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Critical Access Top Hospital 2016Charlevoix HospitalMunson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital is a 25-bed facility that has served Charlevoix County and the surrounding area for nearly 100 years. As part of the nine-hospital Munson Healthcare system, it provides convenient, close-to-home inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital is consistently recognized for exceptionally high patient, physician, and staff satisfaction and was recently named one of the Top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation.


Women's Care and Newborn Innovations

Throughout the course of a woman's life, the types of health care and preferences regarding how it is delivered will change. Women not only rely on their hospitals to provide advanced and state-of-the art equipment, but also require their physicians to be exceptional and knowledgeable specialists when it comes to their obstetrics and gynecology care. Our staff works every day to make a difference in the lives of female patients.

Charlevoix Hospital leadership continuously assesses clinical needs and are upgrading technology and equipment for the Family Birth Center and Outpatient Gynecology Care. Purchasing  innovative equipment for Charlevoix Hospital is an important step in enhancing top-quality care for northern Michigan females AND their families.

Central Fetal Monitoring System

A central fetal monitor is a vital piece of equipment used for every birth in the maternity unit. Central fetal monitoring systems assist in overseeing patient (the mother and child) vitals during labor, delivery, and recovery. The new system will save time and increase efficiencies in labor and delivery during the course of a busy day in the maternity unit. The cost to purchase this central fetal monitoring system is $100,000. 

Supporting Physician Recruitment

Competition is extremely fierce for the relatively few available obstetricians and gynecologists. In 2019, the hospital was able to hire two new OB/GYNs in order to expand access to care. In order to meet patient demand the hospital will need to purchase two ultrasound machines to support the work of the new providers. The estimated cost for these machines is $75,000 each, creating a $150,000 need for the obstetrics unit.

Additional items to purchase include:

  • The HUGS Infant Protection System is the global #1 infant security system used to protect infants and pediatric patients in more than 1,600 hospitals worldwide. Cost: $73,000
  • A CARESCAPE Patient Monitor will allow customized solutions to keep vitals, readings, and patient biometric data together at every step of care. Cost: $12,500
  • Two new birthing beds. Cost: $15,000
  • Newborn hearing screening device. Cost: $13,000
  • Jaundice meter machine. Cost: $8,000

    The total need for Women's Care and Newborn Innovations is $371,500

Innovation

The Innovation Fund at Charlevoix Hospital is used to fund new equipment, such as:

  • Two new blood analyzers in our laboratory, which are critical to lab function. These cutting-edge analyzers will be more accurate and will dramatically shorten the wait time for results. Cost: $60,000 each
  • A state-of-the-art orthopedic Hana® table allows a less invasive approach to total hip replacement surgery, resulting in faster healing and recovery.  Cost: $80,000
  • A cardiovascular ultrasound machine with enhanced diagnostic capabilities provides improved results. Cost: $120,000
  • Saebo rehabilitation therapy assists patients suffering from a neurological condition, such as a stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy. These therapy devices improve patient mobility and functional use of arms and legs, allowing patients to regain independence and the self-sufficiency for personal tasks and activities. Cost: $25,000

Patient Needs

The Patient Needs Fund provides financial assistance for the urgent needs of patients during a health-related crisis. Medical social workers and case management staff identify and approve financial assistance through this fund, based on patient needs. Immediate assistance is often provided until other resources can be arranged in partnership with other human services agencies.

Help provided through the Patient Needs Fund includes:

  • Gas cards, which allow patients to travel to and from home for medical appointments.
  • Assistance with groceries, medications, rent/mortgage payments, utilities 

Learn More

For more information, contact John Gower, Charitable Giving Officer, at 231-935-7608 or jgower@mhc.net.

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Charlevoix Hospital Foundation
14700 Lake Shore Dr.
Charlevoix, MI  49720

231-547-8502

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