Manistee Hospital Receives 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence


Manistee Hospital Receives Governor's Award of ExcellenceMunson Healthcare Manistee Hospital is pleased to announce it has received MPRO’s 2019 Governor’s Award of Excellence for increasing identification of behavioral health conditions in its physician practices.

“The staff in our Primary Care and Family Care offices have done tremendous work to develop processes to help identify behavioral health conditions during patient visits,” said Manistee Hospital CEO James Barker. “Mental health is just as important as physical health. Identifying conditions such as depression and alcohol abuse in our clinics allows us to help patients get the care they need and improve their quality of life.”

This award recognizes participants for their dedication and success in improving health care quality and patient safety in Michigan. To be eligible for the award, participants must have achieved, maintained and continually improved in specific and rigorous milestones related to the award they received.

“We are fortunate to be able to partner with Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital and all the other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” said MPRO President and CEO Leland Babitch, M.D., MBA. “To be able to recognize these outstanding accomplishments with the Governor’s office highlights the importance of improving healthcare quality in our state.”

The Governor’s Award of Excellence was first developed in 2003. The current award is based upon work from 2017-2018 in the following areas:

  • Improving heart health
  • Increasing adult immunizations
  • Lowering the risk of infection in hospitals
  • Effective reporting and measurement
  • Improving care in nursing homes
  • Increasing identification of behavioral health conditions
  • Improving diabetes management

Award recipients were honored May 8, 2019 at Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath Township, MI. For more information about the Governor’s Award of Excellence, including a list of winners, visit

About MPRO

MPRO is a nonprofit organization and national leader in healthcare quality improvement and medical review. Our goal is simple - we are helping healthcare get better. MPRO provides medical consulting and review, as well as data analysis to federal agencies, state Medicaid and public health organizations, healthcare facilities, private health plans and other third-party payers. For more information about MPRO, visit In addition, MPRO represents Michigan in Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (QIN), which also serves Minnesota and Wisconsin under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization Program (QIO). For more information about Lake Superior QIN, visit