, have a good time and take the hum-drum out of the day.”

Aside from offering in-house services, Metron has recently made it a goal to reach out to the community and provide additional services throughout Belding.

According to Community Relations Coordinator Mario Robertson, those services include events such as blood pressure clinics held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Leppink’s Food Center in Belding and the facility’s rehab to home services.

“People picture this as a nursing home, where they are afraid to come in and never come back out — and that is not the case,” Robertson said.

Robertson said life enrichment is also a big part of what Metron offers, with a variety of in-house activities ranging from bingo to board games to out-of-house activities such as trips to West Michigan White Caps minor league baseball games and more.

“You walk into a place and look at their residents and that is going to tell you how good their care is,” Schudel said. “We take pride in our care and we believe it shows.”

For more information on Metron Integrated Health Systems, visit or call (616) 794-0460.

Certified Nursing Assistant Sarah LeBel, left, and Metron Corporate Dietitian Laura Lauinger work at the central information desk at Metron of Belding. — Daily News/Cory Smith

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