Michigan Health & Hospital Association Celebrating 100-year Anniversary in 2019
Posted on January 15, 2019
The Michigan Health & Hospital Association will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019. The association, which is based in greater Lansing, serves as the leading voice of healthcare in Michigan and represents 187 hospitals and health systems throughout the Lower and Upper peninsulas, including 133 community hospitals.
“Over the last century, the MHA has been driven by its core mission of improving healthcare through leadership, advocacy and communication,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. “Since its inception, our association has expanded its scope of activity to reflect the changing opportunities and challenges facing Michigan hospitals and their patients. I’m proud of where we’ve come as an association and look forward to what the future holds for healthcare, for our members and for our state.”
The MHA is planning to commemorate its 100th anniversary throughout 2019 via social media, special events and other activities that will reflect upon and honor the contributions of the association to Michigan’s healthcare community. Those contributions are documented online in a newly released video and timeline developed as part of the MHA’s 100-year anniversary celebration.
The association was formed Dec. 12, 1919, when representatives from 34 Michigan hospitals met at the state Capitol to form the Michigan Hospital Association. The association spent its early decades as a networking venue for healthcare executives as they came together to promote efficiency and success in hospital management and aid in the health education of the public. After hiring its first dedicated lobbyist in the 1950s to advocate for funding for the care of crippled children and educate members on hospital law, the MHA began working in earnest with elected officials as it expanded its presence to healthcare policy work.
In 2003, the association launched the MHA Keystone Center to work with member hospitals on a number of safety and quality efforts. To better reflect the organization’s expanded role and impact on the health and healthcare available to Michigan residents and communities, the name of the organization was changed to the Michigan Health & Hospital Association in 1995.
The MHA 100 Year Anniversary celebration is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Coverys, and Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valututti & Sherbrook. Additional information about the celebration can be found on the MHA 100 Year Anniversary webpage and on the MHA’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.
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