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Hog Town Inc. Donations to Local Hospice Exceed $196K ~ Following the 16th annual Hog Town —a major fundraising event sponsored by Hog Town Inc. of Melvin, Michigan—members of Hog Town Inc. presented United Hospice Service (UHS) of Marlette Regional Hospital with a donation of $11,000!

Each year, this annual fundraiser attracts participation from serious and casual motorcyclists throughout the state of Michigan because it supports a very worthy cause. Thanks to beautiful weather for this year’s run, 304 bikes and over 500 riders supported the run. Including this year’s donation, Hog Town Inc. has contributed over $196,000 to the Hospice Program! These funds are used to assist United Hospice Service in providing care to terminally-ill patients and their families. United Hospice is a non-profit hospice that serves Sanilac, Lapeer, Huron, Tuscola, and St. Clair counties.

United Hospice Service expresses their sincere thanks to this dedicated, community-minded group for their unwavering support and generosity year after year to the hospice program.

For more information, please contact United Hospice Service at 800-635-7490 or visit


United Hospice Service (UHS) expresses their sincere thanks to Knights of Columbus in North Branch for the donation of $1,000. UHS is grateful for organizations like Knights of Columbus who continue to support the hospice program.
This generous gift from Knights of Columbus has a greater impact knowing the donation will provide resources to give the best care possible to families and patients in the community.
For more information, please contact United Hospice Service at 800-635-7490 or visit
Photo: Wilson Almand presents United Hospice Service Director Shelli Greschaw, RN, BSN and with a check for $1,000.


MRH Welcomes New Hospitalist Provider: Clayton House, RN, DNP, FNP-BC ~ Marlette Regional Hospital is pleased to share with you that Clayton House, RN, DNP, FNP-BC is re-joining the MRH Family as a role in the hospitalist program working alongside Dr. Golechha in the hospitalist program.

Clayton received his advanced education from the University of Michigan- Flint. No stranger to the Thumb Region, Clayton was a 2001 graduate of North Branch High School. Clayton says, “I am happy to be back in the heart of the thumb treating patients as if they were my own family.” Before pursuing his nurse practitioner certification, Clayton worked in Acute Care as a RN at MRH.

Clayton is excited to be serving the community and work collaboratively with professionals at MRH.

For more information please call 989-635-4000 . To learn more about MRH visit and “Like” us on Facebook.

Clayton House, RN, DNP, FNP-BC.  Photo Credit: Scott’s Studio


Mark Your Calendar for the Pink Out for Cancer Clash on September 17th   ~ The long-standing rivalry among athletes of Marlette and Brown City schools will surely continue into the 2021-22 academic year as their varsity football teams face off on Friday, September 17th in Brown City. The Pink Out for Cancer Clash is the name of the game and its purpose is to raise awareness about cancer.

The Pink Out for Cancer Clash event pays tribute to victims and survivors of cancer and raises money to support local individuals through the Breast Cancer Understanding, Prevention, and Screening (B.C.U.P.S.) program at Marlette Regional Hospital.

B.C.U.P.S. is in place to financially assist patients in acquiring important screening mammograms and diagnostic testing services. For Thumb Area patients that have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are undergoing treatment, B.C.U.P.S. provides grant funding and patients are eligible to reapply every 6 months.

A group of exceptional community volunteers and school representatives from both communities have worked collaboratively with the Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation over the past few months to coordinate this biannual event. Area residents can support this event by purchasing a Pink Out for Cancer tee shirt for $15 that also serves as their ticket into the game. Tee shirts will be available for purchase a few weeks before the game at Marlette Regional Hospital, Kohler Oil & Propane, Tri-County Bank (Marlette and Brown City), Marlette Community Schools, and Brown City Community Schools.

The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 17th at the Brown City football field. A tailgate will commence just prior to the game starting around 5 p.m. catered by Brower Farms.

   Photo: 2019 Pink Out Event

For more information about this event or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kasey at Kohler Oil & Propane at 810-346-2820, Kendra at Tri-County Bank at 989-635-3320, or contact Christina at Marlette Regional Hospital at 989-635-4012.


Dillinger Ride Supports United Hospice Service ~ Port Hope, MI- The annual Dillinger Ride held at the Inn Between Saloon in Lewisville and sponsored by Abate Region 7, raised $200 to support United Hospice Service (UHS) of Marlette Regional Hospital. This annual fundraiser took place on Saturday, May 29th.

The event was established eighteen years ago as a memorial tribute to the life of Jim (Dillinger) Friedland. Since Jim was a patient of hospice, his parents Willet and Joyce Friedland, along with family, friends and the saloon, decided to honor him by helping to support other patients and families receiving hospice care. The continued support and annual donations raised through the Dillinger Ride help to ensure that the best hospice care is available to patients and their families throughout the Thumb region.

The Dillinger Ride is held each year on the Saturday before Memorial Day at the Inn Between Saloon in Port Hope. For more information about United Hospice Service, please call 800-635-7490 or visit

Photo: Motorcycle enthusiasts from near and far gathered at The Inn Between Saloon in Port Hope, MI for the annual Dillinger Ride on May 29th. Pictured above, Tim Polk (left) presented United Hospice Service representative Shelli Greschaw (right) with a donation for the United Hospice program.


Open House Hosted for New Family Nurse Practitioner – Marlette Regional Hospital hosted an open house on Wednesday July 14th for Nurse Practitioner Elizabeth Mavis, MSN, FNP-BC to welcome her to the medical staff team at Marlette Regional Hospital.

Liz has been working in partnership with Lillian Marzouq, MD, and the staff of Marlette Family HealthCare serving patients’ healthcare since January, 2021.

