Sturgis Hospital Achieves Historic Milestone as Michigan’s First Rural Emergency Hospital

Sturgis Hospital Achieves Historic Milestone as Michigan’s First Rural Emergency Hospital

Sturgis, Michigan – August 3, 2023 – Sturgis Hospital, a leading healthcare provider in the Sturgis community, proudly announces its groundbreaking designation as Michigan’s first Rural Emergency Hospital and one of only a handful in the entire United States. This remarkable achievement showcases the hospital’s commitment to enhancing access to high-quality emergency medical care for the residents of rural communities.

The Rural Emergency Hospital designation, recently granted by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is a testament to Sturgis Hospital’s unwavering dedication to providing exceptional emergency medical services to patients, regardless of their location or background. This recognition demonstrates the hospital’s adherence to the highest standards of patient care, efficient response times, and state-of-the-art medical resources.

Hospital Interim-CEO, Jeremy Gump, expressed immense pride and gratitude for the milestone accomplishment, saying, “We are honored to be recognized as the first Rural Emergency Hospital in Michigan and one of the select few in the United States. This designation reaffirms our commitment to serve our rural community with the utmost dedication and compassion. We will continue to strengthen our ties with the community to ensure the best possible healthcare outcomes for all our patients.”

Key Benefits of Sturgis Hospital’s Rural Emergency Hospital Designation:

1. Enhanced Emergency Medical Services: Sturgis Hospital will further expand its emergency department capabilities, ensuring the availability of advanced medical technologies and resources to handle emergency cases effectively.

2. Quicker Access to Life-saving Care: The hospital will be equipped to provide rapid response times, reducing the time it takes for patients to receive essential medical attention during emergencies.

3. Streamlined Patient Transfers: As a designated Rural Emergency Hospital, Sturgis Hospital will have improved coordination with larger medical facilities, simplifying patient transfers when specialized treatment is necessary.

4. Increased Federal Funding: The Rural Emergency Hospital designation makes Sturgis Hospital eligible for additional federal funding, which will be reinvested in improving healthcare infrastructure and services for the community.

“Preserving access to care in Michigan’s communities is a key priority of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA),” said MHA CEO Brian Peters. “The approval granted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Sturgis Hospital to be designated as a Rural Emergency Hospital is an important step towards maintaining crucial community services in the region. We have worked very closely with Sturgis throughout the process and congratulate them on being one of the first hospitals in the country to receive this designation, which we hope will provide long-term sustainability for Sturgis Hospital and its community members.”

Sturgis Hospital is thrilled to share this momentous occasion with the community it serves. The hospital remains committed to collaborating with local authorities, healthcare organizations, and stakeholders to create a healthier, safer, and more resilient community.

About Sturgis Hospital: Sturgis Hospital, founded in 1925, has been a trusted healthcare provider in Sturgis, Michigan, and surrounding areas for nearly a century. With a team of highly skilled medical professionals, the hospital continues to offer a comprehensive range of medical services, including emergency care, outpatient surgical services, imaging, lab, sleep studies, cardiac rehab and physical therapy.

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