LANSING, MI — The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) today announced the winners of its 2013 Ludwig Community Benefit Award during the MHA Annual Membership Meeting. Honored were programs led by Borgess Health, Kalamazoo; Chelsea Community Hospital; Munson Healthcare, Traverse City; and ProMedica, an Ohio-based health system with Michigan hospitals in Adrian and Tecumseh. The award is named in memory of Patric E. Ludwig, a former MHA president who championed investing in the community’s overall health, and is presented to member organizations integrally involved in collaborative programs to improve the health and well-being of area residents. Each winner will receive $3,000 from the MHA Health Foundation to assist in its health improvement efforts.
Since 1986, Borgess Health in Kalamazoo has provided free diagnostic breast health services to hundreds of uninsured, low-income women. This largely has been made possible by the Borgess Tree of Love campaign, which allows donors to contribute in honor of individuals who are then represented by pink lights on holiday trees at four Borgess facilities. Prospective patients for the Borgess program are identified though the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP); a regional event called Pink Saturdays; and physician referrals. The Borgess Tree of Love program seeks to provide access to high-quality diagnostic services and treatment to as many women as possible by communicating the availability of the program and the importance of breast care health. From January 2011 through January 2013 alone, the program provided 492 women with diagnostic mammography services — four of whom were diagnosed with cancer. The partnership with the BCCCP provides access to an expedited Medicaid application process that allows timely treatment when needed. For more information, contact Lew Tysman, external communications specialist, Borgess Health, at (269) 226-7282.