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foods that lower risk why digital scans are best

How exercise slows aging CAN A WEBSITE HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY?

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president, board of directors




marketing coordinator KIMBERLY RULEY

marketing & foundation director


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foundation coordinator SARA FREEMAN

3 Health online Keep current with “”


At this website, user-friendly healthcare information is just a click away.

editor in chief RITA GUARNA

4 Clinical update Mammography goes digital at OMH Today’s breast imaging gives radiologists a better look—and patients better protection.

art director SARAH LECKIE

senior editor TIMOTHY KELLEY

managing editor JENNIFER RYAN

assistant editor KRISTIN COLELLA

editorial intern DIANE SZULECKI

Otsego Health & Life is published by Wainscot Media, 110 Summit Avenue, Montvale, NJ 07645, in association with Otsego Memorial Hospital. This is Volume 2, Issue 2. © 2010 by Otsego Memorial Hospital. All rights reserved. Material contained herein is intended for informational purposes only. If you have medical concerns, seek the guidance of a healthcare professional.


Briefing on breast cancer 4 noteworthy reports from the fight against the disease, including a prevention tip

7 Prevention

Tips for a safe summer Don’t let the season’s fun activities bring an unexpected trip to the emergency room.

8 Escapes Eco-centric excursions Looking for travel ideas that promise thrills, stunning sights—and a clean environmental conscience?

10 In the news Updates on staying well Your bones, your biceps and the dangers of sitting at your desk too long



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Health Online


WHAT IS THE CIRCUMFERence of the Earth? How many ounces are in a gallon? What were Julius Caesar’s last words? To find out, you know just where you’d turn: the Internet. More and more people are using the Internet for everything these days, including researching what ails them and where to go for the best treatment. That is why Otsego Memorial Hospital (OMH) has now launched a completely redesigned website: Knowing that at 3 a.m. people may be up trying to figure out where to turn for that chest cold that just won’t go away, OMH has put pertinent and valuable information right in the hands of its patients. Designed with patients and community members in mind, contains a wealth of information including specifics on all employed and affiliated providers, contact information for during and after regular office hours and individual department pages offering the visitor a complete rundown of services available, current equipment and how to make an appointment. “The idea is to put all the information right at your fingertips, 24/7,” says Christie Perdue, OMH Foundation and Marketing director. “Your healthcare shouldn’t be a mystery, and hopefully our website will help take some of the guesswork out of deciding on a local provider or facility.” OMH clinical departments featured on the site include the Birthing Center, Emergency Department, McReynolds Hall Skilled Nursing Facility, Rehabilitation Services and Radiology, along with several others. The OMH Medical Group and its services are also featured on the site with each practice office (Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, OB/GYN, ENT, N’Orthopedics, Montmorency Medical

Clinic and MedCare Walk-In Clinic) highlighted on its own page. Looking to volunteer? Information about the hospital’s auxiliary and volunteer corps can be found right on the website as well. Click and download an informational brochure or a volunteer application and you’re more than well on your way to getting started. The site is a great place to start when you’re looking for general information about OMH and the services it offers. The website is updated weekly with news, events, physician profiles and much more. If you’re on Facebook, you can join OMH there as well! Become a fan of Otsego Memorial Hospital on Facebook, and have the latest news, events, and physician spotlights displayed on your News Feed. This way, you’re always up-to-date with OMH! Remember, this website was designed with patients and community members in mind. If you don’t find what you’re looking for on the website on your first visit, make sure to come back often to see what’s been updated and added since you last logged on, or feel free to give us a call at 989-731-OMH1 (6641). I O T S E G O H E A LT H & L I F E





