The MHA conducted Sept. 9 a virtual press conference in partnership with the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) featuring Michigan hospital and business leaders calling upon residents to support “Healthy Communities, Healthy Economies” by getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Hospital leaders emphasized the added stress on the healthcare system due to staffing shortages and high overall patient volumes that have many hospitals operating at or near capacity. In particular, clinical speakers shared heart wrenching stories about the real-life impact this virus has on their teams and their patients and families.
MHA CEO Brian Peters.
SBAM CEO Rob Fowler.
Geneva Tatum, MD, associate division head of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Henry Ford Health System.
Nicole Linder, MD, chief hospitalist at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.
Bill Kimble, president of C2AE and chair of the SBAM Board of Directors.
A dozen media outlets from across the state joined the call, including The Associated Press, The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, MLive, Bridge and WDIV Click on Detroit. Stories from these publications and more were widely syndicated both nationwide and throughout Michigan.
Following the press conference, a press release was distributed to statewide media echoing the remarks made during the event and stressing that the MHA and SBAM collectively encourage individuals to get vaccinated due to its positive impact on public health, small business and the healthcare system.