Category Archives: News Release

MRH Welcomes New Doctor to Marlette Family HealthCare

MRH Welcomes New Doctor to Marlette Family HealthCare ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) welcomes the addition of board-certified family medicine physician Lillian Marzouq, MD to the medical staff. Dr. Marzouq has joined Dr. Jabir Akhtar, family nurse practitioner Shannon Cournaya, MSN, FNP-BC, and the staff of Marlette Family HealthCare.

Dr. Marzouq received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. She has practiced medicine for 20 years and her clinical interests include preventive medicine and adult medicine. Dr. Marzouq shares, “My approach to medicine is to provide the best possible care, educate patients about their health, and prevent future illness. My hope is to form lasting partnerships with my patients to keep them healthy as possible.”

Dr. Marzouq provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. Her services include, but are not limited to, allergy injections, blood draws for testing, men’s and women’s health care, immunizations, minor surgical procedures, adolescent care, preventive acute and chronic care, sports, school, employment and insurance physical exams, and routine office laboratory testing.

Marlette Family HealthCare will be hosting a Meet & Greet with Dr. Marzouq on Tuesday, May 14 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. in the MRH Seton Lobby. Ice cream floats will be served and (appropriate) beach attire is welcome to fit the theme. The community is welcome to stop in for a float and wish her a warm welcome to the Marlette community!

New patients are currently being accepted at Marlette Family HealthCare with same-day appointments available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 989-635-4104. Visit us and “Like” us on Facebook.

Dr. Lillian Marzouq is now serving patients at Marlette Family HealthCare.

Phyllis Liebler Named Hospice Volunteer of the Year

Phyllis Liebler Named Hospice Volunteer of the Year ~ United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital is pleased to announce that Phyllis Liebler of Brown City was recently honored as volunteer of the year during their annual Volunteer Appreciation Banquet.

Phyllis has been a volunteer for United Hospice Service since 2012. She voluntarily chooses to undertake a service or duty whether it be helping to provide care for patients at the Hospice Residence, helping train new volunteers, providing spiritual support or companionship to patients, and her efforts make a difference.

Throughout her tenure of service as a volunteer, Phyllis has generously supported patients in their end-of-life journey by working one day per week at the Hospice Residence in Marlette. If you’ve ever visited the Hospice Residence on a day when Phyllis is working, we are certain you were greeted with a welcoming smile. Phyllis goes the extra mile to make patients and families feel welcome. Phyllis also helps by visiting patients in long-term care and acute care settings at Marlette Regional Hospital when needed. Whether visiting for spiritual support or companionship, Phyllis’ warm manner is always appreciated by patients.

It was Phyllis’s warm manner and dedication to hospice that led her to receiving this special award. Please join us congratulating our volunteer of the year, Phyllis Liebler.

United Hospice Service volunteers who have received this honor in the past include: Thelma McKee, Norretta Darling, Val Benson, Paula Marshall, Joyce Frye, Diana Hutchinson, and Mike Hollenbeck, Pat Boegner, Geri Templin, Angie Krauth, and Patricia Chantiny.

For more information about United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital and volunteer opportunities, please call 800-635-7490 or visit www.marletteunitedhospice.org.

United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital recently honored Phyllis Liebler as the 2019 volunteer of the year. Pictured above with Phyllis (left) is Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Madelyn Huffman (right).

Certified Diabetes Self Management Program at MRH

Certified Diabetes Self Management Program ~ If you are diabetic and have set a goal to do all you can to improve your health in 2019 — this class series will help YOU in this process!

The Marlette Regional Hospital Diabetes Self-Management Program is State and Nationally Certified.

Our DSMT Class Series is taught by a registered nurse, certified diabetes educator, and registered dietitian.

The cost associated with DSMT 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, to RSVP, or for referral assistance.

Diabetes & Understanding Carbohydrates Class Coming to Marlette

Diabetes & Understanding Carbohydrates Class Coming to Marlette ~ The Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) program of Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) invites Thumb Area residents living with diabetes to join them for an Understanding Carbohydrates class coming up on May 20th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the MRH East Campus in Marlette. This class is intended for diabetic patients that have completed 10 hours of DSMT education.

MRH Diabetes Educator Melanie Campbell, RN, CDE shares, “Carbohydrates are an important part of everyone’s diet, especially when managing diabetes. Often my patients are confused about what they can eat, and ask if they should even eat carbs or cut out foods like potatoes, bread, and fruit. In this upcoming refresher class, we will be discussing the role of carbohydrates, what foods contain carbs, how to count them, and how to manage them when eating out.”

This class will be taught by a registered nurse and certified diabetes educator. The cost associated with DSMT programs and 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, to RSVP, or for referral assistance. A guest is welcome to attend with participants. For more information about Marlette Regional Hospital’s state- and nationally-certified program, please visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.

