Scheurer Magazine // 2022

As our President & CEO Terry Lerash retires, we look back at his nearly 50 years in healthcare, learn more about our new chief executive, Mike Nanzer, find out the full story about our very own Rosie the Riveter and more. It's 56 pages of jam-packed Scheurer content!

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Life can be a bit of a rollercoaster and we never know when the next twist or turn is approaching. That describes life quite well for everyone as of late and as I approach my finish line to retirement. Originally, my last day was intended to take place in early July 2022, yet here I am happy to extend my tenure as President & CEO of your local healthcare organization of choice. Retirement brings about a lot of emotions: excitement for a chance to relax and enjoy life to the fullest, hesitation because of a new life routine that doesn’t entail going to the o–ce five days a week, pride as I look back and recollect on everything we have accomplished together, yet also a small amount of sadness as I walk away from some of the greatest people that I have ever had the chance to work with side-by-side. What Scheurer Health offers is truly second to none and cannot found anywhere else.

Our culture at Scheurer is what attracted me in the first place and it is what has kept me here ever since. Scheurer’s team of nearly 500 medical professionals is ready for anything that is thrown at them, is truly cham- pionship-caliber and something that we should not take for granted. The last three years have been especially tough as we battle through a worldwide pandemic, but because of our team, we are stronger than ever. My father was an excavator by trade and always had a saying when he had a good day at work, “We moved a lot of dirt today.” Over the last six-plus years at Scheurer, I am proud to say that we moved a lot of dirt and it is what has kept me in this chair for a little bit longer than originally planned. We will continue to move mountains as a team and achieve what your community healthcare organization has set out to do from day one: to provide Better Health and Better Life for everyone.

Thank you for your continued commitment to Scheurer Health!


FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SCHEURER RIGHT NOW For the second year in a row, Scheurer Health was voted as the Best Place to Work in Huron County by the Readers’ Choice Awards of the Huron Daily Tribune. In addition, we were voted Best Hospital for now over a Our Lobby-to-Lobby construction project is underway and will give both of our lobbies a refreshed look, as well Another location of Scheurer Specialty Care is opening in our former location of Sebewaing Family Medicine in downtown Sebewaing. With the We added yet another school district to our lineup of school wellness clinics with the addition of USA Schools. Now, students at Bad Axe, Caseville, Lakers and USA all

It is now easier than ever to utilize the power of MyChart, as part of your Epic Medical Record. Auto-Activation of your MyChart is now available, so you don’t need to worry about jumping through unneccesary hoops to access your personal health information.

as the main hallway connecting the two areas. This project will allow us to provide an even better patient experience here at Scheurer. 2

space’s overhaul, we are able to provide services such as Oncology and Integrative Medicine. 3

have access to medical services throughout the school day for free. 4

decade straight and received a total of 27 “bests.” 1









12 Shirley Ryan, Our Very Own Rosie the Riveter A resident of Country Bay Village, one might not realize that Shirley Ryan is 94-years-old. Yet, that is just the tip of the iceberg of Shirley’s life story that includes being a Rosie the Riveter and working in Military Intelligence.

16 Ambassadors of the Community No matter where you go across our organization, the impact of the Scheurer Auxiliary can be felt in positive ways. From fundraising and supporting our team, the Auxiliary is a busy group of ambassadors in the community.

4 Terry Lerash is Retiring & Riding Into the Sunset After nearly 50 years in healthcare and a six- year stint at here at Scheurer, Terry Lerash looks back on his career that has spanned across the globe and all of Michigan.

9 What Does it Mean to be Scheurer?

You have heard us ask you about it for over five years now, yet every Scheurer teammate has their own way of describing it.



Dr. Paul Scaddan poses with our now famous “Are You Scheurer?” cards that have popped up in every corner of the world. Hear directly from our team of what they think the question means on Pages 09-11.

If you have an idea or success story that you feel should be shared with our community, please contact the team below: Clark Ramsey // Editor-in-Chief Manager, Marketing & Business Development 989.453.5267 // Kelsey Ulfig // Assistant Editor Marketing Specialist 989.453.3223 #4106 //






52 A 1972 Lookback at Housekeeping Cleaning technology has changed a lot in the last 50 years, yet the goal of our Environmental Services team have stayed the same: provide the cleanest and absolute best possible environment for our patients and customers.

22 Community Wellness is On The Move! Learning the principles of eating and living healthy at an early age can have lasting positive effects on children throughout their lifetime. The 5-2-1-0 program is just one of the many ways we are helping the community.

18 Lab Work,

26 It’s Time to Find Your Provider The best way to achieve Better Health and Better Life is to have a working relationship with your Primary Care Provider. Find yours today!

Closer to Home Getting lab work done is a lot like paying taxes. It definitely is not on anyone’s wish list, but it’s an essential part of achieving Better Health. That’s why it is now available even closer to home, in Bad Axe.


