Posted on August 17, 2016
LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) and the MHA Keystone Center have partnered with Sepsis Alliance on the Michigan Sepsis Challenge: Stomp Out Sepsis Lansing 5K at Hawk Island Park, Lansing, Sept. 4. The event, a timed 5K race and walk, is part of the first statewide initiative in the country designed to raise community awareness for sepsis, defined as the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. The event is endorsed by the Michigan Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.
The Stomp Out Sepsis Lansing 5K is the first of three 5K events to be held across Michigan in September as part of Sepsis Awareness Month. The events are designed to help inform the public of the signs and symptoms of sepsis and raise funds to support sepsis awareness programs. bioMérieux is the national presenting sponsor of the series, with Leading BioSciences and Tenax Therapeutics supporting as national sponsors. Local Lansing 5K sponsors include Sparrow Health System, Lansing Community College, Eaton Rapids Medical Center, McLaren Greater Lansing and many in-kind supporting businesses and organizations. Other 5Ks will be held in Michigan Sept. 11 in Rochester and Sept. 24 in Traverse City.
“Sepsis can progress quickly, so recognizing its signs and symptoms is critical to saving lives, not only for healthcare providers, but for patients, families and communities,” said Brian Peters, CEO of the MHA. “We invite runners, walkers and anyone who enjoys being outside during a fall day in Michigan to join us at Hawk Island and help us bring much-needed attention to a serious health issue.”
Each year, nearly 260,000 Americans die from sepsis — more than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis is also the second highest reason for hospital readmissions after congestive heart failure and contributes to one-third to one-half of all in-hospital deaths. Yet despite these grim statistics and the recent high-profile deaths of boxing legend Muhammed Ali and award-winning actress Patty Duke from sepsis, fewer than half of Americans even know what the word sepsis means.
Registration for the Stomp Out Sepsis Lansing 5K is $35 per person now through Sept. 2. Day-of-event registrations will be $40 per person. A special $10 discount is available for current students, who may use the registration code STUDENT at checkout. Registration and check-in opens at 8 a.m. Sept. 4, with the race slated to begin at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top female, male and participant under 18, and medals will be awarded to the top three runners in age categories. Random bib prizes from local restaurants and businesses will also be awarded to participants. For registration, information or to make a donation to support sepsis awareness, visit the Michigan Sepsis Challenge: Stomp Out Sepsis Lansing 5K website at http://lansing.stompoutsepsis.org.
About the MHA
Based in greater Lansing, the MHA advocates in Michigan and Washington, DC, on behalf of healthcare providers and the communities and patients they serve. The MHA is a nationally recognized leader on initiatives that protect and promote quality, cost-effective and accessible healthcare. To learn more, visit www.mha.org or follow the MHA on Facebook and Twitter.
About the MHA Keystone Center
The MHA Keystone Center is a nonprofit organization that brings patient safety experts and hospitals together to work in collaborative programs to improve patient safety and healthcare quality and to reduce medical errors. To date, the center has been funded by MHA-member hospitals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.mhakeystonecenter.org. Follow the MHA Keystone Center on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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