Health systems announce merger


The family lounge in the orthopedic unit at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hospital in Grand Rapids features a TV and aquarium. Photo via

A West Michigan health system is merging with a system on the state’s east side to create a new statewide health network.

Mercy Health and Saint Joseph Mercy Health Systems, or SJMHS, which serves southeast Michigan, said today they will combine their systems to create “a strong, people-centered care delivery network across Michigan.”

Both systems are owned by Trinity Health.

Both Mercy Health and SJMHS will retain their current names and campus locations.

Rob Casalou, regional president and CEO of SJMHS, will be the president and CEO of the combined Michigan system, effective Jan. 1.

Roger Spoelman, president and CEO of Mercy Health, will serve as SVP of strategic and operational integration for Livonia-based Trinity Health.

In this national role, Spoelman will work closely with Mike Slubowski, president and COO of Trinity Health, and Ben Carter, EVP and CFO of Trinity Health, and integration teams to lead “selected efforts within Trinity Health to support accelerated development and effective integration efforts.”

"Our new statewide system will enable our ministries to integrate our leadership in clinical and business operations throughout Michigan,” Slubowski said. “For the communities we serve, this means it will enhance our clinicians' ability to share resources and ideas that people need in their care journeys.”

The new combined health system will include 10 hospitals with a total of 2,357 licensed beds, nine outpatient health centers, 12 urgent care facilities and more than 35 specialty centers.

It will employ more than 22,500 people and have a medical staff with nearly 4,000 physicians.  

The new statewide structure is part of Trinity Health's national strategy to “integrate teams and resources to better serve communities.”

For instance, Trinity Health recently combined five hospitals and other facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts to form Trinity Health of New England.

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