MHA Monday Report Nov. 18, 2019

Posted on November 18, 2019

Spencer JohnsonThe MHA Mourns Spencer C. Johnson

Spencer Johnson, former president of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, died on Friday, November 8 from injuries resulting from a fall in his Okemos home on November 7 - his 75th birthday. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Julianne, and his three sons: Charlie (Carrie), Jamie (Kristin), and Steven.

Read his obituary and share memories.


Budget Stalemate Continues; Hospital Payments to be Delayed

Michigan Capitol BuildingFollowing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s line-item vetoes to the state budget issued Sept. 30, policymakers have now gone on legislative break until December without restoring funding for any impacted programs in Michigan. This means hospitals expect to see …


Erin Steward, vice president, field engagement, MHA, shares the strong correlation between food security and health. 2019 Michigan Harvest Gathering Funds 2.2 Million Meals

Michigan Harvest Gathering founder Bill Schuette announced at the Nov. 11 celebratory closing luncheon that, to date, the 2019 campaign has raised $305,000 and 400,000 pounds of food to address food insecurity in Michigan. Food banks …


Trustee Insights Discusses Care Team Leaders, Social Determinants of Health

The latest issue of Trustee Insights, the monthly digital resource package from the American Hospital Association (AHA), is now available. The November edition includes articles about the physician’s role as care team leader, how boards can …


The Keckley Report

Paul KeckleyVeterans Health: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
“The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) was created by President Herbert Hoover in 1930 and elevated to Cabinet status by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It now employs 383,083 and has an FY20 operating budget of $220.2 billion. That includes $90.5 billion set aside for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) which bills itself as ‘America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient clinics.’”

Paul Keckley, Nov. 11, 2019


MHA in the News

Read recent media coverage about the MHA, including an article from Crain’s Detroit Business that recapped the life and accomplishments of Spencer Johnson, the MHA’s president and leader for three decades before retiring in 2015, who passed away Nov. 8.


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Tags: Michigan Harvest Gathering, budget, 2020 State Healthcare Budget, Trustee Insights, Spencer Johnson

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