Patricia Hresko, RN, MSN, of the intensive care unit, and Sandi Minor, RN, of the emergency department, accepted a "Medal of Honor" on behalf of Munson Medical Center from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Munson earned the recognition by collaborating with its Gift of Life Michigan partners to achieve the national goal of ensuring at least 75 percent of eligible donors become actual organ donors. Only 18 hospitals in Michigan received recognition over a 12-month period.

From Nov. 30, 2007, to March 3, 2008, Munson had five donors that resulted in 22 organ transplants and 19 lives saved.

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Child and Family Services' CEO Jim Scherrer received the Leadership Award from the Michigan Association for Children's Mental Health, a statewide group that advocates for families of children facing mental health challenges.

Jane Shank, Northern Michigan Family Advocate for the association, nominated Scherrer for the award, crediting his collaborative efforts with all the varied partners in mental health including special education services, the courts, Community Mental Health and a group of 40 or so stakeholders in children's mental health who are working to develop reforms in the system of care.

Scherrer has been with Child and Family Services for 28 years, the last six as executive director. He has worked in child welfare for more than 35 years.

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The Bone Health Center at Internal Medicine of Northern Michigan has received accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Skeletal Assessment Facilities (CASAF), an international accreditation program developed by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

The Bone Health Center is one of only two Michigan facilities and one of only 19 in the United States to achieve facility accreditation for bone health assessments. CASAF accreditation standards cover a wide range of topics including personnel, quality assurance and control, scan acquisition and analysis, scan interpretation and reporting, patient and referring physician education, privacy, business ethics and regulatory requirements.

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Munson Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers Don Sowa, of Honor, and Charles "Pete" Peterson and Jim Harris, both of Traverse City, were recently honored for their service to the program.

Sowa and Peterson were selected as Munson Hospice Volunteers of the Year. Harris received the Peter M. Strom Outstanding Volunteer Recognition Award.

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Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord has announced its partnership in the first Physical Therapy Assistance (PTA) online program. This is a joint venture between the hospital, Macomb County Community College, North Central Michigan College and Alpena Community College.

The online PTA program will begin in the fall 2009, making it possible for students of NCMC and ACC to be jointly admitted and eligible to enroll in accredited PTA classes provided by Macomb. All student work will be done via virtual learning, except clinical time. OMH will provide the lab space, equipment and linens needed for the students to fulfill their required clinical time.

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