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UP Health System - Bell Recognized by the Chartis Center for Rural Health as a 2021 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

March 8, 2021

UP Health System – Bell has been recognized as a 2021 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the United States by The Chartis Group. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX®. UP Health System - Bell is the only hospital in the Upper Peninsula to receive this designation.

Donate and Save: Giving Blood to Save Lives is More Important Than Ever

January 11, 2021

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month – a month dedicated to shining a spotlight on the generosity of those who give their blood to save the lives of others, while also raising awareness of the continued need for donations.

Brighter Days Ahead: Celebrate the New Year with a Healthy Start

January 1, 2021

A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start. A new beginning. That’s one of the big reasons so many of us set New Year’s resolutions. Turning the page on the calendar gives us a chance to turn the page on unhealthy habits, resolve to be better, healthier versions of ourselves, and look to the future with hope for what’s to come.

Update on COVID-19 in Our Community

November 24, 2020

UP Health System's top priority continues to be protecting the health and safety of our patients, providers, employees, and the communities we serve. As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the country and in the Upper Peninsula, we want to reassure our community that UP Health System is here and ready to serve you should you or your family need care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Diabetes: What you should know

November 2, 2020

If you aren’t living with diabetes, there’s a good chance that at least one of the friends or loved ones who you’ll see this upcoming holiday season is affected by the disease. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. – or one in 10 – have diabetes. And one in four of those are unaware that they have it. With November recognized as American Diabetes Month, it’s a great time to learn more about this condition and how you can help prevent and fight it.

Celebrating Safely: How to keep you, your family, and your community healthy this holiday season

November 2, 2020

The final two months of the year are traditionally filled with a number of opportunities to celebrate with family, friends and co-workers. Of course, 2020 has been anything but a traditional year, thanks in no small part to the ongoing pandemic. As we continue to fight COVID-19 and work to slow the spread in our community, it’s a good idea to take a moment and rethink how we celebrate during the upcoming holiday season.

Don't Take a Chance With Your Health - Get Vaccinated for Flu Season

September 3, 2020

Given this year's COVID-19 pandemic, it's never been more important to be proactive about your health - and that includes getting a flu shot. Learn why getting vaccinated for the flu shot should be an essential part of your schedule this fall, as well as other ways you can help protect yourself from the flu.

Summer/Fall 2020 Community Newsletter

August 26, 2020

In this edition of the UPHS - Bell Community Newsletter, learn more about the ways we're keeping you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, hear from our CEO and other clinical leaders, and read other healthy tips!

UP Health System - Bell Eases Visitor Restrictions

August 3, 2020

At UP Health System - Bell, our top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees, and community. We continue to closely monitor the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and follow state and federal guidance as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients. The updated restrictions are effective immediately.

UP Health System Urges Community Members To Wear Masks

July 16, 2020

UP Health System – Bell, Marquette, and Portage is urging community members to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not easily achieved in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

How the Pandemic Made UP Health System Better

July 2, 2020

Even as life returns to a “new normal,” you should know that we aren’t letting our guard down at UP Health System. We have learned so much through our response to this pandemic, and we will continue looking for new ways to improve. Because of this experience, our team is stronger; our hospitals are safer; and we are even more deeply committed to caring for our community. These are all silver linings in our book.

Maintaining Your Health, Ensuring Your Safety

May 14, 2020

Currently, the threat of COVID-19 in our community seems to be under control, allowing our community to start re-opening and UPHS – Bell to begin gradually resuming time-sensitive, non-urgent procedures. For some, this change is a welcome return to maintaining personal health and addressing medical issues. For others, this news may cause anxiety about safety. I’d like to address these concerns with the hope of relieving fears that might make people overly cautious about seeking care and treatment.

