Here are some of the event announcements related to the power outage in Marquette County for today.  Since this outage has affected many areas of Upper Michigan, from Houghton to Munising, we encourage you try to call ahead to check and see if your event is still going on.

-Mark & Walt

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Bell Hospital in Ishpeming says that Bell Clinics, Bell Rehab and the Teal Lake Medical Facility as well as their business office at Tobin are affected by the power outage. All non-emergency medical appointments including surgeries will be rescheduled. Bell has staff members calling all affected patients to reschedule appointments and procedures.

The Bell Hospital Emergency Department is open and operating.

Ishpeming-Negaunee-NICE-Richmond recreation classes canceled for this afternoon and evening.

AMCAB has canceled all “Meals on Wheels” programs in Ishpeming and Negaunee for today.

Ishpeming Elks Club has canceled their pasty sale for today.  They will hold it tomorrow and again next Tuesday.

THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

GARY MULLER FROM MGH AND RICK AMENT WITH BELL.

Gary Muller, President & CEO of Superior Health Partners and Interim President and CEO of Marquette General Health Systems, joined Rick Ament, President of Bell Hospital, in our studios for an exclusive interview to discuss the newly-formed Superior Health Partners.  This alliance of the two hospitals in Marquette County is an unique partnership designed to enable more people to receive their health care close to home in the Upper Peninsula.  Superior Health Partners will focus on enhancing high quality health care services and medical treatments delivered in the Upper Peninsula and proactively prepare for national healthcare reforms.  To listen to the entire long-form interview with Muller and Ament, please click “HERE“.  For more information about Superior Health Partners, please click “HERE“.

SHAZAM!!  IT’S FRIDAY EVERYBODY!  WOOOHOOOOO!

THE WEEKEND KNOCKS OUT THE WORK WEEK!

Hey gang!  We made it through another long week and it’s Friday!  Time to kick the work week to the curb and have a little fun over the next couple of days!  It’s been so busy around here over the last few weeks that I am looking forward to a couple of days off.  After all, it’s going to be sunny and in the 40’s and there’s a ton of things going on around Marquette County.  Get on out and take it all in!  Why not?  What have you got to lose, except for maybe a couple of pounds by getting out and walking around this weekend!  Do it!

BELL HOSPITAL WOMEN’S HEALTH EXPO ON TAP FOR THIS WEEKEND!

MARIE PEASLEY FROM BELL HOSPITAL.

Marie Peasley from Bell Hospital joined us today to let us know about the Bell Hospital Women’s Health Expo that is going on this Saturday at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming.  She gave us a run-down of scheduled physician lectures and activities planned for the day for interested folks to take part in.  While the event is focused on women’s health, it is open to both men and women.  Contact Marie at Bell Hospital to get pre-registered, or simply head to Bell Hospital Saturday morning to take part in this special event.  To find out more about the expo, please log on to the Bell Hospital website by clicking “HERE“.  To listen to Marie’s interview, please click “HERE“.

A BUSY WEEK WRAPS UP WITH A BUSY WEEKEND.

It’s looking like it’s going to be a fantastic weekend around Marquette County with a ton of fun activities going on and great spring-like weather!  You might as well get out of the house and take it all in, because when the annual St. Patty’s Day storm hits, you’ll be missing this weekend!  Just be safe when you are out and about, and don’t be a news story for Monday!

Don’t take it for granted…just take it in!

CHEERS!

-Walt

DISCUSSING THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN MARQUETTE COUNTY.

CEOs GARY MULLER AND RICK AMENT.

Thanks to Marquette General Health Systems CEO Gary Muller and Bell Hospital CEO Rick Ament for joining us Friday morning.  The pair came by to discuss a new joint partnership between the two health care providers designed to align the two to better serve patients in Marquette County and prepare for possible changes on the national health care landscape.  The partnership will be known as Superior Health Partners.

According to a recent statement, the partnership is not a merger of the hospitals or a purchase of one by the other. Both hospitals are financially strong, will remain independent but strategically aligned.  By combining resources and personnel, Superior Health Partners will focus on enhancing health care services and medical treatments in Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula.  The partnership is intended to support and create healthcare jobs, improve the quality and efficiency of care, increase access to important medical treatments and services, as well as prepare for healthcare reform.

To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“, and to link to the new website, please click “HERE“.

