Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Participated in Giving Tuesday Now

May 5, 2020

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Rural Schoolcraft county, in the heart of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a beautiful but under-resourced community.  Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is the largest employer in Schoolcraft County with over 300 employees.  Our employees are working hard to ensure that we are prepared should a surge of COVID-19 occur in the communities we serve. With limited testing resources, to diagnose our residents, it’s difficult to obtain a true picture of how the Upper Peninsula has been affected.  What we do know is that the State of Michigan’s executive orders have had an enormous economic impact on our local hospital and hospitals across the Upper Peninsula.  Many of our care team members have had their hours reduced due to low volumes across service lines.  As a non-profit independent critical access hospital, we know that patients across the region rely on us for their medical needs.

At Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, we have the ability to collectively join together to create hope, healing, and kindness in each act of generosity of spirit that we step into with a heart of compassion.  Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses at shift changes, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic.  Our community has experienced the same generosity displayed worldwide. We have seen donations arriving in all forms to support our SMH team during these unprecedented times. Scroll to the end to view a few of the many ways our community has shown care and support.

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Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s GivingTuesdayNow goal is to raise $10,000 for our COVID-19 response to help the greatest needs of patient care and healthcare provider protection. We understand that this is a high goal amidst these times of struggle, which is why we have other ways to help with this effort.

Did You Know?

Our pharmacy department can make a 2 week supply of hand sanitizer for $300.

On average it costs $50 a day to provide one staff member personal protective gear.

What is Giving Tuesday?

“Giving Tuesday Now” is a global day of giving and unity created as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. This is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity, allowing individuals to give back to their communities in safe ways that enable social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing.

When is Giving Tuesday?

May 5th, 2020.

For the first time, “Giving Tuesday Now” will be held on May 5th.  Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will be participating through National Hospital Week, ending our campaign on Tuesday, May 12th.  This day is in addition to the  well known “Giving Tuesday” that celebrated each year in the fall. 

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How Do I Participate?

So many of you have called and asked how you can help.  Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will kick off National Hospital Week with GivingTuesdayNow participation on Tuesday, May 5th, and ending on Tuesday, May 12th of National Hospital Week.  There are three easy ways you can participate with Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital during GivingTuesdayNow:

1) Send messages of gratitude and support to

The community is invited to mail notes and cards with words of encouragement to SMH staff members. Reach out to share your support not only for SMH healthcare workers, but to other essential workers in our community whom you would like to say thank you. We can help. Notes like this build resilience and can alleviate stress for front-line healthcare staff and the community. It means a lot!

Cards and letters for the SMH health care team can be mailed to:
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
c/o Development Office
7870W US Highway 2, Manistique, MI 49854

2) Donate food, supplies and other items

If you would like to donate money for a meal card for our healthcare workers, click on the donate now button below.  Please contact Irma at 906.341.3250 to make arrangements to drop off donations of food gift cards and supplies.

3) Make a financial donation

If you are in a place to give, help us reach our goal of $10,000 to help fund patient care and healthcare provider protection.  Take advantage of this exciting chance to have your generosity doubled.  Between May 5th and Tuesday, May 12th, the Steve Haarman Family will match what you give, dollar for dollar up to $10,000. Your gift can go even further in keeping our patients, staff, and the Upper Peninsula region safe. To contribute to our goal, please click on the button below. We are #YooperStrong.

Thanking Our Donors for their Contributions

The community support our hospital has received has been incredible.  For the last two months, we have seen donations arriving in all forms to support our employees during this unprecedented time.  Thank you to all of you for your thoughtfulness and continued support.

  • A community Facebook group formed to encourage the public to make “Masks for Manistique.” The hospital has received over 400 handmade masks, surgical mask extenders, and caps.
  • N95 Donations from Community Members
  • The Manistique Women’s Club purchased 100 head headpieces and 400 reusable face shields for our front-line staff. Eugene Fletcher, from 3D Gene Designs, designed the shields and headpieces. In honor of the Manistique Senior Girls graduating class donated $400 for the purchase of N95 masks.
  • Petoskey Plastics donated over 2000 Isolation Gowns
  • 41 Lumber donated boxes of shop towels to make homemade masks safer
  • Emerald Elementary staff gave the Kleenex, disinfectant wipes, and hand sanitizer which students brought in at the beginning of the school year.
  • The employees received a free bagel breakfast from the Michigan Rural Health Association
  • In appreciation of the sacrifice of SMH staff taking a risk daily to serve our community St. Alban’s donated Gift Cards for our onsite employees.
  • IQ Designs donated reusable intubation boxes for procedures, intubation and patient transfers.
  • Extended family and community members have purchased breakfast, lunch, dinner, and desserts for our staff
  • Riverside Auto Group delivered 20,000 masks 20,000 masks to hospitals across the Upper Peninsula including Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital on behalf of Robert and Jeanine Dagenais Foundation with contributions from First Bank and Riverside.
  • The Schoolcraft County Auxiliary and local businesses have also comped staff lunches on several occasions.

Local Artists

Christine Worley painted a beautiful UP mural to encourage our front-line workers and our community to stay safe at home.

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Kyle Page made a Heart’s of Hope Window decal for the Med-Surg desk for all hospital employees




We received grant awards from the following foundations to purchase needed Pandemic supplies:

Superior Health Foundation – $1000

Grant Award from Superior Health Foundation

Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula $2,256

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Community Foundation for Delta County $500

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Schoolcraft County Community Foundation – $1,324

Schoolcraft County Community Foundation

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