News to Know – Week of Nov. 7

Michigan Harvest GatheringsMany Michigan hospitals are underway with their Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign which runs through Nov. 18. Online donations by hospital employees and community members to the Michigan Harvest Gathering program can be made through the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s website. The MHA will be issuing a final report on the contributions of its members in the MHA Monday Report, on social media and in a state press release. Members with questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering may contact Erin Steward at the MHA

Michigan Harvest Gathering Launches Oct. 10

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Michigan harvest gatheringFood insecurity and health outcomes go hand in hand, as those who struggle to put food on the table are at a higher risk of conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. In 2020, more than one million Michiganders faced food insecurity – including 300,000 children. The COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened this issue.

In an effort to combat food insecurity throughout the state, the MHA, alongside the Food Bank Council of Michigan, invite hospitals, health systems and the general public to participate in this year’s Michigan Harvest Gathering campaign, kicking off Oct. 10. Over the past 30 years, the program has raised awareness and funds to support food access for people at all walks of life. According to Feeding America, every dollar donated provides an average of 10 meals to those in need.

Donations can be made through the Food Bank Council website, either with a monetary contribution or by selecting from a variety of food products to donate. Healthcare professionals who wish to attribute their donation to an employer can select from a list of hospital and health systems under the donor information tab, which appears just before entering personal information and payment.

Questions about the Michigan Harvest Gathering should be directed to Erin Steward.

MHA Monday Report Oct. 19, 2020

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Combating the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Week of Oct. 12

The MHA is keeping members apprised of pandemic-related developments affecting Michigan hospitals through email updates and the MHA Coronavirus webpage. …

Legislature Works to Replace Executive Orders

The Michigan Legislature was busy during the week of Oct. 12, voting on several important issues that impact hospitals. Some of the most notable pieces of legislation included bills to provide limited immunity to businesses and health facilities for their work during the peak pandemic  …

MHA Provides Guidance on Hospital Bedside Voting

As the Nov. 3 election approaches, the MHA is reminding hospitals that voters may make an “emergency” request for an absentee ballot if he or she cannot attend the polls because of personal disablement …

Association Mourns Bill Jackson

Bill Jackson, who was senior vice president and chief financial officer at the MHA from 2013 until his recent retirement, passed away Oct. 10 following a year-long battle with cancer. The former CEO of Charlevoix Area Hospital …

Michigan Harvest Gathering Virtual Kickoff is Oct. 20

The 2020 Michigan Harvest Gathering will virtually kick off at 10 a.m. ET Oct. 20 through a Facebook Live event on the Food Bank Council of Michigan’s page. The 30-minute virtual event will include remarks by MHA CEO Brian Peters; Phillip Knight, PhD, executive …

Participate in Updating Michigan’s Health IT Roadmap

The Michigan Health Information Technology (IT) Commission and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services  have begun developing a Statewide Five-Year Health IT Roadmap, which will be a guide for future planning, investments and governance of health …

MHASC Board and HR Committee Address 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan Priorities

The MHA Service Corporation (MHASC) Board of Directors held a virtual strategic planning retreat Oct. 13 to assess and further develop programs and services to support key initiatives in the 2020-2021 MHA Action Plan. MHASC-specific goals outlined in the …

MHA Joins Public Health Officials in Urging Residents to Prevent COVID-19 and Flu

The MHA joined the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Association for Local Public Health at a press conference Oct. 13 to provide COVID-19 data updates and urge …

Michigan Birthing Hospitals Discuss Obstetric Hemorrhage and Severe Hypertension

The MHA Keystone Center and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services launched five interactive maternal health safety sessions from June through September 2020. The safety sessions were held virtually for birthing hospitals across various …

Celebrate Infection Preventionists During International Infection Prevention Week

International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), established in 1986 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, shines a light on infection prevention annually. This year, IIPW is celebrated Oct. 18 through 24. …

New Guide to Hospital Partnerships Available to MHA Members

MHA Endorsed Business Partner Juniper Advisory has released a book providing a start-to-finish look at what it takes to create a successful hospital partnership. The book, “A Healthcare Leader’s Guide to Successful Mergers & Acquisitions,” includes articles from Juniper …

The Keckley Report

What the K Recovery Means for Healthcare

“There’s growing evidence that the U.S. economic recovery will be a K recovery: a bi-directional response to the pandemic that will produce winners and losers. And the implication is profound in healthcare.”

Paul Keckley. Oct. 12, 2020

MHA Race of the Week – Michigan Supreme Court

The MHA Race of the Week series highlights the most pivotal statewide races for Election 2020. The series will provide hospitals and healthcare advocates with the resources they need to make informed decisions on Election Day, including candidates’ views and background.