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Collaborations and community partners

Collaboration is critical to ensuring strong health care outcomes in the community. The collaboration of multiple providers and entities ensures better outcomes for patients and offers students and resident physician’s optimal training and research opportunities.

Through rich, long-standing relationships with Covenant HealthCare and Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital – our teaching hospital partners - CMU Health meets patient needs through more than 70,000 ambulatory care visits, 700 infant deliveries and 6,500 surgical procedures annually.

We also work with health care leaders in the region to provide additional opportunities for medical student clinical rotations and resident physicians training as we care for patients in our partner’s facilities.

Community partnerships

Michigan Health Improvement Alliance (MiHIA)

Our unique and collaborative approach allows stakeholders to achieve far more together to improve health than any of us can do alone! MiHIA exists to facilitate a healthier community and region, and is done by focusing on a proven combination of elements called "The Quadruple Aim": better care experiences, better health, and affordable care while improving the work life of health care providers, clinicians and staff.


Transforming Health Regionally in a Vibrant Economy (THRIVE)

Through THRIVE, leaders from across the Great Lakes Bay Region recognize the powerful intersection between economics and health. Vibrant communities are made of healthy and productive people who are part of a vibrant economy. Healthcare represents nearly 20 percent of our region’s economy, connecting nearly every public or private investment, from education to infrastructure. It is clear that the overall success of our region cannot be separated from a strategic understanding of the economic impact of health: its determinants and critical system aspects including highly effective and coordinated services across the health ecosystem, access for everyone, technology, innovation and industry sector growth.


Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance

There’s only one way to create a strong regional economy: regional cooperation and collaboration. It was under this premise that the Bay Area, Midland Area and Saginaw County Chambers of Commerce, along with Bay Future, Midland Tomorrow and Saginaw Future Inc., formed a regional alliance. In 2011, Isabella County brought its many assets and connections to the regional alliance, making it a four-county collaboration. The members of the Alliance have worked together to build on the regional strengths critical to both individual and collective futures.


Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership

The Great Lakes Bay Mental Health Partnership began in 2018 when it was agreed upon that there is a mental health crisis in our Region. A key driver and funder of this initiative is the family and friends of Chad William Dunn, who as a result of mental illness, died by suicide on July 29, 2013. The initiatives’ key supporters also include Central Michigan University College of Medicine, University of Michigan Depression Center, and The Dow Chemical Company Foundation.


Saginaw County Medical Society

The Saginaw County Medical Society is the professional association of approximately 530 physicians who practice and/or live in Saginaw County. The purpose of the Medical Society is to promote the science and the art of medicine and the betterment of public health.


Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is a sovereign nation and federally recognized tribe in Michigan. The governing body is made up of 12 Tribal Council members elected every two years by the membership. The total tribal membership is approximately 3,500 individuals living both on and off the reservation. The tribe consists of two reservations: the Isabella Reservation (138,700 acres) located in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and the Saganing Reservation (70 acres) located in Arenac County, Michigan. The larger reservation, Isabella, is located about 5 miles from the city of Mt. Pleasant and the Saganing Reservation is located on the Saginaw Bay. Government offices are located on each reservation with the Tribal Council stationed on the Isabella Reservation. The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is the largest employer in Isabella County. Tribal Government programs are created to serve the Tribal community in areas such as health, education, language, culture and housing. The Tribe has 60 Tribal Departments that collectively run 200 programs annually.


Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network

Our mission is to prevent suicide through education and resources and to provide support for those impacted by suicide. Barb Smith, a certified suicide prevention, intervention and aftercare specialist and founder of Barb Smith Suicide Resource and Response Network, facilitates our survivor’s of suicide loss support group. Our Networks has a team of trainers available to provide suicide prevention and awareness training's tailored for all audiences.


BlueWater Angels

BlueWater Angels is a network of more than 50 high net-worth individuals and select organizations interested in investing capital in promising companies with the expectation of receiving a substantial return on their investment. Our mission is to bring together a large network of individuals to boost economic development and job creation, while increasing net-worth.



Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

MDHHS develops and encourages measurable health, safety and self-sufficiency outcomes that reduce and prevent risks, promote equity, foster healthy habits, and transform the health and human services system to improve the lives of Michigan families. The department provides public assistance benefits, health care coverage including Medicaid, and child welfare services. MDHHS oversees physical and behavioral health policy, child and adult protective services, foster care, adoptions, juvenile justice, domestic violence prevention and child support programs. The department licenses child welfare facilities, provides crime victim services and maintains vital records.


Saginaw County Health Department

Since 2003, the Saginaw County Health Department has performed six rounds of strategic planning, lead by a multi-disciplinary team of Health Department staff and stakeholders named the MOD (Moving in One Direction) Squad. Over the course of the past 13 years the MOD Squad has analyzed data and gathered feedback and input from SCHD staff members, customers, partners, and stakeholders to determine a common direction for a unified health department.


The Dow Chemical Company

At Dow, we are uniquely positioned to create global social impact by deploying our employees’ talents and our company resources where our capabilities and expertise in innovation, citizenship and sustainability intersect. Making true and lasting impact on societal challenges has been infused in the DNA of our company, in the hearts of Dow people across the globe, and is the fabric of the communities we call home.