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COVID-19 Antibody Tests Now Available at MRH – Walk In, Cash Pay $25

COVID-19 Antibody Tests Now Available at Marlette Regional Hospital ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) is committed to providing high quality testing services to our patients and is pleased to offer the Abbott Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgG (COVID-19 antibody) test beginning July 1, 2020.

COVID-19 antibody testing will be done on a walk-in basis with no appointment necessary, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Insurances will not be billed and no physician order is required. The testing is available for $25 cash pay.

COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus that has proven to cause mild-to-severe respiratory illness. Antibodies are proteins that develop after contracting a disease. These proteins help your body fight off infections and typically provide protection against contracting the disease again in the future. Marlette Regional Hospital’s COVID-19 antibody test will detect antibodies in a blood sample that would indicate prior COVID-19 infection.

The Abbott test has been clinically proven to detect illness with 100% sensitivity and 99.6% specificity. MRH’s Laboratory Manager Linda Bush, MT(ASCP) shares, “MRH has been committed to providing safe, quality, and accurate testing throughout this global crisis, and we feel the new COVID-19 antibody testing will provide good insight in our region as to whether the virus was here and our population was impacted to a lesser degree, or perhaps it wasn’t here at all, and we need to stay cautious moving forward in the event of a second wave of illness. This Abbott testing has proven to be highly effective in determining exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Of the validation testing performed in our laboratory, 100% of samples from COVID-19 positive patients had antibodies present, and 100% of patients that were COVID-
19 negative had no antibodies present. That gives us reassurance that the testing is accurate.”

It is possible to have a positive test result even if you never had symptoms of COVID-19; this is called an asymptomatic infection. If you have a positive antibody result, it is likely that you previously had COVID-19 and have developed antibodies to the virus. If you are experiencing any symptoms, you should talk to your provider who will likely recommended that you have the viral pcr test done by swabbing the inside of your nose, as testing for the active virus is recommended for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

If you test positive or negative for COVID-19 antibodies, you should continue to take precautions to protect yourself and others. Precautions include frequent hand washing, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask in public.

For more information about antibody testing, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, For more information about Marlette Regional Hospital, please call 989-635-4000 or visit

COVID-19 Testing of Long-Term Care Residents & Staff

COVID-19 Testing of Long-Term Care Residents & Staff ~ Several sizeable COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in Michigan-based nursing homes in the past three months, and, as a result, Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) has issued new infection control requirements for all licensed nursing homes, including Marlette Regional Hospital’s Long-Term Care Unit, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This new order requires nursing homes to begin conducting COVID-19 testing for nursing home residents and staff on or before July 3, 2020 as outlined below:
• Initial baseline testing of all residents and staff
• Testing of all new or returning residents during intake and routine quarantine of new residents (unless testing is done within the past 72 hours)
• Testing any resident or staff with symptoms or exposure
• Weekly testing of all residents and staff with any positive cases among residents or staff until 14 days after the last new positive case
• Weekly testing of staff while Sanilac County remains an area of medium risk or higher on the MI Safe Start Map

If data by region proves to be low-risk, visitor restrictions may be revised; however, visitor restrictions remain in place at this time in accordance with Governor Whitmer and MDHHS guidelines.
The safety of our long-term care residents, patients, and staff continues to be our #1 priority and we will continue to take extraordinary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are staying up-to-date with State of Michigan, CMS, CDC, and MDHHS recommendations as they continue to change.

For COVID-19 updates at Marlette Regional Hospital, please visit or visit our Facebook page.

MRH Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner to Mayville Family HealthCare

MRH Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner to Mayville Family HealthCare ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) welcomes the addition of board-certified family nurse practitioner Lauren Budreau, MSN, NP-C to the medical staff. Lauren has joined Darla Mays, MS, PA-C and the staff of Mayville Family HealthCare.

