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MRH Employees Donate Gifts to Children in Need

This Christmas, staff of Marlette Regional Hospital donated three boxes of toys to Marlette Toys for Tots for distribution during the holiday season. Long-term employee Janis Maynard has proudly...

Debbie Smielewski Celebrates 45 Years at McKenzie Health System

McKenzie Health System recently celebrated Debbie Smielewski’s 45 year anniversary of dedicated service to the hospital with an employee gathering and refreshments. Debbie began as a dishwasher...

McKenzie Health System Hosts CMU Medical Student

McKenzie Health System is pleased to announce a continued partnership with Central Michigan University’s (CMU) Comprehensive Community Clerkship program, part of the CMU Medical School. CMU...

MHS Community Fitness Classes Session #1

January 2 - February 22 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...

CMU Medical Student Partners with MRH Provider in Lapeer County

On January 14th, Marlette Regional Hospital will warmly welcome a third-year Central Michigan University (CMU) College of Medicine (CMED) student to their facility and our Thumb Area communities....

McLaren Caro Region implements new emergency department partnership with American Physician Partners

A visit to the emergency room can be one of the most stressful, unpredictable, and potentially frustrating experiences of a person’s life. But a new partnership at McLaren Caro Region, along...

McLaren Caro Region Welcomes New Chief Medical Officer

McLaren Caro Region is pleased to introduce Dr. Norman Chapin as their new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Chapin will act as a liaison between administrative staff and our physicians. He will be...

McLaren Caro Region Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner

McLaren Caro Region is excited to announce the addition of Heather Fryers, FNP-BC to their team of providers. Heather began seeing patients on Monday, January 7, 2019 as a Family Nurse Practitioner...

Marlette Regional Hospital Sleep Lab Receives Program Accreditation

Marlette Regional Hospital’s (MRH) Sleep Lab in Marlette recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), making it one of 2,600 AASM-accredited sleep...

Marlette Regional Hospital Staff Go Above & Beyond for Patients

Each day, Marlette Regional Hospital marvels at the wonderful care our employees provide to our patients and residents, especially the unexpected, extra things our employees do to provide excellent...

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...

McLaren Bay Region Four Week Childbirth Series

Wednesday, January 2 - January 23 | 6:30PM - 9PM This class provides information on the process of labor and birth, including breathing, relaxation and other coping measures, hospital birthing...

Rotary Hosts 30th Annual Pancake Supper for Hospice

The Brown City Rotary Club invites you to attend the 30th annual Pancake Supper on Wednesday, January 23rd to benefit United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital. Sponsored by the Brown City...

Rotary Hosts 30th Annual Pancake Supper for Hospice

The Brown City Rotary Club invites you to attend the 30th annual Pancake Supper on Wednesday, January 23rd to benefit United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital. Sponsored by the Brown City...

American Cancer Society Freshstart Smoking Cessation Program - Two days, Thursday 1/24/19 and 1/31/19

Facility: Center for Rehabilitation, McLaren Bay Region West Campus, 3190 E. Midland Road, Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Description Facilitated by Anne Hamilton, Respiratory Therapist. The cost is $25 for...

Communities Achieving Excellence and Accountability

SAVE THE DATE What : Tenth Annual Conference The Region's Health and Healthcare Systems: Communities Achieving Excellence and Accountability When : Friday, January 25, 2019. 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m....

MHS Healthy Lifestyle Workshop

January 28, 5:30 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Jamie Foster, A Chance to Change Drug and Alcohol Testing, L.L.C. Topic:...

MHS Change 4 Life Support Group

January 29, 6:30 p.m. Location: Sandusky Presbyterian Church Meeting Room, 104 Lexington Street, Sandusky Guest Speaker: Millie Patterson Topic: “Let Go of The Past, Embrace the Future”...

McLaren Bay Region safeTALK suicide alertness training

McLaren Bay Region will host a free safeTALK suicide alertness training session on Tuesday, January 29 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares attendees,...

McLaren Bay Region to host safeTALK suicide alertness training

McLaren Bay Region will host a free safeTALK suicide alertness training session on Tuesday, January 29 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. safeTALK is a half-day alertness training that prepares attendees,...

McLaren Bay Region Baby Class for BIG KIDS-Sibling Preparation Class

Wednesday, January 30 | 6PM - 7:30PM This class is designed for children ages 3-8 who are expecting a new baby at home. Attendees will learn about fetal development, safety and the older sibling's...

McLaren Bay Region “Boot Camp for New Dads”

Thursday, January 31 | 6PM - 9PM 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 challenge...

American Cancer Society Freshstart Smoking Cessation Program - Two days, Thursday 1/24/19 and 1/31/19

Facility: Center for Rehabilitation, McLaren Bay Region West Campus, 3190 E. Midland Road, Time: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Description Facilitated by Anne Hamilton, Respiratory Therapist. The cost is $25 for...

MRH Offers Diabetes Education Refresher Class

The Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) program of Marlette Regional Hospital invites Thumb Area residents living with diabetes to take advantage of an educational opportunity that can assist...

Hospital Council of East Central Michigan Spring 2018 Legislative Roundtable

The Hospital Council of East Central Michigan works to maintain relationships with state and federal legislators, organizations and others in the region, whose activities affect the health services of our community hospitals. We continuously seek to provide opportunities to share information about issues that are impacting the ability of our members to improve the health of the population they serve.

On March 9, the HCECM Board of Trustees hosted the HCECM Spring Legislative Roundtable at the Courtyard Marriott in Bay City. This event allows HCECM Hospital CEO’s to meet with Federal and State legislators to present and discuss critical health care issues that are impacting providers and communities throughout our region and across the country.

Speaking on behalf of the HCECM, Steve Barnett, President/CEO of McKenzie Health System presented “Regulatory Relief = Positive Impact on Access, Quality & Cost”. In his presentation, Barnett provided statistics of the volume of regulations, from an overwhelming number of oversight agencies, that are negatively impacting providers and patients. He discussed the volume of duplicative regulations and quality measures that consume an excessive amount of human resources and add to the cost of healthcare. He provided examples of conditions of participation that do not add value to the services provided and asked law makers to prevent approval of laws that are duplicative and to support legislation that reduces regulatory burden and helps to reduce the cost of healthcare.

Also speaking on behalf of the HCECM, Dan Babcock, President/CEO of Marlette Regional Hospital, presented State Budget: Critical Healthcare Funding Impacts Residents, Providers and Access to Care.” In his presentation, Babcock provided an overview of how hospitals are paid and shared information regarding the percentage of state general fund and percentage of hospital provider taxes that currently funds the state’s Medicaid program. He discussed the impact of the federal Medicaid managed care rule change on two of our state funding sources that are critical for small and rural hospitals, especially those offering obstetrical services. Babcock summarized the Michigan DHHS budget elements and explained the critical funding changes that are putting access to care for Michigan residents at risk.

The Hospital CEO’s and Legislators in attendance participated in discussions about what is needed to help ensure access to high quality healthcare throughout the region and state.

The HCECM Board of Trustees would like to thank each of the legislators and their support staff who took the time to attend our 2018 Spring Legislative Roundtable and make it another great success.

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