Health systems close ‘affiliation’ deal


Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming was one of seven hospitals in West Michigan that fully meet standards for maternity care. Photo via

A health system in the area has officially solidified its “affiliation” agreement with a major university health system in the state.

Wyoming-based Metro Health and the University of Michigan said yesterday they’ve closed on their affiliation, bringing the “strengths” of U-M’s academic medical center to West Michigan.

The affiliation will allow Metro Health to expand its research capabilities, primary care and specialty services.

Metro Health President and CEO Michael Faas said the affiliation with U-M will ensure patients will be provided with “the latest, most advanced and most innovative care.”

“This is a transformational day for health care in west Michigan,” Faas said.

The two health systems have worked together since 2009, when U-M began providing radiation oncology at The Cancer Center at Metro Health Village. Clinical relationships have since been developed in pediatric cardiology and pediatric endocrinology.

“Our ability to work together in other areas paved the way for this affiliation,” said Marschall Runge, EVP for medical affairs and dean of the U-M Medical School and CEO of the U-M Health System.

“We are excited to further expand U-M services in West Michigan and to provide access to the highest quality care available to more Michigan residents. Working together, we will improve the health of our patients and our communities.”

West Michigan physicians, executives and community members will continue to serve on Metro Health boards and committees, while working with leaders from the U-M system.

Metro Health

Founded as Grand Rapids Osteopathic Hospital in 1942, Metro Health serves more than 250,000 patients annually and employs more than 500 physicians across West Michigan.

In addition to Metro Health’s 208-bed hospital, the health system operates neighborhood outpatient centers and offices, including a community clinic and a student health clinic on the campus of Grand Valley State University.

U-M Health System

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan Health System comprises three hospitals, 40 outpatient locations and home care operations, which handle more than 2.1-million outpatient visits annually.

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