Special contributions that have opened doors to health care services and prescription medications for uninsured Upper Peninsula residents will be recognized in May as part of the sixth annual Hero for the Uninsured Awards program, sponsored by U.P. Health Access Coalition (UPHAC) in cooperation with community health care providers and local U.P. Access Coalitions.
Nominations for 2012 Hero for the Uninsured candidates are being sought from throughout the U.P., announced Nancy L. Mathews, UPHAC Program Coordinator.
Hero for the Uninsured Awards recognize deserving individuals, medical providers and programs that help make health care, prescription medications and medical services accessible to U.P. residents regardless of their ability to pay.
Nominators may recommend individuals, institutions, organizations and/or programs that:
- Demonstrate exceptional effort in providing access to care for uninsured U.P. residents, either in a singular event or ongoing work.
- Make exemplary sustained and/or new contributions toward the goal of achieving 100 percent access to health care in the U.P.
- Provide special efforts in direct care services, program outreach and emphasis on dignity in care to Local Access Coalition patient-enrollees or the uninsured population of the peninsula in general.
- Create/implement new or innovative ideas and/or programs that support access-to-health-care for uninsured U.P. residents.
Nominations may come from anyone - patients served and the general public as well as from the health care community and Access Coalitions and their partner organizations. Deadline for nomination submission is March 9.
A simple, two-page nomination form for recording reasons a nominee deserves to be recognized as a "Hero" is available from UPHAC by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (906) 233.0210.
Forms and instructions for submitting nominations are also available from local Access Coalition offices in Escanaba, Hancock, Iron Mountain, Iron River, Manistique, Marquette, Menominee, Munising, Newberry, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Ignace.
For more information about programs for the uninsured or to receive "Hero" nomination forms, contact the local access coalition:
- Community Health Access Coalition: serving the eastern three U.P. counties, in Chippewa (906) 635-7483; in Mackinac (906) 643-7253; in Luce (906) 293-8355.
- Dickinson-Iron Medical Care Access Coalition: in Dickinson County 774-3980; in Iron County (906) 265-4044
- Medical Access Coalition: in Delta County (906) 789-1627, and in Menominee County (906) 863-4051.
- Medical Care Access Coalition: in Marquette County (906) 226-4400; Alger County (906) 387-4110 ext 124, and Schoolcraft County (906) 341-1312.
- Western Upper Peninsula Healthcare Access Coalition: serving the five western counties of the region, at Hancock (906) 482-7122
2012 Hero Award winners will be recognized at the annual Hero for the Uninsured Awards Dinner at UpFront & Co. in Marquette on the evening of Thursday, May 10.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas LeGalley, MD, one of the founders of the network of local access coalitions in the U.P.
Thirty-two past Hero for the Uninsured Award winners (2007-2011) include:
- War Memorial Hospital of Sault Ste. Marie (2007).
- OSF St. Francis Hospital of Escanaba (2007).
- James Hubbard, MD, of Ironwood (2009).
- Northwoods Airlifeline of Kingsford (2009).
- The Corporation for National and Community Service's Michigan Office (2009).
- Downtown Eye Care of Marquette (2010).
- Emerald City Dental Center of Manistique (2010).
- Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital of Laurium (2011).
- Daniel M. Mitchell, MD, of Iron Mountain (2011).
- Portage Health System's Financial Assistance Program of Hancock (2007).
- U.P. Association of Rural Health Services (2007).
- Dickinson County Healthcare System's Patient Assistance Program of Iron Mountain (2008).
- Sault Community Pharmacy of Sault Ste. Marie (2009).
- St. Vincent de Paul Society of Escanaba and Gladstone (2009).
- Care Free Dental Clinic of Escanaba (2008).
- Medical Arts Medical Center of Houghton (2008).
- Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital of Manistique (2008).
- Catherine Kroll, DO, of Gwinn (2010).
- Lynn Kihm of Newberry (2010).
- Alice Halsey of Pickford (2011).
- Garrett Eye & Laser Center of Escanaba/Iron Mountain (2011).
- TDS Pharmacies of Dickinson County (2007).
- Medical Care Access Coalition Clinic director Kevin Piggott, MD, of Marquette (2007).
- Martha Short, MD, with Melissa Broeders, PA, and Cathy Paquette, LPN, all of Marquette (2008).
- Teresa Kowalski, FNP, of Dafter (2008).
- Donald Fahrbach, MD, of Munising (2011).
- Community volunteers Ruthann Davey of Calumet (2007), Connie Diller of Gulliver (2009), Matthew Bixby of Hancock (2010), Jeannette Hauver of Marquette (2007) and Faith Laken of Gwinn (2009).
- Laurence Ziomkowski II of Marquette, first recipient of the Dr. Richard Imm Memorial Hero Award (2011).