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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, 104 sport physicals were provided by physician assistant Darla Mays (left) and Dr. Maria Livieratos (right).

These local health providers recently presented a $520 check to Mayville Community Schools’ Athletic Director Mark Cooper.

MRH Employees Donate Thanksgiving Dinners to 10 Thumb Area Families

MRH Employees Donate Thanksgiving Dinners to 10 Thumb Area Families ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) is thankful for our Thumb Region residents that support our local hospital, so we wanted to give back to our communities as we approach the holiday season.

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday, employees of Marlette Regional Hospital rallied to collect dinner items for 10 local families in Brown City, Kingston, Marlette, Mayville, and North Branch. MRH partnered with local schools to identify families with school-aged children and deliveries were made to the schools for family pick-up Thanksgiving week. In addition to turkeys, hams, desserts, and side dishes for a holiday meal, many employees donated traditional food items as well.

From our MRH family to yours, we wish our Thumb Region communities a blessed holiday season!


Pictured above, Linda Bush (center, left) and Marie Stanczak (right) present food items to Mayville Community Schools.

Pictured above, Sara Redman, Ashley McGuire, and Madelyn Huffman (left to right) present food donations to Kingston Community Schools.

Pictured above, Sandy Starbird and CMU medical student Brandon Govan present food items to North Branch Area Schools.

Pictured above are representatives from Marlette Community Schools accepting the food donation for Marlette families.

One Patient’s Story: With Hospice, You Don’t Feel Alone

One Patient’s Story: With Hospice, You Don’t Feel Alone ~ Leo Sullivan is 86 years old, and up until most recently, is very independent. Born and raised in Marlette, Leo was married for 58 years, raised five children—one of which has carried on their family tradition of farming—and has ten grandchildren. Leo has a lot of family support. The only thing that seems to be slowing Leo down is his congestive heart failure and his oxygen dependency that he requires 24/7.

“Dad was always so independent, so it’s been hard for him to transition with his limited mobility,” shares his son and daughter, Dan Sullivan and Wendy Lefler. “Dad got sick and was in the hospital in Marlette, but he rallied and we wanted him to be comfortable at home close to family, so we called hospice. It was overwhelming at first, but they (hospice) took the bull by the horns and made the transition easy. They were fast to facilitate equipment needs and we needed the extra care. They jumped right in to help make it a routine,” adds Dan.

“Amanda is a super sweetheart,” shares Leo, “and Curt tells it like it is,” he adds chuckling. “The care I’ve received has been delightful.” Amanda and Curt are his hospice home health aide and nurse, respectively, and they visit Leo on a weekly basis to ensure he is comfortable and has everything he needs. Dan added, “Curt is very responsive; he comes out right away.”

Leo has also used the Hospice Residence in Marlette for respite care. Respite care is temporary care provided to caregivers for their loved ones receiving hospice care. The Hospice Residence has 24/7 nurse coverage and dependent loved ones can stay up to 5 nights per month. “The Residence was swell for respite care, and the girls there are super nice,” shares Leo. Wendy adds, “They pampered him, took good care of him, he felt secure, and it was a beautiful facility.”

Leo and Dan shares, “It’s been a new chapter, but hospice was the way to go. With hospice, you don’t feel alone.”

Photo: Leo was recently featured on area billboards with his hospice home health aide Amanda.

B.C.U.P.S. Grant Fund Testimonial

B.C.U.P.S. Grant Fund Testimonial ~ Jen Pingel of Brown City, MI decided at age 40 to get her first mammogram screening. Age 40 is the recommended age to begin screening for breast cancer, and it was an instinctual decision in light of her boss and friend both getting recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Jen did not have any symptoms and neither her mother or grandmother had breast cancer, so she wasn’t aware of any increased risk that she would be subject to—she just decided to get screened. Jen’s initial mammogram looked suspicious, so she went on for further testing where a biopsy determined Jen had breast cancer. She was shocked.

As an active working mother of a young teen, Jen’s family and friends provided an immense level of support to help her through a “roller coaster of emotions,” Jen remarks, as she progressed to have a lumpectomy and radiation treatment. Thankfully, Jen’s cancer was caught early enough that it had not progressed further, and her most recent mammogram was clear.

Upon diagnosis, Jen’s mother, Robin, shared information about the B.C.U.P.S. program at Marlette Regional Hospital. B.C.U.P.S. provides grant funding to patients with breast cancer. Jen was a B.C.U.P.S. grant recipient and was able to use the monetary support however she needed it most.

Jen’s advice to other women is to put modesty and embarrassment aside and get an annual mammogram screening. As in Jen’s case, early detection is vitally important and it saved her life.

Polk Salad Annie’s Donates $1,600 to United Hospice Service

Polk Salad Annie’s Donates $1,600 to United Hospice Service ~ A relatively new music hub in the Thumb Area, Polk Salad Annie’s of Brown City, recently made a $1,600 donation to United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital following their fall fundraisers. Polk Salad Annie’s is a family-friendly, open mic musician club that also offers lessons and a recording studio. They also host highly-rated cover artists for Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline.

Pictured, Polk Salad Annie’s owner Michele Cyphers (left) presented the donation to United Hospice Service Director Shelli Greschaw, RN, BSN (right). Check them out on Facebook for upcoming performances including Christmas with Frank Sinatra starring Gary Dixon on December 7th!