UPHS – Bell Marks National Hospital Week, Honors Healthcare Heroes

May 11, 2020

UP Health System - Bell is proud to join the American Hospital Association and healthcare organizations around the country in celebrating National Hospital Week, which is observed May 10-16 and provides an opportunity to pause and honor the millions of healthcare professionals who dedicate their lives to taking care of people in their greatest times of need and to recognize the positive difference hospitals and healthcare organizations make in the communities they serve. 

Know Where To Go To Get The Care You Need

May 5, 2020

Knowing where to go to get the care you need can be confusing – especially now. Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in many new practices for hospitals, outpatient centers and medical offices. As we move forward, life – and healthcare – will look different, but UPHS – Bell’s commitment to providing a broad range of healthcare services won’t change.

Thank A Healthcare Hero

April 2, 2020

At UP Health System – Portage, we honor all our providers and employees working hard to ensure a safe place of care and a healthier community for all of us. I hope you will join me and add your voice to the chorus of appreciation for our community’s healthcare heroes by posting your own message of thanks on your favorite social media, with the hashtag #ThankAHealthCareHero. Let’s show our hometown heroes how much we appreciate their incredible and inspiring efforts to keep us safe.

UPHS - Bell holding flu clinics

October 18, 2019

UP Health System - Bell is holding multiple flu shot clinics through the months of September and October. These clinics are fast and convenient, with no long lines and no hassle. Light refreshments will be provided. UP Health System - Bell is holding multiple flu shot clinics through the months of September and October. These clinics are fast and convenient, with no long lines and no hassle. Light refreshments will be provided. The cost of the shot is $30 for self pay. UPHS - Bell is accepting cash, check and Medicare Part B, Medicaid and Private Insurance. Please bring your card(s). Flu shots are recommended for anyone ages 6 months or older who'd like to avoid the flu. Community Flu Shot Clinics: •Empire Conference Room •October 29th 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. •November 1st 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

UPHS – Bell welcomes Riley Torreano, MD, to Family Medicine staff

July 1, 2019

ISHPEMING — UPHS – Bell is proud to announce the addition of Riley Torreano, MD, to its Family Medicine Staff. Dr. Torreano grew up in Negaunee and has lived in the UP his entire life. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology/Physiology at Northern Michigan University before finishing his Doctor of Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Dr. Torreano would finish his residency with the Marquette Family Medicine Program.

VenaCure EVLT Laser Treatment by Dr. Nick Vlasic

April 2, 2019

If you're one of more than 30 million Americans that are affected by some form of vein disorder, VenaCure EVLT Laster Treatment may be able to help. Nick Vlasic, MD, at UPHS - Bell performs the safe, effective treatment that can show immediate improvement in your legs. To learn more, call 906.485.2632.

UP Blood Drive on May 16

January 8, 2019

There will be a UP Blood Drive on May 16 from 10 a.m. - noon. For an appointment, please contact Melissa Stein at 906.482.1235. Please eat/hydrate within two hours of donation.

UPHS - Bell welcomes OB/GYN Dr. Andrew Atkinson

December 21, 2018

ISHPEMING — UP Health System — Bell is pleased to welcome Obstetrician-Gynecologist Dr. Andrew Atkinson to the UPHS — Bell Women’s Health staff. Dr. Atkinson earned his Bachelors of Science at the University of Detroit-Mercy before completing medical school at the Saba University School of Medicine. He would finish his OB/GYN residency at Rutgers University/Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

UP Health System - Bell Recognized by March of Dimes for Giving More Babies a Healthy Start in Life

January 10, 2018

UP Health System – Bell has been recognized by the March of Dimes for its work to give babies a healthier start in life. UP Health System – Bell earned the recognition after successfully reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy to less than one percent (1%). This is a tremendous accomplishment, and one that will give more babies the right start in life, the March of Dimes says.

Celebrating Our Nurses during National Nurses Week

May 6, 2016

May 6, 2016 - ISHPEMING - During this special week, we honor our outstanding nurses and the exemplary job they do in creating a safe and comfortable environment for all who come through UP Health System’s doors.