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EVERYTHING TODAY IS DIGITAL. FROM picture-taking to paying our bills, our lives have been transformed by the digital age, and so has healthcare. Digital mammography now offers physicians an increased opportunity for earlier detection in all patients—even younger patients and those with dense breast tissue. Currently, Otsego Memorial Hospital (OMH) is home to two analog mammography units, and with the help of the OMH Foundation, those analog units will be upgraded to digital and the mammography suite will be renovated to accommodate the new technology. In 2009, OMH performed 2,900 mammograms, and it is anticipated that this number will continue to increase significantly. The upgrade will allow for two on-site digital mammography units to better serve patients and community members. In digital mammography, the breast image is captured using a special electronic X-ray detector, which converts the image into a digital picture for review on a computer monitor. Because the image is stored electronically, it may be enhanced after an exam is completed to help the radiologist more clearly see certain areas by changing the magnification, orientation, brightness and contrast of the image. The advanced technology also allows for a decreased image acquisition time. The electronic files captured by the digital mammography unit allow for transmittal of the images over a secure network for remote consultation by other radiologists and physicians without their having to wait for pickup or delivery by a courier. All of the advanced attributes and features of digital mammography add up to one thing for patients: high-quality care. “The upgrade to digital mammography is one more step that OMH is taking to ensure that our patients receive the best screening and diagnostic care possible,” says Andy Lanway, director of radiology at OMH. “Combining advanced radiology technology with the expertise of our surgeons and oncology staff, OMH is your champion for cancer care.” Currently the OMH Foundation is raising funds to upgrade and enhance the hospital’s mammography technology and suite. OMH is aiming to have the digital upgrade completed by the late summer of 2010. I

Advantages of digital mammograms • They’re better at spotting cancer in women under 50 and those with dense breasts. • They can be stored, retrieved and transmitted more easily than film. • They require a lower average radiation dose without loss of diagnostic accuracy. —National Cancer Institute

Raising funds for better scans Both the 13th Annual OMH Foundation Golf Outing in June and the “In the Pink, On the Green” Golf Outing in July are dedicating all funds to the Cancer Prevention & Mammography Campaign. For more information on participating in these events, or supporting the campaign to purchase digital mammography for Otsego Memorial Hospital, please contact the foundation at 989-731-2343.

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Strategies for staying well One way to cut your risk of getting breast cancer is to consume lots of vitamin D and calcium, suggests research at Omaha’s Creighton University. Among more than 1,000 postmenopausal women, a group taking these two supplements had a 60 percent lower chance of developing the disease than did a group taking a body absorb and use calcium. Both nutrients are found in dairy products and fish such as salmon and sardines, while beans, almonds and tofu are rich in calcium.) Another tip: Limit your exposure to chlorinated tap water, auto air pollution, detergents with fluorescent whiteners and nonstick-coated cookware. Hazards of these substances were highlighted in a review of 900 breast cancer studies.

The disease is on the DECLINE The good news: Breast cancer incidence has been dropping by about 2 percent per year since 1999, according to the National Cancer Institute—after increases in the early 1980s and the late 1990s. The question: Why? Two studies this year—in the American Journal of Public Health and in Breast Cancer Research—have suggested that the drop may be linked to a decision by many women to give up hormone therapy after data from the Women’s Health Initiative showed in 2002 that the therapy did not, as once thought, protect against heart disease—and that it increased the risk of breast cancer. But because the decline began before 2002, some experts think other factors are also at play.

A test may spare a second surgery In breast-cancer treatment, a key issue is determining whether malignant cells have spread beyond the breast. Now there’s a lab test to help doctors make that call. When a woman has a lumpectomy or mastectomy, surgeons often remove the first lymph node that filters fluid from the breast—the “sentinel” node—and analyze its tissue under the microscope to check for malignant cells. The node is used as a guide to determine whether the cancer has metastasized (spread elsewhere in the body). Sometimes the sentinel node yields quick information, but often it takes a day or two to get detailed results that pinpoint cancer cells—which can mean that a second surgery is necessary. According to the Food and Drug Administration, the test, the GeneSearch BLN Assay, in some cases provides quicker results that make a second operation unnecessary. It’s now available to hospitals and doctors.