PATIENT RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES To ensure and provide the optimum level of safety and care, you have a variety of rights as a patient, as well as some responsibilities. Learn about these items on Pages 42-43.

INFORMATION FOR YOUR HOSPITAL STAY Your road to recovery is a team sport. Learn how you can maximize your results with our care team on Pages 38-41. Everyone at Scheurer wants you to achieve Better Health and Better Life.

VISITOR & PATIENT INFORMATION Family and friends are key components to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible. To help everyone, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks on Page 44 to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

CONTACT INFORMATION Like a lot of things, communication plays an important role in your care. To make things as accessible as possible, you can find a list of addresses and phone numbers of every Scheurer location on Page 45.


Scheurer has been in a nearly constant state of expansion since 1972. As a result, a map can be helpful for first time visitors. On Pages 46-51, learn how to navigate through our 20+ locations across five communities. 46







RIDING INTO THE SUNSET Terry Lerash reflects back on nearly 50 years in healthcare

VERY FEW THINGS in today’s world last for longer than a news cycle or the latest fad on social media, let alone a handful of years. Then, on the other hand, you have Terry Lerash who is just putting the final touches on nearly 50 years in healthcare, as he retires as Scheurer Health’s President & CEO. Terry’s career has spanned in many directions, but always in the field of healthcare. His last stop has been at Scheurer Health since 2015, when he joined our team as Chief Operating Ošcer (COO) and soon after was introduced as the next President & CEO, stepping into the role that Dwight Gascho forged forward for 26 years. With Terry at the helm of a 488-person ship, Scheurer Health has established care in a fifth local community, added a walk-in clinic in Meijer, upgraded our entire medical record system to Epic Systems, added service lines such as Podiatry, Urogynecology and Behavior Health, renovated a wellness center, oversaw our organization’s first brand overhaul in 30-plus years and of course, led the organization forward through the dark and cavernous times of a worldwide pandemic since March of 2020. That is all just in the last six years. Terry’s journey in healthcare began when he enlisted in the United States Army after graduating from Bad Axe High School. It was at the tail end of the Vietnam War, and he was sent to Fort Sam Houston in


San Antonio to become a medical corpsman. Terry credits his time in the Army for establishing a career path in leadership. “I learned a lot in the Army, and it created a number of opportunities for me afterward. Because it was still wartime, the G.I. Bill and benefits were great and paid for my college. I grew up and I learned leadership, really. I watched and learned from my commanding ošcers all of the time. It was pretty hardcore, but you learned self-discipline and I came home a different and improved person.” As a medical corpsman stationed overseas, Terry handled anything that entered the medical unit, “I did all kinds of crazy stuff. I sutured, I set fractures, and I delivered a baby. We had a license to do whatever we needed to do because doctors were rarely around. If you felt comfortable doing it, you did it.” After being stationed at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in South Korea for 13 months and several other stops during his three years in the U.S. Army, Terry utilized his Veterans Administration (VA) benefits and enrolled at Saginaw Valley State University to become a nurse. In 1981, Terry was just one of three males in his class to graduate from nursing school. He accepted a position inside the VA Hospital in Saginaw and eventually made the transition to St. Luke’s Hospital across town. At St. Luke’s, which eventually became a part of Covenant HealthCare, Terry came up through the ranks starting as a staff nurse on the floor, later becoming shift supervisor, administrative coordinator, and eventually Director of Medical- Surgical Nursing, managing five different nursing departments. Five years later, Terry was approached to become the Director of Human Resources at St. Luke’s.

Terry Lerash presents at a Veterans Day event at Country Gardens Assisted Living. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, Terry takes great pride in celebrating our local veterans.

“I told them, I’m the worst guy you’d ever want in HR. I would violate every HR policy to get stuff done. They told me, ‘that’s why we want you – to get things done.’ All in all, it was my first opportunity to truly transform some- thing for the better. I took that HR department and converted most of the staff there from being technicians at their desks to really being HR representatives out in the workforce. While in that role, I was able to complete my master’s degree from Central Michigan University.” He became the Vice President of Ancillary Services and later, Terry was recruited by what is now known as the Michigan Cardiovascular Institute (MCVI) to be their lead administrator. It was his responsibility to merge 18 cardiologists’ practices into one cohesive unit. After successfully doing so, Terry moved on to become the executive director of Cardiology at McLaren Flint. “I managed all their nursing units related to cardiology. We had three nursing units, one of which being an intensive care unit. We had two OR’s that I was responsible for and were exclusively for open-heart surgery. I enjoyed the job, but I was looking for something to fulfill my goals and align with my leadership principles. In the middle of my time there, we // CONTINUED ON PAGE 06

We’ve got it good here. The charm of Scheurer drew me in.

