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UPHP Supports Beacon House’s “Legacy of Love” Campaign
Posted on December 20, 2018

MARQUETTE – Upper Peninsula Health Plan has made a $50,000 contribution to the Beacon House’s “Legacy of Love” capital campaign. The Beacon House is an independent, non-profit organization and does not charge guests for their stay. The “Legacy of Love” capital campaign project kicked off in 2016, since then dozens of sponsors have pledged their financial support. To date the Beacon House has raised $2.1 million of the $3 million phase one goal of the building project.

Upper Peninsula Health Plan and the Beacon House have long been partners. The Beacon House has provided hospitality for UPHP members and their families since opening their doors in 2002. UPHP members travel from across the Upper Peninsula to receive specialty medical care in Marquette and the Beacon House allows them to stay near their loved ones. Hospitality houses need to be within walking distance of hospitals. There is a strong correlation between proximity to healthcare services and recovery. The Beacon House has provided several thousand overnight stays for UPHP members from all across the Upper Peninsula- averaging 750 nights annually in recent years.

For over 16 years, the Beacon House has been a home away from home for patients and families traveling to Marquette for specialty medical care. “Worrying about where you will stay when a loved one is in the hospital can be stressful. Having a facility like the Beacon House close to the hospital can help reduce fear and anxiety allowing the focus to be on recovery,” said Melissa Holmquist, UPHP CEO.

The Beacon House operates on a donation basis and guests are expected to contribute at a level that is affordable to them. No family is ever turned away for lack of funds. To contribute to the Beacon House’s “Legacy of Love” capital campaign, you can make a donation or pledge online at or by calling 906-225-7100. For additional information please contact Mary Tavernini Dowling at or 906-225-7100.

About UPHP
Upper Peninsula Health Plan currently serves nearly 50,000 members across five product lines (Michigan Medicaid, Children with Special Health Care Services, Healthy Michigan Plan, MI Health Link, and Medicare Advantage) and its network exceeds 2,000 providers. Learn more at