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Our Community Relations Department is your conduit to news and information about happenings at War Memorial Hospital. Find links to the latest releases, newsletters, and our photo/video gallery on the left.

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Teresa Armstrong

(906) 635-4351

tdwyer-armstrong@wmhos.org

Press Release - July 31st, 2017

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War Memorial Hospital Opens End-of-Life Family Respite Room

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Being by the side of a loved one during the final days and hours is a time when families should have privacy and comfort.  War Memorial Hospital, along with the family of Lillian Rawlings, and Betty LaJoie, are making sure that is now possible in the WMH Long Term Care (LTC) wing.

            Last year, when the family of Lillian Rawlings was at her bedside in the WMH LTC unit privacy was a challenge.  “The Long Term Care staff is fabulous,” explains daughter Julia Rawlings.  “They do everything they can to make you comfortable and they realize it’s a difficult time.  My mom shared a room with three other people.  There were eight of us crowded around my mom’s bed.  This isn’t the way a family should have to go through this.  The staff was just super to us, but a family needs more space.”   It was their goal to work with WMH, to create a room where families can now have end of life privacy and comfort.  It was their vision and generosity that got the project rolling.  Shortly after, former longtime WMH employee, Betty Lajoie passed away.  In memory of their mother, and her years of service with War Memorial Hospital, Betty’s family wanted support a project in her name. 

           Earlier this month,  the vision of the two families became reality as the new Betty LaJoie Family Respite Room was officially dedicated.  “We are grateful that War Memorial Hospital helped us to make the Family Respite Room a reality.  Our mom was dedicated to serving patients and their families and fulfilling this need is what she would have wanted,” said Betty’s daughter Lindsay Murphy.  WMH CEO David Jahn said, “Both the LaJoie family and Rawlings family have a long history with War Memorial and it was like the perfect storm when both families wanted to give back to the Long Term Care residents and their families.  The timing was perfect and together they have helped us create a space that will be utilized for years to come.”

          The new room now offers a comfortable, homey space for families during a difficult time, equipped with a pullout couch for loved ones who wish to stay the night, fully accessible restroom and shower, shelves to display family photos and mementos.  There is even a Keurig coffee machine, changing station and artwork on the wall that was chosen by the residents of LTC.  “It is very gratifying to see the new Family Respite Room finished and available for the use of LTC residents and their families,” said Lillian Rawlings other daughter, Ruth Neveu.  “I know my late mother would be very pleased to see such a beautiful room now available for families.”  War Memorial Hospital offers a 51 bed Long Term Care Unit that is available for patients coming in for short-term rehabilitation following surgery or illness, or will make LTC their home.  Recreational activities are available daily for residents. Beauty/Barber shop services are onsite as are physician and vision services.

            For more information on War Memorial Hospital and the services they offer, please contact the Community Relations Department at 906-635-4351 or visit the WMH website at www.warmemorialhospital.org                    

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Press Release - June 5th, 2017

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War Memorial Hospital to Offer Caregiver Support Groups

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Caregiver is often referred to as “The Silent Hero.”  At the end of the day, caregivers are often left wondering if what they are doing is enough for their loved one.    For those who are going through this, it’s important they understand they are not alone.  War Memorial Hospital is offering a new Caregiver Support Group for those caring for cancer patients, the first group of its kind in the U.P.

            The idea for the support group comes from a WMH employee, Janet Payment, who was the caregiver for her late husband during his battle with pancreatic cancer.  “The idea started from just one person coming to me for advice during their time of caregiving, knowing that I had gone through it.  It got me to thinking of when I was caring for my husband and just wishing I had someone, somewhere to turn for advice, for an ear to listen,” said Payment.  “If the both of us had gone through this, how many other people were?  I knew then I wanted to see this group become a reality, to provide the caregiver the knowledge to know that they are not alone. The daily routine caregiving can be extremely difficult, physically, mentally and emotionally.   The ability to share experiences as a group, allows for fresh ideas, provides encouragement and opportunity to gain coping skills during their own fight to care for their loved one.” 

            Payment received full support from Nicole Oliver, Director of Med/Surg at WMH.  “The purpose of this new group is to give community members a place to meet to talk about the stressors of being the caregiver for a loved one who has been diagnosed with cancer. We want them to have access to any educational resources they may need. We want them to know that they are not alone in what they are experiencing,” said Oliver.  “I feel that Janet Payment, who will be leading this group discussion, is the perfect person for this role because she has lived this! She cared for her husband after his cancer diagnosis. Janet is committed to helping other caregivers feel supported. We will also have a clinical nurse available for any technical questions regarding things such as diet, medications, side effects and any other questions they may have. We’re all very excited to get this support group started, we feel it is greatly needed in this community.”

