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LifePoint Promotes Jim Bogan to Market President for System's Upper Peninsula Hospitals(2)

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Bogan, Jim ImageBogan to oversee Portage Health, Bell Hospital and Marquette General Hospital

Marquette, Mich. (April 21, 2014) - LifePoint Hospitals® and Duke LifePoint Healthcare announced today that they have expanded their executive management team in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Jim Bogan, chief executive officer (CEO) of Portage Health, has been promoted to the new leadership role of Market President, effective May 11, 2014.

In this role, Bogan will be responsible for executive and operations management for LifePoint’s and Duke LifePoint’s hospitals in the Upper Peninsula. He will oversee Portage Health, Bell Hospital and Marquette General Hospital, with those facilities’ CEOs reporting directly to him.

“Jim’s expertise in hospital operations and administration has been an asset to positioning Portage Health for the future, and we are excited to broaden his responsibilities and leadership” said Jeff Seraphine, Eastern Group President for LifePoint Hospitals. “His nearly 40 years of experience and deep involvement in the region’s healthcare industry will not only benefit LifePoint’s and Duke LifePoint’s hospitals, but any healthcare provider throughout the region who is interested in building and advancing an integrated healthcare delivery system in the Upper Peninsula.”

A national search will soon be launched to find the strongest candidate to fill the top leadership position at Portage Health, where Bogan has served as CEO since 1989. He will continue to lead the hospital until the right candidate is identified to replace him.

Among his accomplishments at Portage Health, Bogan directed the construction and occupancy of a new $30 million healthcare facility, established an integrated medical group affiliated with the hospital, established a thriving volunteer program, and successfully led hospital operations for 24 years. Prior to leading Portage, Bogan served in numerous leadership positions at Trinity Medical Center in Minot, North Dakota, from 1974-1989. He earned his MBA from the University of North Dakota and his bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University. He also is a graduate of the Hospital Administration Program at Concordia College in Minnesota and is an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow.

Bogan’s active leadership in the Upper Peninsula healthcare community will serve as an asset in his new role as Market President. He currently serves as board chair for the Upper Peninsula Health Plan and the Upper Peninsula Health Group. He is past president and founding member of the Upper Peninsula Health Care Network and past president of the Upper Peninsula Hospital Council. Bogan also was a board member of the Michigan Health and Hospital Association, Northern Area Health Education Center and MHA Reinsurance & Casualty Company. He previously served as chairman of Copper Country Human Service Coordinating Body, chapter president of Healthcare Financial Management Association, board member of TeamCare HMO and board member of Medical Diagnostics Services.

For more information, please call Victor Harrington at (906) 483-1550 or visit the Portage Health Web site at

About Portage Health
Portage Health’s mission is to improve the health of the community by providing high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare. Portage Health owns and operates a 36-bed acute-care hospital, a 60-bed skilled nursing unit and related health care services in Hancock-Houghton, Michigan. More information about Portage Health can be found at

About LifePoint Hospitals®
LifePoint Hospitals® is a leading hospital company focused on providing quality healthcare services close to home. Through its subsidiaries, LifePoint operates 61 hospital campuses in 20 states. With a mission of “Making Communities Healthier®,” LifePoint is the sole community hospital provider in the majority of the communities it serves. More information about the Company, which is headquartered in Brentwood, Tennessee, can be found on its website, All references to “LifePoint,” "LifePoint Hospitals," or the “Company” used in this release refer to LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. or its affiliates.

About Duke LifePoint Healthcare
Duke LifePoint Healthcare, a joint venture of Duke University Health System, Inc. and LifePoint Hospitals® (NASDAQ: LPNT), was established to build a dynamic network of hospitals and healthcare providers. The joint venture, which brings together LifePoint's experience in community-based hospital management and Duke's world-renowned leadership in clinical service, is strengthening and improving healthcare delivery by providing community hospitals the clinical, quality and operational resources they need to grow and prosper.

Katie Temple named 2014 Mercy Award recipient

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Temple Mercy AwardHANCOCK — Physical Therapist Katie Temple has been announced as Portage Health’s 2014 Mercy Award recipient in recognition of her commitment to patient care and the community. 



“In the work place, Katie embodies Portage Health’s tagline, ‘Here for you.’ Quality patient care comes naturally to Katie. She is compassionate, caring and acts selflessly to improve the lives of her patients,” said Jim Bogan, President and CEO of Portage Health. 


In addition to her role at Portage Health, Katie is a volunteer assistant hockey coach for the local Keweenaw Storm girls’ youth hockey team. Her volunteer position consumes countless evenings and weekends for practice, games and travel. Katie is also a volunteer for many of Portage Health’s community events.  


The Mercy Award was created to honor outstanding individuals for their commitment to LifePoint’s high standards of excellence. The Mercy Award is given annually in honor of Scott L. Mercy (1961-2000), founding Chief Executive Officer of LifePoint Hospitals, Inc. This award recognizes individuals who consistently go beyond the call of duty in serving their patients and the community. The award identifies an employee who demonstrates a level of commitment and caring that transcends the everyday, and inspires others with compassion, dedication and a merciful spirit.  


This local honor places Katie in nomination for LifePoint’s 2014 companywide Mercy Award, the highest honor an employee can earn within LifePoint Hospitals. Portage Health is one of more than 60 LifePoint Hospitals across the nation. 


