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Portage Health once again hosting Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning

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The second annual Portage Health Turkey Trot is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thanksgiving morning at Portage Health in Hancock.

Turkey TrotParticipants will meet in the hospital’s lobby to register. This free 5k fun run/walk is open to anyone, and is a great way to start off your holiday festivities.

“This event provides us an opportunity to be active with our family and friends before we feast on Thanksgiving dinner,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator at Portage Health.

The first 150 people to register online (click here to register) will receive a free Portage Health Turkey Trot t-shirt. In the event’s inaugural year, about 350 people attended.

“Participants loved the fun, relaxing environment,” Luskin said. “It should be even better this year with a slight course adjustment that means racers will avoid the tough uphill finish.”

The course will start going south on Portage Drive to Ingot Street, connecting with the Maasto Hiihto trail system before looping around Tomasi Road back to Portage Drive, and finishing at the hospital. There will be water and light snacks for participants at the finish.

Visit for more information or to register. Call (906) 483-1153 with any questions.

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


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