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2015 Employee Engagement Survey Now Open
The 2015 Covenant HealthCare Employee Engagement Survey launched Monday, May 4, and we want to do everything possible to make certain your voice is heard! Your feedback is important to us. By now, employees should have received: A letter and paper survey mailed to your home An email from the Advisory Board Company, inviting you to participate in the Employee Engagement Survey online The letter and email should have included your unique password as well as the survey link In an effort to make your annual...
May is Melanoma, Skin and Brain Cancer Awareness Month
May marks the observance of several cancer-awareness campaigns, including Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and Brain Tumor Awareness Month. These campaigns help to spread awareness of these cancers, helping people to catch and treat them earlier, and providing valuable information to the public. For more information on these cancers, along with common symptoms and warning signs, please see our Melanoma, Skin and Brain Cancer Awareness Month flyer.
As Proposed Senate Bill 248 Would Cut More Than $11 Million Annually to Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw.
Thursday, April 23, the House Insurance Committee reported out a substitute to Senate Bill (SB) 248, which would slash hospital reimbursement and eliminate guaranteed benefits for accident victims, while providing no permanent, guaranteed reductions in auto insurance premiums. The bill imposes a fee schedule of 150 percent of Medicare rates for hospitals and other providers. In exchange, auto insurers would credit or rebate $100 per car annually for two years, not permanently. The Michigan Health & H...
Registration Open for Respiratory Care Conference
The Sixth Annual Covenant HealthCare Respiratory Care Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 5, from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. This conference offers an excellent educational opportunity for respiratory therapists. Participants can receive six credits toward Continuing Respiratory Care education approved by the American Association of Respiratory Care. To register for this symposium, please  call 1.866.268.3626, or  complete the  online registration form . For additional information, please vis...
Career Exploration Opportunity at Covenant
Students Invited to Explore Careers at Covenant January 19 Sign-up and informational night Covenant HealthCare is proud to be an "Explorer Post" through the Boy Scouts of America with the mission of exposing students to careers in health care related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The program is open to all students between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. There will be six sessions on Monday nights from 4:30pm to 6:00pm roughly every other week from February through May. Each week...
Get Healthy With Covenant in 2015!
Covenant Cancer Care Center Offers Exercise Classes for Beginners Cancer patients are invited to join Covenant for group exercise classes. These classes feature a high ratio of instructors-to-patients in an environment allowing participants to feel safe. The Exercise Specialist will create a custom program for anyone interested in the group training sessions. Classes start January 2015 at Covenant HealthCare Mackinaw (5400 Mackinaw (at Tittabawassee) Saginaw, MI 48604). Interested participants must pre ...
Additional Screening to Detect Breast Cancer Earlier in Some Women Now Available
Additional Screening to Detect Breast Cancer Earlier in Some Women Now Available  “I’m excited to announce Covenant Breast Health Center is the first medical center in the state of Michigan to offer Automated Whole Breast Screening Ultrasound (AWBUS), a supplemental screening exam for women with dense breasts and/or breast implants,” says Mark Ludka, MD, Radiologist and Section Chief of Mammography at Covenant HealthCare. AWBUS is a painless procedure using ultrasound. No compression is needed...
Covenant Endorsed by Women's Choice
Covenant Receives Three Additional Women’s Choice Award® Seals Endorsed As One of America’s Best Breast Centers, Best Hospitals for  Cancer Care, Orthopaedics, and Patient Experience in Obstetrics After receiving the 2014 Women’s Choice Award for Patient Experience in Obstetrics, Covenant HealthCare has also been named a Women’s Choice Award® recipient as one of America’s Best Breast Centers, America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, and America’s Best Hospitals for Orthopaedics. These awards ackno...
Aortic Valve Replacement without Open Heart Surgery
Clinical Team is First in the Great Lakes Bay Region to Perform Procedure.   “This new procedure gives treatment to those who are considered high risk for open heart surgery, and not only improves survival, but it can also improve patients’ quality of life,” says Safwan Kassas, MD, FACC, Invasive and Interventional Cardiologist and primary operator for the procedure. As a farmer of nearly 7,000 acres in the Saginaw area, Stafford Trinklein is used to hard work. As the years went on, he found himsel...
Two-in-One Surgery Performed at Covenant
Two-in-one dual surgery performed using latest technologies at Covenant HealthCare As a patient, having one medical procedure may be cause for anxiety. Having two surgeries can double that fear. Putting patients at ease is important to those who work in health care, that’s why Dr. Wohaibi and the surgical team at Covenant HealthCare are so pleased with a procedure that recently took place using the da Vinci robot. “Many patients who struggle with their weight over time suffer gall bladder issues, such a...
