Webinar Dispels Misinformation About Unionization and Outline Legal Guidelines

Healthcare workforce shortages, particularly nursing shortages, are severely hindering the ability to provide patient-centered care. Unionizing to negotiate for policies like staffing ratios is popular but does not consider the complexity of significant workforce shortages. As healthcare leaders face an environment where clinicians are experiencing burnout, leaders must understand collaboration strategies that improve organizational stability and patient outcomes.

The Dispelling Misinformation About Unionization and Legal Guidelines webinar will outline several topics related to the healthcare workforce and unionization. Topics will include how recent dynamics such as the COVID-19 crisis and worker shortages have increased the healthcare industry’s vulnerability to union organizing, current trends and tactics unions use to recruit healthcare employees, evolving rules from the National Relations Labor Board, including those applicable to social media, and other tips and guidelines for leaders responding to a union or other protected concerted activity.

The webinar is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. ET Nov. 11. Sponsored by the MHA Service Corporation Unemployment Compensation Program and Miller Johnson, it is offered free of charge. Human resource executives and professionals and chief nurse executives are encouraged to register.

Members with questions should contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

 

Peters Speaks to Lansing Rotary on Past, Present and Future of Healthcare

Peters speaks to Lansing Rotarians at weekly meeting.

MHA CEO Brian Peters presented as the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club of Lansing’s weekly meeting May 13, discussing the MHA’s work supporting hospitals and healthcare systems across the full care continuum.

During his presentation, Peters kept his focus on the current workforce shortages Michigan’s hospitals have been facing. “The healthcare workforce staffing shortages existed before COVID-19 but have worsened and are expected to continue beyond this pandemic. Our hospitals must remain ready for and responsive to patients affected by COVID-19 as well as other patients who need urgent and life-saving care outside of COVID-19,” said Peters.

Peters also discussed the election forecast for the year ahead and what implications the midterm election will have on the healthcare community. To learn more about these issues facing healthcare, visit the MHA’s Workforce Sustainability and Elections pages.

Trustee Insights Edition Highlights Workforce Trends

The latest edition of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. This month’s issue includes a report on the latest forces and trends affecting healthcare human resources, including education, training and the evolving practice landscape, growing the workforce to keep pace with demand, and the effects of the pandemic on the workforce.

In addition, the newsletter features tips for new CEOs on how to establish and nurture an effective strategic partnership with the board.

The expanded website and enhanced monthly e-newsletter of Trustee Insights are available through the AHA Trustee Services webpage. They are free, do not require AHA membership and include articles, tools and webinars. Those interested in subscribing to AHA Trustee Insights may do so online.

For information about MHA trustee resources, contact Erin Steward at the MHA.

Headline Roundup: Week of Sept. 20 for COVID-19 in Michigan

Mackinac Policy Conference Peters and Mitchell

MHA CEO Brian Peters and MHA EVP Chris Mitchell speak with Crain's Detroit Business at the Mackinac Policy Conference.The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the growth in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as well as statewide healthcare workforce shortage. Also included is coverage of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM)’s $5 million commitment through 2024 to expand the MHA Keystone Center’s quality and safety improvement programs.

Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include statements from the MHA.

Sunday, Sept. 26

Friday, Sept. 24

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Tuesday, Sept. 21

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.

Headline Roundup: Week of Sept. 13 for COVID-19 in Michigan

Brian Peters

MHA CEO Brian Peters speaks with WWMT-TV. The MHA has been actively fielding and responding to media requests related to the growth in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as well as statewide healthcare workforce shortage.

Below is a collection of headlines from around the state that include statements from the MHA.

Monday, Sept. 13

Tuesday, Sept. 14

Wednesday, Sept. 15

 

Members with questions on COVID-19 efforts and resources should contact Ruthanne Sudderth, and any questions regarding media requests should be directed to John Karasinski at the MHA.