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United Healthcare Partners Announces New CEO
Angeie McConnachie (left) stepping into her new role as CEO while shaking hands with Dan Babcock

After a fulfilling career, Daniel Babcock, United Healthcare Partners CEO will be retiring on January 1, 2023. United Healthcare Partners (UHP) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Angie McConnachie has been named Chief Executive Officer. McConnachie has served as Chief Operating Officer of UHP since 2020, prior to which she served as CEO of Deckerville Community Hospital. Dave Messing, United Healthcare Partners Chairman says, "We warmly welcome Angie to her new role, and we are confident our organizations will continue to prosper and grow under her strong leadership."

McConnachie earned an Associate degree from SC4 and enjoyed working as an ER/Med-Surg RN. She received her BSN and MSN in Administration and Leadership from Western Governors University, followed by a certification in Healthcare Compliance. Born and raised in the thumb, McConnachie went to Deckerville High School and has worked at Deckerville Community Hospital for over 18 years. Angie and her husband Jason have three children and enjoys watching kids play sports, reading, and just spending time outside.

"I am excited and honored to take on the role of CEO for United Healthcare Partners," said McConnachie. "We have an amazing team and community support. I have worked in rural health for over 20 years, it is something that is very important to me. Healthcare never stops changing, but I look forward to building on our strong foundation as we continue to evolve to support the future needs of our communities. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work with such talented people to ensure we provide the best healthcare possible."

About United Healthcare Partners... In 2018, Marlette Regional Hospital and Deckerville Community Hospital solidified an affiliation agreement known as United Healthcare Partners (UHP). In 2022 The Heartlands Marlette Senior Living became the third affiliate of UHP. A comprehensive Board of Directors serve our hospitals and our communities to ensure that the organizations are used in the greatest interest of the people they serve.

For the latest updates at Deckerville Community Hospital, call 810-376-2835, visit www.deckervillehosp.org, or "Like" Deckerville Community Hospital on Facebook. For the latest updates at Marlette Regional Hospital, call 989-635-4000, visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org, or "Like" Marlette Regional Hospital on Facebook.

Deckerville Community Hospital Elects New Medical Director
Brian Tweddle, DO and DCH Medical Director

Brian Tweddle, DO was recently elected by the Medical Staff as the new Medical Director of Deckerville Community Hospital. He will provide administrative leadership and clinical direction for the hospital. He has been a part of the Emergency Room Staff for the past 3 years and has a passion for rural medicine as he grew up in a semi-rural area. "I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work and help in a small community that makes everyone feel appreciated and valued!", stated Dr. Tweddle.

Dr. Tweddle graduated from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at McLaren Oakland Regional Medical Center, Pontiac. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Alma College. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, and the Emergency Medicine Residents Association.

Dr. Tweddle is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending time with his amazing wife of 16 years, his 2 sons and his daughter. He loves biking and conquering MTB trails, whenever possible. As a family they adore their 2 Golden Retrievers, a 15-year-old and a nine-month-old who are half-sisters. He is also a hobby craft beer brewer and collector.

"As a small rural hospital, we are pleased and fortunate to have someone of Dr, Tweddle’s caliber as our Medical Director. With physicians like Dr. Tweddle leading our organization, we are getting the same quality of care and leadership that larger organizations have. We look forward to his leadership skills making us better for our patients and communities.", shared Dan Babcock, CEO, United Healthcare Partners.

Malorie McVittie, MD, Pediatrician and Internal Medicine Physician Joins United Healthcare Partners
Dr. McVittie and children.

United Healthcare Partners welcomes Malorie McVittie, MD to its medical staff to provide pediatric and internal medicine services in Deckerville and Marlette.

Dr. McVittie obtained her Doctorate from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She completed her residency in pediatrics and internal medicine at Spectrum Health Residency Program, Grand Rapids. Dr. McVittie also holds a BS in Genomics and Molecular Genetics from Michigan State University.

She is a Deckerville native and graduated from Deckerville High School. Dr. McVittie resides in the area with her husband Seth and their children; Finley, Tessa, and Nolan.

"We have a lot of family and friends in the area that have supported and encouraged us over the years, and it is such a blessing to come home. We are excited for our kids to be loved the way we were growing up here," says Malorie McVittie, MD. "I felt called to use my talents where they would be beneficial and needed here where we grew up."

Dr. McVittie is providing pediatric and internal medicine services at United Pediatrics and Internal Medicine Services (Deckerville Healthcare Services), 2433 Black River St., Deckerville on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and on Tuesday at, 2750 Main St., Ste 6, Marlette. To make an appointment with Dr. McVittie for either location call 810-376-2885.

"United Healthcare Partners is pleased to offer pediatric and internal medicine services to serve both of our communities and beyond. Her combination of pediatrics and internal medicine will be a great compliment to the services we currently provide," states Dan Babcock, United Healthcare Partners, CEO.

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Visitor Restrictions Extended
All Non-Essential Medical Services Resume at
Deckerville and Marlette Hospitals

Governor Whitmer’s repeal of Executive Order 2020-17, the temporary postponement of elective/non-essential medical procedures, is a positive step for the health and wellness of residents and our Thumb Area communities. Effective May 29, all non-essential medical services and procedures for non-COVID patients will resume at Deckerville Community Hospital and Marlette Regional Hospital, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners.

These hospitals began to re-engage operations earlier this month to allow for time-sensitive procedures and in-office visits in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s directives, but this repeal will allow both hospitals to restore all outpatient testing and surgical procedures. The safety of our patients and staff continues to be our #1 priority and we will continue to take extraordinary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Patients can expect to be screened upon arrival COVID-19 symptoms. Patients will also be asked to wear a mask during their visit; if the patient does not have a mask, one will be provided. Staff will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to the start of their workday. The number of patients scheduled for in-office visits and services will continue to be limited each day to allow for social distancing, so visits may take longer than normal. Visitor restrictions remain in place at this time, so patients should not bring a guest with them unless they are accompanying a minor, are a legal guardian, or are exercising power of attorney.

For more information about services at Deckerville Community Hospital, please call 810-376-2835 or browse our website. For more information about services at Marlette Regional Hospital, please call 989-635-4000 or visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.

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