MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena Nurse Receives Q1 MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award

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Laura Smith, RN, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena, MHA Keystone Center Q1 Speak-Up! Award honoree.

The MHA Keystone Center presented Laura Smith, RN at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena, with the quarterly MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award, which celebrates individuals or teams in Michigan hospitals demonstrating a commitment to the prevention of patient or staff harm.

Smith was honored on March 9 for her diligence protecting a patient from premature discharge. While this individual was originally cleared to leave the facility, Smith urged the physical therapy team to re-evaluate the patient which led to confirmation that they were not able to move at full capacity or maintain normal oxygen levels. Her attentiveness and choice to follow-up was critical in protecting both the patient from harm and the family from potential distress.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for one of the most rewarding aspects of my job,” said Smith. “Being a patient’s advocate is one of the most important responsibilities of a nurse, and I am proud to work at a hospital where it is encouraged and celebrated.”

Launched in March 2016, the MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award promotes a culture within healthcare organizations empowering staff to speak up about the quality or safety of patient care to foster continuous improvement and minimize institutional risk for both patients and providers.

“We are very fortunate to have team members like Laura who are committed to ensuring all our patients receive the dedicated care they deserve,” said Mike Erickson, president, MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. “Her recognition is well-deserved, and we appreciate her unwavering commitment to the high standards we set for ourselves at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena.”

Additional award finalists for the first quarter of 2022 include:

  • Rebecca Ridenour – RN, Sparrow Hospital
  • Austin Lilley – RN, University of Michigan Health-West
  • Justyna Skowron – RN, Corewell Health Beaumont Grosse Pointe Hospital

“It’s always a pleasure to celebrate the courageous acts of healthcare workers like Laura,” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. “The health and well-being of Michigan patients relies on the compassion and thoroughness of those who provide care in our hospitals and health systems every day.”

More information about the MHA Keystone Center Speak-up! Award, including criteria and a nomination form, are available online.