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Program allows patients to learn about heart health

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HANCOCK – February is American Heart Month, and Portage Health is helping you focus on your heart this month by hosting Heart Health by the Numbers. The program helps introduce people to the serious issues of heart disease by offering free screenings and a presentation by a board-certified cardiologist.

Heart Health by the Numbers“It’s amazing what small things you can do in your life to help you live with a healthier heart,” said Angela Luskin, community health coordinator at Portage Health. “We want everyone to be empowered to make improvements in their life, and this program will provide the information people need to get started.”

It all starts with free screenings, including cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, blood glucose and much more. These will be done at Portage Health’s main campus in Hancock. The screenings will be on Feb. 14 and 15 from 7 to 10 a.m.

While the screenings are free, an appointment is required. Call Angela Luskin at (906) 483-1153 to reserve your time slot.

“In past years all the slots have been filled very quickly,” said Luskin. “If you want to make sure you get these screenings, I’d call right away.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 20 Portage Health and Dr. Thomas LeGalley, founder of Upper Michigan Cardiovascular Associates, will host a presentation at the Houghton High School auditorium.

“Dr. LeGalley is highly respected by his peers,” Luskin said. “This presentation will be packed with information everyone should know about their heart health.”

The presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Prior to the presentation, results from the screenings will be made available. Those who did the screenings are asked to arrive around 5 p.m. to receive their results. The presentation is open to anyone interested.

Learn more about heart health and the Heart Health by the Numbers program at

Women's cancer survivor group started

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A team of cancer survivors from the Copper Country have coordinated with Portage Health and Aspirus Keweenaw to begin a support group for women.

"Cancer can be one of the most stressful experiences a women has to face," said Anita Quinn, one of the survivors who has pioneered this support group. "A support group can help to cope with the emotional aspects of cancer by providing a place to share experiences and learn from others who are facing similar situations."

This group is for any women in the four-county area living with a cancer, newly diagnosed, in treatment or a long-term survivor. Attendees of support groups will receive many benefits from interacting with others who have been through, or are going through the same thing. The support group will provide a place to laugh a little, and share or learn about resources and tips.

"The vision is to provide a safe place to help women manage their feelings, fears, and sadness," said Angie Van Tassel, another survivor who has helped form the group. "This is simply an opportunity to learn from other women who have been on this journey."

Meetings will be held on the final Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., alternating between Portage Health in Hancock and Aspirus Keweenaw in Laurium. The first meeting is Jan. 30 at the Portage Health Conference Center in Hancock from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The topic of this initial meeting is "Just Get Me Through This!".

For more information contact either Angie at 482-8221 or Anita at 492-9675.

Portage Health receives grant for cancer patients

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HANCOCK – The Keller Family Community Foundation has awarded a $1,550 grant to Portage Health. The grant will allow the hospital to provide financial assistance to cancer patients who need to travel out of the area for radiation therapy.

“We are pleased to be working with the Keller family in an effort to provide financial assistance for patients who are on their path to health recovery,” said Kevin Store, director of Portage Health marketing and communications.

This is the second year Portage Health has received support from the foundation.

“We recognize the many challenges our cancer patients face, and appreciate the Keller family working with us to help our patients,” said Store.

The KFCF raises awareness, resources and money to help cancer patients and their families. The foundation was formed about five years ago in Richmond, Minnesota. Every year the foundation hosts a snowmobile event called the Snowball Cancer Challenge. Learn more at

Families who are interested in using the grant to help offset travel costs should talk to the staff at Portage Health Cancer Care by calling (906) 483-1730.

Portage Health earns “A” Grade from The Leapfrog Group

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Portage Health’s commitment to excellence was recognized with an “A” in the latest Hospital Safety Score grading by The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Group
“Receiving the highest grade possible from a credible and neutral source is tremendously rewarding for us,” said Jim Bogan, president/CEO of Portage Health. “Our staff is committed to providing the best possible experience for our patients, and ratings like this validate our efforts.”

The “A” ranking was awarded to 37 Michigan hospitals, including two others in the Upper Peninsula.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent not-for-profit organization focused on improving safety, quality and affordability of healthcare in the United States by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives.

The group manages a database called The Hospital Safety Score, which compiles reported data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The database is accessible at, or by downloading the mobile app “Hospital Safety Score” on iOS or Android devices.

Portage Health provides update to community

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HOUGHTON – Officials from Portage Health provided insight into the organization’s past and future Friday at the Memorial Union Building during the healthcare organization’s “annual update to the community.”

Jim Bogan Annual Update

Jim Bogan addresses the crowd of nearly 100 Friday at the Memorial Union Building on Michigan Tech's campus.

The presentation featured remarks from Portage Health President/CEO Jim Bogan, CFO Brian Donahue, Vice President of Quality Betty MacInnes and Director of Communications and Marketing Kevin Store.

All four spoke to the hospital’s success in the past year. This was highlighted by above average marks in patient satisfaction, meeting nearly all internal quality goals and a stable financial performance during fiscal year 2012.

The organization’s future was also discussed, including what affect the Affordable Care Act could have, and what proactive steps the hospital is taking to ensure quality healthcare remains a focus in the community.

The annual update to the community comes on the heals of the publication of the 2012 Annual Report in late December. The report is available at


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