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Blake joins Portage Health

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HANCOCK – Portage Health is pleased to welcome Cynthia Blake, FNP-BC, as the newest member of the Portage Health Medical Group staff.

Blake joins Portage Health as a family nurse practitioner with more than 25 years nursing experience. She will work with patients of all ages in family medicine.

“I’ve always had a passion for helping others and this is a great opportunity to continue giving,” said Blake.

Aside from nursing, Blake also taught at Finlandia University before to moving to Pennsylvania for several years.

“My husband and I love the Upper Peninsula and the Copper Country,” said Blake, who is originally from Kansas. “I was thrilled to have this opportunity arise at Portage Health and return to the area.”

Blake has a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing and Master’s of Science as a family nurse practitioner, both from the University of Kansas.

“Welcoming Cynthia to our team was an easy decision,” said Jim Bogan, CEO and President of Portage Health. “She has the experience, knowledge and personality to make a difference in our organization. We’re extremely happy to have her as part of our team.”

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Editor's Note: This was originally posted on June 20, 2011

Martineau and Dr. Nulf elected to board

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HANCOCK – The Portage Health Board of Directors has elected two new directors for four-year terms ending in 2015.

Jay D. Martineau  Dr. Dawn Nulf

Jay D. Martineau and Dr. Dawn Nulf commenced their service on the board on July 1. Dr. Bruce Trusock was also reelected to serve until 2015.

“The board sets the strategic direction and establishes policies to meet our mission and vision for the future,” said Jim Bogan, president and CEO. “Electing Dr. Nulf and Jay Martineau will continue our tradition of having a board which is diverse and provides the expertise necessary to govern a healthcare organization in today’s world.”

Martineau joins the board after spending his entire professional career in construction, including co-owning Martineau & Morris Contracting.

“I want to make Portage Health better in every aspect every day,” said Martineau, who is still active in the regional construction industry, though he has sold his portion of M&M. “I have had the opportunity to see many cutting-edge hospitals being designed and built throughout the Midwest. I bring a new viewpoint and experience to Portage Health.”

Dr. Nulf has been with Portage Health for more than a decade, serving in the emergency department.

“I felt that I could contribute more to the organization with a different level of involvement,” said Nulf. “I have a deep respect and affection for both the community and for Portage Health, and my enthusiasm will help drive Portage Health through the coming changes in healthcare.”

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University Center renovation begins; patient parking moved

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HOUGHTON – A renovation and addition to Portage Health – University Center is getting started, and with that there are several changes in how patients will access the location, starting Tuesday, July 26.

Site work and utility relocation has started already with Moyle Construction, Mattila Construction and RC Mechanical preparing the site for the construction.

Throughout the entire construction project normal business hours will be maintained for all services, including the medical practice, pharmacy and rehab with the exception of the pharmacy drive-up window, which will be unavailable during construction.

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Patients are being asked to park in the lot just east of the existing lot, signage will direct patients to the proper parking location.

New blood test eases pain and eliminates wait time

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Blood Test HANCOCK – A new service at Portage Health will make life easier for patients who use Coumadin/warfarin therapy.

These Patients need frequent blood tests to determine the proper dose of the drug.

“Waiting for blood test results can be stressful, but now the results are available immediately,” said Dana Bethancourt, RN. “Getting results sooner makes management of the therapy easier and safer.”

Nurses are able to use a finger stick test instead of traditional methods to make things faster and less painful.

”If patients need a change in their dose of Coumadin/warfarin, they find out at their appointment,” Bethancourt said. “Patients receive in-depth education, including nutritional and safety information to prepare for proper care at home.”

Bethancourt is apart of a team of two nurses and a pharmacist from Portage Health who are certified to administer the finger stick blood tests as part of the new Anticoagulation Management Service.

The service is available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Currently the AMS program is accepting patients from Portage Health family practice providers, call 483-1249 with questions.

Foundation Board reelects five directors

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HANCOCK – At its annual meeting, the Portage Health Foundation Board of Directors reelected Roger Helman, Dana Johnson, Terry Kinzel, Brent Peterson and Jerry Quello to three-year terms that will expire in 2014.

“Bringing these five back for another term shows the commitment of our group,” said Jim Bogan, CEO and president of Portage Health and the health foundation’s executive director. “The things our foundation board has done the last few years are quite impressive.”

The non-profit organization was established in 1990 to support the mission of Portage Health.  This mission includes the provision of medical services in multiple settings such as physician services, acute inpatient care, emergency care, outpatient services, home care and elderly living.

“The foundation is imperative to our organization’s growth,” said Bogan. “The foundation’s assets have grown by 14 percent in the last year.”

The five reelected directors are part of a 15-person board. In the election of officers Lennon Mattila Hughes retained the position of president, Helman as vice president and Quello as secretary/treasurer.


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Canal Run Registration Remains Open

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HANCOCK – While the 36th annual Canal Run is coming up quickly, it’s not too late to register.

The event, which begins either five or 10 miles down Highway M-203 on the Hancock waterfront and finishes in downtown Hancock, will accept registration until Friday at 8 p.m.

“Last year we had more than half of our registrations come in during the final week,” said Angela Luskin, who’s organizing the event. “While we will accept them all week, the earlier we get the registration the better as we’ll be able to plan accordingly for Saturday morning.”

Registration is available on until Thursday at noon, by stopping at Portage Health – Houghton until Friday afternoon or at the First United Methodist Church in Hancock on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

The events will kick off Friday night with the traditional pre-race dinner, which is sponsored by the Keweenaw Co-op. Tickets are $10 and include an all-you-can eat meal with fresh vegetables, pasta and a salad bar.

“The pre-race dinner has become just about as much of a tradition as the race,” said Luskin.

The race has an array of start times for each of the four categories (10-mile walk, 10-mile run, 5-mile walk, 5-mile race) starting as early as 7 a.m. for the 10-mile walk and as late as 8:20 for the five-mile walk.

Participants will receive a Canal Run t-shirt and canvas bag, and be invited to join in the awards ceremony near the finish line.

“This event is a lot of fun for those who participate,” said Luskin. “If you’ve never come out before make sure and do it this year because we’re expecting quite a crowd.”

Aside from the race, there will be other activities taking place in Hancock including a tennis tournament, volleyball tournaments, kayak regatta, live music, a fishing expo and a soccer tournament.

"With early weather reports looking promising and the number of participants growing each of the last several years (536 last year), it should be a great weekend," Luskin said.

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