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Cervical Disc Replacement Clinically Shown to Preserve Neck Mobility and Shorten Recovery Time

September 21, 2021

The Brain & Spine Center at UP Health System – Marquette is home to the region’s leaders in treating injuries and diseases of the brain and spine. Neurosurgeon, Dr. Andrew Look, offers a surgical option new to the Brain & Spine Center: cervical disc replacement. This specialized surgery is clinically shown to improve patient outcomes for qualifying patients suffering from symptoms like chronic neck pain.

Becoming a Certified Medical Assistant | Hadley's Story

July 29, 2021

As a leader in rural healthcare, UP Health System's vision is to create places where people choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice, and employees want to work – whether you visit the main hospital or any of our clinics across the Upper Peninsula. Meet Hadley, Medical Assistant with UP Health System - Marquette Family Medicine, who is earning her national certificate through a tuition support program for select staff.

UP Health System - Marquette Welcomes Neurosurgeon, Andrew Look, MD

July 7, 2021

The Brain & Spine Center at UP Health System - Marquette is home to the region's leading specialists in neurosurgery and surgery of the spine. Andrew Look, MD, joins neurosurgeons Craig Coccia, MD, and Sonia Geschwindt, MD — together offering some of the most extensive treatment options in the Upper Peninsula, such as cervical disc replacement, a minimally invasive surgery to replace damaged discs in the spine.

Losing Pounds and Gaining Life

June 15, 2021

For millions of Americans, heart disease can affect many aspects of daily life, and it can be difficult to start making heart health a priority. The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at UP Health System - Marquette is ready to provide the tools and support needed to help you take charge of your heart health and reduce the risk of worsening heart disease. Since joining the program, Carl has lost 110lbs – and counting!

Robotic-Assisted Surgery, Human-Driven Recovery

May 25, 2021

Although as many as 1 in 4 women are impacted by a pelvic floor disorder, statistics may be much higher as these disorders are often under-reported. When Linda worried if her symptoms would get in the way of her active lifestyle, she asked her urogynecologist, Dr. Gina Sternschuss with UP Health System - Marquette, about robotic-assisted surgery.

Honoring Our Healthcare Heroes

May 4, 2021

A message from CEO, Gar Atchison, to recognize and thank the healthcare heroes who work each and every day to make our hospital and our community a better place.

Your Health Means Everything: Taking Care of Yourself in a Post-Pandemic World

April 12, 2021

We have put a lot of time and energy into protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19, and that is very important and worthwhile. But taking care of your health means a lot more than successfully staying virus-free. Read about some of the most important ways you can keep your health a priority in the months and years to come.

An Unexpected Trip to the ER | Baby Julia's Story

February 18, 2021

When Rachael and Jonas' daughter had a severe allergic reaction, they were thankful to be able to count on emergency care close to home. “As scary as this experience was, it has taught me that if an emergency like this happens again, high-quality care will be readily available at UP Health System - Marquette,” said Rachael. Read more about baby Julia's story.

First Recipient of the Dr. Julianne Kirkham Award

January 29, 2021

Amy Kilroy, MPH, CIC, is the Infection Preventionist at UP Health System - Marquette. She is the first recipient of the Dr. Julianne Kirkham Award - a new quarterly award that recognizes exemplary employees of the support and ancillary departments of the hospital who clearly see their purpose and importance in supporting the care of our patients and our community.

Donate and Save – Giving Blood to Save Lives is More Important than Ever

January 11, 2021

We're proud to support National Blood Donor Month. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. And seasonal obstacles like busy holiday schedules, blood drives canceled due to inclement winter weather, and illnesses like the flu and COVID-19 sidelining potential donors can hamper efforts to maintain a healthy blood supply.

First Baby Born in 2021 | Welcome Sam James

January 4, 2021

UP Health System – Marquette is ringing in 2021 with the year’s first bundle of joy. Weighing 6 pounds and 11.8 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches, Sam James was born to Meghan and Jack, Friday, Jan. 1, at 11:00 am.