Research promises better detection and treatment Get ready to hear about four newly pinpointed genes that mark a woman’s inherited susceptibility to breast cancer: TNRC9, FGFR2, MAP3K1 and LSP1. In two recent studies, one at England’s Cambridge University and one a collaboration between Harvard University and the National Cancer Institute, scientists have linked these genes—along with five DNA regions of the human genome—with a higherthan-average likelihood of contracting the disease. No new genetic test has been developed as a result, but scientists say the findings could be the most important ones in breast cancer genetics since the 1994 discovery of the role played by BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. In another study, this one involving mice, researchers have identified a protein called Akt1 that appears to contribute to the growth of about one-fourth of all breast cancers by secreting a factor called CXCL16. Someday soon, scientists say, new drugs targeting this protein may be used to stop the growth and progression of the disease.


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MOST OF US CAN’T WAIT FOR SUMMER’S carefree days—but carefree shouldn’t mean care-less. Emergency physicians see the pain that results when people don’t take precautions outdoors. So Otsego Health & Life sought safety tips from three such doctors at Otsego Memorial Hospital: Emergency Department Medical Director David Hansmann, M.D.; and his colleagues Peter Handley, M.D., and Jon Foltz, M.D. FUN IN THE SUN “We’ve treated many patients with severe sunburns that could have been avoided,” says Dr. Foltz. Adults and teens should apply sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, he notes. For younger children and toddlers, he recommends a sunblock with an SPF of 45. “Overexposure to sunlight before age 18 is most damaging to the skin,” says Dr. Foltz. “Sunburns can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer later in life.” A child’s skin is thinner than an adult’s, so kids can burn more quickly. Slather up at least every two hours and after a swim. Keep babies under 6 months out of direct sun and dress them in light-colored, lightweight clothing, with a brimmed hat to protect the head.

From left, Emergency Department doctors Peter Handley, M.D.; David Hansmann, M.D. (medical director); and Jon Foltz, M.D.

WHEN YOU’RE TOO HOT “Prolonged exposure to

high temperatures, particularly combined with high humidity, can lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke,” says Dr. Hansmann. “Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, muscle cramps and fainting. If untreated, these problems can become serious and even life-threatening.” He recommends resting in the shade and drinking lots of water or other fluids. But don’t choose fluids with caffeine or alcohol; they can actually dehydrate the body further. Use caution in exercising on hot, humid days. Dress in light, loose clothing. Make sure children don’t get dehydrated on hot and humid days, warns Dr. Hansmann. If kids seem lethargic after prolonged heat exposure, he recommends giving them plenty to drink and taking them to an airconditioned area. SWIMMING SMART Who doesn’t love to indulge in a refreshing dip on a hot summer day? “But watch children closely,” warns Dr. Handley. “It only takes a moment for children to wander off and get hurt while playing at the beach or near a lake.” If you have a pool, keep rescue equipment, such as a shepherd’s hook (a long pole with a hook on the end), a life preserver and a portable phone nearby. And when you’re planning a pool party that will keep you busy while kids swim, it’s a good idea to call your local YMCA or pool club to hire a certified lifeguard. I O T S E G O H E A LT H & L I F E





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ESCAPES by Kara Giannecchini


Smooth sailing on

THE MEDITERRANEAN Can a vehicle that is taller than the Eiffel Tower and boasts a propulsion force similar to a Ferrari also be earth-friendly? Yes, say the folks at MSC Cruises, whose majestic MSC

Fantasia (from $849 for a sevennight cruise; 877-665-4655, www.msc offers guilt-free luxury: An advanced water-treatment system filters all used on-board water to nearly drinkable levels before releasing it back to sea—far exceeding current maritime standards. Special paints for the hull reduce friction with the water,

