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Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Rated 5-Stars by CMS Hospital Compare Star Ratings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just released its first ever Hospital Compare Star Ratings to help consumers compare and choose among hospitals. The agencies public information website will make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care they deliver. Among the 3,553 Medicare-certified acute care hospitals based on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) measures, only 251 (7%) hospitals were given a 5-star rating and Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital was one of them.

HCAHPS has been in use since 2006 to measure patients’ perspectives of hospital care, and includes topics like:
* How well nurses and doctors communicated with patients
* How responsive hospital staff were to patient needs
* How clean and quiet hospital environments were
* How well patients were prepared for post-hospital settings

Step Into Spring With SilverSneakers and SMH Fitness Center

The SMH Fitness Center is excited to announce the implementation of the Healthways SilverSneakers fitness program. SilverSneakers is the nation’s leading exercise program for active older adults that focuses on fitness, friends and fun! As a SilverSneakers member, you have access to more than 11,000 participating locations nationwide including the SMH Fitness center which has a wide selection of equipment and services that help make it possible for you to achieve your health and fitness goals. For more information or to find out if you are eligible for a FREE fitness membership, visit or call 1-888-423-4632. Make SMH your headquarters for fitness and let SilverSneakers help you get fit your way!

Years of Service Awards Presented During Hospital Week

During National Hospital week, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital celebrated and honored employees for their dedicated commitment to providing excellent service and exceptional care. An award ceremony took place to recognize 35 employees that have reached milestone years of service with SMH. Employees were given award pins and everyone enjoyed hot fudge sundaes after the ceremony.

Pictured from left to right: Randy Knuth (25 years), Rachel Smith (5 years), Nichole Hoholik (10 years), Brooke DesJarden (5 years), Mary Milavec (20 years), Holly Livermore (5 years), Mary Hetchler (40 years), Donna Swayer (25 years), Bonnie Derocher (10 years), Gloria Kasun (40 years), Ruth Reidenga (10 years), Denise McMullen (5 years), Christa Roemer (25 years), Jeani Dalgod (15 years), Sandy Berger (20 years), Nyan Lakosky (15 years), Jack Schuetter (20 years).


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


Gregory Bambach, M.D.

Featured Physician

Board Certified General Surgeon

A life long Michigan resident, Dr. Bambach received his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing and his Medical Degree from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Bambach also completed his residency at Wayne State University.

Dr. Bambach is board certified in General Surgery.

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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!