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CMU Medical Student Partners with MRH Provider in Lapeer County

CMU Medical Student Partners with MRH Provider in Lapeer County ~ On January 14th, Marlette Regional Hospital will warmly welcome a third-year Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine (CMED) student to their facility and our Thumb Area communities.

This student 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. CMED has a strong desire to provide a sustainable supply of highly-trained physicians to underserved regions of Michigan and the Midwest, and this is Marlette’s fifth year hosting students.

Amy Musial of Birch Run, MI will work in partnership with Dr. William Starbird in North Branch serving patients’ family health care needs. Amy completed her undergraduate studies at Ferris State University and earned a degree in biology/pre-medicine. Her interests include running, hiking, playing with her cat, painting, and ceramics.

“Our partnership with CMED has given us tremendous opportunities to showcase our hospital, healthcare clinics, and other services to future physicians of our area. We are excited to welcome Amy to our communities and to help her in her educational pursuit while also helping her learn more about us and the practice of rural medicine. Please join me in welcoming Amy to our communities,” remarks MRH’s Chief Executive Officer Dan Babcock.
Amy will work in partnership with Marlette Regional Hospital through June 2019.

MRH Sleep Lab Receives Program Accreditation

Marlette Regional Hospital Sleep Lab Receives Program Accreditation ~ Marlette Regional Hospital’s (MRH) Sleep Lab in Marlette recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), making it one of 2,600 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM improves sleep health and promotes high quality, patient-centered care through advocacy, education, strategic research, and practice standards.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates the Marlette Regional Hospital Sleep Lab on meeting the high standards required to earn accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Douglas Kirsch, AASM president. “Marlette Regional Hospital’s Sleep Lab is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional healthcare as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the communities it serves.

MRH’s Sleep Lab is directed by John M. Buday, MD, FAASM and offers Lab-based sleep studies, PAP titration, Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), and Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT) for adults ages 16 and older. Our highly trained technologists Terry Gallagher and Sherry Fricke have 45.5 years of combined service providing patient care services at Marlette Regional Hospital.

Please contact the MRH Sleep Lab at 989-635-4036 for more information.


Pictured above from the Sleep Lab is (back row) Michelle Peters, Terry Gallagher, Katrina Pandrea-Moorhead, and (front row) Sherry Fricke.

Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients

Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients ~ Each day, Marlette Regional Hospital marvels at the wonderful care our employees provide to our patients and residents, especially the unexpected, extra things our employees do to provide excellent customer service to those we serve.

“And Then Some” is a program at Marlette Regional Hospital designed to recognize employees who commit to exceeding the expectations of those we serve. Employees are nominated by their coworkers and winners are selected each month for recognition and a monetary appreciation gift. Here are some recent recognitions…

We had a woman present to the front desk at the hospital with a box who was very frustrated and confused. The box contained an event monitor that was delivered to the woman’s home, but she had no idea who sent it and couldn’t recall who her doctor was. She was shown pictures of all our cardiologists and none of them looked familiar. She kept saying she would just throw the box in the trash. When our cardiopulmonary team was called, Cindy Olson arrived to assist the patient. Cindy contacted the company the monitor came from to see if they could tell her who the ordering provider was. After obtaining that information, she contacted the doctor who was not one of our physicians and confirmed he/she requested the monitor the patient received. Cindy took the woman to a private area to help her get the monitor on and explained to her how to wear it. Cindy went above and beyond to assist this woman that needed help.

On short notice, Micki Flores was asked to make a wreath for a recent Knight ‘n’ Gales fundraiser that benefits local nursing and community education. It was short notice for her, but she agreed to do so on her personal time and donated all of the supplies. She also decorated inside multiple rooms in the cardiopulmonary department to brighten up the work space for herself, coworkers, and patients. Micki does these things out of kindness, not recognition, and always goes above and beyond for her department, the hospital, and our patients.

This past fall, an elderly patient who was here for a procedure accidently locked her keys in her car. She did not have a relative that was close by, and the patient lived in Croswell. The police were not available at the time a call was made, and the hospital did not have any resources to unlock the door in its maintenance department. Hospital staff called Kraft Service Center, and they agreed to unlock the door for a fee of $50. Our patient did not have the funds to pay for the service, so Erica Soucie, Pam Boyne, and Jenna Muxlow chipped in to pay for the services out of their own pockets in order to help our patient get back home. There was never an expectation that they would be reimbursed for the cost of the service; they simply wanted to help one of our patients who was in need. This is a great example of kindness and generosity extended to the patients we have the privilege to serve!

