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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.

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.

United Healthcare Partners Strengthens Hospital Leadership Teams Through Combined Corporate Suite
UHP Corporate Suite

Kim Gentner, Angela McConnachie, Dan Babcock, Jim Singles, Hilda Hebberd

In a continued effort to strengthen healthcare services in Sanilac County, Marlette Regional Hospital and Deckerville Community Hospital, as affiliates of United Healthcare Partners (UHP), are pleased to announce the joining of their hospital leadership teams. The affiliation between Deckerville and Marlette hospitals began over a year ago working in partnership under one United Healthcare Partners governing Board of Directors. "This decision is a natural progression in the affiliation when you work closely between two facilities with common service offerings and share a common governing board," shares UHP Board of Directors President Chris Clark. "By consolidating the leadership teams, the hospitals can realize cost savings, integrate best practices, and better address the Region’s health needs."

  • The UHP Board of Directors appointed Dan Babcock to serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for both facilities. Dan has been with Marlette Regional Hospital for over 20 years and has served as the hospital’s CEO for the last nine years. Dan will have overall responsibility for both hospitals and will continue to advocate for rural health to State legislators in Lansing.
    "We recognize that this is a big change for not only our hospitals, but our communities as well. We also realize that in order to grow and remain independent, we have to embrace change and move away from the way things have always been done."
  • Deckerville’s CEO and Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Angela McConnachie was appointed to serve as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) for both hospitals, a new position for both facilities. Angela has been with Deckerville Community Hospital for over 15 years and has served as and the hospital’s CEO and CNO for the last three- and one-half years. Angela will have responsibility for both hospitals’ ancillary, ambulatory, and support services.
    "The full transition to this new arrangement will take time to work through, but we’re excited to join leadership teams in this new capacity. Providing oversight to like services at both hospital facilities should help us realize efficiencies, cost savings, and improved strategic vision for the benefit of both communities."
  • Marlette’s Clinical Services Director Hilda Hebberd was appointed to serve as the CNO for both hospitals. Hilda will have responsibility for nursing services at both facilities including surgical, emergency, acute, nursing home, hospice, and clinical support services.
  • Deckerville’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kim Gentner was appointed to serve as the CFO for both facilities. She will be working closely alongside Marlette’s current CFO, Jim Singles, for the next several months as he transitions to retirement this summer. Kim will have responsibility for financial services including billing and health records for both facilities.

"It is United Healthcare’s desire to have both of these hospitals remain independently owned and retain local control over the healthcare services provided at both facilities," Chris Clark adds. "By having this new, united leadership team working together in unison, the community can gain added confidence that the decisions that are made are in the best interest of both hospitals and the communities they serve."

For more information, please visit www.marletteregionalhospital.org.

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