The hospital serves patients in Alpena and five surrounding counties including Alcona, Iosco, Montmorency, Oscoda and Presque Isle. It has 139 beds and offers inpatient and outpatient health care services for the region. The facilities include a cancer center, sleep disorders clinic, pain management clinic and dialysis center. It also offers specialty care such as behavior health services, cardiac care, diagnostic imaging (x-ray and CT scanning), orthopedics, and women’s health.
The facility is in the midst of a $63.5 million expansion that will add 60 private patient rooms, eight labor and delivery suites, 18 prep and recovery rooms, flex rooms and five operating rooms. Upon completion, the new patient tower will bring total bed count to 338. The facility is owned by the MidMichigan Health System and operated by the Allied Physicians Group.
Recently, the hospital received a C grade from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit watchdog group that rates hospitals across the country on safety and efficiency. The rating is based on a number of measures, with higher scores indicating better performance. The hospital’s grade was below average in 10 areas, and above average in 18. In addition, the facility scored high on a measure that looks at how well the hospital reduces potentially preventable readmissions.
Despite the middling score, the Alpena hospital said it has made progress in recent years, and plans to continue improving. Among other things, it has reduced infections that occur when urinary and central venous catheters are used, and improved patient ratings on how much they felt the hospital cared about them. It also has a program to help patients manage their diabetes.
It is a good place for patients to go when they need medical treatment. The doctors and staff there are up to date on the latest treatments, medications and insurance practices and take an interest in their patients. The staff is friendly and helpful, getting patients in for appointments quickly.
While the facility is rated as a good hospital, it does have some issues that can make it difficult for patients to get access to the care they need. One issue is the lack of availability of some procedures. Another issue is the difficulty in finding out how much a procedure will cost. Many hospitals do not disclose this information, and those that do often bury it in a lot of fine print.
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The facility is a member of the Michigan Medicine healthcare network, which is affiliated with the University of Michigan. This partnership enables it to offer Michigan Medicine physicians expertise in the northeastern part of the state, and to provide Michigan Medicine cancer care closer to home for patients.