            The caregiver support group will be offered every first and third Wednesday of the month, from 6pm – 7pm with the first one scheduled for Wednesday, June 7th.  The group will meet at the WMH Cancer Care Center waiting room, located at 509 Osborn Blvd., Suite 220.  Educational materials and nutritional snacks will be provided.  No RSVP’s are needed.  If you have any questions regarding this new initiative, please call 253-2685.

           For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

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Press Release - May 26th, 2017

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War Memorial Hospital Says Goodbye To Longtime VP of Rehab

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – After 28 years of service, Vice President of Rehabilitation, Jim Haglund is ready to enjoy retirement.  During his tenure, Jim’s responsibilities ranged from overseeing the general operations of the department including recruitment, immigration requirements, financial and statistical planning/assessment, contract negotiations, and regulatory compliance.  Jim holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (Bachelor of Science, with Distinction), St. Louis University Medical School (Masters of Science Research in Anatomy), Lake Superior State University (Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Administration-Health Care Option), and Arizona School of Health Sciences (Doctorate).

            War Memorial Hospital now boasts one of the premiere Rehabilitation Centers in the State of Michigan, and Haglund was a big part of that.  “Jim Haglund’s visionary leadership allowed WMH Rehab Department to grow exponentially over the last 28 years,” says David Jahn WMH CEO.  “He was instrumental in designing and developing our new Rehab Center with his team of Rehab Staff and now WMH has one of the best Rehab facilities in the State.  The patients coming to WMH will benefit from Jim’s leadership for years to come.”  Jahn went on to say, “I would also like to thank him for his years of service on the Administrative Team as well and his contributions to covering on-call so that our staff always had an Administrator to contact with issues was greatly appreciated.”

            In 2012, Jim was notified of his induction into the Saint Louis University Alumni Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame in Saint Louis, Missouri for his role in the development of War Memorial Hospital's rehabilitation department. He was one of only five individuals selected by a blue-ribbon panel composed of prestigious national entrepreneurs and community leaders from thousands of alumni.

            Jim Hagland’s position will be filled by Janessa Copenhafer and Megan Doyle, long time employees for the WMH Rehab Center.  Janessa Copenhafer is a licensed physical therapist and has been with War Memorial Hospital since 2010.  She holds degrees from Grand Valley State University (Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy) and in 2015 she furthered her education by becoming a Wound Care Certified clinician through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy.  In 2012 and 2015, Janessa was acknowledged as the best physical therapist of Chippewa/Luce/Mackinac Counties by the readers of The Evening News.  “Coming from downstate and being away from all that I have ever known, for me, War Memorial Hospital is not just a place of employment and Sault Sainte Marie is not just a place to live but now both are truly my home and I care about this community and its’ people,” said Copenhafer.  “I am proud to be a part of this organization and I am excited for the future of the department and working alongside Megan.  I know that with the support from my peers and their continued hard work and diverse skillset, rehab will continue to be a success. "

            Megan Doyle has worked for the WMH Rehab Center for ten years, receiving her Physical Therapist license in 2007.  Megan also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trinity University, a Master of Physical Therapy and post-professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, and is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist.  She also specialize in women's and men’s health.  “I feel very honored and thrilled to be Co-director of WMH Rehabilitation with Janessa.  Jim was a wonderful mentor and has prepared us very well.  I am proud to be part of such an amazing team, and our goal will always be to provide top quality patient care,” says Doyle.

          When asked about this new chapter in WMH Rehab, CEO David Jahn said, “I am very excited to start the new era of Rehab Department leadership with Megan and Janessa.  They have been with WMH as Physical Therapists, both providing great patient care for ten years and seven years respectively and have a great understanding of what the patients’ needs are, which will definitely help them as they transition to this new leadership role.  They will still provide hands on patient care part of the day, but also will be responsible to the day to day operations of the Rehab Department and the 80+ employees who work there.   It is always great to promote from within War Memorial so I was very happy when Megan and Janessa stepped up to take on this leadership role.” 

