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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.

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 for helping make this fundraiser successful—Leslie and Roger Ballard for selling 50/50 raffle tickets, Ryan Lambert for cooking burgers, and Mikkel Creason for picking the winning bike each week.
On behalf of Eddie G’s, co-owner Eddie Gerstenberger recently presented United Hospice Service Director Shelli Greschaw with a donation of $1,800 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.

Local Schools Partner to Support B.C.U.P.S. Program

Local Schools Partner to Support B.C.U.P.S. Program ~

Representatives of the 2017 Pink Out for Cancer Clash committee recently presented a check for over $24,000 to the Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation following a successful rivalry football game fundraiser between Marlette and Brown City schools that took place earlier this fall.

Proceeds from the event supported MRH’s B.C.U.P.S. (Breast Cancer Understanding, Prevention and Screenings) program. This program has provided free mammogram screenings to hundreds of Thumb Area women, primarily for those that are uninsured, but had recently expanded to provide full or partial financial assistance to those who qualify and need additional testing services like diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies. The program also provides limited grant funding to patients that have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

MRH Foundation Manager Sara Redman commented, “The Pink Out for Cancer Clash committee was such a great group of people to work with and it was inspiring to see our communities come together to support our friends and neighbors in this cause. We’re pleased to have a program like B.C.U.P.S. available to Thumb Area residents and it’s made possible thanks to the generosity of our community.”

Marlette Regional Hospital’s CEO Dan Babcock accepted the check on behalf of the hospital. He is pictured with committee members (left to right) Neil Kohler, Kasey Trudeau, Sue Burton, Kendra Jickling, Steve Kohler, Aren Cooper, Brad Hale, Sarah Barratt, and Sara Redman. Not pictured are committee members Tony Burton, Garnett Kohler, Denny Lester, and Kurt Welchner.

For more information about the B.C.U.P.S. program, call 989-635-4012.

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, 254 sport physicals were provided by Dr. William Starbird (pictured right) and family nurse practitioner Anita Schierlinger. These local health providers presented a $1,270 check to North Branch High School Principal Mark Hiltunen at a home football game this past fall.

Marlette Regional Hospital’s CDM Earns Certificate of Advanced Learning

Marlette Regional Hospital’s CDM Earns Certificate of Advanced Learning ~

Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) extends congratulations to employee Nancy Mahaffy, a certified dietary manager of its nutritional services department, for completing the Association of Nutrition & Foodservices Professionals’ (ANFP) new, 30-hour continuing education course “Building on Medical Nutrition Therapy Basics.”
This online education course reinforces basic medical nutrition therapy principles and provides in-depth information on the science supporting medical nutrition therapy for various diseases and conditions.

As a certified dietary manager, Nancy plays a vital role in the delivery of health care services at Marlette Regional Hospital. In addition to daily operations of the department, Nancy collects and compiles nutrition data and alerts members of the interdisciplinary team about nutrition status and changes in the overall health of the patients we serve.
MRH Chef Bryan comments, “I am very proud of Nancy for her dedication to this hospital and our team by seeking out advanced education and training. Nancy has been with the hospital for nearly 40 years and has an extensive knowledge base in food and nutrition.”

Photo caption: MRH nutritional services department employee Nancy Mahaffy, CDM, CFPP displays a certificate of completion for the ANFP’s new continuing education course.

Mayville Family HealthCare Supports Local Athletes

Mayville 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, 95 sport physicals were provided by Dr. Maria Livieratos (pictured left) and physician assistant Darla Mays (pictured right). These local health providers recently presented a $475 check to Mayville Community Schools’ athletic director Mark Cooper.

McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital Receive McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital Receive National Recognition for Performance Leadership

McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital Receive McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital Receive National Recognition for Performance Leadership ~

McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, are pleased to share that they have been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in both quality and patient satisfaction, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“On this important day, as we celebrate the power of rural, it’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “These leaders serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for how to successfully run a hospital and serve their communities amidst today’s uncertainty and mounting pressures.”

About NOSORH
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, are pleased to share that they have been recognized by The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in both quality and patient satisfaction, reflecting top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the nation.

The rankings are determined each year using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“On this important day, as we celebrate the power of rural, it’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “These leaders serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for how to successfully run a hospital and serve their communities amidst today’s uncertainty and mounting pressures.”
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About NOSORH
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

Marlette Regional Hospital Pharmacy Receives ACHC Accreditation

Marlette Regional Hospital Pharmacy Receives ACHC Accreditation ~

Marlette, MI- Marlette Regional Hospital’s (MRH) pharmacy has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) Pharmacy Compounding Accreditation Board (PCAB) based on the results of an on-site evaluation of the pharmacy’s compounding practices.
The pharmacy’s manager, Leonard Ligeski, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the pharmacy’s commitment to quality, integrity, and compliance of PCAB standards.

The PCAB assesses pharmacies that compound medications for retail, hospital, mail order, and closed door operations. This includes the combining, mixing, or altering of drug ingredients to create patient-specific prescription medications.

PCAB accreditation in combination with the pharmacy’s commitment to compliance significantly reduces the risk associated with compounding medications and demonstrates a commitment to meeting the highest industry standards for quality and patient safety.
MRH Clinical Services Director Hilda Hebberd remarks, “On behalf of Marlette Regional Hospital, we’d like to congratulate our exceptional pharmacy staff for their dedication and commitment to quality and safety practices. Out of the 30+ Michigan hospitals that work with Pharmacy Systems Inc., we were the only one that received full accreditation on the first attempt.”

Please join Marlette Regional Hospital in congratulating Leonard Ligeski and his department staff Jake Cargill and Carol VanEtten for their exceptional efforts in assuring quality pharmacy services for patients throughout the Thumb Region!

More information about PCAB accreditation can be found at www.achc.org. For more information about Marlette Regional Hospital, please visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org or call 989-635-4000.

Pictured left to right is Carol VanEtten, Jake Cargill, and Leonard Ligeski of MRH’s pharmacy.

United Healthcare Partners Diabetes Education Program Welcomes New Coordinator

United Healthcare Partners Diabetes Education Program Welcomes New Coordinator ~

Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System, as affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, are pleased to announce that Melanie Campbell, RN, CDE is serving as the new coordinator for their diabetes education program.

Melanie has thirteen years of experience providing diabetes education services and is experienced in holistic nutritional services. Melanie received her nursing degree from St. Clair Community College and her CDE from the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. A familiar face to Marlette Regional Hospital and the Sandusky community, Melanie served as Marlette’s program coordinator for nearly a decade before transitioning to a casual basis to spend more time with her young family and work on their farm in Sandusky.

The diabetes self-management training program at Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System offers individualized assessments and classes that address topics like: understanding diabetes, managing blood glucose patterns, preventing complications, understanding how to balance diet and medications, managing hypoglycemia, meal planning, and how to read food labels. These consultations and classes are offered in Marlette and Sandusky.

The diabetes self-management education program is state and nationally certified, and aims to build relationships with those in our region living with diabetes; ultimately leading to blood glucose control, prevention of diabetes-related complications, and higher quality of life.

For more information, please call 989-635-4348.