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Give Blood and Save Lives on August 2

Give Blood and Save Lives on August 2 ~ 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, August 2nd 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 http://www.redcrossblood.org, sponsor code: MarletteHospital or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. This blood drive is sponsored by the Marlette Hospital Auxiliary.

Charlie’s Angels Quilting Group Donates 1,000th Quilt to Hospice

Charlie’s Angels Quilting Group Donates 1,000th Quilt to Hospice ~ A group of women from Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties—Charlie’s Angels Quilting Group—recently made their 1,000th donation of hand-made quilts to United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital.

Brenda Miller of Bad Axe organized this quilting group in 2010 after her brother, Charlie, passed away in the Hospice Residence located in Marlette. She and her family were touched to receive her brother’s quilt, and she became motivated to help support and provide to this cause. Every quilt donated by this group has been unique in both color and pattern, and each is labeled, “May this blanket bring you peace and comfort.”

It is tradition at United Hospice Service to gift a special, hand-crafted quilt to their patients receiving hospice care at home or at the Hospice Residence in Marlette. These quilts provide a little extra comfort and warmth to patients in their time of need, and are later passed on to provide peace and comfort to the grieving family.

United Hospice Service Director Shelli Greschaw, RN, BSN states, “These quilts are so unique and appreciated by our patients and their families. This group of dedicated ladies have such big hearts and we thank them for their continued support of our hospice program.”

United Hospice Service provides end-of-life care to residents of Sanilac, Huron, St. Clair, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties. For more information about UHS, please contact 800-635-7490 or visit www.marletteunitedhospice.org.

Photo caption: Pictured: United Hospice Service staff pose with Brenda Miller, her family, and members of Charlie’s Angels Quilting Group. Pictured above left to right is John Carlson and Shelli Greschaw of United Hospice Service, Terry Kiehl, Shirley Scott, Heidi Miller, Pam Kern, Sharron Hartwick, Brenda Miller, and Deb Schell and Rennae McKenney of United Hospice Service. There are 17 additional quilt members not pictured.

Safe Sitter® Courses Offered August 1st and August 8th

Safe Sitter® Courses Offered in Marlette ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) is offering two Safe Sitter® courses in the month of August for students in grades 6th through 8th to prepare them for watching younger siblings or children they are babysitting. These instructor-led classes are scheduled for Wednesday, August 1st and Wednesday, August 8th from 3 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Marlette Regional Hospital. Children from all school systems are welcome to attend this course.

These one-day Safe Sitter® Basic Courses will cover a variety of topics and will feature fun games and role-playing exercises. Students will even get to use manikins to practice rescue skills like choking rescue and CPR. To successfully complete the Safe Sitter® program, students must pass a practical and written test to demonstrate a mastery of the concepts and skills necessary to handle an emergency.

Class fees are $10/student and a sack lunch is suggested. Pre-registration is required. For more information about the Safe Sitter® program or to register your child, please contact Brooke Stafford at 989-635-4002 or bstafford@mrhcares.org. Space is limited.

Brown City Days Memorial 5K Walk/Run a Success

Brown City Days Memorial 5K Walk/Run a Success ~ Over 100 Thumb Area 5K enthusiasts from near and far headed to Brown City on June 9th to take part in the 5th annual Dr. Michael Ogboh Memorial Walk/Run sponsored by Marlette Regional Hospital. Within the first 20 minutes of the race, first place runner for the men’s division was Danny Jones who crossed the finish line with a time of 18:35 followed by first place female division runner Alesia Johnson with a time of 25:17. Race proceeds totaled $3,000 for United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital. Marlette Regional Hospital is grateful for the on-going support of our local community to help commemorate the life of Dr. Ogboh.


Pictured above are first place winners Danny Jones and Alesia Johnson.


Pictured above are family members of the late Dr. Michael Ogboh.

Dillinger Ride Supports UHS with $1,459

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 $1,459 to support United Hospice Service (UHS) of Marlette Regional Hospital and ABATE Region 7. This annual fundraiser took place on Saturday, May 26th.

The event was established fourteen 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 www.marletteunitedhospice.org.

Photo caption: Motorcycle enthusiasts from near and far gathered at The Inn Between Saloon in Port Hope, MI for the annual Dillinger Ride on May 26th. Pictured above, Mary Anne Carder (left) and Dick and Judy Wallace (right) present United Hospice Service representative Madelyn Huffman with a donation for the hospice program.

Retirement Celebration for Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Lawrence D. Holen ~ June 20th 1:30-3 P.M.

Marlette, MI ~ Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Lawrence D. Holen will be retiring from his practice on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Dr. Holen has been a valued and respected member of Marlette Regional Hospital’s Medical Staff for over 13 years. He will be greatly missed by the hundreds of patients from the thumb area who benefited from his expertise; by his many colleagues who valued his skills; and by the employees of Marlette Regional Hospital who appreciated his kind demeanor and his sense of humor.