          For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

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Press Release - May 25th, 2017

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War Memorial Hospital and Soo Eagles Hockey

Giveback With Healthcare Scholarships

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – War Memorial Hospital and the Soo Eagles Hockey program haven been long time community partners, and are partnering together again to give up to $4,000.00 in Healthcare Scholarships, benefiting both graduating high school seniors and current War Memorial Hospital Employees.  Up to 4 one-time $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to qualifying applicants wishing to further their education in the healthcare profession.

            To be eligible, 2017 graduating seniors must be a graduate of a Chippewa County High School and submit the following; a high school transcript, a short essay on, “Why I desire to enter in the healthcare profession” (no more than 500 words), a copy of an acceptance letter into a healthcare program for the fall of 2017, and two letters of recommendation attesting to character and leadership ability. 

            Current WMH employees must submit a short essay on, “Why I desire to further my education in the healthcare profession” (no more than 500 words), a copy of an acceptance letter into a healthcare program for the fall of 2017, and two letters of recommendation attesting to your character and leadership ability.

            All applications must be submitted no later than June 5th, 2017 for review by the selection committee.  Preference shall be given to pursing education in the studies of Laboratory, Pharmacy, Coding Certification and Nursing. Any questions can be sent to contactus@wmhos.org.  Please submit all required information via email to mbunker@wmhos.org or mail to:

War Memorial Hospital

Attn: Marla Bunker

500 Osborn Blvd.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783   

           For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

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Press Release - April 25th, 2017

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War Memorial Hospital FastCare Clinic to Open

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – A War Memorial Hospital FastCare retail health clinic is opening its’ doors inside of the new Meijer, located at 1138 West 3 Mile Road in the Sault.  The new clinic will be offering basic health care needs, and is scheduled to open on May 18th, 2017.

            FastCare clinics offer convenient and economical health care for minor conditions and symptoms.  Conditions treated include sore throats, fevers, flu and colds, ear and sinus infections, pink eye, skin rashes and allergies.

            “War Memorial is very excited to be able to bring healthcare service into the new Meijer store to provide more availability and convenience for our community,” said War Memorial Hospital’s Vice President of Nursing and Operations, Marla Bunker.  “We strive to continue to deliver high quality care and service excellence in all our care, with WMH FastCare the services will allow us to get the patient in and out quickly.”

            FastCare takes walk-in patients only, but waits are expected to be non-existent or minimal.  In addition, faster pharmacy service will be provided based on immediate transmittal of prescriptions to the Meijer pharmacy or the pharmacy of the patient’s choice.

            FastCare accepts most insurances and office visit co-pays apply. For those with a high deductible plan or no insurance, a FastCare visit is $69, including basic labs. The clinic is staffed by War Memorial Hospital practitioners and physician assistants, however, you don’t have to be a WMH patient to be seen. The clinic is open to anyone. A report following each visit can be sent to a Patient’s primary care physician and referrals will be made to a physician when symptoms exceed the clinic’s scope of services.

            “We are very excited to partner with Bellin Health out of Green Bay Wisconsin, to provide walk-in medical services at our new Meijer store.  This FastCare Clinic will provide quicker access to basic healthcare services at a very reasonable price for our community,” said David Jahn, War Memorial Hospital CEO.  “When the injury or condition is not serious enough for the ER or Urgent Care Clinic, local citizens and visitors will be able to access the care that they need quickly and inexpensively at the new FastCare Clinic.”

            The clinic will provide convenient hours: Monday through Friday 9am – 7pm, Saturdays 10am – 6pm, Sundays 10am – 2pm, and Christmas Eve and New Year Eve 10am – 2pm. Closed on major Holidays.

            For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

            Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and  electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

            The FastCare model of retail health clinics was established by Bellin Health in 2006. FastCare partners with health systems and retailers across the country to create affordable and convenient patient access to healthcare.  More information about FastCare is available at http://www.FastCare.com.

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Press Release - March 27th, 2017

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War Memorial Hospital Scores Top 20 Rural Hospitals in The U.S.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Last month it was reported that War Memorial Hospital received recognition for scoring in the Top 100 Rural Community Hospitals in the United States at the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Health Policy Institute.  Last week, War Memorial Hospital CEO David Jahn received word that War Memorial Hospital will be receiving special recognition for scoring in the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the U.S.

