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Zumba and Kettlebell Pump added to fall 2013 fitness schedule

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The fall fitness group exercise classes are well underway, and this week the Portage Health Fitness Center is announcing a few edits to the schedule:

  • Zumba has been added on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Kettlebell Pump has been added on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6 p.m.
  • An additional session of Indoor Cycling has been added Saturday from 8 to 9 a.m., beginning Nov. 9.
  • Yoga classes have been removed for now.

For a complete description of classes, please visit Remember, the fitness center now allows you to book your place in group fitness classes online here, and via the iPhone/iPad app MemberMe (coming soon to Android). As always, your first class is free!

Brey joins emergency department, express care staff

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Portage Health is proud to announce Hancock native Whitney Brey, PA, has joined its staff. Brey is seeing patients at the Portage Health Emergency Department in Hancock, and Express Care clinic in Houghton.

Whitney Brey, PA“I always knew I wanted to live in the Copper Country,” said Brey. “Serving the community that I grew up in is a great honor for me.”

Brey is not a new face in the Portage Health hallways either. While finishing her post-graduate studies, Brey completed rotations at a variety of Portage Health clinics. Most recently, she served as a locum provider in Portage Health’s family practice suite in Hancock.

“My time spent at Portage Health has been tremendously positive,” Brey said. “The staff is welcoming and high spirited. The atmosphere makes me excited to come to work on a regular basis.”

After graduating from Hancock Central High School, Brey earned her undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University. She completed post-graduate studies at Central Michigan University.

Learn more about Brey at

The Portage Health Emergency Department is one of just two in the state to be verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level III Trauma Center. It provides emergency medical care to the four-county area 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.

The Express Care clinic is located on Sharon Avenue in Houghton, in the building that was formerly home to Blockbuster Video. The clinic is open 365 days a year for illnesses or injuries that require medical treatment, but are not serious enough to warrant a visit to the emergency department.


About Portage Health 

Portage Health’s mission is to improve the health of the community by providing high quality, safe and compassionate healthcare. Portage Health owns and operates a 36-bed acute-care hospital and a 60-bed skilled nursing unit and related health care services in Hancock-Houghton, Michigan, along with nine other locations throughout the Copper Country, each offering a variety of services provided by a full spectrum of healthcare professionals.


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


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

Express Care 


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


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


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

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