Mackinac Straits Health System Celebrates Affiliation with MyMichigan Health

ST. IGNACE, Mich. – Recently, leaders at MyMichigan Health attended an event at Mackinac Straits Hospital in celebration of the affiliation announcement between the health systems.

Tricia Sommer, director of regional collaborations at MyMichigan Health, Greg Rogers, president and chief executive officer at MyMichigan Health, and Karen Cheeseman, president and chief executive officer at Mackinac Straits Health System, attended the event to hand out MyMichigan Health logo wear items to Mackinac Straits employees.

In October 2021, Mackinac Straits Health System and MyMichigan Health jointly announced a formal affiliation between the two organizations to address technology (IT) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) needs.

“This celebration was an opportunity to share with our employees just how important this affiliation is to our organization,” said Cheeseman. “Aligning with MyMichigan to implement the EPIC software system assists us in meeting our critical needs and the needs of our patients who are so very important to us. 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 positions us well for the future.”

About MSHS

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 MyMichigan Health
MyMichigan Health, a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing award-winning, high-quality care to the 25-county region it serves. With Medical Centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie and West Branch, MyMichigan also has affiliations with Medical Centers in St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. MyMichigan 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, pediatrics and more. MyMichigan 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 more than 8,800 employees, volunteers, health care providers and other personnel work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 981,000 residents in the health system’s 25-county service area. In fiscal year 2021, MyMichigan Health provided more than $78 million in community benefits, as well as supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by the MyMichigan Health Foundation.

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