Michigan Hospitals: Leading the Way to Healthy Communities

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The 2017 MHA Community Benefit Report, Michigan Hospitals: Leading the Way to Healthy Communities, highlights how Michigan hospitals are working in and collaborating with communities and community-based organizations across the state to help keep people healthy and out of the hospital and to help patients and their families recover when they are sick or injured. These innovative, community-based partnerships are improving the overall health, wellness and quality of life of Michigan residents. 

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Promoting Health, Wellness and a High Quality of Life

Graphic showing $2.6 billion in total community benefits provided by Michigan hospitalsMichigan hospitals invested $2.6 billion in total community benefits in 2015, the year for which the most recent data are available. Hospitals invested more than $818 million in community-based activities that strengthen the overall health and quality of life of Michigan residents while helping keep healthcare costs lower by improving health status.

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The Healthy Michigan Plan is Making a Difference

Hospital community benefits also include the total unpaid costs of patient care, which totaled $1.7 billion in 2015.  In addition to providing expanded healthcare access and coverage to nearly 1 million Michigan men and women, the Healthy Michigan Plan, Michigan's Medicaid expansion program, and other coverage expansion options under the federal Affordable Care Act have led to significant reductions in financial assistance and bad debt at cost.

Access to Care

Strengthening the State Economy

In 2015, 558,400 direct healthcare jobs in Michigan, generating $35 billion in wages, salaries and benefitsIn 2015, there were nearly 560,000 direct healthcare jobs in Michigan, which generated $35 billion in direct wages, salaries and benefits. Of the direct healthcare jobs in the state, Michigan hospitals alone provide nearly 228,000 direct jobs and employ nearly 40 percent of Michigan healthcare workers. In addition, among Michigan’s leading economic sectors, healthcare comprises 52 percent of direct jobs in the state compared to education at 34 percent and automotive manufacturing at 14 percent. 

Read more information about healthcare’s impact on Michigan’s economy.

Economic Impact Report

Celebrating Healthier Communities

MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award Honors Hospitals that Make a Difference 

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The MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award recognizes healthcare organizations that demonstrate community benefit by improving the health and well-being of their communities through healthcare, economic or social initiatives. The award criteria strongly emphasize outcomes that impact the welfare of the communities the programs serve, as highlighted in the descriptions of two award-winning programs below.

Read more about the MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award.

MHA Ludwig Community Benefit Award

Success Stories from Michigan Hospitals

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Hospitals provide acute-care services in a traditional hospital setting, but they are also responsible for helping improve the overall health of neighborhoods and communities throughout the state. Read about these efforts in a series of stories exhibiting how individual hospitals are using preventive services, community partnerships, the preparation of future healthcare professionals, activities impacting well-being and health status and more to improve the overall health, wellness and quality of life for Michigan residents. 

Community Benefit Success Stories

Michigan hospitals serve patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

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5 million people treated in emergency departments

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35 million outpatient visits conducted

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5 million inpatient care days

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1 million patients admitted for care & treatment

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107,000 babies delivered

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Avg. length of stay – 4.68 days

Learn more about the impact of Michigan hospitals on community and population health, or join the conversation on social media using #MiCareMatters.

2017 Community Benefit Report

The 2017 Community Benefit Report is also available in PDF format. To request a print, contact us


Leading Michigan to Better Health

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