- Terry Lerash




Terry Lerash has conversation with Peggy Leipprandt, one of the many volunteers and Auxiliary members at Scheurer.

had 1,400 nurses walk off the job and strike for 77 days – the longest RN nursing strike in the history of Michigan. It was about that same time that I got a phone call from Spence Maidlow.” Spence Maidlow, was the mastermind and key piece to creating Covenant HealthCare as it stands today. As President & CEO, Maidlow was looking to Terry to help overhaul their medical education areas, which later came to be known as Synergy Medical, now CMU Health. He accepted the position and saw it as an opportunity to transform a branch of medicine into something larger. “It took me 10 years to really turn that place around and put it in a position for CMU’s medical school to exist since they were required to have a connection with a residency training program, which we were able to provide.” CMU Health eventually purchased Synergy Medical, and Terry added jokingly, “Unfortunately, I did

almost too good of a job and worked myself out of that job.” So, it was back to Covenant HealthCare, this time as the Director of Innovation. It would not be much long after when Terry and his wife Carmen were attending a wedding in Gaylord, MI when they ran into Dwight Gascho. Dwight was starting to think about retirement and asked Terry if he would be interested in visiting Scheurer.

to the communities that we serve and a solid medical staff. Literally, everything you could ever ask for in a healthcare organi- zation, Scheurer was able to offer. “We’ve got it good here and we have been able to maintain it. The charm of Scheurer drew me in. It was small, it was intimate, you had the opportunity to know everyone – which I hadn’t experienced in my career prior to being here and the foundation was here. A solid board (of trustees), solid community, solid workforce, and solid medical staff. When you have all of those things, you can do amazing things as an organization.” Terry never suspected that his career would come full circle, retiring from an organization located not even 20 miles from where he grew up. He remembers riding his bicycle past where now Scheurer Primary Care – Bad Axe is located.

“And the rest is history.”

After visiting Scheurer for the first time, Terry fell in love with the organization that would be his home for the next six years. “It was a charming place. It was clean, everyone was remarkably friendly. When I dug down deeper, I found that the key foundation for quality healthcare was here – and that was loyal, committed people with great communities backing it up. Scheurer is in a great financial position thanks

“My dad shot a pheasant almost


Terry Lerash Reflects Back on Nearly 50 Years in Healthcare

right where the front door of our Bad Axe facility is today. That’s pretty crazy to think about.” When asked what his most proud achievement was during his tenure at Scheurer, Terry struggled to come up with a single item, but instead a principle: quality. “Quality is essential for every- thing else. It drives everything. We make every decision based on quality – ‘does it provide better health? and does it provide better life?’ That obviously is also our vision, ‘Better Health. Better Life..’ It’s all part of the same mission and it’s the very first guiding value that’s been in place here for 30 years and that is ‘quality first.’” It is one thing to have that mindset and talk the talk; it is another to actually walk the walk. After studying the organization for a year, Terry implemented a five-year strategic plan, which has been completed with great success, despite even a global pandemic thrown into the middle of it. So many of the items have been accomplished that a new strategic plan has recently been rolled out for the next five years at Scheurer. “The fact that so many items have been checked off and achieved at such a high level of success really goes to show how great of a team we have assembled here. From top to the bottom and back to the top – a great team. By having that caliber of the team in place and all aligned by the strategic plan… that is a large reason why we

were able to get through Covid with such success.” COVID-19 has accelerated a lot of change and transformation inside of healthcare, one that Terry believes Scheurer is well- equipped and prepared for. “We’re the first to do a lot of things in our communities and we have to continue to do that. It is our goal to stay on the cutting edge of healthcare. Technology is going to play a large role in that, and we are positioned extremely well to do some really cool things because of our capabilities here in the Thumb.” Now, nearly 50 years after becoming a medical corpsman in the Army, Terry is riding off into the retirement sunset. He has overseen a constant chapter of growth at Scheurer and plans to enjoy retirement, but not rest on his laurels for too long.

major decisions in my first year of retirement. Get settled and just get used to retirement. But I’m going to discover a new purpose – golfing, grandkids and traveling can only fill so much of my time. My wife, Carmen, and I have been talking actually about doing some missionary work. We’re already exploring medical teams that are going over to Poland to serve the Ukrainian refugees. Poland’s health system is having a tough time with such a huge influx of people. That’s the beauty of retirement, we have the opportunity to help out when and where we can.” “What I’m going to miss the most is the interaction with the people. Our team here at Scheurer. I want to thank our community for their trust in Scheurer, their trust in me, and their continued loyalty to an organization that is here to serve them.”

“I’m not going to make any

Terry Lerash is looking forward to being able to kick his feet up and enjoy retirement, but not for long.



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IN THE SUMMER OF 2016 , a question began creeping into everyone’s vocabulary, “Are You Scheurer?” Originally intended to only be a simple 6-8 week marketing campaign, that same question is still being asked six years later with no end in sight. The reason for its longevity is simple, yet its answer is massive. What we did not realize was that “Are You Scheurer” would become a rallying cry for anything that our vision represented: 487 medical professionals all focused on providing Better Health and Better Life to anyone and everyone, in the Thumb of Michigan and beyond.