            “We were very excited to learn that we had made the Top 100 Community Hospitals in the United States, but when I received the call from the National Rural Health Association telling me that we will be getting special recognition because we were in the Top 20 Community Hospitals in the United States it was even more impressive,” said Jahn.  “This recognition validates all of the work that our staff has been doing to improve the quality and safety of patient care that is provided at War Memorial Hospital.  Our physicians, front line staff and support staff are the people who made this possible and they deserve all of the accolades that come with this honor.” 

            The Top 20 Rural Community Hospital winners are those hospitals that scored best among Prospective Payment System hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index and who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability.  War Memorial Hospital was the only hospital in the U.P. to be named to this list, and only one other hospital in Lower Michigan received the Top 20 honors.  “NRHA is committed to ensuring our members have the best information to manage their hospitals,” said Brock Slabach, NRHA membership services senior vice president. “And we’re pleased to recognize the accomplishments of these rural community hospitals.”

            War Memorial Hospital, along with the 19 other hospitals from across the United States, will be recognized and awarded at a ceremony to be held during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit conference May 11 in San Diego, Calif.       

            For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

Press Release - March 25th, 2017

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WMH’s Dr. Belisario Arango Represents the EUP in D.C. at

National Cancer Moonshot Project

            Sault Ste. Marie, MI – May 25th, 1961, President John F. Kennedy gave a historic speech before a joint session of Congress that became known as the Moonshot Project.  He challenged the United States to establish an ambitious space program, one that would put a man on the moon.  Eight years later, Apollo 11 brought the first human to the moon.  Fifty-five years later, former President Obama challenged former Vice President, Joe Biden, to head up a new moonshot, The Cancer Moonshot.

            The ultimate goal of this new venture is to make a decade’s worth of advances in cancer prevention and treatment in five years.  This national effort to end cancer care as we know it transcends political lines and will continue to move forward being led by the Cancer Moonshot Task Force.  The CMTF has reached out to leading specialists and researchers from all corners of the United States, all facing different challenges in the fight against cancer. War Memorial Hospital oncologist Dr. Belisario Arango, was one of those honored with an invite to The White House to meet with the CMTF.

             Dr. Arango was one of sixty who participated as advisors for the Cancer Moonshot Project which took place at the White House and the US Capital.  Dr. Arango’s focus was representing rural America, where people face economic challenges, and access challenges.  “I need to be a voice for my patients and I need to shine a light on rural hospitals and the issues we face,” said Arango.  “We are experiencing unprecedented times in oncology care.  I am optimistic of the promises that the future of cancer care brings.  I was humbled and deeply honored to be a part of this group.”  This selected team will be meeting again in New York.  When asked about Dr. Arango’s selection as an advocate for EUP cancer patients, WMH CEO David Jahn said, “It is a great honor that Dr. Arango was selected to be part of this project.  It shows his commitment to staying on the cutting edge of cancer care and his passion to find a cure for cancer, soon.  I am proud to say that Dr. Arango works at WMH!”

            For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

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Press Release - March 1st, 2017

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Another Tool in the Fight Against Cancer @ War Memorial Hospital 

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The challenges of healthcare in rural America was something Dr. Belisario Arango, WMH Oncologist, was very much aware of when he made the decision to move to Sault Ste. Marie.  Today he is even more determined to use technology to bring state of the art cancer care to War Memorial Hospital with a company called Massive Bio, which will utilize some of the top Oncologist in the United States, for patients’ right here in Northern Michigan. 

     “Massive Bio has a world-class, multidisciplinary team of experts from the most prominent academic cancer centers, including: disease-specific specialty oncologists, molecular biologists, computer scientists and reimbursement experts — all focused on your specific case,” according to the company’s website.  “By utilizing the services of Massive Bio,” Dr. Arango explains, “we get direct consultation with oncologists at renowned institutions who sometimes only specialize in a very specific cancer, but because of that focus, they know everything about it.”  Arango believes technology is what will level the playing field for rural hospitals, “I believe that technology will be the great equalizer and will play an instrumental role in bringing state of the art cancer care to patients that may not have been able to receive it prior.”

      Access to this new tool could provide hope to those who may have run out of options.  However, Arango is quick to explain, even with the services of Massive Bio, there is no silver bullet where cancer is concerned.  It is only for patients with advanced cancers who have exhausted standard treatment protocols.  But by using Massive Bio, Arango can locate any clinical trials appropriate for the patient and assistance facilitating that process.

       For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

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Press Release - February 23rd, 2017

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War Memorial Hospital Scores Top 100 Rural Hospitals in The U.S.

