Michigan County Medical Care Facilities Council celebrates 50th anniversary in 2015
In August 1965, Leonard Face, administrator of the "Ingham Medical Center," reached out to other facility and infirmary administrators to discuss the feasibility of organizing a statewide council. Face met with Robert Traxler of the Jackson County Medical Care Facility and Robert Scott, the administrator of Brookhaven Medical Care facility, to discuss the formation of such a group. The Title 18 and 19 programs were an enormous concern and there was very little sharing of information.
As planning progressed, in October 1965, Face and Scott jointly drafted a letter that was sent to all of the medical care facilities, infirmaries and county-owned hospitals in Michigan inviting them to attend a two-day meeting (Nov. 4-5, 1965) at the Grand Traverse Medical Care Facility. Forty medical care facility administrators attended. The goal of the meeting was to decide whether such an organization should be formed, the nomenclature of it, the issues that must be addressed, education, information sharing and other survival strategies that might be available. At this meeting, a constitution and by-laws were written and approved. An election of officers was held on Nov. 5, 1965, and the MCMCFC was formed.
Its first board officers were:
- President Robert F. Scott, Muskegon County MCF
- First Vice President Robert Traxler, Jackson County MCF
- Second Vice President John Dunsfield, Genesee County MCF
- Third Vice President Gene Marcantonio, Delta-Dickinson Counties MCF
- Secretary/Treasurer Loren Bensley, Grand Traverse County MCF
A major motivating tenet of the council was communication and education. Experts and consultants in the many disciplines of medical, social and resident care services were contacted to present lectures or conduct workshops at the annual meeting of the MCMCFC. District meetings also began and were conducted on a quarterly schedule by the respective council officers. The districts conducted similar education and workshops. Later on, the districts elected their own chairmen, vice chairmen and secretaries.
The hard work exerted by the members of the council in its formative years made it possible for the medical care facility industry to anticipate and successfully complete federal and state Medicare/Medicare requirements. This good work, I am confident, is continuing.
(Excerpt of letter from Robert F. Scott to Bertram Hanson. Scott was asked to help capture the history and origin of the Michigan County Medical Care Facilities Council and its purposes.)
As we embark on the new world of the "duals" demonstration, MI Health Link and Medicaid managed care, it is clear that the founders of MCMCFC had the foresight to know there would be other issues of "enormous scope," as Scott described it, ahead. Communication and education remain as much cornerstones today for the council as when the group was founded 50 years ago. Many board members and officers have contributed to the success and longevity of the group since 1965, so Scott was again correct in his prediction of administrators continuing to come together to share their time and talent; the "good work is continuing." The remark below from Henry Ford seems appropriate as we celebrate our first 50 years and look forward to more good work in the future:
"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
-- Renee Beniak/MCMCFC
Person and Family Centered Care
This website provides information about two entities that strive to make the highest quality nursing home care available to citizens of the state of Michigan. The goal of both entities is to keep the resident at the center of all care provided. Aplying the best clinical evidence, we will seek to achieve the highest level of person and family-centered care. Safety, quality, outcomes, building trusting relationships, and meeting the needs of the person being cared for in comfortable surroundings is what we are all about.
The two entities focused on providing this service are the county Medical Care Facilities (MCFs) which are nursing homes, located throughout the state of Michigan; and the Michigan County Medical Care Facilities Council, an organization formed to support, educate and advocate on behalf of those facilities. The majority of this site will be devoted to the facilities themselves, either individually or collectively, and to information that may assist you in becoming informed on the subject of medical/nursing home care, how it is provided and regulated, and some of the current issues in the field.
There are thirty-five (35) Medical Care Facilities in Michigan. Medical Care Facilities serve citizens in all of Michigan’s eighty-three (83) counties and are the safety net for Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens who need nursing home care regardless of their ability to pay for care. Medical Care Facilities are county-owned and operated nursing homes and, as such, many receive support from local millage and bond funding.
Medical Care Facilities offer a variety of services depending on the facility. In addition to long term skilled nursing care, many Medical Care Facilities provide a range of programs and services, including adult day and overnight respite care, rehabilitation services, Alzheimer’s and related dementia care, rehabilitative therapy services, and independent and assisted living.
The Council represents these publicly-owned and financed facilities to policy makers within the state of Michigan, and at the federal level. The Council also provides education, through conferences and other meetings, to permit Medical Care Facility administrators and staff to remain current on issues of importance.