McKenzie Health System Receives 2019 Governor’s Awards of Excellence

Director of Quality and Risk Management, Jenifer Monzo (left) and Director of Healthcare Practices, Debbie Ruggles accepting the Governor’s Award of Excellence on behalf of McKenzie Health SystemMcKenzie 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 Campus) and for Outstanding Achievement in Improving Antibiotic Stewardship: Outpatient Settings for each one of the family healthcare clinics, including Lakeshore Internal Medicine, McKenzie Health and Wellness Center, McKenzie Family Healthcare, McKenzie Croswell Clinic, Peck Medical Center, and McKenzie Rural Health Clinic.

This year, more than 130 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, inpatient psychiatric facilities, ambulatory surgery centers and home health agencies were honored with the Governor’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes participants for their dedication and success in improving healthcare quality and patient safety in Michigan. To be eligible for the award, participants must have achieved, maintained and continually improved in specific and rigorous milestones related to the award they received.

“We are fortunate to be able to partner with McKenzie Health System and all the other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” said MPRO President and CEO Leland Babitch, M.D., MBA. “To be able to recognize these outstanding accomplishments with the Governor’s office highlights the importance of improving healthcare quality in our state.”

The Governor’s Award of Excellence was first developed in 2003. The current award is based upon work from 2017-2018 in the following areas:
•    Improving heart health
•    Increasing adult immunizations
•    Lowering the risk of infection in hospitals
•    Effective reporting and measurement
•    Improving care in nursing homes
•    Increasing identification of behavioral health conditions
•    Improving diabetes management

“Earning these awards is a result of the commitment and passion our team demonstrates in providing excellent patient care,” said Steve Barnett, DHA, CRNA, FACHE, President and CEO at McKenzie. “We are proud of each and every one for pursuing our mission of improving the health of our community and providing quality healthcare for those we serve.”

Award recipients were honored May 8, 2019 at Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath Township, MI. For more information about the Governor’s Award of Excellence, including a list of winners, visit