McKenzie Health System is celebrating Ms. Louise Blasius’ 40 year anniversary of dedicated service to the hospital, with an employee luncheon in early June, 2016. Blasius, MA, LMSW, LPC, is currently McKenzie’s Director of Community and Human Services.
Blasius began her career in 1976 in McKenzie’s Social Work department, having graduated in 1975 with a Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University. She has had numerous accomplishments during her tenure with the hospital, including the implementation of the McKenzie Family Planning Program in 1978, which received a Program Recognition Award in 1996 from the Michigan Department of Community Health for its advocacy and area impact; and the establishment of the Thumb Area Geriatric Clinic, a comprehensive assessment clinic for frail elderly in both Huron and Sanilac Counties in 1990.
Over the years, Blasius has submitted grant proposals and received funding for a number of projects at the hospital, including medical library funding; emergency services; Generations United activities for older adults and children together; a new life-saving ventilator and other respiratory equipment; and, most recently, childhood obesity prevention education and Healthy Lifestyle activities. Blasius is also well-known for her leadership in the organization of the annual Senior Citizens Fair in Sanilac County, which draws 2000 attendees yearly; and she has been a presenter at statewide conferences in the fields of geriatrics and family planning.
Blasius has received a number of awards related to her work at McKenzie, including a
“Certificate of Special Tribute” in 1978 from Gov. James Blanchard for her endeavors to help feed and clothe the needy; a “State of Michigan Senate Resolution” in 1983 for her involvement in establishing both the Thumb Area Coalition for Human Services and Project Blessing; the “Anthony V. DeVito II Memorial Award”, presented by the University of Michigan in recognition of her outstanding service, dedication and commitment to excellence in the field of geriatrics education in Michigan in 1995; and the “Blue Water Woman of Distinction” award by the Blue Water Girl Scouts for being a ‘great role model for young women’ in 2001.
Blasius has also been active in the local community, as demonstrated by her position as President of the Carsonville-Pt. Sanilac School Board, Vice President of the Sanilac Intermediate School District Board, and membership in the Sanilac County Building Ties Committee, Sanilac County Community Foundation, Sandusky Lions Club, Sanilac County Sheriff’s Posse, and Michigan Trail Riders Association.
During her free time, Blasius enjoys taking trips with her family, going horseback riding, kayaking, and cross country skiing.
“Louise’s tireless efforts to stay involved throughout the county and her infectious positive attitude has made her a valuable McKenzie employee,” shares Steve Barnett, McKenzie Health System CEO. “We are fortunate to have her!”