Ebola and Infectious Disease: How We Prepare
Covenant HealthCare has always taken a proactive approach to preparing for emergency situations and infectious diseases. Due to the high sensitivity to the cases of Ebola now reported in the United States, and our continuing responsibility to providing extraordinary care to the health and well-being of our patients and staff, Covenant infectious disease and emergency medical teams began preparing as early as August for any potential local outbreak of the Ebola virus. “Just as we operated during the SARS...
Covenant Named Among the Best Cancer Hospitals in America
The Cancer Care Center at Covenant HealthCare has been named a Women’s Choice Award ® recipient as an America’s Best Hospital for Cancer Care, acknowledging Cancer Care Center at Covenant HealthCare‘s dedication to providing exceptional patient care and cancer treatment care for women and their families. According to the American Cancer Society , Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in t he US, accounting for nearly one of every four deaths. Moreover, one in every three women has a risk ...
Covenant Kids, Taking the Sting Out of Shots
Covenant Kids, Taking the Sting Out of Shots “That was fun!” says 9 year old Ty Hirschenberger. Not something you typically hear a kid having blood drawn say.   Kids who visit the Covenant Laboratories can feel a little more relaxed thanks to Covenant Kids donors and a bee. Throughout the year, donations are collected to support pediatric programs at Covenant HealthCare via the Covenant HealthCare Foundation and the Covenant Kids Fund. Each year after the Covenant Kids Telethon in April, projects a...
Covenant Opens New Autism Center
To better serve our community and address the needs of local children with autism spectrum disorders, Covenant HealthCare recently opened the Covenant Center for Autism in Bay City. "Early behavior interventions are key to successful treatment of autism,” said Christine Clayton, director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. “That is why we felt it important to support the development of the Covenant Center for Autism. Treatment options have been limited for our community and parents with children fo...
New Less Invasive Defibrillator Implanted at Covenant
Covenant HealthCare and Dr. Asim Yunus are among the first in Michigan to utilize a new type of implantable defibrillator for patients at risk of sudden cardiac arrest. Dr. Asim Yunus, electrophysiologist with Michigan CardioVascular Institute, says “this new technology works especially well for three types of patients: young people with arrhythmias; those prone to recurring cardiac infections including those with diabetes and kidney diseases; and patients with limited vascular access such as dialysis p...
Covenant Diabetes Program Renews Accreditation, Continues Community Education
The Covenant HealthCare Diabetes Self-Management Program has recently renewed its status as an accredited diabetes education program through the American Association of Diabetes Educators. This allows residents in and surrounding the Great Lakes Bay Region increased access to critical diabetes education services.  Diabetes education is a collaborative process through which people with or at risk for diabetes gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify behavior and successfully self-manage the di...
Covenant Foundation Scholarships Available Deadline 3/7
2013 Covenant HealthCare Scholarship Award Recipients Seated, left to right: Rebekah Estes (Genesee Christian), Ann Sobell (Croswell-Lexington), and Alexandri Armentrout (Merrill); Second row, left to right: Elizabeth Champagne (Nouvel), Matthew Benkert (Hemlock), Jennifer Roberts (Garber), Allison Wachowicz (St. Charles). Alexandra Nowlin (Western); Back row, left to right: Zach Seder (Valley Lutheran), Jeremy Weaver (Reese), Rachael Reynolds (Bay City Central), Renee Bootz (Covenant Medical Staff Nurs...
Castle Museum, Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame, Covenant HealthCare collaborate to save a piece of history
Through collaborative efforts of the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame and Covenant HealthCare some notable pieces of Saginaw history have been preserved and will soon be on exhibit at the Castle Museum. North School, located just west of the Covenant campus, was opened in 1922 and was the academic home to tens of thousands of Saginaw students. However, by 2004 the aged facility became too costly for the Saginaw school district to maintain and operate. When the ...
Dr. Lowell Butman named Covenant HealthCare Distinguished Physician of the Year
The Covenant Medical Staff leadership has selected Dr. Lowell Butman to receive its Distinguished Physician of the year for 2013. Given each year by the medical staff, this award recognizes an individual who has distinguished him/herself by making significant contributions to the medical profession, community, and Covenant HealthCare. Throughout his multifaceted medical career, Butman’s work in quality and governance made a major impact on the practice of medicine at Covenant HealthCare. Under his admin...
Diabetes Health Challenge 2014
The YMCA of Saginaw and the Covenant Outpatient Diabetes Center will work together with physician offices encouraging patients to become healthier. The focus of the challenge will be the outcome measurement of: HgA1C Blood Lipid Levels BMI These values will be assessed and determined by the patient in conjunction with the Outpatient Diabetes team. As an incentive for success, the winner will receive: A recognition certificate 1st place – 1 year YMCA membership 2nd place – 6 month YMCA membership 3rd plac...
