Community Education

Otsego Memorial Hospital offers a number of on-going health education programs, as well as seminars offered in response to community need. Please see our calendar of events for upcoming classes and support groups.

Advance Directive

April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions day and we would like to encourage employees to consider completing their advance directives. Recording your health care choices can be invaluable if you are ever in a situation where someone else has to make decisions for you. Provide your family/friends with this gift of information so they could confidently honor your wishes if the need arose. Patient advocate forms are available at the hospital information desk and at all the physician offices or you can download the Advance Directive and Patient Advocate Form from here.

Breastfeeding Class, Support, and Consultation

The OMH Birthing Center offers a breastfeeding class several times throughout the year. Partners are encouraged to attend. For more information, please call (989) 731-2111.

Breastfeeding mothers may contact our experienced nursing staff at any time with questions about breastfeeding, or about postpartum breastfeeding concerns. Please call (989) 731-2112 to speak with a nurse regarding your concerns.

Childbirth Education

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A variety of courses, taught by an OMH Birthing Center registered nurse, are offered to expectant parents throughout the year. In addition to learning Lamaze breathing exercises, muscle tone exercises, and relaxation techniques, new parents will also receive instruction on caring for the new baby, breastfeeding, postpartum care of mom, Cesarean birth, testing done during the third trimester, nutrition, labor and delivery, and a tour of the OMH Birthing Center. The cost is $50 per couple, and Health Department vouchers are accepted.

Registration is encouraged by the 20th week of pregnancy. Please register early. Why should you sign up for childbirth education classes? 10 Reasons to Take Childbirth Classes (PDF)

For more information, please call (989) 731-2111

Car Seat Safety

An important parental responsibility begins with the selection and proper installation of a child safety seat. This responsibility begins the moment you bring your baby home and continues every car ride thereafter. To schedule an inspection or for more information about this service, call (989) 731-2111.

Diabetes Education

Diabetes education is an important part of successfully managing diabetes. At OMH we are pleased to provide a certified and recognized  Diabetes Self-Management Education program taught by a certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian. Topics covered include: diet, exercise and activity, glucose monitoring and medications, as well as an overview of what diabetes is and other self-care recommendations. 

Classes are offered monthly, individual sessions as needed, and are covered by most insurances.  Contact Jill Moore, RN, CDE at (989) 731-7872 to register or for more information.

Information on diabetes may also be found at the Northern Michigan Diabetes Initiative website.

Freedom from Smoking Online

The American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking program, which already has helped thousands of smokers quit for good, is now available online!

Freedom From Smoking Online is an interactive course designed to educate and modify the behavior patterns of a smoker. The cessation program can be accessed day or night, 7 days a week, on any schedule the smoker chooses. No waiting lists in this program — it's ready whenever a smoker wants to start the process of quitting, and it's free of charge.

Freedom From Smoking Online, like all Freedom From Smoking materials , is based on developing positive behavior change, building a support network, and focusin on effective relaxation and weight loss strategies after quitting.

For more information, visit online, or call 1-800-LUNG-USA. To register for the clinic, click here.


LEAP (Learning to Eat right, get Active, and reach your Potential) is a program designed to provide support and education to children whose weight and activity level places them at a risk for premature diseases such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, elevated lipids, or other chronic conditions.

Normal growth and development are supported during the duration of the proram, while ultimately trying to decrease the Body Mass Index (BMI). The program is designed for children ages 2 to 18.

For more information about the program, please visit the LEAP section of our website (complete with success story!), call the OMH Family Practice office at (989) 731-7860, or download the brochure: LEAP (PDF).

Nutrition Services

Nutrition services are provided by our Registered Dietician, with extensive experience in health promotion and nutrition care. Medical Nutrition Therapy is the individual assessment and nutrition care planning for specific medical conditions. Nutrition classes offer more general help and guidance towards healthy eating with the emphasis on behavior modification. Referral from a physician or other licensed healthcare professional is required. Please call (989) 731-2247 for more information.

Speakers Bureau

Professional healthcare providers are available to speak to groups and businesses on a variety of health topics. For more information, please call the OMH Foundation & Marketing Director at (989) 731-2342.

Wellness Wednesdays

Wellness Wednesday is a Walk-In Health Screening that is offered on the first Wednesday of most months in the main hospital lobby. This screening includes:

  • Total Cholesterol
  • HDL
  • Glucose Level
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) Score
  • Body Muscle & Fat Percentage
  • Blood Pressure & Heart Rate
  • Triglycerides & LDL (if fasting)

Participants will receive all results and a screening card at the time of the screening. Results take about 15 minutes and include a personalized health consultation by an OMH Registered Nurse. The cost of this screening is only $15 per person.

See our Events Calendar for the next opportunity or contact the Community Health Education Office at (989) 731-7718 to learn more.

Worksite Wellness

Worksite Wellness is an onsite health screening that is offered at the convenience of your worksite. This screening includes the following:

  • Obesity:
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Fat and Muscle Percentages
  • Diabetes:
  • Blood Glucose
  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Fat and Muscle Percentages
  • Cardiovascular Disease:
  • Blood Pressure
  • Heart Rate Blood
  • Glucose Level
  • Total Cholesterol
  • High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Level
  • Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Level (if fasting)
  • Triglyceride Level (if fasting)
  • HDL / Total Cholesterol Ratio
  • Body Mass Index

Participants will receive all results and a screening card at the time of the screening. Results take about 15 minutes and includes a personalized health consultation by an OMH Registered Nurse. All results are completely confidential. Basic screening costs are $15 per person. Custom programs can vary in cost. Flu and Pneumonia vaccines are also available for an additional charge. Download the informational PDF

Contact the Community Health Education Office at (989) 731-7718 to set up your business screening.