Recent News

SHF Establishes Run For Life Organ Donation Fund

The Superior Health Foundation, in cooperation with U.P. Run For Life, has established a “Run For Life Organ Donation Fund” to assist qualifying organ transplant patients and organ donors in the Upper Peninsula with out-of-pocket expenses. Read More…

Online Application
Download PDF Application
SHF Gift Form
TV Coverage of Organ Donation Fund

SHF awards mini-grants to four regional agencies.

The Superior Health Foundation presented mini-grants to four Upper Peninsula non-profits in early February. Pictured, from left, are Laura Jarvi, Superior Health Foundation; Kayla West, a member of the SHF Community Needs and Grants Committee ; Sheri Davie, Chair of the Community Needs and Grants Committee and member of the SHF Board of Directors; Marj Klein, representing AMCAB; Shelby Bischoff, Dr. Bruce Seely, John Marshall and Carolyn Severson, members of the SHF Board of Directors; Jim LaJoie, executive director of the SHF; Dr. Dan Arnold, President of the SHF Board of Directors; Joan Haara, representing RSVP; Greg Toutant and Andy Chosa, representing Great Lakes Recovery Centers; and Lori Stephens-Brown, representing AMCAB.

The Superior Health Foundation is pleased to announce that four health-centered organizations from across the region are the recipients of more than $7,300 in mini-grant monies awarded in January.

“We’re very pleased to get our mini grants up in running, but we’re even more pleased to put dollars into the hands of organizations that need philanthropic funding for a number of very worthwhile programs,” said Jim LaJoie, executive director of the Superior Health Foundation. “The Superior Health Foundation is committed to awarding $25,000 in annual mini grants, so this is a wonderful way to kick off our gift-giving.”

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Superior Health Foundation, U.P. health departments launch U.P. Breast Health Fund

Press event at Marquette County Health Department details U.P.-wide Breast Health Fund and how patients can apply for funding.

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The Superior Health Foundation has added a new director to its Board of Directors.

SHF welcomes Bruce E. Seely, Ph.D., the Dean of the College of Sciences and Arts at Michigan Tech University, to its board.

A resident of Houghton, Dr. Seely receives his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from St. Lawrence University and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in History of Technology from the University of Delaware.

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Breast Health Fund Officially Launched

Breast Health Fund Letter of Understanding
Online Application
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Media coverage of the press conference:

ABC 10 Video
TV6 Video
Mining Journal Story

Additional ABC 10 Video Coverage (4/01/14)


SHF thankful for donor support


The Superior Health Foundation is very thankful to those listed below who philanthropically supported its end-of-the-year appeal. The SHF staff and Board of Directors is very appreciative and humbled by the tremendous support. If interesting in supporting SHF with a philanthropic gift, please see the info below:

To date, $26,576.49 raised!

GOLD   ($1,000 or more)

Dr. Daniel and Constance Arnold, Marquette

Dr. Adam and Pat Brish, Marquette

Bob Cowell and Kathleen Olivier, Big Bay

Dr. Mike and Emily Coyne, Marquette

Judy Farrell, Marquette

Martha Glatus, Cooks

Dr. Jim and Kathleen Keplinger, Marquette

Esther Kivisto, Marquette

Jim and Kim LaJoie, Negaunee

Turner Construction, Detroit

Mick and Judy Vonck, Marquette


SILVER   ($500-$999)

John Whitney, Marquette

Gary and Helen LaPlant, Gladstone

June Schaeffer, Pelkie


COPPER ($250-$499)

Dr. Marc and Rene Himes, Negaunee

Col Bernadette Reider, Marquette

Ernie LaJoie, Negaunee

IRON  ($249 and under)

Dr. Amy Bolmer, Leeland

Dan and Lisa Jahnke, Marquette

Dr. Miles and Nancy Mattson, Marquette

Judy Watson Olson, Gwinn

Steve and Joni Peffers, Gwinn

Steve Perucco, Negaunee

Burns and Carolyn Severson, Champion

Dr. William  and Rita Short, Marquette

Dr. Richard and Beth Stanchina, Marquette

John and Donna Marshall, Marquette


Who is eligible for the Superior Circle? Anyone who gifts to the SHF will be automatically granted membership. All those who give a gift will receive a complimentary holiday ornament, as a sign of our appreciation.

If interested in gifting to the Superior Health Foundation through automatic bank withdrawals, click  here. SHF Debit Authorization form

                                                          Gift Form

As the SHF increases its reach to include the entire Upper Peninsula, your gift will be used to help our team carry out the SHF mission by facilitating the connection of your gift to those in need.

Current initiatives receiving SHF funding include:

  • awareness campaign for the devastating effects drugs and alcohol have on unborn children;
  • breast health fund, to help pay uncovered medical expenses associated with breast health (see story on home page)
  • access to resources for families struggling with obesity.
  • organ donation funding to help transplant patients and donors with out of pocket medical expenses

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What are the different Superior Circle levels? Just as the minerals native to the Upper Peninsula fostered economic growth, your gift will strengthen our region as it improves the health of residents. The four levels (Gold, Silver, Copper and Iron) and their incentives are:

GOLD ($1,000 or more)

Superior Treatment

Recognition on the SHF website

Recognition in SHF newsletter

SILVER ($500-$999)

Superior Treatment

Recognition on the SHF website

Recognition in SHF newsletter

COPPER ($250-$499)

Superior Treatment

Recognition on the SHF website

Recognition in SHF newsletter

IRON ($249 and under)

Superior Treatment

Recognition on the SHF website

Recognition in SHF newsletter

SHF Launches Mini-Grants for 2014

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Click Here for the Application

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SHF Partnering with Camp STAR on Annual Golf Outing

The Superior Health Foundation is proud to announce that it will partner with Camp STAR on its annual golf outing...

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2014 Golf Registration Form

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Drug Addicted Baby Awareness

Drug abuse, both prescription and illicit, has risen to epic proportions throughout the United States. Also on the rise is the number of babies born addicted to these drugs. At Marquette General’s NICU, there were 67 cases of addicted infants treated last year.
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