"Firefly Glow" Allows Surgeons to See Better during Surgery
Covenant Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery and Dr. Sujal Patel, First in the State to Utilize FireFly Technology with Single-Incision Gallbladder Removal In 2012, Covenant Center for Advanced Robotic Surgery made headlines for performing the first single-incision gallbladder removal in the region. That procedure just became more advanced. Imagine the neon green glow of a firefly. Next, envision that same florescent color navigating a surgeon through tissue and visualizing blood flow during surgery. Th...
Covenant CEO, Spencer Maidlow, Recognized for Hospital Leadership
Three Michigan health care leaders were honored with the 2013 MHA Healthcare Leadership Award, presented by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) during the MHA Health Foundation Governance Leadership Forum in Acme, Michigan.  Each autumn, the MHA honors outstanding individuals who have provided exceptional leadership to healthcare organizations and to the health and well-being of the community. The 2013 recipients of the award include Spencer Maidlow, CEO, Covenant HealthCare; Tim Z...
Gift of Life Flag Raising Ceremony Honors Organ Donors
On Friday, September 20, 2013, Gift of Life, Michigan Eye-Bank, and Covenant HealthCare will host the third annual Gift of Life flag raising ceremony at Covenant. The families and friends of organ and tissue donors will gather along side of organ/tissue recipients and hospital employees to remember those who gave of themselves to help another. The program will begin at 1:00pm in the Chapel of the Covenant Cooper campus (700 Cooper, Saginaw). Shortly following, the group will gather around the flagpole i...
Lower Extremity Amputee Training Program
Step Up! Amputee Training Program for Lower Extremity Amputees Presented by Covenant HealthCare and Bremer Prosthetics. Physical therapists will be on hand to assist with the training and exercise program. Free Program! Who: Open to all lower extremity amputees, their families and rehabilitation professionals who would like to learn techniques for increasing functional prosthetic control. When: Three dates to choose from! 4 pm to 6 pm Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 Thursday, Nov. 14, 2...
Groundbreaking Study of Regenerative Medicine Therapy for Heart Failure
Michigan CardioVascular Institute Research Department at Covenant HealthCare Joins Groundbreaking Study of Novel Regenerative Medicine Therapy for Heart Failure First-of-its-Kind Investigational Drug May Enhances Body’s Stem Cell Response at Site of Cardiovascular Injury Saginaw, MI – Michigan CardioVascular Institute (MCVI) cardiovascular disease specialists at Covenant HealthCare announced this week they have enrolled their first patient into a clinical trial of a novel gene therapy technique to promo...
Covenant Enrollment Site for ACS Cancer Prevention Study-3
Covenant Enrollment Site for ACS Cancer Prevention Study-3 The American Cancer Society and Covenant HealthCare are asking those who live and work in the Great Lakes Bay Region to enroll and participate in a national research study to help researchers better understand the lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors that cause or prevent cancer. This year, people in the Great Lakes Bay Region can join the movement to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by enrolling in the American Ca...
Hospital Medicine Program Celebrates 10 Years of Care
Covenant HealthCare Hospital Medicine Program Celebrates 10 Years of Care This year, the Covenant HealthCare Hospital Medicine program celebrates its 10 year anniversary. “When we first started in 2003, there were only four physicians,” said Dr. Iris Marteja, Medical Director of the Hospital Medicine Program. “Now we have 27 employed physicians and seven full-time nurse practitioners. We are the largest hospitalist group in the Great Lakes Bay Region.” Serving 8,600 patients in the last year at Covenant...
New partnership brings assisted living to Frankenmuth
Covenant Glen groundbreaking event - Thursday, June 20 An aging local population and longer average lifespan have created an area of need for communities. Some seniors choose an independent living community where they enjoy freedom without the worry of home maintenance, lawn care and snow removal issues while others due to health issues require the skilled care of a nursing home. For those seniors who are” in between”, requiring some support services and the security of having staff available 24 hours,&...
Michigan Avenue Construction
Please be mindful of the below construction along Michigan Avenue near our Cooper, Harrison, Irving and Michigan campuses. All services are open and available as usual. We apologize for any inconvenience, however the City of Saginaw has taken precautions to ensure safe travel to and from the hospital. From the City of Saginaw ( www.saginaw-mi.com ) Michigan Avenue Project What: The 2013 Michigan Avenue utility replacement and road resurfacing project is a continuation of the work begun in 2012. Previous...
Emergency Care Center Expansion
Expansion Planned for Covenant Emergency Care Center On May 2 at 9:30am, Covenant HealthCare hosted a ground breaking ceremony for expansion to the Emergency Care Center. In 2001, the existing facility opened with the anticipation of accommodating roughly 60,000 patient visits per year. The Covenant Emergency Care Center volumes have continued to rise over the past five years and in 2012, the Emergency Care Center cared for more than 85,000 patient visits. The existing building is 34,715 square feet and...