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B.C.U.P.S. Grant Fund Testimonial

B.C.U.P.S. Grant Fund Testimonial ~ Shelley DeLisle age 48 of Kingston, MI discovered a lump in her breast in May of this year and quickly followed up with her doctor. Through a diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy, it was determined that the lump was breast cancer. When she received her diagnosis, she described it as “very overwhelming.”

As an active working wife, mother, and young grandmother with many other challenges and responsibilities, Shelley began this new journey with her faith leading her each step of the way. “I felt like I was in a perpetual state of fogginess,” Shelley shared when describing the day-to-day and navigating her way through insurance, approvals, co-pays, and deductibles.

After starting her radiation treatments in July of this year, a friend contacted her and shared information about the B.C.U.P.S. program at Marlette Regional Hospital. B.C.U.P.S. provides grant funding to patients with breast cancer. Shelley applied and received her first grant from the B.C.U.P.S. program in August to use however she needed it most.

“We sincerely appreciate this support as we navigate through this challenging time in our lives,” commented Shelley and husband Buddy DeLisle.

For more information about the B.C.U.P.S. Program: http://marletteregionalhospital.org/bcups-program/

To donate to the B.C.U.P.S. Program download the donation form at : http://marletteregionalhospital.org/giving-opportunities/in the other section print: B.C.U.P.S.

Mail your donation and the donation form to:
Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation
2770 Main Street, P.O. Box 307, Marlette, MI 48453

Donations made with a credit card can be processed securely over the phone. Please call the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation office at 989-635-4011.

Annual Hospice Luncheon Slated for October 20th

Annual Hospice Luncheon Slated for October 20th ~ In anticipation of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month coming up in November, the volunteers and staff of United Hospice Service invite you to join them for the Annual Hospice Luncheon on Saturday, October 20th at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Parish Hall in Marlette.

This event is open to the public and will include a catered lunch, prize-drawing raffle, and fundraising auction. This event is a wonderful opportunity to visit with friends and meet new acquaintances! Luncheon tickets are $20 each and can be purchased prior to the event at the hospice office, located at the MRH East Campus, 2861 Main Street, in Marlette.

Now through October 20th, tickets are on sale for a Cricut Air 2 Rose Bundle + Accessories. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Hospice Office, located at the MRH East Campus, 2861 Main Street in Marlette. The draw date is Saturday, October 20th during the Annual Hospice Luncheon and the winner does not have to be present to win.

If area businesses are interested in attending or sponsoring this year’s hospice luncheon, please contact the United Hospice Service office at 800-635-7490. In-kind donations are also welcome for our fundraising auction. Contributions need to be dropped off to the hospice office by October 5th and could include themed baskets, gift certificates, merchandise, crafts, etc.

All proceeds from the Annual Hospice Luncheon will benefit United Hospice Service and the patients they have the privilege to serve.

For more information, please contact United Hospice Service at 800-635-7490.
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MRH’s B.C.U.P.S. Program Offers Breast Cancer Prevention, Detection & Support

MRH’s B.C.U.P.S. Program Offers Breast Cancer Prevention, Detection & Support ~ Are you a woman over the age of 40, or do you have a family history of breast cancer, but don’t meet the age criteria for screening? If you answered “yes” to either one of those questions, Marlette Regional Hospital recommends that you consult with your primary care provider about scheduling an annual digital mammogram screening through the B.C.U.P.S. program.

The Breast Cancer Understanding Prevention and Screening (B.C.U.P.S.) program is in place to financially assist patients in acquiring important screening mammograms and diagnostic testing services such as a diagnostic mammogram, breast ultrasound, or an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. B.C.U.P.S. program screenings and testing services are performed at the Gordon and Gayle Miller Foundation Women’s Imaging Center at Marlette Regional Hospital.

For patients that have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are currently undergoing treatment, B.C.U.P.S. provides grant funding and applicants are eligible to reapply for funding every 6 months. Grant funding is available to residents of Sanilac, Tuscola, Lapeer, and Huron Counties based upon current program funding. Download: BCUPS Grant Application

Patients that do not have health insurance coverage or those who are underinsured (limitations with coverage, large out-of-pocket deductible, younger than age criteria for screening, etc.) may qualify for screening and testing services through the B.C.U.P.S. program.

Don’t let financial constraints, lack of health insurance, or a high deductible prevent you from having life-saving testing and screenings. For more information about the B.C.U.P.S. program, please call 989-635-4000 or visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.

Hog Town Inc. Donations to Local Hospice Exceed $170K

Hog Town Inc. Donations to Local Hospice Exceed $170K ~ Following the 14th annual Hog Town Run—a major fundraising event sponsored by Hog Town Inc. of Melvin, Michigan—members of Hog Town Inc. presented United Hospice Service (UHS) of Marlette Regional Hospital with a donation of $11,000!

