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(MARLETTE) -- The Marlette Regional Hospital Foundation Development Council set out at the start of 2012 to raise $100,000 in 3-years to financially assist the hospital with the renovation of the acute care unit at Marlette Regional Hospital. Through various fundraisers including the Driving for Health golf outing, Tree of Shining Love project and the Friends of Marlette Regional Hospital/Cornerstone Club, the foundation accomplished their goal by the end of 2013. The goal was met with support from area residents, businesses, and volunteers. Development Council Chairman Terry Haske and several volunteers recently presented a check to hospital CEO Dan Babcock.

Pictured L to R: Jill Thomas, Joanne Thompson, Terry Haske, Phil Macumber, Kathy Sauvola, Kendra Jickling, Ken Babich, Mark Kappen, Jeanette Yaroch, Bradley Bissett, Don Scott, Cheryl Hieber, Keely McNulty, Dan Babcock and Teri Deering.

(MARLETTE) -- The Diabetes Education Program at Marlette Regional Hospital has expanded with the addition of Registered Nurse, BSN Shelli Greschaw, who is serving as the new coordinator of the diabetes and community education department. Shelli brings her nursing experience in acute care, sub-acute care, rehabilitation, home care and hospice to the diabetes education team. She also has extensive experience in patient/family education and chronic/terminal illness case management particularly, diabetes, congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Shelli received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Michigan University. She has worked as a nurse in various capacities at Oakwood Hospital, Ingham Regional Medical Center, Marlette Regional Hospital and Wellness Homecare. Most recently she has been working with United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital. Melanie Campbell, RN, CDE continues to be part of the diabetes education program as a casual certified diabetic educator. As the former department coordinator, Melanie was instrumental in creating a complete, highly-regarded and accredited Diabetes Self-Management Education program at Marlette Regional Hospital.

PICTURED: Marlette Regional Hospital welcomes Shelli Greschaw, RN, BSN who is serving as the new coordinator of the diabetes education program.

(MARLETTE )-- Marlette Regional Hospital's long-term care unit has earned a deficiency-free annual state survey as a result of a recent on-site inspection by the Bureau of Health Care Services. The stringent inspection program is designed to ensure that residents receive the highest quality of care and quality of life in accordance with all state and federal requirements. Survey and certification activities assure that vulnerable nursing home residents are protected from abuse, neglect, misappropriation of personal property, and inadequate or inappropriate care and services. The annual health survey is conducted to ensure compliance with federal participation requirements for nursing homes certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A deficiency-free survey is an honor as the regulations are stringent. There are 430 Medicare and Medicaid nursing homes in the State of Michigan. Approximately five facilities per year achieve a deficiency-free status. As a result, the Marlette Regional Hospital long-term care unit has been recognized statewide by the Health Care Association of Michigan.


(MARLETTE) -- Over 120 people took part in the Marlette Hospital Auxiliary's "Home For Christmas" event December 5. Attendees had the opportunity to walk through four homes, each beautifully trimmed for the holiday season. The homes on the tour included those of Pete and Donnieta Benoit, Jerry and Sue Cook, Diane Peplinski, and Linda Baldwin. The auxiliary raised $756, which will be used to fund special purchases for the residents of Marlette Regional Hospital's Long-term Care Residence. Those taking part in the walk also had an opportunity to visit shops in and near Marlette and Burnside to do a little holiday shopping. Marlette's Historical Society members served refreshments to visitors of the restored Train Depot in Marlette as well.


The Jerry and Sue Cook residence smacked of magazine-worthy décor, including this gorgeously-trimmed Christmas tree in their living room.


Warm and cozy was the theme throughout the Peplinski farm home on Barnes Road. Tourers stayed long to enjoy the delicious snacks and refreshments while admiring all of Diane’s intricate Christmas furnishings.



This Precious Moments® themed tree and the extensive variety of collectibles was awe-inspiring as a focal point of Pete and Donnieta Beniot’s festively trimmed home.

All things country and primitive as it relates to Christmas could be found in the home of Linda Baldwin in North Branch. No need to Pinterest, tourers gathered ideas-a-plenty for their own DIY décor!


(SANDUSKY) -- Nina Barnett will take over as Public Relations Coordinator at McKenzie Health System in Sandusky. Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and has been employed at the Sanilac Intermediate School District as the Parent Liaison for the Great Start Collaborative since 2008. Nina says she has worked with McKenzie Health System staff on several project over the years and was always impressed by their commitment in providing excellence in healthcare to the local community. Originally from Fair Haven, Barnett graduated from Marine City High School and Baker College. Nina and her husband Keith Barnett, Jr. have three sons who attend school in the Croswell-Lexington School District.