War Memorial Hospital Approves Negotiations

Photo of War Memorial Hospital, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.War Memorial Hospital (WMH) Board of Trustees gave approval to move into a nonbinding letter of intent with MidMichigan Health on Friday, April 9, 2021. “We have carefully reviewed partnership options and MidMichigan Health’s purpose to Create Healthy Communities – Together is a perfect fit for our hospital. An affiliation with MidMichigan will allow War Memorial to continue to grow, offer more specialty services and provide even greater care to our patients so that they can continue to receive care close to home,” said David Jahn, FACHE, president and CEO, War Memorial Hospital.

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MidMichigan Receives Michigan's Highest Honor with MIPEx Award

Photo of Michigan Performance Excellence (MIPEx) logo.Michigan Performance Excellence (MIPEx) has awarded MidMichigan Health the 2021 Michigan Performance Excellence Award, the state’s highest honor for organizations that have demonstrated outstanding performance, leadership, and operational excellence.

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New Visitor Restrictions in Alpena

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Beginning Wednesday, April 14 until further notice, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena will implement these visitor restrictions: one healthy support person will be permitted with a pediatric patient, those in critical condition or where it is determined that the person is necessary for the provision of care. In addition, the Women’s Health Unit is allowing for one doula and one support person; the support person must be healthy and must be the same person throughout their stay; no children will be allowed.

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Scheduling Appointments for COVID Vaccine

UPDATED 4/13/2021

  • MidMichigan Health is currently vaccinating all patients ages 18 and older. Follow the steps below to schedule an appointment.
  • MidMichigan Community Health Services also offers vaccine clinics in Roscommon County. Learn more at healthynorth.org/covidshot
  • Parents of 16-17 year olds - Since not all vaccines are approved for this age group, please call their primary care provider’s office or the COVID hotline to add your teen to a wait list. Or contact your local health department for instructions.
  • Don't be a "no-show!" If you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment or if you get vaccinated at another location, please call the COVID hotline to notify us so that we can promptly schedule other eligible patients. This notification is critical to avoid wasted vaccine doses.

Step 1: Review Medical Considerations

If you have any of the following conditions, please read before scheduling a vaccine appointment, as these conditions can impact the timing of your appointment:

  1. Cancer, Rheumatology or Immune Disorders - Consult your specialist before scheduling a COVID vaccine appointment to learn how the vaccine may impact your immune response and/or some medications you may be taking.
  2. Received Antibody Treatments for COVID-19 - Based on current recommendations, patients should wait 90 days after receiving monoclonal antibody (BAM) or convalescent plasma treatment before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. Other Recent Vaccinations such as Hepatitis B, Shingles, Influenza or Tetanus - Patients should wait 14 days after receiving other vaccinations before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
  4. Prior History of COVID-19 - Patients will need to wait at least 10 days after diagnosis and be symptom free and out of quarantine before receiving the vaccine. They may want to wait up to 90 days based on current evidence suggesting they may be protected for up to 90 days.
  5. Mammograms - If you are due for a routine screening mammogram, we recommend scheduling your mammogram before your first dose or 4-6 weeks after your final dose of the COVID vaccine.

More information about the above conditions is also in the Frequently Asked Questions.

Step 2: Request an Appointment

Choose ONE of the following methods to request an appointment. Please note that depending on vaccine supply, some patients may be placed on a wait list.

  • Call your primary care provider's office, if they are a MidMichigan Health participating provider.
  • Call the COVID Hotline, (989) 794-7600 or toll free (800) 445-7356, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and press Option 1.

Step 3: Prepare for Your Appointment

  • Please bring photo ID and your insurance card and wear a mask and a short-sleeved shirt on the day of your vaccination. The injection will be administered in your upper arm.
  • We recommend that you read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the vaccines and what to expect.
  • If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please call our COVID hotline to notify us, so that we may offer your spot to another eligible patient.
  • If you have an active MyMidMichigan account, please ensure that your text and email notifications are set up correctly so that you can receive timely appointment reminders. If you need help logging in or updating your settings, you may call MyMidMichigan Support, (989) 839-6299 or Toll Free (855) 476-1298, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. or email mymidmichigan@midmichigan.org

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If you have COVID-19 symptoms please call ahead so we may safely care for you. Or call your primary care provider to schedule a video visit.

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