Your Dollars at Work - January 2022

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A woman in your community will receive the healthcare she needs because of you!

Your Giving Tuesday gift will be used to purchase equipment and educational materials in support of Women’s Health at Ascension St. Joseph’s Hospital. Thank you for your support!

A special thank you is also extended to our friends and partners at Huron Community Bank who generously pledged $2,000 in matching funds. In addition, our friends at Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union stepped up and generously pledged to match $1,000 in gifts received on Giving Tuesday. This means your donation doubled the impact!

Every donor who gave on Giving Tuesday was entered in a drawing for a tray of chocolates donated by Village Chocolatier! The winner was Robyn King.

Your dedication, generosity and compassion for others makes a difference, especially during these difficult times. You have helped us rise above the challenges while lifting others in need. Thank you to everyone who donated in any way to Giving Tuesday!


Tawas Police Officers Association helps cancer patients in need at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital! Thank you!

The Tawas Police Officers Association (TPOA) donated $1,875 in gas cards for patients receiving care at the Seton Cancer Institute. The $25 gas cards were distributed to 75 patients who otherwise would not have made it to their next doctor’s appointment.

The TPOA raised funds for this effort by selling Breast Cancer Awareness patches in October. believes that keeping the proceeds local is the best way they can pay tribute to cancer patients in our community. The following businesses helped make gas cards possible for our patients – thank you!

  • Ascension St. Joseph Volunteer Boutique
  • Charlie HORSE Electric BIKES
  • Crystal Sands Beach Resort
  • Goyette Mechanical
  • Great Lakes Insurance Agency
  • Quota International of Iosco County
  • Tawas Hardware & Lumber
  • Tawas Bay Dry Cleaners
  • The Bay Inn Tawas City
  • Visions Hair Salon, Inc.

Ascension St. Joseph Foundation honors two physicians with the Spirit of St. Joseph Award

The Ascension St. Joseph Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022 Spirit of St. Joseph Award will honor two physicians – Christopher Landrey, DO, and Christopher Oravitz, MD.

The award honors physicians who exemplify compassionate service to others, generosity of time and resources to the community, and a demonstrated commitment to Ascension St. Joseph’s core Values of Service to the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication.

“Dr. Landrey and Dr. Oravitz are so deserving of this recognition. We are truly blessed to have them at Ascension St. Joseph to help bring babies into the world and provide exceptional care to their mothers before, during and after pregnancy,” said Shane Hunt, Hospital Administrator, Ascension St. Joseph Hospital. “These two physicians are genuine individuals who focus on the patient, providing them with personalized care plans for every stage of life. With Ascension’s continued investment in our hospital, we are excited to be building a modern-day birthing center in which these physicians and staff will continue to provide compassionate, person-centered care.”

Dr. Landrey is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has special interests in minimally invasive surgery and robotics. Dr. Landrey came to Michigan from southern California in 2000, after graduating from Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Saginaw through Synergy Medical Education Alliance, now CMU College of Medicine. When he is not caring for patients, Dr. Landrey enjoys the outdoors, traveling and spending time with his family.

Dr. Oravitz is also board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has 29 years of experience providing comprehensive obstetric and gynecological care, family planning and menopausal care. He joined Ascension St. Joseph in 2018 as a full-time provider. Before coming to Tawas, Dr. Oravitz was in private practice for 25 years and served as an Assistant Physician Director with the Central Michigan University Health Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology residency program in Saginaw. A Michigan native, he graduated from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. He attended the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University (MSU) and also completed an obstetric and gynecology residency at MSU. Dr. Oravitz has been married to his wife Sara for 31 years, and they have raised five children.

Normally, the Spirit of St. Joseph Awards are presented at the Ascension St. Joseph Foundation Winter Gala. However, the Winter Gala will be a virtual campaign for 2022. For more information about Winter Gala sponsorships or to make a donation in honor of Dr. Landrey and/or Dr. Oravitz, please call (989) 984-7270 or send an email to Michelle.Bacarella@ascension.org. Proceeds from the Winter Gala will support the obstetrics and birthing center at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital. Dr. Landrey and Dr. Oravitz will be presented their award at a later date.


You can be the difference for a cancer patient and the medical care they receive!

A cancer patient is more likely to die if they don’t have access to the latest technology and best targeted treatments.

The good news is…you can help! Your gift to cancer care at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital will be used for new state-of-the art equipment, program enhancements, research and other needs that directly enhance the cancer patient care experience.

Your help is needed now. Please consider making a lifesaving gift today!

If you would like to support cancer care at Ascension St. Joseph Hospital, please visit our secure webpage and choose “Cancer Fund” from the drop down menu. Thank you in advance for your support!