MARQUETTE, MI--   Officials with U.P. Health System Marquette updated city officials on plans for a new hospital on Baraga Avenue.  

UPHS Market President Jim Bogan told the City Commission Monday night the 265-bed building will cost more than $300 million to construct.  Groundbreaking is set for May 1 of next year, and should take about 28 months to complete.  Completion is scheduled for early 2018.

Bogan says UPHS is moving forward with finalizing the purchase agreement, site approval, and making public the site plans. 

Numbers on organ donor registry up in MI

Jul 27, 2015

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has announced that 52 percent of Michigan adults are registered as organ donors.

Johnson said Saturday in Detroit that the Michigan Organ Donor Registry now stands at more than four million people.

Two million people have added their names to the registry over the past four years. About 85 percent of those who register sign up through the Secretary of State's office.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A University of Michigan study says Medicaid recipients had an easier time scheduling a primary care appointment after Michigan's expansion of Medicaid insurance to hundreds of thousands low-income adults under the federal health law.  

Research released Wednesday says 49 percent of clinics offered an appointment to researchers posing as patients before the April 2014 expansion. Fifty-five percent of clinics offered an appointment after.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Members of the Marquette Fire Department are hitting the streets to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 

The annual Fill the Boot campaign will include 24 firefighters, who will stand at intersections across Marquette and collect money in their footwear.  Funds gathered will be used to help those with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and other related life-threatening diseases in the Marquette area. 

Firefighters will fill the boot Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following four intersections: 

No decision yet on marijuana oil as autism treatment

Jul 21, 2015

LANSING, MI (AP)--   A meeting to decide whether autism should be recommended as a condition for medical marijuana ended without a vote. 

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Review Panel postponed action Monday to give members more time to study hundreds of pages of research. The group will meet again July 31.

Supporters say oil extracted from marijuana has been effective in controlling severe physical behavior of children with an extreme form of autism. The oil is taken by mouth.