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Two unlikely and innovative U.P. organizations partner to increase COVID-19 vaccine access across the central U.P.

UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (January 18, 2021) – Anyone who knows the Upper Peninsula appreciates the resilience of the people and companies across our region who never think twice about working together to meet any challenge. This week two U.P. companies, mBank and Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH), are innovatively collaborating to administer COVID-19 vaccines to community members.

When mBank CEO and President Kelly George learned about Schoolcraft’s need, he did not hesitate to offer the hospital access to mBank’s Manistique Business Center. It will serve as an alternate administration site on cold, weather-inclement days when vaccinations cannot otherwise be given at the drive-through clinic. This partnership provides even more access to the COVID-19 vaccine for residents in the five-county service area of Delta, Schoolcraft, Alger, Luce and Mackinac. With creative collaboration like this, it’s no wonder the Upper Peninsula is leading the way with vaccinations compared to other parts of the state.

George says, “I could have never imagined using a bank facility in a capacity like this, but we’re honored to do our part to make it easier for our community to get vaccinated. We will continue to do anything we can to work towards mitigating this ongoing pandemic.”

Robert Crumb, CEO of SMH says, “While a bank may seem like an unlikely location to receive a vaccine, the Business Center is easily accessible for community members and has the right space we need to administer the vaccines safely, despite weather disruptions.”

SMH has a limited supply of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines available for those in the eligible priority groups in Schoolcraft, Delta, Alger, Luce and Mackinac counties. Those interested in signing up to receive the vaccines can use SMH’s Online Scheduler or visit the SMH website to learn more.

About mBank
Headquartered in Manistique, Michigan, mBank is a community bank proudly serving Michigan and Northern Wisconsin with 28 branch locations. mBank is committed to providing exceptional, innovative financial products and services to the communities, employees and shareholders it serves. The company is passionate about empowering small businesses and giving back to organizations within the communities it serves.

About Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) is an independent state-of-the-art, 12-bed, critical access facility in Manistique, Michigan. SMH has been recognized as a top performer in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers. SMH currently has a 4-star rating with Hospital Compare, a CMS overall rating of patient quality.

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