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McLaren Bay Region "A Matter of Balance" - 2 sessions offered

Wednesdays, January 16 – March 6, 2019 | 10AM - 12PM Wednesdays, January 16 – March 6, 2019 | 1PM - 3PM Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activity as...

Marlette Regional Hospital & Community Events

Senior Stretch & Exercise Class Mondays and Fridays at MRH East Campus in Marlette This class is offered free of charge every Monday and Friday morning from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Light exercise...

Newborns sporting red hats for a cause

The American Heart Association Joins Forces with the McLaren Bay Region Family BirthPlace for Michigan’s 4 th year of Little Hats, Big Hearts Efforts Bay City, Mi. The American Heart...

McKenzie Health System Foundation Raises Funds for New Ambulance

Thanks to the overwhelming support from our local community, the McKenzie Health System Foundation has raised the funds needed to purchase a new ambulance, with plans for a second in the works....

Announcing New Memory Care Expansion

Covenant Glen is proud to announce the completion of a new 25,000 square foot expansion to the assisted living and memory care community located in Frankenmuth, MI. Covenant Glen has served...

February Lunch & Learn features McKenzie’s After Hours Clinic

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Speakers Confirmed for February 22 Go Red Ladies Night

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Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients

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McLaren Bay Region celebrates 20 years of open heart services

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February 25 Healthy Lifestyle focuses on a SAD subject: Seasonal Affective Disorder

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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

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Vascular Surgeon Opens Clinic in Marlette

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McKenzie Health System Swing Bed Patient Shares Wonderful Care Experience

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Marlette Regional Hospital Offers Monthly Preventive Health Screenings

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MHS Community Fitness Classes Session #2

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McLaren Bay Region and the Saginaw Spirit Team up for 5th Annual “Talk Today – Hope for Tomorrow”

McLaren Bay Region and the Saginaw Spirit will present “Talk Today – Hope for Tomorrow” at the Dow Event Center on Saturday, February 9, 2019. The fifth annual event is an effort to...

Scheurer Bariatric Support Group

Bariatric Support Group Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:30 pm …… Birch Room Scheurer Hospital 170 N. Caseville Rd. Pigeon, MI For more information, please click here

United Hospice Hosts Ladies Night

Calling all ladies! To help pass the time on these cold winter nights, the staff of United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital invites you to attend an upcoming Ladies Night to benefit the...

Announcing New Memory Care Expansion

Covenant Glen is proud to announce the completion of a new 25,000 square foot expansion to the assisted living and memory care community located in Frankenmuth, MI. Covenant Glen has served...

Give Blood and Save Lives on February 21

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MHS Go Red Ladies Night

February 22, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Guest Speakers start at 6:00 p.m.) Location: Woodland Hills Golf Club, 320 N. Gates Road, Sandusky Guest Speakers: - Connie Kramer, Integrit cleaning &...

MHS Healthy Lifestyle Workshop

February 25, 5:30 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Lynne Noll, MS, RN, LBSW Topic: “Stress & Seasonal Affective...

MHS Change 4 Life Support Group

February 26, 6:30 p.m. Location: Sandusky Presbyterian Church Meeting Room, 104 Lexington Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Nicole Beagle, Sanilac County CMH Topic: “How Can “NO” be a...

Sanilac County Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group

February 1, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky FREE Registration is not necessary

MHS Healthy Lifestyle Workshop

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New! Safe@Home Course Offered in Marlette

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MRH to Host Free Education Event for Coaches

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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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