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(PORT HOPE) -- The 10th Annual Dillinger Ride, sponsored by the Inn Between Saloon in Port Hope, raised a record amount of money during the event May 24 in support of United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital. Over 135 motorcycle riders took part and raised $5,000. The event was established 10-years ago as a memorial tribute to the life of Jim Dillinger Friedland. Jim was a patient of United Hospice Service and his family wanted to honor him by helping support other patients receiving hospice care and their families. The continued support and annual donations raised through the Dillinger Ride help ensure that the best hospice care is available to patients and their families throughout the Thumb. The ride is held each year on the Saturday before Memorial Day at the Inn Between Saloon in Port Hope.

PICTURED: Inn Between Saloon owners Bob and Jayne Click present Elise Kelly, UHS Bereavement Coordinator, with event proceeds totaling $5,000.

(AREA) -- The Marlette Regional Hospital Diabetes Education Program is hosting a free walking program this summer in Marlette, Mayville, and North Branch. The Marlette walking program will take place weekly on Tuesday's, June 24-August 26 from 9-10 a.m. along Gayle's Trial, located at the Marlette Elementary School. The Mayville walking program begins runs Thursday's, June 26-August 28 along the Foote Path, located at the Mayville Elementary School, from 3-4 p.m. The North Branch walking program will take place Wednesday's, June 25-August 27 along the Jefferson Trail at Ruth Fox Elementary School from 3-4 p.m. This program is free because of a generous grant from the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Walkers of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to participate. Water will be provided on scheduled walk days. For more information or to register, call the Marlette Regional Hospital community education department at 989-635-4349.

(AREA) -- Seven employees of Deckerville Community Hospital, including six Registered Nurses--Ashley Stolicker, Maria Szydlo, Kay Cutcher, Kathy Aumann, Sarah McCready, and Dana Gonzalez, along with Physician's Assistant Lori Nugent, attended Comprehensive Advanced Life Support training in Bad Axe June4-6. CALS is a team based educational program deliberately designed for the emergency training needs of rural healthcare teams and is specifically geared towards rural hospitals where resources such as personnel and equipment are more constrained. The 23-hours of training provided the staff with hands on practice with rural world medical emergencies including pediatric and adult resuscitation, trauma and labor and delivery emergencies.

(MARLETTE) --  The Nurse Practice Council of Marlette Regional Hospital is accepting applications for their annual $500 Nursing Scholarship. Information is available at the hospital's administrative office. The deadline for submitting an application is July 22. The scholarship is awarded to any Marlette Regional Hospital staff member pursuing a career in nursing or furthering their education in nursing.

(MARLETTE) -- Marlette Regional Hospital will welcome family medicine physician, Dr. Allison Nichol beginning in mid-July. Dr. Nichol will serve patients in the Marlette area, working with Dr. Jabir Akhtar. Dr. Nichol is from Deckerville and has a strong desire to practice in the rural health setting. She is a certified athletic trainer and received her medical degree from A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in family medicine at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills and is currently completing her fellowship in sports medicine at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. She has a passion for sports medicine and has worked closely with collegiate athletes. Dr. Nichol will provide primary care medical services to patients of all ages. Dr. Akhtar has expanded his office hours to include walk-ins and evening appointments Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

PICTURED: Dr. Allison Nichol (left) will be joining Marlette Regional Hospital in mid-July and will be working in tandem with Dr. Jabir Akhtar (right) to serve patients in Marlette.

(SANDUSKY) -- McKenzie Health System has received the MPRO's 2014 Governor's Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in implementing a replicable and sustainable health care associated infections prevention program with improvement in the critical access hospital setting. The honor from Michigan's Health Care Quality Improvement Organization was awarded at a ceremony May 9 in Bath Township. This year, 188 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes and community coalitions were honored with the award, which recognizes participants for their dedication to improve health care quality and patient safety in Michigan. McKenzie Health System was one of six hospitals in the state that received the honor of Outstanding Achievement in Reducing Health Care-Associated Infections in the Critical Access Hospital Setting.

(AREA) -- Dr. Kenneth E. Dambacher with the Peck Medical Center has announced his retirement effective July 25 after 30-years of serving the community's healthcare needs. McKenzie Health System of Sandusky and Marlette Regional Hospital have placed Dr. James Sams and Nurse Practitioner Erin Roberts at the Peck Medical Center to continue patient care provided by Dr. Dambacher. McKenzie Health System CEO Steve Barnett says that Dr. Dambacher, Dr. Sams and Erin are working together to establish a seamless transition plan so that service to patients will continue with no interruption. New patients will also be welcome.

(MARLETTE) -- As of May 21, all interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers are required to have Department of Transportation physical exams and a certificate from a medical professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Marlette Regional Hospital and its family health care offices have certified medical professionals on staff in Marlette and Brown City to perform the physical exams. Certified personnel include Dr. Jabir Akhtar and physicians assistant Galen Smith of Marlette Family Healthcare and physicians assistant Kimberly Verellen of Family Healthcare of Brown City. Contact either location for a DOT examination.

(SANDUSKY) -- McKenzie Health System in Sandusky recently recognized long-time employees during their Employee Longevity Awards Celebration. Jay Smith, Director of Diagnostic Imaging has served the hospital for 30-years. In his role as department director, Jay is committed to offering the community a variety of diagnostic imaging techniques and up-to-date technology. Awards were also given to Sheila Sadler for her 20-years of commitment to McKenzie, Tammy Greyerbiehl, Kristie Hopkin, Sandra Jones, Wendy McBride, Sue Messing, and Summer Nowiski for 10-years of service, and Paula Erbe, Tristen Laursen, Nathan Petrie and Jennifer Rolston for 5-years of service. The Longevity Awards Celebration wrapped up a week full of activities that were planned to show appreciation to the dedicated staff at McKenzie Health System.

(DECKERVILLE) -- Three employees from Deckerville Community Hospital participated in hazardous material disaster training April 29 at the Standish Fire Authority. Maintenance Specialist John Bowerman, Billing Specialist Matt Veen, and RN, EMT-P Bonnie Hoff took part in the training sponsored by the Region 3 Healthcare Coalition. HazMat Solutions from Holland, Michigan provided the training to 20 emergency response participants. The morning consisted of classroom instruction on hazardous materials and situations and later, a disaster decontamination tent was used for hands-on simulation. Participants also learned about recognizing meth labs and how to respond to them.

Pictured: Bonnie Hoff and John Bowerman