www.mybaycity.com October 16, 2012
Rotary Article 7503

McLaren Bay Region Hospital Topic of Rotary Program

October 16, 2012
By: Stephen Kent

Alice Gerard
Alice Gerard, President and Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Bay Regional Medical Center spoke to Rotary about the Hospital and health care in the United States.

McLaren's mission statement is "McLaren Health Care, through its subsidiaries, will be the best value in health care as defined by quality outcomes and cost."

Formerly Bay Regional Health Care, the hospital and it's many remote facilities serves a large region to the North and West and out into the Thumb. The facility is the major acute care hospital in Northeast Michigan. Statistics show
  • Main campus: 341 beds
  • Mental Health: 28 beds
  • South Tower: 22 beds
  • West Campus: 20 beds
  • 14 Operating rooms
  • Emergency department: 35 beds

    The system covers all major medical services including Cardiology, Oncology/Radiation, Open Heart, Women's Health, Emergency, Neurosurgery / Neurology, Graduate Education, and Diagnostics.

    McLaren boasts 245 physicians and is the largest employer in the area with some 2,235 employees and an annual payroll in the $140 Million range. The system recruits every day and has added about 15 new physicians in 2012 alone.

    Girard went on to talk about Medicare and Medicaid. Medicare represents 59% of McLaern bay Region's patients and Medicaid is another 10.7% Medicaid covers 1.9 million people in Michigan or one in 5.

    Bay Region reported some $16.2 million in charity care and another $11.6 million in uncorrectable costs.

    Addressing the Affordable Care Act, Girard talked about reimbursement cuts vs quality. She mentioned Accountable Care Organizations and the impact and requirements of electronic medical records.


    Reminder: The Foundation Gala to be held in Frankenmuth October 26. The Club will have a table if there enough members so let Bob or Kim know if you plan to attend. Cindy Chadwick noted that tickets at the club table cost $31.25, which is a lower price.

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    Foundation Gala in Frankenmuth - October 26.

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