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Diabetes Self-Management Essentials 201 Course ~ September 12th

Local Hospitals Offer Diabetes Education Refresher Class ~ The Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) program of Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System, as affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, invites Thumb Area residents living with diabetes to take advantage of an educational opportunity that can assist them in managing their condition and overall health.

The Diabetes Self-Management Essentials 201 Course is a new, 2½ hour refresher class that is taught by a registered nurse, certified diabetes educator, and registered dietitian. This refresher class is intended for diabetic patients that have completed 10 hours of DSMT education. Course topics will include healthy eating for weight loss, medication and insulin use, evaluating blood glucose results, and much more!

The last class offered for the 2018 calendar year will be held on September 12th from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. This event will be hosted at the MRH East Campus in Marlette, located at 2861 Main Street. A guest is welcome to attend with participants and refreshments will be provided. Please register in advance as limited seating is available.

The cost associated with DSMT programs and refresher classes is covered by most insurance companies, but co-pays and deductibles may apply. Attendees should call their insurance company to verify coverage for education. A referral by a primary care provider is required to attend this class.

Please contact the diabetes education office at 989-635-4348 for more information or to RSVP.

United Hospice Service Advance Directives Education

United Hospice Service Advance Directives Education ~ “It always seems too early until it is too late!”
Over the next few months we will be providing information on advance directives. Our goal is to educate the community on a topic that many of us put off until it is too late. The following has been created by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (

What are Advance Directives?
A living will allows you to document your wishes concerning medical treatments at the end of life.
Before your living will can guide medical decision-making, two physicians must certify:
• You are unable to make medical decisions.
• You are in the medical condition specified in the state’s living will law (such as “terminal illness” or “permanent unconsciousness”).
• Other requirements also may apply, depending upon the state.
A medical power of attorney (or healthcare proxy) allows you to appoint a person you trust as your health care agent (or surrogate decision maker), who is authorized to make medical decisions on your behalf.
Before a medical power of attorney goes into effect, a person’s physician must conclude that they are unable to make their own medical decisions. In addition:
• If a person regains the ability to make decisions, the agent cannot continue to act on the person’s behalf.
• Many states have additional requirements that apply only to decisions about life-sustaining medical treatments.
• For example, before your agent can refuse a life-sustaining treatment on your behalf, a second physician may have to confirm your doctor’s assessment that you are incapable of making treatment decisions.

What Else Do I Need to Know?
Advance directives are legally valid throughout the United States. While you do not need a lawyer to fill out an advance directive, your advance directive becomes legally valid as soon as you sign them in front of the required witnesses. The laws governing advance directives vary from state to state, so it is important to complete and sign advance directives that comply with your state’s law. Also, advance directives can have different titles in different states.

Emergency medical technicians cannot honor living wills or medical powers of attorney. Once emergency personnel have been called, they must do what is necessary to stabilize a person for transfer to a hospital, both from accident sites and from a home or other facility. After a physician fully evaluates the person’s condition and determines the underlying conditions, advance directives can be implemented.

One state’s advance directive does not always work in another state. Some states do honor advance directives from another state; others will honor out-of-state advance directives as long as they are similar to the state’s own law; and some states do not have an answer to this question. The best solution is if you spend a significant amount of time in more than one state, you should complete the advance directives for all the states you spend a significant amount of time in.
Advance directives do not expire. An advance directive remains in effect until you change it. If you complete a new advance directive, it invalidates the previous one. You should review your advance directives periodically to ensure that they still reflect your wishes. If you want to change anything in an advance directive once you have completed it, you should complete a whole new document.

To download a copy of Advanced Directives for Michigan, visit For more information about the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, visit

For information related to local hospice services, please contact United Hospice Service at 800-635-7490 or visit

Marlette Regional Hospital Debuts Culture Initiative & Viral Video

Marlette Regional Hospital Debuts Culture Initiative & Viral Video ~ Marlette Regional Hospital announces the debut of their viral video “Marlette Regional Hospital ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling,’” now available for viewing on Facebook and Youtube.

The video stars the hospital’s staff and is themed around a culture change initiative that aims to move their organization’s culture and customer service from good to great. This initiative is called ∑3, which stands for ∑very Patient. ∑very Employee. ∑very Time. In this culture change initiative, ∑very patient gets excellent care, hospitality, and satisfaction delivered by ∑very employee, ∑very time they choose MRH.

