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HCECM has announced all 2018 Golf Outings

For a list of all HCECM member Golf Outings for 2018, please click here

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation Hosts 27th Annual Golf for Life Classic

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation will host the 27th annual Golf for Life Classic on Monday, August 6, 2018 at Apple Mountain Golf Course. The event includes an 18-hole scramble with a morning shotgun...

Diabetes Education Classes At McLaren Bay Region

A Diabetes Self-Care Education Program is offered through McLaren Bay Region. A total of three 3-hour sessions and a follow-up class with certified diabetes education nurses and registered dietitians...

McLaren Bay Region Offers Prenatal Classes

McLaren Bay Region offers a variety of prenatal programs for expectant parents and parents of newborns. Classes include: Childbirth 4-Week Series Weekend Cram Session Breastfeeding Class Baby Class...

McLaren Bay Region Offers “Parkinson’s Exercise & Movement” Class

McLaren Bay Region’s Center for Rehabilitation is pleased to offer a comprehensive low-cost exercise class designed for individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease....

McKenzie Health System Awards 3 McKenzie Medical Staff Merit Scholarships to Local Students

Supporting the next generation of medical professionals, McKenzie Health System recently awarded three McKenzie Medical Staff Merit Scholarships to local students interested in pursuing healthcare...

Harbor Beach Hospital Foundation Resort Dinner Fundraiser a success.

The Harbor Beach Hospital Foundation had their 12 th Annual Resort Dinner Benefit fundraiser on Wednesday, June 20 th at the Harbor Beach Resort Clubhouse. It was a success with 451 dinners of...

Covenant HealthCare Unveils Hybrid Operating Room; Technology is One of Two in Michigan

In July 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony kicked-off a major renovation for the Covenant HealthCare Surgical Services Department. Monday, June 25, 2018 Covenant unveiled the new hybrid operating suite...

Veronica Byrne and Sony Verma of McKenzie Health System Earn Functional Movement Technique Certification

McKenzie Health System is proud to announce that Physical Therapist Veronica Byrne, PT, DPT, CTRS, and Physical Therapy Assistant Sony (Mamta) Verma, PTA, recently attended a course for Instrument...

Amanda Siemen Donated Money to Lakeview Extended Care and Rehab for the Residents

Amanda Siemen recently donated $860 to the Lakeview Extended Care and Rehab for the resident’s activity fund at Harbor Beach Community Hospital to purchase arts and craft and outings. On...

McKenzie Health System Community Fitness Classes Session #4

July 9 – August 31 McKenzie Health System is pleased to be able to provide a variety of fitness classes. Aqua Aerobics, Low Impact, Senior Exercise, and Tai Chi. For more information and to...

Harbor Beach Community Hospital Diabetes Education Program Merits American Diabetes Association Recognition

The prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education program was recently awarded to the Harbor Beach Community Hospital...

Sports Physicals Offered at McLaren Bay Region

McLaren Bay Region will be holding sports physicals on Tuesday, July 17 and Monday, July 30 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 E. Midland Road, Bay City. Each physical...

Get the Skinny on Skin Care at Lunch & Learn on July 18!

McKenzie Health System is pleased to feature Suzette Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP, as the presenter at the July Lunch & Learn program, “The Latest in Skin Care.” The workshop is...

MRH Foundation to Host 10th Annual Golf Event Sept. 6th

The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation’s golf committee is pleased to announce their tenth annual Driving for Health Golf Scramble scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 6 th...

HealthSource Saginaw Breaks Ground on Construction and Renovation Project

On June 18, 2018, HealthSource Saginaw on Hospital Road in Saginaw Township broke ground on a 15 month construction and renovation project. “For 88 years, HealthSource Saginaw has been a...

Hills & Dales General Hospital to Acquire Baker College of Cass City Facility

Hills & Dales General Hospital is pleased to announce that they have acquired the Baker College of Cass City building, located on Main Street in Cass City. After touring the space and speaking...

Hills & Dales General Hospital is pleased to welcome Dr. Brian Perry, ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) Specialist.

Hills & Dales General Hospital is pleased to announce Dr. Brian Perry, Board Certified Otolaryngologist/ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat), will be joining their group of specialty physicians. He will begin...

Covenant Radiation Center Expanding, Adding Second Linear Accelerator to Support Radiation Therapy; Construction Underway

As part of the health system’s commitment to maintaining a quality-driven, state-of-the-art cancer treatment facility, Covenant HealthCare is adding a second linear accelerator to the Covenant...

132-Year-Old Hospital Turns 20; Covenant HealthCare Celebrates 20th Anniversary

July 1, 2018 officially marked 20 years since Covenant HealthCare was founded. July 1, 1998 two long-standing Saginaw-based hospitals (Saginaw General and St. Luke’s Hospitals) merged to form...