Sit Comfortably Thanks to Marlette Hospital Auxiliary Donation

Sit Comfortably Thanks to Marlette Hospital Auxiliary Donation ~Through various fundraising efforts throughout the year, the Marlette Hospital Auxiliary is able to purchase needed equipment and furnishings for Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) that enhance the patient and visitor experience. Among some of the Auxiliary’s most recent donations, new waiting room furnishings were generously presented to the MRH Specialty HealthCare suites. Marlette Regional Hospital is grateful for the Auxiliary’s tireless dedication and support of our hospital and the patients we have the privilege to serve.


Pictured: The MRH Auxiliary’s most recent donation are Auxilians (right to left) Carleen Foster, Judy Hostetler, Billie DeWolf, and Gerry Smith with Specialty HealthCare Manager Julie McCracken (left).

Sandusky TOPS Chapter Raise Funds for B.C.U.P.S. Program

Sandusky TOPS Chapter Raise Funds for B.C.U.P.S. Program ~ In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Sandusky TOPS Chapter #1669 hosted a month-long donation drive among their twenty members to present the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation with a check for $147 to benefit the B.C.U.P.S. (Breast Cancer Understanding, Prevention and Screenings) program at Marlette Regional Hospital.

The B.C.U.P.S. program is in place to financially assist patients in acquiring important screening mammograms and diagnostic testing services such as a diagnostic mammogram, breast ultrasound, or an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. For patients that have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are currently undergoing treatment, B.C.U.P.S. provides grant funding and applicants are eligible to reapply for funding every 6 months. Grant funding is available to residents of Sanilac, Tuscola, Lapeer, and Huron Counties based upon current program funding.

Patients that do not have health insurance coverage or those who are underinsured (limitations with coverage, large out-of-pocket deductible, younger than age criteria for screening, etc.) may qualify for screening and testing services through the B.C.U.P.S. program.

Marlette Regional Hospital extends its sincere thanks to the Sandusky TOPS Chapter #1669 for supporting this worthy cause and patients in our local communities!

Chelsea Measel Awarded MRH Nursing Scholarship

Chelsea Measel Awarded MRH Nursing Scholarship ~ Each year, Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH)’s ∑3 Nursing Team—the Knight ‘n’ Gales—offers a scholarship opportunity to MRH employees pursuing a nursing degree or additional nursing certification.

This year’s $500 scholarship recipient was Chelsea Measel. Chelsea has been part of the MRH team for over a year and currently works as a medical assistant at Marlette Family HealthCare. Chelsea is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree and plans to pursue further education to become a physician assistant. Chelsea’s supervisor shares, “Chelsea is passionate in her role at Marlette Regional Hospital and excels in her work. I am confident that Chelsea will achieve whatever goals are put in front of her.”

The Knight ‘n’ Gales 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.


Marlette Regional Hospital’s scholarship winner Chelsea Measel (right) with 2018 Nurse of the Year Michele McKenney (left).

Tree of Shining Love 30th Anniversary

Tree of Shining Love 30th Anniversary ~ The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation is pleased to announce their 30th annual Tree of Shining Love event taking place now through December 31, 2018.

The Tree of Shining Love event provides a unique, annual opportunity for the general public to pay special tribute, in honor/memory, to people in their lives. In doing so, participants will support a worthy cause that will strengthen the quality of health care services provided to patients at Marlette Regional Hospital.

Proceeds from this year’s event will help fund a first impressions exterior upgrade project at Marlette Regional Hospital and our rural health clinics in Brown City, Kingston, Mayville and North Branch (see description in section above).

In addition to those honored by staff and the general public, this year’s Tree of Shining Love event and ceremony will pay special tribute to our Rural Health Community—People, Places, Services. Those honored and memorialized will be recognized in a special presentation at the Tree of Shining Love Ceremony Sunday, December 2nd, in local newspapers, and on Sanilac Broadcasting during the holiday season. Supporters are welcome to submit photos of those they are honoring for the ceremony presentation.

If area businesses are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please contact the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation office at 989-635-4011 or 989-635-4012. All contributions are tax deductible.

Download this year’s Tree of Shining Love tribute form TSL Form

Kingswood Outfield Bar & Grill Donates to United Hospice Service

Kingswood Outfield Bar & Grill Donates to United Hospice Service ~ A local Kingston business recently donated a charitable contribution to United Hospice Service (UHS) of Marlette Regional Hospital. Over the course of many months, the Kingswood Outfield Bar & Grill has hosted a very popular Summer Bike Night to benefit the Thumb Region’s local hospice program.

Owner Lisa Werner comments, “We are happy to donate this money to United Hospice Service because they help so many families in our area. I know from personal experience that hospice services are a wonderful support to families. They provide the help you need, understand the dying process, and add beauty to the final days of a loved one with their family.”

Since 2014, the Kingswood Outfield has donated $12,173 to United Hospice Service to benefit patient care and support services.

United Hospice Service extends its sincere thanks to this business for their generosity and support of the hospice program. Their continued support and annual donations help to ensure that the best hospice care is available to patients and their families throughout the Thumb Region.

Pictured above presenting a $2,680 check to United Hospice Service representatives Ernestine MacDonald (left) and Rennae McKenney (right) is Lisa Werner (center).