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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

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

MRH Offering Matter of Balance Classes

Every Monday & Wednesday 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. June 3rd – June 26th Classes are held twice per week for 4 weeks for 2 hours each Marlette Regional Hospital East Campus 2861 Main Street,...

Diabetes Education Program Coming Soon to Deckerville

Marlette Regional Hospital and Deckerville Community Hospital, as affiliates of United Healthcare Partners, are pleased to offer diabetes self-management services in two convenient locations,...

Community Fitness Classes Session #3

May 6 – June 28 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...

A Matter of Balance Program Will Be Offered in Marlette

Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) is offering A Matter of Balance program free of charge to area seniors aged 60 years and older who have physical limitations due to concerns about falling. A Matter...

Marlette Regional Hospital’s $10 Sports Physicals Begin in June

Marlette Regional Hospital’s family healthcare offices will begin 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 Golf Scramble to be held on June 6

The McKenzie Health System Auxiliary has been preparing for the 14th Annual McKenzie Golf Scramble which will take place on June 6 at Woodland Hills Golf Course in Sandusky. This will be the third...

McLaren Caro Honors Employees

McLaren Caro recently honored employees for their longevity. For more information, 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...

Saginaw Vet Center to Host Community Open House, Celebrating 40th Anniversary

What: Saginaw Vet Center invites Veterans, active duty service members, their families and the general public to an Open House event, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Vet Center program. When:...

VA Research Week Spotlights 94 Years of Excellence

The Aleda E. Lutz Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center will join the entire Department in celebrating National VA Research Week 2019. This year’s event, which will be observed...

McLaren Bay Region Receives 2019 Governor's Award of Excellence

McLaren Bay Region has been awarded with MPRO’s 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Excellence in Effective Reporting and Measurement. The award recognizes improvement in nursing...

Marlette Regional Hospital’s $10 Sports Physicals Begin in June

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

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...

McKenzie Health System Receives 2019 Governor’s Awards of Excellence

McKenzie Health System is pleased to announce it has received MPRO’s 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Reporting and Measurement (Hospital...

Hills & Dales General Hospital Receives MPRO’s 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence

Hills & Dale General Hospital is pleased to announce it has received MPRO’s 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Reporting and Measurement...

Hills & Dales General Hospital Earns ER Recognition

Hills & Dales General Hospital is proud to announce that they recently earned recognition from Covenant Healthcare for their outstanding Door to Door to Balloon time. In just 99 minutes, the...

Administrator named for Ascension St. Joseph

Ascension Michigan welcomes Shane Hunt, RN, BBA, MBA, to serve as Administrator for Ascension St. Joseph in Tawas. Hunt is a highly respected leader with 20 years of experience in health care and...

May is Mental Health Month—"The Moment When” Campaign

In conjunction with Mental Health Month in May, Make the Connection has launched “The Moment When” campaign aimed at starting a conversation about mental health to include treatment and...

A Matter of Balance Program Will Be Offered in Marlette

Marlette Regional Hospital (MRH) is offering A Matter of Balance program free of charge to area seniors aged 60 years and older who have physical limitations due to concerns about falling. A Matter...

MRH Seeks Community Health Survey Input

Marlette Regional Hospital is currently conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment survey to identify health needs that are most important to our communities and its residents. The survey is...

MHS Change 4 Life Support Group

May 28, 6:30 p.m. Location: Sandusky Presbyterian Church Meeting Room, 104 Lexington Street, Sandusky FREE, registration not required. Discussion Leader: Connie Kramer, Integrit Cleaning &...

McLaren Bay Baby Class for BIG KIDS

Wednesday, May 29 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This class is designed for children ages 3-8 who are expecting a new baby at home, and includes information on fetal development, newborns, getting used to a...

Scheurer HeartSaver CPR Class

May 29th: HeartSaver CPR Class located in the Wilson Education Center 9:00am – 12:00 pm

Scheurer Spark in the Park 2019

May 31st: Spark in the Park 3-7 pm in the Pigeon Recreation Park. Light dinner served 5 – 6:30 pm.

Scheurer Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon

June 3rd: Auxiliary Appreciation Luncheon at Pigeon Event Center at 12:00 noon.

McLaren Bay Region Amputee Support Group

Location: Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 East Midland Road, Bay City Category: Support Group Date: Tuesday, June 04, 2019 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Contact: 989-667-6736 For more information, please...

McLaren Bay Region 4 Week Childbirth Series begins - Tuesdays - June 4 -25

Facility Health Pavilion, 3175 West Professional Drive, Bay City Date Tuesday, June 04, 2019 Time 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Description Class provides information on the process of labor and birth, including...

Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center to Host Veteran Community Town Hall on June 4

The Aleda E. Lutz VA in Saginaw will host a Veteran Community Town Hall on June 4, 2019 at 3:00 p.m., at the VA Medical Center, located 1500 Weiss Street, Saginaw, MI, in their Pavilion located at...

Harbor Beach Hospital Foundation Annual Benefit Golf Scramble

Thursday, June 5, 2019 Verona Hills Golf and Country Club For a flyer, please click here

McKenzie Health System Auxiliary Golf Scramble

McKenzie Health System Auxiliary Golf Scramble at Woodland Hills Golf Course, Sandusky Contact: Rebecca Cambridge rcambridge@mckenziehealth.org www.mckenziehealth.org

McLaren Bay Region Heart Health & Stroke Screening

Location: Center for Rehabilitation, Building C, McLaren Bay Region West Campus, 3190 E. Midland Road, Bay City Category: Screening Date: Thursday, June 06, 2019 Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am Contact:...

McLaren Bay Region Breast Cancer Education Series - Dealing with Side Effects from Aromatase Inhibitors

Location: Health Pavilion, 3175 W. Professional Drive - located on McLaren Bay Region’s West Campus. Category : Support Group Date: Thursday, June 06, 2019 Time: 6:00 p.m. Contact: RSVP...

6th Annual Dr. Michael Ogboh Memorial 5K Walk/Run Slated for June 8th

Marlette Regional Hospital invites you, your friends and family to participate in the sixth annual Dr. Michael Ogboh Memorial 5K Walk/Run scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019 during the...

Bay Area Stroke Support Group

Location: Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 East Midland Road, Bay City, MI 48706 Category: Support Group Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm Contact: (989) 667-6736 For more information,...

McLaren Bay Region Caring for Others Support Group

Location: Center for Rehabilitation, 3190 East Midland Road, Bay City, MI 48706 Category: Support Group Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Time: 6:00 PM Contact: (989) 667-6636 For more information,...

McLaren Bay Region Breastfeeding Class

Location: Health Pavillion, West Campus, 3175 W. Professional Drive, Bay City, MI 48706 Category: Childbirth Education Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Contact: For questions...

Scheurer Caregiver Connection – Dementia Care

June 13th: Caregiver Connection – Dementia Care located in the Wilson education center 12:00-1:00 pm. Free lunch provided.

McLaren Bay Region “Boot Camp for New Dads”

Location: Health Pavillion Childbirth Classroom; West Campus, 3175 W. Professional Drive, Bay City Category: Childbirth Education Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Contact:...

Saginaw Vet Center to Host Community Open House, Celebrating 40th Anniversary

What: Saginaw Vet Center invites Veterans, active duty service members, their families and the general public to an Open House event, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Vet Center program. When:...

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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