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Support group schedule for second half of 2013 finalized

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Portage Health has finalized its support group schedule for the second half of 2013. This schedule includes the bereavement support group, caregiver support group and partnering with Aspirus Keweenaw to host a women’s cancer survivors support group.

The bereavement support group is on the first Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. at Portage Health Home Health office on Water Street in Hancock.

The caregiver support group is on the third Wednesday of every month at 1:30 p.m. at The Bluffs in Houghton.

The women’s cancer support group is on the final Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. alternating between Portage Health and Aspirus Keweenaw. The November date has been moved to Nov. 20 because of Thanksgiving, and as of now, the December meeting is cancelled because of the holiday season. The first meeting for the second half of 2013 is July 31 at Portage Health.

Below are the dates and locations for all upcoming meetings. Visit portagehealth.org/supportgroups for more information on the support groups.

Bereavement Support Group

 

  • August 7 – 4:00 p.m. – Portage Health Home Health Office
  • September 4 – 4:00 p.m. – Portage Health Home Health Office
  • October 4 – 4:00 p.m. – Portage Health Home Health Office
  • November 4 – 4:00 p.m. – Portage Health Home Health Office
  • December 4 – 4:00 p.m. – Portage Health Home Health Office

 

Caregiver Support Group

 

  • July 17 – 1:30 p.m. – The Bluffs
  • August 21 – 1:30 p.m. – The Bluffs
  • September 18 – 1:30 p.m. – The Bluffs
  • October 16 – 1:30 p.m. – The Bluffs
  • November 20 – 1:30 p.m. – The Bluffs
  • December 18 – 1:30 p.m. – The Bluffs

 

Women’s Cancer Support Group

 

  • July 31 – 7:00 p.m. - Portage Health Conference Center
  • August 28 – 7:00 p.m. - Aspirus Keweenaw 2nd Floor
  • September 25 – 7:00 p.m. - Portage Health Conference Center
  • October 30 – 7:00 p.m. - Aspirus Keweenaw 2nd Floor
  • November 20 – 7:00 p.m. - Portage Health Conference Center

 

Ophthalmology services now at Portage Health

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Neil Winkler, MD from the Eye Associates of Marquette is now providing surgical ophthalmology services at Portage Health.

Neil WinklerDr. Winkler received his B.S. with high honors from Michigan State University and earned his M.D. degree at the University of Michigan. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic, and served four years as a Medical Officer in the U.S. Navy. He is board certified in ophthalmology, and is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Winkler specializes in cataract and intraocular lens surgery as well as the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. He has been performing surgeries in the U.P. for the past 17 years, and has successfully operated on more than 5,000 patients.

Patients in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula now have a local option for their eye-care needs. For an appointment or a surgical evaluation, call Eye Associates of Marquette at (906) 226-2531 and ask for Brenda. No referral is necessary.

Portage Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Winkler to its team of board certified physicians.

Internal and geriatric medicine provider joining Portage Health

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Portage Health is proud to welcome Dr. Katriina Hopper to the Portage Internal Medicine Associates. Dr. Hopper is board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine, and will be seeing patients at Portage Health’s main location in Hancock starting in late July 2013.

KatriinaHopper“Dr. Hopper is a nice addition to our well established internal medicine team,” said Jim Bogan, CEO/president of Portage Health. “Her expertise, advanced training and passion will be a true asset to our community.”

Dr. Hopper comes to the Copper Country from New Haven, Connecticut, where she completed post-doctoral fellowships in geriatric clinical epidemiology and geriatric medicine at the Yale School of Medicine.

“Bringing my expertise to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has always been my goal,” said Dr. Hopper, who is originally from the U.P. “I couldn’t be more excited to join the experienced staff at Portage Health.”

Dr. Hopper became board certified in internal medicine in 2010, and in geriatrics in 2012. Prior to completing two fellowships at Yale University, she completed traditional internal medicine residency at the university. She earned her doctorate degree from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Her expertise includes diagnosis and management of older adults with dementia, assessment and treatment of patients with geriatric syndromes, care of patients with life-limiting illnesses, medication management for older adults, advance care planning, symptom and disease management for patients with chronic diseases, assessment of decision-making capacity, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that occur in older adults and more.

Visit portagehealth.org/hopper to view a complete list of Dr. Hopper’s interests, associations, honors/awards, publications and education background.

Dr. Hopper is accepting new patients. Call (906) 483-1730 to make an appointment.

4th of July Holiday Hours

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Some Portage Health services will have altered hours for Thursday, July 4 and Friday, July 5.

Thursday, July 4

Express Care: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The following clinics will be closed:

  • Family Practice (Hancock, Houghton, Lake Linden)
  • Ontonagon Community Health Center
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopaedics
  • General Surgery
  • Urology
  • OB/GYN
  • Portage Internal Medicine Associates (Oncology, Rheumatology, Neurology, AMS)

Friday, July 5th

Family Practice (Hancock, Houghton, Lake Linden): 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Pediatrics: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Express Care: 5:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.

The following clinics will be closed:

  • Ontonagon Community Health Center
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopaedics
  • General Surgery
  • Urology
  • OB/GYN
  • Portage Internal Medicine Associates (Oncology, Rheumatology, Neurology, AMS)

HANCOCK 

500 Campus Drive
Hancock, MI 49930
(906) 483-1000

HOUGHTON 

921 W. Sharon Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1777

Express Care 

LAKE LINDEN 

945 Ninth Street
Lake Linden, MI 49945
(906) 483-1030

ONTONAGON 

751 S. Seventh Street
Ontonagon, MI 49953
(906) 884-4120

UNIVERSITY CENTER 

600 MacInnes Drive
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 483-1860

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