Health systems sign definitive ‘affiliation’ agreement


Metro Health Hospital's rooftop garden is the second-largest green roof in Michigan. Courtesy Metro Health

A health system in the area and a major university health system in the state have signed a definitive “affiliation” agreement.

The Metro Health Corporation Board of Directors and the regents of the University of Michigan have each approved the agreement, which “sets the stage” for Wyoming-based Metro Health to "join" the U-M Health System.

The organizations said today that the deal will create a clinical care network that builds on their strengths.

The deal should be completed by the end of 2016, pending final regulatory approvals and completion of the closing process.

The affiliation will enable Metro Health to expand its primary care and specialty services, as well as enhance its use of "complex medical technology."

By coming together, the organizations will be able to collaborate on new and improved clinical care models across the system, enhancing patient access to physicians and other care providers at both organizations, said Michael Faas, CEO, Metro Health.

“We are very excited about the opportunities we will have together to advance the boundaries of clinical practice and medical science through research discoveries and disseminating knowledge,” Faas said.

Marschall Runge, EVP of medical affairs and dean of the U-M Medical School and CEO of the U-M Health System, said U-M is “excited” about the relationship, saying it should “continually improve the care” for Michigan residents.

“Metro Health will be essential to helping us move groundbreaking research and discovery from bench to bedside,” Runge said.

Together, the organizations said they will focus on bringing “increased health care innovation” to West Michigan and beyond.

Physicians, executives and community members from West Michigan will continue to serve on Metro Health boards and committees, working closely in the future with U-M leaders, as they “plot a future strategic course” together.

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