MHA CEO Brian Peters discussed some of the top challenges facing Michigan hospitals in articles published the week of Oct. 4 by Becker’s Hospital Review and Michigan Advance.
The Becker’s Hospital Review story interviewed several hospital leaders from across the country on the most pressing issues they are facing. Peters touched on the importance of unity in public policy and advocacy and the threat of increasing politicization of healthcare issues.
“For an association, it is imperative that our member hospitals and health systems remain united around our common mission, and advocate in unison for public policy that advances the health of individuals and communities.
Michigan Advance published an article that reviewed the increasing rates of threats and violence experienced by healthcare workers during the pandemic. Clinician burnout and efforts to improve workplace safety through the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative are mentioned by Peters.
“At the beginning [of COVID-19], our frontline caregivers would see the hero signs, banners and ads on TV and radio; that was uplifting,” said Peters. “Some of that has faded, and unfortunately we see these instances of violence and distrust. We would harken back to the earlier days of the pandemic, when they were rightly hailed as heroes. They still are.”