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Open House for Newly Renovated Acute Care/Swing Bed Unit & New Diagnostic Imaging Equipment

Open House for Newly Renovated Acute Care/Swing Bed Unit & New Diagnostic Imaging Equipment ~ August 15, 4 p.m.-6 P.M. — WITH CEO Updates at 4 p.m. & 5 p.m. followed by tours @ Marlette Regional Hospital

Please join the staff of Marlette Regional Hospital as they unveil the newly renovated acute care/swing bed unit, new diagnostic imaging equipment, and updates on the assisted living project. Presentations will be held at 4 p.m. and again at 5 p.m. with light refreshments served. Open to the public.

Local Siblings Donate to Hospice Hospitality Cart

Local Siblings Donate to Hospice Hospitality Cart ~ A relatively new feature at the United Hospice Residence in Marlette is a hospitality cart generously furnished by local contributors, both young and old.

Among the first contributors was Peyton and Emerson Lindke of Croswell. The pair wanted to help local people in need this summer, so they teamed up with their grandmother, Gloria Abel of Marlette, to collect items such as snacks, drinks, games, puzzles and books for patients and visiting family members at the Hospice Residence in Marlette. The girls have even furnished a colorful donation box that is housed at Polk Salad Annie’s in Brown City to help collect goods throughout the year.

United Hospice Service is grateful to these two young ladies for their thoughtfulness and generosity!

Marlette & Deckerville Hospitals Receive 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence

Marlette & Deckerville Hospitals Receive 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence ~ United Healthcare Partners member hospitals, Deckerville Community Hospital and Marlette Regional Hospital, are pleased to announce they have received MPRO’s 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence. Deckerville received awards for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Reporting and Measurement and Outstanding Achievement in Improving Antibiotic Stewardship. Marlette received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Reporting and Measurement.

This year, more than 130 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, inpatient psychiatric facilities, ambulatory surgery centers and home health agencies were honored with the Governor’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes participants for their dedication and success in improving healthcare quality and patient safety in Michigan. To be eligible for the award, participants must have achieved, maintained and continually improved in specific and rigorous milestones related to the award they received.

“We are fortunate to be able to partner with Deckerville Community Hospital, Marlette Regional Hospital and all the other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” said MPRO President and CEO Leland Babitch, MD, MBA. “To be able to recognize these outstanding accomplishments with the Governor’s office highlights the importance of improving healthcare quality in our state.”

“This award is a result of the hard work and dedication to quality care by our team at Deckerville Community Hospital. We are very proud of the work they do each day for our rural communities,” shares Angela McConnachie, CEO/CNO of Deckerville. Dan Babcock, CEO of Marlette adds, “Great quality of care is a high expectation of our patients, and rightly so. All patients deserve the best quality of care possible. It takes each employee doing his/her very best every time he/she has an opportunity to care for a patient. We are pleased to receive this award and for the accomplishments it recognizes.”
The Governor’s Award of Excellence was first developed in 2003. The current award is based upon work from 2017-2018 in the following areas:
• Improving heart health.
• Increasing adult immunizations.
• Lowering the risk of infection in hospitals.
• Effective reporting and measurement.
• Improving care in nursing homes.
• Increasing identification of behavioral health conditions.
• Improving diabetes management.

For more information about the Governor’s Award of Excellence, including a list of winners, visit http://www.mpro.org/gae2019.

Accepting the Governor’s Award on behalf of Marlette Regional Hospital was Hilda Hebberd, BSN, RN, Clinical Services Director. She is pictured with MPRO President and CEO Leland Babitch, MD, MBA. No photo available for Deckerville Community Hospital.

Marlette Classic Car Show Swap and Men’s Health Fair

Marlette Classic Car Show Swap and Men’s Health Fair, Saturday, July 20, 2019 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Kraft Service Center, Marlette
The MRH Foundation Community Relations Committee, Kraft Service Center and the PCUPS Foundation invite you to attend the revamped Classic Car Show Swap and Health Fair. This event features: ~ Classic car show swap; ~ Hot dogs, drinks and cookies, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.; ~ PSA and other health screening opportunities, Noon-3 p.m. Bring your spouse, a friend and your classic car! Scheduled in conjunction with Marlette Country Fair Days Celebration.

MRH SPORT PHYSICALS – JULY 2019 SCHEDULE

MRH Family Healthcare Offices will begin offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to local schools’ athletic programs.
For the month of July, the following offerings will be available:

• All month by appointment at Mayville Family HealthCare located at 2180 Ohmer Road in Mayville. Call 989-843-5135 to schedule.
• All month by appointment at Kingston Family HealthCare located at 5988 State Street in Kingston. Call 989-683-2221 to schedule.
• July 16th from 2 – 5:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis at Family HealthCare of Brown City located at 4472 Main Street in Brown City.
• July 16th from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m. on a walk-in basis at North Branch Family HealthCare located at 4000 Huron Street in North Branch.
• July 25th from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. by appointment at Marlette Family HealthCare located at 2750 Main Street, Suite 2 in Marlette. Call 989-635-4104 to schedule.

