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    Delivering the Best for Your Delivery
    Having a baby is wonderful, and yet, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. At Three Rivers Health, we believe in moms-to-be and their families comfort and security so they can focus all of their energy on bringing a healthy baby into the world.

    Three Rivers Health is committed to helping you before, during, and after the birth of your child. We offer a healthy dose of education and support, combined with the latest technology and skilled professionals, to ensure that you have a positive birthing experience with us.

    Rooms That Feel Like Home
    At Three Rivers Health, moms-to-be (and their families) have comfortable rooms for labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum. Our home-like birthing suites even include whirlpools for ultimate relaxation and convenience. For your peace of mind and the safety of your little one, Three Rivers Health features a lock-down birthing unit.

    We are happy to provide a sleeping place for your primary support person. A special birth “celebration meal” is also offered to our moms and primary support person.

    Supporting the Unique Needs of Moms 
    You are the most valuable member of our team. We are here to work with you as our partner, providing you with the ongoing education and support you deserve. For your comfort, our anesthesia team coordinates care with your obstetric provider and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This team is equipped to administer the best care and options in pain management, including spinal or epidural anesthesia.

    Whether you’d like extra assistance with breastfeeding or your newborn has a special health care concern, we have the technology and the providers to meet your specific needs.

    You’re in Capable Hands 
    During your stay at Three Rivers Health, you and your little one are in very capable hands. We are proud to staff our nurses, physicians, and professionals with advanced training and education. Some of our credentials and qualifications include:

    • CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
    • NRP (Neonatal resuscitation program)
    • ACLS (Advanced cardiopulmonary life support)
    • EFM (Electronic fetal-monitoring course)
    • STABLE (the most widely distributed and implemented neonatal education program that focuses on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants)

    Some of our staff are also members of the Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics & Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) and Southwest Michigan Perinatal Association (SWMPA).

    Just for Your Little One
    Dr. Evans or Dr. Salvi (see their bios below on this page) will oversee the care of your newborn on our birthing unit. These qualified pediatricians, or one of our pediatric nurse practitioners or certified physician assistants (PA-Cs), can also continue caring for your baby after discharge at our Family Care offices in Three Rivers, Marcellus, or White Pigeon.

    Meet our Pediatric Care Providers:

    Linda S. Evans, MD
    Dr. Evans received her medical degree at Indiana University and completed residency training in pediatrics, as well as a fellowship in pediatric infectious disease, at Indiana University Medical Center. Board certified in pediatrics, she joined our staff in 1993. Dr. Evans sees patients in our Centreville and White Pigeon Family Care offices.

    Seema S. Salvi, MD
    Dr. Salvi received her medical degree from Marathwada University in India. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She is board certified in Pediatrics and joined our staff in 2001. Dr. Salvi is located in our Three Rivers Family Care Office.

    Nyla Schwarts, PA-C
    Nyla recieved her Bachelor of Science: Medicine at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo and a Bachelor of Arts: Spanish and Pre-Med at University of Minnesota-Morris

    Obstetrics and Gynecology Providers

    puckett-8Jessica Puckett, DO
    Jessica recieved her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pennsylvania and completed her residency in OB/GYN at Garden City Hospital, Garden City, Michigan.

    nash1Amber Nash-Guiliford, DO
    Amber received her DO from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale,
    Florida and completed her residency at Bayfron Medical Center in St.
    Petersburg, Florida. Medical Center (St. Petersburg, FL)

    Nurse Midwives

    Lydia Hartman, Certified Nurse Midwife
    Lydia received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Western Michigan University and her Masters of Science in Nurse Midwifery degree from the University of Michigan.  She has 20 years of nursing experience and is excited to provide personalized care to the women of our community at the time of childbearing.  She hope to educate, guide and empower women to make healthy choices that they feel good about.


    Ruth Tatara, Certified Nurse Midwife
    Ruth received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University and her Masters of Nursing in Midwifery from Frontier University in 2016. She specializes in providing empowering, family-centered, safe and satisfying care to women within a collaborative midwife-physician model of care.  Ruth has a passion for listening and partnering with women and has spent her career ensuring that evidence based care is available and promoted at each encounter.


    Ruth Anson, Certified Nurse Midwife
    Ruth received her Bachelors of Science in Health Studies from Western Michigan University and her Masters of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University.  Ruth has enjoyed getting to know and working with the women of these communities throughout all stages of their childbearing years.  She values the relationships with her clients and their families, sharing and guiding them through the joys and challenges of their lives.