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University Center expansion and renovation complete

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HOUGHTON – After a year of construction, the Portage Health-University Center renovation and addition is complete.

Portage Health University Center Ribbon Cutting

Community representatives from Portage Health, Moyle Construction, Michigan Technological University and several contractors cut a ribbon during a ceremony on August 29, 2012 announcing the completion of the $4.2 million addition and renovation to the Portage Health-University Center location.

The number of exam and procedure rooms has doubled, the waiting room is more than double the size and offers a more comfortable experience, and the Apothecary has a modern look that allows patients easy access to pharmacists.

“The University Center has been a vital healthcare link for members of our community for more than a decade, and this update ensures that access to healthcare will remain unabated for many more,” said Jim Bogan, president and CEO of Portage Health.

Michigan Technological University students will be one of the largest beneficiaries of the update. Students will have easier access to medical professionals right where they spend most of their time.

“Michigan Tech is pleased that Portage Health has made improvements and expanded their health clinic on our campus to better serve students, faculty, staff and the community,” said Glenn Mroz, president of the university.

The total cost of the project is about $4.2 million. Construction included more than 75 local trades people, 700 cubic yards of concrete, 24,000 bricks, 280,000 pounds of structural steel, a new energy-efficient automated HVAC and lighting control systems, was completed ahead of schedule and, most importantly, involved zero injuries or safety violations.

“When Portage Health invests in a community, it keeps jobs here and keeps people busy, which is what we all need and appreciate,” said Tom Moyle, CEO of Moyle Construction, the lead contractor throughout the project. “I’m very proud of Portage Health, Michigan Tech and all the contractors involved for bringing this project to completion so seamlessly.”

The clinic and Apothecary are now open for regular business hours in the new space, including the Copper Country’s only drive-thru pharmacy. Learn more about the project by visiting portagehealth.org/universitycenter.

Get up, get out and get walking on Labor Day

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HANCOCK – Get up, get out and get walking on Monday, Sept. 3 for the Portage Health Labor Day Bridge Walk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Kestner Waterfront Park (Chutes and Ladders) in Houghton, with the five-mile walk beginning at 9 a.m.

BridgeWalk“We hope everyone will come out an join us for a walk across our beautiful lift bridge on Labor Day,” said Emily Kunnen, who’s organizing this year’s event. “The past couple years have been a lot of fun, and we’re hoping this year will be more of the same.”

The walk is free, and sponsored by the city of Hancock, city of Houghton, Portage Health, Michigan’s Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Farm Bureau Insurance.

Walkers across the state are doing similar events, inspired by the annual Labor Day five-mile walk over the Mackinaw Bridge.

“This is a fun event for the whole family,” said Kunnen. “There’s no competitiveness to it, just a fun morning of walking with hundreds of others locally and thousands of others statewide.”

Preregistration is not required, but we ask participants to arrive early enough to register at the event. For more information, visit portagehealth.org/bridgewalk.

Portage Health provides sports medicine coverage to five schools in 2012

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HOUGHTON – Portage Health is proud to announce it is continuing its relationship with five local school districts to provide sports medicine coverage for the upcoming school year.

“We are dedicated to providing sports medicine coverage, at no cost, for the local high schools to ensure the safety of our local student athletes,” said Mark Randell, director of rehab and sports medicine at Portage Health.

Portage Health’s Sports Medicine Institute works with athletes from Houghton, Jeffers, Chassell, Hancock and Dollar Bay-Tamarack City schools.

“Without question the sports medicine services Portage Health provides have proven vital in ensuring the safety, well-being and health of our student athletes,” said Dr. Jan Quarless, superintendent at Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools.

The coverage includes having certified athletic trainers at many practices and most games and meets.

“I feel a great comfort in knowing that we have trained professionals covering our events,” said Bruce Horsch, superintendent of Houghton-Portage Township Schools. “I can’t thank Portage Health enough for all the support they have given our athletic programs over the years.”

The Sports Medicine Institute also offers a drop-in sports injury clinic at Portage Health – University Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday nights.

“Our work with local student athletes fits right in with our organization’s mission, improving the health of our community,” Randell said. “We’re looking forward to another year of manning the sidelines with area athletes.”

The Portage Health Sports Medicine Institute is a team of sports medicine-trained physicians, fellowship-trained Orthopaedic surgeons, physical and rehabilitation therapists, certified athletic trainers and nutritionists whose goal is to help athletes achieve excellence and improve their health. Learn more at portagehealth.org/sports.

Prenatal fitness introduced as part of fall fitness class schedule

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The Portage Health Fitness Center is proud to announce a brand new fitness class to the area: “Oh Baby” Prenatal Fitness.

Fitness Classes“A lot of my clients have questions about what kinds of exercises are safe during pregnancy,” said Emily Kunnen, personal trainer and instructor for this course. “This class will help them stay healthy and fit during pregnancy in a safe atmosphere.”

The courses will include a mix of cardio, strength training, yoga and stretching activities that are all aimed to help women prepare for carrying a baby and recovering once the baby is born.

“All stages of pregnant women will benefit from these classes,” said Kunnen. “Every exercise we do will be made appropriate for every level. There’s always a modification for people if they’re in their first, second or third trimester.”

Kunnen herself is pregnant and is completing a training course specifically designed for prenatal fitness. According to the American Council on Exercise, exercising is beneficial for a pregnant woman.

“Exercise during pregnancy offers many physical and emotional benefits,” the council’s website says. “For example, a good exercise program may help relieve common problems associated with pregnancy, such as excessive weight gain, swelling of your hands and feet, leg cramps, varicose veins, insomnia, fatigue and constipation.”

There are many other benefits, read more from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, or read an article from the Mayo Clinic on the topic.

The “Oh Baby” Prenatal Fitness Courses will run from 7 to 8 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from Sept. 10 to Nov. 30. Call Kunnen at 483-1530 with any questions and to discuss if this class is right for you.

The Portage Health Fitness Center is offering 10 additional courses this fall ranging from yoga to indoor cycling. Visit portagehealth.org/fitnessclasses for a full schedule.

Camp 911 draws large crowd again in 2012

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HANCOCK – About 80 kids participated in Camp 911, which was hosted July 31 and Aug. 1 at Mercy EMS, near the Houghton County Memorial Airport.

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The two-day camp is hosted by Portage Health, Mercy EMS and Aspirus Keweenaw and is meant to teach Houghton and Keweenaw county 10- to 12-year-olds basic emergency response information.

“You don't have to be built like Popeye and be (an adult)," Camp Coordinator Ann Clancy-Klemme told The Daily Mining Gazette. "You can be 11 and save a life."

That was the theme as kids went through dozens of different activities focused on learning the basics of being the first one on the scene.

“If there was an emergency this camp taught me a lot about how to deal with it and be not that scared,” Hancock camper Blake Williams told TV6 News.

While those three organizations sponsored the event, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of organizations such as the Bootjack Fire & Rescue, Calumet Township Fire & Rescue, Dial Help, Houghton Police Department, Houghton County Sheriff's Department, Houghton County Memorial Airport, Hurontown Fire & Rescue, Michigan State Police, Reserve Officer Training Corps and Upper Peninsula Power Co.

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