McKenzie Health System to Host Men’s Health Event with Free Screenings, Food and Fun on August 9

Featuring health screenings, food and refreshments, and the latest equipment from Bennett Powersports and John Deere, a special Men’s Health Event is taking place on August 9 from 4:30 to 7:30...

Memorial Healthcare Foundation Golf Outing

Memorial Healthcare Foundation Golf Outing at Owosso Country Club Memorial Healthcare Contact: Lyn Freeman—989-729-4818 lfreeman@memorialhealthcare.org www.memorialhealthcare.org

MHS Healthcare Provider BLS Classes

July 17, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. (Free to MHS Employees) Additional classes and times available by calling 810-648-3092 Registration is required by calling 810-648-6127

MRH $10 Sports Physicals in July

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices are offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to...

McLaren Bay Region Sports Physicals

McLaren Bay Region will be holding sports physicals on Tuesday, July 17 and Monday, July 30 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 E. Midland Road, Bay City. Each physical...

MHS Lunch and Learn

July 18, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Suzette Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP, Family Nurse Practitioner , McKenzie Health...

MRH $10 Sports Physicals in July

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices are offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to...

McLaren Bay Region Sponsors “Boot Camp for New Dads”

McLaren Bay Region will offer “Boot Camp for New Dads” on Thursday, July 19 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Health Pavilion, Childbirth Education Classroom, 3175 W. Professional Drive,...

MRH $10 Sports Physicals in July

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices are offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to...

MHS Healthy Lifestyle Workshop

July 23, 5:30 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Robert Sollman, Bio Tech Instructor, Sanilac Career Center Topic: "Eating Clean –...

MRH $10 Sports Physicals in July

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices are offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to...

MRH $10 Sports Physicals in July

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices are offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to...

MRH $10 Sports Physicals in July

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family health care offices are offering reduced price sports physicals to area athletes for a cost of ten dollars, and half of the proceeds will be donated back to...

McLaren Bay Region Sports Physicals

McLaren Bay Region will be holding sports physicals on Tuesday, July 17 and Monday, July 30 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 E. Midland Road, Bay City. Each physical...

MHS Change 4 Life Support Group

July 31, 6:30 p.m. Location: Sandusky Presbyterian Church Meeting Room, 104 Lexington Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Ellynne Volmering, Dietary Director at Harbor Beach Community Hospital Topic:...

132-Year-Old Hospital Turns 20; Covenant HealthCare Celebrates 20th Anniversary

July 1, 2018 officially marked 20 years since Covenant HealthCare was founded. July 1, 1998 two long-standing Saginaw-based hospitals (Saginaw General and St. Luke’s Hospitals) merged to form Covenant HealthCare.

Today, Covenant HealthCare delivers care across generations and across specialties in Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond. With 4800 employees and a medical staff of more than 500 physicians, the Saginaw-based health system offers a broad spectrum of programs and services including high-risk obstetrics, neonatal and pediatric intensive care, acute care, a Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, cardiology, oncology, orthopaedics, robotic surgery, virtual care and more. For more information, visit www.covenanthealthcare.com

Below is information about the two founding organizations:

Saginaw General Hospital

1887 - 1998

Saginaw Hospital was founded in 1887 by a group of 24 Saginaw women, despite the doubts of their wealthy husbands and the skepticism of the city's doctors. The women persevered, proposing building a hospital for women and children. At the suggestion of local physicians, the hospital would also serve the general needs of the community. Officials selected part of a block bounded by Cooper, Harrison and Fayette streets for the new hospital and lumber baron Arthur Hill and his brother, Wilbur, donated the farmland to the hospital association.

Saginaw Hospital opened in 1889 with room for 24 patients. That same year, the School of Nursing was established. In 1898, the hospital's name was changed to Saginaw General Hospital.

Some early milestones included Saginaw General Hospital expanding to include 100 beds and a 22-bed nursery in 1921. Men were given 12 seats on the 24-seat board of trustees in 1924. A prenatal clinic opened in 1928 and a free diagnostic clinic opened in 1933. In 1939, the hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Four years later, in 1943, the original hospital building was torn down and a wing was built to match the construction of 1921; the nursery was also expanded to 50 beds.

Then in 1962, a $3.2 million building program was completed, which boosted bed capacity and included an intensive care unit. The hospital’s entrance and main section located on Harrison Street was also added. The Auxiliary, a dedicated group of volunteers, opened its first gift shop in 1962.

