Michigan Governor Proclaims September as Sepsis Awareness Month

Posted on September 01, 2016

OKEMOS, Mich. ‒ Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed September as Sepsis Awareness Month in Michigan. Supporting national Sepsis Awareness Month, Michigan sepsis advocates will highlight sepsis, what it is, its causes and its impact on our communities over the next 30 days.

According to Sepsis Alliance, a national organization dedicated to increasing sepsis awareness, sepsis kills 258,000 Americans every year, yet it is unknown to many American adults. According to the annual Sepsis Alliance Awareness Survey, the recognition rate among U.S. adults is only 55 percent, causing many patients with sepsis to go untreated. Sepsis is a medical emergency that requires urgent attention and rapid treatment for survival. In most cases, sepsis can be stopped using existing and proven protocols.

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) and the MHA Keystone Center have partnered with Sepsis Alliance on the first statewide campaign, Michigan Sepsis Challenge: Stomp Out Sepsis, to increase awareness of sepsis through sponsored 5K events.

“Since 2010, the MHA Keystone Center Sepsis collaborative has been working with member hospitals to improve sepsis awareness, identification and treatment,” said Phyllis McLellan, RN, director of performance improvement and lead for the MHA Keystone: Sepsis collaborative. “Our efforts this year expanded to a statewide community awareness campaign through our partnership with Sepsis Alliance. With more dying from sepsis than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined, we feel this is a very important issue to focus on.”

 “We are grateful to the state of Michigan and the MHA Keystone Center for their commitment to sepsis awareness. Together with our partners across the state we can educate our communities and health providers about sepsis,” said Thomas Heymann, executive director of Sepsis Alliance. “We can save thousands of lives and set an example for other states to follow.”

You can show your support of Sepsis Awareness Month through the following activities: 

  • Participating in a Michigan Sepsis Challenge: Stomp Out Sepsis 5K event
  • Celebrating World Sepsis Day Sept. 13.
  • Signing and sharing the link for the World Sepsis Declaration 
  • Participating in a global twitter chat on Tuesday, Sept.13, at noon (CT) featuring Dr. Richard Besser, chief health and medical editor for ABC News, using hashtag #abcDrBchat
  • Tagging photos and posts with hashtags #SAM2016 #Sepsis and #SepsisAwareness on social media

To learn more about Sepsis Awareness Month or for additional ways to get involved, visit www.sepsisawarenessmonth.org. To learn more about the MHA Keystone Center’s work in sepsis education, visit www.mhakeystonecenter.org.


About Sepsis Alliance

Sepsis Alliance is the leading nonprofit patient advocacy organization in North America promoting awareness of sepsis. Sepsis Alliance’s mission is to save lives by raising awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. The organization hosts national and community events, distributes educational information, and promotes training and education of sepsis and its devastating effects. Sepsis Alliance also provides support by giving patients and family members information about sepsis and post sepsis syndrome, as well as a community forum to share their experiences. Sepsis Alliance, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a GuideStar Gold Rated Charity and a founding member of the Global Sepsis Alliance. For more information, please visit www.sepsis.org.

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.

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. Like the MHA on Facebook, and follow the MHA on Twitter and LinkedIn.



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