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McKenzie Health System first opened its doors in 1967. Since then, we have prided ourselves on being an organization focused on reaching for the best way to do rural healthcare (and healthcare in general) even if it means blazing a new trail. This is the result of looking at what is best for our community and patients and figuring out how to make it happen. Many times, that results in those “firsts.” Our goal is to truly deliver exceptional care, have solid connections in place for when patients need to be transferred, be very proactive in improving the health of our community, and to care for patients in the most efficient and effective way possible. The leadership at McKenzie is known for viewing the entire workforce as a team with purposeful communication on a regular basis to ensure we are drawing on the strengths of the staff and working through issues in a healthy way. Our passion is to deliver the very best care possible to our community and to build the right relationships to make sure our patients have a clear and fast path to advanced care when needed.

Our Achievements

We hold many “firsts” in terms of certifications and accreditations.

Some of our accomplishments include:

  • Co-founder of the first Rural Accountable Care Organization (ACO), which is now the largest ACO in the United States
  • Established Michigan’s First Oxy-Free Emergency Department
  • All primary care providers are certified as Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH)
  • These 3 certifications are part of the “systems of care” that are recognized by the state
    • Level IV Trauma Facility (first critical access hospital - CAH - in state to be fully accredited)
    • Joint Commission “Acute Heart Attack Ready” Certified (first and only CAH in the state, one of first 3 in the nation)
    • HFAP “Stroke Ready” Certified (first and only CAH in the state)
    • Only CAH in the state to have “Acute Heart Attack Ready”, “Stroke Ready” certifications, and “Level IV Trauma Facility” certification
  • Certified as a Level 3 Geriatric Emergency Department
  • In partnership with St. John Providence Health System’s Elslander Neuroscience Center of Excellence, formed the Stroke Network, employing telemedicine and a network of neuroscience specialists to treat strokes effectively
  • Utilizing the Stroke Network technology to bring specialty care and after-hours care to the community
  • Developed our processes to a high level of proficiency so that when someone is having a heart attack at home, we are able to quickly get them to the catheterization lab where the heart tissue will be saved. MHS has received the Cardiac STEMI Alert Award of Excellence from Covenant HealthCare three times. This award recognizes an emergency systems’ ability to achieve a Door to Door to Balloon (D2D2B) time in 120 minutes or less. We strive to achieve this goal for heart patients to experience their best possible outcomes.
    • Departments repeatedly excel in providing care and services in their respective area. We were one of 3 facilities in the state to install a new 3D mammography machine that included ProFound AI and CESM. The other 2 facilities were in large, metro areas. The availability of this technology has been evident with media interest and patients traveling from sometimes up to 2 hours away to access this service.

The McKenzie Health System Difference

You are not a number. You are not a disease. At McKenzie Health System, you are a member of our community, and we intend to improve your health.

McKenzie Health System’s team of experienced and knowledgeable healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing excellent, compassionate care and services to patients and communities throughout Sanilac County and surrounding areas.

Unlike the care at large urban hospitals, care at McKenzie is personal. McKenzie cares about the health and well-being of the community. McKenzie Health System cares about you.

Our professionals are committed to superior patient care and work together to:

  • Exceed expectations in patient satisfaction and quality of care
  • Maintain all aspects of patient safety
  • Clearly communicate each patient’s rights and responsibilities when receiving services from any of our healthcare providers or departments