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Published on March 23, 2010

MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin Receives State’s Highest Ergonomic Award

Ergonomic Success Award - MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin
MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin recently received the Ergonomic Success Award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). MIOSHA CET Director Connie O’Neill (front, center) presented the award to MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin following a board of directors meeting. Accepting the award on behalf of all employees was (front, right) Ray Stover, president of MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin, and (front, left) Janet Foor, vice president of nursing for the Medical Center in Gladwin.

MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin recently received the Ergonomic Success Award from the State of Michigan for its work in preventing and reducing employee injuries.

The award is the State’s highest work place ergonomics award and was given by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for data from 2008.

This is only the sixth Ergonomic Success Award issued to an employer since 2000, and the only MIOSHA Ergonomic Award presented to a health care facility. The ergonomic improvements at the hospital significantly reduced the number of repetitive motion injuries for its employees to only two in 2008.

MIOSHA CET Director Connie O’Neill presented the award to MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin following a recent board of directors meeting. Accepting the award on behalf of all employees was Ray Stover, president of MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin, and Janet Foor, vice president of nursing for the Medical Center in Gladwin.

MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin has worked to reduce ergonomic-related injuries in the Medical Center and to prevent ergonomic injuries to their employees. In July 2007, the Medical Center initiated a comprehensive minimal lift program to protect workers and patients during a range of patient transfer situations. The Medical Center assesses each patient’s need for physical assistance during intake.

The Medical Center’s minimal lift program includes a lift policy, intensive training, lift trainers and accountability statements. This statement emphasizes the importance of using lifts for worker safety, as well as patient safety, and indicates the Medical Center has provided the necessary equipment and staff training to ensure a minimal lift environment.

“Work-related musculoskeletal disorders account for nearly 40 percent of workers’ compensation cases each year in Michigan,” said O’Neill. “Organizations like MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin that effectively address ergonomic hazards in the workplace reap the economic benefits of increased quality and productivity - while they protect their workers.”

The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG).

“It is a privilege and honor to accept this award on behalf of all of our employees. This award is a testament to their commitment to ensure the safety of both our patients and themselves on a daily basis,” said Stover. “The safety of our patients and employees is a top priority. We have several programs in place to assist our employees in this endeavor and we look to our employees to be aware of hazards that may need to be addressed at all times,” added Foor.

MIOSHA’s Consultation Education & Training (CET) Division issues the Ergonomic Success Award to employers for instituting ergonomic improvements and substantially reducing traumatic strain and sprain injuries and cumulative trauma disorder illnesses. The criteria for the award include an incidence rate below the rate for the NAICS Code, at least a 25 percent reduction of injuries, improvement achieved through engineering controls, and employee input.

“Ergonomic injuries and illnesses are a major concern to employers today. We are proud to present the Ergonomic Success Award to MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin,” said Susan R Corbin, DELEG deputy director & chief of staff. “We applaud your outstanding efforts to vigorously implement ergonomic changes to reduce cumulative trauma and overexertion injuries.”

The Medical Center in Gladwin received recognition as a high quality health care provider by the Governor's Award of Excellence Program in 2007. Sponsored jointly by Governor Granholm and Michigan’s Quality Improvement Organization (MPRO), the program honors Michigan hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving patient care.

MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin, an affiliate of MidMichigan Health, is a 25-bed primary care hospital providing general medical and surgical care for inpatients, 24-hour emergency room coverage, and a wide range of services. The quality of care at MidMichigan Medical Center-Gladwin is independently verified through accreditation from The Joint Commission.

Those who would like more information may contact Carrie Breault at (989) 246-6201.