2013-07-25 / Community

SMH receives award

MRC recognition goes to employee at event

MANISTIQUE – Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital recently took home the Outstanding Medical Reserve Corps Housing Award. Nationally, there are 986 MRC Corps with approximately 209,594 volunteers.

Cathy Flores, emergency services coordinator of Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, was presented the award by officers from the Office of Public Health Preparedness from Washington, D.C.

The award was selected by The Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps and was presented to Flores at a recent training summit in Virginia. Flores received a scholarship to travel to Virginia to accept the award.

The Outstanding MRC Housing Organization Award honors MRC housing organizations that serve as host agencies to their units by supporting and advocating on behalf of the MRC, helping to integrate the units into the local communities’ public health and preparedness infrastructure. SMH was selected above and beyond all other nominees from across the USA.

Public Information Officer for Schoolcraft County MRC, Sharla Kimmel, said the Schoolcraft County MRC unit nominated Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital for their willingness to support the group by providing meeting space, storage of materials, and the willingness to encourage the group to participate in local health related activities.

MRC was organized in 2003 – the first MRC unit in the entire Upper Peninsula and, now, only one of two in the region.

MRC volunteers supplement existing emergency and public health resources and include practicing and retired health care professionals, physicians, nurses, emergency medical services, students in the health profession and others who do not have a health background. All volunteers are trained, at a minimum, to provide basic life support and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and in basic first aid skills.

Members of the MRC unit can benefit the community by knowing their role during an emergency.

The Schoolcraft County Unit of MRC is looking for new volunteers. If interested, contact Cathy Flores at 341-3232 or Sharla Kimmel at 341-1136.

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