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Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer? Do they live in Sanilac, Huron, Lapeer or Tuscola County? Please share this helpful information with them.
B.C.U.P.S. Grant Applications Available ~ For patients that have been diagnosed with breast cancer, limited grant funding is available through Marlette Regional Hospital’s B.C.U.P.S. program and patients are eligible to reapply every 6 months. Applicants must be residents of Sanilac, Huron, Lapeer or Tuscola Counties. For more information, visit or call 989-635-4299. B.C.U.P.S. GRANT APPLICATION

An Afternoon Tea Event to Benefit UHS

An Afternoon Tea, Saturday, April 7th 2018 at 2 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church to Benefit United Hospice Service ~ You and your friends are invited to attend this afternoon event featuring tea, lite refreshments, entertainment and a raffle. Tickets are available at the Unite Hospice Service Office for $15 per person or $100 for a table of eight. Tea hats and dresses are encouraged. For more information call 800-635-7490. Hope Lutheran Church is located at 2510 Juhl Road, Marlette, MI.

United Hospice Service Craft Night

United Hospice Service Craft Night, Thursday, March 22nd at 6:30 P.M. at MRH East Campus, Marlette ~ Invite a friend to come with you to a craft event fund raiser for UHS. Enjoy snacks and lots of fun and laughter! The cost is $20.00 per person to create and decorate wooden blocks with letters, words and popular phrase and patterns. All supplies will be provided. Please RSVP by March 15th by calling 800-635-7490 and ask for Madilyn. Space is limited so reserve your spot soon!

Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Family Forum

Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Family Forum, Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 p.m. at Marlette Regional Hospital ~ Sanilac County FAN Family Forum meets at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Marlette Regional Hospital in the Seton Lobby in an effort to save lives by empowering individuals and communities to prevent and eradicate addiction. Open to the public free of charge. For more information contact Jamie Foster at 248-763-8132.

Marlette’s Nursing Home Ranks in Top 15% Nationwide

Marlette’s Nursing Home Ranks in Top 15% Nationwide ~ Marlette Regional Hospital is pleased to share that its long-term care unit (nursing home) has recently been recognized by the U.S. World & News Report as one of the Best Nursing Homes for 2017-18.

The U.S. News evaluated more than 15,000 nursing homes nationwide, and this year nearly 2,300 nursing homes, including Marlette’s, earned the designation of a U.S. News Best Nursing Home. This recognition places Marlette’s nursing home in the top 15% of nursing homes nationwide.

The U.S. News rates nursing homes based on data collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)—the federal agency that sets and enforces standards for nursing homes. CMS awards star ratings to nursing home facilities based on state-conducted health inspections, adequacy of nurse staffing, and medical quality measures. Marlette Regional Hospital’s nursing home has consistently earned 5-star CMS ratings, indicating a commitment to quality care for its residents.

Marlette Regional Hospital’s CEO Dan Babcock shares, “We are a 39-bed licensed nursing facility, meaning our staff provides care 24/7 for residents that are with us for short- and long-term stays. That is a great responsibility, and families throughout our Thumb Region trust that we care for their loved ones as if they are our own family. To illustrate how dedicated our staff is to upholding that responsibility, following the most recent CMS on-site inspection that was conducted last October, our nursing home earned a citation-free (0 citation) survey indicating that we met or exceeded all quality measures that were evaluated. The Michigan average for 2017 inspections was 8.9 citations. The data speaks for itself, and we couldn’t be more proud of the compassion and dedication to quality that our staff uphold.”

Marlette Regional Hospital invites you to join them in recognizing their long-term care team and all support staff in this noteworthy accomplishment! For more information about nursing home ratings, please visit For more information about the U.S. World & News Report Best Nursing Homes, please visit For more information about Marlette Regional Hospital’s nursing home, please visit us online or call 989-635-4400.

29th Annual Rotary Pancake Supper Benefits United Hospice Service of MRH

29th Annual Rotary Pancake Supper, Friday, February 16, 2018, 4-7 p.m. , Brown City High School ~ Due to the popularity of this annual fundraising event, the dinner is hosted once again at Brown City High School in the cafeteria and in conjunction with the home JV/Varsity basketball game against Marlette starting at 6 p.m. To keep up with the dinner crowd, the Rotary has brought in Chris Cakes—Guinness Book of World Records holder for the most pancakes flipped in an hour as well as the highest pancake tossed.

Tickets for all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage supper are available in advance (after 1/22/2018) for $8 per person at Tri-County Bank’s Marlette and Brown City branches and at the United Hospice Service office in Marlette. Tickets are also available at the door and kids under 5 years old eat free. Proceeds from the Pancake Supper will be used to assist United Hospice Service in providing care to terminally ill patients and their families.

Bring your friends and family on February 16th to enjoy this tasty fundraiser and the friendly rivalry at the basketball game!

