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Birthing center temporarily closed to visiting children

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HANCOCK – Due to a high occurrence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases amongst local youth, the Portage Health Family Birthing Center will be temporarily closed to visiting children. This change in policy is effective immediately.

RSV is a contagious viral disease that can lead to serious health problems, especially for newborns.

Healthy adults are still allowed to enter the birthing center during regular visiting hours (Daily, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.), but until Portage Health officials feel the number of cases is significantly lowered, children will not be allowed to enter.

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Portage Health partners with local schools to raise cancer funds

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DOLLAR BAY – Portage Health is helping to pink-out a couple upcoming high school basketball games between Lake Linden-Hubbell and Dollar Bay in an effort to raise awareness and funds for those battling cancer.

DollarBayBasketballTeam“The student athletes understand the purpose of such fundraisers, and it’s exciting for them,” said Jan Quarless, superintendent at Dollar Bay/Tamarack City Area Schools. “All of them get enjoy this event, and like supporting a great cause.”

The Copper Country Conference rivalry will be played out in two parts, first a boy’s game on Friday, Jan. 27 in Dollar Bay, and then a girl’s game on Thursday, Feb. 16 in Lake Linden.

Portage Health is providing custom-printed pink t-shirts to all participants, who will wear the shirts for warm ups. The shirts have numbers and names of all participants and will be entered into a silent auction, with all of the proceeds assisting those who are battling cancer in our community.

This is the second year Portage Health has teamed up with the two schools, which are situated just a few miles away from each other along Torch Lake.

“Last year was the first time we ever tried an event like this,” said Gary Guisfredi, athletic director at Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools. “We were very happy with the response from parents, students and fans, and we’re excited to see how well it works again this year.”

Dr. Smoot presents to CCISD officials

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Dr. Smoot Presention

HANCOCK – Dr. Carl Smoot was up to his usual antics Monday morning as he presented information to personnel from the Copper Country Intermediate School District.

“The information was heavily research based,” said Christine Salo, director of special education at the CCISD. “We heard several great comments about his sense of humor and the information he provided.”

Dr. Smoot is a board certified sleep medicine physician. He leads the Portage Health Sleep Disorders Center.

“That was a great audience,” Dr. Smoot said. “These professionals deal with the presented issues on a daily basis, and were very knowledgable.”

The group included staff from several of the local schools, as well as from the CCISD.

“We found his advice was applicable to the adults there as much as it was about the children we work with,” said Salo. “I think there will be more requests for his presentation.”

Dr. Smoot’s messages ranged from making sure to get enough hours of sleep, to how much of an effect poor sleep patterns can have.

“The most important thing, though, for a person at any age, is to wake up around the same time every day of the week,” he said.

Dr. Smoot performed a public presentation in November at the Portage Health Conference Center. Please contact the Portage Health Communications Department if you would like Dr. Smoot to present to your group.

Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department confirms E coli cases

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According to a press release from the Western upper Peninsula District Health Department on January 12, 2012, seven confirmed cases of E coli have been traced to our community.

We urge anyone who was ill with bloody diarrhea in late December and early January to call the Health Department at (906) 483-7382.

If you are currently ill, please call your healthcare provider, or visit the nearest urgent care center.

Bogan, Donahue and Store provide community update

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HOUGHTON – Despite a nationwide struggle in healthcare, the Copper Country’s oldest and most trusted healthcare organization, Portage Health, is still as strong as ever, pushing the curve and keeping its residents healthy.

CommunityUpdate01That’s the main message from Portage Health CEO and President Jim Bogan, who presented to a group of community and business leaders at Michigan Technological University’s Memorial Union Building today.

Bogan discussed the challenging outlook for nationwide healthcare.

“As a nation, we spend almost twice as much as other nations on healthcare, and we’re not getting the results,” said Bogan. “The future of healthcare lies in hospitals providing more appropriate and cost-effective care, following the value equation of ‘(Quality+Service)/Cost=Value.’ That’s vital to our future.”

CommunityUpdate02Locally, Portage Health has continued moving forward in its efforts to ensure patient access to a highly trained and qualified medical staff. In the past two years, Portage Health has recruited 25 new medical staff providers in a wide variety of specialties. Seventeen new medical providers are practicing already, and the remaining providers will begin practicing between now and 2014.

“Recruiting is always a challenge, especially in this economic atmosphere,” said Kevin Store, Director of Marketing and Communications. “However, the quality of life provided by our community and the quality of our healthcare organization has helped us attract well-trained and highly skilled providers to our organization.”

Financially, last year was a good one for the Portage Health, which bounced back after two consecutive years of shrinking operating margins to realize an operating margin of 3 percent, up from 2 percent in 2010. That margin provides for sound financial stability and puts Portage Health in a better position to move forward.

“We continue to buck the national trend,” said Brian Donahue, CFO and Vice President of Finance. “We’re able to provide more services for our community, have a stable workforce and keep ourselves financially strong.”

CommunityUpdate3It is important that proactive measures continue to be taken, such as Portage Health’s alliance with Superior Health Partners and implementation of the Electronic Medical Records. Additional measures Portage Health will take in the coming year include initiatives in value-based purchasing, a bundled-payment-demonstration project, patient-centered medical home project and preparing for measurement of the health status of our population.

“What we want our community to take away from this presentation is the knowledge that Portage Health is in a strong financial position; cognitive of the forthcoming challenges we will face in providing quality healthcare services; working hard to position ourselves – now – to better meet these challenges in the upcoming year”, concluded Bogan.

Foundation Ball and Auction set for May 19, 2012

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Portage Health Foundation Ball and AuctionHANCOCK – The Portage Health Foundation is excited to announce the date for the 2012 Ball and Auction, which will be held on Saturday, May 19, at the Rosza Center for the Performing Arts.

The Ball and Auction is the premier annual fundraising event for the Portage Health Foundation, which is a charitable non-profit organization established in 1990 to support the mission of Portage Health.

The Portage Health Foundation Ball and Auction will be a fun-filled evening with delicious food, dancing and exciting fundraising activities and games. Each year the money raised focuses on one department, program or service.

Registration details will be released closer to the event. An invitation is not required to attend.

Please visit to learn more about the event, or to learn more about the Portage Health Foundation.

Family Birthing Center welcomes first baby of 2012

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Nolan Ryan HolomboHANCOCK – Kent and Amber Holombo of Chassell welcomed in the Upper Peninsula’s first baby of the New Year on Sunday morning at 6 a.m. when Nolan Ryan Holombo was born in the Portage Health Family Birthing Center.

Nolan is 20.5 inches long and weighed in at seven pounds and one ounce after birth. He’s the sixth child for the Holombo family, whom all visited the hospital Sunday to see the newest addition to the family.

Little Nolan was delivered safely by Dr. Rebecca Baudoin five hours after Amber arrived at the hospital.


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