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Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients

Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients ~ Each day, Marlette Regional Hospital marvels at the wonderful care our employees provide to our patients and residents, especially the unexpected, extra things our employees do to provide excellent customer service to those we serve.
“And Then Some” is a program at Marlette Regional Hospital designed to recognize employees who commit to exceeding the expectations of those we serve. Employees are nominated by their coworkers and winners are selected each month for recognition and a monetary appreciation gift. Here are some recent recognition:

We had a patient receiving therapy services for approximately a month that had been a patient of ours in the past as well. This particular patient has had numerous ailments and procedures and had recently lost her hair in the process. Having developed a relationship with this patient over the years, Annette Boose of our therapy department recognized that this patient was embarrased about her hair loss and asked if she would accept a gift from her. Annette purchased a wig and an entire outfit for the patient to help boost this patient’s self-esteem and self-worth. Additionally, Maureen Ondrus of the therapy department purchased her makeup and helped her style the wig. This patient was so overwhelmed by their generosity that she wept while looking in the mirror at herself and proclaimed that she felt beautiful. With this simple act of kindness, they have changed this patient’s life more than any therapy session could. This is a very touching story of how our employees truly care for those we have the privilege to serve!

Our acute care nursing team recently gained a new staff member that works on a casual basis. On his second night of work, he suddenly began to feel ill, but his coworkers Sam Gierman, Deb Rhyndress, Dawn Black and Cindy Albertson were right by his side to help him feel better. Feeling like an outsider as a new employee, he was overwhelmingly surprised how kind these ladies were to the point of him sharing that he was cared for like a family member. This employee also experienced mechanical issues with his truck’s door latch. Again, these ladies rose to the occasion and provided him with WD40 for a temporary fix in addition to finding local service garages. This is another great example of kindness and exceeding expectations!

Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients

Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients ~ Each day, Marlette Regional Hospital marvels at the wonderful care our employees provide to our patients and residents, especially the unexpected, extra things our employees do to provide excellent customer service to those we serve.
“And Then Some” is a program at Marlette Regional Hospital designed to recognize employees who commit to exceeding the expectations of those we serve. Employees are nominated by their coworkers and winners are selected each month for recognition and a monetary appreciation gift. Here are some recent recognition:

We had a patient receiving therapy services for approximately a month that had been a patient of ours in the past as well. This particular patient has had numerous ailments and procedures and had recently lost her hair in the process. Having developed a relationship with this patient over the years, Annette Boose of our therapy department recognized that this patient was embarrased about her hair loss and asked if she would accept a gift from her. Annette purchased a wig and an entire outfit for the patient to help boost this patient’s self-esteem and self-worth. Additionally, Maureen Ondrus of the therapy department purchased her makeup and helped her style the wig. This patient was so overwhelmed by their generosity that she wept while looking in the mirror at herself and proclaimed that she felt beautiful. With this simple act of kindness, they have changed this patient’s life more than any therapy session could. This is a very touching story of how our employees truly care for those we have the privilege to serve!

Our acute care nursing team recently gained a new staff member that works on a casual basis. On his second night of work, he suddenly began to feel ill, but his coworkers Sam Gierman, Deb Rhyndress, Dawn Black and Cindy Albertson were right by his side to help him feel better. Feeling like an outsider as a new employee, he was overwhelmingly surprised how kind these ladies were to the point of him sharing that he was cared for like a family member. This employee also experienced mechanical issues with his truck’s door latch. Again, these ladies rose to the occasion and provided him with WD40 for a temporary fix in addition to finding local service garages. This is another great example of kindness and exceeding expectations!

Marlette Regional Hospital Employees “Commit to Be Fit”

Marlette Regional Hospital Employees “Commit to Be Fit” ~ As a healthy start to the New Year, Marlette Regional Hospital employees faced off in a “Commit to be Fit” six-week weight-loss challenge. Teams of employees worked together to achieve weight loss through healthy eating and regular exercise. In addition, there were weekly mini-challenges to promote healthy lifestyles with prizes awarded along the way.

