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Express Care welcomes two new providers

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Maria Ortega, F-NP, and Beki Asti, F-NP, have joined the staff at Portage Health Express Care, providing walk-in healthcare services to the community.

Express CareOrtega is working as a full-time locum at the clinic, and has more than nine years of experience in outpatient settings. Ortega completed her post-graduate studies at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi.

Asti will work limited shifts at Portage Health Express Care. She also works at Copper Country Mental Health. Asti attended Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky, and has worked as a nurse or nurse practitioner in California, Wisconsin, Colorado and Massachusetts prior to moving to the Copper Country in April of this year.

Both providers are board certified as family nurse practitioners. Learn more about Express Care by visiting

Portage Health Hospice presents “Medicare’s Best Kept Secret”

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Learn about a treatment choice that provides medications and medical equipment, on-call nurse availability 24 hours a day seven days a week all at no cost to you or your loved one, and in the comfort of your own home.

Attend one of two presentations by Portage Health Hospice on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at GardenView Assisted Living & Memory Care in Calumet, or on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at The Bluffs Senior Community in Houghton.

“Hospice is never an easy choice,” said Marianne Berghefer, hospice volunteer and bereavement coordinator. “Our goal is to help our patients control their terminal illness. No one can control when they die, but with hospice, we work with patients and families to control how.”

Both presentations are free to the public, and will include light refreshments. Any questions should be directed to Berghefer at (906) 483-1160. Learn more about Portage Health Hospice at


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Hancock, MI 49930
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Houghton, MI 49931
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