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Scheurer Grief Support Group

Tuesday evenings at 6:00 PM Country Bay Village, Pigeon, MI Beginning March 5 and ending May 28, 2019 Free meal for participants at 5:30 PM. $10 Suggested donation for series For more information,...

Scheurer Announces Spring CPR and First Aid Classes

For dates and times of classes, please click here

$30 Adult Heart Screenings Offered in April at MRH

In partnership with Vascular Health Clinics, Marlette Regional is offering a limited number of $30 adult heart screenings for adults in April. The screenings will be performed by Marlette Regional...

Marlette Regional Hospital Offers Monthly Preventive Health Screenings

Preventive health screenings and monitoring is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy and ward off chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Unfortunately, due to...

HCECM Members Announce Golf Outings

For a list of 2019 golf outings, please click here

HCECM Hosts Successful Legislative Roundtable

The Hospital Council of East Central Michigan (HCECM) hosted its Spring Legislative Roundtable on March 8, 2019, at the Courtyard Marriot - Bay City. “We were very pleased with our March...

Six Hospitals Announce Formation of Covenant Regional Thumb Network (CRTN)

The Covenant Regional Thumb Network (CRTN), a network of six independent hospitals, is pleased to announce its formation. The network is composed of Covenant HealthCare, located in Saginaw, and five...

Coaches Sports Summit A Success!

The Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) Foundation enjoyed participation from over 70 Thumb Area coaches representing ten school systems in Sanilac, Tuscola, and Lapeer Counties at the Coaches Sports...

Marlette Regional Hospital Offers Monthly Low-Cost Health Screenings

Marlette Regional Hospital’s mission is to continuously improve the quality of health in the communities we serve and are pleased to offer our Thumb Area communities affordable, preventive...

Register Today for the Annual Hospice Walk

In an effort to support our local United Hospice Service program and ensure that hospice care is available to those in need, a group of exceptional volunteers are coordinating the annual Hospice Walk...

McLaren Bay Region launches inpatient geriatric psychiatry program

McLaren Bay Region will soon launch an inpatient geriatric psychiatry program to better serve the special needs of senior adults with psychiatric illness. The unit will open for patients Monday,...

MRH Environmental Services Team Achieves 6 Months 100% Patient Satisfaction for Cleanliness

Marlette Regional Hospital’s environmental services staff are shining stars in our overall delivery of care at Marlette Regional Hospital! The environmental services team recently achieved 6...

Marlette Regional Hospital Honors Employees for Years of Service

Each year, Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) hosts an Employee Appreciation Banquet to honor exceptional employees that have dedicated many hours of service to the organization. At this year’s...

McKenzie Health System Foundation to Host Event on Navigating Care for an Aging Loved One

By 2035, older Americans are expected to outnumber children for the first time in history, according to U.S. Census projections. To support families of older and aging adults, the McKenzie Health...

Medication Take Back Events Scheduled in Saginaw and Bay Counties, Saturday, April 27

Covenant HealthCare, in collaboration with Saginaw County Health Department - SCHD, Saginaw Police Department, Saginaw Spirit, Hope Not Handcuffs and Bay County Sheriff's Office will host a...

Hills & Dales General Hospital Welcomes Three Nurse Practitioners

Hills & Dales is pleased to introduce the newest members of our medical staff team; Nurse Practitioners Christine Henderson, Megan Parslow, and Kristie Smith. Christine Henderson will be seeing...

Hills & Dales General Hospital now offering Pediatric Sleep Studies

Hills & Dales General Hospital is excited to announce they are now offering Pediatric Sleep Studies. This is for patients ages 6-18 experiencing trouble with sleep. A referral can be made from a...

Hills & Dales General Hospital opens Caro Family Practice with Dr. Blake Putman.

Hills & Dales General Hospital is excited to announce Caro Family Practice is now open! Dr. Blake Putman and Christine Henderson, FNP-BC are seeing patients Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00...