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the U.S. were revealed last week at the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Health Policy Institute, as determined by NRHA, iVantage Health Analytics and the Chartis Center for Rural Health, and War Memorial Hospital has scored in the top 100.  The hospitals named to this list are top performers in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers.

            In a day and age when many community and rural hospitals are struggling, and some even closing their doors, there are those who continue to grow and lead the way in healthcare.  “Being selected as one of the Top 100 Community Hospital in the U.S. is such an honor and it recognizes all of the hard work that our entire team has been accomplishing to improve our hospital and make it great,” says War Memorial Hospital CEO and President, David Jahn.  “As much as this means to War Memorial Hospital, our goal however is not to receive honors and accolades.  Our goal is to provide the highest quality care, in the safest environment possible and to provide a patient experience that is second to none.  The almost 1,000 employees at WMH deserve the credit as they help to save lives each and every day.”

            “Measuring performance is central to improving the quality of healthcare and the performance of these top hospitals shows that, while greatly challenged, health leaders in rural can excel in the transition from volume to value,” commented Michael Topchik, national leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “In fact, our research shows that these practice leaders share key attributes that dovetail with the CMS-driven shift to value, showing that rural hospitals can offer the best quality care at the lowest cost.”

            For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

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Press Release - February 1st, 2017

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War Memorial Hospital Offers Free Heart Health Screens For American Heart Month

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – February is American Heart Month and in honor of the month, War Memorial Hospital is offering free Heart Health Screens to the community.  Every Monday morning during the month of February, between 7:30am and 9:30am, the health screens will be available in War Memorial Hospital’s Medical Library, located on the main floor of the hospital.  Please come fasting and use the Nolte Street entrance to access the library.  With this free screen the patient will receive information on oxygen saturation, blood pressure, height and weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), a check on cholesterol, and A1C Lab Draw to check blood sugar levels.  If you have any questions you can call 635-4471.   

            There will also be two speaking events available for the public to attend.  The first is Wednesday, February 8th at Lake Superior State University, Crawford Hall, room 204.  Joan Ilardo, PhD, LMSW will be speaking on, “Making a Difference: The Pursuit of Health and Well-Being in Your Community.”  The event starts at 7pm and is sponsored by War Memorial Hospital, Lake Superior State University and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  The second talk is Wednesday February 22nd at Bayliss Public Library starting at 7pm.  Dr. Waleed Doghmi will be speaking on, “Knowing Your Risks For Heart Disease.”  The event is sponsored by War Memorial Hospital, in partnership with McLaren Northern Michigan.  Both speaking events are free to the public.

     For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.                                                                      ###

Press Release - January 25, 2017

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War Memorial Hospital Celebrates National CRNA Week

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – National CRNA Week (Jan. 22-28, 2017) celebrates “Safe and Effective Anesthesia Care for Every Patient,” as well as the anesthesia experts known as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists or CRNAs. This year’s theme highlights one of the hallmarks of the nurse anesthesia profession: providing safe, effective anesthetics annually to millions of patients for every type of procedure and in every type of setting where anesthesia is required. 

National CRNA Week was established by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 18 years ago to educate patients and the public about anesthesia safety and the benefits of receiving anesthesia care from CRNAs. Nurse anesthetists safely deliver approximately 43 million anesthetics to patients each year in the United States, staying with their patients throughout their entire procedure. 

“CRNAs are patient-centric,” said AANA President Cheryl Nimmo, DNP, MSHSA, CRNA. “Everything we do revolves around our patients and their safe journey through surgery. We are proud of the anesthesia care we provide. Patients put their trust and their lives in our hands, and we hold that as a great responsibility and a great privilege.”

During National CRNA Week, nurse anesthetists will be promoting their profession to

their patients, co-workers and within their local communities. CRNAs practice in traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and pain management specialists; and U.S. military, Public Health Services, and Department of Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities.  For more information on National CRNA Week, go to www.aana.com .

For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

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Press Release - September 16th, 2016

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War Memorial Hospital Supports Local High School Students

3 Future Nursing Students Receive Scholarships

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – This year War Memorial Hospital awarded three Sault Area High School Students the 2016 War Memorial Nursing Scholarship, for their University/College studies in Nursing for the this academic year.  Alison Molitor and Kierstie Piche-Belleau, both attending Lake Superior State University, and Taylor Kalchik, attending Northern Michigan University, were the recipients.  The three students were Allied Health Seniors from Sault Area High School, each receiving a five-hundred dollar scholarship.