Each year, this annual fundraiser attracts participation from serious and casual motorcyclists throughout the state of Michigan because it supports a very worthy cause. Including this year’s donation, Hog Town Inc. has contributed over $170,000 to the hospice program. These funds are used to assist United Hospice Service in providing care to terminally-ill patients and their families. United Hospice is a non-profit hospice that serves Sanilac, Lapeer, Huron, Tuscola, and St. Clair counties.

United Hospice Service expresses their sincere thanks to this passionate and community-minded group for their unwavering support, generous hearts, and dedication year after year to the hospice program.
For more information, please contact United Hospice Service at 800-635-7490 or visit www.marletteunitedhospice.org.


Pictured above, members of Hog Town Inc. present United Hospice Service Director Shelli Greschaw, RN, BSN and staff with a check for $11,000 from the August 11th motorcycle run.

Pictured above, Hog Town Inc. President Chris Madia (left) and wife Mary (right) present United Hospice Service Director Shelli Greschaw, RN, BSN with a check for $11,000 from the August 11th motorcycle run.

Give Blood and Save Lives on October 11th

Give Blood and Save Lives on October 11th ~ 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, October 11th 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 www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: MarletteHospital or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. This blood drive is sponsored by the Marlette Hospital Auxiliary.

MRH Foundation Celebrates Record-Setting Golf Fundraiser

MRH Foundation Celebrates Record-Setting Golf Fundraiser ~ For those that recall the weather in early September, the forecast was uncomfortably hot and humid with spotty rain showers. But on September 6th, the skies cleared with a subtle breeze just in time for the Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation to tee off for their 10th annual Driving for Health Golf Scramble hosted at the Lapeer Country Club.

As in all years past, the Foundation’s volunteer golf committee set out to achieve a new record-setting year, just a tad better than the year prior. What actually ensued was a phenomenal fundraising event that greatly surpassed any year prior—netting over $36,760 to benefit Marlette Regional Hospital’s acute care/swing bed unit renovation project! The success of this year’s event is a direct reflection of the volunteers’ hard work and dedication to meeting their goal (they greatly surpassed it!), along with the support received from 36 golf teams, 144 players, 83 business sponsors, and 51 in-kind donors.

The day’s festivities was enjoyed by all with various contests and games played on the course, but the ultimate challenge was to win first place for the men’s team, women’s team, or mixed division. As scorecards were tallied, the following teams were awarded prize packages:
• The Marlette Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. team took first place for the men’s division with a score of 58. Golf Chairman Scott Keys awarded their team members Al Patrick, Justin Anthes, Jason Keys, and Ken Stevens.
• Tri-County Bank/Liebler Agency took first place for the women’s division with a score of 66. Golf Chairman Scott Keys awarded team members Kendra Jickling, Meredith Lyons, Sheryl Cribbins, and Cathie Lorenzen.
• McLaren Port Huron team took first place for the mixed division with a score of 58. Golf Chairman Scott Keys awarded team members David Monan, John Schweihofer, Sarah Cowhy, and Jim Lotts.

Cash prizes were awarded for a closest to the pin contest; the men’s winner was Les King and women’s winner was Sarah Cowhy. Although no one took home a hole in one prize, Sean Cummings won Beats headphones and a $50 gift card for a 30’ inflatable dinosaur game sponsored by Kohler Oil & Propane. Additionally, a 50” Samsung 4K Smart TV and Apple iWatch was awarded to Brad Schaub and Madelyn Huffman, respectively, for a deck of cards raffle sponsored by Marlette Regional Hospital employees and Keys Restoration.

The Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation expresses sincere thanks to all of the golfers, sponsors, in-kind donors, and our volunteers who supported and made this year’s event a roaring success.

To view photos from this year’s event, check out Marlette Regional Hospital’s Facebook page. To learn about upcoming events, please visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.


The winner of the men’s division for the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation’s Driving for Health Golf Scramble was Marlette Roofing & Sheet Metal Co.

The winner of the women’s division for the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation’s Driving for Health Golf Scramble was Tri-County Bank/Liebler Agency.

The winner of the mixed division for the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation’s Drive for Health Golf Scramble was McLaren Port Huron.

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 (nhpco.org).

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 http://www.caringinfo.org/files/public/ad/Michigan.pdf. For more information about the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, visit http://www.nhpco.org.

For information related to local hospice services, please contact United Hospice Service at 800-635-7490 or visit http://www.marletteunitedhospice.org.

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 www.marletteregionalhospital.org 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!

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!
#cantstopthefeeling

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