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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

McLaren Bay Region Announces Community Classes

At McLaren Bay Region , we understand that your health is your main priority. That’s why we offer classes and events that make keeping your health in check simple. We back you up in your life...

McKenzie Health System Community Fitness Classes Session #4

July 8 – August 30 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...

Marlette Regional Hospital’s $10 Sports Physicals in July

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

14th Annual McKenzie Auxiliary Golf Scramble a Success!

The 14th Annual McKenzie Auxiliary Golf Scramble was a big success raising over $16,600 which will be used to help with the recent purchase of a 3D mammography machine. This technology helps with...

Ogboh Memorial 5K Walk/Run Donates to Hospice

Over 75 Thumb Area 5K enthusiasts from near and far headed to Brown City on June 8, 2019 to take part in the 6th annual Dr. Michael Ogboh Memorial Walk/Run sponsored by Marlette Regional Hospital....

McKenzie Health System Foundation’s “What Your Mama Never Told You” Event on July 25 to Highlight Women’s Health Information

Through the generations, women have not always been eager to share intimate health details or to ask the difficult questions. To make it easy for women in the community to learn more about...

McKenzie Health System Foundation Receives Donation from the Goodtimers

Sandusky, Mich. – The McKenzie Health System Foundation recently received a donation from the Goodtimers following their win at the Sanilac County Community Foundation (SCCF) Anniversary...

Marlette & Deckerville Hospitals Receive 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence

United Healthcare Partners member hospitals, Deckerville Community Hospital and Marlette Regional Hospital, are pleased to announce they have received MPRO’s 2019 Governor’s Award of...

Local Siblings Donate to Hospice Hospitality Cart

A relatively new feature at the United Hospice Residence in Marlette is a hospitality cart generously furnished by local contributors, both young and old. Among the first contributors was Peyton and...

Aleda E. Lutz VA and Nine Community Based Outpatient Clinics Ready to Serve, Those Who Have Served!

In conjunction with the implementation of The MISSION Act in June, the Aleda E. Lutz VA in Saginaw, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Alpena, Bad Axe, Cadillac, Cheboygan County, Clare,...

McLaren Bay Region Offers Sports Physicals

McLaren Bay Region offers Sports Physicals on July 23, 2019, at McLaren Bay Region's Center for Rehabilitation. For more information, please click here

What Your Mama Never Told You!

July 25, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Blue Water Sports Bar & Grill, 8 N. Ridge Street, Port Sanilac Laugh or cry? Young or old? Weight gain? Hot flashes? Postpartum depression? Bladder Slings? Birth...

Childbirth Education Saturday Cram Session

Saturday, July 27 | 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. A condensed version of our 4 Week Childbirth Series, this class includes the same information as the above class in a one-day session. For more information,...

MHS Healthy Lifestyle Workshop

July 29, 5:30 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky Speaker: Steve McKenney, Sanilac County Drug Task Force Topic: The Latest on our Drug Scene FREE, please...

HealthSource Saginaw Open House

HealthSource Saginaw announces Open House for our new Geriatric Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Please join us for light refreshments and a tour of our new unit on Tuesday, July 30 between 3:00 and 5:30...

Baby Class for BIG KIDS

Tuesday, July 30 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Designed for children ages 3-8 who are expecting a new sibling at home, this class includes information on fetal development, newborns and the role of the...

Breast Cancer Education Series: Breast Radiation, the Myths and Truths

Thursday, August 1 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The breast cancer support group meets the first Thursday of each month. In this session, hear from Radiation Oncologist Brooke Trotter, MD about the short...

Auxiliary Hosts Silvique Sterling Silver Jewelry Sale

The Marlette Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting a Silvique Sterling Silver Jewelry Sale on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) medical office...

Sanilac County Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group

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

Covenant HealthCare Foundation Red Carpet Par 3 Challenge

Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland Covenant HealthCare Contact: Covenant HealthCare Foundation 989-583-7601 www.CovenantHealthCareFoundation.com

Boot Camp for New Dads

Thursday, August 8 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Boot Camp for New Dads is a community education program for first time fathers. Taught by fathers, Boot Camp enables new dads to step up to the tremendous...

Covenant HealthCare Foundation Red Carpet Golf Classic

Apple Mountain Resort, Freeland Covenant HealthCare Contact: Covenant HealthCare Foundation 989-583-7601 www.CovenantHealthCareFoundation.com

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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