From lush green hillsides to cascading waterfalls to winding rivers, Belize is the epitome of an untouched paradise. The Cayo district, near the country’s western border, features some 2,000 square miles of jungles, enormous cave systems, myriad wildlife and breathtaking Mayan ruins. Ka’ana Boutique Resort ($300 to $400 per night; 011-501-8243350, in the Cayo town of San Ignacio is an intimate, 15-room facility that has instituted a “Trade Trees for Travel” program, in which guests plant their tree of choice—ginger and mahogany are among the options—on the property to offset their carbon emissions. In the nearby district of Toledo, with its verdant rainforest, travelers are invited to sleep among the treetops at Machaca Hill Rainforest Canopy Lodge ($650 per night for allinclusive package; 011-501-722-0050,, offering 12 luxe treehouses and dozens of environmentally focused activities, from coral-reef dives to manatee sightings.




thereby cutting energy usage. A sensor system monitors cabins and public areas to conserve energy for spaces not in use. Of course, seafaring guests will be too busy enjoying the ship’s four pools, five restaurants, sports bar, casino, disco and water slide— not to mention expansive views of Mediterranean ports—to ponder their carbon footprint.


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ARUBA If unwinding on pristine white sand after a morning of spa pampering sounds like your idea of eco-activism, we’ve got the spot for you: Bucuti Beach Resort and Spa in Aruba (from $263 per night; 011-297-583-1100, is an upscale haven frequently lauded for its commitment to preserving the Aruban landscape and its environmentally friendly initiatives. Blessed with breathtaking Caribbean views and European-style charm, the resort uses solar-heated water, light and air-conditioning sensors and organic cleaning products, and is active in local seaturtle protection. Not content to simply lounge? Guests are invited to participate in the regular beach cleanups.


ECO-volunteer vacations Luxury-seekers need not apply. But folks looking to roll up their sleeves and really pitch in for the planet will find a wealth of opportunities through the Earthwatch Institute (1-800-776-0188, For close to 40 years this nonprofit has helped give willing volunteers some excellent eco-adventures by matching them with worthy environmental causes across the globe. Yes, the accommodations are modest (often shared bunk-style lodgings), but the experiences are anything but. Among the sample excursions are the 13-day Trinidad Leatherback Sea Turtles expedition ($2,450 to $2,650), in which participants patrol sections of Trinidad’s beaches to help tag, measure and weigh these “last living dinosaurs”—some of which can weigh up to 2,000 pounds—and the 15-day Coral and Coastal Ecology of the Seychelles trip (somewhat costlier), which lets volunteers take underwater videos and photos so scientists can assess the biodiversity of the area’s coral reef.

America the beautiful: National parks

These unspoiled spaces are

true testaments to the value of conservation. This network of nearly 400 sites offers a glimpse of our land before strip malls and highways reigned supreme. The gem that started it all? Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, designated our first national park in 1872—and it’s little wonder why. Its 3,400 square miles offer ample opportunities for adventure, from horseback riding to hiking, boating and fishing— not to mention peeking at Old Faithful, the best-known of the park’s 10,000 geysers and hot springs. Or wait for fall when it’s cooler and check out Death Valley National Park in California, home to some decidedly unusual plants and animals, plus awe-inspiring desert landscapes. Feast your eyes as you hike the canyons, then relax in the solar-powered oasis that is the lush Inn at Furnace Creek ($330 to $458 per night; 1-800-236-7916, Prefer a park that’s somewhat closer? Whatever adventure you seek, get guidance at

Farm fresh IN TUSCANY

If there was ever a perfect place to live off the earth, this is it: Tenuta di Spannocchia (from about $1,600 for a seven-night family package; 207-730-1154,, a bucolic, 1,100-acre organic farm and vineyard nestled southwest of Siena in Italy’s verdant Tuscany region. During weeklong stays, visitors enjoy a pastoral heaven while learning about the estate’s dedication to sustainable agriculture—and then during Tuscan cooking classes, how to prepare those fruits of the earth to best effect. Each day families are free to explore the property—helping with tasks or simply enjoying the notable scenery from numerous hiking trails. Those with more artistic inclinations might enjoy the painting workshops offered sporadically throughout the year in this most inspiring of locales. O T S E G O H E A LT H & L I F E