At the end of the six weeks, Team “Hannah’s Heavenly Helpers” was awarded first place with a 6.56% weight loss. Their team of four lost nearly 60 pounds combined and attribute their success to teamwork, accountability, good food choices, exercise and lots of laughter. Their team was presented with a certificate as well as $50 gift cards.

The “Commit to Be Fit” challenge gained participation from 23 teams consisting of 89 employees with a total weight loss of 418 pounds! The MRH WellTeam sponsored this employee challenge.


Photo: Team “Hannah’s Heavenly Helpers” consisted of (left to right) Mary Welsh, Shelli Parrott, Tonia Boven, and Linda Goss. These wonderful ladies work and joyfully serve the seniors at our Hannah D. Wolfe Retirement Residence in Marlette. Join us in congratulating them!

Sandusky NHS Students Raise Funds for B.C.U.P.S. Program

Sandusky NHS Students Raise Funds for B.C.U.P.S. Program ~ In observance of winter homecoming festivities, Sandusky National Honor Society (NHS) and Sweetheart candidates dedicated Sweetheart Week to raising awareness about cancer and giving back to local organizations including Marlette Regional Hospital’s B.C.U.P.S. (Breast Cancer Understanding, Prevention and Screenings) program.

Through various fundraising efforts including awareness ribbon sales, a 50/50 raffle, hat day, and a pink and blue apparel day, students of Sandusky Junior/Senior High School recently presented the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation with a
$282 donation for the B.C.U.P.S. program.

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 students of Sandusky Community Schools for their generosity and support of local cancer prevention programs that help residents in our Thumb Area communities! Keep up the great work!
For more information about the B.C.U.P.S. program, please visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.


Photo: Sweetheart Queen Marisa Schiller (center) and King Colton Cowley of Sandusky Junior/Senior High School along with teachers George Lasecki and Erin Carlson recently presented Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation Manager Sara Redman (center, left) with a $282 donation to the B.C.U.P.S. program.

New! Safe@Home Course Offered in Marlette

New! Safe@Home Course Offered in Marlette ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) is offering a new, instructor-led Safe@Home course for students in grades 4th through 6th to prepare them to be safe when they are home alone. The course will be held in Marlette Regional Hospital’s Seton Lobby on Tuesday, April 2nd from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Children from all school systems are welcome to attend this course.

Safe@Home by Safe Sitter® will teach students how to practice safe habits, how to prevent unsafe situations, and what to do when faced with dangers such as power failures or weather emergencies. Students will also be introduced to the Safe Sitter® First Aid Chart and will learn to assess and respond to injuries and illnesses.

Class fees are $10/child and space is limited to 16 students. Pre-registration is required. For more information about the Safe@Home program or to register your child, please contact Brooke Stafford at 989-635-4002 or bstafford@mrhcares.org.

Wedding Bells Ring at Marlette Regional Hospital

Wedding Bells Ring at Marlette Regional Hospital ~ It’s not every day that someone gets married at a hospital, but on February 22, 2019, Marlette Regional Hospital was the proud host of an impromptu wedding ceremony and reception! The newlyweds, Anthony and Dixie of Imlay City had been engaged for a year with intentions to marry later this fall, but in light of the declining health of Anthony’s father who was recently admitted to the hospital, the couple decided to move up the wedding to ensure that his father could take part in their special day.

The event was planned in less than 24 hours and all hands were on deck at the hospital! Marlette Regional Hospital’s social worker, Emily Howard, worked with the couple and staff to coordinate a wedding ceremony in the hospital’s chapel with local Pastor Mike Hollenbeck officiating. Upon conclusion of the ceremony, hospital staff gathered for a procession throughout the hallways complete with confetti and a round of applause. Staff decorated a private lounge area for the couple to share champagne, refreshments, and a wedding cake with close family and friends. The event truly was a moving experience and is a testament to our staff’s caring and compassionate nature.

