McLaren Port Huron Awarded for Partnership with Port Huron Schools

Port Huron, MI — McLaren Port Huron Hospital recently received the Ludwig Community Benefits Award from the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA). The award recognizes collaborative programs that improve the health and well-being of area residents.

McLaren Port Huron was recognized for their involvement in the Biomedical Science Partnership with Port Huron Schools. The program was praised for “reinforcing the importance of healthy lifestyles and strengthening the potential for high school students to choose healthcare careers”, according to the MHA. The partnership began in 2018 with 128 students and grew to 240 students last year.

Students volunteered with the hospital, along with taking tours of the St. Clair County Community College Health Sciences Building and listening to presentations from health professionals. The MHA said that “short-term results show nearly 72% of the students plan to pursue healthcare careers and more than 92% report an increased interest in the healthcare profession.”

The $5000 award is given in memory of Patric E. Ludwig, a former MHA president who championed investing in the community’s overall health.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland