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Feeding America Mobile Food Truck at SMH

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft Co.  Feeding America Mobile Food Truck will visit Manistique on Wednesday, July 25th  from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The location for pick up is Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, 7870W US Highway 2, Manistique, MI.  Anyone residing in Schoolcraft County may participate. If you are picking up a box for another family, please bring a signed note with their address and permission to issue the box to you. PLEASE BRING A LARGE EMPTY CARDBOARD BOX.  The distribution is set up drive-through style. ALL CARS MUST ENTER ON SOUTHTOWN DRIVE – FOLLOW SIGNS. All vehicles will be directed to SMH EXITS after pick up. Future trucks have been scheduled for the last Wednesday of each month until further notice. (more…)

Annual Report Released

OVERVIEW – Looking Back, Looking Forward

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) had a successful year in the areas of finance, quality, recruitment and community involvement. SMH was recognized nationally as a top performing hospital in Patient Satisfaction, as noted by the National Organization of State Office and Rural Health.  SMH currently has a 4 star rating with Hospital Compare, a CMS overall rating of patient quality.

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SMH Now Offering Ear Nose & Throat Services

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital continues to expand it’s clinical team of experts.

Mark Cardamone-Rayner,  M.D., FACS has joined SMH as an Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat) specialist.

Training & Certification

Medical School

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Residency

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Certification

Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology

Special Interests

  • Head and neck surgery
  • Parathyroid conditions
  • Plastics
  • Rhinology
  • Sinus disease
  • Skin cancer management of the neck and head

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New Surgical Podiatry Services at SMH

SMH has gained a highly experienced Surgical Podiatrist to a growing team of experts.  SMH would like to welcome John Niemela, DPM to the Rural Health Clinic team.  Please enjoy the letter below written by Dr. Niemela.niemela

I am very excited to announce my acceptance of a position for a Podiatric Foot and Ankle Surgeon at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital beginning on May 1, 2017. I am an Upper Peninsula native, having been born and raised in Marquette. I graduated from Marquette Senior High School, and went on to graduate with Honors from Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree majoring in Medical Technology. I completed a one year internship for Medical Technology at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Michigan.  Following my internship, I worked as a Medical Technologist for three years at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan before attending medical school at Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. During my second year of medical school, I was a teaching assistant for both Gross Anatomy and Lower Extremity Anatomy, for which I later received an Award for Excellence for my efforts teaching first year medical students.  Before receiving my medical school degree, I earned a second bachelors degree from Scholl College: Bachelors in Biology.  I then graduated from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in 2002, Magna Cum Laude, with a Doctorate. Following medical school, I was accepted to a three year surgical residency at the Legacy Portland Hospital/Kaiser (PSR 36) Surgical Residency Program. At this level one trauma center, I trained with both Podiatric and Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgeons. This residency gave me extensive surgical experience. Upon completion of my residency, I started in private practice in Marquette, Michigan, where I joined another Podiatrist for one year. Following that year, I took over the practice and continued in private practice in Marquette for another 11 years.

I provide complete foot and ankle care from neonates to geriatric patients. All of my conservative and surgical services will be available at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. I will be seeing patients in the Rural Health Clinic, and clinical services include, evaluation and treatment of all foot and ankle conditions below the knee. This includes treatment for orthopedic deformities (bunions, hammer toes, flatfeet, arthritis ankle/foot), sports medicine conditions (tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, sprains), warts (hands and feet), ingrown nails, wound care (below the knee), masses/tumors, and diabetic foot care. Some of the services I provide include custom orthotics, injections and diabetic shoes. Surgical care provided includes: bunion/tailors bunion/hammer toe repair, forefoot/midfoot/rearfoot/ ankle reconstruction (everything below the knee). I also provide traumatic reconstruction including emergent fracture repair of the ankle, foot, and toes. I will be available for trauma call at the hospital for injuries below the knee and will also be providing complete pediatric foot and ankle care, including clubfoot casting, congenital deformities, and flatfoot treatment.

On the personal side of me, I am married and have five children, two of my own and three step children. My hobbies include cross country skiing, running, hunting, and enjoying time with my family.

