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Hospital representatives speak to Golden K

From left are Marshfield Medical Center-Dickinson President Mandy Shelast, Golden K Chairman Ben Determan and Marshfield Public Relations Director Joe Rizzo. They spoke to the Golden K Club about the hospital. (Joanne Lindholm photo)

KINGSFORD — Remember the cliche mentioning “The best-laid plans of mice and men?” As the Golden K members were going about their usual set-up duties, a humming sound was coming through the amplifier. Speaking into the microphone resulted in a disembodied, garbled sound. Chairman Ben Determan took this in stride and used his charismatic outside voice to begin the meeting.

Opening bell found Lois Outcelt at the piano. She is a lady of many talents and filling in on the piano is one she performed gallantly. Encouraging Bill Roberts to lead the singing, Determan stepped aside and let this dynamic duo take over.

Outcelt chose some nostalgic songs including “The National Anthem,” “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” The songs remind us to be thankful for this country. The Welcome song greeted guests Shirley Pearson, Rose Mary Shanks, as well as speakers Joe Rizzo and Mandy Shelast.

“Auld Lang Syne” was sung in remembrance of Terry “Shine” Champeau. He and his guitar entertained the Golden K Club often. He was an all around great individual who leaves us with wonderful memories.

Sue Proudfit quickly gathered winnings from the 50-50 drawing while Gary Proudfit read the Happy Dollar thoughts. Vance and Dorleen Uhazie spent a great weekend with family. Sandy Soltis beamed with pride as her grandson will graduate Michigan Technological University in May. He has a civil engineer position pending in Milwaukee. Joanne Hady reminded us what it was like to be a kid. She got completely soaked while washing down her house.

The guest speakers represented the Marshfield Medical Center-Dickinson. President Mandy Shelast works on the public relations team with Joe Rizzo. The hospital has come through some difficult times engaging the combined efforts of dedicated people who are concerned for the patients. They strive to develop and maintain a facility with the best doctors, nurses, and support staff available. The public relations team goal is to assure the highest, quality of care available. As they continue to grow and improve, they value your feedback to help maintain high standards of care.

Shelast brings knowledge and confidence, which provides an elite health system within the Marshfield Medical group. Rizzo advocates feedback as a valuable tool for improving services. A $13 million cancer facility is being readied for spring 2024.

They plan for growth and exceptional care to be available for much of the U.P. and surrounding areas. Additional physicians, a research department, clinic trial options, psychologists, and a possible merger with Duluth are options on the planning table.

The hospital is operated as a not-for-profit health care system.

They want patients to feel comfortable and assured that they are getting the best care with the least amount of travel. The team fielded questions and accepted suggestions from the seniors who shared their experiences. Let them know about your concerns, questions, and suggestions. Become a team member as we all work together for better health.

The Golden K will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church of Kingsford with guest speaker Kathy Arnold, RSVP Director with DISCA. All are welcome.

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