A general hospital is an institution whose primary function is to provide diagnostic and therapeutic medical services for a wide range of diseases, both surgical and non-surgical, to patients with acute illness or injury. The facility provides inpatient services, including intensive care and observation. This type of hospital also offers outpatient services, such as outpatient surgery, laboratory tests, imaging, and physical therapy. A general hospital has a broad range of facilities, staff, and equipment to treat all types of conditions and injuries.
The Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently rated the Alpena regional medical center as one of the best in the state. In addition to receiving a 5-out-of-5 star rating, the hospital also received high marks on patient surveys and quality measures. The ratings are an important indicator of the level of service provided to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The ratings are based on performance across five categories and include outcomes, safety, efficiency, and customer satisfaction.
Located in Northeast Michigan, the Alpena Regional Medical Center is an independent, not-for-profit healthcare system. It is a 139-bed critical access hospital providing general medical and surgical care for inpatients and outpatients along with a 24-hour emergency room to the Alpena, MI area. The hospital’s medical specialties include behavior health services, cancer care, diagnostic imaging (x-ray, CT scanning, etc), orthopedics, pain management, rehabilitation services, surgical services, women’s health and wound & hyperbaric medicine.
In an effort to increase visibility in the community, the hospital rebranded itself last week as MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena and changed its logo and signage. The name change is part of an overall branding initiative for MidMichigan Health, which purchased the former Gratiot Health System in Alma, MI and West Branch Regional Medical Center in April 2015.
According to its website, MyMichigan Health is a not-for-profit healthcare system with seven medical centers in Michigan and two hospice care locations. It is a community-focused organization with a strong commitment to its mission of providing compassionate, personalized care. The company is focused on improving communities through innovation, collaboration and excellence.
The 501(c)3 organization is operated by a dedicated group of volunteers. Donations are tax deductible. It primarily serves the local community by providing care to the sick, aiding seniors and their families, promoting Americanism, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and assisting with community service projects.
During the past year, MyMichigan Health has made significant investments in its facilities and technology to improve the quality of care for its patients. These investments have included a new cardiac catheterization lab, a new emergency department and an expanded emergency air ambulance service. The medical center is also constructing a new patient tower that will include 60 private rooms, eight intensive care unit beds, and 44 medical, surgical, and telemetry beds. In addition, the tower will include 18 prep and recovery rooms and flex rooms. The hospital is slated to open this spring. The new building will be the first time in a decade that the medical center has added beds.