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(MARLETTE) -- Marlette Regional Hospital celebrated National Hospital Week May 11-17 by honoring the 2014 Nurses of the Year, Cynthia Parsell of the cardiopulmonary department and Diane Hogan of the long-term care unit. Cyndi has been in the nursing field for 5-years and has worked in the health care industry for over 25-years. Diane has been a nurse for 19-years and has served as the Director for the Marlette Regional Hospital long-term care unit since 2007. The Nurse of the Year program started in 2011 and is organized by the hospital's Nurse Practice Council. Registered Nurse Dawn Rudgers of the emergency department was the recipient of last year's award and was featured on billboards last May.

Pictured: Marlette Regional Hospital recently awarded 2014 Nurses of the Year. Pictured above are award recipients Diane Hogan, RN (left) and Cynthia Parsell, RN (right). 

(DECKERVILLE) -- The Ruth Knights of Columbus donated fifteen "Casey" Teddy Bears to the Deckerville Community Hospital ER earlier this month. "Casey" bears are used by emergency service providers to comfort children during a stressful situation like medical emergencies or accidents. The program has been in place for over 20-years. Around 400 Michigan Knights of Columbus councils use "Casey" the bear for community service projects. Deckerville Hospital has been  supplied with the bears for several years through the Ruth Knights of Columbus Council #3823.

PICTURED: Grand Knight Harry Roggenbuck, Stephanie Nagey, Marketing Director, Program Director Jerome (Curly) Messing, and Dr. Bassam Afaneh.

(LANSING) -- State Senator Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, welcomed U.S. military veteran Dr. John V. Deaver to the Michigan Senate on Thursday, May 22. Deaver, an Air Force navigator on a B-24 Liberator in Europe during World War II, was Pavlov’s guest for the Michigan Senate’s 20th Annual Memorial Day Service. In addition to serving his country, Deaver earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago and worked for Ford Motor Company from 1969 until he retired as its chief economist in 1986. "Dr. Deaver is the epitome of the Greatest Generation, and I am happy he was able to join me today,” Pavlov said. Michigan’s military heroes who defended freedom and sacrificed their lives in the past year were honored during the special ceremony. 

PICTURED: State Senator Phil Pavlov and Dr. John V. Deaver

(AREA) -- Nurse Practitioner Michael Lewis, DNP, FNP-C, will join McKenzie Health System's Family Practice team and begin seeing patients June 1 at McKenzie's Lakeshore Internal Medicine Clinic in Port Sanilac. Steve Barnett, President and CEO of McKenzie Health System says Michael's Doctor of Nursing Practice with a Family Nurse Practitioner Certification will be a great addition to the comprehensive care at Lakeshore. Lewis will work with Dr. Mark English two days a week. Lewis obtained his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Michigan-Flint in May. He has been a Registered Nurse for McKenzie since July of 1999 working on both the medical/surgical unit and in the Emergency Department. He also served in the 101st Airborne Division in the U.S. Army Airborne Infantry.

(MARLETTE) -- In honor of the 2014 National Hospital Week the Marlette Regional Hospital employees collected over 850 school supply items and donated them to Marlette Community Schools. Pictured with the donated items are a group of MRH employees and Marlette Elementary Principal Jason Vislosky. 

Friday, 16 May 2014 11:12

Annual Hospice Walk is a Success!

(MARLETTE) -- United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital held a successful Hospice Walk Fundraiser on Saturday, May 10. Over 200 businesses and individuals supported the annual event and contributed over $10,000 to the hospice program, which will assist with patient care. Many participants walked in honor or in memory of someone special along Gayle's Trail in Marlette.

PICTURED: The staff of Oetiker taking part in the annual Hospice Walk Fundraiser. Oetiker has been a very generous supporter of the hospice program. For more information visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org or call 800-635-7490.

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY) -- State Representative Dan Lauwers of Brockway Township has announced that he is sponsoring his 2nd-annual Summer Reading Contest for local elementary school students to help them retain and improve their reading skills during the next few months.

Elementary school students in the 81st House District are eligible, and are encouraged to read early and often. Students or parents can submit the titles of completed books and the pages read by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please put "Summer Reading Contest" in the subject line, along with the student's name, elementary school, school district and grade they'll be attending in the fall.

“We had a great response last summer from local students so we wanted to sponsor the contest again this year to help young people stay sharp during the break,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township.  “Reading is a fun and effective way to better prepare for the next school year in the fall.  I encourage local kids to enter the contest and start reading.”

Each submission is another entry in the contest, and one student from each local school district with the highest number of total pages read will be given a pizza party in their new class in the fall, courtesy of Rep. Lauwers.

The number of books read by young people during the summer is consistently related to academic gains, according to several studies.  Children who read six or more books over the summer also gained more in reading achievement.

Contest winners will be determined in early September.

For more information about the contest, residents can call Lauwers toll free at (877) DAN-8181, or through e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(LANSING) -- Rev. Phil Whetstone, center, pastor of Colonial Woods Missionary Church in Port Huron, offered the invocation Wednesday, May 14 to open the session of the Michigan House of Representatives. He was the guest of State Representative Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City, right, and is pictured with Speaker of the House Jase Bolger, R-Marshall.

(MARLETTE) -- The Diabetes Education Program of Marlette Regional Hospital will be hosting a free educational presentation, "What You Need to Know About Medicare" on Thursday, May 22 for the general public and those living with diabetes. Kristi Bueche of the Region VII Area Agency on Aging will discuss topics including how Medicare works, drug plans, the coverage gap, and the Medicare savings programs. The presentation will be offered from 3-4 p.m. May 22 at the Marlette Regional Hospital East Campus and is open to the public. You must register by Monday, May 19 by calling Jennifer Callahan at 989-635-4349.

(SANDUSKY) -- McKenzie Health System's Cardiopulmonary Department is joining forces with Marlette Regional Hospital's Sleep Lab to improve patient health by providing new services. McKenzie is now offering Home Sleep Testing for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. This new technology will allow the patient to have their sleep study in the comfort of their own home. OSA is a repeated interruption of normal breathing during sleep due to a collapse of the upper airway. It holds serious health consequences and contributes to chronic diseases such as stroke, heart failure, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, congestive heart failure and increased odds of serious car crash injuries.

Home Sleep Testing allows patients to be tested in the comfort, convenience and privacy of their own home. The equipment is small, lightweight and easy to use.

Not all patients qualify for HST. Physicians who believe their patient has a moderate to severe probability for Obstructive Sleep Apnea may qualify for HST. People who have disorders such
as moderate to severe pulmonary disease (emphysema, asthma), neuromuscular disease (Parkinson’s, stroke, epilepsy), and moderate to severe Congestive Heart Failure, (to name a
few) should have an in-facility sleep study instead of HST. The patient should check with their insurance provider to see if they approve HST or in-facility sleep study.

You can now look to McKenzie Health System’s Cardiopulmonary Department for providing Home Sleep Testing. To schedule a Home Sleep Test, contact McKenzie Health System’s
Scheduling Department at 810-648-6179.

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