In our forever quest to get to the bottom of the age-old question, we decided to go straight to the source that would know how to answer it the best, our team. As you turn the page, you will find responses from our team to question, “What does it mean to be Scheurer?”




WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A helping hand, a kind smile, family, friendships. A company that truly cares about the community and its employees. Melissa Schultz SCHEURER PRIMARY CARE - CASEVILLE Instead of listening to us talk about our employees, hear directly from our Scheurer team. Want to join our team? Go to

We are a family. We work together as a team to support each other and our patients. The quality of care we all strive for is exactly what we would provide for our loved ones.

I was a customer of Scheurer long before I started to work here. Even back then I was impressed with the friendliness, professionalism and e–ciency of the medical personnel and staff. I have worked several places in my career, and I have found the culture here at Scheurer to be truly outstanding. I have never heard someone say, "That's not my job." The level of personal service and the positive way everyone interacts to help each other every day makes coming to work here a real pleasure. Ernest Paulick FRONT DESK SCREENING

Laura Iseler ACUTE CARE

It means to be home. My job experiences have taken me elsewhere but this has always been my home and I’m glad to be back. It’s like a family and when I came back, it was like I never left. I think the organization is very personable and very community oriented. Malissa Wisenbaugh SCHEURER PRIMARY CARE - BAD AXE It means great care and compassion close to home. I'm always excited to tell my patients about the changes and growth we are making to better serve them. I'm proud to tell people that I work for Scheurer! Jamie Gettel SCHEURER PRIMARY CARE - PIGEON

I take great pride in what we do here. It is a great feeling at the end of the day when you think about the care you were able to provide. Lori Sweetman LONG TERM CARE and friends. I think you become a part of it. Scheurer is a part of me and I am a part of Scheurer. Alicia Truemner QUALITY & PATIENT EXPERIENCE I am not just a person who comes into this building every day, I am a piece of this organization. What I do here matters and that is because of the culture. I feel like I can make a difference here. So to be Scheurer is being proud of the work you are doing here. I can say with great confidence that I would choose Scheurer as my hospital of choice in the area and recommend it to family


SCHEURER? I think a sense of community is big. The hospital was founded in, built and paid for by the community. There are very big community ties because of that and people are very loyal to Scheurer. The fact that we've been able to remain independent is just crazy in the best possible way. Angela Lackie INPATIENT & RETAIL PHARMACY We care about each and every patient and threat them like family here. Patients are not numbers here, they are people. Candy Avalos SURGICAL SERVICES // CENTRAL SUPPLY To be Scheurer is really to do your best. It's to do the right thing when no one is looking. I know when I'm gone, things are going to be taken care of how they should. I know everyone is going to work hard. They do things how they're supposed to and that makes me proud of our team. Chris Bennett EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (EMS)

// CONTINUED FROM PAGE 09 It means that I am proud knowing Scheurer gives the best possible care to any patient, customer and visitor that come through our door. We really care about the patients and customers and their community. Scheurer gives a lot back to the community and it feels great when people recognize that you work at Scheurer. They tell you that they are willing to drive 30 or 40 miles one way just to come to us. Judy Smith SCHEURER PRIMARY CARE - PIGEON I always treated my patients the way I would want my family or friends to be treated. I get that feeling of warmth no matter where I am at Scheurer. I would trust our team with myself, family and friends in a heartbeat. Kindness and a smile go a long way. I’m very proud to be a part of the Scheurer family! Ashley Case INFECTION PREVENTION Never have I been treated as a person by a company before. Scheurer has treated me so well and I only just started. They show us the way to be successful in our personal and profes- sional lives. Bridgett Dahlke SCHEURER PRIMARY CARE - PIGEON It’s going that extra step in anything, whether it be for a patient, a resident, a staff member or for a community member. It is that extra piece. Teresa Gascho CORPORATE SERVICES

Being a part of Scheurer makes you feel like being part of a family, not just a company. Scheurer is a strong, independent organization that strives to do our best, to care for our patients, community and employees.


ROSIE THE 94-year-old Shirley Ryan tells her


E RIVETER fascinating story EVERY RESIDENT AT Country Bay

efforts of joining the workforce were nothing more than just doing her job and did not find it to be a great deal. On the other hand, the United States Congress made sure these women who chose to be valiant during such a challenging time would be awarded for their contributions. In December of 2020, the “Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2019” was enacted after being signed by the President of the United States. An overview of the bill states, “To award a Congressional Gold Medal, collectively to the women in the United States who joined the workforce during World War II, in recognition of their contributions to the U.S. and the inspiration they have provided to ensuing generations” with one of those inspirational women being our own Shirley Ryan. On June 01, 2021, Shirley was awarded the “Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal” with a certificate stating her honor. When Shirley was asked about receiving her prestigious medal, she expressed, “I really didn’t expect anything like that, and it was really something to get this award. It was a nice day,” with a grin on her face. After the war, Shirley’s working career didn’t end with being just a riveter. After roughly a year and a half of working at the plant, she was looking for a new position and stopped at the finding a new career. They asked Shirley if she would be willing to leave town

