Published on February 21, 2020

Senator Stabenow Guest to Medical Center Daily Safety Briefing

Senator Debbie Stabenow with staff at MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena hosted U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow earlier this week as she continued a series of health care “check-in” visits across the state. She also met with staff at Thunder Bay Community Health Service in Hillman. After a brief tour at the Medical Center in Alpena, Senator Stabenow was a guest at the Medical Center’s Daily Safety Briefing. She witnessed the importance of this meeting that occurs at the same time across our health system with one of the most important topics in health care – patient safety. The 15-minute daily safety briefings help to identify, address and resolve safety issues of concern in a timely manner.

MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena hosted U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow earlier this week as she continued a series of health care “check-in” visits across the state. She also met with staff at Thunder Bay Community Health Service in Hillman.

After a brief tour, Senator Stabenow was a guest at the Medical Center’s Daily Safety Briefing. She witnessed the importance of this meeting that occurs at the same time across our health system with one of the most important topics in health care – patient safety. The 15-minute daily safety briefings help to identify, address and resolve safety issues of concern in a timely manner.

“It was an honor to have Senator Stabenow part of our Daily Safety Briefing. A key component in improving patient safety in any organization is to foster a culture of safety,” said Chuck Sherwin, FACHE, president, MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena.  “Our daily briefings are a simple, easy-to-use-tool that our staff is using to share information about potential safety concerns each day. With just a few minutes of focus each morning, we have found the briefings are producing positive results for our patients across the health system.”

Led by senior leadership, during the meetings, representatives from each Medical Center department, often a manager or other designee, gather in a conference room and a roll call begins during which attendees report the safety status of their area. The goal of the daily safety briefing is to provide excellent safe care to patients offering nothing but the best by doing the right thing, each time, every time and this is recited by the team prior to roll call. Offsite facilities, such as home care and urgent care also are required to attend. For those unable to attend in person, a conference line is made available for staff to call in.

“No issue is too small to be addressed. By meeting seven days a week, issues are being resolved usually that day,” said Sherwin. “Being transparent is key to the success of this program. It’s become part of our culture, and it’s working. Our daily safety briefings are empowering employees to think about safety at all times and to freely share information about issues or concerns without fear of reprisal. In fact, the briefings have become essential to our progress toward proactively preventing risks at every level. They are truly making a positive impact on the safety of our patients, as well as the quality of health care that we deliver.”

“Health care is personal to Michigan families across our state. I’m grateful for the MidMichigan Medical Center and their work providing quality health care to families in the Alpena area,” said Senator Stabenow. “This week’s visit is an important way for me to hear first-hand from some of Michigan’s dedicated health professionals and patients on ways to improve care and bring down costs for Michigan families.”

 “We thank Senator Stabenow for taking the time to visit our Medical Center campus and to see the great work our health care providers, employees, and volunteers are providing our patients,” concluded Sherwin. “We are proud to have her as a friend of MidMichigan Health, and for her support so that we can continue to bring great health care services to our community.”