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CHECK OUT OUR VIRAL VIDEO! ~ Marlette Regional Hospital has embarked on a journey of excellence to move our organization’s culture and customer service from good to great. This journey is called ∑3, which stands for ∑very Patient. ∑very Employee. ∑very Time. In this culture change initiative, ∑very patient gets excellent care, hospitality, and satisfaction delivered by ∑very employee, ∑very time they choose MRH.

Click to view: MRH Viral Video

We can’t stop the feeling that the ∑3 enthusiasm is catching on!

Big shout out to our video production team Black Pine Films!

MRH Foundation to Host 10th Annual Golf Event Sept. 6th

MRH Foundation to Host 10th Annual Golf Event Sept. 6th ~ The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation’s golf committee is pleased to announce their tenth annual Driving for Health Golf Scramble scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 6th at the Lapeer Country Club.

Download form: Golf Player Sponsor Form 2018

This year’s event is shaping up to be an exciting one! In addition to changing the weekday for this event to the Thursday following Labor Day, fun and exciting contests and games are planned for this year’s event including an air cannon and inflatable dinosaur!

The support that we receive for this event each year is phenomenal. Thanks to last year’s event supporters, we netted $26,877 to benefit the acute care/swing bed renovation project at Marlette Regional Hospital. This project will once again be the beneficiary of our 2018 event proceeds as the MRH Foundation has a remaining fundraising balance of approximately $35,000 to get this project started.

If area businesses are interested in golfing or sponsoring this year’s event, please register soon by contacting the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation office at 989-635-4011 or 989-635-4012. In-kind contributions are also welcome for our raffles, and all contributions are tax deductible.

We thank our Thumb Area community for your past support and extend thanks for the support you may give this year and into the future!

For more information about us, search our website and “Like” Marlette Regional Hospital on Facebook.

United Hospice Service Named a 2018 Hospice Honors Recipient

United Hospice Service Named a 2018 Hospice Honors Recipient ~ United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital has been named a 2018 Hospice Honors recipient by HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, billing and coding services, CAHPS surveys and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.
“We are excited to recognize the 2018 Hospice Honors recipients for their hard work and dedication to providing exceptional care,” said J. Kevin Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I congratulate United Hospice Service on its success in achieving this highest of honors.”

Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results for an evaluation period of October 2016 through September 2017. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a question-by-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the HEALTHCAREfirst’s Hospice CAHPS database. Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions. HEALTHCAREfirst holds a special recognition, Hospice Honors Elite, to honor hospices scoring above the HEALTHCAREfirst National Performance Score on all 24 of the evaluated questions.

Shelli Greschaw RN, BSN, Director of United Hospice Service shares, “Our hospice program was one of twelve recognized in the State of Michigan for this prestigious honor. We credit this recognition to receiving 100% patient satisfaction for seven consecutive months and ten of the past twelve months. Our patients’ families consistently comment that United Hospice Service was so much more than they expected and they are grateful to have such a great service in our community.”
For over 35 years, United Hospice Service, a non-profit hospice program based in Marlette, Michigan, has been working to serve our communities by providing expert hospice care to our family, friends, and neighbors. United Hospice Service provides end-of-life care in patients’ home setting, in an in-patient Hospice Residence, as well as respite care, grief and bereavement services.

To learn more about United Hospice Service, please visit or call 800-635-7490. Please visit HEALTHCAREfirst’s website at to learn more about HEALTHCAREfirst Hospice CAHPS survey program as well as the Hospice Honors awards.

Tick-Talk Lunch & Learn in Marlette ~ August 15th ~ Please RSVP

Tick-Talk Lunch & Learn in Marlette ~ “Tick-Talk: What You Need to Know About Tick-Borne Diseases & Prevention” will be the topic of a Community Lunch & Learn at Marlette Regional Hospital on Wednesday, August 15 from noon to 1 p.m.

The guest presenter is Erik Foster, MS, BCE, a medical entomologist from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. According to Erik, ticks and tick-borne diseases are emerging and expanding in the State of Michigan. An especially disturbing concern is that blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease previously reported in western Michigan and the UP have recently been identified in Michigan’s Thumb Region. Best rest assured, Erik will provide simple prevention techniques to help “fight the bite!”

Community Lunch & Learn is an 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.

Marlette Regional Hospital Awarded HFAP Accreditation

Marlette Regional Hospital Awarded HFAP Accreditation ~ Marlette Regional Hospital was recently awarded accreditation by HFAP, the nation’s original independent, accreditation organization recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Accreditation confirms that Marlette Regional Hospital is providing high quality care as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

“Marlette Regional Hospital clearly demonstrates a commitment to quality and patient safety,” said Lawrence Haspel, DO, Chairman of the Bureau of Healthcare Facilities Accreditation for HFAP. “We base our decision on the findings of an extensive and thorough on-site review of the hospital against recognized national standards for patient safety, quality improvement, and environmental safety. Marlette Regional Hospital has earned the distinction of HFAP accreditation through its performance in successfully meeting those standards.”

“We’re proud to achieve this prestigious accreditation again,” said Daniel Babcock, CEO of Marlette Regional Hospital. “Earning HFAP accreditation is a significant achievement that recognizes our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community.”

For more information about HFAP accreditation, please visit To learn more about Marlette Regional Hospital, please search or call 989-635-4000.

Thumb Region’s Largest Motorcycle Run Expects to Draw Hundreds of Riders

Thumb Region’s Largest Motorcycle Run Expects to Draw Hundreds of Riders ~ The rumble of motorcycles will echo throughout the communities of Melvin and Marlette on Saturday, August 11th for the 14th annual Hog Town Run—a major fundraising event sponsored by Hog Town Inc. of Melvin, Michigan.

On August 11th, registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Melvin Park located along Main Street in Melvin, MI. A concerted departure will take place at 12 p.m. to travel to the Hospice Residence located at Marlette Regional Hospital in Marlette for a blessing of the bikes. The registration fee (donation) is $20 per person, which includes a $5 raffle ticket. Evening activities will include a pig roast/chicken dinner, bike games, burnouts, live entertainment, and a 50/50 raffle. Rustic camping is available for a donation.

For more information, please contact Chris Madia at 810-656-4942 or Chris Boller at 810-614-0200. For more information about United Hospice Service, please visit

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, 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

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 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.