Due to flooding inside the facility and the unexpected passing of its Executive Director, Trillium House will be closed for the next two months to make necessary repairs and allow staff to refocus. Trillium will
reopen again providing residents the high level of care we are known for.
Individuals in need of hospice support are encouraged to contact Alicia Burgess at (906) 869-3530.
(Marquette, Michigan) – The leadership and staff of Trillium House, an eight-room hospice house in Marquette, Michigan, are working together to respond to flooding at the facility and the unexpected passing of their Executive Director Pat Bray.
Five residents along with staff and caregivers were at the facility when flooding occurred the day before Thanksgiving. The flooding was the result of a facility-wide malfunction of its sprinkler system. Staff immediately responded and were able to safely evacuate and transport all residents to alternative living arrangements while providing the continued support of Trillium care staff.
Following the Thanksgiving weekend, Executive Director Pat Bray passed away unexpectedly at his home on November 30th. Bray had served as Executive Director for 3 years, since Trillium’s opening.
“Our hearts are heavy following the loss of our beloved Executive Director Pat Bray adding to the challenges faced by our residents, families, and staff due to the flooding at the facility,” said Alicia Burgess, House Manager and Interim Executive Director. “We are grateful to all who stepped up to help us care for our residents and provide support to our staff during this difficult time.”
“Pat played a vital role in helping to make Trillium House possible and will be dearly missed. Our condolences go out to all of his family, friends and colleagues.”
Opening in 2018, the Trillium House is the first and only dedicated hospice facility to serve the Central Upper Peninsula. Crews have completed clean-up and demolition in preparation for repair of the water damage. No permanent damage has been identified at this time although needed repairs will be extensive throughout the facility.
Out of respect for staff, to allow for the orderly completion of repairs, and to ensure that Trillium House will again be able to provide the same excellence of care, the facility will be closed for approximately two months. Individuals in need of hospice support are encouraged to contact Alicia Burgess at (906) 869-3530.
Trillium House will continue to provide additional updates on its Facebook Page regarding its re-opening as information is available. Arrangements for Pat Bray are being coordinated by the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
We prevailed on Dr. Mike Grossman, our Board President, to perform a song he recently wrote at the Care Fund Concert this year. It’s called “Last Questions” and draws on the many times hospice patients and their loved ones looked for help in understanding their journey. Mike agreed only after recruiting the multi-talented Elizabeth “Liz” Grugin to sing with him. “Final Questions” looks into the heart of hospice care from the prospective of both the patient and care givers.
Please join us on Saturday, Nov. 13th at Kaufman Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and available by calling 906-273-1653 and via Eventbrite.
An evening with Joshua Davis and May Erlewine, Saturday, November 13 and 7 PM. This is at the Kaufman Auditorium, Marquette. Tickets are $25 at Evenbrite.com and Trillium House. More Information Here.
Trillium House welcomes Marquette’s own Joshua Davis for a night of music, storytelling and entertainment. An upbringing that occupied the urban landscapes of Detroit while spending summers in the wilderness on the Southern shore of Lake Superior brings into view the backdrop of Davis’ works.
For over 15 years Joshua has made his living sharing his songs, stories and knowledge across the US and Canada. His music is steeped in ragtime blues, sweet jazz and real country but Davis’s broad schooling in the cultural, political and musical roots of American Tradition has resulted in more that a simple retelling of universal themes.
Dubbed, “The Michigan version of the Great American Songscape”, his catalog is a seamless snapshot of America past and present.
May Erlewine’s gift for writing empathetic and engaging songs that feel at once fresh and soulfully familiar has earned her a broad, devoted fan base well beyond her deep-set Michigan roots. Her sons show a very real connection and concern with everyday folk. Erlewine uses here music as a platform for positive change. We look forward to having May in Marquette and listening to her music.
Raised in a home full or art and music, Erlewine began writing songs at a very young age. As a teenager she hitchhiked across country, ho9ning her skills as a performer and absorbing the kind of stories and landscapes that would inform her music.
With a long list of full length albums, two Eps and numerous collaborations, Erlewine’s catalog is proof of her creative power. For more information, visit her website at Mayerlewine.com or facebook.com/mayerlewine.
To support efforts to stop the spread, attendees will need to provide proof of vaccination and to wear face masks while in Kaufman Auditorium. Thank you for your support.
Thank you Up North Lodge for all you do for the community.
Bike Night at The Up North Lodge is always a great event. Ours on August 1 was the best so far! Special thanks to Lori and Anna Aldridge for knocking the 50/50 drawing out of the park! As always a big thanks to Jackie and Dave Martin for the Window Store’s sponsorship.
Thanks to Lori and Anna pitching in on this too! Appreciation to Board President Mike Grossman and Helen for sharing our appreciation to all the supporters who came out for this community event. And, a very special thank you to Sally and all the folks at UP North Lodge for doing this fun event for so many organizations for so long!
If you’ve never gone to a Bike Night, do yourself a favor and hit one soon.
There are events we look forward to each year and Bike Night at the Up North Lodge is certainly high on the list. Sally and the folks out there pulled of this fund raiser again in a covid-safe evening generating a $1,100 donation!
Special thanks to them and to our sponsors, The Window Store and the Barrier Free Store. See you next year!
Our thanks to the West End Health Foundation for its recent grant to purchase another refurbished new model hospital bed. These beds are a great for Residents and a huge help to our care staff compared to the older metal frame hospital beds. They provide enhanced comfort to Residents and make caring for Resident far safer for our staff. UP Health System Marquette donated two of these beds and the Superior Health Foundation has provided a grant for the purchase of two more. With this latest grant, we’re confident of having these wonderful additions in all Resident rooms by the end of the year!
Dave Aro of U.P. Home Health and Hospice Pies Trillium Houses Executive Director, Pat Bray
March 13. 2020 – Executive Director, Pat Bray was kind enough to offer is face to benefit Spread Goodness Day and Superior Alliance for Independent Living at The Pie Smash at Iron Bay Restaurant. It was a lot of fun and a great success. Way to go Pat Bray! and Thank you Anna Marie Dravland for all your hard work on this special day.
We, like you, are concerned about the spread of the new coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution we have implemented visitor restrictions recommended by the CDC to reduce the potential of the virus entering Trillium House. The main one is we ask that you not visit if it is not absolutely necessary.
Please contact Pat Bray, Exec. Dir., at 236-3683 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thank you for your support of our Residents and our community in stopping the spread of this virus.
December 20, 2019 – Santa and his helper arrived at Trillium House this week much to the delight of Residents, their families and staff. Our thanks to Dave Aro and Kori Tossava for taking time to spread some holiday cheer and chocolate kisses!