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your health

Could that desk job be the death of you? Perhaps, say recent research findings. Several studies indicate that sitting for extended periods increases your risk of obesity, heart attack and premature death— whether or not you regularly exercise —notes Elin Ekblom-Bak of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute in an editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. “After four hours of sitting, the body starts to send harmful signals,” she says. One 12-year study of 17,000 Canadians, for example, found that, independent of workout habits, those who sat more had a higher death risk. For reference, a typical American spends more than half the day seated, according to a 2003–2004 survey. Ekblom-Bak’s advice: “Interrupt sitting as often as possible.”

Another reason to break a sweat Don’t get too cocky about those bulging biceps. What you really need are long telomeres. They’re bits of DNA at the tips of chromosomes in your white blood cells that protect the cells from damage—and exercise protects them. Telomeres shorten with age; “when they’re gone, the cell dies” and signs of aging follow, says the American Heart Association. A recent study in the journal Circulation proves that exercise can slow their shortening. Researchers compared groups of endurance athletes with same-aged groups of healthy, nonsmoking, less-active adults. The exercisers were in better shape and had longer telomeres. “This is direct evidence of an anti-aging effect of physical exercise,” writes the study’s lead author.

Is depression bad for your bones? Israeli researchers recently found a link between depression and osteoporosis, advising that depressed women “should be periodically evaluated for progression of bone loss and signs of osteoporosis.” But those on the fence about antidepressants shouldn’t sign on for medication just because of bone-loss risk, says Jennifer Payne, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and director of the Women’s Mood Disorder Center at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore: Other studies have failed to support the depression–osteoporosis link. “In this case we don’t know if it’s the illness or the medication,” she adds. More notable, says Dr. Payne, is unrelated research showing that severe depression shrinks the brain’s hippocampus, and that antidepressants can reverse this. “I would not want my hippocampus shrinking,” says the doctor.






Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation Quarterly Gift Registry All names listed have generously supported the Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation in the first quarter of 2010(1/1/2010 - 3/31/2010). The OMH Foundation is grateful for their support and dedication to quality local healthcare. Staff and Employee Circle of Friends Anonymous Ryan L. Allen Shirlee Andrews Sarah Authier Mr. and Mrs. R. Dale Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bartlett Susan Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd “Skip” Berry Esther Bessette Mrs. Brittany Beyers Amy Bilyea Karen Binder Connie Bisson Dennis and Laurie Black Mr. and Mrs. Ken Blust Geri Boadway Patty Bonner Mr. Dennis Borowiak and Mrs. Maureen Borowiak Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Bragg Faith Brinkman Ms. Cynthia M. Brower Romeo and Carolyn Buclay Lonny G. Burns Nichole Butcher Donna Chandler Donna Clark Sheryl Cody Matt and Maria Coger Don and Mary Beth Cook Richelle Cook Ruth A. Coons Mr. and Mrs. Brett Crandell Jessica Crane Nicole Cryderman Mr. and Mrs. Jon Deming Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dennis Florence Dowker Mrs. Marguerite Duncan Marlene Dzwik Linda D. Eastwood Mr. and Mrs. Tim Eckert Gregory Ehle Amy Ellison Mrs. Julie Ellison Patricia Ferguson Mr. and Mrs. Kevin R. Fogle Catherine Foust Cynthia Francis Vicki L. Garlitz Mr. and Mrs. Dan Glomski Ms. Lori Gonzalez Elizabeth Goodrich Cindy Gordon Justine Gorman Allison Gougeon Mr. and Mrs. Danny Griffith (Cindy) Suzanne Griswold Howard and Chris Grosser Mr. and Mrs. Todd Harding Suzanne Hardy Amelia Harmon Mr. Timothy Hella Jennifer Henderson Marlene Hinchliffe Steven Holman Ms. Christine A. Hoogerhyde Ms. Rhonda Howard Ms. Sharon Jann Beverly Johnson Kelly Joles Greg and Dawn Jones Mrs. Kathleen Jones Linda Kaufmann Stephanie Fahler Beatriz F. Kelly Jeanie C. Kelsey Ms. Kristina Klepadlo John and Linda Kremkow Peg Kretchmar Mr. and Mrs. Tom Krzemien Kathy Kucharek Tiffanie LaHaie Della Lambert Jill LaMotte Andrew Lanway Mrs. Twilla L. Coon Pamela Lynch Mrs. Lisa Mackowiak Ann Mahan Ashley Manns Cynthia Marcenaro Lisa Mason Monica McClure Gloria McDonald Mrs. Melissa Meadows Kathleen Mecomber Mr. and Mrs. Michael Meines Donna Meredith Linda T. Mesler Amy Monarch Charlene M. Morris Linda and Pete Morris Mr. Steven A. Moulding Shelley Mousseau Mr. and Mrs. Douglas F. Mowery

