Metro Health and UMHS plan affiliation
Metro Health Corporation of Wyoming, Michigan and University of Michigan announced yesterday their intent for Metro Health to join the U-M Health System (UMHS).
In a statement to UMHS leadership, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean Marschall Runge shared that the two organizations have signed a letter of intent. The potential affiliation with Metro Health will help us provide additional care to patients and their families in western Michigan.
“An affiliation with Metro Health will allow us to collaboratively provide more comprehensive health care services in western Michigan. By joining forces, we can improve health care access and increase the availability of complex care to patients in that part of the state,” Runge explained.
“Metro Health owns a 208-bed nonprofit hospital in Wyoming, Michigan and many ambulatory care clinics in the greater Grand Rapids area. They have a diverse network of physicians, nurses and other providers who have a reputation for high-quality care and excellent service,” he added.
Runge noted that the expected affiliation will bring Metro Health’s hospital and its network of doctors, nurses and other providers together with UMHS, expanding our academic medical center’s care, innovation and research in western Michigan.
Michael Faas, president and CEO of Metro Health, added that joining with the U-M clinical enterprise will bring additional options for complex care to Metro Health patients and to the greater Grand Rapids community.
“It is no secret that U-M has some of the best providers in the state and country,” he notes. “By joining the ‘leaders and best’ we can build on our existing expertise and provide our patients and community with enhanced access to specialized health care services, scientific discovery and advanced technology.”
With the signing of the letter of intent, the parties begin a due diligence period in which they review each other’s business operations and negotiate the terms of a final affiliation agreement.