Recent Events

An Evening of Wine & Art

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is honored to sponsor the Healing Garden Project’s Annual Event, “An Evening of Wine & Art”.  Guests will enjoy wine samples from End of the Road Winery,  delicious appetizers prepared by Upper Crust Cafe and a fabulous Art Auction with donations from local artists.

Tickets can be purchased at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital or Online.

An Evening of Wine & Art

NEW Wide Bore MRI at SMH

UPHCS Purchases New Wide-Bore Mobile MRI

Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions, Inc. is happy to announce that a mobile, wide-bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine will be coming to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital beginning April 19th 2018. Two new GE Voyager MRI units will be shared among our partner hospitals in the Upper Peninsula, including: Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, Aspirus Iron River Hospital, Aspirus Ironwood Hospital, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, Baraga County Memorial Hospital, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, and UP Health System – Bell.


SMH Employees & Superior Health Foundation Provide Meals for 438 Schoolcraft County Residents

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. They feed 46 million people at risk of hunger, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. In 2016, Feeding America West Michigan provided 24 million meals across 40 Michigan counties which equates to an estimated 492,100 people each year. Locally, the 20,000 lbs trucks help feed over 400 households in Schoolcraft County monthly.

The Community Health Needs Assessment conducted in 2016 identified objectives for Schoolcraft County and one of them included partnering with agencies and volunteers to improve access to food assistance. Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital was able to raise funds internally for an August truck with grant assistance from Superior Health Foundation.  Donations were received for Community Yoga classes, a pie in the face competition and apparel sales.  Special thank you to Superior Health Foundation for donating $800 towards the Mobile Food Truck.

The Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Truck has grant funds available for future truck visits on October 11th and November 8th.  If you, or your business is interested in sponsoring a food truck, please contact Sara Giles, SMH Marketing Coordinator at 906-341-3293.  For more information about food assistance services in Schoolcraft County, contact Good Neighbor Services at 906-341- 3927.


NEW Urology Equipment at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the use of the new digital flexible cystoscope. A cystoscope is a small-caliber flexible instrument with a camera at its end. It allows the doctor to peer into the urethra and the bladder.  Dr. Shahar Madjar, M.D., MBA and Urological Surgeon offers Urology Services at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and implemented use of the equipment in early January.

The new cystoscope is equipped with a high definition monitor and NBI (Narrow Band Imaging) capabilities that allows Dr. Madjar, our urologist, to look into the bladder and closely examine it. Using it, he can identify bladder tumors, kidney stones, enlargement of the prostate and other urological conditions.

Studies show that the NBI (Narrow Band Imaging) visualized:

    • 17% additional patients with NMIBC (non-muscle invasive bladder cancer)
    • 24% additional tumors
    • 28% additional Carcinoma in Situ (CIS) abnormal cells that can turn to cancer

Dr. Madjar, the patient and the nurse who assists Dr. Madjar can all watch the procedure on the screen — in high resolution and in real time.

This new scope has small-caliber and smooth edges. The procedure can be performed with ease, under local anesthesia, with only mild discomfort. The procedure takes only a few minutes, and does not require special preparation.

After the procedure, Dr. Madjar meets with the patient and discusses the results and the treatment plan.

The new cystoscope is the latest addition to our line of equipment that allows diagnosis and treatment of a variety of urological conditions.

Harvest Gathering Campaign – Great Success!

A hospital wide effort concluded in a towering success of donated items for Michigan Harvest Gathering.  During a two week period between October 24th – November 4th, employees and volunteers donated canned food, hygiene items and cash to help Good Neighbor Services address our community needs.  $510 in cash donations and 1570 items were donated on Tuesday November 8th.  A special thank you to all participants, volunteers and to Jack’s Fresh Market for donating the paper bags.


“Art for a Start” Healing Garden Fundraiser – A Great Success!

A Special Thank You

Thanks to our supportive community, over $3000 was raised at Art for a Start on August 4th, 2016.  All proceeds will support the construction efforts of the Healing Garden Pathway.

This successful event would not have been possible without volunteer efforts, numerous artistic donations and supportive local businesses. Thank you to the talented artists for their donations, Mackinaw Trail Winery for hosting, NAPA Auto Parts for sponsoring Free Transit, Steve & Sue for sharing their musical talents & the Mustard Seed for selling tickets. The Healing Garden Committee wishes to express their sincere gratitude to our community.

For more information on how to contribute to the Healing Garden Project, please contact Cathy Flores at 906-341-3232 or


Healing Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Healing Garden Committee is excited to announce that the Healing Garden Project is underway.

On Wednesday June 15th the public was invited to attend the Healing Garden Ground Breaking Ceremony.  Schoolcraft Memorial Garden Healing Garden Committee welcomed State Representative John Kivela to the ceremony.

The project is in full swing and bricks will be arriving by the end of July.

To learn more about this project visit:

Healing Garden Quilt Fundraiser

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is in the planning phase of the “Healing Garden Project”. Plans for the garden include a paved walkway, several small gardens and a central garden for healing therapy. The space can be used by the general public for classes such as meditation, tai chi, yoga and other special events. Some of the raised garden beds will be wheelchair accessible. Comfortable seating will be available to enjoy the surroundings. The gardens will be maintained with organic, sustainable techniques. High school students from the building trades class are working hard to build several benches and an archway for the project.

“We want our patients, visitors and employees to have a place to heal, rejuvenate and relax. The Healing Garden project promotes wellness in our community. We hope to recruit volunteers with a passion for gardening to make this project come to life,” says Cathy Flores, Healing Gardens Coordinator. Fundraising efforts for the gardens have begun. Six handmade quilts, each a unique work of art, were donated to the Healing Garden Project. These beautiful, garden themed quilts will be on display at the hospital during the month of March in the atrium area. The quilt artist is Cathy Kaltz, a cancer survivor, hospital employee and self-taught quilter who appreciates the concepts of the Healing Garden. Cathy wanted to do something to help get the garden established.

As a direct result of this generous donation from Cathy, the Healing Garden Project Committee will be hosting a donation drive during March with these garden quilts. For each donation of $10, community members can vote on the most beautiful quilt design. On Thursday, March 31st, the votes will be tallied and the most beautiful quilt will be announced. The Healing Garden Project Committee will be randomly selecting ballots from the donors to receive the quilt they voted for.

Visitors can stop by the SMH Greeter’s desk, located in the atrium, to pick up a voting ballet or to drop off your donation during the month of March. Donations for the quilt drive will be accepted until the end of business on Wednesday, March 30th. The quilt receiving the most appreciative votes will be announced by the close of business on that date.

In addition to the quilt fundraiser for the Healing Garden Project, engraved brick pavers are being sold. The brick pavers will be used to establish a walking path in the main garden area ensuring that the area is wheelchair accessible. Community members can personalize a brick by having it engraved with the name of family members, loved ones, businesses or pet names. By purchasing one of the brick pavers, you will become a permanent part of the garden. Various brick sizes are available and can be viewed and/or ordered on the SCMH hospital’s website:

For questions regarding the Healing Gardens, please contact Cathy Flores at 906-341-3232 or

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.


Bells for Hospice Ceremony

SMH HomeCare & Hospice welcomed employees, community members and the families of Hospice patients to our atrium on Friday November 6th.

A bell was rung for the name of each individual supported by Hospice.

The crowd of 40 people enjoyed poems, speakers, music, cake & refreshments.  Information to Cope with Grief over the holidays was given.

For more information on Hospice Services, please call (906) 341-3284 or 1-800-341-7642.