     “We look for student leaders who are passionate about nursing and who want to learn and apply what they learn,” explained Marla Bunker, WMH Vice President of Nursing/Operations.

     The scholarships were available to any SAHS Senior, with guidelines that had to be met, such as: a High School Transcript with a GPA of at least a 3.00, a short essay on “Why I Desire to Enter the Nursing Profession” along with educational goals, verification of acceptance into a nursing program for the fall of 2016, and letters of recommendation attesting to their character and leadership abilities.

     For more information on War Memorial Hospital and the services they offer, please contact the Community Relations Department at 906-635-4351 or visit the WMH website at www.warmemorialhospital.org                    

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Press Release - October 18th, 2016

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War Memorial Hospital Welcomes “YOOP” To Their Medical Team

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Recently, War Memorial Hospital announced the arrival of their da Vinci surgical robot, becoming the only hospital north of Traverse City, and throughout the entire Upper Peninsula, to offer this new robotic surgery. 

     To engage the community, War Memorial Hospital held a “Name the Robot” contest.  After reviewing hundreds of entries and stories, the winning name was selected.  The surgical robot has been given the name, “YOOP”, an acronym that stands for, Yooper Operations Outstanding Performance.  The winning name was a group entry, by one medical student, Allison Carley, and three War Memorial Hospital employees, Casey Ball, Karen Filion, and Jordan Watchorn, all who work in the Internal Rehabilitation Department at War Memorial Hospital.  “Since it was the first surgical robot in the U.P., it was only fitting it be given the name YOOP,” said Allison.  “The last part of the name, Outstanding Performance, is exactly what patience will receive from War Memorial Hospital, its’ surgeons and the surgical robot.”

     “There were so many creative and fun entries, this was not an easy choice,” said Director of Surgical Services Reagen Jacek.  “It came down to choosing one that we thought represented our area and what the robot will bring to our hospital.”  Of the hundreds of entries, there were two other entries to receive honorable mention.  Twelve year old Brynn Jannetta, submitted the name Wally.  Brynn said, “I think you should name the robot Wally or Wall-E after the Disney robot Wall-E because he saved so many lives just like our new da Vinci robot will.”  The second honorable mention goes to a group of Neebish Island residents who submitted the name Tucker, in honor of Don Tucker.  Tucker received surgery earlier in the summer at War Memorial Hospital, from Dr. Paula Rechner, prior to the arrival of YOOP.  Dr. Rechner used his case to convince the administrative team that WMH would benefit from a surgical robot, that Tucker’s surgery would have been less invasive with a quicker recovery time.  A few months after that surgery, YOOP arrived at War Memorial. 

     The name was officially revealed at the Chamber of Commerce Business after 5 event that was held at War Memorial Hospital.  WMH CEO David Jahn, and WMH surgeons, Dr. Sara Amo and Dr. Paula Rechner, announced the winning name.

     For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow WMH on Facebook and Twitter.

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News Release - August 2016

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War Memorial Hospital Receives 4 Stars in Hospital Quality

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – War Memorial Hospital has received 4 out of 5 stars in the recent quality star rating from the Hospital Quality Initiative.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) use the Hospital Quality Initiative as a “way to help stimulate and support improvements in the quality of care delivered by hospitals. The intent is to help improve hospitals’ quality of care by distributing objective, easy to understand data on hospital performance, and quality information from consumer perspectives,” according to the Medicare.gov website.

     Hospitals’ are ranked on five criteria; mortality, safety care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging.  They can receive a rating of above national average, same as national average, or below national average.  War Memorial received ratings of “same as national average” in four categories, and one “above national average” in the category of “patient experience.”  Their score of 4 out of 5 stars ranks them higher than Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry, and even University of Michigan Health Systems in Ann Arbor, all who received 3 out of 5 stars. 

     “We are happy to see that WMH was rated a 4 star hospital in the initial release of the star ratings for hospitals by CMS.  I know that all of our team at WMH strive to deliver high quality, safe patient care each and every day and this 4 star rating from CMS validates that we are doing a lot of things right,” says War Memorial Hospital CEO David Jahn.  “The credit needs to go to our physicians, nurses and the rest of the patient care team who do a great job of serving the healthcare needs of our community.”  Nation-wide 4,599 hospitals were rated by CMS, placing War Memorial Hospital in the top quartile in the Nation for hospital safety.  “The intent of the Star Rating program is to convey the overall quality of US Hospitals using a scale most consumers are already familiar with from other industries (hotels, restaurants, etc),” says Emily Bochniak War Memorial Hospital Quality Management Director.  “We recognize that our patients have a choice in where they receive healthcare. This is why we are dedicated to providing our community the level of quality we want for our own families.”