MRH Offering Matter of Balance Classes

Every Monday & Wednesday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. June 3rd – June 26th Classes are held twice per week for 4 weeks for 2 hours each Marlette Regional Hospital East Campus 2861 Main Street,...

$30 Adult Heart Screenings Offered in April at MRH

In partnership with Vascular Health Clinics, Marlette Regional is offering a limited number of $30 adult heart screenings for adults in April. The screenings will be performed by Marlette Regional...

4 Week Childbirth Series

Wednesdays: April 24 - May 15 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Learn information on the process of labor and birth, including breathing, relaxation and other coping measures, hospital birthing options,...

MRH Community Lunch & Learn

Durable Power of Attorney WHEN: Wed., April 24, 2019 12 Noon – 1 p.m. WHERE: Marlette Regional Hospital Auxiliary Conference Room 2770 Main Street, Marlette For an event flyer, please click...

$30 Adult Heart Screenings Offered in April at MRH

In partnership with Vascular Health Clinics, Marlette Regional is offering a limited number of $30 adult heart screenings for adults in April. The screenings will be performed by Marlette Regional...

McLaren Bay Region Heart Health & Stroke Screening

Thursday, April 25 | 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. For only $10, includes a diabetes screening, blood pressure and pulse, sleep disorder risk assessment, risk-reduction plan, results counseling and full...

Covenant Medication Take Back Events

Covenant HealthCare, in collaboration with Saginaw County Health Department - SCHD, Saginaw Police Department, Saginaw Spirit, Hope Not Handcuffs and Bay County Sheriff's Office will host a...

MHS Healthy Lifestyle Workshop

April 29, 5:30 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Amy Dumaw, Program Educator, Sanilac County Child Abuse Prevention Council Topic:...

MHS Change 4 Life Support Group

April 30, 6:30 p.m. Location: Sandusky Presbyterian Church Meeting Room, 104 Lexington Street, Sandusky Discussion Leader: Ellynne Volmering Topic: “Food Labels and Healthy Choices” FREE,...

4 Week Childbirth Series

Wednesdays: April 24 - May 15 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Learn information on the process of labor and birth, including breathing, relaxation and other coping measures, hospital birthing options,...

MHS Move 'em in, Move 'em out

By 2035, older Americans are expected to outnumber children for the first time in history, according to U.S. Census projections. To support families of older and aging adults, the McKenzie Health...

Breast Cancer Education Series - Chair Yoga

Thursday, May 2 | 6:00 p.m. Experience Chair Yoga, a restorative yoga class while seated in a chair. Emphasis on stretching, basic yoga postures, balance, breathing and meditation. Good for all...

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation Hosts Fourth Annual 5K

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation will host the fourth annual 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Uptown Bay City. The 5K Walk/Run will take place at 9:00 a.m., with awards given to the top finisher...

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation Hosts Fourth Annual 5K

McLaren Bay Medical Foundation will host the fourth annual 5K Walk/Run on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Uptown Bay City. The 5K Walk/Run will take place at 9:00 a.m., with awards given to the top finisher...

4 Week Childbirth Series

Wednesdays: April 24 - May 15 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Learn information on the process of labor and birth, including breathing, relaxation and other coping measures, hospital birthing options,...

Free Yourself From Joint Pain with Dr. Terrence Cherwin

Thursday, May 9 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Advancements in joint replacement surgery have helped patients experience less post-surgery pain and faster recovery times than ever before. Join us for a free...

HBCH Mental Health Dinner and Discussion

Thursday, May 9, 2019 6:00pm—7:30pm Hospital Conference Center (Located at 147 S. First Street in Harbor Beach) For an event flyer, please click here

MRH Diabetes & Understanding Carbohydrates Class Coming to Marlette

The Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) program of Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) invites Thumb Area residents living with diabetes to join them for an Understanding Carbohydrates class coming...

Covenant HealthCare ER Achieves Senior Accreditation

Second Hospital in the State, Only in the Region

Covenant HealthCare added the Great Lakes Bay Region’s first Senior Emergency Care Center in 2017 with the senior population in mind. The Covenant medical team wanted to take this one step further, applying for Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA) from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in 2018.

