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(BROWN CITY) -- Family HealthCare of Brown City has recently extended their office hours and now accepts same-day appointments in an effort to better serve the community. Board certified family medicine physician Daniel T. Kulick, D.O. and physician assistant Kimberly Verellen are also accepting new patients. Dr. Kulick and Kim provide primary care medical services to patients of all ages. Their services include, but are not limited to, physicals, care of acute illnesses, chronic disease management, preventative health care, well child care, adolescent care, men’s and women’s health care, minor diagnostic testing and minor surgical procedures. The office of Family HealthCare of Brown City is open Monday through Friday.

PICTURED: Family HealthCare of Brown City has recently extended their hours at their office located at 4472 Main Street in Brown City. Pictured above are staff (left to right): Dr. Kulick, Patricia Schank, Margie Manimanis, Annette McCardle, Corrine Kunz, Jennifer Kile and Kimberly Verellen, MS, PA-C

(DECKERVILLE) -- The Deckerville League of Women recently presented Deckerville Community Hospital with a $1,000 donation toward the purchase of a new Nurse Call System. The hospital is looking to replace its existing Nurse Call System, which a patient uses to call a nurse to request assistance. The system will cost approximately $25,000. The League of Women also donated a Hunting Blind Sponsorship of $50 for the European Pheasant Hunt Fundraiser, hosted by Deckerville Community Hospital on Saturday, March 15 at Rooster Ranch LLC Hunt Club in Ubly. Proceeds from this event will go towards the purchase of the Nurse Call system. Registration and Sponsorship forms for the event are available at www.deckervillehosp.org

Pictured: Director of Nursing Angie McConnachie, RN, MSN; Marsha Pozsgay-League of Women President; and Director of Marketing Stephanie Nagey.

(AREA) -- Women in Sanilac County returning to school to pursue a "recognized degree program" at a college, trade, or technical school have the opportunity to apply for the William V. (Dixie) Flannigan and Jane W. Walls scholarship. Jane Walls and her husband, William "Dixie" Flannigan, felt a strong commitment to higher education when they originally established a scholarship fund in 2000. They hoped the scholarship would ease the financial burden of worthy Croswell-Lexington students and provide opportunities that they themselves were not afforded. Scholarships continue to be available for eligible Croswell-Lexington students. Jane Walls was a dedicated first grade teacher at Cros-Lex for over 20-years. Her college education was interrupted, first by WWII and then marriage and a family. She returned to college, graduating with her Bachelor's degree with high honors and later completed her Master's in teaching. Dixie Flannigan went into the carpentry business, building many homes around the Croswell-Lexington area. He believed that honest, hard work would not only put calluses on your hands but build integrity and character in an individual. Those interested in applying for the scholarship are asked to contact the Sanilac County Community Foundation at 810-648-3634. Applications are due March 28. 

(TUSCOLA COUNTY) -- Nine members of the Michigan State Police Caro post participated Saturday in the 2014 Polar Plunge in Caro to raise money for Special Olympics. The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge series in known for its zany costumes and courageous participants. The troopers personalized their costumes based off the popular TV series Duck Dynasty and used the team name "Blue Goose Dynasty. They were awarded the Golden Plunger Award for best costumes and an award for most money raised. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

(MARLETTE) -- Through various fundraising efforts each year, the Marlette Hospital Auxiliary purchases needed equipment and furnishings for Marlette Regional Hospital that enhance the patient and visitor experience. Among some of the Auxiliary's most recent donations were nine solid oak dressers to furnish the long-term care unit's resident rooms. The dressers were crafted by McMillin's Furniture and Design Center of Yale and were purchased at-cost with no delivery fee.

PICTURED: Long-term care manager Diane Hogan (left) assists McMillin's employees Adam Gross and Austin McLeod with unloading the dressers. Marlette Regional Hospital is grateful to the Auxiliary for their support!

(GAGETOWN) -- Area educators are reminded to sign up now to reserve a date and time for students to attend the 19th annual School Tours at the Thumb Octagon Barn & Agricultural Museum in Gagetown. The year's theme is "Michigan Apples. The guided tours will be held during the school day Wednesday through Friday, May 7-9. The educational field trip for preschool through 8th grade allows students to participate in up to 28 stations that depict rural Michigan in the early 1900's. Tours take about 4 1/2 hours, but shorter tours can be scheduled. A donation of $2.00 per student and each chaperone is suggested. Tours are held rain or shine. For more information, teachers are asked to visit thumboctagonbarn.org Last year, around 1,100 students from 6 counties attended the educational guided tours.

(BROWN CITY) -- The Brown City Rotary held their 25th Annual Pancake Supper last week at the Harrington Inn in Brown City. The annual fundraiser for United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital helps ensure that the best hospice care is available to patients and their families through the region, close to home. Rotary Club members, staff, and volunteers served over 300 people.

PICTURED: United Hospice Director Randy Foco, LMSW, stands with Larry Thiemkey, a long-time supporter of the hospice program and a key organizer in the annual fundraising event.

(MARLETTE) -- Marlette Regional Hospital's laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent on-site inspection of the laboratory and cardiopulmonary departments. The laboratory's medical director is Dr. John C. Liao. During the accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures. Following the inspection, the CAP surveyor stated that she was very impressed with Marlette Regional Hospital's laboratory and commended the management and staff for highly organized services and very complete policies and procedures. The laboratory is one of more than 7,500 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

Thursday, 06 February 2014 10:10

HELP, Inc. accepts donation from WHITE CAPPS

(SANDUSKY) -- Help, Inc. in Sandusky recently accepted a $1,000 donation from the White CAPPS organization. The money was raised on New Year's Eve at the Blue Water Inn in Port Sanilac. The money will be used to assist Sanilac County residents in need with their heating bills. White CAPPS, Chapter 867--Women Helping In The Enhancement of Croswell, Applegate, Peck, Port Sanilac, and Sandusky--is a group of women business owners from various communities in the county. The organization is affiliated with the Woman's Life Insurance Society, a fraternal benefit society based in Port Huron.

PICTURED: Accepting the donation from Charlene Kasprus is Marilyn Armstrong, Assistant Treasurer of HELP, Inc.

(MARLETTE) -- The staff of Marlette Regional Hospital recently honored Dorothy Martus of the acute care department as the December 2013 Employee of the Month. Employees are selected based on who represents the mission, vision and values of the hospital. Dorothy has worked at Marlette Regional Hospital for the past 19-years and is currently serving as a ward clerk in the acute care unit. Dorothy is noted for her positive attitude and her ability to multi-task. She juggles admissions, discharges, patient transfers, coordinates patient tests and procedures, as well as monitors supply and procedure cost reimbursement for the department.

PICTURED: Clinical Services Director Hilda Hebberd (left) presents Dorothy with her employee of the month award.