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HNJH Welcomes Brook Dake, FNP, to the Gibson Family Health Clinic

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital is pleased to welcome Brook Dake, FNP, as an advanced practice provider in the Gibson Family Health Clinic. 

Brook earned a Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in physiology, a pre-medical degree, from Northern Michigan University. While at NMU, she attended service trips to Nicaragua, where her passion for family medicine was established. She then went on to complete Ferris State University's Accelerated Nursing Program. In January 2017, she earned a Masters Degree from the University of Michigan – Flint’s Nurse Practitioner Program.

Dake has a variety of experience in a number of healthcare facilities across Michigan. After graduating from NMU, she worked as a CNA at Marquette County Medical Care in Ishpeming, MI, Golden Leaves Living Center and North Woods Homecare & Hospice in Newberry, MI. After further education at FSU, she worked as an RN at Spectrum Health in Reed City, MI, a small community hospital. Dake completed clinical rotations at a VA outpatient clinic in Clare, MI, and Marquette Internal Medicine and Pediatric Associates in Marquette, MI. 
Brook graduated from Newberry High School in 2009; she believes NHS prepared her very well for college. “I returned home to give back to the community that has given so much to me,” says Brook. “I appreciate the small town life where people look out for one another. The Upper Peninsula is a unique place and I’m grateful to live and work here.”

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Brook, please call 906.293.9233. 

HNJH Welcomes Dr. Benjamin J. Bryant as General Surgeon

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital welcomes Benjamin J. Bryant MD, FACS to its surgical staff. Dr. Bryant has been treating patients at HNJH since July as a locum and will begin October 1st as a full-time staff member.

Dr. Bryant has been practicing general surgery for nearly 30 years. He obtained his Bachelor of Science at Portland State University and graduated medical school from Oregon Health Sciences University. He completed his residency from Indiana University Medical Center, practicing general surgery. Dr. Bryant began his medical career at Calhoun County Surgical Associates in Battle Creek, MI in 1990. In the early 2000s, he started a private practice in Battle Creek, and recently, was Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff at University Hospitals Medical Practices in Conneaut, Ohio.

Dr. Bryant can perform an upper endoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy as well as hernia repair, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, vasectomy, breast surgery, and a number of other procedures.

“We are grateful to have Dr. Bryant joining our surgical staff,” says Helen Newberry Joy Hospital CEO, Scott Pillion. “He brings with him a great deal of experience and has already made a positive impact on the wellness of our community.”

“I’m excited to be officially joining the surgical staff here at Helen Newberry Joy,” Bryant explained, “over the last few months I have enjoyed working in this close-knit community with providers who truly care about their patients.”

Dr. Bryant has been married to his wife Laura for 44 years. They have 3 daughters and 1 son. He looks forward to being more involved in the health and wellness of the community. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryant, call 906.293.9239.

Jen Lusk, OT, Receives LSVT BIG
® Certification

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital is pleased to announce that Jen Lusk, Occupational Therapist and Director of Rehabilitation Services, has received her LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) BIG certification.

The LSVT BIG program focuses on intensive amplitude-based exercise for the limb motor system and re-education of the sensorimotor system to improve clients function and restore quality of life. Successful communication and movement can build confidence and motivation when facing the challenges of living with neurological disorders. There is hope for those living with Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological conditions (multiple sclerosis, stroke). Because treatment is specialized to each individual, it can help regardless of the stage or severity of the condition.

Lusk, who has been working closely with the Parkinson’s support group, was inspired to earn this certification. “After presenting at a Parkinson’s support group, I felt like there was more that I could do for those with neurological disorders. Earning this certification will allow me to directly impact that community. The LSVT BIG program has been studied for more than 25 years and the positive outcomes have been replicated across the globe. The outcomes are amazing!”  A script for occupational therapy services provided by a physician is needed to begin the program.

For more information about the LSVT BIG program, or to schedule an appointment with Jen,  please call 906.293.9231.

