Member Forum to Examine MHA Strategic Action Plan

The MHA will host a virtual member forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 to outline the MHA 2021-2022 program year’s strategic action plan, which the MHA Board of Trustees approved in August. The forum will review the priorities set for the year, progress to date, and the tactics the association will use to accomplish goals during the remainder of the program year. In addition, it will discuss ways members can support those initiatives.

The forum will also review the pillars of the strategic action plan, the ramifications of COVID-19, state advocacy priorities and initiatives, the commitment to address racism and health inequities, and tools to assist members in that commitment.

The forum is offered free of charge, but members are asked to register by Feb. 21. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Register Now for Jan. 28 Workplace Violence Response Training

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare workers are five times more likely to suffer a workplace violence injury than workers overall. This affects workers not just physically, but mentally, contributing to burnout and worsening turnover.

The virtual training TEAM® Essentials: Recognizing and Managing Aggression will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and is designed for healthcare workers and volunteers who may encounter angry, disruptive or potentially dangerous individuals. The training will teach participants how to protect themselves and others by applying the TEAM® Aggression CycleSM techniques to verbally de-escalate and manage volatile situations. An organization registration fee of $100 allows for multiple employees and volunteers in one hospital to take advantage of this training.

The faculty for this event is an experienced law enforcement professional with HSS, an MHA Endorsed Business Partner organization with expertise in physical security and emergency management.

Contact Erica Leyko at the MHA to register for TEAM® Essentials: Recognizing and Managing Aggression.

Nominations Open Through Feb. 18 for MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award

The valuable role of Michigan hospitals and healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic is unmistakable. Brave personnel throughout these facilities have worked for two years to care for the staggering number of patients coming through their doors.

Even during these difficult times, hospitals and health systems have continued to provide services that go beyond the care provided within their walls. To celebrate the best of the community benefits programs hospitals provide, the MHA is accepting nominations for its 2022 Ludwig Community Benefit Award until the close of business Feb. 18.

The award is named for Patric E. Ludwig, former MHA president and Bronson Healthcare Group president, and honors Michigan hospitals that demonstrate outstanding community benefit by improving the health and well-being of their communities through collaborative health, economic or social initiatives.

To assist the winning programs in their efforts to improve the health of their communities, the MHA Health Foundation’s Community Health Improvement Fund presents a $5,000 cash prize in conjunction with the award. The fund was established in 2004 to support innovative community-based health improvement programs led by Michigan hospitals. For more information, contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Response Training Essential to Safety

The threat or use of physical force or harassment against a healthcare worker very often results in injury, psychological trauma or stress. Aggressive behavior and violence are becoming a too frequent reality, and healthcare employees need to understand the actions and behaviors needed to protect themselves and combat workplace violence.

The MHA is holding two virtual events to assist members with these challenges. The member forum Active Shooter Prevention and Response will be offered virtually from noon to 1 p.m. EST Jan. 21 to teach participants to better detect a potential active shooter situation and actions they can take in an active shooter incident, like Run-Hide-Fight response techniques. The member forum is free of charge.

The virtual training TEAM® Essentials: Recognizing and Managing Aggression will be held from noon to 2 p.m. EST Jan. 28 and is designed for healthcare workers and volunteers who may encounter angry, disruptive or potentially dangerous individuals. The training will teach participants how to protect themselves and others by applying the TEAM® Aggression CycleSM techniques to verbally de-escalate and manage volatile situations. An organization registration fee of $100 allows for multiple employees and volunteers in one hospital to take advantage of this training.

The faculty for both events is an experienced law enforcement professional with HSS, an MHA Service Corporation Endorsed Business Partner organization with expertise in physical security and emergency management.

Contact Erica Leyko at the MHA to register for TEAM® Essentials: Recognizing and Managing Aggression. Members can register online for the Active Shooter Prevention and Response member forum or contact Brenda Carr at the MHA with questions.

Pandemic and Workforce Challenges Topics at MHA Breakthrough

Virtual Breakthrough

At the close of 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic situation confronting Michigan hospitals was dire. A prolonged fourth surge drove intensive care unit occupancy rates to nearly 90 percent. Additionally, significant workforce challenges that predated the pandemic became worse and the increasing rates of violence due to the public’s impatience with longer wait times or visitor restrictions reached a breaking point.

MHA Breakthrough, scheduled for Feb. 17 and 18 at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, is an opportunity for healthcare leaders to openly discuss these significant challenges with colleagues. Through conversations during advisory tables and a town hall, participants will share ideas and strategies for caring for staff who have been seriously wounded by the loss of life and civility; re-engaging patients’ family and relationships essential to decreasing hostility and improving patient outcomes; driving the message that public health is more than infectious diseases and all community stakeholders must be committed to solving health challenges; and allocating funding to assist with healthcare workforce recruitment and retention and with essential partnerships to fill the workforce pipeline.

In conjunction with the conference, an exclusive dinner limited to hospital CEOs has been scheduled to talk to MHA leaders about how the MHA can assist with the challenges facing their organizations. Seating for the dinner is limited and reservations will be secured on a first-come, first-served basis. The dinner will be held the evening prior to the conference, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16, in the Aerie restaurant at the resort. Reservations should be made by contacting Erica Leyko at the MHA no later than Feb. 4.

Breakthrough will be in-person and vaccination will be required. Details surrounding the vaccination verification process will be available soon. Registration is open, a full agenda is online, and sponsorship is available through Jan. 12. Questions about the event should be directed to Erin Steward at the MHA.

Webinar Will Help Boards Analyze Strategic Plan

Innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on the social determinants of health, and more are creating instability. There is much work ahead for hospital and health system boards as organizations reassess their strategic plans, community engagement strategies, financial health and growth opportunities. The webinar Governance Megatrends: What is the Impact on Your Board? will focus on challenges and how to perform a comprehensive review of an existing strategic plan through pandemic-era eyes. It will examine essential inpatient and outpatient services, how to build investment strategies around them, and funding streams that will give hospital and health system leaders the flexibility to examine new tactics to improve services and the bottom line. The faculty will pair each step of the strategic process with real stories demonstrating the value of this approach.

The webinar is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. EST Jan. 26. MHA members can register for $155 per hospital, with an unlimited number of connections within that hospital. The single connection fee does not apply to multiple sites within a health system. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Virtual Events Focus on Active Shooter, Workplace Violence Prevention and Response

Aggressive behavior and violence are becoming a too frequent reality, whether it is expressed as violence against caregivers or gun violence in the community. The MHA is holding two virtual events to assist members with these challenges.

The member forum Active Shooter Prevention and Response will be offered virtually from noon to 1 p.m. EST Jan. 21 and will teach participants to better detect a potential active shooter situation and actions they can take in an active shooter incident, like Run-Hide-Fight response techniques. The member forum is free of charge.

The virtual training TEAM® Essentials: Recognizing and Managing Aggression, scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. EST Jan. 28, is designed for healthcare workers and volunteers who may encounter angry, disruptive or potentially dangerous individuals. The training will teach participants how to protect themselves and others by applying the TEAM® Aggression CycleSM techniques to verbally de-escalate and manage volatile situations. An organization registration fee of $100 allows for multiple employees and volunteers in one hospital to take advantage of this training.

The faculty for both events is an experienced law enforcement professional with HSS, an MHA Service Corporation Endorsed Business Partner organization with expertise in physical security and emergency management.

Contact Erica Leyko at the MHA to register for TEAM® Essentials: Recognizing and Managing Aggression. Members can register online for the Active Shooter Prevention and Response member forum or contact Brenda Carr with questions.

COVID-19 Impact on Strategic Planning Focus of Webinar

Hospital and health system boards will face challenges as the world transitions from a multiyear pandemic to an endemic. The industry is experiencing instability and near-constant change: innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on the social determinants of health, and more. The webinar Governance Megatrends: What is the Impact on Your Board? will focus on trends relevant to the healthcare organization board and how to perform a comprehensive review of an existing strategic plan through pandemic-era eyes.

The webinar is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 26. MHA members can register for $155 per hospital, with an unlimited number of connections within that hospital. The single connection fee does not apply to multiple sites within a health system. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Two-part Webinar Will Review Challenging Accreditation Standards Jan. 13

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies are continually revising requirements that result in changes to The Joint Commission (TJC) standards. In addition, there are problematic areas that are commonly reviewed on TJC surveys that require additional education and implementation strategies to have a successful survey outcome.

The MHA Health Foundation webinar The Joint Commission Accreditation 2021: A Look Back & A 2022 Look Ahead is a two-part series that will review:

  • Top challenging standards (CMS Conditions of Participation and TJC Standards) from the past year and a look ahead to determine future impacts on continuous accreditation and regulatory readiness.
  • Patient safety issues over the past year and how they impact continuous accreditation and regulatory readiness.
  • Challenging life safety issues and mitigation strategies to meet regulatory and accrediting compliance.

The webinar will be offered Jan. 13, with part one held from 8 a.m. to noon and part two scheduled from 1 to 4:30 p.m. MHA members can register for a single session for $225 or the full day for $275. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Governance Webinar Outlines Ties Between Trends and Strategic Planning

Hospital and health system boards will face challenges as the world transitions from a multiyear pandemic to an endemic. The industry is experiencing instability and near-constant change: innovation in medicine and service delivery, new competitors, payer upheaval, renewed scrutiny on the social determinants of health, and more. The webinar Governance Megatrends: What is the Impact on Your Board? will focus on trends relevant to the healthcare organization board and how to perform a comprehensive review of an existing strategic plan through pandemic-era eyes.

The webinar is scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 26. MHA members can register for $155 per hospital, with an unlimited number of connections within that hospital. The single connection fee does not apply to multiple sites within a health system. Members with questions should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.