American Hospital Association recognizes ERMC leader

Eaton Rapids Medical Center President & CEO Tim Johnson was awarded the American Hospital Association's Grassroots Champion Award.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) President & Chief Executive Officer Timothy Johnson received the American Hospital Association's Grassroots Champion Award for Michigan at the 2015 Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 25. The award is presented to hospital leaders who most effectively educate elected officials on how major issues affect the hospital's vital role in the community, who have broadened the base of community support for the hospital, and are tireless advocates for hospital patients. Each year, the American Hospital Association recognizes one hospital leader in each state.

Johnson serves on the board of many organizations locally and statewide, including the Professional Credential Verification Services and HPS, a group purchasing organization. He joined the MHA Board of Trustees in 2013 and serves as current president of the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club. Johnson has also been invited on more than one occasion to visit Washington D.C. to speak to legislators regarding the importance of rural hospitals.

The American Hospital Association is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. Nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 43,000 individual members come together to form the Association.

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Scholarship recipients observe surgeries at ERMC

ERHS graduates Emily Olin (left) and Jared McDaniel (right) receive scholarship checks from ERMC President & CEO Tim Johnson (center).

Eaton Rapids High School graduates Jared McDaniel and Emily Olin recently had the opportunity to observe surgeries performed by Dr. Jeffrey Deppen, Chief of Surgery at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC). McDaniel and Olin were presented the fifth-annual ERMC Foundation Scholarship Award earlier this year during the Senior Honors Convocation. In addition to the $1,000 scholarship, the Medical Center invites the recipients to view surgical procedures.

"I was able to see a gall bladder procedure on Monday," stated McDaniel. "It was a great experience. It just confirmed how much I'm going to love the medical field."

In the fall, McDaniel will be attending Concordia University and Olin will be attending Lansing Community College. Both recipients were involved in many extracurricular and community service activities during their time at Eaton Rapids High School, while maintaining a high grade point average.

The ERMC Foundation began offering the $1,000 scholarship in 2011 to high school seniors who plan to pursue a registered nursing degree. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide local students with assistance in entering the healthcare field.

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ERMC Foundation plans golf outing

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation Golf Outing will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at Eldorado Golf Course. Golfers will enjoy 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, prizes, hors d'oeuvres and a drink ticket. A $10,000 Hole-in-One challenge will also be sponsored by Ackley-Peters-Haubert Insurance Services. Consumers Professional Credit Union will be sponsoring the Shoot-for-Loot hole with cash and lottery ticket prizes.

The Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation uses contributions from supporters to support technology, equipment and building improvements at ERMC. Our community benefits from the free educational programs, health screenings, counseling, support groups and school-based programs offered annually by the Medical Center. Each year, ERMC performs more than $1.8 million of uncompensated care due to patients' inability to pay or lack of reimbursement from government programs. To participate or sponsor a team, contact Lindsay Peters at 517-663-9524 or by email at

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