Lauri's Angels | Dozens at UP Health System Donate Gifts to Local Teens in Need

December 22, 2020

For years, Lauri Ruonavaara organized a holiday donation program aimed to anonymously help local middle and high school-aged children in need, until she passed in early 2020. As this December drew nearer, a local teen and family friend of Lauri decided to pick up where she left off – and the staff of UP Health System – Marquette joined in to help.

Keeping the Happy in Your Holiday: Making the Most of this Year's Challenging Season

December 15, 2020

Keeping stress at bay is an essential part of maintaining good mental and physical health and can help keep our immune system running as it should – a goal that is especially important right now. The good news is that there are some simple seasonal strategies you can adopt to minimize stress and help keep the happy in your holiday.

Give Yourself the Gift of Good Health

November 20, 2020

As we enter the final months of what has certainly been an unprecedented year, health and well-being have perhaps never been more at the forefront of our thoughts. The ongoing pandemic has shown us that it continues to be imperative for us to make our physical health a priority.

Diabetes: What You Should Know

November 5, 2020

If you aren’t living with diabetes, there’s a good chance that at least one of the friends or loved ones who you’ll see this upcoming holiday season is affected by the disease. With November recognized as American Diabetes Month, it’s a great time to learn more about this condition and how you can help prevent and fight it.

Don't Take a Chance With Your Health - Get Vaccinated for Flu Season

September 3, 2020

Given this year's COVID-19 pandemic, it's never been more important to be proactive about your health - and that includes getting a flu shot. Learn why getting vaccinated for the flu shot should be an essential part of your schedule this fall, as well as other ways you can help protect yourself from the flu.

Summer/Fall 2020 Community Newsletter

August 26, 2020

In this edition of the UPHS - Marquette Community Newsletter, learn more about the ways we're keeping you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, hear from our CEO and other clinical leaders, and read other healthy tips!

Schedule Your Mammogram Today

August 13, 2020

Did you know that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime? That's why it's important to begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40. At UP Health System, your breast health is important to us. Our staff uses the latest technology, like 3D Mammography - in a comfortable and welcoming environment to help you stay on top of your health and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing and being prepared. Ask your provider today about scheduling a mammogram. Call 906.449.1440 or visit to learn more.

Taking charge of your health: How your primary care provider helps you stay ahead of the curve

August 4, 2020

Since the onset of COVID-19, many of us have probably focused more intently on our health than ever before – paying close attention to how we are feeling, staying alert to any signs that we might not be well and doing what we can to stay healthy. While a pandemic is certainly a bad thing, being more in tune with and focused on our health is definitely a good thing.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information

July 10, 2020

Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers, and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.

Hospital Video Tour

May 14, 2020

In honor of National Hospital Week, we are proud to announce the new virtual tour of the UPHS-Marquette facility – offering personalized care and advanced healthcare technology to communities throughout the Upper Peninsula. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the opening of our new hospital, our remarkable facility is a reminder of our commitment to our mission of Making Communities Healthier. Enjoy the tour!

Maintaining your health, ensuring safety

May 14, 2020

As healthcare providers, patient wellbeing is our chief concern every day of the year. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, part of how we kept our community safe was limiting elective and non-urgent procedures at UP Health System-Marquette.  Currently, the threat of COVID-19 in our community seems to be under control, allowing our community to start re-opening and UP Health System-Marquette to begin gradually resuming time-sensitive non-urgent procedures.

Local heroes: Sculpture artist supports medical community

April 29, 2020

MARQUETTE — Support for people at the front lines during the COVID-19 crisis can come in many ways. You can’t get much more front line than a hospital. Of course, it needs physical items such as personal protective equipment in the form of masks, shields and other items. However, moral support too is crucial and in one particular case, that support came in tangible and intangible ways.

NMU, UPHS - Marquette collaborate to improve patient, staff safety

April 29, 2020

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Numerous groups within the community have rallied in support of UP Health System – Marquette during this pandemic. Northern Michigan University is one of those who is utilizing its resources to supply UPHS with medical equipment.

UPHS – Marquette offering telehealth services

April 29, 2020

MARQUETTE, Mich. - Despite social distancing and safety parameters put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Amy Martyanov, a pediatric neurologist at UPHS – Marquette, has still managed to see patients by utilizing technology in creative ways.