HNJH Receives Level IV Trauma Designation

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital (HNJH) is pleased to share they have received designation as a Level IV Trauma Facility; making them the first hospital in the Upper Peninsula to earn this. As a Level IV Trauma Facility, HNJH becomes a designated part of the State-Wide Trauma System.  The overall goal of the trauma system is to reduce the incidence and severity of injury as well as improve health outcomes for those who are injured.

Sarah Johnson, RN and Emergency Department Director, says, “As the first hospital in the Upper Peninsula to earn this designation, I could not be more proud of our team for the hard work they have put into this process. Staff members went above and beyond to make this happen and we are excited to continue providing the best emergency
care possible.  This designation is just another way we are ensuring patients get the right care they need quickly.”

The State of Michigan provided guidelines, based on American College of Surgeons criteria, for healthcare facilities to achieve certification as a trauma facility. To become verified as a Level IV Trauma Center, HNJH created and enacted policies that were consistent with current standards in trauma care and staff education.

Some of the key components of the designation include:

· Having basic emergency department facilities to implement ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support)
protocols with 24-hour laboratory and radiology coverage.

· Ensuring nursing staff and providers have initial and ongoing training in trauma care.

· Having developed transfer agreements for patients requiring more comprehensive care at a Level I, II, or III Trauma Center.

· Being involved with prevention efforts and having an active outreach program for referring communities.

What does the Level IV Trauma Facility mean for patients? The designation means that critical patients can come to HNJH, be stabilized, and then transferred to a Level I, II, or III facility as necessary. This is similar to what our Emergency Department currently does, but the main difference is the extensive training staff went through to earn this designation.

In the Upper Peninsula, healthcare facilities are geographically further apart, which makes it even more
important to have a clearly defined trauma program.

HNJH Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Building of the Annex
Now Golden Leaves Living Center

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the building of the Luce County Annex, now Golden Leaves Living Center, on Wednesday, May 16 from 1pm-3:30pm in the Golden Leaves Dining Room as part of National Nursing Home week.

“As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the building, we are proud of the impact its presence has had on our community. We are also thankful for those past Trustees, who without their vision, we would not be able to celebrate such a milestone,” remarks Scott Pillion, HNJH CEO.

Now Golden Leaves Living Center, the Annex was constructed in 1988 with the support of community members. The Hospital Board of Trustees during construction were Delbert Musgrave, Lois Michelin, Donald Pentland, Joan Clark, Christine Elsner, Howard Fuller, Robert D. Gibson, MD, Ernest Hetrick, Thomas W. Hicks, Jack Lee, D.J. Massoglia, Sharon Pelletier, and Nancy Quick. While the “Annex” has been in existence for much longer, this celebration commemorates 30 years of the current building.

HNJH Receives Donation from Newberry Lions Club

The Newberry Lions Club awarded Lynn Kihm, RN, CDE, Care Coordinator and Diabetes Specialist for Helen Newberry Joy Hospital and Healthcare Center, with a $100 donation to the Diabetes Grant Programs.

Lynn recently presented to the Lions Club regarding the programs she facilitates. After hearing her presentation, the Lions Club decided to pay it forward by donating the prize money won for their participation in the Newberry Christmas Parade.  Tina Brown of the Newberry Lions Club presented the check to Lynn.

HNJH Convenient Care Clinic Merging with Gibson Family Health Clinic

Effective Monday, April 23rd the Convenient Care Clinic will merge with the Gibson Family Health Clinic. Patients can expect a continuity of their medical care as the Gibson Family Health Clinic will be scheduling same-day appointments, extending hours Monday - Thursday until 6pm, and treating patients on weekends and holidays. To read the press release with more information, visit

New clinic hours will be:
Monday - Thursday: 8AM-6PM
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 8AM-4PM

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital Welcomes New Advanced Practice Provider to Our Healthcare Team

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Jackie Donovan, FNP as an advanced practice provider in the Gibson Family Health Center beginning April 2nd. To read the press release visit,