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(SANDUSKY) -- McKenzie Health System Auxiliary members this month presented a check in the amount of $8,937.40 to hospital President and CEO Steve Barnett. The money will be used toward the recently purchased Digital Mammogram Imaging System. Two events that helped raise the funds included the 8th Annual McKenzie Health System Auxiliary Golf Scramble at Woodland Hills and a Pretty in Pink Tea Party and Fashion Show. Auxiliary President Patti O'Connor says that it's the volunteers, community members and McKenzie Health System employees that made the donation possible.

PICTURED L-R: Bert McBride, Auxiliary V.P.; Sandy Wheeler, Auxiliary Treasurer; Patti O'Connor, Auxiliary President; Steve Barnett, President/CEO MHS.

(MARLETTE) -- The finishing touches have been made to the newly renovated acute care inpatient unit at Marlette Regional Hospital and patients are already experiencing a difference. As part of the original hospital structure built in the 1950's, the acute care unit was in great need for modern updates to improve the patient and visitor experience. Before the project began, the unit's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems were replaced. The renovation project included updated paint on the walls, floor coverings, lighting fixtures, patient handrails along the hallway, furniture, and patient privacy curtains. A centralized remote nurses' station was also created within the acute hallway that is more easily identifiable by patients and visitors. The entire project was made possible with generous financial contributions and support from the Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation, individual contributors and surrounding communities.

(AREA) -- Marlette Regional Hospital proudly congratulates their emergency medical services (EMS) personnel Jeremy Beatty, EMPTand Chad Schmidt, EMT for their recent honor as "EMTs of the Year" for Sanilac County. This honor is awarded annually at the Sanilac County Police and Firemen's Association Public Safety Awards.

In their nomination, they received this honor for their life-saving actions at the scene of a personal injury accident in the winter of 2012. The accident victim had sustained life-threatening injuries, including an unsecured airway. EMT Schmidt and paramedic Beatty responded quickly and worked together to perform a successful emergency surgical cricothyrotomy as a last line effort to save the patient's life. A cricothyrotomy is an incision through the skin and cricothyroid membrane to secure a patent's airway for emergency relief of upper airway obstruction. Since this procedure is most often used as a last line effort in emergency cases, this procedure has only been performed twice in the past 10-years in Sanilac County.

EMT Schmidt and paramedic Beatty both possess exceptional professional knowledge, abilities, initiative, and devotion to patient care, and, for that, we thank them. They are very well-deserving of this honor.

(LANSING) -- State Senator Mike Green, R-Mayville, stands with a display of student artwork in his Lansing office. Art students of Deborah Oakwood from Kirk Elementary and Meachum Junior High in Millington submitted the work. The art will be on display all summer.

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- The Sanilac County Community Foundation has announced this year's scholarship recipients. Matthew Falls, a graduate of CPS High School was selected for the Eleanor M. Bowman Scholarship. Matthew is the son of Wayne and Debbie Falls of Carsonville. He will be attending Albion College in the fall to study sports medicine and will also be playing basketball.

Susan Tebo, a Brown City High School graduate, received the Carol A. Crake Scholarship. She is attending Macomb Community College in the fall to study in the Vet Tech program. Susan is the daughter of Sharon Tebo, a retired elementary teacher from Brown City Community Schools. The Carol A. Crake Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 and is available to eligible graduates of Brown City, Imlay City or North Branch High Schools who are already accepted to a 2 or 4-year college or university. 

This year's recipient of the Kenneth Alexander Memorial Scholarship is Kathleen Weller, the daughter of Marleen and Scott Weller. Kathleen was the Co-Valedictorian at Peck Schools and will be attending Saginaw Valley State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Nursing with a minor in Spanish.

CPS graduate Ryan Davis was awarded the Daryl Walker Scholarship. Ryan, the son of Mike and Karen Davis of Carsonville, will attend Central Michigan University in the fall to pursue a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. The scholarship was created in memory of Daryl Walker, former teacher and superintendent of Carsonville-Port Sanilac Schools. Walker had a long history of making a positive impact on youth in the local community.

Holly Good, a Sandusky High School graduate, is this year's recipient of the Connie Block-Siemen Memorial Scholarship, the Robert Cork Scholarship, the Port Sanilac Garden Club Scholarship, and the Sandusky FFA Scholarship. Holly is the daughter of Steve and Jackie Good of Sandusky. She will attend Michigan State University in the fall to study Agricultural Business Management. 

Deckerville graduate Riva Phillips is this year's recipient of the Richard M. Coffelt Memorial Scholarship Fund. Riva is the daughter of Chris and Irene Phillips. Riva was a member of the Deckerville Band and played percussion and piano. She was awarded the Frederic Chopin Award. Riva plans on attending Central Michigan University in the fall to pursue a career in Music Performance/Production. The Richard M. Coffelt Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Richard M. Coffelt, Band Director and teacher in the Van Buren Public School system from 1948-1972.

Elizabeth Berry, daughter of John and Linda Berry, is the recipient of the Marvin Longuski/Village of Peck Educational Scholarship and the Richard M. Coffelt Memorial Scholarship. Elizabeth was a Co-Valedictorian at Peck Schools. She will be traveling to Texas to attend a Discipleship Training School through the University of Nations. Upon her return, Elizabeth will attend St. Clair Community College to obtain an associate's degree in General Education and then transfer to a 4-year university to pursue a degree in the counseling field. 

(SANILAC COUNTY) -- Nominations for the 2013 Sanilac County Silver Lining Awards are being accepted through the end of the month. The Silver Lining Awards are sponsored by the Sanilac County Community Foundation and the United Way of Sanilac County. The event recognizes volunteers in the community in a number of categories. The Romney Award is given to individuals who have been nominated for a Silver Lining award for 5-years and the Stan Fetting Heart of Gold Award is given to those reaching 10-years of nominations. This year's ceremony will take place Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. at the Firebird Theater in Sandusky. Nomination forms are available at www.sanilacfoundation.org or by calling Joan Nagelkirk at 810-648-3634 and are due by 5 p.m. July 31.