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Portage Health Dialysis Center home to only CCHT-A in the state

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Stephanie Booth first to pass advanced hemodialysis tech test


Stephanie Booth, CCHT-A, recently passed her Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician-Advanced exam. She is the first and only person in Michigan to earn the Nephrology Nursing Certification Commission’s (NNCC) certification.

Stephanie Booth“We’re extremely proud of the work that Stephanie has done in our dialysis center,” said Karen Kelley, dialysis director. “She’s taken on an active leadership role over the past year, and still found time to be the first in the state to earn this certification.”

To be eligible to earn the certification a technician is required to have five years of continuous technician employment, a minimum of 5,000 hours worked, 30 hours of relevant continuing education and have passed the certification exam. A directory of certified medical providers can be searched through here.

“The experience you have after five years on the job is tremendous,” said Booth, who has been working at the dialysis center since 2003. “Work in the dialysis center is very unique, and it takes a lot of time on the floor to perform comfortably on a daily basis. Most of the knowledge used to pass this exam came from my years of experience.”

All staff at the Portage Health Dialysis Center is required to be certified by the CCHT, but Booth is the only one, so far, to earn the Advanced certification. Learn more about the five-diamond rated dialysis center by visiting

Hospice volunteer training scheduled Nov. 5 and 12

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Portage Health Hospice is hosting hospice volunteer training sessions on Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m.

These sessions are free and required for anyone interested in hospice volunteering. They will take place at the Portage Health Home Health office at 821 West Water Street in Hancock.

This training serves as a crucial bridge between volunteers gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to work with hospice patients, families and professionals. Volunteers are needed for direct patient respite care, pet therapy, clerical assistance, fundraising and much more.

Preregistration is required, and space is limited. To register or find out more about the classes call Marianne Berghefer at (906) 483-1160.


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