Dickinson County Healthcare System

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare has been named a Best Maternity Care Hospital by Newsweek Magazine. 

The designation identifies leading maternity care programs based on quality and safety standards. Hospitals on the “best” list are verified by the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey.

Criteria includes low rates of C-section, episiotomies and early elective deliveries and following important protocols to protect moms and babies.

The designation was awarded to only 231 hospitals in the United States and just 10 in Michigan.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System has confirmed the first positive test result for COVID-19 in the county. 

Officials say every precautionary protocol is being followed and DCH is fully equipped to handle cases as they present themselves.

For COVID-19 news and updates at the hospital go to dchs.org and click the “About Us" tab. If you’re feeling sick and experiencing serious respiratory problems the Dickinson COVID-19 Hotline is also available at 906-776-5858.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System says it has tested 15 people for the coronavirus so far, and the three results that have come back are negative.

Hospital officials say increased testing statewide has slowed test turnaround time, but they will release results as they come in.

DCH has also temporarily suspended all non-essential procedures. That means a medical or dental procedure that is not necessary to address a medical emergency or to preserve the health and safety of a patient, as determined by a licensed medical provider.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners has approved a resolution for Dickinson County Healthcare System to pursue a bond offering. 

DCH is looking to raise $32 million. The money will be used to refinance about $15 million in outstanding debt. The remainder will go toward the purchase of equipment and upgrades to the physical plant.

Equipment DCH intends to buy includes a Linear Accelerator, a Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit, and a CT scanner.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Dickinson County Healthcare System has been named a 2020 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Two people are seriously injured, following an ATV crash in Iron Mountain.

Police say the accident happened Sunday around 2 p.m. near the intersection of South Forest and West E streets. Officers say two men in their 30s were riding in a 4-wheeler when a snowplow attached to the front made contact with the pavement. That caused the ATV to flip forward and throw both men headfirst onto the pavement. Neither man was wearing a helmet.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners and Dickinson County Healthcare System Board of Trustees have reached an agreement on the performance of autopsies at the hospital. 

DCHS has outsourced its pathology services to Medical Lab Associates of Marquette. Officials said the hospital had been performing such services without a contract and without reasonable volume, and a decision was made to control costs.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI (AP)--   Dickinson County Healthcare System is getting support from public officials as it pursues a $25 million federal loan. 

County commissioners this week voted to endorse the effort. Former U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak says a loan from the U.S. Agriculture Department would stabilize finances at the Iron Mountain hospital. He was hired to lead the restructuring.

The loan application could be ready in July. Bankruptcy was considered last year after two potential mergers fell through.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI (AP)--   An Upper Peninsula county is being asked to extend a financial lifeline to a hospital, which is the area's largest employer.

Dickinson County Healthcare System wants the county to back a $7 million line of credit from banks while it pursues a federal loan or other financing. The Daily News in Iron Mountain reports that former U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak made a pitch to county commissioners last week.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The Dickinson County Healthcare System Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of two top officials. 

Jeanne Goche has been named the hospital’s interim Chief Executive Officer and Dennis Smith the Chief Restructuring Officer.