The Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation

Improving the Health of Our Communities
The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation provides a working link between the hospital and the communities we serve. The goal of the MRH Foundation is to build support, involvement, and lasting relationships with employees, medical staff, volunteers, donors, and those we service.

The MRH Foundation Development Council is led by chairman Terry Haske of Marlette. Terry has served in this leadership role since 2008. As chairman, Terry helps to identify community needs and desires and communicates them to the organization. He also works in coordination with a group of community volunteer leaders that serve on one of three Foundation committees, each managing programs that increase community involvement, community service, communication and education, and philanthropic involvement for the hospital.

Some of these notable programs carried out by the Development Council includes the Friends of MRH giving club, the annual Driving for Health Golf Scramble, and the Tree of Shining Love event.


The Development Council Volunteer Committees
The MRH Foundation Development Council consists of three committees of community volunteer leaders, each managing programs that communicate with, cultivate, solicit, and recognize specific groups.

These programs increase:

  • Community involvement.
  • Community service.
  • Communication and education.
  • Philanthropic involvement.

Listed below are the three committees, their dedicated volunteers, and the programs that they conduct.

The Annual Support Committee orchestrates the Friends of MRH giving club.

Volunteer committee members include Bradley Bissett, chairperson; Ken Babich, Ruth Babich, Ted Huntoon, Amy Lowman, Al Patrick, Ann Schrope, and Angela Solon.

The Business Relations Committee organizes the Driving for Health Golf Scramble and hosts business leader seminars and programs.

Volunteer committee members include Amie Abbe, chairperson; Andrew  Huffman, Scott Keys, Phil Macumber, Kyle Mausolf, Jenna Muxlow, and Kathy Sauvola.

The Community Relations Committee organizes the Tree of Shining Love event, along with other community outreach events such as the Coaches Sports Summit, Total Tune Up Health Fair and Classic Car Show, community walking program, and additional health and wellness events.

Volunteer committee members include Jill Thomas, chairperson; Sharon Beals, Jan Blovsky, Kendra Jickling, Sheila Lambert, Meredith Lyons, Joanne Thompson, and Jeanette Yaroch.

Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in learning more about the MRH Foundation or are interested in volunteering on one of these committees, please contact MRH Foundation Manager at 989-635-4012.


Past Development Projects

The Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation Development Council committees have carried out various fundraising programs—such as the Friends of MRH giving club, the annual Driving for Health Golf Scramble, and the Tree of Shining Love event—in an effort to support the hospital in its mission to improve the quality of health in the communities it serves.

At the start of each year, the hospital leadership team and Development Council committees jointly determine a project or cause for the Foundation to financially assist the hospital in achieving.

Past Foundation projects have included: Raising additional funding for the B.C.U.P.S. program, creation of the diagnostic imaging department waiting area, purchase of a nuclear medicine imaging camera, LIFEPAK defibrillators, renovations of the acute care unit, long-term care unit dining area, emergency room (ER), the Hannah D. Wolfe Retirement Residence, and, most recently, a renovation of the acute care/swing bed unit.

The Acute Care Renovation Project


The Long-Term Care Dining Room Renovation Project


The ER Renovation Project


The Hannah D. Wolfe Retirement Residence Renovation Project

Acute Care/Swing Bed Unit Renovation Project 


Current Development Projects
Signage & Landscaping Improvements

The Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation is currently working to financially assist the hospital in a first impressions exterior upgrade project at the hospital and its four rural health clinics in Brown City, Kingston, Mayville, and North Branch. We have approximately a $1,500 fundraising balance left to make this project a reality.

Laboratory & Long-Term Care Improvements
Marlette Regional Hospital’s laboratory serves an average of 15,000 patients per year and the last time the unit was updated was 1990. The planned improvements will enhance patient comfort and improve staff workflows through the replacement of casework, cabinetry, flooring, paint, and ergonomic furnishings. Improvements will also be made to long-term care resident rooms. The planned improvement will greatly enhance resident comfort and quality of life through the installation of new surface-mount lighting that will complement current over-the-bed fixtures.

Support these Projects
If you are interested in supporting these projects with a charitable contribution, please visit our Giving Opportunities page within this website. All contributions are tax deductible as allowed by law.


Tree of Shining Love 31st Anniversary
The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation is pleased to announce their 31st annual Tree of Shining Love event taking place now through December 31, 2019.

The Tree of Shining Love event provides a unique, annual opportunity for the general public to pay special tribute, in honor/memory, to people in their lives. In doing so, participants will support a worthy cause that will strengthen the quality of health care services provided to patients at Marlette Regional Hospital.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit a new project to support interior improvements to Marlette Regional Hospital’s laboratory and long-term care unit (see description in section above).

In addition to those honored by staff and the general public, this year’s Tree of Shining Love event and ceremony will pay special tribute to Ray and Hilda Clendenan for their lasting impact on youth and families in our Thumb Region communities. Those honored and memorialized will be recognized in a special presentation at the Tree of Shining Love Ceremony Sunday, December 8, 2019 and on Sanilac Broadcasting during the holiday season. Supporters are welcome to submit photos of those they are honoring for the ceremony presentation.

If area businesses are interested in sponsoring this year’s event, please contact the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation office at 989-635-4011 or 989-635-4012. All contributions are tax deductible.

Download this year’s Tree of Shining Love tribute form here.

Contact Us
MRH Foundation Office
Phone: 989-635-4011 or 989-635-4012