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Express Care open throughout holiday season

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Express CareHOUGHTON – Portage Health Express Care will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (Dec. 24, 25, 31; Jan. 1).

The facility is open 365 days a year, offering fast and easy care for illnesses or injury. Basic services are just $45, with a medical professional examining issues ranging from sore throat, earache, allergies, minor burns, rashes and more.

Find out more information about Express Care, including a full list of available services, by visiting

Dialysis Center receives grant for wheelchairs

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Keweenaw Community FoundationPortage Health Dialysis CenterHANCOCK – The Portage Health Dialysis Center has received a $400 grant for the purchase of additional wheelchairs.

The grant was awarded by the Portage Community Health Fund, which is managed by the Keweenaw Community Foundation.

"Wheelchairs are essential to the services we provide," said Karen Kelley, director of dialysis. "This grant will help us add two new wheelchairs, aiding us as we provide our patients with the best care possible."

The wheelchairs are used to transport patients in, around and out of the dialysis unit.

"Having wheelchairs maintained in the department eases patient access," said Kelley. "Whether that means transportation upstairs, or even to the restroom during treatment."

For more information on the Keweenaw Community Foundation, visit Learn more about the Portage Health Dialysis Center by visiting

Kevin Store announced as Director of Marketing and Communications

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HANCOCK – Portage Health is pleased to announce Kevin Store as the director of marketing and communications.

Store has served as the hospital’s medical staff recruiter since 2009. During his tenure as recruiter he has been an integral part of our successful physician development plan.

"Kevin has been a great asset to our organization," said Jim Bogan, president/CEO of Portage Health. "We have high expectations of him in this new position."

Store will now focus on Portage Health’s marketing and communications efforts.

“I look forward to this new opportunity and intend to build upon what has been done,” Store said. “I have a lot of ideas, which I believe will influence the growth of our organization, as we further promote the high-quality healthcare services we offer and create greater awareness about our impact within the community.”

Store previously served as the executive director at Vocational Strategies, Inc. and the deputy facility administrator of Keweenaw Academy. In those and other various roles in the community he has gained a wealth of experience in business development, strategic marketing communications, public relations, consultation and training, and program development.

Home Care & Hospice partners with We Honor Veterans

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NHPCOTo help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by veterans, Portage Health Home Care & Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“By participating in the We Honor Veterans program, we are making a commitment to help ensure all veterans and their families receive exceptional end-of-life care,” said Marianne Berghefer, Portage Health Hospice volunteer and bereavement coordinator.

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, Portage Health Home Care & Hospice will implement ongoing veteran-centered education for their staff and hospice volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve.

By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, Portage Health Home Care & Hospice is better able to accompany and guide veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending.

In cases where there might be some specific needs related to the veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, Portage Health Home Care & Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.

“All hospices are serving veterans, but often aren’t aware of that person’s service in the armed forces,” said J. Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “Through We Honor Veterans, we are taking a giant step forward in helping hospice and palliative care providers understand and serve veterans at the end of life and work more effectively with VA medical facilities in their communities.”

The resources of We Honor Veterans focuses on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with veteran-centric education of healthcare staff caring for Veterans. To learn more about We Honor Veterans please visit

Dr. Khokhar earns board certification

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HANCOCK – Dr. Mansoor Khokhar joined Portage Health in July 2011, and in October, Dr. Khokhar was successful in becoming board certified.

Dr. Khokhar“I have that sense of achievement for hitting a target that I’ve worked hard at for a long time,” he said. “I’m enjoying the satisfaction of knowing my effort and hard work has formally been recognized.”

Dr. Khokhar, a hospitalist at Portage Health, has been in the medical field for more than 28 years.

“With a previous background in surgery, this learning, training and qualification from a medicine point of view has given me a more in-depth appreciation of the disease process that we encounter and the treatment options that are available to best suit the patient,” he said. “I know each patient has their own feelings, impressions, and views of their disease, the treatment and the after effects. I try to provide answers and information to all these aspects, not only to the patient, but to the family as well.”

Dr. Khokhar came to the Copper Country after time spent at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, a 550-bed operation.

“My program was very supportive and understanding, considering the fact that my training and style was originally surgery oriented,” he said. “I had to change a lot, and the faculty in that program helped me in achieving certification.”

Learn more about Dr. Khokhar by visiting


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