Chief Executive Officer
The First Phase of our Master Facilities Plan, the expansion in 2013, left several departments offsite, including HomeCare, Hospice, and Rehabilitation Services. This was an intentional result of our long-range and master facilities planning, which called for an economically sound approach to building a two-phase process. As we move into Phase Two, we continue to increase the number and kinds of patient services we provide at our Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic. In the spring of 2021, will begin construction which includes renovation and expansion of the current Rural Health Clinic, a new state of the art rehabilitation center with an aquatic pool, Chemotherapy Infusion Expansion, and an administration building, which will unite our care teams in a central and convenient location.
SMH provides access to centralized services eliminating patients’ need to drive to multiple locations to receive SMH health care. This is especially important for those who rely on public transportation as well as those with limited mobility. Overall, health care services will continue to improve with all care providers and administrative services located on one campus. The highest level of patient care occurs when health care providers can consult and refer within their provider groups. Our aging population represents an opportunity to provide quality specialized healthcare services that come with serving this population.
You can be confident that SMH has adapted to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic taught us many things, but preeminent among these is affirming Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s importance as an economic force and service provider in our region. We have successfully worked to provide care to COVID patients and are at the forefront of vaccine delivery.
SMH maintains our core values, working with health partners and providers across the Upper Peninsula to make certain we can take immediate action whenever challenges face our organization. You can be confident that SMH and our team of “healthcare heroes” will stand ready to serve with excellence and compassion throughout this pandemic and beyond.
On behalf of the SMH Board of Directors, our leaders, providers, and staff, I hope you join us in supporting our community’s health and well-being by donating to the Moving Forward Phase Two Building Expansion Campaign.