UPHS in-house COVID-19 testing means better patient care

April 29, 2020

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette announced an in-house test for COVID-19 Friday. Polly Hockberger, Director of Laboratory Services at UPHS says this in-house coronavirus testing is a huge benefit to the people of the Upper Peninsula.

Community update with CEO Gar Atchison

April 29, 2020

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - UP Health System-Marquette says the number of COVID-19 patients it's treating continues a steady decline as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moves closer to announcing the next steps for re-engaging the Michigan economy. UPHS CEO Gar Atchison says the highest number of coronavirus patients at Upper Michigan's largest hospital was four to six weeks ago. "U.P. wide, the numbers remain really very low of patients that have needed hospitalization," said Atchison. "Just late last week, we were able to discharge another gentleman home, so it was quite a celebration here."

UP Health System - Marquette to open new campus on June 2

May 30, 2019

MARQUETTE, Mich. – (May 30, 2019) – UP Health System – Marquette (UPHS-Marquette) will relocate its operations and move all patients from its W. College Ave. location to its brand-new hospital located at 850 W. Baraga Ave. on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

UP Health System hospitals receive an 'A' for patient safety in fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 8, 2018

MARQUETTE, MI, November 8, 2018 – UP Health System – Portage and UP Health System – Marquette have been awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes UP Health System’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

Heart Disease in Women & Men: A Guide To Coronary Artery Disease

October 4, 2018

Join us for a free presentation and dinner at the Newberry Country Club on Oct. 11 as UPHS Cardiologist Sylvie Giroux explains the different risk factors and symptoms between women and men and treatment options for Coronary Artery Disease.

Dickinson County Healthcare System Signs Letter of Intent with UP Health System

July 19, 2018

Iron Mountain, MI (July 19, 2018) – Dickinson County Healthcare System and UP Health System (UPHS) are beginning a formal process to evaluate the possibility of the Dickinson County system becoming part of UPHS. The organizations have signed a non-binding letter of intent that allows them to evaluate a potential acquisition of Dickinson County by UPHS and engage regional stakeholders in discussions of new approaches to ensuring access to high quality care in the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin.

UP Health System – Marquette Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

April 24, 2018

Marquette, MI, April 24, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. UP Health System – Marquette (UPHS-Marquette) was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

Cardiac Cath Lab ACC Accreditation

April 4, 2018

MARQUETTE, MICH. – APRIL 16, 2018 — The American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services has recognized UP Health System - Marquette for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating ...

Cancer Survivors Day 2017

May 12, 2017

UP Health System - Marquette and the Superior Health Foundation will host Cancer Survivors Day 2017 on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Presque Isle Pavillion in Marquette, MI.

Cancer Care Wellness Fair: Treating the Whole You, March 21, 2017

March 2, 2017

Please join the UP Health System – Cancer Care team for an educational opportunity on Treating the Whole You. Representatives from the following areas will be available to ask questions, pick up brochures, etc. This event is open to all of UP Health System – Cancer Care patients and their family members.

Cardiovascular Surgeon Bradford Blakeman, MD Joins UP Health System – Marquette

February 22, 2017

UP Health System – Marquette announces that Bradford Blakeman, MD will join our Heart & Vascular team as a cardiovascular surgeon. Through this partnership, 24/7 cardiovascular surgery services will be provided at UP Health System – Marquette. Joining Dr. Blakeman in this partnership are CV surgeons Juan Bonilla, MD, Jeffrey Silver, MD, and William Polito, MD.

UP Health System Hospitals Receive Chest Pain Center Accreditation

February 15, 2017

UP Health System hospitals have received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). UP Health System – Marquette, Bell, and Portage received the official designation on December 30, 2016. UP Health System – Marquette also received Primary PCI Accreditation in addition to Chest Pain Center Accreditation.

LifePoint invests $1.9 million in new UPHS – Marquette cath lab

January 31, 2017

UP Health System – Marquette has completed installation of a new, $1.9 million catheterization laboratory (cath lab) made possible through an investment from Duke LifePoint Healthcare. At the heart of the lab is an Innova IGS 530 by GE Healthcare. This state-of-the-art technology for cardiovascular and interventional imaging will enable the hospital to perform cardiac catheterizations to quickly diagnose a number of heart conditions and immediately begin treatment. Along with the new equipment came a complete update of the room around it, including movable storage cabinets, piping, gas, HVAC, and an extensive remodel.