Village has a story to tell and for Shirley Ryan, hers is quite a ‘riveting’ one…pun intended. Born and raised in St. Clair Shores, Shirley has had a rather engaging life journey to now live here at Country Bay Village in Pigeon, MI. Her story begins when she graduated from Lake Shore High School in the early 1940’s when the United States was engulfed in World War II. For many women during that time, it was the norm to step up and work while many of the men were drafted to fight overseas. During the time of 1940 to 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. labor force increased to nearly 37 percent, an unprecedented number 80 years ago. For the first time in history, 1945 saw nearly one out of every four married women join the workforce. As for Shirley, she ended up choosing to join the workforce rather than pursue college after graduating high school. She landed her first job of being a riveter at the DeSoto Chrysler Plant where she worked on a variety of different aircraft. When asked about her time at the plant, she described, “We had wings, that was what we were working on. There would be someone riveting and someone bucking the rivet and we would take turns doing each job.” At the time of doing this position, Shirley’s humble attitude thought her



Shirley Ryan // Rosie the Riveter, Military Intelligence, Country Shirley Ryan // Rosie the Riveter, Military Intelligence, Coun

and her tenacious spirit replied “yes!” and she made the courageous trek alone from Michigan to Washington D.C.. Her new role was in the military intelligence field working with International Business Machines (IBM) which were used to help sort and stack different cards, all relating to critical military information. When asked if she knew what she was working on or what the IBM punch cards represented, she replied in her nonchalant demeanor, “no” as a true patriot. She held this position in military intelligence for two years before something more special than a job brought her back home to Michigan, her now-late husband Jim. He had just gotten back from working on the ice breakers overseas and Shirley joked, “I had to get home before somebody else got him.” After moving back to Michigan, Shirley joined the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and worked near the Selfridge Air National Guard Base. Although she did not fly the planes, she stated that she did get to ride in them quite frequently and mainly attended meetings there. Once Jim returned home after being enlisted for the third time, they finally settled down in Harrison Township where they lived most of their lives and raised two children. Years later when Jim had passed, Shirley chose to live in their house for five more years before ultimately ending up at Country Bay Village, where she has been currently residing for the last eight years.

A young Shirley Ryan poses for the camera while on a trip to Niagra Falls. Date unknown.

The DeSoto Chrysler plant was one of the many Detroit automobile plants converted to help build “the Arsenal of Democracy,” here with airplane wings. (National Automotive Heritage Collection)


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ROSIE THE RIVETER FunFacts Over 310,000 women worked in the U.S. aircraft industry in 1943, which was 65% of the entire workforce. Before the war, that number was just 1%. The phrase, “We Can Do It” was created by Howard Miller (top photo), while the image was most popularized by Norman Rockwell (bottom photo) after being published in the Saturday Evening Post.

When asked if Country Bay Village feels like home, Shirley said, “It really does feel like home here. I really like everybody here, which is unusual for me. I really enjoy being here and am very comfortable here. Everyone feels like family.” Shirley’s go-getter approach to life hasn’t slowed since she has been at Country Bay Village. She still has plenty of hobbies to keep her busy, one being photography. She has always been into photography and still loves to take pictures of just about everything especially churches, old barns and the sky. Although the transition from city life to a small town may drive others mad, Shirley doesn’t seem to mind living in the thumb. She noticed that when she would drive around,

which was “A-Okay” with her. Shirley enjoys her apartment with her patio to view the day and night sky here, something she missed when she lived in the city. From stepping up and joining the workforce in the war-torn U.S. to now laying back and enjoying life, Shirley’s sense of humor and captivating smile has only gotten better. She had recently celebrated her 94th birthday at Country Bay Village surrounded by her family and friends with a homemade Perch dinner for all residents to enjoy. Shirley’s awe-inspiring story of becoming a riveter, working in military intelligence, and joining the Civil Air Patrol still provides encouragement to women showing that “We Can Do It!”

This photo from the archives of the Library of Congress shows some of the thousands of women that joined the workforce in an effort to help win World War II.


COMMUNITY AM 75+ Years Later, the Scheurer Auxiliary is Still Driven By Its Int COMMUNITY 75+ Years Later, the Scheurer Auxiliary is Still Driven

Winston Churchill. Madeleine Albright. Henry Kissinger. The Scheurer Auxiliary.