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Kellie Mumford Ms. Danielle Mundt Mrs. Pamela R. Nemeth Sarah Nolan Sharon A. Oliverson Mr. and Mrs. Brian Olsen (Heather) Sandra and Robert Oltersdorf Michael O’Neill Nicole Owens Andrea and Mike Parke and Family Mr. Kenneth and Mrs. Kathleen Pawlanta, FNP Robert and Marlene Peterson John and Mollie Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Michael Piper Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Prebenda Jessica Price Tamyra Purgiel Mrs. Teresa Raithel John and Marilyn Record Joanne Reichert Margaaret Rempe Bobbie Jo Repar Betsy Rich-Czarnik Allison Robbins Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Roberts Kelly Roberts-Zielinski Mr. and Mrs. Rosenburg Jay Ruddy Kimberly Taylor Ruley Juanita Sarzynski Ms. Catherine Schalau Mac Scribner Rick Shaw Ms. Mary R. Shelson Julie and Lucas Shepherd Mike and Trista Sitz Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Smith Karen Smith Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Spyhalski (Eileen) Ms. Mary Steele Darlene Stroyan Mr. Donald Suddon Diane Suttles Amy Szymanski Ms. Sharon Taylor Brian and Tami Techel Tamula Techel Lisa Thackeray Nicholas Thaxton Mrs. Kalynn Thayer Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Thomas (DiAnne) Maryann Thurston Neil Tomes Therese Toutant Mr. David B. Trimbath Kaarina M. Veihl Stacy Vizina Ms. Jennifer Vogel Julia Vultaggio Kevin Wahr Mr. and Mrs. Jack Warren Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Watson Theresa M. Weber Amy Wells Kathy Wilcox Beth Wilson Mrs. Theresa Wood Deborah Worm Mr. and Mrs. Dan Yale (Karen) Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Zaleski Staff and Employee Good Samaritan Society Bonnie J. Byram Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Corby (Cindy) Kerry and Patricia Elder Sara and Jimmy Freeman Paul Hagan Tad and Kay De Luca David Kramp Doug and Nancy Kussrow Mike and Barb Miller Mr. and Mrs. Ralph D. Pardo Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pudvan Kenneth and Nancy Ragan Ronald and Kathy Respecki Brad, Laura and Ryan Sincock Frank Stroyan Cynthia A. Tallent Staff and Employee Cornerstone Society Mr. and Mrs. Michael Burke (Nancy) Dave and Diane Fisher Bob and Skip Kasprzak Tom and Jean Lemon Michael and Christie Perdue Hippocrates Society This society recognizes all gifts from physicians and those made in their honor. Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. Collazo John and Wendy Frye

