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Friday, 31 May 2013 09:39

Annual Hospice Walk is a Success!

(MARLETTE) -- Despite the brisk temperature in the mid-30s on Saturday, May 11, over 100 walkers participated in the annual Hospice Walk. Those who participated in this annual fundraiser walked in honor or in memory of someone special along Gayle's Trail in Marlette. Thanks to the participants, sponsors, in-kind donors and volunteers who supported this annual fundraiser, over $14,000 was raised for United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital to assist with patient care. For more information about hospice services, please call 800-635-7490 or visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.

(SANDUSKY) -- Nurse Practitioner Suzette Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP, will join McKenzie Health System (MHS) in June.

"We are pleased to add the exceptional clinical skills and patient-care focus of Suzette to our team," said Steve Barnett, President and CEO of MHS. "She has focused on primary care for 33-years with a specialty in oncology, which will enhance the patient-care excellence at McKenzie."

Suzette earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from the University of Michigan in Flint. Her DNP was preceded by a Master's degree from Concordia University in Mequon, Wis., a Bachelor's degree from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an Associate's degree from St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Mich. Suzette will work with James L. Sams, MD, five days per week. "I look forward to meeting residents from our community and helping them manage their healthcare," said Suzette. "We'll emphasize overall wellness, including exercising, nutrition, preventative care and testing." "Unfortunately, some illnesses are hard to fight off," continued Suzette. "This is why I've also focused on palliative care to aid patients in receiving the best care for chronic illnesses and diseases in all stages."

Suzette will continue her work as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. There, she developed and implemented the Symptom Management and Supportive Care Program and oversees all clinical research in the program. Serving as Co-Director of the Program, she provides medical management of patients with cancer and those in need of end-of-life care. Suzette also works with several nonprofits, as well as serving on several advisory boards. These include the Oncology Nursing Society, Advisory Board for Oncology Education Services, IMER Nursing Advisory Board and the Amgen Advisory Board. To schedule an appointment with Suzette or Dr. Sams, call 810-648-3229. 

(MARLETTE) -- Marlette Regional Hospital celebrated National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week May 13-17. As part of week-long activities that celebrated the staff, Emergency Department RN Dawn Rudgers was named "Nurse of the Year." Dawn, a resident of Croswell, has been in the nursing field for 33-years and has been serving patients at Marlette Regional Hospital since 1999. The Nurse of the Year program started in 2011 and is organized by the Marlette Regional Hospital Nurse Practice Council. Tom O'Connor, LPN of the long-term care department, was given the award last year.


Pictured: 2012 Nurse of the Year Tom O'Connor, LPN presents Dawn Rudgers, RN with the Marlette Regional Hospital 2013 Nurse of the Year Award.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Sanilac County Community Mental Health Executive Director, Jim Johnson recently presented a check in the amount of $973 to members of the Walk to Remember Sub-Committee of the Sanilac County Building Ties. The money will be used to support Walk to Remember's Respite Care Fund, which provides financial assistance for respite care for caregivers of loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's or other forms of memory loss. Community Mental Health employees make a quarterly donation to non-profit organizations through their "Casual for a Cause" initiative. Those employees are allowed to dress casually every other Friday in exchange for a $3 donation to the fund. Former recipients have included the Sanilac County Humane Society, Eva's Place, CPS Project Blessing, Department of Human Services Holiday Project, Thumbs' Up for Kids, United Hospice Service and the Human Development Commission.

PICTURED: On behalf of Sanilac County Community Mental Health employees, Jim Johnson, Executive Director of Sanilac County CMH, was pleased to present a check in the amount of $739 to Chairperson Cheryl Hieber and members of the Walk to Remember Sub-Committee of Sanilac County Building Ties.  

(ALMONT) -- The Almont Area Chamber of Commerce awarded their 2013 scholarship to Almont High School Senior Emily Bonello. The scholarship is given to Almont students that plan to continue their education in a business related field. Bonello earned high honors including the bronze, silver, and gold academic awards. She was a member of the All-Academic Blue Water Area Conference Team for softball during her Junior and Senior years. Emily was a 4-year participant in the choir, softball, and drama programs. She was an active member of the National Honor Society and Student Council during her high school years and completed numerous acts of volunteer community service such as Operation Care Package, the Special Olympics, and blood drives for the American Red Cross. Emily plans to attend Michigan State University in the fall to pursue a degree in business.

(LANSING) -- Tim Adams, Commander of the Alvin F. Miller American Legion Post in Richville, is pictured with State Senator Mike Green testifying before the Senate Finance Committee in support of Senate Bill 209. Introduced by Green, R-Mayville, SB 209 will establish a state sales tax exemption for fundraisers held by local veterans' posts that benefit an active duty member of the military or a veteran. Green introduced the bill after a fundraiser organized by the Richville post for Sgt. Travis Mills was subjected to the tax.

(LANSING) -- State Senator Mike Green announced that an impressive art collection from the Marlette Elementary School students of fine arts teacher Sarah Opperman is now on display in his Capitol office.

The collection is based on a lighthouse and lakeshore theme that is particularly appropriate to Michigan considering it has more lighthouses and freshwater shoreline than any other state in the nation. The art will be on display for legislators, constituents and other state leaders during the month of May.

Senator Green, R-Mayville, invites individuals to visit his office and view the art during regular business hours. Green regularly displays student art as part of his "Kids of the 31st!" program that highlights the talent and positive behavior of youth in the district.

Any school or teacher in the 31st Senate District interested in submitting student art for display may contact Green's office toll free at (886) 305-2131 or by visiting his website at www.statesenatormikegreen.com

Friday, 10 May 2013 15:24

Hospice Quilters Donate 300th Quilt

(MARLETTE) -- A group of 17 women from Huron and Tuscola counties recently donated their 300th handmade quilt to the United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital. Home hospice care and hospice resident patients receive one of the special quilts to provide a little extra comfort and warmth. Every quilt donated by the group is unique in both color and pattern. Brenda Miller of Bad Axe organized the quilting group in 2010 after her family received the quilt given to her brother during his stay at the Hospice Residence in Marlette. Miller became motivated to help support the cause. United Hospice Service Director Randy Foco says the organization is grateful for the group of ladies and their support. He added that the volunteers truly do make a difference in the level of care that is provided. United Hospice Service serves Sanilac, Huron, St. Clair, Lapeer and Tuscola counties.

PICTURED: United Hospice Service Director Randy Foco poses with a group of volunteer quilters from Huron and Tuscola counties who recently donated their 300th quilt to the hospice program. Members of the quilting group include Brenda Miller, Janet Wright, Doris Stimpfel, Sharron Hartwick, Doris Hendrick, Carol Gaszczynski, Elfriede Engelhart, Drucilla Pisarck, Carole Bessler, Linda Downing, Kathy Storey, Mary Helen Pratt, Carolyn Mittlestat, Wanda Lonsbury, Phillis King, Bonnie O'Lary and Sally Anderson.