Michigan Hospitals: Leading the Way to Healthy Communities

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The 2018 MHA Community Benefit Report, Michigan Hospitals: Leading the Way to Healthy Communities, highlights how Michigan hospitals are working in local communities to help people of all ages get healthy and stay healthy both in and out of the hospital. 

According to the most recent data available, Michigan hospitals provided more than $3 billion in total community benefits in fiscal year (FY) 2016. These efforts include preventive services, community partnerships, the preparation of future healthcare professionals, uncompensated care, research and clinical trials, programs that impact well-being and health status, and efforts to meet the health needs of the uninsured, low-income and other vulnerable populations.

The report also highlights how hospitals are helping strengthen Michigan’s economy. Our teaching hospitals and academic medical centers serve as important training grounds for future healthcare leaders. In many communities, the local hospital is the leading source of jobs and helps support other locally owned healthcare-related businesses.

These innovative community-based partnerships help improve the overall health, wellness and quality of life of Michigan residents.

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Promoting Health, Wellness and a High Quality of Life

Health Education iconHealth Education & Guidance

Community health education, counseling, self help, support groups, family support, community benefit operations

  • 8 million people served
  • $54 million invested

Health Support iconHealthcare Support Services

Health screenings, immunizations, nonbilled & reduced-fee clinics, discounted prescriptions & medical supplies, financial and in-kind support

  • 5 million people served
  • $82 million invested

Groceries iconCommunity Outreach

In-home services, meals/nutrition, transportation

  • 148,000 people served
  • $6 million invested

Health professional iconHealth Professions

Investment in healthcare talent retention and workforce development

  • 105,000 people served
  • $508 million invested

Community Building iconCommunity Building Activities

Activities that help promote the health and well-being of community residents

  • 560,000 people served
  • $11 million invested

Health research iconCommunity Health & Clinical Research
Studies conducted with the goal of improving population health

  • 3,100 people served
  • $114 million invested

Michigan hospitals invested $3.1 billion in total community benefits in 2016, the year for which the most recent data are available. Hospitals invested more than $776 million in community-based activities that strengthen the overall health and quality of life of Michigan residents while helping keep healthcare costs lower by improving health status.

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The Healthy Michigan Plan is Making a Difference

The Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program, is making a difference in the lives of more than 687,000 Michigan residents. The successful and innovative program is doing exactly what it was designed to do: save money by reducing uncompensated care and improving the health status of men and women who could not afford health insurance in the past.

Access to Care

Strengthening the State Economy

Community Hospital illustrationIn 2016, there were more than 603,000 direct healthcare jobs in Michigan, which generated $36.5 billion in direct wages, salaries and benefits. Of the direct healthcare jobs in the state, Michigan hospitals alone provide nearly 240,000 direct jobs and employ nearly 40 percent of Michigan healthcare workers. In addition, among Michigan’s leading economic sectors, healthcare comprises 52 percent of direct jobs in the state compared to education at 34 percent and automotive manufacturing at 14 percent. 

Read more information about healthcare’s impact on Michigan’s economy.

Economic Impact Report

Success Stories from Michigan Hospitals

Abby, a golden retriever in McLaren Greater Lansing’s Pet Therapy Program visits a hospital patient during rounds at the hospital.

Hospitals help improve the overall health of neighborhoods and communities throughout the state. Read about these efforts in a series of stories exhibiting how individual 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. 

Community Benefit Success Stories

Celebrating Healthier Communities

MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award Honors Hospitals that Make a Difference 

Photo from Operation Fit community wellness program

The MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate community benefit by improving the health and well-being of their communities through healthcare, economic or social initiatives. The award criteria strongly emphasize outcomes that impact the welfare of the communities the programs serve, as highlighted in the descriptions of two award-winning programs below.

Read more about the MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award.

MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award

Michigan hospitals serve patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

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5 million people treated in emergency departments

Outpatient visits icon

36 million outpatient visits conducted

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5 million inpatient care days

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1 million patients admitted for care & treatment

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106,000 babies delivered

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Avg. length of stay – 4.67 days

Learn more about the impact of Michigan hospitals on community and population health, or join the conversation on social media using #MiCareMatters.

2018 Community Benefit Report

The 2018 Community Benefit Report is also available in PDF format. To request a print, contact us


Member Resources

Resources are available to help Michigan hospitals promote their community benefit programs on our Community site. Contact us for assistance. 

Member Toolkit 

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