In 1968, a landmark agreement was made between health care neighbors St. Luke's and Saginaw General hospitals. Rather than maintain duplicate, costly, complete services less than a city block apart from one another the hospitals agreed to consolidate resources for obstetrics and pediatrics. Saginaw General took sole responsibility for obstetrics while St. Luke's concentrated on pediatrics. At this time, Saginaw General enlarged and expanded its obstetrical services and incorporated a regional neonatal intensive care unit.

During the 1970s building projects were completed, adding numerous floors and wings to the hospital. Many services and beds were also added to the hospital.

In July 1993, Saginaw General North opened its doors to serve the community. Located at 5400 Mackinaw, Saginaw General North offered outpatient surgery, physical medicine, diagnostic imaging, a breast diagnostic center, the Frank N. Andersen Regional Eye Institute, Cancer Care Center, Cardiovascular Health and Wellness Center and Occupational and Preventive Medicine Associates of Michigan.

In 1996, Saginaw General Hospital began to explore the possibility of forming an alliance with another health care provider to continue to provide the highest quality health care to the communities served.

On May 29, 1997, Saginaw General Hospital selected St. Luke's Healthcare Association, a long-time neighbor, as the organization to merge with.

On July 1, 1998, the merger was completed and Covenant HealthCare was formed.

St. Luke's Healthcare Association

1886 – 1998

The rapidly growing city of Saginaw was a challenging place for women in the late 19th century. The Thompson Street Mission Home was founded in 1886 by a small, but dedicated, charitable group to help these struggling women; providing shelter, encouragement and help in obtaining work.

The matrons of the mission soon realized that their efforts needed to be extended. Hard-working women - some being mothers trying desperately to care for their children - were suffering the cruelties of underemployment. Through this need, the idea of a hospital for women took root.

In 1888, the mission moved to Janes Street and was rededicated as Working Women's Home and Hospital.

From 1888 to 1895, the hospital - and its reputation - grew by leaps and bounds, expanding with a large brick addition, growing from six beds to several private rooms, a general ward, a large nursery and an operating room. A nursing school was also established.

In 1910 a children's ward was added, followed by expanded operating rooms in 1916. The Janes Street building served Saginaw until the late 1940s.

During the Great Depression, the aging facility and corporation fell on hard times. Rather than being closed, it was taken over on May 1, 1932, by the Lutheran Inner Mission Society of Saginaw Valley. All the finances and responsibilities for the original Working Women's Home and Hospital were also acquired. In a formal dedication ceremony, the facility was renamed St. Luke's Hospital.

In 1935, the Inner Mission Society passed control of the hospital to a new group - the St. Luke's Hospital Association, a non-profit corporation comprised of interested segments of the area's Lutheran community. This was a turning point, generating renewed dedication and optimism. Through donations, careful management and eventually some community aid, St. Luke's Hospital was not only surviving but actually growing again.

Prior to World War II, discussions began regarding a new St. Luke's facility on the west side of the river. The population of the city was shifting and there was a need for a hospital in this developing area. However, the war effort captured everyone's attention and dreams of a future, new hospital became distant.

Following the war, the need for a new site and building became critical. On October 16, 1949, the cornerstone was laid for the new St. Luke's Hospital with the inscription: Soli Deo Gloria, meaning Glory to God alone. Approximately a year and half later, on February 25, 1951, the ribbon was cut for the new 144-bed St. Luke's Hospital. A weeklong grand opening had Saginaw residents standing in line for hours to tour the new facility. Over 20,000 people toured the hospital that week.

In 1968, a landmark agreement was made between health care neighbors St. Luke's and Saginaw General hospitals. Rather than maintain duplicate, costly, complete services less than a city block apart from one another the hospitals agreed to consolidate resources for obstetrics and pediatrics. Saginaw General took sole responsibility for obstetrics while St. Luke's concentrated on pediatrics. St. Luke's pediatrics unit was enlarged and refined, incorporating a pediatric intensive care unit - a feature still unique to the east central Michigan area.

In 1985, six St. Luke's physicians opened the first MedExpress located in Frankenmuth, closely followed in 1987 by 10 physicians opening a MedExpress on State Street in Saginaw. St. Luke's purchased these facilities in 1989. MedExpress services were expanded to include a location in Shields.

In 1986, St. Luke's constructed the Surgicare building for outpatient ambulatory services.

In 1987, St. Luke's purchased the Saginaw Osteopathic Hospital facility on Michigan Avenue allowing St. Luke's to extend their health care capacity.

Always community minded, St. Luke's and its family continued to grow. In 1998, with long-time neighbor Saginaw General Hospital, a strong, healthy alliance is formed. Together they formed Covenant HealthCare System, a name that is literally filled with promise for everyone involved.

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Bay City, Michigan 48708
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