I am looking forward to bringing my expertise and background to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital and being able to provide new services to the Manistique area and surrounding communities.

Appointments can be made by calling SMH at (906) 341-2153.

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital – Top 100 in the Nation

February 21, 2017

View the full list of the 2017 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S. using the link below, according to The National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

The release of the top 100 critical access hospitals this year expands on research presented as part of the 2017 Rural Relevance Study: Vulnerability to Value from The Chartis Group.

The hospitals that are named to this list are top performers in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers, according to the report.

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Here are the top performing critical access hospitals in Michigan.

Aspirus Iron River Hospital & Clinics (Northwoods)

 Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (Manistique) *Only Independent Hospital Listed

Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial (Fremont)

St. Francis Hospital (Escanaba)

 

Click to view the Full List:

http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/rankings-and-ratings/100-top-critical-access-hospitals.html

 

Community Health Needs Assessment Completed

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Releases 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment for Schoolcraft County

The community health needs assessment was conducted in 2016 by Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) in partnership with Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Manistique, Michigan, with assistance from community members who attended focus groups. The assessment primarily covers the health of residents of Schoolcraft County but also includes data from neighboring counties in the Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft public health district for comparison or where single-county data are not available.

The purpose of this assessment is to provide a picture of the health status and needs of Schoolcraft County’s 8,200 residents and of residents of the neighboring counties the SMH catchment area overlaps. The report was authored and edited by Ray Sharp, Director of Community Health Promotion and Education at Western U.P. Health Department in Hancock.

The report is intended to inform health practitioners, planners, policymakers, and the public. It can be read as a snapshot of the region’s health status and trends and used to determine priorities for hospital strategic planning and the broader community health improvement process. If knowledge is power, it is hoped that this report will empower citizens and health care professionals alike to work effectively for improved health and wellbeing in Schoolcraft County and the Eastern Upper Peninsula region.

To View the Full Report Visit: http://www.scmh.org/community/community-health-needs-assessment/

 

 

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Recognized Nationally For Quality & Patient Satisfaction

East Lansing, MI – November 17, 2016 — The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and iVantage recognize Michigan as having 77 hospitals reach top quartile performance status in Quality, Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Financial Strength compared to all acute care hospitals in the nation.

The rankings have been determined through the Hospital Strength INDEX, the industry’s most objective and comprehensive assessment of rural hospital performance. In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed this data-driven program to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care.

Leaders from rural health communities across the U.S. celebrate National Rural Health Day and recognize the tremendous accomplishments that have been achieved in rural healthcare this year. Michael Topchik, National Leader of the recently established Chartis Center for Rural Health, commented, “Rural providers play such a critical role as the safety net for rural America. As we celebrate National Rural Health Day gives us the opportunity to spotlight the great value and importance of rural and critical access hospitals, particularly important as these facilities face unprecedented challenges.”

17 Rural Hospitals are recognized for Excellence in Quality – Top quartile performers in the Quality-Based pillar of INDEX (AMI, HF, PN, SCIP, OP Process of Care Scores)

ASPIRUS ONTONAGON HOSPITAL, INC
BARAGA COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
BRONSON LAKEVIEW HOSPITAL
EATON RAPIDS MEDICAL CENTER
HARBOR BEACH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
HILLS & DALES GENERAL HOSPITAL
HURON MEDICAL CENTER
MUNISING MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
PAUL OLIVER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
PROMEDICA HERRICK HOSPITAL
SCHOOLCRAFT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
SPECTRUM HEALTH GERBER MEMORIAL
SPECTRUM HEALTH KELSEY HOSPITAL
SPECTRUM HEALTH UNITED MEMORIAL – UNITED HOSPITAL
ST FRANCIS HOSPITAL
TAWAS ST JOSEPH HOSPITAL
UP HEALTH SYSTEM PORTAGE

 

21 Rural Hospitals are recognized for Excellence in Patient Satisfaction – Top quartile performers in the Patient Perspective pillar of INDEX (“HCAHPS Performance”).

