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Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Receives National Recognition for Performance in Quality and Patient Perspectives

Manistique, MI, November 2015 – Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital announced it has been recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in Quality and Patient Perspectives, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation.

The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX™, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX™ captures performance metrics for more than 4,000 acute care hospitals, including over 1,300 rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from 66 individual metrics into three major categories and 9 pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“These top quartile performers should take great pride in this recognition. It showcases their commitment to continuous performance analysis and improvement. On this occasion of National Rural Health Day, it’s an honor to celebrate their achievement as they continue to serve their communities despite the many market, regulatory and financial pressures they face.” said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.


The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities

About iVantage Health Analytics

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The Healing Gardens

Help Us Reach Our Goal of 5000 Sponsored Bricks

Paving the Way to Wellness…One Brick at a Time

Plans for these areas include a central garden for healing therapy, class space for the general public such as meditation and relaxation techniques, tai chi, yoga and other special events. There will be some raised garden beds that are wheelchair accessible. Comfortable seating will be available so that you can relax and enjoy the fresh air. The gardens will be maintained with organic, sustainable techniques to help ensure there is no risk to the compromised immune systems of some of our clients.

Personalize a custom brick by having it engraved with the name of your family or loved one, business, pet, anything! Purchasing an engraved brick is a great way to leave a lasting legacy in the gardens.

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Bells for Hospice Ceremony

SMH HomeCare & Hospice welcomed employees, community members and the families of Hospice patients to our atrium on Friday November 6th.

A bell was rung for the name of each individual supported by Hospice.

The crowd of 40 people enjoyed poems, speakers, music, cake & refreshments.  Information to Cope with Grief over the holidays was given.

For more information on Hospice Services, please call (906) 341-3284 or 1-800-341-7642.







Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare and
wellness for the people of our community.

Kristi Kusnier

Kristi Kusnier, MD

Featured Physician

Board Certified in Family Medicine

Dr. Kusnier graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and earned her medical degree from Wayne State University, in Detroit Michigan.  She completed her post graduate training at the Marquette General Family Medicine Residency Program in Marquette, MI.

Dr. Kusnier is Board Certified in Family Medicine.

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Welcome to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, located along the northern shores of Lake Michigan.

Our state-of-the-art facility opened in April 2013.  Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will be a leader in health and wellness, serving our community and the South Central Upper Peninsula in a professional, patient centered and high quality environment.

We offer a wide-spectrum of health care services including: a 24-hour/day physician staffed Emergency Room, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy/Rehabilitation, Cardio-Pulmonary Care, Medical Imaging, Laboratory services and HomeCare & Hospice.  Our surgical program includes: Orthopedic, Urology, General and Ophthalmology … operating in one of largest operating rooms in the Upper Peninsula.

Visiting Specialists come to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital each month to provide services such as Oncology, Podiatry, Cardiology, Obstetrics and more.

The Alan W. Ott Rural Health Clinic is staffed with family physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants and offers a walk-in clinic.

Experience why so many have made Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital their provider of choice!