The MHA is offering its popular Healthcare Leadership Academy program on March 13-15 and May 15-16. With 10 years of history helping healthcare professionals lead more effectively, the program focuses on developing a new generation of healthcare leaders. Delivered in partnership with Executive Core and Grand Valley State University, two power-packed modules will help develop healthcare professionals’ ability to lead. This year’s program will be presented on the Grand Valley State University campus in Grand Rapids and features insightful sessions with executive leaders from Corewell Health, Bronson Healthcare and Sparrow Health System in addition to the renown faculty form GVSU.
The healthcare-focused business content develops understanding in finance, process improvement principles, technology and innovation while the professional leadership track builds essential skills to empower teams and stakeholders. Leadership 360º development with personal executive coaching ensures each delegate gets the most from the MHA program. Members are encouraged to register rising leaders to help build a stronger, more resilient organization. Attendees will develop valuable skills and insights that enable them to think strategically and improve outcomes, all while earning up to 42.5 CMEs or CEUs.
Physicians, clinicians and others who are engaged in healthcare and wish to strengthen their leadership skills are encouraged to register for the Healthcare Leadership Academy. Registration includes both the March and May module dates.
To further explore this offering, please contact Paul Velasco at Executive Core.
At its June 29 meeting, the MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) board focused on supporting MHA Strategic Action Plan priorities to address workforce challenges, behavioral health improvements, redesigning care, insurance market solutions and more. The board considered strategies to leverage partnerships and meet the pressing needs of MHA members with short- and long-term solutions.
The board was joined by Alex Herbison, vice president, AMN Leadership Solutions, for an overview of services offered through B.E. Smith and AMN Language Services, which include executive recruitment, interpretation services and more. These companies are among those being considered as new Endorsed Business Partners in the coming weeks.
The board celebrated the “2022 Outstanding Performance” award given to the MHA Unemployment Compensation Program (MHA-UCP) by the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. This award recognizes the MHA-UCP’s timeliness and thoroughness in responses to new unemployment claims. More importantly, the award reflects the MHA-UCP’s commitment to reducing its clients’ unemployment liability exposure and its efforts to prevent unemployment fraud.
The MHASC board recognized Gwen MacKenzie, senior advisor, McKinsey and Company, for her leadership as the inaugural chair and expressed appreciation for her strategic and thoughtful guidance through the pandemic. The board also recognized incoming chair Kent Riddle, CEO, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Grand Rapids, and appointed incoming vice-chair, Bill Manns, CEO, Bronson Healthcare Group, Kalamazoo, and wished them well in their leadership roles. Mackenzie was reappointed to a three-year term on the MHASC board.
The MHASC provides critical support to the MHA in the form of nondues revenue through its Data Services, Unemployment Compensation Program and Endorsed Business Partner program to address workforce, financial and other business needs. Visit the MHA Business Services webpage to learn more about resources available. Questions regarding the MHASC Board should be directed to Peter Schonfeld at the MHA.
In hospitals across the state, healthcare personnel work together to ensure patients receive safe, high-quality care.
To recognize Michigan hospitals that are tackling issues daily to make care safer and more dependable, the MHA presents its annual Advancing Safe Care Award. Eligible nominees include teams from hospitals across the state that are dedicated to transparency regarding the quality of care provided to their patients and providing unmatched care to different patient populations. Nominations for the 2022 award will be accepted through March 25.
The award honors teams within MHA-member hospitals who are committed to providing quality care to diverse socioeconomic populations, promoting transparency within organizations, leading the charge for quality improvement and achieving better outcomes due to a strong culture of safety. The award does not limit the number of team members who can be included in the nomination.
Judging for this award is based on four criteria:
Reducing health disparities among specific patient populations.
Supporting a learning culture committed to trust, feedback and higher problem-solving.
Evidence of transparency among care teams, with patients and families, and with community stakeholders.
Improving safety by creating high degrees of psychological and physical safety.
In 2021, the award honored the healthcare team at Bronson Healthcare for creating and supporting Bronson’s Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics and Health Equity Project, designed to ensure people are quickly and effectively vaccinated against COVID-19 and to address social determinants of health during the vaccination process.
For more information on nominating a team for the Advancing Safe Care Award, contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.
The MHA announced the winner of its 2021 Advancing Safe Care Award June 24, honoring a dedicated team at Bronson Healthcare, Kalamazoo, for creating and supporting Bronson’s Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics and Health Equity project. The award was announced during the association’s virtual Annual Membership Meeting.
The MHA Advancing Safe Care Award honors healthcare teams within MHA-member hospitals that demonstrate a fierce commitment to providing care to different patient populations, show evidence of an improved safety culture, lead the charge for quality improvement, and demonstrate transparency in their efforts to improve healthcare.
Bronson Healthcare ensures people are quickly and effectively vaccinated against COVID-19 and is addressing social determinants of health during the vaccination process. Bronson based its stance for equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine on data showing people from racial and ethnic minority groups are disproportionately affected by the disease. That mindset brought about significant community partnerships, formed the Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics, and enhanced the delivery of vaccines to underserved community populations.
The outreach program also led to the development of the Bronson COVID-19 Exploration Dashboard and a data infrastructure to proactively monitor for gaps and address structural racism. This data continues to help Bronson support equitable care in its community through a geographical lens.
Bronson’s vaccine deployment strategy is population- and place-based. By focusing on people with disabilities and those of racial and ethnic minorities, it created vaccine clinics that are accessible to the most vulnerable and proactively reduce COVID-19-associated stigma and implicit bias. The Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics led to 1,250 vaccine administrations over four clinic events, 50% of them to people in racial and ethnic minorities, and the number continues to rise as more community clinic events are organized weekly. Previously, Bronson was vaccinating 5% of minority populations.
For more information on Bronson’s Community Partnered Vaccine Clinics and Health Equity, contact Sarah Jasinski, system manager patient safety, at Bronson Healthcare at (269) 341-6506.