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Every Day Living is Excellent in Gaylord

Home to over 90 inland lakes and situated nearby a plethora of scenic forests, trails, and golf courses, Gaylord naturally cultivates great work-life balance. Warm summers and snowy winters make Gaylord a year-round playground rife with recreational opportunities no matter the season. When its residents need respite from the abundance of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, x-country skiing, snowshoeing, and golfing at nearby world-class resorts, Gaylord’s central location makes travel in all directions effortless.  

With more than 90 inland lakes, endless miles of hiking and biking trails, deep forests, and crisp fresh air, it is easy to fill your non-working hours with outdoor adventures.

Gaylord straddles I-75, making it simple to head north to nearby Mackinac Island and Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula, or south to Detroit – and all the way to Florida.

About the Community

With its neighborly small town ambiance, Gaylord is an ideal place to both live and raise a family in, Gaylord boasts good public and private schools, affordable housing, and plenty of shopping and restaurants. This lively community hosts many fun festivals and events. Not to be missed in the summer are Wings Over Northern Michigan Air Show, Gaylord Alpenfest, and the 120-mile AuSable River Canoe Marathon, one of northern Michigan’s several ultra-endurance sporting events. 

Gaylord is the seat of Otsego County, as well as the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Gaylord.

Learn more about life in Gaylord. 

About Otsego Memorial Hospital

Otsego Memorial Hospital is recognized as one of the best rural hospitals in Michigan for quality and patient safety. The 46-bed acute care hospital offers many services including orthopedics, the da Vinci® Surgical System, and general surgery. Additionally, Otsego Memorial Hospital is home to OMH Medical Group – the largest multi-specialty medical group in northern Michigan – as well as McReynolds Hall, a 34-bed long-term-care facility that was voted a Best Nursing Home by the U.S. News and World Report for 2018-2019. Otsego Memorial Hospital has served the Antrim, Cheboygan, Otsego, Montmorency county regions since 1951, with a long history and heritage of keeping patients at the center of all they do.

Quality Recognition

Otsego Memorial Hospital is one of the best rural hospitals in Michigan for quality and patient safety, with consistent “A” ratings from the Leapfrog Group and a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The Stats

  • Founded: 1951
  • Beds: 46 acute; 34 long-term care
  • Medical Staff: 59; employed physicians and advanced practice professionals in the Otsego Memorial Hospital Medical Group
  • Serves: The greater Otsego County region

Education Partners

  • Kirtland Community College – for clinicals/internships from all health sciences programs, including RN, MA, Surg tech, EMT, Pharmacy tech, Phlebotomy tech
  • Mid Michigan Community College – for clinicals/internships mainly from their Radiology tech, PTA/OTA programs, and Exercise Physiology
  • Baker College – Nursing and Surgical Technicians
  • Ferris State University – Rad techs, Respiratory Therapists
  • Central Michigan College – for Physician Assistant clinical rotations, PT and Recreational Therapy
  • Grand Valley State University – Physician Assistant, and PT and OT clinicals
  • Saginaw Valley State University – for Advanced Practice Nursing clinical rotations, MSN and BSN practicums, PT and OT clinicals, and Exercise Physiology
  • Munson Medical Center’s MSU/COM program – for medical student clinical rotations
  • North Central Michigan College – for Nursing, Phlebotomists, and MA

We have many additional affiliation agreements with other colleges, regularly taking students throughout the year. 


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