No stranger to the community, Lauren was a 2004 graduate of Mayville High School. She received her advanced nursing degree from South University in Savannah, GA, and has extensive nursing experience serving patients of all ages. Lauren shares, “I grew up in Mayville and am overjoyed to come back to my hometown to serve my community. I like the variety that family medicine has, and being able to work with patients of all ages makes my day brighter.”

Lauren provides primary care medical services to patients of all ages. Her services include, but are not limited to, allergy injections, blood draws for testing, men’s and women’s health care, immunizations, minor surgical procedures, adolescent care, preventive acute and chronic care, sports, school, employment and insurance physical exams, and routine office laboratory testing.

New patients are currently being accepted at Mayville Family HealthCare with same-day appointments and telemedicine visits available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 989-843-5135. Visit us online at or “Like” us on Facebook.

Lauren Budreau, MSN, NP-C is now serving patients at Mayville Family HealthCare.

MRH Receives Grant for COVID-19 Antibody Testing

MRH Receives Grant for COVID-19 Antibody Testing ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) extends sincere thanks and appreciation to the Sanilac County Community Foundation (SCCF) for their generous gift of $5,000 through their Emergency Assistance Grant Fund. The hospital recently invested in testing kits and supplies to perform COVID-19 IgG antibody testing, and this grant funding will help offset those expenditures. IgG antibody testing will be offered to the community beginning on July 1, 2020 at Marlette Regional Hospital.

Presenting the check on behalf of the SCCF was Executive Director Melissa Anderson (left). Receiving the check on behalf of Marlette Regional Hospital was laboratory staff (left to right) Jill Welter, MRH Foundation Manager Sara Redman, Andrea Herron, Lori Stump, and Laboratory Manager Linda Bush.

Marlette Regional Hospital Offers $10 Sports Physicals in July & August

Marlette Regional Hospital Offers $10 Sports Physicals in July & August ~ Marlette Regional Hospital’s family healthcare offices will offer reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars in the months of July and August, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to local schools’ athletic programs.

Offerings will be available by location as follows:
• July 8 and August 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. by appointment at Mayville Family HealthCare located at 2180 Ohmer Road in Mayville. Call 989-843-5135 to schedule an appointment.
• July 15 and August 11 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Kingston Family HealthCare located at 5988 State Street in Kingston. Call 989-683-2221 to schedule an appointment.
• July 30 and August 10 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Family HealthCare of Brown City located at 4472 Main Street in Brown City. Call 810-346-2751 to schedule an appointment.
• Weekdays in July and August by appointment at North Branch Family HealthCare located at 4000 Huron Street in North Branch. Call 810-688-3048 to schedule an appointment.
• Weekdays in July and August by appointment at Marlette Family HealthCare located at 2750 Main Street, Suite 2 in Marlette. Call 989-635-4104 to schedule an appointment.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) is not requiring a sport physical to be completed for the 2020-21 school year if an athlete had a physical during the 2019-20 school year.

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MARLETTE REGIONAL HOSPITAL RELAXES VISITOR RESTRICTIONS FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL HOSPITAL SERVICES & HEALTHCARE CLINICS ~ In response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and in accordance with directives from Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Marlette Regional Hospital has relaxed visitor restrictions for all hospital-owned facilities with the exception of the Hannah D. Wolfe Retirement Residence and the Long-Term Care Unit. There has been NO CHANGE in directives from the governor at this time for residential care facilities, so visitor restrictions remain in place for those two facilities.

Visitors refers to anyone accompanying a patient seeking medical care or those seeking entry to visit someone admitted to the hospital or hospice.

For emergency room, surgical services, inpatient, observation, swing bed, hospice, and physician office visits, one healthy person is allowed to accompany or visit a patient.

Pediatric patients under the age of 17 are allowed two healthy parents/guardians.

No visitors are allowed to accompany patients for outpatient testing or services at this time. Exceptions will be made for parents/guardians accompanying minors, those exercising power of attorney, those with physical/mental impairments, and certain compassionate care situations such as end-of-life care.

