Alpena hospital to raise funds at dinner Feb. 29

News Photo by Mike Gonzalez Silverware and water glasses are seen on tables in the Phoenix Room at JJ’s Steak and Pizza House on Friday. A fundraising dinner for MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena’s new coronary intervention program happens in that room Feb. 29.

ALPENA — MyMichigan Health, the Midland-based owner of the Alpena hospital, will host a fundraising dinner called Doctors Without Orders later this month to collect funds for a new heart treatment in Alpena.

The event, from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 29 at JJ’s Steak and Pizza House, will feature a 50/50 raffle, live music, a custom short menu, and waitstaff fully comprised of local medical providers such as doctors and surgeons from MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena, Alcona Health Center, and other providers.

All tips will go toward the Alpena hospital’s new Emergency Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Program, which launched Oct. 23 for patients suffering from ST-elevation myocardial infarctions.

“Doctors Without Orders allows the medical community and our neighbors to come together and enjoy an evening of fun, food, and philanthropy while supporting our new STEMI heart program that will assist our community greatly,” Ann Diamond, development director of the MyMichigan Health Foundation, said in a statement.

There is no ticket or fee to attend the evening dinner, but attendees must register for the night and pay for their own meal at the end of the event. During registration, patrons must also choose which entree they will have.

Those interested in registering should visit doctorswithoutorders.splashthat.com, call 989-356-7351, or email ann.diamond@mymichigan.org.

“We are thrilled that so many medical professionals from throughout the county have volunteered to participate,” Diamond said in the statement. “We’re all looking forward to a truly enjoyable night and thank Jon Benson of JJ’s Steak and Pizza House for hosting this event!”

Before MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena received certification to perform STEMI heart surgery, Northeast Michigan patients with STEMI had to go to other hospitals to reestablish blood flow to their heart.

MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena President Mike Erickson said the hospital has completed 11 PCI procedures since the program launched in the fall.

The hospital wants to apply to also perform non-STEMI and elective heart operations, which requires that MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena complete 36 STEMI procedures within 12 months and that the hospital keeps the program up for 12 months.

“What I’m proud about is that 11 people’s lives are saved,” Erickson previously told The News. “That’s a big deal to us. Eleven people have had a positive outcome with us because the vessel could be opened up right here in town. I’d say that’s number one for me.”


∫ WHAT: Doctors Without Orders

∫ WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 29

∫ WHERE: JJ’s Steak and Pizza House, 411 N. 2nd Ave., Alpena

∫ HOW MUCH: Free admission, but attendees pay for their own dinner

∫ INFO: The event acts as a fundraiser for MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena’s Emergency Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Program. Doctors and other medical providers will act as servers and all tips will go to the hospital. Visit doctorswithoutorders.splashthat.com, call 989-356-7351, or email ann.diamond@mymichigan.org to register for the event.


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