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JOIN THE FRIENDS OF MRH MEMBERSHIP CLUB & CELEBRATE PROGRESS!

YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE FRIENDS OF MRH MEMBERSHIP CLUB & CELEBRATE PROGRESS!

YOU can make a BIG difference and enjoy the satisfaction of playing an important part in the progress at Marlette Regional Hospital and enhancing local healthcare services.

Friends of MRH members enjoy the gratification of participating in projects that benefit their family members, friends, neighbors, rural residents and area travelers as well.

Over the years, the generosity of the Friends of MRH members has helped to update many areas within our community’s hospital.

You may be asking yourself why we need donations from the community.

Community hospitals like ours are independently owned, non-profit organizations. Revenue received from services cover operational costs (i.e. overhead, salaries/benefits, emergent repairs, utilities, etc.) and do not provide funding for updates and improvements. You have probably seen other rural hospitals that are showing their age because of this dilemma.

The Friends of MRH played an important role in keeping our community hospital ahead of the curve by making steady improvements. These interior renovations have included the Hannah D. Wolfe Retirement Residence, Emergency Room, Long-Term Care, Acute Care Unit, Diagnostic Imaging, and Hospice Residence. Last year’s fundraising cause—Acute Care/Swing Bed Unit —will begin renovation this coming March 2019.

Please consider joining the Friends of MRH membership and supporting our current First Impressions Exterior Upgrade Project. It will address needed and overdue updates to our exterior landscape and signage at our hospital and our rural healthcare clinics in an effort to reflect the quality services and improvements we have made on the inside.

Please review the attached form for more details. A downloadable form is available at Friends of MRH Membership Form
For more information and past projects completed with the help of our Friends of MRH members, please visit http://marletteregionalhospital.org/foundation/

Vascular Surgeon Opens Clinic in Marlette

Vascular Surgeon Opens Clinic in Marlette ~Marlette Regional Hospital is pleased to share that a new vascular surgeon specialist will be seeing patients through the Specialty HealthCare Services office at Marlette Regional Hospital.This vascular surgeon has scheduled clinic days by appointment on Mondays in Suite 5 of the MRH Medical Office Building.

This specialist performs minimally invasive endovascular and traditional open procedures for all vascular conditions using the latest techniques and most effective, least invasive therapies. Common conditions treated include but are not limited to peripheral vascular disease, deep vein thrombosis, abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms, carotid disease, non-healing lower extremity wounds, and varicose and spider veins. For more information about his services, please visit www.vascularhealthclinics.org.

Specialty HealthCare Services of Marlette Regional Hospital is located within the main hospital campus in the Medical Office Building. To schedule an appointment, please call 989-254-6427.

For more information about family healthcare physicians and medical specialists associated with MRH, please visit http://marletteregionalhospital.org/find-a-physician/ or call 989-635-4344.
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Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients

Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients ~ Each day, Marlette Regional Hospital marvels at the wonderful care our employees provide to our patients and residents, especially the unexpected, extra things our employees do to provide excellent customer service to those we serve.

“And Then Some” is a program at Marlette Regional Hospital designed to recognize employees who commit to exceeding the expectations of those we serve. Employees are nominated by their coworkers and winners are selected each month for recognition and a monetary appreciation gift. Here are some recent recognitions…

We had a patient in our Hospice Residence that only liked drinking tea or Kool-Aid. When our hospice social worker John Carlson learned about this patient’s preference, John took it upon himself to purchase 10 containers of cherry flavored Kool Aid along with canisters out of his own pocket for the patient to enjoy. This is a great example of going above and beyond for our patients!

Our acute nursing team had the privilege to care for patients over this past Christmas holiday. Recognizing that hospitalization over any holiday is an unfortunate circumstance, nurse Marebeth Miles of our acute care team purchased presents for all of our patients with her own resources. Each patient received a fleece blanket and coffee mug. Her coworkers and patients alike were amazed at her thoughtfulness and generosity. This is another great example of kindness and exceeding the expectations of the patients we have the privilege to serve!

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