MHA Hosts Media Conference Call on COVID-19

Posted on March 17, 2020

The MHA hosted a conference call with media March 16 to address the most recent 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) activity affecting hospitals and communities. Thirteen representatives from nine media outlets participated on the call, including:

  • COVID-19Associated Press
  • Bridge Magazine
  • Detroit Free Press
  • The Detroit News
  • Gongwer News Service
  • Lansing State Journal
  • MIRS (Michigan Information & Research Service, Inc.)
  • MLive Media Group
  • Michigan Radio

MHA CEO Brian Peters expressed the MHA’s appreciation toward Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the actions she has taken that look after the health and wellness of Michigan citizens. Peters also encouraged the state to increase access to testing and supplies and urged Michigan residents to heed the guidance from the state on social distancing.

Following Peters, Ruthanne Sudderth, senior vice president, public affairs and communications, MHA, addressed how hospitals are responding to the pandemic, including implementing visitor restrictions, COVID-19 cases and data, details on testing procedures, and guidance for the public.

Laura Appel, senior vice president and chief innovation officer, MHA, also provided an update on actions being taken at the federal level.

The MHA will continue to provide regular media availability to help unburden member media relations teams and spread consistent messages to the public.  

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA


  • MHA Hosts Media Conference Call on COVID-19

Tags: Ruthanne Sudderth, John Karasinski, Coronavirus, COVID-19

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