Last week, the ACEP announced the Covenant Emergency Care Center achieved the Bronze Standard – Level 3 GEDA Accreditation. Covenant is the second hospital in the state of Michigan to obtain this accreditation, and the only hospital in the region.

In a letter to Covenant President/CEO, Ed Bruff, the ACEP states, “Led by a remarkable team of inter-disciplinary leaders including Risty Kalivas, DO, and Jessica Dematio, BSN, CEN, Covenant Medical Center’s accreditation signals to the public that your institution is focused on the highest standards of care for your communities’ older adults.”

“I’m incredibly proud of our team and their efforts to put our patients first every day,” says Patrice Lanczak, BSN, MSN, MHA, RN, Director of Emergency, Trauma, and Stroke Services. “This validates the work we do to provide extraordinary care to every generation.”

The GEDA program is the culmination of years of progress in emergency care of older adults. In 2014, ACEP along with Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Emergency Nurses Association, and American Geriatrics Society, developed and released geriatric ED guidelines, recommending measures ranging from adding geriatric-friendly equipment to specialized staff to more routine screening for delirium, dementia, and fall risk, among other vulnerabilities.

The voluntary GEDA program, which includes three levels similar to trauma center designations, provides specific criteria and goals for emergency clinicians and administrators to target. The accreditation process provides more than two dozen best practices for geriatric care and the level of GEDA accreditation achieved depends upon how many of these best practices an emergency department is able to meet. A Level 3 emergency department must incorporate many of these best practices, along with providing inter-disciplinary geriatric education, and having geriatric appropriate equipment and supplies available

Approximately 18 of the Covenant Emergency Care Center’s 65 beds have been designated for elderly patients. In designing an emergency center to meet the distinct needs of older patients, physicians, nurses, and hospital leaders included best practices such as:

- Board-certified emergency doctors, nurses and residents with specialized training in the care of senior patients. Seniors not only feel comfortable, but also understood.

- Senior-friendly rooms keep patients comfortable while social work support, assessments and goals maximize independence.

- All medications are closely monitored to avoid interactions, and more.

Physicians and hospital leaders believe that providing specialized patient centric care to the elderly can reduce readmissions and improve patient satisfaction.

As physician administrator of the Covenant Senior Care, Dr. Risty Kalivas adds that senior emergency rooms can be the saving grace for many elderly patients who need specialized treatment. “This can improve outcomes and quality of life while reducing errors and costs,” he said. “The goal is to better serve this portion of our community and continue a tradition of providing extraordinary care for every generation.”

The population of seniors in the United States has been growing steadily since 2011, which is the year the first Baby Boomers turned 65. Today individuals 65 and older represent 16.7 percent of Michigan’s population. By 2030 experts estimate that number will swell.

Locally, the Covenant Emergency Care Center logged close to 94,000 patient visits in 2018. Of those patients:

- 22,235 patients were older than age 65 (24 percent of the hospitals annual ECC visits).

- Around 4,100 were age 85 to 94.

- 514 patients were older than age 95.

About the Covenant Emergency Care Center

Covenant HealthCare is the most preferred hospital for emergency care, offering:

- The only Level II Trauma Center verified by the American Academy of Surgeons for both adult and pediatric trauma care

- The region’s only specialized Pediatric Emergency Care Center and Senior Emergency Care Center in the region

- Only board-certified emergency physicians and trauma surgeons

- More nurses with greater specialty training

- Extraordinary compassion and service that has put Covenant in the top 10% for patient satisfaction among hospital emergency departments nationwide

- The most comprehensive emergency department, caring for more patients than any other emergency department in our twenty-county service area

- Diagnostic equipment within the department

- 65 private patient rooms

- Free valet parking

For more information, visit www.CovenantHealthCare.com/emergency

315 Mulholland Street
Bay City, Michigan 48708
Office: (989) 891-8810
Fax: (989) 891-8161
           

 



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