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Mackinac Straits Hospital recognized with Rural Health Award

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Published: Dec. 6, 2019 at 1:27 PM EST
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The Michigan Center for Rural Health is proud to showcase the rural hospitals that have been recognized by The Chartis Center of Rural Health and the National Organization of State Offices or Rural Health (NOSORH) with 2019 Performance Leadership Awards.

Based on the results of the Hospital Strength Index from iVantage Health Analytics, the awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in either Quality, Outcomes, or Patient Perspective.

Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace was recognized in two categories – Outcomes and Patient Perspective.

“On behalf of Michigan Center for Rural Health, I would like to congratulate Mackinac Straits on receiving the Performance Leadership Award. We proudly recognize all that our rural hospitals do to provide access to quality care in their communities. Their hard work is benefiting Michigan’s rural residents and we wholeheartedly thank them,” said John Barnas, Executive Director of Michigan Center for Rural Health.

“This award symbolizes not just the role healthcare providers play in rural communities, but the dedication and hard work that they put in on a daily basis,” said Karen Cheeseman, Chief Executive Officer for Mackinac Straits Health System. “We are so proud of our team for continuing to fulfill our mission of providing local access to quality care.”

“Despite the challenges of providing care in rural communities, this year’s Performance Leadership Award winners continue to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to providing quality care,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader for The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Across the country, State Offices of Rural Health play an important role in helping rural hospitals address - and overcome - these challenges and we’re delighted to be able to join them in recognizing performance excellence.”

The Mackinac Straits Health System (MSHS) serves the Straits of Mackinac region with local access to high quality health care. MSHS is based at their St. Ignace Campus that includes a 15-bed Critical Access Hospital which houses a Rural Health Clinic, Oncology Clinic, Outpatient Surgical Center, Tribal Health Clinic, Straits Area Pharmacy, Emergency Room, Walk-in Clinic and 48-bed long-term care facility (Evergreen Living Center).

Other locations include Bois Blanc Island Medical Center, Mackinaw City Medical Clinic, Mackinaw City Specialty Clinic, Mackinac Island Medical Center, and the Rivertown Medical Clinic in Cheboygan.

For more information on these locations and the services available, visit

. MSHS is affiliated with the Munson Healthcare System and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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