To help the hospital navigate this initiative, they collaborated with Capstone Leadership Solutions to provide education, coaching, tools, inspiration, and encouragement to create excellence in patient experiences that exceed expectations, along with fostering and creating a work culture and environment of highly satisfied employees.
Marlette Regional Hospital can’t stop the feeling that the ∑3 enthusiasm is catching on. But don’t take their word for it, see for yourself by searching “Marlette Regional Hospital ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’” on Youtube or “Like” Marlette Regional Hospital on Facebook.

To recognize staff for their leading roles in the video production, Marlette Regional Hospital hosted private viewings for their staff before the video was available to the public. At these viewings, staff voted for the best male, female, and group performances and those winners were gifted trophies and prizes. The Best Male Performance went to Dr. Daniel Kulick, a primary care physician at Family HealthCare of Brown City. The Best Female Performance went to Marie Stanczak, the hospital’s finance controller. The Best Group Performance was awarded to the hospital’s diagnostic imaging department.
To learn more about Marlette Regional Hospital, visit or call 989-635-4000.

About Marlette Regional Hospital: Marlette Regional Hospital is an independently owned, 501(c)3 critical access hospital serving patients of the greater Thumb Region. Marlette Regional Hospital provides comprehensive health care services to patients of all ages and strives to improve the quality of health in the communities it serves.

Marlette Regional Hospital’s viral video Best Male Performance was awarded to Dr. Daniel Kulick.

Marlette Regional Hospital’s viral video Best Female Performance was awarded to Marie Stanczak.

Marlette Regional Hospital’s viral video Best Group Performance was awarded to their diagnostic imaging department.


CHECK OUT OUR VIRAL VIDEO! ~ Marlette Regional Hospital has embarked on a journey of excellence to move our organization’s culture and customer service from good to great. This journey is called ∑3, which stands for ∑very Patient. ∑very Employee. ∑very Time. In this culture change initiative, ∑very patient gets excellent care, hospitality, and satisfaction delivered by ∑very employee, ∑very time they choose MRH.

Click to view: MRH Viral Video

We can’t stop the feeling that the ∑3 enthusiasm is catching on!

Big shout out to our video production team Black Pine Films!

MRH Foundation to Host 10th Annual Golf Event Sept. 6th

MRH Foundation to Host 10th Annual Golf Event Sept. 6th ~ The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation’s golf committee is pleased to announce their tenth annual Driving for Health Golf Scramble scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 6th at the Lapeer Country Club.

Download form: Golf Player Sponsor Form 2018

This year’s event is shaping up to be an exciting one! In addition to changing the weekday for this event to the Thursday following Labor Day, fun and exciting contests and games are planned for this year’s event including an air cannon and inflatable dinosaur!

The support that we receive for this event each year is phenomenal. Thanks to last year’s event supporters, we netted $26,877 to benefit the acute care/swing bed renovation project at Marlette Regional Hospital. This project will once again be the beneficiary of our 2018 event proceeds as the MRH Foundation has a remaining fundraising balance of approximately $35,000 to get this project started.

If area businesses are interested in golfing or sponsoring this year’s event, please register soon by contacting the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation office at 989-635-4011 or 989-635-4012. In-kind contributions are also welcome for our raffles, and all contributions are tax deductible.

We thank our Thumb Area community for your past support and extend thanks for the support you may give this year and into the future!

For more information about us, search our website and “Like” Marlette Regional Hospital on Facebook.

United Hospice Service Named a 2018 Hospice Honors Recipient

United Hospice Service Named a 2018 Hospice Honors Recipient ~ United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital has been named a 2018 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
“We are excited to recognize the 2018 Hospice Honors recipients for their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional care,” said J. Kevin Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I congratulate United Hospice Service on its success in achieving this highest of honors.”

Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of October 2016 through September 2017. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the HEALTHCAREfirst’s Hospice CAHPS database. Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. HEALTHCAREfirst holds a special recognition, Hospice Honors Elite, to honor hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on all 24 of the evaluated questions.

