MHA Monday Report March 28, 2022

MHA Monday Report

MHA Covid-19 updateCombating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of March 21

With the number of new cases trending downward, Michigan hospitals continued to have patients with severe cases of COVID-19 in their intensive care units (ICUs). As of March 25, 100 Michiganders with confirmed or suspected …


capitol buildingPrior Authorization, Statewide Broadband Efforts Advance to Governor

During the week of March 21, the Michigan Legislature advanced several bills related to MHA priorities, including legislation to change the prior authorization process for commercial insurers, expand the Essential Health Provider Loan Repayment Program, …


State Senators Address Legislative Policy Panel

The MHA Legislative Policy Panel convened virtually March 23 to develop recommendations for the MHA Board of Trustees on legislative initiatives impacting Michigan hospitals. The meeting was highlighted by separate presentations from Sen. Aric Nesbitt …


Governance and Leadership Dynamics Important to Community Health

Successful stewardship of an organization is central to the role of governance. Accomplishing goals requires action planning and execution, frequent accountability check-ins, and communication and transparency about plans and goal metrics. The webinar You and Your …


Twitter Chat to Discuss Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder

To help raise awareness around Emergency Department Medication for Opioid Use Disorder, the MHA will host a Twitter chat from noon to 1 p.m. April 4. During the event, the MHA will post questions from @MIHospitalAssoc, with commentary from the MHA Keystone Center, the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and other members of the Michigan Opioid Partnership. …


Survey Results Will Support Rural Workforce Solutions

The National Rural Health Association and The Chartis Center for Rural Health are partnering on a new rural health safety net survey exploring staffing shortages at rural hospitals. Hospital input will provide a better understanding …


Links Fore Health Sponsorships Available

Participants will gather from June 29 through July 1 for the MHA Annual Membership Meeting on Mackinac Island. This meeting is the most important association event of the year and is attended by more than …


The Keckley Report

“Self-care is the bridge to healthcare value, but crossing it will be challenging for the U.S. health industry. It’s key to reducing the progression of chronic conditions, avoiding unnecessary hospitalization, improving workforce performance and lowering healthcare costs. But it’s not taken seriously as a solution by policymakers, physicians and others who discount its potential. Is that likely to change? The jury’s out but It’s getting fresh attention.”


News to Know

Nominations for the MHA Healthcare Leadership Award will be accepted through April 1. 

Hospital Executives Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

Hospital Executives Recognized for Outstanding Leadership

The MHA announced the winners of its 2021 Healthcare Leadership Award June 24 during its virtual Annual Membership Meeting. Each year, the MHA recognizes outstanding individuals who have provided exceptional leadership to healthcare organizations and to the health and well-being of the community. The 2021 recipients are Robert Crumb, CEO, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, Manistique; and Darryl Elmouchi, MD, president, Spectrum Health West Michigan, Grand Rapids. The MHA will donate $1,000 on behalf of each award winner to the charity of their choice. These funds were provided to the MHA by the family of former MHA President H. Allen Barth.

Robert CrumbCrumb was the driving force behind creating a positive financial margin at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital while simultaneously adding needed services to the community. His ability to recruit and retain quality medical staff has resulted in a dramatic growth in services since his tenure began in August 2016, giving rise to more employment opportunities and a more robust economy in Schoolcraft County.

He guided his team through a planned electronic medical record conversion that was successfully implemented in January 2020. On the heels of that endeavor, he began leading a $12.6 million expansion of the hospital’s facilities to add space for rehabilitation services, infusion services and administrative offices, a specialty clinic and expansion/renovations of the existing Rural Health Clinic. Groundbreaking took place in fall 2020, and building began in spring 2021. Through it all, Crumb championed a strong positive culture throughout the organization in a great working environment, resulting in increased staff satisfaction.

Crumb served on the MHA Small or Rural Hospital Council for more than three years and on the MHA Behavioral Health Integration Task Force in 2018, and he is currently a member of the Upper Peninsula Hospital Council. His extensive civic engagement has been a catalyst for a staffwide community service goal, improving health and wellness for all.

At Crumb’s request, the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Capital Campaign Fund will receive the $1,000 monetary portion of the award.

Darryl Elmouchi MDElmouchi led the efforts to establish Spectrum Health West Michigan in March 2020 by bringing together Spectrum Health Hospital Group and Spectrum Health Medical Group, allowing a single leader and board to comprehensively deliver on the organization’s mission, vision and values.

Elmouchi has a clear understanding of the intersection of operational dependencies and clinical implications, which has proved invaluable during the COVID-19 pandemic. He anticipated next steps before the governor set forth guidelines — canceling surgeries, closing physician offices and providing a proactive plan to inform patients. After the initial wave of COVID-19, he managed financial and service recovery, returning the organization to 97% of pre-pandemic status within a matter of weeks.

The doctor’s empathetic perspective toward Spectrum Health team members and patients have made him a trusted source of information in the community. He has exhibited resilience, agility and innovation, taking a multilayered approach to leading the organization through the pandemic, addressing the needs of patients, community, team members and providers.
Elmouchi is driving disruptive change to improve quality, increase patient satisfaction and reduce costs, while he and his team stay committed to addressing health equity and community health improvement at the neighborhood level.

Elmouchi has asked that the monetary portion of the award be donated to the Spectrum Health Foundation.

The MHA congratulates the winners of the 2021 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award.

MHA Healthcare Leadership Award Nominations Due April 2

Many positions within healthcare organizations involve leadership, from governance to administration to clinical roles. The MHA Healthcare Leadership Award recognizes those who have demonstrated outstanding healthcare leadership within individual facilities and in their communities as a trustee, executive, physician, nurse or other healthcare leader.

To be eligible, a nominee must represent an MHA-member organization in good standing and have been actively involved with the healthcare organization within the last three years. Nominations will be judged on a 100-point scoring system, and award winners will be announced during the virtual MHA Annual Membership Meeting in June.

Nominations may be submitted using an electronic nomination form and are due by 5 p.m. April 2. Members with question should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.

Nominations Sought for 2021 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award

The annual presentation of the MHA Healthcare Leadership Award honors those who have demonstrated outstanding healthcare leadership within individual facilities and in their communities. To nominate an exceptional healthcare trustee, executive, physician, nurse or other leader for the award, complete and submit an electronic nomination form by 5 p.m. April 2.

To be eligible, a nominee must represent an MHA-member organization in good standing and have been actively involved with the healthcare organization within the last three years. Nominations will be judged on a 100-point scoring system, and award winners will be announced during the virtual MHA Annual Membership Meeting in June. Members with question should contact Erica Leyko at the MHA.