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CCMCF hosts annual Thanksgiving meal

CASSOPOLIS- Sunday, every room of the Cass County Medical Care Facility, 23770 Hospital St., was packed to the brim with residents and families alike enjoying a holiday feast. 

The government-run nursing home hosted its annual Thanksgiving meal at noon Sunday. With a meal consisting of a turkey and traditional sides and desserts, the day’s event drew more than 300 visitors.

According to Administrator (in training) Christian Lutes, the Thanksgiving meal has been hosted at the facility for more than a decade.

“This is our way of thanking our residents and their families,” he said. “We are just grateful to be a part of the community and to be able to serve the community.”

Once the meal was over and the facility was cleared of its hundreds of visitors, Lutes said staff had to begin preparing to do it all over again for a meal to be hosted for residents who were staying in facility on Thanksgiving Day.

“We do this a little bit early so we can have a big Thanksgiving here, but people can also celebrate with their families on Thanksgiving Day,” Lutes said. ” We cook twice. We do this for the families, then we cook this meal all over again for our residents on Thanksgiving Day.”


 Oct.  24, 2019

A Nice Surprise

To say I was surprised is to say the least. If you like surprises take a trip to the Cass County Medical Care Facility on Hospital Street. Everything has a new modern look with bright colors and lots of creativity. The buildings are located among beautiful lawns and trees, and one can see two nice outdoor patios. Guests and residents can relax enjoying a multitude of flowers and birds. You won’t believe the three dead trees, each artistically carved with a chain saw- a beautiful eagle with spread wings, a magnificent horse head and lastly one tree with holes, and little animals peeking out. Inside is bright and airy with warm welcoming touches- no wonder the facility was given a five-star rating for patient care.

                             GINGER LUXENBERGER


Fall Fun (2019)

Cass County Medical Care Facility to host annual picnic

The Cass County Medical Care Facility is inviting the public to it’s annual picnic from 11am to 3pm Sunday Sept, 22 2019. The event, which will honor first responders and veterans in attendance, will feature a picnic lunch, a bounce house and face painting for children, live music, a tree carver on site and contests. 

“What we do is we house community members in need regardless of their ability to pay.” said Christian Lutes. “We have always existed to help the community, not to make a dollar.”

“This is honoring and recognizing county members.” Lutes said. “We want to invite the entire county. Please come out and see your tax dollar at work. See how we take care of our own. This is a way of integrating ourselves into the community while giving back. 

Honoring Heroes (Cass County Medical Care Facility hosts First Responder Luncheon 2018)

The Cass County Medical Care Facility hosted a first responder luncheon intended to honor local first responders and emergency workers. Representatives from agencies across the county were in attendance at the event, including: the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Central Cass Fire Department, Pokagon Tribal Police, Penn Township Fire Department, the Pokagon Fire Department and more. 

“This is the county’s way- and all of our patient’s way- of saying thank you to folks who take care of us and don’t get the recognition.” Lutes said he felt it was appropriate for the facility to host the first responder’s luncheon to thank other Cass County entities for keeping the county safe.

Alan Miltenberger, a firefighter with the Pokagon Fire Department for the last 10 years, said he thought the event was a great thing for the county. “This is really nice,” he said. “I do what I do because I love it, but this is still really nice to be thought of.”

Chief of the Cass Central Fire Department Jeff Locke said he was similarly grateful for the event, even though he said first responders do not do what they do for the recognition.

“I just feel that everyone should give back to the community and this was my way of giving back to the community,” he said. “But, its great to be noticed and to know that what we do is appreciated by people. It’s awful nice of (Cass County Medical Care Facility) to do this.”

Caring for the Community (2018)

Several commissioners took time at the meeting to express their respect for the Cass County Medical Care Facility.

“Thank goodness there are people like you to support our aging generation,” said Commissioner Clark Cobb. “It’s a big job, and there is more to it than a lot of people realize. Thank you for all you do.” 

Commissioner Rosann Marchetti also thanked the facility, saying that she has seen the work they do in action as she has had loved ones stay at the facility.

Lutes said he was honored and humbled by the recognition by the board of commissioners.

“We are proud to be a part of the county, the community.” he said. “We are going to do you proud. We are proud to demonstrate a positive outcome and be the only five-star facility in the area.”

“We plan to expand to meet the needs of our population as the senior population expands in the coming years.”

County Medical Care Facility gets Five-Star Ranking (2018)

Cass County Medical Care Facility Interim Director Christian Lutes tells commissioners that the facility earned five-star recognition.

The Cass County Medical Care Facility presented its annual report to the Cass County Board of Commissioners during the board’s regular meeting Thursday evening. The report contained information material about what the facility does, and also revealed that the facility was ranked as a top nursing home in the state of Michigan in 2018. 

Interim Director Lutes presented the report to the board of commissioners. He began by explaining what the Cass County Medical Care Facility is and how it benefits seniors in Cass County and beyond. 

“We are a county facility governed by the county of Cass,” Lutes said. “Not only do we provide housing for the rest of people’s lives should they need it, but we also rehabilitate people back home, so they can resume their lives.”

When Lutes made this announcement, adding that the facility had also received a five-star rating by, commissioners burst into applause.