ERMC receives Governor's Award of Excellence

Eaton Rapids Medical Center officials accept the 2019 Governor's Award of Excellence from MPRO President and CEO Leland Babitch. (Left to right) Kris Allen, RN, MSN, MHA; Barbara Parrott, RN; Leland Babitch, MD, MBA; and Heather Schragg, CIC.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) is pleased to announce it has received MPRO’s 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in Effective Reporting and Measurement. Award recipients were honored at a ceremony held on May 8, 2019 at Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath Township, MI. The hospital also received a special tribute from Senator Tom Barrett and Representative Sarah Lightner.

This year, more than 130 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes, inpatient psychiatric facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, and home health agencies were honored with the Governor’s Award of Excellence. This award recognizes participants for their dedication and success in improving healthcare quality and patient safety in Michigan. To be eligible for the award, participants must have achieved, maintained, and continually improved in specific and rigorous milestones related to the award they received.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication that our staff put into achieving this level of quality,” remarked Heather Schragg, Eaton Rapids Medical Center Director of Patient Experience, Risk, and Quality. “Being recognized at this level is quite an accomplishment and we could not have done it without the team efforts of our infection control, nursing, and pharmacy staff!”

“We are fortunate to be able to partner with Eaton Rapids Medical Center and all the other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” said MPRO President and CEO Leland Babitch, M.D., MBA. “To be able to recognize these outstanding accomplishments with the Governor’s office highlights the importance of improving healthcare quality in our state.”

The Governor’s Award of Excellence was first developed in 2003. MPRO is a nonprofit organization and national leader in healthcare quality improvement and medical review.

Eaton Rapids Medical Center has been an independent, not-for-profit community hospital since 1957. The hospital provides emergency, surgical, inpatient, outpatient, and primary care for patients of all ages. To learn more about Eaton Rapids Medical Center and the services they provide please visit

Article posted on May 20th, 2019. - Article Permalink

May is mental health awareness month

Did you know that one in five American adults will experience mental illness in their lifetime? Millions of Americans experience mental illness in any given year, but many do not know how common mental illness is because it is stigmatized. This May, join the Barry-Eaton District Health Department in observing Mental Health Awareness Month to fight stigma and promote mental health.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, stigma is when someone, or even yourself, views a person in a negative way. This can lead to feelings of shame or judgment. So how does stigma play into mental health and why does it matter?

People experiencing mental health conditions can face barriers to treatment such as the cost of care or structural barriers like limited access to transportation. On average, people with mental illnesses experience an 11 year delay between first experiencing symptoms and starting treatment. Stigma makes this even harder. People living with mental health conditions often experience rejection, bullying, and even discrimination. These can cause people to feel shameful and isolated, which makes managing mental health even more difficult.

Interested in learning more about stigma and how you can stand up to stigma? Visit In the meantime, here are some things you can do in 2019 to help reduce stigma:

  • Educate yourself- learn more.
  • Spread the word.
  • Be kind- recognize that each person is fighting their own battle.
  • Take action.

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Month, visit To learn more about mental health in general, visit and For resources such as a treatment locator and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, visit

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on May 14, 2019. - Article Permalink

ERMC nurse recognized with DAISY Award

LuAnn Renney, Registered Nurse (RN) at Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC), received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at a ceremony held on May 6, 2019. The ceremony took place at the hospital during National Nurses Week.

Renney, who has worked in the Medical Surgical department at ERMC since 2016, was nominated for the award by both a patient and a co-worker, one nomination stated, "LuAnn is the kind of nurse that all nurses should want to be. I have personally witnessed on many occasions the kindness and compassion she delivers with her nursing care. She takes the time to really listen to her patients and advocates for what is right and necessary for them. Her vast work experience, skills, and knowledge give her a firm foundation, and as a co-worker she is hard-working and never afraid to take on even the most difficult of challenges. I am proud to work with LuAnn and feel she is very deserving of the DAISY Award."

In response to the award presented to her on Monday, Renney thanked her co-workers and the hospital saying "I am honored to have received this award and to work with such an excellent team at ERMC. Thank you to all at Eaton Rapids Medical Center!"

In addition to the award, Renney also received a bouquet of daisies, a Daisy Award pin and a handmade sculpture entitled "A Healer's Touch." This award was created by the DAISY Foundation to honor extraordinary nurses who go above and beyond to make a difference in patients' and families' experiences in healthcare. ERMC joins facilities all over the world in participating in this recognition program to celebrate nurses and the skilled, compassionate, dedicated care they deliver every day.

To learn more about the DAISY Award and the DAISY Foundation, visit To learn more about Eaton Rapids Medical Center and the services they provide please visit

Article posted on May 7th, 2019. - Article Permalink

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