For more information, please call Victor Harrington at (906) 483-1550. 

Chef Mark to present Saturday at Celebrate the U.P.

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“Chef Mark” Pittillo, nutrition services director at Portage Health, is one of more than a dozen expert speakers presenting this weekend at the annual Celebrate the U.P. event. The event begins Friday night, and continues Saturday with breakout sessions throughout the day, all taking place at the Jutila Center in Hancock.

Pittillo150px“This is an honor for me,” Pittillo said. “I’ll be talking about something I’m very passionate about – farm to school, hospital and restaurant.”

The presentation will be at 2:15 p.m. Saturday in room 722 of the Jutila Center. Pittillo will be talking about his experience bringing fresh produce to Portage Health, and local schools.

“One of the things I’m most excited to share is details on our new agreement with Adams Township Schools for next school year,” he said. “The agreement will provide a completely locally grown menu every Wednesday at the school district.”

That includes meat, produce, fish and more that was grown in the Keweenaw, delivered to the school and prepared by the staff at the district.

Learn more about the conference, including seeing a full list of activities by going to You can also RSVP to the event on Facebook.

A Day For Women 2014 to be hosted April 12

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This year’s event to focus on stress management


Portage Health is proud to announce it will once again be hosting “A Day For Women.” This year’s event is Saturday, April 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hancock High School. Registration, and a complete schedule of speakers is available at

Day For Women 2014“We hear from people over and over again how much they look forward to this event each year,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator. “This year we’re really excited to be taking our usual program, and adding a theme to it. Every speaker and breakout session host is relating their topic to stress, and specifically how to improve stress management.”

This year’s keynote speaker is Mercedes Turino, a holistic health coach who will discuss accessing the power of intuition. Turino will be featured in the morning after registration is concluded, a healthy breakfast is served and a full suite of health screenings is administered.

“We’re excited to have Mercedes joining us from Marquette to jump start A Day For Women,” Luskin said. “Following her presentation we’ll have a wide variety of breakout sessions focused on helping women of the Copper Country improve their stress management abilities.”

The full schedule, registration and more can be found at Those with questions are invited to call (906) 483-1153.

Picky Eaters is the topic of March 27 rehab lecture

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Back by popular demand, Portage Health Rehab will be hosting a lecture titled “How to Feed a Picky Eater” during its March 27 Rehab Lecture Series event. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be at Portage Health Rehab inside of Portage Health University Center on Michigan Tech’s Campus.

Picky Eater Rehab Lecture“This lecture is perfect for parents who are having trouble getting their children to eat a variety of foods,” said Elizabeth Martin, MA, CCC-SLP. “Along with offering solutions for parents with picky eaters in their family, we will also discuss typical feeding and swallowing development.”

Monica Aho, PT, PCS, will join Martin at the presentation. The two specialize in pediatric rehab.

“There’s a wide range of solutions,” Aho said. “Some kids only eat one kind of food over and over, some are frightened to try anything different and some have physical impairments that make certain foods more difficult. We’ll discuss solutions for all of these problems and more.”

After the presentation, there will be opportunities for free consultations with Martin and Aho regarding your specific situation.

Learn more about the Portage Health Rehab Lecture Series at, and RSVP to this event on Facebook to receive a free gift at the event.

Portage Health Fitness Center welcomes new personal trainer

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The Portage Health Fitness Center has added Personal Trainer Lee Naugle to its staff. Naugle is a Finlandia University graduate, and is now accepting new clients.

Naugle, Lee image“I am excited to jumpstart my training career here at Portage Health,” Naugle said. “I have a passion for fitness and exercise, and I’m exciting to be working somewhere where my coworkers share the same passion.”

Naugle is a Certified Personal Trainer (International Sports Sciences Association), Certified Group Fitness Instructor (American Council on Exercise) and has a Physical Therapy Assistant associates degree from Finlandia, where he was a two-sport athlete. He currently serves as an assistant coach for the Lions baseball program.

“My goal is to motivate my clients to achieve their new healthy lifestyle, or continue to pursue their fitness goals with my background in exercise and fitness,” Naugle said. “I will help my clients learn a passion for fitness, and help them have fun doing it.”

Naugle has completed numerous half marathons, a marathon and a Tough Mudder competition.

Learn more about Naugle, and the rest of the Portage Health Fitness Center staff by visiting Make an appointment with a personal trainer by calling (906) 483-1149.

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center opens health center in Calumet

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Below is an announcement by Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center. Learn more at

The Calumet Family Health Center is now open in the Mine Street Station in Calumet with primary care providers Dr. Sharon Stoll and Guy Pellegrini, PA.

UGLFHC Logo“Our goal is to expand access to primary care services in Houghton County to help underserved populations,” said Don Simila, Chief Executive Officer of Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center. “This health center will help us do that by reaching out to more people within our community. We’re proud to have two talented and passionate providers ready to see patients immediately.”

Both providers are now accepting new patients.

The Calumet Family Health Center is a full-service clinic that will see all patients, regardless of ability to pay. The health center is being operated in partnership with Portage Health, which is leasing staff to UGLFHC.

Visit to learn more about Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center’s focus on affordable healthcare. To make an appointment with Dr. Stoll or Pellegrini, call (906) 483-1177.


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