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HNJH Receives Photo Donation from the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital is excited to announce a partnership with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals to provide artwork throughout the hallways and various departments of the facility. The photographs are intended to provide color and an atmosphere of compassion where healing is encouraged. The hospital’s Patient and Family Engagement Committee spearheaded the project.

The HNJH Patient and Family Engagement Committee is made up of hospital employees and community members who meet quarterly and discuss patient and family experiences, how we deliver care to patients, materials we give to patients and families, and the facility design. By working together to improve the quality and safety of hospital care, the committee’s primary goal is to ensure that patients get the best care for their condition in a safe environment and patients and families have good experiences and feel supported while they are in the hospital.

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is a non-profit organization that provides the framed art at no charge to the facility. The unique mission of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is to place large, framed photographs of nature and beautiful places from around the world in hospitals to give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors, and caregivers. Studies show that nature art has a beneficial effect on relieving a patient’s stress and anxiety. Foundation Founder, Elaine Poggi, who is also a contributing photographer states, “I have been given a gift: I am aware of and can see the world’s beauty all around me.  I capture this beauty with my camera, and then my greatest joy is to share it with those who are suffering in hospitals.”  Since the Foundations creation in 2002, they have placed over 7,000 photos in more than 400 healthcare facilities on all 7 continents. For more information on the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, visit their website

HNJH Receives Superior Health Foundation Grant

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital is pleased to announce we have been awarded a grant from the Superior Health Foundation to purchase Diabetic Retinopathy Telehealth equipment. Diabetic Retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults in the US. 

It is estimated that more than 40% of diabetics 40 years or older have diabetic retinopathy.  Many of these patients will progress to an advanced, vision threatening form of the disease.  However, with appropriate screening, early detection, and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, the vision loss can be reduced by 90-95%. 

The grant will enable Helen Newberry Joy Hospital to purchase digital retinal imaging hardware to conduct Diabetic Retinopathy screenings locally in the Gibson Family Health Clinic. These images will then be reviewed by a qualified eye care specialist. This will save patients travel, time, and money previously spent to get to these appointments making it more likely they will obtain a screening and less likely to suffer vision impairment.

“It is of the utmost importance for anyone with diabetes to get an annual eye exam,” says Joe Johnson, Chief Nursing Officer at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital. “While there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy today, vision loss can be lessened with early diagnosis and proper treatment from an eye care professional. This generous grant will enable us to implement the Helen Newberry Joy Hospital Diabetic Retinopathy Telehealth Project.” 

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.

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,