November 2019 Print

President's Message

Rachel D. Grant, CSSC

2019-2020 MSHRM President

Fall has officially arrived in Michigan! Crispness in the air. Brilliant fall colors. Both the MSHRM Fall Program and the ASHRM Annual Conference … now but fond memories.

A couple weeks ago, several MSHRM members gathered for breakfast at a cozy little place in Baltimore, Maryland, a few blocks from where the ASHRM Annual Conference was being held. At our rather cramped table, your MSHRM chapter was well-represented by …

  • no fewer than five presenters at the ASHRM Conference
  • one former ASHRM President
  • one former ASHRM board member
  • one newly-elected ASHRM board member
  • three MSHRM Past-Presidents
  • one current MSHRM President and one President-Elect, and, most impressively,
  • ten Members who have earned (at least) the CPHRM designation.

I’ve commented before about the depth of our membership, but I have to admit to feeling a little awed by the company I was keeping! I don’t even know why they let me in the room … though it probably helped that I had made the reservation …

Committee spotlight, as promised! Please allow me a moment to brag about your Communications Committee. The CC’s co-chairs – Phyllis Clark and Rebecca Luna – and their committee members have done an outstanding job keeping our website and social media pages filled with the latest MSHRM happenings. For example, MSHRM’s Facebook page recently spotlighted the new Members we welcomed at our Fall Program, as well as some of our MSHRM presenters at the ASHRM Annual Conference. I hear that a revamp of the Chapter’s website is in the works so that MSHRM will have a user-friendly, professional space for current and prospective Members, corporate partners, etc. Please make sure to visit the website – – often for all the latest about your Chapter, as well as liking/following MSHRM on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.  (And if you’ve got a knack for writing and/or an eye for design, please reach out to the Communications Committee to get involved!)

Now back to Miss Shirley’s in Baltimore … Besides the collective wisdom, experience, the various roles and organizations represented at that breakfast table, I was as much struck by the camaraderie of this group of animated professionals. I am certain that I can reach out to any of those people – and each of you – and receive a prompt and reliable answer to any question I might pose (or at least a point in the right direction). I know I speak for everyone at that table when I say that is one of the big “whys” behind our service to this organization: that every MSHRM Member develops that level of confidence in our fellow MSHRM Members and our willingness to share our expertise and insights.

So … I hope you’re planning to take time to enjoy the beauty of this changing season!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


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January 2020 Webinar

Register now for the MSHRM January Webinar at The webinar will take place on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. via Global Meet.   Alan J. Card, PhD, MPH, CPHQ, CPHRM  will present “The Third Victims of Adverse Events: Risk management & Patient Safety Professionals”.  This presentation will describe how patient safety and risk management professionals can become the “third victims” of adverse events. It will discuss the types of harm experienced by risk management and patient safety professionals, the causes and contributing factors that lead to harm, and recommendations for improvement.


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Pending Michigan Legislation

Radiology Guard Notices

House Bill 5186 (2019) would require posting of notice of availability of radiology guards.  Intro HB 10/31/19.  Referred to Health Policy Committee

Criminal Felony for Assault in E.R.

SB 0080 2019 would create a felony for assaulting any of the following: emergency room personnel, including, physicians, nurses, intake clerks, and any other individual employed in the E.R., O.R., or trauma center of a hospital.  Remains in Judiciary Committee

Requirement of Staffing Plans for Nurses

SB 0159 of 2019 Senate Bill.  Remains in Health Policy Committee     Health facilities; hospitals; development of a staffing plan for nurses; require. Amends 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.1101 - 333.25211) by adding sec. 21525

SB 0160 of 2019 Senate Bill Health facilities; hospitals; record of direct care registered professional nurse-to-patient ratios for each unit for each shift; require hospitals to maintain. Amends 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.1101 - 333.25211) by adding sec. 21525a.

S.B. 0160 of 2019 Senate Introduced Bill Health facilities; hospitals; record of direct care registered professional nurse-to-patient ratios for each unit for each shift; require hospitals to maintain. Amends 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.1101 - 333.25211) by adding sec. 21525a.

S.B. 0161 of 2019 Senate Introduced Bill Health facilities; hospitals; mandatory overtime for nurses; prohibit except under certain circumstances. Amends sec. 20165 of 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.20165) & adds secs. 17233 & 21526.

HB 4281 House Bill.  Introduced February 28, 2019.  In Health Policy Committee. Requires hospital to maintain records of accurate number of patients in each unit, identity and hours of each nurse in each unit for each shift, nurse to patient ratios, for a period of 3 years.  Does not require specific ratios be maintained.

