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Portage Health joins Healthy Food Hospitals initiative

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ApplesHANCOCK – A widespread health issue is being faced head on at Portage Health, which recently joined a statewide movement called Healthy Food Hospitals.

The movement is aimed to help Michiganders eat better in an effort to fight Michigan’s obesity crisis.

“We believe in quality, not only in terms of patient care, but also in the nutritional value of food served to everyone who walks through our doors,” said Jim Bogan, president and CEO. “This initiative will benefit our patients, visitors and employees.”

Currently the Portage Health food services department serves 8,850 meals monthly, and Mark Pittillo, director of food services, said he and his staff are already doing many of the things that the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, which started the campaign, is asking.

“I believe in quality food options for our patrons,” said Pittillo. “Not just in terms of taste, but also satisfying the need for people to eat healthy.”

By participating, the hospital is aiming to get a four star rating, which is the highest possible mark. The rating can be earned by improving default menus when it comes to nutritional value of food and beverages, adding nutritional content labels to café and menu items, and committing to using food grown and produced in Michigan.

“These are positive steps not only for Portage Health, but for the entire community,” said Pittillo.

Michigan is the 10th most overweight state in the country, with 29.4 percent of adults obese. According to the Healthy Michigan, Healthy Kids initiative from the Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan’s annual medical costs associated with obesity total more than $3 billion.

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Health and Safety Fair right around the corner

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  Portage Health Staff Accountant Laurie Dube welcomes people to the 2010 Health and Safety Fair. More than 500 people attended the fair in 2010, and organizers hope to see that number grow higher for 2011 as dozens of activities will be hosted on Portage Health’s campus including free health screenings, a car seat clinic and a drawing to win an iPad 2.    

HANCOCK – The anticipation is growing and so is the list of activities available at the third annual Health and Safety Fair, which will be hosted by Portage Health at the main campus in Hancock on June 4.

“This event grew in popularity last year and this year we’ve made the list of activities even bigger,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator. “We have a great bunch of free health screenings, the popular car seat clinic, a bike and kayak safety demonstration, and much more.”

More than 500 people attended last year’s event.
Activities will be taking place throughout the entire Portage Health Hancock campus where families are invited to participate. Entry is free and so are all of the activities, which include:

  •     Free Health Screenings: Total Cholesterol, Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, Bone Density, Urine Screening for Protein, Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference, Hearing, Oximetry and Heart Rate
  •     Car Seat Clinic
  •     Bike & Kayak Demonstration
  •     A Raffle For a Chance to Win an iPad 2
  •     Injury Prevention with the Eggmobile
  •     Ask the Pharmacist & Meet Healthcare Staff
  •     Expired Medication Drop Off
  •     Organ Donor Registry
  •     Learn Hand-Only CPR
  •     Swimsuit Sale from “U.P. Bra’s That Fit”
  •     More to be announced soon! Check for a full list!


Portage Health home care and hospice now servicing Baraga and Ontonagon counties

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HANCOCK – Portage Health has expanded home care and hospice services to include Baraga and Ontonagon counties.

The added services will assist in providing needed care to patients in those counties who were previously served by Aspirus Superior Home Health and Hospice.

“We are excited to expand Portage Health's services to cover more of the western Upper Peninsula,” said Tammy Carroll, RN, director of Portage Health Home Care and Hospice. “Portage Health will be able to offer a level of service that provides enhanced continuity of care for our patients."

Portage Health has already hired several nurses that have been providing care to the Aspirus Superior Home Health and Hospice patients in these counties.

"We want these patients to experience a seamless transition to our services," Carroll said.

Portage Health Home Care and Hospice already serves Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Services provided include skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social work and home health aides.


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