Additional opportunities will be offered throughout the summer months. Annual well-child exams can also be scheduled, and these can count as a child’s sport physical if he/she has not had a well-child exam in this calendar year. Well-child exams are a preventative service benefit covered at 100% by health insurance plans. A sport physical form will need to be taken to the well-child visit to ensure completion by the family healthcare provider. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact outreach specialist Robin Pingel at 989-635-1861. Check out additional events and information by visiting us online at www.marletteregionalhospital.org or “like us” on Facebook.

MRH Awards 2019 Nurse of the Year

MRH Awards 2019 Nurse of the Year ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) celebrated National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week this past May. As part of week-long activities that celebrated MRH staff, a special presentation was held to announce and award the MRH Nurse of the Year.

The Nurse of the Year program started in 2011 and is organized by the MRH Knight ‘n’ Gales nursing team. Michele McKenney, RN of the MRH emergency department was the recipient of the 2018 election. To be considered for the MRH Nurse of the Year, all nominees have had to demonstrate the following characteristics: provide outstanding direct patient care; have an extensive knowledge base; be a forward thinker who can anticipate problems and creatively put forth solutions; initiate change to better serve patients; work well in a team; motivate others; show cultural or generational sensitivities; and initiate change to better serve patients.

Nominated and voted on by peers, this year’s award recipient was Brittany Selleke, RN of United Hospice Service. Brittany has been in the nursing field for 4 years and has been serving patients at Marlette Regional Hospital since 2016. Prior to becoming a nurse, Brittany was a certified nurse assistant tor 10 years. As a past nurse supervisor in our acute care unit, Brittany was always happily and readily available to make beds, shower, and feed patients. In the ER, Brittany was a calm presence in the midst of chaos and always had a kind word or smile to share with others. Brittany always puts our patients’ needs first and will find a way to give the best care to patients. Recently transitioning from our acute care unit to hospice, Brittany hit the ground running and hasn’t looked back. Her personality is a perfect fit for end-of-life care. “Brittany is the very best of the best—professional, kind, caring and hard working.”

It is Brittany’s kind nature and strong work ethic that she demonstrates on a daily basis to her patients and coworkers that earned her the title of Nurse of the Year.

Brittany was presented with a beautiful engraved trophy at an employee luncheon as well as a gift certificate and voucher for an educational seminar/conference of her choice.

For more information about the Nurse of the Year Award or Marlette Regional Hospital, please call 989-635-4000 or visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.

Photo Caption: Pictured above is Marlette Regional Hospital’s 2019 Nurse of the Year Brittany Selleke, RN (left) pictured with 2018 award recipient Michele McKenney, RN.

MRH Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients

MRH 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.

We recently had a caregiver arrive at our hospital front desk and ask for someone to take a stretcher out to her van because her client needed lab work and was physically unable to come into the hospital. The patient was a 21 year old man who was mentally and physically challenged. After talking with a phlebotomist in the lab, Shelby Swift, and a patient care technician in the ER, Katie Cummings, the staff decided they would draw the patient’s blood from inside the van. Neither of them had to go out of their way to accommodate the request, yet both did so without hesitation. The caregiver was beyond pleased with their level of service. This is a great example of how our employees strive to exceed the expectations of those we have the privilege to serve!

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MRH Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients

MRH 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.

We recently had a caregiver arrive at our hospital front desk and ask for someone to take a stretcher out to her van because her client needed lab work and was physically unable to come into the hospital. The patient was a 21 year old man who was mentally and physically challenged. After talking with a phlebotomist in the lab, Shelby Swift, and a patient care technician in the ER, Katie Cummings, the staff decided they would draw the patient’s blood from inside the van. Neither of them had to go out of their way to accommodate the request, yet both did so without hesitation. The caregiver was beyond pleased with their level of service. This is a great example of how our employees strive to exceed the expectations of those we have the privilege to serve!

To read this story and more, please “Like” Marlette Regional Hospital on Facebook.

MRH Auxiliary Supports Patient Care & Comfort

Marlette Hospital Auxiliary Supports Patient Care with Purchases ~ Through various fundraising efforts throughout the year such as the $5 Jewelry Sales, Fall Vendor Sale, Harvest Hoedown, and Silvique Jewelry Sale, the Marlette Hospital Auxiliary is able to purchase needed equipment and furnishings for Marlette Regional Hospital.

Among some of the Auxiliary’s most recent donations, the Auxiliary graciously supported the following causes to enhance patient comfort and care at Marlette Regional Hospital: purchased flowers for the Hospice Residence Courtyard; purchased waiting room furniture for Specialty HealthCare Services; remodeled one bathroom at the Hannah D. Wolfe Retirement Residence; purchased entrance signage for the Long-Term Care Unit; purchased two oak dressers for the Long-Term Care Unit; and purchased one recliner on wheels for the Long-Term Care Unit.

Pictured above displaying the new waiting room furniture in Specialty HealthCare Services are auxiliary members (right to left): Carleen Foster, Judy Hostetler, Billy DeWolf, Gerri Smith, and Specialty HealthCare Services Manager Julie McCracken.