No changes since February 2019

Requirement of Establishing Violence Prevention Program

SB 0303 Senate Bill.  Introduced May 7, 2019.  In Committee on Health Policy. 

Health; other; violence prevention program; require health facilities and local health departments to establish. Amends 1978 PA 368 (MCL 333.1101 - 333.25211) by adding secs. 2468, 2468a, 20195 & 20195a.  Requires establishing a Violence Prevention Committee in health facilities for development of a prevention program/plan, procedure for reporting and investigation, reporting to the health department, prevention training, event response and reporting and record retention.

New House Bill 5089 (2019).  Requires development of committee and program for violence prevention.  Intro 10/8/19.  Referred to Health Policy Committee.

Expansion of “Restraints” Permitted in Mental Health

HB 4718.  House Bill introduced June 13, 2019.  Expands restraints available to include provisions for chemical restraint, which is a drug not required for treatment of a diagnosed medical symptom.  Not to be used with physical restraint.  Only to be administered after physical restraint unsuccessful.  Remains in Health Policy Committee



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MSHRM Spring Program

Save the Date for the MSHRM Spring Program! The seminar will take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Henry Center for Executive Development in Lansing. The MSHRM Education Committee is working hard to create an educational, meaningful and relevant agenda. More information and registration  will be available on the MSHRM website in the coming weeks.


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Sponsorship Committee Update

One aspect of our committee’s efforts has always been to emphasize how thankful we are for our generous sponsors at every level.  MSHRM is strengthened by each and every dollar contributed. To ensure that we try to give back as much as we can in appreciation of our sponsors, our committee has worked closely with the Communications Committee and thank them for their efforts to promote our sponsors. 

As we continue on the 2019-2020 MSHRM sponsorship fiscal year, we thank our committee members who have chosen to volunteer their valuable time to strengthening our stewardship fundraising efforts for MSHRM.  The committee consists of the following:  Lindsey Dempster, Kathy Early, Ed Lynch, Rebecca Luna, Brad Pero, Kathy Schaefer, Heather Schragg, and Lynn Smentek.  If you get a moment, please thank them as well for their service.

We are pleased to announce that we are well on our way in our efforts to reach the MSHRM fund raising goal that has been set for this year.   As we all know, the ability of our organization to continue providing the highest of quality educational programming and services, is closely tied to its financial soundness. 

We are presently working on updating our sponsorship literature and communication pieces to provide ease of use, navigation, and options for our existing and potential sponsors.  We are also exploring new and inventive ways to give additional value to each and every sponsor in ways that matter. 

Again, thank you to our committee volunteers, and to our many wonderful sponsors. We are a very fortunate organization!


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Thanks to Our Sponsors!

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Communications and Education Committee Updates

Communication Committee

The Communication Committee is currently working on re-vamping the MSHRM website to make a more user friendly, informative, and interactive page.


Education Committee

The MSHRM Education Committee is diligently working on developing an informative Spring Meeting agenda full of education on topics such as the use of chaperones in the healthcare arena. This meeting is scheduled for March 17, 2020 in East Lansing. We hope you can join us! Stay tuned for registration material in 2020.


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2019-2020 MSHRM Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

Front Row (L to R): Phyllis Clark (Communication Committee Co-Chair), Jennifer Thorn (Education Committee Co-Chair), Mark Hakim (Director), Jenna Wright Greenman (Chair of Council of Past Presidents), Kathy Schaefer (President-Elect), Rachel Grant (President), Vanessa Mulnix (Treasurer), Michelle Tuckerman (Education Committee Co-Chair), Heather Schragg (Director)

Back Row (L to R): William Krueger (Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair), Joslyn Iafrate (Membership Committee Co-Chair), Karen Stein (Secretary), Saulius Polteraitis (Director/Membership Committee Co-Chair), Richard Joppich (Director/Sponsorship Committee Co-Chair), Kristen Rifenbark (Past President)

Not pictured: Jean Sieler (Government Issues Committee Co-Chair), Rebecca Luna-Rubante (Communication Committee Co-Chair), Jose Brown (Director/Government Issues Committee Chair)


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Upcoming Events

January  Webinar

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1 p.m.—2 p.m.

Global Meet


Spring Program

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Henry Center for Executive Development, Lansing


Annual Meeting

Wednesday, May 20 -

Friday, May 22, 2020

Amway Grand Hotel, Grand Rapids



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