Mackinac Straits Health Systems
Educational and Fundraising Events for the Community
MSHS has some key events each year that raise money, educate, or bring attention to a community need.
MSHS – MMH Affiliation Announcement
Oct. 5, 2021
- IGNACE and MIDLAND, Mich. – Mackinac Straits Health System (MSHS) and MidMichigan Health jointly announced a formal affiliation between the two organizations that will address technology (IT) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) needs.
Karen Cheeseman, MSHS president and chief executive officer says the organization has identified a critical need for IT infrastructure and an EMR system to better serve patients. “This opportunity to align with MidMichigan and implement the EPIC software system will assist us in meeting our critical needs. We recognize that while we have many strengths, operating successful health systems in today’s environment requires more than we have available to us as a stand-alone health care organization. This affiliation will position us well for the future.”
Steve Autore, MSHS board chairman, says the organization has explored other affiliations in the past. He believes there is strong synergy, shared values and compelling reasons why both organizations should work together. “I feel we are very closely aligned with MidMichigan. For two organizations to work collaboratively requires an alignment with mission, vision and values. They believe in our mission of providing local access and quality healthcare to the families and communities we serve,” said Autore.
MidMichigan Health, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a six-hospital health system with Medical Centers located in Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. MidMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care across a wide array of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. MidMichigan is affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of University of Michigan.
According to Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO of MidMichigan Health, “We too would benefit from an affiliation with MSHS. For organizations like ours to continue to be successful we must address size, scale and geographic footprint. We admire Mackinac Straits’ passion for excellence, their standards for service and their integrity. We both want a win-win out of this agreement.”
MSHS includes a 15-bed Critical Access Hospital in St. Ignace which houses a rural health clinic (St. Ignace Medical Clinic), Emergency Room, Fast Care (Walk-in) Clinic, outpatient surgery center, six-chair infusion Oncology Clinic, retail pharmacy (Straits Area Pharmacy), and 48-bed long-term care facility (Evergreen Living Center). The System also includes the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation, Bois Blanc Island Medical Center, Mackinaw City Medical Clinic, Mackinaw City Specialty Clinic, Mackinac Island Medical Center, and the Rivertown Medical Clinic in Cheboygan.
About MidMichigan Health
MidMichigan Health, a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing award-winning, high-quality care to the 23-county region it serves. With Medical Centers in Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch, MidMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care across a wide array of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. MidMichigan Health demonstrates its commitment to the future of medicine by partnering with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, nursing students and other clinical experts for our region. Its nearly 8,700 employees, volunteers and health care providers work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 940,000 residents in the health system’s service area. In fiscal year 2019, MidMichigan Health provided more than $90 million in community benefits, as well as supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by The MidMichigan Health Foundation.
CAPTION: Mackinac Straits Health System (MSHS) and MidMichigan Health jointly announced a formal affiliation between the two organizations that will addressing technology (IT) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) needs. Pictured during Monday’s signing are (left to right): Diane Postler-Slattery, Ph.D., FACHE, president and CEO, MidMichigan Health, and Karen Cheeseman, president and CEO, MSHS.
Jewel at Mackinac Golf Outing
Thank you to all those who supported this year’s Golf Outing on Mackinac Island. The 19th Jewel at Mackinac was a huge success! Proceeds help the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation.
2021 Healthy Partners Luncheon
Our 3rd Healthy Partners Luncheon took place, July 8 on Mackinac Island. The event was sponsored by Grand Hotel, Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry, Mackinac Island Carriage Tours and Murdick’s Fudge. The program included updates on the surgical services program at Mackinac Straits Hospital (including the success of the total joint program and the upcoming implementation of a spine program) along with plenty of recognition of those who have partnered with our programs over the past 18 months. Thanks to all those who were so generous. We announced over $500,000 in gifts that day! There was also a touching tribute to the late Mary Maurer for her time as a board trustee with the Mackinac Straits Health system. Donations t the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation will help support the Mackinac Straits Health System, including the Mackinac Island Medical Center.
St. Ignace Rock & Run – 2021
Thank you to everyone who made our 2021 St. Ignace Rock & Run a big success! We had close to 200 participate in the 10-K and 5-K events. Big shout out to our Presenting Sponsor, Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry and all our sponsors. Our dozens of dedicated volunteers and musicians are really what makes this event so special. Proceeds benefit the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation.
Hooping for a Cure – 2021!
It’s the 13th Annual Hooping For A Cure! Proceeds from this fundraiser help the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation support the “No Cancer Patient Left Behind” program. Thanks to all those who have supported this year’s effort. Pictured above, Caleb Salo of Rudyard (center) won the 50/50 Raffle worth $1,910! He graciously donated a portion of it back. Also pictured with Caleb are Hooping committee volunteer, Kharizma Labinsky (left), and MSH Foundation Director, Mike Grisdale (right). Thanks to all those who supported this year’s effort. Over $25,000 was raised to help our local oncology patients. Donations are still being accepted. Click on the Donate button at the top of the page, or call (906) 328-0006.