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Hospitals Partner to Provide Over 500 Heart Screenings to Area Teens

~ Hospitals Partner to Provide Over 500 Heart Screenings to Area Teens ~ Over 500 of Michigan’s Thumb Area teens ages 13 to 19 received free heart health checks offered by Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, thanks to a unique partnership with the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation, Hurley Children’s Hospital, and Flint Cardiovascular Consultants, PC.

This special program developed by Hurley Children’s Hospital offered an in-depth, noninvasive heart screening that included a medical history, blood pressure check, and an electrocardiogram (EKG). An echocardiogram (ECHO) screening was also performed if needed. The screening looked for evidence of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a serious condition that can cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes as well as in students engaging in physical activity or exercise.

Between a one-day offering at Sandusky Community Schools and a month-long screening opportunity at Marlette Regional Hospital, a total of 525 teens were screened representing 38 school districts including some colleges and universities. The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation challenged the local school districts to encourage their students to take advantage of this opportunity and awarded an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the school with the highest attendance between the two screening events. At the August 28th school board meeting for North Branch Area Schools, Superintendent Jim Fish was presented with an AED device for sending over 100 students from their district to these screening events.

The Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation has spearheaded the screening of more than 2,500 students throughout the State of Michigan and are devoted to helping teens and families detect underlying heart conditions that often go undetected through routine health check-ups. The next free teen heart health check event is scheduled for Saturday, October 14th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fenton High School. Interested teens and families can register by calling 810-262-7123, option #1 or visit www.tommysheart.org.

Photo: North Branch Superintendent Jim Fish (left) was recently presented with a portable AED device from representatives of the Thomas Smith Memorial Foundation (TSMF) and Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH), left to right, TSMF VP Jonathan Smith, MRH Foundation and Marketing Manager Sara Redman, TSMF President Mary Smith, MRH Cardiopulmonary Services Manager Katrina Pandrea Moorehead, and TSMF Treasurer Jacob Smith.

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Visitor Restrictions for all MRH-Owned Facilities

We are updating our Visitor Restrictions to the following:

o Emergency Department –
▪ One designated visitor that must remain in the ED the whole time, once the visitor leaves, they will not be permitted to return until the patient is discharged.
▪ Pediatric patients under the age of 17, two healthy parents that must remain at the bedside.
▪ Extenuating circumstances such as critical care, possible end-of-life-state, will be handled case-by-case.
▪ Patients presenting with COVID symptoms-No visitors until the COVID test comes back negative. If it comes back positive the patient will continue to have no visitors.

o Surgical Services – one bed-side visitor that must remain in the patient’s room
▪ Pediatric patients under the age of 17 in any setting are allowed two parents/relatives to be present
o Inpatient, Observation, Swing Bed Patients –
▪ Two visitors per patient at a time that must stay in the patients room the whole time.
▪ Visitors ages 13 – 17 must be accompanied by an adult.
▪ Patients admitted that are COVID positive, No visitors in the COVID rooms.
▪ Extenuating circumstances such as critical care, possible end-of-life-state, will be handled case-by-case.

o Long-Term Care (LTC) – please contact the LTC at 989-635-4400o Hospice – Visitation shall be accommodated, please check in at the Hospice Residence Nurses Station.

o Outpatient Testing – only the patient, unless the patient is under the age of 17, then a parent may accompany
▪ Unless extenuating circumstances require a visitor to be present

o Outpatient Procedure with Sedation – one bed-side visitor that must remain in the patient’s room
▪ Pediatric patients under the age of 17 in any setting are allowed two parents/relatives to be present

o Physician Office Appointments – one visitor accompanying the patient
• ALL allowed visitors must pass health screening prior to visit and are required to wear a mask at all times for the duration of their visit. Visitors that fail to follow this requirement will be asked to leave.
• Visitor accommodations shall be flexible in all care settings for patients with physical or mental disabilities of any kind, including patients who are deaf, hard of hearing and / or blind.
• If more visitors present than are allowed to visit, the excess visitors will be asked to remain in their vehicle.
• All visitors will be required to socially distance themselves from the patient, other visitors and all staff.
We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 activity in our area along with the surrounding communities and updating patient visitation accordingly and / or as allowed by state and federal regulations.


UPDATED HOSPITAL VISITATION
6.13.2022 @ 12:00 pm
2770 Main Street | Marlette, MI 48453 | 989-635-4000 | marletteregionalhospital.org