McKenzie Health System, Sandusky, Michigan

November 2014
McKenzie Health System (MHS)

McKenzie Health System (MHS), located in Sandusky, Michigan, received recognition for working on key projects that will ensure their viability in the future, while improving the health care outcomes of their population. One of the projects was to move toward the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) model to develop a deeper relationship with patients and develop skills to improve patient health through evidence-based medicine techniques to manage chronic disorders.

Positive Outcomes:

  • Launched a patient portal, “My Record of Health”
  • Supported wellness lunch-and-learns, fitness programs and lifestyle workshops to promote healthy lifestyle choices
  • Implemented a new electronic health record (EHR) that supported tracking and reporting
  • Participated in The National Rural Accountable Care Organization (NRACO)

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Upon receipt, the recognition, Steve Barnett, CEO, said, “The award is both recognition and affirmation of the changes we are going through. All of us at McKenzie Health System have been working hard to shift how we deliver care toward value and away from volume and this award helps motivate our staff to continue down this path.”

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,560,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.