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 with breathing & relaxation techniques.

Walk 15 Class, Mondays and Wednesdays at MRH East Campus in Marlette

This 35-minute Walk 15 Class is for all ages every Monday and Wednesday from 5 – 5:35 p.m. Walk 15 focuses on variations of walking steps with additional upper and lower body movements. It is...

Scheurer Hospital Announces Fall CPR and First Aid Classes

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Scheurer Fall Community Fitness Classes

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Sheurer Shape Up Classes

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Scheurer Fall Taekwondo Classes

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Mackinaw Surgery Center Recognized for Outstanding Patient Satisfaction

Mackinaw Surgery Center has been recognized by SPH Analytics for achieving an unparalleled level of patient satisfaction for 2016/2017. Mackinaw Surgery Center, which is a joint adventure with...

McKenzie Autumn Benefit Features “Crime and Pun-ishment” Murder Mystery on Nov. 3

Will you be able to solve the mystery? That’s what attendees at McKenzie Health System’s Annual Autumn Benefit will determine during the murder mystery “Crime and Pun-ishment”...

Families and Staff to Gather at Covenant and Honor Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors Who Gave the Gift of Life

On Friday, Sept. 28, Gift of Life Michigan, Eversight, and Covenant HealthCare will host the annual Gift of Life flag raising ceremony at Covenant. Families and friends of organ, eye and tissue...

Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System Finalize Affiliation Agreement with Deckerville Community Hospital

The leadership teams at McKenzie Health System (MHS) and Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) are thrilled to welcome Deckerville Community Hospital (DCH) as the newest affiliate of United Healthcare...

Change 4 Life 5K Planned for October 6

With a focus on community health and wellness, McKenzie Health System is proud to host its annual fun run, the Change 4 Life 5K, on October 6 at Woodland Hills Golf Course, 320 N. Gates Road in...

Harbor Beach Community Receices $500 from a Live Grant from the HCCF Annual Celebration

The Harbor Beach Community Hospital was the recipient of $500 from the live grant during the Huron Country Community Foundation Annual Celebration on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the newly...

BeFit Dance Fitness Exercise Class

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:00 p.m. at Marlette Regional Hospital East Campus Community Conference Room, 2861 Main Street, Marlette The BeFit Class is offered FREE to ALL every Tuesday and Thursday...

MHS Change 4 Life Support Group

September 25, 6:30 p.m. Location: Sandusky Presbyterian Church Meeting Room, 104 Lexington Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Christine Tanton Topic: “How to Stay Motivated” FREE,...

Healthy Living Series Program “Stress Less and Live More”

McLaren Bay Region’s Center for Rehabilitation will offer the program, “Stress Less and Live More” on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 820...

ASIST Training Available

ASIST training, a Suicide Intervention program, is available in Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties. For more information, click here

Families and Staff to Gather at Covenant and Honor Organ, Eye and Tissue Donors Who Gave the Gift of Life

On Friday, Sept. 28, Gift of Life Michigan, Eversight, and Covenant HealthCare will host the annual Gift of Life flag raising ceremony at Covenant. Families and friends of organ, eye and tissue...

McLaren Bay Region Amputee Support Group

The Amputee Support Group will meet on Tuesday, October 2 from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, McLaren Bay Region West Campus, 3190 East Midland Road in Bay City. This group...

Change 4 Life 5K

October 6, 8:30 a.m. Location: Woodland Hills Golf Club, 320 N. Gates Road, Sandusky Run, Walk or Stroll! Colored chalk will be flying and glitter will be sparkling on the golf course. FUN COSTUMES...

Bay Area Stroke Support Group

The Bay Area Stroke Support Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 9 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Center for Rehabilitation, McLaren Bay Region West Campus, 3190 East Midland Road,...

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 and home of the ARTIS pheno, a robotic C-arm angiography system used for minimally invasive interventional procedures. This new robotic technology is the first of its kind in the Great Lakes Bay Region, second in Michigan, and it’s changing the way surgeons view the human body. 

“This operating room is the future of surgical care,” says John Germain, Director of Surgical Services at Covenant. “We are excited to make this technology available to patients in our region.”

The addition and renovation represent an investment of $7.2 million, adding three levels and more than 12,000 square feet to the Covenant Cooper facility. The new space has a new 1,465 square foot state of the art hybrid operating room with the latest technology, additional office space, a renovation of an existing OR, and a central sterile processing area.

A hybrid operating room is a traditional surgical room that is also equipped with advanced medical imaging x-ray devices. Hybrid ORs support minimally invasive surgeries and allow the surgical team to perform imaging studies in the operating room. The room is set up to be dual functioning- accommodating procedures, but able to quickly flip to a traditional open surgical room if needed. This eliminates the need to move patients during a procedure. Less movement is good for many reasons, including a reduced risk of infection and less time to reorganize the room.

“This is the culmination of years of dedication for us to be the leader in vascular surgery in Michigan,” says Dr. Ron Bays, a local vascular surgeon who was active in the development of this project. “We strive to give every patient the most up to date care available and our team has come together to make that dream a reality. I can't wait to get started and take our mission to the next level and beyond.”

One of the things that makes the new Covenant hybrid OR so unique, is the state of the art technology in it. Covenant is the second hospital in Michigan to have the specialized C-arm, the ARTIS pheno. The ARTIS pheno is a robotic piece of equipment that allows advanced x-ray imaging to be incorporated into a surgical suite. Covenant is excited to add this to the existing team of robots in the OR, which currently includes three da Vinci robots and two MAKOs for robotic knee replacement surgeries.

While the concept of a hybrid OR isn’t entirely new, the expanded scope of patients Covenant can help is. The ARTIS pheno equipment can properly support patients of all shapes and sizes. Other c-arms often have size and weight limits that are restrictive, and the positioning was not always optimal for the surgical team.

In addition, the ARTIS pheno has an antimicrobial coating and sealed housing, to help keep the system clean and may aid in preventing bacteria and viruses. In the surgical setting, lowering the risk of infection for patients is critical.

Covenant is also excited for the opportunity to help recruit up and coming physicians to the area. As Germain says, “Surgeons train on the latest equipment, and they expect that equipment to be available when they graduate. Covenant wants the best of the best in our region, as that is what our patients deserve. When hospitals [like Covenant] have the latest technology, it helps attract new and experienced physicians to Saginaw to offer services to our community.”

The hybrid OR will be used for advanced vascular surgical procedures including aortic aneurysm repair and peripheral vascular interventions, interventional cardiology procedures including transaortic valve replacements, orthopaedic trauma, neurological procedures, and more.


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