Dr. Peter and Amy Handley Janelle Hendrian, DO Changxin Li John and Mitch Moffat Kasey and Wendi Nelson Dr. Medina H. Shaltry Dr. and Mrs. Steven J. Wisniewski Honorariums In Honor of Dr. Becky Ashley Anonymous Dr. John and Dalores Burau Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kelso Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sawicki

In Honor of Dr. Jeff Chaulk Dorothy Sumerau In Honor of Dr. Todd Erickson Donald Sagasser In Honor of Dr. Jon Foltz Bea and Bill Kelly In Honor of Dr. Wendy Frye Anonymous In Honor of Dr. Louis Habryl Al and Sandy Glasby Frank and Myrna Jasinski In Honor of Dr. Peter Handley Bea and Bill Kelly In Honor of Dr. David Hansmann Bea and Bill Kelly In Honor of Judy Jerome, GNP Jim and Libby Gray In Honor of Dr. Justin Klamerus Donald Sagasser In Honor of Dr. Changxin Li Mr. and Mrs. George Barber Carolyn Study In Honor of Dr. Gary Lingaur Mason and Jan Buckingham Mr. and Mrs. Gene Seibel In Honor of Dr. Kristin Maschke Faye Erving In Honor of Dr. Michael McNamara Marvin and Anna Blades Gordon Nickert In Honor of Dr. Robert Mee Jean Appleton John R. Deming Rhoda Kelso Frieda Martin Harry and Doris Schulz Richard and Doris Wood In Honor of Dr. Christopher Milan Scott and Ann Doederlein Doug and Carol Schubert Sylvester Tomaszewski In Honor of Dr. David Miner Sara and Jimmy Freeman Michael and Christie Perdue Dorothy Sumerau In Honor of Dr. John Moffat Mr. Philip Andrews and Ms. Anne Marr Marvin and Anna Blades Mary Ann Sagasser Jon Study In Honor of Dr. Kasey Nelson Bea and Bill Kelly In Honor of Dr. David Olson Susan and Dick Straith In Honor of OMH Physicians Edith Goins In Honor of Kathleen Pawlanta, FNP Georgia Frye In Honor of Dr. Michael Samalik Josephine Lilak Betty and Dale Mattmiller Esther J. Nelson Don and Mary Ann Sagasser Ms. Helen Theisen In Honor of Dr. Kevin Smith Sandra and Lawrence Nemecek Dr. Jim Spillan In Honor of Dr. Joy Williams Bea and Bill Kelly

In Honor of Dr. Steven Wisniewski Anonymous Marvin and Anna Blades Jim and Libby Gray Ber Hibbard Dianne and Larry Holloway Robert and Joan Hutton Steve and Delphine Jedrzejek Mr. and Mrs. David Laginess Mr. and Mrs. Casmier E. Lenartowicz Ray and Jo Ann Lingle Jim and Lisa Moore Gerald and Patricia Moran Lawrence and Sandra Nemecek Dale J. and Marlene A. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Strauch (Barbara) Frances Strzynski Mrs. Emily Vinicki Cornerstone Society This Giving Society recognizes all donors who give or pledge an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the OMH Foundation. Jim and Jan Cotant The Easton Ville Gang FinCor Solutions Eugene and Barbara Fleming Gaylord Eye Care Center -Dr. Ronald Mead -Dr. Peter Oppermann -Dr. Robert Slezak Keith H. Gornick Family Health Plan of Michigan, Inc. Edward and Barbara Kakenmaster Scott and Janice Lampert LeJeune Puetz Investment Counsel, L.L.C. Mayfair Plastic, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. William J. Muzyl Northern Michigan Chapter of A.P.I Otsego Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Paxton Resources, LLC Plante & Moran, PLLC Mary MacGregor Sanders Karl and Laverne Scheiterlein Charles and Sheila Simpson Jeffrey and Lynne Smetzer Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge Dale J. and Marlene A. Smith Carolyn and Jon Study Three Rivers Corporation Marcus and Sharon Wegmeyer Wright & Filippis, Inc. Good Samaritan Society This Giving Society recognizes all donors who give or pledge an annual gift of $500-$999 to the OMH Foundation. Jean Appleton BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P. Brogan & Partners Convergence Marketing Burdco, Inc Lakeshore Energy Marie R. Zuleba Trust mBank Remer Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Robert T. Westerman II, PLC Leo and Sylvia R. Schuster Dan and Kim Smith Sunrise Construction Company, Inc. VALIC Financial Advisors, Inc Circle of Friends This Giving Society recognizes all donors who give or pledge an annual gift of $50-$499 to the OMH Foundation. Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. George Barber Julie Belt Marvin and Anna Blades Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Gary and Marcia Boyd Dr. John and Dalores Burau Geraldine Carlin Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clark John R. Deming Jerry and Judy Dill Scott and Ann Doederlein Elk Ridge Golf Club Joyce A. Engel Flowers by Evelyn Karen L. Gates Roger L. Girard Edith Goins Jim and Libby Gray Les and Jan Harrison Carl and Cynthia Hilling Dianne and Larry Holloway Ray and Kelly Hooton Robert and Joan Hutton Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kelso Rhoda Kelso