All patients, staff, and visitors will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival to our facilities. Entry will be denied to any individual presenting with these symptoms or risk factors. Visitors who are medically able to tolerate a face mask will be asked to wear one for the duration of their visit.


NOW OPEN! WOUND HEALING SERVICES AT MRH~ CALL: 989.635.4103 ~ At our wound healing center, we treat all wounds. Our approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies that aid and accelerate the healing process. Our center is staffed by a team of clinicians with advanced training in wound care. For your patients that means faster healing times, longer-lasting results, decreased amputation rates and increased mobility.


For more information, call: 989.635.4103

MRH Laboratory Receives CAP Accreditation

Marlette Regional Hospital Laboratory Receives CAP Accreditation ~ Marlette Regional Hospital’s (MRH) laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection of the laboratory and cardiopulmonary departments.

The laboratory’s medical director, John C. Liao, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The laboratory at MRH is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, as well as the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, in addition to the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.

CAP is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality and cost-effective patient care.

Please join Marlette Regional Hospital in congratulating Dr. Liao, Laboratory Manager Linda Bush, MT, Cardiopulmonary Manager Katrina Pandrea–Moorehead, and all of their department staff for their exceptional efforts in assuring high quality laboratory services for patients throughout the Thumb Region!
More information about CAP can be found at For more information about the MRH laboratory, please visit or call 989-635-4000.

Pictured above is staff from Marlette Regional Hospital’s laboratory and cardiopulmonary departments, (back row, left to right) Andrea Herron, Cindy Kopacz, Katrina Pandrea Moorehead, Jessica Adamczyk, Shelby Swift, (front row, left to right) Michelle Peters, Brenda McLaughlin, Gail Laur, Cyndi Parsell, and Linda Bush.

MRH Offers Free Community Transitions Program

Marlette Regional Hospital Offers Free Community Transitions Program ~ Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) is pleased to offer individuals and their families a new service through its Transitions program. Transitions is a free community service that aims to provide support to individuals facing a life-limiting illness and their families.

Our Transitions Coordinator, Kimberly Klida, MSW, works with individuals and families to identify needs and provides resources for care providers and community services. Transitions utilizes specially-trained volunteers who donate their time to offer companionship and support to individuals who may be receiving curative care or are not ready for Hospice services. Volunteers provide practical assistance including helping with errands, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, and respite for family members or caregivers. Transitions volunteers provide friendship and support to help individuals and families cope with the challenges of illness, medical treatments, and outcomes.
Transitions services are available at no charge to anyone with a life-limiting illness. Individuals living at home, with family, in a skilled nursing facility, or an assisted living facility may receive Transitions services.

For information about the Transitions program, please call 800-635-7490 and ask for the Transitions Coordinator.

Kimberly Klida, MSW has been a social worker for 15 years and has experience in several clinical settings including dialysis, hospital, hospice, and long-term care. Contact her today for a free Transitions consultation, 800-635-7490.

Long Term Care Parade A Huge Success

Long Term Care Parade A Huge Success ~ We were blessed and extremely grateful for the beautiful day for the Long Term Care Parade last Thursday, May 21st.

Residents were decked out in hats/masks and positioned for social distancing as they anticipated the start of the parade. The staff and volunteers followed safety protocols as they lovingly assisted each resident. There were lots of waves, shout-outs, virtual hugs, tears and smiles along the parade route. Everyone enjoyed their time in the outdoors in the sun.

Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Carol Roberts LTC Activity Director, Patti Leonard, LTC Director, the LTC staff, volunteers, family members of residents and community members who drove the parade route. Approximately 75 vehicles were in the parade line.

Visitor restrictions remain in place for LTC unit and the hospital to ensure the health and safety of all.

To see photos from the parade day go to the Marlette Regional Hospital Facebook page at: