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Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference
Posted on 09.14.15 in Events, News

2015 Conference Flyer

Marquette, MI – Lake Superior Hospice in collaboration with Lake Superior Palliative Medicine is hosting its third annual Upper Great Lakes Regional Palliative Care and Hospice Conference “Hope. Honesty. Humility. Healing.” The conference is scheduled for October 20 & 21 at Northern Michigan University. Registration is now open for those seeking to deepen their knowledge and practice in hospice and palliative care. Registration is available at the rate of $125 for those who register before October 12th.

The focus of the conference includes person-centered care through a collaborative approach, spirituality as a part of common humanity, and evolving changes in delivery of palliative care. Other topics presented at the conference will include mindful medication discontinuation, Respecting Choices three-step model, understanding how death experiences change us personally and professionally, learning to identify needs through behavior, hope and honesty during end-of-life care, the current landscape of Health Information Exchange in the Upper Peninsula, and emergency responders role in end-of-life issues.

A diverse, expert panel of presenters will bring this information to attendees. This conference will offer more than 20 distinguished speakers. Keynote speakers include Kari Sederburg, executive director for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Adult Services Agency, Joseph Piccone, OSF Healthcare System, and Dr. Arif Kamal, director of Quality and Outcomes for the Duke Cancer Institute at Duke University.

Sponsors for the event include Upper Peninsula Health Plan, OSF St. Francis Hospital, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Michigan Hospital Association, U.P. Medical Management, U.P. Home Health and Hospice, Sound Inpatient Physicians, YMCA of Marquette County, Barrier Free Store, , Aspirus at Home, Downtown Eye Care, NMU School of Nursing, VAST, Grandchamp, McBride, & Prophet CPA’s P.C., Vango’s Pizza and Cocktail Lounge, River Valley Bank, Anderson, Tackman & Company PLC, and NorthStar EAP.

Hotcakes for Hospice
Posted on 07.20.15 in Events, News

Hotcakes Flyer Website

Lake Superior Hospice (LSH) will be hosting their Third Annual “Hotcakes for Hospice” fundraiser on Sunday, August 23, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Masonic Temple in downtown Marquette. Guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast that will include pancakes, French toast, real maple syrup, fresh blueberries, sausage links, orange juice and coffee. Tickets are priced at $12 for ages 13 and older; $5 for youth ages 6-12; and a donation is suggested for children five and younger.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online at or by stopping in our office at 914 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette. Please call LSH at 906.225.7760 if you have any questions or need assistance with purchasing your tickets online.

All proceeds raised will benefit the Lake Superior Hospice Patient Care Fund. The Patient Care Fund is a program organized to meet the needs of patients and ensure their comfort while under hospice care. Patients often have specific needs that would increase their quality of life and comfort that are not covered by insurance and are simply beyond the means of the family. This can include everything from simple medical supplies, to travel expenses for a child to get home before the passing of a parent, to a special final anniversary dinner for a couple to enjoy together.  Our goal is to ensure patients reach their end-of-life goals and live fully in the present.


There are two entrances to the Masonic Temple, one on Washington Street in which there is two-hour free on-street public parking available.  The second entrance is directly across from the public parking ramp located between Washington Street and Bluff Street. The following is a map of downtown Marquette, to show parking surrounding the Masonic Temple.

Parking Map for Hotcakes



Trillium House Becoming a Reality
Posted on 07.06.15 in News

Trillium House Board President, Dan Mazzuchi, presents a check to Lynn Swadley for purchase of a tract of land in the city of Marquette upon which the Trillium House residence will be built.

Dan Mazzuchi presents check for Trillium House Property

This nonprofit county wide project, when completed, will provide both temporary and permanent housing and support for people enrolled in hospice care in the central U.P.

A public campaign to procure the needed funds to build Trillium House is expected to begin in the fall of 2015.

Keynote Speakers Announced
Posted on 06.25.15 in Events, News

On October 20 and 21, 2015, Lake Superior Hospice and Lake Superior Palliative Medicine will be hosting the Third Annual Upper Great Lakes Palliative Care and Hospice Conference, “Hope. Honesty. Humility. Healing.” The conference will be held on the campus of Northern Michigan University in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms. This two day event features keynote presentations, concurrent sessions, and interactive preconference workshops. Lake Superior Hospice and Lake Superior Palliative Medicine are pleased to announce the three keynote speakers for the upcoming conference.

Kari Sederburg Kari Sederburg, MPAKari Sederburg is the executive director for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Aging and Adult Services Agency.In that role, she serves as the chief advocate for over 2 million older adults in Michigan, directing nearly $100 million in federal and state funding for aging programs, and is helping to shape policies that provide older adults and adults with disabilities with services they need.She formerly served as director of the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, a position to which Gov. Rick Snyder appointed her in 2011.She has also served as director of public policy for the Michigan Nonprofit Association, vice president for marketing and communications at the Gerontology Network in Grand Rapids, a senior account executive at The Rossman Group, and as program officer for the Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation.
Dr. Arif Kamal  

Dr. Arif Kamal, M.D.Dr. Arif Kamal is the Director of Quality and Outcomes for the Duke Cancer Institute at Duke University, an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology and Duke Palliative Care, and a health services researcher studying the link between high quality care and improved outcomes.  He completed medical school within the 6-Year combined BA/MD program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, internal medicine residency and hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and hematology/oncology fellowship at Duke University.  He also holds a Masters in Health Science in Clinical Research from Duke University and is pursuing an Executive MBA in Health Management from University of Massachusetts – Amherst.  He currently holds grant funding from the Cambia Foundation, Retirement Research Foundation, National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  He has authored over 45 manuscripts and editorials on topics related to palliative care and quality.

 Joseph Piccione  

Joseph Piccione, S.Th.D.

Joseph Piccione works for OSF Healthcare System which is the sponsor of Saint Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

He is based in Peoria, Illinois as OSF Ministry Ethicist and Senior Vice President for Mission Integration.  Joseph has been an ethics and mission integration resource for OSF people in Escanaba over the years.  He is also a presenter in system-based retreats and other renewal programs and facilitates ethics committees and consultation.  A long internal advocate for palliative and hospice care, Joseph is a member of the OSF Supportive Care Governance Council.  He also presents on the topic of ethics in the OSF Advance Care Planning program.

Joseph holds doctorates in theology and civil law, and is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Peoria and Saint Anthony College of Nursing in Rockford, Illinois.  He is a native of Paterson, New Jersey and finds that Lake Superior can stir his soul as does the Atlantic Ocean.


We know this conference will bring likeminded people together from throughout the Upper Peninsula, Northern Lower Peninsula and Northeast Wisconsin with an anticipated attendance of up to 175 healthcare practitioners, community leaders and others interested in hospice and palliative care.  On October 20th, we will be offering a community keynote presentation to the conference attendees and the greater community from 3:30-5:00 p.m, which will discuss crossing common barriers through collaboration. Other topics to be presented at the conference will include ethical dilemmas, spirituality, first responders, exchange of health information in the U.P., and medication discontinuation, to name a few. A diverse, expert panel of presenters from the area as well as experts from the national level will bring this information to attendees. Early Bird registration is open now until August10th.











Volunteers Help with Spring Cleanup
Posted on 05.14.15 in Events, News

The winter months are finally behind us and the lush green grass, blossoming flowers, and budding trees have begun to reveal themselves as the summer months approach. Yesterday, a group of volunteers and staff members worked together to clean up our grounds by picking up trash, digging up weeds, laying down new soil, trimming trees and flower bushes, and raking leaves. Although it was a slightly chilly day, with the sun shining and mini Hershey’s chocolates and Kit-Kat bars to satisfy our taste buds, it made for an enjoyable and productive evening!

I would like to thank the following volunteers who participated in the Spring Cleanup: Gwen Timmons, Elizabeth Wayne (and her son), Kristi Link, and Erin Stilwell. Their willingness to help in any way is just one of the many reasons I am proud of our volunteers and all they do for Lake Superior Hospice and our community.

-Kymber Beltrame
Volunteer Coordinator



Volunteer, Kristi Link, helps to pull the unwanted weeds from the garden.

Volunteer, Kristi Link, helps to pull the unwanted weeds from the garden.

Volunteer, Gwen Timmons, is tending to her flowers she's planted over the years.

Volunteer, Gwen Timmons, is tending to her flowers she’s planted over the years.

New soil & Shovel

A new layer of soil to help the flowers bloom.

From L to R: Gwen Timmons, Sue Kitti, and Erin Stilwell.

From L to R: Gwen Timmons, Sue Kitti, and Erin Stilwell.

All smiles as the Spring Cleanup comes to an end. From L to R: Volunteers, Erin Stilwell, Gwen Timmons, and Elizabeth Wayne (with her son). Volunteer Coordinator, Kymber Beltrame

All smiles as the Spring Cleanup comes to an end.
From L to R: Volunteers, Erin Stilwell, Gwen Timmons, and Elizabeth Wayne (with her son). Volunteer Coordinator, Kymber Beltrame

Relay for Life of Marquette County: Team Lake Superior Hospice
Posted on 04.22.15 in Events, News

Lake Superior Hospice is taking part in Marquette County’s Relay for Life event! The employees and volunteers of Lake Superior Hospice are asking for your help in our fundraising efforts. Donations can be made online after joining our team, or by stopping into our office location! You do not have to be present at the event in order to be a part of our team. All proceeds go towards American Cancer Society (ACS).

Follow this link and join Lake Superior Hospice in their efforts to fight cancer!

LSH Relay for Life

Date of Event: Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th

Time: 4 p.m.—10 a.m.

Where: Al Quaal Recreation Area, Ishpeming, MI

Theme: Carnival of Hope

Lake Superior Hospice Team Captain: Glenda Christian

April 12-18 is Volunteer Appreciation Week!
Posted on 04.13.15 in News

Here at Lake Superior Hospice we have a group of over 60 volunteers who dedicate their time to making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families, and our community. There are many ways to define what a volunteer is, but to us, they are the heart of hospice. Our volunteers are compassionate and loving people who go above and beyond in their duty as a hospice volunteer. Whether it’s making friendly visits with patients, providing caregiver relief, helping at the office, assisting with fundraising events, being a presence in the community, and so much more, they are all an important member of our hospice team. We couldn’t be more proud of them for their service and dedication to Lake Superior Hospice- we just want to say THANK YOU and we appreciate all that you do!

 –Kymber Beltrame, Volunteer Coordinator




Honoring Our Veterans
Posted on 02.26.15 in News

Walking through the Jacobetti Home for Veterans is an experience in remembering that we have everything we do have because our men and women in uniform have given everything they had. And many still do.

Lake Superior Hospice does not take those sacrifices lightly. Every military veteran admitted into Lake Superior Hospice, be they at home, in assisted living, at a nursing home or the Jacobetti Veterans Facility receives an 8 x 11 Certificate of Honor and Appreciation for the time and sacrifice given on behalf of their country.   And, if they were married at the time of service the spouse also receives an honorary lapel pin because LSHA recognizes that services to one’s country exacts a price on family, as well.

Lake Superior Hospice is proud to recognize those who have served above and beyond the call of duty in order that the rest of us may continue to serve in other ways. Thank you Veterans and families.

Shop with AmazonSmile–Benefit LSH
Posted on 02.26.15 in News


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Discover a Different
Kind of Care
  • A 10-week bereavement group has started on September 15th at the Carnegie Public Library in Ishpeming. If you are interested in attending the 10-week course, please call Cara Zanetti, LSH Bereavement Coordinator, to register. The group will meet on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be utilizing “Understanding Your Grief” by Alan Wolfelt, Ph. D.

    Contact Cara by phone at 906-225-7760.