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In June of 2001, a group of pediatricians, hospital administrators, ED staff and nurse managers in northern Michigan met in Gaylord, to listen, consult, communicate, and strategy a more efficient and safe way to transfer sick and injured children to regional centers.

There was a consensus among the attendees that we would form a cohesive group of northern Michigan providers to develop collegial relationships and determine common issues related to pediatric care.

Thus, the Northern Michigan Pediatric Coalition was formed and mission statement developed. Collectively, we represent 24 counties in the Northern Lower Peninsula and eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula.

In 2004, a partnership with Helen DeVos Children's Hospital was formed in order to streamline and formalize the transfer process of critically ill or injured children. Since then collaborative efforts have continued to enhance patient referral, availability of pediatric sub-specialty care, provider education, and pediatric health care advocacy.

This coalition exists to help you, the provider of pediatric care. Its goal is to assist you in forming collegial relationships, offer quality educational programs, and promote advocacy policy with legislators that serve the northern Michigan region. Please refer to the tabs above for further information including pediatric clinics, education and meetings, resources, and our partners.

The goal of this web site is to enhance communication and pool resources for rapid distribution. Click on the Resources tab to link with various web sites related to pediatric issues. Any additions you may have for this web site regarding resources in your community may be submitted to Annette Andres, Outreach, Munson Medical Center, at (231) 935-6763 or nmpc@mhc.net.