George Ladamus Josephine Lilak Ray and Jo Ann Lingle Colonel and Mrs. Carl W. Lord Tom and Connie Lynch Jean M. McKenzie Jane and John Mead Corey and Susan Meserva Esther J. Nelson Sandra and Lawrence Nemecek Northwest Michigan Community Health Agency Olivet Education Association Jim and Cheryl Parker Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Richards Mr. and Mrs. Kirt Roach Don and Mary Ann Sagasser Doug and Carol Schubert Mr. and Mrs. Gene Seibel Jerry and Chrissie Selvage Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith Spartan Stores, Inc. Dr. Jim Spillan Susan and Dick Straith Frances Strzynski Jack and Alice Sullivan Ms. Helen Theisen Sylvester Tomaszewski Margaret Ward Richard and Doris Wood Tracey Zack Honorariums / Memorials 2009 Otsego Memorial Hospital Foundation proudly lists the gifts made in honor or memory of others. May they each be honored through the Hospital’s healing mission. Honorariums In Honor of Helen Clark Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clark Memorials In Memory of Lillian Girard Roger L. Girard In Memory of Eulah Marquardt Carolyn and Jon Study In Memory of Sue Rae Carolyn and Jon Study Mark and Carol Feuss Margaret Ward Ray and Kelly Hooton Mr. and Mrs. Carl Alsobrooks Glen and Mary Alsobrooks Dr. John and Dalores Burau Gary and Cathy Campbell Joan E. Collick Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Dickinson Les and Jan Harrison Chuck Heebsh and Joyce Sieger Carl and Cynthia Hilling George Ladamus Tom and Connie Lynch Jean M. McKenzie Jane and John Mead Doris Pidd Jim and Nancy Pike Don and Mary Ann Sagasser Frank and Chris Schalau Jerry and Chrissie Selvage Joe and Sherry Shangle Peggy Stafford Ron and Sue Symkowiak Danny and Mary Watson Jack and Alice Sullivan Gary and Marcia Boyd Jerry and Judy Dill Corey and Susan Meserva Olivet Education Association Karl and Laverne Scheiterlein Annette Voorheis In Memory of Violet Rich Jim and Cheryl Parker In Memory of Shirley Schmidt Marie R. Zuleba Trust Theodore Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith

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Trust Otsego Memorial Hospital to lead the way. For outpatient surgery, orthopedics, maternity care and minor emergencies, OMH is the highest rated and most preferred hospital in the region. And if you need a referral for more specialty care, we’ll be your champion to make sure you get the best care possible. After all, isn’t that what neighbors do?

Learn more at or by calling 989-731-OMH1.

Your Champion for Better Health.

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Otsego Health & Life Summer 2010 issue  

The Good Living Magazine from Otsego Memorial Hospital