The Scheurer Auxiliary has three goals: Support Scheurer Health through public relations and financial contributions Create awareness of the extensive operations taking place at Scheurer Fundraise through events with proceeds generously donated to Scheurer Health These goals are taken to heart of every member and as a result are executed with great success. Since it was established in 1945, the Scheurer Auxiliary has donated $616,799.69 in ošcial donations. Of course, that number is much higher and well over a million dollars when volunteer hours and unošcial or personal donations are taken into account. All of those dollars are raised through the hard work of the Auxiliary members through fundraising events such as the Scheurer Auxiliary Golf Outing, Lights of Love, Healthercise,

WHEN YOU THINK of some of the best and most successful ambassadors in the world, the ranks of the Scheurer Auxiliary are certainly at the top of the list. Scheurer Hospital was founded in 1945, yet that was not the only pillar of the community created that year. The Scheurer Hospital Auxiliary also got its start in 1945 and they have not looked back ever since. At almost any Scheurer event, you will likely find a team of busy Auxilians making sure that every need is met and that everything is to the best of its abilities. Today, the Scheurer Auxiliary consists of 66 active members, each with one goal in mind: to support Scheurer in any way possible.

Linda Clark (far left) and Carol Van Valin (far right) were just two of the many Auxiliary members who distributed homemade baked goods and handwritten notes to every department across Scheurer. It was their way of saying thank you to the workforce for all of the hard work since the global pandemic began.


BASSADORS urpose: Support Scheurer in Any Way Possible MBASSADORS tended Purpose: Support Scheurer in Any Way Possible

Members of the Scheurer Auxiliary pose with their “We Are Scheurer” cards at the start of the “ARE YOU SCHEURER?” campaign a few years ago. Susan Ward, current Auxiliary President is seen in the front left of the photo. Peggy Leipprandt who is also interviewed in this article is seated and in the green shirt.

Spring Luncheon & Style Show, Fall Fashion Show and a holiday cheeseball sale. Each event is chaired by an Auxiliary member and planned to great precision with the help of all of the Auxiliary members. Susan Ward is the current and 41st President of the Scheurer Auxiliary. She has been a member since 2013 when she moved back to the area and felt that joining the Auxiliary was truly one of the best ways to get involved in the local community.

“Through my husband and my careers, we moved around a lot and from my experience the best thing to do was to just jump in and see what comes to the surface. I joined the historical society, I got into a book club, I started working out at the gym and then came across the Auxiliary. It became an avenue to get to know the community but also a great way to support the community. “It provides an opportunity to meet people and feel like you’re really part of something special and very beneficial.”



Each fundraiser is essential to the Auxiliary’s achievements as an organization. The golf outing takes place every August and has been a smashing success ever since it debuted in 1990. Peggy Leipprandt was one of the co-founders of the Scheurer Auxiliary Golf Tournament and has been an Auxiliary member now for 43 years. Peggy’s involvement with Scheurer dates back even earlier to when she and her husband, Ted, were both on the fundraising committee to build the “new” hospital in 1969-1971. “We (the community) raised all the money for the new hospital without any federal or state funding. That just goes to show how much everyone believes in Scheurer.” In just the last five years, the Scheurer Auxiliary has donated over $100,000 to capital improvement projects taking place at Scheurer. When asked how the group is so successful in fundraising, Peggy Leipprandt put it simply, “I think we're the best ambassadors for the hospital. I think we put a good front out and when people think of the Auxiliary, they think of warm and kind people. I think we do a good job being ambassadors for the hospital.” The Auxiliary’s impact on Scheurer can be felt in every corner of the organization. They have donated money that purchased anything from EKG Scheurer Auxiliary

across the globe. The Auxiliary acknowledged this and asked how they could help. As a result of that simple question, they developed a plan to send small notes of gratitude to every Scheurer employee, as well as delicious, homemade baked goods. The response was extremely well-received and all 488 Scheurer teammates appreciated the Auxiliary’s efforts. Many of the committee members of Hands of Love felt the impact they had on the workforce and helped fuel everyone’s spirit leading into the holiday season. That type of response from the workforce leaves a lasting memory in every Auxilian’s heart and mind. Susan Ward feels that it is part of the reason why Scheurer has such a strong name in the community, “Everyone is so proud of Scheurer. In fact, a neighbor of mine was // CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17

Scheurer EMS to a floor scrubber for Environmental Services to pharmacy refrigeration systems and almost literally anything in between. Peggy added, “The hospital always has a wish list for us. In fact, one year we had a member’s husband who was a tall fellow. He had mentioned the beds weren't long enough. So that year we got some longer beds just because he complained. But when you look at all of those things that we contributed toward, wow. It’s an impressive achievement.” In addition to fundraisers, the Auxiliary launched a new program in 2021 that is dedicated to supporting the Scheurer workforce called “Hands of Love.” Throughout the pandemic, additional stress and strain was without question put onto every healthcare worker

The Spring Luncheon and Style Show takes place every year with fashions shown off from local businesses, such as Amy’s of Pigeon, Buckley Shoes, Scheurer Vision and Simply A to Z Boutique.

