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FREE Block Party to Celebrate Tenth Anniversary
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Fort Gratiot, MI
... In honor of ten years serving St. Clair County, Mercy Health Center and Sanctuary at Mercy Village, located in Fort Gratiot Township, are pleased to host a blowout block party for the entire community.

The day's events will include food, fun and festivities for children of all ages. Facility tours and educational events will be held at both the Sanctuary at Mercy Village and Mercy Health Center. The community is invited to participate in a number of activities, including:

• FREE Hot Dogs, Drinks, Popcorn, Cotton Candy and Fruit
• The Wonderful Sounds of the New Horizons Band
• Zoom In & See the #11 FedEx Racing Car
• Safety First: Get an Up-Close Look at a Fort Gratiot Township Fire Truck, Tri-Hospital EMS Ambulance, and a St. Clair County Sheriff Department Cruiser
• Tour Lakeshore Surgery Center, LLP, and its Surgical Suites
• Clowns, Face Painting and Balloon Animals
• Children's Inflatable Play Area
• Wagon Rides
• Lifestyle and Wellness Educational Seminars

Catch it if you can.... A show car for NASCAR's Number 11 FedEx Express Toyota will be on public display. Everyone is invited to check out the Toyota Camry, which is managed by Joe Gibbs Racing, and take photos. Joe Gibbs Racing specialists will also be on hand to answer questions.

Mercy Health Center will host a series of health seminars on topics including: Understanding Pain Management Options, presented by Wasif Hussain, MD; Colorectal Cancer Screening and Endoscopy, presented by Dawn Morey, DO; and Achy-Breaky Joint Effort, presented by Mary Jo West, RN.

Sanctuary at Mercy Village will also host lifestyle seminars, including: Laughter: It Really Is The Best Medicine, presented by Sister Kathleen Wood; The Fresh Food Approach to Living, presented by Sanctuary at Mercy Village Dining Services; and a Wine Tasting session, presented by McCallum's Orchard. These educational sessions will be held throughout the day, with time and location information available at the event.

"We are really looking forward to this exciting event," comments Lynn Burgett, Administrator for Mercy Health Center and Lakeshore Surgery Center, LLP. "We began planning in February and think we've really put together an outstanding celebration for the entire community."

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital began building Mercy Health Center on M-25 in Fort Gratiot Township in 1998 and opened the doors to the outpatient ambulatory center in May of 2001. The first of its kind in St. Clair County, the center included a stand-alone outpatient surgery center, one of only two such centers in the state of Michigan at the time of opening.

In 2000, Trinity Senior Living Communities broke ground on Sanctuary at Mercy Village, a seniors residence designed for both independent and assisted living. "We hosted approximately 580 residents since we opened in June 2001," comments Maura Koppel, Administrator for Sanctuary at Mercy Village. "We will be celebrating community at this event. It's simply wonderful being part of the Blue Water area where everyone knows one another, and not only cares for each other, but look for ways to help each other.

"This 10th Anniversary celebration is very exciting for our residents and staff," Koppel concludes, "because so many have lived and worked here in the past 10 years. This truly is a family celebration and we want everyone to come out and join us."

"In addition to free food, music and giveaways, participants will also receive a special free gift," continues Burgett. "This is just one of our little ways of saying thanks to our friends and neighbors throughout the township and into the Thumb region."

Mercy Health Center is located at 4190 24th Avenue, and Sanctuary at Mercy Village is located at 4170 24th Avenue, with the building complex, just south of Lowe's Home Improvement Store on M-25, in Fort Gratiot Township.

The free event will be held from 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday, August 20; ample parking is available. No registration is necessary. To learn more about the event, call toll-free 1-888-637-2963. To learn more about the programs and services available at Mercy Health Center and Sanctuary at Mercy Village, visit St. Joseph Mercy Hospital online at or

Watch for up-to-the-minute event updates by visiting St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron on both facebook and twitter.

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St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.

St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron (SJMPH)
Founded in 1954 by the Religious Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, MI, is a 119-bed acute care, community-based hospital providing adult medical/surgical services; emergency care; cancer care; cardiac care; inpatient rehabilitation services, including stroke care; orthopedics and joint replacement; and a vast number of other outpatient testing, health, and medical services. As a not-for-profit hospital, SJMPH reinvests all profits back into the communities we serve, while providing patients with the utmost compassion and care. SJMPH was recently awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission and was provided the "Gold Seal of Approval". SJMPH's cancer program was named "best in cancer care" and was the first hospital in St. Clair County to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons [2008]. St. Joseph Mercy is only the second hospital in the state of Michigan to offer access to partial knee robotic surgery and is the only hospital in the entire Thumb region to provide specialized services for seniors in need of emergency department treatment. SJMPH is located in St. Clair County and the Thumb Region, northeast of Detroit, Michigan. St. Joseph Mercy Hospital is a member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. For more information, visit:

Trinity Senior Living Communities (TSLC)
A non-profit senior housing and nursing care organization headquartered in Livonia, MI. TSLC owns and manages 32 communities in Michigan, Indiana, Maryland and Iowa, and offers Independent Living apartments, Assisted Living apartments, Memory Care, Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation services. Serving more than 35,000 seniors a year, TSLC is a member of Trinity Health, the fourth largest Catholic health system in the country. To learn more, visit

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