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Nominate a U.P. health care hero

February 17, 2011
Daily Press

Nominations are now being sought for health care heroes in the area. The Escanaba-based U.P. Health Access Coalition sponsors the annual Hero for the Uninsured Awards program.

Nominations for 2011 Hero for the Uninsured candidates are now being sought from around the U.P. to recognize deserving individuals, medical providers and programs that help make health care, prescription medications and medical services accessible to U.P. residents regardless of their ability to pay.

Special contributions that have opened doors to health care services and prescription medications for uninsured Upper Peninsula residents will be recognized in May as part of the fifth annual Hero for the Uninsured Awards program.

Nominators may recommend individuals, institutions, organizations and/or programs that:

- Demonstrate exceptional effort in providing access to care for uninsured U.P. residents, either in a singular event or ongoing work.

- Make exemplary sustained and/or new contributions toward the goal of achieving 100 percent access to health care in the U.P.

- Provide special efforts in direct care services, program outreach and emphasis on dignity in care to Local Access Coalition patient-enrollees or the U.P. uninsured population in general.

- Create/implement new or innovative ideas and/or programs that support the cause of access-to-health-care for uninsured U.P. residents.

Nominations may come from patients served and the general public as well as from the health care community and Access Coalitions and their partner organizations.

The deadline for submissions is March 11.

A simple, two-page "Hero" nomination form is available on-line at or from the U.P. Health Access Coalition office in Escanaba (906) 233-0210 or e-mail For more information about programs for uninsured working-age adults, contact a local access coalition:

- Medical Access Coalition: in Delta County (906) 789-1627, and in Menominee County (906) 863-4051.

- Medical Care Access Coalition: in Marquette County (906) 226-4400; in Alger County (906) 387-4110 ext. 124, and in Schoolcraft County (906) 341-1312

The 2011 Hero Award winners will be announced and recognized at the annual Hero for the Uninsured Awards Dinner in Marquette this May.

Past Hero for the Uninsured Awardees (2007-2010) include:

- War Memorial Hospital of Sault Ste. Marie (2007).

- OSF St. Francis Hospital of Escanaba (2007).

- James Hubbard, MD, of Ironwood (2009).

- Catherine Kroll, DO, of Gwinn (2010).

- Northwoods Airlifeline of Kingsford (2009).

- The Corporation for National and Community Service's Michigan Office (2009).

- Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital of Manistique (2008).

- Portage Health System's Financial Assistance Program of Hancock (2007).

- U.P. Association of Rural Health Services (2007).

- Dickinson County Healthcare System's Patient Assistance Program of Iron Mountain (2008).

- Sault Community Pharmacy of Sault Ste. Marie (2009).

- St. Vincent de Paul Society of Escanaba and Gladstone (2009).

- Emerald City Dental Center of Manistique (2010).

- Care Free Dental Clinic of Escanaba (2008).

- Medical Arts Medical Center of Houghton (2008).

- Downtown Eye Care of Marquette (2010).

- TDS Pharmacies of Dickinson County (2007).

- Medical Care Access Coalition Clinic director Kevin Piggott, MD, of Marquette (2007).

- Martha Short, MD, with Melissa Broeders, PA, and Cathy Paquette, LPN, all of Marquette (2008).

- Lynn Kihm, CNE, of Newberry (2010).

- Teresa Kowalski , FNP, of Dafter (2008).

- Community volunteers Ruthann Davey of Calumet (2007), Connie Diller of Gulliver (2009), Jeannette Hauver of Marquette (2007), Faith Laken of Gwinn (2009) and Matthew Bixby (2010).

Nominate your hero today.



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