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SMH Receives 5 Star Rating


Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital (SMH) has been awarded a 5-Star rating on Hospital Compare, a website developed by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The comparisons are based on inpatient satisfaction surveys conducted through HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems). Only 229 hospitals in the entire nation received this 5-Star distinction in patient care.

“To achieve this rating is absolutely outstanding.  It demonstrates our staff’s deep commitment to providing high quality, safe and efficient care.  Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is truly providing the very best medical care and patient experience,” says Sherry Arnold, Quality Improvement and Risk Management Director.

Patients are surveyed via telephone interview by Arbor Associates. The HCAHPS survey is the first national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients’ perspectives of hospital care.

Key Questions are asked in the following categories:

  • Communication with Nurses
  • Communication with Doctors
  • Responsiveness of Hospital Staff
  • Pain Management
  • Communication about Medicines
  • Cleanliness of Hospital Environment
  • Quietness of Hospital Environment
  • Discharge Information
  • Care Transition
  • Overall Rating of Hospital (9 and 10)
  • Willingness to Recommend Hospital

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has the highest score in the State of Michigan for the question: “Overall Rating of Hospital”. When surveyed, 90% of inpatients rated SMH as a 9 or 10 during the time period of April 2014 to March 2015.

The survey had three broad goals. 1) The survey is designed to produce data about patients perspectives of care that allow objective and meaningful comparisons of hospitals on topics that are important to consumers; 2) Public reporting of the survey results creates new incentives for hospital to improve quality of care; and 3) Public reporting serves to enhance accountability in health care by increasing transparency of quality of hospital care provided in return for the public investment.

“It is profound to see patients having such a positive experience here at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. It is a privilege to work with this excellent and dedicated health care team,” said Jeanne Goche, Interim CEO.

HCAHPS data is publicly reported on the Hospital Compare website: Hospital Compare is a consumer-oriented website that provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients. This information can help consumers make informed decisions about health care.

“Art for a Start” Healing Garden Fundraiser

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital’s Healing Garden Committee invites the public to attend a fundraiser at the Mackinaw Trail Winery.  Guests can enjoy live acoustic performances, hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting while admiring local artwork.  The committee is collecting donated artwork pieces for a silent auction.  Artists will be showcasing their work as guests enjoy this wonderful evening of Wine & Art. Free transportation has been arranged through public transit.  Guests can call ahead to schedule their ride at 906-341-2111.

Event Details:

Location: Mackinaw Trail Winery
Date: Thursday August 4th
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Advance Purchase Tickets On Sale Now!

$20 Each or Two for $30

*Ticket prices increase the night of the event to $25Ticket Includes:
-5 Samples of Wine
-Door Prize Entry (must be present to win)

Tickets available at the following places:

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Payment Office
Mustard Seed
Healing Garden Committee Members

Please call Cathy Flores for more information 906-341-3232 or email

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Healing Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Healing Garden Committee is excited to announce that the Healing Garden Project is underway.

On Wednesday June 15th the public was invited to attend the Healing Garden Ground Breaking Ceremony.  Schoolcraft Memorial Garden Healing Garden Committee welcomed State Representative John Kivela to the ceremony.

The project is in full swing and bricks will be arriving by the end of July.

To learn more about this project visit:


Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare and
wellness for the people of our community.

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Welcome to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, located along the northern shores of Lake Michigan.

Our state-of-the-art facility opened in April 2013.  Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will be a leader in health and wellness, serving our community and the South Central Upper Peninsula in a professional, patient centered and high quality environment.

We offer a wide-spectrum of health care services including: a 24-hour/day physician staffed Emergency Room, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy/Rehabilitation, Cardio-Pulmonary Care, Medical Imaging, Laboratory services and HomeCare & Hospice.  Our surgical program includes: Orthopedic, Urology, General and Ophthalmology … operating in one of largest operating rooms in the Upper Peninsula.

Visiting Specialists come to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital each month to provide services such as Oncology, Podiatry, Cardiology, Obstetrics and more.

The Alan W. Ott Rural Health Clinic is staffed with family physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants and offers a walk-in clinic.

Experience why so many have made Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital their provider of choice!