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

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McKenzie Health System Community Fitness Classes Session #4

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Hills & Dales General Hospital Follow up to Active Shooter Drill

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CMU Medical Students Partner with MRH Providers in Marlette & North Branch

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Marlette Regional Hospital’s $10 Sports Physicals in July

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14th Annual McKenzie Auxiliary Golf Scramble a Success!

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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....

July Lunch & Learn Focuses on Anxiety and Depression

McKenzie Health System is pleased to present a Community Mental Health Clinician as the featured speaker at the July Lunch & Learn workshop, scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from Noon to 1...

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...

MHS Healthcare Provider BLS Classes

July 16 , 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Additional classes and times available by calling 810-648-3092 Registration is required by calling 810-648-6117.

MHS Lunch and Learn

July 17, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Location: McKenzie Health System Dining Room, 120 Delaware Street, Sandusky Speaker: Community Mental Health Clinician Topic: What Everyone Should Know About Anxiety &...

4 Week Childbirth Series

Wednesdays, July 17 - August 7 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This class provides information on the process of labor and birth, including breathing, relaxation and other coping measures, hospital birthing...

Kiddie Cruise ¼ mile fun run

Kiddie Cruise ¼ mile fun run for kids ages 5-10. Free event held July 18 at 7:00 pm at Scheurer Health Long Term Care Parking Lot. Register onsite from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Pigeon Sunset Classic 5k Run/Walk

Pigeon Sunset Classic 5k run/walk: Held July 18 at 8:00 pm at Scheurer Health Long Term Care Parking Lot register online ($15) at www.scheurer.org or onsite ($20) day of race. First 100 registrants...

Pigeon SummerFest Kids’ Day

Pigeon SummerFest Kids’ Day: Join Scheurer Health in the Pigeon Municipal Parking Lot on July 19 from 1 - 3 pm for activities for kids.

Marlette Regional Hospital & Kraft’s to Host Car Show, Swap & Health Fair

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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...

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...

HealthSource Saginaw Open House

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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...

Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) Vice President Hamed Named 2019 Michigan Rural Health Professional

Author: Dana Lawrence, Director of Communications, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians
*Shared with permission

During the Michigan Rural Health Conference held April 25-26 at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Mark Hamed, MD, MBA, MPH (Sandusky) was honored with the 2019 Michigan Rural Health Professional Award by the Michigan Center for Rural Health.

For the past eight years, Dr. Hamed has served as medical director of the Departments of Emergency and Hospitalist Medicine at McKenzie Health System in Sandusky—a rural community of 41,000 located in Michigan’s Thumb. Ninety percent of Sandusky residents live in a rural area, 15% (higher than the national average of 13%) live below the poverty line, and 15% have no health insurance.

Innovations Driving Change

McKenzie Health System, one of Michigan’s 37 critical access hospitals, is a primary source of healthcare for residents of Sandusky, Sanilac County, and surrounding areas.
“McKenzie Health System understands the importance of effectively addressing population health management, helping to ensure that effective and quality primary care reaches all members of the community” said Dr. Hamed.

Critical access hospital designation is granted to rural hospitals that primarily provide outpatient services, including 24/7 emergency care, to rural residents. The Medicare Rural Hospital flexibility Program, created by Congress in 1997, allows small hospitals to be licensed as critical access hospitals and offers grants to states to help implement initiatives to strengthen the rural healthcare infrastructure.

Despite the fact that rural hospitals often face unique financial challenges that can threaten the care and services they provide, McKenzie Health System has implemented several initiatives spearheaded by Dr. Hamed’s innovation that focus on improving the quality of life in the community through an integrated healthcare delivery system characterized by collaboration, innovation, technology and value.

In partnership with McKenzie Health System CEO and President Steve Barnett, DHA, CRNA, FACHE, Dr. Hamed was instrumental in establishing Michigan’s first Oxy-free Emergency Department in February 2013 in response to the growing opioid epidemic. Since then, the number of opioid prescriptions written by the hospital’s emergency department physicians have decreased by 90%; the number of overdoses has also declined while job satisfaction and employee morale have increased.

Last summer, Mr. Barnett and Dr. Hamed were invited to share about their initiative’s successes before the Office of Rural Health in Washington, DC.

“Over the past [six] years, the community has been very supportive. We believe this support is directly related to our initial outreach and request for input on policy development,” said Dr. Hamed, who is passionate about improving quality of life for his community.

High Quality Care

In 2017, under Dr. Hamed’s tenure as medical director, McKenzie received Level IV trauma designation, meaning that critical patients will come to the Emergency Department to be stabilized or treated, and may then be transferred to a Level I, II, or III facility, depending on their condition. McKenzie is the first critical access hospital in Michigan to be a fully accredited Level IV Trauma designee.  In March 2019, McKenzie also became the first critical access hospital in Michigan to achieve Level III Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation, which helps to ensure their elderly population receives high quality emergency care when they visit the Emergency Department.

Also, in partnership with St. John Providence Health System’s Elslander Neuroscience Center of Excellence, McKenzie Health System formed the Stroke Network, employing telemedicine and a network of neuroscience specialists to effectively treat strokes. McKenzie is the only accredited “Acute Stroke Ready” hospital in Michigan, which helps ensure that stroke patients receive high quality stroke care for their patients presenting with signs or symptoms of a stroke.

“We are always looking at ways to improve quality of care in resource-challenged environments, so being innovative in rural areas is a must. McKenzie Health System continues to look toward innovative ways to ensure Sanilac County residents have high-quality, patient-centered, whole-person care, when and where they need it,” said Dr. Hamed.

In addition to his medical director position at McKenzie Health System, Dr. Hamed currently serves as associate medical director of the Sanilac County Medical Control Authority and, in 2018, was named medical director of the Health Departments of Sanilac, Tuscola, Huron, and Lapeer counties, as well as District Health Department #2 (Alcona, Iosco, Oscoda, and Ogemaw counties). He also maintains senior staff physician privileges and faculty membership with Henry Ford Health System/Wayne State University’s residency program, serves as MAFP Vice President, and is an associate clinical instructor with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and Central Michigan University College of Medicine.

“Helping to promote and deliver high quality and efficient healthcare to a vulnerable population is a challenge, however I’ve been blessed to be working with other leaders who share the same goals, and that helps turn the challenge into an exciting and rewarding experience,” said Dr. Hamed.

Direct Link: https://www.mafp.com/news/mafp-vice-president-hamed-named-2019-michigan-rural-health-professional

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