CMU Medical Students Partner with Providers in Sanilac & Lapeer Counties

CMU Medical Students Partner with Providers in Sanilac & Lapeer Counties ~ Medical students from Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine (CMED) have begun their third year of study practicing in Sanilac and Lapeer Counties as a result of a partnership with McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners. CMED has a strong desire to provide a sustainable supply of highly-trained physicians to underserved regions of Michigan and the Midwest.

On January 15th, McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital warmly welcomed two CMU medical students to their facilities and communities. These students will work in partnership with clinical physicians and staff as part of a six-month program called the Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) that aims to expand upon their previous two years of classroom studies. Marlette and McKenzie are two of many CCC sites in the state working in partnership with CMED, and this is their fourth year hosting students.

At McKenzie Health System, Neel Patel of Mississauga, Ontario will work in partnership with Dr. James Sams in Sandusky and Peck serving patients’ family health care needs. Neel completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Toledo and earned a degree in science. His interests include: table tennis, squash, baseball, and volleyball.

At Marlette Regional Hospital, Ivanna Murskyj will work in partnership with Dr. William Starbird in North Branch serving patients’ family health care needs. Ivanna completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and earned a degree in biology. Her interests include: hiking, camping, cooking, volleyball, and reading.

These students will work in partnership with McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital through July 2018. Please join us in welcoming these students to our communities!

McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital Employees will “Commit to Be Fit”

McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital Employees will “Commit to Be Fit” ~
To support better health with a little healthy competition, McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital have accepted the “Commit to be Fit” six-week weight-loss challenge. Teams of employees from the organizations will work together to focus on weight loss, exercise and creating good lifelong habits.

The challenge runs January 15 through February 27. Members of the team, from each organization, with the highest percentage of weight loss will be awarded $50 gift cards.
“Our employees are truly leading the way and practicing what they preach in this united effort to be even stronger together,” shared Jenna Muxlow, Marlette Regional Hospital Human Resources Manager. Carrie Krampits, McKenzie Director of Human Resources agrees, “we look forward to a fun competition, but even more, to enhancing the health of our employees and our community as we work together.”

In addition, several mini-challenges throughout the contest include a healthy theme and focus, with prizes for reaching the various goals:
• Week 1: Hydrate! The goal is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water for a minimum of three days;
• Week 3: Do it for the KIDS! Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System will be collecting items for the SAVE Council to support the children of Eva’s Place; items include hats, mittens, scarves, socks, crayons, coloring books and school supplies;
• Week 4: Cut the sweets! Avoid cookies, cakes and candy for at least three days and replace sweets with healthier snacks for energy;
• Week 6: Help Be the Change! The organizations will collect personal items and household products (toilet paper, paper towels, personal hygiene items and more) for the SAVE Council to support Eva’s Place.

To learn more about employment opportunities at McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, visit and and click on Careers on the main page.

Hospice Offers Winter Craft Night

Hospice Offers Winter Craft Night ~ To help pass the time on these cold winter days, the staff of United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital invite the public to attend an upcoming craft night to benefit the hospice program and the patients they have the privilege to serve.

The theme of the craft night is to make a wooden winter/home sign measuring approximately 12”x16”. All supplies will be provided and the wood will be pre-stained. This event is scheduled for Thursday, January 18th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the MRH East Campus located at 2861 Main Street in Marlette. The cost to participants is $20 per person and pre-registration is required.

Space is limited. To register, please contact United Hospice Service at 800-635-7490 and ask for Madelyn. For more information about upcoming events, please “Like” us on Facebook.

Stone Lodge Employees Raise Funds for B.C.U.P.S. Program

Stone Lodge Employees Raise Funds for B.C.U.P.S. Program ~ In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month last October, The Stone Lodge Restaurant & Tavern of Port Sanilac hosted a month-long fundraiser to benefit the B.C.U.P.S. (Breast Cancer Understanding, Prevention and Screenings) program at Marlette Regional Hospital.

Throughout the month of October, the Stone Lodge raffled off painted pumpkins that were donated by local artists as well as baskets. In addition to their staff “Rocking the Ribbon” by wearing pink to support breast cancer awareness, they, along with the community, contributed daily to the cause. The Stone Lodge family was pleased to present the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation with a check for $1,500 to benefit the B.C.U.P.S. program.

The B.C.U.P.S. program provides free mammogram screenings for uninsured and underinsured patients, and full or partial financial assistance to those who qualify and need additional diagnostic testing services. The program most recently expanded to award limited grant funding to patients that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. The program services residents of Sanilac, Huron, Tuscola and Lapeer Counties.

Marlette Regional Hospital extends its sincere thanks to The Stone Lodge family and its patrons for supporting this worthy cause and patients in our local communities!

Pictured: The Stone Lodge family present their generous donation to MRH’s Foundation Manager Sara Redman.