In brief

Hurley Honored for Innovations in Paperless Clinical Environment

FLINT — Hurley Medical Center has just been honored for its status as a Stage 7 healthcare system by HIMSS Analytics.

HIMSS Analytics uses eight stages (0-7) to measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment where paper charts are no longer used. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

“This is validation of the high-tech, innovative work that we’ve done to better serve our community,” said Dr. Michael Roebuck, Chief Medical Information Officer at Hurley Medical Center. “In the past few years we have focused on using our technology to improve our service to our American Sign Language patients, we have written prescriptions for healthy foods at our Farmer’s Market clinic and our own Hurley Food FARMacy and we’ve used data from our system to give feedback to our clinicians to improve the quality of care that we provide.”

With this honor, Hurley joins a prestigious group of nationally recognized healthcare systems. Less than 5 percent of the hospitals in the country achieve Stage 7 status and Hurley is the fourth system in Michigan to achieve Stage 7. — G.G.

Genesee Health Plan announces essay contest

FLINT — Genesee Health Plan has announced its third annual Health Heritage Essay Contest. This contest is county-wide for grades 7-12 with a $500 scholarship/ internship being awarded to a 12th grade essay winner pursuing health care.

Contest information can be found at the Genesee Health Plan website at: health-heritage-essay-contest/. — G.G.

SCORE Business Counseling

GRAND BLANC — The McFarlen Library, 515 Perry Road will hold SCORE Business Counseling on April 10 with Keith Kremer, GDL’s SCORE mentor for one-hour sessions between 3-6 p.m., by appointment only (call 810-694-5190). SCORE is a national organization that offers free business counseling to current and prospective business owners. Please bring any documents related to your business. — P.S.

GHS manager accepted into national program

FLINT — Carrie Chanter, Manager of Co-Occurring Service Integration for Genesee Health System, was selected to attend the very selective Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program through the National Council for Behavioral Health.

The program is a nine-month initiative that is comprised of only 19 middle managers from across the country who represent a variety of community behavioral health settings. Participants are to be highly motivated individuals seeking to expand their leadership skills and knowledge to advance health equity among people with mental illnesses and addictions.

Genesee Health System provides services and support to Genesee County residents who are adults and children with developmental disabilities, adults with serious mental illness, children with serious emotional disturbances, and adults and children with substance use disorders, with a focus on the health of the whole person. — G.G.

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