     The 4 Star Quality Rating, is in addition to War Memorial Hospital receiving an ‘A’ for patient safety from the national hospital watchdog group, Hospital Safety Score, and The Gold Standard for Workplace Fitness from the American Heart Association.

     For more information on War Memorial Hospital services and physicians, visit the War Memorial Hospital website at www.warmemorialhospital.org .  You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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News Release - June 2016

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Patricia Newhouse, MD, returns to WMH to open her pediatric practice

     War Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the return of Dr. Patricia Newhouse, pediatrician, to the growing family of healthcare providers. Dr. Newhouse worked at WMH until 1994 when she left to continue her education in healthcare and pediatrics. She returns to Sault Ste. Marie to be near her family and to start her new practice of War Memorial Hospital Community Care Clinic – Pediatrics.

     Dr. Newhouse will provide healthcare to children from birth to 18 years of age, specializing in developmental disabilities, ADHD, and autism. 

     “I am so excited to be back in Sault Ste. Marie, close to my family, and ready to provide care for the children in our area. I’m pleased to be back at a hospital that has always meant so much to me,” said Newhouse.

     New patients are now being accepted.  Please call 906-635-4401 to schedule an appointment.  The practice is located at 509 Osborn Blvd, suite 160, conveniently connected to the skywalk and parking garage.

     For more information on War Memorial Hospital and the services they offer, please contact the Community Relations Department at 906-635-4351.

 

 

News Releases - March, 2016

Farmington Hills Foot and Ankle Specialist to continue practice in Sault Ste. Marie

Click on the link below to read about Dr. Rajeev Sehgal, a foot and ankle specialist who has delivered care to EUP patients for six years and says "I look forward to seeing many more patients in the future."

Details on how to make your appointment in the PDF below.

Orthopedic Surgeon Shane Woolever, DO, joins War Memorial Hospital Orthopedics

WMH is pleased to welcome Dr. Shane Woolever to his new home at War Memorial Hospital Orthopedics, where he will practice alongside Dr. Richard Ganzorn. Get more details on this new practice at the link below.

Dr. Sehgal - Foot & Ankle Specialist practices in Sault Ste. Marie.pdf

Shane Woolever, DO, joins WMH's Orthopedics Department.pdf

News Release - February 2016

MSU, LSSU, WAR MEMORIAL SPONSOR HEALTH SCREENING TALK

Preventative care is one of the most important things we can do to manage our health, including being active, eating healthy and getting an annual physical. As we age, what more can be done to identify and prevent the most common ailments?

Join Dr. David Walsworth at a Your Health lecture to learn about appropriate health screenings for adults at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Lake Superior State University’s Crawford Hall, room 204. Admission is free.

For example, the following recommendations are based on the work of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and NIH Institutes. Blood pressure should be checked at least every two years. Women should have their cholesterol checked regularly starting at age 45; men every five years beginning at 35. If you smoke, have diabetes, or if heart disease runs in your family, start having your cholesterol checked at age 20.

Walsworth will discuss these and other diagnostic tools such as mammograms, Pap smears, and colorectal cancer tests that can find diseases and conditions early when they are easier to treat.

David Walsworth is an associate professor and associate chair for clinical affairs with the Department of Family Medicine in Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. He is also an MD and fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Prior to joining MSU, he was vice chief of Family Medicine at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital. He is board-certified in family medicine. Walsworth serves on the board of directors for the Michigan State Medical Society and the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

The Your Health Lecture Series is a collaborative community event sponsored by Lake Superior State University, War Memorial Hospital and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Upper Peninsula Region Campus.

News Release - January 2016

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Dr. Waleed Doghmi

Dr. Waleed H. Doghmi to speak on lowering the risk of heart disease

In recognition of February being American Heart Month, War Memorial Hospital and McLaren Northern Michigan invite the community to come to a free heart health presentation on Wednesday, February 3 from 7-8 p.m. at the Bayliss Public Library in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

Waleed H. Doghmi, MD, FACC, FACP, cardiologist with McLaren Northern Michigan, and War Memorial Hospital, will provide expert knowledge on what you can do to lower your risk of heart disease. In addition to his presentation, he will hold a question and answer session.