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MRH Employees Donate Gifts to Children in Need

MRH Employees Donate Gifts to Children in Need ~ This Christmas, staff of Marlette Regional Hospital donated three boxes of toys to Marlette Toys for Tots for distribution during the holiday season. Long-term employee Janis Maynard has proudly organized this hospital toy drive for the past 38 years. Pictured, Janis (left) presents Marlette Toys for Tots representative Theresa Moshier (right) with the toys just in time for Christmas.

North Branch Family HealthCare Supports Local Athletes

North Branch Family HealthCare Supports Local Athletes ~ Marlette Regional Hospital and its family health care offices offer $10 sport physicals each year in an effort to help local athletes prepare for their sports season at an affordable price and half of the proceeds are donated back to the schools’ athletic programs. Over a 3-day offering during the summer months, 170 sport physicals were provided by Dr. William Starbird and nurse practitioner Anita Schierlinger.

Dr. Starbird (right) recently presented a $850 check to North Branch Area Schools’ High School Principal Mark Hiltunen (left).
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Eddie G’s Donates to United Hospice Service

Eddie G’s Donates to United Hospice Service ~ Over the course of many months, Eddie G’s restaurant has hosted a very popular Burger and Bike Night and euchre tournament where a portion of the proceeds and a 50/50 raffle has benefitted the local hospice program, United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital.

Eddie G’s extends special thanks to their staff and volunteers that help make this fundraiser successful—Leslie and Roger Ballard for selling 50/50 raffle tickets and Ryan Lambert for cooking burgers.

On behalf of Eddie G’s, co-owner Eddie Gerstenberger recently presented United Hospice Service with a donation of $1,650 that will be used to financially assist patients with their hospice care.

United Hospice Service extends their thanks and appreciation to Eddie G’s, their staff, and volunteers for their continued support and dedication to the hospice program.

Photo: Eddie G’s co-owner Eddie Gerstenberger recently presented a $1,650 check to United Hospice Service representatives Madelyn Huffman (left) and Rennae McKenney (right).

Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation Celebrates Record-Setting Tree of Shining Love

Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation Celebrates Record-Setting Tree of Shining Love ~ The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation would like to thank supporters of the 30th Anniversary Tree of Shining Love. Thanks to the support and generosity of 179 donors, 36 sponsors, and 1 major donor, this year’s event was a record-setter netting nearly $50,000 for a first impressions exterior upgrade project at Marlette Regional Hospital and its four rural health clinics.

The MRH Foundation’s Tree of Shining Love event provides a unique, annual opportunity for the public to honor the special people in their lives while supporting local health care services. Those honored and memorialized were recognized in a special presentation at the Tree of Shining Love Ceremony on December 2nd and will be featured in local forms of media the week of Christmas.

On behalf of the MRH Foundation, we would like to thank the following sponsors:
• Gold Star Sponsor: Gordon & Gayle Miller Foundation.
• Tree Sponsors: Anderson Trucking, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Lotus Schultz in memory of Ralph Schultz.
• Poinsettia Sponsors: Astec Asphalt, Inc., Grupo Antolin, Oetiker, Inc., Kohler’s Propane Co. in memory of Bob Kohler, Kenneth & Sandra McCoy in memory of Frank McCoy, Marsh Children ~ Linda, Jackie, Connie, Debra & Randy in memory of Thelma I. Marsh, and The Scott Orr Family in memory of Elliot Preston Orr & Lloyd Preston Orr.
• Hospitality Sponsors: Agri-Valley Services & Thumb Cellular, CBM Services, Inc., Cros-Lex FOE Aerie #4465, Managed Care Partners, Inc., Marlette Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Men of Steel, Inc. in memory of Teri (Hull) Schell, Northrop Trucking Inc., SEMCO ENERGY, Leo J. Sullivan in memory of Lucille Sullivan, Tri-County Bank, and Value Midwest in memory of Linda Williams.
• Program Sponsors: Anderson, Tuckey, Bernhardt & Doran, P.C., Beagio’s Pizza of Marlette in memory of James Gierman, Chemical Bank, Janice C. Diebolt in memory of Marian Kohler, Drillock Law Firm in memory of William Drillock, Farmland Tile Drainage Inc. in memory of Patricia Izydorek, Lois Harneck in memory of Ron Harneck, Anne Kohler in memory of Leo Kohler, Oncology/Hemotology Associates of Saginaw Valley, P.C., St. Pius X11 Knights of Columbus 4693, Daniel M. Sullivan in memory of Clare Lefler, Joseph N. Valentin, D.D.S. in memory of James Avery, D.D.S., Ida Wadsworth in memory of Sherry Hooper, and Mr. & Mrs. R. Grant Wilson.
• In-Kind Sponsors: Mary Anderson and North Branch Bakery.

The Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation would like to thank the Gordon & Gayle Miller Foundation for their exceptionally generous $30,000 contribution to this year’s event.

For more information about the Tree of Shining Love, please call the MRH Foundation at 989-635-4011.


Photo: The Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation would like to thank and recognize the Gordon & Gayle Miller Foundation for their generous $30,000 contribution to the 30th Anniversary Tree of Shining Love. Pictured above is (left to right) MRH Foundation & Marketing Manager Sara Redman, MRH CEO Dan Babcock, Gordon Miller, and MRH Foundation Development Council Chairman Terry Haske.

Family HealthCare of Brown City Supports Local Athletes

Family HealthCare of Brown City Supports Local Athletes ~ Marlette Regional Hospital and its family health care offices offer $10 sport physicals each year in an effort to help local athletes prepare for their sports season at an affordable price and half of the proceeds are donated back to the schools’ athletic programs.

Over a 3-day offering during the summer months, 101 sport physicals were provided by physician assistant Kimberly Verellen (left), Dr. Daniel Kulick, and nurse practitioner Margaret Marth (right). These local health providers recently presented a $505 check to Brown City Community Schools’ Athletic Director Tony Burton.

The Flu Stops With You ~ Vaccines Available at Marlette Regional Hospital

The Flu Stops With You ~ Vaccinations are available at Specialty HealthCare Services of Marlette Regional Hospital, located in Suites 7 and 8 of the Medical Office Building, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with no appointment necessary. For more information, please call Speciality HealthCare 989-635-4344.

They are also available at Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices located in Marlette, Brown City, Kingston, Mayville, and North Branch. The vaccinations are $40 for patients electing to pay cash, but Medicare Part B and most insurances cover the cost of the vaccine with no co-pay as a preventative benefit. For more information call Robin Pingel, CMAA, Outreach Specialist at 989-635-1861.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by several influenza viruses that can cause mild to severe illness and in some cases lead to hospitalization. Influenza affects people differently, and some people are at a higher risk for developing serious complications from the illness. High-risk groups include: young children, pregnant women, people with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease, and people 65 years of age and older.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a yearly flu vaccine is recommended for people ages 6 months and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious illness. Vaccination is especially important for the high-risk groups previously mentioned. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctor/hospital visits, and missed work and school due to flu symptoms.

A typical flu season begins in October and can continue well into the month of May. A flu vaccine provides protection throughout the entire season against the main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. After vaccination, it takes approximately two weeks for the body to develop the antibodies that will provide protection against the influenza virus. So, it is best to get the vaccination as soon as it becomes available.

For this flu season, Marlette Regional Hospital is offering a more comprehensive vaccination—the quadrivalent vaccine—that protects against four flu virus strains as opposed to three that are covered with the traditional (trivalent) vaccines. There are also a limited number of egg-free vaccinations available for those with an egg allergy.

United Hospice Service Celebrates Record-Setting Luncheon

United Hospice Service Celebrates Record-Setting Luncheon ~ The volunteers and staff of United Hospice Service would like to thank supporters of the annual Hospice Luncheon that was held on Saturday, October 20th at the St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Parish Hall in Marlette. Thanks to the support and generosity of 200 luncheon attendees, 19 sponsors, and countless in-kind donors, this year’s event was a record-setter netting $11,250. These funds will be used to assist United Hospice Service in providing care to terminally-ill patients and their families.

This year’s event featured a catered lunch, prize drawings, fundraising auction, and a Cricut® raffle. Many attendees took home baskets and prizes from the luncheon and the winner of the Cricut® package was Marie Stanczak of Marlette.

United Hospice would like to thank the following sponsors:
• Dessert sponsors: Brown City Masonic Lodge #409, Grace Bible Church of Marlette, and Kohler’s Propane Company.
• Table Sponsors: John & Rita Carlson, Donley Realty & Excavating, Drillock Law Firm, Les & Pam Frampton, Hilda Hebberd & Heidi Pierce, Hope Lutheran Church, Kelly & Co., Inc., Northrop Trucking Inc., SES Restoration LLC, Cindy Shaw, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Thumb Cooling and Heating LLC, and Volz Golf Carts Rentals & Sales, LLC.

United Hospice is a non-profit hospice that serves Sanilac, Lapeer, Huron, Tuscola, and St. Clair counties.

For more information, please contact United Hospice Service at 800-635-7490 or visit www.marletteunitedhospice.org