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(Press Release provided by Munson Healthcare)

NORTHERN MICHIGAN: Munson Healthcare has recognized three individuals who were instrumental in the formation and development of the Northern Michigan Diabetes Intitiative (NMDI).

Community Health Hero Awards were presented to Marcia Bartlett, manager of Ambulatory Physician Practices; Diane Butler, retired manager of Munson Medical Center Community Health; and Steve Lamie, M.D., an internal medicine specialist with a special interest in diabetes prevention and treatment.

The Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative was founded in 2006 as a collaborative effort between Munson Healthcare, Priority Health, Northern Michigan’s Diabetes Outreach Network, and numerous stakeholders and community partners in a 12-county region.

All three honorees devoted significant time and energy to helping NMDI evolve and grow by focusing on three key areas – patients, providers, and community prevention. They helped ensure the success of this long-standing initiative by actively engaging physicians, educating others, and encouraging collaboration and partnership across northern Michigan.

The award was presented by the Munson Healthcare Community Health Committee.

“NMDI is one of our great success stories,” said Dan Johnson, chair of the Munson Healthcare Community Health Committee. “We still have work to do to prevent diabetes and help those with diabetes successfully manage their disease. But the efforts of these founding members have resulted in all-time high diabetes education referrals, increased community awareness and diabetes screening, and support for those managing all types of diabetes. We are very pleased to honor them and recognize their contributions to improving health in our communities.”

More information on the Community Health Hero Award, as well as past winners, is available at

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