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Drug Use & Abuse Lunch & Learn ~ Please RSVP

Drug Use & Abuse Lunch & Learn ~ Please RSVP ~ Knowledge is power. Having some awareness about the prevalence of drug use and abuse in your own community and the resources available can help deter you or your loved ones from becoming a statistic.
“Drug Use and Abuse in Our Community” will be the topic of a Community Lunch & Learn at Marlette Regional Hospital on Tuesday, November 7th from noon to 1 p.m. Deputy Kravitsky from the Sanilac Drug Task Force, Marlette Police Chief Brian McGinnis, and Sanilac County Families Against Narcotics (FAN) President Jamie Foster will be the guest presenters for this community forum. This event is free to attend and a healthy lunch will be served.
Community Lunch & Learn is a new 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.

Yee-Haw, Get Your Dancing Shoes for the Harvest Hoedown!

Yee-Haw, Get Your Dancing Shoes for the Harvest Hoedown! ~

Do you ever wish there were local events that offered a night of fun, clean entertainment like there was “back in day”? Well, wish no further because the Marlette Hospital Auxiliary will be serving up just what you’ve been looking for!
Yee-haw, get your tickets today for the Harvest Hoedown Celebration featuring country music artist Stone Cold, dinner, dancing, a cash bar, prize drawings, and much more! This event will take place on Saturday, November 4th with doors opening at 6 p.m. at the North Branch American Legion Hall. Attending this event may require dusting off your old dancing shoes, but it will definitely be worth the while having fun and supporting a great cause as all proceeds benefit the Auxiliary’s special projects fund at Marlette Regional Hospital.
Tickets are available in advance for $45 each at the Marlette Regional Hospital front desk and their family health care office locations in Brown City, Kingston, Mayville, and North Branch. Tickets will be available at the door the evening of the event for $50 each. For those bringing their own entourage, a table for 8 people is $40 per ticket.
For more information, please contact Marlette Hospital Auxiliary members Carleen Foster at 989-635-2277 or Rosann Clark at 810-441-7208. We hope to see you there!

Hog Town Inc. Donations to Local Hospice Exceed $150K

Hog Town Inc. Donations to Local Hospice Exceed $150K ~ Following the 13th 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 $17,000!

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 $155,000 to the hospice program. These funds are used to assist United Hospice Service in providing care to terminally-ill patients and their families regardless of insurance coverage. 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.

Hope Lutheran Benefit Concert Slated for October 15th

Hope Lutheran Benefit Concert Slated for October 15th ~ The 7th annual United Hospice Service Benefit Concert presented by Hope Lutheran Church and surrounding area churches is slated for Sunday, October 15th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The concert will be held at Hope Lutheran Church located at 2510 Juhl Road in Marlette.
The public is invited to attend and enjoy beautiful musical performances by local artists. A light lunch will be served and all free will donations will benefit United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital.
For more information, call 989-635-3055.

Abigail Kaufman Awarded MRH Nursing Scholarship

Abigail Kaufman Awarded MRH Nursing Scholarship ~
Each year, the Nurse Practice Council of Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) offers a scholarship opportunity to MRH employees pursuing a nursing degree or additional nursing certification.
This year’s $500 scholarship recipient was Abigail Kaufman of the acute care unit. Abigail has been an employee at MRH for over a year and currently works as a competency evaluated nursing assistant (CENA) in the acute care unit. Abigail is currently pursuing her nursing degree at St. Clair Community College and expects to graduate in May 2019. Coworkers have commented, “Abigail is an outstanding example of the mission, vision, and values of Marlette Regional Hospital. She is kind, caring, and compassionate to patients and coworkers alike.”
The Nurse Practice Council would like to thank all of the applicants for this year’s scholarship and invite you to join them in congratulating Abigail for her commitment to providing exceptional patient care at MRH.
This scholarship is funded through the MRH Nightingale Fund, which was founded to support children’s education in the community as well as support nursing education at MRH.

Photo: Pictured above is Marlette Regional Hospital’s scholarship winner Abigail Kaufman (left) with Nurse Practice Council Chairperson Becky Cox (right).

Dillinger Ride Supports United Hospice Service

Dillinger Ride Supports United Hospice Service ~ Port Hope, MI ~ The annual Dillinger Ride sponsored by The Inn Between Saloon, owned and operated by Jayne and Bob Click of Port Hope, raised $3,690 to support United Hospice Service (UHS) of Marlette Regional Hospital and ABATE Region 7. This annual fundraiser took place on Saturday, May 27th.

The event was established thirteen years ago as a memorial tribute to the life of Jim (Dillinger) Friedland. Since Jim was a patient of hospice, his parents Willet and Joyce Friedland, along with family, friends and the saloon, decided to honor him by helping to support other patients and families receiving hospice care. The continued support and annual donations raised through the Dillinger Ride help to ensure that the best hospice care is available to patients and their families throughout the Thumb region.
The Dillinger Ride is held each year on the Saturday before Memorial Day at the Inn Between Saloon in Port Hope. For more information about United Hospice Service, please call 800-635-7490 or visit

Photo: Motorcycle enthusiasts from near and far gathered at The Inn Between Saloon in Port Hope, MI for the annual Dillinger Ride on May 27th. Pictured above, ABATE Region 7 Chairman Tim Polk (right) presents United Hospice Service representative Becky Heminger with a donation for the hospice program.