Liz is passionate about serving her local community and developing a positive patient-provider experience with her patients, and their families, to improve their health and wellbeing. Liz’s services include, but are not limited to, care of acute illnesses, chronic disease management, preventative health care, well-child care, adolescent care, and men’s and women’s health care.

New patients are currently being accepted at Marlette Family HealthCare with same-day appointments available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 989-635-4614.

Caption: Nurse Practitioner Elizabeth Mavis , MSN, FNP-BC (left) with Marlette Family HealthCare staff


Babcock Elected to 2021-2022 Michigan Health & Hospital Association Board ~  Members of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) elected new officers and appointed board members during the association’s virtual Annual Membership Meeting June 24. Dan Babcock, CEO, United Healthcare Partners-Deckerville Community Hospital and Marlette Regional Hospital has been elected as MHA’s Treasurer during the association’s 2021-2022 program year beginning July 1, 2021.

The board directs the greater Lansing-based association’s statewide representation of hospitals and healthcare providers. He joins Tina Freese DeckerPresident and CEO, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, Chair, T. Anthony Denton, Senior Vice President and COO, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Chair-Elect, and Edwin NessPresident and CEO, Munson Healthcare, Traverse City, Immediate Past Chair.

“I am humbled and honored to be a part of the MHA board and to serve on the Executive Committee as its Treasurer.  This position will allow me to advocate at the State level for rural health issues, plus provide me the opportunity to work with some of the brightest and most accomplished healthcare leaders in our State.  I look forward to learning how I can help make healthcare better for our patients now and in the years to come,” shares Dan Babcock, CEO, United Healthcare Partners.

Photo: Dan Babcock, CEO, United Healthcare Partners-Deckerville Community Hospital and Marlette Regional Hospital


Rick Theurer PAC, Retires from Marlette Regional Hospital ~ Marlette Regional Hospital recently celebrated the retirement of Rick Theurer. Rick has been providing healthcare services to our community for the last 30 years in our rural health clinics, emergency department, surgical services and acute care. Rick’s expertise and dedication to MRH are evident and the care he has provided for our patients has been exceptional. He has been an outstanding healthcare provider and co-worker and we thank him for his many years of service, care and friendship.

Rick is looking forward to enjoying time with family, friends and golfing whenever the opportunity arises – and on occasion, he has agreed to cover the hospitalist service to help in times of need. Join us in wishing Rick the very best in his retirement.

For more information about our in-patient and swing bed care at MRH click here 

Rick Theurer celebrating with this MRH team during his last full-time shift. Left to right: Emily Howard, Courtney North, Kaitlyn Gentner, Rick Theurer, Alanna DeBono, Lisa Burgess, and Megan VanSickle


MRH Welcomes New Physical Therapist ~ Please help us welcome our new full time Physical Therapist staff member Dr. Shannon Fagan PT/DPT! Dr. Fagan has joined Therapy Services full time and will be working in the Outpatient Therapy department here at MRH. Dr. Fagan returns to the thumb area after practicing in the Midland area as a pediatric Physical Therapist.

She is a graduate from Grand Valley State University anxious to start her career here at MRH. We are very pleased to have Dr. Fagan join our extraordinary therapy team! Please help us welcome her to our department, hospital and community.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fagan PT/DPT, please call 989-635-4350. Visit us online at and “Like” us on Facebook at Therapy Services of MRH .

Dr. Fagan PT/DPT


Marlette Couples Celebrate 70 Years of Marriage ~ Marlette Regional Hospital extends a sincere congratulations to couples, Harold and Patricia Joseph and Walt and Delia Rayl as they recently celebrated 70 years of marriage. The longtime friends were both married in June of 1951. Due to Health concerns, Harold is currently living at Hannah Wolfe while Patricia is staying in LTC at MRH. Walt is currently living at Hannah Wolfe while Delia is staying at LTC at MRH.  Living in separate facilities can be challenging, but both couples were able to safely celebrate the incredible milestone together and believes the key to a lasting marriage is to: grow together, never go to bed mad, and say I love you.

Walt and Delia were married in June of 1951. They have 4 children, 31 grandchildren, 63 great grandchildren and 30 great-great grandchildren. “Not often do children get to help their parents celebrate 70 years of marriage! God has blessed them with a lifetime of hard work on the farm, joys, disappointments, health issues, love, heartaches, and many blessings. Through it all, their faith in God has remained strong and their desires to serve him has been passed down through four more generations beginning with their children,” says Walt and Delia children. In celebration of their 70 years of marriage, Walt and Delia received over 70 greeting cards wishing them congratulations.

Harold and Patricia Joseph met at a roller rink in Keego Harbor when Patricia was 17 years of age. Kathy Hutchinson, daughter of Harold and Patricia says, “They did not date as our father was shipped to Alaska as he was in the Air Force during the war. They wrote letters to each other to confirm their love/relationship for one another. You see our father and mother dated through letters somewhat like today ie: online dating.  They were way ahead of their time. At this time, they fell in love and my father proposed to our Mother upon his return from Alaska.  He bought her a charming necklace and a bracelet only reading sign language of two eskimos meeting, courtship from afar, and coming together as one.” Harold and Patricia were married on June 17th, 1951 and have 8 children, 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Harold believes the key to marriage is, “to give 75% of the time and take 25% of the time,” He’s says that his favorite part of the day is, “visiting Patricia when allowed outside of the hospital.”

Congratulations to both couples as they continue to grow their love and friendship.

Harold & Patricia Joseph (left) and, Delia & Walt Rayl (right)

Walt & Delia Rayl

Harold & Patricia Joseph