Media Recap: Hospital Viability & MSU Shooting Statement

T. Anthony Denton.

The MHA received media coverage the week of Feb. 13 regarding challenges impacting hospital viability in Michigan and on a statement released by MHA CEO Brian Peters following the shooting Feb. 13 on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU).

T. Anthony Denton.
MHA Board Chair T. Anthony Denton.

Bridge published an op-ed Feb. 13 from MHA Board Chair T. Anthony Denton, J.D., MHSA, expressing the need to consider short- and long-term policy solutions to the problems facing healthcare in Michigan. Denton is also senior vice-president and chief environmental, social and governance officer of University of Michigan Health-Michigan Medicine.

“I believe in the power of quality healthcare — care that treats the whole person, with attention and dignity and is close to where people live,” said Denton. “We can only continue to provide that care with high levels of commitment to health with proper resources. Please join me in my call to our policy leaders: healthcare is a team sport, and we all have a vital role to fulfill, on behalf of patients, healthcare teams, families and communities.”

The MHA also released a statement from MHA CEO Brian Peters Feb. 14 expressing support to the victims of the MSU shooting. News outlets that published the statement include Becker’s Hospital Review, WILX News 10, Gongwer and the Michigan Business Network.

Members with any questions regarding media requests should contact John Karasinski at the MHA.

MHA Issues Statement Supporting Michigan State University Community

The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.

Words can’t express the sadness and concern we feel this morning for the victims from the shooting last night on the Michigan State University campus. Our hearts break for the families of the victims and we have in our thoughts those we lost last night and those fighting for their life in the hospital.

The MHA and our member hospitals have extremely close relationships with our higher education partners. We have particularly close ties with Michigan State University due to the many connections the MHA has with the university here in the Greater Lansing area. However, much more than our close proximity, healthcare employs countless Spartans who graduate from East Lansing every year. Our hearts ache for our fellow Spartans and we mourn together.

Lastly, we want to applaud the first responders, including police, EMS and healthcare workers who selflessly responded to this senseless act of violence.

Registration Open for Michigan Health Equity Summit

The MHA Keystone Center is partnering with the Michigan Public Health Institute and the Michigan State University Institute for Health Policy to host a Michigan Health Equity Summit from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3.

This summit aims to provide an update of state healthcare disparity data, explore how Michigan hospitals can continue to expand upon their work in eliminating disparities and highlight the work that select hospitals are doing to advance health equity for all Michiganders.

Members may register for this free event online. Questions may be directed to the MHA Keystone Center.