The public is invited to attend a Retirement Celebration in his honor on Wednesday, June 20th from 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. held in the Seton Cancer Institute Lobby at Marlette Regional Hospital, 2770 Main Street, Marlette, Michigan. Please join the staff, friends and family in wishing him all the best in his next adventure! Light Refreshments will be served.

MRH Heartbeat Annual Report Newsletter, Summer 2018

Heartbeat Annual Report Newsletter, Summer 2018 ~ Our Heartbeat newsletter is an annual publication that shares information about our hospital finances and services, Community Benefits report, Foundation outreach activities, new providers and services, noteworthy patient stories, and recognition of our philanthropic partners.

We hope you will enjoy this year’s edition!

Heartbeat Annual Report – Summer 2018

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Open House for New Family Nurse Practitioner on June 8th

Open House for New Family Nurse Practitioner on June 8th ~ Marlette Regional Hospital and the staff of Family HealthCare of Brown City invites you to join them for an open house and light refreshments on Friday, June 8th from 2 – 4 p.m. to welcome board certified family nurse practitioner Margaret Marth, MSN, FNP-BC to the medical staff team. Margaret has joined Dr. Daniel Kulick, physician assistant Kimberly Verellen, and the staff of Family HealthCare of Brown City located at 4472 Main Street in Brown City.

Margaret 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, well child care, preventive acute and chronic care, sports, school, employment and insurance physical exams, and routine office laboratory testing.

Margaret is accepting new patients of all ages with same-day appointments available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 810-346-2751. Visit and “Like” us on Facebook.

CMU Medical Students Partner with Providers in Sanilac & Lapeer Counties

CMU Medical Students Partner with Providers in Sanilac & Lapeer Counties ~ Medical students from Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine (CMED) have begun their third year of study practicing in Sanilac and Lapeer Counties as a result of a partnership with McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners. CMED has a strong desire to provide a sustainable supply of highly-trained physicians to underserved regions of Michigan and the Midwest.

On July 3rd, McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital will warmly welcome four CMU medical students to their facilities and communities. These students 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. Marlette and McKenzie are two of many CCC sites in the state working in partnership with CMED, and this is their fourth year hosting students.

At Marlette Regional Hospital, Antonela Muca of Warren, MI will work in partnership with Dr. Jabir Akhtar in Marlette serving patients’ family health care needs. Antonela completed her undergraduate studies at Wayne State University and earned a degree in biology. Her interests include reading, running, volleyball, watching movies and spending time with family.

Additionally, Marlette Regional Hospital will welcome Brandon Govan of Royal Oak, MI to work in partnership with Dr. William Starbird in North Branch serving patients’ family health care needs. Brandon completed his undergraduate studies at Grand Valley State University and earned a degree in biomedical sciences. His interests include working out, reading, outdoor activities and motorcycles.

At McKenzie Health System, Mason Geno of Essexville, MI will work in partnership with Dr. Mark English in Port Sanilac serving patients’ family health care needs. Mason completed his undergraduate studies at Oakland University and earned a degree in biomedical sciences. His interests include reading, video and board games, exercising and skiing.

McKenzie Health System will also welcome Adam Sobilo of Rochester Hills, MI to work in partnership with Dr. Mark English in Port Sanilac serving patients’ family health care needs. Adam completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and earned a degree in biophysics. His interests include automobiles, martial arts, cooking, exercising and playing piano.

These students will work in partnership with McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital through November 2018.

Please join us in welcoming these students to our communities!

MRH Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner to Brown City Practice

MRH Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner to Brown City Practice ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) welcomes the addition of board certified family nurse practitioner Margaret Marth, MSN, FNP-BC to the medical staff. Margaret has joined Dr. Daniel Kulick, physician assistant Kimberly Verellen, and the staff of Family HealthCare of Brown City.

Margaret received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wayne State University of Detroit, MI and received her advanced nurse practitioner certification from Maryville University of St. Louis, MO. Margaret has been in the healthcare field for nearly 30 years. She began her career working as a paramedic, then transitioned to a medical assistant, phlebotomist, nurse tech, registered nurse and, most recently, a family nurse practitioner.

Margaret shares, “I love practicing medicine in rural settings because patients are genuine and grateful. My patients would say that I am down to earth and straight forward in my care approach. I work to educate and motivate my patients so they can take control of their health and wellbeing.”
Margaret 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, well child care, preventive acute and chronic care, sports, school, employment and insurance physical exams, and routine office laboratory testing.

New patients are currently being accepted at Family HealthCare of Brown City with same-day appointments available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 810-346-2751. Visit us online at www.marletteregionalhospital.org or “Like” us on Facebook.

Photo: Margaret Marth, MSN, FNP-BC is now serving patients in Brown City.