Innovative Programs for Healthy Communities

Community hospital illustrationThese are just a handful of examples of how Michigan hospitals are using preventive services, community partnerships, the preparation of future healthcare professionals, activities impacting well-being and health status, and more to improve the overall health, wellness and quality of life for Michigan residents. 

Mackinac Straits Health System

“Hooping For A Cure” Raises Community Support, Awareness for Cancer Patients

Participants in the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation's Hooping for a Cure eventFor the last nine years, the “Hooping For A Cure” benefit basketball game has raised more than $137,000 to help the No Cancer Patient Left Behind program through the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation. The event helps cover travel expenses for cancer patients from the Mackinac Straits Health System and shows community support.

Spectrum Health

Shoppers Learn to Shop Healthy with Spectrum Health’s Guided Grocery Tours

Basket full of vegetablesTo help community residents get on the path to healthy eating, Spectrum Health educates participants about how to read labels and make healthy choices at the grocery store. As part of the program, a Spectrum Health dietician meets participants at a local grocery store and shows them around the aisles and how to navigate food labels based on health needs. 

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St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea

SRSLY Program Tackles Youth Substance Abuse Prevention 

Students having fun at St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea SRSLY retreatAfter studies showed increasing substance abuse among area teens, leaders from St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) reached out to the community to create SRSLY, a community-based youth substance abuse prevention coalition. Since 2008, more than 1,500 people have donated more than 20,000 volunteer hours. SJMC supports SRSLY to help prevent risk behaviors associated with substance abuse and improve health at the community level. 

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Livingston

The Merriest of Holidays: Food Drive Stocks up Schoolcraft Student Pantry

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Livingston hospitalsDuring the holiday season, more than 400 managers and physicians of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Chelsea and Livingston hospitals donated more than 495 pounds of non-perishable food items for Schoolcraft College's food pantry benefiting students in need.

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St. Joseph Mercy Livingston

St. Joe’s Livingston Donation Helps LACASA’s Sexual Assault Center Continue Operating

St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital donating $40,000 to LACASA’s Sexual Assault Response CenterSt. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital donated $40,000 to LACASA’s Sexual Assault Response Center, which enabled the program to continue operating in Livingston County. The center provides forensic examinations for rape victims and collects evidence for rape kits. It also provides individual counseling, support groups and legal advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault and rape.

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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Mercy Dental Clinic at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Provides Care to Patients, Learning Opportunities for Future Dentists

Dental specialists care for a patient at the Mercy Dental Center St. Joseph Mercy Oakland's Mercy Dental Center is a teaching facility offering residents the opportunity to work with volunteer attending dentists and dental specialists, while providing comprehensive treatment for those facing barriers to obtaining dental care. In 2015, residents and attending dentists performed more than 2,500 procedures for nearly 500 patients center. 

St. Mary Mercy Hospital

Trauma Experts from St. Mary Mercy Hospital Speak to S.T.E.M. Students at Canton High School

Trauma experts from St. Mary Mercy Hospital speak to S.T.E.M. studentsStaff members from the trauma services and injury prevention departments at St. Mary Mercy Hospital provided a day of guest lectures at Canton High School where they met with students from the S.T.E.M. Academy @ The Park to talk about careers in healthcare, traumatic shock and heart conditions. S.T.E.M. education promotes an integrated and inquiry-based approach to learning in science, technology, engineering and math.

West Branch Regional Medical Center

Go Outside! West Branch Regional Medical Center Partners with Nature to Improve Regional Health and Wellness

Students participate in a Go Outside! West Branch Regional Medical Center programGo Outside! is the umbrella program for a series of West Branch Regional Medical Center activities and events that are designed to improve the health and wellbeing of the children and their families at the Tolfree Wellness Park. Go Outside! events focus on agriscience, healthy eating, outdoor activities and more.

Beaumont Health

One and done: Patient Benefits from Prostate Cancer Research Program

Beaumont Health prostate cancer patient, John CameronAfter being diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer, Farmington resident John Cameron worked with his care team at Beaumont Health to determine his treatment plan. That’s how he found out about a newer treatment option being researched at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, for single-dose brachytherapy. He enrolled in the clinical trial and received the treatment within 90 days of his cancer diagnosis. Single-dose treatment allowed him to get back to work and resume his lifestyle, and ultimately prolonged his life. 

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MidMichigan Health

Health Assessment Helped Detect Her Breast Cancer At An Early Stage

April Karns, MidMichigan Health cancer patientWith a family history of cancer and dense breast tissue, April Karns had been careful to get a mammogram every year since age 40. But after seeing a link on Facebook to a free online breast health assessment offered by MidMichigan Health in Midland, she paused for a look. Following her online assessment, Karns received a phone call from MidMichigan’s Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator, who explained that breast MRIs are often an option for high-risk patients. Karns chose to have an MRI and learned that she had breast cancer. Discovering the cancer at its most easily treatable stage meant a faster, easier recovery and less disruption of Karns’ family life and work.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Psychiatry Residency Program Prepares Future Physicians to Care for Mind, Body

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Psychiatry residentsThe Pine Rest Psychiatry Residency Program helps prepare comprehensively trained psychiatrists in evidence-based treatment and compassionate care when it comes to treating addictions, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensics, geropsychiatry, neuropsychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. The residency program has 37 residents on staff, which has helped reduce wait times for psychiatry by 50 percent and serves a vital role in providing access to care and treatment for more than 40,000 patients served each year.

Aspirus Ironwood Hospital

Immunization Clinic Takes Aim at Preventing the Flu

Flu shot clinicAspirus Ironwood Hospital has committed to preventing the spread of influenza in communities in the far Western Upper Peninsula. The hospital serves a medically underserved, elderly population that spans Michigan and Wisconsin and is part of a collaborative effort with the local community college and health departments to host an annual region-wide flu clinic. Since its inception in 2005, more than 4,000 people have received immunizations in a clean, safe environment, including a unique drive-through option, where participants receive their vaccine from the comfort of their vehicle. 

Bronson Battle Creek

Operation Fit Tackles Childhood Obesity in Battle Creek

A student participates in an Operation Fit activity A 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment identified obesity and related issues as the number one health challenge in Calhoun County, leading to the creation of Operation Fit, which encourages healthy behaviors in elementary school students. In the two schools where the full program was implemented, students significantly improved in physical testing, children self-reported improved exercise and eating behaviors, parents reported their children’s health and classroom performance improved, and disciplinary issues in school were drastically reduced. 

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2017 Community Benefit Report

Innovative, community-based partnerships are improving the overall health, wellness and quality of life of Michigan residents. 

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