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State Of The Art Lab Testing Now Offered at SMH

On February 1, 2016, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Laboratory became the first hospital in the Upper Peninsula to offer state-of-the-art multiplex molecular, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing. PCR testing examines multiple organisms on a single sample for upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, meningitis and encephalitis infections.

The upper respiratory test panel screens for 20 different organisms that can cause disease, 17 viruses and 3 bacteria. The Gastrointestinal test panel screens for 22 different organisms, 13 bacteria, 5 viruses, and 3 parasites. The meningitis/encephalitis test panel screens for 17 organisms, 8 bacteria, 8 viruses, and 1 yeast.

The results are available in approximately one hour compared to the traditional organism testing where results may take days or weeks.   These rapid organism panels offer a significant improvement in the prompt diagnosis of potentially serious infections.

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.

Customize Your Brick
Memorialize A Loved One
Honor Military Personnel
Remember a Pet
Promote Your Business
Dedicate a Brick to a Friend or Family Member

Visit for more information or to make a donation.

Love Lite Tree

The SMH Auxiliary hosted the “Love Lite Tree” lighting ceremony on Monday December 7th.  With over 50 attendees present, the tree was lit and the names of those honored were read aloud in the hospital atrium.  The service was led by Gerry Decker, SMH Auxiliary member, the invocation was given by Rev. Eleanor Russey and Interim Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Randy Olli, discussed the significance of the tree for the community at large. Special thank you to Phyllis Burge and Rita Salter for reading the names for the attendees present.

A musical performance was given by The Country Roses that encouraged everyone to participate in caroling.  After the ceremony everyone was invited to the café to enjoy refreshments and more beautiful music.

Community members made a $3 contribution for each name they wished to have honored.  Names of people honored, memorialized, or recognized for Military service will appear on a board in the Atrium and in the Advisor in the new year.  This year approximately $2000.00 was raised.

Contributions to the “LOVE LITE TREE” are used to help purchase hospital equipment and fund medical scholarships for local students.



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

Ash, Dr

Kelly Freberg-Ash, MD

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Board Certified in Family Medicine Dr. Ash graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Northern Michigan University in Marquette and received her medical degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing. She completed her post graduate training at the Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies Family Medicine Residency Program in Kalamazoo, MI.

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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!