Children's Health

Central Michigan Community Hospital Teams Up With Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Central Michigan Community Hospital (CMCH) has joined Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital’s Partners in Children’s Health, becoming one of 22 hospitals to affiliate with the children’s hospital in an effort to enhance the care of children and families throughout the state. The Partners in Children’s Health Network brings hospitals together to improve access to pediatric specialty services and continuing professional education.

“This partnership offers children and families in central Michigan better access to top-notch pediatric care,” said Roger Kerr, CMCH President and CEO. “Working with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is another example of how CMCH is growing our outreach to better service our patients and our community.”

As part of the affiliation agreement, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital offers assistance with quality initiatives, clinical outreach and pediatric specific continuing medical education programming for the hospitals’ pediatricians and other clinical staff. The affiliation also provides an opportunity for periodic community education programs and advocacy for children’s health and safety in Mt. Pleasant.

“The agreement provides a framework for our hospitals to work together to strengthen pediatric care in Mt. Pleasant and the surrounding community,” said Bob Connors, MD, president, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “It connects Central Michigan Community Hospital to a regional system of care for children, dedicated to providing care close to home, and linked to a comprehensive children’s hospital.”

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital initiated Partners in Children’s Health in 2005. The 22 affiliated hospitals span from Lakeland Regional Health System in Berrien County in the southwest quadrant of the state to Cheboygan Hospital in Cheboygan, at the top of the lower peninsula.

Central Michigan Community Hospital joins the following hospitals in working together through Partners in Children’s Health:

  • Borgess Medical Center – Kalamazoo
  • Charlevoix Area Hospital – Charlevoix
  • Cheboygan Hospital – Cheboygan
  • Gerber Memorial Health Services – Fremont
  • Hackley Lakeshore Hospital – Shelby
  • Hackley Health – Muskegon
  • Holland Hospital – Holland
  • Ionia County Memorial Hospital – Ionia
  • Lakeland Regional Health System – St. Joseph
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital – Grand Rapids
  • Mercy General Health Partners – Muskegon
  • Mercy Hospital Cadillac – Cadillac
  • Metro Health Hospital – Grand Rapids
  • Munson Medical Center – Traverse City
  • Northern Michigan Regional Hospital – Petoskey
  • North Ottawa Community Hospital – Grand Haven
  • Saint Mary’s Health Care – Grand Rapids
  • Spectrum Health Reed City – Reed City
  • Spectrum Health United Memorial United Hospital – Greenville
  • Spectrum Health United Memorial Kelsey Hospital – Lakeview
  • Zeeland Community Hospital – Zeeland

The affiliation will formally be announced on Thursday, November 29 at 4 p.m. in the Frank D. Johnson Conference Room at Central Michigan Community Hospital located at 1221 South Drive in Mt. Pleasant. Media are invited to attend.

Central Michigan Community Hospital (CMCH) is a not-for-profit, locally-governed 137-bed acute care hospital in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. CMCH is recognized as an accessible and dependable source for quality medical care for the residents of Isabella County and central Michigan. By demonstrating quality and value, growing our outreach and wisely choosing partners, we are becoming the finest source of health and wellness care for the communities we serve. Visit for more information.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is West Michigan’s largest children’s hospital, serving children and families throughout a 37-county region. A teaching hospital, it includes more than 150 pediatric specialty physicians uniquely skilled in providing medical and surgical care to children in 40 pediatric specialties. The hospital cares for more than 7,500 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients annually. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is committed to caring for children and their families with compassion, excellence and innovation.