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McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital Receive 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence

McKenzie Health System

Pictured above from McKenzie Health System is Director of Nursing Services Patty Schafsnitz, RN (left) and ED Supervisor and Trauma Program Manager Konni Phillips, RN.

Marlette Regional Hospital

Pictured above from Marlette Regional Hospital is Quality Assurance & Risk Manager Brenda Bolsby, RN, MSN (left) and Clinical Services Director Hilda Hebberd, RN, BSN, MSN.

Marlette and Sandusky, Mich. May 22, 2017- MPRO’s 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence was recently received by McKenzie Health System and Marlette Regional Hospital, affiliates of United Healthcare Partners.

This year, more than 100 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, inpatient psychiatric facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies and community-based organizations 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 Marlette Regional Hospital, McKenzie Health System, and all the other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” said MPRO President and CEO Leland Babitch, MD, 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 2015-2016 in the following areas:

*        Improving coordination of care

*        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

Marlette Regional Hospital and McKenzie Health System received the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Effective Reporting and Measurement. More specifically, McKenzie was recognized for improving the time from door to evaluation by a medical provider in the emergency department and improving the time to treat patients who have visited the hospital with long bone pain, or pain in the legs or arms. Marlette was recognized for improving compliance with the prevention of deep vein thrombosis and improving the transfer communication between Marlette’s emergency department and the receiving hospitals.

Award recipients were honored May 10, 2017 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 http://www.mpro.org/gae2017.

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