Kevin McDowell, PsyD joins UP Health System – Marquette Brain & Spine Center as Health Psychologist

January 9, 2017

UP Health System – Marquette welcomes Kevin McDowell, PsyD, to its neuropsychology team at the Brain & Spine Center. Dr. McDowell received his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Michigan University. He joins UP Health System – Marquette from the University of South Florida where he held the position of clinical psychologist.

UP Health System – Marquette Recognized by March of Dimes for Giving More Babies a Healthy Start in Life

November 15, 2016

UP Health System – Marquette has been recognized by the March of Dimes for its work to give babies a healthier start in life. UP Health System – Marquette earned the recognition after successfully reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy to less than one percent (1%). This is a tremendous accomplishment, and one that will give more babies the right start in life, the March of Dimes says.

"Treating the Whole You": Free Event for UP Health System Cancer Care Patients on November 8

October 31, 2016

Please join the UP Health System Cancer Care team for an educational opportunity on Treating the Whole You. Representatives from nutrition, rehab services, psychosocial, YMCA/LiveStrong, financial counselors, Cancer Care of Marquette County and American Cancer Society will be available to answer questions. This event is open to all UP Health System Cancer Care patients and family members.

UP Health System – Marquette Receives CMS 3-Star Rating

August 4, 2016

August 4, 2016 - MARQUETTE - UP Health System – Marquette announced that the hospital has received a 3-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This rating means that UP Health System – Marquette is in line with the national standard of care across several categories which are used to calculate the star rating.

UP Health System - Marquette Names New Chief Executive Officer

July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 - MARQUETTE - UP Health System Market President James Bogan announced today that Brian Sinotte, FACHE, has been appointed to serve as chief executive officer (CEO) for UP Health System – Marquette, effective August 15, 2016. Sinotte comes to Marquette from Maria Parham Medical Center (MPMC), a Duke LifePoint Healthcare facility in Henderson, N.C., where he served as CEO since February 2015.

Michael Mellana, MD joins UP Health System - Marquette Heart & Vascular

July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 - MARQUETTE - UP Health System – Marquette announced that Michael Mellana, MD, has joined its Heart & Vascular team. Dr. Mellana brings advanced and specialized knowledge of the heart to UP Health System – Marquette, including experience in atrial fibrillation ablation, atrial flutter ablation, ventricular tachycardia ablation, ICD and PPM implants, and cardiac resynchronization therapy. Dr. Mellana served as the Pacemaker Clinic Coordinator at Westchester Medical Center.

Welcome Viktoria Koskenoja, MD to UP Health System - Marquette Emergency Medicine

July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 - MARQUETTE - UP Health System – Marquette announced that Dr. Viktoria Koskenoja has joined its Emergency Medicine department. Dr. Koskenoja joins UP Health System – Marquette from her role as a resident physician in the Harvard-Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program in Boston, MA. She received her doctor of medicine degree from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, and completed her undergraduate work at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI.

Emily Twichell, PA-C, joins UP Health System – Marquette Brain & Spine Center

July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016 - MARQUETTE - UP Health System – Marquette welcomes Emily Twichell, PA-C, to its neurosurgery team. Twichell joins UP Health System – Marquette from Emergency Physicians of Indianapolis, Indiana, part of the Franciscan St. Francis Health System. She brings more than eight years of Emergency Department experience with her, having worked for a high volume two-hospital system in Indianapolis.

UP Health System – Marquette cardiovascular specialists introduce cutting-edge procedure to Upper Peninsula

July 1, 2016

July 1st, 2016 – MARQUETTE – UP Health System – Marquette cardiologists continue to pave the way forward for specialized heart care in the Upper Peninsula after completing a successful case of an innovative procedure yesterday. UP Health System – Marquette is the first hospital in the region to bring the Watchman™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device to Upper Peninsula patients. The procedure is an FDA-approved alternative to blood thinning medicines for patients with atrial fibrillation.

