Leadership Corner: Michigan Organizations Work Together to Improve Maternal Health

MHA Keystone Center Leadership Corner

As Governor Whitmer shared in her State of the State address, improving the health of mothers and babies is a priority for the state of Michigan. Specifically, the governor’s plan will extend postpartum Medicaid benefits for a full year for mothers, increase access to treatment for substance abuse and mental health services for mothers and expand access to home visiting programs. The full care continuum reaches outside the four walls of a hospital, and these initiatives can make a significant impact in ensuring all mothers and babies remain healthy. The MHA Keystone Center supports the governor’s stance and remains dedicated to supporting the efforts of providers by partnering with organizations that are at the forefront of improving maternal health in Michigan.

Brittany BoganThrough a new partnership with the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS), the MHA Keystone Center will offer several maternal health regional safety sessions in 2020. The MHA Keystone Center and the Regional Perinatal Quality Collaborative (RPQC) leaders are planning each session to ensure they meet the needs of providers in the local area. The nine RPQCs that represent Michigan’s 10 prosperity regions include diverse, cross-sector stakeholders that focus on improving birth outcomes and authentically engaging families and community members in their region. More information on the safety sessions will be available in the upcoming months.

Since 2016, the MHA Keystone Center has partnered with the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM) to bring together resources to help reduce morbidity and mortality for moms and babies across the state. Between 2014 and 2017, complications from hemorrhage have declined by 19.6% and maternal hypertension complications have decreased by 19% in Michigan birthing hospitals. In alignment with these efforts, the MHA Keystone Center recently released a new, interactive dashboard for Michigan birthing hospitals to track their performance on the MI AIM safety bundles. Safety bundles equip hospitals with actionable protocols, necessary equipment, staff education and staff drills to prevent and adequately treat severe maternal events. Hospitals may use the dashboard to compare their progress on the safety bundles with other organizations in their region and across the state.

MI AIM, in conjunction with MDHHS and the Maternal Infant Health Strategy Group, is hosting the third annual Michigan Maternal Infant Health Summit March 30 and 31 in Lansing. Professionals across the healthcare community will gather together to support the collective goal of ensuring health equity to all Michigan mothers and babies. The summit will feature nationally-recognized speakers and focus on aligning priorities between public and private organizations while offering education on the latest developments in the field.

At the summit, the following Michigan birthing hospitals will be recognized for their achievements in 2019 to implement the MI AIM safety bundles and improve health outcomes for mothers in their care. The 50 recipients – a number that has grown each time the designations have been awarded – engage in collaborative quality improvement activities through MI AIM and the Obstetrics Initiative and submit data indicating the adoption of the AIM safety bundles practices. The organizations also demonstrate improvement and share lessons learned with other participating hospitals in an “All Teach, All Learn” approach. The MHA Keystone Center is proud to be a sponsor of this event and join more than 550 individuals that are registered to attend.


  • Henry Ford Allegiance Health
  • Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital
  • Holland Hospital
  • Hurley Medical Center
  • McLaren Central Michigan
  • Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
  • St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor
  • Spectrum Health – Grand Rapids
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland Hospital Niles
  • Spectrum Health Lakeland Saint Joseph
  • Spectrum Health Pennock
  • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital


  • Bronson Battle Creek Hospital
  • Bronson Methodist Hospital
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Henry Ford Macomb Hospital
  • McLaren Bay Region
  • McLaren Greater Lansing
  • McLaren Lapeer Region
  • McLaren Northern Michigan
  • MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland
  • Munson Medical Center
  • North Ottawa Community Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
  • Spectrum Health United Hospital
  • Metro Health-University of Michigan Health
  • University of Michigan Hospitals & Health Centers


  • Covenant HealthCare
  • Dickinson County Healthcare System
  • Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital
  • ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital
  • Sparrow Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital


  • Ascension St. John Hospital
  • Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn
  • Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills
  • Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe
  • Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak
  • Beaumont Hospital, Trenton
  • Beaumont Hospital, Troy
  • Beaumont Hospital, Wayne
  • McLaren Flint
  • McLaren Port Huron
  • McLaren Thumb Region
  • MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena
  • Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital
  • Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital
  • ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital
  • Three Rivers Health

The MHA Keystone Center will continue to strive to improve maternal and infant health in a statewide approach by training our current and future physicians, nurses and healthcare professionals to establish acceptable treatment and practices for our hospital community.

Brittany Bogan, FACHE, CPPS, is the senior vice president of safety and quality at the MHA and the executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.