HEY BLOG FANS!  HERE’S A RECAP OF SOME OF OUR RECENT INTERVIEWS.

Hey gang!  Here’s another recap of the folks who have been in the Sunny studios to join us on Mark & Walt in the Morning.  Hopefully, it’ll get you caught up as well!  Enjoy the wealth of community information!


PETER WHITE PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT UPDATE.

KATHY SEBLONKA, PWPL.

Kathy Seblonka, with the Peter White Public Library in Marquette stopped in to give us a complete update on upcoming events and activities going on over the next few months at the library.  The events range from readings and various gatherings to an extremely popular new series entitled “Dinner and a Movie”.  You can find out more by listening to Kathy’s interview by clicking “HERE“, and you can log on to the Peter White Public Library website by clicking “HERE“.  Check it out!  (No pun intended!)


A SPECIAL EVENING AT BELL HOSPITAL.

BELL HOSPITAL'S MARIE PEASLEY

Marie Peasley, Marketing Assistant at Bell Hospital in Ishpeming came by to discuss the Blizzard Ball being put on by the Bell Foundation to raise funds for defibrillators for all of the hospital’s ambulances.  The event is on Saturday, January 23rd at the Hospital in Ishpeming.  Click “HERE” to listen to Marie’s Morning Show interview, and be sure to log on to the Hospital’s website by clicking “HERE“.


BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS BOWL FOR KID’S SAKE.

JAYNE LETTS AND ONE OF THE "LITTLES".

Jayne Letts, Executive Director of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Marquette and Alger Counties stopped in to talk about the group’s upcoming fundraiser, “Bowl for Kid’s Sake”,  This annual event has now been stretched out over most of the month of March and continues to grow.  Jayne also talked about the national 40th anniversary of the Big Brothers/ Big Sisters agency and how she has been with the local agency for 20 years.  Listen to her interview by clicking “HERE” and log on to the BB/BS website by clicking “HERE“.

SOME LEGAL ISSUES TO PONDER.

ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR MATT WIESE.

Matt Wiese, Assistant Prosecutor of Marquette County joined us to discuss a possible change in Michigan’s Truth in Sentencing Law.   The law currently insures that when a criminal is sent behind bars for a sentence, he or she will have to serve the minimum sentence imposed by the judge before becoming eligible for any consideration for parole or other early release.  Now, there is a movement afoot to abolish the measure, much to the chagrin of law enforcement and prosecutors around the state.  Click “HERE” to listen to the interview.

IT’S NOT LIKE I’M PARANOID OR NOTHIN’….

MMMMMMM....BACON!

MMMMMMM....BACON!

I don’t know…I think I’m starting to get just a little spooked right now.  This swine flu/seasonal flu thing is starting to get a little close to home.  Marquette General and Bell Hospitals have both issued precautionary measures for keeping people out of their facilities to cut down the chance of flu spreading to their patients.  The NICE Community School District is closed for the rest of the week due to a high number of students being out with “flu-like” symptoms.  Trick-or-Treating for kids on Halloween at NMU has been cancelled to keep the viruses from spreading.  I don’t know if this is just hyper-sensitivity, or is there something bigger lurking behind all of this precaution.  Yes, I know the flu is bad, and I certainly don’t want it, but there just seems to be a higher degree of caution this year.

Perhaps it’s just a plot to sell more vaccine…who knows?

ANOTHER “Y” WEDNESDAY UPDATE.

THE SUPER_SMILIN' LORI SMOLINSKI FROM THE YMCA.

THE SUPER-SMILIN' LORI SMOLINSKI FROM THE YMCA.

A special thanks to Lori Smolinski, Child Development Co-ordinator with the YMCA of Marquette County for stopping by the Sunny Studios this morning for another interesting “Y WEDNESDAY”.  Lisa gave us a complete update on events and activities being planned at the YMCA and their facilities to serve area babies, toddlers, youth and more.  Several items are in the works, and you can contact the YMCA of Marquette County for  more information.  To listen to Lori’s interview, please click “HERE“.  To head over to the YMCA of Marquette County’s new and quite improved website, please click “HERE“.

A SLOPPY DAY IS UNFOLDING.

And it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much better over the next few days.  Oh well, buckle down and get ready for it and ride it out!

See you all soon!

-Walt