UP Health System - Doctors Park Earns Provider Distinction Award

June 3, 2016

June 3, 2016 - ESCANABA - UP Health System – Doctors Park was recently awarded a BCN AdvantageSM, Blue Cross Medicare Plus BlueSM PPO Provider Distinction Award. These awards are given annually to Medicare Advantage physician offices for outstanding contributions in helping Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members receive “Star Quality” care, as measured by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Star Ratings.

US Senator Debbie Stabenow visits UP Health System - Marquette to discuss changing nature of healthcare

May 31, 2016

MAY 31, 2016 - MARQUETTE - United States Senator for Michigan, Debbie Stabenow (D), visited UP Health System - Marquette today to meet with leadership from UP Health System - Marquette, Bell, and Portage. UP Health System Market President Jim Bogan directed a discussion focused on the changing nature of the healthcare industry and to bring light to the unique challenges faced by rural hospitals across the Upper Peninsula.

UP Health System – Marquette Breaks Ground on $300+ Million Medical Campus

May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016 - MARQUETTE - UP Health System – Marquette broke ground today on its new 500,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art medical facility and 80,000 square-foot, adjoining medical office building. The new medical campus will have an enormous impact on the economic health of the community and will enhance the level of service and delivery quality of care to people across the Upper Peninsula.

UP Health System - Marquette Earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries

May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016 - MARQUETTE – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has selected UP Health System – Marquette as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.

UP Health System - Marquette welcomes new CMO

May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016 - MARQUETTE - UP Health System – Marquette chief executive officer W. Trent Crable announced that Wael Khouli, MD, MBA, has been appointed to serve as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for UP Health System - Marquette, effective May 17. Dr. Khouli comes to Marquette from HealthEast Care System in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he served as Medical Director of Care Management for the three-hospital system.

Cancer Survivors Day 2016

May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016 - MARQUETTE - Cancer Survivors Day 2016 will be held on June 7th at the Presque Isle Pavilion from 4-6 p.m. in Marquette. Cancer patients, survivors, family members, and caregivers are invited to attend this event.

Celebrating Our Nurses during National Nurses Week

May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016 - MARQUETTE - Across the country, there are millions of nurses united by a deep desire to care for others in their greatest times of need. They are the compassionate faces at the bedside and the healing hands that work tirelessly to ensure that each patient receives safe, quality care.

Public Forum on Repurposing Current UPHS - Marquette Campus Slated for May 2nd

April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016 - MARQUETTE - “We are seeking as much public input as possible as early as possible in the overall new hospital construction process,” explained UP Health System Regional President Jim Bogan. “A major component in building our new hospital campus is ensuring the current campus’s potential for repurpose is a high priority.”

UPHS Makes Donation to Cancer Care of Marquette County

April 7, 2016

April 7, 2016 - MARQUETTE - UP Health System has donated $10,000 to Cancer Care of Marquette County. The group is planning a major fundraising banquet for April 16. For more information on getting tickets for the banquet, call 906-362-4572.

UPHS - Marquette Team Visits Duke to Strengthen Neuro-Oncology Program

April 4, 2016

April 4, 2016 - MARQUETTE - A UP Health System – Marquette delegation of caregivers from the Brain and Spine Center and the Cancer Center recently traveled to Duke University in Durham, NC, to strengthen and expand the connection with Duke as a part of UPHS-Marquette’s affiliation with Duke Health in cancer.

Hospital Reuse Dialogue Begins

March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016 - MARQUETTE - Duke LifePoint officials met with the Marquette City Commission recently, opening a dialougue on reuse options for the current UP Health System - Marquette campus after the new hospital...

Hope Starts Here Challenge Gets Kickoff Boost

March 14, 2016

March 14, 2016 - MARQUETTE - The 2016 River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge is May 7th. Organizers gathered at Northern Michigan University last week to accept the $5,000 title sponsor check from River Valley.

New hospital public forum slated

October 14, 2015

October 14, 2015 - MARQUETTE - The public is invited to an informational forum on construction of the new UP Health System – Marquette hospital campus at 7 p.m. October 21. The forum will take place at the UPHS – Marquette conference center