New report outlines hospital community health efforts of FY 2021.
HILLSDALE, Mich.— The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) released the Making a Difference in Our Communities report, which includes a workforce development feature of Hillsdale Hospital. The report also highlights how Michigan hospitals invested more than $784 million in community and voluntary-based activities in fiscal year (FY) 2021, from education and prevention services to community outreach and research.
Hillsdale Hospital is honored to be featured in the MHA report for its program that provides tuition assistance for licensed practical nurses to become registered nurses. This story highlights the hospital’s Future of Nursing scholarship and Maggie Fry Memorial Scholarship, including a quote from Samantha Reed, a 2023 Maggie Fry Memorial Scholarship awardee.
The MHA’s report includes examples and testimonials from patients who benefit from the programs implemented by hospitals throughout Michigan, as well as providers. Like those at Hillsdale Hospital, many of these programs expand access to care, address healthcare workforce needs and improve the health of vulnerable populations.
“As an MHA board member, I believe that advocacy at a state and federal level makes a difference,” said Jeremiah J. Hodshire, president and chief executive officer at Hillsdale Hospital. “We strive to represent rural healthcare in every way possible, for the benefit of our staff, our community and the state of healthcare in this nation.”
Beyond the board of trustees, Hodshire also serves on the Small or Rural Hospital Council and the Human Resources Council. He has lobbied for the resolution of issues unique to small and rural providers, offering insight on regulations, policy development and the healthcare workforce.
Hillsdale Hospital’s Chief Communications Officer Rachel Lott serves on the MHA Legislative Policy Panel, and Chief Quality, Information & Technology Officer John Robertson serves on the Person and Family Engagement Advisory Council and the Safety & Quality Committee.
“Throughout all of our rural healthcare advocacy efforts, we are keeping our Hillsdale Strong. Hillsdale First. campaign central,” said Hodshire. “Representing Hillsdale Hospital means representing the people who live in Hillsdale County and the surrounding areas.”
The full MHA report and stories from hospitals across the state exhibiting community benefits can be accessed on the MHA website. To learn more about Hillsdale Hospital, visit www.hillsdalehospital.com.