machines to Lucas Chest Compression Systems for


Scheurer Health would not be what it is today without the help of our awesome Auxiliary and its devoted members. The Scheurer Auxiliary holds meet- ings nearly every month and membership is open to anyone who wants to help make a difference in the community. If anyone is interested in attending a meeting and seeing what the Auxiliary is all about, please email

in the hospital and their son-in-law was here from the Hamptons in New York. He said to them, ‘oh my gosh, that is the best little hospital over there.’ He was astonished and we were like, ‘well, yeah,’ not being boastful. It’s just that Scheurer is what it is because the people take such great pride in what is happening in this community. “And that goes for the Auxiliary too. They are very proud of what Scheurer is able to provide and what they’ve been able to do to help that. When we give a capital improvement item with the money we raise, it’s not something lightly decided. We take into consideration what would have the biggest impact for our community. How would we best be able to serve the community?” Peggy Leipprandt shared a similar sentiment, “I can't say enough about Scheurer. I've never heard of anybody that has been mistreated at Scheurer. Everybody is so kind and friendly and willing to do whatever they need to do. And when you've got people coming from the other communities to Scheurer. You know there's a reason. “It starts at the top. You start at the top and if the top demonstrates the qualities that you want, that trickles down to the employees. “When we have friends and relatives come to town, Scheurer is one of the first places that we show them, because this is us. This is who we are. The

community has an impact on Scheurer and Scheurer has an impact on the community. We’re so proud of the employees that we have at Scheurer. Every one of them is top-notch. I can’t say enough about Scheurer, ever.” Susan Ward concluded by saying, “I’d like to invite anyone to one of our meetings. Come and see what we’re all about. We’re a very welcoming and friendly bunch, all focused on making our community a better place through the hospital.”

Auxilian Amy Wehner is one of the many members who take part in a number of the Auxiliary events throughout the year.

The Golf Outing draws people from far and wide to Scenic Golf & Country Club in Pigeon. Each year, the fundraiser draws a maximum number of teams.


SPOTLIGHT LAB SERVICES IN THREE LOCATIONS When getting lab work done, people look for three things: A steady hand SPOTLIGH LAB SERVICES IN THREE LOCATI When getting lab work done, p for three things: A steady hand

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A calming presence A convenient location

For some people, getting lab work done is as enjoyable as paying taxes or buying new tires. That’s why our team in the Laboratory takes great pride in making it as enjoyable as possible at Scheurer Health. That’s why you will find all three key components with every visit you have with one of our Laboratory locations. Betty Wright anchors our Bad Axe location inside of Scheurer Primary Care - Bad Axe. She says that people are blown away by the look and feel of the facility and are grateful for how convenient the location is, “If you live east or south of Bad Axe and have to get your lab work done, it might not be the easiest to get over to Pigeon or somewhere else, especially while fasting. With our locations in Pigeon, Bad Axe and Sebewaing, those services can be closer to home and more convenient.” Betty Wright anchors our Bad A inside of Scheurer Primary Care She says that people are blown the look and feel of the facility a grateful for how convenient the is, “If you live east or south of Ba have to get your lab work done, not be the easiest to get over to somewhere else, especially whi With our locations in Pigeon, Ba Sebewaing, those services can b home and more convenient.” To learn more about each of our Laboratory locations, on our main campus in Pigeon, Scheurer Health Center in Sebewaing and Scheurer Primary Care - Bad Axe, go to . To learn more about each of ou locations, on our main campus Scheurer Health Center in Seb and Scheurer Primary Care - B go to . For some people, getting lab w is as enjoyable as paying taxes o new tires. That’s why our team i Laboratory takes great pride in as enjoyable as possible at Sche That’s why you will find all three components with every visit you with one of our Laboratory loca





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Adding “Community” Into Wellness More Than Ever educators set a good example of what being healthy really is. With the youth, we help them learn what a healthy choice is and how to develop lifelong healthy habits. Telling kids what to do doesn’t always work. We do our best to lead by example and show them how they too can be healthy.” ON SCHEURER’S MAIN Campus, tucked in the back, you’ll find the hub of Community Wellness where dedicated employees work to make its community a healthier, happier place. One of their main tasks is to educate school-aged children on the importance of health and exercise.

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ON SCHEURER’S MAIN Campus, tucked in the back, you’ll find the hub of Community Wellness where dedicated employees work to make its community a healthier, happier place. One of their main tasks is to educate school-aged children on the importance of health and exercise. Jaylee Chandonnet is the manager of Community Wellness and says, “It is important that our

“5-2-1-0 Let’s Go” program, a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program designed to increase healthy eating and active living in children. Scheurer’s Community Wellness staff implemented the program nearly a decade ago by selecting one school to work with but has since opened this platform to be held at Lakers, Cross Lutheran (Pigeon), Case- ville, North Huron, Bad Axe,

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Unionville-Sebewaing, and Christ the King (Sebewaing) schools where they specifically target DK, 1st, 3rd and 5th grades. Each “5-2-1-0 Let’s Go” lesson is approximately 30 minutes for each classroom where children learn the fundamentals of the program which includes: 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit per day