Photo: Melanie Campbell, RN, CDE

Register Today for the Annual Hospice Walk

Register Today for the Annual Hospice Walk ~ In an effort to support our local United Hospice Service program and ensure that hospice care is available to those in need, a group of exceptional volunteers are coordinating the annual Hospice Walk fundraiser. This fundraiser welcomes participants to pay tribute to their loved ones by walking in honor or in memory of someone special while supporting a worthy cause.

The Hospice Walk is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 in Marlette. Event registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Marlette Elementary School, located at 6230 Euclid Street. Participants can walk as little or as much as they would like on the beautiful outdoor walking trail, Gayle’s Trail, from 8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Recognition will be given to those who are being honored and memorialized by event supporters.

There are several opportunities for individuals and businesses to support this year’s Hospice Walk. Sponsorship levels are as follows: Walk Supporter is $25 and includes one walk fee and commemorative tee shirt; Pink Heart Sponsorship is $100 and includes a customized sign featuring the name of your loved one, one walk fee, and a tee shirt or sweatshirt; Red Heart Sponsorship is $300 and includes your business logo printed on event signage and tee shirts, one walk fee, and tee shirt or sweatshirt. Sponsorships should be received no later than April 26th to receive full recognition on event signage and tee shirts.

Businesses and individuals alike who would like to support United Hospice Service, but do not wish to participate in the Hospice Walk are welcome to give a monetary donation in support of this year’s event. All proceeds raised through this fundraiser help hospice patients and families in our local communities.

For more information about United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital or to register for the Hospice Walk, please call 800-635-7490 or visit www.marletteunitedhospice.org.

MRH Environmental Services Team Achieves 6 Months 100% Patient Satisfaction for Cleanliness

MRH Environmental Services Team Achieves 6 Months 100% Patient Satisfaction for Cleanliness ~ Marlette Regional Hospital’s environmental services staff are shining stars in our overall delivery of care at Marlette Regional Hospital! The environmental services team recently achieved 6 months of 100% patient satisfaction for room cleanliness based upon patient survey responses generated by Arbor & Associates. Pictured below is (front row, left to right) Sarah Mills, Jennifer McClatchie, Ana Daughtry, Brenda Martinez, Mary Hicks, Michelle Moore, Mary Miller, (back row, left to right) Larry Gerstenberger, Barb Morse, Patti Baize, Deb Chard, Rebecca Pine, and Environmental Services Manager Penny Kasdorf.

Marlette Regional Hospital Honors Employees for Years of Service

Marlette Regional Hospital Honors Employees for Years of Service ~ Each year, Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) hosts an Employee Appreciation Banquet to honor exceptional employees that have dedicated many hours of service to the organization. At this year’s banquet held on March 23rd in Imlay City, MRH recognized employees that have given a combined 688 years of service—a remarkable amount of service time!

Each day, MRH marvels at the wonderful care our staff provides to our patients and residents, and MRH extends its thanks to these employees for the years of service and dedication that they have given for the betterment of the organization and for the people in our communities.

Honored for three years of service were the following employees: Dr. Sarah Albers, Jamie Boyd, Danyel Bullock, Tamara Hajdo, Kimberley James, Robin Lee, Lisa Light-Abrego, Courtney Locke, Drema McClelland, Jenna Muxlow, Michelle Russell, Emily Tracy, Megan Webb, and Amanda Whitney.

Employees honored for five years of service included: Karen Anklam, Cecil Byrnes, Shelli Greschaw, Ilene Hayes, and Dr. Daniel Kulick.

Honored for ten years of service were the following employees: Michelle Bodmer, Debra Duvall, Andrea Herron, Linda Haebler, Linda Klimek, Luann Long, Trisha Ludescher, Brenda Martinez, Crystal Moralee, Julie McCracken, and Michelle Robertson.

Employees honored for fifteen years of service were: Michelle Bruman, Jacob Cargill, Annette Fromwiller, Bryan Gawlas, Mary Johnson, and Kimberly Verellen, PA-C.

Honored for twenty years of service were the following employees: Daniel Babcock, Andrea Brecht, Jennifer Burns, Donald Cameron, Doug Fox, Brenda Harneck, Debora Kiley, Jody McNary, Rebecca Vislosky, and Lisa Wilhelmsen.
Honored for twenty-five years of service were: Lane Chapin, Marty Kelly, Bonnie Pannill, Joyce Podvin, and Carol VanEtten.
Honored for thirty years of service was employee Laura Bigelow.

Honored for forty-five years of service was employee Shellie Bliss.
Retirees that were honored included Cynthia Baker, Dr. Lawrence Holen, Thomas O’Connor, Bobbi Silverthorn, Teresa Tetreau, and Michele Torrey.