“I encourage the public to attend and ask questions they have on heart disease,” stated Dr. Doghmi. “Whether it’s a question on blood pressure, heart medications, or cholesterol, I want to help alleviate any concerns they have regarding their heart.”

For more information on War Memorial Hospital and the services they offer, please contact the Community Relations Department at 906-635-4351 or visit the WMH website at www.warmemorialhospital.org.

 

Dr. Doghmi's Free Health Talk about Heart Disease.pdf

News Release - January 2016

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WMH Sleep Center Receives National Accreditation

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recognizes War Memorial Hospital

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – War Memorial Hospital’s Sleep Center has received a five year accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  The following is an excerpt from the letter received with the accreditation.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates War Memorial Sleep Disorders Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center.  War Memorial Sleep Disorders Center is an important resource to the local community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders”

To receive accreditation for a five year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards of professional health care as designated by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  “Passing this accreditation process requires a lot of hard work from our Sleep Center Staff and I commend them all for completing this accreditation process for the WMH Sleep Center,” explained War Memorial Hospital CEO Dave Jahn.  “It is also a benefit for our community and the patients who will use the WMH Sleep Center in the future and it shows those patients that we have met the rigorous quality of care standards necessary to become an accredited facility.”

The War Memorial Sleep Disorders Center is located on the second floor of the Community Medical Center Building.  For more information on the services provided you can call 906-253-2788, or visit the WMH website at www.warmemorialhospital.org.

 

 

News Releases - Dec. 2015

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WMH to Host Open House for New State of the Art Cancer Care Center

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – War Memorial Hospital is hosting an open house for their state of the art Cancer Care Center, on Tuesday, December 15th.  The event will run from 5pm – 7pm on the second floor of the Medical Office Building, 509 Osborn Boulevard.  The official ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:15pm and light refreshments will be provided.

     Beginning January 4th, oncologist Dr. Belisario Arango, MD will start seeing patients in the newly renovated space. Dr. Arango and his dedicated staff will now provide comprehensive care all under one roof, including chemotherapy, lab work, infusion therapies and other procedures.  “The cancer center is a significant upgrade for our community,” said Arango.  “Our capacity to take care of patients, administer targeted treatments such as immune therapy, monoclonal antibodies and chemotherapy, is much enhanced.  This is bringing our facility up to date.” The center will feature more treatment stations and enhanced privacy in a welcoming and comfortable environment for patients and their families close to home.

     Patients and staff are looking forward to the move. “We are very excited about the opening of our new Cancer Center.  Dr. Arango, the nurses and other staff in our Oncology Department have always provided exceptional care to the patients that they serve and now we will be able to offer a state of the art facility which will improve the patient care experience even more,” explained War Memorial Hospital CEO David Jahn.

     A unique fundraising opportunity for the Cancer Care Center is available. Donors may purchase a personalized tile in honor of someone, in memory of a loved one, or simply to show support for cancer patients and their families in the EUP. The tiles will be on permanent display in the Family and Patient Waiting Area of the new space.

     For more information on the Open House or to purchase a tile in support of high quality cancer care in the EUP, please contact the Community Relations Department at 906-635-4351.

News Releases - July 2015

Dr. Bensson Samuel shares his expertise on the topic of Celiac Disease in this article printed in The Evening News. PLEASE NOTE: The phone number in the article is incorrect. To make an appointment, call 906-253-2652.

You can also listen to an interview with Dr. Samuel where he talks about gluten and Celiac Disease by clicking this link.

News Releases - December, 2014

Patriot Award presented to Pat Hirt.pdf

News Releases - November 2014

Cardiology practice change.pdf

News Release - March 2014

See the PDF below for the Balloon Sinuplasty news release.

For patient testimonials, click on TESTIMONIAL on YouTube

You can also watch this animation to better understand how balloon sinuplasty can relieve sinus trouble. To view via Windows Media Video (.wmv) - click below.

IMPORTANT: If you unable to watch, click on the link that follows to watch on YouTube. (Please Note: This video has no sound but will demonstrate the procedure.)  BALLOON SINUPLASTY ANIMATION on YouTube

 

Balloon Sinuplasty - News Release.pdf

Balloon Sinuplasty Technology Animation.WMV

News Releases - November 2013

Dr. Alkiek joins Soo Cadiology.pdf