Children who eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits a day are significantly less likely to develop overweight and obesity than children who eat less than 3 servings per day. Additional evidence supports the linkage between high vegetables and fruits consumption and decreased cancers, diabetes, and heart disease rates. Ensure your child

Children who eat five or more servings of vegetables and fruits a day are significantly less likely to develop overweight and obesity than children who eat less than 3 servings per day. Additional evidence supports the linkage between high vegetables and fruits consumption and decreased cancers, diabetes, and heart disease rates. Ensure your child

eats vegetables and fruits at every meal and as a snack. One way to save on time and whip up healthy yet delicious meals is by using a crock pot. 2 hours of screen time or less per day It is recommended that children should spend two hours or less of recreational screen time on television, video games, computers, tablets, and smart- SCHEURER MAGAZ INE 23

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Adding “Community” Into Wellness More Than Ever

Adding “Community” Into Wellness, More Than Ever

phones. Too much screen time in a day can lead to more calories eaten, poor grades, and trouble sleeping. A helpful tidbit is to use a timer to avoid quarrels as to how much time has elapsed. 1 hour of physical activity or more per day Being active for a minimum of one hour a day is one of the best things a child can do to boost endorphins and improve their overall health. Staying active also keeps you healthy, makes you stronger, improves your flexibility and makes your heart happy. Ideas to help your child become more active: Try to make activities that are fun Provide space and time for physical activities Be active as a family. Consider skating, hiking, biking, swimming, trips to the zoo or park, roller skating, miniature golf or anything else that can be enjoyed together Involve children in household activities such as car washing, dog walking, lawn mowing, or other active household chores 0 sugary beverages per day One of the major contributors to the childhood obesity epidemic is the overconsumption of sugary drinks. Drinking sugary drinks may lead to an increased risk of Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease and not to mention, cavities. Your body needs six to eight glasses of water a day. It is essential to

support digestion, circulation, the transportation of nutrients and the maintenance of body temperature, among other bodily functions. Adding fruits and herbs to your hot or cold water is a great way to incorporate some refreshing flavors. Here are some fresh ideas to try: blackberries + mint chopped apples + a cinnamon stick pear slices + a drop of vanilla extract Although the program is mainly taught in the schools, students are encouraged to take this information home and have their guardians and family members participate with them. Even adults can take the overarching principles of the “5-2-1-0 Let’s Go” program and start using them in their everyday life. raspberries + cucumber strawberries + fresh basil Along with the “5-2-1-0 Let’s Go” program, the Community Wellness team runs a variety of impressive after-school programs to educate girls on the importance of health with one of them being “Girls on the Run.” Health and Wellness Advocate Alex Truance expressed, “Girls On The Run is an eight-week youth engagement program for 3rd-5th grade girls. Even though we work up to doing a 5k at the end of the season, it’s not a program just about running. We teach a


Alex Truance and Camille Parmenter, both Wellness Advocates at Scheurer Health, teach a lesson to the Caseville 3rd Grade class during the “5-2-1-0, Let’s Go!” program.


Those in the community can help support the Girls On The Run program by signing up for the 5k and becoming a girl’s running buddy. The Community Wellness team is also looking for high school students to sign up and become junior coaches. Coaches would attend practices and help the head coach with the lesson while encouraging the girls.

curriculum so these girls can build their confidence, value relationships, and use teamwork. The lessons also focus on building social, emotional and physical skills while encouraging healthy habits for life.” The Community Wellness team works with Laker Elementary in the fall season and then teaches Bad Axe schools in the spring. After having done this program for a couple of years, they are hoping to reach out to more schools in the near future so they can get the program out to even more girls. When asked about the major projects that the Girls On The Run crew have accomplished, Alex replied, “Pre-Covid, the Girls On The Run program would have a 5k with an entire region of teams for all of the girls to come together. Since we have been in Covid protocols the last couple of years we have had our own 5k celebration with the girls. For the 2021 fall season with the Laker girls, we had the 5k here at the Scheurer Path to Fitness. The girls picked a neon theme, so we had a bright photo booth, flashing light jewelry and lights posted all along the path. The girls had a blast, and it was a nice celebration.” According to Alex, Girls On The Run is something that the Community Wellness crew prides themselves leading because of the positive and crucial part it plays in the community. “Girls On The Run is especially important in our small community because of the impact we can have on these girls. This program teaches the girls at a critical stage in life. We are trying to strengthen their confidence at a time when society tries to tell them they can’t do it. They finish Girls On The Run embracing their uniqueness, being empowered and knowing that their voice matters.”

To help promote healthy eating habits, Community Wellness has kicked off a new program that offers crock pot freezer meals to the public.

Jaylee Chandonnet, Manager of Community Wellness (pink) leads the Girls On The Run participants in stretching before the celebratory 5k run to finish the program.


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