ALLEGAN GENERAL HOSPITAL
ASPIRUS KEWEENAW HOSPITAL
ASPIRUS ONTONAGON HOSPITAL, INC
BARAGA COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
BELL HOSPITAL
BORGESS-LEE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
BRONSON LAKEVIEW HOSPITAL
CARO COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
EATON RAPIDS MEDICAL CENTER
HELEN NEWBERRY JOY HOSPITAL
HILLS & DALES GENERAL HOSPITAL
MACKINAC STRAITS HOSPITAL AND HEALTH CENTER
MARLETTE REGIONAL HOSPITAL
MUNISING MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
MUNSON HEALTHCARE CHARLEVOIX HOSPITAL
OAKLAWN HOSPITAL
SCHEURER HOSPITAL
SCHOOLCRAFT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
SHERIDAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
SPARROW CLINTON HOSPITAL
SPECTRUM HEALTH GERBER MEMORIAL

 

About NOSORH

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. iVantage is a subsidiary of The Chartis Group, a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry, which recently established the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Learn more at iVantageHealth.com.

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospital List

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique, MI was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for Best Practice in Patient Satisfaction in the country.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™ for patient perspectives. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, Mo. The Top 20 Critical Access Hospital “winners” are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from nine indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, population risk, cost, charge, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, and financial stability. This group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 CAH list, released earlier this year.

Those hospitals that have been recognized as Top 20 Critical Access Hospital best practice recipients have achieved success in one of two key areas of performance:

Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures.

Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures (“Overall Rating” and “Highly Recommend)”.

“Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” said Cindy Olli, Chief Nursing Officer. “Our result as a top 20 hospital in patient satisfaction mean our community can count on us to deliver the quality care they need now and in the future.”

To view the Top 20 Press release click on the link below.

2016 Top 20 CAHs release-FINAL

SMH Auxiliary Donates Proceeds from Flower Show to Healing Garden Project

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s Healing Garden Project was awarded $550 from the SMH Auxiliary group.  The funds were raised at the 2016 Flower Show and Tea on August 1st.

Cathy Flores made a presentation at the event about the Healing Garden’s purpose and future plans.

We invite the public to explore the new pathway at SMH near the entranceway.

SMH Receives 5 Star Rating

SCHOOLCRAFT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL ACHIEVES HIGHEST RANKING IN MICHIGAN FOR OVERALL HOSPITAL RATING BY INPATIENTS

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) has been awarded a 5-Star rating on Hospital Compare, a website developed by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The comparisons are based on inpatient satisfaction surveys conducted through HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems). Only 229 hospitals in the entire nation received this 5-Star distinction in patient care.

“To achieve this rating is absolutely outstanding.  It demonstrates our staff’s deep commitment to providing high quality, safe and efficient care.  Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is truly providing the very best medical care and patient experience,” says Sherry Arnold, Quality Improvement and Risk Management Director.

Patients are surveyed via telephone interview by Arbor Associates. The HCAHPS survey is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care.

Key Questions are asked in the following categories:

  • Communication with Nurses
  • Communication with Doctors
  • Responsiveness of Hospital Staff
  • Pain Management
  • Communication about Medicines
  • Cleanliness of Hospital Environment
  • Quietness of Hospital Environment
  • Discharge Information
  • Care Transition
  • Overall Rating of Hospital (9 and 10)
  • Willingness to Recommend Hospital

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has the highest score in the State of Michigan for the question: “Overall Rating of Hospital”. When surveyed, 90% of inpatients rated SMH as a 9 or 10 during the time period of April 2014 to March 2015.

The survey had three broad goals. 1) The survey is designed to produce data about patients perspectives of care that allow objective and meaningful comparisons of hospitals on topics that are important to consumers; 2) Public reporting of the survey results creates new incentives for hospital to improve quality of care; and 3) Public reporting serves to enhance accountability in health care by increasing transparency of quality of hospital care provided in return for the public investment.

“It is profound to see patients having such a positive experience here at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. It is a privilege to work with this excellent and dedicated health care team,” said Jeanne Goche, Interim CEO.

HCAHPS data is publicly reported on the Hospital Compare website: www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov. Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients. This information can help consumers make informed decisions about health care.