McKenzie Health System Recognizes Health of Local Community on National Rural Health Day November 15

Every day is National Rural Health Day at McKenzie Health System. Acknowledging the importance of rural communities and the people who live here, McKenzie Health System is proud to join the National Organization of States Offices of Rural Health to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” on National Rural Health Day, November 15.

With more than 60 million people – nearly one in five Americans – living and working in rural communities, these places are the “economic engine that has helped the United States become the world economic power it is today,” according to the National Organization of States Offices of Rural Health. The annual day also recognizes that rural communities have unique healthcare needs and that they must address accessibility, lack of providers, needs of an aging population and insurance issues.

Each year on the third Thursday of November, the National Organization of States Offices of Rural Health focuses on honoring the “can-do” spirit that prevails in rural America while bringing to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.

Health systems remain the economic foundation of many rural communities. In the Sanilac County area, McKenzie Health System employs almost 300 team members.

“We are proud to honor our local communities and the strong, entrepreneurial, wonderful people who contribute to them,” said Billi Jo Hennika, Chief Operating Officer at McKenzie Health System. “We are also dedicated to supporting the health of rural communities through our ongoing dedication to health and wellness efforts.”

One of the ways McKenzie is celebrating this year is through an art contest. Local schools were invited to have their art students create a piece that they feel represents the rural area. Entries will be photographed and posted to the McKenzie Health System Facebook page.

Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at