Mercy Health Earns Impact Award From West Michigan Works!

shana winning awardMercy Health was nominated by West Michigan Works! for its strategic partnership and collaboration with Michigan Works! to create a U.S. Department Labor Registered Medical Assistant (MA) Apprenticeship Program.

According to the Michigan Works! Association, the Impact Awards recognize significant economic accomplishments within our communities and showcase the impact of newly created jobs, transformational training and effective talent pipeline development.

Mercy Health was among the award winners that included Michigan businesses, partners, employees and Michigan Works! Agencies.

Shana Welch and Kaslena Hussey, (pictured left) representing Mercy Health, received the award on behalf of the organization during a ceremony held in Lansing, Michigan, on April 27, 2016. During the ceremony, Welch recognized the work that went into developing the program, which continues to thrive today at Mercy Health.

The Medical Assistants have been working throughout the organization for the past few months. Each quarter, the MAs work at a different site. They each began working at a the specialty site, then moving on to the primary care offices, then for the third quarter, they will be working in the Health Center sites. For the fourth quarter and final quarter until the MAs earn their certifications, they will select from available openings throughout the organization.

“Giving each MA a variety of places to experience will enable them to get a feel for which area they feel most drawn to,” said Jackie Keller, Manager, HR Business Partner, for Mercy Health. “Each office setting has a different patient population and different work needed for operations. The hope is that the MAs will walk away from their rotations with a sense of where they would like to be employed permanently once they earn their certification in the coming months.”

Mercy Health Hackley Earns Designation for Maternity Care

BDCplus-MaternityCareMercy Health Hackley Receives Special Designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan: Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care

In April 2016, Mercy Health Hackley received a coveted Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Hospitals receiving this award based on multiple factors, such as:

• Caring for early term infants who face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments, including respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia and respiratory failure
• Caring for babies who have a higher rate of admission to Neonatal Intensive Care Units.
• Employing evidence-based practices of care
• Initiating programs to promote successful breastfeeding
• Have been found to be at least 20 percent more cost-efficient

Congratulations to all colleagues who made this designation possible.

Mercy Health Participates in Smoking Cessation Study

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Kim Maguire, MBA, CNO and VP of Patient Care Services

Results published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine

In 2010, Kimberly Maguire, MBA, CNO and VP of Patient Care Services partnered with the University of Michigan to complete a study to determine if health education as an intervention for smoking cessation is a worthwhile endeavor.

Five community hospitals participated in the study, which was conducted between 2010 and 2013. Mercy Campus was chosen as the intervention site and Hackley Campus was chosen as the control site. Maguire was named the principle investigator for this study. Cindy Wilkerson, BSN, RN, currently working in Mercy’s Heart and Vascular department, was hired as the research assistant for the study.

Wilkerson worked with the education department to train nurses on how to educate patients regarding smoking cessation. The University of Michigan provided all of the training materials for the nurses and cessation materials for the patients. The data was analyzed in 2014-2015.

The conclusion: “Tobacco Tactics interventions, which currently meets The Joint Commission standards, has the potential to significantly decrease smoking among inpatient smokers.” The results are printed In the American Journal of Preventative Medicine with the title, “Effectiveness of the Tobacco Tactics Program in the Trinity Health System 2016.”

Mercy Health Muskegon’s Bariatric Team Recognized for Achieving National Standard of Excellence — Again!

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Brian Gluck, DO

In April 2016, Mercy Health Muskegon received notification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) of its re-accreditation as Comprehensive Center for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).  Mercy Health Muskegon has been awarded this national standard of excellence and  accreditation consecutively since 2006. The Bariatric Surgical program at Mercy Health Muskegon is led by Dr. Brian Gluck, MD, along with a multidisciplinary team of clinical providers throughout the bariatric patient continuum:  from pre-op education and weight loss, to the inpatient and perioperative teams, through the comprehensive post-surgical support network of dieticians, exercise physiologists, and behavioral health specialists.

The Bariatric Surgical program is identified consistently as one of the leading programs in the State of Michigan in clinical outcomes excellence and patient results by the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative (MBSC) sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield Michigan and the University of Michigan.

Congratulations to Gluck and the entire Bariatric Team for this sustained program of excellence and service to the patients of Mercy Health!