Mark Your Calendar for the Pink Out for Cancer Clash September 29th

~ Mark Your Calendar for the Pink Out for Cancer Clash September 29th ~
The long-standing rivalry among athletes of Marlette and Brown City schools will surely continue into the 2017-18 academic year as their varsity football teams face off on Friday, September 29th in Brown City. The Pink Out for Cancer Clash is the name of the game and its purpose is to raise awareness about cancer.

A group of exceptional community volunteers, representing both communities, have worked hard over the past few months to coordinate and gain community support of this event. Proceeds from the event will support Marlette Regional Hospital’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 has recently expanded to provide full or partial financial assistance to those who qualify and need additional testing services like diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, and biopsies.

Many area businesses are supporting this event by way of sponsorship, and there are opportunities still available. Area residents can support this event by purchasing a Pink Out for Cancer tee shirt for $15 that also serves as their ticket into the game. Tee shirts are available for purchase at Marlette Regional Hospital, Kohler Oil & Propane, Tri-County Bank (Marlette and Brown City), Marlette Community Schools, and Brown City Community Schools.
The game is scheduled to kick-off at 7 p.m. on Friday the 29th at the Brown City football field. A tailgate will commence just prior to the game starting around 4 p.m. catered by Brower Farms.

For more information about this event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kasey at Kohler Oil & Propane at 810-346-2820, Kendra at Tri-County Bank at 989-635-3320, or contact Sara at Marlette Regional Hospital at 989-635-4012.

Like Cars Need An Oil Change, Men Need a Health Tune Up

~ Like Cars Need An Oil Change, Men Need a Health Tune Up ~
Serving up fresh food from the grill, muscle cars, and vital health information, nearly 100 men and women joined the Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation and Russ Kraft for the Total Tune Up Men’s Health Fair & Classic Car Show hosted by Kraft Service Center in Marlette on August 10, 2017.

In addition to perusing the variety of classic and special interest cars, attendees enjoyed a delicious meal grilled by MRH’s Chef Bryan and staff, free PSA screenings sponsored by the P.C.U.P.S. Foundation, additional free and reduced rate health screenings, and a keynote presentation by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Kosiur of United Orthopedics.
The MRH Foundation would like to thank and recognize the following groups for their support of this event: AccuQuest Hearing Centers, Caring Heart Health Clinic, Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine and their medical students, Community Mental Health (Sanilac County), Greater Thumb Eye Care, MRH Diabetes Education Services, P.C.U.P.S. Foundation, and Summit 24-7 Fitness.

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Photo: Rob Lentz of Summit 24/7 Fitness (Marlette) was one of many vendors providing health information and resources available in our area.

Hospitals Partner to Provide Over 500 Heart Screenings to Area Teens

~ Hospitals Partner to Provide Over 500 Heart Screenings to Area Teens ~ Over 500 of Michigan’s Thumb Area teens ages 13 to 19 received free heart health checks offered by Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, thanks to a unique partnership with the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, Hurley Children’s Hospital, and Flint Cardiovascular Consultants, PC.

This special program developed by Hurley Children’s Hospital offered an in-depth, noninvasive heart screening that included a medical history, blood pressure check, and an electrocardiogram (EKG). An echocardiogram (ECHO) screening was also performed if needed. The screening looked for evidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a serious condition that can cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes as well as in students engaging in physical activity or exercise.

Between a one-day offering at Sandusky Community Schools and a month-long screening opportunity at Marlette Regional Hospital, a total of 525 teens were screened representing 38 school districts including some colleges and universities. The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation challenged the local school districts to encourage their students to take advantage of this opportunity and awarded an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the school with the highest attendance between the two screening events. At the August 28th school board meeting for North Branch Area Schools, Superintendent Jim Fish was presented with an AED device for sending over 100 students from their district to these screening events.

The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation has spearheaded the screening of more than 2,500 students throughout the State of Michigan and are devoted to helping teens and families detect underlying heart conditions that often go undetected through routine health check-ups. The next free teen heart health check event is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fenton High School. Interested teens and families can register by calling 810-262-7123, option #1 or visit

Photo: North Branch Superintendent Jim Fish (left) was recently presented with a portable AED device from representatives of the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation (TSMF) and Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH), left to right, TSMF VP Jonathan Smith, MRH Foundation and Marketing Manager Sara Redman, TSMF President Mary Smith, MRH Cardiopulmonary Services Manager Katrina Pandrea Moorehead, and TSMF Treasurer Jacob Smith.

Hannah Wolfe Residence and United Hospice Residence Open Houses

Hannah Wolfe Residence and United Hospice Residence Open Houses, Thursday, September 21, 2017, 2-6 p.m. ~ Marlette.
The public is invited to attend this joint open house event featuring the newly renovated Hannah Wolf Residence common areas and the beautiful United Hospice Service Residence located on the Marlette Regional Hospital main campus at 2770 Main Street in Marlette. This event is open to the public and no rsvp is required. Refreshments will be served.