(SANDUSKY) -- McKenzie Health System has received the Michigan Center for Rural Health's 2012 Spirit of Quality Award for Stroke Care Improvement. This is the fourth year the Michigan Center for Rural Health has offered the quality award. McKenzie Health System has made significant and sustained progress in patient safety and quality improvement through its Neuroscience Telemedicine Program, a collaborative effort with St. John Providence Health System. According to President and CEO of McKenzie Health System Steve Barnett, the stroke network partnership helps the staff at McKenzie to obtain faster laboratory and diagnostic imaging results that inform the neurologist and allow immediate treatment of the patient. McKenzie Health System was honored by The Michigan Center for Rural Health at an awards ceremony during the 13th Annual Michigan Critical Access Hospital Conference held on November 8 in Boyne Falls, Michigan.
PICTURED: L to R-Dr. Vicky Gordon, St. John Providence Health System; Tammy Cliff, Director of Nurses, McKenzie; Jenny Monzo, Director of Quality, McKenzie; John Barnas, Executive Director of the Michigan Center for Rural Health; and Thomas J. Veryser, D.D.S, M.H.S.A., MCRH Board of Directors representing the Governor's Office.