For more information about Marlette Regional Hospital and career opportunities, please visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org. To view all photos from this year’s banquet, “Like” us on Facebook.


Photo: Marlette Regional Hospital recently hosted an Employee Appreciation Banquet honoring staff that have given many hours of service to the organization and to our communities. Pictured above are employees that were honored for twenty years of service (left to right), Dan Babcock, Jennifer Burns, Deb Kiley, Don Cameron, Andrea Brecht, Jody McNary, Rebecca Vislosky, Brenda Harneck, and Doug Fox.

Coaches Sports Summit A Success!

Coaches Sports Summit A Success! ~The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation enjoyed participation from over 70 Thumb Area coaches representing ten school systems in Sanilac, Tuscola, and Lapeer Counties at the Coaches Sports Summit event recently held at Brown City High School.

This educational event was free to attend and was designed to assist area coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, and athletic directors in training healthy athletes and preventing sports-related injuries. Attendees listened to keynote speaker Matt Walters, EMT-P, MRH EMS Manager, who shared information about injuries on the field and what to expect when EMS is on-site. Sergeant Steve McKenney and Deputy Phil Deacons of the Sanilac County Drug Task Force also shared information about street drugs, vaping, and trends in marijuana as it relates to area teens. Break-out sessions were provided by Dr. Michael Smith of MRH’s Therapy Services who demonstrated stretching techniques and best practices, as well as Hannah Boyle who shared information about student athlete nutrition.

The Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation would like to thank and recognize the following groups/businesses for their support of this event: Ben’s Supercenter (Brown City), Brown City Community Schools, Culligan Water Conditioning, Dollar General (Marlette), Gordon Food Services, and the Marlette Regional Hospital nutritional services department.
For more information about Marlette Regional Hospital and upcoming events, visit us online at www.marletteregionalhospital.org. Check out the event photos on Marlette Regional Hospital’s Facebook page.

Marlette Regional Hospital Expands Inpatient Therapy Services

Marlette Regional Hospital Expands Inpatient Therapy Services ~ Marlette Regional Hospital is pleased to share that their inpatient therapy services have recently expanded with the addition of the TRAN-SIT® car transfer training unit.
TRAN-SIT® features true-to-life vehicle components like functional doors, bench seating, tilt steering wheel, pedals and wheelchair-accessible loading space. The equipment is designed to provide a safe and convenient alternative to parking lot car transfer training sessions for patients with limited mobility due to an injury, surgery or illness.

Dr. Michael Smith, PT/AT/DPT shares, “This functional car transfer training unit is a valuable addition to Marlette Regional Hospital’s already stellar inpatient therapy services as it allows for acute care and swing bed physical therapy patients to practice the necessary skill of car transfers before discharge from the hospital while also allowing occupational therapy patients to work on fine and gross motor planning/coordination skills specific to driving activities.”
Dr. Jennifer Dral, PT/DPT adds, “I am excited to keep my patients involved in the community activities important to them. This tool will allow me to more confidently train them to safely transfer in and out of a vehicle and remain on the go.”
For more information about Marlette Regional Hospital’s therapy services, please call 989-635-4350.


Dr. Jennifer Dral, PT/DPT is pictured with swing bed patient Gerald Green using the new TRAN-SIT® car transfer training unit at Marlette Regional Hospital.

Dr. Jennifer Dral, PT/DPT (left) and UofM-Flint student Jordyn Rasmussen display Marlette Regional Hospital’s new TRAN-SIT® car transfer training unit housed within Marlette Regional Hospital’s inpatient therapy services.

Six Hospitals Announce Formation of Covenant Regional Thumb Network (CRTN)

Six Hospitals Announce Formation of Covenant Regional Thumb Network (CRTN) ~ The Covenant Regional Thumb Network (CRTN), a network of six independent hospitals, is pleased to announce its formation. The network is composed of Covenant HealthCare, located in Saginaw, and five critical access hospitals located throughout Michigan’s Thumb area including Deckerville Community Hospital, Harbor Beach Community Hospital, Hills & Dales General Hospital, Marlette Regional Hospital, and Scheurer Health. While CRTN formed in late 2018, these hospitals have been working together for more than a decade to ensure quality healthcare is available to patients in the Thumb.

Having an independent relationship with Covenant allows for a streamlined flow of resources and services that might not be available outside of a major metropolitan area. The partnership enables patients to choose a hospital close to home that best fits their needs while utilizing the capabilities and strengths of CRTN. Instead of losing their local hospital to an acquisition by a large hospital conglomerate, the Thumb communities have strengthened local hospitals.

The relationship among the Covenant Regional Thumb Network ensures that Thumb communities have an independent hospital close to home that they can continue to depend on for quality care. It provides the assurance that if there is a need for more advanced procedures, the appropriate care is delivered through the coordinated relationship that the Thumb hospitals have with Covenant.