ERMC employees honored with distinguished service award

Left to right: Elizabeth Gurecki, Physician Assistant; Tim Johnson, President & CEO; Lindsay Peters, Director of Marketing & Fund Development.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) employees Elizabeth Gurecki, PA-C and Lindsay Peters were honored with the Dr. Meinke & Dr. Sherman Distinguished Service Award at the hospital holiday celebration on Saturday, January 7, 2017. Each year, two ERMC employees are recognized providing exceptional service to patients and the community. The award, also known as the Employees of the Year Award, was established to honor Dr. Albert Meinke and Dr. Eber Sherman, physicians who were instrumental in the founding of Eaton Rapids Medical Center.

Gurecki, a certified Physician Assistant in the ERMC Family Practice & Redicare, was nominated by two of her colleagues. She is known for her kind and giving spirit, and her coworkers describe her as "absolutely delightful." She has worked for the hospital for one year.

One nomination states, "Elizabeth exemplifies what an ERMC employee should be. She is willing to help anyone in need without hesitation, no matter the situation. She is very kind, caring and concerned for patients. She will often check up on them after an appointment just to see how they are doing. In addition, she is always professional and appreciative."

Another nomination adds, "Elizabeth is always encouraging everyone she encounters to be as happy as they can be. She greets you with a smile and has an infectious laugh. She goes above and beyond her job responsibilities to meet the needs of patients and keep the schedule running smoothly, even if it means helping patients of other providers."

Peters has served as the ERMC Director of Marketing and Fund Development for seven years. Nominations describe her as "positive, energized and upbeat," mentioning that "she communicates freely, keeping the hospital well-informed of activities. She seeks answers to questions until they are resolved for all. Each year, she increases the revenue raised at the ERMC Foundation Golf Outing. She has also improved the size and scope of every hospital community event."

Another nomination shares, "Lindsay spends countless hours outside the normal nine-to-five job working on a wide variety of community projects. A few of the organizations she is involved with include the Eaton Rapids Rotary Club, Women Working Wonders, the Eaton Rapids Marketing Alliance, and the Eaton Rapids Public Schools Board of Education. She has a strong commitment to service in the community and is the single best advocate for ERMC. She has a zest for life and a love for this hospital."

Article posted on January 19th 2017 . - Article Permalink

Eaton Rapids Medical Center named Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) was recently named one of iVantage Health Analytics' Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. ERMC was one of six hospitals earning the honor in Michigan, out of 1,337 certified Critical Access Hospitals located throughout the United States.

ERMC scored in the top 100 of Critical Access Hospitals on iVantage's Hospital Strength INDEX. The INDEX is the industry's most comprehensive rating of rural and Critical Access Hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals provide a safety net to communities across rural America - measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

"I'm so proud of the efforts our staff and physicians have made to achieve this designation," stated Tim Johnson, ERMC President and CEO. "We have made a commitment to improve the quality of care we provide to each and every patient, and our staff has remained dedicated to that promise. Our skilled and caring team, and the support of our community, made this honor possible."

In addition to the Top 100 award, ERMC has been recognized by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and iVantage Health Analytics for overall excellence in Quality and Patient Perspectives, reflecting top quartile performance among all acute care hospitals in the nation. NOSORH, which was established to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America's 61 million rural citizens, designed the assessment to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. Indicators included process of care and patient satisfaction survey scores. ERMC was one of 17 facilities recognized for quality and one of 21 recognized for patient satisfaction statewide.

"Rural healthcare deserves the same performance analysis as all provider performance. It plays a vital role for communities across America, serving more than 60 million people. The services provided in rural America are similar to those needed in any major metropolitan area, yet the volumes and economic resources provide little economies of scale, making for little benefit from scale. These top 100 Critical Access Hospitals exhibit a focused concern for their community benefits and needs, regardless of scale, reimbursement and people's ability to pay," said Michael Topchik, senior vice president of iVantage Health Analytics.

To view a complete list of the 2016 Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, visit More information about the study can be found at

iVantage Health Analytics is a provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. iVantage analytics and tools are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Eaton Rapids Medical Center is a full-service, critical access hospital located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. For more information, visit

Article posted on November 16th 2016. - Article Permalink

Michigan Harvest Gathering replenishes local food pantries

Left to right: Eaton Rapids Medical Center employees Everett Hillard, Mark Rodge, Nic Fowler, Kathryn Huston-Smith and Leslie Neubecker-Czubko deliver Michigan Harvest Gathering contributions to local food pantries.

The local Michigan Harvest Gathering food drive collected $1,100 in funds and 1,866 pounds of food and personal care items between October 25 and November 8. The donations were delivered to Heart & Hands and St. Vincent de Paul in Eaton Rapids. The Michigan Harvest Gathering is an annual state-wide campaign that raises food and funds for Michigan's emergency food response. The campaign is celebrating 26 years of statewide hunger relief. In its first 25 years, the campaign raised over 54 million meals to help those in need. Eaton Rapids Medical Center has coordinated the drive for the Eaton Rapids area for several years.

The success of this year's drive was made possible by the many collection sites in town, including Eaton Rapids Medical Center, Eaton Rapids Middle School, Greyhound Intermediate School, Eaton Federal Savings Bank, Island City Academy, Island City Assisted Living, Ross & Associates Realtors, Eaton Rapids Senior Center, Laura DeLong Realty, Meridian Magnesium and Mark's Place.

Article posted on November 9th 2016. - Article Permalink

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