Shelli Greschaw RN, BSN, Director of United Hospice Service shares, “Our hospice program was one of twelve recognized in the State of Michigan for this prestigious honor. We credit this recognition to receiving 100% patient satisfaction for seven consecutive months and ten of the past twelve months. Our patients’ families consistently comment that United Hospice Service was so much more than they expected and they are grateful to have such a great service in our community.”
For over 35 years, United Hospice Service, a non-profit hospice program based in Marlette, Michigan, has been working to serve our communities by providing expert hospice care to our family, friends, and neighbors. United Hospice Service provides end-of-life care in patients’ home setting, in an in-patient Hospice Residence, as well as respite care, grief and bereavement services.

To learn more about United Hospice Service, please visit or call 800-635-7490. Please visit HEALTHCAREfirst’s website at to learn more about HEALTHCAREfirst Hospice CAHPS survey program as well as the Hospice Honors awards.

Tick-Talk Lunch & Learn in Marlette ~ August 15th ~ Please RSVP

Tick-Talk Lunch & Learn in Marlette ~ “Tick-Talk: What You Need to Know About Tick-Borne Diseases & Prevention” will be the topic of a Community Lunch & Learn at Marlette Regional Hospital on Wednesday, August 15 from noon to 1 p.m.

The guest presenter is Erik Foster, MS, BCE, a medical entomologist from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. According to Erik, ticks and tick-borne diseases are emerging and expanding in the State of Michigan. An especially disturbing concern is that blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease previously reported in western Michigan and the UP have recently been identified in Michigan’s Thumb Region. Best rest assured, Erik will provide simple prevention techniques to help “fight the bite!”

Community Lunch & Learn is an educational series offered by Marlette Regional Hospital that aims to educate the greater Thumb Area community of local resources and assets that will help them achieve a healthy lifestyle and better quality of life.

Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please call 989-635-4002. To stay updated on future offerings, visit or “Like” us on Facebook.

Marlette Regional Hospital Awarded HFAP Accreditation

Marlette Regional Hospital Awarded HFAP Accreditation ~ Marlette Regional Hospital was recently awarded accreditation by HFAP, the nation’s original independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accreditation confirms that Marlette Regional Hospital is providing high quality care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

“Marlette Regional Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Lawrence Haspel, DO, Chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for HFAP. “We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough on-site review of the hospital against recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Marlette Regional Hospital has earned the distinction of HFAP accreditation through its performance in successfully meeting those standards.”

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious accreditation again,” said Daniel Babcock, CEO of Marlette Regional Hospital. “Earning HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

For more information about HFAP accreditation, please visit To learn more about Marlette Regional Hospital, please search or call 989-635-4000.

Thumb Region’s Largest Motorcycle Run Expects to Draw Hundreds of Riders

Thumb Region’s Largest Motorcycle Run Expects to Draw Hundreds of Riders ~ The rumble of motorcycles will echo throughout the communities of Melvin and Marlette on Saturday, August 11th for the 14th annual Hog Town Run—a major fundraising event sponsored by Hog Town Inc. of Melvin, Michigan.

On August 11th, registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Melvin Park located along Main Street in Melvin, MI. A concerted departure will take place at 12 p.m. to travel to the Hospice Residence located at Marlette Regional Hospital in Marlette for a blessing of the bikes. The registration fee (donation) is $20 per person, which includes a $5 raffle ticket. Evening activities will include a pig roast/chicken dinner, bike games, burnouts, live entertainment, and a 50/50 raffle. Rustic camping is available for a donation.

For more information, please contact Chris Madia at 810-656-4942 or Chris Boller at 810-614-0200. For more information about United Hospice Service, please visit

Give Blood and Save Lives on August 2

Give Blood and Save Lives on August 2 ~ Did you know that with just one donation of blood you could save a life, potentially up to three lives? There are four types of transfusable products that can be derived from blood: red cells, platelets, plasma, and cryoprecipitate. Typically, two or three of these are produced from one pint of donated blood—hence why each donation can help save up to three lives.

If you are a healthy adult and are willing to help the millions of patients that will need a blood transfusion this year, visit the American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, August 2nd from 12 Noon – 5:45 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Parish Hall in Marlette.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointment times can be scheduled. Please log onto, sponsor code: MarletteHospital or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. This blood drive is sponsored by the Marlette Hospital Auxiliary.