In the MiCare Champion Cast, from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, we’ll talk to healthcare policy experts in Michigan on key issues that impact healthcare and the health of our communities. This series will cover topics like the auto no-fault insurance system, the opioid crisis and more. Learn more and get involved at https://micarematters.org.
Episode 24: A Look at Working Inside One of Michigan’s Rural Hospitals
On episode 24, Dr. Ross M. Ramsey, MD, President & CEO of Scheurer Health, gives listeners an inside look at working in one of Michigan’s rural hospitals as both a clinician and leader. Ramsey, who grew up in the region before attending medical school at Michigan State University, explains the care model and culture that sets rural hospitals like Scheurer apart from their urban counterparts.
The episode, currently available to steam on Spotify, YouTube and Apple Podcasts, also explores the vital role healthcare plays in rural communities and why those in the medical field might consider a career in the less populated areas of the state.
To learn more about Scheurer Health, visit: https://www.scheurer.org/
Episode 23: Your Vote Impacts Healthcare in Michigan – Here’s How.
On this episode, Laura Appel, executive vice president of Government Relations and Public Policy at the MHA, discusses the upcoming general election, which will set the stage for critical healthcare decisions for Michigan and the nation in the years ahead.
Appel explains how voting directly impacts healthcare and outlines details on this year’s candidates and ballot proposals. She also explores examples of past and present legislation that have had a lasting impact on healthcare, along with key dates to keep in mind ahead of Election Day, including:
Monday, Oct. 24: Last day to register to vote online and return absentee ballot by mail to avoid potential for mailing delays.
Friday, Nov. 4 (5 p.m.): Last day to request an absentee ballot online or by mail (to avoid mailing delays, it is strongly recommended to request an absentee ballot no later than Monday, Oct. 17).
Through Monday, Nov. 7 (4 p.m.): Vote early by absentee ballot at your clerk’s office.
Tuesday, Nov. 8 (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.): Polls are open. ***you can also register to vote in person at your clerk’s office up until, and on, Election Day. Eligible residents must provide official proof of residency if registering to vote between Oct. 25 and Nov. 8
LINKS MENTIONED IN EPISODE:
The Citizens Research Council of Michigan Non-Partisan, Independent Analyses of Michigan's 2022 Proposed Constitutional Amendments: https://bit.ly/3Dcpioq
MHA MI Vote Matters 2022 election webpage: https://bit.ly/3TsOo84
General election resources for Michigan: https://bit.ly/3KIjF1D
Episode 23: A Look at What’s Ahead with Michigan Medicine
On this episode, MHA CEO Brian Peters is joined by T. Anthony Denton, J.D., MHSA, senior vice president and CEO of University of Michigan Health – Michigan Medicine, and 2022-2023 Chair of the MHA Board of Trustees. The two explore priorities for the new program year along with efforts underway to address workforce challenges, improve health equity and support sustainability.
Denton has a vast history working in healthcare – from human resources to administrative operations. He has worked on master program and facility planning, capital investments, workforce planning and execution, environmental sustainability, social determinants of health and programs that create positive community impact. He also serves on state, national and community boards, and was recently chair of the MHA political action committee – also known as Health PAC – that raised more than $400,000 toward advocating for communities and healthcare organizations. Learn more at UofMhealth.org, or MHA.org.
Episode 22: How 340B Benefits Rural Michigan
On this episode, Lucy Ciaramitaro of the MHA interviews Karen Cheeseman, Chief Executive Officer of Mackinac Straits Health System and Leah Heffernan, retail pharmacy director, to explain the 340B drug pricing program; specifically what it is, and how it benefits Michigan's rural communities.
You can help protect 340B by heading to the MHA Legislative Action Center to contact your state lawmakers in just a few quick steps, here: https://www.mha.org/issues-advocacy/legislative-action-center/
The Mackinac Straits Health System (MSHS) serves the Straits of Mackinac region with local access to high quality health care, including state of the art equipment. MSHS includes a 15-bed critical access hospital in St. Ignace which houses a rural health clinic (St. Ignace Medical Clinic), Emergency Room, Fast Care (Walk-in) Clinic, outpatient surgery center, six-bed infusion center, and a 48-bed long-term care facility (Evergreen Living Center). The Sault Ste. Marie Tribal Health Clinic is also part of our St. Ignace Campus. Other outpatient services featured at the St. Ignace Campus include radiology, cardiac rehab, and physical therapy, along with a retail pharmacy. Other locations include Bois Blanc Island Medical Center, Mackinaw City Medical Clinic, Mackinaw City Specialty Clinic, Mackinac Island Medical Center, and the Rivertown Medical Clinic in Cheboygan. MSHS is an affiliated partner with MyMichigan Health and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Learn more at: https://www.mackinacstraitshealth.org/
Episode 21: What Are Social Determinants of Health?
On this episode, Lucy Ciaramitaro of the MHA is joined by Wright Lassiter, President and CEO of Henry Ford Health, to discuss the social determinants of health - what they are, why they matter and how understanding them can help us achieve better health outcomes.
As President and CEO, Lassiter oversees the $7 billion integrated health system comprised of six hospitals, a health plan and a wide range of ambulatory, retail and other health services consisting of more than 250 locations across Michigan and 33,000 employees.
Lassiter joined Henry Ford Health in 2014 as President and assumed the role of President & CEO in 2016. Since his arrival, he led the Board and senior management through a comprehensive strategic planning effort to position Henry Ford Health for the future.
Lassiter received his master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Indiana University where he graduated number one in his class and completed his bachelor’s degree with honors in Chemistry from LeMoyne College.
To learn more, visit: www.henryford.com
Episode 20: When Physician Becomes Patient
On this episode of the MiCare Champion Cast, Michael Leonard, MD, partner at Safe & Reliable Healthcare, shares his personal experience falling severely ill to COVID-19 in 2020. Leonard, who spent a total of 59 days in the hospital, gives a close-up look at what it was like as a tenured, perfectly healthy physician to become a critically ill COVID-19 patient at a time when information was limited and hospitals across the country were overwhelmed. Later, he addresses some of the common misconceptions that still exist around COVID-19 and the vaccines, and how listeners can best support healthcare workers.
Dr. Leonard will also be a keynote speaker at the MHA's major membership meeting, Breakthrough, scheduled Feb. 17-18 (2022). Those interested in learning more or registering for the event can do so here: https://www.mha.org/education-events/membership-meetings/breakthrough/#1637693384280-afca28de-9c8e
Safe & Reliable Healthcare is an organization dedicated to providing guidance for providers to effectively assess and manage risk and minimize adverse events. Dr. Leonard has worked with healthcare organizations nationally and internationally to identify clear, effective and sustainable ways to enhance patient- and family-centered care, improve leadership, develop a culture of safety, work collaboratively, become highly reliable, and create an environment of continuous learning and improvement. To learn more about Safe & Reliable Healthcare, visit: https://www.safeandreliablecare.com/