The MHA received media coverage on the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers, and staffing solutions being implemented by hospitals and health systems to address workforce challenges.
The Detroit News published a story June 18 following the approval of COVID-19 vaccines for children under five years old by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The story includes portions of a statement from MHA CEO Brian Peters on the importance of the decision.
“Widespread vaccination of children will go a long way towards reducing the number of pediatric patients hospitalized in Michigan’s hospitals with COVID-19, which over the last two years has led to over 8,000 pediatric hospitalizations in the state,” said Peters.
Crain’s Detroit Business also published an article June 20 looking at healthcare workforce sustainability in Michigan and the tactics being implemented by health systems throughout the state. Included is a quote from Peters on the demographic and talent pipeline issues that have contributed to workforce challenges.
“The reality is we knew even before the pandemic that we would have many people leaving the field,” said Peters. “Demographics aren’t on our side, and we’re simply not training enough nurses, doctors, pharmacists, whatever to replace all those retiring in the coming years.”
As Michigan hospitals face a third surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the increase in infections and hospitalizations over the past week.
The MHA issued a press release March 24 that shows hospitalization rates are increasing rapidly for younger age groups that are less likely to have been vaccinated while the vaccine is seemingly preventing hospitalization at or near 100%. The release continues to attract state and national media attention.
Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include statements from the MHA.
As Michigan hospitals face a potential third surge of COVID-19 patients, the MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the increase in infections and hospitalizations over recent weeks.
The MHA issued a press release March 24 that indicates that the large growth in hospitalizations in Michigan in March is occurring among younger age groups that have the lowest vaccination rates among the state population.
Using hospital inpatient data, the MHA was able to show that hospitalizations are increasing the slowest among the age groups that have a higher percentage of vaccination. The release also includes quotes from MHA CEO Brian Peters and MHA Chief Medical Officer Gary Roth, DO.
Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include statements from the MHA, including coverage of the press release.